|Reviews for Potluck|
| FlaFan chapter 1 . 8/19/2013
Your story has made me hungry for more (stories and food :) ! Just fantastic.
| Var Devonshire chapter 5 . 6/18/2013
You are so good at the banter! That's something I can't get a handle on. I've thoroughly enjoyed every story I've read by you and look forward to reading the rest. Var
| CMCity chapter 5 . 3/8/2013
Your short stories both grabbed me and elated me at various times! Once again I can only say thank you. I'm so thrilled I stumbled upon your page and am looking forward to reading more of your stories!
| NineMilesNorth chapter 5 . 2/18/2013
Finally got a chance to settle back and enjoy this. As always, you captured the guys at their finest.
| Guest chapter 5 . 2/1/2013
I really enjoyed this chapter. All of them were fun to read. Great job on capturing the nuances of the different characters. Great job!
| sandybeliever chapter 5 . 1/30/2013
This was Great! Love the banter! This one is getting 'favorited.' I have a story with the same name but it is completely different. Great job!
| sandybeliever chapter 3 . 1/30/2013
Oh my gosh, this story is so wonderful. I feel like I am there with them - wish I was, too! :)
| sandybeliever chapter 1 . 1/30/2013
I usually say, "I really liked..." and mention something in the chapter but there is just too much I love in this one.
| susan chapter 5 . 1/30/2013
Wow I love these little glimpses into the lives of these firefighters. I really think that we need to see another five! PLEASE! I'm so happy that you have adopted this crew to write about. You have a wonderful knack of blending hurt and comfort into wonderful character studies - even if they are only commiserating over fried chicken! Well done.
| Lex chapter 5 . 1/29/2013
These were amazing ! Reminded me of Kelmin's short stories regarding unknown type rescues... I read them several times.. just wonderful ! I hope perhaps that you get a few more in your head that you may want to share !
| Ginger S chapter 5 . 1/29/2013
Cookies? You like cookies? Well here is a variety pack! You have again out done yourself with a perfect blend of spices with our boys! and I loved the flavor! The addition of Mattie and her daughter in one of the chapters was such a nice touch. Joanne being the one to point out Johnny's injured shoulder...perfect! And Hank's need to count his men...sublime!
| Kelmin chapter 5 . 1/28/2013
I liked how you didn't show us who was in surgery until Joanne came in.
I loved how you showed Cap's aura of command: "even in his checkered shirt and jacket, his men could still see the bugles on his collar."
Most departments use three blasts on the air horn as an evacuation signal. I don't know if they did that back then or not; I would guess they would've in reality since not every person had a radio on them (which would be scandalous today). Come to think of it, I'm not sure I ever saw them use that signal in the show. Shoot, now I have to go re-watch all the episodes to see. :)
A floor collapse is a very realistic scenario for people getting hurt inside the building. Yesterday was the funeral for a firefighter in a nearby department who died after a floor collapse, so the reveal of that part of the story made me gulp.
I really enjoyed how you used the theme of food and eating to show the camaraderie of the men. This was a great series!
| Kelmin chapter 4 . 1/28/2013
We're warned in training that one of the most horrible situations we can be in is the one where you can't do a thing. You showed Chet's pain admirably. Your instinct about what kind of situation would really get to him was dead on target. I adore the idea that Johnny knew how to break through Chet's wall.
I bet there was a lot of burnout in that era, when men were expected to be stoic and unfazed. Thanks for having Johnny take care of Chet, in his own inimitable fashion.
| Kelmin chapter 3 . 1/28/2013
This was a lovely chapter! I enjoyed seeing the guys being silly and having a good time without having to worry about when the tones were going to drop, and what misery they were going to encounter. Tim Duntley's family showing up could have been a real bomb in lesser hands, but you nailed it. You also did justice to the camaraderie amongst the women.
I have to admit, my brain came up with a slightly different interpretation of "John streaked across the park" than you probably meant! That image just added to my enjoyment of the story, though.
| Enfleurage chapter 2 . 1/28/2013
That scene where they're sitting and eating at the end of that episode is one of my favorites, and this adds a whole new perspective to Smoke Eater, doesn't it? What a great "feels as if you're in the midst of the sights, smells and tastes" scene.