This story is a series rewrite, starting from Welcome to the Hellmouth. It is built on the simple question of, how would things have gone if Buffy had met a different ensouled vampire on her way to the Bronze that night?
(I should clarify right here, too: this is not a series rewrite with Spike in Angel's place, just saying his lines. It's Spike in the same/similar situations, but acting and reacting as Spike would. There will be close similarities to canon, but also major differences.)
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama
Warnings: Adult Language
Completed: No Chapters: 14
Word count: 52,288 Hit Count: 4,838 ePub Downloads: 58
Published: October 10, 2011 Updated: April 12, 2012
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A/N #1: Let me start off by saying that this fic began as something that I wrote solely for my own entertainment. The idea of 'what if it had been Spike who Buffy met in Season 1 instead of Angel' came to me one night, and I decided to just start writing. Then I decided heck, why not share it in case other people might be entertained, too?
A couple of things you'll need to know about this fic before beginning:
-Yes, so far in a lot of places I have just taken Angel out of the episode and stuck Spike into his place. That said, Angel and Spike are of course different people, so this is not just a series rewrite with Spike speaking Angel's dialogue. That would be friggin' boring. Though the differences in some places right now are only subtle, I can promise that as the story progresses, it will begin to veer from canon more and more.
-A certain amount of episodic knowledge is assumed. There will be some explanation as a quick refresher for those who haven't seen these episodes in a while, but not much.
-There will be significant portions of BtVS dialogue contained in many of these chapters. I have been diligent in my attempts to identify any and all of them. That said, if you notice that I have overlooked anything, please let me know so I can add it to the A/N. I hate plagiarism just as much as you do, and wish it would die a fiery, gruesome death.
-I'm not in love with the title of this story. As such, it may change in the future, but I'll give plenty of notice :)
Okay, I think that's it. Basically, I just wanted to say that this story, although I am taking the writing of it very seriously, is mainly just being written for the fun of it. So, I hope you enjoy it too.
Disclaimer: The usual. Nothing is mine. Absolutely none of it. This is Joss' sandbox, I'm just playing with his toys for a while.
A/N #2: Some dialogue (or in other cases, the spirit of it) has been lovingly lifted from Season 1, 'Welcome to the Hellmouth'.
Thank you so much for the positive feedback so far. Because I'm enjoying writing it so much, I'm very nervous about how this story goes over, so it's good to see thumbs up so far. :D
Dialogue lifted from Season 1, 'The Harvest'.
So, just FYI: I think I'm going to go for a once-weekly update with this fic. That should give me enough time to get far enough ahead on subsequent chapters that I won't have to go for extended periods without an update. Fingers crossed that this plan works out.
Secondly: How are you liking it so far? Yay? Nay? WTF were you thinking leave the fanfic writing to the real authors?
Nothing big this time 'round. Just thank you thank you THANK YOU to everyone who's reading, and thank you for all of your wonderful comments/encouragement. Glad to see that what started as pure crack!fic in my mind has translated into something that other people are enjoying too :)
Dialogue zoinked from Season 1, Teacher's Pet. Also, Willow's 'warm glowing warmness' comment is, I'm pretty sure, from an episode of The Simpsons.
Dialogue from Season 1, 'Never Kill a Boy on the First Date'
Some dialogue from Season 1, 'The Pack'
As always, thank you so much for reading, really hope you're still enjoying it :)
As you know, this 'chapter' correlates with the episode 'Angel'. It is a BEHEMOTH. Over 18,000 words, in fact. So, I'll be posting it in three parts. That said, technology is notoriously vindictive towards me, so this might be a somewhat lengthy/difficult process.
I really, really, really hope you enjoy this chapter. Will literally be biting my nails.
Some dialogue from Season 1, 'Angel'. There is also a reference/homage to Season 5, 'Checkpoint'.
Watch out! This is the SECOND PART of this 'episode'/chapter, make sure you read the first part, 'William', first.
All notes from previous chapter apply here.
Watch out! This is the THIRD PART of this 'episode'/'chapter'. Make sure you read parts one and two first :)
All notes from previous two chapters apply here.
Also, um..... thoughts? :)
Sorry for the relatively massive delay in updates. Real life has been kicking my butt lately, so they might not be as frequent as they have been...
Also, thank you for all of the love on the previous chapter(s). Now, I give you angst *ducks the throwing of rotten fruit*
There is a single line of dialogue from Season 4, Something Blue. Very insignificant, but... see previous chapters re: my wish for plagiarism to go die a horrible death. :)
Dialogue from Season 1, 'The Puppet Show'
I just want to thank you all for your patience with this story. I know there's been a lot of back-and-forth and angst and will-they-or-won't-they... and I can't promise that's gonna end right away. I'm not doing it because I enjoy it, believe me... I'm doing it because this is where the characters need to be right now. So again, thank you for being awesome and wonderful, and continuing to read/comment. This has been one helluva ride so far, and it's still barely begun :)
Ooh man. I really don't know about this chapter. I'm not sure that it's gonna come across the same way I imagine it... I'm probably just being paranoid and insecure but nevertheless, I hope this has been worth the wait :)
Some dialogue from Season 1, 'Out of Mind, Out of Sight'
I know. I know, I am a terrible, awful, horrible person and I cannot apologize enough for the lag in updates here. I knew that going for 'weekly' updates at the start was a mistake; writer's/editor's block ALWAYS comes to bite me. Gah!
FYI, there is likely to be another lag in updates again; my muse screeched to a halt when I hit 'Inca Mummy Girl', and it's taking some time to kick-start. Rest assured though that until I say otherwise, this fic has NOT been abandoned. The plot bunnies are simply multiplying at a pace that Anya would likely appreciate (ie. not at all, haha).
THANK YOU for your patience, THANK YOU for being here, and I truly truly hope that you enjoy this chapter.
Some dialogue from Season 1, 'Prophecy Girl'