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Ficlet: Challenging the Doors of Time

Title Challenging the Doors of Time
Author Brutti ma buoni
Rating PG
Words c200
Prompt Queen’s A Kind of Magic (playing with parts of the lyrics, though it’s not song fic as such)
Setting Chosen, and after. A slightly AU version.
A/N A happy-type AU, though, technically, canon character death too… I'm trying.


As he burns, he holds on to the one golden glance she gave him. Glowing with love as she said goodbye. He’s hurting, but he knows that was real. He knows that she understands that he’s glad to go out this way.

The flame that burns inside of him now is powerful and pure. It’s burning away what he was, and it feels good to let go. He says goodbye to twelve decades of murder, rape, violence and hate. To the line of vampires that brought him to this place, their thousand years of loathsome rage ending here in cleansing fire.

The flame burns on, and he holds onto her golden glance as he’s consumed. It burns as the Hellmouth ruptures and he is buried as he smiles, as he holds on to her, as he dies.

In the dawning of the morning after, there’s a single shaft of light on the ruins of Sunnydale. It’s shining on a man.

He looks a little new in his skin, wobbly on his feet and kinda naked for a guy emerging from thousands of tons of rubble. But he’s alive and he’s climbing.

And Buffy’s waiting.

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readerjane
Apr. 25th, 2011 08:17 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes. Apocalypse as crucible.
brutti_ma_buoni
Apr. 25th, 2011 08:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
quinara
Apr. 25th, 2011 09:00 pm (UTC)
Awesome. :D

And somewhat seasonal if you follow the whole 'Spike is Jesus' line of meta that I swear exists or maybe only does because I read something wrong somewhere...
brutti_ma_buoni
Apr. 25th, 2011 09:14 pm (UTC)
It's possible there may be a slightly Eastery theme going here, yes. (Pretty sure I've seen some meta along those lines too, but years ago). Though he rose well before the third day, and we'll have no blasphemy here. This is my *nice* ficlet for this week, after all!
quinara
Apr. 25th, 2011 09:24 pm (UTC)
And very nice it is too. :P
slaymesoftly
Apr. 25th, 2011 09:20 pm (UTC)
Awesome. Have I mentioned lately how much I love this community and the things it brings out? Not today, I haven't. I'm pretty sure...
brutti_ma_buoni
Apr. 25th, 2011 09:45 pm (UTC)
*g* And this is the nice fic from me. You're welcome!
rebcake
Apr. 25th, 2011 10:33 pm (UTC)
he knows that was real

I came away with the impression that the power of her love fueled his soul into burning even more brightly, a sort of nuclear reaction of love. (Now that I've said it, I want to write it. Doh!)

Anyway, beautiful, beautiful!
brutti_ma_buoni
Apr. 26th, 2011 09:21 am (UTC)
(Now that I've said it, I want to write it. Doh!) And you should go with that. Though not till you've finished seasonal Spuffy fic #2. Feed my reading needs before having shiny new fun. *horsewhips*

And thank you!
smells_corrupt
Apr. 25th, 2011 10:59 pm (UTC)
Awesome! I like that you let him die, and then come back, as opposed to rescuing him from death all together.
brutti_ma_buoni
Apr. 26th, 2011 09:22 am (UTC)
*g* Suffering is key, y'know. Thanks!
larabeckinsale
Apr. 26th, 2011 02:43 am (UTC)
I LOVE it! That should have been the ending of the show.
brutti_ma_buoni
Apr. 26th, 2011 09:23 am (UTC)
Heh. Glad you enjoyed it!
hello_spikey
Apr. 26th, 2011 12:04 pm (UTC)
That would have been a LOVELY way for it to go. *sigh*

*clap clap*
brutti_ma_buoni
Apr. 26th, 2011 09:46 pm (UTC)
Sigh. We should totally write this stuff, no? Much happier all round.
louise39
Apr. 26th, 2011 09:29 pm (UTC)
Talk about a feel-good ending!!

:smiles:
brutti_ma_buoni
Apr. 26th, 2011 09:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Ringing the changes a little for this comm!
anviloverheaven
Apr. 26th, 2011 11:46 pm (UTC)
*sigh* Short, sweet and so very beautiful.

If the show had actually ended this way, I wouldn't have spent six hours crying. Maybe just some happy tears...
kudagirl
Apr. 27th, 2011 12:50 pm (UTC)
Wish Joss had taken this way to end the show. Well done!
moscow_watcher
Apr. 27th, 2011 08:11 pm (UTC)
Spike's death and rebirth is very poetic.
shapinglight
Apr. 28th, 2011 12:15 pm (UTC)
:sigh: If only....
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