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Summary: Looking deep into the eyes of Janus, Ethan Rayne was more than ready to let chaos out to play its glorious and wicked game. This story is written for the 2021 Elysian Fields Mystery Fic-a-Thon Challenge. Like Ethan, we’ll all find out where it goes as it happens. We love a mystery! 
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: None
Artists: nmcil
Series: The Realm of Law
Categories: Season 5
Characters: Buffy, Spike, Giles, Ensemble, Ethan Rayne, Marcie Ross, Riley Finn
Genres: HEA/HFN, Lighthearted, Under Magical Influence
Warnings: Suicide
Event: Mystery Fic-a-Thon 2021
Completed: Yes Chapters: 5
Word count: 40,448 Hit Count: 3,812 ePub Downloads: 63
Published: July 10, 2021 Updated: August 08, 2021


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Story Notes: This story occurs in Season 5, with awareness of Ethan having been hauled off by Initiative soldiers in A New Man during Season 4.
 
Huge thanks to nmcil for providing such a lovely banner for this story! This is my very first Elysian Fields posting and also my first real work in this fandom. Really, anything could happen here, from author “whoopsies” onward. Also, not being a chaos mage myself, I’m using the time-honored intellectual tradition of “winging it” on behalf of Ethan. I ask for your patience, please, as I perform without a net.
 

Although this is not a dark story, it has a trigger warning for suicide because we find out toward the end that a secondary character accidentally died of an overdose off-screen rather than by being killed on-screen as in in canon. 
 
This story is unbetaed, so all goofs are mine. 
 
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: Ethan Rayne Gets a Notion by JayeMaru - Likes: 21 Comments: 12 Word Count: 2,561 Hit Count: 1,167 Published: July 10, 2021

2. Chapter 2: Buffy Summers Gets a New Perspective by JayeMaru - Likes: 21 Comments: 9 Word Count: 7,833 Hit Count: 677 Published: July 18, 2021

This is very loosely based on S5:E2, Real Me, written by Joss Whedon and David Fury, with some dialogue respectfully borrowed from that episode. 

3. Chapter 3: Xander Harris Gets an Update by JayeMaru - Likes: 18 Comments: 6 Word Count: 8,691 Hit Count: 642 Published: July 25, 2021

This is very loosely based on S5:E3, The Replacement written by Jane Espenson, with some dialogue respectfully borrowed from that episode.

4. Chapter 4: William the Bloody Gets a New Attitude by JayeMaru - Likes: 19 Comments: 8 Word Count: 10,042 Hit Count: 663 Published: August 01, 2021

This chapter is a loose mash-up, borrowing dialogue and events from S5:E4, Out of My Mind, by Rebecca Rand Kirshner, S5:E5, No Place Like Home, by Douglas Petrie, and S5:E9, Listening to Fear, by Rebecca Rand Kirshner. It probably fudges Sunnydale’s putative geography in order to tell its tale. Feel free to blame Ethan for any ensuing chaos.

5. Chapter 5: Buffy Summers Seizes the Day by JayeMaru - Likes: 28 Comments: 12 Word Count: 11,321 Hit Count: 663 Published: August 08, 2021

This chapter incorporates dialogue and events respectfully borrowed from S4:E22, Restless and also S5:E7, Fool for Love. Trigger warning for reference to someone having overdosed offscreen prior to the start of this story instead of being killed on-screen as in the show.