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26 September 2009 @ 03:54 pm
Fic Master List - Menstruation in the Buffyverse  
Blood has always been an important element in the supternatural and magical context of the Buffyverse. As Spike says in The Gift, "It's always got to be blood. Blood is life. Why do you think we eat it? It's what keeps you going. Makes you warm. Makes you hard. Makes you other than dead."

And, yet, on a show where blood was central to the conflict between vampires and humans/Slayers, as takers and givers of the substance, there was a limited amount of screen time dedicated to it, let alone a very unique sort of bloodletting - menstruation.

Below is a list of fics that deal with menstruation to varying degrees. In some, it is central to the story, in others it is a scene or chapter in a longer fic. All fics are listed alphabetically by pairing and title, and range in length from drabbles to multi-chapter stories.

I'd like to get as comprehensive a list as possible, so if you know of any stories that were not included below, please drop a link. I'd like to keep the quality of these stories high, so please no OOC PWPs.

If you could pimp this thread, I'd really appreciate it! I love to have as many pairings as possible represented, but there are some circles of the fandom I'm just not very familiar with. Meta on blood and menstruation to follow in the next day or two. I have many thoughts.

Gen Fic
Four Terrors That Buffy Never Faced by [info]trixiefirecra (Buffy)
R - assorted seasons - 1,095 words
Buffy's varied terrors. Includes references to Buffy/Glory, Angelus/Joyce, Buffy/Spike.

Grown by Prophecy Girl  (Buffy)
PG-13 - Season 5 - 425 words
Buffy comes full circle.

Thirty Days by [info]kita0610 (Angel)
NC-17 - assorted seasons - 3,654 words
Angel's thoughts and memories on blood of various sorts. Includes Angel/Dru, Angel/Buffy Angel/Spike.

Woman by Ladycat  (Dawn, Spike, Xander)
PG - Post The Gift - 6,705 words
Dawn comes of age.  

Pink by [info]leni_ba
PG-13 - Courting Sin 'verse, AR Season 2 - 100 words
Angelus knows.

Brand New World by [info]samsom
NC-17 - AtS Season 1 - 1,383 words
The line between man and monster is a thin one. Cordelia POV.

Sanguis by [info]starlet2367
R - AtS Season 3 - 9,921 words
As Cordelia's visions get worse, the onslaught of blood drives Angel to the brink of his control.

The Way It Has To Be by [info]samsom
NC-17 - AtS Season 1 - 2,187 words
Twenty five days out of the month, he doesn't know what to do with Cordelia. He makes up for it with the other four. Angel POV.
Like Ashes by [info]clawofcat
PG-13 - Post NFA - 100 words
Angeles faces a sad truth.

Measuring Time in Breaths by [info]lilbreck
NC-17 - AtS Season 3 - 764 words
She had always enjoyed it when a boy would spend time doing just this. The only difference was that this time it wasn't the main event, wasn't the pre-show, and Angel wasn't aiming to please.

Where They Have To Take You In, Part 10 by Herself
NC-17 - far future - novel length
"There are things everywhere that'll break your heart. Just break it." "Forunately, you can live a big big life even with a broken heart." Part of The Bittersweets 'verse. The scene in question is between Angel/Jemima, Buffy's grown daughter. The fic itself is Spuffy-centric.
Escape Me Never, Ch. 7 by [info]velvetwhip
NC-17 - AU Season 2 - 10 Chapters (Complete)
What if nobody had been around to save Willow from Angelus in the hallway during Innocence Part II?

Close Your Eyes and Go, Ch.2 by  [info]only_passenger
NC-17 - Post-Chosen - 5,375 words
Giles and Faith try to figure out how to deal with what they've lost and how to hold on to what they've got.

A Dying Dream, Ch.14 by [info]euro_fics
NC-17 - Post-NFA - 19 Chapters (WIP)
A decade after closing the Hellmouth and doing time in Hell, Spike is living alone in San Francisco when he encounters Buffy unexpectedly. At a loss of what to do with themselves in a nearly demonless world full of super Slayers, they try to rebuild a life together. Unfortunately, not all their demons have been laid to rest - not the ones within or without.

A Totally Random Occurence by Herself
NC-17 - Post NFA - 9,704 words
The stake slipped from her fingers, and she had to take a deep breath to stave off the dizziness descending over her like a hood on her head. "You - I thought you were dead."

Blood Satin by Kalima
NC-17 - unknown time period - 1,552 words
A little blood, a little satin. PWP.

Blood Worship by Calla
NC-17 - Season 6 - 1,643 words
Spike visits Buffy and relieves an ache. PWP.

In Heat, Ch. 7 by NautiBitz
NC-17 - Post AU Season 5 - 18 Chapters (Complete)
A pheromone heat wave gets the Slayer hot and bothered... for Spike. What's a lovestruck, semi-reformed vampire to do? 

Losing the Battle by [info]only_passenger
R - Season 6 - 425 words
Was it always about fighting for her? Did it have to be?
Shards IV: Seconds by [info]euro_fics(includes Spike/Faith)
NC-17 - Post AU Chosen - 12,685 words
Buffy Spike and Faith are the sole heroes left to battle the apacolypse. Except, in this world, Spike was not Buffy's champion. Can he be?

Switch, Ch. 6-7 by [info]only_passenger(includes Angelus/Buffy Angelus/Spike)
NC-17 - Post AU Graduation Day - 7 Chapters  (WIP)
The epic Season 3 Angel-on-Buffy bite results in Angelus' return. He vamps the girl, but, when Spike hits the scene, will she continue to obey her daddy?

The Heart of Her by [info]clawofcat
NC-17 - Season 6 - 3,964 words
Spike is tasked with easing Buffy's physical and emotional pain following her resurrection. Revelations are had.

Unquenched by [info]clawofcat
NC-17 - Season 6 - 706 words
She only gives him the barest taste, but it's enough to bring her to life. 

Where They Have To Take You In, Part 1 by Herself
NC-17 - far future - novel length
"There are things everywhere that'll break your heart. Just break it." "Forunately, you can live a big big life even with a broken heart." Part of The Bittersweets 'verse. The scene in question is Buffy/Spike - blood is a constant despite their marital problems.

Awakenings by Genny (Genteel Rebel)
PG-13 - Post The Gift - 13,799
During the summer after Buffy's death, Dawn needs help moving on. Spike provides it.   

Menstruation by [info]leni_ba
G - Boston 'verse - 100 words
Sometimes vampires aren't needed.

Truth Discovered by [info]clawofcat
PG-13 - Post The Gift - 1,123 words
Buffy's gone. Dawn's not as innocent as Spike thinks she is.

Shards IV: Seconds by [info]euro_fics(includes Spike/Buffy)
NC-17 - Post AU Chosen - 12,685 words
Buffy, Spike and Faith are the sole heroes left to battle the apacolypse. Except, in this word, Spike was not Buffy's champion. Can he be?

Walls by lynnenne  (includes Spike/Angel, Spike/Connor)
NC-17 - Post NFA - 2,500 words
Spike and Angel are on the run from Wolfram & Hart. Spike takes to feeding off humans again, and Angel isn't happy. The scene is question is between Spike and an anonymous, menstruating Slayer.  

Orbis Venustatis, Ch.8 by Zyrya
NC-17 - AU Post-Dead Things - 30 Chapters (Complete)
A road trip epic in which Tara and Spike need to get away from Sunnydale and their past relationships. Crossover with Angel: The Series.

Quick and Bitter, Slow and Sweet, Part 4 by [info]missmurchison
R - AU Season 6 - 5 Chapters
After the events of Entropy, Tara and Spike are left to pick up the pieces of their failed relationships with Buffy and Willow. Dawn helps bind the bonds that were broken. 

Sunday Girl, Ch.10 by deadsoul820 (includes Spike/Dru, Dru/Sunday)
NC-17 - Pre-Series - 30 Chapters (Complete)
Spike, Drusilla, and Sunday in New York City, 1977. Ever wonder where Sunday (from BtVS, S4, The Freshman) came from? Why her fashion sense seems familiar, not to mention her attitude? She tells her story.  

Compromises by Te
NC-17 - Season 4, Post Wild At Heart - 2,567 words
Willow goes looking for a way out of her head after her breakup with Oz.  

Rebcake: hellorebcake on September 26th, 2009 08:46 pm (UTC)
Amazing list! I know there are more, and it's going to bug me 'til I find 'em. There are some great stories here, and I haven't even read 'em all!
ClawofCat: freepornclawofcat on September 26th, 2009 10:56 pm (UTC)
Yeah, there are definately some wonderful pieces here. "Shards" and "A Dying Dream" are two of my favorite Spuffy fics regardless of bloody yumminess. I do miss euro_fics writing quite a bit.

"Sanguis" and "Thirty Days" I read last night and they were both fantastic, as well. I need more kita0610. Every time I read something by her I'm like, "Why the hell haven't I read more? Seriously."
Herself_nycherself_nyc on September 26th, 2009 10:11 pm (UTC)
Cool round up!
There's more menstrual stuff in my fics than that, I'm sure, though I forget which ones. And there's also some Angel/Jemima menstrual oral stuff in the last chapter of “Where They Have To…”
ClawofCat: coc spuffy kissclawofcat on September 26th, 2009 10:51 pm (UTC)
Cool round up! There's more menstrual stuff in my fics than that, I'm sure, though I forget which ones.
Thanks. It was a bit of a task trying to compile this list. Had to wrack my brain and scower Google for leads. I listed the Angel/Jemima scene under the Angel/OC category. That was actually the first M scene of yours I remembered. rebcake reminded me of the Spuffy one in the first chapter, as well. I could have sworn there was some in "Some Scenes," but I reread and couldn't find any. If you happen to remember a few other fics that might have it, let me know. It's possibly my favorite kink of all time. *yum*
xee: spawn by angiebumxeelia on September 26th, 2009 11:09 pm (UTC)
I can't remember the name of the fic but there is one that is Spike/Dawn where they are in a relationship but Dawn has avoided him during her menstrual time. He makes a comment about it and shows up at the high school on a flow day.

I'm going to go ask at the seeking_spike page. If I remember the title or someone posts it I will be back with the info.
ClawofCat: spawn trustclawofcat on September 26th, 2009 11:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! You're awesome.
Barbrahirah on September 27th, 2009 12:29 am (UTC)
I'm pretty sure Herself has a few more stories that touch on it, but I can't remember which ones off the top of my head.

Necessary Evils has several scenes with Spike and Buffy having sex while she's menstruating, starting in Chapter 20. But they add up to maybe a thousand words tops out of a 300,000 word novel, so I don't know if that's the kind of thing you're looking for.
ClawofCat: Spuffy feel from insideclawofcat on September 27th, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure Herself has a few more stories that touch on it, but I can't remember which ones off the top of my head.
I know. One of the draw backs about prolific, long fic writers is it can be hard to remember specific events or fics in the bigger 'verse. I was proud of myself for simply being able to remember two of NK's stories where it's mentioned.

they add up to maybe a thousand words tops out of a 300,000 word novel, so I don't know if that's the kind of thing you're looking for.
Yeah, I'm looking for fics that deal with it directly or in some way either as the theme of the story or by furthering the plot/relationship of the pairing. It seems that your fic incorporates it in passing as a regular part of Buffy and Spike's relationship. Thank you for chiming in and letting me know, though.
V. Wishes: sandra oh pussyviciouswishes on September 27th, 2009 06:00 am (UTC)
I don't think I knew I needed to read these fics until you posted this. Thanks.
ClawofCat: faith reflectionclawofcat on September 27th, 2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
Something new for you, is it? Most of the fics touch on some interesting elements of femininity/womanhood, subversion of gender taboos, and the bestial aspect of demonhood and vampirism. Hopefully you'll find something to your taste! I tried to weed out anything that was a PWP or out of character (and, boy, were there a few that I read that were horrendous).
riccadonnariccadonna on September 27th, 2009 11:48 am (UTC)
Interesting is not enough!
It's a subject that I either love passionately or hate with a vengeance, so this list will be the starting point for a lot of feeling...
ClawofCat: loaded gunclawofcat on September 27th, 2009 06:39 pm (UTC)
It's a subject that I either love passionately or hate with a vengeance, so this list will be the starting point for a lot of feeling...
I hope these fics lend themselves to the "love passionately" reaction. I tried to list only stories that touch on elements of femininity/womanhood, subversion of gender taboos, and the bestial aspect of demonhood and vampirism. There are a few PWPs, which I've labeled, but nothing that's out of character (and, believe me, there were some I read that were cringeworthy).

I've always been a fan of blood as revelatory device and a gateway into some understanding about selfhood, so I'd like to think that the fics listed here fall under that line of thinking. Hope you enjoy!
ms_scarletibisms_scarletibis on September 27th, 2009 02:30 pm (UTC)
Zyrya has a great Spara one (one scene, though I feel as if there could have been another one...been awhile since I read it) called "Orbis Venustatis," and the description can be found here: http://strange_f.tripod.com/fan_fiction.htm

Now, she has a profile on LJ, but hasn't been on for years (as far as I know). I have a copy of it, however, if you'd like to check it out, let me know.
ClawofCat: buffy poutclawofcat on September 27th, 2009 06:58 pm (UTC)
Shoot. It doesn't exist anywhere on the Internet anymore? That's so unfortunate. I can't link to it for everyone else to enjoy.

I'd love to personally have a look though. You can email me at clawofcat@aol.com. Thanks!

Btw, you look gorgeous with JM there. Very hot pic!
(no subject) - ms_scarletibis on September 27th, 2009 08:47 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - clawofcat on September 27th, 2009 09:36 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - ms_scarletibis on September 27th, 2009 09:41 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - zyrya on March 10th, 2010 12:27 am (UTC) (Expand)
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slaymesoftlyslaymesoftly on September 27th, 2009 02:42 pm (UTC)
I know I've got a few where it's mentioned - but I'll have to search them out. I suspect most of them will be less specific than what you're looking for. Kind of "You know I'm gonna do it eventually, Slayer" kind of thing rather than any lengthy scenes or discussions about it. I'll take a look and send you the links to the specific scenes so you can decide for yourself.
Eurydice has at least one where it's made clear that the reason one of the Spikes (different dimensions brought to together to fight something or other) is more robust than the others is that he's married to Buffy and getting slayer blood regularly.

Edited at 2009-09-27 02:44 pm (UTC)
ClawofCat: spuffy shoulderclawofcat on September 27th, 2009 07:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Patti. Got your email and am about to have a look.

Do you remember what Eurydice story that may be? It's been some time since I've read through her stuff and the plot doesn't sound familiar to me.
(no subject) - slaymesoftly on September 27th, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC) (Expand)
zanthinegirl: OMGzanthinegirl on September 27th, 2009 02:53 pm (UTC)
Here on a rec-- very cool! I've actually only read a few of these, but they rocked hard. If the others are a good as the ones I've read I'll be happy for days!

I do miss some of these writers. I'd love to have seen what euro_fics would have done with her 'verses!
ClawofCat: spikesmilesclawofcat on September 27th, 2009 07:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It's one of my favorite "secret" kinks, so I thought I'd try and get a list together. I hope you find something you enjoy here. I particularly liked the Gen ones I found.

Interestingly, almost all of these were written in 2007 or before. It's not a trope that seems to get much action these days. A shame, since there's a lot of room to explore some interesting aspects of vampirism, womanhood, and purity/pollution. I have this wild itch to try and put together a ficathon this winter about bloodplay and menstrual play. Call me crazy!

Do we know what happened to Europanya, btw? I know she was sick for a long time, came back, and then disappeared again.
sockmonkeyheresockmonkeyhere on September 27th, 2009 03:07 pm (UTC)
*ponders* I don't remember seeing menstruation as a plot point in any AtS or BtVS fic I've ever read, but now that you bring it up, I'm surprised that it was hardly ever even mentioned on the shows (other than Willow telling werewolf Oz that she was also not much fun for three days every month. Hee, I loved that exchange!) I mentioned menstruation in one of my fics once, but only fleetingly and just for humor's sake:

"They're really robbin' the cradles for you birds now," Spike commented, "What are you -- ten, eleven?"

"Thirteen. I'm small for my age." Thu's eyes continuously scanned the darkness ahead of them as she spoke. "I've only been activated a couple of months. A slayer in Anchorage got killed, and I was next in line, I guess. Michael flashed on it, and found me and explained what was going on."

"Must've been a shock, gettin' hit with slayer memories and a bolt of superpowers out of the blue."

Thu screwed up her face. "I just thought I was finally starting my period."


*grin* I don't think that's quite what you're looking for. ;D
ClawofCat: spike hostile 17clawofcat on September 27th, 2009 07:29 pm (UTC)
now that you bring it up, I'm surprised that it was hardly ever even mentioned on the shows
I think, in part, it must have had to do with Buffy airing on the WB and concerns about it's young audience hearing about the relatively unseemly topic of blood and menstruation. It can be a squicky topic unto itself (I don't think so, but I'm sure not everyone feels that way). Compound that with talk of vamps sucking the good stuff out of a girl of Slayer and I could see some very irrate parents! Maybe True Blood has a bit more moxie since it's on HBO.

I don't think that's quite what you're looking for.
Yeah, it's such a fleeting reference, but thank you for pointing me toward it. Contributions are of the good.
lynnalso on September 27th, 2009 07:29 pm (UTC)
We all remember School Hard. Xander finds a tampon in Buffy's purse and Spike says "I smell the blood of a nice ripe girl" and launched a thousand ships.
ClawofCat: Buffy just a girlclawofcat on September 27th, 2009 07:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks for bringing that up. I actually hadn't put two and two together regarding Spike's comment until I read this post about School Hard over at fantas_magoria by moscow_watcher.

It's unfortunate that it's one of the only comments we got about menstruation in the whole series. So many girls, only two male vampires. You'd think it'd be an issue.

BTW, where'd you come across this post? I'm trying to figure out ways to get the message out there that will generate more links. There's got to be Buffy/Angel fics that deal with this. I just don't happen to know of any :(
(no subject) - lynnalso on September 27th, 2009 10:03 pm (UTC) (Expand)
lizziebuffy2008lizziebuffy2008 on September 27th, 2009 09:07 pm (UTC)
There is an older Spuffy fic by Night Melody that has a blood play/menstruation scene. I think it is called "Fueled Enchantment." It was on Sinister Attraction and maybe The Sandlot.
Cordykitten: flipped_pancake  man and monstercordykitten on September 27th, 2009 09:17 pm (UTC)
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(no subject) - clawofcat on September 27th, 2009 10:51 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Cordykitten: vampkiss  take care of youcordykitten on September 27th, 2009 09:11 pm (UTC)
I did a short search @ TSR (BSV+EF) because I'm not always good to remember titles (especially when the stories are short ones). I've found

Delicacies For The Undead by pattyanne
ClawofCat: coc bw spuffyclawofcat on September 27th, 2009 10:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your help. Someone else pointed out the Pattyanne fic to me, as well.
(no subject) - cordykitten on September 28th, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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Dead Souldeadsoul820 on September 30th, 2009 12:48 am (UTC)
I've completely forgotten how to html links but I've got an old epic Spike/Sunday story I wrote in my memories (and various other places around the web) with a chapter dealing with menstruation. Following is a link to the first chapter of the story:


Here's the the specific chapter:


The story is called Sunday Girl and it's a series prequel set in 1977. NC17, needless to say.
ClawofCat: buffy pensiveclawofcat on October 1st, 2009 05:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks for dropping the link. Spike/Sunday is such a neat idea. What made you want to write the pairing together?

Also, great chapter. I'll update the list shortly.
(no subject) - deadsoul820 on October 2nd, 2009 02:15 am (UTC) (Expand)
Copper: Slayer the - miss_graincoppersinger on October 5th, 2009 04:35 am (UTC)
Here via your Chosenfics post. I know of some (very) old school B/A ones of the extraordinarily plotless variety:

Sare Liz Gordy: Sacrificial Lamb and Hot Chocolate and Angels

Lady Sirona: Cycles

Copper: Relief Mine, sadly - the things one will do on a dare. [rolls eyes]

Which is not to say any of these are either good or bad, just that they fit your criteria. ;p
ClawofCat: Buffy just a girlclawofcat on October 14th, 2009 03:44 am (UTC)
Sorry for the late response. I've been up to my eyeballs in ficathons and betaing, so I only just got to your comment. Thanks very much for compiling and dropping a number of links. Hopefully I'll have some time over the weekend to read them over and see if they're what I'm after.