|Reviews for Dempsey & Makepeace: Art For Art's Sake|
| Quattro Queen chapter 40 . 13h ago
Sorry...for the delay...again...I'll go an sit on the naughty step. Another great chapter Miss K...'Hooker rehab' hahahaha..very witty, the whole fish/ fisherman is funny..I can smell it fro here phew! I liking Barney, he seems very friendly, laid back and bending over backwards to help our intrepid pair...perhaps a little too much? Does he have a reason foe being over friendly and helpful?hmm. Like Dempsey getting a little jealous by the other officer eyeing up Makepeace.
Don't think Dempsey was wrong letting his hands wander, he would have to be an absolute saint to resist that temptation, so I think not taking advantage is enough...My personal opinion is that you can't make him too more sensitive, because that would be taking him out of his character...when he's upset by something he either goes silent and broods or gets angry...he's not the soft cuddly sort, although he would attempt to be comforting, like he has been so far, but he would try to make it all alright for her...because he does care, he's just not very good at showing it :-))...keep up the good work...you're doing a cracking job ;-)
| dinabar chapter 40 . 2/28
Sorry it's taken so long to catch up. FF wouldn't be FF if the characters didn't develop that's the whole point...You just keep doing what you're doing and I'll keep reading (slowly but I'll get there!) I did like Barney adn the contrast between ways of policing. You always manage to give me a smile.
| Guest chapter 40 . 2/17
Thank you! You always write so well. I always read but rarely comment so in answer to your questions...In my opinion Dempsey showed massive restraint proving he was a gentleman and this should serve to reassure Harry she is no shallow conquest. Dempsey is out of character in as much as this was never explored on screen and he has never experienced a relationship developing like this before. I personnally think you are doing a fab job. Looking forward to the next installment :-D
| angie86 chapter 40 . 2/18
So... they are now #out&about and back to solving the case. Quite a contrast to how they were in the previous chapter. You haven’t even given them a chance for a proper dialogue, which is very clever #actually. The contact between them is limited to some indirect comments now as they have to interact with other people... Yet, the unspoken communication is so present there!
Good to see Harry focused on the case. She doesn’t seem anxious now but I bet the feeling of insecurity is still present there. Loved her ‘impression’ with the relaxed atmosphere at the unit and Dempsey’s apparent enjoying it. “Should she be on the lookout for a white rabbit carrying a pocket watch, Makepeace wondered because she had obviously slipped down a rabbit hole at some point.”
Brill way of presenting the waking-up scene. Loved it how in their thoughts they both drifted back to the same moment ...and for both of them it was a moment of bliss neither of them wanted to break.
“Much as she had hated to do so, Harry had quickly struggled out of his embrace...” Awww!
Now, to answer your questions: no, yes, no, no.
I absolutely trust your talent, Miss Writer Lady, so don’t change anything you have planned for #them. You have everything perfectly balanced here... sensitivity, affection, hurt, anger, humour, protectiveness, tension...
Harry’s outpouring has been too serious a matter for him not to react with tenderness, respect and ‘adult’ attitude. He’s not overly sensitive at all. I would say, he’s just showing his mature side in a situation that shocked him quite immensely, which is a right thing to do. At the same time, he’s still relying on his sense of humour trying to lighten up the mood ...for Harry. He’s in a very difficult position but he’s been handling everything very well so far ... and that’s cause of “love that neither one of them would dare to admit to…” – to quote it once again ;-) He had to find the right response to her emotions to show her that he cares so much that he is not going to take advantage of her but at the same time not to make her feel that he’s rejecting her. Besides, Harry’s behaviour has been quite confounding to him too and definitely influenced his way of dealing with the situation.
Roll on #41 ;-P
Ps. I could almost smell that fish odour! I love the smell in the fishing ports... #whatever:)
| rytx chapter 40 . 2/15
It appears that you have both characters just right. You have written the relationship element of the story so well that I did not really fancy (whoa...this old Texas girl just used fancy as a verb!-you must have some influence on my manipulation of language) getting back to the plot, by which I guess you meant the case they are working on. However, you create the supporting characters with such detail and clarity that I am eager to find out what is going on in Cornwall. The fisherman, by the way, seemed to have more sensitivity to the dead man's "sister" than the policemen. Bravo to you for such delicacy even with a character who smells of fish. You should keep writing as your muse guides you, even if it is during the early morning hours. Your readers appreciate the toil, tears, and sweat (hopefully no blood)you expend to entertain us and keep us reading.
| Castlefan68 chapter 40 . 2/16
Loved the chapter. I think you've got Dempsey just right, we've seen in the past he can be sensitive and a gentleman. He really cares for Harry and knows was at stake.
As always can't wait for the next chapter.
| Lady Omenia chapter 40 . 2/16
Maybe he shouldnt have but he loves her and it was just a way to show that he cares. She does as well but his best bet is to let things simmer down and wait until she is not as raw and fragile. That being said he has to be him and do what he does best. He is sensitive but still he is himself. Having feelings for someone might change some things but not all of you. I love that you show him as jealous and possesive. I wonder what he is going to do about it. is he going to show her that he cares or is he going to continue as is and let it bottle up inside? choices, choices... cant wait to next chapter.
As always Ms Krato, great writting.
| haveunotthought chapter 40 . 2/16
Don't you go worrying yourself all unnecessarily Miss Krayto. Your Dempsey is on a journey and you know perfectly well just how he is a changing.
Come on we are not yet 24 hours after the big reveal this guy who has been known to care and be the gentleman in the past as well as seen in bed in episodes some would rather not watch.
You have Dempsey fine.
I'm now expecting him to want to crack on with case as fast as possible because he knows there is nowt he can do about them until it's all over.
If he's a bit driven to complete the case and that makes him a bit hard to a Hardy that would fit. But really and truly you know just how to write. You just need to do lots of it fast.
It might help to jump some plot and give us a fait accompli of what they found out on a discussion between the two of them of with Spikings.
The plot does matter in that I need to know who what why. And masters needs resolving (angst) and Inga exposing.
Having said all that of course he had to explore her flesh. Love how they both thought the other asleep.
A really rather enjoyable chapter with some classic Harry lines.
Just waiting for more...
| schwesty alex77 d chapter 40 . 2/16
Thank you for posting.
In my opinion, Dempsey does everything right: it's normal to be more sensitive with the one you love... and he didn't take advantage of her so she can't be mad at him or upset.
| xLaramiex chapter 40 . 2/15
I love Harry being appalled by Barney using his nickname and Dempsey just loving it.
I'm not good at remembering specifics but certainly in this chapter he doesn't seem out of character. It seems that most of what you have him do is a sort of extension of what we've seen in the show; the way he'd become with more time and with a woman he truly cared about (and that woman being Harry, specifically). That said, it is easy to let him drift out of his characterisation, so idk just keep an eye on that I guess.
I would lean on the side of saying he should have not let his hands wander, but that doesn't necessarily mean I don't think he would. Although really, most of his pursuing in that regard on the show is when she's paying good attention to him; he does it for the reaction and the clues he can get of how she might feel.
Don't apologise for a meandering fic, it just means there's more to read :)
| NightOwl22 chapter 40 . 2/15
Back to the plot! I enjoyed their visit to the dingy office and the introduction of Barney (a really likeable character-the glass eye was a nice touch!). I liked the "fellowship" between him and Dempsey (two peas in a pod, I swear!), and how Harry finds their little "male bonding" completely annoying. They appear to go back to their old dynamic, save for the mini-flashbacks to their waking moment. Nice to see both their perspectives on this.
I absolutely loved Dempsey becoming territorial when the sergeant begins to check Harry out, and how uncomfortable he feels when he realizes such a fact. Although, we have seen him get territorial when it comes to Harry in the series, when this guy tries to pat her down, and he nearly breaks his hand for trying. So, that was very much in character.
I'd love, love, looooove to see Dempsey rub a little Aftersun on her back and shoulders (purely out of concern, of course...;P)
The description of the places and characters in this chapter were superb, down to the smell and general feel of the place (I cracked up at Dempsey's comment at the beginning - could he get any more crass?) And again, Barney is such a solid character-very real.
As far as your question, I think Dempsey's character got progressively more sensitive *in the series*. There's no doubt he cares. I just think by the end of the show it became very clear that Makepeace cares for Dempsey in a romantic way, but we never really found out about Dempsey. We know he really cares for her as a friend and a colleague, and obviously thinks she's easy on the eyes, but anything more than that was open to interpretation... Had there been a fourth season, I guess we would've seen them get even closer (darn it!).
So, having said that, I think your description of Dempsey works fine given the progression of the character in the show. Anyway, I hope that answers your question. ;-)
| goroslin chapter 40 . 2/15
I love every single line thet you write in this fic Miss Krato...And to answer your questions, you're doing a brilliant job with how you handle Dempsey, in my opinion! And yes, it IS enough that he didn't take advantage of her before...Now Dempsey is still Dempsey, right, no matter how gentlemanly he's been so far? and he does love her right,? So you can't blame him for wanting her ...He's not become too sensitive to me, he's just now starting to show her the real him.
It feels strange to have them back into "the real world", no longer in their little bubble, and interesting too, because watching her work and interact with other people will help him gauge how she is holding up emotionnally..maybe...
Can't wait for the new part! xx
| abeed chapter 40 . 2/15
I actually really really enjoyed #40! Liked how you got on with the day then had them both think back to #morningswingaction! Love how they both pretended to be sleeping so they could enjoy the moment! #handsallover :-) 'But then when he had stirred and his hands had moved lazily over her, she had held her breath, listening to the brief, rumbling murmurs of contentment as his arms tightened about her.' :-)
"Guess it's time to shake a leg, ha?" he had said and his eyes had wandered up her bare legs to offer her a friendly wink. - So Dempsey!
'But he hadn't been able to resist sliding his hands over her warm skin, invisible to him beneath the blanket but all the more tantalising for that fact. Like a blind man, his fingers had been ultra-sensitive to everything, every smooth hollow and delicious curve, the velvet of every miniscule body hair, each tiny mole. With every restless turn, his hands were presented with more sensuous wonders to explore until he had been forced to give up his fake slumber by the amative response of his own body. Hoist by his own petard, you might say and if it had hoist any higher, Harry would've known about it!' Brilliant! :-)
They seem to have fallen back into their roles very easily which I thought may not be the case. Good to see them still winding each other up and having the odd dig! Think Dempsey is gonna get more wound up with Doug as the day goes on. He very jealous! :-)
At least Dempsey has acknowledged they need to talk. Mmmmm I wonder when this will happen? and if he can keep himself in check in the meantime? #aftersunaction ;-) Thank you Miss K! X
| MyrtleLGroggins chapter 40 . 2/15
Good chapter, again. I really appreciate your dedication and hope you got some sleep after all.
IMHO it would have been very out of character for Dempsey not to feel her up. And I also don't think his being more sensitive is out of character. Love changes people. And he is only different concerning Harry and his feelings for her, not in general, as far as I've noticed. And since this is your story, you can do whatever you want (within reason, of course, meaning as long as you get them together in the end ;-) ). I absolutely trust your judgment and generally like your ideas. I am always looking forward to your updates.
| aunt sal chapter 40 . 2/15
What pray tell were you doing up at 4am on Valentine's evening?
Right first things first, I think his hands wandered just enough this morning they need to talk before his manhood starts poking her. It was just perfect the way you wrote it, so funny hearing both their thoughts on waking up in each others arms.
Now as for last night! It was perfectly correct of him not to take advantage of her venerable state, but how he went from that highly aroused state to lets just lie down and sleep I'll never know. Where was his manhood positioned?
Is Dempsey becoming too sensitive? No way he is super cute like that. We need him super sensitive tonight when he massages the after sun on Harrys shoulders.
Keep rolling out these chapters and stop doubting yourself. You know what we love.
Favourite bit better get up an shake a leg! Would that be the extra leg?
Also loved how they both get jealous Bassinger! How very dare he!
Actually I loved it all, they both know now how they feel about each other so the tension has gone. Oh yes and now Harry is staring at Dempseys lips I feel a sneaky kiss coming