A really beautiful love story. Great characterisation, good plot and really well written. You wrote William/Spike's pain so well and despite everything he was believable and real. Elizabeth/Buffy is also wonderfully portrayed. They both inspire love and empathy and you ache for them. Amazing overall, thank you.[Report This]
Hello from 2021!
"The layers of clothes were hot and, truth be told, very uncomfortable. And the corsets were torture devices, making it almost impossible to draw a breath."
I feel like this description might've been made from a popular media hyper feminist viewpoint, not a historical one. It never used to bother me when I saw it, until I was informed of the truth by some very witty fashion historians, and now every time I encounter this cliche, I feel like I have to stand up for the fashionista of yore. They weren't stupid, they knew what they were about.
First of all, the clothing before the advent of indoor heating was heavy for a reason. Houses were not well insulated, and thick fabrics kept the wearer from freezing. Also, there was no rule that corsets had to be tightened until your spleen ruptured. In some ways, the corset was more liberating than our modern underwear. These days, women have to exercise and diet to achieve an impossible standard of beauty. In the Victorian period, all you needed was a good corset to give you killer curves and keep your posture straight. They also prevented women from indulging in their food too much, which was considered super gross (and even then, they probably loosened their stays after a big meal on the sly). The cases in which corsets caused broken or twisted bones were the exception to the rule. That scene in PotC when Elizabeth Swan nearly drowns via London stays? Totally a Hollywood gag. Like the women of Singapore even wore western garb.[Report This]
I really loved it. Stayed up until dawn, going on like 2-3 hrs of sleep each night for like 3 nights just devouring it until I was finished. Definitely adding to my favorites! I loved William & Elizabeth’s love for each other. Had me feeling all warm & fuzzy many times. Also you wrote William/Spike’s pain so brilliantly, I had to cry a few times. Giles really pissed me off & I was pleasantly surprised that Xander actually at least attempted to be understanding for once. I’ve never been so disgusted with Willow either, that she would dig on Buffy about a job while they were contributing nothing. I never really gave it much thought before but yes, they should most definitely have been paying rent. I think you tied everything together nicely. I didn’t completely love the ending but I think that’s just because I wanted more Thanks for this amazing fic! U are very talented!![Report This]
- So I've read this on and off since last night, and finally finished it... I love it. I put this one off for a really long time because it's hard for me to accept a William buffy relationship with out spikes attitude, but you did it perfectly. I completely believed everyone's character development.
- Thank you for including dawn and anya.
- Thank you for not making Willow completely evil, and Xander decent.
It took me half a week to get to this point in the story-- ten chapters left! -- and I just wanted to leave a thankful note of gratitude for offering your story freely to the rest of us; I've really enjoyed it, truly, this story offered so many satisfying moments that filled a need canon couldn't. I feel really spoiled to have come to this story for the first time when it was already completed.[Report This]
This was so good! Most of the time travel fics I’ve seen have Buffy already in love with Spike/set in a post season 7 world. But to have her fall in love with William first and then Spike...wow. And the character flaws that are addressed and are worked to overcome. I love that![Report This]
I’m not sure if you still read reviews or not. I just wanted to say that this story is brilliant. You captured Buffy’s character perfectly throughout, especially in Part One; that’s exactly how I pictured Buffy’s acting after her mother’s death. She was still Buffy, but depressed with everything that had happened to her. Buffy struggles in Part Three to figure out her and Spike’s relationship and how she felt. I particularly liked this because the real Buffy would still have her doubts after coming back from 1880. After all, Spike was a killer and did horrible things. Most stories I’ve read in the past sometimes tend to follow the storyline ‘I’m going to ignore everything bad he had done because I love him.’ Which is obviously the goal intended for the end of the story, but you made sure there were obstacles before Buffy could get there.
William was perfect. Everything about the way you wrote him was amazing. I felt pity for him in Part One. How it felt to be alone with no friends, wife, and a sick mother who was close to dying. When Elizabeth comes into his life, all of the misery he had been in before vanished. The love story you wrote between them was intense and touching. Anne was a sweetheart (bless her soul). You enraptured me into the story so deep that I almost forgot that Willow would bring Buffy back at some point. And when it finally did happen, I wasn’t prepared for it.
The ending of Part One and the whole Part Two were depressing. William was grieving Elizabeth’s death, which was expected. I loved that you wrote Drusilla as more affectionate towards William and showed that she truly didn’t like Angelus but obeyed him because he was her sire. William protected Drusilla from him. I loved that William was able to stand up to Angelus and beat him down (in the show it was always Angelus who’d have the upper hand, which I despised). Angelus raping William shocked me. I didn’t expect it to ever happen. I never expected to read it. Although, it was necessary to keep the plot moving. To make William into Spike, whether it had a big part into creating Spike or a small. Emiliana was a brilliant addition to the story. It never occurred to me that William could’ve had more run-ins with slayers then the two he killed. Emiliana helped shape William into the fighter he turned into. The only thing about Part Two that I wished was for it to be a little longer. I would’ve loved to see Spike struggle a few times in Sunnydale trying to kill the girl that wore his dead lovers face.
When Buffy finally came back to Sunnydale, I didn’t know how to react. I’ve been waiting chapters for her to go back and reunite with Spike, and then all of the sudden she did. They’re relationship wasn’t easy to repair. Afterall, Spike had this relationship with her over a hundred years ago while hers was still freshly in her mind from being there just the other day. Although Angel is an ass, I’m glad that towards the end of Part Three he decided to help Spike out of pity of the wrongdoings he’d done to him in the past. He helped by going to Buffy and helping her see that Spike didn’t need a soul. The Scoobies eventually caved into accepting the relationship as well. Giles giving her an ultimatum infuriated me! Dawn had to be my favorite character in Part Three. I just love that she’s pro Spike.
William was obsessed with Elizabeth. Spike was obsessed with Buffy. The way you were able to write the differences in it was impressive. William was a human, and therefor still had a conscious, whereas Spike was a demon and didn’t. You wrote them both so incredibly raw. The only thing holding William back was his conscious, and once Elizabeth left so did it.
My favorite thing about this story is that Parts 1-3 all have separate characters in different times. I can only imagine the amount of research you’ve had to of done for this story. Part One you have Anne, William, Elizabeth, the servants, Charles, and Cecily in London. Part Two is William, Drusilla, Darla, and Angelus. Part Three is Buffy, Spike, the Scoobies, Angel, and Dawn in Sunnydale. Every Part in the story you find your favorite characters that you relate with or love the most.
This was definitely the best character study on Spike that I’ve ever read. My favorite Part had to be Part One. There was just something so dreamlike and romantic about it that really captured me. William and Elizabeth were amazing. I loved Anne and the servants. The high class society of London as the villains were great. But the fact that all of that was going to be taken away at any moment was the thrill of Part One.
Seriously, you don’t understand what a masterpiece you have here. I’ve read a lot of fanfic and have only come across very few that are this well written. I’m not sure how long it took you to write this. All I can say now is thank you for your time in writing this fantastic story.[Report This]
Oh, this is good. You came up with a reason for Spike to get his soul, and it's better than that tripe they put in the show. And I really like that you've used Angel to deliver the sense Buffy needs to hear. Including the most important part of choosing to get a soul: the choosing.[Report This]