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The Dilemma commented on Chapter 1 on November 17, 2022 09:20pm

Small business owner Anya is a queen. Meant to be. 

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Lady Emma commented on Epilogue on November 06, 2022 11:29pm Liked

Absolutely adored this story and all the twists and turns you took with it! Your Anya is so good and she nails Buffy from the start. And we LOVE a Buffy who shakes off her hang ups and embraces her own sexuality. Plus I love that you changed up evil!Willow and took on Amy as the villain of the piece. Really refreshing and wonderful. Loved it!

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Kirinin commented on Epilogue on November 04, 2022 03:30am Liked

Okayyy, so this certainly read on the surface of it as a pretty cracky premise. But it was so highly rated and so well-liked that I decided to give it a shot.

So glad I did! A few favorite bits/moments:

  • Buffy using the phone sex job as a way of getting back in touch with her feelings and coming alive again after being so numb for so long-- really interesting/cool
  • The fact that most of her callers are just looking for human connection, every bit as much as a 'happy ending'
  • I loved the symmetry of Xander showing up at Spike's crypt sheepishly to stay with him awhile
  • ...and the subsequent search for a place for Spike and Buffy to finally get together, only to find the crypt and Buffy's house 'occupied'... and thus to return to the place where it all started.
  • There's a parallelism that's so neat and subtle that I wasn't even sure if it was intentional, but regardless was so amazing: Willow and Amy's 'venture' versus Buffy and Anya's. Both have a sort of MLM/exploitative feel on the surface, and both could end up 'sucking the life' from those who participate. The difference is in whether there's an attempt to steal others' power or to give theirs away.  Buffy's new job allows her to be emotional and open, gifting her time and energy. Willow and Amy are closing themselves off, taking energy from others. Fascinating juxtaposition and such an intriguing note re: how women can use relationships and connection to take power, collapsing a system of connection, or to share power, ultimately strengthening bonds.
  • Generally speaking, your characters go through a lot more believable emotional growth than in other stories. You can follow each character's trajectory over time, which is excellent. 
  • By a similar token, no one is demonized (ha!).  Everyone feels 'real', with flaws that are nevertheless forgivable provided the character is working on those flaws.  That includes all of our main characters, but also those in our periphery: a major plus in my books that no one is "inherently disreputable/bad" in your story. I can tell you like people in general; it shines through in your writing.
  • Awesome villain. For how little time we spent with Amy, what she (and Willow, at first) was doing was creepy and evil, and the confrontation scene between her and Buffy was fantastic.  She also had a believable villain arc and reason for what she was doing.
  • There were also just a few stellar lines/moments. One of my favorites was when Buffy asks if Spike might leave her "for my own good" and Spike says that HE is "for her own good". I almost cried. If only Angel had been able to figure that out.  (Of course, then we wouldn't have gotten this pairing, but still.)

Overall I was floored by how invested I was in this "cracky premise" and will definitely read again.  Thank you for writing and sharing with us!

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Ladyambrosia commented on Chapter 1 on October 27, 2022 02:49pm Liked

I love this and I’m considering this basically canon. 

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chemeli commented on Chapter 5 on June 30, 2022 02:13pm Liked

your dialogue is hot and i love it 

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chemeli commented on Chapter 3 on June 30, 2022 03:14am Liked

i love your characterization og both Buffy and Spike, they seem real, mature, a real pleasure to read

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Lollydolly19 commented on Epilogue on May 22, 2022 08:59pm

Really interesting concept and you took it to some wild places ahaha

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dungbrains commented on Epilogue on March 25, 2022 10:46pm

I love this story so much.

third time reading it and I’m still as giddy and excited about it

i wish you’d write a sequel with some legitimate phone sex now that they’re steady 😍

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B_Red commented on Epilogue on February 24, 2022 02:31pm Liked

This was wonderful!!! One of my favorite stories I’ve ever read!!!

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Passion4Spike commented on Epilogue on February 24, 2022 12:13am Liked

I apologize for not leaving comments all along the way of your wonderful story--the problem with downloading and reading offline-- but it was a WONDERFUL RIDE! Really enjoyed how you worked it so Buffy could find her 'Sunny side' with Richard, and really get a look behind the Big Bad's curtain of protection. The smuttiness was hot and also sweet. And the Willow/Amy thing was clever and I could totally see that happening! And getting rid of the Trio via the sex line-- inspired! 

AND CALLING GILES OUT ON HIS BULLSHIT LEAVING!  Ahhh, that was SWEET!

The Dawn and Buffy relationship slowly coming back together, and of course Spike and Dawn, always love his big brother protectiveness of the nibblet. All of that was just lovely.

Spike feral in the woods... and Buffy not being put off by it or afraid of it. Melty! And what a perfect way to get rid of that damn chip. Ergh, when Spike got beat up by those humans -- that was just gutting!

I'm sure there is a ton that I loved that I haven't commented on, so again, I apologize for one big SCHMOOPY comment for the whole thing.

Thank you so much for such an entertaining, clever, and HOT story. Bravo!

hearts

 

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AllTheSplendidPieces commented on Epilogue on February 22, 2022 07:04pm

What a wonderful gem of a story. You took a fun, lighthearted premise and grew it into the very best version of itself. Lighthearted, yes, and also sweet, poignant, dramatic, sexy, creative, and insightful. I love how you incorporated small phone sex details to add realism, like having Sunny wait until her client’s minutes clicked over to the next billing whatever before giving him his release. As others have commented, the witchy MLM was brilliant and creepy and totally spot on. I love everything you write; this is another story that’s getting added to my favorites — stat! Thanks for sharing your art with us. 

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AllTheSplendidPieces commented on Chapter 16 on February 22, 2022 03:15am

Everything about this chapter is glorious. 

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Elianne commented on Chapter 17 on February 17, 2022 11:08pm Liked

Totally melting away in every possible way...thank you for sharing this wonderful story!

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Elianne commented on Chapter 15 on February 16, 2022 09:33pm Liked

What an exhausting ride for all of them.. but they did it .. they overcame amy and themselves.. beautiful chapter..

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Elianne commented on Chapter 13 on February 16, 2022 08:36am Liked

Accepting the truth about one self can be really painfull but also very freeing... cheers to the truth and to poetry..

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Elianne commented on Chapter 10 on February 15, 2022 11:04pm Liked

Yes, very evil Cliffhanger! So evil in fact that i can't go to sleep even if i really should...

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Elianne commented on Chapter 9 on February 15, 2022 10:30pm Liked

Clever and somewhat hearbreaking mirroring of buffy's lines... but still hoping for the best..

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Elianne commented on Chapter 7 on February 15, 2022 08:50pm Liked

Finally some walls are crumpling down! And thank you for the advice😆

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Elianne commented on Chapter 6 on February 15, 2022 08:05pm Liked

Melting to pieces here... such a heartwarming bit in the end...

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Elianne commented on Chapter 4 on February 15, 2022 07:00pm Liked

I like dawn and buffy a lot in this story..they are trying more and reaching more for one another even of it's still a long way to go..

" Look at Spike.” “Where?” Buffy jumped and spun around wildly, looking" 😁😁

"I’m serious.  It gives me, like, hope.  Almost like your teenage Slayer self will be there reminding me that she’s got my back.”..😊

I love the Mix of laughter and tenderness..

Spike having sunny pretend to be buffy made me giggle a lot although i should have expected it, but the situation was so hilarious...

 

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Elianne commented on Chapter 2 on February 15, 2022 03:26pm Liked

Wow! This has been incredibly funny and delightful so far! 

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TeamEricNSookie commented on Chapter 1 on January 28, 2022 11:49am

This was a refreshing change to the norm. And it was good seeing Willow save herself. So often in the stores she believes she's invincible and can't be stopped.  

Thanks for sharing 

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Sigyn commented on Epilogue on December 13, 2021 08:26am Liked

Well, that ended in the perfect place. Xander and Anya seem to be taking things carefully, Giles may have found a match, Tara and Willow seem set, and Spuffy are shagging like bunnies and talking marriage. This was a wonderful ride, hot, sweet, angsty at times, and just the right amount of all of it. Thank you so much for writing this! 

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Sigyn commented on Chapter 16 on December 13, 2021 07:30am Liked

Oh, yay, I’m glad the spuffy is working out finally! I’m so exhausted, by jaw is creaking with yawns, but I don’t wanna stop reading! 

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Sigyn commented on Chapter 15 on December 13, 2021 06:49am Liked

I wish I knew what was going on in Spike’s head. Because it’s got to be impressive. I hate action scenes myself, you did brilliantly. 

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Sigyn commented on Chapter 14 on December 13, 2021 06:05am Liked

Now get Spike! The sun’s down, you gotta big bad to fight, and Spike would be useful! Also, get them back in each others’ spheres, and UGH, Spike, you GOTTA know by now that Buffy didn’t mean to humiliate you! She’s reaching out for you, you idiot! Hope they manage to rip Amy a new one. 

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Sigyn commented on Chapter 13 on December 12, 2021 11:07am Liked

Nice to see Xander and Spike sharing some quality time. I can’t imagine what they’re going to do with Willow and Amy beyond kill them. I want Spuffy to talk again already!

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Sigyn commented on Chapter 12 on December 12, 2021 10:23am Liked

Spike, let Buffy talk. She’s trying to soften to you, and you’re being all defensive and getting her back up. Silly vampire. screenpunch Glad Buffy found a job she likes. Hope Giles does something to stop the nonsense going on with the witches. 

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Sigyn commented on Chapter 11 on December 12, 2021 09:54am Liked

Well, this is the sadness bit, isn’t it. I wonder how long we’ll be sunk in the blues. I’m glad Spike’s not leaving leaving, and I’m glad he still came to see Dawn. This means there is potential for healing. 

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Sigyn commented on Chapter 10 on December 12, 2021 09:15am Liked

Spike’s party was charming. I’m glad Anya and Xander didn’t have that blow up at the altar, would have made it worse. I hadn’t realized Buffy quit the job — or are they mistaken? Anyway, poor Spike is going to come out of this barely alive. He should have tried to run. (Might not have worked, of course.) 

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