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Reviewer: risiepookie Signed starstarstarstarstar [Report This]
Date: 04/05/2007 12:31 PM Title: The Test of the Heart is Trouble

Oh, it's my fic!!!  I had to read it for the sixth... third time.  :o) 

When I gave you the angst/missing by evanescence lyrics/Seamus and Fred prompt, I had no idea you would come up with such a gorgeously painful piece.  I was, of course, in no way surprised at how smootly you managed to make it all fit together. 

I really enjoyed that Fred was a spot out on the horizon, somewhere out of the picture, without one word of dialogue in the fic, and yet he was such a huge presence.  Something I know I mentioned to you, but the draw of Seamus/Fred in something angsty, is because it's something so different to what we normally see.  It's not joking and fun, laughter and games- it's heartache from people who experience it, but tend to hide it amid jovial natures.  I love that you hit upon that in this line:

***"There are some things you just can't joke about. We understood that."***

Honestly, that was probably my favorite line of the entire fic.  So true, and it sums up how they are able to fit together so well: lighthearted and joking for the most part, but knowing when laughter won't heal a damn thing.  They must have understood each other on such a deep level, but then to turn away...  leaves a twinge in my heart. 

I also really enjoyed how much you were able to build up the friendship between Dean and Seamus.  You portrayed Seamus' heartache and Dean's post-war problems and how they have been able to pick each other up from those situation.  These two lines particularly hit me:

***"Better off not being around someone who can put on that much of an act. Me, me fucking heart's always been on me sleeve."

"I know. Even I can see it," Dean chuckled, and Seamus couldn't stop laughing weakly in response. "You know that you deserve better."***

Thank you so much for writing what I had requested, and for making it so different and tragically beautiful.  ::big hugs to you, my dear friend::  It was lovely- well done!!!

Author's Response: I'm so glad that this resonated with you; truly an inspiring pairing and prompt; it definitely got my creative juices flowing!! It was rather 'Fred-in-absentia,' but his presence does loom; I really enjoyed writing the Seamus and Dean friendship part, too. Many thanks for your kind words!!

Reviewer: mapleandmahogany Signed starstarstarstarstar [Report This]
Date: 04/04/2007 08:48 PM Title: The Test of the Heart is Trouble

*flails* You killed George! ...Okay, give me a minute. *sigh* Okay.

I really enjoy the dynamic of 'Seamus is' and 'Dean isn't' and they are still best friends. I reckon Dean would always be able to read his best mate, but having him blind made it more poignant.

You can really feel Seamus' heartache here and you know Fred's being an arse, but I'm still left with sympathy for him.

You packed so much into something so short - very cool!

Author's Response: Sorry about George; I've never done that before. :P So glad that you enjoyed the dynamic between Dean and Seamus- I have Dean on the mind these days. I'm intrigued that you had sympathy for Fred as I didn't paint a very favourable portrait of him. Thanks for reading and letting me know what you thought!

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