Yay, we get to see Simon and Bram go to the homecoming dance together! This was such a cute chapter!
I really liked the way that you rounded everything off here and pulled all the threads of the story together at the end. I hadn't even thought that Simon wouldn't be able to tell people that he was dating the boy he'd been kissing so recently - because Blue Charge's superhero identity can't be revealed, of course.
Bram and Simon are so cute together, though. I love them taking the photos together before the dance, and holding hands underneath the table and Bram insisting on paying for Simon's meal. They're adorable when they're all couple-y and even their friends have to admit that.
It's frustrating that they can't hold hands at Waffle House, and that they're preparing to play the homecoming dance by ear, but I think it's really realistic that they would have to think about things like that since Shady Creek isn't a very progressive place. I loved the fact that Ms Allbright still fought for them though, and that the school is behind them.
Leah working out that Bram is actually Blue Charge feels so in character for Leah, and I loved the way that she teased Garrett for being the sidekick. I was definitely cheering for him running after her at the end - and I loved the way you rounded it all off with the Harry Potter references. I really enjoyed reading this story!
FEELINGS ALERT FEELINGS ALERT FEELINGS ALERT.
Marvin Addison is awful - trying to use Simon to get to Blue Charge because he knows that Blue Charge cares about him. Who does that? I guess there's a sense of loyalty and protectiveness there of his nephew, Martin, and it can't have felt nice being laughed at because he wanted a date to the dance, but none of that justifies what he did. And it justifies Marvin even less.
It's so impressive to see Bram talking to Marvin, though - like Simon says at the end of the chapter. Bram/Blue Charge always tries to find the good in someone when he's challenging them, which says a lot about him as a person. I liked the fact that we got to find out more about Marvin's motivations - the fact that he couldn't work anymore because of his hand - but Bram is right that nothing will bring his hand back. And considering the fact that Blue Charge saved his life, it seems like a pretty ungrateful way to react.
I was so glad when Marvin was caught and then Bram could get away with Simon. The reveal was written so well - the surprise Simon felt in realising who it was, and all those little details we see in the books (nauseated instead of nauseous) and the carnival rides. And then what Simon said to Bram basically mirroring what Bram wrote to Simon in the note that was in the t-shirt with his phone number - that was so perfect!
This was a lovely fluffy end to the chapter and I can't wait to read the final one! And that text from Garrett! <3
I take everything positive I said about Martin Addison back. He's still awful. I mean, I shouldn't be surprised because, even though this is an AU, he's still Martin, and he still makes awful decisions.
Like outing Simon with a video of him kissing Blue Charge.
I kind of want to punch Martin right now.
Ugh he's so awful, and I feel so, so sorry for Simon all over again that he's been outed to the whole school, and I could rant a lot about that, but I won't. I love that Leah and Abby are still charging round protecting him as much as they can, though, and giving dirty looks or saying something to the people who have a problem with it. They're awesome friends.
But Bram! I felt so sorry for him when he realised that all Simon would have seen when he noticed him and Garrett watching the video were their horrified expressions, and he didn't know that the real reason they were horrified was because it was Bram's secret identity. I'm so glad that Bram wanted to try and make it up to Simon, though, and that in spite of running away when he first kissed him, he went back to see him and was brave - kind of like giving Simon his phone number.
I was so happy and excited at the end of this chapter because Bram had finally gone round to see Simon, and I was sure he was going to reveal his identity - and then MARVIN ADDISON comes along. Honestly, that man has no sense of timing or occasion. And what does he want with Simon???
Simon is thinking about his meeting with Blue Charge about as much as he thinks about his emails with Blue in the books. Isn't that a coincidence?
No wonder Simon is so excited about the fact that he met Blue Charge, and that Blue Charge knew his name, though - I mean, he is a superhero that Simon has been a fan of all summer, so even just that is pretty cool. I liked the fact that Abby didn't believe him at all when he first told her, though, because that felt very realistic. If someone told me that they'd met a superhero in real life, I'm not sure I'd believe them straight away either.
Ah, there's Martin! I feel kind of bad for him that they're laughing over him asking Abby to the homecoming dance - I mean, I don't like his character at all, but in this story I suppose he hasn't actually technically done anything wrong so far? Except maybe have an uncle who's out to get revenge on Blue Charge for not saving him well enough.
Oh, scratch that. Did Martin tell Marvin about Simon having met Blue Charge? I feel like that won't necessarily end well for Simon.
Ah, but Bram arrives just in time and then!! Bram and Simon have their first kiss, and it's so cute, and Simon's so happy about it - except Blue Charge flies off and leaves him standing there. Okay, reading on to find out why that happened!
Well, every great superhero needs a super villain, right? I'm not sure that I expected Bram to gain himself a nemesis so quickly, particularly one who seems immune to the Charge part of Blue Charge (which I imagine is a pretty significant part of his powers), but I'm really intrigued by it.
The opening of this chapter was really cute - you could tell that even though Bram had masked his voice and been wearing the costume, he kind of wanted Simon to realise that he was Blue Charge after all. He's so torn between protecting his own identity here and then also wanting Simon to know him for who he really is, and that sense of mingled relief and disappointment comes through really well.
Blue Charge is a pretty stellar guy if he responds to acts of vandalism. Definitely reminding me of Spiderman right now :P
I wasn't expecting him to gain a nemesis though, especially when he turned up at the park to stop someone from vandalising it! I liked the way that Bram comes across as a real superhero here, though - even when he's struggling to fight the way he usually would, he still makes sure that the police and civilians aren't hurt.
I'm guessing Marvin Addison is related to Martin? Is that whole family just nasty and thoughtless?
It seems really unfair that Marvin would take the fact that he lost his arm out on Bram, because it could have been way worse. But I'm intrigued to see what happens with him and I hope that Bram's able to defeat him!
Aw, that conversation with Garrett at the end of the chapter was really sweet - it was kind of lowkey but Garrett was so accepting, and I'm glad of that. I love the way you write their friendship - even in superhero stories :P
Yay, we get to read from Simon's point of view in this story too! I'm going to really enjoy this!
I know that we don't actually get to see Abby moving to Shady Creek in the book, but I actually really enjoyed the fact that you took us right back to the beginning of the year and we get to see Abby joining the group. And Bram sitting next to Simon and all the little moments there which Simon gets embarrassed over, without even realising why he's embarrassed.
Of course Simon is a Blue Charge fan. He's such a fanboy, honestly - I mean, it's probably why I like his character so much. But I have to agree that his reasons for liking Blue Charge are pretty solid. And if someone goes around saving other people in their spare time, they can't be all that bad, can they?
Simon turning up as Blue Charge for Halloween really made me laugh, though - I wonder if that costume still fits the definitions he gave to his Dementor costume. Also, the image of Simon wearing a Blue Charge t-shirt and then meeting Blue Charge himself (this time in costume) is brilliant.
Bram saving Simon from the cops at the party was so cute, and I loved the way that he took him home and Simon was so excited (but also drunk) to be around Blue Charge, and he worries about accidentally outing himself. I'm hoping he'll be very glad that he did it eventually.
And yes, Simon - you never told Blue Charge your name! Pay attention this time - can't you work out who it is, now?
I didn't know that I needed this story until I just started reading it. Bram as a superhero? Yes please.
This is so perfect. It's actually reminding me a bit of Spiderman, with Bram being in school and having this alter ego of Blue Charge (Blue! <3) and dashing off to save people using his super powers. And then Garrett being his tech man/sidekick, and keeping tabs on all of the police alerts for things that are happening around Shady Creek. Honestly, it's just so much fun to read and I love the premise. Blue gets his superhero identity, after all.
I wonder how Bram got his superpowers?
I really liked the fact that Garrett's information on the shooter managed to help Bram stop the robbery - even if Harold still fired four bullets. I feel like it's significant that they're reporting that Blue Charge stopped all four of the bullets but Bram knows that he only managed to stop three. Where did the fourth one go?
It must be so strange for Bram to have everyone talking about Blue Charge all around him, and knowing that he's the one who should be receiving all their praise and yet he can't tell them. It's definitely very Bram-like but I can imagine it might get more difficult to keep his identity a secret in the future. Particularly if he's running off in the middle of school to save people.
And Garrett still determined that this is the year he's going to ask Leah out <3 I love the way that you keep the core elements of the story the same and the characters all still feel real and believable in your AUs!