Penname: slaymesoftly [Report This]
Real Name: Patti
Member Since: August 01, 2015
Last Active: December 11, 2017
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Long time (old) fanfic reader and author.

I've gone through my fics and ended up posting almost everything Spuffy I've written. For better or worse. It looks like a lot, but bear in mind it's well over a decade's (almost 15 years) worth of writing in this fandom. :) Publication dates indicate when I posted them here, not when they were originally written and posted elsewhere. Changes in my operating systems made even that problematic as it shows nothing before 2004 and I know some were at least written before that, if not posted anywhere.

Not everything I've ever written will be appropriate or (worth the effort) for this site, so you may not see something you'd like to. Ask me about it.

Old, long-ago-finished and multi-chaptered stories are posted in largish chunks of several chapters each. That was just the fastest and easiest way for me to do it. My apologies to those who like to read one chapter at a time. And formatting is inconsistent, as most of it, for whatever reason, shows up here with double spacing between paragraphs. Some of it I've fixed, most of it not. It's a very tedious process more suited to very short fics than long ones.

Many of the really short ficlets have been combined into one post. Most of these very short ones were written for various prompts at different Live Journal communities:  sb_fag_ends, to fill a bingo card of some sort, or to fill a prompt at Taming_the_muse. Quality will vary.... In season six (especially)I may have more than one fic focused around a particular episode (Dead Things, for instance) or a particular theme (Spike grows a pair, Buffy gets a clue). Those fics are often posted in one place, making each one a separate "chapter" in what is really a collection of short stand-alones.

 I also (sort of) mod an LJ community called Riters_R_Us, which has had some good discussions about writing - as well as having links to other writing sites. There have been some very worthy contributors whose names you may recognize, as well as good conversations in the comments that may make it worth a look.  There will be occasional, if rare, new posts as others offer something or as I get the urge.

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Summary: My way of meeting the four wonderful challenges put forth in March 2007, by Seven_Seasons . All four will be on this one page, with a suitable summary/warning before each one.  One is nothing but fluffy Spuffy, one is terribly grim, and two are suitably angsty for what was going on at that time.  Each one is based on an actual episode that has been twisted to meet the challenge requirements – any dialogue that sounds familiar was probably written by those much more talented writers at Mutant Enemy, rather than by me. J
 Here are the challenges as put up on the Seven Seasons community:
 1)     Giles doesn't leave, and he's there when Xander finds Spike crying against the tree.  How does Giles find out about Buffy and manage to be at the house when all the Scoobies return?  How does he react to seeing Spike in tears at Buffy’s return?
 
2)     What if Spike isn't the only one to hear Buffy say that her friends dragged her out of Heaven?  Who has overheard her and how do they react to the news--as well as the fact that Buffy confided in Spike and not her friends?
 
3)     Riley returns-absent any rebound wife.  How does Buffy react while remembering how desperately she'd run to catch him and stop him from leaving her?  Does she still want him back?
 
4)     Spike knew about the resurrection and tried to stop it, afraid that Buffy would 'come back wrong.'  What is he afraid of?
 
Categories: Season 6
Characters: Anya, Buffy, Dawn, Giles, Riley Finn, Spike, Tara, Willow, Xander
Genres: Angst, Drama
Warnings: Adult Language, Character Death
Completed: Yes Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Word count: 8,969 Hit Count: 939 ePub Downloads: 26
Published: August 03, 2016 Updated: August 03, 2016
Summary: A sequel of sorts to Things That Go Bump in the Night, Buffy and Spike have adjusted to his new status and are adding to their family soon.  What could possibly go wrong?
 
 
Part of what turned out to be a very long series that includes the original story, this one, Misc Bumpverse Schmoop, and Always Knew I'd Go Down Fighting.
Series: The Bumpverse Series
Categories: Post-Series, Baby Fic, Holiday Fic
Characters: Buffy, Dawn, Ensemble, Faith, Spike, Willow, Xander
Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama
Warnings: Adult Language, Violence
Completed: Yes Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Word count: 14,312 Hit Count: 868 ePub Downloads: 42
Published: April 07, 2016 Updated: April 07, 2016
Summary:  A sequel to Even Demons Need Friends. If you haven’t read that short s4 fic, all you really need to know is that this is a non-canon Season 5 in which Glory is there searching for her Key, Joyce is sick, Spike is unchipped and living in another city. At the end of the previous story, he’d asked Buffy to call him if she needed help.
They don’t have a relationship yet; they weren’t even much more than canon Season Four semi-enemies, with an unrecognized and unacknowledged sexual attraction, when Ethan’s spell to turn Giles into a Fyral demon wrought some important changes in a very short period of time. But not changes sufficient to make it likely that a slayer, with a human boyfriend and a firm belief in what’s right and acceptable, and an old vampire, who has just regained his ability to hunt and feed, are likely to see any kind of a future for them. In spite of some surprising revelations about how they may feel about each other.
Definitely an AU Season Five. Some things will be familiar, some things obviously will not, so don’t go looking for an identical timeline or identical events.
Categories: Season 5
Characters: Anya, Buffy, Clem, Dawn, Ethan Rayne, Giles, Joyce, Riley Finn, Spike, Tara, Willow, Xander
Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language, Buffy/Other (Temp), Sexual Situations, Violence
Completed: Yes Chapters: 3 Table of Contents
Word count: 40,130 Hit Count: 1,939 ePub Downloads: 63
Published: June 19, 2016 Updated: June 19, 2016
Summary:  Buffy has accidentally run into a shanshued Spike, only to find he has amnesia and no recollection of her or his former life. They are attracted to each other immediately (duh!). This ficlet is set six months after they've begun dating. The prompt was "coffee shop".
Series: John and Buffy Series
Categories: Post-Series
Characters: Buffy, Spike
Genres: Romance
Warnings: None
Completed: Yes Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Word count: 890 Hit Count: 770 ePub Downloads: 19
Published: April 20, 2016 Updated: April 20, 2016
Summary: Angel has almost drained Buffy and takes her to the ER where he's surprised to find Giles, Joyce and... Spike. After apologizing to Joyce for apparently killing her daughter he leaves. Joyce asks Spike for a rather stunning favor....
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.
Categories: Season 3
Characters: Angel, Buffy, Giles, Joyce, Spike, Willow, Xander
Genres: Drama
Warnings: Adult Language, Blood Play, Character Death, Vampire!Buffy
Completed: Yes Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Word count: 10,015 Hit Count: 1,254 ePub Downloads: 65
Published: April 22, 2016 Updated: April 22, 2016
Summary: What if Buffy didn't get the Gem away from Spike when they fought, but did manage to get it from weeks later? And she kept it, instead of sending it to Angel? And it turns out to work for slayers? 
Categories: Season 4, Episode Rewrite
Characters: Buffy, Ensemble, Riley Finn, Spike
Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language, Sexual Situations, Violence
Completed: Yes Chapters: 14 Table of Contents
Word count: 42,333 Hit Count: 7,487 ePub Downloads: 102
Published: March 16, 2017 Updated: March 16, 2017
Summary: After "Something Blue" there appear to be some lingering effects of Willow's spell that Buffy and Spike have to deal with. Or maybe not...? Those effects might lead to other problems... and the Initiative is, as always, the main big bad. 
Categories: Season 4
Characters: Buffy, Giles, Spike, Willow, Xander
Genres: Drama, Dramedy, Fighting, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language, Sexual Situations
Completed: Yes Chapters: 5 Table of Contents
Word count: 58,969 Hit Count: 5,237 ePub Downloads: 165
Published: May 13, 2016 Updated: May 14, 2016
Summary: The sequel (or Part 2) to I Would Still Have Loved You. This one picks up at the end of the summer between season 4 and 5. Now things get real as Buffy and Spike prepare to take on Glory and prevent her from finding her Key and opening the portal. They have a few more weapons this time - their own memories of what happened this year, Spike's lack of chip and possession of the Gem of Amara, Buffy's knowledge of what can hurt Glory, and their knowledge of her human host and who it is. As well as Winston, the mage who showed up after Willow's spell the previous year.  Will it be enough against a Hellgod?
Categories: Season 5, Time Travel
Characters: Angel, Anya, Buffy, Clem, Dawn, Ensemble, Giles, Original Characters, Spike, Willow, Xander
Genres: Drama
Warnings: None
Completed: No Chapters: 5 Table of Contents
Word count: 15,661 Hit Count: 1,640 ePub Downloads: 30
Published: November 27, 2017 Updated: December 11, 2017
Summary: Schmoop Bingo prompt – Wedding-first dance:  This is a sequel to "Maybe We Can" which is a season six twist set during Hells Bells and was a sequel to "As I Should Be", a twist on the break up scene that ended Buffy and Spike's affair. Confused? Yeah, me too. All you really need to know is that the first two fics, while not Spuffy-lives-happily-ever-after, were a little softer and offered more room for hope than we got in canon.  This fic begins just after Spike has talked Xander into rethinking his decision to leave Anya at the altar; Buffy and Willow have followed up by taking him back in to apologize and go on with the wedding. Spike's date has gone home, having realized that she was only there to make Buffy jealous (mission accomplished) and Buffy has asked him to stay. We pick up....
 
Series: Season Six Wedding series
Categories: Season 6
Characters: Ensemble
Genres: Romance
Warnings: Adult Language
Completed: Yes Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Word count: 2,800 Hit Count: 450 ePub Downloads: 24
Published: May 24, 2016 Updated: May 24, 2016
Summary: This fic is set in the verse (series) I (unintentionally) started with Things That Go Bump in the Night. By now, in addition to the original long fic, there are lots of ficlets documenting Spike and Buffy’s early years together (thanks to Schmoop Bingo). All you really need to know about that verse, is that quite a few years after Chosen and NFA, and after the aforementioned long fic, Spike is now fully human but has the same slayer powers as Buffy. This ficlet is set many, many years in the future, when their family has grown and now includes grandchildren. The title is one of Spike’s lines from the show – probably Season Five.
 
 
Summary: Spike and Buffy wonder if they’ve become too old to be effective slayers. Turns out they get a chance to find out... 
Disclaimer: Not my characters and no money is being made off them.
Thanks: to gillo who offered to look this over for me before it went up, and as always, improved it greatly. Any mistakes left are due to my tinkering and/or ignoring her good advice. J
Series: The Bumpverse Series
Categories: Post-Series, Alternate Reality
Characters: Buffy, Dawn, Original Characters, Spike
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst
Warnings: None
Completed: Yes Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Word count: 2,807 Hit Count: 411 ePub Downloads: 28
Published: April 08, 2016 Updated: April 08, 2016
Summary: Summary: Following the Seasonal Spuffy theme of “new beginnings”, we pick up ten years after the events of NFA with Buffy in a familiar setting – a graveyard. Things have changed a lot since Sunnydale, but some of them are about to become familiar again...
Categories: Post-Series
Characters: Angelus, Buffy, Drusilla, Faith, Original Characters, Spike, Xander
Genres: Drama
Warnings: Adult Language
Completed: Yes Chapters: 4 Table of Contents
Word count: 46,737 Hit Count: 2,122 ePub Downloads: 71
Published: April 04, 2016 Updated: April 04, 2016
Summary: Another post Something Blue fic. This one not a fluffy or Spuffy as the others. After all, Spike was still evil at the time.... It's mostly in his pov as he plots his revenge.
Categories: Season 4
Characters: Buffy, Ensemble, Spike
Genres: Drama
Warnings: Adult Language
Completed: Yes Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Word count: 9,756 Hit Count: 276 ePub Downloads: 21
Published: August 10, 2016 Updated: August 10, 2016
Summary: Written for Wulfie’s Angel-bashing community:   Takes place during “The Girl in Question” and goes seriously AU from Andrews’s speech to Spike and Angel at the doorway to Buffy’s apartment..
Categories: Episode Rewrite, Crossover (AtS)
Characters: Andrew Wells, Angel, Buffy, Dawn, Other, Spike
Genres: Fluffy/Comedy
Warnings: None
Completed: Yes Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Word count: 2,528 Hit Count: 763 ePub Downloads: 22
Published: July 19, 2016 Updated: July 19, 2016
Summary: Actually two stories - one short one that was inspired by a prompt or something at the BSV many, many years ago, and a much longer sequel that begins right after the end of the first one. The first story begins in the summer before season 5 and they go on into the season, but totally noncanon after the summer's possible fill-in-the-blanks. Which is probably pretty non-canon too, actually. :)
Categories: Season 5, Crossover (AtS), Claim
Characters: Angel, Anya, Buffy, Cordelia, Ensemble, Giles, Joyce, Lorne, Riley Finn, Spike, Tara, Willow, Xander
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language, Blood Play, Buffy/Other (Temp), Sexual Situations, Torture, Violence
Completed: Yes Chapters: 6 Table of Contents
Word count: 69,124 Hit Count: 4,863 ePub Downloads: 120
Published: July 17, 2016 Updated: July 17, 2016
Summary: A slightly altered version of the scene where Buffy breaks up with Spike. :(
Series: Season Six Wedding series
Categories: Season 6
Characters: Buffy, Spike
Genres: Angst
Warnings: None
Completed: Yes Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Word count: 1,846 Hit Count: 485 ePub Downloads: 23
Published: May 24, 2016 Updated: May 24, 2016
Summary: A series of ficlets, all but one written during AtS season 5 or shortly thereafter when we realized we weren't going to get a reunion. (probably just as well, since it would have been just a guest spot for Sarah so it couldn't have been Spuffy) Hated what Spike said to Buffy as he was on fire, so the same theme (insecure Spike, unhappy Buffy) runs through all of them. Pretty cheesy and alike in a lot of ways but with the ending we all wanted to see then.
Categories: Post-Series, Crossover (AtS)
Characters: Angel, Buffy, Fred, Lorne, Spike
Genres: Angst, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language
Completed: Yes Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Word count: 6,251 Hit Count: 457 ePub Downloads: 17
Published: August 19, 2016 Updated: August 19, 2016
Summary: Buffy is adjusting to her new status, while preparing to prevent the Mayor's ascension.  But there have been some changes in her life...
 
A sequel to A Mother's Plea.
Categories: Season 3
Characters: Angel, Buffy, Giles, Joyce, Spike
Genres: Drama, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language, Blood Play, Sexual Situations
Completed: Yes Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Word count: 10,135 Hit Count: 1,182 ePub Downloads: 65
Published: April 22, 2016 Updated: April 22, 2016
Summary:   Written as a sequel to “Boy Smell Nice”, a fun little ficlet by ZoeGrace set during the 4th season episode “Beer Bad”.  In Zoe’s fic, which has, alas, been taken down while she explores original fiction, Spike has stumbled across Buffy while she is under the influence of the magic beer that created Cave Buffy.  He is distracted from killing her when Cave Buffy decides that he smells good.   During the course of the following activities, he bites her and tries to claim her.  But all in all, it’s a fun evening for them.  We begin with the very last line of Zoe’s story…  and Buffy and Spike will take it from there.
 
 
 
Categories: Season 4
Characters: Buffy, Ensemble, Riley Finn, Spike
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language, Buffy/Other (Temp), Sexual Situations
Completed: Yes Chapters: 2 Table of Contents
Word count: 25,651 Hit Count: 1,369 ePub Downloads: 58
Published: June 17, 2016 Updated: June 17, 2016
Summary: Three fics set in Buffy's birthday part in season 6. Same premise, really, just written years apart and somewhat differently. The main thing is by the time the party's over, Spike is no longer a secret  and it looks like that might be okay.
Categories: Season 6, Episode Rewrite
Characters: Buffy, Clem, Dawn, Ensemble, Spike, Tara, Willow, Xander
Genres: Drama, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language, Blood Play
Completed: Yes Chapters: 3 Table of Contents
Word count: 7,230 Hit Count: 1,239 ePub Downloads: 19
Published: July 30, 2016 Updated: August 16, 2016
Summary: For Sigyn's challenge
Categories: Post-Series, Challenge Response
Characters: Buffy
Genres: Challenge Response
Warnings: None
Challenges: The Vampire Was Pretty
Completed: Yes Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Word count: 252 Hit Count: 872 ePub Downloads: 12
Published: December 17, 2016 Updated: December 17, 2016
Summary: So, Always_jbj and I often joked that I had hundreds of Dead Things stories. And she would know - she beta'd most of them. That was, however an exaggeration. As it turns out, I have only four. Three are very similar themes - Buffy beats Spike, she feels terrible about it, tries to atone, and they live happily ever after.  Or something like that... I posting those three in the order in which they were written. You may or may not see enough differences and/or improvement to justify their existence, but they are what they are. Season Six was all about "fixing" Buffy and Spike, and that episode was one in desperate need of fixing. The idea that Spike could just show up the next week at Buffy's birthday party, still sporting a black eye, and things are normal and even flirty between him and Buffy just made no sense to me. They have to have had interaction between the beatdown and the party - preferably immediately after she realized she might have left him to die in that alley.
The fourth one is based on the premise that Xander was there when Spike's "body" was found. I actually like it the best of the lot. :) 
Categories: Season 6
Characters: Buffy, Ensemble, Spike, Xander
Genres: Angst, Drama, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language, Blood Play, Sexual Situations, Violence
Completed: Yes Chapters: 4 Table of Contents
Word count: 30,008 Hit Count: 1,623 ePub Downloads: 46
Published: August 13, 2016 Updated: August 13, 2016
Summary: Written and posted oirginailly (1/9/06) for Good_Evil community. Willow doesn't give up her My Will Be Done Spell quite as easily. Bonus appearance by Ripper.  It was meant to be evil Willow, but it's really more like petulant Willow. It has a longer sequel - More Toil and Trouble.
Categories: Season 4
Characters: Buffy, Ensemble, Spike
Genres: Drama
Warnings: Sexual Situations
Completed: Yes Chapters: 2 Table of Contents
Word count: 15,666 Hit Count: 1,340 ePub Downloads: 62
Published: June 17, 2016 Updated: June 17, 2016
Summary: A collection of drabbles through the years, divided by season. Mostly Spike and/or Buffy, but a few where they are in the background, but not the actual character in the drabble.
Categories: Drabbles
Characters: Angel, Buffy, Dawn, Giles, Spike, Tara
Genres: Angst, Drama, Fluffy/Comedy, POV, Romance
Warnings: None
Completed: Yes Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Word count: 3,221 Hit Count: 174 ePub Downloads: 10
Published: June 14, 2016 Updated: June 14, 2016
Summary: Title: Eve of Destruction(12/8/06)
Disclaimer:  My version of an alternate ending to AtS season V.  They’re still Joss’s characters and it’s still his world.  Drat!
Beta by Always_jbj
Summary: Written for the Apocalypse challenge at Good_Evil. Some Spuffiness and some angst.  Third place award. Takes place just before and during an alternate NFA
 
Categories: Crossover (AtS)
Characters: Angel, Buffy, Charles Gunn, Harmony, Illyria, Spike, Willow
Genres: Angst, Drama, Fighting
Warnings: Character Death
Completed: Yes Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Word count: 13,320 Hit Count: 539 ePub Downloads: 10
Published: July 03, 2016 Updated: July 03, 2016
Summary:  It’s the summer before Season VII; Buffy is led to Spike and told he is a champion that she must take care of until it’s time for him.  She’s dubious at first, but very glad to see him again.  Important conversations are had, as they should have been, before he goes up like a candle.
Categories: Season 7
Characters: Buffy, Dawn, Spike
Genres: Dramedy
Warnings: None
Completed: Yes Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Word count: 10,142 Hit Count: 899 ePub Downloads: 27
Published: June 22, 2016 Updated: June 22, 2016
Summary: Summary: What if Ethan's spell had lasted a little longer, and Giles and Spike had spent more time together?  Goes way AU almost immediately after Giles finds Spike, so no relationship to canon at all except for a few lines of dialogue written by much more talented (and well paid) people. Probably plays a bit fast and loose with the timeline too. :)
Categories: Season 4
Characters: Buffy, Ethan Rayne, Giles, Riley Finn, Spike, Willow, Xander
Genres: Action/Adventure, Dramedy
Warnings: Adult Language
Completed: Yes Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Word count: 6,378 Hit Count: 622 ePub Downloads: 44
Published: June 19, 2016 Updated: June 19, 2016
Summary: I started writing with season 6 and never left it for long.  This is a collection of short season fic stories - some sad, some hopeful, some.... a bit of both. I think a few were written for prompts at Schmoop Bingo, so be guided by that. LOL 
 
 
 
Categories: Season 6
Characters: Buffy, Ensemble, Spike
Genres: Angst, Drama, Dramedy, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language, Sexual Situations
Completed: Yes Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Word count: 12,279 Hit Count: 331 ePub Downloads: 20
Published: August 16, 2016 Updated: August 16, 2016
Summary: Begins just after the very end of Season Eight comics when Spike and Buffy have been meeting on a fire escape outside Xander and Dawn's apartment. It takes place a little farther on in that season.
Categories: Season 8 (Comic)
Characters: Buffy, Dawn, Drusilla, Faith, Original Characters, Spike, Xander
Genres: Drama, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language, Character Death
Completed: Yes Chapters: 3 Table of Contents
Word count: 30,050 Hit Count: 1,384 ePub Downloads: 48
Published: March 18, 2016 Updated: March 18, 2016
Summary: Four very different ficlets set in season four - some Spuffier than others, one almost Spander after the Spuffy pRon...
Categories: Season 4
Characters: Buffy, Spike
Genres: Fluffy/Comedy, Porn w/o Plot, Romance
Warnings: Sexual Situations
Completed: Yes Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Word count: 5,756 Hit Count: 254 ePub Downloads: 21
Published: August 10, 2016 Updated: August 10, 2016
Summary: Title: Frail (7/14/09)
Author: Slaymesoftly

Disclaimer: Not my characters, but I doubt Joss cares what I do with them this far down the road.
Summary: Buffy’s an old woman with a big loving family. But she’s dying. Is there anyone else she needs to see? Thanks to rebcake for the title.:) and to Always_jbj for the lovely banner.
Categories: Alternate Reality, Post-Series
Characters: Buffy, Original Characters, Spike
Genres: Angst
Warnings: Character Death
Completed: Yes Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Word count: 3,026 Hit Count: 437 ePub Downloads: 9
Published: July 04, 2016 Updated: July 04, 2016