Reviews for There Was This Woman I Knew
Tangledupandsideways chapter 1 . 12/11/2016
I love this as I do all your writing. This is such a great interpretation of the episode and explanation of Gill's behaviour. It seems realistic of her, even though it's sad
Addicted1 chapter 1 . 3/13/2015
Great use of this episode! I love your take on Gillian's backstory, particularly how you wove Alec in. It really didn't make sense for Gillian to have married him unless she was sentencing herself, and you give such a plausible explanation for that here.

Thank you for this! I think the show really missed the boat by constantly rotating "extra" characters rather than diving into the ones they already had.
Guest chapter 1 . 7/23/2014
This is such a sensitive and, I believe, solid interpretation of what Gillian is thinking/feeling in this scene. Bravo for a courageous and sad exploration .
Cloe83 chapter 1 . 10/16/2012
First of all: I'm so glad to see your LTM isn't really dead! This gives me hope that every once in a while, when I'm going to check my email, I'll find an alert for a new story of yours. :D

Poor, poor Gillian... I have to confess that, although I watched "Veronica" more than once, the idea that Gill could have gone through something like that didn't cross my mind once. But I guess it is in the realm of possibilities.
After all, Cary said that in the potential Season 4 we were going to find out that Gillian left her house at 16 and, even though this kind of thing can happen to EVERYONE no matter the childhood they had, it is possible that, amongst other things, he was also talking about something like that. I don't know, it's an idea like another and now unfortunately we'll never know for sure.
An abortion must be one of the most traumatic experience in life, especially if you not only go through it without any support from the father, but also without any family or friends helping you cope with the thing. I can't even begin to imagine the level of loneliness she must have experienced, the poor girl. And she was so brave and strong all the while, so very Gillian like. I felt for her every single sentence of the story. Really.

As always, your writing was compelling and spot on and so very touching. I was in serious need of a LTM fix lately. Thanks so much for writing and sharing. :)
clarebear chapter 1 . 10/8/2012
Hey PJ,
I'm so glad your back, that was a wonderful story i just love the way you write about Cal & Gil.

I was really hopeing you might write a whole long story about season 4 and them being together going throught the ups and downs of there new relationship. Just a thought anyway hope to hear from you with a new story very soon.

Your Aussie friend :)
solveariddle chapter 1 . 10/7/2012
OK... wait... I have to compose myself first...

This is truly wonderful. The way you described why she did it (completely understandable) and how she has to deal with the consequences was heartbreaking but perfect. Of course, Cal would have known immediately if he had been able to look at her during that scene.

And I really love the last sentence: "...a life lived once upon a time, but forever haunted by what had happened..." Don't we all have something in our lives (sooner or later) that makes us consider this?

Beautiful story.
Nonnie88 chapter 1 . 10/6/2012
Blown away dude.
You wrote it perfectly for us.. and so soon! I wasn't expecting it for a bit LOL!
Thank you..
deenikn8 chapter 1 . 10/6/2012
Heartbreaking and spot on...even went back and watched the epi. I wish they would have gone somewhere with that .

Thanks for writing
HalleyFarrot chapter 1 . 10/5/2012
Extremely tough fic to read. love lost, love found, and lost again : ( a lot of reality life like. utterly heart wrenching, I get attached to Gillian's character in this fic as if I have known her my entire life, like I feel everything she feel. : ( wonderful story, beautifully told...heartbreaking and uplifting. I always love your Lie to Me fics.. hope you write more.
thanks so much.
LieBones chapter 1 . 10/5/2012
Great job showing how this haunts and pains her even after all these years. Glad we gave you the nudge :) So jealous that you could just sit and write something like this in such little time...terribly jealous of your talent!
Roadrunnerz chapter 1 . 10/5/2012 this was so lovely. Sad but beautiful too. I love the layers that your Gillian has but I hate how much, at the same time, it makes me wish she'd been given some on the show too. :-/

Love how you blended this part of her past with how she got together with Alec. Makes a lot of sense actually. And I love that this gives him a bit of nuance too, as I find he's too often painted as a villain and nothing more.

But THIS part just broke my heart: "She was never more grateful for the fact that he couldn't see her face. The confession caught her off guard and she felt her mask slip... he would have known, if he had seen, that something was there, that she was hiding something. That she was guilty. That she carried that sadness with her. He saw her. He saw things he had no right to know. Things she would be ashamed for him to know."

Mostly because...we know she trusts Cal with so much. And to know she doesn't trust him to see this (while I'm wishing that she did!) makes you realize just how much it still affects her. So very poignant.

So, uh, do I get some credit for getting you to write it? ;)
KarenJC chapter 1 . 10/5/2012
Completly and utterly brilliant my lovely.I guess that may be strange words to use for such a sensitive topic,but it's so true IMO XXXX I'm so very pleased that you decided to take up the challenge thrown down to you on read your work,I knew you were more than qualified to do it xxxxx You're wonderful at tapping into people's emotions and this story was no reading it,I could see Kelli in front of me acting out the scenes you tore/tears me up to read Gillian upset,but that just means that the story being told is so realistic to is a natural at the emotive stuff,yet remains so very beautiful in the process. It's been a real joy,honour and privilege to read your stories again.
Many,many thanks for writing and posting xxxx
Lots of Love and Best Wishes xxxx3
just.callian chapter 1 . 10/5/2012
Read it is morning but only had chance to review now. My chest felt tight while reading this. Glad that you're back!
BananaOnALlama chapter 1 . 10/5/2012
I hate to see Gill crying. I hate to see Gill crying about the baby issues. Really. It breaks my heart to see the most kind and motherly woman in this kind of pain.
But also I like to see Gill making wrong choices. Really. She's a human and she has her share of mistakes. We all do. The point is how we deal with them.

I love verr much how the narration goes with small sentences. Two-three words in which we can see everything, two-three words which make heart aches, little cracks of what is going to crumble to dust. No surroundings, no names, just raw feelings. I loved it.

[Twenty years went by and she had reached that point of acceptance. Still sad sometimes. Certainly guilty. But mostly, well, it was not that she was at peace, but there was a sense of resolution. Something. It didn't hurt as much as it did. Time faded memories, but she would never forget. It was possible to learn to deal with pain, but scars never truly disappeared. Some days, most days, she didn't even think about it. But it was part of her now, testimony to a life she had once lived. Her life now served in repentance.] This part is my favorite. We all do mistakes. And we have to live with them and with this responsibility.