"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
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.
.... 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.
The Initiative is just a problem.
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
Our girl is all grown up. And a little scary. Yeah.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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?
Glad you're reading here. I was delighted when I saw your Ammit storyline. =D I need to write you some reviews.
You're reading Tales? How fabulous! The Egyptians are so ripe for inclusion in the Buffyverse, aren't they?
They really are, and Willow helped it all along by summoning Buffy back with the Urn of Osiris.
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.
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.
By giving Buffy an entire childhood as vacation and retraining. Brilliant.
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.
Sad but true