Dark Events Chapter 1
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Xander sighed as the rain continued to pour down while they continued to patrol. Buffy, Riley and Giles were checking the east side of the cemetery whilst he, Willow and Tara checked the right. He looked at the two lesbian witches and noticed they looked just as miserable as he and just as wet. For some reason he couldn't understand, he started to laugh, causing his two friends to look at him in total confusion.
"What is so funny Xander?" he heard his long time friend, Willow ask him.
"I-I don't know, I just can't help it," he answered.
"Maybe he's gone mad," suggested Tara.
This made him laugh all the harder as he faced Tara, who took a hesitant step back, as if she was afraid he'd do something to her.
"I am not mad Tara. I just thought the look of you two soaked and miserable was funny, seeing as I am just as wet and miserable," he told her.
"O-Oh," replied Tara.
Before either one of them could speak again, three vampires jumped out of a nearby tomb, stunning the two witches. Two of them ran in the opposite direction; however, the third jumped toward Tara with his game face on. Xander suddenly felt his blood boil at the thought of Tara being hurt and jumped in front of her. The vampire knocked him to the ground and began to beat him mercilessly. Xander tried to shield himself and even managed to return a few punches, but his vision began to blur and his body weaken under the onslaught and just as he felt himself lose himself, he saw Buffy tackle the vamp.
When he awoke, he felt a sharp pain run right through his body from head to toe. He tried to sit up, but he felt someone push him back down again. He opened his eyes to find Willow and Buffy looking down at him. Willow looked concerned, while Buffy seemed ready to shout at him. He then noticed it was Giles who was holding him down. He saw he was in Giles' bedroom, which was dark, except for the night lamp on the nightstand next to the bed.
"G-Giles?" he asked.
"Good, you're finally awake. Do you remember what happened?" the Watcher asked.
"I-I think we were attacked by a vamp. He went for Tara, but I managed to get in his way. After that, it's a blank," he replied rubbing his head.
"The Vampire gave you a very sound beating for getting in his way. Luckily, we were heading back your way when we saw the other two vamps running away from the scene," Giles told him.
"Where are we?" he asked the Watcher.
"My house, it was closer than yours," Giles replied.
"Why did only one of them attack?" Xander asked as Willow handed him a glass of water.
"I think they were up to something, I'm not quite sure yet," Giles answered.
"Wait a second, where is Tara? Is she okay?" Xander asked as he noticed the witch missing.
"She and Willow were a little stunned by the sudden appearance of the vamps. However, Tara fainted after Buffy showed up. I think the sight of a vampire lunging at her was too much for her," Giles answered.
"I can tell you have something to add, Buff," Xander said without looking at his friend.
"Oh, I have something to say alright. Xand, just what the hell were you thinking tackling a vampire like that?" she all but screamed.
"I was trying to keep Tara out of harm's way, that's what I was thinking. What? Would you rather I stood there while it beat her up until you arrived to save the day?" he shot back with an angry scowl.
Buffy didn't respond, she just frowned and walked out of the room. He looked to Willow who just smiled at him.
"Thanks, for making sure Tara didn't get hurt. Sorry I wasn't any help," she told him.
"It's okay, we were all surprised," he replied.
"I have to say Xander, although you put yourself at risk, I am quite proud of you for thinking of someone else before you own safety," Giles told him with a smile of his own.
"Thanks Giles," Xander said, as pride swelled within him.
"Now that you are awake, maybe I should try and find out what the other two vampires were up to," Giles mused, more to himself than the others.
"Trouble is what they were up to," said a new voice and they all recognized it as Spike's.
"How did you get in here?" Giles asked.
"Door was open, heard what happened, so I checked out the area where you were attacked. Those two vamps took a powerful artifact from that tomb they were in. One which could bring back the Master, in fact not just him, any powerful demon they want."
"My god! How?" Giles asked, now in full watcher mode.
"They need to combine them with one or two other things and also they need a very old magic scroll which was once protected by the most powerful sorcerer alive. His name was Robert Harris," Spike answered.
"Wait a second, did you just say Harris?" asked Willow.
"Yes, Red, I did. I think he may have been an ancestor of Droopy over there," Spike smiled.
"How do you know this?" Buffy asked as she re-entered the room.
"Been digging around the old demon libraries since I got that blasted chip in my head and that's not all. From what I found out, Tara's and Buffy's ancestor were involved as well. Seems as she was not the only Slayer in her family," Spike replied as he lit up a cigarette.
"Fascinating, Spike. I will need you to gather everything you have read on this and bring it to me. I'll pay of course, seeing as that's the only way you'll get involved," Giles said.
"No problem, Giles. Be back tomorrow with the stuff. You better have the money," he agreed before he left the room.
"This is getting confusing," Xander whispered.
"Indeed," Giles said with a frown, wondering what this could all mean.
Xander had not moved for at least five hours, at Giles' insistence. He was thinking about what Spike had said. Could his family history date back to this great sorcerer who shared the same name? Could he be some great ancestor, forgotten in the mists of time? He finally got up and stretched, wincing slightly as a small tremor of pain shot through his back letting him know not all of his injuries had relented. He walked into the next room to find Giles reading one his books. Willow was asleep on the couch and Buffy was watching the TV, although she looked ready to fall asleep as well.
"Found anything Giles?" he asked quietly.
"No, I've not, except for a small sketch of the Wizard, Spike mentioned. Unfortunately it is badly degraded so we cannot tell if he bears a resemblance to you," the watcher replied rubbing his eyes.
"Guess we'll have to rely on Spike then," Xander said, as he sat across from the watcher.
"Yes, what a dreadful thought," he said with a dry chuckle. "Oh, Buffy has called Angel and asked him to come and help, just in case it is something big," he added.
"Just dead boy?" asked Xander.
"No, his whole team including their newest member, some girl named Fred. By the way, Xand, do you have to call him that?" Buffy said as she joined them.
"Sorry, old habits die hard." He shrugged as he answered the slayer.
"Well try, will you?" she asked.
"Whatever," he replied, not really likening the idea of being nice to the ensouled vampire.
"What about this slayer Spike mentioned, the one he said was related to me?" Buffy asked.
"I've found nothing so far and the same goes for Tara's ancestor as well. If there is a connection at all, I am thinking of phoning our old friend Quentin Travers and see if they can find out anything," Giles answered.
"Oh no, not more watchers. We may be working with them again, but I still don't trust them. Dawn maybe safe now that she's staying with our father, but still, if they ever found out about her, they could do anything and you know it," Buffy butted in.
"Take it easy, will ya Buffy? I think we get the point, but we may not have a choice," Xander said with a smile.
"You stay out of this. It doesn't concern you," Buffy hissed.
"But it does Buffy and you know it. I've been involved since the beginning and now that involvement may go way deeper than we thought, so don't even think of trying to keep me in the dark," Xander interjected.
"I agree, this could be very dangerous if we keep anyone in the dark. If Spike is right and each of you had an ancestor involved, then we need you, Tara and Xander together," Giles added.
"Fine," Buffy conceded.
"Hey guys," Willow said with a yawn.
"Sorry if we woke you," Giles said.
"That's okay. I need to go back to my dorm to see if Tara is alright." Willow stretched and then headed for the door.
"I'll walk you there," Xander said as he joined her. "See you two tomorrow," he said as he exited the house.
As Willow and Xander walked toward her dorm room, Willow noticed that her friend seemed a little distracted and the look in his eyes made her worry.
"Are you okay Xander?" she decided to ask.
"Yeah, just a little annoyed at the way Buffy keeps shouting at me every time we run into trouble," Xander replied with a glance back the way they had come.
"Well, she's worried about you. That's all," she countered.
"I'd like to think so, but then I'd believe a lie. I know you've noticed as well, Willow. Ever since Riley turned up, Buffy just doesn't seem to want me involved, it's been like this ever since that Hellmouth incident," Xander said, a little of his anger toward Buffy coming out.
"I guess, but you proved us all wrong by saving us from that zombie gang all by yourself," Willow said hoping to cheer him up.
"I don't think Buffy sees it that way. It's been harder ever since Anya split with that vengeance demon. I think Buffy just sees me now as a damn liability," he hissed, as they turned into the campus grounds.
"Ignore her then, because I know for a fact that you are not a liability. You've saved my life, Tara's, hell you even brought Buffy back from the dead. That proves you are no liability Xander Harris," Willow said with confidence.
"Thanks, that means a lot. Say hi to Tara for me," he said with a smile.
"Going home?" she inquired.
"Maybe, I think I might just take stroll." At Willow's worried glance, he smiled and added. "Don't worry, I have a cross and a few stakes with me," he said to reassure her.
"See you tomorrow, Xand," she said, as she entered the dorm halls.
"Yeah, tomorrow," he agreed, with a dark look as he headed toward the park.
As he wandered through the park, he began to feel like he was being followed. He turned and scanned the park, but saw no one, until a shadow suddenly walked out into the moon light. He quickly drew a stake and readied himself.
"Are you Alexander Harris?" a soft voice seemed to float toward him.
"Yeah," he answered, as he watched a woman dressed in a red silk dress walk closer to him. She had long black hair and piercing blue eyes. "Who are you?" he asked.
"My name is Rachel Wells," she answered. "I was a friend of your great ancestor, Robert," she added.
"How can that be?" he asked a little taken back.
"He cast an immortality spell on me, so the prophecy he created could be fulfilled, so the demons could be stopped. I was in love with him and so I volunteered to help. I am here to help you, Tara and Buffy," she replied, as she stopped right in front of him.
"Ho-how do you know their names?" he asked.
"Robert knew exactly what you would be called and when the prophecy would begin," she answered.
"How do I know you aren't some vampire trying to trick me?" he inquired.
"Because if I was, I wouldn't do this," she answered as she leaned in and kissed him softly.
Xander was stunned, but as the kiss deepened, he felt no hostility from the woman. As they pulled apart, they were both breathing hard.
"If I was a vampire, that kiss would have had no truth behind it, and a kiss never lies," she said with a smile, as she turned and began to walk away.
"Wait, where are you going?" he shouted.
"Home and don't worry, Alex. I'll find you no matter where you are," she replied and then she was gone. Leaving him confused and stunned as he headed for home.