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The Dawn Arising - Sequel to After Midnight

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Review of chapter "Searching" from Hooligan
Review:
Oh wow,
I'm seriously blown away by this story. I just read through the entire After Midnight series and at first I was devastated when I saw how long it had been since an update, sure that I would get no more of this amazing character-driven narrative but I read the comments and found out that all hope is not lost! I'm greatly grateful that this amazing work of literature hasn't been abandoned or forgotten.
While reading the entire series, I really got the feeling that I was reading a tie in novel, aside from the non-canon shipping that I highly enjoy. It is so wonderfully fleshed out I cried at the prom and graduation scenes, just like I did when I watched them for the first time. Your piece has evoked such of that emotion in me, it felt very real. I was continuously amazed at how much effort was put into each characters individual narrative and how you changed everything without loosing a single characteristic or sacrificing an important character trait, such as Willow's gay crisis or any of the minor characters lives at all. It is so incredibly rare and precious to find a fic or even a series that pays as much attention to what could be considered the more background characters.
To be very honest I joined this site for the sole reason of reviewing and tracking this story.

Best regards,
Hooligan
Comments from author:
Wow. That is such a compliment. I'm floored. Thank you so much. I'm blown away by this review. It's the sort of review that makes me feel that all the work is worth it.

It's not even close to being abandoned.

I know that it's been a while, but I am working actively even though I'm not always posting on a story, I write most days. I'm trying to be more systematic and focus on one story at a time, but I tend to rotate through my stories and I will rotate back to this one sooner rather than later. The next story that will be posted on will probably be TFD, but your turn is coming. Promise.

I love this version of the universe too much and you should know: I've written bits of season FIVE already! (specifically the episode checkpoint!) Checkpoint with lions and tigers and bears... no, no, no!! Checkpoint with vampires and Ethan and chaos OH MY! (just so you know you haven't been forgotten!)

I love the characters and particularly this version of them. I try to start with the characters that they are and have them react as they would react but to slightly (or drastically) altered realities. This universe only gets richer.

I'm deeply, deeply moved that you were so moved by my story -- I cried when I wrote the prom, so I'm glad the emotion came through and touched you. And I'm so humbled and tickled :-) that you joined because of me. You're gonna love it here. There is so much great work on this site. If there's something you love about Buffyverse fic, there's probably some of it here.

Welcome!

Blue
Review By [Hooligan] • Date [11 Jun 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Searching" from onlyabrit
Review:
I sat and read all of After Midnight today and was blown away with how great it was, was hoping for the sequel and say you have not updated in 2 years....hopefully you will soon, as this is such a wonderful story and so well written. PLEASEEEEE
Comments from author:
Fear not. I am still here and still updating. Your turn will come. I promise. I am just finishing up on another story, then I'll begin updating something else... I will come back to this story, I promise. I even have some of it written.

I'm very, very glad that you like it. I love this story. It was written at a critical time in my life.

Blue
Review By [onlyabrit] • Date [22 Apr 14] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Searching" from Netchka
Review:
Just read this again. Can't wait for more chapters to be posted.
Comments from author:
OK, OK, OK... I need to get off my butt. sigh. Everybody wants me to write. such a "terrible" problem to have!!! Thanks for the compliment of liking my writing enough to read AND re-read!

Will try very hard to give you some chapters soon.

Blue
Review By [Netchka] • Date [28 Jun 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Searching" from mendenbar
Review:
Please, pleeease, pretty pleeease with cream and sugar and Oneg on top, come back and finish this. You can't leave Angel and Xander like this! Pleeeeeeeeease?!?!?
Comments from author:
You know our boys aren't gonna be left hangin... well, poor Xander's gonna be lonely for a while, and life will be dangerous for... well, everyone... but I will come back to this, I promise.

The O neg was a special touch. Promise that I will come back soon.

Mwah!

Blue
Review By [mendenbar] • Date [3 Mar 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Searching" from Joseph
Review:
Come back and update!
Comments from author:
I promise I will. I am fighting the worst writer's block ever and I'm trying to write... anything I can. This isn't abandoned. I am actually working on many of my works, they're just not coming together the way I'd like. Fortunately, I know where they're going, so as the noose loosens, I slip a little through here and a little there...

Blue

I do NOT abandon my babies!
Review By [Joseph] • Date [27 Feb 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Searching" from jgoodman
Review:
Love this story and can't wait to read more, please update
Comments from author:
I've been fighting real life and writer's boulders, but I'm working on it. It is NOT abandoned. Thanks for your support.

blue
Review By [jgoodman] • Date [6 Jan 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Searching" from serenityselena
Review:
not everything is easy for the gang...
hopefully things will get better soon ^_^
Comments from author:
It will get better... but it's gonna get real and sometimes real just isn't pretty.

Thank you for reviewing!

Blue
Review By [serenityselena] • Date [31 Aug 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Beat Goes On" from (Recent Donor)RavenWoodbane
Review:
OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG :: iT'S A sEQUeL...yAY, iHaven't been on TTHFNFIC for about 3mths cause i haven't seen many, if any good Updates and Now a Sequel for my most FAVORITIST awesomist story ever written ...YAY !!! and as also Hoping for more
Comments from author:
Wow. Thank you so much. This review made my day! I am currently working on chapter 3 as well as the rest of my life. Expect updates to be slow (not every couple days) but regular. I'm so grateful that I can create something that makes you so enthusiastic. I'm gonna have to work hard to keep you so excited. Fortunately, I too love this story.

More soonish.

Blue
Review By [(Recent Donor)RavenWoodbane] • Date [24 Jul 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Searching" from msdarque
Review:
Interesting and sad chapter.
Xander really doesn't deserve this unknown about Angel..
Hope the both of them'll be alright.
Really liked how Cordelia and Buffy stood up to that professor.
Congrats!
Comments from author:
No, poor Xander finally has something good in his life and now it's snatched from him. He's got so much new (and good) in his life, but he can't enjoy it because he's alone.

I had a ball with Cordelia and Buffy. That scene always made me annoyed... Buffy had all her stuffing pulled out. So glad you enjoyed it.

Thank you,

Blue
Review By [msdarque] • Date [19 Jul 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Searching" from silvergaurd
Review:
hope to see more.
Comments from author:
patience... will be rewarded soon. ;-)

Blue
Review By [silvergaurd] • Date [19 Jul 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Searching" from mendenbar
Review:
Your song choice was absolutely perfect for this chapter. Fits the mood completely.
Comments from author:
Thank you so much. After the first chapter song wasn't quite what I wanted, I agonized over this one... So glad you approve.

Peace,

Blue
Review By [mendenbar] • Date [19 Jul 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Searching" from MissE
Review:
Very glad to see you working on the sequel. I'm in the middle of re-reading After Midnight as it is, so this is great.
Comments from author:
Glad to oblige. Really look forward to hearing what you think. I tried to work finishing my older stories, but this one kept insisting on rearing its head!

Blue
Review By [MissE] • Date [19 Jul 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Searching" from BrownFinderth
Review:
Really liked the way Buffy and Cordy gave the prof the ole heave-ho!!!
Comments from author:
Never liked the way Buffy got her head handed to her and you know Cordelia's just the right catalyst to give her back her slayery mojo...

Thanks, it was fun to write!

Blue
Review By [BrownFinderth] • Date [18 Jul 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Beat Goes On" from mendenbar
Review:
So glad you are continuing this series. Just finished all 28 chapters of the first story. I hope (but have no faith) that Angel doesn't misinterpret the gang leaving when he finally gets back.
Comments from author:
I'm so glad my timing was right. Angel is good at brooding, that's all I'll say. When he finally gets back, he'll have a unique set of problems... and lets just say... worrying about Xander (and Faith) will be the least of his worries.

Blue
Review By [mendenbar] • Date [17 Jul 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "The Beat Goes On" from msdarque
Review:
Intriguing, slightly sad start.
Though I'd love to read more. Poor Xander and Angel...
Congrats!
Comments from author:
Glad you're intrigued. Don't worry, more will be forthcoming soon and all hope is not lost for our lovers... Thank you for taking time to review.

Blue
Review By [msdarque] • Date [17 Jul 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
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