We know that Angel likes tough, small blondes.
Buffy, Darla, Kate . . . Oz? Well, when he's cracked open the bleach. Rather
like, er, Buffy. But he definitely fits into the profile of a likely mate
for our Angel. So, for that reason alone, Oz isn't actually that silly a
prospect. Plus, they do have lots in common: the dual nature, the strong
silent personality, and the vast array of hair products are but three
examples of that. Inspiration for getting them together is available
elsewhere, but in this section we're going to look at some of the more
important issues in writing Angel/Oz and indeed just Angel and Oz. Read on,
Perhaps the most difficult aspect of writing
Angel/Oz is finding the way of getting them together when, for almost the
entire time that they knew each other, they were dating Buffy or Willow
respectively. However, so long as you acknowledge the fact that they aren't
likely to cheat on either partner for no reason at all then your fic will be
believable. In other words, it has to be set during The Wish, after Wild At
Heart or elsewhere with the reasons why they are cheating on (or breaking up
with) their girlfriends fully explained. Readers will not simply accept that
they fancied a quick one. If they do cheat on either Willow or Buffy, it
should be remembered that if either woman finds out they aren't going to be
happy and you have to make their reactions realistic in that case. Put
another way, Buffy is not likely to say to Angel, "Yeah, cool. You go have
sex with Oz. I'll be sitting here filing my nails."
Sex and the Curse
Speaking of sex, we might as well look at that now.
Well, probably the first thing to say is that
despite the obvious size difference, Oz is not automatically the 'bottom'
(i.e. receptive) partner in anal sex. If that's right for the fic, then
that's fine. But make sure that you don't automatically have him with his
legs in the air. The same applies for oral sex.
The other usual rules for gay rumpy-pumpy should be adhered to, and I can point you in no better direction than Minotaur's Sex Tips for Slash Writers
Then there's the curse.
As any fan of either show knows, Angel will
become Angelus if he experiences perfect happiness. This can be drug-induced
temporarily, or permanent after sex with someone he truly loves. This always
puts a stumbling block in the way of many Angel fics (slash and het) because
the writers want the characters to be in love and have sex. The short answer
is that Angel can't do that. He certainly can have sex with Oz if they
aren't in love, if it wouldn't be perfect happiness, but if he is in love
with Oz and they have sex, precedence would suggest that he loses his soul.
To not have him do that would, in the words of another slash writer, be
homophobic in a way - because it would suggest that Angel can't experience
true happiness through a same-sex partnership.
Therefore you either have to incorporate it
in an angst-tastic, forbidden fruit kinda way (as the shows have done), or
find a way of working around it. If you do find a 'cure' make sure it's a
good one, and one that isn't achieved at little or no cost. There's nothing
worse in Angelfic when his curse is cured because Willow casts a simple
spell, or the Powers That Be sneeze, or something. Angel is well aware that
redemption comes with a price, so any circumvention of the curse must be
difficult, and it must be realistic. Your readers will thank you.
In a similar vein, don't forget that Oz is part-werewolf, so (depending on when your fic is set) either is hairier at the full moon or will be subject to change if he gets too upset.
The Silence is Deafening
One of the main jokes directed at Angel/Oz
fic is that both characters are so quiet that the fics would be tiny for the
lack of dialogue. It is an unfair criticism, because both Oz and Angel can
be quite verbose when the situation demands it. What neither does is simply
fill gaps in conversations for the sake of it, or feels the needs to hear
the sound of their own voices (as, for example, Cordelia and Xander do).
In any case, as with any fic, it is often
more important for the emotion to be expressed rather than the words, so you
can work around the lesser dialogue quite easily. When you do use speech,
don't make either character too serious, unless the situation demands it,
because they may be quiet, but they are still quite funny.
On a final note, if nothing else works for
you: they can bond over the hair. They obviously are fixated on it.