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Summary: Buffy's lived a very long time, and it still hasn't been long enough for the world to stop surprising her, or to have forgotten some of the lessons she learned very early on: not every choice is a good one, and not every decision is nice. But it's having the choice that's important, and what's nice isn't always what's right. (Sequel to Autumn's Advancing.)
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: None
Artists: None
Series: Autumn's Advancing
Categories: Post-Series
Characters: Buffy, Drusilla, Original Characters, Spike
Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama, Established Relationship, Mystery
Warnings: None
Event: Big Bads Challenge 2019
Completed: Yes Chapters: 22
Word count: 64,390 Hit Count: 20,204 ePub Downloads: 97
Published: October 13, 2019 Updated: March 08, 2020


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Story Notes: Thanks go to Andtheyfightcrime, OffYourBird, Petra, and Sidewaystime for early and steady encouragement; to Tinsnip and ZiGraves for holding me accountable; and to Kelasparmak, Twinkles, and Yellowb for beta reading. My banner was made by Pfeifferpack, and my hat’s off to her. Tremendous thanks go out to Niamh, who’s one of the biggest reasons this story is even here. Not only did she get me thinking about a sequel to Autumn’s Advancing and encouraged me to keep going in the ’verse, she was tremendously generous with her time once this was written, giving me a New York City publishing house’s editorial treatment. Unrelentingly harsh and fair in knowing what needed to be changed and relentlessly kind in telling me so, this story wouldn’t be nearly as good without her.
 
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.

1. fall and turn by Cosmic Tuesdays - Likes: 12 Comments: 13 Word Count: 598 Hit Count: 2,887 Published: October 13, 2019

Title comes from "White Winter Hymnal" as performed by Thea Gilmore.

2. filling these hedges with flowers unnumbered by Cosmic Tuesdays - Likes: 9 Comments: 10 Word Count: 2,186 Hit Count: 1,220 Published: October 20, 2019

Title from the song "Red Weather" by Jack Harris.

3. thinking of the roar by Cosmic Tuesdays - Likes: 13 Comments: 9 Word Count: 1,504 Hit Count: 990 Published: October 27, 2019

Title taken from the song "California" by Phantom Planet.

4. we’ll stay busy dreaming by Cosmic Tuesdays - Likes: 8 Comments: 8 Word Count: 3,883 Hit Count: 939 Published: November 03, 2019

Title borrowed from "Very Busy People" by The Limousines.

5. bite your mother tongue by Cosmic Tuesdays - Likes: 7 Comments: 7 Word Count: 1,447 Hit Count: 899 Published: November 10, 2019

Title courtesy of "Soft & Warm" by Voxtrot.

6. fly a little fly by Cosmic Tuesdays - Likes: 7 Comments: 8 Word Count: 2,209 Hit Count: 829 Published: November 17, 2019

Title is taken from "California Sun" as covered by The Ramones.

7. another way to scream by Cosmic Tuesdays - Likes: 7 Comments: 9 Word Count: 2,782 Hit Count: 898 Published: November 24, 2019

Title is from "South London Forever" by Florence + The Machine.

8. required of you by Cosmic Tuesdays - Likes: 6 Comments: 5 Word Count: 6,454 Hit Count: 917 Published: December 01, 2019

Title from "The Kid" by Ben Nichols.

9. cities built to store and sell by Cosmic Tuesdays - Likes: 7 Comments: 7 Word Count: 2,462 Hit Count: 836 Published: December 08, 2019

Title from "Convenient Parking" as covered by Sun Kil Moon.

10. and the bells will ring and the crowd will roar by Cosmic Tuesdays - Likes: 5 Comments: 6 Word Count: 5,295 Hit Count: 827 Published: December 15, 2019

Title is from "Yallah" by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.

11. we’re not lost where we don’t live by Cosmic Tuesdays - Likes: 7 Comments: 8 Word Count: 2,312 Hit Count: 841 Published: December 22, 2019

Title is from "Not California" by Hem.

12. soon enough this will fade by Cosmic Tuesdays - Likes: 6 Comments: 6 Word Count: 2,285 Hit Count: 822 Published: December 29, 2019

Title comes from "Human Remains" by Tom McRae.

13. don't fall through the stars by Cosmic Tuesdays - Likes: 10 Comments: 7 Word Count: 3,378 Hit Count: 798 Published: January 05, 2020

Title is taken from "Grey Ghost" by Mike Doughty.

14. know if you’ve found me at last by Cosmic Tuesdays - Likes: 10 Comments: 9 Word Count: 3,915 Hit Count: 772 Published: January 12, 2020

Title taken from "I Wish I Was the Moon" by Neko Case.

15. a push and it's over by Cosmic Tuesdays - Likes: 9 Comments: 7 Word Count: 4,256 Hit Count: 714 Published: January 19, 2020

Title is taken from "Shoplifters of the World" by The Smiths.

16. it takes your mind again by Cosmic Tuesdays - Likes: 8 Comments: 7 Word Count: 2,767 Hit Count: 688 Published: January 26, 2020

Title is taken from "Exile Vilify" by The National, which is also the song referenced during this chapter.

17. history is made to seem unfair by Cosmic Tuesdays - Likes: 7 Comments: 8 Word Count: 3,007 Hit Count: 659 Published: February 02, 2020

Title is taken from "I Remember California" by R.E.M.

18. reckoning which way to go by Cosmic Tuesdays - Likes: 8 Comments: 7 Word Count: 2,081 Hit Count: 657 Published: February 09, 2020

Title comes from "Take You Away" by Ben Nichols.

19. it's the side effects that save us grace by Cosmic Tuesdays - Likes: 10 Comments: 8 Word Count: 6,412 Hit Count: 652 Published: February 16, 2020

Title taken from "Graceless" by The National.

20. hanging just beyond by Cosmic Tuesdays - Likes: 9 Comments: 9 Word Count: 1,592 Hit Count: 641 Published: February 23, 2020

Title taken from "The Beautiful Sea" by Hem.

21. make her want to stay in my arms she'd rest by Cosmic Tuesdays - Likes: 10 Comments: 7 Word Count: 1,393 Hit Count: 608 Published: March 01, 2020

Title from "Gun Song" by The Lumineers.

22. rise without anyone to raise you by Cosmic Tuesdays - Likes: 11 Comments: 11 Word Count: 2,172 Hit Count: 1,110 Published: March 08, 2020

Title taken from a translation of "The Village Awaits the New Moon" by Värttinä.