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Review of chapter "Questions, Not Answers" from (Recent Donor)DrakePendragon
I love this story. Non-crossover status be damned. It took me a moment to figure out ages and things like that, but once I did I found it entrancing.
Comments from author:
Actually, I've reworked the story a bit, so there will be a new student in the fall from Sunnydale, and a blue-ish cameo later in the story.

As to the age, I'll admit, I wasn't firm on it until I was half way through chapter 2. Mostly because I wasn't how long (in story time) it was going to be. Now I've settled on roughly three years from beginning to end. I'm still pondering transitioning into a comic format at some point.
Review By [(Recent Donor)DrakePendragon] • Date [5 Aug 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Questions, Not Answers" from Harry
I think that Irene/Destiny passed on the message to Raven/Mystique to give to Emma. And, if that fireball is any indication, Jean IS coming back! But it will be as the host to the PHOENIX! And if that is the case, LOOK OUT!
Review By [Harry] • Date [5 Aug 12] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Pieces Parts" from skychan
ooh another chapter, yay! (btw I comment on these as I read them in word so if it seems as if I'm doing stream of consciousness and that my comments don't reflect the full chapter, that is the reason.)
The problem with a story like this for the reader is if Emma just had a nightmare, or a true sending, and a true battle that just took place. Reading this I wonder how much leekage from Emma affects those around her, changing their moods and dispositions.
Comments from author:
At this point, Emma's not sure if they are dreams or not. They're not like being on the astral plane for her, this is more real, yet completely surreal. She (and the reader) will find out more as she experiences things. Hopefully the next chapter will help in answering some questions.
Review By [skychan] • Date [23 Jul 12] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Pieces Parts" from Meneldur
Oh, a very interesting chapter. The first scene was nice enough, showing us Emma just hanging, being almost normal - but then it changed to watching the news, showing us Emma's hard side, and her utter hate for those who killed Jean.
The dream sequence... I'm not sure. It obviously had allusions to the Phoenix (the symbol on the throne, the feather), and it's encouraging because it suggests that not only the Phoenix will come back sometime, it also cares for Emma enough to comfort her. But the Nothingness... well, it made me think of the Void, especially with the White Room and all - it brought imagery from Dark Avengers to mind. But is that what it is? Or is it simply an allegory for the utter emptiness that may consume Emma in absence of Jean? The story suggests it is an actual force rather than merely a representation of Emma's subconscious... and that the Phoenix may be bonding with Emma as well, it order to defeat it, perhaps. It would certainly be interesting, perhaps similar to the current Phoenix Five, only better, if we had both Emma and Jean as the Phoenix...
It was nice to see the end, with Emma being comforted by Christian, him helping her recover and get back to normalcy. Emma doesn't allow many people to see her when she's vulnerable, so it's doubly important that her relationship with Christian is such that not only allows this, but also gives him the power to comfort her.
Comments from author:
Interesting observations there, hopefully this is all working well enough where in the future, certain revelations will have people go 'Oh... THAT is what that meant', not 'Goodness... this woman cannot write'.

Yeah in this world, Christian was accepted by Winston, so there's almost two factions in the Frost home. Winston, Christian and Emma versus Hazel and Adrienne, with Cordelia really not old enough to care at this point. Fortunately, this Emma has a bit more in the way of a support system when it comes to family and friends.
Review By [Meneldur] • Date [22 Jul 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Pieces Parts" from CrystalBlaze
Interesting. If the Pheonix entity shows emptiness' horror being worse than the pain of living, then this dream of a lost feather becomes allegory for Jean's not wanting Emma to hide from life.

It might not mean she's returning, but it might mean she is. I doubt she'd want Emma to be numb and "dead before she dies" in either case, so I stand by my interpretation of the dream.
Review By [CrystalBlaze] • Date [22 Jul 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Pieces Parts" from Harry
A fiery red feather on the Psychic Plane? I smell PHOENIX! And if that is the case, JEAN is coming back! And that will make Emma very happy!
Review By [Harry] • Date [21 Jul 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Moving Forward, Looking Back" from CrystalBlaze
"Officer" Bill *better* keep his fear and hate filled ideas to *himself* when his partner goes to the family, or I suspect he's going to get a bit of diamond fist colonic inspection...
Comments from author:
Fortunately, Deputy Bill got sent off. The State Trooper Joe went to the Grey's and informed them of the situation. I think Dr Grey would try inspecting Bill's tonsils with his fist, of the Deputy said that about his late daughter.
Review By [CrystalBlaze] • Date [11 Jul 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Moving Forward, Looking Back" from Meneldur
Oh, now this was a very interesting chapter. It had a very intriguing contrast between Emma's present circumstances and what happened in the past.
It was really nice to see Emma comforting Paige, despite her own grief being just as bad. It's a part of her that's not often seen, but which I feel Jean would have brought out.
Emma's confrontational attitude can be compared with her attitude towards Xavier and Scott, and of course, the abrupt mood shift that comes from Jean. Emma goes on the offensive when she feels threatened; but if somebody actually tries to be nice and help her, she reverts to a shyer, nicer personality.
I loved Emma's insults/snarky comments, and the idea that she made her teacher sexually attracted to goldfish.
The first meeting was really cute. I really liked how shell-shocked and completely out of character Emma was after seeing Jean.
I don't know if I have any particular feelings about the last part. Obviously that kind of hate is disgusting, both on the part of the defilers and the cops. But unless Emma finds out and goes off to utterly destroy whoever did it, I can't see it being of that much importance. It just increases the depths of depravity mutant-hate has sunk to.
Comments from author:
As strange as it sounds, the burning of Jean's grave is very important to the overall story.

Sadly in this world, mutants are the de facto minority target in this world.
Review By [Meneldur] • Date [11 Jul 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Moving Forward, Looking Back" from skychan
You have a great ability to encapsulate emotion quickly. Its wonderful to read your works. Although the scene with the two police at the end of this chapter your perhaps a bit too blunt, nail on the head, obvious about the mutie hating cop. He's almost too stereotypical in the portrayal you gave him. Just my thoughts.
Comments from author:
I can understand, but as a gay woman, I've experienced that bluntness and blatant hatred first hand. Hell, my state has invalidated my right to get married, adopt. People are out there that are that stereotypical.
Review By [skychan] • Date [10 Jul 12] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Moving Forward, Looking Back" from Harry
Seeiong the Flashback, I recongnized many of the people in the first class. Angel, Domino, Northstar and Aurora (Who went on to fame in Alpha Flight). Scott was his usual self. But Xavier was still trying to make people feel welcome. As for the grave burning, I suspect FOH or some other mutant hating group. I hope that the person who did it is found and put on trial for what they did.
Review By [Harry] • Date [8 Jul 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Samsarā" from scottm
Wonderful work on this so far. You are doing a good job with their relationship. This starting at the end thing was kind of confusing at first, but now I'm starting to understand it. Please continue your great writing.
Review By [scottm] • Date [7 Jul 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Samsarā" from (Recent Donor)SamuraiCatFan
Wow. Fantastic story. Not only is the story you are telling very good, but the wonderfully descriptive and flowing language you are using makes this story such a pleasure to read.
Comments from author:
Thank you very much. :)
Review By [(Recent Donor)SamuraiCatFan] • Date [26 Jun 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Samsarā" from Roth
Holy Mother Goddess, this is brilliant. I can feel the grief, hear the tears and Emma's smile with Sara was a tiny piece of joy in the hidden chaos of the events surrounding the death of a loved one. I've never empathized with Emma Frost before. I've enjoyed her in stories, I've been angry at her, I've occasionally out and out liked her, but I've never empathized.

I'll continue to read as long as you continue to write.
Review By [Roth] • Date [26 Jun 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Samsarā" from Meneldur
Another good chapter. This fic manages to carry on the power of the grief and strong emotions associated with it, which is impressive in and of itself. But moreover, it manages to keep it realistic. It's hard to continually be consumed by grief. So often there will be stretches of normalcy, suddenly broken when something will remind you of what you lost, and it will return full force. And I feel this fic does a believable job of portraying this facet of life.
It's great to see that for all the changes and grief Emma is still herself, and had no problem verbally obliterating Scott, which always brings a smile to my face.
Her defiance and control of herself and the situation was also reassuring. It shows she's aware the world hasn't stopped moving, even if that's what it feels like, that she has to cope at least partly and deal with other people who have their own demands from her. I quite enjoyed her setting conditions and assuming they'd be accepted by force of personality.
It as good to learn a bit more about the Frost family's situation, especially in regard to Emma. And as I said, it's good that she's returning to some veneer of normality.
I loved the little touches we learn of Emma through her e-mail - her sense of humor, her friendships, her spying on her own fanclub, her having a fanclub, and the fact that she's already friends with Tessa and they seem to have a similar fashion sense (or at least, that she still has her canon fashion sense).
The last e-mail from Jean was of course devastating, though it was exactly what I imagine Jean was like as a young girl. In any case, it provided a good end for the chapter, reminding us that grief and misery bleed through all veils of normality.
Review By [Meneldur] • Date [26 Jun 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Samsarā" from Harry
I can understand Emma's grief. While some of her family is trying to help, something like this will have to be worked out mainly by Emma. And I HOPE that we get to see pictures of Emma and Jean in their white and black corsets. Those would add a LOT to this story, in my opinion.
Review By [Harry] • Date [26 Jun 12] • Rating [8 out of 10]
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