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15 October 2013 @ 10:57 am
Déjà vu

A Giles-centric post NFA short ficlet/long drabble.

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15 October 2013 @ 10:50 am
When You Need a Friend
Rated PG
A short post-NFA friendship ficlet written for Gabrielle

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15 October 2013 @ 10:43 am
I Wanna Tell You How it's Gonna Be
Rated G
A short post-NFA ficlet written for my lovely beta Slaymesoftly.

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15 October 2013 @ 10:35 am
Rated PG
A short Buffy pov many years post NFA.
Thank you to Slaymesoftly for betaing

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14 October 2013 @ 07:03 pm
The vast majority of my fics take place post-"Not Fade Away." Most are Spike/Angel, some are Spike/Connor, a few are Buffy/Angel (which is totally chrisleeoctaves' fault) and some are multiple pairings. Welcome to my linkspam!

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Show of my heart! There will never be another one like this one. <3
08 October 2013 @ 09:42 am
My apologies for yesterday's entry. I did proofread it, but my typos often save themselves for coding - just to keep me humble. :) (Actually, what I've learned is that the coding can't be put in after the url has been copied - that's what I get for trying to take shortcuts. *sigh*)

We begin with Mirror, Mirror which is one of Spike and Wes's adventures while working for Angel. They have to recover an important book from a nun. She's not the scariest thing in the place. :)

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Moving right along - I'm giving the list of other AtS season 5 and shortly thereafter fics another try. I've taken out all the links to the fics on my LJ (except maybe one that is an actual link), as I think those (plus my coding error in the very first entry) were responsible for most of the link issues. I'm hoping that's a correct assumption - but at least now I'll have time to check each link before I finally post this entry. So, here we go...

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Whew! I think I've got it all fixed. Totally not promising that the links are working, but at least the coding isn't screwing up the entry. Need breakfast right now- then I'll check the links to make sure they go to the right fics.
07 October 2013 @ 03:23 pm
I have two fics - well, a story and its companion piece - set approximately nine years after the events of NFA to share with you today. Neither of them has anything to do with the comics, but I hope that doesn't stop you all from enjoying them.


Title: In Days of Auld Lang Syne

Author: Gabrielle

Pairing: Willow/Angel

Rating: FRAO/NC-17

Summary: *Set ten years to the day after Chosen and nine years and one day after Not Fade Away* A witch and a vampire walk into a bar... It's been ten years since the destruction of Sunnydale and nine years and a day since they last saw each other. Maybe it's time for Willow and Angel to have a drink.

Warning: While this is set post-series, you have a better chance of finding the Grail in your box of Frosted Flakes than of finding comic canon in this story.

Word Count: 5031

The Blue Pencil Crew: lilbreck

Feedback: Please.

Distribution: My LJ and my site only.

Disclaimer: I own nothing. It all belongs to Joss and a bunch of other people who are not now and have never been me.

Author's Notes: This was written to celebrate my ninth anniversary in fanfiction. Thank you, everyone, for making each of those years an amazing experience!

In Days of Auld Lang Syne

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06 October 2013 @ 05:53 pm
Hello to all Phantasmagoria-ers! We're entering our last scheduled regular posting week from Monday your time, though we may open up for special posting opportunities in future.

Next week is all about closure on Angel: the Series. Anything you'd like to share with the comm about season 5 in general, fanworks or meta that span the season arc? Or anything about AtS as a whole? Now's the time to post them. And if you have fanworks dealing with the time after Not Fade Away, whatever that might be like, this is also the right time to share!

Thank you once again for your participation over five (5!) years of fannish endeavour.
This is probably the one episode that I've written most episode tags for:

Voices of the Dead (The Truth and the Lies Remix) (2000 words) by Ruuger
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Angel/Illyria, Angel & Eve, Angel & Lilah Morgan, Angel & Charles Gunn, Angel/Wesley Wyndam-Pryce
Characters: Angel, Illyria, Eve, Lilah Morgan, Charles Gunn, Wesley Wyndam-Pryce
Additional Tags: Dark, Remix, Post-Series, Episode: s05e22 Not Fade Away

The good guys are always stalwart and true, the bad guys are easily distinguished by their pointy horns or black hats, and we always defeat them and save the day. No one ever dies, and everybody lives happily ever after.

Song Remains the Same (932 words) by Ruuger
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Spike
Additional Tags: Songfic, Episode: s05e22 Not Fade Away, Character Study

The morning after the fall, Spike wakes up with a song stuck in his head.

Nevermore (443 words) by Ruuger
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Major Character Death
Characters: Angel
Additional Tags: Episode: s05e22 Not Fade Away, Deathfic
Series: Part 2 of End Notes

Angel's story in a series of character-based ficlets centered around the theme of last moments.

Breathing Lessons (3058 words) by Ruuger
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Angel/Spike
Characters: Angel, Spike
Additional Tags: Hurt/Comfort, shanshu, Episode: s05e22 Not Fade Away

Angel wakes up at a hospital after the last battle. Set after NFA but isn't compliant with the After the Fall comics. Angsty-fluffy hurt/comfort.

World Enough (1667 words) by Ruuger
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Illyria & Spike
Characters: Illyria, Spike
Additional Tags: Episode: s05e22 Not Fade Away, Non-Linear Narrative

Illyria at the end of everything. Set immediately after "Not Fade Away" and does not follow comics canon.

Never Forget What Your Grandmother Taught You (202 words) by Ruuger
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Major Character Death
Characters: Lindsey McDonald
Additional Tags: Season 05, Episode: s05e22 Not Fade Away, Canonical Character Death, Deathfic, Episode Tag
Series: Part 1 of End Notes

Lindsey's story in a series of character-based ficlets centered around the theme of last moments.

For "Not Fade Away" (*sob*) I come bearing fic I wrote for chrisleeoctaves herself, once upon a time. It's set in the immediate aftermath, in the rubble.

Of the brighter, cold moon (2502 words)
Relationships: Nina/Angel, offscreen Buffy/Angel
Characters: Nina, Angel, Anne
Summary: A werewolf's vampire boyfriend looks at her and sees his slayer ex. This may sound like the start of a joke, but only because comedy and tragedy are so close.
01 October 2013 @ 10:55 am
Now that we've reached the very end thought I would post this vidlet I made oohh,,, ages ok.

A brief overview of Season Five I made to get you in the mood for AtS : After the Fall.  Music is 'New Beginning' by Good Charlotte.  Made November '07.

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Title: The Bodies Left Behind
Author: Kindredspirit75
Fandom: Angel Season 5-AU
Rated: G
Summary: The fight with the Black Thorn did not go well, leaving Angel to make the most important decision of his unlife.
Word Count: 100
Disclaimer: I own nothing and make no money from the characters depicted herein. This is for entertainment only.

Angel knew that the last thing he saw in Spike’s expressive blue eyes would haunt him forever.

Shock, pain, realization… but most of all… love.

He dropped his bloody sword and slumped to the wet asphalt in the alley behind Wolfram and Hart, rain hiding the tears that fell freely.

How would he live without his only kindred?

The deluge stopped at the crack of dawn, the sun bearing witness to the carnage below.

As its rays slithered toward Angel, he stood, Spike’s ashes still clinging to him.

“Goodbye Spike,” Angel whispered, then raised his face to greet the sun.
30 September 2013 @ 09:18 pm
So, okay. Finally I have an AtS season 5 fic that is set in and around a particular episode. (I guess, technically, one of my really cheesy early fics is set just before this, but let's not discuss that one)
Here we have Chapter One of Eve of Destruction with the other chapters being available on my LJ (with links, if I can make them work....)

Summary: Written for the Apolcalypse challenge at Good_Evil. Some Spuffiness and some angst. Needs a warning of character death, I guess, although I hate to put spoilers in the summary…

Note: the links to the next chapter(s) will lead to all the chapters on my LJ. But since there are only six chapters, it' pretty easy to find Chapter Two. Chapters 3 and 4, and 5 and 6, are on the same page, so really only three pages to chose from. Sorry - no idea why it didn't give me an actual url when I tried to make the chapter links. I'll try again, but no promises.

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Chapter Two
30 September 2013 @ 10:14 pm
This fic straddles all of Season 5, ending with Power Play/Not Fade Away:

Sing Me To My Rest. What Angel gets from Spike that he can't find in the others around him.

I miss them.
Like a lot of writers, I've kicked around different ways for NFA to go, different emotions and modes and characters - so here are three very different examples for you of the Big Fight and how (maybe) it ended.

Title Born Great
Fandom Angel: the Series
Pairing Wesley/Illyria
Rating PG13
Words c2000
Setting NFA and post-series
Warnings yeah, so, Unconventional Courtship, mpreg… Also my trope bingo kidfic entry


Title You Had To Be There
Author Brutti ma buoni
Characters Oz, Anne, Gunn and briefly the rest of the Fang Gang
Setting Not Fade Away, so 2004
Rating PG13
Words 1400
Prompts solidarity, Oz joins the Fang Gang, for the Oz ficathon at trdmarkstoicism, which starts posting today (and for the next month)


Title Magnitude
Pairing Spike/Buffy
Rating PG
Prompt For sb_fag_ends Dragon (Sorry quinara; probably not your dream dragon)
Words 700
Setting Just after Not Fade Away


And one salvaged from a wonderful comm now sadly gone quiet. This is set during the episode itself, contains poetry, and is my canon-compliant version of goodbye. Thanks everyone!

Title Go Tell The Spartans
Author Bruttimabuoni
Rating PG13 for language only
Word Count 536
Prompt still_grrr 135 Deciding to take down the Black Thorn
Characters/Pairing (if any) Spike
A/N I make no claims that I can write good poetry. My only defence is that canonically, neither can Spike. Apologies if it makes your eyes bleed.
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30 September 2013 @ 05:52 pm
So. This is it, then. Wow.

It's almost a shame to post this, knowing that the series is over and there's pretty much nothing left beyond here. I will say that I've completely adored writing for this comm, it's been so much fun, and my only regret is not discovering it sooner.

With all that said, I kind of wish I had something better to offer, but alas, all I have is this pretty awful poem. But perhaps, in light of the episode itself, this is more fitting than any story I could have penned

Title: Not Fade Away/Let Me Stay

Rating: G

Summary: Each of our heroes thoughts in their most crucial (or final) moments (in no particular order). Written in memory of Andy Hallet, RIP.

Genre: Poetry/Angst/Action/Tragedy

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29 September 2013 @ 06:00 pm
Next week we are looking at Not Fade Away . Yes, we’ve made it to the end, everyone. So from Monday your time, get sharing whatever you have to share on this week's very last new Episode in Focus. Meta, vids, art, poems, fic, whatever you got, we want it.

And we also want to thank you, the participants in this comm. chrisleeoctaves and scribesds who founded the comm, and passed it onwards. And I'd also like to thank my lovely fellow mods of course, for helping us get through 254 episodes of prompts and responses and shared fanworks.

Episode in Focus: Not Fade Away
This is it. And I’m not going to spoil it by summarizing too much of the very last episode of AtS. Suffice it to say we get to see all of our heroes going out in their own very different ways. Some bitter, some sweet. All meaningful. Because after all, who doesn’t want to kill the dragon?


Still fighting the good fight, huh?
That's the drill. How are things uptown?
More fight, less good. (grabs a box) Seen Rondell or the guys? I hit some of the old spots. Didn't see anyone.
(grabs a chair) They should be around. They said they'd help me haul this stuff. You know how it is, though. Things come up. (Gunn and Anne hand the box and chair to the men on the truck)
Yeah. You got much vamp trouble these days?
(chuckles) Never goes away for good. The boys help out, though. We're pretty safe. It gives me time to concentrate on the little things. Crack, runaways, abuse victims, psychotics. The old gang. (she and Gunn pick up another box each, carrying it to the truck)
Yeah, I remember.
It's not so bad. We've had some really decent donations, and it's helping. (they hand off the boxes to the men on the truck) We actually have a part-time paid psychiatric staff.
What if I told you it doesn't help? What would you do if you found out that none of it matters? That it's all controlled by forces more powerful and uncaring than we can conceive, and they will never let it get better down here. What would you do?
I'd get this truck packed before the new stuff gets here. (Gunn nods) Wanna give me a hand?
I do.


We’re not going completely quiet having reached the end of both our series. We’ll be asking you to share your post-Not Fade Away stories next week, and we may be back for more specials in future. But otherwise, join in this week, because it’s the last ever episode at Phantasmagoria!
26 September 2013 @ 04:09 pm

Word Count: 5240

Notes: Inspired by a challenge from the amazing Ladyaisha I wrote this a while ago under the pen name cailindana on   I have never posted for this community before so I hope this qualifies as it refers to that one time Spike mentions that he and Angel were intimate.  I think it was in the Power Play episode when he mentions it to Illyria.

Rating: PG15

That One Time

1894: Rome - Part One: Betrayal:

Spike’s shock at seeing his beloved cavorting about with the Immortal quickly melted into rage. The sight of his dark princess and the Immortal made his insides boil. His Dru had often flaunted her dalliances with her sire in his face. Initially he had been hurt by this but he had accepted it because he understood, even if he didn’t appreciate, the bond a sire had with their childe. Besides, Drusilla wasn’t all together there and he could

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I did write a sequel which is here.

Mood: happy
22 September 2013 @ 05:46 pm
Next week we are looking at Power Play, in which we see where Angel's been heading, through this season of moral murk. So from Monday your time, get sharing whatever you have to share on this week's penultimate new Episode in Focus. Meta, vids, art, poems, fic, whatever you got, we want it.

Episode in Focus: Power Play
Yes, there really are only two more episodes left, for Angel and for us. All those shades of grey (surely more than fifty) that have piled up this season, they seem to be layering together thicker than ever to show us... what? Angel on the side of the demons and devils and Sebassises of this world, prepared to sacrifice Fred and Drogyn to get on their side? Or Angel prepared to go further than you ever thought to take them down?

We also, to my lasting joy, get to see Illyria play Crash Bandicoot. But that, of course, isn't the point at all. ("I play this game... it's pointless and annoys me... and yet, I'm compelled to play on.")


You're still missin' the point.
(walks toward his desk)
That Angel talking? 'Cause it sounds a lot more like Angelus.
Oh, if I were Angelus, half of you would already be dead, just for the fun of it.
(sits on the edge of his desk)
One of us already is. We havin' fun yet?
You want to know the truth? The truth is there's only one of us who ever understood how things really work. Lorne.
Whoa. Hey, hey, hey. Can I not be the poster child for your nervous breakdown here?
You didn't judge. You didn't spend your life obsessed with good and evil. You do that, you get swallowed, lost in the minutia. Good, bad, Angel, Angelus— None of it makes a difference. I wish it did, but, you know, an ant with the best intentions or the most diabolical schemes is just exactly an ant. There is one thing in this business, in this apocalypse that we call a world that matters: Power. Power tips the scale, power sets the course, and until I have real power, global power, I have nothing. I accomplish nothing.
And how you get this power...
Isn't pretty. Isn't fun.


Still have something to share about previous episodes in this season? We're running an ongoing catchup amnesty for anything relating to previous episodes of AtS season 5. We can always stand a little more of the good stuff.
18 September 2013 @ 10:07 pm
This week's episode in focus is "The Girl in Question" - and so I bring you the first Spike/Angel fanfic I ever wrote, way back in 2004.

Vicarious. Spike and Angel share their memories of Buffy. In bed.

Mood: nostalgic
16 September 2013 @ 09:52 pm
Back again. Hello everyone! Well, I have no excuse for this story. I really, really don't.

Title: Moving On
Rating: PG-13
Summary:Angel and Spike work on that 'moving on' thing that Andrew was talking about. Stupid fluff. Yup, I wrote fluff!
Distribution: Feel free, as long as my name remains on it
Disclaimer: I own nothing but the words and I gain no profit. Characters belong to The Boss and co. (M.E.), and thank God they do, or I would have nothing to dream about
15 September 2013 @ 06:55 pm
Next week we are looking at The Girl In Question, in which Fred returns, in a way, and Spike and Angel return to old haunts. So from Monday your time, get sharing whatever you have to share on this week's final-flashback new Episode in Focus. Meta, vids, art, poems, fic, whatever you got, we want it.

Episode in Focus: The Girl in Question
The Girl is Buffy. Or Fred, depending on how you read it. And depending on how you read it, this episode is a romcom or a tragedy. Kind of. Of all the threads left hanging from 7 series of Buffy and almost 5 of Angel, is this the biggie? Buffy and Angel and Spike? Maybe not, opinions differ. But this episode is one big nod to the unresolved (dare we say half-baked?) triangle. And it comes with a side of Wolfram and Hart Rome, some amazing cleavage to the fore of Ilona Costa Bianchi, Andrew, pupating demons, Vespas, and a mysterious being called the Immortal, who really isn't popular with our boys. Flashback to past times in the Room of Pain. Ciao!

Meanwhile, in LA, the unbearable happens, and the Burkles come to visit Fred. Illyria covers. It may not be for the best.


Key Quote:
I helped save the world, you know.

Like I haven't.

Yeah, but I've done it a lot more.

Oh, please.

I closed the hellmouth.

I've done that.

Yeah, you wore a necklace. You know, I helped kill the mayor and, uh, and Jasmine and—

Do those really count as savin' the world?

I stopped Acathla. That saved the world.

Buffy ran you through with a sword.

Yeah, but I made her do it. I signaled her with my eyes.

She killed you. I helped her! (points) That one counts as mine.

My point is I'm better than this. OK? We're better than this. What the hell could Buffy see in him?


Still have something to share about previous episodes in this season? We're running an ongoing catchup amnesty for anything relating to previous episodes of AtS season 5. We can always stand a little more of the good stuff.
15 September 2013 @ 06:08 pm
I've been AWOL for the last few weeks, I know. And given the nature of this post, it's a little ironic to say that time slipped away from me... But anyway, I'll try my best to catch up (by exploiting your catch-up amnesty) once I get some fics written.

But until then, I have a drabble for you, with Illyria against the world.

Title: A Challenge to the Sands
Rating: PG
Words: 100

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Mood: artistic
Music: Lost in Paradise (Evanescence)
14 September 2013 @ 05:23 pm
Illyria: God-king of the primordium, shaper of things, beyond flesh, beyond perfection, idol of millions, and...advice columnist? Yes, according to at least one entertaining fanwork.

Illyria's Column of Agony by brutti_ma_buoni

Who better?
14 September 2013 @ 05:10 pm
Here's this week's quickie prompt, courtesy of Spike to Illyria, for Time Bomb:

I don't normally write letters like this, but —

As always, you may create whatever you like. You may use the main episode prompts or do something — anything — else. Recommendations are heartily welcomed. You can also post about any of the episodes from this season that we've already covered. Next week, be ready to focus on The Girl in Question.