Fumbling Towards Ecstasy by TalesofSpike

magnus374
04/04/2012 08:03 am
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Another fantastic story.

10/21/2011 03:32 am
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Love the way you did this story (so, in summation, in no particular order)...  the Jenny bit was... interesting... (Poor Spike).  I love your Dawn!  She's terrifying!  I love your Tara -- I love her coming into her own.  Poor, pitiful Willow, whatever will she do next?   Sigh.   Just as long as it doesn't get poor Tara killed.  So Bee and Giles, huh?  Interesting.   Marie and Wes are cute...  All in all, a great story...  I've been spending my life reading these stories when I should be doing my life...  sigh.  How many words are they in all? 

Peace, thanks,

Blue
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01/27/2008 09:41 am
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Excellent Book - this is such a wonderful saga - congratulations on creating such a fine Buffyverse adventure - Now on the Book 5
Thanks again! Just 100 chapters to go... and a few ficlets.

Hugs!

08/30/2007 12:59 pm
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Oh I love it.
Thanks again.

09/05/2006 12:30 pm
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A job would be good for Faith. Demon bar sounds perfect. honestly I don't know how easy it's going to be for him, considering that he had his tongue down Spike's throat when he opened his eyes. Buffy shared all her boyfriends with someone. Angel with Faith, Parker with everyone,Riley with Faith and now Spike with Giles, ya gotta see the humour in it, abet how twisted it is. Thank you so much T for this amazing story, it trully is one of the great ones.
Lol! I'd probably say she shared Angel more with Dru but I guess Faith was in there and don't forget Riley's vamp 'ho's... In comparison, one kiss isn't so bad.

I'm really glad you've enjoyed it. Hope you like Angels and Demons just as much.

Lou
08/25/2006 12:50 am
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What a ride! It was absolutely gripping. A big thank you.
Thank you! And depending how long it takes me to get caught up on my replies, I may get the first batch of chapters of Angels and Demons posted later today.

Dar
08/23/2006 06:57 pm
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nice series of stories very enjoyable.
Thank you! One more fic to go to complete the series...

08/23/2006 12:23 pm
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Sigh excellant conclusion to book 4. This has been an amazing ride - loved every chapter of this story and just find it to be incredable well written - thank you for the wonderful story!
Thank you, honey!

And it's been wonderful to have your comments on the story as you've read it.

Hugs!

08/23/2006 03:34 am
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excellent job...can't wait to see what happens next, with all the crew together in sunnydale...very well written, emotional, insightful fic here....more soon please
If I stick to my original plan there should be more next Wednesday, but I guess if I check the hits and it looks like most people who will read it have read it I might post a little earlier.

Thanks, as always. I'm glad you've enjoyed the story so far.

vladt
08/23/2006 12:39 am
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thank you for a wonderful read.
Thank you!

I'm really glad you're enjoying it.

kim
08/22/2006 03:52 pm
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Loved Tara's description.

Funny how Buffy's being all considerate of Faith now....and of course, Spike would pout over the red leather. Buffy's old pants might work, but her tops aren't going to fit unless she hands over some big sweatshirts. At her most voluptuous, she still didn't match Faith.

Nice, in a way, that Dawn had something to focus on other than her own crisis. It gave her time to figure out where she's going to stand on the whole thing...

Last book coming up, yes?
Thanks, honey

Basically, I love Tara.

There'll be some of the older stuff of Buffy's that Faith will be able to get away with. Believe me, my weight has gone up and down and all over the place over the last few years, and generally you can find at least a few things that you can get away with, even if you bought them when you were two or three sizes smaller.

And, Dawn, well, she can be a brat now and again, but she loves her family and when all is said and done, she's Joyce's daughter.

Yep. Last Book coming up in about a week.

08/30/2007 12:37 pm
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Oh that was so sweet.
Thanks, honey!

I kinda like that chapter, too.

09/05/2006 12:03 pm
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That was brilliant! As close to anything that could be done under the circumstances. I'm still snickering about Spike having a wet nipple. Giles is lucky that he's a vamp. It's not like Spike hadn't been with Angelus before and the whole bi-sexual thing isn't all that unusual for them, but it has to be weird since Giles is like a father to Buffy...then again it is all in the family after all! One more chapter to go. Great job! thanks.
Lol! I always worked on the theory that part of the reason Spike was so keen to call Angel The Great Poof, was that Angel was that way inclined while Spike was, at best, coerced. I've never really read (as in my impression of the character rather than I've never read Spike slash) Spike as anything other than basically hetero. Not to say he wouldn't try it once to see if he liked it, but the whole vampires being bisexual thing was always more Anne Rice than BtVS... So, no, I can't really see Giles as his cup of tea... I think the leeway has a lot more to do with keeping Buffy happy than Spike's preferences, though I can't see Spike going all homophobic on him anyway... and I'm waffling when I should be up to my elbow in fish tank or trying to think up ideas for a Wes fic... Thanks, honey!

Lou
08/25/2006 12:38 am
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Great chapter. Profound advice and nice fun at the end.
Thanks, honey! Yeah, the whole way Giles changed after Jenny's death was something that needed to be addressed, but I'm not one to play the angst card for too long without a little bit of humour in there...

08/23/2006 12:21 pm
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ahhhh that was so sad yet sweet - loved it
Thank you!

I'm really glad you're enjoying it.

08/23/2006 03:31 am
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lol...poor spike...i gotta say, that's gotta be a bit unsettling, to say the least...i'm glad for jenny and giles, though great update
Lol! Yeah, you have to feel a little sorry for him, but as you say the good Jenny/Giles vibes make up for it... as long as you're not Spike.

Thanks!

vladt
08/23/2006 12:08 am
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loved the update, thak you
Thank you!

I'm really glad you're enjoying it.

kim
08/22/2006 03:40 pm
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Now that's a nice spell...poor Spike, though. Bittersweet for Giles, oc course, but here's hoping he makes the tuning point now.

Eliza with blue eyes...can't quite picture it. About time they took Connor for a makeover, too.
Well, Spike always seems to get the fuzzy end of the lollipop to quote another blonde. As you say, bittersweet for Giles, but hopefully this will set him in the right direction.

Yep, it is sort of hard to imagine ED with blue eyes, but hopefully it'd be enough to throw the police, too.

As for Connor, well, Cordy was just getting ready to take him in hand when she got 'promoted', and I guess Angel has had other priorities, though I bet he still had one of his minions running around fetching his dry cleaning.

Thanks, honey.

09/23/2010 04:26 pm
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08/30/2007 12:17 pm
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Oh I can't wait to see what they are going to do.
Here's hoping it lived up to expectations.

Thanks.

09/05/2006 11:30 am
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Olivia won't be coming will she? but with Bee being a demon and will Giles want to have demon children as well? They would only be a quarter demon anyway, maybe it could work. Very interesting chappie, thanks for the read.
Well, if you do a quick back-track to chapter 4.17, you'll find that Bee won't be having any children at all... And, as you say, I'm not sure Giles would have coped well with partially demon offspring. Even at a quarter demon you just don't know which traits would be dominant. Maybe they'd be able to pass for human like their mother and maybe they wouldn't.

Wes's situation is different because he already knows what Rosa is like - and who could help but love her? - but assuming Giles and Bee could have kids (even though I've made it so they couldn't) then it would be a lottery as to how human or otherwise they turned out to be. I just can't see stuffy old Giles taking that sort of risk.

Thank you!

08/23/2006 12:18 pm
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i love bee in this - she is such a great charcter - you have an excellant cast of characters in this!
Thank you, honey! I'm really glad you like her. It's one of the great things about writing a fic as long as this series where you can intigrate original characters without them feeling as if they've been shoe-horned in there.

08/23/2006 03:26 am
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willow is so gonna destroy herself before all is said and done...i think i'm gonna wanna cry at her end fate, because i can't really see her ever really coming around...great chapter
I guess we'll find out when you read Angels and Demons... until then I'll try not to give too much away.

Thank you!

I'm really glad you're enjoying it.

vladt
08/22/2006 11:48 pm
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bree is going to be a great partner for wes. very good read, thank you.
Yep, unfortunately things from here on out become so First orientated that I didn't get as much of a chance to explore their partnership as I might have liked, but both of them will be working within the larger group in the next book.

Thanks, as always.

kim
08/22/2006 03:36 pm
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Feeding his cooking to the dog is just rude, lol. Waste of good ingredients if they never eat it.

Willow...well, all you can do is shake your head. It's pretty much too late for her to have a good life again.
Lol, I think that just seems to end up being how things have worked out...

As for Willow, well I guess you'll find out in Angels & Demons.

08/30/2007 12:05 pm
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I wonder what this will mean for GIles and Olivia.
Again, I guess you know the answer to that one by now...

Thanks.

09/05/2006 11:11 am
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A very thought provoking chapter. Giles is settling and maybe now he realizes it. I guess this is where Bee comes in? Love to have him back. Great chapter T, thanks.
Strange... The emails came in back to front. I was expecting to answer a different question first.

I guess you'll just have to wait and see what happens with Giles, but let's just say Buffy and Spike aren't the only ones to get their "happy ever after" by the time we get to the end...

Lou
08/25/2006 12:20 am
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Revivals all round.
Angel so had that coming. I'm glad you're enjoying it.

Thank you!

08/23/2006 12:17 pm
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AHHHH I love this chapter the Jenny and giles interaction is quite wonderful. This is an excellant story!
Thank you!

I'm really glad you're enjoying it. Giles/Jenny is definitely one of my favourite canon pairings, but it seldom comes up in fanfic, partly because most Spuffy fics are set after Jenny's death but mostly because it's one relationship that the writers did so well that no one feels the urge to 'fix' it.

Hugs.

08/23/2006 03:24 am
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oh, good...giles will be coming back...i think they'll help him out in time, whether he likes it or not lol great chapter
Yep, whether he likes it or not... but that's family for you.

Thank you!

I'm really glad you're enjoying it.

vladt
08/22/2006 11:37 pm
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fine update, rupert really doesn't stand a chance. thans for the read.
Thank you!

I'm really glad you're enjoying it... and, no, he's not got a hope in hell of getting out of this without doing what the women want.

kim
08/22/2006 03:26 pm
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Poor Giles....and Buffy does need him, in the adult-with-a-good-dad-relationship way. Just like she would always "need" Joyce.

And it's not like he loves Olivia.
Buffy really has learned not to need anyone. Angel and Giles have both had a part in making her that way, as has Joyce's death. She was forced to stand on her own, and she's learned to cope on that basis, but that doesn't mean that there's no place for Giles in her life if he chooses to stay... though she does need to make sure if she asks him to stay that she makes time for him, rather than forgetting he exists until she wants something like in her first year at college.

08/30/2007 11:40 am
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It is a good thing Spike knows BUffy so well.
He should.

Thanks again.

09/05/2006 10:45 am
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Oh damn! I was hoping at least an impassioned kiss between to two! Heh! Heh! Bee's a little smarty pants, isn't she? Gotta see how they're going to work this out. Thanks for the great chappie.
Lol! And I'm quite relieved not to. Somehow that would just have little lights going off in my brain saying "Not right! Not right!"

Thanks, honey!

Lou
08/24/2006 11:50 pm
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Giles was hilarious ... given my reluctant participance in such an effort. Ha!
Lol! I just don't see Spike as Giles's type somehow... I'm glad you're enjoying it.

Thank you!

08/23/2006 12:13 pm
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lol buffy just keeps junping to conclusions doesn't she? Excellant story - i adore it!
Yep, but you have to admit that from her POV that must have sounded pretty bad...

Thank you!

I'm really glad you're enjoying it.

08/23/2006 03:12 am
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lol...i love buffy's reaction, all the way around...first with the anger and shock, and then with the anger and determination and demands...great chapter
Thanks, honey!

I figured coming in on that conversation, with all her own issues, there was really only one way that Buffy was going to react initially.

vladt
08/22/2006 10:29 pm
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buffy and jenny as a team, poor giles. rosa has already changed wes' status. fun read, thank you.
Yep, in the Buffy 'verse it's definitely the women who are in charge, (or at least it is in this version).

Thank you!

I'm really glad you're enjoying it.

kim
08/22/2006 03:19 pm
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Ah, man...now Buffy's ruining the fun...jumping to conclusions as usual....and now the women are taking over Giles' state of living. Poor man.

Rosa is quite the Little Miss Intuition. Scary to think how powerful she'll be as an adult. Good thing she's on our side!
Believe me... If Giles was reduced to watching 'Richard & Judy' someone needs to take over his life.

Rosa does have a little general talent, but mostly she picks up on the feelings of those closest to her, especially Marie, so while there's potential for scary power there it'd be quite a drastic development. Having said that, I'd definitely rather have her on my side.

04/30/2012 05:03 am
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This is where Angel always had a problem. Guilt for his soulless actions isn't enough. Just having guilt does nothing to 'make up for it'. The guilt is supposed to be the incentive to change his ways. But he never learned that. You do something wrong and you feel guilty for it, great. Now learn the damn lesson and don't do it again! That is what the guilt is for, but he keeps making the same decisions. He kills human's even with the soul so he isn't learning anything from the guilt. He thinks that if he doesn't enjoy his life then he is making up for his actions but not changing his ways. He can enjoy his life but he also needs to stop doing the things that cause him guilt. Letting Darla and Dru munch on the lawyers, killing the sailor, drinking from the gun shot victim. All of those things were lessons to be learned but he failed the test.

08/30/2007 03:58 am
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OH no how are they going to get Jenny out.
I guess they're just going to have to make her perfectly happy...

Thanks.

09/05/2006 10:24 am
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You did a remarkable job on Jenny's dialogue. And if it's Jenny that has to have a complete moment of happiness, then that mean's Spike and Giles are going to have share more than a quike hand shake? Yes? Hopefully, Buffy gets to walk in on it and it will be hilarious.Well lets see how you handle this little predicament. Just love it, thanks.
Lol! i thought you said you weren't into slash? Or am I getting confused?

Glad you're enjoying it. Thanks again!

Lou
08/24/2006 11:43 pm
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More sharp dialogue. You rock!
Thanks, honey! I'm glad you're enjoying it.

08/23/2006 12:09 pm
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I meant i love jenny in spike's body and telling off of angel - sorry was typing to fast. This is a wonderful wonderfu. story!
No problem, sweetie! Just glad you're enjoying the fic. Thanks!

08/23/2006 12:09 pm
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excellanat chapter - i love Jenny in Angel's body. This is absolutly fantastic, great job!
Thanks, honey!

I'm really glad you're enjoying it.

08/23/2006 03:08 am
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another excellent chapter, thoroughly enjoyed....great job with jenny...maybe rupert can manage to find some forgiveness after all, for his own sake
Thanks, honey!

I'm really glad you're enjoying it.

vladt
08/22/2006 10:18 pm
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good update, jenny's right on the money. thanks for the read.
Thanks, honey!

I'm really glad you're enjoying it.

kim
08/22/2006 03:16 pm
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Fuddy duddy...yup!

And the dunking!! Angel and his fancy threads...another thing he and Cordy had in common.

Jenny is really laying it out for everybody. Always did like her bluntness.
Thanks, honey! I'm glad you liked it all.

04/30/2012 04:51 am
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This is the funniest chapter of the whole series. I loved Spike arguing with himself/Jenny! As much as I dislike Angel I was laughing along with him when he found out about Harmony. Then I was laughing at him when he found out he was Harmony's grandpa. Buffy in bible study is too funny. It really was silly of her to think she could just pick a church and get married in it without joining the church. William was a member of the Church of England before he died. He doesn't need bible study, he might be a sinner but he is still a member of the church and has all the knowledge required to be married in a church. Granted a lapsed member but a member nonetheless. And Presbyterian is very close to C of E, and the minister seems to be a pretty cool guy who is correct when he says it isn't his place to judge anyone's actions. His job is to make sure they have the knowledge to make an informed decision to get married in the church, and let G0d decide who is the sinner or saint.

08/30/2007 03:44 am
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OH this is good, I wonder how Spike is going to shag Buffy with Jenny inside him.
You might recall Spike having a go at Angel because he had to sleep with Buffy in order to be perfectly happy rather than being happy because Buffy was happy...

Thanks again.

09/05/2006 09:58 am
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Poor Buffy wasn't even prepared for that one, no clue that it was coming. OMG! ROTFL! Spike never gets a break does he? What does Jenny expect from him? to throw Giles over the table and have his way with him? That's just hilarious! Harmony's and Spike where Childe's of Angelus? To a vamp, guess it doesn't really matter. Wonder if Buffy's going to find out? Just love this. Great work.
No, I hate to say it but the poor guy never does.

Harmony and Spike both Angel's grandchilder in this 'verse, so sort of like cousins, but considering Angel was Darla's childe and Spike was Dru's I don't think that sort of thing bothers them.

Thanks again!

Lou
08/24/2006 11:29 pm
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Buffy will flip!
She almost certainly will. I'm glad you're enjoying it.

Thank you!

08/23/2006 12:04 pm
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oh i love it - angel is indirectly responsible for Harmony isn;t that just fab! Great chapter i am enjoying reading this!
Hee! Well, there are some ideas that are just too hard to resist.

Thanks, honey!

08/23/2006 03:02 am
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lol...that's a nice twist, angel as harmony's grand-sire...jenny's debate with spike was hilarious, too...loved jenny, glad you brought her back for a bit.... great chapter
Hee! Anything that makes Angel look like an idiot... And, yep, the Jenny vs. Spike argument has to be one of my own favourite moments.

Thanks!

vladt
08/22/2006 09:53 pm
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good update, funny read. love spike-jenny arguing. thanks for the read.
Thanks, honey!

I'm really glad you're enjoying it.

kim
08/22/2006 03:13 pm
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Oh, geeze, this gets funny with the Jenny/Spike bickering. And Harmony's family! LOL....joke's on Angel!

Definitely approve of Wes and Bee's partnership. She's one smart cookie.

Is Buffy really learning much at these sessions with the minister? It seems odd to me that Spike isn't inolved in those...that this minister isn't doing couple's counseling before the wedding?
Joke is definitely on Angel, and I think Wes knows himself well enough to know sitting in an office on his own would be bad.

As for the sessions, Buffy has to join the church before they can get to where they would start couples' counselling, so she and Dawn are doing confirmation classes. William of course was educated in the Victorian era and already probably knows more than your average layperson, hence the fact that he isn't required to attend. One of the bits you missed joining in at Book 3.

dzio
06/27/2010 09:00 pm
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I just can see those three Stooges standing in front of Buffy, looking at their shoes and muttering "it seemed like a good idea at the time". As far as moronic things done while drunk go, THIS is definitely a big one. Great chapter!  

08/30/2007 03:31 am
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oh no this does not look good.
Lol! Well, maybe not good for Spike, but fun for everyone else...

Thanks

09/05/2006 09:30 am
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This is so cool!!! just a little worried as to what could happen to Spike. If he gets his own soul back instead, will Buffy take it away again, not that it matters as far as he's concerned. Way to go Wes! Guess that ships sailed as far as the friend thing goes. Excited about this soul thing, gotta see what happens. Terrific read. Thanks.
Lol! Told you you stopped just in time last night.

Glad you're enjoying it. Thanks!

Lou
08/24/2006 11:23 pm
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He's not the only one to have a bad feeling.
Lol! Nope, I would imagine most people would round about that point... the things we do when we're drunk.

08/23/2006 02:53 am
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wow...very intriguing chapter...can't wait to see what the result is
Thanks, honey!

I'm really glad you're enjoying it.

vladt
08/22/2006 08:30 pm
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spike is nuts, thanks for the fine read.
Thanks, honey!

I'm really glad you're enjoying it.

08/22/2006 06:40 pm
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Loved this chapter - Perfectly understandable about rl - heck that is normally how i read the fics anyones. On smaller ones I wait until they are done on bigger ones I tend to wait until they are done or red them 10 chapters at a time. This was a great fic - cant wait to see what happens when Jenny inhabits Spikes body. Great fic sweetie I am really enjoying this story!
Thanks, honey!

I'm really glad you're enjoying it.

kim
08/22/2006 03:09 pm
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Hey, RL happens...

I love the Wes and Marie relationship.

And things are about to get interesting in Spike's body, LOL.
Okay, I should either be resting my eyes and seeing if I can get rid of this headache or I should be writing, but I admit it, I'm OC about letting reviews pile up... I know I shouldn't be, but...

Glad you like Wes and Marie. They're kind of around to stay.

And, yep, Spike's body is about to become decidedly overpopulated.

08/30/2007 03:16 am
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So Giles out drank Angel well isn't that neat.
Well, as Spike pointed out, between him and Giles they probably forced Angel to drink a lot more than Giles did, but it's still kinda cool...

Thanks again.

09/05/2006 09:05 am
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That was some truth or dare, not dare,...Drink! Spike's right about it never being sorted, no why for Giles to make it right with Jenny, no way at all, so no way for it to be right with Angel no matter how much Buffy wants it. Great dialogue between the three men. There's a little spark beteen Wes and Marie. At least there both attracted to each other. Wonderful writing T, thanks.
Lol! No way? Maybe not quite no way... It's so much fun having Giles and Spike gang up on Angel.

And, yep, there's a spark but Wes still has feelings for Fred and there's Rosa to consider...

Thanks again!

Lou
08/24/2006 11:15 pm
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Good tough talking.
Thanks, honey!

vladt
08/22/2006 12:32 am
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very good chapter. marie was wonderful. spike's "there's just no way to make that right..." seems to be right to the point. thanks for the fine read.
Thank you...

And Spike should know about the 'no way to make thing right' situation, given how things were between him and Joyce when Joyce died.

08/21/2006 02:49 pm
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and spike just hit the nail on the head right there....jenny is the reason that giles will never be able to get past his hatred of angel...sigh...poor giles...i even feel a bit sorry for angel, even though he's too stupid to get it.. great chapter, looking forward to the next
Thanks, honey!

I think Angel finds it convenient to pretend to be too stupid to get it, in the same way that he finds it convenient to parrot out, "but I didn't have a soul when I..." Much like Xander, he always manages to get away without really taking responsibility for his actions. Never is a very long time, however...

08/21/2006 01:39 pm
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Ohhhh great chapter - I love how you brought up Jenny and the concept that it wasn't that he killed her it was that he took awat the chance to make peace, I love this chapter and cannot wait for more - great chapter sweetie!
Thanks, honey!

I figure that the way things were left between Spike and Joyce, it'd be all too easy for him to imagine how Giles feels.

I'm glad you liked it. More tomorrow. Promise.

08/21/2006 09:43 am
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The drunken gentlemen must be passed out cold by the time I write this. Good perspicacity by Spike in the conversation about Giles' resentment over Jenny's death; "there's just no way to make that right. . ."
Lol, the drunken gentlemen would probably be better off if they were passed out cold, but I guess you'll get to see what they're up to next chapter.

Thanks, honey!

kim
08/21/2006 09:17 am
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Well, I had time...and the drinking game was just too much fun to stop at one chapter....so, a ways...

Just gets funnier and funnier!
Lol1 I have a funny feeling that might mean the rest of the book. I know I started off proofing the next chapter and then kept going, only I'm pretty sure it was more reading than proofing by the second or third chapter.

Thanks, honey!

pearlseed
07/21/2008 07:33 am
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I've been reading for 12 hours now or a bit more and I'd say based on that, you've created a pretty telling tale.  I like the household and Wes across the way and the silly references to things of now and I love love love what goes on behind closed doors at the Summers household.  I vote a definite yahoo!! EYa on your story and I'm going to drag myself away from this wonderful version of Spike and Buffy--I like how they are with one another--I love Spike all Alpha male and Buffy as the winsome wench with him and hte cool killer out in the world.  As it should be--like Giles and Love Tara!!  Your description of her smile is priceless and so very much of Amber Benson!!  Many thanks for the good read--no chores done today I'll have you know but I got to visit a very unique world and that's always a treat.

08/30/2007 02:51 am
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OH I can't believe Angel.
Lol! Well, in canon, he never really gave up on her until he fell in love with Cordelia, and he had well and truly screwed with her head to the extent that no one was ever going to measure up before he left...

Thanks again.

09/05/2006 08:39 am
Chapter 5.04         
Way to go! you had Spike on a real roll, first Giles, and I have to say that I hated the way the writer's handled their relationship after the incident. Then Angel, throw in his comment about Faith looking like a chippie, and then calling her a slut. Calling Gunn, Sisko and laughing when Gunn thought he could protect Angel better than Conner or Faith. And last but not least when Angel gave his reason for leaving Buffy, I'm surprised that he didn't just start the brawl that Spike was trying to prevent. Dawn almost got away with it! Awesome dialogue for Spike. Great read, thanks.
Lol! It's chapters like these that make Spike so much fun to write...

And, I'm not sure Spike would have minded a brawl, just so long as it didn't spoil Buffy's "Happy Day".

Thank you, honey!

Lou
08/24/2006 11:02 pm
Chapter 5.04         
This is so well written. The characters are spot-on.
Thanks. I'm glad you liked it.

08/21/2006 01:33 pm
Chapter 5.04         
Oh I love this chapter sweetie! It is really great! The whole game of asking questions were really good. I love how Angel had to admit that he thought he would end up with her. I am so glad that Spike was there for Buffy. Also I adored the part where SPike was yelling at Giles for the treatment of Joyce. super chapter!
Thanks, honey!

Even with a whole bunch of alcohol I still had to work out a way to actually begin to get them talking, 'cause it was far too easy just to imagine them sitting in three of the four corners of the room and glaring at each other.

And, well, if that wasn't Angel's plan, I'd love to know what that whole cookie-dough scene was about, though I'm not sure whether I would have seen that when I wrote this. It seems likely that that might have been what inspired this, though. As for Spiike yelling at Giles, pure wish gratification on my part. Joyce so didn't deserve to be alone all that time.

kim
08/21/2006 12:07 am
Chapter 5.04         
The drinking game is really funny, except for Angel's asshole revelations. I read ahead for this part, and....wow....
Lol! Well not quite sure just how far ahead you've read, but, yeah, Spike succeeds in getting everyone's tongues loosened up.

Thanks, honey.

vladt
08/20/2006 08:05 pm
Chapter 5.04         
very good read. love spike sounding off to giles about his treatment of joyce. giles chapter ending statement is a starting point. thanks for the fine read.
Thank you!

Yep, there's hope that Giles and Spike will learn to get along, yet...

08/20/2006 07:48 pm
Chapter 5.04         
great chapter..hating angel now more than ever, great soddin' pouf...lol...hurting buffy on purpose like that...grrr...okay, more now!
Thanks, honey!

The thing is that I can well imagine Angel thinking like that and talking himself into believing that he was doing Buffy a favour. It certainly fits in with his appearance at the end of S7.

08/20/2006 12:15 pm
Chapter 5.04         
Lovely bonding between "gentlemen." Teeheehee
Thanks, honey! The fun's just starting.

06/17/2010 01:44 am
Chapter 5.03         
Go Dawnie! I like Faith but it was nothing less than she deserves and if the adults are too 'polite' or supposedly 'grown up' to dish it out, Dawn isn't.

08/30/2007 12:54 am
Chapter 5.03         
I would be leaving too at what they are talking about.
Lol! Well, I don't think Giles regards it as one of his finest moments... but he's not getting off that lightly.

Thanks again.

09/05/2006 08:01 am
Chapter 5.03         
Buffy so throughly busted him, and Dawn was right , it only made them feel like teens. I guess we know how they were as teens then don't we! Rutting little hormone bombs! I read your comments before I started to read and when you said that you had 100 chapters for A&D I wanted to see how many you had actually posted, Crap! it was all 100! As I was counting I had inadvertently saw something I wished I didn't. I won't say here in case someone reads this review, but I understand your comment about who will not be at the wedding. No kibitzer here. You can so count your hubby as a child! They act the part, they get the title. No matter if I was married or in a long relationship, if they acted like a kid then they got the title, which happened in every case at some point. Who's the guy that's in Canada? and what house was she at? Another excellent read, thanks.
Lol! I finally finished AAD about three months ago now (I think) after almost four years of writing it.

As for hubby, he has a whole room for his toy soldiers... Need I say more?

If it's any consolation what you inadvertantly saw will probably be covered in the next batch of chapters that I post or the batch after that, so I imagine you'll get there fairly soon.

Who the guy is... Well, that'd be chapter 4.02 of AAD if you really want to find out.

And thank you!

08/21/2006 01:27 pm
Chapter 5.03         
LMAO - that was brilliant! I adored how you got giles to do what you wanted him to do by reveling the band candy incident in front of dawn. Now he has to go get drunk or deal with dawn after she found out! Brilliant writing style!
It's so long ago that I can't remember if there was any sort of conscious planning, but yeah, getting drunk with two vampires must seem like a doddle compared with facing Dawn.

Thanks, honey!

vladt
08/19/2006 09:32 pm
Chapter 5.03         
very good read. loved dawn highlighting this chapter. thanks for the fun read.
Thanks, honey!

Dawn has her own special charms.

08/19/2006 08:35 pm
Chapter 5.03         
good point, dawnie...so rupie has these latent tendencies to get a little...er...randy...with or without the candy, perhsap? lol....great chapter, loved it...love the dawn interaction with -- well, *everyone* -- even if she *is* being a bit of a brat...great chapter
Lol! I think after the Sam thing Dawn has a licence to be a brat for a while, even if she didn't get one just for being a teenager... and, yep, it might just be that Giles has certain tendencies he'd rather no one knew about.

Thanks, honey!

kim
08/19/2006 08:57 am
Chapter 5.03         
Ooooooo.....Giles is in trouble....

And man! Dawn really took her nasty pills today. Even Faith didn't deserve that much vitriol.
Well, Giles' little secret was bound to come out sometime...

And Dawn, well, not that she can't do the nasty anyway, but it's only fair to expect that she'll act up a bit after the whole Sam thing...

Thanks, honey.

08/30/2007 12:28 am
Chapter 5.02         
Oh I love the way he put the end part of it.
Thanks, honey. I'm glad you liked it.

09/04/2006 01:40 pm
Chapter 5.02         
Yeah, with all that slayers blood in him, he probably couldn't get it to go down for the rest of the day or at least making many more deposits. Good for Spike, giving Faith a glimpse of what Buffy's getting and she never will. One more I think and then to bed, but I'll give it a read and then decide. Thanks for this wonderful fic.
Lol! I think you probably stopped just in time. I had people who were determined that they would wait for the updates here switching over to my own site to read the end of this section, so it's probably a good job you didn't get any further in.

Hope you have a good night and probably catch some more of your comments later.

Hugs! Thanks again!

08/21/2006 01:20 pm
Chapter 5.02         
What a wonderful sweet scene between spike and buffy - lovely bathroom scene *evil grin* I enjoyed it very much - spike telling faith that the bathroom was going to be in use was fab! I loved it! Good job with the chappie and wonderful story as usual!
Lol! Why did I suspect that that might be the sort of scene that you'd like.

Thanks, honey!

08/18/2006 11:14 am
Chapter 5.02         
What a lovely bit of time for them to be together.
Hee! Well, he's right, Buffy did promise, after all.

kim
08/18/2006 08:34 am
Chapter 5.02         
Mix of sweetness with the crude bluntness...that's our couple, alright.
Lol, yep, it definitely is, especially our Spike.

vladt
08/18/2006 07:14 am
Chapter 5.02         
wonderful read, thank you. beautiful last line.
Thank you! I'm glad you liked it.

08/18/2006 07:08 am
Chapter 5.02         
wow...spike manages to make even the raunchiest activities so romantic...lol...and i guess faith got quite the earful...good...great chapter
Lol! Not to mention quite the eyeful as well.

Glad you like it, honey! Thank you!

08/29/2007 11:30 pm
Chapter 5.01         
OH I wonder what Faith will think of being woken up by them.
Lol! I'm sure you've found out by now...

Thanks again.

09/04/2006 01:13 pm
Chapter 5.01         
You know, it's a good thing that this happened with Spike so that Buffy gets an idea of how Spike lives his life in consistent fear of losing her. She does come with an expiration date as they say. Gotta love those shared dreams. One more I guess, and then I'll call it for a few hours. Nothing to do today, It's our Labor Day and my son and I are staying home. A three day holiday from school and he catching up on all the anime' that he's downloaded. Fantastic chapter, thanks.
Lol! isn't it good when kids amuse themselves (not that I have any. Technically, a 39-year-old husband doesn't count.)

Beginning to look like there's a good chance you might get this book finished later today.

Glad you enjoyed it, honey. Thank you!

Lou
08/24/2006 09:51 pm
Chapter 5.01         
Powerful stuff.
Thank you, honey!

vladt
08/17/2006 09:32 pm
Chapter 5.01         
great update, thanks for the fun read. loved the "the bint the sofa" convversation.
Lol, well, I really couldn't see Buffy passing up the opportunity for a little bit of payback, and a whole lot of making sure Faith knows Spike's taken.

Thank you!

08/17/2006 02:33 pm
Chapter 5.01         
that was sobering at the end....so what's gonna happen next? now they have to deal with the first, i suppose? great chapter...on to more please
In the long term i.e. in the fifth book in the series, Angels and Demons, they have to deal with The First. In the shorter term Buffy has other priorities.

08/17/2006 01:04 pm
Chapter 5.01         
What a lovely chapter. Another great start to a new section. My livejournal is athenewolfe. I just added you! I can't wait to see how this story turns out. I love these dreams. Fantastic job!
Thanks, honey!

I'm glad you liked it. This section is really more about another couple than Buffy and Spike, so make the most of those dreams, but I guess you'll find out where this is going in a chapter or two.

Have added you to my LJ FL as well. Look forward to spotting your posts.

kim
08/17/2006 09:17 am
Chapter 5.01         
A pretty place in a dream...and a Potential to find. Into the nitty-gritty of war with the First.

I'm thinking Faith isn't getting much sleep while they're up there.
Yep, I guess this is where the it really begins to become a war... And, no, I don't imagine Faith getting much sleep with those two above her... Guess Buffy isn't quite as magnanimous as she might want people to think.

08/29/2007 07:56 pm
Chapter 4.19         
So he is better I am so glad.
Thanks again.

09/04/2006 12:45 pm
Chapter 4.19         
Yup, another crisis and it wasn't even tuesday! Another thing I'd forgotten, and that was Giles not knowing about Conner. Now that things have calmed down I guess tomorrow they'll find out why Angel called in the first place. Thank you so much T, just love it.
Lol! They might. I honestly can't remember, though I suspect it was probably to tell them thanks for the warning and that Faith got out of prison.

Thank you, honey! I'm just glad you're enjoying it so much.

08/18/2006 09:40 am
Chapter 4.19         
AII just finished Book Four and am going on to Five. Thank you for the regular and wonderful updates. I'm looking forward to the Buffy/Angel discussion and the rest of the possibilities with the AI gang intruding on the Scoobies' turf.
Gah, could have sworn I was half way through replying to this before...

Thanks, honey, I'm glad you're enjoying them. Hopefully the Scoobies dealings with the AI crowd will live up to expectations.

vladt
08/17/2006 05:24 am
Chapter 4.19         
very good update, thank you
Thank you! Glad you liked it!

08/16/2006 08:52 pm
Chapter 4.19         
Wow - what a wonderful story! Is this it for this section or for book four? (Was confused - didn't see it as listed as finished)

Regardless this is a super fab story! I want to say thank you for taking the time to answer all my reviews and tell me little snippets of things (so happy that Faith will eventually be happy as well) you are such a great writer and I adore your story! It always makes me happy to see the update and know that I have something to look forward to reading.

Your characterizations are amazing, your original characters are very well done, you truly weave complex emotions and stories throughout your fics. It is very very excellant writing.

Thank you very much for the writing and of course all the lovely responses. It makes me feel valued as a reader and makes me feel like a friend!

*hugs you tight*
Hey sweetie!

This is it for Section 4, but there's still Section 5 (another 13 chapters) to go before we go onto the next and last book, so you can look forward to seeing what happens when Spike, Angel and Giles have that little drinking session that Spike and Buffy were talking about.

No problem with answering the reviews. You take the time to comment, so it's only fair that I take the time to reply, and you do get to feeling like you begin to understand and know each other when you start to know what we both like or don't like about the various characters. I guess this is where I should ask if you have an LJ (or GJ though I'm not so good at remembering to check there) account? (My ID on both is talesofspike.)

You can look forward to about another three and a half months of daily updates on this and the last book before it all winds up. There are, so far, three short ficlets set in the future of the 'verse and after that, I guess it depends what people ask for in the way of birthday treats whether I end up adding some more.

I'm really glad you've enjoyed the series so much and it's been great getting a fresh viewpoint on the stories, eapecially some of the earlier bits where it's so long since I wrote them that I could barely remember them.

*hugs you right back*

08/16/2006 02:32 pm
Chapter 4.19         
i really hope they're right...great chapter... you write Spike very well...can't wait to see what happens next
Thanks, honey! I'm glad you enjoyed it... Compared with the other characters it's always more fun to write Spike... JM made him such a wonderfully charismatic, but also lovably(sp?) flawed character, and I guess the extra anjoyment shows.

As for the next section, it does have its serious side in a way, but hopefully you should get some laughs too... And after that we hit the last book of the series.

kim
08/16/2006 11:58 am
Chapter 4.19         
Good wrap-up of this section.

Yeah...Holtz wasn't really concerned with teaching Connor the finer bits of charm...the kid has a lot of catching up to do. Always felt sorry for the life he missed out on.

Classic Spike - hates to be hovered around, especially in public...William might have been okay with the extra mothering, but the Big Bad loses too much face around so many people.

Tara's such a good mediator.
Good wrap-up of this section.
Thank you, honey! Thirteen more chapters and we're onto the last 'book'.

Yeah...Holtz wasn't really concerned with teaching Connor the finer bits of charm...the kid has a lot of catching up to do. Always felt sorry for the life he missed out on.
Not to mention the fact Holtz indoctrinated him with a hatred of anything even remotely demonic. So much bigotry hammered home for so long at those sort of ages is going to take an awful lot of deprogramming.

Classic Spike - hates to be hovered around, especially in public...William might have been okay with the extra mothering, but the Big Bad loses too much face around so many people.
William might have been okay, but I rather think that after spending so long with no one other than his mother giving a damn about him he'd have been hard pushed to know what to make of it. Could imagine him being way flustered.

Tara's such a good mediator.
She is. She would be anyway, but one of the things I wanted with this AU was to build a solid brother/sister relationship between her and Spike... Once the fight against The First
really gets going they didn't get as much together time as I hoped, but that was my original intention at least.

08/29/2007 06:36 pm
Chapter 4.18         
OH I hope he is okay.
Thanks, honey!

09/04/2006 12:23 pm
Chapter 4.18         
Way to go Buffy! Do what's good for your man or vamp. I had forgotten that there was bad blood between Faith and really everyone but also Wes. I never like Faith and I kinda ignored her when she was on screen. I played a Xander and lived the land of Eygpt. Wonderful chapter, thanks for the read. *hugs*
Well, the last time Faith saw Wes she was torturing him. She did hold Joyce hostage before that and yeah well pretty much crossed everyone...

I actually like Faith as a character, especially in AtS S4. She may have really screwed up, but by that point she has a willingness to try to make what restitution she can, and well, I just like her.

Thanks, honey!

Lou
08/24/2006 09:26 pm
Chapter 4.18         
Fingers crossed.
Thank you!

vladt
08/15/2006 11:52 pm
Chapter 4.18         
very good read, thank you. faith is holding up against the anger. spike is taking direction as well as can be expected.
Thank you! (always have to stifle the instinctive but not particularly manly 'honey' or 'sweetie' there. Terrible habit).

Faith normally does a pretty good job of keeping up appearances... and, well, Spike is just Spike.

kim
08/15/2006 07:15 pm
Chapter 4.18         
Hee hee..mother hens everywhere.
Thanks, honey!

He does have a few females looking out for his best interests.

08/15/2006 02:14 pm
Chapter 4.18         
i really hope that worked and he's okay..you know in spite of it all i like faith...though buffy and dawn never will...lol...great chapter, can't wait to see what happens next
Thanks, honey!

As for the other, it's amazing what you can do with 114 chapters to play with. Can't say that they're exactly best buds, but they're definitely all getting along together by the end of everything.

08/15/2006 12:47 pm
Chapter 4.18         
excellant as always sweetie - I really love your writing style. I feel a bit sorry for Faith - I have always loved her character and she is trying. She reminds me of Spike - snarky, defensive and bad, but redeemable. perhaps I just love the underdog. *grin* I love her attitude and love the Spuffy plan on getting giles drunk. great idea! LOL
Thanks, honey!

Will it make you feel any better to know that by the time everything is all wrapped up, even Faith gets to have as happy an ending as I could believably pull off?

One more chapter of poisoning aftermath to come and then we're onto the getting Giles drunk section of the fic, which just so happens to be the last section for FTE...

dzio
06/26/2010 03:11 am
Chapter 4.17         
You know, on one hand I'm thinking Wood got what he deserved, on the other hand - he's just a victim, like canon!Spike was, when the First was messing with his head. But then Spike actually fought it so hard that it almost killed him, and Wood just rolled over and believed the illusion, because it gave him something he wanted, so I can't say I feel too bad about holding it against him... 

08/29/2007 06:17 pm
Chapter 4.17         
OH well he might not be leaving Sunnydale hope Spike is ok with him in the psych ward.
I think as long as he's somewhere where he can't do anyone any harm, Spike won't be too bothered.

Thanks again.

09/04/2006 11:47 am
Chapter 4.17         
Got to give Angel a point or two for intent. Don't blame Buffy I bit for not wanting Faith to donate. I keep wondering about rupert the cat. Is he a real cat or a demon of some kind. If he's real, he's one of a kind that's for sure. Like Koko in the "Cat Who..." books. I'm just a happy little chappy, thanks, T. Terrific chapter.
Lol! I think it's safe to say that Rupert is more of a companion in feline form than a cat.

Yep, Angel was at least trying to do the right thing, and no, Buffy had good reason not to want Faith involved, but I guess you'll see how that plays out...

Thanks again!

Lou
08/24/2006 09:02 pm
Chapter 4.17         
Neat.
Thanks!

vladt
08/14/2006 09:03 pm
Chapter 4.17         
very good update, thank you
Thank you, honey!

08/14/2006 12:23 pm
Chapter 4.17         
LMAO - they ran into Holden - how funny - good lock Wood up and throw away the key! i love it!
Well, you have to admit that Wood gave them plenty of reason to doubt his sanity... and somehow I don't think The First is going to go out of its way to help him out, now that he has no particular use.

Glad you liked it, honey! Thanks as always for your kind words.

kim
08/14/2006 07:17 am
Chapter 4.17         
Hey, a mention of ol' Holden.

And Spike says the sweetest things...

Wes is right about Bee...Giles probably won't see that for a long time, though.

And Buffy with her silly jealousies...if she focused more on what she could do vs. what people do around her, she wouldn't have the problem.
Hee! The Holden reference seemed kinda appropriate.

Lol! Having proofed a bunch of chapters at once, I had to do a quick skim to see which bits of Spike-speech you might be referring to. Of course, the first thing I found was "you can f**k right off."

Giles has issues that need to be worked out before he'll be in a position to have a relationship with anyone, not least of which is working out which side of The Atlantic he belongs.

And, well, I figure Buffy's jealous streak pretty much puts her on a level footing with Spike, which is probably healthier in the long term than him being all possessive vamp and her not understanding where it comes from... and lets face it, it's not like Faith hasn't gone out of her way in the past to cause trouble.

Anyway, thanks, honey, as always for taking the time to comment.

08/14/2006 06:55 am
Chapter 4.17         
good...wood needs to be locked away where he can't do anymore damage...can't wait for spike to be all better...and i want bee and giles to hook up, too...great chapter, looking forward to the next
Thanks, honey!

Not sure I want to comment on your wish list and what you might or might not get, except to say, more tomorrow as usual...

dzio
06/26/2010 02:57 am
Chapter 4.16         
Whew, that was close. Great chapter!

And I must say I'm with Dawn on the no forgiveness yet thing. It's like Xander can act like a semi-decent, sane, non-brain-dead person only when there's an even bigger jerk than him around. He looks a tiny smidge better by comparison and somehow it pushes him to do something that makes that difference big enough to be really noticable. Can't say I'm very much impressed.

08/29/2007 05:15 pm
Chapter 4.16         
It was nice to hear what Xander did and said.
Occasionally, you realise there might be hope for him, yet.

Thanks.

09/04/2006 11:22 am
Chapter 4.16         
Looks like there may be a very happy wedding after all, with all of her friends there to wish her well. That's a very happy thought. Fantastic chappie T, thanks.
Lol! Round about Chapters 97-100 of AAD, though I'm not about to guarantee that all of Buffy's friends will make it that far...

Thanks, honey!

Lou
08/24/2006 08:46 pm
Chapter 4.16         
Brilliant.
Thank you!

vladt
08/14/2006 02:36 am
Chapter 4.16         
fine read, thank you. you know i agree with dawn's "You're still a jerk,"
Big grin! Cool. At least I know I have one reader who won't be asking me when I'm going to give Xander a break. Thank you!

08/13/2006 11:45 pm
Chapter 4.16         
i love dawn's comment at the end...lol...great chapter...like the way spike handled wood...can't wait for the next chapter, hopefully with some nice spuffy comfort scenes...poor spikey great chapter though
Thanks, honey!


We all know Spike can be every bit as devastating with his words as with his fists, and Dawn will keep Xander on his toes. As for the Spuffiness of the next chapter, you can judge for yourself now.

kim
08/13/2006 08:43 pm
Chapter 4.16         
Ah, some of the best of what i love about Spike. Damn!
Thanks, honey!

Spike can do so much damage with his tongue that he doesn't always have to use his fists.

08/13/2006 07:28 pm
Chapter 4.16         
oh lovely chapter - I love the rescue of spike and how family sticks together - xander actually was rather cool in this chapter - such an excellant chapter
Thank you, honey!

Just because Xander is a git, doesn't mean that he always has to be a complete and total git.

dzio
06/26/2010 02:41 am
Chapter 4.15         
You know, this whole thing with the crosses in Wood's garrage creeped me out big time. Now it's even more creepy. And what's with the First and keeping crazy dudes in the school basement? 

06/16/2010 09:38 pm
Chapter 4.15         
Good point for Dawny with the Riley mention. Buffy is a bit of a hypocrite, Methinks. Just seems that she's enjoying the whole 'I'm the boss, you do as I say' routine a bit too much and too often lording her power over her sister. I get that she has to be the responsible adult *snort* now, but she and Spike both need to remember Dawn isn't twelve.

08/29/2007 12:53 pm
Chapter 4.15         
Oh so now Spike knows what is going on so I wonder what he will do to get out.
Lol! As usual, I'm so far behind that I'm sure you already know...

Thanks again.

09/04/2006 10:29 am
Chapter 4.15         
Thanks for bringing in some levity. Dawn's certainly right about Brandon not worrying about his throat. The pentagram's magic must have knocked out Giles and Tara? Powerful magic given to Woods by the Council no doubt. Good thing Bee already knows a lot of demon languages, wonder she knows sign language too? Looks like it would help on her date. Ha ha! Great chapter, thanks.
No, his throat would not be the worry area.

Magic innate to the seal itself (in my 'verse, anyway).

Well, I figure if Bee couldn't talk to her doctor that would make him being her doctor kinda pointless.

Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks, honey!

Lou
08/24/2006 08:35 pm
Chapter 4.15         
Very clever how you've woven the threads.
I do my best. I'm glad you're enjoying it.

Thank you!

08/13/2006 09:37 am
Chapter 4.15         
Yikes. Is Wood hanging around over the Hellmouth? I do love Rupert, Rogue and Bee. Cute demon trying to help Tara and Giles (not the cool Rupert).
Is Wood hanging around over the Hellmouth?

He was... Guessing by now you've probably read the next update as it would have already been there when you reviewed this chapter.

Glad the original characters are fitting in so well with the Scoobies.

vladt
08/13/2006 12:17 am
Chapter 4.15         
excellent read, thank you. go bree, go dawn, and someone do the world a favor, step on xander.
lol! Thanks, honey! I'm glad you enjoyed it, except for the near inevitable Xander let down.

08/12/2006 08:15 pm
Chapter 4.15         
excellant chapter - lov it much
Thank you, honey!

08/12/2006 03:21 pm
Chapter 4.15         
oh wow...is wood *trying* to open the hellmouth, or is he just an idiot? poor spike! buffy needs to hurry! at least he's still alive and coherent enough to be thinking smart....great chapter, more soon please
Well, we all knew The First had done quite the number on Wood, so I'd go with trying to open the hellmouth...

kim
08/12/2006 10:33 am
Chapter 4.15         
About time for Spike to kick some ass.

Figured Bee wasn't 100% human. I bet she's something really special.

Xander has no manners!! His parents should be shot.

Nice to have a medic around, even if he only speaks in noises.
Hee! Well, he'll give it a good go, but he's at a slight disadvantage at the moment.

Bee, well, yeah, she is pretty special.

Xander? Well, I doubt his parents brought him up to hate demons, but they sure laid the foundations.

And, yeah, a medic is going to be pretty useful in the upcoming chapters.

Thanks, honey, as always...

08/29/2007 12:39 pm
Chapter 4.14         
OH thank god he is not dead but what happened to the dog and at least the cat was with him.
Lol! I take it you mean at least the cat was with the dog (who's a her not a him), rather than the cat being with Spike?

Thanks again.

09/04/2006 09:55 am
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Bad, bad T. Joyce said he was going to die but it wasn't permanent, so I'm guessing this wasn't it, more to look forward to, thanks! It's hard for me to see him in pain let alone dusted, even for a little while. That's my boy there. Guess I needed a good cry, yes? Well anyway, they're all there for her if she needs them which is great. Guess Giles and Bee aren't out of the picture yet. Going to watch Buffy kick Robin's ass. Gotta say this is better then the last chapter. Thanks T.
Pouts and makes puppy dog eyes...

Not sure what exactly Joyce said, but you have to bear in mind that odds on it was The First playing with Spike's head.

Giles and Bee not totally out of the picture, yet... Time will tell.

And, yeah, everyone is there to back Buffy up now.

Thanks, honey!

08/12/2006 08:15 am
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Hmmmm. Does Wood actually think that his mother is with him in spirit or something equally silly? I always thought it strange he never figured out that some vampire was going to kill his mother, it happened to be Spike, who took her in fair combat.
Thanks, honey!

Though your point is perfectly true, I really don't expect it made much difference to a kid focused on taking out his mother's killer... and your comment about a fair fight, I suspect, he would see more as Spike hunting his mother down, after all they didn't just meet by chance, Spike wasn't feeding or doing whatever it took for him to stay alive, he actively hunted Nikki down in cold blood. Hard to see Wood feeling forgiving about it.

As for Wood being stupid, I suspect there's a lot of wanting to be fooled in there... And if you call Wood stupid for it, then I guess in canon Spike would have to be an imbecile to believe he was insane. I mean, were any of his so-called hallucinations people who The First wouldn't have been able to impersonate?

08/12/2006 02:23 am
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excellant story so far - this is an excellant - I loved how she knew it wasn;t him. I loved how Be is treating Dawn as an adult and letting her make the decision - and the looking pretty line was excellant

Loved it as always!
Thanks, honey!

Makes a change for Giles not to be the one bossing everyone around. And it's so much fun to let Bee wind him up.

08/11/2006 01:19 am
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oh no....i'm so scared for spike...but at least he's alive...sort of...lol..great chapter, love how they were all too smart to fall for it (even if i wasn't) lol.. great job
Thanks, honey!

And, hey, if they were so smart why were they sitting round drinking Wes's brandy? Yeah, they worked it out eventually but their instantaneous reaction was of the "Oh bugger!" variety...

Glad you enjoyed it.

vladt
08/11/2006 01:08 am
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just your normal great read, thank you very much. good dog, rogue. love rupert. rupert the cat, not rupert the ass.
love rupert. rupert the cat, not rupert the ass.
lol! I just had to grin when I read this.

Thanks for brightening my morning. Glad you enjoyed the chapter.

kim
08/10/2006 11:05 pm
Chapter 4.14         
Poor Rogue...

Dun dun duh...revelations for Giles. Long deserved credit finally realized.

And once again, I love Bee!
Yep, poor Rogue, though it is hard to feel too sorry for any female who gets to share a bed with Spike.

Giles will eventually realise that he's been wrong about Spike a lot of the time.

Yep, Bee is definitely a keeper.

dzio
06/26/2010 02:24 am
Chapter 4.13         
Oh no, you didn't. That's the First, right? Spike is dead, after all.

And can I just say, I firmly believe that blowing up the Wanker Central was one thing the First did in S7 that I actually consider a good thing.

08/29/2007 12:27 pm
Chapter 4.13         
Oh no, what is happening, oh no he can't die
Thanks, honey! No, he can't...

09/04/2006 09:33 am
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I know it's not forever, but that doesn't mean it doesn't hurt.*sniff* I'm going to continue. I need to see if he's going to pay for hurting all the people that love him. Very sombering chapter. It had to be hard for you to write, even though you already know the outcome. Maybe this is another one of your deceptive paths, guess I'll find out sooner then everyone else who read it when you posted it. It's still a great fic just not a very happy one at the moment. Thanks T.
Ehm, yep, that would be another one of my deceptive paths...

Hopefully, you'll feel better by the end of the next chapter.

Thank you!

Lou
08/24/2006 08:18 pm
Chapter 4.13         
Bloody hell!!!
I'm glad you're enjoying it (or I hope that means you are).

Thank you!

vladt
08/10/2006 10:29 pm
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very good read, and very evil place to stop. thanks for the fine read. ok, i'll even thank you for the evil chapter ending.
Big evil grin! Thank you! And you know what? I'm in such a good mood after all the evilness, that I might just post the next chapter early and claim it's so I can get a head start on writing when I get up tomorrow morning.

Thanks again!

08/10/2006 04:36 pm
Chapter 4.13         
no, no!!!! how awful!! no she has to help him somehow!!! at least they know what the cure is, but...is it really too late? need more story now...but *sigh* i suppose i'll have to wait, won't i? great chapter
Thanks, honey!

Yeah, you probably will have to wait... Well, unless you check the earlier reviews and see what someone else has been speculating. As usual, there'll be more tomorrow, unless you want to catch the last 119 chapters (19 more for FTE, 100 for Angels and Demons) at He's No Angel... or just skip ahead a bit. Yep, I'm evil.

Hugs.

08/10/2006 12:10 pm
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Oh oh that is such a mean place to end the chapter - I love it I love it - I must have more! This is such an absolutly wonderful fantastic chappie. *bites nails* I am really looking forward to the next update!
lol! I sooo have my doubts about you lasting another 119 days without switching to He's No Angel and reading ahead, but this way is definitely better for your studies.

I'm glad you enjoyed it, sweetie, and thanks as always for your kind comments.

kim
08/10/2006 10:15 am
Chapter 4.13         
Fake image - very cruel.

Giles is a dumbass for thinking Buffy doesn't need him...that the other children don't need guidance still, too. He's a big frickin' coward.

Spike's hairdresser revealed...poor girl/vamp.
Thanks, honey!

Yep, very very cruel but that is The First's M.O.

As for Giles, yep, he's due for some attitude adjustment. Hmmm... Wonder what Section 5 might be about when we get there?

08/29/2007 03:05 am
Chapter 4.12         
oh that is not good.
Thanks, honey!

09/04/2006 09:05 am
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Doesn't look good for Stella, especially if that's a loop, then she's already dust. If you were thinking about Bee and Giles, look how Buffy and Spike started their relationship. Interesting. Don't know how Buffy's supposed to deal with Woods, looks like he's pretty much brain-washed by the Council. Got to go, thanks for this great fic.
Nope, Stella is well and truly gone... If you're thinking about Giles and Bee then consider how he and Maggie Walsh started their relationship...

Buffy, will pretty much deal with Wood the same way she dealt with the knights who threatened her family. She'll do whatever she has to...

Glad you're enjoying it. Thanks again!

TLou
08/24/2006 08:11 pm
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What a thriller!!
Another huge smile. I'm glad you're enjoying it.

Thank you!

08/09/2006 02:58 pm
Chapter 4.12         
She lojacked her cat! OMG I was really in a bad mood this morning and I read that and started smiling. I just love it - lojacking her cat. *giggles* I can't believe Buffy was so stubborn about not taking it - shakes head - bet it would have been faster! OMG OMG I can't believe that she hit him over the head with something. This was a fantastic chapter - I absoltuly adored it - you completly rock!
Lol! Well, if he wanders too far she just has to go and find him. He'd get really grumpy if he missed a meal. Buffy doesn't know either Bee or the cat well enough to regard the idea that she should track Spike by locating a cat whose owner thinks he is following Spike as anything other than lunacy... but that might change.

And, hey, haven't we all wanted to kick Giles upside the head from time to time... Okay, so this is mostly down to a misunderstanding, but...

Thanks, honey! Hope you had a good lunch and that the studying/meetings are going well.

vladt
08/09/2006 06:23 am
Chapter 4.12         
i guess it wouldn't do any good to yell after bee and reminder her that only she can read some of those books. fine update, fine tale. thanks for the read.
Lol! Under the circumstances probably not... but Tara may have a trick or two up her sleeve.

Thank you!

kim
08/09/2006 05:51 am
Chapter 4.12         
Aww, poor Bee panicked. Well, the scene did look bad...kinda.

Lots of plotty stuff. You've really made Robin especially nasty in this. Icky...
Giles got reamed by Bee, again, LOL.
The First's war has been confirmed...

Not a moments' peace for our heroes.
You really can't blame Bee, I guess, though I'm not entirely sure that Giles would agree.

Honestly, Wood always creeped me out, even when he was meant to be all dashing and charming, and sad to say it's a feeling that seems to go along with any character that particular actor plays, whether he's in 24, CSI... (unlike Nathan Fillion who I detested as Caleb, loved as Mal and found kinda amusing in Slither). Anyway, it wasn't hard to imagine, with just a bit more pressure from The First, certain other outside influences that may not yet be apparent, and faced with the fact that his mother's successor was about to marry her killer, that he might go off the rails completely.

And, no, there's barely a quiet day from here on out until The First has been defeated and the wedding bells have rung...

08/09/2006 05:38 am
Chapter 4.12         
oh that is so not good....they have to find him and fast!!!! great chapter, have to have more soon though!
Thanks, honey!

Yep, finding Spike would seem to be a priority. More tomorrow as usual.

08/29/2007 02:53 am
Chapter 4.11         
OH so Clem has a girlfriend, I hope they are good together.
I guess you've already seen how things progress...

Thanks again.

09/04/2006 08:43 am
Chapter 4.11         
I guess if the First has made it's self known, then Faith was bound to be around too. Wonder what Angel wanted in the first place? Anyway, good for Clem getting some action too. Can't help but think that because Woods was raised by a watcher, that maybe that's what Giles' informant meant about the Council. Guess I'll see. And before I forget, thanks for that bit of laugh's when Spike said that they weren't auditioning for the "Incredible Journey". I have to say the thought of a Master Vampire followed by a pup followed by a cat just gets me laughing. Something with is well appreciated. Fantastic chapter, thanks.
Lol! Well, this time, when they found out what was going on they actually sent her a message via Angel to let her know what was going on...

You will see, since I can't even hint as I don't remember what Giles' informant said.

Lol, it doesn't help that it's a Siamese cat which fits right in with the film. Glad you liked it, honey!

Thanks!

Lou
08/24/2006 04:00 pm
Chapter 4.11         
The hunt's on. Very exciting!
Big smile. I'm glad you're enjoying it.

Thank you!

08/09/2006 02:33 am
Chapter 4.11         
Oh I was rolling with this line "Followed by a dog was one thing, but followed by a dog that was followed by a cat..." I think I love you - that just made my night!

Okay *pouts* the only bad thing about getting caught up on stories is now I ran out... I know it is on your site but then I will forget to leave reviews so I will be patient and wait for uploads here. Besides perhaps I should go to bed... it is 230 in the moning - lol
Lol! Is going to bed at 2.30 better or worse than going to bed at 11ish and then waking up at 4... and posting updates?

Hope you're not too tired for all the work you need to do today. At least now you only have one chapter of this to distract you (and a chapter of Broken Things if you're reading that).

And, yeah, this phase of the story always sort of reminds me of The Incredible Journey, a book I think I got as a school prize in primary 3...

Thanks, honey, and given your workload, I think it's probably a wise choice to wait. We might be on the 4th of 5 'books', but there are still 120 chapters to go and that could make a serious dent in your study time.

vladt
08/08/2006 08:55 pm
Chapter 4.11         
very good read, thank you. nice to see clem with girl friend. angel and faith rushing to sunnyd. i'm sure bufy will be thrilled.
Thank you!

Clem definitely deserved someone to snuggle up with. As for Angel and Faith, I'm sure they wouldn't normally be Buffy's favourite guests, but their welcome will probably depend on just how useful they make themselves when they get there.

kim
08/08/2006 07:30 pm
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Awww, Clem has a girlfriend...

Dr. Dolittle, indeed! But I have a feeling he'll need their help.

Angel and Faith coming to the rescue...I really liked the big brother/little sister thing they ended up with. He's someone Faith has genuine cause to care about, after believing in her this long. I'm sure Buffy's going to put up a big fuss about them showing up, though.
Yep, Clem's got himself a girlfriend and she'll be around for quite a while in a background sort of way.

Spike will probably be glad of some company of any sort before too long.

Angel and Faith will hopefully manage to repay the favour for Wesley's warning about The First hunting slayers.

Thanks, honey!

08/08/2006 02:43 pm
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oh wow....that was some imagery i never thought i'd see...lol...but i guess clem deserves some love, too... lol....i hope buffy finds him in tme, and at least she kind of knows what's going on...next chappie soon please
No one expects Clem smut... but I think that's the last of it.

Buffy is going to have her work cut out tracking down the errant vamp but I'll let you find out the details as events unfold.

Thanks, honey!

08/08/2006 09:13 am
Chapter 4.11         
Go Clem!! So Lily will play sewer rat to save Spike. Kind of a cliffie though. What's up with Faith?
You've been reading this long and you expect me to have a conscience about leaving you with a cliffie?

Well, even with all the wrinkles, it seemed kinda strange that a guy as sweet as Clem should be on his own.

Yeah, Lily will act as Buffy's guide. After all, she probably uses the tunnels as much as Clem.

Nothing up with Faith, at least nothing that didn't happen in canon, only this time, that message Wes gave Angel told him about The First's slayer hunt and gave her a heads up.

Thanks, honey!

08/29/2007 02:43 am
Chapter 4.10         
OH that is not good, I hope Buffy can catch up with Spike.
Thanks, honey.

09/04/2006 08:17 am
Chapter 4.10         
Great! it's the First, already? This is so not good. The only good thing to come out of this is the fence mending that's happening between Buffy and Willow. This is becoming more nerve-racking by the minute. Great work! Thanks for the great read.
Lol! What gave it away?

I never really believed that Spike was insane in that basement in S7. After all, every one of the people he "hallucinated" were people The First was capable of impersonating. He never hallucinated Willow or Giles or Xander...

Thank you, honey!

08/09/2006 02:20 am
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I loved the line about the soulless vampire being able to resist the lure of evil but a human beings could be easy to manipulate. excellant point. I loved it!
Thanks, honey!

Spike has to always be on his guard, and he has sooo much to lose if he stumbles. People like Robin Wood are already half eaten away by hatred and bitterness... easy targets.

kim
08/07/2006 10:01 am
Chapter 4.10         
Poor hurt puppy...so loyal. Spike's got his own Lassie.

Nice effort, Tara, but it just takes too long. They're going to be playing catch-up to get to Spike before Robin does.
Yep, that poor puppy has definitely decided that Spike is hers. And, yep, Buffy is going to be playing catch up... more than you could know.

Thanks, honey, for taking time to comment.

vladt
08/07/2006 08:49 am
Chapter 4.10         
very good read, thank you. so it is wood? you wouldn't mislead us? yeah, right. rogue still has a part to play. thanks again. love the tale
Me? Mislead you? Well, isn't that half the fun, working it out alongside the characters?

Yeah, it really is Wood, this time, though.

Glad you're enjoying it, and thanks as always for making the effort to comment.

08/07/2006 08:01 am
Chapter 4.10         
oh i'm so worried for spike...hope he doesn't end up hurt...glad buffy knows kind of what's going on now, hope she can stop him or wood before anything really bad happens...great chapter
Spike is definitely making things worse for himself, but since he's not entirely rational you can't really blame him. As for who gets where when, I'll let that unfold in its own time.

Thanks as always for taking the time to comment.

08/07/2006 07:00 am
Chapter 4.10         
Oh dear. Robin Wood and the First in cahoots against Spike. More story please.
lol. More tomorrow as usual and there's enough for around another four months at a chapter a day, so I don't think there's any danger you won't get enough.

Thanks, honey!

08/29/2007 02:33 am
Chapter 4.09         
OH so that is good that Spike is able to fight it, I hope everything works out and they get to Buffy on time too.
You know Spike, he's not one to give in easily, but...

Thanks

09/04/2006 08:01 am
Chapter 4.09         
You know you're evil, right? Starting off this chapter with Angel and making me read 3/4 of the way down before I found out what happened to Dawn. I knew he wasn't going to hurt her if he could help it but I didn't know what she could do to get away from him. Of course! a female's only defense against any male! Buffy better get there before Spike, that's for sure. Great chappie once again, thanks.
Me? Evil? Cool!!!

Lol, Spike is so going to need the "But I had a fever and I was hallucinating so you expect me to be rational" card when this is all over.

Thanks, honey!

Lou
08/24/2006 03:54 pm
Chapter 4.09         
The tension is killing me!!
Lol. My job is done. I'm glad you're enjoying it.

Thank you!

08/09/2006 02:17 am
Chapter 4.09         
OMG - I CANNOT Believe Xander. He better get his act together and he might end up in divorce court. How can you say you love someone and then despise others for the same trait. It is sick and disgusting and he needs to shape up before he loses something or someone important to him. If i could strangle him through the story I would. the story is getting very intense - i am loving it!
Xander - will be Xander...

He's a hypocrite in so many ways and until someone actually pulls him on it, he wouldn't even notice, but in this instance I suspect he hasn't fully taken in the seriousness of the situation, not that it makes his attitude any more palatable, but I suspect he might be a bit more retiscent(sp?) about voicing his opinions if he realised just how close to dying Spike is.

vladt
08/06/2006 08:20 pm
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very good, thanks. even ill, spike is consistent: stubborn, rash, foolhardy and buffy is going to kill him.
Hee! Isn't he just, though I suspect that what Buffy will do with him probably depend just what state he's in when she finds him and how relieved she is to see him by that point.

Thanks, as always!

08/06/2006 03:04 pm
Chapter 4.09         
so where is he planning on going? he's not in much condition to be moving!! poor spike! i hope they find a solution soon! he shouldn't be going to meet this guy, it's supremely stupid of him...but..*sigh*...rash, impetuous, recklesss....typical spike *sigh* great chapter...more please
Spike has every intention of making it to that meeting. Like you say, so stupid, but so very Spike.

More tomorrow. Thanks, honey!

kim
08/06/2006 12:59 pm
Chapter 4.09         
Spike...ever the self-sacrificing hero...with too much masculine pride for his own good.

Love the cat. A familiar?

What's in the letter from Lindsey? Do we ever find out?
Hee! Boys will be boys, especially stubborn male vamp boys.

Rupert is definitely not your average cat but I think he's too independent to really be a familiar.

Re the letters, I think you find out, but it's so long since I wrote it that I can't say for sure. Angel's is basically an 'I'll be back so don't get too comfy' warning, while Spike's was more 'Don't get between me and Angel and I'll have no quarrel with you' type thing, but as it turned out, it took me four years to write a couple of months worth of events so he never actually made another appearance.

08/29/2007 02:24 am
Chapter 4.08         
OH no this is not good, Spike is to far gone and going to try and snack on dawn, I hope if he bites her he will realize what he is doing, what is going to happen to Spike if he goes.
Again, I figure, you've got all the answers to your questions already, so I'll just say, "Thanks!"

09/04/2006 07:33 am
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OMG! I bet when you first posted this everyone was groaning at the cliffhanger you left them with. Even if my eyeballs were hanging on my cheekbones, I would stop here. So glad that Willow's coming back, but I need to find out about Spike and how far this fever will take him. Thanks, bye.
Hee! Not as much with this one as they were a couple of chapters from now... Why, yes, I am evil...

Thanks, honey!

Lou
08/24/2006 03:50 pm
Chapter 4.08         
Yikes!
I'm glad you're enjoying it.

Thank you!

08/09/2006 02:03 am
Chapter 4.08         
and Wood makes his move. I hope that Spike doesn;t hurt Dawn - he would never forgive himself for it. I can;t wait to see what happens next - this is a great story!
Thanks, honey!

As you say, even with 'Buffy' telling him to kill her, Spike would never forgive himself if he hurt Dawn, which is probably at least part of why he gets himself into so much trouble.

08/05/2006 11:56 pm
Chapter 4.08         
Just testing...
It worked.

08/05/2006 02:44 pm
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yeah, right!! *that'll* never happen! they've got to know that even if spike was capable of getting there alone, this guy's out to kill him, he's not gonna help him...and the first showing up, that's what the hallucinations are, right? oh spike, hold on!!! buffy needs to get home now!!! this chapter was great and you have me on the edge of my seat!! more please!!
Hee! You're forgetting just one thing, the stubbornness of the male vampire...

Yep, there's a heck of a lot all happening at once. Unfortunately, Buffy is going to be busy for a little longer. More when I've been to sleep and woken up again.

kim
08/05/2006 10:34 am
Chapter 4.08         
The First is terribly cruel as usual...and Robin's pulling strings.

A little bit of the old Willow is still inside...too bad the magic is too strong a lure.
Oh, yep, The First is taking full advantage of the fact that Spike may not be entirely rational at the moment, as is its way.

Robin, well, less said about him. Even when he was meant to be one of the good guys he creeped me out.

And, yeah, good Willow is still there somewhere, but I don't think she's likely to find her own way back.

vladt
08/05/2006 07:57 am
Chapter 4.08         
excellent chapter, including the evil cliffie. thanks for the fine read.
Why, thankee, kind sir!

Not sure quite why, but being called evil always makes me grin.

08/29/2007 02:13 am
Chapter 4.07         
OH I feel so sorry for Spike right now, it is bad enough with Dru but Joyce and his mum too.
That's the way the game is played, unfortunately, exploiting the points where he's most vulnerable at the time it's most likely to work...

Thanks again.

09/04/2006 07:14 am
Chapter 4.07         
Poor tortured Spike, Dru, Anne and now Joyce! What an aweful thing to endure. The only thing that bothers me is that Rogue knows that they're there, so that can't be good. Hope Willow can help solve the mystery and help herself at the same time. Another great chapter, thanks.
Yep, someone definitely knows just what buttons to push...

Thanks, honey. Glad you're enjoying it.

Lou
08/24/2006 03:46 pm
Chapter 4.07         
God - that's brutal!
I'm glad you're enjoying it.

Thank you!

08/09/2006 01:49 am
Chapter 4.07         
Poor Spike - he is having dreams of hallucinations and keeps getting worse. I really hope that Willow will help them .Bites nails nervously. This is a great chapter, very enthralling and captivating - thanks!
Thanks, honey!

As you know, Willow manages to help them, but probably not as much as you might have hoped. Glad you enjoyed it.

08/04/2006 02:36 pm
Chapter 4.07         
oh no..poor spike..is this another effect of whatever the poison is? this chapter was excellent, has me on the edge of my seat, can't wait for more
Thanks, honey!

As to what might be the poison and what might be other forces at work, I'd rather leave it up to the reader to try to draw the line. More tomorrow as usual.

08/04/2006 11:07 am
Chapter 4.07         
Yuck! Whatever is happening to Spike is bad and seems to be moving fast. More story please.
Thanks, honey!

More tomorrow (well, tomorrow my time) as usual.

kim
08/04/2006 09:41 am
Chapter 4.07         
Yup, this is pointing to all kinds of First torment, especially with the ominous phone call for Giles.
Thanks, honey!

Well, The First was never one to let an opportunity go by...

08/29/2007 02:01 am
Chapter 4.06         
Oh this is not good.
Not good at all. Thanks.

09/04/2006 06:51 am
Chapter 4.06         
Oh you clever girl, T. I see how it's going to be. Well, I will try and not to jump to any of the conclusions that you may dangle in front of me next time, ha ha! You never know though, Sometimes I just can't help myself. Well that's see if Willow's had a change of heart towards Spike. Great read, thanks.
Yeah, I know, I like having lots of evil red herrings everywhere... It makes things way more fun.

As for Willow, I guess you already know...

Glad you're enjoying it. Thanks, honey!

Lou
08/24/2006 03:42 pm
Chapter 4.06         
They need to get a move on!! You are a torturer!
I take that as a compliment of the highest order. I'm glad you're enjoying it.

Thank you!

08/09/2006 01:45 am
Chapter 4.06         
Oh i sure hope Spike gets to feeling better, I can't wait to see what happens with Willow and what happens when they figure out what is really going on. Great story - I am really enjoying this!
Thanks, honey!

Spike is going to get worse before he gets better, unfortunately. And, well, I guess you know now how things worked out with Willow.

Glad you're enjoying it still.

vladt
08/04/2006 10:05 pm
Chapter 4.06         
very good read, thanks. re: lqst review. i'll grant spike might be hallucinating, but rogue?
Thanks, honey!

Lol, yep, it's an outside possibility that Rogue might be reacting to Spike's actions, but I think you already worked out that there are other options that are far more likely.

vladt
08/03/2006 08:24 pm
Chapter 4.06         
very good read, thanks. who do spike and rogue see that no one else does?
Thanks again...

And are you asking who they see or who they think they see?

08/03/2006 02:41 pm
Chapter 4.06         
my goodness, poor spike, delirious and in so much pain..i wonder what exactly willow thought she was accomplishing...i cant wait to see this conversation and what she has to say for herself...another great chapter
Thanks, honey!

Unfortunately, for now, it's not about to get any better. Hope you rnjoy the next chapter.

kim
08/03/2006 08:59 am
Chapter 4.06         
Interesting...

Hallucination, or the First? Considering that the dog knew it was there, too...
Hee! Very true... Just have to work out whether the dog is barking because it's reacting to Spike's agitation or because there's something there, or both... but personally, I was never convinced that S7 Spike was ever really insane... at least I have my doubts that his hallucinations were hallucinations.

dzio
06/26/2010 01:15 am
Chapter 4.05         
I hope that bloody witch did enough evil mojo to loose all her teeth and need a walker by now... 

08/29/2007 01:48 am
Chapter 4.05         
So Spike thinking of Willow was right, she tainted his Blood which would be why he didn't get sick after Lily's but did after Buffy feed him at home.
which would be why he didn't get sick after Lily's but did after Buffy feed him at home.

Hee, not many people noticed that when I first wrote this, I seem to recall. Well done, honey, and thanks.

09/04/2006 05:51 am
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Wow! what a chapter! That was one hell of a shared dream! Shy Tara had to catch it too. Damn it was Willow, she poisoned his blood, but how? Giles just brought it earlier that night? Guess I'll find out soon. Very erotic chappie, girl. Thanks.
Lol! Well, funnily enough I think Wes might have been more disconcerted by that dream than Tara... She comes across as she, but no-one with that wicked grin of hers can really be that innocent.

Glad you enjoyed it, honey! Thanks!

Lou
08/24/2006 03:36 pm
Chapter 4.05         
They really have to do something about Willow now.
Thanks, honey. I'm glad you're (sort of) enjoying it.

08/09/2006 01:35 am
Chapter 4.05         
Oh lovely chapter -I love the details that you put in the chapter - the spirit guardian, willow's seal. This is quite excellant~
Thanks, honey!

The spirit guardian is definitely one of my favourite not-quite-characters... and Tara will have more to say about his existence and the orbs once all this fuss has died down a bit.

08/02/2006 09:37 am
Chapter 4.05         
Nice, juicy, shared smutty dreams. WTF has Willow done to Spike's food? Will somebody get to 'splain things to her in a more forceful fashion?
Thanks, honey!

Glad you liked the dream. As for what Willow has been up to that should be clearer in the next chapter or two.

kim
08/02/2006 09:01 am
Chapter 4.05         
I love the ancient demon warrior concept.

Tara got quite the eyeful!
Thank you, sweetie! The demon warrior was a favourite idea of mine. As for Tara, yep, I suspect she saw rather more than she had bargained for... Pity, she's probably the last person to appreciate double helpings of Spike.

vladt
08/02/2006 05:52 am
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wonderful read, wonderful shared dream. thank you. so willow is, at least partial to blame? thanks for the fine read.
Thank you again. Glad you liked the dream... as for Willow, the next chapter or two should make things a bit clearer.

08/02/2006 05:43 am
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grrrr...that makes me so mad at willow! i'm not sure if i should feel better that it's not magic or not...at least tara thought of letting him use the orbs...poor baby, he's not doing so well...great update, very much enjoyed it...can't wait for more
Thanks, honey!

The orbs should keep things from getting any worse for now, which is just as well at the rate he was deteriorating.

Willow? Well, I guess that'll all get worked out in the next chapter or two...

08/29/2007 01:33 am
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Giles is so i don't know full of himself some times.
Giles just is the way he is... and, having seen what happened with Willow, you can't really blame him for being cautious.

Thanks.

09/04/2006 04:45 am
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Awesome chapter, T! Great conversation between Wes and Giles. So glad that Wes see's things as they are and has convinced Giles of the same, well as much as he can without spending more time with them. Go team!!! Very proud of Dawn and her need to be apart of Spike recovery, and she's right, it is a two-way street and it's her turn to drive. Excellent work. Thanks.
I think it's always going to be easier for those, like Tara and Wes, who don't have bad memories of Old Spike to appreciate him for who he is now, but maybe, as you say Giles will at least give the situation some more consideration.

And, yeah, Dawn learned enough from Joyce to know how family works, and that's what Spike is now.

Thank you, sweetie!

08/09/2006 01:32 am
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Excellant chapter sweetie - I like how they are looking out for each other and how protective they are of Spike. He deserves the support of his family. great job!
Thanks, honey!

I think the reaction to Spike's illness really showed how much of a family the girls and Spike have become, and like you say, he deserves it.

vladt
08/02/2006 12:10 am
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very good update, even if spike is still tossing blood. good to see tara and dawn keep giles from maaking the calls. thanks for the fine read.
Lol... You didn't think that he'd get away with deciding what happens when there were two females in the room, did you?

Thanks! Glad you're still enjoying it.

Lou
08/01/2006 11:13 pm
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Time for the big guns! Excellent tension.
Thank you, honey. Glad you liked it!

08/01/2006 02:29 pm
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i wonder what they're gonna see...i wonder if it's willow or someone else...hmmm...i'm getting so worried for poor spike...this chapter was great though, spike's a typical male, lol... "I'm fine, really...I can barely move of my own accord and I'm in severe pain...but everything's just dandy"...*sigh* MEN! lol
Gah! How did I manage not to answer yesterdays comments?

Well, I guess by now you know what they saw... And, yep, I took Spike's insistence on sitting up despite several broken bones after being tortured by Glory as an indication that he was your typical man.

Thanks, honey!

kim
08/01/2006 10:39 am
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All for one...family to the rescue. That's a pretty nifty trance, especially in the eyes of someone who knows what they're looking at.

Giles has really been out of the loop, dumb Watcher. He should have been calling to keep in touch, if he insisted on not being there.

Only a few poisons out there would make a vampire burn up. Spike's not going to be happy about taking the cure.
Thanks, sweetie!

Yep, Giles really doesn't know what's happening, but I have a funny feeling that even if he had been calling there's a lot of stuff which wouldn't have been said. Actually, even if he'd still been in Sunnydale there are a lot of things they probably wouldn't have told him.

As for anything else, I guess we'll have to wait and see what happens when they do their trance thing... lol.

08/29/2007 01:14 am
Chapter 4.03         
OH I feel so sorry for Spike.
Thanks, honey!

09/04/2006 03:29 am
Chapter 4.03         
Wondered where you got the title from. Loved that Spike conceded the point about mindless Buffy and dumb blond jokes. Dawn is very paranoid with great reason, since they can't keep their hands off each other for long. Excited about the adventure that's coming, but hate what it's doing to Spike. Put your site on my favs list and will continue to read there once I'm caught up here. Thanks T.
lol. All hail Sarah McLachlan, who not only has a beautiful voice but writes some pretty mean lyrics.

Dawn will eventually get used to them. They may have problems keeping their hands to themselves but they do have a tendency to make sure there's normally a locked door in the way before they get naked.

Posted another 7 chapters here this morning, which takes you up to the end of the first section of the next book, so it's only the last 86 chapters you'd need to switch for now.

Yeah, Spike is not doing too well, but when you find out what/who it is you'll see why he was the target.

Thank you!

08/09/2006 01:12 am
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Its after 1 am so I decided I could quit working lol - so I am back to read and review more - excellant chapter. I loved thier reactions to the diamonds, and poor spike is being all brave. Can't wait for them to find out what is wrong with him! Very good chapter - I love it! You are such a great writer - thanks a ton for lovely stories.
Yeah, I think 1 a.m. is a pretty good point to say enough is enough.

Dawn so needed something to pick her up a bit, and like Buffy said expensive presents aren't a substitute for love and attention but they sure do help.

It shouldn't be long now before they work out what's wrong. In fact I think Angel could already take a pretty good guess.

And thank you!

vladt
08/01/2006 12:22 am
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very good read. thank you. love the thought on the card accompanying the diamonds.
Thank you!

I'm glad you liked it.

07/31/2006 02:58 pm
Chapter 4.03         
poor spike...i wonder who's doing that to him...and he sure cant get better if he cant keep anything down...*sigh*...anxiously waiting for your next update
Thanks, honey!

Definitely poor Spike... They really need to find out what's causing it so they can try to fix it.

Lou
07/31/2006 02:40 pm
Chapter 4.03         
Do we know what's causing this? I've forgotten!
At the moment there are several theories, but none of the good guys know what's going on.

kim
07/31/2006 11:14 am
Chapter 4.03         
Poor Spike...only gets a few hours before his stomach's revolting again.

Love "The Princess Bride". Such a classic. I'm sure Dawn made Spike watch it over and over when Buffy was dead.

Diamonds at 15...sigh...and Tara gets some good cozy feelings, too. I love the family vibe.
Thanks, honey!

Spike's definitely not having an easy time of it.

For years, The Princess Bride was my feeling poorly film. Any time I was feeling crappy, it was crawl under the duvet and stick that in the VCR.

Diamonds at 15 - definite sigh. Psycho bitches doing everything bar disect you - not so cool, Don't think I would like to say that they balance out, but hopefully the diamonds will help. And, yep, Tara is definitely family. She'll get the message eventually...

Thanks again.

08/28/2007 11:59 pm
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Oh why would she do something like that.
Lol! Not quite sure which something you're referring to, but I think both of them quite enjoyed the last something enough to make up for any misunderstanding that might have gone before.

Thanks, honey

09/03/2006 12:36 pm
Chapter 4.02         
I guess she knows better than to do that again. Never even joke about removing his claim. Got it! At least he's calmed down. Guess this is the last one or one more. I'll see how I feel once I start reading. Thanks T.
Oh yeah! i think she finally got the memo on that one. She really sometimes doesn't get the differences between dating Angel and dating a real vampire.

Sleep well, honey!

08/08/2006 11:52 pm
Chapter 4.02         
LOL I took a break from working - so far today I have read on my lunch break, my dinner break, um my ice cream break... and wondering if I should call it a night... working until midnight sucks But yeah I am treating myself. I have read/reviewed 3/4 of my book and I really wanted to finish it tonight... because I have soooooo much to do tommorrow. Meeting with the dissertation advior. *gulp*

Okay now actually to the review hehe - Sigh what a wonderful chapter as always -- I really loved it, Spike is so insecure with Angel is concerned, he should realize that Buffy is his always. Happy sigh... LOL now I am going to try to pry myself away from the story in order to read ... but it might not work - guess we will see
Ouch! I can vaguely remember being a student. Mostly when I was fighting deadlines it came down to whether I thought I'd be able to sleep, knowing what I still had to do... but then, I never actually got a degree in the end, so mine is probably not the best advice.

Spike is insecure, yeah, but Buffy has a lot to learn about being in a relationship with a vampire, or at least one who isn't trying to pretend he's human. She has to realise that there are lines she should know better than to cross.

Thanks again, sweetie, and good luck with the studies.

Lou
07/31/2006 03:18 am
Chapter 4.02         
What a way to sort things out!! Divine.
Thank you, honey! I'm glad you liked it.

kim
07/31/2006 01:52 am
Chapter 4.02         
Ah, Buffy...still not understanding the vampire side of life. Open mouth and insert foot, eh?
Lol! She'll work it out eventually (I hope)!

Thanks, honey!

07/30/2006 03:31 pm
Chapter 4.02         
i love those sweet moments in between for them, too...your spuffy sexy scenes are so well done, but i'm a sap for the romantic, deep intimate talks and such.....and this chapter was very moving...good job
Thanks, honey! You're perfectly right (IMO). As S6 proved, sex alone isn't anything like enough. It's those other moments that really bind the pair of them together.

07/30/2006 10:43 am
Chapter 4.02         
Nice, sweet lovemaking.
Thanks, honey!

08/28/2007 11:48 pm
Chapter 4.01         
Oh she was so caring to him, even matching his fags scent
Lol! True love...

Thanks.

09/03/2006 11:29 am
Chapter 4.01         
I just hate to see him this weak, quite and in pain. He still hasn't been told about the dog. Would have liked to of see Giles after a brownie or two. A very romantic evening for them. Great read, and I thank you.
Lol! I don't think one or two would have done any more than get someone slightly mellowed out.

As for Spike's condition, it's going to get a lot worse I'm afraid.

Glad you enjoyed it, honey. Thanks!

08/08/2006 10:48 pm
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Wonderful Spuffy scene. What a wonderful scene to start section four with. I adored it!
Thank you, honey! And if I remember correctly you might like the next chapter as well.

Either you're doing my trick of treating yourself, or you didn't have quite as much catching up to do with work as I was thinking. A few more chapters and you'll be all caught up.

Lou
07/29/2006 07:09 pm
Chapter 4.01         
You excelled yourself this time. Beautiful chapter.
Thank you, honey. I'm glad you liked it.

07/29/2006 04:50 pm
Chapter 4.01         
wow...that was hot, and powerfully deep and emotional...you're really building up the tension though with this whole sickness thing...i've got this scared little knot in my stomach for spike....great update, looking forward to more
Thanks, honey!

I'm glad you're enjoying it. It's going to take a little time before Spike's illness is resolved, and meantime things aren't going to be fun for either of our heroes.

kim
07/29/2006 07:58 am
Chapter 4.01         
From family teasing, to hot bathtime fun...whoo! I'd say they need to get a room, but even when they're in it, everybody already knows what's going on!

Awww...Dawn's got her little fairytale high school romance. Every girl's first boyfriend should make them light up like that.
I doubt Spike and Buffy are going to win any prizes for being discreet.

And, yeah, Dawn soooo deserved that with all the crap she has in her life.

Thanks, honey!

vladt
07/29/2006 07:00 am
Chapter 4.01         
wonderful read. thank you. love buffy's attitude, and dawn's questioning. thanks again.
And ditto to what I said before... Guess the system is playing up again.

vladt
07/29/2006 06:57 am
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wonderful read. thank you. love buffy's attitude, and dawn's questioning. thanks again.
Thank you!

I somehow can't imagine Buffy being a patient nurse in general, but there are things she can manage.

As for Dawn, when Spike has the urge to protect her from things he should remember what he told Buffy about trying to hide the fact Dawn was the Key. He might gain a day or two, but anything beyond that and she's going to have it all worked out.

08/28/2007 10:58 pm
Chapter 3.07         
OH I am sure Angel would like that a pic of Spike and Buffy nude.
Lol! Yeah! Sure he would...

Thanks.

09/03/2006 11:02 am
Chapter 3.07         
It would be very interesting if Giles stayed, just add a little more to the mix. Nude Spike on my wall? Can I pre-order? I have Pay Pal? Great chapter, just love this fic, thanks.
Lol! Well, I don't think up until the end of Angels and Demons that they ever actually got enough free time to pose, but if it ever did get done...

Glad you enjoyed it, honey. Thanks!

08/08/2006 06:57 pm
Chapter 3.07         
A lovely ending to section 3. I love Be/Rupert. Very nicely done. I love the nude pictures comments - very funny! Looking forward to starting the next section once I catch up on my work (bah work!) lol but it is nice to know I have this wonderful story to look forward to!
Thank you, honey! I'm sure the story will still be there when your work is done.

If it helps any, the next section has nineteen chapters, so it'll be complete by Wednesday next week. It'll be good to hear from you again when you get the chance to catch up.

07/29/2006 03:29 am
Chapter 3.07         
there's something kinda hot about the idea of buffy and spike posing nude...lol...and bea and giles are so made for each other! lol great chapter
Gah! You're all obsessed...

Bee and Giles. I guess time will tell whether it's more of a Giles/Jenny sort of thing or a Giles/Maggie Walsh situation.

vladt
07/28/2006 10:19 pm
Chapter 3.07         
wonderful read, thank tou must have a print for the christmas present.vreu funny
Thank you!

Trust Buffy to put her foot in it... It'd be interesting to see Angel's face.

07/28/2006 05:10 pm
Chapter 3.07         
Do you know anybody who is actually painting nude Spuffy pics, preferably with Spike 'prominently' featured? Fun party.
LOL! No, I'm afraid not.

Thanks, honey!

Lou
07/28/2006 10:13 am
Chapter 3.07         
They'd never be able to keep still while posing!
LOL! Perhaps not!

Thanks, honey!

kim
07/28/2006 07:51 am
Chapter 3.07         
Ha ha ha ha ha....! LOL...

I really wouldn't want Bee mad at me.

Dawn and Brandon are just the cutest.

And Buffy's embarrassed herself again!
Thanks, honey!

No a mad Bee is not a good thing.

Dawn kinda deserves to have someone like Brandon 'round about now. She's definitely due some good stuff to balance out the bad.

And, well, you can't miss as much school as Buffy did without the odd word slipping by you.

dzio
06/26/2010 12:22 am
Chapter 3.06         
Okay, now I'm sure, I REALLY like Bee.  

08/28/2007 09:44 pm
Chapter 3.06         
Oh not good for Giles fighting with Bee.
Lol! Well, not if he wanted to get his hands on her books...

Thanks!

09/03/2006 10:45 am
Chapter 3.06         
Too bad Giles will be going back to England, that was fun to watch. Yup Bit got herself a human version of Spike with green eyes. Another wonderful read T, thanks.
Lol! Well, we'll just have to wait and see what happens with Giles. After all, they haven't worked out yet what the dark power actually is.

Yep, I figured given Dawn's crush on Spike, she'd be inclined to be attracted to those sort of qualities.

Glad you enjoyed it, honey. Thanks!

08/08/2006 06:52 pm
Chapter 3.06         
excellant chapter - I can't wait to see the interaction between Wes's dad and Marie. They have got to meet! Love the story so far - great interactions between the characters. Excellant story
Thanks, honey!

Strangely Roger and Marie eventually will meet, but not for some time. Glad you're still enjoying the story.

vladt
07/28/2006 02:13 am
Chapter 3.06         
great update. love tara, love spike being a "Lovable ass" ang giles just being an ass. love the read, thank you
Thank you!

I'm glad you enjoyed it all!

07/27/2006 01:54 pm
Chapter 3.06         
ooh...i'm sensing a connection here (not that it's hard) between giles and bee...that could be cute...she's fiery enough for him... love spike's overprotectiveness and lily's assessment of brandon...great chapter
Thanks, honey!

Giles and Bee definitely strike sparks off each other. Spike... is just Spike and Lily is generally on the money.

Glad you liked it.

07/27/2006 09:52 am
Chapter 3.06         
Loved the Bee/Giles dialogue. She told him off good and proper.
Thanks, honey!

Giles just didn't have a chance...

Lou
07/27/2006 09:49 am
Chapter 3.06         
Oh dear, Giles - revealing the small-minded Englishman is never attractive!
Thanks, honey!

In a way you can't blame him for defending what has been the bulk of his life, not to mention his father and grandmother? before that but he should know when it's a lost cause.

kim
07/27/2006 09:01 am
Chapter 3.06         
Well, babbling about Knox, I can forgive Fred for, since they all had their memories drastically changed from anything that related to Connor, Jasmine, etc. There was a ton of stuff that was wiped clean, including incidents that happened because they branched off from the Connor stuff. Whole different friendship threads.

I saw Fred as not being secure enough to stand up to the others when it came to Wes' 'betrayal'. That happened less than a year after she came out of Pylea a terrified, babbling mess. So, going against Angel's opinion, who she saw as her savior, vs. Wes? Wasn't really much of a contest when she was that out-numbered already. The other three all had much stronger personalities than her.
That all makes sense I guess or it would if she hadn't been the one to pass on the news, but my impression at the time I watched the ep was that she was joining in the condemnation.

kim
07/27/2006 08:52 am
Chapter 3.06         
Sparks fly between Giles and and Bee, again! She's got him really outclassed in the arguing.

Brandon's definitely the human Spike...which is pretty flattering, all around.

And Wes and Marie...awwwww...it's nice seeing them connect.
Thanks, honey!

Giles is pretty much on a hiding to nothing when it comes to defending the council.

Hee! Sorta stood to reason that the Summers women would have similar taste when it came right down to it.

And, well, Wes and Marie have a lot of common ground.

08/28/2007 09:22 pm
Chapter 3.05         
So Rosa knows he likes her mother.
Lily isn't the only empath in the family, and Rosa is particularly attuned to those closest to her.

Thanks.

09/03/2006 06:02 am
Chapter 3.05         
Glad that Giles is finally having a good time, even if he misses Olivia. Clem's got a date for the wedding? And Rosa's managed to wrap another man around her finger. Isn't she a little stinker? No Bee for Tara, definately not!!! You little devil you, you had us pushed in one direction, then you bring up yet another old enemy from Spike's long past and drop it in our laps. Yup with Marie's connection to Miami, there is a huge Haitian community there, where they still practice Voodooism. Great place to start. I'm really glad that I'm behind in the series so that I can go from one chapter to the next. Soon I'll be reading A&D and I'll have to wait like everyone else for new updates, till then I'm enjoying myself immensely. Thanks.
Clem has got a date for the wedding, yep! Hey, well, he may be wrinkly but he's a nice guy and in my 'verses nice guys don't finish last.

Rosa, hey, what can I say... other than god help Marie when she's a teenager.

And, hey, it wouldn't be half as much fun without a few red herrings for you to try to work out.

As for A & D, I'm basically posting them in batches. I was intending to do it so that over all it worked out at roughly equivalent to a chapter a day, but since most of my reviewers seem to be getting through a batch in the first 24 hours I might do them a little more often, writing commitments allowing, but failing that you can always read the rest at He's No Angel when you get up to date with what's posted here.

Glad you enjoyed it, honey. Thanks!

08/08/2006 06:41 pm
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great chapter - i loved the interaction between the characters Be/Rupert would make a nice pairing along with Wes/Marie. I like them - any hope for someone special for Tara - she needs someone special to warm her heart. Great story!
Bee and Rupert are one of those pairs that could compliment each other or they might just drive each other insane.

There will be someone for Tara, but she needs some time to get over Willow first, so you're going to have to wait till pretty near the end of Angels and Demons before you find out who it might be.

Thanks, honey!

07/27/2006 06:09 am
Chapter 3.05         
i love little matchmaking rosa!! so sweet! and i'm so worried for spike...well i've made my way through all you've got posted, and can't wait for you to post more! i think i will wait and read it as it comes up here from now on though...give me a chance to catch up a bit lol...this is a fantastic story and i'm thoroughly enjoying it...update soon!
The next chapter is already up. It's normally the first thing I do each day... That or get coffee. At a chapter a day, we should get to the end of Angels and Demons in just over four months.

Rosa... well, I love Rosa. She is going to be sooo much trouble when she hits the teen years, but fortunately, that's well beyond the scope of these fics.

Spike... you know that saying about things getting worse before they get better?

vladt
07/26/2006 09:44 pm
Chapter 3.05         
rosa is force to be watched. great read. thank you
Hee! Thank you! Yep, Wes is going to have his work cut out.

07/26/2006 05:00 pm
Chapter 3.05         
Rosa steals the show again! She's a smart little bit. Great party for everybody so far. More story please.
Rosa is definitely a scenestealer. Glad you're enjoying it.

Thanks, honey!

Lou
07/26/2006 01:16 pm
Chapter 3.05         
Go for it, Wes. High time you got over Fred!
Thanks, honey!

Hee! I think maybe you feel the same way about Fred as I do. After the scene when Wes was in hospital I could just never buy the sweet and innocent routine. It always seemed a big put on, especially when she was meant to be so completely oblivious to Wes's feelings for her, but everybody else knew. She conveniently forgot she wasn't talking to him when she got Wes to help her kill the professor. I wanted to slap her silly when she started bibbling on about Knox to the poor guy. If it wasn't for the fact she was the only one who helped Spike at all when he came back, I'd call her a manipulative bitch... and, of course, this was all written before she was nice to Spike.

kim
07/26/2006 10:17 am
Chapter 3.05         
Yes, Wesley, there is a conspiracy against you, but only of the best kind.

Rosa really is well beyond her years. I'd definitely say she's as bad as Lily.

Spike cursed...oh, dear. Very not good. Poisons are evil!

Who's Lori, again, in relation to the others? I've forgotten.
Hee! Yep, Wes is doomed...

Rosa, not only is potentially the most psychically gifted of her family, but she's spent all her life around adults so she can often seem to flick between five and fifty.

Yep, Spike is not having the best of times.

Lori is Marie's PA. She helped out with the research side of things in LA when Spike and Lorne were kidnapped, but I don't think she plays a major part in any of the things that are to come (though don't quote me on that as my memory is notoriously bad).

08/28/2007 08:52 pm
Chapter 3.04         
OH that is not good for Spike, I hope they can fing out what is going on soon.
No, not good news at all...

Thanks again.

09/03/2006 04:19 am
Chapter 3.04         
Buffy's right, Woods is a possibility, probably more so than Willow. I can't see Willow using voodoo but Robin, oh yes! So that's what was wrong with him last night. They definately need a mini meeting, I'd ask Lily and Marie as well. I can so hear James singing that song. Wouldn't doubt that he did sing it in his early days along with Dylan and Cat Steven's. Very excited to see what with this newest threat. Hate that it's him that targeted once again. Wonderful read, thanks.
Lol! I can see Willow using anything and everything, provided ahe was at that point where she was arrogant enough to assume that she could summon the loa and still be in charge.

Funnily CSN&Y never really made an impact in the UK, but I figure even pre-BtVS Spike probably spent enough time in the US that he would know it.

Glad you enjoyed it, honey. Thanks!

08/08/2006 06:35 pm
Chapter 3.04         
very nice chapter = I really enjoyed this story and can't wait to see where you take this attack on spike, great story!
Thank you, honey!

I'm glad you're enjoying the tale. Best way to find out where things go with Spike is to keep reading.

07/27/2006 06:02 am
Chapter 3.04         
hmmm...what's up with wes?? just awkwardness from the matchmaking deal? and i'm really scared for spike...i wonder if it is willow doing it or someone else...great chapter, on to more
Poor Wes has every right to feel like all the world is conspiring against him. Most of them are. Spike's pretty sure that it's Willow. Buffy has her money on Wood, and there's always a chance that they might both be wrong... Glad you're still enjoying it.

Thanks again!

vladt
07/25/2006 09:06 pm
Chapter 3.04         
excellent chapter. poor wes, or maybe not.
Thanks, honey!

I'll let you decide whether it's poor Wes or not when you see how things work out.

kim
07/25/2006 08:11 pm
Chapter 3.04         
Awwwww, Wes is sunk...he has no chance against the matchmaking, LOL.

Spike...typical man when he's sick...

At least the kids have been having a real good time.
Wes is sunk... So is Marie... but they may take a while to work it out.

Hee, well, when it comes to testosterone Spike has plenty, so no surprise that he acts like a typical man, only more so.

And, yeah, the kids got to have a good night out. Goodness only knows Dawn deserved it.

Thank you!

Lou
07/25/2006 11:29 am
Chapter 3.04         
Nice party - but don't like what's happening to Spike! Bad mojo!
Thanks, honey!

Vampires getting ill is never good news (well, as long as you like the vampire in question)...

dzio
06/25/2010 11:53 pm
Chapter 3.03         
See, I would have done something nasty and violent to Xander. You got him stoned and made him ask Clem the demon to take care (ekhm) of his wife. It takes a really twisted mind to make hash-brownies more evil than evisceration fantasies. *bows with respect*

And I get the feeling that this big nasty we've been waiting for just arrived...

08/28/2007 08:33 pm
Chapter 3.03         
OH no where is Spike, they just have so much bad luck I am glad I am not them.
Lol! They really do... Though in this case it isn't really luck.

Thanks again.

09/03/2006 03:50 am
Chapter 3.03         
Boy, that was fun. Watching Xander ask Clem to take care of Anya if something happens to him. When he realizes what he's done, can't wait to see it. I'm more worried about the cocoa in the brownies, then I am about the pot. Chocolate is poison to dogs. Lucky the pup's a big one. PMS huh? Guess Spike's in for a bit of a treat, isn't he? Makes up for the bitchiness he's got to deal with. Wonder where Spike is anyway. Great chappie T, thanks again.
Chocolate thing. I definitely recall a number of people commenting on that when I first posted, but I've seen plenty of dogs eat chocolate biscuits and hubby assured me at the time that both their dogs would eat anything with no apparent ill effects, so much so that his parents used to have to stick chairs under the handles of the food cupboards whenever they went out.

As for Spike's whereabouts I think you find out next chapter.

Glad you enjoyed it, honey. Thanks!

08/08/2006 06:30 pm
Chapter 3.03         
I love Xander stoned on brownies - that was absolutly brilliant. great chapter - anxiously awaiting spike related news. Really good chapter
Thank you, honey!

It's definitely one of Xander's most amiable mments. Glad you liked it. The Spike situation will take some time to resolve, but should be sorted by the end of Section 4.

07/27/2006 05:55 am
Chapter 3.03         
oh no...where's spike? I hope he's okay...i'm getting the scary feeling from the bus depot again...sympathy pains in her stomach sounds familiar...xander gettign stoned was pretty hilarious though...on to read more
Thanks, honey!

I guess you know where Spike was, and yeah, several people have suggested that it may be an idea to keep Xander stoned at all times. Hugs.

07/25/2006 01:14 am
Chapter 3.03         
Eeek! Cliffie with a hurt Spike. Good to see Xander remains clueless about most everything. More story please.
Cliffie sort of resolved now. As for Xander, unless I some day write a fic where Maggie Walsh captures him and swaps his brain for that of an intelligent deomon, he'll probably stay clueless, though in Xander's case even a Fyarl brain might class as an upgrade. The next chapter is up now.

Thanks, honey!

vladt
07/24/2006 08:28 pm
Chapter 3.03         
great read, thank you. maybe anya should keep xander stoned? he does do less harm that way.
Hee! If only! It certainly seems to make him less obnoxious, but Anya would probably get upset if he sawed his fingers off or something...

Thank you!

kim
07/24/2006 10:02 am
Chapter 3.03         
Spike's in pain somewhere?? Where did he go?

Xander's hilarious stoned...ya know, maybe one little joint a day would help him a lot. I don't normally advocate that kind of thing, but the dude needs some kind of meds.

And thank goodness for Lily - Giles so needed to hear that!

And yeah, I do like Bee so far. She's fun.

What's wrong with Spike????
Thank you, honey!

As for Spike, you'll find out where he is, what's happening and his own personal theory on what's causing it tomorrow.

Giles definitely needed a grown up to talk to.

As for Xander, you're right. It could be just what he needs, but by the time Anya has him drinking salted water and throwing his guts up, I don't think he'll be up for a repeat performance.

Glad you're liking Bee. As you've probably guessed she's about to become the junior partner in Wes's PI business, so she'll be around quite a bit.

dzio
06/25/2010 11:32 pm
Chapter 3.02         
Wow, Buffy, way to think cheerfull, party-like thoughts.

And I was waiting for the Rupie-bear moment ever since I've learned how the cat was called. Heee.  

Also, I'm hoping Lily gets to set Xander right. He seems to have left his brain in his other pants again... 

08/28/2007 08:14 pm
Chapter 3.02         
Oh that was too good with Giles and the cat. I wish Xander would just grow up.
Lol! Bee was named in honour of a real person, with a real Rupert, so... And Xander might eventually improve, but it won't happen overnight.

Thanks again.

09/03/2006 03:14 am
Chapter 3.02         
Once everyone settled in, it looks like a very nice party. Well all except Xander, but I really didn't expect anything different. Just love it every time Rosa says Unker Will. Great chapter, thanks.
Lol! As you say, from Xander you can't really expect anything else.

And, well, Rosa... definitely has a tendency to steal the show.

Glad you enjoyed it, honey. Thanks!

08/08/2006 03:42 am
Chapter 3.02         
LMAO i loved the meeting between the Rupart's and can see an *interesting* fate awaiting Xander. Shakes head!
Hee! So typical of Spike to know exactly what was coming on the Rupert front and to just stand back and watch.

Xander could be in for a 'fun' night...

Thanks again, honey!

07/27/2006 05:49 am
Chapter 3.02         
lol..the bit with "rupie-bear" was hilarious...very excellent chapter...love the party so far...very good stuff...can't wait to see how the evening progresses
Thank you, honey!

I'm afraid the watchers are probably going to get the worst of things here, but I guess you'll find that out as the evening goes on.

vladt
07/24/2006 05:43 am
Chapter 3.02         
fun read, thank you. seems any normal family gathering except noone would invite xander.
Thanks again!

And sure they'd invite Xander, he'd just be the embarrassing relative that everyone avoids.

Lou
07/24/2006 01:21 am
Chapter 3.02         
Sweet chapter, but isn't Xander awful!
Thanks, honey!

And, yes, to anyone outside the brain of Xander he's completely inexcusable.

kim
07/23/2006 06:33 am
Chapter 3.02         
Yep, Giles definitely needs a woman. I've often been fond of Giles/Anya fics. That was hysterical with the cat. I was just waiting for the name mistake to be made!

Xander's an ass. Just grow up and eat, already!

And I'd love to know what Tara and Lily are talking about. I'm guessing it's Willow related, but it'd be nice to be in the know.
Thanks, honey!

Yep, Giles needs a woman, definitely. He gets far too stuffy when there isn't a woman around to help him keep his feet on the ground. I, too, have a definite soft-spot for the Giles/Anya having written a series of G/A ficlets. (http://www.he-s-no-angel.net/9GA/GA0T.htm if my memory works and I haven't made any typos.) In fact, chances are if I had known SWBD was going to have sequels I would probably never have had Anya and Xander make up. I was even very tempted when I was writing the final battle to rectify that and leave the way open for Giles to console Anya in her moment of grief but my beta talked me out of it.

Xander? He'll learn the hard way, as always...

Can't remember until I proof the next chapter whether we find out what T & L are saying, but it's safe to assume that Lily picked up on Tara's grieving for Willow and is doing her best to help.

dzio
06/25/2010 11:20 pm
Chapter 3.01         
I think I really really like Bee. Though I think that if you left her in one room with Spike for long enough, it might explode from the overload of attitude. And I can't wait to see her reaction to Xander.

Oh boy, this is going to be a party to remember.  

06/15/2010 11:59 pm
Chapter 3.01         
Spike's getting on my nerves with Dawn, he needs to remember Buffy is her caregiver legally and what she says goes, not what he says. If Buffy said she could wear the dress...heck she bought it for her, Spike needed to sit that argument out, not press the issue with his Victorian male-ness.

08/28/2007 06:13 pm
Chapter 3.01         
Oh I can't wait for the party.
Thanks, honey!

09/03/2006 02:46 am
Chapter 3.01         
OK, now I know that you said that Bee was dating this Patrick person, but I was thing that like Willow, have found the love of their lives with the same sex, despite their previous hetero relationships. So maybe this is the person that Spike was referring to? One can only hope. I just want Tara to have someone to love her the way she deserves. She's such a beautiful soul. Can't wait to see everyone's reaction to Bee's brownies!!! I didn't know that they were made anymore! Boy I'm I getting old! Nothing gets past Spike! He could see right through Wes. Just love it! Thanks.
Tara definitely deserves to have someone special but I guess you'll have to wait and see how that turns out, and time wise, it's too soon really after her break up with Willow for her to really be interested.

Well, I'm guessing people still make brownies. I'm not that young myself but I can't imagine them going away.

Yep, and poor Wes will be teased unmercilessly by Spike until things between him and Marie are resolved.

Glad you enjoyed it, honey. Thanks!

08/08/2006 03:38 am
Chapter 3.01         
This chapter was very funny. I loved the special brownies and the cat named Rupart. Still wondering when Xander will ever grow up. I hope he does before the story ends. It would be nice to see... either that or he needs to be beat up lol - his racism makes me want to strangle him. great chapter~
Thanks, honey!

Let's just say that by the end there is definite Xander progress...

07/27/2006 05:25 am
Chapter 3.01         
i love seeing everybody's preparations for the party...so good...i got that nervous excited feeling like i'm actually *going* to the party...and is it just me or might tara actually find someone at this party? great chapter
Thanks, honey!

As for Tara, I think she needs some time to heal before she's going to be ready for another relationship - one of the big drawbacks of the huge amount of chapters covering what's actually a relatively short time in the 'verse is that it can seem like things have taken longer than they have.

vladt
07/24/2006 05:18 am
Chapter 3.01         
very fine update.don't know if i pity wes or envy him. if there are an dull moments at this party, i am sure bee will liven things up. thanks for the fun read.
LOL! I don't think Wes is too sure on that himself... and, hopefully, the party will be anything but dull.

Thanks again!

07/22/2006 08:52 pm
Chapter 3.01         
Woohoo! I'm looking forward to this party!
Thanks, honey!

Here's hoping it lives up to expectations...

kim
07/22/2006 10:28 am
Chapter 3.01         
Sounds like fun!

Xander's still being an idiot...sometimes he's just too literal.

Love the teasing, of course. And Bee is quite an interesting friend!
Thank you, honey!

Xander's still being an idiot
Unfortunately, even though Anya might
eventually train him out of his more bigoted tendencies, there's nothing she can do about his IQ, so I'm afraid it can't be helped. He'll always be an idiot.

Poor Wes, being sacrificied up like the slaughtered lamb.

As for Bee, she'll be around for the rest of the story. It actually feels quite strange from my perspective to realse that we were so far through the fourth book before she made her first appearance. Hope you like her as you get to see more of her.

dzio
06/25/2010 11:10 pm
Chapter 2.17         
That Spike & Tara scene was unbelievably great and the "soul of a poet" line just about blew me away.  He really does, doesn't he?

01/30/2008 10:40 am
Chapter 2.17         
what a lovely spuffy world you have given them - I really love your Spike and Buffy.  Also, very much enjoy Wes and Tara - after all misery these characters lived with in the series, it feels great to have them finding some love and happiness -
Thank you, honey! I did my very best. It's funny but one of the people I met through the fandom who has since become a very good friend shocked me when she originally suggested I should put an angst warning on one of my fics. I was making goldfish faces and doing "B-but I don't write angst. I write happy fluffy Spuffy fic. There's just the odd obstacle/torturing ex-girlfriend/evil demon they have to overcome along the way... but it's all really happy and fluffy really."

I think my main motivation with writing BtVS and AtS has always been to give the characters the happy endings I thought they deserved. I'm glad it comes across that way.

Thanks again.

08/28/2007 05:57 pm
Chapter 2.17         
Oh so I see she is still going to have Willow in the wedding.
They have been friends for a very long time...

Thanks again!

09/03/2006 01:40 am
Chapter 2.17         
Wow! very insightful as to what makes Willow tick and why but you can't feel too sorry for her, there's only so much you can forgive becase of our upbringing. There's a point where we have to take responsibility for our actions. With Spike's correct assessment of her childhood,I will be cutting her a minuscule amount of slack. Thanks for the laugh I got from your "goolies". I haven't heard that word in decades. My mom's best friend was English, Cockney, and I found many new meanings to our American language. Most I have long forgotten until I hear them again. There is so much love in that house now, that is just radiates throught the pages. Wonderful chapter. Thanks.
A lot of what makes anyone the person they are is down to their parents, but as you say they have to take responsibility for their actions too.

If I'm thinking of the right chapter then the main point in this was to try to get Tara to stop blaming herself, when in reality, most of Willow's problems could be traced to her upbringing.

"My mom's best friend was English, Cockney, and I found many new meanings to our American language."

Or even the English language?

As for the house, that's exactly how I wanted it to be. It's so much what they all deserve, especially Tara and Spike.

Thanks, honey!

08/08/2006 03:33 am
Chapter 2.17         
ohhh very nice chapter = I enjoyed it very much!
Thank you, honey! I'm glad you liked it.

07/27/2006 05:17 am
Chapter 2.17         
i really enjoyed spike's talk with tara, his assessment of why willow turned out as she did was very perceptive and had the ring of truth to it....very good chapter
Thanks, honey!

I'm glad you thought that it felt right. I love my Spike and Tara moments though there aren't as many of them in the fic as I might like once The First gets to work properly.

vladt
07/24/2006 05:01 am
Chapter 2.17         
sweet read, thank you. maybe wes wasn't 100% correct. just maybe.
Thanks!

maybe wes wasn't 100% correct
Well, I have to admit that if I get called evil for something I've written, I'm normally a very happy bunny, but as far as everything else goes, I'd hope I'm okay... and most of the female cast here are pretty much the same. They have their moments, but in general they're okay people.

kim
07/21/2006 02:04 am
Chapter 2.17         
Awwwww, lots of warm fuzzies!

Love it, love it, love it.
Thanks, honey! It's definitely one of the less tense moments in the fic.

Lou
07/21/2006 12:13 am
Chapter 2.17         
I think Anya will be needing more than a leash!
Quite possibly, honey! Thank you!

dzio
06/25/2010 10:48 pm
Chapter 2.16         
Woohoo, last time I saw that much sugar in one place I was in a chocolate factory.  And that little scene should be filmed and shown to all those anti-demon prats in this story.

08/28/2007 05:39 pm
Chapter 2.16         
OH I love that little girl.
She is one of my favourite OCs, I have to admit.

Thanks again!

09/02/2006 03:34 pm
Chapter 2.16         
Rosa's so adorable. You've got that Rosa's response to being a Flower girl and then not knowing what it was to a tee, just like a kid. It was perfect. Loved how Anya tortured Brandon and how Wes got to see how "evil" we women can be. Just a fun chapter to read. Enjoying it so much. Guess this is it for now. Thanks sweetie.
Yep, definitely some of my fave Anya moments in that chapter and Wes is being made welcome, all be it by the women of the group. Strange how AI always seems very male orientated and Sunnydale seems to have the women...

And I'm waffling. Glad you enjoyed it, honey. Thank you!

08/08/2006 03:26 am
Chapter 2.16         
that was so adrorable - I loved the Rosa section when she is excited about being a flower girl without even knowing what it is. I loved Anya's sense of humor and telling Wes she was going to turn him into a woman, and Brandon's discomfort. Excellant chapters!
Thank you, honey!

Definitely one of my favourite Anya moments from the series there... and well, Rosa almost always seems to steal the show.

07/27/2006 05:10 am
Chapter 2.16         
i love rosa...she's so adorable...okay, brandon's gonna be okay now, isn't he? how could he help it after meeting her? so sweet...love this chapter...and ps. love anya and co. torturing brandon and wes getting a bit of insight into the evil that is women, of which i am proud to be a part lol
Thanks, honey!

I think Brandon got off pretty light considering the patron saint of scorned women was in the room.

Rosa should help a lot when it comes to helping Brandon get things in perspective.

vladt
07/21/2006 11:30 pm
Chapter 2.16         
wonderful read, thanks. have to agree with wes. love the scene with rosa. thanks, again.
Thank you!

We women aren't all that bad really, are we?

Rosa is a scene-stealer, but a kiddy-demon wasn't something they were ever likely to actually show on BtVS (though I believe they did it once on AtS) as it might make people think a little more about all those demons Buffy killed and whether they were anyone's mum/dad. Fanfic gives us a bit more leeway.

Lou
07/20/2006 02:23 pm
Chapter 2.16         
Brandon doesn't stand a chance before this charm offensive!
Too true, honey. Thank you!

07/20/2006 09:47 am
Chapter 2.16         
Rosa stole the scene from everybody else.
Thanks, honey!

She has this tendency to do that, somehow.

kim
07/20/2006 09:21 am
Chapter 2.16         
Cute!!!!! You so got the child-logic right.

Anya is fast becoming my favorite speaker right now - hilarious!! Poor Brandon, poor Wes...just brilliant.

My one foray as part of a wedding was as flower girl. It was fun, and the dress got a lot of mileage afterwards.
Thanks, honey!

Rosa is one of my fave OCs... as you will probably continue to discover.

As for Anya you don't spend a thousand years as the patron saint of scorned women without picking up a thing or two about how to keep men in line.

Apart from the obvious, which I could barely remember even the next day, I think it's best not to go into me and wedding parties...

08/28/2007 12:46 pm
Chapter 2.15         
Oh that was well put to Brandon so now he needs to talk to his lady love.
Lol! i'm sure he'd have realised eventually. Spike just gave him a less than subtle push...

Thanks, honey!

09/02/2006 03:18 pm
Chapter 2.15         
Who's the first on his phone? Oh, Buffy I guess, forgot that she had one. Oh, goody I get to see Rosa, I just love her. Great chappie, thanks for the wonderful read.
Well, it's not really Buffy's phone since she didn't have one when he got his, but it is Revello Drive.

Lol! Rosa is a real scene-stealer...

Glad you enjoyed it, honey. Thanks you!

08/08/2006 03:20 am
Chapter 2.15         
LOL at least he has the sense to know he needs to fix this and pronto! *shakes head and men* geesh! He needs to grovel and grovel well
Yep, men! But at least Spike was there to remind him he needed to make things right, so they're not all bad.

Thanks, honey!

07/27/2006 05:03 am
Chapter 2.15         
nice one, spike...i like the way he managed to get brandon to focus on dawn's feelings rather than his own and understand how he must have hurt her....i'm feeling relief over how the fight turned out...but still got a sense of impending doom...something bad's gonna happen, isn't it?
Let's just say that Spike's stomach problems are not of the good.

Spike's pretty good at looking after the people he loves, even if it's a case of making their boyfriends see sense.

Thanks again!

vladt
07/20/2006 02:18 am
Chapter 2.15         
very good read. thank you. loved spike bring brandon back to the important thing, "Bit's had a hell of a rough week. I reckon by now, she's probably past the breakin' her heart stage and 'round about wondering if his liver really would go with a nice Chianti." loved it, thanks again
Yep, Spike will do whatever it takes to take care of his women...

Thank you!

Lou
07/19/2006 02:28 pm
Chapter 2.15         
Excellent action sequence - and nice little putdown for Brandon.
Thank you, honey!

And I think maybe Spike can see enough of himself in Brandon to know when to remind him of his priorities.

07/19/2006 09:00 am
Chapter 2.15         
It seems like Brandon will have a change of heart now. Spike's rant about Summers women and their revenge tactics may turn things around.
Hee, yep, thanks, honey!

Dawn really did pick herself a sort of younger human Spike... Fly off the handle, over-react, but as soon as he realises he's mucked up with his girl, it's off to apologise.

kim
07/19/2006 08:31 am
Chapter 2.15         
Love how you write the fight scenes. You have Spike's movements exactly right.

Good to see Brandon calming and turning around, in the face of proof. Plus, he tried to be brave and save the girl, which he basically did, since it got her released from the vampire's hold. Dawn's going to have words for him, I'm sure.

And sleep? I only really have peace in the house in the middle of the night, so if I do sleep, it's during the day. You could say that I run on vamp hours.
Thank you, honey! That means a lot. Anyone who knows me personally knows that I hate writing fights (second only to writing sex scenes), but normally the reaction they get turns out to be worth the effort.

Yep, Brandon is one of the good guys. He may resent the situation he's been put into, but he's not the sort to stand to one side if he thinks someone is in danger and he can help.

Ahhh! I have phases like that, though, touch wood, I seem to be managing something more like normal lately apart from waking up kinda early and needing an afternoon snooze. It's not so bad when I end up sleeping while hubby's at work and being awake all night, but it gets to be a real pain when I'm awake all the time he's at work and half the night, but I'm asleep the entire time he's at home and awake.

10/18/2011 04:18 pm
Chapter 2.14         
I love it when writers pick up on throw away lines and make something out of them...  Crazy Larry, indeed!  That's just... funny.  Just like best moments of the show; throw in some much needed levity to break the tension.

Well Done!

Blue
http://www.tthfanfic.org/authors.php?no=12717&list=profile

dzio
06/25/2010 10:31 pm
Chapter 2.14         
I LOVE Crazy Larry!

And what the heck is wrong with Spike? Cause there's no way I'm buying the "stitch" line. Something to do with the bond or is something messing with him? Like the new Big Bad Giles warned them about?

08/28/2007 12:28 pm
Chapter 2.14         
OH please tell me nothing is to wrong with Spike.
We-ell, I could, but I'd be lying...

Sorry, honey!

09/02/2006 03:01 pm
Chapter 2.14         
Spike's to full to be active? That doesn't sound right. Buffy had dinner too and she's just fine. Well, I guess Brandon's going to have a up close and personal encounter with his first vamps. Loving this so much T, thanks.
Hee! Not right at all, but you know men...

Glad you enjoyed it, honey. Thanks you!

08/08/2006 02:09 am
Chapter 2.14         
Oh oh - I forgot about the stich he got. I now am full on worried about the "stich" and hope Brandon wakes up and pays attention to the important things - like Dawn. Very good chapter!
Hee! Evil grin.

Brandon will work it out... with a little help.

Thanks, honey!

07/27/2006 04:56 am
Chapter 2.14         
okay i have a bad feeling about spike's "stitch"...what's up with that? and this fight could turn out to be pretty bad...hope they're able to straighten things out with brandon, too...great chapter! on to more
You catch on quick. Spike's stitch is indeed the first sign of some very bad business, but you'll find out what's going on there in time.

Brandon is the easier problem.

Thanks again, honey!

Lou
07/19/2006 12:29 pm
Chapter 2.14         
Spike has indigestion!! Ha!
Thanks, honey!

Yep, Spike has indigestion but it might turn out not to be so funny.

vladt
07/19/2006 03:45 am
Chapter 2.14         
excellent read, as usual. thank you. brandon maybe about to witness what sunnydale is all about. what's with spike?
Thanks! Yep, Spike is right on the money about it being just what Brandon needs to get some perspective.

kim
07/18/2006 11:33 am
Chapter 2.14         
Now that I don't have someone looking over my shoulder, I can finish my review (nosy boyfriends - bleh).

Loved the dig at Wes. OMG hysterical!!!! And Anya just keeps going and going with it, not realizing that she's spoiling the whole intent...

I hope Brandon will be able to peer around a corner and watch Buffy in action. Though, considering that he's mad about being brought into crazy crap in the first place, it might not matter that he believes what they said, because some people just can't handle being around that life, anyway.
Hee! I can identify with that. I always find I get absolutely nothing written once hubby gets home from work.

I love Anya, she can be so wise one minute and then the next minute she does something that reminds you just how alien this whole human existence still is to her.

Brandon? Shall let you find out next chapter as I can't think of any other way to reply that doesn't involve spoilers.

Thanks again, sweetie! And shouldn't you be asleep?

07/18/2006 10:14 am
Chapter 2.14         
Am I seriously blonde for not knowing WTF Brandon's father is or who he is working for? Loved the Crazy Larry dialogue but I'm worried about Spike. More story please.
Nope, not really... It was mentioned in Ring of Fire, but that's probably about a month ago, and if you're reading a lot of WIPs...

Andrew Michaels used to be in the army, but he's just a teacher now, working at whatever school Dawn was sent to while Sunnydale High is out of commission.

However, he does have friends, including Brandon's godfather, who are still in the military, and it was Brandon's godfather who asked Andrew to take a job in the Sunnydale area and keep an eye open for anything out of the ordinary, having heard hints that someone was following on from The Initiative's work, despite the fact it was meant to have been closed down.

kim
07/18/2006 08:59 am
Chapter 2.14         
Good stuff...can't blame the boy for being shell-shocked. Quite a far-out story, under normal circumstances.

Spike getting a stitch, eh? Unusual...
Yep, the Scoobies all came face to face with vamps etc. in ways where they had to accept it. Brandon's sort of found himself, from his point of view, in the middle of a bunch of lunatics.

Spike getting a stitch, eh? Unusual...
Isn't it? Evil grin!

Thanks, honey!

dzio
06/25/2010 10:18 pm
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Mwahaha, Exposition!Spike is fantabulous. Poor Brandon and his imploding brain.

mistar_vegas
12/01/2007 04:49 pm
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b

08/28/2007 12:10 pm
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OH that was an interesting talk, and putting Wes on the spot.
Lol! Not half as much as it puts Brandon on the spot, but Dawn seemed to think he'd cope with it...

Thanks again.

09/02/2006 02:42 pm
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Spike really has a way with words. Guess that just about sums it up. Got a much better feeling about Andrew now. Thanks again for sharing your wonderful words.
Lol! Well, he has when it comes to taking Angel down a peg or two...

Thanks, honey. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

08/08/2006 02:00 am
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I liked this chapter and the telling of Dawn's boyfriend of what is up. Rather nervous to see his reaction to it - poor Dawny she must be tied in knots. Really good chappie, lovely emotion. I am enjoying this fic and this chapter - greatly!
Thanks, honey!

It's just hard to imagine Spike doing anything half-heartedly. You just know he'd put on a show.

07/27/2006 04:41 am
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i love spike's big presentation...so cool, and very well done...wonder how brandon's gonna take it
You know Spike once he gets on a roll... And I guess you know already about Brandon's minor freak out.

Thanks again!

vladt
07/17/2006 09:28 pm
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love the update. fantastic spike monologue. thanks for the fine read.
Thanks, honey!

Glad you liked it.

kim
07/17/2006 11:43 am
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No problem with the site tonight. Sorry it's acting up for you. "Ring of Fire" has popped up again, and some of those updates you mentioned are stuck on it.
Thanks, honey! Deleted them off now. No idea if that was down to those fatal errors I kept getting making things go wonky, or if the manage stories page was loading so slowly that I was missing Broken Things, Unfinished Business and Fumbling Towards Ecstasy without realising, so when I scrolled to the bottom to add a new chapter I was getting Ring of Fire instead, but I would have thought I'd have noticed the title and the fact there were wayyy more chapters. Confused... Hopefully you enjoyed the chapter anyway.

kim
07/17/2006 09:34 am
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Well, that's one way to tell him...

Spike, ever the drama queen.

I'm sure the boy has lots of questions...
Gah! I hope you haven't been having as many problems with the site as I have this morning. It took about six attempts to get the chapter to upload and now I'm getting more errors when I try to reply...

Spike and Angel both try to insist they have nothing in common, but as you say, drama queen. The boy does like to make an impression... and if that means Brandon might think even harder before he'd do wrong by Dawn, then I guess that's an added bonus, as far as Spike's concerned.

I'm pretty sure Brandon will have a thing or two that he wants to ask, but it's quite a while since I read this bit and I'll remember better when I've proofed the next chapter.

And this time I'm going to remember to copy all this before I hit the submit button...

dzio
06/25/2010 09:48 pm
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Oh, Angel, you big dumbo. At least this time he's funny-stupid, not infuriating-stupid. I didn't get the list in the last chapter, but now I looked back at it and laughed my head off. "Buffy-threesome???" Oh, how I wish Spike could see that list...

And the coat! The idea of Tara playing the Big Bad is hilarious and cute.

01/29/2008 10:38 am
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great set of books - very much enjoyed reading everything -

Thank you, honey! I'm really glad you're enjoying it all (again).

08/28/2007 11:48 am
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OH I so love what Buffy and Spike did to Angel. I wonder what Angel was talking about though on the phone.
Lol! That's because you didn't understand Angel's little list the chapter before...

Thanks, honey!

09/02/2006 02:24 pm
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That was fun. Hearing Angel get all bent out of shape and thinking that they had a threesome, pretty funny. I just love how Spike loves his girl's, all of them. Thanks for the wonderful chappie.
Spike/William was born to be a big brother and we get the impression that he never got the chance. Having all the women in Revello is like his second chance.

Thanks, honey. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

07/31/2006 03:24 am
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Love this chapter! Okay the last one I can read before I go to bed - this story is soooooo addicting. I meant just to read a few chapters and then the next thing you know I am lost in the story you are weaving. Excellant story - telling. It is amazing. I really really love it!
Thanks, honey!

I'm glad you're enjoying it so much, and it's times like this that make me glad it's no longer a WIP because now you can get as caught up in it as you want and just keep reading all the way through to its natural conclusion.

07/27/2006 04:22 am
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that was hilarious...i love that phone conversation...poor angel....and on a sadder note, poor poor dawnie...she's still hurting so bad...on to more now
Yep, Dawnie never really does have time to get over things in the timeframe of the story, but things are going to get so busy soon that she's not going to have time to dwell.

And, yep, yet again, I fail to resist setting Angel up to look like an idiot.

Thanks, honey!

vladt
07/17/2006 04:13 am
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that was fun. thank you especially enjoyed, in no particular order(on the hilarity scale) anya telling off xander; buffy baitng angel;"I'd have to castrate you;" and "Left him in the dust back in LA." great read, thank you again.
Thank you, honey!

As you'll find if you can access the new chapter (I say, if because it took about six attemppts to upload it - do hope I don't look later and find it repeated over and over...) that much of the fun was down to an idea my beta t_geyer had, so I can't take all the credit, but I'm really glad that you enjoyed how it turned out. For out and out funny, I think that has to be one of my favourite chapters in the whole series.

Thank you!

kim
07/16/2006 10:13 am
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*cackles hysterically* Don't make me laugh so hard! It makes me cough...LOLOLOLOLOL...

I love this story, really do, and I love that you update like clockwork. I can look between midnight and 1 AM my time, and there's a new chapter.

Fancy dinner with Angel, eh? Wow, things have really changed. Everybody's growing up...

Love Anya telling Xander off, again. Cracks me up, every time.

It's funny, in James' Q & A post today, one of his answers was about how you can't walk the way he did in the coat, without the coat, and not look silly. Tara's right - you just have to act Bad.
Thanks, honey!

As I think I told you yesterday, much of the credit for this bit has to go to my beta, but it's just so much fun to play with Clueless Angel.

As for the updates, I'm not anything like as conscientious with the ones I'm in the process writing, but since this one is complete, all I have to do is check for typos that were missed first time, or ellipses that somewhere in all the file conversions have ended up as full-stops and post it up, and I've kind of got into the habit of doing it first thing when I wake up, sometimes even before coffee.

Angel and Spike? - I guess the women are civilising influences.

Anya is smart enough to know if she doesn't break Xander of his bad habits now, then twenty years down the line, she'll bear a marked resemblance to his mother. Guess he's damn lucky she thinks he's worth the effort.

Hee! That coat has a lot to answer for!

Thanks again!

08/28/2007 11:31 am
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ok I am confused by Spikes note, as well. I never thought Buffy was unfaithfull.
That wasn't any note from Spike. That was Angel trying to work out why Spike was letting Tara wear his coat and make sense of what he thought his nose was telling him...

Thanks again.

09/02/2006 02:08 pm
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I'm puzzled by the message too. All will be revealed soon, so doesn't matter. Good on Glinda, sticking up for Wes, he could use a true friend on his side at the moment. One more I think, thanks T, for this wonderful tale. *hugs*
Well, not that soon, but I think that just illustrates the difference between Tara and the AI crew. Tara will back up someone she's only recently met on pure trust. The AI crew won't do anything unless they have the great poof's approval...

Thanks, honey. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

07/31/2006 03:03 am
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i love this chapter!
Thank you, honey!

07/27/2006 02:06 am
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oh i wish angel would just mind his own freakin' business! grr! he is so far off on all of his ideas and he makes me so mad that he thinks he's got to butt in...lol..rant over now...great chapter
LOL! Thanks, honey! Well, as Buffy points out in the next chapter, there's one idea that he did have right, and if he thought his not quite friends were under the influence of a spell, then he did kinda have good reason to butt in... but clueless Angel is just fun!

07/16/2006 08:42 am
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It's interesting what will keep Angelus busy for a while. Will he find help from his phone call?
Thanks, honey!

You should ve able to fund out just as soon as I get that first cup of coffee down my neck and get the update done.

vladt
07/15/2006 07:45 pm
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good update. angel is an idiot. thanks for the fine read.
Thank you! I'm really glad you enjoyed it. Further idiocy next chapter.

kim
07/15/2006 09:52 am
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Oh, too funny...he can't figure out what's going on.

I can see Wes and Tara becoming very good friends. Such a shame that the whole LA group decided to treat him like a pariah.

Wonder what Lindsey's message is?
Thank you, honey!

You know me. Any chance to pick on Angel... though credit for this particular humiliation should really go to my beta (and I have a feeling she does get a credit for it, though maybe a few chapters later than it should really have appeared).

As things turned out, I can't think of a huge number of specifically Wes & Tara scenes, but both of them end up being integral parts of the group.

Lindsey's message(s) will, eventually be revealed, but it's (or they're) not of immediate importance.

08/28/2007 04:15 am
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Guess the fight is sorted out for now, and doggie gets the basement, so Spike can eat.
Yep. Thanks again.

09/02/2006 01:50 pm
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Love that last line. Oh, "The Quite Man" and "McClintock"(don't know if it's the right spelling) are my favorite JW pics. Yup! Brandon does need to know what he's gotten himself into. It's only fair. I'm glad that Spike had that conversation with Giles and Giles knows where Spike's coming from and what Buffy needs from him in the future. Excellent chapter, thanks for the fantasic read.
Thanks, honey! Giles is in for a lot more bossing around before the end of the book.

Thanks, honey. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

07/31/2006 02:21 am
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OHhhh I hope that everything works out with the social worker - but when has Spike ever met a woman he can't charm when he puts his mind to it; one look at his hot bod and she will love buffy's fiance. Wonderful Wonderful chapter!
LOL! when has Spike ever met a woman he can't charm when he puts his mind to it? Ehm, the last social worker... Darla... But, you're right, most women would be falling over themselves.

07/27/2006 01:50 am
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awww...i'm glad everything's okay with them again, that had me emotionally on edge...lol...great update, love all their plans and all and the "conversation that wasn't" with giles...great stuff. more now
Thanks, honey!

Hee! Had to do the go back and read the chapter thing to work out what you meant by the conversation that wasn't... so much for my medium term memory! Anyway, glad you enjoyed it, sweetie.

Hugs!

vladt
07/15/2006 12:39 am
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very good update, very god read, thanks. loved the ending line. thanks again.
Thanks!

I'd call you a big softie for liking the last line but goodness knows what that would make me for writing it. Glad you're still keeping ploughing on through the epic.

Lou
07/14/2006 10:17 pm
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This is going far too smoothly!
What? You think I can't let them have a chapter or two of peace and quiet now and again... Me stir things up?

Thanks, honey!

kim
07/14/2006 10:38 am
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And really, the heads of the household should have the master bedroom. That's what happens when you own a house. They should really think about replacing the glass with necro-tinted windows.

Good of Spike to bring that up with Giles. The Watcher needs to consider that. He really needed to pick one role and stick with it, since he was kinda crappy at combining father/Watcher.

I don't blame Spike's attitude towards Robin, either. If the man is sounding that insulting when talking about them, then it's reasonable to think of him first as a maximum threat, then downgrade when/if necessary. A human doesn't have to be strong to hurt a Slayer, just smart. She's perfectly susceptible to a gunshot to the heart.
Thanks, honey!

Willow keeping Joyce's room after Tara moved out was one of the many, many things that bugged me about S6, but then I guess it just fitted in with Willow's completely arrogant and self-absorbed attitude that season.

I'm not sure how widely available or how expensive necro-tinted glass was meant to be. Certainly, even after Angel discovered it existed in AtS S1 he didn't rush out and get the AI offices done, so I'm thinking either wayyy expensive or only available if you have the right contacts (possibly very dubious ones since the only place (that I remember) to have it in canon is W & H). Even the wealthy vamp that Angel ended up pushing out of W&H's windows had gone for the heavy drapes option.

You know Spike... If it's to Buffy's benefit or if it comes to keeping her safe, even if it means doing things she personally might balk at, he'll be there.

dzio
06/25/2010 09:04 pm
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Gah, Xander and Willow are two disgusting, petty, self-centred half-wits. I'm a bit surprised at Willow though. Maybe she's not too far gone after all, she had a perfect opportunity right there to put Xander more firmly on her side. She just had to play along and tell him that he's perfectly right about Spike, and he'd swallow it line, hook and sinker. That insecure little twat would just love it that someone finally agrees with his twisted world-view.

Love Giles treating him like a overgrown spoilt brat that he is.

And the last line rocks. Not many couples have this kind of a problem.

08/28/2007 03:09 am
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Oh so as soon as Giles pointed out his second Slayer he killed he knew her name. I like Buffy's last question.
As soon as Wes pointed it out, yeah... As for Buffy, you can't exactly blame her.

Thanks again.

09/02/2006 01:17 pm
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It sure is coming back on him now. Anyone that he's killed over the hundred years of feeding, that's a lot of people. They'll be coming out of the woodworks looking for him. Maybe now Xander's going to get it, but I doubt it. Great dialogue for everyone, sometimes I forget to comment on that. Thanks for another fantastic chapter.
Lol! I'm having total brain failure trying to place the context here, so I'll stick with Thanks, honey... Told you I need some more sleep.

07/31/2006 01:50 am
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LMAO - great line sweetie - I loved it - Is there anyone remotely connected to the Council whose family members you haven't killed?"

Love it! Great chappie!
Thanks, honey!

That Christopher Golden has a lot to answer for... Well, him and the fact that watchers are so inbred.

07/26/2006 06:34 am
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okay, so now they know the connection...i have to say as mad as i am at willow, i appreciate her telling xander that spike's not a danger...maybe it'll help him come to his senses...great chapter
Xander? Come to his senses? Bwa ha haaa! Wouldn't he need some senses first?

Thanks, honey

vladt
07/14/2006 04:35 am
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fun update to a great tale. xander could not be a bigger idiot. love what you have done with anya. thanks for the great read and the very funny last line.
Thanks, honey!

I figure if Anya had had one real friend (where things didn't get confused by sex issues) the scenario where she broke up with Xander could have gone so much better for her.

Glad you haven't got bored yet.

Linds
07/13/2006 10:30 pm
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more please!!!!!
There's plenty more to come. I'll be continuing to post here most days, but if that isn't quick enough for you, you can pick up the remainder of this book at He's No Angel if I remembered the URL correctly along with the final and concluding book in the series, Angels and Demons, and there are even a few post series ficlets.

Lou
07/13/2006 02:38 pm
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I can never have too much Xander bashing - maybe he's infected with a bigot bug but then it wouldn't just be Spike copping the flak! What a monster.
Thanks, honey!

There was just no way I could see Xander acting in a rational manner when he got that bit of news.

kim
07/13/2006 11:31 am
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Oh, the girls were always in at least 3-inch heels. The cast has talked about it a lot. You can also see them on Buffy's feet all the time when they pan out.

Xander's a moron, making poor Giles run all that way. Good for you, Anya.

Love how Spike keeps the household running in subtle ways - cleaning up here and there, patching boo-boos, feeding the dog...the trash probably wouldn't even be out on time if he wasn't around.

Now they have the Nikki connection...I'm so laughing at Buffy's last comment. It's so true!!
Thanks, honey!

That would probably explain why they look near enough the same height, then.

Xander is definitely a moron. Anya definitely isn't, and with the ring firmly on her finger now, she isn't about to let him get away with all his crap.

Spike is at his best when he has someone/people to look after.

I figured, even though neither Spike nor Giles got the connection straight away in canon, with Wes there to prompt and Wood acting in a way to draw attention, they might get there a bit quicker.

Glad you're enjoying it still.

08/28/2007 02:32 am
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Oh I am so glad with Buffy.
Thanks, honey!

09/02/2006 12:55 pm
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Robin's there now, ineresting turn of events. He must not be the principle here. Good for Buffy, glad she got to tell them both off. Not going to much this morning, I will later after I've gotten a few hours in. A very satisfying chappie, thanks.
I worked on the theory that the school board would want to hire the principal early enough on so that he could be part of the recruitment team when it came to the teachers, and as they have the entire staff to replace, I figured it would take them most of the summer.

Thanks, honey. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

07/31/2006 01:19 am
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I can't believe that Xander could be so pugheaded that he just put evryone isn danger by broadcasting that news to everyone! Of all the stupid and careless things to do. *growls softly at the computer* great story so far really engaging. ---

I just read your replies thank you so much for getting back to me and letting me know what you think. I really apreciate it so much! This really is a wonderful story and you are doing an absolute increible job! Thank you so much for sharing your talented writing with us! LOL I am now inspired to start writing with us - it gives me the urge to start back with my story that has been pending for awhile!
*growls softly at the computer*
Now we know where your pen-name comes from... and yep, Xander=stupid+careless.

Glad to know the replies are getting you thinking of writing again. Now, if only I could kick my own muse into gear. He's been temperamental lately.

07/26/2006 06:27 am
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i love how buffy's finally standing up for them to her friends...wonder what's gonna happen with wood...great chapter
Thanks, honey.

Buffy eventually had to pick sides and it might have taken a little nudge in the right direction from Spike but this time she got it right.

vladt
07/13/2006 04:32 am
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great chapter. love buffy's physical and verbal slapping xander. and red couldn't be bothered to tell her friend that spike wasn't chipped! love the read, thank you
Thanks! Xander so needed that. I suspect that contrary to Xander's sudden panic and 'end of the world' attitude, Willow simply forgot, with everything else that was happening. Glad you enjoyed it.

Lou
07/12/2006 10:27 am
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Yikes - confrontations on all sides!! Xander is just awful!
Well, you won't get any argument from me on that point.

Thanks!

07/12/2006 09:36 am
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WTF is Robin Wood doing in town already? Nice scene with Red, the Whelp and Spuffy in the yard.
Well, the vanilla answer would be that you would really expect the future headmaster of the new school to take part in selecting the teachers who'll be working there after the vacation, and with an entire school's worth to recruit... As for any other reasons I'll leave that to your imagination, at least until the story unfolds further.

Thanks!

kim
07/12/2006 08:56 am
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Whoo! Intense chapter!!

So Robin's showed up, eh? Figured that's who it was as soon as there was a mention of someone looking for them...he's not a bad guy, really, but the hate from his vendetta has really been at the forefront of his life for so long...understandable when a boy loses his mother at 4 or 5, but...life is about more than seeking revenge.

Xander and Willow...they really need to keep them away, for neither one can think before they speak about what's best for the whole group's safety. Muting them might even be a better idea.
Thanks, honey!

Can't say too much about Robin Wood without giving things away.

Now, if only I had thought of that and Tara was the type to throw around those sort of spells... Maybe I could have got Giles or Wes to do it, though...

08/28/2007 02:13 am
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Oh I hope Xander realizes what he is doing wrong.
Xander is always going to be pulled two ways when it comes to Willow and Anya.

09/01/2006 06:49 am
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I'm having trouble with the internet, I keep losing th reviews, so I'm keeping it short and going to bed. Gotta love Spike's solution to the salesman. And thank god Dawn stood up to Willow, not that it will do any good. Great read T, thanks.
I've had that problem before... and you never thing to copy what you wrote until after you press the submit button and it doesn't work.

Thanks, honey. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

07/31/2006 01:03 am
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GO DAWNIE - that was in awesome rant that she did - I am glad that she set Willow straight/ I loved this chapter - the who whole protect Tara thing was awesome and Anya was great standing up for her beliefs - great chappie!
Thanks, honey!

Little Dawnie doesn't mince her words, and as for Anya, she has to know that if she lets Xander slide on this sort of stuff, then she sets a trend that'll end up with her looking like Xander's mom X years down the line. She has to make a stand for herself and for how she wants their marriage to work.

07/26/2006 06:20 am
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go dawnie...i'm so proud of her taking charge and telling willow what's what, coming to tara's and spike's defense like that....another excellent chapter, love...on to more
Thanks, honey!

There are times when Dawn is even more Joyce-like than Buffy.

vladt
07/13/2006 04:11 am
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very good read, thank you. loved anya and dawn sounding off and buffy's
"Okay. 'This is our family. Mess with them, deal with us.'"
Thanks!

As a previous reviewer commented, Anya has the right idea about marriage, but Xander is playing catch up all the time. And Dawn will say exactly what she thinks of a situation given half a chance.

kim
07/12/2006 01:53 am
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Same height? Not even...funny for them to say, though. (Seen both people in person)

Wow, go Dawnie!!!! Quite a speech...too bad it won't sink in With Willow-Knows-It-All.

Loved the doggie shopping, too - hysterical! And I've done things similar to what Spike said in the jewelry store. It's so much fun to put snobs in their place.

Poor Tara's going to take a lot of reinforcement to feel that she belongs, and stuff. It really does take a while to counter 20 years of programming.

Anya's words with Xander were right on, too. She's really been getting the whole marriage thing, and the silly guy's constantly playing catch-up. I hope he realizes who's really on his side soon before he gets hurt again.
Have to say I didn't think so myself, but someone pointed out that in OAFA they did look pretty close. Maybe Amber was wearing high-heels.

Dawnie is pretty good at saying what she thinks. Glad all the shopping didn't bore you to tears. I think Spike'll do his best to ensure tara knows she belongs, and as for the Harrises, well there was never any doubt about which one had the brains in that family...

07/11/2006 06:49 pm
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It seems the living arrangements are getting worked out satisfactorily, without Willow. Good for Dawn to get her unhindered go at Red. More story please.
Thanks!

Yep, everybody has a place where they belong, except for Willow. More tomorrow.

Lou
07/11/2006 02:25 pm
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Dawn's eloquence just gets better and better - she laid into Willow good style there! Nohing she doesn't deserve.
Thanks, honey!

And can I say I'm relieved this is finally showing up in the unanswered reviews section. For some reason it wasn't earlier.

Dawn can be formidable when it comes to saying what she means, and thankfully, in this 'verse, it isn't aimed at Spike.

08/28/2007 01:48 am
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Oh I am so good that they worked it out.
Thanks, honey. It would have sort of spoiled the next 150 chapters or so if they hadn't...

09/01/2006 06:07 am
Chapter 2.06         
Good thing Giles is getting back some of the merchandise Willow procured on Buffy's behalf, Right! Looks like Buffy got her head out of her butt and figured out that Spike wouldn't do anything that wasn't spectacular for her. Enjoying this so much, thanks for the chapter.
Thanks, honey. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

07/31/2006 12:51 am
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Wow that was in incredibale honeymoon planned - i am glad that spike and buffy are going to get to go - graet chappie
Thanks, honey!

And you have to bet that Buffy feels yay big for losing her temper with him... Hee!

07/25/2006 02:09 pm
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awww..that was so very sweet...now *i* feel guilty for ever doubting him! lol...great update
LOL! Told you to keep reading!

Saw/remembered the room from the AtS episode where Groo and Angel have to go pick up the potion to prevent Cordy passing her visions to Groo and it seemed pretty perfect... unless you have issues about it being in a brothel.

Thanks, honey!

vladt
07/13/2006 03:39 am
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very good update. she woke up, very good. thanks for the fine read.
Thanks, honey!

We all knew that there would be a very good reason for Spike to pick a brothel for the first night of the honeymoon. Good job Buffy wised up.

kim
07/10/2006 01:24 pm
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Oh, yeah! I'd forgotten about that place on AtS...it's been a long time since I saw the episode. That did look like fun, though. Sounds like a perfect night, except the for champagne, 'cause I don't drink.

All this happening in just 2 weeks since their first date? whoa...short engagement then, too...no wonder they don't have their honeymoon booked, yet. I was wondering about that, when there are only 2 months to the wedding. And Buffy expects her dress to be altered in time? 'Cause wedding dresses never fit the first time...they have the weirdest sizing.
I'd forgotten about that place on AtS...
And, by now, if hadn't used it I probably would have forgotten, too, but since I wrote the chapter back in August 2003, it was slightly fresher in my memory.

As for the champagne, I don't think Buffy would be drinking a lot of it either, given her alcohol tolerance.

And, yep, short engagement. At the time they set the date Buffy was being paranoid about Social Services so Spike was only allowed to stay over occasionally, with the end result that the date was basically calculated to allow Buffy just about long enough for her confirmation classes beforehand.

And Spike is doing his best to make sure that she puts weight on, so as far as the wedding dress fitting goes, it may be just as well that it's happeneing sooner rather than later, though she hasn't actually picked a dress at this point in the fic either (I don't think). That all got kind of interrupted when Dru kidnapped Spike.

My wedding dress definitely didn't fit first time, but I blame that on my sister since she made it... On the other hand, when I made bridesmaid dresses for someone else and every fitting I had to keep changing the bust on one of them I blamed it on the fact the bridesmaid wasn't little and kept showing up in a different bra every time.

Lou
07/10/2006 10:19 am
Chapter 2.06         
Aah - that's good. Surely she's learned to trust him by now!
Hee! This is Buffy we're talking about here... and even posting a chapter a day, it has been a lot longer real time than story time. In the 'verse it's still less than two weeks since their first proper date.

kim
07/10/2006 08:33 am
Chapter 2.06         
OMG...that's so perfect! Buffy can be such a bitch! Of course, he planned a night like that...I just knew it. Once again, count on good ol' Anya, 'cause this would have been a disaster, otherwise.

No wonder he was so upset and hurt. Wow...can I have a Spike, please???
Thanks, honey!

The room wasn't actually my own idea. It's very briefly featured in AtS in the episode where Groo and Angel go to the brothel to see someone about getting the stuff to prevent Cordelia passing on her visions to Groo when they com-shuk(sp?). You just see a couple having a slo-mo pillow fight before their escort pulls the door closed. Seemed like the perfect place... unless you have a hang up about it being in a brothel, of course.

And of course you can have a Spike, if this one will do...

06/15/2010 05:15 am
Chapter 2.05         
I agree fully with Buffy here. Spike's the one who should do the groveling not acting like a complete ass just because she doesn't want to spend her wedding night in a whorehouse. I think such exploits could wait for a more appropriate time.

08/28/2007 01:24 am
Chapter 2.05         
Oh I hope Buffy and Spike can work it out.
They both have good reason to be upset. I guess we'll see how it goes.

Thanks again.

09/01/2006 05:11 am
Chapter 2.05         
I think Buffy is uptight, they've already got an exciting sex life why wouldn't she want to see what Spike had in his bag of tricks. Can't wait to see what Xander finds when he see's Red. Great fic, you know I love it.
lol! I know Buffy's uptight but really that isn't the issue here. It's more one of her jumping to conclusions and a lack of trust.

Thanks, honey. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

07/31/2006 12:45 am
Chapter 2.05         
great chappie - i loved the fact that willow has gotten older and the explanition again f the curse - great chapter
Thanks, honey!

I rather liked the way the curse worked. If it had simply aged her irreversibly then Giles etc. would have had more grounds for being up in arms, but as it was set up it was much more difficult for them to argue that it should be removed.

07/24/2006 02:19 pm
Chapter 2.05         
i'm sorry but i *so* agree with buffy...i feel sorry for spike but i think he should understand...i mean if its their wedding night shouldn't it be something that they *both* can look back at as something beautiful and special? and not just in the sexcapades kind of way? oh well...great chapter , can't wait to read more
LOL! Well, if both sides didn't have reason to think they were right then they wouldn't have an argument in the first place.

All I can suggest is that you keep reading...

Thanks, honey!

vladt
07/13/2006 03:25 am
Chapter 2.05         
pitseems buffy screwed up, again. so little faith in spike. great read, as always. thanks for the chapter.
Thanks, honey!

I think it's safe to say that Buffy trusts him with the big things, but she wouldn't be her if she actually asked questions before she got on her high horse.

07/09/2006 08:10 pm
Chapter 2.05         
Caught up again. More story please.
Thanks!

As usual, there'll be more in the morning.

Lou
07/09/2006 07:26 pm
Chapter 2.05         
Many a slip twixt the proposal and the ceremony!
Thanks, honey!

I take it you know they'll work it out, but nothing between the pair of them could be straightforward.

kim
07/09/2006 11:13 am
Chapter 2.05         
Dang it! The site lost my review again. Okay, one more time...

Buffy so didn't handle that well. She insulted both his male and demon pride. I don't think it was that bad of an idea, as long as the place was safe, and clean. They wouldn't have to worry about any noise they made, and there's all kinds of fun toys. It's an attempt to start their marriage with a full sexual bonding experience. Perhaps Anya could explain to Buffy the benefits of such a night?

Anyway, she has a lot of groveling to do to get back in his good graces.

I love that Anya gets to be appreciated as a friend. The poor girl never got enough credit on the show.

Can't blame Dawn for her viewpoint, either. Willow going against the group decision had serious consequences, and Willow never took responsibility for it. She doesn't get a free write-off just because she's a "friend". Buffy has to start learning that everyone should be held accountable for their actions, not just the people she doesn't like, or the people she thinks are evil. Dawn never had Buffy's warped view of reality, and I'm so glad for that.
Thanks, honey, for taking all the time and effort to review twice. I know the site has been temperamental lately.

No, Buffy didn't handle that well at all, but she'll learn... and if she got things wrong with Spike, at least she did better with Anya.

As for Dawn, I think the only thing anyone might be arguing with her for is the relatively short amount of time she gave them to pack all Willow's things.

08/28/2007 01:09 am
Chapter 2.04         
Oh the puppy should have been moved to Dawns room, but they seem to be working around it, and do these 2 never get a break now we have the first evil.
Well, it was bound to show up at some point. The schedule has just been moved up slightly...

09/01/2006 04:18 am
Chapter 2.04         
That was great! Thank you so much for thinking about the dog and her eating the food placed on the coffee table. As soon as Spike put it there, the dog had to filch it. Anyone who's had a dog knew what would happen. that's why Spike's got to die, the First. You've thought of everything, who else to discipline the dog and that way, it was just fabulous. Not going to read much tonight, Pre-season American football game is on and I won't miss it. Great chappie T. thanks.
Thanks, honey!

I'm sure there are times when I sort of forget the pets like the owners forgot Miss Kitty, but I try my best not to.

I'm glad you enjoyed it.

07/31/2006 12:41 am
Chapter 2.04         
lovely chapter - I am enjoying this series very much
Thank you, honey! I'm glad you like it.

07/24/2006 09:13 am
Chapter 2.04         
hmmm...wonder how (if) willow's increasing darkness will tie in with the first? or maybe willow wont be such a threat at all, thanks to evie's curse? hmmm....love the chapter
Thanks, honey!

Glad you enjoyed it. Sorry, can't think of any other way to respond without giving you huge spoilers, but you'll find out in time.

vladt
07/08/2006 10:44 pm
Chapter 2.04         
love the tale. the dog fits right in to the group. happy to see that the more magic red uses, the more she ages. thanks for the fun read.
Thanks!

The dog is there to stay. The curse isn't quite as simple as more magic=more ageing, but Anya will explain that in the current chapter. Glad you're enjoying it.

kim
07/08/2006 01:23 pm
Chapter 2.04         
Sex with the dog there...they really have become the epitome of domesticity. All they need now is a 3-year-old tapping on a foot or shoulder in the middle of the night because of a bad dream.

Really curious how you'll deal with the First...the same conditions as canon don't apply here.
Thanks, honey!

Yep, they're actually beginning to settle down, though I doubt there are any kiddies in their near future.

As for The First, it'll take them a while for that situation to reach a peak, but hopefully you'll enjoy the ride.

08/28/2007 12:46 am
Chapter 2.03         
OH I love it, I wonder what they will see this time.
Thanks, honey!

08/31/2006 05:00 pm
Chapter 2.03         
Oooo! Spuffy lovin', thanks for the quickie, but what with the vision? Can't say enough how much I love that Tara's there and that they're making her feel more than welcomed...family! Might have to up this aside for now and get a few hours in. Just love this girl. Such a marvelous fic. Thanks.
They pretty much have visions of one sort or another every time they renew the claim. First one was mostly flashbacks, later ones tend to be more prophetic.

Lol, well my thoughts are moving in the direction of a siesta, so I guess I'll see how many more replies I manage to get done...

Thanks, honey. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

07/31/2006 12:26 am
Chapter 2.03         
loved the chapter!!!!
Thank you, honey!

07/24/2006 09:05 am
Chapter 2.03         
whoa...gotta know what they saw...nice sudden switch there from total hotness to scary and foreboding...on to more now
Thanks, honey!

Well, I guess by now you know that they didn't really see anything new, just saw things under slightly different circumstances... and, of course, Spike got to share so they actually pinned down the city.

07/07/2006 08:48 pm
Chapter 2.03         
fine read, thanks. love tara. nice touch with the world cup.
Thanks!

I'm glad you like it. Tara is one of my own favourites, which is why I had to make sure that my S6 didn't end the same way as canon... and there'll be more World Cup action as the series goes on. One English fan even tried to convince me that since it an alternatate universe I could rewrite it so that England came away with the cup... to which i pointed out that given my loyalties, I'd have been far more likely to rewrite history so that Scotland qualified for the tournament.

Lou
07/07/2006 12:41 pm
Chapter 2.03         
At least they had a decent shag before the vision - can't wait to find out what it's of!
Oops! Looks like this one came through twice for some reason.

Lou
07/07/2006 12:41 pm
Chapter 2.03         
At least they had a decent shag before the vision - can't wait to find out what it's of!
Thanks, honey!

All will be revealed... soon.

kim
07/07/2006 09:08 am
Chapter 2.03         
Willow-warning vision? She hasn't been quite ready to accept that Willow's the dark power, yet.

Hot scene! Whoo!

Perfect Tara stuff....I love her growing confidence. She and Wes will make a good research team.

A bit of bitterness there, in the mention of Giles not coming out for two months just for the wedding. Buffy would love to be that important to him, and he just doesn't get it.

World Cup 2002 - no way Spike would miss that...good timing for posting this chapter, eh?
Willow-warning vision?
Hee, wouldn't that make everything far too simple...

Tara is such a wonderful character and she soooo deserved better than she got in canon.

Yep, Buffy would love to think that Giles would come here that early just for her, but she's not that naive.

And since I worked out dates, it seemed we couldn't have multiple Englishmen in one place without the football coming up. There's a lot more to follow on that subject once we hit the period where the various matches were being played.

08/27/2007 04:13 pm
Chapter 2.02         
OH I love all of Spikes encorageing words to Wesley.
Lol! Thanks again.

08/31/2006 04:31 pm
Chapter 2.02         
Boy Willow just couldn't be gracious and take Spike's friendly warning, no she had to be a smart mouth bitch. I really like the puppy here, I've never read where they had a pet before other than a ferret named Dru. So glad that Tara's there with them now, she needs some TLC as well. Guess Wesley's looking into the possibility of a relationship with Marie. Fantastic chapter, wonderful read.
'I know best' Willow was always a smart mouthed bitch, and it's probably as much a defence mechanism as anything but... Yep, they've got Tara and well, Wes is probably just a little shy of starting a relationship but we'll see...

Thanks, honey. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

07/31/2006 12:18 am
Chapter 2.02         
excllant chapter - i love the running theme of lily's cooking - love your characters in this
Thanks, honey. I'm glad the OCs fit in so well.

07/24/2006 08:57 am
Chapter 2.02         
i love the male bonding between spike and wes, love spike's speech to willow...very good chapter overall...my heart hurts for tara though....great chapter
Thanks, honey!

Spike and Wes actually fit together really well, but you're right about who's really suffering because of Willow's actions, well Tara and Dawn.

vladt
07/06/2006 09:16 pm
Chapter 2.02         
very good read, thanks.
Thank you!

Lou
07/06/2006 01:27 pm
Chapter 2.02         
Lovely chapter. I don't think we've seen the last of nasty Willow though.
Thanks, honey!

No, I don't think we have...

kim
07/06/2006 09:38 am
Chapter 2.02         
LOL! Poor Spike...can't give away his secret by eating the good food...hee hee hee...
Great talk...he's really getting good at the whole advice thing.

And the dog loves Spike the most...LOL...figures. I'm so not surprised. Rogue, for a name, though? Eh...seems not quite right for that dog description. I like Callie the best, from what I've read so far. The dog has a very gentle, affable nature, so she's not going to live up to a tough name.

And Willow...still disgusting. Completely lost her marbles.
Thanks, honey!

Hee! Poor Spike, but I'm sure he'll survive.

Hey like you say, female dog so no surprise she likes the vamp best. I'm afraid the puppy sticks with Rogue...

Willow... really just a hair's breadth from canon, except for Evie's version of payback.

08/27/2007 03:56 pm
Chapter 2.01         
I am surprised that Buffy didn't go, and I am so happy for what Xander said to Willow.
Buffy had other priorities and if Xander couldn't really do anything else if he wanted his marriage to stand a chance...

Thanks again.

08/31/2006 04:03 pm
Chapter 2.01         
Harsh, but neccessary. Even the dog knows how dark she is. YAY for Xander, there maybe hope for him yet and Buffy still is offering freindship. I do hope that she does go to amy and starts using magic again and see what Amy says about it. Love this so much. I do hope that soon there will be Spuffy smoochies. It's been a while. Great read T. thanks.
Lol! A tiny tiny tiny bit of hope for Xander, but I guess that's one up on Willow at the moment.

Thanks, honey. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

07/31/2006 12:04 am
Chapter 2.01         
good chapter update I am glad xamder did something right for once
LOL. It does happen... very very occasinally.

07/24/2006 08:43 am
Chapter 2.01         
okay, she's seriously scaring me...and she's blaming spike...that's so not good...i hope she doesn't do anything to hurt him..but that's kind of hoping for too much, isn't it? *sigh*...great chapter...on to more
Thank you, honey!

Willow will blame whoever she can if it means she doesn't have to take responsibility. Look at her relationship with Tara. She refused to even consider that she was doing anything wrong. All their problems were because Tara was being unreasonable... She never seemed sorry for what she did, just sorry she got caught.

vladt
07/06/2006 01:09 am
Chapter 2.01         
very good read, thank you. there might be hope for xander, but willow is just morre convinced her way is the only way. thanks again.
Thanks again!

As Anya's wish demonstrated, at least in this 'verse Xander does really care about Anya. He's just so stupid that most of the time he doesn't realise how offensive he's being. Willow is a whole different deal...

Lou
07/05/2006 01:52 pm
Chapter 2.01         
Mmm. Maybe Xander is turning the corner into reasonable land. But Willow seems to be drifting into psychopath territory!
Thanks, honey!

There are occasionally signs that there might be hope for Xander. Willow, isn't as easily convinced.

kim
07/05/2006 09:40 am
Chapter 2.01         
Good Xander! Give him a cookie!

Giles going with...I'm guessing he really doesn't trust Willow at the moment...maybe wants a few more words?

Willow and Amy - heh. That's certainly a match made in hell. If they weren't so dangerous, they'd deserve to be stuck together.
Thanks!

Very very occasionally Xander can do the right thing.



06/15/2010 02:47 am
Chapter 1.12         
Bout time Dawn got some  say in things. Bit tired of seeing her getting bossed around with little to no consideration of her feelings in alot of cases. Minor or no, it's more her home than Spike's and he's been given more say in most things.

08/27/2007 03:40 pm
Chapter 1.12         
OH I wonder what Buffy is going to say or do to Willow. I am so glad Dawn did it because even with what was said earlier I don't think Buffy would have kicked her out.
You don't? Just think back to the end of S5 when Giles tried to suggest that if Glory began the ritual, then it might be better to end Dawn's life as quickly as possible.

Dawn is where Buffy draws the line in the sand and Willow might have fooled her once saying she'd give up magic. I don't think she'd have fooled her twice...

08/31/2006 03:35 pm
Chapter 1.12         
Wow! Willow is so out of control, hope she does try magic again and see the result. Right on Dawn!!! she's not about to take any crap from Willow, not any more. Wonder what Buff's going to say, and again poor puppy! Great dialogue. Great read, thanks.
Yeah, Dawn's pretty on the money with what she has to say, but she's also being pretty reckless coming out and saying it.

Thanks, honey. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

07/30/2006 11:55 pm
Chapter 1.12         
ohhhh go dawnie! way to go and very well done willow
Thanks, honey!

Dawn often sees things rather more clearly than Buffy does.

07/24/2006 08:34 am
Chapter 1.12         
loved dawnie's reaction to willow...she said just what she deserved to have to hear...and i love how spike and buffy let willow know that while they were inclined to show her a bit more patience, they were backing dawnie up..can't wait to see what buffy will have to say to her friend now
Thank you, honey!

I just wrote it the way that seemed right. Buffy has a responsibility to ensure Dawn feels safe in her own home. Though, IMO she should have realised that when Willow got Dawn chased by a demon and her arm broken. Friendship only stretches so far.

vladt
07/06/2006 12:17 am
Chapter 1.12         
great read, thanks. dawn was fantastiic. hopefully, buffy can reinforce what dawn, tara, giles and spike tried to tell red. not that she will hear.
Thanks!

Dawn has her better moments! Sometimes they even make up for her bratty ones.

07/05/2006 05:33 am
Chapter 1.12         
Wow! Dawn told Willow the truth!
Thank you!

Dawn has this habit of doing that.

Lou
07/04/2006 03:30 pm
Chapter 1.12         
Wow - Dawn kicked ass in that chapter! Willow's still full of herself then.
Thank you!

Dawn sometimes seems more Joyce's daughter than Buffy does, especially when it comes to knowing where to draw the line.

kim
07/04/2006 11:09 am
Chapter 1.12         
Aaack, the first review I made didn't show up - the sites's moving incredibly slow. Trying again...

Good for Dawn. I always preferred her straight shooting to Buffy's placation of everyone. I would have told Willow the same things...thrown her out long ago if she wouldn't pay rent. The arrogance, delusion, and amoral attitude is just sick. Right now, I'm hoping she keeps trying to magic herself better and rids the world of her meddling.

And Buffy needs to give her final say, or Willow is just going to try to fix everyone else so Buffy will be her friend again, since she thinks Buffy can't think for herself.

Poor little puppy. Hopefully, it's young enough to forget the trauma later.

I hope Giles has learned some things, too. Like it or not, he put himself in the fatherly position when he started caring for the kids more than a "Watcher should". He needs to step up and own that responsibility now.
Thank you, honey!

I got slightly confused when I got the email notification for your first review but then I had no way to actually reply, so I'm glad you took the time to try again.

Yep, Dawn is definitely the straight-talker of the family. Buffy will have her say. How much Willow will actually listen to, since if she was going to take any of it to heart she'd have to actually admit she'd been in the wrong, is another matter...

Poor puppy, yep, but it has a new home now.

Giles is learning that he doesn't know the Scoobies as well as he might have thought... Or rather they have changed, but his perception of them has remained static.

And Xander, he just might surprise you...

08/27/2007 03:50 am
Chapter 1.11         
Oh I love Buffy's end comment to Spike. I bet if Spike growls the dog will start.
Lol! Time will tell on that score...

Thanks again.

07/30/2006 11:48 pm
Chapter 1.11         
love that they gave the dog to dawn - can't believe how selfish and bigoted xander was - hen will he ever learn
Thanks, honey!

Well, it wouldn't be fair to take the poor puppy back to the pound or let it end up as vamp food.

Xander can think things through, work out what he has to do, but still screw up when it comes to actually doing it, because he just falls back into the same old familiar habits.

07/22/2006 02:37 pm
Chapter 1.11         
lol...the ending made me smile...overprotective spike... ...i like the puppy already, and the curse is just what willow deserved...great chapter
Thank you, honey!

I can't see Spike's attitide changing where it comes to his girls any time soon, and, yeah, the curse is
exactly what Willow deserved.

Hugs

kim
07/03/2006 09:59 pm
Chapter 1.11         
Why train the dog, exactly! Spike's a good Papa Bear...

Poor little scared puppy...better ship Willow off post haste.
Thanks, honey!

Willow won't be around too much longer, and, yeah, Spike is on the protective side especially now.

Alice
07/03/2006 04:50 pm
Chapter 1.11         
I love this series! I'm looking forward to more!!!
Thank you, honey!

There'll be more tomorrow, and the day after that and the day after that...

Lou
07/03/2006 02:17 pm
Chapter 1.11         
Great chapter - though why anyone even bothers with this Xander anymore is a mystery!
Thank you! Sadly for Anya she loves the pain in the arse...

dzio
06/25/2010 06:26 pm
Chapter 1.10         
...the magical equivalent of an idiot savant. 

Emphasis on "idiot". I really like Evie.

I'm really glad Giles can see that he's at least partly responsible for Red becoming what she is.

08/27/2007 03:33 am
Chapter 1.10         
OH everyone is blaming themselves for what Willow did and it is only Willows fault.
Lol! Well, perhaps (as you'll find out in subsequent chapters) I think there may be other places that at least some of theblame might be apportioned to, but Giles and Tara aren't it.

Thanks again.

08/31/2006 02:30 pm
Chapter 1.10         
Oh! Dawn gets the puppy! what scares me is what Evie said about tha last mated slayer, don't know if that's addressed here or in Angels and Demons. I thought Willow was aged alot more then that, but Tara's right she will try and do magics to reverse it for sure. Giles should not feel guilty about Willow, he had no idea that it would change her. That's like blaming someone for give a first drink to an alcoholic, you never know how somethings going to effect someone. Wonder what this Evie has planned for SunnyD? Another wonderful chappie, thanks a bunch.
Yep, Dawn gets the puppy. Well, lets just say that the council won't leave things as they are for too long.

I disagree re Willow. Your analogy would work, if Giles had only ever known her to use magic once, but he didn't just give her her first drink, he watched her become an alcoholic, and he KNEW what she was really like when he had that conversation with her after she brought Buffy back and she called him the amateur, but he still left.

Thanks, honey. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

07/30/2006 11:35 pm
Chapter 1.10         
I like Giles denial.... he just doesn't want to believe it - love that they are kicking willow out and letting tara stay - why should willow get to keep the friends and home when she was the one who did wrong. great chapter!
Poor Giles... Admitting just how far gone Willow is means admitting his own share of the blame for letting her end up that way.

Definitely with you on the keeping Tara and ditching Willow. We never saw Willow lift a finger in that house despite supposedly being there to help look after Dawn, but she was the one who got to stay in canon? What's up with that?

07/21/2006 02:45 pm
Chapter 1.10         
wow...willow deserves to face the consequences of what she did though...i love spike comforting tara...so sweet....great chapter
Thanks, honey! If I remember correctly from when I was posting these chapters (not so long ago) you'll find out the exact nature of the curse in another two or three chapters.

I have to admit, I love Spike and Tara together, whether it's as friends or more. In a lot of ways they complement each other and she certainly doesn't make things as fraught as Buffy sometimes has a tendency to do, but in this fic you've probably guessed that their relationship is purely platonic.

07/04/2006 03:05 am
Chapter 1.10         
love spike giving tara the support she needs. giles should have been the one explaining to her why this was just. he can be so dense. wonderful read, thank you.
Thank you!

I'm really glad you're enjoying it. The reason I had things work that way rather than the other is that Tara now knows Willow so much better than Giles does. Before their chat he may have been able to convince himself that this was just another slip up and that underneath Willow was basically the same timid schoolgirl that she always was.

Tara knows far better...

Lou
07/02/2006 05:42 pm
Chapter 1.10         
Wise Tara - unwittingly getting through to duh Giles with her calm reason. Deftly done.
Tara definitely is a wise soul. Even Giles isn't too stubborn to realise that.

Thank you!

kim
07/02/2006 08:26 am
Chapter 1.10         
Yep, definitely his fault. He never tried to train her. And Giles should have done the re-souling spell, not Willow.

Love the demon convo...love Spike's inclusion of Tara in the family, the poor thing.
Thank you!

Giles definitely needs to bear some of the responsibility for Willow's attitude. To be fair, though, at the time Willow decided to do the resouling spell (second time around at least - too long since I watched S2 to remember where he was when the original decision was made), he was kind of busy being tortured by Angelus, so we can't really blame him for that one.

Spike tends to tell things as he sees them and he's far too well acquainted with how it feels to be left on the outside to wish that on someone he cares about... and it was wayyy past time someone stuck up for Tara.

08/27/2007 03:15 am
Chapter 1.09         
OH goodie Anya knows her so maybe there won't be to much trouble.
Maybe...

Thanks again.

08/31/2006 01:59 pm
Chapter 1.09         
Spike's right about them and no matter what, they'd be together. Nice job! just what Willow deserved, and hopefully she'll be lucid enough to remember everything. Naturally, Anya would know her. And poor puppy! As you can see we made it through the storm just fine, this one was a piece of cake. That chappie was awesome! Perfect! thanks.
Lol! I'd really like to think so, though others might argue differently. Willow, as you say pretty much got exactly what she deserved. Glad you got through the storm without any problems.

Thanks, honey. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

07/30/2006 11:29 pm
Chapter 1.09         
I love that Anya knows her and the last line about her dressing gown was great! Can't wait to see what you do with this from here! I love this story!
Thanks, honey!

I'm glad you're enjoying it.

07/21/2006 02:41 pm
Chapter 1.09         
lol..trust anya to *know* her....lol...maybe they can talk her into fixing willow, and no one else will get hurt...i hope...great chapter
Bats eyelashes and looks around innocently. I thought she had fixed Willow so that no one else would get hurt... Yeah, I know I'm a bad evil woman who thinks canon Willow got off wayyy too easy.

Thanks, honey!

07/01/2006 11:39 pm
Chapter 1.09         
absolutely wonderful. red really screws up, the puppy gets spared, and anya knows the demon. great chapter. thanks for the read.
Thank you!
Willow really had a rather poor record when it came to magic, mostly because her entire attitude was far too blasé, so it was almost guaranteed that, given my motivation in writing fanfic is almost always to try to 'fix' things, she would end up paying for her arrogance... and, of course, the puppy would be okay.

Figure with eleven hundred years under her belt Anya must know quite a few demons. Evie is one of the nicer more fun ones.

Lou
07/01/2006 10:11 pm
Chapter 1.09         
Ha! Can't wait to see Willow.
Thank you!

The next chapter is now up, but you might have to wait a little longer before Willow is conscious again, though hopefully all the other stuff that's going on will keep you interested until then...

kim
07/01/2006 11:10 am
Chapter 1.09         
Oh, awesome, the demon has a sense of humor, and Anya knows her! She made Willow an old woman! Awesome consequence. Show the little bitch why she shouldn't be playing with these kinds of forces. And yay for the puppy! Can we leave her this way? Huh, huh? Tara dump her, and we leave her this way? Maybe the Coven knows of a convalescent home for old witches?
Thank you, honey!

The spell is slightly more complicated than simply ageing Willow a number of years, but you'll find out how it works in Chapter 1.11. I have a feeling that you might approve.

Clever/lucky puppy, huh?

Glad you liked it, sweetie!

08/27/2007 02:56 am
Chapter 1.08         
I could not believe what Willows mom said about Joyce. Where have they been.
Willow's parents barely knew what was going on in their daughter's life, and on those few occasions we did see her mother, she seemed to regard Willow as more of a sociological experiment than her own flesh and blood. Her mum did call Buffy Bunny in canon. Whether because she was absent minded or never listened, I doubt she would have the slightest idea of what was going on with any of Willow's friends.

08/31/2006 01:06 pm
Chapter 1.08         
Finally! Buffy gets how destructive Willow really is and how selfish she's been for a long time. So sad the magic has changed her so much. At least this has brought to light the importance of Tara in their lives. Great chappie, thanks.
Yeah, Tara was pretty much the keystone that held that house together when Joyce was gone. After she left everything fell apart.

Thanks, honey. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

07/30/2006 11:23 pm
Chapter 1.08         
i like the discussion about willow and her selfishness. a good analysis of willow's character and an intersting perspective of why spike would prefer Xander to Willow. Excellant job as always!
Well, I don't know that Spike would prefer Xander to Willow, more he'd not want Buffy to be alone, but I know what you mean.

Thanks again, honey!

07/21/2006 07:25 am
Chapter 1.08         
lol...that ending was pretty funny...very excellent job on this story, i must say and i love the way you write anya....so perfect
Thank you, honey!

Anya can be such a fun character to work with, and since I started writing my Giles/Anya series of ficlets, I've grown especially fond of her.

vladt
06/30/2006 09:36 pm
Chapter 1.08         
very good chapter. love seeing spike tell buffy exactly how good of friend red has been. great last line! thanks for the read.
Thank you!

Someone really needed to make Buffy see that she was letting the way things used to be in high school blind her to the way things had really been for the last year (at the very least).

Glad you liked that last line. Good job Willow's mom is so oblivious it makes up for Buffy's lack of expertise when it comes to subterfuge.

Lou
06/30/2006 11:58 am
Chapter 1.08         
Very suspenseful! I love the convoluted plot.
Thank you! I'm glad you're enjoying it.

kim
06/30/2006 11:03 am
Chapter 1.08         
Yep, Spike, she's an absolutely horrid liar. It's a good thing Willow's parents are so oblivious.

Great stuff Spike pointed out, and it shows how much Buffy has grown that she actually considered what he said and finally agreed.
Thanks!

Buffy would never have a future in espionage, that's for sure... and there was just no way I could let Buffy make the same mistake all over again where Willow and Tara were concerned.

dzio
06/25/2010 05:47 pm
Chapter 1.07         
You know, there are more and more people in those stories of yours that make me think they are too dumb to live. Honestly, there's misguided and then there's just plain moronic. I mean, did it even occur to her that it's not like without that email they're all safe? The Initiative people are still in Sunny-D, Sam is still a psycho bitch and they are still all in danger! I'm not saying that the way the things turned out is all peachy, especially for Dawn, but it could have ended a hundred times worse!

I really hope they get to Willow in time and kick her ass. She more than deserves it.

Also, love gobsmacked Giles.

08/26/2007 03:45 pm
Chapter 1.07         
Oh I hope Quention doesn't get Spike.
As Giles says, Spike isn't in a lot of danger as long as he has the orbs. Willow is the more urgent problem.

Thanks again.

08/31/2006 11:08 am
Chapter 1.07         
Now that Giles has seen a different side of Wesley, maybe he'll have a different opinion of him and feel better about leaving him with Buffy and the scoobies. As much as he loves being back home, I'm sure he still worries about them all. Willow's going to do it isn't she. Unleash the dark force that Giles is talking about, it's going to go the way all her selfish magic does...to hell! your a great story teller T. This is one amazing saga. Thanks. *hugs*
Lol! Giles may not get the option, but, yeah, I think he's probably noticed quite the difference.

As for Willow, I guess you'll have to wait and see...

Thanks, honey. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

07/30/2006 11:06 pm
Chapter 1.07         
i can not believe willow would do something like that (well of course I believe it i just ccan't believe her nerve!) Excellant excallant excellant story so far
Thanks, honey! I figure once Willow brought Buffy back from the dead, she'd pretty much think she could do anything... very much like Jonathon in the episode Superstar. It doesn't even occur to her that she's treating everyone else like her puppets.

07/21/2006 07:21 am
Chapter 1.07         
wow...that's so messed up...willow is starting to majorly freak me out....so she wants them to have to go through all that again? because even without her email they'd still have to deal with sam... *sigh* stupid girl
Thanks, honey!

because even without her email they'd still have to deal with sam...
Yep, there's every chance that sooner or later something similar would have happened, but Willow's main incentive is that she doesn't want to feel like everyone thinks she's to blame. She might tell herself that it's to save Dawn, but it probably has more to do with the disappointed look in Tara's eye, or the accusing looks Dawn would treat her to once she found out the whole story.

vladt
06/29/2006 08:12 pm
Chapter 1.07         
love anya's summming up red's disastrous magic moves. great read, thanks
Thank you! Hope you enjoy the new chapter just as much.

06/29/2006 03:19 pm
Chapter 1.07         
Methinks willow needs a spanking... preferably by something big, ugly and stinky...

*GRIN*


Nice chapter !
Thank you! I'm hopeful, even though there is nothing big, ugly and stinky about to make an appearance soon, that you'll like the way this plays out.

Lou
06/29/2006 11:50 am
Chapter 1.07         
Excellent chapter - Willow's really going over the edge now. She and Xander make a fine pair!
Thanks, honey!

Willow really thinks that if she pulls this off, she can get off free... And while she missed Tara when they were separated, she really takes her for granted as soon as their being together begins to feel 'normal'.

As for her and Xander, I sometimes wish that back in S3 they had stayed together instead of Willow getting back with Oz. They so deserve each other.

kim
06/29/2006 10:43 am
Chapter 1.07         
She's going to offer up a puppy?? That bitch! How dare she?

Yay for Spike figuring it out! He's so smart...love all the jokes and smart comments floating around. Truly funny.

Eeeep! Please let someone stop her in time!!
Thanks, honey!

Yep, 'fraid so...

Glad you like the humour.

As for stopping her... tune in for the next instalment tomorrow.

08/26/2007 01:33 pm
Chapter 1.06         
OH I do hope they find her in time, but one thing might be better hope fully GIles won't be affected since she doesn't know he is back.
Willow isn't just trying to make people forget... What she has in mind isn't something that can be localised.

Thanks again.

08/31/2006 09:00 am
Chapter 1.06         
Yes, I understand where the beginning of Xander's bigotry started but he's had a few years to see for himself that it's not all black and white and that Buffy loves him and Spike loves both his girls and cares about what happens to her friends. even Xander. Damn Willow, she will not learn will see? I hope that she doesn't succeed. The Inituitive is still around, the way it's now all that's finished. She has no idea how bad it might get if she messes with this.More people know about this then she's aware of. Very exciting chapter T, thanks.
Trying to catch up a bit, at least on the replies if not on updating my site. The muse is tuckered out for now, I think, and I'm pretty tired too, so if I stop making sense, please excuse me.

The problem with expecting Xander to figure anything out is that that would require rational thought processes which are noticeably absent.

Willow will pretty much continue to push her boundaries until the boundaries push back.

Thanks, honey. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

07/30/2006 10:52 pm
Chapter 1.06         
Shakes head a Willow - she doesn't realize it does she. I loved how you had Xander analyze his feelings - you weave a very complex and character driven stoy - which I of course adore! I can't wait to read what happens next as this story just gets constantly better and better!
Willow even in canon doesn't tend to think in terms of what she should or shouldn't do by S6. It's all about what she can do, and it never even crosses her mind, no matter how much Tara tries to get through to her, that that isn't how it should be.

As for Xander, it's easy just to write him off as a jerk (and a lot of the time I do) but there are real reasons for how he feels the way he does.

Thanks again, honey!

07/21/2006 07:15 am
Chapter 1.06         
wow...willow's getting dangerous here....uh-oh...that's an awful lot of tampering to do, isn't it? man...on to the next chapter
willow's getting dangerous here....
As opposed to in canon?

Yep, Willow is back on her power trip.

Thanks, honey!

vladt
06/29/2006 01:56 am
Chapter 1.06         
and who will win the award for most egocentric for the year? willow? xander? great read, thanks.
Thanks!

I think I would probably go with Willow, but then I know what's coming...

Lou
06/28/2006 12:50 pm
Chapter 1.06         
What a pair! Thicko Xander and Deludo Willow. They're making me very angry!!!!
Hee! Thank you! That's kind of what I intended, with maybe just a hint of understanding for where Xander is coming from.

kim
06/28/2006 09:07 am
Chapter 1.06         
Stupid Willow!!!

Thank goodness Tara thought that something was off and decided to do something about it. I hope they stop Willow in time. She needs to go to the Coven, or somewhere, now, before the giant mess we know of happens all over again.

And Xander...sigh...not much to do with him if he won't try to get to know these people as individuals. Every sentient being has free will, and that means even demons can choose to be peaceful in society. It's the best way to survive for some...like Brachens, or like Clem.
Thanks, honey!

I hope they stop Willow in time. She needs to go to the Coven, or somewhere, now, before the giant mess we know of happens all over again.

Well, since it's me, she might find herself in a whole NEW giant mess.

As for Xander, honestly, by the very, very end of the series there is a slight glimmer of hope where he's concerned, but he's not about to change overnight.

08/26/2007 01:23 pm
Chapter 1.05         
Oh I loved it. Can't wait to see what Giles has to say.
Thank you, honey! There's always room for Xander to make an idiot of himself.

08/30/2006 10:51 am
Chapter 1.05         
Damn Xander, just had to push the issue, it's good that he feeling like crap. He deserves every second of it. Who's Spike kidding, he is so their "unpaid servant". Two watchers for the price of one. Wonderful read, thanks.
You know Xander if he feels like he's left out, it can't just be because it's none of his business... Yep, well, Spike has to preserve some pretence of being his own man, and you can't go wrong with two rebel watchers...

Okay, no coffee left, so I guess it's time I got off my behind. Probably catch up with the replies in a few days, but in the meantime I will be reading more or less as they come in. Hugs, Tales.

07/30/2006 10:38 pm
Chapter 1.05         
I love the surprise visit of Giles! I really do love him as a character! I can't believe Xander was so insensative - go dawn for telling him off - great chapter as always
Thanks again, sweetie!

Well, we couldn't leave Giles mouldering away in England, could we?

As for Xander, he's sensitive to the point of paranoia when he thinks someone has slighted him, but not so good when it comes to other people. You just have to look at how he treated Anya in canon.

07/20/2006 05:50 am
Chapter 1.05         
excellent chapter...i was right with spike on the whole vamping-out, breaking-stuff *mad* thing...xander is so stupid and immature and insensitive...again i say, poor dawnie...very good chatper though
Thanks, honey!

I'm afraid that for a lot of the time with Xander it's a case of two steps forward and one step back (at least in my fics) and he and Spike just always seem to get off on the wrong foot.

Glad you enjoyed it.

vladt
06/29/2006 12:30 am
Chapter 1.05         
very good read. thanks. are you going to have xander grow up or spike kill him? that seems to be the options at present. thanks again.
Hee! I'd like to think that eventually there might be hope for Xander... Maybe I'm a fool.

Thanks!

kim
06/27/2006 09:57 pm
Chapter 1.05         
Mmm, great chapter.

You mean, he's not an indentured servant? LOL...Oooo, and now Xander feels thissss big. And all in front of the Reverend, too...

So *that's* the first sign of an apocalypse - two Watchers! LOL...either way, Buffy's going to be thrilled to have her pseudoDad around.

And chocolate's a great cure-all.
Thanks, honey!

Hee, sometime Xander will learn to keep his mouth shut and stop his prejudices getting the better of his brain.

Hee! Yep, I guess that Buffy will be quite happy to have Giles around.

Lou
06/27/2006 03:16 pm
Chapter 1.05         
Nice chapter but has Xander wised up?
Thanks!

Let's just say that Xander is now in a position where he has realised that he needs to wise up. It won't happen overnight, but...

08/26/2007 03:25 am
Chapter 1.04         
OH I wonder who is arguing with Spike dare I say either Xander or Giles.
I like how the priest put everything to her.
Good guess.

Thanks, honey!

08/30/2006 10:31 am
Chapter 1.04         
Wanted to comment about your banner, Ally and Alexis are such a cute couple, seeing them together like that, just reminded me. Wesley's not stupid, he can smell a setup pretty quick. Give him something to think about. Well, that whole soul thing is now up for debate. It my be a matter of just being able to tell right from wrong and acting on it. Your right about that passage that Spike recited to the minister about needing to marry her since they were already "living in sin" they might as well be married. Excellent chapter. Thanks.
All banners courtesy of Selene2... (I would point you to her site, but last I heard she was still working on perfecting it before she released the address, though that was quite a while ago... but if you check out LJ you can find her under that ID.) Well, all the SWBD ones at any rate. She does some really beautiful artwork.

Let's just say that some members of the clergy might be rather more open minded than the council... And, yeah, I figured when I put that quote in that Spike knew the minister would get his real meaning (i.e. we're going at it like bunnies and that's not about to change) but that it would go right over Buffy's head.

Glad you enjoyed it, honey. Thank you!

07/30/2006 10:31 pm
Chapter 1.04         
Excellant story so far - I love the ministers rationale of why he was going to marry them, I love the facts you pointed out and his viewpoint of who has a soul and who is dammed. Great chapter!
Thanks, honey!

Have to say that a LOT of the credit for the minister and his viewpoint should by rights be apportioned to Lori a.k.a RevDorothyL, ordained minister, doctoral candidate and member of my mailing list.

She asked for more of the minister after his first appearance in True Colors and her guidance gave me the confidence to risk expanding his role, whereas before that I had been wary of potentially offending anyone, religion being a very sensitive subject for some people.

07/20/2006 05:44 am
Chapter 1.04         
uh oh...interesting way of looking at things that young minister's got...wonder who's bickering outside...
Thanks, honey!

A great deal of the credit for the minister has to go to RevDorothyL a.k.a. Lori.

I was made to go to church up until I left home for university, so I felt secure enough in the basics as per True Colors, but without an ordained minister on my mailing list who was willing to toss ideas back and forward, I'd have taken the route least likely to offend anyone and not shown him again until the service.

vladt
06/27/2006 02:48 am
Chapter 1.04         
good chapter, thanks. wes has been had--- rosa.
Hee! Thanks. Yep, Rosa is a force to be reckoned with... as is her grandmother, and her mother for that matter.

kim
06/26/2006 12:49 pm
Chapter 1.04         
A pleasant surprise for me, here, since I haven't read the earlier parts of the saga - came into Ring of Fire, as you could probably tell. One grammatical niggle is that you should capatalize 'bible', since it's a title of a book, but that's just the English student in me being picky.

And it is the faith that matters, the willingness to put aside the pursuit of self in exchange for a higher purpose. You took a unique approach to dispelling Buffy's "all souls are good and soulless things are bad" dogma.

And Wes is getting roped in. LOL to Lily referring to Fred as a little girl pony.
May or may not have fixed that niggle for you.

As I noted at the top of the chapter I had a lot of help with the theological stuff from Lori a.k.a. RevDorothyL. It helps when you have members of the clergy on your mailing list.

And, yep, Wes is definitely getting roped in. Thank you!

Lou
06/26/2006 11:42 am
Chapter 1.04         
Typical pre-marriage stuff. Cute!
Thank you, honey!

08/26/2007 01:53 am
Chapter 1.03         
Oh I am so glad that Spike and Dawn seem to be able to have these talks after Buffy talks to Dawn.
Dawn always did talk to Spike even before Spike went out with Buffy.

Thanks again.


08/30/2006 10:04 am
Chapter 1.03         
So glad that Spike and Dawn came to the mutual understandng. That he loves her for her, not because of some monks. Interesting comment that Giles made about the Orbs, wonder what's that's about. Another great chapter, thanks.
Dawn and Spike both have their issues but the basic underlying fact is that they love each other. Dawn's bound to be having problems right now but they'll all deal.

Thanks, honey. Glad you like.

07/30/2006 10:18 pm
Chapter 1.03         
good chappie - i love your writing style! i live the spike and dawn interaction and looking orward to the next chapter
Thank you, honey!

I think my style's changed quite a bit since I started this series, hopefully for the better, but it still seems like when I proof read the chapters before I post them here I still wind up playing with bits and pieces.

ME seemed to build the foundation for a lovely relationship between Spike and Dawn, but then smashed it down before it came close to reaching its potential. I wanted to try to make that right. Glad it works for you.

07/20/2006 05:26 am
Chapter 1.03         
i feel better now...that conversation was therapeutic...poor dawnie..something tells me brandon wont be too freaked by the whole key thing... great chapter
Thanks, honey.

They both know pretty much where the other is coming from, and they care about each other. They really don't want to hurt each other.

vladt
06/27/2006 02:36 am
Chapter 1.03         
very good read. loved the spike&dawn talk. thanks for the fine read.
Thanks, honey! Spike really does have a pretty good idea what Dawn has been through.

Lou
06/25/2006 10:58 pm
Chapter 1.03         
Lovely natural dialogue.
Thank you, honey! I'm glad you liked it.

Bigbird
06/25/2006 01:31 pm
Chapter 1.03         
Again?
I don't think you're alone in this problem. I've had a few duplicate commemnts lately. Don't worry about it.

kim
06/25/2006 11:02 am
Chapter 1.03         
Awwwww.....
Thank you, honey!

08/26/2007 01:35 am
Chapter 1.02         
Oh I feel so sorry for them all, but if Dawn didn't go out it most likely would not have happened.
Sooner or later Sam would have got to her. Going out on her own just made it easier for her.

Thanks again.

08/30/2006 09:44 am
Chapter 1.02         
Wesley leasing the house across the street, is a great idea. Just a few steps away. I love that Wesley's here, putting teen mags. for Dawn with flowers is so sweet. Why is Giles here already? Guess I'll find out. But that dream they shared and Dawn's lashing out at Spike, so painful for all of them. Can't wait to read more. I'm staying up again waiting out this stupid TS Ernesto, not much for winds but they always cause tornado's. We're lucking out. Fabulous chappie, great read.
Well, I just hope if you're reading online you've got surge protection, though even better if you stay lucky and miss the worst so you don't need it. I'm having a last coffee before I abandon the computers and do a water change on the fish tank, then it's a bath and after that I have to get back to writing or try to skim a week worth of LJ and then back to writing, so there may be another long delay and then another clump of replies a few days from now...

Yeah, having Wesley close at hand seemed like a good idea, both for him in terms of not being isolated, and in terms of him being near to hand when he's needed... and since they're always saying how difficult it is to offload property in Sunnydale it seemed reasonable to assume that after The Order of Taraka episode, a house where there had been a murder would sit empty.

Glad it's giving you something other than the weather to think about. Thanks, honey!

07/30/2006 10:00 pm
Chapter 1.02         
Poor Spike - another brilliant chapter - loved the dream and how Dawn is acting out with her pain. very realistic and excellantly done!
Thank you, honey!

I'm afraid there isn't really a quick fix for this one, but if anyone understands it'll be Spike, even if that doesn't make it hurt any less.

07/20/2006 05:21 am
Chapter 1.02         
oh wow...i felt that just like spike, like a knife to the heart...but poor dawnie, i really cant blame her...it's such a painful, awful situation.... on to read more now *sigh*
Thanks, honey!

Like you say, you can't blame Dawn, but it doesn't make you feel any less sympathy for poor Spike, either.

07/04/2006 11:41 pm
Chapter 1.02         
This story is off to a running start. More story soon please.
Hee! Thank you! It looks to me like you still have 10 chapters of catching up to do, but there'll be more tomorrow, and the day after that and the day after that...

06/26/2006 03:02 pm
Chapter 1.02         
Ouch - poor Spike. Dawn is hurting him more than she can imagine.
Does this mean the series has creeped out of your 'completed fics to be read whenever you have time' file?

Fortunately, though it won't make it hurt less, Spike can at least understand how she feels.

vladt
06/25/2006 04:26 am
Chapter 1.02         
very good read, thanks.dawn is hurting, but she just lahed out at the one who is hurting almost as much as she is. thanks for the great read.
Thanks!

Yeah, it's one of those things we do when we're in pain and there's no way to take things back later.

Lou
06/24/2006 06:51 pm
Chapter 1.02         
Yup. Dawn's back.
Thanks! She is indeed.

Bigbird
06/24/2006 12:19 pm
Chapter 1.02         
Ahh got to feel for Dawn but oh poor Spike *sob*
Thank you, honey!

As you say, Dawn really isn't thinking clearly, but there really isn't much she could have said to make him feel worse.

kim
06/24/2006 10:48 am
Chapter 1.02         
Good things and bad things...such emotion in this chapter. From the "awwww!" of Dawn curling up with her family, to the funny of Anya interrogating Wes and jumping al over Giles, Wes considering putting down roots, and then the nightmare and Dawn speaking without thinking of how it would come across. Poor Spike - the only way he could keep her safer is to never let her out of the house and his sight, but that's just not realistic, and he and Buffy have been doing the best any parents can.

I hope Dawn gets some help dealing with the trauma soon. Family can only do so much when they don't know how best to help.
Yeah, Dawn can't be blamed for lashing out under the circumstances, but...

And I love Anya, something that has just intensified with writing my Giles/Anya series of ficlets (not posted here for obvious reasons).

And as family goes, Dawn's right... In essence she and Spike have both been raped, so I think he's in a better position to help than most.

Thanks again for all your comments.

06/24/2006 10:01 am
Chapter 1.02         
That's what I get for having too many windows open at once...

08/24/2007 10:19 pm
Chapter 1.01         
OH the army is taking care of everything.
Yep, if you can trust them to do it.

Thanks again.

08/30/2006 09:23 am
Chapter 1.01         
Wonderful continuation of this story. Very surprised that Dawn would feel comfortable talking about the assult with a male but Spike isn't any male, he knows what it's like to be the victim of abuse all too well. Taking care of the hospital bill was the right thing to do as well as talking to Soc. Services. Adding another guest to the list, she just wants a free meal! Wesley's rant at the customers was great, I could use a giggle. Looks like he does have a date and does he ever have to think about that. Wonderful chapter, thanks.
As you say Spike isn't just anyone. He's the one who's always understood her and who didn't treat her like an alien... And even though he never talks about it, he spent a lot longer in the hands of 'The Initiative' than Dawn did.

I just can't imagine Wesley in retail somehow, but...

Glad you enjoyed it.

Thank you!

07/30/2006 09:29 pm
Chapter 1.01         
Lovely begining chapter for the third book. I love this series and can't wait to get caught up on these lovely chapters
Thanks, honey! I'm guessing you mean fourth book. I think there are about 37 or 38 chapters of FTE here at the moment, so at the speed you seem to reasd that shouldn't take you too long.

07/19/2006 10:11 pm
Chapter 1.01         
aww...wes has a date *cheesy grin* an excellent opening to this fic, and i agree with dawn's choice in who to talk to about this ... spike would understand in so many ways! *tear for them both* i cant wait to read the rest, i'm sure this one will be every bit as beautiful as the rest of the series
Hee, this review must have arrived just as I was replying to your previous comment.

Wes does kind of have a date. And, yes, despite the fact Spike got zero sympathy at the time what The Initiative did to him basically amounted to rape.

i'm sure this one will be every bit as beautiful as the rest of the series

I really hope you think so.

The Space Between
06/24/2006 09:28 pm
Chapter 1.01         
Okay, I have to admit to being slightly confused, 'cause it sounds like you've read FTE, but I don't know anywhere where it's archived that Angels and Demons isn't and if you've read it elsewhere then why comment here rather than where you read it. (I did give some sites permission to archive and haven't checked back to see whether they've kept up with the updates so it's possible, and I do know one site that didn't archive SWBD but then archived the subsequent fics which seemed stupid to me, NC-17 archive or not.)

I did check my own site and it looked like when I started Angels and Demons I forgot to go back to the last page of FTE (now amended) and add a link, but it is listed in the fic index, as are three short stories that fit into the 'verse post-Angels and Demons and one 'what might have been if only...' fic called A Reckoning which is listed under good__evil challenge fics rather than as part of the 'verse, since technically it doesn't fit.

Anyway, I'm really glad you've enjoyed it so much that you want to have your own permanent record of it... And it's definitely better archived from my own site than from here since, unfortunately, BSB's html cleaner tends to erase italics which are sometimes important to convey emphasis. Thank you!

5th instalment at: http://www.he-s-no-angel.net/4AD/AD0T.htm




Hi again. The link you posted for Angels & Demons, that is the site where I read the first four 'books'. I didn't comment there because once I start reading something that I really like, I just bulldoze my way through until I am finished because I get hooked. Unfortunately when I finished the 4th 'book' I started to leave a comment about the whole story and in the middle of writing said comment, I lost internet thanks to a really crazy (but awesome) thunderstorm. I actually logged into BSV to look for your name so I could find the link to go back to your site and noticed you posted here with FTE so I commented here instead.

Sorry if I confused you.

Anyhoo, THANK YOU for the link to the 5th book. You are SO SO awesome!

I love this story!

Now, I'm off to go read Angels & Demons.

Squeeeeeeeeeeeeee!! ^^
Ahh! That explains it.

In some ways it would be less confusing if I just posted here in one one fell swoop, but some people will read a fic posted in instalments where if they see 275 chapters worth of series it can be a bit off putting. And for those who really can't wait to find out how it ends, I can always point them in the direction of He's No Angel.

Hope you enjoy.

The Space Between
06/24/2006 02:25 am
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I read the whole thing from beginning to end and I have to say...

DONT STOP WITH THE 4TH BOOK!

Please?

Is there a 5th installment, with the wedding and everything (please say yes please say yes please say yes) and maybe some more with whats goin on with Wes and Dawnie...maybe, possibly...please??

Just for the record I loved this whole story from the first book through to this 4th book and I've copied the whole thing in WORD and saved in a folder where I keep all my favorite stories others write. That way I never have to worry about not being able to find it again for whatever reason when I want to read it again (and again) in the future.

You did this story wonderfully! Thanks so much...now about that 5th installment... ~.^
Okay, I have to admit to being slightly confused, 'cause it sounds like you've read FTE, but I don't know anywhere where it's archived that Angels and Demons isn't and if you've read it elsewhere then why comment here rather than where you read it. (I did give some sites permission to archive and haven't checked back to see whether they've kept up with the updates so it's possible, and I do know one site that didn't archive SWBD but then archived the subsequent fics which seemed stupid to me, NC-17 archive or not.)

I did check my own site and it looked like when I started Angels and Demons I forgot to go back to the last page of FTE (now amended) and add a link, but it is listed in the fic index, as are three short stories that fit into the 'verse post-Angels and Demons and one 'what might have been if only...' fic called A Reckoning which is listed under good__evil challenge fics rather than as part of the 'verse, since technically it doesn't fit.

Anyway, I'm really glad you've enjoyed it so much that you want to have your own permanent record of it... And it's definitely better archived from my own site than from here since, unfortunately, BSB's html cleaner tends to erase italics which are sometimes important to convey emphasis. Thank you!

5th instalment at: http://www.he-s-no-angel.net/4AD/AD0T.htm

vladt
06/24/2006 12:41 am
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evething is going way to well. thanks for the fine read.
Hee! You're the second person to say that... I guess you'll have to read 1.02 and see.

Thanks as always for taking time to comment.

Lou
06/23/2006 02:22 pm
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Things are going unusually well but I'm sure it won't last!!
Well, I've just posted the next chapter so if you've got there already I guess you'll know...

Thank you again.

kim
06/23/2006 01:30 pm
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Yeah, poor Wesley gets nervous around the female persuasion.

Perhaps Dawn could go in a couple days with Buffy to the gyno Joyce used when she was alive? If their mother had a trusted doctor, then that would be a good choice...provided they still have the info.
Yeah, poor Wes... Hee! Hee!

Dawn, well, I figure the way to get over being traumatized by one unwanted gyno exam is not to go straight into having another unwanted gyno exam... I could be wrong, but I'm taking the view that Dawn would see that as adding insult to injury. The real damage isn't the physical stuff.

Thanks (as always)!

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