Sunnydale After Dark
Summary: Updated!

Set in S4, partial rewrite of episode 4x12 “A New Man.”
There is no such thing as a Buffy birthday bash without some chaos and mayhem. As per tradition, her nineteenth birthday brings along some regularly scheduled drama, courtesy of Giles’s old friend and nemesis, Ethan Rayne.
The sorcerer has a special birthday gift for Buffy, one that she’s not happy to receive. More details in the Story Notes. 

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Written for the “2023 Spooky September” event at Sunnydale After Dark.
Banner by me
 

Series: Entries for SAD Events
Beta: marinaeulalia
Banner Art By: VeroNyxK84
Categories: Season 4, Episode Rewrite, Sunnydale After Dark Exclusive
Characters: Buffy, Spike, Anya, Ethan Rayne, Giles, Maggie Walsh, Riley Finn, Willow, Xander
Genres: Alternate Reality, Drama, Dramedy, Friendship, Lighthearted
Warnings: (Click Here To Reveal) Adult Language, Buffy/Other (Temp), Vampire!Buffy, Warnings Added As Story Progresses
Completed: No Chapters: 6
Word count: 10,064 Hit Count: 675 ePub Downloads: 1
Published: 09/12/23 Updated: 11/22/23


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Story Notes:

The events of episode 4x12 “A New Man” unfold as in canon up until the point where Giles leaves the crypt and Ethan Rayne emerges from the shadows… except in this story, Giles doesn’t go back in and is none the wiser about Ethan’s presence in Sunnydale. Also, Giles isn’t the recipient of the sorcerer’s demon-morphing spell…


I’ve been toying with this idea for a while, and SAD’s Spooky September event seemed like the perfect setting to finally make it happen. 
Dramedy with a hint of silly spookiness. Also, if you’re concerned about Buffy’s vampire status, it’s a temporary deal, just like the demon status was for Giles in the canon episode.
Since this is a partial episode rewrite, I’ll use Chapter 1 as a short “Previously on…” to summarize the events from the episode that happen as in canon. The actual story starts with Chapter 2.

Thank you to marinaeulalia for the feedback and brainstorming with the story title! 
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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.
 

1. Previously... by VeroNyxK84 - Likes: 8 Comments: 10 Word Count: 555 Hit Count: 166 Published: 09/12/23

A short summary of the canon events of episode 4x12 “A New Man,” written by Jane Espenson, leading up to the point where the rewrite starts.
The actual story begins with the next chapter. 
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Thank you heaps to my beta marinaeulalia!

2. Rude Awakening by VeroNyxK84 - Likes: 7 Comments: 17 Word Count: 1,877 Hit Count: 148 Published: 09/12/23

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3. Unpredictable Turns by VeroNyxK84 - Likes: 10 Comments: 13 Word Count: 2,202 Hit Count: 114 Published: 09/22/23

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Previously: Buffy wakes up in her dorm room and finds out that she has mysteriously turned into a vampire, so she calls Giles for help.
Ethan Rayne meets with Professor Maggie Walsh, who had requested his services to get rid of Buffy. 

4. Damage Control by VeroNyxK84 - Likes: 5 Comments: 8 Word Count: 1,834 Hit Count: 111 Published: 10/02/23

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Previously: Buffy enlists the help of her friends to find a solution for her fanged problem, but she loses control of the spell’s side effects and bites Willow. Professor Walsh sends Agent Finn and his team on a wild goose chase to keep him away from Buffy. 

5. Shadow Self by VeroNyxK84 - Likes: 5 Comments: 8 Word Count: 1,429 Hit Count: 79 Published: 10/12/23

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Previously: Buffy wakes up in Spike’s crypt and finds out that Giles brought her there after she attacked Willow, and that he asked the bleach-haired vampire to keep an eye on her while he works on finding a solution to her fanged predicament.
When Spike discovers that his chip—tricked by the spell—doesn’t sense Buffy’s lingering humanity, he gets her to fight him, but enthralled by his bleeding wounds, Buffy ends up biting him. Meanwhile, Anya and Xander spot a headless cloaked figure peering into Giles’s window. 

6. Middle Ground by VeroNyxK84 - Likes: 4 Comments: 8 Word Count: 2,167 Hit Count: 57 Published: 11/22/23

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Previously: Giles and the Scoobies figure out who’s behind the transmogrification spell that turned Buffy into a vampire: Ethan Rayne. While the Scoobies start looking for him by checking Sunnydale motels one by one, Giles takes matters into his own hands. 
In the meantime, Buffy is stuck with Spike until sundown and is struggling with the spell’s side effects, which forced her to drink pig’s blood.