I loved that this fic ended the way that it did! Open ended with that underlying sexual tension? Niiiice
I could kiss you (from a socially appropriate distance) for this comment! A lot of people said lovely things that ended with "when are we getting a sequel" and I had to be like "mmm perhaps never?" so I'm so glad you loved and appreciated the fact this ends happy and open but with underlying sexual tension that emphasizes where the happy direction is going because obviously that's the direction where it would go.
Thank you so much!
OMG i love it. And i need more...like...yesterday. I soo hope you write the sequel to this soon. I wanna know how that went after the hello cutie and all the damn smiles. Pleeeeease?
Ahhhh thank you so much! I am so glad you enjoyed this! I make no guarantees about sequels, but you aren't the only one to mention wanting a sequel, so maybe it'll happen? But, like, don't hold your breath because I don't want you to pass out.
Joyce saying “wet his dick”, I’m scandalized!!!!
I love Buffy just being done with Angelus, and being pissed with Jenny Calendar for not bothering to mention something kind of important, and Spike being distracted by Buffy’s eyes and hair and talking to him.
You should write more stuff, because I’m a selfish person and I wanna read it. Please?
But isn't it the perfect thing for a bitter ex-wife who is also trying to jolly her daughter into an emotion besides sadness to say??? Like, no matter how depressed I was, if my mom were to refer to my dad using the phrase "wet his dick" I would manage to drum up at least some horror and probably a side of disgust.
Buffy's continued pining over Angel in canon was one thing I never understood. Buffy kicks some serious ass, and I think Joss overplayed the emotional commitment a girl has to her first love. I get that sending a boyfriend to hell would be difficult, but you at least don't see him afterward. Whereas if you break up and then have to see each other in the lunch room all the time and then he starts dating and you see him with the new girl... Frankly, 16-year-old me would rather send boyfriend to hell, and I wanted to give Buffy the chance to realize that while she had feelings for him, Angel wasn't really all that great.
And yeah! What the hell, Jenny? You're an adult; make better choices! And Spike always has the good sense to be distracted by Buffy. She's effulgent, and he's a moth in vampire form.
And that is the sweetest compliment; thank you! I'm working on a couple projects right now, so hopefully I'll have more to share in the nearish future. I'm so glad you enjoyed this and some of my other stuff. You're an amazing writer, and it's always so wonderful knowing people whose writing I love like what I've written.
I’m totally just kidding about being scandalized, I should have used the j/k font (it’s got to be different than sarcasm font, right?)
If I ever get some genie-wishes I’m totally using one of them on having the cast of Buffy recreate some of the fics I’ve read on here. I’m adding Kristine Sutherland saying “wet his dick” to the list. That was perfect and hilarious, and you’re absolutely right.
What I really like about your stories, aside from the insights and pithy comments, is the way you manage to get a lot of time pass without it being drabbles, which bug me a lot (almost as much as epistolary novels). It’s a neat trick, like watching someone who’s a good juggler. :)
No worries! I totally knew you were kidding about being scandalized. I was trying to agree with you in my response, and I guess I instead came across as defensive. Sorry for the confusion!
Oooh, I would love to have the cast recreate some of the Buffy fics here. One of them would be yours, because I would pay money to watch James Marsters being very uncomfortable while giving The Talk to a preteen boy. (Also, ducks were like the only waterfowl I could stand, and now that I've learned they're rapey, I need to rethink my warm fuzzies for them.) And then I need them to act out like a thousand fics in which everyone sits around and discusses their feelings and it's very cathartic and then Buffy and Spike go off to have sex.
And thank you! Again! This is such a high compliment! I love the idea of epistolary novels, but I actually love very few of these novels because they are so often done really poorly, like they're jumping around for no good reason. But I really like the idea of being a juggler with words, especially because my actual efforts at juggling have never ended well.
Hah! I thought maybe I came across as pearl-clutching, initially...It’s oddly difficult to have witty banter with someone on the Internet! I think we’re good though. :)
This may be part of my problem with epistolary novels: real letters would be full of whatever shared RL experiences the correspondents had, like inside jokes and witty banter, but because they’re being pressed into telling a narrative everything gets flattened out. C’mon Keanu, don’t start with “My dear Mina...” and talk about the weather and fail to mention the amazing blowjobs you’re getting from Drac’s brides. Don’t even get me started on Les Liaisons Dangereuses.
Yes, apparently I have written the fic that’s ruined ducks for everyone! Sorry. Baby ducks are cute AF, I’m not gonna argue that. I’m at the point where I look at all birds and see ‘modern dinosaur’, so whatever behavior they exhibit just makes me wonder how incredibly raucous the Jurassic Period was.
I really want to see Spike’s Drinking Game from bewlidered’s Prisoners of Love, (actually most of her stuff), and yes, lots of talking things out, with Spike and Buffy having hot sex in the background. I guess that’s basically Something Blue?
I can’t juggle for shit, even though I have plenty of friends who can do like, ten tennis balls, or toss pins, and they’ve demonstrated, and explained, and I’ve practiced, but I think it mostly comes down to I’d rather watch someone else do it. :)
Re: Keanu's blowjobs from Drac's brides, if I were Keanu, I would make darn sure not to mention those in my letters to my fiance. Or even to my best bro. That's the kind of tales you wait to discuss until you're home and three sheets to the wind. But yeah, if letters don't include inside jokes and descriptions of things they saw that then lead into "and that reminded me of that time in uni when you tried to hit on that dude and ended up doing a shot of sriracha" without any further context for the reader, what's the point?
The Jurassic Period: the horniest, loudest, and poopiest of the periods. (A sentence I never thought I would write.)
Have you read "Spike's Demon vs. Pants" by ChryshCn? Because I would pay to watch Buffy teaching Spike how to fetch using her hair ribbon and then him busting a Scooby meeting to give her all her clothes and get rewarded.
It’s entirely possible I’m getting my letter-novels mixed up with letters to Penthouse. Ah well.
Hah, yes, Spike’s Demon vs Pants, and also Buffy vs William’s Shyness where William takes Xander to task for not being married to Anya. And also Off the Leash by Soulburnt for feral Spike and Buffy charades, and Angel immediately assuming Buffy is dead and going full Eeyore.
”The Jurassic Period: the horniest, loudest, and poopiest of the periods.” I eagerly await the rest of this story, possibly a fun-retelling of Tale of Two Cities?
Really liked this one. As far as pre-Spuffy with potential goes, this is great.
Thank you so much! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it. And as far as the potential goes, I'm waiting to see if my muse has more to offer or whether the potential will have to get worked out in everyone's heads.
Would love a continuation....
I'm glad you enjoyed this enough to want a continuation, Tabcat! As of the current moment, I don't have plans to continue. But I also had another fic with no plans for a continuation that I was inspired and wrote a sequel for, so who is to say what will happen?
Have I mentioned I love this? I think I may have. Eh, I can tell you again.
I love this!
Please, feel free to come back to this fic and tell me you love it as many times as you would like! I won't say no!
But seriously, I'm so glad you love this, and thanks for letting me know!
This fic makes me smile. I needed a smile. Thank you!
I am so glad it made you smile, especially on a day when a smile was needed. I hope you dream of Buffy staking Angel and then riding off into the sunset with Spike and that the rest of your week gives you many things to smile about.
Don't I know it! 😄 I will look forward to more Spuffy joy, though. (Need some good inspiration to kick start my muse.)
Ooof, the muse is a fickle being. I hope yours gets that jolt soon!
What a fun read and a promising ending. Lots to build on there. I hope to see more of these two...? And if not these specific two, more of your Spuffy writing in general. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you for your fab comment, and I'm so glad you enjoyed this fic!!! There will definitely be more Spuffy writing in general, but I make no guarantees about these two specifically. (Because as soon as I make a guarantee, all my thoughts will dry up, never to be seen again, you know?)
I liked the fast pace of this story, liked how you have Buffy killing Angel and her reasons for not esitating like she did on the show. The voices ring true, and the ending is excellent... (...except I would have liked another 20.000 words of this! )
I'm so glad you enjoyed it! And I'm also glad you enjoyed my exploration of why Buffy might have killed him rather than hesitate; on the one hand, I get why seventeen-year-old Buffy would have hesitated to kill the love of her life, but I also feel like she's got this well of determination to get shit done even when it's painful as both the Slayer and Joyce's daughter (Joyce took an ax to Spike and got him to back off; Joyce can kick some ass) that the show kind of glossed over to keep Angelus around longer. And that's always bugged me.
Thanks for your lovely comment!!!
I liked your story so much, i would like to see a sequel, developing relatioship, reactions of her friends. Without Angel on the fringes and Jenny Calendar alive, perhaps Spike s acceptation into the group would be easier
Thanks for your comment! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. And in a world where Angelus hadn't stalked Buffy's friends and terrified them for months, I think the Sccobies would be much more accepting of Spike. Less baggage, you know?
This story is so good. It seems like the beginning of a bigger tale. I really enjoyed it, such a cute ending.
I am so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for your lovely comment.
Tales, darling, you are the wish-fulfillment fairy I never expected but NEEDED. Since re-watching S2 for Darkling, I kept idly thinking "what if Buffy killed Angelus in the movie theatre" AND YOU WROTE IT. And it's beautiful and my heart is warming over Buffy's growth and realizations, and I flat out SQUEED with the end line.
If you are ever feeling inspired for a follow-up, I AM HERE FOR IT.
Also, have I mentioned lately how much I love you?
Birdie! I'm so thrilled you enjoyed this. Truly, blown away, ass-over-tea-kettle thrilled. (That is such a weird saying.) And this fic was 100% born of a rewatch thinking that she should have killed Angelus after destroying the Judge and then every following episode being like "Eh, I can do without this episode/Angelus isn't important here" until I hit "I Only Have Eyes for You" and needed that one to still exist somehow, even in a dusted Angelus world. (Side note: in the Judge episode, is "Happy birthday Buffy, I hope you like the color" when he gives her the flamethrower Xander's best line, yes or yes?)
I am so far 2/2 on Spuffy fics using "Hello, cutie," and I plan to keep this trend up as long as my fingers can still type. It's just such a good, squee-inducing line, for readers and writers and at-home rewatching viewers.
And I will keep in my that you are very much up for a sequel.
Love you too, Birdie. Have a wonderful day!
That line usage is one the best trends ever to include
Hope you're having a wonderful day, too, darling!
I just love this! It works wonderfully as a one-shot, but, oh, how I’d love to read a continuation!
Thanks so much! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. And there may or may not be a continuation; so watch this space? But not too carefully? (I think that's what that Spike emoji is saying, but mostly he's there because he's adorable.)
Oh, I liked this. Intermixed with cannon, a few substitutions, a whole new vibe and a definite chance for a Spike and Buffy relationship that has a more gentle beginning. A+ and chocolate stars.
Oooh, now I want a chocolate star. Those sound delicious.
And I'm so glad you enjoyed this! I am always here for our loves to have a more gentle beginning so that they can get their acts together sooner and therefore begin snogging sooner.
This was an amazing one shot. I was a bit complex and a bit nuanced and had a bit of a lot of other things one shots don't often have. So complete in itself. It leaves me wanting so much more and I really really hope that you decide to continue it. However, even if you never do, the change that killing Angelus did and why Buffy did it and her growth during all this-plus Spike's too, is enough. Not to mention how the change of Buffy talking to Joyce about things in her life-even in censored form-helped Buffy, and the revelation not happening in such a desperate rushed way which didn't leave Buffy rejected and kicked out by her mother hopefully will help their relationship and definitely will leave one less scar on Buffy's soul. I hope to read more, but I really really loved this even if you never add another word.
Maar, thank you for this lovely, sweet, thoughtful comment! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I wanted to explore what would happen if Angelus met his well-deserved dusty end after the Judge debacle, and I'm glad you also enjoyed all the complex and interesting places that went.
And while I am not guaranteeing it will happen, there is always the possibility of more. Maybe.
Please tell me there’s a sequel coming
There might be? If I tell you and everyone a sequel is for sure coming, it'll never happen and I'll just feel guilty for all of eternity. But if I don't plan on it, it's possible it'll happen. I have an idea. It'll need some time.
So don't hold you breath, but don't bury all your hopes.
For me, a very believable consequence of Buffy finding the determination to dust Angelus when she had the perfect opportunity to do so, and changing the events to come accordingly.
Thank you! And I'm so glad you felt the events changed accordingly. I was so nervous that I was rushing Spike and Buffy into this in an unbelievable fashion, so I'm glad you didn't feel that way.
I enjoyed this and I liked how it was written. Buffy killing Angelus early was a possibility and it was better for her to get rid of him earlier. Spike is starting to see that Dru doesn't love him enough. I liked the interaction we saw between Buffy and Joyce, how they could talk about some of Buffy's problems.
Spike did seek out Buffy to tell her that he and Dru would be leaving. This gave us this good interaction with Joyce and she learned the truth about Buffy's life, Spike could prove it.
I liked that Buffy read more about Angelus and learned how he was as a human and could see all the disturbing similarities between how the three versions acts around young women. This helped Buffy to heal and made her realise how little difference a soul does. Spike made his own conclusions on Dru and after everything we got this ending, which I choose to see as hopeful, good job.
I'm so glad you enjoyed all these different bits of the fic!
And the ending is definitely hopeful. I don't do sad endings. It's Buffy and Spike, and they've spent nine months at least thinking about each other in a positive light. They're going to be making out as soon as possible, I'm sure.
Oh, lovely. I think I'll make this my new head canon! And they lived happily ever after! (or not, but worth a shot).
Oh, they 100% live happily ever after. I mean, Hellmouth still, but happily ever after is a definite.
And I am honored that this is making your new head canon.
Loved it. Wouldn't mind a sequel at all, but it's already great the way it is now.
I'm so glad you loved it!
And there may or may not be a sequel. We'll see what happens and if inspiration strikes.
I love it 😍 Brilliant character voicing, and such a neat spin on the episode(s).
Thank you 💙
Thank you! I'm so glad you loved it and that you loved the character voicing!
This was so good! Was sad to see it's complete. Love that Buffy killed Angel so early. And Spike chose to go to her, to see what was possible, be it friendship or more was beautiful!
Thank you for this lovely comment and for your enthusiasm! I'm especially glad that you appreciated Spike going to Buffy to see whether they could be friends or more; because while we all know that they are fated to be together, they don't know that, and friendship is a great place for a romantic relationship to start.
Love this buffy having a better relationship with Joyce and empowered enough to make the choices to move forwards
Ooof, yes. I wanted to let Joyce be honest and wigged out and confused and horrified by the slaying still, but I also wanted them to have a positive conversation out of this, one in which Buffy doesn't end up getting kicked out or forced to give up slaying. So part of that was giving them more emotional conversations earlier so that the big conversation wasn't the crashing tragedy of canon. I'm so glad this hit that for you!
Good story, and I agree Buffy should of staked Angelus after she destroyed the Judge.
If Angelus hadn't killed Jenny's uncle, I could see how she could still believe that there was still some Angel in there. But between that and the message he left for her there, it really feels like she should have staked him then, you know? They hadn't been dating that long, and he was a mediocre boyfriend at best. If my highschool boyfriend had turned evil and it was my job to kill him, on this same provocation, he'd be long gone.
And I'm glad you enjoyed it!