Rating: Harmless (FR7)
Challenge response: 20 Minutes with Anya.
Start 1:18 PM
"I'm very upset, Xander," Anya's voice was strangely flat, with none of her usual exaggerated cheerfulness. "I used to burn offerings to this guy you know, back before I became a vengeance demon. I remember the honor paid to Thor, the mighty warrior, wielding Mjolnir and smashing the foe, all muscle and furry and very tall and impressive and- oh, you wouldn’t understand. It was important to us, being part of the mighty Norse people, with our long history of war and disemboweling the enemy in massive bloody swaths and-" A sigh. "It's just not the same anymore now that I know- I mean, it's terrible remembering hearing stories of how might a warrior Thor was, how awesome his countenance. Now I hear Thor and think-" Her voice became frantic. "I should sue! I should sue them for ruining my childhood memories, for cultural imperialism, those horrible little creatures with their-"
"Ahn, Anya, calm down, please. I'm sure they didn't mean to upset you, I mean, you weren't even born yet. It’s not like they could know that what they did would affect you. I mean, they were trying to protect you. Besides, you don’t even worship Thor anymore," Xander reasoned.
"But I did, and all my obeisance, to what I thought were my gods and they turn out to be little grey men in their spaceships off out at who knows where while I'm fetching firewood to cook dinner with, and it’s not fair! It's not." Anya glared at the Asgardian. "Supreme Commander of the Asgard Fleet? You could have given your followers something for their devotion! Indoor plumbing would have been nice!"
"It is against our laws to-" the rather bewildered looking gray alien began.
Dawn interrupted. "Look Mr. Alien Guy, she's just a little upset now, so I think it would be best if you just stayed away with her for a little while."
Let it not be said that the Supreme Commander of the Asgard Fleet lacked wisdom. Thor withdrew with what dignity he could muster.
"Anya, I know how you feel," Dawn started, only to be interrupted in turn.
"No you don't!"
"Yes. I. Do." Dawn's angry retort finally made Anya stop. "You remember what I am, where my memories came from. I know what it’s like to have my happy childhood memories ripped away from me. And I dealt."
Abashed, Anya looked away. "I supposed I was unduly upset," she conceded. A small smile returned to her face. "Do you think I can use guilt to make Thor give me stuff?"
"That's my girl," Xander said proudly.
End 1:38 PM