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AGriffinWriter chapter 43 . 2/3/2014
I love how you've developed Willow in this story. She's barely clinging to her sanity without Tara, but she's soldiering on and being so self-sacrificial, doing all the magic to protect the gang.
Spike! How could you take advantage of the group hug?! Bad Spike! (it was funny, though)
Poor, poor Tara. :'(
And a heaping dose of yummy, Spuffy smut. :) Definitely made up for the wait.
Kitakana chapter 43 . 2/3/2014
Don't worry about breaks between updates too much, I'm just happy you finally updated! I really enjoyed this chapter. You're really good at writing emotions and this chapter really underlined that. I especially like how you keep building the relationship between Anya and Joyce. Thanks for a great chaoter. Until next time!
ginar369 chapter 43 . 2/3/2014
Trust Spike to go for the noble but stupid. Even if it worked how far did he think he'd get? Buffy would chase him down in a heartbeat! Right now I'm betting Joyce wishes she had stayed ignorant of the whole world saving thing her daughter does. It's easier to meet your doom if you don't know it's coming. All the best planning comes post orgasm! The stuff that usually crowds your mind is gone. Poor Anya, it really has been a long time since she was human. It's so confusing for her to know what to do in a given situation. But I love that she tries. She might not have the right words when giving comfort but her heart is in the right place and that counts for a lot. Nice proposal Xander. Both times! Heartfelt and sweet.
DidiSummers chapter 43 . 2/2/2014
Hi!
Glad to read a new chapter... Aww Xander and Anya are soo cute/sweet... I wonder what idea/plan is forming in Buffy's mind, altought after the exercise she and Spike engaged into I didn't think she would have enough energy to do anything else P

see ya! :D
omslagspapper chapter 43 . 2/2/2014
haha "She doesn't even know how to parallel park!" joyce you're thinking small, what does parallel parking matter when she can simply lift the other cars out of the way :p

tbh i'm pretty surprised xander got enough money to buy anya a ring from selling his comics. i guess it's really difficult to do that irl now. although i guess rings were also cheaper back in the day i mean didn't get the hugest ring in existence outside of royalty from ben affleck or something i dont' even know. ben affleck probably sold some of his comics for it. really. that wasn't even a joke he probably did.

wow ice skating on whipped cream... sounds a lot like snow shoeing up a waterfall

i love it when giles calls the watcher's council and tells them off. le sigh, dream giles

well at least those annoying knights aren't following spike around on top of everything else haha

haha joyce of course giles is worried about yr medication! if you all die of course, no big deal but buffy and everyone will probably save the day making your medication V. importante!

*dies laughing at unexpected seal background jam*

aw shi- buffy has a plannnn

10/10 whiteboard markers forbuffy to detail her plan to the scoobz.
Sirius120 chapter 42 . 2/2/2014
The story is moving into such a dark place, so I'm stopping to jot some notes before I lose all my genius insights that I know you will appreciate reading.

I have such anxiety over the chapters where the Scoobies are separated. It's as if, ever since the dream state, they truly belong all together, and the worst things happen when they are scattered. Events are moving so quickly-I was definitely not expecting them to confront Glory like this-and I wonder if this is the final showdown. It feels like a parallel to when Spike was captured and Buffy rescued him, but I can't tell which way this will go...

Regardless, it is so touching that everything comes back to their bonds of love and friendship. That as Buffy struggles to come to terms with Willow's actions, Spike is quick to agree and Giles to admit that they would do/have done the same. I think that admission goes a long way towards recognizing their similarities.

And so Xander's suggestion may be the break they need to stop Glory. It seemed like such an off-hand comment, and it may completely tip the scales. If Spike's soul can handle torturing a demon, that is.

What an interesting conversation between Ben and Jinx. How does one wish death for another when it would result in one's own? Or live with the guilt of destruction the world when even the demons say such guilt would last for years?

Ok, I'm all out of thoughts on Ch 42.
writerdragonfly chapter 43 . 2/2/2014
/Anya gave him her "I don't understand this mortal custom" face. "I don't understand the human rules here." Xander groaned. "And I know you're not good at them either." He laughed and she smiled before coming over and sitting down at his feet, elbows across his knees. "Your proposal was perfect."

"What? No, I-"

"You said you loved me. You said you wanted to live with me until you're old and spotty, and you said you'd ask me if we had a week left or years and years left. You... meant it." Anya said wonderingly.

"Of course I did." Xander stroked her hair. "Every one of those things."

Anya swallowed. "Well. See, that's what made it perfect. Because a long time ago, when I was human before, someone asked me to be his wife, but he didn't mean those things. I just thought he did. And when he didn't... It hurt a lot. It hurt more than I know words for." Anya whispered./ my heart ugh

/Anya's heart overflowed. She hugged him, laughing, crowing, glowing, and then sighed up into his smile. "The most beautiful ring I've ever seen. But even without it, even without any kind of fancy way of asking or giving, or anything- I'd still have said yes. 'Cause I love you."

Xander kissed her, unable to reply. So that's what prefect feels like.../ so much love ugh

/"We don't have a whole lot of minutes left, guys." Buffy said solemnly. "So Spike won the really sucky prize, for a lot of reasons, for no reason, whatever..." Because he was a new man. Cleansed by love. Because death is my gift, so life is his, even if everyone else sees it the other way around, because we only see us how we want to see us... because we match. We were always a good match. Because I'm fire, and he's water, and we're balanced, and so this just makes one more way that we swing on the seesaw and never fall off.../ You write so beautifully. UGH

The whole chapter was spectacular.
Sirius120 chapter 41 . 1/28/2014
Ok, I'm coming back to this story after a pretty long hiatus, so forgive me for condensing this somewhat...

I hate that Tara was attacked by Glory. Hated it during the show, and I hate it here too. She just doesn't deserve it, you know? I'm trusting that you will make this all right in the end. Without completely destroying Willow in the process. By the way, touching moment for Willow to challenge Giles, that he can't know what she's feeling. It shows how grief de-humanizes at times, creating this bubble where we think no one has ever felt what we are feeling.

I love that Anya and Spike got pissed enough about Tara to confess their (familial) love for her to unlikely sources; not their significant others, but to one of their not-quite-friends. I think that's smother sign of the bonds forming amongst this group.

I love the scene between Spike and Xander. Again, a display of bonds being forged through simple statements that reveal a much deeper level of personality than either had believed existed.
cavemenftw chapter 34 . 1/15/2014
Hmmmm' I think I've read and reviewed this chapter already, which is good because I really didn't have the time to review at length again. I do believe I reviewed as a guest so refer to that for my review, I remember feeling dread when Xander enters his parents house, and I might have gloated about being right. Anyway, I thought I was caught up to where I was before, but I guess I am still rereading.

HT:
Honestly, Its being home while the kids are still up for the first time since September. Happier though was the cacophonous and happy greeting you receive from loved ones when you make an unexpected appearance, followed by quality couch time soon to come. The four plus months of drain is worth it.
Kitakana chapter 42 . 1/15/2014
Whew! I just finished reading all of this! Of course it's great and I'm going to keep following it. I love how you're spinning out the plot in this story, it's a great read. Your adaption of cannon is convincing, well thought out and just really well done all the way around. I like how you're mixing in bits of season 6 in as well with Willow. Keep it coming, I'll keep reading!
cavemenftw chapter 32 . 1/6/2014
I like how Giles figured it's easier to do something he doesn't want to do and almost doesn't see the need for right then than deal with an unsatisfied Anya.

The freak out scene when Giles told the others Travers was coming felt very chaotic and confused, well done.

I enjoyed Willys 'have you guys ever been to Miami?'
The interaction between the three was interesting all around. Helpful Willy is different.

["That's not my goody two shoes talkin'"

She's busy saving the world right now, she's kind of flexible on how that happens," ]

That's. A nice bit of dialog I think. It's kinda cute and cements coupledom and trust. It's this series in a nutshell for me.

That Tara and Xander interaction is cute, it's nice to see different parts of the group interacting with each other.
My comp and paste isn't working, but I loved that whole bit you wrote about what Giles sees for buffys future. How hes seen her final battle. It's beautifully written, and a bit sad that Giles has seen that.

Buffy thinking about Xander really makes me fond of him, when in the actual universe of the show, I am generally on the fence and leaning way to the negative side about him.

The bit where Buffy worrying about putting Joyce in danger really highlights just how much Buffy still internalizing. Even with the group as strong as it's ever been, she still feels somewhat isolated at times.

"Blondie bear and Spikey Aliases one assumes."
"Damn I hope so."
Hehe, funny.

"I'm sure you and Spike need to - exchange information."
Lol, poor Giles.

Oh man Buffy was a little heart breaking there while she was feaking out. Unlike actual season five, I'm glad she got to let it out this time, even if she still doesn't feel much better.

"He can't have all her light."
I liked that line. It feels real even through the fog joyce is in.

Poor Giles, I've lived a moment like that bit at the end and man did you do a good job of making that scenario real.

HT:
Getting back on the horse, and enriching your day with the ride.
(Smiles.)
Zatarra12345 chapter 42 . 12/31/2013
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Jedi SteelWolf chapter 42 . 12/17/2013
As much as I'm a sucker for the romantic chapters, the action-packed scenes are awesome too! While I'm not terribly fond of the idea of Spike utilizing his knowledge of torture again, I can easily see how he would decide that such was the right choice and I am glad that at least it was for a good cause this time. Quick question - it almost sounded like Ben was going to have a change in heart and try to kill himself (or at least tell Buffy so that she can kill him) but up till now his coward-ness and desire to survive seemed to be more important to him than anything else. So my question is, was this just a slight flicker of humanity that will soon be burried like all the others or was this a turning point for Ben? Also, would Glory be able to see the key within Spike if she ever laid eyes on him or would it be something she would have to look for? I'm only asking because it seemed like Glory and her minions were connected and if she could see the key then it would stand to reason that they could too, yet no one noticed Spike's "shiny new center." Perhaps the connection is only one-way unless Glory is actively taking something from the mind of one of the minions? Noting major, just something that made me wonder a bit as I was reading this. Thanks again for a great chapter and I hope to read more from you soon. Happy Holidays!
Illusera chapter 42 . 12/16/2013
I was upset by how Glory referred to her buzz from eating Tara's mind. Seeing her being intimidated by Buffy made me feel better. :) For a moment there I thought Spike got nabbed by Glory's minions. That was sneaky... prolonging the scene in which he appears again lol It feels like the moment when Glory figures it out is really close now. That last scene with Ben has me wondering if he'll end up fighting Buffy himself. If/when they figure out he changes into Glory, I'm sure the self-preservation instinct will kick in. Love the scene where Spike went territorial on the demons :)
Red Reaper88 chapter 42 . 12/16/2013
Love it
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