|Reviews for Be Good to Your Daughters|
| MiseryMaker chapter 1 . 7/28/2012
Beautifully written and perfectly balanced. I liked your take on her handling of that situation. Made perfect sense.
| boneskittie chapter 1 . 11/19/2011
It totally broke my heart to see how callously Booth found out the baby was a girl, but I feel better having read this eloquent reminder that there is much more behind the glimpses of their lives together that we get to see each week.
| mendenbar chapter 1 . 11/16/2011
It's a shame that 43/44 minutes isn't enough time to let us see a little more into the minds and thoughts of these people. Fortunately, fanfics correct that problem quite nicely.
| toffeeeclairs chapter 1 . 11/15/2011
I like this take and additional insight regarding why Brennan didn't tell Booth. That really bothered me in the episode, even if it did all work out. Really enjoyed the story.
| daisy07 chapter 1 . 11/15/2011
I wish you were writing the episodes! Then we would have had an episode that made a heck of a lot more sense than the 'car crash' we were subjected to!
This was beautifully written and having Christine Brennan's insights was a very clever and totally inspired addition, also your Brennan was a whole lot more likeable!
Perhaps if I can bring myself to watch this episode again I can 'imagine' your Brennan in the part instead of the 'alien' one that we got presented with.
| AmandaFriend chapter 1 . 11/14/2011
Quite lovely. Except for one head-scratching moment, I really enjoyed the second episode and find that I love how you've spun the ultrasound issue. You write the characters well, especialy Brennan, who I suspect is as fractured and uncertain inside as she is composed and sure outside. Thank you.
| Some1tookmyname chapter 1 . 11/14/2011
Oh E. You know I just love this.
I was one who struggled to understand this and this is so spot on characterization wise that it made perfect sense in the context of the episode.
I adored her testing it out on Sweets. I really did. Like saying it to him, rolling it off her tongue would make her more comfortable with it.
The scenes with Ruth...heartbreaking. This in particular:
"But in that split second, as his plan comes together and as he rattles off instructions with a practiced confidence that she does not share, Christine aches for her children. For the little girl who hides her most vulnerable side from everyone in the world, save for her mother who loves her so fiercely and so deeply.
She wonders, by doing this, if Tempe will ever show that side to anyone ever again. The thought pains her."
That broke my heart and made me teary. Well done.
I love her conversation with Finn, her identification with him and his past...just really well done.
"Yeah? You think that?" His tone lifts and his chest puffs out.
I could SEE it, imagine just exactly how DB would do that. Excellent.
And then, after all, right there with him, she feels safe. Lovely.
You really are magic.
| etakkate chapter 1 . 11/14/2011
so sweet and deep. i haven't seen any of season seven but hav heard spoilers and wondered how brennan reasoned her way into not having booth there for the ultrasound - u gave us an insight into her feelings and it was very well done!
| Baileyjane chapter 1 . 11/14/2011
She's back, baby! Yay, E is back.
Great piece - especially since the actual episode fell flat in giving us what we crave.
I LOVE these lines:
Then they smile that way they sometimes smile at each other. He's there for her and she understands him and they are happy.
And it feels like a Moment.
And also the ending:
And with his hand on her stomach and his lips pressed against her forehead, finally she feels safe.
You captured Brennan perfectly, and I love how you wrote Booth - a little insecure, needing to be needed...
| sleeplessinatlanta chapter 1 . 11/13/2011
Awesome! Normally, I wouldn't encounter this, because I'm a little smut hussy and rarely venture beyond the M section, but I ran into this and it was really perfect for the episode!
If only HH had let us see even a little bit of this! :)
| recycledsoul chapter 1 . 11/13/2011
This is absolutely lovely. I had a bit of trouble with the latest episode because Brennan seemed a little more clueless than she really is, but your story explained her actions and thoughts just perfectly.
| sunsetdreamer chapter 1 . 11/13/2011
Every time I read something you write, I feel like my whole body just relaxes. Even if I think I'm already relaxed and comfortable, it just goes so far beyond that the moment I start reading. I get one sentence in and I sigh and I'm just in the story for as long as it happens to go.
When I woke up this morning, it was because my cousin was calling and telling me she was picking me up and I went into instant panic because I knew that would mean I wouldn't have time to read the fic, so I put it on my kindle and I left, and I read it in the car. Which is the kind of thing I never do because I'm always afraid of getting 'less' out of the story due to other people being around the same way I would get 'less' out of an episode if I watched it NOT by myself the first time. And you know what? I realised that there is absolutely no fathomable way I could ever get less out of your writing than what you put into it. I was in the car, and it was like I was at home, by myself, savouring it in my bed with my tea going cold beside me. You're that incredible.
I love the insight into Booth/Brennan's previous ultrasound discussions. I could easily picture that whole scene, and understand Booth's frustration at being phased out of the appointment conversation as well as Brennan's need to ask questions and comfort herself with the details and routines and FACTS involved that her doctor can provide for her. My heart was hurting practically right from the get go with 7.02, and you just make everything hurt so much less just a handful of lines into the fic. And you know what that makes you? A motherfucking genius.
For a moment, the part that comes next eludes her and she struggles but as she's come to learn, these sorts of conversations are such a big part of her life now and like always, she eventually finds the words she needs, "You are there for me in other ways. I appreciate that."
This line IS Brennan. And I don’t even know what more I can do or say. It’s beautiful in that poetic, absolutely flawless way you do. And then you move along through her trimesters and suddenly we’re all caught up with the show, and it’s like I didn’t even notice you moved. It’s fluid, and you manage to convey months of adjustments and assurances completely accurately, completely adequately, in just a few lines. So imma just go right ahead and drop the ‘motherfucking genius’ declaration again.
The flashes between Brennan discovering she’s carrying a girl and her mother’s reflections on the differences between sons and daughters makes for gorgeous parallels. I love that you thought to bring Brennan’s mom in this way.
The moment with Sweets outside the doctor’s office? Fuck. I can’t even... when I was in the car, I briefly thought of trying to review from the kindle as well, and then I ultimately reminded myself that I’m not you and I wouldn’t be able to leave a coherent review from anything outside of my laptop. And I’m glad I did, because now I AM on my laptop and I’m reading this for the second time, and coherency is proving difficult enough just the same. I couldn’t picture Brennan not seeing why Booth would maybe want to know before SWEETS of all goddamn people, but here, it makes complete sense. It’s still new for her. She’s still trying to adjust. She’s taking advantage of opportunities as they come to try and adapt to this new, huge thing she’s to become a pivotal part of. In this fic, from the ultrasound to Sweets to Booth to the convo with Finn, you actually touched on every single minor/not so minor detail that cut into me when I watched it originally, and you FIXED everything. EVERYTHING. This is being adopted into canon for me. I’ve decided and there will be absolutely no changing my mind on the subject.
Genitals are not particularly important news. It's her uterus. Booth doesn't even like black and white movies.
The repetition of this line, how badly Brennan needs to believe it, ughhhhhh it makes me happy. I got the little tummy fluttering feeling I live for while reading fic every single time it came up. Also, rereading Hodgins’ line about the baby just dropping out/Brennan’s cervical plug reassurance? Cracked me up just as well as it did the first time. Before everything started hurting.
The second glimpse into Ruth/Christine’s brain? AMAZING. I love everything and it is perfect and makes me want to brag to everyone in the world that we are friends. Just saying. Her protectiveness of Brennan, the way she loves her in a fierce way she can’t fathom anyone understanding (including her husband and her son), it’s powerful. This was my favourite part though;
She wonders, by doing this, if Tempe will ever show that side to anyone ever again. The thought pains her.
The explanation into the way Finn catches her in a moment where she is just decidedly happy and soft, it fits wonderfully. I never had an issue with the conversation with Finn per se (in fact, the little smile Brennan gets on her face as she listens and the interaction with Finn were my favourite part of the entire episode) but it did irk me that she could apparently find a way to connect with this intern she’d had five minutes, but was falling a little off mark where Booth was concerned when she’s known him for nearly a decade and she has never exhibited an extreme inability to empathise with him. But, once again, Magic E steps in and BAM. Things are beautiful and flowy and they make so much goddamn sense I could cry in relief. (also, I like that you think ‘heartbeat’ the same way that I do, and not music. Because music alone could not put a smile that fucking perfect on Brennan’s face)
The ending was just as flawless as everything else, and it seemed so natural to me I could enjoy it fully. I think I commented to Tracy/Jenn that I wished I could take the last twenty seconds and just put them in a different context so that I could see all the adorableness of it all and not have it marred by the rest of the episode. And you DID that. And I love you for it. Well done, friend. You always amaze me.
| harper83 chapter 1 . 11/13/2011
Really fantastic! I lov how you explained the feelings in the ep, great job!
| iamwriter chapter 1 . 11/13/2011
loved it. nicely done.
| Amilyn chapter 1 . 11/13/2011
Excellent work. I filled something similar to this in my head as well-Brennan's uncertainty with relationships and family and children driving her to make excuses even she doesn't believe as she tries to deal with overpowering emotions that are so frightening to her. You put it into words brilliantly and poetically. I like your line about her emotions being "safely stowed away in boxes," which seems to be how she handles the discomfort of them. Well done.