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TeamEricNSookie commented on Chapter 1: In which a wedding is held to the great joy of almost nobody. on November 18, 2022 08:40am

i’ve passed over the story several times without reading it. I’m happy I finally decided to give it a go. The story had more substance than I expected and I was really happy with the character development. At the beginning I was a little bit concerned with the back-and-forth thinking to myself I’m not gonna be able to read 50,000 words of this. but the story came together quite well.
OK here’s my pet peeve. SPOILER ALERT.. If you haven’t already read the story stop reading this review now because it’s gonna tell about the ending. don’t read on... All you need to know is YES the story is worth reading.  OK onto my issue. And it’s not that is an issue with your story is so much is the full Buffy verse. Why does the soul have to equal good? In your story you did an excellent job of explaining Angel's character and how the soul didn’t really matter. But in the end you had Spike go and get one as if it was the end all be all.  I would have loved to have the story end with Buffy reassuring Spike that his love for her was enough. He did some horrible things but honestly in self-defense. OK maybe they were extreme but still. I don’t like Spike  with a soul. I think that it takes away from the genuine uniqueness of his character.

OK I digress. You did a good job on the story thank you for sharing it with us.

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HappyWhenItRains commented on Chapter 2: In which a wedding is consummated, to the great joy of almost nobody. on July 07, 2022 01:19am Liked

    “No,” Spike said. “That’s not how it works. You win, or you lose, together. You’re not fighting each other. You’re allies against yourselves.”

Holy cannoli.

This is brilliant insight. 

Author's Response on July 12, 2022 10:50pm

I thought it was important to point out how Spike knows how to co-habit. And he's quite the poet. Thank you! 

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fictionandmusic commented on The Epilogue, Which Is. on June 27, 2022 04:15am Liked

i think i’ve commented before but i just re-read this story after searching for it for a few days because it stuck in my head!! i’m obsessed with the premise and how u dealt with the ethics and complex nuances behind this relationship! it’s so tragic and heartbreaking but beautiful at the same time thank you so so so much for writing this!!

Author's Response on July 12, 2022 10:52pm

I have weird and complicated and very personal feelings about ethics, so it's interesting that it all came through. Care started out as a toy I was playing with, and then it just turned into something with deep messaging, and I'm so glad that people like it! Thank you so much for reading! 

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bmerb commented on The Epilogue, Which Is. on June 19, 2022 05:51pm Liked

I love the casual way they averted the Glory apocalypse here

Author's Response on June 22, 2022 07:34am

This epilogue, while lovely, really binds me for the sequel, you know. 

bmerb Replied on June 22, 2022 07:45am

I never thought of that. It doesn’t impede the lovely attached one-shots though!

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bmerb commented on Chapter 16 In which Buffy makes some wishes, herself. on June 19, 2022 05:40pm Liked

Ahhh I love when Buffy gets to be SMART

Author's Response on June 22, 2022 07:34am

Yes! This is a clever, loving, kind Buffy! 

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bmerb commented on Chapter 15 In which Spike makes a wish. on June 19, 2022 05:31pm Liked

Read this already, but still on tenterhooks waiting…

Author's Response on June 22, 2022 07:33am

It is pretty tense. 

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bmerb commented on Chapter 13 In which Spike and Buffy each do something difficult, and Willow does something easy. on June 19, 2022 05:07pm Liked

Willowankha… god I love her demonic name, it’s hilarious. Clever witch, good plan. 

Author's Response on June 22, 2022 07:33am

Willow is pretty clever here, if a little... blunt. 

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bmerb commented on Chapter 12 Which concerns various demons. on June 19, 2022 04:50pm Liked

Riley is a douche bag, tra la la la laaaa…

Author's Response on June 22, 2022 07:32am

And he continues to be hateable. 

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bmerb commented on Chapter 11 In which Buffy does cry, and Spike is extremely drunk. on June 19, 2022 09:14am Liked

You know, I hate Riley more allll the time 

Author's Response on June 22, 2022 07:32am

Riley is so very, very hateable. 

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bmerb commented on Chapter 10 In which Buffy does not cry. on June 19, 2022 08:59am Liked

Painful, righteous, hard choices Buffy. This chapter was SO very true to her character. Ouch. 

Author's Response on June 22, 2022 02:59am

And this was where I remind everyone that evil is bad... and no one wants Buffy to realize it. 

bmerb Replied on June 22, 2022 03:52am

Yeah. We don’t want her to realize, but it’s OOC for her not to, I think. 

bmerb Replied on June 22, 2022 03:52am

Yeah. We don’t want her to realize, but it’s OOC for her not to, I think. 

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bmerb commented on Chapter 9 In which a vengeance demon makes her return home. on June 19, 2022 08:48am Liked

I… kind of love vengeance demon Willow, and want her to remain one. 

Author's Response on June 22, 2022 02:58am

I think it's a little hard to be a vengeance demon. I mean, seriously, Anya killed hundreds if not thousands of people and shattered a universe because a high school kid kissed his best friend... It's got to be hard to maintain that level of amoral vitriol. 

bmerb Replied on June 22, 2022 03:14am

Bahahaha!

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bmerb commented on Chapter 8 In which Buffy and Spike discuss their relationship history. on June 19, 2022 08:37am Liked

Coffee, coffee, dinner, cleanup, walking in on an athletic shag… Wes has quite the burden 

Author's Response on June 22, 2022 02:57am

Poor Wes. I don't think he expected to see that... 

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bmerb commented on Chapter 7 In which Angel has made it all worse. on June 19, 2022 08:19am Liked

Buffy, hear this. I only want to be your strength when you’re falling.”

    “But Angel wants that too.”

    “No. Angel doesn’t want to hold you up, he wants to make you fall so he can stand in your place.

And here it is. 2015 Sigyn fic, laying it down with complete clarity. *BOOM* Absolutely adore how you address all the Angel/us bullshit in this chapter. 

Author's Response on June 22, 2022 02:57am

I did not do this at all by halves. I was totally on board the Spuffy, so off patience with the Bangel, and SO MAD at the writers for IWRY. There's so much bullshit. Angel is just... evil. 

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bmerb commented on Chapter 6 In which Angel attempts to make it all better. on June 19, 2022 07:54am Liked

1) I love that you brought Tara into this AU

2) I absolutely love that you had this spell uncover the fuckery that was IWRY. Hoping Angel gets his arse handed to him in the next chapter.

3) I love Spike having a soft spot for Tara, and being willing to go along with the spell because Buffy wants it. 

heartheartheart

Author's Response on June 22, 2022 02:56am

Oh, I'm glad you like Tara here. I felt like I kinda just dragged her in, but like... she solved certain problems, and I LOVE HER, so. So. 

IWRY... I was so mad. SOOOOO mad about that episode. 

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bmerb commented on Chapter 5 In which Buffy does not like a truth she is discovering. on June 19, 2022 07:11am Liked

You always do such a good job exploring the moral ambiguities of Buffy’s slayer existence. Spike just screws up all the neat lines, and that’s HARD (but oh so wonderful for us)..

Author's Response on June 22, 2022 02:55am

There is no black and white for Spike. (Unless you count his coat and hair.) 

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bmerb commented on Chapter 4: In which logic attempts to prevail. on June 19, 2022 06:56am Liked

I’m all verklempt. You’ve written a lovely, loving, callow, believable early season 4 Spike into this relationship. It’s a perfect mess. 

Author's Response on June 22, 2022 02:54am

Isn't he adorable in this? He has nothing in his life thanks to this chip, so he's given himself over to Buffy, but he doesn't know HOW really... 

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bmerb commented on Chapter 3 in which there is a great deal of conflict. on June 19, 2022 06:41am Liked

Ah the exposition here is both earnest and hilarious 

Author's Response on June 22, 2022 02:53am

Tried to get a snapshot of their lives together. 

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bmerb commented on Chapter 2: In which a wedding is consummated, to the great joy of almost nobody. on June 19, 2022 06:24am Liked

Ahhhh… they completed the terms of the spell (“marry Spike”), and I’m pretty sure the spell is over with for them. The raw passion remaining? That’s all just Spuffy!

Author's Response on June 22, 2022 02:52am

Yes, indeed, spoiler, but the spell was broken when the consummated. Now it's just Spuffy!  

bmerb Replied on June 22, 2022 02:59am

It was pretty clear from the way you wrote it. It was awesome squee

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bmerb commented on Chapter 1: In which a wedding is held to the great joy of almost nobody. on June 19, 2022 04:30am Liked

Oh god I read this forever ago and forgot how fun it is. 

Author's Response on June 22, 2022 02:51am

I really was just playing around, I had no idea it would get as impressive as it did. 

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AllTheSplendidPieces commented on The Epilogue, Which Is. on April 15, 2022 01:55pm Liked

Thank you so much for another extraordinary fic. It’s smart and insightful and angsty and sweet and funny and exciting. I know I’m getting repetitive, but it’s all just so so good. blow_kiss

Author's Response on May 25, 2022 03:58am

I'm so glad you liked this one! It was one of my early pieces, so it was all fresh and delightful. Thank you! 

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AllTheSplendidPieces commented on Chapter 16 In which Buffy makes some wishes, herself. on April 15, 2022 01:42pm Liked

Yay yay yay! Three cheers for neither Spike nor Buffy taking the easy way out! And of course Willow, true to form, thinking the easy way is pretty darn great. 

Author's Response on May 25, 2022 03:57am

They did it! Spuffy found their way through! And not even the easy way. 

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AllTheSplendidPieces commented on Chapter 14 In which Spike makes a series of terrible mistakes. on April 15, 2022 01:18pm Liked

Okay, it’s official. You are the brilliant-est of brilliant. All the echoes of Seeing Red in how Buffy looked at Spike after he bit her, and that being the impetus for his wanting his soul. It works perfectly, felt canon-esque, and is still completely original. I love that it came right after Spike rescued Riley; poor Buffy is going to have many many things to think about. And all action stuff in the Initiative was so easy to visualize, it felt suspenseful and immediate.  

Author's Response on May 25, 2022 03:57am

Okay, blushing now. I don't feel like I did anything all that impressive, it was just... it made sense. Biting and sexytimes being so very similar in image and feel, after all. Buffy has SO much to think about now. 

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AllTheSplendidPieces commented on Chapter 11 In which Buffy does cry, and Spike is extremely drunk. on April 15, 2022 12:19pm Liked

Splendid comedy with drunk Spike and Joyce, sadness with Buffy, and oh no! with Riley at the end. Can’t wait to see what happens when Buffy finds out what happened to Spike and she can unleash all her protector impulses. 

Author's Response on May 25, 2022 03:55am

Poor, heartbroken drunken Spike. Joyce is in a little over her head there. And then Riley... such a prick. Buffy's protector impulses are going to be legendary. 

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AllTheSplendidPieces commented on Chapter 10 In which Buffy does not cry. on April 15, 2022 12:00pm Liked

I read this entire chapter with my hand over my mouth, in the universal sign of “oh no I can’t believe this is happening.” Buffy’s quiet resolve, Spike’s bewildered desperation, their pain. I loved the way you handled Buffy’s rationale for not being with Spike. It made so much sense and was more powerful for not being the Council party line. She had thought about her own nature, her responsibilities, and the role played by those around her in helping her stay good.

If she did go rogue... she’d be more dangerous than he had ever been. And it would eat her soul”

That Spike could see her point (even if he disagreed about how likely it was that she would go rogue) made it even more heartbreaking. 

Author's Response on May 25, 2022 03:54am

This was a hard chapter, and Buffy made a perfectly sensible decision that is the opposite of what she wants to make. I'm so glad it affected you! Heartbreaking was what I was going for. 

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chemeli commented on The Epilogue, Which Is. on January 23, 2022 02:41pm Liked

gréât story! 

Author's Response on March 06, 2022 10:30pm

Thank you! I'm glad to keep you through the end! 

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chemeli commented on Chapter 15 In which Spike makes a wish. on January 23, 2022 02:02pm Liked

oh man….what’s gonna happen!?

Author's Response on March 06, 2022 10:29pm

Left everyone on tenterhooks there, and played a little bait and switch, too. 

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chemeli commented on Chapter 13 In which Spike and Buffy each do something difficult, and Willow does something easy. on January 23, 2022 01:28pm Liked

haha a little demonstration, loved it!

Author's Response on March 06, 2022 10:29pm

I love me a good pun. 

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chemeli commented on Chapter 11 In which Buffy does cry, and Spike is extremely drunk. on January 23, 2022 06:30am Liked

that was a sad chapter to read 😔 Buffy had good arguments for not being with Spike….i wonder if she’s gonna change her mind and what will? 

Author's Response on March 06, 2022 10:28pm

Buffy DID have good arguments. That's the problem, they're all perfectly reasoned arguments... she's not wrong. 

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chemeli commented on Chapter 9 In which a vengeance demon makes her return home. on January 23, 2022 05:48am Liked

ohhh interesting! 

Author's Response on March 06, 2022 10:28pm

Just to shake the box... 

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chemeli commented on Chapter 8 In which Buffy and Spike discuss their relationship history. on January 23, 2022 02:23am Liked

ah i thought Tara’s spell had broken the curse. oh well it can’t be that easy right? 

Author's Response on March 06, 2022 10:27pm

You aren't wrong. Just... more complicated. 

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