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Reviewer: lori Anonymous Liked [Report This]
Date: 10/23/2009 - 09:21 am Title: Chapter 3

Yet another brilliant chappie celebrating the Big Bad. Anya and Tara always saw the inherently meaningful truths in Jossverse. Good on you for giving Tara more voice.

Author's Response: I really liked Tara's caring and empathy, and Anya's forthrightness, so I try to enlarge their roles wherever possible. And I wanted to remind everybody that, though Spike was chipped, he could have had them all killed. He didn't only because he loved Buffy.

Reviewer: guest Anonymous Liked [Report This]
Date: 10/19/2009 - 04:54 pm Title: Chapter 3

I laughed so hard from reading this chapter. Spike sending little demons after Xander. Xander so deserves it. It also makes a good point about Spike. That just because he couldn't hurt any of them himself because of the chip. Doesn't mean he couldn't send other demons after them or anything like that. If the scoobies could only open their eyes and see that Spike was truly changing. Instead they kept on kicking him over and over. It is no wonder how Spike didn't just say the heck with them and went back to his evil ways.
I also just realize that I never mentioned how much I love that banner. Looking at the picture of Spike just makes my mouth water. Now, why couldn't they just went a little lower on Spike. I just want to put my hands all over his body. Why would Buffy resist a hot bod like that. I'm so naughty, giggles.

Author's Response: I wanted people to see that Spike wasn't hurting them because he didn't want to, not because he couldn't. Yeah, I wish they had gone a little lower on Spike! :D My friend Julie made the banner and she's just as crazy over Spike as I am. I'm so glad you're liking this! Thank you!

Reviewer: Kirsty Signed Liked [Report This]
Date: 10/19/2009 - 06:12 am Title: Chapter 3

Looks like its payback time for Xander.. Hopefully he'll actually learn something.. And Willow.. She's deserving of some payback too.. I don't thinh she's all that good.. And still the resurection.. She needs to pay for..
And isn't Willow still living at Buffy's free of rent..

Oh and Spike is so evil.. getting others to too the dirty work, which might include laxatives in a drink.. so evil ;)

And Buffy still has a long way to go..

Enjoyed the chapter :)

Author's Response: Willow didn't harm Spike, only Buffy, so he's leaving it up to her. The chip keeps him from harming Xander personally, but he'll have a lot of fun watching the Firoud play games. :D Buffy's such a slow learner! Thank you for enjoying it!

Reviewer: BuffyRat Anonymous Liked [Report This]
Date: 10/19/2009 - 05:29 am Title: Chapter 3

Love the way angry Spike is mixing with disconnected Buffy. A beautiful twist on their relationship. See how Buffy handles it when the boy doesn't love her anymore. I truly don't know where this is going, and that is a fabulous thing. Please, update soon.

Author's Response: I didn't know where it was going when I wrote it. This story had a mind of its own :D I'm so glad you like it! Next update tomorrow.

Reviewer: Spuffygirl Anonymous Liked [Report This]
Date: 10/19/2009 - 04:54 am Title: Chapter 3


I love what he did to Xander. I hate him he is So annoying. Spike really does have his rocks back. lol
I can't wait for more.

Author's Response: People keep forgetting that Spike chose not to hurt the Scoobsies. He wasn't incapable of it. I'm so glad you're liking it! Thank you!

Reviewer: fyreburned (Kara) Anonymous Liked [Report This]
Date: 10/19/2009 - 02:58 am Title: Chapter 3

Wow! Haven't really seen any "Non-Redemptionist!Spike" in ages!!! (Maybe since the days when the "All About Spike" Archive was still open & active") It's kinda refreshing in a way. Just a bit of something a li'l different.
Am interested in seeing where ya go with this. Was actually disappointed, once I got to reading, that there were ONLY 3 chappies posted so far!
And so this one, as well, has Xander showing the total jerkface & ass-hole-y side of himself. It seems like it kinda goes in waves, in fics, where Xander is THE real bad guy, either the 'real' monster, or just the predjudiced, bigoted, spineless hiding behind skirts big-mouthed moron that he can be. In some ways, I like Xander; but then again, I really kinda just like goofy Xander, and all-heart stalwart solid Xander (that one being the more mature Xander, but even then he is totally flawed whenever Buffy is around, and seems to outdo himself trying to piss on all the fenceposts in Sunnyhell...) It seems herein Xander is showing his (so far...) non-evil bigoted moronic single-tracked side, fanning the flames of dissention, getting a woman to fight his battles, being a real he-sissy. ,And Spike isn't being innocent in these sitches, not by a longshot--- but then, again (and AGAIN!) he's E.V.I.L.!--- at least this time around.
Speaking of Spike, it IS good to see him take up for himself, instead of being the victim. And in most cases & sitches, he's warranted to do it. We've become so 'used' to the 'neutered!' Spike that this pretty much seems unnatural per se. I guess I'm just trying to verbalize that it seems sad or wrong almost that he is taking up for himself only in this way, rather than in canon. Had Spike packed his shit up, loaded the Desoto and boogied outta town leaving Buffy & co. high & dry to figure out their own messes & emotions, to scratch their own itches, then with no need to dilute himself (?) with a soul, he would have been to rights, and they would've really had it coming! Where would Buffy have been THEN? Of course, that *would* have meant he would've left her just like every oter man... but in this context, so? He's evil; not really so in canon. Which is more the pity?
So, will Buffy continue to be the nearly cold-hearted (yet hot-blooded) closed-down control freak user-&-abuser, or is there room in here for her to learn a lesson in time for it to mean something & leave room for mutual enjoyment? And will Spike be learning a thing or two as well, or is he going to remain out for revenge and only looking out for #1??? There is something to like about his self-confidence, & gotta love that cocky swagger, and lack of fear in this one, yet now am already missing the lovesick fool who has Buffy's back without her even having to ask. I think what might've gotten to me the most was his near-lack of care and feelings for Dawn. It was great that he did feel a li'l twinge about her pluckiness, but it didn't have that universal depth of bond for her: and of course not---this Spike really had NOT felt it--- (hopefully only) YET.
Tho' have to say, lucky guy, not to really remember Harmony!!! LOL!
So, sorry to rant on in this, all to say, hey, it's got my attention, ya left me wanting more, and it's really kinda neat how you're fleshing it out so far in this unique sort of twist on things.... so... HURRY UP and post some MORE, 'K???? (And I really didn't set out to write so much!)
Lookin' foreward to it...

Author's Response: I loved the "All About Spike" site too and managed to save my favorite fics before it closed down. LOVE long reviews! I'm on the 'Xander's a spineless moron' bandwagon. He just ticks me off so much that I could write an essay on that - but somebody already did, in print. :D I agree with you about Spike - he should have gotten out when he could. People do find that unnatural. I've already had protests about this Spike not caving the way he did in S6. He's evil Spike, but he's a lot milder here than Buffy ever was to him, so I was a little surprised by the strong reactions. What a good thing I put up that warning! And lovesick Spike will make an appearance. Hey, rabid Spuffy girl here! :D I'm so glad you're liking it!

Reviewer: msspikester Signed Liked [Report This]
Date: 10/19/2009 - 02:49 am Title: Chapter 3

I am enjoying this immensely! Xander needed to get put in his place, and I don't think it should stop unless he REALLY apologizes. How did they never realize that just because Spike couldn't hurt humans, he still could have ruled over other demons/vamps that could. He was able to fight his own kind, he could have still been the Big Bad...I like where this is going. Looking forward to more!

Author's Response: It puzzled me too that no one ever realized what he might do if he wanted. That's why I showed it here. I'm so glad you're liking this! Thank you!

Reviewer: Bridget Anonymous Liked [Report This]
Date: 10/19/2009 - 02:48 am Title: Chapter 3

Buffy's attitude is really tiring. Instead of listening to Tara she immeidtely blames Spike and goes after him. Buffy has a major attitude adjustment coming. Great chapter

Author's Response: You know Buffy - one has to hit her over the head with a two-by-four before she listens. :D I'm so glad you're liking it! Thank you!

Reviewer: claudia Anonymous Liked [Report This]
Date: 10/19/2009 - 02:29 am Title: Chapter 3

Spike is pretty cocky and arrogant and too self-confident. Great story. Though I'm getting tired of reading over this too full of himself spike. I like it though. Something different to read about. And yeah. I rather like reading about this spike than the spike Buffy walked all over. Hopefully she won't give into spike and well for spike to realize he can fall in love with buffy and his is no pansy. I'm mean he was in love with Drusilla and it's the same thing with Buffy. I don't know why he is soo terrified of his reaction with buffy than with Dru. Great chapters! Loved them, Update soon!

Author's Response: Dru was a vamp. But for a vamp to fall in love with the Slayer? Just asking to be dusted! :D And the poor guy found that out in canon. But me, I'm rabidly Spuffy, sooo... I'm so glad you're enjoying this! Thank you!

Reviewer: Naurolim Anonymous Liked [Report This]
Date: 10/19/2009 - 01:24 am Title: Chapter 3

Wow this story has me so conflicted. It's actually the sign of a great author that you can provoke all these emotions in a reader.

As always your story is well written and thought out. I really liked the way that you have Spike use the Firoud as I often wondered why he would just sit there and take everything Xander said and did, especially in the period just after he was chipped.

The conflict part is that I don't actually like this Spike and am finding him just a bit too cruel even for a season 3 Spike. I really get that S6 Spike was a whipping boy and that needed to change but I'm not sure that heaping more emotional abuse onto a trauma survivor is a good thing. That's more Angelus' thing, Don't get me wrong cannon S6 Buffy wasn't my fav (she was so bitchy to Spike) but I could get that she suffered a huge trauma and had no help to recover - she really needed post traumatic counselling.

That being said you gave a warning re the content and I have chosen to read on as I do actually love your writing and the creativity you put into your stories. So like I said conflicted. (I guess I am really a fluffy fan at heart LoL)

So hugs and keep up the great writing and I will keep reading as your stories are well worth the occasional "ouch that's a bit harsh"

Author's Response: She does need counselling, but love and forgiveness only made her worse. If you put a man into Buffy's role in S6 and a woman into Spike's, it would be horrific. This Spike is actually being more kind than she was. And he has an agenda. :D I too am a fluffy fan at heart and things will get better. Trust me.

Reviewer: ghostofsnickerdoodle Anonymous Liked [Report This]
Date: 10/19/2009 - 12:32 am Title: Chapter 3

Nice writing. I found the Firoud thing funny, but I'm not really sure Xan deserves the abuse. It's not like throwing a can of soda at Spike's head was really going to do much damage. And, at least in this story, he came across Buffy trying to push Spike away before he started making insults.

Interesting, too that Spike's so concerned with convincing Buffy of his ability to love, even when he's insistent that he no longer wants her for anything other than a good time.

Author's Response: It's not for the can of soda. Spike had already set things up with the Firoud. It's payback for all the other times when S6 Spike never retaliated. And, yeah, Spike's conflicted as well. :D I'm glad you're liking it! Thank you!

Reviewer: PhotographyNut Anonymous Liked [Report This]
Date: 10/19/2009 - 12:12 am Title: Chapter 3

Not blaming Buffy for losing her temper. Can't wait to read more!

Author's Response: Canon never seems to realize how dangerous Spike could really be if he wanted to - and right now he's just playing. :D

Reviewer: AMI Signed Liked [Report This]
Date: 10/18/2009 - 10:55 pm Title: Chapter 3

LOL I loved Spike sendind the Firoud after Xander. He totally deserves it. He's a big coward the way he treats chipped Spike. I'm so glad Spike isn't taking any more crap from him. I don't know why they all thought Spike was so defanged when he could have sent demons after them anytime. And he didn't ,cause he was changing. But they never saw that.They were all blind and prejudiced IMO.
And now Buffy is off to save Xander, it's like Spike said he's a big pussy. *smirk*
Oh Spike's last line was harsh! Yeah I think she's missing her little lap dog. lol

Evil cliffie! Can't wait to see what happens next. LOVED IT!

PS : Don't let some of the reviews get you did warn people it would be a little un PC and this is S3 Spike so it's not puppies and lollipops. Tell your story the way you like, cause it's GREAT! And really Spike could be a lot worse. :)

Author's Response: Thank you! I'm so glad you're enjoying it! I'm so glad I put up that warning, because of the problems some people are having. But if you think about it, canon S6 was a lot worse with how abusive Buffy was. Spike's nowhere near that here.

Reviewer: betty Anonymous Liked [Report This]
Date: 10/18/2009 - 10:37 pm Title: Chapter 3

This story is as readable and entertaining as your others , but it still has me on edge, because it is very intense. I rather wish Buffy wasn't confronting Spike in order to fight Xander's battles -- and that her self-loathing weren't making her so nasty in this one (I like your young innocent willing to learn Buffys and your sane, regretful grieving Buffys -- but this damaged, miserable, self-righteous Buffy, not so much).

Plus this looks like it's going to be going somewhere ugly pretty fast. I actually appreciate the cliffie, annoyingly placed though it is, because I fear that the resulting fight/ sexual encounter between these two is going to be horribly harsh, with so little respect and so much mutual disdain going on.

However, I'm hanging in here with this story because I trust you to turn these awful relationship dynamics around somehow (hopefully with a little communication and with both of them waking up to their true feelings sooner rather than later). More please? Do we really have to wait til tomorrow? (Just kidding).

Author's Response: I'd never really tried canon-Buffy in S6 before and this story is because I wanted to understand her. Replacing passive S6 Spike with aggressive S3 Spike makes her look at herself. They will be communicating, so the sexual encounter won't be as bad as you fear, though a little violent, sort of like 'Smashed'. They do respect each other underneath and it’s more mutual than destructive.

Reviewer: TJ Anonymous Liked [Report This]
Date: 10/18/2009 - 10:29 pm Title: Chapter 3

I like watching Spike stand up for himself, but I miss the romantic lovelorn Spike too. I'm interested in seeing where your story goes. :) Keep going please.

Author's Response: This is Season 3 Spike and he doesn't know what he feels for Buffy. Romantic Spike will have a look in. :D I'm so glad you're liking it! Thank you!

Reviewer: Pam S Anonymous Liked [Report This]
Date: 10/18/2009 - 10:26 pm Title: Chapter 3

Being a little redundant here.. But I do like this Spike.. And I did like Xander in the beginning of BtVS but they made him such a wimp and a jerk at the same time.

Like your little demons.. Firouds..

Author's Response: Yeah, he started out nice and then they spoiled him. I'm fond of those Firoud. :D They're useful in so many ways, so they keep turning up. I'm so glad you're liking this! Thank you!

Reviewer: cordykitten Signed Liked [Report This]
Date: 10/18/2009 - 10:22 pm Title: Chapter 3

Now Buffy is missing her 'old' Spike. Nor sure how it will work with the 'new'/'younger' one but Buffy will appreciate having the more friendly Spike back.
And Xander is there to learn a lesson. But he isn't at the moment. That was a clever way of getting back to Xander.
But now Buffy is after Spike; not so good. I wonder how this will turn out.

Author's Response: She'll really appreciate S6 Spike now. :D I'm glad you're enjoying it!

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