Gone But Not Forgotten

I love the Web. There are things to be found here that can’t be accessed in any other way. The Web has one preeminent disadvantage, however: evanescence. It is, by its nature, changeable, transitory, impermanent.

What happens when one of your favorite stories on the Web simply disappears? Maybe the Web site closed down. Maybe a predetermined closing date came due. Maybe someone in graduate school finally graduated and decided that their material, posted for all to see, no longer properly carried the image they wanted to present to the world, and deliberately pulled it all. Whatever the reason, the result is the same: something you loved is gone now.

This site is my answer. Not to all the ills of the world, but to my own values and sense of frustration. Henceforth, I’m copying ALL my favorite stuff to my own desktop, and — should the time come when it disappears from the Web overall — I’ll post the material here so it won’t simply be gone.

So far I have only a few stories here. There may be others in the future, but for now, this is it.

Naomi Chana
the Good Fight
Not much to say about this one. It’s just worth reading, and no longer to be found at its former URLs (or any others that Google will reveal). Short form, Ethan Rayne comes calling on Angel Investigations.

During her time in fanfic, Kare (Karen Wood) actually published more stories than this. These are the ones I most liked, though. Brief, deeply emotional, unforgettable.
Dear Angel

Father Goose and the Black Knight
Crossing over post-series Buffy the Vampire Slayer / Angel: the Series with Law & Order: SVU, “Father Goose and the Black Knight” is full of so many good moments, it’s a fresh delight on every re-reading. Unfortunately, the original story is so riddled with spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors that it continually jerks a reader out of the narrative. That’s why it’s here; even though the original is NOT lost to the Internet, a cleaned-up version is so much easier to read and enjoy … and the story deserves all the pleased attention it can get.

Max Landis
the Shocker: Legit
A book-length, memorable, thoroughly entertaining epic fic set in the Marvel Universe, featuring a number of memorable characters but centering primarily on a third-tier “villain” called the Shocker, as he deals with a life change and a sixty-five-year-old global conspiracy.

Journey to the Place of Ghosts
The most haunting and effective Harry Potter fic I’ve ever seen, and it isn’t even a story as such, but a series of drawings using Jay Wright’s poem of that name as a script and blueprint. Fantastic, brilliant, and almost impossible to find anywhere else on the Internet, it’s here now.

The Nail
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
story, gone from the Slayer’s Fanfic Archive when that site changed ownership and never posted anywhere else. Some sources indicate that this was Mediancat’s first Buffy story ever. You can find it here now.
Blast From the Past
Another Buffy story, once posted both at the Slayer’s Fanfic Archive and at a place called Slayerette.org, now unavailable in either place. Goes AU partway through Season 2 and proceeds from there, resuming ten years in the future.
Never Going Back Again
A sequel to “Blast From the Past”, it features many of the same characters. Longer and more detailed, but covering most of the core Scoobies and the ‘final’ resolution of the situation.
the Secret Society of Super-Villains
One that was just fun, set in Buffy’s Season 3, this brings back some old foes in a new team-up. Several surprises and fun turnsĥ.

Quiet as a Mouse
Combining the worlds of Buffy and Angel, this story blends action and character exploration in a way that entertains nicely. The eventual pairing may seem a bit awkward, but it actually manages to be almost convincing.

Oracle’s “Dark Slayer” series was once posted both at the Slayer’s Fanfic Archive and at the author’s own site. This was one fantastic series of tales, combining elements of Buffy, Twin Peaks, Blade Runner, and Tom Clancy. Then the SFA changed ownership and never reposted Oracle’s stories, and the author took down his site ... the same sad tale as always. Now it’s all here.
Dominion Day
the Dark Angels
Exiles of Eden
Memento Mori
Do Vampires Dream of Electric Slayers?
Déjà Vu All Over Again

Kill the Pain
Goes AU between the end of Buffy Season 2 and the beginning of Season 3. Takes familiar events and tells them not just from a different perspective, but going at it from an entirely different direction. Disturbing, plausible, unpleasant, memorable.

Puca Dentata
Plastic Bag
Short, disturbing, Buffy sometime late in Season 4 or shortly thereafter.

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