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Telling A Secret Drabbles For open_on_sunday 09/19/04 - #1-10

This week we're doing more of a situational challenge--it's telling a secret!


BtVS – Season 6 – Bargaining, Part 2 – Spike/Buffy


1. Silent as the Grave

Buffy placed her hands tentatively in Spike’s, noticing how he waited for her to make the first move. He didn’t grab her, or shriek with surprise. Even so, the sensation of skin on skin was like sandpaper.

He looked down at her knuckles and then into her eyes. No words were necessary. Spike knew exactly how she’d injured her hands, how she’d felt having to dig herself out of her own grave. Been there himself, hadn’t he?

She’d been alive and he’d been dead, but the shared act bound them irrevocably; a secret they’d not be sharing with anyone else.


BtVS – Season 5 – The Body – Buffy and Tara


2. Motherless Daughters

They sat stiffly, side by side on the hospital’s unyielding sofa.

“I'm sorry ... you have to go through all of this.” Dragging the others through her mother’s death just felt awkward.

“You don't have to worry about me.”

“Everybody wants to help. I don't even know if I'm ... here,” Buffy stammered. “I've never done this before.”

“I have. My mother died when I was seventeen.” Tara sighed. “And between you and me? It’s something you never get over. You move on.”

Buffy was impressed with her strength. “You’ve done so well.”

“Not yet, Buffy. But I keep trying.”


BtVS – Mid-Season 6 – Spike/Buffy


3. A Little Man in Her Monster

T’was a rare occurrence; Buffy still in his bed after screwing him six ways to Sunday. Rarer still when she allowed him to talk or cuddle. He’d spooned up against her back, whispering words into the nape of her neck and prayed she didn’t haul off and belt him.

“In my time, I’d’ve taken you out for tea, an’ we’d’ve spread out a blanket on the grass – in sunshine or moonlight. Just spending time watching the clouds or the stars; making plans for our future.”

She feigned sleep, tears slipping silently down her face – knowing his secret. William still lived.


BtVS – Season 7 – LMPTM – Spike/Buffy


4. Tell-Tale Heart

Buffy ran faster than she’d ever run before. How could she have been so blind? And stupid? She can’t believe she’d bought Giles’ line – basics, my ass! What he and Wood had done was tantamount to mutiny. Something she’d never thought her friends capable of.

She barreled into Spike as he closed the door to Wood’s garage. Wordlessly she asked what happened. He opened the door to reveal the principal lying in a bloodied heap.

As he turned to walk away, she kissed him. “What’s that for, being the winner?”

“Because I’m glad you won,” she whispered; their little secret.


BtVS – Between Season 6/7 – Buffy and Clem


5. The Crypt Keeper

Clem set up for her weekly visit with snacks and a video. Buffy’d always say she was just in the neighborhood, but once a week without fail, she’d stop by for a few hours after patrol. The crypt drew her in, always hopeful for some word from Spike, though she’d take that secret to her grave before asking for the information out loud.

Taking pity on the girl as she prepared to leave, he said: “He’ll always love you, Buffy. Until he’s dust.”

From the look on her face, it didn’t take words to know how she felt about Spike.


BtVS – AU – Spike/Buffy


6. Sweet Tooth

Something was decidedly off. Spike was quiet. No disparaging remarks about her slaying technique, or slutty wardrobe. In fact, no words at all and it gave Buffy a major case of the wiggins.

“What’s the matter with you, Spike? Groxlar demon got your tongue?”

Spike glowered at her, wincing as the muscles ticked in his jaw. “Tghiche,” he mumbled.

“Would you mind repeating that for those of us with human hearing?”

“I said I have a bloody toothache from all that hot chocolate your mum’s made me, an’ I’m afraid to see a dentist.”

Buffy laughed all the way home.


BtVS – Early Season 5 – Buffy and Willow


7. Girl Talk

“But you were so in love with Oz.” Buffy scrunched up her face as she remembered Willow’s pining last year over the little werewolf. “And you made me play kissy-face with Spike. There weren’t enough cookies in the whole world to get the taste of vampire out of my mouth.”

“Heh, yeah. I know. And I did love him, Buffy. Really I did.” Willow’s heart clenched the tiniest bit over her remembered pain. “But I’m more in love with Tara. If I went so crazy over losing Oz… can you imagine how bad it would be if I lost her?”


BtVS – Pre-Series – Joyce and Buffy


8. Mother Knows Best

The door slammed, announcing her daughter’s unhappy arrival home. “What’s the matter, sweetie? Have a bad day at school?”

“Oh, Mom! It was the worst!” Buffy cried. “I’m never going back there. I asked Joey if he wanted to go to the Freshman Formal and he laughed at me.”

Joyce ached for her baby. “Let me tell you a secret, my dear girl. It takes boys a lot longer to grow up than girls. I promise one day, there will be someone special that you’ll like better.”

“Yeah, right,” she snorted. “There’s nobody alive I’ll ever love more than Joey.”


BtVS – Season 2 – Innocence – Buffy and Giles


9. Papa Don’t Preach

They’re left alone, standing in the classroom; all the students having fled after Buffy’s unprovoked attack on Ms. Calendar.

“So it was me. I did it,” Buffy stated.

Jenny nodded. “I think so. I mean, if you...”

“I don't understand!” Giles was angry and confused.

“The curse. If Angel achieved true happiness, even just a moment of... he would lose his soul.”

“H-h-how do you know you were responsible f-for...” he stammered.

Buffy stared at him.

He took off his glasses. “Oh.”

Buffy wanted to curl up and die at his realization. She’d disappointed her mentor and destroyed her boyfriend.


BtVS – No Season - Buffy and Dawn


10. Hair Care

“Get out! Get out! Get out!” Dawn shrieked as her sister cornered her in her room, and closed the door.

“I will get the secret out of you, young lady.” Buffy waggled her finger, advancing to attack.

“It’s not fair,” she whined. “You’re older, and prettier, and Mom likes you best. I’m not giving away my hair care regime. You’ll have to learn to live with that big old rat’s nest on your head.”

“One day, Dawnie… you’ll want something from me…” Buffy said, flouncing out of the room.

Dawn snorted. “Yeah, like you’d ever put mayonnaise on your head.”

Comments

( 16 comments — Leave a comment )
icafreak
Sep. 20th, 2004 12:46 am (UTC)
These are all great, but I especially adore A Little Man in Her Monster. I'm such a sucker for a little William.
spikes_heart
Sep. 20th, 2004 10:39 am (UTC)
**smiles** there is something special about William. Just a shame nobody ever saw it when he was alive. Glad you liked the drabbles.
ex_just_kumi863
Sep. 20th, 2004 03:50 am (UTC)
Nicely done. #3 was my favorite though.
spikes_heart
Sep. 20th, 2004 11:07 am (UTC)
I so love my Spuffy... even when it's not so pretty. But my aim is to get 'em together. As often and as many ways as possible. **grins**
poetlover
Sep. 20th, 2004 04:32 am (UTC)
Wonderful drabbles. But, I have to say that Silent as the Grave and A Little Man in Her Monster are my favorites. The Crypt Keeper is very sweet too. It's nice to see Clem, and it kind of sets up the little scene in the demon bar between Buffy and Clem.
spikes_heart
Sep. 20th, 2004 11:19 am (UTC)
I'm tickled that you enjoyed my drabbles. For some reason, The Gift and it's aftermath continue to speak to me. And I do so adore Clem. **smiles**
jesse_kips
Sep. 20th, 2004 04:36 am (UTC)
Wonderful, all of them. Though I have a soft spot for #3 and #6 especially.
spikes_heart
Sep. 20th, 2004 11:28 am (UTC)
The hot chocolate bit made me laugh as I wrote it. Glad you enjoyed them, as well.
annabuffy
Sep. 20th, 2004 05:52 am (UTC)
All great drabbles. I liked them all, but #4 and #6 my favorites.
spikes_heart
Sep. 20th, 2004 11:32 am (UTC)
**smiles at you** Always glad when my writing is appreciated.
ex_purplefee299
Sep. 20th, 2004 06:49 am (UTC)
A Little Man in her Monster was wonderful, but it also made me think. I wonder why Buffy never realised this on the show. Everyone else, especially Dawn and Joyce, seemed to have figured it out. Hmmmmmm

Girl Talk made me tear up, knowing what we know.

And I thought *I* was the only one that put mayonnaise in my hair! LOL
spikes_heart
Sep. 20th, 2004 11:38 am (UTC)
Hey, Feen! Hope things are looking up and feeling better for you. **smooches**

I think our Spike was always underappreciated and misunderstood, even by the writers. So many layers in that character... and James brought them all out, without even understanding them, himself. I like finding 'em.
edenfalling
Sep. 20th, 2004 11:42 am (UTC)
I really liked #6 and #10 -- it's nice to see Buffy having cheerful interactions with people. Plus, Spike with a toothache is just cute!
spikes_heart
Sep. 20th, 2004 11:57 am (UTC)
I agree - canon Buffy was too isolated for her own good - which was obviously the intention of the writers. Doesn't mean I have to like it. So... I do what I can. Glad you enjoyed the results.

And Spike? Love him, always. Poor, hurty fang!
sufie58
Sep. 21st, 2004 03:11 am (UTC)
I'm not a great fan of drabbles but I liked these - especially 4, 5 and 6.
spikes_heart
Sep. 21st, 2004 04:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you for reading something out of your friendly zone - and I'm so glad you liked them. I never did like drabbles... until I started writing them. Made a hell of a difference. **smiles**
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