That was beautiful, and a very fitting way for them to go. Love them both.

Thanks so much. I love them, too.

Very nice insight on the way Angel sees himself.

It's interesting, because brooding aside, I don't see Angel as much like Hamlet at all. He's not suicidal, just tired. Weight of the world, and all that.

Thanks for reading.

what will always leave me in awe is how you can pack so much strength and emotions in parts that are sometimes just two or three lines

case in point

After Fred, Nina sends flowers. Spike ties Angel to his bed and whips his back with his own belt until it’s a mass of red.

The flowers die before Angel’s wounds heal. Nothing alive ever thrives in this place.

you make it hurt so good
thank you <3

Aw. Thanks, lovely. *smooch*

Really beautiful. I love your style.

I'm fascinated by the way you have interweaving your story with canon.
The ending is tremendous.

Thank you very much. I'm happy you liked it.

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!! just a big fat fucking WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lovely. This really explores things from Angel's POV - that bit about Spike being restful really clicked for me. Yeah. I can so see that.

And then you went and ended it like that. So bittersweet! waaaah!

One of the things I love about their dynamic is that Angel really doesn't try to protect Spike, the way he does with everyone else in his life. Thanks for reading, and for leaving such nice feedback.

Beautiful ending. Worthy of NFA.

that was very well done. i loved the angel/nina as much as the angel/spike too.

Thank you. I have kind of a soft spot for Nina. I'm glad you enjoyed this.

Ah, Angel, you write your own tragedies...

I picked Hamlet for this story because everyone dies at the end. Kind of like "Not Fade Away." :)

This was beautiful. Someone else mentioned how much power you pack into such small spaces, and it's really true. Like this:

But he doesn’t know his father anymore, so he never tries to kill him.

Angel kind of misses it.

I loved the image of Spike under the streetlamp.

I also loved the image of newly-turned William breathing/snoring/kicking. The Angelus/new-William dynamic is just so interesting to me.

And I loved the way that Angel kind find his peace in Spike.

The end--gah. Perfect. Thank you for writing this lovely story <3

I loved the image of Spike under the streetlamp.

Heeeeeee, thanks. He makes a very pretty picture in my head. And in Angel's. *G*

The Angelus/new-William dynamic is just so interesting to me.

WRITE MORE OF EEEEET! *hypnotizes you*

Thank you so much, honey. I really, really loved your fic, too, so I'm glad you liked this one. <33

I read this and ... Holy Crayola! Gorgeous. Wonderful. Fabulous. So packed in, I loves it. I love the things that Angel misses, and how they aren't really good things, but they are important anyway because they define relationships. ADORE, the idea of Spike being restful.

The way that Angel maintains a distance with Nina and the way that she is so representative of the women in his life, women he has failed and abandoned, so much so that even Spike notices and comments. She is woman and monster and you've done a beautiful job of sort of collapsing Darla and Buffy into the idea of her. More Buffy than Darla, but still ...

And that ending image of Angel and Spike burning up together? Sublime.

Spike pulls back and searches his face. “Now cracks a noble heart,” he quips.

Angel smiles, real and wide.

His eyes go up in flames just as Spike’s face crumbles to ash in his hands. The rest is silence.

Wow. Thank you so much! I'm really glad the Angel/Nina worked for you. I know it's not the most popular pairing in the 'verse, but she is pretty representative of Angel's fears around romance, and human relationships in general.

ADORE, the idea of Spike being restful.

It is pretty ironic, isn't it? *G*

Thank you for such lovely feedback. It's much appreciated.

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and then a magiked piece of jewelry shows up in some obscure place and voila, Angel and Spike are back, still locked in that kiss. Yay!

Thank you for the lovely, introspective spangel!

Heee. You're welcome. :)

Ooh, EXCELLENT rewrite of S5.

But he doesn’t know his father anymore, so he never tries to kill him.
Angel kind of misses it.

Hee! I love them.

But Angel never saw Darla in sunlight, so it’s hard to compare.


And the Angel/Spike was perfect, of course. This is canon, as far as I'm concerned.

This is canon, as far as I'm concerned.

Thank you so much. That's the best compliment I could ask for.

This is gorgeous, Lynne. Other people have commented on the idea of Angel finding Spike restful, but that really resonated with me too. I don't think I'd ever thought about it in that way, but it really makes sense - there's a certain type of trust in that, a certain amount of freedom it allows them with each other and with the way they relate to each other.

I also love what you've done with Nina here. Angel does have a type.

Your language is just lovely, so economical, but saying so much, with really clear insight into Angel as a character.

The ending is also really perfect; I love that idea of them at the end, if it has to be the end.

And also, I want to say I especially liked the scene right after Cordy's death. Great minds think alike. :)

there's a certain type of trust in that, a certain amount of freedom it allows them with each other and with the way they relate to each other.

I love this about their relationship. They don't have to be heroes with each other, they can just be. I'm glad that came through for you.

Thank you for the wonderful feedback. It always means a lot, coming from you. <3

" She eats the first snitch Angel sets on her, so he sends another. Then another. Finally sends a vampire who falls in with her and becomes one of her most trusted allies. He still sends reports back to Angel every week. Once, the message read, “Dru says hello, Daddy.”

This had me right from the start! Excellent.

Restful, streetlamp, everything everyone else said. Marvelous.

The streetlamp is my favorite part. *G* Thank you very much.

I have nothing to add except that I agree with what everyone has said - this is beautiful, lyrical and wonderfully perceptive.

I'm curious - did you name this after the poem written by Anne Boleyn?

No, the title is paraphrased from Shakespeare's Hamlet:

Goodnight, sweet prince
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.

Thank you for the lovely feedback. It's always appreciated. :)

Lovely and heartbreaking and I want them to live...waaah!

They live forever in our hearts! And in fanfic. *G*

Thank you so much for the feedback, and for hosting this event. It's made me very happy to read fic about them again!

This is just fucking well perfect, Lynne.


Thank you, honey. I wasn't sure you'd read it, given that it's, you know. Not exactly UPLIFTING. It means a lot that you did, and that you like it.

Love you lots. <33

Beautiful not sure why but the ending took me by surprise. Took my breath away and make me cry...

Thank you so much. I'm sorry I made you cry, but I'm glad you liked it. :)

Oh, my heart. It's been so long since I've read any fic about these characters that the ending just jumped up and bit me. (Pun slightly intended.) Good job, you.

I'm always surprised to see one of my icons running around, since I haven't made any in years. Wherever did you find it?

I can't remember! I saw it somewhere and snagged it, and couldn't find credit for it. I will be sure to credit you on my user pics page. Thanks for letting me know.

And thank you for reading this fic. I'm very happy you enjoyed it. :)

I really enjoyed this story a lot. You did a great job getting in Angel's head, and I love how at the root there isn't really that much of a contrast between Spike and Nina in Angel's thoughts.

The ending, while sad, was perfect for both Spike and Angel.

Thank you for sharing this story with us.

Thank you for the lovely feedback. I'm glad you enjoyed this fic.

Wonderful story, you really have a handle on the characters


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