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Christmas Drabbles! For Quin and Barb

Merry Christmas to you both. :)

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For rahirah: Spike/Willow
The Road Less Bloody

One night she confesses the story of Vamp-Slut Willow. Spike sees in her eyes the unbabbled fear: that he’d rather have the other, all ruffles and confidence and kink. It teases him a moment: his Willow, demon-driven, glorying in the crimson drench of blood and riding him as this one’s still learning to do.

But there’s a warmth about this one that’s nothing to do with temperature, a delight that’d sharpen to mere cruelty if turned, and ambition even undeath couldn’t improve. He relished the idea once, but he was wrong. Damn his soft heart, he likes this one best.


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For quinara: Buffy+Illyria
If at First You Don't Succeed, Kick Something

“Fight with me,” Buffy said.

“Battle would be brief and do no one credit,” Illyria said, turning away.

Another day. “You like violence, right? I like violence. We could do the girly bonding thing.”

“I am only superficially female.”

Again. “Look, I need to fight you. I fought gods before, and I pretty much sucked. I need to not suck.”

“Mortal strength is tinder before my blaze. Cease your vain striving.”

“Fine, ” Buffy said, and kicked Illyria’s chin.

The battle was indeed brief. But Buffy rose, gasping, unbroken, and said, “Tomorrow?”

She was not wholly unworthy. “Yes,” Illyria said.

Comments

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rahirah
Dec. 12th, 2010 02:25 am (UTC)
Aw, thank you!!!
snickfic
Dec. 12th, 2010 07:27 am (UTC)
You are very welcome. :)
seapealsh
Dec. 12th, 2010 03:34 am (UTC)
You write a great Illyria. Nice.
snickfic
Dec. 12th, 2010 07:28 am (UTC)
Thank you! I have a WIP from her POV, which is challenging but a lot of fun when I feel like I'm getting it right. I'm glad you enjoyed. :)
dragonpaws
Dec. 12th, 2010 04:02 am (UTC)
I love the Buffy Illyria- and I haven't even watched Angel yet. :) I loves me a fighty Buffy.
snickfic
Dec. 12th, 2010 07:29 am (UTC)
Despite being in only the last seven episodes of the show, Illyria's one of the best things in it, IMO. She's fascinating (not that there's much of that to see, here).
ms_scarletibis
Dec. 12th, 2010 04:57 am (UTC)
Really loved the Spike/Willow one :)

<--totally shipped them for a moment in s4.
snickfic
Dec. 12th, 2010 07:30 am (UTC)
Hah! Glad you liked. I'm so very much a Spuffy shipper at this point (with occasional hardcore Spike/Dru nostalgia) that I have trouble even imagining him with anyone else. But it's fun to try sometimes.

Thank you for the comment! :)
rebcake
Dec. 12th, 2010 07:48 am (UTC)
Aw! I love the idea of puppyish Buffy, nipping at Illyria's heels. Not wholly unworthy.
snickfic
Dec. 13th, 2010 02:13 am (UTC)
Would you believe that nippy puppy was an image I actually thought about using but discarded because it sounded un-Illyria-like? I guess it came through anyway!

And thank you. :)
quinara
Dec. 12th, 2010 11:11 am (UTC)
Yaaay!! Buffy and Illyria are awesome, thank you!! (And I know exactly whom Buffy picked up that persistence from...)
snickfic
Dec. 13th, 2010 02:14 am (UTC)
At first I was going to do something with Spike and his spaceship, but as soon as these two occurred to me the decision was made. I'm so glad you like it. :)
brutti_ma_buoni
Dec. 12th, 2010 11:22 am (UTC)
I love these! Spike/Willow is one of those ships I've never shared but sometimes read fic for and think 'Hmm, maybe...' This is one of those times. All Illyria and Buffy fic has to be good. It's a rule, to which this is no exception.

These gift drabbles are the highlight of Buffymas 2010, you know!
snickfic
Dec. 13th, 2010 02:16 am (UTC)
Spike/Willow is not my ship either, but they did have some nice moments in S4, and a lot in common later on if an author wanted to draw on that.

These gift drabbles are the highlight of Buffymas 2010, you know!

Awww! That is incredibly nice of you to say. I'm thrilled that people are enjoying them.
penny_lane_42
Dec. 12th, 2010 03:25 pm (UTC)
Aw! Soft-hearted Spike!

Love the Buffy&Illyria one. Too perfect!
snickfic
Dec. 13th, 2010 02:17 am (UTC)
His heart will always be squishier than the average vamp's, even without Buffy.

Yay to Buffy&Illyria! I felt a little iffy about that one - I thought it maybe needed to be longer. So I'm glad it worked. :)
shapinglight
Dec. 13th, 2010 10:05 am (UTC)
I love that Buffy/Illyria one. It's great!
snickfic
Dec. 13th, 2010 10:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you! They're not characters whose interaction I'd given much thought to until quinara wrote a couple of really interesting fics about them.
shapinglight
Dec. 13th, 2010 11:13 pm (UTC)
I have the beginnings of a stalled Buffy/Illyria fic on my hard drive, but I suspect it'll never be unstalled, sadly.

Should have said, I liked the other drabble too, though Spike/Willow has never been a pairing that appealed to me much.
snickfic
Dec. 13th, 2010 11:17 pm (UTC)
I confess, I'm pretty sure I'd never reach the point of shipping Buffy/Illyria. But I imagine the work to get them there would be really interesting.

Yeah, Spike/Willow isn't one that appeals to me, personally. I have trouble shipping Spike with people that aren't Dru or Buffy, and I can't seem to ship Willow after Oz leaves at all. But they were fun to play with, nonetheless. :)
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