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Title: Buffy: True Dreams
Pairings: None
Rating: G
Warnings: Spoilers (seasons 5 & 6)
Author's Note: This is for the flash fan fiction prompt, “El Dias de los Muertos,” aka the Day of the Dead. This has some pretty major spoilers for season 5 and 6 of Buffy. One of the spoilers isn't spelled out, but it's hinted at heavily. Word count: 409.


“I'm dreaming,” Buffy said.

“Yes, honey,” Joyce agreed, gazing upon her daughter, “but that doesn't mean this isn't real.”

“Figures. More wacky fun courtesy of my Slayerness.” She glanced around. They sat in the living room, their legs curled up under blankets, steaming cups of hot cocoa nearby. “So, when are the prophecies going to start? Because, right now, not much Slayer-sense tinglage going on. Although,” Buffy amended, “I could do with more futures like this.”

“This was always nice,” her mother said, smiling. “I miss this.”

“So, prophecise me.” Buffy's eyes swept the room.

“You're always moving forward, looking for danger. Don't you want to relax?”

“I can't. It's kinda a Slayer thing. I relax, people die.”

“You died. Again.” Joyce looked away, eyes down.

“I'm sorry.” Buffy shrugged, unsure what to say. “I …”

“No, don't be. It's okay. I understand.” The older woman turned back and mustered a smile. “The thought of any harm coming to you … it's a mom thing.”

Buffy looked down. “I – I understand. Not the mom thing, but the caring.”

“I know, honey. I know.” Joyce reached over and squeezed her daughter's hand. “How are things with you?”

Buffy opened her mouth, a happy lie ready to slip out, but paused. “It's … hard. Everything. I was … where I was, in the light. But they dragged me back here, to the darkness. Nothing matters now. I can't care. I try, and I can't.” Buffy took a deep breath. “I want it back. Back the way it was before the monsters, and the fighting. Before the Slaying. I want the light back. I want you back.”

Joyce brushed a lock of Buffy's hair back. “Honey, there's no easy answers. Living is hard. I know where you were. I know the light. But you have eternity for that. It'll wait. But Dawn, your friends, the world, they need you now. For now, be there for them.”

“I miss you, mom. So much.” A tear slipped down Buffy's cheek.

“I miss you too. But I can wait.” She wrapped her arms around her daughter. The two women clung to each other in a tight embrace.


Buffy shifted in her sleep. The dream of her mother faded away. On her nightstand, the clock ticked over to midnight, drawing the final day of el Dia de los Muertos to a close.

This has some big Buffy spoilers from seasons 5 and 6, but the series has been out for years so I'm too worried about pasting warnings everywhere. I'm not going to spell out all of them here, although Joyce says one in the fic.

Explanation - El Dias de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) are the days where the spirit world and the physical world are the closest they will ever be during the year. With Buffy being the Slayer and consistantly having prophetic dreams, I thought it was reasonable that her mom might come and visit during this time.

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winterwolf71 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
very good. and I think this fits well into the story arc
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! :hug:
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winterwolf71 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Your welcome
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SilverTop Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Poor Buffy, being a powerful defender of the light and kicking (you know what), isn't as glamous as what some people would think.  Good story! +fav 
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That was one of my favorite aspects of the show: she was always so human, despite all her strength and power. :nod:
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SilverTop Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's what made it a such good series.
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Agreed. Joss Whedon is an incredible story teller.
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Decadent-Depraved Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Student Writer
I need to watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer. V.V It's one of the few cult classics that's slipped under my radar.
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer

You haven't seen Buffy?!?!? And you call yourself a Whedon fan? :omfg:

Buffy introduced me to Joss' wicked sense of humor and story-telling (and character killing ... dammit). I still love him, but ... dammit. :roll: Y'know, if I ever met the guy I'd probably hug him, then punch him. Oh, and then be arrested.

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Decadent-Depraved Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Student Writer

I'm sorry! You have to remember, I was only about 6 when it came out!

 

lol That would probably be about how it would go down. I would just smile and shake his hand, but then it would degenerate into me gripping way too hard and leering at him.

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