The Long and Rocky Road by Abby

03/05/2012 12:57 am
Doesn't Hurt to Laugh         
This was wonderful. Absolutely perfect. You hit all the right notes. The laughing and the crying all of it. I love Spike and Dawn friendships and it tore me up that they never got a chance to make up.

12/22/2011 01:35 am
Doesn't Hurt to Laugh         
Fic from this time period are really hard to read being so tear jerking and all.  But you put in a bit of humor to lighten it up which I appreciated. 

09/08/2011 02:51 pm
Doesn't Hurt to Laugh         
Grief really does feel like that... a mixture of laughter and anguish, punctuated by tears that shake you to your core. 

thank you

Exactly.  It's so much more complex than mere "sadness".  Glad you enjoyed it, and thanks for your comment.

Lovely. Thank you :-)
04/25/2010 05:06 am
Doesn't Hurt to Laugh         
Thank you.

Time of change
09/05/2009 02:50 am
Doesn't Hurt to Laugh         
This is just beautiful.
Thank you so much!

09/03/2009 04:11 pm
Doesn't Hurt to Laugh         
Very sweet. I wish they'd made more of the Dawn & Spike friendship in season 6. They kind of dropped the ball on that one. I suppose it didn't fit too well into Marti's general theme that Spike was irredeemably Eeeeevil and therefore selfish and incapable of doing Selfless Good Acts without his soul. Poppycock.
I think we all agree with you there!  I totally believe that they could still have had angst and depressed!Buffy and all of that but done so in a way that was truer to the characters.

I'm very glad you liked.  Thank you for reading!

09/02/2009 06:46 am
Doesn't Hurt to Laugh         
I adore Spike and Dawn stories--and this one has exactly the right touch.  (Of course beautiful stories like yours just make me even more mad at Joss and his writers for never mending the rift between Dawn and Spike in season 7   Grrrrr.....)
I don't think there are nearly enough Spike and Dawn stories out there, but I think that their friendship is too great a thing not to explore.  I was unsatisfied with the way they never reconciled, too.

Thank you so much!

09/02/2009 01:25 am
Doesn't Hurt to Laugh         
This captured the closeness between Spike & Dawn that summer perfectly. It also showed the emotional turmoil that they both suffered and how they leaned on each other for support.
This was great. Good job.
Thank you so much.  Those were the two main things I was trying to focus on with this and it's truly how I believe that summer would have gone.  Glad that you liked!