[identity profile] lusciousxander.livejournal.com posting in [community profile] buffyversetop5
1) Second String by Solstice: Spuffy. He has lost two Slayers. She’s just lost her Watcher. Now they’re stuck with each other and neither is particularly happy about it. Drabble series set in an AU. (An AU where Spike is Buffy's watcher. All the character arcs were incredible, and for once Riley is written fairly here. My favorite part was Xander falling in love with a gender shifter demon who prefers to stay male. Check out how cute they look together:

2) Yeah, that happened...The Real Story of Buffy and Spike by Cryptwarmer: The real life Buffy, tells her own real life story, of being the Slayer and her relationship with that ONE vampire in all the world. Working under the assumption that the TV series was based on a book based on real life, this is Buffy's story of what it was like to be the Slayer and how things really went down for her and Spike. This story is original and depicts real life relationships so well. Buffy is so relatable here and so real! The characters were so interesting and the relationship between Buffy and her mother was complex. The story also had a lot of perks like the Q and A section and also the chapters being titled the same way the episodes on Friends were.

3)Darkest Dawn by Sigyn and Zabjade: On Halloween night, Dawn Summers went missing. Two days later she turns up dead, and an already grieving Buffy has one less reason to try and claw her way back to life. But something already did come back – to demonic unlife, anyway. Now Spike has to rear an adolescent vampire, trying keep her from killing when she has no chip, no soul, and no real reason to be good, except for her respect for him. Season Six divergence, as Dawn is brought all the way in All The Way. Complete at 50 chapters.

4) Razing the Veil by Eurydice: As far as Spike is concerned, life doesn't get better than being cock of the walk in the rising anarchy of 1980 New York City. Vampires are a growing threat, and he's the one to lead the underground rebellion in defeating them. Except...maybe not. Because in a different world, one Spike died to save, a certain Slayer discovers his journey just might not be over yet after all.

5) Otherwise by Sigyn: The Slayer Buffy Summers drowned at the hellmouth two years ago. The vampire Spike was dusted in Prague. So what are they both doing here? I can't resist time travel fics. S7 Buffy and Spike find themselves in an alternative universe where Xander didn't rescue Buffy in Prophecy Girl. I have also enjoyed Xander/Cordelia here and how the writer gave them more depth than the show allowed to.

Date: 2017-01-07 08:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] petzipellepingo.livejournal.com
Good to see a shout out for a still active community. Thanks for posting.

Date: 2017-01-07 10:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] debris4spike.livejournal.com
Loved Otherwise, but somehow missed Second String ... so thanks for that rec

Date: 2017-01-07 07:47 pm (UTC)
yourlibrarian: Angel and Lindsey (ScoobyXmasTop5-eyesthatslay)
From: [personal profile] yourlibrarian
Good to see this community highlighted. The third and fourth links go to locked entries though (also the post needs a cut tag after the first entry).

Date: 2017-01-16 04:55 pm (UTC)
yourlibrarian: Angel and Lindsey (ScoobyXmasTop5-eyesthatslay)
From: [personal profile] yourlibrarian
Thanks lusciousxander!

Date: 2017-01-07 10:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sparrow2000.livejournal.com
Normally I'm not a Spuffy girl, but your descriptions have got me intrigued, so I'll definitely have a look.

Date: 2017-01-08 12:21 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] mistress-tien.livejournal.com
I almost never read Spuffy, but I just finished Second String and it was lovely. Very well done and worth the read. I'm going to give the others a try, too.

Thanks for a great list!

Date: 2017-01-08 02:03 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] double_dutchess
I've read the first three, and they're great. I'm going to read the other two too, thanks!

Date: 2017-01-08 02:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] borg-princess.livejournal.com
omg, that last fic is AMAZING. I'm sleep-deprived today because I was up til 3am reading it! ♥ I love that it's not only time-travel, but alternate universe so they don't have to worry about preserving the timeline, that's really clever!

Date: 2017-01-08 11:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thenewbuzwuzz.livejournal.com
Oh, good. I was going to rec most of your list, now I won't have to. :D
"Second String" is on my to-read bookshelf. Clearly, it needs to be higher on it. ^^ Gender shifter demons sound right up my alley.
"Yeah, that happened...The Real Story of Buffy and Spike": I agree completely. It was so imaginative and unique! (Actually, I think I found it via your rec on tumblr, so thank you very much!)
"Darkest Dawn": I loved the hell out of that one. Buffy's group therapy sessions were one of my favorite things.
"Razing the Veil": uh huh, it's already so fun and intriguing!
"Otherwise": yess, Xander and Cordelia were awesome, as was the interpretation of so many other characters!! Even Snyder got character growth! I think this was excellent as time travel(-ish) fic because it gave Buffy and Spike a worthy challenge. Sometimes, Peggy Sue fic seems to go too easily, but, oh god, not this time.

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