Summary: What if Anya was used as more than comic relief, and Xander's girlfriend? What if she was actually a core member of the group after Buffy understood what an asset she can be? How would that change things going into Season 4?
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Categories: Season 3, Season 4, Challenge Response
Characters: Anya, Buffy, Ensemble
Genres: Dramedy
Warnings: Adult Language, Buffy/Other (Temp)
Challenges: Accepting Anya
Completed: No Chapters: 16
Word count: 47,105 Hit Count: 23,623 ePub Downloads: 120
Published: December 19, 2018 Updated: September 20, 2019

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Story Notes: This is a challenge response for one of SpindleKitten's ideas. The rating and warnings are subject to change as the story develops.

1. Take me to your leader by Blackoberst - Likes: 52 Comments: 33 Word Count: 2,684 Hit Count: 4,377 Published: December 19, 2018

I 'blame' the wonderfuld group of writers on Discord (SpindleKitten included) for making me curious about what challenges there are out there, only to find myself with a case of the muse over this one. I hope I do it justice.

As always, many thanks go to my wife for putting up with/helping me.

2. Out with the old... by Blackoberst - Likes: 38 Comments: 26 Word Count: 2,591 Hit Count: 1,570 Published: December 26, 2018

I'd like to thank the people on the 'Hidden Gems' discord server for their support and ideas that got this baby written in almost no time. Also, a big 'thank you' as always for my wife who suffered through my reading the first draft, and making some changes so it's more readable.

3. In with the new by Blackoberst - Likes: 39 Comments: 21 Word Count: 3,018 Hit Count: 1,515 Published: January 02, 2019

Once more many thanks to my wife for being so awesome.

4. With this ring by Blackoberst - Likes: 46 Comments: 24 Word Count: 3,309 Hit Count: 1,412 Published: January 09, 2019

Many thanks to my wife for pestering me to write this, and to the people on the Hidden Gems discord server for their continued support.

5. I thee wed by Blackoberst - Likes: 36 Comments: 25 Word Count: 3,239 Hit Count: 1,360 Published: January 16, 2019

Many many thanks to my wife for all her help. In other news, I hope you like this chapter.

6. Shame on me by Blackoberst - Likes: 36 Comments: 23 Word Count: 2,899 Hit Count: 1,383 Published: January 23, 2019

I hope you like this. Fallout ahoy.

As usual, many thanks to my wife for everything.

7. About a boy by Blackoberst - Likes: 41 Comments: 20 Word Count: 2,997 Hit Count: 1,380 Published: February 04, 2019

Sorry for the delay, but RL has been hard on both me and my wife, so I couldn't focus properly on this. There are a couple of chapters already written after this, so the next updates shouldn't be a problem.

8. Just details by Blackoberst - Likes: 29 Comments: 15 Word Count: 2,708 Hit Count: 1,385 Published: February 13, 2019

The usual thanks and disclaimers are in place.

9. Better off without him by Blackoberst - Likes: 31 Comments: 23 Word Count: 2,859 Hit Count: 1,277 Published: February 20, 2019

So I'm getting back to the 'once a week' posting schedule. Many thanks to my wife for helping me with this.

10. Couple of hours by Blackoberst - Likes: 35 Comments: 20 Word Count: 3,680 Hit Count: 1,277 Published: February 28, 2019

The chapter hasn't gone through the usual attempt at self-editing, nor has my wife been able to help with it. I've cracked a couple of bones in my foot so she's had to take care of all of us, and the house, on top of her usual (very busy) schedule. So any and all mistakes are all my own.

11. Next time by Blackoberst - Likes: 25 Comments: 14 Word Count: 2,513 Hit Count: 1,250 Published: March 06, 2019

12. Part of the equation by Blackoberst - Likes: 27 Comments: 14 Word Count: 3,131 Hit Count: 1,199 Published: March 12, 2019

This chapter will be a bit early (shock) because:

A) my wonderful wife finally had time to help me flesh it out a bit (and she also helped with the last two chapters, so they are a lot less filled with errors)

B) BTVS the show is now 22 years old, and that needs celebrating (and what better way than through more fanfic?)

C) I'm impatient, what can I say?

13. An army by Blackoberst - Likes: 34 Comments: 22 Word Count: 2,943 Hit Count: 1,173 Published: March 18, 2019

Many thanks to the wonderful nmcil, who was kind enough to make a banner for this story. In honor of this momentous event in the life of this story, I decided to present you with the next chapter. Enjoy.

14. A brilliant woman by Blackoberst - Likes: 25 Comments: 11 Word Count: 2,593 Hit Count: 1,107 Published: March 27, 2019

15. Cold by now by Blackoberst - Likes: 33 Comments: 20 Word Count: 3,230 Hit Count: 1,135 Published: April 03, 2019

Completely unbeta-ed, so be warned.

16. First time for everything by Blackoberst - Likes: 34 Comments: 24 Word Count: 2,711 Hit Count: 823 Published: September 20, 2019

I had writer's block. Still do. Wrote about it, but it got deleted. Now it's shockingly not better.