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For buffyverse1000: River/Spike


Buffyverse/Firefly; rated G
Joss made them, I just stare nervously at them and don't dare ask them to have sex.

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redbrickrose

2004-08-04 07:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

Lovely. Just lovely. The similarities between Dru and River, and the way Spike's interaction with River is reminiscent of his interaction with Dru really make this work. And the language is gorgeous, of course.

mpoetess

2004-08-05 04:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

auroramama mentioned further down the page that it reminded her more of Spike with just-resurrected Buffy, and while I didn't have those scenes consciously in mind, I have to admit that I was thinking not just of Dru, but of Spike post-Dru (or post-soul) as well, the way he might have intereacted with a less-sane Fred or might have treated Dana if he'd seen her after they fixed his hands. He's really had a lot of people come through his life that were fragile and yet not - definitely a Joss thing, and a Spike thing.

kelly_girl

2004-08-04 07:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

Great story and love the flow of words from River and how she knew he was in the box.

mpoetess

2004-08-05 04:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I was in no way cheating on how she knew he was in the box by drawing on her as yet undefined mental powers and the neat way you can not say exactly how someone did something when the narrator is a not-quite-linear-thinker...

auroramama

2004-08-04 07:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

Everyone's already said how good River is, so I'll just mention that soft-as-ashes Spike voice, the one that says he's spent a long time in nowhere and he isn't even halfway back yet. To me it sounded less like his S2 voice for Dru than his voice for Buffy in early S6. Somewhere between "Move most gently, if move you must, in this lonely place" and "After great pain, a formal feeling comes." Perfect for River; and how fine to see her, here, reaching out a little because he isn't reaching for her. Not the usual role for either of them.

mpoetess

2004-08-05 04:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you -- I was really concerned that Spike not come off as a prop here, given how much in River's head I was and how little dialogue he got.

I don't think I was specifically thinking of resurrected-Buffy when I was writing Spike's interaction with River, but I was definitely thinking of the way he's behaved in general with certain women, not just Dru. Fred and Dawn were in my head, and Dana from Damage, even though he only got to be gentle regarding her after she was safely carted away and he could relax in his hospital bed...

tenebraeli

2004-08-04 08:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

So very amazing... all I want now is more... *g*

mpoetess

2004-08-05 04:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

*hides* I'm not sure if there is more or not. I'm letting the setting percolate in my brain, though.

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mpoetess

2004-08-05 04:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you! I'm really happy that the non-POV Firefly characters sounded right, as I've never written any of them before. (Must pause to admit that my starting point for Wash was "Xander with a better vocabulary and more self-confidence" which is not and observation I cam up with on my own but is one that I find hard to disagree with.)

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behindblue_eyes

2004-08-04 10:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

Oh *purr*. Your River voice is perfect, and I love how you have her interacting with Firefly!Spike. This is a very, very nice fic.

And you did good on the no sex demand. *nods firmly*

mpoetess

2004-08-05 04:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

Hee. There wasn't a demand, per se -- just me going "I think... I have no idea how to make these two have sex. Ok, good to know."

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mpoetess

2004-08-05 04:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you.

And oh, what a great simile. Pretty! (Course now my brain says "Yes! Steal it for the sex scene in story 4!" And I say "This is not a series, fuck off, brain!")

maggie77

2004-08-04 10:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

That was really .... wow. I love how you write River. I don't even know how to express it - but it's *her*. But now I want to know more about this! How did Spike get there? What will happen? ::looks at you pleadingly::

BTW - just came back from WriterCon and there were several people there who cited you and "Chocolatey Goodness" as one of the first slash fics they read - one of the reasons they read fanfic now. You were spoken of with high regard and I thought you should know.

You should probably also know that I named my journal "Chaotic Goodness" because I am chaotic and as an homage to your story. It was also one of my first fanfics and one of the first I printed out. You and TBQ are the reason I'm in this crazy world.

Thank you.

mpoetess

2004-08-05 04:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

Awwwwww. And now I am verklemmt. Especially as this story sort of splatted out of one of my periodic "Can't write won't write suck am fraud will hide under bed now" whines, and then you say this and make me so very happy and I am a big happy dork. *squish*

paratti

2004-08-05 07:41 am (UTC) (Link)

That was perfect.

mpoetess

2004-08-05 04:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you so much!

2am_optimism

2004-08-05 10:31 am (UTC) (Link)

what she said ::points up at paratti

Seriously, that was just...gah! Every time I think I'm getting jaded by fanfic something like this comes along and I'm hopelessly hooked again.

I love the plausibility of the setup, how you've included the whole cast in the background with just a few well-placed images. I love the voices, the flow of thoughts, the setting and just..oh..everything.

Thank you :)

mpoetess

2004-08-05 05:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you! This is the first time I've written anything Firefly at all, so to me it feels like sheer luck that the character voices have worked for people. Not that I'm not very grateful that they did!

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mpoetess

2004-08-06 12:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

It's scary when you can say "There's not enough ____" about two characters who've never met, don't exist in the same piece of fiction, and live at least hundreds of years apart, and yet I know what you mean.

And thank you!

tabaqui

2004-08-07 08:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

Damn.
Sweet.
I've read a xover of these two once or twice but they were...uninteresting.
This is sad and good, and i like it.
:)

mpoetess

2004-08-09 02:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I haven't come across one myself, which is a shame, because I'd be quite interested in reading, I think.

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apostrophet

2004-08-10 07:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

Oh, this is a fantastic piece. Your River voice works really well, and the way she looks at the crew and at Spike...oh, it's just all really good.

mpoetess

2004-08-11 09:03 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you so much!

rusty_halo

2004-08-13 03:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

This is really, really neat. You made a totally unexpected (to me, at least) crossover work very well.

I was also wondering if it might be okay with you if I archive this at AllAboutSpike.com? Please let me know...

Thanks. :)

mpoetess

2004-08-16 08:56 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

And absolutely - glad you enjoyed it enough to want it!

~Amy

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kats_meow

2004-09-28 09:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

Found this on AAS and had to drop you a note to say how much I LOVE this -- and I find I can't say that about too many things I read. The voices are dead-on, the inner dialogue fits wonderfully, I can actually see them all on the damn ship. Really brilliant and now one of my favorite stories.

Any chance that you'll be writing more of this? Please?

mpoetess

2004-09-30 04:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thanks so much! It was (probably obviously) really experimental for me, and also the first Firefly-anything I've written.

I'm not sure if I'll write something else in the same setting -- I've thought of something about Spike and Book, because it seems like they'd have a lot to not-talk about. :)

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