Past Featured StorySummary: The story of her life with Spike, Buffy realizes, is written in poetry, not prose.
Categories: Season 2, Season 3, Season 4, Season 5, Season 6, Season 7, Post-Series
Characters: None
Genres: Angst, Fluffy/Comedy, Romance
Warnings: Buffy/Other (Temp), Sexual Situations
Completed: Yes Chapters: 6
Word count: 17,508 Hit Count: 8,218 ePub Downloads: 157
Published: May 16, 2009 Updated: June 03, 2009

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1. Chapter 1 by Lirazel - Likes: 13 Comments: 5 Word Count: 2,589 Hit Count: 2,005

This fic was my contribution to Seasonal Spuffy on livejournal and shows moments that define Buffy and Spike's relationship from "Becoming Part II" past the end of "Not Fade Away."  Canon all through BtVS; ignores the comics and "The Girl in Question."

The poems featured in this chapter are "Fire and Ice" by Robert Frost and "The Truth of a Woman" by Sir Walter Scott.

2. Chapter 2 by Lirazel - Likes: 12 Comments: 4 Word Count: 2,152 Hit Count: 1,245
The poems featured in this chapter are Portia's speech from The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare and "Death is a dialogue between" by Emily Dickinson.

3. Chapter 3 by Lirazel - Likes: 10 Comments: 6 Word Count: 3,286 Hit Count: 1,098
The poems featured in this chapter are "Resume" by Dorothy Parker, "Up" by Margaret Atwood, and "i like my body when it is with your" by e.e. cummings.

4. Chapter 4 by Lirazel - Likes: 10 Comments: 7 Word Count: 2,898 Hit Count: 1,173

The poems featured in this chapter are "The Kill" by Carl Phillips and Sonnet XXXIX by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

he poetry book I mention in the first section is Helen Vendler's Poems Poets Poetry.  Most books about poetry either suck all of the joy and beauty out of the whole experience or don't actually tell you anything useful.  This is by far the best book of its kind I've ever seen, and I heartily recommend it for anyone who wants to further their own poetic education.  Vendler, a Harvard professor, released the book in 1997, so I don't feel like it's a stretch that Buffy might have used it in her poetry class in college; it's one of the most revered text for such classes.  Also, I just love it. ;)

5. Chapter 5 by Lirazel - Likes: 10 Comments: 6 Word Count: 3,148 Hit Count: 1,258
The poems featured in this chapter are Sonnet III from A Few Figs from Thistles by Edna St. Vincent Millay and "Fletcher McGee" by Edgar Lee Masters.  Thanks so much to the brilliant and talented Mere Ubu for finding "Fletcher McGee" for me.

6. Chapter 6 by Lirazel - Likes: 24 Comments: 17 Word Count: 3,435 Hit Count: 1,438

Final installment!  Buffy and Spike get what they deserve.  Thanks so much to everyone who's reviewed; I hope you enjoy the ending!

The poems featured in this chapter are "Elegy XX: To His Mistress Going to Bed" by John Donne (my favorite poet), a few lines of "may i feel said he" by e.e. cummings (you should look up the rest of it; it's pretty fun), and "Fate slew Him but He did not drop" by Emily Dickinson.