"the tall, dark-haired man asked, his smile lopsided and his deep brown eyes kind"
D: Well, you have my attention.
"he worried she’d change her mind about being with him, worried that she wouldn’t forgive him for his much longer silence, worried that the universe would do something to drive them apart"
Well, it's nice that Mark seems to be a decent guy and he's on their side, as far as the mission goes.
"which luckily had a pull-out sofa in the other room for him to sleep on. Spike would kill her if she and Mark slept in the same bed."
Oh, good -- haha, I'd like to think he'd want to maim Mark instead.
Rina!!! :) Of course she's sweet! I do wonder who's ripping people's heads off, then. Maybe they're very evil people?
Coke with grenadine sounds like a fun drink!
“I do have a family."
"Like Edward Cullen?”
Always a good sign when passers-by have heads.
I just looked up the Adlet, and so cool!!! Some of the stories look very similar to what I randomly heard just last week about Sedna in Inuit mythology.
Poor Rina. :/ Well, now she's not stuck with a task that was probably impossible.
"Luckily, Mark’s magic on their weapons hid them well enough as the police interviewed everyone on what they had seen."
Oh, right, neat!
"They’d tried everything (even modern psychiatry) to help them to no avail."
oh no! But it's very cool that they did.
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Man that is one gorgeous mood board! I'm ready to go!
You had me worried with the very beginning. Buffy had moved on ... OH NO! Of course, it is just undercover Slayer here.
It was hard on both Buffy and Spike to pretend not to mention even watching the fake being with another person. Spike flirting with others was as unsettling with her as watching Buffy and Mark. Maybe a bit of jealousy will be just the right spice to their relationship to sew them up a bit tighter even.
I like Rina and that whole story (including the demons...cool use of myths there). Like the idea of Mark and Rina hooking up or possibly hooking up.
Nice that Buffy and Spike got a chance to enjoy the place a bit before leaving. Too nice to miss that chance.
Yup, Buffy is ready to settle down now. This works perfectly in showing how they "got there" both physically and emotionally. Nice foundation building of the family.
Oh, I was SO delighted to realize this was part of the Small Boat 'verse! (Do you think you'll add them together in a series sometime for ease of finding?). I love all of the post-series adventures you've been taking this Spuffy on, and this was no exception. I had never heard of an Adlet, and I am SO into how you wrapped them into the Buffyverse - making them the ancestors of our werewolves.
Poor Rina! That's a terrible hereditary burden. At least now her life is now free, and she can go on to get some Watcher action
In general, the faux "married couple" set-up was such fun, but then I take probably a bit too much delight in a touch of jealous Spuffy . Spike's realization that he was in "monogamous, happily taken" mode as opposed to hunting mode was entirely adorable.
Also, that heated pool sounds SPLENDID. Sign me up.
I adored this installment so much, Sandy!! Happy holidays, darling!![Report This]
Loved it 💖. Really nice little story and the ending was magical for them. I checked out the links, that hotel is freaking huge and the mussie just looks like a really big alligator snapping turtle (they can live over 200 years and get really big) 💚
Thank you so much! It was totally a unique experience (one I've only had in writing one other story - Harnessing Sunlight) in which I got to interview a fellow fandom person to get all the details about the place from the smells to the way it looks to the food. And it was fun incorporating the Canadian monster. I can't seem to find a consistent good pic of the mussie! Which one are you looking at?
Thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful New Years Day!
Good to see Buffy & Spike working together as an established couple.
Interesting to see a new kind of monsters and their controller... who wasn't so much with the control.
Lovely Christmas fic.
They are fun to write established sometimes!
So, I may have warped the legend of the Adlet somewhat...like the werewolf thing and the generational control of the insane ones by the female matriarch. But it was kinda fun to play with something like that! I felt very Supernatural. lol
And thank you so much! Hope you and yours had a wonderful holiday! And Happy New Year!
I love stories where Buffy and Spike are a couple. The deer at the end was perfect.
Me, too! It's nice not to have to work the whole fic to set them up. They're a couple that's interesting together even if things are going reasonably well! And thank you about the deer! It's actually something that happened to BWJ, and when she was telling me about the hotel and told me that, I had to put it in! Thank you so much for reading!
It's always good to see them being an established couple. The situation brought a bit of tension but they are secure enough, to not have any problem with this. I liked the little talk we saw Buffy have with Mark.
I really liked the use of Inuit mythology. I never heard about these creatures until a little check on Google. Poor Rina, not a good gift to be left with and it really must suck that she failed, but know she is free. Her own knowledge about the supernatural makes her a good recruit now.
Buffy and Spike got to have some good time afterwards. It really is a special feeling to sit in warm water during a winter night. Then of course you should bath in cold water and hope the shock doesn't kill you😀 It was several years since I did that but I remember that there was a little bit of ice on the cold water, and how good it felt to go back to the warm water.
Happy new year, Magnus!
Thank you so much for the generous comments all year! And I'm so glad you enjoyed the Canadian mythology! I hadn't heard of them either. But it was fun to take the little bit of info and make it something bigger.
BWJ said that the water is just wonderful even when it's been snowing! Haha. I used to run my hands under cold water after playing in the snow. I can't imagine doing it where it's really really cold! Does it feel like it's going to kill you?
Well, it didn't really feel like it would kill me, but it was a shock and I got all those little shakes when my body tried to react to the cold. I admitt that I got the thought of "what if my heart fails from the shock" We had all been drinking during this, so it probably unsafe, it was a natural dam after all.
As a Canadian who has stayed in this hotel I am so happy that a Spuffy story like this exists! :)
Awww...yay! I hope it felt true to your experience! *hugs* Happy holidays!