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Fic: Fool For Love

Title: Fool For Love
Creator: drizzlydaze
Rating: PG
Setting: S5, Fool For Love
Word count: 150
Prompt: You Can’t Teach an Old Demon New Tricks
A/N: Yes, finally managed to write something short!

To maim, to kill, to tear through the throats of men, women, and children. Destruction. Chaos. The thrill of the fight. The intoxicating scents of blood and fear.

He sometimes thought he was born to be a vampire; he’d been so lousy as a human.

Set in the cage of his time, only to be wrenched free of mediocrity and leashed upon the world in vengeance and glee. In his joyful wake a slew of bodies to prove his worth, a string of fights to beat the odds. Eternally young and virtually immortal. He was a demon through and through. Couldn’t change what he was.

Sod the chip. Just lied and caged him, hid his true nature.  

He’d show her. Remember what he truly was, right at the heart of it.

He cocked the gun. She looked up with a tear-stained face, and he remembered what he was at heart.


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Oct. 28th, 2012 09:04 am (UTC)
Oooh... This is good.
Oct. 29th, 2012 10:30 am (UTC)
Oct. 28th, 2012 09:18 am (UTC)
He sometimes thought he was born to be a vampire; he’d been so lousy as a human. ...he remembered what he was at heart.

I love these lines and the juxtaposition. And I love how you conveyed so much with so little (a skill I'm working on!).
Oct. 29th, 2012 10:30 am (UTC)
Thank you! I've been trying to cut down too... must bust as many prompts as I can!
Oct. 28th, 2012 09:51 am (UTC)
Nicely done - love the transition from pure evil to William.
Oct. 29th, 2012 10:30 am (UTC)
Thank you.
Oct. 28th, 2012 03:01 pm (UTC)
Wow ... great job.
Oct. 29th, 2012 10:30 am (UTC)
Oct. 28th, 2012 05:43 pm (UTC)
He cocked the gun. She looked up with a tear-stained face, and he remembered what he was at heart.

eta, as I the post button without commenting!

Gah. Really like this! Very powerful!

Edited at 2012-10-28 05:44 pm (UTC)
Oct. 29th, 2012 10:31 am (UTC)
Thanks! Took a while coming up with the last sentence; I knew what I wanted it to say, but the phrasing...
Oct. 28th, 2012 09:41 pm (UTC)

Can't kill the romantic, even if the man is dead.
Oct. 29th, 2012 10:32 am (UTC)
Pure Spike. :)
Oct. 29th, 2012 04:50 am (UTC)
Oct. 29th, 2012 10:34 am (UTC)
Oct. 30th, 2012 02:24 pm (UTC)
Oh, very nice. Short can be good.
Nov. 9th, 2012 03:05 pm (UTC)
Oct. 31st, 2012 01:33 am (UTC)
Perfect. I loved the last line.
Nov. 9th, 2012 03:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Nov. 4th, 2012 02:57 am (UTC)
What a powerful punch this packs in such a short fic! that last sentence is amazing. (When I wrote poetry years ago, I tended to write poems in which the last lines reflected/called back the first in some way, and when I see it done and done well in prose I adore it. there's something about circularity in literature that really pleases me.)
Nov. 9th, 2012 03:07 pm (UTC)
Oh, I love last lines, especially calling back to an earlier part of something. It's just so... neat. And makes you want to go back and reread it.
Nov. 9th, 2012 04:36 pm (UTC)
Yes exactly!

Rereading this (which I always do before I reply to a reply) what occurs to me in a way that didn't quite before, was that this fic also in a sense is a bit "meta" - or to be more precise, it can be read as a brief "history of Spike" on the show from S2, even though I know you're talking about FFL. The Spike we originally saw was someone who I thought was going to be the Big Bad, along with Dru, and they electrified me. Of course the Angelus arc made for more heartbreak and shock, but I never can quite forget (perhaps because I saw everything in a brief span of time on Netflix, including Spike attempting to kill Buffy on multiple occasions, as well as the moments of negotiation, friendship, etc. You've got the whole character here, which is amazing.
Nov. 23rd, 2012 03:00 pm (UTC)
Funny thing, I conceived the idea of the fic first (Spike's all about the demon -- then the prompt comes in of not being able to teach an old demon new tricks, cos he's... well, a fool for love), and then found the right setting to convey it. So yes, a brief history of Spike.

Have you seen this? Spike in a nutshell.

Edited at 2012-11-23 03:01 pm (UTC)
Nov. 23rd, 2012 05:07 pm (UTC)
No I hadn't seen that! It's a brilliant bit of characterization, to go back into William's life, to have him so very different from Spike (as opposed to who Angel was as a human); and to me it contributes to my understanding of him as being someone for whom "Self" is a performance (as it is with all of us, but explicitly so with him); and the fact that he is often perceptive and truthful, but not necessarily to be taken at face value. (His statement to Buffy in FFL is proven wrong when the Chinese Slayer mentions her mother in her dying breath. He really doesn't know as much as he thinks he does sometimes - part of his arrogance - and I think in some way it's also part of getting under Buffy's skin, of getting through to her, of trying to "possess" her: I understand her better than she does herself. Which a theme throughout the series: the men in Buffy's life presuming they know her (or know what she should do) better than she does (Giles, Angel, Xander, Riley, etc) If the poor girl is confused about her feelings in S6 & S7, is it any surprise? She's had years of people telling her she doesn't.

I read a fanfic - and I wish I remembered it - that's AU of S6, in which Buffy goes to Wes instead of Tara to find out if she came back wrong, and Angel reminds her that, basically, Spike is full of BS sometimes (in his "You came back wrong" statement.) I don't remember which story that was, but that scene was my favorite part because it's so true.

And I did not mean to ramble like that, sorry.
Nov. 24th, 2012 07:06 am (UTC)
I agree with the whole 'Self' is a performance thing for Spike, but I do believe the death wish theory Spike brings up in FFL--in my opinion, telling her mother she was sorry was an indication of her guilt in choosing (subconsciously or not) death rather than duty/fighting; she's sorry she couldn't be strong enough to continue. And yeah, for all his perceptiveness, Spike is just plain wrong sometimes--like in Crush, for example.
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