Warnings: HAU, M/M sex, violence, swearing, possible humor, blatant use of movie misquotes, OOC, varying chapter lengths. UNBETA'D
Rating:Overall NC17 Individual Chapters PG to NC17
Pairing: 100% S/X (Is there any other?)
Comments: Comment if you want to, though it would be nice to know someone is reading it.
Disclaimer: I own nothing, everything belongs to someone who is not me. I write for fun not profit.
Note 1: This follows the general plot of the film with a few important deviations!
Note 2: My heartfelt thanks go out to my dear friend Bmblbee, for holding my hand through the writing and posting process. *Hugs*
Note 3: This is a plot driven story. What sex there is happens in the natural course of the plot and as part of Spike and Xander's ongoing relationship.
Summary: Alexander Harris is a highly successful author of romantic novels under the pen name Xander Harris. When he met William 'Spike' Stone a roughish soldier of fortune, his life changed forever. He left the safety and familiarity of Sunndydale to join Spike sailing the World. Writers block and the offer of a commission to write the Biography of Omar Khalifa, soon to be proclaimed Emperor lures him from the arms of Spike and he travels to the banks of the Nile. When things start to go wrong he has to rely on Spike to save him. But will he?
This is a sequel to Romancing The Stone, but can be read on it's own.
Chapter 18/23 + Epilogue (This is not a WIP. One Chapter will be posted daily, until complete.)
Chapter 18/23 + Epilogue
Rating: NC17 Overall
Spike was as good as his word and the next day if Xander walked a little stiffly and sat carefully, neither of them seemed to regret it.
Their belongings had been piled up next to the hut and whilst Xander dressed Spike replaced his turban. Joe wandered over, taking in the contented and relaxed demeanor of the two men, he smiled broadly. "We must hurry. Over the next ridge there is a valley and a new train station, built while I have been away. The Chief says there will be a train to Kadir."
"Well let's go!" Spike quickly pulled Xander to his feet.
The villager's waved them off and Joe took the lead with Spike and Xander not far behind. The couple walked together chatting quietly; hands, arms and shoulders occasionally bumping and brushing. Joe excitedly pointed out familiar landmarks and new features and with a last effort they reached the top of the ridge and looked down into a fertile valley of waving corn and further on goats grazed. They could make out rail tracks and a long, low station which seemed to be thronging with people.
They drew next to Joe and he sighed. "This valley is gift from the Nile. I forgot how beautiful it was. I have been away too long, come we must hurry if we are to catch the train." He started to descend into the valley.
Xander gazed across the valley. "It is lovely, " he mumbled. Spike nodded. "Y'know Joe's beginning to grow on me, I like him. What do you say to cutting him in on the jewel if we find it?" Spike grinned.
Xander shuffled awkwardly and looked sheepish.
A concerned look crossed Spike's face. "What?"
Xander took a deep breath. "Joe is The Jewel."
Spike looked confused. "Joe has the jewel?"
"No. Joe is The Jewel, he's a Holy Man, that's his religious title, The Jewel of The Nile." Xander paused giving Spike time to digest the information. "The people believe he has mystic powers, that he can unite all the tribes and lead them to peace and prosperity, put an end to all the bloodshed that's plagued this region for years," he explained.
Spike's jaw dropped, he shook his head trying to clear it, make sense of what Xander was saying. "And you knew? You've known all this time?" He questioned incredulously.
Xander nodded dumbly.
Spike's face darkened. "Why did you hide it? Why the fuck didn't you tell me? Why did you let me go on about a jewel, make a fool of myself?" He spat angrily.
Xander folded his arms around himself protectively. "I, I thought if you knew, you wouldn't come. You wouldn't help," he whispered miserably.
Spike staggered back, for a moment he didn't trust himself to speak. Xander had no faith in him? After all the times he'd risked his life, all the things he'd done? He couldn't believe it. He breathed deeply to bring the anger and hurt under control. "Seems to me I've come through a time or two in the past Xander. I know I mess up over the small stuff but when you've really needed me I've always been there, I've come through."
Xander nodded. "I know, I'm so sorry, you come through all the time." He looked up his eyes bright with unshed tears. "I'm so, so sorry." He begged silently for Spike to understand he'd made a mistake, a horrible, dreadful mistake.
"Sorr...." Spike spun round and kicked a rock, he kept his back to Xander as he struggled not to fall apart. "You didn't trust me Xander. I might have surprised you but you never gave me a chance."
Spike couldn't believe it. After ten months, after all they'd been through together, Xander didn't trust him. Didn't trust him to come through for him and he'd tried so hard. He'd amused himself for long, lonely hours while Xander struggled to write, he'd attended his damn literary functions making nice with people he didn't care about, he'd turned down offers of company from pretty boys and girls, handsome men and beautiful women: he'd put up with being labeled Xander's companion.
And for what?
Xander might love him, but he didn't trust him.
Defeated he faced Xander, but he didn't look at him. "The truth is Xander, at the end of the day you just don't trust me enough to do the decent thing."
"I do. I trust you with my life, my heart." Xander protested.
"But not to do the right thing," Spike stated bluntly and paused. "I'll get you to Kadir. But then, afterwards." He shook his head. "I don't know anymore Xander. I don't know how we get back from this."
Spike looked at Xander's stricken face. "Damn it Xander, I really thought we had a chance at making it."
Xander opened his mouth to speak, but Spike turned and bounded down the slope into the valley.