Last night I had the opportunity to be amongst my people: The Followers of the Whedonverse.
A Buffy the Vampire Slayer trivia night was hosted at The Gladstone Hotel and the place was packed with nerds and cosplay aficionados. One lady donned her best Joyce Summers garb and I knew I was where I should be.
My nerves were ratcheted to the nth degree knowing how rabid the Buffyverse fans are. Would I keep my street cred? Did I really know Buffy as well as I thought? My mettle would be tested with a partner I just met - but after the first question was spoken and we communicated with shorthand and head nods I knew that we had more than a fighting chance. I knew that all those hours of steadfast loyalty to watching Buffy in real-time and then re-watching on VHS (because I taped it on those Tuesday nights so I could edit out the commercials) were worth it. And even now I revisit my DVD collection and nearly weep at the minute scratches that make me furiously Google Buzzfeed hacks. But, clearly, I digress.
The first round was a breeze up until question 11 - we were both stumped and rather irritated with ourselves for letting that piece of information elude us. But we soldiered on and earned 14/15 from our lovely neighbours who were also relegated to stand at the bar due to overcrowding.
After some hilarious clips, banter, a brewski and general geekery the game was back on!
This time we got tripped up on the fourth question - it was the kind of question where the answer was on the tip of the tongue but refused to be spoken. Grr Argh!
And then we proceeded to cockily write down the rest of our answers before the questions were even completed.
Another round of swapping quiz sheets with our neighbours and a sweet 28/30 with a wow and a smiley face, I hoped we would make it to at least a third place finish and winnings of sour keys from the Faith-dressed Quiz Master - but alas there were folks who got a perfect score (I’m not saying they cheated but …, and I’m not saying I’m being a sore loser but …) and a couple of teams missed just one question so we didn’t place. I was a little more than annoyed and usually I’m not incredibly competitive but I was sassy as hell and yelling back with the roomful of die-hards and then we all filtered into the night hoping to find a vamp to stake with Mr. Pointy to release the post quiz slayage tensions.
Here are the missed questions so you can all shame me by getting them quickly.
a) What was the full name of the vampire Buffy had to defeat when she was forced to take the rite of passage test minus her preternatural abilities in the season three episode ‘Helpless’?
b) What was the name of the spell Willow performed to re-ensoul Angelus?
And that to me it was it feels like to belong. Rabid fandom. Fangirling. Flailing. Mixed emotions. And finally euphoria.
P.S. Besides a full out trouncing of the competition the only thing that could have made the night any better would be some mention of my favourite character Anya (Christina Emanuella Jenkins), AKA Anyanka, AKA Aud.