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(fic) Product Placement

18th August 2007 (13:27)
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Is this the future of fanfic on Livejournal?

398 words, Willow and Dawn, early season 6, rating 12 (PG-13). No payment was received for writing this story.

Product Placement

Willow took a sip of her Pepsi Max and turned the next page in the tome she was reading. It was heavy going; thank goodness her drink contained extra caffeine and revitalising herbs to keep her energy level high!

She noted with interest that the spell she was researching needed ginseng as one of its components. Perhaps she could incorporate another can of Pepsi Max into her magic, because the drink was packed full of that healthy life-giving Chinese plant! But no, it would be a shame to waste it like that instead of drinking it... she took another sip and licked her lips appreciatively.

Her pleasurable thoughts were interrupted by the bang of the front door as Dawn announced her return in her usual hyperactive way.

"Hi, sweetie. Good day at school?"

"Ugh. Total drag. Got any more of that Pepsi Max? I need a pick-me up."

"Sure. The fridge is full of it. Only one can, though - remember your sister doesn't like you having too much. Pepsi Max is a grown-up drink; its powerful blend of caffeine and herbs is too much for kids to handle!"

"I'm not a kid. I'm 15!" Dawn stomped over to the refrigerator, and cracked open a can. "Aah. Pepsi Max is so refreshing. Hey, Will, you're not using your laptop at the moment, are you?"

"No. Why? You need it for homework?"

"Umm... sort of. It's art. An art project."


Dawn huffed. "Well, if you don't believe me..."

"Dawnie, there's a few things I need to teach you about computer security. Like, always clear your previously-opened files log, y'know? If Buffy saw some of the things you've been drawing, she'd freak."

"You, um, you've seen them?" Dawn turned scarlet. "I tried to hide them..."

"Hey, I'm me, remember? Computers hold no secrets. Gotta say Daniel Radcliffe doesn't really do it for me, but there was one picture... y'know, that one with Harry, Ron, Hermione and the 20 oz bottle of Pepsi Max? That was hot."

Dawn giggled. "You should totally buy a bottle yourself and then call Tara. I mean, with the delicious Pepsi Max in such an, um, interestingly large bottle, you could have all sorts of fun. And then drink the Pepsi Max afterwards."

"Dawnie!" Willow looked mildly shocked, then grinned hugely.
"Will you be okay on your own while I go to the 7-11?"


Posted by: Mrs Darcy (elisi)
Posted at: 18th August 2007 12:52 (UTC)
Fannish Inquisition by scarah2

I. Love. Fandom.

Oh and you forgot to bold the second-last 'Pepsi Max'. *g*

(Now if they did a moodtheme/layout/virtual gift with Stephen Fry, advertising that tea he's advertising... we can but dream, eh?)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 18th August 2007 13:09 (UTC)

Fixed. Thanks.

Glad you enjoyed it. :-) I should probably point out that I think any sort of diet cola is disgusting stuff, and never drink it myself...

Posted by: none of the above (frogfarm)
Posted at: 18th August 2007 16:07 (UTC)

That was as close to opening my own wrists as it gets with anything not showcased on badbuffyfic. It's already depressing enough with so many people pulling up stakes and heading for higher ground.

I would, however, cheer while watching Hugh Laurie hawk opiates.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 18th August 2007 22:25 (UTC)

So, um, I presume Faith won't be luring Katie to give up the Amish life by tempting her with crates of cool, refreshing Pepsi Max, then?


Posted by: none of the above (frogfarm)
Posted at: 19th August 2007 01:02 (UTC)

Nah, remember they do the Dew. And I'm sure Faith can come up with far more tempting temptations. Like zippers. Yeah...that's the ticket.

You've been Whedonesqued!

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 19th August 2007 10:47 (UTC)

Zippers?? Huh.

Also: yay! But it's slightly weird reading people talking about you, instead of to you.

Posted by: none of the above (frogfarm)
Posted at: 19th August 2007 12:47 (UTC)

Zippers are one of those things that "plain people" don't use. Buttons, too. But of course you copped I was just being naughty.

Also, you've been double-Whedon'd!

Posted by: shadowscast (shadowscast)
Posted at: 19th August 2007 05:12 (UTC)
Spike exhilerated

I'm laughing and cringing. Eeeeee.

Btw, hi! I just friended you, because my friends keep linking to you and you keep posting interesting stuff about the Buffyverse. Also, I checked out your profile (as one does) and was sort of amused to see that you've lived in Halifax, England. Er, this amuses me because I grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada).

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 19th August 2007 10:57 (UTC)

I'm laughing and cringing.

It had the desired effect, then? :-)

Also: hi, welcome, etc.

It was occasionally a problem growing up that I'd tell people I lived in Halifax, and they'd assume I was Canadian...

Posted by: shadowscast (shadowscast)
Posted at: 19th August 2007 21:12 (UTC)

I guess my Halifax is the better-known one. Though, I'd think that *in* England people would think of the English one first?

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 20th August 2007 18:45 (UTC)

In England, yes. I was mostly thinking of meeting people on holiday, or looking the place up in encyclopaedias or similar.

Not that Halifax, Yorkshire has any particular claims to fame anyway...

Posted by: Dio (diachrony)
Posted at: 19th August 2007 16:44 (UTC)
tink takes a tumble - anim


I may need to drink a delicious Pepsi Max to recover.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 20th August 2007 18:48 (UTC)


Dammit, I should ask Pepsico for a commission!!

Posted by: Beer Good (beer_good_foamy)
Posted at: 19th August 2007 17:17 (UTC)

I go away for a few days and I get back to brand new wank and LJ-fuckery... and of course, satire is the only way to handle it. Hilarious!

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 20th August 2007 18:50 (UTC)

I've got to say I'm more amused than outraged by the latest thing... any other time, I think this would have just gone by with a few raised eyebrows, but at the moment everybody's super-sensitive.

Glad you liked it!

Posted by: lilred26x (lilred26x)
Posted at: 23rd August 2007 02:42 (UTC)

Very cute. I giggled the whole way thru. A very amusing way to make a point!

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 23rd August 2007 10:18 (UTC)

Huh? Making a point? I just really, really like Pepsi Max...


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