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24 July 2005 @ 01:59 am
'Bargaining for Doomsday', 4 for slashthedrabble challenge #35 - S/he Said What?
Author: darkhavens
Title: Bargaining for Doomsday
Pairing: Spike/Xander
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer: Not mine, never will be. No harm, no foul, no money made.
Summary: Willow is determined to resoul Xander, and Buffy is just as determined to help...
Notes: A 4-drabble 'chapter' in the life of baby!vamp!Xander.



Everyone Has A Price

"He said what?!"

Spike made a final grab at his patience, and missed.

"Listen, you bog-trotting bastard! Yes, your pathetic soul had a thing for the Slayer. I know that put you through some awful crap. But you moved on, got yourself an unlife, such as it was; my Xander never had that bloody chance! He was at her beck and call for too many years, always treated like the fifth wheel, and now he wants the chance to take her down and I think he's earned it. So, what'll it take to get you to agree that she's his?"



A Heavy Cost

"He said what?!"

"Just be thankful I'm so good at bargaining, luv. His opening offer was six bloody months!"

Xander blinked and tried to imagine being Spikeless for that long. His stomach dropped away. He felt hollow.

"Yeah. Still... Six weeks? And I'm not allowed to see you unless he says? He really hates me."

"Don't be daft. He wants to play pretend for a while; make like he's the Angelus he was before the soul. For that he needs sweet William and Drusilla by his side, so he can be the great all-knowing Daddy. Point is, the Slayer's yours."



Mercy Dash

"She said what?"

Willow winced at Giles' tone and nearly dropped the phone from where it was pinned between her ear and shoulder.

"One of Willy's contacts says he's seen them down in Mexico, and she didn't want to take a chance on losing them again. She caught the first plane out there to make sure it's really them, but she promised not to face them down alone."

"Of course she did. And you believed her?"

"I'm packing spell components as we speak, Giles. The next flight's leaving LAX at nine."

"Willow..."

"I reserved two tickets."

"I'm on my way."



Post Script

"He said what?"

The sullen, scruffy boy scowled and clutched the money tighter.

"He say I to tell you that Slayer blood is sweeter than he thought. Then he say I have to give you this."

He handed over a crumpled sheet of grubby rough-edged paper, flinching at the brush of pale fingers against his own, then turned and ran for home and safe and mama, wishing he had never followed the ones with strange faces.

So, Willow, do you still want to soul me after this? Can you imagine the grief and guilt I'd feel?

Leave us alone.

X




NEXT
 
tabaqui: quietevolbyreremousetabaqui on July 24th, 2005 01:06 am (UTC)
BWAAAAAAAAAaahahahhaha.

*ahem*

Bounce. And very clever, bay-bee!
:)
Very clever.
darkhavens: sx a love eternal [literati]darkhavens on July 24th, 2005 01:11 am (UTC)
You're not laughing at poor Buffy getting got by our baby vamp Xander, are you? Or maybe it's the 'price' Angelus charged him for the privilege? *g*

Thankee! I was beginning to despair of coming up with any drabbles - and for my own challenge! But then just as I was leaving work my brain finally sparked and I managed to get four of them in a matched set. :D
who said what now? - tabaqui on July 24th, 2005 02:03 am (UTC) (Expand)
who said what now? - darkhavens on July 24th, 2005 02:07 am (UTC) (Expand)
who said what now? - tabaqui on July 24th, 2005 02:56 am (UTC) (Expand)
who said what now? - darkhavens on July 26th, 2005 04:39 am (UTC) (Expand)
who said what now? - tabaqui on July 26th, 2005 04:53 am (UTC) (Expand)
I am Derek's vocal eyebrows: hd; obsess [me]literati on July 24th, 2005 01:15 am (UTC)
you really don't want that poor bint to live do you?

love em!
darkhavens: sx a love eternal [literati]darkhavens on July 24th, 2005 01:16 am (UTC)
She's dead already, I just enjoy drawing out the tension. ;)

Fankoo! *smooch*
denied_heavendenied_heaven on July 24th, 2005 01:26 am (UTC)
oh i love these, but then i've loved them all so far
vamp xander is just perfect lol, hes so much more fun evil!
he so got willow there
darkhavens: sx a love eternal [literati]darkhavens on July 24th, 2005 02:07 am (UTC)
Thanks! He is wonderful fun to write when he's bad. :D
werewindlewerewindle on July 24th, 2005 01:59 am (UTC)
Lovely as always! ^__^ More!
darkhavensdarkhavens on July 24th, 2005 02:07 am (UTC)
Thankee. :D

Sooon. ;)
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darkhavens: sx a love eternal [literati]darkhavens on July 24th, 2005 02:11 am (UTC)
Aaaaaaw. ^^^pets you^^^

I'm not usually a Buffy basher, but this 'verse just makes me kill people off like flies. *g*

I've sacrificed Faith to bring back a (relatively) sane Angelus, the whole extended Finn family in three states (excepting Riley), various and sundry random strangers, a pair of cat breeders, and Willow is now at the top of the hit list. It's kinda cathartic. ;)
rayne_y_dazerayne_y_daze on July 24th, 2005 02:10 am (UTC)
These are wonderful! The note for Willow? Lovely touch, that.
darkhavens: sx a love eternal [literati]darkhavens on July 24th, 2005 02:12 am (UTC)
Thanks.

Of course, it's not going to stop her... ;)
annabuffyannabuffy on July 24th, 2005 02:31 am (UTC)
LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!
darkhavens: sx a love eternal [literati]darkhavens on July 24th, 2005 02:40 am (UTC)
Thank you! :D
outsideth3box: Vamp!Xanderoutsideth3box on July 24th, 2005 07:07 am (UTC)
Willow is a very silly and stupid little girl.

She probably could have lived. Maybe. If she had just left the boys alone.

possibly.

You're my hunny. Did you know that? Kill 'em all, I say!

::hugs you::
darkhavens: sx a love eternal [literati]darkhavens on July 26th, 2005 04:27 am (UTC)
Aw, thank you! *smooch*

Yes, Willow brought this all on herself. She got Buffy killed and now it's her turn. *g*
Kristintxrabbit on July 24th, 2005 09:38 am (UTC)
Woot!

Drabbles!

*snogs*
darkhavens: sx a love eternal [literati]darkhavens on July 26th, 2005 04:27 am (UTC)
Yup! Thanks! *smooch*
taruma: Vamp X/Staruma16 on July 24th, 2005 02:03 pm (UTC)
If I say, it was lovely, would that be disturbing? *g*
I love them!!
Looks like Xander managed the six week without his Sire!
The note to Willow was a fabulous idea!
darkhavens: sx a love eternal [literati]darkhavens on July 26th, 2005 04:29 am (UTC)
Not disturbing at all, sweetie. They're just doing what comes naturally. ;)

Yes, he managed the six weeks, though it cost him dearly. He's even more clingy than before, if that's possible. *g*

Thanks!
sunnyd_litesunnyd_lite on July 24th, 2005 02:13 pm (UTC)
my Xander never had that bloody chance! He was at her beck and call for too many years, always treated like the fifth wheel, and now he wants the chance to take her down love this justification for the Slayer. You're willow is dead on, ans is xander's note to her. great series
darkhavens: sx a love eternal [literati]darkhavens on July 26th, 2005 04:32 am (UTC)
Thanks. :D

Spike is fiercely loyal to his Xander, and Xander is just the same back.

Willow is a determined little troublemaker. ;)
Nash: vamp!Xander-deathnashmaveric on July 24th, 2005 05:03 pm (UTC)
::bounces with glee:: I love these! Lovelovelovelovelove! Angelus is damn evil though ::glares on Xander's behalf::
darkhavens: sx a love eternal [literati]darkhavens on July 26th, 2005 04:34 am (UTC)
Hee! Thank you. And yes. Angelus is evil, but he wanted some time with his sweet William again, even though he knows it's not for real. And Xander thinks it was worth it, just about. But Angelus had better not think he's getting another chance like that. *g*
Lit Gallit_gal on July 25th, 2005 04:01 am (UTC)
Oh I do so worship at your alter. He got Buffy! And I agree with Spike, Xander had earned that right. And what in the world is Willow going to do now??? Hehe. It's really wrong of me to enjoy this. Wrong... wrong... very, very wrong.
darkhavens: sx a love eternal [literati]darkhavens on July 26th, 2005 04:36 am (UTC)
Hee! Wrong has never been such fun. ;)

And Willow? Well, she made her decision ages ago and logic and loss aren't going to talk her out of doing what she's decided is 'the right thing', so... :D

Thanks!
reremousereremouse on July 25th, 2005 05:25 pm (UTC)
hee! Clever Xander! Clever you for the build-up!
darkhavens: sx a love eternal [literati]darkhavens on July 26th, 2005 04:37 am (UTC)
Thank you! I was despairing of coming up with something - and for my own challenge! But the bunny bit as I was leaving work and dropped all of these in one big lump into my forebrain. :D
Hellesponthellespont on July 26th, 2005 04:15 am (UTC)
So, Willow, do you still want to soul me after this? Can you imagine the grief and guilt I'd feel?

That is so freaking clever, of both you and Xander (well, mostly you, I guess!) I wonder if it will work? *dashes off to read whole babyvamp verse*
darkhavens: sx a love eternal [literati]darkhavens on July 26th, 2005 04:20 am (UTC)
Thank you!

And no, I fear that Willow is determined to resoul her Xander-shaped friend. She's passed the point of logical thinking now and just wants to do it because 'it's the right thing to do' - no other thinking is going on.

And woo! Another one lured to the dark side. There are a whole heap of drabbles in this verse, but they're not in any chronological order. They come out as the challenges draw them out, and hopefully fit together like jigsaw pieces. ;)

Happy reading!