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ashcat 2006-06-15 id # 20635
Chpt 1: I am so excited about this new arc :) I think it will be the best yet! It will indeed be interesting to see if Eiri can rise to the challenge of actually working hard on their relationship and if he can hold it together until Shu can find his way into the new person he is slowly becoming. Great first chapter, it really set the tone of what is going on in Eiri's mind and their lives in Tokyo.

kumachan kumagorobunny@yahoo.com 2006-06-15 id # 20637
So very happy to see that you are back! As far as the angst goes...I don't think that the story could be honest if everything just settled down so easily. I think you are right and they have so many more thing s to settle and work out. I am glad to see that they are trying...I love the direction you are taking this in. Keep up the good work:)

Sueona 2006-06-15 id # 20639
I am glad that you wrote this. Hope to see more chapters soon. I read all of the other stories before this. This story is great! I hope Shuichi and Eiri work out their problems!

gravitule 2006-06-15 id # 20643
Yeahhh, I am so happy to have my 2 lovely boys back...And Kyo is already on the prowl...What is amazing is your ability to immerse us in the story from the first sentence.
This was like meeting with old beloved friends...I am really happy you are back. I know that this was not that long since last time but I was after all truly starting feeling lonely without your story.Mmm, I feel better now...

Linak prymityw@hotmail.com 2006-06-15 id # 20648
Whoa I'm so happy you decided to start another part of this story, I read it all and it took me months, becaues I wanted to take in every single detail, I am very fond of this story, I love the way you portrayed the characters and they all fit perfectly.

I'm very happy you continued! :))) *hugs*

Aja 2006-06-15 id # 20649
(ch. 1) I really enjoyed reading this chapter and I found it very easy to fall back into your 'world' of Gravi in all its rich details. ;D The phone conversation between Kyo and Eiri made me laugh a lot. I am looking forward to seeing more of him-- and the rest of Bad Luck. I'm thrilled you are continuing this story and I'm anxious to read more. Good luck with the writing!

Cait compli_cait@yahoo.com 2006-06-15 id # 20653
Great opener. It flowed nicely and gave us a good amount of back information without sounding like it was feeding us those details. Too often sequels will put that kind of information out rushedly, which detracts from the quality of the language.

It's nice to know that things aren't magically fixed now, and that we are basically right where we left off.

I can't wait to read about the therapy sessions.

Keep up the good work!


Saya yamikitsune@gmail.com 2006-06-15 id # 20654
I love the start of this next installment. I'm happy that you brought Mirai back. Are you going to get into the whole Tatsuha/Ryuichi angle of the story arc? (Because that would be really cool) I can't wait to hear about Kyo/Hiro/Suguru.
Awsome job.

EIRI-CHICK 2006-06-16 id # 20661
Ch 1
"Hello again! This is a continuation in the Epic of Life series. Illusions of Life, Realties of Life, Something In-Between and now, Come What May. Although I am trying to write it so reading the other three installments is not necessary. I don’t know if I am successful or not."

Nope, not one iota! You were so unsuccessful that a blind man could see that you were not even CLOSE to making it "not necessary to read the first three installments!" But WHO CARES?!? If they are not smart enough to read them, then they deserve what they DON'T get!

I can't WAIT to see what happens not only during the therapy session, but on the double date, at the Okuizome, and the next time that Kyo, Hiro and Sugaru show up! Boy there is a LOT that I can't wait to see happen, hunh?

Okay, since you have 4 chapters ready, does that mean that you will post them quicker??? I HOPE SO!!!

Between you, Oh Queen of Angst, and the Goddess of Angst, JH, my broken heart is constantly bleeding lovely, dark blood! >;D
Keep writing, your stories RULE!!!


Amethyst 2006-06-16 id # 20680
Whoa you have done it again a great being to another wonderful part in these stories ty for post can't wait to read more...

Suanne 2006-06-16 id # 20708
Very, very nice job on a difficult setup. Does just what it needs to: brings those who've read the others back up to speed, explains enough for a new reader not to be lost, but should intrigue them enough to go back and read the earlier stories for the details.

I particularly like the fact that you haven't castrated either one of them. They both remain strong and attitudinal. That rebalancing of the anger/power/control/vulnerability equation in the relationship is one of the most interesting aspects of this series, and I think this beginning bodes extremely well for what might prove the best of a very good series.

Kinomi 2006-06-17 id # 20710
Ch. 1. I don't know how this got so far down the latest page without my seeing it. I'm so glad to read more from you in this series. I love being inside your Eiri's head. I like experiencing "first hand" the conflict between his impulses and his nature. With effort, he’s allowing more of those caring impulses to come through, even with all the anger between both of them. I’ve grown to really like this fictional world. I find it very easy to re-enter and feel like I’ve got my bearings. Your writing here is so smooth it just transports me. Nice work!

JadeHeart 2006-06-17 id # 20731
A lovely first chapter for the next stage of this journey through their lives. And I just love the cat!

ht 2006-06-18 id # 20747

A part of me is dreading what's in store for this dysfunctional couple, but it's so damn hard not to read on. Just... be gentle with them--They're pretty beaten up.

So... just dropping by to say that I'll continue to follow the story through part four. I like the angst, I really do. It's like watching competitive sports and you get to root for your favorite team. Yeah. So YxS needs to go kick some ass.

Di Long 2006-06-18 id # 20757
Happy to see you back in the saddle! Don't worry about the angst....what story about redemption and healing didn't have a strong vein of angst running through it? You have createdf two effed-up people, and if you had fixed things too too too easily I would have been disapointed in you. Now, do'nt read this as an open invitation to give your poor fan heart attacks becasure of angst over load... love your sweet, loving scenes too much to do with out them... I'm just trying to say I think you are on the right track! Di

fuzzybunnytoo fuzzybunnytoo@yahoo.com 2006-06-18 id # 20762
When you write you write the whole life not just a small piece of what happens. It is a complete story. You tell the whole universe around the characters. This is so great..I am so impressed with your writing.

Clari chan littlecn88@yahoo.com 2006-06-18 id # 20777
Chap 1

I'm so glad that you have continued. I absolutely love your writing. I can't believe that this the fourth part of this story and you can still make it interesting. I loved this chapter, I couldn't help but laugh at the quarreling couple...

Please continue soon :D

hannah poeticsoul2012 2006-06-18 id # 20786
i loved it!!!!! you leave me always wanting for more of your storys!!!! the show got took off on my cable so i cant see it anymore. i got so mad, then u made me happy again, thanx!!!!!-hugs-

SohmaNina_san sakuranina_hime@yahoo.com 2006-06-20 id # 20840
hi...it's been so long ....i was suprise to see you've continue the series......i'm glad you did.....not to many good fic to raed...lately......i'm so happy that you shu ang eiri....are still together even if they're still at it with each other......well hoipt the other chapter will be done soon.....cause i can't wait....to raed them......keep up the good work

lil_ari super_cat_25@hotmail.com 2006-06-20 id # 20858
Well, I've been reading this epic since the beginning, and all I could say was "wow"... it was a wonderful story with wonderful plot and so much delicious angst. not only was the angst delicious, you also had very hot sex to go with it. Could I ask for anything more?
I engoyed reading up to here and I'm sure that you won't disapoint me (or any of your readers...) with your next chapters.

Rin-chan 2006-06-22 id # 22680
That was a fantastic chapter, the way you got inside Shuichi's head, telling his story about what happened between him and Hiro. I also like the interaction with Maiko, I'm not usually a Maiko fan, but it was nice having the brother, sister bonding. Anyway, I'm really loving the story so far. I can't wait for the next chapter.

Congrats on a great story, also a shout out to Kris and Ashcat.

ashcat 2006-06-22 id # 22681
Chpt 2: Waaah.. I always love a shu chapter. I really liked how this was a nice foil to the eiri chapter and set the stage for our other main character :)

Green Day 2006-06-22 id # 22684
Wow!!!! I like what you do with the story, how you twist and turn all the characters in a way that makes them all the more adorable. I have to admit that I like Shuuichi better this way. In a way, he was fucked up before too, he was a masochist and now he's changing roles and I'm sure he's gonna end up being a more capable person after all the healing processes it takes. anyway, I may be bubbling now:P but you are such a good writer in my eyes.

Vialia 2006-06-22 id # 22685
Ch 1 & 2
And finally I've read your story ^^
Your observations about the main characters brought me lots of pleasure. It's very interesting to read about the interactions between Yuki and Shu, to hear their thoughts,also how they struggle to understand and trust each other again.

And just like the others, I think the same- well done, I'll be waiting for more.

Sohmanina_san sakuranina_hime@yahoo.com 2006-06-22 id # 22692
hey...that...was a good one.....i'm in a lousy mood today....but as i open the site and see that you've updated a new chapter.......i was so happy....raeding it made me fill better....about my problems........thanks...pls ...keep up the good work.....hope to hear from you soon.....NINA

Suanne 2006-06-22 id # 22693
This is now officially my favorite story of the series. Maiko is great, fulfilling her function perfectly (walking reality check) and Shu finally able to meet Yuki, er, head to head in the sexuality department makes for great story. Maiko, er, intercepting them had me rolling. Excellent chap.

gravitule 2006-06-23 id # 22696
He he, again a nice one! It was amazing to see how you could make Shu so IC but different at the same time. Loved the part with Maiko's boyfriend and of course the car part.

evanae 2006-06-25 id # 22708
Oh boy, that's so true...Eiri and Shu parents, dear god. @_@ Haha. I'm glad to see the story coming along now with Shuichi realizing he needs to change on his end of his relationship with Eiri. Yay. Geez, that so wasn't constructive but I can't wait till the next chapter.

Kinomi 2006-06-25 id # 22730
Ch. 2. Des, I bow. Your Maiko and Shuichi sibling dynamics are so good. Don't worry about the angst (your author's note from. ch. 1). The healing and redemption are coming through loud and clear. It’s more believable because the characters are wary of each other and struggling to overcome their set behaviors. Thanks Ashcat and Kri for your contributions.

I’m enjoying this respite before you get around to playing with our heads. ^_^

Aja 2006-06-25 id # 22738
(ch. 2) What a satisfying chapter. It began dark and ended as light, black comedy. ^_^ I liked the way you wove-in backstory without being heavy-handed about it. I loved Eiri and Shuichi's comments about Maiko's boyfriend, said in unison. I burst out laughing! Their aborted car sex was a riot. Finally, I thought the closing was wonderful! You tied things together beautifully. I look forward to their upcoming therapy sessions.

clari chan littlecn88@yahoo.com 2006-06-26 id # 22773
chap 2

Loved it! Hmm..my brain is in lala land today...can't seem to think of any smart comment to say...

I guess fan-girl mode will work. I love your work! please continue soon and keep this fan-girl alive with your wonderful writing! :D

Amethyst 2006-06-27 id # 22778
AhhhHHHHHHHHHHH I love it ....I love it thank-you again for posting a new chapter please...please update soon I love this story but you know that...

Tlynn 2006-06-29 id # 22860
I love your stuff and it always makes me cry. And I like that you are giving them a way out of angst. Makes me happy!

Kinomi 2006-06-29 id # 22861
Ch. 3. You’re such a good story teller. I’m impressed with how much information you’re working into your writing without getting bogged down. I found your diagnostic profiles clever and amusing. These guys are so fucked up, but they’re making progress.

I thought the scene with Eiri’s migraine worked very well. It gave Eiri a legitimate reason for dropping his defenses and Shuichi a rare chance to help. Moving dialog and believable emotions. They’re behaving like family. The moments when they connect are all the sweeter because they have to work so hard for them. Thanks for another great chapter.

Saya yamikitsune@gmail.com 2006-06-29 id # 22862
This is a very good chapter. You mixed angst with a bit of humor. I like your choice of songs. I suggest looking into some of Nickleback's songs or Evanescence. It would probably fit the tone of this story. ^_^

kumachan kumagorobunny@yahoo.com 2006-06-29 id # 22867
AAAAWWWW! So sweet. I am so glad to see that there is still hope for my favorite couple. I'm glad to that Shuichi agreed to keep going to therapy and that they are both starting to be a little more honest. Once again I love the honesty in your stories. Nothing in life is easy especially not love. Your characters feel more real, because of their imperfections. I also really liked that therapist could see that deep inside Shuichi is still the same sweet boy he used to be. Again, Perfect sing choice:)

SoumaNina-san sakuranina_hime@yahoo.com 2006-06-29 id # 22868
hi.....i didn't like the first part of thr fic....and the conversation between the father & daughter doctors.....sounded like someting from a soap drama.....but i do like the exchange...between shu and eiri.....talking about thier problems....and such.....they're just to sweet.....not to mention they hold major share of my brain space alraedy.........
Hope to read about Inoue soon....Nina

fuzzybunnytoo fuzzybunnytoo@yahoo.com 2006-07-01 id # 22914
Don't know if I will get to the next chapter right now so will review this one and the first on. They were both great. I love how you write and there is REAL plot sith the pron. I love it. I wish I could write as well as you do. Cant come up with the plot as well. You are fantastic at that. I just can't say enough good things about your writing.

fuzzybunnytoo fuzzybunnytoo@yahoo.com 2006-07-01 id # 22916
This was such a sweet chapter....write more of this kind I love to say ahhhhhhhh after reading. Ilove these two so so so so much. They are so good together and were ment for each other. I know they are not real people but they are when you write as good as you do.

EIRI-CHICK 2006-07-01 id # 22922
Ch 3
I'm glad to see that Eiri and Shuichi are trying to work out their relatiohship. It's nice to know that their love is starting to help them work through the problems that they had! Now, if only they don't kill each other in the process...!

I am also happy that you are showing the therapists' side of things! Whattta concept! Many stories just show them in coucelling, and doesn't show the kind of hell that the psychiatrists go through while trying to help this volatile couple mend their various problems. Bravo!

I can't WAIT to see what happens next!

Keep up the excellent work, Oh Queen of Angst!


EIRI-CHICK 2006-07-01 id # 22923
Ch 2
[I tried to review this chapter, but it was while Gurabite was messing up, so I'll do it now!]

I'm glad to see that Shuichi is writing songs again, and that the "triple" (is that what you call a "couple" when there are three in a relationship?) are so happy being together! Hiro deserves to be happy, even if it's not with Shuichi.

I LOVED that Shuichi called Maiko, and that she's still a "pesky little sister" to Shuichi, and yet, she has so many words of wisdom to tell him about love. It hurt to read what Shuichi did to poor Hiro, and it hurt even more when he both told Maiko what happened and the thoughts that he kept to himself. Oh the agony of love and pain! How delicious...when it's not happening to you, that is!

I especially loved it when Eiri and Shuichi relaized they shared a "hive mind!" How hilarious that was! And kinda disturbing to boot! The elevator scene was hot, and the scene in the car was even better! I'm embarrassed to say that I laughed so hard that I snorted!

The scene at Mizuki's house was sweet, and funny, especially the test tube comment! OMFG that was so hilarious!

And when you said:
"“Do you ever think about having kids, Eiri?”

“Are you fucking crazy?” He snapped at me. “I have mental problems, remember? Who would raise it? You? You have mental problems, too. We aren’t capable of raising a kid, we’d fuck it up. And that’s just what the world needs, another messed up kid. Besides, if you haven’t figured it out by now, I’ll clue you in; you can’t have babies. You’re male.”

And my laughter turned into pure joy as I watched my lover hold a baby with a horrified curiosity as he made biting, sarcastic jokes about us being bad parents."

I laughed so hard that my sides hurt after that chapter! What a way to tell Mpreg writers off!

Keep up the excellent work, Oh Queen of Angst!


Amethyst 2006-07-02 id # 22956
Another good chapter I like reading it..thank-you for posting it....

ht 2006-07-03 id # 22981

While reading the psychiatric report on Eiri and Shuichi, I could only think, "God, these two are fucked up."

Love it. I'm happy things are going well, but I keep getting the feeling that's a temporary thing...

JadeHeart 2006-07-05 id # 23082
Wonderful third chapter - you have managed to show just what the relationship between Yuki and Shuichi looks like from not only an outsider's view but in a very objective and analytical aspect also. And it really highlights just HOW screwed up they are! They definitely have a long way to go yet!

Sueona 2006-07-06 id # 23129
This story gets better everytime I read the updates. Please update soon. I want to find out if Shuichi tells Eiri everything. :) :)

JadeHeart 2006-07-06 id # 23140
What a wonderful chapter this was! All the worries about the past, the concerns for the future, and what could be the most monumental mistake-that-nearly-was that Shuichi could have made, ie. Tohma! I, personally, am really looking forward to that conversation! Oh, and I just love the song choice - it is one of my favourites and I don't hear it enough on the radio nowdays.

Avi esotericisin@aol.com 2006-07-06 id # 23141
I've been reading this trilogy from the beginning, and I absolutely love it. It's well written, and a nice balance of realistic emotional pain, but not a marathon angst fest. I loved the Tohma/Shuichi scene in chapter three, even though I've always considered that pairing 100% impossible and ridiculous. In the context of this particular story, it was quite believeable. Good job! I'm looking forward to the next chapter.

ashcat 2006-07-06 id # 23152
Chpter 4: I love this chapter - Tohma and Shu's scene is just undescribly hot despite me feeling bad about finding it so hot ;) and OMG I love "I felt every bit the fabled sacrificial lamb on the mahogany alter of Seguchi Tohma." that line :) it was perfect! I like the song choice too, that really does fit with the chapter. Poor Shu hopefully he will get back on track soon!

miki 2006-07-07 id # 23158
this fic is wonderfull!! I´ve loved the affair between Shu and Thoma... I almost desired they do it... and I want yuki to find out!!!
keep going!!!

Yuuji Kamui kamuiarashi@hotmail.com 2006-07-07 id # 23168
Are you kidding? That scene with Shuichi & Tohma was so~ hot!! I'm nearly desiring the thing hadn't ended with an interruption, but you are right, this was the perfect moment ^^ and I love Yuki and Shu throwing things each other!

Lovely fanart you got!

LaChoy 2006-07-07 id # 23181
Tohma and Shuichi? I'll tell the truth, I don't think that really goes. Even with how messed up Shuichi was. Maybe I'm just not seeing where you're coming from or where you're going with it. Oh well, guess I shouldn't complain until I do see, hmm?

This chapter was great. You showed messed up Shuichi so well.

That doesn't sound exactly like a compliment, does it? xD

gravitule 2006-07-09 id # 23818
I had a small vacation last week with no internet access and now I have to catch up!
But it was wonderfull to come back and have those 2 amazing chapter to read.
Chap 3 : It was so nice to see Eiri and Shu relationship through the therapist. I had a silly grin during all the time...
Chap 4 : I agree with you, this was the perfect place to put the Shu/Thoma scene. And it was so hot !!!!
I am delighted in advance to read what will come next....

EIRI-CHICK 2006-07-09 id # 23822
Ch 4
WOW! First Shuichi has "that nighmare," then the fight aftr dinner! WOW! What a emotional chapter! I feel so bad for poor Shuichi, unable to trust anyone, it seems. You know it's bad when even Sugaru is telling him "be happy!"

Excellent as usual! I can't wait for chapter 5!


Amethyst 2006-07-09 id # 23833
Any way I look at you have a great story here, yes I think putting the Tohma/Shuichi dream/scene was better in this part it makes more sense...we have the back ground on him going "nuts" with Hiro this just gives us in depth of what else he did...thank-you for writing it and thank-you for posting I enjoy all of the chapters of all three storys thank-you again...

sarah sdfranklin79@msn.com 2006-07-10 id # 23849
damn i stayed up till 4am reading this to find it cut off at a very good part, i LOVE shu/tohma pairings...hee hee...hhmm come to think of it im into shu/sugura pairings as well...hhmm maybe im just weird.. well great work by the way ive been following your story for awhile now waiting for new stuff...i like the stories where shu turns goth and changes....and the heart wrenching stories as well
keep up the good work.

Di Long 2006-07-15 id # 23985
Mmmm..... That was really nice. You did a wonderful job zeroing in on their emotions and the best part is showing how Eiri is trying so hard. My favorite line was when Eiri was filtering himself tryign not call Shu names at the Therapist's office. Youre writing has come so far.... I'm really proud of you.

ashcat 2006-07-15 id # 23988
Chpt 5: I love this chapter.. I think we really get a feel for the good and bad of their relationship, and its nice to see Eiri being so introspective and really recognizing what he had done to shu to hurt him. And the sex was so loving :) and fun.. aahh I loved it all!

Linak prymityw@hotmail.com 2006-07-15 id # 23989
that was smoking hot, ooh I came online today hoping you'd uploaded something and yaay you did!
Thanks to you I'll have sweet dreams tonight nyam nyam n_n
I so hope they'll completely make up in the end... I know I'll cry either way lol

Sueona 2006-07-15 id # 23992
This is story is great. Update real soon. I need moooooooooooore. I need to know what happens next. :)

Kinomi 2006-07-15 id # 23994
I forgot to comment on chap. 4, but I liked it. Shuichi’s episode with Tohma was a good example of how bizarrely he was acting during that period. That’ll be an interesting kink in the plot. The blow up at dinner was a great overture to the next chapter. About chap. 5. I love first-person Eiri and yours is a good one. Loved it. Sorry I don’t have anything more to say. I’m all wrung out.

Cianis 2006-07-15 id # 23998
Wow.... I was skeptical when I first saw this story to read it. When I started I thought it was the usual boring "Shuichi-turned-goth" mindless drivel that some people spew out. But I was gladly proven wrong! This story is great! It actually has a plot ^.~ I just couldn't stop reading it!! It's soo good and absolutely perfect! I am eagerly awaiting the next chapter!! Oh and the therapy visits would probably have to be the funniest parts (in a weird way of course, considering how screwed up their relationship seems to be)!!! I hope there are more and more therapy visits in the future, for them both and for each alone!!! So keep writing pweaaase!!!!


EIRI-CHICK 2006-07-15 id # 24014
Ch 5
Hahahahah!!! I know it isn't supposed to be funny, but the mental image of Eiri and Shuichi rolling around on the floor....I couldn't help myself! Poor Eiri! getting whacked on the chin! Heehee!

It was sweet to see that they both are so very afraid of losing each other. I was releaved to see Shuichi crying like normal, and Eiri being his usual protective self. I must admit that I missed seeing them act so nice to each other.

And the makeup sex...DROOL! Incredibly HOT! Especially the part when the lube got spilled, and then used.... *fans self* Whoo!

I can't wait to see what the next chaper holds! Hurry up, oh Queen of Angst!


ladyfiend admin@lf-designs.net 2006-07-17 id # 24083

i want more *pout*

anyways, this was another wonderful chapter, and i'm fully anticpating the next one (as usual) so here's hoping that coming soon!


Dee Dee Dymepiecemami_2000@yahoo.com 2006-07-18 id # 24100
I hate you... Why did you have to stop :(... Lol omg that chapter was amazing espeacially the last scene, I do love the statement where you said. [Quote]
The night I had rolled around naked in front of my boss like a bitch in heat.

I wanna use that now a bitch in the heat... Its so dirty I like your style heheheh ciao!

gravitule 2006-07-18 id # 24102
Oh my god, I think I will remember for ever the Doctor holding the pitcher. This was such a picture ! The same effect for me as with the Mercedes and the baseball bat previously...The description was so "coloured" that I could see the picture right in front of me.
This was maevellous.
But you didn't help me to fight the heatwave we go under today in France. The make up sex was so hot...Why did I decide to read this at work, can you tell me ? There is no shower here...Even the air-conditioning does not manage any more to follow...
I am a silly girl...But nevertheless happy to be addicted to your stories...

Amethyst 2006-07-22 id # 24278
I just finally got to read the new chapter...ahh I love it as usual one day your going to get tired of me gushing but you do a great job thank-you...for taking the time to write it and post it...

JadeHeart 2006-07-29 id # 24562
Chapter five was a lovely sweet look at the two of them slowly drawing together on a far more intimate level than just sex. Now we are seeing the sex with all the emotional levels entwined within in. And it is interesting to see the changes in Shuichi himself with regards to his 'experience' and Yuki noticing that, along with the doubts and worries that he feels in realising that his lover gained that 'experience' with someone other than himself.

I feel so sorry for the therapist!

ray_archangel ray_archangel@yahoo.com 2006-07-30 id # 24577
dear despina! Your fics are amazing. I felt that I needed to tell you that. I read the whole Epic of LÝfe in like two days! and it left me craving for more. Hope you can update soon.
Epic is probably my favourite gravy fic. All the characters are just so OOC. Even when they dont behave exactly like they do in the canon, but in a way they CAN behave given certain situations and changes in their lives. The lemon scenes are wonderful, passionate but not at all vulgar. There is just the right amount of angst, fluff, drama and humor. Overall, breathtaking work of fiction! Keep it up!
Love, Ray.

SohmaNina_san sakuranina_hime@yahoo.com 2006-07-30 id # 24580
helloooo....it's been a while......i've miss you....i love your 6 chap....it's very good......sad to know that the updates will take a while.....now that your busy with work and all.....but i will always be a fan of your fics . Update soon.....cause your story always leave me with a warm feeling of love.......keep it up.....Nina

Aja 2006-07-31 id # 24608
(ch. 3) I like Eiri and Shuichi's reluctant compromising over therapy. I'm intrigued by the addition of the shrink's daughter and wonder where you'll take it. Shuichi taking care of Eiri made a sweet finale for the chapter. :)

Aja 2006-07-31 id # 24609
(ch. 4) I love the subtle build-up of Ryuichi's relationship craziness. I look forward to at least some of the details between him and Tatsuha coming out. ;)

I'm glad that in spite of everything, Shuichi's friends are still supportive of him and he can call on them for reassurance.

Aja 2006-07-31 id # 24610
(ch. 5) Wow! So hot! Your writing and the details are all so good, I can only admire the work and appreciate reading it! XD

The therapy session was terrific! I think the shrink saw a very distilled look at both Eiri and Shuichi's behaviors. That segment effectively showed their love and volitility. Well done!

Aja 2006-07-31 id # 24611
(ch. 6) I get a kick out of the fact that every member of Bad Luck is now hopelessly corrupted! ^_^ Sure, Suguru was headed in that directlion when he joined up with Kyosuke and Hiro, but now... !

It's fun to see Kyo, Hiro, and Suguru dealing with things. I'm looking forward to the fallout of 'going public' with their relationship and seeing what Suguru's mother will do.

Now that I'm all caught up with the story, I'm sad there isn't more to read. Ah, well, more to look forward to in the future! Thank you for writing all of it. I love to read your stories. :D

Amethyst 2006-08-01 id # 24637
Again another good chapter well written...thank-you for taking the time to post it and write it I love reading this story ty...

Kathy nativedawn158@comcast.net 2006-08-02 id # 24701
I love this story and I am so glad that you decided to continue. I have a problem tho.. As vivid as my imagination, I can't quite picture Kyosuke. Can you give a discription for me. Also, every time I listen to the song "Anti Nostalgic", I picture Shu
singing, with Hiro on one side and Kyo on the other playing their Guitars with Kyo singing backup. See, told you I had a vivid imagination. But I still can't picture Kyo

Kinomi 2006-08-02 id # 24729
Tha wath exthellen! Take as much time as you need between chapters. We’ll be here when you’re ready with the next one.

EIRI-CHICK 2006-08-04 id # 24778
*fans self*
That...was a extremely HOT chapter to read! So sexy, so desireable, so dreamy, and the writing was great too!

Keep up the excellent work, and I'm sorry to hear that "real life has hit you in the face," so to speak, so that you will be posting less often.... *SOB* Just don't give up on us loyals fans, okay? I'm sure I'm not the only one that is telling you, "Epics of Life is worth the wait!"

I hope that Life doesn't get too horrible!


cocoke5 cocoke5@yahoo.com 2006-08-09 id # 25104
i love your storys and can not wait for more chapter on this one . i have been follow your storys for some time now and love it them i hopeyou have more on the story with shuicin and eiri. llove thm and hiro and toma and theorther in the story.

Linak 2006-08-15 id # 25456
Well now THIS is a great birthday present!!
*imagines you wrote it for me*
aww that is sooo sweet
no, seriously, this only gets better, one calm, fightless chapter with lots of lurving omg
you are brilliant!
Thank you for this! :)))))))))))))))

Scarlet 2006-08-15 id # 25457
"I stared into his eyes, they were brimming with unspoken emotion, words, and feelings locked down tight by an uncooperative tongue and hiding behind an incomprehensible fear."

This is an absolutely beautiful piece. This chapter in particular has made me stirred completely with emotion. You are truely a master at what you do. I'm so appreciative to see this update, I'm a such an unspoken fan of your series. Thank you for sharing this and I look forward to more in the future, I cannot wait to see how Eiri and Shuichi continue with this fragile relationship.

Yours truely,

EIRI-CHICK 2006-08-16 id # 25464
Ch 7
I think, out of the seven chapters for this story I've read so far, this one is my favorite. I adore how loving Eiri and Shuichi are to each other, how giving, and understanding they are of each other...for the moment. I'm actually dreading the time when the fur starts flying.

The lovemaking scene at the end was absolutely exquisite. To think that Eiri actually told Shuichi "I love you" at the end, even if it was whispered, was such a wonderful way to end the chapter...it brought tears to my eyes.

And I am definitely running out to get "Only the Ring Finger Knows" when I next get paid!

Superb work, Queen of Angst! I await with bated breath for chapter 8!


Cianis fire_pyre67@msn.com 2006-08-16 id # 25467
Yay! An update!!! Good Lord do I love this story!!! Great Job!!! Please do moooore!!!


cocoke5 cocoke5@yahoo.com 2006-08-16 id # 25480
love it and you are doing real good and cann not wait for mmoremore more .. i hoope that eiri understand what shunicin when though when he lv andfor forgive him love him and morem more

Cait compli_cait@yahoo.com 2006-08-16 id # 25488
OTRFK references now? Utterly shameless of you. Wataru and Yuichi are one of my fav's as well. Thanks! ^_^

"Maybe we needed to go through this ordeal, maybe I had to break in order to have him." --The imagery in this chapter was simply beautiful. It made the wait for a new chapter totally worthwhile.

And yet, I already can hardly contain my desire for the next one!


gravitule 2006-08-17 id # 25499
I was lucky enough to read chap 6 just before leaving for a 2 weeks vacation and to get chap 7 just when I came back.
This was great. Chap 6 was so hot and just perfect to put me in the mood for vacation.
Chap 7 was beautiful and perfect to comfort me after my first working day. It was so beautiful that I read it twice. Thanks !

SohmaNina_san sakuranina_hime@yahoo.com 2006-08-17 id # 25501
i've miss you........nice touch on using kazuki and wataru....i knew them as soon as i read the fic but i must say i haven't read the novel yet...i'm still trying to get a copy from my bookstore....it's pretty hard to get by here in malaysia.......So sweet .....that your making shu fall in love all over again ...with eiri.....i love this two.......constantly invading my mind......reading about them always give me this fix i need to pass my day.....well i hope your next update will not take so long......like i said i've miss your writing.....i always want more......so keep it up......i always be here reading.....promise....Nina

Kinomi 2006-08-17 id # 25515
Ch. 7. Another beautiful love scene. *Sigh* If anyone wants to complain about Eiri being OOC I'll shoot them with my bow and arrow.

chocho 2006-08-18 id # 25540
I love "Only the Ring Finger Knows". I have the manga and the first two novels and plan to get the third one when it comes out in October so I was surpised and happy to see you add them to the story. Seeing as I also love Wataru and Yuichi just as much (if not more. Shhh. Don't tell) I knew from the moment you mentioned the jewlery store name. Anyway, can't wait for the next one. Ja.

Leah seraphfim@gmail.com 2006-08-21 id # 25622
I'm enjoying this series so much -- your writing is wonderful, and I can't wait for the next chapter!!!

Hell-chan 2006-08-23 id # 25693
I love this story ^^

Kinomi 2006-08-27 id # 25846
Ch. 8 - You write Tohma very well. He has his own worries and cares. He is a three dimensional character; savvy and shrewd yet philosophical and empathetic. I guess you can't be a successful manipulator if you don't understand people. I also like your use of more formal language for him. His "voice" really suits him. Thanks for another great chapter. :)

gravitule 2006-08-28 id # 25860
I couldn't sleep last night and finally opened my pc at 3am to try to find some entertainement. And the new chapter was here!
This was a nice surprise. And what a rollercoaster again! Such a Villain ! To think about all of what could happen from now!
So many possibilities. Cannot wait for what will happen next.This was amazing. After this, I tried to sleep again and it worked very well with all these nice thoughts.Thanks!

Blythe sarblythe@cox.net 2006-08-28 id # 25865
I LOVE this story! Actually, I adore the entire arc. I think you're writing is well thought out, clear, concise, riveting, heart-breaking, and somewhat addictive. And, I love that your chapters are long! I hope you continue to update regularly, I'm hooked!

Leah-Belle seraphfim@gmail.com 2006-08-28 id # 25869
Another great chapter! Can't wait for the next =)

JadeHeart 2006-08-28 id # 25881
Ah, Des, it was just wonderful to be able to catch up on these last few chapters - I have been terribly remiss lately!

The story is progressing so nicely, having Yuki and Shuichi dragging all those past problems out into the open, like reopening old, half-healed scars and being unable to resist prodding at the raw open wounds no matter how much they know it will hurt. Only this time, hopefully they will actually be able to stitch those wounds together properly so they heal cleanly.
I, as always, just love the last chapter of Tohma - I can't get enough of him and you channel him so well! It was wonderful to see him in full on 'control' mode with regards to Shuichi and Yuki, but I just can't be thankful enough that you are able to show the strong attachment he and Mika share, as well as the firm friendship between himself, Noriko and Ryuichi. And the best thing is that you are able to do this in just a few lines or paragraphs. You are truly to be congratulated in being able to convey such strength of emotions in so little writing.
Thank you for continuing this story - I think it is going in a truly believable direction, and I do feel that this is leading to a final resolution for the entire series - in some way.

Aja 2006-08-28 id # 25886
(ch. 8) I was very excited to see your update on the latest page! I haven't had much time to pursue fanfic lately, but I make time for this fic. :D I liked hearing about Ryuichi and Tatsuha second-hand and third-hand all the way through the chapter. I'm glad they seem happy-- someone needs to be! When Tohma reminisced about Kyo's comment regarding ants and a magnifying glass, I had this bizarre mental picture of Tohma as The Ant Bully (as per the children's movie). XD

Great chapter. I loved the new developments between Eiri and Shuichi and the fact Mika already knew about the incident. I'm pleased Shuichi wasn't discovered half-dead. I must say, it felt a bit like a thriller when Tohma and Sakano were peeking around the apartments. I thought Shuichi would've wreaked havoc on at least one of the rooms and it was something of a relief when he hadn't. As always, I look forward to the next installment!

EIRI-CHICK 2006-08-29 id # 25896
Ch 8
“Are you unwell, Eiri-san?” I asked as I stood up in time to see him lean over and empty the contents of his stomach on my antique Persian carpet. Hmm. I had not thought about my carpet. Perhaps I had miscalculated."

whoa. That whole chapter was pretty...Tohma. I get the feeling that things are about to explode...again. I hope I'm right.

How delightful! Scheming as usual, it's refreshing to read a well-written Tohma chapter after reading so many badfics about him lately. Can't wait for chapter 9!

Keep writing!


cocoke5 cococke5@yahoo.com 2006-08-30 id # 25916
more the story is get good and i love it and i hope that shuicin is nt hurt oh more plased

megan ordowesoonforgetthethingswecannotsee@msn.com 2006-09-07 id # 26161
update!!! omg update!!! *sobs* i need more chapters!!!

luciology 2006-09-15 id # 26511
This was beautifully written, especially the final part. I hope you aren't going to tear them apart in the name of angst. People do overcome seemingly impossible circumstances and stay togther.

gravitule 2006-09-16 id # 26550
Another wonderful chapter! I am so excited about what will come next! And, as always, I loved your Eiri POV.

SohmaNina_san sakuranina_hime@yahoo.com 2006-09-16 id # 26553
Man....it's been so long...i've miss you....how are you?.....i felt sorry 4 eiri.....really......i bet it's not easy for him to accept...the truth....WOW....you really got everyone playing their part in this fic.......that's nice......lot's of drama...here.....i do feel their pain........felt really sorry for them.......so sad a couple.....i hope that they'll make it....

Cianis 2006-09-16 id # 26556
Once again, a beautiful addition to a wonderful story. I hope you update soon because I am simply dying to know where Shuichi is. I hope he's not doing anything bad to himself. Poor Shu-chan!!! Well I hope to see yet another masterpiece of a chapter!

Celeste 2006-09-17 id # 26569
God Despina....What a terrific story, it took me a week to read most of your Epic chapters and let just say that when i read your stories, it is hard to come back to reality....

fuzzybunnytoo fuzzybunnytoo@yahoo.com 2006-09-17 id # 26576

cocoke5 cocoke5@yahoo.com 2006-09-17 id # 26591
yes that was a good chapter now what happen to shuichi were did he go. come yuki found shuichi be for e some thine happen . i love the story andcan not wait for next chapter of the story and you are doing a real good job and i check ever day to see if you update new chapter of the story /

Kinomi 2006-09-19 id # 26628
Ch. 9. More first-person Eiri. ^_^ You're not missing a trick. You had Mika saying all the right things to call Eiri on his behavior, past and present. I've gotten used to various characters weighing in on events from their POV at key intervals before the story moves forward. It's like seeing the story line through a prism. Thanks for another good chapter.

EIRI-CHICK 2006-09-20 id # 26635
Ch 9
Whoa...Eiri is finally realizing what his running to New York has done to Shuichi. And reality is slapping him in the face. Sucks.

Brilliant chapter, oh Queen of Angst!

Hurry and post 10!


Aoji 2006-09-20 id # 26643
This is getting better with each passing chapter. I bow to you.
I've never commented before, have been following this story from the very beginning though. You wouldn't believe how often this piece of fiction captivates my daily thoughts. It's actually a quite pleasant distraction from reality from time to time. I adore this fanfiction and look forward to a continuation as always.

Heather silent_dreamer@adelphia.net 2006-09-24 id # 26786
Wow...It took me forever, but I finally caught up with all of the story up to this point. Soory I didn't review IoL, RoL, and SiB...but I figured I would just wait till the end. So yea, now that I've rambled enough, on with the review:
I think this series is amazing! I love angst, and this whole set is just full of it, but with enough fluff and smut to be really entertaining! ^_^ I can't wait until the next chapter! I hope everything works out in the end, but keep the angst coming! Okay, well I've gone on long enough. Great job, again. Can't wait for more!


PrincessA 2006-09-27 id # 26863
*Sighs in bliss* Have I told you lately that I love you your writing? And Kri and Ashcat? :-P

First off, thank you for fleshing out Mika's character this much - I love the way she keeps people on track and manages everything so well. I also really like your portrayal of her relationship with Tohma.

Secondly, linked to that topic is my immense awe at your deftness with Tohma's characterisation. I don't think many people consciously realise that the New York incident was as much a head-fuck for him as it was for Eiri, in a different way. Or how much Mika does actually mean to him despite all that we see being more of his interaction with Eiri.

Thirdly, Umi-love! Probably just me, but I really really really love the way her daddy's physical features are highlighted, but her behaviour is more a sweet Uesugi.

Just wondering - would Ryuichi be coming up soon? Or will RyuTat remain a background story? (By the way, love the recipe for Ryuichi-sense!)

(There was a #4, 5 & 6 but I forget what I wanted to say :-$)

Aja 2006-09-27 id # 26869
(ch. 9) First, I was very happy to see you had updated while I was away! I'm really glad I checked because I wanted something good to read and your stories always fit the bill. ;]

Setting this chapter to "A Night Like This" was a masterful stroke. Yes, I'm biased but it really is such a fitting choice! I liked hearing Eiri's thoughts and watching the way he came to his conclusions. I hope he does some groveling. I'm glad the things Shuichi was worried about are out in the open and I hope they can get past those now.

I'm still hoping to see something more about the shrink's daughter. I hope she helps straighten Shuichi out a bit. I enjoyed the family touches in this one, too-- the Kyoto family politics, the view of family through Umi, and Mika's hard practicality providing focus. As always, I look forward to the next part! :D

Bellehimechan seraphfim@gmail.com 2006-10-07 id # 27156
Another great chapter :) Can't wait for the next!

Ray 2006-10-07 id # 27158
Your fic makes me feel really strange... On one hand, I really want Yuki and Shu to have their 'happily ever after' end already. I mean, you are so brutal with them, you know. On the other hand I don't want this story to end...
That's an awful situation you got me in...
Love, Ray
P.S. this last chapter is wonderful as always.

tsubaki 2006-10-07 id # 27162
So poignant. Loving the "Eiri left" misunderstanding. The lack of complete emotional devastation shows how Shuichi is maturing -in his own way. Feling rather bad for Eiri, he has a lot to come to terms with, including his contribution as the catalyst that set SHuichi of into the dark side. Not his fault, as you portrayed, but he is mart of the mess. I'm annoyed with Tohma, though. He seems to think he has a lot less to do with it. Was it not he and Mika who hid the truth from Eiri when they should not have?! And that bastard Tatsuha, don't get me started on him!! Sudden Maiko crash really caught me off guard, though, I wasn't expecting that. No hint in earlier chapters so I was rather suprised. But, as usual, the story is absolutely engaging. Keep up the good work!

Cianis 2006-10-07 id # 27175
Hot damn do I love this story!!! Boy I am so anxious to find out what happens! Beautifully done! The wait was completely worth it!! I hope you do some more soon cuz I will definitely be waiting!
Ta Ra

JadeHeart 2006-10-07 id # 27179
Ah, Des, it was just wonderful to find this chapter just before I'm going! So full of pain and anguish - how delightful! You do like putting everyone through the wringer though, don't you? Poor Maiko!

It will be nice to see Shuichi now seeing the pain that others go through, especially someone so very close to him and dear, and learning to deal with that instead of so focussed on his own. Perhaps this will give him a better insight into Yuki's emotional state also, as well as his own.

And I have a feeling that Yuki will be just as upset and angry over Maiko's trauma and can just see him reacting in a more irrational and straight-forward manner to deal with the 'problem' than Shuichi is. That's only because Shuichi has to remain strong and calm for his sister, which gives Yuki free rein to vent! Can't wait to see where things go from here!

Aja 2006-10-07 id # 27187
(ch. 10) Poor Maiko! Her plight turned out to be a good distraction for Shuichi, though. I get the impression he's in shock right now. I hope Eiri catches up to him soon. This story is so good and you always manage to keep the action coming!

spicystrawberry cherrygobomb@aol.com 2006-10-07 id # 27188
Another excellent chapter as always but it seems so tradgic. It beautiful like a Yuki Eiri novel. Can't wait to see wat happens next!

fuzzybunnytoo fuzzybunnytoo@yahoo.com 2006-10-08 id # 27217
This chapter titled Vegetable is the most beautifully written prose I have seen lately. It flowed beautifully and the content just broke your heart. The relationships were written so full and complete. It had life as if it was reality. The wait was well worth it. Beautiful!

Di Long 2006-10-08 id # 27221

So sorry to hear that your confidence has been shaken, and am glad to hear you are feelign better. I want you to know I have been trolling this website looking for updates from you -almost daily- for the last several weeks. Of course, know I am kinda sorry I did (just kidding) as this last chapter was so angsty it made my tummy hurt! Its hard to take when you rile the biys up, make them part angry, and make us poor readers suffer while we wait. Gah. Bleck. Shudder. Good job, darn it!!! Of course, you know me, I have to analyze things, so here I go. Shu is takign things really personally - to the point that he is so worried about what Eri will think of HIM, he isn't at all paying attention to Eiri's needs. I think EIri was trying to help in the therpay session, and takign the blow up was extremely hurtful. AFter all he said he needed time to think...not "I'm leaving you." amd Shu is all off the deepend about being abandoned. He dosen't even think that his reactiosn are what has hurt Eiri. I wondfer if Shu will realize that the realtionship isn't all about his needs and focus on taking care of Eiri, who, despite his great rallying of support for Shu, is a bottomless well of pain himself. Not that I'm complaining, they are very in character for your universe and I am just wondering how you will let them grow up from their problems. Now we have the Maiko angle.... hmmmm..... somehting broken for SHu to focus on.... this migth help him get out of his own head and see that there are worse ways partners can treat each other. I also look forward to any potential scenes of Eiri nurturing Maiko - even if he and Shu aren't back together. I can't remember if you have written any Eiri Maiko interactions, but I bet your Eiri is quite fond of Shu's sister and would love to kick some Daisuke ass. DOuble hmmm..... that could be a fun Eiri and Shu getting back together activity. They are getting back together right?!?!?! Wahhhhh! :-)

PrincessA 2006-10-09 id # 27231
Umi! *heart* I liked that moment between her and Uncle Eiri - fervently hope she appears again too! (Forgot to mention this the last time)

It's *incredible* how you're so capable of tossing in plot twists, that still manage to make sense! I don't know how you guys do it, but the pacing and setting of this last part coupled with the line about not knowing what to sing when in mourning... It really made me feel for the siblings. Thank you, for the gift of your story, regardless of the time you take to write.

(Just one small typo at the end - 'mourning' instead of 'morning'?)

Amethyst 2006-10-09 id # 27233
Again another good chapter to an already powerful story, thank-you for taking the time to write and post it. I love it.....

PurpleWolf 2006-10-12 id # 27364
I really love your story!
I can't wait for the next chapter and I must say you are an
awesome writer! I feel bad about not reviewing your storied until
now so I'm sorry.

~TT~ PurpleWolf

Aja 2006-10-14 id # 27438
(ch. 11) This threesome is incredibly fun to 'watch'. ^_^ It's fun to see them so happy together and the scene with Kyosuke's father was funny. I'm interested to see Hiro and Suguru meet Kyosuke's mother. It sounds as if she is no longer alive? The implications of family reactions were a nice touch. I'm certain that will come up again, too. I was amused by Kyosuke's band members betting. I'm eager to see which foreshadowing you'll be following up on next time-- there were several things hinted at in this chapter! Excellent work, as always. :D

fuzzybunnytoo fuzzybunnytoo@yahoo.com 2006-10-14 id # 27443
I was having the best day of my life or at least one of them and was very happy. I sat down to my computer and decided to look and see if new fan fic was up. I saw you had updated and went 'Oh boy" and clicked the mouse asap. I began reading and there were my favorite threesome in all their glory. It was Sumt_a_lisious(I may patent the word) Oh how could a day get better.........This was the cherry on the top of my delisious Saturday. Now I think a Staurday is sooooooooooooooomuch better than a Sunday. Well, any day is good with lemonade. You may now do a happy dance cuase you have really made my day.

bakayarona 2006-10-15 id # 27482
Another superb story, Des!

The counselling sessions are really allowing some stuff to be revealed as well as revealing more of our favorite dysfunctional pair. I happily anticipate each new chapter. I never know what the next chapter will bring and that unpredictability is exciting! The Maiko twist was unexpected - I am looking forward to Eiri's perspective on the incident.

I have been remiss about reviews for anyone lately - sorry about that! I want to continue encouraging GOOD writers like yourself, so I am back at it.

Keep up the great work!

Kinomi 2006-10-15 id # 27491
Chapters 10 &11. I haven’t been checking Gurabite lately and was glad to find your latest two chapters and catch up. You gave Shuichi some very lovely images as he contemplated their relationship in ch.10, even though they came in the wake of some caustic comments from both characters. Bitter-sweet, as real love often is. It sounded like some productive thinking for him.

As for ch.10, I think what makes Kyosuke, Hiro and Suguru work is their humor and the conscious effort they put into checking in on each others’ feelings and taking the time to communicate with each other. They click personally and sexually, but without their efforts to make the threesome work, it might not be as believable.

The chronology was a little hard to follow in that transition from Shuichi’s phone call to Eiri’s phone call and Kyosuke saying that Shuichi hadn’t been found. (When did he have the conversation with Shuichi?) Maybe it was just my own inability to follow it, but thought you might want to know my impression.

Great work. Feels like another good long story arc is developing. Looking forward to it.

Ashley Vulpix ashleyvulpix@gmail.com 2006-10-15 id # 27513
Ok... I must admit I maybe was wrong about the horny threesome, ok, very wrong! You always made me this! You can totally turn upside down a character I don't like and then I start really liking him. I can't say I like Kyo yet, but Suguru... god, I think I see him different now. Are you aware of that power of you, missy??? I still feel kinda ashamed about giving you reviews, reading since so long and never telling you this before? that's not nice, but never is too late to start! Thanks for writing this, really! Don't hesitate about your writing skills, PLEASE!

gravitule 2006-10-16 id # 27529
Chap 10 & chap11 : I tried not to read them. I wanted to save some good writing for next week-end. But I finally failed late Sunday evening.
And it was marvelous to have these 2 chap to read together. What a great job you did. Chap 10 was so "rich" and chap 11 so hot! Waoo...

Bellehimechan (Leah) seraphfim@gmail.com 2006-10-16 id # 27533
Aa, this was great! I can't wait for the next! I've loved this whole series!!!

Sohmanina_san sakuranina_hime 2006-10-16 id # 27558
hey...you updated....i've been bz......with work and life that i haven't had time to read and review......love ..it....always love the trio...really miss your fic.......pls keep it up....a really goood one.,...

Pink_Kitten chhr2004@yahoo.com 2006-10-30 id # 28077
I've been reading this series and this is my first time commenting. I love your story. I was beggining to wonder when someone was going topush Shu off the edge. Him turning into Yuki was to be expected, I like how you've basically rewritten their relationship. Now it scares me (in a good way) I don't ever know when one of them (mainly Shu) is going to snap. It's so exciting. Actually I'd like to thank you, reading this (although it's not expected) has actually given me insight into my own relationship...strange huh? Well thanks again! Please update soon!

bellehime seraphfim@gmail.com 2006-11-04 id # 28248
Awesome, as usual! God, I hope they can work it out! Despite the bullshit, they are meant for each other [well, at least how they are portrayed in this particular story!] Eiri-kun has some major, sincere groveling to do. I was in a similar relationship...this story hits close to home :P

tsubaki 2006-11-04 id # 28249
Astonishing. Still laughing over Hiro's temper tantrum. Loving Kyosuke... he sounds like such a delicious man. Yuki really needs to get his ass in gear, but then so does Shuichi. I still think Shu needs to come clean about everything and decide where he stands with himself for everything he did during those 18 months. I am glad that Yuki has figured out his. His coming to terms with his sisters' description of his great escape was pretty good... but I felt bad for his self-blam. Wasn't it a bit too much?

Still loving this story, and hoping to see how this emotional mangle undoes itself.

fuzzybunnytoo fuzzybunnytoo@yahoo.com 2006-11-04 id # 28251
Thrilled to death to see new chapter ...then I read it....It was fantastic. I love the story as it is going and am looking forward to what Erie says to Shu. The Wild Bunch is never far from my thoughts either. This story is so well written it gives me chill bumps. Erie was so sweet to beat the snot out of that guy. I loved this chapter and I hope erie says what Shu needs to hear. And hum...do you think Kyo has a little cruch on Erie? You never know, he has screwed everyone else. lol Thanks for the update can't wait until the next chapter. Awaiting with baited breath.........

Kinomi 2006-11-04 id # 28255
Ch. 12. Des, you write the best make-up sex. It’s cathartic and healing, and each time they’re able to communicate a little more of the feelings we all long for them to express to each other. Eiri showed huge progress in this chapter. It’s such a delicious trip. I love this universe. Thanks for a good read on a rainy Saturday morning.

HellzAngel 2006-11-04 id # 28258
That chapter brought back some familiar memories for me about my ex, and what my older brother did to him. I really liked how this chapter went, how Eiri beat up that guy, I thought that was great, and the interaction with Maiko was wonderful. This story is turning out as good as the ones previously. You have my congratulations on your writing ability, and detail, making me feel like I'm there experiencing everything that happens. I, like always await for the next chapter.

One more thing, the songs you use for each chapter, do you pick them randomly? Or do you pick them as your writing the chapter, thinking of how each song represents the chapter?

I hope you understood that question, reading it over, it is kinda strange. Anyway, hope to read the next chapter soon.

DI Long 2006-11-04 id # 28259
Need I tell you that I am on my KNEES, crying, begging and pleaing with you to hurry with the next chapter????? As usual this one was great, and I am on pins and needles about the cliffy! I liked hte way you handled the Yuki and Maiko and the evil boy friend bit. You have Yuki down so cold. The way he blacked otu a little and beat the living shit out of the abuser before he really realized he had bloodied his hands was perfect. Also good craftsmanship was having Maiko be a chilling agent on what I see as an impending break up. Now. I think you are entrielry cpable of writing the chapter as a true break up chapter, so I am feeling really nervous (thus the way I opened this review). I am hoping to see a scene where Eiri opens up as much as is possible for him (which won't be all that much, but heartbreaking and touching all the same for it will be so terrible and hard for him) and breaks through the barrier of disturst that hangs through him and Shu. I think the boil (my own medical anaology for their messed up relationship) won't truly be lanced until Shu fully understands how broken and lost Eiri will be without him. Thanks again for a delightful chapter. As always I am so happy that you share your delightful tales with us!


yukinshu4e tennisanddancechick@hotmail.com 2006-11-04 id # 28262
AHHHH! What a great chapter! It was so worth the wait!
Come on, Eiri! Just grovel! You can do it! Heal your relationship!
I hope things are going to be looking up from here; it's been one hell of a ride so far!
Awaiting your next chapter eagerly, yet patiently.

gravitule 2006-11-05 id # 28276
And another great chapter...What I like the most with your stories is that there is always a big part of surprise and unknown paths. I always try to find out what will come next and I am always happy to be wrong. What a nice feeling! As usual, you made my Sunday!
And this "time for groveling"...What an ending....Hope Eiri will be able to do it properly....

suza 2006-11-05 id # 28304
[Ch. 12] Great job with this story! I stumbled upon the first installment of your epic while looking for some new drama/angst fanfic to read and needless to say, I was sucked in by your excellent writing. Your portrayal of the characters is so realistic and unique. I really wanted to review each chapter as I read, but with all the chapters of the first two parts available, it was impossible to stop!

My heart hurts for Shuichi and Eiri and I really hope things work out for them, but of course, not until there is much groveling from our favorite "socially-retarded" author. ^^ Maiko's sad situation was a surprise, but she's someone who can affect them now when it seems like there's nothing else for anybody to do or say. It was nice to see Shuichi and Eiri putting Maiko ahead of their own problems. Hopefully, she can provide a new point-of-view for the couple and maybe initiate some sort of break through. Well, here's hoping anyway. ^_^

Kyo is a very refreshing character and it's almost like he's itching for his own epic! I think the poor dear may have underestimated his two wildcats and it'll be interesting to see if Kyo is indeed a target and how the three of them will handle it. With lots of loving hopefully?

I'm very excited to see what the next chapter will bring! Please keep up the great work and gift us with another chapter soon! ^^

Sohmanina_hime Sakuranina_hime 2006-11-05 id # 28306
i've miss you.....soooooooo much......glad about the update.....love the chapter.......so sweet......If only thay stay this way forever........hope you had a good holiday.......pls update soon....it's always nice to read from you......ja ne......Nina

PrincessA 2006-11-05 id # 28313
It appeared the time for groveling had come.


Tease! :-P

Whoot! I'm loving the tension/interaction between Yuki and Kyo ^__^ There's just that *right* amount of apathy and grudging love that makes their non-relationship so adorable. I also like Yuki's musings on Kyo bringing out more emotions from people.

Just a minor typo here, I think: 'looking passed Shuichi's tired' - past?

I did very much enjoy the interrupted sex and your personal touch of having Maiko 'always walking in on them'. More spice to their lives! Really wondering how and what grounds Yuki will use to grovel. And if they're going to continue therapy? I know the therapist would be proud of them for making this much progress on their own! Definitely also appreciating the care you're taking to demonstrate their insecurities ('Maybe he was trying to tell me goodbye.' & Yuki thinking Shuichi was still holding back because Shu had something to say), without making it painful/overly dramatic.

EIRI-CHICK 2006-11-06 id # 28332
Chs 9-12


I was really into what was going on since I hadn't read this lately, but now you leave me at a CLIFFHANGER?!? I'm glad you can't see me trying to tear out my dreads! -n- *POUT*

I'm SO GLAD to be once again able to read this fic! I just wish I could read this in one fell swoop, but the wait is SO delicious!

I'm so glad that Maiko got away from that jerk b/f of hers, and that he got a proper beatdown from Eiri to boot! Too bad Shuichi didn't get hold of him...but then again it would break up Bad Luck if he went to prison...

I LOVE the horny trio! They RAWK! And I like the idea of their new game...wonder if I can get away with it in my Gravitation RP...LOL I'm hoping to see more games like that one!

[It seems that I'm using a lot of exclamation points...LOL]

Excellent work as usual! Keep writing, Oh Empress of Angst, I need to be able to look forward to reading this!


Blythe sarblythe@cox.net 2006-11-07 id # 28348
I don't review as often as I should, but I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you that I love your stories and your style. I've read them all and watched as your skill developed and you continue to get better with each passing chapter. The emotions are palpable and you really let the reader in, withour overwhelming them. And, of course, you know how to keep us baited for the next chapter! I think you're doing a wonderful job and I look forward to more from you. Thanks for sharing your work! ~Blythe

Cianis 2006-11-07 id # 28357
GAAAH!!! MORE MORE MORE!!! Teehee.... absolutely wonderful as always! Cant wait for the next chapitre!!

chocho 2006-11-15 id # 28518
the best part was when maiko walked in on them having sex. i always enjoy those parts.

JadeHeart 2006-11-16 id # 28536
Ah, Des, it was so good to catch up on this story and see what was happening.

I did so love to see Yuki taking matters into his own hands (that’s my vengeful spirit showing!), and also seeing Maiko begin to find her balance once more just by being around those two. After all, who wouldn't think their life was really okay when you see the turmoil Shuichi and Yuki manage to create in their relationship!

And what a lovely eyeful she would have got when bursting into the bedroom! Oh, yes, that would even be worth a broken arm or two!

Now I am eagerly awaiting Yuki's no doubt muddled attempt at expressing himself clearly to Shuichi to keep things on track!

Aja 2006-11-16 id # 28561
(ch. 12) Yay! for Cat People. ;D
I was incredibly happy someone hurt Maiko's creep. Happy that someone was Yuki, too. I enjoyed the bit about "just a hint of groveling" and I look forward to a lot more of it on Yuki's part! I found Shuichi's calm very unnerving and the revelation of mutual misinterpretations was perfect. As usual, I'm looking forward to the next installment. Your writing is wonderful and addictive.

ashcat 2006-11-18 id # 28621
Chpt 13: Yay :) it's finished! I know this was a hard one, and I'm glad I could help in some small way to make it happen. I really do think its the very heart of this arc for sure, and as usual those chapters are bitches. I loved the tiny little changes you've made/added, it really polished it off! I just wanted to take a moment and say I can hardly believe we're at chapter 13 O_O and they are still in Tokyo! Where did this arc go?! I am so glad that you are my friend :) and I love working with you on the chapters. Congratulations on getting through this one, I was so proud of you for persevering despite the frustration! *hugs* :)

HellzAngel 2006-11-18 id # 28622
Hey, liked the chapter, it was great.

Thanks for answering the question. All the songs you have used, I have listened to, and I like most of them. I've tried picking songs for my stories, but somehow it never works out how I want it to, so I just don't bother.

Anyway, thanks again. I'll look for you next time you update.

Carlabell 2006-11-18 id # 28625
Que hermoso. Estuvo increible. Me encantó. Me encantó completamente. He leído este fic desde hace algún tiempo... no había dejado reviews por

Cait compli_cait@yahoo.com 2006-11-18 id # 28626
Wonderful chapter. Had me really worried about halfway through, so good job building up the tension and emotion.

It's great how you can maintain a good story with such a serious theme and still manage to bring humor into it. Shuichi's surprised reaction at both of their erections was priceless.

Keep up the good work!


Carlabell 2006-11-18 id # 28627
porque no se muy bien hablar ingles.
I love it. That was awesome. Sorry, but I can't write nor talk english. But I can read ^^. I just wanna thank you. Is the best fic that I ever read.
Ojala alguien pueda traducierte lo que quiero decirte. Perdón por ser tan analfabeta.

Ashley Vulpix ashleyvulpix@gmail.com 2006-11-18 id # 28629
Dear, I was at the edge of my seat reading this. Damn, everytime I want to leave you a review I get the Eiri disease and get caught on my words. You transmite so much emotion in every new chapter is hard to tell you how much I love this. The situations are so well developed I can taste every feeling. I'm feeling deeply relieved after reading this, I feared everything will come to a break-up to those two after all that they have gone through! I loved Eiri 'counter attack', and his tears at the end. Everything was beautiful, you really should feel proud of this chapter! This story is so complex I can see why writing he chapter is such a problem, but somehow, you always improve yourself!

And Carlabell asked someone translated her review, well, it says: How beautiful. This was amazing. She loved it completely. She has been reading your fanfic since some time ago... she hadn't left a review because she doesn't know how to speak in English fluently. And she says sorry for being so illiterate.

yukinshu4e tennisanddancechick@hotmail.com 2006-11-18 id # 28631
...but I have this bad feeling in the pit of my stomach that the roller coaster isn't over...I hope it is for the most part...
Great chapter! I love how you manage to keep Yuki in character check by groveling in his own stoic way. ^_^
Can't wait for more!

Aja 2006-11-18 id # 28633
(ch. 13) I'm glad those two have cleared the air somewhat. I felt so proud of Eiri when he returned to the music room! Heheh. I was happy to have the serious confrontation without their usual dodging. I'm wondering what you'll throw their way next.

After reading your intro, I'm especially curious what the earlier versions of this chapter were like but I shall take your word for it that this version was the best one. I certainly enjoyed it. So, thank you to Kri, Ash, and to you. I hope other chapters go more smoothly for you but I assure you, you continue to write a wonderful story.

Ray 2006-11-18 id # 28635
It's a new Come What May!
Hey, it rhymes...
It was an awesome chapter!
It was so worth waiting for ^_^

Scarlet 2006-11-18 id # 28639
Hello Despina, I found this chapter in particular very interesting. Though I'm not sure how you will be continuing with the direction for the next chapter, one thought kept nagging at me throughout my reading this. People sometimes threaten to separate and use it as a premise to get attention or 'shock' a partner into changing their ways. Since it seemed to work this time around, I'm wondering if Shuichi will be inclined to repeat this? I would hope that his feelings are more genuine than that, but I was suspicious about his intent throughout the chapter for some reason. And I wonder if it was some ploy of reverse psychology or an unconscious way of getting back somewhat at Eiri for all his past pains.

But however you decide to continue, if they revert back to before or if things do get better, this story continues to be very good and it's always a pleasure to read your work. I look forward to another update.

Di Long 2006-11-18 id # 28643
Hi Des! I think you did a great job with a really tough chapter. We all wanted to see Eiri opne up, but we still wanted it to be Eiri and not someother character standing in his stead. (Thats how I think of OOC, as a character that looks and is called by the name of our favorite but is unrecognizable in every other way.) You and your betas did a good job getting the job done. I think you opened Eiri up as far as he could go and still be himself. Great job. I thought the low smut-rating on this chappie was good becasue it provided a good counterpoint to their usual solving their problems with their dicks -LOL! A good cuddle was clealry what they needed, but being who they are I am not suprised a little bit of action worked its way in there. Its been so fun watching you grow as a writer and I always am so happy to see an update by you. Thanks for all of the time and care you put into your writing - it really shows. Thansk even more for sharing it with us - what a gift!

mocha 1234@hotmail.com 2006-11-19 id # 28658
Oh my God! You nearly managed to make me cry with this one, and I haven't been getting a good crying session for a long time. The emotional circulations between them is just overwhelming. The amount of love between them is so amazing. Thank you so very much again for writing this one

gravitule 2006-11-19 id # 28661
Waoooo, what an amazing chapter. And an important one. You cannot imagine how stressed I was when reading it! What a nice job you did with the tension building. Pffhh, at the end, I felt like after a 1 mile race! Exhausted but happy...Thanks...What a hard job (even a blind should be able to see this) but be sure it was worth the pain.
I am glad you found a hammer to break the wall! And many thanks to your lovely betas.

fuzzybunnytoo fuzzybunnytoo@yahoo.com 2006-11-19 id # 28671
This chapter was especially angsty. It was hard to get through but very good. By the end I was wrung out and ready to hang on the line to dry.

EIRI-CHICK 2006-11-19 id # 28675
Ch lucky no 13!
"It’s death with a heartbeat." Straight and to the point. It actually hurt to read that line, that exactly describes how I imagined life withouth each other must have been like for them.

"He was crying. It takes a miracle to get tears from Eiri and he takes them very personally, unlike me, who wears his emotions on his sleeve all the time. Those few tears told me more than an hour-long conversation could. They told me he was afraid of losing me. They told me he was hurting from my actions and my words. They told me he was sincere in his apology. They told me he was desperate to keep me.

They told me he loved me."

I have to admit that after three sets of stories during which I suffered pain, heartache, near tears, yelling and wanting to pull my dreads out, this is the chapter that I've been waiting for...the healing chapter, where everything that went wrong is finally admitted to, and healing tears from both Eiri and Shuichi finally fall. I was hoping that Eiri would finally admit that he can't live without Shuichi, and the way that it was done was, IMVHO superb! Don't berate yourselves, you three, I think that this chapter had just the right amount of emotion and love from Shuichi, Eiri and Maiko.

I only hope that we get to find out how Ryuichi "punishes" Tatsuha!

Pat yourselves on the back you three, this chapter is a brilliant work of writing!


SohmaNina_san sakuranina_hime@yahoo.com 2006-11-20 id # 28728
Hi.....this fic so so sweet.....i totally miss you......i've just came back from my vacation to thailand.....and was so looking forward to read your fic......i love it........i really love the idea of eiri caveing in to shu......lovely.....hope you'll update soon......happy writing.....NINA

ems popelady09@msn.com 2006-12-10 id # 29214
I must say after reading everything that you have written before reviewing was a wonderful decision. You have a wonderful talent with words and specifically in the way you handle the Eiri and Shuichi relationship. I truly beleive you have accurately captured both of their personalities and made it meaningful. I have read numerous fanfics from romance, to fluff, to angst, etc and I have enjoyed your writing the best. Even with a few mistakes here and there the readed doesn't notice it or at least I don't and I have had years dealing with grammar and literature reviews. I will definitely recommend your writing to anyone who asks and I absolutely can not wait for the next installment of "Come What May".

Cait compli_cait@yahoo.com 2006-12-27 id # 29667
You want to know whether or not we want more? Of course we want more! I'll be very sad when this storyline ends some day, and hopefully that day won't come any time soon.

I think the one I sympathised the most with in this chapter was the cat. Definitely the cat. Children and cats do not mix well. Poor Neko-Yuki.

Keep up the good work and don't make us wait so long for the next installment!

Starbright 2006-12-27 id # 29669
This chapter was definitely worth the wait. The way you bring these characters to life is amazing. I wish I could write half as well as you.

Bellehime [Leah] seraphfim@gmail.com 2006-12-27 id # 29673
Another great chapter -- the wait was so horrible, LOL.

Something is amiss with Chikara, huh? Sounds interesting.

Can't wait for the next chapter!

Gabrielle Angelique lestat_cherie@yahoo.com 2006-12-27 id # 29675
Hmm.. There are a lot of things here that needs to be taken care of and it's exciting that it is the way it is. I have read from ROL to this and I must say that I enjoyed every piece. The angst and emotional roller coaster, the way it was described, the interactions, all the fucked up situations..wonderful and curious.. (sigh)
happy holidays!

bakayarona 2006-12-27 id # 29676
Welcome back, Des! Sorry we missed each other at yaoicon!

As always, your story-telling is wonderful! Your work shows that multiple first-person CAN be done, and you do it so well.

Chikara, the mystery! More and more twists and turns!

(MY Chikara wants to eat a strawberry Pocky omelet, the silly kitty!)

I hope you are inspired to continue this universe for a long time to come!

Happy New Year, sweetie!

Anon 2006-12-28 id # 29680
PLease keep writing. I want to read more.

SohmaNina_san sakuranina_hime@yahoo.com 2006-12-28 id # 29682
Sorry....haven't read.....chap 14.....cause i'm now left with one computer.....my kids are home for the holidays and hogging the computer.......god you really made us wait......i've miss you......and my fav couple so very much......i promise to read as soon as possible......'m happy that your already thinking of a new story....looking forward for it......miss you....miss you.....miss you............NINA

Di Long 2006-12-28 id # 29683
Hi Des-

It was interestesting having a peek inside Thoma's head. His veiws on the cat - priceless. And I just KNEW there would be trouble over the lavender oil. :-) I don't think this fic/arc has jumped the shark as there is still lots of work Eiri and Shu need to do to have a healthy realtionship. I think there is a whole arc in the Shu solo and couples therapy. Sometimes I wonder if all of the intrigue between Hiro, Kyo and Suguru can continue to hold its interest, but that may just be me. If you want to write it, I want to read it! 'Nuff said. Di.

tsubaki 2006-12-28 id # 29684
Chapter 14
Astonishing. Quite a good Tohma perspective, though somewhat skimpy on details in some areas. Really squirming to know more about how Kyo and Hiro make up, of course. That Kyosuke is such a loveable OC, that dastardly delinquent. Very eager to hear more about where that no-longer-honeymoon-y relationship is heading. Naturally, on tour would be such a prime opportunity to shake things up... and with all those "friendly former lovers in every corner of the globe" you've hinted at, I'm sing-songing with anticipatory delight.

On the children, I admittedly have not been paying earlier attention. This one is of some intrigue to me now, I don't recall anything being mentioned before. The Maiko-Daisuke thing hit me blind side, too, but that is working out rather well and I am hoping to hear more on how she manages with this after everything settles, however it settles.

The tour is coming (I can hear the rumble of approaching chaos), and am as eager for the intrigue to come into full play. Picture me rubbing my hands together with barely contained glee. Trouble is afoot and I am excited to read more! Cheers!

gravitule 2006-12-28 id # 29685
Can we stomach more of this? Of course, we can!!! And we want it!!! Even ready, like a certain writer, to throw up our large intestine if needed!!!!

Clarabell 2006-12-28 id # 29690
Oh that was sooo funny... I can't stop laughing jajajaja... and your'e welcome by the way, is just that i really love your fic. I was waiting for so long... i hope that you dowland the next chapter soon.
Jejeje espero que este bien escrito :)
Anyway you know what i wanna say you.

Kinomi 2006-12-28 id # 29691
Ch. 14. Well done. You juggled a lot of characters and let them tell the story. I always like your Tohma.

The tour! You’ve set it up very well and have already sprinkled seeds for your ideas into the storyline. If you want to write, hell yes we want more. You’ve left us with plenty of mysteries to solve (Hiro, Chikara, etc.). Shuichi and Eiri are close to resolution, but there is still lots of room for improvement and the tour will put them, as well as all the other interrelated characters, under pressure. Go for it.

fuzzybunnytoo fuzzybunnytoo@yahoo.com 2006-12-28 id # 29693
Great Chapter! I love it from Tohoma's pov. I did realize one thing that I have missed something because I don't know about their son. Guess I have to go back and read again. Question is how far. Shoot , I may just go back to the beginning. You allways pick up new stuff when you read things again. I love your stories so much, it is just like a slice of life. Very few people can do that. Thanks for all the reading enjoyment.

Siri 2006-12-29 id # 29732
I definately think that you should continue this arc. It's awsome. TatsuhaxRyu is definately something I've been waiting for. And KyoxHiroxSuguru.

PinkKitten chhr2004@yahoo.com 2006-12-29 id # 29746
I love it! But I have a couple of Questions...What's going on with Chikara? Why is/was Hiro pissed? Please update soon! Glad to have you back after the holidays!!!!

Cianis 2006-12-30 id # 29763
Yay! Update!! Another wonderful chapter!!! Cant wait to see what's next!!! I hope another hilarious therapist visit!! Those are always fun! And some hot Shu/Yuki-ness!!!

miki 2006-12-31 id # 29777
hi!! I just wanted to tell you that I can read everything you´ll write about these series... I don´t review often.. I´m so sorry but writing in english is difficult for me, but I do read every chapter usually more than once.. I love every word of it! Wild Shuichi is great... even I love Thoma (and that is so uncommon in me..). Anyways, please, keep going as long as you can cope with it... I´m sure i´m not the only inconditional reader you have. And, of course, I whish you a Happy New Year!! Love

Dambae karuune@gmail.com 2006-12-31 id # 29781
This series is absolutely phenomenal, Despina. I just completed reading the first 3 in the Epic of Life series (and yes, I even read and enjoyed the credits at the end of Something In-Between), and I can't seem to get enough. (I even cheated while at work yesterday and snuck out my Palm to read, lol.) Just starting this one, and I'm both enthusiastic to devour it, and slightly saddened that once I reach the latest chapter, I will have to wait to see what is borne next from your very creative mind. Thank you for putting your ideas to "paper", and thank you for the courage to get past your fears of posting said ideas. I look forward to continuing to read your work!

JadeHeart 2006-12-31 id # 29783
Oh, wonderful, Des! Thank you for this chapter - and for such a delightful Tohma and family moments. It was lovely to finally be able to catch up on this masterpiece and see where all the characters were in their convoluted lives. Thank you!

Ray 2006-12-31 id # 29787
A new wonderful chapter.
Though Tohma didn't show his The Great Manipulator side as much in this one.
Is Chikara Tatsuha's son? Is he? All the clues say he is...
I wannna know! ^_^
Can't wait for the next chapter.

Dambae karuune@gmail.com 2007-01-01 id # 29801
*Blinks in disbelief* I'm loving it, really and truly. I think I actually nearly started crying while reading chapter 13 (and I don't think any fanfic has evoked so much emotion as this series has)! Also...smut GOOD *blushes*. Smut with threesome of hot bishies GOODER! I have literally stayed up half the night for the past few nights (all night tonight) devouring this epic. I do hope that there is no end in sight, as there is nothing more pleasurable than a wonderful yarn spun around characters one has grown to know so well.

On a critical note, I have noticed a couple of spelling and grammatical typos/errors (though none so much that it's driving me crazy). If it is something you are game for, I would love the chance to edit said typos, as I have been a grammatical perfectionist for as long as I can remember!

Thank you for writing. I'm still working up the courage to put my thought processes out there for everyone to read, and knowing you've produced such amazing work, despite having similar fears, inspires me to just give my fears up and get past them ^_^

Ray 2007-01-08 id # 30004
I've just reread 'CWhM' again (I periodically reread the whole Epic! ^_^ Have done it about 4 times so far), and I
noticed that in the last chapter's Author's note, you ask whether we want a continuation of the Epic or not...
What kind of a question is that?!!!
It's like Yuki asking Shuichi 'Do you love me?'.
Huh. SURE we want you to go on writing! Preferably for the next couple of years or so ^_^
You are the sunshine of my life! no kidding :)

daxemon 2007-01-21 id # 30309
PLEASE....MORE.....MORE.....MORE.....MORE. I don't need to sleep, truly I don't. My heart aches everytime I check and you still have not updated. I cry myself to sleep at night after I see that I can't get to see where all these wonderful characters are headed and especially with the little cliffy that you left us with. PLEASE.....continue on.....I wait with baited breath. Honestly I'm chewing my fingernail down to the bone...please update before I start to eat my whole hand. Thanks.

Cait compli_cait@yahoo.com 2007-02-04 id # 30551
When I finished this chapter I couldn't help but think it was like a sandwich. Serious emotional scenes at the beginning and end, and some meaty smut in the middle. Delicious.

Since chapter 16 is supposed to link to this one, we won't be kept waiting so long for it, right? ...Right?


Anon 2007-02-04 id # 30553
what can i say?? is awesome, i really like both of them now... they have a relationship more... strong, i guess... or more... don't know, more mature. And i really like the way Eiri make scream Shu for Tohma... i couldn't stop laghuing. And the talk they have... was so cute... they seems more (comoda: español que no se como se dice en ingles XD) Congratulations XD Bye bye hugs and kiss XP

Bellehime seraphfim@gmail.com 2007-02-04 id # 30555
I am utterly in love with this series! Can't wait for the next chapter =] You are a wonderful writer.

Sohmanina_san Sakuranina_hime@yahoo.com 2007-02-05 id # 30557
I really miss you....honto....honto......it's been to long....i keep checking......every 3-5 days.......what can i say.....i always love what you wrote........hope chap 16....won't take too long........i rather like that they've grown mature......hope you keep up the good work.......NIna

tsubaki 2007-02-05 id # 30562
Chap 15:
What wonderful progress for Shuichi. I'm so glad to see him crying again, I think he needed that. I am glad that, for once, Eiri didn't explode with jealousy yet also wondering how he feels about the timeline. I mean, the tabloid must have been recent --and negates the "distraction" category becuase he and Shu are back together. Is that not going to come up between them?

On Chikara, I'm still in the dark. I really think I need to go back and read older chapters and get this one straight. Unless it can get explained the in Author notes? I am supposing that there is going to be a parentage issue coming up soon.

On the senior Uesugi: Wow. That was really a long time coming and I am glad that things, to an extent, worked out. I'm so glad that Eiri is making this initiative, this kind of progress, almost all on his own. The therapy bits are of interest to me, I can't wait to read more about that and how this couple is working through the rest of their issues. Frankly, I hope someone beats it into Shu's head to apologise properly and explain to Hiro how he felt during their disastrous few months together. From Tohma's talk with Kyo, there appear to be some rampany insecurities.

All in all, I am SO looking forward to the tour... Its just going to be one heck of a ride!

gravitule 2007-02-05 id # 30570
mmm.....This was delicious...And I always love it when you update Sunday. Such a nice way to finish my week-end...
And now I am wondering : is "girth" a hint for the next chapter? "girth" like in penis size? like in leather cinch? I have to stop thinking about this. The more I think, the more it becomes smuty...I will not be able to sleep if I continue this game...

PinkKitten chhr2004@yahoo.com 2007-02-05 id # 30572
*giggles and squeels* YAY! Another chapter! Eiri and Shu are getting even better, hurdle after hurdle. Wow! Thanks so much for updating, please update soon!

EIRI-CHICK 2007-02-05 id # 30575
Ch 15

I love how we get the insides of what Eiri's currently thinking! For him to come out and tell Shuichi "I like the man you've become," shows that Eiri as well as Shuichi has both matured during this entire experience.

Bravo on writing such a wonderfully REAL story! I can't wait untilt he next chapter! Hurry up! ^_^

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Dambae karuune@gmail.com 2007-02-05 id # 30578
YAY, an update!!!! Thank you for updating, Despina, and I can't wait to read the next one. Love the writing, love the story :) Oh, and take as much time as you need...I know I will not lose interest.

kri*kri kris@sirspot.com 2007-02-06 id # 30580
Congratulations on your 200th review for CWM! You're amazing! And I can't believe a little personal account like that can make you blush after all that smut you've written. Geez. I thought I was just stating the obvious. Girth is good! But girth you can feel is better!! >:D Also, Miss Innocence, I'm officially putting in my request for more threesome. I miss your pierced, kinky Suguru, of course, but it's mostly for Kyo. He only exists in that pyramid you've built and I'm hoping you'll continue to stack it higher with love and trust. Periodically knocking it down with some drama will be fun, too.

Kinomi 2007-02-06 id # 30592
Ch. 15. Not one false note. That was a great installment. I got a pile of manga in the mail today, but when I saw you had posted I set them aside to read this. You know that I love watching them both grow so of course my favorite lines included, “Maybe something like I’m changing due to the insightful maturation and development of my character?” and Eiri telling Shuichi that he likes the man he’s become. Ah, that’s almost better than saying I love you, coming from him. And, the sex… Thanks Des! Also thanks Kri and Ash!

Carlabell 2007-02-19 id # 30775
Ohhhh so cute n.n... i like it very much the way that shuichi try to trust in Eiri... Is very dfficult , thought... And is awesome the way u put that feelings in the story, i almost feel the same... And poor Eiri, he is doing a lot.... XDDD And i hope u can understanding me, 'cause is difficult to me saying this XPP... Try no to make me waiting, i wanna know what is comming XD

fuzzybunnytoo fuzzybunnyto@yahoo.com 2007-02-19 id # 30777
Finally....The CAME TOGETHER... by that I mean they became one...knowing that they would be ther others until the end of time. The utlimate knowledge of another person. It is the one answer that each of us that is in a relationship NEEDS to know.

PinkKitten chhr2004@yahoo.com 2007-02-19 id # 30782
Yay for Despina-san! I'm so glad you updated! I'm sick at home right now and your story has made me happy! Thanks alot! I hope you update soon!

katwoman170 katwoman170@yahoo.com 2007-02-20 id # 30797
OMG!! I love this series!! Another great update, as always! Now I’m even more desperate for an update!! Cant wait to here from that threesome!!!

Sohmanina_san Sakuranina_hime@yahoo.com 2007-02-20 id # 30799

EIRI-CHICK 2007-02-20 id # 30803
Ch 16

I loved reading what Shuichi is going through, it was really touching of Eiri to be so loving, so patient, so dedicated waiting for "his boy" to come back from the brink. I'm only hoping that Tohma and Mika-san's son will still be loved by Eiri and Shuichi, despite the fact that he's probably Tatsuha's son. And what IS happening with those two? I hope that you go IN DEPT with their chapters! You DID tell us that you're going to do their chapters, right? *puppydog eyes&

I am amazed by the depts of feeling you show all the characters experiencing. I can only hope to aspire to be half as excellent a writer as you. Bravo on yet another chapter well done!

I am eagerly awaiting the next chapter, even if it means that we will soon be seeing the end of this arc. But then again, we have the horny threesome to look forward to! YAY!

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Suzanne 2007-02-20 id # 30811
Gotta love this fic! It's just so sexy, and I love the Kyosuke x Hiro x Suguru thing! ^.~

Ashley Vulpix ashleyvulpix@gmail.com 2007-02-21 id # 30817
I like all the angst you put on this just to see the boy slowly healing and being all romantic and smutty n,n. Which doesn't mean a little of angst every now and then make things much fun, but nothing is like a nice scene between those boys talking like grown up and f*cking like rabits =D. Loved the last scene, loved everything in fact, especially your fast chapters xD. *hugs Despina-san*

Sojourner 2007-02-21 id # 30820
Well, I am officially addicted. I love how smoothly you've integrated the OCs and your Tohma is wonderful. I'll be looking forward to reading more soon! One question (or two) : has what Hiro was upset about in chapter 14 is a specific incident (if so, has it been explained already or will it be explained later?), or is it just in general?

Aja 2007-02-22 id # 30849
(Ch. 16) When I saw the chapter title, different lyrics ran through my head-- lyrics to Prince's "Erotic City". Oddly enough, they proved to be very fitting as well!

I felt this was a masterful chapter, in spite of the more-summarized ending parts. I liked the opening with the siblings' shared fears. Eiri's misuse of Tohma's car was very amusing and in-character. The use of the tabloid in the doctor's office was brilliant. Finally, I really enjoyed the way Eiri and Shuichi inadvertently admit to each other how well they 'fit' together and how much they enjoy their chosen roles in the relationship. Once again, well done! I love to read your stories.

Aja 2007-02-22 id # 30850
(Ch. 15) Aha! Now I know why ch. 16 summarized toward the end-- I missed a chapter! Oops. Well, I'm glad I have the full story now on how things happened. I enjoyed this chapter, too. I like this more-mature version of Eiri. He's as iracisible as ever, but he has also mellowed, too. I am glad for his acceptance of Shuichi's past guilts and his unspoken understanding of Shuichi's needs. It's very satisfying to read.

Kinomi 2007-02-27 id # 30939
Ch. 16 was posted so quickly it caught me off guard. Glad you’re finding time to write. No wonder Shuichi sees himself in his sister’s relationship. He’s been both victim and transgressor. Good thing Shuichi noticed that Eiri’s really been putting out for him lately. I really liked reading the (as usual, hot) sex scene from his POV, experiencing him working through doubts, finding reassurance, etc. Thanks for another great chapter.

JadeHeart 2007-03-05 id # 31029
Ah, Des

It was so good to finally be able to bring myself up-to-date once more. This is moving along so nicely - one step forward, two steps back most times, but still forward momentum nonetheless! Even if it is at a snail's pace crawl!

I have especially enjoyed the conversations between Shuichi and Maiko - you truly show the sibling relationship very well. And the interactions with Tohma and Mika also just make me smile.

Thank you!

PinkKitten chhr2004@yahoo.com 2007-04-01 id # 31452
YAY! ...I'm running out of comments *grr* Can't wait to see who wins...Eiri's such a pervy one. I really like how you kept Shuichi's mom in character, most people make her seem like such a major softy (when really she's a hard-ass). Thankies for the update! Can't wait till next time ! ^^

Kinomi 2007-04-01 id # 31453
Ch.17. Wow Des. That chapter was packed with a lot of new material and you’ve set up few new plot threads that we can look forward to you tying up in the future. Plenty to keep readers on pins and needles. So much to love, especially Shuichi’s outfit.

Bellehimechan seraphfim@gmail.com 2007-04-01 id # 31458
^^ Yay, an update to one of my favorite stories! And new plot threads! Awesome, as always, Despina xD

gravitule 2007-04-02 id # 31466
I extremely love it when you write with Eiri pov. This was awesome. My best reading since days...And I cannot wait anymore for the date...
And I was so happy you spoke about another arc....And and...And you already know it. Sadly, I have not enough words to say it beter.
Will try harder next time.

PrincessA 2007-04-02 id # 31467
Whee! This is such a treat :-)

I liked the weaving in of Shuichi's mother's miscarriage and parallels drawn between the Shindou family's characters'. And the subtle manipulation of Shuichi. Sneaky, he is.

And I'm giving up trying to find something I didn't like about this chapter. It's too good. :-P Thanks for writing it!

Sohmanina Sakuranina_hime@yahoo.com 2007-04-03 id # 31472
My...My...My....oh how i miss...you.....the story really good......i'm so immense from the dates scene.....so good...i really am looking forward for the next chapter...the date.....bet....it be really good....keep it up.....please....

Carlabell 2007-04-05 id # 31491
that was awesome XDDD i love the way u wrte xDDD and i wanna now who wins xDDD sex in a public place jujuju I wonder who wins xDDDD it was fantastic, XDDDD hugs

panda_benjol pandabenjolkejedottembok@yahoo.com 2007-04-10 id # 31662
'Sex in a public place'.. well, be careful with the police ..

christabel_rose bloody_rose_69@hotmail.com 2007-05-01 id # 31900

Let me start by saying that I think you’re an absolutely amazing, very imaginative writer! I just stumbled upon your story “Illusions of Life” not long ago, and now I’m officially hooked. I have been reading the series almost non-stop in the past few days, foregoing many hours of sleep, and it was totally worth it! I’m sorry to say this is the first review I’m writing, as I’ve been too anxious to always see what’s next :) and so, here are my two cents:

1) I think that this is, by far, the best Gravi AU fic I’ve read. Though your characters are in many senses dissimilar to the original show, you’ve developed them quite realistically and given them a lot of depth, making them quite believable, characters with whom the reader can relate, while retaining the essence of what make them our beloved Gravi characters. Your portrayals of each character’s inner-thoughts and logic are very well depicted, and so I love the alternating POV’s. I think it’s a good way to get into everyone’s heads and see things from their perspectives. I must admit though that I especially love it when you write from Eiri’s POV!

2) I must say, I *love* your depiction of Tohma. He’s just awesome, and exactly as I imagine Tohma, such a devious, smart bastard. And on that note, I must admit that I adore Kyosuke’s character also. You’re created a very interesting, enigmatic, and likeable OC and he’s captivated me as much as all the rest of the cast. Between, is “Slices of life” just about our favorite threesome, or will it feature Eiri and Shu? And will it deal with the upcoming tour? I must admit, I haven’t started reading it yet (I want to finish reading “Come What May” before I start reading “Slices of life”). If it doesn’t, I do hope you’ll continue the series and deal with the tour. As Tohma said, mixing these three volatile relationships on a European tour… omfg the possibilities! *g*

3) I love the smex! Your stories have some of the hottest sex scenes I’ve read, the depiction and the words you use always very appropriate to the characters’ moods and states of mind. And it’s just hot!!! XD *fans herself*

4) There’s something I’m confused about. It may be because I’ve been reading so much non-stop with so little sleep… *g* There was one part where, after having found out that it was actually Tatsuha posing as Eiri in that hotel, Shu was blaming himself for these two years of misery, and he was worried that Eiri would use this against him. But didn’t Tatsuha see him in the hotel room? Wasn’t Shuichi mad that Eiri never brought it up (thinking that Tatsuha, as Eiri, had seen him in the hotel room and would, as such, acknowledge the problem, not deny it and pretend that it had never happened)?

5) This is my only (hopefully constructive) criticism. As the series progressed and we started to deal more and more with the repercussion of Shu’s actions, including Kyo’s feelings for him, I felt a bit dissatisfied with the way you portrayed that. In “Realities of Life”, Kyo’s feelings for Shu are very intense; it seems like a very deep and profound love (I even found myself cheering for the KyoxShu pairing for a while…shame on me; I’m a die-hard EirixShu shipper, but just goes to attest to your brilliance as a writer). But I felt that Kyo’s feelings were a bit undermined and downplayed in the subsequent stories. I guess, in a sense, I felt that he got over Shu a bit too easily and got involved with Hiro and Suguru a bit too quickly, his intense feelings being somewhat brushed aside.

6) Finally, I love the suspense and the little mysteries! I can’t wait to find out what the deal is with Tohma’s children, how Shu will react once he and Tatsuha see one another *shudder*, Shu’s sister and her crazy ex, the tour, the date *the steamy smex*… oh, so many things, so many possibilities! You can keep writing a whole new arc! *hint hint*

So, thank you for a wonderful, entertaining, enlightening read! And keep up the good work, I’ll eagerly be awaiting the next chapters!

Bellehimechan seraphfim@gmail.com 2007-05-13 id # 32061
Surprise?! Good cliffhanger. MORE PLEASE ^^

Cianis fire_pyre67@msn.com 2007-05-13 id # 32062
CLIFF-HANGER!!! Gaaaah! Haha this chapter was lovely. Hope to read more soon!

PinkKitten chhr2004@yahoo.com 2007-05-13 id # 32063
That's so not fair! I want more! please update soon, ne? I wonder who's going to win?!?!?! Hahaha!
-Your trusty reader! PinkKitten-Chu!

Serena 2007-05-13 id # 32068
I love it! Eiri is such a sweet heart, even though he doesn't want to be! And Hiro is, by far, my favourite character; he is intelligent, hot and gentle. I love your story! Thanks a lot for posting it! ^.~

Aja 2007-05-13 id # 32070
(ch. 18) I eagerly await finding out where Shuichi took them and what will happen next. I love the way this story keeps rolling and keeps me guessing.

My favorite line in this chapter was about Mizuki being "not nearly as evil as Tohma, but almost as clever."

Cait compli_cait@yahoo.com 2007-05-13 id # 32071
I knew that cliffhanger was coming. There was no way they'd get all the way through the date in this chapter.

I do have to wonder why Eiri couldn't simply go on the tour and just fly back for the interviews when needed. He'd miss 3 days tops each time, and it's not like money's an issue.

Anyway, if it wasn't 1am I might have more to say. Shame on me for staying up to read this so late (I just got so excited to see an update I didn't think I'd be able to sleep without reading it).

Don't keep us waiting too long for chapter 19!


fuzzybunnytoo fuzzybunnytoo@yahoo.com 2007-05-14 id # 32075
How you do this to me EVERY single time. "Hey, here is a clif enjoy" and I say "thank you mam, may I have another?" Gee, You are so mean and wonderful and I am just all giggley inside. Thanks you. You are the greatest and this story is the best. I can't stop dancing around and i need another chapter.

Daxemon 2007-05-14 id # 32077
AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Why are you doing this to me Despina. I've been following this fanfic and have been desprately chomping at the bit for updates..,,, they come slowly but I relish every one. Now this one was a great update and you.....you.....you....aaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh. How could you end this update like that, now I'm going to go stir crazy while I wait for the next update. This story is so freaking awesome as well as the previous ones that led up to this, they just ROCK! Despina you ROCK! Please update soon.....or I don't know what I'll do....*falls to floor in wet puddle of tears*.

shisho 2007-05-14 id # 32083

Di Long 2007-05-14 id # 32088
I've missed you and have been looking forward to this. Nice chappie with some awesome Shu introspection. He way need several of the cast to goad him into it (so appropriate) but he does finally get thoughtful, ne? As always LOVE it!

ailend ailendzzz@yahoo.com 2007-05-14 id # 32095
gaaaaaaaah~ before i read the new chapter i just want to ask... will you ever made it clear about what happen between hiro and ryuichi???

i'll be back later with the comment for this chapter... the other stories of Epic of Life :)
thank you so much for keep making this gravi fic :)
you and jadeheart are the best (plus angrybee :D)

chocho 2007-05-15 id # 32098
that was definitely worth the wait. i can't wait to see just what shuichi has in store for eiri.

anonymous asdfg@asdfg.com 2007-05-15 id # 32121

if maki murakami wasnt my god, you would TOTALLY be it! xDDD

JadeHeart 2007-05-16 id # 32123
It's great to see Shu finally beginning to be able to see past himself and begin to consider truly where Yuki fits in with his emotions and life in general, and most of all finally recognising that Yuki does have his own problems also, and they aren't always just the emotional sort.

The pathway to truly trusting each other again is one that is quite often more a leap of faith than a well-thought out plan, and that is just what both of them are attempting.

EIRI-CHICK 2007-05-16 id # 32126
Ch 17
Miamoto again? That scumbag? I HATE him! I hope that Inoue's or Tohma's people...dispose of that little cretin!

I'm so GLAD to see Shuichi and Eiri doing well! YAY! Let's just hope that Eiri will wait until AFTER the date to tell him he has to do the interview! I can't WAIT to find out what happens! I have to go, but I'll be back to read and review Chapter 18!

This chapter left me all WAFFy and now I have to go to work...feh -_-

Oh well, I'll have something to look forward to when I get home!

Excellent job, Oh Queen of Angst! And hai, you are she!
Or would you rather be Empress, since JadeHeart is Goddess of Angst? LOL


EIRI-CHICK 2007-05-16 id # 32131
Ch 18
AAAAAAUUUUUUUUUGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! What was the surprise??? And just when it was getting good!

Hurry up with the next chapter, I NEED to find out what it is!

And, this chapter was GREAT, BTW! I LOVED how Hiro explained to Shuichi how he had been acting...but what I loved most was how Mizuki was so sweet to him in explining that Eiri would have a TON of legal problems if he backs out of the interviews. She is a female Tohma, but then again, with Eiri as her client, she would

EIRI-CHICK 2007-05-16 id # 32132
Ch 18

...she would HAVE to be!

Oh Empress of Angst, pleas hurry with the next excellent chapter, or I will surely die...of boredom!


Chele 2007-06-03 id # 34383
Your stories are amazing. I can't get enough of em'. Update soon I'm on the edge of my seat!

gravitule 2007-09-02 id # 34980
You are an angel.

Carlabell 2007-09-02 id # 34981
Oh God, you are really good in this XDD Jesus, this is so good. I was waiting for one more chapter, and I’ve waited for weeks and finally is here *.* And was sooooo cool... Eiri, and Shuichi... It most be very difficult be in a relationship like that. God, they are always feeling so much. This is the best fic ever, really... I love it *.* it makes me wonder all the time what is going to happen... and when happens is so incredible... I hope you can write more quickly?(I don’t know if I write correctly) 'coz is so amazing, however I know that sometimes is a little difficult xD Whatever, congratulations, is amazing what you write ^^

And I hope you could understood me, because I just read English, no write, no talk =.= XD

DiLong 2007-09-03 id # 34984
Welcome back! We missed you. Sounds like RL got in the way of fanfic- isn't that always the way. Well, thank you for hanging in there for us. As always this chappie did not disapoint. I loved seeing the masochistic Eiri - it fits and is wonderfully suprising all at once. And having such a a thing come to the surface between them will only make their bond be stronger. I felt like it was a critical win when Shu wouldn't let Eiri leave after the fight.... something that was broken between them healed with that I think. Thanks again Sweetie!

FuzzyShu 2007-09-04 id # 34989
Excelent chapter 19. Savored every single word as if it were fine wine. Delicious.

Dax 2007-09-05 id # 34996
Hey Despina, always worth the wait.......but oh what a wait. Ah your fic always lives up to the anticipation and I can't wait to see the next update. There is really nothing for me to say because you have a great talent and you are putting it to good use entertaining me, quite well at that and I will always be willing to wait....tearfully so....but wait none the less. Till next update. Thanks.

SexyRyu 2007-09-07 id # 35006
Whoa...violence, foul language, Shuichi been agressive towards Yuki, temper tantrums, threesomes, and lots and lots of hot sex. I couldn't ask for more is purrrferct, great job. I love finding a story that's worth reading and that explores the what ifs in Yuki's and Shu's relationship. I also love Kyo, he's sexy *growl*

Kinomi 2007-10-02 id # 35175
Ch. 19. Damn, Shuichi covered a lot of ground here, but he got what he wanted in the end. They both did. (I think he should tackle Eiri to the floor more often.) I read this soon after you posted, but there was so much to process I couldn’t think of anything to say at the time. I re-read it today and was reminded of what crazy characters they really are. I’m so glad you keep them that way because they do thrive on it. Thanks for working on this in spite of being so busy.

Cait 2008-04-26 id # 35933
Sucessfully completed my reread of this entire fic series (up to chapter 19 of CWM). Took me like two weeks, some of which were evenings dedicated to only reading, and a couple of nights where I should have been in bed, but decided to stay up to read "just one more chapter," which often ended up being two or three more chapters. Man, that's good stuff.

I've actually been rereading the manga as well at work this week. I'm on Gravitation overload right now, and loving every minute of it. I still think, of all the great Gravi fics I've read, this one is still my favorite. The drama is presented fantastically, and so is all the hot sex. I can almost see this fic as some kind of future canon for the series. The Gravitation EX is being released too slowly and I can't help but feel like it is a mediocre rehashing of the original series. It isn't bringing anything new or particularly interesting to the table. People make fun of fan fiction and fan fic authors for not having anything original to write about, but I doubt any of them have read ficcage of the calibre of this one.

Anyway, when's the next chapter coming out? ^_^

bubble 2008-05-19 id # 35978
I've been meaning to write to you to politely ask: what the hell was taking you so damn long? :D
nah, just kidding^^
I really don't care how long will it take for you to upade as long as you will update^^ - though there was a time when I was sure there will never be another part and I despaired! :)
and now this!
you've just made me utterly happy :)
I never wrote this - I don't know why o.O stupid me^^ - but you are a fantastic author and the Epic of Life series is just perfect :)
I love it! I can read this over and over and over again and even after reading this for the twentieth time (ugh, does it make sense? o.O english is not my native language and I get confused sometimes... :)) it's still brilliant :)
and anyway - can't wait for the next part :)


SexyRyu28 2008-05-19 id # 35979
OMIGOD... I waited and waited very patiently for an update and I'm sooo happy now.
Such a great chapter. And the lil hint to Slices of Life when Hiro called, nice.
I'll just wait for next chapter patiently coz I wanna read about Yuki/Shu public display ^_~


yukinshu4e 2008-05-19 id # 35984
Seeing that you updated this TOTALLY made my day!
Don't worry about losing your gravi voice; it happens to the best :)
I like that you're going to be writing the press conference chapter in Eiri's POV
I can all ready tell it's going to be hottttt!
If you need another set of eyes to beta (I know you all ready have two amazing betas) just e-mail me and I'd be happy to look it over too :)
Can't wait till the next chapter!!!!
-Yukitoshuu Itsumademo

Bellehime 2008-05-19 id # 35985
An awesome chapter; definitely worth the wait ;P

More, please?

katwoman21 2008-05-20 id # 35987
Wow! Thanks for another great chapter. I was just excited to see a new chapter I was dying for one. I’m just happy you didn’t give up! I’m really looking forward to the next chapter. Keep up the good work and when ever you get a block don’t worry you’ll always have fans here!

gravitule 2008-05-20 id # 35990
I am hesitating. Should I send you my everlasting love or my everlasting gratefulness? Well, let's send the two! Thanks!

Rupan 2008-05-22 id # 35994
I really enjoyed this chapter, especially after the long wait. (Writer's block can be a bitch. Well, absence does make the heart grow founder after all.) I honestly think this fic is one of the very best in the fandom and I can't wait to see what else you have in store for us. Keep up the fantastic work!

EIRI-CHICK 2008-05-22 id # 35997
Ch 18

Oh WOW, was that hot! And this ch is only the beginning of their night! *fans self* I've got some catching up to do, so I'm going to ch 19 now!

Ecxellent work as usual, oh Empress of Angst!


EIRI-CHICK 2008-05-22 id # 35998
Ch 19

Okay, I need a cold shower...and a cup of tea...and a cookie after that chapter!
What a mix of eroticism, passion, love, andger, confusion, and satisfaction this chapter was! I'm not sure if I should jump for joy, scream in frustration, bang my head against the wall or some combination of all three!

I think after reading this chapter, my only (sane) choice is to go read ch 20.

This is what happens when you go offline and then have to read 5 chapters back to back...^_^;

Once again, excellent job, Oh Empress of Angst! On to ch 20!


EIRI-CHICK 2008-05-23 id # 35999
Ch 20

Mmmmmmmmm...what a smolderingly sexy chapter this one is, like waiting to be had by the one you love after being teased all day! (Right, Shu? ^_^) I just KNOW the next chapter's gonna be great, I can't wait to see what's gonna happen at the press conference...and how exactly are they gonna pull off the act of making love in public! ^_^

Excellent work yet again, Oh Empress of Angst! I'm on pins and needles here...and in need of a cold shower!

Now, to go read about my favorite threesome! I'm almost glad I've been offline, I get to read all of these yummy chapters at one go!


Vialia 2008-05-23 id # 36003
It was a pure pleasure reading this story, all the 20 chapters, and will be patiently waiting for the 21st. ^_^
For this review to be a propper review, I should offer some concrit. But it's really hard to find flaws in your story, in all of your stories! I wish the new fanfic writers would take your stories as a good example to learn from.

There were so many awesome moments captured in this story (how dared Maiko interfere with Shu's and Eiri's 'activity' in the car! XD or when Eiri called the therapist a quack, ^_~ or the small scene with Wataru/Kazuki and Eiri's jealousy...).
I especially enjoy when you write in Eiri's POV, you nail his character so perfectly. And damn right that Shu doesn't forgive Tatsuha! The bastard doesn't deserve that; I can't even imagine how he could face Shuichi or his brother without licking their toes for the rest of their lives. :( Grrr

Thank you for sharing your amazing stories, Despina :)

Yukitoshuu 2008-05-24 id # 36004
Hey, just thought I'd let you know that someone put up your story "Illusions of Life" on ffn, and gave you no credit.
Here's the link to their user profile: http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1534671/kumagoro18
Basically they copied and pasted all your chapters under their username, author's notes and all!
I thought you should know, because plagiarism is totally unacceptable, in my opinion.
Keep up your wonderful work, though! You have so many readers that appreciate the time you've put into these characters!!! :)

jadefairy 2008-05-25 id # 36014
This is a rather exciting story. As always.

thistle 2008-05-25 id # 36026
>:o I'm sad that this isn't finished because now I'm all like WHAT HAPPENS NEXT. Your writing is so top notch. I'm like, wow, how could I ever thought I was over Gravitation this story just brings it so much more to life and just ungh. Yeah. I can't wait to see what happens at the press conference and in England, I hope there'll be more soon. And, the whole Tohma's boy being Tatsuha's child thing, I'm so curious to know more. AND to know what is happening with Ryu and Tatsuha. Random letters!

Dax 2008-05-25 id # 36027
WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *dives into tub overflowing with icecubes*

W-w-w-well w-w-w-w-worth th-th-the w-w-w-wait. I'm going to go warm up n-n-n-now.


bakayarona 2008-06-03 id # 36044
Loved it! Chapter 20 was well worth the wait!

I love the little details and the broad strokes these characters have in your universe.

Shuichi in a kilt would be hot!

Aja 2008-06-10 id # 36091
(ch. 20) Very hot. I enjoy the comparisons of how people have changed and how they haven't. Shuichi as the voice of reason-- and one who sees others mistakes-- is an interesting outlook. Enjoying the story, as always. :)

Saanrio 2008-06-18 id # 36126
I finally got time to read all of this. The way you write this is so f'ed up, it's real. I swear I know people who have been in relationships almost as messed up as this one. But, I understand why they can't let go. I am eagerly waiting for the next chapter of this, and of Slices!

Karina 2008-06-25 id # 36151
Hello. I don't know if you had the chance to read it, but about a month ago I left a comment on Illusions of Life. I just finished reading this one yesterday, and I must say it is probably my favorite out of the 4 I've read so far. However, I do have to admit that I didn't really like the Kyo chapters. Don't get me wrong, I really like Kyo, and I like him with Hiro as well... It's just that Suguru is... Well, let me put it this way: If he didn't exist, that would be just fine with me. But that's just my opinion, of course. As an unconditional Eiri fan, it is not necessary to point out that Eiri chapters were my favorites. I really liked all Shuichi chapters too, specially when he talks about Eiri. "Sexy is part of Eiri's DNA"...? I'm glad I got to read my own thoughts in your story... Hahaha. I'm sorry if this sounds stupid to you, but I must again warn you: English is not my 1st language. I'm looking foward to the next chapter, and hoping it's not the last one. :D~

thistle 2009-02-04 id # 36810
Guh! I was rereading this and it made me dreamysigh all over again. It's such a great fic. I hope you plan to keep going someday! I still can't get into Shuichi belting *Eiri* but eeee idc it is a nice change of pace from what I'm used to. I'm dying to read the whole interview/public sex scene, whut.

Voyeurism 2009-02-05 id # 36813
I've seen this on dozens of people's reccomended readings, and I figured: "Alright, let's give this a try howsabout?" It's taken me four days, more or less, to read through this entire series.
I have one thing to say:
I told you, it was one thing. All squat up into one.

But, honestly? This story is incredible. You had me reduced to incoherent babbles and sobs at a few points, as well. I know it's been ages since you've updated, but seriously. Make them happy. This story is so messed up and entertaining and depressing and romantic and psychotic that it's almost unbearable at some points, but I've truly fallen in love with it. And Kyosuke? LMAO I WANNA HUG HIM. Just throwing that out there. Him, Suguru and Hiro being involved in a threesome = a hXc win.

There was one scene out of all of the stories, however, that stuck out the most to me. I can't remember which one it was in, possibly the second or third, but it was when Eiri nearly ran Shuichi down with his Mercedes. I just... I wouldn't say I died, but I did freak out a little, thus involving me screaming obscenities at my moniter and cursing various objects. It was my favourite scene out of a good deal of them for the simple reason that Eiri nearly ran down the most treasured person in his life with his most treasured object. I look too deeply into things, don't I? Oh dear.

But, please update again soon, author dearest. I'd like to see where their fucked up relationship is going. Kudos, this is the most long-winded comment I have ever left for a single story.

PockyReiko 2009-08-14 id # 37304
Sigh. Well, at first, I was really hesitant to read this fanfic because I was nervous about the copious amounts of angst I would have to be pulled through, and I wasn't even sure if Shuichi was going to end up with Eiri. I'm glad I ended up reading the whole series in the end because every moment I wasn't reading this fanfic, I wished that I was. Your writing, first off, is flawless and eloquent, and the story is actually quite believable. Jumping back into reading other fanfics will be pretty difficult for me now since you've effectively placed me in your own universe.
So I was very distraught to see that you last updated this in May 2008, and not May 2009, like I had thought when I glimpsed over the description too quickly. Rushing you or groveling at your feet would probably be pointless. I will say, though, that I am hopelessly in love with this fanfic, giddily excited to read the next chapter, upset that the endless praise I want to give you only came across in an awkward, and frankly, inadequately-sized review, and in dire need of a fluff piece to console me after reading this brilliant, but terribly heartwrenching story.

Elvira 2010-05-22 id # 37692
I've just finished reading all of the Epic of Life series and I am blown away. Just utterly amazed at the quality of this work. Your writing is great, flowing and solid and the plot, many times becoming a cliche in other fics, fits this series like a glove and manages not to become some weepy soap opera. Your characterizations of the characters are just epic, Shuichi's tougher personality is strangely endearing and Eiri being nicer while still being a dick is great. The way you've evolved these characters is commendable and realistic. I love the triad relationship of Kyo, Hiro and Suguru, it's really cute! I'm curious to see how Ryuichi and Tatsuha function together as well.

I'm a bit sad this hasn't been updated since 2008 but RL gets in the way and sometimes the muse doesn't stick around. But I truly hope you finish writing this, lots of your fans would be grateful and would love to see this continued.

lawless 2011-03-10 id # 37830
It's done! And they had semi-public sex! I wonder when the sex tape hits the streets. XD When I wrote semi-public sex for them in one of my stories (totally unplanned, too), I felt like I was having a Des moment.

I'll eventually have to read at least the preceding chapter, and maybe the chapter about the bet if that was earlier, to pick up some of the details and nuances, but I still remember the basic plot of this series since I greedily read it a little over two years ago. Thank you; it's been a great ride, and I'm honored and humbled to be writing in some of the same fandoms as you.

bakayarona 2011-03-31 id # 37836
Chapter 21: THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for finishing up your wonderful story! I am glad your muse was inspired by the song and reading this final chapter made me giddy because no matter what happens on the tour, the guys will work through it.

I return to this series over and over again because of the character development. details and originality you brought to this universe.

I know you're playing with other fandoms now but I hope that the Gravi guys will occasionally nudge a story out of you in the future.

Thank you again, Des! Love you lots!


Neptune 2011-07-28 id # 37870
This is story is just so amazing! I absolutely love it!

I wanted to review at the end of it but i got really excited by this chap. God you are good, totaly amazing.
I wish i have someone who loves me as much as shuichi loves yuki. They love each other so much. Really despina, does such a love exist.

And not mention that threesome, is so amazing*squeals* im not really a fan of threesomes but yours got me interested although i have trouble imagining they would remain that way.

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