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Summary: Sequel to 'The Great Advantage to Being Alive'. Buffy's trying to figure out what it means to be the Slayer. Spike is trying to figure out what it means to be a man. And Glory is ready to throw a monkey-wrench into the whole thing. (A decidedly alternate Season 5) PG-13
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: None
Artists: None
Categories: Season 5
Characters: Buffy, Spike
Genres: None
Warnings: None
Completed: Yes Chapters: 24
Word count: 113,893 Hit Count: 43,888 ePub Downloads: 305
Published: November 23, 2006 Updated: November 23, 2006


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1. Prologue by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 6 Comments: 2 Word Count: 787 Hit Count: 3,012

Disclaimer: I don’t own them. Don’t sue.

Spoilers: I suppose through BtVS S5, but I’m doing some rearranging.

Summary: This is a sequel to “The Great Advantage of Being Alive.” If you haven’t read it, this one really won’t make any sense. In any case, Spike’s trying to find out what it means to be a man, and to fight at Buffy’s side. Buffy’s struggling with what it means to be the Slayer. Dawn wants to know if she’s real, and Glory just really wants her Key back.

Feedback: Yes, please.

Archiving: The Sandlot, The Crypt, and anywhere else that already has my stuff. Otherwise, ask and it shall be given to you.

A/N: The title comes from a Pablo Neruda poem. The line actually goes “all the graces of the daybreak” but I liked my pun.

2. Chapter 1: Visiting Relations by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 6 Comments: 1 Word Count: 4,799 Hit Count: 1,921

3. Chapter 2: The Taste of Darkness by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 6 Comments: 2 Word Count: 3,045 Hit Count: 1,828

4. Chapter 3: Dear Diary by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 6 Comments: 2 Word Count: 3,435 Hit Count: 1,855

5. Chapter 4: Sisters by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 6 Comments: 2 Word Count: 4,636 Hit Count: 1,776

6. Chapter 5: SplitIn Two by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 5 Comments: 2 Word Count: 3,587 Hit Count: 1,782

7. Chapter 6: Out Damned Spot by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 6 Comments: 2 Word Count: 5,740 Hit Count: 1,806

8. Chapter 7: Something to Someone by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 4 Comments: 2 Word Count: 4,228 Hit Count: 1,823

9. Chapter 8: Living the Questions by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 5 Comments: 2 Word Count: 5,005 Hit Count: 1,871

10. Chapter 9: Sometimes It's Not About the Blood by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 4 Comments: 2 Word Count: 5,271 Hit Count: 1,829

11. Chapter 10: Reliving History by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 4 Comments: 2 Word Count: 5,685 Hit Count: 1,968

12. Chapter 11: Racing Time by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 4 Comments: 2 Word Count: 6,859 Hit Count: 1,914

13. Chapter 12: Fragile by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 4 Comments: 2 Word Count: 5,614 Hit Count: 1,818

14. Chapter 13: New Day by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 3 Comments: 1 Word Count: 4,982 Hit Count: 1,853

15. Chapter 14: History by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 3 Comments: 1 Word Count: 5,079 Hit Count: 1,828

16. Chapter 15: A Difference of Opinion by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 3 Comments: 3 Word Count: 5,724 Hit Count: 1,875

17. Chapter 16: Dreams and Portents by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 3 Comments: 1 Word Count: 5,725 Hit Count: 1,733

18. Chapter 17: Forever by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 4 Comments: 1 Word Count: 5,600 Hit Count: 1,662

19. Chapter 18: Miracles by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 4 Comments: 2 Word Count: 5,815 Hit Count: 1,744

20. Chapter 19: A Simple Twist of Fate by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 3 Comments: 1 Word Count: 5,474 Hit Count: 1,715

21. Chapter 20: Farewells by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 3 Comments: 1 Word Count: 5,233 Hit Count: 1,603

22. Chapter 21: Here Without You by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 3 Comments: 1 Word Count: 4,576 Hit Count: 1,497

23. Chapter 22: All the Graces of the Dawn by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 3 Comments: 1 Word Count: 5,953 Hit Count: 1,607

24. Prologue by Enigmaticblue - Likes: 14 Comments: 7 Word Count: 1,041 Hit Count: 1,564