|Reviews for Dogged|
| CeCe Away chapter 5 . 3/7
Lovely story well planned out. Enjoyed it.
| Rosetta Brunestud chapter 5 . 1/22/2012
Great story, dear
Those fight scenes between the boys are spetacular, even when they make me sad XDD
I really like it all
| Marlowe97 chapter 5 . 5/27/2011
I realized I've already read this story, but since I'm able to review, I guess I didn't before. Bad dog, Marlowe!
So anyway, a great tale, set in that depressing season which makes me shun those fics written in that timeframe like the plague. I hate depressing stories, but whenever I find myself reading one, I'm amazed by the power depressive mindsets have on the reader.
Your story was really exceptionally good, and boy, those similarities to what really happened in s4 are startling.
"You probably already know it, too, but for what it's worth: You're much more than an attack-dog, Dean. More than Sam's guard-dog. You're a part of why he's special, and he needs you. Fight beside him. Fight to stay beside him. Whatever that means."
That, even though it was meant differently, is really good advise, when you consider the end of season 4 and well, it just shows that he took Batgirl's advise to heart.
| Rat chapter 5 . 11/28/2009
really great story! I enjoyed reading it.
| TheKritty chapter 5 . 10/22/2009
That was a GREAT story!You captured the boys very well,although I don't agree with some points of the characterisation (I don't think they would actually fight like that in the earlier seasons,since the just snap like that in season 4 *lol*) BUT I don't care and I loved it anyway,it's fanfiction and all...xD. I loved the background story with the 'evil dog',the two brothers and one of them jealous of the other...and how you showed the relation between the story and the story of our boys. And there was so much angst and brotherly love!And also some very spn-ish humor!
The words at the end, the chant, it was beautifull!
Uh, and Batgirl...I really liked Evonne...*sighs*
Very well done!
| pielover62 chapter 2 . 10/7/2009
I am thoroughly enjoying this story, but have one small very minor correction:
"Blanching with pain, favoring his left leg heavily, Sam took a moment to restock, glancing hastily across the clearing and into the trees for any sign that the dark thing was returning."
I could be wrong, but rather than using the word “restock” here, I think what you mean to say is “take stock” – as in “take stock of the situation”, meaning to reassess. The word “restock” means to furnish with new goods or stock.
| amyblair chapter 5 . 8/21/2009
Okay. I read this flipping page after page while my eyes would dart to a little old man in a hospital bed who would occasionally try to pull a catheter out and I'd put my hand over his, not wanting to tear myself away from this fic and say, "No, no, Harlan. Let it go. It'll hurt too bad if you rip that one out."
Kinda how I felt about the fic.
Loved the title. Love that this was a "dog" of sorts. Love all the references to dogs, dogged, clawing, hounded, wet dogs, and scratching and pups and dog houses... and Ted Nugent. Because he didn't always sing about Cats. It was wonderfully tied in. Great, great, great!
I felt for both boys. Dean with the guilt of little Amanda (them looking at her body kind of kicked me back to Ray Bradbury in 'Stand by Me'. And Sam with Sam's guilt he always carries. Season 3 was such a strained season, but in hind sight it was nothing compared to Season 4. You did such a beautiful job bringing the angst of each brother to levels of such stress that it was painful to read.
And yet so lovely.
They really did have their own separate Hells. And they both knew it.
'I see the forest and Dean sees the trees.' It was such an interesting statement, such a profound one. I'd never thought of it quite like this, but yes, very much so. They both have the same destiny, just different journeys to get to it and they see it differently. Nice line.
The beatings they each took from the creature and then each of them having unspoken confusion on why Sam was spared was handled so nicely. You do a fantastic job pulling us in the right direction and truly making us wonder WHY. WHY? WHY hadn't the thing mauled him, why was Sam alive? Was it that he "tasted" different - you had talked about flavor. You put us where you want us and pull a curtain back and we think maybe there is another curtain, but you keep it hidden for now. So few have this mastered. Congrats.
Dean pulling the gun and pulling back Evonne's hair - whoa. Surprised me and had me doubling forward.
And then Sam getting in between them with the "It's all right - you've got to trust me on this." Made me fast forward to this Season when Sam finally breaks, begs his brother to trust him. "You take the wheel. You call the shots. Trust me." Aw, I broke.
I loved the 'twenty-nine years old, 365 days in a year, carry the four...' HA!
The awful and terrible moments where each brother let themselves envy the other had my eyes wide and gaping!
'Lots of whiskey, very little ice.' I grinned like a... dog.
The fight scene was great and I thought maybe they were overcome by the uyoi gitli. It was still full of so much of what they needed to do.
But the end with Dean flapping his mouth about Evonne and realizing that THAT was going to be Sam. The long moment they spent looking into each other's eyes. The haunting. The unspoken everything. It killed me. It was brilliant.
I would have taken it further I would have had tear too many or a hug that was wrong and I would have ruined it. You stayed true. You stayed right on the path. Colored within the lines. Me? Anyone else? We would have ruined it.
Truly such a pleasure. Thanks for this. You made my night.
| Kasman chapter 5 . 6/1/2009
I enjoyed this story and your characterisation very much. Well done.
| supernaturalsammy67 chapter 5 . 2/20/2009
OMG hun this was another amazingly written masterpeice!
brilliant fic idea, i love how developed and complex they are and so so spot on with the brother!
yur giving kripke a run for his money...although i have no clue where he wants to put the brothers now...
friggin better not end in apocalypse!
loved the read hun
you wrote an amazing peice!
| apieceofcake chapter 5 . 2/16/2009
Enjoyed, thank you!
| annie200 chapter 5 . 2/1/2009
OK I did read it all in one go, and I had a huge lump in my throat at the end. You describe the intricacies of Sam's and Dean's relationship post deal beautifully. The whole bitter-sweet love/anger/despair/resentment hotchpotch of feelings was so clearly delineated.
And I'm most impressed that you created the entire legend yourself. You certainly had me fooled. Thanks for this, it's livened up a freezing cold Sunday!
| bhoney chapter 5 . 1/20/2009
Well...I choose to belive that the evil dog was amplifying their anger in the clearing when they fought, especially since Sam nearly choked Dean to death.
I liked this expression of Sam's faith in his brother: "Sam would be bait, and he would survive, because Dean would save him. As he always had, and always would, so long as Dean lived."
LOVED this: "Oh, the words had come from his own heart—he’d selected them carefully, specifically, the ritual a testament to his brother, a paean to Dean’s strength and bravery and goodness and love, born out of Sam’s love..." Love the image of Sam picking out words specifically to pay tribute to his brother.
This was sweet, especially in light of the blowout they'd just had: "Dean gazed back at him steadfastly, a slight smile on his battered face, emanating belief and trust and something that looked very much like pride. Somewhere inside, Sam marveled at that, took strength from it."
Liked the bit with the cedar twig, that Dean knew the lore enough to know how to protect Sam, and that he took steps to do so, even without Sam's knowledge. Seemed very Dean-like.
LOVED this: "Dean, I know what you gave up for me when we were growing up. You saw to it that I had everything I needed, even if it meant you had to do without...You gave me everything, without regret, or anger, or jealousy. Sometimes with a load of shit, yeah—“ Sam laughed with the acknowledgement, dimples deepening—“but, Dean, all you ever did was love me, man, and that’s why the uyoi gitli stopped. Because there was no jealousy to feed it. It stopped because of you.” Aw...*sniffle* LOVE references to their childhood, and all Dean did and sacrificed to take care of Sam when they were growing up. LOVE that he saved Sam by just loving him, without jealousy or bitterness. By being willing to sacrifice for him.
Especially LOVED Sam's recognition of this: “Everything I have, everything I am, is because of you, Dean.”
And this made me giggle, though it was bittersweet, since we found out the true reason Sam envied Dean: “You can fool yourself that you’re irresistible to women, you can eat all kinds of garbage and never get sick, you don’t feel bad about letting your body go the way you have…the list is endless.”
Nice bit of irony about Dean's eyes being green. Clever.
Loved that Evonne's message ended up being for DEAN. Nice twist. Loved this: "You’re a part of why he’s special, and he needs you. Fight beside him. Fight to stay beside him."
LOVED Sam's tribute to Dean:
"This is my brother.
His name is Warrior; it is Hunter.
His name is precious, beautiful and beloved.
This is a person of soul, truth and feeling,
and he is Good.
We are brothers forever.
For this I am grateful, believe me."
So sad that Evonne died. I definitely didn't see that coming. Hope it was just an accident, and not something she did on purpose. Sad ending, I felt bad for Dean. And for Sam.
| bhoney chapter 4 . 1/20/2009
This was kinda heartbreaking. Poor Sam: "Looked for his soul amidst the brown and blue of his eyes, but did not find it. God, he prayed it was still in there somewhere. Prayed that it wasn’t what the thing in the woods had been looking for; that it hadn’t let him go because he no longer had one."
And yeah, not really liking the whole "boys trying to kill each other" thing, as you predicted. But REALLY hoping they're just being influenced by the evil dog creature. Interesting legend, by the way. Is it a real legend, or one you made up for the story?
| bhoney chapter 3 . 1/19/2009
Well, I wasn't sure if I should keep reading this, after what you told me about probably not liking it. But...curiosity won't let me stop mid-story. LOL
Some great descriptions here, like the simile about Dean's blood being like war-paint. Loved the boys' silent communication when the woman came to the door. Hated that Dean felt hurt and betrayed by Sam seeming to side with her instead of him.
Definitely echo Dean's feelings about Ruby. I do not trust her, and it infuriates me that Sam does. Wish he'd listen to Dean.
Intriguing that the evil-whatever in the woods didn't hurt Sam, and that the woman's been dreaming about him. Hmm...
This made me giggle: “I think you fainted. I don’t get that reaction from women very often.” Unless you're talking about fangirls, of course. ;)
Aw, this made me so sad: “It could kill you, Sam.” “It already has! And once you’re gone, do you think I really care?” Oh, Sam...Dean...
Evonne was making me a little grouchy, comparing Dean to her sister, who sounds awful. He really was very decent to get her back to the motel, get her water, bring her car back for her, etc. Glad he found some compassion for her, but still not crazy about her judging him so harshly when she doesn't know him and Sam at all. Interesting what she said about Ava though...
| bhoney chapter 2 . 1/13/2009
Also meant to say on the last part, I loved Dean making a map out of his food at the diner. Nice touch.
This was so sad: "'God, Dean, aren’t you ever going to grow up?' The smile fell from Dean’s face as he snatched the sage from his brother’s hand. 'Not much chance of that, is there?'
Sam’s breath caught in his throat as he realized what he’d just done. Oh, how stupid could he be? He hadn’t intended to say that, had never meant to hurt his brother with some careless, heartless memento mori of a comment, certainly not with Dean’s death so close at hand."
And this broke my heart: "Ask you, do you hate me for not being able to save you? Ask, do you know how much I love you? Ask, how the hell am I supposed to do this once you’re gone?...Dean, I wanted to ask you not to go."
And this, so heart-wrenching: "His brother’s death would mean hell for them both. Sometimes Sam thought bitterly that, of the two of them, Dean might end up the better-off." Oh, Sammy... *tear*
The supernatural creature is pretty darn creepy so far!