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On All Suits (PG, four drabbles)

Author Brutti ma buoni
Title On All Suits
Rating PG
Setting season 5 BtVS to season 5 AtS (that last part is AU)
Words 400
Prompt Clubs, Diamonds, Spades, Hearts

First Person, North
I love that I can hurt him and it’s okay. He never comes back scared and questioning my strength, his weakness. He laughs, and urges me on. We pretend we’re enemies, but today we’re teacher and student and I’m not sure which of us is which sometimes.

He’s teaching me weaponry, taunting me with those fangs, running through clubs, quarterstaffs, pikes, anything hand-to-gut and bloody like he likes. Split his lip earlier with a billy club, watched him laugh and lick the blood. Didn’t make my grossed-out face.

I’m, just possibly, teaching him my weaknesses. That should scare me more.


Third Person, East
He brought Drusilla diamonds. She always wanted to know their provenance, and he’d tell her, lovingly, expanding on the death of innocents and blood spilled on the sparkling stones.

Now he’s brought the Slayer lesser birthday treasure. Technically, some Swarovski-type sparkly crystal crap that isn’t fit to grace her warrior’s throat. But she’ll want to know how he got it, just as demanding as Dru of old, though wanting to hear quite the opposite. He’s got a tale, today, of shoddy demonic favours, enough to afford this cheap trinket.

Bollocks, of course. He nicked the thing. Vamp’s got his pride.


Second Person, South
In the midst of devastation, you’re digging a pit. You’re probably in the wrong place. Whole town went down, and it’s not like you geo-referenced the high school with this in mind. So you may very likely be digging up the schoolyard, or McKinley Street, and nowhere near the Hellmouth.

It’s not important. You’re not really digging to find something. Someone. You’re digging to dig. You’re digging to show you didn’t just walk away and forget. You drove, you begged, you found a spade and ran back here, ignoring your friends.

Because despite all logic, there has to be something left of him.


Third Person Plural, West
Their hearts didn’t beat as one, that day in the rain, when the apocalypse and Buffy came to town and they were reunited. But only because Spike’s physical heart was still as dead as ever. In the cavity where his heart didn’t beat, where his soul sat, something leapt, stuttered, redoubled, just as Buffy’s heart did.

This was what had been missing. The fight, back to back in wordless synchrony. The exchange of looks before and after, promising (threatening?) no more silence and caution once the battle was done.

The kiss, at the end, that said they had survived. Together.


( 29 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 17th, 2011 05:20 pm (UTC)
Wonderful! I'm so glad this comm can inspire you.
May. 17th, 2011 05:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It seems to be drabbles only at present, but I'm glad t be writing a bit. For me, the last few weeks have been quiet.
May. 17th, 2011 05:31 pm (UTC)
Yeah, most of my weeks are like that now, writing wise. ;)
May. 17th, 2011 05:21 pm (UTC)
I think the third one is my favorite because the idea of Buffy being desperate to dig, even when she knows it will be fruitless, is poignant and heartbreaking. The "threatening" in #4 is funny, and the heart/soul imagery is lovely.
May. 17th, 2011 05:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I was originally thinking of a dark one for spades, burying someone. But the idea of digging someone up, or hoping to, seemed much more interesting for these two.
May. 17th, 2011 05:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, these are lovely! And I love the titles; you actually did play a (very good) round of Hearts (or something), didn't you? :D
May. 17th, 2011 05:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks! And hee, I am totally faking any apparent passing knowledge of cards, apart from mindless computer game Hearts. But a bridge hand or something would be such fun to plot if I knew the first thing about it.
May. 17th, 2011 06:45 pm (UTC)
Aww. I'm especially move by the "spade" one, since I like to think that she'd have made some effort on his behalf after the collapse.

The card-inal points cracked me up. I'm always thinking I'll take up bridge someday, and then will know what's up with the bridge column in the paper...
May. 17th, 2011 08:41 pm (UTC)

(It's genuinely like a foreign language. I tried to crib some terms from the wiki article for this and... nope. Couldn't understand a single sentence.)
May. 17th, 2011 11:07 pm (UTC)
I love the card imagery! Great story!
May. 18th, 2011 05:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I really like these prompts - so flexible.
May. 17th, 2011 11:37 pm (UTC)
This is so great! And beautifully written, as always.
May. 18th, 2011 05:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
May. 18th, 2011 02:23 am (UTC)
How wonderfully creative! Taking a moment to leave a note before I go back and read again more slowly.

(You had me worried for a bit there. I thought, "however will she do FOURTH person?")
May. 18th, 2011 05:51 pm (UTC)
Hee! The titles definitely came second to the drabbles, though I knew I wanted to use different voices from the start. Looking clever in retrospect is definitely the best way.
May. 18th, 2011 08:31 am (UTC)
I love how you took the prompts and made them actual objects, but keeping the rhythm of a hand at cards.
May. 18th, 2011 05:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I wanted a sense of the voice passing and switching, so the cards metaphor was perfect to play with.
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May. 18th, 2011 06:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it.
May. 18th, 2011 04:37 pm (UTC)
Mmmmm. These are just lovely. It is amazing what you are able to create with 400 words.
May. 18th, 2011 06:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much!
May. 18th, 2011 08:12 pm (UTC)
Wonderful collection. The third one is especially poignant.
May. 18th, 2011 09:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
May. 19th, 2011 01:38 am (UTC)
Fabulous. Thanks.
May. 19th, 2011 08:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks to you for reading and commenting!
May. 19th, 2011 08:38 am (UTC)
Wonderful take on the prompt, you can feel the change from each season.

Lovely writing, thank you for sharing!
May. 19th, 2011 08:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed it.
May. 19th, 2011 07:39 pm (UTC)

I like these; Number 3 is particularly powerful.
May. 19th, 2011 08:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
May. 22nd, 2011 12:40 pm (UTC)
Individually fantastic and put together beautifully :)

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