Reviews for Unknown
Alottalove chapter 38 . 9/12/2013
First off, Joyce's roller coaster mind ride was written beautifully. I really felt for Joyce and the family. The confusion and heartache felt so real, and now the creepy little men have there eyes on Tara. So many things going on, so exciting to read. Til next time.
cavemenftw chapter 33 . 9/12/2013
I loved the way this chapter started. Your so good when you step just slightly out of reality.

Giles digging the hugs.

I am curious what ben is up to.

Whew, that was a slow build to sad for me, but for some reason it was Xanders' freakout that got me.
-"But- no, no we do need Spike- like this. I mean, he saves Joyce, but-"

Nice speech by Spike, I love how your sort of doling out the revelations in fits and starts.

- "But what if they realize your soul is not merely a soul, but the Key forged into one? What if they then offer it to Glory, for a price you can't top?"
- Good bit of rational input in a pretty hyped situation.

- Wow, the second half of Giles' speech was well, well done.
- His voice suddenly dropped to a gritty whisper, "Only know if I am wrong- I'll sell my soul, myself, to bring her back. We're not young and we're not star-crossed lovers, but she is all I've ever wanted and I will make the same kind of offer Spike is talking about- if I'm wrong."

Whew! You just keep hitting me here. I know he hasn't talked the most really, but Xander is the Rockstar for me up to this point in the chapter. He's been in his own way thinking quickly throughout this story, as far as sort of instinctively knowing when to let loose some dream information, and when to confront Giles and poke info out of him.

"I don't know what happened." Anya pulled back, brushing herself off.
What you said made me so happy. My arms spontaneously reacted."
- Lol, your Anya is pretty great. The mood needed lightening still a little more, and that was perfect.

Hmmm, I haven't read far enough ahead yet, but I wouldn't want to be Travers facing this group down. I know he'll throw them for a bit of a loop at least, but your group is really closer than the one in the show at this point I think.

"Oh, right." Willow hurried over. "Glad you have a window. I hope it's big enough."

"Big enough?" Joyce sat up with Giles' help.

"What took you so long?" an abrasive voice asked. "Bloody narrow ledge. In you get, Slayer."
- I thought this was a cute moment.

"Mortal's honor."
- Hahaha, good one.

Oh!, is that thing with the Queller real. If it was I never made the connection. Great add if it wasnt cannon.

"They'll have addresses and maybe - like case notes or something. If they all come in from the same area, or if they were all found in the same area- we might not only know a name but a place to start searching!"
- Ooooo, smart detective stuff there. I dig that you include all that stuff.

Nice ending there Sweet. Though I did forget how much you can make me hate Travers.(I never really did in the show.) He's a ruiner of good moments.

I dug the chapter, and now I think this makes me actually caught all the way up. I thought I was caught up before, but I had the wrong chapter. We'll see if I'm right if it lets me post this review.

A giganemous Strawberry Daqueri sweating on the arm of your patio chair as you soak up the last of the summer heat.
Redglade chapter 38 . 9/12/2013
Oh, surprise twist! I like it!
Illusera chapter 36 . 9/12/2013
Great. One lizard monster was bad enough and now there's another one. Yes, it's going after different targets this time but still. Poor Spike, I can imagine him running all over the place following Joyce's orders. I hope she stops having those "episodes" soon. And hooray for Xander for buying the ring _
skeezixx chapter 32 . 9/7/2013
Worried about Joyce not waking up, even though Giles has seen a happy ending.

Liked the interaction between Spike and Willow. Those two are always fun together, aren't they?

My favorite part of this chapter was definitely the conversation Spike and Buffy had about her decision to stay away from her mom to protect her. I just love the honesty, rawness, and understanding between these two.
skeezixx chapter 31 . 9/7/2013
I really loved this part of the chapter . . .

"I know what it's like to kill 'cause you love it." Buffy winced. "I know what it's like to do it 'as a hobby'." . . . . He didn't let her apologize. "I've been a mad dog killer, and I've been helpless. That's why I know what you are. It's not either of those things."

It was so sweet of Spike to say that.
Sirius120 chapter 37 . 9/7/2013
For a "bridge" chapter, this certainly carries a lot of emotional weight. The scene between Giles and Joyce is heartbreaking, although it serves to connect Giles, Buffy and Spike through this shared experience of suffering. And if you notice, Spike is motivated into art snob mode, not for Buffy, but really for Giles and Joyce. He doesn't recall the pain of caring for his sick mother; he recalls the pain of being rejected, countless times, by his insane lover. He acts out of empathy for the grieving spouse, not the grieving child. The big bad is changing indeed.

I wish I could have seen more of the antics at the gallery. I'm sure they would have been highly amusing. I'll have to go find a clip of Anya's capitalist dance now.
Sirius120 chapter 36 . 9/7/2013
Hmmm, so this chapter was definitely an interlude. Transitioning to a battle with the queller perhaps? I just hope they get to enjoy a real Thanksgiving dinner beforehand. Give them some quality time together to regenerate their strength and resolve for what's coming with Glory. Although its been nice to see the few interactions here and there, feeding the familial bonds, as it were.
omslagspapper chapter 37 . 9/7/2013
"Got this." Spike pushed through the crowded, noisy dining room and kitchen, picked up the turkey in one hand, and ripped the small packets of innards out with brutal ease and a little growl. - cooking with spike, the vampire

poor giles not being remembered properly by joyce so sad

"Helping. And you ever mention my Poof act and I'll rip off your fingers an' smoke 'em like unfiltered cigs. Got it?" - haha spikes really on a violent rampage lately

"Anya, Tanya, Giles, and Spike have it under control." - o really? :p

ugh they're so sweet all the time now it's amazing

xoxo
omsy
kse93 chapter 37 . 9/7/2013
This story just keeps getting better!

I feel horrible for not leaving reviews for a while but I'm back now :)

I love the way you've completely mixed all the Scoobies and their lives in this story as well as expand on what happened in S5. It gives a whole new view on how that season was.

These parts with Joyce are scaring me though. I don't want her to die! She's finally accepted everything.

This story is just far too good.
Sirius120 chapter 35 . 9/7/2013
LOL, how did I know the world without shrimp would make an appearance in the conversation about dimensions?

But on a serious note, it is interesting to hear Ben's POV on events, both past and present. It reinforces that what is right is not easy, and it does not end in happily ever after for everyone.
It's such a paradox; to think that Ben should be ready to sacrifice himself for the greater good, but Spike should be able to find another way. Which isn't fair, to evaluate the worthiness of a life under any circumstances. And therein lies the ethical quandary that will plague me until the end of this apocalypse.

And is this the first conversation they've had about how long forever is? Or just the first one in a while? Either way, the mortality reality always makes my heart jump a little. It was so natural for Spike to mention being together 20 years, whether that's a comment from A love struck William or from the immortal Spike is almost irrelevant. For that moment, he completely forgot what she is, that her life is meant to quickly approach it's expiration date. And how telling that she, having given up all thoughts of what her future would be, is shocked to realize that she can move forward. As long as they survive, that is.
Sirius120 chapter 34 . 9/7/2013
See, I knew something was off about the timeline! I feel pretty excited about that, but then there's the scary truth that this is all going to play out a lot faster than I was thinking.

The scenes with Xander and Anya are very insightful. I think it's perfectly timed for Anya to acknowledge that, while she doesn't get all her human interactions right, she's not all wrong either. Sure she makes tons of mistakes, but they're superficial, and when it really matters, she can read human behavior and often better than the Scoobies. I always thought it was a shame that she was so often portrayed as such a ditz on the show, a replacement for Cordy, I guess. As for Xander, I'm happy to see him moving forward to cement his future with her. And in a manner that's loaded with symbolism- shedding his childhood fantasies of superhero worship and moving into an adulthood with superhero concerns and responsibilities.

The showdown with Travers provided some interesting twists. An important tour de force for the Scoobies that results in some essential concessions from the council. It lays the foundation for their lives beyond the next apocalypse.
xXxblacklilyxXx chapter 37 . 9/7/2013
Loving this series 3
Sirius120 chapter 33 . 9/6/2013
There's a lot packed into this chapter, and the range of emotions covered is incredible. I was completely prepared to spend this chapter in anxiety over Joyce's condition, especially when the Scoobies started to flip out. I was also expecting them to retreat from each other, to suffer in separate silos, like they do in season 6/7. So what a pleasant surprise to see them not only band together, but start voicing their fears and helping each other connect the dots to prevent more wasted time and energy. It's exciting, in a way, to have that all out in the open, and it feels like the story can be propelled forward even faster.

I think I have to brush up on Season 5 events though. If it isn't even thanksgiving yet, what all needs to happen between now and the apocalypse in May? Especially if there's no Riley or Dawn drama and Joyce is going to make it? Just thinking out loud; no need to respond :-)
AGriffinWriter chapter 37 . 9/6/2013
Ha! Spike solved the turkey crisis. And whoa... Ben's definitely taking a leaf out of his 'sister's book, letting the ends justify the means.
Poor poor Rupert. First Jenny's death, and now Joyce's health and memory. Spike really can sympathize - never thought about that before.
Ha! Anya's so right in summing up Spike: cunning, devilish, and anemic. Also brilliant and British. ;) I giggled so much at his threat of "ever mention my Poof act and I'll rip off your fingers an' smoke 'em like unfiltered cigs." Hahaha!
This sobering ending is very powerful (and it helped that my computer started playing "I Can't Take My Eyes Off You" from the 'Family' episode right then). So glad that Buffy is staying tight with Xander and Willow and not drifting from her human buddies like she does in many fics and in some seasons of canon. As always, bravo and I'm excited for more.
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