I don't know if you still read comments or even if you're still in the fandom but I just wanted to say you made me cry today - at least your writing did, that last paragraph was simply beautiful.
From: alynwa Date: 02/05/2011
I just finished reading the entire CoM, CoN series and I saved my comments until now. Wow. What an incredibly touching story you have created. I am not the most religious person but, I do believe in God and I do believe that sometimes, God does point us in the direction He wants us to go. George accepting and adopting Illya as listening to the Voice of God and subsequently loving him and raising him was beautifully done. His original opposition to Illya's relationship with Napoleon was good as was his realization that he could lose Illya and his grudging acceptance of the relationship.
The way you wrote Illya's grief was very realistic, I thought. People do hurt others' feelings without meaning to as Illya hurt Napoleon's by saying he didn't understand. I equated Illya cutting his hair with his acknowledgement that that part of his life, the good (George) and the bad (his uncle) was finally over and it was time to move forward with Napoleon.
The entire series is brilliant. Thank you so much for sharing it.
From: Remy Date: 12/10/2009
...I don't think any one story has ever made me cry so much. I read it from start to finish and I can hardly breathe, now, but it makes me happy. George in this is pretty much a point blank character reference to -my- father. He was Irish Catholic, married to an old Redskin Pagan woman, and there were so many times I felt like he saved me life......when he died, I was 16. I cut my hair off at my jaw, dyed it black, and I'm pretty sure I cried when I put the coins over his eyes. The story reminded me of the good in him now, though, the good memories. Six years and one good story later, I think I'm going to take his bible out of the closet and put it on my bookshelf. Thank-you for the good memories and the good cry.
From: periwinkle Date: 09/11/2009
I just have to start by teasing you - isn't this the third time now you've ended the series?
I found it very moving. I realized half-way through that a tear was rolling down my eye. And the idea of Illya cutting his hair for George's funeral was beautiful.
From: Robin Date: 08/20/2009
What a wonderful way to end this series, truly full-circle. I love all the gentle charactarizations in your universe. We chose the verse you quoted "My father's house has many mansions..." to be read at my father's funeral. We got the same comfort from it that you showed Illya experiencing here. This was just beautiful.
From: Angela Neuhaus Date: 08/17/2009
Oh, I forgot to tell you what I really started out to tell you. The main reason this story touched me so, is that my own father passed away last year. He was never a "religious" man, but he did accept Christ just a few weeks before he died. The word picture you painted of Geroge in Paradise made my sob with joy, knowing that my father is at peace forever. Thanks again, my friend.
From: Angela Neuhaus Date: 08/17/2009
Long time, no hear, I know. I have loved this entire series, and this story is no exception. I recently read "Two Way Street", and noticed how your characterizations have evolved from your earlier works. I have always loved your writing - most particularly your romantic scenes. They always make my heart melt and my toes curl at the same time! Any way, that is all to sat that I thought that the idea of having Illya cut his hair in this story was a stroke of genius. Please keep writing and posting. It always thrills me when I see your byline pop up. You portray such a perfect love between my two favorite boys - it's too bad all relationships can't be that amazing. Thank you for all the happy reading hours you have given me - and for those to come.
Your Devoted Fan, -A-
From: Sue Date: 08/14/2009
Such a beautiful story. I started by reading the others again on Geocity first. The ending to this caught me quite by surprise. I didn't see that coming and it made me break into tears. A lovely ending to a lovely story.
Are you moving your stories to WWOMB or some other site before Geocities closes down. I hope so.
From: Annette Date: 08/13/2009
Well done. So many endings, and yet so many beginnings. I am looking forward to reading the series all at once.
Thanks you for sharing your creativity and imagination with us. It was great!
From: Romanse Date: 08/12/2009
What a perfectly beautiful ending to the series. Thank you, ChannelD for your uncompromising writing.