Disclaimer: I do not own the characters featured in this story. Or the leaf blower demons. Don't own them either.

A/N: Originally written for Fag End's Halloween 2014 Zombie Uprising challenge for the prompt "The Pit and the Pendulum."

This is set at some indeterminate point after 8.05 "The Chain," but Spike's presence makes it either AU or after season nine.


If someone took a picture of them, it might look like an exciting scene from an action movie. Tarzan or Indiana Jones or Star Warsor something. All geared up, weapons ready for decimating enemies, just about to enter the fray.

Except it's not exciting at all, or at least not in any good, confident, about-to-destroy-things-with-her-best-friends kind of way. It is slightly exciting in the 'heartbeat speeding up' kind of way, and the inducing nausea kind of way. She is so ready for the freaky falling-into-battle to start back up as soon as their ropes stop being tangled and they start actually descending into the giant gaping pit below them, instead of swinging back and forth.

"Xander!" she shouts into her headset and Spike grimaces and ducks away from her as far as he can, which is basically moving his head and nothing else.

"I'm trying!" her friend's voice responds through the crackle of static.

With her underground decoy now dead apparently, it's time for the real Buffy Summers to show this Yamanh of Hoht demon guy, and those slugs and leaf blowers, what they're dealing with by messing with the Slayers. And she will.

Soon.

Hopefully.