Warnings: non-con, torture, language, angst, m/m, violence
Disclaimer:not mine just playing with em
Xander goes away for the summer and comes back with different ideas. While finding out things are not like he left them.Some friends are not as he thought they where while some enemies aren't as bad as they made out.
The door clicked quietly shut behind the exhausted young man. Sawdust,sweat and heat perfumed the air, as he dropped his tool belt on to the hook and slumped down in a chair to take off his mud caked boots. Passing through the kitchen to grab a beer on his way to the shower. Striping down he steps in to the steam.Xander sighs laying his head against the warming tile sipping his beer.
He had just had a full days work and was getting ready to head out to patrol with Buffy and the gang. But after his summer away things just have not been the same.There seemed to be a distance between them that had not been there before.Sure when they had gone off to collage it had been bad but this was different.Xander thought as he poured some gel in to his hand. One of the wives of the guys at the site had given him after he pulled his shoulder so bad right after he got back,it soothed the aches and pains.
Stepping back under the spray he sighed, that was another thing that he discovered over the summer, not all demons were bad. Most of the time the ones they had came across on patrol were baddies or just fledges strait out of the grave to hungry and stupid to know better.
A lot of the guys at the site were demons of some sort, or half breeds. Just trying to take care of there families. Shutting off the water and drying off Xander looked at the clock "Great" he was running late. Hurrying through his routine, Xander grabbed an apple on his way out the door. Jogging to his car he thought again about his girls they seemed so different from when he left.
Willow was all about her witchcraft and Buffy was even more about the slaying if that was possible. Anya was leaving with Giles for England, big shocker there money obsessed girl leaving with the independently wealthy older man, yeah such a shocker. Terra was about the same still calm and steadying. Dawn though, Dawn was as changed as her sister and Wills. But where they gave him the wiggens Dawnie made him swell with pride she reminded him of her mother.
She now stood up to her sister and won at times, and wasn't afraid to stand for what she thought was right. The other big shocker was she had learned to fight he wasn't sure were but now she kicked butt. What really threw him even more than Dawn was Spike. He was much more subdued and quiet. No snarking,no smoking the only one he even talked to was Dawn and maybe Tarra.If he hadn't been looking for it he would have said he wasn't even breathing.
And from the times he had lived with the vamp Xander knew that the guy didn't have to breath but it took alot to make him stop, the habit was so deeply ingrained. Spike had told him once Darla hadn't liked the fact that he did it so tried to torment it outta him. By the time Angelus had found them he was all most ash, but still breathing.So to see Spike so still was scary.
And the guy never looked him in the eye anymore . It reminded Xander of himself before moving out of his parents house. Nothing to see here vibe,and he really want to face what that meant. Considering Spike was still chiped. Xander sighed as he pulled up to the Magic box this was not going to be fun.