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Fic: The Untimely Demise of Miss Edith (2/?) 
10th-Oct-2007 08:36 am
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Title: The Untimely Demise of Miss Edith (2/?)
Rating: PG for now
Pairing: Spike/Xander
Disclaimer: Not mine, no money, et cetera ad nauseum.
Spoilers: This goes AU after the 1st comic of S8; all the Scoobies are in Scotland but I didn't want to have to deal with any of the new issues or the upcoming Angel S6.
Notes: My first multi-chapter Spander. Betad by the lovely wildannuette, which is ironic since she's the one that introduced me to Spander in the first place. Feedback is life.
Notes 2: I apologize if I got the geography wrong about the area around the Edinburgh airport, but since I'm a Yank all I had to go on was pictures. *g*

Spike hated flying.

It hadn't been so bad on Wolfram & Hart's private Batvamp plane with the special glass and big plush seats. All those little bottles of booze had certainly helped things along too, since otherwise he probably wouldn't have managed being stuck in a small space with Broody for twelve fucking hours without breaking something.

But now it was just the two of them, trying to revive Angel's old PI business without killing each other. They had no seer, so they didn't get distracted from the paying jobs; and no secretary, so it was probably a good thing those paying jobs were few and far between. Which also meant they only had enough money to get him a coach ticket for the flight from LA to Edinburgh, sticking him with a two-hour layover in Dublin. Not even long enough to get good and drunk.

There was a flash of red hair as he approached the carousel, and for one frantic second he thought Willow had come to meet him, and his stomach clenched painfully. But it was Vi's narrow face that lit up when she caught sight of him.

"Spike!" He suddenly had an armful of slayer and had to fight to keep his true face from emerging at the jangle across his nerves. "I'm sorry," she giggled as she pulled back. "I just was so excited, and Rona and I have been fighting all day about which one of us was gonna come get you – "

"Enough, pet, I get it," he chuckled. It had been a long time since anyone had actually been happy to see him, and it did a lot to calm him. "How is the little firecracker? As to that, how're you?" he asked, then rolled his eyes; it was a sad day when the Big Bad asked how someone was and actually cared about the answer. God, he despaired of himself sometimes.

Vi, however, didn't notice. "Oh, we're both fine. It took her a while to heal up after the big fight even with the whole slayer healing thing, but she's good now."

Spike saw his bag cycle by and grabbed it, idly marveling at the fact that Angel had made him buy actual luggage instead of letting him use the old duffel he'd picked up from somewhere. Who the hell cared what his luggage looked like anyway?

He turned around to find Vi staring at him strangely. "I'm really glad you're here," she blurted out. "Xander's been a completely different person since it happened. He won't talk to anyone, and he's barely left his room for three days."

Spike snorted. "Yeah, and you think seein' me after all this time is gonna jolly him out of his funk?"

She didn't reply until they were in the car, an older model Range Rover with darkly tinted windows. "To tell you the truth, I don't think the way he's feeling has a lot to do with," she paused, shooting him a sympathetic glance, "Drusilla, at all. He won't even talk to Willow, and she's frantic – she's been practically camped outside his room for two days." She giggled. "I think Giles might even be getting worried, but it's kinda hard to tell with him."

Spike stared out the car window at the moorland rushing by, his mind's eye seeing a slender figure in white dancing under the moon. "So I hear the Watcher didn't tell anyone I was back, eh? Thought the geek would've spread the word as soon as he got back from LA."

"Andrew? He never said a damn thing except that he'd brought back a damaged slayer." Vi laughed ruefully. "Rona almost took his head off when he finally confessed that he'd known you were alive – well, undead – for over a year."

He shrugged, still staring out the window. "Had a job to do," he murmured. He really didn't want to get into it now, especially with someone who wasn't a Scooby. "How much longer 'til we're there, ducks?"

"About an hour."

"Think I'll get in a bit of kip, then." He tilted the seat back and closed his eyes, hoping she'd take the hint and leave him be for a while. The countryside was bringing back too many memories, and he really didn't feel like talking anymore.

10th-Oct-2007 04:01 pm (UTC)
oh it's gearing up and i can't wait to see where this is going.
13th-Oct-2007 03:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I should have chapter 3 up either tonight or tomorrow. *g*
10th-Oct-2007 04:01 pm (UTC)
I think your story idea is very original. Can't recall a similar piece.
You are just making me want to know more as quickly as possible!!
13th-Oct-2007 03:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :-)
10th-Oct-2007 05:05 pm (UTC)
I like the little details like spike's luggage which really give us a vivid picture of Angel & Spike's current relationship and where their lives are at. Love that Spike was welcomed so enthusiastically and how it made him feel. Really interested to read more.
13th-Oct-2007 03:43 pm (UTC)
Spike and Angel's relationship has always intrigued me, and I'm hoping I'll be able to explore it a little later. But in a non-slashy way, but that pairing just squicks the heck out of me! *g*
10th-Oct-2007 07:24 pm (UTC)
Poor Spike. I wonder if he's tumbled to the fact that they're counting on him to pull Xander out of his funk or if he's too sunk in his own grief to notice.

Poor Xander. Probably thinks he's sunk any chance he ever had with Spike after staking Dru. He probably expects Spike to hate him.

Loved Vi's greeting!
13th-Oct-2007 03:44 pm (UTC)
Vi was tough, because we didnt see a lot of her in S7, so I decided to just handle her as a typical young American woman and see where it took me. Glad it worked! *g*
10th-Oct-2007 07:25 pm (UTC)
::giggles and claps excitedly::
Yay for more!
I'm so excited for this, I can't wait!
::grins eagerly::
13th-Oct-2007 03:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks sweetie!
10th-Oct-2007 07:37 pm (UTC)
And the plot thickens! Great to see another chapter of this and I'm excited to see where you're taking this. Good job, particularly with Spike. He's incredibly well characterized and I know how difficult that can be!
13th-Oct-2007 03:46 pm (UTC)
He's incredibly well characterized and I know how difficult that can be!

That is probably one of the best compliments on my writing I've ever gotten, thank you!
10th-Oct-2007 11:25 pm (UTC)
i'm really liking this. look forward to more. thanks for writing.
13th-Oct-2007 03:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you for reading! *g*
11th-Oct-2007 01:26 am (UTC)
ACK! Just when I start to really get into a chapter, it ends too soon! *pouts* I am really looking forward to the next, hopefully longer, chapter, though. ;D

13th-Oct-2007 03:47 pm (UTC)
I know, these chapters are very short, but for some reason that's how they're coming to me. But the next one will be longer, I promise. Thanks for being patient with me! *g*
11th-Oct-2007 01:57 am (UTC)
Glad to see another chapter posted. This is getting interesting now. I like the inclusion of Vi and the other characters and can't wait to see what you've got next for us.
13th-Oct-2007 03:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :-)
11th-Oct-2007 10:22 am (UTC)
I want to make sure I got this right...did Xander staking Dru out Spike being non-dusty to the Scoobie gang? If so...oh poor Xander!

Your posting small, but high quality chunks - keep them coming! YAY!
13th-Oct-2007 03:49 pm (UTC)
did Xander staking Dru out Spike being non-dusty to the Scoobie gang?

That was what I got from the comics, that only Giles and Andrew knew Spike was still around, even after the last ep of Angel. So that's what I went with.

I know they're small and I have no idea why, but the next one will be longer. Thanks for reading!
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