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Spike walks down the street, scowling. He remembers when the Meatpacking District was full of bloody meat -- literally, the blood stink leaping strong and alive from every crack no matter how they hosed down the gutters. These days it was all galleries and pretentious restaurants still spilling their last tipsy patrons onto the clean sidewalks, and all Spike can do about it is see them safely into cabs and subways like a sodding doorman. He sucks harder on the cigarette, as though the smoke might turn liquid in his mouth.

Date: 2007-05-25 03:45 am (UTC)
sunnydalealum: (Beth Lehrer)
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"Mmn." Beth puts a couple fries into her mouth and chews. And swallows.

"I don't get you," she says abruptly.

Date: 2007-05-25 04:01 am (UTC)
sunnydalealum: (Beth Lehrer)
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"You're a vampire. You fight other vampires -- okay, whatever. But you work with members of the Council and you buy into the whole Slayer thing and -- wait, do you buy into the whole Slayer thing?" She's leaning forward, just a little. "That people like me have some sacred duty to kill people like you?"

Date: 2007-05-25 04:22 am (UTC)
sunnydalealum: (Beth Lehrer)
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People like you and me, he said; and all she can see is Emma's patient smile. We're all just people.

"Guns don't kill vampires," she says, tentatively. "And ... crosses?"

Date: 2007-05-25 04:30 am (UTC)
sunnydalealum: (Beth Lehrer)
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"I knew about stakes," and her hand moves unconsciously at her side, near her jacket pocket. "And ... someone said decapitation. But crosses? And holy water?"

Her voice goes a little higher with incredulity on the last words, a tone that says please tell me you're joking. "How does that even work?"

Date: 2007-05-25 04:41 am (UTC)
sunnydalealum: (Beth Lehrer)
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"Jesus," Beth chokes, and her hand shoots out across the table to knock the vial aside. "Stop that, are you crazy?"

The test tube clatters to the floor under a neighboring (fortunately empty) table.

Date: 2007-05-25 05:11 am (UTC)
sunnydalealum: (Beth Lehrer)
From: [personal profile] sunnydalealum
For a moment she looks outraged at his laughter, on the point of shoving back her chair and walking out.

The moment passes, and she plucks a few napkins from the little dispenser and swipes them across the table. Gingerly she touches her finger to the damp napkin, as though half-expecting it to burn.

"So do we," she says, low. "Right?"

Date: 2007-05-29 02:48 am (UTC)
sunnydalealum: (Beth Lehrer)
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Her voice rises to normal level. "So do you know what the connection is between zhir -- between Slayers and vampires? Why we've got all this stuff in common?"

It's half challenge, and half ... something else.

Date: 2007-05-29 03:14 am (UTC)
sunnydalealum: (Beth Lehrer)
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"The first Slayer," she repeats, a little dubiously, and takes another fry.

Date: 2007-05-29 03:23 am (UTC)
sunnydalealum: (Beth Lehrer)
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Beth munches briefly.

"Who's Giles?"

Date: 2007-05-29 03:31 am (UTC)
sunnydalealum: (Beth Lehrer)
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Her eyes widen.

"You lived with him? -- I mean," hastily, "I just mean he's a Watcher and you --"

In a tone of horrified curiosity: "Did the Council know?"

Date: 2007-05-29 03:45 am (UTC)
sunnydalealum: (Beth Lehrer)
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"What ... what was he keeping you for?"

That's unease, now. Maybe even a touch of fear.

Date: 2007-05-29 04:04 am (UTC)
sunnydalealum: (Beth Lehrer)
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Weakly: "...you watch Passions?"

It's the least significant piece of information in that bewildering little speech, and naturally it's the only one she can think to respond to.

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