Warnings: HAU, M/M sex, humor, mild angst, things coming to life, scarab beetles, OOC, varying chapter lengths, Unbeta'd, blatant use of movie dialogue.
Rating: NC17 Overall Individual Chapters PG-NC17
Pairing: 100% S/X
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.
Note1: The characters may have BTVs/ATs names but they are NOT necessarily playing their Sunndydale characters, hence OOC.
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 relationship.
Note 4: This is a human/1920's Spike and Xander etc. and behave as such.
Summary: Over 3,000 years ago Angelus the high priest of Seti I, was given the assignment of preparing the recently dead for their journey into the afterlife. Angelus made one terrible mistake - he became smitten with Xan-uk-amun, the male concubine of the Pharaoh himself. Driven mad by jealousy and love, Angelus and Xan-uk-amun murdered the Pharaoh. Angelus's punishment was to be buried alive and suffer the torment of an eternal life in his wretched tomb. In 1925, a band of adventurers seeking fame and fortune - led by William (Spike) Barstow, an English expatriate who had joined the foreign legion, and Xander Harris, an amateur archeologist - find a previously unknown burial site in Egypt. The team starts to dig, hoping to find lost riches, but instead they disturb the tomb of Angelus, and soon the cursed priest rises from his grave to wreck vengeance on them and humanity.
Chapter 24/31 + Prologue
Rating: NC17 Overall
Chapter 24/31 + Prologue
Rating: NC17 Overall
Spike gazed at the window for a moment and then looked at the bed, Xander was peeping over the side. Concern flickered across Spike's face. "Are you alright?" Wes rolled his shoulders. "Well, not sure," he muttered. Spike and Xander glared at him.
Wes raced his convertible through the streets, hunched over the wheel and honking the horn as pedestrians leapt out of the way Mears beside him and Spike and Xander sat on the rear seat. Xander cast Spike a look. "You called me your boy," He ducked his head. "I know others have said it, but it's..." Spike smiled. "The first time I said it and you want to know if I meant it?" Xander raised his head, hope shone in his eyes. "I mean if you didn't it's al...." Spike cut him off with a deep, tender kiss and when he moved back Xander blinked at him dazed. "Hell yes I meant it, more than I ever meant anything in my life, if you'll have me?" Xander's face spread into a wide, bright smile and he nodded, they both grinned. "Well if you two have got that settled," Wes said looking in the rear view mirror. "do you think we could deal with the business in hand?" They screeched to a halt outside the museum and piled out. The Curator and Ardeth Bay were waiting on the steps.
They all followed Xander as he strode through the museum. "Last month I was working on one of the new, stone tablets, I came across an inscription that made reference to The Book of The Dead."
"The book we found at Hamuaptra?"
"I believe so Mr Mears." Xander nodded. "I dismissed it because it spoke of an incantation to bring someone back to life, quite frankly I didn't believe it could be done." Spike snorted. "You better believe it Pet, that's what brought our mate back to life."
"Yes well I believe it now," Xander affirmed. "and I believe it's what he's going to use to try and resurrect Xan-uk-amun."
"And if he succeeds together they will bring about the apocalypse ." Ardeth Bay said grimly.
"These plagues are as nothing, he's merely flexing his muscles." The Curator added. "At the moment of Xan-uk-amun's resurrection he becomes invincible."
Xander stopped at display of stone tablets covered in hieratic script. "I'm thinking, if the black book, The Book of The Dead brings people to life, then the golden book, The Book of The living..."
"Can be used to kill them." Spike finished. "Yes," Xander nodded. "the Bembidge Scholars said it was buried in a secret chamber in the statue of Anubis and as we know, they got the wrong book, mixed them up, presuming it's at Hamunaptra it's buried somewhere else."
"So you think, if we find it." Spike continued.
"And read the incantations." Said the Curator.
"We send him back to The Underworld." Ardeth Bay finished.
"Exactly." Xander nodded.
A full moon shone down on the bustling bazaar crowded with people. A dense, green fog appeared, shifting and swirling amongst the stalls. People began to cough and retch, gasp for breath and choke, they instantly fell sick. Angelus strolled amongst them , Oz walking nervously at his side. One by one the people fell in behind him, following, covered in hideous boils and sores.
Xander searched through the stone tablets. Outside they could hear loud chanting coming closer and closer.. "Ang-el-us, Ang-el-us, Ang-el-us." The mob chanted. They rushed to the museum window and looked out on a huge mob of people carrying torches and chanting, heading for the museum. "Ugh, last but not least my favorite plague, boils and sores." Wes shuddered.
"They follow him, they are his slaves. It is the beginning of the end." Ardeth Bay said flatly.
"Not quite yet it isn't. C'mon." Xander led them to another tablet covered in hieroglyphics and began reading.
The mob pounded at the locked museum doors, chanting constantly and throwing themselves against it. They began to hurl anything they could find at the windows, smashing them.
Xander muttered while frantically translating the tablet. " Since the black Book of The Dead was found inside the statue of Anubis then according to this, the golden book, The Book of The Living should be inside..."
The banging got louder and the doors crashed inward and the mob spilled into the museum. Spike drew his guns.
"Faster old son, faster." Wes urged Xander.
Ardeth Bay lifted his rifle.
"Xander." Wes whined.
"Patience is a virtue." Xander sing-songed under his breath.
"Bloody Hell Pet, not right now it's not." Spike urged.
"I'll go and start the car." Wes scurried off.
Xander gave a smile as he finished the translation.
"What?" They chorused.
"The golden book of Amun Ra, The book of The Living, is inside the statue .......of Horus. Take that Bembridge scholars." He punched the air in delight. "The statue should be located to the East of Anubis."
Spike groaned. "Bloody Hell you mean we've got to go back to Hamanuptra?"
"To kill the creature." Ardeth Bay paused.
"Yes!" He and the Curator said in unison.
Wes rushed out into the street and turned the corner and ran straight into a chanting mob, he spun round and his face assumed a vacant expression. "Ang-el-us, Ang-el-us." he chanted and walked along like a clockwork soldier. Slower and slower he walked gradually letting the mob overtake and pass him. When the last person passed he sprinted for the car and leapt in starting it up.
Mears, Spike, Xander, Curator and Ardeth Bay sprinted round the corner and piled into the car. Oz emerged from the shadows and began to yell. "Angelus! Angelus!" Angelus looked out from one of the upper storey windows of the museum and let out a shriek, immediately the mob ran toward them as Wes drove away and passed Oz.
Spike stood up and pointed at Oz. "You're gonna get yours Oz!" He snarled. Oz shrugged. "As if I never heard that before."