07 February 2013 @ 10:26 pm
BtVS: Live (Where You Are) - Wishverse!Buffy/Normal!Willow - FRT-13/PG-13
Title: Live (Where You Are)
Author: snogged
Disclaimer: Joss Whedon and co. own Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I do not. Please don’t sue.
Pairing: Wishverse!Buffy/Normal!Willow
Rating: PG-13; language, violence
Word Count: 870
Setting: The opening dialogue was taken from Season 3’s “The Wish,” but the story itself is an alternate take on Season 3’s “Doppelgangland.”
Betas: velvetwhip and snowpuppies. I am forever grateful to you both, but any mistakes missed are mine.
Author’s Note: written for Round 84 of femslash_minis. warpedminded requested the following: Wishverse!Buffy/normal Willow, hiding, protector Buffy, cheering up. I hope this suits your fancy. :)

World is what it is. We fight. We die. Wishing doesn't change that.

She had said those words once, believing them to be the absolute truth.

So, naturally, she had to wonder how the fuck she had managed to suddenly drop out of a swirling vortex and land smack-dab in the middle of a nearly-dead street in a city that clearly was and was not the place she had previously been.

Oh, that’s right.

Because she had wished for it.

She had wished to follow that vamp bitch to the edge of hell and the powers-that-be had decided to make that dream come true like she was fucking Cinderella or something.

Buffy gripped her stake, her body tensed and waiting for the bitch in black leather to jump out of the shadows and shout “boo.”

Instead, what she ended up with was a human girl with identical red hair pinned up against the brick wall of the Sun Cinema. Buffy pressed the weight of her leg into the apex of the girl’s thighs, pressing the edge of the stake tight against the thin fabric of the girl’s t-shirt.

“Woah, Buff, might wanna check your reflexes. So not a demon girl, here. I’m me. All Willow, I promise.”

The corner of Buffy’s lip twitched with annoyance. She was not keen on the level of familiarity this girl was taking with her, but she also wasn’t about to kill a human, even if she had the strength and weaponry to do so. Then there was the whole matter of this girl looking exactly the bitch she had come here to stake. But she wasn’t going to dive into that because she wasn’t here to deal with the complicated shit. Her plan was simple. Always had been, always would be.

Hunt. Stake. Kill. Sleep. Repeat as needed.

“Chill. I'm not going to kill you…and don't call me 'Buff'."

Buffy released her hold on Willow but kept the stake level at her chest, eyes and ears easily picking up on the moving shadows and creaking leather. This little showdown was about to get a lot more…confrontational.

“Them, on the other hand?” Buffy tilted her head towards a trio of vampires creeping out from the shadows. “They’re going to die, so how about you make like a mouse and hide?”

Willow gulped, but obeyed, running into the Sun Cinema. Buffy watched the girl produce a wooden cross from the elastic band of her hippie skirt, clutching it so tight that Buffy could see the already pale skin turn a few shades whiter.

The first vampire growled and lunged at her. Buffy was quick with her fists and even quicker with the killing blow. She inhaled the ash into her lungs, turning her body towards the one who thought he’d be smarter to circle around and come up from behind.

This one managed to land a few kicks. One to the nose. One to the stomach. Buffy grunted, feeling the blood dribble down her lips. Without a wink, she took out number 2 and made fast work of number 3.

She didn’t even notice that Willow had left her hiding place and had come up to rest her hands on Buffy’s shoulders.

“You were amazing. Almost as the good as the real Buf…. I mean, not that you’re not real because I’m touching you and my fingers aren’t going through your skin or anything so obviously you are real because you’re Buffy, but you’re not Buffy. Are you? I mean, if you are, you would tell me, or maybe you wouldn’t because I’m babbling and you’re bleeding…. Oh, you’re bleeding!”

Buffy cringed. “It’s fine. Whatever.”

“No, it’s not fine. Here.” Willow said, pulling a tissue out of her pocket and offering it to Buffy, who plucked it out of Willow’s hand and pressed it against her nose.

Willow smiled, grinning so widely that it looked like her face would split in two. “Now that you’re all patched up, how about we go to the Bronze and cheer ourselves up? It’s cockroach night, which means you get a drink for every cockroach you squish.”

Buffy gave her a curious look, wondering what this girl’s motivation was. Willow seemed to be more of the raise-hand-insert-question type and so far, curiosity hadn’t shown any signs of killing this cat.

“You can also meet the other you,” Willow added. “And Xander, and Angel, and Anya…and….”

Knowing this girl, that extra ‘and’ would lead to loads of questions that Buffy had no interest in answering tonight.

“I don’t play well with others,” Buffy replied. “Besides, I gotta a vamp to kill. Looks like you, doesn’t dress like you. I’m betting you don’t want to be the one to find her first.”

“Okay. So we’ll talk to the gang about it. Make a plan. That’s what we do. We’re Scoobies.”

Again, Buffy was so not interested.

Willow’s comeback was to furrow her brow and point at her lips, which were pressed tightly together. “This is my resolve face. I will not take no for an answer.”

It didn’t take long for Buffy to realize that Willow was dead serious.

Fuck it.

World is what it is, might as well live in it.

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velvetwhip: I'm a Bloodsucking Fiend by raebirdvelvetwhip on February 8th, 2013 04:35 am (UTC)
You already know that I think this is super, but I have to say it again. Great job!

Butterflysnogged on February 8th, 2013 11:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
I appreciate all your help.
velvetwhip: applausevelvetwhip on April 28th, 2014 03:15 am (UTC)
Still think it's super, my dear!

Butterflysnogged on April 28th, 2014 12:01 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm so glad.
A Special Kind Of Crazyangelskuuipo on February 8th, 2013 04:44 am (UTC)
This is excellent!
Butterflysnogged on February 8th, 2013 11:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
snowpuppies.dreamwidth.orgsnowpuppies.dreamwidth.org on February 8th, 2013 05:13 am (UTC)
Woo! Fun pairing and nice interaction, here. :)

Wishverse!Buffy is so wonderfully bitchy. *sigh*
Butterflysnogged on February 8th, 2013 11:00 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you enjoyed!
Thanks for you help.
red_satin_dollred_satin_doll on February 8th, 2013 09:01 pm (UTC)
Oh MORE. please? Pretty please? I love Wishverse fic (the Wish is one of my favorite episodes); I love the way how in the ep Buffy is still very much Buffy, only stripped down (not Faith-lite); and she foreshadows S7's "general Buffy". You've captured both characters wonderfully here, I can literally see Willow's skirt and sweater. This feels like the start of a potential series? *smiles hopefully*

It’s cockroach night, which means you get a drink for every cockroach you squish.

Is that canon? that definitely ought to be canon. brilliant touch.
Butterflysnogged on February 8th, 2013 11:00 pm (UTC)
Wow! I'm so glad you enjoyed this.

Also, yes, cockroach night was introduced in Season 1's "Angel." It's a yearly event called the "Fumigation Party" in which customers squish cockroaches for free drinks. The Bronze also has a "Post-Fumigation Party."
consumedly: net girlconsumedly on February 11th, 2013 10:05 am (UTC)
and she surrenders to the dark side ;D

great fic!
Butterflysnogged on February 11th, 2013 01:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks for reading!
Rua1412rua1412 on February 18th, 2013 01:18 pm (UTC)
Cool ficlet!
Interesting turn in the canon. I love it.
Butterflysnogged on February 18th, 2013 01:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
spikesredqueen: billow - hugsspikesredqueen on April 28th, 2014 01:29 am (UTC)
This was super cute! I wouldn't have thought of Wishverse!Buffy coming to good ol' Sunnydale. I loved this! Thanks so much for sharing at bad_swa!
Butterflysnogged on April 28th, 2014 02:30 am (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed it!!
Dragon's Phoenixdragonyphoenix on April 28th, 2014 02:04 am (UTC)
Delightful. That's a great other Buffy voice.
Butterflysnogged on April 28th, 2014 02:31 am (UTC)

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