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Challenge: #1718 Xander: The Lost and Found by marshalos
A/N: This story takes place in season one of Buffy and season 4 of NCIS.
Warning: Contains Child abuse
Buffy dragged herself into the library of her high school. She was particularly tired today. She’d had a long night of patrolling, followed by a long night of homework. It was like the vamps had gotten together and decided to come out at the worst time imaginable.
“Good morning, Buffy!” said a chipper Willow.
Buffy groaned. “Oh, Wills, I love you, but you are way to perky right now.”
“Long night, Buffy?” Giles asked.
“Uh huh. First patrolling, then I had to do a five page English paper,” Buffy said as she sat down at a table next to Buffy and put her head down.
“That paper on Shakespeare? We had three weeks for that,” Willow said. She wasn’t all that surprised that her friend had waited so long though. Buffy was the queen of doing things last minute.
Buffy picked her head up again. “Okay, so I waited until the last minute… again.”
“Don’t feel bad, I’m sure Xander did too,” Willow said. If Buffy was the queen of doing things last minute, Xander was the king.
Buffy looked around for the remaining member of their group. “Where is Xander? Shouldn’t he be here by now?”
At that moment, the phone at the front desk began to ring. Giles immediately went over and answered it. “Library,” Giles said into the phone. His face grew to that of concern as he listened to the person on the other end of the line. “Good Lord, is he alright?”
Buffy and Willow got up and went over to him. They both knew something was wrong.
“Of course. Thank you for telling me,” Giles said before hanging up.
“Giles, what is it?” Buffy asked.
“That was the principal. Apparently Xander was in car accident,” Giles said.
“Oh my God. Is he okay?” asked a scared Willow.
“I’m not sure. All I know is that he is in the hospital,” Giles said.
“Well, we have go see him,” Buffy said.
Giles nodded and led the way out of the library
About a half hour later, Giles, Buffy, and Willow walked into Xander’s room. They were relieved to see that he was awake, but he didn’t look to good.
“Xander!” Willow exclaimed before running to his side. Buffy went to the other side of him.
“Hey, guys,” Xander said weekly.
“I hate to tell you this, Xand, but you don’t look so good,” Buffy said.
“Xander, are you alright?” Giles asked.
Before Xander had a chance to answer, a doctor came into the room. He was a middle-aged man with dark brown hair. “Who are you all?”
Giles turned to face the doctor. “Hello, I’m Rupert Giles. I’m Xander’s teacher. These two young ladies are his friends.”
“I’m Doctor Jacobs. Can I speak to out in the hall for a minute?” the doctor asked.
“Of course,” Giles said before walking outside the room. “What’s going on?”
“Look, normally it would be against the rules for me to tell you anything, but his family is the reason for this and it would be better if Xander hears all this from someone he knows,” Doctor Jacobs said.
“What is it? What is wrong with Xander?” Giles asked. He knew it had to be bad if the doctor was afraid of Xander’s reaction.
“The accident caused a problem with Xander’s kidneys. They’re both failing,” the doctor said.
Giles’ face blanched. This was bad. Xander couldn’t survive if both his kidney’s failed. Not unless he got a transplant. “What, uh… What will you do now?”
“We’ve put his name in the National Registry to try to find a suitable donor, however, the best chance for Xander would be a family member. Unfortunately, I highly doubt they’re going to do anything to help him,” Doctor Jacobs said sadly.
“Why do you say that?” Giles asked. Why would the doctor think Xander’s family wouldn’t help him? Xander didn’t really talk about his family much, but they were his family. Surely they wanted to help him get well.
“Well, for one, the accident was caused by his father. He was driving drunk at the time of the accident. Also, we found other injuries not caused by the accident. We believe his parents were abusing him.”
Giles felt anger build up inside of him. Xander was a child. What kind of animal put their hands on a child? Giles was used to all kinds of evil in the world, but in his mind, nothing was worse than a human being putting their hands on a child. “Have the authorities been called?”
Doctor Jacobs nodded. The Harris’ have been arrested and a social worker should be here sometime soon. It would still be better if Xander heard everything from you though.
“Of course. I’ll tell him,” Giles said. The doctor was right. It would be better coming from him.
The doctor nodded appreciatively before walking away.
Several hours later, everyone was sitting in Xander’s room. Giles had just told him that he needed a kidney transplant. He would’ve told him sooner, but Xander had slept a great deal of the time.
“Are you okay, Xand?” Willow asked.
“Sure, great. I’m just, you know, dying,” Xander said. He tried to keep the fear out of his voice, but he was unsuccessful. He was really afraid. As one of the scoobies, he’d come close to death before, but never like this.
“You’re not dying, Xander. They have you on a list for a new kidney. I’m sure they’ll find one,” Buffy said as confidently as possible. She too was scared though. She wasn’t sure how these things worked, but she did know that there were a lot of people needing transplants.
“You don’t know that, Buffy. Transplant lists are long, and what if no one’s a match for me?” Xander asked.
“You mustn’t think like that, Xander. You have to have faith,” Giles said.
Just then, the door to Xander’s room was opened, revealing Doctor Jacobs and a young woman with dirty blond hair. “Mr. Giles, may we have a word?”
“Of course,” Giles said before getting up and following them out into the hall.
“Mr. Giles, this is Ms. Williams. She’s Xander’s new social worker,” Doctor Jacobs introduced.
“Hello,” Giles said as he stuck out his hand.
“Hi,” Ms. Williams said as she briefly shook his hand. “Mr. Giles, how well do you know this boy?”
“Well, I haven’t known him long. Just a few months, but I’ve become quite fond of him in that time. Why, what is going on?” Giles asked. Something told him this wasn’t just about the abuse Xander had suffered at the hands of his parents.
“We’ve found a match for Xander,” Doctor Jacobs said.
“That’s wonderful,” Giles said pleasantly. He was a little amazed at it though. He thought it would take longer.
“It is, but we do have a problem. You see, we found a donor that is near a perfect match for Xander. It’s way too close for it to be a match from a stranger,” the doctor said.
“You’re saying that the match you found is a family member?”
“Yes. It’s his father,” Ms. Williams said.
“I thought you said the Harris’ wouldn’t help,” Giles said. He was thoroughly confused now.
“No, it wasn’t from Tony Harris. Xander’s father is from Washington DC. We found him through the registry,” Doctor Jacobs said.
“Wait a minute, are you saying that Xander is adopted?” Giles asked surprised. He never knew Xander was adopted. He doubted Xander did either.
“No, he’s not adopted. We did some further checking and found that Xander was taken from his family many years ago,” Ms. Williams said.
“Are you saying that Xander was stolen?” asked a horrified Giles.
“Yes. Xander’s real name is Jonathan Gibbs. He’s been on a list for missing and exploited children for thirteen years.”