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Written for flaming_muse, who donated to the relief efforts for the victims of the tsunami and earthquake through fandom_charity. She asked for Spike and Xander, and something domestic. Sorry I didn’t fit the snow element of your suggestion into this, but I hope you’ll be happy with the improved donation to fic exchange rate for your story. The original request was for a thousand words -- this piece clocks in at 3,169 words.

Thanks to grammar_glamour for the careful beta.


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A Few Changes Here and There
By
EntreNous
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Xander had always assumed that the tough, hard to believe portion of his latest relationship was the part about him and Spike even getting together in the first place. But he had to admit to himself that the stranger tale by far was what happened when he and Spike were really together, settled, and stable, and finally ready to move in with one another.

He’d pretty much thought that most of his adventures were behind him, whether of the slaying variety or of the coming out variety. When he’d given Buffy and Willow the double-bombshell -- him batting for the other team and having a serious relationship with Spike -- Buffy had stared at him with her lips parted in confusion. But then she’d smiled winningly and said she thought that Xander being with Spike was way less freaksome than him dating Cordelia back in high school. Willow waited for Buffy to speak, but then she took the immediate-reassurance route, hugging him right away. Of course, the way she looked when she backed off, her eyes warm and filled with emotion, but her lips in an almost-smirk of told-you-so . . . well, Xander couldn’t help but wonder if she probably could have given him the low down about him and Spike way before he’d realized what had been going on.

So everything on the relationship and domestic horizon was forecasting calm, and, after a fashion, kind of normal. The mundane details of putting bids on houses, dealing with realtors and contractors, and negotiating through the headache of the closing had been undertaken and dispatched in a relatively painless way. And now, thanks to a little creative and bureaucratic finagling on Willow’s part (it was a little scary how she came up with Spike’s legal documents quick like a bunny), he and Spike were now the proud owners of a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom house.

Their new place stood on a shady tree-lined street that reminded Xander of the neighborhoods he’d seen in picture books and movies when he was a little kid. It came with a gently-sloping lawn (which in turn came with a kid two houses down who’d already cut them what he promised was the deal of the decade for the services of his lawn mowing racket), and it was cozy and peaceful and utterly, wonderfully boring. And that was exactly how Xander wanted it.

***

“I’m so ready for absolutely nothing to happen,” he declared on the phone that night to Willow.

In the grand tradition of moving-in days, he and Spike had ordered pizza and eaten it crashed out on the couch, peering at the boxes piled about them in dazed exhaustion.

“Once we get unpacked, and barring some radical but oddly familiar development like our town sinking into a crater, we’re good to stay put for a while.” Spike passed him noiselessly in the carpeted hallway, wandering upstairs while Xander looked after him fondly. “Get ready for absolutely dull updates, Will. No crazy demons of the week. No huge world-in-peril problems. In fact, I’m thinking about sending one of those stupid holiday newsletters just to show everyone how dull our lives are. I might even take to printing across it in 48-point red and green font ‘Absolutely nothing is new in the Spike and Xander Harris household! Again!’ ”

“Don’t say that,” Willow admonished him. “First, you know better than to tempt things that get tempted by predicting that nothing exciting will happen. And second, life just has a way of getting twisty and turn-y when you least expect it.”

“That’s what you think,” Xander said, pointing his finger at the phone as though Willow could see him. “I’m already planning on boring you to tears next week with the details about how we unpacked the boxes and then sat around saying ‘Aren’t you glad the boxes are unpacked?’ ”

“Maybe the cat will have done something wacky,” Willow proposed.

“Nah, that’s highly doubtful. She’s already hiding under the bed, as per usual. I’m not even sure if she gets that the bed is somewhere else, as long as she has her familiar box-spring ceiling. Seriously Willow, dullest people in your life now. Just you wait.”

***

Of course, telling Willow and telling himself that things to come would strictly be of the non-exciting variety, Xander hadn’t counted on one very important factor. And that factor was a bored former killer and carouser now focused entirely on -- and becoming increasingly obsessed with -- the composition of his new living space.

“What the hell is this?” Xander asked in amazement when he returned home for their second night in the house. He’d left in the morning with Spike sitting bleary-eyed and hair mussed on the couch, knees drawn up to his chest and toes peeking out from his flannel pajama bottoms, watching Ellen and drinking coffee. Spike had mumbled something about pots and pans, so he’d anticipated coming home and making sense of how Spike had unpacked the kitchen, maybe followed by a little goading into setting up the study. But what he returned to was kitchen stuff still boxed up nice and tight, and long curling strips of paper dangling off of the walls of the new living room.

“Well, what did you expect?” Spike asked. From the looks of things, Xander was inclined to guess Spike had started the project by ripping off the paper with his bare hands. “That whole blooming roses and garden gates motif was horrible. I can’t live like that.”

Xander blinked at the remnants of paper, glue, and the cross-hatching of too many chipped coats of ugly paint on the walls, and couldn’t come up with a reply that wasn’t made up entirely of exclamation points.

“ ‘Sides,” Spike continued as though Xander had conceded the point and was now merely acknowledging the crowning moment of the argument. “Just makes it a bit easier for to knock down that wall.”

“That wall cannot be knocked down!” Xander announced with authority, somewhat relieved at finally latching onto a point of protest. “It’s a load-bearing wall.”

“Right.” Spike crossed his arms and frowned at the wall. “What about that one over there then?”

“Well, I guess it could be, but --”

“That one will have to do, I suppose,” Spike sighed.

“Why do any of the walls have to be knocked down?” Xander asked plaintively. “I thought we liked all of the walls. That’s why we bought them.”

Spike regarded him with a mixture of annoyance and affection. “Because we need to create more of an experience of flow between the downstairs rooms.”

While Xander gaped at that idea, Spike jotted down a few notes on a pad of paper and then pulled out an automatic tape measure and headed for the den. “I’m just making a few changes here and there,” he remarked as he left the room.

“So it’s just the dining room that you’re doing over. Right? Spike?” Xander called out. “I really, really hope silence means yes,” he mumbled when there was no reply.

***

Of course it wasn’t only the dining room. Every day the grand plans to make “a few changes here and there” seemed to get more and more complicated.

A week and a half after they’d moved in, Xander stumbled into the bathroom in the morning to find that the sink had been yanked out of the wall, even though the new model that Spike had finally located by phoning specialty stores in a total of four states hadn’t yet arrived.

“Where am I supposed to brush my teeth?” Xander asked, clutching at the doorframe for support while Spike breezed past him into the room. “Wait, don’t answer that, because I know there are other sinks in the house, but this, this is supposed to be the master bedroom bathroom, and there should be a sink in here.” He looked at the hole and the chipped plaster, and tried to remain calm. “Just tell me one thing. Why are you doing this to me?”

“I needed to make way for the Moroccan tiles that are being delivered later today,” Spike said absently, running his hand over the wall as though he was determining something important by touch.

“For the floor?” Xander asked in confusion.

“No, for the walls,” Spike said as though that was the most obvious thing in the world.

Xander slunk downstairs to brush his teeth.

***

A few days later Xander found that the wall-to-wall carpeting that he’d liked so much on chilly mornings had been stripped from the floors. He wiggled his now-cold toes and made a distressed noise that Spike overheard.

“I know what you’re thinking,” Spike said in an impatient voice as he moved to stand by Xander’s side. “But the wood floors will make the entire space seem more open, and the grain will look great once it’s stained properly. And after all, this will be better for your allergies. I’ve been reading that those carpets hold dust and particles to beat the band.”

“I don’t have any allergies,” Xander protested.

Spike shot him a meaningful look. “Not yet, you don’t.”

***

They’d been moved in for a month when Xander took to calling Willow on the phone from work rather than home so that he didn’t have to whisper about the latest renovation improvisation. “I can’t eat breakfast in a kitchen that has eight different stripes of pale yellow on the wall across from the table. It makes me all queasy.”

“So eat in the dining room,” Willow suggested. Xander thought he heard the tapping of computer keys but when he cleared his throat it stopped abruptly.

“You don’t even want to hear why I can’t eat in the dining room right now.”

“The living room?” Willow asked.

“Listen to me,” Xander said slowly, gripping the phone hard. “I can’t go anywhere in that house without tripping over clumps of fabric swatches. The project of redoing the wood floors has somehow merged with the project to make the downstairs space flow, and now I have to build a wood ‘outside room,’ or, as we used to say in Sunnydale, a deck.”

“But you have to admit, Xander, it sounds like everything will look so nice when it’s all finished.” Her tone was likely meant to sound soothing, but Xander could hear in her voice the snicker just waiting to burst out.

“You cannot imagine how insane our home life is right now,” Xander hissed into the receiver. “Did you know there were a bazillion shades of paint that the normal person just groups under the color category ‘white’? A couple of days ago he laid them all out in front of me and asked me my opinion on which one he should use for the foyer and hallway. But after going blind from looking at samples of ‘ecru’ and ‘eggshell’ and ‘pale’ and ‘Westchester cream’, I could not tell one from the other.” He ran his fingers through his hair and took a deep breath. “And there’s no way to tell what crazy decoration or wall-gutting scheme he’ll come up with next.”

“Look, try to set up something where he tells you in advance what he’s going to do,” Willow advised.

“I tried that. He said it would disrupt the organic process.”

“The organic process,” Willow repeated. “When did he say that?”

“Just the other day when he was prying the fake wood paneling off of the walls of the den and getting ready to staple gun fabric over a board to make a valance for the windows.”

Willow giggled. “You know, I never thought it would be said, but I think Spike is the one who wears the tool belt in your family.”

“Go ahead and laugh it up,” Xander said coolly. “He’s making up a step-by-step photographic account of the entire process that he said he wants to show you when you visit.”

The sound of something crashing to the floor on the other end of the phone did, actually, make him feel slightly better.

***

But to be fair, in the midst of work on the wiring for the wall sconces, and conversations about the amount of attention a homeowner had to pay to the issue of curb appeal, there were some really good moments.

Like the time when Spike decreed the bedroom finished and they spent much of the weekend inside of it. Of course, that was much to the consternation of their anti-social cat, who hurriedly relocated to a spot underneath the couch downstairs as it became abundantly clear that her caretakers were going to carry on making yowling and gasping sounds for far too long.

Or the time when Xander returned home as a surprise for lunch, bearing Chinese food and bags of fresh blood, only to find Spike staring thoughtfully at the just-finished walls of the glassed-in sun-porch. They had blinds up to block out the rays, but enough indirect light seeped through to give a warm glow to the blue paint Spike had chosen. He looked impossibly young as he surveyed his work, and impossibly still in the break in action of weeks and weeks of relentless always-doing. And as Xander crept closer, he saw the dab of light blue paint that had somehow smeared itself on Spike’s nose matched his eyes exactly.

Xander put everything down in a kind of fog and stepped up to wrap his arms around Spike’s waist from behind. They regarded the sky-blue wall together for a few minutes in silence. “It’s really nice,” Xander finally said gruffly, and Spike didn’t answer but instead curled back against him like a contented cat.

***

But then there were other times that were not so great. Like when they had finished taking a long shower together, a shower full of much exciting build up in the form of sloppy wet make-out sessions and teasing action with both soap and bath gel. But then as Xander was pulling Spike towards the bed, Spike murmured that he’d be there in just a moment.

When Xander woke on the bed an hour later, still in his towel on top of the covers, he stomped around until he found Spike seated nude at the computer table in the study, looking at different types of shower fixtures online. Xander had said nothing, but went to bed in full sulk mode.

The bedroom didn’t see any action for over a week.

***

“How can you afford all of this renovation and redecoration stuff?” Buffy asked curiously. She’d gotten the sporadic updates from Xander, but Willow’s more detailed account of the installation of the kitchen island complete with vegetable-rinsing sink and range top had piqued her curiosity. “I mean, sure, you’re probably getting a carpenter-guy break on the prices -- I’m guessing that there’s some kind of secret construction-brother he-man club handshake that opens the door to bargain rates. But still, it has to add up.”

“Have you forgotten that it’s Spike who’s dealing with most of the contractors?” Xander asked. “Imagine factoring in Spike-type charm, along with Spike-type intimidation tactics, and what you’ve got is materials and work that we’re getting for a song.”

“I have got to come visit you and see all of this,” Buffy exclaimed. “Don’t worry; I’ve already been warned about Spike’s scary picture book thing, and not even the prospect of sitting through that boredom fest can turn me away. Willow said you have stained glass in the entryway, and that you’re going to have a hot tub out in the outside room, and --”

Xander groaned. “Listen, I’ll tell you what I told Willow, and Andrew, and Faith. Spike keeps saying that of course everyone can come to see the house, but only when everything is finished.”

“But when will it be finished?” Buffy asked in exasperation.

***

And wasn’t that the question that had preyed on Xander’s mind since he’d spied the first strip of wall paper dangling from the plaster?

“When?” he asked Spike that night. He had come straight upstairs to the bedroom when he got home a little on the late side, still carrying his briefcase full of papers and contracts. And even though he’d been getting ready for the entire duration of the drive back to ask Spike this, he was a little surprised at the urgency that came through in his voice when he spoke aloud.

“When what?” Spike asked, peering over the glasses he now wore when he was reading books (or, in this case, combing through stacks of house and garden magazines and catalogues). He laid aside what he’d been glancing at, and sat up on the bed.

“When will all of this -- the painting, the refurbishing, the whole big shebang of house-changing-craziness -- when will it be finished?”

Spike took off his glasses and looked at Xander, tilting his head to the side in concentration. “I’m only doing all of this nonsense for you, you know.”

“For me?” Xander asked. “Me?” He looked to his right, to his left, and then behind him just to make sure Spike wasn’t talking to someone else. “Me me, you mean?”

“Of course you, you dolt,” Spike replied.

“But I don’t want any of this,” Xander said. Spike looked surprised, but then carefully composed his expression to something more neutral, and Xander hastened to say more. “I mean, it’s great. It’s amazing, the stuff that you’ve done. I had no idea you could make the place look so fantastic, and it’s seriously not even the same house that we bought. And hell, the place’s resale value has probably shot through the roof what with all of the improvements and extras and detail work.” He took a breath, rubbed the heels of his palms against his face and dove back in. “But Spike, I don’t want . . . the dust, and the mess, and the stress, and the negotiating, and the rearranging . . . I want you, and me here, us together, things going normally.”

Spike snorted, but his face went soft and warm. “You’re not very much for the complications and fanciness, are you, love?”

“Not so much,” Xander agreed. He moved closer, and discarded his briefcase, jacket, and tie on to the chair. When he eased onto the mattress, and patted his hand against his chest in a kind of bed-cuddling signal, Spike shifted over right away to lay his head against his shoulder.

“I suppose we could wrap everything up that’s happening now, call it finished,” Spike said in the low voice that always gave Xander the good kind of shivers.

“If that’s cool with you,” Xander said, exhaling lightly when Spike very quickly unbuttoned his shirt.

“Think I could manage,” Spike said. “Besides,” he whispered as he leaned forward, sliding his mouth along Xander’s neck and moving up further to brush their lips together teasingly. “Now that the kitchen’s complete I’ll have to take up gourmet cooking.”

**~**~**The End**~**~**

Comments

( 48 comments — Leave a comment )
mpoetess
Jan. 11th, 2005 05:48 am (UTC)
Ah, insane!obsessed!Spike. The best kind, and I can totally see it happening with interior decoration if he were trapped in a house most of the day.
entrenous88
Jan. 11th, 2005 06:43 am (UTC)
Oh good -- glad the obsessive-mode Spike got into once left to his own devices in the house came across as believable. :)
misanthrope7842
Jan. 11th, 2005 06:29 am (UTC)
oh! so fun! A whole story! Love:

“Why do any of the walls have to be knocked down?” Xander asked plaintively. “I thought we liked all of the walls. That’s why we bought them.”

and:

now I have to build a wood ‘outside room,’ or, as we used to say in Sunnydale, a deck.”

Just lovely!
entrenous88
Jan. 11th, 2005 06:37 am (UTC)
Yay, very glad you enjoyed it!
viverra_libro
Jan. 11th, 2005 06:51 am (UTC)
Wow. That was really very good. I bet that's about what really would happen, too -- all that intensity doesn't just turn off, it has to go somewhere even if there's nothing demanding its attention. And anybody who watches as much TV as Spike would eventually get hooked by the plethora of home dec shows on now. Very enjoyable. thanks!
entrenous88
Jan. 11th, 2005 08:04 am (UTC)
Thank you very much! Yes, I think if Spike were in a position of having to take on a domestic role, it'd be an intense, scary thing to behold. And since I know firsthand how addictive those shows are...

Thanks for reading and commenting.
aimeelicious
Jan. 11th, 2005 07:12 am (UTC)
Hee! He's like Ty *Spike* Pennington! So cute and mussed! Poor put-upon Xander. Loved this.
entrenous88
Jan. 11th, 2005 07:59 am (UTC)
Aw, glad you liked the mussed-ness. I have odd fantasies of Spike snarly (and of course being awful in his fully-awake hours) but wearing cuddly jammies at the same time. Yeah, I don't know what's up with that either. :)
dancetomato
Jan. 11th, 2005 08:37 am (UTC)
Exactly what I loved about this. Spike with his feet peeking out of his flannel jammies. This is wonderful and made me very happy. *schmoopy smooches*
entrenous88
Jan. 11th, 2005 09:01 am (UTC)
It's somehow crazy-cute, I agree. I'm so glad you enjoyed this. :) **snuggles you**
pyrite
Jan. 11th, 2005 08:18 am (UTC)
can spike come decorate my apartment? cause it sounds like he's good at it. and i promise not to complain about messes as long as he moves heavy things without his shirt on. ::blinks wide innocent eyes:: this was a really really sweet story. i feel warm fuzzies now.
entrenous88
Jan. 11th, 2005 08:25 am (UTC)
Oh, how hilarious! I'm quite sure that he'd agree to strip to the waist and get a light sheen of sweat going (um, as long as vampires sweat -- the jury may be out on that) as he rearranges the furniture to his satisfaction, knocks out "pass-through" spaces in the plaster between your kitchen & dining room, and harasses the neighbors until they move out of the adjacent apartment, thereby giving you more space in which to expand! Whee!

And thank you -- really great to know that you liked the story. :)
xmirax
Jan. 11th, 2005 09:04 am (UTC)
aww. *loves*
entrenous88
Jan. 11th, 2005 09:08 am (UTC)
Thank you! :)
rubywisp
Jan. 11th, 2005 10:29 am (UTC)
There is almost nothing sexier than rumpled Spike in nothing but pajama bottoms. Rawr.

Love this so much, from Spike ignoring the boxes in favor of starting to rip the wallpaper off the walls, to the Moroccan tile in the master bathroom, to Xander bitching about it, but only at work, to Spike having a book of step-by-step pics (of *course* he does!), to the scene in the blue room, and then *finally*, Spike letting himself be talked out of doing any more.

For now, I'm sure. :)

It's darling, I love it.

entrenous88
Jan. 11th, 2005 10:56 am (UTC)
Oohh, thank you so much! I adore getting such detailed fb, and it's great to know which moments you enjoyed. :) So happy you liked this story. **hugs**
elucidate_this
Jan. 11th, 2005 10:39 am (UTC)
cute! *snuggles fic*

i love cuddly schmoopy fics like this.

wonderful job.


(psst, i think there is an extra did in this sentence he sound of something crashing to the floor did on the other end of the phone did, actually, make him feel slightly better.)
entrenous88
Jan. 11th, 2005 10:58 am (UTC)
Thank you very much! Yes, this ended up being quite cuddly and snuggly despite all the dust and the ripped out plumbing fixtures. :)

And thank you, my goodness, for catching that extra "did" -- it's all fixed now.
darkhavens
Jan. 11th, 2005 12:03 pm (UTC)
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaw!

Focused!Spike is a scary beast. But I absolutely adore his interior design skills. Now we know what he was watching on TV besides Passions while Xander was at work. *g*
At least the garden's safe... :P
entrenous88
Jan. 11th, 2005 04:15 pm (UTC)
At least the garden's safe... :P
At least until Spike discovers night-blooming flowers...

But yay, glad you liked Spike this way, scary and fixated, and with a sense of decor that can't be beat.
savoytruffle
Jan. 11th, 2005 12:45 pm (UTC)
an excellent read! funny as hell, sweeter than anything and great character voices. i love it when you write spander.

(um, typo? did you mean "ready" here: “I’m so read for absolutely nothing to happen,” he declared on the phone that night to Willow.)
entrenous88
Jan. 11th, 2005 04:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! It's fantastic to hear that you liked the character voices -- always great to know when that aspect works.

And eek, thanks for pointing that out -- for some reason a number of typos turned up in this piece.
julia_here
Jan. 11th, 2005 08:57 pm (UTC)
I give it two years, three, tops, and there's going to be something that's hard to clean, or he gets tired of the color scheme, or they never find a good place to put the Christmas Tree (maybe not that one)... anyway, home decor madness is a remitting/relapsing disease, and sooner or later it's all going to start again.

Love it, in other words.

Julia, trying to figure out how to afford to change the color scheme of the living room from Gold/Hunter Green/Burgundy to Lemon Yellow/Cobalt/ Rust, on no actual money
entrenous88
Jan. 12th, 2005 04:41 am (UTC)
Oh, so completely true! He's definitely going to get sucked back in, though I have fun ideas about him becoming insano-gourmet-cook. But yes, one day in a fit of pique the sofa will strike him as wrong and then that one thing will be like a domino leading to a total house redo.

Thanks for reading and commenting!
julia_here
Jan. 12th, 2005 07:24 pm (UTC)
Actually, gourmet cooking after the first kitchen remodel? SO an invitation to a second kitchen remodel... she says, longing in her heart to finish covering the stove wall with galvanized steel and replace the cabinets with restaurant style shelving and wire drawers...

Also, forgot to mention, this was pimped to the slash recs thread at the S'cubie board.

Julia, should block HGTV and DIY from my cable box

entrenous88
Jan. 13th, 2005 04:05 am (UTC)
Hee, so true. Spike will begin yearning for one of those brick-ovens in which to bake the perfect loaf of bread -- actually, if he wants to make great bread, that could occupy him for quite a while.

And cool, good to know this was rec'd somewhere. I think I've heard of that board, but I haven't ever visited. Perhaps I'll stop by and check it out. :)
nandibble
Jan. 17th, 2005 05:22 pm (UTC)
I came, obedient to Julia's rec. And enjoyed this vision of Crypt-accustomed-Spike turning loose on a characterless suburban domicile with its layers of paint and wallpaper just crying to be removed.

Like my cats, who don't feel any newly introduced piece of furniture is properly acclimated until they've put a few visible scratch marks on it.

the S3 website is http://www.soulfulspike.com. From there you can get to the discussion board and then to the Fic recommendations--traditional and slash. We almost never eat visitors. Really!
entrenous88
Jan. 18th, 2005 06:41 am (UTC)
Thank you so much -- and that's a great comparison with Spike and the scratchy cats.

And yes, found the website through a search -- thank you! I've already registered there, and now that I know you don't normally eat visitors I may actually post sometime. ;)
ex_dovil323
Jan. 12th, 2005 10:01 pm (UTC)
Ha! That's perfect. I can so see Spike doing something like that - obsessive behaviour meets watching too much reality tv. Loved the ending as well with the hints of more horror to come. Poor Xander. :D
entrenous88
Jan. 13th, 2005 04:06 am (UTC)
Thank you! Yes, we love our compulsive, snarly vampire. :) And Xander is so in that situation of men who complain but in the end get good stuff. That Xander!
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entrenous88
Jan. 13th, 2005 04:08 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you very much for your nice comment! And yes, I had wondered about Spike's forays into nighttime gardening, but your idea that he'll just imperiously oversee other people doing the work is a great one. Thanks again.
flaming_muse
Jan. 16th, 2005 01:27 pm (UTC)
Hee! What fun! Spike on a mission is very scary indeed, and I smiled the whole way through. Thank you very much! *hugs you tightly*
entrenous88
Jan. 18th, 2005 07:40 am (UTC)
Yay! I'm so pleased that you liked this. :D

**hugs**
mythdefied
Jan. 16th, 2005 03:10 pm (UTC)
That's so sweet! Spike has to do something, has to channel all that energy somewhere, and it's the house that gets it first. Poor Xander (well, maybe not so poor because he's getting Spike after all), no matter what project Spike finishes up he'll always need a new one to keep him entertained. *G*
entrenous88
Jan. 18th, 2005 07:46 am (UTC)
Absolutely, the energy would have to result in something. And lucky Xander not only getting Spike but getting the beautiful house make-over. :)

You're absolutely right about there having to be new projects -- if I didn't think such a series would go on potentially ad infinitum I'd write sequels with Spike becoming a gourmet chef and relate various other permutations of his house-bound ambitions. Thanks!
moimoietmoi
Jan. 17th, 2005 02:22 am (UTC)
Awww! That was so lovely and so funny!
I absolutely love it! lol
entrenous88
Jan. 18th, 2005 08:01 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!

And I love your icon -- is that Spike walking away from Xander and Willow in "Doomed" (s4)?
moimoietmoi
Jan. 19th, 2005 01:07 am (UTC)
I think it is, but I'm not sure. andemaiar made it! She has lots of great icons on her LJ!
toobusy2write
Mar. 24th, 2005 10:39 pm (UTC)
"Why do any of the walls have to be knocked down?" Xander asked plaintively. "I thought we liked all of the walls. That's why we bought them."

Spike regarded him with a mixture of annoyance and affection. "Because we need to create more of an experience of flow between the downstairs rooms."


This -- among many other parts, but this especially -- cracked me up because I could so completely see them having this conversation on the uncensored, unrated version of BtVS that *should* have aired on HBO...or Showtime. I'm an equal opportunity slasher. ;)

Loved this fic, and obsessive!remodeling!Spike is very believable. He's much too intense and restless of a vampire for it not to happen exactly like this. :)
entrenous88
Mar. 26th, 2005 06:14 am (UTC)
uncensored, unrated version of BtVS that *should* have aired on HBO...or Showtime
LOL! Oh, how I pine to see those unrated scenes. But thanks, that's a great compliment, that in some way it fits in with what we know of the characters given other events and transformations in their lives. Glad you enjoyed -- thanks for reading!
lit_gal
Jan. 22nd, 2006 12:06 am (UTC)
LOL... Spike really is far to ADHD to sit quietly home. It's fun to watch all his manic energy turned to something so mundane as home improvements! I loved this.
entrenous88
Jan. 23rd, 2006 08:46 pm (UTC)
All of that intense energy had to go somewhere! And we know how charged an atmosphere can become when window treatments and paint samples are at stake. ;)

Thanks very much for reading and commenting.
southernbangel
Jul. 17th, 2006 07:08 pm (UTC)
Oh man, I love this story. I have such a yen for decorating fics and sadly, they are never, ever written. But this? This was great. Love Spike's obsessions (and he's right, wood floors completely open up the spaces) and Xander's befuddlement. Such a great read!
entrenous88
Jul. 17th, 2006 07:14 pm (UTC)
You're such a sweetheart for reading this right away! Thank you so much for the lovely and enthusiastic comments. *beams*
zowiebwalker
Dec. 10th, 2010 09:23 am (UTC)
4 and a half years late, I discovered tis and adore the hell out of it. Also, because whenever I get my house, but not the sexy vamp-damn, that'll be me and, hopefully, whatever guy I live with will be as cool about as Xander.

“Where am I supposed to brush my teeth?” Xander asked, clutching at the doorframe for support while Spike breezed past him into the room. “Wait, don’t answer that, because I know there are other sinks in the house, but this, this is supposed to be the master bedroom bathroom, and there should be a sink in here.” He looked at the hole and the chipped plaster, and tried to remain calm. “Just tell me one thing. Why are you doing this to me?”

“I needed to make way for the Moroccan tiles that are being delivered later today,” Spike said absently, running his hand over the wall as though he was determining something important by touch.

“For the floor?” Xander asked in confusion.

“No, for the walls,” Spike said as though that was the most obvious thing in the world.

Xander slunk downstairs to brush his teeth.


Exactly!
entrenous88
Dec. 22nd, 2010 12:12 am (UTC)
Thank you so very much! I'm really glad you enjoyed this. Yes, Xander's trials are the trails of many men. :D

Apologies for the late reply to your comment, btw!
zowiebwalker
Dec. 22nd, 2010 09:18 am (UTC)
Awesomeness! No worries, you totally made my 4 AM! :D
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