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Xander 2.0 watched as Erin took the cooler from Angels. The chance to study the difference between the DNA of Xander and Xander 2.0 was something Erin was finding exhilarating. Oz just smiled as Erin hugged the small cooler to herself. Erin and Oz would come back the next day with medical supplies to draw blood from Xander 2.0 and ask him some more questions. Erin allowed a feeling of optimism to overtake her for a moment. If she could solve this maybe she could alter her own DNA to purge the werewolf from her system. She may have come to accept what she was, but she didn’t enjoy the feelings it gave her.
Xander 2.0 on the other hand felt a bit lost. He was going to be stuck in L.A. for awhile and he was going to have to take a truth potion the whole time. For one thing he was going to have to learn how to not say what was on his mind. One of the watchers had almost hit him. It wasn’t really his fault! She’d asked him if the outfit made her look fat. Why did she even ask him?
He didn’t want to hurt anyone… He couldn’t control what the First had programmed into him. He was all for removing any programming it had done on him, but still… Couldn’t this be called inhumane? Maybe even cruel and unusual? His gaze traveled over to the door of the hotel where there was a huge pile of luggage building up. “Buffy? Is this all yours?”
“Hm?” Buffy looked over at him as she set down one more piece of luggage. “Actually half of this is Spike’s. Angel’s got a couple of pieces coming.”
“I’m not sure you’ll be able to fit all that and Angel’s hair care products in your car.”
Buffy let her eyes slip into a small glare, “Cute Xander.” She paused for a moment until she couldn’t help but let out a giggle. “We can’t fit any of this into the car, not with all of us going, Willow is gonna shrink it down into some sort of portable thing. We only need to remember which suitcase we stored stuff in for non shrinking purposes, so we won’t end up with all this stuff taking up so much space.”
Xander 2.0 let himself grin. Buffy was taking this best, him being a clone and all, at least when she wasn’t behind closed doors. Xander 2.0 knew the signs as the original Xander had once been the one to comfort her whenever things went wrong, and she wasn’t seeing anyone. But he knew she was trying to accept him and that was enough. He knew that if anyone could find the original him it would be Buffy. He just hoped that the original would be okay with him. He missed his girls in Africa and wanted to get back to them. As much as he loved the Scoobies, it wasn’t his love he was feeling, it was the OTHER Xander’s love.
“You’re going to help re-model the hotel right?” Buffy interrupted Xander 2.0’s thoughts.
“The hotel? You’re going to help make it a branch of the council, right?” Buffy said, holding back a smirk. He really was like the original Xander.
“Yeah. Gunn said the construction manager was really impressed with my know how, so I’m gonna help with the re-modeling. The crew they’ve hired all know about the supernatural, but I’m the one who knows how to deal with teenage super heroines,” Xander 2.0 grinned at Buffy.
“So you do. So you do,” Buffy smiled back before turning towards the stairs as Spike and Angel came down the stairs, each holding several suitcases.
“Please tell me that’s it?” Xander 2.0’s eyes were opened wide. That was a LOT of luggage, and regardless of what joking he did earlier he didn’t think that even half of it was Buffy’s. It had only been a couple of days since they’d gotten to L.A. and he knew how much stuff Buffy had brought. There was no way Buffy had done that much shopping with all the other stuff she’d had to do.
“This is it for our stuff,” Spike confirmed. “But the others haven’t finished packing. We haven’t figured out what to do with Illyria. Wesley can’t stand the thought of her appearing like Fred, but we can’t think of any other way to conceal her. Blue would really stand out since she’s, you know, blue.”
“We’ll figure it out,” Buffy said as she walked up to Spike, wrapped her arms around his shoulders and pulled him down into a passionate kiss.
“Too mushy!” Xander 2.0 called out as he caught sight of Angel’s face. He decided to give just a bit of mercy to Deadboy. After all, the poor vamp was gonna be stuck with the two of them for however long it took to find Xander 1.0. He let out a smirk, he bet Spike would make sure that Angel would be in the next room for any places they spent the night.
“When are you leaving?” Xander 2.0 asked.
“Wow. Then we should do a movie night. Just like you used to do with everyone. Maybe Oz and Erin would like to join us. It can be a preview of how things can be for you all when you get Xander back.”
“I’d like that,” Buffy released her hold of Spike to hug Xander 2.0 briefly. “It’s something we can all do after we find him. It might be interesting too, to see how you and Xander respond differently to the same movie.”
“Yeah,” Xander 2.0 whispered softly as he followed Buffy as she headed for Willow’s room.End – Chapter 10REVIEWS INSPIRE ME!
Sorry it took awhile to update the fic. LIFE! Anyway, this ended up being a transitional chapter, Chapter 11 should start the adventure as Buffy and company search for the Asgard and the original Xander.