Reviews for Following the Footsteps
PipeDreamPrayer chapter 8 . 7/29
Oooh Lion-O! He's making sure everyone is happy, and he's helping out and he's seeing things from a completely different angle than the adults and I LOVE IT
But the alcohol has me worried

YES CHEETARA NOT TAKING TYGRAS BALONEY IS MY JAM

" But Tygra being gone and seeing him less made interacting somewhat tolerable. Lion-O felt like he could breathe, even though home wasn't as homey as he wanted. And this bred a new ability to ignore his brother." Good god is this
Is this actually working? They're gaining that independence from each other for he first time because they haven't had the chance to before - even separating for school meant that "home" was still together and they knew that and dreaded it
This is...new
Oh jeez this really is alarmingly different from usual, isn't it?

I really REALLY like seeing their relationship through Cheetaras eyes! We know that she really really cares about him from her reaction when he suggested breaking up, but this is something else altogether
" Cheetara had daydreams where Lion-O just wandered in from off the street and it had turned out that Claudus was alive, he was still in college, and the dark times had just been a nightmare she'd had while dozing off at the front desk. And then the kittens would run in, demanding time and attention, and Snarf would filch snacks out of the fridge." Me too Cheetara, me too

Aw the kids table idea is so sweet!
And the thing with the caterers! LION-O YOU SWEETHEART

The Reys are SO UNSETTLING

Another compliment? Tygra, this separation really does seem to be helping, doesn't it? Which is kind of sad...

The pot and kettle part made me laugh

AGH MUMM-RA YOU CREEPY SONOVABITCH
this will not end well

" Lion-O wondered if anybody else he didn't like was going to show up. Maybe the guy that had mugged Cheetara would pop up somewhere…" excuse me while I laughed myself to death

YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME
THERE'S PUNCH THAT THE REYS DON'T DRINK
AND THE MAIN REY THERE IS UNDERAGE AS WELL
WHAT THE HELL
Well at least we now know that NO CEO could have that drink, underage or not

Wait Tygra really never considered that Lion-O is a lot like their mother? What the hell

Oh god this is amazing
These guys trying to rescue Lion-O from this insane situation
"I t was a chore to unlock the car door with his arms full so he unceremoniously dumped Lion-O into Bengali's arms, not really caring if he knocked the cub over. But Bengali caught Lion-O and actually held him up, looking rather surprised that Tygra had been so careless" Tygra you were just regaining some of my lost respect for you

" Actually, he realized grudgingly, this kind of situation was pretty rare. He didn't call his brother "holy" and "saint" for nothing. His behavior was generally pristine. And after some consideration he calmed himself; Lion-O hadn't howled at him for an hour when he came in a little less than sober…and he'd been drinking on purpose. And granted, he'd yelled because he'd been scared Tygra would be hurt…the idea hadn't really occurred to him." Wait so he considers Lion-O to never mess up? But at the same time always gets on his case for being a screw up? And is only now truly considering how fair his brothers reaction to New Years was?

"Lion-O curled up in the seat like he was five and snuggled into the upholstery" goddammit he's not just a happy drunk, he's a CUTE drunk

Ooooh
Oh god this is upsetting but JUST WHAT THE DR ORDERED
finally complete honesty...Lion-O probably won't remember any of this, but I can't see Tygra forgetting it any time soon...
I mean jesus christ he's reminding his brother of their mother on her deathbed...
" Nobody ever liked me before Tretierra…if I go back there, you don't ever have to see me again. Then you'll be happy" and isn't that just the goddamn crux of the issue. So many people think everything would be better if this was the way it was, but what if what everyone thinks what they want isn't what's actually best. Lion-O is already bringing new stuff to the table as a boss, and Tygra might not hate Lion-O as much as they both think he does

"he kept feeling like there was a set of blue eyes looking at him with sad disappointment and long, feminine eyelashes." FEEL THE GUILT TYGRA
LEONA IS DISSAPOINTED

Oh jesus christ...he went through that at 3? Man...

...is this was a bad hangover is really like? Cause that's pretty scary

For a second I thought it was Tygra too...I should have known...
Bengali and Lion-O are more like brothers than Tygra and Lion-O knew pretty much every level, aren't they?

...Bengali has had experience with drunk abuse or something hasn't he?

Bengali and Tygra REALLY don't get on, do they?

" Just…agh, never drink again. Okay?" That's. ..the most like a big sibling he's sounded yet

Wait he doesn't have any friends other than Lion-O? Jeez, he really is like Lion-O was at that age, isn't he?

These two are so flaming SWEET
Wow...for Lion-O home really is the people, isn't it?

I love how he's listening to Bengali about Vultaire when his dad didn't about Grune
And these two together make a really awesome team!

NOBODY HURTS LION-O'S FRIEND

Oh WOW so THAT'S the big secret about thundrillium

Wow...Bengali just keeps turning out more and more like Lion-O doesn't he?

OMG THIS IS AMAZING
BENGALI IS SO SO SO SMART AND IS BEING PRAISED AND SUPPORTED FOR IT
THE SCIENCE TEAM IS COMING TOGETHER WITH HIM AND LION-O
VULTAIRE INTERERENCE WON'T GET IN THEIR WAY
HALLELUJAH

Aaagh they underestimated Lion-O and Thunder enterprises!

OH FUCK ME THEY'RE GONNA KILL TYGRA
well...at least we know he's not likely to go after Cheetara...but I get the feeling the other Cleras may be at risk...
PipeDreamPrayer chapter 7 . 7/29
"He couldn't do what he wanted; this was destiny. It didn't matter if he wasn't suited for it or he was unhappy with it." Damn that's upsetting...
"The most he could do would be have a male kid as quickly as possible and wait until he could foist the company off on the kid, force it onto him like this had been forced onto Lion-O. He recoiled from the thought. I will be the last person this happens to, he thought savagely. I don't care what it takes. One day, I'll have the document ratified. If I ever have a son, I want him to have a choice in his future. I won't force my kids through this." Oh LION-O

Interesting...if Lynxana is going to spread the word then Mumm-ra will find out that Lion-O is doing the last thing he wanted pretty soon

The complaining whining thing made me laugh

Oh god...he missed one more chance to talk to his dad that day huh?

" Lion-O had known his brother too long not to hear his voice quiver." Oh man...

" Lion-O tried not to hear Dad over and over, telling him he was disappointed, that he had to break up with Cheetara, that Dad didn't accept the relationship…
The last thing he'd thought was that Lion-O had let him down." Oh jesus...that's...Claudus really went out in the absolute worst way possible didn't he?

" Call me crazy, but I don't think that was a departure from his average day." Tygra shrugged once and turned. "He used to say similar things about you whenever I came to visit. You're spitting in the face of tradition. Business as usual for Lion-O." TYGRA WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU

YES PREACH IT PUMYRA

Oh jeez Bengali is so much like Lion-O was except he has a sibling who cares and he's even more on the extreme end of the struggles with fitting in, yet there's also less expectation on him to fit it

"And it's basically what I was born for." That's. ..depressing

Bengali like a kid brother he'd never had...that's crazy cute

Bengali...I really hope he tells Tygra at some point that he's being mean and for no good reason

Oh jeez is the waiting for Tygra to come home before sleeping still a thing? Yikes...

Aaaawww everyine misses him! and I like how you adressed that Cheetara wasn't dependant on him but still felt like a huge part of her life was no longer in place

Bebo and the twins! Aw if they ever meet Bengali these kids will be adorable as HELL

YES I WAS HOPING THEY'D MEET PANTHRO HERE!

Oooooh Panthro! This whole selection this so freaking sweet!
Oh god Lion-O you ADORKABLE NERD

Aaawww I don't know whether to squeal more over the email or Pumyra being surprised by Lion-O (both in his interactions with Bengali and when the door was held for her)

Jeez...it's so difficult knowing that things can't really have a completely happy ending no matter what goes down. The world just doesn't work like that...

OH wow...I knew Cameleo was used but I wasn't expecting him to be so damn sympathetic...
And ofc Lion-O is the only one to consider that maybe he's telling the truth

" Lion-O grabbed his arm and his eyes narrowed. "Lizards have culturally placed more importance on honor and truthfulness. It's more important to be honest than safe with them. It wasn't a slur, just a statement."
Tygra gave his brother a long look and Lion-O felt the gaze of everyone in the room on him. He just looked back at Cameleo, feeling oddly in control of the situation" OK that whole section was GOLDEN
Like, the lack of racism is actually leaving him in in a position of power because he's more aware of some things than others...like, it's such a step up from him being derided for standing up for the Lizard at the Gala. It's not necessarily people changing their minds about his openness, but it's certainly the first positive spin on it that people other than the Cleras has experienced and I LOVE IT

OH GOD
like, I knew that Claudus was killed by Black Pyramid, but for Lion-O to find out about the connection this way, and think that he therefore had an active role in it? Jesus christ man...

OH wow...so he's thinking about this calmly because of the Cleras over Christmas...

Oh jeez...that whole section with Lion-O saying he's sorry he can't see his family, and Cameleo saying that's never happened before and saying Claudus must have been a good man and Lion-O remembering that the parent who raised him had nothing to do with him not being racist...dear god my heart hurts
And the bit with Ted was the icing on the cake

JESUS FUCKING CHRIST NO
NO THEY'RE REALLY HURTING EACH OTHER
OH GOD THIS IS AWFUL
BENGALI OH GOD
I DON'T KNOW WHETHER TO BE PROUD HE'S STANDING UP TO SOMEONE SO MUCH OLDER FOR THE SAKE OF A FRIEND AND FOR THE SAKE OF STOPPING SOMETHING INHERENTLY WRONG, OR HORRIFIED THAT HE'S REACTING LIKE THIS
WHY DO I GET THE IMPRESSION HE HAS PERSONAL EXPERIENCE WITH FAMILY HURTING FAMILY?!
And the mirror eyes again...the Reys are assholes, and Tygra is far more like them than he'd prefer

Plus...Pumyra is on Tygra side about this sort of...she really has a problem with comparing Lion-O to his father, doesn't she?

Oh god the little brothers vs the elder siblings...the yoinger ones are the only ones here not behaving like ASSHOLES to some extent...

" But I'm not going after this lizard just because you're racist and think everyone other than cats are a grade lower in worth! I'm tired of kowtowing to you and Dad about lizards being worthless! I'm not doing it anymore! They're worth just as much as we are, and it's about time you acknowledged it!" FLAMING PREACH IT LION-O

" Bullies are cowards. And he knows it too. I could see it." Oh jeez...what is going on in that head of yours Tygra? Like, from the bit with Grune we know he still feels at least some loyalty to Lion-O on the basis of family, or at least not letting Claudus down...but this is the second time he's physically injured his little brother since this started...
" And…I honestly don't trust myself around you. The less I have to deal with you, the better. I can't think straight right now. I'm too angry. I'll do something I'd regret." Jesus christ...I guess that answers that...dammit how the hell have they reached this point?

" It's not all you. Mostly you, but not all. This house…there's too much Dad in it. I can't go into a room without seeing something of his and remembering what it was like before…and I'm tired of it."
Lion-O held Snarf in his arms and felt like a little kid watching his Dad explain why he was walking out."
This fuck has been almost pure pain and suffering recently yet somehow I don't love it any less...I just keep having to take breaks because DAMN THIS HURTS

"I'm not taking it back. You are bigoted. More so than Dad was," he said softly. Tygra stiffened and his eyes glinted. "But that doesn't mean I love you guys any less."...I really wish we knew Tygra mental response to that...at least he wasn't rough in getting him out of his room...

Dammit...it's heartbreaking that the first time he can do something like watch a favourite show on the TV in years is because he's alone. Like I know Snarf is there, but some kind of escape from reality is needed and the thing he chooses is only possible for he very reason he needs to escape reality in the first place

MUMM-RA IS SO CREEPY
Ooooh this isn't gonna end well

PANTHRO HAS THUNDRILLIUM
PipeDreamPrayer chapter 3 . 7/21
Yeah, Tygra is an interesting character - it's unusual to have a main character with overt meanness as a flaw, even if it's not constant. But it makes him all the more fascinating to watch develop

Heh, I almost said happy birthday before I realised this was posted ages ago...

YES PANTHRO IN HIS NATURAL ELEMENT OF ENGINEERING!

Aw I just love the idea of him living with them during the heatwave! With the kittens there too it's like they're one big family! !

Aw the surprise birthday thing was SO SWEET
SNARF FAKED IT TO GET HIM THERE AND THE KITTENS ICED THE CAKE AND AWWWW

FLIPPING TELL ME HE ACTUALLY DOES GO INTO THE FIELD
TELL MEEEEEE

Aw the idea of Lion-O and Tor geekier out together is so CUTE

GASP
MUMM-RA
LIZARD CO
HE'S...OH GOD THAT'S HOW HE COMES INTO THIS DEAR GOD

OH wow...so he's been validated rather than considered crazy for the first time by Cheetara, and now it's happened again with Panthro in his own way...this experience is so damn good for him...

OH goddammit that reunion between Tygra and Lion-O made me want to cry...that's just now how family should be with each other but this is reality for them...GAH it hurts...I mean for all we know Tygra genuinely missed him and was worried about how tired he looked, but that doesn't mean he didn't go about it like THAT, like a jerk, and it doesn't mean Lion-O is entitled to interpret it the way he has with the way the rest of his life has gone...it's harsh...

CHRONICLES OF NARNIA!

"Official home" jesus christ that's depressing...

Aw the checkup was hilarious but still managed to be sweet! And the kittens pictures were adorable!

Aw, moma Rey sounds amazing...and kind of vital to their dynamic, like, I can get how they'd have been perfect with her but without her there was something missing and...things got to where they are now...

Ooooh Snarf with Tygra made me laugh :)

Oh goddammit the reunion is SO CUTE! I LOVE IT SO MUCH but it's also bittersweet because you know it's not going to last...but still, Claudus freaking PICKS THEM UP WITH HUGS
KILL ME NOW

" Lion-O – for once – felt just as welcome as Tygra. Maybe leaving had been for the best. Absence made the heart grow fonder, didn't it?
Why can't it always be this way?"
Seriously, that right there is killing me...

Aaawww they're worried about his health too...because this is from Lion-O's PoV I can't really tell if everyone IS overreacting a but or of its something we should be worried about as well...

I kind of LOVE how easily Snarf is fitting in with this family...
" He was more like a tiny person than a pet, and to Lion-O's surprise neither Dad nor Tygra minded him being near the ingredients, clean and neat as he was." Apparently I'm not the only one

Oh god FREAKING DAMMIT THAT FLASHBACK SCENE
WHY
WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT TO US?!
well, I mean I loved it, so I'm glad it was there, but it also hurt like a bitch to read it...

NO THINGS WERE GOING SO WELL

" It's just that lion blood is such a difficult thing." Wait...please don't tell me the mother died from some sort of genetic blood issue, PLEASE

No...no no no no no!

"He took another bite of the stuffing, which suddenly seemed unappetizing. He wished it was missing an ingredient" AAAAAGGGHHH! !

NOOOOOO. ..They're really going from each other...

" Sure, we fight, but this guy can't force us to betray each other, right?" I don't know whether to be heartened that Tygra doesn't think there's any chance of them turning on each other at all to the point that it should be obvious to outsiders as well as to them, or disheartened that the fights seem to be less of a big deal in his eyes than to Lion-O

Oh jesus christ...
It says a lot about Lion-O's character that he's so upset for their sakes even when he always knew something was hoping with Grune...

"Of course. Anything Lion-O gets near screws up. Always."
TYGRA NO
THAT'S A BAD TYGRA, YOU DO NOT SAY THAT TO YOUR LITTLE BROTHER NO MATTER THE CIRCUMSTANCES FOR THE LOVE OF GOD

JUST A DISSAPROVING GLARE WTAF CLAUDUS AND YOU WONDER WHY YOUR SON'S HAVE ISSUES
Oh wow...so they're a lot like their ancestors, but sort of reversed
Tygus and Leo were inseparable despite being on opposite sides, these boys have been raised as brothers but just can't get along...

*gasp* ok the rings were a beautiful touch!

Ooooh poor Lion-O...if he's this uncomfortable with the prospect of being the boss then it seems like he really doesn't want to do it - I get the impression the majority of the pros of going through with it are that he doesn't make people mad at him, and that's not really a pro at all.

Oh god. ..they really used to be close, didn't they? Lion-O admired and respected his brother like Tygra believes he deserves of everyone now, and he was patient and understanding with his brother... And that's such an organic way to picture them drifting apart - the phrase "swings were not just for swinging, they were for jumping on and jumping off as far as you could" in particular exemplifies how it was just a case of not growing up paralleling each other. You can just imagine Tygra learning from peers and older kids and getting competitive and Lion-O just not being able to keep up...

" It had always been an exciting, bemusing part, being informed of a wild destiny. Not that he wanted some similar fate; he wasn't stupid. Grand destinies were great to read about, but how hard would it be to have to live one?' HA. HA. HA.

" Lion-O could have kicked himself for talking about the experiments to Dad and Tygra, but at least Professor Panthro thought the ideas had merit." That's right there is a clear sign that this family has PROBLEMS

GAH. ..that was depressing

HE WAS MEETING CHEETARA! I KNEW IIIIIIIT!
AH...poor Lion-O

It's a sign of a good writer that Lion-O can actually call himself out as petty and I still completely support his actions
If anything it's just reinforcing how well you write these characters - he is just a bit childish at times, and that's how it is, and you've included it in just the right way that it's still so sympathetic, like in the show

But DAMN that butter and jam phrase is sticking with me! That's awesome!

CHEETARA IS JOINING THEIR SIDE HELL TO THE YES

"He glanced at his brother, and saw that unreadable expression, something dark glinting in his eyes." OK all this darkness in Tygra is kind of worrying me...

Aw Kit! I can totally imagine her skating well!

Ugh...it's so painful seeing Tygra open up a little because of the twins and then...be like THAT to his own brother...
" His brother could sound so friendly. Why was his voice so cold when Lion-O was with him?" Yeah, what is up with you Tygra?
" "I'm not trying to be 'holier-than-thou' or anything. You think she'd lie to spare my feelings. I think she would honest, regardless of what it meant. I didn't imply you had a low opinion of her, just that you thought she'd do the nice thing instead of the honest one. How am I twisting your words?" His brother's face reddened, and Lion-O watched his lips thin in fury. But it gave him an angrily satisfied weight in his chest to note that his brother couldn't form a response." GAH, it's so upsetting how hard Lion-O is trying to keep the peace, between staying calm and taking the jabs without complaint so often, and dancing on eggshells while his brother tries to step on his toes...it's so harsh...

" If Tygra liked Cheetara, Cheetara would like him back.
That was simply how things went.
Lion-O knew better than to think otherwise...Tygra was...better"
UGH TYGRA LOOK AT WHAT YOU'RE DOING TO YOUR LITTLE BROTHERS STATE OF MIND!

Oh Kit is an absolute SWEETHEART trying to cheer him up like that!

"Was he just doomed to be the kook that girls nodded and said, "Oh yeah, him. Nice guy,"? Just once, couldn't someone – this specific someone, this woman he had fallen so hard for – decide, "Hey, I love you back,"? Because there was something about him that she liked, and wouldn't be able to find with anyone else? It wasn't that he wanted anybody to hate Tygra. Was it wrong, though, to hope that somebody…that Cheetara…would like Lion-O just a little bit more?
Please…"
Good god you are BREAKING MY HEART

Oh Jaga you absolute STAR

SHE'S
SHE WANTS TO GO WITH LION-O TO OME.N THAN TYGUS WITH TYGRA
AAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHH

Oh god OH GOD HE'S ACTUALLY OPENING UP
HE'S LETTING IT OUT DEAR LORD MY HEART IS REELING

" Stop. Stop it now. You'll be in pathetic, cuckoo territory. And you'd deserve it, too. One thing you do deserve.
Why did his mental narrative suddenly sound like Tygra?"
I'm literally screaming

AH man...that was such a release to have him finally speak his mind to someone completely (not with a facade of confidence on top), but also draining as hell...
PipeDreamPrayer chapter 4 . 7/21
OK so I accidentally missed this chapter and went from 3 to 5 without realising, but I haven't read past the first section of ch6 yet. So I know the events of the Gala and had admittedly been wondering if we'd get them in more detail via flashback at some point so...I'm embarrassed about that
At least I hadn't posted the reviews yet, don't have proper WiFi where I'm reading and writing

Oh good god I was not expecting the juice thing to come back up...that's really heartbreaking that they remember that after knowing him a few months and his family don't. ..I really hope Tygra (in know now that Claudus dies so not him...) finds out via interacting with these guys, so that he finds out he didn't know something as basic as that at the same time as he finds out that these guys already DO

Good god I melted at the giving thanks part...They're all so adorably sweet...

" Think this'll be a tradition from now on? Cheetara makes everything great except stuffing and we eat it 'cuz we love her?" Aw goddammit that's so sweet!

Aw Barbie...
Wait
That's the present he gets her, isn't it? Dammit reading this in the wrong order is messing so much you for me! I just know I'd not have pieced that together if I'd read in properly! !

Aaawww Lion-O is being open with her again! I'm so happy for him that he feels like he can say these things to someone for once!

YOU HAVE ROBO-BERBILS HOLY SHIT THEY'RE SO CUUUUTTTEEE

EVERYBODY IS WORRIED ABOUT HOW UNDERWEIGHT HE IS

PANTHRO IS BACK HUZZAH

Murphys law...and then asking about Claudus...goddammit
I'm kind of glad I caught that, I wouldn't have noticed what you did there otherwise
It's not something happening to he paper that's going to ruin his chances, it's him having to drop out

" Gruffly, Panthro pushed Lion-O in the chest with his fist almost affectionately. "You're annoying, but you're not an idiot. You just do a good job when you get older and prove that loser wrong. And if I ever run into him, I'll give him a fist to the face for Claudus and that brother of yours." I just adore Panthro in this! And how he's actually so enthusiastic about teaching and genuinely fond of Lion-O like he is...

Good god he's so nervous...it's adorable

"You sound honest, Lion-O. And I don't think it's selfish to hope Cheetara has more love for you, and likes you more than he. If it isn't too presumptuous of me – I assure you I think Tygra is a decent young cat…for the most part – Tygra is accustomed to people liking him more than you. But I think that you have a little more in common with Cheetara than he does."
THANK YOU FOR EXISTING AND BEING A SWEETHEART AND SPEAKING OUR MINDS JAGA

Ooooh wow I can just picture her...that's so GORGEOUS

Oh damn I was low key wondering why Ammit sounded familiar...that's so damn CREEPY

Oh yeah I kind of forgot Lion-O was smaller...

Huh...my interpretation of the view on bugs is kind of skewed because I read Slithe and his salad before this...I totally agree that it's unsettling, but I wasn't expecting them to be so surprised if it's such a normal thing for so many species

Oh poor Lion-O...

OH. ..yeah he doesn't recognise alcohol, does he?

LYNX-O is here!

Oh goddammit that was a freaktastic description...

He's so outraged on his family's behalf...and I already know that Tygra himself has a very different reaction to Grune than this...

Wait he's actually grown?!

Uuuuuuggghhh this party...almost everyone here is giving me the willies

Wait Grune is genuine in his regret leaving Tygra?...well at least that's something...

NO
NO FUCKING WAY
HE
MUMM-RA ACTUALLY SPOKE DIRECTLY TO HIM ABOUT SOMETHING HAPPENING TO CLAUDUS
AND THEN
NEXT CHAPTER
...
OH GOD
OH I don't think you DO quite get what he's getting at kid, I think this is more of a threatening foretelling than attempt to manipulate the company as-is

"Figures he must have done something right" Yeah you definitely did good here Lion-O

" and I think you're just the person that might make a few of my plans possible." FUCK MY LIFE
" But you know the movies, where you turn out being the prettiest girl or handsomest guy even though before you've been a geek. And that person you had a crush on actually ends up feeling the same way as you, and then you dance together." AAAAAGGGĢGHHH

"Bella think Cheetara has TWO (admirers)" I am DYING

Oh good god these two will be the death of me...

THEY'RE KISSING HOLY SHIT I mean I knew it was coming but DAMN was I looking forward to it! And now I can see what he told Tygra about it in a whole new light...if Tygra could just see them together he'd probably feel foolish for ever considering that Cheetara was patronising Lion-O...

I snorted at the reminder that she's having to tilt HIS head but I also love it so damn much

Oh my god OH my god OH my god the others saw everything and Kit...God she's such a little romantic

Aw these guys...THEY'RE so sugary sweet!

Oh wow he really IS growing!

WOO HOO HE ACED IT

Oh good god the twins will be the death of me!

Damn he's getting confidence from the familiarity and it suits him!
The part where SHE dipped HIM made me grin so much

OMG A SECOND CLINIC
OOOOH II THINK I KNOW HOW LICHEE WILL BE SAFE DESPITE TAKING OVER THUNDER ENTERPRISES
GODDAMNIT I WISH I HADN'T MISSED THIS CHAPTER

Oh damn he's so worried about telling Tygra properly and then it comes out like THAT and his brother reacts in the worst way possible. ..

OH. ..damn...
This would have been so much worse if I didn't already know, wouldn't it? And yet it's still tearing at me inside...damn that would have left me dead if I hadn't missed this chapter...

OH good GOD the RADIO
I NEVER EXPECTED THAT WOULD BE HOW THEY FOUND OUT
AND IT WAS ALMOST AS OLD AS CLAUDUS AND DIED JUST 20 MINUTES AFTER WTF MY HEART HURTS

Oh Lion-O...
PipeDreamPrayer chapter 5 . 7/21
Depressing? Yuck stuff? That doesn't sound like an appealing combination...

OH. ..OH GOD
YOU
HE'S DEAD
CLAUDUS DIED
...
WHY THE FUCK DID I NOT SEE THIS COMING?!
criminy it's just like the show, he's not ready so things are going to be divided, oh sweet jesus christ

ooooh I'm so glad we get to see the Reys!

BENGALI AND PUMYRA ARE ADOPTED SIBLINGS! Oh damn they're like a parallel between Tygra and Lion-O...

Bullet hole...? Oh fuck man...

OH god poor Lion-O...people really don't think well of him at ALL do they?

Damn...this scene in the office has this constant grief throughout that weighs everything down, from the odd joke to the tense parts to talking about the situation...it's really effective at upsetting a reader in the same way the characters must be

Ugh man...this isn't going well...
For all Tygra seems to feel like Lion-O gets everything and he gets nothing, for all he seems to believe his little brother looks to hurt him any way possible, it truly feels to us like not only is that untrue, but he opposite may be true - Tygra really does seem to take every opportunity to hurt Lion-O...

Ugh this is agony...

" But he'd grown out of that jealousy long ago; Tygra being nice to his friends had been because he genuinely liked them, and he was mean to Lion-O because he didn't like him hardly at all.
So there was no point in being jealous anymore." DUDE
TYGRA GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER FFS

Oh yikes...OK so there's a LOT of evil at play here...I'm just now realising that this is really going to parallel the Canon series in a modern setting, isn't it? The first few chapters were essentially setting up for all this

Goddammit BENGALI IS FREAKING ADORABLE

Damn...I hadn't considered the Treterria group being endangered by his presence, even after the bit with the bad guys...

BENGALI YOU LITTLE STAR ACTUALLY COMING OUT WITH IT
YOU TELL THEM!

"they were both feeling strange, almost bipolar in their bizarre protection and utter dislike of each other." Yikes...that's pretty accurate to the show, isn't it?

Ooooh That's upsetting...I had not considered the press...

Huh...I wonder if an open mind is what Lion-O will bring to the table that even Claudus couldn't...
OH damn...that's. ..Pumyra is kind of frightening...I mean I know business is serious, but...damn...

Jeez...dammit I was so hoping that they might really TALK to each other after the way things started on the New Years
This is anything BUT progress

Aw Snarf...he's such a good friend...
But...is it just me or is this the first time we've seen his speech as anything but "snarf" to be interpreted by Lion-O?
Ooooh i DON'T TRUST this confession AT ALL
Damn...that somehow ended on the least energetically angry argument between them yet...Tygra had a solid point but Lion-O had an even better one and handled it like a champ

Oh god OH GOD THIS IS THE TURNING-AGAINST-EACH-OTHER CLAUDUS WARNED THEM ABOUT
ITS HAPPENING

" Lion-O took after Mom. She had always been open to other people, and Lion-O had inherited it with an unhealthy dose of naiveté to make things harder.
Something in him coiled and asked softly, Is that a crime? Believing in the best of people and loving one's enemies? It takes courage, perhaps more than you have…"
Oh GOD this is so painful to read! There's still potential for him to get his head on straight but...it's so buried at this point...
" Something in Tygra flickered in defense of Lion-O. Lion-O could be a lot of things, but "brat" wasn't exactly the word Tygra would use." ARGH
FREAKING HELL THIS IS KILLING ME the whole way that when we see Tygra PoV even with all the issues he still has his brother in mind...he just never shows it in a clear way and IT'S A NIGHTMARE
God...he really believes that Lion-O is nothing more than dead weight, a responsibility that he can't bring himself to abandon because of family ties but genuinely doesn't see worth to like their parents did, even like how Lion-O does in not wanting to lose the only family he has left
Damn Grune is a master manipulator...
PipeDreamPrayer chapter 6 . 7/21
Oooooh that's terrifying
These guys are NOT incompetent, they are scary and powerful and SMART
AS WELL AS EXTREMELY THREATENING

" She didn't ask him how he was doing, she didn't say "sorry about your loss." She just expressed happiness to have him near" I am such a sucker for loved ones reacting differently from expected, in just the way that the person needs

Oh man these guys...They're just perfect...and he feels like he's come home by being with them and GAH

Ooooh a hint at the twins past dear lord...

Dammit this is heartwrenching...

OH wow...that scholarship thing...I really REALLY like Lynx-O...yeah I'm with Lion-O here, I do wish he'd gotten to meet him before now...

Good god I HATE characters like this! I even find antagonists like Slithe less slimy than stalker-reporters like Lynxana! And damn I shuddered when she commented on his looks
Ugh she's creeping me oooouuuuttt!

" Lion-O instantly felt guilty for feeling that way. But it was true. This family, here, was better to him than even Dad had ever been. Dad had loved him. And Lion-O knew it, and loved him back fiercely. But he'd known for a long time that Dad loved Tygra more.
That was all right. Lion-O was still loved, just a little less. And he was really okay with that.
He thought of all the things he'd done wrong, all the times he didn't measure up, and really Dad's favoritism seemed reasonable. Really." AAAAGGGGHHHHH

Oh GOD the favourite character thing came back as well...goddammit I'm hope Leola is making Claudus realise all his mistakes up in heaven...
I really love how you're not shying from facing the reality that he's not been treated right and it's all building up and coming to bite him
There's no "actually it was like this and was OK the whole time" or anything, he's straightforwardly struggling to handle the better love from these people in the midst of his grieving, struggling to deal with the fact he'll never see his dad again on top of the contrast between the Cleras and Reys continually making it obvious that his childhood wasn't quite right. He can't validate his dad and brothers actions forever in the face of this, not without really messing up his world view of himself in a way that will also affect his friends...Aaaaand now I'm worried that's exactly what you have in store...

KITS FLUTE HOLY SHIT

Oh...OH fuck me that's bad
Goddamn "everything's wrong" huh?
Oh Lion-O...GAH the way he's letting some of it out is awful, but people struggle to understand themselves even, when they're grieving...

Cheetara you sweetheart...

"But Dad wouldn't like it. It'd just be one more thing on the list I did wrong in his eyes.
But Dad isn't here. And Mom wouldn't mind if I cried."
KILL me now...

OH wow...that was so freaking PURE

" Nobody tells me what to do. That includes you. If I'm doing something, it's because I choose to do it. I worry about you because I care about you, and nothing you say is going to make me stop doing that." Cheetara is basically a goddess to me at this point

Their eyes are CLEAR again I love that so much I love Bengali and the way you bring stuff like his back around again

THE FLOWER
HOLY CRAP
FUCKING HELL YOU ARE SUCH A GENIUS
AAAAGGGGGHHHH

*squealing softly* aaaawww the Barbie...goddammit that touched my soul

Please say that Dragon-Ball-Z-esque Lion-O's hair is like in the Thundercats 2014 Canon
PLEASE

Oh these guys are SICKENING
PANTHRO TO THE RESCUE HALLE-FREAKING-LUJAH
*extended gasp of delight* HE'S HUGGING HIM OH DEAR LORD

It's heartwrenching how he only now realises how much he looked like his mother...

Panthro...dear lord I love him here so damn much

OH HECK NO
NO
NOOOOOO
They actually knocked a bird out of the sky with rocks to try to get Intel...and even did a crap job of it, it's only because Cheetara was distracted and there was already so much evidence that she provided so much more...

OH the ladle again, I love this fic

OMIGOSH SHE'S SO PROTECTIVE AND I LOVE IT

Oh god...OH GOD
THE KITTENS
ARREST
OH
FUCK

Oh JESUS THESE GUYS ARE SCUM
HUZZAH! LION-O TOOK CARE OF THEM! It's wierd to see him not acting like himself, but it was only afterwards that he was uncomfortable - during it he seemed to be doing OK even if a lot of it was an act. Like, it was only putting away nice Lion-O while around the Cleras that made him nauseous

" Tor and Jagana – both heading to one of the labs that Dr. Toss Gier had formed deals" this is definitely going to be important later, isn't it?

Oh Lion-O...

OH
OH wow
I
I am speechless
She's confronting him about this
And she's doing a bang up job about it
GOD its so heartwarming to see her so passionate about this, so desperate to make him understand that she loves him

"And I'm not so sure it's a complex you've come up with on your own." Oh PLEASE SAY SHE'S GOING TO TELL TYGRA TO GET A GRIP

" But of all the people in the world, I have never met someone as odd and selfless and different as you, Lion-O Rey. You're just you. And I believe in you with all my heart. If anybody can make the impossible happen…if anyone can bring success and hope out of this horrible situation…it's my Lion-O." I'M SQUEALING SO HARD IT'S SO TENDER AND HEARTFELT

" Everything's changing. There are a million things I have to do, and so many more I have to learn to do. And the whole world is waiting for me to trip."
Lion-O felt her paws brush his and draw them away from his face. "Your friends aren't. I'm not. I'm waiting for you to rise to the occasion because I know you can. I'm waiting to see you prove those people wrong and give them a good kick in the face."
I just adore these guys! This is what the fics been about, isn't it? Giving him a support system so that he's NOT alone against the world when his dad died

Good god these guys...they'll be the death of me

HE LEFT DOOFLE I FREAKING KNEW IT the clinic is even more his real home now isn't it?
I freaking love this fic
Arddun chapter 8 . 12/19/2015
So, I'm not done with the chapter yet, but I just wanted to stop and say that this chapter, the drunk scene in the car between Lion-O and Tygra, was beautiful. My eyes are actually wet right now. More than falling for Cheeterah (Cheetarah?) this was the scene I've been waiting for. Where he just spills it all out, his grievances, his woes, the family issues, all of it. He's just so tired, and it's just so perfect. So much emotion packed in one little scene. This chapter is great.

This story is great. It's beautiful. Thank you for writing it.
Nairobi chapter 11 . 3/24/2014
Oh gosh this was the most beautiful thing I've ever read from this fandom, ever. You're clearly a very talented and wonderful author - or you were a year ago, and how much more fabulous are you now? - and I'm just really impressed. I genuinely felt for all of the characters, and the plot and premise are truly genius, I can't help but fangirl a bit. I do worry somewhat about Mumm-Ra and his thrundrillium-powered weapons of mass destruction. Ending the story with the Thundercats logo was a wonderful idea, too; I kind of hoped Lion-O would change the company name to 'thundercats' actually, haha.

Anyway I'm blathering. Great story you have here, I really enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing!
RogueFanKC chapter 11 . 12/29/2013
And finally the conclusion! I'm sorry it took so long to review all of these chapters!

Regardless of the series being canceled, I think you need to hold your head up high and be proud at this universe. You give every character depth, loads of layers where we can see both their good and bad sides, and yet completely keep it loyal to the Thundercats canon so that it's not only in character but completely realistic. This literally is one of the best 2011 Thundercats AU fanfictions on this site IMO, and I think you deserve each and every praise that comes from such a high quality fic that no doubt took much time, planning, and heart (which shows how much you care). Well done.

I was actually surprised that Grune was so furious at Kaynar attempting to kill Tygra, although in retrospect, I think it does fit. Grune, in a *very* twisted way does care about Tygra and wants him to succeed (over Lion-O's failures), so I shouldn't be surprised that he'd willing come after Mumm-Ra for doing that. However, his conversation with Mumm-Ra doesn't bode well and reminds me that this isn't over. Black market deals and being intrigued because the Thundercats are truly giving him a challenge? This isn't going to get any easier for the cats, and I shudder to think of how much heartache they're going to get.

I laughed at Jaguara scolding Lion-O and calling him "bullheaded" and "boyish"; my, my, my, Lion-O knows how to get under people's skins. ) And I smiled when Lion-O is forced to take a two-week recovery; I think the time he spends with Cheetara is going to make up for the months apart. And I laughed when Bengali smuggled in Snarf into the hospital; that was just adorable.

Wilykit (sighs): He's so dreamy.
Wilykat: And to think that someday, he'll be brain-damaged enough to like you back.
Wilykit: Shut it!

The breakfast scene with Lion-O saying "I love you" to Cheetara was so sweet. I liked how it wasn't mushy or overly dramatic. It just felt...right, like a couple really act in real life. And Lion-O, a real nerd wears Transformers boxer shorts and is proud of them. And I liked how they settled the couch argument, but why do I have the feeling that Jaga purposefully told Kit and Kat to do that intervention? (side-eyes Jaga).

I liked the scene with Tygra and Pumyra, especially how Tygra realizes that he doesn't like being in charge. It was a good moment for him to realize how difficult this whole thing was for Lion-O and how he wasn't helping. And of course, you really showed how Pumyra and Tygra do get each other in a sense and how they do fit in many ways.

And Cheetara brought back Doofle! )

Nice to hear how Thundrillium is gaining so much interest now and it's going to mean a lot of buisiness for Thunder Enterprises. I too was shocked at Cheetara's "that's a lot of zeroes" remark, and of course, Jaga's talk with Cheetara about her moving to Pantherle was very heartwarming. Jaga truly knows this is the best thing and option, and he's wanting his daughter to take wing and fly to where she'd be happier. That says love right there, when you're willing to say goodbye to your life so that someone else can have a better one.

I loved how Lynxanna apologized to Lion-O for her earlier behavior; it shows how much she's grown to be humble like this.

And the bit where Cheetara and Lion-O were discussing their future plans was quite sweet, especially since it means the world to Lion-O to have Cheetara close to him (and for the record, if I see a building infested with Spideras, I'm running out as fast as I can, screaming). And of course, it was nice that Lion-O bought an entire building for Cheetara and that Tygra got a social worker to help with Cheetara officially adopting the kittens.

All in all, this was a brilliant end to a wonderful story. I know you have the sequel posted already, and I'll get started on that one soon! But be proud of this and never hesitate to show your love and dedication to the 2011 series. )
RogueFanKC chapter 10 . 12/29/2013
This chapter had me breathless.

In this case, I heartedly approve of violence and Vultaire deserved that punch to the beak (and to have his arm broken) after it was revealed that he destroyed all the generators and the Thundrillium. But what was heartwarming that when Lion-O was completely at a loss, instead of making it worse, Tygra actually tried to raise Lion-O's hopes up and did his best to try to convince him it wasn't hopeless. Finally! After so many chapters of Tygra demaning him, it's nice for him to actually try to encourage his brother.

And now Kaynar shows up and shoots Tygra. I have to admit that I'm most impressed that Pumyra tackled Kaynar and how Lion-O took the bullet meant for Tygra. You wrote that scene heart-wrenchingly well, because I think you finally managed to have Tygra be knocked out of his arrogant self-righteousness and see how much, despite everything, Lion-O loves him.

Let's face it, Lion-O willing to take a bullet is pretty courageous. Although I loved how Tygra just briefly had thoughts of killing Kaynar for what he did. I don't know why, but to me, it shows how much it really hits Tygra that he nearly lost Lion-O and then he'd have no one left in his life.

You wrote the reactions to the shooting very, *very* well. Kudos to being bale to get into each character's head and have their emotions be in line with their personality while completely surprising me. I blinked when Lynxanna actually left the newsroom once she heard the news (and I chuckled at her snide remark to Tygra about needing "therapy"). She's caustic, but for once, you showed her not giving a care about the story and actually being concerned if Lion-O was all right. Leaving the middle of a televised newsroom is pretty serious, so I thought this was a pleasant surprise. Panthro being shocked was also surprising; I would have never thought that anything could truly bowl over him. But I was saddened by Cheetara's breakdown; even though she found out Lion-O would be all right, that fear and panic staying with her was completely realistic. Her actually losing it was quite profound, especially since she always showed to be collected and professional.

However, it was touching when Cheetara, Wilykit, Wilykat, and Jaga all had that group hug.

And Cheetara, don't be surprised that the Wilykittens know your e-mail password.

BTW, I actually got irritated when in the flashback, it was Tygra Claudus held out for a hug first. Thank you for reminding me why I think he's a horrible father. And then you made me tear up when it was revealed that Doofle was made by Leola before she passed away. Wow, that hit me right in the guts. And the blanket to Tygra was equally touching, although I'm curious as to what exactly was the message she left him.

I smiled at the "Dr. Hipocra" name - short for hippocratic oath. She and Jaga would get along so well.

I thought the phone conversation between Tygra and the group was half hilarious and half dramatic. Face it, with so many people shouting at each other over the phone, it's gonna be hectic. Although I was pleased when Tygra was determined to finish the Thundrillium experiment for Lion-O's sake and to fly his family down to come see him. Pumyra was right: this is the nicest thing he has ever done, and here's hoping he keeps doing more of it.

I liked how Bengali reacted with the twins and Panthro; I get the feeling he's going to adjust very well into the family.

I laughed at the hospital mix-up and how Lion-O went straighht to Thunder Enterprises; you can't say that he isn't dedicated. And it was touching how the experiment worked and how it was practically a success. And yes, I cheered inwardly when Cheetara and Lion-O were reunited. That was absolutely romantic and touching.

Not surprised Kaynar committed suicide (although it is a little ironic that his last meal would be a brownie) although I get the feeling this is not the end.
RogueFanKC chapter 9 . 12/29/2013
Happy Holidays, Anzu-Fan. )

I thought you wrote the interview scene wonderfully between Lynxanna and Lion-O. What struck me the most was how quickly Lion-O was being adept at handling uncomfortable questyions (I winced when Lynxanna asked about Claudus), but what really made me smile was how Lion-O managed to disarm Lynxanna by showing that what he believes isn't an act and that he's sincere in his offers. The fact that Lynxanna is in some turmoil over Lion-O's beliefs and how she and the others are now being wonderfully rewarded by the network due to their interviews with Lion-O makes me think you have plans for her redemption so to speak. And I like that, you showing that she's going to change for the better and have some depth.

I liked how you played with Bengali's struggle with literature with brilliance with math. It's a common things with geniuses; they're extraordinary with one thing but LI in another, but that in no way should disqualify them from being a genius, and frankly, I think that's realistic. Showing how Bengali isn't smart in everything, but he's still a wonderful kid. Plus, I just wanna glomp him and hug him. )

I also loved how you showed Pumyra's concern over Bengali's testing, but one thing that struck me was not only did she adopt him, she adopted him when she herself was struggling ("eight dollars an hour"?! That's not much above minimum wage!). I admire her for doing such a thing and being so strong in helping herself and Bengali survive, but it also saddens me. This is more of a hint to Bengali's past, isn't it?

And poor Bengali being teased by his classmates for being "slow". Seriously, if this keeps up, Bengali is going to get more hugs and glomps than Lion-O by the fans.

Lion-O: Trust me when I say that I am perfectly fine that. Seriously. I'm not joking. Fans like *you* scare me.
Me: Quiet you.

"Then who dared pick on Lion-O since he was your brother?"[/quote]

Thank. You. Pumyra just cut into a very big hole in Tygra's self-righteousness and anger. If she can make tygra feel guilt out of all things, then you seriously have Pumyra down as a wonderful and no-nonsense character who I hope other writers can emulate. And the fact that she can best Tygra in a boxing ring was icing on the cake. I also appreciated how you showed that she is wise and upfront enough to point out that if Tygra continued to run the company as Claudus, it wouldn't survive for long and that change can be a good thing if applied correctly. However, I was sad when in the end, she got angry and hinted she was jealous at how chummy Bengali and Lion-O were being; it's completely realistic, and I think it was a good twist to show how Pumyra hates not being the only one to look after Bengali.

I love having Panthro visit Cheetara and the kids. He really is a softie! *hides from angry Panthro ready to throttle RogueFanKC*

I was saddened to see how exhausting it is for Lion-O to be the CEO of the company. I appreciate that he tries to make time for everyone, especially Cheetara (I was horrified when it was revelaed that Jaga and Cheetara didn't officially adopt the kids yet - I'm hoping that won't raise any issues), but I do agree with the hint that this sort of life can't continue and something has to give. And wow, Vultaire is really doing his best to sabotage everything. I applaud Lion-O for keeping his promnise to Mumm-Ra, but this is really starting to look bad, especially with the permits' validation being cut. And I hate the smugness of Palustri (he makes me want to pay for a ticket for the exact mnoment when someone knocks him down ten or twenty pegs), so I perfectly understand Lion-O screaming in Bengali's backpack.

I smiled at the car ride after the gym between Tygra and Pumyra. When you can argue without turly being offended, it shows how much at ease you are and how much Tygra and Pumyra are becoming friends. Now I *am* worried about Vultaire being caught at Thunder Enterprises, and his conversation made my stomach drop as if someone filled it with lead. Not only does it give us a little hint of what Mumm-Ra wants with the Thundrillium, but wanting to kill Tygra shy when the permits expire in order to send Lion-O to a tailspin of grief is just heart-wrenching despicable.

And Lynxanna rose in my respects a little. I smiled when she dumped the yogurt over Sylvestir's head.

..wow, way to end this chapter on a cliffhanger. /
frankannestein chapter 1 . 11/5/2013
I am in love with this so far.

Your writing is beautiful. This is an amazingly seamless transition from full fantasy to . . . what, urban fantasy? Something like that, anyway. The descriptions come at good times, ensuring that I stay in the story through all the dialogue and Lion-O's rather romantic perspective (what a cutie!). I adore Snarf's role so far, and I think Cheetara and the ThunderKittens are spot on.

I'm sort of blown away by how good this is. :3

Anne
Kisa Darkhorse chapter 11 . 5/18/2013
It seems like forever since I first saw this story and now it has come to an end.

Really great story and bravo on completing such an extensive storyline. You brought the characters to life and made us invest in their stories.

Bravo and I hope you continue to write stories to share with the rest of us.
Legacyending chapter 11 . 5/10/2013
WOW. These last two chapters were amazing.

I really enjoyed your story. I can always reread your stories and find myself not stopping.

Can't wait to see you next installment.

Like you having lion-o taking the bullet.

You can see growth in your characters. You really did a great job.
butterfly17 chapter 11 . 4/26/2013
Amazing chapter, and an amzaing story all together! Great job!
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