The Path Less Traveled by DizzyB
Chapter: Section I - Setting the Stage

10/16/2007 07:51 am
thank any and all deities for the random story box. absolutely fantastic beginning. do not know what to single out for comment: the fantastic pov approach; spike's decision; the wonderful dawn you wrote; or your words forcing in me to reevaluate my attitude towards angel. very powerful read, thank you.

09/04/2007 08:05 am
Wow. Just... Wow. I don't know where to start. I am very impressed with this story so far. And to think I almost passed on reading it because I thought firt person narating was too strange. You changed my mind pretty fast. It is so well written. I love the way you portray Dawn. Positive, strong, loving, independant and determined. She never had a chance to shine on the show. They made her too childish for a sixteen year-old, especially compared to Buffy at the same age who was independant, dating and doing her own thing. I never understood that. You righted a lot of wrongs in the story. You even made me like Angel. You made him sound so much more mature and understanding. I like this version of Angel, could even grow to love him.
Even though a big part of me is chanting "she had it coming", I feel really bad for Buffy. Always loved the girl, flaws and all. Yes, she should stew a little for the way she treated Spike--karma is a bitch--but with idiot friends, Spike leaving, and now, Dawn turning her back on her... I can't help but feel bad. Amazing story!

10/12/2006 02:10 am
I love how you are doing this story in first person from the different POV’s. I know this isn’t popular but I have always felt sorry for s6 Buffy. What she did to Spike was beyond horrible and I’m not excusing any of it although he did enable her abuse of him. I like that here he did find the strength to walk away, that Dawn found out the truth and called her sister on it, and that even though Tara is still there for Buffy she doesn’t excuse what she did. Xander is really not that great of a friend to Buffy, he holds her to higher standards and looks down on her if she slips at all and I think you showed that in this chapter. Willow is a better friend but her need to fix and control and her unwillingness to accept that maybe what she did wasn’t the best is also damaging. I feel you really did a great job of showing these different relationships and the way you showed Buffy was perfectly illustrated her emptiness inside as well as the fact that she wants to reconnect she just doesn’t know how.
I felt sorry for Buffy from the first episode, to be honest - the isolation brought on by her role, the weight of being responsible for the safety of others, having to hide who she was...all that must have been very hard to bear, especially for a 16-year old. Even so, I never felt that she adjusted very well to all aspects of being the Slayer, and her friends didn't exactly help her out much there, ya know? The demands and expectations would have gotten to her sooner or later, but the whole death & resurrection bit just compounded all that. Even so, you're right, everyone has to own up to their actions and face the consequences before they can move forward. That's a big part of what I'm trying to show here...well, that and how people can change. Thanks for the detailed review. :)

10/11/2006 11:51 am
OMG, I am so in love with this story. You've already made me cry with happiness for Spike being so well recepted.

As for Buffy - die, die, die! LOL....maybe not yet...but 5 days? Ooo, she's lucky I wsn't there to find out about all that.
Thanks for being so enthusiastic! Appreciate that greatly! Hopefully I'll be able to show Buffy's growth journey in a light where she won't be quite so hateful...don't know if I can accomplish that in 5 days or not!? Thanks for reviewing. :)

10/11/2006 10:40 am
What a marvelous idea for a fic. I'm so grateful that you took Spikes abuse and made it into something that he could walk away from. She didn't deserve him.I've always hated that part of S6. All he wanted to do was take care of her and love her and she was such a bitch. If it wasn't that he loved her so much she could have left the show and I won't of cared. They belong together, that's why I only read Spuffy, I was just don't always like her. Very proud of Angel and the way that he took Spike in and took care of him. Allowed him to heal and made sure he had safe passage and funds for along the way. Glad that Spike made friends while he was there. I'm most proud of Dawn and the way she stood up to her sister and went to LA and Wes. Having used Lilah to make it legal was brilliant. How could Buffy go up against W&H with the little resources that she had. Now Spike's back and not only Dawn but Angel and Wes will need is help. Don't know if I wanted to read this at first and I'm so thankful that I did. Wonderful fic and I thank you for the read.
I didn't like S6 Buffy very much either, but I do like Spuffy. It always bothered me that there was so much room for personal growth with multiple characters that was rarely explored. Kind of why I wrote this piece. Glad that you decided to take a chance on this story and enjoyed it. :)

06/03/2006 04:59 pm
i love this...i love the idea of dawn and spike and wes and their business...i love your characterizations here they are flawless, and the emotion you write into them is heart-wrenchingly real...i really have no words to express how deeply this story touches to read more :)
Thank you so much for the kind review. This story is near and dear to my heart in more ways than one. I'm glad that it has affected you so, and thanks again for taking the time to comment. :)

12/25/2005 11:45 pm
OH yeah was reading this over at the Crypt, the story freakin rocks :P More soon??
Thank you very much, redwulf50. I happen to think your stuff is pretty tight. Time Tossed is one of my faves and Love Lost is a great companion piece so far. I do have the rest of The Path Less Traveled mapped out already. If life would just calm down and let me have the time I need to do everything, it would be nice. Hope to have the next part up soon.

12/25/2005 11:04 pm
This is really good - Spike's also acting alot more realistic than on the show by leaving when he did instead of staying in SD.
Can we say co-dependent regarding his actions on the show? Give us all a break, stand up for yourself, and get the hell out of an abusive relationship while you can still walk. As you may have guessed, I have rather strong feelings on that subject regardless of the kind of abuse taking place. Making that one choice to walk away is the reason any abused person can have a better life. Thanks for taking the time to comment on Spike's actions in this story. :)