Reviews for A Return To Normalcy
Georgi chapter 1 . 1/31/2013
WOW-what a powerful story. A fooler inside a fooler. I can't say enough about your writing-not just your style, but how intimately you know our two heroes. Thanks for continuing to write!
luvdjudge chapter 1 . 10/3/2012
You said “angst” and it was! Wow! Hard hitting, emotional, and true to life. I could certainly see Hardcastle having the immense guilt over his actions if the bullets HAD been real, even up to “finishing the job” by the execution of the other cops and his own choice of death—confessing freely (heck, if he wanted to insist so much over confessing to breaking into the police impound for Joe Cadillac’s files, you can imagine what he’d do in THIS situation!) and insisting that justice be served honestly and fairly, even on himself. Yes, he DOES love the kid despite his throwing him into the fire several times over the years…he knows that McCormick is innocent of any real wrongdoing and is a true friend. The surreal but dramatic nightmares showed Milt’s deep inner emotional anguish over his role in killing the best thing in his life, and hopefully will make him treat Mark better in the light of day in the future and let his positive emotions come out into the open. Even cooking a meal together or playing basketball is a way to show you care.

Re. Mark’s POV-he may not have agreed with the premise of the case set-up, but when he knew that the plan had gone wrong, he freely chose to be the sacrifice so that his and Milt’s idea of Justice over evil could finish the course and that the Judge would be safe from harm by the others. “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Mark showed on both sides (his dream death and his life) his deep affection/love and respect for Hardcastle and their work together. I really like his free and unconditional forgiveness toward the Judge in “both” worlds…even though Milt feels he has to “wake” in Hell each day, Mark promises to “always” be there by the jurist as long as time goes on.

I thought that the comment that “Nancy thinks [Mark’s] a gentleman” was great. I’ve always hoped that Nancy and Tommy saw the two men together from up in Heaven and approved of /appreciated Mark’s efforts to make Milt’s life less lonely and more happy.

An excellent story! Thanks!
Krokkie chapter 1 . 10/3/2012
The surreal, haunting nightmares Hardcastle experienced, indicate that he was suffering from post traumatic stress. It was brilliantly illustrated in this story. Hardcastle realizes that McCormick is more than just his fast gun, and he regrets his decision of risking McCormick's life to expose his former colleagues. Well done. :)
meixel chapter 1 . 10/2/2012
This story is a standout and that says something because your stuff is so good. But it hit everything. The dreams, the afterlife basketball game and then finally the humor. Excellent and an original take, which considering the volume of stories for H&M, that says something.