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Double Rainbow All The Way Awards - 2014

"So Vivid" - Best First Person POV - Runner Up: Dodging The Daylight

"Oh, Oh My God!" - Best Horror/Suspense - Winner: Dodging The Daylight

"I Can't Even Capture It On My Camera" - Best Novel - Runner Up: Dodging The Daylight

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Shadow Woods by Mare Rated: PG-13 Liked [ - ]
Summary: The boys head out for a weekend camping trip to a secluded place called Shadow Woods where strange events and some mysterious visitors send the guys into an interesting journey, both comical and terrifying.

Categories: Fanfiction > Backstreet Boys
Characters: Group
Genres: Humor, Suspense
Warnings: Violence
Series: None
Chapters: 25 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 78286
Read Count: 20262

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11/02/05 » Updated: 05/10/06
Reviewer: KeepThisSecret Signed
Date: 05/22/14 Title: Chapter 3: 3

I love how the jealousy factor involving AJ, Nick and Brian is playing out in this story. No matter how old the guys get, it seems as though that dynamic will never fade (at least in the fan fiction world). I'm now convinced that Nick is indeed seeing ghosts and that he's going to be the only one who will be able to see them the whole way through. Have they chosen to camp on an Indian burial ground?? I also feel bad for Nick in the sense that he admitted to playing up his issues in the past just to get attention from the other guys. It must have been terrible for him to have to grow up in a family where he was essentially ignored (except for when he had money to give)and taken for granted.

Author's Response: I've always found the dynamic between those three in particular kind of intriguing. I doubt they really did vie for each other's attention but I also wouldn't be incredibly surprised by it. I do believe Nick really does compete for their attention just seeing interviews of him much younger. It does break my heart as well. Thanks for the review!

Reviewer: KeepThisSecret Signed
Date: 05/21/14 Title: Chapter 2: 2

The last line of this chapter was sufficiently creepy. There's definitely something that Grim is keeping from them, and it's obvious that he hears the wind calling his name too. Now, why is it that only Nick that can hear it? Is he some kind of "chosen one" or something?? I loved all of the little details that you added to this chapter - Nick holding Brian's hand, Howie's hair puffing up into an afro, AJ's sarcasm, and Kevin's "protection mode" - it all really helps to set the scene. I'll be back to read more tomorrow!

Author's Response: Thanks! I sometimes went a bit too stereotypical with their personalities. I'm glad you are enjoying the subtle things. And hrmmm... Grimm is kind of creepy, isn't he? You'll have to wait and see when it comes to Nick & hearing the wind. May e he isn't the only one? Hrmm... lol thanks for reading!!

Reviewer: KeepThisSecret Signed
Date: 05/27/14 Title: Chapter 6: 6

So was it an earthquake, or was it a whole crap load of ghosts coming out of the ground?? I smiled at the Nick/AJ moment. I can totally see the two of them clutching at each other and screaming like women. Bahahaha! The Alanis Morrisette reference brought me back to my elementary school days. My friends and I used to sit around and blast Jagged Little Pill on the porch in the summer. Clearly, we thought that we were super cool. LOL
P.S. It should be illegal to kiss a polar bear everywhere in the world. Those things will rip your face off if you get too close. :P

Author's Response: I loved Jagged Little Pill! lol Hrmm you'll have to wait and see what those earthquakes are all about. ;-) poor polar bears always getting a bad rap. What's one or two ripped off faces going to matter in the grand scheme if things? lol

Reviewer: KeepThisSecret Signed
Date: 05/26/14 Title: Chapter 5: 5

I see that you managed to gain some access to Internet because you posted a chapter of your new story and you left me a review for Dodging. I actually didn't think that I would be able to get back on as quickly as I did either. I moved on the weekend and things are a "bit" chaotic at my new place, but we managed to get our cable and Internet hooked up the day after we moved in. I can't find the toaster, but I have access to the Internet .. figures. LOL Anyways, I like the fact that Nick keeps mentioning that he "hates" AJ. In the early days, I can totally see their relationship playing out exactly how it is in this story. I loved the Frick and Frack moment at the end - too sweet of Brian to promise to stay awake until Nick falls asleep.

Author's Response: Oh that is the worst, when you have to wait for cable and internet after a move. It's nice you got it all hooked up so quickly. Toast can wait, but finding out things like it's illegal to kiss a polar bear in Alaska? There's no waiting for that!! My internet should be restored by Friday. Luckily for me, my sister is staying with me so I'm using her as a wifi hotspot. She's leaving tomorrow night though! Boo!! I do think AJ and Nick had a love hate relationship back then but I also have a feeling AJ was and still is kind of protective of Nick. I can see Brian offering to do that for him too back then. At least the guys I have living inside my head. lol

Reviewer: KeepThisSecret Signed
Date: 05/20/14 Title: Chapter 1: 1

Okay, I am getting started on this challenge a little early because life is about to get crazy for me (moving, etc.) and I don't want to fall behind. I love that Nick is the narrator. I thoroughly enjoy his POV simply because of his internal dialogue and random thoughts. It did take me a moment to wrap my brain around the fact that this story takes place when the guys are much younger and the group dynamic / interaction between the boys is not as "mature" as it is today. I seriously hope that there's going to be some quality Frick and Frack moments in this story ... it seems as though there might be. :) On a somewhat unrelated note, I was gagging at my desk when Nick was talking about s'mores at the beginning of the chapter. Marshmallows are the most disgusting creation ever. Period. LOL

Author's Response: Oh, good luck with your move! I hate moving more than anything else lol I'm not really a big fan of marshmallows either but I don't hate them quite as much as you do. This story does take place awhile ago. It was written a long time ago as well. I enjoy writing them young because it's easier to have it as just the five of them without having to come up with reasons their loved ones are noticeably absent. There is a fair share of Frick & Frack love in this one lol to make up for the new one lol

Reviewer: KeepThisSecret Signed
Date: 05/23/14 Title: Chapter 4: 4

The line where AJ mentioned that "one beer won't kill him" made my smile and cringe all at the same time. If only he had known what that "one beer" would end up doing to him. I find it hilarious that Kevin was controlling the alcohol in the first place. Really, Kev? You're camping, who the hell cares if the underagers have some fun?? - LOL I have to say that I am team Howie all the way in terms of never wanting to go camping. I've been camping once in my life and I hated every second of it. Who wants to sleep on the ground and not have access to a proper shower? Ugh! So the ghost is warning Nick to run, huh? I wonder who's coming to get him - another ghost, a monster, a psycho killer? So many possibilities!

Author's Response: I have never been camping in my life & don't ever plan on it, unless I can do it via an RV. Those things seem cool lol just letting you know, my Internet at home is down so I won't have access again until Tuesday most likely. Just didn't want you to think I was ignoring your wonderful reviews or reading Dodging the Daylight. Thanks for your comments!!

Reviewer: KeepThisSecret Signed
Date: 05/28/14 Title: Chapter 7: 7

I had a feeling that it wouldn't take Brian very long to get on board with the whole "Casper is real" bit. I bet that AJ will soon be on team believers and that Howie and Kevin will remain skeptical until the very end. Also, the bit about the Snuggle bear made me LOL. I don't find that happy, cute creature to be anything but loving. If it were to suddenly come alive, I can see it having a wild side (kinda like TED), but not strangling people to death. Too funny!

Author's Response: That Snuggles bear is the devil! That is all... :OP

Reviewer: KeepThisSecret Signed
Date: 05/29/14 Title: Chapter 8: 8

I'm really enjoying the idea that Howie might be "possessed". Too funny!! Of all the guys, of course it would happen to Howie! The image of Brian constantly swatting away the ghost was great. It reminded me of another reason why I hate camping ... mosquitoes! Those things are, like, in love with me. :(

Does your fear of Snuggles stem from some deeply suppressed trauma that you suffered as a child?? LOL

Author's Response: I can see Howie having a creepy dark side. I enjoy playing with that when it comes to him lol as far as Snuggles...anything that "cute" & "cuddly" has to have alterior motives.

Reviewer: KeepThisSecret Signed
Date: 05/30/14 Title: Chapter 9: 9

I KNEW that the family was going to be real (re: not ghosts). Mary-Beth does not seem at all freaked out that Casper has been taking to her. I like how you paired her nonchalance with Nick's screaming and crying. It's amazing how little kids can be so accepting. I have a feeling that there's more to this seemingly loving family than meets the eye.

Author's Response: I know! I always thought it was creepy hearing stories about kids seeing ghosts all the time but not being scared of them. Even as babies we see them all around us and then we're like "Hey, that's cool.I just pooped in my pants!" There's always more than meets the eye! :O) hehe

Reviewer: KeepThisSecret Signed
Date: 06/02/14 Title: Chapter 10: 10

I can totally picture Brian freaking out and pestering Nick to repeat exactly what Casper is telling him. - LOL. I should have realized that Kevin already knows about the ghosts and is just staying quiet about it. Of course he would know ... it IS Kevin after all. He's older and wiser and knows EVERYTHING. :P

In the beginning I thought that Mary-Beth was cute, but now that kid is seriously freaking me out! I'm with Nick, if she had started levitating I would have been out of there in a heartbeat!

AJ's line: "Why are you on the ground?" -- Bahahahah! Classic!

Author's Response: Kevin knows all...all the time! Where have you been? Mary Beth is an odd little kid. I don't remember that line but I'm sure it was hilarious! lmao :OP

Reviewer: KeepThisSecret Signed
Date: 06/03/14 Title: Chapter 11: 11

So the three goofs are now a united front, Howie may or may not still be semi-possessed, and Kevin is trying to remain in control ... Yup - Everything is clearly normal in Backstreet land. :P

The end of this chapter confirms that Mary-Beth is scary!!

Author's Response: Sometimes I cringe when I think of how stereotypically I wrote the boys back then, well except for semi possessed Howie LOL Mary Beth = creepy child. No doubt about that one!

Reviewer: KeepThisSecret Signed
Date: 06/05/14 Title: Chapter 12: 12

So, Mary-Beth's parents know that she is possessed (or has been in the past) and they still take her on a camping trip? I'm pretty sure that's a big no-no in Parenting 101. LOL

The image of Nick cowering behind Brian was laughable and believable. Nick is so much taller and I can just see him trying to squish himself down to fit behind Brian.

The Kevin/Nick bonding moment towards the end was sweet. I really do love those two together and you do a good job of writing their relationship.

That's all for now. I'm off to fill out the half way survey on the forum. :)

Author's Response: Well what better place to go than the woods for a possessed kid? They act up, start levitating but you're already outside. They could attach a rope to her and instant evil child kite! Best of both worlds!! LOL Remember this is when Nick is still kind of teeny. I know it's hard to believe that at one point Brian and AJ were bigger than he was. I don't think Howie ever was. He's like 2 feet tall that guy! I love writing Kevin and Nick. They are my favorites. And thanks for your comments on the survey. I'm glad you stuck with it and I enjoyed reading your thoughts on what you think is going to happen. ;O) hehe

Reviewer: KeepThisSecret Signed
Date: 06/10/14 Title: Chapter 13: 13

Yay for AJ being the hero!! LOL

So, to sum everything up ... Kevin is going to get help with Matt (who I now think is a ghost), Nick, AJ and Brian are going to find the secret late (a.k.a. get lost in the woods and get in all kinds of trouble) and Howie is still possessed and is plotting to murder everyone. Bahahaha!

Also, I swear that Nick was already taller than everyone (except for Kevin) when he was like 16 ... my memory is clearly fading in my old age. :P

Author's Response: Yikes, you know when you sum everything up for me to see I think to myself "Wow, this seems like a really dumb story!" LOL I made AJ heroic? He lucked out on that one! Usually I have him in a fetal position in a corner somewhere. Poor AJ! Maybe Nick was tall at that point. Was he 16 in this one? I just started rereading the OF of this but I don't remember how old I made him.

Reviewer: KeepThisSecret Signed
Date: 06/10/14 Title: Chapter 14: 14

Now there's ghost Howie and real Howie? I agree with Nick, one Howie is more than enough! LOL Is the mystery woman a shape-shifter? First she looked like Brian and then she made herself look like Howie? That's my guess at the moment. I seriously want to keep reading, but I have work to do. :(

Author's Response: Ooh I love shape shifters! Do you watch Supernatural? That's what I think of when I see shape shifters. Glad to know you're curious enough to keep reading. Soon I believe all will be revealed in a I hope "I did not see that coming!" type of way! LOL

Reviewer: KeepThisSecret Signed
Date: 06/11/14 Title: Chapter 15: 15

I was dying over the image of Nick attacking Howie with the stick (a.k.a. the spear)! I could totally picture Howie getting all hot and bothered and wanting to choke Nick out.

I don't watch Supernatural (is that the show with the guy who played Rory's first boyfriend, Dean, on Gilmore Girls?) I always seem to tune in right at the end of that show when I get home from work and I'm waiting for another show to start. I had no idea that it was about shape-shifters. I find the whole concept of them fascinating!

Author's Response: I actually remember that scene. I could just picture the surprised look on Howie's face when he hits him with that stick. LOL And yes, Supernatural is that show with the guy who played Dean. Shape Shifters are a small part of it the show. If you enjoy suspense, comedic bromances, then this is a great show to watch! End of my plug!