Summary: After leaving Sunnydale with his dark princess, promising to never return, Spike is forced to break his word only a few months later. He left something on the Hellmouth that he desperately needs back. It's a matter of life and death ... or unlife and dust. What he thought would be a quick retrieval mission gets more complicated as he pulls into a town of adult teenagers, all 'drunk' on cursed Band Candy. It only gets worse when he realizes the item in question is under The Slayer's almost constant protection. It looks like another truce with the Slayer may be his only option. 
Series: Mortal Allies
Categories: Season 3, Alternate Reality, Episode Rewrite, Challenge Response, Seasonal Spuffy Entries
Characters: Angel, *Buffy, Drusilla, Ethan Rayne, Giles, Joyce, Original Characters, *Spike, Willow, Xander
Genres: Angst, Drama, Dramedy, Humor, Hurt/Comfort, Lighthearted, Road Trip, Slow-Burn
Warnings: Adult Language, Spike/Other (Temp)
Completed: Yes Chapters: 18
Word count: 61,242 Hit Count: 25,234 ePub Downloads: 350
Published: November 23, 2018 Updated: December 22, 2018

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Story Notes: Written in response to the Seasonal Spuffy LiveJournal Fall Challenge : Road Trip
Set in Season 3. Begins during Band Candy.
WARNING: Spike and Dru are still a couple in this story, but Spike and Buffy will be working together, getting to know and annoy each other for the majority of the fic. This 'episode' of this series will not end with Buffy and Spike falling into each other's arms and declaring undying love. So, if you need that, you may want to wait for more of the series to be complete. Buffy and Spike do spend a LOT of time together and both start to see each other in a new light, there will be plenty of 'feel good' moments and some not so great ones between them. It's a process. I hope you'll come along for the ride.
Although not 100% necessary, you may want to read Episode 1 of this series (Not Monster Enough) for a bit more background on one of the main, original characters.
This story is completely written, though not completely beta'd yet (so you won't be left hanging with an unfinished WIP). There are 17 chapters. 
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. Joss owns all, I’m just playing in his sandbox.

1. Crunchy Rabbits by Passion4Spike - Likes: 58 Comments: 53 Word Count: 2,957 Hit Count: 4,033 Published: November 23, 2018

Spike's a good boi. Everyone says so.

Thanks so much to my amazing friend, Paganbaby, for the fantastic banner that includes everything but the kitchen sink, all at my request.  She's amazing!

Thanks also to my wonderful beta-readers, Paganbaby and Holi117 -- could not ask for better! heart

2. Band Candy by Passion4Spike - Likes: 38 Comments: 15 Word Count: 5,356 Hit Count: 1,346 Published: November 25, 2018

Spike, the vampire that is, rolls into town to find it turned upside down by Band Candy, full of teenage adults, with his namesake firmly on The Slayer's payroll.

3. Guardian of the Twilight by Passion4Spike - Likes: 42 Comments: 20 Word Count: 3,307 Hit Count: 1,284 Published: November 27, 2018

Spoiler alert: Foiled Again! Spike-the-vampire's plan goes awry. Okay, maybe not that big of a spoiler. 

4. Love Me, Love My Dog by Passion4Spike - Likes: 38 Comments: 16 Word Count: 3,519 Hit Count: 1,390 Published: November 29, 2018

Buffy finds out more about her smart doggie.

5. Best Mates by Passion4Spike - Likes: 34 Comments: 17 Word Count: 3,976 Hit Count: 1,457 Published: December 01, 2018

The road trip begins. The two Spikes find some common ground.

6. Long Talks on Lonely Highways by Passion4Spike - Likes: 36 Comments: 22 Word Count: 3,178 Hit Count: 1,291 Published: December 02, 2018

As the miles roll by, the conversation between the two blondes turns more serious, giving Buffy new ideas to consider about vampires and Angel, in particular.

7. All That and a Bag of Chips by Passion4Spike - Likes: 43 Comments: 14 Word Count: 3,377 Hit Count: 1,210 Published: December 03, 2018

Spike and Buffy's first night on the road comes to an end at the Hot Ass hotel.

8. Strange Vampire by Passion4Spike - Likes: 38 Comments: 17 Word Count: 3,028 Hit Count: 1,159 Published: December 04, 2018

Staying entertained on the road trip...

9. You Made a Bear! by Passion4Spike - Likes: 36 Comments: 13 Word Count: 3,894 Hit Count: 1,244 Published: December 06, 2018

A pit stop turns dangerous in the wilds of Wyoming.

No animals were harmed in the making of this chapter. 

10. Friends? by Passion4Spike - Likes: 35 Comments: 14 Word Count: 3,632 Hit Count: 1,179 Published: December 07, 2018

Our heroes confront the kidnappers.

Thanks to ginar369 for the idea of Spike T. Dog helping out with procuring some blood for the vampire; I honestly hadn't thought of it before she mentioned it in a comment.

11. Clotted Cream by Passion4Spike - Likes: 43 Comments: 16 Word Count: 3,517 Hit Count: 1,251 Published: December 08, 2018

Dru wakes up.

12. Starshine in Amber by Passion4Spike - Likes: 40 Comments: 12 Word Count: 2,089 Hit Count: 1,103 Published: December 10, 2018

Dru isn't a happy camper.

13. Pit Stop by Passion4Spike - Likes: 39 Comments: 13 Word Count: 2,748 Hit Count: 1,152 Published: December 12, 2018

The travelers make an unplanned pit stop, much to Buffy’s dismay.

14. Decoder Ring? by Passion4Spike - Likes: 38 Comments: 19 Word Count: 3,435 Hit Count: 1,152 Published: December 14, 2018

On the road again ...

15. Morning Wood by Passion4Spike - Likes: 43 Comments: 16 Word Count: 3,233 Hit Count: 1,215 Published: December 16, 2018

Another morning, another motel...

16. The Vow by Passion4Spike - Likes: 47 Comments: 19 Word Count: 2,884 Hit Count: 1,165 Published: December 18, 2018

Dru does what she can to protect her darling, deadly boy.

17. Tougher Than the Rest by Passion4Spike - Likes: 45 Comments: 20 Word Count: 5,793 Hit Count: 1,299 Published: December 20, 2018

The travelers make it back to Sunnyhell and have a 'welcoming committee' waiting. 

18. Good Boi by Passion4Spike - Likes: 67 Comments: 38 Word Count: 1,319 Hit Count: 1,303 Published: December 22, 2018

Buffy gets one last piece of advice from Spike, the vampire.