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Trickster by Lit Gal (NC-17)

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Title: Trickster aka Butterfly!Verse
Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Pairing: Spike/Xander, Angel/Spike/Xander
Categories: angst, attempted suicide, BDSM, bonding, dark, Halloween, Thanksgiving, supernatural, vampire, technically virgin
Length: Epic (~88,000 words)
Warnings: BDSM, dub-con, non-con, bloodplay, torture, mental instability, repeated use of the term ‘childe’

Author on LJ: lit_gal
Author Website: Worshipping the Geeks

Review:
Instead of a soldier, Xander decides to go as a vampire for Halloween. When Ethan’s spell kicks in, it doesn’t just turn Xander into any old vamp. It transforms him into a nine hundred year old vampire of Dracula’s line. When Spike stumbles upon him, Xander decides he’s going to take him as a pet.

The first time I read this was shortly after I’d discovered fanfiction and I found this unrelentingly dark. Now I simply adore the ambiguous morality of this, especially the second part. The dynamics between Xander and Angel are so utterly perfect. Lit-gal is really fantastic at writing Xander and Angel as friends. Also, the way Spike and Angel interact with each other is truly revelatory. The back-story of Xander the vampire is quite fascinating, and the use of Ethan in this could not be more appropriate.

Now we get to the less pretty aspects. Xander’s vamp accent is kind of annoying, more for the cutting in and out-ness of it than for the accent itself. Spike’s accent is really obnoxious, although it’s almost more common for it to be written in this way than not in fandom. Spike and Xander’s relationship is seriously messed up. The over-use of the words childe, sire, and, worst of all, childer, are the most irritating occurrence in fandom. Thank god all of this is combined with good writing and a stellar plot that is truly unique. Though not for the faint of heart, this is a great Halloween read.

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