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Ficlet: Mine Own Executioner - Words in the Heroes' Tongue
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Ficlet: Mine Own Executioner
Here’s a little BtVS Season 6 ficlet that suddenly popped into my head and I knocked off in 10 minutes. An alternate version of ‘Bargaining Part 1’; what if the timings were slightly different and the Buffybot managed to elude the demon biker gang? Dark!Fic.

250 words, rating PG.


Mine Own Executioner


It was pitch black, and cramped, and when she moved her hands she hit a flat surface. Above, and to each side, and below. It felt like wood. And she remembered dying, and put the clues together, and realized that she was buried alive.

And she hammered at the wood with superhuman strength, amplified by desperate terror, and the wood shattered and soil spilt into the coffin. Then there was clawing, and wriggling, working her way up to the surface by sheer instinct, choking on the moist earth that worked its way into her nose and her mouth, and into her eyes to sting and blind. And then there was cool air on her hand, and she struggled even more fiercely, and then she broke through and her head was above ground and she could breathe again.

She pushed at the ground, levered herself up, getting her shoulders free, and then her body up to her waist, and eventually she was able to crawl out onto the wet grass and lie there alternately panting and sobbing. And then, eventually, she clambered to her feet, wiped the dirt from her eyes with bleeding hands, and looked around.

And saw herself, pretty in pink, holding a stake.

“Hello,” the other her said. “You look like me. We’re pretty. Except that you’re dirty and I’m clean. And you’ve risen from the grave so you must be a vampire. I Slay vampires.”

And the stake drove home and Buffy collapsed back into her grave.

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Current Location: Sunnydale

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ffutures From: ffutures Date: August 31st, 2011 12:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Works for me. The Buffybot was never very bright.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: August 31st, 2011 07:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Although she was several orders of magnitude brighter than any of the characters in Season 8.
red_satin_doll From: red_satin_doll Date: November 6th, 2013 03:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Although she was several orders of magnitude brighter than any of the characters in Season 8.

You know that's setting the bar pretty low right? As in, lying on the ground.... ;)

Here on dragonyphoenix's rec btw and this is both dark and horribly plausible. I love buffybot fics that utlitize both comedy and horror, because at heart she's represents all the Slayers - girls churned out on a metaphorical "assembly line", destroyed, replaced, etc. Add in Buffy's personal identity and depression issues and that's a lot of possibilities in one little character.

This gets even more disturbing when I realize that the outcome of Buffybot's staking is that Buffy would probably lie there bleeding to death afterwards. Ouch.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: November 7th, 2013 10:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Actually I'd visualised Buffy dying very quickly as the stake would be in or close to her heart.

Thank you!
red_satin_doll From: red_satin_doll Date: November 8th, 2013 07:07 am (UTC) (Link)
That - doesn't actually make me feel better for her oddly enough! (that's actually a compliment btw because now I'm all, "Poor Buffy! How many fresh hells does she have to endure!" and I want to hug her all over again.)

paratti From: paratti Date: August 31st, 2011 12:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like. I very like.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: August 31st, 2011 07:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
daibhid_c From: daibhid_c Date: August 31st, 2011 04:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, nasty...

Excellent stuff.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: August 31st, 2011 07:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
slaymesoftly From: slaymesoftly Date: August 31st, 2011 09:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Whoa! What a dark and entirely possible scenario! *shivers*
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: September 1st, 2011 10:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
audela From: audela Date: September 1st, 2011 12:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Glad to see you writing BtVS again... I think. Brr!
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: September 1st, 2011 10:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!

Actually this started off as a drabble about Gandalf coming back as a zombie...
menomegirl From: menomegirl Date: September 1st, 2011 01:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh wow. That was really creepy and entirely plausible, IMO. I could so see that happening.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: September 1st, 2011 10:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
ayinhara From: ayinhara Date: September 1st, 2011 02:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, boy, that is cold and quite creepy. Good work, I think.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: September 1st, 2011 10:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
rebcake From: rebcake Date: September 1st, 2011 06:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Buffy's having a bummer of a day, isn't she? No pesky missing of heaven to contend with, though! I'm guessing the 'Bot might be confused by the lack of dustiness. Maybe she should bring Willow by and ask her to explain...

(I like it. It's vicious.)
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: September 1st, 2011 10:03 am (UTC) (Link)
I think I'll leave the Willow bit to the imagination...

Thank you!
rahirah From: rahirah Date: September 1st, 2011 03:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Buffy probably would have preferred that....
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: September 1st, 2011 07:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
In the long term, perhaps, but those few minutes wouldn't have been much fun.
From: ottawa_fan Date: September 1st, 2011 09:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
This would have improved the rest of the season!
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: September 2nd, 2011 10:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Certainly in certain aspects.
kerkevik From: kerkevik Date: September 2nd, 2011 10:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Seriously freaking Spooky.

I mean stellar Twilight Zone/Outer Limits/Ray Bradbury stuff!

Genius!

I can seriously hear that nightmarishly perky voice telling Spike; Willow et al what she did as well.

Still under Willow & Tara's spell,
Ray.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: September 2nd, 2011 11:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
evilawyer From: evilawyer Date: September 3rd, 2011 09:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oooh. Dark. Dark dark.

I like it.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: September 4th, 2011 12:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
desdemonaspace From: desdemonaspace Date: October 7th, 2011 11:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, NO! I did not see that coming. Well done.

And happy belated birthday, BTW.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: October 8th, 2011 09:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
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speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: November 7th, 2013 10:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
clockwork_hart1 From: clockwork_hart1 Date: November 5th, 2013 03:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is terrifying - brief, twisted and perfect. It makes so much sense, which is haunting. I very like!
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: November 7th, 2013 10:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
velvetwhip From: velvetwhip Date: November 5th, 2013 05:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
A twisted gut-punch!



Gabrielle
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: November 7th, 2013 10:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
zooeys_bridge From: zooeys_bridge Date: November 5th, 2013 05:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Echoing every other comment, but more can never hurt - dark, real, and incredibly tragic. Super lovely, thank you!
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: November 7th, 2013 10:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
ozma914 From: ozma914 Date: November 7th, 2013 07:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Whoa!
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: November 7th, 2013 10:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
From: bel_joxxa Date: November 8th, 2013 10:29 am (UTC) (Link)
That is really creepy and sad! I loved it.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: November 8th, 2013 08:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
velvetwhip From: velvetwhip Date: November 1st, 2014 05:49 am (UTC) (Link)

Here via Buffyverse Top 5

What a cruel and terrible irony. Excellent.


Gabrielle
rbfvid From: rbfvid Date: November 1st, 2014 06:35 am (UTC) (Link)
I have no words. You are genius!
yourlibrarian From: yourlibrarian Date: November 1st, 2014 06:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

Here from buffyversetop5

Ooh, great twist!
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