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Review of chapter "Crying Mantis" from DarkFaerieYumi
Wow. I'm with you I hate that bastard. But this is really good. Though I shudder at the thought of my precious Xander as him. LOL Good job.
Review By [DarkFaerieYumi] • Date [11 Jan 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Crying Mantis" from ArrancarMaiden
well, this story is unique. it was very interesting reading it. well written and easy to understand.
Review By [ArrancarMaiden] • Date [11 Jan 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Crying Mantis" from blackmagewannabe
Wow...very creepy, but very good. I don't know who to pity more: Xander for falling so far, Buffy and Willow for losing their best friend, (btw whose soul did he devour?), or Tesla for having to deal with him. Once again very good job! Good luck with all your other stories!
Comments from author:
It's open to interpretation who he ate as his memory is a little fuzzy. I like to think it was Willow and she said something like, "I'm glad your alright." before she died.

Glad you liked it.
Review By [blackmagewannabe] • Date [11 Jan 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Crying Mantis" from angeluscado
Definitely an interesting take on Xander/Nnoitra, and I really think you captured the latter's character well, what from little we've seen of him. I couldn't stand Nnoitra either, so you're in good company there. Also an interesting take on Dark!Xander, and I could possibly see that side of his personality come out if Buffy and Willow did take him out of the fight because of his lack of eye.

Excellent work.
Comments from author:
Wow, you liked the other one enough to check out my other stories? That gives me a warm squishy feeling inside.

I was actually writing out Reirse, Hiena! in my head at work when this idea invaded and wouldn't let go. Getting my angst out here was a relief since RH is supposed to be more of a romantic comedy.
Review By [angeluscado] • Date [10 Jan 10] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Crying Mantis" from whirleeq
Well, that was dark and creepy -- Your Xander sounds more like the peak of alternatefuture!xander seen during the wedding episode.

You can see how his bitterness causes him to misinterpret their attempts to keep him safe; even one of them sacrificing her own life by throwing herself in the line of fire in a failed attempt to save his is completely misconstrued; by then he is so bitter that any act of love is misconstrued.

Nnoitra is sufficiently creepy on his own, but with that backstory... *shudders*
Comments from author:
I'm glad you liked it. I'm assuming you liked it, your review seemed positive enough. As soon as I wrote Crying Mantis I was like, "Where the he'll did that come from?" I'd never written a Xander that dark before and generally hate Nnoitra as a character, so why did I suddenly have the urge to write about him? After writing this I still hate Nnoi but I'm kinda fond of Tesla, poor hopelessly loyal bastard that he is.

I'm glad the sacrifice scene was understandable. I antagonized over how to state it so that it was clear that he was being paranoid and this was a skewed perception of things and not just me bashing characters.

I totally agree about Nnoitra being one hell of a creepy guy.

Thanks for reviewing!
Review By [whirleeq] • Date [6 Jan 10] • Not Rated
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