valyssia: (Buffy Wrongness)
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Summary: The grave touches her.
Rating: FRT: Mature Themes: Parental Supervision Suggested.
Word Count: 100.
Beta: Howard Russell.
Pairing: Buffy/Spike.
Disclaimer: Another day, another…they don’t pay me anything at all. I just do this to amuse myself and you. That’s what allows me and mine to slip under the radar while playing with characters created by those more fortunate than us.
Dedication: [livejournal.com profile] dragonyphoenix, your kindness doesn’t go unnoticed.



Stone



Even in darkness, the stone glistens. My fingertips slide down its polished surface. Edges catch. The words ‘devoted’ and ‘beloved’ grate my skin.

Dank cool earth bleeds through my jeans. I sit, numb, waiting, pondering…

Why?

His approach rattles my nerves long before he arrives.

“You shouldn’t be here,” he whispers, resting his hand on my shoulder.

That’s what he always says with his touch, cold and smooth like stone. Sallow skin, sallow heart…

Where then? The floor of his crypt, an alley, a condemned house…what would make him happy?

Stiffening to smother a cringe, I mumble, “I know.”

Date: 2011-08-02 02:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dragonyphoenix.livejournal.com
You dedicated a story to me? Awww, I'm not sure what I've done that's so kind, but thanks.

The more I read it, the more I see in your story. I love how the words, especially since they are words about love, grate on her skin as if the concepts grated on her nerves.

Date: 2011-08-02 09:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dragonyphoenix.livejournal.com
I doubt you'd be surprised how much seemingly insignificant things can count.

Buffy by the grave is a disturbing image. I like the way you wrote it though: Dank cool earth bleeds through my jeans.

Date: 2012-04-01 03:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] theladymerlin.livejournal.com
Of all the fragments, I think this one was my favourite. This one brought out the strongest emotions for me. The image of Buffy sitting before her gravestone was so clear and came very easily. A bit haunting.

Date: 2013-03-11 03:56 pm (UTC)
red_satin_doll: (Showtime Buffy's face CU)
From: [personal profile] red_satin_doll
I had to read this twice - then three times - to really let the full impact slide into me. (Also, because it's amazing how you packed SO MUCH meaning, pain, emotion, into such a short story.)

Weirdly enough, I think the idea of Buffy revisiting her grave had occured to me once while watching the show, then I forgot about it. But this should have been canon, you are absolutely right, and this would have been the way it would have gone down in S6.

The other possibility you now stuck in my head is S7 esp EP, Buffy stopping at her own headstone, chilled by the irony of "beloved" after she's been kicked out of her own house? Or chosen to leave, however you want to call that. That would have been something else as well. (Now that really IS stuck in my head. Thanks!)

Date: 2013-03-12 11:54 am (UTC)
red_satin_doll: (Showtime Buffy's face CU)
From: [personal profile] red_satin_doll
Buffy's about at her lowest point there. She believes she's killed someone. The idea that she might want to dig a hole and pull the earth in on top of her...

Oh now youre making me want to cry all over again *hugs Buffy* I have so much empathy for her the last three seasons, even when she makes me cringe, it's absurd.

Date: 2013-04-13 09:05 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sparrow2000
Somehow I missed this, but I am very glad to have found it.

I'm always amazed how sometimes less words make the most impact to tell the biggest story and this is definitely one of those circumstances.

"Even in darkness, the stone glistens. My fingertips slide down its polished surface. Edges catch. The words ‘devoted’ and ‘beloved’ grate my skin.'

This is wonderfully evocative, and knowing that you're setting this around the timeline for Dead Things, words like 'devoted' and 'beloved' on the headstone hurt all the more.

Really nice work.

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