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(Fic) Memories

10th November 2011 (16:50)

A drabble inspired by the latest 'Buffy' episode, and my speculation on the reason why Xander and Dawn are on bad terms right now:


Memories

He didn't remember her birthday.
 
He remembers celebrating them. He sent her a smutty card for her 18th, not a cutesy-kittens one. Buffy bristled reflexively on seeing it, but understood: Dawn’s a grown-up now. He remembers her birthdays. He just couldn't remember her birthday.
 
He’d known the date since she was ten. And that's the problem: those memories weren't real. They faded when magic left. Dissolved away like crystals, leaving little holes in his brain. Facts he can't remember. Things he doesn't know he's forgotten.
 
He's written her name on a piece of paper in his wallet.
 
Just in case.


Comments

Posted by: ceciliaj (ceciliaj)
Posted at: 10th November 2011 17:13 (UTC)

Gorgeous! I thought that was such an interesting line in the comic. *off to read your review*

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 10th November 2011 17:16 (UTC)

Thank you! It's a haunting idea; I had to write the drabble as soon as I thought of it.

Posted by: Jonathan Korman (jonathankorman)
Posted at: 10th November 2011 17:37 (UTC)

Direct hit.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 10th November 2011 18:11 (UTC)

Ow!

I mean, thanks! :)

Posted by: none of the above (frogfarm)
Posted at: 10th November 2011 17:58 (UTC)

Niiiiiice.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 10th November 2011 18:11 (UTC)

Thaaank you. :)

Posted by: Barb (rahirah)
Posted at: 10th November 2011 19:16 (UTC)

If I thought Joss was actually going there, it would raise my opinion of his writing slightly.

Posted by: spikesjojo (spikesjojo)
Posted at: 10th November 2011 21:16 (UTC)

Wonderful - a premise that never occurred to me! Kudos!

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 12th November 2011 13:53 (UTC)

Thanks :)

Posted by: prophecygirrl (prophecygirrl)
Posted at: 10th November 2011 22:56 (UTC)

Now that is an awesome spin on this... very well done!

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 12th November 2011 13:54 (UTC)

*gets dizzy from spinning* :)

Thanks!

Posted by: mikeda (mikeda)
Posted at: 11th November 2011 00:55 (UTC)

written her name

Just as long as he doesn't think it says "Umad"...

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 12th November 2011 13:55 (UTC)

That word looks different now in the day of lolcats and 4chan... u mad?

But I'm assuming he'd write 'Dawn Summers', and the full name doesn't work upside down. :)

Posted by: Alexandra (gryfndor_godess)
Posted at: 11th November 2011 14:01 (UTC)

This is really lovely (and sad) and such a good explanation for both why they're fighting and what he and Buffy were talking about in #1.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 12th November 2011 13:55 (UTC)

Thanks! I do think it works well as an explanation.

Posted by: lusciousxander (lusciousxander)
Posted at: 11th November 2011 16:52 (UTC)

It'll be interesting if they go there. I want them to go there. But wouldn't Buffy be upset about this, too?

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 12th November 2011 14:01 (UTC)

I'm sure she would. If it's what she and Xander were (not) talking about in 9.01, then it's clearly concerning her too. I think it would bother Xander more though; partly because the nature of his relationship with Dawn is different to Buffy's (lover vs sister), and partly too because I think Buffy's feeling of connection to Dawn is on a much more basic, visceral level: she *is* Dawn, or part of her is; they have the same blood. Xander doesn't have that link, so bonds on the level of intellect and reason and shared memories are much more important to him in comparison.

Plus he's living with her, so any slip-ups in what he remembers, like her birth date, are more likely to come out.


Edited at 2011-11-12 14:01 (UTC)

Posted by: The Mezzanine (deird1)
Posted at: 15th November 2011 03:23 (UTC)

Now, that's not fair. How do you expect me not to squee all over this if you're going to write Key-fic?

*squees*

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 15th November 2011 09:53 (UTC)

Mwahahahah! My evil plan worked!

Thanks! :)

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