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Summary: What would have happened in Season 4 if Spike had worked with the Scoobies after getting chipped?  And what if he was secretly also working with one Ethan Rayne?
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: Vogon Poet
Artists: loveisntbrains_
Series: Spike and the Scoobies
Categories: Season 4, Challenge Response
Characters: Buffy, Spike, Giles, Willow, Xander, Adam, Anya, Clem, Ethan Rayne, Other, Riley Finn, Willy the Snitch
Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama, HEA/HFN, Mystery, Slow-Burn
Warnings: Adult Language, Buffy/Other (Temp)
Event: Mystery Fic-a-Thon 2021
Completed: Yes Chapters: 5
Word count: 29,853 Hit Count: 6,856 ePub Downloads: 109
Published: July 08, 2021 Updated: August 07, 2021

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Story Notes: Beta’d by Vogon Poet.
Banner by the lovely and talented loveisntbrains. [Banner updated July 2023 by the evertalented loveisntbrains! The original banner can be found in Chapter 1.]
Written for the July 2021 Elysian Fields Mystery Fic-a-Thon. Thank you to Vogon Poet for encouraging me, and to the moderators for providing such a welcoming environment!
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. Chapter 1 by the_big_bad - Likes: 32 Comments: 19 Word Count: 1,409 Hit Count: 2,140 Published: July 08, 2021

This takes place immediately following the end of the episode “A New Man.”

And here is the original banner by loveisntbrains:

original banner

2. Chapter 2 by the_big_bad - Likes: 22 Comments: 9 Word Count: 5,976 Hit Count: 1,226 Published: July 16, 2021

Takes place immediately following Chapter 1.

Occurs during “The I in Team” and “Goodbye Iowa” but goes AU during the fight with the Polgara. Some dialogue taken from both these episodes and I take no credit for them, though they may have been repurposed for this story.

Also, please note that as I did research for this chapter, I had to watch the fight scene with the Polgara several times, which was interspersed with Buffy and Riley having sex for the first time, and I hadn’t remembered how utterly disturbing this whole scene is.

3. Chapter 3 by the_big_bad - Likes: 24 Comments: 10 Word Count: 6,124 Hit Count: 1,148 Published: July 24, 2021

Takes place immediately following Chapter 2.

Occurs during an alternate version of “Goodbye Iowa”. Some dialogue taken from this episode and I take no credit for them, though they may have been repurposed for this story.

Some dialogue also taken from “Fright House of a Lighthouse” from the What’s New Scooby-Doo? series and I also take no credit for that!

4. Chapter 4 by the_big_bad - Likes: 20 Comments: 9 Word Count: 7,724 Hit Count: 1,102 Published: July 31, 2021

Takes place immediately following Chapter 3.

5. Chapter 5 by the_big_bad - Likes: 37 Comments: 18 Word Count: 8,620 Hit Count: 1,240 Published: August 07, 2021

Takes place immediately following Chapter 4.