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darkhavens
10 August 2004 @ 04:00 am
Breaking Out - set of 6 drabbles for OoS's challenge #72 Patterns
Author: darkhavens
Title: Breaking Out
Pairing: S/X as always
Rating: G
Warnings/squicks: None



Love Bites

It took him a while, but Xander finally found a way to break the pattern that was his love life. No more finding a pretty girl or woman, falling for them and then finding out they were a demon or had plans to use his entrails in some bizarre ritual meant to raise a hellgod or three. Nope, this time he had it all figured out. This time he was asking out someone he knew was evil, someone who had already tried to kill him, and, just to make sure, his choice this time wasn't even female. It was Spike.




Dark and Dangerous

Spike was stunned. Yet again a dark-eyed brunette wanted into his unlife, and he really wasn't sure he was ready for that. Angelus had taken him under his wing after Dru's attempts; had nurtured him, taught him what it really meant to be a vampire. And then suddenly Angelus was gone, and Spike had been left, responsible for a sire as mad as a hatter. But it had been okay, they'd soldiered on, and made a family of their own, just him and Dru. Her leaving had almost made him greet the sun. And now Harris had professed an interest...




Courtship

Eventually another pattern was established. Advance. Retreat. Advance. Retreat. And everyone watched, with varying degrees of disbelief, as Xander slowly eroded Spike's determination not to let himself be caught. Xander countered every argument against him with his own. Tit for tat. Thrust and parry. Every game of pool a victory, whether he won or lost, if Spike was there and not avoiding his advances. A claim to prefer blondes was laughed away with "Buffy? Harmony? A deathwish maybe, yeah, but not a preference." And finally, with care, determination, and a never-to-be-mentioned regular supply of human blood, Xander won his prize.




Marking Territory

New patterns replaced old. The daisy chain of marks around Xander's neck that never quite faded, but that everyone learned quite quickly not to mention, for fear that Spike would feel obliged to demonstrate just how he made them. Again. The way that Spike no longer allowed 'his' Xander into battle without training, and even then never out of sight. An implied insult to one now garnered growls and threats of violence from the other. As did misplaced smiles and someone flirting with their mate. They were each determined not to lose the other. Pattern broken. Third time the charm.




Sunshine Boy

The lines were fading now. Soon they'd be gone. He didn't have much opportunity to tan, not with a partner who'd combust in direct sunlight.

But still Spike traced the lines. With eyes and lips and tongue he worshipped every slight delineation; tried to suck the sunlight back out of his boy and taste its spice.

If Xander woke up early, he'd slither out of bed and tiptoe out onto the porch and stand there, naked. After soaking up the residue of heat and light as dusk approached, he'd slide back in and cuddle up close to Spike, and wait...




Hop, Skip and Jump

The phone calls always came at dead of night, no matter where they were. The magicked phone would ring, and they would know, but still they’d answer it. And then they’d make their way, as fast as possible, back to say goodbye, or, if they were too late, then to the graveside where they’d stay a while and talk, until the smell of dawn forced them away.

Angel asked them once why they lacked pattern in their travels. India, then Mexico; Peru, then off to see the Russian Steppes before they toured Spain. They laughed and said he wouldn’t understand.

 
 
feeling: contemplativecontemplative
hearing: Storm of the Century, by Stephen King
 
Kristintxrabbit on August 10th, 2004 03:19 am (UTC)
What a beautiful picture. I love Xander wooing Spike. It is something that is not used enough. These were wonderful!
darkhavensdarkhavens on August 10th, 2004 03:33 am (UTC)
Thanks! As soon as I saw 'Patterns' as the challenge I thought about the pattern of Xander's demon-infested love life and how he could completely break out of it. And wooing is something he's never really had the chance to do. :o)
your royal pie-ness: xander by your side (dazzo)entrenous88 on August 10th, 2004 03:23 am (UTC)
I like all of these progression-of-relationship drabble fics that you do. And in this one...he suns himself on the porch standing up nude? Okay, I'm so moving next door to Xander and Spike. Just curious -- in the last drabble, sounds like Xander's been turned and they're returning, at time, for funerals or last conversations with others in the group? An interesting grouping of short pieces.
darkhavens: s want this [savour]darkhavens on August 10th, 2004 03:41 am (UTC)
I like all of these progression-of-relationship drabble fics that you do.

Thanks! I never meant to make a habit of it, but even when I tried to write independent drabbles, they end edup taking on a linear configuration (even if, once or twice, I had to rearrange them to make it so,) so I decided to go with what works. :o)

he suns himself on the porch standing up nude? Okay, I'm so moving next door to Xander and Spike

You take one side, I'll take the other. ;o)

Just curious -- in the last drabble, sounds like Xander's been turned and they're returning...

Yeah. I nearly posted the five that ended happily in bed, but this one snuck up and insisted on being written. It's a little bit dark, but it puts them well into the future and still together, so I figure it's all good. ;o)
Rhonda: Spander 2 (saifai)saifai on August 10th, 2004 03:49 am (UTC)
Awww, Xander making with the schmoop. I love it. I can't help but laugh that Xander not only eroded Spike's defenses, but also came to have such a strong connection with him. Just makes me smile.
darkhavensdarkhavens on August 10th, 2004 04:04 am (UTC)
Thanks. :o)

Xander not only eroded Spike's defenses, but also came to have such a strong connection with him

They're both intensely loyal and loving and once Xander got through Spike's defences wild horses couldn't drag them apart.
bdbdb: Illyria by bdbdbbdbdb on August 10th, 2004 04:32 am (UTC)
Beautiful!
darkhavensdarkhavens on August 10th, 2004 04:45 am (UTC)
Thank you! :o)
theiax on August 10th, 2004 08:23 am (UTC)
Beautifully done and very clever, one carrying on from the other.

I love any fic where Xander does the chasing, with Spike being resistant. And they carried on getting better and better.

Lovely, thank you.
darkhavensdarkhavens on August 10th, 2004 06:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I decided it was definitely Xander's turn to do the chasing, and a reluctant Spike is always fun. :o)
willshenilshe on August 10th, 2004 08:53 am (UTC)
Now *this* is totally enjoyable, and what I wish had happened after he requested Willow "gay him up". I love the idea of him going after Spike - I don't think I've read a fic like that before; it's always the other way around. Lovely work!
darkhavensdarkhavens on August 10th, 2004 06:31 pm (UTC)
what I wish had happened after he requested Willow "gay him up".

Oh gods, yes! LOL! Every time I think of that I see that look of hope on Andrew's face and want to copy and paste it onto Spike. Hee!

Xander deserved a chance to do the wooing, and Spike needed to be wooed. (Is it just me or is that an awful word--wooed. Hee!)

Thanks!
Nashnashmaveric on August 10th, 2004 05:17 pm (UTC)
::grin:: I love Xander's reasoning and Spike's reaction! Wonderful sweetie!
darkhavensdarkhavens on August 10th, 2004 06:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Yeah, Xander decided to completely break his pattern, and Spike was the perfect choice, and he realised it, eventually. ;o)
brujabroom on August 10th, 2004 05:38 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed reading these immensley, wonderful courtship, the picture you painted was beautiful.

*smooch*
darkhavensdarkhavens on August 10th, 2004 06:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It was time Xander had a turn. ;o)
xanphibian on August 11th, 2004 12:25 am (UTC)
Aww, I really liked this. Especially the part about the sunlight in Xander's skin. So good. :)
darkhavens: sx kiss w hand [me]darkhavens on August 11th, 2004 12:34 am (UTC)
Thank you! :o)