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24 June 2008 @ 10:49 pm
Missing You, 4/5, Spike/Xander, PG-13
Author: darkhavens
Title: Missing You #4 - Platters for Platters
Chapter: 4/5
Fandom: Pairing: Buffy: Spike/Xander
Rating: PG-13
Words: 2x100
Spoilers: You know how Buffy ended, right?
Concrit: Please. If you spot a typo, please feel free to tell me in comments.
Disclaimer: Not mine, never will be. No harm, no foul, no money made.
Warnings/Squicks: Deathfic, kinda, only Spike comes back from the dead eventually. :D
Summary: Xander misses more than he expected to after the loss of Sunnydale.
Notes: Written for stagesoflove prompt set #11 - Five ways to say "I miss you" (writer's choice). The price given for the vinyl mentioned is correct, AFAIK.
Previous Chapters: #1 - Grief and Parting Gifts, #2 - The Crash and The Clash, #3 - New Leather Versus Old Rubber and Plastic Crocodile-Skin.

Platters For Platters

It's only when Xander finally decides to put his Babylon 5 plates on display that he discovers they're not there any more. In their place is a stack of vinyl discs, carefully preserved, along with their garish paper sleeves, in tightly taped up bubble wrap.

Xander is not amused.

He digs - carefully - through the cuckoo's eggs for the note he knows he's going to find: all perfect copperplate penmanship and Spike's imperfect charm.

It's taped to the bubble wrap protecting Pressed For Cash, by Peter and the Test Tube Babies/Fits. He reads it twice, then reaches for the phone.



Yes, I'm a thieving bastard, but I knew you'd guard those daft collector's plates with your life. After you packed them up I took them out again and threatened Andrew with a thousand different deaths if he didn't get them back to you, somehow. 'Course, I knew the toe-rag'd probably keep them for himself, but they'd still be safe and sound, just waiting for you.

You can break the rest of them if it makes you feel better, but this one was worth £700 last time I checked, and the others must be worth at least thrice that together.


#5 - The End and A Beginning

iadorespike: Spike Fucking hot  by scarymimeiadorespike on June 24th, 2008 10:49 pm (UTC)
Missing You #4 - Platters for Platters
You are killing me with this perfect Spike!voice from the grave! I'm weepy again, and you said you'd fix it! *eyes you*

That is all. ;)

darkhavensdarkhavens on June 25th, 2008 12:13 am (UTC)
Re: Missing You #4 - Platters for Platters
Hee! Thank you!

The next one is final chapter - the magical fixit, I promise. ;)
Devo79: kid xanderdevo79 on June 24th, 2008 11:34 pm (UTC)
As always: I love it. Gimme more. Please :)
darkhavensdarkhavens on June 25th, 2008 12:14 am (UTC)
Thank you!

Only one more left, so prepare for happies! :D
I am Derek's vocal eyebrows: hp; expecto [me]literati on June 24th, 2008 11:38 pm (UTC)
Not the Babylon 5 memorabilia! :O

Moar pls. :D

darkhavensdarkhavens on June 25th, 2008 12:59 am (UTC)
Yis! The sacred plates! But Spike was sneaky-smart, handing them off to uber-geek Andrew. He knew they'd be treated with reverence until Xander found this note and hunted the little runt down to get them back. *g*

Only one left now. :D
tabaquitabaqui on June 25th, 2008 12:09 am (UTC)
...all perfect copperplate penmanship and Spike's imperfect charm.

Oh, gods. That? Is totally, utterly perfect. Perfect.
darkhavensdarkhavens on June 25th, 2008 01:01 am (UTC)
Eee! Thank you!

I've been trying to work in a line about Spike's handwriting since the very first note. :D
ladyvirgo1956 on June 25th, 2008 02:48 am (UTC)
Oh Andrew is in so much trouble. If one of those plates is broken Xander will rip him a new one. Spike knew Xander would take care of his vinyls and Andrew had better return those plates. I am so loving this. You are making me sad here. And I thought I could write a good angst story. You win hands down. Update soon.
darkhavens: x mortal flesh - mini gif [literati]darkhavens on June 28th, 2008 05:29 pm (UTC)
Oh Andrew is in so much trouble.

Oh, you know it! But he has a secret to share that is sure to distract Xander from his vengeance-wreaking. ;)
ladyvirgo1956 on June 28th, 2008 05:34 pm (UTC)
Yeah I know he's seen Spike. :)
Maz: Dovethismaz on June 25th, 2008 05:24 am (UTC)
Spike's imperfect charm.
Love that description.
And what a very clever trick. This story is really nice. And beginning to get less sad? Certainly this episode is. Lovely.
darkhavens: x so damn fuckable [literati}darkhavens on June 28th, 2008 05:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Happies coming up in the final piece very soon. :D
kitty_poker1: Silver Spander by literatikitty_poker1 on June 28th, 2008 07:50 am (UTC)
...all perfect copperplate penmanship and Spike's imperfect charm.

Perfectly descriptive line. Few words, but a wealth of information. Love it, and this story. Waiting with bated breath for the happy (happy, right?) resolution! *counts down the days*
darkhavens: s bite me - vamp [literati]darkhavens on June 28th, 2008 05:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I've been trying to get a mention of Spike's penmanship in since the beginning, but it just never felt right until now.

And yes, the happy comes in the final part, very soon! :D
outofmymindbebackshortlydarthsindel1981 on June 28th, 2008 10:34 pm (UTC)
darkhavensdarkhavens on June 28th, 2008 11:35 pm (UTC)
outsideth3box: Vamp Spike and Xanderoutsideth3box on June 29th, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC)
I'm in love with your Spike. It's so perfect, gruff and cranky, but full of heart.

I'm all awwwww.
darkhavens: sx otp blue [me]darkhavens on July 1st, 2008 10:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D