Paring: S/X - of course
Warnings: None really except the expected man lovin'
Disclaimer: The Bee owns nothing, including the
lovely men used in the commission of this story.
Summary: This is a follow up to the story "Temptation".
It sees Spike and his new childe returning to California
to the dark angel. He has the answers to questions
Spike has about Xander.
Anyone who is interested in reading Temptation, it can be
found here: http://bmblbee.livejournal.com/tag/temptation
As always chapters posted daily, comments very gratefully accepted.
Spike watched the road and the signs closely. He wasn't sure
exactly what he was looking for but he was positive he would know
it when he saw it.
After their talk, Xander had been surprisingly accepting and complacent.
Mostly lost in his own thoughts, he hadn't had much conversation for his
sire, but what he did say was calm, reasonable, and relatively pleasant.
They were two more hours along and barreling west. Spike still had
them on target and had hoped to be in California by late tomorrow night
or early the next morning. They would find a hotel when the sun loomed
on the horizon and log some serious cuddle time. At night fall they would
again push off.
Still, it was not a schedule that was carved in stone, or even crumbly clay.
As vampires they had time to waste. Time was, after all, of worthless value.
Like confederate currency it was something that at one time was earned,
saved, spent, and stolen. Then, upon death, the value of time plummeted.
The stock market of minutes, days, and weeks had crashed.
Time became something that could be easily tossed away like
coins in a fountain.
Besides, California wasn't going anywhere and neither, unfortunately, was
the dark angel.
One more hour ticked by, nearly one AM, when he spotted
the brightly colored billboard. He knew the instant he saw it that it was
perfect. It would suite their needs to a tee.
He whipped the car off the highway, onto the side access road and
pulled into the dark, empty, parking lot, coming to a stop far
away from the brightly lit areas of security lights.
Xander, who had been lost in thought, suddenly looked up.
He saw they were facing a tall stone wall that surrounded an open
park like area and curiosity tickled his brain
"Where are we Sire? What is this place?"
Spike shut off the engine and turned to his child with a smile.
"This is a test, Childe. You are going to give free reign to your
vampire senses and practice your hunting skills. No killing,
Xander's eyes lit up at the thought. A game. A new game.
"What am I hunting? What do I get if I find it? Are you going
to help me? Is this like hide and seek? I used to be
very good at hide and seek with Willow."
Spike waited for his break and jumped in quickly.
"What you are going to hunt is another vampire. Me.
If you succeed, we'll decide then what your prize will be."
Spike waggled his eyebrows and smirked.
"I'm going in first and you will follow."
Xander's fear immediately flared up and he clutched Bessie close
to his body.
"Sire, I've never been on my own before. If you leave me I'll be afraid.
Besides, how will I know where to look? How will I find you?"
Spike smiled and patted Xander's cheek.
"Shame on you boy. Didn't you tell me one time that fear was a sin?
That if your faith is strong so is your protection? Well now the time
has come for you to have faith in yourself. You are a strong vampire,
Xander, childe of a master, and it's time you started to learn how to
use that strength. Now, do you know my smell?"
Xander didn't need to think twice. He knew his sire's scent better
than anything on earth. He craved it, rubbed his face in it, searched for
it in the dark of night. Like a pup for it's mother, Xander would know
his sire's scent in room of thousands of vampires, blindfolded with
Proudly, with confidence, Xander held his head high.
"I know my Sire's scent"
"Good. Then give me five minutes and come after me. Always be
mindful of the perils around you. Use the skills and powers you have
inside you. Keep your focus on your goal, and most important,
don't let yourself become distracted. Can you do it Xander?
Can you make your sire proud?"
Xander had listened intently to all the instructions his sire had given
him and, as apprehensive as he was, his demon was positively thrilled.
It whooped and crowed within him, eager for the game to begin.
"I can do it. I can make you proud."
Spike leaped from the car and slammed his door shut behind him,.
turning at the last second for one more order.
"Leave the cow in the car."
And with that he was gone. With unbelievable grace and agility
Xander watched as his sire leaped the tall stone wall and disappeared
into the night.
Xander hugged Bessie tight and began counting
"One thousand one, one thousand two, one thousand three.........."
He did his best to be patient but failed. After just three minutes
he eased out of the car. Remembering sires orders he put Bessie
back and secured his seatbelt snuggly around her.
Turning, he lurched forward, flinging himself towards the stone wall
much in the same way his sire had just done. Xander made it about
half way up before smacking, face first, and bouncing back.
Landing on his ass, Xander rubbed the growing knot on his
forehead and frowned.
Suddenly it came to him like a bolt from the blue. Xander grinned,
leaped to his feet and, shaking his head, switched to his vampire face.
"Ah Ha! I got it now! Look out Sire, here I come!"
Rushing again, he pushed off and leaped straight into the air and clearing
the obstructive barrier easily. Almost. At the last second, the untied
lace of Xander's right shoe caught between his foot and the ledge of
the wall causing him to lose his balance and tumble to the ground like
a sack of discarded chicken feed.
This time it was his hip that was sore and rubbed. Xander rolled
around on the damp grass before struggling to his feet.
"Wow. That was harder than it looked."
Instantly, though, Xander realized he was in!
He had done it! All on his own!
With the first obstacle conquered, his confidence buoyed.
Quickly crouching in a move that he thought looked cat like, Xander
scanned all around him hoping for a clue as to what sort of
area he was to be hunting in.
The answer to that question came in the form of a sign.
A big sign.
A colorful sign.
A sign less that six feet in front of Xander's nose.
A sign that proudly announced
WELCOME TO THE CITY ZOO
PLEASE ENJOY YOUR STAY
PLEASE DON'T FEED THE ANIMALS.
Xander was speechless. A zoo! He had never seen a zoo.
He had heard of them and knew they contained every kind
of animal God had put on the face of the earth, but to
actually be here!
It was like walking through Noah's ark!
Xander groaned and knew he was doomed.