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 19/23 + Epilogue (This is not a WIP. One Chapter will be posted daily, until complete.)
Chapter 19/23+ Epilogue
Rating: NC17 Overall
Spike caught Joe up and walked silently beside him.
Joe cast a sideward glance, he didn't need to have any mystical powers to guess what had happened. Spike's firm jaw and thin, grim mouth combined with the stiff back and tension that seemed to vibrate from him, told their own story and he sighed sadly. How could two people who loved each other so much and had lived together almost a year know so little about each other?
When Xander caught them up moments later, a quick backward look at the pale, stricken face was all the confirmation he needed.
They made their way toward the station just as a train rounded the bend. "Look Just-Xander, the train to Kadir. With luck we will be there tonight."
"There are so many people," Xander mumbled.
"They are pilgrims Just-Xander, they go to see the false redeemer."
"That'd be Omar huh?" Spike commented.
The platform thronged with brightly dressed people. Many carried flags adorned with Omar's crest and the three men were pushed, shoved and jostled as the train drew to a halt with a squeal of brakes and sigh of steam. Spike pushed his way through the crowd and then suddenly ducked back, pushing Xander and Joe into the thick of the crowd. "Omar's men," he hissed.
They ducked and moved away from the soldiers. People clambered in and onto the train as they forced their way to the back of the crowd. Spike and Joe pulled their scarves across the lower half of their faces, Xander wore the shawl over his head and kept his head bowed. Spike led them along the platform, everywhere soldiers were stopping and questioning people. They had a picture of Xander and were showing it as they questioned, when one came toward them they dived away.
Jeeps carrying more soldiers arrived and they hid behind a pile of boxes and sacks of grain. "What are we going to do? We have to get onto the train." Xander whispered urgently.
Rashid swept passed them issuing orders and urging his men onto the train.
Spike looked around and spotted a low, flat roofed building at the edge of the tracks. "There, come on." He led them toward it and less than a minute later they were crouched on the roof.
"What now?" Xander shrugged. "The train has a flat roof, when it passes here it will be going slow enough for us to jump ." Spike explained. Xander blanched. "Spike, I, I can't."
Spike gave him a hard look, he wasn't inclined to be as patient as he might have been. "Do you want to get to Kadir in time to stop Omar?" He said bluntly. Xander nodded. "This is the only way that I can see, you have a better idea, I'll listen." Xander ducked his head, it wasn't often Spike spoke to him so harshly, but he knew he deserved it.
Xander chewed his lip looking worried. "You can do it Just-Xander." Joe gently encouraged. Xander looked from Spike to Joe and nodded dumbly. The train's hooter gave a blast and Xander jumped and then watched as the train began to edge along the track.
Xander's stomach lurched and his heart pounded.
The engine passed by them and then the first of the carriages. Joe and Spike stood and jumped, both landing safely on the roof of the slow moving train.
Spike saw him and gestured. "What the Hell are you doing?" He growled.
Xander made a hopeless gesture.
Spike waved him to jump. "Come on, jump. you can do it, jump!" He encouraged impatiently.
The train began to pick up speed.
Spike stood up. "Bloody Hell Xander, jump!" He shouted motioning wildly.
Xander looked around and in panic and desperation jumped. He landed on the roof of the train, lost his footing and slid over the side disappearing from view.
His fingers gripped the rail at the edge of the roof and he clung on.
Spike gave an anguished cry. "No!" And began to run toward him. Xander was terrified as the train gathered speed with him dangling above the track. "Spike! Spike!" He yelled. Joe sat cross legged on the roof of the train completely unaware of what was happening behind him. He'd seen Xander jump but not slip and fall. Over the rumble of the train he didn't hear Xander shouting.
Spike raced along the roof of the train leaping from the roof of one carriage to the other. Xander's panicked cries attracted the attention of two soldiers riding on the outside of the train. They saw him and began to climb up and come toward him. Spike reached Xander, threw himself flat and grasped his wrists and tried to pull him to safety. Xander struggled to find a foot hold to help Spike pull him up, once he slipped and Spike lost his grip. Spike grabbed for him and Xander's foot found purchase and Spike hauled him onto the roof.
A soldier reached them.
"Look out !" Xander yelled just in time and Spike ducked as the soldier swung his rifle butt. Spike grasped the man and using his own momentum tossed him from the train. On a ridge above the tracks Tarak and his men appeared. Tarak scanned the train and saw Al-Jawahara sitting on the roof, he gave a great shout. "Al-Jawahara!" And he and his men thundered toward the train.
Oz and Humphrey brought up the rear.
"Come on, guys wait for us." Oz pleaded. "Come on Humph! Giddyup!" Humphrey broke into a long striding gallop. "Whooo way to go Humph!" Oz shouted gleefully.
The second soldier reached Spike and tackled him forcing the blond down and as Xander scrambled to help, a single rifle shot rang out and the soldier toppled from the train.
Tarak lowered his rifle, grinning.
The warriors thundered along the track after the train, Humphrey made up ground with every stride.