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Abandoned Water Hold Me Down by Liz Marcs - PG-13 - BtVS

Discussion in 'Television and Movies' started by Bentgame, Apr 6, 2013.

  1. Bentgame

    Bentgame First Year

    Feb 25, 2010
    Title: Water Hold Me Down
    Author: Liz Marcs
    Rating: PG-13
    Genre: Gen
    Status: Abandoned
    Fandom: BtVS
    Pairings: Xander/Anya, Xander/Faith
    Summary: Who of us is happy until we get what we want? What price are we willing to pay for it? And once the toll is paid and we have what we want, will it really make us happy? Xander is about to find out.
    Link: http://www.livejournal.com/tools/memories.bml?user=liz_marcs&keyword=Water+Hold+Me+Down+%28BtVS%3B+PG-13%29&filter=all

    This is actually part of the author's Whisperverse series found here: http://liz-marcs.livejournal.com/239724.html
    I recced this story by itself because you don't need to read the previous stories to read this one. There are a couple scenes that have a harder impact if you've read the other stories but other than that, Water Hold Me Downs reads just fine by itself.

    Water Hold Me Down takes a post-cannon Xander who's become a watcher and throws him into an alternative universe where he made one different choice. The story deals with Xander facing an older version of himself who married Anya and all the changes that rippled from that decision.

    The author makes all the characters believable especially the two versions of Xander. You can see how their choices shaped their lives and world-views throughout the story. The author clearly put a lot of effort into showing how the changes would affect all the buffyverse characters,especially Xander and Giles.

    The story's abandoned, but at 46 chapters, it's definitely worth reading.

  2. Ched

    Ched Da Trek Moderator DLP Supporter

    Jan 6, 2009
    The South
    I didn't read the story that you actually linked, because 46 chapters of Xander didn't seem like my cup of tea, but I did follow the link to the authors other stories and read a few of them.

    The three I checked out were easily 4/5. The only title I remember is Cuckoo in the Nest I think, which was from the POV of Xander's father. Interesting but not standard Buffy-fare.