Headcanon will always be that Lindsey used magic invisible ink. It's pretty impressive that just a few small additions to Buffy's existing tattoo could make such a difference. I'm curious why she just needed small marks, while Lindsey's were very noticeable. Are they different things completely, or since she's already a supernatural being, she only needs a small paint job?
Oh, way back when Lindsey mentioned that these were more powerful glyphs that mere mortals couldn't handle. So that's why he had honking big tattoos and she only had a a few additions. But, see? Not squicky! :) And, yeah, now I wish I'd thought of invisible ink. Next story... Thanks!
The chapter was interesting! I like Spike's speech of incouragement to Buffy. He always knows what to say to cheer her up or to encourage her. Too bad he thinks so little of himself, despite his arrogant facade of Big Bad.
It does seem to be a special talent of his - to know exactly the right (or wrong) thing to say to get to Buffy. Thanks!
Oh! Going into battle with stockinged feet! Adorable, but perhaps not practical.
"Slayer?" Spike said, turning his gaze on her. "You been defiling without me? I'm deeply hurt."
Gotta agree with an earlier reviewer: this is banter gold. Very Spike.
"Because I spent hours mapping the bloody thing out with my tongue, all right?"
Well, all right! This is a lovely admission, so sweet, sexy, and intimate.
We're really getting some traction here! Let's hope all this progress won't be wasshed away by a tsunami of monks!
I suspect Spike manages to slip his boots on before they actually open the door, but maybe not. The adorkableness potential is too high. :)
I love that line too. So happy I'm not the only one. Both those lines!
A tsunami of monks. Heh heh heh. Thanks!
Why are they being so stupid. They have major communication issues and it wasn't like Buffy chose this. And she is more then willing to have it removed never wanted it. They are as stupid as those knights.
Dogmatic types are often unreasonable. :) Thanks!
Ooooh! And at last Lyndsey's perfidy is revealed!
The robey guys are getting altogether too close...
Argh! Who is knocking at their door?
His much-less-squicky-than-everybody-thougt perfidy, thank goodness!
Yay! Thanks! :)
"You been defiling without me? I'm deeply hurt." SO very Spike and so funny.
"Tattoo's similar, I'll grant you that. But not the same. It's been added to. That's how Lindsey marked you without any of us knowing." Aha so that's how he did it! Altered an existing tattoo. Clever. Rats I was hoping having the tattoo removed would have returned her memories. Looks like they may need to actually find the bugger to undo the worst of it.
These Monks do remind me of the KoB who stalked Dawn in S5. Fanatics! Why do they need Buffy destroyed? What in the hell did Lindsey do and how does it involve Buffy? Why didn't the glyphs work? Yes, three very good questions as Giles would say.
I love the relationship between Spike and Buffy in this story (at least from Tulsa to now). They are friends. She is seeing the good man that it took her forever to see in the past and she cares. He's still supportive and oh so careful with her. Lovely.
Fab update. I love when this updates.
Beautiful graphic! This story does inspire.
I was pretty happy with that line, so glad you like it too. :)
I was also pretty happy with the solution to the tattoo problem. I know lots of people were thinking it had to be someplace squicky, and that did cross my mind at first. So glad I managed to figure out a different way to do it!
Ha, 3 good questions indeed.
The Spuffy is on! Thank you so much!
Majorly impressed that you managed a major clue reveal and sexy Spike licking imagery and humourous embarrassed Spike in one sentence. Great chapter :)
Heh. It does sound impressive when you put it that way! :) Thanks!
If it's Lindsey at the door, I will somehow not be surprised!
Ugh. Now I really, really wish I'd thought of that. (Guess that spoils that. But... new chapter going up soon, so not for long?)