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21 October 2005 @ 11:54 am
Spike/Xander: stadium, slate, silk for girlguidejones  
"The druj'sympha should be in its second stadium now--it's shed its skin and legs and grown bigger ones," Willow said with disturbing enthusiasm, using a stick to hold up the silky demon millipede skin with its dozens of dangling limb-husks, the stuff of nightmares for years to come.

Xander and Spike exchanged a look, and Xander could see Spike striking that one off his mental slate; they were in agreement, the almost telepathic agreement of lovers who would rather be sitting on the couch with feet up, snogging and watching Friends reruns; besides, there were plenty of other, equally lucrative, and much tinier demons that they could hunt to make this month's rent.

"You know, I think we'll just call it a night," he said, grabbing Spike's arm and dragging him away hastily, avoiding Willow's eye as he did, because one piercing glare would turn his will to jelly and keep him on the job until dawn.
witlingwitling on October 21st, 2005 09:57 pm (UTC)
Mmm. Delicious.

I really like how you're doing these--it seems like the requirement to use certain words is pushing your vocabulary in other places, too. There's an inherent challenge, to write a squib in which the mandated words don't stand out obviously. So your other words are bearing more weight as well, it seems to me. As protective camoflauge, sort of. Oh my God, I can't spell "camoflauge." Is that right? It looks weird. I have to look it up now.

"Camouflage." I knew that.

auroramama on October 21st, 2005 10:21 pm (UTC)
That sounds so nice... the couch scene, I mean, not the demon. I like that Xander is still susceptible to the Willow Stare of Guilt, but has learned to work around it. Also, demon millipedes! Millipedes were my favorite arthropod with more than 8 legs when I was a kid. Well, they're so sleek and contained, with their little legs right under them, not sprawled in every direction like centipedes...
Anna S.: vaughn-goldeneliade on October 21st, 2005 10:24 pm (UTC)
What was your favorite arthropod with fewer than 8 legs? ;)
auroramama on October 21st, 2005 10:34 pm (UTC)
Well, at 6 legs you have all of Insecta to choose from. (Is that cheating?) I expect I liked butterflies best in person and honeybees in the abstract.
Herself_nycherself_nyc on October 22nd, 2005 01:02 am (UTC)
Happy sigh.
decarnin: bunniesdecarnin on October 22nd, 2005 01:06 am (UTC)
Hee! Lovely!

girlguidejonesgirlguidejones on October 30th, 2005 11:12 pm (UTC)
Delayed gratification...
...but no less sincere and worshipful. (Been out of town on vacation for the last week.)

Thank you! Seeing Xander hastily ditching Willow and the Demons for Spike-snogging provokes happy thoughtage.