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Fic: Endings

Title: Endings
Creator: drizzlydaze
Rating: PG
Setting: Post-series, mostly
Word count: 406
Prompt: Til Death Do Us Part



Her body was on the ground. It was broken. There was no heartbeat. There was no life. It was a body, and it was still.

He fell to the ground and sobbed.

~~~~~

She stood at the edge of the crater—the mass grave. The fallen Sunnydale sign lay almost directly beneath her. The sun shone high overhead.

There was no body, no ashes, no dust, but his lighter was tucked in her back pocket.

~~~~~

A strange picture they made, a bedridden old woman with a bleached punk by her side. One might think he were the prodigal grandchild come to visit.

They’d never given it much thought. It seemed like the sort of subject you’d think on the most when it came to a relationship like this, but they’d never really. Even when she was with the Angel, the complications had arisen from the curse and not this fundamental problem of, well, vampire-Slayer.

Lifespans. Age differences.

It was an entirely different story from regular ol’ vampire-human. Their strengths were much closer, for one thing. And their lifespans were much further apart. Should’ve made it harder, thought it would, but it… it made sense. She wouldn’t live long enough to grow old and grey, so the age difference would never be any kind of issue. Silver lining, clouds.

And Christ, he had been lucky.

Because there were more slayers, see, all around the world. No more Slayer, capitalisation and all, The One and Only; now there were slayers aplenty. No more much abbreviated lifespan—well, it wasn’t a certainty, in any case.

He didn’t want to cry, to have his last looks at her blurred with tears. But he’d never been good at holding his tears at bay. His face was soaked.

Time to say his goodbyes, wasn’t it? But he couldn’t force any words from his choked throat, and he hated himself for wasting this—these last moments, and then she would be gone, there would be no more Buffy in this world she would be deadwasdyingwasaboutodiewillbedead

She was too weak to speak, but her wrinkled hand closed more tightly over his as he vainly willed himself to control. He needed more time, and the seers had robbed him of that tomorrow. Telling him this was her last day, and wasn’t that nice? Knowing she would die today? Natural causes; all very lucky, wasn’t it? He wanted to rip their throats out, but—

They should’ve known. He should’ve been prepared.

After all, death had always been the only ending for them.



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brutti_ma_buoni
Oct. 24th, 2012 05:13 pm (UTC)
Huge sigh and a sniffle. Lovely, because it's the best possible ending for Buffy. But for Spike? Painful.
drizzlydaze
Oct. 25th, 2012 04:07 pm (UTC)
/hands over a tissue/
rebcake
Oct. 24th, 2012 05:31 pm (UTC)
I really like how mutable the "fundamental" problem is. It shifts all the time, until finally settling on good, old-fashioned mortality.

Beautiful.
drizzlydaze
Oct. 25th, 2012 04:08 pm (UTC)
Relationship with a vamp is inherently tragic, yes. I always found it interesting that the show never focused on these obstacles (probably because she was the Slayer).
kikimay
Oct. 24th, 2012 05:32 pm (UTC)
Very angst, especially for Spike. I love how you give a glimpse of hope in the ending, because they already been dead both.
drizzlydaze
Oct. 25th, 2012 04:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
spuffy_luvr
Oct. 24th, 2012 05:40 pm (UTC)
Now my eyes are all blurred. It's always the hardest part of Spuffy - this natural progression and ending, more bittersweet than your average couple because eternal is a possibility for him but not her.

drizzlydaze
Oct. 25th, 2012 04:10 pm (UTC)
I feel gratified to have gotten tears. :P

Oh, I just read your fic. Your concept is just amazing, I love it. You make me sniffle too with double the angst.
red_satin_doll
Nov. 9th, 2012 05:36 pm (UTC)
because eternal is a possibility for him but not her.

I've read a couple of fics that do play with the notion that being the Slayer makes her immortal - although they have been fairly angsty - good angsty, but the idea is that being immortal is not something she wishes for. No happy endings. (at least not in the ones I've read.) And they are definitely a minority of fanfics.
spuffy_luvr
Nov. 10th, 2012 08:54 pm (UTC)
In my first long story I had Buffy be immortal, and then eventually she decided she'd had enough. The ending wasn't angsty (even if the rest of the story was hugely so!).
red_satin_doll
Nov. 11th, 2012 07:05 pm (UTC)
Do you have a link to that one?

I'm wondering if I've already read it; I have a real kink for post-series stories (as long as they're not the Buffy and Spike live happily ever after and have babies in the suburbs type.)
slaymesoftly
Oct. 24th, 2012 06:43 pm (UTC)
Oh, so painfully lovely. *swallows around lump in throat*
drizzlydaze
Oct. 25th, 2012 04:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you. ^^
shapinglight
Oct. 24th, 2012 07:14 pm (UTC)
:sniffle:
drizzlydaze
Oct. 25th, 2012 04:11 pm (UTC)
The sads of your icon D;
hello_spikey
Nov. 2nd, 2012 12:03 am (UTC)
*sniffle* So sad but lovely. I love this.
drizzlydaze
Nov. 9th, 2012 03:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks.
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