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5 Days More 
24th-Mar-2008 05:01 am
TITLE: 5 Days More
RATING: Adult entertainment due to m/m sexual activity
and language.
DISCLAIMER: This story is fiction. Conceived in the warped
hive of the BmblBee. She owns none of the
characters or products named and makes no money
from their use.
WARNINGS: Character death. Boys playing with boys.
Vampire/ human contact.

SUMMARY: Xander Harris is dead. Drained by a vampire in
the Longview Cemetery. When his body is discovered
his friends realize that no one has seen or heard from him
in the last five days. Willow comes up with a spell to send
someone back in time to find out how he ended up there
and possibly save his life. Spike is reluctantly recruited.

Thanks to Purpledodah for the wonderful banner.

5:50 am Wednesday morning
Xander Harris has 2 1/2 days left to live.

Spike stirred. The noxious smell that assaulted his nose was
exceeded only by the uncomfortable prickling feeling running
up and down his spine.

It was the sting of a million fire ants that he recognized as the
coming light of day. He sat bolt upright, remembering the thief he
had eaten earlier, and estimated he had less than ten minutes to make
it to Xander's before the sun lifted it's searing solar smile and reducing
his body to a pile of ash and dust.

Glancing off to the left, he noticed a discarded, expensive Jordan
tossed near the dumpster by the entrance to the city sewer.
It was the only sign left of the heroin addicted criminal.
The boy's body was no doubt a feast for a family of scavenger

Spike tried to feel bad about what he had done, but just couldn't.
It was the law of the jungle. The rungs of the ladder of the food
chain. He's at the top and, thankfully, all other species are underneath
him. It is the way evolution has worked from the first time the weak,
flippered fish struggled for oxygen, clawing it's way to shore, crawling
out of the ocean and a larger one ate him.
Everything dies so that something else can live.

Right now he had more pressing issues.
The existential question of dying in this time vs the other no longer
titillated him intellectually. It wasn't a scientific theory he was ready
to test.

Leaping to his feet, Spike took off at a full speed not many human eyes
could register. He darted down three blocks south and one east before
diving down into the protective shading of the basement stair well of
Xander's home.

Spike barked out a laugh in relief. Made it. He could see the pink hue
from the safety of his cement haven and knew he had pressed it too close.

"Fuck it. Any day I don't explode into a cloud of dust is a good day."

He reached for the knob and was somewhat surprised when he found it
securely locked.

"Xan. Hey, Xander. The door's locked. Come on, it's dangerously
sunny out here, Pet."

Xander had been lying in bed, wide awake, just as he had been all night.
Around 2 am he had angrily gotten up, stomped in to the living room,
flipped over the dead bolt, then returned to bed.
Spike could go to hell, again, for all he cared.

He had heard the crashing thump down the steps and knew instantly
who it was. As mad as he was, Xander was also greatly relieved that
nothing had happened to Spike. Still, he stayed where he was.

Spike was getting confused as to why his boy was taking so long to
let him in. Where was his morning kiss? His welcoming smile?
His duffel bag of cash?
Spike pounded his fist on the cheap wood door.

"Xander. Open the damn door. Come on. What's up? You know
it's getting light out here don't you? A bloke with a sun allergy
could be .....AAAHHHH!"

In a blind panic Xander leaped from the bed and rushed toward the
locked door, jerking it open and bracing himself for the terrifying
sight he might find there.

Spike grinned from ear to ear.
"Well now, that's better, innit? What took you so long, Love? I told
you I'd be back."
Spike took a step forward but was stopped from entering by Xander's
unmoving form. Spike tipped his head and raised the one eyebrow.

It was a facial gesture that travelled straight through Xander's body
and settled, along with at least three pints of blood, in his eager, morning
erection. Xander did his best to ignore the happy puppy in his
boxers that was wagging it's tail and hoping for a pat on it's head.

"Come on, Pet. A bit sunny out here, yeah? How bout lettin'
a bloke in so's we can have a chat about whatever is toying
around that adorable little head of yours."

Xander sucked in half the oxygen in the room causing his lungs
to fill and his shoulders to rise before blowing it all out and slumping
in defeat.

"Fine. You're here for the money I suppose. Well, it's over there. I
didn't touch it and I didn't spend any of it. Now, I'm going back to
bed. You can spend the day on the couch and when the sun goes,
so do you."

Spike immediately zipped across the room placing himself between Xander
and the bedroom archway. He wrapped his arms around the human's
warm body and he snuggled, sniffing and licking the side if his neck to
behind his ear.

Xander wanted to punch the confident smirk off Spike's lips. He wanted
to push him away, demanding an explanation. Instead, he tipped his head,
giving the vampire better access and whimpered. When he could stand it
no longer, Xander's head snapped back and he claimed the vampire's
mouth in a deep hungry kiss.

Within seconds he pulled back, his eyes wide with shock.

"Blood. You taste of fresh blood. Is that it? Is that where you went?
Is that why you didn't want me tagging along? You thought I wouldn't
let you feed?"

Spike's mouth opened and shut like a trout. He knew with absolute
certainty that there was a right answer here and a wrong one. Unfortunately
he had forgotten to study for this quiz and he didn't know which box
he should mark with an X.

Spike hoped Xander didn't hear the prepubescent crack in his voice as
he responded.

Xander's face burst into the exuberant smile that shone brighter than
the sun he had just avoided. It was dazzling and made Spike blush with
pride that he could put it there.

"Shit, Spike, I know what you are. You don't complain when I eat,
what right would I have to.......... awlmn...."
Xander yawned. His body was finally telling him that it had lasted
as long as it could and it wanted to lay down.

Spike pulled him in tightly, nuzzling and memorizing the warm,
sweet smell of the human. He knew he was getting in too deep.
Setting himself up for a crashing sorrow when that warm spark
was extinguished, but he couldn't help it.

Spike had seen thousands of humans die. Hell, he had played out
the last act of William's play in the great theatre of life himself, thanks
to Dru.
It was just the way it was. The food chain. The pecking order.

Right then and there Spike resolved to stop the inevitable. Alter
the winds of time and buy his boy another 60 years.
He knew that for every interference in the set of fate that there
would be consequences. He only hoped he would be the one
billed for payment and not Xander. Not his Xander.

Damn this complicated wish business.

"Look how sleepy you are, Love. Me too. What say we have a bit
of a snuggle and catch a coupla winks. Then, maybe, if you are a
very good little human, Old Spikey will show you how some of the
nasty things on the video work. Later, when the sun goes down, you
and me are going to hit the town. We got all the money we need to do
whatever you want to do. A real date. You ever been, Xan?"

Xander laughed and took Spike by the hand leading the way to their

"For heavens sake, Spike. I'm 20 years old. I've been on plenty of
dates. A few times with men even. Course I don't think they knew
they were dates, but I knew so it counts."

Both men cracked up, laughing as they stripped, fell together in the
narrow single and within minutes, slept like the dead.
24th-Mar-2008 10:21 am (UTC)
So Xander wasn't too upset about the reason Spike gave him on being so late. Now Spike wants to stop him from being killed but the big question is did Spike do the deed and will Xander wake up a Vampire. He's been on dates wsith men and they didn't even know it but he did. Got to love Xanders logic on dating.
24th-Mar-2008 10:30 am (UTC)
Xander is ever the optomist and he made it clear that he
knows what Spike is and accepts him as that. So Spike
gets another chance with Xander. I don't think he
will screw up again.
Oh, wait, this is Spike we're talking about.
24th-Mar-2008 10:36 am (UTC)
Of course Spike will screw up. But not as bad as Willow. Whenever people see Spike and Angel they seem to forget that they are Vampires. Xander never did and he constantly reminded people of that fact even if they only listened when it suited them.
24th-Mar-2008 10:57 am (UTC)
I'm so glad Spike did realize just how much he really cares about Xander.

And I love that Xander went on dates with men that were oblivious about it *grins*.

Great chapter, as always.

PS: On the other hand, I'm sorry for not being able to comment anything on the previous four-five days, for I was on yet another vacation. It's Semana Santa here (don't have the slightest idea how it's called in English) and, of course, one of Spain's most important celebrations, as most of the poblation are Catholic.
24th-Mar-2008 11:27 am (UTC)
Holy shit! I'm clearly living in the wrong country.
You have more celebrations and vacations than we
have in a year.
I'm packing my bags. See you soon.
24th-Mar-2008 11:50 am (UTC)
Well, I do have: Fallas (4 days), Semana Santa (4 days, up and including Saturday and Sunday, which I do), Christmas' day, New Year (only one day, and it isn't as if one would get much sleep), and the 8th of December (Spanish Constitution), plus three weeks in Summer.

We do not have any more vacations, sadly, nor do have we 'free days', or Spring breaks, or anything.

But if you know how our celebrations are, you know that we need the rest of the year to regain our forces.

PS: Did I tell you that the biggest Falla (one of those art sculptures I mentioned that we set on fire the 19th) costs more than 900000€ (about a million 300 thousand dollars). And it's only one of the more of 750 fallas we cremate. And, as for it was more than 30 meters high, it is all very controlled, due to the danger it implies, as they are set in every square in the city, a scant few meters from apartment buildings. Firemen are the ones who do all the work. We people just go and look at the pretty flames (which doesn't make us dangerous, nope, not at all).

Till tomorrow!
24th-Mar-2008 12:22 pm (UTC)
Aww, that was sweet! Wow, a night out on the town with Spike - what more could one human wish for?
24th-Mar-2008 12:32 pm (UTC)
How about a morning in bed before a night on the town.
Xander gets both.
24th-Mar-2008 02:44 pm (UTC)
Ohhhh yeah. I definitely love this reasonable Xander. And your logic with the food chain.
Oh and how much we must remember that occasionally Spike is still evil.

24th-Mar-2008 04:30 pm (UTC)
I think it's important to remember what Spike is and if Xander can accept and live with that, so should we.
24th-Mar-2008 04:33 pm (UTC)
Awwwwwwwww, cuddles!!!!!
Poor Spike, got his work cut out for him. My anti-vamp!Xander self is of course rooting for a Spikey 'Hail, Mary!' play, but as I always say as long as da boys are together all will be right with the world, lol.
So, Giles? Where has he gotten his good geeky ex-librarian self off to? Setting up an ensouling spell, or something prolly... or some sort of stasis spell maybe... nah, ensouling spell- much more his speed.

Sorry Mys' been late posting last couple days, but Pup fell Friday and busted her leg but good which has left Mys to wrangle childer and *shivers* brave the foot of snow (it's Spring damn it, and NOW we get the snow, lol) to go to the grocery. Scary. Lol!
24th-Mar-2008 04:58 pm (UTC)
Awww. Poor Pup. Poor Mys. I swear we are on the same path.
We have been fighting the weather. First over a foot of snow
now flooding that has closed several roads. During the
ice, my father fell and broke his leg. Now I have to drive
an hour to his house to pick him up and take him 5 miles down
the road to his dialysis, wait three hours, then take him home.

By the way, that damn picture you sent me of an older NB fueled
my happily sleeping brain and started a story that will take place
10 years after the fall of Sunnydale. I have 6 chapters done and not exactly sure where it will go but it has wheels and is rolling.

24th-Mar-2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
Erm, Mys seriously hopes her Bee doesn't honestly expect her to feel remorse for either 'the grip the Mys has on the Bee's brain' or for sending pic!spam that induces Spandery goodness!!!! Hells, those are things Mys strives for, lol! And ppl say Spike's the evil one, mawahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh sweetie, sorry 'bout the weather and your dad. That's gotta be tough. Either on it's own would be a handful, but both... Mys does not envy her Bee. *offers angst!brownies* Mys still doesn't know if it's a good thing or a bad thing that we don't have a car, on one hand fewer traffic worries, on the other it means walking in this shite, lol!
24th-Mar-2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
Finally, Spike says and does the right thing and makes Xander happy! Yeay!

And I loved this part...

"Right then and there Spike resolved to stop the inevitable. Alter
the winds of time and buy his boy another 60 years.
He knew that for every interference in the set of fate that there
would be consequences. He only hoped he would be the one
billed for payment and not Xander. Not his Xander."

Spike recognizes his own feelings for Xander and will do all he can to save him! Loved this chapter!
24th-Mar-2008 08:30 pm (UTC)
Spike is absolutly on the right track.
He is ready to admit how he feels about Xander and
is ready to come up with a plan to save him.
We'll see how successful he is.
24th-Mar-2008 08:40 pm (UTC) - FB
Lovely chapter. Loved how a miffed Xander threw the deadbolt on the door. And the way that Spike got him to open the door. LOL.

Yes, where is Giles? He's been gone a long time. Just what is he up to? Not that the girls care, it gives them the time to meddle.

Spike was definitely surprised by Xander's response to him having eaten a human. Or....does Xander realise that it was a human? and not pig or something else? Hmm?

And Xander, having date with other men, even though they didn't know it. Oh, that was just so good.

Sorry about your dad having a broken leg. That won't be helping him with dialysis. At least he only does three hours. When I did it, I did four hours, every second day. And with the getting on and getting off the chair, it was at least another half an hour. Try to keep his spirits up, if he needs it. The leg will be really annoying on the chair. Hopefully he will get a donor kidney, like I did last year, and his life will get better.

So waiting until the next lovely chapter.

24th-Mar-2008 09:31 pm (UTC) - Re: FB
Congrats on the doner kidney. Wow, that's fantastic.
No, he is not eligeble because he is 82 yrs. old.
He is diabetic and has a bad heart so we just continue
3 times a week. It isn't that bad normally, it's just
with this damn flooding most of the roads are blocked off
and the way around is long.

The story -
Spike has faced the fact that he has real feelings for Xander.
Can he use that to save him?
Xander is completly acceptable of Spike. He knows he is
a vampire and eats people. He is cool with that.
Xander is a very go with the flow kinda guy.
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