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Fluffypuppy commented on Chapter 21 on November 22, 2020 08:35am Liked

poor buffy. Dealing with family and abandonment issues 

spike is one committed vamp

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magnus374 commented on Chapter 21 on November 22, 2020 06:25am

One thing I really like with your stories is how much thought has been put into them to make them work to make them make sense.

You can learn a lot of things from reading the local newspaper. I'm not sure how they was so sure that he was sired, an educated guess perhaps?

I really liked Buffy's thoughts on what vampires would talk about. It's true that Spike seemed to hold other vampires in some contempt but we mostly saw him interact with Hellmouth vampires who harshly said is trash. He wouldn't feel anything for them. Here he is more integrated and knows enough to guess which nest is involved.

It was great to see how the members of the nest waited for the fledgling and how they made sure that he could behave himself. The ceremony or what we should call it had a powerful feeling to it. Seeing how the nest function is good, it's making sense. Vampires out in the world can't function like those on the Hellmouth. I liked how they all nested together and was in physical contact with the newest member. It was great hearing Buffy say those things to them, she showed them respect. 

Then we had this great talking between Buffy and Spike. Seeing a functioning nest would of course make Spike feeling envy and sorrow over growing up in a dysfunctional nest. Of course he also wonders about why that is, which is a good question. I have this memory of the Master crying over Darla's death and if that was right there must have been some love there. Darla seemed to be alone when she sired Liam, so it could be that she started the "not acting like a nest " thing. There probably was some sort of madness in the Master too which got stronger after all the time on the Hellmouth ( the only explanation for why an old vampire would act like that). 

This also lead to the big talk about the possibility of Spike wanting to sire someone. Buffy is very supportive but she also wants to give Spike another tie to the world. This also exposed some deep issues Buffy has about children. I'm not sure how to feel about that, it seems very messed up. In here we also managed to bring up Faith and her interest in them as well as Buffy's jealousy, all in all a really good talk.

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pfeifferpack commented on Chapter 21 on November 22, 2020 06:22am Liked

“They buried him last night.  Dropped dead unexpectedly, right there in hospital, but not from kidney failure.”  Azure eyes rose to meet hers, solemn.  “Exsanguination.”  My first thought was that maybe it was a mercy kill. Ford wanted to be turned but maybe this guy just wanted to die on his own terms... meanwhile, a vampire got a willing meal? We'll see. There are plenty of people who might offer themselves up to a vampire especially if the killing could be done in a way with minimum pain.

he had always kind of tended to look down on them Yes, aside from Angelus, Dru, and possibly Darla he did. Even Harmony when a bed partner was clearly looked on as lesser.

knew way better than to boil them down to just blood-hungry animals with the single, shared pastime of mayhem for the sake of mayhem.   It's my thought that only the newer fledges would be that. As they age they would have to find more to unlife than that or they wouldn't survive long (or want to... how boring!). I remember that Dalton read and researched. Sam Lawson was looking for purpose. Sunday's group chatted about a lot of things like any college group. Yeah, Buffy never paid enough attention except for her two "special" vampires.

The siring in question hadn’t been about mercy, but about keeping his word.   Yes. The fact that Spike did not like Ford made a difference too. Had he liked the boy he might have trained him properly. I always figured Dru did the string and that Spike knew Buffy would stake Ford on rising.

The scene you drew of the new fledge and the backstory are quite believable. It was an act of compassion in a way and affection or at minimum lust and friendship. The rules make sense in a world where they would not want to draw attention to the nest. It is controlled and regulated and logical Maybe… baby vampires really can be controlled, if they aren’t born on the gateway to an all-powerful evil.   Yes. The Hellmouth was a free-for-all and not representative of how it could possibly work in the wider world. If it was like at the Hellmouth vampires would be all over the place and everyone would know and be after them. This seems exactly right.

Poor Spike. Like a kid born to a family so dysfunctional that it goes over into abusive and finally sees a family that at least loves (love DOES cover a multitude of sins after all. All families are dysfunctional in some way or another because we are all flawed humans BUT if there is love it makes all the difference). “Where there was no love.”  Yes, I do not think the Master, Darla, or Liam were capable of love. They were humans without that ability. Dru did have the ability but Angelus had driven her to madness and twisted it so she couldn't give it properly (or accept it properly either) BUT she had enough in her that William, who was filled with love, came out okay. He felt unfulfilled and unloved and it was horrible but he was able to love.

you internalized it; thought that there was something about you that was unlovable.  That I added to that.  That we all did, because Yes. Glad she realizes this at long last. This is the tragedy that is Spike and why he breaks my heart over and over.

 Drusilla broke the cycle of your family and picked someone who wasn’t crazy.  Someone who was good, and strong, and decent, and who would always keep his word.  Because that was what she needed.  And no matter what they tried to do over a hundred and twenty years, they couldn’t break you.”  She cupped his face, smiled into his eyes.  “They couldn’t break you, because demons don’t change, no matter how hard he tried, do they?  Or good men Absolutely! Could not be said better.

Great conversation between them even if her underlying motive was one he finally snagged to. The other stuff about parenting and about her background was important too. But In case this business doesn’t pan out.  What Red’s lookin’ into.  You want me to have someone to hold me here, so I don’t dust without you  is the core. Makes sense. Having a "child" to raise and care for would give him a reason to continue. My husband and I have no living children therefore no grandkiddies, etc. When he goes there will be no one that it REALLY matters to for me to be here so I can understand Spike's attitude with no trouble. That purpose makes a tie that does bind.

Lovely intimate, caring, scene with the two of them. They have come so very far!

Excellent update.

Kathleen

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daria22 commented on Chapter 21 on November 22, 2020 03:57am Liked

I love the educational aspect of this story about vampires and demons from your perspective. It is very interesting and thoughtful.

Also, I think Buffy and Spike will become parents one day. The same way they are for Dawn. If they live long enough there always be a situation where they can't abandon someone in need. And it may be in a way of parenthood. 

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Oddbird commented on Chapter 21 on November 21, 2020 07:51pm Liked

It’s WAY past my bedtime so I won’t say much except that this was super interesting and super enjoyable and can’t wait for more!

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InLondon commented on Chapter 21 on November 21, 2020 07:49pm Liked

Oooh, super interesting, seeing how a fledge might be raised away from The hellmouth!

I‘m also trying to remember what Spike said in the School Bad episode which means he could smell Buffy on her period.... something about smelling delicious? 

will there be a threesome with Faith..... I’m not seeing it given Buffy’s feelings in this story.

If you don’t mind a minor correction to your Spanish -it should be ‘muy enfermo’ not enferma (the masculine rather than the feminine since it’s a male vamp). 

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Fluffypuppy commented on Chapter 20 on November 16, 2020 03:01pm Liked

Love the buffy /Faith bonding 

feel that with spike they will make a formidable team 

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celtic_goddess commented on Chapter 17 on November 15, 2020 09:14am Liked

HOT DAMN. Not gonna lie, I have missed Spike's perspective the last couple chapters. What a place to bring it back!

 

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magnus374 commented on Chapter 20 on November 15, 2020 06:04am

Faith is of course curious on what Willow is doing and when she learned some of it, she had one practical question. I didn't think about that part at all, probably because I'm a man, but in my defence, Buffy didn't think about it either🙂 Willow's answer was a logical one. There is a finite amount of possible eggs after all. I suppose them being Slayers could make them last longer, only losing the ones that actually become eggs, but at some point they will run out of them. There are many things that they can't really be sure about. There are many things to consider with the possibility of living forever. 

I loved the talk Buffy, Willow and Faith had about sexual experiences. I must agree with Buffy, a vampire seems rather vanilla compared with a marsupial half demon and a snake lady😉 I also liked her though about how to get a half marsupial demon, some crossbreeding seems extra strange.

One big part of this chapter was the healing of relationships. It is most noticeable with Buffy and Faith but we can also see it with the friendship between Buffy, Willow and Xander. There are several issues that are lied to rest. 

It's good to see how the regular life here is developing with Faith living here. She is fitting in well and Buffy is enjoying having her here, it seems like when they have this sisterly thing going on even two tigers can enjoy each others company. 

It was a nice scene with Buffy explaining that Faith has a place her but it's up to her. This way she could avoid any kind of pushing which would have made Faith react badly.

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pfeifferpack commented on Chapter 20 on November 15, 2020 03:32am Liked

That would be such a two-edged sword to be handed. Aging and death not an issue BUT you get to bury everyone you know and love and can still die a non-natural death.  I don’t wanna get all wrinkly and rickety.  I’d probably slit my wrists if I couldn’t throw down anymore. The aging of the body is really odd. It's like your body becomes a traitor while your mind and spirit remain as they were with added bits of wisdom if you're lucky. I can understand just what Faith means. It's like a bad parody of invasion of the body snatchers... you look in the mirror and face a complete stranger (or your mom).

Faith and the other Slayers need to find long-lived demons or vampires to court or at least another Slayer if so inclined. Life is hard enough without being alone.

You’d still have a finite number of ova, just like any other woman.  You’re gonna go through menopause, either way, when you run out Perfect sense there.

Love the description of the demon and Faith's night of want, take, have. Oh, c’mon.  You did wolfboy, and Satsu says you had a thing going with some lizard bitch up in the mountains ITA! Willow needs to put up her judgy side. Though Buffy has some valid questions that might be best left unasked.

Ahhh the power and need for forgiveness! One thing, they have all matured quite a lot and that's excellent.  They had all had to learn to love each other for those things, without fences, instead of using that love to force each other into the boxes they expected of each other… because that was the only way to go on to keep the ones you needed most, and to alleviate your own fears.  Yes. If you are to love, you need to not build fences but merely love. Not force others into living YOUR expectations and making the love conditional.

 “We can’t change the past.  All we can do is live our best lives now.”  Exactly. And learn if you can.

Casual was her watchword, her way of keeping herself safe. Poor frightened and damaged Faith! Yeah she doesn't handle emotions well at all.

I love the bonding and sparring between the three of them. 

She also flirted with literally everybody in the circle, male and female and including Betta George, who seemed incredibly amused by this fact. LOL Yeah, he would think it was funny. I do love George but he's so alone and being a fish... who is there for him? Maybe Teeth had a sister.

 They all did it and it was harmless.  And, well...  /That's what it comes down to, isn't it?  If you're not worried, it's no big.  Just a game  Security, it's wonderful. It needs trust and really knowing each other and loving them too much to go where it will hurt them.

 She’s not big on letting people in.  I’d just hate for you to get hurt again, when you reach out the way you do.  Because you’re always the one who gets hurt.  And that’s not fair to you Willow has reasons to worry and I love that there is a closeness with Buffy again that makes her feel safe in commenting.

Love the place where everything is between all of them at this point but especially between Buffy and Faith. 

Excellent update.

Kathleen

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celtic_goddess commented on Chapter 16 on November 15, 2020 12:46am Liked

Hot damn. Balcony scene revisited was a much more pleasant blast from the past than confession time, but confessions did eventually have to be made. If I remember correctly, Buffy told Spike about Xander and the hyena in Hell-A? 

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SelfAndShadow commented on Chapter 20 on November 14, 2020 09:58pm Liked

Nice to see Buffy and Faith in a good place with each other - they both need that. And I really like your nuanced characterization of Faith, the subtle layers you've given her, along with Buffy's developing insight into other people's behavior. Well done.

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rana commented on Chapter 20 on November 14, 2020 08:05pm Liked

This somewhat fluffy Faith chapter just makes me happy. A good thing to read on a Sat night while hubby takes care of bath time for the kiddo (mama gotta get her me time in when she can LOL).

The concern for never ending menstrual cycles is real!

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Oddbird commented on Chapter 20 on November 14, 2020 06:36pm Liked

That was SUCH a beautiful chapter. Thank you. Wonderful healing among the Scoobies, which is always lovely whether they deserve it or not, and such a treat to see Buffy and Faith really getting along. They both really needed it, and it’s so great that they each have someone who really understands. Grumpy half awake Spike who thought Scully was hot was a nummy treat too. Thanks agai. For writing!!

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celtic_goddess commented on Chapter 15 on November 14, 2020 11:26am Liked

What a fantastic beastie! RIP Silenciadora 

Author's Response on November 14, 2020 03:07pm

Aw, thank you!  She was fun to design, too bad she had to go so quick.  Wonder if they felt that way in the show when they came up with cool monsters only to have them be destroyed in one episode...

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Lou commented on Chapter 19 on November 14, 2020 11:21am Liked

This downtime is certainly doing our heroes a whole lot of good, much needed before the next flare up!

Author's Response on November 14, 2020 03:08pm

Precisely!!!  You've hit the nail on the head!
Thank you for commenting!

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Lou commented on Chapter 18 on November 14, 2020 07:19am Liked

Smart Buffy is a revelation -- just WOW!

Author's Response on November 14, 2020 03:09pm

Yay!  So glad you're enjoying my noodlings!  Yes, I always like to point out that Buffy's definitely shrewd, whether she's had the opportunity for much formal education/reading or no.  She's very intelligent and quick.

Thank you so much!

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pfeifferpack commented on Chapter 19 on November 09, 2020 06:59am Liked

Great two chapters and a fine way to work in the meta that matters for the worldbuilding in this story. It's necessary to lay out how some things work if it wasn't explicit in canon. I happen to think you are on to a lot that makes sense. You handled the exposition perfectly.

Now Willow gets to use her older skills, her brain. The blood is likely to tell the truth if she can understand what it does show.

Faith is going to be interested in the outcome too.

Giles will likely need to be informed because it will impact all the Slayers. He's (rightly) still being kept at arms length but this would be too important to withhold. It also backs up a lot of what Buffy tried to tell him. 

I love how Xander and Willow are being supportive and seem to be paying attention. 

Excellent updates. Sorry for the short comments. RL is .... Yeah, for everyone I guess.

Kathleen

 

Author's Response on November 14, 2020 03:49pm

>>Great two chapters and a fine way to work in the meta that matters for the worldbuilding in this story. It's necessary to lay out how some things work if it wasn't explicit in canon. I happen to think you are on to a lot that makes sense. You handled the exposition perfectly.>>

Thank you so much!  It's so fun to noodle with this stuff, isn't it?  In a way I'm glad that canon didn't give us too much that's concrete; it allows a lot of room for interpretation.

>>Now Willow gets to use her older skills, her brain. The blood is likely to tell the truth if she can understand what it does show.>>

I honestly miss science-nerd!Willow.

>>Faith is going to be interested in the outcome too.>>

Faith, yes, and really... the implications for hundreds of other Slayers is daunting!!!

>>Giles will likely need to be informed because it will impact all the Slayers. He's (rightly) still being kept at arms length but this would be too important to withhold. It also backs up a lot of what Buffy tried to tell him.>>

Yeah, that's going to be an interesting conversation!  Maybe I'll let Willow do it, lol.

>>I love how Xander and Willow are being supportive and seem to be paying attention.>>

this bunch has been through so bloody much way too young.  Just giving them all time to be still and listen to each other is a blessing! 

>>Excellent updates. Sorry for the short comments. RL is .... Yeah, for everyone I guess.>>

Thank you!  No problem; I enjoyed it!  Hope you're doing well with everything.  Hang in there!  *hugs*

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celtic_goddess commented on Chapter 14 on November 08, 2020 08:32pm Liked

I love the thought behind this fic that, after building such a strong relationship with Spike, Buffy is trying so hard with the rest of her relationships. Also that quickie at the beginning 👌

Author's Response on November 14, 2020 03:10pm

You have that theme exactly, thank you so much for catching that!  It's one of my big goals for her in this part of the series.  

hehe, glad you enjoyed the quickie; it was definitely fun to write.  Well, the whole chapter was.
TY again!!!

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daria22 commented on Chapter 19 on November 08, 2020 02:45pm Liked

I didn't know these two could be more adorable. You've surprised me!

All of them (Buffy, Spike, Willow Xander, Faith) have been through a lot but they are still so young. This is almost a normal morning after a good party (blood, claim, science aside). This balance of real-life and supernatural stuff is amazing about your story. 

Author's Response on November 14, 2020 03:11pm

AWWWWW, thank you, that's a great compliment; I love them just being loving and domestic and etc, so I'm very grateful when it comes across well.

Yes, this bunch has survived so much, the chance to just be in each others company and learn to enjoy each other again is important (supernatural aside).  Extremely grateful you feel the balance is being kept well, as it's one of my goals.  Thank yo!!!

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Fluffypuppy commented on Chapter 19 on November 08, 2020 08:18am Liked

Xander better stay clear

How is faith sleeping through all of this?

Author's Response on November 14, 2020 03:14pm

Lol, poor Xander.  He's accepted Spuffy, but he doesn't wanna see it!!!  
Faith always struck me as the kind of person who's had to learn to sleep anywhere and through anything, but who would wake up ready to rumble at the drop of a hat if danger threatened (much like Spike).  It's  a common symptom you see in people who grew up (or in Spike's case, "grew up") in loud, wild, fraught, frenetic environs, and who have a lot of PTSD.

Thank you so much for your comments!

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Aspasia commented on Chapter 19 on November 08, 2020 07:04am Liked

I read this yesterday and then had to come back and comment that Casanova was indeed a prat. I read a book called Casanova's women and it is a wild ride. I'm here on the side lines like 'stop Casanova stop creating the first national lottery in France' and 'stop Casanova that 15 year old girl that's the daughter of one of your ex lovers could very easily be your child' and 'goddamit Casanova stop being chucked out of every European country for being such a cheating filanderer'. I would enjoy Spike going off on Casanova. 

Author's Response on November 14, 2020 03:17pm

Ok I really need to read this book.  *cackling*
I love how we have these figures of speech and concepts of these historical characters who become ideals which are really sort of the opposites of who they really were.  I knew Casanova was actually sort of a philandering dick (Don Juan was no more as lovely as modern reputation would have us believe, from what I hear), and yet they're both somehow synonymous now with romance, which, what?

weird how storied reputations alter with the application of time...

Thank you for commenting and giving me a laugh!

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magnus374 commented on Chapter 19 on November 08, 2020 05:44am

A wonderful little awkward scene with Willow asking them when they shared blood. Well if they really want to test the blood they do need to do it right. Since any effect must be something that doesn't turn up on regular test, I suppose Willow will be looking for some kind of magical components. 

We got a very heated scene in the bathroom, the little hint of Buffy tasting herself is always hot ( for me that is, the other way around, not so much🙂). This time it was in the name of science, not like they need any excuse). 

Xander arriving brought some amusement and gave us a glimpse of domestic Spike.

Then Willow is back and the blood sample could be taken. Buffy has apparently learn to associate the drawing of blood with erotic feelings. It could indeed be awkward at a hospital🙂 Vampires having coagulants in their saliva or tongue is a classic fanon thing, but it's one that makes perfect sense. Many times it must be useful to have a living blood source, "you don't have to kill the cow to get the milk"😉

A nice scene at the end.

Author's Response on November 14, 2020 03:53pm

>>A wonderful little awkward scene with Willow asking them when they shared blood. Well if they really want to test the blood they do need to do it right. Since any effect must be something that doesn't turn up on regular test, I suppose Willow will be looking for some kind of magical components.>>

It's fun to get Willow the science nerd back in action, after all these years where she's sort of stopped doing that kind of thing in favor of magicks and only magicks. 

>>We got a very heated scene in the bathroom, the little hint of Buffy tasting herself is always hot ( for me that is, the other way around, not so much🙂). This time it was in the name of science, not like they need any excuse).>>

Hehe, they really don't! 

>>Xander arriving brought some amusement and gave us a glimpse of domestic Spike.>>

I have these images of Spike when he was helping with Dawn over that summer, trailing her around the kitchen growling at her to clean up her mess, dammit, because if things in there began to mold it would badly offend his vampire-nose and no way was he going to deal with her food-disasters because she was too lazy to do it herself!

>>Then Willow is back and the blood sample could be taken. Buffy has apparently learn to associate the drawing of blood with erotic feelings. It could indeed be awkward at a hospital🙂>>

hehe, tbf she shouldn't be giving blood anytime soon considering she's routinely seasoning hers with vampire saliva, but still, the thought is amusing.

>>Vampires having coagulants in their saliva or tongue is a classic fanon thing, but it's one that makes perfect sense. Many times it must be useful to have a living blood source, "you don't have to kill the cow to get the milk"😉>>

It really does make sense!  Some fanons I throw away simply because I'm contrary and refuse to jump on bandwagons, but this one is just far too logical.

So glad you enjoyed the chapter, thank you!

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celtic_goddess commented on Chapter 13 on November 04, 2020 07:58pm Liked

Oh man I forgot about Savidge and crazy ass Roden! Now that Buffy has the idea of bad guy Angel in her head, how long till she puts two and two together? My bet, not long!

Author's Response on November 14, 2020 03:18pm

Yeah, it really was kind of a weird side-trip, wasn't it?  But a LOT of fun to play with in this version!

as to your other question... one wonders, hm?
Thank you!

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celtic_goddess commented on Chapter 12 on November 04, 2020 01:35pm Liked

Thank you for fixing all the things! Love it all, minus Giles being a (very in-character) poophead

Author's Response on November 14, 2020 03:19pm

Thank you so much for enjoying!  Yeah, Giles aside, (sigh)... it's been a lot of fun working out ways to make this all less of a disaster than it was in those weird comics!

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celtic_goddess commented on Chapter 11 on November 04, 2020 09:03am Liked

Hehe tree sex 101 with Spuffy. Never considered Buffy's ideas about Angel as Twilight here (that he hated his own demon enough to want to do the right thing for everyone by taking them away). But canonwise, I do recall him killing a couple hundred slayers and gathering all the anti-slayer power under him "for their own good." And boy, does that character flaw of his go deep

Author's Response on November 14, 2020 03:25pm

LOL, they'd know.

Yeah, Angel really has a self-hate thing going, and it just seemed v. telling to me, in the comics, the way he completely went with the whole thing with Twilight.  I mean, he broke free of his own accord later, when it was Buffy herself in jeopardy... which means he could've broken free at any time beforehand, he wasn't utterly possessed or anything, wasn't being completely controlled, he wanted most of what was happening (space sex, etc, obviously, to answer whatever unanswered questions in his mind about them and yadda)... but that means that he could've broken free when Twilight started draining the Slayer-spirit from all those extraneous girls to concentrate it into Buffy to overpower her with an overabundance of Slayer-ness (to, in effect, elevate her to nearly full-demon, in order to use that demonside to make her do things like Cordy did in AtS when she was elevated, which is where I get the corollary that Cordy was a Potential and her latent demonside was used to elevate HER); floating/flying, zappy-punchy electrical powers, etc.  Possibly whatever the Shadowmen wanted to pump Buffy up into being in S7, but she denied because she wanted to stay more on the human spectrum--which, Sineya fought Old Ones and won, she had to have some serious powers from her demonside and have relinquished a lot of her human side to do that.  /sidebar).  But in doing so, Angel ripped the demonside from those girls, in effect KILLING them, and showed no remorse, because it was, as you mentioned, 'for their own good'.  He has ISSUES, man.  As you said, that flaw runs to the core.

and there's me going off into the meta deep-end again. 
Thank you!

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daria22 commented on Chapter 18 on November 03, 2020 03:23pm Liked

I am excited beyond possible. I love this feeling of discovery. When your thoughts are getting in a logical chain and bring you to something new. It is like creating something. This chapter was so enjoyable applause

Author's Response on November 14, 2020 03:06pm

Thank you so very much for your kind words!  So glad you're excited.  I love that my noodlings are being received so well by everyone!!!

Many thanks!

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Fluffypuppy commented on Chapter 18 on November 01, 2020 05:47pm Liked

Whoa how much did she put on a spike after he just woke up

miss Fred 

Author's Response on November 14, 2020 03:05pm

Lol, it really was a lot, huh?

I think we all miss Fred!!!

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magnus374 commented on Chapter 18 on November 01, 2020 07:46am

The way Buffy was watching Spike and thinking about him show us so much love and that is always great to see. There was a nice calmness here that felt good. Then we had the scene with Faith. Sending her to sleep next to Spike is a big gesture of trust especially considering their history.

Then we had this good talk with Willow, it is good that they could talk about all these things. It was good to see Buffy thinking about how all the new Slayers was affected and about their lack of choice. Also the problem fir them to find a partner. As I keep saying, I really like when how the demon essence is affected is brought up. How it was chained to the earth, for all this time. 

Willow's observations of Spike watching Highlander held a sweet sadness to it. I only watched some of the show, but I remember that scene from the movie (and there is only one movie, no matters what some movies claims to be) and it did have this sweet sadness. This lead Buffy to think about how long a Slayer can live, with the healing they have there is strong possibility that they could live for a very long time. Aging is basicly the body's inability to heal itself. Of course she wanted to tell Spike the possibility. Poor Spike, waking up next to Faith and Buffy saying they need to talk, what should he belive?

I liked how Buffy explained her ideas to Spike and Willow. It is some good thinking there. I'm not so sure about how active she made the new demon be in the start of a vampire, but the  mechanics itself are logical. Naturally they need to look into this, it does affect all the slayers even if Buffy is more slayer than most. Very good thinking indeed.

And as a last comment, the Twinkling books are being written🎈🎆🎊

Author's Response on November 14, 2020 03:44pm

>>The way Buffy was watching Spike and thinking about him show us so much love and that is always great to see. There was a nice calmness here that felt good.>>

It's so very rewarding to have gotten them to this place in their relationship.

>>Then we had the scene with Faith. Sending her to sleep next to Spike is a big gesture of trust especially considering their history.>>

Same here; very rewarding to have all these relationships being healed and growing.

>>Then we had this good talk with Willow, it is good that they could talk about all these things. It was good to see Buffy thinking about how all the new Slayers was affected and about their lack of choice. Also the problem fir them to find a partner.>>

scary to think, if they do all have the longevity being discussed, what it means for all of the younger ones!

>>As I keep saying, I really like when how the demon essence is affected is brought up. How it was chained to the earth, for all this time.>>

I know I already said it, but I really enjoy that metaphor of 'chained to the earth', and what it means for territory and duty for the slayers. 

>>Willow's observations of Spike watching Highlander held a sweet sadness to it. I only watched some of the show, but I remember that scene from the movie (and there is only one movie, no matters what some movies claims to be) and it did have this sweet sadness.>>

you and I are 100% on the same soapbox when it comes to the films.  The rest are nonsense (though Endgame was at least less idiotic than the rest), but since most of them essentially betray the main concept of the first film in order to continue having things happen, they really make me angry.  I could go on about them forever, but the only way I can make the TV show work in my head is to consider it to occur before Connor has his final battle in the first film.  I like the sort-of film they made with the two of them showing how Duncan first got involved, though it was more of an intro to the TV show than a film, but the Space-Immortals film was garbage no matter how it's edited by fans, and the rest are increasingly idiotic; like the energy which coalesces into them to make one of them hold the energy of all of them wouldn't recognize that they aren't all dead because one of them is asleep in a cavern or whatever?  NONSENSE.  It's magickal energy, a singular life-force in multiple bodies (honestly it's rather like the slayer-spirit)... it's not going to forget that some of it is still in other bodies!!! 

To this day, though, there's no way I can ever listen to that Queen song, "Who Wants To Live Forever (When Love Must Die)?" without feeling like I'm going to cry myself to sleep or something, because of that first film.  So affecting.  God.  No way such a storyline wouldn't affect Spike; tho by the time they did it about the tenth time on the show, it got a little hackneyed.  (Tho tbf if one lived it it would just pile on the PTSD and talk about relationship issues!!!  Which, thank goodness Spike avoided by staying with one (other undead) person for six score years!!!)

As to the TV show, I rather liked Duncan with Amanda, the other immortal, the celtic woman; did you?  I was sad her spinoff, 'the Raven', never caught on, I'd have liked to see more of her.

>>This lead Buffy to think about how long a Slayer can live, with the healing they have there is strong possibility that they could live for a very long time. Aging is basicly the body's inability to heal itself.>>

I'm glad to find you think it's a plausible explanation for how Buffy could have similar longevity to a vampire.  I've heard people posit that it might be only Buffy, because of her many deaths/the spell Willow used to bring her back or whatever, but I like the parallels between vamps/Slayers better.  In my mind they are absolute mirror-images of each other and have far too much in common for this not to be the case.  For one thing, if you look at the timeline of Sineya, all the things she supposedly did, etc, she was probably about 1000 years old when she finally kicked it, poor exhausted creature.  Talk about a death-wish and being mostly demon. 

Speaking of the ways Highlander reminds me of Slayers; the way Angel/Twilight went about draining the Slayer-spirit from all those extraneous girls to concentrate it into Buffy to overpower her with an overabundance of Slayer-ness really makes me think about a couple of things.  The quickening/Prize in Highlander, and also to an extent, Cordy before she died, and Sineya's storied exploits.  In effect, filling Buffy with the energy of all those couple-hundred Slayers elevated her to nearly full-demon, in order to use that demonside to make her do things very similar to what Cordy did in AtS when she was elevated (which is where I get the corollary that Cordy was a Potential and her latent demonside was used to elevate HER); floating/flying, zappy-punchy electrical powers, etc.  Possibly this was whatever the Shadowmen wanted to pump Buffy up into being in S7, but she denied because she wanted to stay more on the human spectrum, because when you think about it, Sineya fought Old Ones and exiled them through the Sunnydale hellmouth (I'd imagine they transported her there by portal or something), so she must have had some serious powers from her demonside and have relinquished a lot of her human side to do that.  (Which is also my theory as to why that hellmouth is so powered up and etc, because it was used to shove the last Old Ones through it, which seriously charged it up and left it with a sort of splinter of energy in it making it not close all the way, or something to that effect.)

/sidebar.

>>Of course she wanted to tell Spike the possibility. Poor Spike, waking up next to Faith and Buffy saying they need to talk, what should he belive?>>

i feel bad putting him through that, but it was cute.

>>I liked how Buffy explained her ideas to Spike and Willow. It is some good thinking there. I'm not so sure about how active she made the new demon be in the start of a vampire, but the mechanics itself are logical. Naturally they need to look into this, it does affect all the slayers even if Buffy is more slayer than most. Very good thinking indeed.>>

It's fun to showcase how Buffy really is clever, whether she's had much time for traditional schooling or no.  She's definitely intelligent.

>>And as a last comment, the Twinkling books are being written>>

hehe, thought you'd like that!  Though, no doubt they'll be a bit different in this version.
Thank you!

magnus374 Replied on November 15, 2020 06:10am

Good to hear your view on the films. I hated the space-immortals thing and that idiotic thing with those in the cave. They totally destroyed what was good. 

What I saw of the show I mostly liked but I only got to see some part of it which they showed on Swedish television and then stopped. 

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rana commented on Chapter 18 on October 31, 2020 10:52pm Liked

I'm always impressed with the depth of thought you give your stories, solving mysteries of how this universe actually functions. For Spike sake, I hope Buffy has a long youthful life potential! But man, the ramifications for the rest of the slayers is daunting.

Author's Response on November 14, 2020 03:04pm

You make me blush!  Thank you for your kind words!  I just really love labyrinthine stuff like this (I do this in every fandom, it's my bread and butter, noodling with theories like this).  We'll keep our fingers crossed for Spike and Buffy, though, yes, I'd think as far as the rest of the young Slayers go, it's a lot to consider!!!

thank you again!

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