Reviews for The Sin Eater
BenRG chapter 1 . 12/27/2012
An interesting and thought-provoking look into the mind and heart of Jeff Tracey. He and his sons have sacrificed much for the dream. Whilst I am sure that they are happy with the choices they have made, they would be less than human if they didn't have some regrets and frustrations. And, of course, it is in the nature of the man that Jeff will always blame himself for not being man enough to protect them... and protect Lucy.

You wouldn't expect Jeff Tracey to be something like some authors' interpretation of the Batman but, the more you think about it, the more reasonable the idea becomes.
Tikatu chapter 1 . 12/9/2012
Popping in from a short vacation to say thanks for this. Your feelings about Jeff, especially as he's portrayed in far too many of the Wee Tracy fics, parallel mine entirely. (He can't have been like that in the movie-verse, either.) I love the way you've brought out his thoughts as he's come to this point in his life. I also love the way he recognizes what he's asked his sons to do, yet understands why they continue to do it.

Favorite line:

"Our methods aren't perfect, because we aren't perfect, but my boys do what has to be done for the greater good of a cause we all believe in."

Amen.
Darkflame's Pyre chapter 1 . 12/8/2012
Oh, Aitch. I think this is one of the few times I have found myself rendered speechless when reading fanfiction. It doesn't happen often, but I really must say that you have done it.

This is the second time reading this, and I am very much more awake than I was the first, and it's just hit me as hard and emotionally as it did that first one. You are completely amazing!

So completely Jeff, this. Forming a world-renowned organisation, not for profitable gain, or personal glory or grandeur, but stemming from six men who wanted to make a difference in their world, and then berating himself for supposedly dictating his sons livese. Sheesh. But then, it's a bit hard when your subconscious is determined to be bloody painful and dump this in your brain...

'Sometimes I wake up at night, that little voice in the back of my mind screaming at me. What have you done to them? You've taken their youth. You fell in love, got married and had children - and you were happy. You were one of the first men on the moon. You lived out your dreams, fulfilled your career's ambitions. You've taken those chances away from your sons. You've stolen it from them. What kind of a selfish bastard are you to make your sons do that? To expect them to just go along with it, without complaint, without regret?' But they did. Because they believed in, you, in it, in everything both it and you stand for. They'll follow you to the ends of the earth because you are their father and they love you and respect you, no matter how many grey hairs they might have given (or are yet to give) you.

I adore how John popped out with the line that pushed the ball into ever-rolling motion. It might very well been Jeff's desire to make his wife happy and proud, but it was him and his sons together, the Tracy Six that made it possible. Just amazing and how coherently you've put it together just makes me squee!

Now to the deranged bit, right at the end, now I've once again told you how awesome you are; no disputing that fact now, Tomodachi.

'The phrase 'never a dull moment' was basically invented for my family.' Absolutely was! Those Tracy boys. Never ending messes. Lol. Loved the bit about Alan being in the ER every other week. Annoying as ever. And Gordon. Suspension. Naughty, cheeky Ginger Short-Arse. And he's never grown out of it either. Oh well. I think you've managed to sum them up in a single sentence. Go you!

Brilliant, amazing, terrific, stupendous job. I am in awe of you, and I've probably spat out a marvellous bit of incoherence here, but never think that it's not totally amazing, these itty bitties you write.

Thank-you ever so much for writing it, Miss H.

Much love,

Jay Cee. Xx
Angel-Sue76 chapter 1 . 12/7/2012
aww that was really nice and a great insight into the mind of Jeff Tracy and his feelings about International Rescue and what it represents.

Great job honey. Take care. x
thunderbird5 chapter 1 . 12/7/2012
It's so true. It wouldn't be hard for me to give up all they had given up but, if you think of it. It's a hard thing to do and a job where you never know if you'll ever come home from a rescue.
Teobi chapter 1 . 12/7/2012
Oh, mon ammy, I always knew you had it in you to be real and deep and beautiful this way. My mouth was hanging open in awe the whole way through reading this. I read it in Jeff's quiet, sombre tones, loved the thoughtfulness of it all. It's been an odd week for me and I'm really in the mood to read deep, heartfelt stories exploring the human condition to help me make sense of my own circumstances, and as usual, you are right there for me- it's our psychic link, mon ammy! It's totes REAL!

I hope that anyone reviewing this gets to know what a fabulous, friendly and non-judgmental person you are. You encourage me in my writing just as much as you say I encourage you, and if stories like this are the result then I'm just going to have to keep encouraging you!

. 'Then, one day - she wasn't there any more. She was gone, and I had five boys to bring up and no idea what the hell to do. It wasn't the world that needed saving any more - it was me. It was my boys. We were the ones who needed help, and Lucy wasn't there. There were dark days and long nights when everything seemed hopeless. There were those weeks when at least three out of five boys had measles or flu or a stomach bug and I needed seven pairs of hands and the ability to be in fifteen different places at once. I was in a constant, sleep-deprived state of business meetings and packed lunches and bedtime stories and service contracts and kissing hurts better and putting food on the table.'

- And those were the *easier* days!

. 'The eventual idea of International Rescue came from a throwaway comment John made on a rare night we were all together over Christmas.'

- Good old JT! As always the unsung hero of International Rescue. (What was Gerry A. thinking when he banished John to TB5?)

US SIX! 'It was at that moment I realised exactly what had got me through the last ten years. It was them. And, even though I'd been so blinded by the enormity of the task of simply bringing up my children - it seemed as though I'd got them through it all, too. I hadn't failed them. I had worried and I'd fretted and I'd been too strict sometimes or too lenient other times, but through it all, they'd grown up knowing that I was there for them. It wasn't 'the boys and I' or 'us guys and Dad' - it was just 'us'.

Totally broke my heart there, Ell Aitch. In the best way possible.

And the end paragraph- OMG, tears. Not sloppy, sentimental tears but real, proper. emotionally charged tears. Because this story is quiet and beautiful and poignant and so realistic.

Get you, LH! Being all grown-up and serious!

I'm so proud of you. (But remember, when you feel yourself getting TOO serious..."automatic cameraaa detectorrrrrrrr!")

Love and mahoosive hugs,

Teebodiesel

xxxxx
mcj chapter 1 . 12/7/2012
Louise - quite simply - LOVELY.

mcj
Rachie D chapter 1 . 12/6/2012
I can honestly say I've never looked at Jeff Tracys character in that depth before! Exceptionally well written and heartfelt look at the possiblle reasonings and debates that would go on in a mans mind in his position! I guess a puppet of all things is actually the best role model a man could have!
LexietFive chapter 1 . 12/6/2012
At last a Jefferson Tracy that appears the way I imagine him to be and makes sense to me! I totally love this oneshot and can well imagine him as IR sineater.
Us six sums it up Tracy Six. Fabulous!
JoTracy123 chapter 1 . 12/6/2012
Loved that wee story. I am in thoughts of a new one shot myself and I am thinking about doing a 2nd chapter to my Scott story the secret marriage. Lovely as all ways xxx