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11 September 2005 @ 12:34 am
'Pain is Relative', three for slashthedrabble challenge #42 - It Hurts
Author: darkhavens
Title: Pain is Relative
Pairing: Spike/Xander, Willow and Dru of Buffy.
Rating: NC-17 for gore
Concrit: darkhavens @ slashverse.com
Disclaimer: Not mine, never will be. No harm, no foul, no money made.
Warnings/Squicks: Gore, character death.
Notes: The continuing past and future adventures of baby!vamp!Xander.

Time To Act

It hurt so much, the knowledge that she had taught Xander how to make this possible. She held herself responsible for the death of all those Finns. Each new report added a score mark to her heart, another spill of innocent blood puddled at her feet. And yet no one let her offer up her guilt.

"…Not your fault." "It's Spike!" "Xander would never…" "He wouldn't…" "You're not to blame!"

But Willow knew the truth. She'd seen Spike's possessiveness but hadn't understood. She knew how Xander needed to feel worthy of the one he loved. And she had done nothing.

Necessary Evil

"It hurts!"

Xander squirmed as his flesh sizzled and smoked, knowing from the grimace on Spike's face that he was experiencing the same agonizing burn.

"I know, luv, but it has to be done. If we don't get these glyphs in place before that flame goes out, your little witch bitch will have a chance to slap your soul back on, and I'm not letting her win after all this time!"

Spike dipped his fingers once more into the holy water and began to trace the next of the ancient sigils onto Xander's trembling shoulder. It had to be done.

No More Snakes

"It hurts, I know, but only for a moment." Dru paused in her ministrations to pet her new red doll. "Once I've pulled the snakes out of your belly they'll stop biting you."

Her hands slipped back inside the gaping cavity and tugged things free. Coils of wet intestines, slightly steaming in the chilly room, spilled across her skirts like newborn eels.

"There now, doesn't that feel better? No more bitter wormwood bile. No more trying to curse my precious boys with dirty souls."

Dru lifted up the loosely lolling head and set it on her knee.

"Such pretty hair…"

I am Derek's vocal eyebrows: hp; hero [me]literati on September 10th, 2005 11:53 pm (UTC)
::happy sigh::

Love them babe, especially the last one.
darkhavens: b!v!x [literati]darkhavens on September 11th, 2005 01:45 am (UTC)
Thankee, darlin'. ^^^pets the new Potter^^^

You just love seeing Willow getting gutted her come-uppance. :D
outsideth3box: Vamp!Xanderoutsideth3box on September 11th, 2005 12:00 am (UTC)
::happy sigh::

Safe now. Finally.

Have I mentioned how much I adore you, lately?

Precious boys. Lovely Dru, looking after them...
darkhavens: sx a love eternal [literati]darkhavens on September 11th, 2005 01:47 am (UTC)
Thank you! Yes, safe at last, from Willow at least. *g*

Not that that will stop me hopping backwards and forwards through the timeline so we get to see her again and again. *g*
Ame: Daddy's Dru by suki_blueamejisuto on September 11th, 2005 12:05 am (UTC)
Wow. That's just great! Love all three but that last one is just...chilling. Great job!
darkhavens: dru [literati]darkhavens on September 11th, 2005 01:47 am (UTC)
Thanks! I thought it might be a bit much, but it demanded to be written, and who am I to argue? *g*
     Mandy: Heroica_phoenixdragon on September 11th, 2005 12:28 am (UTC)
Damn baby! Love the darkness! This was a great piece! Makes me wanna go write more, myself! Hee! You write a great ficlet!
darkhavens: dru [literati]darkhavens on September 11th, 2005 01:48 am (UTC)
Thanks! The more I write, the more I want to. It's like crack, only less expensive and people encourage you to do it. *g*
     Mandya_phoenixdragon on September 11th, 2005 01:54 am (UTC)
LOL! Love the crack comment! It IS like that, isn't it?! Only the best for me! Hee-hee! Gimme more O' that good shit!
annabuffyannabuffy on September 11th, 2005 01:57 am (UTC)
Love these drabbles!! Can't wait till Dru shows her boys how she stopped the red doll from giving them their souls back forever.
darkhavensdarkhavens on September 19th, 2005 01:36 am (UTC)
Thanks! Dru is a very protective mommy to her boys and her dollies... well, most of them. *g*
tabaquitabaqui on September 11th, 2005 05:04 am (UTC)
*la la la*

Warped and twisted and just so evol.

And i love every letter.
darkhavens: darkhavens  [txrabbit]darkhavens on September 19th, 2005 01:37 am (UTC)
Hee! thankee! :D

Warped and twisted is fun to be do. ;)
katbcollkatbcoll on September 11th, 2005 06:20 am (UTC)
Oooooo Gotta love Dru when she's all protective momma. *smirks*

Loved them all!!

darkhavens: dru [literati]darkhavens on September 19th, 2005 01:37 am (UTC)
Thanks! She's a protective momma cat. ;)
REMITYGIRLremitygirl on September 11th, 2005 09:42 am (UTC)
Ya just gotta love Dru...(at least sometimes)!! Looking out for her boys...like a good Mommy should. And playing with her 'new red doll'.....nice visuals!!

Thanks for sharing!
darkhavens: dru [literati]darkhavens on September 19th, 2005 01:38 am (UTC)
Thanks! I do love Dru. She's so totally screwy and and fun to write. *g*
Hellesponthellespont on September 11th, 2005 07:22 pm (UTC)
Spike dipped his fingers once more into the holy water and began to trace the next of the ancient sigils onto Xander's trembling shoulder. It had to be done.

What a beautiful exercise in shared pain. And man, Dru is f-u-u-u-u-cked up, but I love the way you write her.
darkhavens: b!v!x [literati]darkhavens on September 19th, 2005 01:39 am (UTC)
Thanks! Dru is fun to play with, and Spike will suffer an eternity of pain to keep his Xander safe from that evil redheaded witch. ;)
batmanvinniebatmanvinnie on September 12th, 2005 09:27 pm (UTC)
That was some fucked up shit right there. Loved it! And I liked "Time to Act." So much was implied, not stated, giving it a nightmarish kind of quality, like being inside Willow's brains as thoughts drift about. Very good.
darkhavens: b!v!x [literati]darkhavens on September 19th, 2005 01:40 am (UTC)
Thanks! Willow is so convinced she's doing the right thing she hasn't stopped to think that maybe it's for all the wrong reasons. ;)
Lalkhamsin-khamsolalpiratepurple on September 13th, 2005 07:41 pm (UTC)
I do, indeed, worship you. *bows down* That last one really made me happy and made me cringe at the same time.
darkhavensdarkhavens on September 19th, 2005 01:41 am (UTC)
Thank you! *genuflects at you* *g*

Dru has a wonderfully creepy-but-aaaaaaaaw vibe sometimes and i love capturing that essence. *g*