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Clocks of the Long Now

Summary:  Four years after the gang helped Sunnydale perform its swan dive into Hell, a terrifying new enemy emerges from an unexpected quarter.  As secrets are revealed and old friends are reunited, the greatest Apocalypse of all looms ever closer.  Will they save the day one last time?

Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Season: Post-Chosen, Post-NFA
Characters: Lots
Chapters: 45
Word Count: ~200,000
Warnings: Graphic violence, adult language, sexual situations, character death, rabbits.
Disclaimer:
The characters from Buffy the Vampire Slayer are owned by Joss Whedon, Mutant Enemy, Fox studios and maybe various other entities that I am unaware of but totally respect and admire.  This story is not meant to infringe upon anyone's rights, only to entertain.

Author's note:  This is basically a "Season 12" story, with bits and pieces of (non-canon) Seasons 8-11 fleshed in along the way.  I've been told by some readers that it is a Spuffy tale, but I'm not so sure.  It's definitely not a Gillow or a Xandrew or a Fawn, but all of those people and more are deeply involved in the goings-on.  So, basically, this is just a possible continuation of the show that appeared in my head, set after the BTVS and AtS TV shows ended.  I guess that's all a long way of saying "Spuffy-friendly Ensemble Future Fic," so I'll just say that and shut up.

Awards:

 



Prologue
Chapter 1: Trouble Again
Chapter 2: What the...?
Chapter 3: Touchdowns and Interceptions
Chapter 4: Red Falcon
Chapter 5: Nicked
Chapter 6: Enemies, Closer
Chapter 7: In the Land of the Blind...
Chapter 8: A Door in the Walls...
Chapter 9: The Bloody Cavalry
Chapter 10: RE: Spike
Chapter 11: Infernal Rackets
Chapter 12: Big Game
Chapter 13: The Wrong End of the World
Chapter 14: Lost and Found
Chapter 15: Three Excellent Questions
Chapter 16: Out of the Woods
Chapter 17: Passover
Chapter 18: London Calling
Chapter 19: Cute D'état
Chapter 20: Departments of Education
Chapter 21: Watchfulness
Chapter 22: Happy Hour
Chapter 23: Housecalls
Chapter 24: Thicker Than Water
Chapter 25: Depth Perception
Chapter 26: The Eyes Have It
Chapter 27: Breakthroughs
Chapter 28: Fish and Chips
Chapter 29: Safe as Houses
Chapter 30: Be Thou Chased
Chapter 31: Boldly They Rode
Chapter 32: Pistols at Dawn
Chapter 33: Scary Monsters
Chapter 34: Boys Who Suck
Chapter 35: Paving the Road
Chapter 36: Rematch
Chapter 37: No Cigar
Chapter 38: Parallel Lines
Chapter 39: Santa Muerta
Chapter 40: The Real Me
Chapter 41: The Ups and Downs of Modern Architecture
Chapter 42: Auld Lang Syne
Chapter 43: The Long Now
Chapter 44: Of Rabbits and Hats
Chapter 45: Belongings
Epilogue (or "Where We Went From There")



Date: 2010-08-25 01:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] slaymesoftly.livejournal.com
"Spuffy-friendly Ensemble Future Fic," I like that! It's a great description of this story. And I think the above chapter list is a great idea, but a lot of work!

Date: 2010-08-25 01:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lostboy-lj.livejournal.com
Thanks, sms. :)

The linking was a little tedious and hand-crampy, yeah, including putting in the "next" links at the bottoms of the chapters. But at least it will be easier for people to read, I guess.

Date: 2010-08-25 02:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] slaymesoftly.livejournal.com
*nods* Yeah, I try to remember to go back and add the next links when posting, but it rarely happens. Just too lazy, I guess, and the tags are quick and easy. :)

Date: 2010-08-25 10:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aerintine.livejournal.com
Snappy list-making is the excellence of WIN. Well done!

"Spuffy Friendly Ensemble Future Fic" Hmmm I believe I might have described it in nearly those exact words at some point - perfect description! :D

Also, ILU for - Characters: Lots

I'd say that about covers it.

Date: 2010-08-25 11:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lostboy-lj.livejournal.com
Cheers, Jam Jam. Oh, and may I call you "Jam Jam" or at least "Jams?" I always forget to ask people this kind of thing.

BTW that thing I said I would send to you is coming along pretty good, maybe halfway done. I actually am having a good time writing it. (Don't tell dampers, though, or she might kick me out of the Cover2Cover tournament.)

Also, welcome back to America and plz post asian mall Cana-swag pics ASAP pronto. If not for me, then do it for the children. Kay thx.

XO
LB

Date: 2010-08-25 11:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aerintine.livejournal.com
You can call me Jam Jam (I'm assuming that's pronounced with a short rather than a long A). Or Jams. Or Strawberry Jams. Just don't call me James. I've always hated that nickname. People think it's cute. It isn't, people.

And now I am bouncing with anticipatory squee. (Don't worry, your secret is safe with me - Look away, Beth! Look away!)

I will have to get some pictures taken, you are right. Though most of the funniest stuff went home with G.

Date: 2010-08-25 11:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lostboy-lj.livejournal.com
Yeah, exactly. Basically "Jam-Jam" or "Jams" or "The Jam-inator" or "J-tron." Sorry, I have this nickname obsession.

Anyways, yeah, thanks for convincing me to take a stab at it. Obviously I'm not promising that it's any good, but so far it's been a lot of fun.

If you decide to Ebay the squirrel transfer I have a potential buyer(okay me).

Date: 2010-08-26 12:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aerintine.livejournal.com
I hopped over to EF to reread the last couple chapters again while I sit and wait and think about your project. I saw somebody left you a lengthy review that was... not great :/

Let me tell you this: that reviewer is upset because s/he does not read English as their first language and therefore could not keep up with you. That is not his or her fault - but for fucks sake - it's not yours either.

Your story stands out in part precisely because the language is dense, complex, and rich with meaning. That you did not "dumb it down" because it's fanfic only strengthens it.

I was irritated on your behalf. I will now calm down.

Date: 2010-08-26 12:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lostboy-lj.livejournal.com
Yeah, I saw that. I tried not to let a bother me though. Hey, at least it's a review, you know?

Actually, I was mainly just impressed that he/she was able to both read and review in her non-native tongue. I've tried to learn other languages along the way, but I'm missing some vital brainpower there. I just can't seem to do it, no matter how hard I try.

And besides, I can't blame her for the criticism of "I hate all these dimensions." After a while, I was starting to hate all those darn dimensions too. It's cool.

Date: 2010-12-31 04:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladyofthelog.livejournal.com
Hello! By any chance, do you have a copy of Clocks of the Long Now that's collected into a single file for easy reading? I've just acquired an ebook reader and I'm trying to collect all the awesome/heavily-recommend/epic longfics I've been meaning to read, of which Clocks of the Long Now is certainly one. :)

Date: 2011-01-09 12:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lostboy-lj.livejournal.com
Sorry, I don't have anything collected, and I'm sure that if I tried to do it, it would be in the wrong format, since I am ham-handed techwise. I guess that the LJ chapters here are the most current. How would I collect them? Copy them into a word doc? If so, would I use page breaks at the end of each chapter?

Sorry for being dumb,
J

Date: 2011-01-09 12:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladyofthelog.livejournal.com
No need to apologize! A word document would totally be awesome - and if you'd like, I can give you the ebook files (epub/mobi) in case you'd like to put them up for other people to download, too. (and page breaks are awesome if you feel so moved!)
Edited Date: 2011-01-09 12:18 am (UTC)

humbly

Date: 2011-02-02 09:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jenifleur13.livejournal.com
Have been reading Clocks all night and before my eyes turn into pebbles and fall out my head, just wanted to say how wonderful it is. So, it is really really really wonderful. Plot, writing (is amazng), characterizations - allofit. I will finish it and cry...I would read anything you would write, with original characters, even! So please, feel free!!! Thank you, Jenifleur

Re: humbly

Date: 2011-02-03 03:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lostboy-lj.livejournal.com
Thanks for the kind note, jenifleur13. So glad you're enjoying it. I've been trying my hand at an original novel in my spare time, though there seems to be precious little of that these days. Thank you for the vote of confidence! :)

original! novel!

Date: 2011-02-03 03:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jenifleur13.livejournal.com
Doesn't mean I don't love the fic just as it is - I do. But you are really a very good writer and people do make money writing, you know ... not that that's so important. What I love about fanfic is precisely that it's a labor of love, such a rare thing in the world. But there are a few writers (quite a few actually) I have read in the fandom who really are writers, and y'know, writers gotta write. And readers gotta read - back to Clocks. Thank you for your kindness, Jenifer

Re: original! novel!

Date: 2011-02-04 06:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lostboy-lj.livejournal.com
Money is totally important! I'm just not sure how to actually get it for doing what I love.

But, yes, this was a labor of love for me. And you're very welcome, of course. :)

Re: original! novel!

Date: 2011-02-04 10:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jenifleur13.livejournal.com
Of course it's important to make money from what you love - or at least to try. There are several examples of writers who started out in fanfic and ended up writing fantasy or science fiction and possibly other genres as well ('literature'). There are several ways to do it: join a writing group,send out manuscripts, try to get an agent....there's even a manual that comes out yearly about how to get stuff published...none of it is easy but meanwhile you still have your day job. Stranger things have happenned...there is also internet publishing, kindle etc...sorry to be such a nudnik, it's just that you are really a natural, that's kind of rare. I have spoken, I will now shut up! and get back to Clocks...btw, not too many dimensions - do you know Philip Pullman? infinite dimensions...

Re: original! novel!

Date: 2011-02-04 07:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lostboy-lj.livejournal.com
"btw, not too many dimensions"

:D

Yeah, there's really only "two" in the story, I guess.

Thanks again for all the words of encouragement, writing-wise. The great thing about writing this book was that the show's writers and actors did such a good job of fleshing out the characters, it's like they already did all the hard work for me!

Re: original! novel!

Date: 2011-02-05 03:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jenifleur13.livejournal.com
You don't strike me as someone who's afraid of hard work, but yes, the Buffy writers were good. And you're good too! Still enjoying Clocks - gotta go read now.

Re: original! novel!

Date: 2011-02-10 06:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lostboy-lj.livejournal.com
Cheers! :)

Clocks of the Long Now review

Date: 2011-02-10 07:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] victorious-dawn.livejournal.com
Hey, just recently discovered 'Clocks of the Long Now' through a rec list for Spuffy epics and I gotta say I am SO impressed with it. I've read my fair share of fic over the years and it's rare that you come across something of such quality. I think I've maybe found something as good as this in the Buffy fandom once or twice before. I haven't read any Buffy fic for a couple of years now and I was looking around for a long well written story which I could get back into the fandom with and, oh boy, I think you totally ruined me. Nothing is going to measure up after this.

I know you've said that you think of this more as an ensemble piece rather than a Spuffy fic and I think that is definitely one of its many strengths. You nearly got around to including, in some respect, everyone of note we saw over the entire seven years, or so it seemed to me!

The fact that the story wasn't predictable was also a bonus I can't count the number of times I was stunned by a turn of events. I also loved all the original elements you added to it, at first I was a little unsure because you never know what you're going to get with original characters but Jack Turtle and Nancy and her Garden ended up blowing my mind. I'm going to have to reread the whole thing at some point with the benefit of hindsight because I think there's definitely more to be got from this story.

The classiest part of 'Clocks of the Long Now' for me was the way you effortlessly managed to move from abso-fucking-lutely HILARIOUS exchanges between certain characters (my sides still haven't recovered from one of the conversations between Angel and Gunn) to really heart-rending stuff between various Scoobs with the obvious culprits there being Buffy and Spike although there were many others. The passage about having a secret shelf in your heart where you keep things that you and only one other person understand was especially poignant. (Sorry for the crappy paraphrase but I can't remember which chapter it was in!)

Finally I just have to comment on the awesome little 'spuffy'/'spander' meta joke at the end: it was the cherry on the proverbial cake.

There's so much more I could say but really it would all amount to: I loved it, I loved it, I loved it. I'm glad to hear your working on an original novel because it would be a shame to waste writing ability like this on plain old fic. (Not that fic isn't worthwhile but y'know...)

Oh, and sorry if this review is a little disjointed I'm not someone who reviews very often, only if something really makes me go 'woah', so I'm not very practiced at it.

Re: Clocks of the Long Now review

Date: 2011-02-10 09:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lostboy-lj.livejournal.com
Hi!

I'll start with the first part last:

"Oh, and sorry if this review is a little disjointed I'm not someone who reviews very often, only if something really makes me go 'woah', so I'm not very practiced at it."

No, it's not disjointed at all. It'salso one of the longest and loveliest reviews I've ever gotten, actually. This really brightened my day. Thank you so much!

"I also loved all the original elements you added to it, at first I was a little unsure because you never know what you're going to get with original characters but Jack Turtle and Nancy and her Garden ended up blowing my mind."

I think my favorite part of writing it was trying to come up with new characters to challenge the gang. I was pretty worried too, especially about trying to get Nancy Stark across as a "Big Bad" worthy of the TV series. The BTVS bad guys were mostly so interesting and complex, so while I enjoyed it, I also filled me with angst and dread.

"The classiest part of 'Clocks of the Long Now' for me was the way you effortlessly managed to move from abso-fucking-lutely HILARIOUS exchanges between certain characters (my sides still haven't recovered from one of the conversations between Angel and Gunn) to really heart-rending stuff between various Scoobs..."

Thanks! I really loved the way the show would hopscotch from horror, drama and comedy without missing a beat, so I tried my best to capture that weird, Jossy rhythm. I don't think I always succeeded, but I had a lot of fun trying and experimenting.

"Finally I just have to comment on the awesome little 'spuffy'/'spander' meta joke at the end: it was the cherry on the proverbial cake."

My buddy jnb71976 convinced me to go ahead and write an epilogue for this, and I was surprised how much fun I had cutting loose without this horrible monster of a plot hanging over everyone's heads. I had such a blast writing those last few pages, actually. It was like a vacation!

So was reading your review! I actually don't get many reviews, but I love them and love this one.

Cheers,
Lostboy

Re: Clocks of the Long Now review

Date: 2012-01-25 08:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] misco.livejournal.com
Hey,

Just wanted to give you a heads up that I was the above poster [livejournal.com profile] victorious_dawn and after a long break from LJ I'm back and using my original account again (this one, obv). So I'm going to friend you as me if that's alright?

Also, I'm so happy to see you're writing something new!!!

Really looking forward to reading it. :)

Re: Clocks of the Long Now review

Date: 2012-01-25 09:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lostboy-lj.livejournal.com
Of course! Friend away. :)

Познавательный блог

Date: 2011-07-09 02:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marshejemu.livejournal.com
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Благодарю за информацию

Date: 2011-07-10 12:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] survanceyny.livejournal.com
Классно :)Image (http://7wp.ru/)

Благодарю за статью

Date: 2011-07-19 05:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jadaiku.livejournal.com
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From: [identity profile] rillingsadux.livejournal.com
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Date: 2011-10-31 06:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quintusypada.livejournal.com
I hope you will keep updating your content constantly as you have one dedicated reader here.

Все прикольно сделано!

Date: 2012-01-31 10:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] menashemyl.livejournal.com
Познавательно, но не убедительно. Чего-то не хватает, а чего не пойму. Но, скажу прямо: – светлые и доброжелательные мысли.Image (http://zimnyayaobuv.ru/)Image (http://zimnyaya-obuv.ru/)

Date: 2012-03-15 01:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sjp9920.livejournal.com
I'm not sure that I can add anything to the praise you have already received above, but I just had to take a moment to tell you how much I enjoyed reading Clocks of the Long Now. I just finished it last night and I am already planning on reading it again. I want to go back and take the time to really enjoy all the details and references that you wove so seamlessly into the story. I know I missed so many of them the first time because I was rushing though the words so feverishly to find out what would happen next. I loved that you were able to switch between all the different points of view and yet it never seemed disjointed or confusing.

I can't imagine how much time and energy it took to create this incredible adventure, but I wanted to thank you for writing it and for sharing it with us.

I'm looking forward to reading more of your work.

Date: 2012-03-15 06:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lostboy-lj.livejournal.com
Thanks so much for this comment. It took about four years to finish, (including a two year "vacation" of writer's block) so I still think about it from time to time, and am always delighted to hear from anyone who has read it. I've been working on a sequel called "Midnight Empire", but otherwise I haven't really written much else in the fandom.
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