Past Featured StorySummary: When a hellgod's mistake leaves him chipless and unrestrained, Spike must choose between his own bloodlust and earning the trust of the woman he loves.  But can a soulless vampire really give up the hunt of his own free will?  And how can Spike earn Buffy's trust if he can't risk letting her know his secret?
Thanks to Sunnydalesis and flootzavut for all their beta work and to javajunkie247 for the awesome banner!
Series: Blood Vassal
Categories: Season 5, Claim
Characters: Anya, Buffy, Dawn, Giles, Spike, Tara, Willow, Xander
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst
Warnings: Torture, Violence
Completed: No Chapters: 11
Word count: 50,306 Hit Count: 13,375 ePub Downloads: 104
Published: January 06, 2017 Updated: January 10, 2018

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Story Notes: This story has been in the planning stage for awhile now, and I'm pretty excited to be getting started on it finally.  The first two chapters stay relatively close to canon, but by chapter three we will be in more clearly AU territory.  If I manage to follow my plan (more or less), it will hopefully set the stage for a much larger project.  Hope you guys enjoy!
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1. Broken by medievalchic - Likes: 46 Reviews: 34 Word Count: 4,134 Hit Count: 2,939 Published: January 06, 2017

Okay, so this is pretty much the darkest chapter in the story.  I myself get pretty squeamish, so I've kept it as brief and mild as I can. But this story starts with Intervention, so torture is a necessary part of the set up.  Hopefully it will be worth it in end!

2. Decisions by medievalchic - Likes: 39 Reviews: 22 Word Count: 4,468 Hit Count: 1,311 Published: January 15, 2017

So my original plan for this chapter ended up being too long, and I decided to split it up into two chapters.  The upshot is that this chapter and the next one will be more character driven, and the plot will start to move forward a bit more in Chapter 4.

Thank you so much to Sunnydalesis and flootzavut for editing, and to javajunkie for her beautiful banner!  Also, special thanks to flootzavut for the uploading tips.  Hopefully this one will be glitch-free!

A few lines taken from Intervention.

3. Real by medievalchic - Likes: 37 Reviews: 24 Word Count: 4,867 Hit Count: 1,306 Published: January 23, 2017

So I realize we're still in Intervention here and I promise the story will move forward in the next chapter, but this chapter is sort of important for setting up Buffy's character arc and some of the things she's struggling with in this series.  

Thanks so much to Sunnydalesis and flootzavut for all their wonderful beta work, and to javajunkie247 for the amazing banner.

Some dialogue taken from Intervention.

4. Compromised by medievalchic - Likes: 33 Reviews: 16 Word Count: 3,510 Hit Count: 1,344 Published: February 04, 2017

So, I ended up rewatching a fair amount of Season 5 for this chapter (I know.  It was a terrible, terrible burden.  Don't you feel sorry for me?wink), but I still ended up having to speculate on some areas that were not clear in canon.  Hopefully everything seems fairly reasonable.

Some dialogue taken from Listening to Fear, Spiral and The Weight of the World.

Thank you so much to my awesome betas, Sunnydalesis and flootzavut.  You guys are awesome!  Thanks also to javajunkie247 for her beautiful banner!

5. Trust by medievalchic - Likes: 35 Reviews: 22 Word Count: 5,434 Hit Count: 1,308 Published: February 17, 2017

This is a rather plot-heavy chapter overall.  Just to give everyone a heads up, some of the things it sets in motion will develop over the course of multiple stories.  My vision for the series is that it all should read as a single story.  I originally thought about posting it all as one really long work, but I have a pathological need to break things up into smaller units, so...yeah.  Anyway, hope you guys enjoy!

Thank you so much to my awesome betas, Sunnydalesis and flootzavut, and to javajunkie247 for the wonderful banner!

6. Normal by medievalchic - Likes: 35 Reviews: 26 Word Count: 5,688 Hit Count: 1,136 Published: March 08, 2017

I'm still a long way from justifying all of the category and genre labels I have listed for this story, but this chapter lays some important groundwork for the series to come.  

Some dialogue taken from The Prom, Bad Girls, and Spiral.  Thank you so much to Sunnydalesis and flootzavut for all their amazing beta-work and to javajunkie247 for the wonderful banner!

7. Self-Interest by medievalchic - Likes: 31 Reviews: 21 Word Count: 4,728 Hit Count: 1,053 Published: April 07, 2017

Apologies for the delay in updating.  March just got a teensy bit crazy and quite frankly, I'm glad that month is over.  Anyway, hope this chapter makes up for it!

Thank you once again to my incredible betas, Sunnydalesis and flootzavut, and to javajunkie247 for the wonderful banner!

Some dialogue taken from The Weight of the World and The Gift.

8. Arbitrary by medievalchic - Likes: 24 Reviews: 21 Word Count: 3,828 Hit Count: 917 Published: May 07, 2017

I apologize for how long it's been since I updated.  RL just got pretty hectic there.  I'm so glad the semester's almost over!  Hope this chapter is worth the wait.

Beta'd by Sunnydalesis.

9. Helpless by medievalchic - Likes: 21 Reviews: 17 Word Count: 4,132 Hit Count: 838 Published: July 18, 2017

Okay, so I'm really sorry about how long it's been since I've updated this story.  I left the country earlier this summer and ended up having far less time and far weirder wifi situations than I expected.  Then I got home and had basically one day before I had to start teaching an intensely-scheduled summer course. got just a teensy bit busy there for a little while.  Hopefully now I'll be returning to a half-way normal schedule and will be able to update a little more often.  At any rate, I hope this chapter makes up for it!

Thanks a million to Sunnydalesis for her feedback, and to javajunkie247 for helping me get my banners back up!

10. Survival by medievalchic - Likes: 21 Reviews: 16 Word Count: 5,365 Hit Count: 717 Published: August 27, 2017

So...I realize that my chapters are coming rather slowly and I apologize all around.  This entire year has been all kinds of crazy.  I'm still keeping my fingers crossed that it will slow down a teensy bit, though.  Anyway, hope this chapter is worth the wait. 

Thanks to Sunnydalesis for all her feedback and much-needed pep talks and to javajunkie247 for the fantastic banner.

Some dialogue taken Blood Ties, The Weight of the World, and The Gift.

11. Allies by medievalchic - Likes: 17 Reviews: 18 Word Count: 4,152 Hit Count: 506 Published: January 10, 2018's been awhile.  I'm really, really sorry about that.  Frankly, I'm glad 2017 is over and hoping for a lot less stress and a lot more writing in 2018.  At any rate, this chapter is something of a personal victory for me because it has been so long and there have been so many hurdles to jump, just to be able to write and post it.  Luckily, I have had some really supportive cheerleaders, including Sunnydalesis and my dear fiance, Matt, who both knew how much I was missing my Spuffy and writing fanfiction. 

Sunny said I could post this chapter as an early birthday present, so I'm dedicating this to her.  Thanks so much for all the encouragement!