alixtii: Fred Burkle, wearing labcoat and glasses. Text: "geek" (Fred Burkle)
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Title: Discovery
Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Pairing: Dawn Summers/Fred Burkle
Summary: Her Key-ness isn't exactly a piece of information she likes being shared; then again, she'd also rather not lie to Fred directly. Especially if it's applicable to their research. Plus, you know, relationships being built on trust and all that. "Yes," she admits at last. "I am a mystical nexus of energy."

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Discovery

Dawn's hard at work translating the Hermetic secrets of an ancient Egyptian priestess when Fred pokes her head in her office. "Dawn?" she asks. "I have a sort of weird question to ask you?"

Fred's been working on the same project, but from the other end: trying to recreate the original alchemical processes using her modern-day knowledge of physics, chemistry, and--of course--agic. Dawn, who got a B- when she took Calc I in college, doesn't understand the math at all, which apparently involves something like multiple-eigenstate transcendental numericality, or some such; too many nights begin with Fred trying to explain it to her in bed and Dawn desperately trying to distract her into silence by making love. Sometimes with somewhat questionable success.

"Erm, okay," Dawn answers, uncertainly. "Shoot."

Fred looks nervous. "So, um, you wouldn't possibly be a mystical nexus of energy, would you?" She takes a deep breath and then suddenly she's talking very, very fast. "You see, I was talking to Buffy about our experiments and the way there keeps on being this anomalous distortion in the magnetic fields and I couldn't figure out what it was and then I said--just as a joke--unless you were really a mystical nexus of energy and then Buffy got real quiet and said I should talk to you."

Dawn bites her lip. Her Key-ness isn't exactly a piece of information she likes being shared; then again, she'd also rather not lie to Fred directly. Especially if it's applicable to their research. Plus, you know, relationships being built on trust and all that. "Yes," she admits at last. "I am a mystical nexus of energy." She waits, holding her breath, to see how Fred will react.

"Ah," says Fred, sounding more interested than shocked or disgusted, and she starts scribblng new equations on her clipboard. "That explains a lot, actually."

The reaction is so Fred, so refreshingly characteristic of the scientist to care more about the physiocosmological implications than the fact that her girlfriend and lab partner isn't actually real, to react to that datum with nothing more or less than her usual intense scientific curiosity, as just another piece of information to be logged and tabulated and if possible integrated into the existing models, that Dawn can't resist laughing. But of course to Fred this flesh-and-blood world always has been an illusion; it's the constancy of the rules, both mathematical and metaphysical, which undergird it in which she trusts as the truer reality.

Fred looks up from her clipboard, confused. "Did I say something funny?" she asks.

"No," answers Dawn, then adds, "I love you."

Fred blinks, caught off-guard, then smiles. "You too," she replies.

Dawn grabs the other woman by the arm and pulls her into the office. "Come here, I have something I want to show you," she says.

"Did you make a breakthrough in your translation?" Fred asks interestedly.

"Not exactly," answers Dawn as she shuts the office door behind Fred and closes the blinds.

Moments later, and neither science nor antiquities is on either woman's mind.

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Date: 2010-03-27 08:01 pm (UTC)
bruttimabuoni: (Default)
From: [personal profile] bruttimabuoni
Mmm, thank you! What fun between the two of them, and particularly Fred's reaction reminding Dawn that being the Key doesn't have to be a ball of angst.

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Date: 2010-03-31 03:01 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
this is totally awesome. that is all.

-pocabomba

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Date: 2010-03-27 07:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cmk418.livejournal.com
Lovely! I really liked the way you captured both their personalities in this, especially Fred's. Well done!

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Date: 2010-03-28 05:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alixtii.livejournal.com
Thank you! I'm glad it worked for you.

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Date: 2010-03-27 08:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wordsofastory.livejournal.com
Hee! I really like your take on this pairing. So cute and sweet.

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Date: 2010-03-28 05:44 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2010-03-27 08:23 pm (UTC)
deird1: Fred looking pretty and thoughful (Default)
From: [personal profile] deird1
This is great!

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Date: 2010-03-28 05:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alixtii.livejournal.com
I'm glad you liked it!

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Date: 2010-03-27 09:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zoesmith.livejournal.com
Oooooh that was so so awesome!!! You make me want to ship Dawn and Fred!!! Well well done!

"So, um, you wouldn't possibly be a mystical nexus of energy, would you?"
I can just hear her voice!

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Date: 2010-03-28 05:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alixtii.livejournal.com
It's not a pairing I often think to write, but I do enjoy writing it when I do. I'm glad it worked for you!

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Date: 2010-03-27 10:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] snogged.livejournal.com
This is cute :)
And nerdy.

Yay Fred!

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Date: 2010-03-28 05:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alixtii.livejournal.com
Exactly what I was going for! Thank you.

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Date: 2010-03-27 11:47 pm (UTC)
ext_2351: (cool lesbians by jjjean65)
From: [identity profile] lunabee34.livejournal.com
This is really, really sweet. *loves*

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Date: 2010-03-28 05:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alixtii.livejournal.com
I'm glad you liked it.

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Date: 2010-03-28 01:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] carlyinrome.livejournal.com

Aw. Nerd love.

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Date: 2010-03-28 05:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alixtii.livejournal.com
Yep. Thanks for reading!

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Date: 2010-03-28 02:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] missambs.livejournal.com
Oh, this is really cute!

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Date: 2010-03-28 05:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alixtii.livejournal.com
Thank you!

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Date: 2010-04-06 08:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] barnabas930.livejournal.com
The only thing I didn't like about this? Too short. :p You have such a great feel for both characters, and they make such an amazingly-perfect couple, that you could just go on and on with them if you wanted to (there seriously needs to be way more Dawn/Fred fic out there).

Awesome job! Hope you'll do more with them--and soon.

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Date: 2010-04-06 11:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alixtii.livejournal.com
I'm glad you enjoyed the fic! Thank you.

(It really is a great pairing.)

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