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Ficlet: Love Game - Words in the Heroes' Tongue
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Ficlet: Love Game
This is a response to angearia’s fic Desperate Choices, in which she looks at (and justifies) Buffy’s reasons for taking certain actions at the beginning of Season 8. I don’t agree (as anyone who knows what I do for a living could probably have guessed). There were other options open to her… 250 words, G.

Love Game

Kennedy bounced on the balls of her feet as she faced her opponent. As she waited for the opening move she thought back to when Buffy had put forward the plan…
- - - - -

“I don’t like it.” Kennedy chewed on her lip and stared at Buffy. “It seems like… cheating. Taking advantage.”

“Yeah,” Buffy said, “I’m not wild about it either, but we have to do something. I’m kinda fond of eating regular meals, so are the other girls, and air tickets don’t buy themselves. I can count the number of prospective Watchers who’ll work without pay on the fingers of one hand. The new Slayers need support, otherwise all we’ll have done is set them up as sitting ducks, and we can’t give it to them without funding.”

“There must be some other way of getting it.”

“Like what? Robbing banks?” Buffy fixed Kennedy with a hard stare. “I don’t see that we have any choice. We do it. You’re the best qualified.”

“Okay, I’ll do it,” Kennedy agreed, “but I still don’t like it.”
- - - - -

Kennedy brought her mind back to the present. She’d had to fight her way through scores of matches to get this far but now, at last, the big prize was in sight. She tensed as she saw that her opponent was ready to strike.

There was a grunt, a ‘thwack’, and the missile hurtled towards her. Kennedy leapt, struck, and sent the ball whizzing back past Venus Williams at two hundred and eighteen miles per hour.

Current Music: Pat Benatar, "Love is a Battlefield"

19 comments or speak 2 me
From: beer_good_foamy Date: September 7th, 2009 03:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Game, set, and match. New balls please. :-)
framefolly From: framefolly Date: September 7th, 2009 03:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
*dies laughing*

*is ded*
rahirah From: rahirah Date: September 7th, 2009 03:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Buffy could totally be making a killing with Slayers On Ice. >:D
zanthinegirl From: zanthinegirl Date: September 7th, 2009 04:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

Did not see that one coming!
gillo From: gillo Date: September 7th, 2009 04:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nice one. Surely female weight-lifting would be an option too?
From: arclevel Date: September 7th, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOL! Yeah, I can totally see this. In fact, I could totally see one of the baby slayers rejecting the whole "killing demons and vampires" thing and figuring out just how fast/strong to act in order to win at sports without arousing suspicion.
ffutures From: ffutures Date: September 7th, 2009 04:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can see that one getting to be a problem fast - what happens when all of the seeds are slayers?
curiouswombat From: curiouswombat Date: September 7th, 2009 05:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
They win all the money, not just that for first place?
2maggie2 From: 2maggie2 Date: September 7th, 2009 05:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Excellent!! A nice antecdote to all these poor helpless slayers in need of care and feeding and unable to work for themselves or earn a living arguments.
quinara From: quinara Date: September 7th, 2009 05:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
HEE! Ah, strength and speed can be such a curse...
lusciousxander From: lusciousxander Date: September 7th, 2009 06:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOL! They could've surely done that.
audela From: audela Date: September 7th, 2009 06:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes! An ace. And why not? I hated the bank robbing idea as soon as I heard of it. What happened to the Watchers' Council money? And there are many other things they could do.

Tennis is a great choice for a slayer; only golf could offer close to that kind of money for a woman athlete. Or motor racing? The reflexes would have to help, and Danica Patrick does well financially.

eowyn_315 From: eowyn_315 Date: September 7th, 2009 10:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
You win. :)
angearia From: angearia Date: September 7th, 2009 11:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hee! Nice one.

in which she looks at (and justifies) Buffy’s reasons for taking certain actions at the beginning of Season 8.

I just wanted to add here that my piece was more to explain what could push Buffy to this point. Justifying it makes it sound like I think it's acceptable. I don't think what she did was right. Just...desperate.

slaymesoftly From: slaymesoftly Date: September 8th, 2009 01:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Hee! Absolutely! Why didn't Joss think of that?
hieispike From: hieispike Date: September 8th, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awesome. I love that image of Kennedy. :-)
ozma914 From: ozma914 Date: September 9th, 2009 08:54 am (UTC) (Link)
That opens so many somewhat unfair but legal moneymaking opportunities ...
electricalgwen From: electricalgwen Date: September 11th, 2009 04:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Hee! Excellent. :)
evilawyer From: evilawyer Date: September 11th, 2009 07:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Hey, it seems legit to me. Great drabble.
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