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(Fic) PBAB

27th June 2011 (02:26)

So how long is it since I wrote a drabble? Must be several years, I think; so this is kind of to prove I still can. Like angearia 's latest fic, this is inspired by the new Season 9 preview panels; but in my case I decided to write about Riley. I'm weird that way.

And specifically, I'm filling in the backstory behind this panel of Riley arriving at Buffy's party:

Oh Riley, what a huge bottle you're giving me. It's not over-compensation for anything, is it?



P.B.A.B.


Riley eyed the shelves nervously. Get some wine for Buffy’s party – sounds simple, right? Well, it did before he entered the store. But facing this endless wall of brown and green glass, with labels mentioning obscure places like Bulgaria, Chile, Australia and France (okay, France wasn’t obscure) and words like ‘Brut’ and ‘Sec’; he didn’t have a clue. He was a microbrew man himself – secretly, he thought wine was a girly drink. But he’d promised.

He reached out decisively and grabbed… the biggest bottle there. Maybe if everybody got drunk really quickly they wouldn’t be able to critique his choice…

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Posted by: Emmie (angearia)
Posted at: 27th June 2011 01:39 (UTC)
Buffy - More Beer

Everyone at the party won't critique his choice, but the fans sure will! ;-)


I hope Sam shows up in Season 9, I'm wondering why Riley showed up solo...

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 27th June 2011 02:06 (UTC)

Seriously, that wine bottle is bigger than Buffy's head...

Maybe Sam has to stay home because she's eight-and-a-half months pregnant? Or nursing? (And when Riley offered to stay at home with her, which I'm sure he would, she told him not to be silly and go and enjoy himself at Buffy's party. "That's an order, soldier!")

(Or maybe it's one of their pigs that's about to give birth to a litter, and Sam is staying on the farm to be midwife.)

Posted by: norwie2010 (norwie2010)
Posted at: 27th June 2011 02:07 (UTC)

Funny. :)

At least be brought something. His fellow "cute boys" kinda thought their good looks would be suffice. ;)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 27th June 2011 02:24 (UTC)

Thanks!

Actually, maybe the wine was Andrew's idea, and he and Riley went halves on the cost? Spike, on the other hand, clearly thought his good looks would suffice. :)

Posted by: Emmie (angearia)
Posted at: 27th June 2011 02:51 (UTC)
Spike William the Bloody

Well, it's not like the invitation was all that classy, you know. "Pratty" could've meant she wanted him to show up for a round of insults. You never know... :P

I imagine it's part of the not-quite-feeling-welcome/not-gonna-beg mentality. Besides, typically when he shows up, his gifts are information.

Posted by: norwie2010 (norwie2010)
Posted at: 27th June 2011 02:56 (UTC)

And here i thought his gifts came in a "sizable package"... :P

Posted by: Emmie (angearia)
Posted at: 27th June 2011 02:57 (UTC)

Ah, but Spike's not looking to give it away anymore. Buffy-as-pursuer!

Posted by: norwie2010 (norwie2010)
Posted at: 27th June 2011 03:11 (UTC)

I don't like! Spike's selfish!

Posted by: Emmie (angearia)
Posted at: 27th June 2011 03:18 (UTC)

I guess it depends on how you view the customs. :P

Do you mean selfish as in he's too selfish to not push for sex, or do you mean selfish as in he showed up without a gift and that's rude?

Posted by: norwie2010 (norwie2010)
Posted at: 27th June 2011 04:01 (UTC)

I just like easy Spike-access (for Buffy, of course. Nothing to do with me....). ;-)

So yeah, it is rude to show up without a sizable gift, so to speak...

Posted by: norwie2010 (norwie2010)
Posted at: 27th June 2011 04:02 (UTC)

ALSO: WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN FRONT OF YOUR COMPUTER - I HAVE TO PREPARE FOR WORK NOW!

Posted by: ceciliaj (ceciliaj)
Posted at: 27th June 2011 04:16 (UTC)
Codex comic cover

um, I am so psyched for season 9! And I love your drabble.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 27th June 2011 09:11 (UTC)

Thanks! I'm finally starting to be too.:)

Posted by: candleanfeather (candleanfeather)
Posted at: 27th June 2011 06:01 (UTC)

A Riley drabble! I love the tall boy.

Poor Riley, his confusion is so understandable : choosing a wine is never easy.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 27th June 2011 09:12 (UTC)

choosing a wine is never easy

I thought French people learned that sort of thing from early childhood? ;-)


But it's true, I may have been channelling my own thoughts on wine-buying through Riley here. :-)

Posted by: lusciousxander (lusciousxander)
Posted at: 27th June 2011 07:33 (UTC)

Awww! I love Riley! He's such a sweetheart. And so freaking adorable I want to pet him! If I can reach his head. Tall boys are so hot.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 27th June 2011 09:14 (UTC)

He's only 6'2" (1.88). That' not that tall. :-) Still, maybe he should come with a complimentary step ladder attached or something.

Thanks!

Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 27th June 2011 17:26 (UTC)

At the parties I went to at that age, it didn't matter what you brought... it was going into a giant tub with everything else. 8-/

Hopefully Buffy's party is a little classier.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 27th June 2011 17:52 (UTC)

In my own party-going experience, the alcohol all went on a side table and people just grabbed whatever took their fancy when they went over there. ctually opening it and pouring it all into one huge container sounds a little strange; what if someone brought, say, absinthe? Or Pernod? Or Bailey's? I think it would curdle, or something...

But then again, this is California, home of the hot tub... maybe Buffy's is filled with wine and beer instead of water? :-)

Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 27th June 2011 20:48 (UTC)

Believe me, at the parties I'm talking about, nobody brought absinthe, Pernod or Bailey's. :-)

But, I'm sure Buffy isn't into that kind of scene.

If she doesn't want to serve beer (because beer bad), she would most likely be offering some kind of punch. The people in the background seem to be drinking from plastic cups, so that's probably what's going on.

Posted by: relurker (relurker)
Posted at: 28th June 2011 21:58 (UTC)

Very funny! ...and very Riley.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 28th June 2011 22:15 (UTC)

Thanks!
(and thanks for de-lurking temporarily ;-))

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