Disclaimer: These guys don’t belong to me. They remain the property of Joss Whedon, Mutant Enemy, UPN and anyone else who has a stake in them. I’m making no money, just doing this for kicks and kudos.
Special Thanks: Thank you to LadyQ and skargasm for the inspiration for ‘jolis yeux azurs’ (pretty blue eyes) – Xander’s term of endearment for Spike – which of course got shortened to Jolis. Another thank you to LadyMerlin for coming up with D.A.R.T. – Demon Action Response Team.
My Betas: A very special thank you to LadyMerlin, who gave generously of her time and talent to beta this for me. My dear, you are a gem, and I appreciate every comment, every suggestion, every compliment, and every second that you spent on this. Another enormous thank you to parymdk, who has been reading and improving my writing for years, her only complaint that I ‘write faster, dammit.’ Thank you both so very much. For what I got right, the credit goes to them. For what I got wrong, mea culpa.
Warnings: Language, m/m sex, violence and the gratuitous use of pet, luv and diabetes-inducing endearments. Proceed at your own risk.
Spoilers: This is not a retelling of a specific episode, although there may be some spoilers in here. I’ve used what I wanted from various episodes, and discarded the rest. Timelines may be skewed, but then so am I. Liberties have been taken. Many. And often. If you want to find out if you like my take on Whedon’s world, read on.
Archive: Just ask, I’ll probably say yes.
Concrit: Certainly, either in comments or by email.Summary: A new threat converges on Sunnydale, and Xander is the one in danger. In the midst of fighting for his life and freedom, Xander is forced to deal with his past and the misunderstandings that have arisen from it. Is he willing to lose his friends for a future with the man he loves?
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