Past Featured StorySummary: Spike, struggling with his soul and his love for Buffy, is offered redemption from a very surprising source. However, when signs of an uprising evil begin to appear, he must face his fear and his guilt and return to the place it all began for him - Sunnydale.
Winner for Best General Angst (Judges' Choice), Best General Saga (Judges' Choice) at the Spuffy Awards Round 3.
Categories: Season 6, Alternate Reality, Award Winners
Characters: Angel, Buffy, Faith Lehane, Giles, Other, Spike, William, Willow, Xander
Genres: Angst, Drama, Fighting, HEA/HFN, Hurt/Comfort, Prophecy, Romance, Slow-Burn
Warnings: Adult Language, Blood Play, Character Death, Sexual Situations, Vampire!Buffy, Violence
Completed: Yes Chapters: 47
Word count: 232,918 Hit Count: 68,915 ePub Downloads: 772
Published: February 06, 2007 Updated: February 06, 2007


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1. Preamble by Holly - Likes: 8 Comments: 5 Word Count: 1,805 Hit Count: 4,873

Something to note about this story:

I started writing it in 2002, when I was 17 years old. I finished it shortly before my high school graduation.

One of the most common critiques I receive for this work (and other fics that were written around this era) is the misuse of words. It is an absolutely fair criticism. I did misuse a lot of freaking words. Also? I was overly verbose and a bit too purple prosey. I also didn't have a beta reader on this story, as it was my first in Buffy fandom. So what you see when you read this particular story is a 17-18 year old trying to sound older than she is. Like a lot of young writers, I thought people wouldn't take me seriously as an author if they knew I was still in high school, so I tried to hide it. And yes, in some cases, I just didn't know better, but try telling that to a teenager.

As a professional editor, I completely understand if improper word usage throws you out of the story. It certainly would me. But I hope a little context will make those errors, egregious as they may be, a little more bearable.

Thanks!

- Holly

March 13, 2017

2. Chapter 1 by Holly - Likes: 6 Comments: 3 Word Count: 5,999 Hit Count: 2,586

3. Chapter 2 by Holly - Likes: 5 Comments: 2 Word Count: 6,080 Hit Count: 1,847

4. Chapter 3 by Holly - Likes: 4 Comments: 2 Word Count: 8,659 Hit Count: 1,785

5. Chapter 4 by Holly - Likes: 5 Comments: 3 Word Count: 4,844 Hit Count: 1,623

6. Chapter 5 by Holly - Likes: 3 Comments: 2 Word Count: 5,080 Hit Count: 1,465

7. Chapter 6 by Holly - Likes: 4 Comments: 3 Word Count: 3,226 Hit Count: 1,406

8. Chapter 7 by Holly - Likes: 5 Comments: 3 Word Count: 7,494 Hit Count: 1,426

9. Chapter 8 by Holly - Likes: 4 Comments: 2 Word Count: 6,246 Hit Count: 1,534

10. Chapter 9 by Holly - Likes: 3 Comments: 2 Word Count: 3,494 Hit Count: 1,467

11. Chapter 10 by Holly - Likes: 4 Comments: 2 Word Count: 5,873 Hit Count: 1,606

12. Chapter 11 by Holly - Likes: 4 Comments: 2 Word Count: 4,260 Hit Count: 1,547

13. Chapter 12 by Holly - Likes: 5 Comments: 3 Word Count: 7,102 Hit Count: 1,717

14. Chapter 13 by Holly - Likes: 4 Comments: 2 Word Count: 6,234 Hit Count: 1,545

15. Chapter 14 by Holly - Likes: 4 Comments: 2 Word Count: 6,603 Hit Count: 1,521

16. Chapter 15 by Holly - Likes: 4 Comments: 2 Word Count: 4,258 Hit Count: 1,454

17. Chapter 16 by Holly - Likes: 4 Comments: 2 Word Count: 6,148 Hit Count: 1,616

18. Chapter 17 by Holly - Likes: 4 Comments: 3 Word Count: 3,626 Hit Count: 1,371

19. Chapter 18 by Holly - Likes: 4 Comments: 2 Word Count: 4,476 Hit Count: 1,353

20. Chapter 19 by Holly - Likes: 4 Comments: 2 Word Count: 4,299 Hit Count: 1,338

21. Chapter 20 by Holly - Likes: 3 Comments: 2 Word Count: 5,161 Hit Count: 1,505

22. Chapter 21 by Holly - Likes: 4 Comments: 3 Word Count: 4,824 Hit Count: 1,318

23. Chapter 22 by Holly - Likes: 4 Comments: 2 Word Count: 3,786 Hit Count: 1,301

24. Chapter 23 by Holly - Likes: 3 Comments: 2 Word Count: 5,398 Hit Count: 1,192

25. Chapter 24 by Holly - Likes: 4 Comments: 2 Word Count: 3,661 Hit Count: 1,168

26. Chapter 25 by Holly - Likes: 4 Comments: 2 Word Count: 7,244 Hit Count: 1,095

27. Chapter 26 by Holly - Likes: 4 Comments: 2 Word Count: 4,707 Hit Count: 1,127

28. Chapter 27 by Holly - Likes: 4 Comments: 2 Word Count: 5,019 Hit Count: 1,192

29. Chapter 28 by Holly - Likes: 4 Comments: 3 Word Count: 4,379 Hit Count: 1,186

30. Chapter 29 by Holly - Likes: 3 Comments: 2 Word Count: 5,098 Hit Count: 1,132

31. Chapter 30 by Holly - Likes: 4 Comments: 2 Word Count: 5,539 Hit Count: 1,235

32. Chapter 31 by Holly - Likes: 2 Comments: 2 Word Count: 4,891 Hit Count: 1,281

33. Chapter 32 by Holly - Likes: 4 Comments: 2 Word Count: 4,472 Hit Count: 1,120

34. Chapter 33 by Holly - Likes: 4 Comments: 2 Word Count: 5,833 Hit Count: 1,092

35. Chapter 34 by Holly - Likes: 3 Comments: 2 Word Count: 5,340 Hit Count: 1,164

36. Chapter 35 by Holly - Likes: 3 Comments: 2 Word Count: 4,324 Hit Count: 1,135

37. Chapter 36 by Holly - Likes: 3 Comments: 2 Word Count: 3,507 Hit Count: 1,117

38. Chapter 37 by Holly - Likes: 3 Comments: 2 Word Count: 4,057 Hit Count: 1,220

39. Chapter 38 by Holly - Likes: 3 Comments: 2 Word Count: 5,208 Hit Count: 1,179

40. Chapter 39 by Holly - Likes: 3 Comments: 2 Word Count: 5,173 Hit Count: 1,266

41. Chapter 40 by Holly - Likes: 3 Comments: 2 Word Count: 6,280 Hit Count: 1,631

42. Chapter 41 by Holly - Likes: 3 Comments: 2 Word Count: 3,318 Hit Count: 1,235

43. Chapter 42 by Holly - Likes: 3 Comments: 2 Word Count: 3,162 Hit Count: 1,146

44. Chapter 43 by Holly - Likes: 3 Comments: 2 Word Count: 4,843 Hit Count: 1,212

45. Chapter 44 by Holly - Likes: 3 Comments: 2 Word Count: 5,571 Hit Count: 1,488

46. Chapter 45 by Holly - Likes: 3 Comments: 2 Word Count: 5,064 Hit Count: 1,462

47. Epilogue by Holly - Likes: 8 Comments: 7 Word Count: 1,253 Hit Count: 1,630