This story is inspired by and contains characters from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," a series that is wholly the intellectual property of Mutant Enemy, Twentieth Century Fox and Joss Whedon. This story is written without permission, intent of infringement or expectation of profit. Readers can expect spoilers for anything that has happened through the episode "The Gift," but should be warned that the story goes AU after that.

Dramatically AU, in fact. So AU that I cannot quite believe I am writing this. Those who have read my earlier stories will notice very quickly that this is something of a departure for me. Those who have not will notice that this is something of a departure from most fanfic in general. But I ask all of you to take a chance and go on the journey with me; I don't think you'll be disappointed.

All thanks to the encouragement and support of Rheanna, Amy and Tara, who provided invaluable assistance during beta reading. Thanks also to Lacy, Rodney and Jesse, who heard it first, and to Amparo, who provided translations. I greatly hunger for feedback, so send praise or flames or anything in between to

Chapter One        Chapter Two        Chapter Three
Chapter Four        Chapter Five        Chapter Six
Chapter Seven        Chapter Eight        Chapter Nine
Chapter Ten        Chapter Eleven        Chapter Twelve
Chapter Thirteen        Chapter Fourteen        Chapter Fifteen
Chapter Sixteen        Chapter Seventeen        Chapter Eighteen
Chapter Nineteen        Chapter Twenty        Chapter Twenty-one
Chapter Twenty-two        Chapter Twenty-three        Chapter Twenty-four

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