You see, no matter how good a boy you are, God doesn’t want you! But I still do.
There are other things we could try [to make Spike corporeal]. They’re a little riskier, but— No. I’m not gonna end up like Pavayne, cheating hell any way he could, no matter who it hurt. Just proves what I’ve been telling everybody. That I’m a handsome devil who brightens the place up? That you’re worth saving.
Hey anon! Sure thing.
The first fic to come to mind was Forward To Time Past by Unbridled Brunette, which is my favorite of the classic sort of concept of Buffy going back in time to meet William. I really can’t say enough about this fic - it’s just gorgeous and I return to it time and time again. Similarly, the Jumpverse by OffYourBird has the Victorian time travel with bonus of both Spike and William being featured.
If what you’re wanting is some William goodness, there are other great fics that don’t involve time travel per se. For example, Legions of True Hearts by Eurydice (shared dreams) or Better Left Unsaid by Gwyneth Rhys (spell on current!Spike).
If you’re looking for alternate reality/time travel “fix” fics (i.e., time travel within the time period of the show), some of my favorites include Perfect World by cousinjean, The Butterfly Effect by cousinjean, A Switch in Time by coalitiongirl, His Way by dreamweaver and Her Way by dreamweaver.
Some other fics containing some timeline jumping around/dimension hopping within the timeline: Beg the Liquid Red by Eurydice (haven’t reread but remember enjoying it) and Heroes in Hell by Glassdarkly. Also, Ahead of Her Time by haleycc features time travel, although it isn’t Buffy or Spike doing the traveling.
Hope that helps your fic craving, anon! I just drew from my own rec list/bookmarks but there’s a ton of good stuff out there.
Yes, it’s terribly simple. The good guys are always stalwart and true, the bad guys are easily distinguished by their pointy horns or black hats, and we always defeat them and save the day. No one ever dies, and everybody lives happily ever after.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer 2x07: Lie to Me