Date: 16 Jun 2009 02:16 Title: Chapter 9
I very much enjoyed this story. The plot was gripping, the characterizations well drawn. I especially liked Tora and her interactions with Spock, and Pike was simply great. So glad to have read this!
Author's Response: Thank you for reading and reviewing. ;-)
Date: 15 Jun 2009 23:14 Title: Chapter 9
I absolutely adored this. I've been on the hunt for stories about Pike and Number One, in the vein of my fave TOS novel _Vulcan's Glory_ and this is far and away my favourite Pike story I've foudn thus far. Not only do I recognise these people from "The Cage", but everything feels completely in character as you gave me an all new adventure. And I loved your cast of OCs, particularly Tora.
Author's Response: Thank you very much! I'm very happy you liked the story.:) And special thanks for your words about OCs, they have a hard time competing with canon ones for the readers' attention. :)
Date: 08 May 2009 13:19 Title: Chapter 9
Awwww what a nice ending! I loved Spock's gift for Tora!!! Hehehehe. Very well-chosen, I'd say! I loved this story (but then you already know that! lol)... it's perfect, really. *happy sigh*
Author's Response: LOL. Thanks, I appreciate the words. ;-)
Date: 07 May 2009 13:15 Title: Chapter 9
And so it ends. And as usual, terrific read. As I said before, I enjoyed immensely watching Spock's journey through the oft-confusing world of human emotion and motivations.
An interesting thought stuck me, though, as I read this last chapter again. This story goes a long way to showing the differences between Sarek and Pike, and how Spock reacts to criticism and discipline from each. Sarek's reprimands made Spock rebel, and yet Pike's reprimand inspired Spock to search his soul and try to understand human motivations in some situations, and how they differ from, but are not necessarily better than, Vulcan motivations. With one well-intentioned reprimand that didn't belittle Spock, Pike was able to accomplish what Sarek was unable to do in eighteen years - earn Spock's respect. This in no way is meant to say that Spock doesn't respect his father, but it is a different type of respect altogether, and one that was inspired, not required. I so love stories that show this type of journey for our heroes...which is why so much of your work appeals to me. ;-) Nice job, as usual!
Author's Response: Considering how much headache it cost you to beta this, I'm awed you found any nice words to say to me when it's over. LOL. Thanks, Cuppy. I only described one episode. I'm glad if it makes sense. ;-)
Date: 06 May 2009 08:07 Title: Chapter 7
I don't have any further thoughts on this but wanted to say that I am enjoying this story immensely. An intriguing and balanced look at a young Spock! Pike's actions explain so neatly why Spock would go to Tarsus against all orders and seemingly against logic. Can't wait for more. ;-)
Author's Response: Thank you very much, you are very kind. :-)
Date: 05 May 2009 07:56 Title: Chapter 6
I loved the fight between Pike and that Klingon! It's so wonderful to see him in action (I know, he was fighting for Spock's life and all, so, srs bsns, but still, I loved it.) Well done!
Author's Response: Thanks again. ;-)
Date: 02 May 2009 06:02 Title: Chapter 3
This is taking an interesting twist.
Tora still has her charming tongue..I really like the lady.LOL
The interaction Pike Number One let me wanting more. The Captain is harsh and the man regrets it....
Author's Response: :-)
Date: 28 Apr 2009 19:01 Title: Chapter 1
Do you know what I really like of your story? Your Spock has "little problems", some from his cultural background, some from his own personality, but he has friends. He is not the isolated alien hidden in his studies, that is portrayed in many academy stories, waiting for Kirk to rescue him from some socuial limbo.
He can be sad from his familiar circunstances, but he´s not bitter about it. And after some struggles, he allows friendship to enter his life, of course, puting to it some logical name. LOL
And his need of knowledge is here from his youth, the seed of the future science officer.
Mmmmhh, Tora has a golden tongue.....after that, whatever Dr McCoy would say, will be just candy cotton.
Author's Response: LOL. Thanks, my friend.
Date: 28 Apr 2009 12:58 Title: Chapter 1
Your Tora is a lovely OC. Then again, you have this talent for writing exceptionally good OCs. Nevermind your plots. Which own my soul. And the fact you don't put these people on a pedestal no one can ever reach, that too.
Author's Response: I believe this plot is too convenient for your liking. :P But Tora rules, yeah. Can't argue with that. Well, we have to agree on something. ;-)
Date: 28 Apr 2009 11:22 Title: Chapter 1
You know my feelings on this already, but I'll say it again - loved it! Especially that Spock is not the model cadet. We have already discussed why I believe this to be true, but to add to that, most (if not all) kids go through a rebellious stage where they think they know everything, and given Spock's strict upbringing on Vulcan, this would be the first chance it had to manifest for him. Thanks for not forgetting that, and for allowing some personal growth for our favorite Vulcan!
Author's Response: Nah, I can't allow or forbid him anything. It's the other way around. ;-) Thanks, Cuppy.
Date: 28 Apr 2009 07:34 Title: Chapter 1
Ooooh I loved this chapter! Reading about Chris Pike is always such a pleasure - and Spock, too! I loved to read about him at the Academy and all... me likes muchly!
Author's Response: Me thanks you. ;-) Glad you like it.