Penname: cd85
Real Name: claire donaldson
Member Since: May 21, 2021
Last Active: July 03, 2022
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Summary: After the big showdown in L.A., the Powers That Be decide to make each of their three Champions (Buffy, Angel, and Spike) a deal, which they may or may not choose to accept. This story follows what happened after they made those choices, how their lives played out in the years that followed, and how Buffy and Spike eventually found their way back to each other.
Series: Choicesverse
Categories: Post-Series
Characters: Andrew Wells, Angel, Buffy, Dawn, Faith Lehane, Giles, Original Characters, Robin Wood, Spike, Willow, Xander
Genres: Angst, HEA/HFN, Romance, Slow-Burn
Warnings: Adult Language, Buffy/Other (Temp), Character Death, Human!Spike, Sexual Situations, Spike/Other (Temp)
Completed: Yes Chapters: 27 Table of Contents
Word count: 137,074 Hit Count: 27,454 ePub Downloads: 301
Published: April 21, 2021 Updated: October 27, 2021
cd85 commented on Chapter 27: Epilogue: Paris on January 05, 2022

I am so in love with this story!! This is the first comment I've made on this site because unlike all the wonderful authors on here, I can't write for sh*t! But I just had to write and thank you for creating the happy ending we deserved to see on the show but never got. How I wish this was Buffy Season 8! Not least because I want to see Spike in glasses looking totally adorable, I'm sure my imagination doesn't do this justice!!

I loved your wonderful characterisation, how you got everyone spot on and showed their growth in a totally realistic way. I'm not against reading a good old Angel bashing (I never got the appeal of such a dull and manipulative character!) however, sometimes I feel some fics can get a little carried away to the point that it doesn't seem like it's even the same character anymore. Your imagining of their relationship and how it would play out just rings so true. 

You really have a talent, thanks for sharing it!!! hearts

Author's Response on January 07, 2022 05:28am

Thank you so much for your lovely comment! I'm so honoured that I'm your first one.

Spike in glasses with loosely curled hair is one of my ultimate favourite imaginings of him - I'm glad you enjoyed it too!

And I'm really happy that you liked the characterisation. I've not been in this fandom long (relatively speaking) and when I watched the show I did quite like Angel, even if I preferred Buffy with Spike, so it is difficult for me to read fics where he is twisted into something he's not. I am so pleased that the characterisation rang true for you.

Thank you again for reading and commenting!

Summary: Buffy's new theory about the trio leads her to forge a new alliance, and life changes course for all of the Scoobies mid-season-6. And soon…just when Buffy's relationship with Spike is starting to look a little more promising…someone comes back into town and throws everything even more off-kilter. Buffy is left battling a totally new kind of big bad while also fighting the temptation of a much more familiar one.
cd85 commented on Chapter 14: Chapter 14 on June 02, 2022

I don't normally read WIPs as I'm way too impatient but having run out of finished works to read I decided to give this a go and I'm so glad I did. I'm hooked!!! I've binged my way through 14 chapters in 2 days and I'm devastated I have to wait now!

I'm all for a slow burn, I like to see a realistic evolution of their relationship and boy is this true to their characters! Painfully so! I just want to bash their heads together (not that that would really help them)! But it always makes it more worth the wait to see them get their HEA.

I'm so intrigued as to where this story is going and by the enigma that is Deena. Is she good, is she bad, who knows?! And how does she know Spike and what did she mean about his vibrations? So many questions! Excited to find out. Love your style of writing. You're incredibly talented, the way you can write both heavy emotional moments interspersed with some great humour and your characterisation is excellent. Thanks for sharing your gift with us! 


Author's Response on June 03, 2022 01:52pm

Hi cd85! I have to say, your comment made me so happy!

I also don't love reading WIPs because I've been burned too many times (no one's fault, but we readers get invested and then when the writer stops? It sucks!) And I also get the impatience...when I'm really into something, I want to blaze through it at my own pace! So waiting a week for each chapter to drop can be torture.

So imagine my gratitude when you decided to give this little story a chance, despite its status! You're hooked? YAY!!!

I'm so glad you (like me) enjoy a slow burn and like watching a realistic evolution into something we all want. It is both infuriating and (eventually) all the more gratifying to watch them be morons and figure stuff out slowly than just falling into each other's arms in a way that, at least at this point in canon, DOES NOT MAKE SENSE (to me).

I'm also super happy you're perplexed about Deena and the role she's playing here. It's always risky, introducing an OC, but I felt like the whole gang needed an outsider to shake things up and help things move in a different direction. 

Finally, thank you so much for your kind words about my writing. It's so weird--the farther I get into this story, the stranger writing feels. I often feel like, 'do I even know how to do this anymore?' So your comment truly made my week. I'm so grateful for your comment! 

Please don't hesitate to share your thoughts/feedback as the story continues!


Summary: Buffy has just discovered that her mum needs surgery for a brain tumour and that her little sister is some weird ball of power with a crazy-strong chick trying to get her.
It isn’t exactly the most relaxing moment in her life. 
Of course, that’s exactly when Spike suddenly turns human, needing all the help he can get, including somewhere to live…
Will Buffy find a way to ask for the help she needs? Will they both learn to lean on each other?
Lovely banner by the fantabolous gdp!
Categories: Season 5
Characters: Buffy, Ensemble, Glory, Riley Finn, Spike
Genres: Dramedy, Fluffy/Comedy, HEA/HFN, Hurt/Comfort, Romance, Slow-Burn
Warnings: Adult Language, Buffy/Other (Temp), Human!Spike, Sexual Situations, Violence
Completed: No Chapters: 9 Table of Contents
Word count: 36,739 Hit Count: 5,116 ePub Downloads: 61
Published: April 09, 2022 Updated: June 23, 2022
cd85 commented on Chapter 7: Chapter 7 on June 03, 2022

Loving this story so far but this chapter was just perfection! You completely nailed the characterisation and it was absolutely hilarious!! 

Author's Response on June 03, 2022 09:34am

Aww!! This comment is so damn precious, oh my God. Thank you so much, I appreciate it immensely! Characterisation and humour are so damn important to me. Thank you <3