Summary: Buffy just wanted to be left alone. Enter Spike.
Set the summer between season 2 and 3, in L.A.
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: Ali
Artists: scratchmeout
Categories: Between Seasons (any), Challenge Response
Characters: Buffy, Spike
Genres: Angst, Dramedy, HEA/HFN, Hurt/Comfort, Romance, Slow-Burn
Warnings: Adult Language, Sexual Situations
Event: Mystery Ficathon 2022
Completed: Yes Chapters: 5
Word count: 28,098 Hit Count: 7,643 ePub Downloads: 152
Published: June 30, 2022 Updated: July 29, 2022

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Story Notes: Many thanks to Ali for the beta and encouragement! Influenced heavily by TS’s “Cruel Summer”. Banner by me. 
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 scratchmeout - Likes: 57 Comments: 27 Word Count: 3,201 Hit Count: 2,237 Published: June 30, 2022

This is my first Mystery Month and my first time writing Spuffy this early on. I thought, if I'm going to do a challenge, I'm going to challenge myself with something else other than just the prompts ;) It worked well for the last challenge.

Hope you enjoy this first chapter  - see you in a week!


2. Chapter 2 by scratchmeout - Likes: 46 Comments: 21 Word Count: 3,461 Hit Count: 1,160 Published: July 08, 2022

Thank you for reading, liking, and commenting on chapter 1! Really appreciate it. 


3. Chapter 3 by scratchmeout - Likes: 44 Comments: 18 Word Count: 4,503 Hit Count: 1,176 Published: July 16, 2022

4. Chapter 4 by scratchmeout - Likes: 49 Comments: 14 Word Count: 7,877 Hit Count: 1,809 Published: July 23, 2022

Please note that there is some kissing and a little touching in this chapter. I just wanted to put it out there as she is 17 here. 

5. Chapter 5 by scratchmeout - Likes: 73 Comments: 33 Word Count: 9,056 Hit Count: 1,261 Published: July 29, 2022

Without being too spoilery, there is a reason why this fic is rated R for more than just language. As Buffy is 17 in this fic, I wanted to mention it. If you have any questions, feel free to message me :)

A few sentences lovingly borrowed from Pride & Prejudice.