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Review of chapter "Joy and Mischief" from Harry
Review:
Thank you SO much for mentioning me in the opening! It means a lot when a author recognizes people. And, as for my reviewing every chapter, its a NASTY habit that I have. If I read a chapter, and I like it, which most of the time I do, I leave a review! And feedback from authors makes me a happy camper as well. Now, as for this newest chapter, lots of tears in it. The toasts. Those toasts brought tears to my eyes. They came from each persons heart, and you can't ask for more than that. As for House and Cordy, I can see them not only as a loving couple, but a couple of MD's as well! As far as Anya's appearance, that was nice. It shows how much over this year, Xander has grown and changed. Now, its time to avert another catastrophe, as will be happening a lot for these two.
Comments from author:
I deeply appreciate your support. It's a great habit to give writers feedback. Feedback makes us know we're not wasting our time and it lets us know what works, and what doesn't... It helps us stay engaged in a story when we get discouraged.

I'm so very glad that the chapter touched you. I tried to channel the characters and to show how the relationships have changed and healed. Even Allison made a difference in Xander's life... which is why he acknowledged her.

Yes, I see Cordy and House kicking disease's ass and taking names and generally making trouble with a capital T.

Yes, life goes on, there's always another job, another fight... it never ends.... and that's a good thing.

Thanks for being part of it with me.

Blue
Review By [Harry] • Date [12 May 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Life on Life's Terms" from (Current Donor)cameocat
Review:
This is an amazing and wonderfully written story. I have been reading it for a long time on my phone, and have finally gotten the chance to log in and leave a review from my computer.

I highly recommend this story, and the previous one in this storyline - Xander's New House. This story goes to strange places and takes unexpected turns all the while keeping true to the spirit of all the sources of inspiration. It would take too long, and involve far too many spoilers to give a proper review. The author cares about the characters, and it shows in the writing and in the story line. The author also has a fine sense of drama, and an annoying if dramatically valid talent for ending chapters leaving me wanting more. Well worth the time.
Comments from author:
This is a delightful and encouraging review! Thank you. I really do appreciate the time taken by the reviewer to share their vision and to let me know that my efforts have been noted and are valued.

Thank you so much for your wonderful review. It made my day, my week and more! I apologize for all those cliff-hanger endings... no, hold on, I don't! I promise you only that I will satisfy you, will not leave you hanging!

More soon!

Peace,

blue
Review By [(Current Donor)cameocat] • Date [26 Mar 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Life on Life's Terms" from Elleria
Review:
Love this.
Comments from author:
Thanks, luv!

Blue
Review By [Elleria] • Date [10 Mar 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Life on Life's Terms" from Cordyfan
Review:
Great chapter. Cordy and House officially typing the knot - they're perfect for each other, in a curmudgeonly, sarcastic way. Nasty but necessary encounter between Willow and her parents. Not sure if there's any hope for future reconciliation with her mother, though I doubt it. Ira seems even less likely.

Thanks for writing this.
Comments from author:
Thank you! Cordy and House are probably my favorite couple in this story... it didn't start out that way, but they're just so much fun to write. As for Willow and Wes... sometimes you just have to walk away... and you don't know that until you make an honest effort. It's a lost cause... and the biggest losers will be Ira and Sheila.

You're welcome.

Peace,

Blue
Review By [Cordyfan] • Date [9 Mar 14] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Life on Life's Terms" from Mcspender
Review:
From Cordy and House planning a life together, to Faith being the awesome southie gal she heally (and nop, it ain't a typo) is ;), to Tony Harry's and Xander at long last talking like a father and a son, to the absolute heartbreak that was the meeting with the Rosenberg's for Willow and Wesley.
I hope that Sheila and Ira can learn their lesson and at least, being able to be there for their grandson.
Cool chapter, see ya!!!.
Comments from author:
By the time Ira and Sheila finally learn their lesson, Willow and Wes will have moved on. I think Aunt Sue may be the beneficiary here... poor childless, married late in life Aunt sue... is about to become a grand mum. Tony and Xander... ain't recovery grand! As for my favorite southie... I'm so glad to see her grow up and begin to trust herself and her friends... and her own VALUE.

Cordy and House? What can I say. I love them!

Blue
Review By [Mcspender] • Date [9 Mar 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Life on Life's Terms" from shadowflame
Review:
This is fabulous! I remember when I first read "Xander's New House" I was disappointed that this story was only a chapter or two in. Now, it more than lived up to my expectations. All the relationships make sense too, even Xander's reconciliation with Tony--and I actually really like a sober, recovered Tony; it's weird since I'm so used to disdaining him for being an abusive bastard.

Do you realize you use the phrase "for some reason" an awful lot? Sometimes it fits/makes sense, but other times it seemed like later on the sentence gave a reason for whatever the narrator was mentioning. And I'm finding my explanation really sub-par, sorry, can't figure out how to word it to make more sense.

Look forward to the last chapter, even if I don't want this story to end.
Comments from author:
Thank you. I'm glad that you have finally been able to see the rest of the vision and that it is to your liking. I'm glad the relationships work for you. Tony... it was interesting to come at him from a different direction. Even I have done the out of control drunk Tony (In After Midnight, he's a violent drunk). I'm glad I was able to make it enjoyable. Recovery really can and does transform some people.

As for the 'for some reason'. Most of us have verbal 'tics' -- I try to notice them and root them out, or at least keep them to a minimum, but it can be hard, so if you notice any others, please bring them to my attention. Sometimes it is the only expression... and as you say, sometimes, it's just a meaningless verbal tic... another example of a verbal tic is when someone uses 'like' over and over... I will try to watch out for them.

I'm glad you enjoy my story so much. That is a great compliment. I'll try to make the ending worthwhile.

Blue
Review By [shadowflame] • Date [8 Mar 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Life on Life's Terms" from (Current Donor)Sithspit
Review:
I can't put my finger on the nuance, but even though this chapter was much like the last in construction and flow, it was...better.

Thanks for writing.
Comments from author:
Well, maybe all that work I put into editing and re-editing had a purpose, though at the time, it frickin' hurt. thanks, luv

Blue
Review By [(Current Donor)Sithspit] • Date [8 Mar 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Life on Life's Terms" from Dmitri
Review:
Well, Cordy is fitting right in (but then again, she's Cordy), Faith appears to be moving on, Willow had her showdown with her parents (it had to be done, I guess), and Xander actually is mending his relationship with Tony: all in all, this was a good chapter, thank you for writing it.
Comments from author:
There's a saying that every bird has it's branch... meaning that there's a 'fit' for people... I really do believe that Cordy and House fit in so many ways. Faith has healed and grown up and let herself be vulnerable and it's given her joy. Willow's walked away from the toxic neglect that made her so vulnerable to the darkness, so needy and so eager to prove herself as 'super' everything. Wesley has grounded her. As I said in another review. Xander's made peace with past and present... the future is wide open.

Blue
Review By [Dmitri] • Date [8 Mar 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Life on Life's Terms" from burmafrdnow
Review:
Excellent chapter. Faith- as good as anything I have ever seen about her.

Willow and Wesley- finally someone gives the Rosenberg's what they had coming to them

Cordy is STILL QUEEN C and that is good. Humble House- sign of the apocalypse.

Xander- interesting.
Comments from author:
Thank you so much!

I love my Faith. She is Slayer Strong! Full of heart and wisdom as well. With both her and Buffy, the slayers are in excellent hands!

Xander's a man at peace! With his past. With his present. He's ready for the future.

Humble House. Yeah, the man knows exactly what he's got. He's not stupid enough to screw up. Cordelia Chase does not look backward. If House screws up, she'll walk and he knows it. She is PRECISELY WHAT HE NEEDS. She is the Queen!

Yup, the Rosenbergs. I know it's fanon that they're evil, but it's so much fun to play with! Sometimes to move forward, we must let some people in our lives go. It's her parents loss.

Blue
Review By [burmafrdnow] • Date [8 Mar 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Life on Life's Terms" from Harry
Review:
Well, I guess that things are winding down. We have seen Cordy and House plan on getting married, and are planning on inviting the Scooby Gang to the wedding. Wesley and Willow finally tracked down her parents, only to find that they DID NOT CARE! So, they got a small taste of Red's mojo and found out that they will NOT be involved in any way with their grandchild. Faith is starting to realize that she still has a lot to live for and I think that while she may not be the leader that Buffy is, she can do fine in the field as a leader. And Xander is making peace with Tony. So, even though the story is ending, its ending on a high note. And you can't ask for more than that.
Comments from author:
First of all: thank you so very much for your recommendation.

Things are winding down... and life is going on. Not everyone gets a perfect ending, but people get to live life... and find joy. That's what life is about if we're lucky!

People are taking stock and realizing what they have in their lives.

Cordy and House are a matched set. They know it. They're not letting each other go.

Willow's family have lost something precious and they aren't gonna get it back. Sheila in particular is going to regret this.

Faith has more than she ever thought she would. She's a good leader. She just hasn't spent 9 years saving the world with three folks, two of whom who started out as little more than civilians as Buffy has. She has her own collaborators... Vi, Rona and Robin... and Weird Andrew. One day she may well be working with them in a leading role.

Xander... he's healed his family wounds... His broken places were in his family. With Greg and Quincy he knows where he's from. However, by working to change the relationship Tony's given Xander something he really needed... healing and the understanding that life really can change... and that he's not doomed to repeat the failings of his family.

He finally has made peace with himself because he's made peace with the past. Now the future is ahead!

Blue
Review By [Harry] • Date [8 Mar 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Life on Life's Terms" from Misty
Review:
*trying not to smile* That was.... Sweet & brilliant & cool & perfectly judged *broad grin* Thank you for another ace chapter...
Comments from author:
Why don't you want to smile? Glad you like it! Very glad. This was quite an undertaking... but we're almost there...

Blue
Review By [Misty] • Date [8 Mar 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Coming Home" from Elleria
Review:
Love love love this story.
Comments from author:
So love your appreciation.

Thanks for taking the time to review.

Blue
Review By [Elleria] • Date [7 Mar 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Coming Home" from Cordyfan
Review:
Very nice chapter - gently paced after the last few. Angel actually being sensible for once, opting to return to LA? Wonders will never cease! Nice to see Cordy and House continuing to bond properly, now that they're not sharing the same body. Giles will be feeling a little lost. Being a Watcher may not have the same appeal any more and he'll never be a fighter pilot now (possibly a grocer, but doubtful).

Thanks for writing this.
Comments from author:
No, Giles will never be a fighter pilot, though if he'd like, he could probably get regular dragon rides. Interestingly, his options are kind of open... which might feel at first as if he's 'lost' it all, but sometimes having options can be a really cool thing.

Yup, the sarcasm twins are going from strength to strength... everyone duck! :-)

Regarding Angel. Can you imagine what it must be like spending a year with Giles and a former fighter pilot with watcher training? It just might change your whole attitude. Angel and Giles got to address all sorts of things... and maybe even become friends (scary thought). I think that the year on the other side has changed things for everyone... on both sides.

Thank you for reviewing. It is deeply appreciated.

Blue
Review By [Cordyfan] • Date [4 Mar 14] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Coming Home" from Mcspender
Review:
Wow, this was a very long and fullfilling chapter. Oooh yes indeed =D.
So, the questions is, where do we go from here =D??.

Excellent chapter, see ya!!!.
Comments from author:
I'm glad you thought so. Thank you for reviewing. Apparently, I put everyone else to sleep but the few of you who have responded! I'm so grateful for your (and their) support. This chapter took a LOT out of me... Thank you for your appreciation.

Blue.
Review By [Mcspender] • Date [3 Mar 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Coming Home" from Misty
Review:
You gave us a chapter the day before my birthday! How cool!!! Another excellent chapter with everyone almost getting the ability to move on, from Giles meeting Cuddy (hmmm) to Xander proving that he's a sweetheart. Thank you as always x
Comments from author:
Happy Birthday in advance! I'm glad to give you a little birthday something. Yup, life has brought most folks to the point of closure or opening... Yup... life moves forward and it's a good thing. Of course Xander's a sweetheart!

Blue
Review By [Misty] • Date [3 Mar 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
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