Review of chapter "The Deviant Child" from Listener
It's always cool to see people take a definitive Bad Guy (which Ethan was) and give him a backstory that helps to explain why he does what he does (the show's explanation of his love for chaos didn't cut it for me). While I'm guessing that e/g and e/b are candidates for your OTP, I'm not sure I fully bought into Buffy falling for Ethan. I'm more likely to buy into him and Giles getting back together somehow. But I can look past that.
However, a point of order: I don't care if Buffy is the slayer and has both a high tolerance for pain and a fast healing ability -- she would've kicked Ethan's ass for what he did to hers. Remember you said the last person she had been with was Angel, who as we know took her virginity (and from everyone I've read, they only did it the one time). I highly, HIGHLY doubt they engaged in buttsecks that night. Which means this was only the second time EVER that Buffy had had sex (so she should've been at least a little more timid), and there's no way in hell that her body was ready for unexpected anal. Anal sex should not be like the Spanish Inquisition.
I'm not saying I didn't _like_ the sex scene, because I certainly did, but it was a little too hard to believe, and took me out of the story a bit.
Otherwise, an enjoyable piece.
Review By [Listener
] • Date [13 Aug 12] • Rating [7 out of 10]
Review of chapter "The Deviant Child" from mmooch
Wow, guess there's some serious AU-ness going on here. Have to say, really like how being with Buffy gave him back his powers. It's a nice change of pace from the whole Angel losing his soul 'cause he was with her. Good job on mirroring their situations (Angel & Ethan), but with a happy ending for the seemingly odd couple.
Comments from author:
Umm, would it surprise you if I were to say that I didn't actually set out to mirror things, and in fact didn't even notice what I'd done until you just pointed it out?
It's always fun to write unusual couples, and even more so to make things end well, at least in my opinion.
Anyways, thanks for letting me know what you thought.
Review By [mmooch
] • Date [10 Mar 10] • Not Rated