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Summary: For perhaps millennia, dark forces have been recruiting, building, lurking, patiently waiting for a world out of balance. Even worse, no one knows the connection or extent. Not even when it's too late, and All she knows is gone. Going backwards through ages past is her only hope. Will she be able to stop this dark future? Is she strong enough? And what of crossing paths with fate? 
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: None
Artists: None
Categories: Between Seasons (any), Post-Series, Missing Scene, Time Travel, Historical
Characters: Angelus, Anne Pratt, Buffy, Darla, Drusilla, Giles, Original Characters, Spike, William
Genres: Angst, Apocalyptic/Dystopian, Dark, Drama, Fix-It, Hurt/Comfort, Romance, Slow-Burn
Warnings: Adult Language, Sexual Situations, Torture (Emotional/Psychological), Torture (Physical), Violence
Completed: No Chapters: 27
Word count: 149,468 Hit Count: 19,165 ePub Downloads: 238
Published: July 05, 2021 Updated: April 21, 2024

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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. Hell is empty and all the devils are here by Isabeau - Likes: 24 Comments: 9 Word Count: 1,403 Hit Count: 2,733 Published: July 05, 2021

Hello. I am new to this whole Elysian Fields Fanfic thing. Well, new writer anyhow, long time reader. I have been turning around this idea in my head for at least a straight month. I have read and enjoyed so many stories on here. I didn't want to commit something to "paper" so to say until I was confident that I had something people might enjoy reading. It's just me. I have no beta readers, and I don't know how to create a lovely banner. Perhaps this will be something I can learn over time. Will likely be updated sporadically as i'm about to partake in a large move to another state.

A few quick things:

I am going off Buffy TV series mainly. I may omit things that I found detracted from the main story or may alter the outcome of certain plot lines. I am not following any comic book storylines, I MAY dabble in some AtS lore. If I do it won't be much. I've only watched the first 2 seasons and part of the 5th. I find it tedious and hard to get through. I also dislike some of the backtracking that BtVS worked so hard to achieve. BtVS is interesting enough in it's own right to warrant all of my attention. I also want to explore and expand on character backstories. Since this is a time travel fic, some OC will have to be added as it can't be avoided. Don't worry. No one's OP or Mary Sued. I believe in keeping even my super natural characters grounded. Starting a R rating mostly for language and violence to start. Might be changed later accordingly. 

I really do hope you enjoy and I'll try to update as often as possible. 

2. We are time's subjects, and time bids be gone. by Isabeau - Likes: 21 Comments: 5 Word Count: 1,665 Hit Count: 1,182 Published: July 06, 2021

I want to start by saying thank you to the kind comments I've received on my story so far. They really do help, and it's nice to know that people have read what I wrote and that they care. I hope to update as often as possible and hope that you continue to enjoy. 

3. What's gone, and what's past. by Isabeau - Likes: 19 Comments: 3 Word Count: 2,650 Hit Count: 1,127 Published: July 08, 2021

(Thanks for all the love, it helps me more than you know.)

I hope you continue to enjoy the story as it unfolds. :) 

4. Hear my soul speak. Of the very instant that I saw you, Did my heart fly at your service. by Isabeau - Likes: 15 Comments: 4 Word Count: 3,862 Hit Count: 1,040 Published: July 25, 2021

I humbly thank you, kind readers.

5. When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions by Isabeau - Likes: 17 Comments: 4 Word Count: 3,271 Hit Count: 929 Published: August 12, 2021

Hello all. Apologies, I meant to have this chapter up much sooner than I did, but life intervened unexpectedly. (It is not a good time when you have to say goodbye to family members in close periods of time.)  I want to say a special thank you to the people following my humble little story. Your feedback is appreciated and treasured, and helps to keep this going.

As for our heroes, the gears move on.

6. Now no way can I stray; Save back to England, all the world’s my way by Isabeau - Likes: 14 Comments: 4 Word Count: 3,998 Hit Count: 988 Published: August 29, 2021

Thank you to all who gave me your feedback. I appreciate it very much. :) 

Is it destiny? Star crossed lovers? 

7. It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves. by Isabeau - Likes: 17 Comments: 3 Word Count: 5,237 Hit Count: 851 Published: September 12, 2021

Thanks again for the incredible support and feedback I've received, I'm touched and it's truly been an honor. I hope you are enjoying the story.  

8. The Devil is a Gentleman by Isabeau - Likes: 12 Comments: 3 Word Count: 4,231 Hit Count: 809 Published: September 26, 2021

Thanks for the ongoing support and kind words. I love this community! :) 

I hope you all continue to enjoy my story. 

9. It is the stars, The stars above us, govern our conditions by Isabeau - Likes: 13 Comments: 3 Word Count: 8,183 Hit Count: 773 Published: October 10, 2021

Thank you EF fam for the support and love. I hope you have enjoyed the story and will continue to. heart

*This chapter was an undertaking. Granted it is a labor of love. I wanted to give myself plenty of time to write and think. The first part I wrote was the last part as it was crucial, and imperative to get right. The rest of the chapter I had outlined in my head and as I started writing it, pretty much wrote itself. I allowed myself time to go back and see how it flowed, make corrections and tweaks, etc. I’ve got some things coming up, but am going to try my best to adhere to the posting every 2 weeks schedule I’ve tried to maintain.

10. We Have Seen Better Days. by Isabeau - Likes: 13 Comments: 4 Word Count: 9,525 Hit Count: 683 Published: October 24, 2021

EF Fam: Thank you. 

I hope you are continuing to enjoy the story. 

Thanks for taking the time to read. :)

And to my readers who have left feedback and comments:

You help keep me going with the story. Thank you for the inspiration. flowers

11. Woe, destruction, ruin, and decay; the worst is death and death will have his day by Isabeau - Likes: 12 Comments: 4 Word Count: 6,633 Hit Count: 631 Published: November 07, 2021

EF fam and to my readers who left me reviews:

Thank You.

And to those who are Standing About and reading my story and giving me likes...Thank youhearts


12. We’ve scorched the snake, not killed it. by Isabeau - Likes: 14 Comments: 5 Word Count: 5,320 Hit Count: 1,063 Published: November 21, 2021

Shout out and thanks to my EF fam for all the kind comments and feedback. It means so much to me.

Love you all.

And thanks to EF & The EF Powers that be for making me a featured story for a while there. :)


13. Expectation is the root of all heartache. by Isabeau - Likes: 12 Comments: 4 Word Count: 4,757 Hit Count: 578 Published: December 05, 2021

Thanks to everyone for the continuing support. :) 

14. I have a Bone to Pick with Fate. by Isabeau - Likes: 13 Comments: 3 Word Count: 10,754 Hit Count: 582 Published: December 20, 2021

Greetings gentle reader. I hope this finds you well. Merry Christmas. Or Happy Holidays if your denomination lay elsewhere. And Happy New Years either way. I hope you enjoy this chapter. It was absolutely a labor of love to write, and I think my longest yet. read wink

It has been my pleasure.

15. We know what we are, but not what we may be. by Isabeau - Likes: 16 Comments: 5 Word Count: 6,309 Hit Count: 572 Published: January 23, 2022

I meant to have this up sooner than I did. This past month has been a trial and a very mixed bag. I appreciate the love and support from the EF family. And if you're still reading I humbly thank you. XO :) 

16. There are many events in the womb of time, which will be delivered. by Isabeau - Likes: 15 Comments: 6 Word Count: 5,663 Hit Count: 534 Published: February 08, 2022

If you are still reading, or are new to the story I bid you welcome, and thank you!

Just a couple of days late posting this. Quicker time than before. Plus as the writing of this story has unfolded an entire new section has dawned on me for the end, or like a Part II...unsure, i'll know when I get there.

For the wonderful people who have taken time out of their day to read and review, I humbly thank you. :) 

17. Wisely, and slow. They stumble that run fast. by Isabeau - Likes: 15 Comments: 3 Word Count: 7,076 Hit Count: 494 Published: February 20, 2022

And I made my deadline. (Yay!) 

Thanks for the love EF fam. And if you're still here, for reading and your wonderful support and comments. :) 

(Waves hello to Marlisea, Sarren, nepalichick, and Phosphotime.) 


18. The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose. by Isabeau - Likes: 16 Comments: 4 Word Count: 7,763 Hit Count: 525 Published: March 22, 2022

Yeah, so i'm super sorry about posting this way past the time I originally intended to. I started a full time shift on my job a few weeks back and it has been kicking my butt. So i've found myself in the realm of little to no energy. I'll eventually adjust and be able to balance out everything else eventually and return to posting more regularly. 

You guys are the best, and I really appreciate everyone who reads, likes, and drops me a line. It helps to keep this story going. 

And Happy First Day of Spring! (although it was officially 2 days ago.)

19. The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact. by Isabeau - Likes: 15 Comments: 4 Word Count: 7,477 Hit Count: 419 Published: May 01, 2022

Ahhhh...yep. My intention of course was to get this entry up at least two weeks earlier than I actually did. Lots of stuff going on. Including getting sick again (another cold, think that makes three in one year...annoying.) misc. family plans going on, a holiday, a birthday, a couple of weekend rotations at work, planning a June vacation, and a few nights of being too tired after work to fire up the computer to type into the story. But I swore that this weekend, i'd buckle down and get the rest of it done.

Apologies gentle reader. I hope you are still here. :) 

Thanks for all the ongoing love and support. It makes all the difference. 

20. The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together. by Isabeau - Likes: 17 Comments: 4 Word Count: 6,331 Hit Count: 463 Published: July 03, 2022

Hello my dear friends and readers. I humbly apologize for my long absence. I am quite well I assure you. I did mean to have this entry up at least a month ago but then life happened. I hope you are still with me.

21. By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes. by Isabeau - Likes: 15 Comments: 5 Word Count: 5,059 Hit Count: 440 Published: September 03, 2022

Shouts out to Green, Magnus 374, nepalichik, Marlisea, and Libracat99. You rock. Thanks for all the love and support.

22. All things are ready, if our mind be so. by Isabeau - Likes: 15 Comments: 8 Word Count: 6,275 Hit Count: 487 Published: November 07, 2022


My humble apologies for the delay on posting up this chapter. Last I posted the delays were mostly with the inability to find the time to write the story the way I want to and the way you deserve it, and my dissatisfaction in my work situation. In the ensuing time, it’s been more nuclear disasters in a short amount of time that I could ever have anticipated.

IRL, my job situation is going to change again, I’ve accepted a new position, and although it’s a pay cut, the peace of mind and sanity that will come with it will be worth it. And I will still have a hearty enough income with money to spare.

Mostly, the family member closest to me has recently been diagnosed ill and will require treatment. I have been full of anxiety, insomnia, fear, and depression. Some days it’s been hard to do much at all. On the days I’ve motivated myself to write this latest entry, I found it helped to sort of balance out the other things, and take my mind off RL for a while.

But it’s to you my wonderful friends, fans and readers that I am indebted to. You have shown support, love, and encouragement in this little story that first dawned on me as I stood in my kitchen after completing BtVS for the first time. I cherish and appreciate the time you take to read it, and the comments I receive. I love you all.

This story WILL have a Part 2 after the natural conclusion. As I have been writing this one, part 2 has been manifesting and speaking to me. When the time draws close, I will announce it.

To whomever nominated me as an "author of the month" I was humbled, flattered and surprised beyond belief. Thank you for thinking me worthy. As if the date of this posting, I have not heard EF's decision on the nomination. Never the less.....THANK YOU. ❤️🤔

I will do the best possible to update more often than the large gaps of time as of late. Writing, editing, correcting and moving around passages where they’ll fit better. I don’t want to post something until I am sure of it.

To friends in the states, I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

PS- Belle is still with us. We have decided she is home and her behavior and training has made leaps and bounds. The Schnauzer just turned 12 as well.

23. Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs. by Isabeau - Likes: 15 Comments: 9 Word Count: 4,552 Hit Count: 381 Published: January 15, 2023

Friends: I solemnly swear that I am up to no good. No, just kidding, I am all in with the good lately I swear.

The past few months have been a downright torment at times. I’ve switched jobs so that aspect of my life has become easier, but it’s the only thing.

My family member (mother) is undergoing treatment. She had a round of general chemo back in November, and was able to go on targeted Chemo after the testing came back. There’s been a lot of side effects, and a lot of dark times. I’ve felt like the rug pulled out from under me and flipped me upside down.

Finding time to write this story has been scarce, but therapeutic when I could. I apologize for the immense delay, and hope you don’t have to read too far back to recap. If you're still here, I am profoundly thankful you are reading and hopefully enjoying.

I am as always, your humble servant.

24. Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall. by Isabeau - Likes: 11 Comments: 8 Word Count: 8,494 Hit Count: 346 Published: May 29, 2023

Greetings my wonderful friends and EF fam. I am so sorry for the massively overdue, unexpected delay in posting this latest chapter.

*To whomever nominated me for an author of the month. *THANK YOU* I received an email telling me to “check back in June.” So, I guess that we shall see. But It’s the thought that someone thought to do it that means more than anything.

I hope you are all still reading/enjoying. The comments with kind words, and thumbs up have meant the world to me. heartsblow_kisswrite

25. By that sin fell the angels. by Isabeau - Likes: 10 Comments: 4 Word Count: 6,727 Hit Count: 275 Published: October 10, 2023

Hello everyone. flowers

26. *Just a Quick Update* by Isabeau - Likes: 8 Comments: 7 Word Count: 782 Hit Count: 172 Published: March 05, 2024

Quick update

27. The miserable have no other medicine but only hope. by Isabeau - Likes: 7 Comments: 4 Word Count: 5,471 Hit Count: 88 Published: April 21, 2024

Friends, readers, stopper-bys.

Thank you for your patience and kind words. It means the world to me.

I hope you enjoy this entry.