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05 May 2009 @ 05:11 pm
Ficlet - Just Dancing (Faith/Dawn)  

Title: Just Dancing

Author: clawofcat & [info]only_passenger
Timing: S7 during “Empty Places”
Rating: PG-13

Pairing: Faith/Dawn
Words: 799
Summary: When the Potentials need to blow off steam, Faith takes the girls out to the Bronze. A dance with Dawn gets her more than she bargained for.  

A/N: For snowpuppies, who asked for a Faith/Dawn drabble. About a year and a half ago, only_passenger and I were messing around and decided to co-write, as an exercise, a series of related vignettes featuring Faith. This scene was one of those vignettes. Part of the challenge was to merge our writing styles together to form a cohesive narrative voice. For those of you familiar with both our work and/or styles, feel free to try and guess who wrote which part.



She’s gotta say she’s impressed. The girl’s got moves. Sipping on her beer from across the room, Faith finds she can’t take her eyes off of Dawn grinding against Willow’s new prep-school, Richie Rich reject. Sixteen was a couple of years back for her, but she remembers that first taste of freedom only another girl can kick up in you. Wasn’t until Sunnydale that she sampled the crazy high of trading blows and dancing fierce with another Slayer.


First time she met Buff, it was right here. Place looked a little seedier, beer was a little cheaper, lights a little dimmer, but it’s the same desperate high school and college crowd that always littered the joint. Casting a glance over at this gangly girl – a girl important enough for B to call final curtain for – she decides it’s time for some one on one. No Watchers or Potentials to cramp her style.


Sidling closer to the kid with a few ass shakes and pelvic thrusts against the slavering dudes giving her hungry eyes gets the blood going. She easily falls in step with Dawn, sandwiching up against her back as Kennedy gyrates and takes the front. Dawn throws her head back and smiles a little at her, giving Faith the go ahead to get more physical. Not a stuck up priss like her sis, check.


Faith’s a touch surprised when the kid bumps her ass back into her groin with a twitch of her hips. A smirk breaks out as she loops her arm around Dawn’s stomach, tilts her crotch forward and slides along, matching her pace. She stares at Kennedy over Dawn’s shoulder, enjoying this whole sitch far too much. Leaning against her neck, she draws in a breath and whispers against her ear. 


 “Like the moves, Sunny D. Big sister show you how?”


“Yeah, right.” Dawn cranes her neck back—and damn’s it long—to respond. “Like Buffy’d ever dance like this. The girl thing alone would wig her out. She kept it under wraps, but when Willow came out, she freaked.”


Faith has to chuckle, though the band drowns it out. “Was a time, Princess. Might be a thing or two you don’t know about her.”


Dawn spins, interested enough to shrug Kennedy back into the rolling sea of flesh and sweat. “Like what kind of stuff?”


Faith grins, laces her legs with Dawns like praying from the waist down. “Maybe I shouldn’t say. Your sister’s always been large with the skeletons keeping to their closets.”


“Waaaiiit.” Dawn pulls her shoulders back like she’s trying to open her peripheral vision up wide enough for a whole new reality to squeeze in. “Are you saying Buffy—”


“Not sayin’ anything, Dawn. Dancing. With jail bait, no less, so be a good little girl and mind those Ps and Qs, or else turn that tight ass a’ yours around and get back to Little Miss Upstate. This here’s the grown up table.”


Dawn slows down long enough to give Faith a good hard look before sliding her hips back into her hands. The calculating smirk-and-eyeroll combo that follows rubs Faith the wrong way. Sass like that doesn’t fly in her parts, especially not from this pipsqueak.


“You get fresh with me,” Faith warns, digging her fingers into Dawn’s waist for emphasis, “you’re gonna find that, as a rule? I give better than I get.”


Dawn just smiles, working to suppress her grin, and shakes her head to herself, hair still bouncing to the beat like a shampoo commercial.


“What?” Faith demands, grabbing Dawn by the shoulders for a single shake.


“Just,” and still with the smile, the kind you put on when you know exactly what the person in front of you has been searching for their whole life and you’ve got it stashed behind your back. “You throw this stuff about Buffy in my face, like ‘oooo, here’s little Dawn, let’s break out the power play so she knows I got the upper hand.’ Thing is, Buffy may have a closet somewhere with a couple skeletons crammed inside. But my closet? A total walk-in. So you little girl me if that’s what butters your bread, but the truth is that I have millennia on you. So before you get fresh with me, you might want to consider that your general rules aren’t gonna so much apply with me.”


Faith baulks, taken aback for a minute, lost somewhere in Dawn’s eyes, kohled ovals with a hint of green in them she’d never noticed before. Just when she thinks this one might have to get stepped outside, she feels Dawn’s hand slip into her back pocket.


“Shhhh,” Dawn whispers against Faith’s ear, the beer on her breath fogging down under Faith’s nose. “I wasn’t really saying. Just dancing, remember?”


Emmieangearia on May 5th, 2009 10:00 pm (UTC)
Loved the flirtatious vibe throughout and the descriptions were perfect. It was fascinating how Faith was trying to put Dawn in her place and Dawn shrugged it off with her millennia of experience.
ClawofCat: dawn sultryclawofcat on May 6th, 2009 01:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks. The simmering sexual tension between them definately adds a bit of dynamism to the piece.

the descriptions were perfect
Hee. All the description/POV stuff is what I wrote, so I'm glad you thought so.

It was fascinating how Faith was trying to put Dawn in her place and Dawn shrugged it off with her millennia of experience.
I'll have to give Pass all the credit for that one. She wrote the dialogue. When we were working on this, there was some speculation about how much Faith really knows about Dawm. We know that her memories are altered to include her, but since she was incarcerated prior to Dawn's canon appearance on the show, she wouldn't know any of the details about her past or Keyness, unless someone had filled her in during S7. We thought this might have been unlikely. So, Faith's going in a bit blind, which is what makes it so fun to get the great blindside by Dawn. She can be quite fiesty ;)
xeexeelia on May 5th, 2009 11:12 pm (UTC)
Very seductive, very hot!
ClawofCat: hotchicksclawofcat on May 6th, 2009 01:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Given the chance, I think those two could get the house on fire.
The Anti-OTPsnowpuppies on May 5th, 2009 11:53 pm (UTC)
Yay! Thanks so much, hon!

I adore take-charge and kinda-bluffing!Dawn, and she was wonderfully done, here.

Also, way hot, as well. Not unexpected, of course. :)
ClawofCat: bite meclawofcat on May 6th, 2009 01:35 pm (UTC)
I adore take-charge and kinda-bluffing!Dawn
Me, too. Credit goes to Pass for that one. I wrote all the description/POV stuff, and she did the dialogue. I was pleasantly surprised by the sass that was flying from Dawn's end myself.

Also, way hot, as well. Not unexpected, of course.
*waggles eyebrows* I just can't help myself.
nuh-kay;;;;: michelle5 by atomic_eyesboundpages on May 6th, 2009 08:05 am (UTC)
More more more! Please! :D
ClawofCat: darkdawnclawofcat on May 6th, 2009 01:39 pm (UTC)
Sorry! That's it. Just a Faith/Dawn missing scene from S7. If you'd like to read more Faith/Dawn S7 fic, I can point you toward a series of ficlets that my writing partner penned. Check them out HERE at only_passenger's journal.
slaymesoftlyslaymesoftly on May 6th, 2009 11:05 am (UTC)
Well done. Not enough is made of Dawn's thousands of years of existence in one form or another. Nice melding of the knowledge of what she was/is with the brave girl she is now.
ClawofCat: Dawn outsiderclawofcat on May 6th, 2009 01:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks :) Credit goes to only_passenger for that decision. She handled Dawn here and I did the Faith POV stuff. There was some speculation between us about whether Faith knew the details about Dawn in canon (we thought no), so it seemed liked a good opportunity for a more mature Dawn to use that part of her identity as an aspect of strength, rather than something that made her "less" human or somehow "other."
Rebecca: Faith Dancing - bruisedcreationnikitangel on May 6th, 2009 11:30 am (UTC)
Nice flirting!
ClawofCat: fangel stakeclawofcat on May 6th, 2009 01:43 pm (UTC)
Hell yeah!
erimthar: pic#87400756erimthar on May 6th, 2009 02:21 pm (UTC)
Ooo, this has everything... a Dawn/Faith/Kennedy sex-dance threesome, Faith getting knocked back a step, and Dawn reminding her and us that there's a lot more than "little girl" there.

Also: any reference to Dawn's sexy long neck earns bonus points. :-)
ClawofCat: faith xanderclawofcat on May 7th, 2009 03:46 am (UTC)
Ooo, this has everything...
That's the brilliant part of writing condensed ficlets - see how much content you can cram in! And lo and behold, in under 800 words it turns out you can reveal a lot, according to your handy synopsis. I'm glad the set up and character insight worked for you. That's what we were going for :)

Also: any reference to Dawn's sexy long neck earns bonus points.
You can credit the points to only_passenger. That was her line. If you'd like more naughty S7 Faith/Dawn check out Pass's (Fawn?) drabbles HERE.
louise39: y Faithlouise39 on May 6th, 2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
"I have millennia on you. So before you get fresh with me, you might want to consider that your general rules aren’t gonna so much apply with me.”
Dawn is definitely not your average teen - and Faith got a surprise.

ClawofCat: faith downcastclawofcat on May 7th, 2009 03:48 am (UTC)
Dawn is definitely not your average teen - and Faith got a surprise.
Heh. And that just rankles the shit out of Faith, no doubt. Dawn could give her a run for her money any day.
Shapinglightshapinglight on May 6th, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
Nice. Good to see Dawn give as good as she gets.
ClawofCat: sister gazeclawofcat on May 7th, 2009 03:50 am (UTC)
Oh, yeah. She's got a lot of spunk and sass in her. When you have Buffy for a big sister, you become the queen of attitude and one-liners. Faith better think again!
KSena: Artful Heart by tiger_tyger@fluidic_ickseenaa on May 6th, 2009 06:14 pm (UTC)
My, my... Very nice. :-D
ClawofCat: faithsmileclawofcat on May 7th, 2009 03:50 am (UTC)
*bows* Thank you!
broken_bodilyxperiment314 on May 7th, 2009 02:24 am (UTC)
i heart slutty dawn!
ClawofCat: special hellclawofcat on May 7th, 2009 03:54 am (UTC)
LOL. Who doesn't?

If you're interested, I've written two Spike/Dawn ficlets where she's quite slutty - Truth Discovered and In the Details.
Faith Alana Alastairfaithlessfate on May 7th, 2009 02:37 am (UTC)
very nice, flirty!Dawn is right up THIS Faith's alley. :)
ClawofCat: think sexclawofcat on May 7th, 2009 03:59 am (UTC)
Ooo, that sounded so wrong :P I'm glad you enjoyed the hot girl on girl. Faith is probably one of the hottest fictional chicks out there. It seems I like having her sleep with everyone, too. I've written her paired or appearing with 7 different characters (male and female) from BtVS/AtS.
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shawty got flava like a peach lifesaveronly_passenger on July 20th, 2009 12:17 am (UTC)
this is a great piece of work. reading it, i couldn't remember at all who wrote what. i kept thinking, this is too good. i can't have written any of it. proof positive that i fangirl you like whoa.

excited to talk with you later. xoxo.
ClawofCat: sister gazeclawofcat on July 25th, 2009 09:17 pm (UTC)
Ha! I love how you're like "this is a great piece of work" as though you had nothing to do with it :D Well, I came up with the premise and wrote the beginning bit with the POV and you wrote most of the dialogue. Before I posted it I added or edited a line or two of the POV between the dialogue and tweaked a word here or there. It was a pretty equal effort on both our parts.

Maybe... we can try little tidbits like this again? I think it's what made this so fun. There was no pressure and we just kinda slapped something down and tried to integrate the voice. Maybe Thursday evening we can brainstorm in preparation for the Con. It's like I need your brain to inspire me to write! (And I have not worked on your Faith dream drabbled request at all - shame on me...)
Katie-kat: Spuffy - 01katiekat641 on September 9th, 2009 01:23 am (UTC)
Love it!
ClawofCat: fuffy party it upclawofcat on September 9th, 2009 03:14 pm (UTC)
velvetwhip: Fanfiction by purplefeenvelvetwhip on March 2nd, 2013 06:45 pm (UTC)
Just got here from fantas_magoria. I am sort of famously non-Faith-fancying, but I decided to give this a whirl and I am very glad I did. Excellent characterization all 'round and a lot of sassy fun.

ClawofCat: faith spraypaintclawofcat on March 10th, 2013 03:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks for taking a chance on this Faith ficlet. And even better that you weren't disappointed! This one was particularly fun since there wasn't much to go on canon-wise between Dawn and Faith. But I do imagine they wouldn't have seen eye to eye on many things, including Buffy.