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Review of chapter "Chapter One" from gaulty
Good chapter , byes
Review By [gaulty] • Date [16 Feb 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from SandraD
I really enjoyed what you did here. I'd definitely be interested in reading a sequel. I can see Gibbs showing up on Xander's doorstep after he finally uncovers the truth. Because, no matter how much his gut is telling him that it's something that he'd want to unlearn, Jethro Gibbs would not back away from what little he's been told.
Review By [SandraD] • Date [26 Jan 14] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from Downery
Cool short story but I do prefer the ones where Gibbs is put in his place. Die hard Ncis fan but even us fans have to admit there's hundreds of times we just throw our hands up at the things Gibbs and team get away with.
Comments from author:
Thanks! And yeah: Gibbs (and his team) can get away with some pretty ridiculous things. But I always liked the ones where someone makes Gibbs back down. (I think one of my all-time favorites was Tony telling Gibbs to take it down a notch regarding Ari.) They're not putting him in his place so much as forcing him to realize on his own that he's out of line.
Review By [Downery] • Date [26 Jan 14] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from MERains
I am squealing with joy for your story. You blew my mind with the idea that the government is forcing the Scoobies to maintain silence from government agencies in regards to the work they do. This wonderfully written, beautifully in character. Thank you so much for sharing.
Comments from author:
Thank you! This scene sort of took over my head for a bit so I had to write it down and get it to go into other people's heads. :-)
Review By [MERains] • Date [21 Jan 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from LordCorwin
Excellent. A very unique approach to the "other side". I would go out on a limb and say, the agents in black, KNOW about the "other side", yes? If you wrote another, I'd be sure to read it as well.
Comments from author:
Thanks. And yeah, the agents in black know, but are carefully selected to be the type who can know and still not get involved.
Review By [LordCorwin] • Date [2 Jan 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from (Recent Donor)TubbsMcGee
This can't be a one off! No! I won't let you!

*Someone else whispers from off Screen*

What? What do you mean I don't have the power to force people to write Sequels to their own fanfic? But... But...

*Sigh* Fine! It was a good story though, and a sequel with Xander interacting with the rest of the team would be cool...

Keep up the good work!
Comments from author:

Of course, I don't restrict anyone else from making their own sequels to my work. *whistles innocently*

I'm glad you enjoyed it!
Review By [(Recent Donor)TubbsMcGee] • Date [1 Jan 14] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from wdlwbt
This was really good. Thanks :)
Review By [wdlwbt] • Date [31 Dec 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from (Recent Donor)nerfherder
Good plothook and twist.
Review By [(Recent Donor)nerfherder] • Date [30 Dec 13] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from SlykeDB
I read this and my immediate response was why was Xander even there. He did nothing but whine about his inability to talk about a case and backup, while slayers were acually busy fighting WHILE he was there complaining. If this was after the fact and one of the girls got hurt or before the fact where a detective might be useful finding them, I'd be more understanding. Hell slip the guy an email after the fact if you want to let him in... but they don't actually want to tell him.

The scoobies great experiences with cops yelling at them Stein coming to mind just blowing him off and getting on with life seems the far better option.

The fic read like... "Love to tell you, but even if I did you'd want in and I don't actually want to deal with you and yours trying to help and getting in the way.... If you weren't type of person that would get in the way, then you wouldn't be ranting at me."

And still trying to figure out the "price of secrets"... slayers saved the kid, so Gibbs' pride? Autonomy from the government?

I suppose this is a bit negative but all I heard was whining and I have a low tolerance for that.
Comments from author:
I'm sorry you didn't enjoy the story and I can see how it could across as just a lot of whining. I was intending to show that the Scoobies had cut a deal with the government and while neither side of on-the-ground troops were particularly happy with this deal (Gibbs couldn't participate, and Xander couldn't allow him to), they would both go along with it because it was actually for the best.

Gibbs isn't the type to get in the way and Xander knows this, but he is the type to get drawn into the Scoobies' mission and be tempted to leave NCIS to save the world and the government knows that. The government wants to make sure it keeps its people alive and working their jobs. In exchange, Xander makes sure that his people get the best information about their missions and full immunity during and after the fact.

It's a reasonable deal, but it's still a compromise on both sides and they still needed to get some yelling done to let off steam. The price of secrets (in my opinion) is a whole lot of frustration but also added value: secrets create something trade-able.

Anyway, thank you for reviewing even if you didn't like the story.
Review By [SlykeDB] • Date [30 Dec 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from Xovervore
Interesting story; and Xander has provided a loophole Gibbs can use if he really wants to know more.
Comments from author:
*grin* Oh yes: A loophole and a warning to not go through it.
Review By [Xovervore] • Date [29 Dec 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from SlowMercury
Very nice, thought provoking take! It's true that you do sometimes read stories where the Scoobies are keeping secrets almost unnecessarily, and in the show they really did just tell anyone who asked (and who didn't have any authority to arrest/otherwise hinder their activities). This does make sense as a better reason for them to not share information. (And I loved the idea of them having power points, and pamphlets and the like to help break the magic news. It's funny but also effective, which is really the Scoobies all over.)

It seems like a horrible deal for the Scoobs, though; no backup for the Slayers, and the MIB seemed perfectly happy to leave Xander to Gibbs' mercy, although I guess they did pull weapons when Gibbs actually touched him. And really, you'd hope that the government would grant the Council group immunity for handling world-saveage type stuff, especially if it's stuff they're not willing to risk their own agents on.

Were they up against vampires here? Because vamps are the most common danger of the supernatural world, but Xander's explanation that they might have to kill the 10 year old made it sound more like an infection or magical hate plague or something. I'm glad that it worked out, though.

Anyway, great job with this.
Comments from author:

I don't think it's not a particularly bad deal for the Scoobies, just frustrating at times. It makes Xander mad when they run into a good team like Gibbs', that would be really useful to use. But it evens out when they can exclude bad teams. And it definitely works in their favor in the long run because he gets to requisition all of the best information that's been gathered about their hunts. Plus, his people don't have to worry about being arrested by the local law enforcement.

And the agents-in-black know better than to try to protect Xander. *grin* He doesn't need protection from the agents he runs across -- he's dealt with bigger and badder on his own before.

And yeah, I was thinking vampires in this case. Xander isn't sure if the missing kid was turned or not. If he was turned, then he'll be dusted, but Xander can't really talk about walking corpses so he talks about vampirism as if they're still alive.

Anyway, thanks for the wonderful review.
Review By [SlowMercury] • Date [29 Dec 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from TheMaskedLurker

I'm with the others.
I like this interaction
Between the two shows.

-[ Having "the Man" being the "bad guy" here in a jurisdiction fight between the NCIS and BtVS characters is novel. I appreciate that. Rather than "Sunnydale Syndrome" or the characters from BtVS actively cleaning up, it's the bureaucracy of the US government that is enforcing the not-knowing of those not in-the-know. Kudos for your neat idea and its execution. ]-
Comments from author:
Thanks! And yeah, I imagine "Sunnydale Syndrome" is still a thing, but the government is sure doing its best to help it along. *grin*
Review By [TheMaskedLurker] • Date [29 Dec 13] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from Misty
That was goooooooooooooooooooood! Thank you.
Review By [Misty] • Date [29 Dec 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from RockyWilliams
I really enjoyed this. I've read a ton of stories, for NCIS and other shows, where the NWC (or whatever they're being called) comes in and takes over. Presidential authority and all that, nothing the agents can do. But it always seems like it's the Scoobies that want to keep the others in the dark. But the government saying "No, they can't learn anything from you. They can learn from any other source and that's fine, but just not from you." is the kind of screwy governmental bureaucracy that I can picture happening. And Xander's reaction is just what I picture their reaction would be.
Comments from author:
Thanks! And yeah, the idea for this story came in response to the various stories I've read where the Scoobies are trying to keep the secret. It just strikes me that they never really try to keep secrets like that in the show, but instead are constantly struggling against people ignoring the truth. The government trying to ensure that the one group that can provide a full explanation with proof doesn't do so, is their way to not having to deal with the fall-out of demons becoming general knowledge.
Review By [RockyWilliams] • Date [29 Dec 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from Amberdrake
I like it. Something else in this continuity would be nice. Maybe Gibbs and his team meet another team who met Xander.
Comments from author:
Thanks! If I do write a sequel, I'm currently thinking that DiNozzo knows more than he's admitted do, what with his fear of vampires.
Review By [Amberdrake] • Date [29 Dec 13] • Not Rated
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