|Reviews for What It Means to be Free|
| saylor.jessop chapter 1 . 3/3
It was reallllly hard to watch them destroy each other and although I don't think they would have realistically ever been able to bounce back and manage a healthy relationship, the final scene was really beautiful and yes, made me cry. I'm just a sap like that. So sappy Canada could harvest from me for years...okay wow that got really weird really fast. Never mind.
| ennflor chapter 1 . 2/27
Despite what you're saying in your author notes, I think this fic is actually very good! I enjoyed reading it and got kinda emotional at some parts. Which means you did a pretty good job here! The fic also seems kinda dark to me... ah, well... I feel pretty sorry for both Arthur and Alfred. They both seemed so confused. Arthur didn't manage his relationship with Alfred very well and ended up hurting Alfred (somehow Alfred's pain brought emotion from me the most). But Alfred also was a jerk to Arthur so I feel bad for Arthur too, and I feel bad for him as he seemed to struggle and try hard in the relationship but not manage it and suffer from it. But it's nice that everything ended nicely for them. I can accept all the drama and all the angst, especially when the ending is good and happy. :')
I just think that maybe it'd be better to write the story, like... linearly? First past, then present, etc. I'm not sure though. I think you know better what would be best for your own story, haha. It's just that the whole part with remembering the past is pretty long so it's hard to return back to present when that part ends. It feels a little abrupt. Because I already got immersed into their past story and it was a little difficult to immerse back into their present. Idk how to explain.
But no, the story is still good! So even if you leave it the way it is, it's fine I think. :) Anyway, great story, yeah!
| K.L chapter 1 . 1/5
Continuation (I accidentally tapped the post review button. Tablets are exasperating): Although I have long moved on, this fic really made me look at my past in retrospect.
"We both broke that trust a long time ago, when we were young and cruel to each other."
Man, that line just hit me right at home. You don't know how I craved to say that to the one I had hurt and apologise so that we can finally have that closure.
Glad the story ended well for them. In my real life, I know I must work to have a happy ending as close to this. Hope that in my lifetime, there would be a chance for me to mend.
| K.L chapter 1 . 1/5
Hello, this review might be quite old but I still would want to praise this fic for being a powerful one based on my opinion as an avid fan of short stories, be it original or fan fiction. Casting aside the flaws of describing a real BDSM community, how you have written the story and how the each character's motives were laid out is just brilliant and moving. Maybe, it's a litle biased on my part for I also experienced being in a relationship that utterly lacks clarity and proper communication. Back then, I once got through loving a person and loathing them at the same time. This fic really made me think of my past in retrospect.
| ThatCrazyGirlReading chapter 1 . 8/17/2013
This was really fucking long for a one-shot...and also I wanted to strangle Alfred for 1) having sex with the frog 2) lying to Arthur 3) being a asshole by publishing that story and using Arthur 4) being a total ass and stealing from Arthur 5) for not appreciating it when Arthur was nice to him (damn brat) so yeah I kinda wanted to kill Alfred but Arthur I got pissed at him for being fucking rude and filming Alfred yeah that got me upset. This was a well written fic and I can one is even if I can't write one! But now I must read more so good bye!
| Anon chapter 1 . 6/2/2013
Amazing story! I loved it! You are a very talented writer and this is one of my favorite fanfics. Keep up the good work!
| bea chapter 1 . 5/25/2013
I hope this isn't seen as rude, just my honest opinion of this fic. i really don't like how in you a/n you say this is an exploration of the bdsm community but in the fic we're shown abusive tops and whatnot. Now there's nothing wrong with writing abuse or anythig like that but don't lable it as proper bdsm.
The ending felt so rushed too, after all that to get a wedding? i can't help but feel a bit squicked at Alfred marrying Arthur after the abuse he went through nor can I see Arthur easily forgiving him.
| VeryUncomfortabl chapter 1 . 5/24/2013
I'm gonna be honest I didn't even finish reading it, just because the entire representation of the BDSM community seems really skewed and it make me very uncomfortable to read. Treating the subs like commodities even out of play and while doms will ask others to 'train' their slaves for them it's some of the other things like I didn't see a whole lot of consent- and consent is a great staple among the BDSM community-, even when Alfred was with Arthur (not gonna go into the whole Ivan thing, because that's a whole different pet peeve that I'll leave out of this beyond being something of an abusive relationship) and it didn't seem like they ever stopped playing- which doubled my discomfort.
I don't know. I have a lot of mixed feelings, but like I said I didn't even finish the fic. As someone who is in the BDSM community and someone who has many peers within the community, I can say if I ever found any of these kinds of relationships coming into my life or my peers' lives...I would be scared.
| TheGreatCC chapter 1 . 4/4/2013
OMG! One of the best USUK story I have ever read :D Started this at 12 midnight and its almost 3 xp...
Such a great story with a happy ending
| Louise-Maria chapter 1 . 3/29/2013
so it's now 6 am and i'm still awake because i just couldn't stop reading this
it's not as if i had palns for the day or anything...
| ace of spades chapter 1 . 12/15/2012
WOW! that's everything that I would say, because it was amazing story, that leave me speechlees
| xPotatoLamax chapter 1 . 11/14/2012
This was... AMAZING. OMFG THANK YOU! There really isnt much I can say other than that... Thanks again, it was really well writen!
| anacoana chapter 1 . 10/30/2012
Nice! You did really, really well with this, and i'm speaking as a member of the BDSM community. Doms will pay others to train their slaves sometimes so You weren't as wrong as You thought. i truly do love this though, words can't describe it. Great, great, amazing job!
| meltingholidays chapter 1 . 10/28/2012
Wow I see many flaws in this piece as you indicated but this is nonetheless one of the most emotionally powerful and beautiful works of writingI have ever read.
I want you to know that you are a beautiful person and I'll like this fanfiction for years to come. Thank you for writing this.
| cookiemonster321 chapter 1 . 10/9/2012
This was honestly the best fic I've ever read...Yes, I just spent about one and a-half HOURS reading this (with breaks of course, my eyes would die if I didn't!) But I don't regret it AT ALL!
I mean it has some insight into the actual BDSM community, with a bit of your own input. It also has some hardcore and fucking awesome sex! Add character development, and just a bit of sap and you get this masterpiece!
You did well :D BE PROUD!