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30 January 2006 @ 11:53 pm
Drabbles: Snapshots of Wesley, for winter_of_wes
Author: darkhavens
Title: Snapshots of Wesley
Pairing: Some gen, some Giles/Wes
Fandom: Buffy
Rating: PG
Words: 6 x 100
Feedback/Concrit: darkhavens @ slashverse.com
Disclaimer: Not mine, never will be. No harm, no foul, no money made.
Notes: Written for winter_of_wes, where literati and I share a posting day. She made icons and I drabbled on them. :D



01. Warrior

He'd always been taught that the pen was mightier than the sword. He'd believed it then and maybe he still did, on some level. A vault full of crumbling, ancient prophecies had set this whole game in motion, after all.

He'd also been taught that the Slayer would be the one to do the fighting, that he'd be standing back and playing puppet master. Somehow, he'd never expected to be the one dancing wildly at the end of someone else's twisted strings.

The sword weighed heavy on his shoulder.

Wesley hoped he'd finally have the strength to cut those strings.



02. Too Close

Children were amazingly oblivious, they noticed. Underfoot all day and bursting in at odd hours, they never seemed to pick up on the clues, which were legion.

Stuffy, uptight Brits standing just a little too close together, ties askew and buttons misaligned, jackets rumpled.

Locked office doors that called for yelling and/or pounding. Forced smiles and not quite perfect hair. Swollen lips.

Of course, the matching bathrobes when they all burst into Giles' apartment did eventually give the game away, and quite amusingly.

Willow did a creditable impression of a goldfish. Buffy sputtered, scowled and wanted answers. And Xander grinned.



03. Forget the Parry

Fencing, in Wesley's mind, was now a stylised form of foreplay, thanks to his last bout with Rupert Giles.

Eye contact, strong and steady. Long limbs, loose and ready. Two firm hands clasped around respective phallic grips.

Engagement - a gentle press of blade against blade. Not threatening, foreshadowing what was still to come.

Advance, retreat, attack, riposte, parry, parry, thrust - a careful-footed dance interspersed with eager lunges.

Tempo raised, the distance closes. Knee to knee, they clash, up close.

Heartbeat, respiration races. Slick skin, perspiration gleams.

Invitation issued, taken. Slender epees cast aside.

Touch, a panacea for the soul.

Derobement.



Fencing terms taken from here.

07. *Polish*

So very similar in so many ways - training, language, lineage, education, dress and habits. So close, and yet nobody ever guessed the obvious truth.

The glasses thing, that nervous, anxious, 'give me time to think, please' polishing, should have been the clue to end all clues but somehow didn't parse.

No one figured out they'd once been intimate, not just acquainted. No one recognised the dark, shared history in their shuttered eyes.

No one thought it odd when they went off into the stacks, searching for a mislaid book they never seemed to find.

No one ever watches the watchers.



11. GQ

The tuxedo is tailored to fit his slender jib. Cut by careful hand to frame his tapered swimmer's shoulders, sleeves just long enough to kiss the bone points of his wrists.

Seams and planes and angles hang perfectly from narrow hips. Hand-stitched cuffs rest on shoes mirror-bright with polish.

The tie is where it all went to hell, relatively speaking. Sleek black silk, slippery as oil in nervous, sweat-damp fingers.

Loop around the neck, adjust, cross, through, angle, drop, angle loop and push through, tighten up the knot and even out.

The seventeenth time is the charm. He is ready.



12. Adorkable

He'd never considered fatherhood, not with his predilections. But then, he'd never expected to have to steal a vampire's human son. Things change.

The first year was the worst, running scared from every sound and shadow, neck almost permanently cricked from looking back to check.

They'd crisscrossed the country, never staying more than three short months, always staying rootless, unattached - he had a plan.

Five-year-old Connor babbled happily in Québécois as Wesley felt the first real smile in years crack his face. News had arrived of Angel's victory and shanshu, and also of his death by dragon.

They were free.




Remember, if you want to snag or comment on an icon - go here and pet literati. I did not make the icons. ;)



 
Chellealtyronsmaker on January 31st, 2006 12:06 am (UTC)
I worship at your Wesley Altar. Wow. That last one did me in. And LOVED the icons!
Good stuff, lady!
darkhavensdarkhavens on January 31st, 2006 12:12 am (UTC)
Thank you!

The icons aren't mine though - they're the work of literati. Please go and pet her at the link I posted so she knows her work is appreciated. :D
I am Derek's vocal eyebrows: hd; ts [me]literati on January 31st, 2006 12:16 am (UTC)
Gods babe! I adore each and every one of these drabbles.

::tackles you then adds post to memories::
darkhavensdarkhavens on January 31st, 2006 12:18 am (UTC)
You make very inspiring work. *smooch*

Thanks! :D
Eloise: watchingeloise_bright on January 31st, 2006 01:19 am (UTC)
These are quite simply stunning. Each one I read I thought - that's my favourite, and then I'd read the next!

I particularly enjoyed Forget the Parry, Polish and the breathtaking Adorkable.

Fantastic work, and gorgeous icons!
darkhavensdarkhavens on February 21st, 2006 07:53 pm (UTC)
I'm a bit late responding to fb, but thank you!

literati makes amazing, very inspirational, icons and the drabbles almost wrote themselves.

My favourite is the fencing one - all those terms are so suggestive! ;)
tabaquitabaqui on January 31st, 2006 02:02 am (UTC)
OH oh!!
I love them all. I love the matching bathrobes and the cut of his jib and...yes!!
The last one, though. Oh man. It's good but it's so *sad*...

I hate to think of Angel never knowing Connor - never having his son. But i'm glad Connor got to live and grow up a 'real boy'...
Oh!
*sniffle*

Lovely stuff.
darkhavensdarkhavens on February 21st, 2006 07:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

And yes, poor Angel got shanshu'd just before the dragon got him - sneaky, huh? But Connor got to be a real boy, and Wes got to be a dad, and that smile just told the whole story. :D
tabaquitabaqui on February 21st, 2006 10:22 pm (UTC)
Heh.
Yeah.
*happy sigh*
:)
twilightofmagictwilightofmagic on January 31st, 2006 02:03 am (UTC)
I loved every single one of these. Just perfect and filled with Wesley/Watcher love.
darkhavensdarkhavens on February 21st, 2006 07:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D
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darkhavensdarkhavens on February 21st, 2006 07:55 pm (UTC)
Lit makes absolutely amazing icons - very inspirational. Every time I look at one I can see a story.

Thank you! :D
The Procrastinatrix: Wes pout by literatiyasminke on January 31st, 2006 04:33 am (UTC)
All nicely done, but I think #3 is my favourite. Quite evocative.
darkhavensdarkhavens on February 21st, 2006 07:56 pm (UTC)
That was my favourite too. So many 'double-edged' words. ;)

Thank you!
     Mandy: Knowinga_phoenixdragon on January 31st, 2006 04:44 am (UTC)
Glorious!! Just marvelous, hon!!! I love your Wesley!!! And my - how these drabbles just melded seamlessy with the lovely eye-candy!! Guhhh...

*Adores you...*
darkhavens: sn rowr [literati]darkhavens on February 1st, 2006 12:30 am (UTC)
Thank you! literati is an inspiration. *g*

BTW *pokes you* You have 4.5 hours from now to get something posted in kaz2y5 before the next challenge goes up. ;)
     Mandy: Berefta_phoenixdragon on February 2nd, 2006 04:22 am (UTC)
I couldn't come up with S@%T!!! Uhh!! I am so pissed at me!! *Kicks Muse lightly, then slaps herself repeatedly in forehead...* Not the
Muse's fault this time... She coughed up a goodie - but I couldn't make it work... Oh, well... Maybe next challenge?!
darkhavensdarkhavens on February 2nd, 2006 04:24 am (UTC)
It's been posted, so go take a look. I think you might find it inspirational. ;)
     Mandya_phoenixdragon on February 2nd, 2006 04:38 am (UTC)
Thanks - LOL! Doin' that right now.... Thought it was 'inspirational' before - but it just turned out to be droolworthy... *Giggles...* But thanks for the heads up - while I do that, I think I'll take a peek at SlashtheDrabble too - just to see what we got... *Winks and huggles you...*
FreeSpiritbuffyangellvr23 on January 31st, 2006 05:30 am (UTC)
Nice work. I enjoyed them and the last one made me a little sad. *sniff*
darkhavensdarkhavens on February 21st, 2006 08:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks! That last one made me a little sad too, but Wes needed to be free. ;)
batmanvinnie: Boredbatmanvinnie on January 31st, 2006 06:03 am (UTC)
No one ever watches the watchers.
*leers*
I would! Oh, wait, you didn't mean it like that. OH well. Love these, and I loved the AU of Wesley taking Connor. Very good. I once again stand, or, um, sit, in awe of you.
darkhavensdarkhavens on February 21st, 2006 09:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D
redundantlyredundantly on January 31st, 2006 03:57 pm (UTC)
Oh gods. You've made me all bouncy and forgetful about work.

Love them all, though I believe the second one is my favorite. They all have something that sort of hits at you, though.

Lovely job.
darkhavensdarkhavens on February 21st, 2006 09:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I think most teens are oblivious to sexual vibes between adults who seem too old or stuffy, and i'm positive Xander would have grinned once he figured it out. *g*
Virtual Personal: Wes Scarred - Heather13virtualpersonal on February 1st, 2006 10:28 am (UTC)
Your Wesley voice is dead on. I really enjoyed these. Too close was really good, from the other characters' pov... and funny.
darkhavensdarkhavens on February 21st, 2006 09:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I don't write him often, so it's good to know I nailed him *coughs*. ;)
Little Miss Bossy: buffy-lit_gal-wesley slashlmbossy on February 3rd, 2006 06:27 pm (UTC)
adored these - *Polish* in particular, but Forget the Parry had so many wonderful words
darkhavensdarkhavens on February 21st, 2006 09:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks! The fact that they both polish under stress amuses me, and though I knew there were some wonderful terms in fencing, when I found the glossary and saw how many were... ambiguous, I was highly amused. :D
most excellently twisted: Wesley Proudfanbot on February 5th, 2006 04:32 am (UTC)
Wow! I love these bits of alternative Wesley...
darkhavensdarkhavens on February 21st, 2006 09:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Alterna!Wesley was fun to write. *g*
iadorespike: Wesley3 by esseneiadorespike on February 8th, 2006 09:40 pm (UTC)
Wow...I just loved these, sweetie. Can't even pick a favorite...although the last line, And Xander grinned. is awesome...lol. Thanks for these...

*hugs*

darkhavensdarkhavens on February 21st, 2006 09:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm positive Xander would have grinned at the realisation that Giles was getting some, and from Wesley! ;)
sunnyd_lite: winterofwes bywesleysgirlsunnyd_lite on February 9th, 2006 09:38 pm (UTC)
Adored Forget the Parry. Also loved this line No one ever watches the watchers.

darkhavensdarkhavens on February 21st, 2006 09:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks! fencing terms are so sexual - I knew some of them but not all, and I was very amused. *g*
chrislee: weschrisleeoctaves on February 28th, 2008 02:33 pm (UTC)
Long overdue, but I just happened upon these. I really liked them, especially 'Polish'- which seemed very authentic and had a great closing line. I think you made wonderful use of the icons and nailed Wes in every drabble.
darkhavens: lychnobite [literati]darkhavens on March 1st, 2008 09:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And thanks for the rec too. That made my day. :D

I love getting unexpected fb to older work. I always end up rereading stuff I'd half-forgotten, and it reminds me that I can write, even if the words aren't flowing right at this moment.

I remember that the *Polish* icon leapt out when Lit showed me the icons she was making. The two of them, caught in the act. *g*
a2zmoma2zmom on March 1st, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC)
Here from Chrislee. These were marvelous and really caoght Wes. I particularly loved fencing as a sexual metaphor and the laat one, which made me hate Wes even as I was glad Connor grew up loved.
darkhavens: dru [literati]darkhavens on March 1st, 2008 10:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Fencing works so very well as a sexual metaphor because of the terms used in the sport. Honestly, the more I read in my research, the more I think they did it on purpose. *g*

which made me hate Wes even as I was glad Connor grew up loved.

I know! I feel so sorry for Wes, because he really was trying to save Angel and Connor from their own little Greek tragedy, but then I imagine the sheer terror that Angel would have lived with every day after Connor's disappearance and, yeah, wee bit of hate there too. *g*
Nikki: Other Fandoms (Giles & books)nakeisha on March 23rd, 2009 06:16 pm (UTC)
I really enjoyed all of these drabbles.

They are all so different and powerful in their own special way.

The second on in particular had me smiling - I could really imagine the look on Buffy, Willow and Xander's face.
darkhavens: s smokin' [literati]darkhavens on March 23rd, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I could really imagine the look on Buffy, Willow and Xander's face

Imagining their reactions was the most entertaining part of writing that one. *g*