Penname: Soulburnt
Real Name: Pammie Miracle
Pronouns: She/Her
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Member Since: February 15, 2018
Last Active: June 14, 2024
Membership Status: Member
Skin: simple-dark
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So, hey. Hi! Good to meet you.  Joining Elysian Fields has me writing fanfic again!

'I reject your reality and substitute my own' disclosure:  'Pratt' is merely one final insult to Spike that is not canon here, and the portmanteau is 'Bungel,' because Buffy deserves more of the alphabet.

What you can expect:  Though it's the fantasy-horror genre, logic and realism (e.g., consequences follow events or actions).  Main characters will be more consistent in behavior.  No overarching head canon; some things, like just how strong Buffy is or how controlling Willow is, will vary fic by fic.  My stories strongly tend toward the happy end of the spectrum.  If you want misery, abuse, or for all loves to end tragically, well, there's canon for that.

About:  For a long time, I had a single story to tell, 'Life Hard,' so less about me and more about that story. I've been writing this from approximately 2006 until now. Yeah. 2006-2017, on and off, and still editing/rewriting in 2018. Raised children, changed jobs, changed hair color, watched plenty of other television shows. Still, one story, until recently.

All characters will be treated with respect, all laws of Buffyverse (underdressed male vampires, for example) followed, everything that appeared on screen is canon and all canon will be given its due (even the bits I violently disagree with), and all new characters serve deux ex machina or exposition purposes (I'll kill them off as quick as possible). I started writing before the comics and haven't read them, so canon is what was broadcast. Being far, far less strict than Joss, I want all our heroes to be happy, all of them… but, along with Peter S. Beagle, it’s Spike I worry about most, and he has so very far to travel.

Twenty years into BtVS, and it's still tickling imaginations. How cool is that? First episode I ever saw was the season two finale, Becoming Pt. 2. I'd heard good things, so I watched the last forty minutes or so. I figured the redhead in the hospital gown would pop the soul back in and the cute couple would hug, roll credits, because that's how television worked back then. Yeah, I stood there in front of the television with my mouth hanging open for almost a full minute. I was hooked.

Exceed expectations, much? Most of my career has been in academics, where there are journals dedicated to these crazy high school kids, how they talk, how they feel, how they deal. In pop culture, the ripples of this show have spread so very wide. No other show has ever made me want to write story for someone else's characters. It's kind of presumptuous to say this, but I think it's because Buffy aired just before the golden age of television. The writers pushed against the structure of television at that time, but couldn't get too radical. So many stories had to go untold in canon because of the era in which it was filmed. So, we tell those stories ourselves. These flawed, complex characters are... sticky (hey, they were sticky before I got hold of them). It's both exciting and nerve-wracking to share my work, but it's beyond cool to be in the company of other people who will always dwell in the Buffyverse, too.

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Summary: After months of wishing for one more minute with Spike, Buffy is offered hours... by Giles, her less than trustworthy former Watcher.
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: None
Artists: None
Categories: Post-Series
Characters: Buffy, Spike, Giles, Dawn
Genres: HEA/HFN, Hurt/Comfort, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language, Blood Play, Sexual Situations
Event: Truce Challenge 2023
Completed: Yes Chapters: 12 Table of Contents
Word count: 33,423 Hit Count: 12,016 ePub Downloads: 169
Published: October 27, 2023 Updated: December 05, 2023
Summary: Buffy has been an amazingly effective Slayer.  To honor that, the Powers That Be grant her a one-time boon.  The only catch?  Her friends get to pick it for her.  Written for the Elysian Fields ‘Called Challenge'. Banner made by Amina.
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: None
Artists: Amina
Categories: Season 6, Crossover (AtS)
Characters: Buffy, Spike, Giles, Willow, Xander, Angel, Anya, Dawn
Genres: Drama, HEA/HFN
Warnings: Adult Language, Sexual Situations, Violence
Event: Called Challenge 2021
Completed: Yes Chapters: 22 Table of Contents
Word count: 103,570 Hit Count: 58,401 ePub Downloads: 456
Published: October 03, 2021 Updated: March 17, 2023
Summary: A newly-confident Slayer goes to Los Angeles to claim her newly-recorporealized vampire.
** This story is an Elysian Fields 2020 Secret Santa gift for emilise **
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: None
Artists: None
Categories: Post-Series, Claim
Characters: Buffy, Spike, Wesley
Genres: Romance
Warnings: Adult Language, Blood Play, Sexual Situations
Event: Secret Santa Fic Exchange 2020
Completed: Yes Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Word count: 14,987 Hit Count: 5,670 ePub Downloads: 187
Published: December 09, 2020 Updated: December 09, 2020
Summary: Dosing soldiers with steroids and demon extracts wasn't one of Dr. Maggie Walsh's better ideas...
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: None
Artists: Harmony99
Categories: Season 4
Characters: Buffy, Spike, Willow, Xander, Maggie Walsh
Genres: Action/Adventure, Fighting, HEA/HFN, Horror
Warnings: Adult Language, Gun Violence, Violence
Completed: Yes Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Word count: 14,099 Hit Count: 575 ePub Downloads: 26
Published: April 23, 2024 Updated: April 23, 2024
Summary: A Slayer who doesn’t feel love anymore meets a daywalker who believes he is unlovable.  The story begins in the gloomiest part of season six and gets lighter from there.
From a challenge by Mikkalenko:  Spike is a 'daywalker,' a variety of vampire so rare that the Council doesn't bother to mention them to their Slayers.  Daywalkers get all the perks of vampirism, but none of the drawbacks.  [Full challenge here.]  Very loosely based on the attributes of the comics character Blade.
The gorgeous banner is the work of the gracious and talented nmcil, who is the sweetheart of my rodeo!  Many, many thanks to her for giving this story a face!
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: Pencilcomet
Artists: nmcil
Categories: Season 6
Characters: Buffy, Spike, Giles, Willow, Xander, Andrew Wells, Dawn, Jonathan Levinson, Tara, Warren Mears
Genres: Drama, Hurt/Comfort, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language, Blood Play, Mental Health Issues, Sexual Situations, Violence
Challenges: Daywalkers vs vampires. (Authors choice)
Event: 2019 Challenge Month
Completed: No Chapters: 22 Table of Contents
Word count: 81,509 Hit Count: 37,999 ePub Downloads: 303
Published: April 29, 2019 Updated: May 03, 2022
Summary: The Corpse is dead!  Long live the Corpse!
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: bewildered, DeepBlueJoy, EllieRose101, sandy_s, Sigyn
Artists: OffYourBird
Series: The Exquisite Universe
Categories: Challenge Response
Characters: Ensemble
Genres: None
Warnings: None
Challenges: The Fifth Annual Exquisite Corpse Challenge!
Completed: Yes Chapters: 9 Table of Contents
Word count: 46,356 Hit Count: 2,151 ePub Downloads: 50
Published: April 30, 2021 Updated: August 15, 2021
Summary: After failing to stop Buffy from turning herself into the police for a murder she didn't commit, Spike picks himself up from the alley floor and heads to Africa to get his soul.  When he steps out of the cave, he's met by a delegation from the Vatican.  They're not there because of his soul (which is perfectly nice and all).  They're there to be a support team for his demon.  Spike finds he is suddenly emitting the most wonderful scent of roses, is preceded everywhere he goes by the sweet chime of bells, and that he occasionally sprouts wings.  None of that matters, though – he needs to get back to Sunnydale, preferably before Tuesday rolls around.
Written for the 12 Years 12 Seasons Challenge, Prompt 11:  It was a truth universally acknowledged that when things on the Hellmouth were about to go kablooey, it more often than not was likely to be a Tuesday. 
That rockin' banner is from the wonderful and talented DauntlessGrace.  Woo-hoo!  I was so lucky to get this one!
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: Pencilcomet
Artists: DauntlessGrace, nmcil
Categories: Season 6, Crossover (AtS)
Characters: Ensemble
Genres: Action/Adventure, Fighting, Humor, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language, Blood Play, Gun Violence, Sexual Situations, Violence
Event: 12 Years 12 Seasons Challenge
Completed: Yes Chapters: 9 Table of Contents
Word count: 86,531 Hit Count: 25,599 ePub Downloads: 376
Published: October 22, 2018 Updated: April 18, 2019
Summary: Enraged by Buffy's treatment of Spike in mid-season six, the goddess of love swoops in to offer succor to a vampire who has always loved too much and a lesson to a Slayer who scorned that love.
For a challenge by pfeifferpack:  I'd like a story where a goddess of love (pick your pantheon) watches Buffy turn her anger and violence upon Spike over and over and she becomes angered that Buffy doesn't value what is in front of her. Unconditional love is rare and Buffy did more than simply reject that love offered to her by Spike...  The goddess decided to have Buffy learn how rare a gift she is trashing in some way up to the writers imagination. You can have the goddess make herself and her intention known or just have Buffy experience whatever lesson will show her the value of Spike's love.  [Full challenge here.]
I'm so honored to present mmckinnon's first banner at Elysian Fields!  Thank you much for you your generous work on this amazing art!
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: None
Artists: JustWriter, mmckinnon
Categories: Season 6
Characters: Buffy, Spike, Giles, Willow, Xander, Anya, Dawn, Halfrek, Other, Tara
Genres: Angst, Drama
Warnings: Adult Language, Blood Play, Depictions of Bigotry, Gun Violence, Sexual Situations, Spike/Other (Temp), Violence, Voyeurism
Challenges: Don't treat a gift like trash
Event: 2019 Challenge Month
Completed: No Chapters: 31 Table of Contents
Word count: 158,894 Hit Count: 59,140 ePub Downloads: 440
Published: April 29, 2019 Updated: May 30, 2022
Summary: After ‘Not Fade Away,’ Angel gets the Shanshu.  A thrilled Buffy gets her curse-free soulmate.  And Spike?  He gets his heart shattered again. Gutted and seeing no point in staying in a world without his Slayer, Spike doesn’t hesitate when pursuing a deadly demon through a portal.  He finds himself stuck in an alternate reality where he truly died closing the Hellmouth.  He also finds another Buffy, one who is devastated that her Spike didn’t believe she loved him.  They console each other over their losses… but are they only consolation prizes?  Or can two heartbroken people get a second chance for love?
This story is for the amazing challenge from the-mini-muse.  The gorgeous, yearning banner springs from the nuanced talent of artist nmcil.  Many thanks to both for inspiring this story!
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: None
Artists: nmcil
Categories: Post-Series, Crossover (AtS), Alternate Reality, Challenge Response
Characters: Buffy, Spike, Giles, Willow, Xander, Dawn, Rona, Vi
Genres: Action/Adventure, HEA/HFN, Hurt/Comfort, Romance
Warnings: Attempted Rape, Buffy/Other (Temp), Character Death, Sexual Situations, Violence
Challenges: Authors Choice
Event: April Challenge 2022
Completed: Yes Chapters: 23 Table of Contents
Word count: 114,634 Hit Count: 52,099 ePub Downloads: 468
Published: April 28, 2022 Updated: March 09, 2023
Summary: In the aftermath of 'Dead Things,' Buffy fears that Spike has dusted.  She doesn't think she can survive the world she's been pulled back into without him.  When she finds he's alive, Buffy takes a chance at reclaiming her own life by sharing her time, words... and even her blood.
Written for the Elysian Fields 'Artistic April Challenge' Month. Banner #55 by Axell.
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: None
Artists: Axell
Categories: Season 6
Characters: Buffy, Spike, Willow, Xander, Anya, Dawn, Tara
Genres: Angst, HEA/HFN, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: Abuse, Adult Language, Blood Play, Depictions of Bigotry, Mental Health Issues, Sexual Situations
Event: Artistic April Challenge 2021
Completed: Yes Chapters: 18 Table of Contents
Word count: 112,019 Hit Count: 55,743 ePub Downloads: 709
Published: April 09, 2021 Updated: August 13, 2021
Summary: Halfrek’s presence is never a good thing for William the Bloody.
Many thanks to artist Versheenah, who generously offered her time and talent and created the beautiful, evocative banner above!
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: All4Spike
Artists: Versheenah
Categories: Pre-Series, Season 6
Characters: Spike, Halfrek, William
Genres: Drama
Warnings: None
Event: Big Bads Challenge 2019
Completed: Yes Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Word count: 1,538 Hit Count: 1,117 ePub Downloads: 39
Published: November 07, 2019 Updated: November 07, 2019
Summary: Wolfram and Hart replace the telephones of all employees.  Including Angel, who is too busy mocking Spike to realize the new phone can be voice activated.  “You think I’m going to pick up the phone,” which he did, something inside him delighting in how the younger vampire’s eyes followed the movement, hawklike and wistful, “and just,” he shrugged, holding the receiver a few inches above the cradle, “call Buffy.  For you?”
The new telephone dutifully calls the only Buffy in his contacts.  A few short seconds later, the phone in the Slayer's office starts to ring.  And Angel thought his unlife was rough before....
 
Written for the Elysian Fields Challenge Month 2023 (even though I swore I would only work on my unfinished stories).

Beta and Sensitivity Readers: None
Artists: Harmony99
Categories: Post-Series, Crossover (AtS), Challenge Response
Characters: Buffy, Spike, Giles, Willow, Xander, Angel, Dawn, Fred
Genres: Dramedy, Fix-It, HEA/HFN, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language, Suicidal Ideation, Torture (Emotional/Psychological), Torture (Physical), Violence
Challenges: Whatever you want to call it.
Event: April Challenge 2023
Completed: Yes Chapters: 5 Table of Contents
Word count: 28,120 Hit Count: 11,227 ePub Downloads: 180
Published: April 28, 2023 Updated: May 12, 2023
Summary: When you're trying to be better after decades of evil, a little encouragement can make all the difference.  When Spike gets a nudge out of the crypt and toward Africa a few months early, it changes everything for the Scoobies, for Sunnydale, and for the world.  Twice.
The gorgeous banner is the work of nmcil, who has made me the happiest author anywhere by generously giving her time and immense talent to the story.  Thank you bunches!
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: None
Artists: nmcil
Summary: From a challenge by tempestt
When he was a wee laddie, Rupert Giles found himself in a bit o' trouble.  Come on, we all know 10 year-old Giles would've been a little hellion.  Spike, who's around because he's hunting the slayer Giles's grandmother is assigned to is impressed by Giles's swaggering bravado and helps him out.  In doing so he dubs Giles Lil' Ripper.  A much more fitting name than nancy boy Rupert.
So begins an on-and-off, life long friendship between the two...  When Spike shows up in School Hard Giles immediately recognizes Buffy's description so he sets up a meet.  After finding out why Spike is at the Hellmouth, Giles strikes a deal.  He'll help Spike heal Drusilla if Spike agrees to help his slayer for an indeterminate amount of time.  [Full challenge here.] 
The breathtaking banner is the artwork of Versheenah, who was so gracious as to give this story a face.  Many, many thanks for your hard work and talent!
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: Pencilcomet
Artists: Versheenah
Categories: Pre-Series, Season 2
Characters: Buffy, Spike, Giles, Willow, Xander, Angel, Drusilla, Ethan Rayne, Jenny Calendar
Genres: Action/Adventure, HEA/HFN, Slow-Burn
Warnings: Adult Language, Buffy/Other (Temp), Character Death, Depictions of Bigotry, Sexual Situations, Spike/Other (Temp), Substance Use/Addiction, Underage Sex, Violence
Challenges: Lil' Ripper Makes a Friend
Event: 2019 Challenge Month
Completed: No Chapters: 41 Table of Contents
Word count: 190,726 Hit Count: 76,611 ePub Downloads: 512
Published: April 29, 2019 Updated: April 23, 2024
Summary: What if Spike comes across Tara while bouncing between the Wolfram and Hart offices and hell?  Willow's resurrection spell stained Tara's soul, and while she is too good to be condemned to hell, she cannot enter heaven.  Outraged by this injustice, Spike fights to help Tara... even at his own expense.
 
Many thanks to killjoy for this wonderful challenge!  Special thanks to the mega-talented artist nmcil for the lovely banner!
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: None
Artists: nmcil
Summary: Buffy is injured, trapped in the inky darkness of a small, stupidly strong metal box buried in some unknown location… and she may not be alone.
 
**This story is an Elysian Fields 2022 Secret Santa gift for for JaneRemmington.**
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: None
Artists: MillennialCryBaby
Categories: Season 4, Alternate Reality
Characters: Buffy, Spike, Xander, Joyce
Genres: HEA/HFN, Horror, Kidnapping, Mystery
Warnings: Animal Abuse, Torture (Emotional/Psychological), Violence
Event: Secret Santa Fic Exchange 2022
Completed: Yes Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Word count: 14,822 Hit Count: 1,080 ePub Downloads: 66
Published: December 28, 2022 Updated: December 28, 2022
Summary: Spike never has behaved the way Buffy expected... not even when he's a feral demon.
Buffy wakes up weak, injured, in chains, and at the complete mercy of her mortal enemy.  Yet instead of torturing and killing her, Spike frees her and tends her wounds.  She can't ask him why, because he's nonverbal.  She has no choice except to believe the unsouled, feral demon cares for her.  The two of them form a bond, depending on each other to escape.  By the time Buffy and Spike get free of the Mayor's clutches, everything between them has changed... as has everything Buffy thought she knew about demons.
Based on the 'Protective, feral Spike' challenge by pfeifferpack; if this fic is good, it's because of her amazing outline of a challenge.  Many thanks to the fabulous Pencilcomet for her work beta reading and making the story better -- you are much appreciated!  The incredible banner is by Versheenah, an amazing and generous artist.  Thank you so, so much, with many bravas! and bouquets!
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: Pencilcomet
Artists: Versheenah
Categories: Season 3
Characters: Buffy, Spike, Giles, Willow, Xander, Angel, Cordelia, Joyce, Maggie Walsh, Mayor Richard Wilkins III, Mr. Trick, Oz
Genres: Action/Adventure, Dramedy, Fighting
Warnings: Adult Language, Buffy/Other (Temp), Gun Violence, Sexual Situations, Violence
Challenges: protective feral Spike
Event: 2019 Challenge Month
Completed: Yes Chapters: 16 Table of Contents
Word count: 63,890 Hit Count: 82,083 ePub Downloads: 1,013
Published: April 29, 2019 Updated: October 31, 2019
Summary: Buffy is happy as she graduates from college, and Spike’s doing everything he can to keep her good mood going.
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: None
Artists: None
Categories: Post-Series, Alternate Reality
Characters: Buffy, Spike, Angel, Willow, Xander
Genres: Angst
Warnings: Buffy/Other (Temp), Mental Health Issues
Event: 2023 Satisfaction-athon
Completed: Yes Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Word count: 4,691 Hit Count: 669 ePub Downloads: 14
Published: February 14, 2023 Updated: February 14, 2023
Summary: The Slayer has her own ways around those who want to hide important things from her, and she'll use them when her vampire is in danger.  A story told in drabbles and a handful of double-drabbles for the Drabblemania 2023 Event.
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: None
Artists: Harmony99
Categories: Post-Series, Crossover (AtS), Drabbles
Characters: Buffy, Spike, Giles, Willow, Xander, Dawn, Drusilla, Fred
Genres: Drama, HEA/HFN, Hurt/Comfort, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language, Sexual Situations, Torture (Emotional/Psychological), Torture (Implied), Violence, Voyeurism
Event: Drabblemania 2023
Completed: Yes Chapters: 77 Table of Contents
Word count: 8,400 Hit Count: 20,944 ePub Downloads: 69
Published: July 19, 2023 Updated: July 31, 2023
Summary: Buffy finds that opening her home to a weary wanderer can bring great rewards... and that the wanderer will find his way home again.
This story is an Elysian Fields 2021 Secret Santa Fic Exchange gift for IndigoDusk96.
The amazing banner is the work of the very appreciated and very talented artist nmcil -- thank you so much for this bow on top of the gift!
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: None
Artists: nmcil
Categories: Season 7, Post-Series
Characters: Buffy, Spike, Giles, Angel, Dawn, Faith Lehane, Fred
Genres: Drama, Fix-It, HEA/HFN, Porn w/ Plot
Warnings: Adult Language, Sexual Situations
Event: Secret Santa Fic Exchange 2021
Completed: Yes Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Word count: 14,742 Hit Count: 2,102 ePub Downloads: 83
Published: December 18, 2021 Updated: December 18, 2021
Summary: A ghostly Spike tries to reason his way out of being in love with Buffy. 
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: None
Artists: Harmony99
Categories: Post-Series, Crossover (AtS)
Characters: Buffy, Spike
Genres: Dramedy, HEA/HFN, Humor, Lighthearted, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language
Completed: Yes Chapters: 4 Table of Contents
Word count: 13,118 Hit Count: 2,193 ePub Downloads: 57
Published: October 27, 2023 Updated: November 01, 2023
Summary: By chance, a lonely, post-comics Buffy Summers meets a grieving, post-series Veronica Mars.  WARNING:  Spoilers through the end of season 12 of Buffy and the end of season 4 of Veronica Mars.  
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: DarkVoid116, Puppet
Artists: None
Categories: Post-Series, Crossover (Books or TV shows outside Buffyverse)
Characters: Buffy, Spike
Genres: Drama
Warnings: Adult Language
Completed: Yes Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Word count: 7,609 Hit Count: 653 ePub Downloads: 28
Published: July 24, 2020 Updated: July 24, 2020
Summary: Buffy beats up Angel after learning that he’s lied to her for years.
 
Angel and Buffy had an Eternal Love.  The Slayer never really examines that great truth, never really has the time.  But after Sunnydale collapsed, taking her staunchest ally with it, Buffy finally has time to think, to deal, to accept.  And when a memory spell brings back a twenty-four hour period that her perfect Angel stole from her, she bravely faces up to the truth about her Eternal Love.  Six months after the Hellmouth closed, a furious Buffy storms into Wolfram and Hart to get back some of her own, never knowing how literal that can be.
 
Hosannahs to the fabulous Pencilcomet for her wonderful beta work.  Because of her good eye and honest criticism, this story is stronger, deeper, and far more straightforward.  Thank you, my amazing, matriculating friend!  Any errors are on me, from post-beta tinkering.  The beautiful, evocative banners for the story and chapters are by the gracious and talented artist nmcil.  And deep appreciation to BewitchedXx for bringing Harmony's surreptitious photo to life -- thanks for the belly laughs!
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: Pencilcomet
Artists: BewitchedXx, nmcil
Categories: Post-Series, Crossover (AtS)
Characters: Buffy, Spike, Willow, Angel, Charles Gunn, Cordelia, Dawn, Eve, Fred, Harmony, Lorne, Wesley, Whistler
Genres: Angst, Dramedy, HEA/HFN, Humor, Lighthearted
Warnings: Adult Language, Attempted Rape, Rape (Implied), Violence
Completed: Yes Chapters: 11 Table of Contents
Word count: 41,963 Hit Count: 36,388 ePub Downloads: 425
Published: September 15, 2020 Updated: September 27, 2020
Summary: Just how did Angel wind up with the nickname 'Peaches?'
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: None
Artists: Harmony99
Categories: Pre-Series, Season 6
Characters: Spike, Angelus, Darla, Dawn, Drusilla
Genres: Humor, Lighthearted
Warnings: Sexual Situations, Spike/Other (Temp), Voyeurism
Completed: Yes Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Word count: 1,547 Hit Count: 1,100 ePub Downloads: 46
Published: June 26, 2019 Updated: June 26, 2019
Summary: Too good for hell, but not welcome in heaven unless he renounces his demon, the Powers That Be don't have a place for Spike after everyone dies at the end of 'Not Fade Away.'  So they create a realm for him and others like him.  Only... it's actually just him alone.
Meanwhile, Buffy quits slaying after she gets word of what happened in Los Angeles and embraces the normal life.  Dawn does just the opposite and starts to explore her dormant Key powers.  She plays it safe, astrally projecting just her spirit into other dimensions while she learns.  As she grows stronger, she guides herself easily to what she wants to see or experience, like a world with beautiful gardens or diamonds raining from alien skies.
One day she sends her spirit out in search of love... and finds Spike alone in his realm, where time moves at a different pace.  The two recapture their friendship, and Dawn sends her spirit to visit his regularly.  She doesn't think her sister really cared about Spike, so she never bothers telling her.  Then Buffy learns what Dawn has been doing -- and who she's been seeing. 
This is a response to killjoy's challenge as well as Elysian Field's October 2020 Trapped Challenge.  The amazing banner is all thanks to the incredible thenewbuzwuzz!  I am so thrilled for everyone to see the beautiful artwork, full of meaning, balance, visual interest, and really pretty people!  Thank you so much for choosing my story to grace with your talent and skill!
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: None
Artists: thenewbuzwuzz
Categories: Post-Series, Challenge Response
Characters: Buffy, Spike, Dawn
Genres: Drama
Warnings: Adult Language, Attempted Rape, Character Death, Rape (Implied), Torture (Implied)
Challenges: Whatever you want to call it
Event: Trapped Challenge 2020
Completed: No Chapters: 7 Table of Contents
Word count: 25,567 Hit Count: 6,854 ePub Downloads: 62
Published: October 06, 2020 Updated: May 28, 2022