|Reviews for The Ostrich|
| gothicbutterfly95 chapter 18 . 12/31/2016
Beautiful once more.
Love how, although Maria did talk about what was worrying her, in the beginning, they were just holding each other and easing their pain without words, and in the end found peace.
This was such a wonderful story. Everything about it was very real and you didn't shy away from some very hard themes.
| gothicbutterfly95 chapter 17 . 12/31/2016
Love this father/son bonding time.
The way it started out with only using the guns and then progressed to other things was great; and I especially liked how the shaving was something that wasn't planned.
That paragraph about evil and how you can really only get rid of evil for yourself was deep.
| gothicbutterfly95 chapter 16 . 12/31/2016
Glad Georg was able to have a catharsis.
The lines about the rain calming as his emotions had and his shirt being just as transparent as his soul were beautiful.
| gothicbutterfly95 chapter 15 . 12/31/2016
Just as heartfelt as the chapter that preceded it.
Love how after he'd mentioned wanting to leave Europe, the first thing he did was ask for her feelings and opinions on the matter. And that he was vulnerable enough to say he was scared for his own life and that he wasn't alright.
Once again, Maria's response was perfect.
| gothicbutterfly95 chapter 14 . 12/31/2016
This was beautiful.
Love that Georg finally poured out his heart to her. Everything he's done in the story, but this in particular really made things clear. I love that he told her outright that he wasn't a optimist and that he would've killed himself and cannot pretend otherwise.
And the way Maria told him she understood and was there for him, by kissing the scars was perfect!
| gothicbutterfly95 chapter 13 . 12/31/2016
Very packed chapter here.
Loved how Georg talked everything out with Liesl. The line about her being most like him out of all the children, a fact that scared him was great. I really liked how he asked if she had liked Rolfe and how one day she would find someone who would love her, and he would both hate and love that person because of it.
Also loved how he wanted to make it up to Maria with a nice romantic getaway, and that despite what happened at the restaurant, wanted to keep pushing on for his wife, even if it wasn't what she wanted, and that when it all blew up, realised he was in the wrong.
Hope they can patch it up.
| gothicbutterfly95 chapter 12 . 12/31/2016
But of course they only want each other to be safe and healthy and happy.
So glad Maria going into labour put things into perspective, and just how much Georg cared was very obvious. Love her asking him to stay and him staying.
The conversation about the whale was great and I love that they named the baby after his father and Max for the reasons they did.
| gothicbutterfly95 chapter 11 . 12/31/2016
That section about Georg trying to help the children after Agathe had died was wonderful. While it did make it seem a little more harsh, more than that it made the situation and him more complex. Well Done for that.
Love how Georg knew everything had not been 'fine' and wouldn't allow Maria to tell him that it was, and that he was prepared to do the same, before the children arrived.
That reunion was beautiful, and though Friedrich was separate, I liked how it was just as emotional. Gretl's 'Don't ever leave again' was adorable, and Max's final line was just classic.
| gothicbutterfly95 chapter 10 . 12/31/2016
Love Maria and Georg's parallel thoughts on seeing the other again; needing to know it wasn't a dream or apparition. But honestly, just like the moment, no words are really necessary.
| gothicbutterfly95 chapter 9 . 12/31/2016
Glad to see Georg safe, even if he is upset and disappointed in himself.
The line about how he could feel one of many emotions when he smiled was awesome, and I'm glad he managed to survive through his time at the Abbey. Indeed, in his situation, it would have felt like a prison.
The line about the view outside the window being just as beautiful as ever was a nice touch.
| gothicbutterfly95 chapter 8 . 12/31/2016
Very sad, but I do like that it ended with Max's arrival on a note of hope.
And that, as hard as everything has been, everyone has someone who cares for them, from Max and Elsa with Georg to Alex, Sophie and the Nuefelds for the rest.
| gothicbutterfly95 chapter 7 . 12/31/2016
Love that Elsa brings up the problems Max impromptu plan could cause, and her suggestion of going to the Abbey.
Max's past, and the flashback to his first meeting with Georg were BRILLIANT, and despite being unexpected, worked with him. As for Elsa, it makes me feel for her even more.
| gothicbutterfly95 chapter 6 . 12/31/2016
GO Max! Love how his break in was introduced via flashbacks to conversations with the children.
So glad he found Georg in time; and the fact that he was so broken when he did could help make for a quicker and easier escape.
Love how after Max told Georg the truth, he became his old self. The lines 'you slapped me' and ' you, arrogant, pompous, self-righteous toad' were awesome.
| gothicbutterfly95 chapter 5 . 12/31/2016
Yup. EVIL! Evil, evil, evil.
Though, the fact that he punished Georg in a method connected to his years in the Navy was a nice touch; even if that, and the fact that it was in his home, in front of his friends made it all the more horrifying.
| gothicbutterfly95 chapter 4 . 12/31/2016
I take it back; Zeller is not a rat, he is EVIL!
Love the imagery of sharing the same moon, and how Georg's perspective bookended the chapter while the rest focused on the rest of the family.
Love that Friedrich wants to help his family by going to work, and enjoyed how even though she was forced to give in, Maria was adamant about the importance of his education.
The line about how she understood Georg's actions after Agathe death was a great touch, and the fact that she's pregnant seems to make everything better and worse all at once.