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Meme: Day 1, Something Old

The Very Small Girl and the Monster (LJ | AO3) - Firefly/BtVS - River+Spike with past Spike/Buffy - 2k, rated G
This is one of those rare fics that I look back on and still think turned out just about exactly how I wanted it. The premise is that River is a Slayer and has been dreaming of the past through the eyes of other Slayers. In particular, since humanity left Earth That Was, those Slayers have been getting training from a dangerous, white-haired man in a long coat. So it's a mix of dreams and River arranging events just so, so she can meet this man for herself.

I'm generally pretty happy with the dreams, and with the Firefly-voice (always tricky), and the River-logic (ditto), and the emotional note that the whole fic finally resolves on. It's a fic that manages to have a lot of heart, I think, even with the crack premise.

1. Something old
2. Something new - talk about a new fanwork of yours!
3. Something you made for someone else
4. Something you made just for yourself
5. Something for a major fandom/pairing/character
6. Something for a minor fandom/pairing/character
7. Something you're just really proud of

Crossposted from Dreamwidth. Comment here or there. (comment count unavailable DW replies)


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May. 30th, 2014 03:22 am (UTC)
I can't believe I missed that one! Love it!!
May. 30th, 2014 03:27 am (UTC)
Aw, yay! Thank you! It might have been from back before we were friends. It feels like I wrote it quite a long time ago.
May. 31st, 2014 01:23 am (UTC)
I'd never pictured a Buffy/Firefly crossover, but Spike and River.... with her a fledgling slayer is a fantastic combination. I loved her needling Jayne, she does it so well and your Mal voice was spot on.

This is an interesting meme. I just may steal it. :)
May. 31st, 2014 04:23 pm (UTC)
Yay, thank you! I find voices in Firefly challenging; they're so distinct, but so easy to get wrong.

You should totally steal it. Everyone should steal it. We'll have a self-promotion-palooza. :D

Edited at 2014-05-31 04:23 pm (UTC)
Jun. 2nd, 2014 05:34 am (UTC)
Here from reading the story itself.

I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised, since my first experience of you was when you remixed one of my fics, but this still IS surprising in being so richly multi-layered. It’s appallingly easy to oversimplify or romanticize Spike; almost as easy to present River as being either helplessly loopy or preternaturally wise. You seem to avoid both traps almost effortlessly. Well done.
Jun. 5th, 2014 01:13 am (UTC)
Wow, thank you! Spike's pretty much my favorite character, largely because of all his layers, so I'm really glad to hear that I got some of them across for you. And I agree that River is tricky for the reasons you give. So, thank you very much!

(I've always felt that maybe I cheated a little with that remix; your fic made up such a small part of what I ended up writing. But I'm glad you didn't seem to mind to much.)
Jun. 5th, 2014 01:21 pm (UTC)
That was one of the first crossover fic I've ever read, and it's still my favorite. It's just flawless - the mood, the character voices and the way you made both universes cross in absolutely natural way. I could easily picture it happening onscreen in Firefly and Buffy, which is unfortunately rare thing for crossovers.
Jun. 5th, 2014 04:56 pm (UTC)
Aw, yay! It's so neat to hear that you read it back in the day. I agree with you about the difficulty of crossovers - it's part of why I don't write them very much. I'm so glad that this one works for you, though. Thank you for taking the time to come and comment. :)
Jun. 5th, 2014 08:16 pm (UTC)
Well, 'back in the day' is very relative here, maybe a year or so, I'm very late in both fandoms.
And as a very late (and quite lurky) newcomer, I just must say thank you for all your recs. Your blog will provide me with the excellent reading for another year, I guess.
And I enjoy your own fic tremendously, too. I even read mpreg fic (yes, it's Seraph). And I loved it. And that's all your fault!
Jun. 12th, 2014 09:31 pm (UTC)
You are most welcome for the recs! It's one of my favorite fannish activities, pointing people towards things I enjoy, and I'm always thrilled to hear that someone else finds it useful.

Ha ha, I am always glad to claim another convert for the cause of mpreg. :)
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