Chapter 4Title: Hard Times for Spike and Xan
Author: WarpedMindedYaoi & NightmareAhead
Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Summary: Xander and Spike's lives spin out of control. How do they fix it?
Disclaimer: I don’t own
Note: This is a role-play between WarpedMindedYaoi and NightmareAhead. In this one, Warped plays Spike and Nightmare plays Xander (its usually the opposite). This was also Nightmare’s first rp EVER.
When Xander finally woke up it was slowly. First he felt the kiss to his forehead. 'Spike,' he realized. Then he felt that he was lying on the couch. 'Magic Box from the smell of it.' He finally opened his eyes, and then quickly shut them, 'Ugh, the lights.' He squinted his eyes open and looked around the room.
Spike was standing next to him but he was glaring at someone. Turning his head a little he saw who it was. 'Fucking Riley.'
He had to get Spike outta here. 'And come to think of it I should get out too. I almost just killed the guy.'
Planning on grabbing Spike and high-tailing it outta there, he tried to sit up. He flopped back down, feeling extremely dizzy.
"Ok, I will give someone all of my Babylon 5 collectors plates if they make the room stop spinning."
Spike's head jerked back to Xander, "Pet… no we are gonna stay here ‘til they figure out what is wrong with you." In his tone of voice it was telling Xander that there was no way he was going to make him change his mind.
Spike vamped out and turned and growled at Riley, "Wanna fight, Texas?" he growled, he was angrier than he has ever been. He is protecting his future mate, and showing his mate that he can fight anyone for him. Yeah, Spike saw the way Riley looked at Xander, when no one else was looking, except Spike of course.
"Get the fuck out," he snarled, taking closer steps to Riley.
Buffy made to get in the way when Spike yelled, "No! This is between me and the fucking cunt ass rapist! I wish you all the pain that you have caused me," he hissed, spitting on Riley.
'He's going up against Riley for me.' Xander thought with awe.
He was happy and proud up until he saw Riley reach into his pocket. Once again seeing red, he jumped off the couch, grabbed Spike's dagger from his duster again, and had it up against Riley’s throat before anyone could even blink. Standing behind the soldier, holding a dagger to his throat, he felt a grin grow on his face.
"You messed with the wrong vampire, Riley," his voice once again strange. He pressed the blade harder and drew a bit of blood. "So what do you think should happen to you, solider boy?" he drawled into the quivering mans ear, smile still on his face. He was proud of himself. He, Alexander LaVelle Harris, was making a SOLDIER quiver.
Spikes hands were up in the air, and he stared in shock at what Xander was doing... for him. 'Wow, my pet... saving me and protecting me,' he swallowed instinctively, he was embarrassed to say, but Xander all strong and bad, was a turn on. He looked into Xander's eyes and noticed that there was almost... someone else in Xander's place, someone braver, stronger, and faster. Almost like Spike is to William.
All of a sudden, Spike had a goofy grin on his face, and he looked down shyly, then looked back up at Xander with a shy smile, "Alexander, you know it is rude to do that to someone without explaining to them why they are being punished." He then stood up straight and watched Alexander with lovey dovey eyes.
Hearing his name, Alexander looked up. His eyes met Spike's, but something was off. They looked different.
"Spike?" Wanting to focus all his attention on Spike, he quickly spun Riley around and punched him. Knocking him out and sending him to the floor. He stepped over the unconscious man and walked up to stand in front of Xander's lover. After staring into the blue eyes in front of him he came to a conclusion.
"You're not Spike. State your name and business," he ordered as he held the knife up to the stranger’s throat. Not that he would cut him, Xander wouldn’t kill him, but he had to threaten the man to get the correct answers fast.
William tilted his head, "Your not Xander, but yet you are. Alexander, I am William. It's an honor to meet such a noble and strong man." He blushed, smiling at Alexander with a sweet and innocent vibe around him. 'I always thought he was handsome and strong, but... there is just something primal about Alexander. I wish he would have known me also, and not just Spike. Spike gives off dreadful bad vibes. Oh dear, Alexander must think of me as a-a hussy.' He chastised himself.
'William?' He quickly went through Xander's memories and discovered that William was Spike before he was turned. 'Hmm. Interesting. He’s cute though. And damn, that blush is hot'
Alexander bowed, took one of William’s hands in his, and brought it to his lips, looking up with a smile at the blonde. As he stood back up straight he said, "No, William, it is an honor to meet You."
William watched Alexander's reactions closely, but him bowing and kissing his hand was not one of the reactions he expected, and he let out a small laugh, quiet and shy, like him.
"Thank you, sir," he whispered softly.
"Hold on one gosh darn minute," Willow sighed, stepping closer. "You’re William? You’re Alexander?" She then blinked, and looked at Tara, "I got nothing." She looked around confused.
Tara walked over to Willow, "Their a-aura's seem a little different t-than before." she replied softly.
Buffy rolled her eyes, "It is just Spike and Xander being stupid." She walked over to Xander, stood by 'William' and touched his shoulder. "Come on Xander. Quit playing around." She was frustrated that her boyfriend was knocked out and there was no reason behind it.
Alexander looked at the hand on his shoulder in disgust. Growling a bit, he shrugged it off. "No-ones joking around here, Slayer. I'm Lt. Alexander Harris and he's William."
William looked down at the unconscious man and gasped, "Oh... dear, that is the man that had hurt Spike." He put his hand over his heart and looked at the floor sadly.
Alexander then turned to William, his voice and eyes much more gentle, "He deserves a lot worse for what he did to Spike, William. You know that." He put a hand on the man’s shoulder and squeezed gently.
Giles chose then to step into the conversation. "What ever do you think Riley did, Xander?"
With a long-suffering sigh, he turned to face the Watcher, "It's Alexander. I'm not telling you people again. And its not my place to say what the sorry excuse of a soldier did."
He turned back to William, "Mind telling me what you're doing here?"
William couldn't help but bite his bottom lip nervously, "I am not really sure. I was sitting in Spike's mind, minding my own business, because... he doesn't really need me anymore. He doesn't want to be seen as a weakling, he wants to be seen as the big bad. But, my goodness! He could at least dress appropriately, and speak in a kind and polite manner to the women. It doesn't matter if he doesn't like them or not, he should just be nice." William calmed down after his little rant and he flushed, "I'm sorry madam's and sir. I don't know what came over me." He looked at Alexander confused, "Why... are you here then Alexander?"
Alexander laughed at the little rant and the fact that William was embarrassed by it.
'I wish I could have been freed more often. I might have been able to find someone like Spike found Xander.' William sighed to himself as he looked into Alexander's eyes.
"Xander wanted to be able to protect Spike. He didn’t think he could do it alone so I took it upon myself to help him out. The hyena wanted to help protect her chosen mate too, but she listens to me and I told her I would take care of it. Trust me, you don’t want her to be in control."
He put his hand to William’s face and brushed his thumb back and forth across the beautiful cheekbone there. "I'm really glad I did, now," he said this with a slight smirk on his face. 'This guy is something special, I can tell'.
William blushed and a small giggled escaped, "Well, sir, if I didn't know any better, I would say you are flirting with me," he smiled brightly.
Buffy rolled her eyes again, "Good. I was afraid I was the only one noticing that." She scoffed, grabbing William's arms and pushing him roughly against a wall, "Now... be a good boy and tell us what Riley did to Spike," she glared.
William looked at her nervously and tried to get out of her arms, but he didn't have to vampire strength like Spike did. "Pl-please," his voice quivered. "Unhand me this instant," He tried to growl out, but it came out as a plea.
Buffy shook her head. "Not until I know what my boyfriend did to Spike!" she yelled.
Dawn stepped up, "I think you should stop, Buffy," she whispered.
Buffy continued to hold William against the wall. "Not until I get answers!"
Hearing the sudden dark laughter behind her, Buffy froze. Slowly she turned her head to see who it was. Her eyes roamed over Willow, Tara, Dawn, and Giles, who all seemed to be looking somewhere in fear. That’s when she found who was laughing. It was Alexander. He was simply standing there laughing, looking at her. He looked scarier then just about anything she can ever remember seeing.
"Oh, Slayer, you make my job so much more fun," he slowly started to stalk towards her, twirling the dagger he still held in his hand.
William struggled to get out of the Slayers grasp while she was looking at Alexander, "Please... don't hurt anyone. Please. You know Xander wouldn't want that." He walked up to the handsome soldier and gently placed a hand on his arm, "If not for Xander, then for me, sir, please?" He felt vulnerable, but he didn't want to see Alexander, or Xander get in trouble for something that is clearly out of hand now.
Giles was busy looking in books, trying to figure out what was happening with the two men that were currently talking. He sighed as he started cleaning his glasses, every now and then looking at Alexander, and then at William.
William looked at Alexander happily, "Let's go to Xander's house, and we can stay there until Mr. Giles and them find a way to figure this out." He smiled brightly, looking at Giles, "Right sir?"
Giles looked up and gave William and Alexander a small smile/grimace, "Of course, we will get a hold of you when we figure out what is wrong."
William looked at Alexander with a shy smile, "Do you want to walk the long way or the short way home?"
"I'll leave, without hurting anyone if you promise to stop calling me sir. You can call me Alex." He took hold of William’s hand and laced their fingers together. "We should take the short way, I think the sun will be up soon. Don’t really wanna see you turn to dust anytime soon. Well... actually never, but you know what I mean."
He started to lead them towards the door when he stopped and turned to face Buffy. With hard eyes he addressed her, "If I were you, Slayer, I would make sure that thing," he pointed at Riley’s still unconscious form, "gets out of town- actually, make that this state - if he plans on living past this week."
Once a block away from The Magic Box, Alexander could feel his control slipping. "William, I think I have to go now. Spike isn’t in any danger so my control is slipping."
William looked at Alexander and nodded, "I understand. But... my time spent with you Alex, was perfect." He leaned over and kissed Alexander on the lips softly, "When you leave, I change back automatically."
William closed his eyes and felt his mannerisms change back to Spike, and he opened his eyes.
"Bloody hell! That was some weird stuff." Spike chuckled. "And pet... you were bleedin' hot back there!" he grinned as he pulled Xander close. "Do you want to go on a date with me tomorrow night?" he whispered sweetly into Xander Harris' ear.
'Weird is right. Who thought a hyena could play fetch.'
He shivered as Spike whispered into his ear. He hugged him tighter against him. "Yea, Spike. I would love to."
He then kissed Spike until he was breathless. While composing himself he realized that they were themselves again, so technically Spike didn’t need to go home with him.
"Umm, Spike?" He didn’t want Spike to go back to his crypt, but he was a little afraid that if Spike went with him that they would end up doing a lot more then kissing. "Are you still coming home with me? Or are you going back to your crypt?"
Spike grinned, "Now that you announced everything, and we just got done telling them we are going to your place. I think... we should go to your place. If that is alright with you?"
'Of course I know it is alright. I can feel Xander's blood pumping fast, almost like he was nervous, or hoping for something.’
He started walking towards Xander's place, his hand reaching down and gently holding onto Xander's own strong hand.
"Ya know. I think William has a big crush on Alexander now," he grinned at Xan as he lit up another cigarette with his empty hand. He looked sharply at Xander, "Do you like smoking? I mean... the smell or whatever? I can stop when I am around you. I don't want you getting, what is it called, uhm, Second Hand Smoke? I can stop smoking around you if you want me to."
Xander was so focused on telling himself not to do anything with Spike, that when Spike started talking, he jumped a little.
"Oh, well Alexander has a crush on William, I know that. He wont shut up." Alexander wasn’t too happy about Xander telling Spike.
'Don’t tell him that! If you tell him then William will hear it!'
'What are we in middle school all of a sudden? Relax, he likes you, you like him.'
Tuning back in to what Spike was saying he was a little surprised. "You wouldn't smoke around me if I said so? That’s... sweet of you," he said with a adorable smile to Spike. "But its ok. I feel like its a part of you and the smell always makes me think of you. It has ever since the first time you lit up in front of me."
Spike grinned at Xander as he looked over at him, "Yeah... alright. I won't quit, but I will take it down a notch, I don't want you to die a quick death from it." He chuckled as he lit up a second cigarette.
'Oh, yes. Could you tell Alexander, I would really like to see him again soon?'
Spike snorted and looked over at Xander, "Xan, my good half wanted me to tell you that he 'would really like to see Alexander again.'" he said in a prim English voice, almost mocking William.
'Well, I never! You don't have to be so rude to me!' William's voice trailed off and he disappeared, showing Spike he wasn't happy and he was going to ignore him.
Spike smiled and took Xander's hand. "He was angry at me for making fun of him so he left for a bit."
"I wish Alexander would take a break." Xander said a bit exhausted from listening to Alexander go on and on.
'He wants to see me again? Soon? Sweet!'
'Listen, Alexander. It's nice to be able to talk to you again but you wanna go play with Princess or something. You’re starting to give me a headache.' Xander asked, using the name the hyena told him to.
Alexander didn’t answer, just disappeared.
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AN2: Happy Birthday to Nicolas and Kelly Brendon!!! [for those of you who dont know, today, April 12th, is Nicolas Brendon (who plays Xander) and his twin brother, Kelly's birthday]. It's also my mom's. lol.