really, I liked the story, and the relationship blend in it really well, without being forced ;p
Author's Response: Excellent, I'm very glad you enjoyed it!
Brilliantly written, vry endearing and super hot. Thanks for sharing!
Author's Response: Yeah, I thought there had to be a lot going on between the infirmary scene and the apologizing-to-Teyla scene, so I slipped some hot kinky sex in there. Thanks for the review!
Author's Response: Fun, hot, and sexy was exactly what I was going for. And a little bit of friendship reparation, as well -- they needed it, at this point in the season. Thanks for your review! (and so for taking so long to respond...)
But lest you think that's a bad thing, I also thought it was perfect manipulation because it had to be on John's side. He was so helpless, it reminded me a little of my toddler, who has huge, complicated needs and only a teeny little vocabulary and so little power to meet them. Anyone in that position is forced to be at least a little manipulative. Hell, my little guy knows damn well that repeating 'Mommy!' in a tragically plaintive voice will get a response really, really fast, just as John figured out that 'Rodney help?' would get him skin cream and cut toenails. ::g:: But on Rodney's side, he had to be willing to not only to try to get John, but to do horridly icky things --like cutting his freakishly long toenails--to help him, eh? John wouldn't have gone to him if he hadn't known that he could trust Rodney, which was the real point of your fic.
It was also warm, fascinating, incredibly funny, and strangely hot. My only real criticism was that it ended too fast. I was enjoying it so much I was sorry to get to the last word. Awesome. And thank you. :)
Author's Response: This is a wonderful, detailed review, and I forgot about checking comments and missed it! Thank you so much for the detailed feedback. I only gave a little thought to John being manipulative while I was writing it, but you have a great point -- because of the helplessness, it really does have a certain parallel to childhood (or pethood -- pets can be very manipulative, too!). And in cases like that with, a little manipulation may be the only/best way to go.
Is the phrase i now can't keep out of my head.
Author's Response: Heh-heh. Yep, it's, um. . . different.
Author's Response: You're very welcome, and thank you for the kind comments! I'm very glad to know you enjoyed it.
Rodney's snark was spot on, especially when he was interpretting John's limited vocabulary.
I could see why Rodney might worry about his taking advantage of John, but it always seemed that John's mind was there, just not the words. His very willingness to speak to Rodney and not try to hide away so much, as well as the sly look he gave, seemed to say that he was fully aware; a feeling confirmed by the last scene :).
Author's Response: Thank you for the detailed comments! It's so helpful to know what works and what doesn't. I think Rodney's bad with people in general, but good with John. Not sure how aware John was during the half-bug stage in canon, but for the story I decided he would be the same person underneath.
Author's Response: Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed it! I figured John would probably want to hide his face while the bug thing was still pretty bad, but eventually he'd get bored and want to go somewhere else...
Author's Response: You're welcome, and thanks for the comments! The positive note was dictated by canon -- look how much closer they are in Lost Boys. But then, alas, distancing again.
Author's Response: Thanks! I'm glad you liked it.
Author's Response: Manipulative? Hmm, that's an interesting take. I was more concerned that it would look like Rodney taking advantage of Sheppard's incapacity. Maybe in trying to avoid that I went too far the other way. Hmm. Thanks for the thought-provoking comments!
Author's Response: Thanks for the comments! I'm very glad you enjoyed it.
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Author's Response: Great, I'm glad you liked it!