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24 June 2006 @ 09:28 pm
Ficlet: Late Night Swim (4/5)  
Title: Late Night Swim
Rating: PG
Challenge: Five Elements
Stage: Water
Summary: Xander and Dru have convinced Spike to go swimming.
Warnings: Both het and slash are in this series.
Disclaimer: They belong to Joss Whedon and not me.

Previous Parts: Earth, Air, Fire

This wasn’t something that Spike was used to doing. He broke into places plenty of times but he was pretty sure this was the only time he’d ever broken into the pool at the Boys and Girls club simply because the pool at the apartment was closed down for repairs. And he knew he wouldn’t have done it if Xander hadn’t been dying to go swimming.

When they combined Xander’s puppy eyes with Dru’s pout, Spike knew he was doomed. He couldn’t resist either of those looks and the two of them knew it.

The results were worth it though, he decided as he watched Xander dive into the water with a shout. There was a splash and then Xander was breaking through the surface, laughing. “This is great. We should do this more often.”

“What? Break into places?” Spike asked, raising an eyebrow. “I’ll remember that the next time you complain about doing something illegal.”

“Swim, you doof.” Xander rolled his eyes.

Dru laughed as she walked down the steps and into the water. She didn’t say anything, just skimmed her hands over the water before moving to the deeper end, diving under. It was almost five minutes before she surfaced. “I’m like a fish. Just swimming around and around….”

“It does come in handy, not having to breathe,” Spike agreed.

“Aren’t you going to swim, Spike?” Dru tilted her head to the side. “You can break the water and walk through it as if it’s nothing.”

Xander brightened. “Really? Cool.”

Spike rolled his eyes. “Yeah, it’s the most fun you’ll ever have,” he deadpanned. They stared at him and he grinned. “I’ll be there in a minute. Happy?”

“Are you going to be naked?” Xander asked. Spike nodded. “Then yes. I’m going to be happy.” He grinned as Spike shook his head and began undressing. Diving under, he laughed as Dru waved from the floor and pushed himself back to the surface for air. It was at that point when he came to his decision.

It was almost time.

He was ready for forever.
a curious cat: Spander:  mmmmkaleecat on June 25th, 2006 03:58 am (UTC)
I like how this ends, there's just something ... sweet about it. LOL at Dru walking along the bottom of the pool; and the little bit about Spike joining them in the pool & Xander asking, will you be naked. :-D

I'm really enjoying this series of vignettes, they're short but have so much meaning to them about the relationship Xander has built with the two of them. And your use of imagery is very well done. I can see them & feel their emotions (the fire one was really good with that).

I'm glad you're sharing these.
Secret :)guilty_amethyst on June 25th, 2006 04:07 am (UTC)
Puppy eyes and pouts? Spike, thou are doomed to be a slave to your, uh, family's whims.

O.o I wanna not have to breathe underwater! (God knows how long-or how short-I manage staying underwater.)
woman_of_: Dru and Spike #2woman_of_ on June 25th, 2006 11:19 am (UTC)
Excellent! Love Spike as the easily manipulated head of the family, giving his pets anything they want.

Would be cool to stay underwater for as long as you want.