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29 March 2006 @ 12:17 am
'Wilfully Oblivious', 1/5, for stagesoflove Round 2, Senses - #1 - Sight
Author: darkhavens
Title: Wilfully Oblivious, 1/5
Pairing: Spike/Xander
Fandom: Buffy
Rating: PG for now
Words: 299
Feedback/Concrit: darkhavens @ slashverse.com
Disclaimer: Not mine, never will be. No harm, no foul, no money made.
Summary: "There are none so blind, as those who would not see..."
Notes: Written for stagesoflove 2006, Round 2, 'Exploring the Relationship Through The Senses', challenge #1 - Sight.
Also posted here.

They weren't particularly subtle about any of it; anyone who cared to stop and look could clearly see what was going on. Only Giles and Tara actually noticed.

It was just small things at first - knees knocking together beneath the table during research sessions, elbows clashing in a battle for the final jelly donut. Even the way they couldn't manage to keep quiet for five consecutive minutes shifted to reflect their new communion.

Sniping insults turned to teasing, flirting pokes and prods. Demeaning nicknames either disappeared or were transmuted.

It was… almost sweet, Giles admitted once to Tara as they cleared away another meeting's rubble. Sweet and somehow mildly disturbing to watch a boy - a boy who stated often just how much he hated vampires - grow, and yes, bloom, beneath William the Bloody's careful care and muted courting and protection.

Eventually, neither could resist the urge to touch in earnest. Fingers brushed and caught under cover of trading weapons; hips bumped together as they walked out on patrol.

A close call with a pack of Rogash demons nearly threw their secret under the Buffy-Willow high-powered spotlight.

Xander bounced twice before he rolled to a halt at the foot of the Walburn-Williams family crypt, and lay there gasping, and Spike lost it.

Dropping the demon leg he'd been using as a viciously spined cudgel, Spike dodged easily though the milling, battling throng and checked on Xander. Once assured that he was still breathing and unbroken, Spike dove back in and let his inner psycho out to play.

Ten minutes and a dozen demons later, Spike had Xander patted down, each bruise and scratch and ego dent precisely catalogued by gentle fingertips.

Giles and Tara kept their charges looking elsewhere while Spike and Xander shared their first kiss.

Part Two

I am Derek's vocal eyebrows: hp; the look [me]literati on March 28th, 2006 11:22 pm (UTC)

I can't wait for the rest!
darkhavens: s bite me - vamp [literati]darkhavens on April 16th, 2006 07:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks, sweetie! More on the way! :D
a curious cat: Spander: till end of dayskaleecat on March 29th, 2006 12:00 am (UTC)
::melts at the last line:: this packed such a wonderful emotional idea in a short time. However what is so wonderful is that we get to see this from Giles, and obliquely Tara's approving viewpoint. It strikes just the right tone, & wonderfully shows what i've always thought - of them all, Giles & Tara have the ability to be most accepting.

Loved Giles admitting to Tara that it was almost sweet to see Xander grow, and yes, bloom, beneath William the Bloody's careful care and muted courting and protection.

And then the pair protects them for that first kiss!

::is twelve & in love::
darkhavens: x blue [literati]darkhavens on April 16th, 2006 07:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you! *is twelve with you* *g*

I love looking at their relationship through other people's eyes - they often see things from a totally new angle.
denied_heaven: spander suspensedenied_heaven on March 29th, 2006 12:03 am (UTC)
that was awesome
so so sweet and just..
*happy sigh*
darkhavens: s grr? [literati]darkhavens on April 16th, 2006 07:21 pm (UTC)

I think Spike would probably take exception to the word 'sweet', but what he doesn't know won't hurt us, right? ;)
your royal pie-ness: xander pretty (crimsonhue)entrenous88 on March 29th, 2006 12:07 am (UTC)
oh my god **LOVES**

yes, bloom, beneath William the Bloody's careful care and muted courting and protection.

That's...yes. I have such a kink for the slow burn unfolding romance when someone dangerous like Spike is involved.

Also, gah, to the first kiss.

Whare ees more of dees? Whare?
darkhavens: x mortal flesh - mini gif [literati]darkhavens on April 16th, 2006 07:26 pm (UTC)
Hee! Thank you! Spike is definitely the courting type - though I'm sure if Xander weren't quite so squeamish and human thre would be gifts like the hearts of his enemies, and the tongue of anyone who spoke out against their relationship. He's sweet like that. *g*

Part 4 is on it's way tomorrow or Tuesday. After that there's only one left. o.O
Lalkhamsin-khamsolal: darkhavens Spander OTPpiratepurple on March 29th, 2006 12:33 am (UTC)
*dies happily of schmoop*
darkhavens: s blue [literati]darkhavens on April 16th, 2006 07:27 pm (UTC)
*revives you for the upcoming parts* :D

batmanvinniebatmanvinnie on March 29th, 2006 01:08 am (UTC)
I like it. Very much. A gentle, sweet romance. With the silent, helpful consent of Giles and Tara. Who would probably start turning the girls onto Spike's finer points to soften the eventual blow. AT least in my poisoned mind. Great job
darkhavens: x nummytreat [savour]darkhavens on April 16th, 2006 07:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

And yes, Tara definitely tried to get Willow to see the light, but the title of this piece speaks for itself - she and Buffy were Wilfully Oblivious. *g*
Karenauntyk on March 29th, 2006 01:40 am (UTC)
this subtle and oh so beautiful
darkhavens: s blue [literati]darkhavens on April 16th, 2006 07:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D
Ame: WWHIFK by Beamer242amejisuto on March 29th, 2006 01:52 am (UTC)
AWWW! That's just so good! And Giles and Tara know! AWWWW!
darkhavens: s mine w claws [literati]darkhavens on April 16th, 2006 07:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Yis!

And, as of the most recent chunk, so do Willow and Buffy. Oops! *g*
twilightofmagictwilightofmagic on March 29th, 2006 02:11 am (UTC)
Aww, I'm with Giles. Very sweet. Looking forward to more ;-)
darkhavens: s so damn pretty [me]darkhavens on April 16th, 2006 07:40 pm (UTC)

More comgin very soon. :D
eithnexeithnex on March 29th, 2006 02:12 am (UTC)
Oh, very nice indeed. I like an observant Giles and Tara those two can be a force to be reckoned with and help keep Buffy and Willow from doing too much fussing. I can't wait to see how this goes, thank you.
darkhavens: x so damn fuckable [literati}darkhavens on April 16th, 2006 07:42 pm (UTC)
I like an observant Giles and Tara those two can be a force to be reckoned with

So very true! They can both keep their wayward charges under control - most of the time. *g*

geyer_fbgeyer_fb on March 29th, 2006 02:41 am (UTC)
Excellent beginning, beautifully written. And I'm always happy when they get support from Giles or Tara or both.
darkhavens: s bite me - vamp [literati]darkhavens on April 16th, 2006 07:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D

I love Tara and Giles being quietly supportive. Looking at the relationship through their eyes always shows me new things.
outsideth3box: I want chocolateoutsideth3box on March 29th, 2006 03:24 am (UTC)

Oh this is just too sweet.
darkhavens: x blue [literati]darkhavens on April 16th, 2006 07:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

*plugs the holes from which you are gushing* ;)
LadyCatladycat777 on March 29th, 2006 04:13 am (UTC)
Oh oh oh that was lovely!
darkhavens: s blue [literati]darkhavens on April 16th, 2006 07:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you, darlin'! :D
onlywayout27onlywayout27 on March 29th, 2006 04:17 am (UTC)
Wonderful... as all of your work is. I love G-Man and Tar-Tar watching the slow progression from snark to tease to endearment between our boys. Eagerly awaiting the next bit!
darkhavens: x mortal flesh - mini gif [literati]darkhavens on April 16th, 2006 07:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D

I was always certain that Tara saw and knew a lot more than she ever let on. It's always the quiet ones. ;)
Zilpha Quentinincoherenteye on March 29th, 2006 05:20 am (UTC)

i shouldn't be reading fanfic this late especially spander, because one word praises just shouldn't cut it.
tomorrow, maybe the brilliancy of this will be uncover but right now.

just glee.
darkhavens: s blue [literati]darkhavens on April 16th, 2006 07:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Glee is good. I'm always happy with glee. :D