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Hooked (PG: Spike, OC, Buffy)

Title: Hooked
Prompt: Tinkerbell, and He's Behind You!
Timeline: post-series, same 'verse as Wendy's Man, The Neighs Have It, and Movie Night
Wordcount: 471
A/N: Thank goodness for canon-appropriate creepiness. Without it this story would be sweet enough to give me a toothache. *g*
Disclaimer: still not mine, alas


"Cor, not Tinkerbell, we've read it a dozen times."

The curly-haired moppet scrunched up her nose. Spike suspected she knew exactly how vulnerable he was to her resolve face, as well as how many times he could be browbeaten into reading the Peter Pan picture book before outright rebellion took over. He longed for the day she'd be ready for chapter stories.

"Right, give it here," he sighed.

All smiles, Dawn's daughter clambered onto his lap. Page One, the Darling children in their sissified London home. Spike consoled himself with thoughts of eating the nanny.

As they turned the pages Spike listened for Dawn and Buffy returning from Christmas shopping. Alex was out with his father getting a tree. Celia's heartbeat, quicker than her older brother's, pattered along under Spike's chin. He passed a hand over her hair, the small head round and warm beneath his fingers. She smelled of Dawn and kin, and under that the faint tingly smell that meant Slayer.

Squeeze, urged his demon, which would never be silent, no matter how full he was with pig's blood. Sweet. Tender. Bite! Drink! Taketaketake... Spike flipped the demon off.

Celia bounced as they reached her favorite part, where the crocodile stalked Captain Hook.

"He's behiiind you," she sang.

"Right you are," Spike answered. "But think a bit first, pet. That Captain's a bad 'un. If you warn him, he'll be ready for the crocodile. He might kill old Croc with his cutlass and then come after you." Celia blinked up at him, her eyes round. "Maybe you should let them do each other in, eh?" The small girl looked dubious. "Chances are, you'll have to fight the winner. Which would you rather fight?"

"Croc!" she smiled broadly.

"And why's that? Croc's skin might be too tough to stake. Why do you want to fight him, then?"

The girl hooked a finger into her mouth, pulling her cheek to the side. "I like his teeth." She nodded, decisive.

Spike smiled, sniffing lest an unmanly tear betray him. "That's my girl."

The front door opened. Dawn and Buffy walked in, their arms full of shopping bags. Dawn quickly turned toward the bedroom before either Celia or Spike could catch sight of any logos.

"Come on, Monkey," Buffy crooked her finger at Celia, shedding her coat as she spoke. "Let's get in some training before suppertime." She kicked off her boots and headed for the basement.

Celia slid off the couch. She seized Spike's hand, tugging him in the direction Buffy had gone.

Spike followed them. His demon hissed, a hungry crocodile. It had tasted Slayer twice, but not again. His girls would live and fight and grow old, or he was no bleeding pirate.


( 16 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 20th, 2011 11:47 am (UTC)
Lovely, and the intrusion from the demon does give it an edge.
Dec. 21st, 2011 01:04 am (UTC)
Thank you! I think I'm actually building a 'verse here...
Dec. 20th, 2011 12:17 pm (UTC)
Awwww - love it. Just the right touch of what Spike really is and how far he's come... and how much he loves "his" girls.
Dec. 20th, 2011 01:16 pm (UTC)
This is delightful. I LIKE HIS TEETH.
Dec. 21st, 2011 01:05 am (UTC)
Hee! Thanks!
Dec. 20th, 2011 01:47 pm (UTC)
Dec. 21st, 2011 01:11 am (UTC)
Dec. 20th, 2011 04:12 pm (UTC)
Lovely sweetness tempered by the demon. And, yay, Celia likes teeth! (Training before chapter books? My goodness!)

How could Spike want to bite Nana? She's a good dog!
Dec. 21st, 2011 01:15 am (UTC)

In my mind, the training is very basic at this point: more about how not to hurt herself and her brother than anything else.

Re teeth: this girl KNOWS what she likes.
Dec. 20th, 2011 05:05 pm (UTC)
I love this. Just the right blend of creepy sweetness!
Dec. 21st, 2011 01:16 am (UTC)
Thanks! I aim for the right blend, like dark chocolate pretzels. *g*
Dec. 20th, 2011 05:15 pm (UTC)
impossibly cute.

Nice picture of a warm and happy future!
Dec. 21st, 2011 01:17 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Dec. 26th, 2011 05:31 am (UTC)
*blink* This is something completely new to me. And I liked it! Brava, my dear.
Dec. 26th, 2011 01:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks much!
May. 2nd, 2012 01:54 pm (UTC)
Loved even the demon's parts, Spike's great with his girls.
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