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I am afraid I dont have anything half ans clever as the other reviewers to say, but I enjoyed this!
Laura posted on
Mar 16, 2003
zero's fics are very old; I don't think she's written anything recently. This one may very well have been written after season three, as speculation based on the fact that James Marsters would become a regular cast member in season four. I gather there was a lot of speculation back then as to how Spike would be integrated into the cast, and this is one version (which frankly I like a lot better than the canon version!)
I find is absolutely fascinating that fanfic writers were able to imagine things *years ago* that later became canonical. For something written around season three/four, this piece has an amazing amount of insight into the later developements of Spike's character and his relationship with Buffy.
As a ficlet goes, I loved it. I liked the insight into why spike wor the outift, and sort of the reminder tha so much of his life once revolved entirely around Drusilla. But the summary said it was set after "Graduation Day", which confused me once I started reading it.
This sounded far more like season 7 or season 5 Spike than season 3. And Buffy sounded like season 7. I loved the characters as they were, but if you were aiming for season 3 characterization, I'm afraid you missed. Or, you depended to much on audience assumption that somethng had occured which would cause Spike after Graduation Day to be accepted as a Scooby helper. Just some feedback.