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24 October 2013 @ 11:42 pm
Fic: Masks  
Title: Masks
Fandom: BtVS
Rating: Teen
Characters: Rupert Giles, Ethan Rayne
Concrit: Please, in comments
Summary: Ripper had emerged but only momentarily. The dark core was still there but masked by the amiable and bland librarian: raw brutality below a facade of conformity, the exact opposite of Halloween.Disclaimer: They aren't mine, not yet, but they will be ... once I've taken over the world. Bwah-ha-ha!
Note: Written for the prompt of Halloween at Giles Shorts.

Patience might be its own reward but Ethan's was to see Rupert – finally! – walking down the street, absentmindedly toying with the card, the one that Ethan had written. “See you soon … “ a challenge but also a promise. Well, it could be a promise if ever Ripper were willing to take it that way.

Rupert stopped to squat down before a jack-o-lantern and rubbed his thumb over the red paint that dripped down from the carved fangs. He didn't actually believe that was blood, did he? But no, he rose again and continued on his way, past the porch lights that had been turned off hours ago, past the decorations for a holiday that was already over, past the yards where monsters had roamed only hours before.

For a holiday that celebrated darkness, Halloween's facade of evil was a lot like a costume. Children might mimic monsters but the little hellions did little more than collect treats, unless they had help of course. It really was too bad that his spell had been broken so quickly. There didn't seem to be any real damage at all. Chaos wasn't about creating damage for its own sake of course, but it would have been nice to think that his work had left some lasting mark. Chaos, by it's very nature, stirred things up, caused change.

It hadn't changed Rupert, that was sure. Ripper had emerged but only momentarily. The dark core was still there but masked by the amiable and bland librarian: raw brutality below a facade of conformity, the exact opposite of Halloween. Rupert might have fooled the kiddies into thinking he was safe but Ethan knew better.

Ripper would show his true colors sooner or later. Ethan just needed to be patient, and how could he not be in a town that offered so many opportunities for amusement. With a quick look down the street to make sure Rupert was gone, Ethan prepared a spell. It took almost no time, just a bit of chalk, incense, fire, and a few words of power. Ethan breathed, from his hiding place across the street, toward the jack-o-lantern, the one that had drawn Rupert's attention. Shadows started to flicker behind its false visage. Something dark crawled out through carved fangs.
velvetwhip: Black and White Spikevelvetwhip on October 25th, 2013 04:13 am (UTC)
Oh, Ethan, you scamp! Giles just won't see reason.

I enjoyed this greatly!

Dragon's Phoenix: dracdragonyphoenix on October 25th, 2013 01:36 pm (UTC)
It's possible that I see Ethan as being eternally hopeful. He returns to Rupert, gets beaten up, but always returns again, hoping that the next time Ripper will take him back. Huh, that would explain why I like him even though he can be pretty nasty.
gilescandy: Vamp!Gilesgilescandy on October 25th, 2013 05:36 am (UTC)
Very nice. Poor Ethan, only wanting attention. Too bad he's a little pain in the ass.

I like this very much. A great little Halloween piece.
Dragon's Phoenix: dracdragonyphoenix on October 25th, 2013 01:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I'd almost forgotten about it. Someone made a comment yesterday that reminded me I'd started but never finished this one. ;-)
Flippancy provided by: comicil_mio_capitano on October 25th, 2013 07:16 am (UTC)
This is great. I want to read more of it now.
Dragon's Phoenix: dracdragonyphoenix on October 25th, 2013 01:38 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure that's all there is of this one, although it rather does read like the start of a longer story, doesn't it.

I like your icon.
tld8of9tld8of9 on October 30th, 2013 01:00 am (UTC)
Love this piece. You have duplicated the tone of Ethan very well. I agree that Ethan just wants a little attention from 'his' Ripper not the tweed-clad individual that first appeared in his shop.

Thank you and if you are so inclined to write more I wouldn't be adverse to reading it.
Dragon's Phoenix: dracdragonyphoenix on October 30th, 2013 01:28 am (UTC)
Thanks. I'm not likely to write more of this story, but I'm listed as DragonsPhoenix at Ao3. You could search for more of my Ethan/Giles fics there if you're interested. Easier than trying to find them on LJ.