When Cookies don’t appease everyone who was impacted by Willow’s “Will Be Done” spell she looks to find a way to fix it with results that she might not expect but we all should.
Story was written for the Elysian Fields 12 Years 12 Seasons Challenge. Prompt number 1, Banner 5: This beautiful banner was created by the amazingly talented artist, and my friend, Nmcil
Characters: Angelus, Anya, Buffy, Darla, Drusilla, Ensemble, Faith Lehane, Giles, Hank Summers, Jenny Calendar, Joyce, Maggie Walsh, Other, Principal Snyder, Quentin Travers, Riley Finn, Sam Lawson, Spike, The Master, Wesley, Whistler, William, Willow, Xander
Genres: Drama, Historical, Humor, Hurt/Comfort, Romance
Completed: No Chapters: 81
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Published: October 04, 2018 Updated: August 01, 2022
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In ancient Athens, Eleos was the personification of pity, mercy, clemency, and compassion.
There was an altar in Athens dedicated to Eleos, at which “children of Heracles sought refuge from Eurystheus' prosecution. Adrastus also came to this altar after the loss of the battle of Seven Against Thebes, praying that those who died in the battle be buried.
"There was in the midst of the city [of Athens] an altar belonging to no god of power; gentle Clementia (Clemency) [Eleos] had there her seat, and the wretched made it sacred".
Eleos was known as the goddess of empathy.
A/N: Small bits of dialogue taken or modified from various Btvs and Angel episodes throughout. Credit will be given in effected chapter notes.
A/N Some dialogue from Destiny written by David Fury and Steven S. DeKnight. I have altered canon slightly and kept Darla there for this meeting. In canon she had flitted off to the Master and returned later. I had better use for her here.
Word origin of 'mene, mene, tekel, upharsin' Aramaic: numbered, numbered, weighed, divided. Daniel 5:25
A/N Longer than usual chapter. Some dialogue taken from and/or adapted from “Lies My Parents Told Me” Written by David Fury and Drew Goddard
A/N Some dialogue taken or adapted from Fool For Love written by Douglas Petrie
A/N with two exceptions in this chapter (and throughout the story) all the Slayers that get a mention are either from the comics or the Tales of the Slayer book series with alterations as needed for my story unless noted otherwise. The current (1880) Slayer is my own creation as there wasn’t one listed anywhere for that time period in canon. The same for 1890 in St. Petersburg.
Also a tiny bit of dialogue from Amends written by Joss Whedon
Bits of dialogue from Welcome To The Hellmouth written by Joss Whedon, Angel written by David Greenwalt and Darla written by Tim Minear
Chapter notes: Wherein some of your questions are answered, hints are given, and a new player joins the scene.
Legend (this image is for the previous, and next chapter as well as this one):
The left side represents the “good” part of the times. Films like Bringing Up Baby and Carefree, music from Bing Crosby, Benny Goodman, Deanna Durbin and so on. The center pic is a 1938 radio of the type they would have had to hear music, entertainment, and news from elsewhere in the world.
The middle collage has scenes from the 1936 Olympics, the Hindenburg in proud flight (and lush interior) and as it exploded in 1937, also Chamberlain (of the UK) signing the Munich agreement that basically promised no one would stop Hitler from taking Czechoslovakia (or “parts” that he wished to lay claim to) in an effort to prevent war. It was seen as appeasement even in its day, also shown, the Nazi troops and planes on their way to invade Poland. Then there are 3 manips of Spike and Dru and their home in Berlin.
The right side contains representations of the evil of the times. Doubt I need to elaborate on them.
Sorry for the delay in posting this chapter. I imagine you can all understand the challenge of writing about this time period and the events happening in history with the current world events mirroring so much of the madness and evil. We should have learned from our dark history. Nothing is quite as depressing as seeing history trying to repeat itself. I dedicate these chapters to all who have suffered in any way from prejudice, racism, or the evils of mindless hatred in the past and present. It is my prayer that humanity will finally learn once and for all but it is my fear we won’t. No place and no one is immune from this sort of evil as the recent horrific act in New Zealand proves.
Bits of dialogue from Angel episode Why We Fight written by Drew Goddard & Steven S. DeKnight
This chapter is heavy on canon but I hope I’ve managed to make it more than just a retelling of what was on screen.
Some dialogue, direct and adapted are from the Angel transcript of “Why We Fight” written by Drew Goddard and Steven S. DeKnight. The character of Sam Lawson was portrayed by Eyal Podell.
A couple of small bits of dialogue from Why We Fight by Drew Goddard and Steven DeKnight in the beginning of this chapter.
A/N I am not including the IDW comic storyline from “Spike: Old Wounds” where it had Spike in LA in 1947 encountering The Hermanos Número (Numero Cinco). I am picking and choosing from the Comics as they are not necessarily canon and even Joss has said that if they ever were to do the show again, they would likely not use any of the comics as canon...just as with the “official” novels. Some I have used, some not and in one case twisted a bit.
One quote from Pangs written by Jane Espenson used.
Just a sweet (I hope) interlude. This puts me back on schedule. I posted chapter 36 yesterday so make sure you read that one first.
The Slayer in this chapter is my own creation.
Life is amazingly ironic. When you read this chapter you might think current events have shaped or heavily influenced some of the content. Sadly that is not so. This chapter takes place in the turbulent 1960s in the USA. The rhetoric and issues that seemed part of history have revealed themselves as once more being current events. I suppose the old adage that ‘those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it’ is more accurate than we might want to believe.
Couple of lines of dialogue from Lies My Parents Told Me written by David Fury and Dre Goddard
NO endorsement or encouragement of drug use intended or implied in the context of this chapter or the story notes at the end. Likewise any illegal substance. This chapter includes a look at Woodstock where such substances were part of the tapestry and it is included for that reason.
Nikki’s death is listed as July 13, 1977, on Buffyverse wiki but the actual date wasn’t in the script or on-screen. I’m not sure where they sourced that date, likely from the novel Blackout. While a fine novel, it is not hard canon so I am keeping it in 1977 (that IS canon) but not holding it to the July date.
I’m out of my comfort zone with all the fight scenes. Hope I do them justice enough for what’s needed.
Yes, I have “cast” John Cleese in the role of Bernard Crowley in this chapter illustration.
Small bit of dialogue from Fool For Love by Doug Petrie
Posting from work so I hope there are no typos, Will correct later if there are.
I want to thank everyone who has been reading, commenting, liking this story. I have a bad habit of reading them while on work breaks and intending to reply only to have them build up until it’s a very long time since the comment was originally given. Please do know that I have read and treasured every one of them and one day you will find a reply to a comment you no longer remember. At the same time, I imagine that I will remember your comments for my lifetime, they warm my heart. In the meantime, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
So much is happening in this time period that the intended single chapter became two separate ones. What Buffy sees is in this one and the same time period as viewed by Spike will be in Chapter 49 to post next week.
Mental and emotional disorders are not as infrequent as most would think nor should they be a source of shame. There is a vast variety of them, some treatable, some not. I do not claim expertise in the field by any means and the only real claims to an understanding I might have are from any personal experience and that of family members as well as a course in abnormal psychology many years ago. All the rest is just from research. Anyone with issues should never hesitate to get help for their own sake and those surrounding you. No one lives in a vacuum.
I found many of Buffy's character traits fit nicely with children of narcissists thus my portrayal of Hank in this story. What we did see of him also indicates that possibility as well.
Dedicating this to everyone who has shown such love for this story and support for me and my family, human and furry. You are all my "happy place" and often my sanity.
I was going to try to have all of Season 1 covered in this chapter but it really got away from me. So this chapter goes through “The Pack”. Next week’s chapter (that will be on time) will go from “Angel” through “Prophecy Girl”. We’ll also get a slight glimpse of what Spike and Dru are up to at this time in the next chapter. Please forgive typos and the like... I'm half asleep but already nearly a week late on this.
Completing season 1 of the series in this chapter and also looking in on Spike and Dru as they try to find a way to cure her after the poisoning in Prague. We begin with the episode “Angel” which means there is some Bangel but no more than in canon.
Apologies for the delay in getting this chapter out here. Nasty flu demon won the battle just as the New Year rang in and I’m only now feeling like a survivor. This chapter is running pretty long so I will split it into two chapters covering the time of the episode ‘Halloween’ from S2. The second chapter or second part, if you choose to think of it that way, will post on Sunday to make sure this first part doesn’t get lost in a double post. It is written though. Regular weekly updates should be on track once more.
This chapter is really a continuation of the “Halloween” episode events begun in chapter 55 that I posted very early on Saturday. Please be sure to read that update first. Again, some dialogue from “Halloween” written by Carl Ellsworth
Episode “Lie To Me” written by Joss Whedon, bits of dialogue used or twisted in this chapter and the next. Also a brief reference to a scene from “What’s My Line, Part 2” written by Joss Whedon and Marti Noxon in this chapter.
This is another “episode” that wound up needing a couple of chapters. There will be a few of those in this season of the show that can’t be condensed into one chapter as Buffy and Spike see the past from the other’s eyes and gain new insights and confirmations of their new feelings. What happened in S2 was the foundation for their view of each other initially after all so it is quite pivotal. Some understanding and re-evaluation is needed for the new place where they find themselves.
Continuation of ‘Lie to Me’ episode events from the previous chapter, please be sure you read that first. The end scene relies heavily on the script because that moment was so very revealing where Buffy’s mind and heart were for so very long. Script was written by Joss Whedon.
Bits of canon referenced from The Dark Age written by Dean Batali and Rob DesHotel and What’s My Line, Part one written by Howard Gordon and Marti Noxon.
Just a note: (inspired by a comment on the last chapter … not on EF)... please remember the premise of the story. Buffy and Spike from S4 are “seeing” the other’s life in order to gain insight and empathy. This is the purpose of the spell. That means that as we find ourselves in the time period covered in canon certain bits from the episodes will have to show up. If you feel that “if you wanted to re-do the series you would just re-watch” then this story is not for you because to tell it I have to cover events from the episodes as Buffy and Spike (in essence) re-watch them. I try not to just do a transcript of any episode and also add to them as needed but they cannot be ignored. SO you will see bits from canon from now on until the spell is broken in S4 when they first touched the Eleos icon.
Bits taken from What’s my Line, Part Two written by Joss Whedon and Marti Noxon
Okay, I’ve tinkered and revised and decided to stop being obsessive and post this chapter LOL. Sorry for the delay.
Episodes touched on and/or dialogue borrowed or twisted from: Ted, written by David Greenwalt and Joss Whedon, and Bad Eggs written by Marti Noxon
Episode ‘Surprise’ was written by Joss Whedon and Marti Noxon bits of dialogue borrowed from the script.
‘Innocence’ written by Joss Whedon and bits of dialogue from the script are used, twisted or touched on in the chapter
Sorry I'm late again. Like everyone else in this brave new world I've had a lot on my mind and I just couldn't get in the groove. Long chapter this time and hope to be back to a weekly schedule soon. No later than every other week though... PROMISE (unless this really IS the end of the world of course LOL).
Bits of canon and dialogue actual and twisted from episodes “Phases” (Rob DesHotel and Dean Batali), and “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” (Marti Noxon)
Episode Passion was written by Ty King. Bits and pieces of dialogue appear in this chapter both verbatim and paraphrased, at times even twisted.
There is mention of events in episodes: ‘Killed by Death’ written by Rob Des Hotel and Dean Batali (Der Kindestod), ‘I Only Have Eyes for You’’ by Marti Noxon, ‘Go Fish’ by Elin Hampton and David Fury, and ‘Becoming’ parts 1 and 2 written by Joss Whedon
This chapter covers the summer after S2 to the beginning of S3 up to Buffy return to Sunnydale.
Anne was written by Joss Whedon and Dead Man’s Party by Marti Noxon.
I have made up all the “backstory” for Mr. Trick. Canon has nothing on him so I took the opportunity to give him one.
Episodes: Faith, Hope, and Trick written by David Greenwalt, Beauty and the Beasts written by Marti Noxon, Homecoming written by David Greenwalt, Band Candy written by Jane Espenson, and Revelations written by Douglas Petrie
Bits of dialogue used or twisted from “Lovers Walk” written by Dan Vebber. Also bits from “Fool For Love” written by Douglas Petrie
I want to thank everyone who has read, encouraged, liked, and commented on this fic. I haven't replied to many due to RL issues with time BUT have read and cherished each comment and appreciated every kind word.
Dedicating this chapter to the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg who stood for her beliefs, adjudicated fairly, and never let anyone down especially in matters of equality under the law. Zikhronah Livrakha (May her memory be a blessing).
My genuine appreciation to all reading and commenting (or just reading for that matter). This chapter is also for YOU who also do not let me down.
Episode The Zeppo (written by Dan Vebber) also some events from FFL (written by Douglas Petrie) are eluded to. Keep in mind that ghostly Spike can only see things that Buffy would be able to see or going on close to her physically because he’s attached to her. Many events in the episode The Zeppo that happened to Xander took place out of Buffy’s sight so Spike wouldn’t have seen them. This includes Xander’s tryst with Faith.
Excerpts and summarizations from the book Spike is reading are in italics.
References to events in episodes Bad Girls (written by Douglas Petrie), Consequences (written by Marti Noxon), and Dopplegangland (written by Joss Whedon). Keep in mind that Spike’s insights and commentary are his own POV and not always correct. He calls them as he sees them but he’s fallible too.
Episode events touched on in this chapter: Enemies, written by Douglas Petrie, Earshot by Jane Espenson, and Choices by David Fury.
Events of The Prom written by Marti Noxon and Graduation Day Pt 1and 2 written by Joss Whedon are referenced.
Apologies for the length of time between chapters. RL and personal issues have prevented me from writing in a timely manner. I am in hopes that the circumstances have changed enough that I can return to more frequent updates.
I read and cherish all comments and assure you that your kindness and thoughts are deeply appreciated.
Events from the first two episodes of S4 are referred to. The Freshman, written by Joss Whedon, and Living Conditions, written by Marti Noxon
References to Btvs episode ‘Harsh Light of Day’ written by Jane Espenson and the Ats episode ‘In the Dark’ written by Douglas Petrie (with a pilfered line or two from his script).
Apologies for how long it has taken to get this chapter wrangled properly. Between RL and Characters simply refusing to do what I wanted it has been like herding cats! But the long Cat Drive is at an end and I have an update. Already working on the next chapter so I’m hoping it won’t be anywhere near as long a delay in updates the next time.
Again, much appreciation to all still reading and special love for all who take the time to comment.
Episodes referenced and bits of dialogue used or sampled from:
Fear Itself (David Fury)
Beer Bad (Tracey Forbes)
Wild at Heart (Marti Noxon)
Apologies for the long delay in updating. Had a large amount of this chapter written well over a month ago. Real-life came in like a wrecking ball (apologies to Ms. Cyrus) and prevented my completing it quickly. The capper was the finger fracture/dislocation that I’m still dealing with but have managed to learn to type around. Hence, a late but completed chapter. PROMISE the next one won’t take nearly as long to produce barring a zombie attack or the like.
Episode:“The Initiative” written by Douglas Petrie (given the situation, some slightly graphic details in chapter but nothing too terrible IMHO)
Reminder: This tale began shortly after Something Blue. The spell kicked in before Spike discovered he is capable of fighting demons. Even with all the learning taking place during the course of this magical journey, neither Buffy nor Spike know he’s not totally incapacitated when it comes to fighting. In canon, he learned he could fight and kill demons in the episode Doo
Initiative (Doug Petrie) and Pangs (Jane Espenson)
Apologies for the long wait. I had about 90% of this done when RL sucked the joy from life. I finally got a moment to finish it, edit it and now FINALLY post. It WILL NOT be such a long wait for the next one but unlikely to be a weekly update again for a while. RL still has claws in me but it IS improving.
Episode I Will Remember You from Angel the series, written by David Greenwalt and Jeannine Renshaw No dialogue used but that is the point of reference.