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bmerb commented on Chapter 10 on November 21, 2020 03:50am Liked

This was/is a brilliant fic! Jossed of course by season 6 onwards but still remarkable prescient nonetheless. Plus we’ll written, gripping, and generally fairly in character. Can’t believe it’s only got fifty-something likes! 

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bmerb commented on Chapter 5 on November 21, 2020 01:52am Liked

“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!

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Joyce commented on Chapter 10 on July 05, 2020 02:10pm Liked

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.


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Joyce commented on Chapter 9 on July 05, 2020 02:08pm

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.

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Joyce commented on Chapter 8 on July 05, 2020 02:07pm

Details! Glad that you brought up that point about Doc and the same knife being used for his deeds.

I just find it hard to believe that Spike had not used the warehouse as a bolt hole in an emergency in the last few years.


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Joyce commented on Chapter 7 on July 05, 2020 02:07pm

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.


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Joyce commented on Chapter 6 on June 29, 2020 11:27am

It’s horrible when men with children get involved with people who think they should come before the children.

Hank has built up an outlandish misconception of Spike all to protect his brain since vampires simply do not exist.

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Joyce commented on Chapter 5 on June 29, 2020 11:26am

I know that Spike agreed to this. It’s just that it seems so strange for him to be assisting in a ritual.

In my opinion, “affluent” and “middle-class” are two different strata.


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Joyce commented on Chapter 4 on June 29, 2020 11:25am

Willow’s spell was far less blood thirsty than this one. Surprised that Spike is ruminating like that after he gave Dawn the “won’t come back” right speech.

Excellent conveying of imagery regarding Willow’s internal struggle!

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Joyce commented on Chapter 3 on June 29, 2020 11:24am

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.

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Joyce commented on Chapter 2 on June 29, 2020 11:23am

I love Dexter’s Lab! Who knew Xander had good taste in cartoons!

The wallet bit was hilarious! You swerved into it with just the right amount of timing!

Sounds like a sorcerer is in town. Hope it’s not Ethan.

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Joyce commented on Chapter 1 on June 29, 2020 11:22am

Is this another iteration of The Initiative coming after demons?

Wow. Hank is having some semblance of being parental for once.

Only in Sunnydale could there be such a scene!

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MiseEnPlace commented on Chapter 10 on April 24, 2019 01:51pm Liked

This is my first Barbverse story, and I think it is wonderful. She’s a very skilled writer. Can’t wait to read the next story in this series. 

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MiseEnPlace commented on Chapter 9 on April 24, 2019 01:12pm Liked

Wheee - Great action sequence! Love Spike’s last line.

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MiseEnPlace commented on Chapter 7 on April 24, 2019 12:05pm Liked

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.

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MiseEnPlace commented on Chapter 6 on April 23, 2019 08:44pm Liked

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.

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MiseEnPlace commented on Chapter 5 on April 23, 2019 07:08pm Liked

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.

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MiseEnPlace commented on Chapter 4 on April 23, 2019 04:47pm Liked

Excellent chapter! The scene in the Magic Box when Willow was working on the spell was very well done, and the conversation between Willow and Spike was so full of their pain and how far each would go to have Buffy back. 

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MiseEnPlace commented on Chapter 2 on April 23, 2019 12:30pm Liked

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.

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MiseEnPlace commented on Chapter 1 on April 23, 2019 11:17am Liked

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.

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malika585 commented on Chapter 10 on December 25, 2018 02:33am

"In the midst of death, it's a beautiful world"


Thats true...

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relurker commented on Chapter 10 on September 29, 2018 03:23am Liked

One of my all time favourites. Not much competition at this level of wonderful  invention, writing skill and love for the characters. 

I love this story excessively, and re-read it regularly. heart


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srbeaver commented on Chapter 10 on April 30, 2018 12:20pm

 Great story and I love how Spike takes care of Dawn.

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Chosenname commented on Chapter 10 on April 14, 2017 03:59am

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! 

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fyreburned commented on Chapter 10 on December 26, 2015 07:51pm Liked

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!

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Era Dubois commented on Chapter 1 on December 14, 2015 02:45pm Liked


An apathetic Grr. That's funny. :) Thanks.

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Cloongarvin commented on Chapter 10 on July 04, 2015 10:15am

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.

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cindylou commented on Chapter 1 on February 01, 2015 12:37am Liked



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magnus374 commented on Chapter 10 on July 09, 2013 07:17pm

This is a very good story. The writing is done so well. The way the characters think and act seems just right. We can see their emotions and what motivates them to act in the way they do.

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magnus374 commented on Chapter 9 on July 08, 2013 07:04pm

Good chapter.

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