Categories: General Fics Characters: None
Chapters: 15 Completed: Yes
Word count: 40516 Read: 27337
Published: 12/09/2012 Updated: 01/04/2013
1. Prologue and Chapter 1 by Slaymesoftly [Reviews - 5] (1957 words)
One of this Round's Seasonal Spuffy entries. This one is a multi-chapter wip. All you need to know is that this is a non-canon Season 5 in which Glory is there searching for her Key, Joyce is sick, Spike is unchipped and living in another city. At the end of the previous story, he’d asked Buffy to call him if she needed help.
They don’t have a relationship yet; they weren’t even much more than canon Season Four semi-enemies, with an unrecognized and unacknowledged sexual attraction, when Ethan’s spell to turn Giles into a Fyral demon wrought some important changes in a very short period of time. But not changes sufficient to make it likely that a slayer, with a human boyfriend and a firm belief in what’s right and acceptable, and an old vampire, who has just regained his ability to hunt and feed, are likely to see any kind of a future for them. In spite of some surprising revelations about how they may feel about each other.
You can assume that the rest of Season Four and some of Season Five have proceeded pretty much as in canon, but without Spike’s presence. That absence, and the reason for it, has changed things enough that I think it’s fair to call this an AU Season Five. Some things will be familiar, some things obviously will not, so don’t go looking for an identical timeline or identical events.
6. Chapter 6 by Slaymesoftly [Reviews - 3] (2999 words)
Just so you know, Glory's spell is kind of a non-starter in this AU version of that season. Buffy has seen Ben start to change (although not realizing that's what he was doing) and knows via the council that Glory hides in a human host. She did the math, so even though she she hasn't seen him change into Glory, she knows there's a connection and suspects what it is.
11. Chapter 11 by Slaymesoftly [Reviews - 4] (2351 words)
This is the last completed chapter. With the holidays upon us, and the next chapter needing beta oversight, don't expect another update for a while. Maybe before the new year - maybe not.