|Reviews for Guardian|
| madsthenerdygirl chapter 1 . 11/28/2012
Got a little sad. Just a little. LET HER IN MAL, GORRAM IT! *cough* Sorry. I get carried away.
| The Buzz chapter 1 . 11/10/2012
Ooh, I like this. Excellent character study. Quite a few lines made me go "Whoah! That's true!" Which is really what I hope for in a piece like this. Thanks for sharing.
| ebfiddler chapter 1 . 10/17/2011
Time to look into the archive and review another Bytemite story! Love this character study follow-up to Fairy Tale. Not sure I quite agree with the intro note that Mal brings a lot more issues to the relationship than Inara, but I agree that his issues are complicated, and perhaps a bit more intractable. "The sacrifice is nothing to him because he's lost so much already."-great line; I think this is true. I can see Inara believing that he is not the hollow shell that he claims to be sometimes, and that she understands that their provocations of each other during the encounters they both voluntarily seek are his way of showing that he still has feelings. "She would rather break herself than let him break for her, would soothe away his pain if he'd let her."-loved this. Inara really cares. Another thoughtful look inside Firefly's most interesting character relationship.
| Duchess of Strumpetness chapter 1 . 6/25/2011
Just brilliant! I think you've captured Mal perfectly. Bravo
| Jycel chapter 1 . 5/2/2011
I love the last part.
Seeing Mal with Inara's eyes (or yours, by the way ;p) has been very revealing.
This shows how well Inara knows Mal, even if he doesnt let her.
| RionaEire chapter 1 . 4/13/2011
I realizedthere were a few stories way back in time that I hadn't reviewed for you before, probably because they are under a thousand words so I didn't read them before. I love your description of Mal as "He is steel twice reforged" yummy. And I see what you mean in Inara's observation that his jokes are like a mockery of real happiness.
| Terry Gibbs chapter 1 . 2/21/2011
| luvagoo chapter 1 . 10/5/2010
Okay so I've reviewed about 5 of these things now. One can only associate so many pretty words to your writing, so I can add only one more for this: wow.
| Whyt Wulf chapter 1 . 6/3/2010
And thus is the endless tale of Mal and Inara. I'm very impressed how deep you managed to dive in such a short telling. As I already said, you have obviously put a lot more thought into these characters than many people seem to think they deserve. These aren't just two dimensional storybook characters, the way you describe them. You help them leap off the page and become, if only for a little while, three dimensional people. I hope you never lose the spark of storytelling!
| MakoRain chapter 1 . 4/5/2010
I think you embodied Inara as close to perfect as possible in this story. Watching the man you love day after day let himself take on the world when he doesn't need to has got to be one of the most annoying things ever. All you want to do is help him, even if he won't let you. I think Inara would be able to make Mal let her help him, even if it did make them both break a little. You can't go on alone in the world, as these two should know.
Good follow up to Fairytale.
*as it was meant to be*
| jane0904 chapter 1 . 12/8/2008
Gorramit, someone lock this pair in the shuttle for a month, just so they actually *talk* to each other! Good stuff, by the way.
| CharlieBZ chapter 1 . 12/6/2008
And a lovely Companion piece to Mal's story. These are very good. Keep writing! Please!
| writtenwordlover chapter 1 . 12/6/2008
Spot on characterization of Mal from Inara's viewpoint, and she definitely sees all sides of Mal (she admits to being fascinated) and she is the recipient of his genuine emotion whether it is concern, love, sexual arousal, frustration, disdain and remorse and that must be confusing for her to sort through.
She would rather break herself than let him break for her, would soothe away his pain if he’d let her.
| GillianRose chapter 1 . 12/6/2008
Ok no, you haven't failed utterly, this is amazing! Painful and beautiful and specific and true. Gorgeous throughout, but this is especially affecting: "But he is a shell only in the sense that he is armor. They are in his heart and he shelters them; he is steel, twice re-forged, and his edges are all hard. He breathes only for them and he would die for them. Threaten any of mine and you will know war, he promises, standing between them and their enemies that chip away at them, offering himself to shatter instead." I've added this to my favorites, it is as intelligent as it is beautiful, and I look forward to reading more of your thoughts.
| Katesfriend chapter 1 . 12/6/2008
This was powerful and spot on to Mal's real character. It is especially poignant coming through Inara's eyes. I'm glad you took up this challenge, because although the character is difficult, the reward is tremendous when you really "see" him. Great job of sussing out the real Mal Reynolds.