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Drabble: Tithonus

This came up in a discussion on goldenusagi's journal, and I had to write it. It's, um, claiming fic. You've been warned.


Tithonus
By Barb C.
Pairing/Characters: B/S
Rating: G
Summary: Be careful what you wish for.


When Buffy was twenty, it was a necessity. When she was forty, it was romantic. When she was sixty, it was touching. The claim tied them together for eternity, the prophecy said. Her blood, freely given; his mark upon her neck; their power shared. She would live forever; he would walk in the sun. Unlike her dad, unlike Angel, he'd never leave her. Win/win.

When she was a mindless, pain-wracked husk of a hundred and twenty, Spike set a stake to his heart, cursing the sun that could no longer set them both free.

Her last breath was his dust.

END

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kitmarlowescot2
May. 30th, 2009 04:56 am (UTC)
Lol, yeah but caused her to become a husk ? Was it just time or experince ?
rahirah
May. 30th, 2009 05:51 am (UTC)
She got immortality. Not eternal youth.
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cornerofmadness
May. 30th, 2009 05:02 am (UTC)
very powerful last three lines
rahirah
May. 30th, 2009 05:50 am (UTC)
The even creepier ending would have been if it were the kind of claim where he can't be staked, either. >:)
(no subject) - cornerofmadness - May. 30th, 2009 01:55 pm (UTC) - Expand
typographer
May. 30th, 2009 06:04 am (UTC)
I freaked out for a minute because I thought it meant you were changing the Barbverse timeline... because I'm bad and jumped over the explanatory text and just went straight to the Barb story.

rahirah
May. 30th, 2009 08:07 pm (UTC)
I'm not THAT mean!
ubi4soft
May. 30th, 2009 06:24 am (UTC)
"She got immortality. Not eternal youth."

Now I get it. He took the way out for her. But she was supposed to be the strongest one on the matter.
rahirah
May. 30th, 2009 08:09 pm (UTC)
Could be...
quinara
May. 30th, 2009 07:17 am (UTC)
And this clearly proves that the Greeks still have things to teach us.
rahirah
May. 30th, 2009 08:09 pm (UTC)
Eyup...
jamalov29
May. 30th, 2009 07:50 am (UTC)
Barb, you're evil.
That is all.
:-)
rahirah
May. 30th, 2009 08:10 pm (UTC)
:buffs nails:
curiouswombat
May. 30th, 2009 08:55 am (UTC)
Yes. Be careful what you wish for, indeed.

A perfect drabble.
rahirah
May. 30th, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
fluffybkitty
May. 30th, 2009 08:59 am (UTC)
Ouch, but in a good way :)
rahirah
May. 30th, 2009 08:12 pm (UTC)
Heh. I'm not sure I'd call it good. *g*
paratti
May. 30th, 2009 09:43 am (UTC)
Ouch. Superb!
rahirah
May. 30th, 2009 08:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
kcarolj65
May. 30th, 2009 10:22 am (UTC)
Yes. That is exactly how it should end.
rahirah
May. 30th, 2009 08:13 pm (UTC)
It wouldn't be my first pick, honestly!
slaymesoftly
May. 30th, 2009 11:08 am (UTC)
Oh my. You did it, didn't you? Owie!
rahirah
May. 30th, 2009 08:13 pm (UTC)
It would have been better as a short story, but I got impatient. >:)
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stormwreath
May. 30th, 2009 11:48 am (UTC)
Tithonus would have approved of Spike's final mercy...

Nicely done. :-)
rahirah
May. 30th, 2009 08:14 pm (UTC)
Grasshoppers don't go over so well these days. *g*
zanthinegirl
May. 30th, 2009 02:11 pm (UTC)
Ooh-- I like! Now that's my kind of claiming fic!
rahirah
May. 30th, 2009 08:14 pm (UTC)
Hee! That was pretty much my thought.
janetmiles
May. 30th, 2009 02:34 pm (UTC)
Brr.
rahirah
May. 30th, 2009 08:15 pm (UTC)
:bows:
willowgreen
May. 30th, 2009 02:48 pm (UTC)
Thus endeth the lesson. :-)
rahirah
May. 30th, 2009 08:15 pm (UTC)
I have a feeling I'm mostly preaching to the choir. *g*
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