I love this story so much - it’s sexy and adorable at the same time.
Also, mad props for using Joan Jett’s cover of “Crimson & Clover” because that song is sexy as hell.
You’ll only get that last bit if you go to her website or the link someone else put in comments to find all 35 chapters -
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Oh, this is such a good chapter - I feel my heart expanding.
There is a 2nd half to this story that for some reason is not available on EF, but you can find the whole thing on spuffy realm:
Goes up to chapter 35.[Report This]
So fun & angsty for Spike. Love the line: "He looked like he wanted to kill her and die for her all at once."
And his flip from "raging maniac to adorable little boy in the span of two seconds".
Also like that Buffy is starting to gravitate to the Willow/Oz side of the social scale, i.e., the deep end for real.[Report This]
He looked like he wanted to kill her and die for her all at once. marvelous line. I love the way every step in Buffy and Spike's relationship seems like the car crash. Accidental I mean not the whole almost dying part. From him tracing her down to the tongue rolling thing to Buffy claiming she'd had sex with spike. Non of it's on purpose but it does have a momentum of its own.[Report This]
The car thing was really enjoyable to read. I don't know about degrees of englishness but I'm moderatley english and I don't think anyone could stay mad after getting their windows tinted.
Great to see Oz Willow again can't wait to see what Buffy makes of dru.[Report This]
tit for that staling gotta love it.
five year old spike playing the accordian great candidate for cutest thing ever.
The whole tongue rolling scene is amazing. The way you describe their complete shoc at what they're actually doing is great.[Report This]
Buffy and Cordy "appreciating" Spike was hilarious. I liked their faliling around in the alphabet soup. And Cordy's reaction to Buffy's epiphany was priceless. In a strange way the way Cordy turned out on the show has kind of made me think better of Buffy. If pre-calling Buffy was for all intents and purposes Cordy then look how she turned out especially after she was on Angel. That's one Spuffy fic I haven't seen written yet. A unpowered Buffy in Cordy bitchiness mode gets dragged into helping out with the slaying when she catches the eye of our own bleached wonder. Post the rest soon please.[Report This]
Human idiot is a great Nuffyism, pity-eyes is good as well. You can really see their exasperation with each other coming through in the final scene. It reminds me of OMWF when spike's singing about killing her or saving ger or saving her then killing her or killing her then saving her etc. Should we be reading to much in to Buffy giving spike her idea of the morning after breakfast?[Report This]
Having them be stepsiblings is an interesting take on the buffy angel tortured romance. I'd forgotten it from my first time. I don't know how you manage to make drunk surly lecherous spike so adoreable but you do and the dialogue is still spot on. Your parker patter is possibly better than the show's was. Buffy's going to completely ignore spike's warning about him isn't she?[Report This]
Buffy's preoccupation with appearences especially in her pre slayer days or in a human AU. Buffy's uncomfrotableness is very interesting. Parker asking about Spike being an old boyfriend is a great way to put the idea in her head.[Report This]
Oh! Dawn cameo. We don't see her very often in your stuff. If I remember correctly it's only in that one where dawn wishes tara back to life. Meeting with dru quite restrained, something to big wouldn't have fit the rest of the story.
Nice use of Cordelia to diferentiate between her and buffy.
Shades of Buffy season two in the final scene. Loose liquid fire is a great phrase.
Where I live I can't get very many english language books so I read a lot of fanfic which even if unlike your work it's not very good it's still better than nothing. Some authors turn Xander's concerns over buffy starting a relationship with a chipped spike into some kind of racist prejudice against demon's then portray his relationship with Anya as him dictating to her how she should act because she's not really a proper human. Also lots of Buffy's back from the dead and only spike understands her demonises the scoobies and Xander always comes out badly from that. There's also the Xander's still in love with buffy and he's jealous of spike and determined to split them up and/or kill spike. You're right on the anger management issue. Doing a dark or evil version of a character is one thing. And I wouldn't really object to an author taking out personal prejudices against the characters if they make it entertaining. One of my favourite non spuffy authors writes a loads of fic centred around other characters cause he can't stand buffy. But he always makes it funny.
A great antidote to the bashing is speakertocustomers Sunnydale Passions. It started as a dare from Barb C to write a story where every character is a hyperbole of basher stereotype. It's gut bustingly funny if you haven't read it you really should.
Interesting! I've always suspected that Xander continued to have a thing for Buffy, but it became more of a big-brother protective vibe (at least during the course of the series), so I've certainly pitted him against the S/B relationship and Spike, mostly because that's typical canon Xander behavior, but also because it adds conflict. If everybody around them was like, "Hey, you're together now, awesome, good for you!" we would all fall asleep because of how boring that is. At least, I would. :) I guess the danger of that is taking it to some crazy extreme that doesn't ring true to the character. But you're right, it's all about the way its presented. I read one fic that bashed the hell out of Parker, like literally bashed him to the point that he ended up in the hospital, but it was a hilarious story, so I didn't mind it. (I mean, I get that he's a jerk, and I didn't like the way he treated Buffy, but I don't have a personal vendetta against the guy. He was written that way so that Buffy would learn that even real boys with souls could be assholes. Lesson learned, moving on... ;)
Oh, and I actually use Dawn a lot. She was indeed the lead of "Different and Not Better", but she also had a pretty big supporting role in "In Heat" and "Peaches and Herbs" (it was her birthday party after all) and was a catalyst in "Skin on Skin". She was in the beginning of "That Thing", and she's the star of "Spirit". So, basically, everything that takes place after season 5 in Buffy's house (that isn't a PWP) has Dawn in it. Because, you know, she was there. And unlike 99% of BtVS fans, I actually liked her character. (I don't blame you for not remembering, though, or not having read them -- I actually had to take a look at my site to be sure. I had no idea I used her so much!)[Report This]
One of the things I really enjoy about your stories is that unlike a lot of other authors you never feel the need to bash other characters just for the hell of it. Lots of spuffy authors seem to have it in for Xander. It's refreshing you writing him in as Spike's friend and giving he and Anya a happy ending of their own.
Tell us about the skankiness nauti, please! I want to know about when buffy was in love, which you talked about in the last chapter. But mostly the skankiness.
Thanks! I didn't know Xander was regularly bashed -- I always thought he was one of the more beloved characters. Personally, I think character bashing is immature and kind of crazy -- I mean, for one thing, they're not real and didn't do anything to you, and for another, they're much more useful as, you know, *characters* who can help you tell a story. You can make them villains or heroes or any point between depending on what you need from them, but making them suffer just because you don't like them is just... well, it's not really writing, it's anger management. You know?
As for the 'skankiness', this Buffy was never really skanky. She just fell for the wrong guy. :)
Thanks for your reviews!