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Review of chapter "Countdown" from Harmne
I'm really enjoying reading your stories. Somehow your alternate version of Cordy is very fitting! I do kind of miss seeing more of Xander, but I'm still looking forward to more!
Comments from author:
Glad you're enjoying the series, though I'm afraid you won't see too much of Xander in them (he'll pop up again here very shortly, however).

Thanks for the review.
Review By [Harmne] • Date [25 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Countdown" from maxthehobbit
Well Yahoo mail does it again, somehow I didn't get the notification about this update, better check to see how many other updates I'm missing. Again this was well worth the wait. I like that Willow is getting back with her Mother, although it may take a while and Harmony's parents are almost a substitute for Joyce while this is going on, even feeding Buffy while Cordelia was at war. I get a smile on my face every time I think about the dogs and the way Buffy controls them. I think Cordelia has fallen for Teal'c and doesn't know it yet. Well it will be a shirt wait for the next chapter in one of the three stories that are related to each other. Good writing is worth waiting for and especially since all your chapters are as long as some stories. Thanks for updating, looking forward to the next installment.
Comments from author:
You aren't the only person I know who's having issues with Yahoo right now.

I decided that at least one of the bad parents in this 'verse ought to get a second chance. Some of the others are pretty much irredeemable (Hank, the Chases, Tara's father, Xander's parents), but I thought I'd try to develop Sheila a bit. Harmony was never very good at being bad, whether human or vampire, so I thought I'd try to portray her parents in a good light (we know nothing about them, so it's quite easy).

Buffy might eventually have a pack of - very large - dogs of her own. Bred to track and chase down vamps...

Cordy fell for Teal'c a while ago, she's just falling even more deeply...

Thanks for the review and your kind sentiments.
Review By [maxthehobbit] • Date [23 Oct 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Countdown" from (Current Donor)DeepBlueJoy
Can i say that I really love Harmony's parents! You made them so very nice and just the support that Buffy and Cordy need with Joyce in another galaxy. Can't imagine what happened with their daughter being so vapid, but considering that she ended up not being a very wicked vampire in canon, she wasn't that terrible... just dumb. Sadly, children don't always turn out the way their parents expect. ;-)

You've created a nice 'family' for my girls.

Thanks. look forward to what comes next. Please, no dead scoobies.
Comments from author:
Thanks - that was the general idea. There are enough bad parents floating around in the story that I thought at least some of them ought to be decent people (which is also why I'm gradually rehabilitating Sheila Rosenberg). As you say, Harmony was never an particularly evil vampire, nor even a very effective bitch in High School.

No promises, but if you want a spoiler, drop me an e-mail...

Thanks for the review.
Review By [(Current Donor)DeepBlueJoy] • Date [16 Oct 14] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Countdown" from (Current Donor)DeepBlueJoy
Willow shook her head, trying to shake off a mental image of Major Carter dressed in leather and brandishing a crop, standing over a tied-up O’Neill, kneeling on the floor with a ball gag in his mouth.


I don't want to know how you got that particular image in your head, but I'm gonna have to work hard to get rid of it. Carter isn't too bad, but O'Neill... that's just wrong. Poor Jack!

You're a very, very evil man. But I already knew this. ;-)

Comments from author:
Purely context driven - female USAF officer, coincidentally also a Major, as part of Tara's case. And how many other female Majors does Willow know? Of course, in close proximity to Tara, who knows how her mind works....

I'll try to stay just a wee bit evil. ;-)

Thanks for the review.
Review By [(Current Donor)DeepBlueJoy] • Date [15 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Honor and Recognition" from rhoadan
"The next week was pretty much filled with Army-approved Show and Tell activities. Assorted schools and hospitals in Sunnydale and neighbouring Glossonville, visiting Boy Scout and Girl Guide troops"

Well, I suspected before based on word choice and spellings, but this bit definitely outs you as not an American. What are known as Girl Guides in most of the world are called Girl Scouts in the US.
Review By [rhoadan] • Date [9 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Countdown" from RevDorothyL
So, possible world-ending Apocalypse on the one hand, BUT we have the pleasure of knowing that at least one muderous, racist, sadistic ex-Watcher AND the senior Chases are getting their well-earned comeuppance first. And yes, I do find that a great comfort!

Also, I adore the way you've depicted Teal'c's way with words in love letters to Cordy. When the peril gets real and the excrement is about to hit the fan, it's nice to know that at least ONE of the Summers Slay Sisters has a boyfriend who can be counted on in the clinches. For all Tony's supposed success in the romance department, Teal'c turns out to have far more of the REAL romantic (and the real gentleman) in him.
Comments from author:
There are other ex-Watchers out there, too, some of whom are on the Assembly's shit-list. At least Cordy could die relatively contended right now...

Teal'c is a gentlemen here, Tony not so much. That said, he's a younger version here than in canon, Tony the probie with a lot of life experience to gain. Unfortunately, it's at Buffy's expense. If she survives Glory, I'll have to think about a decent guy for her.

Thanks for the review.
Review By [RevDorothyL] • Date [2 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Countdown" from Grovtech
So good to see an update! So the decks are beginning to clear for action. I'm guessing Cordy is going to be stuck with the ax. Perhaps some kind of shielding gloves might help? Raw silk blessed by the Pope maybe?

Comments from author:
Cordy might not be stuck with the axe, After all, it's Buffy who calls the shots here...

Thanks for the review - glad you enjoyed it.
Review By [Grovtech] • Date [2 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Countdown" from grd
I hope Tony pulls his head out before G-Day. Wonder if some fools decide to magically hide and stay, becoming witnesses to a battle few have ever seen. (Hinting at the Trio recording the event.) Nice build up.
Comments from author:
It'll be a long time before Tony pulls his head out of his ass. This is a slightly younger Tony than in NCIS canon. He's still basically a probie here.

I don't think anyone's going to stay to find out what happens, when the conspiracy theorists' alternatives will be a bio-weapons spill or a nuclear attack. The Trio wouldn't last two seconds against the Assembly and its allies. This isn't the disorganised Scoobies of Season 6 after all. If and when I use the Trio (in the sequel) they'll be appropriately dealt with.

Thanks for the review.
Review By [grd] • Date [2 Oct 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Countdown" from DarthTenebrus
All my bags are packed, I'm ready to go
I'm standing here outside your door...

So kiss me and smile for me,
Let me know you'll wait for me.
Let me know you'll never let me go...

Cause I'm leaving on a jet plane,
Dont know when I'll be back again. ..

Doesn't that just say it? Sadness and fear of the death and destruction waiting around the corner, while Down Under triumph and closure have come to a Potential Slayer that so desperately needed it.

But one question; if Earth bites it, on what world will Joyce and Dawn spend the rest of their lives? Or would the Universe itself bite the Big One?
Comments from author:
Well, the end of either Glory or Earth is certainly nigh... If Glory succeeds, it's 'just' a world-ending occurrence, whereas with the Key, it would have meant the end of all universes.

Nice choice of lyrics there, perfect for the mood. Many thanks for the review.
Review By [DarthTenebrus] • Date [2 Oct 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Countdown" from Kremer
Great update, as usual. And long (long is good)!

I've been thinking about what to do with the Axe after Glory (assuming it still exists afterwards). Too dangerous, and too tempting to some, to keep it around on Earth, even well hidden.

One option: The SGC still has that Tel'tak with the cloak, so take the Axe around to the moon's far side and make it 'disappear'. Wrap it in MLI with a flat black coating, find an appropriately named crater on the farside, and place it within a pile of large rocks in the crater or near the rim. The black will blend in with the rest of the rock shadows, and unless someone knows its exact location it will be practically invisible. (MLI is the heavy material used to insulate and protect space hardware like the ISS truss structures. Undisturbed, it should last for millennia.)

Good ideas with the Glory plans and conspiracy theories. I bet many of the vamps and a lot of other demons will fall for it as well. Most will probably head for LA, meaning an even bigger headache for Angel & Co. for a while, at least.
Comments from author:
The axe may well play an important part in the sequel. Making it invisible isn't a total solution, as it can still be magically tracked. And no one knows its full properties yet. For example, how did it come to be on Defiance Island....?

Vamps and other demons won't be any more happy with the idea of being nuked than the general population, that's for sure.

Thanks for the review, glad you enjoyed it.
Review By [Kremer] • Date [2 Oct 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Countdown" from (Current Donor)Sulien
As usual, find the notification for an update to this story made me light up with a face-splitting grin! There were a lot of great parts in this chapter, but my two favorites were the capture of the rogue watcher and Cordy's presents and letter from Teal'c. I've always loved T and I've really been enjoying reading about him finding someone worth loving again and Cordy really fits the bill.

I have to give you extra credit for the cover story for the evacuation and the cover stories for the cover story in the government conspiracies. *tips imaginary hat*

You and Vidicon have really had excellent timing these last several weeks, as I've had something really good to read just when I needed it. In other words, an especial thank you for this update! Needless to say, I'm really looking forward to the next post of whichever story your muse decides to tackle when you get the time and inclination. :) Here's hoping real life is treating you well.
Comments from author:
Glad I helped to improve your day!

I like Teal'c and Cordy as a pair and I think they're better suited than some think (though the old Cordy wouldn't have been such a good match...) There are a few other rogue Watchers around that might prove troublesome to an extent in future.

I'll probably bring the UFO part of the conspiracy into the sequel.

Thanks for the review and hope you continue to enjoy my scribblings.
Review By [(Current Donor)Sulien] • Date [1 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Countdown" from Orion
With all that happened last chapter, I didn't recall that her parents were arrested there. And it's nice to see that there's more than just the main plot moving forward.

Thanks for writing and sharing.
Comments from author:
Her parents were caught by the Army in Saguerra, while they were helping launder money.

A few loose ends tied up here, but mainly moving forward towards G-Day...

Thanks for the review - glad you enjoyed it.
Review By [Orion] • Date [1 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Countdown" from batzulger
Comments from author:
Not long now...
Review By [batzulger] • Date [1 Oct 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "BOHICA" from (Current Donor)richierich
Oh. My. God! I've been reading your fantastic series of Cordy stories forever and loving them to death. The only thing that's felt a little off is the extreme lack of Slayers. It's been a bit hard to take the Slayer Council seriously as a world power when there's only three and a half Slayers and one of them is WAY far away. Yes, I know that there are Council special forces (newly reformed and nicer) and other allies. But the new council lacks some serious teeth that only a thousand or two Slayers could bring it. AND NOW BUFFY GETS A VISION ABOUT THE SCYTHE! OMG I'm geeking out right now! If you do go through with this everything is going to change in a big way. Make no mistake... I love your story as it's been written so far and will cantinue to love it if the Scythe thing falls through. But man..... the possibilities! I don't comment much, but rest assured that I look forward to every update. This is one of my favorite stories and I thank you so much for all of your hard work.
Comments from author:
There may or may not be more Slayers at some point in the future, but the Scythe won't be used for that purpose at this stage, I'm afraid.

Thanks for your enthusiastic review - glad you're still enjoying it.
Review By [(Current Donor)richierich] • Date [21 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Guardians, Conspiracies and Parental Encounters" from (Past Donor)exiled
Very good, the final scene was touching.
Comments from author:
I thought it might be an appropriate ending to the chapter, after the emphasis of the previous three chapters.

Thanks for the review
Review By [(Past Donor)exiled] • Date [21 Aug 14] • Not Rated
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