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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.
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Date: 2007-05-22 03:21 am (UTC)
sunnydalealum: (Beth Lehrer)
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There are footsteps behind him.

Well, of course there are footsteps behind him, the sidewalk's crowded with late-night pedestrians, but there are footsteps following him.

Date: 2007-05-22 03:31 am (UTC)
sunnydalealum: (Beth Lehrer)
From: [personal profile] sunnydalealum
"You're a vampire," she says warily, stopping a few feet away from him. Out of arm's reach. "I thought so."

Date: 2007-05-22 03:38 am (UTC)
sunnydalealum: (Beth Lehrer)
From: [personal profile] sunnydalealum
Her eyes flicker toward the stake and back up.

"That's what they call us. The Council."

Date: 2007-05-22 03:49 am (UTC)
sunnydalealum: (Beth Lehrer)
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"I don't --" She shakes her head sharply, backing up a pace. "I don't kill vampires. I don't kill anybody. I'm not a Slayer."

Date: 2007-05-22 04:00 am (UTC)
sunnydalealum: (Beth Lehrer)
From: [personal profile] sunnydalealum
The girl folds her arms across her chest in an unconscious sketch of self-protection, one hand clutching the fabric of her jacket on the opposite shoulder.

"I saw you with the others last night," she says abruptly. "The ones from the Council. Fighting the -- whatever it was."

Date: 2007-05-22 04:09 am (UTC)
sunnydalealum: (Beth Lehrer)
From: [personal profile] sunnydalealum
"But they work with you?"

Clearly this makes no sense at all to her.

Date: 2007-05-22 04:20 am (UTC)
sunnydalealum: (Beth Lehrer)
From: [personal profile] sunnydalealum
"I'm Beth."

She isn't coming any closer, but she's unfolded from the defensive huddle.

"So how come they're willing to work with a vampire? I thought ..." She trails off, uncertain.

Date: 2007-05-22 04:43 am (UTC)
sunnydalealum: (Beth Lehrer)
From: [personal profile] sunnydalealum
There are so many possible reactions to that.

Beth wavers between several, and settles on "Who's Buffy?"

Date: 2007-05-25 02:59 am (UTC)
sunnydalealum: (Beth Lehrer)
From: [personal profile] sunnydalealum
A long, long pause. She's studying him.

Finally: "Yeah, all right."

Date: 2007-05-25 03:16 am (UTC)
sunnydalealum: (Beth Lehrer)
From: [personal profile] sunnydalealum
Beth looks up at him, her expression somewhere between 'bewildered' and 'skeptical'.

"One at a time? I thought ..."

Four or five to a generation, Emma said.

Date: 2007-05-25 03:25 am (UTC)
sunnydalealum: (Beth Lehrer)
From: [personal profile] sunnydalealum
She picks up a fry, gingerly.

"And that's why ... Buffy changed it so there'd be more of us."

If her tone gives no indication whether she believes him or not, that's possibly because she honestly isn't sure.

Date: 2007-05-25 03:35 am (UTC)
sunnydalealum: (Beth Lehrer)
From: [personal profile] sunnydalealum
The fry's still almost hot enough to burn. She eats it anyway, and reaches for another.

"Where's she now?"

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.
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