Tell him what?? Ahh this is so good. Hands down my fave post series story. I’ve read it a couple times now and it really catches me each time. I love the school (the concept! Like duh of course they need a slayer school), your characterization of Spike as human, Buffy emerging in her new role and carving out this lovely niche for herself, the Scottish castle with a room for all Scoobies and slayers, Giles there gone all Prof Xavier in Hogwarts, the village, the date, how you write Buffy and Spike together—all of it. Even though its currently unfinished, what’s been set up makes such sense and in an inspiring way. I can envision so many futures (lovely, heart felt, zany, fraught) from the groundwork laid in what’s written so far. I enjoy this story so much. I know I’ll be returning here again and again.[Report This]
This was great, Spike has some of his strenght at least. Then Buffy and Spike are finally talking and it was a good talk. She wants to know him and ask about his past. Her crying like that let Spike know how deeply she do care. This whole interaction had a very good feeling to it. She even admits feelings and we have these sweet kisses. This felt good to read.[Report This]
Beautiful chapter. Lots of emotional issues and insights.
Giles and his less than artful way of holding out a peace offering certainly created a storm in Spike.
He is embarrassed by his human life, his "lack of accomplishment" if nothing else. He is feeling diminished already being human again and now his past is exposed. Sad that he can't be proud of the good man he was and is. There is nothing for him to be ashamed of. He was a dutiful son. An educated and intelligent and emotional man. A caregiver. He was articulate. Some of his faults were products of his time and position. He can "make something of himself" now building on the past, the human past and his years as a vampire and all he learned then (not just learned in the literal sense but his insights and maturity, wisdom that comes from living).
So Spike has a more than human strength and skills as well as his healing ability. I suspect he is more than human, rather like a male Slayer perhaps. They do need to have him checked out. Seems his sexual recuperation and stamina are more than the average guy too.
I loved this: "So you've never loved a woman who didn't treat you like crap, and I've never loved any guy who hasn't tried to kill me. We are really screwed." It is ironic and sad but also hopeful too. They can make a good relationship, unlike anything they ever had before.
So happy this is updated and it's a splendid update at that.
I liked the descriptions of this place and the situation. Giles admitted that he was wrong about Spike and is intelligent enough to see what he can offer to the school now. Buffy immediately suspected something bad and got into defend mode, I did like that.
Of course Giles would dig up all the old information and that, is a lot for Spike to take in. Well he do need a job and this could be good for a lot of people.[Report This]
I'm glad Giles has reevaluated Spike's value. He certainly should have given what Spike did (not just that last sacrifice either).
I love that Buffy jumped to Spike's defense immediately. She made it abundantly clear that where Spike goes so goes she. I am certain that Spike appreciated that.
So Giles discovered Spike's background. I look forward to more backstory on that. Just who is Lucy and so on. No doubt Spike is quite qualified to teach either history or literature. Clearly he's not happy having his past dragged up for any reason. He is likely especially unhappy that Giles has been through it all.
It would be easy to update Spike's identity with acceptable dates but using his own actual history. Willow can still hack like a pro I would assume.
It was good to see Buffy and Dawn talk. We could see that Dawn has grown up. The really great thing about the chapter was the time Buffy and Spike could spend together. All the talking they did and that wonderful "date". All of these things were great for them to have. They haven't allowed themself to enjoy themself before.[Report This]