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In Strength We are Stronger.

Heh, another 500 words from me (limits are tricky!), set between Intervention and Tough Love, for the Magic Box. I'll warn you now, I'm not entirely sure what this fic's about or why I've given it this silly title.

In Strength We are Stronger.

It was time to pick up the pace.

There hadn’t been much downtime, not since, well… There hadn’t been much downtime. Still, she knew that if she wanted to beat Glory she needed to be in better shape. Her trip to the desert had been a total washout and it was pretty clear from what had happened to Spike that emotions weren’t her biggest problem right now. She didn’t like it, but, if it would save Dawn? She would be anything, even stone.

And so here she was, in the back of the Magic Box, trying to remember what she’d been doing with Giles six months ago. It was time to sew up her raggedy edges.

Taking a deep breath, Buffy placed her hands on the wooden block in front of her. Listening first to the silence and then to nothing, focusing only on herself, she steadily kicked her legs from the floor and settled into a handstand. Her eyes closed.

It was when her concentration drifted, minutes later, that she realised there was another presence in the room. Even with her eyes shut it was more than familiar.

“What are you doing here, Spike?” she asked, still upside down, feeling strong despite the blood rushing through her head.

“Didn’t fancy my crypt,” he replied shortly, sounding as if he was pacing around her, in a circle like Giles had always done. “Nothing on telly this time of day.”

She knew that wasn’t true: daytime TV had no greater devotee than Spike. Not that she paid attention to his habits, but if she had to hear Giles complain about last year one more time –

“What’s with the Zen master routine, anyway?”

Did he sound – nervous? OK, it wasn’t everyday Spike got kidnapped and, you know, tortured, but she’d never have thought he’d try to process by talking to her, unless…

Oh yeah, the love thing. You couldn’t forget about that.

She opened her eyes then, watching him watch her, the mechanism of his body seeming bizarre from this angle. She wondered if she’d get used to it, if she watched for long enough – or if her brain would do that thing she’d read about, where it always turned the world the right way up eventually.

“I was meditating,” she said, without much bite. It almost surprised her, that she was too calm to snark properly, but she had a feeling she was too calm for surprise as well.

Nevertheless, it made him pause. “Oh, right,” he said, sounding a little disappointed. “Do you want me to go?”

Did she?

They all needed to be strong, she knew, for the coming fight. More than that, hearing Spike so unsure of himself was weirding her out.

“There’s another block behind the vaulting horse,” she said, eyes drifting closed again. “I’ll walk you through it.”

There was silence like hesitation, and then, more firmly, the clunk of wood on stone floor.

They took a breath together. “There is nothing but you,” she began.


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Sep. 3rd, 2010 07:41 pm (UTC)

I just love it when they find common ground and come together like that. And yay for Buffy's strength!
Sep. 3rd, 2010 08:52 pm (UTC)
*fans you*

Definitely yay! I'm thrilled you like it. :)
Sep. 3rd, 2010 07:52 pm (UTC)
Hmm hesitant Spike and agreeable Buffy make a pretty picture in my head :)
Sep. 3rd, 2010 08:53 pm (UTC)
Mine too (I seem to be in a nervous Spike phase, the dear dear woobie). :D
Sep. 3rd, 2010 07:55 pm (UTC)
They took a breath together

And so it begins, always side by side.
Sep. 3rd, 2010 08:53 pm (UTC)
Definitely. :D
Sep. 3rd, 2010 07:59 pm (UTC)
Very Buffy, that if things don't look right from her perspective, she simply turns them on their heads. ;-)

Two warriors honing their focus in preparation for the coming battle is an incredibly moving image for me. Great job!
Sep. 3rd, 2010 08:55 pm (UTC)
Absolutely! She is both practical and sometimes literal. :D

Thank you! It's nice to move. :)
Sep. 3rd, 2010 08:07 pm (UTC)
Whatever it is, I really really like it.

This is an aspect of Buffy we don't often see. And yet, it must be there, or else none of the times she meditated into a trance -- during her Cruciamentum, or doing Tirer La Couture(?) -- would have worked as they did, to put her into a trance, or even into an almost clairvoyant state. So Buffy, underneath the rest of her persona, is so a Jedi. *g*
Sep. 3rd, 2010 08:59 pm (UTC)
Hooray! Thanks for saying so. :)

And Buffy is totally a jedi... That scene at the beginning of Real Me always stuck in my head, because, like you say, there's no way Buffy could be ditzy all the time and still pull off some pretty hardcore meditative techniques. Not to mention that things like the Bot and her chi energy at the start of S6 and Travers in Checkpoint seem to imply that Giles probably grounded a lot of Buffy's training (even if not explicitly) in East Asian martial arts.
Sep. 3rd, 2010 08:14 pm (UTC)
Oh, this is very nice. I always love those moments of commonality.
Sep. 3rd, 2010 09:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I don't seem to be in the mood for snark right now. ;)
Sep. 3rd, 2010 09:00 pm (UTC)
Sep. 3rd, 2010 09:02 pm (UTC)
Sep. 3rd, 2010 09:14 pm (UTC)
This was very lovely. This community is making me so happy.
Sep. 3rd, 2010 09:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :) It's making me very happy too.
Sep. 3rd, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC)
I like this. Buffy trying to find her calm centre so she can fight. It's really what she's all about.

And that was a neat observation about her brain constantly adjusting to a new view of the world.
Sep. 3rd, 2010 09:38 pm (UTC)
Oh, yay! I have a big fondness for Buffy as a fairly straight-up warrior woman.

And thanks - I always thought that aspect of how vision worked as very cool...
Sep. 3rd, 2010 09:37 pm (UTC)
Wonderful! You all are putting me to shame with these amazing little fics.
Sep. 3rd, 2010 09:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Though I don't think I could ever put you to shame!
Sep. 3rd, 2010 09:40 pm (UTC)
At least he doesn't have to worry about the blood rushing to his head.
Sep. 3rd, 2010 09:41 pm (UTC)
It's true - it's a trade-off for having to do it while still half bashed-in.
Sep. 3rd, 2010 09:43 pm (UTC)
Mmm, a moment of peace for them at a time when they need it so much. Lovely stuff.
Sep. 3rd, 2010 09:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I am all about calm...
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Sep. 3rd, 2010 10:27 pm (UTC)
Love this nervous Spike and (relatively) friendly Buffy.
Sep. 3rd, 2010 10:42 pm (UTC)
Yay! Thanks for telling me. :)
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Sep. 3rd, 2010 10:42 pm (UTC)
Me too - thanks very much! :D
Sep. 4th, 2010 02:58 am (UTC)
NIFTY! I love it. I love nervous!Spike and zen!Buffy.
Sep. 4th, 2010 09:43 am (UTC)
Thank you!! Yay!
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