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[fic] slipping right down

btvs.Buffy
fic: blurring the lines: slipping right down (ao3)
fandom: BtVS
pairing: Buffy/Tara, Dawn
word count: ~1,000
summary: Buffy's memories continue to blur between realities and Tara searches for a cure
a/n: I forgot about my little ficlet blurring the lines, but red_satin_doll's top 5 Buffy/Tara rec post reminded me and I decided sporadically that I had more to say.


Sometimes there is darkness.

And.
(Full-stop.)

Sometimes there is light.

Mostly there is darkness and light all at once and it is blinding and intoxicating and it kills and it baptizes and it is the mouth of hell but it already spit them out once so let's just stand here and fight and laugh into the face of it because why not?

Sometimes there are memories that don't belong.

Sometimes there is clarity.



(Full-stop.)

Begin again.

Sometimes there are memories of a life alone in a big house with a mother that smiles and frowns and cries and laughs and begs and shouts and raises an ax because that's what mothers do but there are only two and there are less shadows only more shadows and the floorboards creak when no one is there as if anticipating a different life but these are the memories and she feels them, empty.

Sometimes there are memories with a man's smiling face and he kisses her but he doesn't try to kill her (that's new) and everything is the same and no one is missing but at night the man wraps his arms around her and she is restless and can't feel them and that is what is wrong so she throws herself into the night and the clarity is that something is still missing even if no one is missing.



Mostly there is clarity,

Mostly there is her crooked smile over Dawn's burned pancakes and oh sweetie these are great! with no sarcasm because we don't do sarcasm here there's no room for it because there's softball practice  scooby meetings  track practice  sleepovers  science fairs  slaying  staying up nights on the porch fingers intertwined just to hear the sun wake the world up.



She fusses because something is wrong and there are worry lines and Buffy reaches up to touch them and she loves that she can reach up to that face but still feel stronger without feeling guilty or like she should apologize for being so small and so strong and the tall one is supposed to be strong but they are both strong and there's steel in that crooked smile you just can't feel it with your hands it's all in the heart and they fit and she fits and she's not too much and she's not too little she's just right she's enough and she smiles and shrugs because there's nothing wrong everything is just right and that's wrong there's just nothing to slay.

She stays up late and is at the kitchen table with books and candles for light which makes Buffy laugh in the doorway after slaying and she wakes up Dawn and they have midnight cocoa and cookies and no one mentions Dawn's perfect eyeliner or dancing boots and no one mentions the bags under her eyes or the manic edge to Buffy's laugh because it's midnight cocoa time but she stays there and it's research mode and no one stops pretending it's just another scooby task.




Sometimes Buffy watches her dance with a girl with red hair and a too-bright smile and they sway and look happy and Buffy isn't allowed to touch and she cries out and screams and screams and no one can hear her because she's not supposed to see this this isn't her world only it's someone's world and she doesn't like it, it's not supposed to be this way because this world ends in blood and hers can't.

It can't.


This is borrowed time. You'll leave me.

Why would I leave you?

Because you don't belong to me.

Says who?

Says the other world.





She stops sleeping altogether and then everyone notices and Willow is called in from Oxford and Fred is put on speaker phone and the conclusion is vacation and Buffy is ecstatic (when do Slayers get vacations?) and Dawn types up several itineraries and packs extra sunscreen and the bus never knew what hit them and they are happy and their fingers are all curled up inside each other and she gets a tan and Buffy's cheeks hurt from smiling.


Buffy doesn't sleep much now that the Hellmouth is closed and the slaying is so sparse and there's no good demon activity anymore and so she picks up hobbies and the floors are littered with her discarded projects and paints and yarns and bits of wood and piles of stickers (hobbies are so expensive let's not have them anymore) but the emptiness never fades and she slips more easily the less there is to do and worries she may get caught there.


Because Slayers are built for action and for war and without war there is nothing but the vastness of the mind.

No one considered the mind of a Slayer because the war isn't supposed to end.



Am I dead there?

Sometimes. Mostly... Yes.

Do you love me there.

You belong to someone else.

Did you mourn me there.

I mourn you every day.

I'm right here.

Not always.





They know the answer within short order and it's not in a book and that's the trouble because the answer is nearing seventeen and the captain of the softball team and has a track scholarship in the wings and probably won't be Prom Queen but she'll have a nice time and there'll be a limo and she's talking about a nice dress and none of her friends have been eaten in a while and here she's not best friends with a vampire and here she has a nice, steady girlfriend with dark hair and thin lips and steady hands and there she was alone and here her hair is shorter but there she cried more and they know the answer but they don't share it because there's time yet to ruin a life with truths.


They know the question and the question burnt nutella into the waffle iron again this morning but the answer is nothing they can face so they pretend they don't know.


And Buffy keeps slipping and the lines keep blurring and they keep holding on tight.



I met your family there once.

You are my family.

That's not how it always goes.

But that's how it always ends.












(my abuse of English grammar/punctuation continues and my inability to respond to comments or do anything other than lurk and write abusive emotional-fic continues right along with it)

Comments

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red_satin_doll
Jan. 9th, 2014 05:49 pm (UTC)
My email alerted me to this, yay! (And to your Dawn meta which I have yet to respond - and want to.)

I'm super-flattered that our conversations and my comments on Bt5 have inspired/motivated you. This feels like a gift and makes me so happy. (I wasn't kidding when I said "more, please"!) So thank you.

And now I still want more of this. You've combined my OTF(amily), Buffy's depression, Keyverse AND Normal!Again verse into something unique - every bit of that is hitting my buttons.

There are times reading these two stories of yours that I'm not sure whose POV, or sure who is saying what in the dialogue exchanges, and in a way that's a strength. These stories feel slippery, ghostly, as fluid as a silk scarf running across one's fingers or a leaf blown in the wind. But there's physicality too, something grounding it: Dawn has no dialogue here but her enthusiasm and energy is evident, as is Tara and Buffy's efforts to connect with her and each other.

And the fact that I can read any one individual line of dialogue in both these stories as being spoken by either Tara or Buffy has turned out to be one of my favorite things; part of what keeps me coming back and re-reading.

I doubt you'll have time to write more but THANK YOU for doing this.
kwritten
Jan. 9th, 2014 06:07 pm (UTC)
(And to your Dawn meta which I have yet to respond - and want to.)
(Take your time - I'm escaping the city for the weekend on a teacher's get-away so I won't be around for a few days.)

We don't speak of your compliments because crying is unattractive at 1am

And now I still want more of this.
heh. actually - me too? I didn't think that I did, but writing it felt like there was a lot more to say. Unfortunately, the poesy-form doesn't give me much room to play around. It's very stuck in that liminal place and I feel like anything more solid would be pulling back from that?

These stories feel slippery... But there's physicality too, something grounding it
I'm glad you can sense this!

Dawn has no dialogue here but her enthusiasm and energy is evident
I like the idea of Dawn being a shadow in this piece, because so much of what is happening is because she's not-quite real. But she makes up her space, still. She takes over.

I really love how Dawn works spatially in-canon and this is the first time I've tried to express that in fic. So yay.

((Also sporty!Dawn is apparently right there in my AU!kink-feels with jogging!Ginny Weasely. I really, really love athleticism - especially since television does not allow very many teen-female characters to express sportiness? How many males on tv live their life for their team? How many females are placed in sports, but the plotline is dropped/forgotten/a show-piece for skimpy clothing and locker scenes? I love the idea of turning girls you wouldn't think of as athletic and giving them a sporty/athletic/active hobby; because we so rarely get to see that in female characters.))

as being spoken by either Tara or Buffy
Totally unintentional and takes me by surprise every time.

THANK YOU for being so lovely! This was a delight to write!

{{hugs}}
red_satin_doll
Jan. 9th, 2014 07:29 pm (UTC)
I have so many FEELS I can
Unfortunately, the poesy-form doesn't give me much room to play around. It's very stuck in that liminal place and I feel like anything more solid would be pulling back from that?

I can see more Dawnness/Keyness going forward. It might slowly become more "solid" - or the other way around, less solid, most of a whisp, Buffy unstable, lost in her mind; etc. The power of Key seems to be the Key, literally and which way Dawn goes: making herself more real or giving herself over back to the full energetic power within her?

When I read blurring the lines I wasn't sure how Keyness came into it except for that one mention of "the Key" (how was it ACTUALLY affecting Buffy's mind? Which is an area I'm fascinated by right now and need to start writing meta on rather than long comments. BUT - I think elisi (?) wondered how having memories stuffed into her (and taken out by Angel and later Willow, etc, or Willow's other mind spells) would mess with Buffy's brain - with her wiring, literally; does that actually make her existing mental "instability/illness" that much worse or more likely?

The same true of Dawn - what does that sort of thing do to a person, having all that contained power that is supressed? I prefer to think it isn't gone at all. (Energy cannot be destroyed it can only be transformed). btvs (the tv show) is pretty clear most of the time that simply surpressing things rather than dealing with them never works out in the end.

Of course I'm leaving Tara out of this equation; my Tara is a good person to the core -the empress of the Tarot card; passive at times but learning how to be protective in active ways, stand up for other people, but she's not a perfect all-knowing saint by any means. She can be dogmatic and rigidly adhere to "tradition" even as she rejects it, thanks to her family. She can overlook things (fail to see what Buffy's going through emotionally); she coddles and babies Dawn a bit after the Gift, to Dawn's detriment I think.

But she makes up her space, still. She takes over.

I wrote some post-chosen fanfic last year after the apartment fire and I wrote Dawn for the first time - you inspired that btw. She talks Giles into taking Buffy to England and he notices when she walks into the room she fills the space. He's trying to remain in control as an adult, but she's the one holding the reins. And it's not Keyness (I don't think) it's just HER. I didn't think I could but it turns out she's SO MUCH FUN to write.

we so rarely get to see that in female characters.

EXACTLY. Btvs of course is a prime example; the only competitive options for the girls are cheerleading and prom queen. Even in the '90's that's pretty regressive; now there is just NO excuse.women athletes are really "starting" to become more visible at all levels - the US Women's soccer team, the CT University women's basketball team has a huge following here. etc. And this is also decades after Title X was supposed to guarantee parity in women's college sports funding - which still has not happened in most instances.

Totally unintentional

Happy accidents are the best thing ever. Full disclosure: when I read blurring the first time on AO3; I was going to ask you questions about who was saying what or what was happening, when did this take place etc because I didn't understand it but I felt too shy to do so. My hang-up: I didn't want to look stupid. So I kept going back to it and that became the hook because it made me want to look deeper. Sometimes not understanding IS the point.

I was going to add just one concrit, that some of the prose bits of the new one, the "run on" sentences (shades of Mrs Dalloway, actually) sometimes seemed too long or too fast, too "much". Occasionally I wished they were shorter or broken down into smaller paragraphs...but then, that objection went away as I read the story and got into the flow of it. You set that up in chapter 1 with Buffy all but crawling the walls, so here it's her mind buzzing; so I think she's less "lethargic" here than she was in canon S6?

Edited at 2014-01-09 08:04 pm (UTC)
kwritten
Jan. 9th, 2014 11:00 pm (UTC)
Re: I have so many FEELS I can
I have ten minutes and then a massive weekend begins (and I promise to respond to everything else as soon as I get back) but I wanted to say this:

sometimes seemed too long or too fast, too "much".
In the paragraph about domestic reality - with the long list: " because there's softball practice scooby meetings track practice sleepovers science fairs slaying staying up nights on the porch fingers intertwined just to hear the sun wake the world up." I had a series of "and"'s separating the list, to drive up the rhythm. But it was too fast (as you say), so I took them out. But commas also didn't work, it made them sound plodding, like a grocery list instead of a description. And I thought about making them ee cummings-style one-word ("eddieandbill" // "bettyandisbel ")) but there are just certain things I have to leave to poetry and felt like that would be too much. So I left it just as words with nothing to separate them, so that it would feel like the world and not a list and not one thing, but all the things blurring together and being what they are; but no rush. Like daily events that happen as they happen. And it was hard to make myself leave that "list" like that - but I didn't want it to feel like a list.

So yes, I agree with you. There were parts that felt like too much - and this one moves along much faster.

But also the "Full stop." - I wanted it to feel a bit like someone (Buffy or Tara) was trying to make sense of what was happening, like they were writing facts down and trying to sort it out. Anyway, I wanted form to be a present indicator: we know the narrator understands that sentences are formed and stop, there's a reason why they don't... sort of.

So anyway... I thought that writing-process tidbit would make sense/be of interest to you. :)


((WANT TO ANSWER THE REST BUT MUST DASH OFF TO WORK AND A CRAZY WEEKEND! LOVE FOREVER THANK YOU FOR THE PERFECT COMMENTS!))

I HATE MY TIMEZONE
red_satin_doll
Jan. 9th, 2014 11:22 pm (UTC)
Re: I have so many FEELS I can
That first paragraph you quote actually is past the point where my brain had already made the "switchover", was falling into the flow of the words. I didn't think the form was accidental by any means. that's why I re-read it and realized that yes, the form does work if I let it happen, let it flow and it does, it's sort of hynotic. Which I also tried to express but maybe didn't quite?

The comparison to Mrs Dalloway I made was that one page (in my friend's copy) in which one page is a single sentence (Woolf does use commas in it, but an entire sentence that's a page long and swoops and curls and then - finally, period. Breaks every rule they ever taught us in school and it took my breathe away it felt so - audacious, nearly a century later.

I'm glad you didn't go ee cummings on this. Readibility, clarity and legibility are important to me because of my eyesight (and seizure disorder.)

But commas also didn't work, it made them sound plodding, like a grocery list instead of a description.

I'm not sure "where" this story falls in relation to the series canon (I assumed it was already in S7 because you mentioned tara doesn't die in SR, so from that I assumed after SR not before. I'm not sure it matters though anyway.)

But I think what you're doing here is creating a different feel from canon depressed Buffy S6; a plodding list would make sense in that context, but this seems to be Buffy in a more manic phase? But you say "no rush" - but there is a feel of that, but then life can be a rush even at it's most daily and especially so - if Buffy and Tara are "in it" in some way, trying to participate and not off hiding, not lethargic.

You know how it is when life is going fast and your thoughts are too and they sync up together but what caused what and how do you slow it down? Slow down the activity or slow down the thoughts?

like they were writing facts down and trying to sort it out.

When we had the fire in August I wrote diary entries for the first time in years, for about one week, because the chaos and pain was too much to handle

In my headcanon Buffy burned her diaries after GD when Angel left ("Sort of a "I graduated and my ex-boyfriend left town" ritual. It seemed like the thing to do.") And the present that Tara gives her in OAFA, which we never get to see, is a new diary and pen. Something to help Buffy sort her thoughts. Maybe with a music CD; I don't see her giving Buffy anything like a book of sayings and cliches or a self-help book. (I remember Buffy loved poetry esp haikus in S5; I can see that fitting her sort of terse, snappy wit and style of communication - no wasted words - and I love the idea of her writing them as well. What would they look like?

I also imagined that Tara and Willow might have been writing and collecting spells with an eye to maybe publishing someday (those sorts of books were very popular when I was in college anyway); but even without Willow I can see Tara as someone who might write, who might have a letter from her mother, along with a cherished, battered photo album, and someone who is a reader.

I'm just babbling now, clearly. Anyhoo, thank you for sharing your process; I don't think I could ever articulate mine so clearly!
clockwork_hart1
Jan. 12th, 2014 01:58 pm (UTC)
Re: I have so many FEELS I can
And the present that Tara gives her in OAFA, which we never get to see, is a new diary and pen. Something to help Buffy sort her thoughts. Maybe with a music CD; I don't see her giving Buffy anything like a book of sayings and cliches or a self-help book. (I remember Buffy loved poetry esp haikus in S5; I can see that fitting her sort of terse, snappy wit and style of communication - no wasted words - and I love the idea of her writing them as well. What would they look like?

You give me ideas... S5-6, maybe 7 and all her disassociation through poetry?

(oh God, imagine SR)
red_satin_doll
Jan. 12th, 2014 06:25 pm (UTC)
Re: I have so many FEELS I can
and all her disassociation through poetry?

(oh God, imagine SR)

OH...I can't imagine that experience or even how to write about it in the way you suggest - which means you'll get it perfect.

And after other events across the series: Prophecy Girl, Innocence, etc.

I think your story post-The Body fic for Lynzie's prompt fits this idea or "series" because the way it reads it could be a diary or journal entry.

This is somewhat of a bunny trail, something I've wanted to do meta about: You've just reminded me of a post-series story by Aisalynn on AO3, "Morning Routine" in which Buffy and Spike realize that they both have lingering PTSD from the AR (the scene itself is quick, sharp, and very visceral.)
http://archiveofourown.org/works/649924
(I'm hoping to rec it on BT5 this week)

It's one of the few (only?) "Spuffy" fanfics I've come across that actually acknowledges Buffy's trauma from that event. Countless fanfics, even by very good writers, describe his trauma and guilt especially if he and Buffy touch (on purpose or accidentally), or they are both in the bathroom together - BUT NOT HER'S. She usually has no trauma from it and no reaction, is puzzled by his reaction for a moment, etc. I read a story by a friend (hence no names mentioned) where this exact thing happened; I saw it coming and was having flashbacks myself and freaking a little on Buffy's behalf - but she doesn't.

And whatever complaints can be made about how the aftermath was handled in canon, the show is extemely explicit that Buffy has PTSD from this in Beneath You and Him. THIS IS CANON.

(I apologize to kwritten for hiijacking the thread.)



Edited at 2014-01-12 06:31 pm (UTC)
clockwork_hart1
Jan. 12th, 2014 06:42 pm (UTC)
Re: I have so many FEELS I can
But the pain would be twofold, the ptsd and the grief. Bodies in more than one sense of the word. And then writing that in a book given to you by the person you've lost?

(My heart is exploding right now)
red_satin_doll
Jan. 12th, 2014 07:17 pm (UTC)
Re: I have so many FEELS I can
OH! When you said SR - see what happened there? My mind went straight to the bathroom - and for all my ranting about not focusing on the men...ugh.

Oh god yes. YES PLEASE WRITE THIS. You just broke me, in a good way.

I think the only story I've seen about Buffy's grief re: tara is the one I rec'd by lanoyee and that resulted from conversations we'd had on the subject; I'm VERY sorry she's MIA because you'd love her. She fantastic and she shares our thoughts on these subjects. We'd never stop chatting!
kwritten
Jan. 12th, 2014 07:44 pm (UTC)
hijack away!
(please feel free to keep brainstorming and discussing here! I won't interrupt, but I love watching!)
red_satin_doll
Jan. 13th, 2014 09:15 pm (UTC)
Re: hijack away!
(please feel free to keep brainstorming and discussing here! I won't interrupt, but I love watching!)

Now when you say it that way it sounds wonderfully perverse! And as it happens, I enjoy having an audience....
kwritten
Jan. 12th, 2014 07:37 pm (UTC)
Re: I have so many FEELS I can
That first paragraph you quote actually is past the point where my brain had already made the "switchover", was falling into the flow of the words.
I wasn't meaning to infer that this would be a place where the reader/you would feel discomforted... but just that you mentioned the flow was hard to get into as a reader and THIS exact moment that I quoted was a place where I - as the writer - struggled with how to keep that form going. It was less an explanation of form and more bouncing off your discussion to show you the backside of writing. Sometimes the flow is slippery and at that moment, I nearly lost it.
That's all my intent was in sharing that with you.

Which I also tried to express but maybe didn't quite?
You said it right. I didn't misunderstand.

I was... I guess I wasn't clear on my intention? I love sharing the writing process - especially in terms of form! So when you commented that the form took a while to flow into - I was just empathizing: as a writer, I struggled with it also. As a reader, yes by that point you should feel comfortable - but that sentence was written before some of the ones previous - I jumped around a lot while I was writing this piece - and so that specific sentence was one that I could point to and say: "yes, here is a spot where I almost lost the flow" :)

I'm not sure "where" this story falls in relation to the series canon (I assumed it was already in S7 because you mentioned tara doesn't die in SR, so from that I assumed after SR not before. I'm not sure it matters though anyway.)
I think that it actually harms the piece if you try to compare/place it?

The details I have given infer that Willow went to Oxford at the end of S3 - which means somewhere in the middle of S3, canon shifted. And if Buffy was involved in a romantic relationship with Tara at that time (instead of Riley) - her emotional involvement would have been somewhere else. I also have explicitly not mentioned Buffy ever dying (except for in the "alternate" space). ((The doubled-conversations speak of someone being dead "sometimes" which can either be Buffy talking about Tara being alive here, or Buffy only being dead for a short time.))
This entire story would actually all be taking place post-canonS7, as there are references to the Hellmouth being closed, Buffy no longer needing to work, and Dawn being 17/going to prom.
I also mention Buffy having a working relationship with Fred - even though it is presumably post-NFA - which means that A:tS-canon has also been changed.

But I think what you're doing here is creating a different feel from canon depressed Buffy S6
Yes. This isn't depression at all - this is madness. She is losing control of her memories and mind, there's nothing stopping the Key-spell from faltering and so her mind is splintering between what was and what is.

but this seems to be Buffy in a more manic phase? But you say "no rush" - but there is a feel of that
There should be a rush only in the sense that there is no separation between what is real and what isn't - I suppose. Trying to gather up the facts before they slip away and new ones replace them.
Notice the repeated attempts to find "clarity" - to find the thing that doesn't fit, or the thing that makes it all make sense. So she puts the different memories into category banks where things add up to being the same thing - but if it was a memory of an entire life, it would flood your whole system all at once. That's why it feels rushed. It's not so much that Buffy is rushing - it's that she's wavering between two different Selves and realities all the time, and each time it takes her over. That's what those quick, run-on sentences are supposed to signify: the memory of an entire lifetime suddenly being her present and then leaving just as swiftly.

Does that make sense?

(Although if you read it another way - do so. I am not the authority)

red_satin_doll
Jan. 14th, 2014 02:34 am (UTC)
Re: I have so many FEELS I can
That's all my intent was in sharing that with you.

Every single person on my flist (whom I actually communicate with) can tell you that assuming I've offended someone because I can't read "tone" when I'm first forming a relationship with someone online is pretty much my M.O. - assume the worst, hope for the best.

As much as I love the internet and the fact that the stimulation I found here is like nothing I've had since my college days, the one missing piece is the face-to-face interactions. (And, I'm probably still nursing a wound or two from former "collaborators.")

Which is to say, ah, I understand now, thank you for being so patient!



She is losing control of her memories and mind, there's nothing stopping the Key-spell from faltering and so her mind is splintering between what was and what is.

This is RELEVANT TO MY INTERESTS. I think it's significant that on btvs the three people who've had their minds fucked with the most or at least the most significantly (pardon my Anglo-saxon) are Dawn of course (who has no real memories prior to her creation) are Dawn of course, Buffy and Tara. (I might add Drusilla in terms of being tortured by Angelus - "turned" psychologically long before he'd literally sired her.)

I've always been perplexed by some people's anger at the ending of Normal Again and the NEED to determine "which" Sunnydale is the "real" one. Well, as this is a fictional story the answer is: Neither. And therefore either one or both may be as "real" as the other for our purposes. Unlike Buffy within the canon of the buffyverse or your 'verse, we don't have to make a choice, we can accept that both realities may co-exist side-by-side. That's one of the major themes of btvs: it's a story about storytelling, about taking back control of the story and changing the ending.

Whether it's possible for the mind - Buffy's mind in this instance - to hold onto and exist within two realities at once without being entirely torn apart is another matter.

And what of Dawn's existence, if Buffy does indeed "splinter"? If Dawn is the Key, does she continue to exist when her symbolic mother (Buffy - "Summers blood") dies? Is it necessary for one to be obliterated in order for the other to survive? (As the patriarchy would have it - the child must grow up, grow beyond, "kill" the parent if necessary to take over as "adult".)

(I may be repeating myself. It happens.)

And also, your notes are extremely helpful to my appreciation of this fic and 'verse. Your comments make a great deal of sense; I've reread the story after these comments and back again, and interlaced the two, which is thrilling to me because each time I read it's like peeling back another layer, with your notes as my guide to this strange world. Meta notes that deepen my understanding of meta-fic and vice-versa? Bring it on.

I am not the authority
*LOL* Have you read angearia's meta-rants on authorial intent?
http://angearia.livejournal.com/263520.html?thread=7357792#t7357792
"Authorship exists in the action" NEEDS to be on the banner of the revolution. Of course we're all slaves to the characters, readers and authors alike. Anyone who tries to claim otherwise is kidding themselves.
clockwork_hart1
Jan. 9th, 2014 09:29 pm (UTC)
You OBLITERATE MY HEART. (again)

This is the most perfect thing in creation. The chaos and bleakness and hope interwoven with these gorgeous images. All the questions and not knowing, (even Buffy doesn't know which world she's in, but she knows which one she needs it to be).

At the risk of sounding really weird here (well, when have I ever cared about that anyway?) this reads a little like a river. It's brisk and it sweeps you along until it engulfs you. You have to go with it, swim alongside, lest you drown. (which is totally a compliment. I completely adore it)

and this

They know the question and the question burnt nutella into the waffle iron again this morning but the answer is nothing they can face so they pretend they don't know.

The sheer monotony, normalcy of this is what makes it so stark. As heightened and dizzying the prose, this is all so real.

I have feelings about these things.
red_satin_doll
Jan. 9th, 2014 11:27 pm (UTC)
this reads a little like a river.

Exactly. As I was saying to kwritten above, it took me a little bit to "get into" the flow and rhythm of the prose - it's like a current that you try to resist but can't quite manage to. You either struggle against it or succumb to it.

I was so hoping you'd see this!
kwritten
Jan. 12th, 2014 07:46 pm (UTC)
So terribly glad you like this!!!

this reads a little like a river
yes. good.

The sheer monotony, normalcy of this is what makes it so stark. As heightened and dizzying the prose, this is all so real.
this is the best compliment ever. you are a doll!
sissimoc
Jan. 9th, 2014 11:29 pm (UTC)
This is great !
It was really weird I had like moments of darkness and moments of clarity while reading this. Sometimes it made total sense and sometimes I was lost in the thoughts of a lost person being lost in my own thoughts (not confusing at all) . In the end it was more the impression it gave me and the emotions it conveyed that were important rather than the content itself.
If you ask me what it was about I don't think that I could anwser it properly but I felt the confusion and the messed up mind!
I think that the dialogues were my favourite parts (especially to re-read!) because you can read them in so many diffrent ways. And it is said so simply but imo it's the simplicity of the words that made it so beautiful. And no matter how I read them, they always ended up being sad and making me wanna cry ;___;

It funny because you kinda make me miss BtVS. I remember that I really liked watching the series but I wasn't all fandom involved at the time so I just watched and enjoyed. But you make me miss it and miss my little baby Dawn whom I've always loved! <3

Also I loved your Dawn meta (with the cool Dawngyu userpic I must add!) as well as your Lydia loving post : Lydia FTW \o/ ! I really wanted to comment on both of them but I know that now it's never gonna happen (I suck at commenting... sorry). Still I want you to know that I read and enjoyed both of these posts very much! :)
kwritten
Jan. 12th, 2014 07:51 pm (UTC)
YOU!!!

{{SQUISHES YOU}}

In the end it was more the impression it gave me and the emotions it conveyed that were important rather than the content itself.
I am blushing so red right now. This is so wonderful, I'm delighted you felt this way!

Please don't cry!!!

It funny because you kinda make me miss BtVS.
*fistpump*
My ultimate goal in life.

I really wanted to comment on both of them but I know that now it's never gonna happen (I suck at commenting... sorry).
Never. Ever. Apologize. Seriously. I am sincerely delighted that you read my silly ramblings and felt they were worth your time!

(with the cool Dawngyu userpic I must add!)
Dawniegyu is a ship that needs more love imo. Seriously how do people not see how glorious this could be?! Her with her long legs and flawless everything and him with his derpy, wanna-be-rockstar ridiculousness. She'd have him eating out of the palm of her hand in minutes.
sissimoc
Jan. 14th, 2014 12:20 am (UTC)
I am blushing so red right now.
\o/ hehe \o/

I am seriously thinking about a rewatch as soon as I have enough time ( as if I weren't watching enough series already...)

I will give this ship some (serious) thoughts !

Bee tee dubs, I was wondering how old Dawn would be now. Being a Dawnie specialist you must know that right ? ;)
lynzie914
Jan. 10th, 2014 10:49 pm (UTC)
I loved this. I loved her slipping in and out of realities. Her remembering and forgetting and sometimes choosing to forget. Her knowing that she can't have Tara in this other reality, that she's gone and even if she wasn't, she never belonged to her. And she loves this new reality too much. This reality where Dawn is happy and the past is different and Tara didn't die, where Tara is hers. So Buffy doesn't think about it too hard.

I also loved the little bits you included that had less to do with the different realities and Tara and Dawn and were just about Buffy and trying to adjust to this new life. The paragraph about her trying new hobbies to get rid of all this energy built up inside her, but it not working, was one of my favorite.

So much love for this!
kwritten
Jan. 12th, 2014 07:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for reading and commenting! So glad that you liked this little piece!

happyg_rl
Jan. 13th, 2014 05:59 pm (UTC)
Soooo pretty and wonderful as usual :) Torturous and abusive I love youuuu and I love this!!!
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