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01 October 2009 @ 12:26 pm
Fic: Five Roommates Dennis Had After Cordelia  
Title Five Roommates Dennis Had After Cordelia
Author xlivvielockex
Rating PG
Word Count 500 (5x100)
Prompt Written for Monster Madness (Ghost) at good__evil
Characters/Pairing (if any) Phantom Dennis, mentions of Cordelia, OCs
A/N: SPOILERS FOR THE COMICS! I wanted it to have a happy ending but I couldn't write it without it being cheesier than Nachos BellGrande.



I.

The first was an elderly lady. She had hair the color and texture of cotton candy. Dennis swore if he looked closely, he could see the tiny crystallized sugars among the tightly coiled curls. Her cane was older than she was, the rubber stopper cracked and peeling off. The exposed unfinished wood leaving scuff marks on the floor. She hated the building noise and would spend every night pounding the cane on the walls, floors, and ceiling. Her family came one day and whisked her away. He was glad she hadn’t died here. He wasn’t ready for a permanent roommate.

II.

The second was a bachelor who would throw his potato chip bags and beer cans on the floor instead of the trashcan. Cordy had never been neat but she never lived in the filth this guy liked to wallow in. Dennis knew the puke stain that the guy had tried to cover up with a giant Budwieser throw was never going to come out. The smell of marijuana was stuck to the curtains, invading every fiber. He’d blast synthetic music with guys yelling about women in a sexual and violent manner. Dennis danced the day the landlord evicted the pig.

III.

Dennis could have grown to love the newlywed couple. They had stars in their eyes and dreams of fame and fortune. The wife reminded him so much of Cordy. She would go to auditions, come home exhausted and beat down by the rejections. Her husband was oblivious, hunched over his laptop, furiously typing “The Script That Was Going To Make Him Famous”. It wasn’t his fault really, when Dennis picked up the loofah out of habit while she was in the bath. He’d never get the screams out of his head and that was the last he saw of them.

IV.

When LA went to Hell, Dennis found himself with a glut of roommates. The vacant apartment was broken into and slowly people found their way here, one by one, looking beat up and worn down. Now he had a suffering crowd crammed into every available square inch of the apartment. They huddled against each other for comfort, scared and confused about what was happening to them. No one took notice of him. He had no ideas, no way to offer them anything but shelter against the tempest outside. Their numbers dwindled until there was no one left to come home.

V.

If asked, he wouldn’t have been able to tell how much time had passed. The damaged done by the cowering crowd after Hell-LA was never fixed by the landlord. Dennis couldn’t be sure there was even a landlord anymore. He spent most days in the dark, listening to the sounds of the outside world. There was no television to watch, no music to listen to, no one to look after. He had entertained the idea that if Cordelia had died during the apocalypse, she would have come for him, taken him to a new apartment in Heaven.

She never came.
 
 
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Beer Goodbeer_good_foamy on October 1st, 2009 07:44 pm (UTC)
God, that's depressing. :-( Very well done, but depressing. Poor Dennis.
Kelly: Buffy: Scythexlivvielockex on November 18th, 2009 05:55 am (UTC)
What can I say, sometimes I gotta write the depressing fic. (And yes, just now getting around to replying to comments. LOL I suck!)
Abbyabelina on October 1st, 2009 08:17 pm (UTC)
Oh, very well done! Sad, though :( Maybe she'll come back for him someday?
Kelly: Cordy: Internet Addictxlivvielockex on November 18th, 2009 05:56 am (UTC)
Thanks for the comment. The original draft, I had Cordy come back but it was coming out soooo cheesy, I couldn't do it. LOL

Sorry for taking so long to reply. I was on vacation.
Elsaayinhara on October 1st, 2009 09:11 pm (UTC)
Poor Dennis.
Kelly: Buffy: Monkeyxlivvielockex on November 18th, 2009 05:56 am (UTC)
Poor guy. He always gets forgotten. Thanks for the comment.
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Kelly: Cordy: Queen Cxlivvielockex on November 18th, 2009 05:57 am (UTC)
The original draft, Cordy came back for Dennis but lord, it was so horrible and cheesy, I couldn't do it. I think this one has to stay sad.
silver_galaxysilver_galaxy on October 2nd, 2009 12:50 am (UTC)
Oh wow, I love the idea of Dennis wanting Cordy to come back to him as a ghost :)
Kelly: DH: Doll Partsxlivvielockex on November 18th, 2009 05:57 am (UTC)
Thank you for commenting, I'm glad you liked it. Sorry it took so long for me to respond. I was on vacation.
selene2: evilpetselene2 on October 2nd, 2009 01:15 am (UTC)
Aw! Poor Dennis. Wonderful work. :D
Kelly: Buffy: Scythexlivvielockex on November 18th, 2009 05:58 am (UTC)
Thank you!

And I haven't seen you around LJ. How are you doing? Everything okay?
Sandy: buffy fallen by liquid_garnetsandy_s on October 2nd, 2009 01:38 am (UTC)
Awww...I liked Dennis...so sad that he missed Cordy...and never knew her fate.
Kelly: Buffy: Scythexlivvielockex on November 18th, 2009 05:58 am (UTC)
Very sad. Another character that didn't get a resolution.

Sorry for being so late to comment, was on vacation.
Melissa: Allisonmelissa_pbfan on October 2nd, 2009 05:51 am (UTC)
Aw, poor Dennis.
Kelly: ATS: AWC Familyxlivvielockex on November 18th, 2009 05:58 am (UTC)
I always feel so bad for him because we don't ever finds out what happens. Thanks for commenting.
one of the shiny, happy people: [angel] Cordyaygul on October 2nd, 2009 08:10 am (UTC)
This is great. It's so sad and I can easily imagine it's what happened in canon.

It was upsetting that everyone just forgot about Dennis. I half expected someone -- okay, wanted Angel -- to go back to her apartment on that last day.
Kelly: ATS: Team Angelxlivvielockex on November 18th, 2009 05:59 am (UTC)
I KNOW! I wanted SOMEONE to go back and tell Dennis about Cordy. I wanted to see maybe a 30 second scene. Something, some kind of resolution!
acinoganacinogan on October 2nd, 2009 12:40 pm (UTC)
III made me go "awww, dennis..."

poor thing, stuck waiting around. but good fic :)
Kelly: VM: Be Coolxlivvielockex on November 18th, 2009 05:59 am (UTC)
I am kind of evil to characters but hey, Joss was too so I think it's okay. LOL
LB: julietevangelin1202 on October 2nd, 2009 06:20 pm (UTC)
Oh my, this is so beautiful. And sad. I love it! :)
Kelly: Buffy: Monkeyxlivvielockex on November 18th, 2009 06:00 am (UTC)
Thank you. Sometimes you just have to write the sadfic.
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Kelly: Buffy: Ozxlivvielockex on November 18th, 2009 06:00 am (UTC)
I feel so so so bad for Dennis. We never get to see what happens to him. Thank you for the comment.
M: ats gangspankulert on October 2nd, 2009 11:28 pm (UTC)
Poor guy :(
Kelly: ATS: Team Angelxlivvielockex on November 18th, 2009 06:01 am (UTC)
I know. I feel so bad for him. I hope he finally got to Heaven eventually.
Corinna: Cordyalwaysjbj on October 3rd, 2009 08:19 am (UTC)
Oh, that is so sad! Poor Dennis.
Kelly: Cordy: Rip Your Wingsxlivvielockex on November 18th, 2009 06:02 am (UTC)
I tried to make it happy! I did. It just turned out sad sadly. LOL