Co-written with Zab Jade
With Tara in the hospital after being brain sucked by Glory, Willow takes Buffy up on an offer of a trip out to the desert to clear her mind. While there, she comes across a child, alone and scared. When she ends up falling into a sealed underground, Buffy and Spike have to try save her from darkness while keeping young Frisk out of danger.
It’s almost a year and a half since Sunnydale fell into a crater. Now retired from slaying, Buffy’s been voluntold to go to Wesley Wyndham-Price’s memorial service, where she finds a few familiar enemies. Everything’s so surreal anyway, Buffy decides she might as well just give into it and see if lunch with Drusilla and Harmony might be one of the better things she does that year. The day keeps getting weirder, but the year might just be unsurpassable by the end of it.
The comics are ignored completely and both TV series as taken as cannon. This is a not a romantic reunion fic, although there are reunions aplenty, and parts of it could be described as romantic. Spike does not speak in this story, although others speak about him quite a bit.
All titles are courtesy of X-Ray Spex songs, and all the characters and settings you've heard of before are courtesy of Mutant Enemy et al. Dylan Thomas' Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night is partially quoted. The story is entirely my own, although the original plot bunny was knightowl's challenge My Three Girls over on EF. No copyright infringement is intended. Behind_Blue_Eyes gave me a very early beta, for which I am grateful. I'm not sure the final product is recognisable from the one she read, so any remaining mistakes are entirely my own.