The Ghost in You by BuffyMeetsSpike
behind blue eyes
10/06/2011 05:30 pm
Wonderful ending to a wonderfully written story. Thanks for sharing!
And thank you so much for taking the time to review every single chapter. It pleases me to entertain my audience!
08/19/2011 03:18 pm
A lovely, touching tale.
Thank you for sharing your talent.
Thanks again, Blue!
Hope you are enjoying the sequel as well.
08/13/2011 10:24 pm
You ended this at just the right point instead of drawing it out and not knowing when to end. You get better and better each fic.
And BTW, I happen to be a fan of Buffy St. Marie. She was a much better singer than Joan Baez.
Thanks so much. I truly like fics that don't go on too long beyond where they should end.
My husband is the big '60's folk singer buff, so I know a little about these ladies. But personally, I'm more of an Indigo Girls fan.
08/07/2011 06:27 pm
Lovely wrap up to the story. . . but that's not the end, is it? LOL I see you've already started posting the sequel. I've always thought that the story of them getting together was only part of the adventure. The real test was them staying togehter, and what effects that had on their other relationships. And how they tackled both her slaying and his vampirism. That's the real story. Getting together is easy. Staying together and making it work is hard.
The sequel was a separate story that had a few good scenes, but no real coherency until I realized that it could be a perfect follow-on to this story. Hope you eventually check out that one too!
Thanks so much for all the detailed feedback. It really helps inspire me, and keep me honest.
08/01/2011 01:16 am
I thought I would read some more of your work since I enjoyed Destroying Entropy so much. You put such an interesting twist on things. I enjoyed it immensely.
Thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed it.
07/18/2011 11:00 am
really like this reminds me why i hate xander and willow
Thank you so much for the review!
I try not to hate on Xander too much, but honesly, I really wanted to smack him constantly for the last 4 seasons...
05/07/2011 09:20 pm
I love this story. Both cried and laughed.
Thanks for the feedback!
Inspires me to write more stories!
05/07/2011 03:47 pm
Thoroughly enjoyable fic, great fun from start to finish.
Thanks ever so!
05/04/2011 07:36 pm
Oh...that was so sweet, so beautiful. Oh wait, it's over? Noooooooooo.... OK that was the perfect ending, great job.
Sorry, but it did have to end sometime. Thanks for all the nice reviews!
Don't worry, I'm working on another story as we speak!
05/04/2011 08:17 am
This have been great, Buffys time as a ghost made her see Spike as a good person and made her see the problems with the Scoobies. It was nice to see their relationship evolve, and the ending felt good.
Thanks. I struggled for a while with how to end it - I think that's how I got to 19 chapters!
07/14/2012 04:14 am
I like that description of the claim. So often the trope is reduced to "they bit, they came, they turned psychic" without much in the way of the impact such a huge mental and emotional change would carry.
I like the idea of the claim, but I agree - sometimes it turns into a magic bullet sort of thing that comes across as silly. I tried not to do that - hope it worked!
behind blue eyes
10/06/2011 05:27 pm
Beautiful chapter. They both deserve this
They do. They both fought so hard, against evil, against their natures. They deserve a break today.
05/04/2011 08:09 am
Good writing on their feelings and voices, and a claim is good too.
I wanted the claim to be something discussed first this time, for a change. Glad you liked it.
05/03/2011 08:50 pm
Might wanna tell Xander about the claim before he stakes Spike, or tries to anyway. This is full of twists and turns, love it!
behind blue eyes
10/06/2011 05:21 pm
Wonderful everything is coming together. Cute chapter
08/07/2011 06:11 pm
While Spike wouldn't label them, Buffy's emotions and the extremes they are running to are a clear indication of PTSD. Actually, it's doubtful any of them would be able to spot them, since no one did on the show. Had Giles been a bit less self-absorbed, he might have picked up on that, but no, he was hell bent on returning to England so he didn't have to deal with Buffy's death and subsequent resurrection.
Yeah, who would have thought being dragged out of heaven would be traumatic?
Giles really needed a boot to the head on a few occasions.
05/03/2011 07:55 am
Things are going nicely, just hope that Spiike can control himself, he was worried.
I guess you'll just have to see in Chapter 18 (which I have just posted)
05/03/2011 05:04 am
Yay everything went well! Time to sneak in some love before they don't have the house to themselves anymore...
Sneaking in progress, check the next chapter.
Behind Blue Eyes
10/06/2011 05:13 pm
Loved this chapter. This is a beautiful line: “I’ve never had anyone in my life who was such a… a partner. Not just a friend, or a mentor, or a boyfriend but an equal partner.”
Thank you so much. I'm glad you like it.
05/02/2011 08:06 am
Thanks ever so
05/02/2011 12:42 am
words went out the window for the rest of the evening - loved that turn of phrase. Let's hope Xander has learned a very hard lesson, and mmm Spike in black silk, night!
I have to try not to drool while I imagine these things on the commuter rail...
05/01/2011 01:08 pm
Wow great update, loved seeing Xander get his comeuppance, which was so well deserved. Love this no no nonsense Buffy, so much more satisfying than canon. Looking forward to more.
I've been looking for a legitimate way to slug Xander for a while now...
07/14/2012 03:58 am
*sigh* Oh, Xander. What. A dumb. Fuck.
Yes, he of the thick skull strikes again. He was always my least favorite regular, and he needed a good kicking several times.
behind blue eyes
10/06/2011 05:01 pm
Ahhhh....Xander is such an idiot! Running to the next chapter!
Yeah, he really doesn't think things through sometimes.
08/07/2011 05:51 pm
What fools these mortals be. . . idiot. And, you know, I never understood by what right any of the scoobies had to judge Buffy's love life, most especially Xander. They treated his demonic attraction like a joke, but Buffy wasn't allowed to be attracted to Spike?
But (insert Xander whine here) Anya was HUMAN so that's all that matters. (insert big eye roll)
04/30/2011 10:31 pm
What a great story! I can't wait for more!
Thank you! Working on the next chapter as fast as I can type!
04/30/2011 01:02 am
okay, first you read my mind, mmm spooning with Spike, then you pick one of my favourite Billy Idol songs for the dance! What a great cliffhanging ending, did the idiot Xander get Buffy or Spike or neither? Oh also glad that Tara is now trying to help out, and it sounds like Anya is getting a bit more sense as well, I really love reading this at night it so gives me my Spike fix.
You can thank Pandora for the Billy Idol song. It popped up and the scene wrote itself.
I'll try to get your next fix up soon.
04/29/2011 11:39 pm
I can actually totally see that happening. Xander so focused on his hatred for Spike that he goes off the deep end while "meaning well". Brilliant. Looking forward to more. If you're taking bets, I'm betting the crossbow bolt is going into Buffy!
Never considered Buffy gambling as a sideline... hmmmm....
Glad you like it!
behind blue eyes
10/06/2011 04:53 pm
Another amazing chapter! Loved this line: Of course. Gotta have the male elks bashing their antlers together over who gets to mate with me. I knew something was missing in the whole pile of stress. You hit the nail on the head with that one!
It always seemed that way for Buffy. Angel, Riley, Xander, even Giles putting in their two cents. If I were her I would have kneed them all in the groin in about mid season 4.
08/07/2011 07:00 am
Figures that they would call Angel. . . ugh. Not gonna say anymore about that, except I loved how she told him off. . . and the ending of this chapter? Guh.
I hope Guh is a good thing...
But yeah, it always pissed me off. Oh, I'm so upset. Let me go to Sri Lanka for three months. Wimp.
04/29/2011 01:22 pm
Super update, glad Spike got to hear Buffy telling Angel off good and proper. Looking forward to more.
Thanks! New chapter just up!
04/28/2011 09:24 pm
just caught up with chapters 12-14, been away for Easter, but what a great read to come back to. Yay, Spike did have money hidden away, Xander behaved just as he would - like an idiot and contacted Angel, who of course was the pompous twit he turned into. Why did no-one point out on the show that everyone was forgiven for what they had done in the past but not Spike? So glad you had Buffy make this point. Thanks for sharing your writing skills with us.
Glad you liked it! Hope you enjoyed a little Spike in your Easter Basket...
04/28/2011 08:12 am
This felt nice, the talk with Dawn went well and things seems good. Buffy didn't like that Angel was told, but to be fair, he should know. I like how Buffy handled his phonecall though.
Glad you liked it. Upon rereading it I was worried she had been too harsh with him. But hey, he did skip out to a monastery instead of doing something useful, so he had it coming.
04/27/2011 09:04 pm
Fantastic! I loved it, thank you.
Your welcome! More to come when my students' final exams get graded...
04/27/2011 08:29 pm
I thought for sure when Buffy heard Angel's voice she would crumb, but she didn't which is good. Not surprised by Angel or Zander. Good update.
Nah, I decided that this time, Buffy's not taking anything from anyone.
It's funny, because when the series started I liked Angel's character, but by the end of AtS, I just wanted to smack him about every other episode.
I pretty much always wanted to smack Xander though.
behind blue eyes
10/06/2011 04:43 pm
Love how everything is coming together for our two favorite blonds
Thank you kindly
08/07/2011 06:44 am
One minor issue -- Dawn has blue eyes. Otherwise, this one is solid. I've often thought Spike had to have stashed some funds. . . because he's not a terribly stupid man and if he managed to come across a huge sum, he'd find some way to hoard it safely.
Oops! I do that some times. I've had to correct Tara's haircolor about 10 times in my writing, mostly because I am thinking the right thing and typing the wrong thing. Poor woman must have a hairdresser bill as long as your arm from all the accidental dye jobs I've given her by trying to write while kids are screeching upstairs.
And like you said, to have lived a century and a bit and not have some hidden stash would be hard to imagine.
04/27/2011 08:59 pm
04/26/2011 10:17 am
Great talk with Dawn and really good that Buffy told Spike. I wonder how she will explaine where the mony came from to social service?
I admit to a little glossing over of the financial details...
07/14/2012 03:38 am
Completely appropriate rage, given the circumstances. And you know, I never really thought about it (even though I've been reading a TON of Dresden Files lately), but Willow really did violate her, in several ways, taking away her free will and so on.
So many times during the series I wanted to smack Willow. So I let Buffy do it for me.
behind blue eyes
10/06/2011 04:38 pm
Always Willow with the magics making things worse not better
But maybe THIS time it will work! (not!)
08/13/2011 08:37 pm
I really can't believe the nerve of Willow after what she did initially. Guess it's a case of if it didn't work to her satisfaction, it must be because she didn't do more of it... This is a really intriguing tale and I am loving every word!
Thank you so much!
Willow and magic - two great tastes, that just don't always work together...
08/07/2011 06:36 am
I think I would've been egging Buffy on, not trying to stop her. Willow's biggest sin in season 6 was her hubris. She thought she was better, smarter, and that her world view was the correct one. Fool.
But I think actually strangling Willow, however justified, would have just brought more problems. Hiding bodies, etc.
But Willow did need a serious kick. I just wish they could have kicked her without killing Tara. I liked Tara.
04/21/2011 03:19 am
Wow im so in love with this fic i really hope you intend to finish it cause i would love to see how it ends.
FInishing as rapidly as paid employment duties will allow.
(Stupid paid employment...)
04/20/2011 10:04 am
Of course Willow had to do something, hopefully Buffys reaction will keep her from trying again. Buffys and Spikes relationship seems to have a real chance though, that's good.
Willow was way overdue for a smackdown.
04/19/2011 10:34 am
Can't say I blame Buffy for taking a shot at Willow a coma.
She had it coming...
04/19/2011 02:38 am
I have to admit I had my fingers crossed Buffy would strangle Willow, but shaking her like a tree and tackling her is just as well. I can just picture her whining in my head. Hope she got the message. Poor Dawn, what a rollercoaster ride for her. Great updates, thanks!
I thought about pounding Willow further, but decided it might range into the realm of out of character, so I restrained myself.
behind blue eyes
10/06/2011 04:32 pm
Thanks ever so.
04/18/2011 10:41 pm
Good chapter, but I don't think Willow is finished.
<insert evil laughter here>
07/14/2012 03:28 am
Tired Buffy dealing with Giles sounds so ... correct. And I do wonder what Spike is thinking of. I don't *think* it's the Amara treasure, but... never know till I get to Chapter 11!
I both loved Giles and wanted to smack him a lot of the time. He could be such a needed father figure, but he could also be a thick headed git. Tons of fodder for fan fiction.
behind blue eyes
10/06/2011 04:25 pm
I'll say it again....GO Buffy! I'm glad Buffy laid everything on the line with Giles, including her disappointment he left Dawn behind.
That always pissed me off too. 'Woe is me, I'm a Watcher with no purpose.' Cry me a river.
08/07/2011 01:17 am
Couple of lines that I've loved. . . "misplaced angel" and, I'm pretty sure that was the case -- there's the symbolism of when she's first retrurned and on her way through a cemetery and she pauses for a moment in front of a monument and she's got wings -- it was a brief moment in the beginning of season 6, but I'm pretty sure that's one of the things Joss had in mind . . . and "I'm better at the immoral support". . .
LOL. No doubt. Loved that she told Giles to stay away. . . IMHO he should have just gone, and not come back and frankly, leaving her alone, knowing what had happened? Poor choice on Giles' part.
I always loved that fallen angel shot in After the Fall. Beautiful camera work, and that haunted look on her face... shivers.
Giles would just complicate things at this point, I thought. But in the show I was a bit irked at him for ditching the others.
And hey, everyone needs a little immoral support. It's more fun than moral support anyhow...
07/29/2011 01:01 am
Good that Buffy is allowing herself some time to settle and reassess what she needs to do. No hurry with the smoochie Spuffiness
As much as I love the smoochie Spuffiness, sometimes it must wait, alas.
04/18/2011 11:13 am
It's good that Buffy is letting Spike help her. The time she spend as a spirit made her see things more clearly.
Thanks for the review!
04/18/2011 12:14 am
Ohh poor Buffy but at least being a gosht gave her time to think thingns with a colder head to react better.
I'm really enjoying this story, and I'll be glad to read more,
Thanks for the review! Just put up another chapter, so enjoy!
04/17/2011 06:48 pm
I've only just found this story, and I have to say I'm loving it. So glad Buffy is actually seeing Spike and the Scoobies as they truly were at that time and reacting appropriately, which she certainly didn't on the show. Can't wait for the Buffy Dawn reunion and for Dawn to realise that Spike was telling the truth. I wonder what little plan Spike has brewing... he wonders if what's still where? More please...
Thanks for the review.
Working on Chapter 11 (as soon as all this stupid paid employment stuff gets done.)
04/17/2011 03:07 am
lovely piece of interaction between Buffy and Spike, glad that Tara is really sorry about everything and that she does become the calming influence that Willow needs. Does our Spikey have hidden wealth somewhere?
As to the hidden wealth, well, you'll just have to wait a bit...
04/16/2011 03:59 pm
Ohhh, looks like Spike's got his own little treasure hidden away somewhere? Loved this chapter, poor Tara, such a sweet girl stuck with a b**** of a girlfriend. I love your Spike in this story!
Glad to hear you like Spike. Trying to stay in character with him can be tough for me - I want to forget he's a vampire sometimes.
04/16/2011 02:11 pm
I'm really enjoying this fic. Buffy's handling of the Scoobs has been masterful. She hasn't doubted herself or over reacted. I like her much better here than I did at the end of season 7. looking forward to more.
I always thought just some small nudges here and there during seasons 6 and 7 could have sent Buffy in different directions.
I like the opportunity to do the nudging!
behind blue eyes
10/06/2011 04:15 pm
Go Buffy! Now this is what should have happened in Season 6!
Exactly. Boot their sorry behinds to the curb until the clue bus comes to get them.
08/06/2011 10:48 pm
And yet the dweebs still haven't got a clue. Buffy should've take a two by four to their collective heads. Or at least a Louisville Slugger. Poor Spike, though, those burns have got to hurt.
I sometimes feel I beat up on Buffy too much. I felt that Spike needed just a little abuse.
04/15/2011 11:33 pm
oh yeah, tell it to them straight - the Scoobies (especially Xander and Willow) always seemed to never have to apologise for or be made aware of their failings, so like that Buffy tells them the way it is here. Onward to getting them sorted out, getting Spike and Buffy together and getting Dawn back! As always so very well written.
Muchas gracias, Mazza. Another chapter is on its way.
04/14/2011 09:01 am
I really like how Buffy is behaving, that's just great.
Glad you like it!
04/13/2011 08:03 pm
Please use the phase "wall of stupidity" I think it's a great name for Zander. Willow missed with resurrection spell, but with the from ghost to solid form her eyes turn black will this lead to badness even though Buffy said no spells?
You know Willow, can't leave well enough alone...
04/13/2011 07:49 pm
I like this version of Buffy & the Scoobies: we thought you where in hell, we just wanted you back, I'm sorry, & and the be glad we saved you is not workking for them. Good chapter
04/13/2011 07:01 pm
I love it when Buffy kicks her so-called friends' asses for yanking her out of heaven. Can't wait for her to see Dawn, or should I say, for Dawn to see her! And I love her relationship with Spike.
Thanks! The reunion will have to wait just a little longer...
07/14/2012 03:11 am
I love the way you write pissed-off, take-charge Buffy standing up to the Scoobies. It's GLORIOUS.
Thank you! I get out a lot of my commuter rail induced frustrations through Buffy!
behind blue eyes
10/06/2011 04:09 pm
stupid Scoobies! I'm so glad Buffy chose not to go.
How could she leave them, really?
(Plus the story wouldn't have been as good)
04/12/2011 11:26 pm
what a great chapter, loved the descriptions of Spike using the cross, bible etc even though it was painful for him, and then the drama of the Scoobies arriving - fabulous. So glad that Buffy now wants to stay, hope she gives the Scoobies more hell for thinking that she was in a hell dimension ( they really should have suffered more for their arrogance).
I'm thinking some more Scoobie suffering is definitely in order....
04/11/2011 03:00 pm
I was scared there for a second, that she was really gonna go back to heaven and pouf, fic over. Love where this is going! Thanks.
Nah, that wouldn't be any fun
04/11/2011 07:57 am
This is a great story, this last chapter was very intense and emotional. Buffy want to live again and won't take any shit from the Scoobies, thats good.
I sometimes feel I bash on the Scoobies too much. But there were so many times during the 6th and 7th season that I wanted to line them all up for a smacking that I just need to write about 10 stories to get it all out of my system.
04/11/2011 05:02 am
Fabulous chapter! Buffy is on the warpath now. And she really sees Spike - what kind of man he is.
Glad you like it!
behind blue eyes
10/06/2011 04:00 pm
wonderful moment shared between Buffy and Spike
Thank you so much.
08/06/2011 09:47 pm
Yep, their abject fear of Spike going bad again was, at best irritating, and at worst? Completely contradictory. And rather displaced. Yeah, Spike was evil and he disliked them for the most part, but had they just watched him for more than three minutes with their eyes and minds open, they would've realized that he wouldn't hurt them. Tease and irritate, yes, but hurt? No.
That really irked me in season 6 too. The second Buffy got back, Spike was out. I mean, the hell?
Buffy at least felt bad (eventually) for using Spike. The rest never did.
04/11/2011 01:56 am
i'm very intrigued by this! and can things get worse for spike?? the scoobies - even tara, which is surprising - are treating him worse, if that's a possibility. the more he tries, the worse they treat him. and i wonder when buffy will realize it was willow who did this to her? will she tell spike or not? very entrancing story, and i'm so very much looking forward to more!
Glad you like it! Things will definitely get worse for our hero before they get better...
04/10/2011 10:49 pm
Love it when I log on and there is an update waiting for me. Now I am worried about Spike, will Willow do some spell and mess things up, will he manage the spell himself and will he stake himself! Loving this fic, more please.
Working! But my wretched laptop is cursed, so it may take a day or two. A bunch of new material got eaten (sob!)
04/09/2011 10:09 am
Really enjoying the story I feel for Buffy,Spike, & Dawn. The scoobies are just been plain stupid (they are the problem). Can't wait for more like what happen with Dawn she really is lost without Buffy and Spike try, but he blocked by the a wall of stupidity.
I like that phrase: the wall of stupidity. I may have to steal that someday..
behind blue eyes
10/06/2011 03:55 pm
The Scoobies always seemed to look in the wrong place. They're seatbelts have them strapped too tightly on the "We hate Spike bus" they don't even see what's right in front of them
I love that phrase - "Seatbelts too tight on the We Hate Spike Bus"!
I may have to blatantly steal that someday...
08/06/2011 09:35 pm
Spike's on the right track, but. . .
How many times can I say that Willow and Xander are dense without it sounding redundant?
Department of redundancy department! How can I help you?
04/06/2011 11:41 pm
yep so now they disinvite Spike, oh I hope they need him and he can't get in! I want to throw things at the scoobies as well.
I feel a little bad for the poor Scoobies - I've been ragging on them a lot lately.
But they aggrivate me sometimes...
05/31/2012 08:28 pm
I want to start off and say I love your stories, truly. However, I have trouble with the scene you write about with the social worker assessing Dawn’s home environment, I myself am a social worker and while I do not work at a school ( or with children) I do know some of DHS’s protocols and the NASW’s Social work Code of Ethics that all social workers need to adhere to or face losing their practicing license. I would like to point out just some of the things that make me hesitate about the social worker and her practices you depict in this chapter.
The main thing that motivates me to write you is that children are only removed from the home after a first visit when they are in immediate danger in the environment whether this be from the house itself (it’s in such bad shape it needs to be condemned) or from the actions (nor neglect) of the people residing the home... I know the focus for many social workers is to keep families together. I know that in the history of social work this has not always been the case but practices now dictate that we do everything in our power to preserve natural support systems in the client’s life.
Yes, I will say that not having food in the house is a bit of a red flag but that is not enough reason to take a child out of a home. In this case the social worker would provide information how to apply for food stamps or where the food banks are in the area for emergency situations and how to get Dawn reduced/free lunch and breakfast at school. The situation would have been monitored though other visits to the house.
The dirty dishes wouldn’t have even been a blip on the radar, seriously. It’s when there are last week’s dishes piling up so much you wouldn’t be able to prepare any other meals (the smell would be awful too) that this becomes a warning flag that the family might need help but it’s not enough to take a child away from the home.
Next on my list of things to rant about are those “unsavory books” the case worker found. Again, this might have been a problem a few decades back but social workers are supposed to practice personal value suspension when working with a client
(basically that means my values on what is “right and wrong” are thrown out the window, I am not going to be forcing my values onto a client.) In the end it doesnt matter why the books were there, Buffy/Willow could have said that she was a practiceing wiccan and the case worker shouldnt have batted an eyelash becuase its not the workers job to worry about what that kind of thing.
Speaking of offering help for the family; when counseling came up I perceived the workers comment as if she expected Buffy/Willow to have already known that Dawn needed grief counseling (This is just how I read it, I could be totally off !!). While it needs to be asked if Dawn is getting any counseling, most workers know there are many stigmas for getting any sort of help like counseling so they tend to proceed with caution while asking in order to not make families feel worse (usually if you have a case worker enter your home the situation is bad enough that your probably not thinking many happy thoughts about yourself as is).
Okay, there are a few more things on my list but as I am writing I notice that I am nit-picking at the minor things so I’ll stop for now. I would like to mention that I haven’t read the rest of this story so what I am writing about is just my initial reactions to this chapter and a fully intend to read the rest to find out what happens (I really love your writing style).
And I should note that maybe you wanted the social worker to over react to what was going on in the house, maybe that is the personality of this particular worker to fly over the handle over small things, maybe she is burnt out over having to far many cases for too long to the point she is sloppy and apathetic towards the Summer family. The point I am trying to make is that I plan on continuing to read and find out.
Thanks so much for the review!
I did gloss over a fair number of the subtleties of the realm of social work in the interests of the story. I would do the same nitpicking over something like electron microscopy, being an engineer, so don't feel bad! My kids are adopted, so I have some first hand (very positive) experience with social workers. At the same time, I have read some true horror stories about DSS stepping in and being very heavy handed. It is highly dependent on where you live and the particular social worker you get that day, as you pointed out.
I do want to assure you that no real social workers were harmed in the writing of this story And I am glad you decided to keep reading - I wouldn't want to scare you away.
behind blue eyes
10/06/2011 03:48 pm
Love how Buffy was pissed at Willow. That was the one, on the list of many, reason why Joss' world bugged me. Buffy never laid fault where fault needed to be.
Yeah, I had to change that.
08/06/2011 09:21 pm
There were moments, sprinkled throughout the series, when Xander was actually a half-way decent person. They were so few and far between that itwas an exercise in futility to find them. But they did exist. And it sometimes gave me hope for him. But Alas, that hope was dashed, time and again. And I still stand by my opinion about Willow. She's an idiot.
Xander started out meaning well, I suppose. But I made the point in my other story (Destroying Entropy) that he, as a character, seemed to be allowed to screw up again and again with no repercussions. Willow just really went off the deep end in season 6. I guess they all did in a way, but she was extreme. Absolute power...
04/09/2011 12:04 am
Good twist. Hope Spike does something outrageous to get Dawn back. Not that the little twit doesn't deserve it.
I guess we'll give Dawn a little of the benefit of the doubt, given her losses. But yeah, she can be a bratty little sister...
04/06/2011 11:33 pm
always with the magic, great chapter - tension has been raised, Buffy and Spike on the same page, lets hope he can find a way to help her. But now all I have to worry about is if Willow will do something stupid or not. On to the next chapter now. (btw thanks for the mention you made be blush!)
04/06/2011 06:52 am
Really good story so far.
Glad you like it!
04/05/2011 03:57 pm
I like the turn of events, didn't see that coming, and the "stupid bitches" comment was oh so spot on! So I'm still reading this avidly, thanks.
Thanks for the review. New chapter, just posted!
behind blue eyes
10/04/2011 07:24 pm
Interesting twist bringing in "The First."
I figured the Scoobies might remember that...
08/06/2011 09:03 pm
It's a little touching, Buffy self-involvement. Touching and grating. When she believes she's at fault for something it can be grating. When she thinks bad things happen because of her, it's almost sad, in a way. Poor girl doesn't really get a break. On the other hand, Willow is an idiot. She's by far the stupidest smart person I've ever seen. And maybe if she'd get her head out of her ass for a minute or two and stop trying to cut corners, her spells might actually have the effect they were indended to. But no, she's too busy interposing her own will and insecurities for that to happen. What a twit.
Buffy does kick herself a lot. Of course, doesn't help that her well meaning friends kick her too.
04/03/2011 11:39 pm
oh dear lord, they really don't have a clue. I like the way that Buffy is learning all the things that are going on and how Spike is being treated even though he is helping and all. Good chapters, like the way Willow nearly went all dark eyed and that she has now thrown the First into the picture while denying it might have been the spell - but will Buffy find out about the spell?
All I can say now is that our local neighborhood slayer is NOT going to be happy when she finds out her friends did all this to her...
behind blue eyes
10/04/2011 07:16 pm
A wonderfully written emotionally filled chapter.
Thank you again! I really appreciate that you take the time to leave a review each chapter.
08/06/2011 07:56 pm
Like how you incorporated Spike's humanity there, juxtaposed against the dismissal from Xander, who obviously has little to no manners at all. And Buffy's frustration with her friends is almost palpable.
Ah Xander. It always irked me how he was forever on about "You're a disgusting evil dead thing - can you help us?"
04/03/2011 01:36 am
Really enjoying your story thus far, and can't wait for more! What a great point you picked for the AU to begin. Good job writing the whole ensemble. I'm looking forward to your next chapter!
Thanks so much! Another chapter, coming right up!
behind blue eyes
10/04/2011 07:04 pm
You did a wonderful job capturing Buffy's feelings of being trapped and the Scoobies perception of Spike-only as extra musle
I can't imagine being in Buffy's shoes. Even when she was messed up she was a do-er, and here she can only watch.
08/06/2011 07:39 pm
Those with eyes but cannot see, those with ears but cannot hear. The symbolism of them being so blind and deaf isn't all that subtle, but I don't think that's what you were aiming for anyway. Lovely bonding between Spike and Buffy.
I never thought of the whole blind and deaf metaphor. I shall have to read my own work again and ponder that...
03/31/2011 10:22 pm
great chapter - the Scoobies not listening to Spike was spot on; will Spike talk to Dawn or Tara about Buffy's ghost or will he find out that they tried to bring Buffy back? I love it when you keep me guessing about where the plot wil go. Style and standard of writing as excellent as ever.
Thanks again Mazza! I'll try not to keep you in suspense too long.
Behind Blue Eyes
10/04/2011 06:54 pm
Amazing start! Onto the next chapter!
08/06/2011 07:27 pm
Couple of things you should know. One, I don't review a story unless I've read it more than once, usually more than two or three times. Two. I don't generally review new authors. Rarely, if ever, actually, unless the story strikes me as. . . well, as if there was some potential for something better than what a whole lot of newbies are posting. Three. Not a real big fan of WIPs, unless I know the author.
On the other hand, there's you. And a couple of other authors, most of whom have become good friends. This story caught my eye because of the title (I'm a huge fan of the Psychedelic Furs and most especially this song) and I had to read it. You hit a lot of my buttons with this story -- changing the way Buffy came back in season 6 and what went on between Spike and Buffy and also what happened with the
Keep up the wonderful storytelling.
Thank you ever so much!
I really hesitated for ages before delving into fan fiction. I had loved writing fiction back in high school, but when my (now ex-) boyfriend treated as a big joke, I became really shy about it, and basically stopped writing fiction at all for about 25 years. (Yeah, I just hit 40. Sucks to be old.)
But then last summer I discovered Buffy for the first time (I was in grad school when it was on the air, and I watched nothing that wasn't a microscope), and I was HOOKED. The characters just completely got into my brain, and wouldn't leave. So I started reading fan fiction. Ok, I got slightly obsessed with reading fan fiction. The whole 'what-if' idea just struck me. What if x happened on the show? What would the result be?
So I finally decided to brave the waters and plunge in. I have been enjoying it so much that I would probably keep doing it even if no one reviewed me at all. But to know that, hey, I wasn't crazy back in high school, I was a decent enough writer, that really heals some old wounds.
So thanks again for the support! I know absolutely NADA about awards sites, but if you are moved to find one and nominate, I would be honored.
03/26/2011 02:03 am
this is an interesting take on bargaining, very original, which is much appreciated. Looking forward to more.
Thank you! I was worried that it had been done before!
03/24/2011 05:40 am
great start. loved tara helping out spike. can't wait for spike to realize buffy is really there and the others reaction to him
Thanks for the review! Hopefully your questions will be answered soon, as soon as I get some of this stupid work stuff out of the way...
03/23/2011 11:10 pm
excellent start - you are spoiling us with a new fic already! Thanks!
Thanks for tuning in again Mazza! Can't guarantee how rapidly the chapters will arrive, but I'll try not to keep you in suspense too long.
03/23/2011 09:03 am
I am already in love with this fic! What a wonderful and interesting premise. Please update soon.
Thanks for the review. I'm a big fan of 'what if's', so let's see what happens...
03/23/2011 03:36 am
Good start! So nice to have a new Spuffy writer aboard. I look forward to checking BSV for your work. And now a new story! Buffy fading in and out from Spike's view makes it very difficult for Spike. Makes things more interesting.
Spike is going to have a time of it, I must say.
Glad you like it so far! Thanks for the review.
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