I loved the whole story, but I remember stopping to admire this sentence from this chapter: "Human memory is too fallible for time travel work." I think it's the matter-of-fact way Whistler says it that gets me, and the implications: time travel is a kind of work that happens, it has its established requirements... there are creatures with much better memory than humans... I enjoyed the feeling that a whole lot of amazing things and possibilities exist in the background.
As for the rest of the story, I'm in complete awe of the way you've written Spike and Buffy's relationship, and the impact of time travel on people, both for the same general reasons: it's complex, multilayered, and it feels true.
Thank you a lot for creating this very cool thing! :)
The 'human memory' bit was one of those things that appeared in first drafts and stayed, completely unedited. I wanted a one-shot method of shoring up their memories, and Whistler's little blue zap was just the ticket. What he said about and around it showed up without planning and seemed to hit all the right notes -including the implucations you got from it- so I left it alone. We don't know much about Whistler, either in canon or in Echoes. For all we know, he's been at this game for centuries and has seen a LOT of time travel happen.
I'm glad you enjoyed the story. Thanks bunches for reviewing!
It's so sad that Buffy has to lose Joyce again - excellent use of Whistler - hope he shows up throughout the story.
Oh, there will be more Whistler. And eventually, you'll share Buffy's slightly irrational feelings toward him.
I adore Spike picking the house they trashed as thier safehouse. And Whistler. *snicker* Love it.
I still crack up everytime I think of her staring up at that chandelier and asking if it's going to eventually end up in the basement. Thanks for reviewing!
That is too freaking adorable...... I Loved it!!!!
the whole exchange at the end with finding out that she has been cuddling Spike at night, and Spike looking around the house as he if saying that this is home. And Joyce, god I love that women and the by play with them all is the best.
I can't wait for more!!! You are amazing
Yea, yea. You got me. I have a schmoopy streak. There will be occasional cuteness. But like everything else, it's a roller coaster. And yea, the adorable moments you mentioned will have pay offs. Thanks for the kind review!
fantastic to see all the hard work that should go into going back in time and not messing with the timeline! So was already loving it, but that last scene and line made me melt. So grateful for your frequent updates!
Thank you! I'm glad you're enjoying it! As for not messing with the timeline, I'm not sure Spike and Buffy can be trusted to follow the rules. :P
I'm enjoying the hell out of this. I'm so frustrated on their behalf! Keep it coming!
Just wait until they settle in and things start getting interesting. We're almost there! Thanks for reviewing!
It does make sense that Whistler would show up. They have thought about having to act normally, but they have to deal with the problem of not changing some things. One of the hardest problem with time travel must be the things you don't change, knowing what will happen, but also that it must happen. Buffy won't stop trying to save Joyce whatever Whistler is saying. It should be several possibilities to change that thing though, just having the operation another day could lead to a difference. We could also see how this situation with the soul make things more troublesome for Spike. Too bad he won't dare to spend time with Clem, he could need a friend.
It was good to see Joyce and Spiie interact. She could see some difference in both Buffy and Spike, so the others will probably start to notice things too. I also wonder how Dru will react, she should see how different he is.
The 'things you change on accident' can get travelers into trouble. Also, the baggage travelers bring with them... Among other possiblt problems. The interpersonal relationships could all change, because the Buffy and Spike they have aren't the ones they knew. Thanks for the review!
Lovely! Glad he and Joyce are getting on well (kinda wish they'd confide in her...give her an idea of what she'll miss. Sorry she's going to die but some things are meant to be. I think she'd find comfort knowing her girls would have Spike in their lives.).
Ahhh up to Dracula and Xander being a butt monkey. Glad Whistler made those memories more etched, less chance for a mix up.
There will be more Joyce stuff coming. I think you'll enjoy it. Glad to know you're still reading!
Ooh! Whistler! I like this twist. It does make logical sense, and it neatly ties up a loose plot point. And loving the location of their safe house! Very clever!
looking forward to the next chapter!
I've seen season five time travel stories/rewrites that have Spike off Ben really early, erasing the Big Bad of the season. I didn't want to do that, but I felt I had to acknowledge that Spike would obviously have thought of it. As for the safe house, I just thought that would be a lot funnier than some random abandoned building. Thanks for reviewing!
I guess they thought they'd jump back and fix everything lickety split. No such luck. Some things have to play out just as slowly as they did before. Poor Spike, he's even more alone than before they came back. He really doesn't have anyone. At least he can spend time with Joyce. That's something.
Yea, the magic reset button is apparently a myth. Who knew? ;) Thanks for reviewing!
I like the way Whistler popped in to help and more or less told them they'd had a good idea.
Shame that he had to tell them that they couldn't do anything about Joyce dying. I suppose that was to prepare Buffy. Not sure it'll stop her from trying though...
Buffy being a little self-centred as usual, poor lonely Spike...
Yes, trying to decide what to change and what they have to leave alone is going to be very tricky...
I'm glad you're enjoying it! (Fighting the urge to converse with you about the points you made because I have a tendency to talk too much. I don't want to spoil my own story.)