They are Real?
The Powers That Be by Teri
Giles and Xander were seated at the dining room table in Giles’ apartment, while Willow was snuggled into a chair with her laptop. They were researching everything they could find on Glory, the Key, portals, etc.
"Giles, it is three in the morning and I can't even see the writing on the book in front of me. If I don't get some sleep soon. . . We all need sleep." Xander said with a yawn.
"I think he is right. I haven't slept in days." Willow said sounding as tired as Xander.
"Yes, I suppose it would be best if we all get some sleep. Go home. Get some rest. " Giles said as he went back to his book.
Xander and Willow exchanged glances. "You too G-man. You need some sleep." Xander said for both of them.
"Children, please. I need to continue." He said.
"Man, you didn't even scold me about the G-man comment. You really need some sleep. Now." Xander declared.
"Fine." Giles gave in. "Just let me call and check on Buffy and Dawn first."
"Giles, it is 3:30am. Let them sleep." Willow said softly.
"Wills, I'll take him upstairs and put him to bed. Then, I'll walk you to the dorm."
"I can bloody well put myself to bed, I am not . . " Giles stopped and looked at Willow and Xander before continuing in a softer tone of voice. "Well, I guess I am that tired, but I still can see myself to bed. Thank you for your concern. Rest well."
Xander and Willow exchanged glances. They decided to trust Giles to go to bed. “Night" "Good Night, Giles" Xander and Willow replied as they left.
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Xander saw Willow to her dorm room. There they found Tara asleep over her own research.
“Well Ladies, I am off.” He smiled as he began to leave.
“Xander, why don’t you stay here tonight. Its too dangerous to be out by yourself this time of night.” Willow argued.
“Especially as tired you are.” Tara added. “Please stay.”
Although it has always been his dream to have two beautiful girls asking him to spend the night with them, he begged off and went back to his own apartment.
As he walked home he had ran into several vampires. He had managed to dust each one. Although, he knew facing vamps one-on-one he could hold his own, this time it had seemed easier. He couldn't put his finger on what exactly felt different, it was almost if someone was helping him, but of course that was impossible. Wasn’t it?
Unfortunately, by the time he had gotten to his apartment he was wide awake. Fighting vamps tended to do that. So, he went to get a bowl of cereal and sat down in front of the television set. He began to flip channels, until he reached the Sci-Fi channel.
"Hercules marathon. Oh, this is one of my favorite episodes." He thought to himself. It was the one where Salmoneus and Autolycus were hiding with Widow Twankey. He began to dose off. Next time he woke up, it was two hours later. He looked at the TV and realized it was the episode with Serena, the Golden Hind. He fell asleep again.
When he finally woke up, the sun was out and he decided to get dressed and head over to Buffy's. He would stop and pick up donuts on the way.
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Xander arrived at Buffy's. He found that Dawn and Buffy were already awake and in the kitchen.
"How are my two favorite girls this morning?" He grinned as he placed the donuts on the table.
"I wouldn't let Willow and Tara hear you say that!" Buffy smiled and Dawn giggled at them.
Before he could respond, Xander was cut off by a new voice coming in the back door. "It sounds like we have been replaced." Tara's soft voice answered.
"Is that why you wouldn't spend the night with us Xan? “ Willow reached up and ran her fingers down the edges of his coat. “We're no longer your favorites?" She said almost seductively.
"Well, I ah, you see. . . " Xander was turning red. "You know you are all my favorite girls . . eh, women. . . people? You know I bet Giles could really use a donut. I think I will take it to him. Right now." Xander finished grabbing a jelly filled donut for Giles and heading for the dining room.
All the girls began to laugh.
Giles was in the dining room with books spread all over the table. As Xander walked in, he noticed that surprisingly, Spike was with him and it looked like he was helping. "A sure sign the world is ending." Xander thought to himself.
* * * * *
Within ten minutes, everyone had made their way into the dining room to help with the research. Anya had also arrived.
After a few hours, Xander stood to stretch. "It's too bad we can't get any Hind's blood." He mumbled to himself remembering the episode of Hercules he had watched during the night.
"I know, I thought about that too, but they have been extinct for nearly two thousand years." Anya added as Giles' head shot-up.
"What? What are you talking about?"
"Hind's blood can kill a god, it is the only thing I know of that can. Last I heard, Ares destroyed the last of it before the twighlight of the gods. It's a shame." Anya explained.
"Anya, the Greek gods aren't real." Willow tried to tell her.
"Actually sweetie, they are." Tara said softly.
At this all heads turned towards Tara, except Anya who continued to talk. “Of course they’re real. Oh, how I wished I had been alive then. The stories I’ve heard. Hera could be quite . . . “ Anya grinned with glee, “creative in her wishes. There was this one time when she found Zeus with this barmaid and she wished that his . . . ”
“Anya!” Buffy called stopping Anya and before turning to speak to Tara, "What do you mean the Greek gods are real? How do you know?"
Tara didn't know how to even begin to explain her connection to the goddess Hecate. She had never actually met the goddess, but her mother had told her that they were descended from her many, many, many generations removed. It was where her magic originated. Luckily she didn't have to explain.
"Oh, Tara is one of Hecate's chosen. Her signature is all over her." Anya replied her tone implying that it was common knowledge and nothing important.
Tara looked at Anya, “You can tell?”
Anya glanced at Xander before answering, “Sure. Descendants of Olympus are always obvious.”
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This is just a small bit to reassure everyone that I have not forgotten about this story. I am so sorry to have taken so long, I was worried about adding to it because I enjoyed the beginning so very much.
Hope you are still enjoying this story.
Teri (Garnet)TM@yahoo.com) 04/06/03