|Reviews for The Difference|
| LauraLaitaine chapter 1 . 8/23/2009
I liked this a LOT; it was a great look inside Booth's head and it felt perfectly in character. I especially loved the last couple of lines.
| xxDare2Dreamxx chapter 1 . 7/28/2009
When you try to resist it…it screams. It drowns everything out, even the things you hold most dear. Your job. Your family. Your life. Those things beg for your love and attention. The voice of addiction begs louder. You give in, just to make it shut the hell up. That quiets it for awhile. But it always comes back.
You have to always be careful, because the voice fades, sometimes to the point of almost disappearing. Then something happens…something on t.v. will remind you, or you’ll run into one of your old buddies, or maybe you’ll just have a shitty day, and all of a sudden it’s back, reminding you of how good it made you feel. Only that’s a lie. It didn’t make you feel good. It just numbed you. Against all the pain of life, to be fair…but also against the joy of it.
I absolutely love this writing: descriptive, a tad poignant and very real. I wish Bones would do just a little more with this part of Booth's past.
| Amilyn chapter 1 . 6/11/2009
SO good. So Brennan, with her stubborn "not the same" and her blunt "You gave up your pride" insistence.
I never got the impression Booth and Rebecca ever lived together at a point when Parker was already born, but that doesn't take away from the strength of the story, from her calling, him avoiding, him going to a meeting the next day.
You've done an excellent job of describing the addiction, the sense that it'll feel "good" when really it just numbs, the knowledge that it's always there, waiting for the right time. Nice work, and in just a short space. Well done.
| Diva0789 chapter 1 . 12/25/2008
oh oh dammit...now you have to write a sequel to this! i'd like to see him dealing with his issuea about this stuff...and falling into brennan in the process...making her the more confident one in the relationship...they both will have issues, obviously, but make BOOTH the one who has to deal in the story...like bones in Talk to me.
| fanofbones chapter 1 . 12/2/2008
god, that was wonderful...I love that she can see through him sometimes and knows what to say/do...
I love fics about Booth's past...so interesting...I can't wait for the show to get around to it ;)
somehow, I feel they won't do it justice...
crap...did I say that outloud? Ops...
| OhMandy chapter 1 . 11/29/2008
I absolutely loved this story! You've done a fantastic job with the emotion here, it was a very powerful piece.
I wish there were more works like this out there...Is it wierd that I adore reading his gambling stories?
| nonhalema chapter 1 . 11/28/2008
| redrider6612 chapter 1 . 11/23/2008
Ah, that was really great! I loved how you made him face his addiction and the way she pointed out that he wasn't like his father because he had gotten help. Best of all was the end, where he acknowledged to himself that it isn't weakness to ask for help from someone who cares. Awesome little oneshot.
| hoodie622 chapter 1 . 11/21/2008
There have been a lot of these, of course, but this is one of the better ones I've read. I like that you didn't set it immediately after the episode. I also like that in your story things just didn't go back to normal for them. There was a bit of resolution at the end of the episode, but an argument like that doesn't just go away.
I like the reality of your scene.
| mumrulz chapter 1 . 11/19/2008
**It is like a voice in your brain, but it doesn’t speak in the cool logic of your rational side, or even in the instinctive understanding of your emotional side. It speaks in the language of desperate urges, as powerful as the need to eat or sleep or breath. It demands your attention at all times. When you listen to it, it feels seductive, promising you that every difficult feeling, every stressor of your life will be soothed if you just follow through with what it wants. When you try to resist it…it screams. It drowns everything out, even the things you hold most dear. Your job. Your family. Your life. Those things beg for your love and attention. The voice of addiction begs louder. You give in, just to make it shut the hell up. That quiets it for awhile. But it always comes back.
...sorry to copy the whole paragraph, but there was not a single word that I could leave out, that didn't affect me. Your/Booth's definition of an addiction was amazing...it was so powerful... so dark...so compelling...so thought provoking. Loved it!
You can see the pain, feel the pain, that Booth endured due to his father's drinking addiction. My heart ached for Booth...thinking that he really is no better than his father. Loved how Booth said that he didn't like to talk about it, but in the next breath he was - to her. I loved being able to see a part of Booth that he has kept hidden from the rest of the world, being able to see the emotions, the self doubt, the insecurities & his inner demons.
** “So why don’t you tell me exactly how that’s any different than all the benders I had to clean up after. All the drunken fits I had to hide Jared from.”
...loved how Brennan was able to convince Booth that he was different to his father, that he is a better man for being able realize that he had an addiction, was able to ask for help, & he was able to kick that motherf#cker’s ass & has been able to keep saying no to that little voice.
It is always refreshing to see Brennan supporting & comforting Booth (which I would have preferred to see rather than her thinking of him as Booth-lite & even being open to the possibility that maybe he was a loser) for a change, knowing what to say to make him feel better.
**Next time, when he needed help, he would ask her for it.
That would be the difference.
...perfect way to finish this.
As with everything that you write - this whole one shot was ...perfect. :-):-):-)
| xBeMinex chapter 1 . 11/19/2008
aww that was so lovely, loved it x
| mischief-maker1 chapter 1 . 11/18/2008
Aww...that was really good!
| kmmp99 chapter 1 . 11/18/2008
Awesome continuation to the end scene of "Con Man..."!
| Aching Bones chapter 1 . 11/18/2008
That feeling...you want to change, you know what you are doing is self destructive but you can not stop...
'He knew it, intimately. He had lain in bed at night, hot tears pricking his eyes while he realized just how close he was to giving up everything that mattered. And then he had gotten up in the morning and did all those self-destructive things all over again'...
Could understand why he felt like a hypocrite...His father had had a drink addiction, Booth's was a gambling one...To him what was the difference...He had managed to beat the addiction his dad had not...but it did not stop him feeling that he had no right to think bad of his father...
Love how she found him...
'I was worried you’d want to talk about it.” No use lying to her. “I don’t like to talk about it'...
'He sighed, because as much as he hated talking about it, the one reason he would do so was to ease her discomfort'...
Love when he asked her what the difference was in him abandoning Rebecca and Parker when they needed him and him having to protect Jared from his dad and clean up after the drinking sessions...
'So why don’t you tell me exactly how that’s any different than all the benders I had to clean up after. All the drunken fits I had to hide Jared from.'...
'For the first time in years, something screamed louder than the voice of the addiction'...
and he finally got help...
'It just numbed you. Against all the pain of life, to be fair…but also against the joy of it'...
Love how she told him that he had got help...Love how he thought he had beaten the addiction...and he felt sorry for his dad because he had not...
'he realized that that trying to be strong for her all the time might actually be a weakness. Next time, when he needed help, he would ask her for it'...
Really liked that idea...
Gosh but I really liked this whole piece...
| the 85th writer chapter 1 . 11/18/2008
Oh dear Lord, oh so Powerful.
I'd like to say so much more, but I just can't seem to express all of it properly. The way he realises that there isn't really much distinction between hate and pity, and the little voice inside that he has to say no to. All very well described, and very... chilling somehow.
All in all, the title, the characterisation and the thread of the plot are very, very good.