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When We Were Gone Astray


Prompt: The House Without A Christmas Tree
Characters/Rating: Buffy/Spike, Willow/Tara, PG
Words: 473

There wasn’t any Christmas tree. When Willow’s magic had gone to hell last week, the tree she’d bespelled had reverted to a sad, shabby collection of green plastic sticks. Dawn had disassembled it in a fit of pique while they’d been waiting for Willow to rise so Tara could re-soul her.

But the fire was burning low, White Christmas was playing on the stereo, and the stockings were hung by the... well, by one of the doorways, but Spike could affirm that it had been done with care. It was far from the cheeriest Christmas Eve Spike had ever spent, what with everyone still recovering from the battle with the First, but it was better by far than he could have imagined for himself six months ago. Dawn had reluctantly dragged herself off to bed earlier, but Tara was still sitting on the hearthrug, staring at the embers, and Buffy was curled up at his side on the couch. Both of them might have been ever so slightly tipsy, as Spike had generously dosed the eggnog with rum. He'd been sticking to straight rum himself.

If he listened hard, he could hear Willow's low, hopeless sobbing upstairs. Every now and then she'd forget to inhale, and the sobbing would stop for a moment, and then start up again with a gasp. Typical fledge mistake; she'd get the hang of it soon enough. Oughtn't have bothered him, either the thought of Willow up there, or the thought that Tara was down here, aching for her. His chest was still raw and painful from the spellfire Red had blasted him with less than a week ago, for God's sake.

But it did. Bugger it all.

"Love," he started, uneasy. "I was just thinking... it being Christmas and all..."

Buffy shifted position, looking up at him with a half-smile. "That it wouldn't be nearly as awkward inviting the person who so recently tried to kill us all down for eggnog as it is sitting here listening to her cry?"

Irritation and relief flooded him in equal measure. "Something like that, yeah."

Tara half-turned, hopeful. "You think she'll want to -- ?"

"Can't hurt to ask," Buffy said, but Tara was on her feet and flying up the stairs before she'd finished the sentence. When Buffy looked at him again her eyes were sparkling, and she gave him a gentler-than-usual poke in the side, careful of his still-healing wound. "Better watch it, William. If you’re not careful you're going to have this good will towards men thing down pat."

"No need to be insulting, Slayer.” Sooner or later he was going to have to kiss that smug little grin off her face. But basking in the dual warmth of the fire and the sound of his given name on Buffy’s lips, Spike decided that later would do.

End

December 24th

Day Twenty-Four of the 2015 sb_fag_ends Advent Calendar! Yay!*

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Previous Advent prompts:
1st December: Christmas Every Day
2nd December: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
3rd December: The House Without a Christmas Tree
4th December: Santa Claus vs. Cupid
5th December: Naughty or Nice
6th December: It's A Wonderful Life
7th December: Will You Merry Me?
8th December: The Christmas Secret
9th December: Holiday in Handcuffs
10th December: His and Her Christmas
11th December: Four Christmases
12th December: A Christmas Too Many
13th December: Surviving Christmas
14th December: Crazy for Christmas
15th December: Sunshine Christmas
16th December: A Chance of Snow
17th December: A Fairly Odd Christmas
18th December: Christmas With a Capital C
19th December: Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus
20th December: Moonlight and Mistletoe
21st December: The Night They Saved Christmas
22nd December: Miracle on 34th Street
23rd December: The Night Before the Night Before Christmas
24th December: Santa Who?

Art: Mars Attacks (Spuffy version)

Hi all! This is my first post, as I'm new to this community and to LJ, at least as an active user. (I'm a long-time lurker, though.) I'm not a writer, but here's my first attempt at prompt-based artwork.

Original artists: Franco Urru (art), Fabio Mantovani (colouring)
Prompt: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (2nd December 2014)
Creator: Double Dutchess

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I know this is not the kind of thing that's normally posted here, but I hope you'll enjoy it anyway.

Merry Christmas to all!

Fic: Black Friday

Black Friday

Prompt: Surviving Christmas
Characters/Rating: (Buffy/Spike, PG)
Setting: Barbverse
Words: 454


Spike slumped against the wall with a groan. "Love, you know I'm not the sort to give up easily, but it's impossible. We're never going to find one. May as well pack it in."

Buffy surveyed the horde in dismay. As much as she hated to admit it, Spike might be right. A sea of bodies surrounded them, jostling, shoving, tearing at each other. Teeth were bared and maddened eyes flashed. It was truly a vision of Hell; even a vampire might well quail in the face of such savagery.

"There! There's one left!"

Buffy's head snapped up, following the line of the upraised arm and pointing finger. All around her their rivals were doing the same, a hundred pairs of eyes all intent on a single goal, a many-headed beast ready to trample anyone who stood in its way. She glanced at Spike and saw new resolve come into his eyes. Impulsively, she took his hand and squeezed. One or both of them might not come out of this alive. "Ready?"

He nodded. "Bloody right. Now!"

As one, they surged forward and dived into the throng of Christmas shoppers. Spike ran interference, breaking through the crowd with a skill honed at hundreds of soccer riots, while Buffy dodged and ducked her way through the stragglers. The shelf loomed overhead, and as a dozen other shoppers hollered for customer assistance and tried to wrestle the big rolling stock ladder over, she took a leap and clambered upwards, higher, higher, higher.

Her outstretched hand brushed cardboard and plastic just as her foot slipped, and Buffy fell back to earth, clutching her prize to her chest. Spike caught her and whirled on the crowd with a snarl and a flash of fang. The half-dozen shoppers nearest them shrank back, and before they could work up the courage to rush him, Spike flung Buffy over one shoulder, vaulted over a pyramid of Lego pirate sets, and ran for the register. "Keep the change!" he yelled at the cashier, flinging a fifty at her over the counter. He crashed through the front doors shoulder-first and didn't break stride until they reached the parking lot.

Buffy whipped out her phone as Spike popped the trunk of the DeSoto. "There!" she said, ticking Smile Time Talking Flora Doll off the list. "Connie's taken care of. Now all we need to do is get something for Giles – well, we could do that online, I guess, since we'll have to ship it anyway – "

"Not a chance!" Spike cracked his knuckles and bounced up and down on his toes. "Old Rupert deserves the personal touch." He grinned. "And here I used to think Christmas shopping would be less exciting when you can't kill the clerks!"

END

December 23rd

Day Twenty-Three of the 2015 sb_fag_ends Advent Calendar! Yay!*

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Previous Advent prompts:
1st December: Christmas Every Day
2nd December: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
3rd December: The House Without a Christmas Tree
4th December: Santa Claus vs. Cupid
5th December: Naughty or Nice
6th December: It's A Wonderful Life
7th December: Will You Merry Me?
8th December: The Christmas Secret
9th December: Holiday in Handcuffs
10th December: His and Her Christmas
11th December: Four Christmases
12th December: A Christmas Too Many
13th December: Surviving Christmas
14th December: Crazy for Christmas
15th December: Sunshine Christmas
16th December: A Chance of Snow
17th December: A Fairly Odd Christmas
18th December: Christmas With a Capital C
19th December: Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus
20th December: Moonlight and Mistletoe
21st December: The Night They Saved Christmas
23rd December: Miracle on 34th Street

December 22nd

Day Twenty-Two of the 2015 sb_fag_ends Advent Calendar! Yay!*

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Previous Advent prompts:
1st December: Christmas Every Day
2nd December: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
3rd December: The House Without a Christmas Tree
4th December: Santa Claus vs. Cupid
5th December: Naughty or Nice
6th December: It's A Wonderful Life
7th December: Will You Merry Me?
8th December: The Christmas Secret
9th December: Holiday in Handcuffs
10th December: His and Her Christmas
11th December: Four Christmases
12th December: A Christmas Too Many
13th December: Surviving Christmas
14th December: Crazy for Christmas
15th December: Sunshine Christmas
16th December: A Chance of Snow
17th December: A Fairly Odd Christmas
18th December: Christmas With a Capital C
19th December: Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus
20th December: Moonlight and Mistletoe
21st December: The Night They Saved Christmas

December 21st

Day Twenty-One of the 2015 sb_fag_ends Advent Calendar! Yay!*

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Previous Advent prompts:
1st December: Christmas Every Day
2nd December: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
3rd December: The House Without a Christmas Tree
4th December: Santa Claus vs. Cupid
5th December: Naughty or Nice
6th December: It's A Wonderful Life
7th December: Will You Merry Me?
8th December: The Christmas Secret
9th December: Holiday in Handcuffs
10th December: His and Her Christmas
11th December: Four Christmases
12th December: A Christmas Too Many
13th December: Surviving Christmas
14th December: Crazy for Christmas
15th December: Sunshine Christmas
16th December: A Chance of Snow
17th December: A Fairly Odd Christmas
18th December: Christmas With a Capital C
19th December: Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus
20th December: Moonlight and Mistletoe

December 20th

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Previous Advent prompts:
1st December: Christmas Every Day
2nd December: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
3rd December: The House Without a Christmas Tree
4th December: Santa Claus vs. Cupid
5th December: Naughty or Nice
6th December: It's A Wonderful Life
7th December: Will You Merry Me?
8th December: The Christmas Secret
9th December: Holiday in Handcuffs
10th December: His and Her Christmas
11th December: Four Christmases
12th December: A Christmas Too Many
13th December: Surviving Christmas
14th December: Crazy for Christmas
15th December: Sunshine Christmas
16th December: A Chance of Snow
17th December: A Fairly Odd Christmas
18th December: Christmas With a Capital C
19th December: Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus

December 19th

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Previous Advent prompts:
1st December: Christmas Every Day
2nd December: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
3rd December: The House Without a Christmas Tree
4th December: Santa Claus vs. Cupid
5th December: Naughty or Nice
6th December: It's A Wonderful Life
7th December: Will You Merry Me?
8th December: The Christmas Secret
9th December: Holiday in Handcuffs
10th December: His and Her Christmas
11th December: Four Christmases
12th December: A Christmas Too Many
13th December: Surviving Christmas
14th December: Crazy for Christmas
15th December: Sunshine Christmas
16th December: A Chance of Snow
17th December: A Fairly Odd Christmas
18th December: Christmas With a Capital C

A Thin Line

I've managed to write a ficlet for one of our prompts -my first for the comm since July. Yay me! Also, don't be shy, everyone, come and grab these lovely prompts while they're...er, not hot, but...

Ah, you know what I mean.

Setting: Sunnydale at Christmas in BtVS seasons 4, 5, 6 and 7.
Rating: PG.
Author's note: this ficlet went to rather different places than I originally intended, once a glance at the (miraculously still on line) Buffyverse Dialogue Database reminded me which were the last episodes to air before Christmas in the four seasons in question (they were Hush, Into the Woods, Wrecked and Bring On the Night, in case anyone's interested).
For the prompt: Four Christmases.
400 words.

A Thin Line

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December 18th

Day Eighteen of the 2015 sb_fag_ends Advent Calendar! Yay!*

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Previous Advent prompts:
1st December: Christmas Every Day
2nd December: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
3rd December: The House Without a Christmas Tree
4th December: Santa Claus vs. Cupid
5th December: Naughty or Nice
6th December: It's A Wonderful Life
7th December: Will You Merry Me?
8th December: The Christmas Secret
9th December: Holiday in Handcuffs
10th December: His and Her Christmas
11th December: Four Christmases
12th December: A Christmas Too Many
13th December: Surviving Christmas
14th December: Crazy for Christmas
15th December: Sunshine Christmas
16th December: A Chance of Snow
17th December: A Fairly Odd Christmas

December 17th

Day Seventeen of the 2015 sb_fag_ends Advent Calendar! Yay!*

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Previous Advent prompts:
1st December: Christmas Every Day
2nd December: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
3rd December: The House Without a Christmas Tree
4th December: Santa Claus vs. Cupid
5th December: Naughty or Nice
6th December: It's A Wonderful Life
7th December: Will You Merry Me?
8th December: The Christmas Secret
9th December: Holiday in Handcuffs
10th December: His and Her Christmas
11th December: Four Christmases
12th December: A Christmas Too Many
13th December: Surviving Christmas
14th December: Crazy for Christmas
15th December: Sunshine Christmas
16th December: A Chance of Snow

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December 16th

Day Sixteen of the 2015 sb_fag_ends Advent Calendar! Yay!*

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Previous Advent prompts:
1st December: Christmas Every Day
2nd December: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
3rd December: The House Without a Christmas Tree
4th December: Santa Claus vs. Cupid
5th December: Naughty or Nice
6th December: It's A Wonderful Life
7th December: Will You Merry Me?
8th December: The Christmas Secret
9th December: Holiday in Handcuffs
10th December: His and Her Christmas
11th December: Four Christmases
12th December: A Christmas Too Many
13th December: Surviving Christmas
14th December: Crazy for Christmas
15th December: Sunshine Christmas

December 15th

Day Fifteen of the 2015 sb_fag_ends Advent Calendar! Yay!*

*For anyone having trouble seeing the calendar or who may have javascript switched off on their browser, the prompt will be listed the day after on the next candy cane post.**

There are three easy steps:

  • Click on the candy canes every day to reach the calendar.

  • Click on the date to reveal the prompt, which will be the title of a Christmas Movie.

  • Click again to follow a link to something fun to make or do.





Previous Advent prompts:
1st December: Christmas Every Day
2nd December: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
3rd December: The House Without a Christmas Tree
4th December: Santa Claus vs. Cupid
5th December: Naughty or Nice
6th December: It's A Wonderful Life
7th December: Will You Merry Me?
8th December: The Christmas Secret
9th December: Holiday in Handcuffs
10th December: His and Her Christmas
11th December: Four Christmases
12th December: A Christmas Too Many
13th December: Surviving Christmas
14th December: Crazy for Christmas

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