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21 February 2013 @ 01:55 pm
Drabble: Pillow Fight  
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Xander's dream/fantasy in Dirty Girls

Title: Pillow Fight
Author: Rebcake
Prompt: Down/Under (from open_on_sunday in 2009)
Summary: Xander discovers that not much is funny anymore.

The girls, in their underwear, move in slow motion through floating bits of down. Laughing. Smiling.

He knew it wasn’t real.

It was the smiling that tipped him off. The girls he knew didn’t smile like that. Not anymore. They were too frightened, or too burdened. Now every smile came with a heaping side of sad. Smiles were watery, or bitter, or brave, but never simply smiley.

His job, for years, was to keep those smiles coming, keep it light, keep ‘em happy. He’d lost the knack, somewhere. He’d fix the toilet, sure. But he couldn’t fix the underlying problem.

FIN
 
 
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slaymesoftlyslaymesoftly on February 21st, 2013 10:45 pm (UTC)
Nicely done. Really captures the sadness of that time.
Rebcake: btvs_xanderrebcake on February 21st, 2013 11:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks, sweetie! This episode is rife with tragicomedy, and apparently I am unable to resist.
slaymesoftlyslaymesoftly on February 21st, 2013 11:37 pm (UTC)
And we thank you for it. :)
Need to check my list. I think I may have missed a week that I should have done something about...
Butterflysnogged on February 21st, 2013 10:48 pm (UTC)
This was nicely done.
Rebcake: btvs_xanderrebcake on February 21st, 2013 11:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks, my dear!
Dannachasingdemons on February 22nd, 2013 01:18 am (UTC)
Awww... That was lovely and sad.
Rebcake: btvs_xanderrebcake on February 22nd, 2013 02:59 am (UTC)
But... pillow fight! I liked how the show did this ridiculous male gaze thing in this scene, and undercut it immediately. The tragic undercurrent is never far away in this part of the season. Thanks for commenting!
jujukittychickjujukittychick on February 22nd, 2013 05:48 am (UTC)
awww, how very sad. but very well done :)
Rebcake: btvs_xanderrebcake on February 22nd, 2013 06:25 am (UTC)
Thanks! These guys sure don't have it easy.
Mazthismaz on February 22nd, 2013 06:54 am (UTC)
Oh, very nice.
Rebcake: btvs_xanderrebcake on February 22nd, 2013 04:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much!
Passionfruit Kissespssnfrt_ksss on February 22nd, 2013 01:06 pm (UTC)
*sighs* There are some things not even Xander can keep from falling apart.
Rebcake: btvs_xanderrebcake on February 22nd, 2013 04:19 pm (UTC)
Indeed. Facing one's own limitations is an inevitable rite of passage.
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