I like this univers with a happy Spuffy family.
poor Spike one night out with his son becomes a disaster
I loved the happy Spuffy space too. 🙌d84;a039; And haha, poor Spike for sure! Thank you for reading!!
Love it - Spike + baby scenes are so good. And I'm always a sucker for details of place, so the story feels real and is like a mini-travelogue. And your inclusion of Liz and Gershwin made me go back and look at that photo in "Ketchup and the Crocodile" of the real-life inspiration for Gershwin (and Ketchup).[Report This]
Showering with an infant is such next level parenting and I am so proud of him. I’m cracking up that he would pretend to be asleep. XD I like the closure between all of them and Dru. This fic was so cute and fun and I’m so glad I got to read it. :)[Report This]
Very fun story. Spike was right to be defensive when everyone said he was babysitting. He is the parent.
He is the parent! There's a meme that's going around in my mom groups about dads saying they're babysitting and moms being indignant that being a parent is not babysitting. lol So, I flipped it here and made Spike indignant that he's relegated to "babysitting." He takes his dad job very seriously. Heh. Thank you so much for reading! It was super fun to tell a story from Spike's POV and his view about becoming a dad and what it means to raise a child in their world.
I loved the entire progression of this, from Spike trying (and mostly succeeding) to get home and get everything fixed before Buffy arrives (his shower with Asher was adorable) to the mutual realization of "things went down", which was absolutely like this:
And most of all, I loved how Spuffy was able to (mostly calmly) talk through Spike's mis-adventures. And, of course, reaffirm their love and togetherness with some delightfully hot sex.
Also, I giggled so hard at this: "She dropped his hand and reached back, forcefully pinching his thigh. “Ow! You wanting to start this now? ‘Cause I can go again.” Oh, our vampire, who will happily regard teasing pain as foreplay...
This was such a wonderful end to an absolutely wonderful story, Sandy!! Congratulations on finishing!!!
Spike made a valiant effort to make things seem normal and then realized who the heck was he trying to fool? And did he even want to? Not really. lol Not anymore. And haha... love that cartoon! It's perfect.
They did talk through it. A lot of people said Spike was going to be in big trouble but I didn't think it fit the Spuffy in Small Boat. They're established and loving and there is so much trust there. And Spike honestly didn't set out for things to go so poorly.
He would so totally go again and see it as foreplay! lol
Also, I had two endings to the story...well, two kitty names. I thought about including your sweet kitty as part of the name because the name meaning is totally perfect with the themes in the story, but I also didn't want to make you sad. So there was that ending...
Snowball was always going to be the first name though because Spike is sentimental like that.
Anyway, thank you so so much for reading! Sorry your RL is so busy! *hugs* I hope your next week is easier!
Awww, that was such a sweet thought and oh so appreciated (don't worry, it wouldn't have made me sad)
I of course enjoyed how Spike tried to rush home and make everything in order. The little showering with Asher was sweet.
The truth had to come out and Spike had a story to tell. Buffy had one of her own, I liked the idea of them getting Drusilla's blessing.
This was a mostly nice story, really enjoyable.
He did try to make everything seem normal and then just realized it was all for naught. lol It wouldn't have worked after everything that happened and he wouldn't want to keep secrets from Buffy anyway. Glad you enjoyed the story and Dru's blessing. I like that it gave her a little closure as well! *hugs* Thanks for reading, Magnus!
I love this! In spite of Spike's insecurities, there is nothing to fear from Buffy now. The days of fists to the nose are in the past as is the rush to judgment. Now she listens first... they communicate!
Love his rush to get home and make everything as normal as possible before Buffy gets home. She would have had questions about his injuries so his goose was cooked regardless but he made a gallant effort.
Love his showering with Ash. Wonderful daddy/son moments there. Love that it's a fairly common event. Great bonding there. He's going to be a pretty well-adjusted child IMHO. Certainly he'll know he has that foundation of love that is vital.
I'm so glad that they aren't holding back with one another. They are true partners.
Cute that Spike went for the cute name for the kitten while Buffy was going for the rough and tough.
Dru giving her blessing made sense really. As far as she is able she does love Spike and wants him happy.
Excellent story from start to end.
Awww...thank you, Kathleen!
There really isn't anything to fear from Buffy now. He sometimes forgets...ha. Old habits and all. I thought about how to end this fic and lots of people kept saying Spike was going to be in big trouble, but that didn't really fit with the couple from Small Boat, so instead, she reacted this way!
He did make a gallant effort! lol
He's a really great daddy...Asher is loved by both of them so much! And I really wanted this fic to show just how Spike would be as a dad. And also to show that being a new dad has a learning curve. Haha. Poor guy.
Spike was being sentimental...the tender heart that he has. lol I actually had two drafts of the end...with different names.
I wanted Dru to have her closure. She really didn't get it in AtS or BtVS. I know people don't always get closure but it's fanfic, right?
Yay! I'm glad you enjoyed the story! Thanks so much for reading! I always look so forward to your thoughts!
Yep! That scene where Dru and Darla are in the store is one of my favs. I love that Dru is so stuck in the past, whilst being able to see the future.
Same here! She is a curious mixture of both that is fascinating!
Lovely ending. My daughter had a Siamese named Snowball when she was little. Sad to see it's over hope we get some one-shots as Asher grows up. Thank you for including me in your little tale, I smile every time I see my name. 😊💖💚
Aww...I love that your daughter had a Snowball! I'm sad that it's done, too! I may have to do some one-shots. Nothing pops out right now though. And I loved getting to include you! Thanks for being such a great sport about it! Thank you so much for reading and for leaving such sweet comments!
Lovely ending! I had a cat named Snowball. I am surprised and delighted that Buffy took the events calmly.
Thank you so much! I love that you had a cat named Snowball! She totally did...which is in keeping with their relationship in Small Boat. She knows Spike would never hurt Asher or put him in harm's way but if he'd have been hurt...priorities! lol
Aw, I'm so glad that Spike didn't get into too much trouble with Buffy.
And that's one crisis over with... until the next time...
He didn't! It's good he told the truth... he'd have been in SO much more trouble if Asher had been hurt!
And yep...one crisis down! I'm sure there will be many more in the future!
Thanks so much for reading!
Ah, what a treat! I hadn;t realized how long ago EC2 was until buzwuzz recced it this week. A lot has happened. Thank you for fulfilling my desperate need for Spike to take a baby to demon poker night!!
Gershwin would never do that.
How little Spike knows about poodles!
Aww, I love that Dru is taking care of her darling boy, in her own way. And that Spike frantically tries to conceal everything, but then can't help but just tell the whole story. And also that Buffy was able to restrain herself during the account of the evening.
Also, I love that Spike's so capable with Asher -- the shower and the changing and the popping in of the pacifier.
What a good vampire dad!
Omgosh! It's been a long time! You're so welcome! It was fun to write (and hopefully a good distraction...)
HAHA...I know little about poodles so Spike does, too. I love hearing about what she would do. lol Your baby has so much character!
Dru is taking care of Spike. She's finally at the point that while she can't have him, she wants him to be well taken care of.
Buffy would have been much angrier if Asher had been at all hurt!
And Spike is totally a good and doting father! You do what you have to do! James, on the other hand, totally not cooperative in the shower and wails his head off (from personal experience trying to bathe my son in a hotel shower). lol
Thank you so much for reading!
"she held up an iPhone that she’d produced from god knew where" - Hee! I too dearly loved this section. The technology age truly gets to everybody
Thanks for carrying me, Clem! What a sweetheart. And *of course* I wasn't about to let a demon eat the poor defenseless kitten! You can bet he'll be getting some house visits
Spike squatted and pulled a credit card out of his boot where he sometimes stowed it. He didn’t prefer to carry a wallet. - Hah! Something tells me that Buffy is the one to pay at restaurants so that Spike doesn't have to dig around in his shoes during a date Also, I learned that there are different emergency doors from you! Hah, the places fanfic takes us...
He realized that Dru must have changed the baby and done a decent job at it. - awww I can definitely see Dru doing that. She really seems to love Asher in her way, and she's always been a nurturer at heart (no matter how twisted her actions sometimes get in her madness and vampirism)
More like a whole lot of vampires, some Slayers, a werewolf, some witches, and a poodle. - The poodle is *especially* dangerous
"one couple was swaying and drunkenly singing “Dancing Queen” complete with attempts at synchronized kicks to the beat of the song. " - That's hysterical. Personal experience?
LOVED this chapter so much! I'm so sorry I'm so behind in reviewing, dearest Sandy. Excited for the final chapter!
She is totally savvy now!! I'm amused that she must pay the bill somehow.
Aww...I thought you might like Clem carrying you! And you couldn't let Clem's kitty be eaten! I'm definitely picturing you, Liz, Emily, and Gershwin dropping in unannounced for inspections.
LOL...Spike is totally a romantic on a date so carries some cash. The card is just for emergencies. Though Buffy may have to pay the remainder if he doesn't have quite enough. It's hard to predict how much will be needed.
I actually just realized Asher needed changing in the story so decided Dru must have done it.
Oh yeah! The poodle is not to be underestimated!
Well, nope on the personal experience! Haha. But it seemed like something that has happened on Bourbon.
Yay! I'm glad you liked your chapter! Thank you so much for reading! Sorry it took me so long to reply! I feel like the last week has been discombobulated!
Ah, but is he home free? Still are other lips that can sink his leaky ship. Spike better hope they all take pity on him.
I think Buffy actually might regret not seeing Clem. They got fairly close that summer while Spike was in Africa.
Glad Feng is taking the kitty for good reasons.
Ah, poor damaged Dru. There she is trying in her weird way to reconnect with Spike and still asking about her daddy. She is such a sad, sad, case.
Well done action scenes.
Love the escape and Spike using his bad boy skills for a good purpose.
Dru with an IPhone is a hoot! Hope she torments Angel with calls.
He is home free! But don't worry...this is still the same Spuffy from Small Boat. I think you'll find them just as loving.
You'll see how Buffy reacts to Clem!
Two kiddos get a sweet kitty pet tonight.
And Dru is really messed up. Angel is stuck with her now...
Thank you so much about the action scenes! The whole back story is planned out...ha!
Thank you for reading! Hope all is well with you!
It was easier for them to get away than I expected. It was nice to see Feng again. I always like when we can see demons living lives so close to ours.
It seems like some slayers needs a big smackdown, It's nothing wrong with eating kittens. They shouldn't try to force their own twisted ideas onto others.
Let's see what the next badness for Spike can be.
Yes! I wanted one demon from the bunch to make it through the night (ala the car thieves in the movie).
LOL...there is nothing wrong with eating kittens but they do get indignant about a kitten that Clem and Spike so obviously care about.
Poor Spike! He is almost home!
Thank you so much for reading!!
I love Dru with the smart phone! She's come a long way since Ats S2:
"Oh. I'm ringing. - Do you hear it? I'm ringing all over!"
Darla watches her for a moment then reaches down into the front of Drusilla's dress and pulls out a cell phone.
"Oh, yeah. I forgot about that."
So, Spike's almost home free, but he still has to face Buffy's... er... displeasure.
I FORGOT ABOUT THAT! Omg...that's awesome!
She has come a long way with the technology! It has been over a decade.
He is home free! He better be glad that Asher isn't hurt...
Thank you so much for reading!
The iPhone is funny, but I find the idea of Dru changing Asher *hilarious.*
I love this chapter — I especially love Katie’s threat of demon home inspections. Do not mess with kitten welfare on Katie’s turf! And of course, a demon-fighting poodle is a happy and fulfilled poodle. If only I could offer Gershwin such a job!
Dru: "Aren't you a nummy, nummy little boy -- oooo. Oooo, no no no. Yuck."
HAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!! The diaper change addition! So true... I can totally imagine her holding up the diaper between thumb and forefinger and handing it to the closest minion to dispose of. (I actually realized that Asher hadn't been changed in a while and thought it would be funny to have Dru do it.)
Well, Liz and Katie and Emily will be swinging by for unplanned kitten welfare checks. And they'll probably let the poodle tag along!
Gershwin would totally rock at being a demon-fighting canine! Totally imagining Liz training her, too!
That bit at the end... I really don't miss having to tote around bloody baby clobber. Although my 20 year old costs more. So sweet to see Spike all domesticated and the dynamic with Buffy made me smile. In my experience no mother *ever* thinks Dad is even remotely capable without precise instructions!
Spike is totally domestic with Buffy! And this is SO true about moms and dads. Of course, the dads don't help the matter. Thank you so much for reading!!
Dru with a phone is always hilarious. So glad they escaped.
Oh gosh! I didn't reply! Thank you so much! Dru with a phone is so cute...I totally forgot about her ringing. Haha!
"The big one who’d drugged him was corralling the kittens, dangling a bit of string for them to play with." - I'm sort in love with this image of a gigantic, muscly vamp just having some wholesome kitten fun times But then, he was sired by Dru, so it really makes a lot of sense. She's always had such a good eye for the emotionally kind.
"Clem had never met Dru. It probably wouldn’t have gone well." - *snerk* You know, I never considered that fact until just now, but you're absolutely right! Poor Clem
The vampire was pretty. - HAH. You too? You and Liz are so sneaky!
"She valued connection as much as he did. Maybe she was completely adrift – all hope gone." - I know you said you haven't written Dru much, but you just wrote an incredibly beautiful (and entirely heart-wrenching) ode to Dru (and the Sprusilla relationship) with this chapter. All the complexity that is her - what makes her and breaks her. I just wanted to hug her this chapter!
“Parenting is not the same as bloody babysitting. I’m his father, not a childminder!” - Haha, aww poor Spike! I can see how this would absolutely be a sore spot for our vamp.
And uh oh... looks like the calvary is here...
Also, YAY for collecting rocks in Florida! Hee.
I didn't realize that I didn't reply!
Yes...Dru sired another caretaker though he is definitely not Spike-like. lol
Poor Clem...I wonder what she would have done with him.
YES...I did the vampire was pretty thing for Liz... And I cheated and put some other singsongy words between the two phrases. Haha.
Awww...thank you! Dru is so hard for me! I challenged myself to write that one Dru fic a long time ago from her POV and it was so hard to be in her head. But from Spike's POV it was a little easier. I always wondered what she's been up to...
YES...he is not a babysitter!!!!!!! Spike is very offended. He would be offended by the title of this fic. I saw this meme once in one of my mom groups that someone posted about fathers thinking that they have to babysit when they're the parent. I just flipped it around because Spike is definitely not seeing it that way at all.
The calvary is here!
And haha...our human Angels are both in Florida...that amuses me to no end!
Thank you so much!!
Really tense chapter Spike use to be completely attuned to Dru. He understood her better than anyone else and knew how to communicate with her even at her worst. He's lost that ability because he's not been around her particular madness in a long while. There was no telling how this chapter was going to go!
I've always been in the camp of seeing Dru as the more innocent of innocent in all of Buffyverse. She had been destroyed long before her turning and nothing she did was anything she truly had any say in. For that reason, I always hate to see her dust but it might just be an act of kindness in the end. She does not do well and what she needs to do well is bad for everyone else.
Truthfully Angel SHOULD be the one to sort her out. He made this tragic mess then walked away.
I think Spike handled her just right here. If that's Buffy swooping in it could go very badly for Dru and her minions and plaything.
I liked your semi-lucid and terribly depressed Dru here. I think she would be just this way.
(Just fyi, I know there was period you were just reading and not reviewing for good reason...but just making sure you read the previous chapter with Spike getting kidnapped by the poker demons)... Btw, how are you feeling? (And I downloaded your new chapter...excited to read it!)
I think Spike did pretty good with Dru considering...phew. lol
And me, too, about seeing Dru as innocent in a lot of ways. It's hard to fault her for anything she does.
And haha...I just had Spike totally punt the ball to Angel. He did make the mess and then left her to Spike.
Thanks so much about Dru! I re-watched Fool for Love (SUCH a chore) and Crush to help me with her characterization. She's hard for me. She definitely has her own agenda here and you'll see a bit more of that in the next chapter and hear even more in the last chapter.
*hugs* Have I told how happy I am that you're writing??
Thank you so much for reading!!
Thanks and also for understanding. I have a written list of the fic and chapters I read and need to go back to review. I hate doing that!
I'm doing better. Bruising is gone and car repaired. At the moment Jim has been sick so life is still pretty hectic. Meh...such is life LOL.
I am so beyond delighted to be writing again. It's like having an errant child return home and all is forgiven!
Hope all is well with you!
OMG I about died so I'll confess now, I cheated, I went to the end first. After you mentioned it being foreshadowed in the last story I kinda remembered. Awesome chapter. 💚 (the vampire was pretty - I caught that 😁)
Did I just help save the day 😍
OMG...I love that you cheated! Haha... That kinda made my day when I read that you did that!
And oh yeah...I did it! Mostly for yellowb...since this is her story!
And YEP...you are helping save the day!!!!!!
Thank you so much for reading!
Oh my, that was nerve-wracking!! Dru should never, ever, ever hold a baby! She’s just not stable and oh but I’m glad Asher is okay.
Ha, I do love her as a character though — I’m so glad Spike didn’t have to dust her. I love the idea of her showing up and messing with Angel’s life!
She shouldn't, huh? After OYB had her turning babies, this was a hard scene to write 'cause in my head, I just kept going back there. But I did watch a bunch of Drusilla scenes to get her in my head...it'd been too long!
And me, too! It'd be almost cruel to dust her. And yep...she's gonna go hang with Angel.
Also, I put it in there!! The lines! The vampire was pretty. His name was Spike.
Oh, I meant to mention that the vampire was just so darn pretty!!!