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Review of chapter "2" from Harry
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Well, the future has been changed. Now, Buffy will not be heading to Sunnydale as the Slayer, Ford is going to get treated and Angel is going to stop brookding so much and find a new way to torture the demon within him. Now, time to meet up with Hermione.
Comments from author:
Actually, Buffy *is* heading to Sunnydale as the Slayer, but this time, she's doing it on *her* terms, and with a much better knowledge of what she should be expecting to find there.
Review By [Harry] • Date [19 Feb 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from Harry
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Just as Hermione made her plans to save Harry and make him hers, as well as take out those that were a threat to them, so Buffy is making her plans as well. Getting rid of Lothos and his minions early, being prepared for the fight, and getting close to Xander. Now, lets see how this plan works out.
Comments from author:
Getting on outside perspective on teh events in one's life can be quite enlightening, and that's exactly what Buffy got.

She's now determined to make sure things in the future happen *quite* differently..
Review By [Harry] • Date [19 Feb 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "2" from Gideon
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I'm glad that Buffy's friends are true friends unlike what Ron was to Harry and Hermione. With the foreknowledge Buffy has made a great start to changing her life for the better and she seems to have plans for her best friends too! I'm pretty sure Xander at least will like what she has decided :) Willow will require a bit of work though to make sure she doesn't get too jealous - maybe introduce her to Oz earlier? Or maybe Buffy could go rescue Tara (and maybe Faith too)? Without Angel she is down one supernatural fighter already, even if Angel was not much help during the first season.
And will Giles still be assigned to Sunnydale, now that the Watchers have lost track of Buffy? He was still willing to screw Buffy over right up to her 18th Birthday, but he came around in the end and losing his knowledge, contacts and books would be a heavy blow. Surely knowing what he could become Buffy could help him achieve his potential sooner?
I'll start reading the next story now to see what you have come up with :)
Oh, and I like your explanation for Buffy's behaviour in the later seasons. She certainly had a good reason for PTSD, and a terrible STD giving her brain damage almost sounds like something Joss would write!
Comments from author:
All I'll say now is that Buffy's got some tentative ideas and general plans for how she'd like to see all of their futures develop, and they'll all be discussing those ideas in the next chapter.

As far as the PTSD idea is concerned, I've seen some instances of that problem years ago with friends who came home after being in high-stress combat situations, and it's the only rational explanation for the various idiosyncrasies and - unusual - behaviors that ALL of the Scoobies exhibited. They ALL should have been seeing shrinks after the first two weeks of fighting, let alone several years of mostly uninterrupted nightly patrols and combat.

And the neurosyphilis is the most reasonable explanation for the ongoing and ever worsening behavior Buffy exhibited towards her support team over that same period of time.
Review By [Gideon] • Date [26 Aug 12] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "2" from sean
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Okay I liked the viciousness of the series thus far and am about to read the next installment, however I have my own theory about the curse on Angel, the Kalderash clan didn't put the clause into the curse, because there isn't a clause. Historically all curses have a purpose, and when a curse is placed it has a finite purpose. In the case of the Curse on Angel, it was to cause suffering. The only way to break a curse like that would be the complete antithesis of the curse, i.e. a moment of perfect peace. Most people are most at peace when they are truly happy and content. So it wasn't an oversight in the Kalderash's plans, they took extreme measures to ensure that Angel never experienced a moment of happiness.
Comments from author:
Glad you're enjoying the story.

Your explanation is quite reasonable, but I also liked the suggestion another reviewer offered in that the curse's failure clause required *both* Angel and Angelus to be perfectly happy for just a single moment - and that nailing a Slayer would provide that for Angelus, while Angel was perfectly happy that Buffy accepted him despite his being a vampire.
Review By [sean] • Date [20 Aug 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from Oxnate
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Liked the first story well enough. Certainly there was enough evidence in canon that everyone was a bastard who got what they deserved.

But this: "How she – or her alternate self, actually – could have done something that she had complained about so vehemently earlier in her own life to all those unsuspecting young girls was something that she simply couldn’t understand! How could she be such a hypocrite?"

-- Thank you! That never did make any sense to me. Neurosyphilis is as good an explanation as any. And PTSD is almost a given.

On Angelus: didn't he go to Sunnydale to wait for her? (The Wish) And my own theory about that escape clause is that it had to be a moment of perfect happiness for both of them (Angel and Angelus). And you can't tell me that Angelus wouldn't get off on banging a Slayer. Which would make sense to pull the curse then, since the soul had probably been corrupted by the monster if that happened.
Comments from author:
Glad you enjoyed the story.

Neurosyphilis and PTSD are the most reasonable explanations for Buffy's behavior, so that's what I went with, to avoid any unnecessary bashing.

And yes, your theory about the curse makes a great deal of sense when you consider the curse's purpose.
Review By [Oxnate] • Date [20 Aug 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "2" from VillageOrchid
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I like a lot of her positive choices.
Comments from author:
Thanks. Joss had Buffy acting as a depressive, self-destructive personality most of the time, and this Buffy is *not* going down that path.
Review By [VillageOrchid] • Date [20 Aug 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from VillageOrchid
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I'm enjoying that fact that Buffy is jump starting her slaying before the school year and no gym on fire or mental institution in her background, as well as her careful exploration with magic.
Comments from author:
Buffy was shown in one episode as scoring 1270 in her SAT tests, but aside from that instance, she never really seemed to use her smarts at all, in canon.

*This* version of her is not sitting back and letting herself get screwed over by *anyone*, and she's using the intellect she's supposed to possess to make sure that doesn't happen.
Review By [VillageOrchid] • Date [20 Aug 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from VillageOrchid
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I'm enjoying that fact that Buffy is jump starting her slaying before the school year and no gym on fire or mental institution in her background, as well as her careful exploration with magic.
Comments from author:
Buffy was shown in one episode as scoring 1270 in her SAT tests, but aside from that instance, she never really seemed to use her smarts at all, in canon.

*This* version of her is not sitting back and letting herself get screwed over by *anyone*, and she's using the intellect she's supposed to possess to make sure that doesn't happen.
Review By [VillageOrchid] • Date [20 Aug 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from AnFan
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Ok, most of the rating for this is due to the previous story. It kind of carried over and I wasn't turned off by this. I also think I'm starting to calm down from being startled by the dark aspects of these stories. You've also chosen a method of railing against the unBalanced Interfering chess players and the Flaming Turkey club (trying out some blasting away of my own :).

I still have to say I like the lighter stories better. Haven't stopped reading yet though.
Comments from author:
Glad you're still reading this series, since it's clearly not to everyone's tastes.

I'm trying to balance the darker, nihilistic, 'everything-is-futile' aspects of canon that Joss gave us, and replace it with a (hopefully) more optimistic vision.
Review By [AnFan] • Date [12 Oct 11] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "2" from Rune
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I think the "perfect happiness" clause is what allows the spell to be cast at all.

I my view of things soul magic should require someone godlike in power. Something a moral is not, so a mortal can't cast a spell to resoul a vamp unconditionally.
Comments from author:
An interesting observation, adn a quite plausible one, at that.

I might use that explanation in a story some day. ;-)
Review By [Rune] • Date [8 Jun 11] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "2" from (Past Donor)ScottWanderer
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This has to be the absolute BEST explanation of 6th and 7th season Buffy behaviour ever. Syphilis+Brain Damage+PTSD it just too much sense. Kudos to you for explaining Buffy's complete lack of anything resembling common sense in parts of Season 7.
Comments from author:
Thanks. I was trying to come up with a reasonable explanation for the rather disturbing changes to Buffy's personality and behavior over the course of the series, and finally decided that that combination was the best explanation possible.
Review By [(Past Donor)ScottWanderer] • Date [6 Oct 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "2" from Pointer
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Enjoyed the story.

I always felt sorry for the Billy Fordham character. What he did was wrong, but he wasn't in his right mind or normal personality, either.

A person with a brain tumor acts like three different people. The one you knew before the tumor, the one they are whiled they have the tumor, and , hopefully, the person they are after the tumor is removed. The three personalities can be radically different and you may not like who they become while they have the tumor or after it is removed. They don't go back to 'normal'

In this case, Billy could have been a very nice guy before he got sick. He always struck me as desperate.

At any rate, good story, look forward to more.
Comments from author:
Thanks, I appreciate hearing from you.

The next story in the series is "My Future's So Bright" and I posted it yesterday.
Review By [Pointer] • Date [12 Jan 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "2" from Orion
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I'm betting since I failed to review the other fic prior to tonight, that this needs a review too.

Thanks for writing this. I'm especially a fan of Angel getting a clue - realistically how could you EVER be perfectly happy if you knew that the happiness would lead to Angelus' return?

As for the "why" for the soul clause, I've always kinda thought of it in terms of balance. By having the clause that lets it end, the magic is more powerful or something.
Comments from author:
Thanks for reviewing.

I agree, there must have been some reason for the happiness clause, but since Joss didn't put any thought into developing one, I'm letting the remain unknown, at least for the present.

Glad you're enjoying the stories/series.
Review By [Orion] • Date [11 Jan 10] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "2" from MarcusSLazarus
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In general, an interesting concept (She could have maybe let Angel down a BIT easier, but that's mainly just because I've always seen that guy as my favourite character), but one point; how could Buffy have contracted ANYTHING from Spike?

Vampires CAN'T suffer from STDs- didn't you watch Season Two of "Angel" and Darla's resurrection-, so how could Spike pass anything on if his body wouldn't acquire it in the first place?

As for the mass-Slayer-calling thing...

While I get Buffy's reasons for objecting to it, surely she should have at least considered the fact that at the time she had it cast she was up against a mass army of vampires and had NO other way of getting ANY kind of backup to stop the First?

(Not wild about the Xander thing either, but I freely admit that's mainly personal; the guy was a good friend, but I just think he works better as a brother-figure for Buffy rather than anything else)
Comments from author:
First off, thanks for reviewing - it's always good to find out what people are thinking about my stories.

Second, while vampires might not suffer from STDs, that doesn't mean that they cant be carriers.

And as far as the mass-Slayer calling situation is concerned, you have to keep in mind that this particular Buffy has just been drafted only a few days before this and is resenting it immensely, so she can't really (at least, at this point in time) consider a situation where doing something like that to others is the best available solution to the problem.
Review By [MarcusSLazarus] • Date [17 Dec 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "2" from lordamnesia
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This series is great, I would love to see a sequel where both groups meet up and destroy all the plans that the PTB have.
Comments from author:
Glad you're enjoying the story.

Both groups will be meeting up, much to the consternation of the Bastards That Be, but that's still several stories away, since I have to show what changes Buffy's new memories are going to be making with regard to the Scoobies and Sunnydale.
Review By [lordamnesia] • Date [15 Jul 09] • Rating [10 out of 10]
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