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26 October 2004 @ 12:43 am
4 Drabble set for open_on_sunday challenge #83 'Play'
Author: darkhavens
Title: Playing Together
Pairing: Spike/Xander
Rating: PG13
Disclaimer: Not mine, never will be. No harm, no foul, no money made.
A/N: It wasn't until I started writing the second drabble that my Muse informed me why she'd chosen Seattle when I wrote the first set, 'Working Together', for challenge #79, 'Work'. She whispered in my ear that there were old, forgotten, tunnels under Seattle, so I googled, and whaddaya know, she was right!

Dress Up

For fifteen years he'd waited, watched his consort working hard to earn respect and build self-worth and 'make it big'. And finally his patience had paid off. Xan was home, and unemployed, this time by choice, which made the biggest difference in the world. He'd quit, for Spike, and Spike had fifteen years of plans, ideas, and games for them to play now office politics could hold no sway.

Firstly, that horrific pinstripe wardrobe had to go. A consort dressed in leather and in silks befits a Master of Seattle, and those plans had waited now for far too long.

King Of The Castle

Six months later and William the Bloody was in charge. The thoroughfares and long-forgotten tunnels of Seattle ran with demon blood for weeks until, eventually, a compromise was found. And once the city's Master, in control since 1853, was dust, all the minions who had been his faithful servants saw their futures in the writing on the wall.

A much reduced, and mostly non-vampiric Court was formed. The Master and his consort shared the power while the vampire held the throne. The name Aurelius, the tales of Angelus and Dru, made sure that no one dared to take a stand.

Playing The Game

Xander, in his silk and leather finery, often sat at Spike's right hand, or at his feet if guests were prone to make a fuss. And while he lounged about and acted bored and unconcerned, he listened, learned and afterwards discussed what he had seen. Eventually the word got out that, while Spike held the power, his consort was the tempering hand of justice. The wiser demons knew to shape their pleadings for his ears, while making sure to pay their deep obeisances to Spike.

The vampire and the human ruled the city, blood and bone, above, below and in-between.

The Game of Life

A hint of mermaid's blood and the well-tamed ghost of a wild hyena spirit. A demon magnet, born and bred and mated on the mouth of hell. Xander's soul was made of all these things and more, and his life was stretched beyond the bounds of nature by his choices and the magic that lay hidden in his veins. But eventually, his spark began to flicker and to dim, and insubstantial evidence of age began to show. The game of life was drawing to an end and so a choice was made.

And now a vampire couple run the show.

feeling: naughtywicked
saifai on October 26th, 2004 12:17 am (UTC)
Ooh, see now? This is the best of both worlds. You got Xander who got to live our a normal life, and then Spike who finally got to live his dream, and then they both live happily ever after. You know, only undead. *happy sigh* I love it!
darkhavensdarkhavens on October 26th, 2004 02:04 am (UTC)
Thanks! I figured Spike deserved the chance to live out his dream for a change, and he was such a sweetie about letting Xander work when he needed to. :o)
Teresatgray on October 26th, 2004 12:18 am (UTC)
You gave me chills with this one, sweetie!
darkhavensdarkhavens on October 26th, 2004 02:12 am (UTC)
Wonderful! It didn't come out the way I expected, but it was so much better I didn't dare mess with it. *g*

Spike deserves a chance to be Master of his own city. And Seattle has tunnels - a whole 'nother city underground for all the demons and monsters and such! Just perfect. :o)
I am Derek's vocal eyebrows: ak; mulder's [me]literati on October 26th, 2004 12:40 am (UTC)
what a perfect sequel to the 'working' set.. beautiful babe!
darkhavensdarkhavens on October 26th, 2004 02:15 am (UTC)
Thanks sweetie! I'm happy with it. :o)
Ame: Precious by Saifaiamejisuto on October 26th, 2004 12:52 am (UTC)
Lovely, really lovely. I'm glad they decided on play this week, I've been wanting to read this!
darkhavensdarkhavens on October 26th, 2004 02:17 am (UTC)
I've been wanting to write it, but I knew, I knew, that if I wrote it and posted it, then the very next OoS challenge would be... 'Play'. So I waited and was rewarded. (Of course, it was me who made the 'Play' suggestion... *g*)

Thanks, sweetie!
snitches be crazy: courtesy of saifaishighola on October 26th, 2004 03:32 am (UTC)

I love Xander being the power behind the throne, as it were.
darkhavensdarkhavens on October 26th, 2004 03:46 am (UTC)

I see them as partners. Spike has the ruthlessness, the violence, in him that allows him to get things done one way or another. Xander is the one who would put on the brakes, or come up with the non- or less- violent approach and explain how it would be worth more to them to do things that way.

Of course, now he's vamped, all bets are off... *g*
Sorry about your guitar: save a tree hug a vampcityphonelines on October 26th, 2004 05:15 am (UTC)
You turned Xander and I liked it!
:: shouts up at the night sky ::
"Damn you, Darkhavens, damn you!"
:: ahem :: I mean I really liked these, especially the 3rd one.
darkhavensdarkhavens on October 26th, 2004 05:22 am (UTC)
He's so pretty as a vampire you just have to love him. *g*

Thanks. :o)

The third one is my favourite, because it brings Xander into Spike's world and gives him purpose and power.

VF: Xander nummyvampirefever on October 26th, 2004 05:37 am (UTC)
Xander in silk and leather ::drools::. Why didn't they knock on my door to ask if I could come out to play? ::sulks::
darkhavensdarkhavens on October 26th, 2004 09:45 pm (UTC)
I know, they're so inconsiderate. ::pouts::

Thankee sweetie!
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darkhavensdarkhavens on October 26th, 2004 09:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Yeah, Playing The Game was the hardest one to write because I could see it, it just wouldn't come out properly. I think I deleted 3 or 4 partial drabbles because I wasn't happy with the way it showed Xander, and then I got that first line out and the rest fell into place. Xander just can't help being a white hat and it practically shines from him sometimes. :o)
tabaqui: devildeepseatabaqui on October 26th, 2004 11:42 pm (UTC)
Why didn't i see these before?? What the hell??
They're lovely!
Yes, ruler of Seattle!!
darkhavensdarkhavens on October 27th, 2004 12:00 am (UTC)
I posted earlier than usual so they might have disappeared off the bottom of your flist. *g*

Yes indeedy, ruler(s) of Seattle. And I really didn't know I knew about those tunnels until Ms Muse whispered in my ear. :P

::pictures them both in leather and silks...whimper::
tabaquitabaqui on October 27th, 2004 12:47 am (UTC)
Tunnels. They're cool. I had to research them a little for 'Credence'... Seattle has an interesting history.
darkhavensdarkhavens on October 27th, 2004 12:56 am (UTC)

Credence is set in Seattle! I had totally forgotten that, but obviously Ms Muse was taking notes. LOL!
tabaquitabaqui on October 27th, 2004 01:11 am (UTC)
It's an awesome city!!
Definitely a vamp city - so dark and overcast!
darkhavensdarkhavens on October 27th, 2004 01:20 am (UTC)
Definitely a vamp city - so dark and overcast!

Yes! Just perfect for our vampire to play and rule and be the BIG Bad. *g*
darkhavensdarkhavens on October 27th, 2004 12:00 am (UTC)
Aaaaand... Thanks! *g*
beetle_beetle_ on October 27th, 2004 03:58 am (UTC)

These were all indeed awesome, but I LOVED The Game of Life, it was my fave; beautiful, deft touch you have with the drabble-age. I'd be jealous if I wasn't so busy being in awe...

Wow. I'd bow again, but my knees are already killing me, so my hat's off to you *takes off hat, humbly*
darkhavensdarkhavens on October 27th, 2004 05:58 am (UTC)
Thank you. :o)

I have a tendency to end up turning Xander, especially in drabble form, just because I don't want to see him get old and die and have Spike be left alone and grieving. They have to be together, forever. But there's no reason why Xander can't hang around as a consort/mate for a hundred years or so first...

Nice hat. ;o)