Well done, Anya! Thanks you your reality check, Buffy doesn't gut Faith and put her in a coma.
And Angel's dust.
Then Anya talks Faith into standing up to be a slayer. Awesome!
Glad you liked the way things are evolving.
I really like the way Buffy finds Anya here. It is a great time and way for them to get to know each other as more than the Slayer and the ex-demon. It is great that Anya explains her philosophy for not lying to Buffy (which should prevent them from getting so frustrated by her truthfulness later) as well as being able to provide the cure before Buffy is nearly catatonic. It shows straight away what an asset she can be - imagine how many future hours of research can be prevented through simply asking her a couple of questions.
I enjoyed Anya's explanation about Angelus and the soul, too. It makes sense both according to canon (the way that Spike barely changes with or without the soul as opposed to the dramatic personality shift from Angel to Angelus) and it provides Buffy with the opportunity to really consider who Angel is as a person and whether she really should be pursuing that relationship.
There is also the very important fact that Anya points out to Buffy that it will be difficult for her to have a fulfilling sexual relationship with a human as they are so very breakable.
A day at the mall, being a typical teenage girl alongside Buffy, Cordy and Willow is a great way to integrate Anya into the Scoobies. I love that they are letting her tell stories of her 'glory days' (and even enjoying them!) rather than shutting her up. It is important that they accept her as she is, not simply as a strange human girl with no filter. I'm not sure whether we should be worried about Anya and Cordy spending so much time together, though - the idea of Queen C being Anya's main guide for every day human interaction is mildly terrifying...
I do love the way that Buffy tactfully pointed out how prostitution really wouldn't be the best option in a way that Anya would truly understand - she wouldn't be getting orgasms. Also, the way that it scandalises Willow made it that much better...
I like that Anya's reaction to Buffy having never read the Slayer's Handbook is 'good for you' and that she puts the idea of asking for a salary into Buffy's mind.
Finally, Buffy is hearing the 'demons can love' speech from an unbiased source that she trusts. What a good way to make it impossible for her to keep living in denial. Learning how much Angel lied to her - about killing with the soul, his feelings, even the very nature of demons - is sure to make Buffy remove those rose-tinted glasses she loves to wear around him.
Anya's explanation of how being turned into a demon changed how she saw humans, and how that led to Buffy's thoughts on both the possibility of a reformed vampire (and I love that her first thought in regards to that was Spike) and the fact that there was nothing wrong about dusting the vampires she met on patrol because even if they were people, to humans they are the enemy.
I am so glad that her final conclusion is that her relationship with Angel is OVER! As Anya put it, " I guess he’s still more interested in getting his orgasms than giving them."
Well this is a fantastic take on my challenge! Thank you! I thoroughly enjoyed the first chapter - Anya and her blunt truths forcing Buffy out of denial is going to make things very exciting.
I can't wait to read more!
First of all, thank you for the 'essay-review.' I'm really glad you like this, since you're the main person to please here (it being your challenge and all).
Yes, Anya will start off as a much more equal partner in the Scoobie gang, as opposed to being on the fringes, constantly unsure if her place there is only due to her relationship with Xander (which isn't at all unfounded given the atrocious way they handled the wedding that wasn't with barely a 'sorry' for the woman left at the altar, while coddling the immature Xander further.)
She's going to be dropping some truth bombs on the Slayer and her crew, and she's going to be listened to this time.
On with the show.
I love that Anya offered the information for the cure. They really under-used that character on the show! She had a century of knowledge. She also knew so much about demons and dimensions along with just the things learned from day-to-day living that long!
I love the different dynamic among the girls with Anya not being shushed or ignored. She has actual wisdom to share.
Buffy finally is listening and thinking about Angel. I am glad that Anya pointed out to Buffy that she SHOULD dust vampires at the same time admits they were human and still have feelings.
Buffy thinking back about Spike is good too. She SHOULD have remembered that he loved Dru, she recognized it at the time (used that love to stop him killing the kids at that club)...she just "forgot" after Angel lost his soul and she chose to believe a vampire could not love without a soul. Buffy jumped into denial immediately then.
I guess he’s still more interested in getting his orgasms than giving them. Yes, that's Angel. He is so self-centered in everything. It's always about him. HE can't be with Buffy. He has to leave (forget staying to make sure she is safe even if he can't "be" with her sexually. He gives back humanity and so on and so on. It's always about HIM.
Love this and can't wait to see more.
As Oscar Wilde says in A Woman of No Importance (1893): “One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age. A woman who would do that would tell anything.” LOL Anya would likely agree. I fess up to my age and can keep secrets so can prove it's not true but I thought of this quote when I read Anya say . Well, that and my age, but what woman doesn’t lie about that, right?
Indeed, Xander did a lot of brow-beating to get Anya to be more 'acceptable' by his standards. He kept shushing her, and his relationship with her created a lot of tension between Anya and Willow. She could and should have been a font of knowledge, but instead was always terrified of not being 'human enough.'
Now, let's see where this takes us. As always, thank you for the wonderful review.
How very interesting! I love this premise.
Not only will Anya dispel many Council assertions and give Buffy a much needed education, but she can be relied upon to give Buffy the unvarnished truth, as she sees it. No more diving into that murky Egyptian river!
At the same time, Anya gains female friends who are sympathetic to her situation and help her adapt to being human again.
I can't wait to see where you take them!
Exactly, I see this as a win-win, that will leave everyone in a much better situation as things develop. Thank you for the review.
Great first chapter. I like to think this would happen if Buffy we're premiering today. Less about being an appendage for a man.
Depends where the show is hosted. If it's still on Fox... well... I stopped watching Bones because all the women on the show were systematically becoming the 'little women' regardless of their background and/or capabilities. Anyway, hope you like the story.
I was really hoping someone would pick up this challenge, it is such a unique and interesting idea. Great start. I love it already. I hated that the show basically ignored the huge potential of Anya and even Spike to extent. Anya was 1100 years old. Imagine the history she has seen and lived. She has probably forgotten more about demons then the counsel had ever known. The idea that Giles never once asked Anya about her past or knowledge was idiotic. Just like translations when he bogged his way through Anya was so old she probably knows a ton of human or demon languages. She would have to really to understand the woman making the wishes for the past 1100+ years
I always wondered about Angels soul on the show Angel/Angelus were so different. Liam would never have been into helping the hopeless. Spike with/without a soul was very much the same. I always figured there was no way Liam's soul was used.
Well, I always enjoyed stories where Anya has a bigger role than usual, so when I saw this challenge it just... spoke to me. Now I hope I have the time to write the rest as fast as possible. As for Angel/us... well, I was always a strong believer in the role of Karma, especially in witchcraft, which means that simply snagging a soul out of the ether and shoving it in an unwilling host would require a high payment (which would be one of the reasons why there wasn't a rush of ensouling spells on random vampires once the ice was broken.) Also the 'quality' of the soul would be very important. If you cursed someone like Kakistos with his soul, it wouldn't really solve anything, since it was stated he was just as horrible as a human as he was as a vampire. So you need 'good' souls, and those usually are in Heaven. We all saw what happened when Buffy was pulled from Heaven.
Thank you for the review.
This was a good starting point for a friendship. Hearing Anya's thoughts and being told the cure showed Buffy how valuable Anya can be. Anya pointing out why she doesn't lie was a good thing. I liked how Buffy asked about Angel and learned more than she probably wanted but it's better for her to know. She also learned the truth about demons feelings. All This is things Buffy will be better for knowing. She won't be stuck in a black and white world now.
Good to see that Anya is getting integrated in the group and is getting some help too.
This story starts in such a good way and has a great potential.
I think that if there were less lies between all the members of the Scoobies, a lot of the biggest issues of the show would have been sold a lot sooner/easier.
The way Anya is now getting accepted into the core group leaves her in a unique position: she's enough of an outsider to provide a fresh perspective, and she's trusted enough for that perspective to be taken seriously.
Thank you for the review.
Brilliant start!!! I love it!
Anya really is the perfect woman. Andrew was so right about that!
I've often wondered if Willow would actually like Anya had Xander not been involved. I think she would have. I guess we'll see if you think so! Heh!
I'm not entirely sure how their relationship will develop, but for now Willow is definitely in 'friendly' territory. There might be some later issues because of Anya's bigger role in Buffy's life, but time will tell.
Yeah, Willow liked to come first in all her relationships. Wicked jealousy gene there. I guess we'll see!