Penname: solstice
Real Name: Nell
Member Since: March 23, 2015
Last Active: December 03, 2023
Membership Status: Member
Skin: comic

Hi, I'm Nell! I'm a twenty-six year old high school teacher. I'm British, but went to college in the States so I (think!) I have a good handle on American spelling 'n' slang! These days I live with my (patient/loving/strange/wild/shy) boyfriend in Hanoi, in Vietnam, where we both teach at an international high school.

I'm a little sister, with impossibly big big sister shoes to fill, so I have always felt a certain affinity with Dawn. However, I'm also a big sister, so I can fully empaphize with Buffy, too!

I'm an avid BtVS fan, and have been ever since I was a teenager. Buffy's my hero and I simply adore her, regardless of the season and regardless of her state of mind. She is, at her core, a very human and relateable character, with faults and insecurities just like anybody else. She's not too dissimilar to Spike- which is one of the many reason why I think their relationship had so much potential.

I also adore the human complexity of Spike's character. The fact that he has loved for so long without true reciprocation. The fact that he is able to feel human emotions that other vamps don't seem to have access to (or don't want to have access to). The fact that he has self-control, and the ability to change his character for the right reasons.

I think I've been in Spuffy love since I was fifteen years old... Maybe even longer than that! All I know is that there's something in their story that I can't let go of. And luckily there's a place for that (thank goodness!) I love EF... I've been lingering for a while, so it's nice to finally have something to offer in return. Thanks for reading!

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Goes off-canon during The Harsh Light of Day. Sunnydale is devastated by the release of a prototype virus that was being developed by a branch of The Initiative. Now, half the population is 'infected', and the other half is living on borrowed time. A bite will turn you into one of them, and Buffy's got her mom and sister to think about. With the gem, Spike's immune and so it makes perfect sense to Buffy that he should help them get out of town. But this thing's already bigger than Sunnydale, and if Spike's their best chance of survival then it looks like he's along for the ride.

Introducing: A vampire who's been needed before, but never exactly wanted. And a girl struggling to understand the true nature of good and evil, whilst standing shoulder to shoulder with the Slayer of Slayers. (Inspired by Stephen King's The Stand, AMC's The Walking Dead and every zombie flick I've ever set eyes on).

Winner at the SunnyD Awards (Round 31) for Best Unfinished, Best Drama and Best Plot. Endless heartfelt thanks to everyone who voted!

Beta and Sensitivity Readers: None
Artists: None
Categories: Season 4, Crossover (AtS), Alternate Reality, Award Winners
Characters: Ensemble
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst
Warnings: Adult Language, Buffy/Other (Temp), Character Death, Violence
Completed: No Chapters: 16 Table of Contents
Word count: 72,290 Hit Count: 47,050 ePub Downloads: 406
Published: April 02, 2015 Updated: September 29, 2015
Summary: Written for the December 2015 Holiday Challenge.
It's New Year's Eve 1999 and Buffy & co. are on the hunt for a party that's been dubbed the one to end them all. But with the shindig's location a strictly guarded secret and only one perplexing clue to go on, the Scoobies must head out on a wild goose chase across town - one that could well see them foiled and frustrated come midnight.
But whatever happens tonight, it's bound to be one to remember. Especially with Xander's temporary roommate along for the ride!
Diverts from canon right after Hush, the last episode to air in 1999. Now, let's party like it's...
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: None
Artists: None
Categories: Season 4, Holiday Fic
Characters: Ensemble
Genres: Action/Adventure, Fluffy/Comedy, Romance
Warnings: None
Event: 2015 Holiday Challenge
Completed: No Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Word count: 2,033 Hit Count: 921 ePub Downloads: 18
Published: December 04, 2015 Updated: December 04, 2015
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!

Beta and Sensitivity Readers: None
Artists: None
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: 151,181 ePub Downloads: 619
Published: November 30, 2015 Updated: February 08, 2016

Written for EF's amazingly inspired Challenge Month, in response to a prompt posted by Fay Meadows.

Buffy's spirit has been recalled, but her body destroyed. Now with nowhere else to go, she's drawn into her closest approximation – just moments before the machine itself is torn to pieces by rampaging biker demons.

When the Bot's repaired, will Buffy be able to convince her friends that she is who she thinks she is? And how will she cope with the fact that she's lost more than just her place in Heaven?

Beta and Sensitivity Readers: None
Artists: None
Categories: Season 6, Alternate Reality, Challenge Response
Characters: Ensemble
Genres: Drama, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language
Challenges: Buffy in the Bot (author's choice)
Completed: No Chapters: 4 Table of Contents
Word count: 6,591 Hit Count: 4,884 ePub Downloads: 32
Published: September 30, 2015 Updated: October 13, 2015

Two-part ficlet. In the summer after Buffy's jump, Dawn is seriously injured while under Spike's care. He considers his promise broken and would give anything to make it right again. But how will Buffy see it when she's brought back?

Beta and Sensitivity Readers: None
Artists: None
Categories: Season 6, Alternate Reality
Characters: Buffy, Dawn, Giles, Spike, Tara, Willow, Xander
Genres: Angst, Drama, POV, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language
Completed: Yes Chapters: 2 Table of Contents
Word count: 6,570 Hit Count: 6,581 ePub Downloads: 122
Published: May 11, 2015 Updated: May 18, 2015
Summary: Written for the October 2015 Challenge Month, in response to prompts posted by Tempestt and Mia Vaan. Complete at eight chapters.
Dawn is nine and three quarters. She is resilient, strange and sharp as a tack. She's a credit to her big sis. But she's just been kidnapped by one of the most notorious vamps of all time - Drusilla. Things look bad.
Enter Spike, her very unlikely hero.
Spike's relationship with Drusilla has been on the rocks since the Acathala debacle and the morsel in the crate is her double-edged gift to him: a chance to make things right, and a chance to be really bad. Kill the girl and make it hurt. But for some reason he. just. can't.
Instead, he tosses the niblet into the trunk of his Desoto and hits the road, leaving his one hundred year relationship in tatters, and grinding his reputation into the dust.
Buckle your seat belts nice and tight. We're in for a bumpy ride.
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: None
Artists: None
Categories: Season 2, Challenge Response
Characters: Buffy, Dawn, Joyce, Spike
Genres: Action/Adventure, Fluffy/Comedy
Warnings: Adult Language
Challenges: Author's Choice, The Littlest Summers (Author's Choice of Name)
Event: 2015 Challenge Month
Completed: Yes Chapters: 9 Table of Contents
Word count: 23,314 Hit Count: 32,664 ePub Downloads: 450
Published: October 25, 2015 Updated: November 01, 2015