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)
Completed: Yes Chapters: 5
Word count: 29,853 Hit Count: 6,091 ePub Downloads: 98
Published: July 08, 2021 Updated: August 07, 2021
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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.
This takes place immediately following the end of the episode “A New Man.”
And here is the original banner by loveisntbrains:
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.
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!
Takes place immediately following Chapter 3.
Takes place immediately following Chapter 4.