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(Fic) Majestic Creatures of Legend

4th July 2009 (16:24)
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This is a cute, fluffy Xander/Dawn fic that is absolutely not, in any way, a companion to 'Netherlands to Nepal'. It's completely different in tone and style, and not even in the same continuity. Also, it's not porn.

It is set during the same timeperiod, though, when Dawn was going through... a series of changes. Specifically, this is set after 'Time Of Your Life' but before 'Living Doll'. It's also something I promised [info]lavastar I'd never write... but here it is anyway.

Characters: Xander/Dawn
Genre: Fluff, het
Wordcount: 1175
Rating: 12 (PG13)
Warnings, and Explanation for Non-Season 8 Readers: ## Dawn's under a magical curse which has turned her into a centaur. ##
Summary: Xander and Dawn are watching DVDs together...


Majestic Creatures of Legend

"Hey, Xan. Whatcha watching?"

"Season Three of Doctor Who." Xander turned around to smile at Dawn as she stood in the doorway to his room."I saw they had it on sale when I went into town on the last supply run."

"Cool. Can I - uh, do you mind...?"

He smiled in welcome, gesturing to the seat on the couch beside him. Then, after a moment's thought, realised his mistake and made the same gesture pointing to the floor next to the couch. Dawn rolled her eyes, but she was grinning as she did; and she ducked her head under the threshold, swung the door closed behind her with her leg, and settled herself carefully down to the ground beside him.

After a moment, she rested her head on his shoulder as he started to explain what was happening, then gave up and just pressed the button to restart the DVD.

After a few more moments, he put his arm around her. They watched the episode in companionable silence together. About half-way through, Xander became aware that Dawn's hand was resting on his leg. He didn't quite know how it got there; he didn't remember her putting it there; but there it was. It was kind of nice.

He put his own hand over hers and squeezed gently. After a moment, she squeezed back. His leg, that is, not his hand...

"Dawn!"

"What? You have nice legs."

"Yes, but that's not... you shouldn't..." He stumbled for words. "What would B--"

"If you say her name I will trample you underfoot."

"Erk. Okay. Not mentioning her. But are you sure you want to be doing this?"

The hand had gradually moved from squeezing to a slow gentle motion that could, if you felt inclined, be termed a caress. But now it suddenly balled up into a fist and hit his thigh. Quite hard. Dawn twisted around so she could glare into his face and Xander remembered that, however unlike Buffy she was in many ways, there was one thing they definitely had in common.

Getting either of the Summers sisters angry was a seriously bad idea.

"Xander, will you stop acting like I'm your friend's kid sister? I'll be nineteen in a month's time, and you know damn well, better than anyone here, that I'm not some... blushing virgin! So stop treating me like one!"

She stared angrily at him, blue eyes glaring into brown, her face inches from his own; and he did the only thing he could think of. He leaned forward and kissed her on the lips.

There was a brief muffled "Mmmph!" sound and a moment's resistance, but then her arms were around him and she was returning the kiss enthusiastically. When they finally broke for air her eyes were sparkling and she said triumphantly, "See! That's what you ought to do! Uh, I'm getting a crick in my neck here, though."

"Sorry." Xander thought for a moment, then grabbed the seat cushion and threw it onto the floor in front of Dawn. He moved around to kneel on it, and looked up into her eyes. "Better?"

She reached down her hand, traced the slight roughness of his chin. Her voice sounded a little wistful. "I'm not supposed to be taller than you. It doesn't seem right."

"At least you're not a hundred feet taller than me any more."

Dawn huffed in exasperation. "We're not mentioning that, remember? It's of the past. This is the present, and there's supposed to be kissing going on."

And so there was. Quite a lot of it, and it was soon getting distinctly heated. Dawn's hands were under Xander's shirt, roving across his chest, and soon it seemed easier to just take the shirt off and toss it aside. His own hands traced patterns on her back, sliding down to caress the soft, fuzzy warmth of her flanks, and...

"Yikes!" He snatched his hands away as if they were burning.

"What's wrong? That felt nice."

"Yes, but it was... I was touching the non-girl parts of you."

"All my parts are girl parts. That came out wrong... but you know what I mean. It all feels like it's my body, and ..." She hesitated, looked upset. "You think I'm a freak."

"What? No, Dawnie, no." He grabbed her hands, held them between his own, kissed them. "I don't think that at all. It's just... I have issues. It's my own problem, not yours. I love you, but your current shape is just a bit... unusual.. and I..." He trailed off, as he became aware that Dawn's teary look had just been swept away by a gloriously hopeful smile spreading across her face.

"What did you just say?"

"Um, when I said 'unusual' I didn't mean it in a bad way..."

"No, dumbass. Before that.The bit about you, and me, and..."

Caught. Oops. But there was no backing out now, so Xander took a deep breath. "I said 'I love you'".

And Dawn's reaction to his words was so overwhelmingly gleeful - not to mention physically demonstrative - that he wondered why he'd ever hesitated to say it. In between kisses, she was mumbling, "I love you too", and pulling him close so that through the thin material of her t-shirt her breasts were crushed against his bare chest and her hands were clutching at the back of his neck to draw him in while her nails made gentle scratches down his back.

But then she straightened up again and looked at him fondly and said, "I suppose you're right. It wouldn't be fair to make you, uh... I can wait until I'm in human shape again before we... you know."

"'You know' is an option on the table?"

She blushed a little, but looked him in the eye and said, "It might be. What do you think?" But then she started giggling. "It wouldn't work like this, anyway. I mean, you can get to second base with me now, but if you tried for third you'd have to, like, stand up and walk all the way around the back before you could reach. You'd be running around in circles, literally. I'd tire you out before I even touched you myself."

Xander pictured that mental image, and felt himself start to blush... but then the ridiculousness of it hit him and he started to laugh. She laughed along with him, and then they were hugging, and then they started kissing again. And Xander's hands returned to where they'd been, slowly stroking up and down her back; but then Dawn broke the kiss and raised an eyebrow.

"Didn't you listen to what I just said?"

"Huh? You want me to run around in circles?"

"Not that part. I mean the part where I said, quote, 'You can get to second base with me now'. So why haven't you?"

"Huh? Wha- bu- the-" Xander's confusion lasted all of ten seconds.

Thirty seconds after that, Dawn's shirt hit the floor next to his own.

Her bra followed a moment later.

 

Comments

Posted by: Two legs good, four legs okay (nothorse)
Posted at: 4th July 2009 19:39 (UTC)
centaur!dawn

See how easy it is after you let go of stupid species prejudical hang-ups? :)

Neat.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 4th July 2009 19:47 (UTC)

I think Xander still has a way to go before he's completely comfortable with Dawn's lower half. ;-)

Thanks!

Posted by: Two legs good, four legs okay (nothorse)
Posted at: 4th July 2009 19:53 (UTC)

Oh probably, but practice (and a footstool) makes perfect.

Posted by: darkestboy (darkestboy)
Posted at: 4th July 2009 20:14 (UTC)

So what DW S3 episode did Xander and Dawnie watch?

Seriously, nice look at the character. I've read a lot of your stories and they're brilliant. Will you be doing any based around the Retreat arc?

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 4th July 2009 21:17 (UTC)

Given the fact that Xander only just bought the set, I'd guess it would be the first one, where Martha's hospital gets teleported onto the Moon.

I'll have to see if anything inspires me - but in a way this story was inspired by 'Retreat Part 1', since it's there that I really noticed Xander and Dawn getting all couply. This is where that started...

Thanks!

Posted by: darkestboy (darkestboy)
Posted at: 5th July 2009 00:16 (UTC)

It's kind of weird that Season 8 almost teased the idea of a Buffy/Xander pairing, then Xander/Renee and now possibly, Xander/Dawn.

If the latter happened, Buffy's reaction would certainly be interesting.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 5th July 2009 01:46 (UTC)

I think she'd be weirded out by it at first, and might get overprotective of Dawn - especially given the six-year age difference.

But ultimately, I imagine she'd think that of all the men Dawn could have fallen in love with, Xander is probably the best possible choice for her.

Posted by: mr_waterproof (mr_waterproof)
Posted at: 5th July 2009 12:36 (UTC)

The problem is that although the age diffence between Xander and Dawn is six years, the age diffence between Nicholas Brendon and Michelle Trachtenberg is 14 years.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 5th July 2009 17:29 (UTC)

Just as well this is comics and not live-action, then?
:-)

Posted by: The Mezzanine (deird1)
Posted at: 4th July 2009 20:12 (UTC)

Oooh! I like this!

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 4th July 2009 21:18 (UTC)

Yay!
:-)

Posted by: Elena (moscow_watcher)
Posted at: 4th July 2009 20:32 (UTC)
Scoobies

O.M.G.

That was funny and creepy at the same time. Jossverse is a weird playground for shipper games. :)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 4th July 2009 21:23 (UTC)

It was something I just had to do. After writing Willow/Giant!Dawn, I couldn't go on without writing Xander/Centaur!Dawn.

Thanks!

Posted by: nonbeliever93 (nonbeliever93)
Posted at: 5th July 2009 11:51 (UTC)

Would the natural progression then be Buffy/Doll!Dawn? D: Cause I don't think eeeew covers that.

Posted by: mikeda (mikeda)
Posted at: 5th July 2009 12:40 (UTC)

No, obviously the natural progession would be Puppet!Angel/Doll!Dawn.

:-)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 5th July 2009 13:45 (UTC)

Actually...

I couldn't really see much point in writing Doll!Dawn/Anybody Else, because it would be just the same story as 'Netherlands To Nepal' except that this time Dawn would be the much smaller character.

And Doll!Dawn/Miss Edith femslash would be just wrong.

Posted by: mikeda (mikeda)
Posted at: 5th July 2009 21:22 (UTC)

Of course, Doll!Dawn/Miss Edith femslash would be wrong.

Everyone knows Miss Edith's one true love is Mr. Gordo...

:-)

Posted by: Lily (lavastar)
Posted at: 4th July 2009 20:36 (UTC)

I...kind of love you for this. :D

It's very funny and cute how you worked in what you said in that comment, but without actually - you know, working it in.

They're both hilariously IC, and I actually love Xander/Dawn a crazy amount - especially when Dawn gets all aggressive on him, and he gets all shy. I'm a nerd for reversed gender roles, and...it just works so well.

Great job!

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 4th July 2009 21:28 (UTC)
dawn-squee

I...kind of love you for this. :D

Platonically, I hope? *raised eyebrow*

After that conversation, the imagery just kept on coming back to me until I had to write this. It's possible that the other idea I had would take place later, after Dawn leaves Xander's room and goes back to her own... ;-)

See, I'd say Dawn was being assertive, not aggressive. She knows what she wants and she goes for it - much like her sister. :-)

Thanks!

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: 4th July 2009 23:34 (UTC)

Platonically, I hope? *raised eyebrow*

LOL - that wasn't a cluestick. Very much with the platonic.

Or, rather, I'm having a mad love affair with your fic - just not with you...:P

After that conversation, the imagery just kept on coming back to me until I had to write this. It's possible that the other idea I had would take place later, after Dawn leaves Xander's room and goes back to her own... ;-)

Oh, totally. :D

See, I'd say Dawn was being assertive, not aggressive. She knows what she wants and she goes for it - much like her sister. :-)

Oh, yeah. Assertive's more the word I was going for.

Posted by: The Mezzanine (deird1)
Posted at: 4th July 2009 23:58 (UTC)

Or, rather, I'm having a mad love affair with your fic - just not with you...:P

You know, someone really should write a Reader/Fanfic slash...

Posted by: Nicki (peroxidepirate)
Posted at: 5th July 2009 01:08 (UTC)

Aaaawww. Xander definitely seems to have a thing for Centaur!Dawn, and I really think they could make it work.

Plus, it fits, since the cyclops is also a creature of legend.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 5th July 2009 10:43 (UTC)

Well, I think he has a thing for Dawn, and is willing to overlook the centaur part. :-)

Thanks!

Posted by: Kevin Jones (mulder200)
Posted at: 5th July 2009 03:01 (UTC)

Ah! That was so sweet if kinda weird.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 5th July 2009 10:43 (UTC)

Thanks!
:-)

Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 5th July 2009 03:41 (UTC)
pic#89543843

Oh, somebody finally wrote an erotic story about centaur!Dawn. You're braver than I am. :-)

I'm pretty sure I'm going to like this story more than the canonical Xander/Dawn we're no doubt about to get...

Did they watch Buffy's Veronica Mars DVD's next? Might explain how they got scratched.

Posted by: I write tragedies, not sins (mabus101)
Posted at: 5th July 2009 04:27 (UTC)

nothorse (above) wrote a drabble for that a while back, too.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 5th July 2009 10:45 (UTC)

So I wasn't the only one thinking about it... ;-)

I did originally have them watching Veronica Mars, but realised I'd have to swap around the fic and have Dawn watching and Xander coming in... so it was simpler to just choose a different programme.

Posted by: I write tragedies, not sins (mabus101)
Posted at: 5th July 2009 04:27 (UTC)

Heh! Nifty and funny!

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 5th July 2009 10:45 (UTC)

Thanks! :-)

Posted by: lusciousxander (lusciousxander)
Posted at: 5th July 2009 04:37 (UTC)
Parents made by adis723

Aww, that was cute and weird at the same time. I enjoy how normal Xander and Dawn got it going on -as normal as making out with a centaur could be. I mean the video watching and emotions rising kinda normal. Fits Xander and Dawn perfectly.

I think the hook up they talked about would be Xander/Dawn... but we could be surprised.

This is the only icon I have with Dawn in it and it doesn't suit this fic at all.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 5th July 2009 10:48 (UTC)
dawn-squee

That's what I was trying to do - make this seem as normal as possible, with just the occasional hint being dropped that Dawn isn't currently human. And given how close they seem in the latest issue of the comic, I think that had to have started off-camera a little earlier.

My Dawn icon is also unsuitable, because she's about three years younger in it than she is in this fic, and it shows...

Thanks!

Posted by: none of the above (frogfarm)
Posted at: 5th July 2009 11:35 (UTC)
willow wesley fetal pigs

Nicely done, in your usual inimitable style. And now you've made me want to write some kind of Willow story called "Meshuggah Nation".

I know. My puns, they burn...

Posted by: LVB (phantompopcorn)
Posted at: 15th March 2012 05:44 (UTC)

I thought this was fantastic! You handled the non-human parts really well. I'm amused at Dawn's description about third base...yet seriously disturbed, ha! A great fic :)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 15th March 2012 11:11 (UTC)

My ambition in life is to disturb people through fic. :)

Thanks!

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 17th March 2012 13:03 (UTC)

It's what I always enjoyed about 'Buffy': ordinary people trying to react in an ordinary way to totally non-ordinary situations. :)

Thanks!

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