New Heroes Meet Past Heroes...
Title:What Games Do The Powers Play...
Pairing: Xander/Spike Slash Others as the come...
Disclaimer: Joss owns them.
Summary: Champions raise, champions fall and some champions become hunted.
'Humankind cannot gain anything without first giving something in return. To obtain, something of equal value must be lost. This is Alchemy's first law of Equivalent Exchange.
In those days, we really believed *that* to be the World's one, and only truth...'
Alphonse Elric- Fullmetal Alchemist.
The crew of Serenity looked at the would be passengers with some wariness. Kaylee had been the one to except the passenger fee, but in light of curry events (the Tams) the Captain decided it would be best to screen any passengers before letting them aboard. Hoping it would save on the trouble later.
"So, are we in agreement." Asked the young man with white blond hair and the very proper accent, who reminded them all of Simon when he first came aboard, as they watched him, watch the dark haired young man who stared at the ship in awe. Then the dark haired one looked at the others with almost the same expression.
Then his expression changed to fearful as he looked behind him, " They're coming, they're coming..."he whispered. The blond man frowned, " How long, pet?"
The other shrugged, " Soon." He answered.
"Who's coming?" asked Mal.
"People we would like to avoid." Said the blond.
"Alliance?" asked Zoë.
"No, it's like family members you just don't want to see..."said the blond as he looked around the ship. It was a Firefly class ship. But seemed well taken care of by the crew, in other words it didn't look like it would fall out of the sky.
Mal frowned, he didn't like this...but it had been three months since their last job and things were getting tight on the ship.
"Excuse us," Mal told the man, then with Zoë walked over to Wash and Inara, leaving Jayne to keep an eye on the other men.
"So," he asked them.
"It's your decision, Captain." Said Zoë quietly.
Wash nodded, but Mal could tell he didn't like this either.
Inara sighed, " Try not to get shot. I think Simon is getting tired of patching you up."
Mal glared at her, " I don't always get shot."
"But you do." Wash chimed in as Zoë smirked slightly.
"We need this fare." Mal muttered to them.
"Be brave, sir." Said Zoë still smirking.
"Hey, you could always luck out and Jayne will be the one to get shot." Said Wash.
"One can hope," muttered Inara.
Mal glared at them then walked back to where the man waited.
"We'll take you on, but we want half our payment when you board and the rest when we get to Heaven's Gate."
The man nodded, this was common practice he knew.
"So, it's a deal?" Asked Mal holding out his hand.
The man looked at the Captain of this ship, so many things were coming into play, and there could be no mistakes.
He reached out to take the Captain's hand when the Captain asked, " I'd like to know the names of the men I do business with..."
"The name's Spike."
"And him?" asked Mal motioning to the dark haired man.
"That...that's Xander." Spike as he and Mal shook hands.
~In an Unknown Time, In an Unknown Place~
"Why did he steal my Champion?" asked the unknown voice.
"I don't know." Said a second voice.
"I want him back! He's mine!" this was said childishly.
"You have others..."
"He's my favorite!"
"He's insane! What use is he to the Game?"
"And whose fault is that? If you hadn't made that last play the way you did...besides it's not permanent, you know. His sanity will be returned...it always is...just not now."
"That's part of your next move isn't it?" the second voice said shocked.
"That would be telling...Still I didn't see Serenity getting involved." The first voice said annoyed.
"Big Damn Heroes..."muttered the second.
"Let's hope not, I'd hate to take them out of play...good Champions are hard to find."
"So what are you going to do?"
"What...Why?" the second asked confused at this.
"Cause it's your move..."the first said with a smirk.