Past Featured StorySummary: Buffy and Spike died miserable and alone. Dawn is going to fix that. So what if she has to break the laws of physics and the temporal prime directive to do it?
Categories: Season 4, Season 5, Challenge Response, Time Travel, Award Winners, Award Runners-Up
Characters: Buffy, Dawn, Spike
Genres: Drama, POV, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language, Buffy/Other (Temp), Sexual Situations
Completed: Yes Chapters: 76
Word count: 395,347 Hit Count: 207,605 ePub Downloads: 1,674
Published: November 09, 2014 Updated: May 30, 2016


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1. Part I: (Non)Compossibility - Prologue by reenasas - Likes: 44 Comments: 39 Word Count: 833 Hit Count: 17,565 Published: November 09, 2014

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A/N: So, this fic was written off a prompt posted by 3hours on the Elysian Fields auction site for Tam and Kain in February 2013. I wasn’t part of the auction and I believe the prompt was picked up by another author, but in a subsequent post 3hours said “the more Dawn time travel fics the better”, which sounded to me like permission to go for it. Since the prompt wouldn’t leave my head (darn plot bunnies) here’s my take on it. Credit for the basic story idea to 3hours. Please find the original prompt below.

 

Original Request (by 3hours): I’d like to see a(nother) time-travel Spuffy story! However, unlike most time-travel stories where it’s Spike or Buffy themselves that go back to fix things, I’d like to see Dawn be the one. In a post-Chosen, post-NFA future that is not comic compliant and in which both Spike and Buffy are dead (the circumstances are entirely up to you, but they were not together and not happy), Dawn explores her latent powers and discovers that she can not only travel between dimensions but also in time. She decides to go back (how far back is up to you) and sort out Spike & Buffy so they won’t die miserable and apart. Maybe she also helps her younger self come to terms with being The Key and what that means, if applicable? I don’t mind who writes it, but would prefer for it to be long-ish so the Spuffy can develop slowly rather than fall-into-each-others-arms-at-the-drop-of-a-hat scenario. The only thing I’m adamant about really is that the chip either never gets put in or it comes out asap, allowing for Spike to *choose* to change rather than be forced to.

 

 

 

A/N 2: Yeah, so this is part 1 of 3 - we're going to call it a "moderately off-canon season 4". Enjoy.

2. Part I: (Non)Compossibility - Chapter 1 by reenasas - Likes: 42 Comments: 24 Word Count: 4,487 Hit Count: 4,302 Published: November 09, 2014

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A/N: And because that prologue was ridiculously short . . . you get chapter 1 same day. Aren't you excited?

3. Part I: (Non)Compossibility - Chapter 2 by reenasas - Likes: 32 Comments: 13 Word Count: 3,328 Hit Count: 3,635 Published: November 22, 2014

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4. Part I: (Non)Compossibility - Chapter 3 by reenasas - Likes: 32 Comments: 16 Word Count: 4,362 Hit Count: 3,425 Published: December 07, 2014

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5. Part I: (Non)Compossibility - Chapter 4 by reenasas - Likes: 30 Comments: 18 Word Count: 5,768 Hit Count: 3,429 Published: December 28, 2014

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6. Part I: (Non)Compossibility - Chapter 5 by reenasas - Likes: 31 Comments: 22 Word Count: 4,066 Hit Count: 3,006 Published: January 01, 2015

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7. Part I: (Non)Compossibility - Chapter 6 by reenasas - Likes: 26 Comments: 22 Word Count: 6,297 Hit Count: 3,249 Published: January 04, 2015

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8. Part I: (Non)Compossibility - Chapter 7 by reenasas - Likes: 36 Comments: 20 Word Count: 4,104 Hit Count: 3,103 Published: January 18, 2015

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So I was thinking last time I posted that I should probably put up an explanation of the title for anyone who cared, and then this week someone reviewed and said they looked up Novikov - only apparently it was a completely different Novikov than I meant, so I decided I'd better do it now to avoid confusion. The Novikov this is titled after was a Russian physicist. The Novikov theory of time travel states that all points in time are immutable (fixed) and therefore a timetraveler would be unable to alter the past no matter what they did. It is an attempt to explain how time travel could actually work in the real world and still not get mired up with paradoxes. Hopefully you can infer from that where I am going with this story - yeah, we're busting that theory (and canon) all to h***. 

9. Part I: (Non)Compossibility - Chapter 8 by reenasas - Likes: 30 Comments: 17 Word Count: 6,773 Hit Count: 3,097 Published: January 21, 2015

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A/N: This is the second post this week - so if you didn't read the one from this weekend go back a chapter Wink

Also, you're going to see some familiar dialogue here from "Something Blue" - I tried to show you the before and afters around the scenes in the show and the things that changed mostly, but there are some direct scenes from the episode. I focused on our main characters' thoughts and motivations though, so hopefully those scenes will still feel fresh.

10. Part I: (Non)Compossibility - Chapter 9 by reenasas - Likes: 29 Comments: 20 Word Count: 3,936 Hit Count: 2,915 Published: January 24, 2015

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A/N: This story wraps up the Something Blue Arc, so I'll be taking a break next weekend and probably not posting.

11. Part I: (Non)Compossibility - Chapter 10 by reenasas - Likes: 33 Comments: 18 Word Count: 4,097 Hit Count: 2,848 Published: February 07, 2015

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12. Part I: (Non)Compossibility - Chapter 11 by reenasas - Likes: 34 Comments: 22 Word Count: 4,783 Hit Count: 2,811 Published: February 15, 2015

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13. Part I: (Non)Compossibility - Chapter 12 by reenasas - Likes: 30 Comments: 16 Word Count: 7,041 Hit Count: 3,090 Published: March 01, 2015

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Dialogue is borrowed from the show for this chapter. . . though not all of it from the episode the chapter is based on. Happy hunting :-)

14. Part I: (Non)Compossibility - Chapter 13 by reenasas - Likes: 31 Comments: 21 Word Count: 5,024 Hit Count: 2,894 Published: March 09, 2015

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15. Part I: (Non)Compossibility - Chapter 14 by reenasas - Likes: 33 Comments: 21 Word Count: 4,446 Hit Count: 3,002 Published: March 28, 2015

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Based on the events of "A New Man", with some slightly Spuffy alterations Big Grin

16. Part I: (Non)Compossibility - Chapter 15 by reenasas - Likes: 30 Comments: 16 Word Count: 9,644 Hit Count: 2,995 Published: April 12, 2015

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Based on the episode "The I In Team".

17. Part I: (Non)Compossibility - Chapter 16 by reenasas - Likes: 30 Comments: 13 Word Count: 5,308 Hit Count: 2,860 Published: April 25, 2015

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A/N: This story (and Eyes) was nominated in several categories at the Sunnydale Memorial Awards! Thanks so much to whomever nominated and now everyone should go vote!!! I think it's awesome there are award sites still running for BTVS after all this time.

 

Also, this takes place during the episode "Goodbye Iowa". If you're confused by my writing around canon on this already scattered episode I suggest you a) watch the episode again, or b) read a good summary/transcript. I use Buffy World for reference.

18. Part I: (Non)Compossibility - Chapter 17 by reenasas - Likes: 35 Comments: 26 Word Count: 9,341 Hit Count: 2,809 Published: May 04, 2015

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a/n: So I had a choice, two short chapters posted one week apart or one long chapter now. I chose the long chapter now. Mostly to keep all three main characters with a POV section in the chapter, but also because it means I don't have to post next weekend. I'm not lazy, I swear, it's just that next weekend will be very busy and I might be on-call for work too. All that to say . . . long chapter this week, so yay!

19. Part I: (Non)Compossibility - Chapter 18 by reenasas - Likes: 39 Comments: 28 Word Count: 4,238 Hit Count: 2,840 Published: May 10, 2015

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A/N: So I know I said I wasn't going to post this weekend, and it's outside the "schedule" anyway, but I ended up with a little extra time today, and so many of you were so nice and left reviews after last week's post (and *tiny* rant that I kinda feel bad for putting in) so I thought I'd give you a prezzie.  This chapter covers the events of 'New Moon Rising'

20. Part I: (Non)Compossibility - Chapter 19 by reenasas - Likes: 32 Comments: 18 Word Count: 4,891 Hit Count: 3,014 Published: June 06, 2015

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21. Part I: (Non)Compossibility - Chapter 20 by reenasas - Likes: 38 Comments: 22 Word Count: 7,627 Hit Count: 2,872 Published: June 21, 2015

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This chapter is based on the events of "Primeval".

22. Part I: (Non)Compossibility - Epilogue/ Part II Teaser A by reenasas - Likes: 38 Comments: 23 Word Count: 1,052 Hit Count: 2,551 Published: July 19, 2015

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This story won an award at Sunnydale Memorial Awards! Well, runner up, but close enough. So thanks to all who voted. If you haven't viewed the results, this story was runner up for best characterization of a female character for Dawn.

A/N II (7/20/15) - correction on the above - the lovely Wonder and Ashes pointed out to me that I was in error on this story's standing in the Sunnydale Memorial Awards. It actually tied for best characterization of a female character for Dawn, and was runner up for Best Unfinished. So I guess additional thanks are in order. I was reading the winners on my cellphone and completely missed the 3rd column of awards . . . so that's how I got mixed up Big Grin 

23. Part II: The Butterfly Effect - Prologue/ Teaser B by reenasas - Likes: 24 Comments: 14 Word Count: 603 Hit Count: 2,586 Published: August 01, 2015

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If you happen to catch this between my postings I am posting Part II Prologue and Chapter 1 today, Saturday, August 1 and I plan to post chapter 2 tomorrow. After much deliberation I have decided to continue posting as a single story - primarily to help people who have update alerts set. Because of that I've updated the chapter titles throughout part I. Now . . . on to Part II!

We're going to call this a "heavily off-canon 1st half of season 5".

 

24. Part II: The Butterfly Effect - Chapter 1 by reenasas - Likes: 32 Comments: 17 Word Count: 5,339 Hit Count: 2,943 Published: August 01, 2015

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This chapter is based on the events of Dracula. If you didn't see the Part II prolgoue added earlier today - go back and read that or you'll never find out what Dawn was hiding!

25. Part II: The Butterfly Effect - Chapter 2 by reenasas - Likes: 44 Comments: 36 Word Count: 3,399 Hit Count: 2,797 Published: August 03, 2015

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As promised: chapter 2. And here's where we start making the big changes folks. Hang on and enjoy the ride. 

26. Part II: The Butterfly Effect - Chapter 3 by reenasas - Likes: 41 Comments: 21 Word Count: 2,639 Hit Count: 2,644 Published: August 09, 2015

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27. Part II: The Butterfly Effect - Chapter 4 by reenasas - Likes: 37 Comments: 19 Word Count: 7,500 Hit Count: 2,799 Published: August 23, 2015

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Based on the Episode "Real Me"

28. Part II: The Butterfly Effect - Chapter 5 by reenasas - Likes: 34 Comments: 19 Word Count: 4,855 Hit Count: 2,865 Published: September 07, 2015

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This chapter is based on the episode "The Replacement"

29. Part II: The Butterfly Effect - Chapter 6 by reenasas - Likes: 41 Comments: 21 Word Count: 6,324 Hit Count: 2,676 Published: September 14, 2015

This chapter is based upon the episode "The Replacement"

30. Part II: The Butterfly Effect - Chapter 7 by reenasas - Likes: 39 Comments: 21 Word Count: 6,394 Hit Count: 2,823 Published: September 27, 2015

And now for (one of) the chapters you've all been waiting for . . . the events of this chapter are loosely based on the episode Out of My Mind. For those who are seriously wishing Spike would wake up and get a freakin' clue? Yeah, this chapter is for youBig Grin And for those who just want to know what he's going to do to Dawn when he figures it out? Look forward to chapter 8, which will be up no later than next weekend barring some catastrophe in my life. 

31. Part II: The Butterfly Effect - Chapter 8 by reenasas - Likes: 43 Comments: 20 Word Count: 5,369 Hit Count: 2,504 Published: October 05, 2015

Based on the events of Out of My Mind, but mostly filling in some gaps for what happens immediately after :-)

32. Part II: The Butterfly Effect - Chapter 9 by reenasas - Likes: 35 Comments: 21 Word Count: 6,741 Hit Count: 2,554 Published: October 20, 2015

Based on the episode "No Place Like Home", with timey-wimey chages and a dash of Spuffy err something. Ally-ship? I dunno.

33. Part II: The Butterfly Effect - Chapter 10 by reenasas - Likes: 38 Comments: 16 Word Count: 4,510 Hit Count: 2,576 Published: November 01, 2015

Quick note: This chapter is based on the episode "Family"

Longer note: Okay – so I’m not usually a fan of start of chapter author’s notes. Especially not lengthy ones. But there are two points that are going to be rather critical to the rest of the story that I wanted to clarify after some of the chapter 9 reviews. If you’re totally okay with everything that’s happened so far, you can probably skip this.

Point 1 – Dawn’s status as the key: So I got a couple people who said “why would Dawn have ever not been the key?” Watching the show it never occurred to me Dawn might not have lost her key powers. I always assumed she did, especially since they never talked about it or tried to use them. I don’t know what Whedon’s intent was, but the comics kind of reinforced that idea for me because Dawn seemed surprised to learn she could move through dimensions in season 8. Regardless, all that really matters is what Dawn thinks, and I’m going to argue that it’s plausible that Dawn at least thinks she’s no longer the key in the series because, let’s face it, who wouldn’t try to use key powers if they knew they could? At any rate, I’m surprised people were surprised by this element last chapter because in Chapter 1 of part I of this story Dawn specifically says “being the Key (or, you know, the used-up-no-longer Key) might actually be useful” when planning her trip back through time. I know that was many moons ago, but throughout the story she and Spike have referred to her “residual keyness” – residual implying no longer active. As to why it didn’t occur to Dawn that when everyone got new false memories she would also have “regained” her keyness? As she said, yeah that was stupid, but she was busy, and panicked, and not really thinking about it.

Point 2 – Why is Spike not talking to Dawn about his “dreams?”: Please keep in mind that we know Spike is seeing things from Dawn’s original timeline. Spike does not. Honestly, Dawn’s not telling him much about the original timeline, and what she does is vague. As he’s mentioned in previous chapters, he honestly believes this is his imagination getting the better of him (what with Dawn’s vague hints, and his dual memories). He considers it a throwback to “poncey William” and is therefore a little embarrassed, so since he has no reason to think it’s important, he’s not going to share. Also, every time he does start to get a little inkling maybe there’s actually something happening here, you’ll notice something else happens that distracts him – because, let’s face it, Spike can be highly distractible. His priority after the OoMM dream was clearly freaking over loving Buffy as opposed to wondering why in the dream he thought he had a chip at first.

I hope that helps you see where I’m coming from. I’m not a fan of changing canon for the sake of plot or having characters make decision based solely on plot - I always try to base every part of my fanfictions on my understanding of the actual show and characters. You are welcome to a differing interpretation, but for the purposes of this story we’re going to assume the above are true and reasonable.

 

34. Part II: The Butterfly Effect - Chapter 11 by reenasas - Likes: 33 Comments: 16 Word Count: 4,532 Hit Count: 2,533 Published: November 07, 2015

This chapter is loosely based on the episode "Family". Thanks to those who are still sticking with me. As a warning - nothing of substance happens in this chapter. Unless we're talking about relationships, and then, maybe.

35. Part II: The Butterfly Effect - Chapter 12 by reenasas - Likes: 33 Comments: 19 Word Count: 5,521 Hit Count: 2,465 Published: November 16, 2015

This chapter is based off the episode "Fool for Love"

And I promise Riley is leaving. I promise.

36. Part II: The Butterfly Effect - Chapter 13 by reenasas - Likes: 39 Comments: 16 Word Count: 6,228 Hit Count: 2,735 Published: November 20, 2015

Picks up where chapter 12 left off - so technically based on the episode "Fool for Love", but really only the last paragraph or so is directly from the show . . .

37. Part II: The Butterfly Effect - Chapter 14 by reenasas - Likes: 32 Comments: 16 Word Count: 5,069 Hit Count: 2,461 Published: December 06, 2015

Loosely based on the tormented workings of my own mind. No, just kidding. But there really isn't much of a direct episode correspondence here, which means it's pretty much all stuff I made up. Enjoy!

38. Part II: The Butterfly Effect - Chapter 15 by reenasas - Likes: 36 Comments: 24 Word Count: 4,641 Hit Count: 2,325 Published: December 12, 2015

So . . . I really did intend to update last night. In fact, yesterday at lunch I was reading comments and responded to juggler that I would be updating last night unless I got jumped with a "to-do" list when I got home from work. And then, I was about halfway home, and my mom called and said as soon as I got home we were going grocery shopping, and we didn't get home until after 10pm and we had to put everything away . . . so yeah. I was abducted and for that I'm sorry. Anyway, here's the chapter, loosely based on parts of "Shadow" and "Listening to Fear". In the series the one episode flows right into the other, but as Dawn noted last chapter things are running a little behind with Joyce's medical care so there are some extra days in here. Dawn has several theories on that, but it honestly doesn't matter which (if any) are correct. It's just my inner sci-fi nerd showing through, honestly . . . Enough babbling now. Enjoy.

39. Part II: The Butterfly Effect - Chapter 16 by reenasas - Likes: 28 Comments: 21 Word Count: 7,236 Hit Count: 2,325 Published: December 22, 2015

This chapter is based on the episode Shadow.

40. Part II: The Butterfly Effect - Chapter 17 by reenasas - Likes: 32 Comments: 25 Word Count: 6,609 Hit Count: 2,383 Published: December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas - as a prezzie, here's an extra chapter. if you didn't read the chapter posted earlier this week do that first.

Based on no specific episode, but with elements of "Shadow" and "Into the Woods"

41. Part II: The Butterfly Effect - Chapter 18 by reenasas - Likes: 37 Comments: 22 Word Count: 5,601 Hit Count: 2,329 Published: January 02, 2016

So . . . happy New Year :-) I'm glad so many of you liked my handling of the break up. I want all my Buffy characters to be growing more than they did in the show, and hopefully you are finding that believable. It always bothered me in the show how they were the good guys but they were such terrible people. Being a good person isn't about perfection, but it should at least be about trying, right?

This chapter is loosely based on the episode "Listening to Fear". It is also the beginning of the final arc of part II. I may or may not post multiple chapters this week, it really depends on how far I get in my editing of part III. Part III is . . .complicated, as you will soon find out, and I don't want to start posting it until I've given it at least one good readthrough to make sure everything flows.

 

42. Part II: The Butterfly Effect - Chapter 19 by reenasas - Likes: 37 Comments: 16 Word Count: 3,311 Hit Count: 2,225 Published: January 05, 2016

I finished my continuity read through/ first edit of Part III tonight, so you get a prezzie! This one's a touch shorter than most of the other chapters, but the remaining two are long enough to make up for it :-)

Based on the twisted workings of my own mind. Though, since it's the continuation of the previous chapter, I suppose it's very technically set during "Listening to Fear". Enjoy.

43. Part II: The Butterfly Effect - Chapter 20 by reenasas - Likes: 30 Comments: 14 Word Count: 3,242 Hit Count: 2,381 Published: January 10, 2016

Based mostly off my imagination, but with references to "Into the Woods" - all quoted dialogue is property of Joss, the writers, and all those companies who took part in providing Buffy to the world. This chapter is a touch short (for me), but next chapter is extra long to make up for it. Honestly this was just the best break place I could find. Oh - and I was mistaken, you do get a very brief bit of Buffy in this chapter, but that's it for her until part III.

44. Part II: The Butterfly Effect - Chapter 21 by reenasas - Likes: 42 Comments: 28 Word Count: 8,067 Hit Count: 2,204 Published: January 13, 2016

Based solely on the twisted working of my own mind.

45. Part II: The Butterfly Effect - Epilogue by reenasas - Likes: 40 Comments: 28 Word Count: 1,088 Hit Count: 2,103 Published: January 16, 2016

We now come to the conclusion of anything vaguely resembling canon ;-) Well . . . maybe not anything. And a quick reminder that the entirety of part II only spanned September through early December -_-u man, we packed a lot in there, ne? (oh, sorry, watching anime again . . . um, ne would be kinda a cross between "no" and "huh" And the little face with the "u" is a sweatdrop. Do non anime people use sweatdrops?) 

46. Part III: String Theory - Prologue by reenasas - Likes: 35 Comments: 21 Word Count: 1,338 Hit Count: 2,154 Published: January 23, 2016

Here we begin what I'm calling a "canon-universe AU 2nd half of season 5." That pretty much means that you won't be seeing much directly from the show from here on out, though some things will get touched on.

Also, while there is action and romance and even some (very mild) sex in part 5 there is also a lot of hard-core sci-fi type theorizing and conversation. I tried to mix in plenty of banter and character growth though, so hopefully those parts won't bore you too much :-)

47. Part III: String Theory - Chapter 1 by reenasas - Likes: 30 Comments: 18 Word Count: 5,944 Hit Count: 2,691 Published: January 24, 2016

Thanks for the reviews last post - I'm glad so many of you are still interested in this story. If you didn't read the part 3 prologue (posted Saturdya1/23/16) you should go back and do that. 

A quick reminder to those who noted that Buffy not dying is a major change in the timeline - remember, Buffy wouldn't have died until May and we're still only in January. We've got a long way to go before that particular change to the timeline hits the fan. Also, some of you must be on my psychic wavelength or something because there were some pretty good guesses as to what is to come.  

Enjoy.

48. Part III: String Theory - Chapter 2 by reenasas - Likes: 32 Comments: 20 Word Count: 5,512 Hit Count: 2,891 Published: January 30, 2016

So, just to clarify - there will still be things in Part III that are taken from canon. Aside from Joyce still recovering from surgery, however, this chapter is not one of them. Though you'd be surprised . . .you know the old saying "the more things change the more they stay the same." Anyway, hope you enjoy this week's installment.

49. Part III: String Theory - Chapter 3 by reenasas - Likes: 33 Comments: 20 Word Count: 3,574 Hit Count: 2,463 Published: February 06, 2016

I want to start by saying I'm glad so many of you got my hints that Spike's vision last chapter was Wishverse, but it also seems it wasn't too heavy handed. It was a bit of a struggle finding that balance :) Also - things start happening this chapter ;-)

50. Part III: String Theory - Chapter 4 by reenasas - Likes: 24 Comments: 17 Word Count: 2,713 Hit Count: 2,041 Published: February 11, 2016

Aaaaaaaaaaand: now for the conclusion of Dawn's nervous breakdown.

51. Part III: String Theory - Chapter 5 by reenasas - Likes: 31 Comments: 16 Word Count: 5,258 Hit Count: 2,180 Published: February 13, 2016

Yay! Made my self-imposed deadline. Enjoy.

52. Part III: String Theory - Chapter 6 by reenasas - Likes: 34 Comments: 20 Word Count: 7,571 Hit Count: 2,068 Published: February 17, 2016

There were some very good comments last chapter, thank you for that. Some of you even get your questions answered this next chapter (well, some of them), which makes me feel good about the pacing. Of course, this is where it starts to become an emotional tangle . . . Good luck Scoobies! (and, of course, Spuffy) 

53. Part III: String Theory - Chapter 7 by reenasas - Likes: 32 Comments: 17 Word Count: 4,679 Hit Count: 2,083 Published: February 20, 2016

Thank you for all the wonderful reviews last chapter! I do want to make a quick comment because several people said something along the general lines of "how could Buffy thing Dawn was in love with Spike in the first timeline when she knows Dawn was only a kid then" - keep in mind that she also knows Dawn was at least 18 when she came back, and considering Buffy's first relationship with a (very old) vampire started at age 15, she would have no reason to think Dawn might not have been in a relationship with Spike at some point in that other timeline. Just to put that in perspective. 

54. Part III: String Theory - Chapter 8 by reenasas - Likes: 35 Comments: 19 Word Count: 6,082 Hit Count: 2,129 Published: February 29, 2016

I feel bad about not being able to post Saturday, so you get a straight from work, lunch time update :-) Hope it was worth the wait.

55. Part III: String Theory - Chapter 9 by reenasas - Likes: 29 Comments: 16 Word Count: 5,371 Hit Count: 2,105 Published: March 02, 2016

As promised! For those worried about Darla's death, uh . . . I have to confess, I never watched Angel the Series at all, not even the cross over event episodes, so I wasn't sure when Darla died again, just that she did. If you are one of those who loves Connor, assume he still manages to be born eventually (maybe Angel lied to Cordy and Darla's not actually dead yet - yeah, let's go with that. He's hiding things. Again) . . . And for those worried about Dru - her little rant really did mean she wasn't coming to Sunnydale. The only Dru you'll be seeing is some temporal Dru.

Enough rambling! Enjoy :-)

56. Part III: String Theory - Chapter 10 by reenasas - Likes: 30 Comments: 19 Word Count: 7,472 Hit Count: 2,080 Published: March 04, 2016

This chapter contains content and dialogue from "I Was Made to Love You" - though somewhat rearranged. See, and you thought we were completely done with canon. Enjoy! 

57. Part III: String Theory - Chapter 11 by reenasas - Likes: 31 Comments: 21 Word Count: 8,565 Hit Count: 2,097 Published: March 08, 2016

Update as promised. This chapter is based heavily on the episode "I Was Made to Love You" with brief excerpts from other episodes that I can't tell you about without giving away time-bubble goodness, some dialogue borrowed from the show.  

58. Part III: String Theory - Chapter 12 by reenasas - Likes: 32 Comments: 17 Word Count: 1,148 Hit Count: 1,857 Published: March 10, 2016

This one's short, mainly for impact. But the next chapter will be posted Saturday.

59. Part III: String Theory - Chapter 13 by reenasas - Likes: 35 Comments: 20 Word Count: 6,897 Hit Count: 2,063 Published: March 12, 2016

This chapter is based very loosely on the events of The Body, or at least in that time period, but starts at the end of I Was Made to Love You (for those who are still wondering where Spike is - this chapter is for you). And, yes, I snuck plot in here.  

60. Part III: String Theory - Chapter 14 by reenasas - Likes: 34 Comments: 21 Word Count: 4,189 Hit Count: 2,117 Published: March 16, 2016

Loosely based on the first half of "Forever" (because you've already seen all you're gonna see of the second half . . .)

61. Part III: String Theory - Chapter 15 by reenasas - Likes: 35 Comments: 23 Word Count: 5,641 Hit Count: 2,229 Published: March 20, 2016

Hopefully you haven't forgotten what happened in the chapter before "the tragedy", because some of it will be important this chapter. Otherwise, no direct quotes from or correspondence to any specific episode of the show. Enjoy.

62. Part III: String Theory - Chapter 16 by reenasas - Likes: 31 Comments: 18 Word Count: 3,725 Hit Count: 2,057 Published: March 25, 2016

Sci-fi and Spuffy - two of my favorite things :-) Warning: blatant slander of American and British science fiction shows ahead - but don't worry, I don't mean any of it. I love all these series! Enjoy.

63. Part III: String Theory - Chapter 17 by reenasas - Likes: 38 Comments: 22 Word Count: 5,645 Hit Count: 2,198 Published: April 02, 2016

This is going to seem like filler - but I promise it's amusing filler, and things are mentioned that are important (or at least referenced) later. Also, Spuffy . . . which is all that really matters. Enjoy.

64. Part III: String Theory - Chapter 18 by reenasas - Likes: 38 Comments: 24 Word Count: 6,855 Hit Count: 2,198 Published: April 10, 2016

You know what's a lovely word? Progress. Sorry I didn't get this up yesterday, but at least it's a long chapter. And things happen.

65. Part III: String Theory - Chapter 19 by reenasas - Likes: 31 Comments: 19 Word Count: 7,068 Hit Count: 2,161 Published: April 16, 2016

I took some liberties with the demon world in this one, so don't go looking this stuff up in your Buffy-wiki wink

66. Part III: String Theory - Chapter 20 by reenasas - Likes: 36 Comments: 21 Word Count: 10,653 Hit Count: 2,412 Published: April 24, 2016

Pretty long chapter . . . actually, I think all the rest of the chapters are long (10 chapters, almost 300 pages . . . so . . . yeah). Many things you've been waiting for in this chapter, so enjoy. 

67. Part III: String Theory - Chapter 21 by reenasas - Likes: 33 Comments: 18 Word Count: 5,978 Hit Count: 2,237 Published: April 30, 2016

68. Part III: String Theory - Chapter 22 by reenasas - Likes: 26 Comments: 14 Word Count: 5,795 Hit Count: 2,072 Published: May 05, 2016

If you didn't read the update from Saturday do that first or you'll miss things. Spuffy things.

Also - remember what I said about Buffy still being Buffy and Spike still being Spike? Yeah . . .

69. Part III: String Theory - Chapter 23 by reenasas - Likes: 37 Comments: 23 Word Count: 7,094 Hit Count: 2,040 Published: May 08, 2016

So . . . from here on out it's pretty much one mad rush to the finale. Hold on to your seats, folks!

70. Part III: String Theory - Chapter 24 by reenasas - Likes: 29 Comments: 21 Word Count: 5,080 Hit Count: 2,013 Published: May 11, 2016

You know that thing where you edit a chapter 27 times and then after you post you find three typos? That was me last chapter. Argh!!! I think I fixed them all. Let me know if I didn't. 

71. Part III: String Theory - Chapter 25 by reenasas - Likes: 31 Comments: 17 Word Count: 3,376 Hit Count: 1,968 Published: May 15, 2016

Short chapter today, but it really felt like the only good way to break it up as we enter the home stretch. But you get some Summers/Spike bonding, so that's something.

72. Part III: String Theory - Chapter 26 by reenasas - Likes: 32 Comments: 15 Word Count: 5,902 Hit Count: 1,942 Published: May 19, 2016

For those who've been waiting for some answers . . .

Things are borrowed from the show, but I'll have to tell you from what part at the end of the chapter or it might give something away.

73. Part III: String Theory - Chapter 27 by reenasas - Likes: 30 Comments: 12 Word Count: 4,623 Hit Count: 1,886 Published: May 21, 2016

I'm going to be pulling in a lot of things from earlier (sometimes much earlier) chapters in these next few chapters, and also from the show and the comics. Happy hunting.

74. Part III: String Theory - Chapter 28 by reenasas - Likes: 32 Comments: 18 Word Count: 5,722 Hit Count: 1,913 Published: May 26, 2016

Again, you'll see things direct from the comics and the show, but also things I totally made up. Enjoy the mayhem!

75. Part III: String Theory - Chapter 29 by reenasas - Likes: 35 Comments: 20 Word Count: 7,065 Hit Count: 2,110 Published: May 28, 2016

So - with the action plot well and truly wrapped all we have left is to wrap up the Spuffy! There's a liberal amount of Scoobies mixed in, and a Dawn/Spike friendship cap. Enjoy!

76. Part III: String Theory - Epilogue by reenasas - Likes: 80 Comments: 76 Word Count: 2,548 Hit Count: 2,581 Published: May 30, 2016

This is it - the end of a very long (and hopefully enjoyable) ride. Enjoy!