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28 December 2004 @ 06:57 pm
"The Gift That Keeps On Giving", a series of 8 drabbles for OoS challenge #92 - Gifts/Presents
Author: darkhavens
Title: The Gift That Keeps On Giving
Pairing: Spike/Xander
Rating: PG-13
Email: darkhavens@slashverse.com
Disclaimer: Not mine, never will be. No harm, no foul, no money made.
Summary: Things take a turn for the different after School Hard



Received

It's such a perfect gift. The prettiest thing Angelus has ever given him, which totally pisses him off, because this isn't really Angelus after all, but that cursed soul walking around inside his hero's skin. And to add insult to injury there's just no bloody way to keep hold of his pressie and still manage to bag his third slayer.

Still, it's not like the boy's going to disappear off the face of the earth so it won't hurt to let him go, for now. Surely one of the silly, screaming happy meals will know his new brown-eyed beauty's address.





Given

"Xaaaaaaaaaaander. Oh, Xaaaaaaaaaaander. Aren't you going to invite your Master in to share your bed? It's the polite thing to do, you know."

The bone white face, pressed against his bedroom window, sent shivers down Xander's spine as the crooning, hypnotic voice made every tiny hair on his pyjama-clad body stand up and tremble.

He'd known escaping from the school unscathed wouldn't be the end of it. Xander had seen the gleeful gleam in Spike's eye when Angel offered him up on a silver platter - a Trojan horse, a gift to make the pretence real.

"Xaaaaaaaaaaander..."

Why was he tempted?





One Careful Owner

The jacket wasn't new. The tobacco brown leather looked soft and battered but obviously cared for, and it beckoned to Xander, enticing him with promises of warmth and comfort, urging him to lift it out of the box and try it on.

It had been sitting on the doorstep when he'd gone to leave for school, his parents upstairs asleep in matching alcoholic stupors. The card had been simple and unsigned, 'I look after what's mine' and Xander had taken ten minutes to gather the courage to look inside.

He cursed Angel and his 'plan'.

He put on the coat.





The Gift of Invisibility

The only one to notice his new 'look' was Queen Cordelia, who pointed out his 'Goodwill chic' to her bevy of maliciously inclined Cordettes. Buffy was oblivious to any clothes that weren't on her, and Willow looked for a moment as though she'd speak but was distracted by a question from the Slayer on her right.

Nobody even asked about what happened the night before, and Xander couldn't be bothered to explain.

'Angel offered me to Spike and Spike accepted and then followed me home and left this leather jacket on my doorstep.'

They'd probably think he was possessed. Again.





The Gifts That Say 'I Care'

Four nights had passed since Angel's marvellous plan had gone awry. Each one had been accompanied by a visit and a gift. Xander kept the first, the leather jacket, by his bed.

The second was a fancy digital watch; it's alarm pre-set to beep at sunset every evening for a month.
'For safety's sake.'

The third night brought a holdall stuffed with Twinkies and chocolate bars.
'To keep you sweet and to fill with all your treasures.'

The fourth was a blade of polished steel with a hand-stitched leather sheath.
'I can't protect you in there so keep this close.'





The Gift of Life

The fifth night since the Parent Teacher fiasco found Xander waiting, bouncing gently on the corner of his bed. Each gift was close at hand, the jacket and watch both worn, the knife strapped to his belt.

The holdall had been emptied of the munchies, not all eaten, and refilled with every precious thing he owned. It wasn't much.

And when the knocking finally commenced he threw the curtains wide and as quietly as possible slipped the latch.

"I won't invite you in, you know that, right? You understand. They might be crappy parents but they're mine."

"..."

"I'm coming out."





The Gift of Love

It had been a month since Spike had taken his present home to bed. His new pet was as curious as a puppy and as hungry for every scrap of affection he could get, once the shock wore off.

He'd barely even kissed a girl before he'd slept with Spike, and that admission had caused a most arousing full-body blush.

And now the boy lay naked on his bed, head tilted back, his neck exposed to offer up the only gift he had to give.

"I'm yours, Spike. Every fibre, every drop I have is yours. Keep me safe forever..."





The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Each year they celebrated St Vigeous' Night twenty-four hours early, and toasted Angel's plan and his choice of gift with sex and blood. And every anniversary of note, the fifth, the tenth, and on and on into eternity, they sent a tacky 'Thank You' present directly to his door.

Then they'd hide in nearby shadows to see him turn away the singing clowns, the dancing bears and the occasional brace of hookers, boys and girls. The pained expression he wore made sure they knew he knew that they were out there, somewhere, keeping watch.

Spike and Xander, his second curse.


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kitty_poker1kitty_poker1 on December 28th, 2004 07:12 pm (UTC)
Hah! That'll teach Angel, the wally. Look at what he gave up.

And now the boy lay naked on his bed, head tilted back, his neck exposed to offer up the only gift he had to give.

And that's enough for Spike. *sigh*

Have I told you I love your drabbles before? *scratches head*
darkhavensdarkhavens on December 28th, 2004 07:23 pm (UTC)
Have I told you I love your drabbles before? *scratches head*

Maybe. Once or twice. ;o) Thank you! *smooch*
who said what now? - kitty_poker1 on December 28th, 2004 07:35 pm (UTC) (Expand)
who said what now? - darkhavens on December 28th, 2004 07:43 pm (UTC) (Expand)
who said what now? - kitty_poker1 on December 28th, 2004 07:56 pm (UTC) (Expand)
who said what now? - darkhavens on December 28th, 2004 08:13 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Dawnie: Gay-dawnie1970dawnie1970 on December 28th, 2004 07:13 pm (UTC)
Oh, I am so loving on these. Wonderful. Damn, I've been completely bit by the Spander bug here. The first time I read any of this pairing I said WTF? Now it seems like "meant to be". *claps for you* :D
darkhavensdarkhavens on December 28th, 2004 07:26 pm (UTC)
Damn, I've been completely bit by the Spander bug here.

There's no cure, you know that, right?

The first time I read any of this pairing I said WTF?

The first time I read it, I'd clicked on the link for a laugh, unable to believe anyone could seriously write those two getting it on, and less than 10 pages into the first story I was in love.

Thanks!
Curiosity is bad for such as I, but... - outsideth3box on December 29th, 2004 08:52 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Curiosity is bad for such as I, but... - darkhavens on December 30th, 2004 07:33 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Ame: I've got your back by Saifaiamejisuto on December 28th, 2004 07:13 pm (UTC)
Oh!OH!OH!!

This was...damn this was just beautiful. Evol and romantic and just damn freaking good.

I bow before the master. Or should I say Misstress?
darkhavensdarkhavens on December 28th, 2004 07:28 pm (UTC)
I bow before the master. Or should I say Misstress?

Hee! I'm easy, just so long as you bow. *g*

Beautiful, evol and romantic? Thank you so much! :o)
Connieriani1 on December 28th, 2004 07:14 pm (UTC)
his second curse ....

I'd laugh louder if I weren't at work.
darkhavensdarkhavens on December 28th, 2004 07:30 pm (UTC)
Hee! Thank you! Laughing out loud at work is a wonderful compliment. ;o)
Lalkhamsin-khamsolalpiratepurple on December 28th, 2004 07:15 pm (UTC)
Spike and Xander, his second curse.

Bwahahahahaha! Oh. That was most excellent. :)
darkhavensdarkhavens on December 28th, 2004 07:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Poor Angel... ::snicker::
brandil on December 28th, 2004 07:27 pm (UTC)
Excellent!
darkhavensdarkhavens on December 28th, 2004 07:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :o)
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darkhavensdarkhavens on December 28th, 2004 08:28 pm (UTC)
The underlying words/feelings are that he's rejecting the 'right' and giving in to the 'wrong'.

Well, considering that 'the right' has offered him up to 'the wrong' and 'the wrong' is offering to take care of him, probably the first time that's ever happened in his life, I think it's a believable reaction to put the coat on, even if he's just hoping that his friends will ask about it and then he can tell them what happened. And when they don't ask... ;o)

Thank you!
Dani: S look pretty (me snaggable)umbralillium on December 28th, 2004 08:13 pm (UTC)
'Angel offered me to Spike and Spike accepted and then followed me home and left this leather jacket on my doorstep.'

They'd probably think he was possessed. Again.


Hee! I could totally see that happening. *grins*
darkhavensdarkhavens on December 28th, 2004 08:30 pm (UTC)
Hee! I could totally see that happening. *grins*

Thanks!

Sam: Andemaiar: Angelmoimoietmoi on December 28th, 2004 08:21 pm (UTC)
Oooh! I love when Spike is wooing Xander!
They are so perfect together! *happy sigh*
Spike and Xander, his second curse. lol
darkhavensdarkhavens on December 28th, 2004 08:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Wooing. Yes, he was wasn't he? *g*

And they are perfect together! Completely. ::joins you in happy sighs::
sottovoce10 on December 28th, 2004 08:29 pm (UTC)
Darkhavens, that little cluster of drabbles was so original and just excellent. The St. Vigeous Eve moment has been picked up lots of times by fanfic writers, but you've put a spin on it with the series of gifts that was just delightful. Plus the ending, the two incorrible boys, toying with Angel. Thoroughly enjoyed these drabbles ;-)
darkhavensdarkhavens on December 28th, 2004 08:40 pm (UTC)
that little cluster of drabbles was so original and just excellent

Thank you!

School Hard is my favourite episode because it just screams with Spandery potential, and as soon as I saw the challenge this week I knew exactly which 'gift' I wanted to write about. And I just couldn't resist having them torment Angel on a regular basis. *g*
Fluffy: Lyle laptopflufshepherd on December 28th, 2004 08:45 pm (UTC)
That was so wonderful! You are the drabble queen ^_^
darkhavensdarkhavens on December 28th, 2004 09:10 pm (UTC)
::polishes my crown::

Thankee. :o)
Kallystenkallysten on December 28th, 2004 08:59 pm (UTC)
heeee! Loved it! And thanks for contributing to the challenge!
darkhavensdarkhavens on December 28th, 2004 09:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

Good luck on hitting your target!
I am Derek's vocal eyebrows: mk; hunger [me]literati on December 28th, 2004 10:35 pm (UTC)
awwww just lovely! I love these drabble fics!
darkhavensdarkhavens on December 28th, 2004 10:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you, darlin'!

I snuck this one out without you seeing, but you should blame Big Pond, not me! *g*
werewindlewerewindle on December 28th, 2004 10:53 pm (UTC)
'Spike and Xander, his second curse.' lol
Wonderful! I love when Spike takes care of Xander. ^__^
darkhavensdarkhavens on December 28th, 2004 10:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

That last line came out of nowhere, and once I'd stopped laughing I typed it in and saved. *g*
Goes "Ding" When There's Stuffsuki_blue on December 28th, 2004 11:15 pm (UTC)
Wonderful. *Love* your drabbles! ~sings~ Nooobody does it betterrrr. Makes me feel baaad foooor the resssst!!!
darkhavensdarkhavens on December 28th, 2004 11:27 pm (UTC)
Hee! Now I have Bond music stuck in my head!

Thanks sweetie. :o)