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FIC: Tea Parties

Title: Tea Parties
Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Pairing: Dru/Buffybot
Words / Rating: 1300 words / PG-13
Spoilers: through 6.09 Smashed for background details
Summary: Dru has lost all her dollies, but she knows where to find a new one.

A/N: Written for brutti_ma_buoni for rarewomen. In her dear author letter Brutti basically dared me to write any two of her listed characters in the same fic, and this was the result. I meant for it to be gen, but it refused. Warning: I ended it with the most obvious pun imaginable, because I couldn't help myself. I AM ONLY A LITTLE BIT SORRY.

fic at AO3.

Crossposted from Dreamwidth. Comment here or there. (comment count unavailable DW replies)


( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 5th, 2013 10:06 pm (UTC)
I love it. It's really an original idea. I like both Dru's voice and her interaction with the Buffybot and Buffybot seen with her eyes. Lovely fic!
May. 6th, 2013 01:08 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Dru + Buffybot just seemed like an inherently tragic/hilarious combination. :)
May. 9th, 2013 01:02 am (UTC)
This was wonderful, such an amazing and creepy look at how Dru sees the world, and her voice felt so authentic.
May. 9th, 2013 06:58 pm (UTC)
Yay, thank you! As can probably be guessed from my icon, I'm very fond of Dru, but I haven't written her that much. I'm glad you enjoyed this outing. :)
Jul. 28th, 2013 12:22 am (UTC)
This combination has never occurred to me but - WOW. The way you capture Dru, the atmospheric quality and the misleading sense of fragility (that really isn't) - I'm verklempt.

And Buffybot is one of my favorite characters. Wonderfully original.

Dru grinned back, ever so pleased, and took her by the hand, and bestowed on her all the favors appropriate to a distinguished warrior from a lady.

And a Spike was entirely unnecessary, they discovered.

LOVE THIS. One of the best endings to a fic I've read - you NAILED the landing. "to a distinguished warrior from a lady" - fantastic.
Jul. 28th, 2013 07:11 pm (UTC)
Yay, I am so glad you liked it! I had terrible fun writing it. Dru's one of my favorites (as is maybe evident from my icon), and as soon as I thought of the Buffybot as a kind of doll, if a much more stubborn one than Dru is used to, it just seemed so obvious. :D

(The femslash came later, though; this started life as a genfic. Hard to imagine now.)
Jul. 28th, 2013 07:26 pm (UTC)
That ending is SO perfect I can't imagine it any other way. And yes, the connection between the dolly and the bot is fantastic; it reminds me of a friend in college who owned a beautiful vintage store manniquin of a woman (actually a collector's item signed by the artist) and she explicitly made the connection in a conversation between her attraction to it and an earlier love of dolls. Women looking for fascimilies of themselves - in dolls, in mirrors - trying to find someone/something who will listen, trying to build or affirm a sense of identity.

the shopping trip is a wonderful idea. there's a constant fluid shift here in the way Dru conceives of this doll that mirrors her mental state, the way she uses and interrelates to it - as a girlfriend, a plaything, a lover, a way of getting revenge on Spike, etc. (I think of that horrendous outfit Spike put on the 'bot - apparently his fashion sense was much better in Something Blue *lol*)

And poor Bottie - manufactured, like the slayers, to serve the needs of men; with no individual sense of self, the way Slayers surely have been trained for centuries (Kendra), the very opposite of Buffy.
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