Summary: Buffy's sacrifice is abruptly interrupted.

Disclaimer: I don't own any of the characters portrayed here, they remain the property of their respective owners/creators.

Rating: PG, for themes and general oddness

Time Frame: The next to last scene of "The Gift" (implied spoilers).

Archiving: Be my guest, but e-mail me (eilandesq@aol.com) to let me know. . .I like to know where stuff I write ends up and I might want to see what else you've got.

Author's Comments: This is my first attempt at a drabble. I had an odd inspiration while thinking about "Graduation Day, Part II," and this is the result. Any resemblance between the events portrayed here and earth logic is purely coincidental.

TAKEN LITERALLY




Buffy silently said goodbye to life and prepared to jump. Suddenly, a dark-haired figure shouldered past her, avoiding her attempt to stop him. Buffy could only watch helplessly as Xander--his eyes full of love for her--fell into the energy vortex.

The vortex flashed and closed, and Buffy fell to her knees, sobbing. Dawn ran over to Buffy, screaming, "What happened?"

Buffy, grieving and anticipating the accusing looks from Anya and the others, could only think * It's my fault. . .I did this to him * as her words from two years ago echoed through her mind:

"Xander, you're Key Guy."




Postscript: 1) Yes, I know the last line isn't a direct quote from Buffy. . .artistic license. ; - )

2) I checked around a bit before writing this, but checking all of the recently written Buffyfic out there is a task that I no longer have time for, alas. If someone spotted this joke first and used it in a fic, my apologies for intruding on your turf. . .take a bow. : - )



As before, comments are welcome and desired.