Cross posted to open_on_sunday and my regular journal
BtVS – Season 5 – The Body – Buffy
1. Screaming Quiet
“Mom?” Buffy calls, pausing by the flowers Brian sent her mother. “Hey. Flower-gettin' lady. Want me to pick Dawn up from school?” she shouts up the stairs. “Mom?” she tries again, yelling towards the kitchen.
Buffy turns, facing the livingroom, “Mom?” she questions softly, spying Joyce on the couch. “Mommy?” Dead silence.
She grabs her mother by the shoulders and shakes her, not fully comprehending the lack of response. Her own heartbeat pounds in her ears. “Mom, mom, mom, mom!” the frightened girl screams into her mother’s passive face.
All she can do is call 911 and wait, in shock.
BtVS – Season 5 – The Body – Kevin,Dawn, Buffy
2. Sorrowful Messenger
Kevin notices Dawn tense up as her sister enters the classroom. It’s never a good thing when family interrupts, and she doesn’t look real happy to be there.
“Dawn, I have to talk to you,” Bunny, or is it Buffy, begs.
“Can it wait? I’m in the middle of class.”
He watches as the door closes behind the girls. Along with everyone else, they stare out the window and wonder what the drama is today.
It’s Dawn’s shrieked “No!” that cuts through him, unable to tear his eyes away as she slumps down to the ground, crying bitterly in disbelief.
BtVS – Season 5 – The Body – Xander
3. Up Against the Wall
There’s no thought involved. One minute Xander’s standing amongst his friends, mourning the passing of a woman they all love, and the next he’s buried mid-arm deep in the drywall. For five seconds it gives him satisfaction – the crunchy sound of destruction – of having done something concrete, no pun intended.
He’s no stranger to death, coming up against it on a nightly basis. It just feels different when it’s someone you know. Never to hear Joyce say: “Why don’t you stay for dinner, sweetie,” or anything else ever again. It breaks his heart.
The world has lost a good woman.