Of course she didn't decide right then lol. Her mom was right, she has time to. And we know it will be Spike He can start with Christmas dinner, then it can become more. Baby steps. Aw!!
Yep. Christmas dinner with the family is a very good starting point. And Buffy will get there, she just needs to get over her post heaven depression first.
Thank you for commenting all the way, and I'm very happy that you liked the story!
Aw. The Spuffy finally, as you said. As weird as it was to read, I like that in the previous chapters you made her lives with Angel and Riley nice. When she chooses Spike, it will be Bec he is the one she wants, not because all of her other options sucked. They travel the world together and are always laughing. He not only fights along side her, heakes it fun. They throw ideas around and finish each other's battle stratagy sentences. Her friends and family spend time with them. It was a really nice glimos into their future.
I love when people get why I gave her so nice futures for Riley and Angel as well :D I'm so glad you liked it!
Another's chapter of almost all good stuff and only a little bit of bad. I'm worrying for Spike now, lol.
Nah, never fear. Spike will get his turn :D
Ugh. This chapter felt gross and weird, I guess it was too Bangel for me. And I was expecting a big down side, but there really was not one. I can't imagine what this next chapter will bring!
If it helps, writing this felt weird to me too. I'm not really one for Bangel and I had to keep it positive for the story to work the way I wanted it to...
I though Buffy's mom was going to show her the past, but she told her that someone was going to show her the past. Cool! There are plenty of dead people to choose from, I wonder who the ghosts will be. I'm glad Joyce will be stopped in to see Dawn too. Great start, I am ready to see where it goes.
There was not a lot of the Christmas Carol that I kept for the story, but having Joyce taking the role of Scrooge's friend felt right. Which meant no being tour guide for her. She's just the messenger. Altough, just is the wrong word. She made a great messenger.
A lovely version of a Christmas Carol - a Buffy Christmas Carol is always wonderful to read - I like that all three had potential and Good and Bad sides for each relationship. However with both Angel the future seemed to fraught with very negatives to go with that "what I always wanted life with Angel." Riley there were just too many fundamental differences. Spike and Buffy as equals and having not only Love and great friendship and fun while still being Warriors for Light - that's a pretty darn good future.
Thank you very much for the lovely review. The good and bad sides were very important to me because I wanted Buffy's choice to be about what is best for her not just to pick the only good in a bad lot. But Spike's still the best and with this little nudge I hope Buffy will let herself see it :)
I really enjoyed this. Despite not being super eager to read Buffy/Angel and Buffy/Riley, I really enjoyed the fact that you gave her happy endings if she were to choose one of them. I liked the fact it wasn't necessarily an easy choice for her. She potentially COULD have a happy life with any of three, although it's probably best case scenario in each of them (I definitely don't see Riley working out, not Angel either, but I'm sure I'm preaching to the choir here lol.). But still! There's an actual choice involved. But of course she chooses Spike, duh! I think that makes it more satisfying. I mean it's one thing to know you don't have a future with someone (or it's a bad one) and move on or choose someone else, entirely different scenario to pick between multiple happy endings, to go with the one that feels right and not because it's the only one you'll be happy in. So this was a very satisfying read.
Spike's mother was so lovely, and she didn't presume Buffy would choose Spike. Both Kathy and Riley's dad kind of presumed she would end up with their Angel or Riley. But Spike's mom, was all if you're ever in the scenario, please tell him? It's the really tiny details that flesh out a story. I think Spike's line about the Christmas Goose is my favorite. But I also really liked where you ended it. Buffy didn't rush out to start anything with Spike, she's not ready for that, but she made a step in the right direction to make it happen later. It's very realistic for the situation. So despite totally wanting to see their relationship (those glimpses were not enough!), this is a really good ending point, hopeful. :)
And if you ever write a story about how they get there, I'd love to read it!
It was really important to me that Spike wasn't her only choice, so I'm very happy you liked that I tried to give her that, despite who those alternative were. Although I agree on the onesfutures with Riley and Angel beeing highly unlikely best case szenarios.
I love that you picked up on those details with my three ghosts. I had a lot of fun developing them, since canon gives me a lot more room with those three, but I think it's evident that I liked Spike's mom best (and seriously how could I not? :-) ).
I didn't plan to write a sequel, at least not right now, but if one day the muse strikes, I might still get around to that. Thank you so much for the lovely review!
Kinda hard seeeing her happy with Angel and Riley. I'm just glad she was open to a future with Spike. I would have liked to have read more of them together And her telling Spike the message from his mom
I really wanted Buffy to have three good futures to choose from. Like this choosing Spike means so much more than it would if he was the only good choice. But I totally understand where you are coming from, writing her with Angel and Riley was hard!
Right now I don't intent to write a sequel, maybe one day if inspiration strikes, but until then I'll leave it to your imagination :)
Thank you so much for reading and reviewing.
I really enjoyed that! Your observations of the three different futures were excellent and not biased. Very clever! I'd love to read more by you!
Thank you so much, that's high praise. I'm really glad you enjoyed it.
There will be other stories, I just need to find the time to finish them...
I'm not sure things with Riley would ever work out as good as this, regardless of anything else. He went and basically cheated on her. And that wasn't because of her not letting him in, it was because of his own insecurities. I think they would fall apart faster then they'd be able to patch things up.
Maybe you are right, but I needed a best case scenario with him anyway, so this is what I came up with if he got over himself. I do realize that's a very big if though.
A pretty good description of a possible future with Angel. Not a fan, but I get it, and despite Kathy's plea, I hope Buffy goes another way.
Not a fan either, but I wanted it to be a real choice, so that meant good alternatives...
I liked how Buffy's three possible futures played out. Each one is pretty true to the best-case scenario based on what we know of the Buffy, Angel, riley, and Spike and I thought it was fairly balanced. I like that Buffy recognizes it will take time before reaching that happy future.
I'm glad you see it like that, because that was exactly what I intended to do. Making them the best they could be, flaws included. Thank you so much for reading :)
Alternative future Buffy seems to have sex a lot lol
As happy as all the scenarios mostly are, though, they just seem so unrealistic. Genuine issues from canon don't seem dealt with, just vanished.
"For you," Anne replied with a smile, "Always for you." - GREAT line!
Well most of the time she seemed to enjoy it. Everything to make Buffy happy :)
I tried not to make the futures too perfect, but you are probably right that even though I left some problems in place, other might have simply vanished. But then again, if the Powers told her how to deal with them it would be too easy.
Hmm. There's a lot I could say about this scenario and how I feel about it but, for now, I will bite my tongue and reserve judgement until I read more.
Then I'm going to wait paitently.
*hopes going through this isn't going to be too hard on Buffy* poor girl!
The Powers mean well. And it isn't as if they could make it much worse, considering how Buffy feels.
Great little story! Wish she'd told him what his mother said, though.
Hope you have a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
No worries, I think she will tell him, once she's ready to talk about what else the powers showed her.
Merry Christmas to you too and thank you for reading!
The biggest problem at this point is Buffy being willfully ignorant about just who Spike is and what he can feel, how he can choose. She's spent so much time convincing herself that he's an evil soulless thing that she's missed all the signs that he is not that at all. She needs to get a true look at HIM, the being called Spike not the generic vampire that she prefers to see when she looks at him
Yes they are equals. Spike lets her take lead when she want/needs to but is capable of thinking for himself when needed too. He makes her life more fun. In the early days after the resurrection he even made her laugh and smile in the midst of her depression. Only when she ran from it did that stop.
And you are telling me this, because you think you should buy me a bigger Christmas goose. LOL and he casts himself in the role of Bob Crachitt. So funny.
Yeah I think she sees the light there. I think if she examined Angel and Riley even more closely she might even notice more problems. She and Angel don't really know one another (how much talking did they ever do? Now they've been apart and have even less in common). Angel doesn't deal well with the more grown up Buffy, every time she let herself be that way it led to nasty arguments with him. He wants the high school girl with hero worship in her eyes.
As for Riley, she didn't love him. She might have wanted to because he represented "normal" to her but she didn't...it was forced on her part. He couldn't have loved her that much either or he wouldn't have cheated, given her an ultimatum and left her right when she had a super powered enemy breathing down her neck and a very ill mother! Riley was the guy Willow pretty well picked out for her and Xander gave the big stamp of approval. Buffy went along.
I enjoyed this tale very much. Nicely done.
Now that she's seen that future with Spike, denial will be a little harder, because future her is still her and therefore not stupid. So when future her thinks Spike is a good idea then there has to be something about him. In other words Spike gets his chance to shine. She isn't quite there yet, but she's doing the first step in the right direction.
Thank you for reading :)
Yeah Spike brings out the best in Buffy and makes the fight fun instead of just duty. She brings out the best in him too.
So no kids but lots of human couples can't or don't have kids either. If Buffy really wanted to be a mom they could always adopt so that shouldn't be an issue.
Spike is her best bet for being her full self, holding nothing back and not taking a back seat to her man.
Yeah, Spike really brings out the best in her. Now she just has to recognize it...
I have major issues with Riley's attitude towards all demons and I'm glad Buffy at least noted the problem in that scene with a harmless group being killed. I can never root for Riley because of his attitude.
Yeah she could be happy is she took a back seat and let the man lead her, make the decisions and be top dog. Yeah if she bit down on her knowledge and instincts and instead learned to just say, "yes Sir" being one of his troop instead of the Chosen One. Too high a price and too little to gain by paying it.
Yeah, Riley really is a problem, and the only thing going for him is Buffy's wish for normal. But at this stage even Buffy isn't far enough in denial land to ignore that there is something wrong with this.
Looks like a path with Angel has Buffy fall back into some old patterns where she lets Angel take the lead (it diminishes her a bit that way but it is of her choosing). Once more Angel is deciding on when and how they can be together much as he did by having the Oracles roll the day back so he could go back to being a vampire in canon. Buffy was ready to have him secure his soul so they could be fully together but he wanted the Shanshu. the hell? Does he think I'm part of his reward? Yeah, Buffy he does.
Kathy glossed over some issues there but it wasn't a horrible path should Buffy choose it. Lots more sacrifice on her part and there in the end the never ending threat to Angel and their son because Buffy can't just stop being the Slayer and a target. Human Angel has the same problems as any other "normal" love for her and that wouldn't change.
I can understand his sister wanting Angel happy and rooting for her to choose this path. It likely would be the best one for him but not necessarily for Buffy.
PS I think auto correct messed with you in a few places in this chapter. Where you meant content (as in peacefully happy) it put the word contend (to struggle). Just FYI.
You really caught all the little (or not so little) problems I built into the future with Angel, even though I tried to make the future a somewhat positive one, so that when she chooses Spike she does it not because he's the only good one, but the best.
Thank you, I corrected it at once :)
Great opener. I like that you had Buffy recognize the similarity to A Christmas Carol, she had to have at least seen one film version after all! Joyce is a kind guide and this is not to threaten but to help guide her so that's different and good.
Look forward to the ghosts.
I'm glad you liked it. Films is a good idea. Where I live it comes up in school a lot, so the idea that she might not be familiar with it didn't cross my mind.