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18 November 2009 @ 04:29 pm
It's my 6th Spanderversary! Also, Fic: Five Things Spike Gave Up...
It really doesn't feel like six years since I read my first Spander, Alexandria Brown's Waiting Here. Now, six years and countless fandoms later, I've never been happier and had so many wonderful friends. *smooches you all*

And so I celebrate with fic. :D

Author: darkhavens
Title: Five Things Spike Gave Up After Getting Involved With Xander Harris
Fandom: Pairing: Buffy: Spike/Xander
Rating: R for grue
Words: 560
Concrit: Please. If you spot a typo or a grammar glitch, feel free to tell me in comments.
Disclaimer: Not mine, never will be. No harm, no foul, no money made.
Warnings/Squicks: **non-graphic reference to possible alcoholism; non-graphic reference to possible child abuse; non-graphic reference to child murder; eyeballs in a bowl; non-graphic reference to turning Xander**
Summary: Some things are worth the sacrifice.
Notes: Written as a sister set to Five Things Xander Harris Gave Up After Getting Involved With Spike. Also as part of my participation in mini_wrimo and findyourwords (count for the year so far: 41,205/50,000).


Five Things Spike Gave Up After Getting Involved With Xander Harris

1. Smoking in bed. It's one thing for him to inhale lungfuls of tar and nicotine and assorted carcinogens after a good shag, but the first time Xander reached over and took the cigarette from between his lips, inhaled, hacked and then handed it back, that was it.

The daft git is squishy enough as it is – so easily broken and slow to heal. There's no way Spike is helping him find new ways to shorten his lifespan. So, no more post-orgasm fags. Seems, any other time, Xander has more sense than to play with coffin nails, but when he's just had his brain fucked loose, he's much too impressionable and easily led.

A devious vampire could talk him into all manner of things…

2. Knocking back bottles of whisky like it was pop. Not that it's a regular occurrence, mind, or that a bottle – or two – would do all that much to someone with a vampiric constitution, but Xander gets this bruised look in his eyes when he thinks nobody's watching, and knowing he's responsible for dredging up what's obviously painful history for his boy makes Spike burn inside.

No one has the right to hurt what's his, no one. And bugger anyone who says his protectiveness can't be retroactive.

3. Collecting trophies. A bloody awful, not to mention downright stupid, idea anyway, really, but he picked it up from Dru. His dark princess, with her dollies and toys and hanks of hair all neatly braided and tied up with ribbons from whatever pretty little thing she'd most recently had for lunch.

The eyes were the worst. That bizarre collection didn't last long, thank god, but while it did…

How's a bloke supposed to be at the peak of his form with his girl while there's a cut glass bowl full of eyes floating in gin staring up at him from the bedside table? Some things are beyond creepy.

So. No trophies.

Except for the weapons that catch his eye, of course – who doesn't need an arsenal on the Hellmouth?

And taking trinkets and gadgets and stuff to sell is something else entirely. He's not going cap in hand to his boy or the Watcher any more, demeaning himself for pennies to buy fags and booze and blooming onions. He's better than that, smarter than that. He no longer needs the protective coloration of looking weak and helpless, dependent.

4. His one demon, on again, off again crusade to torment the great Poof out of his decades-long broody blue funk.

Now it's a one demon, one human on again, off again crusade, and the human element is showing a decidedly Machiavellian side to his persona that Spike has not previously encountered.

He likes it. It shows his boy has real promise.


5. His favored status as the youngest of the fading, once grand Aurelius line. Oh, there was that submariner get of Angelus's, back in World War Two, but he doesn't really count, being more of an expedience than an actual member of the family.

And he'll be damned before he counts any of Dru's creations either, short-lived maddening and maddened mongrels that they were.

No, when he passes on the distinction of being the youngest, favored heir to the house of Aurelius, it will be to his Xander, his wicked, wide-eyed wondrous boy.

And it will be soon.


 
Nephir Nuitnephir on November 18th, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC)
Lovely as always, in that 'wierd vampire cools sorta way'. Thank you for continuing to visit the boys.
darkhavens: sx a love eternal [literati]darkhavens on December 2nd, 2009 12:30 am (UTC)
Thank you! I do keep coming back to them, just to reinforce that first love, no matter how many other pretty boys lure me away to play. *g*
delilah_joy: Giles Xander comicdelilah_joy on November 18th, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC)
This is really fun and sweet. I like it that Spike's willing to limit his drinking and smoking to protect Xander's wellbeing (both physical and emotional).

But the main reason I wanted to comment was that your warning/squick list made me LOL. Okay, non-graphic alcoholism, no problem...subtle references to child abuse, sure...wait a minute--EYEBALLS IN A BOWL???
darkhavens: sx a love eternal [literati]darkhavens on December 2nd, 2009 12:32 am (UTC)
Hee! Sometimes, writing up the warnings/squicks header is half the fun with fics like this. And with Dru, there's always that extra twist. *g*

Thanks! :D
chaoskirchaoskir on November 18th, 2009 05:23 pm (UTC)
Aaah I do love your possesive and carefully Vampire!! Great what Spike is doing for his boy!
darkhavens: sx a love eternal [literati]darkhavens on December 2nd, 2009 12:34 am (UTC)
Thank you!

Spike is so much fun when he's being possessive and protective. :D
dancetomato on November 18th, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
Happy Spanderversary! Waiting Here was one of the first Spanders I read too. These are great, I especially love the last one.
darkhavens: sx a love eternal [literati]darkhavens on December 2nd, 2009 12:35 am (UTC)
Thank you, darlin'! *smooches*

Waiting Here not only introduced me to Spander, but also to NIN. A twofer! *g*
tabaqui: s&xlettersbykatekat1010tabaqui on November 18th, 2009 05:42 pm (UTC)
Ooooooh, i love it. This could have been a depressing list of things he gave up that would lessen him, but it's *not*, it's fun and funny and a little sniffly.

And he'll be damned before he counts any of Dru's creations either, short-lived maddening and maddened mongrels that they were.

Love that! :) Happy Spanderversary!
darkhavens: sx a love eternal [literati]darkhavens on December 2nd, 2009 12:41 am (UTC)
Thankee! :D

Oh, there's a very long, very depressing list of things Spike might have given up (killing being right at the top), but I don't think Xander would have been happy with the Spike he'd be left with at the end of it.

I'm sure Dru created a lot of human 'dollies' under Spike's long-suffering watch. *g*

*twirls you*
Kevin Jonesmulder200 on November 18th, 2009 05:57 pm (UTC)
I just love how Spike changes himself for those he loves. He is so Love's Bitch!

And Happy Anniversary!
darkhavens: sx a love eternal [literati]darkhavens on December 2nd, 2009 12:41 am (UTC)
He so is. *g*

Thanks! :D
outsideth3box: BtVS Vamp Spike and Xanderoutsideth3box on November 18th, 2009 06:44 pm (UTC)
Lovely! Squishy Xander, heee! And I adore protective!Spike, giving up smoking in bed and drinking to excess.

Thanks for the warning, I skipped the trophies part as I figured that would be the place.

But love the last part, I am glad you made mention of the sub guy, Lawson, he always gets ignored.

Wonderful work.
darkhavens: sx a love eternal [literati]darkhavens on December 2nd, 2009 12:43 am (UTC)
Poor Lawson. I confess, I didn't even remember his name, and didn't bother to look it up because I don't think Spike would have remembered either. *g*

Thankee, darlin'!
lsellersficlsellersfic on November 18th, 2009 07:46 pm (UTC)
Just read both of these. Love that little twist of the knife at the end of this one.
darkhavens: sx a love eternal [literati]darkhavens on December 2nd, 2009 12:44 am (UTC)
Thank you!

As for that last twist of the knife... Spike may be love's bitch, but he's a vampire through and through, and a possessive one. :D
lucy_ashlucy_ash on November 18th, 2009 09:01 pm (UTC)
A devious vampire could talk him into all manner of things… *laughs* Yeah, that's Spike all right.

when he passes on the distinction of being the youngest, favored heir to the house of Aurelius, it will be to his Xander, his wicked, wide-eyed wondrous boy.

And it will be soon.
And this seriously creeped me out. *shudders*
darkhavens: sx a love eternal [literati]darkhavens on December 2nd, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
And this seriously creeped me out. *shudders*

Hee! ^^^pets^^^

Spike is, first and foremost, a vampire, and a possessive one at that. He plans to love Xander forever. :D

Thanks!
your royal pie-nessentrenous88 on November 18th, 2009 11:10 pm (UTC)
Squishy Xander made me giggle. I liked hearing how Spike made adjustments for Xander, and the last line was possessive, touching, and a little ominous. Great work!
darkhavens: sx a love eternal [literati]darkhavens on December 2nd, 2009 12:47 am (UTC)
He is dreadfully squishy, and has an uncanny talent for getting squished! Whatever is a vampire to do? *g*

Thankee, darlin'! :D
annabuffyannabuffy on November 19th, 2009 12:05 am (UTC)
I loved the first part and I love this part also. Very good. Although, the floating eyeballs was kind of gross. Can you tell us the 5 things that Spike and Xander give up when Spike turns Xander?
darkhavens: sx a love eternal [literati]darkhavens on December 2nd, 2009 12:48 am (UTC)
Thank you!

And... thank you for the bunny that is now gnawing on my ankle. I'll get back to you on that. *g*
and then we lit it on fire: Spanderelectricalgwen on November 19th, 2009 12:08 am (UTC)
You give great Spike. *g*

All of these are fantastic. I love squishy!Xander.
darkhavens: sx a love eternal [literati]darkhavens on December 2nd, 2009 12:49 am (UTC)
Hee! Thankee!

Xander is horrendously squishable and prone to getting squished, but Spike loves him too. *g*
I am Derek's vocal eyebrows: sx; lying liar [me]literati on November 19th, 2009 12:22 am (UTC)
Happy Spanderversary! ♥

These are lovely. #2 is made of Awwww! *smishes*
darkhavens: sx a love eternal [literati]darkhavens on December 2nd, 2009 12:49 am (UTC)
Thankee, baybee! *smooch*

Spike notices more than he lets on, sneaky vamp that he is. *g*
twilightofmagictwilightofmagic on November 19th, 2009 12:35 am (UTC)
Ahh, so nice to see your Spike loving Xander so much. And after the lighthearted journey through his sacrifices, a chilling reminder of the fact he's a vampire.
darkhavens: sx a love eternal [literati]darkhavens on December 2nd, 2009 12:52 am (UTC)
Thank you!

I love sneaking tiny reminders of Spike's vampire nature into things like this. Yes, he's love's bitch, and he can be a real sweetheart, but he's still a demon with a demon's mindset. :D
clever comment goes here: btvs - spike lmaoanxiety_junkie on November 19th, 2009 12:52 am (UTC)
Before I even read the fic, I was laughing at the, 'eyeballs in a bowl' warning. *gigglesnort*
darkhavens: sx a love eternal [literati]darkhavens on December 2nd, 2009 12:57 am (UTC)
hee! Sometimes, writing those warnings can be fun and Dru always brings the crazy. *g*

Thanks!