: Nope, I still don't own Buffy The Vampire Slayer
- I just can't understand why Joss hasn't called - oh, wait, he probably doesn't need a crazy person working for him. Also, I don't own Moonlight
or the character of Coraline.
PS - I DON'T own (or have anything to do with) the movie(s) From Dusk Till Dawn
: The title of THIS fanfic is from a place in the From Dusk Till Dawn
movies, and has nothing to do with anyone's titties actually being twisted.
Also, there's tentacle sex, I'd call it p0rn, but it's not really graphic enough for p0rn (in my opinion).
There's also a little bit of Buffy and Xander torture, and while that may end up more graphic then the tentacle thing, it won't be much more graphic.
So, I think that's everything. Oh, no, wait, there'll be more than a little blood play, and some death, but fear not, none of the main characters will be dying for good here. Though I guess that should be obvious since this is NOT the last part in the series.
I also marked this for violence, because there is violence here, but I'm not sure if it's more than you'd find in a typical episode of Buffy/Angel or not, so I decided to mark on the side of caution.
Now on with the show, or story.Consequences VIII - The Titty Twister
Before Buffy opened her eyes, she knew they were outside, and that they were somewhere hot. Very hot. In just a few seconds she'd started to sweat.
Spike's sudden shouting startled Buffy into opening her eyes.
"Bloody wonderful! You bastards dropped us in the middle of a bloody desert!"
Before he'd finished yelling, he'd started to rearrange his leather duster. Finally, he was covered. It wasn't a perfect solution, but for now he wasn't in danger of burning up, and hopefully they would find some shelter soon.
Spike continued muttering under his breath, and Buffy tuned him out, though she did keep one eye on him, if he started smoking, maybe they could bury him in the sand until nightfall.
Buffy looked around, but she wasn't really seeing the current surroundings, which consisted of mostly sun and sand anyway. It appeared that Spike was right, they were in the middle of a desert, though it was more humid then Buffy thought a desert should be.
Sand and sun as far as the eye could see, which might have been fun, but the lack of a beach had Buffy wondering if they would die here over and over again.Or
, Buffy realized that she was just feeling more fatalistic than usual.
Most of the time when they left one reality for another, Buffy was ready, but this time she wanted to go back. Of course, she knew that was because this time she'd left family behind. Sure, some of them weren't actually related, but Buffy had learned a long time ago that family was so much more then blood.
What helped, at least a little, was the fact that Buffy knew even if she went back, not all her family would be there. This time, she, Xander, and Spike hadn't been the only ones shifting out.
Buffy realized that she was crying. Tara was dead, for good this time. Buffy had tried to stop that from happening, but she hadn't been allowed. She'd hoped the fact that Tara had calmly accepted her fate would help, but it didn't. Buffy felt like she'd failed.
Buffy glanced at Spike, and saw that Xander was now standing beside the vampire and they seemed to be trying to figure out where they were.
She wiped her face, and thought of Willow. By the time things had finished in Sunnydale her relationship with Willow hadn't been what it used to be, but thanks to their time in Harry's world they'd been able to repair their friendship. Of course, that meant Buffy was now missing Willow more than ever.
Buffy turned to face Spike and Xander when a sudden thought stopped her cold.Did Willow know? That instead of shifting to another universe Tara had died.
Buffy couldn't be sure. She suspected that Tara would've talked to Willow, but she didn't know that.
That lead to another unhappy place. Buffy knew Willow wasn't back in Harry's world, and so Buffy had no idea where in the multi-verse Willow was.
It wasn't fair, especially since Buffy knew that Anya would be allowed to live out her mortal life and die in Harry's world, but for Tara that hadn't been an option. Despite the fact that Luna had tried to explain, Buffy still didn't really understand, but because Tara was important to Willow that meant she had to suffer more or something.
It wasn't right, and it wasn't fair, but Buffy had seen enough to know that life was never fair, and mostly never right either.
Buffy sighed. And maybe Tara wasn't suffering anymore. Tara was dead, and Buffy could only hope that would bring the same peace to Tara that it had brought to her.
Something tried to stir in the back of her mind, and Buffy realized that she was suddenly feeling warm and happy, but it didn't feel like her own emotion, though she was really sweating now, but that was physical, and the warm feeling was emotional.
Buffy looked up at the sky, and smiled. She was going to allow herself to believe that it was Tara trying to let her know that she was
at peace, because that did make her feel a little better.
And the rest of her thoughts weren't so depressing. Buffy knew that Giles would take care of everyone left behind. And that Dawn and Harry would be able to live out their lives as peacefully as possible.
Seeing Spike barely covered by his leather duster made Buffy remember Coraline.
Coraline gave a small smile when she saw Buffy looking. "I fed before we left, just in case."
"Good thing," Buffy replied, then almost sighed. Once upon a time she knew she would've had a very different reaction, and that gave her pause as she wondered just how much she had changed. For a brief moment, she couldn't help but wonder if she was getting as bad as the monsters she used to fight.
However, she decided to worry about that later, because right now they needed to get Spike and Coraline out of the sun. Even with feeding Coraline would start to decompose, in a normal situation she'd be okay for most of the day, but Buffy couldn't be sure how the extreme heat would effect her.
Perhaps they were close to Los Angeles or some city and they'd be able to find shelter soon. If they got really lucky they'd find a place with a cooler, so Coraline could then rest for the day.
"Where the hell are we?" Xander finally asked.
"I think Spike's right," Buffy replied. "We're in the middle of a bloody desert."
"I know that, I mean where
are we," Xander said.
Buffy grinned, and shrugged.
"Well, at least that looks like a road over there," Xander said, and they started walking toward it. "Two lane highway, so somewhere normal, maybe someone will stop and give us a lift."
Hours later, Buffy had to stop herself from laughing when Xander turned to Coraline.
"No offense, but you stink."
"None taken," she replied, though she sounded as though even speaking was difficult. "I need blood or ice, and soon."
Buffy frowned as Xander looked at Coraline. She knew Xander was feeding Spike from time to time, so was she, but she wasn't sure how she felt about Xander offering himself to another vampire.
Xander looked at Buffy, and frowned himself.
"Okay, I get it, but what if we aren't somewhere normal," Xander said, and Buffy still wasn't sure she liked it, but she suddenly understood. If they were somewhere hostile they needed everyone at full strength.
Buffy almost giggled when she saw that Spike was frowning now.
"Relax," Coraline said, breaking the sudden tension. "I will be fine for a little while longer."
And then the discussion become moot, when an eighteen wheeler came to a stop in the middle of the road. As he offered them a ride, Buffy realized that even she must be more out of it then she'd thought, because she hadn't heard the truck coming.
Coraline pulled Xander off to the side, but Buffy wasn't able to watch them, because someone had to speak with the truck driver. He was an American, but he said they were currently in Mexico.
Buffy frowned. In all her travels, she'd never been to Mexico, it might be interesting, but right now they needed shelter. So, they'd grab a ride, and then later they could play turist.
When Xander and Coraline stepped back into her field of vision, Buffy knew that Coraline had fed. As she climbed into the truck, behind Spike, she heard Spike growl softly.
Xander crawled in the truck, and Spike grabbed him, and Buffy figured Spike wouldn't let go until the scent of Coraline faded.
Buffy looked over when she realized that Coraline hadn't entered the truck. She was standing on the drivers side talking with the driver. Buffy thought she was using her vampire mojo on the driver. Buffy almost cheered, not because Coraline was using her power, but because the truck was refrigerated. That meant Coraline could ride in the back, while the rest of them would be far away from her, which would hopefully help Spike calm down.
The truck driver, who's eyes were glazed slightly, slid into the cab after locking Coraline in the back. He put the truck in gear, and the large vehicle started to move.
"I'll warn you," he said, and Buffy realized that the man was tired. "First place I see, I'm stopping for the night. Been driving all damn day."
"That's fine," Buffy replied. Hopefully they'd come across a truck stop, if so they'd probably be able to grab a ride with someone else.~ * ~ * ~
Buffy frowned. They'd found a place to stop, and while there were lots of trucks outside, the place wasn't exactly a truck stop.
There was also a bit of a line, which puzzled Buffy. They were in Mexico, in the middle of nowhere, and yet this place seemed to be raking in the business. But what really puzzled her was the fact that in her time she'd seen a number of rundown places, but the building in front of her took the cake. Not only did it look as though it should be condemned, but it was tacky. A big sign with neon lights flashed above the front entrance.Tacky
, Buffy thought, but decided that beggars couldn't exactly be choosers.
"The Titty Twister," Xander said, and Buffy could hear the smile in his voice. "Sounds like a nice place."
"My kind of place, anyway," Spike said, and got out of the truck. Since the sun was almost completely down, there was no need for Spike to remain covered. There was still some light in the sky off in the distance, but it was low enough that there was a mostly shadowed path to the front door..
"Yeah," Buffy said sarcastically. "Very classy."
Xander chucked, and Spike flashed a smirk in her direction.
Buffy sighed, and jumped down out of the cab, Xander followed her, only he moved toward the back to let Coraline out.
As they got close, Buffy could see that there was a fight in front of her, and what she'd thought was a line was more people standing in a circle watching the fight.
Buffy sighed louder this time. So, not only is the place rundown and tacky, it's violent, too. Wonderful!
"Could this get any worse?" Buffy asked herself.
Xander glared at her, and Buffy wanted to smack herself. Of course, now that she had asked that things would certainly get worse. Or at least that was how it happened in her experience.
As they waited in the small line, Buffy shivered. She knew the sound of a bat when she heard one, and it was clear this place had a lot of bats. Hopefully, she wouldn't run across any of them, she wasn't scared of bats exactly, she just didn't like them. On the other hand, being attacked by a swarm of bats wouldn't be the worst thing Buffy could imagine, so maybe things wouldn't be so bad after all.
Finally, they were inside, though Buffy wasn't sure being inside was any better. Because at the moment she was more than a little tempted to turn around and go sleep in the truck, or even a patch of sand might be better at this point. It would probably be cleaner then sleeping inside at any rate.
Spike and Xander went to order a drink, Buffy was thirsty, but she wasn't sure she wanted to drink anything this place served.
"I don't recall ever having been in a place quite like this," Coraline said, as she carefully pulled a chair out, and Buffy found herself glad that Coraline was here. At least she was a female, and could understand Buffy's aversion to the whole place. "And I was around during the dark ages."
Buffy grinned, but before she could speak Xander and Spike returned, and they just pulled out chairs and sat down.Men,
Buffy thought, and shared another grin with Coraline.
Xander handed Buffy a soda, and she was grateful, mostly because it was in a can. She didn't know what the flavor was since she couldn't read Spanish, but she didn't care, it was in a can which meant it wasn't tainted by this place.
"The bad news," Xander said once they were seated. "No one seems to be planning to leave until morning."
"Great," Buffy groused.
Spike smirked. "So, I got us a room."
"Just one room for all of us?" Buffy asked.
Spike turned serious. "There's something about this place, or the people
. I think we should stick together."
Buffy blinked. When Spike turned serious things were very bad indeed. She couldn't help but wonder what he was picking up on.
"I believe Spike is correct," Coraline said slowly. "The people here don't feel like people at all. I believe they are vampires, and lots of them."
"Vampires?" Spike asked, and he sounded shocked. "Don't feel like vamps to me, though I admit my kind can't really sense others, unless we're related."
Coraline smiled. "Strange then, because to me, they feel a lot like you're kind."
Spike blinked, and started looking around. Buffy closed her eyes. Sensing and slaying vampires was what she was built for after all.
She almost jumped out of her seat. Coraline was right, this place was crawling with vampires. There was so many, in fact, that Buffy couldn't tell if there was actually any humans in here.
Buffy frowned. Had she really gotten so far off her game that she could end up in a building full of vampires and not realize it? Apparently, because if Coraline hadn't pointed them out, Buffy knew she still wouldn't have sensed them.
Buffy grinned. This might not be so bad, after all.
Clearly she needed some practice, and since this place was full of vampires, she suspected she'd be getting some practice very soon.
"She's right," Buffy said as she opened her eyes. "There's about as many vampires on this floor as humans, I think. I also think that above and below us are even more vampires."
"We are so screwed," Xander announced.
"Nice racket they've got here," Buffy said. "Lure in tired humans and then have a feeding frenzy."
Spike looked eager, and then a bit unhappy. Buffy thought the reason he looked unhappy was because his control was slipping. But what really worried Buffy was that Coraline was also looking eager.
"Yeah, but if no one ever leaves," Xander said. "How does this place remain in business? I mean surely disappearances would be reported and that sort of thing."
"Sunnydale style cops in Mexico," was the only thing Buffy could come up with. "Or, if no one ever truly leaves, then there's no one to report anything."
"But some of the people that end up here have to have family or friends who would try to find them," Xander pointed out.
"They might," Coraline spoke up. "But it would probably be hard to track exactly where most of the people who come here were when they vanished. I suspect they get mostly travelers and truck drivers, people that are generally on the move, and not from around here. Plus these vampires could, just as we do, have a way of cleaning up the evidence, so if anyone did come looking..."
There would be no evidence that the person had ever been here. It was clever, Buffy had to admit.
Buffy looked around and considered making her move. It would probably be better to get things started before the feeding frenzy began.~ * ~ * ~