Sunnydale After Dark
Summary: Buffy finds out that Spike was dusted in the big battle with Wolfram and Hart. Angry, hurt, and determined, she finally agrees to take a daring risk with Dawn to go back in time and make sure Spike knows he’s loved even if it doesn’t change his fate. This is a story based on Javajunkie’s challenge, Whisper in a Dead Man’s Ear.
Story author: Sandy S. 
Mood board designer: Badwolfjedi
*Beautiful banner by Javajunkie247!*
Disclaimer: We own nothing. Joss owns all.
Categories: Graphic Arts, Season 6, Season 7, Post-Series, Challenge Response, Episode Rewrite
Characters: Buffy, Spike, Anya, Clem, Dawn, Giles, Halfrek, Hank Summers, Jonathan Levinson, Lloyd, Original Characters, Riley Finn, Samantha (Sam) Finn, Tara, The First Evil, Warren Mears, Willow, Xander
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama, Fighting, HEA/HFN, Hurt/Comfort, Plot-driven, Reunion, Romance, Time Travel, UST
Warnings: (Click Here To Reveal) Adult Language, Character Death, Sexual Situations
Completed: No Chapters: 13
Word count: 32,907 Hit Count: 4,753 ePub Downloads: 21
Published: 11/13/22 Updated: 09/09/23


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1. Chapter One, Making a Choice by sandy_s - Likes: 3 Comments: 2 Word Count: 2,405 Hit Count: 1,050 Published: 11/13/22

This is a collaborative story-art venture between Sandy S. and Badwolfjedi...we hope you enjoy! (And soon to be scratchmeout as well!)

The chapters will all be third person but move between Buffy and Dawn POV. 

Special thank you to Badwolfjedi for betaing this chapter! hug

Beautiful story banner by Javajunkie247!

2. Chapter Two, Tossed into the Past - Buffy by sandy_s - Likes: 3 Comments: 5 Word Count: 1,939 Hit Count: 774 Published: 03/05/23

So, I originally had both Buffy and Dawn parts in each chapter, but they started to get really long, so they'll be divided into two parts for ease of reading. First up is Buffy! 

3. Chapter Two, Tossed into the Past - Dawn by sandy_s - Likes: 3 Comments: 5 Word Count: 2,358 Hit Count: 766 Published: 03/05/23

Thank you again for all the kind notes for the last chapter - for both art and story! Here is Dawn's jump. Hope you enjoy! 

And y'all!! The bottom right corner of the mood board. Omg... The whole thing is beautiful but that image makes my heart ache.

4. Chapter Three, The Chips are Down - Buffy by sandy_s - Likes: 3 Comments: 5 Word Count: 2,184 Hit Count: 732 Published: 04/16/23

5. Chapter Three, The Chips are Down - Dawn by sandy_s - Likes: 3 Comments: 3 Word Count: 2,324 Hit Count: 773 Published: 04/16/23

6. Chapter Four, Creating a Shift - Dawn by sandy_s - Likes: 2 Comments: 3 Word Count: 2,752 Hit Count: 83 Published: 08/20/23

We're starting with Dawn this time! I just love Dawn and Tara together, so here you go!

7. Chapter Four, Creating a Shift - Buffy by sandy_s - Likes: 2 Comments: 8 Word Count: 2,442 Hit Count: 80 Published: 08/20/23

8. Chapter Five, A Hop, Skip, and a Jump - Dawn by sandy_s - Likes: 2 Comments: 2 Word Count: 3,173 Hit Count: 83 Published: 08/26/23

9. Chapter Five, A Hop, Skip, and a Jump - Buffy by sandy_s - Likes: 2 Comments: 2 Word Count: 3,244 Hit Count: 88 Published: 08/26/23

Badwolfjedi's mood board here really makes the story rich in such a beautiful way...

10. Chapter Six, And Yet Some Things Remain the Same - Dawn by sandy_s - Likes: 2 Comments: 2 Word Count: 2,448 Hit Count: 84 Published: 09/02/23

Note from when the chapter was published: I'm a bit behind in posting this fic because I've been working on my Which Willow fic, which if you like Willow, check out all the stories this season! Mine's a Spike and Willow fic - not a romance; they're a fun pair to write. And I'm also working on a Christmas-y Spuffy fic for Noel of Spike! :o) 

11. Chapter Six, And Yet Some Things Remain the Same - Buffy by sandy_s - Likes: 3 Comments: 3 Word Count: 2,521 Hit Count: 81 Published: 09/02/23

Original story note:

Okay! I'm back on regular schedule to write and post. Daycare has been closed for three and a half weeks because it flooded and my family's schedule has been incredibly unsettled and wonky. Thank you for your patience! A structure is of the good. 

Also, this chapter took an unexpected turn with Xander, and I hope you like it. (It's been written for a while, but I haven't had time to write new chapters, which I like to do before posting new. I'm currently writing chapter nine.) 

Happy New Year! 

12. Chapter Seven, Screw-ups Ensue - Dawn by sandy_s - Likes: 2 Comments: 2 Word Count: 2,342 Hit Count: 73 Published: 09/09/23

Original notes:
I'm so behind on replies but do know that we appreciate each comment and we will be working on replying to all of them! So thank you thank you thank you! I have been writing like crazy and am halfway through Chapter 10. 

13. Chapter Seven, Screw-ups Ensue - Buffy by sandy_s - Likes: 4 Comments: 1 Word Count: 2,775 Hit Count: 86 Published: 09/09/23

Original notes:
Okay, I'm very nervous about this chapter. I love how it turned out but am not sure how it will be received. *runs around anxiously* 

The mood board is, however, absolutely gorgeous by Badwolfjedi! 

Special thank you to yellowb for her consultation on this chapter!