Black Magic White Lies, chapter 18

Sep 28, 2009 10:41

Title: Black Magic White Lies
Chapter 18 - In Which "The" Lie Is Finally Set At Rest
Timeline: BtVS, alternate season 5
Genre: drama, mystery, action
Characters, pairing: general, Xander/Faith
Rating: R (for intense situations).
Summary: Alternate BtVS season 5. Xander thinks he has a little secret. He doesn't know that his little secret is a ( Read more... )

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angearia September 28 2009, 07:05:02 UTC
Love it! The tension between everyone is twisting, coiling tighter and tighter. An informer among you. Awesome.

Ren Faire reject - you used it! Or did you have it before? Cool. :)

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moscow_watcher September 28 2009, 07:30:57 UTC
Thank you, honey! I strived for the downward spiral effect - hope it works.

Ren Faire reject - you used it! Or did you have it before?

I believe it's the first time. I liked the expression in "Spiral" when Spike says to Xander "Nothing compared to the little bits we're all going to get chopped into when the Renaissance Fair kicks the door in" but I had to research to understand the context. Deird1 advised me to abbreviate it to Ren Faire.

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angearia September 28 2009, 07:33:33 UTC
Oh, haha! I was wondering because I'd sent you the nickname too over the last chapter. Synchronous thought, there.

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moscow_watcher September 28 2009, 07:32:53 UTC
Thank you! Tune in next Monday!

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rebcake September 28 2009, 07:24:10 UTC
Seasons 5, 6, & 7 are collapsing into each other! Niiiice.

I'm bummed that Faith is missing all this intrigue. I'm sure she'd have something to say about it!

¡Yay! That everybody, even Spike, was able to turn Buffy from the baby slayage. Vary bad juju, baby slayage.

*waits anxiously for next week's exciting installment*

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moscow_watcher September 28 2009, 07:48:31 UTC
Thank you, honey!

I'm bummed that Faith is missing all this intrigue. I'm sure she'd have something to say about it!

I honestly tried to insert her into the scene, but I realized that Faith has nothing interesting to say re *the* lie, or Willow's magic addiction, or the possible identity of the traitor. So I decided to switch her off and use her state to highlight Xander's utter solitude and his unselfishness. He's not doing it to impress Faith. He's doing it because it's the right thing to do. (Not unlike Spike who was babysitting Dawn when Buffy was dead: he wasn't doing it to impress Buffy, he just cound't act differently.)

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xc_runner50 September 28 2009, 07:35:56 UTC
Oh this is good. The informer is among you. I bet Spike raises hand and gives himself up, but then no one believes him poor Spike.

I vote against baby killing. Bad mojo no matter what way you spin it.

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moscow_watcher September 28 2009, 07:55:06 UTC
Thank you!

I bet Spike raises hand and gives himself up, but then no one believes him poor Spike.

Heee! Spike's tongue always gets him in trouble!

I vote against baby killing. Bad mojo no matter what way you spin it.

I totally agree with you. But I strived for a situation that doesn't have cop-outs. So - "don't ask for whom the bell tolls..."

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keith5by5 September 28 2009, 07:50:41 UTC

"Because I was scared. Because Buffy had failed to kill him once, and it cost us dearly. Because I didn't want her dead."

So right, so true. Well except the third sentence! :D

"I tell you this," Xander says hoarsely. "You kill an innocent baby and that is the beginning of the end of the world."

That's also true. Buffy for once was right when she refused to kill Dawn to save the world and is utterly wrong to think that just because the child is unimportant to HER, its death doesn't matter. The world is ultimately corrupted by the murder of an innocent to save it.

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moscow_watcher September 28 2009, 08:07:40 UTC
Well except the third sentence! :D

Is that sarcasm? :)

That's also true. Buffy for once was right when she refused to kill Dawn to save the world and is utterly wrong to think that just because the child is unimportant to HER, its death doesn't matter. The world is ultimately corrupted by the murder of an innocent to save it.

Buffy is in a horrible situation. Either she kills her friend or she doesn't stop the world's end. It's a lose-lose. No matter what she does she's a bad guy. No wonder she totally hates the situation and snaps at everybody.

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keith5by5 September 28 2009, 08:26:26 UTC
"Is that sarcasm? :)"

Nope, I cared about the world. By this point in canon I couldn't care less about Buffy, just her and Angelus' victims.

"Buffy is in a horrible situation. Either she kills her friend or she doesn't stop the world's end. It's a lose-lose. No matter what she does she's a bad guy. No wonder she totally hates the situation and snaps at everybody."

Shrug. She wouldn't even consider it when it was her innocent sister, when it's Faith's innocent baby it's slash, slash until Xander stands up to her.

Unsurprisingly, no sympathy. :D

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skarman September 28 2009, 16:41:24 UTC
It's one thing to send soldiers into a hopeless battle, holding off the enemy, knowing that they'll all die, but that their sacrifice means you'll be able to save a lot more people, then it is to calmly kill an innocent because in doing so, you're saving the world ( ... )

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