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Sunnydale comes to L.A. [Nov. 13th, 2006|08:43 pm]
The Downward Spiral
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[lil_sis_dawn]
This was crazy. Angel vs. Buffy. Angel vs. Spike. Spike vs. Buffy. Angel vs. the two broken windows and the scared little me screaming for her life inside. I kicked and swung my arms in every single direction I could get them to go. My eyes were closed but I knew he was there, reaching in the window trying to grab one of my limbs, or maybe my hair so he could drag me out of this car and make me his vampire love bitch for all eternity. More like vampire no lovin' punching bag because I think even without the soul, Angel's main obsession was still Buffy. He would want to hurt me, over and over, just to watch Buffy suffer. I guess as a vampire I wouldn't mind so much though. The thing was, I really did not want to be a vampire. No offense to Spike of course. So, I kept kicking and swinging my arms and screaming like a crazy person while all this stuff went through my head. I didn't even know that Angel had stopped trying to get me until he jumped up on top of the car and the roof caved in just a little bit more under his weight. Quickly I got down on the floor and curled up in a ball, starring at the ceiling.

"See you again, soon, lover." I heard him say to Buffy before the roof made another bent plastic and metal noise and he was gone.

I peeked up over the door frame to see where Buffy was. She was still standing next to the car, looking in the direction I assumed Angel had run off in. My eyes went from her to Spike and back to her again. Was it safe? Should I get out of the car? What if Spike went all crazy vampire again? Would Buffy even notice?

Slowly I scooted back up onto the seat but didn't get out. Just my luck I'd open the door and Angel would appear out of no where, snatch me up and carry me off some where dark and take a big swig out of me before making me just like him. Nope, not me. I was staying right here. You couldn't get me out of this car if my life depended on it. I liked my neck just the way it was thank you. No to mention the whole bumpy head thing probably wouldn't do much good for my already abnormally shaped face. No. I was gonna stay right here and wait for Spike and Buffy to get bac...

"It's safe now Dawn. You can come out."

"Ok."

Buffy already had the door open before I even answered her. I should have known we wouldn't be keeping this car. It was trashed and I wasn't even sure it would drive anymore. Plus, with the windshield smashed and the back windows completely gone, it wasn't exactly what you would call safe either.

Spike was up off the ground but I was still a little nervous. He had changed into something evil so fast that I was suddenly scared he would do it again and not just once or twice, but constantly. The First seriously had a sick sense of humor if you ask me. Changing him, making him turn on Buffy and just like that making him change back again. What was the point? Didn't the first want Buffy dead? So, why let Spike help her fight Angelus?

Because the others are still alive I thought. It was a weird sorta of comforting feeling. As long as they were alive the First wouldn't kill Buffy. Plus, they were still alive. Always a plus.

I found myself wondering what they must be doing back in Sunnydale right now as a car pulled up. I couldn't really tell in the dark, and the headlights were in my eyes as Buffy and I came around the side of our stolen, smashed up car, but I could have sworn it was Giles' car. But what would Giles be doing here? Had he brought them all with him? I looked behind the car and saw it was only the one. No way had they all gotten in that one single car. Who ever it was they were either alone, or there was only a few of them. Or, it wasn't even Giles at all. The latter possibility was one I didn't even wanna think about right now.

[Open to Spike, Buffy, Giles, Willow and Xander]
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[User Picture]From: railroad_spike
2006-11-14 07:15 am (UTC)
Felt ashamed.

Buffy wasn't exactly sneering at me, but I knew that I had lost time again and every time that I had sodding done that recently, then I had done something bad. Remembered when Buffy found out that I had somehow killed all of those people in Sunnydale. Wanted her to stake me then, not because I was bloody trying to prove a point to her, but because I knew that it was the right bloody thing to do, and because it made my soul ache.

She hadn't then, and she wasn't now, and I could see that she was for better or bloody worse, basically okay. The niblet was okay and Angel had fled.

Still, bloody bothered me, because if I hadn't lost time again, then we would have had Angel all shackled and fangless by now.

Approached them slowly for two reasons. Wanted then to know that right now I was safe, and also because walking wasn't easy right now, as I felt like the stones were two giant purples masses at the moment.

A car came rushing in from our rights and I noticed immediately that it was Giles.

Put my head down as the car neared, and as I got close to her. "This has got to stop, Bufy. We would have Angel if I didn't...."

Couldn't finish the statement.
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From: badass__buffy
2006-11-15 02:30 am (UTC)
"See you again, soon, lover."

I watched Angel go and there was nothing I could do about it. I'd already put Dawn in to much danger by bringing her here in the first place and now Angel was obsessed with getting her. It was better if he just went anyway. Spike and I could deal with him later after we found some place more safe for Dawn.

"Thank God..." I sighed as I made my way back toward the car. Ok, so, we had lost Angel but at least everyone was still alive and Spike seemed to be normal again...whatever that means...so that was good.

"It's safe now Dawn. You can come out."

She did, but as she did a car pulled up next to us. It had been coming fast and came to a quick stop when it spotted us. At first I thought we had more trouble on our hands but when it stopped I saw it was Giles. What in the hell he was doing here was a whole other story. Had something happened? Where were the potentials? My stomach clenched as I thought of all the worst scenarios. Were Faith and I the only ones left?

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[User Picture]From: backintweed
2006-11-15 03:27 am (UTC)
Willow got out of the car and I joined her, looking around. Xander followed, and I was just relieved to see Buffy and Dawn safe, and Spike banged up and not dangerous, also a plus.

Best of all, perhaps, was that Willow didn't have to use her magic's. With Spike and Buffy here, and all of us with weapons, we were...we were most assuredly safe from any demon or demons that chose to face us right now.

Still, the look on Buffy's face spoke volumes. I didn't know where they had commandeered this vehicle from, nor did I care. We could pile into the BMW and make our way towards Sunnydale.

"In case you are wondering, Buffy, the girls are all safe and all is relatively quiet in Sunnydale, but we..."

I moved closer to her, not wanting to hear Spike protest what I was about to say.

"Buffy, we can do a spell on Spike to try and find out what trigger's him to start killing again. It is a must that we perform this Buffy, especially with the First assuredly planning its next venture and with Angel on the loose..."

I didn't know how she was going to take it, and unfortunately, Spike heard every word.
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[User Picture]From: powerless_scoob
2006-11-17 01:46 pm (UTC)
"What happened here?"

I was looking around, it was like some really bad horror movie.

"Willow took the words right out of my mouth. I'm thinking vampapalooza or more then that, vampstock."

Spike approached us, and I had never actually feared him since the government had made him impotent undead man walking.

Right now, I wasn't so sure that I felt that way around him. We all knew that he had been killing, and I had left Anya alone to watch him once. We all saw the way that he had attacked Andrew. But, all of that happened in Sunnydale. Right here, right now, here in Los Angeles, this seemed like his element and if he were to lose it now, it wouldn't be good.

It seemed like he was fine. Better, it seemed like Buffy was fine, other then a cut here, a bruise there and Dawn seemed fine, although a little shaken, but I couldn't help but wondering what had happened with Spike, and how he was going to react to what Giles had said.

I smiled for Dawn. I knew that she didn't have a crush on me anymore, but I hoped that a smile from me still provided her with some comfort.
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From: lil_sis_dawn
2006-11-20 12:08 pm (UTC)
Oh thank God I thought as Giles, Willow and Xander all got out of the car. I was so happy to see them after what had just happened here. Willow and Xander wanted to know what happened, Giles had news about Spike's trigger thingy, and all I wanted to do was hug each and every one of them and tell them how glad I was to still be alive to do it.

Xander smiled at me and that helped. It always helps. Ever since I could remember, Xander always knew how to make me feel better about a bad situation. Of course, when I had a crush on him it was more like when ever he walked into a room everything bad went away, but it was different now. More comfort, less swooning.

"It was Angelus." I blurted out. "He was here and he tried to take me but Buffy wouldn't let him and then Spike went all bad and that didn't make Angelus happy and Buffy had to fight them both and he smashed the window on both sides of the car that Spike stole in Sunnydale but Buffy still wouldn't let him take me and so he ran away and then you guys came and....you can fix Spike?"
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[User Picture]From: railroad_spike
2006-11-20 02:34 pm (UTC)
Buffy mentioned that it being safe for Dawn to come out. I didn't remember anything, but I was here to stop Angelus and because of me, partially, somehow, it had been unsafe for her.

"In case you are wondering, Buffy, the girls are all safe and all is relatively quiet in Sunnydale, but we..."

Ponce had left the girls without even Willow's protection in Sunnydale. Bloody stupid. Of course, found out why.

"Buffy, we can do a spell on Spike to try and find out what trigger's him to start killing again. It is a must that we perform this Buffy, especially with the First assuredly planning its next venture and with Angel on the loose..."

"I'm bloody game. One minute, Buffy and I were killing some vamps, next minute, we were fighting Angel and would have bloody had him, and then...First pupet-mastered me again, and can't remember much of it..."

Was still ashamed, even though seeing Giles made me a bit angry. Bloody condescending sod.

"It was Angelus."

"He was here and he tried to take me but Buffy wouldn't let him and then Spike went all bad and that didn't make Angelus happy and Buffy had to fight them both and he smashed the window on both sides of the car that Spike stole in Sunnydale but Buffy still wouldn't let him take me and so he ran away and then you guys came and....you can fix Spike?"

Looked at the group, hanging my head. Had a soul now, but was still the blunt of a cosmic and not funny joke.
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From: badass__buffy
2006-11-20 03:22 pm (UTC)
I couldn't believe Giles would just leave the potentials unprotected like this. It wasn't like him at all. Or, maybe it wasn't like me and I just assumed everyone else was the same way. There was really nothing I could do about it now, the damage was done. The girls were alone and unprotected, Angelus was still on the loose, the sun was still gone and Giles had a way of stopping the Firsts hold over Spike. At least there was one good piece of good news in a long list of bad.

"I'm bloody game. One minute, Buffy and I were killing some vamps, next minute, we were fighting Angel and would have bloody had him, and then...First pupet-mastered me again, and can't remember much of it..."

I could tell Spike felt bad about what happened even if it wasn't his fault. He would have never done anything to purposely hurt us, especially Dawn, I knew that now. If there was anything I'd learned about Spike in all the time I'd known him it was how protective he was of her, for me.

Speaking of Dawn...

She took it upon herself to ramble off everything that had happened here, basically laying it out on the line how absolutely important Giles' spell was. We definitely could not afford Spike going all crazy vampire on us again, and definitely not when Angel was around.

"It settled then. We're doing the spell. But first, we've gotta get off the street and into some place safe. Angel could come back when we least expect it." Not to mention the tons of vamps who had made LA their person playground I thought but decided to leave out.
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[User Picture]From: backintweed
2006-11-21 04:58 am (UTC)
"It was Angelus."

"He was here and he tried to take me but Buffy wouldn't let him and then Spike went all bad and that didn't make Angelus happy and Buffy had to fight them both and he smashed the window on both sides of the car that Spike stole in Sunnydale but Buffy still wouldn't let him take me and so he ran away and then you guys came and....you can fix Spike?"

"I believe that it's most likely very possible, Dawn..."

"I'm bloody game. One minute, Buffy and I were killing some vamps, next minute, we were fighting Angel and would have bloody had him, and then...First pupet-mastered me again, and can't remember much of it..."

Spike's bouts of sanity, if he could ever be considered as such were far too sporadic for my liking. He was a loaded gun ready to fire if left unchecked.

"It settled then. We're doing the spell. But first, we've gotta get off the street and into some place safe. Angel could come back when we least expect it."

"That's not all. The spell on Spike isn't fullproof, but I do believe that Willow's ability to reinsoul Angel is indeed...indeed a certainty. I think, that considering everything happenening around us here in Los Angelus and certainly in Sunnydale, that Angel would be somebody that we would want on our side..."

Saving Spike and Angel to make them both good...if the word could apply for either of them. Not my strongest brainstorm, but under the circumstances, we needed them, apparently on both fronts and not just...not just in Sunnydale.
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[User Picture]From: powerless_scoob
2006-11-21 02:14 pm (UTC)
Great, Spike wanted us to fix him, but was only saying so because he was trying, as always, to score points with Buffy. It made me sick.

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Great, Spike wanted us to fix him, but was only saying so because he was trying, as always, to score points with Buffy. It made me sick.

<i."That's not all. The spell on Spike isn't fullproof, but I do believe that Willow's ability to reinsoul Angel is indeed...indeed a certainty. I think, that considering everything happenening around us here in Los Angelus and certainly in Sunnydale, that Angel would be somebody that we would want on our side..."</i>

I was about to raise my hand to say how much that I was vehemently opposed to that idea, fighting alongside both of them....gave me the heebie-jeebies, but I knew that I would be on the losing side of that argument. Hell, Giles was the only one that I expected to be on my side in this, and he was the one who had suggested not only fixing Spike, but now reinsouling Angel. <b>When</b> did this plan get formed? Where was I?

<i>"Where can we go? 'Cause, the sooner we fix Spike the better I'll feel about going after Angel. If feeling better about that is even possible."</i>

I wasn't about to answwer that one, not that I knew. Sure, we may have needed Spike and Angel against the First, but what could they actually do to the first? I decided to bring up something else, avoiding eye contact with Buffy as I did so and looking directly at Spike.

"Spike, in order for this spell to work, we stick some magical insect or something into your ear or eye. Are you prepared for that? Do you care that much? What if the thing can't be removed? Have you thought of that?"

Okay, so it was obvious that I didn't want Spike or Angel on our side. And for good reason. I could easily run down the track record if somebody wanted me to.
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From: lil_sis_dawn
2006-11-24 07:53 pm (UTC)
"Where can we go? 'Cause, the sooner we fix Spike the better I'll feel about going after Angel. If feeling better about that is even possible."

They didn't see what I saw. They hadn't seen the look on Spike's face when he attacked Buffy. If they were going to fix him they had to do it now before the First came back and made him all fangs and insane talk again.

"Lets do it here. Buffy can keep watch while Willow..."

"Spike, in order for this spell to work, we stick some magical insect or something into your ear or eye. Are you prepared for that? Do you care that much? What if the thing can't be removed? Have you thought of that?"

Hello? Was I invisible? I thought we were past the whole Dawn's opinion doesn't matter thing. Apparently not. Although, Xander had a point with this bug thing. What if it went in but we could never get it back out? What would that do to Spike? What if it made him worse instead of better? I couldn't imagine...I didn't want to even think about, what would happen if it drove him completely insane. Like, to the point of no return. Spike was good, at least with that chip in his head he was, but still he was good and we needed him. Even if everyone else thought differently.
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[User Picture]From: railroad_spike
2006-11-25 03:06 am (UTC)
"Where can we go? 'Cause, the sooner we fix Spike the better I'll feel about going after Angel. If feeling better about that is even possible."

"Bloody take Angel down myself if I know I can do it without bloody losing time and trying to attack the people that i care about most. Bloody hell! Sodding leave me alone, whatever you are!"

Grabbed at my skull. Wanted to rip this trigger bugaboo myself. Would if I could.

"Lets do it here. Buffy can keep watch while Willow..."

"Bloody well what are you waiting for, Red. Angel's not playing nice and I want to play nice. Let's do it already..."

"Spike, in order for this spell to work, we stick some magical insect or something into your ear or eye. Are you prepared for that? Do you care that much? What if the thing can't be removed? Have you thought of that?"

Glared at Xander. A small trace of me wanted to attack him, the bumbling goof. Always with the remark, trying to blood goad me, he was and he would pay for that soon.

"Willow, Giles, I'm ready. Slaya is here to watch over things, but make it quick. All manner of beastie is out and about and could bloody bugger up the mix. Don't want to turn into this bug or whatever such mumbo jumbo. I'm ready. Do it. Bloody do it."
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From: badass__buffy
2006-11-26 04:11 pm (UTC)
I listened to it all. Watched the mixture of doubt and worry cross their faces. Heard the desperate scared tone of Dawns voice and the condescending one in Xanders. When Giles looked at me, the obvious question of what I thought about it all in his eyes, I nodded. It was now or never. Angelus was still out there and we were loosing time by standing here worry about the side effects. If Spike was ready, then so was I.

I turned to Willow knowing how this must be for her. Asking her to work magics again when she wasn't yet sure of herself was big, but what choice did we have? She looked nervous and a bit unsure of herself but I knew she could do it even if she didn't.

"You can do this Will. We're all here, you have nothing to worry about." I glanced back at Giles, "Do it." I said firmly enough for him to know I was done waiting.

I handed Dawn my stake, quickly looked over at Xander to make sure he was ready if something went wrong and when I was sure he was, turned my attention to the surrounding buildings and dark allys. Nothing was going to go wrong if I had anything to do with it.
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[User Picture]From: backintweed
2006-11-26 04:19 pm (UTC)
"Spike, in order for this spell to work, we stick some magical insect or something into your ear or eye. Are you prepared for that? Do you care that much? What if the thing can't be removed? Have you thought of that?"

Xander felt much of the same things as I was feeling. I didn't know if this was something that we should do, or if we should just put Spike down now because he was a murderer, a deceiver and had recently killed again, and in numbers nearing a dozen.

Xander had also explained things to him, and I expected Spike to object. As it...it turned out, I was mistaken.

"Willow, Giles, I'm ready. Slaya is here to watch over things, but make it quick. All manner of beastie is out and about and could bloody bugger up the mix. Don't want to turn into this bug or whatever such mumbo jumbo. I'm ready. Do it. Bloody do it."

I was unable to come up with a response and looked at Buffy, although I had to admit to myself, that if the spell went awry and did something to Spike that he had described, such as making him into a bug, I shant think that I would find a high level of remorse over it, even if we did need him with all of the enemies that we were indeed facing out there.

"You can do this Will. We're all here, you have nothing to worry about."

I stepped forward and produced the relic from it's case, wary as I held it and inched towards Spike.

"This shouldn't hurt to much," I said as I held it out and waited for Willow to make it real.
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[User Picture]From: powerless_scoob
2006-11-26 05:03 pm (UTC)
"You can do this Will. We're all here, you have nothing to worry about."

I wanted to say to Buffy, 'Umm, yeah, we kinda do have a lot to worry about. Spike could go off at any time, again, and oh yeah, there were all sorts of demons around that could attack at any minute.'

But, I didn't say that, as I looked around, nervous.

"This shouldn't hurt too much."

I thought to myself, I hope it hurts a lot, but again, bit the old tongue.

Giles put this weird looking thing that I wouldn't want within fifty yards from me..okay, it already was, but that was as close to it as I was getting. Now, I couldn't wait to see what it would do to Spike.

Kun'ati belek sup'sion. Bok'vata im kele'beshus. Ek'vota mor'osh boota'ke."

I watched, studied, transfixed, loving every minute of that thing crawling into Spike's eye. He deserved this and so much more. I was torn. I almost didn't want it to work. There had to be a point when he was oo dangerous for even Buffy to allow him to live.

The thing was, I didn't know if that time would ever come. She protected him and believed in him way too much and there was no talking to her about it.

I, like everyone else, waited to see what happened with Spike...
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