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A few weeks later, Xander was sitting over the side of his hospital bed fully clothed. He was finally being released after spending about two months in the hospital. It was amazing how long it took to recover from a kidney transplant.
Xander turned towards the doorway when he heard the door open. It was his father with a wheelchair. “Hey. You ready?” Gibbs asked.
“More than,” Xander said. He couldn’t wait to get out of there. If he never saw the inside of another hospital, it would be too soon. He wasn’t, however, too psyched to be leaving Sunnydale. “Um, we’re not going to Washington today, are we?”
“No. The doc wants us to wait a couple more days before you fly. We’ll wait until this weekend to leave,” Gibbs said gently. He knew this was hard for his son. He wished it could be different, but it couldn’t.
Xander nodded and stood up. He looked at the wheelchair. “I don’t need that. I can walk.”
“I know you can, but the hospital has strict regulations. You gotta go out in the wheelchair. Let’s go,” Gibbs said.
Xander sighed and got into the wheelchair. He was then wheeled out into the hallway, where a man he didn’t recognize was waiting.
“Xander, this is Ducky. Ducky, this is my son, Xander,” Gibbs introduced.
“It is wonderful to finally meet you, young man,” Ducky said as he shook his hand.
“It’s nice to meet you too. Ducky?” Xander asked.
“Ah, yes, it was a nickname I acquired when I was a boy. It just sort of stuck with me. I shall tell you about it sometime,” Ducky said.
“Ducky has more stories than he knows what to do with. He could go on for hours if you let him,” Gibbs told his son.
“Which you never do, Jethro,” Ducky said.
“Nope. Alright, let’s get out here,” Gibbs said before wheeling Xander away.
A couple of days later, Xander was standing in the airport with Buffy and Willow. Gibbs, Giles, and Ducky were standing a few feet away.
Willow hugged Xander tightly. “I can’t believe you have to go already.”
“Me either, Will,” Xander said sadly. He really didn’t want to go. He felt kind of torn actually. He was glad to have a parent that actually seemed to give a damn about him, but he wished the price wasn’t having to leave everyone he ever knew behind.
Willow let go after a minute. “Okay, I’m going to email you every day. Make sure you set the webcam up. It’ll be like we’re in the same room.”
Xander nodded. His father had told him that he worked with a guy that was really good with computers and that he’d get him to help with that. “I will. It still won’t be the same as actually being in the same room.”
“Yeah, I know,” Willow said.
Buffy was next to hug Xander. “I’m gonna miss you, Xand. Okay, so I’m not all that good with the whole computer thing, so I’m probably gonna call you most of the time. And Mom said you can come visit and stay with us sometimes. Giles said the same thing. And we’re going to come see you too. Giles says he plans to come at least once a month to visit and that we can come with. So we’re going to see each other all the time.”
Xander smiled as much as he could. He was trying as best he could to tell himself that they were right. That it wouldn’t actually be that bad. It wasn’t working all that much though. He was going to miss them. Hell, he was even going to miss Sunnydale. It was the only place he could remember ever living in. It was going to be hard starting over someplace new.
“Come on, Xander, look on the bright side. You get to start over fresh. You won’t have to worry about vamps or demons,” Buffy said in a low voice.
“Believe it or not, I think I’m going to miss that too,” Xander said. Sure, it wasn’t exactly fun to have to fight for your life every day, but it was gratifying to know he was making a difference in the world. He was going to miss that.
Just then, Gibbs and Giles came over. “You ready?” Gibbs asked his son.
Xander sighed. “Yeah, I guess so.”
“It’s not going to be the same without you around, Xander,” Giles said. He liked to complain about how he and the others tore apart the English language and how dreadful their manners were sometimes, but the truth was, he wouldn’t have them any other way. He would miss not having Xander around every day.
Xander smiled. “Thanks, G-man.”
Giles rolled his eyes. “I’m even going to let you call me that dreadful nickname just this once.”
“It’s growing on you, isn’t it?” Xander asked.
Giles smiled. He wouldn’t admit it, but it was. “We will see you soon, Xander. I’m planning a trip down next month. I’ve already gotten consent from your father.”
“I can’t wait, Xander said.
Gibbs placed a hand on his son’s shoulder. “We have to go now.” He didn’t want to rush his son, but if they didn’t go now, they’d miss their flight.
“Okay. Well, bye, guys,” Xander said.
There was a course of ‘bye Xander’ and we love you, Xander from the girls.
Xander waved at them one more time before allowing his father to lead him towards their exit so they could get on the plane.