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Summary: After being hit with the magicks by a grieving Willow, Xander slowly begins dying.
Bunny Plot by Lady Q: Xander comes down with a really weird flu bug and the only thing that can make him better is Spike’s blood.
Warnings/Spoilers: Spike has his soul but not crazy, Buffy, Xander and Dawn both know he his back and the First doesn’t exist.
Beta’d by: Dragonfly_64
Dawn sat cross legged on the floor in front of the T.V working on her homework as she listened to Britney’s new single. She was so engrossed in what she was doing that she didn’t noticed Xander walk down the stairs for the first time in over a month. This was the first time he had been able to walk around without any help.
“You’re still a Britney fan?” Xander asked smirking when he startled the young girl.
“Oh my God, Xander!” Dawn jumped up rushing over to him. “You’re walking by yourself!”
Xander wrapped his arms around Dawn giving her a tight squeeze, “Looks like the Xan-man is back.”
“So you’re all better?” Dawn asked.
“Not completely but I figure being able to walk down the stairs all by myself is a big step.”
“The hugest,” Dawn replied bouncing slightly. “Wait till Buffy and Spike see.”
“See what Dawnie?” Buffy asked as she and Spike walked in to the house. Buffy didn’t need to wait for an answer because she saw Xander. Without a word she jumped on him hugging him tight, “Thank god! You had us all worried. Don’t you ever do anything like that again.” She scolded him as she continued to cling to him.
Xander laughed hugging his friend back, “I won’t, Buff. Next time I get hit with some mojo I’ll tell you right away.”
When Buffy finally pulled back she socked him in the arm making him stumble back, “You better! This was a really close call, Xan. What if Spike hadn’t have been here? We would have had to call Angel to help you.”
“Then I would have died a horrible death because I wouldn’t let deadboy touch me.” Xander replied stubbornly, and it was true he wouldn’t let Angel touch him with a ten foot pole. He turned his attention away from Buffy to Spike, “Hey.”
“Hey yourself, look at you,” Spike said pleased to see Xander up and out of bed by himself. “How are you feeling?”
“Much better, not ready to go fleeing from vampires but getting there,” Xander joked and smiled.
Spike returned the smile and noticed the girls grinning at each other; obviously they knew what was going on with them. “Are you tired? Do you want to lie back down?”
“Actually,” Xander started looking bashful. “I was thinking maybe we could go for a burger. I’ve been living on soup for weeks now I need me some beef! The food of men.”
“How about the Double Meat Palace?” Spike offered.
“God, yes!” Xander almost punched his fist in the air but refrained but only because he didn’t want to look like a dork in front of Spike.
An evil smile spread over Dawn’s lips, “You know… I think I’m hungry myself. I think I’ll tag along.”
“Oh yeah me too,” Buffy jumped in rubbing her stomach. “All that slaying made me hungry. I can hear it grumbling.”
“Sod off,” Spike said ignoring the snickering sisters. “Come on then, pet, you’re all but faded away.” He led the way to the door.
Spike sat across from Xander, amused as the human scarfed down a triple bacon cheese burger, large fries and a chocolate milk shake. “Can you even taste that, luv?”
“Oh yeah,” Xander moaned as he stuffed more fries into his mouth and took another sip of his drink before even swallowing. “It’s so good!”
Spike shook his head, “You want anything else Xan, another shake maybe?”
Xander burped looking a little embarrassed, “Excuse me. And nope I am all good.”
“Alright, we’ve got you all fed so now what? You want to head back to the house or go see if anything is going on at the Bronze?”
“Bronze definitely!” Xander tossed his garbage away and all but dragged Spike out of the fast food place, “I am in no way ready to go back to the house. I’ve been cooped up way too long.”
Spike chuckled but didn’t miss the fact that Xander held his hand. Definitely a good sign if he said so himself.