snickfic: (Faith)
For Trick or Treat my recip gave me a bunch of great characters to work with and carte blanche in terms of femslash ships, and so I wrote this Dru/Faith fic that involves dreams and a corset and other old-fashioned underwear.

silk ribbons (986 words) by Snickfic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Drusilla/Faith Lehane
Characters: Drusilla (BtVS), Faith Lehane
Additional Tags: Dreams, Undressing, Seduction
Summary:

She pouts, lips pursed, and Faith doesn’t go in for weird chicks but she’d kiss those lips. She’d lean in right now if this freaking corset weren’t holding her so stiff.

snickfic: (Buffy close)
I've been wanting to write Buffy/Faith a/b/o for ages. This is... not exactly what I planned to write? But I enjoyed writing it, and here it is.

as the gentle rain from heaven (1757 words) by Snickfic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Faith Lehane/Buffy Summers
Characters: Buffy Summers, Faith Lehane
Additional Tags: Watersports, Alpha/Beta/Omega Dynamics, Nonnies Made Me Do It
Summary:

Every O watered the flowers at least once; it was part of the teen experience. All the movies said so. It was fine.

snickfic: (Faith)
I matched on Faith/Giles for [livejournal.com profile] rarepairfest, and after a solid six weeks of scrabbling around, trying to decide what to write, I ended up saying screw it, obviously the solution is world-saving fuck or die.

I wrote the last of this story less than 24 hours before it went live, and I honestly have no idea whether it's any good. But hey, I finished it. And yay, Faith/Giles.

The Clockwork Circuit of the Stars (2099 words) by Snickfic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Rupert Giles/Faith Lehane
Characters: Rupert Giles, Faith Lehane
Additional Tags: Post-Canon, Ritual Sex, Fuck Or Die, Slayer-Watcher Relationship
Summary:

“So, Cliffnotes,” Buffy said. The table might’ve been round, but there was still no question which one of them was queen. “Slayer and watcher do the hokey-pokey, and the world keeps turning itself around.”

A long, thick, syrupy silence followed. Faith broke it by laughing, and everyone turned to glare. “What, like it’s going to be anyone except me and G?”

snickfic: Meg Cas kiss closeup (Meg Cas)
[community profile] trickortreatex authors are revealed! I wrote five things, which I'm lumping here all in one post for convenience. I had a lot of fun playing in basically all my fandoms, especially since the Buffy characters I want to write usually aren't eligible for exchanges.

However, out of the bunch I definitely had a couple of favorites: the hockey fic (which at 4k feels absurdly long for a treat in a 300 word exchange, but oh well) and the steampunk Meg/Castiel. Because, you know, steampunk Meg/Castiel. Even if the fic doesn't really have a plot, as such.

When In Doubt, Set It On Fire - hockey RPF, Crosby/Ovechkin, 4000 words
First Sidney tells Alex Consol's ice is cursed. Then he says he has a plan to fix it. Then he stops talking to Alex very much at all, and that's when Alex starts to get worried. -- More monster-y than actual horror, it turned out. Oh well.

bright wings - SPN, Meg/Castiel, 1200 words
Castiel has metal wings. Meg has an oil can. -- AKA the steampunk fic. :DDD

The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship - SPN, Meg + Bela friendship, 700 words
Meg goes to hell in search of loyal subjects. She thinks she may have found one. -- A treat for [livejournal.com profile] gryfndor_godess, with bonus Meg kvetching of Crowley's redecorating scheme. :D

Enough to Make a Girl Feel All Gooey - BtVS, Buffy/Faith, 500 words
Buffy told Faith to stay in Cleveland. Yeah, right. -- A treat for [livejournal.com profile] brutti_ma_buoni, theoretically an AU of the Wishverse. Yes, an AU of the AU. Hush.

wherever you go, there you are - MCU, Natasha + Bucky, 500 words
Natasha thought about the places she’d like to hide, given a choice. She ordered them by practicality, and she started at the bottom. -- My first MCU fic! Behold!
snickfic: (Faith)
Title: Down Memory Lane
Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Pairing: Faith/Dawn
Words / Rating: 1400 words / R for some sexiness
Spoilers / Setting: post-canon
Summary: All Dawn knows is Faith went on a memory walk, and now she's freaked.

A/N: this is for [livejournal.com profile] aaronlisa in the Dawn round of [livejournal.com profile] femslash_minis - my first time writing for that estimable and impressively long-lived exchange. (This was round 98, folks.)

Also here at AO3.

'You don't have to do this,' Dawn says again. )
snickfic: (Buffy Faith)
Title: A Little Less Alone
Fandom: BtVS
Characters: Faith, Buffy
Words / Rating: 3600 words / PG-13 for language
Spoilers: Through "Chosen"
Summary: For reasons entirely opaque to Faith, Buffy shows up one day on the doorstep of Faith's Cleveland rathole, looking broken.

A/N: Hey, look! I still write Buffy fic!

I'm so embarrassed that it's taken me so long to finish this fic. I started it for the 2010-2011 round of [livejournal.com profile] winter_of_faith, which means the first thousand words of it have been hanging around for more than a year. I sat down and finished it today because [livejournal.com profile] dulcedeusex was kind enough to rec it - which made me feel guilty all over again - and also because I was tired of writing things I couldn't post yet.

So here, have a posted thing.

Part One (previously posted at Winter of Faith) )

Part Two (new material) )
snickfic: (Buffy Faith)
'Tis my [livejournal.com profile] winter_of_faith day! I have committed the second (fairly short) chapter of the Buffy&Faith fic I started for the last session. Fortunately, I think I'm unblocked now, and I even have plot. I might even sign up for another day so I can post more of it before the end of the session. (Which, PSA: sign-ups still open until Wed 7!)

Anyway, new chapter of A Little Less Alone here; previous chapter here.

For those who find things difficult to read over at the comm, I also plan to post the whole whole thing to my own journal once I've finished it.
snickfic: (Faith)
Here's a marvelous thing about Faith: we see her downfall arc and her redemption arc. Redemption arcs are a dime a dozen (and I fall for them every time), but generally the character starts in need of redemption and works from there. Downfall arcs are maybe a little less common, but of course many of them 1) end with the downfall, 2) end with sacrificial death to redeem the downfall, 3) don't take the downfall of a beloved character seriously, or 4) don't take the redemption of fallen beloved character seriously. Faith's arc doesn't suffer from any of those problems. She starts out a sympathetic white hat, goes all the way into villain territory, and comes all the way back to being a seasoned and eventually trusted ally.

And that's just neat.

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Lookee lookee! [personal profile] ghostyouknow wrote me agave!Jo/tumbleweed!Sam. No, really. And then she wrote didn't write an mpreg sequel. Yes, with plants, sort of, maybe. It is glorious and it CRACK and it really should not be missed. (This is what I owe her antique potato ricer fic for.)
snickfic: (Faith)
Apparently this was the weekend for people writing me things. Because [livejournal.com profile] brutti_ma_buoni wrote me The Shady Side of the Hill, which is Wes/Illyria mpreg with just the right mixture of confusion and irony and humor. And then she wrote kidfic to follow!

Meanwhile, [personal profile] verity wrote The Sound of Her, which first of all is Faith wingfic, lovely and atmospheric, and second has Catholic!Faith, which I was begging her to write. And lo! it is also fabulous, and y'all should read.

It's worth nothing that both of these ideas grew out of prompts from the crackficathon, for which fics (or art!) are still happily accepted. There are still some nifty prompts over there. The masterlist of finished works is here.
snickfic: Sam and Dean (SPN)
Delicious yummy goodies! And I just discovered the SPN tag over at [livejournal.com profile] het_reccers, which has even more goodies that I'll probably point to next time around.

General Series Spoilers )

Episode-Specific Spoilers )

Recs #15

Jun. 7th, 2011 08:20 pm
snickfic: (Spuffy fluff)
Much Spuffy and one Wes-and-Faith thing. In particular, much Spuffy by [livejournal.com profile] brutti_ma_buoni or from [livejournal.com profile] sb_fag_ends or both, which between them are the sources for something like 75% of all the Buffyverse fic I've read recently.

Also, a note: it occurred to me that it's weird for me as a mod over at [livejournal.com profile] seasonal_spuffy to single out particular fics from the comm, but I urge all you Spuffy-inclined folk to check out the masterlist of our last session, if you haven't already. There's some excellent stuff there, as usual.

Let's put this out there first, so it doesn't get lost in with the Spuffy:
A Witness to See the Mess I've Made, by [livejournal.com profile] ever_neutral
Faith, Wes; mid-Ats S4
This is a lovely fill-in-the-blanks fic of Faith's time with Wes as they try to stop the LA apocalypse. The voices are excellent all the way through, and it adds up to quite a satisfying character study.

Take Five, Everybody, by [personal profile] stultiloquentia
Spike/Buffy; post-NFA; NC-17
So much fic about this ship assumes that they enjoy a transcendent, glorious sex life, for which, if they (and by 'they' we mean 'Buffy') have any brains at all, they shuck friendships, responsibilities, and innermost convictions. Bleah. This, on the other hand, is about a relationship that may finally be coming together into something workable and also about the awkward sex that comes with. Wonderful for the voices and the awkwardness, emotional and physical, that feels real instead of fantastic.

This Wanton World-verse, by Eurydice
Spike/Buffy; AU; NC-17
The single most imaginative thing Eurydice has done, IMO, this is a joyous remixing of Buffyverse elements. Buffy's the Slayer, Ethan Rayne is her keeper and de facto watcher, the Slayer line's gone wonky, and Spike is a vamp hired by the Council to fix it. One dead Slayer, coming up. This gets pretty dark in places, but watching all the different elements come together is worth it.

Green Card 'verse, by [livejournal.com profile] brutti_ma_buoni
Spike/Buffy; AU S4
In which the Initiative is much scarier, Spike's chip is much more useful to our heroes, and Buffy marries him to protect him from the folks who want him back. The premise is pure crack, but B_m_B is doing wonders with it so far. I love the quiet, awkward fledgling friendship that's developing between Spike and Buffy and how it's trying hard to be something more besides both their efforts. Also, it has them being civil to one another, which it turns out is a favorite thing of mine. (I know you are all shocked.)

Everything Would Be What It Wasn't, by [livejournal.com profile] smells_corrupt
Spike/Buffy; early-season AU
The world is falling to pieces, and our heroes need allies, even if the ally is Spike, who's only around to keep an eye on his newly-ensoulled girlfriend. These are the bare sketchings of a truly fascinating premise, and chock-full of our favorite secondary characters as well. I only wish there was more of it.

For a Certain Value of Real, by [livejournal.com profile] brutti_ma_buoni
Spike/Buffy; post-NFA
When Buffy finally finds Spike after the big battle, he can tell she isn't alive. But, it turns out, neither is she dead. This is one of the weirder Spuffy premises I've ever seen and beautifully executed.
snickfic: (Faith)
It's the Faith round over at [info]genfic_minis. Despite the lure of potential Faith-Giles gen, I'm not participating this time because my fic brain has been uncooperative for, like, three months, which is why I still owe [info]eilowyn a fic from the last round. But you all should, because genfic = ♥.
snickfic: (Default)
This recs post is half things-from-last-year-I-can't-believe-I-haven't-recced-yet (rediscovered when I was putting together my [livejournal.com profile] buffyversetop5 posts), half older finds, and one brand-spanking-new fic that hasn't gotten nearly enough love yet. Also a pretty even split between the Spuffy stuff and the other stuff.

Teh Spuffy

Fin Amour, by [livejournal.com profile] angearia
AU S5; Spike/Buffy
Not the first Buffy-is-pregnant-with-the-Key fic I've read but almost certainly my favorite, this has occasionally humorous, eventually gorgeous Spuffy stuff going on in it, plus a three-hankie angst warning. Really lovely and on my list of Favoritest Babyfics Ever.

Let Nothing You Dismay, by [livejournal.com profile] constance_b
S5; Spike/Buffy
In this old-school fic, Buffy gets nabbed by Initiative-type bad guys, and it's up to Spike and Dawn to save her. Too bad Spike has to get his chip out to do it, and too bad he doesn't have snowball's chance of getting her to trust him. Weird to say, but my favorite bit here is the epilogue, which I think I've read at least twice as many times as I've read the rest of the fic.

I, Robot, by [livejournal.com profile] calove
S5; Spike/Buffy
Another classic that I somehow missed. Giles and the Scoobies order a Spikebot for Buffy for training purposes. Surprisingly, this results in much less porn than one would expect and many more sweet character moments of Buffy and Spike, together and separate. (Also: Spikebot/Buffybot, the match made in Warren's basement. The hijinks they could get up to, if only Spikebot were anatomically correct!)

Apologies: A Dialogue, by [livejournal.com profile] willowgreen
post-series; Spike/Buffy
By magical means unspecified, Spike and Buffy are made to actually talk out all the things they're sorry for. The author apologizes for the meta nature of the fic, but honestly, I love seeing these two get all their issues out in the open. Basically a sweet, lovely fic despite the subject matter.

Obstacles, by [livejournal.com profile] shapinglight
post-series; Spike/Buffy
An oldie-but-goodie that I read long ago and have been cogitating on all this time. In a happy Spuffy future, Buffy's sudden loss of her powers throws huge tension into her life and her relationship with Spike. Despite the Spuffy nature, what's stuck with me most strongly about this fic is how Buffy comes to terms and deals with her, ah, handicap. It's one of the first fics that started me on the path to understanding the hero that is Buffy Summers.

~~~~~

The Other Stuff

Taking Care of Business, by [livejournal.com profile] brutti_ma_buoni
post-NFA; Faith, Wesley, Illyria
After it all, Faith comes to clean up some loose ends at W&H, specifically Wesley, who appears to be alive when he's supposed to be dead. Some great lines, some lovely character interaction, a beheading or two, a conclusion that fits perfectly even when you wish it didn't.

Courting Sin, by [livejournal.com profile] leni_ba
S2 AU; Buffy/Angelus
I'm really only interested in Buffy/Angel in S2, and then only because of the way it subverts any number of romantic and horror tropes. Buffy/Angel happily ever after does nothing for me. However, I seem to have a weakness for twisted dark manipulative Buffy/Angelus, of which I'd be unaware were it not for this fic. Claustrophobic and brooding, with a narrative style that skates on the edge of traditional, this is a really impressive example of the sort of thing it is. Highly recommended for those who think they might like that sort of thing.

Battlefield of the Gods, by [livejournal.com profile] bobthemole
post-series AU; Glory, Illyria
Two old acquaintances of the multi-dimensional pantheon get together for coffee. Humor and Glory!pwnage ensues, as it should. Delightful.

Wide and Starry Sky, by [livejournal.com profile] brutti_ma_buoni
Rulesverse; Wes/Illyria
A companion piece to the Rulesverse Spuffy babyfic Winds Blowing Chill, this is about Wes and Illyria working towards something that might possibly be a relationship, and I think it's the fic that started me shipping them in the first place. Plus it's got Illyria leaving a message on an answering machine, which is difficult to beat for sheer fabulousness.

Silence Speaks, by [livejournal.com profile] knifeedgefic
pre-series; Dru
The beginning of what the author says will be an ongoing series of Dru-centered ficlets, these first few are fascinating and chewy, with some very sharply written imagery. I'm always interested in fic about Dru, and these are very satisfying indeed.
snickfic: (Harmony)
My attempts to write for [livejournal.com profile] winter_of_faith have been a saga of fail. I realized a couple of weeks ago that the epic Faith/Giles-in-Florence fic was a bit more epic than I could handle right now. Then I said, hey, the F/G needs some Faith+Buffy backstory anyway; I'll write that! I got 1000 words in and stalled.

Meanwhile I started a completely pointless Faith+Giles+the winter apocalypse (the same one, presumably, that Oz is living through in the post-apocalyptic Ozfic), but as I say: pointless. It has no shape, no direction, no momentum.

And on top of all that, I got thoroughly confused about which day was my day.

However, maintainer [livejournal.com profile] aaronlisa has kindly let me post late, and so finally we have the first chapter of A Little Less Alone, which will eventually be the aforementioned Faith+Buffy fic. Because the world needs more post-series Faith+Buffy fic, darn it! (Eventually I mean to get that bit beta'd and post the whole completed and revised fic here. Not sure when that's going to happen, though.)
snickfic: (Faith)
Regarding Willow/Fred: "I believe the subtext here is rapidly becoming, uh, text." And I pretty much loved the irony of Willow pumping Wesley, of all people, for Fred tidbits. I also enjoyed the scene for knowing the RL Alyson/Alexis romance going on at the time.

It was rather nice to see brand new Willow footage, however little she interests me by this point in her development. Also clapped with glee when Willow put the smackdown on Cordelia/whoever's magical attempts. Take that, Ats; over here at BtVS we've got a megawitch who can totally take your big bad. Hah.

I suspect that "Orpheus" is a very good episode for people who like Angel. Head trips are always fun, and I quite enjoyed the parts where Angelus and Faith couldn't hit each other and were stuck with talking. Angelus without his physical menace just isn't much, you know?

I'm actually a little disappointed with the Faith parts of these two episodes; this is very much Angel/Angelus's show, and she seems to be around mostly to play punching bag, both emotionally and physically. She had a number of nice moments with Wes, though. And I love that he thinks she has to be as vicious as Angelus to beat him, but that Faith's non-vicious plan wins the day. He's trying to hand on wisdom, but she's in a better place than him, now. She's climbed her way out of her dark hole, and he's still wallowing in his.

Okay, now I feel sorry for Connor. I mean, I've always felt sorry for Connor. He's gotten a bum deal all the way along; no question being fed propaganda while surviving in a hell dimension for 17 years could screw a person up. But we never got to see any of that; it was all tell.

Whereas this icky pod!Cordy manipulation just pulls my heartstrings for the boy. Serious, serious power imbalance issues in this, ah, "relationship". Kid has no basis from which to evaluate her words/actions towards him; is it any wonder if he ends up more confused than ever? I want to just take him someplace with plenty of vampires to stake and silly movies to watch and people to watch them with him with whom he has no previous history.
snickfic: (Faith)
See what I mean? The girl has a special talent for showing up at a show's lowest (BtVS S4, Ats S1, Ats S4, BtVS S7) and just sparking the thing to life. She's a force of nature, she is.

Aw, Connor's a Faith fanboy. And who can blame him?

"If anybody's going to kill Angelus, it's me, not you." This jives perfectly with my grasp of how Faith feels about Angel at this point. I've always figured if there was a scenario post-NFA when Angelus was loose again and had to be put down, Faith would argue her right to kill him this time, and eventually Buffy would agree. (It'd probably take some Spike-coaxing, though. "Let her have her turn this time, love." Because he knows killing Angel(us) is one more burden Buffy just doesn't need, and let's face it, Spike's a bit partisan when it comes to Buffy. This way she can dump all her feelings on Faith instead of on herself, which at the juncture I'm imagining would be a much-needed safety valve for Buffy.)

Gah, the chemistry. Faith/Wesley, Faith/Gunn, and Faith/Connor - is there are a gaggle of shippy Faith fic from this era that I've just never noticed? And if not, why not?

Also, Calvary: the Lilah and Wes/Lilah bits were good. Couldn't have cared less about the rest.

Okay, two more eps to go of FAITH BEING EXCELLENT.
snickfic: (mood Christmas)
Merry Christmas, [livejournal.com profile] deird1 and [livejournal.com profile] shapinglight! (Deird, yours may ring some distant bells - it's in answer to a prompt you gave me back in, like, March that I never responded to. :p)

Also included is a drabble I wrote for the (Ex-)Housemate as part of her Christmas; I figured you guys wouldn't mind if I posted it, too.

For [livejournal.com profile] deird1: Buffy, Faith
Some Burnt, Some Rebuilt )

For [livejournal.com profile] shapinglight: Spike, Giles, post-"The Gift"
In Many Forms )

For Housemate: Kendra
New Lessons )
snickfic: (Faith)
From the Three Sentence Ficathon, for Brutti: Faith, one last job.

I wrote S8 fic, y'all. The end is nigh. This is just post-NFFY. Also, 'tis my first Faith fic, yay! Rated R for her mouth.

Last? )
snickfic: (Faith)
My Faith has a much dirtier mouth than my Spike has. Maybe it's because with him it's a part of a persona, however ingrained, whereas it's her native language. I dunno. However, the first thing I post in Faith POV will have more cussing than all my other fics put together.
snickfic: (Faith)
'Verse: Winterpocalypse
Characters: ensemble - different characters in different fics
Rating / Words: PG-13 / 4k so far
Setting: post-series, so potential spoilers for everything
Summary: In the south there are monsters. In the north there's a deep freeze. Everywhere, every bit of black magic anyone has ever dabbled in, every taint of demon they've ever been marked with, is rising to the surface. In a cold, dark world, our heroes are struggling just to stay on the side of good.

Two Suckers in an Icebox - Faith, Giles (possibly Faith/Giles? Not sure yet) - PG-13. So far: 1 chapter / 2000 words.
Summary: Faith and Giles hole up in a cabin to ride out the winter that might be ending the world.
Part 1

Oz, After the Apocalypse - Oz, surprise guests - PG - 2200 words.
The world ended. Oz didn't.
snickfic: (Buffy Faith)
You know what there is not enough of in the world? There is not enough post-series Buffy and Faith as BFFs fic. Sure, they'd have issues to work through and yeah, sometimes they might grate on each other, but those two girls need each other like they need no one else. There's stuff about the biz that all these new teenybopper Slayers just don't get, yanno? And Buffy with a best girlfriend that isn't Willow makes me very happy indeed.

Recs #9

Apr. 2nd, 2010 12:09 pm
snickfic: (Spike love's bitch)
This ended up being the late-season Spike/Buffy/Spuffy recs list. It’s all S6 or later, all involving either Spike or Buffy or both and accompanied variously by Dawn, Tara, Oz, Illyria, Faith, and Nikki Wood.

S6

Old Year's Eve, by [livejournal.com profile] st_salieri
Dawn makes a discovery about Spike and Buffy and another discovery about herself. This is Dawn-growing-up fic, beautifully written and with the sense of weight and melancholy growing up brings.

untitled Valentine’s Day vignette thingy by [livejournal.com profile] theohara
Tara stumbles across Spike in the greeting card aisle, just before Valentine’s Day. Cue quiet companionship and sharing of respective relationship woes. One of those pieces I reread when I want to cry.

S7

Take the Heat, by Estepheia
Sometime before S7, Oz spots Spike in a crowd. What comes next is one of those moments of unexpected grace that never fail to move me. Plus, yanno: Oz!

Nothing Special, by [livejournal.com profile] deird1
Brief, quiet Buffy-and-Dawn sisterly fluff snuck in during the S7 chaos. I think I love this partly just because I love their sister relationship so much, and there isn’t near enough fic about it.

Microwave Meals (Quick, Easy, and Sometimes Satisfying, by [livejournal.com profile] quinara
And more S7 fluff, this time of the Spuffy variety. If I ever come around to liking S7 Spuffy, it’ll be because of folks on the flist like Quin and fics like this. Quiet, gentle, funny, hopeful.

Wayward, by Devil Piglet
Nikki Wood shows up at the house on Revello; Spike is tasked with taking care of her. Long and mildly plotty and heavily angsty. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen this fic around before and was positive it wouldn’t work, but lo! it does, at least for me.

Post-Series

Winds Blowing Chill, by [livejournal.com profile] brutti_ma_buoni
Rulesverse Buffy starts thinking about babies, but in the Rulesverse there are no quick fixes for the vampire reproduction problem, which leads to one of the more emotionally complex pieces of Spuffy babyfic I’ve ever read. Also: excellent Buffy voice.

Angels in the Architecture, by [livejournal.com profile] only_passenger
This is the closest I’ve ever seen to the long, character-study style genfic of Buffy&Faith post-Chosen that I keep wanting. They have such a fascinating dynamic and so many issues, and this explores a few of them.

The Last Fingers of Leaf, by [livejournal.com profile] quinara
Buffy and Illyria. A dragon. Pizza. Combined, they’re an unexpected pleasure as the two find commonalities that I’d never have thought of. Poignant and elegantly written.

Life in the Present Tense, by [livejournal.com profile] penny_lane_42
A long, delicious series of vignettes of Buffy, Spike, and Dawn living in Rome. Lirazel describes this as self-indulgent Spuffy fluff, but yanno, sometimes that’s just what a person wants. Rich and gorgeous and hopeful.
snickfic: (Buffy laugh)
It’s been quite a while since I last did a recs post, mostly because I haven’t gotten the chance to read as much lately, but just recently I've run across enough really excellent fics that they just demanded a post.

A Slayer in Camelot, by [livejournal.com profile] lears_daughter
BtVS post-S5; Merlin spoilers through late S1
Buffy’s fall through the portal landed her in Camelot, where she meets a man who looks very much like Giles. I only know Merlin secondhand, via the flist, but I still enjoyed this crossover quite a lot. There are lots of great Buffy-esque moments, including pitch-perfect first and last lines, and the Buffy/Uther romance-that-wasn’t is understated and almost sweet.

From Nothing to Something in 50 Sentences, by [livejournal.com profile] empressvesica
post-Chosen
Another fic found in my search for Faith/Giles, this really is a romance in 50 sentences. The structure allows for a long, slow construction of the relationship, which works really well for these two scarred characters that are both so armored against emotional intimacy.

Vigil in Accustomed Places, by [livejournal.com profile] djinn_fic
Spoilers through 5.16 “The Body”
A character study of Joyce, waiting many a time for her daughter/warrior/baby girl to come home. Brief, spare, with some lovely insights.

When Violet Eyes are Smiling, by [livejournal.com profile] rebcake
vague spoilers through the end of BtVS
A girl from the future with fuchsia hoverboots comes to set Joyce Summers straight about some things. This was written in response to a discussion of Mary Sues, and manages to be entirely tongue-in-cheek and yet feel genuine at the same time. But mostly: funny. Because [livejournal.com profile] rebcake always brings the funny.

Scarlet and Midnight - [livejournal.com profile] penny_lane_42
post-S2
So I have a thing for Buffy and Spike meeting up during the summer post-S2 (in shippy context or not). I have a serious thing for post-apocalyptic scenarios. And I like hurt/comfort fic. All of which means that of all the beautifully-written, insightfully-characterized fic in [livejournal.com profile] penny_lane_42’s oeuvre, Scarlet and Midnight almost has to be my favorite. The prose is excellent, too, although, as I told the author the other day, I get too caught up by the gorgeous character interactions to notice it.

Ouroboros and Three Nights Spent in Bed, by [livejournal.com profile] st_salieri
post-series
You guys may have picked up by now that babyfic/pregnancyfic is a major guilty pleasure of mine. These two intertwined Spike/Buffy fics, however, have no guilt at all associated with them. They’re exactly how I like my babyfic: quiet, down-to-earth, unromanticized yet full of wonder at the marvel of new life, and beautifully characterized.

Restoration, by [livejournal.com profile] msclawdia
post-NFA
Usually I’m not much for shanshu!Spike fics. His vampirism is so integral a part of the character that I can’t help but see the ‘reward’ of being human as a kind of diminishment. I told [livejournal.com profile] rebcake some of this and she pointed me to Restoration, which chronicles Spike’s (now William’s) post-NFA transformation from ex-vampire to a whole person. It’s a quiet, reflective fic with a lovely sweet gradual Buffy/William romance thrown in as well.

Gifts, by [livejournal.com profile] green_maia
post-Chosen
And, another shanshu!Spike fic, this one the first of a whole ‘verse of fics (full index here) dealing with Spike, Buffy, Dawn, Giles, and the post-Chosen world. “Gifts” is all Spike and Spike&Dawn - which combination always makes me happy - and is both elegiac and hopeful. Maia’s take on the contrast between Spike and shanshu!Spike is an interesting one, and her ideas about the differences between them make more sense to me than almost any other soul/soulless discussion I’ve seen.
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I've known for a while that, all my gennish sensibilities to the contrary, I actually prefer Faith/Giles to gen Faith&Giles. Finally I realized why: I'm much more interested in Faith and Giles as equals than in the father/daughter, mentor/mentee relationship that Giles generally had with Buffy in canon.

The whole "Steed and Peel" partnership thing is why I've been so enthusiastic about Faith and Giles in the comics. And, for whatever reason, my subconscious seems to think that in ficdom this equality is more likely to be found in shippy fic than other fic.

So, I'd presumably like gen Faith&Giles fic almost as well as Faith/Giles as long as it maintained that partnership dynamic.
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Hurray, new recs! As usual, not all new, but all good. No longfics this time; I'm not sure what's up with that.

Faith/Giles series, by [livejournal.com profile] sahiya
comics canon
After I read No Future For You, the S8 trade volume in which Faith and Giles team up, I said, “Where’s all the Faith/Giles fic?” And thanks to [livejournal.com profile] antennapedia, I found these, which were just what I wanted. Florence Fucking Nightingale, in particular, is a wonderful study of Faith and of their developing relationship. All three are beautifully written, and do a lovely job balancing between Faith’s tentative trust and all the history weighing her down. Only minimally dependent on comics canon.

Precious Cargo, by [livejournal.com profile] aadler
mid-S7
A gorgeous character study of pretty much everyone in S7, via the item each chooses to send away for safekeeping. Funny, poignant, and sometimes just breathtakingly sad.

Intervention Spaiku! by [livejournal.com profile] mere_ubu
5.18 “Intervention”
Mere has really outdone herself this time, with 1275 syllables (that’s 75 stanzas) of crunchy Spaiku goodness. Clever, witty, insightful, and oh so deliciously worded. I really can’t say enough about these; they are fabulous.

I Don’t Know Where I’ll Be Tonight, But I’ll Always Tell You Where I Am, by [livejournal.com profile] spuffyduds
post-Chosen
I’ve recced the heck out of this author already, but here’s one more. While on a road trip to see the world and maybe find herself, Faith starts writing Wesley postcards. This is a sweet, understated, hopeful bit of shippiness, and if I ever managed to write shippy fic myself, I’d want it to look something like this.

kid!verse, by [livejournal.com profile] margarks and others
Ats S3 (ish)
If the very idea of kid!Xander and kid!Spike being friends makes you just keel over with cute, then this drabble series is for you. Otherwise, possibly not.

Pretty much everything [livejournal.com profile] deird1 has written
[livejournal.com profile] deird1 is another one those authors whose stuff is so good that you might as well just read all of it, of which there’s quite a lot because she’s been stunningly prolific her first while in fandom. The thing I love about her work - mostly under 5k words, mostly gen - is how conceptually interesting it is. See, for example, the adorable Small Spaces, in which most of Wesley’s memories of Dawn from S3 involve her hiding under the table. Then read the much longer sequel Waiting Game, which takes that idea someplace deeper and more poignant. Try Whitehat, an entire fic about Nancy, the girl who got one scene in “The Wish” in S3. Or, for my especial favorite, read Dial N for Nancy-Boy, a perfectly characterized drabble series (I adore drabble series) of phone calls from Spike to Angel (I also adore non-slashy Spike and Angel interaction), S4-S7. Now complete with DVD commentary!
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A general note on recs: since I’ve been in the fandom less than a year, I regularly discover old fic that I want to squee about. So, there’s no guarantee of anything here being new, just good.

Culture Vultures, by Yahtzee
post-Chosen
Oz, Willow, Faith, and an OFC go to a museum, and craziness ensues. I've read stuff by Yahtzee before and even recced some of it, and I've always found it thoughtful and smoothly told, but this is the story of hers I've fallen in love with. Much as I warmed up to Tara there at the end, if I had an OTP, it'd be Oz/Willow. Here they are, sort of, maybe picking up the threads of old romance while Willow tries to figure out who she dares to be. Plus: Faith!

The Scourge Does Titipu, by [livejournal.com profile] rebcake
pre-series
Pretty much what it says on the tin: post-play, the Fanged Four quote Gilbert&Sullivan (some of which is, as Rebcake points out, remarkably Jossian in tone and subject matter). Rebcake has been writing elegant little historical ficlets for a while now, but this is my favorite for the clever use of the referenced material, the perfect voices and the fun character interaction on an evening when all four vamps are in equitable moods.

Dawning, by [livejournal.com profile] goldenusagi
Spoilers through 4.8 "Pangs"
You guys know I'm a sucker for Spike and Dawn together, right? This series of ficlets chronicles their encounters up through mid-S4, and is on my very short list of "fics that might as well be canon." Brief, sparingly told, with exactly the right amounts of skepticism and covert curiosity on both sides.

The Last Hurrah of the Golden... Handshake? by [livejournal.com profile] speakr2customrs
Spoilers through Angel NFA
This drabble is for irate copyeditors everywhere, and is possibly also my favorite AU ending to "Not Fade Away." And did I mention it’s funny?

Many Happy Returns, by [livejournal.com profile] erimthar
post-Chosen
A ficlet that illustrates the Xander and Buffy friendship more clearly than almost anything else I've seen in fic. Brief, quiet, poignant, darkly humorous, and with brilliant Xander-voice.

In League With Serpents and http://www.dark-solace.org/elysian/viewstory.php?sid=300, by WeyrWolfen
Vague spoilers through 6.17 "Hell's Bells"
Spike wins a smalled winged serpent in a poker game, and she proceeds to turn his life upside down. WeyrWolfen is fast becoming one of my favorite authors of plotty, sweet, romantic Spike/Buffy adventure stories. She confidently builds stories around the new supernatural elements she introduces to the Buffyverse milieu and manages the trick of making those new elements intriguing in their own right, while also peppering her fics with sparkling bits of character insight and nice turns of phrase. Plus, I love her Spike, who's struggling and befuddled and well-intentioned despite his best efforts. This story and sequel are my favorites so far, but Cycle of Rebirths, about Buffy and Spike's link to a long-dead Japanese Slayer and her husband, is also fun, plus it has the fabulous, completely Spike- and Buffy-free sort-of sequel Wash Cycle, which has one of the best, funniest original demon characters I've ever read. Also recommended is To Ride a Pale Horse, the mid-Ats S5 zombie apocalypse WIP, which she’s writing with AtheneWolfe.

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