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15 April 2009 @ 08:44 am
Xander Harris Versus Destiny - 5/? Spike/Xander Mature  
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Title: Xander Harris versus Destiny (5/?)
Authors: cordelianne, reremouse, savoytruffle
Pairing: Spike/Xander
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Cheer Moms, no daywalkers, no sparkling, no hot tubs
Summary: Xander's got places to be, things to do. Giles wishes Xander had given the Council a heads up. Spike figures, what the hell, the pay's good and it's not like he's got other plans at the moment.
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Previous parts here.




Xander’s swim suit doesn’t make an appearance.

Neither does Spike’s. Non-swim suit, that is.

Unless the Cheer Mom who leechily attached herself to Spike the instant Xander’s head was turned got a show.

But it seems doubtful.

Xander suspects that these days Spike likes to be the only bleached blond in a relationship, even of the fling kind.

Not that Xander’s a little pleased about that.

He shields his eye from the blinding sun. Damn casinos, making him forget it’s daytime.

At least he knows Spike’s not around. Unless he’s become some sort of daywalker who wears lots of sunscreen and sparkles.

The image alone is enough to make Xander shiver, which is impressive, what with the waves of heat steamrolling over him.

Plus, if anything about the whole ridiculous story is true, he owes Andrew ten bucks.

He’s never letting Andrew near any book with the words “moon” or “light” in them again.

Xander is so over Farmington. Pretty much over all of New Mexico at this point. He needs a cooler state or a more functional car pronto.

Sweat pours down his back and he’d sell his eye just for a few minutes of relief.

Okay, maybe not his eye. That would be hasty and dumb. But he’d sell something valuable.

Not Beetlejuice, of course.

Maybe someone will want his compass.

That must be worth a few bucks at least.

He spies a familiar car parked at the Marriott.

Or maybe he won’t have to.




When the knock comes, it takes Spike by surprise.

He thought Harris would play the game a bit longer.

But who else knows he’s in fuck-knows-where-New Mexico?

Oh bloody hell, it better not be Giles. Watcher needs to unclench and let Spike do his thing.

The sight of Harris with a towel slung over his arm in nothing but swim trunks and flip flops is a relief.

“Mind if I take you up on that offer?”

He flashes a lop-sided smile that the birds might find charming. Spike, of course, is immune.

Mostly.

He frowns. “What offer?”

“Of the hot tub. Okay, not so much with the hot as the cold. The cold tub. Otherwise known as a pool. Which your hotel has and my hotel closed after they found that body in it a couple years back. So, um, yeah, do you mind?”

Spike raises an eyebrow. “That really what you came here for?”

Harris blushes. But maintains eye contact.

Spike’s not one to back down from a contest, even a staring one, so he doesn’t look away.

Finally Harris coughs and looks down at his feet for a second. “So, that, uh, the pool?”

Spike tosses him his room key.

Harris nods.

Harris is halfway down the hall when he looks back over his shoulder. “Guess I see you when I’m out.”

“Guess you will.”
 
 
 
Kevin Jonesmulder200 on April 15th, 2009 01:41 pm (UTC)
LOL! This is a blast!
cordelianne: SWX S8 Xandercordelianne on April 17th, 2009 08:51 pm (UTC)
Awesome! Glad to hear it! Thanks! :D
Ditto: AWMPstretfordditto on April 15th, 2009 02:55 pm (UTC)
:D
cordelianne: SWX S8 Xandercordelianne on April 17th, 2009 08:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :D
shakatany: Spike - don't sparkleshakatany on April 15th, 2009 02:58 pm (UTC)
Unless he’s become some sort of daywalker who wears lots of sunscreen and sparkles.
The image alone is enough to make Xander shiver, which is impressive, what with the waves of heat steamrolling over him.
Plus, if anything about the whole ridiculous story is true, he owes Andrew ten bucks.
He’s never letting Andrew near any book with the words “moon” or “light” in them again.
LOL. I love it when "real" vampires or those who know them comment on those books.

Shakatany
cordelianne: SWX S8 Xandercordelianne on April 17th, 2009 08:51 pm (UTC)
It really is hard to pass up mocking other fictional vampires. Especially ones that sparkle! Thanks! :D
brunettepetbrunettepet on April 15th, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed being inside the head of sweaty, cranky Xander. His discomfort made an excellent excuse to track Spike down, making sure he wasn't out daywalking around with that skanky, bleached blond Cheer Mom!

This was a lovely aside: He flashes a lop-sided smile that the birds might find charming. Spike, of course, is immune.

Mostly.
The attraction just keeps building and now Xander's going to be coming back, dripping wet! Yay!
cordelianne: SWX S8 Xandercordelianne on April 17th, 2009 08:52 pm (UTC)
Poor sweaty, cranky Xander! But it was all worth it cause he tracked down Spike. I'm glad you enjoyed that aside. Thanks so much! :D
doingsoso: Applause gifdoingsoso on April 15th, 2009 06:37 pm (UTC)
Spike is still stalkery, LMAO. He's just got permission...I wonder if it's still fun when he's got permission...Hahahahahahaha.

Love Xander hunting Spike down..

Great chapter;)
cordelianne: SWX S8 Xandercordelianne on April 17th, 2009 08:53 pm (UTC)
heeee! Yeah, hopefully it won't be less fun for Spike now that he's got permission and Xander is hunting him down. Thanks so much! :D
julia_here: Spikejulia_here on April 15th, 2009 06:51 pm (UTC)
Love the flow of double and triple entendre and literary allusion, very Jossian, in the best of ways.

Julia, and love Xander finding a reason to look Spike up.
cordelianne: SWX S8 Xandercordelianne on April 17th, 2009 08:53 pm (UTC)
Oooh, hearing things are Jossian in the best of ways is wonderful to hear~ Thanks for the lovely comment! :D
kargrif on April 16th, 2009 01:12 am (UTC)
hee! now who's stalking how? *g* great update!
cordelianne: SWX S8 Xandercordelianne on April 17th, 2009 08:54 pm (UTC)
hee! It's a good question! Thanks! :D
missus_grace: spanderonemissus_grace on April 16th, 2009 06:57 am (UTC)
That's right, we don't do no sparkly vampires here.

Spike's being a little cranky, even for Spike. Xander's having to work overtime to get some attention.
cordelianne: SWX S8 Xandercordelianne on April 17th, 2009 08:54 pm (UTC)
hee, we really don't! Hopefully Xander will be getting some Spike attention soon. Thanks! :D
cmk418: BtVS xandercmk418 on April 20th, 2009 02:46 pm (UTC)
Love the way you're building the tension. Great stuff!
cordelianne: SWX S8 Xandercordelianne on May 9th, 2009 03:11 am (UTC)
Thanks! It's fun to write! :D
shadowscastshadowscast on May 14th, 2009 02:43 am (UTC)
“Guess I see you when I’m out.”

LOL! Yes, Xander, yes indeed.
cordelianne: SWX S8 Xandercordelianne on May 19th, 2009 03:19 pm (UTC)
Yay, I'm glad you're enjoying! Thanks! :D