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Review of chapter "EPILOGUE: Saudi Arabia" from mscecilyunderwood
Review:
Wow, kudos for a job well done! I'm quite happy because you've decided to give Buffy a close to perfection state of life here.oh she still had bumps in her life path, but on the whole it was ideal. As they say, if your professional life soars, your personal/family life sucks and vice versa. You can't have it both ways. So I totally understand the sentiment of Xander that Buffy's just a ersonal assistant. Earlyon she chose to center her life on having a family of her own. And she got a reward in the end too--finding her manin Chris Frost. The others are fortunate too because so far everything's not imploding. Rough patches maybe like in Satsu's case but you know that everything will be as it should be and they'll be the better for it. Unless you decide to turn their world upsidedown esp with the cliffhanger at the end. I do hope that Buffy gets in touch with Xander even after all that happened. Especially with all that happened. One thing that got me to react was Dawn as a CEO. I never really liked her character evenback when the series was airing. I can see it though,she was an overachiever and smrt even in the series it leaks through at times. Actually that's one of the things I didn't like about her.Buffy had the rug pulled under her, had to do difficult things, had to decide on unpleasant courses of action to the detriment of even her life multiple times. Meanwhile here's her bratty sister, a huge responsibility helpless,whiny ungrateful. Oh I can rant on and on about that because that brat got the best of everything the way I see it. Even the man (Xander realized he loves her just when Buffy was ready to pursue Xander)!

I agree with you about being a contractual employee. It sucks. I've been one for years. The disparity in the pay while the workload is substantially more than that of regular employees is what made it sad for me. But I soldiered on because like Buffy, I need the job. I'm an assistant too so running interference like what she offered to divert Kennedy is not far-fetch. There were times when I was uncomfortable because my boss' personal life spilled over his professional one. And quite stressed too when I become the shock absorber most times so I really get how Buffy feels having an intense boss.

Thank you so much for this story and I do hope you start writing soon for that sequel!
Comments from author:
Thank you so much for your kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed the story and found it believable.

The sequel is about four chapters done, but I've set it aside to focus on original fiction for the time being. I might come back to it someday. But suffice it to say: yes, everything will be turned upside-down. That's the whole point of the sequel. :)
Review By [mscecilyunderwood] • Date [27 Mar 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "EPILOGUE: Saudi Arabia" from Gideon
Review:
Awesome story. I loved it. I usually like a bit of action in my stories but maybe I will find that in the next one :) I don't know who the person was who arrived at the end but I can think of a couple of possibilities. It might be Glory, trying to save her Hell dimension home, it might be Joy, Buffy's daughter come back from the future with !science to save the world, or it might be Tara from the old world who managed to survive the bomb somehow. I look forward to you proving me wrong :)
Comments from author:
Y'know, I hadn't really thought of two of those three options, although one of them seems like it would be a really cool way to extend the story even further.

Thanks for your readership, support, and reviews throughout the posting of the story. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Review By [Gideon] • Date [8 Jul 12] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "EPILOGUE: Saudi Arabia" from EasterCat
Review:
Good story, but for the cliffhanger ending! I know you have to set up your sequel, so I don't hold it against you...much. :-)
Look forward to the next story.
Comments from author:
I'm about two chapters into the sequel, so hopefully you won't have to wait _too_ long to find out what happened and why. Do remember to check out the Firefly musical episode as well.

Thanks for your readership, support, and reviews.
Review By [EasterCat] • Date [8 Jul 12] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "NINETEEN: Xander" from Gideon
Review:
Not what I expected - but that is good! You surprised me and came up with a result that made more sense than anything I could think of. Of course a world without magic could not be unmade by magic! I'm glad that all of Xander's friends are still his friends and they are able to help him come to terms with the world as it is, and that they have all realised they should appreciate what they have, in the real world.
Comments from author:
I'm glad you enjoyed the climactic chapter. I felt I'd kind of written myself into a corner, so I was pleased when I came up with the solution I did. As for the rest -- I know that they all appreciated their lives, but it was having to convince Xander that he did a good thing that I wasn't expecting to write. I always enjoy when something unexpected happens as I write.

Thanks for your continued support (and reviews).
Review By [Gideon] • Date [8 Jul 12] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "NINETEEN: Xander" from DofEire
Review:
*sigh* still no rating higher than 10... This chapter made me both grin 'til my face hurt and leak tears. Well done.
Comments from author:
I'm glad you're enjoying the story, and that this chapter worked for you.

Thanks for your continued readership and reviews.
Review By [DofEire] • Date [4 Jul 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "NINETEEN: Xander" from Greywizard
Review:
Okay, since I figured this to be one of two ways that this would end, I'm pleased that everyone is satisfied with their lives (mostly), and I'm left wondering what the conclusion and epilogue are going to show us.

Buffy's reaction as a parent and her primary concern being for her child is exactly what I would expect, and completely in-character for both aspects of her.

This is very well-written and I thank you for sharing it with us.
Comments from author:
I'm glad you've enjoyed the story. As with most of my stories, everything after the climax exists pretty much to tie up loose ends, set up sequels (if there will be any -- in this case, there will), and answer any remaining questions readers might have.

Thanks for your readership and reviews.
Review By [Greywizard] • Date [4 Jul 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "SIXTEEN: Faith, Buffy, Xander" from Gideon
Review:
I guess Xander doesn't remember enough to realise what a bad idea it is to summon D'Hoffren. I'm surprised Faith or some of the other girls didn't try to stop him too though, after all they are all dead in the dream reality.
I found it quite funny that Buffy was mad at Faith, even after all that time. I'm glad she was a little nicer at dinner.
Comments from author:
I think Xander is conflicted between realizing what he did and believing he needs to find a way to make it right. And... I think Buffy was more surprised than anything, and then Faith started needling her because, well, she's FAITH, and that could piss anyone off.

Thanks for your continued support (and reviews).
Review By [Gideon] • Date [25 Jun 12] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "FOURTEEN: Xander, Buffy, Kennedy" from Gideon
Review:
It is interesting to see the different ways people react to their dreams. Buffy is grounded by her child and seems ok with it, which is kinda surprising. Willow is very disturbed by the thought of Tara dying and that is totally in character. Satsu is very sad that she can't be with Buffy (and Buffy kinda feels the same way but probably won't admit it) Kennedy was dealing with it mostly alone so she was just about going insane and Faith just doesn't care one way or the other, which is kinda funny actually. But Kennedy's powers coming back? That isn't so funny :(
Comments from author:
I'm not sure if you're a parent or not, but once you are (as I am), you realize that it doesn't matter what else happens so long as you have your child and that child is happy and healthy. I took Buffy's reaction almost directly from what I would feel in that situation.

Thanks for your continued readership and review-age.
Review By [Gideon] • Date [21 Jun 12] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "FOURTEEN: Xander, Buffy, Kennedy" from djhardim
Review:
Good

Is Giles a fighter pilot, a grocer, or none of the above in this reality?
Comments from author:
Thanks; I'm glad you're enjoying it.

Giles does show up before the end of the story, so your question will be answered.
Review By [djhardim] • Date [20 Jun 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "FOURTEEN: Xander, Buffy, Kennedy" from tealruby
Review:
Just started reading and really enjoying this story. Nice work here AU'ing things and it will certainly be interesting when Faith meets the rest.
Comments from author:
Well, Faith does tend to make things interesting. She can be a very abrasive character, which leads to conflict, which usually leads to good dramatic tension.

Thanks for reading and thanks for reviewing.
Review By [tealruby] • Date [20 Jun 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "THIRTEEN: Buffy, Willow" from grd
Review:
I hope they eventually discover what Xan has done for all of them. Their world sounds so mch better.
Comments from author:
The problem with commenting on reviews is that sometimes I can't comment without giving away spoilery info. So...

Thanks for reading, and thanks for reviewing.
Review By [grd] • Date [17 Jun 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "THIRTEEN: Buffy, Willow" from Gideon
Review:
Good thing Chris is so helpful or Vi might be missing out on the ex-slayer gathering. It is funny thinking of her as a martial artist but not Buffy. Either way though they all need to hear Xander's news, bad as it is.
They probably don't all need to know what most of Buffy's dreams are about, although I hope she at least tells Satsu so she can find out if she is dreaming the same thing. Could be awkward if she isn't though ...
Comments from author:
Well, think of it this way: before becoming a slayer, Buffy was a vapid cheerleader-type. Had there been no calling, she would've continued on that path and it would've taken her a lot longer to become the person we knew her as in the last three seasons of the show. And yes, they'll all hear Xander's news. Eventually.

Thanks for your continued support and reviews.
Review By [Gideon] • Date [17 Jun 12] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "TWELVE: Buffy, Xander, Willow, Xander, Tara" from (Recent Donor)DeacBlue
Review:
I'm sorry, but there's just no tension here. No reason for me to care what happens. Good effort, but I won't be reading more.
Comments from author:
Sorry you feel that way. Thanks for trying the story out.

I did intentionally write this one as much more of a slow romance-style piece, and I agree there's not a whole lot of tension in it. Don't worry; there's enough tension in my other stories to make up for it (at least, I think).
Review By [(Recent Donor)DeacBlue] • Date [13 Jun 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "TWELVE: Buffy, Xander, Willow, Xander, Tara" from Gideon
Review:
So now Xander and Buffy are dreaming about the same thing (with Buffy's dream being more graphic of course) and Willow is officially freaking out. If Dawn is in the next chapter then maybe we will find out if she is dreaming about anything?
Comments from author:
Maybe we will. Maybe we won't. Maybe she's... RED HERRING! (http://scoobydoo.wikia.com/wiki/Red_Herring)

(I couldn't resist.)

Thanks for your continued support (and reviews).
Review By [Gideon] • Date [13 Jun 12] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "ELEVEN: Tara, Xander, Willow, Buffy" from Gideon
Review:
Well now we know that the dreams are definitely very very bad :( And you somehow managed to skip the bit where Xander told Willow what his dreams were about! That better be in the next chapter!
And I hope Buffy can maintain her grip on reality long enough to enjoy her time with Chris :)
Comments from author:
Well, you'll see some of it. But for the whole thing, that's a few chapters down the road. Besides, there's only 20 chapters, so you'll only have to wait (counting on fingers) a maximum of five weeks to find out all the answers. And, as for the other thing, don't worry -- there's plenty of enjoyment still to come.

Thanks for your continued support (and reviews).
Review By [Gideon] • Date [10 Jun 12] • Rating [8 out of 10]
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