This was a good story! You wrote Joyce very well and realistically I think.
Great chapter. I'm glad that you voiced what Joyce was probably thinking, but Joss never let her character say about Spike and Anya. They were both resources thta nobody tapped into--pure shame
I love how you explored Spike's relationship with Joyce, I felt it was always glossed over in Joss' world. Riley...ugh! He always rubbed me the wrong way, always whinning "what about me?" As Spike would say--"What a bloody pillock!"
Author's Response: Thank you. I completely agree on both counts. Riley was a real arsehat at a time Buffy needed him at her side. Joyce and Spike had an interesting connection that they should have looked into IMHO. k
Wonderful, but at the same time a gut-wrenching, start.
Author's Response: Thank you! Joyce's illness was important on many levels and except for a handful of episodes not played fully onscreen. I wanted to flesh out the impact to her as well as Buffy. k