|Reviews for Thanksgiving, Winchester Style|
| Holly Lukeman chapter 8 . 5/24/2009
The thing with John and Sam butting heads reminded me of how similar both boys are to their father, though in different ways. They are their father's sons in some pretty wrong ways.
Anyway, on to the review. Loved the part about Bambi and Dean skipping the mother's death! That'll be a rude awakening for Sam when he actually does watch the whole thing, yeah? Actually, that same thing happened to one of my cousins with Old Yeller or whatever. Apparently his mom always cut it off before the end, so he thought the family lived happily every after. I felt kinda bad when he found out otherwise... a bit amuse, though. :)
They have THE most interesting Thanksgivings, don't they? Grave desecration and hunting, oh yay. Interesting that Dean referred to his dad as John in his head. "He did not need John overhearing this—a full-blown fight was sure to follow..."
"Even at sixteen, his arm span was impressive." Heheh, this made me cackle. Dunno why, it was just funny. But I like how you incorporate a lot of the gesticulations and movements of the TV characters into your story. It gives me a clear mental image of them, which is awesome.
"He knew how it felt to be a target, to have the creeping sense that something out there wanted to harm your family, and not know what you could do to protect them." I really liked this sentence. It kind of relates to what the guys are going through now with each other.
"He’d sworn he’d do whatever it took to keep them safe, to never feel helpless again." That sent chills down my spine - it's kind of the Winchester motto. It's sending them to a very bad place, methinks. I do like the parallels (intentional or not) to the boys. All three are startlingly alike in a lot of ways.
This sentence, "Dean thought it was the best Thanksgiving he’d had in years," made me kind of sad. That Dean was happy with any bit of family togetherness and peace was a bit heat wrenching.
You really write John well. You keep his character from the show while expanding on his character within your own writing. I really do like his character, despite his Texas-sized flaws. :)
Good chapter. I look forward to the next one.
| Realhuntress chapter 17 . 5/24/2009
Wow! Just LOVE This story! Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday! I so wish I could put it in my book! Alas *sighs* I just don't have the space.
HOWEVER - if you would consider it, I COULD put a few of the chapters in... :-)
| sylia91 chapter 17 . 5/24/2009
I have absolutely loved this series and sincerely hope you add some more chapters during S5. At least the boys are back together and Bobby's alive so we can have some more moments of respite from the storm so to speak. Maybe Cas can join in some way as well :)
| pickamix chapter 17 . 5/19/2009
Well here's hoping that next year lets you write another chapter. These were a lot of fun for the most part others were angsty but all were good. I liked the addition of Bobby for this one... I love him. Anyway, good job all around.
| InSecret chapter 17 . 5/19/2009
*shoves aside homework* Dammit, I'm reading this now.
I love it. Shock horror. I adore this:
'He seemed so genuinely baffled by this turn of events that Bobby wanted to smack him upside the head. Hard.'
It's gorgeous, because I can SEE it, but it also makes me want to shake Dean and yell THEY LOVE YOU at him a half dozen times.
And Bobby. Aw. No, wait. AW. He's spot on here, dialogue and internal thoughts, and his interactions with the boys are beautiful. Bobby done well is always a winner with me, so well done you and hooray for me!
I love this whole story. I'm so glad you left it on a positive note. Now go away and post the next chapter of your other story. I will if you will *winks*
| pocahontas chapter 17 . 5/18/2009
I found this chapter very gratifying, I'm glad that Bobby, another favorite character, has grown to care for the boys enough that they can be their own family unit. I feel this opens up another door for more exploits in the future for all of them. Keep up the good work and the creative ways you weave your tales!
| irismay42 chapter 11 . 5/18/2009
Aww I really loved how you mirrored Dean's experience of his first Thanksgiving without Sam with Sam's experience the preceding chapter - right down to looking at photographs and listening to voicemails. And the little bit of John introspection was an unexpected bonus too. I love it when people show John as caring and human, because so often he isn't portrayed that way in fanfic. And even though he was hurting himself after Sam left, I do think he would make an effort to help Dean with his pain.
| irismay42 chapter 10 . 5/18/2009
Oh *sniffle* this chapter just killed me stone dead! Sam listening to Dean's voicemail over and over, thnking about calling him but not doing (stupid Sammy!) and Dean sending him PIE! Oh boys!
| JennK528 chapter 17 . 5/17/2009
Perfect last chapter. Especially given the events of this past season! Your concluding scene was very much appreciated - the boys and Bobby with pie, together. Thank you indeed!
I really liked Bobby's voice in this one. "His boys" just felt so right. *g*
Lovely job, as always. But I think this is one of my favorite chapters out of the whole story.
And congrats on wrapping it up!
| November'sGuest chapter 16 . 5/16/2009
I didn't read them all, but I gotta say that 15 and 16 were my favorites of the ones I did read. There's just something about the way Sam was with Dean at the beginning of season two and three that touched my heart so much more than at any other time (well, the whole season three was pretty good).
I miss that Sam...and I did enjoy reading this. You did a wonderful job of capturing the flavor if each time period and it was clever to keep the running thread of pie throughout the story.
I think the part that touched me the most is when Sam discovered his and Dean's discarded pie in the trash-from 2007. I can't stand someone not getting to enjoy/finish their food and then just the whole angst of that chapter was beautifully done. *sniff*
| Holly Lukeman chapter 7 . 5/16/2009
Ooh, I like the title of this one. Pie is very imporant. Actually, my sister's motto for her life is "I like pie." Not kidding.
Okay, I know it wasn't supposed to be funny, but the thought of John Winchester in one of those generic, thin, sometimes backless hospital gowns cracked me up. He's kind of a fierce personality, so to think of him in one of those is pretty amusing. All hilarity aside, it's sad that their Thanksgiving has anything at all to do with a hospital, injuries, spirits, dangerous stairs, and backless gowns. Winchester life, though.
Aw, I could just see teenage Dean parked uncomfortably in the corner of a bland hospital room, trying to hold back his caring instincts so his dad wouldn't get annoyed. I just kind of wanted to hug both the boys and say, "Don't worry, kids, this will seem like a happy memory in about twelve years." Just kidding (even though it's true...depressing, ain't it?).
I liked that you had Dean complete the job even while his dad was unconscious, which was obviously what John would have made him do had he not been out of it. Also, the "For good measure, he’d grabbed the pom-poms too—those would be fun to try and burn..." line was so funny! Of all things for the job to get hung up on, pom-poms are probably one of the funniest - of course they had to be harder to burn.
Oh, John, scaring nurses and irritated with being in a hospital - but hey, if it helps your kids, go for it. I kinda miss him, I think. And trying to explain just why they'd burned the cheerleader stuff would have been a blast.
"They did that thing where they communicated without words, and finally Dean spoke up for them both." I loved this sentence! I'm inexplicably entertained when people refer to their silent talking thing. I think it's fun and cute, and I liked that they did it on the show even while they weren't getting along well. Glad you included it here. Sometimes I wonder what John thought of it, since I doubt he was able to decode it all the time. They could kinda communicate without him knowing what it was about.
"A quiet Sammy was a brooding Sammy." Ha ha! So true! And don't forget his 'brooding, pensive shoulders.' :)
"Dean felt a pang in his heart, not just of loss, but of Sammy’s loss." I like how you draw attention to Dean's tendency (or obsession with) putting his family's needs first, especially Sam's. I'm not sure that's always healthy, but it's sweet here.
Aw, geez. Why'd you have to go and write that thing about Mary being thankful for her boys (Dean and John and unborn Sammy)? Ouch, that hurt. Great memory of Dean's, though. That one nearly had me tearing up. And Dean associating pie with safety was a GREAT addition! I'll never think of their (Dean and Pie's) bond the same way again.
Nice ending - I can just see those two tearing through the hospital. That was sweet of Sam to get the pie for Dean, especially with how scared Dean was with John in the hospital and everything. You know, after having seen interviews and stuff with Kripke, I'm at a loss as to how someone like him created such an awesome bond between characters. He seems more like a plot (or gore) kind of guy. Probably due to all the writers and the two actors, as well.
| Scullspeare chapter 17 . 5/16/2009
'But these boys—they just didn’t operate well when they were at odds with each other.' Boy, didn't you just describe Season 4 in a nutshell!
Lovely way to find an 'up' moment in a difficult time in the boys' lives. The brothers, while still being each other's biggest weakness, will always be far stronger when standing together against whatever evil is threatening them.
This little moment in time you've created fits neatly within canon, with Bobby giving them each the figurative 'smack upside the head' to remind them how much they mean to each other, much like he did in the finale. Gah, I love Bobby and you captured him wonderfully here.
Thanks so much for this lovely trip through the Winchester family album. Each happy memory is a poignant reminder of what they're fighting for.
P.S. The wheels fell off the 'Ruby Fan Club bandwagon' Thursday night, the clatter resoundly drowned out by the cheering of fans. *g*
Oh, and Widow Tweed is the woman who adopts the orphaned fox Tod in The Fox and the Hound. I love that movie. :)
| K Hanna Korossy chapter 17 . 5/16/2009
Well, if this is indeed the end, it's a satisfying one. It's fitting there are three kinds of pie, well-enjoyed, because it's the dessert of your story: the family is together-blood and not-there is, as Dean expresses, the feeling of comfort and home and safe, and the holiday becomes truly what it should be: a celebration of gratitude and love. With some humor thrown in, because I love it when the guys act like kids and tease each other. Very, very nice.
| adder574 chapter 17 . 5/16/2009
I'm going to miss waiting for updates. I loved this story right from chapter 1. It was nice to finish up and have the boys with Bobby. He is family after all. Awesome job.
| Holly Lukeman chapter 6 . 5/15/2009
First, I have to say I am SO happy to have something more cheerful to read that concerns Supernatural. I just got the chance to watch the 21st and 22nd episodes today, and while I loved them, they were in no way happy. More questions than ever... Thanksgiving should help, I think. :)
Anyway, the review.
Oh boy. As soon as Dean walked in looking all happy with himself, I knew something odd and probably a bit disturbing was up. That's just the kind of person Dean is.
The whole poltergeist pinning Sammy up against the wall and then choking the living daylights out of him reminded me that Sam is the one to be strangled 98.9 percent of the time. I mean, it could be hands, a cord, even an axe for crying out loud. Sam gets strangled most of the time, Dean gets slugged. Although, Sam has been curiously strangle-free this season... for the most part anyway.
It was cute with Sam thinking to himself that Dean didn't need to treat him like a kid anymore, especially knowing that even at twenty-six, his older brother would still view him as a little sibling. To me it's adorable and endearing, but I'm sure Sam gets a bit irked sometimes. Siblings do that, though.
Ha ha! I love that Sam's curiosity was like "a law of the universe" for Dean. And their luck does seem to be just about as consistent as gravity, doesn't it? I'm not sure if their death-defying antics are good luck or bad half the time. They're alive, but then they have to deal with what comes with that.
-“You got us booze?” Sam’s voice squeaked on the last word, though he’d swear later it was only because of his injury.-
Ha! This cracked me up! Not only little Sam with his changing voice, but also at the thought that it wouldn't be beyond Dean to do Thanksgiving with mainly alcohol. Maybe in a few years, though...
Oh my gosh. I am officially horrified at the thought of smoked salmon pâté soda. Ugh, it makes me nauseous just thinking about it. I can even handle the brussel sprouts, but *this* is too much. Amusing, but horrific.
Aw, the end was very sweet. I love the bond those two have, and I was thrilled that they kind of showed that in the season finale. Sure, there were some upsetting things (like, the whole time), but still.
Great story, great characterization, wonderful job freaking me out with that salmon soda. I've got chills, I swear. Oh, and sorry if this review is a bit long. I'm just happy to have something...well, happy after the finale. Thanks for the story! I enjoyed it a ton. :)