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25 September 2008 @ 03:07 pm
Fic: Grounds for Negotiation ~ (1/1)  
Title: Grounds for Negotiation
Author: ClawofCat
Timing: AtS, Season 4
Rating: R
Pairing: Wes/Lilah
Warnings: Language and rough sex
Summary: When Wesley turns Lilah away for the last time, she tries to make a deal.
A/N: For katiekat641</lj>, who gave me the prompts of “water” and “goodbye sex.” I’ve never written either Lilah or Wesley before, so concrit is welcome. I was always a huge fan of both their characters on the show.

“This is the last time, Lilah.”


Glancing up at Wesley’s reflection, Lilah smiled and dropped a washcloth across the sink taps. “Sure, if that’ll make you sleep easier at night, Wes. Bedding down with the enemy has got to be grating on your sense of moral superiority.”


“And the Senior Partners must think that playing a couple of rounds of spank-me-daddy is a productive use of company time,” Wesley countered, circling her in the small bathroom. “Take your shower and get out. We’re through.”


“Really?” she asked as she turned to face him. “Cause a little washcloth full of your spunk says otherwise, lover,” she cooed, pressing the hand towel to his groin. His cock still glistened with his climax and hers. Wesley’s gaze minutely dropped to her breasts, which were also speckled with the remaining flecks she hadn’t yet wiped up.


“Come on. Don’t be such a spoilsport,” she teased, tracing the trail of hairs that led up his belly. “Can’t we part amicably?”


His stern expression didn’t change. “What do you want?”


She moved behind him, her fingers brushing his crossed arms, tense shoulders. “Just a little fair trade,” she whispered, biting his neck. “One last taste of what it’s like to peg a do-gooder. Who knows if I’ll ever have the chance again?” she hummed, sliding a leg between his to press upward on his balls.


She waited patiently as he consulted with the saint and devil perched on each of his shoulders. There was nothing like a good negotiation to get her in the mood for some hard screwing, over or under.


“And what do I get out of it?” Wesley asked, addressing her reflection, now crowded next to his in the mirror.


“Oh, I don’t know. What would you get out of it?” she wondered. “A way to stick it to Angel, maybe?” she suggested. “Sonny boy’s rebellious act against an overbearing father? Or, an extra bit of sugar to take back with you to the straight and narrow? They all sound like a good sell to me.”


She watched him consider her offer with smug satisfaction. His face was passive, but those anguished eyes shone with his struggle. Wesley sure was a stickler for pain.


When he finally turned, she glanced at his waist. By the looks of it, he had already made his decision. “What do you say?”


Stepping over the rim of the tub, Lilah held her hand out invitingly. Like clockwork, he followed and grabbed her, shoving her against the tiled wall of his shower. Preliminaries over, he wasted no time crowding her into a corner, his kisses hot and demanding. She didn’t stop him when he possessively snarled his fingers into her hair and held her still so he could mash his lips roughly to hers.


When he pulled back and locked his hands around her waist, he smiled grimly. “Ladies first,” he growled, the spray of the water raining down on them. To her surprise, he pushed her to her knees, his hands finding her wrists to grip them firmly. He held them over her head, twisting them painfully when she tried to move. He had her attention.


Pointing the shower nozzle downward, the water fell into her eyes and dripped into her nose on every intake of breath. She struggled to clear the spray from her face; Wesley sneered at her. “I’ve always wanted to see how you perform in a high stress situation.”


Lilah had to suppress her laughter. The idiot couldn’t even see that she’d won. He was so caught up in this superficial power play, he didn’t realize that he’d been duped where it really counted. Who wanted to fight for Angel’s soul when Wesley’s was such an intriguing mass of grey?


Adapting to her situation, Lilah settled into her position knelt at his feet and winked at him. “Take a load off and enjoy this, Wes. I’m a self-starter,” she whispered confidently, her mouth filling with water as she slowly took him in to the root.  

The Anti-OTPsnowpuppies on September 25th, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC)

You've definitely got the emotionally torn Wes thing down, and Lilah taking advantage is spot-on. Plus, when is shower sex not fantastic??

"...I’m a self-starter"

ClawofCat: faith reflectionclawofcat on September 25th, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC)
I wanted to bone Wes sooo bad. He was totally guh! hot in my book with the stubble and the pistols and the emotional instability *drools* I have a really hard time writing Giles, so I thought I'd have the same trouble with Wes, but I feel very good about his diaolgue here. Same with Lilah. She's so clever.

Shower sex is always hot, as far as I'm concerned. And I love that self-starter line. She's so snarky.

These prompts are really great. I'm working on the next one as we speak. Expect some rare pairings for these and characters I never write. Might as well throw the kitchen sink at 'em. I think you'll like the pairing I came up with for your prompt, which btw was so weird and I love. Knitting, lol? *smooch*
louise39: y Angellouise39 on September 25th, 2008 10:40 pm (UTC)

I only watched Ats once through but I can hear Lilah.
“Just a little fair trade.”
She was a wheeler and dealer extraordinaire.

The last time for Wes and Lilah was bound to be a struggle for control. It was.
ClawofCat: wes lilahclawofcat on September 26th, 2008 05:13 am (UTC)
Hee! I loved writing this. Wes and Lilah were two of my favorite AtS characters. I've only seen most of S3 and S4 once through, too. I had to rely on my memory, so I'm very pleased to hear that Lilah sounded as you remembered her. What a clever woman she is.

She was a wheeler and dealer extraordinaire.
Absolutely. Smart, confident, snarky. Lilah hates to lose and does whatever it takes to make sure that she lands on top. The Wes/Lilah relationship reminds me a bit of S6 Spuffy, except their battle is much more intellectual and right out there on the table. The motivations for their affair are different, obviously, but the self-loathing mixed with the moral gray areas make for two couples that have serious feelings for each other, but get caught in all the red tape.

I'm going to work through each of the prompts one by one, and I happen to be working on your suggestion next. It features another set of characters that I've never written. It's shaping up to be fairly humorous and cute, so far :D Loved your inventive suggestions. They really made me think!
ellan_vannin on September 26th, 2008 02:38 am (UTC)
Lilah always struck me as the kind of character that was slightly out of time. Like she belonged to the more glamorous 1940s era of Hollywood, complete with snappy comebacks and va-va-voom sex appeal.

I love how you've captured her driver's seat mentality. Especially toward the end:

Lilah had to suppress her laughter. The idiot couldn’t even see that she’d won. He was so caught up in this superficial power play, he didn’t realize that he’d been duped where it really counted.

And Wes is definitely a black hole of self-loathing here, which makes him oh-so-dangerously-sexy.

ClawofCat: knowing faceclawofcat on September 26th, 2008 05:38 am (UTC)
Completely agree with you about Lilah. She had a certain classic and sassy elegance that seemed to be a throwback to old Hollywood. I could just imagine someone saying "That dame's got moxie!" to describe her. Her quick wit and seductive charm were two elements in her character I always loved. I thought it really made her stand out amongst the AtS and BtVS female characters.

I love how you've captured her driver's seat mentality.
Heh. She is a bit like the snake tempting hesitant Eve with the apple, isn't she? Wesley knows she can't be trusted, but he can't resist the lure of what her kiss promises. She and Faith would be quite a match when it comes to getting what you want.

And Wes is definitely a black hole of self-loathing here, which makes him oh-so-dangerously-sexy.
I know! I love that about him. The more emotionally unstable he got, the more I drooled over him. In this story, he seems like he's at his last rope and is going to snap at any moment. I wanted him to come across as dangerous and unpredictable and very much not being the white hat he claims to be. Lilah brings out the dark pieces of Wes that he'd rather not face, much like Spike does in S6. I've always thought there were a lot of parallels between Lilah/Wes and S6 Spuffy.

Thanks for reading! More prompt-inspired fics to come soon.
mere ubu: spike pornmere_ubu on September 26th, 2008 07:07 pm (UTC)
Oh, that was some dead-on Wes & Lilah. I always wanted there to be much more of them. Lilah's a great shady dame, and they killed her off way to early. And what a train-wreck poor Wes is--I personally found Wesley's moral ambiguity much more interesting than Angel's. Shh, don't tell!

Hot stuff, sweetie. And that's so Lilah to privately giggle at Wes thinking he has the upper hand.
ClawofCat: ow my angstclawofcat on September 26th, 2008 10:12 pm (UTC)
Yay! I was writing them from memory, so it's great to hear I got them right. Yesterday evening a friend of mine gave me my belated bday present of AtS seasons 3-4. I promptly watched a few Wes/Lilah scenes and then sighed with relief *g*

I've always wondered why they killed her off when they did. It didn't really progress Wes' arch to do so. Maybe Romanov wanted out? When Eve hit the scene that next season, I was missing Lilah like whoa.

And what a train-wreck poor Wes is
I'm sure Buffy and Wesley could have compared notes about self-loathing and bedding down with the enemy. Lots of parallels between those two couples.

Thanks for reading! My computer has sort of exploded, but I'm going to try and continue to work through the prompts.
Katie-kat: Diesel - b-daykatiekat641 on October 3rd, 2008 03:21 am (UTC)
I love it. Wes and Lilah have such an interesting dynamic. I wish they'd able to spend more air time with them. I love the banter between them. My favorite line:

"And the Senior Partners must think that playing a couple of rounds of spank-me-daddy is a productive use of company time."

Sorry for the delay in commenting. My internet has been spotty lately and I'm still trying to catch up. :)
ClawofCat: wes lilahclawofcat on October 3rd, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
I wish they'd able to spend more air time with them.
Me, too. They were edgy and complicated and that makes for good TV. After writing this, my friend burned me S3-4 of Angel, which I hadn't seen since they aired. I rewatched the unfolding of the Wes/Lilah relationship and boy was it delicious!

Glad you liked the banter. That was the most fun part to write. The Wesley line you quoted is also one of my favorites. He could be so sarcastic and biting when he wanted to be. Badass, tortured Wes = win!

Sorry for the delay in commenting.
No problem! I was just worried that you hadn't seen it.
Rebcake: ats_roguerebcake on October 22nd, 2012 03:15 pm (UTC)
Grrr. Yummy, in all it's twisted glory. I adore your unsinkable Lilah, on top to the last. Terrific dialogue, sweetie, and feels so right. And wrong. Two of my favorite things!
ClawofCatclawofcat on November 5th, 2012 03:10 am (UTC)
Hey, Reb! Sorry it's taken so long to respond (dealing with Hurricane Sandy and all). It's so weird to all of a sudden start lurking on LJ again. It's been years. I mean, I don't know if I have anything left in me to write, let alone where the action is (is there any?).

Thanks for still fighting the good fight and keeping the comm running. I really enjoyed fantas_magoria in the day and some good fics came from the ep prompts. I'm just sorry I hadn't been around to post to the comm given that I've written so many ep specific fics. Ah, well.

Glad you enjoyed this one. I do love me a kickass Lilah.

Hope you and yours are doing well!