Hi Astrid!🌹 How would suitors react if they saw the princess talking and playing with her food while eating. Like she is holding a bread and asks "Do you want me to eat you?" And replied herself "Oh, yeah, eat me up! I'm so tasty!" Or "Oh, no! I don't want to be eaten without my friends - butter and cheese, - I'm feel so lonely without them by my side".
Let’s just say Stein is visiting and all the suitors catch her…
Louis - *turns to Sid* “This is your fault.”
Sid - “Surely she’s not drunk, it’s 8am…”
Giles - *whispers to Robert* “Call the doctor.”
Robert - “Eh? Is she feverish?”
Leo - “She must be rehearsing for something.”
Alyn - “Weirdo.”
Nico - “Ooooh, she hears voices too.”
Albert - *scratches head*
Byron - *sits down to eat* “This must be a Wysterian custom- Hello, toast and eggs. Good morning quiche.“
I finally managed to force myself to finish these chibis! I’ve been holding them since the first “Vampire Embrace” story event started in MidC in October, and now the second part is almost over!
Anyway, my biggest motivation was that I wanted some real clothes design for each suitor as vampires, not simply them with their casual or formal outfits. THUS- I started this project. My favorite by far is Nico, because look at him! He’s ADORBS!!
1) You know? Sometimes it’s good old fun to watch the characters you love crumble a little bit and air their dirty laundry, you know? It’s good for the soul, it’s all I’m saying.
2) “Quite frankly, I don’t think he was ever the soldier that you all hoped he was. Boy thinks too much.” Okay, A) He never did a whole lot of thinking, at least not before Buffy showed up and started questioning literally every single aspect of his life; and B) This is clearly a jab at the military mentality that has caused so many problems in the past (at least in my country), the whole due obedience shtick by which people end up doing despicable things just because they were told to.
3) Spike knows best.
4) Spike really likes bragging about killing two slayers, right? I like that Adam questions why he hasn’t been able to kill Buffy, and Spike clearly wonders the same thing. Of course, after the flashback in Fool for Love with Dru and the Chaos Demon we finally understand why - it’s not just that he basically lacks the ability to stick to a plan and follow through, although that’s part of it. Buffy has gotten under his skin, and as much as he claims he wants to see her dead, that’s more wishful thinking than actual want. He wants to want to see her dead/kill her. But he can’t bring himself to actually do it - or even to want to do it - because… well, it’s Buffy.
ADAM: Two Slayers.
Spike: That’s right.
ADAM: And you killed them both?
Spike: Yeah. I killed the hell out of them.
ADAM: Yet you fear this one?
Spike: Hey, watch it, mate. I don’t fear anything. Just know my enemies.
ADAM: Do you? Then why haven’t you killed this Slayer yet?
Spike: Because… stinking, rotten luck is why. On top of that, now I got this buggering chip up my head.
5) And this is one of the things I like the best about Spike - even if in this case he’s choosing to use this skill for evil. He actually understands Buffy and the Scoobies, probably better than they understand themselves or each other. It is one of the perks of being an outsider, you know? But there’s more to it. It’s Spike’s nature. He’s a very keen observer of human nature. It might have something to do with the fact that even as a vampire he’s very in touch with his humanity - even if only with the darkest side of it. I think it also has to do with who and how he was before he was turned. He was a poet and he was shy and a bit of an introvert. So he had years of practice on being an outsider and just observing. And it kind of pays off.
Spike: The Slayer’s got pals. You want her evening the odds in a fight you don’t want the Slayerettes mucking about.
ADAM: Take them away from her.
Spike: Now there’s a plan. (…) Yeah. Leave `em to me.
ADAM: You can’t hurt them. What can you do to make sure they’re out of the picture?
Spike: Not a blessed thing. They’re gonna do it for me.
This is a rant I meant to write for a long time and you’ve got @metamorpher to blame for encouraging me further.
Within the universe of “Buffy- The vampire slayer” there have been two major things for which the concept of magic was used as a metaphor: Drugs and queer sex The former is most prominent during seasons 2 and 6 while the latter was used most often during season 4, which introduced the character of Tara, our first official queer love interest. The metaphor is used in both obvious (Dawn tells us how concerned her Mother is after Dawn stated that she thought witches to be cool and it is playes as though Joyce fears her daughter might “turn gay” in Season 5, Episode 2) and subtle ways (Willow and Tara spending the nights doing spells together). The creators were told that they needed to veil the evolving gay relationship (that was back in the early 2000’s and the network wasn’t too keen on that kind of story) and the magic metaphor came in handy. In case of Tara and Willow, it is now commonly excepted that magic was used as a metaphor for queer relationships but I want to make my cause for a different character here and that character is Ethan Rayne.
Let me highlight that Ethan was the character through which we first introduced magic as a drug metaphor: In the season 2 episode “The Dark Age” we’re told about the dark past of Buffys “watcher” and father figure Rupert Giles, who misused magic to get high in his youth. Ethan Rayne is (as of “The Dark Age”) the last surviving member of Giles’ circle of friends from back then. Every time he appears (as a villain) on Buffy, he tries to bring Giles’ “bad” side and therefor his old companion back.
Ethans’ last appearance on the show was in season 4, during the episode “A New Man”, which contains some of the most blatant sexual subtext of the whole series. During that episode, we intercut scenes of Buffy and her boyfriend sparing (which is quite obviously meant to equal sex), Willow and Tara performing a spell (do I even need to point out that this is meant to be sexual also?)
^just some heterosexual gals here no subtext what so ever we’re gasping because of the magic
and Ethan and Giles getting drunk in a bar lamenting how they got old but are still “a couple of sorcerers”. Ethan goes as far as to say: “The night is still our time. Time of magic.” and they toast “to magic”. Soon after, we cut to Giles waking up in his apartment, now turned into a demon (because yes there was an actual plot in this episode not just gay subtext) and the scene visually implies the morning after a one-night stand.
Now, writer Jane Espenson stated already that she “always felt that there was something between [Giles and Ethan] when they were younger” but we never really canonized it within the series, partly perhaps because they got rid of Ethan way before speaking openly about queer relations. The point that I’m stressing is simply this: Among all the non-canon ships of Buffy, this is the one that is- at least on a metaphorical level- almost obviously hinted at more than once. Still, there are many people who believe it to be a crack ship and I think that’s got something to do with the overall bisexual erasure of Buffy. Joss Whedon made a point in stating that both Willow and later Andrew are gay once they realize their feelings for someone of the same sex even though they previously showed attraction to men/women. In the case of Ethan Rayne we lose the chance to explore his relationship with Giles further because everything Giles did in his youth is treated as dangerous folly. Here and now, he is straight even though he once regularly summoned a demon that is canonically stated to be used during orgies- with a group of friends that only had one female in it.
^The comics take on Giles’ demon conjuring life back in the 70′s
The series even made a joke during “A New Man” which had Ethan compliment the waitress and Giles thinking he was talking to him for a moment and I’d like to point out that- even though it was clearly a self-ironic comment about the sexual tension going on between those two “old friends”- Giles seems pretty smug at the moment and not that surprised.
So, on April 28th I will be 21 years old. Meaning I am of legal age to consume alcoholic beverages (not that I haven’t before then). These two gifs will show how I will probably act tomorrow night after I get off work. :]