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FIC: The Sap Chronicles: List (5/5) (A Fragile Existence Companion) FR13
by Laney (laney_1974)
at May 18th, 2008 (07:37 pm)
happy

current mood: happy

Fic:The Sap Chronciles
Series:Fragile Existence
Author: laney_1974
Disclaimer: I own nothing. Buffy and Angel people belong to Joss and Mutant Enemy. The Stargate people belong to Gekko Productions, Double Secret Productions, MGM/UA, Showtime/Viacom.
Authors Note: This is a series of short ficlets set in the Fragile Existence 'Verse. They're set after FE and contain insane levels of Sap (hence the title). This is actually complete, I just haven't had the opportunity to go through the last four ficlets due to uni. I will post one ficlet/chapter every couple of days.
Authors Note II: On a completely unrelated note, once I've finished posting the Sap Chronicles, it's highly unlikely there will be any updates for any stories until after June 18 (my last exam of the semester - wish me luck!)
Dedication: To the lovely zephyrrs for the beta and brilliant feedback.


Author's Note: This fic refers rather vaguely to Deja Vu. While you won't necessarily need to read that fic for this, it will help.



"You okay?"

Dawn nodded slowly, still looking shell shocked. "Yeah, I'm fine. Happy even. I'm happy for them. I am."

"Really?" Jack studied his friend. "'Cause, you look more freaked than happy."

Her eyes went wide and she shook her head furiously. "I'm not freaked. Really, I'm not, it's just…"

"Weird?"

She started to deny it, then gave up and nodded. "Weird." She sighed. "I feel bad, you know."

"Because Kit and Carlos are dating?"

"No, because I wish they weren't."

He leaned back against the tree and folded his arms against his chest, waiting for her to continue.

"I mean… What if this changes things between the four of us? What if they break up and things are all awkward between them and then between us? What if they fight and they want us to take sides? What if we all stop being friends?"

"You think the four of us will stop being friends? Really?"

She shrugged. "Buffy and Angel aren't friends and neither are Xander and Anya. What if it's like that with the two of them? I know it's selfish, but… I don't want the four of us to stop being friends." She sighed again. "Maybe the movie was right, maybe men and women can't be friends."

Jack knew it had been a bad idea for Kit and Dawn to pick When Harry Met Sally for movie night. "Men and women can be friends."

Dawn shot him an unimpressed look. "Really? Every person I know who was friends with someone of the opposite sex has been interested in them in a 'more than friends' way. Willow was in love with Xander. Xander was in love with Buffy. Hermione was in love with Ron. God! Even I had a crushes on Xander and Spike."

Jack could have honestly lived a long and happy life without that knowledge. "I can honestly say that I have female friends who will never be more than friends."

"Who?"

"Kit, your sister, Willow, Fred, Hermione, and Ginny."

"Since it's unlikely we'll ever get back to Hogwarts, I don't really think Hermione and Ginny…" Her words trailed off and Jack watched as her mind processed what he had said or, rather, what he hadn't said. "You didn't say me."

No, he hadn't.

"I wasn't on the list of women you said you would only ever be friends with." Her eyes went wide and he could practically see the wheels turning in her head.

Jack made a face. He had no idea what to tell her. "I know."

"You know?" she repeated, looking stunned once more. Well, at least she wasn't freaking about Kit and Carlos anymore.

"Are you all right with that?" He sure as hell wasn't, but that didn't change how he felt.

"Yes… I mean no… Yes! I…. I don't know. What does that mean?" she asked, going from stunned to confused. "You don't date. I mean, I know we're both eighteen now, but I thought dating still wigged you out."

"It does," he confessed, "and I'm not really sure what it means. I don't want to start dating or anything and I'm not in love with you but, when I think of women I know I won't ever be with… you don't make the list."

"Oh."

Yeah, 'oh'. "So… Are you okay with that?" He had to know that she was okay with it. In spite of what Hermione had said, Jack didn't believe for a minute Dawn still had a crush on him. He didn't want to make things awkward between them. "You're not going to freak out or anything, are you?"

"No… I'm not going to freak out about it. It's good. We're good."

Jack wasn't so sure he shared the same opinion, but…

"Jack?"

"Yeah?"

"You don't make the list either."

Comments

Posted by: De (delibby)
Posted at: May 19th, 2008 01:08 am (UTC)

awwwww

I've been bad and not commented, but I really have loved these. Thank you!

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