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Rollerghoster


Buffy bit her lower lip, looking up at leaning and warped beams of age-darkened wood, lit brightly by bare bulbs that, far from introducing the cheeriness of a carnival, made freaky sharp shadows everywhere. "I don't even get on the tilt-a-whirl if I can help it."

"Oi. Says right there - this ride conforms to all Pennsylvania State safety regulations." Spike slapped the plywood sign and turned to grin at Buffy. "Can't say that about Dawn's last attempt at cooking dinner."

"They didn't say we'd have to ride the thing to defeat this whatever it is." Buffy's words fell on deaf ears as Spike was already running up the wooden ramp to the loading platform. Buffy looked around the sad, dilapidated remains of Conneaut Lake Park and wondered if some creepy thing killing people on the roller coaster was really such a big deal. It didn't look like lots of people were there, even on a Saturday night in the middle of summer.

A lanky teen in a wife-beater leaned against a wooden lever, watching them with the laconic weariness only a teen earning minimum wage can truly summon. Spike was already ensconced in the first car of the blue and silver train, patting the black tape-covered seat. "Look at this thing, would you look at it? That's original hardware, I bet. You know, Dru and I loved roller coasters in the 20s."

"Did you ride this one?" Buffy grimaced at the tattered state of the car.

"Don't be jealous," Spike purred and wrapped his arm around her shoulders. That, at least, was comforting.

"Keephandsandarmsinsidethecarwearenotresponsibleforlostitems," or something approximating that, came out of the teen's barely-opened mouth and he pulled back on his lever.

Buffy let out a squeal as the car immediately dropped five feet into a dark tunnel. "If we die before we slay this monster, I'm going to stake you." Water dripped from overhead and the tunnel smelled like basement. The car juddered around curves. If it wasn't a haunted house ride, it could have been. At last, there was light ahead, and they jerked forward sharply to the familiar clank-clank of a lift chain.

"Oh god!" Buffy clung tighter to Spike's side. Halfway up the hill, a support strut was missing and the rails sagged alarmingly to the left.

"Relax. I've ridden worse. Back in the depression..."

"My only solace is that this entire thing is going to collapse into a million million Spike-killing stakes."

Buffy spoke mostly into leather coat, and Spike looked down at the crown of her blonde head, so tight against him. He grinned. Thrills, danger, his love in his arms and a possible fight ahead? He was going to bloody kiss this monster.

They hit the dip in the tracks and there was a worrying creak and Buffy fell more fully against him. The hill crested just ahead and Spike saw a mist building over the rails where no mist had a right to be.

"Hang on tight," he said, though Buffy's slayer-strong arms could not possibly be holding him any tighter. They passed through a cold mist and an evil cackle broke through the night.

Buffy let go and sat back in her own seat. "Oh thank god, there really is a ghost."

And then they went over the top.

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slaymesoftly
Oct. 25th, 2012 06:44 pm (UTC)
Love it! Totally with Buffy every cringe of the way -
hello_spikey
Oct. 25th, 2012 07:24 pm (UTC)
Hee hee. Demons are one thing - ancient wooden structures? Quite another!

So glad you enjoyed.
sueworld2003
Oct. 25th, 2012 06:48 pm (UTC)
*applauds* that was excellent! :D
hello_spikey
Oct. 25th, 2012 07:24 pm (UTC)
:D Thank you, darling. *bows*
quinara
Oct. 25th, 2012 06:58 pm (UTC)
Love it!
hello_spikey
Oct. 25th, 2012 07:25 pm (UTC)
Yay! Be sure to hold your arms in the air!
dragonyphoenix
Oct. 25th, 2012 07:27 pm (UTC)
"My only solace is that this entire thing is going to collapse into a million million Spike-killing stakes." *laughs*
hello_spikey
Oct. 25th, 2012 08:06 pm (UTC)
Awwww poor Spikey shouldn't taunt the slayer near large piles of wood. :D
spuffy_luvr
Oct. 25th, 2012 07:43 pm (UTC)
Wonderful!
hello_spikey
Oct. 25th, 2012 08:06 pm (UTC)
So glad you liked. :)
rebcake
Oct. 25th, 2012 08:19 pm (UTC)
"Look at this thing, would you lok at it? That's original hardware, I bet. You know, Dru and I loved roller coasters in the 20s."

¡Yay! Loads of my favorite things! Gleeful Spike reminiscing about the olden days, wooden roller coasters, and Buffy talking smack but holding on for dear life. Heh.

So much fun!
hello_spikey
Oct. 25th, 2012 09:28 pm (UTC)
ee! Typo! Good thing you quoted that line or I'd have missed it. All fixed now. You get official credit. :D

Yay! So glad you had fun! I adore wooden roller coasters, myself. The older, the better. Hands in the air! \o/
shapinglight
Oct. 25th, 2012 09:08 pm (UTC)
I'm with Buffy. Get me off that thing!

Loved it!
hello_spikey
Oct. 25th, 2012 09:34 pm (UTC)
heeeee. It's a scary scare rollercoaster. And then there's a ghost haunting it. Ho hum. :)

Glad you liked!
gillo
Oct. 25th, 2012 11:17 pm (UTC)
I'm with Buffy about that sort of ride - but I love how much Spike is enjoying it!
hello_spikey
Oct. 28th, 2012 07:47 pm (UTC)
:) Different strokes for different folks. I'm sure Buffy enjoyed slaying the monster afterward!
readerjane
Oct. 26th, 2012 12:27 am (UTC)
Hee! It makes me feel better about hating coasters to know the Slayer hates them too.

(I love the tilt-a-whirl, though. Roundy, yay. Fally boo.)
hello_spikey
Oct. 28th, 2012 07:48 pm (UTC)
heee. Poor Buffy. It was mean to drag her on that ricketty old roller coaster!

whichclothes
Oct. 26th, 2012 01:01 am (UTC)
Beautiful! I could picture it perfectly.
hello_spikey
Oct. 28th, 2012 07:48 pm (UTC)
It's actually based on one of my favorite roller coasters that has, well, fallen on hard times. Feels like cheating. :D
annapurna_2
Oct. 26th, 2012 05:06 am (UTC)
Could this get any more adorable? I think not! Hee!

Favorite paragraph:

Buffy spoke mostly into leather coat, and Spike looked down at the crown of her blonde head, so tight against him. He grinned. Thrills, danger, his love in his arms and a possible fight ahead? He was going to bloody kiss this monster.

And for the record? Scariest. Rollerghoster. Description. Ever. Heh!
hello_spikey
Oct. 28th, 2012 07:49 pm (UTC)
heeee. Thank you. So glad you liked. Adorable is just what I was going for. :D

Hee! Scariest Rollerghoster ever! I'm so proud! Thank you!
kikimay
Oct. 26th, 2012 08:39 am (UTC)
Very funny! Love both Buffy's voice and Spike's one! :D
hello_spikey
Oct. 28th, 2012 07:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you. So glad the voices seemed good.

zanthinegirl
Oct. 27th, 2012 05:13 pm (UTC)
Hee-- love this one! I particularly love Spike remising about riding rollercoasters in the 20s with Drusilla; you always write such a well-developed Spike!
hello_spikey
Oct. 28th, 2012 07:46 pm (UTC)
Yay! Thank you, I try to do justice to the characters.
And the roller coasters. Wee!
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