|Reviews for Strength|
| twinklingeyes07 chapter 3 . 11/15/2013
awesome! loved reading this :)
| The Quote Bandit chapter 3 . 9/12/2013
| The Quote Bandit chapter 2 . 9/12/2013
(I'm actually crying and trying not to screech brother love so painful.)
| pinkbelle chapter 3 . 6/1/2013
Ahh, I love this story, and I loved that you had Dean supporting Sam going to Stanford - I feel like that's what happened because let's face it, as much as Dean would have hated Sam going he would have known his brother deserved better and would be safe. Please continue soon, can't wait for another chapter! xx
| SPNxBookworm chapter 3 . 5/17/2013
Awesome chapter yet again! I flipped when i saw your update. I'd have reviewed sooner! i'm sorry. I'd been out of town for a couple days.
This was awesome. I love your take on Dean finding out about Sam's stanford application :)
Aww...thanks for the shoutout! You are awesome!
| L.A.H.H chapter 3 . 5/15/2013
So sweet. Excellent chapter. Thanks for updating
| KKBELVIS chapter 3 . 5/14/2013
Look forward to more of these...very fun and very good!
| mandancie chapter 3 . 5/14/2013
oh wow! I don't know how chapter 2 got pass me, but I enjoyed both 2 and 3! :) All of these were AWESOME! :) I can't wait for your next story! :)
| KKBELVIS chapter 2 . 5/14/2013
Very spot on voices in my head...
I am loving this series!
| KKBELVIS chapter 1 . 5/14/2013
Dude! This is amazing!
Blow me out of my computer chair why don't you!
| PutMoneyInThyPurse chapter 3 . 5/14/2013
"Sam stood, and Dean reached out and took hold of both his shoulders, spinning him around to face the opposite direction with his back to Dean, his brother's hands still gripping [his] shoulders with a firm, steady warmth. Across the room, Sam could see their reflection in the tall mirror above the dresser that belonged to someone else. Dean stood just off to the side behind Sam so that he was visible in the mirror."
It's the 'just off' that makes it art. It's so fabulous. And OMG the dresser that belonged to someone else. That was so foregrounded in the start and now with that, them reflected in the mirror that's in the dresser that belongs to someone else, you cut them off completely, they're adrift, in a world where ALL they have is each other. because the visual of them reflected in the mirror immediately cuts off all backgrounds, trims them like a cameo, and then you hit us with the 'dresser that belonged to someone else' - it's like all the solidity, even the thing that bears the reflection, is impermanent, and all there is is the two of them holding onto each other. That carries such metaphorical weight, that visual - I see them in an oval mirror, that's my mental picture - with the detail of that everything, everything that seems permanent, wood and glass and stone, is actually ephemeral, that only they - and their reflection at that - will remain...
"Take a look, okay? And memorize it," Dean said, with a little emphatic shake of Sam's shoulders...
"You feel me holding on to you?"
That 'little emphatic shake' - the detail makes it so *tangible*. So expressive, so emotional, so real and *there.*
"As he left Dean behind in their bedroom, he could still feel the warm impression that Dean's hands had left on his shoulders..." Yeah, see? Warm. Solid. Real.
And of course, I'm just going to ignore the tragic irony of this in view of canon, that when Dean got struck down with terminal 'walking-on-eggshells-omg-can't-say-no-to-Dad'itis , in that heartbreaking foreshadowing you do of that scene:
"I don't think I can tell Dad. There's no way he'll be okay with this."
That is like - the abuse script. Right. Fucking. There.
"Dad's not the bully you think he is, Sammy. He's done everything for us. Everything you ever wanted or needed, he got you..."
OH WAIT I LIE. THERE is the abuse script. Writ LARGE.
ohhhh that HURTS. It DOES but it's so - it's just this heartbreaking dramatic-irony thing where the author plays on what the reader knows vs. what the character knows. We KNOW what happens next, and we KNOW that your Dean's precious 'Dad' is NOT as much of a bully as Sam thinks he is - he's MORE.
So - actually, your "Dad's not the bully you think he is" makes us makes me think of *that* scene in a whole new light, the "don't come back" and Dean not saying anything scene: You show us that Dean was probably *shocked beyond belief* to find that his Dad WAS the bully Sammy always thought he was, and in the split-seconds-minutes of trying to placate and say the right thing to everybody and keep the peace as he's always done in ADDITION to processing this new information and trying to find some excuse for John that would keep him on the pedestal dean's always kept him on (and apparently he succeeds, because he still does in canon - can you spell a-b-u-s-e?) that he clams up, and Sam must have been devastated. With this bit of background, you show that Sam probably thinks now, or thought on that terrible night, that Dean withdrew the support you show, the support he swore would always be there.
I have some more to say but that's character stuff not realted to your story so it'll go in a PM. Also, 'angry folds'? OMG TRANSFERRED EPITHET and almost like wounds. And so metaphorical, too, to have Sam upset that the letter's no longer pristine, that it's crumpled. His FU'ed family life is not the direct cause, but the crumplehood (what, it's nearly 3 AM) of the paper is a metaphor for the damage that befalls his life's dream.
(Also, how Sam to imagine fondly a future where he shows someone a courtesy and they blush. Making people happy. Like a fantasy.)
| BranchSuper chapter 3 . 5/14/2013
I really loved this: Dean supporting Sam like that. Nicely done.
| ackeberlynn chapter 3 . 5/14/2013
Wow...I love the idea that the Grand Canyon trip with the "farting donkey" didn't really happen, that Sam's mention of it was either his own fevered mind mixing things up, or else a kind of code between the brothers. I like to think it was the latter.
"Hey - remember when dad took us to the bottom of the Grand Canyon on that pack mule ride?"
"And your uh...your mule kept farting...just letting go, like, gale force?"
(Remember when things were simple, when our biggest worry Dad's wrath? Remember when you told me that there's nothing I have to face on my own, because you're standing behind me? )
"Dude, you were like four years old; I barely remember remember that."
(It's been a long time...but I remember).
"...you rode a farty donkey."
(I know you still got me. I know I'm not facing this alone).
When Dean said it, he was trying to make Sam feel better, using revisionist history and humor to encourage him in facing a difficult and uncertain future. It makes sense that Sam would recall that moment to give himself comfort in the face of the trials, perhaps creating an image so vivid in his fevered mind, that it had the force of memory. Dean riding a farty donkey is quite the mental picture, after all. :P
| SayLo chapter 3 . 5/14/2013
Omgg Supportive Dean i want one in my family this is good! Thanks for the shoutout love you Rainbow!
| jensensgirl3 chapter 3 . 5/14/2013
I know that Dean was proud of his Sammy for getting a full ride to Stanford, and at the same time he felt betrayal and hurt. He wanted what was best for Sam his whole life, just as long as Sam was with him not miles away.