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Drabble: Toppings

For icon text winner angearia, who requested Anya and Spike bonding, with optional bonus Dawn. Hope you like, hon, though it ended up with less bonding and more angst than I meant.

“Vamp in charge here,” argued Spike. “I’ll order.” Because if pizza mattered, then something mattered, even when...

“I have a concussion,” said Anya, “and I’m bruised in many uncomfortable places. I should get to choose.”

“I’m the one taking care of you lot,” said Spike. While the others grieved by killing things. “It's babysitter’s prerogative.”

“You don’t even need to eat.”

“Technicality,” said Spike. “Besides, I’ve got seniority. Barbeque.”

“I’m over eleven hundred years old. Sicilian chicken.”

“I'm as old as the world,” whispered Dawn from the couch. They were the first words she’d spoken since breakfast.

They had pepperoni.


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Nov. 8th, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
Ah! This is brilliant. I love that it's the immature argument over seniority that gets Dawn to speak up.
Nov. 8th, 2009 11:56 pm (UTC)
Hooray! I'm especially glad you enjoyed, since it was for you. :) And yes, sometimes immaturity is just the antidote for angst.
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Nov. 8th, 2009 05:59 pm (UTC)

funny and touching-- I got just a little teary there at the end.

And I must be hungry, because it's not 10 am, and the sicilian chicken sounds really good...
Nov. 8th, 2009 11:58 pm (UTC)
Aw. Yeah, I was kind of aiming for some mistiness around the eyeballs - I'm thrilled to know I succeeded!

And I just ate a little bit ago, but Sicilian Chicken sounds great to me, too. Although that may be just due to living in a pizza-deprive country...
Nov. 8th, 2009 06:02 pm (UTC)
This clicks on so many levels for me. A) I like Anya-Spike sniping. B) I like Spike the somewhat abrasive caretaker. C) I like Dawn still grappling with her identity. So, you know, in general, me likey.

Well done indeed. :)
Nov. 8th, 2009 11:59 pm (UTC)
Wow, thank you! I'm glad I happened to hit some of your buttons. I do love all those things, too, so that works out very conveniently. :)
Nov. 8th, 2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
Great change of pace there - all surface fun till the memories can't be held back any more.
Nov. 9th, 2009 12:00 am (UTC)
Yeah. I was definitely trying for a balance between the silliness and the kill-you-dead-angst, lurking in the shadows and waiting to pounce. So, I'm especially glad to know that's what you got out of it. :)
Nov. 8th, 2009 07:03 pm (UTC)
Aw man. This sucker-punched me with the awesome!
Nov. 9th, 2009 12:00 am (UTC)
Wow, thank you!
Nov. 8th, 2009 07:09 pm (UTC)
This is wonderful.
Nov. 9th, 2009 12:01 am (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed. :)
Nov. 8th, 2009 07:11 pm (UTC)
Oh wow. What a quick turn from silly to poignant. Beautiful.
Nov. 9th, 2009 12:20 am (UTC)
Wow, thank you. I was trying for a balance between silliness and angst, I wasn't sure I got it. I'm glad to hear it worked. :)
Nov. 8th, 2009 11:17 pm (UTC)
Pwnage, Dawn!
Nov. 9th, 2009 12:21 am (UTC)
Hee. Yes. She wins pretty much every seniority argument ever.
Nov. 9th, 2009 12:18 am (UTC)
I’m bruised in many uncomfortable places. I should get to choose.

Yes, Anya, I think you should, in a world where physical pain trumps emotional. That world is not the Buffyverse however, so the key takes it!

Wonderful. Funny and sad, a winning combo. Like pepperoni and pineapple!
Nov. 9th, 2009 12:22 am (UTC)
Wonderful. Funny and sad, a winning combo. Like pepperoni and pineapple!

Thank you! Funny and sad were just what I wanted. I'm so glad you enjoyed. Although, I've never had pepperoni and pineapple together before. Now I want to try it.
Nov. 9th, 2009 12:52 am (UTC)
Ouch. And wonderful.
Nov. 9th, 2009 01:59 am (UTC)
Thank you. :)
Nov. 9th, 2009 01:19 am (UTC)
Oh, oh, oh! That ending. You kill me. I love your Dawn. I love your Spike. I love your Anya. And all of them together? With the beginning all silly but with that hint of sadness with the mattering and then the gut-punch at the end? Fabulous.
Nov. 9th, 2009 03:19 am (UTC)
Oh, you make me so happy with your comments! This was all exactly what I was trying to do - the tension between silly and tragic, the final angst of all the things Dawn is surely thinking of when she says that. Plus the collection of the three of them, all oddballs (as Emmie pointed out in her prompt), both socially and mystically.

Yay, I'm so glad you liked. :)
Nov. 23rd, 2009 04:21 am (UTC)
Ouch. Oh. Nicely done.
Nov. 23rd, 2009 11:47 pm (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed. :)
Jan. 1st, 2010 02:47 pm (UTC)
Here from buffyversetop5
Ha! They picked the wrong category for one upmanship :)
Jan. 1st, 2010 07:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Here from buffyversetop5
Heh. I think Spike just wasn't thinking straight. He is, after all, significantly older than most humans...
Oct. 4th, 2011 01:53 am (UTC)
Oh, that's heartbreaking and wonderful.
Oct. 4th, 2011 11:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I do so love writing things in that period.
Oct. 5th, 2011 11:45 am (UTC)
Loved it, a tiny little helping of heartbreak.
(but I think it should have been anchovies...)
Oct. 6th, 2011 12:55 am (UTC)
I don't know why anchovies didn't occur to me at the time. Possibly Dawn didn't have the energy to be adventurous? Anyway, I'm glad you enjoyed. :)
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