Title: Blood Will Tell
Fandoms: Buffy the Vampire Slayer/The Black Donnellys
Characters/Pairing: Buffy Summers/Tommy Donnelly
Challenge entry: choco_cherries Round 21 - Free-for-all
Word count: 298
Dedication: For ineffort . Look, May! It's BUFFYTOMMY TOMMYBUFFY!
A/N: Inspired by the adorable cuddling in the Veronika Decides to Die trailer.
Summary: "We just keep running. And it's always blood."
The first time he sees her, she has blood on her hands, and he thinks maybe she’d understand.
Turns out, it’s her own blood, but she fights anyway, her sword sending the guys who look like extras from a Mel Gibson blockbuster falling to the ground (blood everywhere). A sword? He knows guns and knives, gets axes and bombs, but swords? He starts to question his gut reaction to her.
Only it turns out that she does understand. Swaying on her feet, blood gushing from a gut wound, and it’s her love for her sister that keeps her upright. Yeah, he gets that, that ingrained need to protect your family, written in the DNA in your blood. Yeah, he gets that.
He also knows how to patch her up again, and he isn’t really surprised (knights and swords?) that she starts to heal way quicker than she should.
She’s on the run, protecting her sister not only from the Knights That Say Key, as she flippantly calls them (half the time he has no clue what she’s saying), but a skanky-hellbitch-god, whatever that means. He doesn’t ask, just makes his brothers scoot over so the girls can fit in the back of the van (there’s room enough, now that Mom’s gone). They’re on the run, too—might as well run together. When their pasts catch up with them, they fight: knights and Dokey’s men and other things he doesn’t even want to know the names of. Their lives mesh easily.
One night, late, Sean’s driving, everyone else sleeping, and Tommy slips into the back where she’s watching over her sleeping sister, fierce and weary. She whispers her past: destiny, desire, death.
“We just keep running,” she murmurs right before she falls asleep against his shoulder. “And it’s always blood.”
Yeah. He gets that..