It’s no secret that I’m a Xander-centric writer and reader, so here are five Xander fics that really got under my skin in 2012.
Xander’s Kingdom by il_mio_capitano is terrific Xander, Giles Gen. The boys have been in the desert searching for a magical dodaah for Buffy, but things haven’t gone exactly to plan. The atmosphere in this is great and there are lines of dialogue that just kill me. (Xander, Giles, PG13)
baudown’s Waking is everything a drabble should be - It’s elegant, has a beautiful choice of words and images and tells a huge story in 100 words. (Spike, Xander, character death.)
Sunday by raynejelly is Spike and Xander in a tale of love and miscommunication. This one made me cry. (Spike/Xander, PG, angst)
velvetwhip’s Sometimes Country Music Doesn’t Cut It is a lovely snapshot of a moment between the boys post The Gift. It’s subtle, intimate and it makes me sigh and wish I’d written it. (Spike, Xander, FRT/PG)
Et Praevalebit by thea_bromine. When Xander ignores all common sense and warnings, the cost is much higher than any of the Scoobies ever expected. It’s Giles who exacts payment from him – but why, and what is the cost to Giles himself? (Xander/Giles, R18/FRM)
This is an epic that had me on the edge of my seat between August and December as I waited obsessively for each of the 47 chapters to be posted. When it was complete I went back to the start and read it again in one go!
Warning - this is a slave fic with some BDSM and a great deal of angst and I’d strongly recommend you read the Author's Notes post which outlines what you can expect so you can decide if you want to venture further. There are also warnings on individual chapters. Having said all that, even if this isn't your normal cup of cocoa, I'd urge you to give it a go, because it's just full of surprises, including Xander in a kilt and Giles in armour!)