Re-read again, and am still blown away by the epicness of this chapter. The BEST in Sesh/Kagome fanfic history!!!! It's gut-renching and raw and tender and brilliant!!! Indeed, well done you - the holding pattern is definitely broken to bits and pieces, and I'm on the edge of my seat, dying to know what happens next and how they are going to pick up the peices and go on from here. Oh Hatter Theory, please, please, pretty PLEASE with a gigantic cherry on top (or whatever your favorite fruit is), please update! I know you how a life and responsbilities, and i'm incredbly selfish to ask you this, but how there be any justice if this series is NOT finished to some kind of conclusion. It's just too good. The cliffhanger here, kills me...thank you and hope you are well. You are the best even if you don't update, but i hope some day you will. <3 Sincerely, one of your biggest and fondest fans, Beautiful Samurai xoxo
BeautifulSamurai (Chapter 42) - Wed 08 Oct 2014
Oh Hatter Theory, how can I express the ways that I love thee and thine fantastic imagination? Your writing amazes me, excited me, humbles me, and inspires me. It is so clever, adventurous, funny, spiritual, deep; drive by a magnificently character plot and supported by a wealth of loveable and precious side-characters and exciting action. I've read this story 3 or 4 times now in full, and I am still completely in love with it and get new insights into it everytime I read it. Who are you and how can you create such a story?! lol If i knew I might become stranded on an Island and I was only allowed to take three books with me (and I am a VORACIAOUS reader - of all sorts of books, fanfictions, and fandoms. I have hundreds basically.) "Running Up That Hill", would be one of them. That's how much i love it and how much it moves me. Yes, I'm a proud geek in regards to these two lovebirds, and I'm a HUGE fan of your writing. I can't exactly point my finger as to why, but I can say that I've always loved Seshomaru and Kagome's dynamic. . .and the way you write them just makes everything better: Their chemistry, the way they help each other to stretch and grow and become better and *more*...I see parts of myself in both of them that I can empathisize with (which you know is crack for readers haha) and yet they are still so fantastical in the way that only heros can be, so I come out admiring, respecting, and rooting for them. I love how you don't use "nonesense" plots to move the story along. . .your characters are not Mary Sue's or John Does, instead they are brilliant and flawed and wonderful and always growing and getting better and stronger. No characters are "too stupid to live" and you inrease my respect for you as a writer because you are so creative that you don't have to rely on the ever cliched "Big Misunderstanding". You make the characters *communicate* if not at first - then eventually, and i love, love, love that. The concept of the mating bond and this amazing soul connection they have between each other is brilliant and fascinating - I want one!! Anyways, i just wanted to let you know how much i love this story and as an almost decade long Fan of Inuyasha, I have read more fanfics than I dare say....so when i tell you you're writing is wonderful and THANK you, please believe me. <3 You writing always cheers me up, and this fic is one I keep for special study breaks when I need something strong, pure, sweet, and wonderful. It's funny because you write about some very heavy and dark matters in this fic, and yet I always come out of reading it feeling uplifted, warm and gushy inside, and yet ready to take on the world. That's what good writing does!!! lol Thank you for all your hard work and for sharing it with the rest of us. I hope you continue write because I will follow you as long as I can find you haha. :D I also wanted to say that specifically for the last chapter, I was left in awe! Seshomaru's character growth and "breaking" was so seamlessly and authentically done. . .I don't have words. But, wow. My heart leaped and twisted as I read how he bowed down and sobbed...then my heart just melted on the floor and went out to him. I can't wait to see what kind of individual he has the capacity to become. I can tell it will be exceptional and that the relationship between he and Kagome can only become greater, but it will take some work! And the way that Kagome was there for him!!! See i'm gushing! Anyways, I hope you find it in your heart to finish this story someday, because we all are left so eager to see what you have in store. This story is too great to be an unfinished masterpiece.... It doesn't matter how long it takes - if and when you feel inspired to take up this story again, I wil be there, and know that I will be one of the first to eagerly read, review, and express gratitude. You are immensly talented Hatter Theory! I hope you write a novel someday and I will read that too <3 Thank you again for your hardwork and generosity. You are so great and wish for you all the best always!! xoxoxo
(Chapter 7) - Mon 15 Sep 2014
this is an awzam story. can you find it in your heart to finished it???? please prety please
[“She is pack,” Sesshoumaru stated simply.
“You know, you still haven't told me what that means,” Kagome said impishly, trying to forget Sango's anger and the sudden loss of her home. She refused to break down in front of everyone. Naraku was gone, the jewel was whole, and the world was safe. Everyone had reasons to be happy, and more than anyone, the people seated around the fire deserved it.
“I will explain when we get back to the shiro,” He rumbled, sparing her a glance from the corner of his eye. She laughed.
“So, when are you and Sango going to get married?” Kagome asked cheerfully, forcing a bright smile.
“After the village is built,” Miroku responded, slightly off kilter by the sudden subject change.
“Wow. I didn't think you guys would want to wait after all this,” Kagome said, waving her hand in a general manner.
“We've waited three years. A few more months won't matter. Besides, by then she'll be cooled down enough that you and Shippou can come. Sesshoumaru-sama is invited as well.”
“This Sesshoumaru will be unable to make it,” He intoned.]
I can't tell you why this hit my funny bone so hard, but it did. I laughed hysterically. And I actually reread the section 2 more times just to laugh again with the context >_>
So stoically, passive-aggressively supportive. :D
I've been reading Inuyasha fanfic for so long, but I can't believe I've not encountered this fic until now. I've never reacted to a story so strongly. In the last 12 chapters, I've ached, I've laughed, I've cried, I've loved. Over and over again! Hitting harder every time, too. Kagome's experience is so real, and growing with Sesshoumaru in learning that just makes it all the more heartbreaking. Everyone has their own experiences and interpretations that influence how they react to things, but this completely factual, logical view of Sesshoumaru's, along with the faintest hint of emotion on his part that you begin to sense, and then Kagome's utter, desolate grief (and depression, PTSD, a whole host of reasons for why she shouldn't even be coherent anymore), all of the things that she's doing her damndest to fight - makes it so much more personal. Which, you notice/realize that he's beginning to notice/realize!
And then, two minutes after reading that, you're laughing because Sesshoumaru acts in a way or says something that is so Sesshoumaru, and you can't help but love him like you know Kagome will. And I'm sure that will be what helps her heal in future chapters. That always-reliable, pure strength and care (and eventually love? :)
And then it gets serious again. I just love how you incorporate all that real emotion and true emotional development, all in the same paragraph, all while providing a bit of comic relief here and there.
Btw, your portrayal of their characters is spot-on, and I love them! I can't believe how true to the canon-Sesshoumaru he is after so much time and events! Most fics to seem to have him so much more influenced and malleable, usually far before this point, and yet in this you know - while he might be beginning to feel something - he's not malleable in the least and is still the same perfectly composed Sesshoumaru. At least he still thinks he is. And I love it. Same with Kagome! Your psychological breakdown and intimate description of their experiences and growth and thoughts and feelings is amazing.
There's such an empathetic understanding of emotions (and their irrationalities!) and the effects of them, and yet also an understanding of how someone might TRY to reign those emotions and developments in through logic. This story is one of the most incredible stories I've ever read. Not that I'm an expert, but, I think it is so perfectly developed, perfectly explored, perfectly written. I'm going to be so sad when it ends, I just know it, especially considering it's probably not a true ending with the hiatus.
I am still so happy to be reading it now, though!! THANK YOU. So much love <3
Please update soon!!!!! I'm hooked on this story... Its a good one!!!!
Oohhh nooo is are you to finish it at any point? I hope all is well in your life but this story is one of the best so please come back and finish!
(Chapter 42) - Tue 31 Dec 2013
Please continue!!!!! :'( I love ittttt!!!
I miss this! I miss YEW. Come back to us soon!
(Chapter 26) - Sat 08 Jun 2013
So far one of the best stories I have read. So far I think I have cried 4 times in this story. the way you write evokes imagery and emotion. I usually skip storles labeled angst. But your work I will reby because it has depth. Something that I rarely find in other works. Thank you for your talent.
(Chapter 42) - Fri 07 Sep 2012
I know who Kagome's relations are!!!!!!!!
I absolutely love this fic =] it's amazing. But, I'm confused..it can't be complete, right? That isn't the end of this story? I hope not! Either way, it's fantastic and I hope there are a few more chapters coming!
This chapter explains many things...
I was wondering when Inuyasha was going to show up again.
I think this is the best explanation of the backstory I've ever read. Everything seems to fit and it just feels right. Especially Yuugao's role.
"You are already playing the part of the bride" ...that was adorable.
I've been kind of stuck on this chapter and I keep re-writing this comment. So I'm just going to be straight with you and hope it doesn't come off too harsh.
The kids are feeling like an afterthought. They seem to pop-up randomly and I'm not sure what their purpose is anymore. All I'm sure of is that they aren't getting that bedtime story.
I don't understand the purpose of Kagome meeting the family and the challenge. It feels really out of place, when I got to that part I almost thought I was reading the wrong fic. It just didn't seem to fit.
Coming back to this fandom after a long absence, the changes in fanon sometimes shocks me (especially since I remember reading many of the fics that birthed certain tropes in this fandom while they were still in progress). And the fandom has changed a lot too. I blame it mostly on a number of mistranslations combined with the influx of English dub fans that have never read the manga (or anything not translated by VIZ for that matter). It makes some things seem really wrong to me, but I'm very good at suspending disbelief, especially for well-written fics. But still, fanon has really overwhelmed this fandom and it is even more acute in this pairing.
So where am I going with all this... what happens in this pairing is that after a while, readers expect certain things to happen and when they don't they get mad or upset. Then what happens is that authors start writing towards those expectations and the fanon is reinforced, thus continuing a vicious cycle that can make writing in this pairing feel stale.
For the most part, you have impressively and refreshingly, avoided this trap. It's one of the many reasons why I like this story so much (you've managed this in Convivial also, btw, but more on that another time). I get what you're doing with it, keeping the pacing realistic, and not rushing or forcing certain developments. So when I say that part of this chapter feels out of place, I mean that it feels like you stumbled a little into that trap. It's the kind of scene that can feel obligatory in this fandom. It's not a fall into the pit by any means, I think you just got a little sidetracked.
So that was a really long explanation trying to explain something relatively simple... yeah, I need to work on that...
Wow... Yuugao... wow... she went there...
So... Yuugao and Shinzuru... hmm... hmm...
Oh my god! This chapter! I LOVE when authors do this, you are so awesome. I had to go back and find the quote, it's chapter 8 when they just get Miroku back and Sango is snapping at Kagome and Sesshoumaru tells her, "It is not unusual for one to keep everyone away from a fallen mate, even if it is detrimental." That is SO what he's doing now. I love when stuff comes back around like that! Okay, I'll stop fangirling now.
Blue fire? Aosagibi? Ao-sagi-bi. Blue heron fire... lol I get it. Clever.
I know there wasn't a treaty with Touran, but I would think he would have some consequences for her too. Shunran really seemed to be stalling him. It seems implausible that she wouldn't be in on it also.
Everything that night was the spirit... hmm... the way he said that... seems more like he didn't want to believe it was all the spirit...
Wow... ok wow... this chapter... there is Stuff in this chapter, isn't there? It has me all excited but probably not for the reasons you'd think. Yuugao... there is Yuugao Stuff here. First the obvious, I was sure she was testing Kagome in the spar earlier, but that bit about the trial... she wants to see if she would pass... but does that mean what I think? And that person that did not attempt the trial... I have a vague suspicion about that, but I think I'm going to keep it to myself for now so I don't make a fool of myself if I'm wrong...
Now, the part that REALLY intrigues me... that part about, "Do not forget who and what I am, and what I represent." I really want to know what THAT means. I cannot read this fic fast enough!
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