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The Happiest Place on Earth

Title The Happiest Place on Earth
Words 900
Rating PG
Setting post-series
Prompt When Halloween Was Forever

By the fourth day, they are going slightly insane.

Every time one of them says Bill Murray, or Groundhog, or Andi, it's understandable that they should start to giggle. They are jokes, right? But as the insanity of the situation grows on them, they start to laugh at other words which turn out to be connected to the film: diner, shadow, multiple suicide attempts…

These are not appropriate things to laugh at.

But it's not good. Not good at all to be trapped in a single day, going around and around, waking up together in the dank motel, eating at the pumpkin-decorated diner, wandering the sunless alleys of the downtown mall enjoying the Halloween decorations, awaiting mission instructions from outside which never come, and never, ever finding the smallest sign of supernatural goings on. Until they wake again, and go through it all again.

By the sixth day, they've tried changing their meal stops. Visited the church, the library, pretty much every store in town. Buffy has expressed an interest in every club and society advertised in every window. Spike has joined every covert poker game he can learn of on the grapevine. Every death in the past month has been investigated, and they are normal, normal, normal: old age, sickness and one stupidly preventable drunken accident.

The priest is not a warlock. The library is not a front for a demon cult. There are no college buildings with spooky pasts – there is, in fact, no college, so also no demonic fraternities. Even the poker involves no demons. Or even kittens. If there are spooky types in the area, they are observing the Halloween truce and keeping a low profile on this one day of the year. The little kids trick or treating are just little kids. No magic costumes or wee little fear demons. No nothing.

"I'm pretty sure this place is the anti-Sunnydale," says Buffy at the end of the seventh day, over a really good pumpkin soup at the best of the five diner/restaurant options in town. "Like it was founded by a completely normal human being, for completely normal reasons, and it isn't the mouth to any kind of hell. It probably never even housed a secret government installation or a master vampire."

Spike grinds his bread roll into smithereens. "I fucking hate this nice, ordinary place," he says.

"I know what you mean." Buffy's fingers twitch, as though she's longing to get her stake out and start slaying. But the only vampire available is the one she loves, so mostly that doesn't feel like the best option.

The ninth night, they rent Groundhog Day. Just to check.

It's still a funny film. Less so, when you analyse its every moment for clues to your own timeloop predicament, but nonetheless.

There are differences: no snow, no oblivious camera crew, no prophetic rodent. They both know it's happening, so no one's quite as nuts as Bill Murray's character. They don't have a silent doomed love that will make them into better persons, because what they have is a loudly-expressed love that may technically face many practical obstacles, but is making them both pretty contented right now, kay thanks?

Sure, Spike leaves wet towels on the bathroom floor. Buffy, out of boredom and the certainty it won't appear on her credit card bill in the real world, has now bought eight new pairs of boots from the shoe store and enjoys the hell out of wearing them for the days she gets to keep them. But these don't seem like vices that need a whole town to be looped for infinity to fix them.

(Spike tries picking up his towels one day. This does not fix the timeloop, nor does it really make him a better person. Therefore Buffy continues to buy boots.)

Fifteen days in, and with nothing bad happening to either of them, ever, Buffy says, "I know I said I wanted some time just us, no Slaying, but this is insane."

Spike thunks his head down on the table, hard enough to bruise. "So you did," he says, muffled. "So you did. Except might there have been a wish in there? Might there?"

Buffy smacks herself upside the head. "Never say wish. Never say wish. I know that. I totally know that."

"Not exactly a vengeance wish, is it though?" And it isn't. If they'd read the sign coming into town, they'd have seen the town motto, "Where your happiest wishes come true!" They don't remember it at this point, but they've worked out the principles enough that this really doesn't matter so much.

Spike wishes, loudly, for them to stop living the same bloody day over and over. When they wake up in the morning, it's November.

Driving out of town, with the road clear and no mysterious force sending them back to the road into town when they reach the city limits, Spike starts to laugh.

"What," Buffy wants to know, curling contentedly in the passenger seat, weapons ready for the hell that surely awaits them in Nebraska.

"Just fucking glad our lives have so much death and destruction in them," he says, heartfelt. She nods, agreeing, and nuzzles his shoulder briefly in anticipation of bigger and better fights to come.

When wishes come true, you learn a lot about what you really want in life.



( 21 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 26th, 2012 11:26 am (UTC)
But what happened to the shoes?
Oct. 26th, 2012 11:47 am (UTC)
sorry. most of the shoes didn't make it. except the last pair, which did turn up on buffy's credit card bill. They were quite expensive.
Oct. 26th, 2012 12:15 pm (UTC)
That'll teach her.
Oct. 26th, 2012 11:44 am (UTC)
Perfect, perfect, perfect!

Perfectly them, and marvelously twisted, the way I love them.

Love the way Spike's willing to TRY giving up his annoying guy-habit, just in case it will break the spell. Which means he's aware of the habit. Just doesn't care most of the time. And Buffy takes advantage of Spike's experiment to validate that she doesn't need to give up her own indulgence. Hee!
Oct. 26th, 2012 07:29 pm (UTC)
*g* Being an evil vampire isn't just about the biting, yanno. It takes work. (Whereas Slayers need recreational pursuits, dammit.)
Oct. 26th, 2012 01:00 pm (UTC)
That was... kinda inspiring, actually. *clap clap* Well done!
Oct. 26th, 2012 07:32 pm (UTC)
Hee! Glad you enjoyed.
Oct. 26th, 2012 01:03 pm (UTC)
Words of wisdom, Spike. *g*
Oct. 26th, 2012 07:43 pm (UTC)
Innit? *g*
Oct. 26th, 2012 02:12 pm (UTC)
Hee! How clever. Loved the bit about the wet towels and Buffy continuing to buy boots. I hope she got to take some of them with her! :)
Oct. 26th, 2012 07:43 pm (UTC)
Heh. Just the last pair (which were, unfortunately, quite expensive).
Oct. 26th, 2012 06:58 pm (UTC)
But the only vampire available is the one she loves, so mostly that doesn't feel like the best option.

Hee! Very cute.
Oct. 26th, 2012 07:44 pm (UTC)
Oct. 26th, 2012 10:21 pm (UTC)
Now, see, if Spike was still in the habit of knocking over "Welcome" signs, they might not've had this problem, hmmm?

This is absolutely fabulous in all ways. *applause*
Oct. 27th, 2012 10:50 pm (UTC)
Eh, I dunno. If you run a sign over in the De Soto, do you read it as your tyres run it over? Or maybe I'm just a more carefree type of vandal. *g*

And thank you!
Oct. 27th, 2012 03:30 pm (UTC)
Hee! that was a very clever take on the senario; Buffy's expensive boots were a particularly nice touch. And I like that Spike had to be in extremis to consider picking up his wet towels!
Oct. 27th, 2012 10:50 pm (UTC)
*g* Glad you enjoyed this!
Oct. 27th, 2012 03:53 pm (UTC)
Oct. 27th, 2012 10:50 pm (UTC)
Oct. 31st, 2012 10:20 am (UTC)
This was too darn cute.
Nov. 9th, 2012 05:30 pm (UTC)
(Spike tries picking up his towels one day. This does not fix the timeloop, nor does it really make him a better person. Therefore Buffy continues to buy boots.)

HAH! My favorite line - it really packs a lot of layers - and humor.
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