Oh, this is lovely. I just discovered it while clicking on the random story link. You wrote it masterfully, holding the suspense in the beginning and me with it, then into the sweet aftermath - like afterglow of its own. Thank you so very much for sharing this.
From: alynwa Date: 01/02/2011
This is a well-told story. The contrast of then and now for the boys is wonderful and it allows us to get into Napoleon's head to see how grateful he is to have this time with Illya.
Thanks for sharing!
From: gevr Date: 11/05/2010
this is one of my favorite shorter stories. I have (re)read it for the nth time and I'm still not getting tired of it. it makes you feel warm and safe and at peace with the world... Very well done !
From: lgvu Date: 08/16/2010
Sweet, wonderful story, I was worried at first. Well done.
From: Elijahwildchild Date: 04/27/2009
One of my New Year resolutions is to be more diligent about feedback and so here it is, with apologies for the fact that it's long overdue.
This is one of my favourite shorter stories. I love the way you take us inside the boys heads and convey the depth of their emotions, especially Napoeleon's, with such an economy of words. It never feels florid or excessive and is so much more powerful for that. The characterisation is perfect - oh and your summary always makes me smile too.
Thank you for this.
From: Ardent Date: 08/02/2004
I don't know how this one slipped by me, but it's *lovely*! Just the right amount of angst and suffering (for both boys) and a satisfying ending. I always love stories where one of them finally "gets it", and Napoleon's epiphany is understated and sweet. Thank you!