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Subtleties by Anna S. (NC-17)

Title:Subtleties
Author: Anna S.
Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Pairing: Xander/Spike
Category: Post-series, AU, hurt/comfort, angst, romance
Length: Epic
Warnings: n/a

Author on LJ: eliade
Author's website: Anna's Stories and So Forth None at the moment.

Review:
I am bored. I would like Spike to go to NYC and kick around in a funk until one day--needing money and blood, too souled to kill, too grumpy to fight the good fight any more--he decides to sell one of his few marketable skills and contracts himself out to an escort service, where he plays the bored role of stony-eyed rough trade to an unending series of eager businessmen.

A few years later, Xander is sent to find him, because they need him once more for a mission, that's the story, and Spike just looks at him and blows cigarette smoke in his face.

That's the set-up and the start of things. Get past the loose format of the opening that also pops up a bit near the beginning (a bit of fourth-wall knocking that I believe actually adds to the feel of the entire piece), and you have a fic about Xander Harris, resident comedian/heart of the Scooby Gang bringing home, inadvertently connecting with and falling in love with Spike, vampire/wiseass supreme. This fic is a classic, one of those stories you pull out when you want to savor the slow sweet (oh, you can *savor* it) progression of a relationship between two seemingly different people trying to find their places in the aftermath of the happenings at the Hellmouth.

Subtleties

Comments

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jane_elliot
May. 23rd, 2008 02:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, man, reviews like these make me want to give Xander/Spike a shot:) Thanks for the rec!

(side note: this story would totally count as epic, so that's what I'm tagging it as.)
gail19
Jun. 11th, 2010 03:33 am (UTC)
This rec so made me want to read this story. Unfortunately, the links are no longer functional. I searched the story, and it is rec'd in several places - none of those links worked either.

Do you know if this is anywhere other than the defunct drizzlehosting?

Thanks
fredericks
Jun. 11th, 2010 09:24 pm (UTC)
Gah! I wish I could help you, but it seems like the author has removed all her fic from the internet. I don't know another location for the story and I came up with nothing at Archive of Our Own or using a Wayback Machine. Maybe ask over at fanficfinder to see if someone's kept a copy?

And if you find a copy, mind lending me a link? I love that story. It's too bad it's disappeared.

Edited at 2010-06-11 09:25 pm (UTC)
litotease
Apr. 6th, 2012 10:00 am (UTC)
So, a year and a half later... *g* I was searching for something else and stumbled across this entry. If you haven't yet found Anna S's Spike/Xander stories and still want to read them: The Spander Files.
fredericks
Apr. 9th, 2012 01:44 am (UTC)
Thank you!

Man, I keep wondering where Anna S disappeared to. Hope s/he's publishing.
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