Reviews for Pushed
Bones2014 chapter 1 . 12/27/2014
As always, thanks for the Boothy incite. I love when these gaps are filled in for me. They said that they were going to explore Booth's past on the show this year, but now that there's a new pregnancy to deal either, I doubt that will happen. I was looking forward to it. That's why I love your stories that deal with his childhood & his time spent in the service:-)
mendenbar chapter 1 . 9/13/2013
We lived along the Ohio back in the mid-50's and several times it froze over, although usually not thick enough to get out on. And my mom, who lived along the Ohio in her childhood, remembered playing out on the frozen ice, so while it isn't common, it does happen. I particularly like these introspective stories (if they are done well, and yours certainly are). You have several details that aren't Canon (like Booth's dad flying choppers, he flew Thuds (Thunderbirds) which are fixed wing). But I find they do not detract nor distract from the story you are telling. I note them, but the story is pulling me onward - I just have to know what's next - and I don't have time to pay attention to them. Lovely work.
Covalent Bond chapter 1 . 2/17/2013
What first stands out is the very detailed early memory of being pushed (in a good way) on a swing. The colors, the kind of house, the way Booth calculates how old he must have been based on where they lived ... really nice.

The theme of being pushed comes in again when his dad pushes his mom (not in a good way) yet it sounds as she doesn't get too badly hurt. He's not all the way lost yet.

Next is the horror of little boy Booth being pushed down stairs and how that shapes him into someone who is strong, stoic, willing to sacrifice himself for those he loves. It's a good result from a terrible act.

Finally, you end this with the loving way Brennan pushes Booth to be the best man he can be. The entire story takes a U shape, from high to low and back on the high note. A sweetly hopeful end. Lovely. :D
jazzyproz chapter 1 . 1/24/2013
Hey monkey. ;) I delayed reading this one because sometimes I just can't handle angst... Sometimes my emotional system can't take it-which is admittedly weird given that I write it as well... At any rate, that's why I'm so late on this. I am glad I read it. You did well and as always you captured Booths voice impeccably. Great reaserch and visuals, even the heartbreaking ones. Thx for writing.
DBGrannyFan chapter 1 . 1/2/2013
What a deep and sad story... I can just see Booth waiting/watching for his dad to come see him play, and receive an 'atta boy' and how his face would fall when he didn't show.
Love the end, with them in bed 'spooning' and feeling his daughter...very tender.
strawberry79 chapter 1 . 12/30/2012
again you have given us a scene that we have not seen on tv but way you write it is how i imagined watching that episode it brought tears to my eyes as did your always excellent work
ciaomichaella chapter 1 . 12/29/2012
I read this before and I believe I already tweeted you a comment on it. I'm out of the dark and actually leaving a review :) I loved the way this story ended with Booth and Bones in bed, not in the usual unf way I prefer, but it was great to have that kind of moment and image especially after most of the story was somewhat tinged with sadness during Booth's trip down memory lane.
brensfan chapter 1 . 12/28/2012
I always like the little extra you add to an episode and I love your writing! Thanks for sharing.
SammieAtHome chapter 1 . 12/27/2012
This scene was one of my favorite in S7 episodes and as such I love how you combined the angst and the love in this piece. Sometimes the ones we love are the ones with the ability to hurt us the most. Despite the scene being all in the character's mind, like you said, I think it is what makes this story work. The feel of the story relies on memory and history and that is all in inside the character.
SamBrace chapter 1 . 12/27/2012
Aww I enjoyed reading this little insight into Booth's childhood and him dealing with the fallout of the box.
MJRojas28 chapter 1 . 12/26/2012
Wow. This was so beautiful. I love your intakes on what makes Booth tick, what pushes him to be...him. And it's her, it's Brennan. And what I love is that you so eloquently put it into words. And the fact that everything about him is just to make him a better father and a better man.

I just loved it
yoshimi0701 chapter 1 . 12/26/2012
Great story. Very sad but very well-written. Loved the epp too. They didn't show us much about Booth's feelings and emotions so you did a really good job instead of them, I mean, the writers of the real show. Brennan pushed Booth because of love. Booth followed her order because of love too. Thanks for this awesome chapter again. What a wonderful Christmas present!
DarkMinds chapter 1 . 12/25/2012
I love this story. I'm not usually one for stories like this, but this one changed my mind. It was a good insight to things we don't yet know. I really do hope they explain more about Booth's family.
And also would like to thank you for writing Fanfiction while we wait over yet another hiatus!

Dark Minds
redgirlang chapter 1 . 12/25/2012
So already know 'Pushed' had a profound effect on me. So much so I got the notepad out to get my thoughts on paper.

I knew the minute I read the first line this was going to be special.

"My earliest memory of my father is of being pushed." Automatically my mind thinks down the stairs. My surprise in reading the first paragraph is...You fooled me straight away. Instead you describe a scene of a father & his young son who by his own calculations is 3 years old. This moment of sitting on a swing set & being pushed by his father is so memorable he even remembers the 'reddish purple colours of the leaves on the tree.' Your description of this father's large hand against his little boys back whilst he's pushing him in the swing serves to reinforce just how small Booth is then.

Your background on Booth's father, his discharge from the Army after serving two tours in Vietnam shows that the cracks start forming with his father's resentment at his situation. Lets be clear this sort of thing happened to thousands of men who came out of active service then & struggled to find a job. Sad but true this kind of thing still happens today. Going back into civilian life can be incredibly difficult.

The skating pond is of interest to me because you say that Booth kept falling over & over again but his dad kept picking him up, sad that it wasn't long before he was the one knocking him down both physically & mentally. Your description of how Booth felt on the ice is great..."loved the speed, the cool air on my face and the clicking, hissing sounds of the skates as they cut a path over the ice."

The desperate need of Booth wanting his father there to watch him as he played in the local kids league to see his first goal, hatrick, just to cheer him on.

"But he never came." That line would break your heart. Can feel just how much he wanted it. How you get that feeling across in your writing baffles me because you manage it with such ease! (Cocky grin here for you monkey)

As if things can't get worse his mum dies suddenly. Awful for any child, but definitely more so when your left in the care of an alcoholic father. I love how you describe how Booth feels as the rules changed & nobody cared to tell them until it was too late & they'd broke them. No matter how hard they tried his dad went off at everything. Never being good enough.

The bathroom accident was actually the hardest bit for me to read. When his dad was verbally abusing him I found it so difficult to read. Just 8 years old. The psychological impact of those words. You show Booth's character & his strength even at age 8 declaring that the stairs episode 'emboldened him' rather than made him more frightened.

Sport is his outlet. His safe haven. For me the important part of this is when he said he could just be himself. A place where he got praise & encouragement. When his father eventually left he states, "But in a way, he never left, did he?"
The trauma of those years of abuse stayed with him. Hence his reluctance to open the box & deal with the painful memories that are still there left untouched. I love how you write that Bones knew these memories needed to be dealt with. She herself had her own painful memories to face even when she didn't want to & Booth pushed her to.

I'm loving the Bones 'pushes' me aspect. Pushing someone doesn't always have to be a bad thing and you write it as such here with him stating she pushes me to be a better man.

Finally I'm happy that Booth is going to deal with these issues and not just for Bones & the baby but for himself. Think that's important. It's also true about anything that if all memories are bad then it's easier. Much harder to accept & process if there have been good memories too.

I was moved to tears by this episode - The Male in the Male as David Boreanaz knocked it outta the park with an incredibly touching performance as Booth. I'd love to see him with this as a script!

Overall monkey freaking awesome.

Ange :-) xxxx
mychakk chapter 1 . 12/25/2012
I really enjoyed this. especially the part on Bones pushing Booth, she does that just like he pushes her. Also it was very somber to ready abuse Booth went as child. But also really in character i think. Hope to see more from you soon :)
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