Pairing : Spike/Xander
Rating : NC17
Summary: The words of a prophecy force Spike and Xander closer than they ever thought they would ever become but will it be close enough?
A/N : Inspired by plot bunny/challenge posted here: http://spanderfiles.com/grp/challenges.html
Lady Q: Write a story based on the meaning of Xander's name. Alexander means: Defender of Men and Warrior. So I would like to see a story based on the meaning of his name and Xander coming to understand it
Really struggled with this chapter, so if it reads a bit stilted please let me know. I know where I want this to go, but getting it there is harder than I thought it would be. And this is already the longest fic I've ever done so maybe I'm getting fic-lag? Anyway, with no further ado, I bring you chapter 14!
“What have I done? Oh Goddess, what have I done?” Willow paced back and forth in her dorm room, mind whirling as she tried to think. “What if I've killed Xander? Oh Goddess, what am I going to do??”
Willow, sweet Willow. Let us help you. Xander will be fine – don't worry. We will help you save him. It's not your fault – he got in the way because he's under the vampire's thrall. But we can help you save him from that. You are so strong, sweet Willow, we can feel the power thrumming underneath your skin. We will help you. And then you can help us....
You must rest, our Willow. You need to build your strength for the coming battle. The vampire has them all within his thrall and you need to be strong to save them. Rest, Willow, we will look after you.
“You can't be right Giles, I just – no, it can't be Willow, it just can't be!”
“Buffy, Buffy, calm down!!” Taking her in his arms, Xander held her tightly. He was still shocked at the thought that his friend, his best friend from childhood, could possibly be the latest evil they had to fight. And he didn't know how he was going to be able to do it – he couldn't hurt Willow, it just wasn't in him. “We'll figure this out and we'll get our Willow back, please stop worrying”.
“I'm sorry Buffy, you know I don't want it to be Willow any more than you do. But we can't ignore the evidence of our own eyes – or the pain in my head! Willow has definitely been unduly influenced by something, and the way in which this manifested itself – it doesn't bode well. I am going to need some more assistance from Wesley – Willow is actually the best at researching, so without her assistance this could take some time. Especially when it comes to translating some of the older books...”
“I can help you there, Watcher”. All three of them turned to look at Spike in shock. He had never volunteered to help with research, and Buffy found herself giggling at the idea of Spike being research boy! “Oi! Wot ya laughing at?”
“Sorry, Spike, but what makes you think you'll be of any help to Giles?”
Giles coughed, then said “Well actually, Buffy, some of the early watcher's diaries say that William the Bloody may well have attended Cambridge or Oxford University, and I believe Classical Studies was your area?” Spike looked very uncomfortable for a moment, obviously not wanting to confirm the Watcher's statement.
“So Spike, is this where you finally have to admit that that accent of yours is kinda fake?!” Xander smiled, moving to his lover and pulling him into a loose hug.
“Depends. Wot do I get out of it??”
“Oh I dunno – I think we could come up with something! And I gotta tell you, the thought of you reading to me with that sexy voice of yours in that English accent – yeah, that works!”
“Right then, where do you want me to start?”
“Oh my God, we're definitely in the middle of an apocalypse!!” Buffy laughed.
“So, I know you're doing good with Spike, but you said there was stuff you wanted to talk about”. Buffy and Xander were making their way back from a coffee run, having had to stake only a couple of fledges on the way.
“Yeah, there have been some changes already that have taken me kinda by surprise. You remember when I was taken over by the hyena before?” Buffy nodded. “Well this time we seem to have pretty much integrated. I can feel her in there, but it's not a separate entity anymore, she's a part of me. She sees Spike as her mate – sorry Buff, you've been replaced in her affections! - and the rest of you as Pack. Even Willow, so hopefully that means whatever is going on is something being done to Willow rather than just Willow herself. And I feel different – you know, more confident, more aware of myself. It's hard to explain properly”. He frowned, trying to think of the right words.
“I can see what you mean. I don't know if you even realised how much you have changed already – I mean, normally a fledge would have caused you a little bit of trouble, but I wonder if you could give me a run for my money! It suits you Xander – all grace and flowing movement! Listen to me getting all poetical!!” Buffy laughed at herself. “And oh my God, seeing you and Spike together – much with the hotness! Seriously, I think Giles would be happy to help you out with anything you're worried about though – he's pretty good at not wigging too much when I tell him some of the stuff that's happened to me since being called.”
“Do I wanna know what sort of stuff?!”
“Yeah sure, if you want to get into the souped up libido of Slayers - “
“Lalalalalala I'm not listening!” Xander blushed, then leered at her. “So, you wanna share any secrets about vamp sex?”
“Xander!!! Well, ok, I'll share if you will!”
“Not much to share. I remember the claim – I was in there although not fully conscious of all of it. I remember it being pretty intense – like peeling my skin off because it was so hot kinda intense. But since then I've been asleep – thank God I've got some leave to take from the site - so that's the extent of my memories. I was kinda worried you know – my bi-guy experience has been limited having only recently admitted the walking on both sides thing. I don't want to disappoint Spike. I mean, he's tied to me now, and I don't want to worry about him looking elsewhere”. Scuffing his shoes, he avoided her gaze.
“Well I don't think you need to worry about that. When you were taken – God, Xander we were so worried but Spike was out of his mind. It took Angel using that Sire thing to get him to calm down – it would have taken a whole demon army to stop him getting to you”.
“Oh yeah!! He was really wigging out, especially about the vamp taking you from your place. How the hell did a vampire get into your apartment Xander?? You know way better than that!!”
“I dunno Buff. I do know way better than to invite anyone in – it took Spike three visits before I let him through the door”. Buffy bit her lip, thinking hard.
“It might be a good idea to get Giles to do a reveal spell or something, see if he can see if it was some kind of magic” Casually knocking him with her shoulder, she looked up at him through her eyelashes. “So, wanna hear the secrets of great vamp sex huh?”
“Oh yeah!! Teach me!”
“Weelllll, neck, pretty much a given as a hot spot, but Angel loves this thing I do with my tongue.....”
The night went swiftly, Spike and Giles working rapidly through the books, with the Watcher more than once astounded by Spike's knowledge. Ruefully he admitted having Spike assist him with research in the past would probably have made a lot of their previous experiences go a lot smoother.
“So what have we got?” Xander asked. Spike leaned back from the table, stretching his spine out after spending so long scrunched over reading books. Rubbing his eyes tiredly, he turned to Buffy and Xander.
“It looks very much like she's been twisted by working with some of the dark magics. Giles here thought he had managed to steer her away, but it looks like the dozy cow has ignored his instructions and delved into them anyway. Probably managed to convince herself that she was doing it for the greater good – wants to be more help when it comes to slaying and monsters of the week and the like – without realising the deeper in she gets, the more she loses of herself”.
“What with the who now?!! Sorry, Spike, but hearing all of that coming from your mouth has probably blown more than my weekly allotment of brain cells. Man, you sounded so much like Giles....”
“I say!! I don't sound like that – I'm certainly not likely to call Willow a dozy cow, however much I might agree with the sentiment”.
“Sorry, Pet, s'this better?!” Smirking, Spike pulled Xander onto his lap, wrapping his arm around his waist and hugging him in tight. He was struggling with his protective urges, and even letting Xander go for coffee with the Slayer had made him want to vamp out and insist the boy stay in his sight. But he knew that would never work – Xander needed his freedom, and he needed to trust him (with all of his modifications). And the hyena definitely seemed to be an upgrade.
“Ahem, right, well following on from what Spike has already explained, I'm going to be contacting a Coven in England in the morning. It may be necessary to bind Willow's powers – at least temporarily”.
“So – can we get our Willow back?” Buffy was biting her nails, fully aware of how dangerous some of the dark magics could be.
“I really don't know Buffy – it truly depends how twisted she's become. She seems to have fixated on Spike in terms of him being to blame for everything changing with regard to Xander. And I definitely think we need to be very wary of that – anything that happens to Spike could have an adverse effect on Xander”.
“Glad to know you care Watcher” Spike said sarcastically. Giles gave Spike a look but let his comment slide.
“So what do we do now?” Buffy asked.
“I think we need to stick together. Without knowing where Willow is, we don't want to take the risk that she catch any of us alone – she's already proven that she can and will attack all of us, well apart from Xander. And I think the mansion is probably a good base of operations – it's got a lot of magical fortifications already, plenty of room for us to work from. We already know Xander's flat has been infiltrated – we discovered a particularly powerful portal spell that might well explain how that vampire was able to enter without an invitation”.
“Do we think Willow had anything to do with that?”
“No, I really don't think so. I think as part of the desire to claim you, this particular Master Vampire managed to get a magic-user to do a portal spell for him. It would be deemed worth it to be the one to have the 'Defender' under his control, regardless of how much it cost”.
“Wow, so I'm worth a lot?”
“Well, you were Pet – now, well not so much!!”
“Gee thanks Spike!” Xander whapped him gently over the back of the head.
“You know you're worth a lot to me, don't ya Luv?!” Pulling Xander's face to his, Spike laid a gentle kiss against his lips. He was still thinking about how easily he could have lost this – if the hyena hadn't been part of Xander, those hefty lightning bolts would surely have killed Xander. No matter how much Red had pulled her punches when aiming for Buffy and the Watcher, she had gone full tilt after Spike.
Getting lost in the kiss, Xander forgot about Buffy and Giles. Desire rising, he shifted to straddle Spike's legs on the chair, wrapping his arms around Spike's shoulders and dragging his fingers through the stiff blond hair. He moaned loudly as Spike's hand slid underneath the waistband of his jeans to curve around his taut butt cheeks, arousal quickly spiralling as he was pulled in closer so he could feel Spike's hardness against his own.
“Another fine reason to stay at the mansion – bedrooms far far away from these two!”
“Awwww, well it is their honeymoon Giles!” Buffy answered, smirking at Giles' expression. Standing from the research table, he gave Spike and Xander a wide berth as he headed towards the office.
“Yes, quite. Throw a bucket of cold water over those two and let's head to the mansion shall we?”