When I read this story, I thought the slash would show up "any minute now", "right about now", but it never happened. By the ending, I was glad. It had a tension on several levels that pulled you through the story. Will they, won't they? Will Rodney have a melt down that negates all of his recovery up to this point? Is John only pretending to be better than he is? Is he suffering PTSD and not revealing it to Rodney? Was Jean seeing something that both Rodney and John were denying?
This was great and I thank you for sharing. It was perfect just the way you wrote. I'm glad you didn't give in to the pain.
Reviews For Turning the Corner
Reviewer: Space1Traveler (Anonymous)
08 Aug 2008 9:56 pm
I loved this story. The friendship between John and Rodney was handled very well. I felt for both of them as we saw what they'd been through and what the aftermath was, but I was glad that they'd got away, just the two of them, to work it out. Rodney's ups and downs were very plausible and I liked John's determintion to help him through, even though he wasn't really sure how to handle some of Rodney's emotional outbursts. I loved Rodney's little speech about their friendship and what John means to him. I could see why it would be difficult to keep away from the slash aspects, especially there and I'd definitely go along with the good gen = pre-slash ;). It was great to see them turning the corner and starting to face the days with happiness again. I especially liked that it was Rodney who suggested inviting Jean, showing that, if he was up to a stranger's company, he must really be feeling better. Laura.
I think this is possibly one of your best stories yet. The friendship shines through this so strongly that I think making the story slash would actually have diminished that, even though the possibility for slash is, as you mentioned, very clear. But all the little details: how comfortable John and Rodney are physically, how they can tease each other verbally and physically, John's attentiveness and Rodney's concern - all those combine to make this feel incredibly realistic and true.