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Title: Making a List, Checking it Twice
Rating: PG-13 for language
Synopsis: Spike and Xander make a list for Christmas. 

Takes place December 2004 in my post-NFA HEA-verse, although it’s not necessary to read any other stories in the verse to read this (basically, the PTB resurrected Cordelia and Anya and saved Gunn’s life as a reward to Angel, Spike, and Gunn for taking on W&H, and now the Scoobies live in London).  1,500 words.


A/N: This ficlet is for [livejournal.com profile] annapurna_2, who requested “Spike and Xander buddy fic,” and for [livejournal.com profile] quinara, who seconded it.  Ideally this would be the first in a three-part Spike & Xander series of unconnected vignettes (this being the lighthearted part and the others being more serious), but I’m not sure if/when the other scenes will be written.  So for now, here is light-hearted buddy fic!  :)


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I’m not the only one who gets offended on characters’ behalves, right?  Normally I view canon in a Watsonian way- I try not to think of the characters as “written” and actually powerless to do anything of their own free will and, you know, fictional- but sometimes when I’m thinking about them in a Doyleist way, I get so offended by some of the choices that were made for them.  Prime examples:

Cut for mention of the AR )


2. I get really offended on Dawn’s behalf in “End of Days.”  When I’m Watsonian, I’m like, SCREW YOU, DAWN, HOW CAN YOU DO THAT TO YOUR SISTER.  And when I’m Doyleist, I’m like, SCREW YOU, WRITERS, HOW COULD YOU MESS UP HER CHARACTERIZATION LIKE THAT AND HAVE HER BETRAY HER SISTER.

Other people feel this way occasionally, right?

The other major thing I get offended by, and the impetus for this post, is Xander’s regression is S6.  Here’s the thing: I think Xander’s characterization regarding the wedding is IC for S6.  BUT: I think his S6 characterization is not in-character with his S5 characterization.   I think his characterization by season makes much more sense in this order than in canon:

 S4 --> S6 --> S5 --> S7.

I’ve never really understood why Xander regressed so much in between S5 and S6.  You could point to Buffy’s death, obviously, but I think it would make more sense if the death of his best friend made him grow up, not regress.  Shouldn’t his best friend’s death at the age of 20 and the reminder that he could die any day have made him more sober and mature?  Shouldn’t it have made him appreciate more the important, precious things in life, like his fiancée?

(Note, I am not saying there’s only one way to react to death.  That would be pompous and stupid of me.  But I think it is a generally accepted narrative principle that death makes people grow up, and some things are cliché for good reason, and if you’re going to deviate from a GANP, I think there should be some damn good characterization to back it up, and I don’t see any in Xander).

You can also argue that Xander’s S6 characterization is plausible because he’s only 20-21, and wow, that’s so young to get married, of course he’s going to flake out.  Aside from the fact that lots of people do get happily engaged or married when they’re 20-22 years old, the show didn’t treat Xander as a normal 20-year-old in S5, so the writers have no excuse for basing his characterization on his age in S6.  He starts S5 feeling worthless and direction-less, but he ends it with a good job, a nice home, and a loving girlfriend whom he loves in return.  Even if the apocalypse prompted his proposal, he and Anya had been together for over a year, and the show stated unequivocally, multiple times, that Xander and Anya loved each other,* so claiming they were "rushing" to the altar doesn’t work for me either as an excuse for his regression.

*(It really is interesting to me now that I think about it how often the show stated in Clear, No Uncertain Terms that they were in love- "The Replacement," "Triangle, "The Gift".  It kind of feels like up until S6, the writers were pulling for them more than any other couple, including Bangel, Willow/Oz, and Willow/Tara.  And by the way, while this essay focuses on Xander, but I am equally offended by his S6 characterization as a Xander/Anya shipper).

So why regress Xander?  (Aside from the obvious reason that Joss apparently doesn’t like romance and anything that can be construed as a happy ending- I would pay to know which writers were pulling for Priya/Victor on DH and how they managed that coup.)

I’m guessing the answer is for Anya’s characterization. 


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I was watching parts of Him yesterday because despite the fact that I’m not supposed to like it because it’s misogynistic and whatnot, I kind of love it a lot. I love Xander for hating Spike and taking him in anyway, I love Buffy for mollycoddling her vampire, I love James Marsters for how tortured and miserable he looks, I love Buffy and Dawn’s bleacher conversation (the sisterliness…not the hand-waving about the soul bit), I love the bazooka scene, I love Xander and Spike working together, and I lovelovelovelovelovelovelove Anya and Willow’s “his physical presence has a penis!” argument (Alyson Hannigan and Emma Caulfield, y’all are brilliant and beautiful and I adore you).

However, I also always wonder about the bazooka scene and the fact that Spike is the one chasing Buffy because it seems like it could be a triggery situation for the characters. I understand why he does it, I love that he does it, and I think it’s probably intentional of the writers after Buffy’s ginormous flinch at the beginning. I don’t think the build-up to the scene would be as comical as the actual scene itself, though. Or maybe I just like angst and Xander and Spike interaction. In any case, I came up with a 1000-word ficlet. I’m not sure that I’m 100% satisfied with it, but if I ever get around to writing my early S7 Xander fic, I’ll probably get a better lock on his motivations and be able to edit this more then if I choose.

Title: Inescapable
Rating: R for one swear word and mentions of the AR
Setting: 7x06, Him

“Okay, I don’t know what Buffy’s planning, but we’re probably going to need brawn to stop her, and that means you.”

Xander’s rambling as he drives toward Sunnydale High at a much higher speed than he should, trying not to panic about what his best friends are doing, might have done already, trying to ignore the bitter fact that all of a sudden he needs Spike, the strange fact that he’s secretly relieved Spike is here, that he’s not the only male around. If the situation weren’t so dire he might laugh at the irony- or go into panicked hysterics.

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gryfndor_godess: (Willow)
I was watching parts of Him yesterday because despite the fact that I’m not supposed to like it because it’s misogynistic and whatnot, I kind of love it a lot. I love Xander for hating Spike and taking him in anyway, I love Buffy for mollycoddling her vampire, I love James Marsters for how tortured and miserable he looks, I love Buffy and Dawn’s bleacher conversation (the sisterliness…not the hand-waving about the soul bit), I love the bazooka scene, I love Xander and Spike working together, and I lovelovelovelovelovelovelove Anya and Willow’s “his physical presence has a penis!” argument (Alyson Hannigan and Emma Caulfield, y’all are brilliant and beautiful and I adore you).

However, I also always wonder about the bazooka scene and the fact that Spike is the one chasing Buffy because it seems like it could be a triggery situation for the characters. I understand why he does it, I love that he does it, and I think it’s probably intentional of the writers after Buffy’s ginormous flinch at the beginning. I don’t think the build-up to the scene would be as comical as the actual scene itself, though. Or maybe I just like angst and Xander and Spike interaction. In any case, I came up with a 1000-word ficlet. I’m not sure that I’m 100% satisfied with it, but if I ever get around to writing my early S7 Xander fic, I’ll probably get a better lock on his motivations and be able to edit this more then if I choose.

Title: Inescapable
Rating: R for one swear word and mentions of the AR
Setting: 7x06, Him

“Okay, I don’t know what Buffy’s planning, but we’re probably going to need brawn to stop her, and that means you.”

Xander’s rambling as he drives toward Sunnydale High at a much higher speed than he should, trying not to panic about what his best friends are doing, might have done already, trying to ignore the bitter fact that all of a sudden he needs Spike, the strange fact that he’s secretly relieved Spike is here, that he’s not the only male around. If the situation weren’t so dire he might laugh at the irony- or go into panicked hysterics.

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