This story is the fifth episode in the series Time
is the Fire, and it's highly recommended that you read that pilot
story, as well as previous episodes, before this.
Spike is living in LA, running his own agency. He has recruited a demon,
Jordan, who can shift into different forms at will, and a human, Sam.
Together with help from Wesley, he is making a new life for himself as
a souled vampire.
Spike and Angel have formed a unique, passionate relationship that draws
in all those who come in contact with them. Spike appears to have recovered
from his horrific experiences at the hands of Russell Winter's sire, but
appearances can be deceptive. Angel is forced to face an enemy even he
my fiction deals with adult themes: torture; blood play; rape; graphic
male/male sex. That doesn't mean that every story has all these elements,
but some of them might. If you find any of these disturbing, please don't
read this fiction. I don't put specific warnings on individual chapters
or episodes because I feel that spoils the plot.