Whispers in a Dead Man’s Ear (8/8 – Pending until 12/4)

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I was hoping that I wouldn’t have to do this, but my brainwaves are pretty much at an absolute standstill and part 8 needs a little more fully-cognizant love before it’s ready to be seen. More than anything, I want to do the rest of the story justice and ensure that I give Spike and Buffy the ending I think their journey here has earned them; to that end, I’m going to work on part 8 over the weekend and will have it in presentable condition in my journal on my Sunday evening (I’m on Eastern Standard Time). Additionally, I’ll edit part 7’s post at that point to include the link to part 8. My sincerest apologies for the delay.

Thanks to everyone for your wonderful comments and your support today–you’ve made my day a very, very joyful one, and I’m looking forward to answering your comments and to catching up on the entries I’ve missed as I’ve prepared Whispers. I hope to see you all at my journal on Sunday night for part 8.

I’d like to close by offering tremendous thanks to for creating this community and giving us such a wonderful haven; it’s a lovely gift.

Good night, and thanks again.

ETA: Part 8 is now posted on my personal journal () in two sections (due to length constraints). Part 1 can be found here; part 2 is linked at the bottom of part 1. Thank you.

 

Originally posted at http://seasonal-spuffy.livejournal.com/51411.html

Whispers in a Dead Man’s Ear (6/8)

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Hope springs eternal… and is starting to spring here.

Part 6:

Set pre-Him, BtVS season 7.  Buffy couldn’t help Cassie, and Anya’s determined to find her own way, but there’s one person who needs Buffy’s aid—if she can find a way to reach him.

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Whispers in a Dead Man’s Ear (5/8) (Part 1)

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Heading home from work now, but wanted to leave this before I head out.

Part 5:

Set during Older and Far Away, BtVS.  It takes a lot of work to move from awkward silences to comfortable companionship–just how did Buffy and Spike end up playing cards the morning after her party?

This one’s also in 2 linked parts due to size constraints.

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Whispers in a Dead Man’s Ear (4/8)

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Halfway there, and still with the hurting.  Hang in there with me.

Part 4:

Set post-Dead Things, BtVS.  Buffy left Spike in the alley, battered and broken, to find his own way home before the sunrise.  His healing in the aftermath, however, isn’t left unaided.

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Whispers in a Dead Man’s Ear (3/8)

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OK… now it comes to the hurting part.  Canon headed into dark territory, and there follow I; however, I promise that by the end of the series I’ll have brought it back towards the light.

Part 3:

Set post-Forever, BtVS.  Joyce has passed away and been buried; Dawn’s attempted resurrection was thwarted at the last minute.  Buffy, having no other choice, has gone back to business as usual, but then her patrol intersects with a vigil.

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Whispers in a Dead Man’s Ear (2/8) (Part 2)

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Continuation:

Set post-Sanctuary (season 1 of AtS, coinciding with season 4 of BtVS).

Buffy’s just been sent from Los Angeles by Angel in the wake of Faith’s reawakening, attempts at revenge, and baby steps towards redemption.  Being dismissed isn’t high on the list of things that makes for a happy Buffy, but fortunately there’s always patrol for getting rid of tension.

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Whispers in a Dead Man’s Ear (2/8) (Part 1)

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I’m glad everyone’s enjoying this so far–thank you for the lovely feedback!  And now, on to part two:

Set post-Sanctuary (season 1 of AtS, coinciding with season 4 of BtVS).

Buffy’s just been sent from Los Angeles by Angel in the wake of Faith’s reawakening, attempts at revenge, and baby steps towards redemption.  Being dismissed isn’t high on the list of things that makes for a happy Buffy, but fortunately there’s always patrol for getting rid of tension.

Note:  This one, for length purposes, will have to be split into two posts.  There’s a link to the second part at the bottom of this entry.

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Whispers in a Dead Man’s Ear, Part 1 of 8

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Wow…  so now it’s my day.  Who knew that a fall could pass so quickly?

My offering today is an eight-part story series called Whispers in a Dead Man’s Ear; each installment deals with a different, canon-based moment in which Buffy and Spike have a conversation to which no one else is privy, a conversation that serves as a watershed moment in their relationship.  The series spans a period beginning post-season 2 of BtVS and ending post-Not Fade Away.  With each story, I’ll give a little note to orient you time-wise.

Before I go any further, I have to give proper thanks (and, well, worship, really) to jen-nsync-landl  and beanbeans, for beta/proofreading/brainstorming duty extraordinnaire.  The idea itself wouldn’t exist without jen-nsync-landl‘s uncanny ability to urge ideas forth from the abyss of my brain; she also has an amazing knack for whipping my ramblings into presentable shape.  beanbeans, in addition to a tremendous amount of moral support and sneak-peek-reading and encouragement, was also generous enough to make icons for each of the eight stories, and I’ll use them when I post each installment.  I think I would’ve given up a thousand times over without them, and I really can’t thank or acknowledge them enough for the long nights and amazing support and encouragement.

So, now… the first part of the story.  (I’m shooting for updates every 2 hours, work permitting, but all 8 installments will be posted today.)

Title: Whispers in a Dead Man’s Ear (1/8)
Author: Amy B. (amybnnyc)
Setting: Throughout canon for both BtVS and AtS
Pairing: Spike/Buffy
Rating: R at most (language)
Summary: So many years, so many chances for conversation; how many whispers have passed between Buffy and Spike, and what have they meant?

Author’s Notes: This installment is set post-Becoming; Buffy’s in LA, and all-night diner clientele is nothing if not unpredictable…

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