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Some Buffyverse Time-Travel Fic Recs

I'm working on a time-travel fic, so naturally my mind has turned to thoughts of Rome Spring other time-travel fics. Because what better way to procrastinate? It’s a trope that Buffyverse fic writers have thoroughly explored to good effect. That makes it tough to choose! I'll probably have a whole other list or two, perhaps one just for Our Heroes Go Back in Time: To War! But first off: Classic Buffyverse Time travel! This list contains mostly het, some slash, and Buffy or Spike. Usually both. AO3 links, where possible. In alphabetical order:

Actions Past by dutchbuffy2305 — An accidental wish by S2 Buffy swaps her with her S7 counterpart, with eye-opening results for both, especially when the switch keeps on happening, seemingly at random. Spike/Buffy, Ensemble, R. Contains Slayer!mythology.

The Butterfly Effect by cousinjean — Five months after the events of "Chosen," a still grieving Buffy must follow a time-traveling demon back to 1997 (circa Season 2) Sunnydale to prevent him from destroying the timeline — and try not to destroy it herself in the process. S2!Spike/Buffy, NC17. Registration required at this site.

Domino Effect by anaross — Spike slips away unnoticed after Angel gives Buffy the champion’s amulet and runs directly into a different Buffy with a message from the future. Spike/Buffy, PG13.

Double Spiked by kantayra of Yore — In S6, the Trio conjure up Buffy's most deadly enemy......S2 Spike! What on earth would Buffy find to do with two Spike's? There is some plot, but mostly it’s plentiful, entertaining smut. Spike/Buffy/Spike, NC17.

Forward to Time Past by unbridled_b — The victim of a spell gone awry, Buffy finds herself trapped in Victorian London, where she meets a man surprisingly familiar to her. Part 1: Buffy/William, Part 2: Fanged Four pairings, Part 3: Spike/Buffy, NC17. Also available on TSR and EF (registration required).

Friday by girlpire — Angel's Friday at Wolfram & Hart never segues into Saturday, but it's only Spike who knows about it. Groundhog Day style time-loop with more angst. Spike/Angel, NC17. (Alas, this is friends-locked. I thought we were friends. Sob.)

His Way and Her Way by dreamweaver — Two separate stories exploring what would happen if the PTB sent back one or the other of Our Heroes to Season 2 to “fix things”. Spike/Buffy, Ensemble NC17. Contains claiming. His Way is also available on TSR and EF (registration required). Her Way is also available on TSR and EF (registration required).

Into the Dark Age by sadbhyl — Buffy is pulled back into the Black Magic ‘70s in London, when and where Ripper and Ethan share a flat and more. Will she be able to prevent them from making a fatal mistake? Will she be able to overcome her natural attraction to bad boys? I can’t bring myself to ship Buffy/Giles, but Buffy/Ripper has its appeal. Buffy/Ethan/Ripper, NC 17.

Lost in Time by seductivembrace — Ethan's S2 "Halloween" spell goes awry, and Buffy is sent back in time with Spike(!?!) as her bodyguard, courtesy of the Powers That Be. He's not a very nice vampire, either. At least, not until Buffy works a little magic of her own. Spike/Buffy, OCs, NC17. Contains claiming and vampire social systems.

Prologue to Life/I Know You by slaymesoftly — A few months after the events of "Chosen”, Willow does a “cheering-up” spell, and a still grieving Buffy finds herself dancing in the Bronze in her 16-year-old body. (Heh, despite the description, it’s very different from The Butterfly Effect, I promise.) Spike/Buffy, Ensemble, NC17. Contains accidental claiming. Also available on BSV and TSR.

Honorable Mention: Bittersweets by herself_nyc — Only a couple of stories in this epic series contain time-travel. Still, you should read the whole thing. After the events of "Wrecked", Spike urges Buffy to find out exactly why the chip no longer sees her as human. The discovery leads to a centuries long adventure, complete with occasional time travel, dimension hopping, kids, spells-gone-wrong, and even a trip into outer space. Spike/Buffy, Ensemble, NC17. Prologue story Manhattan Nocturne is tangental to the series, and mostly OCs — you can skip it to get to the Spuffy, if you must. (It’s really good, though.)

I posted this to Tumblr, too, if you're into that.

I've also discovered that a favorite fic, originally posted to still_grrr has vanished. It was called Assumption by tiger_bri_duck (sp?) and it was a Spike/Dru investigation into communication. Does anybody have a copy or a way to contact the author?

This entry was originally posted at http://rebcake.dreamwidth.org/37801.html. Please comment here or there using OpenID.


( 20 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 13th, 2015 09:24 pm (UTC)
OMG thanks for this! Time travel is my fave trope and there's a couple spuffy ones on here I haven't read before :) Know what I'm spending my afternoon tomorrow doing.
Apr. 13th, 2015 09:36 pm (UTC)
Hee. I am an enabler.
Apr. 13th, 2015 09:39 pm (UTC)
Did you know about this? I'm trying to boost the signal, but it's way past my bedtime.


Wonderful recs - some by much-missed authors. Thanks for sharing.
Apr. 13th, 2015 09:45 pm (UTC)
I just saw your post and went to check. Weird. On the one hand, they are saying they are providing free access, albeit without asking, but on the other, they could be scamming credit card info…. Urgh. I sort of don't want to touch anything over there.
Apr. 13th, 2015 09:54 pm (UTC)
It's icky in the extreme. It is possible to read a lot of it online, free - including quite a lot of published material. Nasty.

I have made sure at least two lawyers who are affected know all about it.

Apr. 15th, 2015 03:50 pm (UTC)
Sounds very icky - I haven't gone an looked any further than to make sure my name didn't come up. If they're stealing fics in order to sell them, or even just run a credit card scam, surely they will be shut down/arrested/set on fire soon?
Apr. 15th, 2015 05:40 pm (UTC)
Well, a lot of material is now unavailable - whether it was fandom, DCMA or publishers in action, who knows? They deserve rather more than I suspect is coming to them.
Apr. 14th, 2015 03:16 am (UTC)
May I suggest "To Save a Lady" by slaymesoftly? One of my favorite Spuffy Time-Travel fics. Absolutely brilliant.
Apr. 14th, 2015 05:36 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah! I always end up re-reading slayme's "I Know You", so I'd forgotten about this one. It is wonderful. Although I am v. v. sad when the sweet OCs end up dead. *wipes tear*

I think I have a fascination with S2 or something — 6 of the stories on this list concern that season on one end or the other. Wonder why? ;-)

Edited at 2015-04-14 08:48 pm (UTC)
Apr. 15th, 2015 03:51 pm (UTC)
LOL - @ Rebcake - cause that's when his sexiness first showed up?

Apr. 15th, 2015 03:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you, thank you. One of my favs too.
Apr. 14th, 2015 04:13 pm (UTC)
Oh, now I want to read that Buffy/Giles fic. What did you do to me?! =)
Apr. 14th, 2015 05:46 pm (UTC)
It's an excellent story! Rip-roaring Ripper is so much more Buffy's type — and age and status appropriate — than Giles could ever be that it never pings the incestuous/daddy issues problem that makes Buffy/Giles so uncomfortable for me. 20-odd year old Ripper is really very Spike-like, without the vampire overlay. Maybe even tougher, actually. Mmmmrow!
Apr. 14th, 2015 04:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks much for the rec!
Apr. 14th, 2015 05:46 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome! I am now pining for Venice, you know...
Apr. 15th, 2015 05:41 pm (UTC)
I always pine for Venice.
Apr. 15th, 2015 03:48 pm (UTC)
Terrific list of some real classics.
Apr. 15th, 2015 08:45 pm (UTC)
It's hard to go wrong with the classics!
Apr. 16th, 2015 09:49 am (UTC)

Imitation of A Man, by darkapple. So excellent!

Jun. 10th, 2015 06:43 pm (UTC)
I'm not a fan of this one, and didn't get past the first few chapters. Lots of people like it, though.
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