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Some of you may recall a plotbunny poll I posted awhile back, after which I whinged that the winning bunny was this big sprawling post-apocalyptic thing that I had a premise for but no plot.

Now I have plot. *\o/*

I also have this, which is the first scene of the fic but which also stands nicely on its own, I think. It is, shall we say, the happy fluffy schmoopy portion of the fic; later on there's character death and other such pleasant tragedies. Also, this may be subject to later tinkering.

Title: What She Was Waiting For (AKA the Prologue to the Unnamed Sprawling Post-Apocalyptic WIP)
Characters: Buffy/Spike
Words/Rating: 500 words - PG
(Just!) post-NFA

~~~~~

It’s all confusion at first: sixty women flooding into a battlefield squeezed between crumbling multi-stories. It’s pouring like a promise is breaking about ending the Earth by flood, and Buffy can barely see across the twenty feet between her and the plucky stupid band of rebels she’s come to save. They’re only chalk blurs in the rain: blue, black and dark, black and pale. In her march to them Buffy almost stumbles over a man sprawled onto the pavement. He’s nearly dead, and Buffy calls a Slayer over without ever losing sight of that platinum-white head.

Then she’s at his side. It is Spike, and awash in the shock of this basic truth she realizes she never really believed Andrew. Yet here Spike stands, pallor grayed to something like true death in this light, shoulders tight, whole frame coiled like some great night-cat – or like Tigger, maybe, half springs and resilient as rubber.

Now he’s turning; he sees her finally. His eyes don’t light like she expected, and she has a microsecond to remind herself about the demon horde thirty feet ahead and how personal moments in apocalyptic environments never work out all that well for her. And how maybe Willow’s caution of impossibles like ‘moving on’ might have some validity. She thinks she might pummel him straight into the asphalt right here and now for the gall of getting over her when he was supposed to be dead.

Then the corner of his mouth lifts. His eyes soften. That’s enough for her; she’s been waiting a long time for this, a year at least. Maybe way longer. She wraps her hands around his neck and pulls him down to her, and she kisses him like it’s the end of the world, which, hey, could be. After a moment’s frozen shock he kisses her back, hands hungry and clutching at her shoulders. Rain plasters her hair over her eyes and trickles down her back, and she thinks if she just stands here kissing him long enough, that rain’ll wash away this whole endless stupid year of grief.

But before it gets the chance he pulls back, grinning fit to break his face. Over the roar of water and other, deadlier things he shouts, “All the best things happen to me when I’m about to die.” He leans in for one more taste, quick and rough, and then he turns with what she can only describe as joy to face the black, scaly, snarling tide of death. But then his hand snatches at hers and he pulls her alongside him, grinning still. As she yanks her scythe free from her back, she thinks there's no other way she’d rather face the apocalypse than this.

Finis

Date: 2010-06-22 09:16 pm (UTC)
quinara: Spike and Buffy approaching 'their' tree in AYW. (Spuffy tree)
From: [personal profile] quinara
Ooh, you're such a tease!!!! Love it. :D

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Date: 2010-06-22 09:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fenchurche.livejournal.com
Ooo... that's perfect! And such a Spike thing to say...

More pls...

Date: 2010-06-22 09:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brutti-ma-buoni.livejournal.com
More pls...

See? You post teasers, we respond. With demands.

I love your Tigger-Spike, cautious (why? Hmm, interesting) and then enthused by violence, as he should be.

Any time you want to explore your plot, you have an audience.

I am greedy

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Date: 2010-06-22 09:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jen-nsync-landl.livejournal.com
LOVE THIS! Wonderful, evocative prose - I feel the wet, my dear! :)

See, here's me, getting in on the ground floor of one of your sprawling epics. Soooo much easier than trying to catch up later.

;)

Date: 2010-06-22 09:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bobthemole.livejournal.com
But then his hand snatches at hers and he pulls her alongside him, grinning still. As she yanks her scythe free from her back, she thinks there isn’t any way she’d rather face the apocalypse than this.

Yeah! That's MY Spuffy!

To quote my 17th month old godson, "Mo plis?"

Date: 2010-06-22 10:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] louise39.livejournal.com

But before it gets the chance he pulls back, grinning fit to break his face.

So am I! [Hides face] A great moment of Spuffy!

Date: 2010-06-22 10:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 2maggie2.livejournal.com
So much to love, here. I'll pick Spike not getting punched in the nose as my number one, and "the gall of getting over her when he was supposed to be dead" as my number two. But if I think about it too long other things will bubble up like "All the best things" and then I'll have to start thinking too hard.

Date: 2010-06-22 10:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kcarolj65.livejournal.com
Love this, and am looking forward to the U.S.P.A. WIP!

Date: 2010-06-22 11:31 pm (UTC)
rahirah: (Default)
From: [personal profile] rahirah
Yay!

Date: 2010-06-23 12:07 am (UTC)
deird1: Fred looking pretty and thoughful (Default)
From: [personal profile] deird1
YAY.


I love this bit:
And how maybe Willow’s caution of impossibles like ‘moving on’ might have some validity. She thinks she might pummel him straight into the asphalt right here and now for the gall of getting over her when he was supposed to be dead.

Date: 2010-06-23 12:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] slaymesoftly.livejournal.com
Just giving us a taste, huh? *peers around for the rest of huge post apocalyptic fic* Not here yet? Lovely little scene. Very them.

Date: 2010-06-23 12:34 am (UTC)
next_to_normal: (feedbacking)
From: [personal profile] next_to_normal
Appetite sufficiently whetted. :)

“All the best things happen to me when I’m about to die.”

HAH! Very true, poor thing.

Date: 2010-06-23 12:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] penny-lane-42.livejournal.com
Oh, this is lovely and so very, very them! And also, I just enjoy your prose so much. *happy sigh* WONDERFUL.

Date: 2010-06-23 02:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seapealsh.livejournal.com
Well, you hooked me. Can't wait to see what you come up with. Spuffy from Snick!! I like it.

Date: 2010-06-23 02:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] timeofchange.livejournal.com
Lovelovelove it!

Date: 2010-06-23 03:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hkath.livejournal.com
Well, I'm very excited :)

Date: 2010-06-23 05:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rebcake.livejournal.com
Oh, yes, please, more. But this is quite nice all on its own. The moment when his eyes don't light: torture. But then a slow smile and and she kisses him like it’s the end of the world, which, hey, could be.

Aces, darling.

Date: 2010-06-23 11:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] angearia.livejournal.com
Oh, this is perfect! I loved the kiss and Buffy going "hey, could be."

“All the best things happen to me when I’m about to die.”

Perfection.

More, please. :)

Date: 2010-06-23 12:54 pm (UTC)
shapinglight: (Spuffy destroyer)
From: [personal profile] shapinglight
More any time you're ready. :)
Edited Date: 2010-06-23 12:54 pm (UTC)

Date: 2010-06-23 01:48 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Spike quickly has grabbed some sort of weapon, which accounts for the fact that he was behind her and able to start charging before grabbing her hand. Then, he grabs Buffy's hand with his off-hand. But, if they are both right-handed, he has grabbed her good hand. Buffy is too dazed to even experience annoyance as she reaches for her scythe, but it dawns on her that she now has to scythe people and/or things with her left hand and can't even defend with her right. Is Spike counting on Buffy not letting go because she was so shocked to see him and is in love? Yes, I think so. He wasn't actually happy to see her, but he lit up once a plan sprang to mind. He will throw Buffy to the scaly things, which cheers him up so much that he doesn't mind dying, presumably again or for the third time.

--Ariel

P.S.--We are in the same country now!

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Date: 2010-06-23 11:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gingerwall.livejournal.com
And what a nice prologue it is! I guess I'll just have to wait patiently for the rest. :)

Date: 2010-06-24 06:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spikereader.livejournal.com
What a wonderful tease. I hope the muse co-operates and we see more of this soon (or even not so soon, as long as we see it), as I love big sprawling post-apocalyptic things.

What She Was Waiting For

Date: 2010-06-27 08:40 pm (UTC)
cordykitten: (bloodytearslife Spuffy smiling "passion")
From: [personal profile] cordykitten
Awe :)
Loved Buffy's reaction when she saw Spike. And his answer.

Looking forward to more - but I'm patient.

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Date: 2011-01-08 04:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] treadingthedark.livejournal.com
So so good. Thanks

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