Warnings: HAU, M/M sex, violence, swearing, angst, possible humor, blatant use of movie dialogue, OOC, varying chapter lengths. Unbeta'd
Rating:Chapters 1-25 R (For swearing and violence) Epilogue NC17 (For M/M sex.)
Pairing: 100% S/X ( S&Oz, S&Oz&Giles, X&Oz&Giles FRIENDSHIP only)
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 is derived from the movie Ladyhawke and is dedicated to two of the most handsome actors ever: James Marsters and Rutger Hauer. It is also dedicated to the memory of Othello the magnificent Friesian stallion who portrayed Goliath.
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. Chapters 1 to 25 Rated R for violence and language. Epilogue (Original writing, not part of the legend or movie) Rated NC17 for MM sex.
Note 4: This is fantasy human/medieval Spike, Oz and Xander and behave as such. Although BTVs names are used, they are NOT in Sunnydale personas.
Summary: When the Count D’Anjou forfeits all his land and wealth gambling, his son the handsome, eighteen year old Xander is sent to live with a cousin in Aquila. It is hoped that Xander's good looks and title will attract a wealthy wife. But Xander meets William (Spike) Navarre the handsome, dashing Captain of The Guard. They fall in love. They keep their illicit love from everyone but their confessor. When they are betrayed to The Bishop of Aquila he calls down a terrible curse on the lovers. Can Daniel (Oz) Osbourne a thief and escapee from Aquila's dungeons help Spike and Xander defeat the curse?
Chapter 17/25 + Epilogue (This is not a WIP. One Chapter will be posted daily, until complete.)
Rating: 1 -25 R, EPILOGUE NC17
Chapter 17/25+ Epilogue
Rating NC17 Overall
Xander had eaten the venison and listened in silence as Giles and Oz revealed what Giles had found out about the curse and the bones of their plan. Now he paced agitatedly back and forth near the fire, his face marred by a frown.
"Forgive me Father Giles but for more than two years my life has been in William's hands and they could have been in none better. If he thinks the best course of action is to kill The Bishop then I trust his judgement and support him. This," he gestured about him. "this must come to an end, we cannot go on for much longer living a half life as we do, not even together as beasts. Do you know," He said sadly. "wolves and hawks mate for life? If we had both been hawks or wolves we could have had some sort of existence together," he bowed his head sorrowfully.
Giles looked at him earnestly. "For two years I have searched for a means to end your torment, to bring an end to this terrible curse. I researched the spell The Bishop used and for the way to break it and there is but one. You must stand before him both as men and it will be broken. At last God has sent me both the knowledge and the means to end it."
Xander turned. "A night without a day and day without a night, what does that mean?" He pressed.
"In Aquila, during the Mass for the Clergy I believe there will be a total eclipse," Giles paused. "and for a few brief minutes a night without day and a day without a night, during those precious minutes you and William will both be men. If during that time the Bishop sees you together the curse will be ended."
Xander shook his head uncertainly. "You believe, but you're not certain."
Giles looked crestfallen. "It is what I believe." He said quietly.
"Believe, or hope?" Xander stated coldly.
Oz spoke up. "Sir if there is a hope, a chance however small, don't you think it's worth taking?" He looked at Xander intently. "A way for you and the Captain to live together as men."
Xander sighed. "Oz I have great faith in William, I know his skill and reputation with a sword, there is none better. But even if he gets into the City passed the guards, even if the guards outside the Cathedral don't kill him; the great doors will be barred and even if by some miracle he gains entry he must defeat the guards inside." Xander added solemnly. " Now you want to ask him to stay his hand long enough for something which may or may not happen? If he achieves the impossible and faces The Bishop, no power on Earth will stay his hand." He shook his head, eyes brimming with tears. "He will kill The Bishop or die in the attempting of it, that's the only certainty."
Giles raised and eyebrow. "Then even if he succeeds, kills The Bishop and lives to tell of it, he will have condemned you both to your half lives for as long as you live, the curse will never be broken. He looked at Xander earnestly. "If God forbid he is taken or killed, what then Xander? What becomes of you?" Xander gave a wry smile. "Come the eve of that day Father, I too will die." Giles gasped. "Xander of what you speak is a mortal sin." Xander shrugged. "Most would say our love has already condemned us." Giles shook his head. "I cannot believe that a just and merciful God would condemn two men for a love such as yours."
"Then you had better pray the Good Lord sees fit to intervene." Xander replied flatly.
"Amen." Oz and Giles answered in unison.
Before they could continue a black wolf appeared coming swiftly across the snow. Xander saw it and he smiled a little. "He comes looking for me." He gathered his cloak around him and began to walk out of the copse.
"Xander," Giles stood. "there is no need for you to go. Bring him here next to the fire," he gestured.
Xander watched as the wolf stopped and scented the air. "Father, except for me, he thinks and acts as a beast. The wolf would not come near and if he did," he looked at the monk sadly. " I doubt he would suffer your company, you wouldn't be safe." He shook his head. "I must go to him."
The wolf pinpointed Xander's scent and began towards him taking the shortest route. "He's coming across the ice." Oz commented as he sat down.
Glies watched as Xander walked out toward the pond, uncertainty flickered across his face. "That may not be wise," he watched with mounting concern. "Xander," he called. "the ice is thin, bid him go back and skirt round the pond."
Xander turned. "He probably won't take any heed." The wolf trotted across the ice and Xander walked to the pond edge. "Go back." He called. The wolf lifted it's head and whined, then pressed forward.
Suddenly there was a cracking, snapping sound and a howl of anguish as the wolf plunged through the ice into the freezing water below..