Title: Elemental - Metal

Author: Jedi Buttercup

Rating: K+

Summary: B:tVS/Jurassic Park. They know all the arguments against their match already. Double drabble.

Disclaimer: The words are mine; the worlds are not. I claim nothing but the plot.

Spoilers: B:tVS post-"Chosen"; JP post-"Jurassic Park III" (2001)

Notes: Follows "Earth", "Fire", "Air" and "Water". Contains references from Gerard Hopkin's poem, "God's Grandeur" (1918), and from J.R.R. Tolkien.

When Buffy tells her sister she's transferring her psychology degree work from Rome to the University of Montana, Dawn laughs, then stares, then checks to see if Willow has somehow retrieved her robot double. The other Scoobies do a covert investigation and discover Alan's presence, then call to tease; Giles says little, but she can guess what he's thinking. What happened to "you're very, very old and it's gross?"

Buffy has no explanation. She flips through magazines full of white dresses, and focuses on the present.

Alan has little better luck. Billy teases incessantly; Ellie, when he tells her, asks several times if he thinks it's wise, then rolls her eyes and helps him pick out rings.

They know all the arguments against their match already: he's old enough to be her father, and her job has made her into a sword always unsheathing, a magnet for danger. But age is no obstacle for her, and he has faced velociraptors; their love is what matters.

When he looks at her, he sees only shining from shook foil; when she looks at him, she sees only ah! bright wings.

Their life together is as happy as ever afters can possibly be.