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Review of chapter "Chapter Eleven" from normanK
Review:
Wonderful story line. Love the way you combine past with present and maybe a little of what is to come. Hope your muse for this store returns
Review By [normanK] • Date [9 Dec 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Eleven" from Grovtech
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I do hope that time and your muse will let you continue this. I love your take on mixing Buffy and Highlander.
Review By [Grovtech] • Date [12 Nov 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Eleven" from watrous
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First off in response to your concern of being pretentious, no you weren't. I enjoy an author who thinks their readers know something and if it gets me looking at other types of reading sometimes that is even better. So please feel free to test and even expand my horizons. Second while this was slower and even a bit more dark/depressed than the other chapters I enjoyed it. I felt the mood fit the storyline and that the storyline fit nicely with where you had been going with the story which seems to be the darkness inside the immortal Buffy and her struggles with this new life.
Comments from author:
Thanks! I, too, do enjoy my knowledge being expended and being pointed the way of new reads, however within fan fiction I feel this should be necessary for the story (and in character) or it feels a bit gratuitous. In one of my favourite fan fictions the author had done huge amounts of reading in order to build a realistic world and often gave a summation of this and mini bibliography in her notes... but she didn't include anything within the story itself beyond what was needed to further the plot. It's here that I see the distinction between interesting/informative and pretentious falling... hopefully with me on the right side.

Their discussion in a museum came to me while visiting the statue Ozymandias is thought to have been inspired by (one of my favourite places to be)... so I was concerned that I had allowed this and my interests to colour my assessment of the scene. Any (obscure or otherwise) knowledge contained with in this story is likely to be historical or mythological in nature as in many places I am combining slayer and ancient mythologies (as seen with Sekhmet) and given the necessity of including some historical information in the flashbacks. Plus... as mentioned, this is my area of interest.

I hadn't thought of this being darker than previous chapters, perhaps because a big chunk of the chapter just before this was essentially discussing suicide, but on reflection I see what you mean. Here Methos was asking her to confront one of (what I see as) the most difficult aspects of Immortality; learning to accept how things will change around you and not rejecting/rebelling against those changes. So many of the Immortals in Highlander that Duncan killed seemed to have trouble with this.
Review By [watrous] • Date [4 May 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Eleven" from clarityfades
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I loved the choice for Buffy's name. I think it seems perfect for her. I hope to see her reunite (briefly, very briefly) with the Scoobies, but I really like seeing her interact with Methos. & I loved Buffy's almost-outburst about the truth of the past. Very well done.
Comments from author:
Thanks! I'm glad that the name works. Writing about Adam, and remembering Methos' slightly tongue in cheek reason for using that name (teasing people by openly claiming his status as the oldest man without ever saying it explicitly) made me think about 'first women' myths... and Pandora fitted far too closely to the Buffy I'm writing about not to be used.

Buffy will still go by Buffy - part of the reason for choosing a name commonly shortened to her own was (as mentioned in an earlier chapter) so that any non immortals who had been introduced to her as 'Buffy' wouldn't find her name odd. But 'legally' from now (or until she gets too old to keep using it) she will be Elizabeth Pandora. She could, I suppose, have kept Buffy and changed just her surname, but even the Watchers are likely to connect the dots if they find out about another blonde immortal with a name as uncommon as Buffy.

I do have plans for Buffy to reunite with the Scoobies, but that is not something that will happen soon (or even in this story). The original tale I started to write about a decade ago was (as I think I mention at the end of the first story in this series - Chosen) intended to be one where Buffy left the gang much sooner followed by what is essentially this story of self discovery and ending in a reunion.

Chosen quickly expanded into something more about acceptance - of both Buffy and the Scoobies accepting that Buffy had changed dramatically and that she might need more help with those changes than they were able to give. That they were more of a hinderance than a help, intentionally or not encouraging her to hide and deny what had happened.

Choices, as I hope is beginning to become clear, is Buffy coming to terms with those changes and realising their implications and extent. Choose is planned as the completion of the overarching story which, ever since it was split into more than one tale, was intended to end up as a trilogy. In my current draft of that there are scenes already written of the reunion (though they'll likely get completely rewritten numerous times before I get close to that point in the story).

Edit: Sorry for the rambling reply... I just realised how immense it was. Evidently I needed the chance to chat about this story, and it ended up directed at you. Thanks again for your comments.
Review By [clarityfades] • Date [2 May 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Ten" from bookworm
Review:
I'm very glad to have found this story, it certainly deserves more telling. However, I also understand not having the time to devote to it. I shall leave this tracked in the hope the time and inspiration does come sometime. Good luck writing, whether it's this or not!
Comments from author:
Thank you, I'm glad it was worth the read. I have no doubt that I will get back to this (hopefully in the summer once uni and my big HP cross are complete).
Review By [bookworm] • Date [2 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Ten" from (Current Donor)vladt
Review:
great addition to your tale. thank you.
Review By [(Current Donor)vladt] • Date [24 Jan 13] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Ten" from clarityfades
Review:
Fantastic.
Review By [clarityfades] • Date [21 Jan 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Ten" from Innogen
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I always did like dealing with Methos more than Duncan. Duncan is just so black and white! ::grin::
Review By [Innogen] • Date [19 Jan 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Ten" from Innogen
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I always did like dealing with Methos more than Duncan. Duncan is just so black and white! ::grin::
Review By [Innogen] • Date [19 Jan 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Ten" from bradsan
Review:
Awesome chapter. I liked how you explained everything. I also like the flashback with Faith.

Again a wonderful job.

nothing more to say. love it.
Review By [bradsan] • Date [19 Jan 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Ten" from DesitaniaF
Review:
great chapter, i enjoyed the Labyrinth reference also. I look forward to seeing this story continue
Review By [DesitaniaF] • Date [19 Jan 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Ten" from Martin
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This is a Great chapter. You talked about life and death without it ever getting preachy.
Review By [Martin] • Date [19 Jan 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Ten" from RevDorothyL
Review:
Love it! I'd been looking forward to some one-on-one time with Buffy and Methos, and this did justice to both of those complicated and oh-so-fascinating characters.

Plus, who could NOT love any chapter where Buffy gets a chance to quote Sarah's most famous line from "Labyrinth" in an appropriate context? :)
Review By [RevDorothyL] • Date [19 Jan 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Nine" from RevDorothyL
Review:
I really enjoyed the combination of Methos' POV in the present and flashbacks from Faith's POV in this chapter. I'm eager to see what Methos might have to teach Buffy -- and vice versa -- as well as very hopeful that Buffy's quest for meaning and purpose will be successful.

Somehow, I'm picturing Duncan in Seacouver right now, since I got the impression that Buffy had come a lot further from Rome than a mere trip to Paris, when she'd followed Cassandra's recommendation.
Comments from author:
You're right, I definitely see them as in America rather than Europe... I'm just not certain it would make sense for Duncan to remain in one City for quite so long. I might just leave it vague. After all it took Highlander 4 and a half seasons to give Seacouver it's name (which was probably adopted from fanon anyway).

Thanks so much for responding to my question - it helped me think this over (as others comments so often do). I'm looking forward to figuring out what Methos teaches Buffy too as he's one character I find hard to plan out - so much of what he does is in the moment. I also don't really see him as easily accepting the role of teacher, what Duncan learns from him in the series is more through association than any intention to convey knowledge. I have some interesting passages with him planned... hopefully he'll behave and let me use them.
Review By [RevDorothyL] • Date [12 Jan 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Nine" from deathgeonous
Review:
Nice fic. Thanks for writing this, bye for now.
Review By [deathgeonous] • Date [12 Jan 13] • Not Rated
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