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Till Death (PG13)

Title Till Death
Author Brutti ma buoni
Rating PG13
Prompt Exchanging Vows
Words 275
Setting vague post-series

She is looking up at him from the mattress, whites of her eyes gleaming in the otherwise dark room. Very serious. "Promise me."

"I promise." It's easy to say.

"You promise?" She's too serious.

"Of course I promise." He means it, almost. Has to say it as though it's Gospel. (The Gospel of Spike. Huh. Not a bestseller.)

"Even if I beg?"

Time to lighten up. "Especially if you beg. You never beg me. Aggravating bloody woman."

She doesn't laugh. "Seriously."

He sighs. "Deadly serious. I couldn't do it if you were you. If you begged for your life, that wouldn't be you. Mind, wouldn't be much of a vampire either."

"But you'd still kill me. Vampire me. Even if I didn't beg. Because I don't want to live that way. Dead. You know." She still wants more confirmation.

"I know, love. Might point out it doesn't bother me so much, the being dead, but I know you've got your prejudices."

He can feel her shudder. Reminding her that he's dead is never a favourite ploy. "The thought of a Slayer being a vamp. It's… it's disgusting. It's too dangerous." She takes a deep breath. "If it happens, promise you'll kill me."

"I already promised. And I meant it. But it won't happen."

"Nearly did."

Truth. Very much truth. He's been trying to keep his stomach steady ever since he found her, raggedly bleeding from the neck, blood smeared on her mouth, smothered in the ash of the vamp that almost sired her.

"It won't." That's a promise he can't keep. "But if it does, you'll be ended." That's a vow he will.

"Thank you."

It's a covenant.



( 20 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 3rd, 2011 08:17 pm (UTC)
Beautiful. There's a pretty irony to her asking it of him--her trusting him to make sure that she never becomes what he already is. But, of course, he'll promise. Thought I suspect fulfilling that promise would be the end of him.
Jun. 3rd, 2011 08:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you. It's a vow of destruction, I think, and knowingly taken because she asks it from him.
Jun. 3rd, 2011 08:19 pm (UTC)
Serious and sad. It is important to Buffy and Spike might be the only one strong enough to do it.
Jun. 3rd, 2011 08:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I actually imagine her asking Giles and some of the others to do the same. The difference is that I think Spike could and would.
Jun. 3rd, 2011 08:48 pm (UTC)
This is beautiful and a conversation I can very easily imagine them having.
Jun. 3rd, 2011 08:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much!
Jun. 3rd, 2011 08:56 pm (UTC)
It's not everyone you'll trust to kill you...
Jun. 3rd, 2011 09:06 pm (UTC)
Indeed. Choose carefully, I feel.
Jun. 3rd, 2011 09:01 pm (UTC)
A heartbreakingly likely conversation for them at some point. I wonder what he would do... promise or not.
Jun. 3rd, 2011 09:09 pm (UTC)
Oh, I think so, any time from s6 onwards, she would have asked. And mostly I think he would have promised. Though that 'any part of that was Buffy' speech makes me wonder, especially before the soul.
Jun. 3rd, 2011 09:23 pm (UTC)
*nods* Before the soul, it might have been a little iffy. After, yeah he'd probably do it, but I don't know if he'd live to brood about it.
Huh! Just remembered I wrote about this. A s7 where she is turned and he is prepared to kill her, but Willow installs a soul. Buffy isn't happy about it though....

Edited at 2011-06-03 09:24 pm (UTC)
Jun. 3rd, 2011 09:34 pm (UTC)
Tough conversation!
Jun. 4th, 2011 07:05 pm (UTC)
Yeah. :(

Necessary, though, I think.
Jun. 4th, 2011 07:18 am (UTC)
Scary! Very true to them though, I like it.
Jun. 4th, 2011 07:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I think I need a schmoop bingo to bring some fluff back into my writing.
Jun. 4th, 2011 09:08 am (UTC)
Your story gave me creeps. Very convincing.
Jun. 4th, 2011 07:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Glad it worked for you.
Jun. 4th, 2011 02:33 pm (UTC)
Great use of the prompt, and I think that's exactly what they would say in such circumstance.
Jun. 4th, 2011 07:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks! As Barb says, you have to pick the right person for the tough jobs.
Jun. 5th, 2011 02:55 am (UTC)
Eeep. I like, but eep!
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