November 26th, 2006

J.J meant to be
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House: Greg House/Brittany House, cardinal directions: west

Title: Gainesville
Fandom: House
Pairing: Greg House/Brittany House
Prompt: #4 -- West
Word Count: 416
Rating: PG
Summary: Reflections on a life twice lived before.
Author's Notes: Takes place in November 2012, after the events of the novel Glass Waltz. Written from Brittany's point of view.

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miscarriage, October awareness, Grieving

Firefly: Simon/Jayne: emotions-regret

Title: Ain’t always so cold, out in the Black 4/5
Author/Artist: wildannuette
Theme: 5 stages of love challenge. This one is compassion.
Rating: NC-17 for sensitive scenes more than smut.
Pairing: Simon/Jayne
Summary: A dark day for all of the crew; mercy and compassion sometimes a curse when considering the options. Simon-centric chapter.

a/N: What is it with me and planet names? This one is oddly apt…


Previous parts found here:

Envy

Regret

Surprise

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spike/mandy by dazzo

The Story of Us: Part 1/5 (sorry for being late)

Title: The Story of Us 1/5
Author/Artist: mandylynn4
Theme: Five Stages of Love - ENVY
Rating: PG?
Pairing: Spike/Xander
Summary: Xander admits to himself that Spike is a little attractive. And he decides that he can get a woman, too!

~*~The Story Of Us: Part One (Envy Is A Form Of Praise)~*~

Well, Xander reasoned, it’s not like he was totally off base with his comments earlier. Spike was a vampire who was turned at the peak of human life. His body didn’t age or get fatter – so he still was compact. He was strong with good muscle tone and with that black coat, he could be mistaken for mysterious. His hair color may have changed a bit – Xander was fairly certain that particular shade of blonde wasn’t natural – but he was pretty much the same guy. Only not.

Xander sighed and continued his journey to Spike’s mausoleum. As he came up on it, he noticed the door open a crack. He peeked in. Buffy – the real one, as the bot was still with Willow at the Magic Box – was giving Spike a kiss. A gentle one, as the vampire was completely battered. Xander covered his own mouth to keep his gasp from being heard, then slunk off into the cemetery.

Spike was the same guy, but somehow Xander believed that the vampire part had a better chance with the ladies. Or maybe just a stronger liking for them…

Well, two could play at that game.
spike/mandy by dazzo

The Story Of Us: Part 2/5

Title: The Story of Us 2/5
Author/Artist: mandylynn4
Theme: Five Stages of Love - COMPASSION
Rating: PG
Pairing: Spike/Xander
Summary: During the "Summer without Summers," wherein Xander feels bad for Spike and the BuffyBot.

~*~The Story Of Us: Part 2 (Simple Human Pity is More Helpful Than Wisdom)~*~

"Spike is my love bunny! He's a sex machine - just like me!"

He looks pained. He looks uncomfortable and embarrassed and sickened and, most of all, completely and totally miserable.

“Could you…could you take all of that out?” Spike choked, turning his head away from the BuffyBot. His arms wrapped themselves around his chest. Xander, for some odd reason, wanted to be hugging the vampire. It wasn’t so much a lusty thing – although those thoughts had been more and more common since they had been slaying together so much – but more of a hug-the-pain-away feeling.

“I’ll do what I can,” Willow offered, peeling back the skin on the BuffyBot’s back. “It’s all still pretty complicated…”

“You’re telling me.”

Spike and Xander looked at each other as they realized they’d spoken at the same time.

“Uh, I…I’ve gotta go. Slayage tomorrow night? Same time, same place? Okie dokie.”

Xander tried to speed out of the Magic Box without looking conspicuous, but he was stopped as soon as he reached the alley. He tried not to look up from his shoes. He knew who it was.

“Want to kill something?”

He couldn’t help it. He had to look. Spike’s body language was trying to say he was rough and tough, but his eyes were soft and still so sad. Xander couldn’t stop himself. His arms went around the smaller frame in a tight, squeezing hug. Then, they dropped to his sides.

“Yeah. Let’s go.”
spike/mandy by dazzo

The Story of Us: Part 3/5

Title: The Story of Us 3/5
Author/Artist: mandylynn4
Theme: Five Stages of Love - HOPE
Rating: PG-ish
Pairing: Spike/Xander
Summary: This happens "just" before the beginning of "Once More With Feeling." It is alluded to by Xander saying the evening before was very disturbing and Spike telling Buffy that he'd seen some damn funny things...and that he already knew about the singing. So...ummm...let's pretend that I'm not trying to make up some canon...okay?

~*~The Story of Us: Part 3 (Hope Is A Waking Dream)~*~

Okay, so summoning a musical demon is not a good thing. Xander sat on the floor of the crypt, staring at his hands. He and Spike…well, there was song. There was dance. There was kissage. The kind of kissage that one gives his fiancé, not a male vampire that just so happens to be his crush. It was a tiny crush…

Maybe he shouldn’t have left his apartment tonight. Maybe he should have chanced it with Anya and her griping for an evening. Maybe he shouldn’t have…

“Would you please quit analyzing it?” Spike was laying on his back on top of a tomb. “We sang in each other’s presence. You can’t tell me my voice was that bad.”

Xander looked up sharply. “We…we…” He couldn’t bring himself to say it.

“Snogged?” Spike rolled over on his side so he could see Xander. “If you can’t say it, you’re probably too young…”

“Ummm…Spike?”

Spike’s eyes met his. He must have seen something and misinterpreted it because he rolled back over onto his back and sighed. “Won’t mention it to anyone. Happy?”

“No.” From somewhere far off, they could hear a tune beginning. It made shivers go up Xander’s back. “I’d…I’d better go. Don’t want to…”

“Mmm-hmmm. I understand. Wouldn’t want to lip-lock with Spike again.”

“…actually, I just don’t want to sing again…”

He rolled back over and Xander could see that damn eyebrow raise suggestively. Xander ran as the music swelled.
spike/mandy by dazzo

The Story Of Us: Part 4/5

Title: The Story of Us 4/5
Author/Artist: mandylynn4
Theme: Five Stages of Love - REGRET
Rating: PG-13
Pairing: Spike/Xander
Summary: The evil skull-camera in the Magic Box shows Xander what he never wanted to see.

~*~The Story Of Us: Part 4 (Hindsight is Always 20/20)~*~

Xander wanted to hurt something. He wanted to hurt himself for being so stupid. He wanted to hurt Spike for the same reason. He wanted to hurt Anya for screwing up what he was about to finally have. He wanted the entire past year to just poof! and go away. But he knew it couldn’t. He couldn’t just get rid of all the lies and mistakes and pains. They were part of history now, a history that could never be rewritten – even by reincarnation.

On a good note, if the past year hadn’t happened he would never have been able to experience Spike like he did. True, it hadn’t happened on the best of evenings – the night before he was supposed to marry Anya – but it had happened. Spike and he…well, there were too many things to mention. It was the perfect night. The perfect sex. The perfect beginning to something more…

But now that was all gone. His eyes left the computer screen where Spike and Anya were screwing on the Magic Box table and his fists unclenched. Then, he went for the axe. Someone or something would hurt. He just hoped it wouldn’t be him.