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Fic: Interdimensional Correspondence

Title: Interdimensional Correspondence
Creator: drizzlydaze
Rating: G
Setting: AtS S5 Hellbound AU
Word count: 652
Prompt: Magnet

If Giles hadn’t warned her to be covert, Wolfram and Hart would have had to resort to more than piddling bureaucracy to keep her from talking to Angel. As it were, she was stuck in civilian mode, which meant her superpowers consisted of pig-headedness under mind-numbing boredom. She was quite sure that the forms she was filling out now (application C22 in triplicate, if box 7c is checked then fold form 776m into paper crane) would lead to nowhere, but they let her stay in the security-ridden building for a good period of time without actually being a client.

There was a fridge in the corner which was filled with snacks, which completed the diptych of torture: triplicate forms and tempting calories. And of course, her stomach growled. She’d yet to yield to the lure, but now it was with a defeated sigh that she stood and went over to the fridge.

There were colourful magnets all over it, much too cheery for the glass-and-wood Wolfram and Hart. She’d seen other mini-fridges scattered around the premises which all had colourful magnets on them too. Collectively, they all looked like a feeble attempt to convince people that they weren’t in fact inside a dragon’s toothy maw.

There was a note under one of the magnets.

Reality bends to desire. Dark soul is Matthias Pavane (sp?).

Get me out now. I want my coat.


The evil corporation’s version of a to-do list. Buffy was sure there hadn’t been a note there before. Shrugging, she opened the fridge and pulled out a bar of peanut butter chocolate. When she closed the fridge door, the note was no longer there.

She blinked. She grabbed one of the forms, put it under another magnet, and waited. After about half a minute (during which she opened and closed the fridge door repeatedly, feeling bad about the ozone), it disappeared too.

She tried the other fridges she’d seen, sticking random papers under the magnets; they all disappeared within the minute.  Some kind of inter-office message system? It was the only explanation that occurred to her, beyond the general weirdness of Wolfram and Hart.

So she took up a pen and paper, and wrote,

Get me Angel.
-Buffy Summers, The Slayer

She wandered around Wolfram and Hart before finding spotting the first form she had put on the fridge. This was its destination. Then she saw her own note about Angel on the floor.

A paper materialised under the W magnet.

Same fridge, different dimension. Write back, you morons. I’m sick of talking to myself.


She waited. It didn’t disappear. This must be destination—but no one was here but her. Just as she thought that, a brunette in a white lab coat rushed by her and practically ripped the paper from the fridge, the W magnet dropping to the ground.

Well, maybe she could write to the S guy, then. It was better than nothing.

S, I’ve got experience with different dimensions. Help you if you help me.


She couldn’t think of better to write, but she would help. It sounded like this guy had gotten the short end of the W&H stick. She was pretty sure he’d write back too; his other correspondents weren’t replying, and he sounded like he was dying for some conversation.

Yeah, you and all the other minions. What makes you think you can help me any better?

What do you want?


That was fast. She wrote on the back of his sheet.

I know Slayers, and they’ve got even more powerful witches on their side. They’ll help.

You got screwed over by W&H, right? I want to take care of Angel.


True, but perhaps not as sinisterly as the flouted S would interpret it. She didn’t know if S would believe her about the witches (just one, actually).

It was a while before the next note came.



( 19 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 24th, 2013 10:28 am (UTC)
Oh, how cute.

If, you know, you ignore Spike being stuck in an alternate, possibly hellish, dimension.
Oct. 25th, 2013 02:04 pm (UTC)
Well, wherever he is, he's got time to write to Buffy!
Oct. 24th, 2013 05:23 pm (UTC)
I like this; very intriguing!
Oct. 25th, 2013 02:07 pm (UTC)
Glad you like!
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Oct. 25th, 2013 02:09 pm (UTC)
Hahaha, I'm sure you can picture what comes next.
Oct. 24th, 2013 07:38 pm (UTC)
BRILLIANT ENDING! And, more please? I can so picture Buffy being petulant and bored in this place; the notes must seem a brilliant relief in comparison.
Oct. 25th, 2013 02:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I can see myself doing more of this, but I'm not actively planning to.
Oct. 25th, 2013 02:48 pm (UTC)

Yeah I know how it goes - we're not the bosses, our muses are. We're just the slaves and puppets at their command. (or maybe that's just true of mediocre writers like myself, and really good ones - or ones who practice their craft consistently, have learned better how to "tame the muse"?)

Anyhoo, this was a brilliant ending nonetheless. this entire round has been superb overall.
Oct. 25th, 2013 02:54 pm (UTC)
Well, I rarely write things out of fag ends, because prompts let me force my muse. Especially for challenges like this. Otherwise, inspiration doesn't just serve itself on a platter, and I'd be too lazy to write anything.

Which is also why I love 'what if' type prompts that get me thinking--and trying to subvert the entire thing, of course.
Oct. 25th, 2013 05:19 pm (UTC)
Interesting thoughts, thank you for sharing that! I can see how that would work esp once you get into the habit of responding to prompts . I guess it just becomes habit and gets easier like anything else. Because I've never done it I don't know how to do it.

inspiration doesn't just serve itself on a platter,

I've read that idea elsewhere - "showing up" to the blank page everyday, but I've been a 'wait for my muse' sort of writer. Something I need to work on.

It's interesting to me that this is the first fandom or "group" I've been part of where there are so many people who are "prolific" and skilled writers, and in a wide age range; rather than just having one or two people to talk to about writing and learning from.
Oct. 26th, 2013 05:44 am (UTC)
Then maybe you should try the fag ends prompts! No better way to get into the habit.

It's interesting to me that this is the first fandom or "group" I've been part of where there are so many people who are "prolific" and skilled writers, and in a wide age range; rather than just having one or two people to talk to about writing and learning from.

Well, the Buffy fandom is pretty huge... But out of curiosity, what others have you been in? There's still the limited gender demographic, though.
Oct. 26th, 2013 12:24 pm (UTC)
My first fandom was Moulin Rouge, and I posted one fic on ff.net that I'm actually pretty pleased with (and wrote tons that never saw the light of day - and didn't deserve to.; and then I was part of a couple of Nicole Kidman fanboards for a while. (No one wrote RPF thank god.)

The MR demo at ff.net was extremely narrow - mostly 12-20something year old girls/young women. I was an oldster at 30something. (But maybe that's ff.net? I did meet other mature MR fans outside of it, in the NK boards; but again, mostly women.) The Nicole Kidman fanboards had a wider demographic, again mostly female, all ages; most not writers.

What would you say the demo for this fandom is? This fandom has a lot of varied "corners" groups and cliques it seems to me. And I've read that MOST fandoms are dominated by women. Except in very obviously "male-oriented" fandoms. (Batman, etc)
Oct. 24th, 2013 09:18 pm (UTC)
Very cute indeed, I agree. Wherever Spike is, he has pens. Can that be so bad?
Oct. 25th, 2013 02:12 pm (UTC)
My thoughts exactly. Maybe he's found his way into the world with nothing but Sharpies.
Oct. 25th, 2013 03:12 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I love this. I hope it continues elsewhere?
Oct. 26th, 2013 02:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks. It does seem fit to continue, but I've no plans to at the moment.
Oct. 25th, 2013 03:26 pm (UTC)
Interesting. I hope it continues.
Oct. 26th, 2013 02:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I may continue it in future, but it's not something I'm immediately thinking about.
Oct. 29th, 2013 12:18 am (UTC)
I love this. I would love to see more if your muse obliges.
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