Past Featured StorySummary: The Eye of Beljoxa made it clear that Buffy's resurrection triggered the rise of the First Evil. What if they actually listened? Buffy heads back in time to prevent the war she's losing, by attempting to erase the event that made it possible. She and Spike find themselves on a journey very different from the one they knew.
Goes off-canon during Chosen. Primary setting is the world of Season 5.
Sunnydale Memorial Fanfiction Awards Round 32 Winner for Best Characterization- Female, Best Original Character, and Best Plot. Runner up for Best Episode Re-Write.
Series: The Echoesverse
Categories: Season 5, Time Travel, Claim, Award Winners
Characters: Buffy, Ensemble, Spike, Tara, Whistler
Genres: Drama
Warnings: Adult Language, Buffy/Other (Temp), Character Death, Violence
Completed: Yes Chapters: 53
Word count: 274,171 Hit Count: 219,345 ePub Downloads: 1,976
Published: April 28, 2015 Updated: August 07, 2015

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Story Notes: Scattered throughout this story are numerous references that do not exactly match what was seen on screen (primarily in season 7). None of these changes are significant alterations to canon (most are 'between episodes' sorts of details), and were made to better serve the story that follows.
Disclaimer: All publicly recognizable characters, settings, etc. are the property of their respective owners. The original characters and plot are the property of the author. The author is in no way associated with the owners, creators, or producers of any media franchise. No copyright infringement is intended. I own nothing but my own wish to tell a story.

1. Plan B by myrabeth - Likes: 46 Reviews: 69 Word Count: 5,286 Hit Count: 21,172 Published: April 28, 2015

The mission is simple. The relationships are anything but. A bit less of a 'fix it' fic and more of a roller coaster ride through reconciling personal history, juggling complicated interpersonal relationships, daring to hope for the future, and nail biting at the looming spector of a Hellgod with a rickety tower.

Also, the dates at the tops of the chapters matter. Skipping over them will leave you confused, more than once. Consider yourself warned.

2. Bounce Factors by myrabeth - Likes: 36 Reviews: 25 Word Count: 4,394 Hit Count: 4,691 Published: April 30, 2015

'Time travel' is sometimes literal. Some actual traveling may be required.

A nickname begins appearing in this chapter that is not fully explained for some time, and even then its reasoning and point of origin do not appear in the same chapter. There are a lot of long threads in this story that don't appear to be woven in at first glance. But eventually, they all are. This is just the beginning.

3. Safe House by myrabeth - Likes: 33 Reviews: 21 Word Count: 4,821 Hit Count: 4,466 Published: May 02, 2015

And the enthusiastic reviews keep on coming.Your kindness is not unappreciated, I assure you.
So immediately after I dump 'Sparky' on you with no explanation, here's another set of nicknames. The source is... Well, I warned you I'd be strolling just a smidge outside of canon, didn't I? There's some explanation offered later, but I'm pretty sure you already get it.

4. Time's Colors by myrabeth - Likes: 35 Reviews: 27 Word Count: 4,236 Hit Count: 4,233 Published: May 04, 2015

Thank you all for your continued enthusiasm for this little story. I can't wait to see your commentary as posting progresses.


Some chapters, like Safe House (Chapter 3), take place over the course of weeks. Others take place over the course of only a few hours. Most are somewhere in between, covering a stretch of days, with the larger gaps of time falling between the chapters. Like the rest of this journey, the time between scenes varies wildly. It's just another part of the roller coaster Spike and Buffy have dragged us onto behind them. Enjoy.

5. Fair Trades by myrabeth - Likes: 33 Reviews: 24 Word Count: 4,795 Hit Count: 4,546 Published: May 06, 2015

The relationship between slayer and watcher is beginning to change, and it isn't likely to be easy to navigate. At its heart, Echoes is about family: having complicated, imperfect relationships with people you love, and figuring out what to do about it. And there's a whole 'time travelers try to outmaneuver a Hellgod while they deal with a bunch of other stuff' story in there, too.

6. Freedman's Chains by myrabeth - Likes: 33 Reviews: 26 Word Count: 3,869 Hit Count: 4,242 Published: May 09, 2015

Thanks for the reviews! I'm dealing with a minor wrist injury tonight, so I'll be catching up on review replies tomorrow, when typing should be less painful.

7. Precious Gifts by myrabeth - Likes: 36 Reviews: 20 Word Count: 4,489 Hit Count: 4,143 Published: May 10, 2015

Your (much appreciated and consistently kind) reviews have left me with the nagging worry that many of you may be expecting definitive relationship statuses between the travelers and the Scoobies to emerge quickly and cleanly. Unfortunately, it's not that simple. Every Scooby relationship is actually two intertwined ones: personal and professional. While Buffy and Spike are juggling that with each other, don't forget they are doing the same thing (plus time travel hindsight complications) with the entire gang. Each of those relationships will evolve differently, and at a different pace.


The good news is that we're finally getting to the part where this story starts getting fun. Enjoy!

8. Heaven Sent by myrabeth - Likes: 33 Reviews: 24 Word Count: 5,402 Hit Count: 4,619 Published: May 12, 2015

Settling in was supposed to be a job for two...

9. True Stories by myrabeth - Likes: 37 Reviews: 23 Word Count: 3,913 Hit Count: 4,090 Published: May 14, 2015

Kick back and relax. True Stories is a simple, easy chapter. I think we could all use a breather. Thanks for hanging around!

10. Flash Forward by myrabeth - Likes: 31 Reviews: 19 Word Count: 4,720 Hit Count: 4,141 Published: May 16, 2015

Remember what I said about chapter date headings being important? This is a time travel story, if you recall...

11. Pivot Point by myrabeth - Likes: 38 Reviews: 23 Word Count: 4,355 Hit Count: 4,380 Published: May 18, 2015

Really, the title covers a lot of ground on this one. Welcome to the Pivot Point.

12. Lost Pupil by myrabeth - Likes: 41 Reviews: 32 Word Count: 5,977 Hit Count: 4,319 Published: May 20, 2015

The changing relationships of now face the baggage of tomorrow. I think this is a chapter a lot of you have been waiting for.

13. Old Friends by myrabeth - Likes: 35 Reviews: 25 Word Count: 4,962 Hit Count: 4,083 Published: May 22, 2015

She can't work with them quite the same way she used to. She doesn't trust them quite the same way she used to. She can't even talk to them quite the same way she used to. But they don't know any of the reasons why. To them, she's the one who isn't quite the same. Well, this seems perfectly simple. ...Right?

14. Eternal Monkey by myrabeth - Likes: 34 Reviews: 22 Word Count: 4,867 Hit Count: 4,255 Published: May 24, 2015

There's more than one offer on the proverbial table. Any takers?

15. Tree Trunks by myrabeth - Likes: 38 Reviews: 27 Word Count: 5,104 Hit Count: 3,967 Published: May 26, 2015

Some gifts can't wait until Christmas.

16. Flash Decisions by myrabeth - Likes: 35 Reviews: 21 Word Count: 4,707 Hit Count: 4,208 Published: May 28, 2015

It's Christmastime in Sunnydale, and everyone has gifts on their minds.

17. Implied Promises by myrabeth - Likes: 36 Reviews: 27 Word Count: 5,310 Hit Count: 4,082 Published: May 30, 2015

The good news: We're finally seeing the emotional dam beginning to break with Buffy. Also, it's Christmas in Sunnydale, and Glory's not stirring up trouble (giving us time for some fun stuff).

The bad news: The author is both evil and crazy. This is the part where you start questioning if I've lost the plot, both literally and figuratively. All I can ask is that you trust me. In the big picture, everything matters, and everything pays off. Even Christmastime silliness.

18. Steps Behind by myrabeth - Likes: 37 Reviews: 23 Word Count: 6,000 Hit Count: 4,098 Published: June 01, 2015

Many thanks to all of you who are reading and reviewing, especially those of you who offered me the huge compliment of nominating me for author of the month. You are far too kind. I hope Steps Behind will serve as an adequate espression of my gratitude.

19. Dance Partners by myrabeth - Likes: 32 Reviews: 21 Word Count: 5,898 Hit Count: 4,125 Published: June 04, 2015

The secrets that escape aren't necessarily the ones you expect.

20. Connective Issues by myrabeth - Likes: 34 Reviews: 25 Word Count: 5,625 Hit Count: 4,034 Published: June 06, 2015

How much do you know? How much do you say? What do you choose to hold back?

21. Unwilling WItness by myrabeth - Likes: 32 Reviews: 23 Word Count: 6,180 Hit Count: 3,966 Published: June 08, 2015

Past, present, and future are constantly intermingling, and the shadow of the untrained witch is long enough to cover all.

22. Power Shifts by myrabeth - Likes: 40 Reviews: 23 Word Count: 5,854 Hit Count: 3,979 Published: June 10, 2015

Of cake, cookies, and the sweet taste of a small victory

23. Friendly Detachment by myrabeth - Likes: 34 Reviews: 21 Word Count: 4,643 Hit Count: 3,758 Published: June 12, 2015

Sometimes foreign territory looks a lot like home.

24. Resident Strangers by myrabeth - Likes: 35 Reviews: 23 Word Count: 6,213 Hit Count: 3,611 Published: June 14, 2015

I think we're due for a break from the craziness, so let's just kick back at the Summers house for a while.

25. Unfought Demons by myrabeth - Likes: 36 Reviews: 23 Word Count: 5,541 Hit Count: 3,602 Published: June 16, 2015

Sometimes the things you don't talk about are as important as the things you do.

26. Familiar Roads by myrabeth - Likes: 36 Reviews: 21 Word Count: 3,837 Hit Count: 3,611 Published: June 18, 2015

Some mirrors only reflect what isn't the same.

27. Porcelain Translations by myrabeth - Likes: 36 Reviews: 20 Word Count: 5,339 Hit Count: 3,648 Published: June 20, 2015

The definition of family is always in flux.

28. Inevitable Spin by myrabeth - Likes: 37 Reviews: 25 Word Count: 4,002 Hit Count: 3,563 Published: June 22, 2015

There's always at least one plan in motion...

29. Right There by myrabeth - Likes: 35 Reviews: 21 Word Count: 4,550 Hit Count: 3,523 Published: June 25, 2015

Apologies for the tardy chapter. If any of you knows the insane stress of a retail store's annual inventory, you understand why. Even if you don't, you'll at least understand the math of fitting two full shifts into a space of 22 hours. Yeah, I've been too tired to think straight. Over the next week, I'll gradually catch up on review replies and shift us back into the usual "even numbered days" posting pattern. Thanks for your patience.

30. New Foundations by myrabeth - Likes: 32 Reviews: 16 Word Count: 4,391 Hit Count: 3,700 Published: June 27, 2015

Making peace with the past for a war in the future.

31. Past Revelations by myrabeth - Likes: 29 Reviews: 21 Word Count: 5,496 Hit Count: 3,732 Published: June 29, 2015

"Where are we going?"  "Right back to the beginning."

32. Surprise Preview by myrabeth - Likes: 37 Reviews: 31 Word Count: 5,622 Hit Count: 3,768 Published: June 30, 2015

What may come is always connected to today.

33. Slipped Words by myrabeth - Likes: 30 Reviews: 17 Word Count: 4,380 Hit Count: 3,597 Published: July 02, 2015

Sometimes, it's all in the little things.

34. Solid Bonds by myrabeth - Likes: 29 Reviews: 18 Word Count: 5,174 Hit Count: 3,638 Published: July 04, 2015

35. Healing Soldiers by myrabeth - Likes: 33 Reviews: 19 Word Count: 4,830 Hit Count: 3,498 Published: July 06, 2015

Some plans have shadows. Some plans have echoes.

36. Patience Lessons by myrabeth - Likes: 30 Reviews: 22 Word Count: 6,370 Hit Count: 3,584 Published: July 08, 2015

37. Underground Travelers by myrabeth - Likes: 40 Reviews: 29 Word Count: 5,293 Hit Count: 3,287 Published: July 10, 2015

38. Hunkered Down by myrabeth - Likes: 36 Reviews: 21 Word Count: 6,548 Hit Count: 3,286 Published: July 12, 2015

39. Broken Armor by myrabeth - Likes: 39 Reviews: 27 Word Count: 5,723 Hit Count: 3,319 Published: July 14, 2015

Some ripples become waves.

40. Battle Ready by myrabeth - Likes: 43 Reviews: 43 Word Count: 4,444 Hit Count: 3,528 Published: July 16, 2015

41. Opened Locks by myrabeth - Likes: 41 Reviews: 35 Word Count: 6,483 Hit Count: 3,540 Published: July 18, 2015

Heads up: If you've gotten out of the habit of reading the chapter date headings, get back into it.

42. Stripped Away by myrabeth - Likes: 37 Reviews: 27 Word Count: 4,704 Hit Count: 3,414 Published: July 20, 2015

43. Eighty Proof by myrabeth - Likes: 37 Reviews: 23 Word Count: 5,582 Hit Count: 3,494 Published: July 22, 2015

44. Distant Travelers by myrabeth - Likes: 33 Reviews: 24 Word Count: 4,762 Hit Count: 3,369 Published: July 24, 2015

45. Fifth Wheels by myrabeth - Likes: 35 Reviews: 23 Word Count: 5,433 Hit Count: 3,381 Published: July 26, 2015

46. Puzzle Pieces by myrabeth - Likes: 41 Reviews: 26 Word Count: 6,166 Hit Count: 3,446 Published: July 28, 2015

Talking it out. Piecing it together.

*Will be catching up on review responses over the next few days. Sorry to have fallen behind*

47. Righteous Felons by myrabeth - Likes: 34 Reviews: 16 Word Count: 5,639 Hit Count: 3,414 Published: July 30, 2015

48. Living Leverage by myrabeth - Likes: 37 Reviews: 20 Word Count: 4,473 Hit Count: 3,401 Published: August 02, 2015

49. Dead Languages by myrabeth - Likes: 32 Reviews: 21 Word Count: 5,743 Hit Count: 3,473 Published: August 04, 2015

Of doubt, determination, and dusters

50. Puppet Masters by myrabeth - Likes: 37 Reviews: 28 Word Count: 5,927 Hit Count: 3,370 Published: August 05, 2015

Still behind on review replies, but hoping an early chapter will earn me some forgiveness.

51. Standing House by myrabeth - Likes: 37 Reviews: 23 Word Count: 5,201 Hit Count: 3,476 Published: August 06, 2015

52. Kitchen Chaos by myrabeth - Likes: 22 Reviews: 13 Word Count: 7,202 Hit Count: 3,390 Published: August 07, 2015

53. And Always by myrabeth - Likes: 81 Reviews: 78 Word Count: 3,696 Hit Count: 4,074 Published: August 07, 2015