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20 May 2006 @ 09:28 pm
'A Week in the (Un)Life Of…' 1/5, Spike/Xander
Author: darkhavens
Title: A Week in the (Un)Life Of… 1/5
Pairing: Spike/Xander
Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Rating: PG-13 for now
Words: 518
Feedback/Concrit: darkhavens @ slashverse.com
Disclaimer: Not mine, never will be. No harm, no foul, no money made.
Notes: Written for stagesoflove 2006, Round 3, 'Five Days', #1 Monday.
Also posted here.


Monday

On Mondays, Xander sets his alarm clock to go off fifteen minutes earlier than it will do for the rest of the week. He has a vampire to handle.

Until Spike moved in, Xander had no idea that there was a twenty-four hour punk rock station close enough to be picked up by his radio alarm. He does now.

It doesn't seem to matter how many times he retunes the radio before he falls asleep - he always wakes to someone screaming in his ear about anarchy or pigs or drugs or sex, or a combination thereof. The morning he wakes to a song about sex with pigs is the day he'll be switching to a plain old ring-a-ding bell. Until then, he figures, it's a small price to pay for sharing a bed with the evil undead.

Presently he's sharing his bed, and most of his breathing space, with the evil undead version of an octopus. Arms and legs like bands of steel wrap tight around him the moment he's woken by the not-so-dulcet tones of someone screaming about, yes, killing the pigs.

He wrestles an arm free and hits the snooze button and the bands of steel relax from 'hard to breathe' to 'you're not leaving this bed without a fight'. It's a start.

"Spike, baby, I have to go to work."

The arms around Xander's chest tighten incrementally as Spike squirms even closer, draping himself along Xander's side from shoulder to ankle.

"Not a baby, daft git."

The words are muffled. Spike's buried deep beneath the mound of fluffy quilt and sheet and electric blanket he demands they always use. Xander's had to get used to sleeping with the AC on all night. Again, it's a small enough price.

All that's visible of Spike is a riot of bleached white curls that are so much softer and prettier than they have any right to be. Xander buries his nose in them and draws in a breath rich with baby shampoo and a hint of whisky. It's the best smell in the world. He presses a kiss through the curls to the sleep-warmed scalp beneath.

"Spike, I gotta go. Now, let me up before I pee the bed, okay?"

The ability to move is returned to him slowly, reluctantly, limb by limb and joint by joint. Spike burrows out from under the covers wearing a rumpled, sleepy pout, and Xander falls in love again.

Xander eases to his feet and then hesitates, like every other morning, at about this time.

"You'll be here when I get back?"

And just as he does every other morning, at about this time, Spike rolls his eyes and snuggles down into the warm hollow left by Xander's now-absent body.

"Pick me up a carton of fags on the way home, yeah? And a bottle of Jack, we're nearly out."

That 'we' keeps Xander smiling all the way to work, and gets him ribbed for 'getting lucky' on the weekend. He doesn't try to deny the charge - he knows his luck has never been this good. He hopes it lasts.


Tuesday



 
woman_of_: The scientist Spanderwoman_of_ on May 20th, 2006 08:58 pm (UTC)
Mad Dead Brilliant! What a wonderful way to wake up in the morning, in the arms of someone who love you as much as you love them.
darkhavens: sx kiss w hand [me]darkhavens on May 20th, 2006 09:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Xander deserves someone who doesn't want to let go of him in the morning, and Spike is so wonderfully possessive... They're a perfect fit. And they lead such an interesting life inside my head. This set of challenges lets me share peeks into their everyday life. ;)
Goes "Ding" When There's Stuff: Spander by literatisuki_blue on May 20th, 2006 09:09 pm (UTC)
Oh, oh!!! I love this!!! Yes!!!!! I love you!!! ~smooches~
darkhavens: sx otp yellow [me]darkhavens on May 20th, 2006 09:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you, darlin'! *smooch* :D
katbcollkatbcoll on May 20th, 2006 09:13 pm (UTC)
Oh gods.... Wonderful Undead AWWWWWWWWW.

The morning he wakes to a song about sex with pigs is the day he'll be switching to a plain old ring-a-ding bell.
*laughs* Yeah, I'd do the same.

Can't wait to see Tuesday through Friday.
darkhavensdarkhavens on May 20th, 2006 09:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

Xander can put up with a lot if he gets to keep Spike, but he draws the line at musical renditions of bestiality, especially with pigs. (He's still a little twitchy around pork products. *g*)
denied_heaven: spike bad ass vampdenied_heaven on May 20th, 2006 09:24 pm (UTC)
aaaaaaaww man
if i had that to wake up to, i'd never ever go to work
i adore the way you've described him here, i just wana snuggle him *sigh*
darkhavens: sx kiss w hand [me]darkhavens on May 20th, 2006 09:28 pm (UTC)
Hee! me too. Xander has amazing strength of character to force himself to crawl out of that bed each morning. Of course, he knows he gets to crawl back in every evening, so he has incentive. *g*

Thanks!
Wycked: Spike Cowboynyghtpet on May 20th, 2006 09:26 pm (UTC)
Awww! That was adorable! In Spike's and Xander's special way, haha.
darkhavens: sx kiss w hand [me]darkhavens on May 20th, 2006 09:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :D
ex_uniquewo on May 20th, 2006 09:42 pm (UTC)
What a wonderful beginning! I'm looking forward to reading more.
Thank you.
darkhavens: sx kiss w hand [me]darkhavens on June 22nd, 2006 06:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I hope they were worth the wait! :D
eithnexeithnex on May 20th, 2006 09:48 pm (UTC)
This is so good, I like reading about the normal stuff sometimes. Thank you for sharing this and I'll look for more when you can.
darkhavens: sx kiss w hand [me]darkhavens on June 22nd, 2006 06:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Domesticity, vampire-style, can be much fun to write. :D
steelknightsteelknight on May 20th, 2006 09:55 pm (UTC)
He wrestles an arm free and hits the snooze button and the bands of steel relax from 'hard to breathe' to 'you're not leaving this bed without a fight'.

ROTFLMAO!! Too cute! I'm Loving this, thank you for posting it!
darkhavens: sx kiss w hand [me]darkhavens on June 22nd, 2006 06:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I think Spike would be a world-class cuddler if given the opportunity, and Xander loves every second of it. :D
reremouse: Geek!reremouse on May 20th, 2006 10:37 pm (UTC)
hee! octopus! pigs! 'not a baby'! you quotable fiend!
darkhavens: sx kiss w hand [me]darkhavens on June 22nd, 2006 06:28 pm (UTC)
Hee! Thank you! Octopus!Spike is a favourite image of mine. I'm sure he's a helluva cuddler. *g*
davinci_1985 on May 20th, 2006 11:05 pm (UTC)
Gotta love this. How many times I've talked about loving sleepy! and cuddly!Spike? Not enough, I guess.

This fic is just awesome.
darkhavens: sx kiss w hand [me]darkhavens on June 22nd, 2006 06:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I love sleepy, cuddly Spike too. And so does Xander. ;)




your royal pie-ness: XanderEntre (xmirax)entrenous88 on May 20th, 2006 11:45 pm (UTC)
This is so sweet, with a hint of wistfulness in the mix - nicely done! Good details in a short piece, too. I especially like "a plain old ring-a-ding bell" -- for some reason it strikes me as very Xander-like.

We get four more parts? Lucky us!
darkhavens: sx kiss w hand [me]darkhavens on June 22nd, 2006 06:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you, sweetie!

The details were all there waiting to be picked out, the scene was so clear in my head when I sat down to write. They're such entertaining boys. :D
tabaquitabaqui on May 21st, 2006 01:30 am (UTC)
Ohh, fun.
Yay!
*bounce*
New DH Spander.
:)
darkhavens: sx kiss w hand [me]darkhavens on June 22nd, 2006 06:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

New, but now old and done. Sheesh, I have to try to keep up with my fb. *smooch*
Blacknblue2: Xanblacknblue2 on May 21st, 2006 02:17 am (UTC)
Awwww. That was just wonderful. Heee - sex with pigs.
darkhavens: sx kiss w hand [me]darkhavens on June 22nd, 2006 06:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Heee - sex with pigs.

And that just looks wrong. LOL!
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darkhavens: sx kiss w hand [me]darkhavens on June 22nd, 2006 06:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Xander has trust issues, poor baby. But never fear, Spike will work on him. ;)
yanagi_wayanagi_wa on May 21st, 2006 02:31 am (UTC)
The mental image of Spike curled around a warm Xander always makes me go 'awwww'. Excellent work.
darkhavensdarkhavens on June 22nd, 2006 06:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you! it does the same to me too. They look so pretty together. *happy sigh*