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Title: Absence Like the Sky
Characters: Xander, Oz
Type: Gen
Warnings: Character study
Disclaimer: Joss and Mutant Enemy et al, own everything. I own nothing.
Summary: Xander seeks out an old friend to give some bad news. This is a one shot set after the end of my story Memento Mori
Comments and feedback are cuddled and called George
Beta extraordinaire, as always: [livejournal.com profile] thismaz

Title is from a quote from CS Lewis’ Grief Observed. “Her absence is like the sky, spread over everything.”

A/N
2016 is my 10th anniversary of writing fic – really of any kind of creative writing since I left school, which wasn’t just yesterday. I started writing again for two reasons. One, I had an idea in my head, but no confidence to realise it. Then I met Maz, whose writing I already admired and she persuaded me to be brave. The scene in my head was the ‘too many ties’ scene from Memento Mori, but I had no idea how to write the story that went with it. So I finished up writing Perceptions because doing a season rewrite seemed less daunting somehow. When it was finished, I realised I felt confident enough to try writing Memento Mori.

That’s all a long-winded way of saying that I still think of Memento Mori as my first story, because it was the first story that I wanted to write. For my 10th anniversary year of writing fic, it felt like the right time to revisit that ‘verse, so here’s a one shot of what might have happened a few months after Memento Mori finished. You don’t have to read MM to read this one-shot, although you’ll get more colour to the narrative if you do, and I’d be delighted. I hope you enjoy.

Absence Like the Sky )
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Title: Crossroads
Written for: [livejournal.com profile] summer_of_giles 2016 - thanks to the mods for making this such a great community every year
Characters: Giles, Ethan
Type: Gen
Warnings: Character study – musings on religion
Disclaimer: Joss and Mutant Enemy et al, own everything. I own nothing.
Summary: In the early stages of their relationship Giles and Ethan take a trip to France. Turns out Ethan has more on his mind than red wine and cheese (although that’s there as well).
Comments and feedback are cuddled and called George
Beta extraordinaire, as always: [livejournal.com profile] thismaz

A/N: Last year I wrote One of These Days, which provided a snapshot of Giles and Ethan’s relationship shattering. This year I wanted to go back and explore a little of their relationship right at the beginning before they were tainted by the events that were to come. This is one way things may have started off

Also, to my fellow [livejournal.com profile] summer_of_giles contributors, apologies if I haven’t yet commented on your post. I know I’m very behind due to RL stuff. I will get there, honest!

Crossroads )
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Title: The Long Game
Characters: Lindsey McDonald, Willow
Type: Gen
Warnings: Character study
Disclaimer: Joss and Mutant Enemy et al, own everything. I own nothing.
Summary: Lindsey knows Willow’s coming to LA to tell Angel that Buffy’s dead. It’s embarrassing easy to bump into her once she’s done delivering her news.
Comments and feedback are cuddled and called George
Beta extraordinaire, as always: [livejournal.com profile] thismaz.

A few weeks back I wrote Laying the Blacktop in which Willow runs into Lindsey in LA after she’s told Angel that Buffy is dead. That story was from Willow’s point of view. After curious comments from some readers as to what was going on in Lindsey’s head, I decided to write Lindsey’s point of view of the same conversation. It was a lot more difficult than I expected!*g* Huge thanks to [livejournal.com profile] thismaz for her always insightful beta comments. I would say it makes sense to read Laying the Blacktop before this one to get the flow of what's going on in my fevered brain! :)

The Long Game )
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Title: Laying the Blacktop
Characters: Willow, Lindsey McDonald
Type: Gen
Warnings: Character study
Disclaimer: Joss and Mutant Enemy et al, own everything. I own nothing.
Summary: Willow goes to LA to tell Angel about Buffy’s death. She runs into one Lindsey McDonald while she’s there.
Comments and feedback are cuddled and called George
Beta extraordinaire, as always: [livejournal.com profile] thismaz. Thanks especially for the notes on Lindsey.

The space post-The Gift has always been an interesting place to put characters to see what they do. Last year I wrote Pushing Limits, in which Xander runs into Lindsey in a bar. It started me thinking how Lindsey might run across other Scoobies and what might happen. This isn't the same 'verse as Pushing Limits, but the jumping off point for my fevered brain is the same. *g*

Laying the Blacktop )
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Title: Of Mice and Men
Characters: Xander, Giles
Type: Gen
Warnings: Character study
Disclaimer: Joss and Mutant Enemy et al, own everything. I own nothing.
Summary: Xander can’t understand why Giles loves books so much. Giles helps him understand. This is way post series.
Comments and feedback are cuddled and called George
Beta extraordinaire, as always: [livejournal.com profile] thismaz

I was writing this as my [livejournal.com profile] summer_of_giles, but somehow it turned into as much a character study of Xander as of Giles, so I thought I’d just post it now. Of course, that means I have to think of something else for SoG!

Of Mice and Men )
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Title: Words to Live By
Characters: Xander, D’Hoffryn,Andrew
Type: Gen
Warnings: A little bit of angst...
Disclaimer: Joss and Mutant Enemy et al, own everything. I own nothing.
Summary: After Sunnydale collapses, Xander gets an unexpected visitor
Comments and feedback are cuddled and called George
Beta extraordinaire, as always: [livejournal.com profile] thismaz


Words to Live By )
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Title: No Lodging
Characters: Xander, Spike, Buffy
Rating: PG overall
Warnings: Brief moment of boy kissing
Disclaimer: Joss and Mutant Enemy et al own everything. I own nothing
Summary: Spike has made plans for the future. It’s possible not everyone will be happy with them
Beta extraordinaire as always: [livejournal.com profile] thismaz
Written for the [livejournal.com profile] spook_me ficathon
Prompts – at the end of the story....
Comments are cuddled and called George

This is my first year doing [livejournal.com profile] spook_me. I had intended to write something entirely different, but then I had a thought and my first plan got derailed in favour of this....*g*

No Lodging )
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Title: The Collector
Characters: Xander, Willow
Rating: PG overall
Genre: Gen
Warnings: Nothing to worry about
Disclaimer: Joss and Mutant Enemy et al own everything. I own nothing
Summary: Xander’s found his place in the world, but that doesn’t stop his best friend worrying.
Beta extraordinaire as always: [livejournal.com profile] thismaz
Comments are cuddled and called George

A/N
This is set in the same universe as my story Being Normal. Although that was mainly about Giles, with a guest spot by Illyria, Xander made a cameo appearance, and it was his job in that story that made me curious about his place in this particular universe. You don’t have to read that story first - suffice to say that Illyria calls Xander ‘The Collector’ when he comes to pick up a fallen slayer. Of course, if you’d like to read both stories back to back, I’d be delighted!

The Collector )
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Title: Distraction
Characters: Xander/Spike
Rating: PG overall
Genre: Slash relationship
Warnings: Some boy/boy kissing
Word count: 1,400
Disclaimer: Joss and Mutant Enemy et al own everything. I own nothing
Summary: Xander’s grown up a lot since his days in the basement. Spike’s okay with that
Beta extraordinaire as always: [livejournal.com profile] thismaz
Comments are cuddled and called George

This is a one-shot to support [livejournal.com profile] lusciousxander’s Reviving Spander Ficathon. This fic is a complete piece of fluff, but it was lovely to revisit these two. It’s been a while :)

Distraction )
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Title: One of these Days
Characters: Giles/Ethan
Warnings: Slash(ish)
Disclaimer: Joss and Mutant Enemy et al, own everything. I own nothing.
Summary: In the aftermath of Eyghon, Giles is falling apart
Comments and feedback are cuddled and called George
Beta extraordinaire: [livejournal.com profile] thismaz
Written for 2015 [livejournal.com profile] summer_of_giles

For my first [livejournal.com profile] summer_of_giles story this year, I gave poor Giles some post-series angst in Being Normal, so it seemed only fitting to bookend it with some pre-series angst, because I just love to make the poor man suffer :)

Thanks again to [livejournal.com profile] katekat1010 and [livejournal.com profile] il_mio_capitano for being brilliant mods and to everyone who makes this community such a pleasure to hang out in every year.

One of these Days )
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Title: Pushing Limits
Characters: Xander/ Lindsey
Warnings: Preslash
Disclaimer: Joss and Mutant Enemy et al, own everything. I own nothing.
Summary: Xander’s a little lost the summer after Buffy’s dive from Glory’s tower. Lindsey’s a little lost after cutting ties with Wolfram & Hart
Comments and feedback are cuddled and called George
Beta extraordinaire: [livejournal.com profile] thismaz

This one is a little different for me, but once I had the thought in my head, it just wouldn’t let go until I put it down.

Pushing Limits )
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Snowflake Challenge: Day 10

Stretch yourself a little and try something new. Go play in a new fandom or with a new pairing. Try working in a new medium. Or check out some fanworks that are new to you. (The recs from Day 1 might be a good place to start!) Leave a comment in this post saying you did it.


Hmm, so I suppose I could just point at my Spuffy ficlet Querencia which was written a few weeks ago, since I’d never written Spuffy before, but since that’s been out there a few weeks it seems a bit of a cop out.

So, in the spirit of the challenge I offer something else, but first some background. A good friend of mine is doing a creative writing course and one of the exercises she had to do, was write a piece that was partly written in a ‘first person as third’ narrative – in other words, projection of the narrator’s emotions, state of mind etc onto someone else. I did the beta on her assignment, and it took me a while to get my head around it, and I’m not sure I really did. Anyway all that is a long way of saying that I decided to have a go myself and I’ve been staring at this little vignette for the last couple of weeks, so in answer to this challenge I’ll let it fly free in its current form. I may come back and play with this some more once I’ve got some distance on it, but for now, here’s my first attempt at a scene at least partly written in this ‘first as third’ style.

Seeing and Being Seen )
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Title: Querencia
Characters: Spike, Buffy
Written for 2014 [livejournal.com profile] noel_of_spike
Rating: PG overall
Genre: Gen
Warnings: a little bit of bitter harsh
Disclaimer: Joss and Mutant Enemy et al own everything. I own nothing
Summary: Home truths hurt - it doesn’t matter if you’re the one telling or the one receiving...
Beta extraordinaire as always: [livejournal.com profile] thismaz
Comments are cuddled and called George

A/N before you read the fic – because I’m stupid....
Because I’m brainless, I didn’t read the community profile for [livejournal.com profile] noel_of_spike before yesterday and therefore didn’t realise about the holiday-related theme, which in retrospect, given the name of the community should have been a give-away – like I say, brainless! Anyway, I emailed our lovely mod [livejournal.com profile] sueworld2003 to say I was withdrawing, but she has said that I should go ahead and post anyway. So, many apologies to the community members and to Sue for going off-piste, as it were, because this is definitely not a holiday-related ficlet. Anyway, on with the motley, this is my take on the final scene from As You Were...

Querencia )
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Title: Red Frame, White Light
Characters: Xander, Spike
Warnings: Gen – I know, shocking isn’t it! Oh and some swearing.
Disclaimer: Joss and Mutant Enemy et al, own everything. I own nothing.
Summary: Xander takes a detour to the seven eleven near his work and regrets it
Comments and feedback are cuddled and called George
Beta extraordinaire: [livejournal.com profile] thismaz Any cock ups post beta are entirely my fault!
Written for 2014 [livejournal.com profile] fall_for_sx
The title of this is respectively nicked from the song of the same name by OMD, although this is not a song fic, but thinking about the title sparked this off in my fevered little brain.

This is for [livejournal.com profile] baudown because we were talking a few months ago that it had been a long time since I'd written anything a little bit dark. I hope this fits the bill.

I think it’s my day at [livejournal.com profile] fall_for_sx, so here’s this year’s little ficlet. Huge thanks as ever to [livejournal.com profile] skargasm and [livejournal.com profile] theladymerlin for taking time out of their busy RL to keep the community going.

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Red Frame, White Light )
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Smoke and Mirrors
Author: [livejournal.com profile] sparrow2000
Written for 2014 [livejournal.com profile] summer_of_giles
Characters: Giles, Xander
Rating: PG overall
Genre: Gen
Warnings: nothing to frighten the horses
Disclaimer: Joss and Mutant Enemy et al own everything. I own nothing
Summary: Giles, not Willow is on Xander-sitting duty during The Pack
Beta extraordinaire as always: [livejournal.com profile] thismaz
Comments are cuddled and called George

Just a ficlet this year I'm afraid as RL is a little overwhelming. And for the same reason, apologies to any of the other authors whose fics I haven't read/commented on yet - I'm waaaay behind with my reading... Thanks as always to the mods for making [livejournal.com profile] summer_of_giles such a wonderful place to hang out.

Smoke and Mirrors )
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Searching for Jim
Written for 2013 [livejournal.com profile] fall_for_sx
Characters: Xander, Spike
Rating: PG overall
Genre: Slash relationship, but not in the actual story
Warnings: little bit of angst
Word count: 3,500
Disclaimer: Joss and Mutant Enemy et al own everything. I own nothing
Summary: Spike and Xander are in a cemetery – well of course they are...
Beta extraordinaire as always: [livejournal.com profile] thismaz
Comments are cuddled and called George

Okay, it's the second of my days to post at [livejournal.com profile] fall_for_sx. Again, huge thanks to [livejournal.com profile] skargasm and [livejournal.com profile] theladymerlin for continuing to host this lovely annual Spander fest. I know it’s not been an easy season, and they must know that their work to keep things going is hugely appreciated. This is also my fic for [livejournal.com profile] brutti_ma_buoni’s [livejournal.com profile] letsgetitdone comm. I realised that RL wasn’t going to let me get done the things I’d hoped, so I promised myself I’d do a second [livejournal.com profile] fall_for_sx story instead and here it is...

Searching for Jim )
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Thursday
Written for 2013 [livejournal.com profile] fall_for_sx
Characters: Xander, Spike
Rating: PG overall
Genre: Slash (sort of...)
Warnings: masturbation
Disclaimer: Joss and Mutant Enemy et al own everything. I own nothing
Summary: Nothing ever happens on Thursday...
Beta extraordinaire as always: [livejournal.com profile] thismaz
Comments are cuddled and called George

Okay, it's the first of my days to post at [livejournal.com profile] fall_for_sx. I started scribbling bits of this when I was on the plane over to the UK in August. It's amazing was being cooped up in small spaces does for the brain... Huge thanks to [livejournal.com profile] skargasm and [livejournal.com profile] theladymerlin for continuing to host this lovely annual Spander fest.


Thursday )
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Title: The Lightening Spark
Characters: Xander, Merlin
Category: Crossover!!!
Type: Gen, some years post Chosen
Warnings: some profanity
Word Count: 8,200 approx
Disclaimer: Joss and Mutant Enemy et al, Shine and the BBC, own everything. I own nothing.
Summary: Xander has an encounter he’ll probably never forget
Comments and feedback are cuddled and called George
Beta extraordinaire: [livejournal.com profile] thismaz Thank you listening to me ramble and giving me some great stuff to think about.

Yep, I wrote a crossover. My first ever crossover! And given that [livejournal.com profile] thismaz has been dealing me some really high quality Merlin fic for the last few years, it’s not surprising that I finished up with this crossover. No canon knowledge of BBC’s Merlin is needed to read this, and if you're a Merlin reader, no real knowledge of Buffy is needed either, other than Xander has one eye. So whichever fandom you're in, I hope I can entice you to give it a go! :) This is a one shot.

The title comes from a quote by Thomas Carlyle that I really liked - “The lightning spark of thought generated in the solitary mind awakens its likeness in another mind.”


And before we start, look at this lovely pretty this little story got. Isn't it lovely!
Sunnydale Memorial Awards rd 28 Best TV Xover runner up photo sunnydalememorialawardsrd28_bestxovertv_rup_zps2b029013.jpg

The Lightening Spark )
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Whispers of Futures Past
Characters: Xander, Spike
Rating: PG overall
Warnings: random philosophising!
Disclaimer: Joss and Mutant Enemy et al own everything. I own nothing
Summary: Xander thinks about time and Spike wants a drink
Beta extraordinaire as always: [livejournal.com profile] thismaz
Comments are cuddled and called George

I had a panic last week that somehow I’d stopped being able to write. So [livejournal.com profile] thismaz, ever the trooper, gave me a colour, sound and random object and told me to get on with it. The colour was blue, the sound was a train passing and the random object was a black cat. This piece of randomness was the outcome.

Whispers of Futures Past )
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Title: The Kidnappee’s Handbook
Author: [livejournal.com profile] sparrow2000
Characters: Xander, Spike
Warnings: Pre-slash
Disclaimer: Joss and Mutant Enemy et al, own everything. I own nothing.
Summary: Xander takes a vacation – sort of... *g*
Comments and feedback are cuddled and called George
Beta extraordinaire: [livejournal.com profile] thismaz
Written for 2012 [livejournal.com profile] fall_for_sx. Huge thanks to [livejournal.com profile] skargasm and [livejournal.com profile] theladymerlin for their hard work keeping the community going.

Note to the unwary - this fic is pure fluff. In fact it is so fluffy that bags of cotton wool will be banding together to form a union and will be marching up and down waving placards because they think their fluffiness is under threat...

The Kidnappee’s Handbook )
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