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magnus374 commented on Lesson the Third: Vampire Hunting on April 15, 2017 09:47am

The way they are talking and acting around each other, there's a special intensity there. I like the description of Buffy's thoughts. She know that he's a killer, but she hasn't seen it, so it isn't reall to her. She is worried that Spike could go after her family though. Buffy's mention of how she was "recruited" make some sense. The Council must have some ways of recruiting new people. I do wonder what Buffy is actually is telling her family. 

Author's Response on April 15, 2017 08:00am

I'm going to address how Buffy "covers" what she does with her family/friends a bit in Part 2. I'm curious myself! 

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Annieg1rl commented on Lesson the Fourth: View To A Kill on April 15, 2017 04:46am

Wow. That was heavy. Kudos. Parts Two and Three, please.

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

Glad you liked it! More incentive to get writing!

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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. Now...to find the time!

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Madison_Writer commented on Lesson the Third: Vampire Hunting on April 15, 2017 01:08am

So amazing! You perfectedly captured Spike voice and how gut churningly scary a guy like him must be to a normal person. Big bad Spike really is delicious, especially when he gets to be odd and moody and gentle

, but without being a lapdog. 

I can only imagine how  dehumanizing being a slayer must be after a while. I always wondered how slayers could cope. Between the victims they can't save, their own psychological immaturity, the lack of a support system and the utter inefrectiveness of being one girl against the legions of evil. They have to stop caring about it all to survive. Reminds me of season 6 buffy not remembering any of the potientials names as they could easily die on here any day. 

Love this version of buffy too! She's a lot nore thoughtful and unsure, but willing to learn. I like that Spike's not much impressed with her, as befitiing a person who's been everywhere/seen everything in his 200+ years.

Stu is also awesome! Can't wait to read the rest!

Author's Response on April 15, 2017 07:56am

Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts. The whole Slayer death wish thing makes sense when we think about how isolating and soul wearing the job is. Even with friends around, they can't fully understand because they aren't the chosen ones. Anything they contribute is gravy, they aren't expected to be able to save everyone. So here we get to see Faith dealing with it in a manner similar to how S6 Buffy dealt (or tried to blot it all out), literally taking that which she is meant to kill, inside of her. Literally internalizing it. And Spike dealing with the out of control bloodlust and thrill of killing by making a choice to set that aside and fuck Faith instead. That allows him to feel powerful, and Faith to feel powerful, because they made the choice to NOT kill each other....for now. 

Maybe the 21st century is the time for there to be Watchers that specialize in the psychology of slaying and Slayers. How to support this girl who had this impossible role, and understand how it changes them. Maybe there's nothing, ultiimately, that can be done to address it because they must be able to compartmentalize in order to keep going out night after night, but understanding they psychology might help Watchers be more supportive, understanding and help the Slayer herself understand what she's going through so she won't add fear, guilt and self hatred on top of the other burdens she already carries. 

I admit, well, I guess it's obvious, that I didn't care for the way Spike mooned around after Buffy and worshiped the ground she walked on. You can love, respect and admire someone without becoming a sad sap yourself over it. 

I'm really glad you liked Stu. It's always tricky introducing original characters into a fan fic. None of the Watchers we saw on the show seemed to fit what was needed here. We can see that the Council still has a sort of don't ask/don't tell mentality going on, which is really sad because this is NOT a situation where people should worry about being polite. 

Haha, I can't wait to write the rest! So hopefully neither of us will have to wait too long.

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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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pfeifferpack commented on Prologue and Chapter one: What Comes of Dancing With Slayers. on April 14, 2017 04:48am Liked

This looks really interesting. Spike having an affair without love is not often done but it fits with evil Spike nicely. Faith would push his desire buttons and that works nicely.

You really got Faith's "want, take, have" attitude. Yes I can easily see her making this sort of arrangement with Spike. He's hot and available and both of them get turned on when fighting. Spike without Dru is at loose ends and Faith is a very attractive woman. I can see the attraction easily especially with it being primarily physical.

I think he at least cared for Faith or he wouldn't have taken her body to her Watcher. I think Faith cared too but it wasn't actually love on either side.

Like how you gave the Bangel nonsense the twist by having him sent to help Kendra. Like with Buffy in canon S1 he didn't do such a good job protecting her did he? Soo Angel didn't seem to worry too much about unsouled Spike hanging about. 

I can't wait to see the changes in the interaction between Spike and Buffy in this one. Having her as a Watcher (with shades of Lydia with the thesis) will be a neat twist.

Gruesome end for Faith being mauled and bitten to death. 

Looking forward to this. Enjoyed the opening.

Kathleen

Author's Response on April 14, 2017 06:38am

I kind of want to play around with a Buffy who has a choice about how and to what degree to involve herself with vampires. A Slayer has no choice. A Watcher does, so what attracts them? Are they thrill seekers, do-gooders, natural born killers? I also liked the idea of getting to play around with all the different ways that she could be attracted to Spike personally, and what it would be about him that would turn her away. Plus, how does a vampire look at Slayers, Watchers, the Council? 

Mostly this story deals with expectations vs reality. Buffy has studied this Vampire so she thinks she knows him, but she knows there is more to learn, but when she meets him, she's going to have to throw out not only her expectations about him, but her expectations about herself. And of course, Spike just loves showing people how stupid they really are. lol. 

 

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magnus374 commented on Prologue and Chapter one: What Comes of Dancing With Slayers. on April 13, 2017 06:03pm

I enjoyed this scenario. I liked what we learned about Spike and Faith's relationship. Considering their personality and the timing this seems like a possibility. They may have been just fuck buddies but of course there are some sort of feelings there. They would both deny it but we could see some hints of it. This was a good start, we are not prepared for the next step. 

It was also interesting to see the interaction between Spike and Angel. They weren't rivals as such here so they were somewhat civil towards each other.

Author's Response on April 13, 2017 02:49pm

Glad to have you onboard for this story. Yes, there must have been some sort of feelings, but maybe it all seemed pointless, seeing as what their roles were. Feelings could only lead to pain, safer to not own that you have any in the first place. This was my first time writing Faith. It's too bad her role in this was so short lived.

Thanks for reading and reviewing.

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nojiri23 commented on Prologue and Chapter one: What Comes of Dancing With Slayers. on April 13, 2017 04:14pm Liked

Intense. Such a sad ending to a Slayer. Props to Spike's honoring another warrior. Looking forward to Buffy the Watcher. read

Author's Response on April 13, 2017 01:16pm

thanks, glad you're enjoying it. I've been very hungry for some Spike as his big bad vampire self.

Author's Response on April 13, 2017 01:18pm

I mean WRITING him as his big bad self. I'm reading some great stories right now where he is deliciously evil!

nojiri23 Replied on April 13, 2017 04:38pm

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Flowerofthewolf commented on Prologue and Chapter one: What Comes of Dancing With Slayers. on April 13, 2017 04:10pm Liked

I really love a good AU. I was so happy after I read the summary and found out you plan to make this a three part series.

There are so many possibilities with where this story is going to go and I am excited for each one.

I have a weakness for a bad Spike and you really did his character justice. He still doesn't like sharing with others when it comes to his women but he is all about the physical pleasures instead of the emotional ones.

His fascination with Slayers was well laid out and I thought you wrote his reaction to Faith's death perfectly. He wasn't necessarily sad but he did feel bad that Faith didn't get an honorable death. Even as the big bad he was all about a fair fight with a worthy opponent.

I loved this and can't wait for the next chapter! Its really a beautiful start heart

Author's Response on April 13, 2017 01:15pm

Thanks, I'm glad you're enjoying it. It's one that I'm really eager to get back into. I have another story I need to wrap up, then I plan to dive into writing parts 2 and 3 of this, so hopefully it won't be a terribly long wait, but the five chapters of part 1 can stand pretty comfortably on their own, so there won't be any nail biting. 

Thanks for taking the time to read and review.

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