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25 December 2004 @ 07:45 pm
girl, drabbling  
I made a list of pairings the other day, trying to remember favorites of people on my LJ reading list and thinking that I might write some stories, as sort of holiday gifts. And not at all to stave off Christmas boredom, no, no, not at all. Nope. Mmm hmm. Anyway, here's a handful. Not sure yet if I'll get in more.

Lindsey sometimes wears cowboy boots, and Xander thinks that's about the coolest thing ever. The guy can pull it off because he's an authentic shitkicker. Xander has never kicked the shit out of anything, except the can as a kid, maybe himself and a bottle of Jack. Then he kicked that habit.

Sometimes he imagines the guy in nothing but the boots. It's disturbing, cheesy porn disturbing.

"Nice boots," he says. Lindsey's one-word thanks makes him feel like a dork. You don't compliment a guy's shoes. So very gay.

He doesn't know Lindsey thinks he's a hero of the ordinary.

***

They met at Angel's agency. The Buffy and Angel show, Riley called it. Angel uncursed was insufferably upbeat. It made Lindsey feel like a sour bitter drink, one too many; it made Riley hard-faced, watching Buffy and Angel lock eyes across the meeting table, cut out early with excuses.

"Swell," Riley muttered.

"If Romeo and Juliet lived," Lindsey said, "the audience would've walked out."

They assessed each other for about the fifty-seventh time in as many days. No longer covertly.

"You think we're the audience?" Riley asked.

"Nah." Lindsey paused a beat, still locking eyes across the table. "Different play."

***

"Are You Experienced."

"Keep."

"Ramones."

A hesitation. "Keep."

"Harvest." Oz frowned. "Are these in any order?"

Giles studied an album cover, half absent in memories. "Hobgoblins muddled my taxonomic system."

"For real?"

A look passed between them, dry and brief.

"A dog ate my homework once," Oz said. "That was a tough sell."

Momentary interest. "Hell-hound?"

"Schnauzer." A shuffle of covers. "Ricochet."

"Sell."

"Yeah. Overrated." Shuffle. "Disraeli Gears...hey, it's signed."

"My heyday wasn't without its moments."

"You know, someday this will be your heyday."

"A rapturous thought." He paused, glanced at Oz again. Softer: "I suppose it has its moments."

***

Once, Spike tried to keep her panties, holding them above his head and smiling at her. Stupid move. She punched him in the stomach and his bastard smile fell off.

Face burning, she grabbed the panties and turned away to put them on. Fury felt like sex. She hated that.

He drew in a breath and wrapped her close from behind. "You're a glass half-full of badness, slayer," he said softly. "And I'm going to fill you up."

She tore away. "You're an empty glass."

Hurt hit his face and flattened his expression. "I've poured myself out for you."

***

One day the world ended and only Angel was left. The only one Spike knew, who knew him. He liked nothing about Angel--blockheaded clotheshorse with one broody expression to his puss--but that hardly mattered when it came to sex.

Shag over, Spike decided to stick around the crumbling hotel. Nothing outside worth looking at anyway. Red and black sky patrolled by raptors, scurrying humans, demon overlords that weren't hiring.

A slayerless world.

"I don't share beds," Angel said, as Spike stretched out. Pissy bitch. Ungrateful, too, considering.

"Move, then. Hundred more to choose from."

But he didn't move quickly.


ETA: Added better cut tags.
 
 
 
ineke on December 26th, 2004 03:55 am (UTC)
Ooh, I like the Oz and Giles one. Those two characters have such fantastically dry humour to bounce off one another.
Anna S.eliade on December 27th, 2004 03:02 am (UTC)
Thank you! I know--Glossing is totally on to something there. Canon doesn't go there, but it makes so much *sense*. :>)
shadowscastshadowscast on December 26th, 2004 03:56 am (UTC)
Lindsey and Riley - wow, that's one I'd never thought of.

"If Romeo and Juliet lived," Lindsey said, "the audience would've walked out."

He's so right. Ha! *g*

But I love the Xander/Lindsey one best of all.
Anna S.: buffy_mooneliade on December 27th, 2004 03:05 am (UTC)
"If Romeo and Juliet lived," Lindsey said, "the audience would've walked out."

He's so right. Ha! *g*


Often, in the stories I write in my head, Buffy and Angel are together--and they are oh-so-doomed despite any removal of the curse. *g* Doomed to being a couple of alpha dogs sniping and vaguely bewildered with each other. But I think they stay together, through thick and thin, because it's their Destiny and all that jazz.
do you want orcs? because this is how you get orcs: Bad motherfucker Angel by Psychofillykita0610 on December 26th, 2004 04:12 am (UTC)
Oh these were lovely. Thank you.
Anna S.: angeleliade on December 27th, 2004 03:06 am (UTC)
You were in my mind when I wrote A/S--I feel I didn't do it justice. I probably should have made it nicer. But there wasn't enough time. (That's a good excuse, right?) *coughs in embarrasment*
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kaydee23kaydee23 on December 26th, 2004 04:32 am (UTC)
Each one just perfect. I have a soft place for R/L, L/X, and G/O. I've never been able to get into Spuffy or Spiffy. I adore both characters, but I think they're just wrong wrong wrong for each other.

If she could have opened her eyes to him, Xander would have been a great BF. If she'd been honest with Riley, he'd have been perfect for her, because no matter what Spike said, Buffy wanted an ordinary life with an ordinary guy. IMO.

These were fabulous, as usual.
Anna S.: gileseliade on December 27th, 2004 03:07 am (UTC)
Spiffy? What is that? Is it the same as Spuffy? Really, I've never heard it before. :>)

(I love your icon, btw.)

I've often thought of Buffy & Xander, though I haven't quite made it work. Buffy and Giles, though--that makes more sense to me as time goes by.
(no subject) - kaydee23 on December 27th, 2004 02:56 pm (UTC) (Expand)
timian on December 26th, 2004 05:29 am (UTC)
Eeee. Happiness.
Anna S.: kandinskyeliade on December 27th, 2004 03:08 am (UTC)
Yay! What is your icon? Is that Rothko? It doesn't quite seem him, but I'm unsure...
(no subject) - timian on December 27th, 2004 04:49 am (UTC) (Expand)
Pamgoosegirl9 on December 26th, 2004 07:00 am (UTC)
Wow. I liked the Lindsay and Xander, although I'd never even considered it. And I don't even *like* slash!
Anna S.: scary_girleliade on December 27th, 2004 03:09 am (UTC)
I will gradually convert The Wooooooooorld! Or not. But thank you. *g*

And you know, I've always wondered where your LJ name came from--do you have an origin story?
soulmate815soulmate815 on December 26th, 2004 07:05 am (UTC)
ahhh, these were just the perfect Christmas gifts... nice little stocking stuffers, all. Thank you very very much.
Anna S.eliade on December 27th, 2004 03:12 am (UTC)
Thank you! I don't usually drabble, but this was nice--I've been so unable to write lately, and yet I managed to squeeze something out. So I have hope that I can write something at length again someday.
nzlauranzlaura on December 26th, 2004 07:41 am (UTC)
Gorgeous, all of them.
Anna S.eliade on December 27th, 2004 03:12 am (UTC)
Thank you! :>)
savoy trufflesavoytruffle on December 26th, 2004 08:11 am (UTC)
I remember why I worship you. You don't just write well or have fascinating ideas, you have STYLE. Thanks. Merry Christmas to us.
Anna S.: spike_goldeliade on December 27th, 2004 03:12 am (UTC)
Ohhh, thank you! I like that: style. I treasure that word. :)
kymess_jrkymess_jr on December 26th, 2004 09:25 am (UTC)
It's been a while since I've read any Spike/Buffy, and you've just reminded me why I fell in love with that pairing. It was absolutely perfect.

And, I've missed reading your writing- so thank you for this.
Anna S.: tropical_treeseliade on December 27th, 2004 03:13 am (UTC)
Thank you for commenting. :) And I like your icon--was that a quote from the show? I don't remember it. But it's lovely.
PL: PL_jitterbug by spuzzponders_life on December 26th, 2004 12:42 pm (UTC)
These are all wonderful, but the G/O one made me laugh out loud. Brava!
Anna S.: gileseliade on December 27th, 2004 03:15 am (UTC)
I'm pleased! It was fun, trying to write dialogue that concise. *g*
Dessdessert_first on December 26th, 2004 01:03 pm (UTC)
Excellent! Loved the X/L and the Spangel. And I usually hate Spangel! Lovely Christmas gifts indeed.
Anna S.eliade on December 27th, 2004 03:15 am (UTC)
Thank you! :>D
obsessedmuch on December 26th, 2004 03:40 pm (UTC)
Lin/Ri!!! Oh...*wibbles* Lin/Xander! *wibbles more*

You rock. Yes, yes you do. No denying it, you rock and that's all there is to it.
Anna S.: xandereliade on December 27th, 2004 03:16 am (UTC)
Hee. You were one of the people in my mind as I wrote that. (It helps for things like this if you have distinctive pairings, because then I remember them. *g*) You are sweet! *kiss*
raqs: DanielSantaraqs on December 26th, 2004 03:49 pm (UTC)
"Nah." Lindsey paused a beat, still locking eyes across the table. "Different play."


aaaghghhh! perfect! why doesn't my brain work this way?

*considers you brilliant*
Anna S.eliade on December 27th, 2004 03:17 am (UTC)
My brain only works that way when two wires randomly cross. I keep fidgeting with them, hoping to make them spark once in a while. *g* Thank you!
Herself_nycherself_nyc on December 26th, 2004 04:17 pm (UTC)
They are all putty in your hands. As am I.
Anna S.: spuffy_kisseliade on December 27th, 2004 03:17 am (UTC)
You are silly putty! No, wait...cuddly putty! A new product. *g* And how are you feeling? Well, I hope.
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