Reviews for The Things We Do
Astlexis chapter 13 . 3/6/2022
I enjoyed having this from Tyrion's POV. I totally believe that despite how much Cersei hated him and how toxic their relationship was, he still loved her. So I could see this happening with him trying to save her. I was nervous for awhile there, but at least Tyrion is okay and he still has Jaime. But for him to see his sister die like that made me just want to reach in and give him a hug! It was very gruesome, but remarkably so what with all the symbolism you added with Daenerys' new birth as queen from the ashes from it and Cersei's severed hand making a point about Jaime. It was pure genius!

As soon as I read the part about Qyburn being "alive again", I knew that Arya had stolen his face. Thank goodness she saved Sandor! I wish this had happened instead in the show!
Woadangel chapter 13 . 1/22/2022
This story is amazing. I am loving it! Much prefer your version of events than canon.
Faith O chapter 13 . 1/10/2022
Thanks so much-this is one of my favorite stories!
Jhessill chapter 13 . 1/8/2022
Awesome chapter. Can't wait for the next one.
kansa chapter 12 . 3/30/2020
Oh very good! I like the alternate endings idea. Also liking forward to Tyrion’s tale.
Faith O chapter 12 . 3/1/2020
One of my favorites; please update?
Astlexis chapter 12 . 11/22/2019
This was perfect! The love and emotional support Brienne gives to Jaime comes out so beautifully and naturally here. I don't blame Jaime for feeling like he couldn't face the news in front of everyone in there. The Lannister brothers are back together now! Yay! And it looks like Tyrion is falling in love.. with his wife. ;) I am assuming that Cersei is dead and Daenerys is alright, I guess? A bit worried for the latter though since Jon showed up instead of her, but I guess we'll hear the full story soon. Oh, and you don't have to finish the story. You can just keep writing more chapters because it is that good. XD
Robin Y chapter 12 . 11/10/2019
It's probably a wise decision / instinct of Jaime to leave the counsel meeting and hear the details of Cercei's death in private where they can go the pace he can endure. and he doesn't have to control himself so much.

I loved his enthusiastic response to Tyrion's arrival at Winterfell (even though I felt a note of desperation in it), the way Jaime can show his affection physically. It might also be a healing experience for Tyrion, who like Brienne faced a lot of rejection and insult (unlike Brienne especially within his family), to feel how much he's valued and loved.
Guest chapter 12 . 11/8/2019
Tyrion is well-portrayed I my book, I still love how you describe Jaime finally discovering what true love is.
onetreefan chapter 12 . 11/3/2019
So great! I can’t wait to read more of the ending
Robin Y chapter 1 . 10/4/2019
"I want you ... You, and this, and us, for the rest of my days." This is one of the most sincere and personal declarations of love (and marriage proposals) I've ever read. I absolutely love your portrayal of Brienne and Jaime and their relationship with all its complexity. They're so much themselves, so very in character.

It's rather late again, so this may not be very coherent, but these are some of the things I liked most about your fic:

The scene of Brienne and Jamie playing in the snow, so very joyful, lighthearted and free!

Brienne's feelings of worry and apprehension, when summoned to Sansa. I think it's quite realistic, that there would be all kinds of worst-case scenarios coming to her mind.

Sansa: For all she has changed and for all she's been through, there are still some glimpses of the innocent, romantic girl in her.

Podrick: Another person, who loves Brienne, is protective of her. Something she so much deserves after all the scorn and abuse she has endured. I am curious about the talks she had with him "at great length, trying to get him to understand". Do we get a glimpse of that?

The portrayal of a healthy, loving relationship between Jaime and Brienne: the strong connection and unconditional love they share, a bond that goes very deep and beyond a romantic relationship. They're equals, have seen each other at their best and their worst.

The way they learn to communicate and actually talk with each other even though they make mistakes. And yes, it was a mistake (though well meant) of Brienne to have Jaime see only his good side when with her. It might be dangerous to block out his dark side, the things he was capable of and it might lead him to think he has to hide parts of him.

In one thing she was right though. It might help him to express his feelings more ( e.g. "ride out to an empty field and scream into the wilderness") rather than silently brooding over them. Especially, if Cersei is really dead.
Brienne is right there too: believing someone dead and knowing it with certainty are two very different things.

Cersei is a hateful person (and still a victim herself), the relationship she and Jaime had was toxic in many aspects, but they have a very deep bond too: being twins, growing up together in a very closed-off family, more than 40 years of being siblings and lovers, had children together, lost children together... I doubt this bond can be broken completely.

Jaime: eloquent, sassy, sometimes sarcastic, confident, caring, playful, anxious, full of self-hatred and self-doubt at times - I love how you describe him with all his contrariness.
I feel Brienne's concern at the end of this chapter is justified. Jaime is unusually vulnerable, but there is more. His pleas to not leave him behind have a child-like nuance, a hint of regression.

Brienne: there's that mixture of strength and vulnerability I fell in love with. On the one hand she's so competent, fierce, brave, loyal and confident, sometime harsh and impatient, on the other hand she's emotional, sensitive, can be insecure, awkward and self-deprecating.
It's incomprehensible to her at first, that the children admire her. That Jaime really wants to marry her. Years of being rejected and laughed at have left scars. Yet, she's one of the most loving and caring characters.
And she's a lot more open with her feelings than Jaime. She's the one that cries and sobs openly, expresses fury by slapping him (which between two warriors in this situation isn't domestic violence in my mind), she addresses emotional difficult topics directly, shows tenderness and passion. Did I already say I love the way you write her?
Robin Y chapter 11 . 10/2/2019
Thank you for this new chapter! I enjoyed it very much and will definitely write a more detailed review. It's quite late in the evening here ... so for now just: thank you!
Astlexis chapter 11 . 9/29/2019
It was worth the wait! I like how you made Sansa react to everything about Jaime. Yeah, part of her is still wary, but at the same time, she still has some of the old romantic in her. I wonder what really happened to Cersei? Jaime is probably right, I think, but who knows? Felt sorry for Jaime with having nightmares. I wouldn't be surprised if they all had PTSD after their experiences now. I'm glad that Brienne pushed enough to get him to talk and seeing Jaime's vulnerabilities at the end where he needs her to promise not to leave him was also very good.
Faith O chapter 11 . 9/26/2019
One of my favorite fics. Thanks for the new chapter.
jasnrob chapter 11 . 9/19/2019
Enjoyed your story!
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