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Review of chapter "Before They Break" from Gideon
Sad that Connor knows so little of Family, but I'm glad he had a short chance to grab some of it.
Comments from author:
I was really intriuged by the interactions between Fred, Connor, and Gunn. It would have been interesting to me if the show had explored more of that time in between when it was just the three of them trying to hold it all together, with the secrets there just below the surface.

Glad you read this little bit, Gideon. When I wrote it - and the follow up - it was something that was oddly in my head that I had to get out (never even liked Connor all that much when I first watched the show), so I'm always happy to get feedback on it. :)
Review By [Gideon] • Date [13 Nov 11] • Rating [7 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Before They Break" from HarmMarie
Really loved this.
Comments from author:
Thank ya, HarmMarie. For a character that I didn't much like when I first watched the show, Connor sure sticks around a lot in my head these days. I think it's my soft spot for background/secondary characters that kicks in. *laughs*

Thanks for reviewing!
Review By [HarmMarie] • Date [2 Jun 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Before They Break" from TouchoftheWind
This was beautiful!
Comments from author:
Thank you. I never thought of Connor as a favorite character (Fred steals that for me, Angel-verse wise), but I have found him to be an extremely interesting one to write and a perspective that just won't leave my head. I am really glad that it reads well. Thanks again for reviewing, TouchoftheWind!
Review By [TouchoftheWind] • Date [2 Jun 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Before They Break" from (Current Donor)DeepBlueJoy
That is as eloquent a summation of pure longing as any I've read. He's just this close to having that love, but doesn't know what to do with it, or how not to betray it... As insane as it was, I always find myself at the same place as Angel, wanting to create a history for Connor other than one of hate, violence, privation and mistrust.

Not only did you capture the detail of Connor's longing, you also capture something fundamental about Fred's strength and gentleness.

Very powerful.

Comments from author:
Connor is so complicated to me, but never someone I thought I would voice until the line - "the sound of dying things was his lullaby" - just wouldn't leave me. The rest of this bit just rolled off from there because I've always been fascinated by that time period on the show that they didn't deal with much where Angel is trapped under the ocean, Cordelia is ascended, and Lorne is in Vegas. Fred and Gunn are in the Hyperion left with no clue what's going on, people to help, bills to pay, and a Miracle Child (Teenager) to look after.

The Fred - Connor dynamic in some of those scenes always stuck with me. Which makes it even more powerful during that one scene where, after Fred finds out about Angel, she brings Connor a sandwich and then tazers him. Their reactions through the whole thing are just....

I really had in mind to do other POV's for Connor because he's been sticking around in my head a bit and I want to see him after he's had a chance with the "normal" life Angel set up for him and has to deal with his old memories as well again. Like you, I kinda like that as well, him having a chance at that sort of's just the taking of memories part that always feels sour to me. I wish it had been a choice, but I know Connor was too angry and screwed up to help himself like that at that point...*sigh*

Anyways, so very glad you liked it Blue. And I'm delighted that I was able to convey those feelings.
Review By [(Current Donor)DeepBlueJoy] • Date [23 May 11] • Rating [9 out of 10]
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