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01 June 2005 @ 03:04 am
'Counting Slayers, with Algebra', five for open_on_sunday challenge #114 - Memories
Author: darkhavens
Title: Counting Slayers, with Algebra
Pairing: Spike/Xander
Rating: R for violence
Feedback: darkhavens @ slashverse.com
Concrit: by email, please
Disclaimer: Not mine, never will be. No harm, no foul, no money made.
Warnings/Squicks: Talk of multiple deaths
Notes: A discussion of Slayers past and a maths problem, set in the baby!vamp!Xander 'verse. And all, for some unknown reason, entirely in dialogue.

First Slayer

"The first was that pretty China doll, remember, Dru? All skin and bone and raw determination. I'd never fought anyone quite that small before; was positive I'd easily snap her neck. I'd never seen someone that tiny swing a sword like that. Certainly never thought she'd cut my face!"

"Pretty face."

"Thank you, luv. Now, where was I? Right. In the middle of a rebellion we were all she could see. I bet she hadn't eaten for a week. She fought a damn sight better than the rebels ever could. If she'd been at the front they might have won."

Second Chance

"Nicky had something to live for, not that I knew that then. I found this crumpled picture in her coat once we were done. I never thought a Slayer'd have a kid, but he made her strong. She got me on the floor a time or two. But I've always been a determined bastard, me, and I wanted that coat. If she'd handed it over I might have let her live... Nah. It was her or me, and as much as she wanted to live, she was more afraid of dying, and that's a fear that'll always do you in."

Third Time Lucky

"The Slayer, the Slayer, the... Oh, I remember mine now! The one with the skin the colour of milky cocoa and the singsong voice. She smelled like cinnamon cookies in the kitchen - mustn't touch, too hot! But she was boring, didn't fight at all, she was too easy. A slip, a slide, just like a knife through butter - mustn't touch, too hot! I didn't get to drink, the books were shouting and they wouldn't stop. They told me all the stories I could... Oh! You were there, Kitten! The books kept you safe and out of sight but I could see you."

Four Become Three Become Two

"Go on, Xan, it's your turn. You've killed a Slayer too. Means nothing if you don't exercise your bragging rights occasionally."

"But... You were there Spike, you and Angelus. You were the ones who..."

"We just helped you tenderise the bint. You're the one who drank her dry and rung her scrawny neck. Tell us, luv. Tell us how it felt."

"I knew every move she went to make before she made it. You trained me well; she never stood a chance."

"What about the Slayer's blood? What about the taste?"

"It was just like pop rocks on my tongue."

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~


"I can remember things I never knew I knew! That demon at the gas station, the one with the big blue crest? As soon as I saw him, I knew he was a Walthus. I even knew the crest meant that it was mating season. How can I remember all this stuff?"

"All those research hours, luv, all those dusty books. Everything you've read and seen and heard is in your head somewhere. Your demon's had a poke about, re-organised your filing system. I bet you, if you thought about it, you could explain algebra."

"First of all you need..."

werewindlewerewindle on June 1st, 2005 02:16 am (UTC)
hehe exsplain algebra. Wonderful. More!
darkhavensdarkhavens on June 2nd, 2005 02:38 am (UTC)
Thanks. I figured that would be about the most difficult thing Spike could have asked him to do. :D
most excellently twistedfanbot on June 1st, 2005 02:20 am (UTC)
Oh! A visit from Dru! I like those!
darkhavensdarkhavens on June 2nd, 2005 02:39 am (UTC)
Hee! Me too. She's such fun. :D
Nebula: spikeauthoressnebula on June 1st, 2005 02:23 am (UTC)
First, fangirl squee for the magnificent Dru. Loved having her, especially her talking about her own Slayer.

And hee, Xander explaining Algebra? That's just like...words can't describe. ^_^

darkhavensdarkhavens on June 2nd, 2005 02:43 am (UTC)
Dru bagged a Slayer and nobody ever mentions it. She deserves her moment of glory. *g*

And hee, Xander explaining Algebra? That's just like...words can't describe. ^_^

Wasn't Spike evil, asking him to do that? Hee!

outsideth3boxoutsideth3box on June 1st, 2005 02:39 am (UTC)
Mmmmm, Love Dru.

And pop rocks.


All great drabbles. This is a wonderful Verse.
darkhavensdarkhavens on June 2nd, 2005 02:45 am (UTC)
Thanks. :D I know that pop rocks have been used in a couple of other fics, even as the title of one, but it's such a wonderfully simple description, so long as the reader has tried them. *g*
Dani: Charlie Eureka!umbralillium on June 1st, 2005 03:06 am (UTC)
dude. If a demon can help me understand Algebra? Sign me up! XD

I've always been fascinated with how Dru expresses herself, so I gotta say, despite the lovely imagery of Spike and Angelus helping Xan have his first Slayer, Dru's account of Kendra was my favorite.
darkhavensdarkhavens on June 2nd, 2005 02:48 am (UTC)
Dru is wonderful fun to write. She rambles, but with meaning. *g*

Thanks. :D
kat8cha on June 1st, 2005 03:10 am (UTC)
~squee~ 'the books kept you safe but I could see you' Oh! Wow what a Dru line! And that bit at the end about algebra? LOL!
darkhavensdarkhavens on June 2nd, 2005 02:49 am (UTC)

Yeah, dru would have known her Kitten was in the stacks while she was taking care of business. She sees. *g*
Someday you'll need to stand tall again: Emellaemella on June 1st, 2005 05:13 am (UTC)
Lovely. The slayer stories were great, but the algebra was the best! :D
darkhavensdarkhavens on June 2nd, 2005 02:55 am (UTC)
Thanks! Xander explaining algebra would be the true test of his demon. *g*
tabaquitabaqui on June 1st, 2005 01:36 pm (UTC)
Ahhhhh, neat.
Like the idea the demon 'knowing' everything.
darkhavensdarkhavens on June 2nd, 2005 02:58 am (UTC)

The way I see it, the demon goes in and has access to all the host's memories and I just can't see something that evil not snooping into all the dusty corners for interesting or useful memories. *g*
tabaquitabaqui on June 2nd, 2005 04:01 am (UTC)
Very cool idea, yeah. And snoop for sure. HEh.
I am Derek's vocal eyebrows: fm; mirror [me]literati on June 2nd, 2005 12:35 am (UTC)
great set babe!

I particularly enjoyed Algebra, the whole sorting of memories after being vamped fascinates me.
darkhavensdarkhavens on June 2nd, 2005 03:00 am (UTC)
Thanks, darlin'!

I just replied to tabaqui with this explanation:

The way I see it, the demon goes in and has access to all the host's memories and I just can't see something that evil not snooping into all the dusty corners for interesting or useful memories. *g*
Nashnashmaveric on June 3rd, 2005 07:14 pm (UTC)
::grin:: Bragging rights. And Algebra! ::snicker::
darkhavensdarkhavens on June 6th, 2005 02:08 am (UTC)
Bragging rights are important! *g*

Much more important than algebra. ;)