Just looked this up (having assumed it was one of those uncompleted lost classics that litter the internet) and am pleasantly surprised to find you've finished it. Thank you.
Absolutely loved all your stories!shame it's only 3... Since I love your take on the dark times if season 6, I would've loved to devour your "favorites" collection. But there is none. I bet you have some great reading recommendations!
thanks lots for this!
Spectacular. I hope you consider continuing this terrific series.
Author's Response: Thank you. For a while there I didn't think I'd ever come back to it, but a nomination of at the Absence of Light Awards really lit a fire under me to get it done.
I'm crazy for this series and can't wait to read more. Fabulous, tight, sharp writing. Like it breathes.
Author's Response: Thanks for the wonderful compliment.
I've read this, and your previous two, in one glorious sitting. You have a very refreshing take on what is the most complex stage of Buffy and Spike's relationship. I can't wait to see where you take this latest story in the series!
Author's Response: Thank you! I know I left things -ahem- dangling on this one for a long time, but I hope to finish the next (and likely last) story much more promptly.
Your descriptions are *golden*: "He felt savagely real and alive when he got back on the street, slashing and weaving through the slow parade of weekend foot traffic with warm blood on his knuckles. He licked his lips and stroked his hair. Lit the night up with a sinister leer."
And this: "As they closed in on the giant prat, Spike got that odd sensation again — the one he always felt whenever they fought side-by-side. It was as though there were a secret conversation going on between their bodies, carved in particles of air. "
Your Spike characterization was just perfect too. You'd almost swear this was dialogue from the show. I loved the peek inside his head & also his "evil errands."
Very interesting premise, can't wait to see where you go with this. Please keep writing. I could read this series forever.
Author's Response: Thanks so much! I really loved these characters on the show (and particularly their witty repartee). It has been a lot of fun writing this series so far.
Great job! Loooove it so far, keep it up!
Author's Response: Thank you, Iamme!
Oh, that anonymous review was from me. Didn't notice I had been logged out. LOVE thi story!!! Had to say it again. ;)
Author's Response: Thanks again, Enemy of Reality!
Very interesting, very unexpected development! I wonder if the candle thingy Spike touched in the basement is to blame for the night's anomalies. Also, the term 'Magic Bollocks' made me laugh! *gg* I love how the whirlwind of emotions in the chapter... there were lines that made me smile and those that tugged at my heart for how sad they are. Amazing Spike voice! And equally fantastic portrayal of their relationship. I can't help but be excited to read more! :)
Author's Response: Thanks so much! I think that the best part of the show was the way it could swing so smoothly between different emotions and tones, and that goes for Buffy and Spike's relationship as well, you know? I was definitely going for that, so it really makes me thrilled that you picked up on it!
That was one of the best use of song lyrics in a story I've read. Really enjoying the surrealism in this installment of the story.
Author's Response: Thank you, Minx! Those lyrics just seemed oddly perfect, you know?
Well that is an interesting turn. Glad they are forced to work together, even though I don't quite know where they've ended up. I love his tiny bit of contempt, to think that it would be enough for her to dream of saving him after he was gone. Selfless and selfish at the same time. But he didn't dust, and now they have to figure it out together. Pretty cool, that. Update soon!
Author's Response: Thanks, BuffyRat.
FTR, I love the dream sequences. In this one and the last one in the series.
"People had always put on these sorts of shows, he knew. The only difference was, the stones used to be real."
"“Oh, but you are my business,” Xander said. “I’m in the monster biz. Remember? And, hey look! A monster washing dark stains out of stuff.”
“It’s mud, you git.”
“What a relief! Muddy bed sheets. Because that’s way less weird and disturbing…”
Spike shoved past him and began feeding quarters into the machines. “And here I’m wondering, ‘What kind of nancy goes ‘round narrating the contents of another bloke’s washing?’” He shot Xander a bitter sneer. “For instance, you don’t see me talkin’ about how every stitch you wear smells like Johnson & Johnson baby powder.”
Xander laughed, but deliciously nervous. “You… you can’t,” he stammered. His eyes shot wide. “You can smell that?”"
Hah. This whole section is awesome.
"“Evil!” After a moment, the boy’s outrage melted to a disgusted scowl. “Holy crap… even your laundry is evil.”
Spike dumped out the last sticky drops of blue goo, and then casually tossed the bottle over a shoulder. He punched the little buttons to get things going.
“Well, duh,” he said."
Fabulous! Evil!Laundry. Lmao.
Also? Buffy's rubbing off on him with the "Well, duh".
"For a few moments, Spike toyed with the idea of flashing some fang. Instead, he just sneered the word yeah, and gave the bloke a look like he was composed of lovely steaks. He recoiled a bit, the curl fading from his lips, and gave him the sodding straw."
Spike's still got it. Kinda, at least.
"“Errands? Vampire errands?”
He shot her an indignant look. “Yeah, well some thoughtless bird sodded up my sheets last night,” he growled.
“You’re doing laundry?”
“Why the bloody hell does everyone say it like that?” he snapped. “Yes I’m doing laundry. What, you think magic elves do my wash? Or, my legion of maids and butlers?”"
Hehe. Spike doing laundry does make one's head want to implode a bit. But, then, of course, he must at some point.
Author's Response: Thanks for the review, Del! Those were some of my favorite lines to write, too. Yes, I imagine even the evil undead must suffer though the occasion spin cycle. :)
This is SO amazing. :) Exactly how I picture Spike's regular day would go post-chip. It's both funny in its normalcy and equally heartbreaking. And oh yeah, your writing style rocks! ;)
Author's Response: Thank you so muc, Enemy! I had a lot of fun writing this chapter, and imagining his day.
Ever the fool for love, and Buffy. No other choice but to appear when she deems in convenient. Perhaps, to figuratively tear out his heart again. Loved his dark dreams, and the imagery of Spike doing laundry. Update soon. Time to see who leads the way to the dark side at this turn.
Author's Response: Thanks for the review, BuffyRat! "Time to see who leads the way to the dark side at this turn." I was wondering if this was coming across. So glad to hear it is. If it helps, any, I am a Spuffy at heart, and believe there is a light at the end of the dark tunnel.
Really amazing chapter. Spike is just right here. Your characterizations have been superb.
Love your writing! Very moving. Descriptive, emotive. It just flows so smoothly. Buffy's and Spike's dreams are powerful.
Author's Response: Thanks so much for the comment, Wilco! It rules! I'm so glad you stuck with my series.
Excellent. The pathos is excrutiating.
Author's Response: Thanks!
God, your characterizations are spot on with Spike and Buffy. And I even loved your Xander. So happy to see this series continued, and I'll be eagerly waiting for the next chapter.
Author's Response: Oh, thank you Sue! I loved all the characters on the show, including Xander, and I hope I am doing them justice!
Very funny and dark. I've often thought talk shows were like public stonings. I'm looking forward to the next installment.
Author's Response: Hi Minx! Thanks for noticing the talk show bit. They are somewhat tamer now, but I can remember a time when they were outright vicious!
That was bloody brilliant, that was. The dream sequences were absolutely amazing. For better or worse, I've got no pretense in me, so I'll tell you the truth. In 18 months of reading Spuffy, this was the second time something actually brought tears to my eyes. In writing about the dreams you were raw, eloquent and brutally honest. Very, VERY good job! You're very brave to write like this.
I'm looking forward to seeing where you're going with this and congrats (and best of luck) in the SunnyD awards!
Author's Response: Thanks, Puddin! It's so nice of you to tell me it affected you like that. That's brave too! This is such a great hobby in that way, where we can share these writings with each other, and share feelings. I am looking forward to finishing this and trying to participate in fandom to a greater degree.