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 22/25 + Epilogue (This is not a WIP. One Chapter will be posted daily, until complete.)
Rating: 1 -25 R, EPILOGUE NC17
Chapter 22/25+ Epilogue
Rating NC17 Overall
On the river bank safe from prying eyes, Oz had fallen into a fitful sleep. Giles kept watch at the door of the barn and Xander talked to the wolf. As dawn approached Xander bade a tearful goodbye to the beast, who sensing his distress licked his hand and face through the bars.
Giles moved beside them and laid his hands one Xander's head, the other on the top of the cage. "My the Good Lord be with you this day, may he ride with William as he faces the forces of evil and may he fly with the hawk and in his infinite mercy may he grant an end to your suffering and allow you once more to live as men. Amen"
Xander echoed the "Amen." and then the two men hugged. "Father," Xander said solemnly. "Tell William I love him I always have and I always will and whatever the outcome I know he tried his best." Giles nodded his eyes glistening with unshed tears, he nodded. "I will. And he wanted me to tell you that he loves you and no matter the outcome he doesn't regret a moment of being with you." Xander nodded and half smiled.
Giles withdrew to the door to allow Xander a last few private moments with the wolf.
As dawn broke Xander changed once more into the hawk and perched on the half door of Goliath's stall. The wolf ceased to growl and Giles hurried to the cage and released William. He scrambled out and spent several moments stretching before dressing in his armor and strapping on his sword. As a last thought he hid a dagger in his boot. He tore off a piece of Xander's tunic and tied it round his arm to represent his colors as he might in a tournament and then taking Xander on his hand settled down to wait.
Giles watched the day unfold anxiously. It was dull and overcast with heavy cloud, what use was the eclipse if they couldn't see it? Could the curse still be ended? He prayed silently for the weather to change.
By contrast outwardly at least Spike seemed calm. He lay back on the straw and seemed to doze. Inside he was in turmoil with unbidden and unwelcome thoughts, not about himself but Xander. If the day did not go well, if he were killed, if there was no eclipse, if he killed The Bishop and the curse did not end, what would happen to Xander? If the curse continued then they were condemned to a half life until the day they died; if he were killed then that would leave Xander alone and at the mercy of The Bishop, both situations were unthinkable. Sorrowfully he made his decision.
At mid morning Giles ventured out to see what was happening. The Clergy had begun to gather for their procession to the Cathedral. Angelus pranced back and forth on his gray stallion, dressed in full armor and the guard was already assembling outside the Cathedral. Giles kept to the shadows, it was eighteen months since he had last ventured into Aquila and if Angelus saw him, he might think it suspicious and order a search of the City. He took a special interest in the guard. Graham was there, the young Sergeant and he seemed to be taking charge of the men. Giles knew his family and they were good, honest people; if he and not Angelus were in charge of the guard outside the Cathedral there was a chance he would let William pass unchallenged.
Oz was woken from his slumber by the voices of peasants passing by on the road above him. He looked around cautiously, by the sun it was passed mid morning an hour or so and he'd enter the river and begin his swim to the sewer mouth.
Giles made his way back to the barn. William was saddling Goliath as he entered. "William, a piece of good fortune,"He said excitedly. "it would seem young Graham Miller has charge of the guard outside the Cathedral, not Angelus."
Spike adjusted the bridle and nodded. "I served with Graham, he's a good sort. Please God he doesn't challenge me, I'd hate to have to kill him."
"We must be positive William and trust in the Lord." Giles chided.
Spike nodded, but said nothing.
Time crept toward midday, still the day remained dull and thick with cloud. Spike took up the hawk and for the first time since the early days of the curse put on jesses and a hood. Giles frowned and Xander cried in protest and surprise.
"Hush now." Spike soothed. "It's for the best." He stroked the soft chest feathers and petted the bird.
Oz slipped into the river and swam cautiously to the sewer entrance. He looked skyward. "Well Lord, here I am we have come full circle you and I, back to where it all began. I would like to think that there is some higher purpose to everything that has happened, it would certainly reflect well on you."
Giles looked out at the sky. "It won't be long now, the procession will start and when the cloud clears...."
"It's day Giles," Spike cut him off. "like yesterday, like it will be tomorrow. I can't wait for you any longer, if Daniel has been successful this is my chance to kill The Bishop, it's now or never."
"No William I beg of you, wait a little while longer. If you kill The Bishop too soon the curse will never be broken." Giles implored.
The bell began to toll for the start of the procession. Oz dived down and found the hole in the grille and swam through, he struck out and broke the surface of the water in the sewer. He gasped for air and immediately his eyes began to water with the stench. Slowly he waded along.
In the barn William faced Giles. "Here, take him." He handed Xander to Giles. He fixed Giles with a sad, steadfast stare. "If I am successful and secure the Cathedral the bell will not toll for the end of the service." Giles nodded. "Then you may bring Xander in. If, if the bell tolls then you'll know I'm dead or taken." Giles shook his head. "Please God that will not.."
"In that case," Spike continued, he reached into his saddle bag and took out a sharp knife, his eyes brimming with tears, his voice breaking. "In that case, I beg you to take his life, quick and painless." He pressed the knife into Giles hand.
A look of horror crossed Giles face and he shook his head vehemently. "I won't, I can't! I can't take his life please William don't ask it of me."
Spike swiped his eyes with the back of his hand. "To let him live is to condemn him to a half life,or leave him at the mercy of The Bishop, do you think he wants that?" Giles shook his head. "Giles," Spike laid his hand on his shoulder. "have you ever considered this is what God intended all along?"
Giles closed his eyes and took a deep breath. Sadly he nodded.
Spike swung up into the saddle and put on his helmet. Giles looked up at him. "He wanted me to say that he loves you, that he always has and always will and whatever the outcome he knows you did your best."
Spike nodded and gathered up the reins. Giles opened the stable door. "God ride with you my son."
Spike rode out into the City.