Aww, man! I really thought they were going to get out and then start war on the Initiative.
The idiot was a master of the single-entendre. “I’d really like to be screwing you right now,” he’d say bluntly -- this line made me lol
Nope, nothing so simple.
First of all, I loved the tax evasion reference! It's such a nice little nod. In fact, I loved all of Spike's POV here: it's so in character how he acknowledges he withstood worse but can't stand the boredom, and I always love to see resourceful!Spike. The description of him faking being overtaken by the antidote made me smile... it was a very clever move on his part, but knowing Spike and his acting skills I can't help but imagine that his "artful" performance was in fact dramatic and over-the top, lol. Which isn't to say I think it should not have worked... peopel see what they expect to see, and the soldiers were trained to see demons as animals, so it wouldn't occur to them that he may be tricking them. Oh, I forgot to mention, I liked the mention of him taking his trousers off just to get a reaction, that is so Spike!
Now, on to the action... What stood out to me the most in this scene, is that Buffy and Spike mainly failed to escape here because they weren't working together, though they were protecting each other. Buffy's selfless attempt to volounteer in Spike's stead was great, it shows that she considers him an ally now, despite the silent treatment. But still she inadvertantly gave Spike away. And they might have had a better chance if Spike had planned to free Buffy at first, before Rat maybe, instead of going back on a spur of the moment thing.
Buffy's reluctance to kill, or even let soldiers be killed, is very natural, I liked it. I also liked her bravado in the face of the guns, and Spike's reaction to seeing her shot. Basically, those two just need to admit that they're together, allies, friends! Luckily being together in the same cell will take care of it. Also, it gives me a sort of vindictive pleasure that it was Riley who put them together ;)
Finally. I absolutely loved the fact that Buffy is stronger than the average vampire (doesn't seem right that she would go from Chosen One to One of Many...) and the way it neatly ties into breaking her cell door, which leads to slowing down the great escape. It's brilliant because it feels weird and plot-devicey at first--you wonder why Buffy's cell of all cells should be damaged, is that just a way to get them into the same cell eventually? Then you get the soldier's comment (and Riley's idiotic response) and it's just... YES. IT ALL MAKES SENSE.
Gotta love a little Immortal reference. Spike's performance might have been over the top, but it's not the first time he's ever acted. He acted for Angel, after all. Probably for a long time. But... yeah, he probably was laying it on a little thick. Romantics, what can you do?
Spike and Buffy were already bonded even before they ended up in this hell-hole together, of course they both acted within their natures to save each other. It's Buffy's nature to save everyone she knows. It's Spike's nature to save everyone he loves. (And he loves Buffy, even when he hates her. He fell in love with her existence as the Slayer the moment he saw her, and it just kept getting worse and worse as he got to know her better.) But neither of them admit they could possibly be fond of each other... that would be heresy!
And... thank you. There's really nothing else I can do but say thank you for carefully spelling out my carefully constructed plot business. Its really really cool when readers notice things like that.
Holy cow was this chapter a wild ride! I think I held my breath through most of it. Escape was soooo close! Gah!
“The girl?” Finn laughed. “She don’t look so special to me.” - HAR HAR HAR RILEY. God, could he be more of a sexist, Nazi ass?
I just giggled a bit (okay, a lot) over Buffy and Spike glaring about protecting one another.
They were so close to escape... but no. Not taking that extra time to free her. But now they're in the exact same boat... that's a bit of an improvement.
Is it bad that, throughout this entire thing, I'm just sat here thinking about the blood in Spike's boots? That's gonna smell so bad, so soon! :-/
Yeah, it becomes clear that that gets handled eventually.
An Immortal reference right off the bat! Yes! *thinks of Jack and Spike and Buffy*
Spike even tried dropping trou? What's 'trou'...?
The whole part where Spike faked his way through drinking the drugged blood was freaking awesome. I liked how intricate his idea was, how he managed to craft an elaborate plan, pour it down his coat to his boot, even thought of smacking his lips together like he would if he'd drank the blood and tasted something strange. You really thought of everything there.
Lines I like:
- "single-entendre" What an awesome line! I'm not sure why I loved it, but thinking of Rat making double-entendres that fail to have double-meaning is awesome.
- "pissed off more by the damage to his coat than the damage to his arm" Such a great line. Love it. So Spike for him to think that way.
Something you did in this chapter that amazed me. You described Spike's escape attempt so well that even though it was similar to its canon counterpart, it STILL surprised me. That's impressive of you to do.
I like 'Rat' as the name for that vamp. Is that canon? I don't remember his name.
Oh, Riley! He's finally here and doesn't appear any smarter than his canon counterpart, either. I want to wait and see how Riley develops, if he does. Will he be a dick? Nice to them?
Was/is Hostile 13 Rat?
Riley's dismissive attitude towards Buffy because she's a female vamp bugs me. Some of the best vamps we see are female - Dru, Darla, Harmony, Sunday, to name four. His misogynistic attitude bugs me.
I *love* that Spike and Buffy are gonna be in the same cell. Are Xander, Willow, Giles or Joyce gonna realize Spike and Buffy are missing, or, more specifically, that Buffy is missing? What about Angel's boys and the rest of the demons in the co-op? Spike's not in the Initiative very long, so that subtle change will be interesting to see play out. Why didn't the chip fire? Has he not been chipped? Will he avoid that? Is it not active?
I liked seeing Spike and Buffy spar over the fact that he killed the humans who came to operate on him. It's so emblematic of her new Slayer persona that she didn't want Spike killing.
Also.....why wasn't she called Slayer much here? I just realized I've been referring to her as Buffy in this review, because she was Buffy in the chapter. Is it because it's Spike's POV?
Interested to see where this goes.
As always, great job, Sig! Can't wait to continue!
Mmm... *thinks of Jack and Spike and Buffy, too....*
"Dropping trou" is short for "dropping your trousers" and... uh... yeah. Proceed from there.
I'm sure I stole single-entendre from somewhere. Can't recall where, though.
I don't think the canon vamp was ever named, but he called himself a Rat, and I always thought of him as such.
Rat was Hostile 9. Buffy's 13.
Riley's dismissal of female vampires strikes me as the only thing that makes sense. He hates vampires, but he lets the GIRLS bite him because... what? They aren't gonna kill him? They aren't as dangerous? Only thing that makes sense is he doesn't see them the same as the males.
Spike still thinks of Buffy as Buffy, but he ALWAYS called her Slayer. He has a hard time forgetting who she was, but he respects her new name. Think of it like someone who went through gender transition, and it'll make more sense. "Right, right, your name is Tawny now, even though I always knew you as Tom... Gonna have a hard time remembering that, but I'll respect it. Or try to, anyway..."
I keep telling myself I'm going to pause reading and work on my own chapters... but clearly I'm continuing to read this exciting fic.
Ooh, yay for Buffy hitting stuff! (hopefully her hand is healing). Spike's melodramatic blood-drinking routine was hilarious. Though his boot is probably pretty gross. Perhaps a Spuffy shower is in their future somehow? LOL
Sorry... I've been told that about my stories before.
Actaully... there is a spuffy shower in a few chapters....
Spike's plan is a sound one barring unforseen circumstances which likely means that is just what will happen. Lab rat would make nice cannon fodder.
You need someone for your experiments? I’m volunteering. She is still the Slayer and noble to her core. If Spike weren't already in love (knowingly or not) this would likely do it even if it does mess with his plans.
Oh so close! He wouldn't have left her in there but too many things went pear shaped. At least they are in the same cell now. Stronger together.
“The girl?” Finn laughed. “She don’t look so special to me.” Nope no "girl" would. I remember the scene when they first introduced Riley, Graham and Forrest and they were talking about impressing and amazing the girls if they could only show off their manly manness properly.
Oh Buffy honey, that guy was evil and deserved what Spike gave him. Poor thing needs to stop with the human vs demon and just start looking at good vs evil in all forms. Right now she's fighting herself more than anyone else.
Buffy is totally, utterly, and completely at sea in this scenario. When the good guys start being bad guys and the bad guys are comparitively good guys, she doesn't know what to do with that. The only experience she has is Angelus, which was the other way around, and much smaller.
The pretend drugging: someone give the guy an Oscar!
""You let me out," she accused." That conversation! :D The OTP I know and love...
Yeah, I love the, 'We're on opposite sides, so why are we helping each other?" accusations.
They didn't get out...
I had hope that they might make it, but if nothing else, at least they're in the same cell together. Perhaps they have a better chance of taking out the initiative now that they're physically together...
Guess we will find out!
Thanks for the chapter!
Thanks for reading!
Spike has no trouble being tortured, but being bored is a horror to him. It does fit him.
Buffy complained about Spike killing someone, sometimes she doesn't have any common sense. Too bad they weren't able to escape, it will be much harder now.
Poor bored Spike. She does have common sense, I think, it's just... her first instinct is protect all life.
Awww I was hoping they'd be successful. I shouldn't have trusted you!! ARGH!
Well, think logically. Where will the story go if they get out? "Well, nice to see you again." "Yeah, thanks for the cell break." *they go separate ways*. No. No no, much better we go for Locked In A Room trope!
I always enjoy your incorporation of fixin' the continuity errors - yeah, where did those blood bags go? I'm already wondering how you're going to 'fix' Spike being able to hurt those guards/orderlies.
And the effort you put into Spike's creative threats. The "Minties challenge" with a torn out tongue? Ghastly visual.
I'm a bit sad the derring-do, well, didn't. Staying in the Initiative cells usually leads to nasty experiments or hurty fights. I'm not a big fan of kick-the-Spike (wounds are just not sexy in my books) and even less when it's Buffy on the receiving end. I'm hoping you'll go with inadvertent cell cuddles and the rest of the Scoobies coming to the rescue. We'll see....
Oh, that's easy enough, in this universe, he hasn't had the chip implanted yet. I always figure the chip in canon was implanted but hadn't been activated, and the initiative guys activated it by remote as he was escaping. That's why I frequently will give the initiative guys a remote for Spike's chip, I've done it in two different stories now. (Care and Darkest Dawn.) There are plenty of cell cuddles to come. (Come on, how could I resist, after setting them up in the same cell?)
Another great chapter. I don't know whether to be disappointed they didn't escape, or excited for the mischief they'll undoubtedly get up to in the future. Well done.
There will be extreme mischief...
You know......I enjoy reading your responses to all your reviews almost as much as your stories. I must admit, that many times, I'll read the reviews first, before I read any of the stories. It's interesting to get the writers perspective on a new chapter, before I take the plunge and read the chapter myself, and....it's also part of why I enjoy your writing so much, because of how you interact with the people who read your work......As for your latest chapter......You faked me out! I thought wow! They're going to get away, but, sadly, no such luck. At least they're together in one cell, and....in total agreement as to the ultimate destination of Mr. Rat! Made me smile, though probably this attempt will make their stay in the Initiative luxury accommodations, a tad bit more uncomfortable........and Riley....the tool....can Spike eat him?
Lol. No, Spike is not going to eat Riley. Sadly. Another fate is in store for the tool.
I love chatting with the readers in reviewmode. It's fun. I like getting to know them.
I'm glad Buffy and Spike protected each other. Unfortunately they didn’t manage to escape. At least now they are in a cell together.
Spike’s thoughts about Rat were funny.
Great chapter, as always!
Thanks! Yep, now they're in the same cell... things could happen.
Ha! This was rather fun, even if they didn't get out. Buffy being her usual, self-sacrificing self, Spike refusing to leave her behind, and Riley being a dolt and sort of dismissing Buffy (like usual)! And I'm guessing Buffy might be done with the mono-syllabic answers for at least a little while :-)
Thanks for the great update!
Yeah, at least we get monosyllabic answers AND dirty looks!
Oh no! I was so hoping their time in there was going to be a quick one and done. Oh well, at least now they're in the same cell. Whatever will they do? :)
Good question... Spike and Buffy... locked in a cell together... *sigh* Such possibilities....