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Drabble: The Drama of the Dead

Hi! It's me. I know it's been awhile. Hope this little piece fits the criteria. I'm offering a glimpse of our dear Joyce here.


Title: The Drama of the Dead
Author: Gabrielle
Pairing: Spike/Buffy
Rating: FRT/PG
Word Count: 241
Summary: *Set in Season 6* Spike is alone - and lonely - and he wonders what a certain someone would think about the way things are now.
Feedback: Please.
Distribution: My LJ and my site only.
Disclaimer: I own nothing. It all belongs to Joss and a bunch of other people who are not now and have never been me.
Author's Notes: This piece uses the prompt "Joyce Summers" from sb_fag_ends.

The Drama of the Dead

Sometimes when he’s alone – when Buffy’s gone and the scents of sex and Slayer are all that remain to warm his bed – he wonders what she’d think. Not that he isn’t pretty sure he knows. He can see her, that look of parental concern and disapproval – the one that was always somehow warm even if it was coldly condemnatory – holding back a cup of rapidly cooling cocoa and asking him just what his intentions are. But it’s her daughter who needs that question posed. Who needs a box of the ears, or whatever modern parents in an age of visiting social workers and other busybodies use as a substitute, and a stern talking-to about leading blokes on and abusing their feelings.

She’d give it to her eldest with both barrels, though, if she knew. Or maybe that’s just his fancy, warmed in his cold heart by the memory of melting marshmallows and an ear so sympathetic you wonder if it truly knew the voice to which it listened belonged to a soulless demon. Buffy knows – never forgets – and while she gives him her body, she doesn’t open up to him, trust him with herself… not the way…

Oh how he wishes she were here. She could fix this. She could. She’s the only one.

He’s alone though. All alone. There’s no Buffy… and there’s no Joyce.

When he cries, he counts the tears. Which one, he wonders, claims the lion’s share?

The End.


( 21 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 2nd, 2014 04:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, my poor heart!

This is gorgeous and sad and tragic and gah.

this is beautiful

i am sad

Jul. 2nd, 2014 05:00 pm (UTC)
i am sad

Is it wrong that I'm glad?

I wanted to evoke Spike's sense of loss. His bond with Joyce was a special one and he'd have to wish she was there.

Thank you!

Jul. 2nd, 2014 05:38 pm (UTC)
No, be glad, it's WONDERFUL.

Joyce appreciation is important.
Jul. 2nd, 2014 05:53 pm (UTC)
Spike's quite right that Buffy needed more motherly direction with all the hard stuff in her life. His loss may not be a great as hers, but it's got to be a huge hole for him that one of the few who treated him without rancor is gone forever.

Beautiful vignette, darling!
Jul. 2nd, 2014 05:59 pm (UTC)
Buffy truly did need maternal guidance... and in a way, so did Spike. Joyce was an important light in both their lives.

Thank you!

Jul. 2nd, 2014 06:25 pm (UTC)
This is absolutely beautiful. Ow, my heart!
Jul. 2nd, 2014 08:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Gosh! I am so flattered you think well of this.

Jul. 2nd, 2014 07:45 pm (UTC)
Lovely, and great use of the prompt.
Jul. 2nd, 2014 08:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! It's been awhile since I have taken up a challenge here and I'm so pleased you feel I got it right.

Jul. 2nd, 2014 08:13 pm (UTC)
Lovely. And totally, if Joyce was alive at that point Buffy's angst and bad choices would have been less painful. Plus she was decent to Spike.
Jul. 2nd, 2014 08:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you kindly! Yes, were Joyce still alive, things really would have been vastly different.

Jul. 2nd, 2014 09:38 pm (UTC)
Nice one. He really did miss Joyce.
Jul. 2nd, 2014 09:51 pm (UTC)
That he did. Thank you very much. I am delighted you liked this.

Jul. 2nd, 2014 11:35 pm (UTC)
This was just wonderful!
Jul. 2nd, 2014 11:41 pm (UTC)
Gosh! Thank you so very much! *beams*

Jul. 3rd, 2014 12:35 am (UTC)
Oh, dear god. You actually managed to bring tears to my eyes with such a short amount of words. The voice was brilliant. Everything about this fag end was brilliant.
Jul. 3rd, 2014 01:26 am (UTC)
Thank you! It means so much to me to hear that I affected you with my little tale. *is so gratified by your praise*

Jul. 7th, 2014 04:31 am (UTC)
Love this.
I think at first Joice's preference of Spike over Angel was a joke about how "Mothers (don't) always know best" But the joke is on them, because she did know, after all. :)
Jul. 7th, 2014 04:45 am (UTC)
Thank you!

Yes, Joyce was an insightful woman.

Jul. 7th, 2014 09:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Your words bring me in, show me Spike so lonely it hurts. I loved the images in your words.
Jul. 7th, 2014 09:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I am flattered you think so highly of my drabble!

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