Summary: A Spike plan to get Dru back has gone awry, and now he's got a pissed off witch and a goddess after him.  He returns to Sunnydale to hide out.  When Buffy gets caught in the middle and is forced to wait before her next chance to fight her bleached nemesis, will what she learns along the way change the black and white perspective she's always clung to? 
Categories: Season 3, Alternate Reality, Challenge Response
Characters: Angel, Buffy, Cordelia, Giles, Joyce, Original Characters, Spike, Willow, Xander
Genres: Action/Adventure, Dramedy, Fighting
Warnings: Adult Language, Sexual Situations, Spike/Other (Temp), Violence
Completed: No Chapters: 8
Word count: 37,814 Hit Count: 3,596 ePub Downloads: 44
Published: October 14, 2018 Updated: January 04, 2021


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Story Notes: This is a response to Prompt 11 of the 12 Seasons Challenge of 2018.  This is my very first fanfic and I’d love to hear from you.
Disclaimer: All publicly recognizable characters, settings, etc. are the property of their respective owners. The original characters and plot are the property of the author. The author is in no way associated with the owners, creators, or producers of any media franchise. No copyright infringement is intended.
New Note 10/31/18: New Chapter and a new banner by the fabulous Axell!  Thanks so much for being willing to make me something specifically for my story, Axell!

1. Chapter 1--The Arrival by Sirya5117 - Likes: 17 Comments: 13 Word Count: 3,329 Hit Count: 1,164 Published: October 14, 2018

Many thanks to All4Spike who was kind enough to beta this and correct some of my American errors when attempting to reflect the thoughts of our favorite British vampire. 


Some dialogue is from the episode “Lover’s Walk” which was written by Dan Vebber and directed by David Semel.   


There are a few Norwegian words and phrases in here.  See A/N at the end for translations.  Apologies to any native speakers if there are errors in usage...I did the best I could using a website to put a bit of Norse color in this fic. 

2. Chapter 2--Changing Plans by Sirya5117 - Likes: 15 Comments: 6 Word Count: 5,039 Hit Count: 450 Published: October 22, 2018

An extra special thank you to All4Spike for fantastic beta work,  All errors are my own as I tweaked a bit afterwards.

There's a fair bit of dialogue from "Lover's Walk", but with some important bits of divergence.  Keep your eyes peeled!

Small lyric lift from The Ramones "I Need Your Love".

Enjoy!

Disclaimer: All publicly recognizable characters, settings, etc. are the property of their respective owners. The original characters and plot are the property of the author. The author is in no way associated with the owners, creators, or producers of any media franchise. No copyright infringement is intended.

3. Chapter 3--Hints and Traces by Sirya5117 - Likes: 17 Comments: 8 Word Count: 2,486 Hit Count: 416 Published: October 31, 2018

Thanks, ever so, to All4Spike for another wonderful beta job!  Her quick turnaround means you all get one more chapter before the end of the month!

Thanks also to everyone who has read and reviewed.  Your comments have been so heartening!  There will likely be a break after this chapter for a bit as I’ve signed up to do NaNoWriMo in November (unless the muse refuses to switch tracks.)  Hope you enjoy it!

Disclaimer: All publicly recognizable characters, settings, etc. are the property of their respective owners. The original characters and plot are the property of the author. The author is in no way associated with the owners, creators, or producers of any media franchise. No copyright infringement is intended.

4. Chapter 4-Hide and Seek by Sirya5117 - Likes: 9 Comments: 5 Word Count: 5,252 Hit Count: 409 Published: March 15, 2019

Finally getting back to this!  Thanks for your patience, those of you who have been joining me on this journey.

All disclaimers still in effect.

5. Chapter 5-Found and Lost by Sirya5117 - Likes: 11 Comments: 5 Word Count: 4,150 Hit Count: 418 Published: June 27, 2019

Some dialogue from Lover’s Walk.

Beta read by the lovely All4Spike, the comma queen, who also has an uncanny knowledge of just how Spike would phrase things when he's under stress.  Thank you!

6. Chapter 6-Revisions by Sirya5117 - Likes: 15 Comments: 6 Word Count: 7,032 Hit Count: 323 Published: January 04, 2020

Disclaimer: All publicly recognizable characters, settings, etc. are the property of their respective owners. The original characters and plot are the property of the author. The author is in no way associated with the owners, creators, or producers of any media franchise. No copyright infringement is intended.

Thanks ever so to All4Spike who graciously jumped back into this story after my 6 month lapse and helped make this chapter so much better through her slayer-like beta skills!

Thanks to those of you who are continuing to read. I hope you enjoy this next installment.

7. Chapter 7 by Sirya5117 - Likes: 10 Comments: 3 Word Count: 3,609 Hit Count: 203 Published: December 27, 2020

This one is a fair bit of exposition, but I've got chapter 8 almost ready too and there's plenty of action there.  Hope you'll stay with me!

8. Chapter 8 by Sirya5117 - Likes: 12 Comments: 6 Word Count: 6,917 Hit Count: 212 Published: January 04, 2021

Many thanks go to All4Spike for fantastic beta work on both chapter 7 and chapter 8.  She saved this from continuity issues and  helped immensely with making sure Spike doesn't sound like an American pretending to be a Brit.blow_kiss

The poem Spike quotes from is "He Gives His Beloved Certain Rhymes" by William Butler Yeats.  Quote found here: https://ibraidhair.wordpress.com/category/hair-in-poetry/