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Three weeks after, Xander went to the Fish Tank. The wall-staring and the sobbing and the snot made Anya – healing, thank God – a little frantic. Also, beer: the Harris family anaesthetic of choice. And Buffy was no more absent there than anywhere else. So he went.

But Spike was there, too, wrapped in cigarette haze, cue in hand. Still creepy, toothy, leathered. Evil. But with eyes as empty as Xander felt.

Wordless, soundless, Spike held the other cue out to Xander. And, because the reason Xander’d hated him was dead; because here was a man(/monster/whatever) who understood, he took it.

Date: 2010-01-30 10:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rebcake.livejournal.com
Ow. It's a bad situation when these two find common ground.

Loved the little aside about a healing Anya made frantic from his obvious grief.

Date: 2010-01-30 10:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jen-nsync-landl.livejournal.com
Damn. Stop it! I'm expending my weekly quotient of sighing here.

*sigh*

Oh, our two boys.

Well done, dear.

Date: 2010-01-30 10:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cindergal.livejournal.com
Oh, that's lovely. I loved the two of them during those pre-Gift days, and this is a great continuation of that. Thank you!

Date: 2010-01-30 10:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] angearia.livejournal.com
because the reason Xander’d hated him was dead

Ouch.

This hurt in all the right ways.

*uses Buffy icon because it's not about her yet it still is*

Date: 2010-01-30 11:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] penny-lane-42.livejournal.com
Besides, Buffy was no more absent there than anywhere else. That is a perfect line. Really, really perfect.

I can see this. I can't normally see in-canon Spike and Xander being friendly. But their mutual grief? Makes it believable. Nicely done.

Date: 2010-01-31 12:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] slaymesoftly.livejournal.com
Lovely and sad. Nice job. A good look at a painful time, and in such a few words. :)

Date: 2010-01-31 02:44 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I like this. Very simple, very honest.

Date: 2010-01-31 02:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seapealsh.livejournal.com
Sorry, last post was me. I wasn't logged in for some reason!

Date: 2010-01-31 07:59 am (UTC)
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This is great!


(You're really good at drabbles...)

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