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What's In a Name?

I can't seem to write proper 100 word drabbles at the moment. Have another very short ficlet.

Setting: BtVS season 6, after As You Were.
Rating: PG13/R (for language)
For the prompt: Layla and Majnun
150 words

What's In a Name?



After she left him, he took to writing poetry.

That, and drinking. Drinking made the words flow easier.

Didn't make them any less crap, though.

He balls the paper in his fist and throws it across the crypt. Hefts the bottle of Jack to do likewise but thinks better of it.

Slumping into the chair, he upends the bottle and tips the contents down his throat.

He should know better, he thinks, than to try to express his feelings in verse.

Didn't get him anywhere the first time except humiliated and dead. Why should this time be any different?

Besides, there are no words - not in his meagre lexicon -that could ever plumb the depths of his misery.

Misery.

Despair.

Rage.

Such terrible, terrible rage.

It's like he's going crazy.

It's all her fault.

Bloody Slayer bitch.

Why the bloody buggering fuck did she have to call him William?

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waddiwasiwitch
Feb. 11th, 2014 08:10 pm (UTC)
Oh - this is marvellous. Spike and his issues. :)
shapinglight
Feb. 13th, 2014 04:44 pm (UTC)
Yes, he's not dealing well, is he?
kikimay
Feb. 11th, 2014 08:21 pm (UTC)
this is smokin' xx - Buffy and Spike's hands set alight in Chosen.



I love when Spike can't help but be the bloody awful poet he was during his mortal life. I feel for him so much. Oh William!
shapinglight
Feb. 13th, 2014 04:45 pm (UTC)
Yes, indeed.

I can't help wondering what would have happened if William had been a good poet.
foxstarreh
Feb. 11th, 2014 10:55 pm (UTC)
Holy--

Whoa.

Wow.

That last line, though. Awesome.

(It's okay, Spike, I have no words either.)
shapinglight
Feb. 13th, 2014 04:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much. :)
dragonyphoenix
Feb. 11th, 2014 11:14 pm (UTC)
*
*squee!* That's amazing!
shapinglight
Feb. 13th, 2014 04:46 pm (UTC)
Re: *
Thank you. :)
baudown
Feb. 12th, 2014 03:50 am (UTC)
So many facets of him expressed so aptly in so few words -- just beautifully done.
shapinglight
Feb. 13th, 2014 04:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much. :)
spuffy_luvr
Feb. 12th, 2014 04:30 am (UTC)
*Bows down in awe*

You can read so much into this, with so few words. The feels. Amazing.
shapinglight
Feb. 13th, 2014 04:47 pm (UTC)
Wow! Thank you!
chasingdemons
Feb. 12th, 2014 04:31 am (UTC)
Like a knife to the heart. Brilliant!
shapinglight
Feb. 13th, 2014 04:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, love. :)
comlodge
Feb. 12th, 2014 07:43 am (UTC)
Yes. I can see this. I can see him doing exactly this for exactly that reason.
shapinglight
Feb. 13th, 2014 04:47 pm (UTC)
Poor Spike. If only he'd had the words. ;)
rebcake
Feb. 12th, 2014 05:24 pm (UTC)
So, so perfect, darling! Spot on. Heartbreaking.

This is exactly the issue, isn't it? When she dumps him, she dumps all of him. He can't even comfort himself with the lie that she hated the monster but could have loved the man.

IMO she's got affection for both, even if she doesn't accept it at this point.
shapinglight
Feb. 13th, 2014 04:48 pm (UTC)
This is exactly the issue, isn't it? When she dumps him, she dumps all of him. He can't even comfort himself with the lie that she hated the monster but could have loved the man.

True. Not to mention, she was trying to be kind and that must really grate. ;)
brutti_ma_buoni
Feb. 12th, 2014 10:09 pm (UTC)
Oh, nicely done! That he'd be upset by a name, a word of power... Yes.
shapinglight
Feb. 13th, 2014 04:49 pm (UTC)
:) Yes, that name sort of unmakes him. Poor Spike. And thanks.
slaymesoftly
Feb. 12th, 2014 11:49 pm (UTC)
It was a bit mean of her, even if she wasn't aware of how it would affect him. Well done!
shapinglight
Feb. 13th, 2014 04:51 pm (UTC)
I don't think she meant to be mean. She thought she was treating him like a person by using his real name. But it means something completely different to him.

Thanks for reading. :)
hello_spikey
Feb. 13th, 2014 08:47 pm (UTC)
*wibble* The dearheart. Yes, what's in a name indeed. The poor boy.

shapinglight
Feb. 13th, 2014 09:54 pm (UTC)
:Pets him, then bandages bitten fingers:
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