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01 November 2013 @ 05:55 am
Five Stories by shapinglight  
shapinglight has been one of my favorite writers since I came to LJ and before. When I read her stories, I can see every scene vividly in front of me. I sometimes forget it came completely from someone's imagination.

The following 5 stories are a good representation of her work. She is currently uploading some of her works to Ao3 under the name glassdarkly. In the meantime, you can find most of her stories on her personal journal or at glassdarklyuk (you must friend this journal to read it, but in doing so you will have access to her extraordinary "indulgent" kink-fics).

(Please see author’s warnings if applicable)

Vampire Winter, 2006
Buffy/Angel, Buffy/Spike, Spike/Angel, mention of Buffy/Immortal

Nine months after NFA, Angel and Spike are on the run. Before going into hiding for an un-determinable length of time, they stop in Rome to see Buffy. This story is bittersweet and for me it was also healing as Buffy, Angel, and Spike acknowledge their past and what they mean to each other now. The author creates a magical setting in Rome, and there is an ever present sense of urgency. The characterizations are painfully realistic.

This story has stayed with me. I wondered if upon reading it again I would still be as moved. By the time I finished, I loved these characters more than ever. It's a must read.

A Hundred and Forty Seven Nights to Save Your Lover, 2012

This story takes place mostly in Spike's mind as he struggles to cope with Buffy's death. The focus on Spike's thoughts (rather than dialogue) makes it much more personal than anything he would say out loud. It feels like we’re somewhere we’re not supposed to be as we peer into his fevered dreams. This was such a logical story to write based on the series, and yet it's so utterly unique.

Heros in Hell, 2007

A showcase for the author's sharp wit as well as her talent for creating other characters and alternate realities. After Spike burned up in Sunnydale, he landed in hell. Buffy went to save him. Problem is, he didn't want to be saved. It's a preposterous plot, and played somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but Spike’s misery is palpable and Buffy's determination, loyalty, and love is pure unadulterated Buffy. I don't know a lot about writing, but it must have taken great skill to pull this off so beautifully.

Family Reunion, 2006
Spike/Darla, Spike/Angel, Spike/Drusilla, Spike/OC, Angel/Darla.

shapinglight is an amazing storyteller and this fic is a perfect example. In this brilliant AU, Spike never returned to Sunnydale after Lovers Walk and Darla didn't die giving birth to Connor. With Spike and 5-year-old Connor close at hand, Darla oversees a group of vampires who live in the London tunnels. Their routine is disrupted when Angel comes to see his son.

There are 10 chapters in the story and they were posted regularly. When the author posted the last chapter and I knew there would be no more, I felt a nagging sense of loss that stayed with me for months.

Hell Can Wait, 2011
Angel, Spike

After the final, fatal battle in Not Fade Away, Angel and Spike find themselves not quite where they expected. This is all about the dialogue and it is sharp and brilliant and hilarious. Overactive Spike and poor beleaguered Angel assess their situation. An absolute joy.

Shapinglight: Buffyversetop5shapinglight on November 1st, 2013 11:29 am (UTC)
Oh, wow! Thank you so much!
Danna: Fool for Lovechasingdemons on November 1st, 2013 11:31 am (UTC)
Such amazing stories.
petzipellepingo: buffyversetop5 spike by eyesthatslaypetzipellepingo on November 1st, 2013 12:11 pm (UTC)
An excellent choice.
Dannachasingdemons on November 1st, 2013 01:44 pm (UTC)
She is definitely one of the best!
sueworld2003: Spikes seal of approvalsueworld2003 on November 1st, 2013 03:41 pm (UTC)
Another brilliant list by my fav writer as well. :)

I've always loved her work from the moment I saw her first posts on lj. Her attention to details as well as her authentic sounding voices is always top notch and never disappoints.

Yep, you could say that I'm a big fan alright. :D

Edited at 2013-11-01 03:43 pm (UTC)
Shapinglight: Buffyversetop5shapinglight on November 1st, 2013 08:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, Sue.
Dannachasingdemons on November 1st, 2013 10:23 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty much a fan girl too!
yourlibrarian: DevilYouKnow: indulging_breckyourlibrarian on November 1st, 2013 04:38 pm (UTC)
Great to see this list, and also the variety of possible reading locations :)
Dannachasingdemons on November 1st, 2013 10:23 pm (UTC)
Ruuger: Spike needs a hugruuger on November 1st, 2013 07:30 pm (UTC)
She's one of my all time favourite writers as well. I know she's best known for writing Spike, but I personally love the way that she writes Buffy especially.
Shapinglight: Buffyversetop5shapinglight on November 1st, 2013 08:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for this comment. I'm so glad you like the way I write Buffy.
Dannachasingdemons on November 1st, 2013 10:26 pm (UTC)
That is very true! She is also good at writing characters she thinks she can't write. :)
Rebcake: btvs_spa_sproingrebcake on November 4th, 2013 10:20 pm (UTC)
The only problem with this writer is figuring out how to narrow down a list to just five works. You know I'm right. ;-)

I am especially fond of her Spike/Darla work, probably because hardly anybody else does it and she absolutely makes me believe it every time. "Paternity Suit" and "Brief Encounter" are more examples, and both are on AO3. Of course, she does everything so well. Here's a link (via imperfect Wayback) to a wide variety of her work on Just Rewards, where she posted as DeborahMM:

Danna: Fool for Lovechasingdemons on November 5th, 2013 01:25 am (UTC)
Thanks for the link. It was a little rough opening it, but once I did, I recognized many of the titles. The older ones are also on her website here. I discovered DeborahMM there (pre-LJ) and devoured most of her stuff when I first started obsessing about fanfic. I don't read like I used to - all these great recs have made me wistful.