has been working in LA, allowing his
friends to think he
only comes back to Sunnyhell to face his
worst nightmares when he
hears that a monster from his
past has returned.The premise of this is interesting because it's Xan rather than Angel who went to LA to do the protector of the city scene with the LA crew being his team.
is determined that our boys shouldn,t be together and Xander
will do anything to keep Spike safe, even if the consequences are shocking and heartbreaking.
,s line ,I used to be important, gets me every time and I defy you not to have your heart in your mouth in the final scene.
Here Comes a Candle has such a sense of creeping unease that it gives me goose bumps just thinking about it.Spike is acting even more strangely than normal and when Xander
reluctantly gets talked into giving Spike a lift on Halloween you just desperately want him to refuse.
is living in LA and finds himself on the wrong end of a severe punishment beating by enemies of Spike.
finishes up going on the road with Spike and finds himself slipping further and further away from everything that was once familiar.
Spike finds Xander
caring for a sick Oz while living on the street and offers to help(in his own inimitable way).
However nothing comes for free and so begins a very complex dance of courtship and mind games as Spike starts to coax Xander
,s inner hyena and baser instincts to the fore.
Spike handing Xander
a collar to hide a very nasty love bite always has me chuckling gleefully, but that,s just me.
Lattice and Pearls is ladycat777 doing what she
does best - creating a dark, disturbed, possessive Spike who just can't let his
boy out of his
sight without putting his
mark on him.The scene where Buffy sees them in the alley is just gah!
Also by ladycat is Simplicity.Xander
is caught in the backlash to a spell and Spike takes care of him.
Spike stalks and terrorises Xander
after the events of parent teacher,s night.I just love the twisted courtship in this story.
I'd almost forgotten about Clarity's
Barbie Doll until I was putting together this list.Xander
thinks back on his
childhood and finds parallels in his
current life.This story always takes me by surprise for some reason, it's really quite insidious and that's why I like it so much.
I just fell in love with Twitch by The Spuzz when I first read it.Spike kidnaps Xander in the belief that the boy will come to love him over time if only they stay together long enough.
Post Chosen, Spike finds Xander
in desperate straits holed up in a demon infested motel with no sign of his friends.
is seriously hurt in an earthquake and now only Spike can make him feel anything.However the vampire,s course of treatment doesn,t exactly follow the Hippocratic Oath.
Purgatory by Shimmer has Spike and Xander
in the middle of nowhere having sex and getting stoned.
However a stoned Xander
is quite funny and Spike certainly seems to be enjoying himself.
Bound by Love and Hate by saturn_girl is horrifying and completely logical.Angelus has tortured and killed all the Scoobies and left Xander on the brink of death.
The only thing Spike can do to help Xander
get the revenge he
needs is to help him become what he
loathes most.Short and to the point, it,s a story that just gets the job done.
_sharvie_'s The Visual Spectrum: Seeing the Light is a Xander & Spike story in as much as they are both present in the story.Xander
comes to a realisation about the nature of evil and his
own culpability in giving it entry.
Angel sees a mysterious stranger at Cordy,s funeral and realises that it,s a very changed Xander
.The life our boy has led since he
disappeared from high school shocks the broody one and brings back memories of his
errant Childe.There,s such a feeling of desolation about this story and Willow,s gift to Xander
is a killer.
moosesal's Depravation is also an in between fic featuring both Spike
is frantic when Xander
goes missing and asks Angel to help find him.
...It,s got evil Angelus, predatory Spike, innocent virginal Xander and lots of porn.
Oh and Xander
in a skirt, just for a bit of extra spice.
is horrifically abused by Angelus as a message to Buffy and when his
father compounds the abuse and his
friends appear to betray him, Xander returns to the vampire in the horrible logic that at least he
knows what to expect from Angelus.
goes to LA at the Council's behest to help Wesley with the latest apocalyse, but his
visit coincides with a spell which mislays that damn slippery soul.
...Angelus Complex by ladycat777 has the evil undead finding Xander in the bathroom at the Bronze after Cordy has carried out the ritual Valentine,s Day humiliation.
drives to LA to enlist the help of the AtS gang against major apocalyptic badness.However when he
gets there he
discovers that Angel isn,t quite himself.This is just dark and very, very disturbing , everything you,d want in a story.
And there,s more from Te with the Cell Series.Gonna has Angel, Xander and sex (that,s about it really) Chain is co-written by The Spike and is a sort of sequel to Gonna.
It,s the same two boys, a little restraint and mind games in the dark , delicious.Check out the brilliant cover art by Livia here.
I just love strickens_girl,s Dark verse.(read Cries in the Darkness first) Glittering little images of the twisted relationship between a master vamp and his
boy, it,s like the best, bitterest dark chocolate you,ll ever get as a present.
The Dissonance series by Ethrosdemon stands out as being uber disturbing in a genre which has more than it,s fair share of disturbing stories.Angel remembers his
relationship with Xander
and decides that it,s a part of his
would like to revisit.
...Angelus has gained power over Xander through a combination of blood and magic and the gang are unable to stake the evil undead because it will also kill their friend.
I'm really excited that after a long hiatus, she's
posted a new chapter at her
LJ, and I hope if she
gets enough feedback she'll continue the story.
Angst Monkey by kaygrr is another story which I continually harp on about and again I know everyone has read it, but the list just wouldn,t be complete without it.Xander
is fatally wounded in a fight and Angel has to turn him because he
,s the only one who can wield the weapon which will fell the next big bad.However Angel doesn,t make our boy a childe or a minion, he
makes an abject , a vampire who has no unlife of his
own outside the wishes of his
Ethan meets Xander
at the Espresso Pump and somehow persuades him to come back to his
motel room , stuff happens.The scene with Giles towards the end is a killer.Like a lot of Ethan/Xander stories, this is just so dirty, bad and wrong , everything you,d expect from the esteemed authors and that,s what makes it so damn good.
Calendar Boy by Te has Ethan watching Xander wash himself after a performance at the Fabulous Ladies Night Club
.The reference to Xander
,s patented panther crawl makes me giggle every time.
And if you,re in the mood for more Xander/Ethan by Te and Debchan try the Wall series.Xander
is in a very bad mood and a certain chaos mage finds himself on the wrong end of the famous Harris temper , the disturbing thing is he
seems to enjoy it.To say more would give the story away, but at the end I,m not really sure who is in control of whom
And sticking with Te, there,s Times like These.Caleb visits Xander
in the hospital after the eye incident to persuade him to change sides.The idea of Xander/Caleb almost had me screaming in the other direction when I read it, but it truly is compelling, very logical in the context of the story and completely terrifying.
Another Taste by saturn_girl took me by surprise the first time I read it.Xander
is visited by Buffy, but he
soon realises that this particular Buffy is acting very out of character.I really wish Joss had had the guts to do something like this scene in the series because there is a scary logic to it.
And also by Saturn Girl
we have A Disciplined Man.Xander gets up close and personal with a member of the Initiative and discovers that protecting loved ones comes with a high price.
This is a Graham fic and I really like the idea that Mr Clean has some really disturbed stuff going on under the surface.
Sleeper by booster17 is one of these fics that creeps up on you and insinuates itself into your head so you,re thinking about if for days afterwards.Xander is the CEO of Wolfram & Hart and living with Faith.