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Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part XIII" from DieselDriver
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What a horrible shock the whole evening has been for poor Joyce. That last one though. Whew. Some guys have all the luck.

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The funny thing about my last remark is that it's not entirely facetious. Some guys would trade places with Xander/Xendra in a heartbeat even considering living in SunnyD just to be fully female let alone that they'd be a very good looking woman. As you say though, Xander just wants his old body back. I wonder if he'll still "fit" in it if he ever does get it back.
Comments from author:
Why do these things keep happening to Xander? It's like some higher power hates him. :D
Review By [DieselDriver] • Date [4 Nov 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part XIII" from (Recent Donor)draconin
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Loved it. Very realistically Joyce in full meltdown. Plus I really liked your small details such as the reason why Buffy didn't back up her claim by demonstrating her strength.

Do you have a firm idea yet of how long this one is going to be? I feels like you're about at the half-way point? I'm hoping for something on the order of "The Secret Return", because I'm enjoying this immensely and don't want it to end. :-)
Comments from author:
I have a firm idea of the outline, but I do not know yet how many chapters that's going to spill over. Lots of times my 'only two ten-page chapters' plan metastatizes into 'oops, now it is eight fifteen-page chapters'. The summer interlude is 23 chapters long all by itself.
Review By [(Recent Donor)draconin] • Date [4 Nov 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part XIII" from Starfox
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Great chapter, showing the horror of Vampires when encountering them for the first time - and not being kind of used to them after staking so many, like the Scoobies are. Funny scene at the end, with Willow blurting out another secret, well done!
Comments from author:
Yeah, it's never a good thing when someone says 'oops'. Or needs to. :D
Review By [Starfox] • Date [4 Nov 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part XIII" from dcarson
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They could try to pass it off a a slip of the tongue with two similar names under stress. But I don't think that either Willow or Xander would lie to Joyce that way, they like her and need her to trust them in the future.

There is a nice short fanfic by Marcus Rowland where Sinanju (The Destroyer) has a long standing contract with the Slayer to make sure that they die if crippled and captured or turned.
Comments from author:
I've read that fic. And I think something like that would be a requirement of the old Watchers Council. Otherwise, a vamp master just makes the Slayer a paraplegic and then is Slayer-free from there on out.
Review By [dcarson] • Date [3 Nov 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part XIII" from Harmne
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Two big "OH NO!"s...

OH NO - Willow just let the cat out of the bag, calling Xendra "Xander" in front of Joyce. Oops!

Second bit OH NO - you're leaving us on cliffhangers!!

Can't wait until the next chapter. How come time flies except when I'm waiting for more Xendra???
Comments from author:
I seem to do the cliffhanger thing a lot. On the upside, when the story is finished people can read through everything and the cliffies will seem more natural.

Also, I never write a cliffhanger without knowing where it goes, and how to save the people who need saving. I've seen a few too many fanfic authors who wrote themselves into a corner and then had to 'go on hiatus' because they had no idea what to do next. (Two options for writers stuck in that position: the Batman tv show option, where the heroes pull some insane thing out of their... hat at the last second; or the Lost tv show option, where you just invoke aliens, time travel, clones, smoke monsters, epileptic trees, or whatever you need.) "Quick Robin, throw me the Bat Anti-Superstrong Female Opponent Spray!"
Review By [Harmne] • Date [3 Nov 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part XIII" from grd
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Like the old saying "the hagus is in the fire for sure". Joyce is getting a crash course on Sunnydale Weirdness. Wonder what she will make of Xan's change and past trauma. If Angel returns, he will be castrated and then dusted.
Comments from author:
Don't you think that's letting him off a little easily? :D
Review By [grd] • Date [3 Nov 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part XIII" from Sunhawk
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Letting the cat out of the bag is actually a term from 18th- 19th century naval discipline. The cat o'nine tails was stored in an oiled bag between uses, letting the cat out of the bag meant it was time for punishment. The term later evolved to mean letting a secret out

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Actually if you visit the USS Constitution they do indeed have original 'cats in their bags, as does the HMS Victory. Snopes is good for many things, but in this case they don't document their sources at all and just wave their hands about it. There is also official documentation in filed reports from the 1800's about letting the 'cat out for discipline parties and multiple chroniclers of the period all mentioned the practice. In this case, Snopes is just crying false without properly researching the topic (wrote a term paper on 18th/19th century naval discipline back in the early '90s for a military history class and one of the sections was devoted to the cat).
Comments from author:
That's one of the etymologies that I've heard. It has been 'deprecated' though. You can look it up on snopes.com. In fact, *all* the popular folk etymologies have been deprecated, leaving us with... no real explanation.

Folk etymology. It's just more fun than real etymology, which is why we buy into it. :D

EDIT: But there is no evidence that the cats were the basis of this phrase, either. It's still just a guess by modern people. It's *folk* etymology. Like the supposed origin of the word 'posh' or lots of other words and phrases.
Review By [Sunhawk] • Date [3 Nov 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part XIII" from Grovtech
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Very nice! I really like how you had the changes start slowly and spread out the way they have. Cute too how you have Joyce link Xan and Xena together from their weapons and fighting style. Now the question is rather or not a certain warrior princess is going to come clean or not. :)

Grover
Comments from author:
Thanks. I'm trying to make this a natural (or at least natural-seeming) progression.
Review By [Grovtech] • Date [3 Nov 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part XIII" from SilverWave
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Oh! Well thought out explanations for Buffy and Joyce :-)

Cheers.
Comments from author:
I stew about this stuff. I try and patch over plotholes. I worry about inconsistencies. If there is supposed to be continuity, I demand real continuity. (If a show has zero continuity, then I don't care. Example: I'm fine if Kenny gets killed nearly every episode.)
Review By [SilverWave] • Date [3 Nov 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part XIII" from raxadian
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What? Well, they can turn Slayer into vampires in the comics, but I guess you are ignoring that?

Well done Willow, is not like you haven't been calling her Xendra for a month or so!
Comments from author:
There's a lot about the comics I'm ignoring. But really, if a vamp could turn a Slayer, then why didn't The Master use his golden opportunity when he drained Buffy? I'm going to argue that a vampire is a dead body with a demonic spirit possessing it, and a body that already has the Slayer spirit in it is going to be safe from being turned.

That's really just whining on my part, though. If Joss demands that Slayers are turnable, then we have to go that way. But if it were so, then why aren't there DOZENS, maybe a lot more, Slayer-vampires out there who are now the most powerful vamps around? I don't think it fits in with the canon except in extraordinary circumstances.
Review By [raxadian] • Date [3 Nov 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part XIII" from Traszgo
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VillageOrchid wrote:
Enjoyable plot and great cliffhanger. Andrew, Jono and who was the third one? Earlier AU making a good alliance may be good for Andrew and Jonthan's futures.
Comments from author:
Lance. It's a name I plucked out of auxiliary data on Sunnydale and Sunnydale High, but he was never used, so it's as good as an OC here.


Lance was the slightly awkward kid with the sketch book in The Pack. Apparently his last name is Lincoln, according to the yearbook.
Comments from author:
He's basically just a one-time side character who is only a small plot device. I figure that makes him fair game for me. And his nerdy, pick-on-able nature makes him a good fit for Jon and Andrew.
Review By [Traszgo] • Date [3 Nov 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part XIII" from ShalaDakiri
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@Antonio:

I'd read it somewhere years ago (don't remember where exactly, but it was in something I had taken as accurate) and, since I hadn't seen any conficting explanations, hadn't realized that.
Comments from author:
I was disappointed to see that *every* 'explanation' I had ever heard for it was deprecated. Still, if you've ever gotten a cat into some place like a cat carrier they really didn't want to go into, then you know the impossibility of getting them back in. Just like a secret once it is out.
Review By [ShalaDakiri] • Date [3 Nov 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part XIII" from VillageOrchid
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Enjoyable plot and great cliffhanger. Andrew, Jono and who was the third one? Earlier AU making a good alliance may be good for Andrew and Jonthan's futures.
Comments from author:
Lance. It's a name I plucked out of auxiliary data on Sunnydale and Sunnydale High, but he was never used, so it's as good as an OC here.
Review By [VillageOrchid] • Date [3 Nov 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part XIII" from Riniko
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Well, I want to see how Xendra handles that mess that Willow just made. Joyce will be getting a extra big helping of the world is stranger than you think out of this night.
Comments from author:
"We need to get a really tweedy Brit voice for this part..."
Review By [Riniko] • Date [3 Nov 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "A Summer Interlude, part XIII" from DavidEmpey
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Four up and four down: badass Xendra is badass. When he forgets to worry about not being up to snuff. Not unlike another hero we know of with the first name Alex and middle initial L.
Joyce's reflections about Buffy's pre-Sunnydale activities were well thought out. I'd never considered how truly insane the "vampires are real" story would sound.
Comments from author:
When you think about it from a rational perspective, maybe Hank did what he thought was the right thing by getting that kid in an asylum where she couldn't burn down another building full of 'vampires'.
Review By [DavidEmpey] • Date [3 Nov 14] • Rating [7 out of 10]
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