Reviews for Winner
Katiki chapter 1 . 6/18/2008
I loved the suspense in this one; the intensity and pace kept me on the edge of my seat. Great story!

I also really liked the whole brains versus brawn rivalry, and how it made Sam realize they should be completing each other instead of competing with each other.

(Personally, I think it was big of Sam to say he didn't win the bet. Not only did he find Dean within 24 hours, but his brains saved the day when Dean's brawn got him into trouble :) But then again, Dean saves Sam a lot too, so they really do just make a great team.)
JazzyIrish chapter 1 . 6/18/2008
And the winner takes it all. This is indeed a "winner" - just loved this story. Boys will be boys and the stupid things they do. I recall the "Starsky & Hutch" episode and even another in "I Spy" before that. It's a great premise, and when two brothers who would give their lives for one another play this little game, the stakes are even higher.

I really liked how you gave us each brother's reason for wanting to play the game - competition, sure, but more than that - they each had something they wanted to prove to the other. In the end, they both had won in ways they never expected. This is my favorite passage from the story:

"He was coming back to life, coming back from the edge of conversion, coming back to Sam.

Sam held him close, whispered a thank you, and smiled.

"I win."

You've written awesome angst in this and some great Dean!Pain too. Fabulous banter as well - because if Sam and Dean didn't snark at each other, something is really wrong. Loved the way you portrayed each boy's fear and worry for the other - it really was a stupid idea to separate. You'd think that they would have learned that by now. ;)

Thanks for sharing another amazing story with us. I so look forward to seeing your name in my in-box. And the winner takes it all... Until next time...
LupeLei chapter 1 . 6/18/2008
I love your stories. I have been working my way through your whole collection. Thank you so much for continuing to post them.
TraSan chapter 1 . 6/18/2008
It was pure genius the entire way through but this:

"Hey." Sam looked up at him and got an unusually gentle smile. It soon widened into a grin. "This mean we agree? I'm the better hunter?"

Sam gave him an exasperated look. "You didn't win, either, Dean, remember?" At the continued smug look, he threw up his hands. "Fine. 'Most conceited,' okay? I'll give you that."

"Best looking," Dean countered, yawning. He looked exhausted, but Sam knew this did him as much good as sleep.

He crossed his arms. "Shortest."

"Most charming."

"Most full of it."

Dean's smirk grew with every exchange. "Luckiest," he crowed, then canted his eyebrows in a beat that challenge.

Sam opened his mouth, shut it again.

"Uh-huh." Dean pointed at him. "See?"

"Right," Sam drawled, oddly irritated. "Because you were so lucky to get scratched right before you went into hiding."

"I had you to figure it out in time, right?" Dean said, undeterred.

Followed by this:

We could always bet on something else," Dean continued drowsily behind him. "Scavenger hunt? Tackle football?"

"Pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey." Sam peeled back the lid and filled the cup with hot water from the sink.

"Hmm." But it was less a grumble than a sigh. Sam turned back. Dean was already asleep, his face drawn without its earlier animation. He was getting better. Not quite there yet, but getting better.

Sam set the soup aside and crept back to the beds, doing the quick check he'd wanted to before but knew Dean wouldn't tolerate: pulse, temperature, bandage. Satisfied, he eased two of the bunched pillows out from under his brother so Dean could turn back on his stomach in sleep, and replaced the slipped covers. He stood there a moment before giving the sleeper a small smile.

"Second luckiest," Sam murmured.

Gave me the biggest kick, the largest aw, the best and most warm fuzzy bunnies I've had in quite some time.

Harvey and I thank ye kindly. :)

Just great.

Hey - please do keep us informed of the details. I'd bid on authors in this fandom. We've got some great ones!
bhoney chapter 1 . 6/18/2008
I really loved this story when I first read it in the zine, so I'm glad to get a chance to leave a review.

Very intriguing idea, and well done. I could totally see the boys entering into a competition like this. And of course, things going horribly wrong. It just wouldn't be SN if things went right. ;)

Loved that Sam saw the book Dean had been reading in the library, and thought of him.

Loved this insight: "Strategy had always been one of his brother's gifts. Strong where I am weak." That's really why they're such a great team-each is stong where the other's weak.

And I have to love a desperate, protective Sam, taking down the creature alone to save Dean. And this sentiment: "Don't get me wrong—I would've broken every federal and state law along with most of the Ten Commandments to find you, let alone some stupid rules we made up, but that doesn't mean I won the bet." Glad Sam realized too, what losing the bet would mean to Dean.

Loved the banter at the end, and Sam's realization that he really won what was most important, his brother's life. Very nice! Another for the faves list!

And please do let us know more about the auction, I'd be interested in bidding on something.
jp123 chapter 1 . 6/18/2008
great story,thanks
Vanessa Sgroi chapter 1 . 6/18/2008
Oh, a story based on one of my favorite Starsky & Hutch episodes! And you did an amazingly wonderful job with it too. This was a great, great read. As are all of yours...
Enkidu07 chapter 1 . 6/18/2008
I loved it. Amazing story. I don't remember that epi of starsky and hutch... i will have to review my dvds :) I was terrified for Sam. To have that knowledge and not be able to make Dean listen. my favorite line: Desperation made him fast, and rage made him strong.

Such a colorful and vibrant description. I probably read that sentence over about 7 times before I could move on.
Maz101 chapter 1 . 6/18/2008
Another great story. You do find interesting ways of testing those boys. Like always, nothing wasted, just utterly complete and satisfying.
Visionairy chapter 1 . 6/18/2008
Wow, that was great! I like the way you cover all the choices the guys would have made here. I couldn't think of anything else Sam could have done to try to get Dean to listen. You also do a great job with the subtleties, "Stanford had given Sam the perspective to appreciate the absurdity of discussing vampires versus werewolves in a cheerful red-vinyl diner's booth, over pancakes and coffee. He wondered sometimes if Dean ever saw it."

And you clearly explained both their motivations for taking part in the competition. Wonderful story! Thanks so much for posting it, and I can't wait for your next update - and info on your fic auction.
NC Girl chapter 1 . 6/18/2008
As a child of the 70s, Starsky and Hutch was a favorite show of mine at the time. I remember the episode you refer to fairly well so I was really delighted to see that this was your Supernatural spin on it. And, once again, you didn't disappoint! It was definitely, 100% SN, though-through and through. You always nail the dialogue and the banter and usually make me laugh out loud at least once in every story (mostly with Dean’s dialogue). This time, it was this line: "There better be a really good party at the other end of this hangover." Just as you always manage to pull the heartstrings with every story. In this case, it was the “Second luckiest” ending that got me.

Thank you for posting this and for the subtle 70s flashback!
PADavis chapter 1 . 6/18/2008
Second luckiest. Beautiful build up and delivery. I watched S&H when I was a pup and loved it - guess the whole buddy thing is genetic in some of us - but I can't imagine watching an episode now. This however, almost makes me consider it. LOL.

SalchanTheWitch chapter 1 . 6/18/2008
Are you by any chance a fan of Starsky and Hutch? Great story.
alphabet chapter 1 . 6/18/2008
Oh, boys! This was great, Sam and Dean were so in-character in both the big and little things. I loved Sam getting to save Dean for once. Great job.
Mockingbyrd chapter 1 . 6/18/2008
i am intrigued by the auction and definitely interested. Please let me know the details and such as they arise.
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