|Reviews for Living Conditions|
| skeezixx chapter 9 . 11/21/2012
It was great to see Spike react so quickly when he knew Buffy was in trouble, I burst out laughing though when I got to this line: "All that was missing was a sawed off shot gun and this guy could be a total psycho. He looked thoroughly unhinged and furious." It's funny sometimes to step back and view Spike from someone else's perspective.
Great job conveying the complete chaos while Spike was driving her home and while they were in the elevator and the bathroom. I could totally picture these scenes in my mind and the way they'd be screaming and at cross purposes. Then, as soon as she bites him everything suddenly shifted and was calmer. The description of Buffy's burn was making my cringe!
The way he is taking care of her has to be one of the sweetest things ever. Well, except for this: "Unless you want somethin' bad to happen to your other arm, can you please shut up?" LOL!
Liked these lines:
So? She's good, I'm evil.
Actually- at this point, you're both just survivors.
Liked the detailed grocery list, but sad to see that he's still drinking so much alcohol.
Loved the scene when he was wrapping up her hand and asked if she planned to die of malnutrition, then got upset when he realized he was taking care of her like he did Dru. I was thrilled when he ended up staying for dinner and then checked on her before he left.
I'm still confused/surprised that she's okay with him robbing people, but I'm glad that she accepts that part of him.
| skeezixx chapter 8 . 11/21/2012
I couldn't believe that Spike told her that he saw her in the bathroom! It's obvious he can't get it out of his mind now and that he cares about her a bit or he wouldn't feel guilty. I love the way he told her (blurting it out and then rambling uncontrollably) that she told him about what she saw too, let the sexual tension begin!
I like how they've fallen into the "we stage":
"We need cable."
"We can't afford cable."
Wow, the last part of this chapter was super emotionally intense, but very beautiful. I LOVED the paragraph in which Spike describes how everything reminds him of Dru. While Buffy probably wishes she had never gotten a day off, it was obviously good for her to finally be forced to think and to let out some of the anguish that she's feeling. Spike thought he'd been doing better, but it's clear he had simply gotten better at covering the feelings of loss up with distractions.
| skeezixx chapter 7 . 11/21/2012
I like that they were avoiding each other and communicating only by notes. As if they're afraid they're starting to let the other person in too much, and won't be able to fight when the time comes. Or, that getting close to someone else will make them not want to fight to the death anymore.
I think this story is definitely getting to me. I've been reduced to tears simply because when Buffy asked Spike if he was okay, he said "no" and then went to his bedroom.
Happy someone noticed, worried he wasn't worth it.
Liked their argument about Spike living on animal blood. I'm a bit confused by Buffy's logic though. It's okay for Spike to rob someone, as he needs to do what's necessary to live. Wouldn't that mean it would be okay for him to take a bit of blood while he's stealing their money?
LOL: "You two getting along?"
We're waitin' to off each other.
Too cute the way that Spike got the women to do the laundry for him, and we now see how he discovered Passions! ;)
Love watching them slowly let the other person in.
| skeezixx chapter 6 . 11/21/2012
Ha, ha, Spike thought the slayer was just a "Little thing, playing kiddie games" until she stole his cigarettes!
Loved the image of Spike frantically searching Buffy for the cigarettes when she got back home and liked that he acknowledge the fact that she had gotten one over on him. I feel so sad for both of them right now as they're both so alone and lost, and craving any type of affection they can get. I felt bad for Buffy when she found herself liking Spike's touch, even if it was only to search her. You do a great job in conveying these feelings, as I could feel Buffy's hopelessness when she went to lay down.
I like how things have transitioned a bit so Buffy's now asking what "we'll" do instead of she "she'll" do. There's a sense that in some odd way, they're in this together.
A bit worried that Buffy told him not to wait up . . .
| skeezixx chapter 5 . 11/21/2012
After the events of the last few chapters, I was completely surprised that Buffy woke up thinking she was glad to be alive. Spike seems to feel the same way, as his rushing to avoid the sun and close the blinds was a sharp contrast to his thoughts of meeting the sunrise in the the last chapter.
Interesting that Spike considers the limbo he's in to be purgatory and Buffy thinks of her limbo has being preferable.
The description of Spike spending the day in the chair, watching tv, smoking, and drinking endless bottles of alcohol to avoid thinking about anything was absolutely heartbreaking. For some reason the fact that he called it dinner, which stressed how routine it is for him, made it even more so.
I like seeing them in this domestic setting. Buffy's reaction reminded me of how I've felt at times coming home from work and seeing the mess my husband made (thankfully not from liquor bottles!) I was wondering why she was spending money on disposable dinnerware, when it would ultimately be cheaper to just buy some dishes at Goodwill, but I like the temporariness of the paper and plastic, which fits her frame of mind right now. What would Spike have done to the toilet seat? It's not like he needs to use it.
Ha, ha, Spike sticking around her hear her yell was funny!
| skeezixx chapter 4 . 11/21/2012
Oh my gosh, the banter/bickering between them in the beginning of this chapter is so funny! I know I've told you this before, but you have such a talent for writing witty, snappy, funny, dialogue between these two. When I read these scenes I always wish that I could see James and Sarah acting this out!
It's funny, because Spike was being so authoritative in his directions to Buffy that I was just thinking that he must have a lot of experience cleaning up after fights, when he suddenly lets on that he has no clue either! I like the idea that they are not only repairing the damage done to the apartment, but they also started to fix themselves a bit, just by telling each other about why they were there, something they hadn't revealed to anyone yet. They are moving on from the past in more ways than one, and both tasks took a bit of cooperation from both of them.
It was a bit heartbreaking to hear them each talk about how lost they feel, and this part was particularly sad: Jumping from eleven flights up- maybe he'd stay on the ground and burn, bleeding and broken. The way he felt inside finally finding a match on the outside. Spike licked his lips and leaned forward more intently.
I was surprised that Buffy let herself fall asleep in front of Spike. I had imagined her barricading herself in the bedroom. I haven't decided if it's just because she was too tired, has started to trust him a tiny bit, or just doesn't care if he kills her. I'm guessing it's a bit of all three right now.
| skeezixx chapter 3 . 11/20/2012
Interesting how only 30 seconds with each other put the fight back into both of them (for a while at least) and erases the apathy that they had both had up until that moment.
Wow, this exchange actually brought tears to my eyes:
"Don't call me that!" She screeched, a snapping point hit. "Don't call me that!" Before she realized it, they were clawing at each other again, punching him flat to the wall, and then shaking, barely able to stand over him when he toppled drunkenly to the floor.
"Finish it." He looked up at her, blood from the corner of his mouth now running in a thin trickle to his collar.
She fell to her knees, sheer inability to stand making her tumble. "What?"
"Finish it! Finish me, dammit!"
I LOVED the banter between them in this chapter:
"Me? We, Slayer, we."
"You started it! What'd you do, eat my roommate?"
"I am the soddin' roommate." Spike shoved her hands off him. "Long story."
Never thought I'd hear Spike and Buffy argue about spackling! ;) Loved that they were in the apartment together for a few hours and it already needs repairs! This should be interesting . . .
Liked the barest hint of sexual tension when Buffy is searching for Spike's wallet.
| skeezixx chapter 2 . 11/20/2012
Is it wrong that this line made me laugh? Poor Buffy: "The only guy I've ever loved, ever, tried to cut me in half with a sword. He crept in my room and in my mother's room and drew pictures of us as we slept, playing sick mind games. He murdered my teacher. He tortured Giles. This guy will have a long way to go before I consider him "trouble".
Yay, and so it begins, Spike and Buffy living together!
| skeezixx chapter 1 . 11/20/2012
Yay, finally starting this story! ;)
You do a great job in conveying how hopeless Buffy feels in her current situation, and I liked the comparison of the physical demands of being the slayer and working as a waitress and the harsh reality you've given Buffy.
Love the way you write drunk Spike. It made me wish I could crawl into your story and give him a hug.
I think I've been reading way too many vampire stories lately, as this is something I've found myself wishing I could do at times: "Great perk of being a vamp. You didn't get annoying mail or fill out annoying forms. You got asked for ID and if you didn't have a fake handy- you just bit the jerk asking the questions."
"Spike strongly suspected he was talking to a human hybrid, probably sired by the electronic voice and one of the blokes from the DMV." Too true!
"Might as well try though, it'd be a damn sight more convenient than bursting into flames." I had to laugh at this as I wondered what the woman behind the counter must have thought at this comment!
Loved the comparison of how each of them answered the questions on the application. Didn't realize until the end though that they are Smith and Smythe! Spike's thoughts to the questions about what kind of roommate he'd like were hilarious! It's all about the free meal and how the roommate will taste! lol!
| Touch The Dark chapter 16 . 11/14/2012
This story blew me away! You are amazing i wish i was as good as you
| eliza chapter 16 . 11/11/2012
Wow. I loved this story so much! I stayed up until about 2am to finish reading it. Gave me all kinds of warm fuzzy feelings and I thank you for that. ;)
| bluebaby3296 chapter 9 . 10/29/2012
best hands down spuffy ever! please write more!
| ammuna chapter 12 . 10/28/2012
I love this story! Though I'm not sure if the Spike character as created by Joss Whedon would really go for this kind of domesticity (but, I mean, fiction and artistic freedom allow for anything) . But I love the part where he says
"I don't care if he thinks we were doing heavy metal ballet." Spike looked around, counting the new gouges and outright holes in the wall. "I'm just glad he didn't see this!"
Can't explain why. Maybe because it shows how utterly caught he is in the situation. So much that he forgets who he is or who he's supposed to be to the outer world and just worries about not getting caught by the super.
One reason why I like this story is that I really prefer the Spuffy stories where they don't just fall all over each other and become a great couple. And just like in A Model Romance, you create a completely new setting and situation to explore these two characters and their relationship. Read it again and again :-)
| onefidget chapter 16 . 10/15/2012
Another great story. I was glad that they ended back up at the apartment. It is where they really began, so it was only fitting that it is where they end. Plus, it would be too hard to see her staying in Sunnydale after everything.
| ammuna chapter 14 . 10/14/2012
Amazing, heartbreaking chapter! I really love how you interweave song lyrics with the plot (also in your other stories). Great song choice here, as usual. I try to listen to the songs when reading, which makes it even better. Thanks!