|Reviews for Not Like You|
| Medusa -the writer chapter 1 . 1/15/2011
Brilliant filler for Jump The Shark! I always knew there was more to come with that episode, it left things hanging on the edge. I'm glad you've chosen to write this. Spot on! Thank you.
| Ani101 chapter 1 . 11/13/2010
hey cool story this was such an angsty time for Sam in the series and you really pulled that off here thank you!
| Vanessa Sgroi chapter 1 . 9/21/2010
YAY! I'm catching up on some of my "to-be-read" pile! This was utterly fantastic. Much deeper than my own Summer of Sam Love entry. I adored all the smashing hurt/comfort and Dean finding the piece of glass in his own back. Also, the image of him hurrying from the shower (almost slipping and falling) on his way to get to Sammy was outstanding.
| carocali chapter 1 . 9/19/2010
Oh how I love the way you disect a story. I've SO missed your writing.
This is a beautiful tag filled with all the things I love: hurt/comfort, resolution, insight. Just a wonderful potpourri, as always!
| Rosetta Brunestud chapter 1 . 9/18/2010
Hey, that was cool
See you around
| Madebyme chapter 1 . 9/15/2010
This was a hard-hitting, honest and compelling read – I just ate it up!
You know by now that I have a massive soft spot for Sam/Jess scenes and this was a gem of one. The star gazing and the easy conversation, how I wish we could see something like this on screen. I just love your portrayal of Jess; playful, quick-witted and smart and she studies for her dates? I mean that is just adorable! You seamlessly allowed Sam's memory to slowly slide into a nightmare that traps him and it was wonderfully done.
You did a great job with Dean here. His introspection regarding Adam really worked for me, it felt like he'd given the situation more thought and it felt true to his character. His care giving was as thoughtful and caring as ever and I liked how he talked to Sam out loud, soothing his own worries more than for Sam's benefit. Lovely touch.
Sam's nightmare sequences were expertly put together. Character's morphing and appearing, all intermingled with the blood addition and guilt and fear of not sharing it with Dean. You really explored this in more depth, offering us a greater insight into Sam's turmoil during this time-line.
JTS has always irked me and I can't thank you enough for giving us not one but two missing scene fics. I know they have constraints while filming and such time leaps don't usually bother me – after all they often pull them off. But after that attack I just can't see how Sam could have been up and active so quickly. And you really mended that for me, so thank you.
You nailed the ending because he may not want to admit it but Sam is in over his over and that denial is exactly why he is an addict. It was subtly done but it fit so perfectly with Sam's mind set at this point in time. This is a wonderfully written exploration into Sam's addiction and in my book the perfect excuse for a little h/c! Thanks for the entertaining read. Take care, Abbi
| TraSan chapter 1 . 9/14/2010
I think you did a fabulous job of conveying Sam's conflicted motivation for his demon blood addiction. It was one of those things that started out as the wrong thing for the right reasons and morphed into addiction and desire from there. Trouble was, he held so tight to his "right reasons" he lost track of how far he'd gone as he traded them in (at least in part) for new reasons.
The fact he was justifying the blood by using Eva's flip-switching rationale, something that would have had him cringing and fearful of what he was turning into only two short years previously, speaks volumes.
And I liked that you gave us a glimpse into what no doubt went on behind the scenes. Dean, putting aside suspicion, and hurt, and doubt to play the role he was born to - that of an awesome big brother.
When the chips are down, really down, family wins out.
And that's what made your fic, and the show, so wonderful.
Nicely captured, Sculls.
| Zatnikatel chapter 1 . 9/12/2010
I really like how you've retconned S5 canon here with the references to Brady and him introducing Sam to Jess. I thought the opening section to this was really lovely and Sam filled with such hope for his future with her… she studies for his dates was great. AND THEN IT TURNS OUT TO BE A DREAM? THAT BECOMES A NIGHTMARE? Bad, bad girl! But such is the life of Sam Winchester and God knows I shouldn't have allowed myself to be lulled into a false sense of security by your duplicitous self.
Dontcha just hate how Show grievously injures the boys and we never get the comfort? I mean, Sam bled a heck of a lot even if he is a big guy. He should at the very least have been woozy. And nice as well to see some reference to what they actually said to Sam about his blood – which, given his fears about what he might be because of that blood, must have been pretty disturbing.
And poor Sam: wanting to protect Dean but at the same time: "a part of him loved the control it gave him in a life that routinely spun off the track. With the blood, when it came to all the supernatural crap they dealt with, he was the one throwing punches instead of playing the punching bag…" Very key, and your end line is a killer.
Something like this would have been so welcome in S4: something that showed us how Sam was being pulled in so many directions. In lieu of that, it's nice to get the payback from the ep in this fic, and I love how you have Dean talking out loud since it's so obviously a tactic to comfort himself and kid himself all is/will be well… and how you address Dean's own horror at killing a manifestation of his half brother and then finding Adam's body.
And this: "Dean, now dressed in t-shirt and boxers…" I thank you for that image! :-D
| medicgirl chapter 1 . 9/11/2010
I love wounded/protective Winchester stories, whichever way they go, but this style is my favorite! And the line "I just hope you were on the giving end of that ass-kicking, Sammy, whatever it was." was just awesome. Sam will always be Dean;s kid brother and and he will always care very deeply for him. No matter what.
| vonnie836 chapter 1 . 9/10/2010
You did really great with this. Sam sounded so much like a really addict, denying his need, his dependency, yet in his heart knowing it was real. It came out so well in him denying Ruby, saying know, yet then Dean killing him. His mind was so torn and you brought this through. He didn't want to give in and yet in the end he knew he was going into withdrawal. He justified himself by saying he is just doing it to save Dean, to not be the punching bag for the supernatural things they hunt and it's true, yet it's only the beginning. This is why he made the decision to do it, but Ruby had other things in her mind and now he can't quit. He is suffering from the guilt and yet he can't help it. So excellently written. Loved it. Hugs, Vonnie
| Visionairy chapter 1 . 9/10/2010
This was great! Thanks so much for posting it. I liked both the time between Sam and Jess at the beginning, and the rest with Dean. Excellent!
(And just as a comment, I'd love to read your take on what would have happened had Sam called Dean shortly after his talk with Jess.) : )
| PhoenixDragonDreamer chapter 1 . 9/10/2010
Ohhh, this was chilling! Absolutely perfect dear! Just perfect!
| SciFi Girl chapter 1 . 9/10/2010
Great story and much needed in the world of SN Fan fiction!
Thanks so much!
| CeCe Away chapter 1 . 9/10/2010
You are such an awesome writer. You nailed the sentiments of what should have gone in that episode exactly. Loved it.
| cold kagome chapter 1 . 9/10/2010
AWWWWE.. SAMMY... LOVE HIM