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Watching Fool For Love with the commentary for the first time, and I just hit the Spike/Dru making out against the wall in China scene.

You know, the one where Petrie says this is the first time Spike's ever had sex with Dru, and we all say "After 20 years? Are you on crack, Petrie?" (I had a post saying pretty much that a year or so ago when it came up in discussion on someone else's LJ and I went "Er?" but damned if I can find it now ETA - found it.)

Except, er, he doesn't. He says "This is the first time that he, you know, has Drusilla. I think that in their gang, Angelus has all the juice, and Spike just gave himself a promotion."

Which, to me, comes off as Petrie meaning that it's the first time Dru is his, that he has her as in has her full attention, that he's not just a substitute for when Daddy's too busy. (Or, since it's the Boxer rebellion and Angel's been missing for two years, a substitute for when Daddy buggers off to who knows where...)

The line is much more ambiguous than the fannish bibble about it led me to believe. To the point where were I hearing it without that interpretation already in my head, I'd never even consider that he might literally mean "It's the first time they've had sex."

herself_nyc

2004-05-02 10:16 am (UTC) (Link)

That's the interpretation I like.

mpoetess

2004-05-02 11:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

Me too, really. This is the first time that Dru is mesmerised by him, instead of vice versa. (Though at this date, with LMPTM and Detiny behind us, I can't buy canonically the idea that Angelus ever tried to separate them or played uber-dom, can-only-fuck-with-my-permission on them. I don't mind the dynamic in fic, because hell, it's hot, but I have to shift it onto the AU shelf in my head, because imo canon Angelus just did not care enough to play those games with them -- he wanted Dru out of his hair when he wasn't specifically in the mood to play with her.