I love the painting by Bierstadt. It was wonderful the way you included it in your ending.
Andrea was a great character. As twisted as her father, she presented a new challenge to the whole family. Also, I really liked interaction between Adam and Joe. On the show, Ben, Adam, or Hoss were the ones who got LJ out of scrape, but you allowed Joe to support Adam through a difficult recovery.
I thought it was realistic, too, the way you had Adam facing a diffcult recovery from his ordeal. IMO, no one with any depth of feeling could just bounce back from almost two weeks of torture.
The Crucible is one of my favorite episodes, but I've never tried to write a WHN although I usually enjoy reading them. Your story is one of the best. Thank you for posting. Author's Response:
Thank you so much, Pt! I'm sorry I've been out of town for about ten days - away from my computer, and generally out of touch with multiple things. I'm delighted you found something you liked in this story. The Bierstadt painting was begging to be included. It felt right to me as well.
I suspect you and I may share similar opinions about the relationship between Adam and Joe. Although Joe is typically the one who needs to be rescued, I believe he can also be the rescuer if he needs to be. The last thing Joe would do if he saw anyone he loved hurting would be to leave them alone. It would be too painful for him to watch. Most likely it would also make him angry until he could figure out what to do first and/or next.
I also believe an experience like the one Adam had with Peter Kane would require a recovery period of some sort. The Adam I picture in my mind is stronger and more disciplined than most men, but he would still have a breaking point. Adam stood up to Kane until the bitter end, cracking only when he felt safe with his father. I believe a reflection of the same sort of strength - in this case from Joe - would be the only thing that could help him heal. The shock of witnessing his father's assault was the catalyst, but Joe had been hammering away at him up until that moment. He was ready to go full circle, so to speak, and get well.
The Crucible is also one of my favorite episodes. It was daunting to attempt to write a WHN, athough I do enjoy reading them as well, I had certainly not attempted to write one previously. Quite frankly, I'm unsure if I will try something like that again or not. :)
Thank you again for your kind words. It does help to make it all worthwhile. :)