Xander was on his knees, rooting through the cabinet beneath the bathroom sink. [C'mon, I know I
bought some,] he thought, frustrated. He was searching for the spicy-scented bath oil he knew he'd
purchased on the last trip to the grocery store. He'd twisted his shoulder at work earlier that day and
it hurt like a bitch. A hot bath was just what the doctor ordered [if I could find the darned bath oil!]
He knew he could take a bath without the oil, but he really liked the spicy scent. It make taking a
bath a luxury rather than just a way to get clean. And tonight, he was in the mood for Calgon to
take him away.
[Who knew a cabinet could have so much crap in it?] Xander had found every kind of bottled
product, from bathroom cleaner to peroxide to dog shampoo [I don't want to know] to hand lotion,
except for the one he wanted. The first aid kit was there, plus extra bandages, iodine, extra
bandages, elastic wraps, extra bandages, and extra bandages. There was even female stuff, courtesy
of Willow, that Xander pretended he didn't see. Everything was in the cabinet except for what he
was looking for, of course. Including a Cherry Boy magazine.
Xander blinked. "Huh?" Sitting back on his heels, he stared in surprise at the small-sized magazine
with the well-muscled half-naked twink on the cover. It was a Penthouse Letters-type magazine, a
collection of letters and stories highly pornographic in nature. [About men. Men touching other
men, men sucking other men, men screwing other men, and every other "-ing" men can do to other
And not just any men. Cherry Boy was specifically about virgins. Virgins being touched for the
first time. Virgins being sucked or sucking for the first time. Virgins being taken on a bed, in a car,
on the ground, or against a wall for the first time.
Xander suddenly grinned widely. [Well, this is... fun.] An image of Spike surreptitiously checking
out the Alternative Men's magazines, kept on the shelves with the regular porn, danced through
Xander's mind. The small-sized smut rag was undoubtably stolen. Xander couldn't see Spike
actually purchasing it...
[Snork.] Xander sniggered, flipping through the black and white pages as his brain provided the
television images of the Oh-So-Manly Vampire attempting to buy the magazine. Complete with
blushes and stammers. With a dash of fumbling, followed closely by fleeing. What Xander
wouldn't give to see the store security video of that performance.
Xander froze suddenly, though his mind had not. It continued its video reel, playing out part two of
Spike, wearing only his plaid sleep-shorts, sitting in the bathroom on the closed toilet seat, hunched
over the magazine. His white-blond hair was sticking straight up on one side. He was breathing
heavily, an uncontrollable reaction to what he was reading. On the floor by his feet sat the squirt
bottle of scentless hand lotion Xander had seen in the cabinet.
Spike lifted his head, furtively looking both left and right despite being home alone behind a locked
bathroom door. Unnecessarily holding his breath, he lifted his hips and pushed down his shorts a
few inches, just far enough to free himself. He grabbed the bottle of hand lotion and depressed the
nozzle. The ivory lotion squirted into his palm.
Another quick look left and right, and Spike returned his eyes to the story in the magazine. His
face was flushed in arousal and shy embarrassment. He was still hunched over as if what he was
doing was naughty and wrong. However, short, harsh pants soon filled the small bathroom,
underscored by the slick-slick, slick-slick, slick-slick, of a firm hand on hard flesh. The page
crinkled as he awkwardly turned it, his eyes sliding over the words faster and faster and faster and
faster. He wet his dry lips. His unneeded breath hitched. "Oh..."
Xander's harsh panting reverberated off the bathroom tile. He slowly opened his eyes and found the
magazine crumpled in his hands. Swallowing heavily, he smoothed it out as best he could, the title
as bright as a neon sign.
Leaning forward, Xander put the magazine back where he found it, forgot about the bath oil, and
took an ice cold shower instead.