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28 March 2010 @ 02:33 pm
Gingerbread Fic: Everyday Heroes  
Title: Everyday Heroes
Author: Rebcake
Rating: PG
Word Count: 625
Summary: A typical school day for Buffy, circa Gingerbread.
A/N: A few kids from other schools now attend Sunnydale High. See if you can spot the non-Joss teen comedies!
Disclaimer: I used a smidge of dialog from the episode, but I don't own anything!

Buffy marched up the stairs to Sunnydale High, arms swinging. She paused as she noticed a kid duct-taped to the flagpole. But then Veronica pulled out a knife and began to cut him free, and the gathering crowd dispersed, so she continued on her way. Veronica might get in trouble for having a knife at school, but Buffy figured that Snyder’s constant refrain of “zero tolerance” for weaponry was as laughable to Veronica as it was to her.

Some poor freshman wearing a beanie was being stuffed into a locker down at the end of the first floor hall, but Buffy saw that Riff and her friend had just come to his aid. They seemed to be handling those bullying “hall monitors” just fine. Riff might be a fashion victim, but she wasn’t a victim in any other sense. Buffy nodded with satisfaction, and headed for her own locker up on the second floor.

At the top of the stairs, a curly-haired girl was giggling and playing around with a couple of jocks. Nothing seemed amiss, but Buffy knew how these things could turn in an instant. She monitored the situation while continuing on her way. Sure enough, when she reached the opposite side of the balcony, the girl started shrieking as she was held partially over the balustrade, her head craning around to see the ground 25 feet below. Buffy turned back in a flash. Before she took two steps, the new kid — that guy who dressed as well as Cordelia — intervened and hauled the girl to safety while chewing out the heedless boys. He looked like he might last after all. She’d have to take him aside for a few Sunnydale Survival Pointers soon.

While she was getting out her books for her first class, she overheard Larry complaining about a band of idiots that had stuck Artie, that wheelchair kid, in one of the porta-potties out by the athletic field the previous afternoon. He and Finn had heard his cries and got him out before the practice field had emptied for the night.

“It was dangerous, man! They think it’s funny, but this is freaking Sunnydale!” He held up a packet and shook it in front of his friend’s face.

“We’ll see how funny it is when they find itching powder in their jocks. At least it doesn’t lead to neck trauma, am I right?”

Buffy considered confiscating the packet, but decided that Larry had a point about what constituted mortal danger. This seemed to come under the heading of “natural consequences of the non-lethal kind”, so she shrugged and headed to class.

A few doors down, Michael and Amy were having a heated discussion with Roy and his “Recking Crew”. Roy didn’t spell so well. Amy was right in Roy’s face, but he pushed her aside and grabbed Michael, slamming him against the lockers. Buffy slipped through the crowd to stand next to Michael. She looked expectantly at Roy and the Crew, with lots of eye contact. The Crew stepped back. Roy let go of Michael’s shirt, and attempted to smooth out the wrinkles.

“No problem here. We’re walking,” he said to Buffy, and managed a (for him) dignified retreat. Every other day it was something with that guy, but he was learning.

“You guys okay?”

Michael checked his makeup in his locker door mirror. Satisfied, he replied, “We’re fine.”

“Thanks, Buffy,” said Amy.

As they walked away, Buffy reflected that it was a pretty mellow day, so far. Giles would be able to crack the code of this week’s horror soon, and she’d do her slaying thing. As long as people continued to back each other up like they were, and didn’t give in to their fear, it would all be fine.

do do do do: dyslexicsentine on March 28th, 2010 09:41 pm (UTC)
I officially know nothing about teen comedies, the only one I recognized is Veronica Mars ;)
Rebcake: btvs_spi_thumbsrebcake on March 28th, 2010 09:52 pm (UTC)
That's one down! I think all teen entertainment must, by law, contain at least one "standing up to a bully" scene. Which I think is great! A very, very essential life truth lies there. *nods sagely*
samsom: I'm your lovesamsom on March 28th, 2010 09:55 pm (UTC)
I recognized Veronica Mars and Clueless but that's about it.

Very clever idea you had there, it was fun reading and trying to suss out who's who.

And poor Buffy, always on duty, even during school. *hugs her*
Rebcake: ats_angel_pinkrebcake on March 28th, 2010 10:04 pm (UTC)
That's two! Good job!

Yep, Buffy is always on duty, which we don't really see before this episode, but I like to think she wasn't the only one standing up for the regular, human downtrodden. We can all be heroes, if we just refuse to do nothing in the face of injustice!
Barbrahirah on March 28th, 2010 10:26 pm (UTC)
There's some Glee in there if I'm not mistaken...
Rebcake: glee_resentmentrebcake on March 28th, 2010 10:48 pm (UTC)
Yep. That's three! I'll be ecstatic if anybody gets the forth one, since there is a very loose Buffy connection, though it's much older than the others.
Snicksnickfic on March 28th, 2010 11:15 pm (UTC)
Hah! I wondered if you'd realized you'd stolen a scene from Glee, but then I got to the comments and realized that yes you did. I don't recognize any of the others, but I'm curious to know who the well-dressed kid is who saves the girl over the balcony...

This was a really fun idea. :)
Rebcake: btvs_spi_biteyourtonguerebcake on March 28th, 2010 11:33 pm (UTC)
I prefer to think of it as borrowing not stealing! Heh.

The well-dressed kid is from Clueless, which you should immediately watch. It's Jane Austen's Emma plopped down in mid-1990's Beverly Hills, and the writer/director, Amy Heckerling, did an amazing job with it. It's head and shoulders above the teen comedy crowd. So playful! (It's also my favorite adaptation of Emma, bar none, and I usually go for the period stuff in a big way.)
slaymesoftlyslaymesoftly on March 28th, 2010 11:54 pm (UTC)
Hee! I loved this. Can't say I recognize very many of the characters (as in, almost none?) but it was great fun.
Rebcake: btvs_spi_hellorebcake on March 29th, 2010 12:37 am (UTC)
See? This is what I was saying about being willing to crossover, but I really like it to come from a Buffy place. I know I lose people, but hopefully it's fun enough without intimate knowledge of the source material.

Thanks for commenting!
Lexieilowyn on March 29th, 2010 01:31 am (UTC)
Wild guess: was Riff from Boy Meets World? Otherwise I caught the VM, Clueless, and Glee references right off. Simple crossovers like these are always fun. Thanks for this!
Rebcake: btvs_buf_teaserebcake on March 29th, 2010 03:12 am (UTC)
Riff from Boy Meets World?

Nope. Alas, I have no Boy Meets World reference point. You are right that Riff is the fourth crossover character, though! (And no, it's not West Side Story, either.)

I'm glad you had fun with this! Thanks for commenting!
Staringiscaringstaringiscaring on March 29th, 2010 06:21 am (UTC)
This is fun.
Rebcake: btvs_buf_slayerrebcake on March 29th, 2010 03:48 pm (UTC)
¡Yay! I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Shapinglightshapinglight on March 29th, 2010 09:10 am (UTC)
Oh dear! I've never seen any of those other teen shows and didn't recognise anyone not Buffyverse. But it was fun. Not giving in to your fears obviously works much better than MOO.
Rebcake: btvs_spi_hellorebcake on March 29th, 2010 03:58 pm (UTC)
Not giving in to your fears obviously works much better than MOO.

We do seem to have these periodic capitulations to mass hysteria; it's one of the scariest things about the human race. Fortunately, there are also lots of people willing to speak out and step up when it happens. Or at least, our stories tell us there are.

Thanks for your willingness to go with these wacky crossovers that I can't seem to stop myself from writing! (Rudolph, anyone?) So nice of you to comment!
brutti_ma_buonibrutti_ma_buoni on March 29th, 2010 06:30 pm (UTC)
Darn. Riff is unknown to me (though I did get VM and Glee, and can now see Clueless). It would be nice for Buffy to have some semi-heroic backup!
Rebcake: btvs_buf_slayerrebcake on March 29th, 2010 11:04 pm (UTC)
One person can make a difference, certainly, but it's much better when there is more than one! I like to think that her example of fearlessness encouraged others to be brave. Just look at Willow, Xander, and even more dramatic, Cordelia! She actually comes through lots of times, including in Gingerbread, when her natural impulse is not to help!
Elenamoscow_watcher on March 29th, 2010 09:18 pm (UTC)

I have to confess that I only recognized Veronica Mars...
Rebcake: btvs_spi_hellorebcake on March 29th, 2010 11:07 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for commenting, sweetie!
riccadonnariccadonna on March 29th, 2010 09:42 pm (UTC)
Do I get a dis-honorable mention for only recognize the fact that there were "imported" character to recognize? Fun concept, though.
Rebcake: btvs_cakewillowrebcake on March 29th, 2010 11:16 pm (UTC)
You get cake, because you were willing to go with it, and you commented! Thanks, sweetie!
brunettepetbrunettepet on March 30th, 2010 12:07 am (UTC)
Shoot, I only got the same ones everyone else already identified. is Riff actually the actress that was first slated to be Willow?

At first I wondered if all these groups were filmed at Torrance High School, but Neptune HS was filmed at Oceanside High. For knowing so much TV trivia, I feel I've failed with Roy and his Recking Crew!

I enjoyed walking with Buffy as she keeps the mean hallways of Sunnydale High safe from bullies everywhere! This was a lot of fun.
Rebcake: btvs_buf_not fairrebcake on March 31st, 2010 02:39 am (UTC)
*sniff* You were my last hope.

The mystery teen comedy was — drum roll, please — Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979), featuring The Ramones! Bouncy Riff Randell is the girl who is majoring in Punk Rock(TM), and the horrible hall monitors are named (much to my surprise) Fritz Hansel and Fritz Gretel! And, what do the students do to celebrate the end of school? You guessed it! Blow that mother up! It was filmed at El Segundo High, rather than Torrance High, but they might as well be the same school.

It's ridiculous and completely absurd and one of my all-time favorites. Mary Waronov as the evil principal and Paul Bartel (may he R.I.P.) as the sympathetic teacher make it even more delicious!

Roy is actually from the Buffy script, though not called by name that I can tell. I'm glad you enjoyed it, even if I am alone in my regard for classic teen cinema. *sobs*

Thanks for commenting, sweetie!
brunettepetbrunettepet on March 31st, 2010 03:34 pm (UTC)
Drat! I haven't seen "Rock 'n' Roll High School" for nearly 30 years! I need to remedy that, stat! You are not alone in your love of classic teen cinema, I'm just not a re-watcher.
Rebcake: btvs_spi_gogglesrebcake on April 5th, 2010 08:51 pm (UTC)
My obsession is such that I re-watch all sorts of things at a furious rate. And then quote them, just as obsessively. Tsk. Many movies are on annual rotation at our place. It's sort of like the old days when you could only see Sound of Music or Wizard of Oz when they were broadcast once a year, so you watched them when you could. Except we own them all now, so we don't have to, but we do anyway. ;-)
FreeSpiritbuffyangellvr23 on March 30th, 2010 03:46 am (UTC)
nice work :)
Rebcake: btvs_buf_slayerrebcake on March 31st, 2010 02:39 am (UTC)
Thanks for commenting!