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4/20 c87 83erica.phoenix16
Thanks for updating. :)
3/24 c10 12Gold Testament
I kind of hope Leela finds the time code on Lars, and puts 2 & 2 together.
3/24 c4 Gold Testament
Since Fry is Lars, would it technically be cheating if Leela slept with him?
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1/28 c86 27roughdiamond5
I don't know if I can leave a review thorough enough for the way this fic is in my life.

I last properly read it in 2016, what feels like a lifetime ago, when I was still a college student sneaking readings in the bathroom of an internship a thousand miles from home. I'd go back to my desk and listen to "There's a Fine, Fine Line," which I absolutely downloaded because Nibbler's drunken rambling singing wouldn't leave my head and it was a good way to marinate in the angst of the Fry-Leela-Lars conundrum. I wanted so badly to see it resolved.

Then Leela declared her mutant war and Fry disappeared, and I had no idea when they'd get back together. I read updates as they came in, but they came so sporadically that I felt like Fry trying to piece together something I knew I knew but couldn't put in order. In the meantime, I was graduating college and shipping myself overseas to try to live a life abroad. I learned to work full-time, watched Futurama by VPN, and cried into my pillow when the homesickness got too much. I reread your other work—I think I reread Know Your Quarry at one point, and that's probably next for me now—and remembered simpler times.

Now I'm back home, struggling to find work in a two-year-old pandemic, and Walking a Fine Line is somehow as engaging and as relevant as it was two life eras ago. I binge-read it in three days, sucking up how evil this website has become with its ads and its overprotective servers, just to answer questions that have been in the back of my mind for years: Will Fry and Leela see each other again? (They do.) Will the baby be born? (Not yet.) Will the mutant war be resolved? (Yes, and I sure do love the interplanetary pressure, as much as I hate the cost of victory.) What does Bender know? (More than I think you've unveiled.) Has Lars died? (No, but what a blaze of glory he has ahead of him.)

Some random observations from my first and latest readings:

- Amy is a badass. You went out of your way to make her more than a ditz, and for all her sappiness with Kif in later chapters, her handcuffing herself to Lars to ensure his good treatment is exactly the badassery she always had within her.

- I deserve to see Kif this calm, this assured, this stern yet kind to troops probably double his size, on the show. The image in my head is wonderful, don't get me wrong, I'm just dying to see it more is all.

- I admit I was a bit put off the first time around by all the OCs introduced on Fry's journey. Now that I can read their arcs all in one go, though, I was surprised to find I was reading even the OCs in their own voices. They have motives I actually care about—Glottis especially, with Carlos and his children waiting for him while he fights a one-man war he can't win. Bravo.

- I ACHE for Fry. His speech to Bender in the string of stolen cars about what exactly he means when he tells Leela "I love you" damn near brought tears to my eyes.

- How is it that Fry and Leela have this incredible banter? I shouldn't be laughing at Fry's "sexy, sexy whatever" jokes when Lars is about to die. How dare you.

- "I never thought I'd be so glad another man slept with my wife." Busted me up laughing. I think about it days later.

- Lars' accidental reveal of Leela's pregnancy to Fry is everything I never thought I wanted. I legitimately sat up on the couch to better receive this tea. And all this talk of Fry and Lars repelling each other like magnets hits home so hard, for all the ways they avoid each other's gazes and envy each other's lives and celebrate the other's losses (kind of). It just makes so much sense. Are you one of the show writers or something.

- How you managed to make Lars a tragically mature dumbass is beyond me. That should be as much a paradox as his existence. And that bit about him/Fry not realizing his strength is befriending and loving every person he comes across, not knowing that most people don't do that? Break my heart, why don't you.

- Where is Bender hiding Skreem?

- I don't know how I read two novels' worth of fic in three days. That was something I could do in high school, but I'm adultier now. Most likely answer: your writing hijacks my waking consciousness. If I weren't working from home, I probably would have snuck chapters in the bathroom again.

- Leela being an insecure mother had to come up somewhere, yet Fry's reassurance felt exactly right for the situation. God, their love for one another shines so bright.

In summary, it's two hours past my bedtime, my eyes hurt from the strain of staring at the screen for so long, and I think you're either a witch or a god. (Oh, speaking of, LOVE that Bender and God are in cahoots.) It makes me sad this fic isn't finished, but I so rarely lend my heart to unfinished fic. This one, and probably this one only, is worth the investment.
1/3 c86 1Mireya Cristina
I am still in awe at this wonderful story. I last read it about a year ago and had been avoiding the chapter updates so I could come back, re-read the whole story along with the new updates. And I’m just in awe of your writing and this epic tale you have drawn us into. I am awaiting your next updates. I don’t think I’ll be able to allow another year to pass without reading any new updates that come along.
11/26/2021 c86 83erica.phoenix16
Thanks for updating. :)
10/26/2021 c65 pure awe
"You're going to die," she said in a tiny voice. "A time paradox duplicate is always doomed. I'm so sorry, Lars."

Lars sank down onto the rug in front of her. His ears were ringing, a high-pitched whine cresting over ballooning silence, like tinnitus after an explosion.

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I am legitimately afraid of you right now.

Please update. I love this fic so much.
10/25/2021 c85 4MTC29
It has taken a while, but I am finally caught up. I love the reference to Clobberella, and the one can of hairspray per day. You have maintained the same standards of excellence throughout the story. I am beyond being impressed.
9/19/2021 c85 83erica.phoenix16
Thanks for updating. :)
8/14/2021 c85 Raymie Stardust
This is so beautiful... that she didn't mind if he cries every time and that letting it out is good! I came here for some Fry and Leela loving but you're healing my actual baby soul.

Love that he has PTSD and:

Fry: "I don't think we had that in my time."

Leela: "You did. You just didn't talk about it."

OMG masterpiece. It's true.

This fic is like a best friend to me since 2012. Thank you thank you thank you. The Talent. Wish you were on other platforms but I know time is tricky. Sorry I can't PM, I locked myself out of my old account. xxxx
8/13/2021 c85 Raymie Stardust
Oh my goodness thank you. You are the master. This just spiritually annihilated me. I'm floating.

"Pig slime" killed me, as did "the birds and the bees and the commies" lol you are fantastic writing Fry. Well, both of them really. Love her helping him heal, gonna dream about it all night. This fic really helps me sleep.


I thought that was a uniform too. Leela's so real-world

Little spooooon

Oh man, Fry in the bath tub. Too cute. He's so attention seeking with her, reminds me of the podcast where he makes her a naked statue of him... he wants to be lusted after so bad. :')

You are incredible TSSI
7/17/2021 c84 erica.phoenix16
Thanks for updating. :)
6/17/2021 c83 4famliy of the geeks
This is so beautiful I’m crying. The way you write everyone and the character development you’ve been making the cast go through is brilliant. I also love how you’ve managed to make me feel devastated for Lars’s inevitable death even though I’ve been preparing for it since the first sentence of the fic- and despite the fact that Lars being gone would’ve made Fry and Leela’s relationship less complicated. Lars deserves happiness time duplicate or not, but the universe simply doesn’t care. Can’t wait to see how everything goes down! I’m preparing tissue boxes, considering how much my emotions have been wreck already.
5/11/2021 c11 LydiaPrower8
I wasn't expecting Avenue Q to be referenced!
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