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Nagging Doubt

Title: Nagging Doubt
Author: mushroomgal
Rating: G
Prompt: The Golden Goose
Words: 232
Setting: B7, during "Chosen", right before they go to the high school

A/N: Absolutely not Christmassy at all. Not even a little. Sorry. Will try to produce something with holiday cheer before the month is out. First few lines of dialogue are lifted directly from "Chosen."

“Buffy… Is something wrong?”
“No… Yeah… I just realized something. Something that really never occurred to me before. We’re gonna win.”

Spike sat alone on his cot in the basement, watching the amulet spin and flash at the end of its chain and turning the past few hours over and over in his mind.

He had doubts.

Activating all the potentials—unleashing all the Slayers at once—it seemed a bit like killing the goose that laid the golden egg. If they tried to tap into all the power at once, would they find any there? He envisioned Buffy, standing in front of a horde of Turok-Han, bleeding, screaming, falling as he battled by her side and two dozen panicked little girls fought to scramble away.

But she had made him her champion. She trusted him, believed in him, and, whatever happened, that was all that mattered. She might never admit to loving him, but when it mattered most—when the world came crashing down and fire and death were on the horizon—he was the one she wanted at her back. He was the one she came to for comfort. Not Angel. Him.

The floor at the top of the stairs squeaked softly. The sound of her settled step broke his reverie. He rose to meet her.

Sod the fables and fairy tales. They were going to save the bloody world.


( 16 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 5th, 2011 04:36 pm (UTC)
Well, it isn't cheery, you're quite right. But very uplifting all the same.
Dec. 5th, 2011 04:42 pm (UTC)
Glad you think so. Hope is Christmassy, right?? :)
Dec. 5th, 2011 06:20 pm (UTC)
Lovely ficlet.
Dec. 5th, 2011 10:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks :)
Dec. 5th, 2011 06:37 pm (UTC)
I like this. It makes sense that Spike would have doubts, even though he trusts Buffy completely, and it makes even more sense that in the end his doubts don't matter a bit. The last two sentences are perfect. I also like that he recognizes the importance (and can gloat a little internally) of Buffy choosing him over Angel.
Dec. 5th, 2011 11:00 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I feel like that rivalry with Angel is always kind of there, even when he's thinking about bigger things. Thanks!
Dec. 5th, 2011 06:51 pm (UTC)
That was lovely. Bleak, but lovely.
Dec. 5th, 2011 11:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you! One of these days I'm going to write something fluffy that stays fluffy.
Dec. 5th, 2011 09:57 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've wondered about that. If each new Calling were a golden egg, maybe you could get two eggs at a time, but what happens when you ask the goose to lay hundreds?

Nice moment.
Dec. 5th, 2011 11:02 pm (UTC)
I was also wondering how the whole Slayer line thing works now that they've all been activated, too. When one dies another is activated? Except they've all been activated? Do they get activated at birth? Or what?
Thanks for the comment.
Dec. 6th, 2011 01:42 am (UTC)
More very good questions. I played with the issue just a little bit in Grace, but I'd like to delve into that more.

I really need to read the comics sometime. I'm not sure if they deal with how new Slayers are activated after Chosen. Don't enjoy the comic book medium as a rule, but if I'm going to build sandcastles on this beach I ought to know how the bedrock's shaped. *G*
Dec. 5th, 2011 10:41 pm (UTC)
Awww - so very Spike. A lovely take on it.
Dec. 5th, 2011 11:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you :)
Dec. 6th, 2011 12:14 am (UTC)
Really lovely!

Sod the fables and fairy tales.They were going to save the bloody world.

Yes. Yes they were!

Dec. 7th, 2011 05:23 pm (UTC)
I like this! At least someone's thinking about that Chosen spell (even if it isn't for long)...
Dec. 10th, 2011 02:25 am (UTC)
Thanks! I like to picture Spike doing more thinking than we can see on the screen-- I think he knows the implications and chooses to do what he does.
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