Summary: What was supposed to be a simple truth spell takes a dark turn when Buffy can suddenly read Spike’s feelings—and he hers.
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: Jws1993, Lady Emma, VoronaFiernan
Artists: Lady Emma
Series: Soulbound
Categories: Season 6, Alternate Reality, Episode Rewrite
Characters: Buffy, Spike, Ensemble
Genres: Drama, HEA/HFN, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language, Suicidal Ideation, Violence
Completed: Yes Chapters: 5
Word count: 27,040 Hit Count: 5,235 ePub Downloads: 97
Published: August 04, 2023 Updated: September 01, 2023

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Story Notes: This story is complete at five chapters and I'll update weekly throughout the month of August.
I have a few shout-outs to make first, because those are important:
Inspired by a plot bunny thread on the EF Discord made by Holly.

Thank you thank you thank you to Lady Emma for making this GORGEOUS banner and also for beta'ing chapter one on top of that. You're awesome. 

Also all my appreciation to Jws1993 and VoronaFiernan for beta'ing this entire story. Jws1993 might be the speediest reader ever and VoronaFiernan left me the comments I didn't even know I needed to fix a structural problem I wasn't aware needed fixing. Thank you so much.
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. my pain fits in the palm of your freezing hand by simmony - Likes: 27 Comments: 10 Word Count: 4,969 Hit Count: 1,897 Published: August 04, 2023

I wasn't going to post this until next Tuesday, but I got impatient and my inner Spike won and so you're getting this now.


Chapter tile from "Ivy" by Taylor Swift.

One line stolen from BtVS 6.05 "Life Serial".

2. lay your cuts and bruises over my skin by simmony - Likes: 23 Comments: 7 Word Count: 5,573 Hit Count: 904 Published: August 11, 2023

Chapter title from "You Won't Feel a Thing" by The Script.

I loved getting to write Anya for this. Just saying. She's awesome.

3. yes I am young but I have a past by simmony - Likes: 31 Comments: 9 Word Count: 5,454 Hit Count: 855 Published: August 18, 2023

Some plotty things happen here.

Chapter title from “Life Is Short” by Butterfly Boucher.

4. and I've lost who I am and I can't understand by simmony - Likes: 22 Comments: 10 Word Count: 5,652 Hit Count: 801 Published: August 25, 2023

In which we try to be patient with our heroes idiots.

Chapter title from "Shattered" by Trading Yesterday.


5. the words you want are out of reach but they've never been so loud by simmony - Likes: 48 Comments: 19 Word Count: 5,392 Hit Count: 778 Published: September 01, 2023

Sorry, I forgot to update this last night. Offline life got in the way. Anyway, here’s the (temporary) conclusion to this story. There’s a 99% chance I’ll write more in this universe because it’s heaps of fun for me to play in.

Chapter title from “Beside You” by Marianas Trench.