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What Goes Before

Author Brutti ma buoni
Title What Goes Before
Rating PG
Words 350
Setting late season 7, to Chosen
Prompt 20000 leagues under the street

Under it all is the Hellmouth.

The Hellmouth was here before any of them. Before the vampires, the demons… not before the forces of darkness. Clearly not. It is a force of darkness.

It waits.

It does not like this girl. She has been here before, and she hurts. She destroys those who want to free the Hellmouth and give it power once again. She sees through the plans of the small people who do evil in its name. She destroyed the demon Olvikan, who founded a town for this Hellmouth to nurture. When the Hellmouth has opened, tentatively, on the two occasions it has been called, this girl has attacked with axes and forced the closure.

The Hellmouth hates being forced.

Now here she is again. The Hellmouth has opened, briefly and once only, to vomit forth a Turok Han at the call of blood on the seal of Danzalthar. That was fitting. But now, this time, she is the one that is opening. This is wrong. This is not the natural order of things.

But then, this girl will not abide by the natural order of things. Look at the thing next to her. A vampire whom she has turned and twisted and brought towards the forces of light. For a vampire, that absolutely cannot be correct.

He will not survive. Obviously.

The girl has opened the Hellmouth, and hell is unleashed. The Hellmouth enjoys the spectacle. A wave of Turok Han breaks over a small knot of girls, who are following the Girl, and her unnatural paramour. The vampires foam and fight. The interlopers will die.


But there is a new power. The power of the girl. Shared. The Hellmouth feels it, and shudders.


And there is a second power. Unknown. Cleansing. Purifying. Wrong.

It comes from the unclean, the turned vampire. From the power of his unclean, cleansed, returned soul and his love for the girl. And it burns.

The girl holds the vampire's hand while it burns. The two powers entwine, and the heart of the Hellmouth turns hollow.

And falls.



( 19 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 29th, 2012 10:21 pm (UTC)
This was lovely. I could see it clearly as if it really happened. Loved it!
Oct. 29th, 2012 10:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much!
Oct. 29th, 2012 10:24 pm (UTC)
Hellmouth POV! Interesting. Love its description of Spike.
Oct. 29th, 2012 10:28 pm (UTC)
Heh. This challenge means we all need to try a little something new. *crazed scribbling*
Oct. 29th, 2012 10:36 pm (UTC)
Ooh, very interesting perspective!
Oct. 29th, 2012 10:38 pm (UTC)
Oct. 30th, 2012 02:29 am (UTC)
Yayy, love conquers all!

Loved this: "A vampire whom she has turned and twisted and brought towards the forces of light."

Usually "turned" means vamped. Here, it's -- not the opposite, but the redemption of it.
Oct. 30th, 2012 07:50 pm (UTC)
Poor old hellmouth. Its perspective is so unfamiliar...
Oct. 30th, 2012 11:08 am (UTC)
Interesting POV! The Hellmouth was often portrayed as a "living" thing. Eeeww!
Oct. 30th, 2012 07:51 pm (UTC)
From beneath you, it devours. And then picks its teeth and has a siesta. Eeeuw indeed. *g*
Nov. 9th, 2012 06:22 pm (UTC)
Too true! This is the first time I've seen Chosen depicted from the POV from the First, but you've done it beautifully here. Of course from it's point of view, Buffy and Spike together would seem "unnatural". (As it does to Giles and the Scoobies. There is no place those two poor kids can exist, no place to rest, except in one another.)
Oct. 30th, 2012 02:48 pm (UTC)
That was just lovely. So lyrical.
Oct. 30th, 2012 07:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much!
Oct. 30th, 2012 07:38 pm (UTC)
Wonderful use of the prompt! Take that, hellmouth! Your usual outstanding take on things. *bows*
Oct. 30th, 2012 07:52 pm (UTC)
You're too kind. But thanks!
Oct. 30th, 2012 08:25 pm (UTC)
Epic! Especially the very end. Well done! *clap clap*
Oct. 31st, 2012 06:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much!
Oct. 31st, 2012 11:50 am (UTC)
Oh marvelous!
Oct. 31st, 2012 06:39 pm (UTC)
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