Your Turn

Author: readerjane
Title: Your Turn
Word count: 482
Author’s notes: “One more oldie from me for this School Hard weekend.
This story is set during the summer between seasons 5 and 6. It refers briefly to both School Hard and Lovers Walk, but sets them in the retconned universe where Dawn was born into the Summers family.”


The cigarette flared against the night sky.

“Your turn,” Dawn prompted, propping her elbow on her pillow.

Perched on the windowsill, Spike blew smoke into the night. “First time you nicked something.”

Dawn giggled quietly. “In L.A. Mom was always at Buffy’s psychiatrist’s, and I missed my dance class. We went to Walmart to get school supplies. I stuffed a New Kids on the Block CD under my shirt.”

“Got caught, did you?”

“So grounded.” His low chuckle encouraged her. “My turn. First time you smoked a cigarette.”

“At school. Bloke from the upper form dared me. I got sick. Spent the night in infirmary.”

Dawn muffled a laugh. “Did you get teased?”

“Already the butt of the class, wasn’t I? After Dru turned me, I hunted down the older students and–” he broke off, covering the pause with another drag. “Thought you were going to sleep.”

“I’m not tired yet. Your turn.”

“First time you knew Buffy was the Slayer.”

Dawn’s smile faded. “Mom thought Buffy was having delusions, but she had really changed. She was freaky strong. I caught her lifting her bed to look for a shoe.

“One night, I was taking out the garbage and this guy grabbed me. His face was so weird. It was like a nightmare. And then Buffy was there, and she stabbed him, and he dissolved. She made me promise not to tell.”

He sat smoking. Dawn wondered how many times he had been the monster in the night.

“First time you knew you were in love with Buffy.”

He was quiet so long she wondered if he was going to answer. “Caught sight of her in the Bronze. She shone like the sun.”

“Yeah, but then you wanted to kill her. When did you know?”

“You were there, Bit. We were drinking cocoa in the kitchen. Angel burst open the door. Your mum pushed you behind her and stood with her bitty bottle of holy water like she was going to hold back the forces of hell with a garden hose.” Dawn could hear his smile. “I was so busy twitting Angel I didn’t hear your sis. She had me pinned to the counter before I knew what’s what.”

“You are such a masochist. You love it when women beat you up,” Dawn teased.

“Vampire. Evil.” He lit a new cigarette from the end of the first.

The front door opened and closed quietly. Willow’s voice and the Buffybot’s filtered up the stairs.

“That’s Wills home from patrol.” Spike pinched out his smoke and swung his leg over the sill. Dawn knew he wouldn’t stay, not with the bot in the house like a lingering spirit of their dead.

“Spike,” she called softly. He paused.

“We made it through one more day.” Let him be back tomorrow.

“Hundred forty-six.” He was outlined briefly in the moonlight, and then he was gone.

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Fic: Once A Prince (1/1)

Good morning! I’m offering two stories for this round. Both of them are part of the same ‘verse as Integrity and Wendy’s Man. That ‘verse has a name now: Truceverse, because it diverges from canon at the first Spike & Buffy truce in Becoming Part 2. The timeline for the Truceverse is here. Most of the stories in it have been posted before in open_on_sunday or sb_fag_ends. My second story, a ficlet, will be posted later today.

Title: Once A Prince
Wordcount: 1,440
Rated: PG-13 for canon-appropriate creepiness. No AO3 warnings.
Timeline: after Doublemeat Palace
Pairing: Spuffy, with mentions of Spike/Dru, Buffy/Riley and Buffy/Minor Character

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Poem and an Icon: Summers

Here’s the 2nd of 3 morsels for the day…

Title: Summers
Author: readerjane
Rating: G
Timeline: early S6
Word count: 103
Disclaimer: Still not mine, alas.
Author’s Note: I wish I was a better icon artist. I played with this quite a bit and couldn’t get the wheel-of-seasons effect I wanted. Still, if anyone wants to snag it, feel free!

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Ficlet: Not Quite So Wrecked

Good morning! This is my first time to participate in seasonal_spuffy. Thanks so much to enigmaticblues for hosting this wonderful group. I’ve enjoyed the stories and I’m glad to have a chance to contribute.

I have three small morsels to offer. I’ll space them out over the course of the day.

Title: Not Quite So Wrecked
Author: readerjane

Rating: PG-13 for implied nekkid
Timeline: scene re-write during Wrecked
Word count: 200
Disclaimer: Still not mine, alas.
Author’s Note: What if Spike had responded to the first thing Buffy said instead of the second?

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