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12th-Jan-2014 08:57 am
Pink Lit Gal
I am doing edits on Drift and quickly developing an editing headache. I need something quick and creative, so I'm opening a meme post.

Write a short description of a story or scene I haven't written and I'll try to write it for you. For example, on the last meme, velvetwhip asked for: Hmm...there was that Angel/Xander/Willow fic you wrote...

I wrote her Bespelled, Besotted.

You can look HERE to see what I did last time. Some prompts caught the muse, others didn't. Some got full stories (and in one or two cases turned into epics). Others got a paragraph.
14th-Jan-2014 12:59 am (UTC)
"Xander, what have you done?" Willow gave him the tragic eyes of doom, and Xander wanted to scream with frustration.

"What I had to. Those guys were dangerous. They were going to turn Buffy into a pile of goo, or have you forgotten that?"

"They're just stupid kids," Buffy said.

"They're the same age we are, and we've managed to kill a hellgod."

Buffy turned white, and Xander had that nagging feeling of wrong. He hadn't wanted to hurt her. He'd done all this to help her--to help all of them. She couldn't carry the weight of the world, which she'd proved by going and dying.

"But the military? You gave them to the military?" Willow's tragic eyes were still in full force.

"I reported that they were engaging in illegal activities, you know, things like rape and murder. Murder bad."

"Cooperating with the military bad," Buffy shot back. "Spying on friends bad."

"Not all the military is like the Initiative."

"Oh no. I'm sure your friends care all about rights and my role as the slayer." Buffy was laying on the sarcasm a little thick, but she'd been like that ever since she'd come back from the dead. She was harder, but at the same time, there was a brittle sharpness there that Xander sometimes feared. It was like she was on the verge of shattering and he was going to be shredded by all the razor edges. The other guys told him he was right--that she was dangerously out of control. Without the guys, Xander didn't know what he'd do because the girls never listened to him anymore. They had Spike now. They had the new and improved Super Buffy who knew everything.

"They do care," Xander said as calmly as he could manage. “They care about this planet as much as we do."

"Then they shouldn't be here," Buffy shouted.

"Oh, so the whole world should just wait on you? You are the only one to fix everything?" Xander demanded. He felt his temper flare. He was training now. He had skills, and she still treated him like the worthless one.

"I'm the slayer!"

"And you died!" Xander shrieked. The room fell absolutely silent. Xander shifted his weight--the need to apologize fighting with the need to finally be listened to.

Buffy gave him one of her hard smiles. "Right. And you'll do anything to make sure you don't have to stand on your own, including turning to the military."

"Most of the military are good guys. These are people who've given their lives to defend their country. Do you think they'd be any less dedicated to defending their world?"

"I think they're wrong. They're interfering, and you're giving them information. How am I supposed to trust you?" Buffy demanded.

"Hey!" Willow said loudly. "No name calling. Absolutely no name calling."

"I didn't call him a name. I just said I couldn't trust him," Buffy said coldly.

14th-Jan-2014 01:00 am (UTC)
Xander could feel his heart break a little at that. He'd stuck by Buffy through everything. He'd breathed life into her, risked Angelus for her. He'd stood at the front lines of a battle against hell and sacrificed his soul to bring her back from the dead. Willow could lie to herself all she wanted--Xander knew full well that the magic they'd done had damned them all, and he'd paid that price for Buffy.

"I've always tried to be your backup," Xander said.

Buffy stared at him, her silence condemning him even before she said, "You're the guy with the rock."

Willow's eyes got large and her mouth fell open. Xander wanted to talk about all the ways he was more now. He had training. The military had given him classes and a sergeant worked with him on hand-to-hand combat every day. When he lost his job again, once more because he'd been too injured from slayerette duty, the military had let him move into the safehouse with the guys. He wanted to say all of that, but looking at Buffy, he realized that it wouldn't matter. She didn't care about any of it.

"Buffy," Willow finally said in a small, wounded voice.

"I mean it, Will. If he's going to spy on us and tell his military buddies all about the sitch, I don't want him around."

Xander felt frozen in time, so Willow was the first to respond. "You don't mean that."

"Yeah, I do," Buffy said, and Xander could see her utter honesty in that statement. She didn't want him. Oh, maybe he could beg and grovel and plead for some small piece of her life, but she'd want him to admit that she was all right and he was all wrong. And he was tired of being all wrong.

Willow looked at him, and Xander could almost see the script she wanted him to follow. Apologize. Beg. Grovel and call Buffy the queen of the universe. The problem was that Xander didn't believe that anymore. There were men who had been in war longer, who knew more strategy, who knew how to ask for help when they needed it. There were people who didn't ignore rapists and killers just because they were human. Xander would absolutely not apologize for doing the right thing.

"Think what you want, Buff," Xander said. He could hear the coldness in his own voice. "But at least the NID did something about those three. They saved your ass, and you aren't grateful enough to even acknowledge it. You don't trust me? Fine. But maybe you should worry about whether you should trust yourself.” Head held high, Xander stalked out. For the first time in a long while, he was absolutely sure he was doing the right thing.

(so sorry... this is what the muse spat out)
14th-Jan-2014 02:33 am (UTC)
I love this! The idea of Xander having the confidence to pursue his own solutions and to step outside the boundaries is excellent. This could be expanded and I would not mind in the least!

14th-Jan-2014 02:34 am (UTC)
Well, the not okay part is that the NID are bad guys from Stargate. Xander chose to step up, but his new "friends" are using him.
14th-Jan-2014 02:35 am (UTC)
Ah. Well, not knowing a darn thing about Stargate... oops! My bad!

Still darn intriguing though!

14th-Jan-2014 02:37 am (UTC)
Ah, but that's the rub. He's doing *exactly* the right thing with *exactly* the wrong people.
14th-Jan-2014 03:21 am (UTC)
Ouch poor Xander. I always felt that Whedon kept giving Xander the fuzzy end of the lollipop. I never forgave him for that wedding fiasco. I just feel so sorry for Xander that he's getting one again. Pets the Xander
14th-Jan-2014 07:36 pm (UTC)
Oh no! I just knew that was where you were headed. Well I'm along for the ride anyway. Tissues at the ready just in case.
14th-Jan-2014 04:08 am (UTC)
OMG! So much yes!

And no one ever said doing the right was easy but do what have to do to protect what you care for.
20th-Jan-2014 05:20 pm (UTC)
And he truly is trying to do the right things for the right reasons. He just picked the wrong people to trust
14th-Jan-2014 05:15 am (UTC)
Oha! Great written. Poor Xander, you should have better army friends.
20th-Jan-2014 05:21 pm (UTC)
He really should, but Xander never has had good luck
14th-Jan-2014 03:34 pm (UTC)
Oh that last paragraph was a stab through the heart. The NID? Nooo! And I could so see Buffy doing exactly this and Willow letting her. They were all so very messed up that year. I'd love to read more but I'm afraid I'd have to read it peeping between my fingers.
20th-Jan-2014 05:21 pm (UTC)
He is digging himself into a pretty deep hole here, but the good news is that Xander will always do the right thing as soon as he figures out what that is.
22nd-Jan-2014 11:35 pm (UTC)
Maybe Xander will meet the SG1 Team and will get some help from them against the bad guys from the NID?
Only guessing here. :)
14th-Jan-2014 09:24 pm (UTC)
Wow just wow and more please *HUGS* and Thanks for picking one of my memes. *HUGS*
20th-Jan-2014 05:22 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I did have fun beating Xander up here.
30th-Jan-2014 09:51 am (UTC) - Trust
Wow I love what you did here. Buffy not trusting someone she should and xander trusting someone he shouldn't. I'd love watching this play out.
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