Reviews for Picture Perfect
willam and jack and jake chapter 1 . 6/13/2013
floating on clouds above chapter 1 . 3/6/2013
So much emotion! I love how you write Team 7! (:
HappyDeathFairy chapter 1 . 12/31/2011
Wow, that was beautiful!
wlkwos chapter 1 . 9/10/2011
I really do like this little piece, a sensitive and delicately-handled moment of insight into Sakura's mind and her deepest fears. You get right into her head and tease out her feelings so that they all come to life: her frustration with her old self, her sense of loss and abandonment, her fear for both boys. You make it very clear that the break-up of her team has affected her badly: she can't even bear to look at their old Team Seven photograph. Having been left behind by both Sasuke and Naruto, she knows that she's the "rag-tag", the one who stands on the sidelines and watches the team convulse and fall to pieces, and she's trapped in that rôle. She knows the boys are better than she is, and she doesn't have the confidence to intervene any longer, having been abandoned by teammates and sensei both - so she runs from the truth.

The symbolism of the picture and its frame was neatly handled, especially as it is obvious and runs the risk of becoming cliché. However, as Sakura herself sees it and reflects on what that broken frame means for her team, it becomes integrated into the story, an omen of things past and things to come. Even if she finds a new frame for it, the creases will always be there, between the four of them. It's also occurred to me that there's a parallel being drawn, on some level, between Sakura and the frame. She is the one who will "pick up the pieces" and "patch them together", providing some sort of form and stability for the team in much the way the frame does for the picture, but like the frame, she is broken by her experiences and cannot be made perfectly whole again, witness her thoughts at the end: "there really was no point in her attempts to keep up, to help out, because her help was never wanted, never needed". She's lost so much self-confidence, especially after she failed to kill Sasuke, that she shies away from the idea of actually doing something. She'd rather not try anything than fail again, it seems. Afraid of failing at the most important time of all, perhaps.

I'm really impressed with the amount of psychological detail you've managed to put into the piece, despite its short, short length. It's a beautiful little character study, a moment in time that sums up and distills all of Sakura's doubts and fears. I do like the way that you have broken up Sakura's introspection with her dialogue with Naruto, and then used that selfsame dialogue to feed back into her anxious thoughts, as well as to motivate the final scene of Sakura running away from the photograph and the truths it contains. It's a tight and polished little story, executed with skill and sensitivity, and very well done indeed.
cast14 chapter 1 . 11/12/2010
great story i loved it.
Sekai-Kage chapter 1 . 11/8/2010
This is really well done. Nice work.
mindlessdrabble chapter 1 . 11/8/2010

The last line just broke my heart.


Wonderful story, though :)