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Nothing to Sneeze At

Prompt: Peppercorns.  Pepper is known for its ability to make you sneeze.
Setting: S9.  It had to happen.
Rating: G
A/N:  No great spoilers.  I haven't actually read S9, only reviews, so some details may be off.

Sneaking an ingredient out of Vivia's stores.


Nothing to Sneeze At

It seems like everyone’s against her these days.

There are the Slayers (who think she’s a traitor), and the witches (who blame her for the seed), and the demons (same issue, but the other side of the coin).

There are the humans (who consider her a murderer), and the military (who consider – considered? – her a threat), and law enforcement (they labeled her a thief, not unjustly).

Then there are vampires (who can no longer sire their own kind).  And probably a whole host of others she’s forgotten about, but it all adds up to Buffy Summers vs. the world.

It’s not so bad, though, because she has her support team.  There’s Willow (no wait, a disempowered witch), and Gi- (no, don’t think of him), and Xander (what’s been up with him lately, anyhow?).  Don’t forget An- (whoops, nope, don’t think of him either).  Faith?  (Busy.  Cleaning up that mess.)

Well, there’s always family.

Except family is trying to have a normal life of their own.  Buffy doesn’t begrudge Dawn that normal life.  Not one little, eensy, teeny tiny bit.  (Liar.)

So who does that leave?  Who has her back, when no one else is left?

A vampire.

No ordinary vampire, though.  This vampire’s had her back through thick and thin.  Whether homicidal and soulless, chipped and obsessed, or crazed and controlled.  Through all the times she’s turned from him, and turned on him.

And you know what?  Having only a souled, vampire champion on your side?

Nothing to sneeze at.



( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 25th, 2013 12:40 pm (UTC)
Clever use of the prompt. And Yay! for comics usage. :)
Oct. 26th, 2013 04:55 am (UTC)
You can never have enough comicfic. Thanks!
Oct. 25th, 2013 02:50 pm (UTC)
Comics fic. <3

Love the listing and parantheses. Nothing to sneeze at, indeed.
Oct. 26th, 2013 04:56 am (UTC)
Aw, I'm glad you liked it. Thanks!
Oct. 25th, 2013 10:24 pm (UTC)
Oh, brilliant use of the prompt!

I'm a sucker for fics which use inner thoughts to tell the story, and this does it so well.

Oct. 26th, 2013 04:58 am (UTC)
Inner monologue fills are fun ways to give new takes on a scene. Glad you liked. Thanks!
Oct. 26th, 2013 11:03 am (UTC)
The comics and their blame fest. Nice use of the prompt. The POV seems very Buffy-like.
Oct. 26th, 2013 09:08 pm (UTC)
Just for once, it would be nice for Buffy to come out on top without dire consequences to her own life...

Oct. 26th, 2013 05:26 pm (UTC)
Nice to see someone get something reasonably positive out of those dreadful rags.

I always knew there was a silver lining inside even that very dark cloud.
Oct. 26th, 2013 09:09 pm (UTC)
This may be why I love comicfic so much - *anybody* can do a better job than those... writers.

Oct. 29th, 2013 07:16 pm (UTC)
Love that last line. So true.
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