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Brotherly Manlove by Winchesters (23) - Manlove by the Family Winchester
Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family.
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Brotherly Manlove by Winchesters (23)
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astiraa From: astiraa Date: December 1st, 2006 04:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
First off. YAY!!! Not only is it manlove, but its a freaking huge ass, wonderfully written, absolutely gorgeous, marathon manlove post (with gratuitous Ackles-in-Scrubs picspam *swoon*). :)

In case you haven't heard this enough, you rock SO hard for this. For the whole manlove project. When fandom gets me down and I catch myself thinking "maybe I should just take a break from the show" I read your posts and it reminds me just how much I freaking LOVE these boys. *squishes* Thank you.

And now, more gushing.

He touches the gaping wound on his brother's car in the same manner with which he has, at times, touched or come close to touching his brother. A quiet, unobtrusive sort of touch, mindful of the Impala's pain.

I can't believe I didn't catch this when I watched the eppy. It's so perfect! Everytime you point out these little characterizations and unconcious movements I wonder how much of it is actually scripted and how much comes from JA and JP having such a great atunement to the characters they portray. Because it is SO consistent from eppy to eppy. It leaves me awed everytime I see the small details that sneak in there. (walking in step, arm over the backseat, the herding, etc..)

The expression on his face is like coming home. It's the face of a soldier, in the early morning light, having kept vigil and searched tirelessly all through the night, seeing his comrade emerge at last through the smoke off the field of battle. Bruised, perhaps, and stumbling, but alive. There's no thought at that moment. Personal injuries are as nothing. There is only joy, pure and simple, unlike anything we've ever seen him feel before.

Holy crap this made me hurt. Your words are simply gorgeous, and the comparison is just perfect. It makes me ache to think that we've never seen this from Dean, and that Sam can't see it in that moment, to know that he is the source of his brother's joy and to understand the depth of emotion that connects the two of them. (I'm sure he's aware of it on some level, but the joy in Dean's expression should be shared and I wish I could snap a picture of it and show it to Sam.)

Geez, re-reading that I know why I let you do the meta. :) I have such a hard time expressing my thoughts and you seem to do it so effortlessly. So when I'm babbling incoherently I can just point to one of your posts and say "Here. Right here is exactly what I'm trying to say."

*basks in the manlove and the beautiful meta*
sargraf From: sargraf Date: December 7th, 2006 04:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've been saying this to everyone, but I really am so sorry my reply is so late. And thank you so much for your lovely comment. I honestly don't know how to respond to it. I don't feel the meta is as good as all that (although the JA-in-scrubs is a definite plus! ;)). But I'm so glad you like it and most of all, that it cheers you up when you're otherwise feeling down about fandom. I know how that feels, and I always go to posts of joy (like lemmealone's magnum opus) to cheer myself up.

I wonder how much of it is actually scripted and how much comes from JA and JP having such a great atunement to the characters they portray. Because it is SO consistent from eppy to eppy.

It really is remarkably consistent, and even when there's a pause in the flow, there's a reason for it. Except for The Benders and now No Exit. *mutters*

It makes me ache to think that we've never seen this from Dean, and that Sam can't see it in that moment, to know that he is the source of his brother's joy and to understand the depth of emotion that connects the two of them.

I know… Like you said, I'm sure he knows it, just like Dean knows that Sam needs him, but it's an entirely different thing to see that need or that love express itself so nakedly. Dean was able to see it, but he won't remember it. And Sam wasn't able to see it, where he would have been able to remember it, if he had. That's beautiful and tragic.

Geez, re-reading that I know why I let you do the meta. :) I have such a hard time expressing my thoughts and you seem to do it so effortlessly.

That's exactly how I feel about you and fic. I have such a hard time writing it, and yours is so beautifully written and has such a poignant weight to it. It never feels like a fic so much as a page out of their lives. That's a pretty rare feeling. Usually, even reading beautiful fic, you're still aware that it's a fic. Yours is one of those rare talents that makes me forget it's not canon. :)
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