Goodbye to the Still Life


Summary: She watches him for several weeks and to her it's almost like he's standing still while the world moves around him. She intends to change that.

Spoilers: post BtVS S7, through S1 Ep. 2 'Night of the Comet' for Diaries

Disclaimer: I own nothing. All the vampire-y goodness belongs to L.J. Smith and the creators of the show. Lyrics are from Finger 11's song Paralyzer, which I also do not own.

Author's Note: Prequel to my fic 'Drowning Pool'. I'm in a Vampire Diaries frame of mind. When I wrote Drowning Pool I intended for it to be a stand alone, but Dawn and my muse refused to be silenced. The song lyrics inspired me as I was listening to my playlist on MySpace.

Well I'm not paralyzed but I seem to be struck by you I wanna make you move because you're standing still

She moved to Mystic Falls when Buffy announced that she wanted to travel the world and her sister deserved the chance to follow her dreams for once. So she called Willow and asked if she could move in with her. That was three weeks ago and she had yet to see anything of the town other than the new version of the Magick Shop that Willow opened and the grocery store. Oh, and him. She saw him everyday.

The first time he walked by the store she got just a glimpse of him. Dark, spiked hair and pale skin encased in nearly all black clothing. She tried to write him off as just another passerby even as her gaze followed him all the way across the front of the store until he was out of sight. He walked by the same way the next day, and the next, everyday for three weeks and each time she noticed something fascinating about him that held her attention until the next day when something else would catch her eye. What struck her most was that even though he was walking down the street it was almost as if he was standing still. Something had taken the life from his soul.

He always looked sad, she could tell, and often high. The stoned look was present more often than not and though she was new in town she managed to learn who he was and about the sadness that seemed to weigh his whole body down. She understood loss better than most and decided then and there that she was going to stop mooning from a distance. It was past time to make a move and she planned her attack for the night before the first day of school.

She picked her outfit carefully, left her hair long and straight but curled under at the ends, and applied just a little makeup, eye shadow, mascara, and lip-gloss. The black vest molded tight to her skin, covering her breasts, clasping around her neck and was tied at the base of her back, leaving her entire back bare. The mini skirt and black motorcycle boots just complimented the vest and left little to the imagination. She wanted him to want her. Known among the Scoobies for her relentless, tenacious nature, she'd never used it on anyone outside her sister's circle of friends, but there was a first time for everything. Mystic Falls had no idea what the new girl next door was capable of, but they were about to find out. She wanted Jeremy Gilbert and he had no clue that Hurricane Dawn was about to bowl him over.