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SettlementDawn didn't react, as Angel slumped to the floor, she clipped her pen neatly back onto her notes and took a seat. Slouching down into the armchair until her head rested against its back, she stared at the ceiling. That was where Spike found her when he slammed the office door open in response to the gunshot.

"You okay, Bit?" He knelt in front of her chair, running his hands over her body checking for injuries. Satisfying himself that her appendages and organs were all present and accounted for, Spike gently cupped her face in his hands until she met his eyes. "Did he hurt you, love?"

Bursting into tears, Dawn threw herself into Spike's arms, it was the first time she'd cried since the attack. He held her tightly, murmuring nonsense against her hair to comfort her.

Wesley and Gunn performed an impromptu comedy routine as they tried to enter the office at the same time. "What's going on?" They saw Angel's body bleeding into the office carpet.

Wesley turned the body over and saw the massive exit wound left but the bullet, a sight that drew an impressed whistle from Gunn. Wesley made a quiet call, summoning medical personnel and standing down security.

"Dawn, would you care to tell me what happened?" Wesley's voice was soft, measured. "Did he turn again?"

Dawn shook her head. "This was payback." She wiped her eyes with the heel of her hand.

"You could have killed him?" Wesley wasn't accusing, just stating a fact.

Dawn laughed, a hard, brittle sound. "Missed his heart. I was aiming for a lung." She glared at the body, Angel's shoulder blade was a bloody mess, looking more like meat than man. "Didn't even hit the spine, he'll be up and around in no time."

"How did you get a gun through security?" Gunn was mentally checking off possible weak spots in the company's security arrangements, wondering if he'd missed anything.

Handing over her Mont Blanc, Dawn recited her technique in a monotone. "Custom altered, single shot weapon. Runes have been engraved on the barrel to hide it from the seers. Precog threat assessment didn't see a death threat on Angel, because I didn't plan to kill him. Just make them very, very uncomfortable."

Gunn looked impressed at the calculation and planning involved. Wesley looked a little frightened. Spike, who still held Dawn held against his side, looked pleased with her.

"Angel and I have had a chat and sorted out our differences. The slate has been cleaned." Dawn handed her paperwork to Wesley. "Translations need to give the report a once over before it's passed along for further action. I'll see you in the morning Wes, I'm taking the rest of the day off."

As Spike and Dawn walked out, a small antelope rounded the corner and trotted into Angel's office.

"Was that...?"

"The Buctrosz demon come Dik Dik? Yeah." There was a muffled thump and muted swearing, it sounded like a greased pig contest was taking part inside the office. "Let's get you home and into a hot bath, love."

"Want to grab Chinese on the way home?"

"Anything you want, Nibblet." He held up a credit card. "I lifted this from his nibs, can't see him missing it any time soon."

15minuteficletsword #55: practical
Part of the Darkness!verse


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18th May, 2004 12:18 (UTC)
Ooh, Dawn. I like her planning. ^_^ Very well thought out of her.
18th May, 2004 12:32 (UTC)
Methodical, exacting and precise. With any luck enough to get her warning through to Angel's demon that he won't get off so lightly if there's a next time.
18th May, 2004 15:10 (UTC)
Man, Dawn's thorough. Loved Spike nicking the credit card, too. Those two are a great pair.
18th May, 2004 23:20 (UTC)
Nothing like taking advantage of Angel when he's down. Pleased you enjoyed.
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19th May, 2004 00:15 (UTC)
I considered it, but not knowing if bits grow back that I might need later, opted for a higher shot. Near enough to the heart to make her point, destructive enough to leave Angel incapacitated for some time.
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21st May, 2004 00:12 (UTC)
Well, technically, he's been running about in the air conditioning ducts. I like the thought of a teeny antelope evading two manly men and leaving little pellets all over Angel's office out of fear.
24th May, 2004 08:38 (UTC)
This was very enjoyable to read. I particularly liked the characterizations of Dawn and Spike; you portrayed intimate aspects of their relationship with the dialogue. Terrific job!
24th May, 2004 22:46 (UTC)
Many thanks.
26th May, 2004 01:54 (UTC)
Glad to see Angel get a bit of what he's had coming...
26th May, 2004 07:46 (UTC)
I thought so. I wonder if Angelus learns from the experience.
28th May, 2004 06:55 (UTC)
I like this. It seems to me that Angel always gets away with the things he did without a soul for the most part (see Holtz) and it's nice that someone got to him if only in a small way.

It has been where Angel is instantly considered innocent of his crimes without a soul because he uses a different name while Spike is guilty because he doesn't.

I like Dawn getting her small amount of Payback especially in a case where Buffy would be saying it wasn't his fault because he didn't have a soul at the time. Dawn has much more sense than her sister in many ways, don'tcha think?
28th May, 2004 09:53 (UTC)
Always nice to see a new face drop by.

I don't think Buffy was ever meant to be smart. As the series progressed it turned out that even Cordy was way smarter than Buffy.
16th Jul, 2004 05:55 (UTC)
And how did I miss this? *shakes head at self*

I love the thoroughness of Dawn, it makes sense. She'll more likely be the cool headed one of the Summers sisters. Besides, we know how much smarter she is than Buffy (although that isn't too hard). Still, it's almost scary how she's thought things through, shows how serious she is about getting her revenge, how she's not afraid to wait and execute it. She'll be a formidable enemy.

And Spike... hell, he's Spike. And I love him nicking the credit card *smirk*
16th Jul, 2004 06:01 (UTC)
I did enjoy letting Dawn lay in wait for her revenge. I would hope that her coldness would make an impression on Angelus, make his think twice of taking on Dawn again.

Spike's priority is to take care of Dawn, sticking it to the great poof is just a bonus. I expect there would be quite a bill run up on the card and Angel would have to accept it quietly.
16th Jul, 2004 06:04 (UTC)
Or face ye olde wrath of Dawn, I'd imagine. I wouldn't blame him for backing off. Hell, after the coldness, I'd be sure to let her do whatever she wants.
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