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Review of chapter "'Was there fine print I didn't see, or what?'" from Oblivion
Review:
A Buffy/Dawn story with plot and that doesn't make to light of what Buffy's reaction would be like? I love it! I hope that by finally actually remembering to review this that I can in some small way show my appreciation for the stories you write and the joy that reading them gives me. Looking forward to reading whatever story your Muse feels like inspiring next!
Review By [Oblivion] • Date [6 Jul 09] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "'Everything that isn't nailed down'" from JenosIdanian
Review:
moooooore.....plz :(
Review By [JenosIdanian] • Date [27 Mar 09] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "'Was there fine print I didn't see, or what?'" from Coralskipper
Review:
This is actually well done. I look forward to the next chapter.
Review By [Coralskipper] • Date [21 Mar 09] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "'Was there fine print I didn't see, or what?'" from Nomma
Review:
It's good so far. Definitely better than most Buffy/Dawn stories I've read.

The big question is, how long will it take Dawn to get Buffy around to her way of thinking?

Inquiring minds want to know.
Review By [Nomma] • Date [8 Mar 09] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "'Was there fine print I didn't see, or what?'" from rylanaj
Review:
This is excellent. I love the romance, rather than the typical PWP you usually get with this pairing. A PWP, while hot, just seems more... Surreal. This is more like you're taking it seriously.

Hope to see more!
Review By [rylanaj] • Date [20 Feb 09] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "'Everything that isn't nailed down'" from JenosIdanian
Review:
Eagerly awaiting a new chapter... :)
Comments from author:
I think I've just about come around to writing the next one.
Review By [JenosIdanian] • Date [16 Feb 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "'Everything that isn't nailed down'" from tealruby
Review:
A very nice story here, especially given the comic book's "what will Dawn turn into next" thing going on. Some nice prose and phrases too which work well to bring the plot to life. Looking forward to seeing how ready Buffy is when Dawn catches up to her :)
Comments from author:
Thank you.
Yes, I was trying to be a bit lyrical with things in this one; glad you think it works.

I think it's safe to say that Buffy will in no way be ready.
^_^
Review By [tealruby] • Date [14 Feb 09] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "'Was there fine print I didn't see, or what?'" from laoshi
Review:
I love your take on the traditional fairytale opening narration, particularly the well, stolen refrain. And your phrasing in the line "the unlocking of things was something for which she was uniquely well-equipped." is a refreshingly original way to state the hey Dawn's a key she can open stuff idea.

You strike a great balance between conveying the epic grand scale of the Fae magic and the key and Dawn's very personal very human story, grounded by her feelings for Buffy.

Dawn's reliving her time with Buffy as she reconciles herself to her immanent demise was wonderfully well done. The progression from the quiet domesticity moments between the two of them to Buffy literally laying down her life for her sister was just heart wrenching. Then in a Joss worthy move you undercut it with the really odd comment.

Half of forever is another great phrase. I really liked the description of the Fae magic as "ever renewed and reborn just as the world itself was reborn every day with the coming of the dawn." I've just finished reading The Last Mughal by William Dalrymple which is an excellent retelling of the 1857 Indian Mutiny (If you like history or travel literature or India read his stuff.) A Hindu ritual called Brahma Yagya is mentioned which is exactly what your talking about the celebration of the recreation of of the world each morning.

Dawn's Eeep is great. The self doubt very in character. You display the same wonderful talent for letting us the reader know what it's like to be human and not human in describing Dawn's transformation into a Fae as you have in other stories describing Buffy and Faith's slayerness. Everything is just so well thought out from the unnatural grace, the fey beauty, the height change, the body glitter and the all important down sides like the aversion to iron. Lots of authors in describing a similar transformation would fail to work through genuine emotional reactions to each facet of a characters new powers or fail to work out the drawbacks of such a transformation. Fortunately that's something we never have to worry about with you.

Dawn's inadvertent EMP very Willowesque. Buffy surprising Dawn at the bedroom door great touch. Dawn's observations about Buffy just getting better at hiding her apathy just heart breaking. Dawn becoming a big blob yogurt just plain funny.

The buildup and revelation of Dawn's new wings superb and Dawn's comment as being a slightly bigger version of Anya's figurines hilarious.

You mentioned in comments on chapter two of heroes and villains that you've already done Buffy's consternation about finding out someone is attracted to her in other stories. That particular idea is wonderfully executed in this chapter. Buffy's blurring in response to Dawn's advances is simply marvelous. Dawn's ready or not line was a surprisingly funny ending to a great chapter.

Reading this story while having Heroes and Villains on my mind makes me really want to see a Fuffy addition to your parallels series which also features Dawn and Buffy in the more traditional sisterly relationship. You have an excellent grasp on Dawn's character and it goes without saying (although apparently I feel the need to write it anyway) that you have a deep understanding of Faith and Buffy's characters. Watching the three of them interact would be very interesting.
Review By [laoshi] • Date [8 Feb 09] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "'Was there fine print I didn't see, or what?'" from TheatricalBarrister
Review:
Loved the update, and what happened to Dawn. As she was sinking down through the floor, I found myself wondering, "But what about the nails in the floor and the framing? Those are *definitely* iron!"

So, she can dust, kinda like Tinkerbell. Speaking of Tinkerbell, if you haven't read any of the Hollows books by Kim Harrison, one of the main characters is a Fairy, and he uses Tinkerbell's name to swear, and occasionally grumbles about "Tink" being Disney's whore.

I really like the way this story is shaping up. Definitely seems to be more complex than just a Buffy/Dawn PWP that it seemed like it might be from your warnings. ;-)
Comments from author:
--"But what about the nails in the floor and the framing? Those are *definitely* iron!"--

::Waves arms frantically at you::
Shhhh!!! You're not supposed to worry about that, it's FICTION!!!
^_^

Seriously, though, I really did realize that as I wrote it. When she comes out of the ceiling downstairs she's going to be going 'Owowowow owie!' because of the lil' bits of iron nails in the subflooring. When she's insubstantial, though, it's only painful to encounter iron, not injurous (if that's a word).

And yes, I can't write a straightforward OR short fic to save my life, apparently.

I will definitely investigate the books you mention, also.
Do you read the 'Wildcards' novels? Peter Pahn, with his 'tinks' is another subversion of the tinkerbell character.
Review By [TheatricalBarrister] • Date [3 Feb 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "'Was there fine print I didn't see, or what?'" from LunasMeow
Review:
Just checked back after you posted Heroes and Villains at BnF and saw that you updated. GLad to see it! Didn't expect Dawn to turn into a full fledged fearie though... Huh, trying to adjust the image in my mind to her new height and looks. As for the fic itself, yeah, I definitely see Buffy thinking that her sister is posessed by something as true. Especially since she's suddenly coming onto her. Awkward to say the least. Liking the powers you gave Dawn, and wondering if she really is still all "key-ish" now that she's changed, even though she seems to think so. About the doorknobs though, isn't it just iron and steel and such that hurts the fearie? They can touch silver and gold and such right? It's been awhile (a few years actually) since I've read anything on them/with them so maybe my memory isn't so fresh... or the Summers just use "cold" metal doorknobs.

*edit* And my b-day is coming up so as a loyal reader and reviewer I demand an update of something by Feb. 9!

...Ok I don't *demand* it, but it'd be nice of you...

Off to read the aforementioned Heroes and Villains now.
Comments from author:
::Didn't expect Dawn to turn into a full fledged fearie though... ::

Ha! NO one expects the Faeish Inquisition!!!
^_^

Re: Doorknobs--Yes, just iron and steel; for the purposes of this story I'm assuming that whatever random metal is in those knobs is ironish (as opposed to brass).

B-day: An update of 'something'? Well, I can probably manage something as vague as that for ya, sure!
'Cause I'm as nice as possible. Usually.
Review By [LunasMeow] • Date [31 Jan 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "'Was there fine print I didn't see, or what?'" from PATM
Review:
Fantastically satisfying revelations. Buffy is done so much better here, as it should be. Books vs
TV/movies - no contest. Dawns efforts to connect at times hilarious and heart breaking and I
reveled in your descriptions of events and actions of the Scoobies. I'm wondering if Willow will
have trouble with her ego much longer. Tara is so completely in love her presence is an ego stroke...yuck. I recall in the series that Spike was disgusted with Willow's actions. This isn't spuffy(thank god) but he would be handy for the reading of the riot act to them all.
Comments from author:
Rewatching the first few eps of Season Six, I'm struck by how little I have to stretch things to get to where Dawn is in this story. She was really, REALLY desperately alone and messed-up after Buffy died.
Willow and Tara come into this in the next chapter or two, yes.
Spike? I honestly hadn't considered that at all, but yes, he would definitely have some input.
Hmm.
Review By [PATM] • Date [14 Jan 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "'Was there fine print I didn't see, or what?'" from JenosIdanian
Review:
Yay you finally updated! AMAZING chapter, just as I Knew it would be. Cant wait for the next one and i hope its sooner rather than later!
Comments from author:
^_^!
Next one will show up... um... when the stars are in their proper alignment....
And stuff.
Review By [JenosIdanian] • Date [8 Jan 09] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "'Was there fine print I didn't see, or what?'" from FridayMooN
Review:
Hi!

I'm really liking this story. I think you captured Buffy's state of being really well. The in-depth relationship between Buffy and Dawn was what I hoped for Season Six of the show. I'm glad that this story is heading down that road. I don't find it weird/icky that Dawn is in love with Buffy. Thank you for writing this story! I just had to register and let you know that this has been a great story so far.

I was curious about what you thought about the Buffy/Satsu comic thing and I read your note ^_^
Comments from author:
Glad you're enjoying it!
The Dawn/Buffy thing did scare me at first, with the potential for weird/icky, but the more I work with it, the less that seems to even be an issue. Certainly I'm gratified that so many readers are following the story, instead of throwing stones at me.

Buffy/Satsu: Joss made me so happy for going there... and then so incredibly pissed that he felt the need to frantically backpedal to every media outlet he could find, and say that it meant nothing, that it was causual experimentation that wouldn't change anything or anyone, to please just ignore it and move on....
"Grrrr" doesn't really cover it.
(But I'll do it anyway: Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!)
Review By [FridayMooN] • Date [6 Jan 09] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "'Was there fine print I didn't see, or what?'" from soulfulone
Review:
very very interesting....considering Dawn isn't really a true sibling....is there really an incest factor?...you've snagged my attention...play on
Review By [soulfulone] • Date [6 Jan 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "'Was there fine print I didn't see, or what?'" from Tempi
Review:
Great chapter. I hope Dawn is more succesfull in her next attempt to woo Buffy. I look forward to the next chapter.
Comments from author:
I'm thinking the third chapter will be the charm (so to speak), in Dawn's attempt to succeed with the woo.
Review By [Tempi] • Date [5 Jan 09] • Rating [9 out of 10]
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