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(Fic) Drabbles

19th March 2008 (17:09)
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Re-posting a couple of Buffyverse drabbles I wrote for open_on_sunday   :

For the prompt 'Shift':


Red Shift

She sat hunched in the seat, bag clutched on her lap.

Imagine a vehicle moving away from the observer...

She didn't look through the window, gaze focussed inwards.

...Light moves at a constant speed. But a receding source...

Leaving forever. If only she could escape her own memories so easily.

...Yes, thank you, Willow. Can anyone else tell me the answer?...

The wrong answer, the only answer. Shocked betrayal in his eyes as she killed him.

...The light from receding objects is shifted to red...

There should have been red.
Blood on her hands.

...energy is lost as distance increases...

(Trivia note: when I wrote this, the scene I had in mind was Buffy sitting on the bus leaving Sunnydale at the end of 'Becoming Part 2', and remembering a school physics lesson from earlier that year. However, most of the readers assumed it was Willow leaving Sunnydale with Giles after 'Grave', probably because I referenced her by name in the flashback. It actually works okay for both, though the bit about "shocked betrayal" is obviously more applicable to Angel than to Warren.)

For the prompt 'Palm' (and appropriately enough, written on Palm Sunday): 

It Would Have Been Like Woodstock

The donkey plods on, the man on its back less of a burden than the hot sun on its head. At least the road is soft; a lush carpet of palm leaves. People wave more around them, excited shouts ringing in their ears.

In a darkened, shuttered room, someone peers out through the window, carefully avoiding the direct sunlight.

"Listen to them. Romans aren't gonna like this. Be bloodshed before the week's out." *

"That's why we came."

"Not just us. Whole city's full of our kind."

"Sure. If I'm right, vampires will be talking about this for another 2,000 years..."

*Translated from the Aramaic.


Posted by: twilightofmagic (twilightofmagic)
Posted at: 19th March 2008 19:28 (UTC)

Clever use of physics. I like the surprising juxtapositions in your drabbles. Feels the same kind of surprise as the metaphysicals.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 20th March 2008 00:06 (UTC)

Thanks! Writing alternating lines showing two contrasting/linked situations has always been a favourite device of mine - one of the first drabbles I did used a recitation of 'For The Fallen' ("We shall not grow old...") in the way I used the physics lesson here.

Posted by: curiouswombat (curiouswombat)
Posted at: 19th March 2008 19:59 (UTC)

I like both - but especially the second one - I think it was the footnote that got me!

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 20th March 2008 00:07 (UTC)

Thanks! I have to say that's my favourite of the two as well. :-)

Posted by: Owen (owenthurman)
Posted at: 20th March 2008 02:50 (UTC)

Okay. What I want to know is, if I met one of those vampires in It Would Have Been Like Woodstock and tried to protect myself with a cross, would it work?

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 20th March 2008 11:52 (UTC)

In my own fanon version of the Buffyverse? Yes, definitely. At least since the days of the Guardians who predated the First Slayer, and who learned to focus the power of the Sun through a cross symbol so touching it would burn a vampire as easily as the sun itself does.

In your (or Joss's) version of the Buffyverse - who knows?

Posted by: Beer Good (beer_good_foamy)
Posted at: 13th December 2008 22:01 (UTC)

Of course, in my own fanon version of the Buffyverse, crosses always worked on vampires... Modern-day vampire hunters just got their cause and effect mixed up.

I mean, they killed (or tried to kill) the guy who promised his minions followers eternal life if they drank his blood by nailing him to a cross. Reports differ on whether they remembered to smash his skeleton afterwards. ;-)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 14th December 2008 02:13 (UTC)

Reports differ on whether they remembered to smash his skeleton afterwards

Well, they tried - but when they went to his grave they found he'd already dug his way out of it and vanished...

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