Chapter 2 (Vers. 1.1, 30.10.2011)
Note: A big thank you to Oxnate who has fixed this up even more, than what Darth Payne and myself (Hawklan) had done before.
Sunnydale High school library
Giles sighed happily. The students were on a day trip to the zoo, where most of them would probably fit in perfectly among the other apes. He flushed a bit irritated, considering the way American students behaved, he wondered why it was only students that went on shooting sprees in schools and not the teachers.
His grumblings was interrupted by a thundering voice from behind.
"Ah Mr. Giles, I am honored to see you again, my old friend."
Giles almost dropped his book but grinned, "Uraki. What are you doing here? I heard you returned permanently back to Africa."
Uraki grinned. He was a big African man, towering over Giles as he stood more than six feet tall. His head shaved bald and eyes twinkling in a mix between joy and danger, like a happy lion that just might be hungry, you never knew. "I do wish I could have stayed, but sadly my duty brings me away from civilization to the land of the Barbarians."
Giles smiled, "Well I know you think anything outside your rain forest to be a primitive barbarian country, and in the case of the USA I agree with you. But what brought you here?"
Uraki dropped his smile. His face looked more dangerous now and a weak green glow filled them. "White hunters managed to catch some animals, dangerous animals that normally are used in Primal rites. In the wrong hands it could be worse than a vampire."
Giles sighed, "I see. What kind of animals?"
Uraki sat down, "Leopards, a small pride of them. I need your help."
Giles nodded. "Ah yes. Well I will help, of course. Some of the students have been helping me and one might be able to help us using THAT," he said pointing at the computer.
Uraki blinked, "Using a TV? What can that do?"
Giles grinned, "Not a TV. A computer, it can really do a lot of fact finding. I don't know how they work, but Willow does."
Uraki nodded but watched the computer with a nervous gaze. "I see they have become smaller then when I last saw one."
Giles nodded, "Yes, awful things those computers, they have no spirit, no essence."
Uraki said, "I wonder if one of my spirits could help us?"
Giles frowned a bit. "I don't think Shaman tricks could make a computer work. We should wait until the kids come back later today."
Later, much later
"Giles, Xander is behaving strange," Buffy said as she walked inside. Willow was trailing silently after her.
Uraki frowned, "So that is the Slayer?"
Buffy blinked and looked up and up and then up a bit more. She tensed a bit, gripping her stake and wishing it was bigger. "Giles, who or what is that and is it difficult to slay?"
Giles grumbled, "This is Mr. Uraki, a Watcher and a Witchdoctor from Africa. He is a friend of mine."
Willow said, "You're big. I mean big as in friendly not big like stupid, I'll be quiet now."
Uraki grinned, "Believe me, I get the ‘You are big quite a lot."
Buffy sneered, "I bet you have to dodge whenever an airplane flies by."
Giles hid a grin. "Buffy!!"
Uraki grinned, showing off his perfect teeth and letting his eyes glow green. "I like your Slayer, Giles. She is strong and brave."
Buffy asked, "GILES! He has green glowing eyes. May I stake him?"
Giles sighed, "No, you may not. He is a Witchdoctor, it’s a trick he does."
Buffy sighed grumbling about the fact that he looked too monstery to be anything but a monster.
Willow got back to the first point, "Oho Giles, I think something is wrong with Xander. He has been acting real strange. Sneaking around, bullying and stealing food from the other geeks."
Giles sighed and rolled his eyes, "He is a teenage male, Willow."
Uraki interrupted Giles, "Giles, wait a moment. Girls, did Xander visit any animals today?"
Buffy nodded, "Willow and him got to see the zebras mate."
Willow nodded, "And Xander saved Jonathan from being bullied in the cat house."
Giles blinked. "You don't think?"
Uraki nodded, "It's possible. If I see him, I will know!"
At that moment the door opened and Xander walked; no not walked, more like crept inside, with an almost predatory power in his movements.
Uraki eyes gleamed green as he watched the young man, "He is possessed."
Xander looked up and up and up again, but not as much as Buffy. He froze and in a growling voice he spoke, "What are you doing here? Giles, what is going on?" His eyes started to glow a spooky green.
Uraki looked at Giles.
Giles nodded, "I see. Buffy we must catch Xander before he hurts somebody or himself."
Buffy nodded as she jumped her friend. Xander normally did NOT have glowing eyes. Glowing eyes were bad.
Xander blinked in confusion as he was attacked and knocked out.
"That was easy. What happened to him?" asked Buffy,
The huge hand of Uraki petted Xander’s head softly for a moment. "He is possessed by a leopard spirit. Right now it is taking him over. It makes him behave more and more like an animal."
Willow asked, "Can we remove it? I don't want to kill him. He's Xander. We have to help him. You can help him right?"
Uraki nodded, "I can help him, but it is his choice."
He turned to Giles, "Let’s tie him up before we ask him what kind of help he wants."
"What kind of help? What are you talking about?" asked Buffy.
Xander felt groggy as he woke up and was wondering why he felt so bad.
Giles voice interrupted his thought, "Xander listen to me. You are possessed by an animal spirit. Right now we have managed to put it to sleep and you are in control over yourself, but it is still inside of you."
Uraki nodded and said, "You have a choice to make. I could let it take you over completely which will eventually turn you in to a monster."
Xander blinked, "What? I don't want to be a monster."
Uraki continued, "You would be surprised how many actually chose that option. Or I could remove it. But that would hurt your soul and you would be more open to possessions later. Or I could help the animal spirit to merge with you. Leaving you in control and it to power you and help you, but you also would gain some of its instincts. I would have to train you to control it. And the last option is death."
Xander blinked, "I'm thinking removing the spirit or gain control over it. The two other choices do not sound like fun."
Giles blinked, "Uraki, you are offering to train him?"
Uraki nodded, "Not much, but the basics in Spiritism. I sense a hidden strength in this boy. He is lucky that I am in town."
Giles gave Xander his opinion, "I would take the merge, if I were you."
"Alright, I only wonder why I always have the bad luck." Xander mused.
Willow said, "Well you did have good luck that he was in town, kind off,"
Buffy added, "And bad luck that you got possessed."
Xander nodded he wondered if somewhere somebody was out there that really liked him and at the same time really hated him. "There are other students that are possessed. We should deal with them first."
A month later
Flutie smiled as he watched the new vice principal Uraki scare the kids into order. It had worked well to hire him, but the way Snyder ended up dead, eaten by dogs in an empty classroom was kind of sad, the poor dogs.
Uraki walked up to him. "I managed to scare up more kids for Halloween escort duty."
Xander sighed as he followed his 'teacher' and vice principal. "I really don't like this."
Buffy sneered. "What about me then? He and Giles ganging up on me. Slayer duty and everything, my life sucks."
Willow frowned, "They did that? They only asked me."
Xander blinked. "Would you have liked if they had ganged up on you?"
Willow blushed, "Eeep no."
“Well let’s find something to do then," said Xander.
Uraki grinned. "Ah, Buffy, Xander, Willow, as Giles and me practically blackmailed two of you into escort duty, I am willing to donate 50 dollars to each of you to spend on a good costume, but be sure to show it to me later." He carefully handed the teens the money and they rushed off, once again happy.
Flutie frowned, "That's not really how a teacher should act."
Uraki answered Flutie, "Xander is my student. I'm tutoring him and they are all friends with Giles, who is a friend from my time in school. I have never seen a
Halloween before and I know at least Xander will give me a good laugh."
Flutie nodded, "I see. That explains a lot. Xander’s grades have gone up a lot lately. Many teachers have wondered if he has been cheating."
Uraki grinned. "No. He is a smart kid."
Xander arrived at Ethan’s long before the others from school had a chance. He was not going to waste time letting his new money go to waste. It was time to be creative.