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Date: Jan 26 2018 01:02 am [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1 Reviewer: Traveller Signed
Ok, it's time for me to give this amazing story the review it deserves.

Wow- this was your first story? Absolutely amazing... and I thought my stuff was angsty! I think I've read this story about four or five times now, and it never fails to move me to tears. I discover something new each time I read it- a sign of a truly well-written story.

Not to mention who it's about! I'm really sad that they both died in the end, but at least you had to heart to kill them both at once! I always imagine them dying together- I don't think they would be able to live if one was no longer there. To be honest (and this is just my opinion), I think that if Pippin died, Merry very well might take his own life, driven mad with grief. I tried not to hint at this too much in "Of Magic and Friendship", because that was not the picture of Merry that I wanted to paint. I really don't think I'd ever write that in a story- it's just the way I think it would happen. On the other hand, if Merry were to die, I think that Pippin would simply die of grief. It's possible to just become so depressed that one neglect's one's body to the point of death.
Anyway, that's my take.

Back to the story!

"Yes, Pippin. Everyone thinks you will die, but they love you... They do not want you to die, but I'm terribly scared that the arrow that pierced you was poisoned... Most of the orc-weapons that exist today are dipped in poison to assure death, and I'm scared, Pippin, I'm scared... I love you, and you don't deserve to die. I love you, Pip. I can't live knowing you're not breathing the same air as me. Don't leave me..." Perfect. Exactly what Merry would do, no deviation whatsoever from his character. He's completely lost in his grief and his love for Pippin, inconsolable but for the love his friend, whose ability to do so in life is quickly fleeting.

"Know this, Merry..." Pippin whispered. "I have always loved you as a friend, a cousin... And a brother... You have been my brother for years now, but my time had come... Sooner than you would like, I think, but it is time... Now, what would be the ultimate price to pay for some of Farmer Maggot's mushrooms right now?" Also perfectly Pippin. He's resigned to his fate (as he is to his fate in my story, much different but yet so alike in your story), but it pains him so incredibly to leave Merry. But then he changes the subject, in an effort to make his last moments as happy as possible for both him and his dear Merry.

I guess what I'm trying to say is, an amazing job and a story brilliant beyond words ! (I can only try!) You should write more like this (maybe you could let them live this time?-of course, you're the author, it's your choice, but I'm still crying). I am commanding my personal army of plot bunnies to go and invade your house at night and attack you while you sleep, lol!

Many hugs from your friend,


Author's Response: Aw, thank you so so so mch for this review! I have long awaited it and am left utterly speechless by the sheer niceness of it. I was really uncertain about posting it as you know that the first story is the hardest one to post, because you don't know what other authors will think. I was very nervous, too, that I was killing off two of the main and most cutest characters. I didn't know how people would take it. But yes, it is rather drastic, although, I thought, that if dear Pip was to die, then Merry couldn't bear to see that. I'm glad it moved you to tears and even more glad that you've read it several times through. Thnks again for the most beautiful review, and you know that I'll always be your friend! :) Thanks for the plot bunnies! - meerkatalex P.S. "It's possible to just become so depressed that one neglect's one's body to the point of death." - That is so true. You should put this in a story somewhere one day.
Date: Feb 27 2009 01:41 pm [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1 Reviewer: superweirdgirls12 Signed
Oh my gosh that was so sad!!! I am crying! That has got to have been one of the saddest deaths I've read on this site...
I watched a movie called into the wild and a guy died from eating a poisonous plant. It was sad. Sorry if I just spoiled anything for you...
Anyways, Well done.

Author's Response: Oh. Sorry you're crying, but I'm glad you enjoyed reading it! Thank you for reviewing my stories and you haven't spoiled it for me. This was just sudden flash, band, inspiration! Thanks again, meerkatalex

Author's Response: Oh. Sorry you're crying, but I'm glad you enjoyed reading it! Thank you for reviewing my stories and you haven't spoiled it for me. This was just sudden flash, band, inspiration! Thanks again, meerkatalex
Date: Jan 31 2009 01:52 pm [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1 Reviewer: Urania Signed
So sad, yet beautifully written!

Author's Response: Yes, I enjoyed writing this story but upset many people including myself. I didn't want to kill them but it just had to be done to let Merry be happy. I hope you enjoyed reading it - have a happy new year!
Date: Dec 28 2008 03:41 pm [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1 Reviewer: Kitt Otter Signed
Wow. That twist in the end was heart-wringing; it left me with my mouth hanging open. *teary*
Yet what better way to die than in the arms of a friend? It is, in a way, not a bad thing. Oh yes, there are things much worse!
The writing was skillful. The dialogue was distict for each character and - hooray! - they were quite themselves. That is never easy!
I was impressed; I hope to read more of your work soon. : )

Author's Response: Thanks! I haven't had a review for this story in a while, so I was surprised and delighted when I got this one. I hope I portrayed Boromir and Aragorn correctly as I am not good and writing about them. I'm glad you enjoyed it and hope that you do read more of my work. Once again, thank you, and I will read some of your work also! :-) meerkatalex
Date: Dec 23 2008 07:40 pm [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1 Reviewer: Avadiel Signed
All that trouble for mushrooms LOL. I think just because of Merry and Pippin I'll *try* to eat them

Author's Response: Yep, that was kinda the basic point. And the moral of the story is... Don't eat mushrooms if you don't know whether they're poisonous or not! lolz. Anyway thank you for reviewing as this is only the fourth!
Date: Nov 15 2008 06:05 pm [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1 Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
A sad ending, but very well written. I look forward to reading your future contributions.

Author's Response: I always seem to put sad endings on the end of these sorts of stories, but it's just the way I write. I'll be adding another story soon, and that one won't be sad... Can't promise that about the next few stories after that one,, but the next will be quite... Interesting. Please read it when it gets validated!
Date: Jun 18 2008 01:02 pm [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1 Reviewer: Freya Byron Signed
*sobs* That was beautiful! And so sad. . .

Author's Response: Yeah, I really like writng sad stuff but mostly I try not to make it too dramatic... Sometimes I get too carried away, but I think I actually managed to pull this story off! (I was really worried about writing it because it kills off two of the main character.) Thanks for reviewing - I'll look at your stories if there are any!
Date: Jun 11 2008 09:11 pm [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1 Reviewer: Gemini_Elf Signed
Wow, simply amazing! You write really well, you could actually imagine it to happen in the book. I loved it :D

Author's Response: Thank you! First story I've ever wrote on here, so I'm surprised I got a review so quickly!
Date: Jun 09 2008 01:32 am [Report This]
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