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Fic: The Untimely Demise of Miss Edith (1/?) 
7th-Oct-2007 02:03 pm
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Title: The Untimely Demise of Miss Edith (1/?)
Rating: PG for now
Pairing: Spike/Xander
Disclaimer: Not mine, no money, et cetera ad nauseum.
Spoilers: This goes AU after the 1st comic of S8; the Scoobies are in Scotland but I didn't want to have to deal with any of the new issues or the upcoming Angel S6. Oh, and Xander has no interest in a certain young Slayer, btw. *g*
Notes: My first multi-chapter Spander. Unbeta'd, because my regular beta went to Sinfinity this weekend, and I'm an impatient feedback whore so let me know if something jumps out at you, ok? Feedback is life.


Spike - I couldn’t work up the guts to pick up the phone, so I did this instead. Which was probably an even worse idea than calling, but that’s no real surprise, is it? By now you probably know about Drusilla. Giles told me there was a good chance both you and Dea Angel knew immediately when it happened.
I'm so sorry. I wish I hadn't done it, but I didn’t have a choice. She was on our 'don't kill unless absolutely necessary' list, did you know that? You and Angel are on that list, so is Clem. If you've got anyone else to add to that list let us know.
Sorry, tangent. We knew she was in the area, we'd heard rumors from our contacts in the local demon community that she was around. We told all the girls that she was not to be dusted unless it was a matter of life or death. Turns out it was. I'm so so sorry, you have no idea how sorry I am. I know we were never friends and I know a lot of that was my fault but I hope someday you can forgive me. Xander.



"Well, the babble hasn't changed, anyway," Spike muttered, tossing the letter on the table in front of him.

"Does he say what happened?" Angel asked. He was standing at the office's one window, forehead resting on the necrotempered glass.

"Not a word. 'Course his handwriting is so bad I probably couldn't read it if he did." Spike sighed and rubbed at his face. God, he was tired. "Hell, I'm surprised he did this much. Never thought I'd see the day when I'd get an apology from a Scooby, 'specially him."

"I guess he's been beatin' himself up for this pretty bad," Faith said from her seat on top of Angel's desk. She hadn't moved from there since first walking into the office with a hug for Angel and a letter for Spike. "Willow said he hadn't slept for two days when he wrote that. Oh, and I'm supposed to tell you that you're in a shitload of trouble for not lettin' Scoob Central know you were still kickin' it." She smirked at Spike's wince. "Said B almost pounded Giles into the floor when it got out he'd known you were non-dusty the whole time. There was a lot of yelling in the background when the witch called me, then poof an envelope shows up on my bed with plane tickets and that in it."

Spike heard Angel ask Faith another question but tuned him out, something he'd gotten fairly good at over the last year.

Drusilla was dead.

The Watcher had been right; both he and Angel had known something had happened to her, but not what. Neither of them had seen or heard from her for several years, though Spike had suspected she'd decided to go home after her last trip to the Hellmouth. It couldn't have been easy, having both her Sire and her Childe reject her in the space of a month. But not in a million years had he thought she could have been dusted, and by the likes of Harris, no less.

He sighed as the soul chided him for that thought. Harris – Xander – had improved quite a bit over that last year. A little less bouncy, a little more quiet, and that had been before the eye. He'd almost seemed like a different person those last few weeks, though he supposed losing a body part would do that to someone. The old Xander wouldn't even have bothered with an explanation, not to mention an apology. Though said explanation was sadly lacking, wasn't it?

Drusilla was dead.

"Peaches," he barked, "we got enough money for plane ticket to Scotland?"


~tbc
Comments 
7th-Oct-2007 09:16 pm (UTC)
Really intriguing beginning. Just enough snippits of information about where everyone is at to place the setting without giving a lot away. Like the title. I will be interested to see more of this.
8th-Oct-2007 02:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And I'm glad you liked the title, I sweated over that a bit. *g*
7th-Oct-2007 10:49 pm (UTC)
I'm hooked! keep going pls
8th-Oct-2007 02:08 pm (UTC)
I certainly plan on it! Thanks for commenting!
7th-Oct-2007 11:17 pm (UTC)
I'm up for more of this! In the intro for your next chapter could you provide a paragraph of set up for those of us who don't know anything about the SB comic? Just the gist of whatever you consider the set up for your story?
Anonymous
8th-Oct-2007 02:09 pm (UTC)
Basically, all you need to know is that all the Scoobies are in a castle in Scotland, training the new slayers.

Thanks for commenting! *g*
8th-Oct-2007 12:14 am (UTC)
oooh, love it! can't wait for more.
*bounces*
8th-Oct-2007 02:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Love your icon, btw. *g*
8th-Oct-2007 12:30 am (UTC)
ooh, I'm excited to see where this goes.
:)
8th-Oct-2007 02:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you! *g*
8th-Oct-2007 01:34 am (UTC)
You've definitely got me curious. As Orchidluv says, just enough snippets of information to whet the appetite. I'll certainly be looking out for where you take this.
8th-Oct-2007 02:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks, glad you liked it! *g*
8th-Oct-2007 02:08 am (UTC)
::giggles, claps::
Hee hee, can't wait to see what else happens.
Fantastic start.
~Alice~
8th-Oct-2007 02:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you dearie! *hugs you*
8th-Oct-2007 04:12 am (UTC)
First? That title is a definite grabber. I hate trying to come up with catchy titles because mainly I can't. But that is one killer title. Second, the story itself has a real hook. The characterizations so far are awesome and I'm totally intrigued. I can't wait to see where you take this...Great work!
8th-Oct-2007 02:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad you liked the title, I thought it might be a bit much. *g*
8th-Oct-2007 11:49 am (UTC)
I love that they sent Faith to break the news to them! Now I'm intensely curious as to what happened that caused Xander to need to kill Drusilla. I look forward to your next part.
8th-Oct-2007 02:12 pm (UTC)
Even though she's hard to get a handle on, I just couldn't leave Faith out. *g*

Thanks for commenting!
8th-Oct-2007 12:42 pm (UTC)
So far, so good. I like what you've started here and am in antici...pation for the next update! ;)

*Mwah*
8th-Oct-2007 10:03 pm (UTC)
Great beginning...can't wait to see where you take this. Poor Xander, that he was the one who had to dust Dru.....you can bet the guilt is huge on his end....
9th-Oct-2007 02:18 pm (UTC)
This had a very natural feeling to it...no forced explanation of where people were or what they were doing. Inovative start also. I've always thought that the Dru character should be focused on more from Spike and Angel's perspective. I can't wait for more.
11th-Oct-2007 06:45 am (UTC)
Verrrrry interesting! I like the letter in the beginning and am intrigued about the 'accident' that killed Drusilla. Good start to the fic :)
11th-Oct-2007 10:18 am (UTC)
I love the title and can't wait for more. I've always wondered if Dru's human name was 'Edith' because everyone in the family seemed to change their names and with the Angelus torture pre-vamping.... you get my drift.

I've also been wanting Spander taking into account Season 8! Just the gang being in Scotland is enough for me to be excited with your story!
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