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28 March 2013 @ 09:57 am
Post-Chosen Fic Recs  
Chosen: the one where Buffy shares the power and Spike goes up in a pillar of effulgent glory. Then what happens? Here are a couple of classic post-Chosen fics wherein things go differently for Spike once the "Welcome" sign tumbles into the crater. Both are sweeping and intimate, heartrending and joyous. Primarily focused on Spike, both feature various members of the Scoobies and Team Angel doing interesting things.

Title: No Mistakes
Author: treacle-antlers (treacle_a)
Rating: PG13
Genre: Mystery/Romance/Amnesia
Pairing: Buffy/Spike (eventually)
Length: 45,000 words / 13 chapters
Summary: A man awakens in the Mojave desert with no memory of how he came to be there.

Available at FFN or Treaclefic. Fun fact: the author began No Mistakes before Chosen aired and completed it in 4 months! Not jealous at all...

Title: Adieu, A Dew, I Do
Author: Lizerrrbeathan — one "z", three "r"-s (lizerrrbeathans)
Rating: R
Genre: Hurt/Comfort/Disguise/Magic/Romance. Also contains jazzy, free-form, swinging prose, with myth and philosophy underlying all.
Pairings: Buffy/Spike, Buffy/Angel, Angel/Cordelia
Length: 45,000 words / 16 chapters
Summary: Seven years post-Chosen Willem is hiding in Newcastle upon the Tyne, UK; given the magnet of hot souls and mutual minds — he is found.

Available at lizerrbeathan.com. Once you finish Chapter One, click on the "Chapters 2 through 16" link at the top of the page to get to the rest.

Lexieilowyn on March 28th, 2013 05:17 pm (UTC)
I was going to post Lizzerbeathan if you weren't.
Rebcake: ats_harm_starrebcake on March 28th, 2013 05:47 pm (UTC)
I win! Though I have another dozen or so short recs, that I'm trying to organize...so many great fics, so little time!
makd: BtVS logomakd on March 28th, 2013 08:31 pm (UTC)
Love this fic by treacle-antlers! Great saga; neatly done. Love the ending, especially.
Rebcake: ats_gunnrebcake on March 28th, 2013 09:24 pm (UTC)
It's classic for a reason! The whole bit with the ice cream parlor has special resonance for me. So road-trippy!
slaymesoftlyslaymesoftly on March 28th, 2013 08:46 pm (UTC)
OMG, yes. Adieu, A Dew, I Do is one of my favorite stories ever. I'm pretty sure I've read the other one too.

So, we're not talking about immediately post-Chosen then? But perhaps stories that don't allow for AtS season 5 and NFA? Hmmmm.....
Rebcake: btvs_lydiarebcake on March 28th, 2013 09:28 pm (UTC)
I hadn't quite realized that so much time was supposed to have passed between Chosen and our introduction to Willem in that story. But yeah, I was thinking about stories that don't really make use of AtS S5, but go off in their own direction after the end of BtVS. I'm especially fascinated by the old stories, that do amazing things without ever knowing what was to come in the next season of Angel. I suppose those authors got Jossed, but some of them are so damned good that I just buy it, you know?

Edited at 2013-03-28 09:29 pm (UTC)
slaymesoftlyslaymesoftly on March 28th, 2013 09:45 pm (UTC)
*nods* Yes, of course they all got jossed - but some of them are wonderful anyway. I think I have a couple that take place just post Chosen, or that ignore AtS season 5 - maybe.... Or, if they take place during AtS, but before NFA? I dunno.
Rebcake: ats_ciao_ilonarebcake on March 28th, 2013 10:01 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure we're going to continue on with AtS S5, so you needn't dive into that part of your vast catalog just yet. I am thinking of doing a "Chosen" time-travel fic list which would include your "Prologue/I Know You" series.

Now that I'm thinking about this, I probably should have saved the post-Chosen fics for the post-Chosen hiatus weeks. Durn.
slaymesoftlyslaymesoftly on March 28th, 2013 10:07 pm (UTC)
Ah - I was thinking of using the Prologue to that series as an immediately post Chosen entry. Guess I'll hang on to it, then. :)

I think very few of my AtS S5 fics are tied to specific episodes... Some, obviously, for NFA, but most of the others are, I think, AU things. But we'll see. :)
zanthinegirl: destiny spuffyzanthinegirl on March 29th, 2013 08:14 am (UTC)
Oh, good choices! Two of my favorites!
Rebcake: btvs_buf_teaserebcake on March 29th, 2013 08:39 am (UTC)
Our tastes are so similar!