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Fic: Flowers for Christmas
by OKDeanna (okdeanna)
at December 24th, 2012 (01:25 pm)

Title: Flowers for Christmas
Author: okdeanna
Rating: PG
Word Count: 400
Pairing: Spike/Buffy, Spike/Joyce friendship
Timeline: Btvs Season 5, post Into the Woods
Summary: Spike learns another rare, hidden truth about Buffy
A/N: Special thank you to dusty273 for the very last minute beta read! Love you bunches, honey!

Flowers for Christmas

Nothing moved. Nothing breathed. Yet Spike knew without a doubt she stood in the shadow of the trees, watching him, waiting for him to mess up, to take another life.

He wouldn’t. Tell the truth, he bloody couldn’t. Not anymore. Not since it. Not since her.

Even without the sodding chip in his head, even without his soul, Spike knew his days as a cold-blooded killer were over. She might doubt him; he’d never doubt himself. Not about this. Not about pleasing her.

Spike paid for his bundle of flowers, a Happy Christmas gift for Joyce, and turned to head back through town, knowing exactly when Buffy moved from her spot in the foliage to follow him.

Bleeding Christ, he hated that he loved her. Hated even more that she didn’t believe he loved her.

“I know what you’re doing,” she said, no longer trying to hide from him. “You can buy all the flowers you want, but I’m never gonna love you. I’m never gonna forget what you are, what you’ve done, what you’re capable of doing.”

Spike stopped walking and glanced at her over his shoulder. “Sorry to disappoint you, pet, but the flowers aren’t for you.”

Buffy blinked. “Well, good. Great, even. Glad you finally got the message.”

Was that curiosity in her tone? A bit of jealousy, perhaps?

“Got it, Slayer. Loud and clear.”

Spike barely managed to hide his smirk as Buffy stalked off toward home. He waited long enough to stay clear of her vamp radar then followed her home, leaving the flowers and a short Happy Christmas, Get Well Soon note to Joyce on the front doorstep.

He’d barely made it to the next house before the door opened and Buffy stepped out, her hands shaking as she picked up the flowers and read over his note. He half expected her to throw them out when she recognized them, but she surprised him by calling for her mom and handing Joyce the gift that he’d left for her.

The smile on Joyce’s face might have been thanks enough, but the grateful, happy tears in Buffy’s eyes meant even more. Buffy might pretend to be indifferent to him, but times like this, when she let her guard down just a bit, Spike saw the truth of it. For now, that rare glimpse into her heart, into her, was more than enough.

It was everything.

Merry Christmas, Everyone!


Posted by: velvetwhip (velvetwhip)
Posted at: December 24th, 2012 07:28 pm (UTC)
Shannon Spuffy

This was quite touching. Nice job! Happy Holidays to you!


Posted by: OKDeanna (okdeanna)
Posted at: December 24th, 2012 07:29 pm (UTC)
spike door

Thanks! Happy Holidays to you as well!

Posted by: slaymesoftly (slaymesoftly)
Posted at: December 24th, 2012 07:33 pm (UTC)

Oh how bittersweet. Loved it. Merry Christmas!

Posted by: OKDeanna (okdeanna)
Posted at: December 24th, 2012 07:34 pm (UTC)

Thank you! Muse has been very difficult as of late so I was pleasantly surprised I managed to knock this one out for today.

Merry Christmas!

Posted by: Danna (chasingdemons)
Posted at: December 24th, 2012 09:05 pm (UTC)
Fool for Love

Very sweet. Hopefully someday Buffy will let her guard down again. Very Christmas!

Posted by: Sari (sarian71)
Posted at: December 25th, 2012 12:12 pm (UTC)

This was lovely.

Merry Christmas!

Posted by: Kiki May (kikimay)
Posted at: December 25th, 2012 12:45 pm (UTC)
Spuffy is passion

Very touching. I love how you portrayed the Slayer. I also think that when she let her guard down, she's the sweetest person. And I love how Spike recognizes it and accepts it as a gift. Merry Christmas!!

Posted by: caia (thisficklemob)
Posted at: December 26th, 2012 07:43 am (UTC)
hey love by dtissagirl

Aww. It's nice to think he might have given Joyce flowers while she was alive -- Joyce deserved to know of his regard.

Posted by: seapealsh (seapealsh)
Posted at: December 28th, 2012 01:36 am (UTC)
Fight photo

That was lovely.