Ch10 In Which the Truth comes Out
“So anyway. Giles, if we make nice with the council, do you think they’ll pay us? You know, just a little,” Buffy asked, trying to lighten the mood. There wasn’t really much going on in the way of mega-demons wandering about or master vamps moving into town, so naturally the conversation had been about why Buffy hadn’t told the others about where Xander was staying. Unfortunately, she didn’t have a good reason. Maybe it was Slayer PMS or something.
“I highly doubt it, Buffy,” Giles said with a sigh, allowing her obvious attempt to change the subject to do it’s work. “I…”
A knock on the door interrupted him. As he approached cautiously, his visitor asked though the door, “Alright, G-Man, since when do you lock the door during a meeting. I’ll have you know if I was a damsel in distress, I’d already be dead.”
Giles bit back a smile and opened the door. Xander allowed Tara to precede him inside and gave Giles a playful salute on his way in. “Willow,” Xander said. “Shame on you for letting your significant other wander around the streets after dark. She might have been forced to exchange witty banter with an 80’s rock video reject before someone came to the rescue just in time.”
Willow jumped up and hugged her friend, happy to see him at a Scooby meeting again. Then what he said registered. “What? Tara, are you okay? What happened?”
“I’m f-fine, Willow,” Tara replied calmly. “H-he’s just teasing.”
“Xander?” Everyone turned to look at Buffy. She took a deep breath. “I’m sorry for being so rude to you the last couple of times I saw you. And for not telling the others where you were. I don’t really know why I acted like that, and I’ll try to do better.”
Xander looked at her seriously. “Buffy, you and me, we’ve been friends for a while, so I’m not going to hold a grudge. But you can’t keep acting like I’m completely useless just because I’m not the Slayer or a witch. I’m willing to put it behind us if you are.”
“Okay,” Buffy said with relief. She felt so miserable about being such a bitch that she didn’t notice that Xander had moved until he wrapped her in a hug. “Thanks, Xander.”
“Don’t thank me yet,” he quipped, pulling away. “The only reason I showed up tonight is cause there’s another prophecy.”
Two “What?!”s from the girls and some serious eye-glass polishing from Giles later, the Watcher looked tiredly at Xander. “Well, let’s have it.”
“Well, Giles, you already know half the story,” Xander admitted, trying to warn the older man that he was about to drop the Immortality bomb on the other Scoobies. Giles nodded to show he understood. “Honestly if my teacher hadn’t given me permission, I wouldn’t be telling you guys at all. But he said that even though the prophecy doesn’t really apply to you all, that it was common courtesy to keep you informed.”
“Wait,” Buffy cut in. “What teacher? Are you taking courses? I thought you said you were done with school forever.”
“Um, Buff, he’s the guy that kinda kicked you out of the mansion. Delvin Phoenix. The prophecy is about him, his sister, me and another guy staying at the mansion. Apparently a great evil is coming for Delvin and Diane, and Greg and I will help them face it. That’s all the prophecy really says.” Xander tried to edit out the whole, trained by Death, thing. Delvin hadn’t explained that just yet, and he didn’t want them to jump to conclusions.
“Are those the people I saw you with at the diner?” Willow asked.
“Yup, those are my roomies. Diane is Greg’s teacher and Delvin is mine. Here’s the thing, and you have to hear me out, okay?” He waited for their worried nods of acceptance. “I’m Immortal. My parents adopted me because no one knows where Immortal’s come from.” He went on to explain the basics of Immortality, trying to assure them that Immortals were not evil. He explained about the student/teacher gig and how he finally found out why he was such a demon magnet. When he finished, he sat back to wait for the chaos.
“But Xander’s the normal one!” Buffy again.
“IloveyouXander,you’restillmyfriendandwe’llfixthissomehow.Ipromise.Thisisallmyfault,Imusthavescrewedupanotherspell…” Willow some more, but he couldn’t let that one go.
“Quiet!” And thank God for Giles. The girls both silence immediately. “Willow, you can’t fix him, because there is nothing to fix. One cannot ‘create’ an Immortal of Xander’s nature through spells. He was born this way. This has always been who he is, he simply hadn’t been aware of it. Immortals are never aware of their nature during their early years unless told of it by another Immortal.”
Buffy glared at her watcher. “I take it you knew,” she accused.
“Only for a few days,” Xander cut in. “I knew you two would react like this, and we weren’t even on speaking terms when I told Giles. I didn’t find out myself until the night we had that fight but I had my first death, that’s what activates it like I said, a couple weeks before that. I just thought that I had been knocked out, but it turns out that I actually died for about fifteen minutes.”
“So, how did these other Immortals find you?” Buffy asked suspiciously. She wasn’t entirely convinced that they were a new species of demon that were just playing a trick on her Xander. After all, he needed protecting. He couldn’t be invulnerable.
“It doesn’t matter,” Xander said, knowing that if he brought Spike into it the Slayer would never shut up. “All that matters is that they are here and again with the “there is a prophecy”. They would have come eventually. Since Delvin took me as a student, and Diane has a student and they are on the hellmouth, we know that the time is right for it. However, we don’t actually need any help, we just don’t know what form this ‘evil’ is going to take.” Or at least I don’t, he added privately. “We just wanted to be sure that you had the heads up.”
“Xander, you need our help,” Buffy began seriously. “If a great evil is coming, I am the Slayer. It’s my job to deal with it.”
“Buffy, you are not mentioned anywhere in the prophecy,” Xander said, mimicking her tone which he found annoyingly condescending. “The prophecy clearly states that the twins can handle this with the help of their students. This time, it’s not your job. It’s mine and Greg’s and Diane’s and Delvin’s. Not yours. But if you want to horn in that badly, I’ll asked Delvin to come to the next Scooby meeting, and you can hash it out with him. One thing he made very clear to me was that he would not defer to you on this. Like I said, this is just a heads up, to let you know what’s happened, not a request for help or anything like that.”
Buffy was shocked. How dare he…and then she caught herself. She shouldn’t slip into bitch-buffy mode. If Xander was in trouble, he never admitted it. She’d just have to help him whether he liked it or not. It was for his own good right?
“Fine, Xander. But I would like to speak with your friend to see if he’ll change his mind,” she compromised.
“Fine, when’s the next meeting?” Xander asked tiredly. He knew Buffy wouldn’t let it go so easily.
AN: I know this wasn't an exciting chaper, but alas it had to be done. Buffy fans beware. I try to make her nice, but her true nature shows through anyway. Anyway, let me know what I did right or wrong and I'll think about doing it different.