At least, this
Spuffy shipper did. Love them or hate them, Buffy/Angel was the 'ship that started it all and I have nothing but respect for it because of how it influenced the characters' journies, their choices over the course of the show, and their future relationships. As it turns out, I like my Bangel the same way I like my Spuffy - with lots of angst. A majority of the following fics go AU from canon at some point, are creative, hauntingly beautiful and well written. You won't find any cotton candy romance here.
1. and every breath we drew was (hallelujah)
Hard R, covers BtVS S3 - AtS S5
Summary: Angel, Buffy, and reunion. Happy endings don't come easy. Sometimes they don't come at all. Six times our star-cross'd lovers never made it to their final act.
Review: I love thoughtful, canon character studies and this is one of the best I've seen. You not only come away understanding Buffy and Angel as a pairing better, but also as individuals who are deeply flawed. The writer alternates between POVs in each vignette using the 2nd person, which could be distancing or confusing, but only adds to the intimacy and sad reflection these characters undergo in this piece. Her prose is beautiful, dramatic, and captivating as she takes us through some pivotal moments in the Bangel relationship. She's the type of writer I look at and wonder, "Where have you been all my life?" Clearly dabbeling in the Bangel waters, that's where. ( Cause there's beauty in the breakdown )