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April 2019



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BtVS Double Drabble: Unexpected

Title: Unexpected
Fandom: BtVS
Author: badly_knitted
Characters: Buffy, Riley.
Rating: G
Challenge: 97: A Chance Encounter at drabble_weekly.
Spoilers/Setting: As You Were.
Summary: He’s the last person Buffy expected to walk into her workplace.
Disclaimer: I don’t own BtVS, or the characters. They belong to Joss Whedon.
A/N: Double drabble.

You never know who you might run into when you’re going about your day-to-day life. Sometimes the meeting is a pleasant surprise, an opportunity to catch up with an old friend you haven’t seen in a while, but other times, there you are, just minding your own business and then there they are, the last person in the world you needed to see, bringing back all the old feelings; your ex.

Buffy’s trying, really trying, to be the properly perky service person behind the counter at the Double Meat Palace, all cheerful smile and ‘How may I help you?’ When she sees who’s standing in front of her though, she grinds to a halt and her brain seizes up. It’s just so… unexpected, like something out of a dream.

It’s also work-related, her other work, the kind that doesn’t involve serving burgers. That’s fine with Buffy; slaying demons takes precedence, and this is Riley! Of course she’s going to drop everything to help him.

It’s almost like old times at first, battling demons together. It’s good, and Buffy allows herself to start thinking maybe they could get back together.

That hope doesn’t last; Riley’s married.

She didn’t see that coming.

The End



Great drabble
Thank you!
I love that you caught B in such an utterly normal moment.
I was never a Riley fan, but I did sympathise with Buffy that even when she tried to have a normal relationship it was still all screwed up and fell apart on her.

Thank you!