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27 July 2004 @ 03:34 am
Seven Rings, a drabble sequence for the community open_on_sunday
I wasn't gonna do this this week. Nothing grabbed me, my muse was quiet. And then a couple of hours ago I was bitten by the drabble faerie. She was relentless. So...

Author: darkhavens
Title: Seven Rings
Pairing: S/X always
Spoilers/warnings: None/excessive schmoop?
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer: Not mine, never will be. no harm, no foul, no money made.

First Ring

The first ring was a bracelet of bruises; a circlet of purples and greens that lingered for days. Whenever Xander touched the marks he felt a thrill, deep down inside. And every time his attention was drawn to the fingermarks on his skin, he would search out the one who put them there. Spike, the not-quite-enemy, who had saved his life only two nights before by grabbing his wrist and hauling him backwards out of the path of a raging Grazn’rth demon, while yelling at Xander for putting himself into danger like that. He was still yelling when chip fired.

Second Ring

Xander crawled back to consciousness through surreal dreams of neon-coloured pool games and dancing bottles of beer, which distracted him from the business of waking until his bladder screamed for mercy.

His pillow was unusually misshapen… Curiosity won out and Xander turned his head to see that he was resting comfortably on black denim covered thighs. He squeaked, and in one move was up and locked inside his bathroom, trying to deny that his head had spent the night on Spike’s groin. He peed and washed his face before he saw it: the imprint of a button on his cheek.

Third Ring

When he heard the phone ring, Xander dropped his keys, and when he hadn’t managed to pick them up and unlock the door by the third ring, his machine clicked on to take a message.

“Um… Xan? You there, mate? I hate these bloody things. Never know if the git you’re calling’s out or just sitting there ignoring you. So, want to play some pool tonight? I emptied a nest just now and found the fledges’ crummy stash so I can afford a round or two. Well… Come by the crypt if you decide to play. I’ll be there… waiting.”

Fourth Ring

A nipple ring. Xander couldn’t quite believe he’d let that scheming vampire trick him into something quite as permanent as body piercing. Couldn’t quite believe he’d let that self-same vampire ‘lick it better’, adding a drop of vampire blood to help it heal up nice and quick so he could prove to Xander just how erotic it could feel to have someone tugging on the metal through his flesh. Couldn’t quite believe how erotic it had felt to have that mouth, thattongue, caress his skin. Really couldn’t believe that he had volunteered to return the favour. Couldn’t believe he was

Fifth Ring

Shirt after shirt was tossed aside in a panicked attempt to find one sufficiently high-collared to cover the ring of purpling love bites around his neck. Xander’s vampire had a fetish, and completely understandable as it was, it would doubtless be unappreciated by his closest friends: a vampire slayer and a witch.

“Come on, Spike! Quick! Get dressed before the girls arrive! You know they’ll end up asking awkward questions if they find you here without a shirt on…”

“Calm down, Pet. Coulda bin worse. If they’d dropped by without calling they’d’ve caught us missing more than just our shirts.”

Sixth Ring

It was made of burnished steel; of leather so soft and supple that it felt like baby’s skin under his fingers. Spike had finally found the perfect gift to give his boy for their first anniversary. It was so special he had even paid in cash, not slipped it into his deepest pocket the way he usually did. He was love’s bitch and no mistake.

That evening, when he had his boy splayed out, so naked and so pretty, he offered up his gift: a cockring, steel engraved with stylised initials, S&X.

Xander’s gift was love. He told his friends.

Seventh Ring(s)

They’d considered silver, platinum and gold. They both agreed they wanted something tangible; something that non-demons would be able to recognise as their commitment to each other. But rings could catch, could snag, could be too dangerous in a fight, and so they thought again.

It took three months for them to find someone who could produce the right design. Demonic inkers are few and far between but they are damn good at their jobs. Bespelled ink, faerie needles and a heal-all poultice later, and they were out the door, their hands entwined, with matching permanent reminders of their troth.

feeling: cheerfulcheerful
Desire = Black SLASH Lupin: PoA tie [me]onetruepairing on July 27th, 2004 03:06 am (UTC)
'Third Ring' is my favourite, though as usual they are all well done :)
darkhavensdarkhavens on July 27th, 2004 03:11 am (UTC)
Thanks! I thought for sure you'd prefer the cockring. ::evil grin::
Desire = Black SLASH Lupin: tie kink much? [me]onetruepairing on July 27th, 2004 03:18 am (UTC)
oh I *always* prefer the cock ring.. that being said I just really liked how excited Spike sounded in three :)
darkhavensdarkhavens on July 27th, 2004 03:29 am (UTC)
I just really liked how excited Spike sounded in three :)

... all the while trying for that cool, I-don't-give-a-damn-really-honest-what-are-you-grinning-at insouciance? Hee!
Desire = Black SLASH Lupin: got tie? [me]onetruepairing on July 27th, 2004 03:40 am (UTC)
exactly! which is why I enjoy reading your Spike more than others.. you have a way of making the unspoken, heard.

.. and of course I say all this so you'll continue forcing yourself to read moonfoot and be my beta 'till we both die ;)
darkhavensdarkhavens on July 27th, 2004 03:50 am (UTC)
Aw, thanks!

Kristintxrabbit on July 27th, 2004 03:27 am (UTC)
I loved each and every one of these and I cannot pick a favorite.

::Glares at conscience::

OK. I loved number three more. Spike asking Xander out and wanting him bad enough to leave a message, staying at the crypt waiting, instead of going ahead and going and waiting there, it was lovely. So much came across in a few simple words.

These were great, doll. So glad your muse responded.
darkhavensdarkhavens on July 27th, 2004 03:38 am (UTC)
Thanks! Spike was trying at cool, and missing, even with the litle diatribe against answering machines. He really loves his Xanpet. Hee!
Kristintxrabbit on July 27th, 2004 04:07 am (UTC)
He sure does!
theiax on July 27th, 2004 10:00 am (UTC)
Second Ring killed me! LOL

Sixth Ring...want no, *need*, to hear more about this one.

Seventh Ring has got to be my favourite, they are sooo in love, we all knew, but now *everyone* will know. Awwww!

Love Spander. Loved this.

Thank you.
darkhavensdarkhavens on July 27th, 2004 07:19 pm (UTC)
Second Ring killed me! LOL

Hee! I could see the look of horror on Xander's face when he looked in the mirror and I had to write it.

Sixth Ring...want no, *need*, to hear more about this one.

What's to hear? Spike bought Xander a cockring for them both to play with, and Xander told his friends he had been boinking the undead for the last year. You can't possibly mean you want to hear about the ::gasp:: actual usage of the anniversary gift?

And the seventh is also my favourite, especially as it nearly didn't get written. I did One thru Six, then went to post them and wrote 'Seven Rings' in the subject bar. I figured there was a reason for it, and went back to Word and came up with Seven.

Glad you enjoyed!
theiax on July 27th, 2004 07:30 pm (UTC)
You can't possibly mean you want to hear about the ::gasp:: actual usage of the anniversary gift?

Oh yes, I most certainly do mean that. Come on how about it? hehe

I don't see why they should have all the fun without us!
reddwarf75reddwarf75 on July 27th, 2004 04:08 pm (UTC)
gorgeous they are!
the rings u wrote :) loved nr 7 especially :D
darkhavensdarkhavens on July 27th, 2004 07:20 pm (UTC)
Re: gorgeous they are!
Thanks! Seven was an afterthought, but it tied it all up neatly and I love it best of all now. :o)
Nashnashmaveric on July 27th, 2004 05:22 pm (UTC)
I was smiling all through that. Sweet doesn't really cover it though ::grin::
darkhavensdarkhavens on July 27th, 2004 07:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks! ;o)
Seadreamerseadreamer on July 27th, 2004 06:30 pm (UTC)
Just one thing....


That is all. ^_____________^
darkhavensdarkhavens on July 27th, 2004 07:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks! ;o)
Maggie: Xan Spike  dysfunctional chickenmaggie77 on July 28th, 2004 05:17 am (UTC)
Ah - these are *great*! I'm glad the drabble fairy bit you.

darkhavensdarkhavens on July 28th, 2004 05:46 am (UTC)
Thanks! She had sharp pointy teeth. ;o)