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7/5 c1 back21973
This story was so beautiful and made me cry. You did a PERFECT job on this. God Bless You and thank you.
4/3 c1 53Count Mallet
I happened to come across your site through a link on one of the Godspell Wikipedia pages which in turn led me to the fanfiction page.

Although this was written almost 15 years ago, the first part of the story – especially the dilapidated state of the junk yard and the car – made me think about the current state of the world. It made me feel as if everyone was being called together again to do their part to make their little piece of the world a better place again (always a good message and mindset to have both within and outside of the Godspell setting).

As I got farther into the story and near the end, I felt as if some of the cast members had died and been brought back by Jesus to reunite at the Junkyard on occasion – similar to the premise of the show “Highway to Heaven” where one of the characters is sent back to Earth as an angel to perform various good deeds in order to eventually earn his place in Heaven.

It sounds as if all the characters haven't died yet, but that they can all still have brief, occasional reunions in the junkyard. That explains Joann's reactions towards seeing Jeffrey despite his dying (based on his obituary being seen in the paper). Jeffrey having difficulty coming to terms with his death is realistic. I'm pretty sure many people have wondered what happens when they die and can't fathom what it will be like to not experience the people and places around them. That in itself can be an overwhelming, scary thought.

I'm not sure if you've ever read the entirety of Psalm 137 (from where the song On the Willows came), but the second half has a different mood to it than the first part that is set to gentle music in Godspell. I can see why the song only excerpts from part one.

Oddly enough, today is Holy Saturday which is appropriate because I plan to listen to the CD I have of the Broadway version soundtrack before I go to bed. I usually like to listen to it at some point on or after Holy Thursday and before Easter. I've seen the move in parts (I caught the second half after Mass one Sunday when it actually aired on TV some years back and I forget when I got to see the film in its entirety after that). While the 70's-era outfits and attitudes took some getting used to, I like that there seemed to be an underlying message that God is there for anyone regardless of who they are or how they appear to others. I still ponder the film's ending where the cast disappears and the crowds fill the streets again. I can't decide if it means that God's message often gets lost in the shuffle of daily life or that it has the potential to exist in any or all of us that walk down the street. I suppose both ideas are equally valid and possible.

I enjoyed reading this. Although it looks like real life has left you largely inactive with your Godspell and writing interests, I think you could do a good job with other Godspell-themed fics if you had the time and interest.

Happy Easter!

8/16/2015 c1 EvanyTheGodspellian
This is so good, I'm just a little confused. We never got to read the 'More to the story' why Jeffery was so sad.
9/12/2013 c1 2Mc5TenforTwo
I think you should know that the basic construct of this story, and some plot elements, were ripped off by a user named lovergirl15645 for a story called "Godspell 2," but given an inexplicable horror twist. I loved the simplicity and beauty of this story, and was much aggrieved to see it tarnished. Please, fight for your work.
6/29/2012 c1 3lovergirl15645
This story was so happy, then it made me cry. It was amazing and I'm glad you captured what should have happened.
2/2/2010 c1 48AlecTowser
This is good! I've only just found this story, but I really like it. Write more! (Different Godspell stories, that is. :D)
4/26/2008 c1 Omnia Sol Temperat
Aw... I love this. It's my favorite Godspell fic. (It even tops the ones I wrote.)
2/8/2008 c1 Slightly Meeko
Owe. My. Cheez-its.

I adore it within no possible limit!

I'm playing Jeffrey (though I'm a girl... sigh) in my school's production and I swear, this was amazing!

On the Willows is a song that could make you cry at times, too...
8/2/2007 c1 27FireGoddess528
That was just beautiful. I never had the honor to see the musical on . I've only seen the movie. I loved the way you wrote everything. *adds story to favorits*
7/10/2007 c1 7aerogirl234
I love that movie and I thought that your writing was so heartfelt I loved it!
8/15/2006 c1 2Platinum Butterfly
Has it really been that long? Godspell always has been my favourite musical, and even though I've seen it a couple of times on stage, my main focus stays with the movie.

Your story brought back all those old memories... I feel like I was just attending a class reunion. It's so well written and true to the original that it wasn't hard to find my way back to the magic of those days. Thank you so much for this trip down memory lane!
7/19/2006 c1 5Lucyfan0001

Hey! It's Annette! This is a really great story! Praise for you! :)


7/18/2006 c1 31Symbolist
This was awesome. I just finished playing David in Godspell and this brought back a flood of memories, and now I'm this close to crying haha... This was great, brilliantly written with a great idea behind it. Maybe more Godspell from you in the future? Haha.

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