Corazón Salvaje (Wild Heart) by Dusty273

Reviews (9)Rating: NC-17

Summary: William is the lovechild of don Rodrigo De Alcazar, a wealthy landowner in Texas, that doesn't know of his existence until William's mother suddenly dies when he's ten years old. He's brought to his father's hacienda by Rupert Giles, don Rodrigo's lawyer, after he's called to Anna's deathbed and she reveals the secret of his existence. His stepmother, Darla, however, is not happy about the fact that he exists and can threaten her son Angel as don Rodrigo's first born and heir. After a series of unfortunate incidents that result in the sudden disappearance and presumed death of don Rodrigo just as he was about to recognize William as his son, he's left to survive on his own. A few years later, destiny intervenes to entwine William, Elizabeth, Angel and Aimée's lives into a tale of everlasting love, lust, envy and intrigue.

Author's Notes: Loosely based on the story “Corazón Salvaje” by Caridad Bravo Adams, although if you've seen the movie/soap opera, I can tell you that even if this story follows the plotline partially, you'll find it is definitely not a copy of it, since I added new elements that hopefully will make this story quite different from the original.

Also, you will find many Spanish customs/words used throughout the story, I beg you to please keep in mind that Galveston and many other cities in Texas were considered Mexican territory up until the Texas Revolution in 1835-1836, and many of the Spanish/Mexican families remained there afterwards. Although the words I'm going to be using are fairly known, I will put their translations at the beginning of every chapter.


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Chapter 1
Added: 06-01-06 • Reviews (1)
Chapter Notes: Glossary:
Hacienda: A landed estate
Don: Spanish nobleman or gentleman
Doña: A Spanish woman of rank

Chapter 2
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Chapter 3
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Chapter Notes: Glossary:
Patrón: Lord, master.

Chapter 4
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Chapter Notes: Glossary:
Buenos días: Good morning
Señor: Mister, Sir

Chapter 5
Added: 06-01-06 • Reviews (0)
Chapter Notes: I just wanted to thank MarzBar for reviewing and to let you all know that although I'm very aware that in the original story, William's father dies, that won't happen here. I just couldn't bring myself to do it when the time came, so you'll be learning what will happen to him in later chapters.

Thank you, Jen, for betaing this chapter for me and for letting me brainstorm with you my ideas for this story.

Glossary:
Peón: farmhand.

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
Added: 06-01-06 • Reviews (0)
Chapter Notes:

Thank you, MarzBar for reviewing. All your questions will be answered eventually. ;)

And thank you, Jen, for betaing this chapter for me. :)

Remember that at the beginning of the story I placed some warnings? Well, I just want to warn you again that there's going to be a little William/other in this story. Nothing too graphic, but it begins in this chapter.

Chapter 11
Added: 06-01-06 • Reviews (0)

Chapter 12
Added: 06-01-06 • Reviews (0)
Chapter Notes: Warning: William (Spike)/Other (nothing graphic)

Chapter 13
Added: 06-01-06 • Reviews (0)
Chapter Notes: Warning: This chapter has some William/Aimée, nothing graphic though, it’s merely a mention, because I really couldn’t bring myself to write it. *shudders*

This chapter is the same length of the other chapters, but I can promise the next one will be longer and will have a taste of what we’ve been waiting for (or at least what I’ve been waiting for), William and Elizabeth will finally meet. ;)

Glossary:
Curandera: Sort of a white witch that uses natural remedies to cure any kind of ailments.

Chapter 14
Added: 06-01-06 • Reviews (0)
Chapter Notes: Thank you from the bottom of my heart to the kind person(s) that nominated Corazón Salvaje for Best AU, Best Drama and Best WIP and me for Best Newbie at the Fool For Love Awards. This was such a wonderful surprise for me, I’m glad that even if I’m not writing in my first language, you’re enjoying my story. :D

Chapter 15
Added: 06-11-06 • Reviews (0)
Chapter Notes: Glossary:
Nana: Nanny
Bueno: Okay, all right.
Cantina: Saloon.

Chapter 16
Added: 06-11-06 • Reviews (0)
Chapter Notes:

Thank you, Jen and MarzBar, for betaing this chapter for me.

Glossary:
Ladrón: burglar
Té de tilo: linden tea
Compadre: a very close friend, mate

Chapter 17
Added: 06-11-06 • Reviews (0)
Chapter Notes: I know I promised some Spike/Buffy on this chapter, but Aimée decided otherwise. On better news, there’s only 2 to 4 more chapters until we really begin the real Spuffyness.

Thank you, Jen and MarzBar, for betaing this chapter for me.

Chapter 18
Added: 06-11-06 • Reviews (0)

Chapter 19
Added: 06-14-06 • Reviews (0)
Chapter Notes: Okay, so my muse decided to change gears in this story. She just crushed my outline *cries* and gave a 180° turn to the story. Not that I think you'll mind, at all. ;) Being honest, neither do I. Oh, well, I hope you enjoy!

I dedicate this chapter to my lovely betas, MarzBar and Jen, without you two I'd be lost, really, thank you so much.

Chapter 20
Added: 06-14-06 • Reviews (0)
Chapter Notes: Thank you, MarzBar and Jen, for the very quick and thorough beta.

Chapter 21
Added: 06-14-06 • Reviews (0)
Chapter Notes: A little fluffy Spuffy interlude before we continue with the plot. ;)

A huge thank you to MarzBar and Jen for betaing this chapter for me. You two are simply wonderful.

Chapter 22
Added: 06-14-06 • Reviews (0)

Chapter 23
Added: 06-14-06 • Reviews (0)
Chapter Notes: Thank you, MarzBar for the quick and thorough beta.

Chapter 24
Added: 06-14-06 • Reviews (0)
Chapter Notes: Thank you, MarzBar, for the very quick beta. I can't tell you enough how much I thank you for all your help.

I think I might have glossed a little too much over the fact that Spike and Aimée actually had sex, since I was too grossed over actually writing it. But to respond some of your questions, yes, he was Aimée's first.

In this chapter: A conversation between Tegua and Xander; Aimée visits Tegua and more fluffy Spuffy. ;)

Chapter 25
Added: 06-14-06 • Reviews (0)
Chapter Notes: Thank you, MarzBar, for the very fast beta.

On this chapter: Buffy and Spike get a little carried away and María makes a startling discovery.

Chapter 26
Added: 06-14-06 • Reviews (2)
Chapter Notes: Thank you to whoever nominated Corazón Salvaje for Best Fantasy Angst and Fantasy Most Original Plot at the Spuffy Awards Round 11! I’m so happy just to be nominated along so many wonderful authors. 

And many thanks to MarzBar for the very fast beta. :D

Sorry for the delay, but RL has been very busy.

In this chapter: María and William have a conversation and we begin to find out a little bit of what Tegua has in store for Aimée.

Chapter 27
Added: 06-14-06 • Reviews (0)
Chapter Notes: I want to wish a (slightly belated) Happy Birthday to one of my most loyal readers and reviewers, Amelia-Jane. This chapter is dedicated to you, cariño. Hope you enjoy it!

And a huge thank you to my awesome beta, MarzBar.

In this chapter: Buffy finally asks Spike about Aimée; how would she react to what he would tell her?

Chapter 28
Added: 06-14-06 • Reviews (0)
Chapter Notes: This chapter is dedicated to Lacey. I know your birthday is tomorrow, but I hope you don’t mind that the chapter is posted a day early. Happy Birthday, honey!

Thank you, letitia, for reviewing. I’m happy that you’re all enjoying the story. And of course, to MarzBar, for betaing this chapter for me.

Nance is a tropical fruit that grows in trees in Mexico and Central America. In my country, it is said that if the fruit is boiled with water and then a woman takes ‘baños de asiento’ (sitting baths) in that water, the way you’ll read in the chapter, it’s supposed to have the property of contracting the vaginal walls, so it would make it seem as if the girl is still a virgin on her wedding night.

In this chapter: We discover what Tegua has in store for Aimée. Darla has a conversation with Snyder and introducing Cordelia to the story.

Chapter 29
Added: 06-14-06 • Reviews (0)
Chapter Notes: This chapter is unbeta’d, as soon as I get the corrections from my new beta, Stasia, I’ll make the changes. In the meantime, please forgive any errors. And if you prefer that I post the chapter until it is beta’d, could you please tell me so?

In this chapter: A little more on Aimée; Buffy makes a startling discovery; Cordelia tells Darla where the letter might be and Angel visits a sick Giles.

Chapter 30
Added: 06-14-06 • Reviews (0)
Chapter Notes: In this chapter: Aimée tells Tegua she has to interrupt her treatment; a little Angel/Cordy; introducing Riley into the mix and Xander makes Spike notice something he hadn't thought about.

This chapter is unbeta’d, since my regular beta is on vacation without a computer until June 26th. Please excuse any glaring mistakes, I promise I tried my best. *sighs* If anyone reading would care to fill in for MarzBar until she returns, could you send me a private message through my profile page or an e-mail to mari.cardenas@gmail.com?

Chapter 31
Added: 06-14-06 • Reviews (0)
Chapter Notes: A huge thank you to Evilawyer for betaing this chapter for me; your suggestions were very helpful to me. :)

Sorry there's no Spike in this chapter, but I had to get this out of the way first and the chapter was running very long as it was.

In this chapter: Buffy and María have a conversation. We find out of some of the after effects of Tegua’s treatment. Angel and Riley reach an agreement. And a little Aimée and Angel interaction before the wedding.

Chapter 32
Added: 06-14-06 • Reviews (0)
Chapter Notes: Thank you again to the wonderful Evilawyer, for the quick and thorough beta. :D

In this chapter: Aimée and Buffy reflect over certain things after the wedding. And Spike returns from his trip. Let the games begin!

Chapter 33
Added: 07-27-06 • Reviews (0)
Chapter Notes: In this chapter: Aimée reflects after her wedding night; Darla and Cordelia make a discovery; and Spike arrives to Campo Real.

Chapter 34
Added: 07-27-06 • Reviews (0)
Chapter Notes:

This chapter is dedicated to Vette and Devin. Happy Birthday to you two!!! *throws confetti* I hope you enjoy this chapter.

In this chapter: Hmm, no summary this time, just read, I don’t want to spoil you. ;)

Chapter 35
Added: 07-27-06 • Reviews (0)
Chapter Notes:

I’m so sorry for the lack of updates, but it seems RL and my muse are conspiring against my desire to write. Hopefully that’s over now and we’ll go back to our scheduled chapter per week.

In this chapter: Buffy and Spike talk and a little bit of setting things up for Darla, Joyce and the rest to meet the infamous William the Bloody.

Chapter 36
Added: 08-12-06 • Reviews (0)
Chapter Notes:

I’m very sorry for the delay in posting this chapter, my muse went away on vacation and she refused to come back until she wanted to. I tried to force her and the results were not pretty at all, so I decided to wait until she came back. Add to that that I got the worst cold I’ve had in a while and I’ve been busy, busy, busy with work and planning my daughters’ first communion (just 2 more weeks now). Muse seems to be back now, so I promise I’ll try my best not to leave you hanging for so long again.

A million thanks to letitia and Deb, for reviewing. I just hope I haven’t lost too many of you with my absence. Thanks to MarzBar for betaing this chapter and for allowing me to share my crazy plot ideas with you, you wouldn’t believe how much that helps me when I begin writing. ;) And last but not least a huge thank you to the kind person(s) that nominated this story at the Love’s Last Glimpse Awards for Best Saga and Best Fantasy. It makes me very happy to know that you enjoy the story (and hopefully my writing) enough to nominate it.

In this chapter: We learn a little more about María and what will happen when she finds Spike and Buffy in the garden? *weg*

Chapter 37
Added: 09-04-06 • Reviews (1)
Chapter Notes: In this chapter: William is in Campo Real, how will everyone else react to his presence?

Glossary: Mustia is a hypocritical person. In Spanish, it's equivalent to mosquita muerta, who would generally refer to a person that does underhanded things, generally to take a man from another woman.

Chapter 38
Added: 09-18-06 • Reviews (0)
Chapter Notes: A huge thank you to Brat, for betaing this chapter for me.

In this chapter:  Darla’s new plan unravels.

Chapter 39
Added: 10-28-06 • Reviews (0)
Chapter Notes: Thank you to MarzBar for her very thorough beta. I’m so sorry it took me so long to write this chapter (again), I know I offered María and Spike’s conversation for this chapter, but it’s been too long since the last chapter and I thought to offer you this little interlude. Hope you don’t mind too much?

Chapter 40: Curiosity Killed the Cat
Added: 12-18-06 • Reviews (0)
Chapter Notes:

Okay, so again I’m very sorry for taking so long to update this story, but this chapter was very difficult to write and you’ll find out why soon enough. Anyway, even with as difficult as it was to write it, I’m feeling a bit better about it now that MarzBar said she liked it, although she wasn’t too sure you’ll be too keen on the ending. *wide evil grin*

I have some good news, with the help of my dear friends, Im_bloody_English and Yani, I have outlined the next ten chapters or so of the story and my muse seems to be in angsty mode, so I think I’ll concentrate on this story for a bit. The not so good news is that we’re in for a bit of Spuffy angst beginning in this chapter; however, I can promise that I won’t drag it any more than I have to and it will be mostly resolved in 2 or 3 more chapters. It’s too exhausting to write angst and I’m not looking forward to the migraines that are to come because of it. So, that said, I really hope you’re still with me with this story.

And of course, as always, a huge thank you to MarzBar for betaing this chapter for me.

Chapter 41
Added: 12-18-06 • Reviews (0)
Chapter Notes: There probably won’t be any more updates until I finish a short Christmas story I’m working on though, but who knows? Anything can happen. ;) I also want to thank my dear friend, Im_bloody_English for betaing this chapter for me and for all her help with this story and with the others I'm currently writing. Thankee, darling! And of course, thank you to the lovely MarzBar for betaing this chapter for me, even in between moving. *huggles*

 

Chapter's Summary: What will Buffy do now? The identity of the mysterious eavesdropper is revealed *weg* and the rest of William and María’s conversation.

Chapter 42
Added: 01-21-07 • Reviews (0)

Chapter 43
Added: 04-04-07 • Reviews (0)
Chapter Notes:

A million thanks to my lovely friend, Im_bloody_English, for editing this chapter and for all her help brainstorming what will be coming next.

This chapter was, how can I say it... for one part it was fun to write, Spike's being quite helpful and it's been delightful to write him like this, like a pirate and it seems he doesn't want to let go of that new facet of his personality. But at the same time it was difficult to write it, because Buffy's part made me a little too emotional. Anyway, I hope you enjoy the chapter and I would love it if you could share your thoughts of it with me. *battes eyelashes*

Chapter 44
Added: 04-04-07 • Reviews (0)
Chapter Notes:

Spike’s plan starts to unravel. *wide evil grin*

 

A million thanks to my lovely friend, Im_bloody_English, for editing this chapter for me and for all your help. It wouldn’t be the same without you, cariño. *smooches*

Chapter 45
Added: 04-04-07 • Reviews (0)
Chapter Notes: Again, thank you to my dear friend, Im_bloody_English, for editing this chapter and for letting me bounce my crazy ideas with you and telling me they’re not as crazy as I think they are. *smooches*

Chapter 46
Added: 04-04-07 • Reviews (1)
Chapter Notes:

Alright, chapter is finally done, after I don’t know how long since I started to write it.  I am aware that maybe some of you might not like the new direction the story is taking, however, this is the path my muse is taking me, so, well, nothing I can do about that.  I want to let you all know that while Spike is in full-pirate mode at the moment, this chapter is not just about lust.  It’s about love, lust and even trust.  It’s about his fear of losing her, his desperation to have her and never let go.  I just hope I’m able to convey this the way I wanted to.  Regarding Buffy and how she’s going to face María after this, well, you’ll have to wait until the next chapter or two to find out. ;)

This chapter is for my lovely friend, Im_bloody_English, who asked for a very detailed love scene.  ;)  For being there with me and for me every step of the way, for your encouragement, for your friendship, I just can’t thank you enough.  Love you, darling. *smooches* 

Chapter 47
Added: 06-20-07 • Reviews (1)
Chapter Notes: I’m so sorry for the delay in posting this chapter, RL has been awfully busy, plus I’m working on an ultra-secret project that will come to life shortly. So updates are going to be sparse but don’t worry this story and any of my WIPs will be finished. ;)

Special thanks to my lovely friend, Im_bloody_English for the very fast and thorough beta and for all her help. And to MarzBar for editing the chapter for me. *smooches* Thanks to DK, Debbie, kaylee, MidnightGirl, SarahandJamesFanatic, DrkDevin, Kimber, SpaceLord, Amelia-Jane, Vette and daydreamer for reviewing the last chapter, I’m so happy and flattered over your response to it, especially since I had never written anything as detailed as that. I promise I’ll answer to reviews later today or tomorrow at the latest.

Chapter 48
Added: 05-26-08 • Reviews (0)

Chapter 49: Come Hell or High Water
Added: 06-28-08 • Reviews (0)
Chapter Notes: No, you’re not seeing visions, I swear. And while muse is not entirely back for this story yet, I’m going to try my best to juggle it with AAO. This chapter is not so long, but I promised a few people I would get back to it, and I had to deliver. So for those of you who have not allowed me to forget about this story by asking every now and then about it, here you have.

Many thanks to all of you who read and reviewed the last chapter and since it’s been so long I hope I haven’t lost all of you. Mil gracias to my sweet sister IBE for editing this chapter for me and just for being her lovely self. I couldn’t have done this without you, sweetie!

Chapter 50: Revenge is a Dish Best Served Cold
Added: 03-21-09 • Reviews (3)
Chapter Notes: I know it’s been a long time since I updated this story, or any other for that matter, however my muse has been MIA and with it’s been hard to try to reawaken with as busy with work and RL as I’ve been lately. I have good news, though, we’re finally nearing the end of this story and I think (hope) to finish it in perhaps five chapters or less. *crosses fingers*

Anyway, I want to thank to everyone who took the time to review and let me know you’re still here with me, I promise I will finish responding as soon as I finish posting this chapter. And I really hope I haven’t lost all of you with the long waiting between updates.

As always, a million thanks to my lovely Tina, who took time out of her uber-busy schedule to edit this chapter for me. And to Beth, who inspired my muse into focusing on this story in the first place. *smooches* I love you, girls!