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15 November 2004 @ 07:49 pm
Series of 7 for open_on_sunday challenge #86 - Watching


Author: darkhavens
Title: Just Watch
Pairing: Spike/Xander
Rating: PG
Email: darkhavens@slashverse.com
Disclaimer: Not mine, never will be. No harm, no foul, no money made.




Giles

The fascination was irresistible. A second vampire-human relationship forming, right under his nose? It was a constant struggle to prevent himself from taking notes.

And while that first union had been unexpected, it was nothing compared to the shock with which he greeted this new development.

Xander Harris, vampire-hater extraordinaire, and Spike, William the Bloody, one fourth of the Scourge of Europe. If he hadn't seen it himself he never would have believed such a thing was possible.

But there it was, laid out for all to see. Subtle touches, lingering eye contact, and soft smiles from a Master Vampire.




Xander

Dragging his eyes away from those pale, agile, wickedly sinful fingers, he cast a covert glance across the table at Buffy. She didn't approve, there was no surprise there, but he wondered sometimes if it was the vampire thing, the Spike thing, or the jealousy thing that stopped her from seeing he'd finally found The One he could be happy with.

Every Scooby meeting was the same. After the meet and greet and a quick catch up on gossip, Buffy would find somewhere to sit that gave her a clear view of Spike, and she'd watch, and pet Mr Pointy.




Buffy

She always felt more comfortable with a stake at hand with him around. Her slayer-sense, that voice in the back of her head that chanted 'vampire, vampire, kill, kill, kill!' had never quite got used to being in the room with a stone cold killer, even though, for the moment, he was practically de-fanged. And now that killer was... dating her friend. Actual dating - pool games at the Bronze, movie nights, and Spike had even managed to get Xander to go to the theatre. Twice. It was confusing.

And so she watched, and tried to understand how they fit together.




Willow

Maybe if I'd been a demon, or... or a guy demon, he'd have noticed me, seen me. It's not that I want him now, I've got Tara, and... I love her, but why didn't he ever look at me like that? I was always there for him; I never tried to kill him. Maybe I should have, Maybe that's his thing. Maybe he's a fear junkie, getting off on the thrill of being so close to death and...

Willow mentally slapped herself. Xander, a fear junkie? Maybe in another dimension. Here, he's just in love... with a vampire... guy. Wiggins!




Spike

Red keeps looking at my boy like there's something wrong with him. I can feel the magic bubbling under her skin trying to break free. Oh, she'd love to get Xander away from me, all tucked up safe in the bosom of his real friends. Doesn't care that I've been looking out for him for months now, picking off the uglies that try for him while he's covering their backs.

Nearly choked when he made that crack about being a demon magnet. Doesn't have a clue how right he is. But he's mine, and if she makes a move, I'll...




Tara

Tara watches Willow watching Xander watching Buffy watching Spike watching Willow, and shares a rueful look with Mr Giles. The Watcher smiles, glances toward the notepad and pencil at his hand and then shakes his head.

She sees the need in him to write it down, to question thoroughly, and also sees the hint of gleeful Ripper in his eyes, cheering on the demon who brings chaos into their midst.

She sees the battle raging between Buffy's instinct and her heart. She sees that Willow wants to understand why it wasn't her.

But most of all, she sees the love.




The Audience

"Spike, what's that little round thing on top of the computer monitor? Did you get yourself a new toy?"

Sharp teeth nip at his collarbone in reply, and Xander retaliates by digging callused fingers into sensitive ribs.

"Hey! Stop it, git! I don't want everyone knowing I'm ticklish!"

"..."

"Oh my god! Is that a webcam?" Xander grabs a handful of short blond curls and tugs Spike up to face him. "Tell me we didn't just have wild hot monkey sex for two hours for the whole world to see."

"Not the whole world, Xan. Not everyone's on the internet."

 
 
feeling: sillysilly
 
Ame: Evolution of Xander by killmebecomemeamejisuto on November 15th, 2004 08:12 pm (UTC)
Ooh these were great!! All of them, but I really, really liked that last one. LOL
darkhavensdarkhavens on November 15th, 2004 08:21 pm (UTC)
Thankee!

That last one kinda popped up as I was getting ready to post. I couldn't not do it, not when it was my choice of challenge and so many people have written such hot drabbles. *g*
who said what now? - amejisuto on November 15th, 2004 08:24 pm (UTC) (Expand)
who said what now? - darkhavens on November 15th, 2004 08:32 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Raven: wish I could stayloneraven on November 15th, 2004 08:17 pm (UTC)
The Tara one is sheer perfection. Of course, Tara would see love above all else; and Giles's Ripper side is my favourite thing in the whole world, so, yes - perfection. Heh. :)
darkhavensdarkhavens on November 15th, 2004 08:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :o)
I have a special place in my heart for Ripper too. *g*
Estepheia: Ladykillerestepheia on November 15th, 2004 08:19 pm (UTC)
LOL. Webcam. LOL.
Fun!
darkhavensdarkhavens on November 15th, 2004 08:28 pm (UTC)
I made you laugh! Hee!
I couldn't resist letting everyone watch them have wild monkey sex. *g*
Thanks!
VF: Spander Wow (essene)vampirefever on November 15th, 2004 09:15 pm (UTC)
Where's is archived?
I need addy's now
::pouts::
darkhavensdarkhavens on November 15th, 2004 09:26 pm (UTC)
Hee! I'l never tell. :P
Sorry about your guitar: Cig 'n Specscityphonelines on November 15th, 2004 09:32 pm (UTC)
and soft smiles from a Master Vampire.
I love that line! And the Willow inner-wig. And of course the last one, 'cause damn! We should be so lucky.
darkhavensdarkhavens on November 15th, 2004 09:50 pm (UTC)
We should be so lucky

Oh yes indeedy. For that I would invest in broadband so I could watch the live feeds. *g*

Glad you enjoyed. Thanks! :o)
Sammoimoietmoi on November 15th, 2004 09:41 pm (UTC)
Yummy drabbles!
Your Willow was very good; a bit scary. And the babble!
And I'm a sucker for possessive!Spike with all his restrained violence. Once a vampire, always a vampire.
The last one was just too funny! You had me laughing out loud!

"Tell me we didn't just have wild hot monkey sex for two hours for the whole world to see."

"Not the whole world, Xan. Not everyone's on the internet."

Just too funny! lol
darkhavensdarkhavens on November 15th, 2004 09:56 pm (UTC)
Willow can be very scary when she gets worked up about something, and she's always gonna have a thing for Xander.
I love writing possessive!Spike.

And I just couldn't resist broadcasting hot monkey love over the web. Hee!

Thanks. :o)
Genghis Katkat8cha on November 15th, 2004 09:45 pm (UTC)
Okay, that last part? BWAHAHAHAHAHAhahahahaha!!!!!! Hee hee... Nice series drabbles. I liked it a lot! Giles' whole urge to write, and Buffy's stake security blanket were great. And Tara? Very cute. Sweet and nice.
darkhavensdarkhavens on November 15th, 2004 09:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Giles would so want to write everything down. He's spent his life writing journals and chronicling events and now this? Hee!

Buffy's stake security blanket

She's spending time around a vampire, it's understandable. *g*

Thanks! Glad I mad you laugh. :P
I am Derek's vocal eyebrows: fm; guh [me]literati on November 15th, 2004 09:47 pm (UTC)
damn woman! where the hell was that webcam feed and why did no one tell me! o.o;

::coughs::

yes.. lovely as always :P
darkhavensdarkhavens on November 15th, 2004 10:00 pm (UTC)
Hee! ::guards the url with my life::

Glad you enjoyed, even if I did post without permission. *g*
it only burns when I breathe: xander_demonmagnet_housesspikedluv on November 15th, 2004 09:50 pm (UTC)
LOL I never tried to kill him. Maybe I should have

And a webcam! I love you! Now, where can I find it...?
darkhavensdarkhavens on November 15th, 2004 10:03 pm (UTC)
Hee! Yeah, Willow just wants to understand why it was never her, and attempted murder seems to be the common denominator when you look at his past loves. *g*

As for the webcam... ::buttons lip::

::loves you back:: ;o)
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darkhavensdarkhavens on November 15th, 2004 10:05 pm (UTC)
Absolutely incredible Willow voice. Perfect.

Yay! I don't write in Willow voice very often, so it's good to know I'm not making her sound odd. *g*

Couldn't resist that last line. So Spike. So evil!

Thanks. :o)
Lalkhamsin-khamsolal: DarkHavens - OTPpiratepurple on November 15th, 2004 10:48 pm (UTC)
They were all lovely, especially Tara's, but that last one made me laugh. :)
darkhavensdarkhavens on November 15th, 2004 11:02 pm (UTC)
Tara is so sweet and so quiet, it's fun to explore her inner thoughts and feelings. Glad you enjoyed the boys' little romp in front of the camera. *g*
savoy trufflesavoytruffle on November 16th, 2004 12:05 am (UTC)
Tara watches Willow watching Xander watching Buffy watching Spike watching Willow, and shares a rueful look with Mr Giles.

i love the way you set these all up. you're so good with themes.
darkhavensdarkhavens on November 16th, 2004 03:13 am (UTC)
Thank you. :o)

I have so much fun doing these!
willshenilshe on November 16th, 2004 12:58 am (UTC)
Oh, bravo, and abundant applause! I love them all, but especially Willow's (so sad) and the last one (made me laugh out loud). Such wonderful writings!
darkhavensdarkhavens on November 16th, 2004 03:17 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! That last one was definitely in there for shits and giggles. *g* Wouldn't you love to have the url for that webcam? *g*
werewindlewerewindle on November 16th, 2004 01:49 am (UTC)
Webcam... *sigh* that would be something to watch.

I liked them all, and I have such a soft spot for Ripper. I love to see him shine through.
darkhavensdarkhavens on November 16th, 2004 03:18 am (UTC)
Webcam... *sigh* that would be something to watch

Oh, wouldn't it? *g*

And I have a soft spot for Ripper too. I like to add just a taste of him when I can because he's there, hidden inside Giles and we need to lure him out more often. :P
yourlibrarianyourlibrarian on November 16th, 2004 01:53 am (UTC)
Liked the choice, everyone's point of view around the room. I especially liked Willow's.
darkhavensdarkhavens on November 16th, 2004 03:20 am (UTC)
Thanks. Sometimes I need to exercise my 'other' voices, and challenges like this are prefect for that. Willow babble is fun to do, even when it's freaky and obsessive. *g*