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Sharing and Caring (Morag)

Title: Sharing and Caring
Creator: TheFoxinator
Rating: K
Setting: Post-"Not Fade Away" and After the Fall, but not by much. Takes place right after Not Be Rushed and Sulphuric.
Summary/Prompt: Dragon Scales, which reflect the dragon's strength and ability to both
Word Count: 453

Note: If you didn't read ATF, Angel accidentally named the dragon Cordelia.

Lacrimosa's book


“I think your dragon needs a manicure,” Buffy says.

Angel laughs nervously.

He thinks he supposed to laugh.

He hopes he’s supposed to laugh.

“And maybe to go through a dragon-sized carwash,” she adds, eyeing Cordelia’s scales. “Looking kinda icky there.”

“Yeah,” says Angel.

“Is a dragon-sized carwash a carwash for cars the size of dragons, or cars that belong to dragons?” asks Connor.

Buffy frowns, her brow drawing together adorably. “I dunno,” she admits. The she turns to Angel. “Also, I’m really angry with you and need to kick your ass.”

Should he have seen that coming? He probably should have seen that coming. “What? Why?”

Buffy points to the dragon, who really, really shouldn’t be within pointing distance. The whole hotel probably smells like sulphur now. “Well, first of all you got LA sent to Hell.” She then points to Connor.

Connor looks between them, waves, and then becomes very, very interested in his book.

“Second, you didn’t tell me you had a kid.”

Then she points up to the top of the stairs where the elevators would let people out, if they had electricity working and everything. Also, it’s where Spike is leaning against the rail, looking as smug as any man ever could. “And also third, you didn’t tell me someone that I care about is alive.”

“Yeah,” says Spike, “you really screwed this one up, mate.”

Maybe it’s a sign that they’re still connected deep down, that they’re still in sync with each other after these past few years, that the cookie dough in the oven is for him, but Angel and Buffy are completely simultaneous with their “Shut up Spike.”

Buffy’s eyes settle on him, challenging all of his reasons and excuses before he can even tell them. Her fingers, no longer pointing, curl into fists. Small, strong fists ready to protect and ready to harm.

“Look, Buffy, I would have called you, really, but this isn’t your fight—”

Her glare takes a turn for the more deadly and Angel switches tactics.

“—and we had to be quiet about it. Wolfram and Hart has ears everywhere. We couldn’t risk making a phone call and all getting killed.”          

Buffy’s fists relax a little, though her eyes remain less than pleased.

From up above, Spike hums his agreement. “Oh, you know how ol’ Forehead is, luv. Not much for sharing and all.”

Buffy’s whole body relaxes more and she nods. “Not that you have the same excuse,” she reminds him.

“Yeah,” says Spike. “But at least I didn’t go out and die without telling anyone.”

And like that, the first is back and Buffy whirls on Angel. “You died?

“Only for a little while!”

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spuffy_luvr
Oct. 25th, 2013 07:18 am (UTC)
Whee, I love nervous, clueless Angel voice. You've got it nailed.

"Only for a little while." Hee!

And the synchronous "Shut up, Spike!"

Edited at 2013-10-25 07:22 am (UTC)
gillo
Oct. 25th, 2013 11:41 am (UTC)
Did he fall asleep?

Love that last line! Love Buffy torn between which vampire to take out her urge to violence on, too. And Connor, playing it safe.
foxstarreh
Oct. 25th, 2013 12:04 pm (UTC)
Did he fall asleep?

I'm sorry?


Wait! No! I got it! I know things! I appreciate this! (It's five in the morning here and my brain is only sort of on.)


=) Thanks! Yeah, Connor's got some good survival instincts.

Edited at 2013-10-25 12:06 pm (UTC)
dragonyphoenix
Oct. 25th, 2013 02:04 pm (UTC)
Mmmmm, I love that ending.
kikimay
Oct. 25th, 2013 03:19 pm (UTC)
Love the ending. These guys and their temporary deaths!
shapinglight
Oct. 26th, 2013 05:19 pm (UTC)
Connor is obviously a peaceable young man who abhors violence.

I approve.
waddiwasiwitch
Oct. 29th, 2013 07:11 pm (UTC)
Hee.
zanthinegirl
Nov. 7th, 2013 06:43 pm (UTC)
Yay-- you did write more in the Cordelia verse! I do love him. This is so much fun! Very cute Buffy & Angel interactions. And very in character Spike butting-in!
readerjane
Nov. 10th, 2013 07:14 pm (UTC)
Hee! Connor's a smart young man. He knows to keep hishead down during a domestic dispute.
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