Oedipus Calling by Addie Logan

Reviews (5)Rating: NC-17

Summary: Buffy Summers is sure she's found Prince Charming in her new husband, Liam Angelus. However, when a surprise house guest changes everything, Buffy learns how quickly a dream can become a nightmare. (All human AU)

Author's Notes:

THIS STORY CONTAINS ANGST. See all how that's all bold and underlined? And in all caps, too? That means it's important, so read it. Heed it. Pay attention to it. If you don't, and you whine at me about angst, I'm going to get very cranky, and will probably mock you and call you an idiot. It won't be pretty.

This story is not fluffy. Most of it is not happy. Buffy and Spike will have lots of problems to face, and things will be very rough for them. This story is probably the angsty thing I've ever written, but I'm not going to veer from the course I have planned, no matter how many people complain. If you want fluff, go read a happy fic. If you want something heavier where the characters really have to work for their happy ending, then read this. If you'd rather have the fluff, but you read this anyway, and then yell at me, I'm going to get angry, because that's very annoying. I know not everyone likes angst, but some people do, and I'm not going to shortchange them in favor of people who think they can dictate my story to me. Furthermore, complaining about angst is in no way constructive criticism, and will not be treated as such. Constructive criticism identifies a problem with the story and gives suggestions on how to fix it. Whining that the story is too angsty for you does neither of these things since "too angsty" is not, in itself, a problem, and "make the angst go away" is not a helpful tip on how to improve my writing. If there's too much angst for you to handle, that's your problem not the story's—so just go read something else.

So, to sum up—Angst ahead. Lots. If that's not your cuppa, just go away now. I won't tolerate flame wars about angst, and if you try it, I will become very put out. Got it? Good.

NOTE ON SPIKE/OTHER AND BUFFY/OTHER PAIRINGS: Yes, they are in this story. No, they are not graphic. No, I will not write big, long Angel/Buffy love scenes. *shutters at the mere thought* Yes, this story will be, for its entirety, Spuffy. I don't think any of the other pairings will be a serious problem for anyone since they won't be graphic and won't last long, but I'm telling you they're in there now and getting it out in the open. Again, keep your flames and complaints to yourself.


This story is complete.

Chapter 1
Added: 10-31-06 • Reviews (1)

Chapter 2
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Chapter 3
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Chapter 4
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Chapter 5
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Chapter 6
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Chapter 7
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Chapter 8
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Chapter 9
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Chapter 10
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Chapter 11
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Chapter 12
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Chapter 13
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Chapter 14
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Chapter 15
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Chapter 16
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Chapter 17
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Chapter 18
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Chapter 19
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Chapter 20
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Chapter 21
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Chapter 22
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Chapter 23
Added: 07-13-07 • Reviews (0)
Chapter Notes: So last Saturday I went to see this guy named James Marsters perform. Maybe you’ve heard of him… Anyway, let me tell you, that man does wonders for the muse. I’ve got an actual stockpile of chapters now, so I should be able to post fairly regularly, at least for the time being.

Please review!

Chapter 24
Added: 07-24-07 • Reviews (0)

Chapter 25
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Chapter 26
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Chapter 27
Added: 07-24-07 • Reviews (0)
Chapter Notes: A large number of reviewers argued after the previous chapter that Buffy should’ve simply turned herself in and claimed self defense, and that Spike claiming he did it instead was a stupid thing to do. Possibly. However, I decided to do this for a number of reasons, and I would like for you all to bear in mind two things while you continue to read.

First, Spike is a nineteen year old boy. And a nineteen year old boy in love at that. How often do they actually think about things rationally?

Secondly, and most importantly, claiming self defense is not a get-out-of-jail-free card. Battered women can and do go to jail for killing their abusive husbands. It’s a sad state of affairs, but it happens. Someone could very easily take this case and twist it. Looking at the facts in a different light could turn Buffy into an ex-stripper gold-digger having an affair with her husband’s son who then killed her husband in order to keep from losing access to his money in a divorce, and then faked abuse for a defense. (Trust me, this sort of stuff happens…) So while she could conceivably claim self-defense and get off, it’s not a guarantee, nor would she walk into the police station, show off her bruises, and be allowed to go home free and clear. Furthermore, seeing as Liam was a very wealthy and powerful man in LA, the odds of the case being shoved aside are very, very slim.

Spike is also a man who watched his father beat his mother time and time again and get away with it, not to mention suffered years of abuse at his father’s hands himself. It stands to reason that he wouldn’t necessarily believe there would be justice for Buffy in this situation given his own background. Liam’s always gotten away with this sort of thing, and Spike isn’t able to see that not happening again, even with his father dead.

Now on with the story...

Chapter 28
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Chapter 29
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Chapter Notes:

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Chapter 30
Added: 08-05-07 • Reviews (0)

Chapter 31
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Chapter 32
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Chapter 33
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Epilogue
Added: 08-05-07 • Reviews (3)