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Summary: The year is 1878. William Pratt is a timid auditor for the Watcher's Council. Buffy Summers is an angry, recently kidnapped Potential. When Buffy refuses to obey the Council's orders, William is forced to make a choice—stand back and allow the girl's execution... or take her and flee.
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: None
Artists: None
Categories: Alternate Reality, Historical
Characters: Angelus, Anne Pratt, Buffy, Darla, Drusilla, Giles, Quentin Travers, Spike, William
Genres: Action/Adventure, Dark, Drama, Historical, Romance, Slow-Burn
Warnings: Blood Play, Character Death, Rape (Implied), Sexual Situations, Spike/Other (Temp), Violence
Completed: No Chapters: 25
Word count: 100,584 Hit Count: 38,483 ePub Downloads: 338
Published: April 23, 2020 Updated: October 19, 2022


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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. (Though title is cribbed from "My Long Forgotten Cloistered Sleep" by FictionJunction.)
 
Welcome to what's gonna be my second super long epic for this fandom. It will be four acts.
 
Buffy does start out as a twelve-year-old girl, but she won't stay that way. Any Spuffy will not be underage Spuffy. If you've read Every Letter, you know how this goes.
 
For characters, I'll add them as they come into the story to avoid spoilers.
 
For warnings, I'm pre-loading all of them right out of the gate. It is going to be a dark story, but hopefully not too dark. Again, if you've read Every Letter, you'll know how this goes.
 
Overall, hope you all enjoy! This outline's been bouncing around in my head for at least the past year, so I'm super excited to start sharing it. Special shoutout to OYB for beta'ing and being an all-around great person. <3

1. Act I - Chapter I by othellia - Likes: 27 Comments: 24 Word Count: 2,202 Hit Count: 3,239 Published: April 23, 2020

2. Act I - Chapter II by othellia - Likes: 23 Comments: 8 Word Count: 2,754 Hit Count: 1,426 Published: May 16, 2020

3. Act I - Chapter III by othellia - Likes: 23 Comments: 13 Word Count: 3,714 Hit Count: 1,403 Published: June 29, 2020

4. Act I - Chapter IV by othellia - Likes: 32 Comments: 12 Word Count: 3,365 Hit Count: 2,005 Published: July 27, 2020

5. Act I - Chapter V by othellia - Likes: 32 Comments: 14 Word Count: 3,292 Hit Count: 2,006 Published: September 02, 2020

6. Act I - Chapter VI by othellia - Likes: 23 Comments: 8 Word Count: 4,612 Hit Count: 1,979 Published: October 05, 2020

7. Act I - Chapter VII by othellia - Likes: 28 Comments: 15 Word Count: 3,080 Hit Count: 1,837 Published: October 26, 2020

8. Act I - Chapter VIII by othellia - Likes: 21 Comments: 9 Word Count: 3,288 Hit Count: 1,220 Published: December 01, 2020

9. Act I - Chapter IX by othellia - Likes: 24 Comments: 8 Word Count: 2,974 Hit Count: 1,852 Published: December 28, 2020

10. Act I - Chapter X by othellia - Likes: 27 Comments: 10 Word Count: 3,734 Hit Count: 1,143 Published: February 01, 2021

11. Act II - Chapter I by othellia - Likes: 28 Comments: 11 Word Count: 5,302 Hit Count: 1,748 Published: March 01, 2021

Thank you, as always (even if it's not voiced every chapter), to OYB for beta-reading and being a ridiculously good and supportive person. <3

12. Act II - Chapter II by othellia - Likes: 30 Comments: 11 Word Count: 2,958 Hit Count: 1,699 Published: March 22, 2021

Surprise early chapter for you guys! Hope you enjoy!

13. Act II - Chapter III by othellia - Likes: 32 Comments: 13 Word Count: 4,792 Hit Count: 1,708 Published: April 19, 2021

14. Act II - Chapter IV by othellia - Likes: 37 Comments: 15 Word Count: 3,613 Hit Count: 1,033 Published: May 06, 2021

15. Act II - Chapter V by othellia - Likes: 36 Comments: 19 Word Count: 5,540 Hit Count: 1,596 Published: June 14, 2021

16. Act II - Chapter VI by othellia - Likes: 36 Comments: 15 Word Count: 2,668 Hit Count: 1,554 Published: July 14, 2021

17. Act II - Chapter VII by othellia - Likes: 37 Comments: 18 Word Count: 1,594 Hit Count: 1,528 Published: August 09, 2021

Thanks to OYB and all of my readers for giving me the support to make it this far <3

18. Act III - Chapter I by othellia - Likes: 36 Comments: 22 Word Count: 4,426 Hit Count: 1,549 Published: September 13, 2021

19. Act III - Chapter II by othellia - Likes: 34 Comments: 13 Word Count: 4,158 Hit Count: 1,563 Published: October 11, 2021

20. Act III - Chapter III by othellia - Likes: 31 Comments: 17 Word Count: 3,452 Hit Count: 1,005 Published: February 16, 2022

Hey, long time no update. Had a pretty hectic and drama-filled life over the holidays; took the following month to rest and recuperate. Feeling recharged and updates should be regular again from here on out. (Also, would've posted on Monday, but it was Valentine's Day. tongue) Thanks for the patience!

21. Act III - Chapter IV by othellia - Likes: 32 Comments: 16 Word Count: 3,742 Hit Count: 907 Published: April 18, 2022

CW: physical, emotional, and sexual assault

More detailed notes at the end.

22. Act III - Chapter V by othellia - Likes: 25 Comments: 13 Word Count: 5,122 Hit Count: 890 Published: May 18, 2022

23. Act III - Chapter VI by othellia - Likes: 25 Comments: 15 Word Count: 5,422 Hit Count: 1,289 Published: June 20, 2022

24. Act III - Chapter VII by othellia - Likes: 31 Comments: 11 Word Count: 5,883 Hit Count: 910 Published: August 09, 2022

25. Act III - Chapter VIII by othellia - Likes: 27 Comments: 13 Word Count: 8,897 Hit Count: 1,394 Published: October 19, 2022

So sorry for the delay in this one. It's been done for weeks now, but my grandmother passed away. It's more bittersweet than sad simply because she'd been ill for such a long time, but I spent more time than I'd originally thought helping my own mother through the process.

Adding to the delay, I also wanted to get caught up with comment replies (at least a little) before I posted, but that didn't happen, so now, weeks later, I figure you guys would just prefer the chapter. Comment replies will come one day. I do read and treasure them all. <3

(Hug your loved ones (human and pet alike).)