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'Deep Sea Rescue' by Quinara

I'll warn you, I'm not entirely sure this is a story. But it's written now, and there's Spuffy and a kraken? Nothing AO3-warning worthy. Probably PG. 870-ish words.

So, Spike actually got on his container ship. Unfortunately there was a freak accident...

Deep Sea Rescue.

He always got her into the stupidest situations. Even now, when there wasn’t any proof he existed, he had her unable to keep her balance and wanting to throw up, trying to explain that it was entirely possible he was still alive at the bottom of the North Sea.

“OK, look,” Buffy explained to the two serious-looking men in wetsuits. One had a moustache; she had no idea why, if this was his job, since it had to be annoying when damp. He managed to look serious all the same, though, which was an achievement. “Spike is a vampire. I don’t care if you don’t believe me, you can think what you like, but there’ll be a cave or lair or something down there and Angel said it’s seriously possible you’re gonna find a pissed-off looking corpse tucked up in some weeds.” There was no time for thinking about said corpse, no time for thinking that he could be animate again, or with her, or… “Bring him back!” she demanded as the ship rolled, not sure she was making a big enough impression. “And don’t give him any air! He probably doesn’t know all the stuff about pressure either.”

Really, she’d wanted to go herself, knew this would go better if she went herself; she’d had Giles on the phone and been ready to learn what she needed. She’d seen The Little Mermaid, how hard could it be? But he’d refused point blank for her to even think about it, and had sounded scared enough that she’d actually listened to him panicking about the bends and current strengths and thermoclines. Add to that the fact she’d once drowned in a puddle and, well, she’d been convincible that the risk was too risky. But that still left her trying to convince these two Norwegian guys – apparently among the best wreck divers in the world (how did Giles know these people?) – that this was way more important than some treasure chest or whatever.

Mostly, though, they were ignoring her in favour of checking their dials again. It was frustrating.

“Buffy?” came Faith’s voice, her head following it around the door with a lurch. “Captain thinks we’ve sighted it.” She looked kinda green, Faith, but she’d come for moral support so it would be rude to mention. Also because Buffy was fairly sure she looked peaky herself. Crappy slayer constitution… “D’you wanna get behind the harpoon?”

Oh yeah, the only part of the mission she could do. “Boy, do I ever,” Buffy told Faith, meeting her grimace with a dangerous grin.




If you’d asked her to put money on who would win out of her and a kraken, Buffy wasn’t sure she’d have picked herself. But, when you considered that the demon had been trying to get between her and a very well-earned (earned, dammit) reunion with her current number one guy in the world? There was no contest. Her sea legs got standing, her senses went sharp, her aptitude for weapons had her understanding water resistance better than the algebra she’d spent three years trying to pick up. She owned that whaling boat and the sea it sailed on.

When she killed it, the kraken dissolved into a pleasing shimmer of grey goo beneath their floodlights, allowing Buffy to return, satisfied, to the cabin. And wait.

And wait, uselessly. Until, long hours later, her Spike was pushed over the side of the boat like a large and scraggly fish.

It was a good thing vampire skin was durable, that was the first thing Buffy thought. He’d been down there at least three days, but he still looked recognisably human-ish. Definitely prune-like, but he embarrassed Faith when Buffy stripped him on the deck, making the other slayer offer foil blankets and fleeces with an abrupt drop-and-run. “Uh, yeah, I’ll just…” she said, while Buffy didn’t look up. “I’m gonna see how long…”

Buffy carefully mummified Spike in the foil, not sure what drying out would do to him initially, before bundling the fleece around him and taking them both inside. Probably the fleeces wouldn’t do very much for him, but it made him much more comfy to snuggle against. Body heat was good, right?

Surprisingly, Spike actually came out fugue not that far from Bergen, coughing up pints of water and struggling in his wrapping. “Don’t,” she told him shortly, holding him still and not sure what else to say.

He stopped moving, apparently figuring things out. “Didn’t mean – you… Rescue me,” he croaked at last with some sort of humour, shifting his fleece-wrapped head against her shoulder.

This was ridiculous, wasn’t it? This was really ridiculous. When he burned up, she failed, but pull him down into the deep and pile water on him? She was there, with a boat and a crew and a Faith who was weirded out by wrinkly penises. “I’ll always save you,” she said, suddenly choking back tears. “If nothing else, if you let me, I’ll always…”

“Me – up for…” he whispered, before his energy left him.

She’d dreamed of saving him hundreds of times, but none of them had gone like this. Reality, it was unpredictable.

Who cared? She would make it work.

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thisficklemob
Apr. 11th, 2011 11:15 pm (UTC)
Whatever it is, it's excellent. *pets the pruney Spike burrito*
quinara
Apr. 12th, 2011 07:31 am (UTC)
Hee, thank you! Reading a bit more about trench foot, Spike's probably quite swollen as well, but possibly Buffy doesn't realise that...
smells_corrupt
Apr. 11th, 2011 11:53 pm (UTC)
"add to that the fact she'd once drowned in a puddle..." Hee!

Story or not, this is quite awesome.
quinara
Apr. 12th, 2011 07:32 am (UTC)
:D Thanks very much! Buffy and water are not very mixy.
anviloverheaven
Apr. 12th, 2011 12:23 am (UTC)
"Me – up for…” he whispered, before his energy left him.

Mwahahahahahahahaha

That's perfection right there :)
quinara
Apr. 12th, 2011 07:33 am (UTC)
:D Hooray - and thanks!
larabeckinsale
Apr. 12th, 2011 01:36 am (UTC)
This is awesome!
quinara
Apr. 12th, 2011 07:33 am (UTC)
Thank you! :)
gryfndor_godess
Apr. 12th, 2011 07:44 am (UTC)
Ohhh, this is so great.

She’d seen The Little Mermaid, how hard could it be?

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Add to that the fact she’d once drowned in a puddle

*g* Perfect.

I didn't realize this was a post-NFA reunion fic until the end, and it's just so wonderful. I love the creativity with the kraken prompt and the Faith cameo and Angel calling her and Buffy organizing a possibly useless deep sea mission- her bluntness and bossiness to the divers is excellent. Sequel in which Spike wakes up and is coherent enough to talk? :)
quinara
Apr. 12th, 2011 07:58 am (UTC)
Thank you!! Yay, you laughed at my jokes! :D

I think I was envisioning this as more like partway through S5, but post-NFA works too! Hmm, on the sequel; I suppose there are still four magical creatures left...
shapinglight
Apr. 12th, 2011 08:24 am (UTC)
I do love your Buffy so much. Terrific piece.
quinara
Apr. 12th, 2011 08:55 am (UTC)
Hooray! Thanks. :)
zanthinegirl
Apr. 12th, 2011 09:24 am (UTC)
Probably the fleeces wouldn’t do very much for him, but it made him much more comfy to snuggle against. Body heat was good, right?

Hee! Such a Buffy thought! Even if this isn't a story (though I tend to think it is) it's deeply cute, and very well characterized.

When he burned up, she failed, but pull him down into the deep and pile water on him? She was there, with a boat and a crew and a Faith who was weirded out by wrinkly penises.

Hee! again. Have I mentioned that I love your buffy-voice?

quinara
Apr. 12th, 2011 11:55 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you very much! I tried to story-ify it as much as I could, so that's fabulous if it actually worked. And extra yay that you like my Buffy - she's so fun to write it almost feels like cheating... :D
spikereader
Apr. 12th, 2011 04:40 pm (UTC)
Well, it read like a story to me. Great Buffy, a snippet of Faith and sodden Spike.

She’d seen The Little Mermaid, how hard could it be? Perfect.
quinara
Apr. 13th, 2011 09:04 am (UTC)
Thank you!! Poor Buffy, so let down by Disney...
lynnalso
Apr. 12th, 2011 05:34 pm (UTC)
This was moving AND funny: my favorite combination.
quinara
Apr. 13th, 2011 09:04 am (UTC)
Hooray! Thanks. :)
moscow_watcher
Apr. 12th, 2011 08:35 pm (UTC)
LoveLOVElove!!!

A thoroughly Spuffy reunion - drama, adventure and fun. Perfect!
quinara
Apr. 13th, 2011 09:05 am (UTC)
Thank you!!! So glad you liked it. :D
brutti_ma_buoni
Apr. 12th, 2011 08:37 pm (UTC)
It feels like we've set foot briefly into their world, but I believe they existed before and after, so I call that a story. a cute, hilarious, ultimately touching story at that. Yay kraken!
quinara
Apr. 13th, 2011 09:06 am (UTC)
Definitely yay kraken!! And thank you - I'll hold you to your story definition. ;)
louise39
Apr. 13th, 2011 03:54 pm (UTC)
Buffy failed once to rescue him and she was determined not to fall short ever again. Good effects - Spike's 'prune-y' skin and damaged voice.

quinara
Apr. 13th, 2011 04:04 pm (UTC)
She's determined, that Buffy! And thanks! :)
penny_lane_42
Apr. 13th, 2011 05:41 pm (UTC)
*claps hands with delight* I adore this! I love your voices, especially, as always!
quinara
Apr. 14th, 2011 08:20 am (UTC)
Yay!! Thank you. :D
hello_spikey
Apr. 13th, 2011 08:57 pm (UTC)
She'd dreamed of saving him hundreds of times

*sniffle* *spuffyheartbreak*

SO FUNNY! OMG HOW DID I MISS THIS ONE????

*feels put upon by LJ*

Love Buffy's take-charge attitude and that she could OWN that boat and harpoon! Go team Buffy!
quinara
Apr. 14th, 2011 08:21 am (UTC)
Team Buffy pwns U! Yeah! :D

Anyway, thank you!! Really glad I could make you sniffle and also amuse. Magical creatures are fun!
kathylovesspike
Apr. 20th, 2011 12:04 pm (UTC)
"She'd seen the Little Mermaid..."....how very perfect for Buffy.
Awesome little fic and a great pick me up for this morning.
Next time Spike needs "under the sea" or Kraken assistence, maybe Buffy should get Captain Jack Sparrow to help out.
Spike, Buffy and Captain Jack...now that would be a hoot!!!!!

Thanks so much for this...it was perfect Spuffy!
quinara
Apr. 20th, 2011 06:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Really glad you enjoyed. Part of me wants to say that Captain Jack would have a whale of a time, but I fear that may be one pun too far... ;)
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