Fandom: Buffy, the Vampire Slayer
Pairing: Spike/Xander preslash; eventual Spike/Xander
Rating: current chapter PG13
Genres: Adventure, Superhero Xander
Summary: Back at Giles' place they get the third degree, and Xander can't stop bouncing.
Spoilers: Through Season Four
Word Count: 4380 words
Disclaimer: Don't own 'em - not making any money off 'em. Dern it.
Prompt Notes: Inspiration for this chapter taken from tamingthemuse prompt #312: Catch as Catch Can (Hit or Miss)
Notes: For those who don't know: Jaffa Cakes are a UK treat that can sometimes be found in larger grocery stores, or specialty stores, here in the States. They are often considered a special treat by natives of the British Isles but there is much disagreement on exactly what kind of treat they really are. This is complicated even more by the US/UK debate over the difference between biscuits and cookies. Here's a picture and a short description. Jaffa Cakes
Long chapter, guys. I wasn't happy with the chapter when I sent it to theladymerlin, so after she checked it over, I made a fair amount of changes. I cut some stuff out, added close to a thousand words, and some of the words I left got moved around a considerable amount. It's still recognizable as the same chapter, if you squint, but I've definitely wreaked havoc on it. I'm much happier with it now, but I decided to post it without sending it back to beta, although I did a pretty thorough couple of read-throughs. If you notice anything unusual, though, it's my fault, not hers. Feel free to point out stuff - I've been known to fix stories that are years old, so you know I won't have a problem correcting anything you spot.
I've had a question or two about when this story is going to make the switch from pre-slash to slash. ("Smoochies!" They cry. "We want smoochies!") I'm sorry it's taking so long, but this story is going the long way around. Slow burn... Think sloooooow burn... But don't worry, it's about to click up at least one notch!
Previous parts can be found at the Xandercles tag, in reverse order.
You can also find the previous chapters at the Archive of Our Own.
Chapter Seventeen at Live Journal
Chapter Seventeen at AO3