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Once more I must both thank and extend condolances to vichan, whose stories of local events keep giving me plot bunnies. I can't help feeling I'm benefiting from her pain!

... And Cancel Slaying!

Giles paused in the middle of checking the morning report, and sent a quizzical look toward Dawn. “Why are we receiving Cleveland School closings? This is Chicago.”

“Read them,” she prompted.

He scanned the list. “East Chicago School for Girls, Cleveland Branch – but that’s our cover story for the operatives there.”

Dawn nodded brightly. “Yep, and they’re covered – they’re all covered. They had a storm in Ohio; everything’s snowed in.”

Giles bit back a question about why a private school of a dozen slayers even had to be on the school closing list – of course, they were trying to make the school disguise as solid as possible.

Of more concern was the image of vampires wading through snowdrifts, searching for stranded motorists. “But – Buffy canceled slaying? We can’t just cancel slaying! The forces of darkness thrive on –“ He paused, coming to a chart that showed a marked decrease in demonic activity. “I don’t understand. She reported just last week that the Hellmouth was opening.”

“Pothole. They do things big over there – even vampires know to stay inside when bad weather hits Cleveland!”

“Did Xander concur with this?”

“He said, and I quote, ‘Yay!’”

“Well, of course he did.”


( 24 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 10th, 2008 05:10 am (UTC)
Very nice — and there I thought I don't read BtVS any more ;-)
Mar. 10th, 2008 05:26 am (UTC)
I'll just have to yank you back into the fold! :-)
Mar. 10th, 2008 05:46 am (UTC)
I liked it lots.

Very in-character.


(5 stars)
Mar. 11th, 2008 03:52 am (UTC)
Best compliment ever!
Mar. 10th, 2008 07:58 am (UTC)
LOL! I love the last line - I can picture Giles saying that! :D
Mar. 11th, 2008 03:53 am (UTC)
Thanks! Emily gets credit for that: the first draft was a regular drabble, but she convinced me to expand it out and that was the result.
Mar. 10th, 2008 08:36 am (UTC)
Great ending, funniest yet.
Mar. 11th, 2008 03:54 am (UTC)
Wow -- Now, there's a compliment!
Mar. 10th, 2008 11:18 am (UTC)
I'm loving these topical ficlets. I hope that not only Midwesterners will "get" the concept of vampires preying upon stranded motorists.

Vamps'd fit right in, in Minnesota. Long winters, no light, and mosquitoes that probably qualify as vampires in their own right. No, the vamps wouldn't appreciate the competition for our blood.
Mar. 11th, 2008 03:56 am (UTC)
The first thing the vamps would probably do is bring back DDT, to try and get rid of those mosquitoes -- they're getting worse, too. I'd almost rather have the vamps.

Hm ... topical? Maybe I'll do an election related story sometime this year. We'll see how many people I can get made at me ...
Mar. 10th, 2008 02:11 pm (UTC)
YES!! Very very very true, once again. :)

If the weather reports are true, I may have another tale for you on Thursday. -_-
Mar. 11th, 2008 03:57 am (UTC)
Much as I enjoyed writing those stories, I hope you *don't* have another tale for me!
Mar. 10th, 2008 02:25 pm (UTC)
Bwahaa that's priceless! I can imagine Giles' face as he incredously asks 'Buffy cancelled slaying?'. Extra points for bringing back the pothole :D
Mar. 11th, 2008 03:58 am (UTC)
Extra points, yay!
Mar. 10th, 2008 02:43 pm (UTC)
Bah, I tried to comment earlier but my mother came in and foiled me. Stupid getting up early to go to uni :/

This made me giggle. Nicely done :) “He said, and I quote, ‘Yay!’” How very Dawn XD
Mar. 11th, 2008 04:00 am (UTC)
Well, uni's more important than fanfiction, of course. Isn't it? :-)
Mar. 11th, 2008 01:04 pm (UTC)
Well, uni's more important than fanfiction, of course. Isn't it? :-)

The very fact that you say that demonstrates how little you understand the depths my obsession with fanfiction can reach XD Seriously though, yes uni IS technically more important...but I'm experiencing fanfic revival. So, it's a stalemate ;)
Mar. 12th, 2008 06:24 am (UTC)
I sure do understand! That's why I'm here, instead of working on my original novels! :-)
Mar. 10th, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC)
Hmm - Cleveland Ohio sounds almost as bad as Cleveland in Teeside.
Mar. 11th, 2008 04:01 am (UTC)
Then I shall avoid going to either. :->

I assume ours was named after yours ...
Mar. 10th, 2008 10:10 pm (UTC)
LOL! I love it.
Mar. 11th, 2008 04:01 am (UTC)
Mar. 10th, 2008 11:46 pm (UTC)
Very Giles. <3
Mar. 11th, 2008 04:01 am (UTC)
Thanks, that's a high compliment!
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