Summary: Summary: Buffy and Spike were settled into their life together and had their routine down with their seven-month-old son. He was sleeping through the night, and Buffy and Spike had a good balance of working, spending time as a family, and assisting the Louisiana Slayer team at the slippery New Orleans hellmouth. Then, Buffy gets tapped to help investigate a bunch of dead bodies with neck wounds in the Quarter, and Spike is left to watch their son on his own. He’s done it plenty of times before. What could possibly go wrong this time? **The wonderful banner is by OffYourBird!**
Dedication: This story is written especially for yellowb!
Disclaimer: I own nothing. Joss owns all.
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: None
Artists: None
Series: Small Boat
Categories: Post-Series, Baby/Kid Fic
Characters: Buffy, Clem, Drusilla, Original Characters, Spike
Genres: Action/Adventure, Humor
Warnings: Adult Language, Violence
Challenges: The Vampire Was Pretty
Completed: Yes Chapters: 9
Word count: 25,291 Hit Count: 12,309 ePub Downloads: 217
Published: August 27, 2018 Updated: October 29, 2018

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Story Notes: This is a different sort of story from A Small Boat on the Ocean. You don't have to read that fic to enjoy this one. It's third person POV. I will do my best to explain any original characters who pop up so you don't have to read the other story. 
I have a number of chapters planned out so far and have written four of them. Unsure how long it will be but it won't be as long as Small Boat and will probably be about 10 or fewer. 
Thank you to OffYourBird for the lovely banner! 
This story is dedicated to the wonderful, kind, and funny yellowb! hugheartsflowers

1. Buffy's Night Out by sandy_s - Likes: 18 Comments: 13 Word Count: 2,055 Hit Count: 2,530 Published: August 27, 2018

2. Just a Bite to Eat by sandy_s - Likes: 19 Comments: 11 Word Count: 3,060 Hit Count: 1,383 Published: September 04, 2018

3. The Accidental Round of Kitten Poker by sandy_s - Likes: 17 Comments: 10 Word Count: 2,686 Hit Count: 1,284 Published: September 09, 2018

Thank you for all the kind comments so far! hug

I actually wrote up little bios for each of the three poker players aside from Clem and Spike and had a whole section of how kitten poker works (in addition to reminding myself of the rules of Texas Hold 'Em) that did not go with the flow of the story, so just know that I don't describe all the parts but did think about them! The rules for poker, as you can imagine, are different when demons are playing.

4. Escape into the Quarter by sandy_s - Likes: 17 Comments: 12 Word Count: 2,108 Hit Count: 1,203 Published: September 15, 2018

yellowb, there is a surprise here for you...hearts

5. More than a Lifetime of Choices by sandy_s - Likes: 13 Comments: 10 Word Count: 3,245 Hit Count: 1,258 Published: September 24, 2018

Thank you for all the lovely support! Sorry this chapter is a little later than normal; I've been writing my EF challenge fic, which is now done - well a rough draft anyway. 

6. The Kitten Shakedown by sandy_s - Likes: 12 Comments: 8 Word Count: 2,430 Hit Count: 1,143 Published: October 04, 2018

7. The Stranded Boat by sandy_s - Likes: 13 Comments: 9 Word Count: 2,733 Hit Count: 1,159 Published: October 08, 2018

Hope you enjoy this chapter! This is one I've been planning since the beginning, and I swear I edited and tweaked it to death. 

8. One Last Obstacle by sandy_s - Likes: 14 Comments: 9 Word Count: 3,396 Hit Count: 1,131 Published: October 17, 2018

9. Home Sweet Home by sandy_s - Likes: 17 Comments: 13 Word Count: 3,578 Hit Count: 1,213 Published: October 29, 2018