Things That Go Bump in the Night by slaymesoftly

05/31/2015 05:21 pm
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One of your best, and for emotionally depth and plotting, one of the best of anybody that I've read.
Thank you so much for your kind words. It was only meant to be a short story about a haunted house, but turned into something I'm very proud of.

03/06/2014 04:14 am
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  This is possibly my favorite fic of yours, but how can I be sure really.  Off the top of my head the I know you series and Hearts Breaking Even stories spring to mind, but I do love the way the Bump series ended.

 This story is the last one of yours I've read, so right now it's my favorite.  Awesome job, and your hard work is always appreciated.
LOL Well, it's definitely one of my favorites. It was fun and easy to write, and I liked that I was able to give them a nice long life together.

smitty
04/12/2013 03:22 am
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I just finished rereading this and its as wonderful as I remember it being.  You write a very believable more mature Buffy, Spike is sweet but also believable given his changed and changing circumstances.  Generally I enjoyed that it was a dynamic and not her/his fault.  And gratuitous Riley bashing!  Thanks for writing this.
Thanks for reading. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

wma92
11/01/2012 12:14 pm
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I absolutely loved this story! I've been a fan of a lot of your work for serveral years now; really apreciate the time, effort and detail that you put into your longer works. Thank you!

Thank you for the kind words.  This story was fun to write and I have to admit, I'm quite fond of it.

05/03/2012 01:11 am
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So happy to have reached a perfect ending to this tale.  Perfect mates!@
Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed it. It was fun to write.

Jags
02/25/2012 11:16 pm
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A beautiful ride. I laughed and cried. Well done
Thank you. I'm quite pleased with this one.

alya
12/15/2011 07:37 pm
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This was one of the best stories I have read. Just the right amount of angst, lovely spuffy and a proper story. Thank you.

Thank you. I'm so glad you enjoyed it and thought it worked.

09/10/2011 10:51 am
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Congratulations on an outstanding work - I enjoyed it from the first chapter to the end.  Like most stories or novels that I have really enjoyed, I was sorry to come to the end.  I like your 147 days tribute to the series.  You probably would not want to revisit, but how I would love a follow up Christmas Story.   

You probably would not want to revisit, but how I would love a follow up Christmas Story.    Response:
LOL on the contrary, I wrote a follow-up story called "A Bumpy Christmas", and then a whole bunch of much shorter stories set in this world. The short ones were all written to fulfill Schmoop Bingo prompts, so are all schmoopy and sugary.  I think they are listed on here as "Schmoop Bingo fics" or something like that. All the really short ones are, anyway. One or two may be listed under their own titles. Let me know if you want me to identify them for you.  

DeepBlueJoy
07/03/2011 01:32 am
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This is one of the best written, most satisfying Spuffy fics I've ever read.  it's also the best romance novel I've ever read -- which isn't to reduce it to what romance novels are often considered to be -- rather that it is professionally written, well paced and extremely well voiced.  I love the way the relationship developed and how neither of them was perfect. 

I really was glad to see that no one was villified, though you did hold Giles' feet to the fire, and jusifiably so.  I think his character was really ruined in the last two seasons of Buffy and in his inaction in the Angel  episodes (though of course, he wasn't actually part of it).  I often wish that it had been handled differently in canon, but you addressed it with finesse.  I'll miss having this story to read now it's over, but fortunately you've written others, so now I have to go on to investigate what other treasures you've created.

Blue

http://www.tthfanfic.org/authors.php?no=12717&list=profile
I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for taking the time to tell me. It is one of my favorites also.

Talulahk
03/14/2011 07:17 am
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This whole story was my Sunday guilty reading and I LOVED it. Thank you- it actually made me cry when Spike ghosted away.

Can't wait to see what you write next!
I'm so glad you liked it. Thank you for telling me so.  I hope you find something else on here that you can enjoy.

nojiri23
04/18/2010 07:21 am
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 absolutely, absolutely  loved this story!
Thank you! I'm glad you did.

Tips
02/24/2010 01:54 pm
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Thank you! A seriously incredible piece of writing.  I'm absolutely floored by the quality.  It really did have everything. Again, thank you! 
You're welcome! Thank you for telling me you liked it.

Pearlseed
05/20/2009 05:06 am
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Miz Slaymesoftly, well, I probably owe you about a bunch of comments--decided to read your wonderful story (treat for me) instead and say thank you at the very end.  You have a real gift for the voices of the beloveds and nice pacing.  Love your Spike in his smarty pantness and your giggly Slayer is just darlin'.  Thank you for all the hard work in getting this writ and posted and wow--twas neato.  A very good read and kept my attention for the last 8 hours!  Thanks again.

Pearlseed
05/20/2009 05:05 am
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Miz Slaymesoftly, well, I probably owe you about a bunch of comments--decided to read your wonderful story (treat for me) instead and say thank you at the very end.  You have a real gift for the voices of the beloveds and nice pacing.  Love your Spike in his smarty pantness and your giggly Slayer is just darlin'.  Thank you for all the hard work in getting this writ and posted and wow--twas neato.  A very good read and kept my attention for the last 8 hours!  Thanks again.
Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Jelly
02/28/2009 01:00 am
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This... was an absolute delight to read. Thank you so very much for posting it!
Thank you for reading it and telling me you liked it.

Jelly
02/27/2009 10:23 pm
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This... was an absolute delight to read. Thank you so very much for posting it!
Thank you so much for reading it and telling me you liked it.

02/22/2009 08:43 am
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 That was wonderful. Stunningly written and utterly engaging. Just beautiful.
Thank you so much.

Steffi
01/14/2009 04:50 pm
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WOW, this is great!
I have been sick for the last one and a half weeks and I´m working my way through your storys, wich is not that easy as I am not a native speaker and my best friend by now is my dictionary.
I´m almost done and for some reason this one didn´t seem to be "right" for reading till yesterday evening. Then I startet and couldn`t stop until 4am when I was done. It made me cry so hard that i could barely see my iphone on wich I was reading the story.
I think you did a wonderfull job here and I would love to read more about the setting you imagined for this story, more about Dawn as a watcher, more about the Slayer School and all that. 
Mostly I really do not like when Spike becomes human, but the way you did it was just great. I like it that way. The sequel is great. too. 
I really hope you are not done yet with this whole universe and give us some more of it. It`s really good. 
greetings from Germany and sorry for the bad English
  
LOL Well, your English is certainly much better than my German. (as in none) I'm so glad you liked the fics. I do plan to revisit this universe at some point, but I don't know when. Thanks so much for reading and reviewing.

gaeliclassie
01/01/2009 03:21 am
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I enjoyed this story so much I read it three times exceptional use of fave characters so much so wish it would not have ended looking for more.
I'm so glad you liked it. There is a short sequel, but it isn't posted here yet.

gaeliclassie
12/09/2008 08:11 am
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This has been a fantastic story couldn't stop reading till the end.  I have read several of your stories enjoyed them all.  You have the ability to take these characters and form story lines to fit them to a tee.  Great work/
Thank you so much. What kind things to say.   I'm glad you enjoyed it.

spuffy chick
11/24/2008 06:48 am
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wow! what a great read!  i totally enjoyed it...thanks for sharing!  any sequel?
Thanks for reading!   Um, yeah, my Noel of Spike fic is set in that same world. Not finished yet, but definitely a sequel.

11/10/2008 09:05 pm
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Enjoyed the read - thank you.

(If I don't make my nano word count I'm blaming you! LOL!)
LOL I'll take the blame. Sorry?

LCF
11/09/2008 08:21 pm
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Interesting twist: A super human Spike - or is it Spike the Slayer now..?  Oh, the possibilities... As always, your mastery of all things Spuffy (& all the smokin' hot stuff therein) shines...

(& yes, this is a blatant plea for a sequel!! More, I say..! or beg, if needs be).

Bravo.

LCF

LOL I'm glad you enjoyed it.  I may set some short fics in this future world.  We'll see.

Lea
11/05/2008 04:36 pm
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I absolutely loved it! You're a marvelous writer! Thank you so much for this.
Thank you for reading it. I'm glad you liked it.

Legen
11/01/2008 04:29 pm
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great story. i loved the whole thing and hung on every chapter. it'd be great if we could get a sequel with life after human in the futre. maybe not on this site though i guess. but anyways. it was awesome and ended magnificently(sorry i can't spell). "There’s a poker chip on our bed, and it’s licking me"  i laughed so hard it took me ten minutes to get to the end of the story.
LOL - I'd forgotten that with Spike no longer being a vamp, I can't post about him on here. Glad you reminded me.  I think my Christmas fic is likely to be set in this world, so I guess that would be a sequel of a sort. Thanks for reading and reviewing.

analise
11/01/2008 10:35 am
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I loved all of it... except the porny parts, those I breeze through the dialogue.  I loved the angst, the spuffy, the grief and I really love the ending.  Weird how he doesn't like cats.
LOL Feel free to skip through the smut. I do that all time time in fics.  I'm glad you liked the rest of it.

spikestussi
10/31/2008 07:14 am
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 I did see the end coming- and thank goodness I guessed right.  I really enjoyed it. Even the Spikeless chapters. I think they were neccessary to balance the story.  Thanks!
Thank you. I'm glad you felt they worked for the story.

10/29/2008 05:46 pm
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I'm glad the story ended up being longer than you anticipated.    I really enjoyed it.

This last chapter was just fabulous!  Loved every second of it.  The end, with Spike meeting the cat?  Really cute. 
Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Hana
10/29/2008 07:46 am
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Thank you so much!  I enjoyed every single line of this story.  It was beautifully written and expressed so many emotions.  I loved that they got a happy ending and look forward to reading anything else you may offer us.
Thank you. I'm glad you liked it.

10/29/2008 02:27 am
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wonderful read, thank you.
Thank you for reading and reviewing.

10/28/2008 11:55 pm
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And what a story it was! I loved it, all the way through, as I think I successfully communicated this through my reviews! I'm sad to see it go, but the ending - soooo happy - is totally worth it. I'll be looking forward to your next endeavour.
Thank you so much. And thank you for the steady reviews as it went on.

cheryl
10/28/2008 04:55 pm
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Thank you - I can't remember when I have enjoyed a story more - yours are always so professionally written, and what a storyline!  I have read thousands of Spuffy fanfiction stories and this ranks right up there as one of the best.

Please, an epilogue?

Warm regards, Cheryl
Thank you so much. What lovely things to say.  Have no plans for an epilogue, though. Sorry.

10/28/2008 03:57 pm
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grea great fic!!! are you wrting an epilogue????/ please please please dooo!!!!!
LOL Not planning to. But thanks for reading and telling me you liked it.

chomodog
10/28/2008 03:40 pm
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A great story with a happy ending .Keep up the good work always.
Thank you.

Liza
10/28/2008 03:39 pm
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This has been wonderful.  I mean it.  You've seamlessly mixed the more powerful emotional elements of the story in with bits of delicious fluff and humour.   And you kicked Riley up the arse.   Although I tend to get irritated with  millions of chapters, I'm quite sad this has finished.  You never kept us waiting for updates (I curse you others. You know who you are) and I thank you for the ride.  x   
And I thank you for reading and leaving such fun reviews.

goddess_hecate
10/28/2008 03:33 pm
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My only regret is that now it's over. Oh well, you know what they say about all good things.  Thank you so much for sharing with us.  I loved it.
Thank you for reading. I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

All4Spike
10/28/2008 01:49 pm
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Oh Wow! Love the happy ending, although I'd really like to see Giles' & the Scoobies' reactions.
I'd have really liked to have seen Spike give that smug bully, Riley what he deserved too... The image of NakedSpike giving him a thorough thumping will be my fantasy for tonight...
Enjoy those dreams. LOL  Thanks - I'm glad you liked it.

astrodex
10/28/2008 01:39 pm
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 What a fabulous ending to a fabulous story. It was truly torturous getting through the Spikeless chapters, but even they were great. Very honest and real. Although it would have been fun to see Riley put in his place a little more "aggressively," I did enjoy that scene.

Loved the whole thing.
Thank you. I'm so glad you did.

Angie
10/28/2008 01:14 pm
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It was a wonderful ride.  It's really a love/hate thing when a good story ends. 
I'm glad you enjoyed it.  Thanks for reading and commenting.

ya_lublyu_tebya
10/28/2008 09:19 am
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An absolutely lovely brilliant amazing story. I'm sure I could think of more adjectives but that'll do for now. I loved every minute of it - the ups and downs and all. I'm so happy Spike was returned to her and now they can have something of a normal life together. I now look forward to your next treat for us.
Thank you. I'm so glad you enjoyed it.  Not so sure about the next one - this will be a hard act to follow. lol

Bite_Me
10/28/2008 06:12 am
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Just wanted to say that I loved your story!! It was fantastic! Please keep up your glorious work!
Thank you. I'm so glad you liked it.

Bridget
10/28/2008 04:15 am
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This was a wonderful story and I enjoyed every word.
Thanks. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

10/28/2008 04:00 am
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Story was good. It got boring imo in the Spikeless chapters but still good enough to read and this last chapter was actually how I kinda pictured it ending.
I'm glad you liked it and stuck with it during the Spikeless times. Thanks for reading.

Bri
10/28/2008 03:16 am
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Oh this  was a wonderfful story.  and it would be great  to continue on in a sequel
Thank you.  We'll see....

10/28/2008 02:33 am
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A fabulous final chapter to fantastic story! Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us!
Thank you so much for reading and reviewing. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

10/28/2008 02:23 am
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yay! spike's back, and riley's out!

but...but...but that can't be the end! 

i wanna see dawn and giles and the others find out spike's back! 

and i wanna see him kick the baby slayers' butts! (and riley's too, goes without saying, because it sounds like riley still hasn't got the message!)

and what will wolfram&hart do?  doesn't this break the original deal?

and how did spike get back anyway?

either a *very* long epilogue or a sequel is really needed, i definitely need more of this story
LOL  All things to be considered in the future.  Ending on a happy Spuffy moment seemed the thing to do here.

10/28/2008 02:21 am
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Awesome ending, the only thing I wished for and didn't get was beating up on Riley.  Oh well I can always find Riley beatings.  This was a great read, looking forward to your next venture, wherever it takes you.
LOL Thanks. There seems to be a lot of anti-Riley sentiment going around. And here I thought I might be being a bit rough on him. lol  Thanks so much for reading. I'm glad you liked it.

anon462
10/28/2008 01:52 am
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Loved this story from the first chapter, and it just kept getting better. Thank You for writing it!!!
Thank you for reading it and telling me so. I'm glad you liked.

kim
10/28/2008 01:47 am
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Hee hee....doesn't like cats. I think Noelle will take care of that whether he likes it or not.

Too funny to have naked Spike spoiling for a fight.
Gonna be hilarious the first time he looks in a mirror.
And yeah, the Shanshu mentions living, not human strength, so....

Glad you liked. Thanks for reading and commenting so faithfully.

10/28/2008 01:23 am
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LOVED this story.
Poker chip!!!  Oh my.  so funny!
great story.  I could say it over and over...
Thank you. Feel free to say it as many times as you like. lol  Thanks for reading.

Laura
10/28/2008 01:00 am
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Always love a happy ending
Glad we could oblige.

AMI
10/28/2008 12:32 am
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SQUEEEE He came back human , but with all his vampire strength.. Loved Buffy's speech in this chappie about how she loved Spike when he was soulless, evil, souled , dead and a ghost . *sniffs* Lovely , beautiful story

Only one complaint.. Riley didn't get his ass KICKED by Spike !*evilgrin*

Can't wait to read more from you
LOL  Riley ass kicking wasn't as important as Spuffy loving. Thanks for reading.

10/27/2008 11:56 pm
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Wonderful tie up.  I always love a human Spike maintaining extra strengths.  I don't think HE would mind like Angel did as long as Buffy loved him but it does make a future with her more doable.

Riley is such a wanker.  I like to think Spike will get his chance in my mental extension of this lovely tale.  If anyone deserved a take down by Spike it is Riley going back to the Initiative!

I can just visualize a confident, proud, naked Spike defending his own this way.  He is still Spike not reverted back to William and that makes sense as Spike was always a single personality that started with William and changed based on experiences and the confidence that came from physical strength.  He was never different personalities like Angel pretended to be.  There would be no reason for him to loose all that he had gained in growth over the century plus.  Buffy got the best of all possible results here.

Really love this story.  You took a very original story idea and wrote a first class tale that engaged the heart in every chapter.

Excellent.

Kathleen
Thank you very much. Your reviews are the highlight of my posting days. *hugs*

10/27/2008 11:45 pm
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I could murder Riley - he ruined what should have been an incredulous, ecstatic reunion.  I'm just going to ignore his ghastly presence.  And at last Spike and Buffy have a real life together.  Yum.
Yum, indeed. Riley is barely a blip on their radar.

Brin Londo5
10/27/2008 11:44 pm
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Yeah!
Always thought the Shanshu was a stupid idea if the recipient came back as a "normal" human.
And in Angel: After The Fall, when Illyria started having temporal flashback/flash-forwards, we DID see Spike fighting in an alley wielding the Scythe of the Slayers...
*nods* I've always had a problem bringing Spike back from anywhere as an ordinary human. I just don't think it would happen.  Thanks for reading and commenting.

10/29/2008 05:30 pm
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Great way to end the chapter!  Rushing on to read the next!
Thanks - *watches you rush off*

10/29/2008 02:11 am
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perhaps spike (or william with spike's strength) can explain (hopefully painfully) how he did not take advantage  and it is not "artificial" need. very good chapter, thank you love.
Thanks for reading. Next chapter gets Riley shoved out the door.

ya_lublyu_tebya
10/28/2008 09:07 am
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William?! Spike?! I don't care - I'm so happy. I hope he kicks Riley's ass - I hope they both do because he is an idiot. Yay for more (even if it is the last).
LOL -

Angie
10/27/2008 09:10 pm
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HOLY CRAP!!! I knew it was coming but I never expected that!!!! LOVE IT
Thank you.

goddess_hecate
10/27/2008 07:48 pm
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YAY!!!  I can't wait for your next chapter. 
Next chapter is up. Enjoy!

LunaMystik
10/27/2008 03:09 pm
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I'm shaking my fist at Riley here. Man, does his righteousness get on my nerves! I love the way you write him - I never feel any sympathy for him, which works just fine for me.

Can't wait for your next chapter! I really want to find out how this all plays out.
*sigh* yes, I fear I am something of a Riley-basher.  Can't seem to help myself.  New chapter is now up.

Liza
10/27/2008 02:43 pm
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Also meant to congratulate you on the neatness of the plot detail -
147 days elicits a sigh of misty-eyed satisfaction.

Ok, definately gone now.  
Hee! It seems to be a popular choice.

Liza
10/27/2008 02:40 pm
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The previous review is not meant to be an ironic postmodern comment on the meaninglessness of signifiers.  I  just messed up and pressed the wrong button.  Anyway, I love the drama.   Felt like cheering - and that hasn't happened in a while. Has Spike seen and heard?  Has he seen and heard right?

It would be nice to think that anyone, even Riley, could be gently disabused of prejudice and tunnel vision with careful and patient explanations of the truth.  However your shrewd characterisation shows how much of a brick wall some people can be.  Love to hate him!
LOL Thanks for the comments - all of them.  

Liza
10/27/2008 02:29 pm
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10/27/2008 10:43 am
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YAY!  Nothing like a naked Spike to perk a girl right up!  Sounds like he has some strength too so that's wonderful.

Riley is a jerk.  No surprise there.  See I never saw him as a nice guy.  Nice guys don't unquestioningly torture sentient beings. ... killing them might be one thing but he NEVER seemed to find what the Initiative did as being wrong or even questionable (except, of course, Adam and what they did to the soldiers).  Nope, not a nice guy at all.

147 days....perfect!!

This has been one of your best and that says a LOT.  Love Buffy beginning to make a life for herself but still having a Spike shaped hole in it.  That's real and that is a Buffy that CAN love.

Excellent.

Kathleen
Thank you so much. It's been a long time since a story sparked this much interest.  It's been fun.  Last chapter going up tonight.

10/27/2008 08:49 am
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Squee!!! Our hero returns in time to give a spectacularly dense Riley his marching orders!  I hope....
LOL  We'll find out, won't we?

Tamara
10/27/2008 07:28 am
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Yay! Spike's back! And if Riley has an ounce of sense (which he doesn't) he'll run after damaging Spike's house and trying to put the moves on Buffy.
LOL  We'll see....

ii
10/27/2008 02:53 am
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AHH, evil cliffie! And what did Buffy realize about why Spike's memories came back and he died and everything and I so want to read more and I can't wait and I hope there isn't more pain for Buffy and Riley gets promptly kicked out.
Update soon!
Think about it - 147 days triggered a memory of what?  What happened when he got his memories back? What did seeing her on the stairs remind him of?  Last chapter tonight.

10/27/2008 02:36 am
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 omg its spike or william and its been 147 days the special number finally
So it seems. Thanks for reading.

kim
10/27/2008 01:47 am
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Riley CAN'T be that dumb....

Umm....so, "who'd" she get back, this time? Refrigerator was pushed aside, door opened, and naked guy stands there glaring at the door? Spike's gonna be pissed his new body didn't come with bleach, LOL.
LOL  Got other things on his mind at first.  Worry about bleach can come later.

10/27/2008 01:31 am
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Yeeesss, he's baaack!  Time to kick Riley's butt really good.  Thanks for the update.
Thanks for reading.

10/27/2008 01:22 am
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Riley, Riley, still as thick as ever! I'm guessing you've made your choice as to whether or not to leave him to his reward - or it could just be a drifter. I'm thinking it's not the latter. I also think in Spike's world, Buffy is his reward. Can't wait for the conclusion! 
LOL Conclusion tomorrow.

10/27/2008 12:59 am
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Spikes back? maybe...? Good chapter.
Thanks!

All4Spike
10/27/2008 12:58 am
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BadRiley! So patronising and insensitive! He never did understand Buffy. Yay Spike's back! But he's human. Is he JustWilliam or is he William/SpikeWithMemories? More NOW please!!!
LOL  More tomorrow night. Most likely.

Pam S
10/27/2008 12:52 am
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  Guess he had to make sure .. Riley didn't become the one..Or ..  LOL

  ...But coincidental I assume..   it was 147 days..his resurrection and human?
We'll see, won't we?  *evil laugh*

10/29/2008 05:21 pm
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Aw, kitty!  And I loved Faith's entrance. 
*G*

10/29/2008 01:46 am
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very good read, thank you. loved "...the downside of being mature and responsible..."
LOL - thanks!

kim
10/24/2008 09:48 pm
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KITTEN!!!!!
We have a five month old kitty that collects cardboard and plastic, and stole a stuffed toy from the neighbor kids. It happens to be a little stuffed puppy, and he sleeps with it.

A spirit passing through the house...hmmm...
Xander and Faith reconnected, eh? hope she doesn't break him, LOL.
That girl so needed her ass kicked!!! Talk about no class... Grrr.
LOL - kittens are fun. 

10/24/2008 06:01 pm
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i really like the way u write and i gotta say you are very talented... but for me, it is getting a l little bit boring with out knowing anything about spike.... how many chaps are u going to write with out him? Im not saying to just bring him back with out explanations, but at least showing us what is going on.,. because reading more than 5 chapters of how buffy is doing and what she has been doing (which we all know already for a while) it is getting boring..... i hope u come up with something quick.


Hang in there.

10/24/2008 04:12 pm
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Love the kitten!
Thanks.

10/24/2008 03:04 pm
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A thankfully brief appearance by Riley - and for Buffy, life goes on.
Life is going on.  She's settling in and healing - a little bit at a time.

10/24/2008 02:17 pm
Twenty-eight         
Great chapter.  Does Noelle really talk? HaHa
Thanks. My 1/2 Siamese cat talked, so I'm going to say "yes".

ya_lublyu_tebya
10/24/2008 09:04 am
Twenty-eight         
Lovely Christmas gathering. And it's good to see Buffy moving on with her life a little bit - or at least, living it a bit more. Love the kitty!
Thanks. Glad you liked.

goddess_hecate
10/24/2008 07:44 am
Twenty-eight         
Oh bring ghosty Spike back!  Please?!  Or the real one... the real one is good!  Thanks for the chapter!
LOL  Only two more chapters to go. Who knows what might happen?

KAMW220
10/24/2008 06:41 am
Twenty-eight         
“Spike would have had you for lunch,” she hissed.
Love that line. Contemptuous girlfriend and good lesson all in one
Thanks!

10/24/2008 05:25 am
Twenty-eight         
Happy for the update - looking forward to the next. 
Thanks!

AMI
10/24/2008 04:49 am
Twenty-eight         
Glad the Xmas party went well, Buffy felt Spike for a moment *sighs* Time is passing and she seems to be moving on.

Liked the last scene with Debbie LOL.

Still missing Spike More soon please ..
Thanks. I'm glad you liked it.  More as soon as I have time to put it up. Busy weekend ahead....

10/24/2008 04:20 am
Twenty-eight         
Buffy has a Noelle (you spelled it Noel a couple of times in this chap, btw)! What a great idea on Dawn's part. And time is moving on, yet Buffy is still working through her grief. Love the scene with Debbie. Not very "mature teacher" and more "territorial girlfriend", but still!
Ah, thanks for the heads-up. I thought I caught all of those. That's what happens when you change the kitten's name several times. lol  I'm glad you liked the chapter.

10/29/2008 05:12 pm
Twenty-seven         
Riley on the scene.  LOL!  I should seen that coming with Teddy wanting to fix her up with an American.  Spike would have a cow! 
Yeah, I doubt he'd be happy. lol

10/28/2008 11:46 pm
Twenty-seven         
very good read, thank you. love dawn's "...just being…Christmassy.” and “But you’d better hope...."
Thanks. I hope you like the rest of it.

10/24/2008 04:03 am
Twenty-seven         
New relationships, old friends, hopes dashed - it's just like Christmas! 
Hee! That it is. Thanks for reading.

10/22/2008 04:57 pm
Twenty-seven         
ok.. where is spike?
Don't know, do we?

goddess_hecate
10/22/2008 04:37 pm
Twenty-seven         
Can't wait to see what's next.  Poor Buffy and Christmas without Spike...
More tomorrow.  Yes, Christmas without Spike - can't be but so cheery, can it?

10/22/2008 12:18 pm
Twenty-seven         
Very nice chapter, can't wait for the next one.
Thank you. Next one tomorrow.

10/22/2008 09:07 am
Twenty-seven         
I don't know how Buffy's gonna keep her vow of not crying... since you have me crying already. Just loving this.
Thank you.

ya_lublyu_tebya
10/22/2008 09:06 am
Twenty-seven         
Nice update. It's good to see Buffy coping a bit better - and I'm sure having Xander around will help. Interesting to bring Riley in here. As always, I look forward to more.
Thanks. More soon.

AMI
10/22/2008 07:22 am
Twenty-seven         
I liked these last 2 chappies. Buffy is mourning and missing Spike but trying to be happy and have a normal Christmas. that's pretty healthy. That said ...Riley no, no no,can't stand him.

Can't wait for the next chappie and the Christmas dinner , should be intersting. More soon please.
Next chapter tomorrow. I'm glad you're still liking it.

10/22/2008 03:07 am
Twenty-seven         
Well if anything would spur Spike into moving back it would be to protect his territory from Riley LOL.  I didn't see that coming.

LOVE the relationship with Xander.  I really think he was headed in this direction on the show (I prefer to ignore the comics).

You set the tone nicely for a woman still in grief but facing a holiday and all the good cheer that includes.  There is a slight distance that you can feel even as she is trying to connect with those she does love.  The good thing is that they are understanding and not trying to force her into moving on.

Excellent....I get a feeling of impending change with this chapter to, one of hope (for the reader at least LOL).

Kathleen
Three more chapters to go. That's all I'm saying....

*hugs* for the constant encouragment.

kim
10/22/2008 01:19 am
Twenty-seven         
HA ha! Oh, Teddy....after Dawn's through, he won't try THAT again!
It's been so many years, I think Buffy and Riley can be in the same room and just have Christmas. Poor guy might not have to many live friends anymore.
And Willow has a new interest, eh?
Nice cheery chapter.
Thanks. I'm glad you found it cheery. Christmas time should be cheery, don't you think?

Pam S
10/22/2008 01:18 am
Twenty-seven         
Never disliked Riley.. but hated As You Were.. and Buffy at that point..

 But if Spike was in "Heaven" and couldn't return.. he would love Buffy enough to be pissed for a second .. yet want her to be happy and if Riley made her happy .. so be it ... I wouldn't but he would..

Your story.. you have said this is Buffy's story and if Spike doesn't return I will be disappointed.. Cause Spike loves Buffy and in this story she loves him..
She does. And she's nowhere near ready to move on to someone else. Not to worry.

10/22/2008 01:12 am
Twenty-seven         
Not the best of plans to invite Riley into hers and Spike's home!
Probably not. If nothing else, it probably sends a message she didn't intend for it to...

10/22/2008 12:13 am
Twenty-seven         
Riley, hmm - can't wait to see how things go on Christmas. Thanks for the update.
Christmas coming up in a couple of days.

All4Spike
10/22/2008 12:10 am
Twenty-seven         
Oh, not Riley again... I foresee a rocky road ahead.
Possibly. Fortunately, he isn't in the area all that often...lol

10/22/2008 12:02 am
Twenty-seven         
hm.  Maybe a Riley in the house might bring Spike out after all...
You never know...

10/21/2008 11:52 pm
Twenty-seven         
Heh, I just finished reading the last chapter and thought "dang, now I have to wait for the next one." When I got back to the main page, it turned out I didn't have to wait very long... This is such a good story, I can't wait to see how things turn out
Thanks for reading and commenting. I hope you like the rest of it.

09/10/2011 09:44 am
Twenty-six         

You have done such a great job with this work  - your handling of this part I think is outstanding.  A wonderful blend of the heartache of losing someone you beloved and important in your life and the history of Buffy and Spike and this wonderful conclusion to all their former sorrows and terrible pain. 

I am so glad that I am able to read this at once and not have to wait for chapters while you were originally posting it.  I really have enjoyed reading this so very much -

Thank you. I'm glad you've enjoyed it. I am quite proud of this particular fic.

10/29/2008 05:02 pm
Twenty-six         
Love the cookie dough reference.    And the happy memory of Spike in Xander's goofy clothes.  LOL!
Thanks!

Lea
10/21/2008 04:16 pm
Twenty-six         
This is a wonderful, extraordinarily beautiful tale Looking forward to more!

Thank you so much. More right away.

10/21/2008 03:49 pm
Twenty-six         
This was a lovely chapter - Buffy struggling through her grief, but moving forward was so poignant.  I know that place of grief and shuttered sun, when you can feel almost normal and suddenly have something so tiny bring the pain flooding back to crush you again.  When pushing it back isn't quite as hard as it was, and you feel guilty about that measure of healing.
Love the premise of this story and I can't wait to see where Spike has been. 
Thanks. I'm glad you think it's working.  Yeah, Buffy's going to have a lot of those moments, I suspect.

Liza
10/20/2008 10:46 am
Twenty-six         
You portray grief very sensitively and realistically.  Can't wait to see how you're going to pull the ending out of this.  Although then it'll be over, won't it? 
Thank you for saying so.  And, yes, once I post the ending it will be over. Or, at least we won't be spying on them anymore.

10/20/2008 03:52 am
Twenty-six         
Good to see her moving on, but it's hard at the same time, you know? Especially when the cookie dough memories started flying. Good thing Willow's back, though.
Yeah, she's working on it, but it's a long haul.

10/20/2008 02:36 am
Twenty-six         
Lovely view of someone going on with life and even making a future but still in the state of grief and loss. 

I don't think Buffy would ever look at cookie dough without remembering what she could have done differently.  It will ever remind her of how little she understood her own feeling when she had the chance to let Spike know where he would have believed.  Nothing like a dollop of regret...she has a kitchen full of 'em already.

Looking forward to where you take this.  Wonder what Teddy WAS going to say about why Buffy might not want to travel.  Wonder why they are trying to get her to have a blind date too.  Hum..... 

Excellent interplay between Dawn and Buffy and glad Willow is back and in best friend mode once more. 

Wonderful update.

Kathleen
I REALLY have loved every bit of this story in case I haven't mentioned it lately.
Thank you, sweetie. Um, I believe you have mentioned, not that you can't say it again! LOL  I suspect I may lose a few readers  over these next few chapters - some are already wondering where Spike is and why he's not back yet...

10/20/2008 02:35 am
Twenty-six         
very balanced and mature buffy. it is very entertaining to see her that way, thanks for the fine read.
I'm glad you like her. Thanks for reading.

All4Spike
10/20/2008 12:44 am
Twenty-six         
If W&H are still sending things after Buffy to kill her in front of Spike, they are either really stupid or they know something she doesn't. I don't think they're stupid.
I want to know who Teddy's American friend is. I sense a mystery there...
I wonder what Buffy's going to get for Christmas...
All things to be answered in good time - well, except maybe for W & H - maybe they just never put out the "never mind" message.

10/20/2008 12:14 am
Twenty-six         
Fond memories and tears, is Buffy really starting to heal?  Can't wait to find out, keep up the great work.
Thanks! She's working on it as best she can.

kim
10/19/2008 10:12 pm
Twenty-six         
Awww, Christmas......glad it's going to be a family thing. And it's nice to see Buffy doing a holiday without the frantic last-minute dinner plans of Thanksgiving.
Yep. She's learned a little bit about planning a holiday meal since then - not much, maybe, but someting!

10/19/2008 07:27 pm
Twenty-six         

Lovely chapter - still here, holding out hope.

Thanks. Hang in there...

Pam S
10/19/2008 06:44 pm
Twenty-six         
  Seeing where you will go.. Maybe a tree Angel Spike..and a wish.. Naa don't think he would appreciate that..  Or a run-in with a New
Vampire in town without a memory.... done that.  

   And she seems quite settled in ..gotta a house and money and ready to get back to work.. 

   So? 

   
    

  
LOL  So...has more healing to do, but she'll be working on it for awhile.  Could be there's a light at the end of that tunnel, though...

Pin
10/19/2008 06:29 pm
Twenty-six         
I really like the way you handle her greiving and adjustment.  Suspicious about the American widower reference, but looking forward to finding out what else happens.  Thanks for a great story!
Suspicious about the American widower reference  as well you should be...  Thanks, I'm glad you think it's working.

10/19/2008 05:44 pm
Twenty-six         
Poor Spike still ;( it's not awhole lot interesting without Spike imo but still good and I try to review every chapter so my reviews are small sorry.
Yeah, I know, no Spike = no fun; but this is more Buffy's story.   Thanks for the reviews - even small ones are welcome and appreciated.

10/19/2008 05:27 pm
Twenty-six         
Domesticity must be a novelty for Buffy, I'm glad she has something to enjoy.  Please, no blind dates!!!
LOL It's new for her, but about time in her life for it to have some appeal.  Yeah, blind dates = bad idea!

10/18/2008 01:09 pm
Twenty-five         
Giles should count himself lucky that Buffy still has anything to do with him!
I imagine they had to spend some time and energy repairing the relationship to get to this point.

All4Spike
10/18/2008 12:34 pm
Twenty-five         
Oh dear, getting worried about Buffy now. Has she come to the stage of weary acceptance of futility that gives her that deathwish that Spike warned her about in 'Fool for Love'?
Hurry up and come back to her, Spike!
I think she's just become very accepting of the idea that when you die isn't necessarily under your control, so no sense in worrying about it.  Thanks for reading and commenting.

10/18/2008 05:57 am
Twenty-five         
Nice Willow/Buffy interaction.  Can't wait for Spike to show up again.  Or...nah, you wouldn't be having Buffy meeting in an afterlife.  LOL!
Nah - I wouldn't. I've only done that once, and my beta made me hide it in an epilogue that's only found on my site. lol  Although, I think we can safely assume that if Spike doesn't come back, that is what would happen eventually. I have read a few fics where she doesn't meet him again until she dies and they'e very affecting when done well.   Might make for a very long fic in this case, though.

AMI
10/18/2008 04:24 am
Twenty-five         
Good to see Willow being a good friend to Buffy, and B with the grieving, that' so important.

Oh boy I really miss Spike, just as much as Buffy *smirks*

Great chappy , can't wait for more ,love this story !
Thanks. I hope you like the rest of it.

10/18/2008 03:33 am
Twenty-five         
Giles still hasn't accepted the depth of love they felt for each other ... not just this last time but initially even before the soul.  He also didn't seem interested in details of that time and she might just need to talk of her regrets.  Oh Giles you are a flowed but loving father.

“You forgot the ‘My name is Inigo Montoya’ part.”

“Que?”


My favorite part of Princess Bride!  How perfect!  LOL.

Excellent tender chapter with lovely depiction of "life goes on" in the face of grief.  Buffy is more emotionally mature this time and has some support.  My guess is she will be starting to put herself together only to have our boy come back into her life.  I think she will move heaven and/or earth (or hell) to lose him again after this.  It'll be a case of "you go I go."

Really well done emotionally  in tune chapter.

Excellent as always.

Kathleen
Thank you, thank you.

peck
10/18/2008 02:56 am
Twenty-five         
Oh no, not Buffy with a death wish!  Maybe her friends will be enough to keep it from happening. Keep up the brillant work!
Probably not a wish so much as a "been there, done that, don't care if it happens again."

10/18/2008 02:55 am
Twenty-five         
It was good to see Buffy coming out of herself and trying again.
*nods* That's our slayer. She never quits completely.

kim
10/18/2008 02:47 am
Twenty-five         
Giles finally has empty nest syndrome......now what he wants to be there for people, no one needs him. heh

Good to see Buffy moving on with life.
She's trying.  Yeah, Giles may have missed his chances to be there for Buffy when she needed him.

peck
10/18/2008 02:47 am
Twenty-four         
Poor Buffy!  I almost wish Willow could make the coat take on his smell.  Looking forward to the next chapter.
Next chapter is now up. Thanks for reading!

10/18/2008 12:39 am
Twenty-four         

“I need to kill something.”

“There! Now see? That’s healthy.”


I loved those lines.  And you have me feeling terribly sorry for Buffy and worried about Spike. 

I'm looking forward to the next chapter.
Next chapter going up soon.

10/17/2008 08:06 pm
Twenty-four         
sad, beautifully done read. thank you.
Thank you.

Lea
10/16/2008 09:26 pm
Twenty-four         
Oh *sob* this is too sad. But brilliant, of course. Love it.
Thanks!

All4Spike
10/16/2008 06:58 pm
Twenty-four         

So Buffy turned the emotions off again? {sniff} I suppose they should have expected that after everything that has happened in the past. {snuffle}
Now then... how does Spike come back? 'Cos we know he has to... right? Please?
 

Does he? Have to? Are you sure?  *evil laugh*

goddess_hecate
10/16/2008 04:08 pm
Twenty-four         
Buffy may not have been crying at first, but I sure was.  Beautiful.  Can't wait for the next one.
Thank you. They should be coming every other day again now.

10/16/2008 01:39 pm
Twenty-four         
At last Buffy finally broke down - I thought it was never going to happen!  She needs it.
She does. She'll be the better for it.

ya_lublyu_tebya
10/16/2008 08:51 am
Twenty-four         
So glad she didn't hold it in forever. Spike wants her to be happy... but not instantly. She needs to mourn him. Another beautifully sad chapter.
Thank you.

Hana
10/16/2008 08:44 am
Twenty-four         
Wow, you are such a talented writer.  The last 2 episodes have really hit me where it hurts and I've found myself crying each time. 

Please tell me it won't be TOO long before we get some happy Spuffyness, because, seriously, my mascara can't take it anymore and my work colleagues will start to think I'm a bit odd.
LOL Can't have you getting fired for crying at work. Thank you.

kim
10/16/2008 08:28 am
Twenty-four         
They were right, what Spike meant about not crying was that he didn't want Buffy's grief to swallow her, to stop her from living......shame to see Buffy isn't getting any better at accepting all feelings. Shutting herself down was exactly not what Spike wanted her to do...Someone needs to beat it into her head that tears are not a weakness.

Scent is an important part of the memories. I'm glad Willow didn't give up on being there.
*nods*  Exactly. Leave it to Buffy to carry it to extremes. Thanks for reading.

10/16/2008 06:09 am
Twenty-four         
So sad, is Spike coming back to life?
Ah, ah. That would be telling...

shelly
10/16/2008 05:04 am
Twenty-four         
oh! My heart broke into a million pieces reading this! I'm ready to cry! How unfair for Buffy~~ Please make it better!
 Wonderful writing, powerful!
I'll see what I can do...

10/16/2008 05:00 am
Twenty-four         
Yes...that sense of smell is so overpowering with the way it can tap memories.  It WOULD be the thing to finally do her in.  She has nothing to cling to that was real and solely Spike and that is crushing.

Love how they are dealing with Buffy.  I actually feel sorry for Giles because THIS has finally brought home to him the damage HE caused by his actions before the battle with the FE, he sees the gulf as never before because his girl is hurting and will not turn to him as she might have in the past.

Willow is completely practical by making certain Buffy sleeps at least and waiting for Buffy to reach for her.

This is heartbreaking in the same way that The Body was...it reads as real on an emotional level.

Wonderfully done.

Kathleen
Thank you, Kathleen.

10/16/2008 04:10 am
Twenty-four         
Poor, poor Buffy. Thank god Willow used her resolve face on her - and thank god the dam finally broke.
Yes, it was time. Even Buffy can't shut down forever.

AMI
10/16/2008 03:45 am
Twenty-four         
Poor Buffy, not crying for Spike cause he asked her not to. Liked Giles , Dawn and Willow in this, finally they know how much Buffy loves Spike.
Loved the end ...But it should smell like him! It should smell like Spike , and it doesn't! AWW poor thing

Can't wait to see how it ends ... more soon please.
More in a day or two.  Thanks for reading.

10/16/2008 03:34 am
Twenty-four         
Bless her heart - I'm glad Willow is there for her.  Looking forward to more of this tale - can't imagine what's in store.
*nods* sometimes you really need your oldest friend, especially if she's wearing her resolve face.

10/28/2008 07:21 pm
Twenty-three         
 Okay, I wasn't expecting this and now I am going to cry. 
Rachael
Oops?  Keep reading.I'll make it better - eventually...

10/18/2008 12:33 am
Twenty-three         
Break my heart why don't you. 

I love the pace of this story. 
I'm trying! LOL

10/16/2008 04:04 am
Twenty-three         
Oh, no! The inevitable happened, and you wrote it so well! What a heartbreaking scene - poor Buffy, losing the man she loves in such a bizarre and unique circumstance.
Yep, it happened.  Thanks for reading.

10/14/2008 04:39 pm
Twenty-three         
I almost cried there!!!!! amazing! i really hope we see him again
Only almost? LOL  Thanks. I hope you enjoy the rest of it.

10/14/2008 02:02 am
Twenty-three         
beautifully written chapter, thank you.
Thank you. I'm so glad you liked it.

10/13/2008 06:54 pm
Twenty-three         
:0(

I have faith.
Hang on to it.

10/13/2008 11:28 am
Twenty-three         
This chapter needs a tissue alert.  I got teary eyed.  Can't wait for the next chapter, thanks for the update.
Thanks. An update soon.

10/13/2008 09:07 am
Twenty-three         
Oh my God, slayme!! You've got me almost in tears - at work. How embarrassing. Oh my God. That was so sad. But at least they did have that time. And he knew how she felt before he went poof. Oh my God though. That was pretty damn breathtakingly beautiful and heartbreaking and arrgghh. Great work, in short.
Thank you very much.

Hana
10/13/2008 08:42 am
Twenty-three         
You had me crying at work!  That is so mean.
That was so beautifully written.  I have complete and utter faith that this is going to end happily - please?
LOL  Sorry about the work thing.  Thanks for the compliments, we'll see. The ending is a few chapters away.

AMI
10/13/2008 03:15 am
Twenty-three         

My God what a beautiful chapter . Heartbreaking and sweet ....they got to make love and both know how much they are loved by the other. I'm sobbing my eyes out ... Loved the line...What we have. It was good. It's been very good . Even when it was bad ,it was good . I love you William *sob*

PLEASE more soon , I can't wait to see what happens. happy ending? pretty please..

Thank you. I'm so glad you liked it. Working on the happy ending thing...

Ladyofspike
10/13/2008 02:52 am
Twenty-three         
Oh God , You made me cryyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
Um....sorry? LOL  Thanks for reading.

kim
10/13/2008 02:50 am
Twenty-three         
Oh, no! It's finally done. Poor Buffy......
I like that he gave her the coat.

He'll be back somehow, though, unless you're going for the not happy ending.
LOL We'll see, won't we?  Thanks for reading.

10/13/2008 02:36 am
Twenty-three         
AHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh  My nose is dripping, my eyes are red and puffy and my throat is raw thanks to you.  I've been weeping since Giles threw his glass against the wall.  This was worse than Rose whispering, "Come back" as Jack sank in the cold northern Atlantic in Titanic you sadist (the last time I ever sobbed aloud in a theater)!

I am catching up on all the updates and saved this for the last...now I need to put ice on my eyes.

You really reached into the readers heart and squeezed every ounce of feeling out here.  The hints, the mood, the whole tone of this chapter made the reader expect it to happen, dread it an yet be surprised at the same time.

Love every word, every syllable of this chapter (the whole story is one of your very best but this chapter excels).  It could be used as a model to teach writing such a scene.  You have just hit it so far out of the park it's in another county.

Excellent beyond the telling. and a privilege to read.  It will become one of those stories to read and reread for years to come.

Kathleen

Liked it so much, you reviewed it twice?

10/13/2008 02:35 am
Twenty-three         
AHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh  My nose is dripping, my eyes are red and puffy and my throat is raw thanks to you.  I've been weeping since Giles threw his glass against the wall.  This was worse than Rose whispering, "Come back" as Jack sank in the cold northern Atlantic in Titanic you sadist (the last time I ever sobbed aloud in a theater)!

I am catching up on all the updates and saved this for the last...now I need to put ice on my eyes.

You really reached into the readers heart and squeezed every ounce of feeling out here.  The hints, the mood, the whole tone of this chapter made the reader expect it to happen, dread it an yet be surprised at the same time.

Love every word, every syllable of this chapter (the whole story is one of your very best but this chapter excels).  It could be used as a model to teach writing such a scene.  You have just hit it so far out of the park it's in another county.

Excellent beyond the telling. and a privilege to read.  It will become one of those stories to read and reread for years to come.

Kathleen

Now, you've made ME cry!  lol Thank you so much for this lovely review. I'm so glad you felt the chapter as it was intended to be felt.  *hugs*

How's that back? Better and better, I hope

10/13/2008 02:25 am
Twenty-three         
So many questions - looking foward to the answers. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for reading. Not sure how many answers there are going to be...sometimes things just are.

10/13/2008 01:41 am
Twenty-three         
Okay...bawling here and in danger of shorting my laptop with tears...calling Spike a "Big dumb jerk" and other things for leaving Buffy, and * me*.  I only talk at my computer if a story is really good. You did your job, but Please don't leave it there! My poor little heart can't take it.
LOL - Wouldn't stop there. Well, yeah, okay, I would, but  I didn't, so not to worry. Not much anyway...

goddess_hecate
10/13/2008 12:46 am
Twenty-three         
 NO!!!  I knew it wascoming.  So touching.  
Thanks. Yep, hardly a secret, was it?

Pin
10/13/2008 12:06 am
Twenty-three         
Oh, my.  Such a gentle, sweet passage.  here's hoping that this isn't the end of the story.  Fingers crossed.
Not the end. Several more chapters to go.

10/13/2008 12:01 am
Twenty-three         
 oh no he is gone
Yes, he is. Alas....

10/12/2008 11:49 pm
Twenty-three         
Okay, just so that you know it: this is my first, my very first, review since ever. and I'm lurking here for 2 jears!
SO: this said, now the important thing, what MADE me comment: BRING HIM BACK!!! I'm in tears!
PLEASE!!!!
(I SOOOO love your story!!!)
Wow! I'm flattered.   Thanks so much for commenting.  More soon. I promise.

10/12/2008 11:18 pm
Twenty-three         
Now you've gone and broken my heart, too. **sniffs**
Sorry? I'll try to mend it later.

hobbituk
10/12/2008 10:14 pm
Twenty-three         
Dammit.  You made me cry... *sniff*
Um...sorry? LOL  Thanks for reading.

10/12/2008 08:41 pm
Twenty-three         
That was heartbreaking.  Exquisitely done.
Thank you.

10/18/2008 12:30 am
Twenty-two         
The disappearing has me nervous. 
As well it should....

10/12/2008 04:52 am
Twenty-two         
Ok, now I'm really intrigued as to what can be happening to make Spike start to disappear like that! I also really appreciate the fact that some Slayers are a bit suspicious of him - proves their instincts are working correctly!
Yep, good instincts to not trust a vampire.

All4Spike
10/09/2008 10:54 pm
Twenty-two         
I've been shamefully neglecting this outstanding fic recently so I've just raced through the last few chapters in delight. So wonderful to see B&S all cosy and domestic but still squabbling.
So... Spike's had his revelation and regained his memories and now he's doing the blinky in and out thing again? Well.. we know it isn't Pavayne this time... unless he escaped when W&H was destroyed?
Can't wait for more...
LOL I'm glad you're still reading it.  More soon.

ya_lublyu_tebya
10/09/2008 08:57 am
Twenty-two         
Oh no! He's starting to fade in and out - I hope not like he did in Angel. Great update - can't wait for more.
Thanks. More soon.

AMI
10/09/2008 07:29 am
Twenty-two         
OH Poor Spike , it's starting ...
God I can't wait to see where you take this story

More soon please !



More soon, I promise.

kim
10/09/2008 04:44 am
Twenty-two         
Ah, the disappearing act again.....warning sign.

Only Buffy would be so miffed about stained sweats, LOL.
LOL Buffy's all about the looking good while you slay.

10/09/2008 01:16 am
Twenty-two         
Noooo, don't make Spike leave!  Unless of course he's going to be a real vamp again.  Love the story and keep up the good work.
Thanks. More soon.

goddess_hecate
10/09/2008 01:14 am
Twenty-two         
Oh god!  I'm watching this shoe drop in slow motion!  Can't wait for the next update!
LOL good description of what's happening.  Next update soon.

10/09/2008 12:30 am
Twenty-two         
Oh my, here it comes! Can't wait till next time!
*nods* next time is coming up soon.

10/09/2008 12:21 am
Twenty-two         
Cool way for the badness to start...
Hee! Thank you.

10/18/2008 12:24 am
Twenty-one         
Loved the Dawn/Spike moment. 
Thanks.

10/06/2008 06:35 pm
Twenty-one         
that went smoother than anticipated. very good update, thank you.
Thanks for reading!

ya_lublyu_tebya
10/06/2008 08:52 am
Twenty-one         
Great update. I love that they were fighting after about two minutes- typical Buffy and Spike. But I also like that they forgot about it and there was no bodily damage inflicted! Can't wait for the next chapter.
LOL Thanks. Next chapter on Wednesday

goddess_hecate
10/06/2008 04:34 am
Twenty-one         
AHHH!  I'm just waiting for the other shoe to drop!  I love it!  Thank you for another beautiful chapter!
Shoe coming up soon LOL  Thanks for reading .

kim
10/06/2008 03:00 am
Twenty-one         
Don't expect that secret to keep secret for very long.....they never do.
True, but you do what you can...

10/06/2008 01:11 am
Twenty-one         
I still can't believe it will be that easy, and I know you'll be proving me right quite shortly - the wrong person will find out at some point and will try to take their happiness away. I hope they're ready to fight for it when the time comes...
We'll see....

10/05/2008 11:45 pm
Twenty-one         
So happy to him still there - was afraid he would go poof immediately following the restoration of his memories. As always, looking forward to seeing where you take them.
Awww, I wouldn't have done that to them. Not right away, anyway....

AMI
10/05/2008 10:51 pm
Twenty-one         
Good to see Spike return to his usual self with all his memories,
So far so good , wonder how long that will last?

Liked this chappie alot !
I'm glad you did. Thanks for telling me.

10/05/2008 09:42 pm
Twenty-one         
The reunion with Giles went better than I expected - and no consequences with the return of memory... yet !
Yet....*evil grin*

11/10/2008 08:19 pm
Chapter Twenty         
Great cliffhanger - was going to stop at this chapter for today but now got to read on
Hee!

10/06/2008 06:26 pm
Chapter Twenty         
sweet read, thank you, right up to the chapter ending.
Thanks. I'm glad you liked it.

10/05/2008 04:33 am
Chapter Twenty         
I tried to stay away until it was finished, but couldn't help myself.  Now a cliffhanger chapter, aaaahhhh!  Really love the way this is going, keep up the great work!!!
LOL - ah, but updates will be fairly frequent, so it's almost like a finished fic. Really. Sorta.  Thanks for taking a chance on it. I promise to have it finished soon.

ftloosenfanzfree
10/04/2008 09:23 pm
Chapter Twenty         
uh-ohs!  I hope that doesn't mean he's gonna disappear!
We'll see...

10/04/2008 03:26 pm
Chapter Twenty         
Oh.

Of all to things that would trigger his memories... I find it particularly poignant that you picked this one. So well done, as well.

And now I can't wait for 21.
Thank you. I'm glad you thought so.   Chapter 21 coming up probably tomorrow.

10/03/2008 10:52 pm
Chapter Twenty         
oh dear.
I have been enjoying this story very much.  I love that Spike falls for Buffy even if he has no memory of her - just because of who she is.   The invisible tool schlepper was great.
Thank you. I'm so glad that you're liking it. And yes, alas, "oh dear".

10/03/2008 09:04 am
Chapter Twenty         
Oh my God! What a hell of a trigger for getting his memories back. Arghh, evil cliffhanger! More, please. This was awesome.
Thank you.  Yeah, it had to be something pretty important, and yet not anticipated, didn't it? More soon.

goddess_hecate
10/03/2008 05:57 am
Chapter Twenty         
Oh god and just when they were so happy!  Well I guess it wouldn't be much of a story without a conflict, eh?  Can't wait to see what happens next!
Yeah, happiness tends to be fleeting in any world created by Joss. Thanks for reading.

10/03/2008 03:30 am
Chapter Twenty         
Oh my, playtime has ended! I'm so hoping you'll grace us with an update soon - very soon!
Well, playtime may not be completely over...but it's definitely got a time limit on it... Update in a couple of days.

IT
10/02/2008 11:43 pm
Chapter Twenty         

Oh, evil cliffie!  More soon, please!

"I like you all peaches and creamy…”   LOL

LOL  More in a few days.

shelly
10/02/2008 11:32 pm
Chapter Twenty         
oh no!!! Suspense!!

Excellent writing!
Thank you.

AMI
10/02/2008 10:04 pm
Chapter Twenty         
OOHH , EVIL CLIFFIE !!  Great chapter  , he's getting his memory back ,knew it had to happen . Lovin it more and more .
Thanks. Hope you continue to like it...

Lea
10/02/2008 09:21 pm
Chapter Twenty         
Oooh, you naughty girl, leaving us with that cliffhanger! Looking forward to the next chapter! All the best /Lea
Naughty? Moi?  *g*  More soon. Thanks for reading.

Bridget
10/02/2008 08:24 pm
Chapter Twenty         
This was a very nice and sweet chapter until the end when  you threw in this frightening cliffhange.  You must update soon. 
Ah, nice and sweet is so boring...

10/02/2008 04:28 pm
Chapter Twenty         
Oh man!!!!! Can't wait for more
More soon. Thanks for reading.

10/02/2008 03:55 pm
Chapter Twenty         
 omg please dont let him die or just dissapear
Ummmm...que sera, sera.... Thanks for reading.

Belle234
10/02/2008 03:33 pm
Chapter Twenty         
Nooooooooooooooo! Cliffhanger! Great chapter!! YAY! He finally remembers! Can't wait for the next one!
LOL Next one in a few days.  Thanks!

10/02/2008 02:23 pm
Chapter Twenty         
Dare I hope Spike that doesn't revert to his 'no you don't, but thanks for saying it' mindset?
Oh, I don't think so.  He's had time to find out different.

kim
10/02/2008 02:06 pm
Chapter Twenty         
Oh, of all memories.....that'd be the one, though. That moment was so huge for Spike.

And now she's going to freak.
'Course, even with the memories, there's still the "business to settle". Spike will do what he feels is right, with the info he has.
LOL - yep, it took that moment to get his attention.  Freaking is possible.

Pam S
10/02/2008 01:47 pm
Chapter Twenty         
Ah,  he remembered.. her rebirth .. and is this his?

Enjoying..
Could be...

AMI
09/30/2008 06:44 am
Nineteen         
Just found this story and read it all in one sitting , I LUVED IT ,so sad and sweet . Spike falling for Buffy even tho he doesn't remember her. Oh I hope it has a happy ending,they deserve it*sighs*. Update soon , I can't wait for more.
LOL Thank you. I'm glad you liked it. There will be more soon.

09/29/2008 03:30 am
Nineteen         
I find it interesting that they're (more than) playing house. Interesting and sweet and fated and just neat! I mean, it can't be all smooth sailing from now on out, but it's nice.
*nods* might be nice for awhile, but this is the Buffyverse and things rarely go smoothly for very long.

kim
09/29/2008 02:28 am
Nineteen         
Yeah, it is annoying to be talked about like you're not in the room. Men.

Glad he and Dawn are in a good place, too.
Yeah, really not Buffy's thing - having other people making decisions for her.

09/28/2008 11:24 pm
Nineteen         
Thanks for another update - I'm truly enjoying this story.
Thanks. I hope you continue to do so.

09/27/2008 03:42 am
Eighteen         
 Am intrigued by the possibility - however small - of the Shanshu. And loved Spike's impassioned speech to Buffy at the end-ish.
Thanks! We'll see, won't we?

ya_lublyu_tebya
09/25/2008 07:33 pm
Eighteen         
Aww, a lovely update.
Thanks!

09/25/2008 11:10 am
Eighteen         
'safe and protected in each other’s arms'  Hmm - that phrase has something of the death knell about it!  I'm thinking their happiness is too good to last.
Hee!

Pam S
09/25/2008 04:36 am
Eighteen         
Ah, bliss.. soon to end I assume.. you do say Angst in your intro..

Enjoying
I'm glad you're enjoying it.  And, yes. Nothing lasts forever, does it?

kim
09/25/2008 12:42 am
Eighteen         
I'm feeling the calm before the storm....
Could be...

09/22/2008 05:11 am
Seventeen         
 Thanks for another great update! I really love this story.
I'm so glad you do. Thanks for telling me.

ii
09/20/2008 08:37 pm
Seventeen         
Yaaay, Watcher bashing! And I love that Buffy is having Spike go with her and treating him as an equal, and that Giles will have to face him. Wonder what kind of questions Spike might ask about Giles? Looking forward to that confrontation, so please update soon!
Up date in a few days.  Thanks for reading and commenting.

09/20/2008 05:51 pm
Seventeen         
Loved the update - looking forward to see what the 'watcher bashing' will bring!
Thanks!

09/17/2008 05:43 am
Sixteen         
LOL!  And here I was warning you of mushy love stuff coming up in my fic.  

Great chapter.  Hot sex.  All the good stuff.

Loved these lines:  “Good? We’re bloody brilliant! They could write a book about us. They should write poems! Epics, they’d be. Something for everybody who’s not us to strive for.”
Hee! Yep, mushy love stuff here, too. 

09/17/2008 02:30 am
Sixteen         
they are enjoying themselves, too much. it is going become difficult. isn't it? very good read, thank you.
At some point, I suspect it will. Thanks for reading.

09/15/2008 07:06 pm
Sixteen         
Aren't they wonderful together!  Long may it last.
We can hope! 

kim
09/15/2008 05:13 pm
Sixteen         
LOL, shagging his memory back....yeah, don't think it'll be that easy this time. But hey, he still immediately thought of poetry.
You can take the vampire out of the poet, but you can't take the poet out of the vampire....lol  Thanks for reading.

Bridget
09/15/2008 03:55 pm
Sixteen         
Good chapter.  I wonder if he bites Buffy would his memories come back.?
*shrugs* nah, that'd be too easy.   He doesn't seem to have an urge to bite her, anyway. Thanks for reading.

09/15/2008 01:18 pm
Sixteen         
I loved the togetherness and playfulness of this chapter. Still a tiny bit of hesitation between them, but they're getting there. (wherever "there" is at this point) 
Ah,  that's the question, isn't it? Where is "there" for them?  Thanks for reading.

04/29/2012 07:06 pm
Fifteen         
Those vamps were hilarious in their stupidity!
Nobody ever said being old and undead makes you any smarter than you ever were.

analise
11/01/2008 08:05 am
Fifteen         
I'm really liking this story so far!!!  Thanks for writing it and thanks for making them such lovable characters, nothing cruel or bitter, just tenderness.
Thanks for reading. I'm glad you're liking it.

09/17/2008 02:20 am
Fifteen         
love spike's attitude. very good read, thank you.
Thanks. I'm glad you did.

09/13/2008 02:36 am
Fifteen         
Love Spike's chapter-ending philosophy! And this: Evil can always find willing workers is a sad commentary that goes beyond our little fandom. 
Thanks. And, alas. that is so true...

09/12/2008 06:16 pm
Fifteen         
“You can talk starkers if you want to, pet. In fact, now that I think about it…”
Loved this line. 

The music store scene was hilarious.  "Snarling CDs."  LOL!  And Barry Manilow?  *snort*

Great chapter!
Thank you. Glad you liked!

ya_lublyu_tebya
09/11/2008 07:53 pm
Fifteen         
Aww, great update. They're so sweet. And I love over-eager Spike when it comes to fighting. I look forward to more.
Thanks. I hope you like the rest of it.

Pam S
09/11/2008 03:09 pm
Fifteen         
Guess the phrase .. carpe diem would apply to these two.. 

Leave it to WR&H .. to try to make Spike's life more miserable with the death of Buffy.. So now what... now that the love word has escaped his lips.. and they are making each other happy.  Fate can't seem to leave these two alone..

Enjoying..
Thanks. I hope you continue enjoying it.

09/11/2008 01:31 pm
Fifteen         
For an amnesiac ghost, he's making a damn fine Spike.  Paired with a Buffy who has regained her old spark without the bad attitude, they are wonderful together.  The shopping trip followed by a nice bit of violence before bedtime was just the ticket!!
*nods* yep - shopping, violence, only one thing left to top off the day, huh?

sirc
09/11/2008 12:33 pm
Fifteen         
Great chapter
Thanks!

09/10/2008 11:38 pm
Fifteen         
Love the shopping trip.  Spike is the most adaptable being around and that is his biggest saving grace.  W&H have NO idea who they are dealing with here....he's no Angelus and he is no Angel.

Love the playfulness between them.  Love that Buffy is not wasting time with petty fights and stupid huffs like before...she has learned that they might be on borrowed time and is going to use it well.

Vladimir was a hoot...his surprise that she had encountered and bested "the Master" was too funny.  I can just see this character.

Hum....so they don't want Spike moving on would imply it wouldn't be a punishment eh.  Don't think that registered quite yet.

Love Spike's attitude.....he is whole, only his memories are missing.

Excellent, excellent!

Kathleen
Thank you, thank you! LOL  Well, Spike's moving on wouldn't be the punishment that W & H had in mind perhaps, but at this point it would certainly be a punishment for our favorite couple.   Yep, Spike is Spike, memories or not.

09/12/2008 05:55 pm
Fourteen         
Another nice chapter.  I really like your Dawn. 
Things are moving along nicely and I'm looking forward to reading more. 
Thanks! More coming soon. (I hope)

sirc
09/08/2008 12:33 pm
Fourteen         
Well done
Thank you!

ya_lublyu_tebya
09/07/2008 06:15 pm
Fourteen         
Ohhh. Shanshu?? Great update. Loved the invisible cuddling - really amusing.
Thanks. Glad you liked it. No promises, just a thought that crossed Willow's mind at this point.  And, they would have no control over it anyway.

09/07/2008 03:56 pm
Fourteen         
Are they thinking Shanshu? Since I haven't watched AtS, I'm not too familiar with it...

Loved the playful side seen at the beginning of the chapter. Hope it gets to continue a bit before things start happening. 
Willow might be - but they really don't know anything about it, other than it didn't pan out for Angel and may have been a fake prophecy.

09/07/2008 11:39 am
Fourteen         
It looks like Giles in on board, dare we hope?
I think Giles will be supportive. After all, he trusted the ghost before he found out who it was.

09/07/2008 05:56 am
Fourteen         
Wonderful new chapter - while I like the Shanshu idea, I don't think that I would like Spike to be a totally normal human male - I Spuffy wish would be for his next plane to be something like a male Slayer.  Will just have to wait and see what you are going to create -

Once Again - very much enjoying this story - makes for a very good continuation of the Angel finale and Ghost Spike.
I'm glad you're still enjoying it.  I've already done Spike as a male slayer, so wouldn't count on that. Nor have I said there would be a shanshu. It's just something Willow is excited about, ATM.

kim
09/07/2008 04:02 am
Fourteen         
And they haven't tried to research the Shanshu Prophecy? Quite remiss....

Nice to see support for Spuffy, at least.
No one knows about it except Willow, who has apparently mentioned it to Spike at some time in the past. There's been no reason for anyone in the Council to know or care about a possibly bogus prophecy that pertained to Angel.

But, yes, now that they have a reason to, I suspect there will be research...

09/07/2008 03:36 am
Fourteen         
Ah, a lovely update and a thin curl of hope - looking forward to your next!
Thanks!

09/07/2008 02:38 am
Fourteen         
So how can Spike 'fix' things? Cuz B has forgiven him for past issues, right?  Does he have to fall in love with B sans memory. Then he says I love you and B is like I love you, then POOF he's gone. That sounds creepily like a 'one moment of happiness' scenario. Poor B, she's gonna be so stressed thinking S could dissapear at any moment. Can't wait to see where u take this   
LOL - I doubt Buffy's going to waste her time stressing too much. But we'll see.

09/07/2008 01:52 am
Fourteen         
AHA  They've caught on to the Shanshu possibiity.  I think they are wise to keep mum about it for now. 

I really don't think the Powers would put them back together only to yank him away.  He's earned more and so has Buffy (besides the last thing they would want is the wrath of a pissed off Buffy.  She wouldn't be so eager to be their girl then).

Cute image of invisible Spike (think Buffy should share the story of her invisible visit to him...he'd find it funny now) and Dawn's reactions. 

Excellent update.

Kathleen
LOL - well, there's the possibility, but they really know nothing about it except that Angel believed it and wanted it.

Don't know that we can assume that the Powers put them back together...they just (if W & H is to be believed) didn't want the champion that had not been able to move on to his next plane of existence to be tortured forever. So they interfered just enough to see that didn't happen.

That would be funny...hmmmm *goes off to examine future chapters for possible insertion of invisible Buffy story...*

June
09/07/2008 01:42 am
Fourteen         
Oh, please, like Dawn is going to accept being out of the loop! BTW, loved the Dawn-Buffy-Spike interaction. Well done and looking forward to more!
I'm sure she's wondering, but there really isn't a loop to be out of ATM - just a wild and hopeful guess on Willow's part.

Fangfaceandrea
09/07/2008 01:24 am
Fourteen         
Heee! poor Dawn  it's horrible to be the one who has no clue.
Yeah, the whole idea is unknown to her.  Probably just as well...

sirc
09/08/2008 12:20 pm
Thirteen         
Well done
Thanks.

Pam S
09/04/2008 08:01 am
Thirteen         

'Tis better to have loved and lost... than..

 Enjoying ..still have a feeling of melacholy regarding Spike..

I'd hold that feeling, if I were you...   Thanks for reading!

09/03/2008 04:34 am
Thirteen         
I've been curious about this story for some time and just now had time to give a read. I've loved every bit and am looking forward to more! Can hardly wait to see what you have in store for our couple!
I'm glad you liked it. I hope you like the rest of it as well. Thanks for reading!

09/02/2008 09:48 am
Thirteen         
Great chapter.  Loved this bit:   ‘Hey! I don’t remember any shagging. As far as I know, this is all new to me.” He moved closer to her and brushed his lips across hers. “Think about it, Buffy. You could be the one to teach me…”

LOL!
LOL

All4Spike
09/02/2008 03:18 am
Thirteen         
As long as Spike's going poof 'trigger' isn't one of those 'moments of perfect happiness'....
LOL.... We'll find out, I guess.

09/01/2008 11:03 pm
Thirteen         
Really lovely chapter.  Glad he didn't let her get away with it.  She was doing what Angel did to her and he called her on it.

Love that Dawn helped him break in.  That was a nice reminder of their friendship days and it made me smile.

I have a feeling that what he needs to fix may be very different from her fears and that his moving on will be different as well. 

This is giving them time and reason to actually talk but I am so delighted that they are reacquainting themselves with the physical part of their relationship too....it was too much a part of them that attraction that remanded action.

<i>"I was a robot-shagging pig and you were disgusted…mostly."
“Just so we’re clear.”
“Perfectly.”</i>  That was just so funny!  I giggled and giggled over that exchange.

Wonderful update with lots of heart with the heat.

Kathleen
Thank you so much. Your reviews are so important to me.

kim
09/01/2008 10:51 pm
Thirteen         
Whoo! Bedtime already. Yeaaaaah. Love that he's just as persistent as always.
Yep. He's lost his memories, but not his basic personality. lol

ya_lublyu_tebya
09/01/2008 08:25 pm
Thirteen         
Aww, yay! Glad he didn't stay away. For once his stubbornness paid off.
Yep. Stubbornness fully intact.

Bridget
09/01/2008 04:25 pm
Thirteen         
Good chapter.  I enjoyed the Spuffiness.
Thanks. Glad you liked it.

09/01/2008 03:06 pm
Thirteen         
It's good to see them together and happy, even if Spike still doesn't remember, and even if Buffy is constantly scared that something she does or says will make him disappear.
Neither of those things is likely to go away anytime soon, but they can hope.

09/02/2008 09:31 am
Twelve         
Poor Buffy. 
But great conflict, and I'm really enjoying this story.
I'm glad.

All4Spike
09/02/2008 03:09 am
Twelve         
Somebody has to put their thinking cap on and come up with the loophole...
Hee! The loophole, in terms of Spike no longer being a ghost, is that he can move on as soon as he takes care of his business. It's just unfortunate that his business is Buffy...

spuffy
08/31/2008 09:09 pm
Twelve         
N-O!!!!!!!! 
ho poor spike i knew it would happned  but still ... poor him!
Awww - you don't really think he's going to let her get away with that, do you?  He's lost his memories, not his stubbornness.

Bridget
08/31/2008 06:23 pm
Twelve         
It was not very nice to end it right there.  I wonder what Spike's reaction will be to what Buffy said.  I also don't understand why she left him there.  Please update soon there is more to explain.
Another chapter tomorrow.  Maybe it will explain things ...

vladt
08/31/2008 04:07 am
Twelve         
very fine chapter. excellent way to end the chapter, thank you.
Thank you.  I'm glad you enjoyed it.

08/30/2008 11:23 pm
Twelve         
 ARGH.  How will Spuffy get out of this dilemma?
LOL Who says they will get out it?  *evil laugh*

08/30/2008 05:51 pm
Twelve         
What's a ghost to do when it's over before it started?  A Champion deserves more.
You'd think so, wouldn't you?  We'll see...the PtB vs W&H -  who's stronger?

08/30/2008 03:18 pm
Twelve         
Sad, but, it's not going to be that easy.  If it were, methinks he would have gone "poof" the minute he knew she loved him.  She's been with him for days and...still here.  Also, there's that little Powers' loophole; being without her is going to be Hell, and they don't want that kind of pain inflicted on their Champion.

And, there's Spike.  What if he doesn't want to stay away?  What if he doesn't want to go?  If that's so, then any "reward" that does not include Buffy would be Hell indeed.

Good chapter, can't wait for more!
Thanks. There will be more, as you've so astutely guessed. It's not that simple.

ya_lublyu_tebya
08/30/2008 01:47 pm
Twelve         
Noooo! That was so sad. Please fix it. Lovely chapter though.
Thank you. I'll try to fix it - but....

sirc
08/30/2008 01:40 pm
Twelve         
Well done
Thank you

Pam S
08/30/2008 12:19 pm
Twelve         
 Don't think Spike will leave Buffy alone.. just not in his personality.. and especially since he is not trapped at the house..

 He'll probably decide.. a time with someone that loves you is better than an existance alone ... just a ghost.. and maybe the Powers have a trick up their sleeve.. and when he goes oof the next time it is to be a real boy.. ? or you can just angst it up and he just goes poof.. and Buffy will be alone again poor thing.
ROFL, have you been peeking? 

08/30/2008 02:53 am
Twelve         

oh my gosh. that was so sad. im actually almost crying here, in the actual real tears sense, and i have no idea why. overly emotional today i guess. still, even without my freak emotions, that ending part was so sad. but no one can say that buffy does not love spike here. giving him up to keep him on earth... but would it be worth it? for either of them? and is that indeed the task he needs to complete? and, come on, it's spike. would he actually go away forever? that really sucks that this happened right when spike found out he could leave the house and go out in the sun. what do ya bet he's going to fix up that garden now, eh? anyways, great chappie, as always!

LOL Thanks. I'm glad you liked it - even if it did make you sad.  Maybe the next one will cheer you up.

08/30/2008 01:35 am
Twelve         
sad!  but beautiful.  another very excellent chapter.  I can't wait to read more!
Thank you. More on Monday.

08/30/2008 12:01 am
Twelve         
How sad, the way this chapter ended. And I was feeling all giddy because Willow released Spike from the house, and he called her Red, and then he met Buffy at the station... 
Well, there'll be a new chapter in a few days...

kim
08/29/2008 11:38 pm
Twelve         
And there's the rub...
Thank goodness he isn't stuck in the house anymore, at least.
yep, there's that. He can come and go.

Laura
08/29/2008 11:38 pm
Twelve         
I was worried about how she would tell Spike but, I worried for nothing.
Well, let's hope so.

08/29/2008 11:09 pm
Twelve         
Gaaaaahhh  Oh what a sad choice she just made.  Of course I know it won't stay that way (there's a reason you are one of my favorite writers and not doing evil things like that is one of them).

Your Willow was very in character being so rapt up in her "investigation" and "fixing" that she was somewhat rude.  That's her to a tee. 

Good conversations between Dawn and Willow too.  You can feel the relationship and the weight of its history there.  I fear Willow has reason to doubt the happily ever after possibilities of this situation.  She does NOT know you as I do LOL.

Excellent ... I've been looking for the update *G*

Kathleen
ROFL  Way to subtly put the pressure on me to go for that happy ending!  It's going to be very up and down for a while, I'm afraid...Things are not as under their control as they'd like to think.

04/28/2012 05:01 pm
Eleven         
Yeah, a perfectly evil spell from an evil law firm... Brilliant!
Hee! W,R & H are nothing if not creative in their punishments....

All4Spike
09/02/2008 03:02 am
Eleven         
Oh dear. But of course evil lawyers never lie do they? And if the PTB are interested in Spike... anything could happen and probably will!
anything could happen and probably will!

Yep - pretty much! Response:

08/28/2008 03:43 am
Eleven         
not the answer she was seeking. very good update, thank you.
No, not what she wanted to hear. Thanks for reading.

sirc
08/27/2008 11:20 pm
Eleven         
Well done!
Thank you.

kim
08/27/2008 01:56 am
Eleven         
The only reason I'd worry, is not knowing where Spike is moving on *to*. If it's a good place, then...
I do like seeing Buffy learn she can't order the universe around.

Shame to see Spike be brusque with Dawn, but he doesn't know her. She needs to get him to stop calling her Watcher, though. It's just rude, since Buffy has told him who Dawn is.

I have a feeling the Powers have a plan for once Spike releases himself.
Ah, that's the rub, isn't it? We've no idea where a dead vampire hero might be going.

Buffy needs a little reminder that she doesn't rule the world, every once in a while.

Thanks for reading.

08/27/2008 12:43 am
Eleven         
YAY I am finally able to catch up!  One of the first places was to seek out the updates to this story.

I love how original it is.  I don't think I've read another with post NFA having Spike tied to Williams house in this way.  Interesting that it is a sort of deal between W&H and the Powers.  I have a feeling that the info from W&H is far from reliable though.  Good that Buffy is aware of how easy it might be to lose him all over again....then again she might just become bitca Buffy to keep him from remembering how he feels about her thinking it will keep him here.
Wonder if his moving on to the next plane would be different from her vision of oblivion and more like Shanshu though...hum....

Love that Dawn is discombobolated with the relationship she has vs. the one she once had.  She should remember that SHE was the one to change their dynamic and never fixed it before he burned in the hellmouth.  Hope they can reclaim their closeness.  Clearly Spike feels it or he wouldn't have cared about the make-out session on his couch!

Really wonderful story on all levels.  The plot is tight and well articulated, the character voices are spot on. 

Kathleen
Ah, I've missed you and your wonderful reviews.  Buffy has several choices she could make now - and the surprise Spike has for her when she gets back may affect her decision...

Thank you, as always. I hope you enjoy the rest of it.

08/26/2008 11:07 pm
Eleven         
Good on Buffy, taking no nonsense from the underlings.  I wonder what the PTB are up to...
*shrugs*  TPTB aren't big on explaining themselves...  They just do, or tell others what to do. lol

08/26/2008 07:05 pm
Eleven         
Great Update - I think that his next plane might not be as horrible for them as Buffy might imagine - Spike could use some "pay-back" for not getting in touch with Buffy and Dawn after he became corporeal.   Still, I do think that his time with Angel and the AI Team was a good thing for him - not the dying again, but where there is magic their is some hope for not having him face his final death.

Great to have this new chapter - thanks ever.
Thanks. Glad you liked.

Pam S
08/26/2008 04:43 pm
Eleven         
 Well, as I see the intro to the story.. Drama and Angst... no Romance.. So..

  And of course the unfinished business had to be Buffy... and what will be the key for him to be released from the House and "This Plane"..

  Sad..
Well, it's Spike and Buffy, so there will be some romance. The question is, will their romance have a happy ending or not?

09/02/2008 08:59 am
Ten         
I loved this chapter.  The playful fun in the beginning and the great fight at the end.   
Thanks!

08/28/2008 03:31 am
Ten         
their at their best. wonderful read, thank you.
thanks for reading!

sirc
08/27/2008 11:05 pm
Ten         
hehe .. I loved this chapter. The 'minion' was very entertaining.
Thanks. I'm glad you liked it.

08/26/2008 04:16 pm
Ten         
Wonderful story - love  your treatment of the Spike ghost theme, nice variation on the series season beginning and ending.  Your Spike in this setting is so appealing and wiser and mature Buffy is also another nice change for the character.  Buffy's  "glamour shoes" makes an excellent light comedic element.

Great to have your chapters updated with such regularity - this is such a treat for your readers.
Thank you. What a lovely review.   *crosses fingers for ability to maintain regular updates*

Catrine
08/25/2008 09:00 pm
Ten         
No,no,no....more talking. I just love the bickering between them. I want her to return quickly. Hopefully to a solid Spike Loved the chapter
LOL - there will be talking, just not between them for a little bit.  Thanks for reading and commenting.

ya_lublyu_tebya
08/25/2008 08:35 pm
Ten         

Typical Spike, putting his fist through a wall. Good stuff

Thanks!

Liza
08/25/2008 10:39 am
Ten         
Ooh simmering temptation!   Love the flirting and playfulness because there is a juicy layer of grief adn regret beneath it.  Very deft. 
Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

08/25/2008 06:19 am
Ten         
 update quikly love the story i hope spike gets his memory back soon
Thanks. Next update on Tuesday.

08/25/2008 04:22 am
Ten         
Wow, a lot of information and feeling packed into this chapter - anger, lust, love, irritation... Things are bound to become more complicated now that Wolfram and Hart are involved...
Well, in the sense that they may know more about why Spike is there and the dangers involved.

kim
08/25/2008 03:27 am
Ten         
Ah, now they're getting back to normal!

W&H wanted to check up.....hmmmm....

Has he tried to leave the property at night time, or is he just going by what he was told? Knowing the regular Spike, he'd be testing those boundaries actively when he got there. He tried leaving LA at every angle when he was tethered to the amulet.
LOL yep, they are.

Yes, Spike knows what he can and can't do...with the possible exception of worrying about the sun, which is instinctive for him and may not have been tested.  He tried. You know he did.

11/09/2008 05:03 pm
Nine         
Great last line - especially the way you led up to it.
Thank you.

08/28/2008 03:19 am
Nine         
that should shut him up for a little while. fine update, thank you.
LOL For a few minutes, anyway...

sirc
08/22/2008 01:16 pm
Nine         
Now that should shut his mouth for a while.

Great chapter!
*nods*

08/21/2008 07:54 am
Nine         
oh, that'll shut him up.

lovely story. counting down the days.
two more to go. lol

08/21/2008 04:54 am
Nine         
I was wondering when the inevitable lust would make an appearance... and when Buffy would drop the all important bombshells. I'm very interested in reading how Spike will react to the last one.
He takes it in stride...after a while.

Catrine
08/20/2008 09:42 pm
Nine         
So not fair to stop there. I want more I just started reading this story and I love it. It`s so original and captivating. Looking forward for an update

Catrine
08/20/2008 09:38 pm
Nine         
So not fair to stop there. I want more I just started reading this story and I love it. It`s so original and captivating. Looking forward for an update

Catrine
08/20/2008 09:38 pm
Nine         
So not fair to stop there. I want more I just started reading this story and I love it. It`s so original and captivating. Looking forward for an update
I'm glad you're enjoying it.  More on Saturday.

ya_lublyu_tebya
08/20/2008 08:47 pm
Nine         
Well, I guess that's a good way to shut him up... Great chapter with lots of sweet moments and UST to boot! What more could anyone want?!!
Hee! Thanks for reading.

08/20/2008 07:46 pm
Nine         
That last line would wipe the smile off his face.

We know they both had bed sharing on their minds  

Great Chapter.
LOL  denial, denial, denial

08/20/2008 04:55 pm
Nine         

I see sniping Buffy hasn't gone away - still telling Spike what he feels - or doesn't   “You’re not in love with me. You barely know me. I’m not doing this to make you love me; I’m doing it because it’s the right thing to do and I owe it to you.”

LOL True. Despite all good intentions, old habits die hard.

kim
08/20/2008 03:49 pm
Nine         
Well, that's *one* way to change the mood of the conversation....Buffy, Buffy, Buffy...

LOL 

Pam S
08/20/2008 03:45 pm
Nine         
So happy but sad for the both of them..
And sounding so much like before..( Shut up ==Make me.)

Enjoying..
Thanks!

08/28/2008 03:06 am
Eight         
very good read and a great job with dawn. thank you.
I'm glad you liked her. Thank you.

Pam S
08/19/2008 02:40 pm
Eight         
Sad to think that if he is successful in completing his next "assignment" ... he will finally go "poof"..  When they just found each other - again..

  Enjoying the redevelopment of their relationship... hoping for not too much angst..
Yep. Kind of a catch 22, isn't it?  Angst is kind of a given in this situation. Or is it?

Veronica
08/19/2008 05:44 am
Eight         
just read this from the beginning and i love it! please post more!
Thank you. I'm glad you are enjoying it. More soon.

08/19/2008 02:46 am
Eight         
"This is Spike. He’s probably invented a whole new way to be a ghost.” <-- indeed, and funny!

I'm sure Buffy will think of a way to give him a reason to stay, if ever it comes to that...
I'm sure she'll do her best...

08/19/2008 02:34 am
Eight         
Loved Buffy wearing the heels for Spike    And loved the Buffy/Dawn interaction.    

I'm looking forward to the next chapter.
Thanks. More soon.

kim
08/19/2008 12:18 am
Eight         
Geesh, Giles....

LOL, Dawn...

Yeah, doubtfully standard ghostly business.
Spike doesn't like to do things like everybody else does. LOL

ya_lublyu_tebya
08/18/2008 09:53 pm
Eight         
Great update as usual! Loved the banter and the much better relationship between the sisters. Look forward to more.
Thanks. More soon!

04/28/2012 04:07 pm
Seven         
Oh wow!  Vamp ghosty!  Why did Buffy trigger this when the other slayers didn't, I wonder? Probably because he didn't know about that aspect?  This is getting more intriguing with each chapter.
LOL - not sure what happened in this chapter, so can't answer your question, but given his visceral reaction to Dawn's almost-sex with her boyfriend, I'd guess there are some deeply buried memories in there somewhere...

08/28/2008 02:24 am
Seven         
even buffy's unconscious (or conscious)  censoring  does not seem to make things more difficult. very good read, thank you.
Thanks!

sirc
08/21/2008 04:39 pm
Seven         
Well done
*bows*

kim
08/17/2008 11:30 am
Seven         

I tried to review when you first put this up, but it didn't go through.

LOL that she didn't think twice about grabbing one of HIS new shirts to sleep in. And yeah, a definite intentional slip to leave out the love nature of Spike/Dru. Deep down, she doesn't want to think about him loving someone else for over 100 years.

Spike really isn't different at all, despite the complete loss of memories.

Nice bit about her not entirely believing that Angel would ever spend time homeless and eating rats. She never did truly understand the guilt and self-loathing he contained.

Thanks for the thoughtful reviews.  I'm sorry the site was being cranky the first time. It does that sometimes.  And, no, Spike is still very much Spike - even if he doesn't remember the things that made him that way.

08/17/2008 07:26 am
Seven         
Indeed, very telling that Buffy would completely forget to qualify the real past relationship between Spike and Dru. Freudian omission? Really, you can't update this story fast enough to satisfy my curiosity. I'm really hooked.
Hee! Freudian omission - could be. That's carrying denial to extremes, but hey, our girl can do it. Thanks for reading.

08/28/2008 01:54 am
Six         
the memory might be gone but the mind and mouth are fine. very good read, thank you.
Glad you liked. Thanks for reading!

sirc
08/21/2008 04:18 pm
Six         
Well done!
Thank you.

thomasann
08/16/2008 11:04 pm
Six         
just love this.....
Thanks. I hope you continue to like it.

08/14/2008 09:07 pm
Six         
I am entirely addicted to this story. I can't wait 'till we get to hear Spike's life Part II !
We're getting there. Thanks for reading.

08/14/2008 07:02 pm
Six         
It's kind of funny that Buffy wonders why she might want to personalize her room... Can't wait to read Spike's Life, Part II!
LOL - well, I guess she's thinking she might be spending more time in England than in the past...

ya_lublyu_tebya
08/14/2008 06:37 pm
Six         
This is going to be good!! Can't wait. Sweet that she dressed up for him... and that she bought him clothes. More please!
It definitely is getting more interesting. I'd like to think so, anyway.

kim
08/14/2008 04:18 pm
Six         
LOL, she's not so used to sprucing up anymore. Gettin' old, Slayer.
Ah, Spike...ever observant.
LOL  yep, she's definitely slipping.

fangfaceandrea
08/14/2008 03:35 pm
Six         
Buffy's so cute!  but poor girl caught between hoping and trying not to hope too much,

Yes. Although now that she knows it's him, she at least knows what to hope for.

Bri
08/14/2008 03:26 pm
Six         
I am completely addicted to this story and that was just evil!
Evil? Moi?  *g*

08/14/2008 03:23 pm
Six         
I just got caught up on this story and I really like it. The characterization of Spike when he can't remember himself is done very well and the understandably vague explanations are interesting to the reader rather than frustrating, though I do look forward to reading more! I loved how Buffy got all dressed up for Spike and he ruined her grand entrance by seeing her limping up the walk, and Buffy not reacting like the shy, uncertain girl or coy college student she was in her other relationships. They fall back into the pattern so easily and they're so great together!
Great fic and I'm looking forward to hearing Buffy tell Spike his story in Sunnydale.
Thank you for telling me you like it.  I hope you continue to do so.

Pam S
08/14/2008 01:46 pm
Six         

 Poor Spike.. trapped again. But this time.. no memory.  You have captured his voice.  Enjoying. 

Thanks. I hope you continue to like it.

09/06/2011 08:49 am
Five         

What a totally wonderful story -

Thank you.

sirc
08/21/2008 04:05 pm
Five         
great chapter!
Thanks!

Liza
08/14/2008 11:26 am
Five         
Interesting how you're sifting through the layers of Spike and winnowing out essential characteristics separate from experience or memory.  And what a great opportunity for Buffy to review the past through a more mature perspective.  Looking forward to reading how you choose for her to present it.  Kind of hope that we aren't going to have too much exposition of backstory at once however, but I trust you not to sacrifice characterisation or plot development.  Bring it on!   
LOL On it comes.  I hope you approve.

thomasann
08/14/2008 01:07 am
Five         
really like this story and hope you plan to finish it. do you?
I'm glad you're liking it. I've never not finished a story that I've begun posting.  I am always several chapters ahead of what's being posted, so already working on what will probably be one of the last two or three chapters.

08/13/2008 10:22 am
Five         
 Oooh yes!
*G*  Happy birthday, BTW!

08/13/2008 04:25 am
Five         
This was a just a joy to read. An amnesiac Spike offers all kinds of potential for Buffy, even if she's not sure what to do with it yet. It was great to read "Spike: The Abridged History, as Told by Buffy Summers."
LOL  More history to go, but at least he's a little bit caught up.

08/13/2008 03:35 am
Five         
loverly story here! great chappie. love how buffy's all nervous about telling ghost spike their history. very buffy. but i must say, that part about the two of them not exactly being anyones idea of the perfect couple? a few of us here at the bsv might disagree... ^_^ when all is said and done of course.
ROFL - that's quite true, isn't it? Many of us would disagree completely. LOL  Thanks for reading.

08/13/2008 02:42 am
Five         
I sense they will fall in love all over again while waiting for his memories to kick in. 

This is lovely and I am so pleased the conversation took place on the porch steps.

Her reaction to his interesting choice of words was perfect.  She is near hysteria in a sense.  Poor Spike to become so confused but he handled it just as one would expect with the gentle hand and caring.

I like both of their reactions to the news that he not only killed a Slayer but still feels a bit of pride.  That is a different kind of kill...like wartime, warrior to warrior and had he NOT won he would have been dust.  The other kills, those would be the ones to haunt his soul because although it was normal to hunt and kill for food had he the soul he could have found another way to survive and yet feed so he feels the guilt of lives taken.

Excellent!  Can't wait for more.

Kathleen
Thank you. More on Thursday. 

kim
08/13/2008 02:10 am
Five         
Hee! A very nice start to getting to know each other again.
I'm glad you liked it.

Bridget
08/13/2008 01:35 am
Five         
NIce chapter.  I really liked the Buffy and Spike conversation.
Thanks.

08/13/2008 12:25 am
Five         
That was a sweet conversation that Buffy handled surprisingly well.  It went better than I expected, but his return is a mystery.  Yum.
I'm glad you liked it. Buffy seems to have grown up a little in the intervening years.

anon462
08/12/2008 11:34 pm
Five         

Excellent!!! Very, Very Good!!!

This is turning into one of my favorite "Can't wait for the next chapter!!!" stories.

I'm having a very strong feeling that the man who confined William/Spike to his house without any of his memories was Angel. Or maybe Angelus??? It sounds like something that Angel would do to get rid of Spike, and torture him at the same time.

Hee! Thanks for taking the time to tell me that you're enjoying it.   Don't know about Angel/Angelus, though. Didn't Giles say something about vampire's not leaving bodies?  But we'll see.

08/12/2008 11:12 pm
Five         
Lovely, really lovely.  Great progress from chapter to chapter.  Of course now she has to report back to the gang, which should be interesting.
Thank you so much.

fangfaceandrea
08/12/2008 10:42 pm
Five         
aww poor ghost!Spike with everything hitting him all at once, and though revisiting the past can get hurtful for Buffy, retelling your  memories can be therapeutic.
Well, it might give them a chance to work through some things. You never know...

ya_lublyu_tebya
08/12/2008 10:30 pm
Five         
Oh yay!! Spike is back! Now he just needs to remember who he is. Loved the awkwardness in this chapter - beautifully written. Loved every bit of it and look forward to the next installment.
Thank you. Yep, he's back - in a way.   Next chapter will be Thursday

11/09/2008 03:45 pm
Four         
“Sheesh! If he’s that anal, it’s a wonder he didn’t get along better with Giles…”


Great line
Thanks!

GIA
10/05/2008 08:43 pm
Four         
Love it!!!!!!!!! This is an amazing story! Great work! You are very talented.!
Thank you. How kind of you to say so. I hope you enjoy the rest of it.

sirc
08/21/2008 03:46 pm
Four         
Oh the suspense
LOL

08/13/2008 04:13 am
Four         
 Interesting twist, the fact that William Pratt doesn't know his past. And I admire Buffy's indecision in revealing it to him, for all the points she mentioned.

Well, on to read chap 5 and find out what happens!
Yeah, it's hard for her to know what to do at this point.  Thanks for reading.

08/13/2008 01:23 am
Four         
GRRRR....You evil woman! Oh well...LOL! Off to the next chapter.
Moi?  *g*

08/12/2008 06:29 am
Four         
I can't believe you left it there!  Well, I can and I think it's a great place to leave it, but I can't wait for the next update. 
LOL  Next update will be today sometime.

ya_lublyu_tebya
08/11/2008 09:06 pm
Four         
It just has to be him!! Please update soon. Great chapter.
Thanks. New chapter tomorrow.

Liza
08/11/2008 11:06 am
Four         
Tormentor!  I'd be quite narked with you if I didn't appreciate the craft.

Liza
08/11/2008 11:06 am
Four         
Tormentor!  I'd be quite narked with you if I didn't appreciate the craft.
Hee! Thank you.

08/11/2008 08:20 am
Four         
Still so very mysterious. And you are wicked for making us wait like this!
Um...just a little bit evil, right?

kim
08/10/2008 11:03 pm
Four         
Ooo, I'm getting all excited!
This is definitely a more mature Buffy than when he left her.
Yep. She's had some time to grow up.

sirc
08/21/2008 03:23 pm
Three         
Great chapter!
Thanks!

08/09/2008 09:40 pm
Three         
fine read, thank you. love buffy telling herself to "shut up."
Thanks!

08/09/2008 04:01 pm
Three         
Oh Giles will you never just accept the evidence of Spike's actions over the years and admit he was on your side....sigh?  At least he admits it was love that Spike felt not just obsession.  The man just hates having all he believes disproved (I fully understand why he would never accept Angel's motives at face value...heck I don't!)

So in character with Dawn leaping on the obvious and Buffy fearing to do so. 

Interesting possibilities involving the amulet...I hadn't thought of that at all as a factor.

Excellent update.

Kathleen
Thank you, hon.  More tomorrow.

Pam S
08/09/2008 11:45 am
Three         
Didn't catch my spelling.... in time

 Ghost Vampire Watcher..
NP we all knew what you meant. Thanks for reading.

Pam S
08/09/2008 11:44 am
Three         
  Hello Spike... the Thost Vampire Watcher..

  Enjoyed..
LOL -

08/09/2008 04:26 am
Three         
Good background and information in this chapter. I have a feeling it will come in very useful in awhile. Now, on with the fighting!
LOL - Thanks. Hope you enjoy the rest of it.

SC
08/09/2008 02:48 am
Three         
Great fic, please go the decoy route that the comics did with Buffy; I really hated how Buffy was portrayed in TGIQ.
Thanks. I hope you continue to like it.

kim
08/09/2008 12:47 am
Three         
Well, now, isn't she adamant about the whole thing?
LOL

lilachigh
08/09/2008 12:28 am
Three         
 Great chapter. Still enjoying this so much.
thanks!

ya_lublyu_tebya
08/08/2008 10:34 pm
Three         
Another great update. I look forward to more.
Thanks. More Sunday.

08/08/2008 08:50 pm
Three         
Pratt family house, hmmm.  Love the way this is going.
Leaning in the right direction, huh? Thanks for reading.

Liza
08/08/2008 08:46 pm
Three         
This is going brilliantly.  You've held us for three chapters on nothing but speculations of Spike.  Great build up.     I also enjoyed the tension between Buffy and Giles.  Your presentation of relationships is always shrewd and insightful. 
Thank you so much. I hope the rest of it pleases you.

11/09/2008 03:27 pm
Two         
Just started reading this now that it's complete
I hope you enjoy it!

sirc
08/21/2008 02:47 pm
Two         
Oohhh.... If I wasn't sure before, I am now. I'm definitely going to keep reading this.
Good! hope you like it.

08/21/2008 10:15 am
Two         

NICE - great to come back to such a neat story -

Thanks. I hope you enjoy it.

08/08/2008 08:32 pm
Two         
excellent read, thank you.
Thank you!

kim
08/08/2008 01:37 pm
Two         
Now this, is truly unique.
Thanks!

08/07/2008 11:38 pm
Two         
 The first chapter intrigued me, but the second has me totally hooked! I couldn't read it fast enough! I might even read it again!
Hee! Just what an author wants to hear. Thanks!

08/07/2008 10:17 pm
Two         
It has to be him!! But he appears to have lost his memory. More please!
Could be.... More tomorrow.

08/07/2008 07:10 pm
Two         
Poor ghost - he certainly sounds like Spike but without memories it would seem.  I love a mystery.
So it seems.  Not much of mystery who it is - just how he got there and how to help him leave.

Pam S
08/07/2008 01:37 pm
Two         
Poor Spike... a Slayer's trainer .. corporeal ... at times.  Waiting to see if he knows who he is and Buffy..

 Enjoying.
I'm glad you're enjoying it. More soon and some questions answered.

Laura
08/07/2008 08:52 am
Two         
Was so happy for another chapter.
We aim to please. More tomorrow.

08/07/2008 06:48 am
Two         
Spike's a ghost AND he's lost his memory?  Gah!    I wonder how he went from LA to haunting a house...  I'm waiting for more!
LOL  more soon.  With just the beginning of the explanations.

08/07/2008 05:22 am
Two         
Love this story!  It sure soundslike SPike, but he's clearly missing some memory bits.  Really looking forward to more.  Thanks!
Thanks for reading. More soon.

08/07/2008 05:09 am
Two         
Seems like Spike didn't come all the way back, the memory loss and all.  Or, maybe he doesn't want to, or can't remember.  Too painful maybe...or is this enforced...by Giles?  Either way, I want more.   Please?
All will become clear...eventually. More tomorrow.

Cas
08/07/2008 03:09 am
Two         
Sounds like even he doesn't know who he is, and needs Buffy (and possibly Dawn) to remind him.  Thanks for the quick update.
Nope, not a clue. Updates will be every other day. *crosses fingers*

08/07/2008 02:15 am
Two         
Oh yeah.  She knows in her belly that it's Spike even if she isn't ready to fully own the thought.  Now I am wondering about him....does HE know her other than instinctually?  Likewise Dawn, is she familiar but without the knowing?  I await your telling of this fine, fine tale.

Buffy's curiousity was in complete character as was Dawn's feeling of security with her big sis there. 

I love the way the basement reflects Spike's "cozy" crypt.  Her picking up on the clues and fighting against the hope that scares her so badly is perfectly Buffy.

The fight was also a perfect reintroduction for this pair.

Wonder if she will be poking around and asking Giles some pointed questions before returning or will wait to get the answers from the "ghost".  The corporeal moments makes it unlikely he is any sort of conventional ghost so I am anxious to see how this resolves yet am confident you will do it superbly as you always do.

Excellent!!!
Kathleen
Thanks. I'm so glad you're finding it believable.  I'm torn between letting the story develop and answer questions that way, or doing an AN to reassure people.  Think i'm going to go with "trust me, all will be explained...eventually" LOL

Sharon
08/07/2008 12:49 am
Two         
Oh, this just gets better and better. Thank you for the new chapter. Of course, now that I've read it, I want another one!
LOL  Thanks. Another one tomorrow.

sara
08/07/2008 12:22 am
Two         
hmm, if that is spike, i wonder why he doesn't seem to know who she is.  maybe memory loss that came with dying and coming back as a ghost again.  i still wonder how he's a ghost if he can touch.  i'm sure all will be explained soon.
LOL Well, all will be explained eventually, anyway.   Don't forget, when he was a ghost at W & H he could touch some things (didn't fall through the floor and sometimes leaned on tables, etc.) and with concentration, hit people.  I've just expanded on that a bit.

09/06/2011 07:33 am
One         

Finally getting a chance to read this one - Started it before it was completed - Now I can have the pleasure of reading it straight through -

Hope you don't mind - I might do an image based on this one - I've been wanting to do some new images.

Sure - make whatever you want.  I hope you enjoy the rest of it.

sirc
08/21/2008 02:28 pm
One         
Now this is an idea I haven't stumbled onto, yet. Very interesting
Thanks. I hope you enjoy it.

08/08/2008 08:23 pm
One         
you have set the hook. now we will stick around for what should be a fine read.
I hope you still thing so when it's done! Thanks for reading.

08/06/2008 11:42 pm
One         
EEK!! What an original and entertaining premise for a Spuffy fic! I haven't been reading Spuffy lately, but couldn't pass up one by you and now I'm glad I didn't and hungry for more.


Aww. Thank you. I hope it measures up!  *waves* good to hear from you again.

ya_lublyu_tebya
08/06/2008 09:11 pm
One         
Hmmm, really interesting premise. I look forward to more.
Thanks. More is up now.

TwilightChild
08/06/2008 05:13 pm
One         
Ohhhhh, very interesting start!  I already crave more!  I've never really soon a Buffy/Ghostly Spike story before.
Hee! I hope you like the rest of it.

08/06/2008 04:30 am
One         
 I'm thoroughly intrigued by this! It's such an original idea, and I can't wait to read where you're taking this!
Updates will be every other day - I hope. Thanks for reading.

Cas
08/06/2008 04:07 am
One         
Terrific Beginning and a very unique set up.  Love how Buffy even sees and comments on the similarities, then just lets it go.  Can't wait for more.
Thanks. More soon.

All4Spike
08/05/2008 11:49 pm
One         
Very promising beginning. I love the idea of GhostSpike helping to train the baby Slayers...
Thanks. I hope you like the rest of it.

08/05/2008 10:52 pm
One         
*applauds madly*  Beautifully done; can't wait to for the big Spike reveal!  *twirls you*  Update again soon, please???
Hee! Update tomorrow. 

Liza
08/05/2008 08:14 pm
One         
Love it.  Love the idea of Spike being protective, gallant and seriously tough all at the same time. I'm a plot-junkie at bottom, but I do like strong characterisation too.  That's why I think it works that Buffy says she has a Spike-shaped spot in her heart but that she can deal with it. The 'it doesn't hurt anymore' bit isn't true, but it doesn't threaten to kill you anymore.  Telling yourself that it no longer hurts is the palliative and reward.  After 5 years, this is really how it feels.  Doesn't take the grand romance away from the story, just prepares the ground for the feelings to send those shoots curling into life again.  

A great start.  I'm really hooked.  Please let it be full and satisfying but not a million chapters long?   
LOL I'm so glad you like the beginning. I hope you continue to like it.   Pretty sure a million chapters isn't in me. LOL  Maybe 15 or so? Not sure yet.  Depends on what the characters want to do.

spuffy
08/05/2008 07:15 pm
One         
yay more of your spuffy stories!!!!!   love it.
love it that the ghost, which is probably spike didnt like the fact that Dawn  was making out with her boyfriend!!

and cant wait for the next chapter!!!!!
Thanks. I hope you like the rest of it.

Aurelia
08/05/2008 04:22 pm
One         
Oh, I think this is gonna be another good fic from you. Yay!

I love that Spike threw Dawn's bf into the wall. Way to funny and all to "Spike."

Can't wait for more.
I'm glad you're liking it. More tomorrow.

Bri
08/05/2008 04:04 pm
One         
Loving this I hope there is more to it, later!
More to it tomorrow. Thanks for reading.

08/05/2008 02:37 pm
One         
Love this!  Really looking forward to more.  Clever idea and so Spike.
Thanks. There will be more soon.

08/05/2008 12:59 pm
One         
Great start - I'm hooked!
Oh, good! More soon.

Dee Bradfield
08/05/2008 11:20 am
One         
Hmm... "Suspicions" my ass. Giles knows exactly who it is, he just doesn't want Buffy to know. Can't wait to see what happens when the identity of 'Ninja Ghost' is finally revealed.
Things could get a bit complicated... Thanks for reading.

08/05/2008 08:37 am
One         
aw, he's protecting dawn's innocence.  how adorable.  can't wait to read what happens next!
More soon. Thanks for reading.

duke6665
08/05/2008 08:13 am
One         
wow great start. very different from other fics. i have to say i am hooked already. can't wait for more
Thanks. I hope you continue to enjoy it.  More soon.

Sharon
08/05/2008 07:07 am
One         
Oh, what a very cool start. Can't wait to read more!
Thanks. I hope you like the rest of it.

08/05/2008 06:28 am
One         
ooooh...Ghost Spike seems like he would be a good match for the would-be slayers.  I wonder what he'll do when he actually comes up against Buffy?  And I can't believe no one's asked who owned the house, or put two and two together yet...  More please!
Well, it's possible Giles knows a bit more than he's telling, but they're getting there.  Thanks for reading. More soon, I promise.

Laura
08/05/2008 05:37 am
One         
Can't wait for Buffy and Spike to have their little fight.
Coming up soon. Thanks for reading.