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13 July 2004 @ 12:54 am
A set of 6 drabbles for open_on_sunday's challenge #68 'Vacation'
Author: darkhavens
Title: A European Tour
Rating: PG-13
Pairing: S/X
Disclaimer: Not mine, never will be. No harm, no foul, no money made.
Spoilers: None

Sayonara Sunnydale

The chip was out, and Xander knew the time had come to make his choice. To age and die and know that Spike would stay until his death and then move on, or accept the offered gift that meant eternity, or close enough.

They’d had the orb for years, just in case. And a printout of the spell that had been laminated to make sure it stayed safe.

They left a note for Willow and for Dawn, and one for Buffy, though that one had turned out really hard to write.

And then they headed out to see the world.


They ate baguettes on the steps of the Louvre and watched the tourists pass, oblivious to the killers in their midst.

They ate their real meal in the shadow of the Sacré-Coeur basilica, perched atop Montmartre looking down onto the city. It wasn’t that the orb spell hadn’t worked, but Xander learned some tricks from Grandma Dru. It was easy to convince some folks they wanted to be bitten. A little intense eye contact and a muttered word or two and they would follow, just as easy as can be.

As long as no one died the soul was fine.


“It’s not blue, Spike. It’s supposed to be blue.”

“’T’s just a piece of music, Pet.”

“I know, but it should be blue. Why isn’t it blue?”

Spike leaned over the bridge and looked down at the murky brown Danube.

“From the smell I’d say it’s chemical run-off from the factories further up-stream. There’s tannins, hydrocarbons, lots of dyes and a bit of blood. If we go out tonight we’re eating steak, okay? No fish. We’re not eating anything that can survive in all that muck.”

A heavy sigh. “It should be blue, Spike. Like on my Granny’s music box.”


The skyline of the Old Town Square was a riot of bright red tiles and pointy towers. A gothic-looking church rose up majestically above the smaller buildings, loaning its shade to the vampires down below.

One stood lost in memories, the other held him close and waited, patiently for once, till he made his peace.

“She wanted to come back, y’know? She thought that what she’d lost would be here waiting. Gods, she made a fuss when I said no. I swore I’d never come to Prague again and she just laughed. My Princess always knew more than she told.”


They arrived midway through Carnivale, just in time for the Masquerade Ball in the Piazza san Marco. Xander pointed out it was costumes only, and Spike produced a pair of outfits noblemen could wear. Xander wasn’t sure, he didn’t have the greatest luck with dressing up, but Spike insisted, and then promised he could top if he was good.

Xander was the best he’d ever been. He half-believed the costume was possessed, but then surely he could have waltzed a better waltz if that were so. They danced the night away, and snacked discreetly in the shadows when they could.


The feeding here was easy. They even found a vampire-lovers club just crammed with volunteers, and wandered through the rooms selecting entrées and desserts. Then they paid a visit to an old friend in the city.

Giles wasn’t exactly pleased to see them, though he’d heard what they had done. He questioned Xander closely on the tricks he’d learned from Dru, and made him swear repeatedly that no one would ever die upon his fangs. When he asked how Spike had lost the chip they both refused to breathe a word.

That was how he knew that it was Ethan.

I could have gone on all night with these. There are so many cities for the boys to visit and play games in!
feeling: contemplativecontemplative
VF: Spander (mpoetess)vampirefever on July 13th, 2004 04:30 am (UTC)
These are great.

Are Spike and Xander still in London? Could they come and visit?
::is mental::
darkhavensdarkhavens on July 13th, 2004 08:43 pm (UTC)
Oh, I wish. I'd love to kidnap them and keep them for my own show them around Devon.

Thanks for the fb! :o)
Seadreamerseadreamer on July 13th, 2004 04:34 am (UTC)
YUM!! Tasty bites just enticing enough that it makes you want more. You certainly have the drabble down to an art. ^_^ And may I say... ETHAN. *bounces discretely in seat* I do like that man, for all his nastiness. Maybe even because of it. *snerk* Thanks for the goodies, which turned out to be almost a midnight snack on my way to bed.
darkhavensdarkhavens on July 13th, 2004 08:48 pm (UTC)
Re: *devours*
I'm very glad you enjoyed them so much.

I like Ethan too. The chemistry between him and Giles is just delicious! But I didn't know he was the one who fixed the chip until I wrote it. How odd is that?
paperk8: goldepaperk8 on July 13th, 2004 12:30 pm (UTC)

Grandma Dru *evil cackle*

And Ethan?

Lovely, all.
darkhavensdarkhavens on July 13th, 2004 08:52 pm (UTC)
I couldn't resist calling Dru Grandma. I think she's warped enough to love hearing Xander call her that.

And Ethan, yes. My subconscious probably decided he was responsible for taking out the chip before I even started writing the drabbles. I certainly didn't know it was going to be him until I wrote that last line. LOL!
paperk8paperk8 on July 14th, 2004 03:55 am (UTC)
I certainly didn't know it was going to be him until I wrote that last line.

I love when that happens.
Kind of freaky, but cool.
brujabroom on July 13th, 2004 04:00 pm (UTC)
I could have gone on all night with these.

I wished you had, you know sleep is highly overated! *g*

Lovely and you included grandma Dru and Ethan (the cheeky monkey) I really like the pace of these very refreshing.

darkhavensdarkhavens on July 13th, 2004 09:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

If I hadn't had to go back to my summer_of_spike writing, I would have carried on with the tour until they'd gone right around the globe, or until the challenge closed at least. ;o)

I've quasi-promised tabaqui that I'll add more Ethan backstory to this fic, and Willa requested more as well, so it will probably get an extension or two or three...

I think Dru would make a lovely Grandma, teaching her Dark Kitten all her tricks. Hee!
brujabroom on July 13th, 2004 09:13 pm (UTC)
I think Dru would make a lovely Grandma, teaching her Dark Kitten all her tricks. Hee!

Oh yes wouldn't she just and I certainly would love to read more about what and how she taught him! *g*

darkhavensdarkhavens on July 13th, 2004 09:24 pm (UTC)
I'll see what I can come up with. ;o)
brujabroom on July 13th, 2004 09:28 pm (UTC)
Eternally your minion if you do *g*

darkhavensdarkhavens on July 13th, 2004 09:35 pm (UTC)
Oh kewl! A minion! Well, a prospective minion...
::does the minioned chair dance of joy::
Nashnashmaveric on July 13th, 2004 05:03 pm (UTC)
Woot! The chip's gone and the boys are having fun! ::is happy::
darkhavensdarkhavens on July 13th, 2004 09:09 pm (UTC)
I wanted them happy and feeding properly, but a soulless Xander is a scary thing, so I compromised.

Glad I gave you a happy. Hee!