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07 December 2004 @ 11:27 pm
Into the Future, a set of 4 for open_on_sunday challenge #89 - Time
Author: darkhavens
Title: Into the Future
Pairing: Spike/Xander
Rating: PG-13
Email: darkhavens@slashverse.com
Disclaimer: Not mine, never will be. No harm, no foul, no money made.



First Time

If it hadn't been so important it might have been easier.
Laces got tangled.
Buttons got lost.
Fumbling. Awkward. Intense.
Too many knees and elbows.
Muscle cramps in a thigh unused to bending like that for so long.

Trepidation.
Spike had only topped that once, under Dru's insistent direction.
Xander had bottomed... for Faith, but that was all he'd ever done.
(Anya had scared him silly that day, with the dress and the condoms and... stuff.)
And on top of the usual stresses and strains was the thought, in the back of both minds:
What if the chip goes off?




Seconds To Spare

"Gods, Spike, that was close! I thought for sure she was going to catch us that time!"

Spike reached out and fastened a missed button on Xander's shirt, taking the opportunity to tease his lover's nipples, still tight and sensitive beneath the soft cotton. The week it had taken to talk him into the piercings had been well spent.

"Never happen, luv. I told you, I've got eyes in the back of my head and ears like a bat. There's no way the Slayer's ever gonna sneak up on us shagging, no matter how loud you're begging and whimpering..."

"Spike!"




The Gift of Time

There were five Akrashkin demons, not four; a fact they discovered too late to make it count.

The fifth came out of the trees and took the hindmost member down. The one who’d agreed to hang well back to keep him out of danger. The one who only had time for one last scream before being felled by a mess of piercing, viscera-exuding wounds.

Spike let no-one near his fallen lover; he rent the midnight air with primal howls. Ignoring Buffy’s cries to let him die he tore his wrist and let the gift of dark eternity trickle in.

“Please…”




Futureflash

“…And humankind believed demons weren’t real and magic was sleight of hand.”

Xander grinned at his audience of pale, awed faces.

“Now, off to bed, or Spike will come in and tell you what he used to get up to Topside, and then you’ll never sleep.”

Spike waited for the last child to scurry away to the sleeping halls before stepping out of the shadows. Xander was already on his feet.

“Sire… Spike, you had us worried, you were so late!”

“We lost a couple of tunnels, luv, but Angel’s on his way back with fresh supplies, and a mage…”

 
 
feeling: uncomfortableuncomfortable
 
Sammoimoietmoi on December 7th, 2004 11:42 pm (UTC)
Nice set of drabbles!
Very realistic first time and the future fic is really intriguing! It makes me want to know more about this future with Spike, Xander and Angel working together!
darkhavensdarkhavens on December 9th, 2004 02:43 am (UTC)
Thanks! First times are fun to write when they're so awkward and realistic. *g*

And the future one has intrigued me too. It kinda came out of nowhere...
I am Derek's vocal eyebrows: mk; two [me]literati on December 7th, 2004 11:44 pm (UTC)
lovely set!

I especially like 'First Time.'
darkhavensdarkhavens on December 9th, 2004 02:45 am (UTC)
Thank, sweetie. It just seemed real to have it awkward and unsure. *g*
Hellesponthellespont on December 8th, 2004 12:15 am (UTC)
*sniff* Spike turning Xander to save him from imminent death is the only way I can really get behind the idea, and you did a good job with the grief and drama of it. And I'm happy and intrigued with their new life underground. I always enjoy your drabbles so.
darkhavensdarkhavens on December 9th, 2004 02:51 am (UTC)
I always enjoy your drabbles so.

Aw, thanks. :o)

I like the idea of Xander being turned so he can stay with Spike, sometimes, but this one just had to be a 'too late!' scenario, with Spike desperate to keep his love. And the underground stuff came out of nowhere! I hope I can come up with more of it. ;o)
willshenilshe on December 8th, 2004 12:15 am (UTC)
Oh, I absolutely love these. From the sheer reality of the first one, to the fantastical world opened up by the last drabble, you have me fascinated. I particularly want to know more about that future world. Wonderful work!
darkhavensdarkhavens on December 9th, 2004 02:53 am (UTC)
I particularly want to know more about that future world.

Oh, so do I! *g* Thanks.

When I started out with such awkward realism for the 'First Time' drabble, I had no idea I was going to finish off with something quite so fantastically unreal. It has me intrigued. ;o)
Nebula: xanderauthoressnebula on December 8th, 2004 12:31 am (UTC)
Oh, that was nice. Very, very nice. All the flashes throughout different points...just too cool. But the one word that really got to me the most was that one 'please'. Loved it hun; thanks for sharing!

~Nebula
darkhavensdarkhavens on December 9th, 2004 02:56 am (UTC)
Thanks!

But the one word that really got to me the most was that one 'please'.

Yeah, poor Spike was so desperate to keep Xander he was willing to risk losing him to the demon. That 'please' was the most important part of the drabble. ;o)
Ame: I've got your back by Saifaiamejisuto on December 8th, 2004 12:44 am (UTC)
Whoot! These are just damn great luv! I'm with everyone else, that future one is really interesting. Then again I'd love to see the aftermath of Xander being turned.
darkhavensdarkhavens on December 9th, 2004 03:02 am (UTC)
Hee! *smooch* Ta!

I'd love to see more of the futureflash one too. ::gets on knees to the muse:: It just kinda came out of knowhere. I was trying to move the boys into the future so show they were still together after the passage of time and... suddenly they were in tunnels and o.o. *g*
Daniumbralillium on December 8th, 2004 12:59 am (UTC)
*bounces* Yay! Darkhavens drabbles! *cough* Yeah, comments...

All very lovely. Loved The Gift of Time, so much pain in something so short. *pets the bois*
darkhavensdarkhavens on December 9th, 2004 03:04 am (UTC)
*bounces* Yay! Darkhavens drabbles!

::preens::

Thank you! 'The Gift of Time' was going to be called 'Too Late', but it sounded too final and death-ficcy. *g* I had to have Spike saving Xander, or at least trying to. :o)
Sorry about your guitar: a_s_xcityphonelines on December 8th, 2004 01:30 am (UTC)
A real first time, pierced nipples, a dying plea and, of course, the entirety of the last one... I love you.

Wonderful and intriguing!
darkhavensdarkhavens on December 9th, 2004 03:06 am (UTC)
*smooch* Ta!

Yes, a real first time. Comeplete with ums and ers and ows. *g* The pierced nipples happened because I needed that para to be longer, but they fit perfectly. And the last one came out of nowhere. I still have no idea of any backstory, but I'm hoping...
beetle: evil_beetle_ on December 8th, 2004 01:39 am (UTC)
Okay, you cannot stop there! Not with this cool - cave-dwellers, underground, futuristic - AWESOME thing you have going on!

You. Suck.

But the drabbles rule.
darkhavensdarkhavens on December 9th, 2004 03:12 am (UTC)
Okay, you cannot stop there! Not with this cool - cave-dwellers, underground, futuristic - AWESOME thing you have going on!

Hee! If I had more, I'd write it, because it reeled me in too, but I don't know any more! My muse gave me that tiny spoonful and then hid the rest away somewhere. I need to find a bribe for her that will work. ;o)

*smooch*

Ta!
VF: Spander Wow (essene)vampirefever on December 8th, 2004 06:07 am (UTC)
I just love your drabbles and these were excellent.
I also want to know the full story behind the last one.
::bats eyelashes::
darkhavensdarkhavens on December 9th, 2004 03:15 am (UTC)
I just love your drabbles and these were excellent.

*smooch* Ta!

I also want to know the full story behind the last one. ::bats eyelashes::

Oh, so do I! My muse only saw fit to gift we with this tiny snippet and it's got me going nutso trying to find out more!
tabaquitabaqui on December 8th, 2004 06:11 am (UTC)
Ahhhhhhh!
Very cool.
:)
*bounce*
And, want MORE of course, of that future bit. Just a bit more.
*measures with fingers*
Tiny bit.
K?
k.
darkhavensdarkhavens on December 9th, 2004 03:23 am (UTC)
Thankee!

And, want MORE of course, of that future bit. Just a bit more.
*measures with fingers*
Tiny bit.
K?
k.


Oh, so would I! The muse gave me that tiny snippet and then... poof! Gone. I'm trying to lure her back with toblerone and jamaican ginger sponge but she's being difficult.
Rest assured,if I get more I will share. ;o)
who said what now? - tabaqui on December 9th, 2004 04:00 am (UTC) (Expand)
who said what now? - darkhavens on December 9th, 2004 04:10 am (UTC) (Expand)
who said what now? - darkhavens on December 10th, 2004 01:52 am (UTC) (Expand)
who said what now? - tabaqui on December 10th, 2004 07:02 am (UTC) (Expand)
Sharvie_sharvie_ on December 8th, 2004 07:19 am (UTC)
Oh, that was so gorgeous! I so want to know the whole story! Maybe I'm just not cut out for drabbles. I must have more! Please. *bats eyelashes*

But wow the emotions you produce with only a few words! *bows*
darkhavensdarkhavens on December 9th, 2004 03:28 am (UTC)
Thank you! :o)

And if my muse will give me more of the futureflash story I will certainly share. At the moment she's hoarding it, but I am trying every bribe available. ;o)
Goes "Ding" When There's Stuff: Puss in boots by killmebecomemesuki_blue on December 8th, 2004 10:56 am (UTC)
Bloody fantastic, all of them. I'm very intrigued by Futureflash. Write more? Puurrrlleeaaseee?
darkhavensdarkhavens on December 9th, 2004 03:31 am (UTC)
Bloody fantastic, all of them.

::curtsies:: Thankee!

And belive me, I'm intrigued too! My muse only gave me that tiny peek into that universe. I'm trying to wangle more out of her. ;o)
reddwarf75reddwarf75 on December 8th, 2004 12:54 pm (UTC)
U're so good! *pets u lovingly*
Marie
darkhavensdarkhavens on December 9th, 2004 03:33 am (UTC)
::purrs at the petting::

Fankoo!
sufie58sufie58 on December 8th, 2004 06:23 pm (UTC)
I'm not a great fan of drabbles - if they're good, I always want to know more. These were lovely and more would definitely be of the good. thank you
darkhavensdarkhavens on December 9th, 2004 03:35 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you!

I'm trying to pry more details of the futureflash one out of my muse but she's being contrary. Whatever I manage to get I will certainly share. ;o)