Reviews for The Road So Far
NeoMiniTails chapter 2 . 12/23/2017
Hi Hi!

I really liked this chapter. It was so full of raw emotion. It hit home for me, despite my situation being very different - it was me trying to speak with my grandmother and father during my parent's divorce a few years back. They were trying to contact my older brothers every way they could while ignoring my existence. By the time they finally acknowledged me, I was numb to any emotions for them.

I love the way you describe Dean's emotions throughout. As I've said before, I'm mostly fandom blind so I don't know if any of this was in the show, itself, but even if it was, that doesn't take away from how well the power of your words emote to the reader.

Anyways, while in a completely different situation than these two boys, I really felt them here.

"Dad?" Dean tried to keep the desperation out of his voice but knew he was failing. "Dad, I really need to hear from you. I don't know what you're doing..." - I love how you opened this. I could feel, hear, and see this in my mind. It immediately got me hooked into the chapter.

Nothing could be so important that it necessitated him cutting off all contact. - This line here gave me shivers because it reminded me of what I felt when my grandmother and father seemed to cut contact with me until they were unhappy with their new family. By that time, even with all my anger towards them, I just wanted a call, a text, anything that would say my family wasn't over. I thought this was perfectly chosen to go with what Dean is feeling.

He didn't say that part out loud, either. - all the lines about what he didn't say aloud was great. There's always so much we don't say, there's so much that in anger and sadness we want to say but can't. His wanting to know if his father was okay kept him from talking about certain subjects, revealing certain knowledge that his father knew but probably didn't know his sons knew.

For example, when he talks about the "journal," the very journal that his father left around when he wanted his boys to do something but wouldn't say it. It reminded me of how my father's side was in general, always hinting and never downright saying things they wanted. My brother is the same way also.

He hoped the concern in his voice might break through his dad's focus long enough to get him to respond to his request for some sort of message that said he was alive. - this was just perfect. I love that he hates how he sounds at the moment, but at the same time, he hopes that his tone would get his father to listen, stop what he's doing, and respond.

He knew there wouldn't be a response even before he hung up the phone. ... Still, he held out hope. He didn't know if that made him a hopeless fool or a blithering idiot. - sad but perfect and realistic ending.

This chapter hit home for me in so many ways. You don't know how much it hurt reading this. I loved it though because it hurt so good. Lol.

Thanks for writing this piece!
Until Next Time,
Keep it up,
Neo
NeoMiniTails chapter 1 . 12/16/2017
Hi Hi!

A bit fandom blind though I've seen a few episodes here and there.

I really like this opening chapter. It allows you to flex your emotional suspense prowess. I've always been a fan of this kind of writing where something bad is obviously going on yet neither can show much emotion while talking about it.

The three characters shown in this chapter were very distinct, even without one talking at all.

There's an underlining sadness that reminds me of the robins from Batman. From the few episodes I've seen of Supernatural, the tone fits so well with the series.

This line: "Dad hasn't been home in a few days." - is such a simple and smart way to begin this story. This is clearly significant as a reader, but the reader can see why Sam reacted the way he did.

What I really like about this section is Jess (the girlfriend who has never met their father) appearing worried for the both of them. Because of her reaction, Dean thinks to himself that she's a good girl, a keeper for Sam, and he thinks that he should never let her go.

Your descriptions of Sam's reactions were beautiful.

Dean found himself starting to get frostbite from all those icy glares he was getting - love this line. The imagery is so evocative. It gives this powerful thought process that as a shy person, I would've probably walked away if given this look, but Dean is probably both used to it and also the situation was different and more important than to just walk away.

Snow was warmer than Sam's tone. - Another strong vocal intonation imagery, using something people know and comparing it to his voice. I might steal this line one day. Lol

"Dad's on a hunting trip." - There was something sad about this to me. Their father was always on a hunting trip for the supernatural so even though I'm sure they blocked out anything bad actually happening prior, everything that could happen probably was going through their minds about that. I also like that Dean used this line as the best lies are ones that stem from truth.

Despite all the angry words that had been said the last time he and their dad were face-to-face, he was still their father. - I remember them having somewhat a rocky relationship with their father even with how much they all love each other. I imagine that Dean doesn't want this to be his last conversation with his father, so full of malice in their last talk together. This was still their father, and he wanted to make sure he was okay.

And with those words, everything about their lives changed. - True to the show, their lives were truly changed when they began this witch hunt for their father. They began to live their lives as their father did.

I think that was an awesome first piece in this collection of moments and drabbles based on events from the show.

Thanks for writing!
Until Next Time,
Keep it up,
Neo
ReadingBlueWolf chapter 20 . 8/10/2017
Okay, so disclaimer that I don't know a whole lot about Supernatural.

I like the theme of future in this. It's something that people don't always think about, especially if they only see a dead end ahead. It's a great theme, especially when it's between siblings. They each want the very best for the other, and I like how you brought that up here.

There are many places throughout this that have great descriptions. I think my favorite is the demon being expunged from its meatsuit. That is quite a visual and really sticks in the brain. I love your use of canon in order to visualize things. It keeps it in the fandom, but it also adds something to the character because it is their world you are painting. You do such a wonderful job of seeing a world through a character's eyes. You really know how to get into that mindset and it's amazing.

I love how Dean will do anything to protect Sam. Stating that his purpose and his future was making sure his brother survived is so wonderful. It's such a sibling thought, especially an older one and I love how you focus on families. It is one of my favorite elements of your stories. This drabble is no exception and beautiful because of it.

Fabulous job on the eyes challenge!
zendog chapter 16 . 5/29/2017
Finally got around to reading all these one shots - a marvelous piece of procrastination on my part in order to avoid the work I should be doing...and boy am I glad I did. Well written, emotionally true and moving. These are really good tags/extensions to the episodes, giving us all just a little bit more. Short but beautifully formed. I look forward to reading more of them as they arrive...and now sadly back to work.
Guest chapter 14 . 5/11/2017
look how far we've come, come one keep wrting babe, u are amazinggggg
IceCreamIceQueen chapter 13 . 3/3/2017
Hi!

You need a comma after 'your fight is over'

What an ending!

I'm excited to read more, you really bring these little scenes to life. Good job!
IceCreamIceQueen chapter 12 . 3/3/2017
This was an interesting chapter, what with it being the truck's POV. Very original.

I think you mean 'scrapped', not 'scraped' :)

This was a really nice chapter!
IceCreamIceQueen chapter 11 . 3/3/2017
Me again!

The first sentence is very long. I'd put a full stop after 'dismay' and then have the next sentence carry on like 'There was also fear, anger, and all round relief...' just a suggestion :)

Also, at first I thought Bobby was a girl because of the use of 'she', I didn't realise you were talking about the car at first. Just found it a little confusing.

Overall, a lovely chapter :) you really have a way with words!
IceCreamIceQueen chapter 10 . 3/3/2017
Hi!

This is a really sad chapter. Very well written, though.

Just one tiny thing- you're missing quotation marks at the end of '...you're gonna have to let me go my own way.' :)
IceCreamIceQueen chapter 9 . 2/25/2017
Me again!

'He had to pause to allow the never quite gone grief that always welled up when he said Mary's name to pass before he could continue.' This is a very long sentence- perhaps shorten it a little, like 'he had to pause to allow the never-quite-gone grief that welled up when he said her name to pass'? idk

I like that we get to see more of John in this chapter. It sounds like he really cares about the boys. :)
IceCreamIceQueen chapter 8 . 2/25/2017
Hi!

I'd put 'for he didn't really have a name of his own' in brackets, but that's personal preference.

Usually I like sentence variation but you've made the repetition of 'he' work very well here.

'And why's that? Huh?' I'd put a comma instead of the first question mark?

Poor Sam! Poor Dean!
IceCreamIceQueen chapter 7 . 2/25/2017
LOVE the beginning of this!

'I just killed the freakin' Grim Reaper' go Dean! :)

You need a comma after 'the second most powerful being'

Love the comedy in this chapter! Dean's voice is spot on, from what I've seen of the show (only a couple of out-of-order episodes)

'not expect THAT there...'

Great ending too! :)
IceCreamIceQueen chapter 6 . 2/25/2017
Me again!

How long has passed between this chapter and the last one? I'm a bit confused because a couple of chapters ago they didn't know if John was dead or alive, and now they've salted and burned his body 'all those years ago'. Maybe you could have a 'x years later' at the beginning of the chapter?

You need a comma after 'her white nightgown a beacon of hope'

I really liked this chapter. It's emotional without being overly sentimental. Good job!
IceCreamIceQueen chapter 5 . 2/25/2017
Not too much to say about this chapter. I like that it provides a bit of comic relief, given the events of the previous chapters. :)

No SPaG this time!

Is the dialogue your own, or taken directly from the show? I'm curious
IceCreamIceQueen chapter 4 . 2/25/2017
I like the opening of this chapter, that it starts with an accusation. It gets us right into the action.

'Every word was another arrow shot into his already fractured heart'- love this

One thing I noticed with this chapter- we don't really get a sense of setting. Where is Sam when this is happening? Is he in his house? If this is directly following canon then I guess you don't need to worry too much about it, because everyone who reads it will already know this scene haha.

SPaG:

Comma needed after "you never told her about who you really are"

I think the last sentence (which I really like, by the way) would have more impact if you deleted a couple of words, like this:

'"I-" he started to say.

Dean's crowbar went through the mirror...'

just a suggestion! :)
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