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The Dare  by Dreamflower 22 Review(s)
longcleeveReviewed Chapter: 6 on 1/9/2005
oh i adore this story as well. i love that i had read some of your other stories mentioning this incedent and now i finally got to know just what exactly happened! fantastic story :D

Author Reply: Thank you! Now you know the "rest of the story", LOL! I'm glad you liked it!

good_one_pipReviewed Chapter: 6 on 9/24/2004
Whew! I'm so glad it ended happily! If you couldn't tell, I was getting way to into the story. lol. Oh, well, I love hobbit, especially Pippin-Merry stories. You certainly capture their feeling very well. Keep writing, and long live the hobbits!

Author Reply: I couldn't let it end any other way, could I?
I'm so glad you were really getting into the story; that's such a great compliment!
I'll keep writing as long as the stories keep coming!
Thanks for all the neat reviews!

Pipwise Reviewed Chapter: 6 on 8/22/2004
This is such a wonderful story, I love the way you write, and the way you bring in the perspectives of every character. The love the cousins have for each other shines through so clearly, and it's lovely to see what they all mean to each other in their different ways. I'm so glad that Pippin learning his lesson didn't cost Merry, or anyone else, too much in the end (except for the Banks lads, lol)

I enjoyed every bit of it, thank you!

Author Reply: I'm so glad that the love the cousins have comes through. It is one of my favorite themes to explore their relationships. I am happy that you enjoyed the story; thank you for the lovely review.

Hai TookReviewed Chapter: 6 on 8/9/2004
Wow! very good! I'm glad to have finally seen where Merry's anger at the Banks' brothers came from! Wicked creatures! I like how you described Frodo standing up to Paladin! Paladin not being angry that Frodo had taken it up with him. Frod certainly is a good cousin and friend to his younger relations! Thank you for another story!

Author Reply: Yes, now you know why Merry stayed mad for so long. They were indeed wicked creatures, and deserved every bad thing that came to them.

Naturally Frodo would take up for Merry. He thinks of himself in many ways as Merry's big brother, and takes responsibility for him. I think under other circumstances, Paladin might very well have be angered, but he already felt bad about Merry, so Frodo was able to easily convince him. Frodo is definitely a good cousin!

I am glad you enjoyed the story!

Pearl TookReviewed Chapter: 6 on 8/8/2004
Good story, good ending. I like that you had Paladin willing to think things over and let the lads say goodbye to each other. Good Job!

Author Reply: Thank you so much. I am glad that you enjoyed the story.

BodkinReviewed Chapter: 6 on 8/8/2004
Good for Frodo. Merry needed to see Pippin - as an innocent party his needs should come first. Sensible Paladin.

Shame the beastly Banks boys didn't suffer a bit more, but Merry can go for delayed gratification.

Good promise that they will never get drunk without each other - and never that drunk. More likely to be able to do it. It would appear that it would be almost impossible to live in hobbit society without regular doses of ale.

Author Reply: It wasn't too hard for Frodo to make Paladin see that he was being unfair, especially since he already felt a bit guilty about it.

I don't much imagine that Clodio will be too happy with them when he gets them home. Punishment will probably not be as much as they deserve, though. And we know Merry gets his satisfaction in the end.

I kept that in mind. And I think that the promise to one another not to get drunk except together will keep them from getting dangerously drunk, as they will be watching out for one another. But you are right, hobbits seem to drink ale much as modern folk seem to drink colas--it just seems to be the logical beverage of choice. But I think that Pip will probably avoid most of the stronger forms of liquor after this unpleasantness.

GamgeeFestReviewed Chapter: 6 on 8/8/2004
Oh, nice, long chapter! And what a lovely ending. Good ole Frodo to the rescue as usual. And of course we all know Merry makes good on his promise.

I unfortunately know too many parents who let their kids get away with all sorts of things. Too bad they can't realize that it does no one any good, especially their kids. But then Clodio isn't much of a model citizen himself.

Till next time.

Author Reply: Absolutely Frodo to the rescue. He was not about to let his Merry suffer. (And yes, we know Merry gets to keep his promise, even if it is ten years later and he needs an excuse--unfortunately for the Bankses, they are stupid enough to provide him with one.)

No, Clodio is not a model citizen by any means. He is the type of parent that will let his child get away with anything at all until said child gets caught. And then the punishment is not so much for the actual misbehavior as it is for the inconvenience to the parent.

KittyReviewed Chapter: 6 on 8/8/2004
Good old Frodo, I was glad he was able to convince Paladin to let Merry say sorry and goodbye to Pippin!

And I have enjoyed the goodbye of the Bankses as Pippin saw them :-) During this story I sometimes couldn't help a knowing smile and the thought "Wait only ten years, then you will get what you deserves!" It is so comforting to know how the Banks brothers will get their belated but well deserved punishment! Sometimes I feel a bit revengeful ;-)

Thank you for this story!

Author Reply: Well, there was no way Frodo was going to let the injustice to Merry stand if he could help it.

Yes, it is kind of fun to be able to think to the bad guys "nonny-nonny boo-boo, you're going to land in...trouble".

And I thank you for all your kind reviews.

pipinheartReviewed Chapter: 6 on 8/8/2004
Real good.... I am glad pip's father let merry say goodbye to him... And at least they can write to each other...
I hope those boys get into trouble for what they did to pippin,and I hope merry can fullfill his promise to get even with him...

Author Reply: LOL! I wrote of Merry's getting even before I wrote of The Dare. That's what gave me the plot bunny. I first mention this incident in my story of the Conspiracy, and then wrote of Merry's revenge in A New Reckoning. Believe me, they are definitely sorry when it happens. 8-)

Grey WondererReviewed Chapter: 6 on 8/8/2004
I loved it. The end was perfect. Merry's promise hooks everything together with your your other sotry and I am glad that Frodo was able to explain things to Paladin so that Merry and Pip could say good-bye. Great story!

Author Reply: I am so glad you liked the ending. I was afraid it was a bit abrupt, but my betas did not think that was a problem, so I went with it.
Thank you for all your nice reviews; they have helped to keep me going. Now that The Dare is finished, I think I can probably get back to Reckoning.

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