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Review of chapter "Chapter Three" from Chikageko
Review:
Amusing chapter, I'd honestly thought you'd abandoned this one though. Meh. Over three chapters not much at all has happened so i cant say anything about your plot, but what little there is all looks and sounds good. I like the character interaction though. Alt buff and xander are a little bitchy, but ive known alot of girls who are significantly worse.

What are we gona do now...

I doubt you're going to listen to me, but I'd offer that Alt-buff should go and give local-buff some PTSD stress counseling and keep her busy so that she doesn't interrupt and stomp all over the love interest relationship that almost developed during the summer between male xander and willow. Allie should also give willow some sort of support so she'll grow a spine sooner and actually pursue that relationship which fought so hard to pop up time and time again only to be abused by the plot and the pair of them should explain to all the scoobs about Halloween so they can make some reasonable choices for costumes.
Not a YAHF, canon didn't suggest that was actually possible, regardless of how much we all dream. Knowledge and skills did stick around for at LEAST a year and half in xanders case, and much longer if you read and accept the season 8 comic. Willow dressing up as... say kim possible for whom everything is skill knowedge and experience would work because all she'd need to be more like kim would be some serious physical conditioning. Her dressing up as Jean grey would work less well. She'd keep Jeans eidedic memory and 7 phds so long as she remebers to practice the gained knowledge, and even emulate her powers with sunny hell magic as she does in the series, but it wouldn't make her a mutant with natural and limited powers. Same with dressing as Sue Richards ne Storm the invisible woman, No forcefields or invisibility (until she learns to do them magically) once halloween ends, but those PHD's would stick around. Same for Xander, same for Buffy and codelia and whoever else you could con into it.

Also, recruit Amy Madison and kill angel if you can manage it. Both are of the good. Should probably kill spike and drusilla too, but i kinda like them. They make for great villains, their plot only really took a downward turn after Joss tried to make them into more...likeable antivillain type characters. Spikes like batman's joker, only that you don't want to kill him on simple principal.

Should also think about teaching Xander the sword. Allie knows it obviously and helps buff regularly. That on its own could so alot of good and if willow actually got into her dreampt of relationship with Xander she'd follow. Much easier to kill vamps with a sword than a stake. Much easier to kill them with a shotgun (sluggs, not shot) to the head and then stake them while they recover, but really, whose counting?

Edit 1: So... Halloween won't be happening then? Not sure how you'd actually do that if you kept things to logical flow, Ethan is an out of town well beyond their ability to effect type of deal PRIOR to arrival. And as far as stopping him goes, yeah, i guess that would be pretty easy, but there's just SO MUCH you could do with that even leaving the spell to canon strengths and limitations, never mind the universe of possibilities fanon mutations added to it. Just think what could be screwed with if your alterverse buffy and xander... convinced... Ethan to set up his shop with a selection of heroes rather than your typical monster costumes and then kept the information the gave to the locals vague.
Comments from author:
All I can say at at present is that Alt-Buffy and Allie are approximately a year older than the (previously) canon Scoobies, and I'll be trying to keep presenting them as age-appropriately as I can. Because of that, I don't really see Alt-Buffy giving other Buffy much relationship advice, since they had seriously different experiences as far as their encounters with the Master.

In any event, Joss' canon has now been blown out of the water and the fragments are sinking fast, so expect to see many different developments in everyone's lives in the future. ;-)
Review By [Chikageko] • Date [13 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Three" from Chan
Review:
Dang I really want the travelers to succeed and make angelus a dusty memory.
Comments from author:
The story isn't anywhere near done yet. And their arrival is triggering a lot of changes to the canon Joss-verse. ;-)
Review By [Chan] • Date [12 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Three" from AnimeRonin
Review:
Huh. Interesting read so far. A little disturbing in this last one but, when dealing with Angelus, what isn't?

More when you can, please.
Comments from author:
Yep, Angelus was a very creative sociopath, to say the least.

More will appear at my muse's whim. ;-)
Review By [AnimeRonin] • Date [9 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Three" from draconis
Review:
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Good start. Interesting choices.

I would think the two Alex-es will get along very well. Maybe even the Buffys will get along AFTER a period of acclimation and they both realize they're on the same at-risk side. It would be interesting if in her reality Alt-Buffy also died and was saved by Allie. If not, that should be a major factor in revising Alt-Buffy's opinion about Buffy...at least leading to mutual snarking for fun only...not to intentionally hurt the other.

It shouldn't be too hard for at least Giles to figure out what led to or ultimately caused Angel to lose his soul...'dating' someone at the very least was obviously involved. Giles (and Ripper) knows there are certain logical progressions that occur in 'dating' these days.
Comments from author:
All I'll say at this point is that things are going to radically different from canon from this point on.

And yes, their knowing that Angelus' return is a possibility now will generate major reactions from Giles, at the very least.
Review By [draconis] • Date [9 Aug 14] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Three" from Lictre
Review:
In response to the review by Harbinger, I wouldn't call this a gender-bender, in that nobody's gender is actually changing, instead, this is an example of Xander meeting a Rule 63 counterpart of his. Alexandra has apparently been female all her life, So have both Buffies, Xander is still male, and Allie is making references that Cordelia's analog is also male.
Comments from author:
Exactly!!! ;-)
Review By [Lictre] • Date [9 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Three" from LordCorwin
Review:
I know it'll be a pain but please would you provide a list of story/fillers you've been posting for this august marathon. i know this is number 8. I've read, i think. #1, 2, 4 & 6. so i know I'm missing some
Comments from author:
Up through today, August 9, the list is as noted below:

1. Children Of The Heavens ch. 1

2. Renewing Old Acquaintances ch. 1

3. Come As You Aren't ch. 4

4. Nope, We're Definitely Not In Kansas Anymore ch. 2

5. Blood Calls To Blood, Blood Calls For Blood ch. 1

6. Children Of The Heavens ch. 2

7. Nobody Gets Out Of Here Alive ch. 2

8. An Unexpected Arrival ch. 3

9. Renewing Old Acquaintances ch. 2
Review By [LordCorwin] • Date [9 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Three" from Harbinger
Review:
Goodness gracious. You've finally taken the plunge and written a gender bender fic! Congrats, man.

And I realise this may sound perverse but I just keep picturing the two Harris's having a friendly debate about, if having sex with each other would count as incest or an interesting form of masturbation, with the two buffy's watching on in companionable incredulity and mortification.

Oh, and Cordell!? #snort# nice one.
Comments from author:
No, this is not a gender-bender fic, since Xander is still male.

The Scoobies have merely met one possible dimensional analogue of him.

And yes, I enjoyed the Cordell vs. Cordelia reference a lot. ;-)
Review By [Harbinger] • Date [8 Aug 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Three" from mojtaba
Review:
if this doesn't end up with everyone wearing very good costumes at Halloween with which to give them powers or info and skills...I'm going to be very disappointed!
Comments from author:
Things are going to be VERY different for everyone, from this point on. ;-)
Review By [mojtaba] • Date [8 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Three" from OlBear
Review:
Yes, what are they gonna do now?
Hopefully Alt Buffy and Allie will be able to give the Gang some early warning on what 'Could' happen. Whether or not they make something of that info is another question.
Keep up the excellent work and I'm looking forward to the next update.
Comments from author:
Well, to start with, they're definitely going to cause all sorts of chaos in the Scoobies' lives. ;-)

Canon has been torpedoed and is now rusting on the sea bed. ;-)
Review By [OlBear] • Date [8 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Three" from AnFan
Review:
Fun stuff so far :)

I love it when someone explicitly or implicitly states that Sunnydale is in a hell dimension :D I hope the group catches onto that fact, hehe.

Definitely a story I'll start tracking. Hope for more soon.
Comments from author:
Thanks. Glad you enjoyed the story so far. ;-)

And yes, given everything which occurred, Sunnydale is at least a minor hell dimension.
Review By [AnFan] • Date [8 Aug 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Three" from Starfox
Review:
Intriguing idea. Loved the dialogue, and hte reactions of the scoobies - well done!
Comments from author:
Thanks. Glad you enjoyed it. ;-)
Review By [Starfox] • Date [8 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Three" from raxadian
Review:
Two words, ROAD TRIP!
Comments from author:
Well, first they need to acquire some money.

So maybe, vamp mugging patrol, first?
Review By [raxadian] • Date [8 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Two" from raxadian
Review:
Yeah, Xander is usualy hot as a girl.
Comments from author:
Xander isn't a girl. This is his alternate dimensional analogue.

As I mentioned in the previous chapter, in their former world, many people's analogues were of the opposite gender.
Review By [raxadian] • Date [8 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from raxadian
Review:
Yeah, very weird indeed.
Comments from author:
Oh, no. Weird hasn't arrived yet, but you'll definitely know when it does. ;-)
Review By [raxadian] • Date [8 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Three" from Himuradono
Review:
It's great to see this continued.
Comments from author:
Thanks. I appreciate the review.
Review By [Himuradono] • Date [8 Aug 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
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