Summary: Aphantasia: the inability to form mental images of objects that are not present.
Sunnydale is getting a shake-up. A new cop just rolled into town, Buffy's boyfriend left her, and, oh yeah, a predominantly demon-run business has been taken over by a human.
And not just any human either.
When Buffy and Giles are forced into a situation where they must protect the ones they maybe love, it turns out their newest enemy-former serial killer and current dream demon Freddy Krueger-has a history with Doctor Nancy Thompson, a psychology professor who singlehandedly defeated him on her own. And she's ready to do it again, no matter what it takes.
If only Ethan hadn't cast that stupid curse again and made it so any witch they knew was now their costume. Great.
Series: Horror-Verse
Categories: Season 4, Season 5, Between Seasons (any), Crossover (Books or TV shows outside Buffyverse), Challenge Response, Holiday Fic
Characters: Buffy, Spike, Giles, Ensemble, Ethan Rayne, Other
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst, Dark, HEA/HFN, Horror, Queer Themes, Romance, Slow-Burn
Warnings: Adult Language, Character Death, Gun Violence, Torture (Emotional/Psychological), Violence
Challenges: Spirit Halloween
Completed: Yes Chapters: 7
Word count: 43,468 Hit Count: 4,907 ePub Downloads: 43
Published: October 21, 2022 Updated: February 11, 2023

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Story Notes: In response to a challenge created by the wonderful Holly in the spirit of Halloween, I present... a fic answering the Spirit Halloween challenge. Anyways, Ethan is back! And he's now the CEO of Spirit Halloween, ready to cast the curse he cast on that fateful Halloween again.
Spuffy HEA -- or they can be established. I don't care, as long as they're happy and together in the end.
No Spuffy/other, while we're at it
No baby/kid fic. Other characters can have kids, but if Spuffy is established, they are living and loving the childfree life
No Saint Spuffy
No egregious Scooby bashing
We also have some homoerotic subtext between Freddy and Ethan, and, of course, Nancy and Giles' romance, which has been a blast for me to write. Now, we are going in a linear timeline, so Nancy was born in 1965 and the plot of the first Nightmare movie takes place in 82. So, Nancy is about 34 or 35 when our fic takes place. Her father is in his fifties and still alive/kicking! And this is about time I should mention that you only need to know first movie lore to understand things, and even then, there are a few exposition dumps as we go along.
What are we waiting for? Let's go!
But of course, we can't start before I thank my wonderful beta reader, mcgnagallsarmy. Thank you so much for helping my story be more cohesive! And that banner by the amazing Irandamay. Like... look at it! It's amazing!
Edit 2/16/2024: Epilogue has been removed and will not be replaced.

1. Rapid Eye Movement by ClowniestLivEver - Likes: 10 Comments: 6 Word Count: 5,293 Hit Count: 957 Published: October 21, 2022

Posting new stories is always exciting, but also nerve-wracking. Still, I'm excited about your thoughts! I'm just really excited in general, man

2. Oneirophobia by ClowniestLivEver - Likes: 10 Comments: 5 Word Count: 6,958 Hit Count: 614 Published: November 03, 2022

Second chapter! I'm currently trying to also work on the fourth chapter. I'm really hyped to write this little tale and having a blast doing so

Once again, thank you to mcgnagallsarmy for beta reading. Your suggestions really help make this more coherent and put together

3. Circadian Rhythms by ClowniestLivEver - Likes: 7 Comments: 3 Word Count: 6,546 Hit Count: 594 Published: November 06, 2022

A new chapter so soon?! Say it ain't so!

Enjoy this little treat. I don't really have much else to say here, except... enjoy our babies arguing for a bit. And hey, there goes the Scoobies, we finally get to see them show up again!

Special thanks to mcgnagallsarmy for the beta reading, it's greatly appreciated!

4. Paralysis by ClowniestLivEver - Likes: 5 Comments: 2 Word Count: 6,239 Hit Count: 565 Published: December 27, 2022

It's been a while, but I'm still kicking! I don't have any of the other chapters ready yet, but I've been keeping this one to myself long enough. Just because it's past Christmas doesn't mean I can't make spooky content. A free way to maybe get me to write more is to butter me up in the comments, but that's just a theory wink

Special thanks to mcgnagallsarmy for beta reading <3

5. Insomnia by ClowniestLivEver - Likes: 3 Comments: 2 Word Count: 6,111 Hit Count: 534 Published: January 17, 2023

Another chapter! We're getting closer and closer to the end, And I thank everyone for sticking around and reading

Again, shout out to my beta reader mcgnagallsarmy! Viki's the best

6. Arousal by ClowniestLivEver - Likes: 4 Comments: 3 Word Count: 6,527 Hit Count: 542 Published: February 04, 2023

Not that type of arousal! The type when it comes to sleeping of course! This gets pretty intense, so grab your Mr. Gordo, a cup of hot chocolate (with plenty of mini marshmallows), and hang onto the promise of an HEA as we delve into this chapter! Beta read, as always, by the lovely mcgnagallsarmy. Without Viki this would not be nearly as good as it is <3

7. Lucid by ClowniestLivEver - Likes: 6 Comments: 2 Word Count: 5,794 Hit Count: 578 Published: February 09, 2023

We've made it, friends! We've made it! Well, almost, but we're here! This chapter and an epilogue left to go!

I wanna thank all of you lovely readers for sticking with it until the end. I want to give a shout out to Stiney (cawthraven) for being there when I needed a little bit of inspiration going, and of course, mcgnagallsarmy. As always, Viki, your input has turned this into something truly magical, and I'm so glad to have gotten to work with you over the past few months.

With that being said, it's time to get into the meat of it!