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Not DeadBy RevelloDrive1630
Characters: Spike, Dawn
Timeline: Summer after Buffy's death.
Author Notes: This is a flashback written for my fic "Apocalypse, Again?". I hope I managed to write a fic true to canon.
Completed: March 2009.
Disclaimer: This universe was created by Joss, I just play in his sandbox.
"Spike?" Dawn stuck her head in a half-open door of the crypt. She took a look around, but the vampire was nowhere to be seen. The girl stepped inside making sure to close the door quietly.
"Spike?" she called again. There was no answer. Dawn cautiously walked through the crypt, inspecting the interior. An old armchair in front of a very outdated TV set, a stone bier, candles on windowsills, two massive sarcophagus at the back wall, a fridge in the corner.
Behind a column supporting the ceiling she spotted an entrance leading to the lower level of the crypt.
Dawn took a deep breath and started climbing down the ladder.
PetalsThe grass tickled between her toes as her father toiled away with the roses by the letterbox. She watched his fingers weave between the thorns to pat the soil around each bush, humming to some John Lennon song she couldn't put a name to. Despite the sun just tipping the horizon, she saw sweat prickling his brow and his eyes squinting against the light. The fine lines on his face were suddenly accentuated by shadow, and for a moment, she swelled with wonder.
'Maria, come here,' he said, waving her over. 'You're not going to learn anything sitting all the way over there.'
Excitement sparked her limbs into motion, and she crawled over to sit next to him, careful to tuck her skirt beneath her thighs to avoid the dirt.
He picked up a pair of clippers from beside him. 'Now, you need to snipe back these diseased parts here and there from the base of the plant. It helps it grow better.'
Snipping off two pieces of wood with ease, he deposited them in Maria's outstretched hand. Their rough textu
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