?

Log in

I speak 2 customrs customrs' speak 2 me calendar about s2c Speaker's Corner Previously on s2c Previously on s2c Next Next
Illyria Drabbles: Bargaining... Acceptance: Erase and Rewind - Words in the Heroes' Tongue
I have a variable-sword. I urge calm.
speakr2customrs
speakr2customrs
Illyria Drabbles: Bargaining... Acceptance: Erase and Rewind
At long last here is the conclusion of my post-NFA Illyria drabble/ficlet series ‘The Dying of the Light’. Previous parts are HERE. Two drabbles, 100 words each, PG.


Bargaining… Acceptance…


“I accept.”

Giles frowned at Illyria. “I wasn’t aware we were making an actual job offer.”

“It is necessary that there be a custodian of the Deeper Well. None can fulfill that role better than I.” Illyria cocked her head to one side. “I have certain conditions. A computer, broadband internet access, and an electricity supply. Each year at Thanksgiving I shall visit the shell’s parents. You will arrange transportation and a temporary substitute guardian.”

“That seems reasonable,” Giles conceded. “Very well.”

“Also,” Illyria added, “I desire computer games more violent than ‘Crash Bandicoot’ and a regular supply of tacos.”




Erase and Rewind


Illyria scribbled equations on a whiteboard. Periodically she broke off and entered figures into her computer.

Once the calculations would have been superfluous. She could have accomplished the task using her own natural abilities with no need to steal power from the slumbering Old Ones in the Deeper Well.

It mattered not; she would overcome her limitations and prevail. This existence was intolerable; therefore she would not tolerate it. She would alter the past, reload from a save and play again, and next time things would be better. Wesley would not die.

She just needed to construct a time machine.

Tags:
Current Location: The Deeper Well
Current Music: The Cardigans, "Erase and Rewind"

32 comments or speak 2 me
Comments
jedibuttercup From: jedibuttercup Date: October 16th, 2009 11:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
♥♥♥♥
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: October 17th, 2009 01:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
ffutures From: ffutures Date: October 16th, 2009 11:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooooh, that's going to end well....
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: October 17th, 2009 01:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, she has more experience with time travel than most people/deities...
brunettepet From: brunettepet Date: October 16th, 2009 11:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Illyria's conditions were perfect - Thanksgiving vacation to placate the parents and entertainment and sustenance.

A time machine? Oh, that never ends well, does it?

Thanks for finishing these up. They're wonderful.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: October 17th, 2009 01:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
(Deleted comment)
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: October 17th, 2009 01:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
evilawyer From: evilawyer Date: October 17th, 2009 02:18 am (UTC) (Link)
She just exudes self-confidence as a job applicant. I love it!

And she's all set to go re: being a time machine-constructing mad scientist, too. I suppose, if anyone has the power and the right to be messing about with time, it's Illyria.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: October 17th, 2009 02:57 am (UTC) (Link)
And if anyone has the right to be a mad scientist, it's Fred.
cbtreks From: cbtreks Date: October 17th, 2009 03:19 am (UTC) (Link)
I enjoyed that very much - very satisfactory ending. (With an opening for more if you choose.)

A rather belated happy birthday to you, too!
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: October 17th, 2009 05:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! I don't intend ever to do a sequel; if Illyria's plan works (locking Fred in the cupboard and taking her place when the sarcophagus is due to be triggered, and so on) then the rest of the season would probably be a little boring. If things go wrong, then it would be a major rewrite and I don't have time. I prefer to leave the possibilities up to the reader.

and Thank you!
audela From: audela Date: October 17th, 2009 03:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Love this series - satisfying ending.

Time machine? If anyone could do it, it's Illyria/Fred.

f
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: October 17th, 2009 05:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! Yes, she/they is/are the best qualified short of The Doctor or Emmett 'Doc' Brown.
ozma914 From: ozma914 Date: October 17th, 2009 06:13 am (UTC) (Link)
If anyone can get a computer up to 88 mph ....
ozma914 From: ozma914 Date: October 17th, 2009 06:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, tell me there's not a sequel in THAT. :->
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: October 17th, 2009 12:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
There is, but I'm not going to write it. There have already been severak re-tellings of AtS S5, with someone having foreknowledge of what's coming, and I have no desire to write yet another.
ozma914 From: ozma914 Date: October 18th, 2009 07:32 am (UTC) (Link)
I hadn't thought about it in quite that way. I'm actually working on a story myself that involves a character with foreknowledge of what's coming -- although the critical information she knows about is what happens just *after* the story. The last thing I should do is encourage other time travel stories!
(Deleted comment)
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: October 17th, 2009 12:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
framefolly From: framefolly Date: October 17th, 2009 09:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh. Oh. Oh.

You are the master of the perfect final drabble lines.

*prostrates*
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: October 17th, 2009 12:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
gillo From: gillo Date: October 17th, 2009 11:32 am (UTC) (Link)
I love both of these - the violent computer game is perfect - and the time machine and determination to rewind is so very Illyria. Great stuff!
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: October 17th, 2009 12:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
ayinhara From: ayinhara Date: October 17th, 2009 12:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Excellent ending.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: October 17th, 2009 12:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
nothorse From: nothorse Date: October 17th, 2009 02:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well it can only end well. She just needs to keep the savepoint and reload as often as it needs to be done.

That Crash Bandicoot experience is sure coming in handy.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: October 17th, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
As long as she survives, that is; she can't reload if she's dead and Marcus Hamilton, among others, is capable of killing her. As is she herself, and if she doesn't get the timing exactly right she could end up facing off against a version of herself at full power who would regard this Illyria as a weak impostor.
slaymesoftly From: slaymesoftly Date: October 17th, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah, and there were two more. And room for even more?
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: October 17th, 2009 04:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
No, I'm not going to continue this series. I'll leave the results of Illyria's time travel plan to the readers' imagination.
brutti_ma_buoni From: brutti_ma_buoni Date: October 17th, 2009 06:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lovely fusion of Fred and Illyria - the simple taco as a sign Fred isn't wholly gone, and the scary scientist combination of the two. Optimism without fluff is a great note to end on.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: October 17th, 2009 07:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
desdemonaspace From: desdemonaspace Date: October 18th, 2009 01:34 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm so glad you wrote these. The first has a hilarious gotcha at the end, and the second is heart-rending. We're rewatching Angel, and the Fred-Illyria breaks my heart as it is. Oh, I hope she builds a time machine and saves Wes!

Thanks!
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: October 18th, 2009 08:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! Glad you liked them.
32 comments or speak 2 me