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Review of chapter "The bad news" from Vorchan
Amazingly, for a man who's pretty anti-gay-sex, I actually like and agree with Tara in this chapter! I have to admit, she's right- it Would be rape!
I am currently in a local community college as a student in this stage in my life, not this very second, but enrolled, and the rules are pretty much in line with traditional Christian teaching in reference to consent issues, which is what Miss Maclay is talking about here- consent, true consent, true Informed consent! And it can't be given in such a case as this, why? Because they will die if they don't, and their Friends and Families will die too if they don't! There's NO consent there at all- true consent that is!
Further, I agree with Joyce, they pretty much have to turn a slayer into a prostitute,- but an unpaid one! She has to commit the marital act with Everybody else in the room, basically!
If I were to be talking to Tara about this, due to her intellectual nature, I think she'd comprehend what I mean Pretty Quickly and would say when I say that I am afraid of losing my virginity "You're a good man, I sure wish more guys were like that, the world would be a nicer place."- yeah, she's a gentle woman all in all, she would say such a thing. Especially after I explain my views on How and Why she's right about consent and such.
This sis a well written chapter, Sir or Ma'am!
Review By [Vorchan] • Date [3 Sep 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Sealed and delivered" from DarthTenebrus
Hahahaha.....sealed and delivered indeed! Faith is vindicated, Anya gets a new business, and Tony....

What can be said about good ole Tony, hmhmhmhm....passed out from fear first, did he? And the contract was a confession, how poetic. ..

Now, seeing as I've lost track some point along the way, I would ask how close the ritual is to completion?
Comments from author:
I might have to take a moment somewhere in future, like...'meanwhile, in prison...Tony screams...'

Sure, it jumps around in time a lot, easy to lose track - they're up to day 5 (1 being when Giles broke the news). So only remaining participants are Tara, Dawn and Buffy and then it's go time - but as all three involve a bunch of heavy-duty feelings etc will probably be a good few chapters in it.
Review By [DarthTenebrus] • Date [30 Jul 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Sealed and delivered" from ChefJackButler
I have to admit to feeling a strange interest in a story involving Anya as manager of the Shithole Motel, slowly improving it so its not so much of a slum. Odd, I know.

EDIT: Got to go with Midday Movie, believe it or not. I think that one has the best potential.
Comments from author:
I swear I could write about four different stories about it...

Dangerous Minds style:
"Working all her life in major cities, Anya Jenkins thought she knew everything about good customer service. When she leaves her high-paying consulting role to rejuvenate a small-town motel, she finds that not all customers are the same. Can she convince the residents of the Shithole motel that her intentions are genuine and that their home can be saved?"

Midday Movie:
"After being stood up at the altar, Anya Jenkins needs a change. The Shithole Motel was not what she had in mind. But when local businessman Rupert Giles promises the holiday of her choice if she can turn a profit managing the Shithole, it may be worth putting up with the hermit in 208, the ritualistic orgies in 209, and the cloven hoof-prints that turn up overnight in the gardens. Anya may even discover that the change you plan isn't always the change you need."

Horror flick:
"Blonde bombshell Anya Jenkins needed somewhere to work and somewhere to live. A position managing the motel on the edge of town seems like an answer to her prayers - until she starts hearing rumours about what happened to the previous owner and finds bloodstains in the bedroom. She wanted to laugh it off as superstition, but then...what's causing the occasional unearthly glow in 209? Did she really see a silhouette of horns on an inhuman form in the window of 115? And will she live long enough to find out?"

90's comedy:
"Former Soviet assassin and spy Anyanka Svetruska thought becoming the manager of a small town motel would be the perfect cover. But she didn't count on the wacky crew of tenants who have made it a point of pride to drive off every manager before her. Will Faith's pranks, Simon's costumes or the Old Man's stare uphold their record, or will the frustrated assassin kill them first?"
Review By [ChefJackButler] • Date [30 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Sealed and delivered" from Hecatonchires
Loved the Minotaur.
Comments from author:
Thanks! Faith's probably lucky....or maybe unlucky....that he wasn't there to help when the crew failed to prevent the hellmouth opening, he's one big boy.
Review By [Hecatonchires] • Date [30 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Sealed and delivered" from Oxnate
Giles spoke up. “I believe you requested standard fucking, oral and anal, all bareback – at least three times each.” -- Threw back my head and laughed. Great line!
Comments from author:
Just enough (metaphorical) rope to hang himself :)
Review By [Oxnate] • Date [29 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Sealed and delivered" from MistofRainbows
I'm glad that Faith could stop herself from going overboard. Far better to let him rot in prison than to have his death on her conscience.
Comments from author:
Yeah...whole ritual thing is probably challenging her 'new leaf' enough without adding a new murder to it all, no matter how much of a scumbag he is. Happy you felt it didn't go too far!
Review By [MistofRainbows] • Date [29 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Sealed and delivered" from Ltlconf

Oh so satisfying and gloriously funny!

And nice job with being harder on herself than is justified under the circumstances...I would've been enjoying myself immensely for one, and not shy 'bout it t'all. And good of Giles to subtly remind her that she DID show admirable restraint. Me, I'd done worse. Far worse.
But then, I'm not a nice person. A good person I hope...but nice I'm not. Faith showed herself to be a basically good and nice person here. Good for her!

As for Lisbeth's revenge, well, the author has said point blank she's a functional sociopath so it's very in character for such a person. Look the description of the classification up...frighteningly Giles sorta fits. I think had Faith not been involved Simon woulda been there for than just a scare.... Fits Giles' past actions when you think on it! Man can shockingly and coldly ruthless when angered or he feels justified, then sleeps well at night.

The Cracker!
Comments from author:
Hi! Thanks for your feedback... I reckon knowing what Tony has coming in prison after what she saw going on there herself probably helped her stop - knowing that he won't be getting any easy ride.

I suppose at the time torturing Wesley probably seemed justified, and now it may be as if she can't trust her own judgement. It doesn't really help that she sees Buffy and Giles as doing the right thing...when even the two of them have very different ideas about what's right.

Like you say, Giles has some very grey area moments...and yeah I can definitely see him arranging for Simon (or a more mindless demon) to actually do as threatened.

If they hadn't needed to avoid police and continue using the same room I could see him keeping Faith out of the loop entirely and arranging for Tony to just disappear!
Review By [Ltlconf] • Date [29 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Sealed and delivered" from (Recent Donor)DaveTurner
Another great chapter, so many good things its hard to pick out the best part.

And Anya as the new Motel manager...priceless.

Comments from author:
"too many good things to choose from" is just as good a compliment as needing a cold shower! thanks, glad it was enjoyable - nice to be able to write one of the villains getting their comeuppance.

I can just imagine Anya lecturing Giles about the importance of diversifying his business portfolio, and he sees good ol' Tony as a means to shutting her up :)
Review By [(Recent Donor)DaveTurner] • Date [29 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Sealed and delivered" from (Current Donor)Truthmaker
He signed a confession and signed away the hotel? Guess he really was distracted. :-)

Couldn't have happened to a more deserving fellow.
Comments from author:
Well we are talking about Faith, here... :)

To be honest I had this whole explanation involving a 'simple glamour spell on the documents' that I just forgot to put in. Maybe I'll reference it later...but you know...a mixture of overconfidence and distraction might be sufficient.

The good thing about one-dimensional villains is they're satisfying to punish!
Review By [(Current Donor)Truthmaker] • Date [29 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Sealed and delivered" from (Current Donor)DeepBlueJoy
Nicely done. Simon sounds like a nice (but terrifying looking) guy.



I'm much happier now I know that they didn't actually facilitate rape. I'm find I'm fine with threatening that little prick with all sorts of horrible things.
Comments from author:
Thanks! Yeah, that was as close as I wanted to get to poetic justice under those circumstances. It seemed perfect for him to fear that they were just as brutal as he is but as you say actually arranging for him to be raped would be too much. As much as this is only a story, a lot of it is about how sex can be used or mis-used.

Lizbeth's revenge in Girl with a Dragon Tattoo leapt to mind, but Faith had grown and changed a lot since Tony took advantage of her and I just couldn't see her doing that.

There might be a wrap-up conversation with Giles somewhere in her future that goes into that in some more detail if it fits in...maybe they can do tea with Simon and Celia after the apocalypse is sorted :)
Review By [(Current Donor)DeepBlueJoy] • Date [29 Jul 14] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Navigation" from (Current Donor)Truthmaker
Spike & Dawn's conversation was just excellent. Of course she would ask him. He's always been her go to guy for "forbidden knowledge".

And I can't wait to find out what Tony actually signed, Faith's distraction was no doubt specifically timed to keep him from reading what Giles put in front of him. My guess is he just confessed to Statutory Rape.
Comments from author:
A blank cheque? Although he probably wouldn't have enough money for it to be worth it... :)

It was probably a good call on Dawn's part not to ask Xander about The Lesbians...his canon response would likely be to just tune out and go to his happy place. I guess one of the unforeseen benefits of a formerly-evil babysitter/friend like Spike is he never really saw the need to sugarcoat things - definitely the right 'forbidden knowledge' guy

Thanks for reading & commenting!
Review By [(Current Donor)Truthmaker] • Date [28 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Navigation" from Ltlconf

Ah, I see that Tara has won out in your head when it comes to the 'shipping side of things. Happy with it. Was kinda hoping for Dawn, as her poor character was doomed to perpetual dateless-ness, much less relationships, throughout her run on the show.
Oh well, Tara is another fave for me. She deserves to have someone who truly appreciates her and Faith will do so, mainly because Tara is better than anything or anyone that she's had before. Thus, will truly appreciate the woman, never taking Tara or what they can have for granted.
Plus I can hope Dawn will gain both confidence and an understanding of who she is and wants through her experience with Faith, and thus gain some happiness in time.

The conversation between Dawn and Spike was hilarious! The blunt truth that the internet and male fascination with lesbians don't mix well when it comes to facts, and the way Spike put it, was so cool.

Good sex scene between Faith and Tara: Sexy and loving at the same time, and that's not always easy to pull off.

Looking forward to Giles and Faith's little meeting with Harry concluding next post...and concluding with a huge beat down! That will be entertaining....

Excellent observation woven into the story on the differences between Willow and Tara when it comes to magic: Willow uses magic to try and control events, Tara uses it to try and deal with them. Insightful and hell, and kudos for it. I could've never summed it up so succinctly.

The Cracker!
Comments from author:
It's good you're not too disappointed with it being's definitely true what you say about Dawn not really having much luck in the love department, and I sort of hate the idea of her and Xander together in the comics, even though I like both characters.

In the end, the tension caused in the Willow/Tara/Faith triangle by Faith and Tara worked too well with the rest of the story to pass up. I could have done something similar with Faith/Dawn by making Buffy the antagonist, but Willow also worked well in terms of Season 6 in general.

Still, as you say, Faith/Tara works too, and it's always satisfying to see either or both of them have someone who treats them right.

I suspect Spike's sage advice about lesbians was hard-won...possibly through being turned down as a potential voyeur a half-thousand times!

Thanks for the kudos, it's such a perfect cast of characters for investigating relationships in so many ways that I feel like I could think about it for years without considering everything Joss Whedon and the other writers put in there.

Thanks again for the feedback
Review By [Ltlconf] • Date [27 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Navigation" from (Recent Donor)DaveTurner
Loved the discussion between Dawn and spike.

I wonder if Tony sighed a document agreeing to cease to exist, I expect I'll find out in a few days.


PS, Re Oxnate's comment; as a Brit I'd have said, that 'they were all different from each other'. However, I don't think it really matters.
Comments from author:
Thanks heaps for the recommendation!

As far as their conversation - Spike's references to the internet were partially inspired by your comments on Dawn finding porn designed for men, it seemed too true not to work it in somehow.

A document of that type would definitely make dealing with human trouble-makers a whole lot easier...although would be even scarier than Willows or Anya's powers.

As far as different than/from/to...yeah, maybe it's more or less noticeable or common depending on which parts of either America or the UK you hail from. I was worried about annoying Americans with British spelling, but I think I'm annoying the British by misrepresenting them. On the other hand, if those are the worst mistakes I'm making, I'm relieved! Still, good to hear a couple of different people's thoughts on things I may not have noticed, anyway.
Review By [(Recent Donor)DaveTurner] • Date [27 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Navigation" from DarthTenebrus
I'm thinking Tara's ministrations have taught the Dark Slayer a thing or two about compassion and respect. So naturally, she's started rather harshly with dealing out Tony's comeuppance, which I do hope takes quite a long time in the dealing.

Oh, this rather disagreeable pillock/berk/what have you wouldn't happen to have the last name of Harris, would he? I know, it's a stretch given the man's alcoholism, but during his more sober moments, would it not be so plausible as that?
Comments from author:
Yeah, I reckon confronting Tony may come as a very unwelcome reminder of the past after spending a night in Tara's company - although this would be one of the situations where violent revenge may be appropriate!

Hey that's an definitely wasn't something I planned but makes for perfect head-cannon! (Although Xander, like Faith, would probably wish the guy had met a violent end about four years earlier)
Review By [DarthTenebrus] • Date [27 Jul 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Navigation" from (Current Donor)DeepBlueJoy
The warm between sex... I like it!

I really liked this chapter. Dawn and Spike's conversation. Faith and Giles' collaboration and of course, Tara and Faith's connection.

I fear Willow's reaction when she realizes she's lost her love and Faith of all people may be building a future with her. Please don't let her hurt them. Please let Buffy, Xander and the others surround and protect Tara and Faith from Willow's crazy controlling behavior. I hope Willow will be redeemed, of course, but more than that, I hope that Tara and Faith will be protected, accepted and loved.

As for the evil Tony.... well, I can't wait to see him get his comeuppance. What will transpire with the documents he's signed? It might be awkward if these were to fall into the hands of cops.

I can't wait for the next chapter. Very much looking forward to what comes next, though I'm not eager for your story to end.


Comments from author:
Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed it (especially after the posting delay) - I feel like, in retrospect, I could have edited this chapter and the previous one together better, but oh well...hindsight is 20/20, and all that.

I had a Giles moment as I read your fears about Willow...I was going to say, 'of course, I would never let Willow hurt Faith or Tara!'...before realising I already had. But I do believe in happy endings, at least.

There should still be a good few chapters to go - dealing with Tony, Tara's session, Dawn's session, Buffy's session, the closing of the hellmouth, dealing with Willow...and hopefully some feelings and comedy in between! But good to hear it's been entertaining or interesting enough to cause that kind of dilemma for you :)

Thanks for the feedback
Review By [(Current Donor)DeepBlueJoy] • Date [27 Jul 14] • Rating [9 out of 10]
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