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Prompt:  The Man Who Never Reached Home
Setting:  S2-S9
Words:  475
Rating:  PG
Title:  Home is Where the Heart Is (You can Never go Home Again)
A/N:  Kinda similar in tone and style to something I wrote for a prompt awhile ago.  I guess this weighs heavily on my mind?
Warning:  Spoiler-ish for the comics.  Comic knowledge would help, but I think you can muddle through without.




         
          For over a century, he thought he’d found his home.  His heart. 

                       He was evicted.  Tossed away like yesterday’s garbage.

                       You taste like ashes.

          He attempted to force his way back in.  Asked for a spell.  Tried torture.

                        Found himself alone, adrift in the wide world.  Blamed it on her.

                       But it’s so funny.  I knew before you did.

          He tried to set up shop in a new residence.  Give his heart a new home.

                       He was repulsed time and again.

                       Spike Lips!  Lips of Spike!

                       You’re beneath me.

                       The only chance you had with me was when I was unconscious.

          The home of his dreams was damaged.  He exercised squatter’s rights.

                       It didn’t last.  The damage was repaired; he was gently expelled.

                       I’m using you.  I can’t love you. …And it’s killing me.

          He thought maybe possession was nine-tenths of the law.

                       It wasn’t.

                       Ask me again why I could never love you.

          He left.  Came back.  Fully aware he didn’t belong, wasn’t welcome.

                         Like a moth to the flame, couldn’t stay away. 

His hopeless heart insisted it could live nowhere else.

Why does a man do what he mustn’t?  For her.  To be hers.

          He finally earned that invitation.  Came home.  Was safe. 

Had her affection and – dare he say it – love.  It was damn near perfect.

I don’t know how you felt about last night-

Terrified.  It was the best night of my life.

          He’d found his home, found his heart.  Would have stayed for-bloody-ever.

                          Died.

We’ll go be heroes.  I wanna see how it ends.

          And then he was back.  No rest for the wicked.  Was all set to head home and-

They say you can never go home again.

If I show up now… my grand finale won’t hold much weight.  All of it… won’t matter.

          She held his heart.  Always would.  So he went to find her after all.

                         And was told she’d moved on.  No room at the inn for him.

So, what, we just have to live with it?  Get on with our lives?

          Over and over, he’d try to move on.  Left the sodding dimension, even. 

Hurried back, trying to reach home, only to find it gone.

Under all that demon viscera, you still reek of *him*.

And left again.  One thousand and a half hours.

Was given hope. 

So you’re home for good now?

         .

He thought he finally found his home.  His heart.  For good.

Somehow, he’d lost it. 

I was ready to ask you to run away with me.

I don’t want to go back.  To lurking around the edges of your life.

I can’t get jerked around no more.

.

          He was the man who never managed to reach home.

He left again.  They say the third time’s the charm.

What you and I have.  It could be real. 

.

.

Screw normal.  I want real.

.

FIN

Comments

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shapinglight
Oct. 24th, 2012 07:16 pm (UTC)
:sigh: Seems to the trope Joss has stuck them in.
spuffy_luvr
Oct. 25th, 2012 12:56 am (UTC)
Someday he'll see the light!
kikimay
Oct. 24th, 2012 07:37 pm (UTC)
Fuckity fuck!
I'm so sorry, I'm so pissed with the everwaiting of Spuffy in the comics. I wish to see them finally together, like in your fic. ;__;
spuffy_luvr
Oct. 25th, 2012 12:57 am (UTC)
I gave up on the comics, for now. But I've always said I hope we never see Spuffy in canon (at least until Joss is done with the Buffyverse) because it's just one more chance to rip them apart somehow! Thanks!
slaymesoftly
Oct. 24th, 2012 11:23 pm (UTC)
How lovely to see someone making use of the comics!
spuffy_luvr
Oct. 25th, 2012 12:58 am (UTC)
Thank you! I love comic fics! {Thinks fondly of coalitiongirl}
slaymesoftly
Oct. 25th, 2012 01:39 am (UTC)
*nods* Coalitiongirl is the queen of comics fic. Or, one of the queens. There are so few....
rebcake
Oct. 25th, 2012 12:58 am (UTC)
Like! Very thought provoking. Some of the thoughts may contain violence strong language directed against the PTB.

Edited at 2012-10-25 01:01 am (UTC)
spuffy_luvr
Oct. 25th, 2012 01:04 am (UTC)
Thank you!

Stupid PTB (grumble grumble). This normal thing is so ten years ago...
zanthinegirl
Oct. 25th, 2012 04:10 pm (UTC)
::sniff::

You're breaking my spuffy heart with this one! Good to see season 9 stuff though.
spuffy_luvr
Oct. 25th, 2012 08:54 pm (UTC)
I did give them a potentially Spuffy end with that last line (though I don't think it's as obvious as I would like...). S9 needs more Spuffiness!! Thanks!

Edited at 2012-10-25 08:54 pm (UTC)
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