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05 January 2013 @ 06:06 pm
Five Boffo Bangel Fics From the IWRY Marathon  
Here are five extraordinary entries from this year's superb round of iwry_marathon.

1) Swan Song (Buffy/Angel; PG) by librarian2003: If you haven't discovered Jo's impossibly brilliant stories by now... well, you have missed out. Whether you like the Buffy/Angel pairing or not, this story (like all her others) will leave you breathless with awe and emotion. Also, you'll never think of Swan Lake the same way again.

2) Innocence (the If You Love Me Remix) (Buffy/Angel; NC-17) by snowpuppies: A much darker and more painful take on Innocence from a writer who really knows how to bring on the agony. If you ever wondered what would have happened if Angelus hadn't contented himself with mind games... Well, this is your story.

3) Falling (Buffy/Angel; G) by scribesds: A bleak dystopia drawn in a deftly spare way so that the setting never gets in the way of the heartbreak. This tale tugs at the emotions and ties them into knots.

4) Gladsheim Court (Buffy/Angel; PG-13) by perpetual: A compelling AU where a very real threat to Buffy and Angel's love comes from an unusual source. Evil may not triumph, but no one emerges unscathed and Buffy is changed forever. This is a very unique and intriguing story.

5) When You're Married... Or Not (Buffy/Angel; PG-13) by angelus2hot: So far, this list has been an angst-fest, so I am closing this list with a story that is anything but. It all starts with Willow and a wish and it ends up... well, I'm not going to give anything away, but I will tell you that you won't be in tears. This one's a charmer!

If you'd like to take a look at the rest of the outstanding stories from this year's IWRY, then go here. You won't regret it. You have no idea how hard it was for me to narrow this list down to five.

yourlibrarian: ScoobyXmasTop5-eyesthatslayyourlibrarian on January 6th, 2013 01:10 am (UTC)
Great to see this list, thanks for posting it!
velvetwhip: Angelus Gabriellevelvetwhip on January 6th, 2013 01:14 am (UTC)
I love buffyversetop5 and enjoy the chance to share as well as to discover new stories.

Butterfly: [Doctor Who] Amy and Rorysnogged on January 6th, 2013 01:32 am (UTC)
Excellent recs!
velvetwhip: The Lookvelvetwhip on January 6th, 2013 01:47 am (UTC)
Thanks! I think so. There were so many brilliant stories, though, that it was very hard to pick just 5.

Dark Star: Dark Starscribesds on January 6th, 2013 08:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, Gabrielle!
velvetwhip: Angel Vestvelvetwhip on January 6th, 2013 08:42 pm (UTC)
You are so very welcome. There were so many great stories this year, and yours was stupendous!

librarian2003: angeluslibrarian2003 on January 7th, 2013 12:45 am (UTC)
Hey Gabrielle!

You are such a lovely cheerleader for stories! Thank you for liking Swan Song! :~))))

Guess what was on TV over Christmas? Swan Lake, by the Kirov Ballet, from the St Petersburg Mariinsky Theatre! Who would have guessed? I think I must be slightly psychic. They did the happy ending, where the Prince kills the sorcerer and the lovers live happily ever after. .. :~))))))

Thank you again - and Happy New Year to you!

velvetwhip: Crow Angel by shanmaravelvetwhip on January 7th, 2013 01:53 am (UTC)
Your stories are so marvelous, how can I help but praise them to the high heavens?

How fabulous! Perhaps someone in programming is a fan of yours... (And if that's not true, it should be!)

You are very welcome! Happy New Year to you, too! (Oh, and Santa's Sack was BRILLIANT!)

librarian2003: angeluslibrarian2003 on January 7th, 2013 11:40 pm (UTC)
:~)))))) *Thank you*

Glad you enjoyed that slice of darkness. I thought it might be a bit too... you know... for Christmas Warriors, no matter how cheery the title... Should I start to worry about the tenor of my fic mind?


velvetwhip: Angelus Gabriellevelvetwhip on January 7th, 2013 11:49 pm (UTC)
My only complaint is that I found it by accident... why didn't you let me know you'd posted a new story? Oh, and I sent you an email with detailed fb.

Don't worry at all about your writing - it's SPLENDID!

librarian2003: angeluslibrarian2003 on January 9th, 2013 01:20 am (UTC)
Sorry! :~(((( It was a last minute thing for Christmas Warriors - I think it was New Year's Eve when I wrote it, so most of the others had already gone up,... Sorry....

Feedback? An email with feedback?

*Peers under computer*

*Shakes computer till it rattles*

*Pokes at it, muttering*


Ah! There's a whole load of LJ stuff in Yahoo's spam folder! Wah! I suppose that's the result of LJ's recent hacker attack? I just found your ecard, too! *Thank you*

*Goes off to read all the over stuff, mostly from you!*

Thank you, sweetie.

velvetwhip: Angel/Willow Joy by emeraldswanvelvetwhip on January 9th, 2013 01:32 am (UTC)
You are so very, very welcome!

Shapinglight: galaxyshapinglight on January 7th, 2013 10:07 am (UTC)
Thanks for these. It's always good to have links to the good stuff.
velvetwhip: Angel/Willow Love by emeraldswanvelvetwhip on January 7th, 2013 05:39 pm (UTC)
You're welcome. I love sharing great stories.