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Rough Diamond 
8th-Apr-2009 06:02 am
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Title: ROUGH DIAMOND
3/43
Author: BmblBee
Paring: S/X
Rating: NC17
Disclaimer: The Bee owns none of the characters or products named in this story.
Warning: This story contains mention of prostitution, group sex, violence, m/m orgies
and one wild raccoon. HAU.

Summary: Xander is a male prostitute. It is his chosen occupation and he is very
happy with it. One night he takes on a group of clients with a friend and things
do not go as planned. When his friend is found murdered, homicide is called in.
Spike is a brilliant detective with OCD issues. When he is told to hide out in the
woods with the witness to protect, he gets more than he could have imagined.




Special thanks to Petxnd for the wonderful banners, the story idea and for holding my
hand during the writing.


Spike leaned forward and stared in to the computer screen. He typed in
various names, alias's and descriptions searching for the information that
so far had eluded him. His desk was stacked high on both sides of him with
manilla folders that contained pictures, rap sheets and international warrants.
Everything that led nowhere. All dead ends. All empty leads.

Finally, taking the black rimmed glasses off his nose and tossing them down
he rubbed his hands over his tired eyes and he slumped back in his chair.

He checked the time on his watch and wasn't at all surprised to see that it
was well past both supper and quitting time, a point made even more clear
by the growl as his stomach rubbed angrily up against his backbone.

"Hey, I wondered if you were still here. I just finished the evidentiary
link forms on that car theft ring, so if you are about done too, why don't
we go out and get a burger and a beer before we head home?"

Spike swiveled around in his chair and smiled at the young detective
issuing the invitation. Penn was tall, trim, intelligent and Spike's best friend.
Probably his only friend. Not that Spike wasn't well liked around the huge
Metro Police Department, he was. It's just that his quirks and idiosyncrasies
were found, by most, to be off putting to say the least.

Rising from his chair, Spike immediately straightened his shirt, he adjusted
his neck tie and he carefully removed his suit coat from the back of his
chair then, with practiced ease, slipped it over his slim frame.

Penn smiled indulgently as he crossed his arms and leaned against the
door frame to wait. He had known Spike for nearly four years and he
knew this routine could not be altered or hurried.

He quietly hummed a tune as Spike pulled open the left bottom drawer of
his desk and extracted a can of Lysol disinfectant which he sprayed liberally
over his chair, computer, monitor, and keyboard. He then shook it violently
and emptied nearly half of it on the handset of his telephone.

Penn frowned.
"Someone use your phone?"

Spike snapped the cap back on the can, then as an afterthought, popped
it back off and gave the telephone one more squirt.

"Um, not sure. Jamie, the young Miss from records was in here alone earlier
to leave me some files and I don't know if she made a call or not, but better
to be safe than sorry."

Penn was tempted to ask him 'sorry about what?' but had decided long ago
that it was less mentally stressful to simply accept Spike as is than to try
to understand or change him.

He patiently waited as the Special Investigator then picked up each file
and laid it back down so the all the corners matched up perfectly to the
one underneath. He then counted to assure himself that each stack held
an equal number of files and Penn knew they were coming into the home
stretch.

Opening the bottom right drawer, Spike removed the clean plastic dust
covers that were made to fit and he carefully slid them over his computer,
screen and keyboard. When he finally satisfied himself that all was as it
should be, Spike reached again into the desk and pulled out a handful of
small sealed packets that he dropped, all but one, into his pocket.

He ripped that one open and tossed the wrapper in the nearby trash can
before roughly wiping the disinfectant towelette over both his hands
and Penn pushed himself into a full standing position.

"Alright then, we ready to go?"

Spike looked around the room with a frown. It was never exactly right.
It was miles from acceptable but he knew if he spent all night here, it
would still fall short so he forced himself to look away and he nodded.

"Right then. I believe you said something about going out for a bite?
Where did you have in mind?"

Penn dropped his face and shook his head. This was the worst part, but
it had to be done, so he might as well get it over with. Spike followed his
friend out of the office. He held the sani-wipe in his hand and used it to
both turn off the light switch and grip the door knob as he pulled it shut.
He then dropped the used, contaminated wet wipe into a small container
the janitorial staff had installed there for just this purpose.

Everyone who worked for the City, knew that an Investigator of Spike's skill
and intuitive abilities was worth his weight in gold and if all it took to keep
him happy was to cater to a few odd habits, they were glad to do so.

"Gee, I don't know, Spike. You feel like Mexican?"

Spike snorted.
"Yeah, right, like I haven't seen the health department reports on El Burrito's."

"Burger King?"

"Nope, I saw a report on 20/20 that said 82% of teens that work there spit
and jerk off in the food they serve. Especially if they know the customer is
a cop."

"Chinese?"

"Cat meat."

"Look, Spike, this would just go a lot easier if you just tell me where you
are eating this month and we can go there."

"Not necessary. Really, Penn, you decide. Anywhere is fine."

Penn gritted his teeth and tried again.

"The Spaghetti House?"

"No, I think they put suspicious things in the sauce. Just last week....."

"SPIKE!"

"Fine. Dee's Diner."

Penn stopped walking and turned to his friend quizzically.
"Dee's Diner? The one down on McKinley by the YMCA?"

Spike and Penn had reached the front door to the station house and Spike
stepped back to wait for Penn to open the door for him. He had seen,
during a full 24 hour period, how many sick and germ laden people handled
that single metal handle and Spike never,ever touched it with his bare skin.
Frankly, he didn't know how any informed, intelligent person could.

"Right. Dee's. I was chasing a murder suspect and he ran through the front
door, through the kitchen and out the back, so I followed him. I must say,
I was very impressed with the cleanliness of the cooking facilities. I mean
there is certainly room for improvement, but I have taken several meals
there and find it, at least, acceptable.

'Yeah,' Penn mused. 'Till a waitress sneezes or you see a spider in the parking lot.'

"All right then, Spike my good Buddy. Dee's it is"

Together, the two detectives climbed in to Spike's spotless Volvo and he
drove cautiously for the restaurant of choice.
Comments 
8th-Apr-2009 10:52 am (UTC)
Whoo I've caught up. Xander the Happy Hooker...... *snicker* sounds like a musical! I quite like Joey and I hope he's not the one killed, it's nice Xander has a friend. I like your fics because nothing too bad ever happens to Spike or Xander, nothing they don't recover from.

Wow....... PENN now there's a character you don't see often in fics, probably because he was only in the one episode and he was very like Angelus. Seems like a good guy. I LOVE your take on Spike. I can just see him going through his 'routine' and he's right about door handles!

I may never eat out again.

"Right. Dee's. I was chasing a murder suspect and he ran through the front
door, through the kitchen and out the back, so I followed him. I must say,
I was very impressed with the cleanliness of the cooking facilities."

I can see Spike skidding to a halt and inspectng the pots and pans!

*HUGS*


8th-Apr-2009 11:08 am (UTC)
HI!! *waves till Dudley tells me to stop acting like a
fucking idiot*

During one of my recent stories, someone asked me to put Penn
in a story. I can't remember who asked, but he seemed to fit
nicely here.

Even though this is an HAU, and all the characters are different than
on the show, I still want them to be who they are. We'll see if
that works out.
8th-Apr-2009 11:40 am (UTC)
IT WAS ME!!!!!!! And thank you sooooo much. I was expecting a small cameo but to make him Spikes' cop buddy is just too good.

------pause while i do the "happy geek dance"-----------------

Okay i'm back.

You, my dear, have made my day. After that travesty a certain movie made of my favorite comic book character, i definitely needed a fix from a Writer Who Knows What The Hell They're Doing.
That, of course, would be you. (in spades)
8th-Apr-2009 11:48 am (UTC)
Well, all right then! I knew it was one of my favorite people
and I wanted to do Penn right. Since he is so brief in the
show, you can really do anything with him.

Comic book movie? Watchmen? Notice, I don't get out much.
That combined with the fact that it is a long drive to any nearby
town means I haven't been to a movie since Brokeback.
8th-Apr-2009 01:18 pm (UTC)
Ummmm...it's a movie that I shouldn't have been able to see quite yet. Sssssshhhhhhh...

lol
8th-Apr-2009 03:40 pm (UTC)
Lips sealed. I dabble a bit in the illegal myself.
8th-Apr-2009 01:27 pm (UTC)
This version of SPike reminds me of MONK from the USA betwork. Both chracters have MAJOR OCD problems that make working with them quite interesting to watch.

I can't wait to see what happens when he and Xander come face to face. That should be very interesting.

And nice Penn cameo.
8th-Apr-2009 01:49 pm (UTC)
It is a loose Monk but not so extreme. Penn will be around for a while.
It won't take them long before they are thrown together.
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8th-Apr-2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I wanted it to feel like the OCD is just
a very ingrained part of who he is. He is not
crazy or insane, just a bit compulsive.
What Penn understands is that if you really like
a person, you accept them, all baggage included.
8th-Apr-2009 05:36 pm (UTC)
Hehe, I do love your Mr. Monkisch Spike. Great. That's something new. I've never read a Spike as Monk. I'm very happy that I catched this train. Thanks for let me take the drive. I guess this was the last chapter for me untill tuesday or wednesday next week. *sigh* *waves*

See you than!

Sign: your most patiently reader.
8th-Apr-2009 07:09 pm (UTC)
The Bee will miss her darling Chao. Have a good
time and see ya when you get back.
8th-Apr-2009 06:00 pm (UTC)
A compulsive Spike...well in the show sometimes he seemed slightly ADD so it works. Anxious to see how Xander and him meet up. Thank you for the update.
8th-Apr-2009 07:08 pm (UTC)
He was also thin and twitchy. OCD isn't a far stretch.
See ya in the morning.
8th-Apr-2009 08:06 pm (UTC)
This is new.....Spike as Monk. I can see many interesting moments ahead.
8th-Apr-2009 08:57 pm (UTC)
Spike isn't quite THAT bad, but I thought it would
be an interesting fit.
8th-Apr-2009 09:25 pm (UTC)
Spike isn't Adrian Monk any more than he is Vampire Spike or Victorian William. Monk suffered from chronic intensified OCD following the murder of his wife, which he was unable to solve. He had to give up his job with the police and he is unable to function without the support of a nurse. To Monk the whole world is a terrifying and dangerous place with both seen and unseen dangers. He copes by trying to control everything through extreme order.

This character has a quite mild form of OCD which presents itself more as eccentricity and quirkiness that people find can be accommodated and is quite amusing. It does not prevent him doing his job and when demanded can be overcome.
8th-Apr-2009 10:17 pm (UTC)
Comparasions were bound to be made in the beginning, but I think
as the story unfolds it will be obvious that they are very
different. As you say, Monk suffers from a severe case
while Spike is more quirky. We will see how well he extablishes
himself as we go along.
8th-Apr-2009 11:51 pm (UTC)
Spike with OCD shades of Monk come to mind. He sounds like he is going to be fun and throwing Xander into the mix is definitely going to be interesting. I noticed you using Penn in this how many other ones will you be using from the show.
9th-Apr-2009 12:35 am (UTC)
In this story, the usual characters like Buffy and Angel have very small parts while Ethan and Penn are more important to the story. I just thought it was time for a switch.
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