Warning: This blog contains major spoilers for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, so if you’ve never watched and plan to … beware. Today we're talking First Fights.
1998: Season two, episode 14 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer broke my heart … and the heart of many viewers, along with that of Buffy Summers. In the episode “Innocence,” Angel loses his soul, and he turns viciously evil.
It wasn’t like Buffy had a relationship with Angel like she later did with Spike – fighting infused her liaison with the uber-sexy blond vampire. With Angel, it was more brooding and mooning, but when they were together … pure swoon.
And then she gives it up, experiences pure passion and Angel loses all control. What’s the message? Buffy was a “bad, bad, girl.” I cannot stand stories that “punish” a woman for her sexuality.
Still, after that break with Angel, it was hard to build back the trust, and truly it never was the same again, was it? Although the doomed couple tried, it went completely downhill from there. That’s the part that’s so difficult in fiction – and in real life – how do you come back? The key is to make the odds not so insurmountable. And not quite so bad. We understood and liked Angel after all he did, but that fear of “what if” always lurked.
In my erotic paranormal series, The Vampire, The Witch & The Werewolf, it’s Trevor – the were – who does most of the running from heated situations. If I break it down from a psychological perspective, it’s within his innate nature. He yearns for freedom, and at the same time craves the closeness of his family, his pack. Here’s a fight from book 2, Chains of Silver:
“Don’t push me,” Trevor said, and moved to bump his chest against Lawrence’s much taller form. “You’ve had your say. You have no idea what it feels like. I need to watch over her before her first shift. What if something happens without her knowing, when she’s with him? In that case, the hunter may become the hunted. And I can’t lose her again.”
“We all know how you handle potential separation, and loss, don’t we? And, if you don’t remember, we have plenty of unfinished business with Madame Teresa, which I have you to thank for.”
“For crying out loud. That again?”
“What do you mean, ‘that again?’ You don’t owe a favor to a high priestess of Voodoo. You don’t have to dig up a dead Queen’s bones.”
“You want some bones? I can find you bones. What else am I good for as a wolf?” Trevor responded.
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