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Illyria Drabble: Distant Voices - Words in the Heroes' Tongue
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Illyria Drabble: Distant Voices

Happy birthday to audela

Here’s the next part of my post-NFA Illyria drabble/ficlet series. Someone at ‘Twisting the Hellmouth’ has almost (but not quite) guessed where I'm going with this - but in a private review, so no spoilers for anyone else. Previous parts are HERE. 100 words, PG.

Distant Voices

Illyria had been unsure of Buffy. Angel and her Pet had returned from Rome dejected, discarded, cast aside. Yet they had spoken not to Buffy but only to Andrew and his words were unreliable.

Utterly false, it seemed, for Giles quailed as Buffy’s icy voice sounded from the telephone. “I swear to God, Giles, if you tell me it was for my own good I will break your jaw.”

Another voice in the background, almost inaudible, also cold with anger. “Andrew, you little creep…”

Illyria tried to smile. It wouldn’t come. This was triumph and yet she felt no exaltation.

Continued in ‘Hollow Victory’ and ‘I’m A Loser Baby’

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ffutures From: ffutures Date: February 19th, 2009 11:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's the trouble with revenge. It sometimes fails to live up to expectations.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: February 20th, 2009 01:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Before you embark upon a journey of revenge, you should first dig two graves" - Confucius
desdemonaspace From: desdemonaspace Date: February 20th, 2009 01:24 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm digging this. I wish it were fleshed out into a full-length fic, but this is ducky the way it is, don't get me wrong. I'm surprised anyone guessed where you're going with it. I am hanging on your every word.

I'm strangely sympathetic toward Illyria, too. Her pain is palpable.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: February 20th, 2009 01:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!

I think it wouldn't have the same impact as a full-length fic.
xc_runner50 From: xc_runner50 Date: February 20th, 2009 01:48 am (UTC) (Link)
I won't try to guess where your genius will lead to. I love the fact that Buffy is threatening bodily harm to Giles. God how I love the fact that Illyria's revenge is not fulfilling as she thought it would, because it doesn't bring them back.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: February 20th, 2009 02:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
evilawyer From: evilawyer Date: February 20th, 2009 02:40 am (UTC) (Link)
She sounds depressed. You can triumph like there's no tomorrow and still not be exultant about anything when you're depressed.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: February 20th, 2009 02:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Saying that she's depressed is like saying that the Pacific Ocean is damp.
evilawyer From: evilawyer Date: February 20th, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wouldn't say it to her face, though. She's an angry depressive, not one of the ones who just sleeps all day (as I'm sure Giles hopes right about now).
audela From: audela Date: February 20th, 2009 04:11 am (UTC) (Link)

Poor Illyria! So much anger, and her usual way of dealing with it not satisfying. Wouldn't like to be in Giles' shoes though.

speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: February 20th, 2009 02:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
She could rend him asunder and make a trophy of his spine - but that would make him a martyr and she would not value the trophy.
pfeifferpack From: pfeifferpack Date: February 21st, 2009 12:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Excellent! Oh dear, I have a feeling that Dawn is about to finally do to Andrew part of what she threatened in S7!

Buffy will be dealing with Giles and I think he will find twice fooled is too much for her.

Again....so much in so few words! Wonderfully done.

Illyria will find that revenge leaves a bitter taste but it needs doing at times so I, for one, am delighted she is going for it.

speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: February 21st, 2009 03:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!

Actually Dawn may be about to do to Andrew what she threatened to do to Spike in Season 7. Only while he's awake.
brunettepet From: brunettepet Date: March 3rd, 2009 10:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
If Illyria thought this would fill the hollow places in her heart, she couldn't be more wrong.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: March 3rd, 2009 11:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's not something she had a lot of experience of in her previous life.
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