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Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Buffy follow up series idea
Well, we talked about this a few days ago with the Angel meme post, and, shrug. I felt like writing something different. Here's a potential opening to a Watcher-based series. It's just set-up stuff. I haven't got a big bad in mind for the story, or anything, and it's just introducing the cast, more or less.



A group of TOURISTS in Bohemian clothing enters the alley, the guide in the lead. She goes to a greasy brick wall and points to it.

Now, this building had manifestations for nearly a century--tales of horror to make your hair turn white!

But not any more?

(falsely confidential; obviously doesn't believe it for a second)
Well, you never know--in a place like this, anything can happen. In its hayday, this pub saw gruesome murders by the dozen. Ghosts were seen in this very alley, and there were even rumors of vampires.

But not now.

Er, well... nothing has been seen lately.

How long?

(turns to group)
Er... honestly... really, it's been nearly seventy years since the last sighting. But that was spectacular! The rumor is that it was bound by powerful sorcerers...

Is that why the bricks are moving?


Behind you. The bricks.

The GUIDE turns again, and the bricks are, indeed, moving, forming a face. The guide is fascinated; she clearly never saw anything like it.

How extraordinary...

Abruptly, two arms burst through the wall and grab the guide, pulling her back against it. She screams, but the scream fades as the tourists scramble away. Her hair goes white, and she becomes still as the creature in the wall sucks her life force from her, leaving her parched and white, and finally disappearing into dust that looks like chalk marks on the wall.



A headline in a tabloid reports the strange disappearance of the tour guide. Pull away to more newspapers and tabloids on a dark table, with headlines indicating that incidents have been occurring in many places "long-rumored" to be haunted. In the background, a VIDEO TAPE is playing, a recording of an American news magazine. Pan newspapers and headlines as tape plays.

(heavy downeast accent)
My grandmother said it was ha'anted, but I never believed her. Who'd believe it? But I saw it. It's... changed...

Pull back to shot of full room; audio fades into the background. Another voice, that of RUPERT GILES, can be heard in an animated conversation.

In a richly-appointed study, DANIEL OSBORNE (OZ) and TANDI ZABUTO, a severe looking young woman, are reading reports from stacks of newspapers and tabloids. OZ has one eye on the television and the other on a newspaper. TANDI has a fan of articles out around her and is taking notes and comparing. Pull back further to see GILES on his cellular phone, pacing back and forth as he speaks to Buffy Summers.

Xander called in another one in Zimbabwe this morning; he's sending up an article, but it might take awhile. It's weird. You'd think that activating a few thousand Slayers would tend to slow this kind of thing down.

Would you.

(on phone, not listening)
Yes, Buffy. I promise, I won't pressure her for help... Yes, I quite agree, as I've mentioned...

More Slayers, fewer monsters. The math should work.

And yet, it doesn't.
(looks up)
Perhaps you haven't noticed, but we spend more time chasing down those few thousand Slayers before they do any damage than we spend tracking the demons and vampires we're meant to be hunting. And they're more dangerous than most of the dark creatures.

Definitely more dangerous than me.

(on phone, not listening)
...Really, I'm sure we can muddle through a bit longer without imposing on... yes, I know, Buffy. I wouldn't dream of...

(starts to look back down at papers)
It was an utterly mad, careless, reckless notion to take this step. Only that fool of a witch--

(angry, puts hand over papers)
Lay off Willow. Now.

TANDI glares at him--somewhat warily--until he moves his hand.

(on phone, not listening)
...There's no reason at all that we would need to ask Dawn to... I know that, Buffy. You need to stop worrying...

(shakes head)
My father would not have let his Slayer lecture him.

OZ shakes his head and picks up more papers.

(on phone, not listening; resigned; cleans glasses)
Yes, Buffy. I'll look after her, you know that. And I won't ask her to join us. I promise... Really... Buffy? I promise. Don't you have a chaos demon to slay in Tuscany?... Right, then... Yes, I really promise. No Dawn. Buffy... goodbye.

He listens for a few more seconds, then rolls his eyes and ends the call.

Buffy still not crazy about Dawn deciding to hit the books in shouting distance from all this?

Yes, well, she feels Dawn should have an education in something other than demon hunting.

I don't understand this. We need every pair of eyes. We're spread terribly thin, and the Slayer's sister has experience in this. You would think the Slayer would find it useful.

Buffy isn't concerned about Dawn's usefulness, but her happiness. She wants her to have a life outside of all of this. And I'm sure Dawn is eager to experience some life that doesn't revolve around Buffy's calling as well. It's been a bit of a strain on her over the years. I'm sure that going to university away from all of it will be a great relief.

Not to mention, a degree she can actually tell someone about.

Yes, quite. Dawn's an energetic girl. She wouldn't enjoy being tied down here in all the book dust. I doubt we'll see her until Christmas holidays.

The doorbell RINGS. GILES goes to answer it.


GILES goes to the door and opens it. DAWN SUMMERS is standing on the flagstones, a bag slung over her shoulder, her heavier luggage around her. Her back is turned as she calls to a taxi parked behind her.

They're here, you can go!

The taxi drives away and DAWN turns around and throws her arms around GILES.

(completely cheerful)
I'm here... reporting for duty!

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From: jennygreenhill Date: May 15th, 2005 08:43 am (UTC) (Link)
CUT TO: Giles walking down an ally in a trench coat... no wait.
I can't say how much I enjoyed reading this. It was very Joss, yet very fernwithy at the same time; scary walls, cool OZ dialog (I adore Oz, his clever lines and Willow defending is just brilliant!) I loved how Dawn just cheerfully turns up, and, of course, I loved Giles.I can completely hear how the other side of that phone call sounds like.

Are you continuing this? It would be great if you did.

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 15th, 2005 03:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I love Giles, too. Awesome character.

Are you continuing this? It would be great if you did.

If I can think of an actual plot, I might. ;) At the moment, I just have a scenario.
leelastarsky From: leelastarsky Date: May 15th, 2005 10:10 am (UTC) (Link)
Heh. When the bricks started moving I thought it was going to open up to Diagon Alley. ;~P *blushes at HP obsessiveness in self*
gryffin23 From: gryffin23 Date: May 15th, 2005 11:14 am (UTC) (Link)
You're not the only one, that's what I thought too.
leelastarsky From: leelastarsky Date: May 15th, 2005 11:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Heh. I was all 'Yay, crossover fic!'. ;~P And who of us in HP fandom (who also love Buffy) wouldn't just LOVE to see Giles as the next DADA teacher?! Hahahaha! *shamelessly fangirls Anthony Head*
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 15th, 2005 03:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've got a crossover fic coming through ithurtsmybrain--it will involve Remus and Faith (thank heaven, they're not requiring a romance) and I'm going to use Oz as a "bridge."
leelastarsky From: leelastarsky Date: May 15th, 2005 10:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay! That'll be something to look forward to. :~D
the_gentleman From: the_gentleman Date: May 15th, 2005 02:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
... will Andrew Wells be there? Canonically he should be. /Andrew fan

(But I do like it so far. What's going on with the creature in the walls? Demon? Ghost? Why exactly is it awakening now? Perhaps a recent murder, the first for almost 70 years, has reawoken the building itself?)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 15th, 2005 03:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
The last we saw of Andrew, he was in Rome (to my vast disappointment, Angel and Spike talkde to him instead of to Buffy or at least Dawn [/not really an Andrew fan]). I figure he's probably traveling around a little. Something like this would involve a lot of people traveling, popping in and out. Andrew would probably be among them, and probably more frequently, since he seems to be particularly training under Giles. But it's kind of hard to throw everyone in at once, so I figured I'd start with the core cast.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 15th, 2005 03:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, and I'm glad you liked it. I don't know what the Big Bad is at the moment, but the thing in the wall is only one of many things happening. The underworld knows that the Slayers are in a chaotic situation, Angel's team is severely pared down, and most of the resources of the Watchers' Council were destroyed in the explosion, so thing that had been controlled for years are coming out of the woodwork.
the_gentleman From: the_gentleman Date: May 15th, 2005 04:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
You know, I'm pretty certain Wolfram and Hart have a London branch. Probably based in Tothill. (I'm thinking of writing one when I finish the last few seasons of Angel). I doubt you want to go over the same gound as Angel, but I suspect they'd be taking an interest. Being as it's set in England, I'd recommend a particularly British Big Bad- perhaps even a Big Bad that started out as a force for good, but got pushed out when the Watchers shifted from wherever they started (I suspect Africa via Alexandria, Constantinople and Rome) and now sees an opportunity for revenge. Fallen angel sort of thing.

(And I understand the drifting agents idea. I never did agree with the idea in Chosen- necessay at the time, maybe, but they rushed in without thinking of the implications. At least they're all making the effort to try and clear up afterwards.)
mistralcat From: mistralcat Date: May 15th, 2005 02:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I totally thought we were in Diagon Alley when the bricks started to move...but then it turned creepy!

And I like, I like. I agree that Andrew should make an appearance (but then, I find Andrew hilarious), and I love Oz's automatic protection of Willow. Here's hoping you keep going!
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 15th, 2005 04:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
1) I like.

2) Yes, I was thinking Diagon Alley, too.

3) I REALLY like.

4) Loved Giles conversation with Buffy along with the commentary from Oz and Tandi (Tandi seems like a real future thorn in Giles' side, perpetually comparing him to her father).

5) And, when I said I liked this, I meant I LIKED this.

6) Dawn's appearance was wonderful.

7) Did I mention I liked this?

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