Penname: Ceruleansoul
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I am a language fanatic. Putting ideas, errant commas, or dangling modifiers into their rightful place is almost as satisfying as good dark chocolate. I love stories, but most stories need polished to shine. I don't write myself, so now I've harnessed the power of language to help others find their voice, and deliver their message cohesively. 

I was the kid who spent recess reading a book, who stayed up all night reading with a flashlight under the covers. What started as a love of stories at an early age, developed into a love of language as an adult. With over 10 years of experience editing in a variety of professional settings, I have grown to love helping others convey their ideas.

If not working, I'm most likely exploring the beautiful American wilderness, in a cuddle puddle with my two cat babies and husband, swooning over Spike in all of his lovely iterations here on EF, or any combo of the above.

I am relatively new to BtVS, having only discovered the series last fall. I'm very new to fanfic, this is the first community I've ever been a part of (and I'm starting to suspect I'm very spoiled by how wonderful everyone here is). Yet, now that I'm working full time in marketing, I've been missing working with fiction. Beta'ing for the talented writers here on EF fuels my passion for wordsmithing while satiating my Spuffy cravings. It's really the best of both worlds. Feel free to contact me if you're looking for a new beta, let's see if it's a fit.  

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Summary: The morning after 'Pangs', Spike finally gets fed. Pre-B/S.
Categories: Season 4
Characters: None
Genres: Fluffy/Comedy
Warnings: None
Completed: Yes Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Word count: 2,121 Hit Count: 1,692 ePub Downloads: 38
Published: November 18, 2006 Updated: November 18, 2006
Ceruleansoul commented on Chapter 1: Chapter 1 on July 07, 2017 Liked

What a lovely one shot! It would make sense that his hunger would make him, well devolve, for lack of a better word. I think Spike being chipped was a big turning point in how she saw the world. It marked a moment where things became less black and white. And, it was a marked moment in their UST.  

You captured all of that well!

Summary: William was an angel, but when he falls to Earth due to a mistake he made, he finds he's now just a man. Faced with a brand new body, new emotions, and new experiences, he wants only to make amends for his error. With only his guardian angel to guide him, he sets out to make one Buffy Summers regain her belief in goodness, in life, and in love. As he gets to know her, though, he starts to wonder if maybe the heaven he's been trying to get back to is now right in front of him.
Banner art by Midnite_holic
 
*Nominated for the Insiders Tip  @ the COH Awards**Nominated for Best Romance, AU, and Original Character @ the SunnyD Awards*
 
Categories: All Human/Fantasy
Characters: Andrew Wells, Angel, Buffy, Giles, Original Characters, Riley Finn, Spike, Willow, Xander
Genres: Romance
Warnings: Adult Language, Sexual Situations
Completed: No Chapters: 10 Table of Contents
Word count: 22,705 Hit Count: 770 ePub Downloads: 6
Published: April 18, 2009 Updated: April 10, 2017
Ceruleansoul commented on Chapter 3: Kiss Me, Kill Me, Love Me, Thrill Me on July 06, 2017

hahaI loved the boxers. Too funny! Also, I'm not hating the mental image of Spike with a hammer or wrench. I can be on board with Mr. Fix-it!

Ceruleansoul commented on Chapter 10: Heat of the Moment on July 06, 2017

This entire story has had me giggling at their antics. A duck! Also, I'm loving the definitions at the beginning of each chapter. 

Ceruleansoul commented on Chapter 1: Divine and Faithful on July 06, 2017

I'm so curious to see where this goes! I know WIP can be hard to keep up with, but I was really enjoying the way you integrated everyone into their roles, and Ulysses as a new character. I'll be following for updates =)

Summary:
I keep having the strangest dream. Every night it's the same thing: a dark room, a big bed, and a silent vampire that I can feel, but not see. I'd be wigged, except it's just a dream, right? It'll be a cold day in hell before I ever willingly sleep with a vampire again...
Winner: Sunnydale Memorial Fanfiction Awards (Round 22) - Best Plot
Runner Up: Sunnydale Memorial Fanfiction Awards (Round 22) - Best New Author, Best Characterization (Buffy), Best Pairing (Conventional Buffy/Spike), Best Plot
Categories: Award Runners-Up, Season 5, Alternate Reality, Episode Rewrite, Award Winners
Characters: Angel, Angelus, Anya, Buffy, Drusilla, Ensemble, Giles, Harmony, Original Characters, Other, Riley Finn, Spike, Tara, Whistler, William, Willow, Xander
Genres: Action/Adventure, Dramedy, Fighting, POV, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language, Buffy/Other (Temp), Character Death, Sexual Situations, Spike/Other (Temp)
Completed: Yes Chapters: 76 Table of Contents
Word count: 361,358 Hit Count: 228,549 ePub Downloads: 2,596
Published: June 10, 2010 Updated: September 29, 2010
Ceruleansoul commented on Chapter 15: Chapter 14: Changing Season on July 07, 2017 Liked

A Princess Bride reference and a Krampus!? It really is like Christmas! I love that her sparring came into play, and that she and Spike fight so well together. 

Ceruleansoul commented on Chapter 31: Chapter 30: Defrost on July 07, 2017 Liked

Well, I wasn't sure where the excitable bit was going to come in, but then I've always been a sucker for Spike as a grease monkey. It of course doesn't help that I've been a fan of tail fins since I was young enough to get my first toy car. Either way, yum! And YAY! Finally! 

Ceruleansoul commented on Chapter 26: Chapter 25: Slipping on July 09, 2017

I am so glad you were able to use the word defenestrated! It's such a great word and isn't used often enough. Also, I love that her conversation with her mom circles back here; she needs more fun in her life. 

Ceruleansoul commented on Chapter 50: Chapter 49: Strength To Endure on July 09, 2017 Liked

The part where Spike's thoughts and conclusions about what to do next mirror Buffy's almost perfectly and was a brilliant way to demonstrate how well suited they are for one another. 

Ceruleansoul commented on Chapter 33: Chapter 32: Wake Up Call on July 09, 2017

 "Like a present just for me..." again, brilliant. Also, I am re-reading this in light of a future chapter and just want you to know how much I appreciate the last line of this chapter. 

Ceruleansoul commented on Chapter 76: Epilogue: Compass on July 11, 2017 Liked

I finished this days ago, and I haven't stopped thinking about it. Little snippets of story keep popping back into my brain to make me giggle, make my heart hurt, make me drool a little, and most of all make me fall in love with Spuffy all over again.

Everything you did was so intentionally tied back to the mythology. I loved every little easter egg (that I caught, as I'm sure there were others I had not). It was incredible, it was epic, it was romantic, tragic, exhilarating: everything a fairytale ought to be. 

Thank you for gifting it to us. 

Summary: Season 5. Begins with ‘Spiral’ in the abandoned gas station, and goes *far* off-canon almost immediately.
When Dawn makes the ultimate sacrifice to save her sister, friends, and the world, Buffy’s mind snaps. When Buffy's friends give up hope of her ever recovering, and become afraid that she’ll turn violent and uncontrollable, they call in the Council to help. Fearing what the Council will do, Spike, forgotten and ignored by her friends, steps in. Will he be able to reach the Slayer when no one else could? Will he be able to keep her out of the hands of the Council and away from her ‘helpful’ friends? How much heartbreak, guilt, and failure can one girl stand before her indestructible spirit finally resigns the fight and gives up hope?
 
WARNINGS: Threesome B/G/G action involving Spike, Buffy, and BuffyBot. Implied Rape. Main Character Death. Plenty of angst.
 
Sunnydale Memorial Fanfic Awards
Winner: Best Characterization, Female: BuffyBot/Joan, Best Unconventional Pairing (Spike, Buffy, BuffyBot), Best Romance
Runner up: Best Plot, Best Unfinished Fic, Best Angst

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.
Categories: Season 5, Alternate Reality, Episode Rewrite, Baby Fic, Claim, Taboo - Adults Only
Characters: Angel, Anya, Buffy, Buffybot, Dawn, Drusilla, Ensemble, Giles, Glory, Original Characters, Spike, The First Evil, Willow, Xander
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama, Fighting, Porn w/ Plot, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language, Buffy/Other (Temp), Character Death, Rape (Implied), Sexual Situations, Spike/Other (Temp), Taboo, Threesome(s), Violence
Completed: Yes Chapters: 54 Table of Contents
Word count: 325,766 Hit Count: 59,944 ePub Downloads: 801
Published: January 23, 2013 Updated: December 10, 2013
Ceruleansoul commented on Chapter 3: Eclipse on July 13, 2017 Liked

The music analogy is incredible. "He was Stradivari himself." That, and the paragraphs following may be some of the best fic writing I've encountered. Well done maestro. 

Author's Response on July 14, 2017 03:15pm

Wow! What a compliment! Thank you so much! hearts

Ceruleansoul commented on Chapter 4: Wish You Were Here on July 13, 2017

I forgot how much I love Buffy's snark and sass until its gone. I am as on edge as Spike, longing for moments of lucid Buffy to see how she handles her mission. 

Ceruleansoul commented on Chapter 5: King of Anything on July 13, 2017 Liked

Love the song! It is so absolutely perfect for Angel! "Waitin' for someone to tell me it's my turn to decide" is such a great description of S5-6 Buffy too. 

Ceruleansoul commented on Chapter 7: Make the World Go Away on July 14, 2017 Liked

The weight of omniscience is heavy in this chapter. I know, I know, there was an angst warning, but I just wanna knock their heads together and tell them to talk to one another! 

Ceruleansoul commented on Chapter 8: Make the World Go Away, Part 2 on July 14, 2017 Liked

... drool ... Wow is right. 

Okay, real words. I have those, and even use them occasioanlly. Is it a weird compliment to tell someone you love their similies? Well I do. 

And really, can you blame the girl? If someone were presented with the option to meditate by focusing on candles or Spike's body while he provides earth-shattering orgasms, who is going to choose a votive!?

Author's Response on July 14, 2017 03:14pm

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Ceruleansoul commented on Chapter 11: Scream on July 14, 2017 Liked

Guh.

Author's Response on August 05, 2017 11:26am

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Ceruleansoul commented on Chapter 12: Broken Promises on July 14, 2017

Ahhh! What a good cliff hanger! Who is she? How did they find them?

I love the quips Buffy is sharing with the Bot. You did a wonderful job of showing how well she knows him too. 

Ceruleansoul commented on Chapter 18: Amazed on July 15, 2017

God I hope he takes her revenge fantasy literally. That SOB deserves that and worse. 

Ceruleansoul commented on Chapter 19: I Won't Give Up on July 15, 2017 Liked

Awww William Wesley! I love it. Where is the abnormal brain pic from? 

Also, beautiful song!

Author's Response on July 16, 2017 10:19pm

"Abby Normal" or the abnormal brain is from the movie 'Young Frankenstein' with Gene Wilder.  A classic, BTW! biggrin

Ceruleansoul Replied on August 01, 2017 11:17pm

I can't believe I forgot about that! But then, it's been ten years or so since I watched it. It's one of the few Mel Brooks movies I haven't seen multiple times.

Ceruleansoul commented on Chapter 21: Cheeseburger In Paradise on July 16, 2017 Liked

"Gastrointestinal ecstasy" I can relate to this. Thanks for giving me the language to describe that feeling. I can say I've ever had it about McDonald's...In'N'Out maybe. But if I were stuck in a land without cheeseburgers I could understand. 

"Phillistines" - haha, you can tell she's been hanging out with Spike. Her vocabulary reflects that.

Thank you. I was hoping that this would all circle back this way. You're so right. Despite wanting revenge, she wouldn't be able to live with it. It really is a gift for him to have taken that on for her. I'm sure it killed him he couldn't do it himself though.

God. For as much of a romantic as he is, Spike sure is an idiot sometimes. You couldn't be more accurate in Buffy's disdain for Disney.  It's frustrating to have a lifetime of unrealistic romantic notions forcefed to you while you are shsping your worldview. However, though he has his work cut out for him I imagine Spike can stand up to the challenge of an over the top romantic proposal.

I love their fight. It's perfect. 

Also, the pictures in this were spot on.

 

Author's Response on July 16, 2017 10:17pm

So glad you're enjoying it! Thanks so much for all your wonderful reviews!! blow_kiss

Ceruleansoul commented on Chapter 22: Ginger or Mary Ann? on July 16, 2017

Personally I needed a bit of a break, so I think the pace you set is perfect.  

This is such a sweet conversation between Joan and Buffy. 

Ceruleansoul commented on Chapter 23: Smile on July 17, 2017 Liked

Best. Toast. Ever. I might save that for a rainy day when no one can think of anything to toast to. 

 

Ahh! So very sweet!

Author's Response on November 07, 2017 04:03pm

heartsflowers Thank you so much! I'm so glad you enjoyed it! 

Ceruleansoul commented on Chapter 35: Heart Ain't a Brain on July 20, 2017 Liked

You set up this premise so well. I was mad on Spike's behalf. But once she explained, my heart melted for Buffy, poor thing. 

Author's Response on August 05, 2017 11:25am

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Summary: Buffy is devastated when Liam marries the woman he was cheating on her with - a woman with certain talents in the bedroom.  Enter William.  He knows exactly what her ex craves, and he's willing to teach Buffy the skills she lacks.  But will it help her to win back her ex?  Does she even want Liam back? 
 
William has spent his adult life satisfying Drusilla's every whim and desire, but her latest whim involves getting married - and not to him.  Alone now, he somehow finds himself Buffy's tutor.  Although he enjoys their lessons, what he really wants is her.  Will he be able to let her go when the time comes?
 
WINNER for BEST NC17,   Round 30 of the SunnyD Awards.     Thanks to all who voted!
 
Categories: Award Winners, All Human/Fantasy, Taboo - Adults Only, Alternate Reality
Characters: Angel, Buffy, Drusilla, William
Genres: Angst, Porn w/ Plot, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language, Fetish, Sexual Situations, Taboo
Completed: Yes Chapters: 34 Table of Contents
Word count: 99,863 Hit Count: 104,019 ePub Downloads: 867
Published: December 24, 2013 Updated: March 11, 2014
Ceruleansoul commented on Chapter 34: Chapter 34 on May 14, 2017

This was really well delivered. I feel like (despite the categorizations) I went into this expecting smut because of the premise, and by the end of it found myself so caught up in the plot it moved me to tears. 

I don't know if this was the intention, but I also feel like much of the foray into the world of kink was explained in an almost educational format. As if I was learning with Buffy, you know?  I thought it was very well handled. 

I love the idea of using their vampire nature as alternate dark personas. I think that allows you to address the duality of their characters in an all human fic in a way that many others don't. It allows you to explore both Liam and William as men, while still maintaining an element of them as Angel/us and Spike as we know and love them. Although I have to say, Liam in this story is much less of the womanizing drunkard with daddy issues than he is made out to be in cannon. I assume you were trying to write him closer to Angel (with all of the sweet, brooding, manipulative first love angst). Given that you brought up everyone else's parents/family relationships, and even introduced therapy, is there a reason you avoided Liam's family challenges?

I'm only a little sad that we don't get to witness Buffy dump Liam's ass, and his reaction to her admitting her love for William. Selfishly so, because I feel it was the right choice for the story. I was worried about how to tie it all together and give them a fresh start, and I think you handled it well. I like to think there are PTBs in all human fics that sent Willow out to get a specific tie. Though if you ever make any edits, maybe just a flashback to conversation between Buffy and Liam? I just need him to know what a ponce he is. 

Anyway, thank you for writing this. I loved it.

Summary:  
Life has not always been easy for Spike and Buffy. Yet through it all they have had one another. That is until one tragic event tears them apart. Will they find their way back to one another? Their story starts with two lonely kids and one amazing friendship. That sweet little friendship develops into something that neither of them could ever have dreamed of.
 
Follow Spuffy from adolescence to adulthood, through trials and tribulations, as they grow into who they are today. AU All human, pure Spuffy goodness
Categories: Alternate Reality, All Human/Fantasy, Baby Fic
Characters: Angel, Anya, Buffy, Charles Gunn, Connor, Cordelia, Darla, Dawn, Drusilla, Faith Lehane, Fred, Giles, Harmony, Joyce, Lorne, Oz, Riley Finn, Spike, Tara, Wesley, William, Willow, Xander
Genres: Angst, Drama, Porn w/ Plot, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language, Attempted Rape, Buffy/Other (Temp), Child Abuse, Drug Use, Sexual Situations, Spike/Other (Temp)
Completed: No Chapters: 28 Table of Contents
Word count: 133,372 Hit Count: 21,322 ePub Downloads: 77
Published: May 15, 2014 Updated: May 29, 2017
Ceruleansoul commented on Chapter 2: Chapter 2 on August 10, 2017 Liked

I was wondering how you would introduce Spike's new look. I feel a high school emotional breakdown and opportunity to reinvent himself is the perfect catalyst for his emotional reveal and Buffy's change in attitude and attraction toward him. 

I'm a little surprised Xander isn't more sympathetic toward William; he knows what it's like. 

Ceruleansoul commented on Chapter 3: Chapter 3 on August 10, 2017 Liked

So much happened in this chapter!

Poor Buffy. It's not an uncommon story, for a twenager to lose their virginity to someone because they feel like they ought to or to have that person later disrepct them. It's what made the canonical story so compelling; sleeping with someone and having them turn into a monster is an unfortunately common experience. 

Poor Spike. Thank god Buffy had the foresight to call Giles. He would have been placed in the system and Buffy might not have seen him again. 

Thsnk goodness they've finally talked it out.  I think I literally sighed with relief when she said Angel who. 

Ceruleansoul commented on Chapter 4: Chapter 4 on August 10, 2017 Liked

Nice way to bring Holtz into the equation and take Darla out of the picture for a while. I'm very impressed with how you've mirrored some of those canonical elements. 

I love Joyce and Giles. 

Ceruleansoul commented on Chapter 5: Chapter 5 on August 11, 2017 Liked

So sweet. Giles is quite the romantic! Her wedding band sounds beautiful!

Good on you Joyce! I can only imagine how hard that must have been and am proud of her. 

Can't wait to see what college brings. 

Ceruleansoul commented on Chapter 7: Chapter 7 on August 11, 2017 Liked

Interesting way to introduce Wesley. I never put together how much they resemble one another!

Ceruleansoul commented on Chapter 8: Chapter 8 on August 11, 2017 Liked

Ugh. Riley is despicable. I am so glad Spike got Buffy's note. I don't know how they would have recovered from that or that Spike would have been able to stop himself had Riley gotten any farther in his advances. 

This must be the AH version of Willow's car crash.