Title: Ignite

Author: Diva Stardust

Rating: R

Summary: Spike and Dawn take care of some unfinished business. Post-"The Gift".

Distribution: Just ask first if you want to archive this somewhere, please. I will most likely say yes!

Disclaimer: All characters belong to Joss Whedon, Mutant Enemy, etc. I'm not making any money off this!

Acknowledgements: Thanks to Spikeyvamp for the beta!

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Blood splattered on her princess dress.

Blood from that thing kept splashing her over and over but she didn't stop hitting it with the axe.

Spike watched from behind her. What her blows lacked in skill and finesse she made up for in determination. Angry jabs cutting the body over and over again.

He put his hand on her shoulder. "That's enough now, Nibblet."

She paused, holding the axe in midair. "Give me the knife," she said through gritted teeth.

Spike didn't hesitate and handed it to her while taking away the axe. "Careful," he said softly.

Dawn didn't say anything in return. She knelt down on the ground and began slicing the thing. Not stabbing but slicing. Words came out of her mouth. Words he'd never heard her say before, some she'd probably learned from him. She cursed the thing over and over for what he had taken from her.

When he heard her beginning to cry he took the knife away from her. "You did a good job, Bit."

Dawn stood up quickly, trying to hide the tears that ran down her face. They stood and looked at the thing on the ground together in silence.

Spike lit up a cigarette casually and then handed the match to Dawn. She threw it over the body and watched it go up in flames.

They stood there together under the tower; Spike stroking her hair gently while they watched Doc's body turn to ash.