Pren. (slyprentice) wrote in epic_recs,

One Fateful Night by Betsy (NC-17)

Title: One Fateful Night
Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel: The Series
Pairing: Angelus/William
Categories: Romance, Angst, Drama, Pre-series
Length: Long
Warnings: Darkly Romantic (i.e. dark themes)

Author on LJ: angelspike69
Website: n/a

After seeing the young poet, William, at a party Angelus immediately begins making plans to disarm and seduce the man with poetry and flowers, only to find that the human becomes so much more than prey. He becomes his obsession.

Anyone who's seen an episode of Buffy and/or Angel know that Spike and Angel's relationship is a complicated one, filled with love and hate in equal measure. However, many of us easily forget that before they were Spike and Angel, they were Angelus, scourge of Europe, and William, fragile human and all around bad poet. That's the reason I love this story so much, it reminds me of that. It also reminds me of why Angelus was such a potent seducer (and therefore deadly predator) and that Spike, once upon a time, was soft and fragile and, more importantly, malleable.

Rich with imagery and alive with seduction, this story rightly deserves to be called darkly romantic. And it has a happy ending. Vampire-wise, anyway.

One Fateful Night
Tags: fandom: buffy the vampire slayer, genre: angst, genre: drama, genre: pre-canon, genre: romance, length: long, recs by slyprentice
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