Summary:

When Spike is resurrected at Wolfram & Hart by an unknown force, he’s far from happy about it.

However, when a mysterious stranger propositions him to be the new champion of the people…Spike sees it as the perfect opportunity; to die doing a bit of good in the world.

He’s already died twice and now he’s determined to make the third one stick. How hard could it be? Dying is an art he does exceptionally well, after all.
 Or does he? And how will a certain Slayer react when she finds out?

A story told in fragments.

Written for Elysian Fields Drabblemania 2023 Event.
 Banner by the fabulous cd85

Categories: Post-Series, Crossover (AtS), Drabbles
Characters: Buffy, Spike, AtS Ensemble, Fred, Lindsey McDonald
Genres: Angst, Drama, HEA/HFN, Hurt/Comfort, Resurrection
Warnings: Blood Play, Mental Health Issues, Sexual Situations, Suicidal Ideation
Event: Drabblemania 2023
Completed: Yes Chapters: 32
Word count: 22,312 Hit Count: 12,707 ePub Downloads: 82
Published: July 06, 2023 Updated: July 28, 2023


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Story Notes: 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.

I just want to give a huge round of applause to cd85 for this amazing banner that literally moved me to tears. It’s amazing. I’m obsessed with it. It belongs in the Louvre

“Dying
Is an art, like everything else.
I do it exceptionally well.
I do it so it feels like hell. I do it so it feels real.”~ Sylvia Plath

1. Buffy by disco-tea - Likes: 15 Comments: 4 Word Count: 151 Hit Count: 1,193 Published: July 06, 2023

Prompt: lost heirloom

2. Ephemeral, Effulgent, Elysian by disco-tea - Likes: 15 Comments: 5 Word Count: 187 Hit Count: 445 Published: July 06, 2023

Prompt: ephemeral

Definition: lasting for a very short time.

“I turn and burn. 
Do not think I underestimate your great concern. Ash, ash—
You poke and stir.
Flesh, bone, there is nothing there—“

~ Sylvia Plath

3. After-Unlife by disco-tea - Likes: 17 Comments: 6 Word Count: 317 Hit Count: 440 Published: July 06, 2023

Prompt: foul-mouthed parrot

4. Take Care by disco-tea - Likes: 16 Comments: 4 Word Count: 473 Hit Count: 411 Published: July 07, 2023

Prompt: diary 

5. All Routes Lead to Hell by disco-tea - Likes: 15 Comments: 5 Word Count: 706 Hit Count: 378 Published: July 08, 2023

Prompt: it must be Tuesday 

6. Click by disco-tea - Likes: 21 Comments: 8 Word Count: 552 Hit Count: 407 Published: July 08, 2023

Prompt: locks and keys 

7. Bruises by disco-tea - Likes: 18 Comments: 6 Word Count: 719 Hit Count: 385 Published: July 10, 2023

Prompt: pinch

8. Hurting the Girl by disco-tea - Likes: 14 Comments: 4 Word Count: 523 Hit Count: 367 Published: July 11, 2023

Prompt: In N’ Out

9. 3 Times a Charm by disco-tea - Likes: 13 Comments: 3 Word Count: 644 Hit Count: 345 Published: July 12, 2023

Prompt: captain on the deck 

“Everyday you wake up, it's the same bloody question that haunts you. Is today the day I die...? Death is on your heels, baby, and sooner or later, it's gonna catch you. And part of you wants it...not only to stop the fear and uncertainty, but because you're just a little bit in love with it. Death is your art. You make it with your hands day after day; that final gasp, that look of peace. A part of you is desperate to know...what's it like? Where does it lead you? …sooner or later, you’re gonna want it.”

10. Wonderless by disco-tea - Likes: 19 Comments: 6 Word Count: 601 Hit Count: 347 Published: July 13, 2023

Prompt: 1969

11. If You're Lost in the Dark by disco-tea - Likes: 19 Comments: 6 Word Count: 630 Hit Count: 358 Published: July 14, 2023

Prompt: kittens for sale

12. Misery, Misery is the Venom in my Veins by disco-tea - Likes: 16 Comments: 6 Word Count: 805 Hit Count: 320 Published: July 16, 2023

Prompt: carpe demon 

13. I Had Strings by disco-tea - Likes: 12 Comments: 3 Word Count: 958 Hit Count: 331 Published: July 16, 2023

Prompt: Puppet Spike, Board 2

(because you know I couldn’t pass this one up)

14. But Now I'm Free by disco-tea - Likes: 13 Comments: 4 Word Count: 989 Hit Count: 324 Published: July 17, 2023

Prompt: Lorne, board 2

15. There Are No Strings on Me by disco-tea - Likes: 18 Comments: 4 Word Count: 993 Hit Count: 354 Published: July 17, 2023

Prompt: illusion of control 

16. Heart of Hearts by disco-tea - Likes: 16 Comments: 6 Word Count: 373 Hit Count: 333 Published: July 19, 2023

Prompt: the goose is loose 

ALL HAIL THE GOOSE! ALL HAIL THE GOOSE!!

17. Alive by disco-tea - Likes: 23 Comments: 6 Word Count: 898 Hit Count: 391 Published: July 19, 2023

Prompt: pocket size

18. Dead Weight by disco-tea - Likes: 15 Comments: 4 Word Count: 770 Hit Count: 367 Published: July 20, 2023

Prompt: out for a walk (bitch)

this is the punch chapter btw 🤣

19. Unattainable by disco-tea - Likes: 19 Comments: 5 Word Count: 894 Hit Count: 373 Published: July 20, 2023

Prompt: photo booth 

20. Broken by disco-tea - Likes: 11 Comments: 4 Word Count: 912 Hit Count: 343 Published: July 22, 2023

Prompt: kill it with fire 

21. And You Are? by disco-tea - Likes: 16 Comments: 5 Word Count: 1,000 Hit Count: 409 Published: July 22, 2023

Prompt: tunnel of love 

22. Look for the Light by disco-tea - Likes: 21 Comments: 12 Word Count: 948 Hit Count: 373 Published: July 24, 2023

Prompt: Buffy’s big bloody debut 

23. Porcelain by disco-tea - Likes: 16 Comments: 6 Word Count: 771 Hit Count: 417 Published: July 24, 2023

Prompt: fool for love 

24. What Lay Beneath by disco-tea - Likes: 12 Comments: 5 Word Count: 930 Hit Count: 370 Published: July 25, 2023

Prompt: honeymoon 

“There is a charge
For the eyeing of my scars, there is a charge
For the hearing of my heart——
It really goes. 
And there is a charge, a very large charge
For a word or a touch
Or a bit of blood” ~ Sylvia Plath

25. Millimeter by disco-tea - Likes: 16 Comments: 5 Word Count: 974 Hit Count: 387 Published: July 26, 2023

Prompt: pillow fight 

26. My Champion by disco-tea - Likes: 14 Comments: 4 Word Count: 913 Hit Count: 365 Published: July 26, 2023

Prompt: Spuffy undercover 

27. Only Good Memories by disco-tea - Likes: 11 Comments: 3 Word Count: 906 Hit Count: 348 Published: July 26, 2023

Prompt: wild card, board 1 — showering 

Warning for vague mentions of Seeing Red

28. Spartan Existence by disco-tea - Likes: 18 Comments: 4 Word Count: 546 Hit Count: 385 Published: July 26, 2023

Prompt: wild card, board 2 — home 

29. Kiss by disco-tea - Likes: 12 Comments: 3 Word Count: 850 Hit Count: 349 Published: July 27, 2023

Prompt: biting, board 2 

This chapter and the next are the ones that earn half the warnings, but they still remain well within the rating 

30. Everything by disco-tea - Likes: 19 Comments: 9 Word Count: 442 Hit Count: 410 Published: July 27, 2023

Prompt: wild card, board 3 — love 

31. Epilogue by disco-tea - Likes: 20 Comments: 10 Word Count: 900 Hit Count: 361 Published: July 28, 2023

Prompt: jealous Buffy, board 3 

Once more, with feeling, everybody. 

32. Author's Note: Boards by disco-tea - Likes: 11 Comments: 4 Word Count: 37 Hit Count: 319 Published: July 28, 2023