Five Fics I Really Enjoyed in 2013
Broken English by estepheia. Giles/Ethan, rated R.
Not only do I love this fic, but there was a long stretch of time when it looked like it wouldn't be finished (the first part was posted way back in 2007), but estepheia, despite being very busy in RL, came back and finished it. So pleased! A terrific story from a Buffyverse fandom legend.
Another chaptered fic finished in 2013 was Development Hell by beer_good_foamy. Ensemble, PG. While killing time in Rome, Buffy runs into a new Slayer with a shocking secret. Now, she's going to have to face her past to keep both herself and those around her from a Fate Worse Than Death... Hollywood.
Hilarious! And possibly libellous.
quinara is one of my favourite writers in the fandom, and in 2013 she wrote
Broken By Degree, Spike/Buffy(ish) PG-13, with major input from Dawn. This is a 'what if' tale - in this instance, what if Principal Wood had split Spike in two (like Xander in The Replacement) in LMPTM so he could kill just the evil part? How would that work? Or would it even work at all? Hilarity ensues, as Spike discovers that it isn't necessarily 'evil' Spike that's the cool one, if there is such a person.
All the Shakespearoes by anactoria. Spike, PG13. Warning for major character death. The author's entry for the last round of seasonal_spuffy, this one had me from the title - quote from an old Stranglers song - and the fic itself is beautiful and strange and upsetting. In the author's own words, it turns out, even Utopia doesn’t hold a place for everyone.
I'd convinced myself for some reason that hello_spikey hadn't written much in 2013, but as it turns out, happily, I was wrong. Here is one of the things she wrote (and she wrote it for me!), Meddling in the Affairs of Gods for Fun and Profit, Spike/Illyria, R. In which Illyria and Spike attend relationship counselling with the god of love himself. Needless to say, Eros has his own agenda.
Hope you enjoy.