Title: Strip Scrabble
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