Ohhhhhhh, there was so much more to this chapter than I was expecting, which is fantastic since it’s the last chapter of a permanent WIP. The ending was excellent - wishing there were more because it’s just SO FUCKING GOOD, but not leaving me hanging in a bad way. I’m imagining that, by the HEA I’m giving this in headcanon, he’ll be reciting her poetry she inspired. Clearly, there’d by some angst about the ages (wonder just how much older our sexy, Pulitzer-winning PhD is?) and student-teacher stuff, but they’ll overcome/work around it and she’ll be his muse forever. Probably more about why Liam is so creepy, possibly awkward encounters with women he’s slept with, some denial of his feelings in his part, and some insecurity about her age and relative inexperience on her part, but you did a great job of surprising me by not falling into angst lasting a couple of chapters at a time like usually happens, so I’m thinking I would’ve been surprised at how quickly the angst passed would this have been completed. I’m kind of sad two WIPs are all the world of Spuffy fanfic has of you because you’re a brilliant writer and you captured their dynamic so well! Now I’m going to do something I hardly ever do and read your other WIP because I know the writing I do get will be worth it. Even if there’s a cliffhanger. If you ever read this comment, I hope you’re doing wonderfully, wherever you are, and I hope you’re still writing, whatever it’s about.[Report This]
Creep Liam and Spike are a wee bit competitive, eh? Though it seems like a chunk of Spike’s end is to keep Liam away from Buffy for her own good, although Buffy is doing a lovely job of deflecting him when she’s not using him to deflect Spike/make him jealous.[Report This]
Arrrrggghhh! JustTiff is such a brilliant writer, and it's such a damn shame she never finished this or her other story (Aloof Rocker Kryptonite). I've read both more than once. I always wonder what happened to these excellent fanfic writers. But at least, we are left with such sparkling bits of dialogue as:
“What’s your name?” she asked at last, to fill the silence.
“Spike,” he said.
She snorted. “Yeah. That’s way better than Buffy.”
“Depends who you ask, kitten.” And with that, he kicked at the door that the other girl had disappeared into earlier. A little thrill ran down Buffy’s spine as it banged open. Spike never broke his stride.
This whole story is filled with really smart dialogue and descriptions. She's like a latter-day Dashiell Hammett. Where is she? What is she writing now?
PS: I have relatives in Western NC - I would gladly still buy her a pina colada or two when I visit.
I usually try to avoid fics that seem to be permanent WIPs but this is so incredibly brilliant and captivating from start to finish that it stands just beautifully as is (although I would cheer if it were ever continued). Your characterizations are utterly perfect, the plot and action is snappy, and the dialogue stunning.
LOVE this.[Report This]
"Fuck. He had to get her out of here before he did something very stupid. Like fuck her on his desk. He wasn’t sure, but he could probably get sacked for that."
I don't know why this struck me as hilarious, but it did.
Love the whole go/I'm going *but wait while I snog your face off* thing.
Also, damn you, because the chance of a gorgeous man ever getting me off all over his hand while he whispers poetry in my ear is slim to none, and now I'm jealous of a fictional character. So I kinda hate you right now. This is my life, these are my choices[Report This]
"My friend is going to try and arm wrestle William Shatner, though, so I'll get back to you guys on that."
Sounds like fun
I am a complete sucker for ill-advised bed sharing. What is it about this trope? I could read it in every. damn. story. and be perfectly happy about it...[Report This]
“Shah. Like, oh my God, how could they not know chartreuse? It’s like, the season’s hottest color!” he said, doing his best impression of a 1980s valley girl.
“No, but listen, kitten, you’re missing the overarching connection between that particular moment and your country’s failure to educate you,” she said in a deep, pompous, not-quite English accent. He narrowed his eyes and twirled her.
Spike’s hand closed around Liam’s. “Liam, mate. I didn’t know you cared,” he said as he stood. Liam shoved Spike’s shoulder, knocking him back down into the booth.
nice one, Spike!
She stopped feeling guilty when she read the back of the receipt, which read “Despite you being a total bitch.” She pretended she didn’t admire the little brat for that a little.
This somehow feels like a completely valid and probably Fuffy interaction...
Spike handing Doyle into the car made me cackle. I wish we'd had a chance to see those two become mates in canon *sigh*
I have a huge soft spot for couples who insult each other, for some reason, so I adored their little "who has the better insults" interlude!
"lending further credence to her theory that his sweat wasn’t sweat at all, but that he was the actual source of Old Spice cologne. After he got finished at this club, he was probably going to head over to the factory to be wrung out for the next day’s shipment."
doing unladylike snorting noises here!
Buffy kicking Spike in the shin made me giggle! He got off lightly, I feel
"So she bit her lip and did her best impression of an innocent school girl who may or may not secretly be a sexpot in her spare time."
"Are you a natural jackass?"
Oh Buffy, you don't know the half of it
Doyle and Gunn's Clueless impressions were hilarious
"Doyle, just as sweetly, gave Faith the finger."
I miss Doyle
“Pssst,” she said, cupping a hand over her mouth. “I’m pretty sure he just didn’t want me know that he fucked the slutty waitress,” she stage whispered, pointing covertly at Spike. Doyle erupted into laughter and didn’t stop for quite some time.
Spike slid Buffy’s drink back over to her. His face was slightly red.
ily Doyle, ily Buffy
Damn! Why you wanna do people like this.? Bringing all your readers to the edge of the precipice. Letting us hang out here in some virtual to be continued dimensional hell. I know you have a life and people's priorities change but can you please finish this?[Report This]