Reviews for And Fools Shine On
TheResurrectionist chapter 7 . 2/28
Supernatural Fanfiction Monthly Awards Review: February 2016

This was timed so well, I felt cheated when it ended. Sam and Dean's characters were spot on, and the revenant was a new take on the possession-cliche that made this story refreshing and new. I liked the inclusion of "once-Dean" instead of "not-Dean" like most people would use. Your language was also very descriptive and apt without being too flowery. A wonderful read!
SPNReadingManiac chapter 7 . 2/18
Supernatural Fan Fiction Monthly Awards Review : February 2016

Carefully crafted imagery and a pleasing symmetry give the story a clear driving motion, difficult to resist. Dean’s ability to find the right way out, as Sam found the right way in was a pleasure to observe. Very well-written and a pleasure to read.
SPN Mum chapter 7 . 2/12
Supernatural Fan Fiction Monthly Awards Review - February 2016

Very well written story that draws the reader in immediately. The switches between Sam and Dean and the revenant were very smooth. I found myself worried what the outcome of the story would be, and was very happy that Sam prevailed over the revenant, and was able to recover Dean. The chapter breaks were timed properly, so that I never felt interrupted. Nice use of descriptions, both of what was happening in the boys' heads and what was happening around them. Worth a second read, and I wouldn't mind a sequel, that showed how Sam and Dean were now connected at a deeper level than they were before the revenant.
ThysaNoir chapter 7 . 1/16
Great read! And, your writing use difficult word choice (i would know because I am not an english speaker and usually fic use the basic, easy to understand words) and it makes me had to repeat sentences over and over to understand it lol.

"If we've gotta argue about who can afford to let go of who, I didn't bring my violin. Don't be such a girl, Dean."
This one sentence! Saying how much they meant to each other in such a casual, throwaway tone. Much like the show itself.

Thanks for the story.
ThysaNoir chapter 5 . 1/16
From all 5 chapters, this one line is what got me:

"Are we paper-scissors-rock over my brother? Are we overpass-asphalt-with a chance of semis?"

I'll get back to read.
game-on-panda chapter 7 . 11/13/2015
/applause/

Deliciously eerie and unsettling piece here. Great characterizations, excellent digging into respective headspaces, and a marvelous antagonist in the revenant. Excellenet work.
BlueJude chapter 7 . 11/4/2015
I loved this! Those boy's angst is what I live on and this was perfect! Thanks so much for the story. I found the situation very intriguing!
SGAavidreader chapter 7 . 6/10/2015
This is the first time I have ever read anything written by you. I came across this story in one of the communities and am so very glad I decided to read it. The characters' voices and horror/suspense qualities made it superb. I don't think I've read any others with quite the same tone. It took me a while to realize what was going on, but I was so engaged by the time I figured it out it was very much worth it. Dean's lines when he was thinking in his own head were so him, and Sam's desperation kept me on the edge of my seat. I am now off to look for other stories you may have written.
CornishGirl chapter 7 . 10/29/2014
This is superb! (It's also odd finding it *after* viewing the whole Demon Dean arc of S10.) Great insight into the boys and how they feel about one another. Well done. I look forward to the sequels.
supernaturalsammy67 chapter 7 . 2/21/2014
Omg this is awesome! Would love to read mpre!

Such a beautiful and amazingly wrote fic xxxxx

Ace! Xx
Beckydaspatz chapter 7 . 4/10/2013
Dean is shining now too but it's not the Shining. Dean's seams are all unlaced for awhile, that's all. He's off his game and can't admit it even to himself so he's dangerous as well as vulnerable. He's also discovered to his great amusement that when he snaps his fingers, there's a brief spark of the same caliber they got as kids when chewing wintergreen Lifesavers in the dark. Sam thinks Dean's soul has always been too much for his own body to hold, however that works, and now that the doors are all open he's probably too much for the world until he puts his boundaries back in place again. Dean has always been loud but lately he's way too much to handle; he hardly speaks but everything he does is loud underneath. Sam's pretty sure it doesn't even take anyone with sensitivity to hear him.- How can you manage to fit everything I feel about Dean Winchester in one paragraph, and a fucking amazing one at that.

Great ending, fitting in every wasy possible, plus I heard from a little birdie that you have sequels...

Hot damn, it's Christmas. :D

Looking forward to more of your work and thanks so much for this one!

-Becky
Beckydaspatz chapter 6 . 4/10/2013
Sam's head on his chest, though, that's fine and comfortable and he could be used to that. As long as he never has to admit it. All he has to admit is that things were pretty damn bad this time and Sam has earned the right to listen to his brother's heart all night if he wants to, and maybe subconsciously hold him down in case anything else comes calling.

He thinks over what he remembers of that little scene on the overpass, and he thinks about pulling Sam's hair for starters, but all he does is lift his left hand - Christ, why is that so hard? - and thread his fingers through his little brother's hair. Sam is whole and warm and real and actually asleep for once, so he can wait awhile longer to punch him for being an impulsive dumbass.

It's probably the first time he's ever been so happy to see a motel room.

Thinking's hard and boring so he quits.- This is completely and totally who Dean is. Love this opening, love all of this.

"You're all I have left. If we've gotta argue about who can afford to let go of who, I didn't bring my violin. Don't be such a girl, Dean."-Great line!

I guess for some reason I thought that this was set during Season 2, but then you snuck the Dad thing in and so, Season 1 it is! Wonderful chapter, off to the epilogue, whee!
Beckydaspatz chapter 5 . 4/10/2013
"Hey, finally," Dean says, and it sounds steady but doesn't feel that way. "You want me to buy you dinner before I skullfuck you with that tree over there?"

That quickly, he's being compressed. He'd be screaming if his soul had any breath; he can't hold up and he knows it but it's never stopped him before. It's the same pressure he felt before he was able to barricade himself in, this inexorable shove to the precipice of his own existence. He digs his feet in, he's using his fingernails to try and find purchase in the dust, and he slides away anyway. He only got away the first time because it didn't understand him yet and he wasn't so tired. If he can at least make it stop chasing his brother, that'll be enough for now. He can do that much, for awhile. He can be a blazing example, a warning to others, just so long as it works.

Not like this, not after everything, not leaving Sam.

It's enough to break him but not in the way he thinks he's breaking.

The cracks start in his hands, ice blue and cataract silver; his structual integrity holds only a fraction longer, and when he goes it's a supernova he never. Quite. Feels.- Start off with something that makes me chortle and end up with something that steals my breath away. I'd be jealous if I wasn't so damn impressed.

Dean is shaking his head. He doesn't have that much of a hold, yet, and it isn't that simple. He has to do something to shake it loose, anything, and salt won't do it. He wheels away from the doorway and starts walking, because at least his legs are working so far. He still doesn't understand what happened, or how he managed to get things together by coming apart, but he's willing to just go with it. He starts thinking of how he can jostle the thing loose and all he's coming up with is physical damage because that's how he's always thought. He can put his head under water or throw himself down some stairs, since it's not likely to enjoy either and ending up in traction will be a better option than letting this go on.

Listen. Traffic. Motels have easy freeway access, lucky me.-The tension leading up to this is out of this world, you wrote Dean coming back SO perfectly.

and make a Rorschach test of his lifeblood on the northbound lane below-Kick ass description.

The light stutters and burns out, camera-flashes capturing nothing. The knees buckle because if the form's not hollow, it's close to it. Sam's death grip keeps the pavement from doing more damage than the revenant already has, and he sits on the ragged gray stone and holds all he has left close to his heart.

Sam is keening into the dark and can't even say why anymore.-Gorgeous. And so damn powerful. Like a punch in the gut. Jeez.
Beckydaspatz chapter 4 . 4/10/2013
When he lifts his head to look at the door, it's partially closed from the earlier rebound. He can see thin red scrawls across the age-yellowed surface. Dripping scrawls. It's so fresh that there's still a bead of crimson slipping away toward the floor. Sam knows it's not paint and that yes, Once was here just ahead of him and then walked away again. The letters are an uneven scream of dark color.

help me sammy it hurts

This, Sam knows, is what it feels like to lose it.-Jesus, it was so tense up to this point and now. Goddamn, my heart is breaking right along with Sam's. What a way to word that.

It's just the air rushing in the space between your ears, and Dean laughed and that was fine because Dean was the world.

He thinks about removing the salt and letting anything in.- Oh God, it's just SO good. You are managing to ring every single emotion I am capable of, out of me. Bravo.

-Becky
Beckydaspatz chapter 3 . 4/10/2013
Sam feels the difference, all the differences.- That's so painful and raw. You really have a way to say SO much with so little words. It's quiet a talent.

Once-Dean stretches into a standing position again and regards him with a blatant lack of expression. "You make all your weaknesses so available," he says finally. "That's hard to ignore. Lighthouses are so hard to ignore."-Wow, that's just...harsh.

Dean is likely to be the most cantankerous old man he'll ever know, someday, and he's got to see it happen.- This made me want to cry. Seriously, the emotions you evoke with just a sentence is masterful.

Loved the bookend to the last chapter. Well done.

-Becky
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