The *only* reason I only give this a nine is because my tens are reserved for the fanfics that actually succeed in making me cry. :) An excellent piece of writing, this. It does an very good job of pulling the reader in and making us feel what the characters feel. Chilling work, with a wonderful ending and some nice sub-plots.
Very well thought-out description of Sunstreaker...you hit on some really key points that I don't think most people pick up on. His lack of self-esteem, for example, is something I too think lies behind his vanity. So very nice job on some good insight. I do beg to differ, however, on his relationship with Sideswipe. Yes, there is a rivalry-contempt, but if he really hated him, would he have followed him like a puppy all throughout the cartoon? :) I always thought there was a pretty deep bond between the two. But, nice job! Thanks for the review on one of my favorite characters!