Chapter: Chapter 5
Disclaimer:not mine just playing with em
Warnings non-con, torture, language, angst, m/m, violence
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
A/N: Big thanks for all the time zowiebwalker has put in to beta this!!! ~Hugs~
Later that night, Xander had finally convinced Spike to stay at his house for a few days, if not to move in with him. So when morning came it found them both at Xander's.
With a groan, Xander reached over to smack at his alarm to shut the damn thing up but missed, sliding it a bit to the side. As it continued to buzz, a growl came from the pillow he had his face buried in and the second time he swung at it, it died a quick death as the knife Xander had just stabbed it with swayed gently from side to side.
There was a very small creak from the loose floorboard by his door that had him flipping over and a dull black Glock pointed at the very startled face of the young woman that had just crept in. Dawn jumped back with a shriek.
"Jesus Cripes, Dawn!" Xander said as he popped the safety back on the gun and flopped back down. Dawn's scream had caused Spike to come flying out of his room, hair wild and curling in just a pair of faded jeans .
"What! What is it?"
With a groan Xander sat back up looking hard at Dawn. "Dawnie almost got herself shot. That's what it is."
Dawn glared back to him. "Well, how the hell was I supposed to know you even slept armed?"
"Oh I don't know? You could try knocking, I know it's a bit old fashioned but they say the trend is back." Xander shot back at her. Spike stood there looking from one to the other, his face still bruised pretty badly but the other marks had almost healed from all the blood the pair had forced in him when they got in last night.
"Sodding hell, it's too fuckin early for this." he said, causing the almost sibling like bickering to grind to an abrupt halt. They looked over at him guiltily. Dawn sighed.
"Yeah, me too. You go on back to bed. We'll try and keep it quiet out here." Xander said as he tossed back the covers and climbed out to bed. Twin gasped caused him to grin as he walked over to his closet, slipping on his robe over his bare skin.
"Serves you right." he laughed as the door slammed shut.
It was a couple of hours before sunset when Spike emerged from his room for the second time. Walking through the hall to the kitchen, he found Xander hunched over stacks of papers and talking on the phone. Quietly, he went over to the fridge and poured himself a mug of blood. Xander hung up the phone the same time the microwave went off. Turning, Spike sipped his blood, wincing a little as the rim touched his sore mouth.
"Where's the Bit?"
Xander looked up. "Hmmm? Oh! She'll be back in a few, had to run to the shop for some things." Just as he opened his mouth to say something else, the front door swung open and Dawn stepped in.
"Xander! Someones out here for you!"
Sliding back his chair with a frown, Xander crossed to the doorway. On the other side stood a petite young woman with flowing golden hair and wide hazel eyes. Her long skirts drifted softly around her sandled feet. A long burgundy suede cape, with its hood already folded back, lay over her shoulders flowing to the ground. Tiny hands gripped one another under the flowing sleeves of the turquoise peasant top.
"Hullo Alexander." Her voice matched the rest of her, soft and delicate. "May I come in?"
Xander looked at her with hard eyes and mouth set. "Not if you have to ask." She took a small step in to the house shutting the door gently behind her. Turning back to the occupants of the room, she once again gripped her hands. Xander's face broke into a wide grin as he strode forward. Dropping to one knee in front of the young woman, he took her hands in his, kissing the backs lightly before pressing them to his forehead.
A delighted laugh flouted around the room. "Stand, good sir, and introduce me to your friends."
Xander rose and offered his arm he turned to the other two watching from the kitchen doorway. He motioned for them to follow him in to the living room, settling the lady on one of the wooden rockers and after offering something to drink he began the introductions.
"My Lady, This is Dawn Summers, sister to Buffy Summers, the current Slayer. Also the legendary Key in her own right. And this is William the Bloody, one fourth of the Scourge of Europe and the Slayer of Slayers, also know as Spike and .....my good friend." The last was said with a slight smile. Both Spike and Dawn looked at each other, stunned by this type of introduction.
"This is My Lady Diana, she is a great sorceress."
At this pronouncement, Spike coward back into the kitchen and Dawn jumped in front of him, blades of silver and one of iron edges facing outward. Pouches of salt spilled onto the floor from where she had cut them as she spun, forming duel lines in the carpet.
"Hey! Dawn! What the HELL!" Xander said as he jumped to his feet from one of the chairs.
"I thought you were different!" Dawn sneered at him, never letting him out of her sight. "So when did you join them huh? Or were you in on it all along?" Her voice like chips of ice. Xander's eyes glowed green as he growled
"That will be quite enough," was said gently on a sigh.
Diana turned to Xander "It's my magic, my friend. They don't trust it or me." Xander slowly relaxed and his shoulders drooped. He brought a hand up, rubbing his eyes.
"Nor me, it seems." he sighed, sitting on the edge of the rocker, elbows on knees and his face hidden behind large hands. Diana stood and walked over to him, placing a tiny hand on his shoulder.
"Lady Diana's here to help get the thing off of Spike's arm and to ward the house. I also wanted to see if she track the spells placed on Spike back to the caster." This was muffled by his hands, but the hurt and defeat came through clearly.
Spike had crept back into the room and was standing beside Dawn, who had lowered her blades. They stood at an impasse. With a huge sigh, Xander rose to his feet walking slowly, careful to stay well away from the pair in the doorway. He stopped in front of the hutch in the corner of the room and pulled out a small silk bag. Crossing over to Diana, he handed her the pouch.
"Thanks for coming all the way down here, Di. Maybe I'll come see you and the girls in a few days?" He gave her a sad lopsided smile, kissing her hand again.
Diana passed the pouch back to him. "I'll not have you pay for me coming to see a dear friend. I think I will be going now, my dear." She said, reaching up and kissing his cheek. They made their way back over to the door with Xander keeping himself between Diana and Dawn. With her hand on the door knob, Diana paused
"Would you do me a favor? You wouldn't still have those books I loaned you, by chance?"
It showed his state of mind that Xander didn't realize that she could just as easily teleport them any time she wanted. He just nodded and went to his room. Diana turned to the girl and vampire with her face set in harsh disapproval as she addressed them.
"You have no idea how gravely you have just wronged that man. I came over land and sea at his call so great was the debt I owed him. He could have had anything in the world. His greatest desire, the wealth of kings, the power of gods." Her voice became harder with each word until it was granite. "But no, he asked for none of that. Alexander asked me here to help two ungrateful, blind children!"
"That's enough, Di. Leave them alone." Xander stepped in between them, his back to Dawn. "It's my fault not theirs. I was too stupid and didn't think. I should have warned them." A small whine slipped from him and Dawn stepped up, placing her daggers back in their sheaths.
"No, Xander. She's right. I shouldn't have been so quick to judge and I should have known better. I'm sorry."
Xander scooped her up in a bone crushing hug before she had finished talking. Dawn giggled and gasped, "Air ...need air.." Laughing, he stepped back and looked over to Spike, who was still half hidden in the doorway.
He walked over to him and as he got closer, he saw the fine vibrations running the length of the thin body. Cupping the bruised face in his warm palm, he whispered, "Their hearts, Spike. Friend or foe, their hearts are yours." Spike gave a choked sob and curled into the broad shoulder. Xander started to sway side to side while rumbling that growling purr.
Diana stood quietly with Dawn in the hall before turning to the brunet young woman and asked "Shall we retire to the sitting room until they are done?" Dawn nodded and followed her back into the living room. A short while later, the guys joined them.
"OK, are we all good with this? Just a warding and bad guy tracking. Nothing else." Xander still held the slightly shaking vamp as he said this. Dawn and Spike looked at each other before nodding in agreement. Diana set up the proper herbs and crystals and began pacing the room, chanting.
"Ban! Ban! Barrier That None Can Pass,
Barrier Of The Gods, That None May Break,
Barrier Of Heaven and Earth That None Can Change,
Which No God May Annul,
Nor God Nor Man Can Loose,
A Snare Without Escape, Set for Evil,
A Net Whence None Can Issue Forth, Spread for Evil,
Whether It Be evil Spirit, or evil Fiend,
or Hag-Demon, or Ghoul, or Robber-Sprite,
Or Phantom, or Night-Wraith, or Handmaid of the Phantom,
That Which May Do Harm in Any Form or Fashion
Which Hath Attacked the Shining Waters of Ea,
May the Snare of Ea Catch It;"
At this Dania speckled the walls with shimmering drops of water.Her voice rose higher as she continued,
"Which Hath Assailed the Meal of Nisaba,
May the Net of Nisaba Entrap It;
Which Reverence Not the Great Gods,
May the Great Gods Entrap It,
May the Great Gods Curse It;"
Silver lines of pure power raced over the windowpanes to the sorceress' feet and back again.
"That Which Attacketh the House,
Into a Closed Dwelling May They Cause It To Enter;
That Which Circleth Round About,
Into a Place Without Escape May They Bring It;"
Pale rose twined around the silver, crackling and sparking.
"That Which is Shut In By the House Door,
Into a House Without Exit May They Cause It To Enter;
With Door and Bolt, a Bar Immovable,
May They Withhold It;
All the doors in the house slammed shut and ringed with pulsing sapphire.
That Which Bloweth In at the Threshold and Hinge,
Which Forceth a Way Through Bar and Latch,
Like Water May They Pour It Out,
Like a Goblet May They Dash It to Pieces,
Like a Tile May They Break It;"
Amber and the lightest of green raced to join the slowly growing ropes of power surrounding them. Xander hugged Spike closer as the vamp shivered, Diana's voice grew loud and harsh.
"That Which Passeth Over The Wall,
Its Wing May They Cut Off;
That Which Lieth in a Chamber,
Its Throat May They Cut;
That Which Looketh In at a Side Chamber,
Its Face May They Smite;
That Which Muttereth In a Chamber,
Its Mouth May They Shut;
That Which Roameth Loose In an Upper Chamber,
With a Basin Without Opening May They Cover It;
That Which at Dawn is Darkened,
At Dawn To a Place of Sunrise May They Take It."
Strings of onyx and scarlet smashed into the power cord, causing it and Spike to shudder and tense.
"Out With You! Spirits of Fear, Spirits of Death!
Give Way to the Sun and the Moon!
For This is a Place Made Safe!
Bright Blessings and Peace Upon Us!
And All Who Reside Here,
Let None Enter Here Unbidden,
Keep Harm and Fear Far from This Place,
May God and Goddess Bless Us!
So Mote It So!
So Mote It Be!"
Bright, bright ivory wrapped around the rope. The colors pulsed and twirled while a deep sonic boom shook the foundation, gold light zipping around the house. The magic cracked and sparked as it seeped into the house and ground. Diana stood in the eye of the power storm, shining with simmering gold, But the amazing the was the image that overlapped her like a movie projection.
It was the Goddess Diana in all her glory. As the faint image rippled and settled over Diana, they saw it wasn't an image at all, but a break in a glamor. When everything had settled down, Diana looked over to where Xander had Spike and Dawn gathered behind him as he crouched protectively in front. His hair was raised and teeth bared, growling with eyes glowing brighter than ever before.
Dawn was trying to edge around him to stand at his side, but Xander would only let her so far. She had her blades pulled once again, edges out and together they formed an immovable wall between what they now knew was the Goddess Diana herself and the vampire that was nearly catatonic from being so close to so much magic.
"Shh, Shh, It's OK. I am sorry I frightened you, it was not my intention." Diana held out her hand to the snarling man, watching calmly as he tensed and growled louder. She stepped closer, reaching to touch his face.
"I wouldn't do that...." Dawn trailed off and Xander grew quiet and nudged into the hand that gently stroked the side of his face. Xander shook his head as he came back to himself and forced the hyena away.
"I am alright." He rasped. "No harm, no foul." With that, he turned and gathered up the keening form at his feet and made his way over to the couch. Xander purred and whispered till Spike calmed. Looking up, he nodded at Dawn.
"Would you please grab some beers and the bottle of wine out of the cupboards in the kitchen, please?" Xander suddenly noticed something as they sat there. He had been rubbing the back of Spike's neck when the vamp nuzzled and mouthed the joint of neck and shoulder, sucking softly.
"Go ahead. It's alright." He whispered into the soft curls under his chin. At this ,Spike gave one more whimper and bit gently.
Dawn came back into the room with a tray of glasses and bottles. She passed the bottles to Xander and took a wine glass over to Diana, who had moved over to the window and was looking out. "Thank you, my dear," she said as she turned and took the glass from Dawn.
Dawn kept one for herself as she put the tray on the coffee table and sat in the recliner. "OK so....You're a Goddess." Diana looked at Dawn steadily as she sipped her wine. "Yes"
Dawn nodded and grinned. "Cool."
The other woman looked slightly surprised at the reply. "You believe me?" At Dawn's nod, she asked, "Just like that? No questions? No comments?"
Dawn just shrugged, taking a drink of her own and pointing. "Vampire... Multi possessed man." This caused Xander to snort into his beer. As she continued she counted off by raising a finger for each point. "Slayer, two witches, one werewolf and a watcher. Goddess is not too hard to believe with all the fireworks earlier."
Diana just stared at her for a moment before laughing "I like this one, my friend. She would rest well among the gods."
"But alas, we can not part with the cheeky minx." Xander said dramatically. During this, Spike had closed the tiny wounds, just resting his head on Xanders shoulder for a moment. Xander leaned down, murmuring in soft tones. When Spike nodded, he handed him the other beer it, one of the imported English beers he picked up a few nights ago and kept in the pantry.
Diana had been watching Xander's interaction with Spike ever since she had arrived. "My knight, has your fair Lady finally lost your favor?"
Spike looked at her in confusion before sharing that look with Dawn, who just shrugged and shook her head. Xander tensed then said quietly
"Yeah, Buff's not the person I thought she was. But before we get into that, can we finish up here?"
He stroked Spike's arm, drawing attention to the golden band. Diana stepped closer, peering at the band. "Yes, of course, my dear."
Diana brushed her fingers over the metal before hissing at the sparks that shot up. "Whoever did this was messing with things that should never be woken." She ran her hands around it, setting off light showers. As she did, Spike turned his face away, shutting his eyes. Diana stepped back, still looking at it.
"Well, it is sealed proper...Sealed to his life force...." She paused, tilting her head. " Almost .....As if ..." She trailed off. Spike turned back with an almost hopeful expression.
"Come on, Di! As if what?" Xander exclaimed, watching Spike's reactions.
Diana looked around at the people sitting, before returning her gaze to the gleaming gold. "Almost as if it was a valve...a spout. Locked on tight, but a turn to the left and someone could tap right in to his life energy. Draining off ...."
Xander and Dawn exchanged horrified looks but Spike just slumped down on Xanders chest, weak with relief that finally someone had figured it out. Dawn jumped up pacing angrily.
"Fuck! It all makes sense now. I mean, how could I not see it before? It's so right there! Spike was getting weaker and weaker and Willow kept getting stronger and stronger. Everyone thought it was just because of all the spell books she has been reading, but noooo, she's draining the life out of Spike!"
Spike made his way over to her, wrapping lean arms around the girl. He tried to shush her, rocking from side to side. A quiet whisper caught their attention.
"Alexander...be calm, my friend...be calm." Diana knelt in front of the man. Hands braced on his knees, he bowed his head, shaggy brown hair hiding his face and every muscle tense.
"Do not fight them. Let them flow through you like water, like sprites. Allow them their say and let it go. Easy, my friend. Just like we worked on over the summer, remember?" She stroked his hair as she spoke but this time it wasn't helping.
Xander jerked away, lifting his face to the ceiling and let loose a whooping wail. Instead of the rage they expected. it was filled with pain and sorrow.
He turned wet chocolate eyes to the vampire. "Gods, Spike. I am soo sorry. The chip, Spike ...Oh gods, the chip." He dropped his head back down. "B...before I left for the summer, I gave Willow the files on the chip. She was supposed to deactivate it. What that thing does is just wrong. After the solder was released again, because of her memory spell, I could get into the on-line system files and hacked my way through till I found the blueprints and codes for it." Xander let out a deep breath into his hands and Spike took a step forward at the catch in it.
"I couldn't stay the ...hyena and the solder were tearing me apart from the inside. When ....when I came back and you still had it, I just thought it was giving her fits, or I hadn't gotten all of the information she needed. I just..." Spike took the last step and folded the shaking man into his arms, in a reversal of their earlier positions.
"Here now pet, you tried yeah? That's what counts." he soothed. Before he could say any more, Xander exploded up off the couch.
"You don't understand! It did! It was! Instead of deactivating it, she REPROGRAMMED it!" Xander had made his way over to the wall, punching through the wall like cardboard. Diana clapped her hands together sharply. "If you are finished? Why don't we take care of the problem and then worry about who did what to whom afterwards, hm?"
"But you said the bleeding thing was locked on tight?" This came from Spike, who was watching Xander.
"Well it is, but you have the key."
"What! If I had the bleeding key, the damn thing wouldn't still be on me arm!" Spike growled at her.
Diana smiled slightly at him "No, you do not have the key to the band itself. You have the key to ALL things." With this, she turned to Dawn. "If you are willing, I could use your help." Dawn nodded eagerly. "Whatever I can do."
"Come here, then. Put a bit of your blood on the gold then remove the band." Diana said, standing back and clasping her hands. Dawn stared at her in disbelief.
"That's it? It's that simple?" Diana chuckled. "Well, I could get a few props. But, why put on a show when simple is usually best?" Dawn took a deep breath, nodding. Xander moved back over to the couch to sit by Spike, taking his hand.
Pricking her finger, she spread the blood over the surface, once again setting off a light show of sparkles. Gripping the metal, she pulled hard and it slipped off with a hiss. Dawn handed it to Diana, who placed the vile thing in a leather bag, slipping it into her pocket. Looking at the raw place on pale skin, Xander whispered "I'm sorry."
At the soft words, Spike broke. It was just too much after all the stress of that night and the relief of having that damn band off. Xander gathered him close, Dawn pressed up against his back and Spike was surrounded, held close.
Sometime later Diana brought out a tea set with two pots. She poured cups for Xander and Dawn, handing them over as the knot of limbs untangled. From of the other pot, she poured Spike's drink, ruby liquid simmering as she passed it to him. As things calmed down, Dawn looked over at Xander.
"So, are you going to tell us how you two know each other?"