Welcome to the Jungle by Niamh

Reviews (5)Rating: NC-17

Summary: On the trail of a killer, Spike finds something unexpected.

This story is not complete.

Chapter 1: First
Added: 02-03-08 • Reviews (0)
Chapter Notes: This is for the Spuffy Fantasy LJ Community Art-Before-Fic-Athon (oi, say that ten times fast!), and the banner I picked (way before anyone else could snag it) was made by my fantastic beta (she’s sooo multi-talented) Spikeslovebite.  The banner is here.  (Isn’t it purty?).  Anyway, I think she sort of picked it with me in mind. . . at least that’s what I’m telling myself.  Title is from the song (yeah, by Guns N’ Roses) of the same name.  Quotes are as attributed (coz I may be witty, but I’m no Oscar Wilde).  Disclaimers in full force and effect.  And just for the record, overall rating for this story is NC-17.  Enjoy.

Added: 04-18-08 • Reviews (0)
Chapter Notes: I wanna write. . Really. I do. But nothing seems to be . . . I’m struggling again, sort of with everything. Nothing is. . . I’m just gonna stop whining and hope that the feedback from all these things actually makes the muse happy, because otherwise, I’m at a real loss and I just don’t know what to do anymore. This is for Tam, because without her, I’d have been bogged down months and months ago, and not a damn thing would be finished. Nothing. This is all for her. I hope she likes it. Lyrics are from Siouxsie and the Banshees – Lullaby off the album Tinderbox. Disclaimers prove this none of this is mine. I have nothing. Does having nothing mean you are nothing?

Added: 04-18-08 • Reviews (0)
Chapter Notes: Okay, so this is sort of moving forward. I’m not entirely sure this is the way I intended it to go, but this is what the characters are calling for. So who am I to argue? *shakes head* I’m just the poor writer. I’ve gone back to a band I’ve quoted from before – and this one just seemed so appropriate. Anyway, the song is from Arcadia, a little side project from some of the members of Duran Duran – title is Lady Ice. Disclaimers in full force and effect.

Added: 05-11-08 • Reviews (0)
Chapter Notes: I’m having issues again. Time constraints and stresses at work really wreak havoc with the muse. Throws off my whole game and whatnot. After a while it gets really old. Oh well. I started out to write one thing, but I think that’s not gonna happen, so I’m actually gonna focus on the first thing that comes to mind. Just to give you all a head’s up, I’m moving before the end of the month, so this might be it for a while, but rest assured, when I do start posting again, I’ll have plenty stockpiled. Quote is from Godsmack, One Rainy Day from the CD entitled Godsmack IV, released April of 2006. The disclaimers still tell me I own nothing. Phooey.

Added: 09-28-08 • Reviews (0)
Chapter Notes: This is a long time coming, I know, and I’m sorry, but work has been kicking my ass, literally. Also it’s really hard trying to balance this, Safe in my own Skin, and Resolutions all that the same time, and work. Which sucks. Did I mention that work sucks? Anyway, thanks to both Addie and Tam, who does a spectacular beta for everything I write. I’m nothing without her. Quote is as attributed, and is from one of my favorite bands of all time, Yaz (or Yazoo if your in the UK); lyrics are by Alison Moyet, music by Vince Clarke and it’s from the album Upstairs at Eric’s, one of the seminal albums of technopop. Totally made of awesome. Disclaimers mean I own nothing, not even the roof over my head.

Added: 09-28-08 • Reviews (0)
Chapter Notes: First off, I’d like to apologize for the gaps in posting. It’s been really stressful the last couple of . . . well, let’s just say, that since we moved in the middle of May, everything’s been really hectic. And then, in July, I lost my grandmother and my aunt, within ten days of each other. Hasn’t made for much motivation to write or post. So, there it is, reasons why I’ve been slack, not excuses. I humbly apologize to everyone that’s still reading this story with me. Don’t really have much to say here, at least not right now. I’m not sure how long this is gonna be, nor how graphic the relationship between Buffy and Spike is gonna get, considering their age difference. But you know trying to keep those two apart is like keeping peanut butter away from jelly (or marshmallow fluff, if you prefer); two sticky things that just want to be together. Or have to be together. Anyway, I’m working on all this stuff. Maybe someday, I’ll actually finish something. Hah! Lyrics belong to Sarah McLachlan, (song is Fear, off the album Fumbling Toward Ecstasy, released in 1993) Disclaimers, those pesky legal clauses, prove that I own nothing but the plot. Everything else belongs to the other guys. But I’d soo treat them better (no imaginary brothels, no cheap lesbian encounters) *coughs* Never mind.

Added: 10-09-08 • Reviews (2)
Chapter Notes: This was what the muse wanted to work on last week, so that’s what I did. Hopefully there will be more, since I’m kind of free at work now, since my summer intern is back and will be working with me for until August. Yeah! That translates to lots of story writing (with some luck). And obviously, you see when I first started this chapter – life has taken a complete downturn. Hopefully 2009 will be better. Title and quote are from the album (and yes, it was in fact an album first and not a CD) Violator, released in 1990 by Depeche Mode, arguably the best techno band to ever record (okay, so there are some other good ones Like Yaz and New Order). I’m really not sure if the song fits, but it was the one that I kept coming back to, so obviously some part of me does believe it belongs here. Or at least with this story. I don’t know.Disclaimers are in full force and effect. I own nothing.

Added: 03-21-09 • Reviews (0)
Chapter Notes: I know I haven’t been updating regularly, and I’m sorry about that. I’ve had a lot on my plate since the beginning of May and while this doesn’t appease those of you who wait patiently, I hope it goes a long way to making up for that. All these chapters I’ve been posting have been written for a while, though I just haven’t been able to get them on the archive sites. Please forgive me. Quote is “Somebody Got Murdered” by The Clash, first released in 1980 on the album Sandinista! Disclaimers prove that I own nothing but the plot. Which I hope is a decent one.

Added: 04-11-09 • Reviews (0)
Chapter Notes: So, now that Boy Wonder has his own computer, I’m slowly tackling this massive amount of handwritten notes that I have, trying to make something coherent out of the mess. With some luck (and assistance from a nameless internet provider) he’ll stay the hell off my computer and use his own. At least that’s what I’m hoping. And hey, shortly my WordPerfect should arrive and then I can stop using this free stuff. . . LOL. Quote is a song written by Lindsey Buckingham and recorded by Fleetwood Mac, on the White Album (released in 1975), entitled “I’m so Afraid” and the disclaimers are always in effect, because otherwise someone with more money than I have would object.

Added: 04-11-09 • Reviews (1)
Chapter Notes: This story waxes and wanes, sometimes I’ve it all in my head, and sometimes not. It’s a terrible thing – and mainly I think it stems too much from situational writer’s block – meaning I’m not sure how to move the action to the next pivotal moment. I think I have this particular bridge crossed, but we’ll see how it works out. I think it’ll be okay. The lyrics belong to James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Cliff Burton and Kirk Hammett (Copyright © 1984 Creeping Death Music (ASCAP) International Copyright Secured All Rights Reserved); the Song title is Fade to Black from the 1984 album The Lighting and all the disclaimers are still in full force and effect. I own nothing.

Added: 01-02-10 • Reviews (0)
Chapter Notes: I’m trying to get some work done on this, and possibly on a couple of other things. While this one gets some love, there seem to be way more people interested in Origins – and I suppose that’s rightfully so. I’m just wondering though, is it because of the subject matter or age difference, or because this story is crap? Just curiosity on my part, and I figure as the author, I’m sort of entitled to know. And why does the age crap not matter in a vampire/slayer story and it does in an all-human one? Do we already suspend our sense of disbelief in a slayer/vampire story or is it because the all-human one is a bit too close to home? *shrugs* Oh well, I’m just thinking out loud, so to speak. But I would appreciate some feedback on that issue, if any of you readers don’t mind sharing your thoughts on the subject. Song lyrics belong to the song Cry by Siouxsie and the Banshees off the album Superstition (1991) and the rest of it all belongs to the short guy and everyone else that has a piece of the Buffy pie. Disclaimers in full force and effect.

Added: 01-02-10 • Reviews (0)
Chapter Notes: I’m slowly drawing all these stories to a close, and once one of the active WIPS is finished, I’ll focus on Great Balls of Fire. After that, I’m not really sure what’s going to happen. Only time will tell. Thanks all of you who have stuck with me through this, for all the reviews and kindness and well, just everything. And now that I know how some of you are thinking of this story, that solves a couple of issues. Not that I’m going to change things, but it’s nice to know what the readers are thinking. Quote is Spiral, from Godsmack’s second album Awake, which was released on 31 October 2000, music and lyrics by Sully Erna and Tony Rombola, and disclaimers are still in effect. Unfortunately that means the other guy has control over Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and all its canon incarnations. Frankly, I sometimes wish he had stopped at the television shows. At the moment, this is un-betaed, because Spikeslovebite is swamped with school and life, and well, I figured I’d post this and see how it floats and then when she gets back to me, I’ll post the edited version. If you see any glaring errors, let me know and I’ll fix them right away. Sorry for the delay, but RL sucks sometimes.

Added: 01-02-10 • Reviews (0)
Chapter Notes: I have no idea how much time I’m going to have in the coming months, because my life at work is about to change drastically. It could be for the better or it could be really busy, leaving me little, if any time at all, for writing. I’m actually hoping I won’t be all that busy and I’ll be able to get this wrapped up. Shouldn’t be long though, at least I hope so, because Resolutions will be finished very soon. Quote is as attributed (Snow – Music by Loreena McKennitt, Words by Archibald Lampman) which first appeared on her CD To Drive the Cold Winter Away; and disclaimers mean that I own nothing.

Added: 01-02-10 • Reviews (2)
Chapter Notes: This is the first time I’m sitting down to write anything since my little stint in hospital. My brain has been everywhere but on writing, but I’m hoping that by forcing myself into this, I’ll actually get it working again. I think it’ll work. Hey at this point, I’m willing to try just about anything, short of drinking – doing that would probably send me back to hospital, thus backfiring completely. Anyway, I’m going to see how this works before I move onto more drastic measures. Let me know what you think, kay? As you can see, it’s been a while since I finished this, but it was off with my beta, who was suffering from her own RL issues, but I finally got this back and now I’m ready to post. My thanks to Spikeslovebite, for all her love and support, and as always, her stellar beta skillz. Lyrics? Geez, do I really need to go there? Does anyone not recognize this song? Disclaimers in full force and effect – which means I own nothing.