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Past Progressive.
for the prompt 'Sunnydale High'

“Spike and I? We met in high school.”

She used to say that, when people asked, because she didn’t know how else to reply. Thing is, when people ask, her mind won’t just go back to the fights; it goes back to that morning, years later, when she found him in the basement. Every fight and every morning after that first.

And that’s not right, is it? You only get one meeting; she shouldn’t think in multiples. Yet she still doesn’t know what she’s meant to remember, when it was that she and Spike really ‘met’. Was it when he threatened her, feeling himself up? Or was it really when he hid from her, covering the cuts he’d carved into his soul?

Or how about the time he realised he could kill the demon, even with the chip – when he thought he was helping (the idiot)? The time he felt his soul burn after all – when he realised he could save the world? How is she supposed to pick this one moment? Someone new has stood in front of her so many times.

That’s why she says, these days, “We met in high school – but we’re not done meeting yet.”

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slaymesoftly
Sep. 2nd, 2010 12:00 am (UTC)
I like that. And it's so true. Well put.
quinara
Sep. 2nd, 2010 10:00 am (UTC)
Yay - thanks! :)
poshcat
Sep. 2nd, 2010 12:05 am (UTC)
Very nice indeed. I loved it! :0)
quinara
Sep. 2nd, 2010 10:00 am (UTC)
Thanks very much! I'm so glad. :)
penny_lane_42
Sep. 2nd, 2010 01:08 am (UTC)
I love this.
quinara
Sep. 2nd, 2010 10:00 am (UTC)
Hooray! :D
readerjane
Sep. 2nd, 2010 01:11 am (UTC)
Oh, lovely.
quinara
Sep. 2nd, 2010 10:00 am (UTC)
Thank you. :)
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quinara
Sep. 2nd, 2010 10:01 am (UTC)
Thanks! I wasn't entirely sure about the last line, so I'm really glad you liked it. :)
fangfaceandrea
Sep. 2nd, 2010 01:16 am (UTC)
ah the many faces of Spike and Buffy acknowledging them and how the story hasn't ended. Brilliant.
quinara
Sep. 2nd, 2010 10:02 am (UTC)
Heh, this may have been a post-comic pep-talk to myself... Thanks!
spikesgurl
Sep. 2nd, 2010 02:47 am (UTC)
Oh wow, I loved this! That last line really got me. Well done!!
quinara
Sep. 2nd, 2010 10:02 am (UTC)
Oh, yay! Thanks very much!!
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quinara
Sep. 2nd, 2010 10:03 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you. I'm not a big drabbler these days, so I'm really glad this worked out! :) (I miss them too, lots and lots.)
thisficklemob
Sep. 2nd, 2010 03:13 am (UTC)
Oh, nice. What's that line of poetry, something about never coming to the end of yourself? In this case, she sees that in someone else.

And then there's when he knocked a cop unconscious, and then told her he wanted to save the world. That must have been a 'hello' as well.
quinara
Sep. 2nd, 2010 10:04 am (UTC)
Thanks!

And then there's when he knocked a cop unconscious, and then told her he wanted to save the world. That must have been a 'hello' as well.

Oh, absolutely - there's got to be so many of them. FFL's another, and Intervention...
xc_runner50
Sep. 2nd, 2010 04:00 am (UTC)
Nice. I love this insightful little thing. :)
quinara
Sep. 2nd, 2010 10:05 am (UTC)
Thank you! That's so nice to hear. :)
rebcake
Sep. 2nd, 2010 04:51 am (UTC)
Oh very well done! I've seen a similar examination of their "first" kiss, but it's so true that he keeps evolving into new, but recognizable, versions of himself. And all within the walls of Sunnydale High!
quinara
Sep. 2nd, 2010 10:06 am (UTC)
Thanks very much! I know it's possibly not the most original idea under the sun, but given the comics I found myself wanting to turn it over again, because all is not lost with one encounter!
brutti_ma_buoni
Sep. 2nd, 2010 07:35 am (UTC)
Now that's beautifully done - all potential and ongoing change, not settled into tedium. Entirely Spuffy.
quinara
Sep. 2nd, 2010 10:06 am (UTC)
*huggles Spuffy* Thank you very much. :)
bogwitch
Sep. 2nd, 2010 07:41 am (UTC)
Wow. That's really, really nice.
quinara
Sep. 2nd, 2010 10:08 am (UTC)
Oh, thanks! It was all about forcibly picking myself up from the comics moping; I might try something else today because it worked quite well.
petzipellepingo
Sep. 2nd, 2010 08:21 am (UTC)
Very true and very lovely.
quinara
Sep. 2nd, 2010 10:08 am (UTC)
Thank you. :D
zanthinegirl
Sep. 2nd, 2010 09:05 am (UTC)
Lovely! And very in character. I like this one a lot!
quinara
Sep. 2nd, 2010 10:08 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm really glad you like it! :)
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