Leave it to Harmony to run off at the mouth.
Angel rage is always just below the surface which is why he has to hold onto it tight appearing to brood. That’s my take and I’m sticking to it.
This chapter was brilliant! Enjoyed the tale.
I only wish that Gunn had gone too. I know he loved his new position and skills but he was a good guy. Angel, however, deserves to be left in the mess of his own making. Just hope he doesn't go on to start that suicidal apocalypse as in canon.
I enjoyed re-reading this one. It's been a long time.
Miss you in fandom, Holly. Thanks for the lovely stories.
Sineya is now within Dana I gather. That will fix what was broken, obviously. I'm glad Dawn was there for it.
I like you using Reif from the Angel episode. Yeah, Angel did plenty of questionable things throughout both series. I don't understand why he's considered such a white hat?
Almost did right then That was so very Spike!
Giles would have a cow knowing she's hanging around with a bunch of demons. Unless he's gotten out of his pod-Giles state where he was turning into another Quentin Travers he won't like it one bit.
I love the ancient language plot device. The inner demon essence communicating makes sense.
Like Bruce too.
Good reunion. Yup, better cut out before Capt. Hairgel sweeps in and tries to bully everyone into whatever he wants.
I always hated how Angel caused all the others to die. Well, Lorne escaped death but his soul was scarred by having to kill Lindsey! It's always better when a story has them get out from under the mess Angel led them into.
I like the idea of sparing Dana the blood on her hands. She was so tragic. She was also a great way to underscore how "wrong" it was to simply "call" all Potentials! Not every Potential should have been called, certainly not without their agreement! If they had contained that spell to share the power to only those girls physically there at the Hellmouth, those who agreed, it would have made sense. Not even all of them were really Slayer potential in the truest sense. Some were power mad like Kennedy or too scared like Chloe. How many more were like Dana or similar? Very dangerous and not necessary. Spike won that apocalypse. Without his sacrifice, all those Slayers would only have been able to hold the Turok-Han off for a very short while. They were outnumbered. They bought time for the amulet to channel Spike's soul and that's all.
I wish they could have returned Anya. That was a character that had so much more to offer.
So Tara was to be a Guardian from her mother's lineage and was a Potential Slayer as well. That works. I can't see her enjoying being the Slayer...she had such a tender heart. Works though. I like her in the family line though.
I always wanted Buffy to straighten out what happened with Dawn. I also cannot blame Buffy for lingering resentment over being tossed out of her own home. She should have never had quite the same relationship with any of them.
Hope Buffy understands that Spike had PLENTY of reason not to believe her last-minute declaration.
I like how everything is improving for everyone, but I'm confused. I'm wondering if some parts are missing. I didn't understand what that ritual was all about and the past with the dream went straight from Tara commenting on Dana, to Senaya (I think it was spelled Sineya by Joss, btw) answering a question?
Here's the actual:
"If she had committed those murderous acts that we'd foreseen, then Dana would have been permanently lost to us. The guilt would have consumed her, and the sanity she had worked hard to gain would have quickly evaporated with the knowing."
Buffy asked, "Senaya, are you sure?"
"It is my gift, Buffy. I am sure."
Buffy nodded. "I understand, but I'm a little sad, too." She hugged the First Slayer and knew some part of her had been healed. No longer would she feel torn between wanting to be a normal girl and being the Slayer. Buffy now fully embraced her Slayer-side. She too felt healed.
Ooh, I like how you worked that "hello, cutie" in.
Seems like Bruce should have indicated which Chinese language (Cantonese? Mandarin?). I mean, if he understood it, it's unlikely he would have said just "Chinese," like Spike, who didn't speak any.
I love that Buffy explained to Dawn.
BTW, you have two passages that are almost identical, so I'm wondering if this is an editing oversight.
Early in this chapter, there's this:
"She loved her sister, she really did, but a part of her would never forgive her for kicking her out of the house and treating Spike like she had. Not that she was one to cast stones in that department, but still, that last year..."
Them several paragraphs later there's:
"She would always love Dawn; she was her flesh and blood, but that didn't mean she would ever forgive Dawn for kicking her out of her own home nor how Dawn had treated Spike after he got back. Buffy knew that she shouldn't be the ones to cast stones in that regard, but someone had to stand up for Spike now."[Report This]