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Ficlet: How Do They Rise Up

Title How Do They Rise Up
Author Brutti ma buoni
Rating PG
Prompt A Game of Chess, taking sides if not actual gangs
Words 200
Setting after Chosen, by some years. Up to you if this is actually AU or if Spike never did get in touch.
A/N Because it's nearly the Glorious 25th of May. Not a Discworld crossover, merely taking an idea and a title from Night Watch.



It was the glorious twentieth of May. The day they remembered.

Ten years on now, and some of the new Slayers didn’t always know what it meant. They asked questions. They tried to join in.

Kinder souls among the more established Slayers would take them aside, explain that this wasn't for them. That they should leave Xander and Faith and Giles, Andrew, Dawn, Willow, and most of all Buffy alone that day.

That, no, they didn't have to do anything special. It was nothing that required participation from anyone new. No one else needed to go to the memorial and say goodbye, again. No one wanted to talk it out and share it with the newbies. It wasn't a piece of Slayer history, it was a memory.

Either you were there, or you weren't. Either you Chose or you were among the Chosen. Either you wore the mourning band, or you didn't get the chance.

Either you understood why Buffy still wore an ugly, cheap skull ring every day, or you learned not to ask.

On the glorious twentieth of May, and on that day alone, there were two kinds of Slayer. And if you didn’t know why, you were the other kind.

*

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thisficklemob
May. 23rd, 2011 08:18 pm (UTC)
Lovely.
brutti_ma_buoni
May. 23rd, 2011 08:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
louise39
May. 23rd, 2011 08:29 pm (UTC)
Special sad beating of my heart.
brutti_ma_buoni
May. 23rd, 2011 08:44 pm (UTC)
Sigh.

That sounds perfect for this fic. Thanks!
waddiwasiwitch
May. 23rd, 2011 08:30 pm (UTC)
Perfect. The skull ring was a lovely touch.
brutti_ma_buoni
May. 23rd, 2011 08:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I couldn't resist the ring.
slaymesoftly
May. 23rd, 2011 08:30 pm (UTC)
Plot, schmlot - you do these so brilliantly. Why spoil a good thing?
brutti_ma_buoni
May. 23rd, 2011 08:45 pm (UTC)
Heh. It took me months if not years of this kind of thing before I got my first plot. So I feel a little backward right now.
gryfndor_godess
May. 23rd, 2011 08:50 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, this is heartbreaking. The last two paragraphs, starting with the ring, are beautiful.
brutti_ma_buoni
May. 23rd, 2011 09:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It needed something special to bring the Spuffy to life, so I'm glad it worked for you.
shapinglight
May. 23rd, 2011 09:06 pm (UTC)
Wonderful. The inclusion of the ring really makes this piece.
brutti_ma_buoni
May. 23rd, 2011 09:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It needed something properly Spuffy for this comm, more than general mourning. The ring felt about right.
rebcake
May. 23rd, 2011 09:42 pm (UTC)
Either you Chose or you were among the Chosen.

Ooooh. I love that! The issue of Choice is so fraught in the Buffyverse and the real world. Why did I not get that parallel until now?

Of course, you know I love the ring, and wonder at the implication of Buffy as a life-long widow warrior. I recently watched Bright Star, so I can't decide if the idea is romantic or ridiculous. Which probably makes it a little of both. *shrug*

Nifty piece.
brutti_ma_buoni
May. 24th, 2011 04:47 pm (UTC)
I used that Choosers/Chosen somewhere in the Rulesverse as a throwaway, and I've been meaning to come back to it. It's the kind of thing that could turn nasty, down the line.

Oh, ridiculous, of course. Who'd want to be mourned forever, wrecking another's life? Least of all a practical romantic like Spike. But emotionally it's right, I think, for this one. (In practice, I don't see Buffy wearing the skull ring to Slay most of the time, but I can see colleagues reading it that way.)
quinara
May. 23rd, 2011 10:23 pm (UTC)
*sniff sniff* Oh, I give in: waaaah! :(
brutti_ma_buoni
May. 24th, 2011 04:48 pm (UTC)
*patpatpat*

smells_corrupt
May. 24th, 2011 12:57 am (UTC)
sad! But very well done!
brutti_ma_buoni
May. 24th, 2011 04:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
snickfic
May. 24th, 2011 01:16 am (UTC)
Ohh. This is lovely. Especially that very last line - yes. I'm always interested in events or commonalities that set groups apart, and this is a lovely example. Also, you know, extremely sad. *g*
brutti_ma_buoni
May. 24th, 2011 04:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It's something I touched on in the Rulesverse somewhere, just in passing, and meant to incorporate it more overtly eventually. Never found the opportunity, so I'm glad to use it here.
relurker
May. 24th, 2011 09:02 am (UTC)
Really touched by this!
brutti_ma_buoni
May. 24th, 2011 04:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much!
anviloverheaven
May. 24th, 2011 10:30 am (UTC)
So moving!

Buffy still wore an ugly, cheap skull ring every day

For me this has to be AU, because I cant even contemplate how much sadder it would be if Spike had just never got in touch...
brutti_ma_buoni
May. 24th, 2011 04:49 pm (UTC)
Aww. Okay, I promise it's AU!
hello_spikey
May. 24th, 2011 02:13 pm (UTC)
*sniffle*

That's lovely and sad.

brutti_ma_buoni
May. 24th, 2011 04:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
zanthinegirl
May. 24th, 2011 09:08 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I like. Very powerful!
brutti_ma_buoni
May. 25th, 2011 09:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
moscow_watcher
May. 24th, 2011 09:48 pm (UTC)
Either you understood why Buffy still wore an ugly, cheap skull ring every day, or you learned not to ask.

*sniffles*
brutti_ma_buoni
May. 25th, 2011 09:13 pm (UTC)
*sniffles back*

Thanks!
readerjane
May. 25th, 2011 12:44 am (UTC)
Mournful and lovely. And, for the USians, timely!
brutti_ma_buoni
May. 25th, 2011 09:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

treadingthedark
May. 25th, 2011 12:45 am (UTC)
Fabulous!
brutti_ma_buoni
May. 25th, 2011 09:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
tennyo_elf
May. 25th, 2011 01:42 am (UTC)
Very nice! I felt what you were writing and it's really poignant.
brutti_ma_buoni
May. 25th, 2011 09:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much!
alpdrucken
Jul. 31st, 2011 04:49 pm (UTC)
Hehe, I didn't see your warning at first about the idea from Night Watch, but it fits perfectly.

The title led me to read it, thinking, "They rise arse up, arse up..."

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