Penname: Barb C
Real Name: Barb Cummings
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Last Active: November 22, 2020
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Summary: After Buffy the Vampire Slayer's apparent death in the collapse of Sunnydale Hellmouth, nobody knows how to go on without her, least of all Buffy herself. 
WINNER for BEST POST-SERIES FINALE FIC and BEST DRAMA (Spuffy) and RUNNER UP for BEST PLOT in Round 32 of the SUNNYD Awards.  Thank you!
Categories: Seasonal Spuffy Entries, Season 7, Post-Series, Crossover (AtS), Alternate Reality, Award Winners, Award Runners-Up
Characters: Ensemble
Genres: Angst, Drama, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language, Character Death
Completed: Yes Chapters: 28 Table of Contents
Word count: 101,886 Hit Count: 44,210 ePub Downloads: 493
Published: June 10, 2015 Updated: August 13, 2015
Barb C commented on Chapter 13: Lorne on July 10, 2015

Ooh, now that's an interesting twist!  (I always felt awful sorry for Lorne -- Angel couldn't have found anyone else to do his dirty work?)

Author's Response on July 11, 2015 10:07pm

No matter how I try to fanwank the canon in my mind, it still shocks me every time I see that scene.  I guess it was the person Lindsey would least expect it from... and the character the audience would least expect it from.  Joss does like his twists.

Yay!  A review!  Thank you!  :)

Barb C commented on Chapter 22: Dawn on July 31, 2015

Yessss, another vote for King's College!

(Oh, and that's some high-quality denial you got going there, Buffy. *g*)

Author's Response on August 01, 2015 06:51pm

It's obvious that's where he went.  ;)  (I had forgotten/didn't know about King's College until I wrote this story; all I knew was that he didn't attend Oxbridge.  It doesn't seem to me that Wiliam had the social standing/money or the ambition/top marks, based on what little we know.  Research led me to King's College, and it just fit.)

Buffy?  Denial?  Never!


Barb C commented on Chapter 23: Spike on August 03, 2015

If it's Lindsey at the door, I will somehow not be surprised!

Author's Response on August 04, 2015 06:12pm

Ugh.  Now I really, really wish I'd thought of that.  (Guess that spoils that.  But... new chapter going up soon, so not for long?)


Barb C commented on Chapter 25: Buffy on August 07, 2015

Ouch.  They really should have seen that coming, but then, Buffy's always kept the worst to herself. :/

Author's Response on August 08, 2015 07:52pm

Yes she does.   Thank you!

Barb C commented on Chapter 26: Xander on August 09, 2015

Grown-up Xander is pretty cool.

Author's Response on August 10, 2015 06:36pm

He is, isn't he?  Thanks!

Summary: Spike finds himself on the wrong side of the law, and Buffy ends up managing his rehabilitation. Unfortunately for both of them, the law just keeps on winning.
Challenge response: “Behind Bars” by Laurence Quill, with input from the Shoutbox. Y’all are evil.
Goes AU after Something Blue. Gleefully ignores the rest of Season 4 canon, except to score cheap laughs. Warnings for gratuitous bad language, shameless bad jokes, and one bad, bad vampire. Smuttier than planned.
Spotify playlist, because I put in lots of obscure song references: Prisoners of Love, Blue Skies Above
Thanks to Pfeifferpack for the new banner!
Categories: Season 4, Alternate Reality, Challenge Response, Award Winners, Award Runners-Up
Characters: Anya, Buffy, Giles, Joyce, Original Characters, Spike, Tara, Willow, Xander
Genres: Challenge Response, Fluffy/Comedy, Porn w/ Plot, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language, Sexual Situations, Violence
Challenges: Behind Bars (or something a bit more clever)
Completed: No Chapters: 24 Table of Contents
Word count: 220,946 Hit Count: 25,588 ePub Downloads: 388
Published: June 25, 2015 Updated: September 07, 2020
Barb C commented on Chapter 7: Chapter 7: Consummation on August 01, 2015

OK, I clicked on a link to this story on a whim, and... oh, my God, I love you.  Spike and Buffy are funny and snarky and wonderful and IN CHARACTER which dear tapdancing baby Jeebus is rarer than hen's teeth in pre-S5 Spuffy.  I absolutely love the way you've taken a bunch of fannish cliches and given them a fresh, sly twist.  I REALLY love the way you're giving the other characters, especially Willow, their due.  And I really, really, REALLY love that your Buffy is believably young, but still the motherfuckin' Slayer, thank you very much.  I wanna marry this story and have its fangy little babies.

Author's Response on August 05, 2015 01:23pm

Thank you so much for clicking and reading and reviewing! I will gladly walk the story down the aisle for you (with a fond parental tear) and come to the baby shower. ;) I hope you continue to enjoy!

Barb C commented on Chapter 12: Chapter 12: Fictionalization on October 13, 2015

Bwah!  I can just imagine the ship wars in the SPD Spike fandom. :D

Author's Response on October 14, 2015 10:34pm

I have figured out at least three factions and am hoping to work them into the next chapter, but they may end up waiting for later. Thank you so much for reading! :D

Barb C commented on Chapter 15: Chapter 15: Precipitation on October 13, 2015

Even with the arrest, this is a vastly superior way to bring the house down.

Author's Response on October 14, 2015 11:07pm

Ahhh, thank you so much! I had the best time writing that scene. :)

Barb C commented on Chapter 18: Chapter 18: Mediation on June 20, 2016

I thought Dr. Moon seemed strangely familiar. *g*

Barb C commented on Chapter 19: Chapter 19: Communication on November 26, 2016

Hot and sweet as always!  I love thinky Buffy.  

Summary: Written for Feliciacraft's prompt "The trouble with sparring is that it gets both of them hot."

Series: Fumbling Towards Something
Categories: Award Winners, Season 4
Characters: Buffy, Giles, Spike
Genres: Fighting, Fluffy/Comedy, Porn w/o Plot
Warnings: Adult Language, Blood Play, Sexual Situations, Violence
Completed: Yes Chapters: 2 Table of Contents
Word count: 3,346 Hit Count: 4,362 ePub Downloads: 118
Published: August 24, 2015 Updated: August 26, 2015
Barb C commented on Chapter 2: Chapter 2 on August 26, 2015

Well, this is a great way to start my morning. :D

Author's Response on August 26, 2015 05:48pm

A porn a day... *snicker* Glad you enjoyed. I don't know if you remember a conversation a while back about that scene in S7 when vamp!Spike sniffs Buffy, and how hot we both thought it was. I remembered that and may have taken a lilttle bit of inspiration ;)

Summary: A life-saving quest, a road-trip to another dimension, two friends pretending to be master and slave, and a tantric ritual that no one's really sorry for. All in all they make a great team, but how are the chips gonna fall when they get back home?
Series: The Ewer of Enheduanna 'Verse
Categories: Season 6, Alternate Reality
Characters: Buffy, Spike
Genres: Action/Adventure, Dramedy, Porn w/ Plot, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language, Sexual Situations
Completed: Yes Chapters: 4 Table of Contents
Word count: 22,392 Hit Count: 7,046 ePub Downloads: 253
Published: November 11, 2015 Updated: January 21, 2016
Barb C commented on Chapter 4: Chapter 4 on January 22, 2016

I love this story with a vast love, and I will hug it and squeeze it and call it Squishy and it will be my Squishy!

Author's Response on January 22, 2016 10:14pm

Squishy is its new by-line *g* Very glad you enjoyed, in all seriousness -- do you remember advising me to make the sex Buffy's idea? You are basically responsible for about 75% of how the chips fell in this story :)

Summary: He has lost two Slayers. She's just lost her Watcher. Now they're stuck with each other and neither is particularly happy about it.
Drabble series set in an AU.
Thank you so much to the very kind person who nominated me at the Running with Scissors Awards for the Cookie Dough / Best WIP category! I'm over the moon!

Categories: Season 1, Season 2, Season 3, Season 4, Alternate Reality, Episode Rewrite, Drabbles
Characters: Buffy, Ensemble, Spike
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama, Fighting, Romance
Warnings: Buffy/Other (Temp), Character Death
Completed: Yes Chapters: 65 Table of Contents
Word count: 47,794 Hit Count: 115,529 ePub Downloads: 507
Published: November 30, 2015 Updated: February 08, 2016
Barb C commented on Chapter 57: CXI and CXII on February 01, 2016

This is really excellent.

Summary: Spike's amulet is left to languish at the bottom of the Sunnydale crater, until a S.H.I.E.L.D. team accidentally uncovers it ten years later.  Written for the Fall 2015 round of Seasonal Spuffy.
Crossover with "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."  SPOILERS THROUGH MID-S2 of "S.H.I.E.L.D.".
Categories: Seasonal Spuffy Entries, Post-Series, Crossover (Books or TV shows outside Buffyverse), Alternate Reality
Characters: None
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama, Fighting
Warnings: Adult Language, Buffy/Other (Temp), Violence
Completed: Yes Chapters: 15 Table of Contents
Word count: 33,467 Hit Count: 11,780 ePub Downloads: 135
Published: December 23, 2015 Updated: January 28, 2016
Barb C commented on Chapter 5: Chapter 5 on January 05, 2016

Now that I did not expect -- but of course just sfely materilizing him would be too easy!

Author's Response on January 06, 2016 03:46am

Haha.  I've got to get my tension-filled cliffhangers in somewhere. :)  Thanks!

Barb C commented on Chapter 10: Chapter 10 on January 17, 2016

It's petty of me, but I wish to hell this is what had happened in the comics.  It still bothers me that Buffy's basically fine with Angel having killed hundreds of Slayers in his right mind and with a soul.

Author's Response on January 17, 2016 06:52pm

But he's so gullible, and that makes it okay.  Or... something.  (Besides, you can't kill off the title character.  :p)

Thank you!

Barb C commented on Chapter 15: Chapter 15 on January 28, 2016

The end?  What?  NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Author's Response on February 01, 2016 02:50am

Well, at least for now.  Maybe a future round of Seasonal Spuffy will inspire me to write a sequel.  :)  Thank you!!

Summary: Buffy flings herself off Glory’s tower to her death… and it’s only the beginning. Where is she? Joyce is here with her, and Merrick, and her little cousin Celia… and who’s the diffident guy in the Victorian clothes who seems too embarrassed to look at her? “Oh, my god. You’re William!”
Approximately 70,000 words, complete at 16 chapters.
Series: "Down in the Dark"
Categories: Season 6
Characters: Angel, Buffy, Dawn, Drusilla, Joyce, Kendra, Spike, Tara, William, Willow, Xander
Genres: Drama, Romance
Warnings: Character Death, Sexual Situations
Completed: Yes Chapters: 16 Table of Contents
Word count: 69,582 Hit Count: 32,380 ePub Downloads: 375
Published: November 24, 2016 Updated: December 11, 2016
Barb C commented on Chapter 6: Chapter 6 on December 01, 2016

I think this is the most intriguing take on Drusilla's madness I've seen in a long time.

Author's Response on December 01, 2016 11:24pm

Wow, thanks!

Summary: In giving her his soul, she hates him for what he’s taken from her.
Categories: Season 7
Characters: Buffy, Spike
Genres: Angst
Warnings: None
Completed: Yes Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Word count: 2,490 Hit Count: 613 ePub Downloads: 17
Published: April 02, 2019 Updated: April 02, 2019
Barb C commented on Chapter 1: He's Back. on April 03, 2019 Liked

This is amazing.  Thanks for posting.

Author's Response on April 03, 2019 08:30pm

Aww, thank you so much!  I appreciate you reading and commenting hearts

Summary: A potentially horrifying story of lust, blood and hunger when the world turns inside out.
Set shortly before Buffy vs Dracula; Riley left town at the end of S4.
Categories: Season 4, Season 5
Characters: Anya, Buffy, Giles, Joyce, Spike, Tara, Willy the Snitch, Xander
Genres: Action/Adventure, Horror
Warnings: Adult Language, Sexual Situations, Violence
Completed: Yes Chapters: 19 Table of Contents
Word count: 73,384 Hit Count: 20,992 ePub Downloads: 298
Published: October 01, 2019 Updated: November 09, 2019
Barb C commented on Chapter 1: Incipient on October 09, 2019 Liked

 OK, that is definitely creepy!

Author's Response on October 10, 2019 04:12pm

Oh yes ;)

Thank you! 💙

Barb C commented on Chapter 1: Incipient on November 04, 2019

 OK, that is definitely creepy!

Author's Response on November 17, 2019 10:24pm

Excellent ;)

Thank you so much 💙

Barb C commented on Chapter 15: When my tongue won't move, you have tied it with your heartstrings on November 14, 2019 Liked

Arrrgh, it's past midnight and I need to get to sleep, but I just wanted to say that this story is amazing.  One, the language is gorgeous, but more than that, there's an edge to this version of Spuffy that I haven't seen in awhile, and I've sorely missed.  Thank you for writing!

Author's Response on November 29, 2019 12:00am

Squee! That is such a brilliant thing to hear :D Especially from you (there may be some fangirling happening right now). I really enjoyed the much freer dynamic they had here, and the feedback is encouraging me to want to write more early seasons stuff.

Thank you so very much, really means a lot 💙

Summary: Slayers don't get weepy when their One True Love rides off into the night for good. They get mad, and then they get even. Buffy's determined to kick off college by finding Mr. Normal, just like Angel wanted -- and then rubbing her new True Love in Angel's face. She's got the perfect normal guy all picked out, until an unexpected encounter at a party gives her a better idea. After all, who could make a worse Bad Boyfriend than Spike? 
Response to Tempestt's challenge "Bad Boyfriend.” Warnings: character death, smut, blood play, mild BDSM.
Thanks to all the good friends who poked at my outline and offered kind words of encouragement. Special thanks to Sigyn for beta-reading and extra cheerleading when I needed it most, and to SzmattyCat for the gorgeous banner and bonus beta-reading! 11/15 ETA Thank you to EllieRose101 for joining in with beta/cheerleading assistance!
Categories: Season 4, Alternate Reality, Challenge Response
Characters: Ensemble
Genres: Challenge Response, Erotica, Lighthearted, Porn w/ Plot, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language, Blood Play, Character Death, Fetish, Sexual Situations, Violence
Challenges: Bad Boyfriend
Completed: Yes Chapters: 22 Table of Contents
Word count: 145,561 Hit Count: 53,299 ePub Downloads: 491
Published: October 16, 2019 Updated: April 15, 2020
Barb C commented on Chapter 1: Chapter 1 on April 15, 2020

And that's why Cordelia is the Queen!