What are the five love stories that you love the most, in canon or fan sources (fanfic, vids, other)?
Because I am such a fan of angst this list will be quite painful. I think "Happily Ever After" is so much sweeter if you've gone through hell (or in Buffy's case, heaven) to get there . Since none of my favorites are canon, I'll post links to my favorite stories for each pairing.
These aren't in any particular order.
(Highlander): The bleeding heart and the man who was Death on a horse. Talk about angst :)
Favorite angst ridden love story: Kiss the Steel
the sequel: Kiss of Shadows
(Blake's 7): They are so much alike that the only chance for real happiness lies in AU or AR stories. Their chemistry is undeniable though.
Favorite angst ridden love story: The Last Best Hope
by Melody Clark FRAO
the sequel: The Long Way Back
(BtVS): An impossible pairing to say the least.
Favorite angst ridden love story: Changes
(Blake's 7): Avon's inability to trust for fear of betrayal makes this pairing...difficult. The best chance for them may be PGP (Post Gauda Prime) or in AU/AR stories.
I've only just started reading this pairing so I haven't found a 'novel length' story yet (if one even exists). However, this one (while short, relatively speaking) fits quite well with the over all theme here. Lament, Part 1
by M. Fae Glasgow FRM
the sequel: Lament, Part 2 (Love's Great Adventure)
(BtVS): Not nearly as angst ridden as the others listed here, usually.
I have however found a few angsty love stories (not a surprise really. Is it?) Death Brings Clarity Series
by J.K. Philips FRAO
Honorable Mention: Giles/Ethan
(BtVS): Can't get more angst ridden than this really.
I have never found a 'Happy Ever After' story for this pairing. I have recently found a series that is really quite good and as close as Giles and Ethan might ever get to a happily ever after. With Your Crooked Heart
There are many more wonderful stories in all of these pairings and choosing one favorite is sometimes near impossible.