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04 December 2009 @ 10:36 pm
A Mirror Crack'd - Buffy fic 1/1  
Okay, I have no idea which part of my brain this one came from! It's so not my usual fare - it's very dark, it's 2nd person (which I've never done before, be gentle!) and there's just a slight hint of noncon in there for good measure. If that hasn't put you off utterly, then the fic's below.

Title: A Mirror Crack'd
Author:idontlikegravy
Character(s)/pairings: Ripper/Willow
Fandom and/or Prompt: Buffy the Vampire Slayer ; Ripper/Willow ; I can see the darkness in you morgynleri_fic
Rating: NC-17 to be safe
Warning: This is pretty dark, and my first experiment with 2nd person. Also, could be interpreted as noncon but I leave that open to the reader.
Disclaimer: Not mine, never was, never will be.

Written for Day Four of consci_fan_mo

A Mirror Crack'd

There are days when you can’t bear to look at her, to see the blackness that lurks behind her eyes, ever ready to engulf her beautiful irises.

You hunger for it.

It was always there, just as it was for you, but Tara was purity that shone; a bright, white light that banished the shadows from those touched by her, if only for a little while. When she was ripped from the world, the balance was torn from Willow and the darkness consumed her.

They would never know how hard it was for you, to fight her, when deep down all you wanted was for the magic to consume you too so that you could join her.

There are days when you can’t bear to look at her and deep in the depths of your being, something stirs.

There is one day, when you are alone in the Council building. You look up, and she is there, and you see it more clearly than you have in an age. And she stares down into the soul of you and you know she sees it too.

Kennedy is gone, she tells you, and something in the way she says it wakes the thing within you. She’s sitting there, and she’s smiling and you know that she wants you. She recognises a kindred spirit, finally sees what you’ve always seen.

And there, in Giles’ office, on Giles’ desk, you get what you’ve always wanted. And the Darkness is satiated, if only for a little while.
 
 
 
daria234daria234 on December 5th, 2009 12:53 am (UTC)
Great one!! A really cool look at this pairing - thanks for posting it.

Like this esp: "They would never know how hard it was for you, to fight her, when deep down all you wanted was for the magic to consume you too so that you could join her."
But, I don't want to be a pie,: pleased hamsteridontlikegravy on December 6th, 2009 06:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I was writing way out of my comfort zone with this one, so I'm really pleased it works :)
The other Weird Alaeron_lanart on December 5th, 2009 02:24 am (UTC)
Shivers down me spine (creepy ones)!

For this, I think 2nd person suits - it emphasises the difference between Ripper and Giles. I like.
But, I don't want to be a pie,: pleased hamsteridontlikegravy on December 6th, 2009 06:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you. *sighs in relief* I was so nervous about posting this one, you know how far from my comfort zone it is. But I enjoyed writing it (which scares me ever so slightly!). I'm glad you like it. :-)
Rusty: buffyrustydog on December 5th, 2009 03:17 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes, dark, but it *really* works. I have trouble reading 2nd person, but I found I could settle into it well here by imagining Giles and Ripper as different characters, one speaking to the other. (Which I see aeron_lanart did as well -- clearly it was a good technique to use for this fic!)

the blackness that lurks behind her eyes, ever ready to engulf her beautiful irises.

Really effective imagery!
But, I don't want to be a pie,: rogidontlikegravy on December 6th, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm really pleased it worked for you. Like you, I have trouble with 2nd person but this fic just demanded to be written in it.
Rhi: Beast from Hellvipersweb on December 5th, 2009 10:07 pm (UTC)
nice... I like the darkness and the way you show the two different sides to Giles. Great imagery as well.
But, I don't want to be a pie,: rogidontlikegravy on December 6th, 2009 06:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you :-)

I tend to get a bit poetical when I try to write serious, but sometimes it works! Glad you like it.
I'm a walking doodle: Gilesmad_jaks on December 7th, 2009 11:19 pm (UTC)
Second person really does work for this as does the 'poetical' language - yes, I'll admit it, I read the other comments first - because it highlights the darkness of Ripper without the whole thing becoming something coarse and ugly (which I myself would have found hard to read).
But, I don't want to be a pie,: pleased hamsteridontlikegravy on December 18th, 2009 08:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you. It really was so far removed from the usual fluff and nonsense I write that I was genuinely scared about it!

I would have found it hard to read if it were coarse or ugly too, which I think was why I wrote it this way - my brain has an automatic watershed filter but I sometimes feel the need to write these things so I have to find ways around it!