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Review of chapter "Chapter One" from (Current Donor)Ironbear
Review:
Heh. Oh, if only....

I'm having a real hard time seeing where either the Buffyverse or the Angelverse would have really lost out much by having the brooding wonder turned into a dust bunny way back then in s1.

Ok, well, it would have left Fred in Pylea, but considering what happened to her later in s5, she might well have been better off.

Probably would have worked out for the best too if Darla had shot Buffy dead shortly after, as one reviewer mentioned as a possibility. When you really think about it, and look objectively at canon, none of the people around them really benefited from being friends with or associated with Buffy and Angel. Almost all of them had their lives wrecked and ended up going down much darker paths than they might have had there been a different Slayer in Sunydale - including Angel.

Good, fun story. ;)
Comments from author:
Glad you enjoyed the story, and I agree that Angel produced very little actual good for the majority of his existence, so getting dusted wouldn't have have made any major changes in history.

And since Joss clearly has a totally nihilistic viewpoint regarding the world, I don't think that any else appearing in Sunnydale would have made any real difference, since he would have screwed them over in the same manner as he did to Buffy.
Review By [(Current Donor)Ironbear] • Date [22 Jul 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from XGA
Review:
Hey Grey,

Just got back to rereading your stuff, sine there's nothing good on TV anymore! Got to say i always found this one an interesting starting point for an Buffy AU rewrite, i mean just look at the mayhem Angel not being around causes.

Spike and Dru might never show up, since there's no Angel there to use the ritual on to heal her, no judge or Acathla, no treating Faith like crap because there all to focused on Dead boy?

Buffy never goes down to the Masters lair since there's no Angel to get the Codex for her to overhear the prophecy from so none of the crap from when she was bad were she used Xander to make Dead boy Jealous.

There are so many directions you could take from this starting point!
Comments from author:
Yes, this 'verse would diverge significantly from teh Joss-verse.

Not sure if I'll come back to it or not. That depends entirely on my muse.
Review By [XGA] • Date [25 Mar 11] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from TOM
Review:
Yay! Short but powerful! How ironic!

And the Buffyverse would have been so much funny without the brooding wonder.
Comments from author:
Yeah, the big Poof (as Spike referred to him) didn't really do all that much to help out, when you got right down to it, so him not being around isn't that much of a loss.

Glad you enjoyed the story.
Review By [TOM] • Date [12 Feb 08] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from neverwill
Review:
It would be interesting to see Darla's reaction to what her scheming caused (I don't think she meant for Angel to get killed, just alienated). It would also be interesting to see Buffy's reaction when her Mom asks her later about Darla and she realizes she killed an "innocent" instead of the guilty party.
Comments from author:
Thanks for reviewing and commenting.

Don't know that I'm ever going to follow this up, since it was done more to try and get my muse interested in writing again, when I was having a bit of a dry spell.

If I do follow this up, though, I will showing the reactions of the various Scoobies and other interested parties.
Review By [neverwill] • Date [28 Dec 07] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from Schiavona
Review:
It's amazing how a small change can alter the appearance/perspective of one individual.

It's an interesting look at a time before Buffy had so much emotion and hope invested in Angel. Later in the series, she would have hesitated and then given him the chance to explain. But at this point all she sees is another Vampire that attacked her mother and she responds as the Slayer should.

Nice short story, it would be interesting to see where you would go after this point.

Thanks,
Chris Patton
Comments from author:
As I noted elsewhere, this was one instance where continuity could have been changed significantly, resulting in a completely different 'verse than we saw.

I may follow up on this sometime in the future, depending on what my muse thinks.
Review By [Schiavona] • Date [24 Oct 07] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from spike
Review:
Yay the poof died *dances on Angel's ashes*
Comments from author:
;-)
Review By [spike] • Date [24 Oct 07] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from CPTSkip
Review:
Oops? I'm not really sure I should have, but for some odd reason your story made me laugh. Which probably says more about me than about your story. Lol!
Comments from author:
Thanks for the review, it's much appreciated.
Review By [CPTSkip] • Date [24 Oct 07] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from (Current Donor)dogbertcarroll
Review:
Hmm. What would be the changes to this timeline?
Comments from author:
Hopefully, someone will write a story based on this and show us. ;-)
Review By [(Current Donor)dogbertcarroll] • Date [24 Oct 07] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from Satori
Review:
Uhm, was there a point to this story other than indulging in angel hate?
Comments from author:
Well, indulging in Angel-hate is always a fun thing for me, ;-) but as I noted in another review, I wrote this when my muse was inspired as I was considering various events where continuity could be easily shifted by just one or two minor changes.

Rather than leave it lying on my hard drive and gather dust, I decided to post it and see if it inspired anyone to write another AU story branching off from here.
Review By [Satori] • Date [24 Oct 07] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from (Moderator)Kiwikatipo
Review:
How about a companion piece where Darla shoots dead the annoying shallow little teen that her immortal love is wasting his time with trying to get over the epic Darla?
Comments from author:
Actually, I had a scene very similar to that in my story 'Coyote Alpha,' but Buffy doesn't die in it.

I wrote this when my muse was inspired as I was considering various events where continuity could be easily shifted by just one or two minor changes.
Review By [(Moderator)Kiwikatipo] • Date [24 Oct 07] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from Graycalls
Review:
OUCH! That hurts! No more then that THING deserves though...
Comments from author:
Given their relationship was still in the very preliminary stages, I could see this actually happening.

Thanks for commenting.
Review By [Graycalls] • Date [24 Oct 07] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from heathenseyes
Review:
Mu-hahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!

Uh, yeah, so I liked it.

;)
Comments from author:
Glad to hear that. Thanks for commenting.
Review By [heathenseyes] • Date [24 Oct 07] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from malaskor
Review:
Very nice work
Comments from author:
Thanks.
Review By [malaskor] • Date [24 Oct 07] • Not Rated
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