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My contribution for this month.

Setting: BtVS season 7, after LMPTM.
Rating: PG
For the prompt: New York 1977.
100 words.
Author's note: A touchy subject with some people, I know. Hope I haven't offended.


Smooth leather slips through his fingers. The coat settles over his shoulders, like a second skin.

Sometimes, he still smells her in its folds - his first dancing partner.

Fucking weird to be wearing it again now he has a soul.

Fucking weirder it's so he can make himself back into the monster who killed a Slayer and orphaned her child without a second thought.

(Didn't know about the kid then, wouldn't have made any difference if he had).

Fucking weirdest it's because another Slayer's told him to.

Not so much love's bitch these days, is he?

More like irony's.


( 27 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 10th, 2014 02:50 pm (UTC)
Excellent! *applauds*

This icon was the nearest I had to being relevant to your post I'm afraid. :)

Edited at 2014-06-10 02:51 pm (UTC)
Jun. 10th, 2014 02:57 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I spent ages trying to find the right icon before I posted. Didn't have one of the scene in your icon, or of Spike (or rather Spike's stuntman) putting the coat back on in GiD, or I would have used one of them instead.

Edited at 2014-06-10 02:58 pm (UTC)
Jun. 10th, 2014 04:26 pm (UTC)
This is spot on and has an air of inevitability about it. It's as if his journey/death was sealed the moment he put the coat back on. I never actually got that before. *ponders*
Jun. 10th, 2014 04:57 pm (UTC)
You know that works beautifully - or would do if a) the writers had had any idea that putting the coat back on was problematic after LMPTM (they didn't seem to) and b)Spike hadn't come back in AtS.

I'm divided on that last question myself, to be honest.
Jul. 1st, 2014 06:57 pm (UTC)
if a) the writers had had any idea that putting the coat back on was problematic after LMPTM (they didn't seem to)

No they really don't - but you've handled it beautifully here nevertheless.
Jun. 10th, 2014 05:52 pm (UTC)
Very, very good!

Jun. 11th, 2014 10:55 am (UTC)
Thank you. :)
Jun. 10th, 2014 08:01 pm (UTC)
Jun. 11th, 2014 10:55 am (UTC)
Thanks so much. :)
Jun. 10th, 2014 08:45 pm (UTC)
Great fixing, I always wondered about that moment, too. You surely made it less confusing than in canon.
Jun. 11th, 2014 10:56 am (UTC)
Thank you. A bit of wishful thinking maybe, on my part, but I don't think I've made him too self-aware.
Jun. 10th, 2014 10:04 pm (UTC)
Jun. 11th, 2014 10:56 am (UTC)

Liked it, then?
Jun. 11th, 2014 12:33 am (UTC)
Oh, I like this. Drabbles can says so much with so few words. Wish more people could do them well.
Jun. 11th, 2014 10:57 am (UTC)
Yeah, they're much trickier than people think. It's taken me a long time to get good(ish) at them, and it's all down to this community.
Jun. 11th, 2014 01:05 pm (UTC)
I love them. Haven't done one in years. That might a way for me to get back into the community, rather than trying to come up with a ficlet. hmmmmm....
Jun. 16th, 2014 08:50 pm (UTC)
Good idea. Why don't you try some drabbles?
Jun. 11th, 2014 12:47 am (UTC)
I have so many feelings about the coat. This was a wonderful take on it.
Jun. 11th, 2014 10:57 am (UTC)
Thank you. Damn coat is very problematic, I agree.
Jun. 11th, 2014 02:37 am (UTC)
This was absolutely awesome!
Jun. 11th, 2014 10:58 am (UTC)
Thank you. :)
Jun. 11th, 2014 04:03 am (UTC)
That's my Spikie! Love it, it is So Spike!
Jun. 11th, 2014 10:58 am (UTC)
Thank you very much. :)
Jun. 13th, 2014 12:10 am (UTC)
Ah, moral complexity's a bitch. Good stuff, Deborah. :-)
Jun. 16th, 2014 08:27 pm (UTC)
Hey there. Nice to see you, and thank you very much. :)
Jun. 17th, 2014 08:56 pm (UTC)
Wow... That was really really good. o.O
Jun. 19th, 2014 06:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :)

And Happy Midsummer to you.
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