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16 January 2014 @ 09:21 pm
Five Bleak Angst/Dark Fics  
How could I let the year go by with celebrating some stories that brought the pain in all the best ways? I couldn't, so here are some beautifully bleak tales to wrap the shiniest silver lining in foggy clouds:

1) Word Association (Buffy/Angel) by librarian2003: The summary of this reads "Be careful what you wish for" and I hesitate to offer more detail than that for fear of spoiling this tragic ride. Just know that it was written by Jo and that should be enough to get you clicking that link immediately. It's a masterpiece of pain and indifferent cruelty.

2) Without the Lion (Willow, Giles) by dragonyphoenix: Here's a ripping admonition that one should never let down one's guard - especially in a library. dragonyphoenix does a marvelous job of showing the consequences of complacency. Short, sharp, and deadly... delicious.

3) Initiative Blues (Spike, Buffy, Maggie Walsh) by comlodge: Ever wonder what would have happened had Hostile 17's escape been more temporary? Well comlodge has and... it's not pretty. It is, however, an extremely well-crafted must-read for all you fanciers of the darker side of fanfic.

4) Amazon (Tara, Maggie Walsh) by snowpuppies: The Initiative is such a marvelous source of dark inspiration, but no one goes there quite like snowpuppies, and she shows her extraordinary skill in this short but powerfully memorable tale of what happens when Dr. Walsh gets her hands on a real witch. Wow. Just wow.

5) Bitter From the Sweet (The I've Been to Paradise Remix) (Buffy/Angel) by aadler: This might not be as dark as the other entries on this list, but it's as despairing and bleak as if it were, so it well deserves its place on this list. aadler's depiction of a post-resurrection encounter between Buffy and Angel is anything but star-crossed romance... and absolutely wonderful in its grey perfection.

Bonus Entry: The Pleasure of Her Tears (Willow/Angel) by angelus2hot: Having given you five examples of sorrow and misery, I thought maybe I should add a little dollop of a more gleeful and... "fun" sort of angst. How better than in this tale of an Angelus who's actually as crafty as the show was always telling us? angelus2hot's tale set in the aftermath of the events of Passion will have you begging for a sequel.
Dragon's Phoenix: Francine angeldragonyphoenix on January 17th, 2014 05:24 am (UTC)
Oooh, look. you rec'd my story! Thanks. ;-)

I'd read the first and the fourth of these before but not the others. All excellent recs. comlodge's though ... Damn. Those descriptions were brutal! I can't say brutal in a goo way but brutal in a way that made a good story. And I think "Word Association" is particularly brilliant.
velvetwhip: Angel Saves Willowvelvetwhip on January 17th, 2014 05:30 am (UTC)
You surely earned the rec! Loved your story!

Glad you enjoyed the ones you had yet to read!

petzipellepingo: buffyversetop5 spike by eyesthatslaypetzipellepingo on January 17th, 2014 08:36 am (UTC)
I think this is the first dark list this session so thanks for posting. Good to get all types of fictions each time we open for business.
velvetwhip: Angelus/Willow by Spikesredqueenvelvetwhip on January 17th, 2014 08:48 am (UTC)
I myself adore darkness and angst so I thought it would be only appropriate for me to come up with a list for this community. Glad you like!

Shapinglightshapinglight on January 17th, 2014 11:09 am (UTC)
I don't do angst much myself these days, but thanks for the recs.
velvetwhip: Queen of Angstvelvetwhip on January 17th, 2014 08:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I'm an angst girl so I felt I ought to create this list.

Butterfly: [ATS] Frangelussnogged on January 17th, 2014 01:06 pm (UTC)
An excellent rec list, my dear!
velvetwhip: Sparkly Willow/Angel by snoggedvelvetwhip on January 17th, 2014 08:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I do love my angst (and you, but that's another story).

Butterfly: [Angel] Bookwormsnogged on January 17th, 2014 11:18 pm (UTC)
Hee! Love you!
Kiki May: Buffy bluekikimay on January 17th, 2014 02:20 pm (UTC)
They all seems really interesting fics. I need time to read them. Nice list!
velvetwhip: Angelus Gabriellevelvetwhip on January 17th, 2014 08:01 pm (UTC)
I am so pleased to hear you want to read these!

yourlibrarian: DevilYouKnow: indulging_breckyourlibrarian on January 17th, 2014 07:40 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed that remix!
velvetwhip: Crow Angel by shanmaravelvetwhip on January 17th, 2014 08:01 pm (UTC)
It was a really good one, wasn't it?

red_satin_doll: Lesbian Vampire Seal of Approvalred_satin_doll on January 17th, 2014 08:07 pm (UTC)
I thought maybe I should add a little dollop of a more gleeful and... "fun" sort of angst.

If that's your idea of "fun" angst, sweetie then HOLY SWEET POTATOES - you're not the Queen of Angst, you're the freakin' Hellgoddess. *grovels* (Damn now I need a gif of Glory's minions.)

I'd already found a goodly number of these and now I've read them all and, loved them! Number 2 & 3 were especially interesting to me because there aren't a lot of fics that explore the really dark implications of Maggie's experiments and take that further like these do, and it's such an interesting, under-explored idea. And yes, WOW to #3. It's completely plausible in-canon (come to that, I'm surprised Maggie didn't want to do experiements on the Slayer) and Tara being all kinds of awesome? MORE PLEASE.

velvetwhip: Fanfiction by purplefeenvelvetwhip on January 17th, 2014 08:18 pm (UTC)
Hee! I do love the dark side! We don't have cookies... we have CAKE!

The Initiative could have been utilized to a much darker degree, in my opinion. But thankfully we have fic to rectify that. Number three is pretty amazing.

red_satin_doll: Chosen One - purplered_satin_doll on January 28th, 2014 02:21 pm (UTC)
We don't have cookies... we have CAKE!

Either way it's good. I make awesome mexican hot cocoa spiced snickerdoodles. (And Willow's ease-my-guilt cookies are canon!) I sub ww pastry flour and double the cocoa powder for richer flavor.

But I also make this kind of cake - rich dark vegan chocolate cake. (Once again I sub ww pastry flour, double the cocoa powder; and I add grated to pureed zucchini or apple, or applesauce for extra moistness.)

So whichever you prefer, I'm ready.

The Initiative could have been utilized to a much darker degree, in my opinion. But thankfully we have fic to rectify that.

I love leni_ba's take on the Initiative and on Riley in particular in the Courting Sin 'verse as someone much darker and more interesting from the outset than that "aw shucks" naive boy in S4. (And Buffy being so naive about him. *lol*)

Edited at 2014-01-28 02:23 pm (UTC)
angelus2hot: Giles/Buffy hugangelus2hot on January 18th, 2014 01:26 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for including my fic in your rec list!
velvetwhip: Hugs by Spikesredqueenvelvetwhip on January 18th, 2014 02:29 am (UTC)
How could I not? It was super fab!