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12 March 2006 @ 05:59 am
'Shhhhhh…', S/X for slashthedrabble #67 'Secrets'
Author: darkhavens
Title: Shhhhhh…
Pairing: Spike/Xander
Fandom: Buffy
Rating: PG for minimal violence
Words: 300
Feedback/Concrit: darkhavens @ slashverse.com
Disclaimer: Not mine, never will be. No harm, no foul, no money made.


Shhhhhh…

Xander has a secret and it's been eating him alive and he doesn't have a clue if he should tell, or who, or what to say.

It keeps him up at night reading news reports and listening for that throwaway line on the TV or the radio. He wants to know if barbecue forks have gotten just that little bit more lethal in the last few weeks.

They haven't.

It's confusing, and he finds himself second-, third-, eleventh-guessing the conclusion that he knows must be right, and he has the bruises - and the broken bones - to prove it.

Three weeks ago, while out fighting demons of the oozy kind, Spike had body-checked him to the ground and thereby saved his life, briefly stunning Xander into speechlessness.

Before Xander had a chance to get his voice back and his brain in gear, Spike had stomped the demons into grey-green gunk and wiped the remnants off on Buffy's favourite denim jacket. There'd been screaming.

Xander had quietly picked himself up, avoided the worst of the goo and shuffled over to watch for signs that Spike had any clue about what he'd done. He had to, right?

Instead, his saviour had run through his usual routine of threats of gory death and glorious technicolour vivisection, before sauntering off towards the nearest bar for '-a real drink, not that American piss that passes for beer.'

Xander had limped home, clutching ribs he knew were cracked, mentally reviewing his stock of bandages and tape. He'd carefully not acknowledged the pale smudge of shadow that followed him all the way back to his cosy basement. One epiphany a night was his limit.

Xander's secret goes like this: Spike broke his ribs and saved his life and followed him home, and now Xander wants to keep him.

 
geyer_fbgeyer_fb on March 12th, 2006 06:15 am (UTC)
Lovely story. Interesting implications to the lack of increased fatalities by barbecue fork. I'm looking forward to the next epiphany.
darkhavens: s bite me - vamp [literati]darkhavens on April 9th, 2006 11:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I think Spike is behaving himself so he can court Xander without accusations of nibbling on the neighbours. *g*
most excellently twistedfanbot on March 12th, 2006 06:30 am (UTC)
Hee! Sweet!
darkhavensdarkhavens on April 9th, 2006 11:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :D
Janet Lynn: spander by spacenewtstrickens_girl on March 12th, 2006 07:33 am (UTC)
OOooooOOOO. Very interesting. Kinda creepy with stalkery Spike. *purrs* Me like. *g*
darkhavens: s blue [literati]darkhavens on April 9th, 2006 11:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I love obsessive protecto-Spike way too much, but he's perfect for Xander. *g*
outsideth3box: OTP Shadowoutsideth3box on March 12th, 2006 08:57 am (UTC)
"Xander's secret goes like this: Spike broke his ribs and saved his life and followed him home, and now Xander wants to keep him."


Me go awwwwwwwwww!
darkhavens: sx otp yellow [me]darkhavens on April 9th, 2006 11:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Spike's just like a big ol' stray tomcat really, with extra large fangs. *g*
Nebula: heart spanderauthoressnebula on March 12th, 2006 12:06 pm (UTC)
Is it sad that I think stalker!Spike is too cute for words? ^_^ Cute drabble sweetie!

~Nebula
darkhavens: s mine w claws [literati]darkhavens on April 9th, 2006 11:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Stalker!Spike is adorable. He's so devoted to taking care of his loved ones, how could we not adore him?
woman_of_: Blood claimwoman_of_ on March 12th, 2006 01:06 pm (UTC)
So they are both keeping secrets! Wonder how that will pan out, sounds interesting
darkhavens: s grr? [literati]darkhavens on April 9th, 2006 11:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

They have so many secrets, those boys. *g*
sablerose2sablerose2 on March 12th, 2006 01:27 pm (UTC)
I say let Xander keep him :o)!!! Thank you
darkhavens: x mortal flesh - mini gif [literati]darkhavens on April 9th, 2006 11:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D
noneecanoneeca on March 12th, 2006 03:00 pm (UTC)
you know, our fandom is, i think, the only one in which stalking is considered just another sign of being in love.

and i agree with Xan. if Spike were following me home? damn straight i'd keep him!
darkhavens: sx a love eternal [literati]darkhavens on April 9th, 2006 11:52 pm (UTC)
you know, our fandom is, i think, the only one in which stalking is considered just another sign of being in love.

It's the Aurelian vampire way. :D

Thanks!
Lit Gallit_gal on March 12th, 2006 03:45 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, now THAT'S out Xander in denial. So, is this part of the baby!vamp!Xander series?
darkhavens: sx kisskiss [me]darkhavens on April 9th, 2006 11:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

No, it's not a part of the b!v!x universe, it just popped into my head full-grown and wanted out. *g*
who said what now? - lit_gal on April 9th, 2006 11:57 pm (UTC) (Expand)
who said what now? - darkhavens on April 10th, 2006 12:11 am (UTC) (Expand)
tabaquitabaqui on March 12th, 2006 05:21 pm (UTC)
*la la la*
Just as good the second time around!
*bounce*

Of course, i want *more*.
More!
darkhavens: sx suckit [me]darkhavens on April 9th, 2006 11:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

And hush! It was a one time only thing. You get to decide if Xander got to keep Spike. (Like I don't know how that's gonna go! *g*)
who said what now? - tabaqui on April 10th, 2006 12:20 am (UTC) (Expand)
who said what now? - darkhavens on April 10th, 2006 12:34 am (UTC) (Expand)
who said what now? - tabaqui on April 10th, 2006 12:38 am (UTC) (Expand)
who said what now? - darkhavens on April 10th, 2006 01:03 am (UTC) (Expand)
LadyCatladycat777 on March 12th, 2006 06:04 pm (UTC)
Awwwwwwwwwww. This is lovely. Also, there needs to be more, yes.
darkhavens: sx kiss w hand [me]darkhavens on April 9th, 2006 11:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I don't know about more, that was the way it popped into my head. If there is more popping there will be more writing. ;)
batmanvinnie: Spike Is Bigbatmanvinnie on March 12th, 2006 07:35 pm (UTC)
Wow, crazy. I like the style in which you carefully work in the two epiphanies, that Spike cares, and that he is chipless. Once again, superb work.
darkhavensdarkhavens on April 10th, 2006 12:03 am (UTC)
Thanks!

I love getting to play with a chipless, caring Spike. :D
Sandy: BtVS Bite mesp23 on March 12th, 2006 09:06 pm (UTC)
Spike had stomped the demons into grey-green gunk and wiped the remnants off on Buffy's favourite denim jacket.

I worship that line. :)

This was sooo good. And I, too, wonder if Spike realizes what he's done - hurting Xander without pain o' chip. The stalkery thing shows Spike very much knows that he protected Xander.

You are writing more in this 'verse, right?
darkhavens: x blue [literati]darkhavens on April 10th, 2006 12:15 am (UTC)
Spike had stomped the demons into grey-green gunk and wiped the remnants off on Buffy's favourite denim jacket.

I worship that line. :)


Thank you! You know he'd do that, just out of habit, to wind her up. *g*

You are writing more in this 'verse, right?

If I can cull the herd of WiPs milling about in my head I'll see if another snippet pops up. *g*
werewindlewerewindle on March 12th, 2006 09:20 pm (UTC)
Keep him! Keep him! ^__^
Great ficlet, I hope there is more.
darkhavens: x nummytreat [savour]darkhavens on April 10th, 2006 12:16 am (UTC)
Thank you! :D
carnadosacarnadosa on March 12th, 2006 09:58 pm (UTC)
Xander's secret goes like this: Spike broke his ribs and saved his life and followed him home, and now Xander wants to keep him.

Awww...that's such the perfect line. Can I keep it?

: )
darkhavens: x so damn fuckable [literati}darkhavens on April 10th, 2006 12:17 am (UTC)
Thank you!

...you can share it. *g*