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(Fic) Behind the Mask

9th August 2009 (11:39)

This ficlet was inspired by a recent conversation on Buffyforums as to who Twilight might actually be. This was one idea I came up with...

Season 8, rating G, 428 words.
 


Behind the Mask

Twilight stalked rapidly through the corridors of the underground base, the minion at his heels scurrying to keep up.

"... tell him the answer's no. Then get Voll to send three more squads to Mexico to check it out. And then I want to see Madison in my office directly afterwards."

"Yes, sir. I'll see to it straight away."

"Good. This business here is a distraction I don't need. We've got Summers on the ropes, and I need to keep the pressure on. Can't be wasting too much time."

"It won't take a moment, Sir, I assure you."

"It had better not."

Twilight thrust open the glass door, and took in the room with its banks of glowing computer screens and humming electronics with a deep breath of satisfaction. Technology at its finest. He always felt vaguely dirty after having to deal with magic-users and demons, so being here now was balm to the soul. Of course it had its downside too; advanced high-tech always seemed to have to come with an endless supply of geeks attached to keep it running. The nerdiest he'd ever seen was in the room now, talking to a woman he didn't recognise.

"...more than six times in a row now! The risk of neural degeneration increases every time we..."

"But that's what she asked for, and the client is always right. Still, I'll take what you say under advisement, and... oh. Hello, Twilight."

"Do I know you?" He would have frowned menacingly, but wearing a mask took that option away. A shame.

"I work here. It's a pleasure to meet you in person at last."

"Hmm." Twilight looked at her searchingly again, then dismissed her from his mind. Just another minion. The nerd was beckoning him forward, smiling ingratiatingly.

"This won't take a moment, sir. You know the treatment is essential to maintain your powers at full strength."

"I know. Get on with it." He sat down and waved him forward imperiously.

"Um, I'm sorry, but... the mask. You need to take off the, uh, very impressive and cool mask before we..."

Twilight stared at the woman, who took the hint and scurried out of the room. A minion who was quick on the uptake, then. All too rare these days. He stripped off the mask and leaned his head back.

"Be quick about it."

Brilliant white light flashed, outlining the bones of his face in sharp relief. His expression convulsed in pain, then smoothed out again into a blank, childlike stare.

"Hello, Victor."

"Did I fall asleep?"

"For a little while."
 

Comments

Posted by: Elena (moscow_watcher)
Posted at: 9th August 2009 12:48 (UTC)

Hee!

Indeed, Twilight has got that "anycharacter" quality, and it becomes stronger with each issue and each fanwank. :)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 9th August 2009 13:18 (UTC)

:-)

Everybody was saying "Twilight's a large, well-built man, so that rules out a lot of the possible suspects"... but what if Twilight isn't actually in control, but just an impressive-looking front man?

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Posted by: mikeda (mikeda)
Posted at: 9th August 2009 22:43 (UTC)

Maybe Harmony is the power behind the scenes...

The real sign of this will be when ceramic unicorns start appearing in Twilight's headquarters...

:-)

Posted by: Beer Good (beer_good_foamy)
Posted at: 9th August 2009 13:01 (UTC)

Heh. Certainly makes more sense than some theories I've seen. :-) And...

Just another minion.

It would actually be sort of nice if Twilight turned out to be in somebody's pocket. Depending on whose pocket, obviously, but...

Posted by: mikeda (mikeda)
Posted at: 9th August 2009 13:04 (UTC)

in somebody's pocket

Well Giant-Dawn was big enough for that. Except she's back to normal-sized now...

:-)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 9th August 2009 13:19 (UTC)

One hand holds up a big guy in a mysterious mask as the leader of the opposition to Buffy... but what's the other hand doing?

(You'll notice that the "client" Adelle was talking to Topher about was referred to as "she"... ;-) )

Posted by: Beer Good (beer_good_foamy)
Posted at: 9th August 2009 18:39 (UTC)

You'll notice that the "client" Adelle was talking to Topher about was referred to as "she"... ;-)

Don't tell me... Twilight is Hank AND Joyce?

Posted by: mikeda (mikeda)
Posted at: 9th August 2009 22:47 (UTC)

No, the power behind Twilight is a partnership of Jenny Calendar, Joyce, and Tara. Although Jenny handles the dealings with the Dollhouse.

Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 9th August 2009 14:50 (UTC)
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Ha. It would be great if Joss were willing to pull something like this. That would certainly get a fan reaction. (But not man reaction. Well, maybe in a few cases.)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 10th August 2009 09:09 (UTC)

:-)

Now I'm trying to remember... did Joss get the idea for Season 8 before or after he started working on 'Dollhouse'? Or were they both around the same time?

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Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 10th August 2009 09:11 (UTC)

Maybe Twilight could be imprinted by a totally different organisation that just happens to bear a startling resemblance to the Dollhouse?
:-)

Posted by: flake_sake (flake_sake)
Posted at: 9th August 2009 18:10 (UTC)

hehehe, he has this mix of persons thing to him, hasn't he?

Still, a crime to hide victor behind a mask :)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 10th August 2009 09:12 (UTC)

The poor guy wants to hide those scars Alpha gave him, though...

Posted by: Lily (lavastar)
Posted at: 9th August 2009 18:13 (UTC)

Gah! That's hilarious.

And I am intrigued by the idea of Twilight being someone else's pawn. Hmmmmm...

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 10th August 2009 09:13 (UTC)

Or maybe more than one person's pawn; maybe Dollhouse has a dozen or more clients (Angel, Adam, Caleb, Hank Summers, Buffy herself, Evil Future Willow, Evil Future Xander, Dawn, Parker, Clem...) and they're all renting time with Twilight. :-)

Posted by: The Mezzanine (deird1)
Posted at: 9th August 2009 20:12 (UTC)

Yay! Fun!

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 10th August 2009 09:14 (UTC)

:-)

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