I wish I knew how to "like" a story... This was good. Thanks for sharing
It's a little drop down menu at the bottom when you leave a comment. But I'll totally take your comment as a "like." Thank you SO much! I'm very glad you enjoyed it. It was really fun to write the Mayor for the first time. *hugs*
Much appreciate the chapter notes - agree on the connection to his drugs from the series - made little sense on Kralik's dependence.
Totally...I always wondered why it was such a strange phenomenon! Hope you and yours are staying safe and well!
Aww! 💜 That was lovely. Especially loved Spike having the gentle space to make a conscious choice over what he wants, really sweet.
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Thank you so much for reading the whole fic and sharing your thoughts, Twinkles! Glad you enjoyed the story and that Spike had the space to make his choice. He chose wisely!
There's something so adorable about: She was here, vulnerable before him, and he couldn’t bring himself to deck her in the face. God, what was wrong with him? Poor besotted boy 💜 Awesome chapter, loving the developments.
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He is so in love with her and doesn't know it. lol Thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed this chapter. Spike and Buffy being all awkward with each other makes me happy.
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“You helping?” ... “Yeah. Yeah, I am.” - I love this! 💜 That sense that when they're driven down to it, there's that wordless trust and understanding between them.
And the mayor continues to be delightful, his sense of propriety is a very fun contrast to Spike 😂
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They totally already work so well together. They're like magnets!
I loved writing the Mayor! There need to be more Mayor fics! I'd read them...
Thank you so much for reading, Twinkles!
“But mark my words, Slayer, this isn’t over.” He wasn’t sure exactly what wasn’t over, but that didn’t matter. He’d have the last word. Damn it. - I bloody love this 😂 Spikey-boy, you are so doomed 💜
Awesome idea for a fic :D Your Mayor and Allan voices are brilliant, and very fun of course. Poor Allan is correct to worry.
Yay for Angel exiting so swiftly and unseen :D And the way Spike gets the credit from Wilkins, hehe, perfect.
Both banners are so gorgeous! Really love the colouring and how well tied together and laid out they are. Beautiful work 😍
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Spike is SO doomed. Lol
Thank you so much about the Mayor and Allan voices! I had so much fun writing their little dynamic.
Oh yeah...Angel is gone! Poof! ;o) I was rewatching Lovers Walk for this fic and the way the Mayor mused about Spike being a fun little troublemaker the previous year who needed to be stopped now made me laugh!
The banners are very gorgeous, huh? Stnia outdid herself!
Interesting premise. Of course Spike from that period would be completely oblivious to his own motives, raging against being cast aside by Dru while doing exactly what she accused him of.
The snippets of the Mayor's diary are very good.
Thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed the first chapter and haha...Spike at this point is so fun! And thank you about the diary, too.
aww, it was such a sweet ending and I love how buffy had a different reaction about the chip because of how close it was to when she became powerless.
Thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed it! And yay, happy that Buffy getting it differently felt right to you...
This was lovely! I think you wrote an excellent Richard Wilkins III, very funny and very creepy. I could have read another 4-5 chapters between 3 and the epilogue... but alas, all good things come to an end!
Great challenge month story, thanks!
Thank you so much! I've always wanted to try out writing the Mayor and he was really fun! :o)
I definitely could have written more, but I wanted to finish the story with my Seasonal Spuffy fic due and Skipping on my plate. Hope it still held up despite that!
*big hugs* Glad you enjoyed it!!
I liked your story. A bit bummed about the Major implanting the initiative Chip in Spikes head. I didn't think he would associate with them, he who made Sunnydale a demon friendly place.
would have liked to know about Faith outcome in the end.
Happy there is an hit at future Spuffy. Spike has found a place in the group
Ah! I went back and forth on the chip. I wanted the Mayor to show he was capable of badness and also show that he didn’t care who he made a deal with as long as his ascension took place. Spike crossed a line and needed punishment. The Mayor didn’t really care about the demon friendliness of Sunnydale at the end of it all. He was gonna rule... something. I am still not clear on what. Lol Anyway, that’s the back story on the chip.
The other reason for the choice is to have Spike and Buffy to have a reason to relate to one another that quickly because I knew it wasn’t going to be a long fic. Buffy knee what was like to be helpless.
Faith ended up in jail for her crime but my thought was she’d break out somehow at some point and find that thing the mayor left her.
And yes! Spuffy is in the near future! And Spike is incorporated!
Sorry that the story didn’t hit the notes you were hoping! Thanks for reading and letting me know your thoughts.
Knew not knee. Lol
What a wonderful ending. Their friendship has a great foundation to progress to more. And is good that Faith is on a different path. Lovely story 💕. 💚
Thanks so much, Stacy! They do have a foundation and can grow together! Faith is in jail but at not in a coma! Maybe she’ll break out or Angel will visit her when she is convicted and heads to prison. I’m so glad you enjoyed the little tale!! 🥰
I so loved this. Buffy is being so excepting of him and her sleeping in the basement with him shows a lot of trust. It's great that he's being honest with her and himself. 💚
Yay! Glad you loved it! Buffy totally says she doesn't trust him but her actions say otherwise. You are right on the money there. lol I hadn't thought of it that way until you said it. Thank you so much for reading!
Excellent. So relieved that Faith confessed about the Deputy Mayor and went to jail rather than staying with the Mayor and ending up in a coma.
I know Buffy was desperate about Angel, but I was never happy about her trying to kill Faith. It seemed so out of character. Why didn't she simply ask Giles or Willow to set up a blood donation thingy on herself and let blood be drawn from her safely to give to Angel?
Love how Spike almost accidentally became a Scooby, and helped with the Mayorpocalypse.
Good to see him being accepted by Giles & the gang - almost friends. It's also good to see Cordelia open about being broke.
Don't suppose you plan a sequel dealing with the Initiative, by any chance?
I agree with you! I have a hard time reconciling what Buffy did with Faith with what happens later and how she never really thought about it again...I mean, until Faith took over her body.
Spike totally tripped into being a Scooby! And I wanted his transition to be smoother because fanfic.
Thank you so much for reading! I don't have plans for a sequel but maybe at some point?
Well, this is interesting. Spike chipped early, and naturally, goes to Buffy & Joyce for help, and to tell them about Wilkins & Faith.
In my head, he went there first on the show, but nobody was home, which is why he went to Giles' house.
Love that Joyce & Buffy are so accepting, and tell him to stay, although like a good slayer, Buffy has to check his story. But of course, they're more interested in The Mayor and Faith than the Initiative.
I love your head canon that Spike went to Buffy's first and then Giles's. Totally makes sense! Joyce was out of town, right?
Yay! Glad you enjoyed how everything went with Joyce and Buffy and Spike!
Thank you so much for reading!!
I love the notion that Angelus sired Kralik. Idiot.
And of course Spike wouldn't want Kralik killing Buffy while she's vulnerable. Spike intends to kill her one-on-one in battle, fists & fangs and sod all else. Really he does. probably.
I wonder what The Mayor has in mind now....
Yay! Yes...it was fun to make Angelus be Kralik's sire.
Nobody can take care of Buffy except for Spike and it has to be done an honorable way!
Thank you for reading! Hope you are well! *hugs*
I loved it. Thank you so much for writing this. Short, and sweet and a neat little ending, and I love the way you captured all of their relationships, especially the way you included kinship between Oz and Spike. I love that idea so much. Great story, and huge kudos on getting an entry in and completed for the Big Bads challenge. Badass points to you, for sure.
Thank you so much! I know that I couldn't have another WIP as I also have Seasonal Spuffy coming up and my series to continue. Eep. I'm glad that you enjoyed all my little tidbits with the crew at the end. I think Oz and Spike have so much more in common than they got to explore on the show! I appreciate your kind thoughts very much, Kittenshift17!
This was a really great chapter. I love that through it all, the Mayor actually does care about Faith. I always had that feeling throughout the show. He had bigger goals, but he cared about her like a daughter. I also really love the way you've written the interaction with Spike, Buffy, and Joyce. It makes my heart happy.
I sometimes wonder if the Mayor had met Faith sooner if he would have been able to turn from the ascension but I guess he sold his soul so maybe he was too far gone on his journey? And yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed the Spike-Joyce-Buffy dynamic. Thank you for reading!!
I don't believe I've read any other stories with Angel leaving town after Lovers' Walk... and Spike staying, so I'm intrigued to see where you take them.
I conveniently made Angel exit the building so Spuffy could start sooner. lol Is that bad?
Not bad at all. The sooner he buggers off and stops manipulating and hurting Buffy, the better I like it!
I'm glad Faith is in jail instead of a coma from Buffy trying to kill her (I hated that! It seemed so OOC for Buffy to try to kill a human. I can see her offering her blood because she's great with the self-sacrifice, but not some other human especially a sister Slayer. Not even for Angel).
Love that the Mayor cares enough about her to be okay with it and that he had worried about Faith post ascension.
Love Spike as part of the group. Even the Scoobies are accepting.
He won't leave but it's great that Buffy told him she wanted him to stay.
Excellent tale. I enjoyed it completely.
I totally agree with you! It's OOC for Buffy to kill a human. It's a hard note to reconcile with how she acts later.
The Mayor totally loves Faith. That, I believe.
Yes! I wanted him to have an easier entryway to the Scooby gang. Glad it worked for you! I know I probably could have made the story longer so some of the notes may have seemed short, but I wanted them in there.
Thank you so much for reading, dear Kathleen! How is your pup? *hugs*
We're still force-feeding BUT Nigel is eating some on his own (he loves Vienna sausages it turns out LOL). He's put on a bit of weight but we have a way to go before surgery can be considered. His attitude, however, has completely changed. He had clearly given up before but now his tail is up and he has bounce in his step again. Thank you for caring!
You’re such good parents! I’m so glad he’s eating on his own and you found the magic food! A bounce in step and tail wagging are such good signs... I’m betting all the love you’re giving him is helping immensely, too.
In his last note we can see that the Mayor is worried about Faith, It's clear that he plans to get her out afterwards.
Buffy did not place Faith in a coma this time, a healthier scenario for both of them.
Now that the part with the Mayor is over, Spike really is at a crossroad, he has to actively choose which way to go. Buffy showed him that she wants him to stay which made his choice easy enough. They are at a good place now, nothing to hinder them from going forward in a good way.
A good and hopeful ending to this nice story, nothing more to ask for. A good place to end it before another bad thing could happen.
I wanted Buffy to not have a reason to go off the rails and with Angel gone and Spike already muzzled, there was no poison.
And totally...Spike doesn't know what to do with himself, and you're so right, it was sort of an easy choice to make. He just went with it. lol
Thank you so much, Magnus! Your comments and thoughts are always appreciated!
And a happy ending! I wasn’t expecting the initiative to show up early (though they must have been there) and this was a very nice tying up of a genuinely enjoyable story!
Totally a happy ending! I sometimes wonder how long it took the Initiative to set things up. Like how did they develop their underground lair with no one noticing? lol The Mayor totally got them all the permissions, alibis, etc. And I had to think of a way for Buffy and Spike to get each other...so both lost their powers. I'm so glad that you enjoyed the story! Thank you for reading!
Oh this was an absolutely amazing story. I throughly enjoyed reading it. I am sad that it is over, but it was fun while it lasted. Thank you for sharing it and your superb talent with us.
Awww...thank you so much! *hugs* I appreciate you reading and sharing your thoughts!