Reviews for Waiting
Nightcrawlerlover chapter 1 . 3/27/2009
Willow was the first to visit after that night. She was her usual self, twisting her hands self-deprecatingly and asking tremulously if Buffy was there. Joyce had simply said no, slammed the door in her face, and poured another bourbon. When Mr. Giles came around, once again timidly inquiring where her daughter was, Joyce had responded by looking him straight in the eye.

“What’s a Slayer?”

He’d dropped the glasses he’d been cleaning, shattering them on the kitchen floor. They’d agreed to work together to find Buffy after an explanation she never would have believed unless she’d seen vampire dust blowing in the wind for herself.

She’d thrown out her own daughter, not once but twice. The first time, she blocked her ears to the truth and gave her to the men in little white coats. Buffy hadn’t been insane. Perhaps Joyce was the crazy one. She’d been faced so often with the evidence of this other world her daughter inhabited and yet chosen to walk around blind. That second time, that horrible night, when Buffy had told her the truth again and there was no denying it, Joyce had wanted her to stay put and do nothing, not able to believe her irresponsible little girl who couldn’t remember simple instructions, who was always in trouble at school and couldn’t manage driving a car, had to save the world. She’d tried to hold her there, to make her stay in a reality where Joyce had the power to say no and expect her to stop. Learn to say no, the books had said. They hadn’t been expecting this situation.

It’s been three months now, and she’s sitting at the island in the kitchen, her hand constantly running up and down the cord of the silver pendant that hangs almost to her waist. She doesn’t cry anymore; she lets the necklaces she wears, all of them long and silver and heavy in her hand like teardrops of metal, cry for her. She drinks her bourbon, waiting for the phone to ring, waiting for news, waiting for her world to end. And if it does, she knows it will be all her own fault.

Fantastic! This is a great piece of work. Keep up your great writing!
Honey-B poetrypoem.comhoneyb chapter 1 . 11/29/2003
Hm... again I say wow. Not much to say really, just... wow. I can't see anything that needs improving or whatever, though that isn't much of a surprise. *g*. Anyway... wow, B.
Imzadi chapter 1 . 7/28/2003
So sad & beautiful. I love it. This is absolutely an excellent series. Bravo! I think you've captured Joyce perfectly. Great job!
Rakel chapter 1 . 7/26/2003
Wow. this is really good. There are very few Joyce-centric fics around. Even fewer that dealw ith how she felt when she threw Buffy out. This one was amazing. I feel sorry for her, but at the same time annoyed.

Good work!