linaerys: (Silly Viking)
posted by [personal profile] linaerys at 06:45pm on 21/05/2012
This was very bittersweet and so well done. Things I loved, in no particular order:

1. This explored the aftermath of the mind control really really well, which led very naturally to the relationship with Coulson.

2. I liked the way Natasha interrogated him--it was very *her*.

3. This made me think all kinds of thinky thoughts. At first the concept made me uncomfortable, but I also loved Anne McCaffrey's Ship Who . . . books, which are all about love affairs between people who can't touch, people whose bodies may not even exist as we understand them. I loved how love and arousal aren't dependent on bodies here, but the reality of being embodied or not, is still important.

4. And I took the Norse mythology expert Cornell grad as a personal shout out :D. Even if it wasn't.
sinope: a hundred thousand fireflies (A hundred thousand fireflies)
posted by [personal profile] sinope at 07:09pm on 21/05/2012
Thank you so much; that praise means a lot, coming from you!

Re: 3, yeah, I've been thinking various thinky thoughts. I had a long conversation about it with a friend whose job is working with kids with disabilities, and she raised the point that this is the reality of certain people with disabilities, who may have a physical body but be unable to use it for any interactions. And it was that comment that helped keep me from writing a "happy ending" of "Coulson gets his body back, and then everything's great." The happy ending is moving forward in life with what you have and who you are. But yeah, still mulling over implications for Coulson's experiences (if I write a sequel, it'll be from his POV).

Re: 4: I wish I could say it was a personal shout-out; it was mostly a friendly poke at people (... like myself ...) dedicating their lives to things with zero "real world applications." By which I mean, um, yes! I completely had you in mind! ;-)

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