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The Road Not Taken

An angsty drabble for our Valentine's Day prompts.

Setting: Post-season 6
Rating: PG
For the prompt: Blue Valentine (well, the last verse really).
100 words

The Road Not Taken



Sometimes- usually mid-way between maudlin drunk and unconscious-he wonders if he should have gone back.

But, even all soul-having and repentant, she never would've wanted to see his face again after what he did to her, would she?

Better for her he stayed away.

So why is it that he can't drown out the whispering in his ears? On, and bloody on.

The dead talk to him, and she's one of them.

"You didn't stay away to spare me, did you, Spike? More like you were too afraid to face me."

And, "I needed you!"

And worst of all,

"Coward!"

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red_satin_doll
Feb. 11th, 2013 04:45 pm (UTC)
OUCH

I love the brevity of this - brevity is not only the soul of wit but of tragedy IMHO - this cuts to the quick.
timeofchange
Feb. 12th, 2013 01:19 pm (UTC)
Exactly so.
shapinglight
Feb. 12th, 2013 04:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much. I don't have so much to say these days, so I feel I have to make what I do say count.
pssnfrt_ksss
Feb. 11th, 2013 04:47 pm (UTC)
*Blubbers over a box of tissues*
shapinglight
Feb. 12th, 2013 04:03 pm (UTC)
On dear!

:pat, pat:
kikimay
Feb. 11th, 2013 05:24 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank God he came back!
Nicely done, it gave me the angsty feels.
shapinglight
Feb. 12th, 2013 04:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you.

I like to think he was enough in his right mind to make the decision to go back for himself. Which took courage, IMO, once the enormity of what he'd done hit him properly.
joans_journal
Feb. 11th, 2013 05:40 pm (UTC)
Oooh, nice!
shapinglight
Feb. 12th, 2013 04:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :)
quinara
Feb. 11th, 2013 07:22 pm (UTC)
This is very nice!
shapinglight
Feb. 12th, 2013 04:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks, love (though not sure 'nice' is really the right word). ;)
zanthinegirl
Feb. 11th, 2013 08:00 pm (UTC)
Dark and angsty; I like! I'm impressed that you can pack all that into so few words.
shapinglight
Feb. 12th, 2013 04:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

If you haven't a lot to say, try and say it as well as you can, I guess.

spikes_heart
Feb. 11th, 2013 08:07 pm (UTC)
Poor Spike - he can beat himself up like nobody else can. Brava, hon.
shapinglight
Feb. 12th, 2013 04:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks, love. And lovely to see you. :hugs:
velvetwhip
Feb. 11th, 2013 08:12 pm (UTC)
This is terrific!


Gabrielle
shapinglight
Feb. 12th, 2013 04:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :)
rebcake
Feb. 11th, 2013 08:51 pm (UTC)
Oh, so sad, m'dear. I'm glad this was the road NOT taken. Elegantly done.
shapinglight
Feb. 12th, 2013 04:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you (though I'm having serious doubts about one sentence. I may rejig it slightly).
waddiwasiwitch
Feb. 11th, 2013 09:11 pm (UTC)
Oh that hurt.
shapinglight
Feb. 12th, 2013 04:18 pm (UTC)
Yes. Damned if he does, damned if he doesn't really.
brutti_ma_buoni
Feb. 11th, 2013 09:25 pm (UTC)
Ach, that aches.
shapinglight
Feb. 12th, 2013 04:21 pm (UTC)
Yes, good thing it didn't happen really (though what did happen was pretty ouchy too).
timeofchange
Feb. 12th, 2013 01:20 pm (UTC)
I love that you are writing Spike and Buffy. You have such insight into the pain. This is so excellent.
shapinglight
Feb. 12th, 2013 04:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, love. And so nice to see you How are you doing?
comlodge
Feb. 12th, 2013 04:30 pm (UTC)
Says it all. Tissue please.
shapinglight
Feb. 13th, 2013 06:05 pm (UTC)
Oh dear! I seem to be keeping Kleenex in business here.

Thanks for reading.
spuffy_luvr
Feb. 13th, 2013 07:58 am (UTC)
I love your "Road to Redemption" icon almost as much as I love this ficlet. So much with the feels.
shapinglight
Feb. 13th, 2013 06:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you. The icon is by skybound2, and I'm sure it's snaggable.
comlodge
Feb. 13th, 2013 07:16 pm (UTC)
Oh wow. My poor eyesight missd the icon. It's perfect isn't it. And it's is so spot on.
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