Summary: Spike's got a big problem: his demon side and his human side are at war. Just when he thinks he's got it all figured out, Buffy's tears throw him for a loop. What's a vampire to do? He and his inner demon find something they didn't even know they were missing—home.
Categories: Challenge Response, Pre-Series, Season 2, Season 5, Canon-Compliant, Vignettes
Characters: Buffy, Spike
Genres: Angst, Dark
Warnings: Gun Violence
Event: Truce Challenge 2023
Completed: Yes Chapters: 1
Word count: 1,633 Hit Count: 403 ePub Downloads: 12
Published: October 23, 2023 Updated: October 23, 2023


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Story Notes: This short fic was born from an idea I had kicking around in my head while I was reading up on The Master for another fic. I really had no intention of even writing another fic, but the idea took hold. So here we are. 

1. The Shadow Within by all choseny - Likes: 21 Comments: 8 Word Count: 1,633 Hit Count: 403 Published: October 23, 2023

It's 12 a.m. eastern, and I am up writing. It's way past my bedtime, so maybe that's why my brain is doing weird things. Anyway, I hope this resonates with someone. The story starts pre-series, touches on season 2, and then stops at season 5 "Fool for Love."  One line borrowed from S2 "Becoming Pt. 2." 

Story is unbeta'd. All mistakes are mine.