Comments on 'Encouraging Words'

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Sofia Lindström
New! Entered: 2014-12-31
It's nice to get to see Thornbow's both nurturing and no-nonsense sides combined into one. This story makes it clear he cares about Honey as only family could, but I like how you made sure to make a clear distinction between him and Birdcatcher. Birdcatcher did indeed spoil Honey a bit, and it's great to see that, with Thornbow's more "clear cut" thinking, he can see both sides of the situation. I like how he's mad at Willow, while at the same time not blaming it all on her. Great ending!
Peggy B.
New! Entered: 2014-12-29
I was glad to finally see that Thornbow does not blindly support his sister. He has a head on his shoulders... but still feels need to be protective, to be loyal. That is great character trait!
Holly H.
New! Entered: 2014-06-01
I like the way this shows us what feels like a very "sibling" kind of interaction -- Thornbow's desire to comfort his sister, but also, his willingness to say to her what needs to be said. That's good characterization for straightforward Thornbow, but also a good look at their brother-sister dynamic.
Lyn Cavalier
New! Updated: 2014-12-03
It's nice to see what happened with Honey after "To Teach a Lesson!" I love that Thornbow is being such a great brother here, and that while he's willing to comfort her, he's also speaking the truth. :) Well-written!

comment 2014: Re-read. I love the reference to how Honey was easy to help in the past, and the contrast you provide to their personalities and how each is more like a different parent. I think Thornbow did a great job trying to comfort her, and I like how he didn't wait around to feed her emotional distress after offering a balm!
Heidi Henderson
New! Entered: 2013-05-31
I, too, like the family dynamic here. It's nice to see Thornbow sticking up for his sister, even though it seems as if she, too, doesn't appreciate that he is on her side! Just like siblings in real life ;)
Megan McCarthy
New! Entered: 2013-05-21
It's so great to see Thornbow explored in this way; he and Honey have a great brother-sister dynamic in my opinion. I feel really bad for Honey here, but at the same time glad that she has a brother who will stick by her no matter what.
Beth K.
New! Entered: 2013-05-10
So happy to see this posted! It's really a brilliant look at Thornbow's nature, and his care for his sister. It's just great to see him so logical and comforting but without losing sight of the realities - and carrying the thoughts through from many angles; not just his own perspective but potentially Honey's and Willow's....
Whitney Ware
New! Entered: 2013-05-09
Joanne, I really appreciate seeing Thornbow here -- I always imagined some sort of gently, brotherly interventions were taking place off-screen, and it's marvelous to see those moments more fully explored!
Melanie D.
New! Entered: 2013-05-05
Nice bit of interaction between Thornbow and Honey here. I think he did find a good way to encourage her and at the same time not coddle her. Poor guy has to endure a lot but it's good to see Honey has someone to do that for her. Especially someone who keeps to the facts. Itdose make Thornbow a little bit more of his own character to know he doesn't so much look for the whys and roots but just sticks to what he sees as the truth and in this case everything he did say was true.

His last words towards her were very sweet and I hope Honey has them working through her mind.

Lovely little bit. I hope some when we get to see these thoughts carry fruits. :)
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