So, naturally, my thoughts turn to fics that are truly off the beat and path.
zgirl714 wrote a truly amazing and truly unique story called The Einherjar. It's so delicately balanced between despair and hope that it'll make your heart hurt and tears come to your eyes at the end. She rates it an R, although I have no idea why since it strikes me as more of a PG. Wesley and Xander meet up in Vallhalla. It's about loss and redemption and recapturing the self when all seems to be lost. This is all about Raganorak of the soul, baby! Go, read, give big love.
aadler is one of those writers that makes me jealous as all hell. He's still got one of the most unique takes and styles among all the Buffy-verse writers of my acquaintance. He's an awesome mystery writer who knows how to sucker-punch you with a twist right before the end. Even though you know it's coming, you always find yourself laying on your back and blinking up at the ceiling when he lands the blow. He pulls off yet another awesome one in Beg to Differ. It's about a Watcher and the vampire who shares his soul seeking vengeance and justice. With right crosses and double-crosses, you can't be sure that what you see is what you get. To give away more would completely ruin the story. You must go read. Now. Then leave slavering feedback.
Oh, and two music downloads from YSI, just because I can't possibly be the only person who needs a pick-me-up.
Postal Workers Cancelling Stamps at the University of Ghana Post Office has got whistling, rhythm, and a chair-dancing beat.
Good Rats — Dropkick Murphys because, damn I need something punkish to get the blood pumping today.