Sorry I haven't updated this in, like forever. Keep killing computers, and some serious lack of inspiration. I'll update again in another couple of days.
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The four members of SG-1 looked at one another, then Sam shrieked, loud enough that Oz winced and backed away. “You hacked the SGC!”
Willow merely shrugged and grinned as Xander stood up and moved in front of her to stop Sam from reaching her. “And how many servers have you hacked, Captain Carter?” he asked quietly. “How many federal laws are you willing to break? How many regulations do you routinely break for the sake of you team, and humanity? Don't be a hypocrite,” he said with a quiet dignity that pulled all four members of SG1 up. “We're all that stops the night from opening the Hellmouth and swallowing the world most nights, and that's why I stole your truck,” he said to Jack. “And I'd do it again, and a damn sight worse too.”
“What the hell have we got ourselves into this time?” Jack asked Daniel, sounding more tired than the archaeologist had ever heard him sound before.
“Take a seat, Col. O'Neill, and we'll explain the origins of the world to you,” Giles said with a smirk on his face. He was going to enjoy this.
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1 hour later, there were four very shell shocked individuals sitting in the library. It took a while for it to sink in for Sam. Most of the hour to be precise. And then Xander started to get an earful for the way that he just took off without permission.
“But Daniel,” he whined, “they needed me. I couldn't exactly wait for a permission slip could I?”
“Well, next time you can,” Daniel said with a steely look in his eyes. A look not that dissimilar from the one that Giles had been known to give Ethan occasionally.
“OK,” he sulked, then picked his remaining crap up and followed everyone else out the door after hugging the girls goodbye.
The drive to the nearest motel that was still accepting guests went by quickly. Although when Sam saw the state of the place, everyone felt her wrath.
“Look,” Xander said, “anywhere better in Sunnydale won't take anyone after dark,” he shrugged knowing what the place was like. “You've just gotta accept what the place is like.”
Same quietened down at that point, not liking it at all, but knowing there was nothing she could do about it as she walked into one of the three rooms that they'd rented.
“Another thing,” Xander said. “This is a public place, but don't invite anyone in, and keep these with you at all times,” and here he handed out crosses and holy water to everyone.
All four of them took the items that Xander handed to them, Jack looking slightly sceptical at them, but he didn't argue, which was at start at least.
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After an uneventful night, Xander went by the school to say goodbye again, and he took Daniel with him again. And this time they walked away with what seemed like half of Giles prized collection of books after Jack and Sam had both called him, separately, three times on the mobile phone. They also managed to extract a promise from Daniel that the next time that Apocalypse season came round, that Xander could come and play with the sharp and pointy weapons on the Hellmouth.
Of course, Jack had a litter of kittens when he found out about this promise. So Xander started to tell a few stories about what had happened in his sophomore year, and the beginning of his junior year, including his possession on Halloween night. Unfortunately for him,he didn't see the unholy light that took hold in Jack's eyes at that point.
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By the end of the next month, in between missions for SG-1, Jack really put Xander through the ringer. All through the drive back to Colorado, Daniel and Jack interrogated the boy, and really made sure that this was what he wanted to do with his life, and between the par of the, drew up a plan to help prepare him for that. For if nothing else, Xander knew that the next Apocalypse was only round the corner.
And come May, that was again proven, when a phone call came from Willow.
“Daniel,” Xander shouted up the stairs from the kitchen. “It's Apocalypse week. I've got to go to California. Angelus is causing trouble again.”
“How bad is the trouble?” was all the reply he received from Daniel.
“Willow said they've unearthed some demon statue that will swallow the world and send it to Hell,” Xander said as he walked off to grab his knives that Jack had given him for lasting 5 minutes in a fight with him.
“I wish I'd never asked,” Daniel groaned as he grabbed a duffel bag from the back of the wardrobe and started shovelling clothes in it. “I'll phone Jack,” he added as he came flying down the stairs to see Xander waiting, ready to go.
“C'mon Daniel, hurry up,” Xander whined as he started to fidget as Daniel phoned his friend.
“Right, he's on his way over,” Daniel said, then sniggered at the sight of Xander nearly dancing at the thought of having to wait. It took Jack 10 minutes to arrive, and nearly drove Xander up the wall in such a short period of time. But Jack had called Sam and Teal'c as well.
As Xander opened the door to see Teal'c and Sam standing there with Jack, his eyes opened wide when Teal'c said, “did you think we would let you face this alone XanderHarris?”
Xander merely smiled broadly at the three of them, and turned around and bellowed for Daniel as he stepped back in silent invitation.