Grey Gardens of Shadowed Rapture by Holly
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Summary: Season 4, post Something Blue. Crossover with The West Wing. A rogue Slayer is on the run. As the Scoobies follow reports and sightings that lead them further into the Old South, President Bartlet prepares for a speech in Vicksburg while Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman is assigned a project that will unwittingly change his life.
Author's Notes: Hey everyone. Just a few words—I will attempt to make this as brief as possible. Grey Gardens of Shadowed Rapture is the first true crossover with a different series that I have ever tried to do in manner of my usual style, including all time in previous fandoms and the like. There have been little whimsical endeavors in the past, such as The Interview and a few others (I am not including The Disco Chronicles, as that is only semi-serious and a collaboration; not to mention on indefinite hiatus as we will likely be writing those books until the end of time). In this, I am going to be as fair to both shows as possible without neglecting my Spuffy readers, and hopefully not disappointing anyone who has read my work before. The writing styles of Whedon and Sorkin are incredibly similar, which makes the characters in themselves surprisingly simple to intermingle.
On that note, I have several things to clarify about the timeline and other random tidbits that I have had to exercise creative license on in order to make them work. The story does take place directly following Something Blue of BtVS Season 4; however, as I need both Faith to be awake and Willow to be pre-Tara, our favorite rogue Slayer recovers from her coma far earlier than she does in the scheduled season. (Understand, I have absolutely nothing against Tara. I love Tara...I just need Willow to be still into men). Similarly, I have moved the episode Celestial Navigation of West Wing Season 1 to directly after The Short List, as Celestial Navigation has many references that I would like to use but would not work chronologically in the timeline that I have selected. Moving the episode does not change the course of the season in a manner that is overly significant, I just thought that I'd mention the change in case anyone who happens to watch both shows catches that inconsistency.
That brings me to the last change. The Winsel House of Natchez, Mississippi has three rooms and a townhouse. I have added a room to serve my purposes. All of the information regarding Natchez (historical and geographically speaking) will be based on both tedious research and memory, seeing as Natchez is my home-away-from-home. (It is a ten-hour drive away...I have been visiting there for practically eight years now because I am a dork and completely in love with all things antebellum). The Winsel House, as established, is in actual Bed&Breakfast, but I am using its name without permission, and, should by some small twist of fate the owners actually discover that their house has been used for these purposes, I mean absolutely no offense—I don't think there will be any, but might as well get that on the table right now. The house is quaint and charming and I had a ball staying there. Like the characters themselves, the location and all mention of things Natchez-related are being used out of respect and the highest admiration.
My boundless thanks to Kimmie for her patience and guidance in coaching me in the style and personality Sorkin's characters; as well as the extension of her beta-skills. An extended thanks to Megan in that regard for being an irreplaceable beta reader as well as an all-around enthusiast. You guys are my foundation. Thank you.
Finally, the actual disclaimer. The characters herein are the property of Joss Whedon/ME and Aaron Sorkin/NBC Broadcasting. They are being used for entertainment purposes and not for the sake of profit. No copyright infringement is intended.
This story is complete.