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Review of chapter "Chapter One" from SableWolf
OK, so Xander is wrong for lying to Buffy, but Buffy's done nothing wrong in letting Angelus run loose, torturing, killing, and trying to end the world because Angel is her 'twu wuv' and she can't be expected to kill him? Um, yeah, somehow the defense of Buffy's actions, and lack thereof, in the latter half of season two has always escaped me. Interesting take on her reaction, though.
Comments from author:
I never said he was wrong - at least in this fic - for lying, and I never said Buffy wasn't for not killing Angelus. What I have said about Buffy's actions were that they were understandable. The only time she had a clear chance to kill him with no other distractions was during the Judge thing - which was less than 24 hours after she gave her virginity to Angel. I challenge anyone with an *ounce* of humanity to be able to kill the person they loved that soon.
Review By [SableWolf] • Date [4 Jun 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from Frardowin
Short and to the point.

Wonderous, considering you did it without bashing anyone.

Comments from author:
I know. I was very proud of not making any judgments about Xander's motivations for lying to Buffy.
Review By [Frardowin] • Date [4 Jun 11] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from Shatterstar
I like Xander, and I'm not a Buffy/Angel shipper, but I can't deny that he really was an ass for lying about that. I hate that when it WAS actually brought up again, too much was happening for it to actually matter and Xander got away with it all blame-free again before Buffy and Willow could find out.

And yeah, it is really ridiculous the way that people write Buffy's reaction to finding out. And it's usually in fics that bash Buffy so Xander could look better, too...

I dislike fics that exaggerate a character in a bad way.
Comments from author:
Yeah, I can't stand BAngel, but what can you do? Well, other than re-writing it so they don't get together, I mean. I bash, but in this story, I wanted to stay away from that 'cause it would reflect badly on Buffy as well. I wanted a story where she figured it out, but didn't beat the crap out of him or run him out of town or whatever else she supposedly does 'cause she's a raving psychotic when she finds out.
Review By [Shatterstar] • Date [3 Jun 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from jormunguard
For the most part I have to say very good story. While I do like your ending much better than the shows, I do have to admit that I've always kinda agreed with Xander. If it took a lie to get Buffy to do what she should have done a long time ago then I say lie away.

Edit: Oh I agree with you Buffy was finally going there to slay Angelus. But rewatching the episode I think Xander did plan on telling Buffy what Willow had actually said its just a part of him hesitated and then he told the lie. Now why he did that I don't know, personally I think it was because a part of him was worried that if her hesitation in waiting for the spell to work (that they had no idea would work) might cost them their lives. Which in my opinion was a justifiable concern. I'm sorry I didn't say that very well in my original response.
And I agree with you I can't see Buffy blowing a gasket because of the lie either. I mean heck she didn't blow up at Tara for casting the spell that almost got them killed in the episode with her family.
Comments from author:
Slight flaw in your logic; it wasn't Willow's supposed encouragement that gave Buffy the strength to go after Angelus. Buffy was already on her way to kill him when Xander opened his lying mouth. He should have just kept quiet if he didn't want to tell her about the spell.

Regardless, this story was simply meant to combat all the Buffy-bashing fics that have her go nuts when she finds out and tries to kill Xander for the lie. As I recall, she didn't do that on the show when she found out.
Review By [jormunguard] • Date [3 Jun 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from RevDorothyL
Oh, if only...! :)
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*sigh* Yup.
Review By [RevDorothyL] • Date [3 Jun 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from (Current Donor)Sulien
I MUCH prefer this ending to "Becoming"; I was so angry with Xander I couldn't see straight and never forgave the character for betraying Buffy that way. I was also very highly annoyed with Joss Whedon for allowing the twit to get away with it, as well. Thank you very much for fixing something in canon that has always bugged me!
Comments from author:
I'm tempted to someday write a story where his lie and the fact Buffy has to kill Angel results in her having a mental breakdown after she saves the world.
Review By [(Current Donor)Sulien] • Date [3 Jun 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from clarityfades
I liked it. Especially Angel encouraging Buffy to go to Giles...I'd love a sequel of Giles & Buffy healing each other over the summer! :D & not necesarily romantic, either. Maybe one that shows them truly going beyond Watcher & Slayer into being friends...bonus points if we see the Cruciamentum in a whole new way. ;)
Comments from author:
Hmm, maybe.
Review By [clarityfades] • Date [3 Jun 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from (Current Donor)vidicon
An interesting take on a chaotic episode. Thanks for sharing!
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I don't like a lot of angst and that episode had it in bushels.
Review By [(Current Donor)vidicon] • Date [3 Jun 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from Greywizard
Good job, and a good example of Buffy actually using the smarts she was credited with having, but which Joss never actually had her utilize.
Comments from author:
Seemed like he didn't want her to progress past the movie version, huh?
Review By [Greywizard] • Date [3 Jun 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from djhardim
Nice job, thanks. Good to see Buffy use her head.
Comments from author:
Yup. She may not want to kill Angel, but she knows that he wouldn't be welcome either.
Review By [djhardim] • Date [3 Jun 11] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from (Past Donor)KieriToews
Great story.
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Review By [(Past Donor)KieriToews] • Date [3 Jun 11] • Not Rated
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