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Drabble: Body of Lies - Words in the Heroes' Tongue
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Drabble: Body of Lies
Here is the next instalment of my drabble/ficlet series following Illyria after an ending to ‘Not Fade Away’ that left her the only survivor of the fight in the alley. Continues on from ‘To Rain in Hell’ and ‘From Hell to Texas’. 100 words, PG.


Body of Lies

She had worn the shell’s form for Wesley, to give him something to cling to as he died, easing his passing, and for the Burkles to spare them the pain of their daughter’s death. This… compassion was an unfamiliar emotion to her. A weakness, and yet… the pain, the loss, and the emptiness within her were not feelings that she would wish on others not her enemies or those who had betrayed her.

Now she wore it for a more familiar purpose. Camouflage. She had to cross an ocean, and borders, and get past guards before she could exact retribution.

Continued in On My Signal…

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Current Music: Nazareth, 'This Flight Tonight'

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ozma914 From: ozma914 Date: February 12th, 2009 09:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Somebody's going to regret getting on her bad side ...
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: February 13th, 2009 12:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
She has a good side?
ozma914 From: ozma914 Date: February 14th, 2009 08:22 am (UTC) (Link)
She looks pretty good in profile ...
ffutures From: ffutures Date: February 12th, 2009 11:23 am (UTC) (Link)
I can just imagine HM Customs etc. trying to handle Illyria. Good thing she's in a mood to keep a low profile.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: February 13th, 2009 12:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Purpose of visit?"

"To rend the flesh of my enemies from their bones and make trophies of their pelvic girdles."

"Uh, okay. Anything to declare?"
desdemonaspace From: desdemonaspace Date: February 12th, 2009 11:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Eeek! I cannot wait for the next installment.

In such a short form, you bring up a very good question: why DIDN'T Buffy's white hats assist Angel & company at that last battle?
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: February 13th, 2009 12:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!

That's a question that is going to be asked very pointedly.
jedibuttercup From: jedibuttercup Date: February 12th, 2009 04:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't want Buffy to die.

But I can't help cheering Illyria on.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: February 13th, 2009 12:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Don't cheer too hard or she might pick you as her new Qwa'ha Xahn.
brunettepet From: brunettepet Date: February 12th, 2009 05:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Illyria using this emotional onslaught as a cloaking device is fantastic.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: February 13th, 2009 12:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
mabus101 From: mabus101 Date: February 12th, 2009 07:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
She can't be bargained with. She can't be reasoned with. And she will not stop--ever--until....

Um, let's just say "uh-oh" and leave it at that.

When I think of Illyria trying to get through security, though, somehow I always remember an issue of Fantastic Four where an elderly lady compliments the She-Hulk on her body makeup.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: February 13th, 2009 12:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Rather than wearing the form of Fred Illyria could go through as herself and claim that a kid sister put blue ink in her shampoo bottle and shower gel.
ayinhara From: ayinhara Date: February 12th, 2009 08:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very economical on words, but the plot is moving ahead furiously.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: February 13th, 2009 12:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
From: averageshmoe Date: February 13th, 2009 11:15 am (UTC) (Link)
What I find the most disturbing of this passage is your suggestion that Illyria's greater understanding of the human condition makes her far more dangerous to those whom she would consider her enemies. That the pain and loss that she felt might be a more appropriate vengeance than simple physical obliteration.

This is going to be exquisite, isn't it?

pgavigan
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: February 13th, 2009 12:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're very perceptive...

I sincerely hope that it's going to be exquisite; but my execution might not match my intentions.
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