Title: Finding Family 27/40
Rating: Adult - Overall
Paring: W/X HUA
Disclaimer: I own nothing, including the characters used in
this story and make no money off them.
Summary: This story is a follow up to "Flip The Script."
The boys are living together happily when something unexpected
turns their lives around.
Xander slammed the solid heavy door and threw the dead bolt to
secure it. Billy could no longer be heard whining and swearing but
both knew he was probably still there.
Turning to William, Xander was dismayed to see he had already
rushed off to check on Deena. He really wanted to talk to him
before they joined the girls in the library.
Xander knew he and Will needed to have an indepth conversation
about what to do with the squatters and he really preferred to
do it in private. Willow tended to be to emotional and knew
how to play Will to the max to get what she wanted.
Xander, on the other hand, was much more pragmatic.
To be honest if Deena hadn't been pregnant Xander would have
been just as happy to pitch her out too. They could take care
of the legalities of filing trespassing charges, secure the property,
and be back on a plane by the end of the week.
Sighing with resignation, Xander returned to the library.
Willow and Deena were curled up together on the couch.
Exhausted from the attack and ensuing emotional scene, Deena
was nearly asleep.
Willow's eyes were wide and wild. She appeared to be
wired up and still in shock from the violence.
Crouching down in front of them Will touched Deena's hair cautiously
but spoke to Willow.
"Why don't you take her to the servants apartment off the kitchen.
You two can stay there together tonight. Fix yourself a cup of
tea and put her to bed. She needs to sleep and maybe see a
doctor in the morning."
Deena fussed slightly at the suggestion of medical attention but
offered no real objection.
Willow continued petting and coddling her. As much to calm herself
"That sounds like a good idea. If you can carry my suitcase
for me I'll settle in there and she won't have to go up and down
any steps. Do you think we will be safe? Will Billy come back?
Maybe we should all stay together."
Will shook his head. He wanted to be reassuring but just
didn't know what to tell her. He was fighting the same fears
as well as the urge to wring his hands and pace the room
"I don't think he is nearly stupid or brave enough to come back.
Not for a while anyway."
Will and Willow looked up as Xander answered her concerns
from the library doorway.
"No, Will's right. Now we are all whipped. Jet lagged and literally
beat up. We all need some down time."
The others noticed the damage on Xander's face from Billy's
attack. His cheek was puffy and his eye badly swollen.
The only thing that made them feel better was knowing
Billy probably looked far worse.
Willow nudged Deena to sit up.
"Come on Sweety, let's get settled in, we could both use the rest."
Deena hicupped, nodded, and let Willow lead her away
followed closely by Will who was carrying Willow's bags.
Xander returned to the entry hall to collect their bags.
He and Will had each brought two cases not knowing how
long they would be staying. Xander had thought that was
a lot. Now he wasn't sure.
The servants apartment was three rooms off the kitchen.
It consisted of a cozy sitting room with a fire place, a comfortable
bedroom and a surprisingly modern bath.
This was where Deena had wanted her and Billy to sleep when
they first moved in here but he had insisted on the masters quarters
The upper suite was the set of rooms belonging to Will's Gandfather.
It was where the head of the house slept and it was what Billy
demanded despite the struggle Deena went through each time she
had to climb the stairs.
Will showed Willow where the bed linen was. He then stood
by supporting Deena's weight while Willow made up the bed.
Both girls felt better sleeping in the same bed.
When it was decided they had every thing they needed, Will
helped tuck Deena in and prepared to leave.
Before he reached the door, Willow stopped him with a hand
on his arm
"Where will you and Xander be?"
Will could hear the fear as it caused her voice to waiver.
Scooping her up and into a bear hug he then just as quickly
set her back down with a kiss on the nose.
"We will be upstairs. Second floor, end of the hallway. That's
my old rooms and the caretakers always keep it cleaned and
ready in case I come home.
If you need anything come and get us. Anything! There
is nothing to be afraid of. Doesn't Xander always take good
care of us? The doors are bolted shut and Billy is gone."
Willow glanced at the woman already asleep on the bed
and knew Will was right. Xander wouldn't let anything happen.
She put on her best brave smile and kissed his cheek.
"I know. I'm not worried. We can all get some sleep and decide
what to do in the morning."
Will found Xander waiting at the foot of the stairs holding a bag in
each hand and another under each arm.
"Oh, good you have everything. We are upstairs."
Will led the way talking animatedly on each step.
Xander followed, saying nothing.
"So I think we should let Deena and the baby live here. She
is kind of my responsibility now just like the caretakers and the
estate. I suppose I could put her in the apartment over the garage.
She will have to have an allowence, don't you think? I'm just
afraid if we go back to the states Billy will come back.
What do you think we should do about him?"
By now they had arrived at their set of rooms and Xander
dropped the bags inside the bedroom door.
All four hit the hard wood with a collective "THUMP"
"I'll tell you what I think. I think you are pissing me off."
Will spun around and faced him, stunned and quiet while
"When we got together I promised to take care of you, didn't I?"
Will nodded vigorously
"And have I done that?"
Will nodded again, still not sure where this was going.
"Then I'm disappointed that you think I wouldn't be able to do it now.
I understand that this estate and these people are your responsibility,
but you are mine. I think you need to be reminded of that."