Reviews for Bottled Up
Madebyme chapter 1 . 5/21/2010
I'm over the moon that you're back on your weekly posts and I thank you in advance for keeping me entertained for the summer. We're only on 5.16 in the UK and I'm finding it hard to stay spoiler free and there aren’t many fics out there right now that aren't centred around the finale so I'm overjoyed by this fic, it was just what I needed.

Season 1 will remain my comfort blanket season. I loved how you reminded us that the boys have always struggled with their relationship. It's not a new thing. With heated words and actions, misunderstandings and years of separation. But most of all I like how you always balance the arguments, posing two very honest and realistic points of views without a hint of favouritism.

I must admit to loving your case fics and this was no different. The mix of human and supernatural threats worked so well and just added to the intrigue and fast paced excitement. Sam's blood loss and drugged up state was written perfectly, his sense of confusion and disorientation was spot on as his mind drifts to Jess and the fire, forgetting and then remembering that she died.

There was so much to relish in, from the little details of Dean taking care of Sam to the final "Always" at the end. Despite all the action of the hunt the boys relationship remained central to the story. Wonderful and highly entertaining read. Looking forward to next week already! Until next time, take care, Abbi
ziggy.uk chapter 1 . 5/21/2010
I so needed to read a story like this after the Season 5 finale and I loved every word. Perfect story, not only a supernatural hunt but also stumbling across the drug makers, and the fact that the spirit took care of some of them was a bonus! And just loved the way you wrote their relationship and interaction, so true to canon of Season 1.

An awesome read and a definite fave.
justcantseethelight chapter 1 . 5/21/2010
I loved this story. I am really excited to read a new one from you every week!
skag trendy chapter 1 . 5/20/2010
This was a thoroughly enjoyable early season 1 adventure. The contentious issue of 'who's in charge' is one that most younger siblings can relate to (myself included whilst growing up). But I have to say that Sam was actually making a valid point in this case, even if he was a little 'bull in a china shop' about it - I mean, it's Dean! You have to choose your words carefully round him, make it sound like it's his idea.

Dean was just being hard-headed instead of taking his suggestions seriously, rustling those feather of authority to make his own point. All he succeeded in doing was pi*ssing Sam off.

But that line...

"I thought you wanted a partner, not an employee."

That just about killed me. It stated everything that needed to be said in just a few simple words. Brilliant.

It often amuses me. The brothers know each other so well, so they should know how to handle and talk to each other, yet they end up at logger heads because they say the wrong thing, or go about it the wrong way. And men accuse us women of being over-sensitive! Talk about fragile egos! LOL!

Cheers for the wonderful fic, hon.

Kind regards,

ST xxx
pandora jazz chapter 1 . 5/20/2010
I enjoyed reading this story when it was published in "Blood Brothers 3" last year.

Thanks for sharing your story with us here.
Katiki chapter 1 . 5/20/2010
Yay, Thursday fics to tide us over! I can use all the tiding over I can get. :) And you're right, I'm quite happy to read pre-apocalyptic stuff right now. I'm really looking forward to season 6. I prefer the more human-scale story arcs of the early seasons, but the more humourous one-shots of the later ones. So I'm hoping season 6 will be the best of both worlds.

As for this story, I particularly enjoyed the cadence and rhythm of the argument at the beginning-I could just hear the back-and-forth in my head-as well as the description of Sam's drug-addled fear towards the end-it felt very real.
Nana56 chapter 1 . 5/20/2010
Boy am I glad to see something like this come out! Whew! Good old regular deliciousness! :D Each season has had its own goodness, but I still love S1 for pure brother stuff.

They hadn't figured out at this point to NOT split up, or knew they shouldn't, but did it anyway. *sigh* That never works out for our boys.

Very clever to bring in some human villains and then make the supernatural thing something neither of them had thought of. Their silly argument about what it was was just that...silly! But, we all do that.

Loved that last little bit with Sam becoming really coherent and Dean settling and satisfied his little brother would be okay. Sam closed his eyes so they could pretend. Hehehe

So glad you have a supply of fic for the summer! Gonna need it. :)
AuthoressCrest chapter 1 . 5/20/2010
Awesome story hon! I miss the boys just being boys, so reading this was nice! It's interesting reading a season 1 fic and seeing how much our boys have changed over the last 4-5 years and how far they've gone from saving people hunting things (the family business), to saving the world and hunting horsemen and the occasional lapse back into the family business.
Tyranusfan chapter 1 . 5/20/2010
I remember this one from the book. I really liked it! You capture some of the old S1 feeling very well, and weaved in some interesting non-supernatural villains. Good job!
sylia91 chapter 1 . 5/20/2010
I liked that both brothers were right and wrong about the hunt. You don't know how happy you made me about your fics for the summer. It's the only way I survive the SPN breaks, that and rewatching my season 1-5 DVD's ]
Harrigan chapter 1 . 5/20/2010
I'm so glad we have you to look forward to this summer!

It's fascinating how even fic written more than a year ago still work so well. They have *always* had their struggles as brothers - not just the last season or two. And that's what we love about them. (It wouldn't be any fun if there was no conflict between them.) But they always come around to *wanting* to understand and to be understood, and you capture that so well, with a gruesome casefic to wallow in, too!

Yay!
ariex04 chapter 1 . 5/20/2010
This story's great. It's very Sam and Dean. The ghost's story was sad. I'm glad Sam managed to figure out what she wanted so she could find peace.
KKBELVIS chapter 1 . 5/20/2010
Delicious story!

I think I might have swallowed it whole. Brup!

Very satisfying, indeed!

Super hunt story. Well blended. You add just the right measurements of hurt/comfort...brotherly protection, action and caring...just yummy!

Thank you for the wonderfully fun time,

Karen
Acidia-Leah chapter 1 . 5/20/2010
Wow. I wish I had more time to review, but I agree with everything the other reviewers have said. This is bang on. Like pretty much everyone, I'm looking forward to season six bringing back the real brothers and the real show as we know it. In the meantime, reading your stories will be wonderful. Well done.
SoloVoce chapter 1 . 5/20/2010
Wonderful fic. I'm so glad that you intend to post fics weekly. It's nice to know there will be some good fan fiction to enjoy this summer. I think we're all in need of it. I applaud your decision to leave season five behind, both the good and the bad (and there was definitely both) and give us the real Sam and Dean again.

You always treat the boys as they should be treated (unlike some showriters, ahem) and your writing is always something to be enjoyed.

I like the little bits and details, as well as the bigger stuff. It's all there.

Sam's drug-and-blood-loss-induced state of mind was very well written. Loved it. And, of course, they were both wrong. :) I think they learned a lesson there. I could go on a lot more, but anyway, terrific fic. Thanks for writing these characters so well.

"Not partnership, but brotherhood." I like that. The "partnership" label doesn't come close to describing them accurately. It's brotherhood, which has some elements of partnership, but also a whole lot more. :)
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