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Review of chapter "Chapter 29: Mommy Dearest" from BuffyKaibaHunt
Review:
Neat! Very awesome, as well as very well-written, too. :) I like it, especially this part:

"Please, ma'am," interrupts the lawyer before things can get too out of hand, "if you would please take a seat we can get this over with."

"Whatever," says my mother checking me out and I try to hold still. "So, you think you are such hot shit now, don't you? You think that you're so much better than me."

I bite my lip to keep myself from answering, knowing that I can't afford to react, not if I don't want to piss her off even more, so she goes on.

"What? You are playing miss goody two shoes now, keeping your nose clean and your legs closed? Do they know who you are? Do they know *WHAT* you are or do you have them fooled? I know you, Faith, I'm your mother but you just sit there looking down on me with your fancy clothes. You think it matters? Take the clothes away and underneath it all you are still the same little whore you've always been, the one who kept luring my men into her bed."

I can't help but look down at myself at that. Mrs. S took me shopping before the wedding, saying that she wanted me to have something nice to wear. At first I couldn't quite figure out why she insisted on getting me more than one outfit but I guess that even then she was planning this meeting. The thing is that going to the mall with her was more than a little weird and I felt totally out of place... no one had ever taken me shopping like that before and I didn't have a clue as to what in the heck I was supposed to be doing. I look down at myself but I still refrain from saying anything. What can I say? We've played this game often enough for me to know that no matter what I say or do I just can't win. I know it won't end until she tires of it and I know it will go on for that much longer if I try to fight back, if I give her something to respond to, so I just sit back and I listen to her going on and on.

I had no real illusions concerning my mom's feeling towards me before today --not really-- but it still kind of hurts... of course, that's nothing compared to what happens when she gives up on trying to pick up a fight with me and starts on G.

When she starts ranting about how he only wants me so that he can take me to his bed I begin to suspect that she won't really have to sign those papers after all, seeing how it is almost painfully obvious that if she doesn't shut up --and fast-- I'm only seconds away from actually becoming an orphan. I mean, I knew there was a serious ass-kicker hidden under all that tweed but I've never seen G so close to losing it before, not even when he was under the influence of that candy and he was trying to get us to beat up Ethan.

Trying not to draw too much attention to myself I place my hand on his and I shake my head, hoping that he'll get my meaning. I knew from the very beginning that this wasn't going to be pretty, but I didn't quite expect it to get this bad this quickly. I'm struggling not to respond, I know I can't run the risk of making her madder... not if I want her to sign those damn papers, and now I also have to worry about trying to keep G calm. It's not easy and I just wish she'd get it over with --after all, it's not like she actually wants me-- but she's taking her sweet time and that's driving me nuts.


You did an awesome job getting into Faith's head when it came to her mother and how she feels about her as well. :) (I fixed the misspelling of "seat" for you, of course.)
Keep up your super-neat, very creative and phenomenally beautiful writing! :)
Review By [BuffyKaibaHunt] • Date [17 Sep 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter 40: Enemy Mine" from RevDorothyL
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I've long wondered how season 3 might've gone differently if Giles and Joyce had found a reason to formalize their relationship after "Band Candy" instead of writing it off as an embarrassing anomaly. While I never imagined that scenario starting from an AU and very disturbing (Heart-breaking, actually) version of Buffy's runaway months, I can't help but be impressed and oddly comforted by what you built in the end -- most especially because of the brighter future it offered to Faith in season 3, with Giles as her father figure instead of the Mayor.

Well done!
Review By [RevDorothyL] • Date [27 Aug 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 1: Homecoming" from BuffyKaibaHunt
Review:
Very brilliant and awesome! :) I especially like this part:

And then it happens. Buffy snaps, doing the only thing she can to make them stop, shocking them all into silence with the words I *HADN'T* wanted to hear but had been dreading nonetheless... words that still reverberate in the sudden quiet that follows in their wake:

"No, you just expect me to come home and go back to being your sweet little girl, the one who doesn't know what it's like to have to spread her legs for a twenty, and I can't do it! I don't know how to *BE* her any more!"

Wow. Very neatly written and cool! :)
Review By [BuffyKaibaHunt] • Date [10 Jul 11] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter 14: Just Your Average (Dysfunctional) Family" from BuffyKaibaHunt
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Very brilliant and awesome chapter! :)

The thing is that lately I've found myself doubling as a tutor, seeing how both of them have had some trouble readjusting to school --which I guess is only natural. Luckily Buffy is almost back to her old self --and I know I can trust her under normal circumstances-- but with her SAT just a few days away I figured she could use the extra help. I know she's not serious when she claims to choose her answers based on frequency --and I know B was indeed the correct answer to the question I just posed her, even though she's trying to be flippant-- but I can't risk her blowing her SAT in an attempt to keep up her dumb-blonde facade. She is smart but she craves some sense of normalcy in her life and I do realize that --as is unfortunately the case with too many girls around here-- ever since she was born she has been relentlessly bombarded by a media that has taught her that dumb is 'cool' and only 'nerds' care about their studies.

How extraordinary! :)
Review By [BuffyKaibaHunt] • Date [18 Jun 11] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter 8: A Mother's Eyes" from BuffyKaibaHunt
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Awesome! :) Very well-written, creative and brilliant. :)

That's something I haven't really wanted to think about but I guess sooner or later I'm going to have to because she was right that night... before she left. I never wanted to see her thorn and bloodied clothes for what they were, I wanted to believe she was getting into fights because it was easier and the one time she tried to come to me, to us, what did we do? We betrayed her trust by placing her in a mental institution because we couldn't deal with what she was saying. I could try to excuse myself saying that it was more Hank's doing than my own, that we were doing what we thought was best for her, but the fact remains that all the good intentions we may have had won't ever change what we did to her back then... and when the truth slapped me in the face I blamed her for not trusting me, for keeping secrets when I was the one who had first refused to listen. I told her she needed help when she already knew what kind of help I had to offer and so she did the only thing she could do... she ran.

What would I have done if she had come home? I don't know, I'll never know, unfortunately life doesn't come with a rewind button. The damage has been done and there's nothing I can do about it but there's one thing I know for sure: things are about to change around here.

Wow. I agree with Joyce here on this one. Plus, philosophically speaking, Joyce was right in saying that, by placing Buffy in a mental institution, she and Hank betrayed Buffy's trust because they couldn't deal with what Buffy was doing her best to tell them about. Or maybe, they secretly knew Buffy was right, but chose to ignore it and thought Buffy had a psychosomatic illness (meaning they thought the vampires and the forces of darkness was something Buffy made up, that it was all in her mind).

Very intriguing! :)
Review By [BuffyKaibaHunt] • Date [19 Mar 11] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter 40: Enemy Mine" from FireWolfe
Review:
I would really love a sequel to this. Your working of the situation is perfect. It shows depth for all the characters.

Fire
Review By [FireWolfe] • Date [25 Nov 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 40: Enemy Mine" from (Current Donor)Ironbear
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Excellent story. I first discovered this on your home site along with Watcher's Son, and I'm glad to see it finished and posted here as well.
Review By [(Current Donor)Ironbear] • Date [3 Mar 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 40: Enemy Mine" from Jinxy
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this is really well written, i enjoyed reading a story from giles's point of view for a change. i loved that giles and joyce married and adopted faith, raising the girls together. i think it is only logical in actuality, even in the show, that someone should have adopted faith, or at the very least taken her in to live with them. if you think about it it's pretty horrible that none of the adults seemed to care that an obviously poor, emotionally disturbed girl is living alone in a sleazy apartment with no one to watch out for her. even if she was a slayer she was only sixteen. i hate your cliffhanger ending to be honest though- and it says in the show that faith's mom is dead? or did you just want to change that? i do like how you had buffy have to become a prostitute- i think it would make sense with her circumstances and be more realistic that she have a harder time dealing that she did in the show. plus it would make more sense that she and faith have a bond that way.
Review By [Jinxy] • Date [17 Feb 08] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 40: Enemy Mine" from CPTSkip
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This was a wonderful story with an emotionally satisfying ending, at least it was to me. The Giles family still had some things to work out, but we all know that the Slayer sisters and their parents would make it. I even thought Giles' idea of turning Ethan loose against the CoWs was just too perfect. I think this story is one I am going to read and reread in the future because it is just so darn good. I look forward to your next story with a great deal of anticipation. Thank you for sharing Friends & Foes with us readers.
Comments from author:
Thank you for your support as I worked on this story, I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it and that you liked the little twist at the end. The way I see it it is something that should enable Giles to get Ethan to leave Buffy and Faith alone and at the same time rid the Council of Travers and Co once and for all (they deserve it and I think that if someone can give them their due it is definitely Ethan).

As for future plans I have my next fic ("Under Alien Skies-Propagation") fully drafted though it's not a Buffy fic and it's not a crossover so I don't know if you are interested. The first chapter should be posted on Friday along with another story... and I'm also working on "Birds of a Feather" so I'm keeping myself busy.
Review By [CPTSkip] • Date [6 May 05] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 35: Moving Forward Back" from msand
Review:
I am really enjoying this story. I like the way you have written Faith and Buffy together.
Thanks for the work.
ms
Review By [msand] • Date [1 Apr 05] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 32: Marked for Death" from CPTSkip
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I agree with your opinions about the CoWs. They died too easily when the First Evil blew them all to Hell. I liked this update. Lol!
Review By [CPTSkip] • Date [18 Feb 05] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 31: Fitting Together Is Not as Easy as It Seems" from CPTSkip
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Oh the irony of it all! Lol! Who would have thought the problem relationship in the Giles family would be between Rupert and Joyce. Maybe they need to to go off for a romantic weekend/honeymoon without the girls? Is there any of the cursed chocolate left? Or maybe Faith really does need to buy them that book. Lol!
Review By [CPTSkip] • Date [12 Feb 05] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 29: Mommy Dearest" from CPTSkip
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What a freaking bitch! I hope she dies so Faith and Buffy can come to the bitch's funeral in matching red dresses.
Review By [CPTSkip] • Date [28 Jan 05] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 28: Of Things that Go Bump in the Night" from CPTSkip
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Poor Faith. I just hope her new family can give her the chance to be happy. BTW, I liked the "Mrs S/Mrs G" bit of confusion. Very Faith-like.
Review By [CPTSkip] • Date [22 Jan 05] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 27: Glimpses" from CPTSkip
Review:
Yet another sweet update to a wonderful story. Thanks again for sharing.
Review By [CPTSkip] • Date [15 Jan 05] • Not Rated
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