Post-Season 5, an alternate reality take on Season 6, but not so crazy-alternate that anyone's unrecognisable. Just lots of small tweaks that pack a punch - like the odd bit of honest communication amongst the Scoobies. Starts with Spike/Dawn friendship and builds from there.

Runner Up for Best Angst in round 30 of the SunnyD Awards

A/N September 2018: this story is now being re-posted with minor edits on Elysian Fields and AO3, as a prelude to new chapters. New chapters will be re-posted here, but the formatting is too much work to re-post the previous 50.
 
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The Scoobies, Spike and the plumbing incident.
 
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More Scoobies, making decisions
 
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Spike's new life
 
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Resurrection, part 1
 
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Resurrection, part 2
 
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Consequences, part 1
 
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Consequences, part 2
 
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First meal all together
 
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They fight off the manifestation of evil. Mostly
 
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They finally kill off the manifestation of evil. Honest
 
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Giles is back and we get into Buffy's head a little.
 
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Giles and Spike talk about redemption
 
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Dawn has a melt-down and Giles is hung over
 
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Everybody hates Willow, part 1
 
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Everyone hates Willow, part 2
 
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Angel shows up, with predictable results

A/N: this is pretty much the angstiest this story is going to get
 
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Aftermath, plus the beginning of the job.

Might be a couple of weeks before the next update - apologies in advance
 
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More of the job, and Buffy's nightmares
 
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Spike escapes the clutches of Jenoff and Buffy is still very depressed
 
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Giles *finally* polishes his glasses! And other long-awaited things
 
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The metaphysics of Dawn
 
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Peaches and despair
 
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The morning after the night before
 
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Buffy and Spike have an honest conversation (and the world doesn't end)
 
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Build-up to a storm, part 1
 
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Build-up to a storm, part 2
 
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Wash it all away
 
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Revello Drive wakes up
 
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What's in a name?
 
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Some crises are averted, others not so much.
 
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The spell is broken

A/N: This chapter is mostly about Xander and Anya - be warned
 
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Surprise, surprise, everyone is pretty miserable
 
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Buffy and Willow are conspicuous in their absence
 
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Chickens come home to roost, comeuppances are handed out, and what was sowed is reaped, part 1
 
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Chickens come home to roost, comeuppances are handed out, and what was sowed is reaped, part 2
 
A/N: Beware! I posted Chapter 35 only 3 days ago, and you need to read that first! These two chapters were always in my head as one, and my intention was to post them together, but it didn't quite happen that way.... Oh well.
 
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Everyone still needs to eat and sleep and work
 
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Bring out the Geeks!
 
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Change is...

A/N: I have written an Angel crossover episode, called Double or Nothing, available on AO3 here: http://archiveofourown.org/works/2401940/chapters/5311313

If you wish to read it, read Chapter 1 before reading this chapter.
 
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Buffy and Xander consider oblivion, while Anya considers her conscience.

A/N: If you are also reading Double or Nothing, please read Chapter 2 before reading this chapter.  http://archiveofourown.org/works/2401940/chapters/5619668
 
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Reflections on love and trust and anger and fear, part 1

A/N: Something went wrong with the posting of chapter 40, so if when you read it, it felt short and ended with Xander, you only read half of it. You may want to read the rest of it (and Chapter 3 of Double or Nothing: http://archiveofourown.org/works/2401940/chapters/5949539) before reading this one.
 
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Reflections on love and trust and anger and fear, part 2
 
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Buffy eats breakfast, the Geeks plot, the Council makes an appearance and Tara makes a decision
 
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Willow and Tara talk
 
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What's the worst that could happen?  A/N: Hope no one's had health complications from the shock of a new chapter.... I wanted to think through some strictly canon stuff before returning to this, hence all of the other writing. But my other stories are all on the verge of being finished, so almost back to Family being my primary focus again.
 
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Just another Saturday night, part 1
 
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Just another Saturday night, part 2
 
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Just another Saturday night, part 3
 
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Spike and Giles go on an adventure
 
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Giles and Willow duke it out
 
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Flamethrowers are a thing, and Chinese food is eaten
 
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