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Title: The Grand Aurelius
Author: Solitudecoven
Chapters: Chapter 13/?
Rating: Adult
Paring: Spike/Xander
Summary: Spike is the co-owner of a well-known casino known as The Grand Aurelius. Xander is an upcoming professional poker player who is climbing up the leader board. After becoming an infamous and top professional poker player, Spike never played poker again and refused all challengers that was thrown his way; that is until Xander catches more than his eye. HAU
Disclaimer: I own none of these characters and they rightfully belong to Joss Whedon.
Feedback: Very much appreciated
A/n: Hello all! I hope those of you who had been following this series didn't forget it. I was having problems with it for awhile. *Glares at the muse* But here it is, Chapter 13 of TGA. I promise not to wait for too long before the next chapter. Until then, enjoy!
Past chapters: here

“What?” Spike growled as he answered the phone.

“Spike? Are you with Xander Harris?”

“What do you think poof? I’m here waiting for you to arrive and you ask whether I’m with Xander?” Spike nearly yelled into the phone.

“Yes, I know what I said. Look, you need to find Xander all right? I got a feeling Mcdonald is looking for him currently.”

“Wha-? Alright, I’ll go looking for him at his apartment now.”

With that, Spike hung up the phone and exited the hotel.

* * *
Xander looked up as a man that looked slightly older than him approached and sat opposite his seat.

“Ah, hi,” he greeted awkwardly weary of the stranger.

“Hi there, Xander is it?” the stranger asked smiling a little.

Xander mutely nodded his head and wondered who this stranger was. It was weird getting approached by people you didn’t know who suddenly knew your name.

“I was wondering, I saw you playing at ‘The Cauldron’ just now and couldn’t help noticing how good you’re at with cards. I have an organisation which allows fellow card players to play with one another and was wondering whether you’ll be interested to work with me?” the elder man said leaning slightly forward to study Xander’s face.

“W-work for you?” Xander stuttered his eyes skittered across the diner hoping that Oz would quickly come back from the washroom.

There was something about this man that made him feel distinctly uncomfortable; something in the way he spoke that sent chills up his spine.

Xander wondered how was he going to answer the man. He did not really want to work for him, not particularly especially since he had no idea who this guy was.

“Um, sorry. May I know who would I be working for?” he asked nervously.

The stranger smiled in returned. “Ah, how rude of me. Of course, I’m Caleb,” the green-eyed man said sticking out his hand.

Xander automatically took his hand until the name sunk in. “Caleb?”

Xander gulped.

The older man looked pleased. “You’ve heard about me?

“Yea- I mean yes,” Xander said and started to fidget hoping that Oz would be back much sooner.

“I see, well then. I hope you will take in consideration of my offer Xander. I’ve seen you play and I think very highly of you. If you know my name I suppose you know what business I deal with?” Caleb asked raising his eyebrow inquiringly.

When Xander nodded his head, Caleb continued, “Well, this here is my business card. Hopefully we’ll get in touch soon.”

With that, Caleb stood up and left a clearly scared and stunned Xander sitting in his booth.

* * *
Oz came back to the booth only to find a Xander sitting and staring blankly at the empty seat opposite him.

One look at his friend and Oz hurried towards him where he also found a card lying on the table.

“Xander?” he questioned worriedly.

Xander snapped back from the daze he was in and answered Oz with a, “Huh?”

“What’s wrong?” Oz said slipping into the booth opposite him and grabbing the card on the table.

He looked at it before looking up at Xander. “Xan…this is…”

“Yeah, I know,” Xander quietly replied before smiling a little. “Scary huh? I mean, Caleb. Ha. I can’t believe I’m still alive even after meeting him. You know he wants me to work for him. Do you think I’ll be killed if I reject his offer? I heard terrible-,”

“Xander! Calm down,” Oz said cutting through his babble. “Don’t worry, we’ll figure this out. I don’t think Caleb would actually kill you if you reject his offer. He was here just now?”

Xander wordlessly nodded his head. “Oz, when he first said his name I felt myself going cold.”

“How did he know you though?” Oz asked curiously.

“He followed me from The Cauldron.”

Silence fell after that as Oz started pondering the sudden attentions his best friend had.

* * *
“Hello? Xander? Oz?” Spike called as he knocked on the door for the fifth time that morning.

He was getting worried.

He had tried calling the house a half an hour ago but had no answer. Now, standing right here at Xander’s door knocking on it the whole morning, he wondered whether anything bad had happened yet. Perhaps Lindsey Mcdonald had arrived and probably kidnapped him.

Okay, so Spike knew he was just being paranoid. The boys probably just headed out for an early breakfast but instinct was kicking in that something terrible had happened.

“I’m sorry are you Spike?”

Spike snapped his attention to the voice behind him.

“You!” Spike said angered a little as he took in the sight of Riley.

“Yeah me,” Riley replied wryly. “What are you doing here?”

Spike glared at the other man for awhile before retorting, “Shouldn’t I be asking you that question?”

“I don’t think so since I know Xander and Oz and we go back a long time which to say it’s only natural for me to visit them,” Riley replied.

Spike snorted. “Last I’ve heard you haven’t been friends with Xander anymore ever since…High school?”

Riley suddenly smirked. “Friends? You mean Xander didn’t tell you? I was his first…” he trailed off smugly letting Spike mentally complete his sentence.

Spike didn’t even feel the anger and jealousy rising up in him until he punched Riley’s face. The next thing he knew, there was a solid arm holding him back and he turned to see a horrified Xander Harris staring back at him.


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