Summary: Fool's Paradise (noun) - a state of enjoyment based on false beliefs or hopes; a state of illusory happiness.
A confused young Victorian gentleman from 1880 who suffers from amnesia tries desperately to piece his identity together by keeping a diary. The only problem?  It's 2004.  Will he be content to live in his fool's paradise or have the courage to find out the truth about who he really is and all that he has done?
 
Written for xheartrockx for The William Ficathon, 2005
 
Winner Judge's Choice Story The RDA's The William Challenge
Runner-Up Best Characterization The RDA's The William Challenge
Best Short Story Winner The RDA's The William Challenge
Best William Fic Round 12 Love's Last Glimpse Awards
Runner-Up Best Short Story Love's Last Glimpse Awards
Categories: Post-Series
Characters: *Buffy, *Spike, William, Willow
Genres: Angst
Warnings: Human!Spike, Spike/Other (Temp)
Completed: Yes Chapters: 2
Word count: 7,530 Hit Count: 1,365 ePub Downloads: 63
Published: April 20, 2019 Updated: April 20, 2019


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Story Notes: 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.
 
Earlier versions of the story had William's last name as "Langley" instead of "Pratt," since "Pratt" had not been established in canon yet.  I have made that correction here.

1. My Diary by kats_meow - Likes: 12 Comments: 9 Word Count: 6,480 Hit Count: 834 Published: April 20, 2019

When I originally wrote Fool's Paradise for the William Ficathon, I was recovering both physically and emotionally from a miscarriage.  It was a pretty dark time in my life and I left our poor guy in a pretty dark place, too.  I always thought I would go back and somehow rescue him from where he was but I could not find the time, energy, or inclination.

Until now.

Please enjoy the newly written, unbeta'd chapter that will frame the eventual sequel.  I'm making no promises when that will happen but it's at least a happier ending!

2. Epilogue by kats_meow - Likes: 25 Comments: 20 Word Count: 1,050 Hit Count: 531 Published: April 20, 2019