Summary: Setting: Begins post AtS "Not Fade Away" and rapidly goes to S6.
Summary: Given a chance to do things differently a hero finds that putting another first and ignoring his own desires can lead to his rewards beyond his hopes.
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: scarlett2u
Artists: None
Categories: Season 6, Seasonal Spuffy Entries
Characters: Buffy, Spike, Ensemble
Genres: Drama, Romance
Warnings: None
Completed: Yes Chapters: 12
Word count: 58,505 Hit Count: 32,571 ePub Downloads: 362
Published: May 11, 2008 Updated: May 11, 2008


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1. Chapter 1, In the Mist by pfeifferpack - Likes: 18 Comments: 7 Word Count: 1,742 Hit Count: 5,105
Disclaimer: I own none of the characters, only the plot idea. All rights belong to Joss Whedon, ME, FOX, WB and company.
Setting: Begins post AtS "Not Fade Away" and rapidly goes to S6.
Summary: Given a chance to do things differently a hero finds that putting another first and ignoring his own desires can lead to his rewards beyond his hopes.

2. Chapter 2, Repaired by pfeifferpack - Likes: 12 Comments: 7 Word Count: 2,738 Hit Count: 2,566

A/N: Some dialogue taken from, or twisted to my purposes from, “Smashed” written by Drew Z. Greenberg

3. Chapter 3, Restored by pfeifferpack - Likes: 11 Comments: 5 Word Count: 6,241 Hit Count: 2,734
A/N: Some dialogue taken or modified from the script of “Wrecked” by Marti Noxon

4. Chapter 4, Returned by pfeifferpack - Likes: 11 Comments: 4 Word Count: 5,834 Hit Count: 2,466
A/N: Some dialogue borrowed, and in some cases twisted, from “Gone” by David Fury and “Doublemeat Palace” by Jane Espenson

5. Chapter 5, Live With Some Missing Pieces by pfeifferpack - Likes: 11 Comments: 4 Word Count: 4,163 Hit Count: 2,417
A/N: Some portions of dialogue from “Dead Things” by Steven S. DeKnight

6. Chapter 6, Older and Coming Closer by pfeifferpack - Likes: 12 Comments: 6 Word Count: 8,379 Hit Count: 2,335
A/N: Some dialogue from “Older and Far Away” by Drew Z. Greenberg

7. Chapter 7, As It Could Be by pfeifferpack - Likes: 14 Comments: 8 Word Count: 5,155 Hit Count: 2,453
A/N: Some dialogue from “As you Were” by Douglas Petrie. Yes, I did change the location for the confrontation with the Suvolte from a dam to a waste treatment facility.

8. Chapter 8, Something Old, SOmething New, Something Borrowed by pfeifferpack - Likes: 12 Comments: 5 Word Count: 6,770 Hit Count: 2,562
A/N: Keeping this one PG-13 or R at the highest rating. Only hinting at NC-17 material. Some dialogue from “Hells Bells” by Rebecca Rand Kirshner

9. Chapter 9, Nothing Normal by pfeifferpack - Likes: 11 Comments: 6 Word Count: 5,537 Hit Count: 2,468
A/N: From this point the story veers very off canon. A bit of dialogue comes from “Angel” (BtVS S1) by David Greenwalt

10. Chapter 10, Out Of Chaos by pfeifferpack - Likes: 11 Comments: 4 Word Count: 3,336 Hit Count: 2,354

11. Chapter 11, Setting Red Right by pfeifferpack - Likes: 8 Comments: 4 Word Count: 5,225 Hit Count: 2,451
A/N: Although the plot has taken a turn far from canon, I have sought in these last two chapters to touch on the last episodes of Season 6 with an occasional bit of dialogue or “moment”. Those episodes are “Seeing Red” by Steven De Knight, “Villains” by Marti Noxon, “Two to Go” by Douglas Petrie and “Grave” by David Fury

12. Chapter 12, Called To Life by pfeifferpack - Likes: 45 Comments: 27 Word Count: 3,385 Hit Count: 2,658
See A/N in Chapter 11 for notes on dialogue from series
Poem at end is Love Sonnet LXXIX by Pablo Neruda (I’d pay to hear JM read his sonnets!)