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TransactionSpike sauntered along the street, Wolf at his side. It was the first time he'd seen her walk on two legs all week. It had been longer than that since she'd worn clothes.

"Still can't believe Dru let you out of her sight. You're her favourite pet at the moment." He'd expected a tantrum with disastrous consequences for all, but Drusilla had been like a child eagerly awaiting her birthday.

Wolf grinned, an expression that was lopsided and decidedly wolfish. "I have a little business to take care of and, besides, I promised to tell her all about the phalanges when I get back."

"Why do you put up with her treating you like a pet, love. You're not beholden to her."

"Dru's a sweetie. She just likes games and I don't mind playing along to keep her happy. As long as she doesn't kill any innocent bystanders when we hunt, I'm happy to play along and be her furry bed warmer."

Spike shook his head, wondering if he'd missed something. "Hang on, why is Dru hunting the criminal element?"

Wolf pushed open the shop door and turned to face Spike. "Ask her when you get the chance."

A small man shuffled to the counter as the bell above the door rang. "Ah, Miss Wolf, I've seen your work all week and was wondering when you'd pay me a visit."

"How could I not stop by the best tanner in the city?" She took his offered hands in hers and held them, sharing a fond smile with the man. "Is my first delivery ready, Mr Vincent?"

"Yes, yes." He shuffled into the back room and returned with finely tanned leather hide and a small package.

Wolf fingered the leather, admiring its suppleness. Mr Vincent did magnificent work. She picked up the soft leather pouch and, untying the thong closure, poured several small bones into her palm. "Lovely. Thanks muchly, Mr Vincent. I trust the intact nature of my later deliveries have been adequate payment for your services."

Mr Vincent nodded graciously. "Will you be collecting the other hides?"

Shaking her head, Wolf handed the tanner a business card of an office in the city. "Send them here, along with a note that they're to be forwarded to my home address, if you don't mind."

"Of course. A pleasure, as always, Miss Wolf."

Spike opened the door for Wolf as they left. He waited patiently for an explanation about what was going on with the polite little tanner. He knew a human skin when he saw one, but Wolf kept her peace, happily tossing the leather pouch from one hand to the other.

"This was all about a bag of bones?"

"They're a present for Drusilla."

"Well, that clears everything up now, doesn't it," he snorted in disgust. "Bloody confusing women."

15minuteficletsword #52: disaster
Part of the Park!verse and the Wolf&Declán!verse


( 10 howls — talk to the wolf )
27th Apr, 2004 11:19 (UTC)
*applause* In a rush to get to work - but that was bloody fantastic, no pun intended. Love seeing Spike and Wolf together.
27th Apr, 2004 11:28 (UTC)
Many thanks. While there were more human remains as evidence of Drusilla and Wolf playing with strange men, I didn't actually manage to kill anyone this time out.
27th Apr, 2004 12:26 (UTC)
Well, as long as they're a present for Dru. . . >^.^<

I need to go back and read all of this, because I really like your characterisation. And Wolf. It's all about Wolf.
27th Apr, 2004 12:39 (UTC)
And Dru does love her presents. Thanks for your comments.
27th Apr, 2004 14:38 (UTC)
Very interesting. Looking forward to finding out more about the "bag of bones". (Roll them bones!)
28th Apr, 2004 04:11 (UTC)
Challenge permitting, the bones should be next.
27th Apr, 2004 17:17 (UTC)
Poor old Spike, he's as confused as I am. ;0)

I loved the bit where Spike asks why Wolf lets Dru use her as a pet, particularly the use of the word "beholden". It's a nice old-fashioned word.
28th Apr, 2004 04:14 (UTC)
I hope I clear up the confusion before I wind this up and it doesn't stay in my head.
30th Apr, 2004 14:19 (UTC)
I don't think all women are as complicated as Wolf or Dru for that matter.
1st May, 2004 06:09 (UTC)
Spike just had his nose out of joint because Wolf wouldn't let him in on Dru's surprise. Wolf isn't that complicated, she just doesn't function well in human interactions, and Dru... well, Dru is just Dru.
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