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21 October 2013 @ 01:57 am
Fic: Blood  
Title: Blood
Fandom: BtVS
Rating: Teen
Characters: The Master
Concrit: Please, in comments
Summary: Remember the Master rising from that pool of blood in the first episode? Where did all that blood come from?
Disclaimer: They aren't mine, not yet, but they will be ... once I've taken over the world. Bwah-ha-ha!
Note: In responding to the Open on Sunday prompt of silence, I naturally thought over the first four episodes which I'd recently reviewed. My first thought was Catherine Madison trapped in the cheerleading trophy. The Master in the pool of blood was my second idea, but then I thought "what if the pool of blood wasn't silent?"
Note: I worked this out while I was walking in a nearby park. Toward the end of my walk, at the top of a slight hill, I passed a small puddle. The water, seeping through the earth, was draining into the puddle. There was a pinprick of a hole off to one side with a current of water shooting out into the larger puddle. The currents were easy to see because there were particles, in the dirt, of something that glittered in the sunlight. At the bottom of the puddle were exposed roots surrounded by lightly packed dirt. This dirt seemed to be churning from the influx of water from below. I've never seen anything like it. The scene was fascinating and tied in beautifully with the story I was working on.

The body was warm with life but the Master couldn't bring himself to care. The Holiness oppressed him. The shell that bound him to this broken church trapped its Holiness, magnifying it, increasing the pressure until he was sure the bubble would explode. With a sigh he drew a sharp fingernail across the neck. Warm blood splashed over his fingers and a coppery tang filled the air. He let the useless body thud down to the dirt below.

He felt heat radiating from below the cooling body. Shoving the corpse aside the Master found the blood pooling in a shallow indentation. The blood should have been still. Instead currents flowed, up and down as well as from side to side, dancing over one another and twisting out of reach. The muck at the bottom churned from the intensity of the blood bubbling up from below. A faint malevolence skittered across the surface, not enough to desecrate the church but enough to give him a moments release from the Holy agony he'd endured for the past five years. He stood and shouted out to his minions. “Bring me more.”
velvetwhip: Crow Angel by shanmara velvetwhip on October 21st, 2013 06:24 am (UTC)
This is deliciously creepy! Excellent use of your real life experience.

Dragon's Phoenix: i have no mouth and i must squee dragonyphoenix on October 21st, 2013 12:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks. That puddle was really unusual. I've never seen anything like that before and to see it on the day that I was writing this story: awesome.

That is a beautiful icon by the way.
red_satin_doll: Lesbian Vampire Seal of Approval red_satin_doll on October 22nd, 2013 01:57 am (UTC)
Seconding Gabrielle - CREEPY is the exact word that came to mind when I read that last sentence!
Dragon's Phoenix: drac dragonyphoenix on October 22nd, 2013 02:16 am (UTC)
Thank you. I was worried the last line might sound a bit cheesy. Creepy is much better!
red_satin_doll: Lesbian Vampire Seal of Approval red_satin_doll on October 22nd, 2013 02:23 am (UTC)
The Master was kind of a drama queen anyway (wonder where Angelus gets it from?) - and insatiable in his desire for power and control, so it's perfect for him.

I actually enjoyed the Master quite a bit ; he's not as emotionally powerful as Angelus is but he was both scary and witty. (Most of the Big Bads Buffy went up against decidedly lacked any sense of humor.) And as a patriarch who was devoted to his "children" (when he wasn't killing them for their failures) he made an interesting contrast to both Hank and Giles.

And he KILLED Buffy. y'all.
Dragon's Phoenix: drac dragonyphoenix on October 22nd, 2013 02:30 am (UTC)
That's true, he really was a drama queen, and I did get the line from the series. There is a lot of humor in the Master's scenes, at least in the early episodes.
red_satin_doll red_satin_doll on October 22nd, 2013 05:16 pm (UTC)
I don't remember his exact line to the Anointed One in Prophecy Girl after the earthquake: 'So what do you think, a 4.6?" I don't know why that made me giggle. I thought the Master fit the season very well.
Dragon's Phoenix: drac dragonyphoenix on October 22nd, 2013 07:34 pm (UTC)
I was thinking of when Luke told the Master his servants were bringing him food and the Master replied, "Bring me something... young." ;-)
red_satin_doll: Laughing Dead Things red_satin_doll on October 22nd, 2013 09:28 pm (UTC)
Ok there needs to be a "compendium" post of The Master's Greatest Moments *adds idea to the hopper*