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Haunted House 4: Future Shock

My last gasp bust, and the final part of my Haunted House series.

Setting: BtVS season 6 (before Bargaining) 1630 Revello Drive, just after the previous part
Rating: PG-13
For the prompt: The Boogieman Cometh
200 words

Haunted House 4: Future Shock



The song is tearing holes in his mind, letting out all the dark things inside it.

Or letting them in.

He's not sure which, just that they jibber and squeak, like rats.

He flails his hands, fingers bent into claws, but encounters only empty air. And when he opens his eyes, he's alone.

But he can still hear the song, floating down the basement stairs. Light shows around the door frame. Light!
He doesn't know when he's been so glad to see it.

His legs shake as they propel him upwards, each step an effort, as if the dark is trying to drag him down again.

The song falls silent as he flings the door open. He gasps. Falls to his knees.

It's not his mother. Not Joyce. It's her. The one girl in all the world, haloed in light.

"Buffy?"

The coquettish smile is enough to show him it's another lie. But,

"I could be," she says. "If you want me to be."

He opens his mouth, hesitates.

"Fuck off," he hisses, through fangs.

The phantom grins a death's head grin.

"You're not quite ready yet. You lack a certain spark. Until then..."

He's alone with the fading laughter.

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slaymesoftly
Oct. 30th, 2012 11:41 pm (UTC)
Owie - well done. Poor Spike.
shapinglight
Nov. 4th, 2012 09:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
spuffy_luvr
Oct. 31st, 2012 12:13 am (UTC)
Oh, poor Spike!

Very good!!! Did you have the whole planned from the start or write each part based on the prompts?
shapinglight
Nov. 4th, 2012 09:05 pm (UTC)
I made it up as I went along, actually. Hope it doesn't show too much.
spuffy_luvr
Nov. 6th, 2012 10:14 am (UTC)
No, it doesn't show at all - that's why I asked (seemed all planned out)!
shapinglight
Nov. 7th, 2012 07:12 pm (UTC)
That's good. Thank you.
hello_spikey
Oct. 31st, 2012 02:50 am (UTC)
oh ho! That works! Your series could easily conclude there, eh? bravo!
shapinglight
Nov. 4th, 2012 09:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Yes, it does conclude there.
brutti_ma_buoni
Oct. 31st, 2012 07:17 am (UTC)
Aieee! The first begins, but Spike sans soul isn't quite there yet. Cue massive retcon of later seasons... No? *g*
shapinglight
Nov. 4th, 2012 09:07 pm (UTC)
Hmm, not necessarily. But yes, the First knows how to get to Spike now.
kikimay
Oct. 31st, 2012 12:05 pm (UTC)
Brrr, that's quite scary! Poor Spike indeed.
shapinglight
Nov. 4th, 2012 09:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you. It was meant to be scary, so glad it was.
waddiwasiwitch
Nov. 1st, 2012 12:39 am (UTC)
The First was quite a creepy entity. Perfect way to answer the prompt. Poor Spike.
shapinglight
Nov. 4th, 2012 09:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Glad it worked for you.
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