estepheia: (James in Tampa)
I haven't recced fic in ages, because there was a time when I didn't read a lot of fanifc. I' missed a lot of good stories that way and am only now catching up.
This is an old hat for some of you, I know, but there are other drive-by lj-readers out there, and if only one or two of them catch this fabulous story, then it's worth my while pimping this story.

Title: It Never Happened
Author: Shadowscast
Fandom/Timeline: BtVS - Set during Buffy's death between S5 and S6. Fits very neatly into canon.
Genre: Slash-with-plot; hurt/comfort
Pairing: Giles/Spike; Giles/Ethan as past lovers
Rating: R - Mature
Summary: It's the summer of 2001. Buffy is buried under a stone that says "She saved the world. A lot."
Giles and the others are struggling to figure out how to live in a world without her, and how to continue to protect it. An encounter with a strange demon turns Spike into an ordinary human, which complicates matters. Meanwhile, a curious new camera shop has opened up in Sunnydale...

It Never Happened (LJ version at Summer_of_Giles)
It Never Happened (Archive of our Own)

Why I love this story: It's plotty, with a distinct gen-fic feel in that all the character voices ring true; also I can literally see all the characters; it's like watching an episode of the show - only with genuine slash. The sex scene are well-written but never gratuitous. Giles acts like a grown-up, and the hurt/comfort pushes all my buttons. Even Ethan has a cameo (I truly love his prank) and sounds as though Jane Espenson wrote him. A truly brilliant story!
If you haven't read it, do so now! If you have, well, maybe it's time to read it again.
estepheia: (Ethan)
Drum roll. Here it is, the final part of my WIP of many years. Can't tell you how relieved I am. I think I may have had problems letting go (stories are so like children), because the chapter got longer and longer. Ordinarily, I'd say "murder your darlings", but I think in fanfic it's okay if there's a lot of angsty dialogue and not much else. ;) So, yeah, this could have been shorter, but I have to go with Mark Twain here: I honestly don't have the two years it would take to make this shorter. :D

Anyway, if you've been reading this from the beginning (and are still here): Thank you for your patience. If you're new to this: Fasten your seatbelt for a little roadtrip.

ENJOY!

TITLE: Broken English Part 18
PAIRING: Giles/Ethan
RATING: R (finally!)
SPOILERS: Set after 8x04 The Long Way Home (comics) - vaguely references the arc of the comics but goes AU; set in Germany
PROMPT: a vacation or roadtrip, magic, slash
WRITTEN FOR: [info]spikendru
Sorry, unbeta'd.
PREVIOUS PARTS: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, Part 16, Part 17


Part 18 )
estepheia: (Ethan)
This is the penultimate chapter. Yay!

TITLE: Broken English Part 17
PAIRING: Giles/Ethan
RATING: R (finally!)
SPOILERS: Set after 8x04 The Long Way Home (comics); set in Germany, btw
PROMPT: a vacation or roadtrip, magic, slash
WRITTEN FOR: [info]spikendru
Sorry, unbeta'd.
PREVIOUS PARTS: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, Part 16

Part 17 )
estepheia: (Ethan with beard)
After this chapter there will only be two more installments, I think. The next chapter is tricky, the last one is not.:)

TITLE: Broken English Part 16
PAIRING: Giles/Ethan
RATING: will eventually be R
SPOILERS: Set after 8x04 The Long Way Home (comics); set in Germany, btw
PROMPT: a vacation or roadtrip, magic, slash
WRITTEN FOR: [info]spikendru 
Sorry, unbeta'd.
PREVIOUS PARTS: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15


Chapter 16 )

estepheia: (Ethan with beard)
And my little G/E road movie/dreamspace journey continues... this time we catch a glimpse of the past....
Only a short update, sorry, but the dialogue in the next section still needs a bit of polish

TITLE: Broken English Part 15
PAIRING: Giles/Ethan
RATING: will eventually be R
SPOILERS: Set after 8x04 The Long Way Home (comics); set in Germany, btw
PROMPT: a vacation or roadtrip, magic, slash
WRITTEN FOR: [info]spikendru 
Sorry, unbeta'd.
PREVIOUS PARTS: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part12, Part 13, Part 14

Chapter 15 )
estepheia: (Ethan with beard)

TITLE: Broken English Part 14
PAIRING: Giles/Ethan
RATING: will eventually be R
SPOILERS: Set after 8x04 The Long Way Home (comics); set in Germany, btw
PROMPT: a vacation or roadtrip, magic, slash
WRITTEN FOR: [info]spikendru 
Sorry, unbeta'd.
PREVIOUS PARTS: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part12, Part 13


Chapter 14 )


estepheia: (Ethan with beard)
Yay, two chapters in two days! More plot. Gearing up for the last major sequence before the end. Next chapter is already finished. Will post it tomorrow.

TITLE: Broken English Part 12
PAIRING: Giles/Ethan
RATING: will eventually be R
SPOILERS: Set after 8x04 The Long Way Home (comics); set in Germany, btw
PROMPT: a vacation or roadtrip, magic, slash
WRITTEN FOR: [info]spikendru 
Sorry, unbeta'd.
PREVIOUS PARTS: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12

Chapter 13 )
estepheia: (Ethan with beard)
Finally. A new chapter.

TITLE: Broken English Part 12
PAIRING: Giles/Ethan
RATING: will eventually be R
SPOILERS: Set after 8x04 The Long Way Home (comics); set in Germany, btw
PROMPT: a vacation or roadtrip, magic, slash
WRITTEN FOR: [info]spikendru 
Sorry, unbeta'd.
PREVIOUS PARTS: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11


Chapter 12 )
estepheia: (Spike and Ethan)

Because [livejournal.com profile] shapinglight asked for it:
Two more vids by 1ravenrayne, who produced the vid I posted the other day. I don't know where the additional footage in the first vid comes from, but it fits very well. I am not that fond of the second one, among other things I don't like the song, but it's always nice to see the G/E footage again. :) I wish we had seen a bit more of Ehan. Oh well, that's what we have vids and fanfic for... Which makes me wonder: Has anyone ever produced a Spike/Ethan vid?


estepheia: (Ethan with beard)
I haven't posted a chapter in years. *feels guilty* But I have often pored over this fic. I suppose when you lose the initial impetus, it's hard to get back on track. When the wrong side of the brain takes over, you analyze (and edit) everything to death instead of just running with the bunny for the sheer fun of it.
This isn't my favourite section of the story, but since I dumped Ethan and Giles in the middle of bloody nowhere I had better make sure they don't freeze to death...,.

TITLE: Broken English Part 11
PAIRING: Giles/Ethan
RATING: will eventually be R
SPOILERS: Set after 8x04 The Long Way Home (comics); set in Germany, btw
PROMPT: a vacation or roadtrip, magic, slash
WRITTEN FOR: [info]spikendru 
Sorry, unbeta'd.
PREVIOUS PARTS: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10


Part 11 )
estepheia: (Ethan with beard)

Crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] open_on_sunday
I am so out of practice, when it comes to writing in English, and my memory of the show is getting hazier, but I thought: Let's try a little drabble anyway...
Set during S2.
----

Earning Giles’s forgiveness was harder than turning lead to gold. Ethan knew, he’d tried both.

Trying to blow Giles after Randall’s funeral had been a mistake, he knew that now, but it’s not like Ethan had had any experience saying sorry. He’d never wanted, never needed anyone’s forgiveness before. He’d considered himself a free man: free to go where chance took him, without looking back.

How do you say you’re sorry to a man who cannot bear the sight of you?

You don’t.

All you can do is treat every punch, every kick, as the caress that might have been.

estepheia: (Ethan with beard)
Another lucky find! I love love love Ethan stories about his time in Initiative custody.
This one is terrific. No surprise there, after all it was written by Indri.
http://www.notanothersite.com/indri/vamerica.html


estepheia: (Ethan with beard)
Found this more or less by accident. Love it. Funny how I like the pitched music better than the original


estepheia: (Ethan with beard)
I wrote a drabble-y ficlet. Yay! Okay, so it's short, and based on a fragment that I wrote ages ago. Oh well. Luckily, I never throw anything away, not even story fragments. It's nothing much, I know, I'm terribly rusty, but it's better than nothing.

Title: Wizard
Fandom: BtVS
Character: Ethan
Rating: PG

"When I grow up, I want to be a wizard." Words spoken in absolute earnest back in 1963, long before anyone had heard of Harry Potter. Ethan had been 8 years old at the time, and convinced that magic was the only way to make the boy next door give back the cricket bat he'd stolen.
 
The cricket bat was eventually returned – without the help of wizardry – but the words, once spoken, rippled outwards like waves on the surface of a still pond, working their charm.
 
"This is Ethan," his mother would introduce him, playfully toying with the string of pearls around her neck, "and he wants to be a wizard." Inevitably, the anecdote was followed by laughter. Why nobody laughed when other children said they wanted to become an astronaut, a race car driver, or a horse-breeder in Canada, Ethan never understood.
 
He was twelve when he came across the Book of Janus on a flea market. It was a smelly old tome, written in a language he couldn’t understand, but it felt burning hot to his touch, and the tingle it sent through him spoke of power. Ethan stole it without hesitation.
 
At the age of thirteen he cast his first successful spell.
 
At the age of fourteen he stole his mother’s voice, forever.
estepheia: (Ethan with beard)
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TITLE: Broken English Part 10
PAIRING: Giles/Ethan
RATING: will eventually be R
SPOILERS: Set after 8x04 The Long Way Home (comics); set in Germany, btw
PROMPT: a vacation or roadtrip, magic, slash
WRITTEN FOR: [livejournal.com profile] spikendru 
Sorry, unbeta'd.
PREVIOUS PARTS: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9

Broken English Part 10 )

estepheia: (Ethan with beard)
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I'm sorry about the enormously long wait. My muse buggered off to distant shores, and only recently returned. I never gave up on this fic, though. I know where I'm going, it's just that sometimes I'm not happy with the tone, or only one of the character voices sounds okay. *sigh*
I also have to say, that I'm not normally a fan of long-winded stories. I often feel this ought to be speedier, but  Giles and Ethan refuse to be rushed. They say they are too old to be rushed. :-)

TITLE: Broken English Part 9
PAIRING: Giles/Ethan
RATING: will eventually be R
SPOILERS: Set after 8x04 The Long Way Home (comics); set in Germany, btw
PROMPT: a vacation or roadtrip, magic, slash
WRITTEN FOR: [info]spikendru

PREVIOUS PARTS: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8

Broken English Part 9 )


estepheia: (Spike and Ethan)

So. daughter #2 just threw up, therefore I'm not off to dance practice, and the trip to see Madagascar 2 that we had planned for the afternoon got cancelled. Oh well, gives me time to stick on my headphones and listen to music (to drown out the sounds of sqeaky kids' programs on TV) while writing.

I give you an incredibly shmoopy drabble set in the I-Spy-verse, about two or three days after I Spy. I was going to write about Ethan's time in Initiative custody but the story covers that angle already. Maybe I'll write a companion piece about Ethan's scars....

For [livejournal.com profile] sueworld2003 


Scars

„Tell me,“ Ethan said, mapping Spike’s eyebrow with sensitive fingertips. “Did you get this scar before you were turned?”

Spike lay still. “First Slayer I killed nicked my brow. Wound never healed. Later found out her sword was enchanted.”

“What about this one?” Ethan picked up Spike’s left hand to trace the thin scar inside his palm.

“Christmas bauble. I was two. Mother said I never let go. Was lucky none of the tendons got cut.”

Ethan rested his hand on Spike’s heart. “And this?”

Spike hesitated.

“Tell me. I want to know everything about you.”

“Her name was Cecily.”

estepheia: (Ethan with beard)
This one is for [livejournal.com profile] shapinglight who asked for Giles/Ethan, too cold for Christmas. I hopy you like schmoop.


Drabble #4 - Cold

It doesn’t happen often. The dreams are not all nightmares; they don’t always end with Ethan’s blood splattered across the wall. Yet, even the good ones leave Giles aching with regret.

This time, he jerks awake with crimson images scattering like crows. Christmas morning. The house is silent. Maybe he should have accepted Buffy’s invitation.

He ought to get up, give Perceval his extra hay and apples, and a pat on the neck, but in his heart it’s too cold for Christmas.

Suddenly, a blue light sneaks into the bedroom. A locator spell!

“Anybody home? Ripper?”

The cold is gone.

estepheia: (Ethan with beard)
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I'm sorry about the long wait. Although I tinkered with the chapter almost every day, I never made real progress until this morning. The last two weeks were both busy and lazy. I took time off, the kids were at home, we made a few trips, played computer games. Anyway, the next part is almost finished. I hope it won't take me long to update.

TITLE: Broken English Part 8
PAIRING: Giles/Ethan
RATING: will eventually be R
SPOILERS: Set after 8x04 The Long Way Home (comics); set in Germany, btw
PROMPT: a vacation or roadtrip, magic, slash
WRITTEN FOR: [info]spikendru

PREVIOUS PARTS: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7

Part 8 )
estepheia: (Ethan with beard)
Ethan-ficathon Masterlist
After a long wait, here it is, the next part. Expect the next update on Friday or Saturday.

TITLE: Broken English Part 7
PAIRING: Giles/Ethan
RATING: will eventually be R
SPOILERS: Set after 8x04 The Long Way Home (comics); set in Germany, btw
PROMPT: a vacation or roadtrip, magic, slash
WRITTEN FOR: [info]spikendru

PREVIOUS PARTS: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6

Part 7 )

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