Reviews for Counting Coup
SunnyZim chapter 3 . 6/17/2010
Nice. Very nice:-) I liked Dean's revenge - an angry, protective Dean is a scary Dean and I liked the way he rattled Eve - especially liked the fact that he left an apple by her bed, although I think a peach could have been just as effective in this case (and possibly scarier...)! I suspected from the start that Eve was up to no good but never in a million years would I have guessed the Wandell connection and I really enjoyed that touch. Also really enjoyed the ghost story - the only thing that confused me was why exactly Celia Barnstable wanted to keep her crypt a secret even from her sons? Loved seeing protective Sam and protective Dean:-) On the whole, a thoroughly enjoyable, well-written and well thought-out story and I found the information about 'counting coup' fascinating. Well done!
carocali chapter 3 . 6/16/2010
You are an equal-opportunity abuser and the end result was wonderfully done! Love how they both are so protective of each other and will go out of their way make sure the other is alright.

I always wondered why the show didn't follow this thread since they made such a deal of it. I guess it's like the 100 other things they throw at us (amulet in the trashcan, Zach's phone call to Sam, anyone?) and never resolve. Thank god there are amazing fic writers like you to fill in those gaps!

Nicely done.

;D

Caroline
Rosetta Brunestud chapter 3 . 6/16/2010
Great *-*

I really loved the ending, that was pretty smart to do something like that I bet Eve won't try that again xD

Well, I loved the story That was amazing, congratulations D

Kisses

Rosetta
Zatnikatel chapter 3 . 6/14/2010
POISON?

How dare someone poison my boy. So now I want to know why…

This is intriguing. Who the heck is diner guy? And if he is a villain then who the heck is diner girl? Races on… oh no! Sam!

I should have known you would keep up your record for equal opportunity whump! Love Sam’s single-mindedness in tracking down the villains himself: nice foreshadowing there for Mystery Spot Sam and S4 Sam. And great use of canon in having it be Wandell’s daughter… and it was Sam she really wanted to get. The bitca. Love the end scenes and Dean’s absolute faith in the fact Sam wasn’t responsible for Wandell’s death, just like in BUaBS, leading up to his confrontation with Eve. Love Dean’s utter coldness in the phone conversation…

Love it! Your usual really crisp and efficient writing! I’ve never gotten any of the ‘zines so it’s nice when little gems like this that I’ve not seen before happen along! ;-)
Zatnikatel chapter 2 . 6/14/2010
Great action, and love the *uncomplicatedness* [is that even a word?] of this. It has a real early-season feel… I don’t read that many early season stories any more [heck, I don’t get to reac much any more, period] and then only by a choice few writers [like your good self, and Phoebe and Amy Blair]. I do love later stories and as you know I love the mytharc but a really good, tightly written story like this does fill me with nostalgia. I just wish the standalone episodes in S5 had been this well conceived.

Whoah, Sam is uneasy. That doesn’t bode well…

Dean rolled his eyes. "Why do chicks get all flowery like that? Why couldn't she just write 'I miss the old bastard. Wish he was still around.'" I love that and love how Sam applies his smarts to figure out where the body might be. It’s sad too, though, because it does remind me that Sam had Jessica and must identify with that kind of love, that “gaping chasm” that can’t be filled. Oh, Sam.

“He knew there was a part of Dean that craved a normal life, part that, if things were different, would love to settle down. But, as long as hunting was part of the equation, his brother would keep that part of him buried deep inside.”

This, and I pause to just spit on the final scene of Swan Song. I just don’t believe that is what Dean really wants. Okay, rant over.

Oh noes! Dean is starting to feel sick. So I was thinking it was supernatural but now I’m thinking someone slipped a mickey in his food at the diner…

That’s a really sweet and sad moment when Dean lets slip about the aftermath of Sam leaving
Zatnikatel chapter 1 . 6/14/2010
Finally!

Puke, *ew*. It’s lucky I have kids and have been puked on [and worse] regularly for the last decade.

Love this opening sequence, you really give a sense of the speed and urgency with which things are moving, and of Sam’s panic… I love his protectiveness too [protective!Sam really hits a kinkbutton for me], and how he’s so damned offended at the suggestion Dean might have taken something. Love how we’re really in the thick of it… I’m sensing there might be a “two days earlier” at some point too, to tell us how Dean got this way, which is very clever and very *episodic*!

Guh, sick boys…

LOL, I was right!

Points for mentioning Maine [I’m a Maineiac in Exile], and I like the backstory, lends real authenticity to the case they’re working. Also gave me a really clear picture in my mind of the big Capes that hug the coastline along #1A.

Great start!
scifi-karis chapter 3 . 6/13/2010
Great story! I really enjoyed the Wendall side of things. The ending was especially good with the counting coup thing. :-)
Ciya chapter 3 . 6/12/2010
I'd love to see something like this on the show during the new season. Great story. :)
zuimar chapter 3 . 6/11/2010
I just love the detailed way you write and the lengthy chapters. It's a missed chance, really, that the show didn't delve deeper into the Wandell story, so this story felt like a treat!

This scene was so funny to read:

Sam swallowed, limping stiffly to Dean's bedside. "You were poisoned." "Right." Dean snorted, waiting for the punchline. He frowned when none came. "Poisoned?" Sam nodded. "At the restaurant. Your food was spiked." Dean considered the information for a moment, then looked up at Sam. "It was the broccoli, wasn't it?" LOL!

Thank you for another awesome story!
skag trendy chapter 3 . 6/5/2010
Ooh yes. This was a very intriguing fic, and would've worked well as an episode on the show. As usual, brilliantly thought out, and flows nicely.

If I'm remembering correctly, the show was intending to follow this kind of thread (Sam hunted by Wandell's buddies) during season 3, but apparently the writers strike scuppered it.

Is that right?

Cheers hon.

Kind regards,

ST xxx
borgmama1of5 chapter 3 . 6/4/2010
This had terrific characterization, and I loved that you picked up the Wandell thread.

And Dean switching the pies? Unfortunately perfect.
ukfan101 chapter 3 . 6/2/2010
cool story...just the boys caring for each other and being together...miss that...
crushinator chapter 3 . 6/2/2010
I was completely enthralled! Great detail, the Sam and Dean voice was fantastic, and your Native American style intimidation is totally something I can see Dean doing. The equal opportunity hurt/comfort was also fantastic. A great read!
hoodietime chapter 3 . 5/31/2010
Ooh, this is a great fic!

It's been recced in the latest post over on LJ's hoodie_time community. You can find the link in my profile. ;)
Tacpebs chapter 3 . 5/31/2010
Truly enjoyable. Very nicely done.
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