Reviews for Orchid and Rose
Xlerons chapter 1 . 6/27
A quite haunting character study. Kudos to you and kudos to your writing.
ulfark chapter 1 . 5/7/2014
a bit too much flowery description for my taste but there's no denying that you certainly managed to paint a vivid picture that evoked many emotions and sympathies with the characters.

it really does clovis justice despite what little we know about him. i especially liked gabriella who was a broken woman who had to give up her dream and only had clovis. i think i remember her falling into a deep depression after clovis died in cannon.
Sedulously Sadistic chapter 1 . 2/16/2014
I don't really expect this to ever be noticed but I just wanted to leave a review regardless. This is very well written and incredibly poignant. It gives depth to Clovis' life and death. I like how it showed Clovis' outlook and thoughts on the world. And it gives dimension to the people in Clovis' life, including his mother who was only ever mentioned. I also love how it wasn't simply some romanced version of his life but rather it was realistic in both its beauty and ugliness. And on top of that I like that it was simply a story about Clovis rather than one of the other, more popular royals. It's just nice to see him get some attention.
xXbunnyholicXx chapter 1 . 3/31/2012
Lovely. I was drawn in at the first sentence, since the idea of getting to know Clovis' backstory appealed to me. I like how fleshed out Clovis' character into more than the sniveling coward we see in CG. It's nice to see how he and Lelouch interacted - and the interweaving story of his mother was beautiful. It really made me sympathize with him.

The way you used repetition and imagery really fit well with your story, and worked for your constant theme of "Greatness vs. Goodness." It frustrated me to see how right that concept was, and the examples with Euphie and Schneizel really hit home. (Was almost crying when Euphie died in the anime and pitied Schneizel at his downfall).

The last paragraph was probably my favorite, since you really captured Clovis' fear. At the last line "He wanted his mothe" I could hear the gunshot at the end as Lulu shot him.

Beautiful piece of work.
EmD23 chapter 1 . 3/13/2012
This really is a fantastic fic. There's not much else to say that hasn't already been said. Just wow.
asd chapter 1 . 1/9/2012
Stunning, beautiful.
Rutoh-Chan chapter 1 . 8/10/2011
Sometimes poking around websites is a great idea. I'm really glad that I found this. It was... moving. I loved it. I don't know how to express how much I loved it. It moved me and I love it. I hope you understand. It was thoughtful and well stylized.

Thank you.
Irrevocable Memory chapter 1 . 4/27/2011
I like your diction.

The way you thread together words is lovely. Sometimes I think the segments are too short or I don't really see the need for a separate segment in itself, but mostly I just enjoyed reading this piece.

It had a gentle message and I liked how you delivered it.
Anony-mouse chapter 1 . 1/30/2011
A look at Clovis' characterization that lead to something amazing.
ijpowers92 chapter 1 . 1/19/2011
wow. tvtropes doesn't lie. that was some absolutely amazing characterization. a beautiful fic.
Doubleplusgoodduckspeaker chapter 1 . 12/17/2009
I have been reading and re-reading this story in an attempt to put into words my reaction to it, in such a way as to near approach the level of thought and deliberation that you have brought to this story.

Everything was so purposeful, every word and it made me want to read even more closely, to pick up small clues and I'm sure I didn't get them all. There are such wonderful, memorable lines: Clovis knew a lot about her but very little of her, that first painting was the best one he'd ever do... every written meditation on greatness and goodness in all of those oh-so-applicable characters. I love to see characters being well-written and appropriately vulnerable, but this surpasses vulnerability... it shows how emotionally immature they all are, even growing up, because their parents were like that, growing up. And you frame all of these ideas in the most descriptive and beautiful of prose.

One of the concepts I've always wanted to write was someone's life flashing before their eyes right before they are about to die. You have done this remarkably well, for even though you say that Clovis didn't have time to remember those things, he did, because that is the story, and the format, and it was so clever, and so weighty at the same time.

This is a story about Clovis, but really everyone, every single character had a story to tell and you told it, and that's my favorite part about this. And they all matter, because they matter to Clovis. Through your story I have really become attached to him, and wish that he hadn't met his end so early into the series.

Your story is amazing. Seriously, this is a game-changer. /Literary/ fan-fiction is something so rare on this site, and I am so thankful that you wrote this, and also so mad, because it is changing my perspective, which is what literature is supposed to do.

Faved. And I think I'll read it again.
Veleda chapter 1 . 11/1/2009
Wow. I mean, wow. That was stupendous. I love this fleshing out of Clovis, making him seem human, interesting, and more than a little tragic. And the insight into the other characters is wonderful as well. It's fascinating to see Lelouch, Euphie, Marianne, and Schneizel through Clovis' eyes. Fantastic work.
breadsticks chapter 1 . 10/30/2009
My god. Stunningly graceful. Implacably sweet and bitter like dark chocolate. Gets under your skin and squeezes.

Cannon with a good dose of empathy for the majority of the cast and the hinted political and social rules they all must follow like some sort of script.

Thank you for making me cry in the middle of the library.
sakurahanaalice chapter 1 . 8/20/2009
Such a deep piece of literature.
Pandora-Remix chapter 1 . 8/7/2009
This fic is absolutely beautiful and heartbreaking. Clovis has, strangely, always been a favorite character of mine. Your insight into his life and his personality in this fic is truly breathtaking. The last paragraph made me burst into tears, and I don't cry often at all.

Five stars.
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