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MilkshakesTara met Dawn after school as she did a little grocery shopping — Weet-a-bix, milk and blood for Spike — and picked up her laundry. After getting the chores out of the way, they ended up at the café drinking enormous milkshakes.

"So, you and Spike are doing fine?"

Dawn prodded her shake with the straw, scraping bubbles off the side of the glass. "He's still a bit down, but we're getting there."

Tara could see that Dawn was happy and she was doing well at school, but she was still worried at living with Spike. "You'll be moving back home soon then?"

Dawn shook her head. "I don't think so." He'd never admit it, but over the years she'd learned that Spike wasn't really good at being on his own. The only other option was if they both lived at her house, but the prospect of Spike and Buffy living together under the same roof was just asking for trouble.

Tara sipped her milkshake, looking up at Dawn through a curtain of her hair. "Isn't it a little strange sharing his bed?"

Dawn snorted, managing to make milk come out her nose, which sent her into giggles. "We share the bed, we're rarely in it at the same time. Human, vampire, opposing sleeping schedules."

"Oh." Tara smiled shyly at Dawn's teasing. "But your relationship is going to get a little complicated?"

Dawn checked off points with her fingers. "Buffy managed to desoul Angel when she was younger than I am now. The choice between experienced older guy and groping, drooling high school boy is a no-brainer. Buffy is possibly the world's worst actor, so from what I've been unfortunate enough to overhear, Spike knows what he's doing. Plus there's the bonus that he can't knock me up." Dawn took the straw out of the glass and licked milk bubbles off its length.

"Dawn!" Tara choked on her milkshake.

Dawn was laughing so hard she nearly fell off her chair. "I'm sorry, Tara. I know that was mean, but you should have seen your face."

Tara threw a handful of sugar packets at her head and joined in the giggle fest. "Still, I do remember how awful high school boys were, so you might be onto something."

Dawn grinned in delight. "I'll bear it in mind."


15minuteficletsword #50: abandoned
Part of the Alley!verse

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eurothrashed
13th Apr, 2004 04:28 (UTC)
Again with the dopey smile.

"Buffy managed to desoul Angel when she was younger than I am now. The choice between experienced older guy and groping, drooling high school boy is a no-brainer. Buffy is possibly the world's worst actor, so from what I've been unfortunate enough to overhear, Spike knows what he's doing. Plus there's the bonus that he can't knock me up."

Sounds like Dawn's done a lot of thinking on the subject. ^_~
redwolf
13th Apr, 2004 04:41 (UTC)
It does, doesn't it. She's a practical kind of girl.
willshenilshe
13th Apr, 2004 10:53 (UTC)
*delighted and tickled, almost too much for words*

That was wonderful! Gorgeous interaction between the two. Could be my favorite yet. :-)
redwolf
13th Apr, 2004 11:53 (UTC)
I think I shall leave this as a nice playful finale for the Alley!verse. My muse tells me it's time to play with Dru for a while.
willshenilshe
13th Apr, 2004 12:09 (UTC)
Oh, now that I'll be looking forward to!
snowpuppies
13th Apr, 2004 11:02 (UTC)
CuteCuteCute!

Always a sucker for Dawn & Tara interaction.
I love Tara. ::sigh::
I love Dawn. ::sigh::
I love Spike. ::sigh::

This is making me all squishy and gooey, I hope you know.

::licks::
redwolf
13th Apr, 2004 11:59 (UTC)
Glad to have given you squishy feelings. Puppy kisses are always appreciated. ::wags tail::
edenfalling
13th Apr, 2004 12:52 (UTC)
He'd never admit it, but over the years she'd learned that Spike wasn't really good at being on his own.

True, that.

Love the fic, am sad about this being the end of the Alley!verse, and am looking forward to Dru!fic.
redwolf
13th Apr, 2004 22:23 (UTC)
Pleased you've enjoyed the Alley!verse. Hopefully the Dru adventures will prove as much fun.
jetis
13th Apr, 2004 19:24 (UTC)
The end? Well, that's okay. It ended on a positive note; what more could I ask for? But stil...I'd like to see Buffy really get what's coming to her...

Dawn. Can I say how much I love her? She's playful and witty, and I enjoy seeing her paired with Spike, who could benefit from a nice femme every once in a while. (and may I add that she has a fabulous name...)
redwolf
13th Apr, 2004 22:27 (UTC)
I needed to end the Alley!verse before the muse went nuts and did something silly. As enjoyable as Buffy slaughter and a Spike, Dawn, Tara threesome would be, I don't think I could have worked it into the story cleanly.

Perhaps Dawns are just naturally witty and playful. You'll have to have a chat with other Dawn about sharing her Spike.
chessie_reeves
16th Apr, 2004 11:04 (UTC)
You did a really great job with the dialogue in your ficlet. It flowed well, and the humorous touches made it an enjoyable read. :)

Chessie
redwolf
17th Apr, 2004 01:25 (UTC)
Many thanks. This was the last is a series of dark and angsty drabbles and ficlets, and I was glad to be able to end it with a little humour.
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