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Birthday greetings part two; with added fic. - Words in the Heroes' Tongue
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Birthday greetings part two; with added fic.

Happy Birthday to enigmaticblues

Lots of love to the wonderful and talented girl who is one of my very closest online friends. Possibly the closest of all. I've written a special story for this occasion. Hope you spot all the references! It's for other people to read as well, if they like.

This ficlet could fit into straight Buffyverse canon, Season 4 around the time of 'Something Blue' or 'Hush', or in the gap between S4 and S5, or it could be a missing scene from 'Life in Shadow'. Rating - well, is it safe to rate anything any more? PG-ish, anyway. 777 words, many of them different.

Everything Stops For Tea

Giles pushed his glasses up his nose and frowned at the vampire. “Will you please stop poking around among my things?” he complained.

“Don’t get your knickers in a twist, Rupert, I won’t break anything,” Spike replied. “Hey, what’s this?” He held up a video cassette. “Hancock’s Half Hour. The Blood Donor. Bloody fantastic! My favourite episode.” He sucked in his lips and frowned. “Hang on a minute. BBC video, PAL. Can’t bloody play it on a Yank machine, can you?”

“Actually, I have a rather cunning device,” Giles said smugly. “A machine that will indeed play British videos on the inferior American system.”

“Colour me impressed,” Spike said. “And this is black and white, so it’d be just as good on their Never Twice the Same Colour shit. Okay if we watch it, Watcher?”

“Oh, very well,” Giles agreed. “If that will stop you prowling around like Rikki Tikki Tavi. Would you like a cup of tea?”

“Wouldn’t mind, Rupes. Ta.” Spike sat down on the couch, but was up again within moments and followed Giles into the kitchen. He stood watching as Giles boiled the kettle and warmed the gaudy canary yellow teapot. “That’s a sassy teapot you’ve got there, Watcher. Bought it local, I take it?”

“It was a present from Joyce, actually,” Giles told him. “For once her impeccable taste seemed to desert her.”

“She get you the ‘Kiss the Librarian’ mug too?” Spike smirked teasingly.

“Oh, no, that was Willow, actually.”

Spike grinned impishly. “So, Red crushing on you as well?”

“There may have been an element of that at one time,” Giles conceded, “but luckily she seems to be well over it by now. Rather embarrassing.” His brows lowered. “What do you mean, ‘as well’?”

“Come on, Watcher, you mean you haven’t noticed the look in Joyce’s eyes around you? You could be up her like a ferret up a drainpipe.”

Giles flushed. Spike tilted his head to one side and grinned broadly. “You have been! You sly old dog, Rupes. Congratulations!”

“It was due to a spell, and it is not something I care to discuss, Spike. Please shut up.”

“Just a spell? Bollocks. You should pick it up again. Joyce is a smashing bit of crumpet, and you’re not bad for a dried-up old stick. Get over there with the old flowers and champagne and have a good time. Do both of you the world of good.”

“I said I’m not willing to discuss it,” Giles said firmly. “Sugar? Milk?”

“Milk, one sugar. All right, have it your own way. I’ll leave it alone.” Spike gave an enigmatic smile, muttered under his breath “for now”, and returned to the main room.

When Giles re-entered with the tea he found Spike leafing through his record collection. “You really are a fidget, Spike. I thought we were going to watch the video.”

“Yeah, we will, but I couldn’t resist having a gander at your records. Some good stuff there. Best collection of British Blues I’ve seen in sodding ages. John Mayall, the Yardbirds, Chicken Shack – you’ve got taste, Watcher.”

Giles set down the tray he carried, laden with cups, plates, the teapot, and a plate of English biscuits. “I wouldn’t have thought it was in your line, Spike. I thought you were a devotee of the Sex Pistols and the Ramones.”

“Well, yeah, but I was listening to music long before Punk. Met Clapton, you know.” Spike picked out a Ginger Snap from the plate of biscuits. “And Ginger Baker. Dru was really impressed by him; said he was madder than she was.”

“How old were you when you were turned?” Giles asked, keeping his voice casual. Background information on William the Bloody might be of interest to the Council of Watchers, even now; and Spike, for once, seemed to be in the mood to be forthcoming.

“Twenty-five,” Spike revealed, and laughed. “Five and twenty years old was he when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Jerusha, the daughter of Zadok. And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD: he did according to all that his father Uzziah had done. Two Kings Chapter 15, verses 33 and 34.”

Giles’ eyebrows climbed high up his brow and he stared in mute amazement at the vampire.

“Surprised you, did I?” Spike asked. “Not expecting a vampire to quote the Bible? Well, I nearly went into the Church. It was that or the Army for a younger son. Then my brother died and…” He stopped and shook his head. “No, I’m not going there. Let’s just watch Hancock.”

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sp23 From: sp23 Date: April 8th, 2005 03:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aw, I love these little snippets of life among the Brits. That was great.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: April 9th, 2005 01:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! Or rather, "Ta, mate".
hieispike From: hieispike Date: April 8th, 2005 03:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Beautiful snapshot of Spike and Giles. :)
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: April 9th, 2005 01:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Ta, mate. A bit of all right, innit?
elisi From: elisi Date: April 8th, 2005 03:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, this was just wonderful! Funny, touching, clever... what a treat for the birthdaygirl (and all the rest of us).
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: April 9th, 2005 01:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! Unfortunately the birthday girl seems to have been offline since shortly before I posted it, so she hasn't seen it yet, but hopefully she'll like it when she does.
julia_here From: julia_here Date: April 8th, 2005 03:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, that was the anodyne for what ails me this morning- at least the ennui part, not the hay fever that's making me sneeze so hard I've got whiplash of the tongue.

Anyhow- bright yellow teapot? (shudder)

Julia, Dru was such a fangirl, really
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: April 9th, 2005 01:51 am (UTC) (Link)
"Whiplash of the tongue" is a lovely phrase (although probably unpleasant to have). Is it okay if I use it in a fic sometime, probably in a Willow/Kennedy scene?
hesadevil From: hesadevil Date: April 8th, 2005 04:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Now I can see Spike being a Cream fan but Giles and Kipling? Must be a hangover from his schooldays.

Some lovely touches in this one. Thank you.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: April 9th, 2005 01:39 am (UTC) (Link)
I tend to work on the assumption that Giles will be familiar with any literary reference with which I am familiar, apart from perhaps some of the SF ones, plus ones not familiar to me as well.

Thanks, glad you liked it.
itmustbetuesday From: itmustbetuesday Date: April 8th, 2005 05:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I absoluetely love it. Especially the little snapshot into Spike's human years. Bravo!
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: April 9th, 2005 01:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Ta, mate, glad you liked it.
myfeetshowit From: myfeetshowit Date: April 8th, 2005 05:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Quote: 773 words, many of them different. UnQuote.

I loved this--such a nice little visit to Scoobie town. I have to say though, you mislead a bit. You said many of the words were 'different' but the only place I saw that word was in your quote. Good thing, all those other various words made up for the lack :)

I especially enjoyed Spike teasing Giles about Joyce. That would be like sand in Giles' tea.

speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: April 9th, 2005 01:44 am (UTC) (Link)
You said many of the words were 'different' but the only place I saw that word was in your quote.

Different from each other. :-) It's taken from a scathing review of an Yngvie Malmsteen concert, that went something like 'his songs always contain a lot of notes, many of them different'. Very true.

Glad you liked it.
ayinhara From: ayinhara Date: April 8th, 2005 05:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm sure that enigmaticblues will love it. Certainly a wonderful Birthday present. Love how you incorporated the Biblical quote.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: April 9th, 2005 01:48 am (UTC) (Link)
She hasn't seen it yet (or if she has she hasn't said anything) but I hope she will like it.

Thank you!
cal_turner From: cal_turner Date: April 8th, 2005 05:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
That was lovely. Thank you. :)
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: April 9th, 2005 01:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you.
makd From: makd Date: April 8th, 2005 06:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
very nice, and I do like the way you skillfully inserted "enigmatic" and "blues" into the story.

I should thank you, really; it was partially your doing - and your two postings on the subject - that got me to reading Cast Me Not Away. Now, I'm following Useless Desires.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: April 9th, 2005 02:00 am (UTC) (Link)
I inserted all her other aliases into the story too. :-)

Thank you!
legendarytobes From: legendarytobes Date: April 8th, 2005 10:22 pm (UTC) (Link)


oh, and the vampire can quote scripture too.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: April 9th, 2005 01:55 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: adorable

Thank you.

Spike calls upon God in Intervention, not in a swearing or blasphemous sense, he definitely seems to be calling out in the same way as a human Christian would in such extreme circumstances. Something I regard as very interesting indeed, especially compared to Holden Webster's rejection of Him and all His works.
desdemonaspace From: desdemonaspace Date: April 8th, 2005 10:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
That "ferret & drainpipe" reference never fails to crack me up. And how much do I love Ginger Baker? Must have worn out three Blind Faith LPs.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: April 9th, 2005 02:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! Ginger Baker was a right nutter back in those days. Jack Bruce, on the other hand, was charming and articulate. The 'bass solo' line in 'Savage Beauty' is a paraphrase of a joke I heard him crack on a radio broadcast of a performance by his band shortly after Cream split up.
manoah From: manoah Date: April 9th, 2005 01:13 am (UTC) (Link)
That was just lovely. We should all be so lucky to have a friend such as you!
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: April 9th, 2005 02:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! But I can't promise birthday fics for everybody, I'm afraid.
enigmaticblues From: enigmaticblues Date: April 9th, 2005 04:31 am (UTC) (Link)
"Hopefully" I'll like it? Bloody brilliant! I bow before your superior genius, because my jaw is still on the floor at how many references you got in there. Absolutely lovely. Thank you.
claudia_yvr From: claudia_yvr Date: April 9th, 2005 05:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, the guilt! As co-mod of spiketara I barely have time to add new fic to memories, and have completely fallen behind in my reading. Everyone has said such lovely things about your writing that I'm feeling quite deprived. As soon as I have a block of uninterrupted peace -- which probably won't be until you've completely finished Useless Desires -- I fully intend to sit down and savour your Spara properly. In the meantime, I want to thank you for contributing to the community and belatedly wish you a very happy birthday!
claudia_yvr From: claudia_yvr Date: April 9th, 2005 04:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Loved this little exchange! A New Man is one of my favourite episodes, because it was one of the rare times we saw these two interacting one-on-one. It's a shame circumstances were such that they never became friends.
spikeverse From: spikeverse Date: April 9th, 2005 02:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Giles said he spent all summer watching Passions with Spike. So they did hang. We just didn't get to see it.
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