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28 September 2004 @ 03:29 am
"Working Together", a set of 4 for open_on_sunday's challenge #79 'Work'
Author: darkhavens
Title: Working Together
Pairing: S/X
Rating: G
Disclaimer: Not mine, never will be. No harm, no foul, no money made.

It's Just A Job

Now the chip was history it would be so very simple to install himself as Master of Seattle. The locals were the weakest bunch of vampires he had seen these past few decades, and they practically begged to be controlled, to be subsumed, to be made subject to his will.

His consort shouldn't need to earn a penny, should be kept, a treasured companion, not be someone who insisted on leaving him alone in bed each day to go to work for a faceless corporation which made him dress in suits and ties and schedule breakfast meetings!

But Xander insisted...

Earning Self-Worth

"I've never had something I'm good at before, Spike. I was always the kid tripping over his own feet, stumbling into the middle of a spellcasting and getting zapped or... or possessed. I was always bait, or the one told to stay back so nobody had to worry about getting me out of trouble. I was the unwanted son hidden in the basement so I didn't remind my parents every day how they'd screwed up their lives with a quick fumble in the back of my grandfather's Chevy."

"I'm good at what I do now, Spike. People rely on me."

Daily Grind

Some nights Spike would want Xander to come out with him, out into the underbelly of the city, to join in the hunt, to choose the prey, to share the adrenaline rush that came from running down a rapist or a drug dealer until they collapsed and begged for mercy or a swift and painless death.

Some nights Xander was too tired to do much more than kick off his shoes and collapse into the sofa so that Spike could massage away the killer headache that was trapped behind his eyes. He loathed computer work, but vehemently rejected wearing glasses.


"They offered me a chance to join the big boys' club today, Spike. A partnership. I told them thanks, then quit. For fifteen years, you've let me do what I thought I had to do, and today I finally realised - I don't. I don't need to be successful and career-driven, or rich. I don't need to be found worthy in any eyes but yours, and you loved me way before I thought I was. So it's your turn now, I place myself completely in your hands."

Spike's eyes glittered with glee.

"Pass the phone, Pet, I've work to do..."

feeling: listlesslistless
Kristintxrabbit on September 28th, 2004 03:01 am (UTC)
Beautiful! And it was your work that allowed me time to read these! Did I say thanks yet?

These were wonderful and I was so delighted when Xander quit!
darkhavensdarkhavens on September 28th, 2004 03:06 am (UTC)
Did I say thanks yet?

Yup. *snog*

These were wonderful and I was so delighted when Xander quit!

Thanks. :o)

Poor Xander. It took him 15 years to realise he was worthy of Spike's love all along. But now it's time for them to have fun... *g*
I am Derek's vocal eyebrows: ak; shadows [me]literati on September 28th, 2004 03:03 am (UTC)
gorgeous as usual.. I like to see different aspects of their relationship and you did that.

darkhavensdarkhavens on September 28th, 2004 03:09 am (UTC)
Thx babe. *smooch*
Teresatgray on September 28th, 2004 03:51 am (UTC)
Wonderful, as always. No one drabbles S/X better than you. ::smooches::
darkhavensdarkhavens on September 28th, 2004 04:00 am (UTC)
Thanks sweetie. :o)
VF: Xander nummyvampirefever on September 28th, 2004 05:42 am (UTC)
I love these drabbles, but now I'm enthralled and want to know what Spike's plans are - you are going to continue the story aren't you? ::puppy eyes::
darkhavensdarkhavens on September 28th, 2004 06:53 am (UTC)
Indeed I am. How could I refuse, after tabaqui provided the title and told me how long it should be? LOL!

'Play', a 4 drabble series, coming soon... *g*

Thx for the fb. :o)
PL: Xander Lover (by karenbear)ponders_life on September 28th, 2004 11:40 am (UTC)
Whee! More drabbles to feed my jones for mature, confident, knows-what-he-wants-and-how-to-get-it Xander. And you're already working on the follow-up to this? Double whee!
darkhavensdarkhavens on September 28th, 2004 08:10 pm (UTC)

Yes, the 'Play' follow-up is coming soon. Spike in charge? Scary stuff! *g*

mature, confident, knows-what-he-wants-and-how-to-get-it Xander

Yes! Finally! ;o)
Goes "Ding" When There's Stuffsuki_blue on October 26th, 2004 08:13 pm (UTC)
All wonderful.

~whines~ I want to know what Xander's is going to do now he has quit. ~stamps foot and scares the cat~

darkhavensdarkhavens on October 26th, 2004 08:17 pm (UTC)
Hee! Then go and read the new quartet and find out. *g*
beetle_beetle_ on October 27th, 2004 04:02 am (UTC)
OMG - I read the second set of drabbles first, but they were still great and easy to follow and these are - man -LURVE... big, scary, slobbery lurve for you.

Earning Self Worth and Daily Grind - my faves.

You super rock *hat's off again*
darkhavensdarkhavens on October 27th, 2004 06:01 am (UTC)
...nd these are - man -LURVE... big, scary, slobbery lurve for you

Hee! ::is pleased::

I liked the idea in Daily Grind of them both having their own little routines. And Xander really needs a sense of self-worth, which is why Spike let him work on it for 15 years. Xander might be a bit slow on the uptake, but he gets there eventually. *g*