Before operation the second went down, awesome beyond wordsclawofcat
asked me if I could make her a new LJ header as a birthday present. Yeah, I know, it truly is a great honor. I really wanted to a. Give it my best shot and b. Finish it before going back to the hospital aka before her actual birthday, but I was just too damn slow. Except it wasn't just that I was slow. There were many unexpected difficulties I was facing. First of all there was the fact that the header was to feature Faith/Angel with Buffy/Spike. There's obviously nothing wrong with it in itself, but after making an F/A manip I didn't seem to be able to make a B/S one that'd go together with it. I spent an idiotic amount of time trying, though. Then I made a new F/A one. There was something off about it. Then I went back to the original one, made one more Spuffy manip, but it just didn't fit the occasion mood-wise. And then – aaaaargh, what the hell is wrong with me?! Apparently I can rather do a downright ridiculous amount of manips than one header. Jeez! At the end, however, I had two manips that I thought would go together alright and had the right kind of atmosphere going on, but then I was totally inadequate to squeeze them into a header sized canvas. They were so differently cropped to begin with and different quality and gah, just of the wrong shape. I gave up on them like a million times until this afternoon something clicked. Woohoo and then some! I've been working on it ever since (except for the multiple mandatory nap breaks) and I think it's finally finished and ready now. I hope it's to your liking, but there's absolutely no pressure to use it if it doesn't feel right. Also, I kinda suck with adding text to anything, so if you wish any changes to it just let me know.
Click on the thumbnail to see the it in full size.
Here's also a link to the original Spuffy manip
(which is obviously yours, too).
And after all this ranting and fuss: Happy belated birthday, hon! You're a masterful writer – talented, insightful, original and deep. Every single piece I've ever read from you has left me in absolute awe. And, on top of that, you're a wonderful, interesting person with a heart of gold and I consider it a great pleasure and honor to know you.
Thank you so much for the amazing fics and just for being who you are! *hugs and smooches*