My English is bad because I speak Swedish but I have to say that this story is so on point. Very much is character. It’s almost scary how accurate you are. It’s like you understand their minds. I love the slow burn because I find it rare. This is one of my favorites and I’ve read a lot but it’s a fresh take[Report This]
"Buffy sheds her winter coat, scarf, hat, gloves, and sweater like some kind of strange puffy insect." Had to reread the sentence, but it was so worth it! :)
Spuffy critiquing fight movies is always nice. ^^
Loving the UST.
Re: dog news: oh NO![Report This]
"..Spike personally felt there was only so long a patient needed to lay on a table while some schmucks mucked around in their skull.
Just speaking from personal experience." Oh! I like this connection.
"Her lack of movement or breathing doesn’t really disturb Dawn. She’s pretty used to Spike after all." Huh! That makes sense!
"Dawn is walking towards the sunlit balcony now. But there’s something funny about how she’s walking." Oh NO! That was creepy alright![Report This]
"It hasn't been that long ago, really, that they'd been trying to kill each other. (..) They'd somehow gone from that to splitting an order of cheese fries." AND I LOVE IT
"The only youthful thing Joyce can see about Patricia is the trendy slanting H that has been tattooed on the back of both the woman’s hands." Oh no! Impostor?
So glad Xander found the house!
And it's really interesting about the snow globes! Turns out it's a good thing the Magic Box had them![Report This]
Demon ecosystem! I always love references to that. I mean, SOMETHING must be removing all those strange, strange corpses. ^^
The headless woman is even creepier now that I know it sort of almost happened in real life. Well done![Report This]
"She beams at her Watcher, who puts so much faith in her." They're adorable and precious.
"Spike squints at him. “For your best two bottles?”
Giles grits his teeth. “Yes.”
Spike grins. “Well, sure then.”"
They really, really are.
Ooh! The connection between the chip and Spike's human life makes sense.
“What’s his gift?” Neat![Report This]
Wheee, this is fun! And nice!
"Spike and Dawn get along so well because they share a maturity level" Hee!
“Sometimes you sound like a grandpa when you talk.” :))
"What a terrible thing to say about a couple of mortal enemies." *snicker* They better get used to it!
The vampire perspective on medicine was good. (Well, more than vampire, it's Spike's, whose... people died. :c)[Report This]
Guh! I love how you write these characters, I love this plot, I love the atmosphere you've created, I love the UST a lot; it makes the consummation in this chpt so so much more electric and erotic than if they had got down to it earlier. The love scenes in this had the same undercurrent and feel as the love scene in Smashed-not so easy to do! This chpt totally read to me like an AU love letter to Smashed actually, I adored the way you wrote the B/S dynamic here. The push and pull tension and attraction and Spike taking his cues from Buffy until she finally takes him, looove!! I really appreciate how you write Buffy as the snarky, brave Cali girl that she is not there always this undercurrent of the top of the food chain predator that she is inside of herself, the Slayer. She's a combo of vulnerability and strength that is intoxicating to me; SMG could pull that off like nobody's business and you pull off writing her like that equally well :). There are many stand out lines here, I really want to quote them all but it I'll just go with the one that really stood out to me and that I keep thinking back to: "But behind her curious expression, behind the little hair clip and flimsy hoodie and shiny lip gloss, something vast and hungry lurks". I got shivers when I read that last part because, yes, that is Buffy the Vampire Slayer and not enough fans get her imho. You totally do and I'm grateful to be reading your words. Reading this story is like having the show back, it means so much to me.
I also wanted to quickly highlight how much I loved how you wrapped up the Dawn vs Cousin It sub plot: thank you for letting Dawn be the heroine I've always believed she was even if we didn't see her playing that role on screen very often (or really at all). I loved that her bravery, smarts, determination and strength of will are on display when she saves Tara and kills the monster that's been haunting her waking hours. The discovery of the lair with the bodies was heartbreaking. I honestly thought that there was still hope for Janice, but you can't save them all which Dawn now has some idea of what Buffy goes through when that happens. Love the sister bonding under the covers in Dawn's room so much :). The Anya and Buffy hug was also a wonderful moment that I was thrilled to read. You always manage to blow me away with your wonderful prose and beautiful, accurate character moments and interactions. I don't know how you do it but I hope you'll keep sharing with us! Thanks, again.
I know it's been so long...but thank you so much for your review. I'm flattered speechless each time I read it, which pushed off my response waaay too long. I have the end of this story in my head and I promise I'm going to get it down. Thanks so much again!