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16 December 2007 @ 03:51 pm
Fic: Four Ghosts of Christmas Past...  
Title: Four Ghosts of Christmas Past and One Ghost of Christmas Future
Author: xlivvielockex
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 5 x 100 (500 words total)
Prompt: Ghost at btvsats_love
Characters/Pairing (if any) Angel
A/N: Thank you to boy_named_susie for being her super cool betaing self


He sat on the floor with his treasure surrounding him: fruits, nuts, candied goodies. His mother watched from her chair by the fire, stomach swollen and heavy with what he hoped and prayed would be a brother. His father was gone on business, but his gift was a practical set of tools that was quickly put aside. He reached for the last present, unwrapping it with the gutso and joy of a child on Christmas. Inside laid sheets of drawing papers and pots of paints. He looked to his mother with a dumbfounded expression.

“What your father doesn’t know, Liam.”



She was laid out on the bed like a feast fit for a king. Drunk from too much wine and celebration, she would be a masterpiece for her husband or lover to find come morning. Her skin was flushed like bright, juicy apples. He could feel the blood, the life, pulsing just below the surface of her naked body. He would open her up like a present, pulling out garlands of wet, hot innards. Playing with each of her marvelous crevices and then making a few more of his own to explore.

Darla had given him the perfect Christmas gift.



He watched the people scurrying around like the vermin he was so used to feeding on. Their arms were filled with packages, their faces stretched to a breaking point with happiness. The music reached into every alley from the storefronts and passersby, and he could not get it out of his head. He found himself humming along, wishing he could be like all the others, free to dance in the holiday and not hide in the shadows. This present, this curse, this soul – it wanted to touch, to join in the festivities.

Angel’s present to the world was to resist.



His son was cradled in her arms, away from the enormous tree and all the twinkling lights. When he got too close, he tried to reach for them, to put them into his tiny mouth. He smiled at the thought of it, as he soaked in the sounds of his friends, his family, gathered around to open presents, all of them full from dinner and slightly drunk from too much rum laced eggnog.

The picture locked in his mind of Cordelia, his best friend, holding the son he thought he would never have, would be a gift to treasure forever.



He wasn’t sure if today was the right day. He couldn’t be sure of anything anymore. He didn’t have a tree, and the presents he had carried with him for all these years were beginning to look their age. The wrapping was faded and peeling, the edges of the presents peeking out, taunting him because they would never be opened, never see their owners. They were addressed to those who’d given their lives for his fool’s mission, for a prophecy that still hadn’t come to fruition.

So many behind him. So many stretched before him. All he had was ghosts.
Current Mood: busybusy
Adjoviadjovi on December 16th, 2007 11:29 pm (UTC)
this was just great. loved the evolution of angel...so sad. thanks!
Kelly: ATS: Smarter Angelxlivvielockex on December 16th, 2007 11:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you so very much for reading and commenting. I really appreciate it. I am really glad that you enjoyed it.
beer_good_foamy on December 16th, 2007 11:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, this was fantastic. Liam being given drawing paper, "Angel’s present to the world was to resist", and the final one... dammit, isn't Christmas supposed to make people happy? You're obviously and deliciously evil. Don't stop being evil.
Kelly: ATS: Smarter Angelxlivvielockex on December 16th, 2007 11:53 pm (UTC)
You are SO making me blush, you have no idea.

And my family holidays are NEVER happy. If I can't have a happy Giftmas, none of you guys can either. LOL
M: Angel Gunn not fade awayspankulert on December 16th, 2007 11:51 pm (UTC)
This was great, how you came up with these different christmas experiences :)
Kelly: ATS: Smarter Angelxlivvielockex on December 16th, 2007 11:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I am glad that you enjoyed it. It actually came to me as an idea at 3am. Wouldn't leave me alone until I made Angel suffer.
M: ComicB sexy phone time?spankulert on December 17th, 2007 12:40 am (UTC)
lol well that's when you know it's a good idea ;)

loving your icon btw. I just buckled from the temptation and got myself a paid account(we'll call it an early christmas present), so now I'm busily uploading my oh so Spikeish moodtheme made by spikeshunny *giddy bounce*
Kelly: ATS: Wes RAWR!xlivvielockex on December 17th, 2007 12:46 am (UTC)
I got myself a paid account last year for Christmas and then when they did the perm account sale a few months ago, I got a REALLY early Christmas present and went perm.

I actually have yet to fill up all the userpics you get but I am happy to be able to use different usermade mood themes. (Plus, no ads and more layout styles!)
M: Drusilla naughtyspankulert on December 17th, 2007 12:59 am (UTC)
Layout styles don't really appeal to me, since I'm such a habitual person I'm very likely to stick with what I've got.

Impressive how you've still got slots open in userpics. I filled mine up in 5 minutes :p ...forced myself to leave 3 slots open, to leave room for someother characters. Since I've done a 100 icons challenge on both Faith and Dru, the rest of the characters are very much the minority.
Kelly: ATS: Darla Dru Girl Lovexlivvielockex on December 17th, 2007 07:51 pm (UTC)
With the perm account, you get 140 userpics. I am at like 128/130 I think. I just get so tired of scrolling through sooooo much to get my pics so I think I will stay around there. LOL

I think just this year alone, I cleared over 400 icons and I still have a lot more on my HD that I will post at the end of the year. I can never decide which ones out of those to use. :)
Sarah: RH:  Guy/Marian whispersboy_named_susie on December 17th, 2007 03:35 am (UTC)
These are all great, but I think the last one is the most poignant for me. You're awesome as usual babe.
Kelly: AD: Steve Holtxlivvielockex on December 17th, 2007 07:51 pm (UTC)
I love you.
the_birds_dead on December 18th, 2007 02:02 am (UTC)
oh wow, what a great piece :D i especially loved the first one, very cute.
Kelly: ATS: Smarter Angelxlivvielockex on January 14th, 2008 05:37 am (UTC)
Thank you so very much. I couldn't help but sneak the cuteness in there. LOL
a2zmoma2zmom on December 18th, 2007 02:35 am (UTC)
An excellent set.
Kelly: ATS: Smarter Angelxlivvielockex on January 14th, 2008 05:37 am (UTC)
Thank you. I am glad you think so.
nabikineumannnnabikineumann on December 19th, 2007 12:57 am (UTC)
Those are realy really great. Got me all choked up. Almost worth that comic to have the last little scene. Lova ya babe, and happy soon birthday (I probably won't be online when it comes.)
Kelly: Chuck Norris Cornxlivvielockex on January 14th, 2008 05:38 am (UTC)
Love you too. (even so much that I am using the Chuck Norris icon on a fanfic post. Now that is love!)