: Well, I personally love Inverse Proportions. You've always written a great Anya, but your Cordy here was fabulous, too, and I especially love the way you've explored Xander's relationship with both of him, even though he's offscreen through the whole thing. Compare and contrast stories are hard to do without it seeming manufactured, but you explore their differences and similarities with subtlety and insight.
It’s one think to say you want to pit Cordy and Anya against one another, character-study style. But then the question comes: when do you set
the stupid thing? Your options are, sometime circa “The Wish,” “Doppelganger,” or “The Prom;” in a BtVS/Ats crossover; or in some floaty afterlife thingy when they’re both dead. But by “The Prom” there’s still practically no Anya/Xander to explore yet, and a crossover just to get Anya and Cordy talking could very easily look contrived. (A floaty afterlife thingy wasn’t actually an option. I’m much opposed to floaty afterlife thingies.)
Hence what I actually ended up with: Anya post-S6, reflecting on her whole ended his relationship with Xander and, strangely, dreaming about the girl (ascended, unbeknownst to Anya) whose wish put Anya on this human track in the first place. Plus the flashbacks, because when I’m writing character studies, I tend to impose extra structure on them to make me feel better about the woeful lack of plot.
And then there’s the title, which had almost as much to do with momentary nostalgia for my math days as it did with thematic signficance. Hey, that degree has to be good for something!
: I think my favorite has to be Motorcycle Mayhem. Is there a more perfect way for Spike adventures? Loved the Spike/Buffy, Spike/Dawn and Spike/Andrew scenes, but my favorite? Spike/Giles - that was positively inspired!
First, I gotta say: how did it take the writers five seasons of canon to finally put Spike on a motorcycle? Of course
Spike and motorcycles. Duh.
Anyway, comedy fic isn’t exactly my forte. But I have a thing for Spuffy that goes AU pre-"The Gift" and avoids all the S6 angst, so this was my chance: just prior to “Crush,” give Spike a bike and a one-time gig, get him entangled with the demony biker gang from “Bargaining,” bring Dawn in to get him un-entangled, and of course kill Ben the Innocent Bystander in the melee. Introducing Andrew a season early came as a total surprise to me, but someone
had to accidentally summon the Weeble-weeble demon.
Glad you enjoyed the Spike/Giles scenes - I thought they might come across as a bit gratuitous to the plot, but in my mind Ripper/motorcycle is even more closely intertwined than Spike/motorcycle (which I suspect is largely the fault of this fic
). So I had
to have the bike-nabbing and the big face-off.
And then there’s the bit at the end about the fish, which is either my funniest closing line ever or just very strange.