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Joyce commented on Chapter 6 on August 14, 2020 02:05pm Liked

You know that would have been way too soon for a morning sickness, right?

Thanks for having Buffy use her fists on Spike like that for non communication. That is so Buffy!

They forgot to burn the guilty clothes!

“This is your fault, Angel.” Darn tooting!

“…new Head Master.” ?! That sounds too much like school and the Council definitely is not School.

And that “very personal concern” wouldn’t just happen to be the curse LOL as if they could not guess.

And you loaded another surprise on us!! Wesley is once again with two slayers!

Enjoyed this fic.

 

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Joyce commented on Chapter 5 on August 14, 2020 02:05pm

I knew there was some Bangel in this fic but I sincerely hoped that you would not go THERE… Arrgh!!

Laughing at what happened to Travers. He thought he was all master of his domain. Demons will do what demons can get away with.

 

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Joyce commented on Chapter 4 on August 14, 2020 02:04pm

I think it’s funny that you have a character with a Romance language surname and an Irish accent! Yeah, yeah I know he probably lived in Ireland at some point.

Sometimes unscrupulous folks need a nudge in the right direction LOL. Thanks for Spike keeping his vampire features. He has such a handsome game face.

I guess Buffy was overcome by the moment. Grrr. Guess it was a primal thing.

Spike is almost there and it’s about time to hopefully quash whatever is going on with Buffy and Angel.

 

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Joyce commented on Chapter 3 on August 14, 2020 02:03pm

Kind of think the Kalderash having a working relationship with a vampire is a bit inconceivable. This reader thinks they would immediately stake anyone of their clan who got turned. However, you writers come up with concepts which go against the grain and they work.

So the clean up was not as thorough as I had hoped.

“…and her little sister too!” Love The Wicked Witch bit! So apropos! “..he finally lost the small remaining hold on reality..” Yep. Deep end! But hey, bright spot is he’s thinking straight out kill now instead of experimenting.

Uh oh re “bathing the blonde vampire in the intense light”! My breath caught there…. I see you took that bright light from canon in a literal direction. This will be interesting with the demon taking each word into consideration.

Buffy is still being way too protective of Dawn. She needs to remind herself of how she felt when she had to sneak out at night going with her own feelings. A slayer has to go with her intuitions. It’s going to be hard road with Dawn if Buffy won’t relinquish some of her control.

What a wonderful gift to Tara from Giles! I love your description of the detailed engraving and the symmetry of the depicted scene.

Drusilla is not spelled with a “c” included but you are consistent with the misspelled “Druscilla”. I know it is a valid variation but it would be nice if the canon spelling was used. There are variations of spelling in many names and I feel it’s a show of respect to Joss.

Re Darla. “I was never in love with her..” Oh really?! The secretiveness shown to his own crew would belie that statement.

There was no way for the others to have known exactly what happened in Willow’s room They just suffered the outcome. Thank you for writing a beneficial way for Willow to address her grief.

Angel repeated back to “brassed off” Buffy what she said worded differently like it was something else entirely and he really expected an answer?!!!

“Maybe…I just didn’t hear enough of what she said.” Oh he heard alright! He just didn’t like what he heard. I love to get all riled up about what is happening in a fic!

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Joyce commented on Chapter 2 on August 14, 2020 02:02pm


“It was an evil sound..” It’s a sound that accompanies a feeling of skittering things crawling up one’s back. Felt it way too many times but I love it in the context of my body getting ready for flight or fight.

Re Buffy trying to teach and “she didn’t have the patience to teach…” Some people are teachers and others are not. I was asked recently to teach a class but I know my limits. Once upon a time I taught some classes with a very narrow focus and that worked. Real teachers need to be more versatile when a wide range of information is to be dispensed. Watchers are trained for that. I can see Dawn as being a Watcher type more than as a slayer since she’s so good at research and has an intuition regarding where to search for information.

Re “..a second vampire kill.” Did Dawn ever tell Buffy in canon about Justin or is that just in fanfic where they had a talk and Buffy mentioned that she had to stake Angel and knew just how Dawn felt?

“Angel hadn’t wanted to tell her at all…”. There was Angel being his secretive self. It would have been better if Giles had told Buffy about Angel wanting another bit of control so that Buffy can put all the little controlling incidents into a mental box and see them as a whole.

I am surprised that Angel did not let out one growl with all the mentioning of Wesley going on there.

“Raptors”?! Is this a made up term specifically employed by you for this fic? Wet works is more widely used. This is trial by fire for Dawn who has no experience or any type of training which would give her some muscle memory for fighting.

Smart demon to wait until the person is too exhausted to state the true desire minus any hedging.

I love that Cordelia grew up to be such a compassionate adult. Her speech was insightful enough to cut through Wesley’s defenses. One has to put themselves in the place of the one being addressed.

Buffy nailed Quentin’s plan! Why would she ever consider going to the heart of the beast when she knows how double crossing they can be? Giles, as a former inside person, knows them better.

Now that’s what I call a good clean up!

Interesting creative creature regarding the sibilant speech appearing to be an assistant of sorts. Makes sense. Who knows how many other demons are in the caves seeking boons?

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Joyce commented on Chapter 1 on August 14, 2020 02:01pm

Those “slimy English bastards” finally succeeded…

Yes, there should be another slayer out there after Willow brought Buffy back.

For Buffy, that was an unexpected way of shutting up Angel. Wondering if Buffy ever knew in canon what Wesley did.

You’ve written Lindsey very sympathetically here. Wonder when the other shoe will drop since it always does with Lindsey in canon.

It’s nice that Giles is in contact with the Kalderash as they were part of Janna’s life. They can comfort each other as well as trade info.

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Jos771 commented on Chapter 6 on October 14, 2019 06:09pm

Ok, parts 1 and 3 in one day, that’s how much I love this story!!!! Part 3 will have to wait until tomorrow though...innocent

Author's Response on October 16, 2019 07:20pm

I'm guessing 1 and 2 and 3 later (LOL)

This 3 part set is the one that was published and is now out of print because the company went out of business. 

I'm glad you like it.

GSL

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Fluffypuppy commented on Chapter 3 on July 02, 2019 06:09pm

Angel is being thick again much be all the hair gel 

Author's Response on October 16, 2019 07:23pm

Spike has always been a better person, and smarter than Angel, even when Angel had a soul and Spike didn't. I"m thinking it was all the booze as a human that killed those brain cells!

Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Gillian

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Fluffypuppy commented on Chapter 2 on July 02, 2019 06:04pm

Willow gone off at the deep end again 

will Dawn survive being a slayer

Author's Response on October 16, 2019 07:21pm

This was written during season 6, but I took hints and clues and ran ahead of Joss on this with how I thought it was going to come out as well as wishful thinking.

GSL

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Fluffypuppy commented on Chapter 1 on July 02, 2019 05:55pm

Dawn is the slayer? Will she retain her Keyness?

Author's Response on October 16, 2019 07:24pm

She lost that after the portal closed at the end of season 5, evolving into just a human girl (per Joss)

Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Gillian

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lambean commented on Chapter 5 on May 27, 2019 02:24pm

I HATE,HATE,HATED this chapter. I ve really been enjoying this series but I can’t believe you had Buffy sleep with Angel after she was in love with Spike, and that she’s possibly pregnant with his baby.  This seems to go against every unwritten Spuffy lovers rule. I don’t know if I can read any more I think I will just end it here.  It was really gross

Author's Response on October 16, 2019 07:27pm

Sometimes you have to go where you have to go to get where you want to be... Angel was always a prick, and Buffy has that weakness...

But go on to part 3. I think you'll enjoy it and be vindicated for enduring this chapter.

Thank you. 

Gillian

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purrmonster commented on Chapter 6 on March 14, 2019 09:54am

"I'm sorry. You're right, I could have stopped it, but I know it was something she and I had left unfinished for much too long." --- ah, Angel, ever the asshole.  Unfinished issues is no excuse to take a confused and unable to give consent Buffy and rape her, again.  Buffy's feelings and wishes were abundantly clear and well expressed - she did not want Angel and she loves Spike.  This was told to Angel on several occasions and by several people, not just Buffy.

I am quite surprised that Spike gives a pass to Angel so easily.  And Buffy, too, I would think she would be furious with Angel, especially with his own admission that he could have stopped it all.   The way Angel acted toward Spike and what he said just before their fight should have let everyone know what a jackass Angel truly is and I wish they would have banished him from Buffy's home, and her town immediately.  There is no making up for what he did.  Ship him off back to L.A. and good riddance!  What minuscule 'help' that Angel provides is in no way worth all the damn trouble he causes.  Cordy needs her head examined - how can anyone stand such a prick?  I almost feel sorry for her, but.....

So we had to suffer through horrible Bangle sex, but we don't even get any Spuffy making love reunion sex?  What a rip.

Ghost Faith with Dawn and Wesley - now this could be a real hoot!  LOL  Great possibilities.

I like that there was hardly any Xander at all in this series so far, thank you for that.

Author's Response on October 16, 2019 07:31pm

I find Xander difficult to write. That may be that I"m not a big fan of the character. Go on to part 3 and you'll get the reward. Angel has always been a jackass. Rewatch the flashbacks from the series and he is there again. It's all that feeling entitled crap on his part. Spike has always been a better man than Angel, even when Angel had a soul and Spike didn't.

Yeah, I really wanted to explore Ghost Faith and Dawn and Wesley but never found the time to run with that....

Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Gillian

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purrmonster commented on Chapter 5 on March 14, 2019 08:24am

Absolutely, utterly disgusting, the Bangel sex, I mean.  Not your writing - your writing is great! heart   Getting me all worked up and has totally sucked me in!  Yeah, but you REALLY need to forewarn the readers about the Bangel sex.  sick    

Buffy and Angel talked for HOURS about their issues, totally exhausting their friends in the process, so that's no excuse (to claim unresolved issues) for Angel's behavior.  Buffy is being driven by a new power that she doesn't understand nor can she control and Angel KNOWS that and took advantage of her in that state because he and his demon both want her, ignoring her wishes, warnings and feelings.  Seriously, that is rape.  He's taken advantage of a Buffy that cannot normally consent in her state, and raped her again; first time was statutory rape and this time she is unable to consent.  Vomit worthy. 

Spike, hurry and get home and cause a world of hurt and dust upon Angel!  If Buffy becomes preggers with that arsehole's child....   vamp rant scythe stake   sicksicksick 

Author's Response on October 16, 2019 07:34pm

Part 3 will restore things.And we all know Angel was never really the same after Willow plopped that soul back in him. (Different spell?) Plus Spike was always a better man than Angel, alive, without a soul and Angel with a soul that had to be CURSED into him. Tells you all you need right there.

Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Gillian

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purrmonster commented on Chapter 4 on March 14, 2019 07:23am

oh gahhhhhhhh barf - I really hate Angel for so many, many damn reasons.  YUCK  Self-centered opportunist that manipulates everyone for his own benefit.  Buffy has told him many, many times that they are over and she loves Spike, but the asshole that Angel is completely ignores that and does what he wants and forces himself on Buffy.   sick rant  He says it's unsolved issues??   ppfffttt  yeah, right.  NOT.  He just wants to move in on Buffy because Spike is not there, and reclaim what he thinks of as his property.  

Even Giles has had a few talks with him about it too, warning him to back off, yet the arse does what he pleases with no consequences.   He's a sexual predator, abuser, harasser.  He's made several attempts (he doesn't listen to Buffy or Giles telling him to back off ) at Buffy so far and he KNOWS what he is doing is wrong and doesn't give a crap; each time she keeps trying to pull away and stop but he forces himself on her!  He's taking advantage of the situation that Buffy is in - all confused with her new extreme Slayer feelings. 

He doesn't have to lose his soul to be evil, because Angel is evil, too.  Want Spike to dust his sorry arse so badly!!!!  After Buffy gives him a beating, that is.

--->> Would have been nice for a heads up kind of WARNING about forced Bangel, but this fic has no warnings listed.  Suggest you fix that, so we readers wouldn't have been so blindsided by it.  Ugh, now I need to go be sick.

Author's Response on October 16, 2019 07:36pm

Part 3....

GSL

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nmcil commented on Chapter 6 on August 22, 2015 08:02am

So good reading this again - I had forgotten many of the elements so this refresher is good. 

Author's Response on August 22, 2015 06:03pm

As strange as it may seem, I will occasionally read my copy of this book fro time to time as well. Keeps my muse picked up, (and I get that "OMG! *I* actually wrote this?" sensation, which makes me work harder on the original fics. They are also filled with vamps, werewolves, shape-shifters, magick. and all the things we've come to adore!

Glad you enjoyed re-reading this. I feel thatis the sign of a good story.

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nmcil commented on Chapter 5 on August 22, 2015 07:20am Liked

Much as I dislike intensly the Buffy-Angel love relationship - your idea of using the compulsion of the ancient slayer and all their unresolved sexual desires worked well.  

Author's Response on August 22, 2015 06:00pm

Seemed logical. I'm NOT a Buffy Angel fan except for season 1-3. But if the nature of a slayer is one of darkness and that she was forceably joined with a demon (as Josh later showed us) then the attraction while being repulsed by a vampire seems perfecticly logical to me. 

Glad yo enjoyed the story.

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madspuffyfan commented on Chapter 6 on February 24, 2015 03:43pm Liked

Loved it

Author's Response on October 16, 2019 07:36pm

Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Gillian

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Tipsytoes commented on Chapter 6 on July 16, 2012 02:31am Liked

:-)

Author's Response on October 16, 2019 07:36pm

Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Gillian

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ImNobody commented on Chapter 5 on January 29, 2011 04:00pm Liked

The story is a delight, but for those of us with sensitive stomachs I think you should add an explicit Buffy/Angel warning. In my cloud cuckoo land Buffy and Angel may have had sex once (I consider the day that Angel took back apocryphal) but it is certain that she didn't actually enjoy it.

Author's Response: Sometimes you have to go where you may not want to be to get to where you DO want to be... it's the nature of the beast.

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nmcil commented on Chapter 6 on June 08, 2008 06:41pm Liked

More than a pleasant surprise to have Faith back in the story - you gave her such a brutal death, nice to have her back as well as having Wesley as Watcher again.  Excellent series - very much enjoying this work.



Author's Response:

I honestly think that if the Watcher's council could have done so, especially Quinton Travers, he'd certainly have had Faith killed.Probably Buffy too.

It was a brutal death, but Faith, being a Slayer, was an extradinary person; and being in prision, it HAD to be something quick and silent.

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Jace Nox commented on Chapter 6 on June 20, 2007 07:25pm Liked

This was a great story, except for the Bangel sex...I had to turn away from that because EEEWWW!    I was mondo worried about Spike's reaction and I'm amazed he took it so well.  I just glad that it worked out in the end because Buffy loves him so much and she couldn't help herself...though if she's preggers with Angel spawn I will have to jump into the story and murder Angel!

Keep up the great work!

Jace 



Author's Response:

Thanks. Glad you enjoyed it. I'm not crazy about B/A together either, but felt there needed to be some FINAL closure on that issue.

Gillian

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sister cuervo Anonymous Chapter 6 on June 17, 2007 10:25am Liked

Facinating and with a wide-open ending leaving room for lots more exciting adventures. Great stuff.

Author's Response:

Thank you. I hope you read the sequel to Ashes to Ashes, which is Rising From the Flames. Those two, together with the prequel of: Into The Fires, constitute an entire series.

Glad you enjoyed it.

Gillian Silverlight

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