Reviews for Only Today
Ilvinaeda chapter 1 . 4/11/2005
Somehow, denial is a wonderful topic for angst...because the unwillingness to accept often causes a sort of bittersweet self-pain...

I must sound like a crazed fool, but it somehow hits at just the right spot for me to say, "I want to see read more...because this is just soothing..."

Okay, enough of that. As for my thoughts on the ficlet:

1) I really thought that Misao was done fittingly in this scene. In the series, she shows an almost childish crush/love for Aoshi, and pursues it as such...but as time moves on, and the tragedy of the Meiji era makes its impact upon the Oniwa Banshuu, as well as the others...this sounds like a Misao who has aged considerably. And in some ways, she has that inner wisdom about her, where she won't just burst out into childish fits of happiness or joy, or sadness, and is much mellower, the whole feel of it slowed, as time probably has for her.

It feels so complete. Best way I can say it.

2) As I read your scene, I almost envision a Misao, garbed in a red/blue kimono, hair bundled up, traditional Japanese style...and the part where she reaches for Aoshi, and feels nothing but air...I can almost see the sakura blowing around in the background, emphasizing the loss, the fall...

I love the simple scenery that allows for more interpretation...and yet has enough concrete in it to ensure that there is no misreading, no misunderstanding of the author's intent. Something which I must really learn to do...

3) In the span of less than a page, you deliver a picture that can at worst be pushed gently away. At best, it starts by absorbing the feelings of the reader, and leaves the reader in a totally different mindset at the end.

Cool. Keep it going!
The Last Samurai chapter 1 . 4/6/2005
oo... so drab... so emotional... i love it!
Jazzy Uchiha chapter 1 . 4/6/2005
very sad, but good