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ConsequencesThe car made grinding noises as Spike gingerly drove it home. Dawn's driving lesson had not been kind to Xander's car and it was a safe bet that the gearbox was history.

Spike glanced at the girl in the passenger seat. Dawn was trying her best to look chastened by the mayhem she had caused, but every so often he caught a glimpse of smug self-satisfaction flitting across her face.

"You do know that you will be explaining the car to his nibs?" Spike explained with a stern glare, Dawn composed her face into an appropriate expression of understanding, with just the right hint of pleading thrown in for good measure. "And don't think bloody cow eyes will work this time, my girl."

Dawn pouted, purely by force of habit. "Yeah, worth a try though. Do you think he'll buy that it just broke?" Her hopes were dashed by Spike's look of incredulity. "Me neither."

Spike pulled the car into the drive and they walked around the house, hoping to avoid any questions until morning. The plan would have worked if Buffy and Xander weren't sitting in the kitchen waiting for their return.

"So, I take it that all evidence of demon has been removed from the trunk." Xander directed his veiled accusation at Spike.

"Yes." Spike nudged Dawn and she stumbled forward slightly, her eyes not leaving the floor.

"We buried the demon. On the way back, Spike gave me a driving lesson and IthinkIkilledyourcar." Dawn squeaked the last part out, before running out the room and thundering up the stairs. The slam of her bedroom door, ending the shocked silence in the kitchen.

"You gave my sister a driving lesson?"

"You gave Dawn a driving lesson in my car?"

Wishing he could have followed Dawn into hiding, Spike took a deep breath. "She was doing really well until she wiped out the bins and totalled a driveway." He realised that his explanation wasn't helping his cause and opted for silence. An ear-splitting scream sounded from upstairs, Buffy and Xander rushed to see what had frightened Dawn and Spike used the diversion to make his getaway.

Looking up at Dawn's window as he left, Spike returned her wave and mouthed his thanks before disappearing into the night.

15minuteficletsword #45: misdirection
Part of the Training!verse


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9th Mar, 2004 11:11 (UTC)
*delighted* God, I love these continuing adventures you have going! They killed the car... that's priceless - and reminds me all too much of my own driving lessons... ;)
9th Mar, 2004 11:28 (UTC)
Glad you've enjoyed this adventure.

In my case the car survived, but I almost gave my teacher heart failure. Teaching friends and family to drive never works out well.
9th Mar, 2004 16:32 (UTC)
I've really been enjoying this series. I love the trouble these two get into. This one was just classic. The practiced expressions, the diversionary tactics. Love it!
10th Mar, 2004 00:29 (UTC)
Many thanks, it has been a fun series to write.
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10th Mar, 2004 00:32 (UTC)
Knowing your driving instructor is a recipe for stress for all involved. I still don't have a car licence, mostly because I hated driving so much, but did my motorcycle licence.
10th Mar, 2004 07:25 (UTC)
Although heaps of people have said it before, I'll say it again. I really wish you'd do a bigger piece. You just like teasing me with Spawny-ness, don't you? But I like how you've joined all your stories together. I love them a lot, they make me laugh ^_^.
10th Mar, 2004 07:58 (UTC)
Why yes, yes I do. I love teasing you with Spawny goodness. ::evil laugh:: I glad you've enjoyed this series, which oddly enough, all started with a chainsaw.
10th Mar, 2004 14:13 (UTC)
Very cool. Spike and Dawn being sneaky together -- always fun! Especially taking advantage of the whole OhmygodDawn'sintrouble reaction everyone in Sunnydale seems to have.
11th Mar, 2004 01:28 (UTC)
I'm sure she has an award winning acting performance about the large, hairy spider that scuttled under the bed ready for when Buffy and Xander burst into her room. I can't see Dawn giving up such a handy advantage.
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12th Mar, 2004 00:49 (UTC)
Thank you. Dawn is the clever little minx, using Buffy's over-protectiveness to bail out a mate.
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