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yellowb commented on Lesson the Second: What the Watcher Knew on March 16, 2018 01:09am Liked

Poor Stuart, being peppered with questions!  I like that he’s gradually getter no through — Buffy at least knows she doesn’t know.

Author's Response on March 21, 2018 05:47pm

In the show, we were sort of led to believe that all watchers other than Giles were incompetent or wankers. I wanted to explore a bit how the job of being a watcher played out for basically average well meaning people put in difficult situations. Stuart hasn't got any magic to fall back on. He was once as "green" as Buffy, but clearly they are both good hearted. I didn't care much for how the Watcher's Council was portrayed in the show, and appreciated this opportunity to go deeper.

Thanks for reading and reviewing.

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-Carrie-Ann- commented on Lesson the Second: What the Watcher Knew on April 16, 2017 10:08pm Liked

Single spacing looks good to me, lol.

I like how Spike isn't giving much away and Buffy isn't pushing him too hard for answers. It looks like he may be more trusting of her that way.

Good chapter x

Author's Response on April 16, 2017 06:28pm

Thanks for the input on the spacing. So far folks seem satisfied with it. 

Buffy is being a reasonably good sport about him not being what she expected. She seems to understand enough about predator/prey and psychology to not get overly rattled by his style of banter and his taunting her. I think the fact that she realized right away that she was no match for him and he has all the power appealed to his pride. On the other hand, she isn't acting helpless either, I think if she had he would have been irritated and probably would have raped and eaten her just to get her out of the way.

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pfeifferpack commented on Lesson the Second: What the Watcher Knew on April 16, 2017 10:04pm Liked

Buffy is certainly brave (or naive). Good thing that Spike has a strong amount of curiosity. Xander is also brave. On one hand he DOES find Spike scary but he did also notice that Spike saved him instead of sacrificing him when Faith was attacked.

I like Stuart. He seems like he's better than the average doofus in the Council, more down to earth. He cared about Faith but was under no illusion about what a Slayer should and shouldn't want. The regular wankers clearly have no idea about Master vampires at the very least! Nest? Not Spike. 

“You can put us in touch with the vampire.” It was an assumption. ... “It's not like I have his phone number,” Stuart said. LOL Loved the whole exchange between Stuart and the Council investigators.

Spike is playing with Buffy but there is something about her that does more than amuse him. She is quite a combination of innocence and trust but not going totally over to stupid, she intrigues him I think. At his age he has seen a lot. He's not necessarily jaded but this would be a new experience. You can almost see Spike's tongue firmly in cheek as he introduces himself (shorter LOL).

“Run twice and leave a woman to die?” Xander said, meeting Spike's eye. ... “Last time wasn't your fault, and to be fair, I did throw you into that tree. No one could have saved her.” Not even him. Let the Watcherette put that into her notebook. Werewolves--even worse than vampires. Seems Spike has a bit of respect and mercy towards Xander. 

Interesting perspective about the difference between enemy and rival. That seems in character for Spike the warrior. His story on how he adopted Spike makes a lot of sense. It's true that even after his initial killing spree with the railroad spike he was still called William the Bloody. So when DID he change his name? This makes sense both in the how and why.

He appreciated Buffy having no terror of him and her desire to play with words. He can tell she's really not realizing the danger she is putting herself into as well.  Clearly Stuart is right and Buffy's appearance has bought her entry and protected her for the moment. 

Loved this chapter. 



Author's Response on April 16, 2017 06:25pm

As much as Spike claims to not care, he does have a respect of sorts for Stu, and even though he picks on Xander I think he respects that Xander put himself out to help Faith. He appreciates the bravery and even a hint of nobility in those actions. Buffy shows some of that too, albeit, unlike Xander hers' appears to be out of ignorance, or the delusion that she knows more than she does. Well, Spike certainly disabuses her of THAT notion rather quickly. 

I can't see him just deciding to make a snack out of Xander at this point. It's not his style, for whatever reason he's ceased to see him in the prey category. I think he hadn't made up his mind about Buffy yet. She looks like she might be a good bit of fun one way or another. She's a welcome distraction, and he's intrigued that she has an interest in him. But I can imagine him at some point thinking she's been fun but now he's hungry and she could satisfy a craving and having his way with her. 

I like that Stuart didn't tell Buffy not to go. He told her what he'd do, but he recognizes one, that Spike isn't your average vampire and two, she's studied up on him and she knows more about him than Stu does, and three, well, he didn't kill faith because he found a better use for her...

Lucky for us Spike is enjoying playing with Buffy for the moment. 

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Flowerofthewolf commented on Lesson the Second: What the Watcher Knew on April 15, 2017 07:29pm Liked

I like the single space a little better but neither one is displeasing to me.

I really like the "Interview of the Vampire" vibe you have going on between Buffy and Spike. Even though this is an AU, they still bounce off of each other really well.

This almost reads like a documentary and I really like that we are learning about Spike with Buffy.

I'm really enjoying this!!

Author's Response on April 15, 2017 08:03pm

Glad to hear you're enjoying it and thank you for taking the time to read and review. I haven't let myself explore Spike as a full functioning vampire in most of my other stories, so I wanted to indulge myself (and him) a little. 

Also, watching Buffy and other shows that include a lot of killing and violence, I realize how immune I've become. I just go along with the story, watching people and things get killed left and right and accept them as simple plot twists and devices and cease to feel the real impact. So in this one I wanted to take time to feel the impact, where it's not just an innocuous part of the story. I felt like I needed to recalibrate myself to the nitty gritty of vamps, Slayers and Watchers. 


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nojiri23 commented on Lesson the Second: What the Watcher Knew on April 15, 2017 03:21am Liked

Fascinating story so far! read Re your question on formatting: I'm enjoying reading this as you've formatted it, whatever that means...

Author's Response on April 15, 2017 07:57am

Thanks for reading and reviewing and giving me input on the formatting. I want to make it easy on the eyes as well as pleasing to the mind. Editing this the past few weeks has really gotten my appetite up for writing the rest of it. find the time!

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jadeunicorn commented on Lesson the Second: What the Watcher Knew on April 14, 2017 06:49pm

that was great!! and the single spacing works for me :)

Author's Response on April 14, 2017 06:52pm

Glad you enjoyed it. I just got the rest of it up! Well...the rest of Part one anyway. Thanks for letting me know about the spacing!

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magnus374 commented on Lesson the Second: What the Watcher Knew on April 14, 2017 03:12pm

 Now we got to see this Buffy. She is of course a different person since her life is very different than in the show. The core traits are still there though. I greatly liked her interaction with both Spike and Stuart. It had a philosophic feeling to it. There were many questions about the truth, the nature of reality and how observing a thing change it's meaning. There also seems to be a Council who actually make some sense here. How the show made the Council did seem strange.

Author's Response on April 14, 2017 11:21am

You and I both have issues with the TV version of the Council! I'd like to think they were more than a necessary evil. I couldn't really think of any Watchers from the show that fit the personality of Stu, so I invented him. I like to think about how Watchers and Slayers approach things, they have the same mission but very different expectations and duties in completing that mission. 

Buffy might be ignorant now, but she truly does want to learn.It's kind of fun to be able to have her actually LISTENING to Spike for a change. I guess this is my payback to him for all the times he said "Buffy, we need to talk." and she said "No Spike, really we don't." Now she's asking HIM the questions!


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