Echoes of Beljoxa by myrabeth
Chapter: Solid Bonds

07/05/2015 06:44 pm
Being a karateka, the best thing I like about this chapter is the sparring advice.  Novices do not even think that a kick can be easily caught so they don't focus on the recoil.   Also loving the bond among this make shift family more and more.   Doris is not the baddie here even if she is exceptionally nosy.   
Thanks! It's really cool to find out I got that stuff right. I don't have any sort of training or experience. I just tried to visualize Dawn's attempted kick, and went from there.

07/05/2015 04:56 pm
I really loved this chapter.  Particularly the relationship that has developed between Tara and the others. 

And I fear for Willow.  She really is self-centered.  Hard to feel sorry for her 'poor me one' self pity, when it seems she'd prefer others to 'need' her to the point of being alone without her.  Sadly, I know people like her and they seldom change.  Power is not something that they cope well with either... it's just too tempting.  I do hope the dose of training will somewhat overwrite her instincts, but I'm not sure it will be enough. 

So much prefer the way the Kroger meeting went this time. 


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It's taken a while to build up the familial vibe (particularly for Tara) to the point of the characters actually saying it, but I think the wait was worth it. They're a kooky, cobbled together family, but they are one, and it works. My personal favorite part of this "saying it" stage is the Dawn and Tara scene. It's so good to see how close they've gotten. Very sisterly.

I tend to give Willow a little leeway in my own mind, because she doesn't know why everything has changed the way it has (not her fault). But on the other hand, she's not really being as supportive of the new relationships as her titles of "girlfriend" and "best friend" should imply.

07/04/2015 07:08 pm
Oops, I fear Tara has unwittingly triggered Willow ... other than that, everything seems to be going well for the moment!
What we're seeing is Willow coming to terms with the widening gap between her and Tara. She got to see it first hand when she was visiting for the funeral, but Tara's "family" talk really put it all out on the table in a way that forced her to face it. Tara isn't just "a Scooby," now. She's a part of Buffy's family. So, to Willow's admittedly self-centered mind, she's losing both of them. Her best friend doesn't need her, and her girlfriend seems like she's closer buds with that best friend than Willow herself has ever been. So close, in fact, that Tara seems to be more interested in her new "family" than in keeping Willow happy.

Tara isn't just "Willow's witchy arm candy" (canon) anymore. She's a Scooby in her own right, Buffy's friend in her own right, and poor Willow hasn't been given the information that would help explain how and why all this is happening. So the question becomes, how will Willow react when she DOES know what's going on?