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Review of chapter "Epilogue One:" from kdakmmt
First this ending made me laugh. Second so did some of the reviews that I read. Xander, with the exception of not training alongside Buffy, did ok until season 3 when the writers decided to make him their buttmonkey and pretty much used him for whatever crap they couldn't dump on anyone else. Next college happens and he gets left behind making him lonely enough to take up Anyas offer, Buffy and Willow cant really complain as they are too wrapped up in their own stuff and of course Buffy still calls herself "The Slayer" even though Faith is actually "The Slayer" Can we say ego much?. Fun and parties thru first year of college and more buttmonkery(???).... along comes the dreaded moment, the season of the Peroxide Bimbo, the ability to watch is wavering. Retconning Dawn into the series and making us put up with the whiney "Wheres my key!" and the whiney "why doesnt anyone pay attention to me?" was a bit irritating. Xander is still the buttmonkey. Buffy dies, scoobies mourn and the uber ego decides "I have the tools, I can fix it" and brings Buffy back setting up the craptacular season sux and season of the lame writing. Even more buttmonkey action going on.... So here in this story, Xander who by this time has been a buttmonkey for a few years makes a clean break and moves on. I say more power too him for removing himself from being the buttmonkey. Too bad it was his buttmonkey status that was keeping the world safe... (wow I said buttmonkey alot in this review lol)
Comments from author:
I really can't - and won't - argue with anything you said. ;-)
Review By [kdakmmt] • Date [13 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Epilogue One:" from DieselDriver
Comments from author:
One possible result of the separation.

I'm working on another possibility, as time and Real Life allow.
Review By [DieselDriver] • Date [23 Mar 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Epilogue One:" from Harbinger
I'm sorry to hear about you're wife, I hope you and you're family are coping well in this difficult time.
Comments from author:
Thank you for the kind words. They're much appreciated. My wife is doing somewhat better now, and things are looking up.
Review By [Harbinger] • Date [17 Dec 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Epilogue One:" from Studyofchaos
Well.... i guess neither side really got what they wanted. Except for the PTB, they must have been happy to see the backside of Xander. Too bad it didn't work out for them either. Hope your wife is better soon and that your stones either get a rest or some fun times. Of course, you could grow to like the sensation and that would be bad too....
Comments from author:
My opinion is that the PTB end up with squat regarding Earth, since everything is now ashes and burnt out ruins. And that's pretty much all that those putzes deserve.

And thanks for the kind words. My wife is doing better, and we expect/hope that things will be getting better in the future.
Review By [Studyofchaos] • Date [12 Dec 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Epilogue One:" from bradsan
I would say good riddance. How can he judge Buffy about Spike while he is dating a former demon who did had a soul while committing her crimes. Willow will hopefully turn back to that sweet girl with a mind of her own and not afraid showing it.

Xander is a jealous, pathetic, cheating and hypocrite person who needs to learn the world isn't just black and white. And needs to learn that others have a life of their own and don't need his control to live it.

Edit: like Xander could kill Anya after all her kills and Willow when she skinned a human still alive and tried to end the world. So Xander is excused but Buffy isn't. doesn't seems fair to me. Anyanka and Willow had both their souls when they did the killing. I never understood the soul part. It's a choice you make the soul doesn't make any difference.

I don't think loving some one doesn't stops after three months. Shows that Buffy is also human and has human feelings. And she did kill Angel at the end or send him to hell. Xander had more demon lovers than all the others. Willow had a werewolf as her lover. They all have their share of demonic lovers. Anya killed more humans than Angel and Spike ever could together and both times she chooses to be a demon and loved being it.
Being a slayer she needs a strong person to cope with her otherwise she has to hold back all the time or she would break them. And another thing nobody can decide for you who you can love or not. Spike and Buffy used each other and if they are alright with it nobody has the right to judge them about it. In the end he gave his life for her/them. It's the grey part everybody forgets.

A well this will always be an issue because we all have, thank god, our own thoughts about certain things and that's what we call a mind of our own.

Still love your stories and read them even when I don't agree with everything. I still love to read them. So good job on your account.
Comments from author:
If anyone is a hypocrite here, it is Buffy, who is on record as refusing to stake Angelus when the opportunity was available after she managed (with significant help from Xander) to destroy the Judge at the Sunnydale Mall fiasco, as well as refusing to let anyone else even attempt to do so when she failed to perform her duty.

Screwing a vampire - which is actually nothing more than a demon wearing a dead body as a meat suit is not something that any rational or intelligent person would do. Taking up with a second vampire - who had spent the previous several years either attempting to kill everyone involved with the Scooby Gang, betraying them to their primary enemy during their freshman year of college, then stalking her and having a sexbot made in her image does little to foster the image of Buffy as either sane or someone worthy of the devotion she demanded. She didn't even have the excuse that 'he has a soul' (which she used to justify her 'dating' Angel) when she was initially screwing Spike. Definitely not a very heroic image, is it?

And Willow was *never* a 'sweet girl.' She was portrayed from the very beginning of the series, as sneaky, scheming and manipulative, trying to acquire power any way she could manage, although she also lacked any sort of backbone.

Response to edit:

ALL of the Scoobies screwed up - repeatedly - but I don't see why Xander is typically held ot a higher moral standard than any of the others, simply because he the 'normal guy.' It stinks of hypocrisy to me.

In any event, you're right about everyone having their own opinions, and everyone is entitled to them.

Thanks for reading and reviewing.
Review By [bradsan] • Date [12 Dec 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Epilogue One:" from BlueEyedBrigadier
Not a completely unexpected result...the world exploding due a key linchpin (Xander) being missing. Now, whether S6 canon still managed to occur as we know it - Darth Rosenberg and the Temple of Prospexpina (sp?) - or some other horrible catastrophe - the Trio pulled out the really big guns or the Key energy still in Dawn was violently disrupted or Rack drained Willow and went on a rampage - happened, that's up to the reader I imagine. Still, this is a well-shaped ending, GW :P

On a personal note? You have my greatest sympathies due to your situation and you take all the time necessary to get re-oriented. Real Life is often a vindictive harridan and muddling through the temper tantrums is trying at the best of times. As a wise man noted "We're pullin' for ya...all in this together."

Comments from author:
The exact cause of this particular apocalypse is immaterial at this point in time, since there isn't anyone around to debate the matter anymore. ;-)

And thanks for the kind words. I greatly appreciate them.
Review By [BlueEyedBrigadier] • Date [11 Dec 13] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Epilogue One:" from Xovervore
Chapter One - Xander the self-pitying wanker.
Chapter Two - he gets the punishment he deserves (of course, so does everyone else, the deserving and the undeserving).
BTW, I like canon Xander, but dislike asshole Xander.
Comments from author:
I don't think that Xander is portrayed as nearly as self-pitying and bemoaning his fate as Buffy was constantly shown as being throughout the entire series. His objecting to being treated with contempt and abuse is not being an asshole. Had any of the women been treated that way and reacted in the same manner, it would be considered a positive action of standing up for themselves.

And since you like canon Xander, does that mean you support the generally misanthropic tone constantly displayed by the various female characters towards Xander? If a woman had been treated half as badly by any male character as Xander was treated by the various Buffy women, there would have been endless screaming about abuse and misogynistic attitudes. However, since it was a guy being treated in that manner, it was apparently okay.

Your attitude screams of hypocrisy with regard to the acceptability of various characters' behaviors.
Review By [Xovervore] • Date [11 Dec 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Epilogue One:" from (Recent Donor)Deamondeathstone
I wish you and your wife well.
Comments from author:
Thank you. I appreciate your concern and your compassion.
Review By [(Recent Donor)Deamondeathstone] • Date [11 Dec 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Epilogue One:" from atticus
It's brief and dark as fuck all but it is strangely funny in it's simplicity.
Comments from author:
Yes, it is quite dark, and I suppose it is fairly funny in an Addams Family humor sort of way. ;-)
Review By [atticus] • Date [10 Dec 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Epilogue One:" from PhantomGuyver
I'm sorry to hear about your wife, I hope you and your family are ok
Comments from author:
Thank you. Things are getting better, slowly but surely, and I very much appreciate your concern.
Review By [PhantomGuyver] • Date [10 Dec 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Epilogue One:" from mendal
If this was the temple there are two things, one they might not have foiled the armored car robbery which was what set warren off and two Xander not being on the scene when Buffy got shot means Tara might not have gotten hit.
Comments from author:
Given the degree of emotional instability Willow was shown displaying over the course of the season, pretty much anything could have been the triggering event that resulted in this particular mess.
Review By [mendal] • Date [10 Dec 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Epilogue One:" from Vilkath
Eh it could happen at any time, it wouldn't even take too much. Nor would it even have anything to do with the hell mouth and buffy. One of my favorite idea's was always that the wrong person learned of the supernatural at the wrong time. Usually some one high enough up on the political/military food chain to get a missile or nuclear strike called in on a demon infested town like Sunnydale, but not high enough up the chain to be 'in the know' and calm about it. Imagine your average pro Christian coming face to face wit the fact a major US city is infested with demons?

You can't tell me their first reaction wouldn't be to nuke the place... After all they wouldn't know, or heck even be able to tell that any 'good guy's exist.
Comments from author:
Yes, the idiom 'A little knowledge is a dangerous things' would apply very much in a situation such as this one.
Review By [Vilkath] • Date [10 Dec 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Epilogue One:" from wonderbee
Well, I'm sorry for what things are going on there with RL there, and hope that things will work out well. Now, I guess this was Willow raising the temple there, and for all the folk who say that Xander is nothing, I guess that may well show that yes, he was important as well, even if the show runners in the end decided to just poo on him till they couldn't see straight.
Comments from author:
Thanks for the good words. ;-)

And yes, Xander did form an integral - albeit, much denigrated and belittled - part of the Gang, and his absence would have a significant impact on how things might later evolve.
Review By [wonderbee] • Date [10 Dec 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Epilogue One:" from mojtaba
yes...yes....this is a true ending!!!! amazing.......
Comments from author:
Given the circumstances and the people involved - yes, it is quite plausible. ;-)
Review By [mojtaba] • Date [10 Dec 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Epilogue One:" from CPTSkip
Sorry about how RL is kicking you in the chops. I hope your life improves soon.

This 'downer' ending actually made me laugh. But I just might be a bit strange. I was obviously reminded of the ending of Cabin in the Woods so it was a very Jossian ending. Remember, let a smile be your umbrella and you will probably drown in the first heavy rain.
Comments from author:
Thanks for the compassion and sympathy - they're very much appreciated.

And I agree, that it is a very Joss-ish conclusion. ;-)
Review By [CPTSkip] • Date [10 Dec 13] • Not Rated
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