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Fic: 'Nine', BtVS (Spike/Xander)

Fandom: BtVS
Title: Nine
Pairing: Spike/Xander
Summary: Spike and Xander contemplate
Rating: PG-13
Word count: 352
Disclaimer: These characters belong to Joss Whedon, Mutant Enemy and all companies associated with Buffy the Vampire Slayer. They are not mine. I just have more fun with them.
A/N: For velvetwhip's birthday
Posted to: My journal and bloodclaim

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He stares at the boy from his shadowed place underneath the Magic Box stairs, unseen and unremarked upon, at least until Buffy notices and chases him out or presses him into thankless demon-slaying service, and wonders what it is about Xander that makes his spine ache, his stomach knot, his unflowing blood burn hot and his cock stir. Xander isn’t so smart, isn’t so handsome, isn’t kind to him, but there’s something there, something that can almost fool him into believing his heart can thump. Just occasionally, just now and again, just every time he comes across the kid unexpectedly, every time it looks like Xander’s about to put himself in harm’s way again.

Stupid boy can’t seem to keep out of trouble. If he’s not being possessed by some zoo animal, he’s falling for someone totally unsuitable, someone who’d eat him as soon as look at him. And not in the good way. Spike knows all about the good way and he’d be pleased to demonstrate but every time he opens his mouth to explain this to Xander, in words he’s practiced again and again and knows deep inside are the perfect tool of seduction, they come out as gibberish, Xander looks at him like he’s a bug and Spike slinks away.

***

Xander can see Spike from the corner of his eye, hiding out in his usual spot. He idly notices that the top of Spike’s head is exactly aligned with the ninth step of the staircase and wonders if there’s some cosmic significance in that. Maybe it’s a sign he should go over there and say hi to Spike in exactly nine minutes, strike up a real conversation that doesn’t include deadly insults and promises of staking. Or maybe he should obey the instincts that have consumed every waking moment since he first laid eyes on Spike and grab him by the wrist and drag him somewhere, anywhere they can be alone and… His imagination fails at that point, but he’s pretty sure Spike will know what to do next.

Maybe in nine hours, nine days, nine weeks…

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velvetwhip
Jan. 13th, 2009 07:09 pm (UTC)
I LOVE THIS! So, so ultra-tripendicular! You are such a dear! What a terrific early birthday present!

Silly Spike. Silly Xander.


Gabrielle
kitty_poker1
Jan. 13th, 2009 07:23 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you liked it! It was an interesting experiment, writing a think piece in present tense, and very enjoyable. Thank you for inspiring it, love! You always do seem to inspire me to try my best. *hugs*

Yep, I'm a day early and I'd like to pretend I knew all the time and just wanted to be first, but I got the day wrong. *g*
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lelaina_c
Jan. 13th, 2009 07:09 pm (UTC)
*happy sigh*

You make me miss them so much.
kitty_poker1
Jan. 13th, 2009 07:26 pm (UTC)
Aww, thanks, hon. They're very missable, are these boys. I think they're attached by a rubber band and keep bouncing back. *g*
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kitty_poker1
Jan. 13th, 2009 08:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you, love! I'm glad you enjoyed it. It was a slightly different style for me, and very enjoyable to write!
shannon730
Jan. 13th, 2009 08:38 pm (UTC)
Great drabble. :)
kitty_poker1
Jan. 13th, 2009 09:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Shannon! I LOVE it when you read my Spander. :)
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kimalis
Jan. 13th, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
Seconds!!!! 9 seconds!!!!! Silly boys.

This was great
:D
kitty_poker1
Jan. 13th, 2009 09:03 pm (UTC)
Definitely should be 9 seconds!! Maybe one day it will be because sooner or later one of them will have to give in.

Glad you liked!

:D
mulder200
Jan. 13th, 2009 09:36 pm (UTC)
What a fun read.
kitty_poker1
Jan. 13th, 2009 09:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm delighted you enjoyed it and thanks so much for commenting. :D
jans_intentions
Jan. 13th, 2009 10:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, you are just so wonderful, Kitty, I'm sure that this is appreciated!
kitty_poker1
Jan. 13th, 2009 10:05 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you so much, Jan! Gabrielle did seem to enjoy it, which is immensely pleasing. xoxox
ningloreth
Jan. 13th, 2009 10:08 pm (UTC)
I'm not a slash fan, and this particular pairing makes my toes curl (not in a good way :-) but I do appreciate your writing. It's so neat -- one thing leads to the next, and that to the next, and then that back to the beginning... Lovely.
kitty_poker1
Jan. 13th, 2009 10:17 pm (UTC)
Oh, how lovely of you! I know you're not a slash fan, and Spike/Xander is an acquired taste which many people never acquire, but thank you so much for complimenting my writing. That means a very great deal, as does the fact that you read this despite what must have been doubts after reading the heading. :D

sparrow2000
Jan. 13th, 2009 11:16 pm (UTC)
Very, very nice indeed, honey.
kitty_poker1
Jan. 13th, 2009 11:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you, sweetie! I'm glad you liked it. *smooch*
mirasol
Jan. 13th, 2009 11:37 pm (UTC)
This is lovely! Don't you just want to grab them and whack them (gently) around the head until they get it. Oh, boys.
kitty_poker1
Jan. 13th, 2009 11:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Oh, they're definitely slappable, or maybe need a tap on the nose to wake them up. Silly, tongue-tied, hamfisted boys. *sigh*
darkhavens
Jan. 14th, 2009 01:14 am (UTC)
Oh, boys! *knocks their heads together*

Very nicely done, darlin'. They're both such insecure dorks. They deserve each other!
kitty_poker1
Jan. 14th, 2009 05:18 am (UTC)
Oh, yes. So near, and yet so far! *sighs and thwaps them*

Thank you, hon! I blame the style on the fact I've been inhaling the Nantucket series for the past few days. It seemed suitable for a 'thinky' piece. *g*
lavastar
Jan. 14th, 2009 01:35 am (UTC)
Garglesquargle. That was *really* adorable.

And is it sad that I mentally went "Oh, boys" after I read it? :P
kitty_poker1
Jan. 14th, 2009 05:20 am (UTC)
I made you garglesquargle! *makes note in diary* Glad you liked!

Yay! That's exactly the reaction I like to hear so not sad at all. :p
strickens_girl
Jan. 14th, 2009 04:19 am (UTC)
So sweet...silly boys. So nice. Really beautiful job, honey.
kitty_poker1
Jan. 14th, 2009 05:23 am (UTC)
Thank you, sweetie. Silly boys indeed. If one of them would just get a move on and stop worrying so much... A slightly different style was fun to try, and it's a relief that you think it worked. *hugs*
lil_coyote
Jan. 14th, 2009 07:45 pm (UTC)
Leaves me holding my breath in suspense and hoping it's nine seconds. =]
kitty_poker1
Jan. 14th, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC)
Just don't turn blue, hon! ;o)
suki_blue
Jan. 14th, 2009 08:04 pm (UTC)
Oh my goodness! This was utterly and compltely perfect. I'm slightly speechless. I love the switch of POV to Xander and that they're both thinking of each other but can't reveal their feelings -- yet.

Oh oh oh oh, this is the best Spander ever! I love the present tense. It gives the whole thing a very quick, breathless sort of feel, high on sexual tension.

LOVE!!
kitty_poker1
Jan. 14th, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC)
YAY! So glad you liked it!

Aww, you say the sweetest things. It's the first time I've tried present tense and it created its own impetus and dictated the way the story would sound and feel, even its direction. I think I'll be trying it again! *g*

Thank you so much, honey! I'm absolutely thrilled that it worked for you. :oD

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