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18 April 2006 @ 11:30 pm
Wilfully Oblivious, 4/5, Spike/Xander
Author: darkhavens
Title: Wilfully Oblivious, 4/5
Pairing: Spike/Xander
Fandom: Buffy
Rating: PG
Words: 296
Feedback/Concrit: darkhavens @ slashverse.com
Disclaimer: Not mine, never will be. No harm, no foul, no money made.
Summary: "There are none so blind, as those who would not see..."
Notes: Written for stagesoflove 2006, Round 2, 'Exploring the Relationship Through The Senses', stage #4 - Smell.
Also posted here.
Stage #1 - Sight, stage #2 - Hearing, stage #3 - Touch.




Buffy has walked in on them, had them admit the truth of the relationship to her face, both of them proud and defiantly determined - which was disturbingly cute - but, in the end, it's her nose that convinces her.

For as long as she has known him, Xander's always used the same shampoo, the same soap, the same detergent on his clothes. He's always worn the same cologne, a new bottle bought and wrapped by Willow, every year, for his birthday.

But no more.

Now he carries with him the slightest hint of musk, and Buffy thinks that maybe that's the real, unperfumed, him. He uses scentless soaps and lotions and he always looks well scrubbed. She's half-convinced that Spike has got him cleanse-tone-moisturising, and it kinda freaks her out.

Sometimes he comes to meetings dragging Spike along behind him, shrouded in the faintest haze of cloves and fresh tobacco smoke. She wonders if he tastes of it too.

He always smells of leather now, something she tries hard not to notice, unless he's got his jacket on - the strangely new, perfectly tailored leather jacket that Spike swears he won at kitten poker. She doesn't ask.

At other times, Buffy tries to keep her distance. The rumpled clothes, the hair in disarray, the sweat-sheened skin - she knows he'd smell of sex.

She got too close, just once, early on, and now she tries to stay away - the mental pictures drive her crazy. No one should have to think about their friends like that, too many naked limbs and fingers in odd places. It isn't right.

Sometimes she wishes she could catch a cold and keep it for a week or two, just to give her brain a break. Instead, she plays keep-away.


Part Five




 
kitty_poker1: Preetybirdkitty_poker1 on April 18th, 2006 11:39 pm (UTC)
She's half-convinced that Spike has got him cleanse-tone-moisturising

LOL. Actually too many great lines here to include them all. Okay, one more.

No one should have to think about their friends like that, too many naked limbs and fingers in odd places.

And one more ...

I'll end up quoting the whole fic if I carry on. :D

Excellent. Really first class. Your facility for writing in three fandoms equally well and with equal truth astonishes. Nice one. *smooch*
darkhavensdarkhavens on May 17th, 2006 07:16 pm (UTC)
Your facility for writing in three fandoms equally well and with equal truth astonishes.

Hee! It astonishes me too, especially when I'm switching from one to another and then on to the third in one continuous stream. Sometimes my fingertips are smoking by the time I'm done.

And now I'm doing H/D too, but just for lit! She wheedled me into it.
Caitlyn: spike demonmunin on April 19th, 2006 12:49 am (UTC)
I'd end up quoting the whole thing myself if I wanted to quote all the great lines. There are too many to even consider picking a favorite.

I love this, love Buffy's reflection on the two of them, love that it's her nose that finally convinces her what's going on. This also works beautifully as a stand alone.

I think it's my favorite so far.
darkhavensdarkhavens on May 17th, 2006 07:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Sometimes I enjoy bashing Buffy, but sometimes, like in this, I like to make her a confused teenage girl (with extras). Because she was. :D
woman_of_: Blood claimwoman_of_ on April 19th, 2006 01:34 am (UTC)
Oh so much work to seem Au Natural! It would really suit him, love the leather coat image
darkhavensdarkhavens on May 17th, 2006 07:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :D

Xander+leather is always a pretty mental picture. ;)
I am Derek's vocal eyebrows: dm; drama [me]literati on April 19th, 2006 02:33 am (UTC)
hee! I love this. You know, despite all the Buffy hate I still very much like her.

..too many naked limbs and fingers in odd places. It isn't right.

Yeah, that's why she tries not to think about it.
darkhavensdarkhavens on May 17th, 2006 07:23 pm (UTC)
:D You know I can Buffy-bash with the best of them, but this time i just wanted her to be a shocked, out-of-her-depth teenage girl (with extras).

Poor girl, having to suffer those mental images...

Thanks!
katbcollkatbcoll on April 19th, 2006 02:50 am (UTC)
*grumbles* LJ is being a total ass monkey tonight. So if this double posts, that's why.

No one should have to think about their friends like that, too many naked limbs and fingers in odd places. It isn't right.
*cackles madly* I don't know. Depends on the friends...

Ooo the Sniffing Xander and Guessing the Scent Game! I'll play!

Loverly. This was fun to come home to!
darkhavensdarkhavens on May 17th, 2006 07:25 pm (UTC)
Ooo the Sniffing Xander and Guessing the Scent Game! I'll play!

Hee! I'm sure we could sign up a whole tournament's worth of players. *g*

Thanks! :D
tabaquitabaqui on April 19th, 2006 02:57 am (UTC)
Ooh, i like that. Muchly.
Heh.
darkhavensdarkhavens on May 17th, 2006 07:26 pm (UTC)
Thankee. :D
fearless5555fearless5555 on April 19th, 2006 03:48 am (UTC)
This was brilliant. Lovely images of fingers and sweaty skin. The aray of senses was done very well, subtle and creative.
darkhavensdarkhavens on May 17th, 2006 07:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :D

Spike and Xander are a feast for anyone's senses. *licks*
and then we lit it on fire: zapelectricalgwen on April 19th, 2006 06:52 am (UTC)
...both of them proud and defiantly determined - which was disturbingly cute

Awww. I can just imagine. Cute, indeed.

Beautifully written.
and then we lit it on fireelectricalgwen on April 19th, 2006 05:36 pm (UTC)
Augh! Oh no. I just had the scariest idea about what the last one will involve. O_o
I really hope I'm wrong.
Willfully oblivious. Hmm.
Damn, I'm going to be on tenterhooks all week.
who said what now? - darkhavens on May 17th, 2006 07:29 pm (UTC) (Expand)
who said what now? - electricalgwen on May 17th, 2006 08:21 pm (UTC) (Expand)
who said what now? - darkhavens on May 17th, 2006 08:28 pm (UTC) (Expand)
who said what now? - darkhavens on May 17th, 2006 07:28 pm (UTC) (Expand)
who said what now? - electricalgwen on May 17th, 2006 08:22 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Rhonda: Spander Precious (saifai)saifai on April 19th, 2006 05:43 pm (UTC)
*happy sigh* Classic. Loved the progression from flirt to caught. I absolutely adore the protectiveness in both of them.
darkhavensdarkhavens on May 17th, 2006 07:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

I love how this format allows me to put up little scenes like this and have the readers fill in the gaps themselves. I just get to play with the highlights of the relationship. :D
Willow Dean: Sirius by _loredrusillas_rain on April 19th, 2006 06:07 pm (UTC)
lovley and kind of sad that Buffy needs to keep away
darkhavensdarkhavens on May 17th, 2006 07:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

I think she just needs to come to terms with it. Once she gets used to them she'll relax a little and learn to tune out the sex stuff. *g*
Ame: S/X icon by velvet_virago and lit_galamejisuto on April 20th, 2006 12:15 am (UTC)
HEE! That just is so damn good! Buffy's getting mental images that disturb her. That's so yummy since she gave me the same ones. Well done!
darkhavensdarkhavens on May 17th, 2006 07:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks, sweetie!

She hared them with me too. Isn't she kind? *g*
tempestsreachtempestsreach on April 21st, 2006 11:08 am (UTC)
Ahhhhh, it appears even Buffy is not immune from the gay sex fascination that takes over many women. *chuckle* And imagination is such a strong thing.

Lovely chapter to a most enjoyable collection.
darkhavensdarkhavens on May 17th, 2006 07:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

Buffy is lucky enough to have it being acted out practically in front of her eyes. So unfair! We wouldn't spurn them if they came to us looking all sexed up and sated, would we? *g*
     Mandy: Bewitchinga_phoenixdragon on April 23rd, 2006 07:58 am (UTC)
I kinda feel sorry for the girl!LOL!! What a way to catch a clue!! Superb work, as always hon! You make it seem so easy and effortless - your grasp of the characters are dead-on!!

*Smooches you...*
darkhavensdarkhavens on May 17th, 2006 07:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D

*smooch*
The Grammarian about whom your mother warned you.acostilow on April 25th, 2006 04:12 am (UTC)
Buffy is a twit.

You are amazing. Yes.
darkhavensdarkhavens on May 17th, 2006 07:37 pm (UTC)
Hee! Thanks. :D
She's a twit, but a lucky twit, getting to see them all over each other all the time. *pouts* So not fair.
twilightofmagictwilightofmagic on April 25th, 2006 05:12 am (UTC)
Wow, that was intensely sexy, just by suggestion. Very, very nice.
darkhavensdarkhavens on May 17th, 2006 07:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

Sometimes that the best kind of sex - the kind that happens in your head. :D