IN HARM'S WAY
The characters herein are the property of Joss Whedon, Mutant Enemy and Fox
Studios. They are used without permission, expectation of profit or intent
of infringement. This story contains some adult language and descriptions of
violence; those who are squeamish or underage must use their best judgment.
The story is set during the fourth season of BTVS, between the episodes
"Doomed" and "A New Man," which I identify as the Christmas break of Buffy's
freshman year, and refers to various events before that point. For ATS, this
episode falls almost immediately after "Hero." I welcome any and all
comments; send praise or flames to Yahtzee63@aol.com.
Thanks go to Shoshanna, who had a brilliant idea and was kind enough to let
me use it, to Jessica, who provided a wealth of inspiration along the way,
to the magnificent beta-reading team of Tara, Amanda, Amy, Ruth and Lacy,
and to Rodney, who realized what Giles forgot to do on Christmas Day. Also,
this fic was conceived (entirely) and written (just barely) before the
season five episode "Real Me" aired. It represents my best efforts to
explain some of the character development of Season Four.