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OffYourBird commented on 4) The Reveal – Spike on April 14, 2018 02:18am Liked

"he snarled, but he picked up a good dictionary, a thesaurus, a rhyming dictionary, and a handful of spiral bound notebooks, nonetheless. Buffy patted his shoulder" - this whole exchange was perfect - Spike in a nutshell. So exposed and defending himself even as he can't help but give into the temptation of Buffy's offer and her acceptance.

The entire Bronze scene made me giggle - Spike is so off-balance, but clearly not putting up a fight (and very much not that bothered by all the affection and cinnamon giving. What a goner biggrin

Author's Response on April 14, 2018 02:40am

He got dumped--really truly dumped, after a long, long time. He's raw. Having someone he respects (not Harmony) accept whatever he is with affection has got to feel good. Good enough, maybe, that he's only putting up a token protest against that affection.

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OffYourBird commented on 3) Footage – Riley on April 14, 2018 02:06am Liked

 .... I feel like I really should have seen that coming and didn't! What an excellent twist. It rings so true to how NSA-like the Initiative was, too. Spuffy is going to have their hands full.

Author's Response on April 14, 2018 02:32am

The Initiative is just a problem. 

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OffYourBird commented on 2) The Truce – Spike on April 14, 2018 02:01am Liked

Oh, this was just delicious. I laughed out loud with Buffy when she realized just how far she'd been sent back, and I adored the inner monologue we get from Spike - it fits my headcanon for what he was thinking/trying to achieve so well.

Such a clever, experienced Slayer here, playing the field all innocence and coed verve. And boy does she ever have Spike wrapped around her finger already biggrin

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Author's Response on April 14, 2018 02:29am

Our girl is all grown up. And a little scary. Yeah. blow_kiss

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jeweledichneumon commented on 1) The Waiting Room – Buffy on April 14, 2018 01:59am Liked

Yay! I'm so glad you are posting this here. (It's one of my favorite stories but I've never commented because I only started commenting on things when I started reading on EF.) Good time for a re-read!

I really like the juxtaposition between Ma'at/the Egyptian and the complete generic modernity of the doctor's office model. And the scale! Somehow the scale ties it together perfectly because that does exist in both the myth and modern contexts. 

How Buffy copes with immortality/vastly outliving humans/those around her (in stories where she has to deal with that) always interests me, and I like your idea of a sort of...retreat behind the superficial appearance of immaturity/possible retreat to immaturity/renouncing of responsibility? (not well-phrased, but anyway) Faced with an alternative of just getting super depressed and lonely, it would definitely be the preferable option, I suspect.

Author's Response on April 14, 2018 02:25am

One of my major motivations for writing this was making canon hold together. It has gaps. And a big gap has always been Anya--she's ancient. There are only a couple of times in canon where that shows. One of them is when she rips metaphorical holes in Giles for selling a Khul's amulet and a Sobekian bloodstone to Glory. As in, she knew off the top of her head what a Khul's amulet and a Sobekian bloodstone were and how they could be used by a being with enough power. But the vast majority of the time, she hid her competence. If she could roll her eyes and upbraid Giles, how many misguided and/or stupid things did she hear the rest of the Scoobies say every day? She has to be pretending. If she didn't, she might have had to kill them all, and then where would she be? I think Buffy's in very much the same situation.

jeweledichneumon Replied on April 14, 2018 02:33am

Oooh, I hadn't thought to apply it to Anya, but that is definitely the best explanation for the way she is written! Actually, to a lesser degree, a milder version of it would explain why even old vampires never really act/seem to have the opinions/maturity of old people. There are probably other ways think about that, but it does kind of work... 

Author's Response on April 14, 2018 06:38pm

I would say it's probably a factor. They do have to blend to hunt, and talking like the son of an eighteenth century Irish linen and silk merchant in late twentieth century California would make a fella stick out. Sure, there are fewer consequences for a vampire. They're strong and fast and deadly. So the part of maturity that worries about consequences wouldn't really be necessary. And old is also a physical thing. Reflexes slow down, brains slow down, bodies wear out. They don't get that part. They don't age. But they really do need to talk like they look so they don't arouse suspicion.

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OffYourBird commented on 1) The Waiting Room – Buffy on April 14, 2018 01:42am Liked

Oh, I just love this introduction! The waiting room had a perfect Beetlejuice-esque vibe to it (and I was so delighted by the Egyptian references, as I happen to have a WIP featuring Ammit). 

You've set us up with a fascinating version of Buffy here - old and yet still playing the 'young dumb blonde' in many respects - still to her advantage.

And I am *so* excited that we're going back to the beginning of Spuffy! I wonder what moment will constitute as Spike being hers?

Author's Response on April 14, 2018 01:48am

Glad you're reading here. I was delighted when I saw your Ammit storyline. =D I need to write you some reviews. 

OffYourBird Replied on April 14, 2018 02:08am

You're reading Tales? How fabulous! The Egyptians are so ripe for inclusion in the Buffyverse, aren't they? heart

Author's Response on April 14, 2018 06:44pm

They really are, and Willow helped it all along by summoning Buffy back with the Urn of Osiris. heart

I am loving Tales, by the way. Buffy with a better childhood, some distance, and some perspective? That means she can focus on actual enemies instead of spending all her time at war with herself.

OffYourBird Replied on April 14, 2018 07:01pm

Yay, I'm so excited to hear it! I find myself often terribly disappointed in the last season and a half of the show because the Scoobies fractured pretty hideously and were still mostly estranged by the end. They came together for the First out of necessity, but all the... spark was gone. I really feel like the writers forgot what made up the heart of the show. I wanted to built an alternate universe where resolution and healing and transformation could happen.

Author's Response on April 14, 2018 07:19pm

By giving Buffy an entire childhood as vacation and retraining. heartsBrilliant. 

Yeah. There were so many betrayals, so much damage, by the end of the series, I was surprised they didn't want the world to end.

OffYourBird Replied on April 14, 2018 08:30pm

Sad but true

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vicdave99 commented on 10) Meanwhile – Angel on April 14, 2018 12:59am Liked

Yay, yay, happy dance. heart

Author's Response on April 14, 2018 01:31am

I did it! I actually got some of it posted here! Yayyyy!

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