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The Final Cut by [livejournal.com profile] aadler: Dru is going after Jenny and Angelus is playing taunt the watcher. It’s Jenny, Giles, Ethan and Xander on a wicked adventure set in S2 after Angel lost his soul.
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[identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
Five favorite shippy shorts from the past year, and one vid as a bonus.

very good bad thing by spangel. Cordelia's POV on Buffy. So accurate that it hurts.

Waylaid by [livejournal.com profile] beer_good_foamy (or AO3 link). Faith/Tara in the Wishverse, and it's surely the lightest and most hopeful Wishverse story I've ever read.

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[identity profile] sparrow2000.livejournal.com
I’ve said many times before, but it bears repeating that I love [livejournal.com profile] baudown’s ability to tell a big story so economically. What Gives is a series of drabbles in which Xander tends to Spike’s injuries and Spike allows himself to be tended to.

Follow the trail of breadcrumbs... )
[identity profile] lusciousxander.livejournal.com
Facing the Monster by [livejournal.com profile] snogged: What if Spike found Xander after the events of “Reptile Boy?” Deliciously dark.

Smoke by feathers-and-cigarettes: Set in BtVS S10. Xander smoking weed.

Frame of Reference by [livejournal.com profile] baudown: This fic shows why I love Spander so much. Both Xander and Spike are equal.

Special Occasion by feathers-and-cigarettes: Xander is throwing Spike a surprise birthday party.

Notes by feathers-and-cigarettes: Spike is leaving notes for Xander in poetry form.

Bonus Drabble:

Temptation by [livejournal.com profile] strickens_girl: This is the funniest and hottest threesome out there.
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[identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
Five favorite scary stories. Just keep in mind that some of these go with major character death warning. Won't tell which ones, because I'm evil like that. And because spoilers.

Truly and Forever by [livejournal.com profile] thuviaptarth. What if Willow managed to resurrect Tara? Rated NC-17, and not exactly for the smut.

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[identity profile] sparrow2000.livejournal.com
[livejournal.com profile] lusciousxander asked for some Spander, and who am I to deny her. I know there’s been a Spander epics list already, so I thought I’d offer up a list of one-shots that maybe might have fallen off people’s radar.

First up is Prophecy by [livejournal.com profile] nasty_shrew. The language in this is so beautiful and the way it starts and the way it ends is perfect and so is everything else in between.

Oh look...squirrel... )
[identity profile] dragonyphoenix.livejournal.com
The Prompt: Write about changes in relationships (friend to enemy or vice versa), or introduce characters that have never met, or something else that fits the theme.

Party Demons by [livejournal.com profile] kantayra - The world might be ending but at least Clem’s made a new friend. Hee!

Sleeping Arrangements by [livejournal.com profile] gwynnega - given that they're drabbles, it can be hard to describe the story without ruining the surprise

Unconventional by [livejournal.com profile] glassslipper - ditto

All in the Retelling by [livejournal.com profile] xmirax - rescuing the world from Angelus as told by one who lived to tell the tale

Hubris by [livejournal.com profile] knotted_rose - I don’t want to ruin the surprise. Angel story.

Edited on 30 Oct to include author names,
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[identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
Five classic Angel/Spike stories, arranged from shortest to longest.

Victrola by [livejournal.com profile] hello_spikey. William, Angelus and that terrible modern music.

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I forgot to bookmark things I wanted to rec this time around, which was stupid of me. So I'm just going from memory here and have probably forgotten loads of great things. But anyway, here are five random fandom things I enjoyed in 2015.

First some fic.

Ipseity by [livejournal.com profile] spuffy_luvr. Buffy/Spike, Teen and up. A wonderful long, plotty fic, featuring an amnesiac post-Chosen Buffy and her friends', and Dawn's, attempts to help and restore her. Lots of angst ensues.

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[identity profile] lusciousxander.livejournal.com
I tried to pick fics that [livejournal.com profile] sparrow2000 didn't rec already but I had to mention [livejournal.com profile] aadler's awesome remix.

All the tender sweetness of a seasick crocodile by cori_the_bloody: Post-Chosen. Xander’s been reeling from all the change in his life. New city, new job…it’s all a bit overwhelming. He’s still got a lot to be thankful for, though, and his friends are determined to remind him of that fact. One-shot written for a Christmas fic exchange.
More Xander goodness )
[identity profile] draconin.livejournal.com
Since people seemed quite taken with the first set here are five more, probably better known than the first set.

Living History by LizMarcs
Rating: PG, Worksafe
Some people have come from a place far, far away and a time far, far ahead to ask for help on an urgent matter. The time they were aiming for? February 2008. The place? Moscow. The problem? Somehow they've ended up in Cleveland, September 2003. And that’s just the beginning of the trouble; they seem to be descendants of the Scoobies and are determined not to change the past... but they haven't reckoned with Xander. Superbly written with a fascinating plot, some of the most beautifully crafted OCs I've ever seen and a wonderful portrayal of Xander and Faith. Very highly recommended!

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[identity profile] lusciousxander.livejournal.com
I hated that what happened to Xander in the episode Consequences was never explored properly on the show. So here are five fics dealing with Faith's attempted rape/murder on Xander.

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[identity profile] dragonyphoenix.livejournal.com
Okay, I'm not exactly sure what to call this category but they're not chipper, that's for sure.
These are all worksafe.

1. Brave New World by Kaydee Falls asks if we are sure that the real world actually is better than the Wish!verse.

2. Quinara's in the dark / sometimes / i hear you gives a great feel of Spike's insane in the high-school basement PoV.

3. Losing Your Memory by Tay Marie has me in tears each time I watch.

4. Aycheb's Scarlet Ribbons: Yeah, I apologize for inflicing this on you right after Losing Your Memory. Also, I think it's awesome she quoted Alice Sheldon (aka James Tiptree Jr.).

5. Laura Shapiro's Transparent: Eeeeee! Amazing Willow character study.
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Five more memorable ficlets from the [livejournal.com profile] sb_fag_ends Edgar Allen Poe titles Halloween challenge, this time all written by [livejournal.com profile] spuffy_luvr, each one of them, like in my previous post, beautifully, imaginatively written.

Don't you love it when fic writers make you see familiar things in a new light?

Enjoy.

The Soul of the Plot. Spike's POV in Beneath You. PG. 400 words. For the prompt: Ligeia (by way of The Conqueror Worm).

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[identity profile] baudown.livejournal.com
Five fics that will get under your skin:

1. The Loving Dead, by witling -- Xander is being haunted. Is it ghosts, or ghosts of the past? Eerie, atmospheric, and a little bit heartbreaking. A beautifully rendered Xander.

2. Macrame, by Anna S -- Willow overuses magic. Magic has consequences. As always, the writing is extraordinary. Spander.

3. Skin Deep, by Doyle -- A short and very scary season 7 AU. Yikes.

4. Cuckoo in the Nest, by liz marks -- A character study of Tony Harris, an all-too human monster. This will hit you like a punch to the gut. This one stuck with me for a long, long time.

5. Red Frame, White Light, by sparrow2000 -- Post-soul Spike's craziness takes a slightly different form. His encounter with Xander is shivery perfection.
[identity profile] rebcake.livejournal.com
We had some excellent long fics in 2012, because our fandom is full of talented people. Many of those fics have been mentioned on other lists. Here are some for which I am (patiently) awaiting updates.

Safeverse by [livejournal.com profile] shapinglight (Spike/Giles with plot) NC17
A Season 7 Giles juggles a chipped/souled/triggered Spike, a secretive and hostile Council, and the Potential Slayers who depend on him. It’s even harder when The First keeps popping up wearing the face of his allies. 8 chapters posted.

Some gen, some AU, some Spuffy. It's all good... )

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 More meta-y goodness from 2012. Because meta essays just don't get enough love. (Parts 1 & 2  here  and  here )  I had originally promised myself not to repeat authors but changed my mind.  Humor me, gentle reader.  Hopefully more love will mean more meta essays in future, so share the love!
 
"Buffy and Spike Ramblings"   by   [livejournal.com profile] angearia    If there is anyone in the fandom, including myself, who loves Buffy Anne Summers and expresses that love more tenderly and thoughtfully than Emmie does, I haven't met them yet.  (Granted, I've only been in this fandom less than a year, but still...) How often do you come across a meditation, more prose poem than essay, on Buffy's feelings for Spike that begins with a poem from Pablo Neruda?  I love you in this way because I don't know any other way of loving.

"Effulgent Love"  by [livejournal.com profile] angearia   Because I couldn't choose.  I call this Emmie's definite statement on Buffy's love for Spike, her declaration in Chosen, and the "evolving state of her heart" over seven+ seasons. So many choice sentences and phrases that sing in my soul:  Buffy shows Spike all the ways she loves in Season 7 and it culminates with her verbal declaration in "Chosen", that final barrier to her fully opening her heart again, that damaged, battered organ that's been too afraid to love ever since her father left her, ever since Angel traumatized her in Innocence and the back half of Season 2 and the more in Season 3. 

"Giles and the Wild Woman"    by  [livejournal.com profile] norwie2010   The journey of Rupert Giles, how he is tested, challenged and changed by the women of Sunnydale, especially Buffy, Willow and Jenny, and how he tries to navigate the evolution "from tamer" under a patriarchial structure, "to tutor, to guide", the man who in the end steps back to support the narrative of the female heros.  And if that sounds dry, never fear; norwie enlivens academic concepts with a witty style as dry as a three-olive martini.  

"A Conversation that  Might Interest You, Dear F-list"  by  [livejournal.com profile] local_max   A direct response to norwie's meta, going deeper into the themes of power and gender, on the shifting relationships of Giles and all the women on the show, including Faith and Anya, most especially Willow; also touches briefly on the parallels between Xander and Spike in the later season.  

"The Chosen O"   by  [livejournal.com profile] lostboy_lj   I couldn't decide between all of his metas in 2012;   "Buffyverse Monsters, Part 2"   is worth reading just for his meticulous analysis of Buffy's conversation with Holden Webster in CWDP (yes, I just cheated and slipped in a 6th. Your forbearance I beg.)  But this is one of the most interesting and provocative takes on the final scene between Buffy and Spike, lush romanticism contrasted with post-modern referentiality and a nod to Star Wars. Worth it just for the gorgeous screencaps of SMG's face during that scene, hence the title.  I just wanna bask....
[identity profile] red-satin-doll.livejournal.com
More meta-y goodness from 2012. Because meta essays just don't get enough love. (Parts 1 & 2   ere  and   ere )  I had originally promised myself not to repeat authors but changed my mind.  Humor me, gentle reader.  Hopefully more love will mean more meta essays in future, so share the love!
"Buffy and Spike Ramblings"   by  [livejournal.com profile] angearia   If there is anyone in the fandom, including myself, who loves Buffy Anne Summers and expresses that love more tenderly and thoughtfully than Emmie does, I haven't met them yet.  (Granted, I've only been in this fandom less than a year, but still...) How often do you come across a meditation, more prose poem than essay, on Buffy's feelings for Spike that begins with a poem from Pablo Neruda?  I love you in this way because I don't know any other way of loving.
"Effulgent Love"   by  [livejournal.com profile] angearia  Because I couldn't choose.  I call this Emmie's definite statement on Buffy's love for Spike, her declaration in Chosen, and the "evolving state of her heart" over seven+ seasons. So many choice sentences and phrases that sing to my soul:  Buffy shows Spike all the ways she loves in Season 7 and it culminates with her verbal declaration in "Chosen", that final barrier to her fully opening her heart again, that damaged, battered organ that's been too afraid to love ever since her father left her, ever since Angel traumatized her in Innocence and the back half of Season 2 and the more in Season 3
"Giles and the Wild Woman"    by  [livejournal.com profile] norwie2010  The journey of one Rupert Giles, how he is tested, challenged and changed by the women of Sunnydale, especially Buffy, Willow and Jenny, and how he tries to navigate the evolution "from tamer" under a patriarchial structure, "to tutor, to guide", the man who in the end steps back to support the narrative of the female heros.  And if that sounds dry, never fear; norwie enlivens academic concepts with a witty style as dry as a three-olive martini.
"A Conversation that  Might Interest You, Dear F-list"  by  [livejournal.com profile] local_max   A direct response to norwie's meta, going deeper into the themes of power and gender, on the shifting relationships of Giles and all the women on the show, including Faith and Anya, most especially Willow; also touches briefly on the parallels between Xander and Spike in the later seasons.
"The Chosen O"   by  [livejournal.com profile] lostboy_ljI couldn't decide between all of his metas in 2012;   "Buffyverse Monsters, Part 2"   is worth reading just for his meticulous analysis of Buffy's conversation with Holden Webster in CWDP (yes, I just cheated and slipped in a 6th. Shhh...)  But this is one of the most interesting and provocative takes on the final scene between Buffy and Spike, hence the title; lush romanticism contrasted with post-modern referentiality and a nod to Star Wars. Worth it just for the utterly gorgeous screencaps of SMG's face during that scene and every shift in her expression. I just wanna bask....


Originally posted on DreamWidth  http://buffyversetop5.dreamwidth.org/330395.html
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[identity profile] moscow-watcher.livejournal.com
Dust by [livejournal.com profile] knifeedgefic
http://www.livejournal.com/tools/memories.bml?user=knifeedgefic&keyword=DUST&filter=all
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6958651/1/DUST
http://www.bloodshedverse.com/stories.php?go=chapters&no=12728
WIP, 31 chapters, PG so far, NC-17 later. Alternate season 4. Buffy wakes in a Sunnydale that went utterly wrong... Everybody's asleep; the phones are dead; and there is no way out of the town. Buffy's only hope is a certain vampire who managed to stay awake and who was persistent enough to wake her up. Intriguing premise, genre storytelling par excellence, witty dialogues, funny insights into Buffy's and Spike's minds, overall creepy atmosphere -- the story's vitality and finesse make "Dust" one of the most exciting and gripping stories of the year.
four more )
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Dust by [livejournal.com profile] knifeedgefic
http://www.livejournal.com/tools/memories.bml?user=knifeedgefic&keyword=DUST&filter=all
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6958651/1/DUST
http://www.bloodshedverse.com/stories.php?go=chapters&no=12728
WIP, 31 chapters, PG so far, NC-17 later. Alternate season 4. Buffy wakes in a Sunnydale that went utterly wrong... Everybody's asleep; the phones are dead; and there is no way out of the town. Buffy's only hope is a certain vampire who managed to stay awake and who was persistent enough to wake her up. Intriguing premise, genre storytelling par excellence, witty dialogues, funny insights into Buffy's and Spike's minds, overall creepy atmosphere -- the story's vitality and finesse make "Dust" one of the most exciting and gripping stories of the year.
four more )
[identity profile] ceciliaj.livejournal.com
These are my fave favorite BtVS/AtS posts of 2010. They belong to different genres, but all will tell you something you needed to know about how awesome the show is, how awesome the fandom is, or, because these are five of the finest writers around, both :).

And When The Sky Was Opened (for 30 Days of Angel) by [livejournal.com profile] eleusis_walks.

Summary: Cordelia's amazing character arc across two shows.

Women, Connecting by [livejournal.com profile] gabrielleabelle.

Summary: to modify a tag from the author, geeks like charts :)

Picspam: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Race!Swap Cast by [livejournal.com profile] penny_lane_42.

Summary: gorgeous picspam, searing questions into the racial politics of U.S. television. (already been recced, but deserves to be again!)

Season 7: The Breakdown of Buffy Summers by [livejournal.com profile] angearia.

Summary: beautiful, complex look at our heroine in a controversial season.

The Mission is What Matters: Wesley Wyndam-Price by [livejournal.com profile] pocochina.

Summary: she made me like Wesley. It was awesome.
[identity profile] ceciliaj.livejournal.com
These are my fave favorite BtVS/AtS posts of 2010. They belong to different genres, but all will tell you something you needed to know about how awesome the show is, how awesome the fandom is, or, because these are five of the finest writers around, both :).

And When The Sky Was Opened (for 30 Days of Angel) by [livejournal.com profile] eleusis_walks.

Summary: Cordelia's amazing character arc across two shows.

Women, Connecting by [livejournal.com profile] gabrielleabelle.

Summary: to modify a tag from the author, geeks like charts :)

Picspam: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Race!Swap Cast by [livejournal.com profile] penny_lane_42.

Summary: gorgeous picspam, searing questions into the racial politics of U.S. television. (already been recced, but deserves to be again!)

Season 7: The Breakdown of Buffy Summers by [livejournal.com profile] angearia.

Summary: beautiful, complex look at our heroine in a controversial season.

The Mission is What Matters: Wesley Wyndam-Price by [livejournal.com profile] pocochina.

Summary: she made me like Wesley. It was awesome.
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[personal profile] shapinglight
In no particular order:

Mechanics of the Act by [livejournal.com profile] nomelon, Spike/Illyria, NC17. Illyria is curious about her new form and enlists Spike to...well, no one instructs the God-King, but Spike does his best.

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In no particular order:

Mechanics of the Act by [livejournal.com profile] nomelon, Spike/Illyria, NC17. Illyria is curious about her new form and enlists Spike to...well, no one instructs the God-King, but Spike does his best.

Read more... )
[identity profile] lusciousxander.livejournal.com
1) Nothing the Same by [livejournal.com profile] orchidluv: Wow! Seriously, wow!! A long, thrilling epic! It's a rewrite of BtVS from S1 in which Jesse's death makes Xander curious about vampires. He doubts what Giles told him about Jesse being gone and replaced by a monster and starts studying and researching about vampires. The best part about this fic is how complex the characters are. There's no character bashing, just character flaws getting the best of characters, and it's nice reading the story from different, unreliable point of views. If you're a Spander fan and haven't read this, then shame on you. If you're not a Spander fan, then this is the story I recommend for you.

The fic is really long and written in four books. The link above is for book 1. And here are the links for the next books: Book 2, Book 3, and Book 4.

Note: The fic was first written in 2007 and completed in 2010. The second half of Book 4 was written in 2010.
Check out the rest... )
[identity profile] lusciousxander.livejournal.com
1) Nothing the Same by [livejournal.com profile] orchidluv: Wow! Seriously, wow!! A long, thrilling epic! It's a rewrite of BtVS from S1 in which Jesse's death makes Xander curious about vampires. He doubts what Giles told him about Jesse being gone and replaced by a monster and starts studying and researching about vampires. The best part about this fic is how complex the characters are. There's no character bashing, just character flaws getting the best of characters, and it's nice reading the story from different, unreliable point of views. If you're a Spander fan and haven't read this, then shame on you. If you're not a Spander fan, then this is the story I recommend for you.

The fic is really long and written in four books. The link above is for book 1. And here are the links for the next books: Book 2, Book 3, and Book 4.

Note: The fic was first written in 2007 and completed in 2010. The second half of Book 4 was written in 2010.
Check out the rest... )
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Where "long" = "more than one chapter."

1. Better Late Than Never (11 chapters), by [livejournal.com profile] cindergal
post-Intervention
Spike and Buffy head back to the 1970s to retrieve an artifact to help them defeat Glory. Sweet and hopeful and very quietly romantic. Plus: time travel! and Ripper!

and the rest )
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Where "long" = "more than one chapter."

1. Better Late Than Never (11 chapters), by [livejournal.com profile] cindergal
post-Intervention
Spike and Buffy head back to the 1970s to retrieve an artifact to help them defeat Glory. Sweet and hopeful and very quietly romantic. Plus: time travel! and Ripper!

and the rest )
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[personal profile] snickfic
1. Impossible, by Bitterness
AU S7
A huge, sprawling, plotty, ensemble-cast S7 AU. The Spuffy reunion and rebuilding is slow and cautious and occasionally fraught, but beautiful. The Buffy-Dawn relationship is wonderful, too. There's fun plot stuff and serious plot stuff. Even the actual pregnancy developments are handled gracefully and with aplomb.

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1. Impossible, by Bitterness
AU S7
A huge, sprawling, plotty, ensemble-cast S7 AU. The Spuffy reunion and rebuilding is slow and cautious and occasionally fraught, but beautiful. The Buffy-Dawn relationship is wonderful, too. There's fun plot stuff and serious plot stuff. Even the actual pregnancy developments are handled gracefully and with aplomb.

and four more )
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Prism by [livejournal.com profile] penny_lane_42
http://community.livejournal.com/seasonal_spuffy/356065.html
PG-13, Season 7, episodes "Bring on the Night" through "Chosen". Buffy and Spike as seen by Potentials and Faith. Sharp, insightful character study; inventive use of POVs; great voices - Potentials have more interesting personalities in this fic than they have in canon. From Molly, who initially thinks that

Spike must be a dog ("Buffy talks about Spike being the only one strong enough to protect everyone and Xander’s jibes about him attacking people combined with Dawn’s sarcastic
comment about him needing to be put down made her really think it must have been a dog") to Faith who tries to convince Buffy that she shouldn't run away from her emotions ("I know you think anything that feels good is big-time evil. But that ain’t true."), it's a powerful and gripping story.
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Prism by [livejournal.com profile] penny_lane_42
http://community.livejournal.com/seasonal_spuffy/356065.html
PG-13, Season 7, episodes "Bring on the Night" through "Chosen". Buffy and Spike as seen by Potentials and Faith. Sharp, insightful character study; inventive use of POVs; great voices - Potentials have more interesting personalities in this fic than they have in canon. From Molly, who initially thinks that

Spike must be a dog ("Buffy talks about Spike being the only one strong enough to protect everyone and Xander’s jibes about him attacking people combined with Dawn’s sarcastic
comment about him needing to be put down made her really think it must have been a dog") to Faith who tries to convince Buffy that she shouldn't run away from her emotions ("I know you think anything that feels good is big-time evil. But that ain’t true."), it's a powerful and gripping story.
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Ars Poetica by [livejournal.com profile] penny_lane_42
http://community.livejournal.com/seasonal_spuffy/340876.html
R, "Becoming Part II" - post-"Not Fade Away." Author's summary: "The story of her life with Spike, Buffy realizes, is written in poetry, not prose." Fill-in-the-blancs featuring great poetry that reflects Spike and Buffy's relationship. Compelling and intense.
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Ars Poetica by [livejournal.com profile] penny_lane_42
http://community.livejournal.com/seasonal_spuffy/340876.html
R, "Becoming Part II" - post-"Not Fade Away." Author's summary: "The story of her life with Spike, Buffy realizes, is written in poetry, not prose." Fill-in-the-blancs featuring great poetry that reflects Spike and Buffy's relationship. Compelling and intense.
click 4 more )
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[identity profile] moscow-watcher.livejournal.com
There are so many wonderful stories that I'm incredibly glad that [livejournal.com profile] petzipellepingo has already posted her Top 5 Favorite Spike/Buffy Tales For 2007 thus making my choices less agonizing. I recommend first of all check her entry because all her choices are excellent.

And here are mine... )
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[identity profile] moscow-watcher.livejournal.com
There are so many wonderful stories that I'm incredibly glad that [livejournal.com profile] petzipellepingo has already posted her Top 5 Favorite Spike/Buffy Tales For 2007 thus making my choices less agonizing. I recommend first of all check her entry because all her choices are excellent.

And here are mine... )

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