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Oneshot ZeroSum Game by Aadler-T-Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Discussion in 'Almost Recommended' started by Bentgame, Dec 4, 2013.

  1. Bentgame

    Bentgame First Year

    Feb 25, 2010
    Title: ZeroSum Game
    Author: Aadler
    Rating: T
    Genre: Character Study
    Pairing: None
    Characters: Buffy, Kennedy, Vi
    Fandom: Buffy The Vampire Slayer
    Words: 4,375
    Published: Mar 13, 2011

    Status: Complete
    Summary: It isn't easy, standing in the shadow of giants …
    Link: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6819378/1/Backstage-32-ZeroSum-Game

    This is one of those short stories that hits you harder than you expect. Let's put it this way, I wound up reading most of the author's other work just because of this story. Just read it.
    I don't usually like stories from the perspective of Kennedy or Vi, but this story does something special by showing you what the Scoobies look like from the perspective of outsiders. It's worth reading just for that, but the zero sum theory Aadler works into the story makes it so much better. The final scene elevates the story to a new level. It's just a well-crafted piece.


    Checked by Minion, January 26, 2014
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 26, 2014
  2. oakes

    oakes Unspeakable DLP Supporter

    Jan 31, 2011
    This is a cute one-shot, it can be seen as a bit fanwankish but it still is kinda nice. 4/5
  3. Rhys

    Rhys High Inquisitor

    Sep 6, 2009
    Bittersweet. It reads like it should be the teaser for a post-series novel, not a work in and of itself, honestly.
  4. Dark Minion

    Dark Minion Bright Henchman Moderator DLP Supporter

    Sep 22, 2006
    Bumped to gain attention: This needs more vote before I can move it.

    I'll give it another four days and will move it on Sunday based on the current votes.