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21 June 2011 @ 07:59 am
20 drabbles in my baby!vamp!Xander 'verse. Warnings and ratings on each drabble.
This post is a WIP. There are 20 drabbles in my baby!vamp!Xander 'verse, but the posting deadline in the comm I wrote them for is four minutes away, so I'm posting it roughtly now and then cleaning it up once I've posted links in fics20in20. (Damn lj and BT Broadband for conspiring to make me think I wasn't going to be able to post it and then quit with the errors and the snail-speed connection at the last minute!)

Author: darkhavens
Fandom: Pairing: Buffy: Spike/Xander
Rating: see individual drabbles (from PG to R)
Words: 20x100
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: see individual drabbles (mostly gore, some sexual content)
Notes: 20 drabbles for fics20in20 round 2, set in my baby!vamp!Xander 'verse. You don't have to have read the rest of it, just know that Spike turned Xander, and then spent 30,000+ words worth of drabbles teaching him how to be a vampire and having fun along the way. :D
Notes2: (All the warnings about Vamp!Xander are because the drabbles will be linked individually from the comm for voting purposes.)

Title: Partners
Theme: Together
Rating: PG
Warnings: Vamp!Xander

Spike didn't know quite what to make of his relationship with Xander now he'd been turned. Angelus had always ruled the roost, petty king of all he surveyed, automatically looking down on everyone else as serfs, servants, lesser beings. And Dru... Well, Dru was batshit insane on a good day, and treated Spike like a pet or a plaything, a waiter or gaoler, depending on which shade of crazy was uppermost on any particular day.

Xander was different, looking at Spike as equal, a cohort in his new and exciting unlife; sire first and always, of course, but still, partner.

Title: Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow
Theme: Tomorrow
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: Vamp!Xander, Temporarily dead character

"Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow, Xander, just like the Bard said. And they'll all be ours, if you'll only wake up and come back to me." Spike studied Xander's corpse for a moment before continuing, contemplative. "Somewhere in the neighbourhood of sane would be good too, but you already know I've always had a thing for the loopy ones. But it's got to be soon, love, or the Slayer and Red are going to come looking for you, and if they find you like this, us like this, we're both of us buggered before we get started. Please wake up..."

Title: Duct Tape Triage
Theme: Torn
Rating: R
Warnings: Vamp!Xander, Gore

"Spike, am I gonna-?"

"Don't be daft. Gut wounds hurt like a bastard and they take an age to heal if you don't look after them and eat right, but they're not exactly fatal to vampires, love. Just be glad that stake wasn't a few inches higher and a bit to the left. Now, stay where you're put while I go and find you a nice, juicy snack to suck on."


"Stop poking at your innards, Xander, or I'll duct tape your belly shut and your hands together, and you know it'll just hurt worse when it's torn off."

Title: Somniloquy
Theme: Talk
Rating: PG
Warnings: Vamp!Xander

Xander talks in his sleep. He carries on garbled conversations with old friends, dead family members, his favourite TV characters, and never remembers a thing.

It's never bothered Spike, but, occasionally, there's a familiar singsong quality to his unconscious mutterings, and Spike is forcibly reminded of Dru and the way she'd know things: impossible things, sometimes important things.

It takes a while to figure out the voice-activated recorder he stole from an office drone, but the third time he uses his Dru-given talents to decode Xander's ramblings and saves their lives, Spike's convinced he's got another seer on his hands.

Title: Meet The Family
Theme: Tense
Rating: PG
Warnings: Vamp!Xander

"Will you relax? It's not like you haven't met them before."

Xander shrugs. "I know, but it was different then. I was alive, Angelus was still Angel, Dru was... Well, okay, Dru was pretty much the same, which doesn't really make me feel any better. And we're family now, Spike. I don't exactly have a good track record with family. What am I supposed to say? How should I act? What if...?"

"Xander, you faced Angelus down when he went after Buffy in the hospital, and Dru's been besotted with you for an age, before and after that spell."


Title: Pilot Seat
Theme: Angst
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: Vamp!Xander, Temporarily dead character

"Trust you to be bloody contrary, love. Two days and still no signs of life; what are you playing at? It's not rocket science, Xander. You get drained, you drink, you die, you come back with a demon in the pilot seat, ready for a bit of mindless slaughter. If I have to spend another night in here waiting for you to wake up, I'm dumping you in the first open grave I find and filling the damn thing in. You can dig yourself out."


"Oh, there he is, back in the land of the living, at last. Tosser."

Title: Trimmed Tree
Theme: After
Rating: R
Warnings: Vamp!Xander, character death, gore

"Would you like to see your Little Tree, Puppy? She's not very talkative any more, but she doesn't mind visitors, Miss Edith told me so."

Xander looks to Spike for an answer to Dru's question, edging past the crazy seer into the playroom at his nod.

Willow is in a rocking chair beside the bed, not sitting so much as held in place by loops of bloodless intestine. Her hair has been used to tie her head into place so she stares out sightlessly into the room, at Xander.

"No more nasty spells trying to stick Puppy's soul on tight."

Title: A Bagful of Locusts
Theme: Annoyed
Rating: PG
Warnings: Vamp!Xander, A monstrously large insectile demon

"I think we pissed him off, Spike."

'Him' was a monstrously large insectile demon covered in thick, overlapping chitinous scales.

"What gave it away, pet? The way he's waving those pincers around, or the way he's chittering like a bagful of locusts?"

"Um... Either. Both. Hell, are those blades growing out of his shins? Can't we just give him the eggs back and apologise? We haven't sold them yet and Charlie won't actually kill us for the bottom falling out of his deal, right? Spike? He'd know we didn't do it on purpose, wouldn't he?"

"It doesn't matter, pet. RUN!"

Title: Makeup Sex is the Best
Theme: Apologise
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: Vamp!Xander

Xander can't even remember what the argument was about, just that it went from bickering to Spike storming out in what felt like five point six seconds, possibly their fastest fight yet.

He's pretty sure there was something about stolen bootlaces in there, and a snide insult to his treasured Babylon 5 Limited Edition bust of G'Kar, but the details are already lost beneath the worry about how long it is to sunrise, and whether Spike will be back before then so they can trade mumbled apologies, have awesome makeup sex, and then go find someone to share for dinner.

Title: Impractical Jokes
Theme: Accuse
Rating: PG
Warnings: Vamp!Xander, Clowns

"Angelus had some interesting things to say when he called earlier. He tried to blame me for half a hundredweight of over-ripe Limburger cheese being dumped on his doorstep. You wouldn't know anything about that though, would you, Xander?"

There's a suspicious silence coming from Xander's end of the sofa and Spike sighs and stifles a proud grin.

"Did you at least make sure he can't trace the order back to us? He's still pissed about the clowns you sent for Dru's birthday surprise. He'd already slaughtered three by the time the last one came in leading the baby elephant..."

Title: Flying Solo
Theme: First Time #1 - First Solo Kill
Rating: R
Warnings: Vamp!Xander, Death of OC

Xander's knows he's on his own for this one; it's exhilarating. Oh, he has no doubt that Spike is out there watching, probably chain-smoking and chugging his way through a bottle or two of his favourite whiskey. But he won't interfere, not unless Xander screws things up real bad, and he has no intention of doing anything to embarrass his sire, even if no-one else will ever know.

It's not the cleanest take-down ever, and there's a little bit more flailing than Xander would have liked, but it's worth it. The blood is delicious, sharp with adrenaline and fear; intoxicating.

Title: Play Together, Stay Together
Theme: First Time #2 - First Threesome
Rating: R
Warnings: Vamp!Xander, Death of OC

They've been in the club for half an hour when Spike nudges Xander, directing his attention to a statuesque brunette at the bar who's been checking them out since they sat down.

"What do you reckon, love? Bet she'd be up for just about anything if you asked nice enough. Get over there and buy a round, see if she wants to come and join our little party.


She's charmed and intrigued, and then she's fucked, first literally and then figuratively. She puts up quite a struggle, but pinned between them she has no chance at all. She tastes bitter.

Title: Tingle
Theme: First Time #3 - First Slayer
Rating: R
Warnings: Vamp!Xander, Death of OC

They're in Texas when the magic rolls through, turning one Slayer into dozens, hundreds, possibly thousands. They have no idea what's happening, just that Xander is nearly killed by identical twins with sharpened tennis racquets.

In Dallas, they come across a bewildered teen with a gut full of primal fury and no clue what to do with it all. Spike lets Xander have some fun and learn an important lesson: a Slayer is a Slayer, whether she's been trained or not.

Her instincts are preternaturally sharp, she just doesn't know to listen to them. Her blood tingles on Xander's tongue.

Title: Sire's Privilege
Theme: First Time #4 - First Voluntary Donation
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: Vamp!Xander, discussion of bloodplay

"You drain someone in the dump where Captain Cardboard got his jollies off, you get your wrist slapped and a body to hide. Do it in a place like this and, if you're lucky, all they'll do is run you out of town and blackball you from every other House in the state. Got it?"

Xander nods, wide-eyed.

"Now, about negotiating boundaries. Are visible bite marks okay? Do they want to orgasm, pass out or just feel dizzy for a while? Do they expect a taste of you in return? And that one's a no, love, no arguments. Sire's privilege."

Title: World Tour
Theme: First Time #5 - First Foreign Holiday
Rating: G
Warnings: Vamp!Xander

"I know Mexico's a different country, Xander, but driving a few hundred miles to spend a weekend in Tijuana doesn't quite compare to crossing the Pacific Ocean so you can spend a lifetime or two exploring Asia, Europe, Africa..."

Spike's planned it carefully; he's collected maps, guide books and brochures of every tourist trap he thinks Xander might want to see. He has so much he wants to show his boy, a whole world of delights and surprises, if he'll only say yes. And he will. Eventually. Spike has all the time in the world to convince him, after all.

Title: The Green Of It
Theme: Author's Choice #1 - China
Rating: R
Warnings: Vamp!Xander, Death of OC

"Why do they taste so different, Spike? Blood's blood, after all. I know you taught me how to distinguish one animal's blood from another, but this tastes so clean!"

Spike cocked an eyebrow and glanced around him at the mountains, at the tiered paddies, at the complete absence of suburb or city.

"You're tasting nature, love, the green of it all. Nature's red in tooth and claw, but she's green too, through and through. This far out from the cities, away from the pollution, there's only these poor sods living on what the earth provides. Want another? I'm still peckish."

Title: Exploitation; Evisceration
Theme: Author's Choice #2 - Thailand
Rating: R
Warnings: Vamp!Xander, Prelude to slaughter, sexploitation

"You mean...?"

"Yes, love."

"But she's barely wearing anything! Where does she-?"

"He has probably got his bits all tucked up inside, maybe even taped in place so nothing pops out, unexpected like. Every single one of those pretties on show is firmly attached to his family jewels, even the ones with tits. Especially the ones with tits in a place like this."

"That's-" Xander scowls at the patrons of the club, evisceration obviously on his mind. It warms the cockles of Spike's heart.

"It's how they get by. It's exploitation; it's how the world turns."

"Let's kill them all."

Title: Still a Demon Magnet
Theme: Author's Choice #3 - Morocco
Rating: R
Warnings: Vamp!Xander, mention of drugs, harem situation

"Bloody typical. I bring you to the best hookah joint in town and you stumble into a turf war between demon clans. I had to negotiate your release from- You know, I'm not sure whether it was a harem or a larder you were stuck in, but either way you were about to be eaten alive, Xander."

"Oh, it was definitely a harem, Spike. Julia explained it all when she gave me these hash cakes. They were supposed to make me... amenable."

"Who? Oh, the little redheaded vamp who refused to be rescued?"

"She likes it there. They have cable."

Title: Teasing Ripper
Theme: Author's Choice #4 - England
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: Vamp!Xander, reference to mental torture and future deaths of OCs

Spike spends weeks getting Xander to teach him how to track down friends and family of one Rupert 'Ripper' Giles. Once the list is long enough, he gleefully sends postcards from their hometowns to the Magic Box, imagining the reception each one will receive.

He has no intention of killing any of them -yet- but if he's learned nothing else from the great git Angelus, he's learned how to wind your quarry up, to inflict the maximum mental torture in teeny, tiny drips, until they either crumble or snap.

Giles will snap, he's sure of that. And then it's on.

Title: Meeting Mother
Theme: Author's Choice #5 - Ireland
Rating: PG
Warnings: Vamp!Xander

The graveyard is quiet and overgrown, headstones mostly askew, some crumbled completely into dust, others buried beneath moss and tangled ivy. A rare few are clean and upright, tended by someone who still remembers, or feels obliged.

The stone Spike picks out is small and neat, weather-worn angels at each top corner, a single name half-obscured by yellow-green lichen.

"She's not really buried here, but she wanted to be. As soon as I could, I came over and bought the plot and the stone and got it set up. Mother, this is Xander. He's American; you'd hate him. I don't."

Results are now in at fics20in20:

Four firsts, four joint firsts, and a second place win. Score! :D

outsideth3box: BtVS Vamp Spike and Xanderoutsideth3box on June 21st, 2011 11:52 am (UTC)
I love these. I can't pick a favorite right now because I'm sooooooooooo tired, but It's wonderful to have new B!V!X drabbles to coo and ooh over! I shall come read them again later, once I've slept, maybe pick some faves then.
darkhavens: b!v!x [literati]darkhavens on June 22nd, 2011 05:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It was wonderful to dip back into this 'verse and play with these goofy, gory boys again. :D
dancetomato on June 21st, 2011 04:06 pm (UTC)
So. Much. LOVE. for you! This 'verse is one of my favorites ever. I would watch this t.v. show. Brilliant, baby!
darkhavens: b!v!x [literati]darkhavens on June 22nd, 2011 05:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you, darlin'! It would be the bestest tv show, EVAH! The bodycount, the boys in luff... ♥
chop, chop, my friends, there's fuckery afoot!skargasm on June 21st, 2011 09:58 pm (UTC)
Tomorrow, Duct Tape Triage, Sire's Privilege - oh sod it, I loved ALL of them!! I missed the deadline for fics20in20 but I no longer feel bad cos I get to read your 20. Bloody brilliant - as always1
darkhavens: b!v!x [literati]darkhavens on June 22nd, 2011 05:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D

Confession time: I spent the last week battling with an internet that moved like it was being dragged by an arthritic snail and some freaky error msgs from LJ that meant pages didn't load, or timed out, and then got blocked entirely. I completely forgot these were due until I managed to get my flist to load and saw the reminder post - 8 hrs to go to deadline.

And then I started writing. o.O (Panic mode obviously works for my b!v!x muse. *g*)
chop, chop, my friends, there's fuckery afoot!skargasm on June 22nd, 2011 08:49 pm (UTC)
PMSL!!! Ditto - I saw the reminder just as I went off to work and was actually contemplating whether or not I could get away with writing drabbles at work!!!! Sigh, unfortunately not - maybe another time.

I like how panic works on your muse!
tabaqui: s&xlettersbykatekat1010tabaqui on June 22nd, 2011 02:19 am (UTC)
Baby!Vamp!Xander. So wonderful to read him again.
*twirls you*
darkhavens: b!v!x [literati]darkhavens on June 22nd, 2011 05:33 pm (UTC)
Thankee! *twirls and dips*
Maz: Dovethismaz on June 22nd, 2011 05:51 am (UTC)
I don't read much BtVS any more, but I couldn't, wouldn't skip past these.
I really love the sparsity, the suggestion of more, that leaves me imagining just that.
And they all go together beautifully, to create a mood of (as Spike realised in the first one) partnership.
The gleeful enjoyment is infections, but it's the fondness that really makes these stories so attractive. Again, as Spike said, "you'd hate him. I don't."
darkhavens: b!v!x [literati]darkhavens on June 22nd, 2011 05:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

That's what I love most about drabbles - I can paint a tiny, vivid image in the centre (or the corner) of a sketched-in 'verse and let everyone colour the rest of it in in their heads. *g*

This 'verse is all about the gleeful enjoyment, of each other, of violence, of destruction, of life!
rngrdeadrngrdead on June 22nd, 2011 07:27 pm (UTC)
A brilliant selection - kudos dear writer! Are there to be more? Oh I *do* hope so. A tantalizing and wonderful series.

darkhavens: b!v!x [literati]darkhavens on June 26th, 2011 04:48 am (UTC)
Thank you!

I hope to write more! So far, my baby!vamp!Xander 'verse is the longest thing I've ever written, and all in 100 word snippets. I don't see why it shouldn't kep going for another 30,000 words. :D
chaoskirchaoskir on June 22nd, 2011 07:42 pm (UTC)
I can't choose which one I like most. I think they are all great! Thank you so much.
darkhavens: b!v!x [literati]darkhavens on June 26th, 2011 05:03 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm so happy to be playing with these gleeful boys again. :D
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darkhavens: b!v!x [literati]darkhavens on June 26th, 2011 05:08 am (UTC)
Spike has no illusions, but he wanted to 'introduce' the two people he loves most. *g*
annabuffy: Bikini Catsannabuffy on June 23rd, 2011 12:01 am (UTC)
OMG, I love, love BabyVamp Xander. It's been so long since I've read about him. These drabbles were like an early birthday present. Thank you. Hopefully we can visit with the boys some time again soon. :)
annabuffy: Bikini Catsannabuffy on June 23rd, 2011 12:01 am (UTC)
P.S. I love the way Dru dealt with Willow. A type of poetic justice.
darkhavens: b!v!x [literati]darkhavens on June 26th, 2011 05:10 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm hoping to visit with them slightly more often now that I've got the glee flowing again. :D

And happy early birthday! *g*
spaders_bitchspaders_bitch on June 23rd, 2011 07:07 am (UTC)
Wonderful, news from baby!vamp!Xander. He's one of my favorite Xanders ever. Loved them all, but "Pilot Seat" the most, closely followed by "Duct Tape Triage" and all the other "gory" ones: just hilarious.
darkhavens: b!v!x [literati]darkhavens on June 26th, 2011 05:13 am (UTC)
Thank you!

Writing the gory ones is great fun because they're either gleeful or so very matter-of-fact about it all. It's just food, after all. *g*
thedabara_cds: Spike-Bloody good fic luv!thedabara_cds on June 23rd, 2011 09:49 pm (UTC)
Superb! Sexy, funny, sweet and creepy by turns!
darkhavens: b!v!x [literati]darkhavens on June 26th, 2011 05:14 am (UTC)
Thank you!

They're so much fun to write. :D
baudownbaudown on June 24th, 2011 11:48 pm (UTC)
These are just great. VampXander isn't usually my thing, but you've made me a convert.
darkhavens: b!v!x [literati]darkhavens on June 26th, 2011 05:15 am (UTC)
Thank you! That's a wonderful compliment.

(If you want to read more, just hit the tag. There's 30,000 words of their adventures waiting, all in 100 words snippets. o.O )