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.
Categories: Season 5, Time Travel, Claim, Award Winners
Characters: Buffy, Ensemble, Spike, Tara, Whistler
Warnings: Adult Language, Buffy/Other (Temp), Character Death, Violence
Completed: Yes Chapters: 53
Word count: 274,166 Hit Count: 202,604 ePub Downloads: 1,843
Published: April 28, 2015 Updated: August 07, 2015
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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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Settling in was supposed to be a job for two...
Kick back and relax. True Stories is a simple, easy chapter. I think we could all use a breather. Thanks for hanging around!
Remember what I said about chapter date headings being important? This is a time travel story, if you recall...
Really, the title covers a lot of ground on this one. Welcome to the Pivot Point.
The changing relationships of now face the baggage of tomorrow. I think this is a chapter a lot of you have been waiting for.
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?
There's more than one offer on the proverbial table. Any takers?
Some gifts can't wait until Christmas.
It's Christmastime in Sunnydale, and everyone has gifts on their minds.
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.
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.
The secrets that escape aren't necessarily the ones you expect.
How much do you know? How much do you say? What do you choose to hold back?
Past, present, and future are constantly intermingling, and the shadow of the untrained witch is long enough to cover all.
Of cake, cookies, and the sweet taste of a small victory
Sometimes foreign territory looks a lot like home.
I think we're due for a break from the craziness, so let's just kick back at the Summers house for a while.
Sometimes the things you don't talk about are as important as the things you do.
Some mirrors only reflect what isn't the same.
The definition of family is always in flux.
There's always at least one plan in motion...
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.
Making peace with the past for a war in the future.
"Where are we going?" "Right back to the beginning."
What may come is always connected to today.
Sometimes, it's all in the little things.
Some plans have shadows. Some plans have echoes.
Some ripples become waves.
Heads up: If you've gotten out of the habit of reading the chapter date headings, get back into it.
Talking it out. Piecing it together.
*Will be catching up on review responses over the next few days. Sorry to have fallen behind*
Of doubt, determination, and dusters
Still behind on review replies, but hoping an early chapter will earn me some forgiveness.