|Reviews for Fear Itself|
| E. Clay chapter 1 . 7/16/2006
Aww. I liked this story. I'm a big fan of John too, but think there were times when the boys were growing up that he was pretty harsh. I found this story completely believable. I love the kid fic stories, and love Dean. Don't we all wish we had a big brother like him? Thanks for posting.
| Ghostwriter chapter 1 . 7/16/2006
Awesome job. I'm a fan of John too, but I can REALLY see him doin' that for some reason. Catch ya on the flip side.
| talon81 chapter 1 . 7/16/2006
man I never got the throw them in the water way of teaching someone to swim, but I guess to each their own! great story! :)
| Liz Bach chapter 1 . 7/16/2006
Oh my gosh, this was really interesting. And I could see it happening, I think. Like, I don't think John was necessarily trying to be cruel; but what he did *was* cruel. And maybe it's just a sad reflection of how Dean and Sam's entire childhood was just cruel. I loved that Dean disobeyed his father's order to let Sam flounder until he could calm down. I just love little Sam. So freaking sweet. And the way Dean feels about him, the love and responsibility, despite being only four years older. In a way, it's quite a few years; but in another way, it's not much older at all.
Anyway, your story was really nice. It made me think twice about the characters and what makes them who they are. And those are my favorite kind of stories to read! :)
| Faye Dartmouth chapter 1 . 7/16/2006
This totally broke my heart. Completely.
And I really want to kick John. Hard. Where it counts.
This is terribly believable-almost painfully-and goes a long way to show just how the boys grew up, and helps define just how some of Sam's issues of his father sprung from. John wasn't intentionally cruel, which made it hurt more. And Sam's fear-both of the water and of disappointment-is palpable.
And Dean is truly the ideal big brother here-going against his father's orders, "saving" Sam, and ultimately recognizing that Sam might not function under the same threat of orders that John wants him too.
| SerenityChaos chapter 1 . 7/16/2006
Aw! Would you believe that's how my dad tried to teach me how to swim? UGH! I'm sure John meant well (lol) but damn that sucks. But it makes for a great story, and you still got "it". The sequence where Sam is in the water and panicky is perfect, the pacing is quick and a little choppy (which makes the panic more..."real" I guess is a good word for it. Anyhoo, as always, love your writing. Keep it up, looking forward to more! -Chaos
| LoUdMoUtH87 chapter 1 . 7/16/2006
Aw thats sad poor Sammy! Doesnt John know that you cant float if you dont have any air in your lungs?
lol anyway its a great story you did a really good job on it! You're an awesome writer.
| carocali chapter 1 . 7/16/2006
Honestly, I could see that happening. John just isn't fluff. He has no patience and the soft part of John seems to have died with Mary. Very interesting perspective!
| jka1 chapter 1 . 7/16/2006
i cant believe the nerve of john what a bloody git oh i just want to hit him so badly what kind of dad does that anyway nice story especially where dean disobeyed john to help sam -