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15 July 2007 @ 05:35 am
Daily(ish) Drabble(ish) #9 - The Long Term Plan, Spike/Xander
First commenter on the day's drabble(ish) gets to provide pairing and prompt for the next one. You can choose from Spike/Xander, John/Rodney and Sam/Dean or choose one of them as a solo character. Give me a word, or mood, or something to think on and I'll see what I can do. I may expand the possible selection if this works and I actually get my mojo firing on all cylinders. (Nobody gets two drabbles in a row. If you get one today, you don't get to have one tomorrow, even if your comment is up first.)

Author: darkhavens
Title: The Long Term Plan
Pairing: Spike/Xander
Fandom: Buffy
Rating: R
Words: 722 words
Concrit: darkhavens @ slashverse.com. If you spot a typo, please feel free to tell me in comments. I want you to!
Disclaimer: Not mine, never will be. No harm, no foul, no money made.
Summary: They're in a car, on a desert highway, and Spike is being particularly Spikish. Futurefic.
Notes: Written for entrenous88, who requested 'Spike/Xander, driving, after they've had a fight?' Title chosen by reremouse, who also alpha-read. :D



The first fifteen minutes of the drive were completed in a stony silence that lasted at least ten minutes longer than Xander would have previously believed possible.

"Xande-"

"No."

Spike put on his best apologetic pout and leaned closer.

"C'mon, Xaaaa-"

"No!"

Another minute and a half dragged past, the silence broken only by the ticking of the road beneath the wheels and the muted roar of the engine. Xander's attention was fixed, determinedly so, on the otherwise empty stretch of Interstate that was leading them inexorably on towards the distant mountains, the dark ribbon fading out into hazy heat ripples just below the horizon.

"Xanderrrrrrrrrr…"

The throaty purr had Xander glancing sideways automatically.

Somehow, Spike had arranged himself against the door so he was half-turned to face Xander in the driver's seat. His head was tilted back against the necro-tinted glass and he was studying Xander through lowered lashes, the tip of his tongue trapped between even white teeth.

As if that wasn't distracting enough, he'd also managed to unbutton his shirt and was naked from neck to navel.

Eye flickering rapidly back and forth between the empty endless road and his infuriating passenger, Xander took a moment to wonder where the ever-present undershirt had gone.

The next quick peek was promptly hijacked by the sight of elegant fingers, tipped in - Xander blinked and stared harder - rich purple, pseudo-casually flicking open Spike's brass-buttoned fly. Three buttons, then four, and there was Spike's erect cock, crown standing proud above the rolled back foreskin, glistening in the carefully filtered sunlight.

It was a beautiful sight.

Xander forced his attention back to the road.

"Put it away."

A lightning flash of a glance showed Xander that, yes, Spike was indeed wearing his 'why for art thou rejecting me?' expression.

"Jesus, Spike, can you at least try and keep it in your pants for the next few hours? This contract could be our ticket to the big time, and you've already told this guy's assistant that you're my houseboy. And don't for one minute think I've forgotten you had to've broken into my office to pick up the business phone in the first place."

Radiating injured innocence, Spike re-buttoned his jeans and then his shirt, making a show out of fastening each and every button with great care.

"How many hours do I have to be good this time, and what's it worth? Captain of industry like yourself wouldn't want to be caught screwing his employees out of hard earned dosh, now would you?"

Xander's fingers curled tight around the steering wheel as he wilfully resisted the urge to run them off the road and jump the vampire who was practically begging to be jumped.

"Spike, you're my business partner, remember? Not one of the downtrodden proletariat workers." And then, off Spike's stunned mullet expression, "I looked it up, okay? After the last time you pulled the 'poor abused wage slave' routine. It seemed expedient."

Spike snorted.

"Oh, I know you got that one off Rupert. Has he been giving you tips on the care and handling of vampires again?"

"I have him on speed dial, but you know that already. If I didn't, at least one of us would be dead by now. Eight years is a hell of a long time relationship-wise for me, Spike."

Reaching out, Xander snagged one of Spike's hands from his lap and carried it back to his own thigh. The rest of Spike quickly followed until he was pressed tight against Xander's right side, fingertips tracing the inside seam of Xander's high-priced pants from knee to groin.

"It's a spit in the ocean, love, I keep telling you that. I'm going nowhere and you keep getting better with age. Give it another ten years, maybe fifteen, and you'll be the big success you think you need to be. I bet you'll have pretty silver wings in your hair from getting there too. That's the time to do it: before your knees and back are buggered up beyond all fixing."

This argument, just like the previous thousand and one, faded away to nothing as the road rolled out beneath their wheels; as the mountains moved incrementally closer; and as Spike explained to Xander, yet again, what they'd do when it was his turn to plan their future.

 
 
feeling: tiredtired
 
reremousereremouse on July 15th, 2007 04:37 am (UTC)
hee! alpha! and this slice of the life of Spike and one-eyed Xander makes me way happy.
darkhavens: x blue [literati]darkhavens on July 15th, 2007 06:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you! (And thank you so much for catching that extra eye. ;))

So... decided on a prompt yet? :D
who said what now? - reremouse on July 15th, 2007 07:10 pm (UTC) (Expand)
iadorespike: Spander newlife by esseneiadorespike on July 15th, 2007 04:50 am (UTC)
Oh...I just LOVED this. Thanks so much. :)

Anna
darkhavens: x so damn fuckable [literati}darkhavens on July 15th, 2007 06:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D
I am Derek's vocal eyebrows: lh; deptofmyst [me]literati on July 15th, 2007 04:51 am (UTC)
eeeeeee!

Spander! finally!

I loff!
darkhavens: x mortal flesh - mini gif [literati]darkhavens on July 15th, 2007 06:57 pm (UTC)
Fankoo! *smooch*

(i'd use my new icon but I still can't decide which version I like best. *g*)
Chelle: Xander/Spike NowComesTheNightaltyronsmaker on July 15th, 2007 05:36 am (UTC)
OMG! Spander! I have missed you so!

Yes. that was just *sigh* bloody perfect. And umm, gulp. *shivers* Spike, unbuttoned and trying to seduce Xander? OH delish.

Also? Yes! Give me the fic where Xander's pushing forty, has *omg* silver wings in his hair, and Spike's still around and wants to turn him....*dies*

Loved this!
darkhavens: s mine w claws [literati]darkhavens on July 15th, 2007 07:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I have missed them madly too. I'm so glad they're back to bickering in my head. *g*

I want to see what happens then too, so stay tuned. ;)
Nash: sexy spandernashmaveric on July 15th, 2007 09:55 am (UTC)
You made me smile ::smile:: See? Lovely drabble, bloody brilliant even. :D
darkhavens: s blue [literati]darkhavens on July 15th, 2007 07:01 pm (UTC)
That's a very pretty smile. *g*

Thank you! :D
Dittostretfordditto on July 15th, 2007 10:33 am (UTC)

Exquisite.
darkhavensdarkhavens on July 15th, 2007 07:01 pm (UTC)

Thank you!
Always the friend: converse - black and whitehope_h87 on July 15th, 2007 11:55 am (UTC)
Man, I haven't read Spander in ages, but man that was good. It makes me want to hunt down more fic and spend the day reading about them.
darkhavens: x mortal flesh - mini gif [literati]darkhavens on July 15th, 2007 07:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you! You should definitely spend some time getting to know the boys all over again. :D
thedabara_cds: btvs-spike-Love your storythedabara_cds on July 15th, 2007 01:24 pm (UTC)
A lightning flash of a glance showed Xander that, yes, Spike was indeed wearing his 'why for art thou rejecting me?' expression.

Bwaa! I know that look!

"Spike, you're my business partner, remember? Not one of the downtrodden proletariat workers." And then, off Spike's stunned mullet expression, "I looked it up, okay? After the last time you pulled the 'poor abused wage slave' routine. It seemed expedient."

LOVED this bit! *snorfle* Of course Spike would think of himself as the downtrodden worker getting screwed by upper management even when he owns the business.

darkhavens: s grr? [literati]darkhavens on July 15th, 2007 07:05 pm (UTC)
Oh, he's definitely getting screwed by upper management, and he's thoroughly enjoying every minute of it. *g*

He just hates being one of the bosses - it makes him feel too much like Angel. :D

Thanks!
your royal pie-ness: xander - sexy bossy xanderentrenous88 on July 15th, 2007 01:47 pm (UTC)
Yayayayay, you did such a great job with this request! In this short fic, you managed ably to fit in snarky, irrepressible Spike, sexy exhibitionism, grumpy Xander, human worries about the future, vampire thoughts focused on the future, and mending bridges after their brief spat. Thank you!!!
darkhavens: x so damn fuckable [literati}darkhavens on July 15th, 2007 09:11 pm (UTC)
Eeeeee! Thank you! I'm so glad you liked it!

It went through several incarnations and with each one, Xander got a little bit older and Spike got a little bit more outrageous. *g*
fearless5555fearless5555 on July 15th, 2007 02:04 pm (UTC)
Lovely image of Spike in the car...made me gulp. The dialogue was sharp and very fun.
darkhavens: s bite me - vamp [literati]darkhavens on July 15th, 2007 09:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Gulping is a perfectly normal reaction to a half-naked Spike. :D
Vviciouscats on July 15th, 2007 03:19 pm (UTC)
So wonderful! :)
darkhavensdarkhavens on July 15th, 2007 09:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D
katbcollkatbcoll on July 15th, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC)
Heee, perfect distraction! *laughs*

"Spike, you're my business partner, remember? Not one of the downtrodden proletariat workers." And then, off Spike's stunned mullet expression, "I looked it up, okay? After the last time you pulled the 'poor abused wage slave' routine. It seemed expedient."
*howls* I can totally see him looking stuff like that up to deal with Spike!

*bounces* Love it!
darkhavens: s blue [literati]darkhavens on July 15th, 2007 09:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Oh, you can bet he's learned all sorts of stuff trying to keep Spike under nominal control. *g*
Janet Lynn: spander kiss by truly tazistrickens_girl on July 15th, 2007 07:05 pm (UTC)
Very nice. I love the slow burn of this. Nice look at the twisted relationship. *g*

*hugs*
darkhavens: x mortal flesh - mini gif [literati]darkhavens on July 15th, 2007 09:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I really don't think it would be possible for Spike to have a non-twisted relationship. Xander's just very good at kinking up to match Spike's twists. *g*
daeomae on July 15th, 2007 09:54 pm (UTC)
I loved this glimpse of the future of our boys! ;) Very niiiiice.

*Mwah*
darkhavens: x blue [literati]darkhavens on July 15th, 2007 09:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I love looking into the future with those boys. :D
cordelianne: S/X Talking Spiralcordelianne on July 15th, 2007 10:00 pm (UTC)
This is awesome! A great glimpse of a future for them! I love this:
A lightning flash of a glance showed Xander that, yes, Spike was indeed wearing his 'why for art thou rejecting me?' expression.

Great last paragraph! :D
darkhavens: sx otp blue [me]darkhavens on July 15th, 2007 10:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I can picture that expression on Spike's face so clearly, I just had to share it. :D