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Just Passing Through (PG)

Author Brutti ma buoni
Title Just Passing Through
Rating PG
Words 450
Setting just before Anne, s3
Prompt Multiple disguises

The street was dark, but not so dark Spike couldn't pick up the signs. "Slayer?"

"Shhh!" Buffy Summers looked utterly panicked. Always a good sign. Spike drew closer. There were people around, enough that a knock-down fight was no sort of plan. Evidently, Slayer didn't want to draw attention either. Interesting.

She was wearing gingham. Waitress outfit. Not her usual style. Not expecting her to be in this neck of the woods either. Enough that he even asked, "It is the Slayer, isn't it? Buf- mmphhh!" She had him by the throat, hand rammed against his mouth. Pretty bloody stupid thing to do to a vampire, as Spike immediately proved by vamping out.

"Spike!" She almost shouted it as he was about to sink his fangs into her hand. Which, dammit, was not going to be helpful.

"Shhh!" he said in turn, feeling like a twat but driven by necessity. "'m incognito."

"What? That's a really stupid fake name," said the poor kid, a product of modern American 'education'.

"'Snot a name I'm using, idiot child. Incognito. Anonymous. Not going by my usual name. Which, seems like, you might know something about." She looked at him under her lashes, shifty-like. "Because, you've not gone far, love, but this isn't your Sunnydale, is it? And you're not up for being spotted. Well, neither am I. So, what say we ignore one another, and go on our merry way?"

She had been an ally, recently enough, and the dark smudges under her eyes, the way her arms hugged her skinnier body, told a tale of recent sadness. She wasn't enough of an opponent to be fun right now. Give her a few months, see her fed up and contented again, then Spike might drop by and add another Slayer to his kill list. Unless, of course, she made with a stake right now.

But she didn't. Buffy Summers looked a vampire in the eye and said, "Okay. I'm just a waitress. Anne. The waitress. Who are you, anyway?"

"I'm William," said Spike, involuntarily. Not the alias he was using right now. Where that name came from, who knew? "No one special. Just passing through on business."

"Cool," she said, indifferently, and walked on, leaving him behind.

He watched her go, oddly perturbed. Something not right in the world of Spike, when Buffy Summers looked like that. And yet, he had no urge to put her out of her misery. Pretty much the reverse, actually.

He didn't run after her. He didn't buy her a drink, feed her up a bit on hot wings and fries till she was the rounded, peachy, bouncingly confident dancer he first set eyes on. But, just for a moment, he absolutely wanted to.



( 24 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 10th, 2013 09:46 pm (UTC)
Wonderful stuff, as always.
Jan. 12th, 2013 12:14 am (UTC)
Jan. 10th, 2013 11:00 pm (UTC)
ah, loved it. :)
Jan. 12th, 2013 12:14 am (UTC)
Jan. 10th, 2013 11:18 pm (UTC)
Oh I loved this a lot.
Jan. 12th, 2013 12:14 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Jan. 10th, 2013 11:39 pm (UTC)
Hey! I am offended AND amused by the slap at U.S. educational failings! And I think Incognito is a lovely name. Heh. (The joke is more Harmony than Buffy, but we'll take them where we can.)

Of course, all is forgiven when you mention Spike's urge to feed up l'il Buffy. Is this becoming an iron-clad kink for me? Quite possibly...
Jan. 12th, 2013 12:25 am (UTC)
:P It's purely in character, you understand. (Remember Kakistos/Taquitos? Totally this-period Buffy nameblindness. Not to mention her fairly recent run-in with Chanterelle.)

I forgot your earth mother Buffy-feeding kink. Glad to have *ahem* fed it.
Jan. 12th, 2013 02:42 am (UTC)
But she knew that a chanterelle was a mushroom...
Jan. 11th, 2013 08:29 am (UTC)
Really nice!
Jan. 12th, 2013 12:39 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Jan. 11th, 2013 12:19 pm (UTC)
I adore it!
Jan. 12th, 2013 12:40 am (UTC)
Thanks so much!
Jan. 11th, 2013 04:01 pm (UTC)
That was just neat. ;-)
Jan. 12th, 2013 12:41 am (UTC)
Thank you! It's a nice little cameo might have been, if I do say so.
Jan. 11th, 2013 06:20 pm (UTC)
Wow! That was beautifully written!

The last sentence was pure Spikey goodness!
Jan. 12th, 2013 12:41 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! I'm really glad it worked for you.
Jan. 11th, 2013 10:49 pm (UTC)
Jan. 12th, 2013 12:41 am (UTC)
Thanks so much!
Jan. 12th, 2013 01:46 am (UTC)
Ooh, that was good!
Jan. 12th, 2013 02:21 am (UTC)
Jan. 14th, 2013 01:04 am (UTC)
Jan. 17th, 2013 02:32 pm (UTC)
Very nice! I always like AUs where they almost-but-don't end up together. It seems more likely all things considered, and is so bittersweet.
Jan. 19th, 2013 12:47 pm (UTC)
Anne/Spike is an interesting combo. Like it lots :)
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