Title: Even Champions Need a Home
Disclaimer: It didn’t happen this way, because the man who owns these characters didn’t write it. But he said I could. :)
Summary: It’s the summer before Season VII; Buffy is led to Spike and told he is a champion that she must take care of until it’s time for him. She’s dubious at first, but very glad to see him again. Important conversations are had, as they should have been, long before he goes up like a candle.
AN: Although, this was written for Seasonal Spuffy, I started it based on a banner that I liked at a “fic for banner” community – may have been WriterCon UK, I don’t remember. Anyway, it turned out that someone else had already chosen that banner and I didn’t want to share (lol), so I chose another one and tucked this idea away. But I wanted to tell the story, so I brought it out and tried to bend it so as to at least approach the “Humor” “Hope” themes of this round. It’s not laugh-out-loud funny, and since we all know the ultimate ending, can’t really be hopeful in the long-term; but at this little point in their relationship…
This gorgeous banner, as was the original one, is from my wonderful beta, Always_jbj, who is multi-talented. Aren’t I lucky?