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: 18,559 ePub Downloads: 231
Published: November 23, 2018 Updated: December 22, 2018
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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.
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!
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.
Spoiler alert: Foiled Again! Spike-the-vampire's plan goes awry. Okay, maybe not that big of a spoiler.
Buffy finds out more about her smart doggie.
The road trip begins. The two Spikes find some common ground.
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.
Spike and Buffy's first night on the road comes to an end at the Hot Ass hotel.
Staying entertained on the road trip...
A pit stop turns dangerous in the wilds of Wyoming.
No animals were harmed in the making of this chapter.
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.
Dru wakes up.
Dru isn't a happy camper.
The travelers make an unplanned pit stop, much to Buffy’s dismay.
On the road again ...
Another morning, another motel...
Dru does what she can to protect her darling, deadly boy.
The travelers make it back to Sunnyhell and have a 'welcoming committee' waiting.
Buffy gets one last piece of advice from Spike, the vampire.