Buffy Gets Older, Xander Gets Wiser by slaymesoftly
12/30/2014 03:10 pm
"Bloody Buggering Fuck..." and so say we all!
In Xander's defence, if he'd found out about Buffy and Spike some way other than seeing Spike screwing his (jilted) girl friend he might have reacted a little more like this... There's no way that seeing your almost wife being tupped expertly by another man will improve your ability to function rationally.
I like your version better.
I like to think that the Scoobies would have handled it better than Buffy thought they would. She even says so herself after "Normal" when Spike threatens to tell them and she says she just tried to kill them and they forgave her, so she thinks they'd deal just fine with knowing she'd had an affair with Spike. If, instead of pushing him away in front of them (and keeping him away from the house? Not sure if that's canon or fanon, now that I think about it. He was there for her birthday party...) she had just let everyone see the relationship developing (and how could they not, really?), it would have gone okay. That's often the route my season 6 fics take.
01/30/2014 03:33 pm
TextSometimes, I skip the shorty-shorts, but I was in a hurry... This was really good. And, surprise? It didn't leave me hungering for. I feft like all the bad break-ups after were erased. But, you know, just for a few moments.
Temporary peace is about all we can hope for.
01/15/2014 05:58 am
This was so good. I usually hate Xander but you made him surprisingly likeable yet still himself. That is quite a feat.
Thank you. He can be very unlikeable, for sure, but he had his nicer moments.
01/09/2014 06:31 am
Should the mood ever strike, I would love to see the double date. Thanks for sharing.
Seems to be a popular plan. Thanks for reading.
01/07/2014 01:49 am
Drouble dating would be quite funny.
*nods* The general consensus is that I must write about the date - sometime when I'm feeling funny....
01/06/2014 03:29 am
I really needed something like this. My mood has improved tremendously .
01/04/2014 02:18 pm
For once, the wheels in Xander's head turned when it was needed. It's nice when the Scoobies take off their Sunnydale blinkers and see what's in front them when it comes to Buffy. Enjoyed!
01/04/2014 11:42 am
Given how clueless Xander was in the show, I expect it would have taken more than a vibrator and a whispered conversation to drag him out of the land of Egypt. Still would have loved to see Willow make that purchase, bet her face would have been as red as her hair. Great fun.
Thanks. I'm glad you enjoyed it. He was clueless, but I think deliberately so. Who knows where he was looking when Buffy opened that gift? I don't think the camera was on everybody. It's easy to posit that he could see Spike as well as Buffy, and be momentarily puzzled by their reactions. He wouldn't, of course, have immediately jumped to the conclusion that Buffy didn't need a vibrator because she had Spike, but it would have been one more little puzzle piece that - who knows? - he might have put together eventually with other things he'd managed to avoid thinking about. (like Spike banging an invisible girl at the very same time that Buffy was invisible...) I think the conversation, even if he'd had to think about it for a while, may have opened his eyes. Too bad it never happened.
01/04/2014 10:47 am
It's nice when we can see that Xander really are a good guy. If Buffy told her friends, they would have get used to it. In the show Xander did get the news in probably the worst moment he could get it.
Exactly! That's such a good point - that Xander found out about it at the worst possible time. There's really no reason to think he'd be as disgusted if he'd found out before all the drama and guilt of dumping Anya at the wedding, and then seeing her boinking Spike. He was already not thinking clearly when he got there, and he was already furious at Spike.
01/04/2014 09:23 am
It's rare to see this sort of reaction from Xander, I'm surprised how much I liked it! Thanks for the treat.
I'm glad you enjoyed it. I'm a little surprised at how many people can't see Xander behaving like this... and I'll admit, it's a lot easier to write him being a jerk. But as someone else pointed out, his canon reaction to finding out probably had a lot to do with the timing and the situation - as well as his own self-disgust over what he did to Anya. It was easy for him to transfer that disgust to Spike.
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