Okay, I got tagged by niannah
, and I'm working myself back into writing on LJ, so a meme is probably just what I need.
Presented here for your delectation and delight! The Five Favourite Fics
meme!Post a list of your top five favorite fics you've written, regardless of fandom or the reason you love them. This isn't about the BEST things you've written, but what you LOVE most. Then tag five other people to do the same.1. Dark Magic AU: Part 1
| Part 2“You call at 5am after, what, eight months, about nothing special.” He tries to sound incredulous, surprised, and maybe there’s an edge of it in his voice, but really, it can’t be a surprise. There’s only so many times something can happen and still be a surprise, after all.
“I’m just tired,” Tucker says, quiet and empty and with just enough need that Warren feels his skin prickle. “I’m so tired of them all, Warren. It’s been great and all, but ..” He sighs and Warren shuts his eyes again. “I just .. I’m need to rest. I can’t keep doing this, I can’t, it’s too much.”
Warren lies for a few seconds and listens to him breath down the phone. “What do you need?” he asks eventually.
“Come get me?” Tucker asks, with so little question, so little hope in his voice, Warren knows that Tucker is already sure he’ll come.
This one will probably always be my favourite of the things I've written. I love the length, I love the characterisation, and I love that it feels so complete. So often things (College AU, for example) just sort of die, or reach a natural stopping point without concluding. With this one I really felt that I'd taken it from beginning to end via middle, and I never felt the need to go back and "finish" it.
The characterisation of Tucker, particularly the dark magic elements, were first posited by someone else (niannah
? Or packmentality
? I can't remember, I'm afraid), and I loved developing them and seeing them grow into something full and fascinating. I also loved writing Warren for this one. With the Warren/Andrew stuff, Warren was almost always the one in control. With this, he was completely lost, muddling through life and trying his best to keep things together while the whirlwind that was Tucker kept appearing and throwing everything into chaos. I really enjoyed making him that vulnerable.2. From here to St Tropez: Part 1No one had wanted to be the one to say it, but they'd all known that it was time. The Trio was officially breaking up. Going their separate ways. Artistic differences.
I only really love the first part of this one. There are bits about the later parts that I like, but it should have stayed a one shot. It makes me feel like there's sun on my skin and sand between my toes, and I love that there's hope in it, and a sense of peace that the show never managed.
From my notes, it seems to be one of the first times, if not the first, that I wrote Warren POV. What an odd thought. It's probably the closest I got to canon, though, taken from that start point.3. Where the Streets Have No Name: Part 1
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| Part 3
| Part 4
| Part 5To say that it was something of a surprise would've been a gross understatement, and given that Andrew was prone rather to overstatement than its reverse, his version of the tale, when he told it years later, became far more dramatic than the actual reality of the day. However, it was a hell of a shock, and while Andrew didn't really collapse on the sidewalk and have to be resuscitated by a passing ER doctor, he was pretty floored by it.
God, I've just reread the end of this one. I'd forgotten how it finished. I love fic like that, that catches you unawares. I remember when I was writing this, I was at University doing my Masters, and one day, walking over the bridge across the Wear, it just occured to me how it had to end. Warren's a bit off, I think, but overall I love the concept, I love the softness of the language, and I love the feeling of it.4. Zen and the Art of Necromancy: Part 1 "You have to talk to someone eventually," [Andrew] says, all business and if Tucker were capable of feeling it, it might hurt to get such a non-reaction. "It'll probably be easier if it's me."
"What, because all the other Watchers are such assholes, but you just want to be my friend? Fuck off." Tucker pulls his knees up to his chest and concentrates on staring out of the little, barred window of his cell. He already knows help is on the way, he can feel it right down to the subatomic level of his skin, dancing.
I love this one. I don't think anyone else appreciated it quite the way I did. I love the mood, and I love the concept, and I love the ending. I love Tucker, I love that it's sort of Dark Magic AU-verse, but not. I love Andrew the Watcher, being on the Other Side. I love Giles. I love the black jeeps. Haha! :) I love the magic, and I love the ending. Mmm :)5. In Theory: Part 1It seems stupid to say that he looks bigger, but that's the first thing that Zelenka notices. That and more .. just more. As if being up close brings with it all the intensity previously defused throughout a hall full of delegates.
McKay turns and looks at him. "What the Czech for lemon?" he asks, and Zelenka thinks it's an oddly fitting way for him to have introduced himself.
Ah, my one and only SGA fic, written (I hate to admit it) before I'd actually seen more than a handful of episodes of the show. If I wrote it again now, I'd undoubtedly do things differently, but I do have a special place in my heart for this one. There are things about it that I love very much. Overall, I'm fairly happy with it. Ironically, it's also one of the fics I've had the most feedback for.
There are actually more as well. I thought I'd struggle to find five, but I also love Ten Thousand Spoons
, my post-Chosen, BtVS/AtS Warren/Knox fic, and I love Divided
, my Warren/Buffy Wishverse fic, and I love After the Storm
, with Tara, Warren and Andrew, because it's so fricking weird! And I love Juliet and Romeo
, because it's Warren/Cordelia OMG but it makes total sense to me!! I had this whole AU planned out in my head for AtS, but, alas, it never got written.
I also love All Blue and Gold and Black
, because it has Caleb and Buffy, and Catholic school uniforms (I have issues). And there's also Three Things That Never Happened...
, which I love love love, but no one else loves it.
And there's also Superhero
, my Buffy/Jonathan fic, set in niannah
's Unabomberverse. I love this one. I love giving Buffy a normal life, giving Jonathan some happiness, and I love the softness of it all.
So yeah. That's my slightly-more-than-five-actually favourite fics written by me ;)