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CaliginosityDawn had been heading home to her apartment when she heard the footsteps. A carefully measured beat that was a fraction out of sync with her own stride, giving that slight echoing effect that at first made her think it was her own footfalls bouncing off the building walls.

Turning a corner, Dawn removed her heels and sprinted for the doorway, a stake at the ready. She held her breath as her stalker neared her hiding place, fearing that her hammering heart would betray her position and as he drew near she attacked.

With a yell she swept the man's feet out from under him and kicked him in the balls before taking off towards home.


The sound of her name brought her up short. Dawn turned back to the groaning man. "Angel?"

"Sorry..." He winced in pain. "...to scare you. I didn't know you were in LA."

Dawn stood over Angel, arms folded across her chest. "You didn't have to scare the daylights out of me."

Slowly getting to his feet, Angel held out a hand. "Truce?" Dawn accepted with a nod. "How about I make it up to you with a drink? We can catch up."

Dawn's mouth felt like something had crawled inside and died. She moved her tongue experimentally and decided it was definitely the culprit. Sometime during the night it had been transformed into a small furry animal and promptly died. Still coming to grips with gerbil tongue, she reached for a glass of water and discovered that she couldn't. Her arms didn't seem to be working.

Finally opening her eyes, Dawn noticed that her apartment ceiling had gained an ornate plaster rosette. "Hey." She tried to get up, but her bound hands and feet didn't allow her to get very far.

"Huh." Angel produced a small bottle, examined the label and replaced it in his pocket. "The boys in the lab said it would last longer than that, must be a Summer's thing."

"What's going on?" Dawn wasn't stupid, it wasn't the first time in her life that she'd seen Angelus in ascendance.

Angelus laughed. "Not one for the usual victim banter. I'd forgotten you were the smart one." He drew a knife from his jacket and Dawn's eyes widened. "Don't think you're getting off that easy. If I wanted you dead, you'd be cooling rapidly in that alley I found you in."

Cutting the ropes that bound Dawn's feet, Angelus roughly pulled her legs apart. "Let's see if you scream like your sister."

Angelus crawled up the bed, forcing her legs further apart and started to slice her clothes away.

Dawn closed her eyes and wished she had staked him in the alley. She swore to herself that she wouldn't give him the satisfaction of screaming, that was when the blade bit deep into the flesh below her rib.

dacie429's birthday challenge — dawn/angelus, dark
Part of the Darkness!verse


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5th May, 2004 12:59 (UTC)
Holy...! *grabs computer screen* Yes, ma'am, please, may I have some more? Yikes!
5th May, 2004 13:10 (UTC)
Up to dacie429, it's her birthday present.

I had to shackle the muse in the corner, it kept trying to get Spike to ride to the rescue.
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6th May, 2004 01:48 (UTC)
Will do continuation soon. Muse is mightly pissed, so I'd better let it take a crack at a follow up.
5th May, 2004 18:19 (UTC)
*Gasp* I don't even like Dawn and I want Spike to leap heroically to the rescue!
6th May, 2004 01:50 (UTC)
Strong reactions to this lump of story. The lovely dacie429 asked for a screwed up relationship, looks like this filled her request admirably.
5th May, 2004 19:07 (UTC)
"Up to dacie429, it's her birthday present."

do you even have to ask?! This was brilliant! I feel like I've died and gone vampy! *tackles you to the ground* I love it so much! I heart you bunches and bunches! I feel so special now! Aww, write more. You can let Spike save the day! Do whatever youw ant, just write me more!

love love love,
6th May, 2004 01:52 (UTC)
I take it that means you liked it.

Have ideas for a continuation that I'll probably do tonight, there's something like a 17 hour time difference between us, so make of that what you will. I have an overwhelming urge for ff.net maintenance.
7th May, 2004 17:33 (UTC)
Oh, holy mother of...

The suspense is killing me.
8th May, 2004 01:45 (UTC)
Muse is not co-operating on this. I knew there was a reason I enjoyed the challenges.
10th May, 2004 18:43 (UTC)
*it wasn't the first time in her life that she'd seen Angelus in ascendance.* This line is stunning. So is the rest of the piece but just adored that line. So I thought I'd tell you that.
11th May, 2004 01:53 (UTC)
Many thanks and I appreciate you taking the time to tell me.
13th Dec, 2004 04:44 (UTC)
Oh my goodness. I forgot how much I eff'ing love this fic. You drive me insane. Please lend me some of your genius. My heart is so mushy because you wrote me such a wonderful fic. Please write more. *puppy dog eyes*

love love super love,
13th Dec, 2004 05:22 (UTC)
Really happy that you liked it.

Don't know if you saw the rest, but there ended up being six parts in all to this story, they're listed under Darkness!verse.
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