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16 January 2005 @ 04:38 am
"Xander's Taste For Blood", a series of 4 for slashthedrabble challenge #8 - Taste
Author: darkhavens
Title: Xander's Taste For Blood
Pairing: Spike/Xander
Rating: R for violence
Email: darkhavens@slashverse.com
Disclaimer: Not mine, never will be. No harm, no foul, no money made.
Warnings/Squicks: Physical abuse of a child, biting, turning


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Xander's first memorable taste of blood was at the age of three and a half, when Tony Harris backhanded his son for talking while the game was on. The blow to his cheek knocked him off balance, but it didn't make him bleed. His feet tangled as he staggered backwards, cracking his head and elbow against the wall as he went down in a crumpled heap. That didn't make him bleed either.

That first real taste of blood came when his baby teeth dug deep into his trembling lower lip, stifling the sobs that he knew would attract more blows.


~~~~~


Until his seventeenth year Xander never thought twice about sucking a paper-cut finger or licking a grazed or bleeding arm. The taste of iron and copper on his tongue was as familiar to him as chocolate. Especially since he'd spent his meagre savings on the skateboard he now regularly rode to school.

And then he learned something that made his stomach turn.

After that eye-opening encounter in the library, each time he tasted that distinctive metallic tang, he felt a twinge of guilt and vague disgust and trepidation. It suddenly seemed wrong, unclean, to act the way that vampires do.


~~~~~


He mentioned later how it felt like there were pop rocks in his veins, but at the time he'd been much too engrossed in the milk pale body covering his.

The bite had been instinctive. The need to mark that flawless ivory skin was irresistible. The rush of demon blood into his mouth had been sublime.

Afterwards he traced the healing punctures with his tongue, whispering quiet apologies and regret. Urgent fingers tangled in his hair and drew him back.

"You'd best not mean that, luv, I haven't felt like that in years. Once I fix this chip you'll understand."


~~~~~


The first post mortem sip from his beloved Sire made Xander moan in ecstasy. A thousand different tinctures fought for dominance on his tongue.

Rich and powerful, strong, sweet and threaded through with spice, Aurelius blood had made its latest conquest.

Though Sire's blood was certainly the best beyond compare, human was ambrosial when fresh. In contrast, cow and pig in plastic packages was foul, and Spike made sure he tasted every one so he would know. A rank, disgusting lesson, but still a lesson learned.

Together they would never drop their guard. They were unstoppable.

The Scourge of America.



~~~~~

The closing time for sign-ups for "The Colour, Sound, and Random Object Spander Ficathon" has been pushed back by 24 hours. It is now open until midnight, GMT, on Sunday 16th January. Fic is due on Saturday March 5th.

Assignments will be sent on out Monday.
 
 
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Ame: Precious by Saifaiamejisuto on January 16th, 2005 04:50 am (UTC)
Whoa. That's just damned good. I love all of them, especially the last one. That's great!
darkhavens: smoochdarkhavens on January 16th, 2005 05:04 am (UTC)
Thanks! That last one nearly killed me. Four damn hours trying to finish it. If LJ had been up and running I would never have got it done in time! LOL!
kitty_poker1kitty_poker1 on January 16th, 2005 04:56 am (UTC)
Lovely, sweetie. All great but the first one knocked my socks off.

That first real taste of blood came when his baby teeth dug deep into his trembling lower lip, stifling the sobs that he knew would attract more blows.

*sob*
darkhavens: hot wet [me]darkhavens on January 16th, 2005 05:10 am (UTC)
Thankee.

::passes the tissues::

Poor baby Xander. I'm so cruel to him. ;o)
Dani: X Meep! *thud* (me snaggable)umbralillium on January 16th, 2005 05:01 am (UTC)
The bite had been instinctive. The need to mark that flawless ivory skin was irresistible. The rush of demon blood into his mouth had been sublime.

Meep! *thud* *purrs*
darkhavensdarkhavens on January 16th, 2005 05:11 am (UTC)
Hee! Glad you enjoyed. Thanks. :o)
Connieriani1 on January 16th, 2005 05:19 am (UTC)
Scourge of America ...

mmm...
darkhavensdarkhavens on January 16th, 2005 09:08 pm (UTC)
Wonderful thought, eh? The pair of them would be something to fear! :o)
reremouse: Spander schmoopreremouse on January 16th, 2005 05:25 am (UTC)
Great use of the taste of blood sweets! And Xander biting first? Sexy hot delicious!
darkhavensdarkhavens on January 16th, 2005 09:11 pm (UTC)
Thankee!

And Xander biting first? Sexy hot delicious!

I could see Xander biting in the heat of passion and then calming down and seeing what he'd done and automatically apologising and trying to kiss it better, while Spike is trying to tell him how bloody fantastic it was! *g*
Nash: recovery by darkhavensnashmaveric on January 16th, 2005 08:10 am (UTC)
Wow. That was kinda intense. Love Xander's different reactions in each drabble.
darkhavensdarkhavens on January 16th, 2005 09:18 pm (UTC)
Hee! Thanks. Yeah, Xander's reactions change but it always comes back to the blood. ;o)
Genghis Katkat8cha on January 16th, 2005 08:34 am (UTC)
... mmm Scourge me anytime boys!

Loved it! Blood=YUmmy.
darkhavensdarkhavens on January 16th, 2005 09:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :o)
Sam: Insidianmoimoietmoi on January 16th, 2005 12:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, lovely!
"Xander's Taste For Blood", what a wonderful idea!
The first one was really perfect!
darkhavensdarkhavens on January 16th, 2005 09:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :o)

The first one was really perfect!

I feel so guilty for abusing baby!Xander. *g*
Goes "Ding" When There's Stuffsuki_blue on January 16th, 2005 05:05 pm (UTC)
Fantastic!
darkhavensdarkhavens on January 16th, 2005 10:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :o)
Nebula: iconic_moon_spanderauthoressnebula on January 16th, 2005 05:56 pm (UTC)
Wow. Just lovely sweetie. Fantastic how you worked in the blood, and that first one made me want to cry. Hope Spike did something evil to Tony...

~Nebula
darkhavensdarkhavens on January 16th, 2005 10:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

Hope Spike did something evil to Tony...

Oh, I rather think he let vamp!Xander do the doing. But he probably helped. ;o)
I am Derek's vocal eyebrows: fm; guh [me]literati on January 16th, 2005 10:29 pm (UTC)
He mentioned later how it felt like there were pop rocks in his veins, but at the time he'd been much too engrossed in the milk pale body covering his.

heh! cool description.
adored these :)
darkhavens: smoochdarkhavens on January 16th, 2005 11:01 pm (UTC)
heh! cool description.

Thankee! I figured demon blood ought to have a bit of a kick. *g*

*smooch*
Sorry about your guitar: Cig 'n Specscityphonelines on January 16th, 2005 11:10 pm (UTC)
I didn't realize I was holding my breath until I exhaled at the end. Damn. That was emotional and deeply descriptive. Damn.
darkhavensdarkhavens on January 16th, 2005 11:34 pm (UTC)
Ooh, a double damn! Thank you muchly. :o)
it only burns when I breathe: spike&xander_ohyeah_tazispikedluv on January 18th, 2005 12:18 am (UTC)
*kneels before you in worship* I appear before you, your humble servant.... Screw that, I'm here for the porn, 'kay?

As always, love your drabbles!! And I love the way you worked them into a sequence, with Xander's changing view of the taste of blood. Great read! And now, off to read more! *g*
darkhavens: just peachy [me]darkhavens on January 18th, 2005 01:20 am (UTC)
*kneels before you in worship* I appear before you, your humble servant.... Screw that, I'm here for the porn, 'kay?

Hee! ::giggles and pets you while you're down there::

As always, love your drabbles!!

Thank you! :o)