[identity profile] feliciacraft.livejournal.com
I'm a fan of the [livejournal.com profile] giles_shorts community, especially the "first line last line" challenge, where the last line from someone else's drabble becomes your first sentence. It takes a lot of discipline, something our favorite Watcher would surely have approved.

For your divertion, may I present five drabbles inspired by prompts from Giles-shorts:

Inherited Skill by [livejournal.com profile] quaggy_mire

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[identity profile] chasingdemons.livejournal.com
[livejournal.com profile] sb_fag_ends is a community for posting short Spuffy works. This is my second post of excellent drabbles and ficlets.

Prague by [livejournal.com profile] drizzlydaze (729 words)
The Council sends Wishverse!Buffy to Prague to intercept Spike and Drusilla just as the mob is closing in. It’s… fascinating.

MORE BELOW THE CUT )
[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] sparrow2000.livejournal.com
God knows we needed to get our laughs where we could last year, so here are five ficlets from 2016 that made me giggle

To kick off, try a perfect Giles, Spike drabble from [livejournal.com profile] il_mio_capitano. Spike might just be a little bit obsessed with Buffy. No wonder Giles needs Something Stronger.

Right this way for the funnies… )
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[identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
And another list based on the request by red_satin_doll - five stories about voiceless victims.

An Unexpected Afterlife by [livejournal.com profile] settiai. Tara was surprised to discover that being dead wasn't really that different from being alive. And even thoug story is from Tara's POV, she is not speaking just for herself. Tara/Cassie Newton, G.

Read more... )
[identity profile] dragonyphoenix.livejournal.com
Open on Sunday hasn’t had a post since July. As a memorial, I found five great - I went through a bunch but I didn’t read them all -  drabbles written for an Open on Sunday prompt.

1. [livejournal.com profile] punch_kicker15’s If You Are What You Say You Are because I’m a sucker for a happy ending.

2. [livejournal.com profile] romanyg’s Woman of Property because I’m also a sucker for angst

3. [livejournal.com profile] beer_good_foamy’s Advant Gardener because no one writes humor like Beer Good Foamy

4. [livejournal.com profile] baudown’s Parlour Games because awesome Spander

5. [livejournal.com profile] nihilistbear’s Kiss from “Once More With Feeling” because ouch!

And while I’m here, the first prompt since April has recently been posted at Giles Shorts. Go. Write.
[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,
[identity profile] dragonyphoenix.livejournal.com
1. Brace Yourself by Enigmatic Blue. Spike / Buffy. A rewrite  of season 6 where Buffy more easily accepts her attraction to Spike. A ritual to free Spike of a curse has unexpected consequences. And, given this category, I’m pretty sure you know what those consequences are. *grin*

the rest of the recs listened to sappy 80s love songs and are balling their eyes out )
[identity profile] dragonyphoenix.livejournal.com
In 2014 I wrote The Perfect Cup of Tea and I learned that Brits really don’t like it when you get tea making wrong. Note: I have since corrected my mistake and promise to never, ever do anything so heinous to tea, even if only in a story, again.

1. Gill O’s Tea Parties Suck, was written as a response to my story. I like to think my error, in that it produced such a delightfully humorous response, was almost worth making.
the rest of the recs are having a cup of tea and then having another one. Because they're small. )
[identity profile] baudown.livejournal.com
I became inspired by [livejournal.com profile] red_satin_doll's classic recs wishlist. Among other things, she asked for rare pairs, Mr. Gordo, stories that explore the POV of voiceless victims, and overlooked characters. Some of these stories do double, or even triple duty!

1. Little Red Riding Hood, by Circe -- This is a rare pair, and an overlooked character, and it's from the POV of a voiceless victim. And it's fantastic. Spike/Janice

2. Stars and Crosses, by Emelye -- This is definitely a rare pair; it fits in another wished for category as well, but I'm not saying more -- there's a surprise, and it made me grin from ear to ear when I first read it.

3. Untitled ficlet, by Anna S -- This one explains itself: Spike/Lorne (the ficlet is in the second half of the linked post)

4. The Wall Series, be Debechan,Teland,and TheSpike -- Xander/Ethan -- this qualifies as a rare pair, right? Dark and dirty.

5. Domestic Bliss, by nomelon -- Spike/Riley, which I think qualifies as a rare pair, too. This is a must-read, even if you think this pairing is a non-starter for you (as it was for me, until I read it, and then WOW). It's original and captivating and emotional and hot. Trust me on this one.
[identity profile] dragonyphoenix.livejournal.com

  1. gloss' Theses on a Philosophy of Power - this one is just brilliant. The Slayer, during the Bolshevik Revolution, is a Red. The oppression of Slayers through the writings of Karl Marx.

the rest of the recs are scratching their heads, wondering what the heck a drop bear is )
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[identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
Some favorite gen stories of the past year, arranged from shortest to longest.

Distractions by [livejournal.com profile] il_mio_capitano (Giles, Xander, PG). A library horror drabble that could really give you chills.

Parent Traps by [livejournal.com profile] aliceinkinkland (Willow, Anya, Xander, Tara, G). After "The Gift," Willow, Tara, Xander, and Anya discuss how they’re going to raise Dawn without turning into their own not-so-perfect parents.

Read more... )
[identity profile] sparrow2000.livejournal.com
Here are five [livejournal.com profile] open_on_sunday entries I really enjoyed last year. And looking back through links I’ve collected I’m embarrassed that I didn`t get around to commenting on a few on them, so I really must recify that! But that aside, they are all great in their different ways.

I’ve Got You Under My Skin by [livejournal.com profile] xspike4evax is a lovely look inside Cordy’s head as she wonders what she sees in Xander.

Follow the trail of breadcrumbs... )
[identity profile] dragonyphoenix.livejournal.com
Caster Sugar first part and second: I'd requested a story - Spike eating the Band Candy - that thisficklemob had been thinking on for years. Spike reverts to William, which does make sense now that I think on it. It's delightful.

Gabrielle's Answering Prayers: Joyce and Angel's relationship in the summer between seasons 2 and 3. It's brilliant.

Il Mio Capitano's Double Dipping: One of three recs for stories set in "Band Candy". (The others are Caster Sugar and the Saturday NIght vid.) Ripper and Joyce don't go as quietly as Buffy thinks.

Punch Kicker's If You Are What You Say You Are: Okay, I adore this because Joyce is saved. What can I say? I like Joyce.

FeliciaCraft's Lust at First Sight: Giles falls.
[identity profile] chasingdemons.livejournal.com
AN APPETIZER:

Academic
Author: [livejournal.com profile] beer_good_foamy
Character: Lydia
Posted at [livejournal.com profile] open_on_sunday on July 30, 2014

This drabble is about Lydia (the Watcher). Her past, present, and future in 100 words. It just stuck with me.

See More )
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[identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
Five of my favorite parody fics, arranged from shortest to longest.

Spike's Fury by [livejournal.com profile] coalitiongirl. Buffy, Angel, Spike, PG-13. The alternate ending of season 8 comics. Much better than canon one.

There are more! )
[identity profile] red-satin-doll.livejournal.com
I've already focused on some of [livejournal.com profile] kwritten's Buffy/Tara fics in my last rec post; here's more by various authors focusing on Tara herself rather than as half of a ship:


The Real You by [livejournal.com profile] brutti_ma_buoni (Tara, Dawn, mentions of Buffy and ensemble, S5-S6?); for [livejournal.com profile] eilowyn: Tara spends some time, that summer, trying to work out when Dawn became. Too few fics explore Tara's relationship with Dawn but also Tara's skill as a witch in her own right. This fills a need; satisfying and poignant.

Filling Holes by [livejournal.com profile] foxstarreh (Tara, implied W/T, canon-compliant S6, post-Once More With Feeling) There's this hole in her head.

Her Own also by [livejournal.com profile] foxstarreh (Tara, implied W/T, canon-compliant S6, between Tabula Rasa and Smashed.) Tara moves out of Revello and back to campus. Some of Tara's things are Willow's and she leaves those behind. Both of Fox's drabbles are incredibly haunting.

The Things You Find in Vending Machines by the ininimitable [livejournal.com profile] velvetwhip (Tara, Buffy, canon-compliant S4, post-New Moon Rising). This was written as a gift to me in return for the banner I'd made for her amazing fic "Soft and Pink and Very Sad"  ; a deleted scene that reminds me how hungry I am for more Buffy and Tara friendship scenes. Oh great. Not only is Buffy officially a dork, but Tara looks like a deer caught in the headlights, so now Buffy feels guilty… and still wigged out.

Eagles on the Wind by [livejournal.com profile] kerkevik_2014 (Tara/ Faith, post-series) Another gift for me; sly, sensual, confident Tara taking the lead with a Slayer whose cocky attitude doesn't mask her nerves or her fear of intimacy? YES, PLEASE.
"Aren't we gonna screw?"   /
Tara tutted at Faith; slowly undoing the buttons on her new wife's dress.
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[identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
Fics that surprised me with some unusual take on the pairing.
Any bad English in summaries is mine and shouldn't be blamed on fic authors.

Good Work Team by [livejournal.com profile] brutti_ma_buoni (Buffy/Spike, PG-13). What if Out Of My Mind never happened? What if Spike didn’t love (or didn’t realise he loved) Buffy?
Read more... )
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[personal profile] elisi
Spurred on by [livejournal.com profile] red_satin_doll here are five classic Spangel stories that I particularly love. (Someone already recced Friday, or that would have been top of the list, obviously. Also I don't have anything by Kita - sorry!) Have tried to list the fics as they happen within the shows' timeline.

1. Nothing Else Matters by [livejournal.com profile] estepheia. Summary: Having been beaten up by Buffy [in Dead Things] Spike drives to L.A. (This was the fic that brought me on board the Spike/Angel slash train. It is amazing and very hot.)

2. Lament for the Dead by [livejournal.com profile] stir_of_echoes. Summary: Nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime/Therefore, we are saved by hope [...] (Post-Destiny. If you take 'that one time' literally, this could be it.)

3. His Body A Boat by [livejournal.com profile] romanyg. Summary: Some sex, some violence. Wha'd'ya want? It's S/A. (If you want 'classic' you can't get more classic than this. Absolute, pared-down perfection.)

4. Vicarious (redux) by [livejournal.com profile] lynnenne. Summary: Spike and Angel share their memories of Buffy. In bed. (Set post-TGiQ. The perfect coda.)

5. Desert Pixies Made Us Do It by [livejournal.com profile] nomelon. Summary: Angel and Spike in the desert. Stuff happens. (Could be post-NFA. Also, the summary doesn't do it justice - this is quite simply one of the funniest fics in existence!)
[identity profile] dragonyphoenix.livejournal.com
Another day, technically, another Top 5 posting.

1. I can't imagine ever excluding Beer Good Foamy's The True Spirit of Christmas from this list. I adore how this story plays off of the Bing Crosby / David Bowie holiday vid.

the other stories say their out trick or treating but I know they're TPing the neighbor's tree )
[identity profile] lusciousxander.livejournal.com
1) Cousins to the War by [livejournal.com profile] jo_anne_storm: Okay, I've never watched Teen Wolf but I heard a lot about the similarities between Xander and Stiles and got curious. I don't regret a second of it. I'm glad that it's Stiles visiting Xander instead of the other way around. I'm also glad that Stiles is Xander's cousin and not his lover.
Check out the rest! )
[identity profile] sparrow2000.livejournal.com
Five random fics that got under my skin in 2013.

In the Moment by [livejournal.com profile] whiskyinmind is small and beautifully formed. It’s a terrific look inside Faith’s head and just oozes regret and mighthavebeens.

And the rest… )
[identity profile] beer-good-foamy.livejournal.com
Oh dear, another year where I read a lot of good fic and completely forgot to tag it so I could find it again, but here goes:

[livejournal.com profile] local_max's Making a Good Entrance and [livejournal.com profile] brutti_ma_buoni's Connected both take on "Chosen", from very different perspectives, and both end up giving me a huge smile while still making some interesting commentary on the show. We critique because we love.

3 more )
[identity profile] punch-kicker15.livejournal.com
Originally, I was going to include one story by [livejournal.com profile] elviswhataguy in the fanfiction.net list, but I realized that there was so much great work it deserved its own post.

[livejournal.com profile] elviswhataguy writes thoughtful, subtle Buffyverse stories that offer fascinating insights into the character's minds. I love all of the little details about what demon-fighting tasks they're working on, the books they read, the odd little incidents that they remember.

1. Let It Bleed Willow/Faith, Rated M.
The first story in the Wickedgeekyverse trilogy. There's an intriguing plot, and along the way both Willow and Faith are struggling through the hard work of redemption--and find themselves unexpected allies, friends, and eventually lovers.

The way we see the relationship through the point of view of the other characters (Kennedy, Buffy, Dawn and Xander) is also terrific. Nobody is in the story just to be a one-dimensional cheerleader for the relationship, or a jerk about it. Xander in particular is well-drawn in this story; the story explores both his worst qualities and his best. He's a complex person who has his reasons to be less-than-thrilled about a Willow/Faith relationship.

The thing that takes it over the top for me is Faith: she is alternately hilarious, idiotic, aggravating, endearing, and insightful, and her journey to something approaching a real relationship is a joy to read. The sequel, Beggar's Banquet, is less plotty, and includes a Giles point-of-view chapter where Faith and Giles hunt a dragon in Cleveland.

The other four after the cut )
[identity profile] punch-kicker15.livejournal.com
I think of livejournal as my fanfic center of the universe, but branching out from LJ can be rewarding as well. Fanfiction.net had many great stories posted in 2013. Here are five great stories from there (that weren't also posted to LJ as far as I know.)

1. Repercussions by Jinxgirl. Buffy, Faith, Angel. Rated T.
This is a gut-wrenching depiction of what would have happened if things had gone according to Buffy’s plan in Graduation Day, Part One.

The rest beneath the cut )
[identity profile] dragonyphoenix.livejournal.com
1) Beer Good Foamy wrote a crossover between Buffy and Welcome to Night Vale Radio Silence that outdoes even the usual awesomeness of a Beer Good story.
The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the crisscrossing, interlocking, violently conflicting paths of other equally righteous men. Welcome to Night Vale.

the rest of the stories are looking for flights to the anyplace warm ...  )
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[personal profile] endeni
Vengeance is Mine by hufflepuffsneak (PG, gen, crossover with Marvel's Avengers, mentions of child abuse) - “Hey, I’m Natalie.” Natasha gave a name close to the truth, the child deserved that, but she hadn’t been a successful vengeance demon for the past six decades by handing out her true name to just anyone. (EDIT: Yay, the link is now working properly!)
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Natasha as a vengeance demon! *_* Full disclosure: this ficlet was written for me as an Halloween treat (and at such it hits all my weak points... :D)

and the rest )
[identity profile] sparrow2000.livejournal.com
Well it looks as if I might be first up to post - happy new year everyone! :)

[livejournal.com profile] baudown gives good drabble, and I can only envy her effortless talent for telling huge stories with such economy and style. Here are five of my favourite drabbles from her written in 2013. Most, but not all are Spike, Xander in some form or another.

My favourite drabble hands down of the year ‘Til I’m Gathered Safely In. The last line especially makes me sigh.

More drabbles right this way... )
yourlibrarian: Angel and Lindsey (Dru Top5 - kathyh)
[personal profile] yourlibrarian
The Girl Who Falls Down Stairs by kaydeefalls – Work caution advised – A study of women in the Whedonverse and how they come into their various powers. An interesting take that shows a consistent storyline across the different properties of fear and reluctance, followed by a maturity and confidence after the transition.

Read more... )
[identity profile] dragonyphoenix.livejournal.com
If you've been following you'll notice I went a bit overboard with recs this year.
;-)

I basically found a bunch of stories I adore and then put them into categories. Here are five that are awesome but didn't get put into any of the other categories. I marked the two that are not worksafe.

1) Dealing by estephia
Not worksafe.
Ethan/Lindsey
Ever wonder how Lindsey got those tats?

The rest of the recs are sharing a joint and gazing about at all the pretty fall leaves ...  )
[identity profile] dragonyphoenix.livejournal.com
All of these are pre-2013 postings. I just first discovered them recently.

1) The Butterfingers G. D. I. Stark Guide to Problem Solving by Epiphanyx7
Avengers verse
Starks' A. I. bots are building another bot. Adorable story.

So in the end there always ends up being some sort of tiny, insignificant anomaly --- not a mistake, or anything. Just a... a loophole, in the programming parameters. This line totally reminds me of a plotline from Freefall, and you can see another example of robots creating robots in Girl Genius.

The rest of the recs are busy wondering: if it's still the Day of the Dead, why aren't there more zombies skulking about ...  )
[identity profile] dragonyphoenix.livejournal.com
All of these are either part of a series or a rec for the series as a whole.
None of these are worksafe, but none are terribly squicky either.

1) Of Old Mystics by omphalos and Wolfling: Giles/Ethan - Giles, now head of the Council, rescues Ethan from the Initiative only to learn that they are a bonded pair, Order and Chaos, who must work together to save the world. One of my favorite go-back-to stories.

The other five recs are eyeing each other and wondering who's going to clean up the mess from that Halloween bash ... )
[identity profile] dragonyphoenix.livejournal.com
Okay, I had a bunch of stories left over and no great way to group them! They are still awesome stories.

1) Amnesia!Spike by Mahaliem
Whenever I rec it I get a bunch of people agreeing it's wonderful but I hardly ever see it recced

Spike nodded in agreement. He was just getting used to hearing his name. Whatever had happened earlier in the evening had wiped his memory clean. He didn’t know who he was, and to hear the lot of them talk, he didn’t know what he was, either. In fact, he only knew one thing about himself. Luckily it was a very important thing.

He had a really cool coat.


the other recs are busy agreeing that Spike's coat really is cool )
[identity profile] beer-good-foamy.livejournal.com
For a supposed horror-influenced series, BtVS was rarely truly horrifying. Luckily, there are fans willing to correct that. Here are five fics that have stuck in my head for years.

The Twelfth Sister/The Twelfth Sister Revisited (AO3 link thanks to [livejournal.com profile] rebcake) by Rowan. What if the Watchers' Council had managed to put Faith in custody and keep her? This fic is truly disturbing and sad... and then you get to the end, which will stay with you forever.

4 more )
[identity profile] dragonyphoenix.livejournal.com
I ran across so many awesome storie by Beer Good Foamy that I gave them their own category!
Worksafe

Bavarian Fire Department: BtVS crossover with Scrubs. Kennedy isn't getting along with the new Watcher. He doesn't care. Note: There are a group of stories here so you'll have to scroll down.

Read more )
[identity profile] beer-good-foamy.livejournal.com
Just five 100-word flashes of brilliance.

Escape by [livejournal.com profile] garnigal. A Slayer and a Watcher, as things have always been.

Learning Curve by [livejournal.com profile] gilescandy. There really are no controlled circumstances in Sunnydale.

(Not) In Her Element by [livejournal.com profile] readerjane. In Sunnydale, the jump-rope songs teach self-defense.

Someone by [livejournal.com profile] a2zmom. She is no one.

In Which Owl Discovers An Office Key In His File by [livejournal.com profile] graycardinal. Come on. It's a Winnie The Pooh crossover, what else do you want?

And a bonus, since I'm partly responsible for it but didn't actually write it:
Substitute by [livejournal.com profile] speakr2customrs. Well, it's one way to fix "The Gift"...
[identity profile] sparrow2000.livejournal.com
It’s no secret that I’m a Xander-centric writer and reader, so here are five Xander fics that really got under my skin in 2012.

Xander’s Kingdom by [livejournal.com profile] il_mio_capitano is terrific Xander, Giles Gen. The boys have been in the desert searching for a magical dodaah for Buffy, but things haven’t gone exactly to plan. The atmosphere in this is great and there are lines of dialogue that just kill me. (Xander, Giles, PG13)

And here are the rest... )
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[personal profile] endeni
The Monsters of 54th Street by staringiscaring - "Because I'm the god-damned Slayer, that's why" (PG, gen, Nikki Wood-centric)
My Heart Was Never Pure by smellslikecorruption - Hard things/soft things. (K+, gen, Wesly-centric)
Life, Continuing by bruttimabuoni - An AU from mid-Not Fade Away, in which Wesley goes onwards, somehow. (Teen And Up Audiences, Wesley/Illyria)
Seasons Keep On Marching by bruttimabuoni - Just before Chosen, someone offers Giles a choice. He tries to choose wisely. But taking anything from Wolfram & Hart has consequences, no matter how wisely you choose. More people than just Giles will share those consequences, for good or ill. (Teen And Up Audiences, Giles/Lilah)
Memory has left me with that name alone by tigriswolf - Not everyone is born with a name on their hand – only the lucky ones. (PG, Spike/Xander)
[identity profile] dragonyphoenix.livejournal.com
    Hmmm, lets's see: Spander, Spander, non-specific in terms of relationships but VERY funny, Spander, and Spike.  I'm sensing an almost-theme.  ;-)

  1. naughty_fae's The Eagle of the Ninth: Very AU Spander. This is the story of two men, Roman Master and his Brigante slave. The Roman embarks on a crusade to clear his family name and restore honor, the slave fights for his freedom. They move from mutual hatred to understanding, acceptance, friendship and love.

  2. sparrow2000's Mockingbird: In Magpie, Spike had seemingly foiled Drusilla's plans for Xander, but now Dru is back.

  3. beer-good-foamy's Ms Summers Goes to Washington: A crossover with West Wing: The American people need protection from vampires. Buffy needs funding. The American government has money. You'd think there'd be an obvious solution to this. And so, one day, Buffy, Giles and Willow dressed up in their best business suits and dropped by the White House.

  4. skuzzbopper's Three Dog Night series: Spike catches Xander reading a book on seducing non-mortals, and offers three nights of hands-on "lessons" in the subject-- which is just wonderful, since the non-mortal Xander had been hoping to seduce was Spike.

  5. hello spikey's Porny Advent #8:A drabble written to the prompt of wrapping paper; Spike gets ready for his night.
[identity profile] dragonyphoenix.livejournal.com
    Hmmm, lets's see: Spander, Spander, non-specific in terms of relationships but VERY funny, Spander, and Spike.  I'm sensing an almost-theme.  ;-)

  1. naughty_fae's The Eagle of the Ninth: Very AU Spander. This is the story of two men, Roman Master and his Brigante slave. The Roman embarks on a crusade to clear his family name and restore honor, the slave fights for his freedom. They move from mutual hatred to understanding, acceptance, friendship and love.

  2. sparrow2000's Mockingbird: In Magpie, Spike had seemingly foiled Drusilla's plans for Xander, but now Dru is back.

  3. beer-good-foamy's Ms Summers Goes to Washington: A crossover with West Wing: The American people need protection from vampires. Buffy needs funding. The American government has money. You'd think there'd be an obvious solution to this. And so, one day, Buffy, Giles and Willow dressed up in their best business suits and dropped by the White House.

  4. skuzzbopper's Three Dog Night series: Spike catches Xander reading a book on seducing non-mortals, and offers three nights of hands-on "lessons" in the subject-- which is just wonderful, since the non-mortal Xander had been hoping to seduce was Spike.

  5. hello spikey's Porny Advent #8:A drabble written to the prompt of wrapping paper; Spike gets ready for his night.

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