Title: Chocolatey Goodness
Author: The Mad Poetess
Link: Chocolaty Goodness
Status: WIP MP is taking a hiatus of indeterminate length in writing this, but what's there is so worth it. Series.
Length: Novel Length (currently somewhere in the range of 400 pages)
This is one of the few fics that manages to be, very effectively, both heart-wrenchingly sad and sublimely silly. For me, the laugh out loud moments outnumber the, "I'm about to cry." moments, but only just barely. It's AU to us now. It begins in the summer between Season 4 of Buffy (S1 Angel) and Season 5 of Buffy (S2 Angel). It assumes canon prior to that, but bears not the slightest resemblance after that point. It also brings together characters from both series. This is the story that brought me to Spike/Xander, still my favorite pairing. It's got good characterization and an unusually complex relationship based plot. There are a number of nicely created original characters who are mostly peripheral to the plot. While Xander and Spike are the focus, my favorites are Tara and Giles, and Cordelia manages to come pretty close. They are perfectly in character but just more, somehow. They're vibrant and alive, and I love them.
A story could have been made of nothing more than Spike's difficult and supremely dysfunctional relationship with Angel, but its better this way, interwoven with his new, sweeter, and only slightly less dysfunctional relationship with Xander. Willow is trying hard to restore her friendship with Xander to what it once was, and having some real issues with the idea that they've both changed. Tara is a calm, secure voice of reason. She's perceptive and sensitive, and I adore her. Giles is sarcastic and often grumpy, but his love for Buffy and her friends is always evident to one who cares to look. Angel is constantly struggling with the impulses of the demon while denying to the world that they exist. Cordelia is brash and often shallow, but she cares about her friends and the world at large. They are all just perfect.
I sincerely hope that one day this will be finished, but even if it never is, I won't regret it. It's been too much fun to regret. I also urge you to check out the rest of her Buffyverse fic. It's fabulous stuff.
Title: Through a Shattered Mirror
Pairing: HP/SS/DM, okay so it's actually a threesome, so sue me.
Link: Through A Shattered Mirror
Length: Somewhere in the vicinity of 50 pages
I do not read non-con as a general rule, and I especially don't read non-con that has a happy or even semi-happy ending (unless of course that happy ending involves the person who didn't give consent standing over their attacker with a still smoking gun, and that's not really happy, just satisfying). I only read it because it was repeatedly recommended by a friend I trust. But this is a wonderfully constructed, realistic, satisfying, and just beautiful story. It's not a happy story, not really, but it is intense, and the joyful moments are just as intense as the painful ones. If you don't want to know anything about the plot line going in, then don't go behind the cut, because I will be giving up some plot points, not a lot, but I hope enough to allay some fears of others who don't normally read non-con.
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Through the course of the story, all three learn a lot about themselves and each other. New skills are developed, and not only of the sexual kind. Harry learns that he is someone beyond the Boy Who Lived. It made me cry, more than once. A few moments made me fairly shake with anger. It was intense, incredibly intense. I can't say that it was a pleasure to read, parts of it were painful, but I'm not sorry I read it, and I'll read it again.
Author: Perpetual Motion
Pairing: Judson Cross/Gabe Patterson
Link: Motion InTwo Parts You'll have to click through the Fanfiction and Adventure Inc. links to get to the story.
Status: Complete, though the author does say she might add an epilogue at some point.
Length: Short for me, about 20 pages.
There's precious little fic in this fandom, and it's not likely it will be generating a lot more in the future. This is one of the better stories of what there is. It's ending is a bit abrupt. I would love to see a bit more exposition, but the emotion of the fic carries it pretty well. She has the voices of the characters down perfectly. If you need really linear plotting, don't read it. We're jumping POVs and slipping back and forth between the present and flashbacks almost constantly, and there isn't much in the way of formatting cues to help you differentiate. We also get a glimpse of Gabe's elusive father, the Senator. He seemed appropriately cold and concerned with appearances to me.