I feel solid solidarity with this future Buffy about being squicked out by Riley. lol. This was a lovely chapter full of depth and details. I loved Buffy being mad at Willow for bouncing her to a kissing spot, and Spike reminding her she prolly didn't do it a purpose. Guilty conscious there makes her quick to blame.[Report This]
Showing up at different times. Interesting. Are the little changes making that big a difference?
<I>trying very hard to not focus on the fact that she wasn’t alone in her bed. </I> Oh, excellent!
The showing up at different times question will be answered... eventually. *evil grin* There are a lot of explanations that take a while to get to.
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Loving this fic, though the bouncing is so confusing~ where will they land next?!
As stated, Willow's part is done. No more bouncing. Now we just have to see what they'll do to/with the time they're in. Hang on tight. Very soon, it's going to start actually getting interesting. :P
Such minute changes and it really didn't do anything to the timeline. Guess more drastic measures will need to be taken. Buffy was right. Her friends they don't know her at all now. She is years older than them now and has been through more than they could ever know or guess. Spike is the only one who really knows her and while he has said that time and time again over the years now it really is true and Buffy can't pretend it isn't. That alone should draw them closer to each other.
The goal for the bouncing was to not change much, if anything. Now that they're when they planned to land, with only each other to anchor them to the lives they left, things are definitely going to change... some of it not by choice.
I am really enjoying this story and the new take on time travel. I am looking forward to following along with their adventures and finally getting a happy ending for these two . . . hopefully!
Thanks! I've seen a lot of accidental and 'the traveler just gets dumped in a new time without warning' time travel fics in the fandom. I'm not sure I've ever read a planned, intentional time travel fic. But desperate times can lead to some strange decisions.
Now that they have arrived, they have a lot to figure out. They can start to change things, but they also has to act normally so the Scoobies won't think about spells or possesion.
Yea, I'm sure they can pull that off without a hitch. *tries to keep a straight face and fails* This story is going to start getting interesting soon. That's all I'll promise.
Of course there will be trouble with acting "normal" that's offten half the fun in a story like this.
Thanks for the update ! Good story, I'm enjoying the dialogue in particular.
My background is in the theatre, so much of my writing ends up being essentially the narrative prose version of dialogue + stage direction. I actually narrate once in a while, but mostly, I just let the characters talk. They can tell the story better than I could, anyway.
This is really great! I love how the story and the characters come together, and I love putting their later partnership in the context of their earlier lives. Keep it coming!
Ding, ding, ding! We have a winner! The word partnership is critical. Thanks for reviewing!
Loved the bounces and the way they got a chance to get a brief look at how they used to be vs. now.
Which is the main reason I wrote it in. It wasn't necessary for the plot, but I felt it was necessary for the characters. Also, I really wanted to see this version of our traveling heroes visit a few moments in season four, 'cause I thought it would be fun. :P
Love this concept of "bouncing". It's been ages since I've seen fresh plot ideas in a time travel story...I can't wait for more!
Thanks! Those little glimpses of season four were a fun little warm up to season five, round two, don't you think?
I enjoyed the bounces although I think the bounce into the Lowell House during the Wild Things would have been a bit traumatic for Buffy's much older mind. The elder Buffy was basically forced into sex with someone she no longer loves. Not the best situation and could have had its own bit of trauma to it.
I would have liked a bit more description of the fun little memory the duo created. It would have given us a chance for a bit more happy images while also providing a subtle chance to explore how they have changed things.
I will look forward to the next addition and getting into the meat of the time travel reset. Thank you for sharing.
I underplayed the 'trauma' for the Wild Things bounce as a reminder that -while they had no idea what the bounces would be- the destination is to a time when sleeping with Riley is part of the situation. She may not have expected it that night, but she knew going in that would be part of the scenario. I wanted you to see her being accepting of it, even if it does piss her off a little.
Some of the missing scenes in this story were written. Some of them even show up later. But the 'sputtered and swore' conversation wasn't needed. It didn't change anything but to shove another 'Buffy yells at Spike and blames him for stuff that isn't his fault' memory into their heads. No other impact. In the long run, the only thing that change does is make Buffy think (and ask): "Were we really like that?"
I can't wait to get all of you into the 'meat' of the story. This early stuff is comparatively boring (to me, anyway). It will start getting interesting soon.
Excellent bouncing! Hope they decide that Buffy has to break up with Riley rather than wait for him to go get suck jobs and put them all at risk...
Thanks! Yea, Riley being around until December would suck, wouldn't it?