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Merry Christmas, [ profile] deird1 and [ profile] shapinglight! (Deird, yours may ring some distant bells - it's in answer to a prompt you gave me back in, like, March that I never responded to. :p)

Also included is a drabble I wrote for the (Ex-)Housemate as part of her Christmas; I figured you guys wouldn't mind if I posted it, too.

For [ profile] deird1: Buffy, Faith
Some Burnt, Some Rebuilt

“Faith,” panted Buffy, “we burned down a house!”

“Wasn’t it great?” Faith’s grin faltered. “That’s okay, right? I mean, abandoned, only vamps living in it, obviously a fire hazard...” She scowled. “Am I supposed to feel bad now?”

Buffy glanced back at sky-high flames and leaning timbers. She wondered what vamp dust smelled like as it burned. She looked at Faith, hunched, eyes still lined dark as Cleopatra’s – apparently reforming didn’t fix everything.

“Naw,” Buffy said. “Not the first private residence I’ve brought down. But hey, the flamey part is new.”

“Cool.” Faith grinned again.

That part was new, too.


For [ profile] shapinglight: Spike, Giles, post-"The Gift"
In Many Forms

Too often, finding some demon on patrol too much for their Slayerless band to fight, Spike leapt in anyway, roaring through his fangs, battering the thing until it was pulp. Eventually Giles would send the children away – they’d no need to witness this maniac grief – and when Spike had exhausted himself, ribs rebroken, knuckles bared to the bone, Giles guided him to crypt and bed and saw he had blood ready to hand.

And if on some less bloodied nights Spike ended up on Giles’ couch instead, Giles matching him glass for glass, better the children didn’t see that, either.


For Housemate: Kendra
New Lessons

When Kendra was home on the island again, Mr. Zabuto asked her about the mission: about Angelus (she said he was not yet dead); about Mr. Giles and his library (there, at least, she could tell the whole truth); about the Taraka.

He didn’t ask whether Kendra was ever angry, or if the anger helped her in battle. He didn’t ask if she liked the boy she met. He asked about Buffy’s training, but not about her friends; if she focused, but not if she smiled. He didn’t ask what Kendra had learned from her.

And Kendra didn’t tell him.

Date: 2010-12-18 12:23 am (UTC)
gillo: (OMWF Spike)
From: [personal profile] gillo
Brilliant - I love all three of them, though the Spike and Giles story is particularly poignant. Thanks for sharing.

Date: 2010-12-18 01:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
They were all great, but I have a real weakness for Spike, Giles friendship and shared mourning, so that's my favorite.

Date: 2010-12-18 01:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Love the Buffy/Faith!

But hey, the flamey part is new.

Haha, only new for private residences though. She's very well-versed in burning down public residences. :D

Aww, Spike & Giles. Not in front of the children.

Oh god, the Kendra one is perfect. Perfect. I'm tearing up.

Date: 2010-12-18 03:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Those were awesome. I love Spike and Giles; this was a nice glimpse at their grief. But the Kendra one really hits you. Poor poor thing.

Date: 2010-12-18 04:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Such a contrast, and I like them all. Love to see Buffy and Faith enjoying life, but you have a nice line in pain for Kendra and Spike both.

Date: 2010-12-18 07:42 pm (UTC)
quinara: Buffy looks up with a bloom of yellow sparklies behind her. (Buffy sparkles)
From: [personal profile] quinara
Awesome! I think I love the Kendra one in particular, mostly for being Kendra.

Date: 2010-12-18 10:45 pm (UTC)
deird1: Fred looking pretty and thoughful (Default)
From: [personal profile] deird1

I am loving these drabbles...


Date: 2010-12-19 03:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Can we please talk about how brilliant you are? And how you make me instantly invested in anything you write? Like, Buffy and Faith should always be BFFs, and you should always write them. And clearly that tentative Spike-and-Giles relationship while Buffy is dead is now part of my canon. And you just made Kendra so real and her death so very tragic it makes my heart hurt. You are awesome.

Date: 2010-12-19 10:58 am (UTC)
shapinglight: (Spike & Giles)
From: [personal profile] shapinglight
Those were all wonderful. Thank you so much for the Spike/Giles. It's a pairing (in the loose sense of the word) I adore. It's very, very kind of you to write it for me.
Edited Date: 2010-12-19 10:58 am (UTC)

Date: 2010-12-19 10:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Cuppa tea, cuppa tea, almost got killed (stupidly, again), cuppa something stronger than tea. Giles has plenty of ammo for comebacks to Spike's barbs, but oh he understands the pain too well to wield it when they're so raw.

I do love to see girls having fun, and vamp nest flambé is like a spa day for Buffy and Faith. Well done.

Dear Kendra, who was an excellent student, but barely got to put her lessons to the test. *sniff*

Date: 2010-12-22 02:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, *sigh*. Poor, broken (literally, figuratively) Spike.

How you make me want to write that summer again. The pain is exquisite, my dear.


Date: 2010-12-23 02:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Great drabbles. Really like the angsty feel of "In Many Forms'. I can somehow see Giles and Spike using each other to avoid the sorrow. And the last made you feel even more sorry for the slayers that didn't have Buffy's support system. Glad Kendra held back saying anything to her watcher.


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