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Ficlet: The Fun House Doors of Perception

Title: The Fun House Doors of Perception
Author: Rebcake
Rating: Mature, 'cos language and S6 shenanigans
Word count: 540
Prompt: Seeing Isn't Believing
Summary: Spike's sure he's got it all figured...

I told you ... stop trying to see me.
—Buffy to Spike, in Gone

Buffy's playing-hard-to-get, kiss-chase thing had been cute. Although it was much cuter in retrospect. Once she had stopped running, or been stopped in a riot of falling timbers (dangerous, that), Spike thought fondly of all that equivocation as just one of her little foibles. He would like to say that he'd known all along that she'd come to see his charms, but it had been touch-and-go, literally, right up until she'd wrestled his zipper open and he found himself balls-deep in, well, something a lot closer to heaven than he'd ever hoped to attain.

Her harsh words of the next morning might've been more convincing if he hadn't already seen the raw heart of her. (Not literally.) Her scarpering was all part of the game she insisted on playing with herself. Wasn't about him at all. His century-plus with Drusilla had left him more than able to deal with his lady love's whimsies. He did have patience, when he felt like exercising it.

Sure enough, she'd come to him again that same night, with the excuse of needing to track Dawn. So cute. Turned out, Dawn had needed a bit of aid, and he'd ended up sitting with her in the ER instead of enjoying the succulent fruits of his new relationship with her sister. It didn't matter. He was clearly part of Buffy's life now. Accepted as the adjunct protector of her family. Her helpmeet. A real partner.

Which made her dismissal the next morning chafe a little. (Literally and figuratively, in this case. Even his loosest jeans were not giving him much relief from the effects of the marathon shag of the night before last. The vivid memories didn't help with that, but he wouldn't wish them away for anything. Maybe he should dig out some of his old boxers, just for the time being.) Anyway, he'd left her with a taste of her own medicine, for a change. As in, he'd left. If he knew his Slayer, and he did, she'd be along in a few hours to set him straight. (There went the chaffing again.)

He hadn't expected her to show up in this state: completely invisible. He'd had a few bad moments before he twigged that the ghostly succubus manhandling him was just the girl he wanted to see, so to speak. That's when the fun started.

And it was fun, chaffing be damned. It was more than good to have her — the real, true Buffy — in his arms. He might not be able to see her, literally, but he could discern every precious thing about her just fine. She was so carefree and playful, just as he'd always known she could be, once she let herself. This was what he'd wanted to provide for her. A little joy and sweetness to bring relief from all the difficulties she faced. Every couple had to deal with the problems of life, or what all. Offer shelter to their beloved from all those slings and arrows. If he could make her laugh, make her come, make her forget her own name for a few moments — as well as her troubles — that was a good start.

They'll handle the rest as it comes. Together.


( 16 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 1st, 2016 01:23 am (UTC)
This is just… perfect. It's like you read his thoughts.
Nov. 1st, 2016 01:30 am (UTC)
Thanks. Poor sap.
Nov. 1st, 2016 01:39 am (UTC)
But you know? On some level he's got it right. Buffy just doesn't know it.
Nov. 1st, 2016 01:47 am (UTC)
You're absolutely right! IMO, anyway. It's just that her whole hard-to-get phase is going to last MUCH longer than he thinks... That's if what he wants to get is more than the ol' rumpy pumpy. Which we know it is! So I'm back to poor sap...
Nov. 1st, 2016 03:01 am (UTC)

Loved this! It's amazing how much of a positive attitude Spike possesses, with all the mixed signals from Buffy.

Nov. 1st, 2016 03:27 am (UTC)
I think he's picking and choosing which signals to pay attention to. ;-) He's got a naturally cheerful (and romantic) disposition, seems to me. It takes a lot for her to really bring him down.

Thanks for commenting!
Nov. 1st, 2016 11:59 am (UTC)
Yes, poor, deluded chap. All for his own good, though, in the end. Though Buffy could be vile to him, it's not like he didn't deserve a LOT of payback for his many wicked deeds.

Really, they're both fooling themselves at this point. And this fab little fic makes the point very cleverly, while sneaking in some sharp observations about their respective characters.
Nov. 1st, 2016 05:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks for that "sharp observations" comment!

I'm not sure it's Buffy's job to make Spike pay for his past misdeeds, particularly by mistreating him in the "relationship" realm. For one thing, it hurts her more than him. Maybe. Sort of. At least, it's not very good for her. Not that she should swoon into his waiting arms without a qualm. It's tricky stuff! Which is why we write!
Nov. 16th, 2016 04:41 pm (UTC)
Aww, he's so deluded, bless him.
Nov. 17th, 2016 05:48 am (UTC)
Well, he is and he isn't. His interpretation is good enough, but it doesn't take the depths of her self-loathing into account. Maybe because he can't imagine her as loathable? Even when he hated her (ha!) he didn't really. IMO.

Thanks for commenting!
Dec. 28th, 2016 12:37 am (UTC)
Ha, so I guess Spike must have stopped wearing his boxers around the time he started hoping that Buffy would succumb to his charms! You know, just in case. At least on that count his optimism was justified. For the rest, not so much... (Not until much later, at any rate.)
Dec. 28th, 2016 08:23 pm (UTC)
Boxers or commando? We know he's done both...but who knows the rhyme or reason for one or the other? I just noticed the loose jeans in Gone and decided that even I could figure out the reason for those. Heh.

Thanks for commenting, sweetie!
Jan. 6th, 2017 05:54 pm (UTC)
I have a sad now, even though the parentheses were very fun.
Interesting play on "literally" - the one time he doesn't consider the figurative meaning is the one time he should - and, by Jove, this seems like an unique (?) way to combine Spuffy+seeing. Usually, it's a given that he sees her, right? Very thought-provoking.
Jan. 6th, 2017 07:17 pm (UTC)
It is sad. I don't think he's totally wrong, he's just not seeing deeply enough into her self-loathing. Or he's seeing past it, maybe? Whatever he's seeing, it's not the long, hard slog ahead. Which isn't without its moments of sweetness, but he underestimates the pain.

Thanks for commenting!
Jan. 6th, 2017 07:57 pm (UTC)
Here from buffyversetop5
He'd had a few bad moments before he twigged that the ghostly succubus manhandling him was just the girl he wanted to see, so to speak.

Heh, she really was a ghostly succubus in that ep, wasn't she?
Jan. 6th, 2017 08:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Here from buffyversetop5
Heh. The ghostliness turned solid pretty quickly, though! The succubus remained, though!

I'm glad you enjoyed it!
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