Past Featured StorySummary: Wolfram and Hart replace the telephones of all employees.  Including Angel, who is too busy mocking Spike to realize the new phone can be voice activated.  “You think I’m going to pick up the phone,” which he did, something inside him delighting in how the younger vampire’s eyes followed the movement, hawklike and wistful, “and just,” he shrugged, holding the receiver a few inches above the cradle, “call Buffy.  For you?”
The new telephone dutifully calls the only Buffy in his contacts.  A few short seconds later, the phone in the Slayer's office starts to ring.  And Angel thought his unlife was rough before....
Written for the Elysian Fields Challenge Month 2023 (even though I swore I would only work on my unfinished stories).

Categories: Post-Series, Crossover (AtS), Challenge Response
Characters: Buffy, Spike, Giles, Willow, Xander, Angel, Dawn, Fred
Genres: Dramedy, Fix-It, HEA/HFN, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language, Suicidal Ideation, Torture (Emotional/Psychological), Torture (Physical), Violence
Challenges: Whatever you want to call it.
Completed: Yes Chapters: 5
Word count: 28,120 Hit Count: 9,435 ePub Downloads: 147
Published: April 28, 2023 Updated: May 12, 2023

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Story Notes: Written in response to killjoy's challenge 'Whatever you want to call it.'  Thank you for this wicked good start!
Thank you to Harmony99 for the gorgeous interplay of light and dark making up the banner!
Canon through Ats 'Hell Bound.' 
Warnings:  Though nothing is too graphic, suicidal ideation is for Spike's very low mood after he saves Fred and loses his chance at a body, and the torture tag is because some of the anger that gets expressed crosses the line.
DISCLAIMER:  These characters and the Buffyverse do not belong to me; this is just me bringing my own (sub)text.  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. The New Phone by Soulburnt - Likes: 81 Comments: 38 Word Count: 2,964 Hit Count: 2,972 Published: April 28, 2023

2. The Current Delay by Soulburnt - Likes: 76 Comments: 41 Word Count: 3,865 Hit Count: 1,669 Published: May 01, 2023

Warning:  Very general mention of the bathroom scene from 'Seeing Red.'  I did not add the 'Rape (Attempted)' tag to the story, but will gladly do so if anyone feels it is necessary.

3. The Old Girlfriend by Soulburnt - Likes: 67 Comments: 35 Word Count: 8,141 Hit Count: 1,959 Published: May 04, 2023

4. The Postponement by Soulburnt - Likes: 48 Comments: 27 Word Count: 5,305 Hit Count: 1,484 Published: May 09, 2023

Thank you so much to Harmony99, who gifted all of us with the amazing banner for the story!

5. The New Start by Soulburnt - Likes: 75 Comments: 34 Word Count: 7,845 Hit Count: 1,350 Published: May 12, 2023