Written for the Elysian Fields Challenge Month 2023.
Banner made by the awesome mcgnagallsarmy.
Characters: Buffy, Spike, Giles, Willow, Xander, Angel, Cordelia, Dalton, Drusilla, Jenny Calendar, Joyce, Other, Principal Snyder, Whistler
Genres: Angst, Drama, Fighting, Fix-It, POV
Warnings: Abuse, Adult Language, Attempted Rape, Buffy/Other (Temp), Character Death, Mental Health Issues, Spike/Other (Temp), Torture (Emotional/Psychological), Violence
Challenges: Foresight/Clarity/Hint! Hint! from the Powers that Be/or whatever hilarious title you come up with
Completed: Yes Chapters: 8
Word count: 22,331 Hit Count: 11,488 ePub Downloads: 135
Published: April 05, 2023 Updated: April 11, 2023
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Regarding the Warnings: The Attempted Rape is only mentioned. The Abuse isn't physical, but it is emotional and psychological. The Torture isn't really explicit or probably even intentional, but I've added it just to cover my bases.
Regarding the Political/Protest category: I've tentatively added it since this story talks a lot about current issues like gaslighting, grooming and powerful men getting away with shit because they're well-liked.
The title is a lyric from Taylor Swift's song "Would've, Could've, Should've", which this story was heavily inspired by. The chapter titles are also lyrics from the same song. If you haven't heard it before, go listen to it. It's incredible.
Thank you to mcgnagallsarmy for the amazing banner. Just look at that beauty.
This was written in response to a challenge set by JustWriter. This is probably a lot angstier than what you were hoping for.
Thank you for reading and reviewing.
This story is complete at eight chapters and the pace is pretty fast, since I was trying to write it like an episode of the show.
Thanks again to everyone who's read and reviewed!
Warning for someone mentioning an Attempted Rape.
If I was some paint, did it splatter
On a promising grown man?
And if I was a child, did it matter
If you got to wash your hands? --- Taylor Swift, "Would've, Could've, Should've"
Thank you again for reading and reviewing! I've become terrible at responding to comments, but I'm reading every single one and I appreciate all of them.
Sorry this is late. Especially after that cliffhanger.
The Powers That Be are loosely inspired by the Greek Gods. In this fic universe, the Powers inspired the Gods of Classical Mythology.