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18 February 2007 @ 03:32 pm
Fic: There's Always Consequences (7/?)  


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Previous chapters can be found here.


“You’re not going to kill him are you?” Dawn asked. “Because then the Powers would have to find a new champion and they’d probably pick you since it’d be sort of funny.”

Spike narrowed his eyes at her. “How is that funny?”

“Because you’d have gotten rid of someone that annoys the crap out of you only to take over their job.” She grinned and Buffy’s lips twitched.

“Spike’s gonna kill someone?” Xander interrupted. “How come a bad person’s coming here?” It was obvious from the way he said it that Xander believed that for Spike to want to kill someone then they had to be bad.

“Spike’s not killing anyone,” Buffy assured him. “He just doesn’t get along with the person coming over.”

“Like me and Bobby Perkins? He lives on my street and he’s mean. He steals our toys just ‘cause he’s bigger.”

Buffy ran a hand through Xander’s hair. “Kind of like that, yeah. Spike and Angel don’t get along.”

“How come?”

She raised her eyes towards Spike and raised an eyebrow. He nodded and put a hand on Xander’s shoulder. “We used to be…friends, sort of. Then he left after some stuff happened and the next time we saw each other we got really mad at each other and fought and we haven’t gotten along since.” Spike fought the urge to snort. If that wasn’t one of the most vague explanations for the way he and Angel acted, he didn’t know what was. And judging by the look on Buffy’s face, she agreed.

“Oh.” Xander frowned. “So he’s not bad?”

“No,” Dawn said. “Just broody.”

Buffy bit her lip to keep from laughing, glancing down, and Spike didn’t even bother to stop the laughter that escaped him at that. Leave it to his Nibblet.

“There is something you should know, Xander, and that’s that Angel is a vampire too.” Buffy watched the way he took in the news and waited for his reaction.

“Really?”

“Really.”

“When’s he gonna get here?”

“Few hours. Which means, we should probably go get you some actual clothes.”

Dawn nodded. “Yeah because as fun as it was to listen to people talk about how cute it was that we let Xander pick his clothes for the day, I don’t think we can get away with that for much longer. Besides,” she said, grinning, “you can’t play at the park in your pajamas.”

Xander’s eyes widened. “We’re going to the park? When?”

“If you go get some clothes now, you might be able to stop for a little bit on your way back,” Spike suggested, looking over at Buffy. He dug into his pocket and pulled out some cash and Xander’s credit card, which he’d taken out of his wallet earlier in case they went somewhere, and handed them to Buffy. “Here. Use this and don’t argue. I know money’s tight.”

Buffy bit her lip as if considering this and then nodded, glancing down at the credit card. She looked up and raised an eyebrow. “This is…” she trailed off and tilted her head towards Xander.

Spike nodded. “Well yeah. I may have cash but I don’t have that much cash. Besides, not like he can say we wasted it or something, right?”

She nodded and smiled slightly when she saw the way Xander was bouncing in his seat and looking up at them.

“Can we go get the clothes now? Can we?”

“Sure, we can.” Buffy stood and held out her arms to Xander, who practically leaped into them.

“Bet that’s the first time he’s been so excited about going shopping,” Dawn muttered to Spike who snorted.

“I’m not taking that bet,” was all he said. He tilted his head down so that he was looking into Xander’s eyes. “No running off in the store, okay? Stick with Buffy and Dawn.”

Xander smiled brightly and nodded. “Okay, Spike.”

Buffy smirked as they headed for the door. “Big Bad Softie,” she said. Spike scowled.

“Oi,” was all he got out before Buffy burst out laughing and dashed out the door with Xander in her arms and Dawn not far behind her, giggling as she went. “Soddin’ annoying chit,” he muttered.

~*~*~*~


“Spike! Spike, we’re back!”

Spike blinked and glanced at the clock, realizing that it’d already been a few hours and he stood, turning towards the door just in time to catch Xander as he launched himself in Spike’s direction.

“I see that,” he said, swinging Xander up.

“We went and got pants and jackets and shoes and stuff and then we got ice cream ‘cause Buffy said I’d been so good and then we went to the park and I got to play on the slide and Dawn pushed me on the swing and Buffy spun me on the merry go ‘round and then we played in the sand and Buffy said we could go at night sometime so you could come too and—“

“Whoa there, pet, don’t forget to breathe,” Spike interrupted with a small laugh. “Sounds like you had quite the time.”

Xander nodded. “So do you?”

He blinked. “Do I what?”

“Wanna go to the park with us at night? And then you could play too.”

Spike glanced from Xander to Buffy and Dawn, who had bags scattered at their feet and back again. His first instinct would normally be to scoff at the very idea of playing at the park. But with the way Xander was looking up at him and the way he’d already acted so far, he figured that it just didn’t matter too much if the girls saw him act like this.

Acting like this in front of anyone else who knew him was something else entirely.

He nodded. “Yeah, sure. We’ll go at night sometime.”

Xander’s smile widened. “Will you climb on the jungle gym with me?”

“Sure, I will.” Had to make sure he didn’t fall, didn’t he?

“You forgot to tell Spike what else we got,” Dawn said.

Xander’s eyes brightened. “We got toys! Buffy got me a light saber and then Dawn got one too so that we could have battles with ‘em and I got action figures and we got a couple of games too.”

“Yeah? Looks like we’re set for awhile then.”

“Can we play with the toys later?”

“Maybe. Depends on what Peaches has to say when he gets here.”

“Why?”

“Because if he’s coming here, that means it’s probably a pretty bad demon that we got to fight.” And if he waited until after the fight, maybe Xander would have come down from his sugar high by then.

“You gotta go fight a monster?” Xander asked, arms tightening around Spike at the idea. Spike nodded, rubbing a hand down Xander’s back as he did so.

“That’s what we do, Xander. We fight the monsters so they don’t hurt anyone.”

“But what if you get hurt?”

“I promise not to get hurt.”

“Sometimes people don’t keep their promises though.”

Spike faltered at that and glanced at Buffy, who stepped forward and put her hand on Xander’s shoulder.

“Hey, I promise not to let Spike get hurt, okay? I’m going to be there too.”

Xander turned his head to look at Buffy. “You fight monsters too?”

“Every single night,” she told him. “And so does Spike and neither of us is hurt, right?” she asked. Xander nodded. “So when Spike says he’s not going to get hurt and I say I won’t let him get hurt, we mean it.”

Xander turned back to Spike. “You really promise?”

Spike nodded, the corners of his mouth tilting up slightly. “I promise.”

“Okay.”

The sound of someone knocking on the door had Spike making a face, causing Xander and Dawn to giggle and Buffy to roll her eyes.

“Bloody hell, what’d he do, fly here?” he said, lowering Xander until he was standing. He shook his head as he headed for the door and pulled it open, sneering a bit. “Peaches.”

“Spike.” There was a world of exasperation in Angel’s voice when he said it. “Can I come in?”

Spike smirked. “Not my place, I’m afraid. Xander will have to do it.” Behind him, he heard Buffy whisper to Xander to say ‘Come in, Angel.’ Xander must have listened because when Spike stepped back, Angel crossed over the threshold with no problem. He looked around, eyeing the bags of clothes and toys with a frown.

Buffy stepped forward. “Angel,” she said, getting his attention. Angel glanced up and a look of surprise flickered over his face.

“Buffy.”

“There’s someone you need to meet.” She stepped to the side and reached back, gently pulling Xander so that he was standing next to her. “Angel, this is Xander. Xander, this is Angel.”

As Angel sputtered in shock, gaze locked on the little boy, Xander tilted his head back and stared up at Angel with a look that Spike knew well.

“How come you got a girl’s name?”
 
 
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Nebula: xander hee heeauthoressnebula on February 18th, 2007 11:35 pm (UTC)
I had this whole beautiful comment lined up to write, and then I read the last line and just died.

“How come you got a girl’s name?”

ROFLMAO!! *giggles madly* HEE! Let's see Angel answer THAT one!

Oh how I've missed your ittybitty!Xander. Hee! He's so cute! And I did like his babble, too. Spot on. Maybe it's just me, but there seems to be more behind that "people don't keep their promises" bit.

I love how Buffy and Dawn are such good friends with Spike in this. It makes me happy. *happy sigh* Hear that? Happy sigh. This fic caused that. You caused that. Be happy.

*pets your muse* I'm so glad your muse came back to you and this fic. I've gotta finish up HSG, and then I'm going to go back to two of my fics. Which two I haven't decided yet. I think I may do my Bander and my Missing Piece, which is my S/B/A that I desperately want to do. But not right now.

But I'm glad you're doing multiple fics even though I'm not! LOL

~Nebula
Nicole: Wash and his dinosaurs. LOL.blue_icy_rose on February 19th, 2007 03:39 am (UTC)
Hee!! Ah, Nebula, I just love reading your feedback. It never fails to make me grin.

YAY for quotage! HEE! I couldn't resist that line. I mean, come on, even Buffy said something if I remember right. Though hers was nicer and something along the lines of "That's a pretty name." LOL! It was too good to pass up.

I've missed writing this. That said...it's great to be back with writing it. And I've already got the next chapter planned out. Woo! Yeah, the babble is one of the most fun parts to write. As for the promises bit....maybe. *zips lips*

I'm having so much fun writing the friendship between the three of them so I'm glad that's coming across okay. And YAY! Happy sigh! \o/ Victory arms!

I have to say that you're probably smarter than me on the fic front. Trying to balance all the WIPs is killer. I've got a whole notebook for fic stuff only and there's lists in there. One list is fics that I want to update this month (almost a page), one is fics to start because they're challenge responses and bunnies that won't leave me alone (a quarter of a page), another list is the fic tables I'm working on and which prompts I've fulfilled (one page) and then I've got a little list of fics to do each day. I've gotten much more organized about it and I cross off things as I go (3 down!) so hopefully it'll help.

As for my muse....I don't even know my muse's name. I should just call her Fickle or something and be done with it but I don't think that'd go over so well. Ah well. But I'm going to look forward to more HSG and more of you Bander and S/B/A. Which reminds me...I've got a Bander of my own to get working on! Agh! *runs off*
Chelle: Beach Xanaltyronsmaker on February 19th, 2007 12:00 am (UTC)
Lovely! I've been wondering about this story and I'm glad to see it back!

Love that last line, so funny and cute and utterly Xander.
Nicole: Gunn scared Wesley! Hee!blue_icy_rose on February 19th, 2007 03:40 am (UTC)
Thanks! It feels good to be writing it again, lol. So glad you're still reading and that you liked the last line. It just felt like something Xander would ask...and how could I resist? LOL.
xanfanxanfan27 on February 19th, 2007 01:12 am (UTC)
I love it! Xander and his little boy questions are perfect. I can't wait for the next one.
Nicole: Nummy treat Xander.blue_icy_rose on February 19th, 2007 03:41 am (UTC)
Hee, thanks! Very glad that Xander's questions are working because they're so fun to come up with. *g*
sablerose2: laughsablerose2 on February 19th, 2007 03:45 am (UTC)
Oh please say more is coming soon!!!
Nicole: Gleeful!Sam - how could you resist?blue_icy_rose on February 19th, 2007 05:55 am (UTC)
Yup! More is definitely coming soon. I've got my muse back it seems and I'm celebrating. Hee!

Thanks for reading!
scarlett_oscarlett_o on February 19th, 2007 04:32 am (UTC)
This is great. Funny, with excellent characterization. I look forward to more.
Nicole: Hellooooo nurse is right.blue_icy_rose on February 19th, 2007 05:57 am (UTC)
Thanks! (Especially for the comment about characterization. Phew. LOL. I always worry.)
orchidluvorchidluv on February 19th, 2007 08:47 am (UTC)
Perfect last line! I'm pretty sure canon Xander said something about Angel having a "girly name" at one point - kidXander would definetly say it to Angel's face. So glad to see more of this, it really is sweet. Loved Spike's rationalization about the jungle jim.
Nicole: Angel watches Star Wars. Ha!blue_icy_rose on February 19th, 2007 09:22 am (UTC)
Thank you! I couldn't remember if Xander had said anything about his name but if he didn't, I'm sure he thought it. LOL. And as a kid, Xander would have no reservations about just blurting it out like that. Glad you're still reading and I'm hoping to get another chapter out soon. ^_^
Ladeialadeia3 on February 19th, 2007 02:46 pm (UTC)
*giggles* Perfect last line. I love this story. Please come back soon with more. :)
Nicole: Geek pride!blue_icy_rose on February 20th, 2007 09:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm working on more and once I update a few other things, I'll come back to this. ^_^ Glad you're liking it.
(Anonymous) on February 19th, 2007 06:42 pm (UTC)
love
i love i have to say and i cant wait for angel to see how spike is around little xander please update soon i am addicated to this
Nicole: Fredblue_icy_rose on February 20th, 2007 09:56 pm (UTC)
Re: love
Thank you! :)
Obs' Placeobsidianprincss on February 20th, 2007 08:36 am (UTC)
More please.
I'm really glad you haven't abandoned this fic.
Nicole: Nummy treat Xander.blue_icy_rose on February 20th, 2007 09:57 pm (UTC)
Definitely not abandoning this. ^_^ I have too much fun writing little Xander and all his questions. As well as the rest of the group.

Thanks for reading!
(Anonymous) on February 20th, 2007 03:38 pm (UTC)
I'd read and forgotten about this fic, but am very glad it's back because I enjoyed it. I love "young Xander" stories, and this one is a treat. The characterizations are terrific. More, please!
Nicole: Gleeful!Sam - how could you resist?blue_icy_rose on February 20th, 2007 09:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm glad you're still reading and I'm hoping to get more out as soon as I update a few other things first. ^_^
Ditto: AWMPstretfordditto on February 26th, 2007 08:00 pm (UTC)

Luf luf luf luf luf luf luf luf this fic! And my sister's gonna luf it too when it's finished and I can print it. :D
Nicole: LMAOblue_icy_rose on February 28th, 2007 06:53 am (UTC)
Hee!! Your icon is love! *continues watching*

And thank you! Glad you're liking it and I'm working on the next chapter. Just...waiting for RL to calm down so I can get some actual writing done. LOL.
angelicvampyreangelicvampyre on April 10th, 2007 12:49 am (UTC)
Someone reced this fic to me and I love it, I really hope that there is more on the way.
Nicole: B & W - the boys. ^_^blue_icy_rose on April 11th, 2007 09:36 pm (UTC)
There will definitely be more on the way. I'm trying to get a few hundred words written each day so here's hoping it'll be soon. RL's a bit crazy at the moment unfortunately. Thanks for reading!
windandsummer on April 10th, 2007 04:09 am (UTC)
Omg I love this story. Please tell me you are going to update this sometime soon!!! Thanks for sharing!!~Bee
Nicole: Yes she said Spander.blue_icy_rose on April 11th, 2007 09:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks for reading! ^_^ Yes, I'm going to be updating as soon as I can. *keeps fingers crossed* Sooner rather than later, I hope.
phase58phase58 on April 11th, 2007 09:59 pm (UTC)
theres always consequences
This is just so sweet. You've been doing it for ages and I've just read all chapters together. It makes a really nice change to read something where theres a child and a childs innocence. I hope Spike loves Xander for the child he is. Can he? Please hurry with next instalment. Cant wait to see where it goes. Thank you.
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Nicole: There were four.blue_icy_rose on July 6th, 2008 05:23 am (UTC)
I just realized that I somehow managed to miss your last review so, first, let me just say thanks for both! *grins* And no, it's definitely not wishful thinking on your part. I love this story too much to abandon it. I've just gotten completely sidetracked by writing crossovers and a few RL problems. But yes, eventually, once I get my muse to cooperate, there will be more. Promise!

Hope you had a fun 4th!