Theme: Elements - Fire
Disclaimer: They belong to Joss Whedon, not me. *sigh* A girl can dream though.
Shadows danced across Dru’s face and she giggled as she watched the flame flicker. Slowly she began to lower it to the ground below her.
“No! No, no, no,” Xander said, grabbing the match and blowing it out. Dru frowned at him even as Spike took the rest of the matches from her. “We’re not burning down the house, Dru.”
“But it would look so pretty.”
“It’s not even our house. It’s Buffy’s…or it was before college and now it’s just Joyce and Dawn. You like Dawn, remember?”
The mention of the Slayer’s younger sister brought a smile to Dru’s face. “Such pretty light. She’s green, you know.”
Spike raised an eyebrow, exchanging a look with Xander. They shook their heads. “That’s right, luv, pretty light.” Though he clearly had no idea what she was talking about, Spike played along very well.
“Can we play over at the park? The trees would light up so easily,” she sighed. Spike shook his head.
“No, we’re not going to be doing anything else that involves fire. Fire is bad, remember? We dust if we catch on fire.”
When Xander wanted to, he could manipulate people with the best of them. He figured it was because he’d been with Spike and Dru for so long. When Dru looked ready to protest, he put that talent to use. “You wouldn’t want to leave me alone, would you, Dru? If you guys are dust, what happens to me?” Spike nodded.
The idea clearly horrified her and she shook her head. “Bad…get rid of those thoughts,” she demanded. She spun towards Spike. “They interfere and they mustn’t.” Her lips trembled and instantly Spike and Xander were there, arms around her.
“None of that now,” Spike said, glancing at Xander who was running a hand down her back and then moving it back up again.
“Look, they’re gone. I promise,” Xander added.
Dru turned and looked at him, then Spike, studying them for a few moments before she smiled. “Then it’s time for tea. Come, we can’t be late.” Laughing she spun away from her boys. They watched her for a few more moments before Spike turned towards Xander.
“She just completely turned that around on us, didn’t she?”
Xander nodded. “Oh yeah.”