Title: Take Two
Author: Forsaken2003
Pairing: S/X
Rating: R
Disclaimer: I own none, all belong to Joss Whedon
Comments: Always welcomed!
Summary: Sequel to Respect. Spike and Xander finally have their time alone. And will Spike and Nudd find common ground?
Warnings/Spoilers: Beginning of Season 5. No Dawn

Beta'd by: Whichclothes

Part Six

For the last week Spike had been up to something; that much Xander knew. It wasn't that Spike was avoiding him; he just wasn't around as much as Xander thought he would be. Oh, Spike would still go for a quick patrol with him and walk him home. He'd even come up for a quick grope session but then he said he had something to do and with a not so quick kiss and a pat to Nudd's head he was off.

The fact that Nudd even let Spike touch him was another big clue. It was almost like he knew what Spike was doing and approved of it. Now normally this would make Xander happy but because both of them seemed to be trouble-makers it scared the shit out of him.

Xander knew everything was fine; he just missed Spike sleeping with him. Spike seemed very considerate of Xander's sleep and he knew Xander was a light sleeper. After all these years living on the hell mouth you had to be. So Spike wouldn't come by after he was done doing what ever it was that he did after he left Xander.

When Xander unlocked his door he wasn't surprised when Nudd launched himself at him. Nudd could be a pain in the ass with everyone but with Xander he was a big suck. Xander laughed and snuggled Nudd to his chest. "Hey baby boy. Have a good day?"

"Baby boy? That's bloody scary," Spike commented as he stood from the couch.

"Spike!" Xander said clearly surprised to see him there.

Spike made his way over to Xander who still cuddled Nudd. "You expecting someone else, luv?"

"I wasn't expecting anyone," Xander replied and received a hiss from Nudd. "Except for you that is." One more small squeeze and Xander set down Nudd who raised his tail high in the air and walked off to the kitchen.

"Don't you sodding have a snit," Spike growled at Nudd who just ignored him.

Xander laughed and pulled Spike into a hug and kissed him. "Missed you."

"Missed you too, Xan," Spike responded with a kiss of his own. "I'm done my business for now so you have me all to yourself."

"Yay me," Xander cheered before diving in for another kiss. "What do you have planned?"

While Spike dragged Xander over to the couch their lips never left one another's. "Well I thought you might like to know what I've been hiding from you."

"Surprise?" Xander asked excitedly. He loved surprises.

Spike chuckled, "You could say that." He arranged Xander on the couch into a comfortable position for his "surprise". "Now you've probably noticed Nudd has taken a liking to me pretty bloody fast after his unnecessary dislike for me."

"I may have noticed a slight change. Which has me scared by the way," Xander told him as he watched Spike saunter into his bedroom. He frowned. Was he supposed to follow? Minutes later Spike returned carrying large item that was covered by a cloth. "What's that?"

"Patient, Xanpet," Spike commented as he placed it a few feet away from Xander. "Now you may think that this shouldn't have taken as long as it should but that damn slayer just can't stand still."

Xander brow furrowed. "Huh? Buffy? You've been following Buffy for the last week?" He honestly had no idea if he should be jealous.

Spike rushed over to Xander throwing himself onto his lap. "Don't give me that look. It's not like that."

"I need a better explanation than that, Spike," Xander stated through gritted teeth.

Knowing he was on thin ice right now Spike kissed Xander trying to reassure him. "Just need Nudd and I'll be all set."

As if knowing his place Nudd came back. He tilted his head and waited for whatever it was that he was needed for. Becoming very excited Spike jumped from Xander's lap and moved over to the cloth. "Watch this, Xan!" Spike bounced on the balls of his feet as he pulled the cloth away revealing a blown up picture of Buffy dusting a vampire.

Nudd hissed and attacked the picture; his nails ripped the picture apart never slowing down until it was shredded into tiny pieces.

Xander stared in horror at what he had just witnessed. "You trained my cat to kill Buffy pictures?"

"Bloody marvellous isn't it?" Spike replied and watched as Nudd chewed on a piece of the destroyed picture.

"Oh yeah… that's just great." Xander placed his head in his hands. "So much for a cat-sitter."

"Look on the bright side, Xan." Spike said smiling. "We have found common ground and now the beast likes me!"

Xander couldn't deny that was a good thing. "That's true, but I don't want Nudd trying to kill my best friend. Or, you know, Buffy trying to kill my baby boy."

Spike groaned at the nickname. "Xan, he isn't a baby."

"Sure he is!" Xander smiled knowing it annoyed Spike. "I want to call someone baby."

"I'll be your baby," Spike said softly as he fell onto the couch beside Xander.

A huge smile spread over Xander's face. "I can call you baby?"

"Only when we're alone," Spike informed him. "I don't need those bints making fun of me."

"Alright… baby," Xander agreed and climbed onto Spike's lap. "Baby." He whispered again.

"Love you, Xan," Spike murmured before kissing Xander.

Xander's eyes widened in shock at the declaration. "Huh?"

Spike smiled at the look on Xander's face. "I love you, you git."

"How? Why? How?" Xander was extremely confused. He hadn't been expecting that.

"I think the question is… how could I not?" Spike ran his thumb over Xander's bottom lip. "You're bloody amazing, Xan. I think I loved you before now. I was just too scared to say it."

Xander took Spike's thumb into his mouth sucking on it. "You don't have to be scared with me Spike. I don't plan on hurting you."

"Never thought I'd see the day where a human would be reassuring me." Spike told Xander, the love he declared to Xander shined in his eyes.

"Maybe living on a Hellmouth isn't always a bad thing. The damnedest things happen."

"That they do, Xan," Spike agreed. Just as he leaned in to kiss Xander, Nudd jumped up and in between them. Spike glowered, "Next thing I'm teaching him is timing."

Xander threw his head back and laughed, "You can teach him anything you want… baby."

The End