WINNER for BEST POST-SERIES FINALE FIC and BEST DRAMA (Spuffy) and RUNNER UP for BEST PLOT in Round 32 of the SUNNYD Awards. Thank you!
Genres: Angst, Drama, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language, Character Death
Completed: Yes Chapters: 28
Word count: 101,886 Hit Count: 23,967 ePub Downloads: 320
Published: June 10, 2015 Updated: August 13, 2015
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A/N: Welcome to a brand new fic! This is MOSTLY PG-13, but if you're uncomfortable with occasional bad language, consider it R.
Ipseity is fully written, and 27 chapters long. I expect to post 2-3 chapters per week. It's more of a plotty gen fic and less of a romance than my previous stories, but the romance is there, I promise.
Speaking of plot, there may be times when things don't make sense, or seem off. It may be on purpose. Wait and see before flaming, if you please. :)
Many thanks to my betas: MargueriteDaisy for general editing, Aderyn Du for help with a Welsh OC, All4Spike for Britpicking, and TheFoxinator for the nitty-gritty nitpicking. Anaross' "Long Day's Journey" was the inspiration for how I structured the story, with each chapter dedicated to a single character's viewpoint.
Disclaimer: All Hail Joss Whedon
Distribution: This is MY story. Please don't archive somewhere else without my express permission, try to sell it, claim it as your own, or otherwise infringe. I used to think these warnings were unnecessary, but a few rotten apples have spoiled the fandom barrel...
And now, on with the show!
Thanks for the reviews! Speculation and comments are definitely encouraged.
Some familiarity with "Angel: the Series" will help, since that's where Spike went after Sunnydale, and I'll be sticking to canon AtS S5 for a bit.
Y'all are excellent at following the clues. Turns out a grand total of zero people were surprised by the big reveal of the last chapter. Which obviously means I'm an excellent clue-giver. :)
I know it's become a thing to thank for nominations for member of the month in the shoutbox, but doing so makes me uncomfortable. I'm not a fan of proclaiming it for all to see. On the other hand, I worry the nice folks who nominate me will think I'm ungrateful when everybody else is publically thanking and I'm not. So I'm just going to assume anybody who's nominated me is reading this story, and put out a general thank you for all current, past, and future nominations. I do appreciate it.
This chapter relies fairly heavily on AtS knowledge, especially the S5 episode "Underneath" (the one where they rescue Lindsey from the holding dimension). Thanks to the writers for borrowed dialogue, etc.
Again, thanks to the AtS writers whose dialogue I've borrowed. This is the last of the chapters to presuppose AtS knowledge (I think...).
Take a look at the gorgeous, unexpected present RedSatinDoll made for me! Thank you!!
I received a second unexpected banner, this time from Pfeifferpack (Kathleen). Look at how gorgeous it is! It's just neat to find out your story has been inspiring others to make things, especially such beautiful art. Thank you, Kathleen!
An extra-special thank you to Aderyn Du, who guest beta-ed Bronwyn's dialogue for me.
Ooh! The pretty blue ribbon of featured-ness! Thank you!
Special thanks to the_moonmoth for answering questions on all things Oxfordia for me. If there are still mistakes, blame it on the bloody colonial, not her.
Check out the gorgeous Willow icon, made by RedSatinDoll (our reviewer of the month, woohoo!). Unfortunately, this isn't a Willow-centric chapter to pair it with, but we can still enjoy the pretty! Oh, and hey! Thanks for voting me author of the month. That was a huge, and wonderful, surprise!
Here we are, down to the second-to-last chapter. *sniffle* I know, I know, I said there would be 27 chapters. But I added an extra one along the way, and now there are 28 total. I don't think anybody will mind too much that we get one more after this. :)
I'd like to once again thank my betas: All4Spike, MargueriteDaisy, TheFoxinator; as well as my guest betas: the_moonmoth and Aderyn Du. Also, the lovely banners are courtesy of RedSatinDoll and Pfeifferpack. And again, thanks to everybody who reviewed! Even when it's just a smiley face, it's wonderful to get feedback, whether while the story is being posted or years from now.
Of course Buffy. :)