01 November 2013 @ 06:35 pm
5 stories where Spike is a character  
Okay, I had a bunch of stories left over and no great way to group them! They are still awesome stories.

1) Amnesia!Spike by Mahaliem
Whenever I rec it I get a bunch of people agreeing it's wonderful but I hardly ever see it recced

Spike nodded in agreement. He was just getting used to hearing his name. Whatever had happened earlier in the evening had wiped his memory clean. He didn’t know who he was, and to hear the lot of them talk, he didn’t know what he was, either. In fact, he only knew one thing about himself. Luckily it was a very important thing.

He had a really cool coat.



2) Sparrow2000's Magpie
Xander and Spike working together, reluctantly, to discover why everyone around Xander is being murdered.

He was in Lisbon when he found the first body. It wasn’t his first body – he’d found that at the age of sixteen, when he’d discovered that you didn’t need super powers to raise the dead. But this time no amount of CPR would heal the damage. You can’t give someone the kiss of life when half their throat is missing.

He knew the brutality was deliberate. Everything else had been done with delicacy and finesse; the placing of the body where he was sure to find it; the demure arrangement of hands and feet and the school skirt and blouse smoothed down, hugging every curve, hinting at the promise of bounty, but never revealing. But the wound, the wound told a different story. There was no care, no artistry, just the ragged, red ruin of jagged flesh and an impression of feeding and tearing and pain.

Xander didn’t know it then, but later he realised that was start of the dizzying climb to the tipping point.

That was the start of the deaths.


3) Hello Spikey's In the Light
Cordelia and Spike
It is truly lovely how Cordelia manipulates Spike in this story.

Oh yes, they were always under-estimating old Spike, but you had to get up pretty early in the evening to…

Spike stopped in his tracks, facing a crossbow bolt aimed at his sternum. The pretty cheerleader glared at him over it, brows drawn as tight and serious as the bowstring. Spike rolled his shoulders and gestured wide. “Seeing as I am standing in the glorious sunlight, just what do you think that little toy is going to do to me, sweetheart?”

“You set Angel up.”

“And people said you weren’t the brains of the operation.” Spike leisurely lit a fag.

“You are going to help me get him back! Or I’ll…”

“You’ll what?” Spike smirked.

Cordy tossed her head high and let the crossbow fall to her side. “I’ll cry.”


4) devo79's Blackout because I cry each time I reread it.
A dying Xander asks Angel to take care of his daughter after he's gone.

“My request isn’t just for you to drain me, Angel.” For the first time since arriving at the Hyperion Xander looked nervous. “I know about Connor and everything that happened here…the whole mess…I-I…I know…Cordy said you were a good father. That you loved Connor and would have done anything for him.”

“Xander,” Angel was paler than normal, his hands clenched into fists.

“I’m not…Azure only has me,” Xander murmured.

“What about her mother?” Spike asked and looked intrigued.


5) Unmet by baudown, a drabble

The night it didn’t happen, they were on the beach, chasing a random demon.
 
 
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velvetwhip: Spander kissage by Claudia6913velvetwhip on November 1st, 2013 11:08 pm (UTC)
Sparrow is such a stellar author and I am delighted to see you reccing her work here!


Gabrielle
Dragon's Phoenix: Francine bliss facedragonyphoenix on November 1st, 2013 11:15 pm (UTC)
I adore her work. Rereading Magpie was such a delight. ;-)
Danna: Fool for Lovechasingdemons on November 1st, 2013 11:15 pm (UTC)
The requirement that "Spike is a character" leaves it pretty wide open, but it looks like you've narrowed it down to some excellent fics!
Dragon's Phoenix: Francine angeldragonyphoenix on November 1st, 2013 11:26 pm (UTC)
Oh, the categories get wider from here on out. I've got one that's "five leftover stories" or something like that. Basically five stories I wanted to rec that didn't fit into any of my other categories. *grin*
sparrow2000sparrow2000 on November 2nd, 2013 12:18 am (UTC)
Thank you so much sweetie. I'm thrilled to be in such great company,especially as I have such a huge soft spot for Magpie - which probably says a lot about me considering the storyline! *g*

thank you again
s x
Dragon's Phoenix: spander coffindragonyphoenix on November 2nd, 2013 12:22 am (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoy. Magpie is a really excellent story.
baudown: pic#111143280baudown on November 2nd, 2013 12:29 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for reccing me again!

I'm enjoying so many of your recs. So much here I haven't read.
Dragon's Phoenix: Francine bliss facedragonyphoenix on November 2nd, 2013 01:08 am (UTC)
With such amazing writing, how could I not rec that story.

I have to admit I did go a bit overboard when coming up with stories to rec. It was a lot of fun though, rereading all these stories. ;-)
petzipellepingo: buffyversetop5 spike by eyesthatslaypetzipellepingo on November 2nd, 2013 07:28 am (UTC)
Another good list, thanks for posting.
Dragon's Phoenix: Francine angeldragonyphoenix on November 2nd, 2013 05:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I went a bit overboard this year but there are so many great stories out there. ;-)
yourlibrarian: DevilYouKnow: indulging_breckyourlibrarian on November 2nd, 2013 04:39 pm (UTC)
Ha to #1 -- I suppose people don't rec it because they figure everyone has already read it, but fanworks are always new to someone!
Dragon's Phoenix: Francine bliss facedragonyphoenix on November 2nd, 2013 05:07 pm (UTC)
fanworks are always new to someone! They are. Why in this BtVS Top 5 I was introduced to stories by authors that I already adore. It's just that the stories were written before I came to the fandom. It was awesome. ;-)
singedbylife: comlodgesnagged4singedbylife on November 2nd, 2013 05:45 pm (UTC)
Read no. 1 and it cracked me up. Great rec. I think it's difficult to remember fics outside of Livejournal, orm outside of any of the other more known BtVS sites.
Dragon's Phoenix: Francine angeldragonyphoenix on November 2nd, 2013 06:27 pm (UTC)
mahaliem is on LJ so it's possible there is a link to that story here as well. That is the link I had, but it would make an interesting category: links on obscure sites. ;-)

I like Archive of Our Own the best of the sites. The organization there makes stories easier to find. Of course LJ isn't set up just for stories.
Shapinglight: Buffyversetop5shapinglight on November 4th, 2013 04:24 pm (UTC)
I love that amnesia Spike story so much! Great to see it recced again.
Dragon's Phoenix: Francine angeldragonyphoenix on November 4th, 2013 05:56 pm (UTC)
That is a great story, but it was a blast rereading each and every one of these! ;-)
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