They Will Come
III: They Will Come
“Beautiful aren’t they.”
Lilah cocked her head to the side trying to interrupt the floating humanoids before her. She had to admit they were beautiful, even though they were distorted by the glass of the gestation chamber.
He replied with a hint of laughter in his voice. “They’re my side…project.”
He sighed and almost lovingly placed his hands on either chamber. “They will be my greatest work when they are ready. Perfection in every sense of the word.”
He turned suddenly causing Lilah to jump slightly. “This is why Ms. Morgan I need better specimens, my work depends on them.”
“I have several picked out here all you have to do is look over them and let us know which you think would be conducive to your project.” She pulled a stack of folders out of her brief case and set them on the metal table before her.
He picked them up and began to thumb though them. “Excellent.” He paused briefly. “These are not all mutants.”
“Uh, no. The Senior Partners thought you might want to try the process in reverse. The one on top is their primary suggestion.”
He raised an eyebrow. “Will acquiring this specimen be difficult?”
“It might take some work, but once subdued he should prove quite useful.”
He nodded, moving slowly towards the back of the room taking the folders with him. Lilah let out a breath she hadn’t realized she was holding as she organized her briefcase.
“Ms. Morgan, just remind your Senior Partners that this is still my project.”
Lilah shivered and nodded to herself. She pushed open the doors and slowly walked out.
Willow sighed and shook her head. The argument had slowly been getting louder and louder the closer they had gotten to LA. It had started out as a conversation about mutants compared to demons, slowly becoming louder and louder.
“Are we there yet?” Xander asked through clinched teeth, gripping the steering wheel tighter.
“Almost.” Willow giggled, then turned around in the seat and put her resolve face on causing the two blonds in the back to instantly shut up.
“If we have to pull this van over the both of you will be in trouble. And don’t think we won’t do it.”
“She told you.” Dawn giggled from the very back.
“I knew I should have driven myself.” Spike grumbled. “Instead I’m stuck for two hours in this smelly rental with you stinking sods.”
“We love you too, Spike.” Dawn reached over the seat giving the bleached blond vampire a hug.
“Speak for yourself.” Buffy snorted.
“Xander, there.” Willow pointed to the large hotel on the corner in front of them. “Angel said to park in front.”
Xander pulled the van to a stop and turned the engine off.
“Everybody out.” Willow ordered.
“Wow. Deadboy is doing well for himself.” Xander muttered as they entered the hotel.
“Hey guys!” Fred greeted. “I guess I’m the official welcoming committee. Angel is in his office with Wes and a few of the people from New York. I’m suppose to send Buffy and Spike in for a debriefing and Willow up to the roof to help Dr. McCoy. “
The two blonds glared at each other but walked off toward the offices. It had been a tense ride to LA and the two had hoped to get some time away from each other but that didn’t look like it was going to happen anytime soon.
“Food’s here.” Gun called out arms loaded down with pizzas.
“Man you are a life saver.” Xander replied grabbing a few boxes from Gunn and following him into the lobby with Dawn close on their heels.
“Come on Willow, I was supposed to be up there an hour ago but I wanted to wait for you.” Fred smiled linking her arm through Willow’s.