|Reviews for A Face on Every Skull|
| delia84 chapter 38 . 10/11/2013
I hated how they did the Maluku scene, too. The best part about that scene is the outtakes, where Emily gets freaked out by the snake coming toward her ...
| delia84 chapter 32 . 10/11/2013
I made it through the last chapter, clicked to this one, and read your intro with a bit of relief, thinking, "It's just a test. Booth just has to make it through Brennan's test." And then I remembered all the years of tests ... and Hannah. I'm really interested to see how you finagle Booth out of that one. (I know in the past I've mentioned that I should have started reading earlier, and I should have. But now I'm really thankful that I can just click away to the next chapter ... hah.)
| delia84 chapter 28 . 10/11/2013
That Shakespeare line is one of my favorites.
The "you only see her when she's broken" line is quite possibly (in my humble opinion) the best, truest line you've ever written. I firmly believe in the need to be open, broken, and vulnerable with others — only because I haven't been for so many years. Keeping up the front of having everything all together is exhausting and simply not being one's true self. Just my two cents/soapbox. There's something so freeing and real about being broken in front of others who love you and are there to help you pick up the pieces.
I love your description/comparison of Brennan to an angry angel. Nice imagery!
Also, this chapter really does make me hate Sweets. I don't typically hate him, but with this episode (and the ones alongside it), I do wonder how Booth really was able to forgive Sweets.
Interesting author's note. I don't know that I would have ever made that connection if you hadn't brought it up. Thanks!
| delia84 chapter 20 . 10/11/2013
In answer to your question in the last chapter, yes, I've definitely wondered why Brennan was able to see Cleo but not her mother. I've always chalked it up to the fact that she was rushed and was distracted by Booth trying to get her out the door for an important court appearance, but hey, I like your take on it way better.
And YES. You went back to the Latin root for Brennan's name. Nice! (I took Latin 6th through 11th grade, and then four semesters of it in college. Still super thankful for vocab skills ... and the fact that I can weasel my way through just about any of the Romance languages if I stare at them long enough!) And your explanation (well, Angela's explanation) is beautiful. I seriously have always wondered why the rest of the family had "normal" names and Brennan got stuck with an odd one. (At least my parents gave all three of us unique names ... which is one of several reasons why I don't use my real name on this site!)
| delia84 chapter 15 . 10/11/2013
You did an excellent job of filling in so many little gaps that the episode couldn't manage to cover. This was perfect.
Angela's "You're late to a funeral. Of course you're in trouble," lines are also on my list of favorite Angela quotes.
I still really hope that someday, Booth gets to reveal to Brennan that he threatened to murder someone. Not exactly sure why I hope that, but I do...
| delia84 chapter 13 . 10/11/2013
Ah dang it, now I want to pause the reading and pull up that Christmas episode ...
| delia84 chapter 12 . 10/11/2013
FF is being stupid and won't let me copy and paste any of your lovely writing. Boo. (Or maybe it's my browser. Who knows.) Regardless, the paragraphs describing Brennan's clenching her mouth shut (the description of the teeth along with the description of the strength of bones) is pretty damn incredible. I read it a couple of times.
I will NEVER get tired of watching that Christmas episode. Love it. Angela's kissing monologue is still one of my favorite Angela scenes. And how fun to glimpse some of Booth and Brennan's people watching at the party!
| delia84 chapter 10 . 10/6/2013
I've never thought about Booth's betrayal quite like this. You gave it much more meat and life.
I think I'm going to dig up this episode on Netflix tonight ...
| delia84 chapter 9 . 10/6/2013
OK, first of all, this: "A 1940s era throwback to the malt shop, it was popular for breakfast and lunch, just close enough to reach comfortably on foot and just far enough away from the National Mall to go unnoticed by the river of tourists streaming past the Hoover to take in Ford's Theater (scene of the Booth family's ancestral sin and ironically located one block away from the building where one modern Booth tried to even the cosmic score)."
Um, PURE GENIUS. Why has this never crossed my mind!? I love how you just threw this in there so casually. You are genius with subtle but oh-so-important and clever details.
(Side note: Brennan withstood the charm smile for two whole months? What a woman.)
I've always imagined the story behind the fry-stealing was related to Brennan thinking Booth was consuming too many calories. I've also imagined it being cute/flirty, in an awkward Brennan sort of way. And you did that, but you made it much more meaningful. So much more meaningful. Wow. What a great, meaningful little backstory to the fry stealing. (And another side note: I always feel so very blessed when I read foster care stories. I'm adopted, and thankfully, my birthmom had parents lined up for me right before I was born, and she didn't fight the system/change her mind. If she had, I certainly could have ended up in a bad foster home. I went to one for my first 3 weeks, per mandatory state law, but after that, I was home. Very, very thankful.)
Oh man ... Stires. You bastard. This (and the rest of the surrounding text) just make my skin crawl. You've made me absolutely DESPISE the man: "He knew. He knew that Brennan hid behind technical language because he'd taught her to do that; knew about her days in the car trunk because she'd told him. She'd told him about seeing Maggie's face. He knew how she felt about this case, the way she could not help but relive her own horror, and he'd kicked her anyway. After implying Brennan had fed her own history of captivity in the car trunk into Maggie's bones, he'd gone on to mock the clinical language she shielded herself behind. He'd deliberately used her past and her coping mechanism against her."
Please tell me you write something where Booth finds out that Stires knew Brennan's history and used it against her. I'd love to see a throwdown (or Booth freaking out, for lack of a better word, about everything).
| Julie SBXMomX chapter 47 . 10/1/2013
I loved the ending. The Collin story was one one the best episodes I think ever done and I and glad you used it for your ending. I live Avalon and the faith that Angela has in Brennan. Great story end. Thx so much for a wonderful story. You really have the essence of Brennan down and I look forward to reading any of your future work.
| casket4mytears chapter 47 . 9/29/2013
I am so grateful you picked up the torch, this little rumination of mine, and ran with it so utterly and freely, with such abandon. I am so grateful you in particular took hold of it, because only you could have really dug into Brennan this way and given this hidden story beneath the surface of the show true life.
Knowing I love the tarot, you surely knew this was a perfect ending in my eyes. We were kind of robbed of that full circle moment in the episode, weren't we? I wanted a bit of an 'I told you both so.' But allowing her to come to that understanding by objectively assessing the cards was a rather fantastic idea.
Is it magic or is she brilliant at her job? Why can't it be both? Indeed...
You are a superstar, and should be tremendously proud of this.
| chosenname chapter 47 . 9/29/2013
Take a bow, you've earned it!
It was a wonderful story, and a thrilling ride. Your "enhanced cannon" style is unique. As much as I wish at times that the painful ( 100th episode; Hannah!) could be discarded, in the end what you do is infinitely better because it defines what "is" and not what "could have been". I look forward to reading it again.
| delia84 chapter 6 . 9/29/2013
This is haunting and intriguing. (I hope that doesn't sound cliche.) I have always wondered why the show never delved more into Brennan's expeditions (that sounds trite, but you know what I mean) — they've given us bits and pieces, but never taken us there. You took us there, and now I feel like I've had a bit of series better explained.
I absolutely love your closing. I've always wondered about that skull in the pilot episode. However, I've never noticed Hart's skull in the bag pattern — fascinating. Thanks for bringing that to light.
| delia84 chapter 5 . 9/29/2013
I love how you've portrayed Angela in this chapter. It's been a while since I've been reminded of who Angela really is (especially this season!), and at times, I forget how fiercely loyal and dedicated she is to those she loves. This is a nice reminder.
| latetobones chapter 13 . 9/29/2013
KLEENEX! I need the KLEENEX now! Love the ending of this chap. Well, I love all of it but awesome ending!