"Down in the Dark" by Sigyn
Summary: The year of Buffy's resurrection was one of the hardest in her life. Grieving for a heaven she'd lost and a life she can't reclaim, she finds herself turning to Spike... in what might be a wonderful gift, or a horrible mistake, for both of them.
Categories: Season 6
Characters: Buffy, Ensemble, Spike
Genres: None
Warnings: Adult Language, Attempted Rape, Blood Play, Substance Use/Addiction, Fetish, Sexual Situations, Taboo
Challenges: None
Parent Series: None
Stories: 24
Series Type: Closed

Summary: Buffy flings herself off Glory’s tower to her death… and it’s only the beginning. Where is she? Joyce is here with her, and Merrick, and her little cousin Celia… and who’s the diffident guy in the Victorian clothes who seems too embarrassed to look at her? “Oh, my god. You’re William!”
Approximately 70,000 words, complete at 16 chapters.
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: bewildered, ZabJade
Artists: None
Series: "Down in the Dark"
Categories: Season 6, Between Seasons (any), Canon-Compliant
Characters: Buffy, Spike, Willow, Xander, Angel, Dawn, Drusilla, Joyce, Kendra, Tara, William
Genres: Drama, Romance
Warnings: Character Death, Sexual Situations
Completed: Yes Chapters: 16 Table of Contents
Word count: 69,582 Hit Count: 51,064 ePub Downloads: 518
Published: November 24, 2016 Updated: December 11, 2016
Summary: Drusilla returns to Sunnydale in an attempt to seduce Spike back to the darkness. She failed before, but Buffy is gone now, and Spike’s all alone. How long can he keep his promise to Buffy when all there is to hold him in the light is Dawn, his grief, and a dying memory?  Complete at 8 chapters. 
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: bewildered
Artists: KillerSnotMonster
Series: "Down in the Dark"
Categories: Season 6
Characters: Buffy, Spike, Giles, Willow, Xander, Anya, Buffybot, Dawn, Drusilla, Tara
Genres: Angst, Dark
Warnings: Dubious Consent, Rape (Actual), Sexual Situations, Spike/Other (Temp), Torture (Physical), Violence
Completed: Yes Chapters: 8 Table of Contents
Word count: 31,219 Hit Count: 13,393 ePub Downloads: 163
Published: September 30, 2019 Updated: November 11, 2019
Summary: “It’s a show, love. Like everything else. Put it on when you need to, take it off when they’re not looking. You don’t have to feel it. You just have to look it.” Spike helps Buffy keep up appearances. Early season six.
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: ZabJade
Artists: None
Series: "Down in the Dark"
Categories: Season 6
Characters: Buffy, Spike
Genres: None
Warnings: None
Completed: Yes Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Word count: 1,980 Hit Count: 1,974 ePub Downloads: 76
Published: January 18, 2017 Updated: January 18, 2017
Summary: "Angel used to be my world," Buffy told Spike. "He turned me inside out, and when he left me, I felt like I was dying. I thought... if anything could make me feel alive, he could." Buffy tells Spike about her trip to see Angel at the end of Flooded. Takes place at the beginning of Life Serial.
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: None
Artists: None
Series: "Down in the Dark"
Categories: Season 6
Characters: Buffy, Spike
Genres: Angst, Romance
Warnings: None
Completed: Yes Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Word count: 1,969 Hit Count: 3,067 ePub Downloads: 86
Published: July 16, 2015 Updated: July 16, 2015
Summary: “I played a stupid game with you last night," Buffy said. "I know I did. And I want to know why you didn’t try to do... what I think you probably could have done with me.” Buffy speaks to Spike after her drunken evening in the episode Life Serial.
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: None
Artists: None
Series: "Down in the Dark"
Categories: Season 6
Characters: Buffy, Spike
Genres: Romance
Warnings: Substance Use/Addiction
Completed: Yes Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Word count: 1,873 Hit Count: 2,995 ePub Downloads: 89
Published: June 14, 2015 Updated: June 14, 2015
Summary: Buffy is suffering with a longing for death in her new life, when circumstances drop a young child into her lap, clinging to life while tortured by death. With Spike as her only possible ally, Buffy must face three days of life, death, and consequences, with everything mirrored in the eyes of one complete innocent, and one brutal killer. Seven chapters, complete at 17,000 words. Inspired by a challenge from Beautiful_Tyrant77

Nominee Sunnydale Memorial Fanfiction Awards
Best Drama, Best Original Character, Best Plot
http://sunnydawards.dragonydreams.com/index.html
 
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: None
Artists: pfeifferpack
Series: "Down in the Dark"
Categories: Season 6, Canon-Compliant, Challenge Response
Characters: Buffy, Spike, Willow, Original Characters
Genres: Drama, HEA/HFN, Romance
Warnings: Child Abuse
Challenges: Domestic Spuffy with Children
Completed: Yes Chapters: 7 Table of Contents
Word count: 17,518 Hit Count: 18,753 ePub Downloads: 272
Published: July 05, 2015 Updated: July 09, 2015
Summary: “Wordlessly she reached for him, like a child reaches in the darkness for comforting arms, desperate for something, anything, to take this terror away.” My version of the evening at the Bronze, at the end of Tabula Rasa.
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: None
Artists: None
Series: "Down in the Dark"
Categories: Season 6
Characters: Buffy, Spike
Genres: Angst, Drama, POV, Romance
Warnings: None
Completed: Yes Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Word count: 2,573 Hit Count: 1,923 ePub Downloads: 82
Published: July 14, 2015 Updated: July 14, 2015
Summary: Buffy and Spike remember some of what happened between them in the abandoned house, each in their different ways. 3,000 word two parter.
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: None
Artists: None
Series: "Down in the Dark"
Categories: Season 6
Characters: Buffy, Spike
Genres: Angst, Porn w/ Plot, POV, Romance
Warnings: Sexual Situations
Completed: Yes Chapters: 2 Table of Contents
Word count: 3,288 Hit Count: 3,512 ePub Downloads: 106
Published: July 12, 2015 Updated: July 13, 2015
Summary: “Get dressed if you can find your clothes, then push off, because if I can’t have all of you-- hey, that’s cheating.” I try to get her to leave. She doesn’t make it easy. Even here, she’s just not here. 
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: bewildered
Artists: None
Series: "Down in the Dark"
Categories: Season 6, Canon-Compliant, Missing Scene
Characters: Buffy, Spike
Genres: Angst
Warnings: Sexual Situations
Completed: Yes Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Word count: 2,800 Hit Count: 857 ePub Downloads: 25
Published: November 16, 2022 Updated: November 16, 2022
Summary:  “I’ve got a heart under all this dead flesh, you know,” he said. “I get lonely. I like friendship, a cuddle in the corner, I’ve enough human in me for that. That ever occur to you?” Set in season six.
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: None
Artists: None
Series: "Down in the Dark"
Categories: Season 6
Characters: Buffy, Spike
Genres: Angst, Drama, Fighting, Romance
Warnings: Blood Play
Completed: Yes Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Word count: 1,921 Hit Count: 2,341 ePub Downloads: 96
Published: May 19, 2015 Updated: May 19, 2015
Summary: “I only told you I was a poet to prove to you how different it is, being made a vampire. I was weak and human and pathetic,” he said with disgust. “I’m a totally different creature now.”
    Buffy looked up at him. “So why keep the poem?”
Buffy catches Spike writing down the song he'd sung in "Once More With Feeling." 
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: None
Artists: None
Series: "Down in the Dark"
Categories: Season 6
Characters: Buffy, Spike
Genres: Dramedy
Warnings: None
Completed: Yes Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Word count: 1,578 Hit Count: 1,787 ePub Downloads: 84
Published: June 12, 2015 Updated: June 12, 2015
Summary: “How’d you know I liked wine spritzers?” Buffy asked.
    “What do you mean? You told me.”
    “Since when do we discuss wines?”
    He rolled closer and gazed at her, amused. “We planned a whole wedding together, love. Remember?" Memories of a spell bring on a conversation, which could make their time together better, or worse. Season six.
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: None
Artists: None
Series: "Down in the Dark"
Categories: Season 6
Characters: Buffy, Spike
Genres: Angst, Drama, Dramedy, Romance
Warnings: Sexual Situations
Completed: Yes Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Word count: 1,433 Hit Count: 2,726 ePub Downloads: 106
Published: May 21, 2015 Updated: May 21, 2015
Summary: Angel treated me like a fragile doll. Parker played the innocent, saying it was my choice. Riley was real, and human, and we loved to touch each other. None of them were Spike.
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: None
Artists: Glitz
Series: "Down in the Dark"
Categories: Season 6
Characters: Buffy, Spike, Angel, Riley Finn
Genres: Fighting, Porn w/ Plot, Porn w/o Plot, POV
Warnings: Fetish, Sexual Situations, Violence
Completed: Yes Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Word count: 3,374 Hit Count: 2,962 ePub Downloads: 114
Published: May 22, 2015 Updated: May 22, 2015
Summary: Spike's weekly to do list.
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: None
Artists: None
Series: "Down in the Dark"
Categories: Season 6
Characters: Spike
Genres: Parody
Warnings: None
Completed: Yes Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Word count: 201 Hit Count: 1,700 ePub Downloads: 67
Published: July 04, 2015 Updated: July 04, 2015
Summary: “It’s all right, pet,” Spike whispered. “You go right ahead and hate me, it’s all right.” He pulled her closer and nuzzled her temple, his breath heady in her ear. His touch felt so good she pressed against him, warming herself on his cold chest as if he were a fire. “You have any idea how much I’ve hated you?” Set after Dead Things
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: None
Artists: None
Series: "Down in the Dark"
Categories: Season 6
Characters: Buffy, Spike
Genres: Angst, Romance
Warnings: Sexual Situations
Completed: Yes Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Word count: 2,170 Hit Count: 2,147 ePub Downloads: 97
Published: May 19, 2015 Updated: May 19, 2015
Summary: “Angel...” Buffy says Angel's name while she and Spike are in bed. Why? And what is he going to do about it?
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: None
Artists: None
Series: "Down in the Dark"
Categories: Season 6
Characters: Buffy, Spike
Genres: Angst, Drama, Porn w/ Plot, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language, Sexual Situations, Violence
Completed: Yes Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Word count: 1,838 Hit Count: 2,924 ePub Downloads: 97
Published: June 15, 2015 Updated: June 15, 2015
Summary: “You want to feel everything I can do for you. You want all of me, to fill that hollow space inside you. You have my mind, you have my flesh, you’ve had my heart for years.” He whispered in her ear before he bit her, bruising her with his human teeth, but he let go long before he drew blood. “You can have my pain, love. You can have my pleasure. But I’m keeping this.”
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: None
Artists: None
Series: "Down in the Dark"
Categories: Season 6
Characters: Buffy, Spike
Genres: Angst, Drama, Porn w/ Plot, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language, Blood Play, Substance Use/Addiction, Dubious Consent, Fetish, Sexual Situations, Taboo
Completed: Yes Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Word count: 2,371 Hit Count: 2,427 ePub Downloads: 113
Published: May 24, 2015 Updated: May 24, 2015
Summary: Spike and Buffy are being inventive: Buffy’s the head cheerleader, and William her seductive English tutor; Queen Fi pleasured by her enslaved eunuch; Will and Buff in an illicit tryst in a posh boarding school; the follower of Lucifer properly tormented for turning to the side of the devil. A lot of things can happen in five hours.
Starts fluffy, eventually gets kinda heavy, pretty much running the gamut of a lot of sexuality.
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: ZabJade
Artists: nmcil
Series: "Down in the Dark"
Categories: Season 6, Canon-Compliant, Taboo - Adults Only
Characters: Buffy, Spike
Genres: Angst, Drama, Fluffy/Comedy, Porn w/ Plot
Warnings: Adult Language, Fetish, Sexual Situations, Taboo
Completed: Yes Chapters: 6 Table of Contents
Word count: 24,519 Hit Count: 18,724 ePub Downloads: 349
Published: January 27, 2016 Updated: April 28, 2016
Summary: Spike goes to talk to Dawn after Buffy's birthday, to ask why the girl has been stealing. The answer isn't what he wants to hear... and Buffy's answer isn't, either.
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: None
Artists: None
Series: "Down in the Dark"
Categories: Season 6
Characters: Buffy, Dawn, Spike
Genres: Angst, Drama, Porn w/ Plot
Warnings: Sexual Situations
Completed: Yes Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Word count: 7,169 Hit Count: 2,227 ePub Downloads: 79
Published: May 12, 2016 Updated: May 12, 2016
Summary: “Tell me how you’d kill me,” Buffy asked. Spike's breath came a little ragged, and he almost laughed. “Tell me,” she whispered as she sensuously nuzzled his throat, “or I’ll go.” Takes place near the end of their affair, just before As You Were.
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: None
Artists: None
Series: "Down in the Dark"
Categories: Season 6
Characters: Buffy, Spike
Genres: Angst, Drama, Porn w/ Plot
Warnings: Adult Language, Sexual Situations, Violence
Completed: Yes Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Word count: 2,215 Hit Count: 2,682 ePub Downloads: 113
Published: June 18, 2015 Updated: June 18, 2015
Summary: I’m sorry, William.
    Buffy’s parting words were still burning in his head. Why, why, why did she have to use that name?
Spike remembers his last evening as Buffy's lover. She'd been just one step away.... What happened?
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: None
Artists: None
Series: "Down in the Dark"
Categories: Season 6
Characters: Buffy, Spike
Genres: Angst, Drama, POV, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language, Sexual Situations
Completed: Yes Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Word count: 4,261 Hit Count: 1,633 ePub Downloads: 80
Published: June 26, 2015 Updated: June 26, 2015
Summary: “Skip it. If you love her, skip it. She knows she’s done wrong. You’re both alive. Life’s short and sweet and precious. Love’s the only thing worth a damn. Don’t play games. Take her into your arms and taste her before it’s too late.” Tara comes to talk with Spike shortly after As You Were.
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: None
Artists: None
Series: "Down in the Dark"
Categories: Season 6
Characters: Spike, Tara
Genres: Angst, Drama
Warnings: None
Completed: Yes Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Word count: 2,452 Hit Count: 1,791 ePub Downloads: 74
Published: August 14, 2015 Updated: August 14, 2015
Summary:    “You’re supposed to be dead!” Buffy screamed at Spike. “How could you let me think you were dead?”

 
Assumes familiarity with seasons six and seven
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: bewildered, ZabJade
Artists: nmcil
Series: "Down in the Dark"
Categories: Season 6
Characters: Buffy, Spike, Clem
Genres: Angst, Drama, Fighting
Warnings: Sexual Situations, Violence
Event: Reunion Challenge 2017
Completed: Yes Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Word count: 7,056 Hit Count: 3,464 ePub Downloads: 111
Published: October 24, 2017 Updated: October 24, 2017
Summary: Anya overhears an idle wish at the Bronze, and suddenly there’s no more Spike. What would Buffy have been like without Spike to catch her after she came back from death? How far down would she fall?
WARNING: VERY DARK FIC! 
Runner up at No Rest For The Wicked Awards Autumn, 2016
Categories: Bring On The Night

Beta and Sensitivity Readers: None
Artists: Safire
Series: "Down in the Dark"
Categories: Season 6, Alternate Reality, Canon-Compliant, Drabbles, Poetry, Award Runners-Up
Characters: Buffy, Spike, Giles, Willow, Xander, Anya, Clem, Dawn, Ensemble, Riley Finn, Tara
Genres: Angst, Drama
Warnings: Adult Language, Attempted Rape, Buffy/Other (Temp), Character Death, Dubious Consent, Rape (Actual), Rape (Implied), Sexual Situations, Substance Use/Addiction, Violence
Completed: Yes Chapters: 10 Table of Contents
Word count: 16,053 Hit Count: 24,764 ePub Downloads: 281
Published: February 19, 2016 Updated: February 28, 2016