One of the better stories I've read. Finally someone who knows their ENglish grammar too'
From: Francesca Date: 01/10/2012
Beautiful. And thank you for the notes at the end.
From: alynwa Date: 12/04/2010
I love this story! Very well written and explains in a believable way why Illya is so closed off emotionally. Napoleon never backing away from him was also in character. Thank you for sharing this wonderful tale!
From: Elijahwildchild Date: 04/04/2009
My New Year resolution is to be more diligent in giving feedback and so here is a long-overdue LOC on this beautifully redemptive piece of writing. You (along with LeeTheT) were amongst the first authors whose work I sought out in the fandom. I still do.
It has one of the best openings I've ever read; the characterisation feels absolutely spot-on. The plot is classic first season and the gradual unravelling of Illya's fractured psyche throughout made me ache. The scene at Illya's apartment where Napoleon first confronts him had me melting - and the hot sex later? Wow! Just perfect.
So - thank you for this, Shay. I re-read it regularly and it remains one of my favourite pieces in the fandom.
From: isiscaughey Date: 03/28/2009
This story just blows me away. Perfectly constructed, and brilliantly in character. Fantastic.
From: Sabine Griffin Date: 01/10/2009
Thank you so much for writing this. I can tell you that this story, honestly, is the best MfU fic I've ever read. It was so poignant, so brilliantly and brutally emotional. I cannot congratulate you, because this is not an achievement. You have broken the mold. Thank you.
From: Romanse Date: 01/27/2008
Completely enchanting tale! I was swept away by the plot and your interpretation of the characters. There was such genuine, heartfelt feeling put into this story. Napoleon and Illya were HOT, there was deep angst, and just overall, a most enjoyable read.
From: Blondie Date: 07/06/2004
This is one of the best reads I've had for a long, long time. I've rarely read a story that affected me so emotionally. I responded sympathetically to Illya's fears, felt myself cheering Napoleon on and could cheerfully have kissed Waverly for his insight and tactfulness (in fact, the Waverly scene was my favourite). And I loved the fact that, despite all of Illya's doubts, at the end Napoleon still refused to give up on him. Incidentally, this story ruined my Saturday -- I had such plans, so much to do, so much to catch up on. Instead, I spent my time sprawled decadently on the sofa, drink close by and tissues handy. Thank you for sharing. I hope we see much, much more of this calibre in the future.
From: Deb Date: 07/04/2004
What a wonderful read. This substantial, riveting story has a fascinating and tragic Illya, a loving Napoleon and one of the best Waverly scenes I've ever read or imagined. This story is a great gift.
From: Di T Date: 07/02/2004
Shay - thank you for this wonderful read. I am slowly recovering, but I need another box of hankies.