“Of course, it was also his humor and a large part of his passion. And William, with his desire to look only upon the beauty of the world, had contributed a good portion of his indifference to human suffering.”
This is brilliant. First fic I’ve EVER seen that attributes anything but flowers and hearts and endless bleeding hearted goodness to William-that-was. I don’t know that my head canon has an indifferent William, but I’m absolutely loving that Spike sees it this way in this fic![Report This]
I really like that Hank has stepped up to the plate to give aid financially in this fic despite the naysaying girlfriend.
It’s going to take Buffy some time but she seems to be acclimating well thanks to help from Spike.
What a concept utilized during this fic! It was totally enjoyable.
Tara alone does not stand a chance against wizards…
Hank should have followed directions and took off upon the arrival of the baddies but, no, he had to keep his blinders on.
Why did Buffy take Vespasian? Oh she knew he was the magical honcho.
Yep a “superficial” wound in the right location can be deadly. My brother was injured and his femoral artery was nicked in a fight. Fortunately a friend put his pedal to the metal instead of calling an ambulance.[Report This]
Wow! Anya can so fit in with “family emergency” and not blurting out the truth and the circumventing mentioning Willow thing. She really has learned a lot since Triangle.
Since when in “hunter-gatherer” a hyena reference. They are scavengers of meat. I always associate the gatherer part of “hunter-gatherer’ with collecting plants.
I was wondering about the purpose of the hibachis in this spell.
“..give Spike the one in the large type.” Now we know that Willow knows about Spike’s faulty vision in this fic.
Willow should have asked Dawn if she wanted to go to the bathroom regarding the three hour ritual. Some girls find it difficult to sit that long without needing to go.
Thank you for Willow being aware that Buffy as a Chosen One would not be relegated to hell.
But bad Willow for not paying more attention to the consequences of the variables.
Whatever put that particular bee in Tara’s bonnet? Seems like it came out of the blue.
Not Ethan then. It’s the even more evil thing who tried to off his own child. Recently I saw a horror movie with that theme of similar sacrifice- Death Day.
Who is this Vespasian?
Seems “Excellent prospects” nails the choice.[Report This]
Bravo! Spectacular chapter! The description of the spell and its effects were so well done that I felt like I was there with them. Love the part about Spike fighting to hold on, and realizing that he needs both human and demon to be Spike. The spell was believable, also believable was that something would go wrong due to Willow, in her hubris, making so many substitutions and not testing them.[Report This]
This is so good. Tickled by the idea of studying Spike - the Council was so ignorant of vampires, but as the author relates, it was too hard to study them since they’d just attack humans.
The Laws of Magic are very logical.
So true to canon that Hank is still denying the existence of vampires and that Spike is one, even after Spike got fangy in front of him.
Hope the other Scoobies don’t muck up what Willow, Dawn & Spike are trying to do.[Report This]
Lovely description of Spike: “he flowed through the night like quicksilver, like death in ivory and jet.”
I like everything about the way this story is written so far: the plot, the way the fears, regrets, and yearnings of the characters are depicted, the Magic.
What was that pain in his chest that Spike felt? Was there a little bit of soul left in him, maybe from a faulty turning because his sire was insane? Did Willow’s spell pull that little bit of William out of Spike? And now he’s killed a human, admittedly a bad guy, in self-defense, but he doesn’t seem overly fussed, although he did refrain from snacking on the guy. Looking forward to seeing how these mysteries play out.[Report This]
Oooo, so intriguing - what are those vamp-capturing guys up to?
Like the Xander-Spike quippage - looks like they’ve established a sort of friendship in this story.
Love the little details you toss in, like the oil-spotted asphalt, and Spike nicking Xander’s wallet, and Xander noting that the van guy properly stirred the paint. Makes the story so much richer and the characters so much more real.[Report This]
The Spike voice & character is wonderful; I love his snark and punk f-you attitude. Dawn is very well drawn, too, with true-to-life teenaged sullenness layered over her grief and caring. I like the way Hank is portrayed as not a total villain, just an everyday, neglectful, clueless dad.[Report This]
Wow! This story is really a hidden treasure. It popped up as a 'random story' on the home page, and after a quick peek I was hooked and read it straight through. I seriously loved your Spike, and the real relationship that you built for him with Dawn and the Scoobies. I can't wait to see what you have in store for them next. With as good as this one was, I am very much looking forward to reading the other 31 stories that you have here![Report This]
Great story! I'm already kinda liking the "Returned" Buffy. Or rather "Raised" Buffy. Hank needed to see all these things. But after Buffy gave him the option, you can definitely see him looking out for his own ass. Your Spike characterization is wonderful. I enjoyed this one tons, & am off to read the next one! Happy Holidays![Report This]
This is a nice alternative version of Buffy's resurrection. A reminder that some of the dire events depicted in the show could have been handled less destructively and with balance that allowed the characters to remain more "themselves" even as they were dealing with weighty and difficult situations. It was fun seeing the oddness of their lives reflected through Hank's eyes. I really enjoyed this.[Report This]