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29 January 2005 @ 11:50 pm
Tiny Touches, S/X, PG for slashthedrabble challenge #10 - Touch
My brain, she is ded. Two drabbles are all I could squeeze out, and I'm not too happy with them. Still, I'd hate to miss a challenge, so here they are:

(ETA: a third, slipped in between the original two.)

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


Tiny Touches


Giles was the first to notice. It was what he had been trained for, after all - watching.

Oh, they were very discreet. Amazingly so considering their past exploits, though Xander had managed to keep his relationship with Cordelia under wraps for quite some time. But they still slipped up occasionally. They couldn't seem to pass each other by without making contact. Tiny touches really, just a fingertip or two brushing gently over the slope of shoulder, line of back, curve of denim-clad buttock.

Subtle signs, each one carrying an unmistakeable message - Spike and Xander were enemies no more.


~~~~~


Willow couldn’t quite believe what she thought she had just seen.

Spike had patted Xander down like some kind of airport goon, frisking him for scissors, knives or toothpicks. Once done, his hands had lingered on Xander’s hips and tugged him close, and Xander hadn’t tried to brush him off.

Then Buffy was there beside her, patting her down and checking for wounds.

“Are you hurt at all? You landed with a thump.”

A miniature light bulb flickered on in Willow’s head. It hadn’t been a weapons check at all.

She turned to take another look but they’d already gone.


~~~~~


Buffy was the last of them to recognise the truth and even then she couldn’t quite believe.

Spike had spewed some pretty standard vitriolic snark, and she’d moved in to counter with a punch. Xander’s hand had landed somewhat heavily on her shoulder, throwing off her balance and her swing.

“Stop it, Buffy. You know he can’t hit back, and that’s not fair. It’s like beating up a kitten… Sorry, Spike.”

And suddenly, the moment Xander smiled, Buffy knew. She’d heard that soft, apologetic tone of his before.

“Xander? No, you can’t be… Not with…”

“Gay? With Spike? Oh yeah…”
 
 
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Ame: Valentine1 by truly_taziamejisuto on January 29th, 2005 11:55 pm (UTC)
These are great darlin, really very good. Be proud!

Anything I can do to give your brain CPR?
darkhavensdarkhavens on January 30th, 2005 12:13 am (UTC)
Thanks sweetie. *smooch*

I'm not sure my brain could stand CPR right now without degenerating into mush, but I did manage to squeeze out one more drabble which I just slotted in between the original two. Had to give Willow a chance too. *g*
who said what now? - amejisuto on January 30th, 2005 12:22 am (UTC) (Expand)
who said what now? - darkhavens on January 30th, 2005 01:06 am (UTC) (Expand)
sweet_exile: Hero - Xandersweet_exile on January 30th, 2005 12:52 am (UTC)
No these are great. Buffy's reaction was just perfect.
darkhavens: smoochdarkhavens on January 30th, 2005 01:10 am (UTC)
Thank you. :o)
it only burns when I breathe: spike&xander_godown_mysspikedluv on January 30th, 2005 12:57 am (UTC)
“Gay? With Spike? Oh yeah…”

Oh, yeah. *vbg* I like the idea of people beginning to notice, and it all starting with tiny touches. Lovely concept.
darkhavens: smoochdarkhavens on January 30th, 2005 01:12 am (UTC)
Thank you! Spike is such a tactile lover, and I could see Xander being the same way once he found someone who didn't shrug him off.
Lorrainelunabee34 on January 30th, 2005 01:07 am (UTC)
Oh, wow. That first one gets me. Our boys can't help but betray their passion for each other. I don't know why the hell you're not happy with these. *I* sure am.
Lorraine
darkhavens: smoochdarkhavens on January 30th, 2005 01:14 am (UTC)
Thanks, darlin'. :o)

I think it's probably the fug in my brain that's making me feel unsettled, not the drabbles. I'll have to come back and read them once it's gone.
::crosses toes that it goes soon::
who said what now? - lunabee34 on January 31st, 2005 12:52 am (UTC) (Expand)
who said what now? - darkhavens on January 31st, 2005 12:55 am (UTC) (Expand)
who said what now? - lunabee34 on January 31st, 2005 01:09 am (UTC) (Expand)
who said what now? - darkhavens on January 31st, 2005 01:25 am (UTC) (Expand)
who said what now? - lunabee34 on January 31st, 2005 04:58 pm (UTC) (Expand)
julia_herejulia_here on January 30th, 2005 01:49 am (UTC)
In solidarity with the blank brainness.

These are 100% more than I've been able to do today, and pretty damned good, to boot.

Julia, incrementally less stupid than I was earlier
darkhavensdarkhavens on January 30th, 2005 03:51 am (UTC)
Thank you.

I hope your muse returns to you envigorated and full of ideas. ;o)
Nebula: iconic_moon_spanderauthoressnebula on January 30th, 2005 03:13 am (UTC)
Oh that was bloody fantastic. Giles, Willow, and finally those last lines when Buffy got it. Really great job sweetie! And because I have to...

"Gay? With Spike? Oh yeah…"

Lovely job. ^_^

~Nebula
darkhavensdarkhavens on January 30th, 2005 04:00 am (UTC)
Thanks! :o)
tabaquitabaqui on January 30th, 2005 03:21 am (UTC)
*worships you*
Ooh, nice!
I love it.
Them.
Whatever.
Heh.
darkhavens: smoochdarkhavens on January 30th, 2005 04:02 am (UTC)
worships? woohoo! *g*

Thankee darlin'. *smooch*
dancetomato on January 30th, 2005 03:39 am (UTC)
You have no idea how badly I needed Spander romantic schmoop tonight. Hell, *I* didn't know until I read this. *hugs you* Thanks.
darkhavens: hug [me]darkhavens on January 30th, 2005 04:04 am (UTC)
Always happy to help a soul in need. *g*

Thank you! {hugs}
Sharvie_sharvie_ on January 30th, 2005 05:18 am (UTC)
If this is what you aren't happy with, give me a link to your thrilled! I just adore the way you can express so much with so little. I really liked the comparison to his and Cordy's relationship.

Nice soft touch with these. Thanks!
darkhavens: smoochdarkhavens on January 30th, 2005 11:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!

I've reread my drabbles now my head is clear and they look so much better than I thought. Damn fuzzy-brainitis. *g*
Nashnashmaveric on January 30th, 2005 08:16 am (UTC)
::snicker:: Loved them all. But especially Willow's one ::grin::
darkhavens: smoochdarkhavens on January 30th, 2005 11:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

As soon as I posted Giles' and Buffy's drabble I got bit for one from Willow's POV. I saw her watching them and thinking 'why is Spike doing that and why is Xander letting him?'. *g*
Sam: My Xander!moimoietmoi on January 30th, 2005 12:11 pm (UTC)
Lovely drabbles! Casual touches are so telling of a relationship...
If that's what you write when you brain is dead... *impressed look*
darkhavens: smoochdarkhavens on January 31st, 2005 12:04 am (UTC)
Thank you. :o)

Maybe not dead, just misfiring. *g*
nasty_shrewnasty_shrew on February 4th, 2005 01:43 pm (UTC)
*sighs contentedly as she melts into a pile of happy goo*

So very lovely. Only you could pull off X/S happy!fluff without making me snark once.
darkhavensdarkhavens on February 5th, 2005 12:06 am (UTC)
Thanks! :o)