Unfinished Business by TalesofSpike

01/07/2018 07:46 am
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I come back to this, anid I'm still so fucking impressed. It moves so easily from scene to scene, like a perfect screenplay, mixing drama and humor. The dialog is edgy, yet terse, and the narrative fully supports it.The pace never stalls. The conclusion is an unexpected delight. In some ways, this is about as perfect as a BtvS fanfiction gets.

02/01/2014 09:45 am
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Glad I found the last chapter here - enjoyed reading this a second time.  You certainly can write a great harsh truth speaking Spike - even if his harsh words for Buffy were coming from that place of great hurt in his heart.  Terrific continuation of the death and transformation of Fred into Illyria. 

Jilly
01/31/2014 04:23 am
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I loved this story soo much!  I'm so tired of all the stories where Buffy finds out Spike is alive and she gets all pissed with him like it's his fault and he's the one that has to apologize to her.  I'm so glad you brought up a lot of Buffy's faults in this story and made her realize some hard truths about the way she acted towards Spike.  He totally deserved to have Buffy fight for him for a change instead of the other way around.

Saggit
09/20/2013 03:07 am
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I still love this story, four times through, for its character insights, lively sense of progress, and good humor. Spike's wonderful mixed metaphors, Angel's dry wit and obliviousness, Willow's liveliness, Ilona's diplomacy, the Immortal's typically Roman love of public drama: all there.

magnus374
05/02/2012 09:18 am
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I liked this story. Maybe a little to much blame on Buffy and Giles but I have enjoyed it. 

Ikepear
01/29/2009 12:12 am
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Thumbs down. Way down. Buffy is apparently such a prancing light weight that she gets dissed or bitch-slapped by everybody this side of Dawn & Andrew, while Giles & Buffy are apparently collectively guitly of every conceivable sin & responsible for every disaster except disco & the metor that killed off the dinosaurs.

Not to mention you're the 2d person I've read who believes that a TA who romances a student is a major sinner with a direct line to Beelzebub. It doesn't get him a gold star, but it's minor league compared to the world-class evil so prevalent in the Whedonverse.

darklover
10/18/2008 08:58 am
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Loved this story. I liked the fact that you wrote about how Angel made a mistake when he said Buffy's eyes were blue in The Girl in Question. Dumb writers hehe. Or unless they mean it to be what Spike said, that Angel isn't really in love with her anymore. I like that explanation a lot better. Actually, I really do believe that Buffy and Angel aren't in love anymore. It seems pretty obvious that Angel by then had moved on to Cordy although he never got to reall start anything with her. Nina, I sorta like her, but seems to me like she's just a sex toy for Angel.

analise
10/11/2008 10:38 pm
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rotlf... stupid spike and stupid slayer and John Cusack.  Beautiful!

Terapsina
07/10/2008 02:28 am
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I loved this story - in spite of other works you have written, this is one of the best (maybe even with the capital *THE*). You seem to usually stretch chapters and story's longer than you planned at the beginning. But this had just the right amount of everything.
Actually I have problems with writing bad reviews, so I am not even going to try. Maybe the only thing that could have made this even grater, was if at the end of telephone conversation with her sister Buffy would mention something like this:

"Hey Dawn? If you see Andrew give a punch from me. He new !"

But that is only a little satisfaction giving image and nothing major, even better if when or if you choose to write a sequel make it from Dawns point of view. She really is the one who inherited her mothers amazing dictionary of every expression and its meaning when dealing with William the Bloody.

Terapsina
07/10/2008 02:26 am
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I loved this story - in spite of other works you have written, this is one of the best (maybe even with the capital *THE*). You seem to usually stretch chapters and story's longer than you planned at the beginning. But this had just the right amount of everything.
Actually I have problems with writing bad reviews, so I am not even going to try. Maybe the only thing that could have made this even grater, was if at the end of telephone conversation with her sister Buffy would mention something like this:

"Hey Dawn? If you see Andrew give a punch from me. He new !"

But that is only a little satisfaction giving image and nothing major, even better if when or if you choose to write a sequel make it from Dawns point of view. She really is the one who inherited her mothers amazing dictionary of every expression and its meaning when dealing with William the Bloody.

12/30/2007 12:43 am
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nice to read this story a second time - Like your Nina very much -
Thanks again, honey! I'm glad it stands up to repeat reading.

Murph
06/03/2007 06:33 am
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Great story. Love the payback on Giles. His refusal to consider helping Fred always pissed me off. Nice Buffy groveling too. The ending with Willow made me laugh out loud. Just excellent.
Thank you!

Giles certainly had a hard time coming and the AtS bunch were just the ones to step in and let him have it.

Likewise, Buffy was overdue to be the one doing the chasing in that relationship. As for Willow, having her right there in Italy, it just seemed like too good an opportunity to miss. Of course, it went right over the head of those people who missed the earlier series.

12/09/2006 01:13 am
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LOVE IT!!! What a GREAT twist at the end with it being John Cusack...great Willow in this scene. This was an ingenius story idea and I love the way that you played it out. Great job with the staying to character. I especially love the way Buffy went publc about her feelings for Spike.
Oops! Sorry, honey! I thought I had replied to this ages ago, but since I'm not actually posting anything here at the moment I haven't been checking on a regular basis. Sigh, it was so much easier when the notification emails used to have a link.

I'm really glad you enjoyed the fic in general. As for John Cusack, Rome seemed too close an approximation to Florence for me to pass up on the idea once it occurred to me.

And Buffy and Spike are both so stubborn, and Buffy is so intent on judging things on how they look that there was just no way that the pair of them were going to fall into each other's arms straight away.

Yeah, it's fun to imagine Xander's face when he gets that message.

Thanks again, sweetie, and many apologies for not getting back to you earlier. I'm not normally that remiss.

Deb
10/03/2006 02:51 am
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Interesting ending...which could lead to a sequel. Glad you got Spike and Buffy together (nice touch with Dawn), although I would have had Angel incapacitated (via Nina) for his role in hitting Buffy, general jerkiness. So...John Cusak.
Sorry for the lateness of the reply. All my BSV bookmarks have only just begun working.

There is a possibility of a sequel, though at the moment I'd have to say it's unlikely.

Angel, I would say was perfectly entitled to hit Buffy back. After all, she has a tendency to hit first and assume despite the fact she's not as fragile as she looks that no one is going to hit her back. Really SHE needs to learn that that isn't acceptable and not hit people to begin with, rather than being outraged when anyone retaliates. Of course, as for most of the rest of it, he was being an idiot.

John Cusack as per Willow's "Anywhere but here..." back in 'The Dark Age' from S2.

Robyn
09/19/2006 11:42 am
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I love how Nina pointed out things to Buffy and her comment to Angel when he said he wasn’t stalking her. Buffy chose very wisely when Spike told her to prove that she loved him. Dawn was the only one he would trust to tell the truth and then with her adding the picture and message to Xander really pushed the point home. They have a long way to go but with Buffy taking the steps she has taken and with Spike knowing that she really didn’t know that he was alive they have made a good start. I loved the ending with Willow, it was perfect. Thanks for such an enjoyable fic.
Thanks, honey! I'm really glad you enjoyed it. As for the ending, I think it leaves people scratching their heads wondering what the heck I'm talking about, but those who get the reference seem to like it.

sirc
09/14/2006 07:35 pm
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I'm a little confused by the end, but I loved the story itself
You need to have seen and remember an episode from S2 called 'The Dark Age' to understand the last part. I couldn't resist it, but I knew that some people wouldn't get the reference. Glad you enjoyed the rest of it.

Cut to school. The camera pans down from above a tree to Buffy and
Willow sitting on a bench.

Buffy: I'm on a beach, but not one of those American beaches, one of
those island beaches where the water's way too blue, and I'm laying on
my towel, and it's just before sunset, and Gavin Rossdale's massaging my
feet!

Willow: Oh, that's good! Uh, I'm in Florence, Italy, I've rented a
scooter that's parked outside, and I'm in a little restaurant eating
ziti, and there are no more tables left, so they have to seat this guy
with me, and it's John Cusack!

Buffy: Ooo! Very impressive. You have such an eye for detail.

Willow: 'Cause with the ziti!

Xander: (shows up) What are you two up to?

Buffy: Just having a quick game of 'Anywhere But Here'.

Xander: Ooohhh. Amy Yip at the waterslide park.

Willow: You never come up with anything new.

Xander: I'm just not fickle like you two, okay? I'm constant in my
affections. Amy Yip at the waterslide park!

vladt
09/07/2006 06:05 am
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wonderful end to a wonderful tale. thanks for the fine read.
Thank you - grrr still have to restrain myself from adding honey or sweetie... Way too many women in this fandom, or at least not enough men.

Thank you, kind sir! Glad you liked it.

kim
09/07/2006 12:23 am
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Internet dropped me when I tried to do this the first time.

LOVED this chapter. Nina's verbal smackdown, Spike's verbal smackdown, Illyria's assessment - all genius. And adding in John Cusack at the end? Priceless.
Even Angel got in on the "Buffy is stupid" train.

Using Dawn for proof was the right choice - the only person Spike would believe that's still alive.One, she never played him, and two, she's in on the sisterly confessions.

Buffy has lots of making up to do, but at least she's finally realizing it....since, obviously, she never considered how it all looked from Spike's perspective for so long.
Lol, I think Angel was more on the "Buffy isn't going to hit me and get off scot free" train, but they're close enough.

Like you say, Buffy's been surrounded by people who are all inclined to go "Poor Buffy!" and regard everything as being Spike's fault, assuming he took advantage of her when she was depressed and so on... Nina rather blew Buffy's little self-pity party out of the water, letting her know how it all looked from an unbiased point of view. They've got a long way to go but, hopefully, they're finally giving it a realistic chance.

09/07/2006 12:19 am
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lol....*love* the ending...that has got to be the best ending ever pet....love it!!! totally unexpected, and beautifully done tale
It just seemed like a scene that had to be done. In the same way I knew as I started writing Chapter 1 that Spike was going to shoot Giles, by the time I got to Chapter 5 I knew the story was going to end with Willow's Anywhere but Here moment.

Glad you liked it. Thanks, honey!

Lou
09/06/2006 08:00 pm
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I hope they get things worked out between them - seems there's a way to go! Love the John Cusack back ref.
With those two there always is... well, unless you spend even if you spend four years writing a fic.

The John Cusack thing just seemed too good to pass up.

Glad you liked it, honey. Thanks!

09/06/2006 05:24 pm
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This was wonderfully satisfying (would love mor of a smack down on Giles and a confrontation scene with Andrew though *G*)! LOVE Nina!! Woo hoo with her cut to the chase comments to Buffy and her no nonsense attitude toward Angel. Spike sure had reason to not believe Buffy and he put it well in his speech to Nina. Really well told tale here.

Kathleen
Lol! Well, there have been enquiries about a sequel. Not planning one any time soon, but I'm not completely ruling it out.

Angel's new beginning would have been doomed from the start if Nina let him dictate both their lives, so I gave her a bit of backbone, the rest just followed on from there.

It really would have made a world of difference if Buffy had shown any sign of acknowledgement before that, but she acted as if their relationship didn't exist outside of Spike's basement.

Thank you, honey! Really glad you liked it.

Dee Bradfield
09/06/2006 04:51 pm
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OH MY GOD! *worships you*
The "make me believe you" line was fantastic enough, but then you had to top it with that "Anywhere but here" ending.
Sheer brilliance!
Thanks, honey!

Buffy really was overdue to have to put her money where her mouth is... and the ending was just too good to pass up, even if it might go over some people's heads, if they don't remember the scene.

Hugs!

09/06/2006 04:49 pm
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And now i have your answer. In round 4 of Fang Fetish you are nominated for Best Author!
Thanks, honey! I'll try to sort out the link thing later tonight or tomorrow morning.

Hugs!

09/06/2006 04:43 pm
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OMG you are my idol! You just had Willow run into John Cusack at the WH party. Yeah I know you know what you did but OMG that is so freaking fab ending, Beutiful beutiful story!
Glad you liked it, honey! A fair proportion don't actaully get the reference so it sort of goes over their heads, but it seemed the right way to tie things up to me... Okay, so Rome rather than Florence and no scooter, but it seemed close enough to me...

Thank you!

pretty_in_fangs
09/06/2006 04:19 pm
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::laughs hysterically, to the confusion of the other sutdents in the study lounge::

That has to be one of the best endings ever. Wonderful story.
Thank you, honey! Really glad you liked it... and I just couldn't resist the 'Anywhere but Here' moment.

09/06/2006 04:34 pm
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lovely chapter - i enjoy how you have weaved these characters- excellant darling!
Lol, well, just one more chapter to go. Hope you enjoy the pay off just as much

Hugs, honey!

sirc
08/30/2006 04:50 pm
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great chapter
Thanks!

BTW, I know you normally comment on LJ so I thought I'd mention that if you're trying to do a catch up thing here, you're going to miss at least around 3 ficlets in the 'Better Sunnydale' series that you would have caught there... if you read them that is...

http://talesofspike.livejournal.com/tag/better

will get you to the Betterverse fics. 'Party Favours' and 'Measure of My Dreams' were written after 'Cheating Fate', but it comes before them in the timeline.

Lou
08/22/2006 11:52 pm
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Oh please please try some talking!
Lol! Spike and Buffy? That'd be far too simple...

Thanks, honey!

Robyn
08/20/2006 09:17 pm
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I did like Buffy’s comment at the end. Her conversation with Angel is going to be interesting and I like that she was able to explain what happened with the private investigator to Willow. Thanks for the update, I really enjoyed it.
Thank you!

Yep, well, since Joss didn't appear to think Buffy putting someone in hospital was comment worthy, I had to come up with my own explanation.

I hope when I get to writing it the conversation will come out interesting, but I guess I'll have to see if the muse will cooperate.

I'm glad you liked it.

vladt
08/17/2006 06:09 am
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very good read, thank you. bonus points for blue morphing into fred for the slow dance with spike.
Yep, Wesley might not have wanted to pretend until it was all but too late. I think Spike might be inclined to treat those moments as a gift.

Glad you liked it. Thanks again.

08/16/2006 06:38 pm
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Great update; I love this story. I can just image Spike & Illyria's tango. Wonderful conversations. Thanks!
Thank you!

I'm glad you enjoyed the chapter.

pretty_in_fangs
08/16/2006 05:16 pm
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I wonder what other interesting tidbits Willow discovered in W&H's system she could pass along to Buffy...
Thanks, honey!

It's possible there might be other bits and pieces, but I don't see there being anything significant enough to really have any impact as far as the rest of the fic is concerned. Certainly, she hadn't come across anything pertaining to Spike being back.

08/16/2006 02:39 pm
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i hope she doesn't misunderstand when she goes out there and sees them dancing...if that's what happens...it's heartbreaking how bad they all miss fred...you're making me hate giles...great chapter
Thanks, honey!

It's not really doing a lot for my own Giles love writing this... and I do love the character (I've had a lot of fun writing my series of Giles/Anya ficlets), but especially in the later series (partly because, understandably, the actor wanted to spend more time with his family) the writers did him no favours.

Buffy, well, I figure after sticking her tongue down Angel's throat ten minutes after telling Spike they need to wait until The First was dealt with to work out what's happening between them, if she does misunderstand, then it seems rather kharmic to me.

Glad you liked it, sweetie!

kim
08/16/2006 11:47 am
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Oh, and as far as replacing Giles goes - I was thinking of Willow and Buffy running it themselves. They created the New Slayer Order, after all. I think it would be a good partnership. At this point in their lives, I think they would cover each others weaknesses pretty well in a business situation.
Thanks, honey!

I don't see Giles being replaced. Yes, Buffy and Willow could try to set themselves up as rivals to the council but I don't think it would be feasible for them to gain access to council funds.

Giles may be the current appointed council head, but any major change would have to be ratified by the existing Roger-Wyndam-Price-returned-from-retirement-type council members, and there is simply no way they would place their beloved council in the hands of two relatively inexperienced women, especially as there is a very good chance that from their traditionalist council viewpoint they would have no problem with Giles' decision, even taking into account how it led to Wesley's death.

The women could use their personal relationships with some of the girls to try to lure them away but, assuming the council is now paying all the slayers, and bearing in mind Buffy didn't exactly make herself Miss Popularity and apart from her relationship with Kennedy (and Xander's perving), all the Scoobies were pretty stand-offish where the potentials were concerned, I don't see all that many of them rushing to change allegiance...

I think our 'last best hope for peace' is that Giles really has learned something from this whole situation and will adjust how policy is implemented accordingly.

kim
08/16/2006 11:29 am
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Ah, yes...Buffy the shallow. Still the prima donna of Hemery High, even now. Maybe she's finally learned her lesson?

Human blood for Spike, eh? Even from a willing donor, I'm surprised the soul will let him drink it. He always avoided it before. I doubt Angel will be sampling, though. Too much temptation.
Illyria doesn't eat veggies...LOL. That works.

Willow's got a good heart...her tears show the core that was always special about her, before the magic took over.

I'm glad Spike's not chasing after Buffy. She needs to come to him, after everything.
Have to admit that after seven years of slaying, night after night for zero recompense, I'd probably think I was due at least as much as they were paying the watchers before The First hit... and none of them looked as if they were short on cash. (Okay... Giles and the early elbow patches, but I think they were meant to make him look like he was living on a school librarian's wages.)

I don't know that souled Spike avoided human blood. Don't recall him being offered it (which since I prefer my Spike pre-soul and don't watch later series any more than I have to, doesn't necessarily mean anything). Certainly he wouldn't have been offered any at W & H where Angel had the random testing thing going, but before the soul he definitely had no compunction about swiping any blood bags that might have been lying around the hospital while he was there... Anyway, if it's already bottled and they donated it especially for him it'd be pointless and impolite to refuse. Spike (except when brainwashed) has never had any trouble swapping back and forward.

Angel, hard to say... I have a feeling that earlier series may have mentioned getting out of date blood bags from the blood bank/Red Cross (and in BtVS S1 it certainly looked like he had human blood bags hanging in his fridge when Darla came to visit), but then they have him going psycho over a syringe full of Connor's blood. Continuity never really ME's strong suit. Add in him not wanting to do anything that might appear dehumanising in front of Nina/Buffy and I think it might well come down to whether Nina seemed to find the idea repulsive.

I figured Illyria's way of thinking is not ours, and that seemed like a suitably alien point of view, especially as I don't think they ever showed her eating in the series, but presumably she must eat something.

Personally, I lost much of my empathy with Willow over the later series, but she did actually know Fred, unlike any of the other Scoobies and I figure even on a passing acquaintance that would be a loss that would hit hard.

And, yeah, Buffy has to prove that what she said that last day was something more than empty words before she can have any expectation of Spike meeting her even part way, and given her actions so far she's going to have her work cut out.

09/06/2006 04:31 pm
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oh he really knew the color of her eyes? I hope so - that is wonderful! Hugs you great story love the revenge - he lost his girls how perfect! great chapter
Lol! Well, according to some episodes he's meant to have a photographic memory and he had been looking about a minute before that, so... Of course that just makes getting Buffy's eye-colour wrong even more unforgivable.

Glad you're enjoying it, sweetie!

Robyn
08/15/2006 02:26 am
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I enjoyed Buffy’s turning down of The Immortal. With The Senior Partners gone it looks like things might go a bit ‘interesting’ for him on the Angel/Spike front. I loved Nina’s test of Angel by asking him the color of her eyes. Thanks for the update, I really enjoyed it.
Thank you, honey! And the good news is that the next chapter has already hit my own site and LJ/GJ, so it'll probably make it to BSV at some point tomorrow.

kim
08/03/2006 07:35 am
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She got her answer.

Wow, there IS a brain in Buffy's head.

Fitting lesson for the Watcher, and it shows better character for Spike and Angel to leave now that the truth has been revealed. To continue carrying out vengeance would just dishonor the memories they came to reveal.

So, it's party time...will Buffy ask for a dance?
Yeah, some people seem to think Giles got off a bit too easy, but (as you can probably tell my vote is with you).

Buffy isn't completely stupid... or not all the time, though she has made a heck of a habit of passing up on a good thing.

What happens now... not a clue. I sort of know how I want it to end, but as for how I get there, I'll see where the muse wants to go once I get back to working on this one.

08/03/2006 07:18 am
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This is a fun story. Nice way to get even with Giles, or at least get some revenge. More story please.
Thanks, honey...

It may be some time... depending how long the current headache takes to clear and how long the next Broken Things update takes but at some hopefully not too distant point there should be more.

vladt
08/03/2006 07:14 am
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always thought angel was an ass, but he apparently answered one question correctly. very good update, thank you for the fine read.
Well, apparently he's meant to have a photographic memory (which makes the fact he can't remember Buffy's eye colour even worse) and he had being doing the staring into her eyes thing about a minute before that, so, I figured I'd give him the benefit of the doubt.

Thanks, honey!

08/03/2006 01:34 am
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love the end to this chapter...angel's making an idiot of himself, but he may still have a chance with nina is he wises up fast...cant wait to see what happens with the rest of the ball
Well, on the one hand it might seem like actually attending the party trivialises what they actually went to Rome for, so in a way it's understandable that he wanted to leave, but if you look at it as Spike explained it...

I can't wait to see what happens with the rest of the ball either... Apart from one brief Willow moment that won't come in until possibly the very last scene I have no idea how the muse is going to decide it should be.

09/06/2006 04:26 pm
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Can i repeat Go WilloW! Awesome chapter - love buffy and willow in this one - excellant story i love it@
Lol! Giles really didn't leave them a lot of wiggle room. Once they worked out just how many secrets he'd been keeping from them and the decisions affecting them that he had beem taking without consultation, not a lot of choice, though Buffy might have taken longer to work it out if Willow hadn't explained it all so clearly.

Glad you liked it, sweetie! Thanks again!

pretty_in_fangs
07/20/2006 11:49 pm
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I just picked this up today. I have to say that I love all of your work I've read. I'm glad to start reading another.
Thank you, honey!

If you run out of things to read here, you can always check http://www.he-s-no-angel.net , where you'll find more of my writing. Some things I haven't posted here just because of time constraints, others, like my Giles/Anya series or my one attampt at an all hunan AU, wouldn't fit the site's constraints.

Robyn
07/19/2006 09:26 am
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I loved Willow's speech and that Buffy decided to stand with her. Spike's reassurance to Nina was so sweet. Thanks for the lovely update.
Thank you, honey.

I'm glad it worked for you, and, yeah, Spike was kind of sweet with Nina, in a shit-stirring kind of way...

Really, once Willow laid everything out, Buffy had very little choice. Willow drew the line in the sand and if Buffy had stayed on Giles' side after everything that he had done, it would be as if she were saying, yeah you can try to kill Spike, yeah you can turn people away when they ask for help without so much as consulting anyone so that people we know die as a consequence, yeah you can decide that I don't need to know that the vampire I love is 'alive' and well because you don't approve and you can make those same wrong calls over and over, and I won't do anything, just so long as you keep signing my paycheck... It's not really Buffy.

Thanks again!

Harry 4Eyes
07/13/2006 01:21 pm
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What is the business with the immortal anyway...and what was the job offer anyway, from Spike's reaction, not a very respectable one. Still deserves all she gets, but atleast a move in the right direction. She should ask for severence pay for duty as sole slayer without pay.

Poor Giles lost his main two employees in a day...but atleast he has Xander and Andrew to keep him company. lol

So Spike's gone from Slave from his first love Dru, then whipping boy with second, Buffy and now he's a pet for Blue? He certainly knows how to pick them doesn't he?

Well loving it
Update soon
Harry
As one of the other reviewers commented, The Immortal's offer may have been quite innocent, but since Buffy isn't even qualified to answer the phone (not speaking Italian) let alone anything that would pay well enough to keep Dawn in a private school, it would basically amount to him giving her money for being his girlfriend.

As for Spike, the story isn't over yet.

vladt
07/13/2006 04:58 am
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very good read, thank you. red's anger, i expected. buffy' leaving with red, i did not. thanks, again
Thanks again!

I'm glad you enjoyed it, and that I managed to surprise you a little. I figured after Willow laid it all out, Buffy either had to leave, too, or it was tantamount to saying Giles could be as morally dubious as he wanted to be and she wouldn't care as long as he kept signing her paycheck... And with Spike standing right there as a reminder of Giles' past decisions, not to mention her near certainty that Giles knew Spike was back...

07/12/2006 08:23 pm
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Great to see a new chapter. Still loving the vengence on Giles.
Thanks, honey!

Glad you're enjoying it.

07/12/2006 04:12 pm
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Lots and lots of getting even going on here. Will Spike get Buffy away from the Immortal? More story please.
Thanks, honey!

Glad you're enjoying it.

07/12/2006 02:42 pm
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love buffy's exit with willow...at least spike saw her reaction to the immortal's suggestion...maybe he'll follow them out there and they'll actually get a chance to talk...love this story
Spike probably won't follow her.

However, Buffy might want to make sure he doesn't leave the building before they get a chance to talk.

Thanks, honey!

Dee Bradfield
07/12/2006 01:15 pm
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Thank you, thank you, thank you for pointing out Angel's error about the colour of Buffy's eyes. That little factoid has been bugging me to no end since I watched TGiQ! It was a glaring error on the writer's behalf that they didn't know SMG's eye colour or even think to check, thank God we're not all that unobservant.
Nice work.
Thank you!

Maybe, against all odds, everyone involved in writing and shooting that particular scene, who had previously worked with SMG, just happened to be colour-blind?

And, well, I just can't allow an opportunity to pick on Angel to go by.

07/12/2006 01:05 pm
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I love this chapter! Giles got told off by Buffy and Willow! ::cheers::
Can't wait for you to upadte again.
Thanks, honey!

Was there ever any doubt what Willow would think once she heard the facts, and the way she laid things out, she didn't leave Buffy a lot of wiggle room either.

Lou
07/12/2006 10:16 am
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Goos to see the girls standing up to Giles!
Thanks, honey!

I figure Willow would see through to the root of the situation pretty quickly and once she laid her cards on the table, Buffy either had to follow suit, or admit that Giles could do anything so long as he signed her paycheck.

kim
07/12/2006 09:08 am
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Go Willow!! And Buffy still has some principles - good...

Though really, wouldn't be better to oust Giles from the Council, instead, if they both believe in what the new ideals were supposed to stand for so much? He obviously doesn't deserve to be in the lead position, since his judgement is impaired...
Thanks, honey!

I have a feeling that getting Giles out would be a problem. I mean who would you replace him with? Andrew? Wes's dad? God forbid Xander?

But, yeah, go Willow...

09/06/2006 04:21 pm
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Go WIllow - go WIllow - go go go Willow! I love this - Giles is such a hypocrite - he doesn't care at all about Fred does he -but oh no not wesley. Can they shoot him again?

Oh and I will check on the fang fetish question - just as soon as i finish this story lol it is just to good to stop!
Lol! More Willow next chapter. Fred is nothing more than a name to Giles, and because he only knows her as a friend of Angel's and he doesn't have a high opinion of Angel...

Wes, he actually knew, and there's a good chance that even in the non-cyborg made up 'verse Wes's father may well be active in the council again, which means Giles would get to break the news.

No problem on the FF thing. The speed you read, it won't take you that long to finish.

Thanks, honey!

07/12/2006 05:37 am
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Poor Willow, she's not gonna find out anything good...sigh, awesome update!!
Thanks, honey! No Willow is not going to hear any good news.

06/30/2006 04:59 pm
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I really start to dislike Giles more and more each chapter, not that that I was too fond of him after season 7 to begin with
poor Buffy, I hope they'll work things out, but I get the feeling I'll have to wait quite a while for my happy Spuffy moments (don't mind though )
Thank you!

Giles wasn't all that likeable in S7, though to be fair I suspect he genuinely thought that he was doing what was right... Forty years of parental and council indoctrination are never really going to go away. His decision to refuse help when Fred was dying, however, has no rational basis at all.

And, yes, despite the fact the person for whom I'm writing this fic suddenly announced after reading Chapter 5 that I knew she would rather the fic didn't end Spuffy (I had asked her on at least two separate occasions before I began writing and received no response either way, so quite how I was meant to know I have no idea), that is the way it is eventually and inexorably headed, but I think Buffy may have to suffer a little longer before it all works itself out.

Harry 4Eyes
06/26/2006 06:26 pm
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Dude after reading that chapter, Maybe Spike should have aimed higher...much higher, like nether regions, and for a guy to suggest that, *shudders* he seriously must deserve it

Poor Willow, didn't see the episode where Willow went to LA, but I can imagine they'd make excellent friends, very similar in charactor, both extreamly smart, quirky, caring etc. she must feel she's let her friend down without actually being given the choice to help her friend but as she agreed to the policy for no contact with W&H she might still feel guilty.

Still not feeling sorry for Buffy, she was the one who decided to date the immortal so she deserves the cold shoulder she is getting...unless smoe dark sinister force involved...even then I don't feel sorry for her...lol

well another great update
Update soon
Harry
Thanks!

I've always suspected that, in addition to the points Spike made, the very fact that it was Angel asking for help to save someone he cared for may well have seemed like the ideal opportunity for Giles to give Angel a taste of his own medicine (re Jenny)... Trouble is that it doesn't take account of the fact that Angel was by no means the only one to suffer.

fanxstitch
06/25/2006 07:49 am
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Excellent story, please keep this up. I'm enjoying Giles getting his
comeupance. He needs it.
Thank you!

I'm glad you're enjoying the story.

vladt
06/25/2006 04:51 am
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wonderful read, thanks. i expect red is going to become irate when she hears the whole tale. love spike calling giles on his arrogance (among other things.)silence on buffy part is amazing, and probably keeping things from exploding. thanks again for the fine read.
Thank you!

Yep, I think Willow isn't going to be too happy at the idea of Giles taking away her freedom of choice.

I have a feeling that when Angel asked for help, Giles' refusal had a lot to do with payback for Jenny and W & H was a convenient excuse, but if so he never even considered the other people involved. Spike just reacquainted him with the real world.

Lou
06/24/2006 11:43 pm
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Wow. Great chapters. They're really giving it to Giles!
Thank you, honey!

I'm glad you're enjoying it.

06/24/2006 10:49 pm
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go willow....i wanna see giles go down hard! jerk! i'm getting mad again for his letting fred die!! lol...shows what an excellent writer you are
I think Giles' comeuppance is on the way. Thank you!

Kate
06/24/2006 08:25 pm
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Great chapter. I'm glad Buffy and Giles are going to have to deal with the consequences of their actions. I also think this will show Willow what it feels like to be a victim of "I know best", since she was guilty of doing the same thing more than once in the past. Can't wait for the next update!
Thank you, honey!

Yep, Buffy always seems to assume that everyone else will drop everything and everyone for her and Giles' thing with refusing to help Fred, I often think was his idea of getting his revenge for Jenny, with no regard for the fact that Angel wouldn't be the only to suffer. You're right about Willow but I don't know if she'll see it that way.

DeanSamWinchesterfan
06/24/2006 02:58 pm
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Good chapter.Update soon.I can see Willow wanting to have saved Fred,and thus Wes.I'm pretty sure Wes was an alcoholic by the time he died.I just have this story in my head set post NFA.Gunn is dead,
but Angel and Spike aren't.Angel is barely holding on.The Scoobies and Slayers arrived just in time to finish the battle.Angel is dying and Spike is crying.He loved Angel like a brother or father and didn't hate him.
Buffy's crying too,and Spike is trying to convince Angel to hold on.That's all I got so far.Update soon.
Thank you!

I'm sure that Willow would have done whatever she could to help Fred... and I'm equally cetain that having that opportunity stolen from her will make her more than a little tetchy.

Robyn
06/24/2006 01:43 pm
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I love Willow in this chapter, first her trying to make Buffy understand, then her comments to Giles when she realized the he had withheld information from her, and finally with her support of Angel and Spike telling their story. Thanks for the update.
Thank you!

Willow was always going to really be the only Scooby to whom Fred wasn't just some anonymous casualty.

06/24/2006 12:38 pm
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Excellent! I love Angel's preferences for Giles. Good showing for Willow. You write a really great angry Spike. Thanks!
Thank you!

I'm really glad you're enjoying it. I have to say that I cringed when I saw what the birthday girl had asked for, but it's been a lot more fun to write than I thought it would be.

06/24/2006 12:37 pm
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Excellent! I love Angel's preferences for GIles. Good showing for Willow. You write a really great angry Spike. THanks!
And ditto to what I just said...

Tonia
06/24/2006 11:42 am
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I love this story! I can't wait to see Willow's reaction to what happened to Fred.
The last three seasons of the show both Buffy and Giles got rather big heads. Neither seemed to grow out of this assumption. Giles thought he knew best and Buffy felt that everything in the world was all-about-her. They both need to be taught a lesson and I for one can't wait to see that happen.
Thanks, honey!

Unfortunately/fortunately, depending on viewpoint, Spike is right that Fred probably wouldn't approve of violence in her name. Honestly can't say how she would feel about payback for Wesley. After all, she was all for killing her ex-professor, but... Spike probably sees her as the gentle type.

Buffy, I think, is already getting a share of her own medicine and if violence and honesty don't get through Giles defences then maybe something else will.

Tamara
06/24/2006 11:37 am
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I don't think Willow is going to let Giles squirm his way out of this.

His reaction to finding out who's party it is should be interesting.

And if Buffy or the Immortal scumbag tries to put thier two cents in then a rumble may be in order.

And Buffy definitely should be the one doing the chasing . Spike's put in enough time chasing her through many obstacles with very little to show for it. And after giving him grief for a long time about being normal , she goes and gives the Immortal the very basic relationship things that she denied Spike because he wasn't normal-like going out in public together for non slaying reasons.
Thank you, honey!

Couldn't agree more with all your comments. I guess we'll see how things go with Spike/Buffy once Giles is out of the way (and where the muse decides to take it) but, you're right Spike has done his share of the chasing.

kim
06/24/2006 10:58 am
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Ho-ho! Yes! Let him really, truly have it...and let Buffy find out how the real world works. Willow's going to want to fry him, herself, by the time she hears the whole story.

Spike's speech was brilliant.
Yeah, I like the way Buffy gives Angel the cookie dough speech and expects him to wait around as a safety net while she also keeps Spike hanging and then she goes off with someone completely different but they're all meant to be there for her.

Willow is so not going to be happy. Fred would be one of the few people who she would be able to deal with as an intellectual equal and friend.

Sigh, Spike...

Thanks, honey!

09/06/2006 04:16 pm
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Oh i adore this. Buffy is getting dishes some justice, Giles is shot. Oh yeah this story is so fab. Strangley enough you do it without any bashing which is very refreshing as well. Your style of writing is excellant and i love it completly!
Lol! I haven't got properly started yet, sweetie. Not sure if you'll change your mind on the bashing front by the end of it.

Glad you're enjoying it so far. Thanks, honey!

07/12/2006 05:32 am
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HEE! i loved the arguing around Giles like he wasn't sitting there bleeding..lmao!
Hee, well, it was just a weeny gun.

Thanks!

Kat
06/18/2006 06:05 am
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oh god. poor buffy. poor all of them oh god
Thanks! I'm glad you're enjoying it.

vladt
06/18/2006 05:51 am
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very good read.giles and buffy deserve a lot more. thanks for the fun read.
Thanks! I'll have to see what I can do.

Robyn
06/17/2006 11:29 am
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I really liked the last line.
I felt sorry for Buffy in this chapter, mostly because she doesn't understand why she might be deserving of Spike's apparent callousness towards her or the distain of Illyria. Giles on the other hand is deserving of everything Spike gives him. Thanks for the update.
Thank you!

Things pretty much have to go as they've been going. Buffy needs to appreciate that Spike isn't at her beck and call. I think Spike's remarks about The Impotent would probably enable Buffy to make a pretty good guess as to the why of his attitude. Spike needs to do what he feels needs doing without worrying how Buffy is going to react because he's owes it to Fred and Wes.

yangchencen
06/17/2006 07:24 am
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>Love that Buffy's feeling like an ant. About time that girl learned some humility.

I second that!

For a twenty-something old girl and a slayer for seven or eight years, she really should grow up and learn that other people have lives too! For once it's not all-about-Buffy.

Waiting for the utterly humility of Giles too!
Thank you!
And I'm guessing if you saw that comment, there's no need to repeat my response.

I'll do my best to deliver on the complete humility of Giles, but I'm not sure that it's really possible. The guy is so damn pompous, but he's also pretty brave. He didn't crack when Angel tortured him in S2. Physical harm isn't going to do it, but I'm not sure that anyone can actually penetrate all those layers of watcher infallibility either. I'll have a damn good try though.

fanxstitch
06/17/2006 03:34 am
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This is shaping up to be a very interesting story. Please write more.
Thank you! I'm really glad you're enjoying it, and I'll be getting back to it when I've finished the next chapter of my other WIP Broken Things.

Maggie
06/16/2006 11:56 pm
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I loved this (could *just* picture it): "Spike and Angel exchanged glances before they both did the consider, shrug and nod routine again."

Count me in the camp that is happy to see Buffy *not* at the center of Spike's concern -- at least for the moment. Humbled Buffy is good, and necessary if there's gonna be a Spuffy that is real.

Kudos!
Thank you, so much!

Spike and Angel can be quite fun when they have something to unite them... almost as much fun as when Spike is entertaining himself by annoying Angel.

And, yeah, Buffy needs to learn that Spike has a life of his own. Maybe, he'll be her vampire again after everything is sorted out, but above all he has to be his own vampire.

kim
06/16/2006 03:16 pm
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Love this!!

Poor Willow, in the dark and starting to not be so, and definitely seeing this is not going to go well...always tried to be the peacekeeper.

Love that Buffy's feeling like an ant. About time that girl learned some humility.

And the vamps doing the oh-so-male thing os shrug and nod - priceless!!! It's so perfect seeing them in unison for the moment.

And looks like Giles is having an inkling why he's been shot, and they're here. Let's see how Buffy handles all the revelations...poor little girl's head is gonna spin like a top.
Thank you! I don't know where to start with a reply to this 'cause I'm paractically bouncing at the keyboard. Willow is really sort of stuck in the middle, being the only Scooby who would recognise Fred/Illyria.

Buffy is way too used to having the world revolve around her (especially Spike's world). I can't help thinking that it'll do her good to realise that it isn't always that way.

Angel and Spike can make a hell of a team when they have the incentive.

Giles, certainly, should be beginning to wonder exactly what series of events he set in motion... And well, let's just say that she's going to have a lot to take in.

06/16/2006 02:20 pm
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excellent chapter...fascinating and exciting..my heart broke for buffy a little...for once out of all of them she's the one who *doesn't* deserve to be hurt...she thought he was dead! can't wait for more
Thanks, honey, I'm glad you're enjoying it.

for once out of all of them she's the one who *doesn't* deserve to be hurt...
And it's that "for once" that lets me do it all with a clear conscience because overall she has plenty to make up for. And as one of the other reviewers said she spent years telling Spike she couldn't be with him because he was evil... and then goes straight from him to another dubious character and all the while keeping Angel as a safety net with that whole cookie-dough thing. So not completely blameless...

Harry 4Eyes
06/16/2006 01:16 pm
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Normally don't encourage Violence, but Spike reall should have aimed higher...or lower, either way took his kneecaps atleast. He deserved what he got, they do say you can't teach old dogs new tricks but this guys taking the biscuit. So let's see we have attempted murder on Spike, lack of help that caused Fred's death and then Wes.

Yup definitely needed some payback.

Oh yeah and Buffy definetely deserves the smackdown she received. Seriously all that crap about Evil and never loving Spike because of that and then she shacks up with immortal who is not doubt evil for much longer.

Well will be interting to see how things go.
Update Soon
Harry
Thanks! Maybe Spike should have aimed for the knee, but really apart from the whole Buffy issue, I think he knows that that isn't what Fred would have wanted. Giles might not sustain any more physical damamge, but I think it's safe to say that Spike, Angel and Illyria will ensure that he suffers.

Opinion on Buffy seems to be split right down the middle. Some see her as the innocent party, but others feel she's had it coming for a long time... This story really is one of those where you can't please everybody.

At the moment I'm working on a chapter of my other WIP Broken Things and the weekend looks like it's going to be pretty hectic, so I suspect that it'll be the middle ot end of next week before there's likely to be another update.

DeanSamWinchesterfan
06/16/2006 01:10 pm
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Good chapter.Update soon.I think they should have revenge for Fred and Wes's deaths.When will this turn into Buffy/Spike?
Thank you!

Update soon. I'm working on Broken Things at the moment and we have a busy weekend planned, but hopefully somewhere around the middle to end of next week...

When will this turn into Buffy/Spike? I'm not working to a plan with this one, just basically scripting it out as I go and then converting it into narrative, but my guess is probably somewhere around the last chapter 'cause after that, not really much else to do.

Lou
06/16/2006 12:15 pm
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I'm feeling kinda sorry for Buffy in this!
Thanks, honey! I think a few people are in agreement with you, but if she wasn't hurt by the way things are going then there wouldn't be much hope of a Spuffy ending.

09/06/2006 04:11 pm
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oh i love this! I can't believe Spike shot Giles! Talk about awesome chapter! Sipmly fab sweetie! Just - just - wow!
Lol! It seemed like a good idea at the time... Of course from there on out I was struggling not to have the rest of the story just seem like a huge anti-climax...

Glad you liked it, sweetie!

07/12/2006 05:26 am
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hee!! Go spike!! lmao! great chapter
Thanks, honey!

06/14/2006 02:52 am
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great chapter. love the read, thanks. there is one but. i found myself agreeing with angel(which is cause for great concern) that he should have, at least, taken out the knee.
Hi there! You wouldn't know Wulfie by any chance? And, honestly, much as I would have liked to take out the knee and I know that he more than deserves it, the slayer would bitch a hell of a lot more about a crippling injury than a flesh wound, too much for the story to stay fun, so...

Thank you! I know finding yourself in agreement with Angel must have caused you great concern.

06/11/2006 09:04 pm
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OOpsie indeed Bwahahahah. Glad Willow had no idea Spike was back. This should be interesting in all respects.

Kathleen
Thanks, honey!

Yeah, I think it's a toss up between the "Oopsie" and something no one has mentioned so far in their comments (except my beta) as to my favourite bit of that chapter.

I think my real problem next chapter is going to be trying to fit all the reactions in with so many things going off at once... but I guess I'll have to try, once I get back on track with Broken Things.

Kate
06/11/2006 08:25 pm
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Thanks for the update! I love this story. Can't wait to see Angel and Spike handle Buffy in the next chapter. Wonderful job!!!
Thank you! I'm really glad you're enjoying it. And I guess next chapter it's going to be a bit of a free-for-all... Thanks again!

Robyn
06/11/2006 08:24 pm
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I loved this chapter and Spike’s actions. I really like how you wrote the scene, Spike getting some revenge but doing it in a way to not cause general mayhem. I found Willow’s reaction to finding Spike alive very interesting as well as her thoughts connecting Giles to Quentin. I am looking forward to where you take things from here and what’s going to happen with Giles and finding out how much he knows.
Thanks, honey!

When I read your comments I suddenly find myself thinking 'Hey, I had more going on in that chapter than even I realised!'

As for what happens now, I guess I get to work that out once I've done another chapter for Broken Things. From here on out as far as UB goes I'm pretty much winging it... except maybe for a vague idea about how it ends.

DeanSamWinchesterfan
06/11/2006 06:05 pm
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Good story so far.I can understand wanting revenge,but Spike shouldn't have shot Giles.U
Update soon.
Hey sweetie!

Sorry you didn't like the shooting, but I think as far as that was concerned you're probably in the minority. In fact, I was suprised by the number of people who thought he should have gone for the kneecap.

The update will come when it comes. I'm due to do a chapter of Broken Things first, but muse willing it won't be too long.

06/11/2006 03:38 pm
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lol...very wise, spike....to hurt buffy's friends who deserve it, but not so much as to be beyond forgiveness...lol.. ... excellent chapter, can't wait for more!
Thanks, honey!

but not so much as to be beyond forgiveness...
I guess time will tell on that one. We'll see once I can get another chapter of Broken Things underway.

dihcar
06/11/2006 11:40 am
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Nice chappie, it's nice to see a Spike writen like in canon(with balls), i think that giles is very lucky to have not gotten a beat down so far, other people would have just snapped the old man's neck.

seeya
To be fair, in a lot of fics (including some of mine) Spike is going out of his way to impress Buffy and do what he thinks she would want him to do.

In this instance, he thinks his chance with Buffy has gone... and probably even if he didn't, he'd do exactly the same anyway because, for once, it's all about Fred (& Wes) and Buffy is irrelevant.

SpaceLord
06/11/2006 09:36 am
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I like this Spike he's fun....I have a feeling he will get boring as soon as Buffy shows up.
Thanks (I think) for the first few words!

As for the rest you'll find most writers don't appreciate such frivolous use of your doubtless formidable psychic powers. If you can predict the future, save the world or win the lottery, but try not to insult what you think people will write at least until after they've done it. Then, you can feel free to voice an opinion.

Tonia
06/11/2006 09:13 am
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That was great! Ha! Just what Giles deserves. I can see Spike forgiving a lot, and he has, but I don't see him or Angel easily forgiving what happened to Fred.
I can't wait for more.
Thank you! And exactly! Giles' part in Wood's ambush was all swept to one side and forgotten, for Buffy's sake and because of the situation. However, Fred was Spike's only real friend and Giles is all out of get out jail free cards. The fact that Buffy is with The Immortal makes her easier to discount as a factor, but even if she'd been young free and single Spike would probably have done exactly the same.

Kat
06/11/2006 08:38 am
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oh well finially they will meet but I wonder what will happen.
Thanks for commenting, sweetie!

I think it's safe to say that Spike's prediction will be right on the money...

kim
06/11/2006 08:31 am
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One, well done for doing your homework on the .22.

Two, I'm laughing out loud at Spike just shooting Giles like that! OMg, that's priceless...and yeah, the Slayer's really going to bitch.

I don't know if I'd call Nina petite. She's noticeably taller than Buffy, with definite curves. I'm sure she looks gorgeous.

Illyria's in full demon guise, still, yes? I think I'm reading that correctly.

So Willow didn't know...hmm...how much does Giles know? I'd just love to see Andrew at this party, too.

"Wes would have taken out the kneecap." Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!!

More! More! Bravissimo!!
One, well done for doing your homework on the .22.
Can't really take credit for that. Hubby is an RPGer/wargamer. It's one of those osmosis things.

Two, I'm laughing out loud at Spike just shooting Giles like that! OMg, that's priceless...and yeah, the Slayer's really going to bitch.
It kinda had to be fairly carefully sone so as not to start a general gun battle.

I don't know if I'd call Nina petite. She's noticeably taller than Buffy, with definite curves. I'm sure she looks gorgeous.
They're all stick figures to me...
I guess she probabaly would be a chunk taller than Buffy, but probably because she's almost always shown with Angel, who esp by AtS S5 is quite big...

Illyria's in full demon guise, still, yes? I think I'm reading that correctly.
Yeah, Illyria is doing her blue thing, just in a dress.

So Willow didn't know...hmm...how much does Giles know?
Time will tell...

I'd just love to see Andrew at this party, too.
I think that might just have been too much for my brain to cope with.

"Wes would have taken out the kneecap." Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!!

More! More! Bravissimo!!

THANK YOU!

09/06/2006 04:00 pm
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Oh this is very sweet about the spike don't go line - well probably not for the immortal but i like it! I love the line about no fornifiation to nina *giggles*

love the scene with the goddess - you write it brilliantly!
That's the thing with Spike... One part charm, one part manipulation and a whole big bunch of truth and he could probably talk any female into anything...

Lol, well, as you say probably not so sweet from The Immortal's POV.

Thanks, honey!

07/12/2006 05:18 am
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awesome story, can't wait to see what happens!
Thank you! Glad you like it!

06/10/2006 04:41 pm
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I'm looking forward to see how things will develope (hopefully a happy Spuffy reunion ) loved how they both couldn't just let go of the other, Buffy calling out for Spike in her sleep *sigh*
Well, if they saw each other across a crowded room and went running into each other's arms we'd miss the opportunity for all that potential bitchiness and mayhem, but we might get there eventually...

Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. Chapter 3 should be up tomorrow.

Lou
06/08/2006 10:37 am
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Buffy will freak when she sees Spike anyway - he don't need no glamourpuss escort! It'll be fun though!
Very true, but it's difficult to blame him when she seemed completely oblivious to his presence the last time they were in the same room.

Thanks, as always, for taking the time to comment. It's much appreciated and might even help kick the muse into gear with Chapter 3.

vladt
06/04/2006 06:54 am
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wonderful read. nina putting angel in his place. spike taking blue (fred_blue was the best of the atv.) can't wait to see what is in store for the watcher. thanks for the great read.
Thanks! I'm glad you're enjoying it. Angel definitely needed putting in his place before he got too used to the "Angel Knows Best" routine, and SPike has a habit of ending up with a soft spot for any woman he's around for long enough who treats him half decent... As for Giles, just think WWWD?

06/03/2006 12:23 pm
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Fabulous story! I LOVE Spike baiting Angel (which really isn't THAT hard to do but Spike does it so masterfully!) Trying to convince himself (and others) that he is over Buffy is just SOOO Spike!!

I can't believe you managed to make me feel a twinge of sympathy for The Immortal... it must be hard for him to know that Buffy still dreams about Spike and still misses him.

Oh I wouldn't want to be in Giles' shoes when Spike and Angel get to Rome!!!


*rolls eyes* Well I must say the reading comprehension of some people is quite obviously matched by their ability to use correct punctuation... the opinion of anyone who cannot even master the skill of using a capital letter to begin a sentence really isn't worth that much!

I look forward to further updates of this fun little fic!!



Trying to convince himself (and others) that he is over Buffy is just SOOO Spike!!
Well, it obviously worked for one or two people.

Oh I wouldn't want to be in Giles' shoes when Spike and Angel get to Rome!!!
I wouldn't either, but it's going to be fun.

Well I must say the reading comprehension of some people is quite obviously matched by their ability to use correct punctuation...
Says the woman using triple exclamation points? (BTW. I'm not this nasty with everyone so please don't be put off from reviewing. I save the bitchy comments for personal friends who know better than to take me seriously.)

I look forward to further updates of this fun little fic!!
Fun being, at least supposedly, the operative word.

Thanks, honey, for making me laugh out loud. It's good to have a "momma bear" watching out for me.

06/03/2006 08:49 am
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Interesting start I hope you update soon.
Thank you! I'm glad you're finding it intruiging. I'm not sure how soon this will be updated. I'm alternating between it and Broken Things, my other WIP, as far as writing goes. On a 'good' week, chances are I'll manage to update both. A not so good week means I'll probably manage one or the other, but I'll try not to have longer than two weeks between updates on either of the fics.

Kat
06/02/2006 07:27 pm
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hmmm i am thinking that buffy doesnt know that spike is back. THis could get very very intresting
Thank you, honey! I'm glad you think so, and I'll do my beat to live up to expectations.

mystasmom
06/02/2006 03:58 pm
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Kind of with the last reviewer here...perhaps you should add spike/other to your warnings if this relationship isn't a ruse. Of course, if that's all it is, then (heh-heh-heh) you're diabolical.
Again, I can only repeat b'day fic, request.

Well, I guess if you raise the same points (though slightly more diplomatically) then you get more or less the same answer I gave the last reviewer. If you don't want to wait and see what happens, then don't read. Regardless of how often I get the same comments, I'm not going to issue any spoilers that might ruin the story for other readers.

lacey
06/02/2006 02:17 pm
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um, okay, i don't like where this is going. spike and illyria is just not right and i don't see him going out with her. it's just disturbing. sorry, this seems a bit out of character to me. i don't like the way spike's acting and that he claims to be over buffy. and i cringe seeing buffy with the immortal. i just don't see very much spuffy in this.
Sorry. This fic is a birthday request for a friend. The pairings are what she asked for. All I can suggest is that if you don't like it, don't read.

06/02/2006 01:25 pm
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i love spike's little speech to illyria, especially the end...very awesome chapter..go nina! lol can't wait to see the fireworks when both boys show up with their dates in rome lol
Well, Spike just had to try for the jealousy trump card, but really all it's going to take is another female anywhere near him.

And Nina needed to put her foot down before she ended up as Angel's lapdog.

Thanks!

kim
06/02/2006 11:52 am
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Heh heh...Buffy still dreams of Spike...

And Spike, all that bravado don't mean jack, because we all know that you love her just as much as the day you died in the Hellmouth...and yeah, seeing her jealous is going to be fun. Let her do the chasing for once.

Can't wait for the plan for Giles...they can be very creative. I'm sure Willow will love to hear all about how she didn't get the chance to save Fred. Enlightenment all 'round!!

Angel...Nina is definitely a better pick for you than Buffy. You couldn't handle the real Buffy. She'd drive you insane within a week.
Yep, Buffy still dreams of Spike. Don't we all? But she so deserves to have to do the running.

As for Giles... evil grin. Willow won't be off the hook either if it turns out she knew anything.

And, yep, Angel could never cope with "grown up" Buffy. Maybe if her white knight had stayed the distance she could have stayed the little girl, but he bailed and his supersized ego really couldn't cope with playing second fiddle now that she's surpassed him.

Thanks, honey. Always love your comments.

Robyn
06/02/2006 11:43 am
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I really enjoyed Nina and her insistence that she should go to Rome with Angel. Thanks for the update, I enjoyed it.
In canon, we never got to see enough of Nina for her to be more than a plot device, but I figured she really needed to put the brakes on the whole 'Angel Knows Best' thing before it got to be a habit.

I'm really glad you approve. Thanks.

SpaceLord
06/02/2006 10:32 am
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Gotta love Spike daydreaming about about Illy and Buffy....but I would have prefered oil that would have been even better

At the end I almost thought Spike would drag up the old "we few, we brave few....we band of brothers" (don't know if that is correct) thing.
I'll keep the oil thing in mind for the next time his mind goes wandering off in directions it shouldn't. Thanks for the tip.

From what I remember of the bit immediately pre-Glory finale, the Spike version goes "We band of buggered". Your version sounds pretty close to the original to me, so point to you.

Thanks again for taking time to comment.

09/06/2006 03:36 pm
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What an adorable first chapter! I can't wait to see where you are going with this story it is very excellant!
Lol! Well I think you're just about to reach one of the really fun bits...

Hope you enjoy it, sweetie, and thank you!

vladt
06/02/2006 02:32 am
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hell of a hook, good read thanks. based on what i have read of yours, i am sure the rest will be a fantastic read.
Thank you! Hopefully, the story will live up to expectations. I should be posting the second chapter soon (as in within the next couple of hours).

DAR
05/31/2006 08:37 pm
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Spike taking care of business looking forward to this trip.
Thank you! I'm glad you're enjoying it. With luck you shouldn't have too long to wait.

Robyn
05/31/2006 12:19 am
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Very interesting start I am looking forward to this fic and where you take it.
The b'day girl wanted a party, hosted by Ilona with The Immortal/Buffy, Angel/Nina and Spike/Illyria with all the fireworks and bitchiness that that might entail. Who am I to deny her?

Thank you so much for reading and commenting.

kim
05/31/2006 12:15 am
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Ooooo, interesting....and Buffy under some kind of influence? Must be Tuesday.

And Giles, you're an idiot.
Well, my mission/the birthday girl's request was to get Spike/Illyria and Angel/Nina to a party hosted by Ilona and attended by Buffy/Immortal.

Giles seemed to be reasonable incentive to get the AI crowd to go, but I had to get him there to be the bait... And you just know that Buffy putting a human in hospital would set off all sorts of warning bells in his head.

Thank you for reading and commenting.

Kat
05/30/2006 04:36 pm
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hmmmm intresting start
Thank you. Hopefully, it'll have an interesting middle and end as well.

SpaceLord
05/30/2006 03:18 pm
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Interesting start....I think I'm gonna enjoy this very much.
Thank you!

I think I'm gonna enjoy this very much.
I hope you do.

05/30/2006 02:51 pm
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oh wow...this could get very interesting very fast..can't wait til you update
Thank you! With luck you won't have to wait too long. The next chapter is partially written and I'm hoping to finish it off when I can throw off the ehadache I've had for a few days now.

Pin
05/30/2006 02:10 pm
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Very intriguing. I'm looking forward to seeing where this one goes. Thanks for the new story.
Thank you for taking the time to comment. This is one of two new stories I've been working on (the other being Broken Things). I'm going to try to do alternate chapters, but this one is due for the next update and the chapter is already partly written. So, hopefully, (once I can get rid of the headache that's been around since Friday) you shouldn't have too long to wait.