Mr. Trick
Summary: I know I have a few stories in progress that I should finish first but I came up with this idea a few months ago and have had a lot of fun developing it. It's based on a Blackmirror episode *spoiler alert* the couple who are falling in love are part of an app to find your perfect match. They are 0.1% of a simulation.
Fifteen year old Buffy meets Jenny Calender's brother who is a technopagan developing a computer program to help people find their One so Buffy gets to see over a thousand simulations where she meets her match and they may or may not overcome the odds.
Summary: Buffy is having a strange night. The usual baddies are nowhere to be found, Spike is back in town (without Drusilla and on a drunken mission to use magic to make her love him again), and the feathers are flying... though not any time that Buffy is actually there. She just finds them blowing around town near Spike's abandoned car. And when she finally finds Spike, it is not at all what she expects.
Beginning of "Lover's Walk" but goes off-canon right from the start.
Posted as part of the "12 Years 12 Seasons Challenge" (Prompt 4).
Categories: Challenge Response, Season 3
Characters: Angel, Buffy, Cordelia, Giles, Joyce, Mayor Richard Wilkins III, Mr. Trick, Oz, Spike, Willow, Xander
Genres: Action/Adventure, Fluffy/Comedy
Warnings: Adult Language, Sexual Situations
Completed: No Chapters: 7 Table of Contents
Word count: 16,431 Hit Count: 3,533 ePub Downloads: 82
Published: October 31, 2018 Updated: April 17, 2019
Summary: Spike never has behaved the way Buffy expected... not even when he's a feral demon.

At the end of 'Lover's Walk,' instead of sending his goons to fight Spike, Mayor Wilkins sends them to capture him.  When they return with the vampire and a bonus Slayer, Wilkins injects them with some new drugs he got from Professor Walsh over at the university.  With Buffy stripped of her strength and Spike stripped of his human traits, all the Mayor has to do is lock them in a room and let the Slayer of Slayers do what he does best.
Buffy wakes up weak, injured, in chains, and at the complete mercy of her mortal enemy.  Yet instead of torturing and killing her, Spike frees her and tends her wounds.  She can't ask him why, because he's nonverbal.  She has no choice except to believe the unsouled, feral demon cares for her.  The two of them form a bond, depending on each other to escape.  By the time Buffy and Spike get free of the Mayor's clutches, everything between them has changed... as has everything Buffy thought she knew about demons.
Categories: Season 3
Characters: Angel, Buffy, Cordelia, Giles, Joyce, Maggie Walsh, Mayor Richard Wilkins III, Mr. Trick, Oz, Spike, Willow, Xander
Genres: Action/Adventure, Dramedy, Fighting
Warnings: Adult Language, Buffy/Other (Temp), Sexual Situations, Violence
Challenges: protective feral Spike
Completed: Yes Chapters: 16 Table of Contents
Word count: 63,892 Hit Count: 43,693 ePub Downloads: 544
Published: April 30, 2019 Updated: October 31, 2019

The universe had a few things go wrong in it.
So an order was put in for a second go, by the Powers.
When a Slayer took down her first Master, in LA,
when Whistler was sent in to point a vampire with a soul
at a girl who had no clue what he was up to,
things slid a little sideways, onto a slightly different track.

What is 'normal', really?
Who is prophesied?
And what happens if you give the ingredients a stir
before you send your dish back to the kitchen and ask for a new version of the same meal?