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Shadow of a Man 
8th-Oct-2011 06:59 pm
spikesmoke
Title: Shadow of a Man
Author: whichclothes 
Artist: iixcacao
Mixer: iixcacao  
Fandom: BtVS
Word Count: 11,847
Rating: NC-17
Characters/Pairings: Xander/Spike
Warnings Non-con
Summary: Xander gives in to his inner darkness during season 4, with lasting consequences for him and Spike.
Author's Note: For vampirebigbang. Huge thanks to silk_labyrinth for all the help with this one, and to ixcacao for the wonderful mix and art!
Disclaimer: I'm not Joss.
Link to art and mix master post:  http://ixcacao.livejournal.com/16397.html

Comments 
9th-Oct-2011 03:46 am (UTC)
This is beautiful and so painfully true to the characters. I'd love to see what happens next in this verse. Spike working at the home is fascinating, the character of the older woman with the list of things left undone, Xander's daughter - you create such vivid characters and such rich backstories, I never feel like I get to spend enough time in your worlds. Just wonderful.
9th-Oct-2011 03:54 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you! Nobody else has commented yet and I was beginning to worry I'd scared everyone away with the anti-schmoop. You've made me really happy.
9th-Oct-2011 04:09 am (UTC)
Actually I was looking for it earlier when it showed up in my AO3 subscription feed. It's definitely a departure for you, but I think it's a really strong piece of writing. You haven't been doing a lot of the longer pieces lately, but if you felt like writing another long work with this kind of subtle, figurative torture and angst and still managed to resolve it in a positive way while remaining this organic, well, damn.
9th-Oct-2011 04:22 am (UTC)
I struggled with this one a little and my beta was really, really helpful. I hope to write more long fic (and some shorts) soon--after I finish the novel I'm working on now plus next month's NaNo novel!
9th-Oct-2011 04:59 am (UTC)
Excited to read them!
9th-Oct-2011 05:10 am (UTC)
I'm excited to get them written. :-)
9th-Oct-2011 03:59 am (UTC)
This hurt :( But in a good way. Mostly. LOL. I'm glad they started to mend what happened to them in the end and that Xander figured out he had problems before it was too late.
9th-Oct-2011 04:05 am (UTC)
I'm glad it was mostly a good hurt! I think they both can mend now.
9th-Oct-2011 07:46 am (UTC)

This was an awesome, touching, sad, emotionally and wonderful reading-ride, Wordmagician. Thanks again for this proof of your great writing skills.

10th-Oct-2011 02:04 am (UTC)
Thank you! This one wasn't exactly cheery, but that's how they go sometimes.

We got two great postcards from you yesterday. And DD1 *loves* her gifts! Thank you!!
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