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Review of chapter "The Shovel Talk" from MBB
Review:
I didn't expected when I started reading, but i kinda liked this story.

Usually i'm not into Riley bashing or violent Xanders. (It always surprises how many people dislike him when I read reviews to stories like these - especially since I think most Riley haters don't like Xander either)

But the way you wrote it made it feel just right. Like a missing scene, it felt like balance. (As Xander defended Riley when he made Buffy happy, it stands to reason he would be angry once Riley hurt Buffy).
I also liked how you used cleverness for Xander to find him; not a super search but conveniently asking Willow and putting it into practice.
Review By [MBB] • Date [13 Sep 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Shovel Talk" from twlight
Review:
ROTFLMAO....... I love this story.
Review By [twlight] • Date [13 Sep 10] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "The Shovel Talk" from greysh
Review:
LOL! brilliant :)
GO Xander!!
Review By [greysh] • Date [13 Sep 10] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "The Shovel Talk" from FireWolfe
Review:
Very well done.
Review By [FireWolfe] • Date [12 Sep 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Shovel Talk" from Lucinda
Review:
Yay for supportive Xander.

Yay for a bit of deserved Riley bashing (literally!) with a shovel to the back even. Because Xander will be ruthless like that.
Review By [Lucinda] • Date [12 Sep 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Shovel Talk" from morange
Review:
Go Xander!
Review By [morange] • Date [12 Sep 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Shovel Talk" from MavenAlysse
Review:
Huzzah! Wow! Very well done. I think it's first story I've read that followed through on the infamous shovel talk. Riley deserved it, and I'm glad it was Xander who showed him the errors of his ways.
Thank you so much for sharing - it was quite enjoyable. :)

-MavenAlysse
Review By [MavenAlysse] • Date [12 Sep 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Shovel Talk" from wiltryit
Review:
About time someone wrote a story like that. We all know about the shovel talk, but no one had actually written a story dealing with the repercussions. Of course a long version might be in order for someone like the immortal or even Parker.
Review By [wiltryit] • Date [12 Sep 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Shovel Talk" from lazypr
Review:
You know I have to say...I've read a fair amount of BtVS stories and I don't think I've ever actually read a true follow-up to the "shovel talk". Which makes yours all the more sweeter. Loved it...thanks!
Review By [lazypr] • Date [12 Sep 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Shovel Talk" from eriktheviking
Review:
Cracking good short, thanks. One question where did the discussion take place, Sunnydale or wherever Riley was deployed?
Review By [eriktheviking] • Date [12 Sep 10] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "The Shovel Talk" from velara
Review:
Only problem is.. it was Xander who told Buffy she was the one making the mistake and breaking Riley's heart. So this story just doesn't make sense to me. Now if Xander went after Angel, sure...

Xander: Take this, for instance. You don't wanna deal, so you hide? It's not very Slayer-like.
Buffy: Just leave me alone, Xander. You have no idea what's going on.
Xander: No? Good, so you and Riley aren't imploding? (Buffy turns to him in surprise) It doesn't take a genius. What I can't figure out is how you never saw it coming.
Buffy: What? Who told you?
Xander: Nobody told me anything, Buffy. It was right in front of my Xander face. The guy would do anything for you.
Buffy: The guy got himself bit by a vampire! He lied to me! He ran around behind my back and almost got himself killed! And now he tells me that he's leaving with some covert military operation at midnight unless I convince him not to. Now tell me that you understand. Because I sure as hell don't.
Xander: You gonna let him go?
Buffy: It's not my decision to make.
Xander: Of course it is.
Buffy: Well, it's not fair!
Xander: Who cares if it's fair? In about twenty minutes, Riley's gonna disappear, maybe forever, unless you do something to stop him.
Buffy: What am I supposed to do? Beg him to stay?
Xander: Why wouldn't you? To keep Riley here you—
Buffy: I don't even know who he is anymore! I mean, I thought he was... dependable.
Xander: Dependable? What is he, State Farm?
Buffy: You know what I mean.
Xander: Yeah. I think you mean convenient. I think you took it for granted that he was gonna show up when you wanted him to, and take off when you didn't.
Buffy: Look who's talking. Look who has Anya following him around like a lovesick puppy.
Xander: Oh boy, is this not about me.
Buffy: Is she more than a convenience? 'Cause that would kinda be a surprise!
Xander: (angry) If you don't wanna hear what I have to say, I'll shut up right now.
Buffy: Good, 'cause I don't.
Xander: I lied. See, what I think, you got burned with Angel, then Riley shows up.
Buffy: I know the story, Xander.
Xander: But you missed the point. You shut down, Buffy. And you've been treating Riley like the rebound guy. When he's the one that comes along once in a lifetime. He's never held back with you. He's risked everything. And you're about to let him fly because you don't like ultimatums? If he's not the guy, if what he needs from you just isn't there, let him go. Break his heart, and make it a clean break. But if you really think you can love this guy... I'm talking scary, messy, no-emotions-barred need... if you're ready for that... then think about what you're about to lose.
Buffy: Xander...
Xander: Run.
Review By [velara] • Date [12 Sep 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Shovel Talk" from spurious
Review:
*snicker* Very cute. Very Xander in that he does not actually seriously hurt Riley just makes it "memorable" Don't make promises you don't intent to keep. *evil grin*
Review By [spurious] • Date [12 Sep 10] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "The Shovel Talk" from (Current Donor)mmooch
Review:
Riley's just lucky Willow didn't remember the speech when she was in her Darth Willow phase.
Review By [(Current Donor)mmooch] • Date [12 Sep 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Shovel Talk" from RippersGirl
Review:
Very cute :-)
Comments from author:
Thank you. :)
Review By [RippersGirl] • Date [12 Sep 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Shovel Talk" from (Moderator)Ava
Review:
I think I'm part of a small group of people that don't hate Riley, but with that being said I still found Xander's extreme measures at helping Buffy endearing. I mean, it's the thought that counts, right? :)
Comments from author:
You know, I don't actually hate Riley either --odd with a story like this, I know, but I wandered across something the other day that made me think of the shovel talk and this image of Xander crouched in the shadows with a shovel popped into my head and just had to be written. :)
Review By [(Moderator)Ava] • Date [12 Sep 10] • Not Rated
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