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Teuntje1985 commented on Chapter 15 on August 27, 2022 06:11pm Liked

I really enjoyed this story. It was great to see that they’ve built a good friendship first instead of dyving straight into a relationship after everything they had been through. 

Author's Response on August 27, 2022 08:00pm

Oh, that's lovely to hear!! I've been wondering whether this story still works for a while now, and I'm glad you think it does at least on that front. :)

Thank you very very much for taking the time to comment! <3

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gdp commented on Chapter 15 on April 16, 2022 11:38pm Liked

Aww. I'm catching up on all your stories, and I can't believe I missed this for so long!
I can understand why Buffy was a little afraid to jump back into her feelings for him after he disappeared for so long without a word, but I'm glad they were able to work through all their issues and be so honest with each other.


Author's Response on April 17, 2022 09:35pm

It's my turn to go AAAHH. I adore you for giving this story a chance and letting me know your thoughts!! Thank you so so much hearts I'm super glad you found Buffy understandable in this and liked the way they ended up... and that you liked the slow burn hehe.

Thanks again hug

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tm_writes commented on Chapter 9 on February 24, 2022 04:19am

I keep trying to like this Buffy and I’m just not there. I do appreciate the POV from her - but I honestly have to wonder why on earth she insisted upon having spike stay with her if she’s this messed up. Like - yes, for friendship if that’s what she’s after.

Also I feel like there is an entire thing that is not being addressed and that’s Buffy’s declaration at the end of season 7 -- I mean, just not even discussing what she said to him. 

I think I’m with your first comment in that I just don’t think this Buffy is treating spike well lol 

Author's Response on February 24, 2022 07:57am

Yeah, exactly: I don't think there's anything bad in wanting someone to stay just to be friends, or even just to see what happens.

It's true, they're both being super closed-off with their feelings haha. They're hurt and scared, both of them.

As I said to that other commenter, agree to disagree on Buffy's conduct with Spike!

Thanks for reading!

tm_writes Replied on February 24, 2022 10:00am

Totally fair - and to clarify I rarely comment on fics and your writing drew me in so much that I just had to - I did hesitate - and only did so because you asked but I see how the compliment sandwich would have been better. It wasn’t a “I hate this fic” it was a “oh wow this person is talented and evoked all these feelings in me” response but it was poorly done and I apologize!

I totally get fanfic is free and hence why I generally do not comment unless an author specifically asks and only then if I’m feeling something - alot of somethings about a fic. 

Again, I am sorry. I can 100% delete my comment. I thank you for your time when it comes to writing. Apologies again if I came across as too much. 

tm_writes Replied on February 24, 2022 10:00am

Totally fair - and to clarify I rarely comment on fics and your writing drew me in so much that I just had to - I did hesitate - and only did so because you asked but I see how the compliment sandwich would have been better. It wasn’t a “I hate this fic” it was a “oh wow this person is talented and evoked all these feelings in me” response but it was poorly done and I apologize!

I totally get fanfic is free and hence why I generally do not comment unless an author specifically asks and only then if I’m feeling something - alot of somethings about a fic. 

Again, I am sorry. I can 100% delete my comment. I thank you for your time when it comes to writing. Apologies again if I came across as too much. 

tm_writes Replied on February 24, 2022 10:01am

I went to edit a comment and now my original comment has disappeared which wasn’t my intention so clearly me and technology are not getting along! Ugh. I’m sorry. 

Author's Response on February 24, 2022 10:09am

I could see that you weren't hating the fic per se but Buffy in it (I've been there, tho, and I know that doesn't make for a pleasant reading experience lol)—but you basically only mentioned what you hated, nothing about the things you liked aside from a few words about me writing well. Which, you know, appreciated!

As I said in my response, I'm not offended. I was just offering a better perspective for the future ;) but yeah, I did ask for feedback, and that's because I am interested! It's just a lot to send all together without any (or very little) positive to make it sound more pleasant.

Lol about the comment disappearing. I know I must've been there in the past, too.

Have a good one! 

tm_writes Replied on February 24, 2022 10:23am

Totally fair - and yup I’m generally pretty good at just backtracking 

one thing I think that a Buffy pov would have been helpful just to get into her mindset - all the things you’ve brought up are valid but as a reader we didn’t see them (and fair that I get it was a spike centric fic). I thin it would have helped me warm up to her quicker 

as for what I did like - I enjoyed Xander more than I have in almost any other fic (like loved him) and I loved this spike - as I said you’re a very talented writer! And it is an engaging story to go through spikes POV 

thanks for the response 

Author's Response on February 24, 2022 10:42am

I agree that having Buffy's pov would've helped in this, for sure. I didn't write it not because I thought it unnecessary or anything but just because I only wanted to be in Spike's head and actually like the single pov costraints hehe. But it definitely has limits.

Thanks for mentioning stuff you liked! <3 I adore this Xander too, you know, I'm very glad you loved him too. :D

tm_writes Replied on February 24, 2022 10:48am

My absolute fav Xander ever honestly

I am such a sucker for a spike x Xander friendship 

I totally get doing a deep immersive POV - and it does get someone right into that character. In that - mission accomplished because I was with spike on this journey for sure! 

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mcgnagallsarmy commented on Chapter 2 on November 17, 2021 10:01pm Liked

Ever since I was reminded of that scene where Angel says that it's not the demon in him that needs killing, but the man, I just can't see anything that Spike does the same way. Because that is the major difference between them imo, something that you pointed out in this chapter, because Spike was horrified by what the demon in him wanted to do, and it's so obvious that he'd never do something like that with his soul (and he probably never did anything like this as a human either). I hope Buffy will tell him the same thing she did in Sunnydale, that the important thing is that he's fighting against the demon's instincts. 

Author's Response on November 18, 2021 03:46pm

You know, I actually always worried that I made Spike too similar to Angel in this chapter... so I'm glad that wasn't your impression haha. I do think Angel also feels horrified about his demon's urges, and that Liam would have never done anything like Angelus has either; the guy was a jobless drunk and a womaniser, not a sadistic murderer, you know?

In any case, I'm very glad you liked this and found Spike in character heart thank you so much for letting me know!! I hope you'll like the rest too :) 

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mcgnagallsarmy commented on Chapter 1 on November 17, 2021 09:17pm Liked

I just realized that I haven't read this story of yours yet (probably because I'm not really interested in the comics), but seeing that I loved pretty much everything else you wrote, here I come :D

I love reunion stories as much as the next person, though sometimes I have trouble with getting into a mindset where it makes sense that he didn't go to her as soon as he could. This was a nice chapter for that, it sorta helped me understand his reasons, even though I still can't accept all that bs that we've heard on S5 of AtS. 

Author's Response on November 17, 2021 06:21pm

Aww, this is delightful hearts thank you so much!! I always appreciate your comments immensely, I really hope you'll enjoy this story even though, since it's my first, my writing wasn't exactly at its best haha.

You know... I've written this story also with the intention of understanding and making sense of Spike's perspective, and I thought I'd managed it!! But then here I am, years later, still thinking it was total bullshit. Lol, basically, I think that retconning can be nice and work well, but ultimately when the original writers make a huge mistake, there's only so much you can do to make sense of it. scared

Thank you again, so much heart

mcgnagallsarmy Replied on November 22, 2021 12:26pm

I enjoyed this story, so much that I forgot to comment for the other chapters xd It really shows btw that this was your first story, but not in a bad way, it's just different from your other stories (: It was interesting to read something so different from you, and it also made me appreciate your later stories more (though nothing will come close to The Blue Eye of the Storm imo, it's just perfect from beginning to end) hug

Author's Response on November 22, 2021 12:30pm

Hahahah well, I'm glad you enjoyed it! I was wondering whether you'd gotten bored after all. :P I can't really tell right now what you mean by this story being different (aside from the lower quality, which I certainly notice every time I reread pieces of it lol), so feel free to share your thoughts if you wanna, but in any case I'm just glad you had a good time. *hug*

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Slaygal commented on Chapter 1 on November 13, 2021 02:06am Liked

I dont know why this doesn’t have more likes. Love it!

Author's Response on November 13, 2021 05:19pm

Aww. hearts That is beyond sweet. Thank you so much!!

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davidf89 commented on Chapter 15 on October 26, 2021 01:00am Liked

Thanks for a cool ending to a brilliant story as I enjoyed reading this.

Author's Response on October 27, 2021 05:20am

Thank YOU for reading and taking the time to leave a comment! I appreciate it a lot and I'm very glad you enjoyed this. <3

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Xyafalla commented on Chapter 15 on June 26, 2021 01:37am Liked

Fantastic. I've been binging all your stories and reaaally love them. They make me laugh and nearly cry at parts. I have not looked at publishing dates but I'm really hoping you are still writing these stories. And your sexy times scenes were wonderfully written as well. Thank you!

Author's Response on June 26, 2021 12:48am

What a lovely comment to wake up to hearts thank you SO much! Making people laugh feels like a dream, so I appreciate your words immensely. And I really love having been able to make you almost cry too! And that you like my sexy scenes!! Basically you're a sweetie, thank you. heart

Yes, I am indeed still writing ;) it's been a while since I've updated my WIP, but the next chapter is FINALLY coming up in a few days. And then I'm writing a new long story too! Thank you so much for your enthusiasm, it feeds the muse for sure. yay

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swonderful commented on Chapter 15 on June 05, 2021 01:29pm

I'm glad Buffy finally told him, although it's odd that first he had to announce to his friend Beck that he was not going back. It's like she demanded an oath of fealty and public avowal from his before she conceded to loving him. I know Beck was in the apartment, but why didn't Buffy push him to say the same thing to, say Betta George? 

Congratulations on finishing this story! And for the lovely finale to the demon carnival. I enjoyed reading it.

Author's Response on June 05, 2021 09:35am

Hah, it had never even occurred to me that anyone could read it that way--once again haha. I never thought the two things were connected: she just happened to be happy to say the words at that moment, something she'd been gearing up to do for a while at that point. Basically, I wanted to both show Buffy saying the words AND have one last nod at Beck and Spike's relationships outside of the Scoobs, and so paired the two things in the epilogue. But it's an interesting conclusion to draw, for sure.

Thank you for reading! I hope you really did manage to enjoy it, even through all your Buffy frustrations. tongue

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swonderful commented on Chapter 14 on June 05, 2021 01:20pm

Nice to see the Scoobs all welcome their relationship, although I wonder if they would be so positive if they knew Bufy doesn't love him, or won't admit she loves him. I think at least some of them would see it as using him.

Author's Response on June 05, 2021 09:32am

I really don't haha they know everything she's gone through, so while they might shake their heads at her hangups, they'd know her feelings behind it. ;)

Of course, though, that's the way I see the characters, and once you publish a story, it and its characters are out of your hands and live in your readers' minds, and every reader lives and understands them in their own way. So while I fundamentally think you've misunderstood my Buffy, in the end your own version of my version of her is the one that lives in your head, that's how reading works. So basically, to each their own! 

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swonderful commented on Chapter 12 on June 05, 2021 01:07pm

I though she loved him, just didn't want to risk acknowledging it AGAIN.  To hear that she STILL doesn't love him makes me feel she's been toying and playing with him this whole time. She knows how he feels about her, and I'm sure she's aware he thought her actions meant she reciprocated his feelings. VERY disappointed that she didn't tell him up front this night that she's not there yet. She used his love. Way to tell somebody they aren't have to work yourself up to loving them.  And she tells plenty of other people she loves them.  Instead of just taking it and waiting for her, Spike should leave and let her come to him when she's "ready," "in love," or when she's ready to admit she wants to keep the upper hand in their relationship. Because that's what it sounds like.

Author's Response on June 05, 2021 09:29am

And again you and I disagree on Buffy ENTIRELY hahaha. I gotta say, I'm glad Spike disagrees with you too :P I think Buffy has Issues with romantic declarations, and I wasn't convinced by her Hellmouth I love you (as is obvious from this story). But I have also realised that a lot of it was in her head, was about her own (in)ability to say the words: that's her real issue, not the feelings behind the words or lack thereof. And Spike is perfectly conscious of that and sees what she means, because he sees the depth of her affection in her actions rather than her words (since loving through actions comes much more naturally to her).

To say that Buffy is using Spike here just because she isn't comfortable saying the three magic words honestly seems to me like not understanding the character at all. They talk, they're honest with each other, they trust each other--and please let's not forget that this is the guy who tried to rape her and then ditched her for a year without ever deigning her of a message; she has every right in the world to take aaall the time she needs to say the words. Not everyone loves in the same way, and not every relationship needs to work out/express itself in the same way for it to be real, genuine, loving. And of course, not every relationship can start with the words "I love you": what if you need to BE in a relationship before you can speak the words? I don't think Buffy and Spike needed to write down a contract with all the details of their self-expression before kissing or making love. They're falling in each other's arms after months of open communication and friendly love; they can take things naturally without anyone using the other, even if takes a few hours to say certain things aloud instead of a few of minutes. ;) 

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swonderful commented on Chapter 11 on June 05, 2021 04:00am

Glad they were finally honest with each other, more or less, and that Spike took all of five seconds or so to do his thinking and decide.

Funny that the demon matron caught them, but I found the passage they were in after the mirror room very creepy.  I still feel that something evil is afoot, or below, or somewhere.

Author's Response on June 05, 2021 09:19am

I'm glad you're finally glad of the Spuffy here haha. It's interesting that you found the mirror corridor creepy: while it's exactly what I imagined the DEMONS meant with it (to creep out the visitors, because they like the creep), I didn't think I'd made Spike's look on it creepy at all haha. I'm kinda delighted you felt that way, it makes me feel somewhat capable of writing creepy stuff, which isn't my forte at all. 

Thanks for sharing your thoughts! 

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swonderful commented on Chapter 10 on June 05, 2021 03:49am

Poor Spike.  He wants top move on, he's trying, he's devastated. He couldn’t help another laugh even as some little flicker of hope died inside him – but he concentrated on the sweet sound instead.  And later,  he couldn’t help a little pang of sadness at how very non-irresistible he was to her. He crushed the pang, annoyed at himself.

    Too many things about the carnival gave me the creeps--the slave "costumes," he house of giant dolls, the fake torture scenes--I don'

t trust what's going to happen, or happening after hours.  Also, I'd expect a megaload ot Intiaitve types and media.I don't expect this to go smoothly.

Author's Response on June 05, 2021 09:16am

Once again, I find myself disagreeing with you haha. Spike is certainly not enthusiastic about his choice to move on from Buffy, but it's HIS choice. He's chosen not to even attempt to be with her romantically, even now that they've talked out their past shit. Sure, Buffy hasn't made any moves yet either at this point, but while we've seen that that's because she doesn't really know what she wants yet, Spike's different: he has actually DECIDED to just be friends with her, because of what HE feels, regardless of her own feelings (as we see in this chapter). And he's making his own peace with it, imperfect as that is. I think saying that he's devastated here means not really taking him seriously when he feels loved and taken care of by Buffy, even though "just" as a friend.

As for the carnival, I don't wanna spoil, but I hope you won't be let down by what does and doesn't happen haha. And yeah, demons will be demons! 

Thank you for reading and commenting! 

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swonderful commented on Chapter 9 on June 05, 2021 03:27am

Poor Spike took their well-intentioned attempt totally the wrong way.  Glad it resolved fairly quickly, but it could have gone very much worse.

Glad to see the Willow/DAwn intervention with Buffy on Spike's behalf. BUT  if Buffy is really reluctant to do anything to damage their friendship, why has she been such a shitty friend and done so much damage through coldness, cruelty, using him for muscle and getting furious if he tries to use his brain?

Author's Response on June 05, 2021 01:43am

Well, I'm glad to see that at least you forgive SPIKE when he overdoes things and overreacts... :P yeah, Giles and Xander were definitely not trying to hurt him like that.

Again, you and I disagree on Buffy's conduct with Spike, but that's a given by now haha. I'm really curious to read your thoughts on the actual Spuffy once we get there! (I'm replying to your comments as I read them, so I haven't read the next ones yet)

I'm glad we agree on Dawn and Willow being great here heart

Thank you for reading and commenting! 

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swonderful commented on Chapter 8 on June 05, 2021 02:55am

She seethes, she's full of rage; this is one  angry Buffy. She seems to be pissed at the world, actually.  First chance she has, she throws in face what he confided about his urges in the cabin, and does so  in public. she felt a loss of control, and her first action is to lash out to hurt him and put him in his place.  Where are the Betta George flashbacks when we need them?  He should remember not to let her stomp all over him. 

She does apologize, and she's willing to make the effort to accept the peaceful demons Good for her.

Giles continues mixed messages. Why give a nocturnal being grief about getting up on his schedule? Real lack of tolerance.

XAnder and Willow continue to be the voices of reason. Nice to see that they've grown up.

Author's Response on June 05, 2021 01:34am

Ohh, you know, it hadn't even occurred to me that this conversation could be considered in public. Sure, they're in a pub, but I guess I've had so many intimate conversations in pub that it hadn't registered as a "public insult" thing, just a generic "we're making a racket in a public place" thing. But that's an interesting look.

From where I'm standing, I think that with some characters you tend to see the bad (here Buffy DEFINITELY steps out of line, and so does Giles in the previous chapter) without then also giving the same attention to the good (she apologises, they talk, she's open about her feelings, they have a real connection; and Giles is honestly just joking around with Spike here). Which is totally fine, everyone can have the reading experience/the relationship with the characters they prefer. But I do think that this way you miss out on some good times. :)

Still, it's curious to hear about such different perspectives on the characters, thank you for sharing your thoughts! 

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swonderful commented on Chapter 7 on June 05, 2021 02:36am

Very interesting concept, that these demons want to gather, and that bad ones have usurped their symbol. That little goblin sure worked hard to communicate. Buffy has never been very flexible on her good vs bad, except Clem, so we'll have to see. 

Author's Response on June 05, 2021 01:26am

Yeah, I think Slayers with their Council principles have a very hard time grasping the nuances of evil vs neutral, when it comes to the demon world. Which is understandable for girls who usually only live a couple of years and have to be always on their guard... but thank goodness we can aim higher with Buffy. >:D

Thank you! 

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swonderful commented on Chapter 6 on June 05, 2021 12:57am

I though Giles' reaction was entirely uncalled for.  He actively worked to have Spike murdered in cold blood, and now he's angry that Spike didn't come running back for more abuse. DAwn hadn't spoken to Spike for about a year and had threatened to kill him in his sleep, so it's not like he knew she'd miss him.  He really owed nothing to any of them, and yet they're acting like he's a slave that refused to return to servitude. 

   The only decent responses have been Xander and Willow. Cheers to them.

Author's Response on June 05, 2021 01:23am

Haha, I was sure you wouldn't have liked Giles's reaction. I think he definitely steps out of line, because of his own issues, but I get him. I don't think Spike owed THEM ALL to contact them--hell, you could make a point that he didn't owe Dawn much either, since you're right that they hadn't been on good terms before he died--but I do think that he owed Buffy to tell her he was back. The problem here isn't that he didn't go to her, it's that he didn't even let her know. I've known grief, and if I discovered the person who died had actually been faking it all along, and for such a reason... of course I'd be relieved to know he was alive, but I would also be FURIOUS. Keeping this hidden is like Spike is saying, "Oh, Buffy, sure, I care about her, but her feelings towards me are absolutely insignificant, all that matters is that *I* feel uncomfortable because I'm not as big a hero as I felt on the hellmouth". It's entirely egoistic and for someone who claims to love her and respect her so much, for someone who had shared THOSE moments with her before the end... it IS incredibly disrespectful.

Can you tell I've given this a lot of thought? Lol. I honestly started out thinking more like you, that Spike didn't owe her to tell her anything. It was while writing his conversation with Betta George about it that I realised just how disrespectful his silence is to Buffy. And Giles is (and I am) angry because of that disrespect, not because Spike should've gone back to THE SCOOBIES.

Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts, as much as we disagree! 

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swonderful commented on Chapter 5 on June 05, 2021 12:45am

Buffy's behavior is better, but not all that much.  She publicly announces to ALL the slayers, who she's invited to fight Spike, that he'll be earning his keep by letting them beat on him and try to beat him, without having the courtesy to ask Spike if he's willing.  Presumptuous, much? She's assuming she can decide his life for him without even asking if he's willing, and it's not even to fight enemies.

She unthaws enough to offer him some comfort and to acknowledge how hard it must be to fight his demon's drives.  Still, she's demanding and controlling.  No sign of being a partner, and she's still insistent that he's in the wrong for "failing" to tell her he was back. If this was the response he'd get, why should he?

Author's Response on June 05, 2021 01:14am

I think saying that Buffy is assuming she can decide for his life is stretching it too far: she's playful instead of earnest about asking him to stay and help her train the slayers, true, but she thinks she can do that because she knows him, knows he'd LIKE that, and she's betting on him liking it. And then, in private, she does openly and earnestly ask him. If it had been someone else, I'd agree with you that this is inappropriate (hell, if it had been ME, I would've found it inappropriate); but I think that when you know the person as long as they do, it could work.

Honestly, I'm starting to think you might be a bit biased towards Buffy tongue I really don't see ber being controlling or demanding here, she talks to him openly and insists on HIM talking to her openly, but respects his boundaries. And ultimately, I think she has every right to think he was wrong not to tell her he was back: the last thing she'd told him was that she loved him, they had had something important between them... and he never even contacted her, after making her grieve him. Frankly, I think it's very, very bad. But obviously we disagree on that haha.

Thank you for reading and commenting! 

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swonderful commented on Chapter 4 on June 05, 2021 12:04am

Rather a surprising scene with Angel; presumably, the comic brought them closer together.  Liked this bit:

They hadn’t argued and the Poof hadn’t tried to stop him from going… was that a signal from some kind of vamp divinity that tried to tell him he shouldn’t go? Clearly he couldn’t do something Angel would even tangentially approve of, could he?

And here, when Spike comforts Dawn, he could apply what he says to her to himself and Buffy:

Spike was painfully aware of the fact that they were in a very public hallway, and any slayer could pass by at any second, and should he comfort her? Let her talk some more? Smack her on the head?

With a sigh, he hugged her tightly, to hell with overthinking.

“You’re barmy, the both of you.” She tried to move away but he held her tighter. “Seems to me, you both keep expecting the situation to solve itself, without actually trying to do anything about it.”

In contrast, his #1 hater came to greet him, thank him, make amends.  The scene with Spike and XAnder was awesome and everything that Buffy should have done. And I love this part, which was so well-written:

Spike felt a pang at the memory of LA, and a certain group of attractive, energetic women, and all that he’d gone through alongside them… he gritted his teeth at the onslaught of memories and took a deep, silent breath with closed eyes. When he felt like he could avoid bawling like a baby in front of his companion, he looked up and saw that he was thankfully too engrossed in the overcast sky to notice his distress.

“Yeah, Harris,” he answered in what was an entirely level and not at all rough voice. “Think I get what you mean.”

Their mutual avoidance of Anya, their camaraderie, Xander serving as a buffer with Buffy, were all so well done.

Great job conveying Spike's insecurities and internal struggle to decide what to say to keep his appearance of cool.  We still have no idea what's going on in Buffy's head, except she continues to put off, postpone, delay, avoid.  She hasn't even asked Spike if he has tickets to leave.  For all she knows, he'll be gone in a day or two, and she still can't be bothered to talk. Double arrgh.

Author's Response on June 05, 2021 12:28am

Yes, the comics did bring Angel and Spike closer, although I think that the last season of AtS had started that process already. But the comics go farther with it, and I LOVE it. Thank you for pointing out what you liked, I love knowing what the readers like!

You're 100% right, Spike could apply what he's telling Dawn to him and Buffy lol. Guy's more insightful about others than himself, I think. But he IS trying to do that here, after all!

I'm so happy to know you liked the Xander scene heart I love the guy, even with all his defects, so I wanted to explore his better qualities, here. And thank you for letting me know everything you liked!

To be fair, Spike is the one telling her to take a break here, because he wants her to be comfortable. And... admission time, the ticket thing is 100% on me. scared I hadn't thought about it!! Haha but if it helps, I can assure you that Buffy would've definitely asked, if I had thought about it. *facepalm* Let's just say she's asked but it's not "onscreen"? Haha drat, seriously, that's a good point.

Thank you for reading and letting me know your thoughts! 

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swonderful commented on Chapter 3 on June 04, 2021 11:22pm

Talk about nursing a grudge! Buffy's behavior is abominable. 

spike really should have listened better to Betta George in the flashback:

" idolise her, let her treat you however she pleases because she can do no wrong with her being your goddess and all, and then get crushed at the first big mistake she makes.” Spike stared at him and felt his jaw tensing. “I’m right and you know it. That can’t work out, Spike, if you keep this attitude.”

“So, what do you suppose I should do? Go to her and yell at her until I’m thoroughly convinced she’s ‘just a person’?”

Exhausted or not, I can't see Buffy treating anyone else that way, even her enemies.  And what was she thinking leaving Spike essentially unprotected in a castlefull of slayers?  They'll sense him, and it wouldn't be surprising if one or a group[ break into his room to slay him, thinking he's an intruder.

Author's Response on June 05, 2021 12:09am

Abominable, really? Gotta disagree with you on that haha. I think she knows her authority when it comes to the slayers (who would never just randomly kill someone who has evidently been invited in the castle), and in the end she's not doing anything worse than going to sleep before having a big conversation. Actually, I'm not sure what you're talking about when you say she mistreated him!

But yeah, Spike's gonna want to talk to her. I think he's just more patient than you with her, but then again I'm thinking he LIKES her more than you do. ;)

Thank you for reading and commenting! 

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swonderful commented on Chapter 2 on June 04, 2021 06:49pm Liked

That was intense.  It was vry hard to get a read on this Buffy, but what was clear was that she made no effort to express any happiness at seeing him.  He sought her out, he cam all the way there, and she just treats him like muscle, and irritating muscle at that.  Yes, she's preoccupied with the current demon crisis, but after a year of supposedly missing him, plus time to know he's back, you'd think she'd have sorted out her feelings and be able to express something positive for him. She even knows he's likely to leave, he's exposed himself and been vulnerable, and her response is "stay at the castles so you don't run away," and complaints about him not being with her when she needed him. Arrgh.

Author's Response on June 04, 2021 03:36pm

Hah, it's so fun to read your reactions to this! You and I seem to have a very different perspective on Buffy and it's a lot of fun to discover yours, as far away from mine as it is. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts! heart

It's interesting that you say she made no effort to express any happiness at seeing him - I hadn't thought of it that way, but I do see your point. I think you and I see the reasoning behind it differently, though: he's caught her at a very bad time, plus she's never good at expressing her emotions, plus she's still pretty angry with him. I don't think that would truly go away, not even after a year, especially considering that every day that passes during that year gives her more reason to be angry (as it means that it's one more day he's made no move to contact her). Writing this story has honestly made me pissed off at Spike about this too haha. I get his perspective and I love him, but he's the one most in the wrong here. And I do think that Buffy has shown interest in him, in her own way: she asked for his help, she insisted that he tell her what was wrong, and she welcomed him in her home, insisting on sharing her space with him. I don't think that's nothing (and Spike, beneath all his turmoil, doesn't either). I'm very curious to know whether the rest of the story will make YOU like this Buffy more, too, and I'm looking forward to knowing your thoughts on everything you wanna share!

Thank you again! heart

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swonderful commented on Chapter 1 on June 04, 2021 03:56am

Wow, that started off with a bang, then accelerated. 

Loved this line:

 he pummelled down his inner coward,

You made the trip and his first day very vivid.  I have a feeling that Buffy hasn't improved much.  Her lack of enthusiasm is just awful. albeit very in character. 

Wonder what's up with her and Dawn.

Author's Response on June 04, 2021 04:43am

Oohh, thank you so much! ** I wasn't sure I'd managed a good start or that I'd made it vivid when I wrote this, so these are amazing compliments to receive. 

And thanks for the love on that line 💕 that style is definitely inspired by The Dresden Files hehe.

I'm sorry you feel like that about Buffy, I actually feel for her a lot, as I think you'll see as the story goes on. I'm looking forward to know what you'll think of her moving forward, if you'll keep reading :)

Thank you so much for this lovely comment! 

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honeygirl51885 commented on Chapter 15 on April 01, 2021 04:39pm Liked

I loved it!  Great way to end and I’m glad you had Buffy tell him she loves him.  I wasn’t sure if she was going to get to that place, but so glad she did.  Also, anyone else craving some in public sexy lovin’ now?!?!  devil

I know they aren’t related stories or a series, but I love how this story sort of sets the premise for A Trip to the Store.  My only sad take away is that I only have one of your stories left to read!  weep  Can’t wait for your WIP to be finished, I’m chomping at the bit!

Author's Response on April 10, 2021 03:35pm

Aaahh, so glad you liked the ending! Of course she needed to tell him she loved him, I can't even fathom writing a Spuffy story where she doesn't unless it's a PWP I guess haha. But an actual story, with 'plot' and character development?? ABSOLUTELY NEEDED.

Haha, you know, I'm not into public sex, so I don't know whether I'd ever write it... but Buffy IS, so never say never haha!

Gah, I would have LOVED to tie 'A Trip to the Store' with this one, it's so cool that you had the same thought! The problem was that I really liked the idea of setting those ones in a universe where the housing situation was the one in the comics, soo... they happened to be separate. But I'm glad we thought along the same lines hehe. 

And oh, I've actually finished writing the last scene of my WIP's epilogue just two days ago... biggrin problem is, my beta and I need to edit everything and it takes a TON of work, so that's why it takes a while between updates. I truly hope we'll be able to be quick, although of course rl being what it is I can't make any promises. Fingers crossed!

Thank you, thank you, thank you again, so much for all of your AMAZING support. I adore every word you send me even when it takes me so damn long to reply, and I'm sorry about that. Lots and lots of hugs to you, sweet honeygirl hughearts

honeygirl51885 Replied on April 14, 2021 08:28pm

I’m a sap for a HEA, so the “I love you” is a big old YES in my book too.  I love the way you write their exchanges.  Spike was always putting his heart on the line, even when he was human; self-proclaimed “love’s bitch”.  So I absolutely see him always saying it first.  Our dear, sweet Buffy on the other hand questioned whether or not she could even love anymore.  She’s really been put through an emotional roller coaster in her short life.  I know some people get frustrated that she’s not right there with Spike, but I think it’s very in character for her to always be questioning her feelings and terrified to put herself out there.

You know I didn’t think I was into public sex either, but your courtyard scene was so damn fun it left me wanting more. Although the two of them getting caught by Dawn, priceless!!  innocent

Haha, now that would be a story,,,slayers in training stumble across Spuffy’s sex toys.  Wonder what today’s training session will be?!?!  Yes, definitely better that they have their own private space for all their lovely experimenting!  hug

Ohh, that is so exciting to hear about your WIP!  I’m right in the middle of If I Should Dust Before I Wake by Carrie-Ann. Then I want to read some of this month’s artistic challenge stories, the banners are really beautiful. BTW, saw you snagged a banner and am so looking forward to your posting! wink

I know how much time and effort goes into writing all of these stories and I can’t thank you enough for putting in so much work for us to be able to read them.  Just know that each one is phenomenal and I’m down to read anything you write Miss LaFey!  Even though I’m sad that I only have one of your stories left to read, it will just make it that much sweeter when you post something new.  hearts  All the best!

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honeygirl51885 commented on Chapter 12 on April 01, 2021 12:49pm Liked

Yay!  So perfect and sexy and deliciously wonderful!  hug I think your stance on Buffy not being able to say she loves him yet is valid.  I go back and forth on whether or not she meant it at the end of Chosen.  Plus, it’s been over a year since then, so I can totally understand her needing more time to suss out her feelings.  I mean she only ever said “I love you” in one of her relationships and we all know the baggage she has with her love life, so yes, I totally buy this.  Now, back to the praise for the sexiness that is this chapter!devil  Well worth the wait and it was so well written!  I love how you included some of Spike’s internal thoughts throughout, it was fantastic (not that I had any doubts since I’m reading a story by you)!!!hearts

Author's Response on April 10, 2021 03:28pm

Oh my God, you are the sweetest person alive and your name really does fit you. hearts 

I guess I can SEE Buffy truly meaning her 'I love you' in 'Chosen', if I squint real hard, but... I dunno, it just feels like throwing him a last bone more than something that she truly felt like saying at that point. I do believe that she was full of love for him at that point, though; I'm just saying that she wasn't really at the point where she felt comfortable SAYING it, there. I'm glad my version of it here makes sense for you!

And heh, I think I risk EXAGGERATING with Spike's thoughts here, so I'm super glad you liked that haha. Thank you, so very much, truly hearthug

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honeygirl51885 commented on Chapter 9 on March 29, 2021 11:55am Liked

Oooo, so good!  I loved the split perspectives in this chapter, it was perfect!  They’re getting closer, I can feel it.  Can’t wait for these two to finally wake up and realize they belong together!! hug

Author's Response on March 29, 2021 07:03pm

Oh my God, I love you and your comments so much :') thank you! I'm so glad you liked the split perspectives. I was in love with an all-Spike pov here, but I couldn't help but get a peek into Buffy's mind, and I'm glad you were happy with it too. 

And YES, I'm the queen of dragging out the slowburn to a freaking snail pace, I'm afraid hahaha. Stoked to know you're still enjoying regardless of the wait heart

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honeygirl51885 commented on Chapter 4 on March 28, 2021 12:16pm Liked

Ok, so I finally had some time to read and as expected, it doesn’t disappoint!  You capture Spike’a voice so perfectly, out loud and in his head, love it!!bravoIt’s been awhile since I’ve read a long story so the angst is killing me!  I love it, I need it, but it’s killing me!!  

Author's Response on March 29, 2021 07:05pm

Aahh, have I mentioned how delightful your comments are, yet?? flowers Managing to get Spike (and Buffy's) voice right was and still often is one of my biggest concerns when it comes to writing Spuffy, so I am beyond thrilled you think it works and love it. Yay!!

I hope the killing is enjoyable all the way through wink

Thank you heart

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mother_of_unicorns commented on Chapter 15 on March 19, 2021 09:22pm Liked

I still love this story. Just finish a reread! 

Author's Response on March 19, 2021 05:46pm

hearts You are SO lovely!! Thank you so much for (re)reading and even taking the time to leave a review... what a delightful surprise. heart

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Pet35 commented on Chapter 15 on February 24, 2021 07:50pm Liked

Sugaaar, suugaaaar everywhere!!! 🍫🍫🍬🍭🍩🍪

Hahaha just kidding, I'm a Love's bitch too 😝 great ending, I don't know why you had doubts about it.

Thanks for the story, I really enjoyed it 😍

Author's Response on February 24, 2021 02:54pm

I mean, that's an ACCURATE description here haha! Hooray for love's bitches everywhere biggrin

Thank you so very much, all your wonderful comments have been a delight to read and I'm SO happy you liked this. I know what it feels like to love a story and feel grateful for it, and knowing that my story has managed to make someone else feel that is incredible. hearts Vive le schmoop!! 

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Pet35 commented on Chapter 12 on February 24, 2021 03:40pm Liked

 God, Buffy, I love you so much.” nooooo, you sodding pillock!! 😂😂 let her say it first this time!!

I do believe that she loved him at the hellmouth, just maybe not in a totally romantic way like he wanted, but she did feel love for him. You feel love towards your friends and that's what they were already in that season with the first kidnapping him and him being her only 100% ally.

By the way, you weren't kidding, that was smutty!!! 😅😅

Author's Response on February 24, 2021 10:45am

Hahaha I just can't imagine Spike managing to wait around until Buffy gets over her hangups and manages to say it!! 

I agree with you on Buffy feeling love for him by that point. I just really think the Hellmouth killing Spike forced her hand and that she wasn't quite ready for those words yet.

Yeah, I... had a lot of pent-up shit to go through there haha. If it's not your thing, feel free to skip the first half of the following chapter and then you're in the clear haha! 

Author's Response on February 24, 2021 10:45am

Ans of course, THANK YOU!! heart

Pet35 Replied on February 24, 2021 12:23pm

You don't need to thank me, thank you! For writing and sharing such an entertaining story. 👏

And yes, I do like smutty, as long as it's not too weird... 😅 Yours is nice and sexy so it's fun to read. I always wondered, though, what Spike ment on the show when he said "I've done things with you that I can't even spell" 🤔🤔🤔 really? What things can't he spell??!! Hahaha

Author's Response on February 24, 2021 12:27pm

Haha if you don't like weird and by weird you might mean kinky... steer clear of my PWPs lol. I'm super glad you liked this though. hearts

That spelling line is ridiculous to me haha! I'm 100% sure Spike is only exaggerating here and can perfectly spell every single thing they've done together hehe.

Thank YOU again, and you're incredibly welcome!! 

Pet35 Replied on February 24, 2021 02:45pm

Ok, so you know that now I totally have to go and read one of your PWP, right? 😂

Author's Response on February 24, 2021 02:48pm

Hahahah! Just know that they're all pretty kinky, and feel free to not continue whatever you try if it isn't for you. devil The least kinky one is my very first, The Lawyer and the Cop. The others are, well, pretty kinky, as I said. wink Have fun haha! 

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Pet35 commented on Chapter 11 on February 24, 2021 01:58pm Liked

💃💃💃👯👯 finally!!! So sweeeeeet! 😍 Still, I feel like spike should have let Buffy hanging a little longer, she has some grovelling to do! 

I never understood on the show how they went from  "dead things" to flirting again like nothing had happened. 

Anyway, loved the snogging like teenagers moment 😆 let's see what happens after those two looooong hours

Author's Response on February 24, 2021 09:04am

Hahaha I love this reaction!! Alas, I just can't help but want them to be cutesy together, I don't think I could ever write Spike making Buffy grovel on purpose lol. I AM WEAK!

Agreed 100% on Dead Things. Although to be fair, those two were SO damaged during s6... *shakes head*

Hehe, glad you liked it! Spoiler: A LOT of sex coming your way. ;) Hope you don't mind smut haha! heart Thank you as always!! 


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