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Buffy Summers ([personal profile] whattingawhat) wrote in [community profile] itinere2017-06-18 03:31 pm

And we have roots like the trees | Closed to Summers House





The house had shown up a few days prior and despite being wary, there was no way that Buffy wasn't moving in. It was her old house, the one she'd grown up in, the one she'd lost her mother in, the one that was supposed to be debris in the bottom of the Sunnydale Crater. Inside of it are all her mother's furnishings and art, things that Buffy had cherished as the parts of her mother that she had left. They were all things she'd had to leave behind when she'd left Sunnydale.

Perhaps it's a coincidence that Joyce's ghost shows up shortly after the house, shortly after Buffy and the others move in, but it doesn't feel like coincidence. It feels like purpose and it has Buffy rattled. She'd refused to talk to Joyce, aware that she's not real. She can't be real because that's something that Buffy still can't handle. Instead, she focuses on moving in. She doesn't have much from here because she hasn't been here that long, but she is moving many of the things from her old room to Joyce's room. Alcide is going to move into her old room and she's going to take over Joyce's room, which is totally perfect now that her mother is haunting her (not). Maybe that's why she's being haunted. Maybe she'll ask Dawn to try some sort of cleansing something or the other. She doesn't realize yet that anyone else can see Joyce (and she kind of hopes that Dawn can't see her because she doesn't want Dawn to be upset by it).

Eventually she'll end up locking herself in her mother's old room and talking to her ghost, but that's for later when Joyce wears her down, when she finally can't not speak to her mother. Right now, she's trying to distract herself, to keep busy, to focus on getting herself and everyone else moved in.
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[personal profile] the_dawnster 2017-06-18 09:25 pm (UTC)(link)
Dawn seriously cannot handle the ghost of her mom being around. It isn't because she didn't love her mom. She loved her so so much. It's that The First had used a ghost of Joyce against her in a way that had truly torn Dawn up inside. So seeing her again has her truly messed up. And if it's messing her up, then it's surly messing Buffy up too, if not for the same reasons as with Dawn.

That's the reason she's looking for her sister. It's in a moment when Joyce is nowhere in sight. Dawn has been peeking around corners and looking for her in rooms and nooks and crannies of the house. She finds Buffy in their mom's old room, now Buffy's room. With their mom's ghost around the room has kind of a creep factor that has Dawn surprised that Buffy's in there.

She lightly raps her knuckles on the door and pushes it open even further. "Hey. Can I join?"
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[personal profile] the_dawnster 2017-06-19 12:58 am (UTC)(link)
There was a time when Summers Girls parties were few and far between. That was just normal sister stuff though. It wasn't for any bad reasons. But now that they're older, Dawn is so glad that Buffy actually enjoys her company as much as Dawn enjoys Buffy. This is one of the best parts of #adulting. Sister time.

She enters the room and moves over to the dresser where she picks up a stack of old photographs of the OG scooby gang, plus Dawn. She knows she was added to some of these photos by magic, but some of them are real too. She starts looking through them.

"So... Alcide is... huge. And he seems nice in that intimidating Southern sort of way." She's curious about Alcide. She's curious about Buffy and Alcide.
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[personal profile] the_dawnster 2017-06-19 03:01 pm (UTC)(link)
"So he was in that place with you? And y'all got close?" How close, she wonders. Alcide has his own room so Dawn isn't so sure. "Oh! Did y'all form a club of some kind? Intimidators anonymous? Probably something with a much cooler name."

It's really mostly okay if Buffy asks one or two people to stay with them. It isn't like Buffy had much of a choice in Tara and Willow living with them after they brought her back from death. The Summers house has always been a home for people who had no home or family worth being with. The rooms of the house are full again now and Dawn kind of likes that, even if one of them is a strange man... hot, but stranger danger.

She turns a picture toward Buffy, the both of them very little and on a broken merry go round. "Remember this? You were trying to get me to go super fast around with your super strength and you ended up bending the center rod so that the whole thing was catty-wonky."
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[personal profile] the_dawnster 2017-06-20 02:32 pm (UTC)(link)
"Oooo you were his boss huh? Did you boss him around a lot?" She says this with a semi-mischievous smile cast in Buffy's direction. It's a little playful and a lot teasing. But there's also some truth to the question. She wants to know about Buffy and Alcide. It's absolutely nice to have a full house again. And Dawn knows, deep down, that Buffy wouldn't invite someone dangerous here with them. She's sure that given some time, she'll like Alcide.

Dawn smiles more broadly at the memory of the merry-go-round too. She looks at the photo a bit longer before putting it back. "I love that memory." Even though it's when they were both too young for Dawn to have been a real thing.

"If I'm a brat you're a super brat cause... super powers." Technically she has super powers too, just nowhere near as helpful as Buffy's.

Dawn moves to sit on the bed next to her sister and lays back, staring up at the ceiling. "Okay. So you and Spike... what's going on there? Because I get some serious vibes between you and Fabio-like Southern guy. Are there complications?"
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[personal profile] the_dawnster 2017-06-21 03:46 pm (UTC)(link)
"Definitely Fabio. I mean I saw him without a shirt on the other day and all he needs is a damsel to cling to and a little bit longer hair and you've got a cover of a steamy romance novel. Not that... not that I read those. Ever." She does. She does read those. She even likes those steamy romance novels every once in awhile. How else was she supposed to learn about the birds and the bees?

As Buffy explains the complications Dawn slowly looks over to her sister. Yes, this is very complicated. Dawn does not want to step on any of Buffy's toes. She doesn't want rejection because her sister is super awesome, more so than her. She doesn't want to be jealous of Buffy. It kind of feels like she's being set up for all of these things though.

"So in Spike's and my timeline you two weren't a thing anymore. But in your timeline you were definitely a thing. So..." Dawn takes a deep breath. "So you understandably still have feelings for Spike cause those things don't just go away. And the way Alcide looks at you, he's... okay, I get it."

She does get it, she thinks. Buffy held off on being with Alcide because of Spike, because she still has feelings for Spike. Fabio guy is the angst ridden UST guy of this story and Buffy is the star-crossed lover. And if Buffy still has feelings for Spike, then that means hands off for Dawn because she would just never do that. Or she thinks she would never do that. The memory of kissing Spike just once still makes her heart flip-flop in the best of ways and she isn't sure what to do about that.

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[personal profile] badbadman 2017-06-18 09:50 pm (UTC)(link)
Spike is in the basement. It looks the same it did the last day that he'd seen it. There's even the punching bag with Angel's picture on it. It feels like a lifetime ago. Hell, it was a lifetime ago. He'd died and come back. He'd saved the world a couple of times now. gone crazy and he'd finally gotten over the girl that had driven him crazy since the moment he'd met her.

Right now, he's smoking, trying to adjust the TV so that he can find Passions or America's Next Top Model on it. Oh yeah, he's also seen and spoken to Joyce. This place is bonkers.
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[personal profile] rouxgaroux 2017-06-18 10:12 pm (UTC)(link)
Alcide's goal was to stock the kitchen with food and beer, so mission accomplished on that. After a quick trip to the grocery store, in which he had to pay nothing to get a haul of things, Alcide is just finishing putting said haul away in the cabinets and the refrigerator when he notices the basement door cracked. The scent he picks up is familiar, the scent of death that comes with fangers.

He hasn't actually spoken with Spike yet, although they've passed each other here and there. As he descends the stairs to a part of the house he hasn't been in yet, he's trying to figure out what to say and how to say it. He's not sure if there is anything to say... but also, there's probably a lot that Alcide wishes he could say... none of the kosher for trying to make nice and investigate what's going on between Buffy and Spike, if anything.

He finds Spike messing with his TV and Alcide stops on the bottom step. "You know you could probably find a better TV than that one." He's trying to be helpful, okay?
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[personal profile] badbadman 2017-06-18 11:20 pm (UTC)(link)
Spike does not smell! He's taken a shower and everything! Besides, if they're gonna talk about stench, Alcide smells like a wet dog. Maybe they shouldn't lead with those observations.

It's easy enough to avoid each other. Spike stays in a lot during the day and out a lot at night. The vampire can smell Buffy on Alcide. He knows they're close, but he hasn't talked to Buffy about her relationship with Alcide. They've only talked about their relationship, which is friendship.

He knows that he's on his way long before he gets there, but he keeps his focus on the TV. He glances over at Alcide when he speaks, cigarette still dangling between his lips. "Yeah. Probably could." He likes this one, but he might as well consider Alcide's suggestion. He means well by it, he thinks. "Think it'd get better reception down here?"
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[personal profile] rouxgaroux 2017-06-19 01:04 am (UTC)(link)
It's hard not to lead in with those observations when they come so naturally to the both of them. Wolves in Alcide's world are very wolf like, even in human form. It's just how they are. Vampers are they same. Alcide wouldn't take offense to the wet dog bit, depending on how it's said and by who.

Buffy might say there's nothing with Spike anymore, but Alcide still wants to hear it from Spike, see what he can glean from the conversation outside of 'there's nothing going on'. Is it even his business? Maybe not. He wants it to be his business though. He cares about Buffy. He has a thing for Buffy.

"Yeah, definitely." Alcide says with a quick nod. This can maybe be a good opener, a way for him to make nice with the vamp of the house. Why's there always gotta be fangers? Seriously. "I can set up some new wiring down here, get it set up for you. It's kinda what I did back home. Contracting... designin' and buildin' houses and all that goes with that. I'm alright with electrical."
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[personal profile] badbadman 2017-06-19 03:12 am (UTC)(link)
Alcide's sort of werewolf is not the sort that Spike knows, but then Buffy has probably explained that to him already. Alcide and Buffy seem plenty cozy. Spike is defensive of that, not because of the feelings he has for Buffy, but because he knows the experiences she's had and he's protective of her.

Spike has a thing for Dawn, which means he no longer has the thing for Buffy. Alcide is welcome to the thing with Buffy, as long as he's got every intention of being good to her. Spike has been trying to figure out what the deal with them is, so this seems as good a time as any. He flicks ash from his cigarette into the ash tray and regards Alcide with a skeptical look.

"Yeah. Buffy said you did some sort of construction thing back in your world. Had this thing for at least a decade," he gestures to the TV and takes a drag off the cigarette. He's not broadcasting open and friendly, but he's not trying to be intimidating either (which is a little laughable considering Spike isn't terribly tall and he's muscular, but not big). "From the sounds of it, I could just wish up some'aught thing that was HD and flatscreen, televised only Passions and reality shows."
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[personal profile] rouxgaroux 2017-06-19 03:13 pm (UTC)(link)
"It's your call." Alcide answers with a shrug. He knows that there's something to be said for old or classic things from the past. It isn't like there was always cutting edge technology in backwoods Louisiana where he's spent all of his life. Even Shreveport isn't all cutting edge compared to other places. The offer was mostly his trying to start a conversation.

At the same time, he feels like a warning is necessary. He's probably about to state the obvious, but if Spike is so keen on wishing something here, Alcide wonders if it needs to be stated. "Don't really trust it yet. Wish magic. Gotta be a catch somewhere, you know?"

Yeah. Obvious.

Alcide sits down on the bottom steps and pushes a hand back through his hair before resting his elbows on his knees. "So you're from Buffy's world. She told me about you."
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[personal profile] badbadman 2017-06-19 10:02 pm (UTC)(link)

Spike is aware there was some motivation behind the offer; he assumed it was to get on his good side as they're both living in the same house and can't keep ignoring each other. Plus, they're both important to Buffy (that much is obvious) so it's important they get along. Spike has seen first hand how much his squabbling with Angel had affected and annoyed Buffy; Of course, in that circumstance they couldn't do anything about it. They'd been fighting for over a century. There was no use in trying to put an end to it. In any case, Spike wants to try to get along with this bloke for Buffy's sake. He also wants to be on her good side when she finds out about he and Dawn. He'd like to avoid having her stake him.

The warning makes him smirk a little. "Yeah. Back home we had vengeance demons. Teach you real quick not to wish for any bloody thing that crosses your mind. I'll stick to running down to the store and nabbing a telly."

Obvious.

Spike leans back at that, regarding Alcide carefully. He takes a long draw off his cigarette. "Oh yeah? What'd the Slayer tell you?" Yeah, he threw in the little nickname there to see just how much Alcide knows about Buffy.

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[personal profile] rouxgaroux 2017-06-20 02:40 pm (UTC)(link)
"Demons." Alcide nods slowly. Demons in various sorts and shapes is not something that Alcide's world has. They've got lots of brands of crazy though; weres and vamps and fae. Who knows? There could be demons somewhere out there that Alcide knows nothing about.

He almost visibly bristles at Spike calling Buffy 'the Slayer'. Yes, he knows about it. But there's more than a hint of familiarity to it that Alcide isn't sure if he likes or not. Nothing he can do about that though. There's a history here and he knows it.

"She told me that you two were seein' each other." And she wouldn't / won't get too close to Alcide because of it. "She loved you." Past tense, purposefully used, partly to hint at the fact that Alcide wants her to present tense fall in love with him and partly to get back at Spike for the 'the Slayer' familiarity comment.
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[personal profile] badbadman 2017-06-20 07:45 pm (UTC)(link)

There's more things in this universe than anyone knows; Shakespeare said it best in Spike's opinion, but then he's biased. He would be unsurprised to learn that Alcide's world has something he hasn't seen in their world. He knows there are different world, many worlds and sometimes those worlds bleed into each other.

Spike notices some sort of reaction and smirks. He leans back a little, resting his shoulders against the wall. There's a lot of history there. They've tried to kill each other more than once; they've been friends and somewhere along the line because family. He ended up with a soul because of Buffy (not for her, but because of her). He loves her and respects her, but he also knows that they're better as friends. He knows the difference and he'd be foolish to push for something that isn't there. He's older and wise enough not to wait for something that won't ever be there; he's waited long enough and realized, in the end, he no longer feels the way about Buffy that he once did. All of that being said, there's a history and the only thing you can do with history is accept it. After all, it's part of what makes a person who they are.

"Were. For a while," Spike admits. "Some people are better as friends and some people won't ever be friends. Buffy and I fall into the first category." He takes a drag off his cigarette. "Slayer loved me, or at least she wanted to. She has a hard time figuring out the difference between the two sometimes."

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[personal profile] the_dawnster 2017-06-24 12:49 am (UTC)(link)
It's later in the night after Joyce's haunting and her talk with Buffy that Dawn makes her way down the stairs to the basement in search of Spike. She loves getting to be in this house again. She loves the memories that come with this house. She does not like having her mother's ghost haunting her in this house. It's happened before with The First and it's not a good memory.

Spike is smoking and Dawn very near sighs out the words she always does to him when he's smoking. "That'll kill you, you know..."

She descends the rest of the stairs and looks around the basement, everything just where it was left, everything just as it was. She looks up at the ceiling. "I'm almost afraid to wish for better piping and electrical. Wishing never ends well for us, does it?"
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[personal profile] badbadman 2017-06-24 01:05 am (UTC)(link)
Spike perks up when he hears Dawn coming down the steps. He's sitting on the cot that he sleeps on, back against the wall. He smirks a little at her sigh. "Over a century late there, Bit," which is some version of what he always says to her in response.

"Yeah, that bloke of Buffy's came down earlier and talked to me about putting in new electrical for a better telly. Rather like to avoid the wishing if possible." Though, clearly, someone wished for this house to be here at all.
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[personal profile] the_dawnster 2017-07-05 04:21 pm (UTC)(link)
"Did you know he's a werewolf? But not a grrr scary werewolf like what Oz was?" Dawn has no clue if that's her secret to tell, but Buffy told her, so now she's telling Spike, and it only seems fair that they all know since they're all living together. "I mean, maybe he can still get grr scary still cause he's huge, but he's in control of his grr scariness. You know what I mean? Can your Vampire-ness sense his Werewolf-ness?"

Random questions. She's rambling and she knows she's rambling. She shrugs and steps off the bottom step to the concrete floor of the basement. "Whatever, Buffy says he's super nice so I'm gonna try and get to know him. For her. And cause he's living here. Some things never change, right? We're the house for the homeless. Still. And hey, if he's willing to fix this place up then I'm all for it. I mean, money's not an issue here, apparently... which is cool."

She looks over to Spike. "Right? That's cool."
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[personal profile] badbadman 2017-07-10 07:36 pm (UTC)(link)

Spike smirks at that. "Yeah. He smells like unwashed dog and something wild," he responds. It's pretty obvious in his expression and his voice that he thinks Dawn is adorable the way she's asking. "Hair on the back of my neck goes up 'round him." And something itches under his skin to be wary, not attack necessarily, but to be on alert. It'll become more subdued the more he knows Alcide, but it'll never go away.

Rambling is cute on her. He's always thought so but the perception of cute has shifted from little girl adorable to grown up woman cute. He's not even entirely sure when that happened. He takes a drag off his cigarette before responding. "Seems like he's okay. Besides, if Big Sister is going to keep taking in strays, we might as well make the effort to get along with 'em."

"That's cool," he agrees, sitting up a little straighter. "Come sit down, Bit. You're making me nervous pacing like that. The wish magic worries me. When has that not bit us in the arse?"

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[personal profile] the_dawnster 2017-07-10 10:22 pm (UTC)(link)
"Do you feel, I mean sense, me? Do I feel... key-like to you?" She feels silly asking the moment the question is out there because why would he feel her? She was made to be hidden. Although now that her powers are so prevalent and easily accessible, maybe it's different. She's quick to continue though, because of feeling silly. "I did try to use my key-ness here and it's like I felt it working but it didn't work. So... we'll see. I'm gonna keep trying."

As she's spoken she's moved across the room, next to the cot where he's sitting. She hesitates a moment and then sits down beside him, turning to look at him with a closed mouthed smile that seems to say 'see? we're being perfectly normal as if kissage never happened', which is kind of what she wants to portray and also not at all what she wants to say.

"I'm glad you think he's cool too. I'm gonna get to know him, hopefully without being awkward about it... but you know me." She smirks and shrugs, continuing from one topic of werewolf roomie to the next about other issues at hand seamlessly. "But I mean, without the money issue, we can get things without wishing. Like... blackout curtains for some areas of the house and things like that." Areas like her bedroom.
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[personal profile] badbadman 2017-07-11 01:49 am (UTC)(link)

Spike gives her a sympathetic sort of look. "Sorry, Platelet. You just feel like a real girl to me. That's a good thing," he reminds her. The monks did a good job and Spike is grateful for it. It has kept Dawn safe. "When you're doing your thing though...I can feel that. Magic crackling, skin tingling." She shouldn't feel silly. He gets it. He frowns a little at that. "Make sure you don't leave us behind, yeah?" Now who's being insecure and silly?

That hesitation is noted, but so is the smile, something he's not sure what to make of. He's as blind as she is right now. After all, Spike has only really had two relationships in his entire life. He's not exactly experienced in how one starts a relationship or how one behaves.

"If he doesn't accept you, screw 'im," Spike responds, a little ticked at the idea that someone might not like Dawn. He's as protective as Buffy in a different sort of way. "Blackout drapes would be nice," he admits. After all, he's stuck in the basement most of the day or making dashes up into the kitchen without really knowing whether it's safe to be there or not. He's never been panicky about the whole daylight thing, knowing he'll heal as long as he doesn't burn to ash, but it's not fun getting scorched. Also, he's thinking a bit about her bedroom as well and how he wouldn't have to leave before dawn. Of course, he's not going to say that, but he is thinking it.

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[personal profile] the_dawnster 2017-07-11 04:29 pm (UTC)(link)
A part of her wishes Spike could feel her. But there's also another part of her that revels in the fact of feeling real at all to him. No matter how long she's been alive, there's always this niggling question at the back of her mind that never really goes away: am I real? Some days it's worse than others. Most days she keeps all those fears and insecurities at bay.

"I wouldn't leave you and Buffy, not unless I had to and not if I can help it. Cross my heart and hope not to die." Going anywhere without her sister and Spike is not an option, not ever. Dawn is very attached to the both of them, whether they like it or not.

Dawn dips her head and smiles a little at Spike's defensive tone over the idea that someone might not like her. It's sweet of him. It shows how much he's on her side in things. And really, looking back, he always has been... even when his being on her side had everything to do with Buffy and not so much to do with her. That changed over time. "I am pretty amazing I mean who wouldn't like me?" She jokes, then goes straight for the bullseye of what's on her mind. Dawn has never been one to beat around the bush. "Also, we kissed."

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