snickfic: Spuffy Smashed kissing (Spuffy)
Title: Biding Time
Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Pairing: Buffy/Spike
Rating / Words: PG / 1800 words
Warnings: mpreg
Summary: In which the world is still ended, Spike is still pregnant, and he and Buffy are still feeling their way through the idea. Set in my post-apocalyptic shanshu!Spike/Buffy mpreg 'verse.

A/N: And lo! an errant Spuffy fic appears! Apparently I had one more fic from this 'verse in me - or on my hard drive, rather. I never posted any of it because I thought I was going to write a lot more, but I don't expect that to happen now, and shuffling the vignettes around has yielded something that approximates a fic. So here it is.

Then there was the big announcement. There was some discussion on how to handle that part. )
snickfic: (Scoobies naptime)
Title: All Things Are Subject
Characters: Buffy, Scoobs, Spike, Angel
Words / Rating: 2300 / PG-13 for imagery
Warning: Major character death. YES, REALLY. My first time ever to use this warning. Also, gross bodily injury stuff.
Spoilers / setting: sometime between 4.15 Who Are You? and 4.19 New Moon Rising
Summary: The vamps of Sunnydale are having trouble holding themselves together.

A/N: Written for this prompt at the Sharp Teeth Horror Ficathon (the October 2010 one, to be precise). Title from a quote by John Dryden.

Buffy didn’t notice the weird at first. )

Fic post!

Oct. 8th, 2011 12:25 pm
snickfic: Spuffy Smashed kissing (Spuffy angst)
Over at [community profile] seasonal_spuffy, I have just posted And Take My Waking Slow, the latest installment in the post-apocalyptic Spuffy 'verse. This is the prequelest of the prequels, so no prior knowledge of the 'verse required. Also, it means no mpreg, which I know will please some of you. *g*

I have posted on my day and everything. Yay me. I'm very glad my posting day was not last week like I thought it was.

Also, this makes four fic-like things posted in the last month. And all very different things! This is the most productive I've been in ages.

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: (Xander Anya)
Yanno, there are only so many things a vamp can do during the day, and there's only so much daytime TV to be had. Makes sense Spike might develop a taste for other things on occasion.

SPIKE: You should go back in, finish the big group sing, get your kumbayayas out.

BUFFY: I don't want to.

SPIKE: The day you suss out what you do want, there'll probably be a parade. Seventy-six bloody trombones.

6.7 Once More With Feeling


Which, we're in a musical episode, yeah? Fair enough if we quote one or two (although I can't off hand remember anyone else doing so). This one's an allusion to The Music Man, of course.

But then there's this:

DALTON: [hands Spike completed translation of the Du Lac manuscript]

SPIKE: By George, I think he's got it!

2.9 What's My Line, Part I


Which, if this were My Fair Lady, would then be followed with Dalton waltzing around the factory with Spike (and also whoever we tap to be Colonel Pickering) and then being ushered off to bed by the other minions while he sings "I Could Have Danced All Night." Which, hmm, just as well we didn't.

(Spike's line here is actually why I had him and Dawn watch My Fair Lady in Seraph, and how I justified him having such strong opinions about it.)

So now I'm really curious: does Spike quote any other musicals? How deep does his affection for them run?
snickfic: (mood Christmas)
Title: Things Done in the Name of War
Fandoms: BtVS/Potterverse crossover
Characters: Severus Snape, Spike/Buffy
Words / Rating: 2000 words, in drabbles / G
Setting: Vaguely post-NFA, sometime prior to or early into the HP series
Warnings: mpreg

A/N: This is utter crack, y'all, and it is NOT MY FAULT. It is the fault of [livejournal.com profile] diamondtook862 and [livejournal.com profile] ever_neutral, whose Christmas fic it is. First we have the Snape-Spike mpreg baby. WHUT. Then we have the fact that my knowledge of the Potterverse comes from a book and a half, two movies, a fair bit of wildly AU fanfic, and the glory of fannish osmosis. Oh, yeah, and if one is going to write utter crack, then one might as well write it in DRABBLES, amirite? (Also, when one is writing crack: choose a sufficiently pretentious title.)

[livejournal.com profile] bobthemole kindly did an HP canon check on the first half of this, but she should in no way be held responsible for the - did I mention? - utter crack.

Snape has been informed: his time is to be wasted, his skills squandered on people whom Dumbledore has declined to explain, their value indeterminate.  )
snickfic: (Spuffy fluff)
I just posted my [livejournal.com profile] seasonal_spuffy contribution, the latest installment in my series of post-apocalyptic Spuffy mpreg vignettes. This one's the earliest in the chronology that I've posted so far.

I meant to write the pre-mpreg fic for this round of SS, but that fic didn't come together in time. However, there may be a follow-up vignette to this one ready in time for Free-For-All Day in May.

And Don't Let Go

FIC: Balm

Mar. 9th, 2011 06:46 pm
snickfic: (Seraphverse)
Title: Balm
Characters: Spike, Buffy, Spike-baby
Words: 850

A/N: That's right, a bit of Seraphverse fic! [livejournal.com profile] ruuger made me this lovely icon, which seemed excuse enough to polish up this snippet set late S5 in the Seraphverse.

A week or so after the funeral, Spike sat in his scrounged armchair cradling Cora when Buffy came creeping down the stairs. )
snickfic: (Spuffy deep)
It always mystifies me in S7 when the decision to keep Spike around is justified by pointing out what a strong fighter he is. As if we've ever cared tuppence for brute force on this show. As if he is somehow a better fighter now than he was, say, in late S5 through early S6, when he'd already proven his loyalty but hadn't committed the AR yet and wasn't a brainwashed murderer.

Also, for some reason the word 'fighter' bothers me. Spike... is good with his fists? Enjoys a rumble now and again? Gets antsy for a spot of violence? Can handle himself in a fight? Yes to all those things. But somehow 'fighter' seems so generic and nondescript.

I realize that it's largely (entirely?) Buffy using this justification, and that it's a good, safe, pragmatic reason she can give to mask other, more personal reasons. It always fell really flat to me, though. I mean, really, no one ever called her on this?

Then again, If they challenged that logistical decision, then they might also question why this apocalypse requires tactics no other apocalypse has required and various other plot peculiarities of S7...
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: (Spike fell into the Gap)
Title: The Slayer's Vampire Tryst
Words / Rating: 5500 words / PG-13
Characters: Buffy/Spike
Spoilers: mid-S5, through "Into the Woods"

Okay, y'all, this is the real, honest-to-goodness Spuffy fic, begun years ago for [livejournal.com profile] seasonal_spuffy but never posted and now finished as a sort of late holiday present for all you Spuffy lovers on my flist. I'm serious when I say it's a present; I'd quite probably never have finished it if I hadn't promised in December that I would. It still feels a little unfinished, but then again nothing else is pushing to be put in, so we're going to call it done. Also, there's a bit in the middle that's a bit daft. (Actually, the whole thing's a bit daft. Fair warning.)

Finally, I seem to be a bit fixated on the whole "shag or die" trope, as this fic is basically one long exercise in making fun of it. Again.

Happy gift-giving season of choice, O flist. Y'all are the best.

She was the Slayer, right? She understood about sacrifice. )
snickfic: (River)
Title: The Very Small Girl and the Monster
Words / rating: 2100 words / PG
Fandom: Firefly/BtVS crossover
Characters: River, Spike (w/background Spuffy)
Spoilers: For all of both shows

This is another Christmas/birthday fic, because it's [livejournal.com profile] penny_lane_42's birthday tomorrow! Happy birthday! The reason it's way longer than most of the giftfics is because I had the idea at least six months ago and it's been sitting around half-written ever since. If the reader is so inclined, it can be considered a sequel-in-spirit to my drabble Auld Lang Syne. (Lauren, do you remember that conversation?)

There are lots of things River still doesn’t tell Simon. )
snickfic: (Spuffy fluff)
Yes, more of the post-NFA, post-apocalyptic Spuffy mpreg. (The post-apocalyptic part is hard to spot sometimes. But it's there, I swear!) Warning: high schmoop quotient in this bit. First installment here.

Buffy woke with the certain knowledge that something had changed. )
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: (mood Christmas)
I had ideas of there being several drabbles today, but it seems to be just the one. Merry Christmas, [livejournal.com profile] seapealsh!

Spike&Joyce, set sometime in the middle of Seraph
That Touch of Classic Elegance )
snickfic: (Spike Dawn aww)
Title: Chains and Bonds and Keys
Spoilers / Words: mid-S6 / 800 words
Characters: Dawn, Spike
Rating: a solid G

A/N: For [livejournal.com profile] cindergal, who wanted "Spike and Dawn go Christmas shopping for Buffy. Any time frame. Mood is bittersweet - with the emphasis on the sweet." This delivers, I believe. I actually meant it to be a drabble, but it disagreed.

“You’re shopping for Buffy, aren’t you?” Dawn says. )
snickfic: (Spike Dawn sibs)
...that it's really pretty funny how a Key needs a vampire to pick locks for her.
snickfic: (Spuffy fluff)
Title: To Come Home To
Spoilers / Words: post-NFA / 1200 words
Characters: Buffy, Spike
Rating: R for sexiness and a wee bit of Language.
Warnings: mpreg

A/N: Besides the Initiative, I've only ever been able to sell myself on one other Spike mpreg scenario, and this is it. Now with bonus implied post-apocalyptic backstory! There may eventually be other bits, both before and after this one.

Title provisional; suggestions heartily welcomed!

ETA: There is more of this fic, it seems. All installments may be found here.

It’d been four weeks at least since Buffy had cautiously resigned herself to the idea of having a baby. )
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: (Default)
'Verse: To Come Home To
Characters: Buffy/Spike, ensemble
Rating / Word Count: R / 10k and counting
Warnings: mpreg (in the second half of the series)
Summary: It's a broken world out there, and the folks in here aren't doing so great either. Spike's human now, to his regret; his body's doing weird things not wholly explained by the fact of being human; Buffy's feeling the weight of world's brokenness on her shoulders, and isn't sure how much more she can take. Together with a handful of Scoobies and other folks, they're trying to survive, and not just physically.

Fics list in order of internal chronology. Downloads of all parts available here.

And Take My Waking Slow - Spike/Buffy, Xander. 5400 words. PG-13.
Summary: The world is broken and Buffy is broken and Spike is fixed, kind of, possibly more than he ever wanted to be. He doesn't know what to do about any of those things.

And Don't Let Go - Buffy/Spike. 2900 words. R.
Warnings: Mpreg.
Spike’d just discovered yet another miracle slapped into him, unlooked-for, and all Buffy could feel was this cold resignation, this familiar weary suspense of adding still more logistics to the calculation of their existence.

To Come Home To, snippet I. Buffy/Spike. 1300 words. R.
In which Buffy realizes - again - that Spike is pregnant, and tries to deal with that fact

To Come Home To, snippet II, Buffy/Spike. 900 words.
In which Spike feels the baby move for the first time.

Biding Time, Buffy/Spike, 1800 words.
In which the world is still ended, Spike is still pregnant, and he and Buffy are still feeling their way through the idea.
snickfic: (Angel)
Brand-new Spuffy! Old Anya/Xander! Somewhat recent Faith/Giles! And more.

First, the fic that I just discovered and which you must all read immediately:
mercy me (the night is long), by [livejournal.com profile] websofseaweed
post-NFA
Angelus is loose again, so Buffy goes looking to LA looking for him and finds Spike. This is not primarily a Spuffy reunion fic, but that's definitely a major element of it. First and foremost, though, this is Buffy grieving both the many people she's lost and all her past relationships. The characters - Buffy, Willow, Angelus, Spike - are all exactly themselves, and every word rings painfully, beautifully true.

A Few Things Anya Knows, by [livejournal.com profile] nwhepcat
AU post-"The Gift"
I will never run out of Hep fics to rec, it seems, because she's written such a wide variety of things. Here, in drabbles, is another way the end of S5 might have gone, details left to the reader. The emphasis on a broken Xander, a pregnant Anya (her voice pitch-perfect), and how they get each other through.

Hope is the Thing with Feathers, by [livejournal.com profile] mediumrawr
post-Chosen
Giles calls Faith and asks her to come to England. She does. Lovely bit of pre-shippiness (or so I choose to read it) about two lonely people being less lonely together.

They Also Serve, by [livejournal.com profile] rahirah
Barbverse
Of all Barb's brief [livejournal.com profile] schmoop_bingo responses, this is perhaps my favorite: Sunnydale and Spike/Buffy from the perspective of a waitress at the local diner. These sorts of outsider views are always fun, and this ranks with the best of them.

Blood Runs Thin, by [livejournal.com profile] kcarolj65
post-Grave
Rather than returning to Sunnydale, newly souled Spike gets sent by newly ascended Cordelia to LA to help get Angel out of that coffin. This is technically a WIP, but the first sixteen chapters do a decent job of reaching some emotional closure, if not plot closure. And it is gorgeous! Beautifully written, beautifully characterized, and exquisite soul-angst for those of us who like that sort of thing.

Impossible, by Bitterness
post-Grave
This is the plotty, ensemble-cast souled-Spuffy prophecy-baby longfic that I've always wanted. The gang's all here, everyone you could want (except maybe Cordelia), all as big as life. 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.
snickfic: (Spike hostile 17)
Well, whaddya know. Fic! I wrote this over at the small fandom and rare pairing drabblethon. (For which, incidentally, [livejournal.com profile] slippery_fish wrote me a lovely, angsty Faith/Giles ficlet. You should all go read it.)

I was going to clean it up and make it, I dunno, deeper or something. But then I didn't. So here 'tis.

Title: Little Red and the Big Bad
Spoilers / Words: BtVS 4.7 "The Initiative" - 1400 words
Characters: Willow/Spike (ish)
Rating: PG

It’s a week after the fang disfunction that Willow sees Spike again, lurking behind a tree just five steps off the library-Stevenson shortcut. )
snickfic: (Spike Joyce)
I was going to do another double-header, but [livejournal.com profile] pennydrdful, darn her, asked for not-BtVS fictional heroes, and now I have to think of some! So that one'll have to wait.

For [livejournal.com profile] seapealsh: Top 5 Spike and Joyce Moments (Canon and Fic)
1. Canon - "You hit me with an axe one time." Because oh, the awkward, the awkward! Because Spike doesn't come even close to mouthing off. Because Joyce tries to make small talk. And did I mention the awkward?

2. Canon - The "Lovers Walk" conversation that launched a thousand hot chocolate fics. Because she's not even a little threatened by him. We know she was lonely during this period and having trouble making friends, and here was this heartbroken boy she could mother a little. Plus it's a fabulous Marsters scene

3. Canon - "I liked the lady. She was decent. Didn't put on airs. Always had a nice cuppa for me. And she never treated me like a freak." Not actually Spike and Joyce, but this right here tells me their relationship - the fact that they had one at all, even. Certainly sounds like he came around more than we saw, doesn't it? And that last line is my single strongest textual justification for Spike being lonely and miserable and wanting someone who liked him, even if we never saw much of this moping on screen.

4. Fic - Wendy, by cagd. Joyce picks up a hitchhiker, which relaunches a beautiful friendship. This whole fic is pure Spike&Joyce love, but my favorite bit is when he, having hitched a ride with Joyce, gotten a shower, and drunk tea, and still expecting Joyce to want sex for her troubles, instead wakes up on the couch underneath an electric blanket. An electric blanket. I just about cry - small moments of unexpected mercy like that really get to me.

5. Fic - Defenseless, by [livejournal.com profile] rebcake. Despite the essentially Spuffy nature of this S4 AU, it's really all about Joyce, and particularly Spike&Joyce after newly chipped Spike takes refuge with the likeliest, most obvious person. (It isn't Giles. Nor Buffy.) My favorite part, I think, is Spike spends "Hush" in this AU: at home very companionably watching TV with Joyce.
snickfic: (Spike Dawn aww)
Please note these lists are in no particular order; I have a hard enough time narrowing these things down to five without putting them in order, too!

Also, the store's still open: feel free to ask for the top five of your choice. Zaniness encouraged, y'all.

For [livejournal.com profile] eilowyn: 5 Favorite Spike and Dawn Moments )

For [livejournal.com profile] ruuger: Top 5 Reasons I Like Mpreg )
snickfic: (Spike love's bitch)
The other day I was chatting about Spike (as one does) with [livejournal.com profile] diamondtook862. Who is, incidentally, writing an S6 Spuffy AU, Best Intentions, in which some changes are made and they, ah, don't actually help all that much. It's an antidote to the sappier S6 fix-it fics, and DT has some very specific and very interesting places she's planning to go with it. I recommend!

Anyway. In the course of the chat I found I'd summed up my ideas about Spike's soul quest:

The AR triggers Spike's soul quest because he disappoints and shocks himself by breaking his own ironclad rule, which says that he never hurts Buffy, not really. We may see his verbal jabs and his nagging for sex as harmful, but he doesn't. It's not until the AR that he so shocks himself with the results of his own behavior that he's willing to get a soul to make it right.

I think that epiphany is key to his journey: the realization that even he is dissatisfied with his evil nature. I'm a really hard sell on fic that tries to send him questing for any lesser reason.
snickfic: (Spike love's bitch)
The only thing more dangerous than a vampire crazed with blood lust was a vampire crazed with anything else.


The Truth -- Terry Pratchett

snickfic: (Default)
I know, I know, I just did one of these. Y'all don't mind, do you? Anyway, this one's mostly full of short pieces, as I haven't spent much time trawling lately.

Songs of Experience, by [livejournal.com profile] noelia_g
Post-everything: Giles, Illyria, libraries, grief. I've having trouble coming up with a summary that does this justice, so: go read.

Moving On, by [livejournal.com profile] jedibuttercup
Post-NFA. Another find on the hunt for Illyria fic. Every year, on the anniversary of Wesley's death, Illyria returns to the hall of Vail. Grief and moving on, and delicious little hints of Illyria learning to cope in our dimension. Lovely.

Hot Rocks, by [livejournal.com profile] ljs
In an AU S7, Giles and Spike are off looking for a stone to help defeat the First. Lori's beloved Giles/Anya is here peeking in around the corners, but primarily this is about Giles and Spike hunting a magic rock and coming marginally closer to an understanding. Beautifully characterized, both the banter and the almost-poignant moments.

That White Rush, by [livejournal.com profile] girlpire
One morning, Angel begins to grow wings. Fred thinks this is pretty cool. Honestly, Angel/Fred? Soooo not my pairing. But I've been looking for wingfic for a long darned time, just to see the appeal, and this is snappily written and quite amusing.

Feast and Famine, by [livejournal.com profile] mabus101
Buffy character study, via food. A rather heartbreaking fanwank of SMG's weight loss over the course of the show. Now I want to take Buffy home and let her eat as much as she wants.

Sea Change, by [livejournal.com profile] mabus101
This may be the coolest bit of Dawn-is-the-key fic I've seen in a long time, partly because it's so hopeful, a break in the clouds of oppressive Buffyverse pessimism. So short, and yet so good.

Better Late than Never, by [livejournal.com profile] cindergal
Yay, this aptly-titled WIP is finally done! This is mid-S5 Spuffy, which nearly always makes me happy, and it's sweet and hopeful and very quietly romantic. Plus: time travel! And Ripper! What more need I say?
snickfic: (Spuffy deep)
Some of you may recall a plotbunny poll I posted awhile back, after which I whinged that the winning bunny was this big sprawling post-apocalyptic thing that I had a premise for but no plot.

Now I have plot. *\o/*

I also have this, which is the first scene of the fic but which also stands nicely on its own, I think. It is, shall we say, the happy fluffy schmoopy portion of the fic; later on there's character death and other such pleasant tragedies. Also, this may be subject to later tinkering.

Title: What She Was Waiting For (AKA the Prologue to the Unnamed Sprawling Post-Apocalyptic WIP)
Characters: Buffy/Spike
Words/Rating: 500 words - PG
(Just!) post-NFA

It's all confusion at first: sixty women flooding into a battlefield squeezed between crumbling multi-stories. )
snickfic: (Spike love's bitch)
I very rarely write futurefic, especially far future, but [livejournal.com profile] penny_lane_42 made a suggestion I couldn't resist.

Auld Lang Syne - Spike

Every so often, it happens. He battles demons, brave warrior he, and suddenly finds some bitty thing meeting him halfway, blocking his kicks and kicking his punches like she was born dancing. Every time he thinks, this is what he lives for.

But it isn’t. Even rarer, the girl looks at him, his face he can’t remember and the hair he still bleaches for just such moments as this, and her eyes widen, and she knows. Usually, she tries to kill him harder; once a feisty brunette kissed him and ran.

He’s still waiting for one that knows his name.
snickfic: (Spike Dawn peace)
Both by people I've never read much of before.

At Your Service, by [livejournal.com profile] dampersnspoons
human!Buffy/vamp!Spike AU (6/? chapters posted)
This is a bit of an oddball rec, especially considering how I'm usually all about canon, but: After years on the run from some nasty supernatural folks who've just killed the very last person she cared about, Buffy sells her soul for the services of a demon who can protect her. That would be Spike. The worldbuilding here is interesting stuff, coherent and quite different from the Buffyverse mythology, but the best part of the fic is Buffy. This is not weepy, helpless Buffy, who appears all too often even in fics where she is the Slayer. Though "just" human, alone, and justly terrified of the creatures after her, this Buffy's still doing her darndest to survive on her terms.

All Summer Long, by [livejournal.com profile] yakimama
post-S5 (5/6 chapters posted)
It's Spike&Dawn surviving the long sad summer. Y'all know how I am about Spike and Dawn, and it tickles me pink whenever I kind find someone willing to spend more than a one-shot on them. This is them figuring out together how to survive without Buffy, one day at a time.
snickfic: (Buffy ugh)
My sixth graders need some kind of something to perform for the Mother's Day assembly this Friday, which has me scouring the Internet. I'm happy to report that our dear poet William wasn't such a pathetic soul after all; he clearly had a long and healthy career ghostwriting Mother's Day poems.

(Now I sort of want a crackfic where Spike submits poetry to Hallmark...)
snickfic: (Spuffy fluff)
I was just ranting to [livejournal.com profile] gabrielleabelle about Shag or Die scenarios, and then I wrote one. Hey, it happens to the best of us, right?

Right?

Title: She Saves the World a Lot
Pairing: Spike/Buffy
Spoilers/Words: post-series - 270 words
Rating: Erm. R?

'You realize that this is total patriarchal objectifying crap, right?' )

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: (Spike Dawn peace)
Title: Children's Tales
Words: 2000
Characters: Spike, Dawn, Spike-baby
Rated: PG
Warnings: mpreg

A/N: Sort of an Epilogue

AKA The Fic in Which We Learn Her Name

AKA Shameless Newborn Schmoop

You have been warned.

Beta'd by the always wonderful [livejournal.com profile] penny_lane_42.

The sun hadn’t even risen yet when she woke him, pushing and kicking in quarters ever more cramped. )
snickfic: (Spike-Dawn no good)
Dream last night: I read an all-human AU. Of Spike/Dawn (does anyone even write those?). By [livejournal.com profile] nwhepcat. I said to myself, "Well, gee, if anyone could make me believe Spike/Dawn, she can." Alas, she could not. But I do now have an image of Dawn in a lovely Anya-style floral-print dress, and Spike in modern street punk clothes with spiky black gelled hair.
snickfic: (Default)
Leveled
For [livejournal.com profile] cindergal: Xander, Spike

Three weeks after, Xander went to the Fish Tank. The wall-staring and the sobbing and the snot made Anya – healing, thank God – a little frantic. Also, beer: the Harris family anaesthetic of choice. And Buffy was no more absent there than anywhere else. So he went.

But Spike was there, too, wrapped in cigarette haze, cue in hand. Still creepy, toothy, leathered. Evil. But with eyes as empty as Xander felt.

Wordless, soundless, Spike held the other cue out to Xander. And, because the reason Xander’d hated him was dead; because here was a man(/monster/whatever) who understood, he took it.

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