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(Fic) Learning to drive

6th June 2007 (23:23)
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This little ficlet was inspired by this comment by the ubiquitous [info]elisi: "Also Spike points out that he's been driving since before her [Buffy's] grandparents were born, and that doesn't go down well either..." . 304 words, Spike/Drusilla, rated 12.

 

Learning to drive

 

“Ooh. It purrs like a big kitten!”

 

“That’d be the engine, love.”

 

“It makes my insides tingle, it does. But it smells like death.”

 

“No, that’s not the car you’re smelling, it’s the dead body on the back seat. I thought I asked you to get rid of it?”

 

Drusilla whimpered plaintively, “But I might get hungry again!”

 

He just managed to stop the sigh escaping his lips. “We can get you another one. With this little beauty, we can go anywhere we choose. Always assuming I can get the bloody thing to work...”

 

Once again, Spike struggled with the incomprehensible tangle of levers, buttons and pedals. With a nonchalance that was almost entirely feigned, he pushed a combination he hadn’t tried yet – and almost jumped clean out of the car as the engine started to make a hideous loud grinding noise, accompanied by the hot smell of tortured metal. He hastily returned the controls to their previous position and hit the steering wheel hard enough to dent its rim.

 

Then he felt Drusilla tap his left leg, and point down at something. “I think the kitty’s clutching too hard. You’ve got to push it or it won’t run away.”

 

Spike regarded her dubiously; but one thing he’d learned over the last 20 years was that the less sense Dru made, the more likely she was to be right. So he followed her instructions…

 

…and barely managed to turn the wheel and dodge an oncoming coal wagon as the car shot off down the street, faster than a horse could gallop. The wind tousled his hair, and beside him Dru was bouncing up and down in her seat, excitedly chanting “Faster! Faster!” He threw back his head and whooped in wild exultation.

 

Oh, he just knew the 20th century was going to be fun!

Comments

Posted by: petzipellepingo (petzipellepingo)
Posted at: 6th June 2007 22:43 (UTC)
dru head shot by kathyh

The wind tousled his hair, and beside him Dru was bouncing up and down in her seat, excitedly chanting “Faster! Faster!” He threw back his head and whooped in wild exultation.

Oh, he just knew the 20th century was going to be fun!


Hee! Just as I imagined it.


Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 7th June 2007 11:22 (UTC)

Thanks! Once I'd had the original idea ('Spike learning to drive'), working out what would happen came easily. :)

Posted by: spikeNdru (spikendru)
Posted at: 7th June 2007 00:25 (UTC)
Spike/Dru Twirl by spikeshunny

Very nice! Of course Spike would never bother to read the instruction manual; he'll just keep on pushing buttons until something happens. Hee! And I love that it's Dru who actually figures it out!

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 7th June 2007 11:25 (UTC)

Dru as a driving instructor is a pretty mindboggling thought. :) Thanks!

Posted by: prophecygirrl (prophecygirrl)
Posted at: 7th June 2007 00:33 (UTC)

I loved the idea of Spike jumping out of his skin when he got the thing started. Great Dru voice, too.

Wonderful imagery... of course Spike loved driving from the very first moment, just as you've painted it.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 7th June 2007 11:27 (UTC)

Great Dru voice, too
Oh, writing the voice of a homicidal, totally insane serial killer just seems to come naturally- er,
Let me rephrase that...
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Thanks for commenting!
;)

Posted by: Mrs Darcy (elisi)
Posted at: 7th June 2007 05:34 (UTC)
Spike'n'Dru - School Hard made by kathyh

Brilliant! *bounces too*

(And I'm ubiquitous? *is rather stunned*)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 7th June 2007 11:31 (UTC)

Thank you!

Um... 'ubiquitous' was a comment on the fact that sometimes, every second post I make seems to have been inspired by something you've written... so you do get everywhere. :)

Posted by: lilred26x (lilred26x)
Posted at: 7th June 2007 15:26 (UTC)

Very cute little ficlet! It made me smile. Thanks for sharing!

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 7th June 2007 17:20 (UTC)

Thanks! Writing it was fun. :)

Posted by: Beer Good (beer_good_foamy)
Posted at: 8th June 2007 09:02 (UTC)

I'm trying to come up with something that ties this into Henry Ford's famous statement "You can have the car in any colour you want as long as it's black", but I'm coming up empty.

This was a great little scene; Dru is absolutely spot on.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 8th June 2007 20:54 (UTC)

"Any colour you want as long as it's stained red with the blood of the innocent?"?
:) Thanks!

Posted by: candleanfeather (candleanfeather)
Posted at: 8th June 2007 14:25 (UTC)
Vieille voiture

I like this ficlet which captures so much of the Spike/Dru couple,that mix of horror, childish enthusiasm, curiosity for the world and glee.

Oh, he just knew the 20th century was going to be fun! OF course, of course. What's not to love there for Spike,discovery,speed and noise!And these old cars are so beautifull. Points to icon.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 8th June 2007 21:02 (UTC)

Ironically, of course, the 20th century would eventually bring pain, torment and misery beyond all knowing to Spike... And you're right; those two were like a couple of kids who just never learned that killing was wrong.

Thanks!

Posted by: Murielle (murielle)
Posted at: 8th March 2009 22:34 (UTC)

Oh! This is sOOO Spike!

This is going into memories, asap.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 9th March 2009 00:57 (UTC)

Glad you like it! (Writing sarcasstic British people comes easily to me. Can't think why.*g*)

Posted by: Murielle (murielle)
Posted at: 12th March 2009 02:30 (UTC)

LOL! I'm so slow some times. I thought about this for a few hours before I decided to read your "info" page. Then, of course, I understood. ;-))

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 12th March 2009 22:37 (UTC)

Things I have in common with Spike:

1. British.
2. Sarcastic.
3. Blue eyes.
4. A soul (if you believe in such things).


Things I don't have in common with Spike:

Just about everything else. :-(

Posted by: Murielle (murielle)
Posted at: 13th March 2009 00:58 (UTC)

LOL! Well, something you have that Spike doesn't ... you're real?

Posted by: The Anti-OTP (snowpuppies)
Posted at: 26th April 2009 23:43 (UTC)

Can I just say how much I love this?

It's utterly adorable and so IC for the both of them. :)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 27th April 2009 16:09 (UTC)

Yes you can. Thank you!

Writing Dru is always a balance between making her too normal, and too flaky & weird... she usually does make sense, even if her words don't. Writing Spike is easy; just be sarcastic. :-)

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