The Art of Immortality by Dusty273

Reviews (21)Rating: NC-17

Summary: Buffy has fallen in love with the work of an up and coming artist that has taken the world of art by storm… William Wellington, a known recluse. When presented with a rare opportunity to attend a private showing of his latest works, she accepts. As her evening unfolds, she meets a handsome, sophisticated stranger who harbors many dark and dangerous secrets. Her strong attraction for the mysterious man coupled with an unexpected gift changes the course of her life in a way she never could have imagined in her wildest of dreams.

Author's Notes: Written for the Art Before Fic Challenge at spuffy_haven community, banner number 24.


This story is complete.

Chapter 1: Impressionism
Added: 06-20-07 • Reviews (0)
Chapter Notes: I have to warn you that this is not my usual writing style but my muse wanted to experiment, so I beg your patience and forgiveness for any fall-outs I might have.

That said, I want to thank my lovely friend and beta, Im_bloody_English, for keeping me going even if there are times I feel like I’m way over my head with this, for your advice and for being there for me whenever I’ve needed you. I truly couldn’t do this without your help, sweetie. *smooches* Thanks to Marzbar for the quick edit and Tammy and Kitty, for reading it and reassuring me that this wasn’t as bad as I thought it was.

Chapter 2: Constructivism
Added: 06-20-07 • Reviews (0)
Chapter Notes: As always thank you to my lovely friend, Im_bloody_English, for betaing this chapter for me, helping me plot the rest of the story and keeping me in line. ;) Luv you, sweetie! *smooches* And a special thank you to MarzBar and Tammy for the read-through.

Chapter 3: Expressionism
Added: 06-20-07 • Reviews (0)
Chapter Notes: A million thanks to my lovely friend, imbloodyenglish, for all her help with this chapter. I'd truly be lost without you, darling. *huggles* And a special thank you to musicbitch for the read-through.

Chapter 4: Surrealism
Added: 06-25-07 • Reviews (1)
Chapter Notes: Thank you, Mary5958, for allowing me to use her fantastic manip of Spike for this story and for personalizing it for me. I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it. That's the image of him that I had in mind for this story. :D

As always, a million thanks to my lovely Im_bloody_English for her patience, her time and her amazing beta skills. *smooches* And to Tammy and peroxide_dreams for listening to my muse's crazy ideas and fueling her on. ;)

Chapter 5: Realism
Added: 06-29-07 • Reviews (0)
Chapter Notes: This chapter was very difficult to write. It was supposed to be longer, but I've been quite busy this past week at work, add to that that my daughters are on vacation for two weeks and that muse abandoned me until yesterday and I actually thought I wouldn't be able to finish it on time to post today. So, I just hope it isn't a disappointment for all of you.

That said, thank you to all of you reading and reviewing this story. Truly, your response has been overwhelming for me, which is in great part the reason I forced myself to finish this chapter. I promise I'll answer to your comments as soon as I finish posting.

A million thanks to the lovely Tammy, for reading this chapter and assuring me that it didn't suck. ;) And thank you to my very lucky friend, Im_bloody_English, who's away on vacation and will meet James this weekend, for her help with the start of this chapter.

Chapter 6: Romanticism (Part One)
Added: 07-07-07 • Reviews (1)
Chapter Notes: /N: Thank you so much to all of you reading and reviewing. It truly brightens my day to know that you're enjoying reading this story as much as I'm enjoying writing it. *hugs you all*

As always, a boatload of thanks to my lovely Im_bloody_english for her patience, her time and her amazing beta skills. It truly isn't the same when you're not around, cariño. *smooches* And to Tammy, for listening to my muse's crazy ideas and fueling her on. ;)

This story is nominated for Most Original Plot at the Feeling Love Awards. And if you feel inclined to vote for it, or for any of the amazing stories nominated you can vote here. (You don’t need to have a livejournal account to vote.)

Chapter 7: Neo-Impressionism
Added: 08-13-07 • Reviews (0)

Chapter 8: Romanticism (Part Two)
Added: 08-13-07 • Reviews (0)
Chapter Notes: This chapter was co-written with my darling friend, Im_bloody_English, who also beta’d it. When we first started plotting this story, IBE told me about a scene she’d dreamt upon and hoped to write someday, she thought it would be perfect for this story and graciously offered to let me write it. Of course I accepted, how could I say no to that? Then, when the time came, I was more than a little gun-shy about writing it, but with her help and the lovely vision of the scene she imagined, we finally beat this chapter into submission for your reading pleasure. We do hope you enjoy it.

A little observation, on chapter 5, at the end scene I mentioned that Spike was pacing the length of his studio while talking to Anne, please disregard that and pretend I wrote ‘library’, okay? You’ll see why after you read this chapter. ;)

As always a thousand thanks to everyone reading, especially to those of you who are kind enough to leave a review. Knowing that you’re enjoying this story, truly makes my day brighter. And thank you to Tammy, for the read-through. *hugs*

Romanticism Part Three
Added: 10-12-07 • Reviews (1)
Chapter Notes: Author's Note: Sorry for the delay in updating this story, but my muse needed a break after being completely focused on it for so long. It’s an intense story and it does take a lot out of me to write it. However, I have to say it seems the break did the muse good, since a new turn has her (and me) all excited, so much so, I think I’ll be focusing solely on this one for a few chapters. *crosses fingers*

Thank you all for your lovely reviews. I truly appreciate each and every one of them, even if at times I don’t answer them as fast as I should. Knowing you’re enjoying this story and letting me know, makes me a very happy girl.

Thank you to my lovely Im_bloody_English, your help is invaluable to me. *snuggles* And to Tammy for the read-through. Gorgeous banner by m_ravensblood.

Chapter 10: Neo-Romanticism
Added: 10-12-07 • Reviews (1)
Chapter Notes: See? I wasn’t lying when I said muse was very focused on this story for the moment. ;) Actually, I’m quite surprised at how quickly the chapter flowed once the muse decided it was time to write. *giggles* Of course it didn’t hurt that while I was writing I was also chatting with my darling friend, Im_bloody_English. She provided some delicious lines for me to play with and kept me on the right direction when my muse cornered me. Thank you so very much for all your help, sweetie!

Thanks, as always, to those that are still with me in this venture. For your patience and your kind and very encouraging words; I can’t begin to express how much they mean to me. And to Tammy, especially, for the read-through.

This story has been nominated for Best Plot and Best Spuffy Love on Round Two at The Feeling Love Awards and for Best WIP, Best Romance and Best Fantasy on Round Four at Spark and Burn Awards. Thank you to the kind person(s) that nominated me. It makes me very happy to know you feel my story is worthy of being nominated. *smooches*

Chapter 11: Abstract Expressionism
Added: 10-23-07 • Reviews (1)
Chapter Notes:

Warning: This chapter contains *attempted* rape and violence. Although it’s nothing too graphic, I advice you to proceed with caution.

I know I said I was going to focus on my other WIPs for the moment, but I guess muse wants what muse wants and it seems she wants to finish this story since we’re so near the end. Just three or four more chapters, unless muse decides something else.

This chapter was quite difficult for me to write, although it has been plotted to be like this from the beginning, I never envisioned that when the time came it would take so much out of me.

I want to thank all of you that keep reading and reviewing. It truly makes my day to see that you’re still here with me. *smooches*

A huge boatload of thanks to my lovely Im_bloody_English. For your patience, your time and all your help, darling, there are no words for how much it and above all you mean to me. *smooches* And to Tammy, who kept reassuring me every step of this chapter that it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was. *huggles*

Chapter 12: Post-Impressionism
Added: 11-14-07 • Reviews (1)
Chapter Notes:

After almost a month here you have the next chapter. I went through hell to get it done. At first I was drained after writing chapter 11, then I started writing some scenes for the next chapter, went away on vacation to Antigua (which was delicious, btw), then muse decided to be difficult and disappeared for almost two weeks. Believe me when I say I was beyond frustrated at not being able to write… at all. Oh well, it’s over now *clings to muse* and I hope you enjoy this chapter. Sorry for the long wait.

As always, a thousand thanks to all of you who take the time to read and review. You wouldn’t believe how much your comments helped, especially while trying to get over my writer’s block. Thank you especially to Jane, who let me know I had messed up when I posted the last time, I can't answer you individually since I erased the chapter, so I do it here. Thank you to my lovely IBE, who took the time to beta this chapter for me and for being there for me, even with her hubby at home. Love you, darling! *smooches* And to Tammy for the read-through and assuring me it wasn’t as choppy as I thought it was. *hugs*

Some lines taken from Buffy vs. Dracula written by Marti Noxon. I just couldn’t resist not using them. *g*

Chapter 13: Pointilism
Added: 12-09-07 • Reviews (2)
Chapter Notes: Summary: A little Spuffy interlude, more on Spike's past and do you want to know what happened with Riley? *weg*

Disclaimer: The characters from Buffy the Vampire Slayer are owned by Joss Whedon, Mutant Enemy, and Fox studios. This story is not meant to infringe upon anyone's rights, only to entertain.

Author's Note: I’m so sorry again for the long wait in between postings, but this time it couldn’t be helped. My dad was sick all last week and between that and having to take care of the office, I just couldn’t write at all. Dad is all better now though, so finally I could whip another chapter into submission for your viewing pleasure.

As always, a thousand thanks to all of you who keep reading and reviewing. It truly makes my day to know you’re still enjoying this story. I promise I'll respond to the ones for the last chapter tomorrow. And a special thank you to my darling IBE, without your help, enthusiasm and motivation this story wouldn’t be what it is. *smooches*

Just a reminder: Voting is open at The Feeling Love Awards, so if you feel inclined to vote for this story or whichever of the wonderful stories nominated, you can do so at: http://thefeelingloveawards.blood-desires.co.uk/Voting%20Form.html until Midnight GMT on November 30th.

Chapter 14: Rococo
Added: 12-09-07 • Reviews (4)
Chapter Notes: Summary: The morning after

Disclaimer: The characters from Buffy the Vampire Slayer are owned by Joss Whedon, Mutant Enemy, and Fox studios. This story is not meant to infringe upon anyone's rights, only to entertain.

Author's Note: Thank you all for the reviews, I'm delighted you enjoyed the glimpse into Spike's past and the beginning of what I have planned for Riley. *evil grin*

A huge thank you to my darling friend, IBE, I truly would be lost without you. *huggles* And to Tammy, for the read-through. Gorgeous banner by m_ravensblood

Chapter 15: Baroque
Added: 12-31-07 • Reviews (0)
Chapter Notes:

This time the lateness is all my fault. Well, my muse’s a bit, too, I guess. ;) She’s been working on two scenes for latter chapters, so it wasn’t until those were almost done that she allowed me to return to this one. Sorry it’s a short chapter, but to make up for it the next few would be extra-long I promise, although I can’t make any promises when I’m going to update at the moment.

Thank you as always to the marvelous IBE, for keeping me in the straight and narrow, for being so very helpful and encouraging and for taking the time to beta this chapter for me. *smooches* To Tammy for the read-through and encouraging words. And of course to all of you who keep reading, reviewing and encouraging my muse with this story. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. *huggles* Hope you enjoy!

AoI won Best Spuffy Love Story on The Feeling Love Awards, Round Two, thank you to everyone that voted! You wouldn’t believe how happy it makes me to know you’re liking this story. *smooches*

Gothic
Added: 01-09-08 • Reviews (0)
Chapter Notes: Summary: All kinds of discoveries.

Disclaimer: The characters from Buffy the Vampire Slayer are owned by Joss Whedon, Mutant Enemy, and Fox studios. This story is not meant to infringe upon anyone's rights, only to entertain.

Author's Note: Happy New Year to all my lovely readers/reviewers! Hope you enjoy the next installment in the story that doesn’t want to end. ;) Spike and Buffy keep whispering all kind of things to lengthen the story. *sighs* Hope you don’t mind too much? Although we’re really nearing the end now, just 4 more chapters (I hope)
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Thank you as always to all of you who take the time to review. They brighten my days. And lots of hugs to my lovely IBE, I really, really appreciate your time, your help and just for being your adorable self. Love you, darling! Thanks as well to OKDeanna for the read through.

Fauvism
Added: 01-09-08 • Reviews (0)
Chapter Notes: Summary: Things don't always go as planned...

Disclaimer: The characters from Buffy the Vampire Slayer are owned by Joss Whedon, Mutant Enemy, and Fox studios. This story is not meant to infringe upon anyone's rights, only to entertain.

Author's Note: Can you believe I wrote another chapter already? Yeah, neither can I. *giggles* I do hope you all enjoy it, though. I wasn’t going to post it until tomorrow, but the lovely Sotia wanted to read it today, so here it is. Thank you very much for everything again, cariño! *hugs*

Thanks for the awesome reviews for the last chapter, I do love reading and answering to all of them. *hugs* And a huge, enormous hug to my darling IBE, without her coaching, encouraging and her excellent betaing skills this chapter wouldn’t be half as good. *smooches* And to Tammy and OKDeanna for the read-through. *snuggles*

Symbolism
Added: 01-27-08 • Reviews (1)
Chapter Notes: Author's Note: I owe answers to your lovely reviews and I will get to them asap, I promise. Thing is muse has have me sequestered writing. She’s one very demanding girl and I can’t do anything but give in to her when she’s in one of her rare moods. In the meantime, I wish to thank all of you who are still with me in this adventure and especially to those who take the time to leave me a review. Your kind words are like fuel for my muse.

Mil gracias to my very sweet friend IBE, I truly couldn’t do this without you. Your encouragement, your advices, suggestions and edits are invaluable for me. I love you, darling and I truly give thanks everyday for meeting you. *smooches*

I had planned on the story being 20 chapters long, and while I hadn’t thought the preparations would take me this long, my muse had another ideas. I hope you enjoy it though!

Neo-Expressionism
Added: 01-27-08 • Reviews (0)
Chapter Notes: Author's Note: A huge, immense thank you to my amazing readers, The Art of Immortality won Reader's Choice at Spuffy Awards for Most Original Plot, tying with Echoes by the lovely Holly and a Judge's Pick, as well. I'm in awe, since Echoes is one of my favorite stories and well, while I don't think AoI is as good, I thank you all anyway from the bottom of my heart. You made my day!

Again my apologies for not having finished answering your lovely reviews, I will, I promise. I love them all and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for each of them. I’m a bad, bad girl, but perhaps you’ll forgive me when I tell you I haven’t only finished this chapter, but the next one as well. *bats eyelashes*

Thank you so very much to my lovely IBE, without whom I truly would have given up before this. For her encouragement, telling me it didn’t suck when I thought it did and for everything, especially being her sweet self, I dedicate this chapter to her. I truly can’t thank you enough, honey. Love you to pieces, my little sister!

For those who missed it here's the real ending to the last chapter.

Post Neo-Expressionism
Added: 01-27-08 • Reviews (2)
Chapter Notes: Author's Note: I’m truly in awe at the response over the chapter, thank you so very much to each and every one of you. I really didn’t expect you to be so understanding and passionate on your responses (hence the hiding), I should’ve, I know, you all have been nothing but patient and nice to me from the start. I know I’ve teased you quite a bit with the perfect night issue, and it is coming on Chapter 21, which I’m already writing and hope to post by next week. *crosses fingers* After that one, I think just one more chapter and this puppy will be done. *sniffs* So no more evil cliffhangers. *pouts* I love my cliffhangers.

On other news, go me! I finally finished answering reviews. I know, I know, it was time already that I got to those. *giggles*

As always, mil gracias to my hermanita, IBE, for being her sweet self and helping me so much with this chapter. Be it correcting my boo-boo’s, offering awesome and insightful advice, keeping my muse in line, encouraging me and trying to convince me to write instead of playing, she’s truly one in a kind and I can’t thank her enough for everything she does for me. I love you, cariño! *smooches*

Chapter 21: Renaissance
Added: 02-21-08 • Reviews (1)
Chapter Notes: After almost a month I finally finished this chapter, it took me longer than I expected, mostly because I lacked inspiration for it. Against All Odds came to save my muse from disappearing altogether, a welcome reprieve from RL stuff, which seems to finally be getting better. I want to thank each and every one of you who’ve taken the time to read this story, but especially to those who’ve reviewed. Your support, encouragement and patience throughout the story have been the fuel my muse has fed up from and I truly appreciate every one of your words from the bottom of my soul.

Thank you as well to my very lovely sister, IBE, without her this story wouldn’t be half of what it is. Always encouraging me to try my very best, even when I thought I simply couldn’t, even when I felt way over my head with it. I can’t—and never will be able to—thank you enough for that and for everything, cariño. Love you to the end of the universe and back. *hugs you tight* Thank you as well to my adorable friends, Sotia and OKDeanna for being my test readers for parts of this chapter and assuring me it wasn't as bad as I thought it was.

Chapter 22: Classical Art
Added: 03-31-08 • Reviews (5)
Chapter Notes: Thank you very much to everyone who reviewed the last chapter, I’m glad Spike and Buffy’s perfect night met up with your expectations. Un millón de gracias a mi hermanita, IBE, without her this story wouldn’t be what it is. I don’t have words to tell you how much you mean to me and how much I appreciate all your help with this story. Te amo, cariño. *besos* Thank you as well to the wonderful Deanna, Tammy, MarzBar and Sotia, all who in several occasions stepped into the plate to help me iron out details, edit or assure me what my muse had planned out was appropriate for the story. Really couldn’t have done it without your support, ladies. *snuggles*