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Lea R.
New! Entered: 2016-07-14
That was great! I like how "scientific" Blacksnake thinks, even if he has no idea what went wrong. And his thoughts make a lot of sense; especially the ones about why Elves rely on recognition and animals not! And to think of it that the Elves don't even know what a miscarriage is! And it was a nice bonding moment for Windburn and Blacksnake as well. Even if the occasion was very sad and tragic.
Ingrid G.
New! Entered: 2015-11-27
I can just imagine having a miscarriage without even knowing what that was, and FREAKING OUT!! ... I'm glad the father/son had a bonding moment, though!!
Megan McCarthy
New! Entered: 2014-10-28
This was a great follow-up to "Gone", which sadly didn't deal much with tribal reactions to such an unprecedented event. I really enjoyed reading Blacksnake's observations about Recognition, and the interactions between him and Windburn. I like, too, that at one point it seemed Windburn would order Willow to stop. That's a very realistic reaction.
Sofia Lindström
New! Updated: 2012-12-21
Everyone's shock was very fitting and understandable. With Recognition guarantees the survival of the child, unless the mother suffers trauma, a miscarriage must a foriegn, nightmare like thing to the elves. And will that nightmare be enough to discourage everyone from trying to spark another cub, I wonder...
Holly H.
New! Entered: 2012-03-29
I'm really glad that folks found this story effective. :) And I hope that while the positive interaction between Windburn and Blacksnake here is definitely a big change from the way they've been in the past, that it's surprising in a good way... that enough groundwork has been laid for them in stories over the past several years that this seems more organic than out of the blue.

I really wrote this because after helping with the reviews of "Gone", I myself couldn't help but think about how the elves would react to it. After a tragedy, I think people do tend to look for answers. Sometimes they look for something to blame, too, but I wanted to avoid that, because I saw the end goal here as something they all really want. I didn't think they would have any way to know for sure what happened -- maybe someday, when they are able to talk to humans about what they go through, it will give them more to go on -- but that didn't matter to me as much as thinking about what they would tell themselves to give them at least some comfort.
Melanie D.
New! Entered: 2012-03-07
What I really liked here was the interaction between father and son in such a clam and reasonable way. I like how both their ways of looking at life and how it works didn't clash here but weaved together to come to a reason behind what happened to Snowfall.
I think their reasoning, especially Blacksnake's trail of thoughts makes and awful lot of sense.
It's a sad event but yes I think as well it would people get to think about the "why" of Recognition and I love how Windburn did open up his mindset to his father and his final conclusion. It really made me smile when he got a positive response and how this is a good moment for both of them.
Emberra Owen
New! Entered: 2012-03-02
This was really interesting seeing the back and forth between Blacksnake and his son on such a heavy topic. I also think that its good the Windburn didn't ban Willow from helping pregnancies occur. I think it would have been a loss to the tribe.
Razzle C.
New! Entered: 2012-02-25
Wow, this was a wonderful story to read! I do like how Blacksnake felt the need to find SOME kind of answer, even if he didn't answer exactly what had happened specifically. I was also very pleasantly surprised to see him getting along with Windburn so well here, considering all they've gone through. :) I wouldn't have thought of analyzing Recognition itself, either, but it was very effective here to show Blacksnake's nature (and Windburn's as well, actually) in the story!
Peggy B.
New! Entered: 2012-02-22
Blacksnake would make such a good scientist! ;)
And I am so glad for Windburn here. He definitely deserves his father's praise for all he did and endured during the last years!
Lyn Cavalier
New! Entered: 2012-02-20
I can pretty much only echo what others have said - I really like seeing these two together, like this. It's nice to feel that Windburn is giving his father a chance, and that he's actually *hearing* what he's saying. And Blacksnake's speculations are spot-on, IMHO
Whitney Ware
New! Entered: 2012-02-20
Lovely work here, Holly! I really the interaction is here between father and son -- that they're finally overcoming their mutual misperceptions is so wonderful to see! And very nice, too, to see the Chief's reaction to Snowfall's miscarriage, and to explore that event's wider implications for the tribe. Very nice work!
Linda Aarts
New! Entered: 2012-02-19
It seems very reasonable that after the loss of a cub sparked by a healer, people would reason on Recognition itself and what exactly happened. Yet, it's not something *I* would have thought to write about. Plus, I like that Windburn and Blacksnake had this discussion without either losing their temper.

I was also happy to see that Windburn won't tell Willow to stop trying. If there's a way next to recognition, it should definitely be explored!
Joanne P.
New! Entered: 2012-02-18
It's interesting to see the elves deductive reasoning skills at work here. In the middle I was worried that they would decide having children outside of Recognition would be an abomination and not allow it. I'm glad they didn't go that route. I hope Blacksnake doesn't share his theory too soon with Snowfall and the others, I don't know if it would be a comfort or a slap in the face at this point.
Mareike Heilemann
New! Entered: 2012-02-18
Oh, I love to see the reactions of the others to "Gone", and I really liked that while "Gone" was pretty much about the threemates, we see very clearly here how much the whole tribe is affected by this. I also really loved the whole interaction between Windburn and Blacksnake - it seems as if their relationship has healed a lot since Whispersilk's death!
Heidi Henderson
New! Entered: 2012-02-18
I really like the interaction between Windburn and Blacksnake here. It's nice to see them discussing this in a rather civil manner, rather than the more instinctual act now type of attitude we might have expected from our chief in the past.
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