[identity profile] sparrow2000.livejournal.com posting in [community profile] buffyversetop5
Here are five Giles/Xander fics, which is my second favourite ship. These range from the ridiculously cute to the ridiculously angsty.

Starting with cute, The Beginning of Knowledge by [livejournal.com profile] mireille719 is some lovely incremental snapshots of Giles and Xander’s relationship in which Xander buys post Valentine’s Day chocolate and Giles folds laundry.

If your taste runs to something a little more porny, look no further than [livejournal.com profile] delilah_joy’s Puns involving the word “Watcher’. Xander’s forgotten his phone and comes back to find his boyfriend indulging in a little alone time. Love the characterisation of this mature Xander, and also of Giles, who doesn’t say a word, but is oh so very present in the fic.

I promised angst and here it is, in the shape of The Promise of Home by [livejournal.com profile] speakingsilence. Xander’s contemplating his options over solo drinks in the pub when Giles appears unexpectedly. The encounter leads to a chain of events that is in turn heartbreaking, hot, angsty and ultimately satisfying.

If you want something that will just make your heart hitch, try And Goodnight by [livejournal.com profile] wisdomeagle. Post Caleb, Giles visits Xander in hospital and brings his guitar. I love the bleakness and depth of emotion in a story told with great economy and wonderful use of words.

And I couldn’t do a X/G list without a [livejournal.com profile] thea_bromine fic. She’s a terrific writer and I struggled with which one of her stories to choose, but in the end, it had to be her Kaleidoscope ‘verse. This is a series of snapshots of Xander and Giles starting post Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered and heading out well after the series finishes. If the age difference bothers you, don’t worry, there is no slash until well after Xander is an adult. This is a super, satisfying long read and although it's probably my favourite Thea fic, it's really a case of being first among equals.

I hope there's something there that folks might not have come across before. *g*

Date: 2016-10-29 07:47 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
That's two different recs for my stuff today - and very welcome they are too. Reality is being nasty to me at the moment, so flattering comments are A Good Thing!

Date: 2016-10-29 08:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] petzipellepingo.livejournal.com
Good to see that both Xander and Giles are getting some love this session. Thanks for posting.

Date: 2016-10-29 09:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dragonyphoenix.livejournal.com
Ooh, excellent recs. I read the first four and then the first chapter of the last. The four are new to me. The Thea Bromine story seems familiar but I don't remember its details so maybe not. Anyway, I'm enjoying them all. Thanks for the recs.

Date: 2016-10-30 12:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] baudown.livejournal.com
Sending me down this road again, eh?

Date: 2016-10-30 01:30 am (UTC)
yourlibrarian: Angel and Lindsey (Classic Recs-eyesthatslay)
From: [personal profile] yourlibrarian
Nice to have a variety of approaches all in one post!

Date: 2016-10-30 11:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lusciousxander.livejournal.com
Yay! A Giles/Xander list! Yummy yum! Thank you so much for these!

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