Reviews for My Shadow
Lumiere D'Amour chapter 14 . 7/16/2014
AWWWWWW! Okay, this chapter had major character development in it! I mean, I feel you've always been true to Songi's character from in the game, but in this chapter you really took his character and made it your own, while still keeping true to the game's character-it takes skill to do that, and you pulled it off wonderfully! His soft side is still so in tune with his snarky, bastardy side. I actually really, really really like Songi in this chapter-this is my favorite portrayal of him. Like. Ever. I have an extremely soft spot for animals and I actually cared for a baby Robin myself when I was younger, so I really felt connected to Songi's character for the first time ever. Well done!

The character development in this chapter is definitely the best by far, and I applaud you. And I still like seeing Gala's "Maya" side. I didn't spot any errors this chapter around, so...yeah. But I've got to say-if the rest of the chapters in this story bring more character development like this, this will be a killer story. :D
Lumiere D'Amour chapter 13 . 7/15/2014
Heya! I'm back. Been awhile, I know. Anyhow, this chapter has something majorly important in it-mentions of the other characters! I'm so eager for the point of when Gala and/or Songi finally interact with Zopu, Maya, Vahn, or Noa. I'm really missing the other characters in this story right now. Gala, get your ass over to Buma already! I wanna see Noa!

I know eventually you'll probably get to the other characters...but geez, sometimes patience isn't my strong suit. This chapter seemed like one of those inbetween chapters-nothing really happens plotwise, but it still has a key point in the story in showing off other sides of characters- such as Gala's motherhen side. XD I did love the memory involving Noa and Vahn and the pond though. I would LOVE a full recount of that story. XD

I only caught one error, and it was this sentence.
"Gala almost got to urge to laugh."
You used "to urge," instead of "the urge."

And just cuz I gotta comment-if Songi hates the color blue, he must hate his eye color. XD Is this a hint that Songi might have self-esteem issues? Awww. So much for the sexy beast. XD
Lumiere D'Amour chapter 12 . 4/16/2014
Lol! This chapter was one of the best yet! So hilarious! When you and I were talking and I made the prediction of Songi vomiting, I didn't actually expect to happen! He didn't vomit on Gala sure-that would have been the greatest scene ever-but he still vomited and it was hilarious. The "It hit me!" line from Songi was good too. I loved all the comedy in this chapter. Very good interaction and interpretation from you on how you view them. The stand up comedy comment made me laugh pretty also. I don't which part it was I liked best, honestly.

You even managed to sneak in that touchy-feely moment there. Well balanced with the comedy in the beginning and then the ending of the chapter on a serious, emotional note. Probably gives a good set up for next chapter. Anyway, well done and written. No typos/mistakes/errors that I saw. to the next chapter I guess. :D
Lumiere D'Amour chapter 11 . 4/14/2014
Heya! I'm baaaccccckkkkk! :D Glad to see me reviewing again? Anyway, this chapter does a good job of painting Songi as his egotistical, bastard self. I felt I got a good glimpse of how it is you picture Songi before the Mist came and all of this brouhaha- ;)-happened. We never really truly know how Songi was before the Mist came, save for the short time at the Monastery and during Gala's flashback. As for how he was before his friendship went all haywire with never really see that. It's up to the audience how they perceive Songi in all honesty and how his friendship with Gala before the Mist.

You've made a really good, realistic portrayal of pre-crazed Songi and his friendship. Anyway, only saw one really tiny thing wrong.

"...addressing him as 'Master teacher, as he'd been forced to do whenever Master Zopu was around..."

You forgot the other quotation around Master Teacher in the above sentence. :D That's it! Moving onto next chapter soon!
Lumiere D'Amour chapter 10 . 2/4/2014
Wow. Good chapter. I really liked the flashback concerning Riku and Gala. It was very moving! Riku wasn't a really important character from what I can see, but he played a big role. I like how you add OC's during the memories-it really adds to the story, making it far more realistic. It's adds more emphasis on the bonds that Gala and Songi had besides each other. Adding in the scene with Riku really makes the whole Songi-busting-down-the-Monastery-door-with-Juggernaut-and-bringing-the-Mist-and-killing-everyone-and-Gala-feeling-betrayed-effect much more moving. It really hits home. That was my favorite scene in this chapter, and probably the most emotional. I really felt for Riku and Gala both! :'(

On the other hand, my favorite line of this entire chapter was, "...wrapping his arms around the bastard's neck and squeezing as hard as he could for the umpteenth time, said bastard had returned..." XD That made me crack. The words "said bastard had returned" have a hilarious ring to them. XD And the whole "visualizing pummeling Songi" was pretty good too. Nice starting the chapter out with some comic relief before moving onto the serious parts.

Only one thing stood out to me this chapter, and that was the line, "Unlike the night before though, Gala didn't feel nothing after he'd struck him." The wording is funny in this line because it's a double negative. I get what you're trying to say, but maybe rewording it a bit differently might help make it clearer to understand? Maybe, "Unlike the night before, Gala felt something after striking Songi this time," or something like that. Other than that, good chapter! I's hopes for more flashbackies in future chappies! :D They have a very good impact in this story.
Lumiere D'Amour chapter 9 . 2/2/2014
Alrighty, here I am! :D I know it took me forever, but I said I'd review your chapters-and I've a got a lot of them to catch up with-and so here I am at long last. XD

Anyway, this chapter was an interesting one. I didn't like it as much as the last one, but that was mostly because it had to do with main storyline and you added originality to it. :D This chapter seemed like a lot of sharing of emotions and Gala starting to try to reestablish his broken relationship with Songi. You're doing well with building emotions up, and then letting them burst. When I get to the next chapter-tomorrow, hopefully :D-I bet I'm going to read about a big yelling match and maybe some physical fighting, knowing these two. Still doing well with characterization and such, and Gala's anger is in character for him. At least I think. The way you write Gala is how I imagine him when he gets angry-holding it in, trying to calm himself, etc., and then eventually it just bursts, or he's cold and harsh. We never saw much of Gala's emotions in the game, so I like his in-depth emotions. Songi's too.

Also, I hope to read more about both Gala's and Songi's backgrounds as children before they came to the Monastery. I didn't see any grammatical, spelling, etc,., mistakes, and I don't have anything to critique at all, so well done! Look forward to reading next chapter. Hopefully it'll be in a couple days. :D
Barako chapter 17 . 12/17/2013
Where do I start?! Omg. I love this chapter! And not just cause they FINALLY kissed. ...Okay mostly because of that. BUT STILL.

Criticism, uh, I have none. XD There are some typos, but I will tell you on Skype. I thought everything was really well characterized... like utdjgdiyfiyfhfi all of Songi's facial expressions, all the half-hearted justifications, Songi smacking Gala's hand (XD)... The wrestling gave me so many feels. ;o; The line about it giving Gala energy was just like omg yes, you totally see what he's feeling and gave me this flash of "what if Songi had come with them..." I'm sorry if I don't make sense!

And the kiss. Kisses, more like? I was NOT expecting that. Well, I mean, I was (cause you told me, and apparently everyone else XDD) but holy fuck Songi just went at it with him?! And was mildly surprised? Maybe Songi's had feelings for him longer than the other way around?! Either way it was crazy hot, and I'm looking forward to hearing about what exactly is going on in Songi's mind.

Also, I really wish that Gala had used that quip. XD The reaction would have been great! But it wouldn't have been quite as IC as it was, so. XD


Not enough words for how much I love this fic ;o;!

...Btw, over the course of this review, I taught my mom's new phone the word "Songi". You're welcome. 3
Lumiere D'Amour chapter 8 . 8/23/2013
Dang. O.O This chapter was...emotional. I've got to say, I think this chapter has been my favorite one to read so far. You really, really kept true to the memory while fleshing it out a lot more, and that can be very difficult to do. You did well with characterization in this chapter as usual. But I really enjoyed Etha. You took a minor character and really extended her role, and I love it. She seems very original. You did what I did with the characters in Rim Elm. I think she was probably my favorite character in this chapter. It was like a breath of fresh air, the way you wrote this scene from the game. Great job!

Okay, now I got some things I spotted for you and thought I'd point 'em out.
1, "...and said: "Ah, forget it. Let's just have ourselves a good time tomorrow, all right?""
What got my attention here is the colon after said. Easy mistype with a colon instead of a comma. Stupid hands, messing up on the keyboard!

2. "But his levels of deception had ever reached this level."
I think you mean to type never instead of ever.

3. "Maybe if the ways of Biron didn't mean so much to Gala, he would've considered losing to Songi on purpose."
I thought the tense of "didn't mean so much" sounded a little odd. It sounds odd with the tense of "would've considered." Maybe "hadn't meant so much" would sound better? It sounds more past tense. I wasn't sure on this, so correct me if I'm wrong. You're the grammar expert. XD

4. "Etha, though. She was a problem."
The first sentence is a fragment. It should probably either be "Etha, though, was a problem." OR, "Etha, though...she was a problem."

That's all I got for you. But this chapter was a great read! I really enjoyed it! Moving onto next chapter!
Lumiere D'Amour chapter 7 . 8/16/2013
Interesting chapter. Wow, seeing Songi act so regretful is...I can't even find the right word. Shocking? Stunning? Completely and utterly mind-exploding? XD It seems so hard for Gala to have to face the possible truth of what Songi might or might not do if Gala weren't keepin' tabs on him. Better find a way to convince him, Songi! And I bet Songi hearing about his dad from Gala was a bit of a slap in the face. Songi probably doesn't want to the face truth either-the one that Gala's telling him.

Either way, some good confrontations took place in this chapter and both characters are being forced to face things they'd rather. Both are also being forced to take a good, hard look at themselves and question their feelings and everything. I like it! XD But I do have to admit, your ending does seem a little abrupt. Granted, not as abrupt as that second chapter, but still a little sudden. There's probably a way to soften this one too. _ But good chapter! I liked!
Lumiere D'Amour chapter 6 . 8/16/2013
Wow. Gala's getting violent! :O However, like I've said before, I really like the inner emotional conflict Gala is having. While I always liked Gala's character in the game, I never really connected with him like I did the others. I hated how little emotion Gala seemed to have. I think that you've improved Gala's character greatly-I can really connect with him. You've also really brought out the pain and sorrow Songi has caused him, I think. We never really see that in the game either. I think that's probably my favorite thing about this fic-just the fact that you've elaborated on Gala's character, as well as Songi's.

I didn't catch any typos. However, one detail did catch my attention; the fact you mention that Zalan specializes in making Seru type jewelry was something I thought odd. It's probably just a personal preference with the way you decided to write the story, but I would think that after everything that happened with the Mist and being possessed by a Seru, as well as not seeing his son in ten years and losing his wife, that Zalaln wouldn't work with Seru anymore. Other than the Ra-Seru eggs he made into talismans for the Heroes, of course. I just thought it was an odd thing, but again, it's probably just the way you chose to write the story._ Nothing wrong with it.

But reasonably decent chapter overall and I enjoyed reading it, especially when Gala lost his temper. XD
Barako chapter 9 . 5/1/2013
Awww! I can't wait to see what antics Songi gets up to outside! XD

Also, this was SO adorable!:
"Oh. Well..." He hesitated. It wasn't often that Songi made a careful effort to choose his words. "As much as I'd like to say, 'No, I wish you idiots had died there,' I... I'm glad you three didn't end up on my body-count. It was high enough as it was."

Your Gala is a lot like mine, feeling really bad cause he thinks he didn't do enough to prevent Songi from going off the deep end :( Poor Gala!

Can't wait to see what happens next! _
Barako chapter 7 . 4/16/2013
Another great chapter! w I know I've already read it and told you a lot of what I thought, but reviews are nice. XD

Anyway as always I really enjoy Gala and Songi's dialogue! They're very IC and I love the tension between them! It was adorable when Songi thanked Zalan, too, I wasn't expecting that. I know I won't find out for another couple chapters, but I really want to know how Songi will react to Gala bringing up his father! I can't wait to read more
Barako chapter 6 . 4/6/2013
Ahhh! The two lovebirds are moving in together at last XD!

Seriously though, this was another great chapter! _ I think your portrayal of them was very in character, and I was totally shocked when Gala punched Songi in the face... but it makes sense! Anyone can only take so much bullshit before they snap, even Gala! I almost laughed out loud when Songi tripped over the metal pieces and scrambled to his feet - I could really picture the look on his face XD

I can't wait to see what happens when these two are alone together! Hopefully, now that they don't have an in-house doctor anymore, Songi will be more careful...
Barako chapter 5 . 3/25/2013
Awww! ;;
Another great chapter, as always! This story really pulls at my emotions ;; I really like how their relationship seems to be developing, it's very realistic - a step forward, a step back... It seems very natural that Gala would be so confounded by Songi and his true intentions; Songi does do a great job of hiding himself, after all! The last few lines were quite ominous though, I wonder what you have in store! Can't wait to read more w But of course, take your time You've also done a good job with the little interactions with Zalan :3

As for the vegetarian thing, I have the V-Jump guide, and all it says is that Gala's favorite food is something that translates to "vegetarian food eaten by Buddhist monks". I don't know if that means Biron monks are fully vegetarian or not - I like to believe that it does and Songi is a rule-breaker by loving steak (XD), but it's not really conclusive either way. Either way, having them eat meat for muscle mass makes sense too, so it's all good!
Lumiere D'Amour chapter 5 . 3/25/2013
Man! Poor Gala-he's just in turmoil! I love how his entire character is in conflict. During the story he's been constantly switching moods and his emotions seem pretty unpredictable right now. He's quite emotional right now. Ever-stoic Gala is doing a good job of keeping his emotions in right now more or less, but I get the feeling that sometime soon Gala is going to have an emotional breakdown and start yelling at Songi and spouting a bunch of things he'll want to take back later.

And it's nice to Songi feeling bad-I feel sorry for Songi, don't get me wrong, but I still want Songi to suffer a bit for what he did. It's obvious that Songi is starting to feel a bit like himself again. You're doing quite well I think with balancing Songi's actual character with his emotional, not himself moments. And Gala's certainly not himself either-he almost seems like he was back when he first met Vahn and Noa.

You're doing really well with making the reader's emotions connect with what the characters are feeling. Damn you, quit making me get all emotional! You keep making me "aw!" and "poor Gala!" and "poor Songi!" and making me feel bad for them!

All in all, good chapter-full of lots of conflict, anger, and emotion. Didn't find any typos or any of the sort to point out. Keep writing! Me likey!
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