|Reviews for Mysterious Ways|
| bhoney chapter 9 . 1/8/2010
I LOVED how you tied in quotes and content from "Faith" in here. Really well done.
“Don’t you get it, Dean? God’s been using you your whole life to fight evil. He’s been using you for an important purpose.” Too true.
“You don’t have to be perfect for God to care about you and use you, Dean. Salvation was made for sinners.” Also very true, and I love that you put this in here.
It was truly a breath of fresh air to see a fanfic that portrayed God in a good light, that showed miracles happening, and God using even painful events for good. I'm so glad that Riley was such a person of faith, and that Dean came to believe too. Wonderful job!
Despite my normal aversion to romantic SPN fics, I am actually favoriting this one! I would like to see a sequel, where we see how Dean adjusts to incorporating his new-found faith into his life, how it affects his battle with evil, how Riley's injuries affect her attempt to make the US Olympic Team, and how things go now that they're in a relationship.
I'll be recommending this fic to others!
| bhoney chapter 8 . 1/8/2010
I was really surprised by how you handled things in this chapter. I kept expecting Riley to use her faith as a weapon against the demon, which would've been really cool. But I really like that the whole thing with her getting injured brought Dean to a place where he'd turn to God for help, so that's cool, too.
| bhoney chapter 7 . 1/8/2010
Well THAT was an unexpected twist. I wasn't expecting you to venture back into show territory. Interesting how you included Riley in the events of "Salvation."
"They’re doing Your work, whether they know it or not, so please help them win this fight." Exactly, I've always thought that, too!
Loved, loved, LOVED this: "My faith protected me and kept the demons from being able to possess me. They even drugged me and beat the crap out of me, I guess because they thought if they hurt me enough I would break down and they could get inside, but the Lord protected me.” Awesome to see how faith can protect you from evil in this way. I've always kinda wished they'd show something like that on the show. Nice job including it here!
| bhoney chapter 6 . 1/8/2010
I'm glad Dean finally broke down and told Riley the truth. LOVED her response here: “I mean, I believe in supernatural things when it comes to God and Jesus and the stories in the Bible, and I believe that there’s a constant battle between God and Satan and good and evil so I guess it makes sense that demons and other scary stuff really does exist. I guess it would be arrogant to believe in the existence of all the good miraculous things and ignore the other end of the spectrum.” Exactly! Loved her sensible, level-headed reaction.
This conversation was just heartbreaking: "“You don’t believe in God,” Riley said sadly, “and my faith is the most important thing in my life.”
“I’m ok with that,” Dean told her. “I totally respect your beliefs.”
“But Dean, I can’t be with someone who just respects my beliefs—I need someone who shares them. I never thought I’d care this much about someone who didn’t share my faith but I do. I care about you Dean.”
“Then be with me. We can make it work,” Dean pleaded.
“We could try but in the end I’d have to chose between you and my faith… and it would end up breaking both our hearts because my faith would win.” Tears rolled down her cheeks and her voice cracked as she spoke. “I want you in my life Dean but I can’t be anything more than friends with you.”
“And what if I can’t just be friends with you?” he asked.
“Then I’ll have to walk away,” Riley whispered, her lower lip quivering. “It’ll break my heart but it will heal.”" I loved Riley's perspective, that she knows her heart will heal in time, and her confidence that her faith would win out in the end. Most of all, I really admire her willingness to take a stand for her faith when it's clearly costing her something she really values and wants. To act on your convictions when it costs you dearly is a difficult thing, and she does so without hesitation. Good for her! She may officially be my favorite OFC EVER in a SPN fic. :)
| bhoney chapter 5 . 1/8/2010
LOVED this: "Riley had also shared her beliefs and her faith with Dean—that even if her Dad didn’t seem to care much about her, she knew she had a Heavenly Father who loved her and listened to her prayers." SO true!
This cracked me up: "“So you’re still sticking to that ‘just friends’ thing?”
“Uh, yeah I’m sticking to it because it’s the truth.”" Great voice for the boys, sounded just like them.
I'm really surprised they're parting ways. Maybe something will draw them back together soon...
| bhoney chapter 4 . 1/8/2010
"She put on her layers of sweats and the ski hat to help her body to sweat off some water weight while she did cardio" I would never have thought of that, but it's great little details like this that make your story feel really grounded in reality. The description of the Olympic Training Center was great, too. Have you been there?
Nice glimpse into Riley's life.
| bhoney chapter 3 . 1/8/2010
Aww, that's sweet. I'm glad Sam woke up, too. Loved Riley's prayer by his bedside, and that Dean heard it and was touched by it.
| bhoney chapter 2 . 1/8/2010
I was a little worried about Dean's gunshot wound, and surprised that no one treated him for it, once he got to the hospital. Surely they could see he'd been shot.
I loved this: "But it’s like you guys have this bond that goes beyond blood, like the two of you, together, are a unit—a team. I saw it when we were in the hold-up. You guys had entire conversations with just a look—like you intuitively knew exactly what the other was thinking. And when I look at you right now, it’s like you aren’t all here because Sam’s not here.” Very well said.
| bhoney chapter 1 . 1/8/2010
I normally avoid SPN fics with romance in them like the plague. I prefer to focus on the boys' brotherly bond and them fighting evil together. But your summary sounded really intriguing-I love the boys getting caught up in a holdup, and I looked at the end and the story seems to have a Christian theme to it. I was really excited about that, because I'm a believer, too. There aren't enough fics out there with a positive look at faith, especially with where the show's gone now.
Anyway, I don't know if you're even still active on this board, or read your reviews anymore, but I wanted to let you know that I'm going to give your story a chance because of those two things.
This made me laugh: "“I’m Riley,” she whispered with a smile, “and if this didn’t convince me to give up coffee, nothing will.”" I was really surprised to find that you'd given Riley such a neat backstory-member of the US Olympic Judo team. Very cool.
I was really surprised that the boys weren't quicker to act when Riley was being sexually assaulted. That was horrifying. I'm glad she didn't get raped at least, but I'm not really comfortable with reading about sexual assault, so I have to say, if I wasn't curious as to where you were going with this on a spiritual level, I'd have stopped reading at that part. Maybe you could put a warning at the beginning of the chapter, so people would know to skip over that part, if that kind of thing bothers them.
Anyway, I'm glad the gunmen have been captured. Hope Sam and Dean are both okay. You didn't say when this was set, season-wise, but I'm guessing Season 1 from the posting date. So hopefully they won't have any trouble with the police or FBI.
| Frankies-Girl21 chapter 9 . 2/8/2008
o plz do a sequal! i luvd tha story!:)
| Tacpebs chapter 9 . 2/5/2007
I loved it! _
| Nana56 chapter 9 . 12/19/2006
It's really nice to read a Supernatural story with a Christian overtone! I'm a born again Christian too and I'd love to see the boys at least believe that God exists!
It was a good story and a girl like Riley is just the thing for Dean...not that little girl they threw at us on the show.
| Lilly B chapter 9 . 9/29/2006
i'm glad i found your story...it was really good. i really liked how you tied in the episode faith into the ending. great job!