Drowning In You by BloodEnvy

Hayley
12/03/2016 08:18 am
35         
Oh god its so good!!! Please finish it!!!

Raesi
01/09/2015 06:45 pm
35         
More please

Spikesterholic
11/13/2012 11:54 am
35         
thank you so much for updating! And the new chapter was worth the wait!
Thoroughly enjoying the story so far - please continue

11/08/2012 10:10 pm
35         
Quite a sizzler, and sweeter than doughnuts!

11/08/2012 02:40 am
35         
I think that 5 minute interlude was the most fun she has had in a long while. Love the waitress!

11/08/2012 02:35 am
34         
Okay I hate Harmony with a passion but I feel sorry for her too.

11/08/2012 02:32 am
33         
Sister solidarity! It's a rare thing but when it happens its great.

11/08/2012 02:28 am
32         
Spike missage, I can relate. Admiting they are friends is a big step for her.

11/08/2012 02:25 am
31         
Xander really doesn't know when to shut up. And seriously she said she hurt her ankle, why would you ask her to dance?

11/08/2012 02:22 am
30         
That went better than expected. Although I bet Xander will be calling Riley up and tattling.

11/08/2012 02:18 am
29         
So she gets to see the nice side of Spike and she invited him to go with to the Bronze! That'll earn her another intervention!

11/08/2012 02:15 am
28         
Holy cow Spike went postal on that vamp!

11/08/2012 02:11 am
27         
Loved the last line!!!

11/08/2012 02:08 am
26         
Friend avoidance? Check
Lying to family? Check

Happy to see someone your friends don't approve of? Check

Buffy is falling for Spike!

11/08/2012 02:04 am
25         
Buffy had a wonderful night sleeping curled up with Spike wonder if she ever feels that way sleeping next to Riley?

Is it bad of me to wish he might have dropped her? Just a little drop? Kidding.

11/08/2012 02:00 am
24         
Here they all are worried about her secret admirer and no one is concerned that Riley is basically stalking her? He won't let her out of his sight!

11/08/2012 01:36 am
23         
Seriously they all need help. Why in the world are they concerned about what they think is a human? She can handle it.

11/08/2012 01:11 am
21         
Crap. Let me guess they figured out who sent the gifts. Great. They're going to grab the pitchforks and torches and march through the cemeteries!

11/08/2012 01:08 am
20         
Ah, now were getting somewhere!

11/08/2012 01:06 am
19         
Oh well I gues that will work too! At least she is laughing!

11/08/2012 01:03 am
18         
Seriously who made them a moral authority? They can barely manage their own lives! Much less tell someone else how to live. Spike plus tension relief? I can't wait.

Kyle
03/20/2012 03:48 am
Tense         
Oy! Please hurry and finish this bleedin' story, pet..

Becky
03/14/2012 03:29 am
Tense         
I'm really enjoying this story, and I think that a lot of it is the way that you have the a characters act and respond to what's going on. It all seems very true to character, and I feel like things *could* have gone this way (if Joss had made Spike a little more patient!) I'm looking forward to the next chapter!

03/13/2012 03:31 pm
Tense         
I really enjoyed the chapter and I'm looking forward to more. I'm waiting to see her reaction when she realizes it's Spike. I wanted to point out a typo or a general error. The poet's name is John Donne, not Dunn. It sound like Dunn, but it's not spelled that way. He's considered the preiminent metaphysical poet. I hope I didn't offend. 

SF

03/13/2012 11:21 am
Tense         
Someone likes Buffy, who hasn't been preapproved by the scooby's so of course it has to be the end of the world! Of course Tara and Anya left the room, they really didn't want to listen to their partners jealous ramblings about who might like Buffy. It doesn't make for a happy relationship when your partner is more concerned about the love life of a friend over their own relationship.

Why do I have a feeling that Joyce knows that Spike stops by but she isn't telling Buffy.  Spike isn't someone new to Joyce and she knows he is chipped therefore not dangerous. She might not know that he is leaving the gifts but she has probably seen him. Or it might be Dawn who is letting him in. Even though she has a crush on him she does think he is really cool so she might not mind that he likes Buffy instead of her.

02/28/2012 12:40 pm
Connect         
It honestly hasn't occurred to her that she doesn't actually need to do anything about Riley. It isn't her job to make his insecurities go away. She told him she didn't know who was leaving the gifts. I'm sure she told him she wasn't cheating on him. That's all she needs to do. She doesn't need to exhaust herself trying to prove a damn thing to him. The fact that she is trying and is running herself ragged in the attempt is going to get her killed. She is allowed to have a life outside of her boyfriend. She certainly doesn't need to spend practically every waking minute with him. But that's Riley for you, if he isn't the center of your universe he feels unloved and un-needed. And not for nothing if Riley really felt like she was being stalked why wasn't he on patrol with her? Shouldn't he be 'protecting her' then too? Idiot! Oh and Willow still pisses me off. Buffy has an admirer and of course the gifts must be cursed? Really? I mean seriously I guess the admirer wasn't Scooby approved so it must be a crazy person.

02/09/2012 11:05 pm
A Second Poem         
Is it just me or does the whole thing Buffy does when she plays dumb really annoying? Granted Shakespear isn't everyones cup of tea but still. She went to college longer than I did and she even took a poetry class and I understood the poem.

Gotta agree that Riley is not the poetry type!

She always felt overwheled because she refused to deal with things until they blew up in her face! Denial is like alcoholism sure you forget your problems for a while but they come back to bite you in the ass unless you deal with them. And maybe you shouldn't have to try so hard if she really loved him. She only thinks she does because all of her friends say she should love him. Well not for nothing but if they think he is such a catch why don't they date him.

12/29/2011 02:06 pm
Interrupted         
I'd be more than willing to help Spike and I promise I wont call you Blondie Bear!

Buffy is the queen of mixed signals. She never really knew what the hell she wanted. So busy trying to fit the mold others had for her that she never bothered to find out what she wanted for herself. Riley was always too I guess normal is the word I am looking for. To black and white, led to easily by authority, simplistic in his views. Wanted a little woman and got a superhero and then didn't know how to deal with it. It upset his world view when she didn't need the big strong protector, she needed a partner and he didn't know how to handle it. Angel was the same way, always looked at her like the little girl he had met in the beginning. Thanksgiving was a prime example, she wouldn't be able to handle seeing him. Why? Why did he feel the need to come instead of calling? Because he liked to torture himself. But he thought of Buffy as to fragile to see him.

Spike well Spike loved her strength, her power. Never thought she was weak or incapable. She is the slayer, that actually meant something to him. He knew her and the others didn't and never really wanted to. They saw her a certain way and never allowed themselves to see her any differently. 

Anon
12/29/2011 08:17 am
Interrupted         
how is he going to claim he's in love with buffy, enough to actually want her to love him back, and still screws harmony?  does he really think that's going to get him points with her?  i know he's confused right now, but he doesn't seem to be trying very hard.  he needs to kick harmony to the curb. 
I tried to make it obvious that he wasn't going to... sorry if it didn't work.

12/12/2011 01:57 am
Bollocks         
Love it. I love how he is acually using his brain for the wooing instead of chains!

11/30/2011 01:38 am
Bollocks         
Of course Riley wants to patrol, he needs to feel all manly. Okay he might have squeezed her ass but seriously did that honestly merit two punches to the nose? He can grab mine anytime he wants!

11/29/2011 02:06 pm
Bollocks         
Thanks for that great update. I'm really enjoying Bad. Keep up the great work.

11/29/2011 01:56 pm
Bollocks         
Don't blow your cover too soon, Spike, softly softly...

alya
11/27/2011 11:48 pm
An Eyre Affair         

I love how you are building the tension. Have just read nearly all the chapters in one fell swoop and have really loved the story. The Jane Eyre analogy is brilliant.

11/21/2011 01:23 am
An Eyre Affair         

Love this latest chapter and the gradual build-up to the Spuffy 'ship. Especially liked the Jane Eyre discussion. And oh yeah, can't wait for more!!!

11/17/2011 11:57 am
An Eyre Affair         
I wonder how long before Buffy removes the Riley blinkers, her denials ain't getting any more convincing but she's fighting all the way, bless her.!

magnus374
11/14/2011 08:53 am
An Eyre Affair         

Nice talking they had, good point with two example with opposites attract each other. 

11/13/2011 01:56 pm
An Eyre Affair         
I love "Jane Eyre." It's one of my favorite books. I read it high school, college then I listened to it again as a forty-one-year-old.  There are  definitely differerent perspectives gained with age. Thanks so much for the update. I hope to see more soon

11/13/2011 01:54 pm
An Eyre Affair         
Since I haven't read Jane Eyre I can't comment but hopefully it isn't as bad as Wuthering Heights. Now there is a bad book. Both of my girls had to read it in high school and none of us could stand it.  I wound up reading it for them because they couldn't get thru it. (I hated it!)

Now back to our story....

I think Buffy is missing something, the fights are because of passion. Now that doesn't mean fighting constantly is good for a relationship there has to be common ground but without the passion you don't have love.  In my opinion her and Riley were more like friends with benefits than an actual couple. No matter what Riley says he wasn't comfortable in her world. Sure the demon hunting thing was okay with him. But the magic and the grey areas were out of his comfort zone. In the beginning Buffy and gang were okay with the experiments on demons as was Riley. But when Buffy found out all of it she had serious problems with it. Riley didn't seem to. Even when Adam got out, it was more of another creature to capture than a morally reprehensible act to create him in the first place.

Let's not forget the vamp bites. I mean not for nothing but as the Slayer chances are your going to get bit once in a while. The fact that you didn't die from the bite is a good thing. But I think he would have felt better about it if she had died. To him her living after being bitten somehow got twisted into her enjoying it.

He never understood that her calling had to come first. It also bothered him that even juiced up she was 10 times stronger than him. I think that came from his upbringing and his involvement in the military. He was taught to that he needed to protect, and it pissed him off that she didn't need him to protect her. That she was perfectly capable of handling any number of situations without his big burly self. Spike on the other hand loved her strength, reveled in it. Understood when to step in and when to back off. Him being a vamp gave him a unique perspective on the slayer. As her opposite her understood her calling in ways Riley and sometimes (in my opinion) even Angel never could. Both of them wanted normal for her. How do you have normal? After what she has seen and what she knows how could she ever stop? She would always patrol even if she had gotten married and had kids. It would have been impossible for her to turn her back on all the innocents in the world. Those two never got it.

magnus374
10/31/2011 08:08 am
Long Night         

Buffy has some trouble with accepting her attraction to Spike. I can't help but feel bad for Harmony.

10/30/2011 02:23 am
Long Night         
Oh Spike just stake the bimbo already! She gives everyone a headache! Since Buffy thinks Spike is yuck, send him this way.

10/21/2011 05:34 pm
Patrol         
Thanks so much for the update. I'm glad to see them getting on so well, like mud on white carpet. 

magnus374
10/21/2011 08:57 am
Patrol         

The attraction is there, but Spike should think more on what he says.

magnus374
10/10/2011 08:20 am
Scoobies         

He's making some small steps of progress.

10/08/2011 11:42 am
Scoobies         
Spike seems to be making progress, miniscule steps but still progress.  I say keep it up!

10/07/2011 01:40 pm
Scoobies         
Thank you for the updates. I'm happy to see them; I really like this story, and the idea of the dagon sphere being able to completely send Glory away is quite original. 

magnus374
10/07/2011 07:55 am
The Magic Box         

I like the feeling of the story.

Amanda
09/27/2011 02:23 am
Rose Revisited         
I wrote a challenge like this months ago, I don't think it was approved here, but I posted it elsewhere.  I love it though!

Bridget
09/22/2011 04:15 am
Rose Revisited         

I love your story.  Who wouldn't want Spike to woo them.  Please update soon.

09/20/2011 11:40 am
Rose Revisited         
Subliminal message with the ribbon ahoy!

magnus374
09/19/2011 09:34 am
Rose Revisited         

A wonderful Willow.

09/19/2011 03:07 am
Rose Revisited         
Surely there's a spell Willow can do to trace the essence of the gift back to its owner or something...  I think Buffy would be stunned to realize that Spike's sending her poetry...  I think at this point she totally underestimates him...  of course, she might just be annoyed and end up beating him up... 

sigh.

Blue
http://www.tthfanfic.org/authors.php?no=12717&list=profile

09/19/2011 03:03 am
Rose Revisited         
Thanks for the great update. I'm enjoying the story, and love the poem, just a lovely touch. I'm looking forward to more. 

09/17/2011 08:11 pm
The Bronze         

And the mystery deepens. Love it and can't wait for the next installment. I know Spike has more stuff up his sleeve--wait, that sounds dirty!

magnus374
09/12/2011 08:04 am
The Bronze         

I like the storys feeling.

Thanks. I try really hard to make it as much like the show as possible, in both the way the characters are written and the way I describe things and the mood of the story. I really hope it reads like that.

09/12/2011 12:26 am
The Bronze         
intriguing start.

blue
Thanks, Blue =]

09/11/2011 01:27 pm
The Bronze         
This is my first time to read this story, but I'm certainly looking forward to more. Thanks for the update.
Glad you like it, and that you weren't onwe of those waiting for ages. I had major writers block for this one. But I have chapters waiting to be posted!

giselle
08/13/2011 06:56 am
Strange Gifts         

gahhh, damn it, write more in this story!!!

i have yet to come across a story- until this one- that had an original plot line, actually sounds like the characters and (most importantly for me) doesn't have Buffy getting all softy for Spike immediately in the story, which is soooo boring.
please please please please please PLEASE write more soon!!!

Hi, yeah sorry about that. Actually, now that IACS is now done, I am trying to get this one done. I have had so much trouble with this story, because, like you like it, I don't want Buffy falling too quickly. I have written bits and pieces, but I want to tie them together.

I will post the next chapter very, VERY soon, I promise.

07/03/2011 04:41 am
Strange Gifts         
Really enjoying this fic.  Love the dialogue!
Thanks so much. I'm working on the new chapter, now!

Ladytink_534
06/13/2011 01:36 am
Strange Gifts         
Something tells me she's not going to be very happy when she finds out. Ooh! He should get her a spa day. Around this time in the series she could really use the chance to be pampered and relax.
hah good idea... I was thinking more on the line of sensual massage.. but that might have to come after she finds out lol But yeah, she really does

Kirsten
05/05/2011 02:15 am
Strange Gifts         
This story is amazing. Please continue!
I'm getting to it, lol. I have so much stuff going on right now, I barely have time to log on, and I keep having ideas for the other ones, but it will be updated soon, I promise!

07/03/2011 04:36 am
Slow Process         
Hmm.    Leaving something in someone's bedrooom smacks of stalking. Sounds more like a Spike idea than a William idea.
Yeah, I realise the line kind of blurs between the two, but I really think that they would sort of blend after so long. Think of it as a mix of Spike's brash behaviour and William's loving, overly romantic nature.
Was it believable? 

04/17/2011 03:41 pm
Slow Process         

oooooooh. i like this story.

more soon?

Very soon, I hope. Thank you so much for reading!

04/06/2011 12:23 pm
Slow Process         

Ooh, what a cruel cliffhanger. New chapter soon, please? Really enjoyed this glimpse of lighthearted Buffy and am wondering what her surprise gift is going to do to that mood.

It's a working progress, and I have a few other stories I'm working on too, as well as some original stuff, so it's  coming as fast as it can. Thanks so much for your support, and I hope you'll keep reading. =]

Hana
04/05/2011 03:42 pm
Slow Process         

I'm enjoying this very much.  I think you've got a great grasp of the characters and nice sprinkling of humour.  Look forward to reading more soon.

Thank you so much =] .

07/03/2011 04:25 am
First Attempts         
And Spike was so surprised that he  totally forgot the beginning of his own dream.
He seems to get forgetful around Buffy.. at least in fanon. Also.. my writing sucks lol

04/05/2011 01:53 am
First Attempts         

Ah, an epiphany here! I love it! And some good punching. That's like which-base-was-it? for them. Good times. Good chapter. Yes, please continue forcing us into living vicariously through fanfic

I plan to =]. It's always worth sharing my own vicarious imaginings with others lol.

07/03/2011 04:19 am
Screwed.         
Good pacing and descriptive fight scenes.
Thanks, I do enjoy writing the fight scenes. So, I'm glad you enjoyed it XD Please keep reading =]

scarlett2u
04/03/2011 04:55 pm
Screwed.         

Wow, this popped in the "Random WIP" box and what a great rec it was! Love the emotion and vivid descriptions you do; gives it a "you-are-there" feel. And I think your concept for this story is very intriguing. I look forward to reading more.

Thank you so much! I intend to continue it, and hope you'll watch it for updates. I'll post a new chapter now, and see where it takes me. I was really hoping for that kind of feel in my work, because that's very muh the way I feel when I am watching Buffy.
Like James Marsters said, it's providing a vicarious experience, so the audience can be Buffy.
So if that means making out with Spike, I'll take the bullet. =] 

BuffyConvert
09/28/2011 02:23 pm
California Dreamin'         
TextStarting out really good. I was surprized it was a dream, even tho the discript should have been enuff.

shefelldown
04/16/2011 12:47 am
California Dreamin'         
Perfect four letter reaction to the situation, genuine Spike.
Thanks. It wasn't originally in there, but I figured Spike needed a better reaction, and hell, what else would Spike say?