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(Fic) Brief Encounter

18th January 2010 (03:19)
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gabrielleabelle  wanted to know what would happen if souled Spike met Drusilla again. This is my idea.

Characters: Spike, Drusilla
Wordcount: 338
Rating: 12
Warnings: # Major character death.#

Brief Encounter

"Come with me, Spike. Let's rejoin the dance together, like we used to be. Side by side in the night."

"I can't, pet. I'm sorry."

Drusilla whined unhappily. "Sorry, sorry, always sorry. It's that soul, a black weight around your heart. Always dragging you down, dragging you away from me. Alone. Always alone."

"I know. I'm sorry."

*Whap!* Her hand slashed across his cheek, nails drawing thin lines of blood over the pale flesh.

"Naughty! Mustn't say that word. You'll leave me, like Daddy left, and Grandmother left. Everybody leaves." But then her mood shifted, quicksilver fast, and she purred and rubbed her body against Spike's. He stirred, responding to her touch despite himself. "Don't leave me, Spike. We can be together again. Together forever."

"Forever?" He said the word hoarsely, then plunged his fingers into Dru's hair, pulled her face against his own, their lips mashing together in a hungry, desperate kiss. When they pulled away Drusilla laughed with glee.

"That's my Spike! My darling William, I'll show you such dark wonders."

He smiled at her, tilting his head inquisitively. She crooned, sliding her fingers along his cheek then licking the trace of blood that still clung to them.

"We'll turn the darkness red, we will! We'll wreak such glorious slaughter!"

He still smiled, but now there was a wistful air to it. He spoke then, more to himself than to her. "My dark goddess."

"My bloody-handed killer."

"Right. You made me into that, didn't you? You created me, more than my own real mother ever did. At least - that's how I used to see it."

"Spike, you--"

He held his left hand up to silence her. Blue eyes met and held hers, shining softly with regret.

"I'm sorry, Dru."

There was a brief flurry of motion, then stillness. Spike stood there, a long, endless moment, staring blankly into empty space. Then he turned and walked away. He didn't look back.

The stake dropped from his hand and clattered onto the cold ground behind him.


Posted by: The One Who Isn't Chosen (gabrielleabelle)
Posted at: 18th January 2010 03:29 (UTC)
willow lighter

Whoa. You also chose the "banter then stake" option? So...we're like fandom twins now? Weird.

This is pretty much the idea I had in my head, though various comments have made me start to think about other possibilities. This works, though. Lovely job.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 18th January 2010 03:35 (UTC)

We've always been fandom twins, haven't we? Though I wouldn't really call this "banter"; it's more regretful than that.

Spike knows he can't leave Dru free to murder more innocent people. Unlike certain other nancy-haired ponces of his acquaintance, he's not going to angst and brood about having to kill his sire; he's just going to stake her. But he won't be happy about it, and he's probably going to go off and get absolutely out-of-his-head drunk after that final paragraph of my fic.

I think Spike more than anyone is going to be reaistic about his chances of "saving" Dru... that is, there aren't any. He fought for his soul, but it nearly killed him - and Dru doesn't have the motivation he had.

Posted by: The One Who Isn't Chosen (gabrielleabelle)
Posted at: 18th January 2010 03:42 (UTC)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 18th January 2010 04:00 (UTC)

Posted by: The One Who Isn't Chosen (gabrielleabelle)
Posted at: 18th January 2010 04:09 (UTC)

Posted by: Bob the Mole (bobthemole)
Posted at: 19th January 2010 07:39 (UTC)

Posted by: Nicki (peroxidepirate)
Posted at: 18th January 2010 04:41 (UTC)

Excellent job with the Drusilla voice. She's really hard to write, but this is completely her. And it's definitely one reaction I can see Spike having.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 18th January 2010 16:45 (UTC)

Thanks! Oddly enough, Dru's voice seems to come to me very easily. She took over this ficlet, for a start... I didn't expect her to get nearly as much dialogue when I started writing.

This may be a worrying thing, actually. :-)

Posted by: prophecygirrl (prophecygirrl)
Posted at: 18th January 2010 05:51 (UTC)

You know, Spike's wholehearted description of Drusilla as his "Destiny" in the ep of the same name always made me very nervous. It just seemed to echo a little too much for my comfort. I was always worried that this scenario would go the other way, with Dru ending Spike.

A character-driven resolution like this one is always very satisfying. Beautifully sad in this case, but satisfying.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 18th January 2010 16:46 (UTC)


I did think, when I put "Major character death" as a warning at the top, that I deliberately wasn't specifying *which* of the characters would die...

Posted by: Caroline (jamalov29)
Posted at: 18th January 2010 07:15 (UTC)
Til the slayer do us part

I can imagine their encounter going like this. She is undoubtedly a profound and meaningful part of himself , in the past.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 18th January 2010 16:47 (UTC)

Thanks! I think that Spike, more than anyone, would *recognise* who Dru was and what she could do... which is why he'd know he had no other choice. He'd hate doing it, but he would.

Posted by: petzipellepingo (petzipellepingo)
Posted at: 18th January 2010 09:00 (UTC)
spike and dru by sanity_oasis

Yes, I can see him putting her out of her misery. Good Dru voice btw.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 18th January 2010 16:49 (UTC)

Thanks! Though not sure Dru is very miserable, at least not for long. Putting her out of *other people's* misery, maybe? :-)

Posted by: curiouswombat (curiouswombat)
Posted at: 18th January 2010 13:31 (UTC)
Crazy Dru by Bear_icons

Just right. I think, too, that he staked her. Only in my version, of course, he did it in bed!

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 18th January 2010 16:51 (UTC)

Um, is that *stake her* in the literal sense, or are we being metaphorical and smutty here? :-) (Or did he do both consecutively? I think even Spike might find that a little bit disturbing.)

Posted by: curiouswombat (curiouswombat)
Posted at: 18th January 2010 17:20 (UTC)

Posted by: Beer Good (beer_good_foamy)
Posted at: 18th January 2010 14:32 (UTC)

I like this. Particularly the bit about the soul dragging him down - Dru always saw things clearly; supposedly it's the soul that saves him, but it also makes him culpable. I'm not sure this is how I see them ending, but it definitely works.

And oh yeah, Spike is going to hunt some fledglings and then get very drunk after this. Possibly not in that order.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 18th January 2010 16:54 (UTC)

I did think about making the soul appear more bright and shining to Dru's vision (and yes, she actually can see his soul, it's not a metaphor in her case). A spark, or a fire. But that didn't fit the metaphor; and besides, Dru always saw him as effulgent. The soul is smothering the fire she sees inside him.


Posted by: louise39 (louise39)
Posted at: 18th January 2010 16:15 (UTC)
y Dru   hands together

Spike will sigh and regret.

I wonder if Dru could 'see' this ever happening?

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 18th January 2010 16:57 (UTC)

Not sure. I almost had Dru saying "thank you" or something at the end, like Spike's mother did when he staked her - and that was definitely the parallel I was going for here. But I decided that would be too cheesy, and spoil the mood. But did Dru know, or suspect, that Spike would kill her rather than come back to her? Part of me thinks she foresaw that, and didn't really care which option he chose.

Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 18th January 2010 16:31 (UTC)

I've wondered how Spike would deal with Dru if they ever met again. I figured it could go one of two ways: either the Angel influence comes through and Spike makes the hard decision for the greater good; or Dru runs into Classic Spike in one of his "who the bloody hell cares? Let's shag" mindsets.

This was a good take on the angsty scenario. :-)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 18th January 2010 17:01 (UTC)

Thanks! Though I think that classic *souled* Spike would be more likely to go for the "Yeah, we had some good times, but you're evil and I'm not any more, so say hello to Mr Pointy" line, whereas if the Angel influence was strong that day, he'd go all broody and angst about whether he should kill her or not, or should he try to save her... (Though the saving damsels thing is more Angel's schtick.)

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Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 18th January 2010 23:30 (UTC)

I have a great Dru voice because I am, in fact, a homicidally insane 150-year old British vampire. True facts. :nods:


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Posted by: Snick (snickfic)
Posted at: 18th January 2010 22:44 (UTC)

Neat. I'm always interested in explorations of how another meeting with them might turn out, and this is quite a believable one. Poor Spike - he did what he needed to do, but that didn't make it any less painful.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 18th January 2010 23:31 (UTC)

Thanks! Ther are lots of possibilities, but what I was going for here was definitely "The one I thought was most in character".

Posted by: FreeSpirit (buffyangellvr23)
Posted at: 19th January 2010 04:58 (UTC)

Nice work...interesting take.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 19th January 2010 14:06 (UTC)


Posted by: Rebcake (rebcake)
Posted at: 19th January 2010 06:48 (UTC)

I always feel badly for Dru after Crush, left all alone. Family was always so important to her. Still I suspect she would manage somehow, and not much could stop her. Except this. Well told, sir.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 19th January 2010 14:06 (UTC)

I know - I feel sorry for her too... at least, as sorry as it's possible to be for a psychotic mass murderer. :-) Thanks!

Posted by: riccadonna (riccadonna)
Posted at: 19th January 2010 22:54 (UTC)

Hard work, but as someone has to do it, it makes sense that it be Spike. Out of respect, and in remembrance of their love affair. After all, he was heartbroken when Drusilla didn't even care enough to set him on fire...

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 20th January 2010 13:27 (UTC)

Now I'm wondering how Spike would feel if someone else staked her... probably upset and angry at them in a weird kind of way, even though he wouldn't disagree with the necessity of it.

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