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January 24th, 2012 (11:46 pm)

My main computer stopped working at the end of November. I switched to my netbook because right now I don't have money to buy a new computer. I can't Photoshop on netbook - it's not powerful enough. And, to make matters worse, all my fandom files stayed on the old computer. Thankfully, today a friend of mine promised to help. He copied my personal files on a pocket hard drive, so I can finally access them. Hopefully he'll be able to repair my poor old PC.
Anyway, I can post my fic recommendations for fall 2011. I'm sorry if I missed some good stories. Rec me the ones you liked!
Spuffy long stories, WIPs
Dust by knifeedgefic
WIP, 31 chapters, PG so far, NC-17 later. Alternate season 4. Buffy wakes in a Sunnydale that went utterly wrong... Everybody's asleep; the phones are dead; and there is no way out of the town. Buffy's only hope is a certain vampire who managed to stay awake and who was persistent enough to wake her up. Intriguing premise, genre storytelling par excellence, witty dialogues, funny insights into Buffy's and Spike's minds, overall creepy atmosphere -- the story's vitality and finesse make "Dust" one of the most exciting and gripping stories of the year.

My Elizabeth by thepuddinhead
WIP, 14 chapters so far. Sequel to "Yours, William" (in that story, Buffy decided to stay with William in 1880). In the new installment they come aboard the ship that makes its way to the New World. According to the writer, "it will be darker than “Yours,” and feature vampires, demons and slayers. There will be blood."
Usually, by the time the writer finishes the first story, she usually runs out of obstacles to overcome and leaves the characters in a safe place. There is no need for a sequel, technically. But Thepuddinhead decided to follow in Joss' footsteps and after wrapping up all the storylines in "Yours, William" she started her new story the way Joss starts a new season - creating a new problem, new Big Bad, new settings. Meanwhile the characters got fleshed and developed, while the universe she created became truly fascinating.

Out of Reach by spuffy_noelle
WIP, 6 chapter so far. NC-17, post-Wrecked. After an explosion, Buffy is left with no long-term memory.  Until her memory comes back, she needs to learn what it is to be a slayer, and why she feels so drawn to the blond vampire.

No Name season 7 Spike/Buffy tale by thedeadlyhook
PG. WIP, 3 chapters so far. Season 7, reimagined. Ensemble piece, the story subverts the tropes exploited in season 7; rich, compelling narrative. According to the author: "This is a complete re-imagining of Season 7. YES! I'm serious. Let's just start from the basics. What do we know? How do we know it? What do we want to know, or to see? (I guess ultimately I'm hoping to do sort of a virtual "season," but let's not get too ambitious yet...)
Pairing: Probably Spike/Buffy. Eventually. You know me." Well, *I* now that Thedeadlyhook is one of the finest writers in the fandom, and her characters are very close to canon.

Originally Normal by tennyo_elf
WIP, 9 chapters so far. Alternate season 7. Spike returns in different circumstances - he is sane and aloof. Buffy feels that she starts losing her slayer power. And, as usual, evil's afoot in good old Sunnyhell. Inventive plot, good character voices, interesting "what-ifs" - the story is a winner.

After the Deluge by gillo
R, WIP, 23 chapters so far. Post-TV series, not comics-compliant. As Spike struggles in LA against newly-risen The First Evil, Buffy find out about him being alive. Plotty ensemble piece, Spuffy-centric.

As Good as a Rest  by quinara
R/NC-17, middle of season 6, post-OAFA. Complete, 31,000 words. Buffy and Spike are getting along better and their story goes differently. Clever, meditative tale.

For Keeps by gryfndor_godess
PG-13. post-series. WIP, one chapter so far. Buffy/Spike, Xander/Anya, Willow/Oz, Cordelia/Angel, Dawn/Gunn. When unknown demons attack Spike in autumn 2019 and infect him with what seems to be a parasite, all Slayer and Watcher hands are on deck to try to get it out of him.  But what if the “parasite” could be something more? Mpreg is a difficult genre but, so far, the story sounds very promising. (But if mpreg is not your cup of tea, don't read it. Read gryfndor_godess' other stories - they're awesome.

Out Of the Blue by slaymesoftly
Completed, 43,000 words, R, Spuffy-friendly season 4. Spike accepts Giles’s suggestion that maybe he was meant to be chipped so that he could change his ways, and become more of a Scooby than in canon. And, of course, he and Buffy can'y stop snarking and bantering, as Spike teaches Buffy to tell dangerous demons from harmless ones! Great story about tolerance and love.

Oh My... We're Where Exactly? by maryperk73703
WIP, NC-17, Alternate season 7. Sequel to "Ghosts, Goblins, and Ghouls".Spike and Buffy return to Skald Hill Manor for Xander's car. You would think they'd know better than to explore an formerly haunted house, wouldn't you?

Elegies Part I: Words for the Fallen by useyourlove
Completed, 25,000 words, NC-17, post-series. BtVS/Dollhouse crossover. Writer's description: "Folks have run out of demons to fight in San Francisco, nobody really pays attention to the Slayer anymore, and Spike thinks Buffy should move on to somewhere more in need of her services. Road trip to New Orleans? That's what every girl needs." A newbie in Jossverse,  Useyourlove weaves an original tale of epic proportions.

Two Sides of the Same Coin by Behind Blue Eyes
WIP, 8 chapters so far. Season 5. In "Replacement", Toth's rod hit Spike and split him into William and demon!Spike.

Fire in the Soul by rebcake
PG-13, WIP, 3 chapters so far. A few years after Sunnydale’s spectacular demise, Buffy and her crew are getting on with their lives in San Francisco. A not entirely unwelcome blast from her past (Spike! It's Spike!) blows into town, but he’s brought more than the generally allowable amount of baggage with him.

Spuffy shorts

Fool For- [Just Fool, Really] by coalitiongirl
G. Season 9. spike muses on his relationship with Buffy.

The Real Me by[info]itsayamsham
PG-13, middle of season 6. Dawn makes a wish to step into Buffy’s shoes for a day, wakes up to find herself trapped in her sister’s body and seeks out Spike for help.

Under The Influence by cindergal
R, season 6. Buffy+Spike+bike --> hotness!

La dolce morte by brutti_ma_buoni
PG, post-TV-BtVS. Spike heads off for Rome as soon as he's de-ghosted. Intimate and epic, funny and poignant - quintessencial Spuffy reunion.

Vampires Do Not Sparkle! by Behind Blue Eyes
NC-17 for language. Buffy and Spike watch Twilight.

Long Time Coming by gryfndor_godess
PG-13, season 9 post issue 2. Police is after Buffy, and Spike's flat is a good place to hide. Beautiful Spuffy dynamics within season 9 setting.

Act the Third by brutti_ma_buoni
PG-13, season 4. Buffy, Spike and zomby apocalypse

Act the Fourth by brutti_ma_buoni
PG. Buffy and Spike against a skeleton dragon!

Where's a Spooky Mask When You Need One? by smells_corrupt
PG. During a run-of-the-mill patrol, Buffy runs into Spike. And then things really get complicated.

Flesh and Bone by rebcake
R. Season 6. New ads make Buffy feel fat. Evil is definitely afoot!

Dead Unlike Me by rahirah
"Look, Mr. Voldemort, or whoever you are, Bloody Vengeance's business hours are from two P.M to ten P.M. I know it says two A.M. on the business cards, but that was totally the printer's fault.

Grunt by shapinglight
PG. A member of the skeleton army gives its take on things, Spuffy included.

Leverage by anviloverheaven
PG-13. Alternate "Chosen". Mortifex's intervention changes the outcome of the battle.

Holding Out For A Hero by gryfndor_godess
PG-13. Prompt: Skeleton Army Setting: Halloween 2005. Take this, Mortifex!!

I Never by annapurna_2
PG-13, Season 9 comics, post #1. Did they or didn’t they? Plus Buffy has a little competition for Spike’s attention and she’s not sure how to handle it.

Finger Painting by brutti_ma_buoni
PG-13, post-series. Buffy and Spike prepare to battle in the upcoming  Apocalypse by painting protective runes on their naked bodies.

Worth Waiting For by gryfndor_godess
PG-13, during "Chosen". Missing scenes between Buffy and Spike. Buffy's internal monologues are fascinating.

Dear Randy by annapurna_2
PG-13, Season 6, post-Tabula Rasa. Further adventures of Joan and Randy. Wicked fun!

The Jaws of Death by brutti_ma_buoni
PG-13, post-series. Buffy and Spike fight zombies.

Perihelion by brutti_ma_buoni
PG, post-series. “So, it’s the Apocalypse again.”--“Yep,” he said, deeply content. “Just you and me and the stars falling.”  

Homecoming by st_salieri
PG-13, post-series. Sometimes coming home is the hardest thing to do. A fascinating "what if" that catches the essense of Buffy and Spike's relationship.

And Take My Waking Slow by snickfic
PG-13, post-series. Hurt/comfort. Writer's description: "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." After the final battle Spike wakes up, wounded and helpless, to find out that the Earth was destroyed in the apocalypse but he has shanshued.

What You've Got by caia (treadingthedark)
PG, season 6. Spike finds an unusual way to cheer up Buffy. Cute!

Once in a Blue Moon by brutti_ma_buoni
PG Prompt: Eclipse. Post-series. More of the non-chronological escapades of Rulesverse Spuffy and the latest apocalypse. This is towards the end of their mission, after Ancient History and Prehistoric, lately posted here.

Ancient History by brutti_ma_buoni
PG-13. Part of Brutti ma buoni's "Rulesverse". Buffy Summers: not dead, only resting.

Deliciously Self-Centred by quinara
PG; late S7. Spike finds a new way to tempt Buffy :)

Paying the Toll by brutti_ma_buoni
PG. Post-The Gift. Spike says goodbye to Buffy. Prompt: Charon the Ferryman.

A Day at the Shore by readerjane
R, season 7. Spike tells Buffy a story about Orpheus... does he?

To Cancel Half a Line by brutti_ma_buoni
PG-13, Post-season 2, Spike and Buffy, with hints of Spike/Buffy, with appearances from Giles, Willow, Faith and Xander. Brutti Ma Buoni masterfully connected  season 2 and season 4, incorporated an apocalypse, time-travel, body-switch into the plot -- and added a dragon into the mix.

Firmer Ground by gryfndor_godess
PG-13, early season 9, post-issue 1. Buffy tries to remember who she slept with last night. Spike tries to help. Stellar dialogues as our fools for love compete in the art of making embarrassing remarks.

Our Secret Flares by bayloriffic
NC-17, early season 9. Buffy and Spike go on a stakeout. Sexy hijinks ensue. The story reads like a real TV episode; dialogue is great.

Caught by coalitiongirl
PG. Season 9 issue 1 missing scene. Spike puts Buffy to bed and muses on his inability to let her go. Adorable bittersweet scene.

Cursed by ladyofthelog
PG, post season 8. Dawn/Xander, Spike/Buffy. Little vignettes of their everyday lives.

Subletting by shapinglight
PG-13, post-TV series. Buffy and Illyria discuss Spike's musical tastes. Fun!

In the Early Eve by coalitiongirl
PG-13. Post-season 8 comics. Patrolling always gives Buffy and Spike an occasion to talk about their relationship. Vague spoilers for the first four issues (based on the previews).

Bangel stories
Wish by coalitiongirl
R, alternate season 3. Buffy and Angel in Wish-verse.

Bostonverse drabbles by leni_ba
PG. Post-show. Buffy/Angel live in LA, Dawn and Spike hang out in Boston.

Ten Reasons to Forget Angel by leni_ba
Drabble, PG, season 1. Buffy muses on Angel.

Everywhere We Have Been by girlpire
PG. Post-show. Buffy/Angel, lost possibilities.

Echoes by scribesds
Post-TV show. Buffy/Angel. Angel ends up in another dimention and finds a lot of interesting stuff about his other self.

Blink and You'll Miss What You Never Saw by Gabrielle
R. In season 6 Buffy has flashes of memories of the day that Angel deleted, and comes to conclusion that it's memories of being in heaven.

You Can't Go Home Again by slaymesoftly
PG, season 6. Buffy and Angel's offscreen encounter post-Afterlife, from a Spuffy POV.

After All They Shoot Horses Don't They? by annegables
R, altyernate ending of season 7. Buffy/Angel, Buffy/Spike.

The Devil's Elegy by coalitiongirl
R. Buffy/Angelus. Season 6 BtVS/Season 3 AtS. When W&H steal Angel's soul, Buffy has to cope with baby Connor and with Angelus' vicious ways. Brilliantly twisted, the story hurts in all the right places.

Windows on the Soul by librarian2003
PG. Post-series. Angel is trapped by W&H in the Day That Never Was (the day he deleted). Buffy uses Orlon Window, with unpredictable results. Inventive plot and elegant writing.

Other characters and pairings
Learn To Fly by brutti_ma_buoni
PG-13, post-series. Giles and Faith in Pylea. Turns out if vampires show their demon selves in Pylea, Slayers show their powers. By growing wings.

Higher Than An Eagle by brutti_ma_buoni
PG-13, Giles and winged!Faith In Pylea. Seamless combination of sublime poetry ("the wings moved too, lazily beating at the unending heavens.") and broad comedy (“Good thing I was never a missionary kinda girl.” )

Reunion by elleyezee</lj>
WIP, post-series.Ever wonder why Buffy, Angel, Willow, Spike, Faith, Illyria, etc. split up across the country/world and seem to have taken on completely new identities? What does this mean for the fate of the world when there's a rumored apocalypse in 2012 and no one to stop it? Since Spike is the only one with any of his personality or memory left, it's up to him to track everyone down and figure out what is going on and how to stop it.

Willow drabble by coalitiongirl
Perfect summation of Willow's issues.

The Show Goes On by samsom
PG, AtS season 2. Angel takes care of Cordy and almost confesses something important.

Help to Make the Season Bright by penny_lane_42
PG, season 7. Buffy, Dawn. Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents". Bittersweet scene of sister bonding.

Bait And Switch by tielan
R, post-series. Faith/Wesley, with a twist.

She Loves Him (She Loves Him Not) by coalitiongirl
PG. Season 4. Buffy has all the reasons in the world to be in love with Riley.

A Serious Omission by speakr2customrs
PG, drabble, BtVS/Star Wars crossover.

It's Not The Same by salvage_5x5
PG-13. A scenario of Angel and Faith's relationship in season 9.

Stories You Don't Want Printed in People Magazine bya2zmom
PG. Season 8. Drabble. Harmony.

Ms Summers Goes To Washington (Buffy/West Wing crossover) by beer_good_foamy
PG-13, post-series. Comedic gem.
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.

Public by kudagirl
PG-13. Season 6. Drabble. She forged a public persona and it was killing her.

Normal by readerjane
G, early season 6. Xander recounts latest news... to who?

Gross Things by readerjane
PG. Pre-season 6. Dawn and Spike talk about death, zombies and Willow's secret.

Ebb Tide by readerjane
PG. post-Dirty Girls. Spike and Willow reminisce about their past.

Daddy by salvage_5x5
PG-13. Angel, Faith. Takes place in season 9. Faith visits her father in a prison. Bittersweet.

July by anviloverheaven
PG, post-series. Ensemble.Why has Giles invited all Scoobies for s 4th July party?

It Matters Little (Or Not At All) by Shaitanah
PG, post "Spike" comic. Spike/Drusilla. Leaving Drusilla in the asylum is the hardest decision Spike has ever made.

Coeur de lion by tootruthful
PG, post-Lovers Walk. Spike and Cordelia have a talk. Wonderful "missing scene".


Posted by: Dark Star (scribesds)
Posted at: January 24th, 2012 09:38 pm (UTC)

It’s horrible to be without your computer. Mine was in the repair shop last week so I can sympathise with you on that one. I hope you get it fixed soon.

Thank you very much for choosing one of my stories to go into your favourites, and it pleases me no end that a large chunk of your BA selection are from IWRY. We must have done something right!

Posted by: Elena (moscow_watcher)
Posted at: January 24th, 2012 10:07 pm (UTC)

Yes, I discovered that I'm addicted to Internet, to the fandom - I can't live without reading fics and debating on Buffy comics.

You know how I love your stories. You make me care for Buffy and Angel in ways that TV shows don't. You always find something special - a detail, a POV - that enhances the canon and makes me appreciate it more fully.

And - IWRY is a wonderful tradition. It's so great that the fandom goes on.

Posted by: slaymesoftly (slaymesoftly)
Posted at: January 24th, 2012 10:25 pm (UTC)

Great lists! I'm pretty sure there are some on here I haven't found yet, so thank you for that. (And for including a couple of mine :))

Posted by: Elena (moscow_watcher)
Posted at: January 24th, 2012 10:55 pm (UTC)

It was a pleasure to rec you, honey! "Out of the Blue" is a great story!

Posted by: readerjane (readerjane)
Posted at: January 24th, 2012 11:07 pm (UTC)

Aw, shucks. Thanks for the recs!

Now I kinda wish I could play hooky for a week just to read all these.

Posted by: Elena (moscow_watcher)
Posted at: January 25th, 2012 11:57 am (UTC)

It's a great pleasure to rec you, honey! I hope you'll enjoy stuff written by other fans.

Posted by: Rebcake (rebcake)
Posted at: January 24th, 2012 11:11 pm (UTC)

¡Yay! Can't wait to dig through these!

Thanks for the recs! I'm now up to Chapter 3 on Fire in the Soul, link here: http://rebcake.livejournal.com/37901.html

More soon.

Posted by: Elena (moscow_watcher)
Posted at: January 25th, 2012 12:09 pm (UTC)

*facepalm* Fixed! Thanks for correction!

I've forgotten to update my files. But as soon as I followed the link I recalled reading it.

More soon.

*rubs hands and licks lips*

Posted by: a2zmom (a2zmom)
Posted at: January 24th, 2012 11:26 pm (UTC)

Thanks so much for this! I missed a lot of great stories last year due to illness. Saving this to memories.

Also, thanks for including my Harmony fic. She's such a hoot.

And glad to hear your computer files were saved. I had the same problem a month ago. The thought of losing my files filled me with dread!

a fic rec? Four Times Angel Keeps His Halloween Traditions and One Time He Doesn't by LAndrews. Angel, Cordelia. If you don't know her work, you're in for a treat. One of my favorite Angel writers and that's saying something.

Posted by: Elena (moscow_watcher)
Posted at: January 25th, 2012 12:34 pm (UTC)

I'm sorry to hear about your illness. Hope you're better now.
I hope you'll go on writing. I enjoyed your recent Buffy drabble ("crown") and I'll definitely include it in my winter list.
Thank you for the rec. I'm not an expert in Angel/Cordelia fanfiction, although I like them in canon, so a rec is very appreciated.

Posted by: coalitiongirl (coalitiongirl)
Posted at: January 25th, 2012 04:48 am (UTC)

Computer troubles are the worst. Hope it works out!

And thank you for including me, and amassing such a fantastic list for our reading pleasure in the first place! :)

(Not a single completed Spuffy longfic? It's been a slow season for them, I guess- though the shorts nearly make up for it.)

Posted by: Elena (moscow_watcher)
Posted at: January 25th, 2012 12:50 pm (UTC)

So far, my computer-savvy friend didn't tell me anything good about my poor old computer - but I keep my fingers crossed.


You write fantastic meta-fics for season 9, and I feel like I have two canons - yours and the comics one.

Not a single completed Spuffy longfic? It's been a slow season for them, I guess- though the shorts nearly make up for it

Out Of the Blue by slaymesoftly is completed. But I agree, there are very many WIPs. I have a theory that it happened because canonical Spuffy is in an indefinite situation right now. For a long time, we all considered the Spuffy canon closed. Now Joss has reopened it and we all are waiting what he's about to do. The ball is in his court again.

Posted by: coalitiongirl (coalitiongirl)
Posted at: January 27th, 2012 09:08 am (UTC)

Ooh, I must have missed Out of the Blue! Seasonal Spuffy came at a busy time for me IRL and I don't think I've gotten to read any of the fics there yet.

And thank you! Last season, I'd wait for each issue mostly because I was so eager to write fixed!fic. But I have few complaints with this season thus far, so I've been branching out into AU and missing scene fic. S9 is a whole untapped canvas with the perfect setup for Spuffy.

Your theory sounds plausible! (I know that I'm leery of writing anything lengthy because I'd rather focus on what's going on in the comics now, and while I was working on Embers last year I didn't write a single oneshot for months. I'm not ready to be constricted by a WIP again, unless I think of one that's worth it.)

Posted by: Shapinglight (shapinglight)
Posted at: January 25th, 2012 07:09 pm (UTC)

Thanks for reccing my fics, love. I hope your friend can fix your computer.

Posted by: Elena (moscow_watcher)
Posted at: January 25th, 2012 08:46 pm (UTC)

I still hope that current Spuffy canon will inspire you to write more. I reread "Wedding From Hellverse" recently and it's such a great series. Season 9 will most likely be grim and angsty; we need an antidote. :)

Posted by: Shapinglight (shapinglight)
Posted at: January 26th, 2012 11:53 am (UTC)

Season 9 will most likely be grim and angsty

Yes, I think it'll probably be the end of Spuffy. I think I'm best off keeping it at a distance, personally.

Posted by: Elena (moscow_watcher)
Posted at: January 26th, 2012 05:25 pm (UTC)

The end of Spuffy? The only way Joss can put an end on Spuffy is to make Buffy and Spike a happily married couple. Happiness the the most effective poison for any narrative in any media. (But, since it's Joss we're talking about, we can be sure it won't happen).

Posted by: Cordykitten (cordykitten)
Posted at: January 26th, 2012 12:00 am (UTC)
moscow_watcher Buffy reading a book .gif

Thanks for the recs! Will add to memories when I find time to catch up with LJ.

I read mostly @ TSR (or EF).
Two stories I'm looking forward to read that aren't mentioned here:

Chasing a Dream by The Enemy of Reality

Time’s Fool by MsJane

I have a hard time to remember good stories that aren't updated in a while so I don't remember the other titles.

Posted by: Elena (moscow_watcher)
Posted at: January 26th, 2012 05:17 pm (UTC)

You're weclome, honey - and thank *you* for the links!

I rarely have time to visit archives - LJ and a couple of BtVS comics-related forums eat all my time. I bookmarked the links and I will definitely read the stories you rec.

Posted by: Cordykitten (cordykitten)
Posted at: January 26th, 2012 09:13 pm (UTC)
red_sunflower  reading

You're welcome - a bit of thank you for all your recs.
I'm late reading LJ because my time is limited and I read at the archives. :D

I like all of The Enemy of Reality's stories so far, she has me guessing the plot / surprised me with (plot) turns in the past.

I try to remember to link you to the other story when it's updated again.

Posted by: samsom (samsom)
Posted at: January 27th, 2012 04:28 am (UTC)
vomit anyone

Thanks so much for reccing mine. :)

For a story about vomit, it seems suprisingly well received. LOL

Posted by: Elena (moscow_watcher)
Posted at: January 31st, 2012 02:45 pm (UTC)

Sorry for not replying earlier - LJ didn't send me a notification, and I saw your comment only now.

I love Angel/Cordy, and I love how you write them - as friends, lovers, partners and "everything&everybody else" for each other. I rewatched AtS season 3 recently and was amazed again how great their dynamic is. So, thank your for your wonderful stories that remind about it again.

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Posted by: Elena (moscow_watcher)
Posted at: January 31st, 2012 03:15 pm (UTC)


Sorry I didn't reply earlier - I didn't get a notification, and I noticed your comment only now. I hope you'll find interesting stories to read.

I adore your avatar, BTW.

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