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07 August 2007 @ 10:54 pm
Daily Drabble #13 Strip Scrabble, Spike/Xander
First commenter on the day's drabble(ish) gets to provide pairing and prompt for the next one. You can choose from Spike/Xander, John/Rodney and Sam/Dean or choose one of them as a solo character. Give me a word, or mood, or something to think on and I'll see what I can do. I may expand the possible selection if this works and I actually get my mojo firing on all cylinders. (Nobody gets two drabbles in a row. If you get one today, you don't get to have one tomorrow, even if your comment is up first.)

Author: darkhavens
Title: Strip Scrabble
Pairing: Spike/Xander
Fandom: Buffy
Rating: PG (for nudity)
Words: 379 words
Concrit: darkhavens @ slashverse.com. If you spot a typo, please feel free to tell me in comments. I want you to!
Disclaimer: Not mine, never will be. No harm, no foul, no money made.
Summary: Xander queries the spelling of 'cat'.
Notes: Daily Drabble #13, written for knitty_woman, who prompted me with "Spander and Strip Scrabble".

Spike tapped the little plastic 'T' into the place on the bottom right corner of the board and sat back with a smug grin.

"K-H-A-T. Double letter score for K and T is on a triple word score. That's-" Spike paused dramatically, "-forty-eight points to me." His grin was the very definition of smug.

Xander fidgeted in his only remaining item of clothing, a pair of Sponge-Bob Squarepants boxers.

"That's not how you spell 'cat', Spike. I don't care what you say about how Americans have screwed up your perfectly good language, that is not how you spell 'cat'."

Spike sat back into a sprawl and ostentatiously smoothed down the front of his tee-shirt before tucking his thumbs into the front pockets of his jeans. His bare toes wiggled at Xander.

"You think so?"

Xander nodded and looked serious.

"You're absolutely sure?"

Xander nodded again, and Spike nudged the laptop towards him with one foot, browser already open to 'The Official TWL Scrabble Dictionary' website.

"Challenge me then. Type it in and see if I'm right. And then you can lose the cartoon pants, you illiterate git, and the game as well."

Xander stared at the search box. The search box stayed blank.

Xander stared at the tiles on the board. The tiles said 'KHAT'.

Xander stared at Spike. Spike stroked the erection barely held in place by his button fly and then glanced over his shoulder to the clock on the mantel.

"You gonna be done soon, or should I call out for supplies?"

Xander stayed silent but the click-click-click-click-click of the keyboard spoke loudly on his behalf.

There was a moment's pause while Xander absorbed the website's verdict and then he stood up and skinned his boxers off his hips, leaving his own cock standing proudly to attention.

"Gee, Spike, I guess you win this one, fair and square. So, what's the forfeit this time?"


Several hours later, Xander was sleeping off his post-coital exhaustion when he was rudely poked in the ribs by his indignant boyfriend.

"Oi! You... You cheated! Are you trying to tell me you spent five years in Africa and never once heard of khat?"

"No," Xander said, trying not to laugh at Spike's expression. "I just always spelled it with a 'Q'."


AN1: Khat (Qat) - a flowering plant native to tropical East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. Khat contains the alkaloid cathinone, an amphetamine-like stimulant which causes excitement and euphoria.

AN2: The Official TWL Scrabble Dictionary

feeling: amusedamused
jameschick: not the blogjameschick on August 7th, 2007 10:02 pm (UTC)
darkhavensdarkhavens on August 7th, 2007 10:06 pm (UTC)
You. :)
who said what now? - jameschick on August 7th, 2007 10:08 pm (UTC) (Expand)
who said what now? - darkhavens on August 7th, 2007 10:36 pm (UTC) (Expand)
who said what now? - jameschick on August 7th, 2007 10:09 pm (UTC) (Expand)
who said what now? - darkhavens on September 9th, 2007 09:33 pm (UTC) (Expand)
who said what now? - jameschick on September 10th, 2007 12:44 am (UTC) (Expand)
kharma2815kharma2815 on August 7th, 2007 10:03 pm (UTC)
darkhavensdarkhavens on September 9th, 2007 09:33 pm (UTC)

Chellealtyronsmaker on August 7th, 2007 10:04 pm (UTC)
Heee. Xander's a little trixter. ;)
And Spike's dirty and trixey himself. Loved.
darkhavensdarkhavens on September 9th, 2007 09:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you! They're both tricksy little buggers. *g*
~Alice~vinniebatman on August 7th, 2007 10:18 pm (UTC)
::smiles blissfully::
That was a happy story.
It was a bit silly, a bit snarky, and just wonderful.
Thank you!
::bows, scrapes::
darkhavensdarkhavens on September 9th, 2007 09:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D

Your icon is wonderfully absurd and absurdly wonderful.
tabaquitabaqui on August 7th, 2007 10:31 pm (UTC)
Strip Scrabble!
You are evol, i was just thinking that Scrabble would be a good game for the Monstrous to play....
kaydee23kaydee23 on August 8th, 2007 02:18 am (UTC)
See my comment below.
who said what now? - darkhavens on September 9th, 2007 09:48 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Vviciouscats on August 7th, 2007 11:19 pm (UTC)
Heeee! Priceless. :D
darkhavensdarkhavens on September 9th, 2007 09:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
knitty_womanknitty_woman on August 7th, 2007 11:37 pm (UTC)
This is marvelous - I am astonished, not by how good it is (that goes without saying), but how quickly you did it. I am in awe.

Why am I not surprised that Xander isn't much of a Scrabble player?

Thank you SO SO MUCH for this!!

knitty_womanknitty_woman on August 8th, 2007 03:19 pm (UTC)
Why am I not surprised that Xander isn't much of a Scrabble player?

So here I am, reading all the other comments and realizing that I appear to have missed the punch line. As Homer would say, "D'oh!" (wipes egg off face...) Very nice twist!

who said what now? - darkhavens on September 9th, 2007 10:02 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Connieriani1 on August 7th, 2007 11:54 pm (UTC)
Spelled it with a Q, snerk. And Spike's *annoyed* at the idea that Xander cheated to get sex!
darkhavensdarkhavens on September 9th, 2007 10:04 pm (UTC)

Khat and Qat are both acceptable spellings of the same word, but I assumed decided that once Xander had found/learned one way to spell it, over in Africa, it wouldn't occur to him to check to see if there were alternate versions.

Spike is really quite proud of how well he's managed to corrupt Xander - lying and cheating to get sex - score! :D
mysticsoblivion on August 8th, 2007 12:06 am (UTC)
Ohhhhh, as always wonderful. Xan plays dirty pool, too, gotta love it! *G*
darkhavensdarkhavens on September 9th, 2007 10:05 pm (UTC)
He's learned from the best. 8g*

hawk_soaringhawk_soaring on August 8th, 2007 01:03 am (UTC)
Hee! This was wonderful!
darkhavensdarkhavens on September 9th, 2007 10:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
kaydee23kaydee23 on August 8th, 2007 02:16 am (UTC)
Hah hah. That brings back a memory to dirty to tell, since I really don't know you that well. I was playing Scrabble with my brother and mother and thought I didn't have a word left to play, and I was being my typically pouty, sore-loser self. My mother found a word for me to play. Hee. My brother's pretty straight-laced, and he was extremely shocked. Hah hah hah hah hah.
tabaquitabaqui on August 8th, 2007 03:52 am (UTC)
who said what now? - kaydee23 on August 8th, 2007 04:18 am (UTC) (Expand)
who said what now? - tabaqui on August 8th, 2007 05:00 am (UTC) (Expand)
who said what now? - darkhavens on September 9th, 2007 10:09 pm (UTC) (Expand)
your royal pie-ness: xander readingentrenous88 on August 8th, 2007 02:31 am (UTC)
That Xander! Very cute!
darkhavensdarkhavens on September 9th, 2007 10:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D
iadorespike: Spike chuckle(Chosen) by evilfuckinbitchiadorespike on August 9th, 2007 03:35 am (UTC)
*giggles* You totally fooled me. :D I thought that Spike found that it wasn't a word, but Xander had just wanted to get naked with Spike. Hee! Which, if you think about it, is all good, after all.

Very cute, sweetie. Strip scrabble - awesome prompt. *eg*
darkhavensdarkhavens on September 9th, 2007 10:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

What you have to think about is: did Xander know you could spell it with a 'Q' instead of a 'Kh' and just bluffed to lose to get to the sex, or was he really as clueless as he appeared? ;)
beetle: OhPoo_beetle_ on August 26th, 2007 08:10 pm (UTC)
Spongebob boxers? Oh! Say it ain't so!

. . . illiterate git


I can't believe "khat" is an actual word--and that there's an actual scrabble dictionary!

I also love that, knowing who he was playing against, Xander had the online scrabble dictionary ready =D
darkhavensdarkhavens on September 9th, 2007 10:14 pm (UTC)
Can you imagine Xander not liking Spongebob? *g*

Khat/Qat is one of those words all scrabble players should know - it helps you get rid of that irritating 'K' without having to wait for a 'C', and gets rid of the 'Q' without a 'U'! Truly a blessing to the scrabblerati. :D

and then we lit it on fireelectricalgwen on August 29th, 2007 10:15 am (UTC)
darkhavensdarkhavens on September 9th, 2007 10:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :D