Penname: cd85
Real Name: claire donaldson
Member Since: May 21, 2021
Last Active: August 17, 2022
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Summary: Instead of a lonely and depressed Willow, a freshly chipped (and clueless) Spike finds himself face to face with a feverish Slayer on the night he first escapes The Initiative. 
 
 
Categories: Season 4, Episode Rewrite, Challenge Response
Characters: None
Genres: Action/Adventure, Dramedy
Warnings: Adult Language, Sexual Situations, Violence
Challenges: "The Initiative" AU (Author's Choice of Name)
Completed: No Chapters: 16 Table of Contents
Word count: 155,220 Hit Count: 32,988 ePub Downloads: 419
Published: October 01, 2015 Updated: February 17, 2021
cd85 commented on Chapter 16: Chapter 16 on August 17, 2022

Snarky banter? Check. Crazy amounts of UST? Check. Perfect characterisation and dialogue that means I don't need to work to picture any of this at all? Check. If you could just find a way to include 'Jealous Buffy' that would complete my ultimate check list for my absolute favourite Spuffy stories! 😉

Seriously though, I enjoyed this so much. I'm always blown away by the talented writers on this site and you are no exception. You capture all their voices so completely that it's just a joy to read. No pressure (cos I know the writers on here also have real lives that rudely get in the way of my reading pleasure!) but I do hope you come back to this some day.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful story ❤️

 

 

Summary: One night. That was all Buffy thought she'd be spending with Spike. He'd tell her how he killed her sister slayers, and in exchange, he'd get cash and one "get out of petty evil free" card. Instead, after a surprise ambush and several tranquilizer darts, they both wake up in an alternate dimension to find that they're now players in a life-or-death game set in Bizarro Sunnydale. To survive, they'll have to be the last ones standing--or figure out who brought them here in the first place and why.
Sounds easy, right? After all, it's not like she hasn't worked with Spike to take down a baddie before. Unfortunately, their fellow competitors are kind of familiar.
Like, really familiar.
You could say they know them just as well as they know themselves. 
Banner by the talented DirtyAim
Categories: Season 5
Characters: Buffy, Spike
Genres: Action/Adventure, Apocalyptic/Dystopian, Dramedy, Fighting, HEA/HFN, Hurt/Comfort, Slow-Burn
Warnings: Adult Language, Buffy/Other (Temp), Character Death, Spike/Other (Temp), Vampire!Buffy, Violence
Completed: No Chapters: 10 Table of Contents
Word count: 60,081 Hit Count: 8,685 ePub Downloads: 117
Published: October 29, 2020 Updated: March 01, 2022
cd85 commented on Chapter 2: Chapter 2 on July 13, 2022

I've just come to the end (Chapter 10 as it stands) and oh my god I love this so so much! The way you write Buffy and Spike sniping at each other is just so hilarious and true to their characters. I can't believe you didn't actually write for the show, you capture them so perfectly. Actually, wish you had cos I'm sure we would have had a much happier Spuffy ending!

I'm in awe of your skill and very hopeful you will return to this story because as well as making me howl with laughter, I'm also completely hooked by all the intrigue you've created.

I had to come back and comment on this Chapter though because it contains my absolute favourite line ever.

'You have inferior resistance to tranquilizer darts! —Kevin 

Who the bloody fuck was Kevin?'

Comedy GOLD!!!!! 

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: 28,159 ePub Downloads: 308
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!

hearts

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: 5,441 ePub Downloads: 62
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

Summary: What happens when Buffy turns to Spike to help her understand her nature as a Slayer? What happens when Riley experiences the natural consequences of his visits to the suckhouse?
 
Categories: Season 5, Alternate Reality
Characters: Anya, Ben Wilkinson, Buffy, Dawn, Ensemble, Giles, Glory, Joyce, Riley Finn, Sineya, Spike, Tara, Willow, Xander
Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama, HEA/HFN, Slow-Burn
Warnings: Adult Language, Blood Play, Buffy/Other (Temp), Character Death, Dubious Consent, Rape (Actual), Rape (Implied), Sexual Situations, Spike/Other (Temp)
Challenges: Vampire Riley Challenge
Completed: No Chapters: 16 Table of Contents
Word count: 131,864 Hit Count: 15,046 ePub Downloads: 151
Published: April 15, 2022 Updated: August 05, 2022
cd85 commented on Chapter 15: Chapter 15 I Heard You Were Here Then You Disappeared Last Night on July 23, 2022

That cliffhanger is just evil!!! devil Love it!

Author's Response on July 23, 2022 07:56pm

Thank you! When I finished my "Into the Woods" rewrite it was like 20k and so I 100% picked the evilest places for breaks. Like you do.

Summary: Willow is just fed up with the way Buffy and Spike act around each other. What are they, five?
Categories: Season 4, Alternate Reality, Episode Rewrite, Challenge Response
Characters: Buffy, Giles, Riley Finn, Spike, Willow, Xander
Genres: Action/Adventure, Fluffy/Comedy, HEA/HFN, Humor, Lighthearted
Warnings: None
Completed: Yes Chapters: 5 Table of Contents
Word count: 45,478 Hit Count: 3,272 ePub Downloads: 72
Published: July 01, 2022 Updated: August 03, 2022
cd85 commented on Chapter 5: Chapter 5 We Just Figured Out Blue’s Clues Because We’re Really Smart! on August 03, 2022

This story was just the cutest!!! I wish it didn't have to end at 5 chapters but thank you so much for this little bit of magic! hearts

Author's Response on August 04, 2022 12:51am

Thank you so much! It's sad to leave them behind but the 5-chapter thing is part of the rules. I won't rule out a sequel but I don't have plans for one right now.

cd85 commented on Chapter 3: Chapter 3 We Just Got a Letter, I Wonder Who It’s From? on July 23, 2022

I can't deal with the cuteness!! Also, this line, killed me. Urgh. My heart aches and I want to give lil'Spike all the hugs!!

“I don’t wanna live in a bathtub,” he cries. “I wanna have friends and a Mr. Gordo and not be alone anymore.”

I've never read anything like this, it's so original. I didn't think you could mess with the 'will be done' spell and make the outcome better than what we saw on the show but I love this!! I don't know how you're managing to write them so well and believable as kids but still totally keep in them in character. I can only conclude that you're some kind of wizard.

Thank you for creating this little gem! hug

Author's Response on July 23, 2022 09:44pm

Thank you so much! <3 I'm loving writing it and people also seem to love it which I consider a win. :D

Baby Spike also broke my heart with that line, poor thing.

I've seen a couple of Bitty Buffy fics and one where all the Scoobies but Dawn become children (though I realized that after I started it and didn't find the fic until I was already working on this one.) But none that were Something Blue-related. The only one I can find right now is this one by talesofstories though. Anyway, thank you so much for the compliments. Something Blue is one of my favorite episodes and I know a lot of people agree. <3 Writing them as kids is interesting for sure because they are and aren't themselves, but it's been figuring out the ways they'd be different versus the same.

Summary: Or, Buffy and Spike accept an undercover mission from Sunnydale's resident loan shark on his new demon cruise line. If they succeed, Buffy'll get enough money to stop the leaking financial boat that is her life and Spike'll have his kitten debts cleared. 
They probably should have asked more questions about that cover story, though. 
Starts in 6x08, "Tabula Rasa" and goes wildly off script from there. 
Categories: Season 6
Characters: Buffy, Spike
Genres: Dramedy, Fluffy/Comedy, HEA/HFN, Humor, Lighthearted, Mystery
Warnings: Mental Health Issues, Sexual Situations
Completed: No Chapters: 4 Table of Contents
Word count: 29,585 Hit Count: 2,250 ePub Downloads: 58
Published: July 06, 2022 Updated: July 28, 2022
cd85 commented on Chapter 1: Chapter 1 on July 10, 2022

It would be pointless to highlight the bits I loved the most here because I would end up copying and pasting the entire chapter! This is perfection!! Can't wait for the rest.

Summary: Post-The Gift AU in which Spike has pulled Doc down the tower with him, Glory’s dead, and Buffy’s very much alive. Alive and routinely patrolling with an increasingly close Spike, who is just too distractingly fun and not-unattractive and little-sisters’-life-saving for her to push him away all that much anymore.
What happens when they’re forced to take care of a rescued child who can’t be left to anyone else?
Amazing banner by the wonderful loveisntbrains_!
Categories: Season 5, Alternate Reality, Baby/Kid Fic
Characters: Buffy, Ensemble, Original Characters, Spike
Genres: Fluffy/Comedy, HEA/HFN, Humor, Lighthearted, Porn w/ Plot, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language, Sexual Situations, Violence
Completed: No Chapters: 4 Table of Contents
Word count: 35,906 Hit Count: 1,964 ePub Downloads: 31
Published: July 07, 2022 Updated: August 01, 2022
cd85 commented on Chapter 3: Chapter 3 on July 22, 2022

“It’s just that I had to try the helicopter thing,” she said as airily as she could. “Couldn’t let the opportunity pass, you know?”

A moment of silence. Then Spike burst out laughing, loudly enough that the child started squirming, and she turned to glower at him, reaching out to the kid to rock him as gently as she could.

“Spike!” she hissed.

“Christ,” he wheezed, joining her in cuddling the child back into sleep. Thankfully for Spike, he only squirmed some before settling under their hands. “Please tell me you’re serious.

 

THIS!!! biggrin

Maybe I'm as immature as Spike but this had me cracking up!