|Reviews for Familiar Taste of Poison|
| HogwartsAsWeKnowIt chapter 4 . 2/19
AGHHHHH so sweet but a tearjerker 3 poor steve
| VioletErin.26 chapter 8 . 1/21
Beautiful! I live h/c steve! :D i am grateful for no slash. No offense to anyone but like how the story focused on friendship only.
| Amy chapter 8 . 12/2/2013
Poor Steve! You torture him so much. Good thing he has his team to look out for him!
| lightning bird chapter 1 . 10/4/2013
Steve whumping. I will never complain.
| dolphinrain chapter 8 . 9/12/2013
you certainly put Steve through the wringer this time. very nice story and I liked each team member' s time with him, although I would like to have seen more with Bruce. either way, good story.
| PhoenixPulse chapter 5 . 7/3/2013
OHHHH! This was adorable. Honestly, one of the biggest mood changes I've underwent while reading a story; from utterly depressed (from the last chapter), to insanely happy (this chapter). Thor's just a big teddy bear, and I love his loyalty!
| PhoenixPulse chapter 4 . 7/3/2013
Okay, this chapter was cruel. Really cruel. I was rather manly the last chapter, willed myself not to cry, and amazingly, I didn't, but this...I just BAWLED. I don't know whether to love you or hate you for all these feels and making me miserable. What I'm trying to say, is that you write wonderfully, even if it's knife piercing to the heart. So good!
| Pennie Laine chapter 8 . 6/14/2013
So, this is the first Avenger's fic I've ever read. When I start reading for a new fandom I'm not always sure what I'm looking for, and I can be super picky about stuff until I find something that clicks for me. I've never had anything click for me as fast as when I read this. And now I'm worried that I'm not going to find another story because you've gone and set the bar impossibly high.
I try not to just leave reviews that say 'this is really good' because as a writer I need to know why someone thought it was good, and what worked for them. Honestly though, as I sit here all I want to say is that this story was perfection. You've got Tony's snarky bastard, yet secretly caring down to an absolute science. I 100% believe in your characterization of Natasha, especially in chapter 4 (I'm that girl who left that sobbing mess of a review on that chapter a few days ago). Pepper for me, is the reason IronMan works, so I adored her scenes. I've always had a soft spot for Bruce Banner/Hulk, yet strangely never really liked him until Ruffalo took over the role. I feel a weird sort of need to defend him, and my goodness, in this story he was perfect. It just felt so right, I can't explain it any other way. I need to find more stories especially with him functioning as a physician for the team.
And my new passion is going to be Steve hurt/comfort stories. My favorite is emphasis on the comfort, which is probably another reason why this story was so good. It's such a delicate balance to get the comfort down right, and you did it. I just want to applaud you on that. Plus, you wrote Steve really well.
In a few of the author's notes you defended Steve's reactions to his illness. I don't know if that stemmed from people complaining or just as a warning. I never once thought Steve was OOC. I think that you write at such a believable level that your readers are willing to follow you into an area where it potentially could be out of character if it wasn't handled as carefully as you did.
I really loved that everyone got their scene or their moment with Steve. That was so fun for me. With a cast as large as the Avengers it would be so easy for someone to get lost in the story. I loved that they were all there and each had their shining moment. I really felt like you took the time to establish who the characters are to you, and why they might react a certain way before you wrote them because they were so believe and so spot on.
Sorry, I'm usually not such a gusher. I'm excited to check out the other stories you've written.
| Pennie Laine chapter 4 . 6/12/2013
I was going to just review this story at the last chapter when I finished it, because it is so good and I didn't want to interrupt my reading. Then I got to this chapter, and I'm going to need a minute before I continue so I thought I'd take the time to tell you how much this chapter made me sob. I was inconsolable for a while there. I'm still taking deep shuddery breaths trying to get myself together. I cannot tell you how much I love that Natasha found that tape of the crash and Steve and Peggy's goodbye. I'm so glad that she searched for that tape, and then to have her talk it through with Steve absolutely devastating. (also loved that she dislocated Clint's thumb when he tried to comfort her, perfect). Steve and Peggy's ending is something that has bothered me since I saw it. It is so heartbreaking, I can't handle it. I thought you worked it into this story beautifully. I was not at all prepared for that suckerpunch though! I've just determined that there is no way I'll get it together to finish reading this story tonight. I'll be back tomorrow evening and I can't wait!
| Guest chapter 4 . 6/4/2013
Oh sweet lord... Steve and Natasha... I just... So... Preciousness...oh god... I... Asdfghjklqwertyuivbma... :-)
I love it so much! They're so AMAZING ADORABLE SO SO CUTE TOGETHER!
| YeahI'mWeirdAndILoveIt chapter 8 . 5/29/2013
I love this story, it's so sweet.
| ym4yum1 chapter 8 . 5/22/2013
My dear, I read it all and commented at AO3, but I need to leave my words here too! ;)
I don’t like hurt/comfort stories, I don’t like my hero in pain! But you managed to show why he’s the team leader, why he inspires us all! So, here we go… my favorite parts!
"But you are my teammate and you're supposed to be my friend and I needed your help today but you weren't there…" (This is so meaningful and sad... Steve always says the perfect thing to ground Tony.)
Tony mutters defensively though he can't really deny it outright. He does tend to get a lot more sarcastic and snappier when he's concerned about something. Still, he didn't think he was that easy to read and Banner brushes it off like it's nothing. (Tony and Bruce have a great understanding. Bruce knows Tony is worried about Steve. :)
Sometimes he felt Steve had been given the worst hand out of all of them. (It's the same thing Robert Downey Jr. said about Chris Evans' job at the Avengers premiere. He was great praising Chris' performance and telling how he was impressed by the young actor! The challenge to portrait Steve as the team leader, an expert tactician and bright commander, but still young. And with the vital mission of gather all the superheroes egos and focused them to the main goal. Steve is the hero. Selfless and noble. It's never about him. He does what's right to do. Never easy.)
Natasha feels the sharp prickle of tears creep along the backs of her eyes and she sets her jaw tightly to keep from losing her composure in front of him. She can't bear to bring Steve out of the delusion just yet because right now he's getting at least some form of closure. It's more than he ever got when he was unfrozen and he needs this now more than he needs anything else. "Steve, it's okay," she says softly, keeping her voice gentle and quiet as she speaks to him. "I'm not mad… I know you would have come back if you could." (This scene is heartbreaking and beautiful. She didn't want to be here and end up protecting him as a mama bear! I can't forget her vulnerability after Hulk 1st rampage or when Clint was in pain, and the looks she exchanged with Steve during the whole movie. Her soft human side, just in need of someone to notice! She was raised to be a killer/spy... but her inner kid is still there, just waiting to be loved!)
JARVIS afraid of Natasha was the best!
"Do not mistake your illness for weakness, Captain," (Steve and Thor are similar in many ways. Both noble and genuine; leaders in their own places. Both worthy of Mjolnir's power. That's why Thor understands Steve's pride. And because unless Thor, Steve was always selfless, Thor admires and worships his team leader on Earth. But... but... I found the embrace a little too much! lol!)
Clint knew he was young (what, 22? 23 tops?) but he never looked it; Steve was always so stoic and detached when he was wearing that red, white, and blue suit that it was easy to forget he really was the youngest member of their team. (Movie verse, Steve was born in July 4th, 1918. Comic verse, he went down in 1945 27 years old, like Natasha. While Clint, Tony and Bruce would be 41/42. Anyway, Steve accepted Clint back from Loki-mind-control without doubt, without blame, and Clint was already blaming himself. And Steve put him at the prestigious place of giving everybody info during the battle. This is was a proof of trust. I think Clint owes Steve forever, and won’t forget it.)
I love Pepper and Coulson playing mom and dad! And Coulson is alive! Agents of SHIELD TV show!
Pepper just laughs and shakes her head. "Steve you don't have to thank us, we're glad to help. Besides, you make a better patient than Tony so I'd pick you over him any day of the week." (Best line! Love Pepper!)
"So apparently Hallmark doesn't make a "sorry-I-let-you-play-bobbing-for-apples-in-a-cont aminated-water-tank-and-effectively-let-you-get-ex posed-to-swine-flu-crossed-with-salmonella" get well soon card. I called their main office; it can't be done." (People tend to write good Steve and ass Tony, and it's not that way. They're opposites yes, but it doesn't mean good/bad. Steve is inspiring for sure, and he'll bring the best of Tony because there's good in Tony too!).
Tony stares at him incredulously for a minute, arms half-crossed over his chest and eyes narrowed. "You know, you're a real piece of work, Rogers," he grumbles irritably, sitting back against the hard plastic chair and shooting Steve a slight glare. "Why can't you just be mad at me like a normal person? Blame me for getting you into this mess and landing you with something that would make the CDC cringe? Jeez man, I can do blame and anger; I can't do this whole reverse-psychology, acceptance thing. It's freaking me out." (Steve is so altruistic that Tony can't understand, but he gets inspired.)
"Because I screwed up, okay?" Tony nearly shouts, frowning darkly and looking away from Steve again. "I screwed up and you paid the price. I'm not used to working with other people, Steve; I'm not used to this whole team dynamic that everyone seems so fond of." (And that's the point.)
Steve frowns slightly and looks like he wants to protest but Tony forges on ahead. "You know why? Because that's what teams and friends do; at least that's what I'm told," Tony adds on in a quiet mutter. "That whole team spiel you just gave me applies double, if not triple, for you too, Cap. If one of us goes down, the rest step up to take their place; it's that simple." (The student learns! They balance each other. Make each other better.)
Lovely story dear! Looking forward for more! Keep writing!
| AlienTourist chapter 5 . 5/17/2013
Awww...this was so sweet. Thanks for writing this! I can't wait to read the rest of it, even though it likely won't be until Tuesday :(
| MerLocked chapter 4 . 5/12/2013
right in the feels. i'm crying now!
| Beloved Daughter chapter 8 . 4/24/2013
Great story! Poor Steve! Thanks for writing and posting! :)