Past Featured StorySummary: The gypsies cursed the wrong vampire, and by the time they rectify their mistake, Spike has been fundamentally altered. Now, the Slayer needs help stopping the apocalypse, and there's only one man for the job. Of course, he's not real interested in taking it. Begins around Becoming, Part 2.
Runner up for Best WIP at Love's Last Glimpse Awards 2005. Winner for Best Saga, Runner up for Best Buffy Characterization at Love's Last Glimpse Awards Round 18. Winner for Best Saga, Best Buffy Characterization at Love's Last Glimpse Awards 2006.
Categories: Season 3, Award Winners, Award Runners-Up
Characters: Buffy, Spike
Genres: Drama, Romance
Warnings: None
Completed: Yes Chapters: 42
Word count: 130,160 Hit Count: 69,886 ePub Downloads: 740
Published: November 19, 2006 Updated: November 19, 2006


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1. Prologue by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 12 Reviews: 7 Word Count: 829 Hit Count: 4,259

Disclaimer: The characters aren't mine, but Joss said I could play. Really.

A/N: I have a secret (or not-so-secret) weakness for early canon Spuffy fics. The only problem is that Spike is evil. No, really, he is. Which means that actually writing Spuffy pre-chip requires more suspension of disbelief than I can manage. Reading it is a different matter altogether. So, this is how I write early canon Spuffy. By altering events entirely. By the way, the title comes from a Robert Frost poem, "Two Tramps in Mud Time." Pay special attention to the last stanza.

2. Chapter 1 by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 7 Reviews: 3 Word Count: 2,973 Hit Count: 2,399

3. Chapter 2 by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 5 Reviews: 2 Word Count: 2,503 Hit Count: 2,173

4. Chapter 3 by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 9 Reviews: 5 Word Count: 2,812 Hit Count: 1,900

5. Chapter 4 by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 7 Reviews: 4 Word Count: 2,691 Hit Count: 1,867

6. Chapter 5 by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 5 Reviews: 2 Word Count: 2,306 Hit Count: 1,810

7. Chapter 6 by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 6 Reviews: 3 Word Count: 2,802 Hit Count: 1,721

8. Chapter 7 by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 7 Reviews: 4 Word Count: 3,012 Hit Count: 1,935

9. Chapter 8 by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 6 Reviews: 3 Word Count: 3,172 Hit Count: 1,702

10. Chapter 9 by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 5 Reviews: 2 Word Count: 2,851 Hit Count: 1,713

11. Chapter 10 by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 6 Reviews: 3 Word Count: 2,326 Hit Count: 1,677

12. Chapter 11 by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 7 Reviews: 3 Word Count: 3,084 Hit Count: 1,651

13. Chapter 12 by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 6 Reviews: 2 Word Count: 2,662 Hit Count: 1,675

14. Chapter 13 by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 5 Reviews: 3 Word Count: 2,463 Hit Count: 1,674

15. Chapter 14 by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 6 Reviews: 3 Word Count: 2,955 Hit Count: 1,737

16. Chapter 15 by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 6 Reviews: 3 Word Count: 3,089 Hit Count: 1,645

17. Chapter 16 by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 6 Reviews: 3 Word Count: 3,068 Hit Count: 1,642

18. Chapter 17 by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 8 Reviews: 5 Word Count: 3,266 Hit Count: 1,595

19. Chapter 18 by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 6 Reviews: 3 Word Count: 2,911 Hit Count: 1,585

20. Chapter 19 by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 5 Reviews: 2 Word Count: 3,045 Hit Count: 1,528

21. Chapter 20 by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 7 Reviews: 3 Word Count: 3,033 Hit Count: 1,535

22. Chapter 21 by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 6 Reviews: 3 Word Count: 3,647 Hit Count: 1,540

23. Chapter 22 by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 6 Reviews: 2 Word Count: 3,147 Hit Count: 1,532

24. Chapter 23 by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 6 Reviews: 3 Word Count: 3,599 Hit Count: 1,690

25. Chapter 24 by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 6 Reviews: 3 Word Count: 3,336 Hit Count: 1,599

26. Chapter 25 by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 4 Reviews: 2 Word Count: 3,042 Hit Count: 1,548

27. Chapter 26 by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 5 Reviews: 2 Word Count: 3,623 Hit Count: 1,472

28. Chapter 27 by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 5 Reviews: 2 Word Count: 3,333 Hit Count: 1,440

29. Chapter 28 by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 5 Reviews: 2 Word Count: 3,209 Hit Count: 1,469

30. Chapter 29 by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 5 Reviews: 2 Word Count: 3,258 Hit Count: 1,412

31. Chapter 30 by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 5 Reviews: 2 Word Count: 3,603 Hit Count: 1,525

32. Chapter 31 by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 5 Reviews: 2 Word Count: 3,261 Hit Count: 1,346

33. Chapter 32 by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 6 Reviews: 2 Word Count: 3,020 Hit Count: 1,345

34. Chapter 33 by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 6 Reviews: 2 Word Count: 2,825 Hit Count: 1,376

35. Chapter 34 by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 6 Reviews: 2 Word Count: 3,386 Hit Count: 1,384

36. Chapter 35 by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 6 Reviews: 2 Word Count: 3,398 Hit Count: 1,324

37. Chapter 36 by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 6 Reviews: 2 Word Count: 3,375 Hit Count: 1,447

38. Chapter 37 by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 6 Reviews: 2 Word Count: 3,773 Hit Count: 1,351

39. Chapter 38 by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 5 Reviews: 2 Word Count: 3,525 Hit Count: 1,347

40. Chapter 39 by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 5 Reviews: 2 Word Count: 3,534 Hit Count: 1,318

41. Chapter 40 by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 4 Reviews: 2 Word Count: 3,670 Hit Count: 1,407

42. Chapter 41 by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 21 Reviews: 12 Word Count: 4,743 Hit Count: 1,569