Summary: Willow casts a spell to help Buffy fight Glory. Of course, it doesn't go as planned.
Categories: Season 5, Alternate Reality
Characters: Buffy, Spike, Giles, Willow, Tara
Genres: Dramedy
Warnings: Adult Language, Character Death, Vampire!Buffy
Challenges: (Authors Choice)
Completed: No Chapters: 5
Word count: 18,102 Hit Count: 2,770 ePub Downloads: 29
Published: October 16, 2023 Updated: January 16, 2024

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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.
This story was inspired by the challenge (Authors Choice) by the-mini-muse. There are a few tweaks to the terms of the challenge, which were approved by the mods (I tried to contact the author, hopefully they approve if they ever see this!).

1. Chapter 1 by Willow25 - Likes: 27 Comments: 15 Word Count: 3,479 Hit Count: 995 Published: October 16, 2023

First, I have to thank the EF mods who are always so helpful with questions. Second, big hugs to ClowniestLivEver for beta reading Chapter 1 and telling me it was good enough to post. Any remaining mistakes remaining are mine alone. Third, the amazingly talented loveisntbrains_ made the bright shiny banner for this story! My very first banner! Please show everyone who helped with this story your love, they all deserve it!

2. Chapter 2 by Willow25 - Likes: 22 Comments: 9 Word Count: 3,083 Hit Count: 479 Published: October 31, 2023

I made it! I promised myself when I posted Chapter 1 that I'd try to post at least two chapters this month, so this won't languish forever. I'm very pleased that I managed to stick to that. This chapter un-betaed, because I just wanna get it posted. Possible edits later.

3. Chapter 3 by Willow25 - Likes: 22 Comments: 11 Word Count: 3,770 Hit Count: 488 Published: November 06, 2023

This chapter was betaed once again by the amazing ClowniestLivEver, who made sure I wasn't using the wrong word and that I trusted where I was going with this. That said, I changed a few things after they read it, so any mistakes are mine alone.

Edit: A few people have mentioned in comments that they're having trouble keeping track of which Buffy is which, so I'm adding a little cheat sheet.

Buffy "One" existed in this universe before anyone showed up, which was canon through the end of Forever.

"Two"'s Dawn is Giles and Joyce's daughter, conceived during Band Candy. The Summers-Giles family left Sunnydale after graduation for LA, where the whole family runs a business. She's dating Spike, and gave up her Slayer powers to be 'human' with him after he got the Shanshu. She lost a leg in battle, and has a prosthetic. Basically, Faith and Angel cover the Hellmouth, and Buffy, Giles, and Spike are AI.

Buffy "Three" had her Giles go evil after Angelus, which broke up the Scooby gang and led to her and Spike becoming a couple. Kendra wasn't killed by Drusilla, and survived through the battle with the mayor. By then Faith had aged out, and Rona was called next. Spike sacrificed himself to save their daughter Dawn, and Buffy left town. Three years after his death, she is now married to someone else and pregnant (No, I'm not telling you who yet).

"Four" was vamped by Kakistos, who also killed Giles and Faith. When she turned she kept her soul, so Kakistos put her under thrall. He kept her hypnotized for over a year and ran the Hellmouth until Spike and Drusilla rolled into town, killed Kakistos and found Buffy. They have become her mates, and helped her take care of Joyce (who got ill but didn't die) and Dawn (Buffy's sister, as in canon). They've saved the world a couple of times, and tangled with Dark Willow.

Buffy "Five" dated an Angel who never lost his soul, which kept Jenny Calendar alive. Jenny and Giles organized all the magic-using students at Sunnydale High into a coven. Kendra was targeted by Kakistos, which called Faith. Angel still left, Buffy dated Riley in college but not Parker, and she ended up with Spike in the equivalent of Season 6. They defeated Glory with magic, extracting the key power from Buffy's sister Dawn. Her Joyce died around the same time as our Buffy's.

This Faith is the Faith mentioned in another story I wrote, 'Wonderful Unknown'.

4. Chapter 4 by Willow25 - Likes: 16 Comments: 9 Word Count: 3,544 Hit Count: 495 Published: November 29, 2023

Unfortunately I probably won't have another chapter of this until January, but I think there are only 2-3 left, so we're past the halfway point! Happy Holidays, since this is the last update in 2023!

Oh, I promised a West Wing reference in this chapter, but then I had to pare it down for continuity/flow, so chances are no one will recognize what's left at this point. If you happen to spot it, consider me impressed. Also, I managed to work in a character detail I gave to loveisntbrains when she made my banner, which I told her would probably never make it from my brain to the page, so...Enjoy that, also.

5. Chapter 5 by Willow25 - Likes: 18 Comments: 8 Word Count: 4,226 Hit Count: 313 Published: January 16, 2024

I am so, so sorry this chapter took me so long to write, I re-jiggered some stuff halfway through because I got an idea. We'll see how this works out, and if I can still wrap up in two chapters as planned.

Un-betaed because I'm just so excited to be done I wanted to get it posted.