Reviews for That Which is Greater: New Year's Eve
JasonStlyish chapter 8 . 5/23/2014
Yay! I finally made it to Charah! You probably already know this, but damn fine writing
ivo1617 chapter 8 . 2/18/2014
It seems that I will have to change my way of writing reviews for you. I mention something and then it happens in the next chapter.

We've gotten to what was probably the biggest question on the show. Should Chuck hold out for the specific things he wants in a relationship or should he try to make the best of it with Sarah? Chuck had his moments, but it did take him 2.5 seasons to get there. Ironically, it seemed that Sarah was more into the fake relationship or at least she did not complain about it as much. Well that and the fact that if Chuck had tried kissing her first, he might have been beaten up.

I find myself wondering whether or not Chuck has more self esteem here than on the show. Buy More Chuck, though probably a bigger dork, was very particular about what he wanted in a relationship and he would not compromise. So much so that he had three other girlfriends. However, Buy More Chuck took no for an answer a little too easily, so that on the other hand could be a sign of lower self esteem.

The other interesting thing is the idea of Chuck and Sarah being in a forbidden romance. Part of their problems was that they wanted everything to be on the up an up - Chuck would quit the CIA when he was Intersect free or they would run away together or they would tell Beckman and hope for the best. But then on the other hand enough happened for everyone they met to pick up what was going on and for Beckman to do a 49B.

And finally will big, bad John Casey figure out what is going on? He has been giving Sarah a hard time since the get go, so does it really matter? By now he has probably noticed that Sarah is enjoying her outings with Chuck and Violet more than the average spy would. So that being said, would it even matter if Casey had caught them in the basement?
ivo1617 chapter 7 . 2/18/2014
Well then, things definitely were not over between Chuck and Sarah. Though I was not completely sure whether or not Sarah was still mad at him or if she had taken Bryce's advice to heart and was being distant on purpose. Perhaps this could also be an issue of Sarah not being strict enough with Chuck when they are out in the field, because a lot of times he did not listen to her.

I am not sure what to make of the kiss. The situation in the basement was not particularly intense or romantic. It seemed genuine, but Chuck might be right to feel insecure near the end of the chapter. Sarah was definitely going through some old boyfriend issues at the time. The irony is that Sarah will need to tone things down, which means coming over less, which means that others will get the idea that things are not going so well.

Is it just me, or is Chuck's sister always right when she is giving him advice? Even though a lot of times she is kept in the dark. Sarah being good with Violet has surely scored her lots of points with Chuck, but on the other hand how much time have Chuck and Sarah had to themselves to see whether or not the two of them connect? If they don't figure out things soon, I have a feeling that Ellie will suggest to Chuck that he should break up with Sarah and he might just listen to his sister. Besides, Chuck finding a mother for Violet is not too urgent, because she already has a positive female role model in Ellie.

It seems that you have a little bit of a challenge in the upcoming chapters of the upcoming stories. Violet might have to take a little bit of a backseat so that she and Chuck become more of a package deal for Sarah rather than Chuck obviously being the third person of the trio. However, is it possible for the star character to take a back seat without changing the story too much?

I liked the section at the end where Chuck was reflecting. It was nice of him to forgive Bryce even though there is still some bitterness there and it seems that Chuck is still very far away from embracing his role as a hero. There is also something to be said about the changes in Chuck in this story and how it will affect his chances with Sarah. The original Chuck was more easy going and he had a hard time holding grudges and those were things that Sarah seemed to like about him.
ivo1617 chapter 6 . 2/17/2014
Call me crazy, but I was more impressed with Bryce and with Casey in this chapter than I was with Chuck. Bryce told Sarah what she needed to hear, which is for the best in a tough situation like this. She will have to deal with her attachment to a little girl and Chuck being more trustworthy than people from the CIA (including Sarah) is the truth. Now that these issues are out in the open, hopefully Sarah can deal with them better.

Casey is unique in that he can say a lot with very few words. I think he made his point loud and clear with the step mom material; and he's got a lot more to go on than Bryce does.

I actually was not sure where Chuck's new found attitude came from at the end, so I really cannot comment on it. A little earlier he was really upset and he had a huge argument with Sarah and it seemed as though that had not been resolved yet. Has Chuck learned that he can't go around punching people and putting himself (and his daughter) in danger?
ivo1617 chapter 4 . 2/17/2014
The dog's name is a mouthful. You definitely have more patience than I do as I would be too lazy to write it out.

I forgot to remark on the significant moment from chapter 3 about Sarah not leaving Violet. Chuck, and maybe even Sarah, seemed to miss the significance of it because it was not really about Bryce Larkin. Bryce would have merely been the reason for Sarah leaving. What if Chuck got the Intersect out of his head in a month or two or Sarah was reassigned? Sarah would have to come up with a reason to leave anyways. Well, at least the feeling is mutual since Violet likes Sarah well enough not to think of her as a formal guest.

I have to give Sarah props for being a good sport and sneaking in through the window from time to time. Otherwise, Chuck would have to tell everyone about Sarah moving in and that would raise a whole new set of complications.

Now I am curious about what happened with Jill the second time around since you mentioned it again. Assuming that she is with Fulcrum again, what possible reason would she have for even talking to Chuck? Was she disobeying orders? And did she get back together with Chuck before or after Chuck had a kid? Anyways, with all of Chuck's insecurities, it kind of hurt when Bryce assumed that little Violet was his niece. It was not anything malicious to it, but still.
ivo1617 chapter 3 . 2/17/2014
It seems that Sarah is missing the self-improvement that working at the Wienerlicious provides. If Chuck was still working at the Buy More, Sarah would have to go in there on a regular basis thus being exposed to the large number of idiots working there thus learning how to deal with idiots better.

I am not really sure what Chuck is getting at in his part of the argument. What if Bryce were to show up where Chuck lives? He did it on the show, so maybe he can do it here too. And what is he going to do about Sarah moving in? If she were to move out after this whole Bryce thing is over, Chuck would have to explain to his daughter and sister why Sarah had to move out. So he would go from answering to one really angry woman to answering to two really angry women.

I was not sure what was happening in the beginning of the chapter at first, because I assumed that Sarah and Casey were right outside the room Bryce was being held in. Also since Bryce got away, I presume that he is yet to talk about Fulcrum and/or why he is back. And what would happen once Sarah and Casey's bosses find out about this? Or more appropriately, how will Chuck avoid being sent to a government facility this time?
ivo1617 chapter 2 . 2/17/2014
Well the first thing that comes to mind here is whether or not Chuck found out why he was really kicked out of Stanford. Maybe if he had known that Bryce was looking out for him, to a certain extent, maybe his temper would have been a little more even in the present situation.

I wonder how much of the difference between Chuck and Bryce is real and how much is due to what's in Chuck's head. Is Bryce really the polar opposite of Chuck? Something tells me that smooth super spies who are good with the ladies generally cannot speak in Klingon. Especially when it comes to women who have never watched Star Trek.

I am actually more curious about Bryce being free than about Chuck punching Bryce. Even if things go well for Chuck in the next chapter, he will surely get an earful from both Sarah and Casey.
ivo1617 chapter 1 . 2/17/2014
My bad, the dog eating Chuck's game controller was actually in this chapter.

Chuck being insecure about stuff was one of the of the big themes on the show - in this case him being noticeably skinnier than Casey and Awesome. Ironically, he might not have had anything to worry about. He was pretty good with the ladies, he did heroic stuff from the get go, and he was good to his friends and family. Unfortunately, Chuck still seemed insecure as the show was ending...

Sarah's food criticism was actually one of the things I was wondering about. How much does she know about food and will it ever catch up to her? And how could an entry about McDonald's get on her blog?

I have to admit that I was not expecting to see Bryce in this story arc given that it has been pretty mission free so far and dealing with Bryce will probably require mission related stuff. It is worth asking how Sarah will feel about all this. We really don't know much about her relationship with Bryce, except that they did not tell each other everything as evidenced by Bryce secretly stealing the Intersect. On the other hand, Bryce was not a traitor, he went on a legitimate mission, and he turned out to be an OK guy by the end. And to really make Sarah confused, it turned out that he had a number of things in common with Chuck. Hmmm, maybe Sarah has a type...
Molotov chapter 2 . 1/26/2014
There's one word for this chapter: satisfaction.
Chuck punching Bryce satisfaction.
Princesakarlita411 chapter 8 . 10/11/2013
Is that the last of bryce
jam chapter 8 . 12/16/2012
Had to read this story again... I find that it has some of your strongest writing in it - and your Greater Chuck is the most likable portrayal of the character that I've seen.

Also, kudos for making Violet so believable. In other kid!fics the child is often merely a vehicle for fluffy Chuck/Sarah moments (although Violet provides plenty of those too), but Violet has her own distinct personality (another rare thing for kid characters), her own will and desires. Bravo.
E5150Julian chapter 1 . 8/14/2012
So is there more in the 'That Which is Greater' series?
Fire From Above chapter 8 . 4/6/2012
Great to see them get started on a new stage of their relationship. Thanks for the story.
Fire From Above chapter 7 . 4/6/2012
Great job transporting the kiss at the docks to the basement. And I liked Chuck's introspection.
Fire From Above chapter 6 . 4/5/2012
Good job getting that doubt and un-doubt in there.
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