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Review of chapter "Pelau" from bucksavage
Review:
Linoleum. Yes I still remember Xander's line: "I'm 17, looking at Linoleum makes me wanna have of sex." Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending), that never lessens with age.

Xander giving Dawn advice, a nice touch; he does see a lot cause no one is usually watching him. It does get bad when the baddies catch him him looking.

The conversation between Sam and Xander...priceless! Simply priceless.

Jack bearing apologies and beer, Jon declaring his plans to marry Dawn. Wow.
Comments from author:
Yes, of course it doesn't change... fortunately, once you get a little older, the little soldier doesn't remind you about sex every five minutes.

Yes, well, Xander has always been wise about people and their needs. he's always seen inside his friends... it's often the fate of those with less power in relationships... probably why women have developed (as a rule) those skills more... but in the relationship with Buffy and Willow, he's outnumbered two to one by women and many to one in terms of power... he watches, he learns, he understands.

It's also why he's the first one to see just what's going on with Sam and Jack -- and given that he's just lost Anya, he transmits his sense of urgency to her. Glad you liked it!

Yeah, I blew your mind, huh? Excellent!
Review By [bucksavage] • Date [6 Jan 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Long and Winding Road" from bucksavage
Review:
Well well well, the shoe's on the other foot for the Buffster now ain't it? Turnabout is fair play.

Buffy has to learn to let go...she never really got that did she? The who series was her trying to hold onto things so tightly; her friends, her sanity, her life, her sister, her past, her future. Trouble is that if you hold something too tightly you either kill it or you lose it.
Comments from author:
Yes, and she's ready to stop being 'hellmouth' sister and let her sister grow up.

If you lived on the mouth of hell, would you feel comfortable letting your sister out of your sight? Especially if she was entrusted in you in order to prevent the end of the world? sometimes you hold it tightly to prevent it from being eaten... but now is time to let go... and good things are in the air!

Blue
Review By [bucksavage] • Date [6 Jan 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Deeper" from bucksavage
Review:
Well Buffy and Teal'c are well on their way to the land of smoochies, but what's this? A letter from Dawn saying she'll be late? Is it Tuesday? Do I hear trouble afoot?
Comments from author:
There will be trouble (eventually)... and it will even be double... when the time comes. This is the Buffyverse... and SG-1... how could there not be trouble? Just keep reading.

Blue
Review By [bucksavage] • Date [3 Jan 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "I put a spell on you – 'cause you're mine" from VillageOrchid
Review:
Interesting and exciting. I imagine they also broke Jasmine's thrall during that spell, so that even if they remember her, they won't feel all depressed by her rottingness being gone.
Comments from author:
They broke all sorts of things. But no, that wasn't one of the things they'd forgotten... they just weren't affected b/c they were too busy with the First Evil to watch Jasmine on TV! It will be interesting to see all that got broken, however! (big evil grin)

Blue
Review By [VillageOrchid] • Date [1 Jan 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "What you know is right..." from VillageOrchid
Review:
An interesting way to show elapsed time. Although I imagine some of it took place before they were in Colorado Springs (the re-naming of the council and Buffy and Faith being alternating co-chairs of the slayer-seat)?
Comments from author:
I went back and started to reread the chapter because I think maybe I've confused some people. Yes, time has elapsed and things have happened 'off screen', but none of it happened before they got to CO.
Review By [VillageOrchid] • Date [1 Jan 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Warrior's Heart" from VillageOrchid
Review:
Exposition heavy but heart good heart-fealt dialog and interactions.
Comments from author:
Writing Teal'c can be hard sometimes... Very glad the heartfelt part came through!

Thanks,

Blue
Review By [VillageOrchid] • Date [1 Jan 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Big Damn Heroes in Trouble" from VillageOrchid
Review:
Okay you redeem yourself by introducing "junior OC scoobies" by tying one culturally into the Angel series plot and also as examples of what else could possibly go on in a nexus of weirdness.
Comments from author:
:-) You have no idea how much I resisted posting this chapter! I did not want big, Mary-sueish OC characters taking over my story! But, my muse beat me over the head. I am glad it was partly redeemed. I'm still waiting to see what he intends to do with them. sigh. At least he let me start writing the story again.

Blue.
Review By [VillageOrchid] • Date [1 Jan 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "I put a spell on you – 'cause you're mine" from alynambered
Review:
I've got to admit that's the most involved and detailed Willow spell I've ever read. And the depth of the potential effects and consequences Willow took into account and prepared for, aren't usually addressed, either. Very entertaining story!!
Comments from author:
I hope it wasn't boring. I have to admit I like magic and over time, I've given more thought to it... IMO she needs to think about these things, however b/c WRH are scary and when she's dealing with them, she can't afford to take chances. Some of the magic on the show seemed to be quite complex. I'm very glad that you're entertained.

Blue
Review By [alynambered] • Date [1 Jan 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "I put a spell on you – 'cause you're mine" from CubsKing
Review:
Awesome sorry. Can't wait to see it continued!

You know, I've always thought Teal'c and Buffy would make a great couple. I'm surprised there aren't more stories with that pairing...

Keep up the good work!
Comments from author:
Thank you so much! I am delighted to tell you that it's going well and hopefully there will be a chapter up within the week. The only obstacle being my Connor story.

I think that Teal'c and Buffy are amazing together and I think that one reason they don't give them a chance is that Teal'c can be a challenge to write. Perhaps I can do for Buffy/Teal'c what I've apparently done for Drusilla with a soul... :-)

Blue
Review By [CubsKing] • Date [1 Jan 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Rainy Movie Day" from VillageOrchid
Review:
You've probably had your answer fill by now, so let me just say that I'm impressed that you're able to do a romance story without too much detail and keep the plot part of the story - the worlds that they are in - going.
Comments from author:
I'm not sure any author ever has too much of talking about their work with people who make them think about it and are complimentary. Still, I'm sure you have a life to get back to... Until there are so many reviews, I can't answer them, I'm happy to respond. That hasn't happened yet.

Thanks again.

Blue
Review By [VillageOrchid] • Date [1 Jan 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Talented Senator Kinsey" from VillageOrchid
Review:
Actually based on your names of Robinson and Ellis - I'm seeing analogs of Banks (who played Robinson in Highlander) and Ellison.
Comments from author:
Interesting. Well, Robinson is the senior officer and Ellis is second in command... but they are based on canon characters. Robinson is the name I gave to the 'general' (no name given in canon) who authorized removing the chip from Spike's head. Ellis is the name of the officer in charge of Graham's unit when it came to Sunnydale in season five.

Ellis is played by Nick Chinlund (Into the Woods, more)(s5)
The General is played by Rif Hutton (The Killer in me)(s7)
Review By [VillageOrchid] • Date [1 Jan 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Making Connections" from VillageOrchid
Review:
As much as I like some of the mini-Jack in high school stories, I like how you dealt with it. Have you read the one where he goes to airforce school and is a secret prankster on the base to keep him from going insane?
Comments from author:
I'm very glad you liked my take on things. While I enjoyed some of those stories too, I just wondered how a *real* (non mentally regressed) Jack could be in high school life without losing his mind. No, I have not encountered the story you mentioned. I can see Jack or Jon as a major prankster.

I think Jack's pranking is only tempered by the fact that he's a senior officer and senior officers can't behave like 12. I could see Jon embracing his inner 12 year old for about 30 minutes, then the petty crap that is high school would make him nuts. *This man saved the world!* The body he's wearing is pretty irrelevant. Even Buffy, who was in high school and age appropriate began to drift away from the high school life after a while. It's hard to care about petty high school trivia after you've had the fate of the world in your hands.

Blue
Review By [VillageOrchid] • Date [1 Jan 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "I put a spell on you – 'cause you're mine" from Rich
Review:
Very nicely thought out, and very nicely done. From the POV of the Scoobies, Angel was behaving strangely all through season 5, and they just put it down to his "going evil". They should have been a little more skeptical and dug deeper, and your story points that out. Congratulations !
Comments from author:
Thank you very much! I don't know that all the scoobies thought Angel was evil. I never did trust Andrew. I suspect they were very concerned about his Wolfram and Hart take over, however. I think it was poor writing not to have *any* scoobies trying to figure things out, even Xander. Yes, they should have been skeptical and they should have investigated. Very glad you enjoyed my take on it.

Blue
Review By [Rich] • Date [1 Jan 13] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Watchers" from VillageOrchid
Review:
I like how you do exposition and character here. With Robson on board you have at least the discussion that WRH is a trap for Angel and friends. They are far enough from the snare that they can see it.
Comments from author:
Funny you should mention WRH... when you get to the current chapter, you'll see why! Yes, thankfully, they're doing some thinking. Yes, it's a good thing that Angel has such good friends, even though sometimes friends can make you quite uncomfortable!

Peace,

Blue
Review By [VillageOrchid] • Date [1 Jan 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "I put a spell on you – 'cause you're mine" from locard
Review:
Still a great story! I loved the fact that you talked about Spike went looking for his soul, to become a better man...err vampire. I never read story about that and how different Angle and he is on that point. Spike knew Angle went thru hell with his soul but dint care, plus when Angle lost his soul he didn't love Buffy enough to try and get it back.

Can hardly wait for more chapters.
Comments from author:
Thank you! Thank you for your wonderful recommendation! Thank you for taking the time to review. Your support is deeply appreciated!

Spike and Angel are two very different creatures... but it's in the fundamental people they began as, in my opinion. Liam was a bitter, womanizing drunk with daddy issues. William was a sweet, creative caring person who was a bit insecure, but who treated everyone, particularly women, with respect. As a new vampire, Angel couldn't wait to kill his entire family. He was obsessed with recreating his kills in subsequent massacres. Spike wanted only to save his mum. He mostly wanted to prove he could be 'manly', but beyond that, he wasn't a sadist. I think this feeds the two characters... Angel is stuck in the Liam that died... Spike is enhanced by the William he was. And in writing this review, I just figured out something else for one of the other stories I'm writing, so thank you for making me think!!!

Peace,

Blue
Review By [locard] • Date [1 Jan 13] • Not Rated
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