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Nothing the Same, Chapter 30/30 
1st-Jul-2007 05:39 pm
Cattleya Blue

Nothing the Same, 30/30
Pairing: Spike/Xander
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: explicit sex 
Feedback & concrit: yes, please
Disclaimer: don't own them, never will, just playing with them
Spoilers: Anything from Season 1 on. 
Summary: AU from the first episode. Xander doesn't deal well with Jesse's death and everything changes from there.

I'm linking this to my journal because it was so long it had to be posted in 2 parts.

Chapter 30

Comments 
2nd-Jul-2007 02:40 am (UTC)
Love it:)

So what happens next?
(I am willing to beg on my knees if that could make you write more of this universe)
Anonymous
2nd-Jul-2007 05:35 am (UTC)
No begging necessary, but I appreciate the thought *g* I've already got several pages of notes for a continuation. I'm going to try and sketch out an outline for where things will go this time...
3rd-Jul-2007 02:35 am (UTC)
Wheeeee... I am really looking forward to more Spike/Xander. I really like Your strong, "I am not putting up with anything from the girls" Xander. If sugar goodness will help your creativity, say the word, and homemade cookies could be arranged.

L.H.
Anonymous
3rd-Jul-2007 04:01 am (UTC)
I've gotten really fond of this version of Xander myself. *g*

The mere thought of cookies helps! thanks!
2nd-Jul-2007 01:10 pm (UTC)
I absolutely loved this 'verse and I'm sorry to see it end. Thanks for the great read I've really enjoyed it.
2nd-Jul-2007 02:25 pm (UTC)
You are so very welcome, I have had such fun writing it. I'm already thinking about continuing it (she admits sheepishly) I'm having lots of thoughts about Spike interacting with season 3 events.
3rd-Jul-2007 03:52 am (UTC)
Hi there, orchidluv. I'm slinking out of lurkerdom to offer some heartfelt fic-worship!

I'm too obsessive to read WIPs (I found myself checking every 10 minutes for updates, all day, every day, on a whole bunch of stories - dude, *yikes*, had to cut myself off!) So I didn't let myself start reading this until it I saw that lovely chapter title of 30/30. I spent all day today reading Nothing the Same - it was absolutely fabulous. You really made me believe Xander's isolation and grief (honestly, knowing his personality, it seems like canon really skipped over the trauma that Jesse's death and staking would have caused Xander - it was great to read your story, as you carefully brought his pain to light and showed him working through it).

I also really appreciated how well you managed his separation from Willow - you managed to incorporate so many of the things that really bug me about her (her jumping on the Buffy bandwagon and refusing to believe that buffy can be wrong, her naive trust in Giles and the watcher party line, her dabbling in magics and secret-keeping with buffy, her pleading eyes and nagging tones and self-righteousness) and yet you didn't make her OOC like so many willow-bashers do. You kept her real, with good points, too - like showing that she was truly hurt by the separation from Xander, and in some ways, you had her making more of an effort than he was to keep the friendship alive (hehe -she just wanted him to stay her friend, according to her rules, lol!)

Anyway, so the point of that is I love your characterizations. You really nailed a portrayal of Xander and Willow growing apart realistically. And it was sooo satisfying to see Xander in a more thoughtful role (willing to do some reading, and some questioning of his own and others' assumptions, and not following his libido straight into buffy-worship!) Just a magnificent read. Thanks so much for sharing it with us!
3rd-Jul-2007 04:14 am (UTC)
Hi, back at you -
I can't tell you how much I appreciate your comment. And to have read the whole thing in one day - wow! I was particularly glad to hear that you didn't find Willow out of character. I really tried to stay on the safe side of Buffy & Willow bashing and make it just different points of view and you make me feel like I succeeded. After all, even when Willow went destroy-the-world-evil, there were some pretty serious reasons behind it.

Xander often seemed to just accept that he wasn't smart (I blame his family) and he must have suffered when compared to Willow, who is incredibly bright, but it felt right that, if forced to handle things on his own, he would grow and mature. Which he did in canon, just a lot slower than here.

I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I've had a lot of fun writing it. I am planning on continuing it, but I thought I'd catch my breath and try and figure out where things would go a little before carrying on.

thanks again!



3rd-Jul-2007 03:55 am (UTC)
PS - and if you really are going to continue it, woo-hoo! I might have to hold myself off from reading until the next good chunk reaches a stopping point, but knowing the quality of your writing, I know it'll be well worth the wait!
3rd-Jul-2007 04:15 am (UTC)
"knowing the quality of your writing" - *sends hugs*
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