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"Alexander and his friends deserve the rest after what they have just done," Cassandra said as she watched her descendant fall asleep. "I just hope he receives it," she added.
"I agree, but like all things if something is supposed to happen it will," their lord countered. "Harry is hoping to start rebuilding as fast as possible which is good and he has chosen good people to lead the new government, who will not try and block the changes he wishes to make," he added. "Their ideas to help shield the charmed ones while they train Paige are also well thought out. While I agree with Prue that the First and Source will both be off balance by losing so many of their best demons I doubt it will stop them trying to strike at them," he stated, rubbing his chin while he thoughts things out.
"I agree my lord. I’m also pleased to see Alexander has decided to hold off on forming his alliance until he has dealt with Radrik," Cassandra responded. "Clearly his experiences with Voldemort have convinced him to deal with his main threat as soon as possible, rather than wait," she continued, which meant that Alexander would finally complete his quest and stop the destruction of their people.
"I agree there, he obviously doesn’t want Radrik to become a threat the likes of Voldemort," Tanith agreed with her. "Still I sense something is about to happen which will postpone that plan for a while," he told them with a frown. "I can't say what it is or where it is coming from, but I feel it approaching," he stated. "I also sense that is will pull Prue into it. Somehow she will be needed for whatever it is that is coming," he said, frustrated he couldn’t get a clear reading on what he was feeling.
The others shared a concerned look at this as they looked to Jonas who nodded, he too felt this disturbance. Cassandra quickly began checking the lines of fate around Alexander and his friends and soon noted a branching point leading somewhere else, but wherever it was it was well hidden.
She noted her lord had also sensed it by the look of his face and he quickly vanished obviously on his way to talk to fate who she hoped may have an idea about what it was they were sensing. She looked back at the viewing pool as Alexander slept and hoped whatever it was that was coming it wouldn’t prove more dangerous to what he had already gone through.
(Hogwarts, the next day)
Xander walked into the Great Hall feeling a hell of a lot better than he had last night. He was joined by Tara, Janna, Jessica, Susan and Harry all of whom had been cleared by Leo and Madam Pomfrey.
Sirius was quite annoyed that he would have to wait another day until he could leave the hospital ward which had amused Harry and Remus who took turns in winding him up about it before being kicked out by Madam Pomfrey, who did not appreciate the humor when people were still recovering.
They all came to stop as they noted a very large list which detailed all the people, no matter which race they belonged to, they had lost the day before. They all closed their eyes in prayer for their fallen comrades before sitting at one of the new tables in the enlarged hall for breakfast. They were joined quickly by Frank, Alice, Amy, Neville and Fleur, while Dumbledore and Amelia nodded their heads in greeting from the head table alongside Sir Integra and Jack Crow, who would be leaving with his team in the afternoon as would William Blake and his own team.
Jack had lost seven of his men while Blake had lost nine of his. Both would be recruiting new members from their organizations once they had returned to their base of operations. Vincent Wilson who was still in the hospital ward had lost five of his men and would be returning to the Hellmouth tomorrow alongside Buffy, Kendra and her group and would also be gaining some new members. Xander felt a little responsible for the deaths of these men, but he knew that they had chosen to be a part of this fight as had all the others who had fought and died in this war. He knew Harry had been feeling a similar feeling, but was also dealing with it better than he would have a couple of months ago.
"How is everything going?" Xander inquired as he placed some of the food on offer onto his plate.
"The final list of the dead has been posted in the entry way as you may have seen," Frank answered with a grim look. "We lost a total of just over a hundred people from our forces. All the bodies have been found and none were taken by Aragog and his family and was that creepy watching them take the dead Death Eaters away," he added with a shake of his head.
"Alucard left toward the charmed ones house as well as the land where the Vampires and Werewolves will live. Adrian went with him," Alice added. "He said he'd be back once he settled the Vampires down on their new land as one big clan," she went on. "The Goblins and Veela have already left, but Ragnok and Aria will be back tomorrow to start work in helping to rebuild the government as each will be one of the representatives chosen for the new Wizengamot, while two others will join the new government as well," she explained.
"Things will be rocky for a bit, but I am sure with Amelia, Dumbledore and Harry working on these things they will quickly get sorted out," Amy said as she ate her food.
"I have to agree, still there will be some people who will be resistant to these changes for some time I suspect," Xander said with a sigh. "I just hope they don't cause any more trouble for you," he added.
"I’m sure some will, but I think most just want peace," Harry agreed with him. "And I think most will just accept the changes just to get that peace," he added.
The others all nodded at this before continuing to eat their breakfast thinking over the whole thing. They were soon joined by the Halliwell's, Leo and Cole as well as Lilith and Seras.
The noise in the hall was quite loud considering all they had been through in the last month and they were all pleased to hear that there seemed to be no lasting effects to the younger children who had helped them fight yesterday. They all seemed to be just relieved that Voldemort and his army were no longer a threat to them or their families.
Xander once he had finished his breakfast leaned back into his chair and thought over his next move hoping dealing with Radrik would prove easier than what they had gone through in taking down Voldemort and his followers. He felt Tara's calming presence over the bond, even as Janna grabbed his hand and gave it a squeeze as she leaned her head on his shoulder. He closed his eyes and began to plan how he would get to Radrik as he suspected those who followed him would not allow to just walk up to him and challenge him.
"Prue, Alucard has left to ward your house already, so you guys can leave when you want to, although I was hoping you'd stick around for a few days," Xander finally said turning to face Prue.
"That's cool, we could use the rest as well," Prue said with a smile, hoping to continue to build up her friendship with Xander while trying to keep her attraction to him down. "Plus we have to work up a working schedule for training Paige in everything she will need to know as does Leo who will teach her to use her whitelighter powers," she continued.
"Excellent," Xander said with a smile, pleased he would have Prue and her sisters around for a bit longer as he had grown to really like her personality and trust her judgment.
He almost frowned when he felt a poke from Tara over the bond which alerted him to the fact that he was beginning to find the eldest Halliwell attractive. He sighed and was wondering why he seemed unable to stop himself falling for some of the women he had come into contact with lately. He knew he was pushing things as it was, but he quickly calmed down with a little push from Tara.
He looked up as Dumbledore stood and clapped his hands gaining everyone's attention.
"First I would like to announce that from this point on until the government and Wizengamot have been rebuilt I will be stepping down as headmaster of Hogwarts," Dumbledore informed the large crowd, smiling as most of the children shouted in disapproval at this news. "Professor McGonagall will assume the role of headmistress with professor Flitwick as her deputy. I’m sure you will aid them in helping to bring the school back to its former glory after Umbridge's decrees," he stated. "Your former professors will be returning tomorrow aside from Severus Snape, who it turns out was a Death Eater and a loyal follower of Voldemort," he continued. "Second new classes will be opened by the start of the new year with special teachers installed in them. A new teacher will take on the role of history of magic as well as muggle studies and potions so you will actually learn proper information," he went on with a smile at the cheer from most of the student body. "Lastly I would like to say how proud I’m of all of you from your steadfast belief in our cause and in the defense of Hogwarts and our way of life. You have helped us end the threat of Voldemort forever and you have helped Harry Potter put his past to rest and begin a new life," he paused for a few seconds as people began clapping. "Also it has been decided that a monument will be built on the main field in memory of those who lost their lives during the battle and I would like to take this time to ask for two minutes silence in memory of those people," he finished.
Everyone quieted down and began to remember all the people they had lost, not matter the race they had been allies and friends and they would be missed.
Xander was happy to see Dumbledore wasn’t hanging around and was already moving to bring in the new changes the magical world needed and he could see those here were looking forward to those changes.
Finally after the two minutes had ended people began to leave the hall to do their own things. Classes were suspended for two weeks and students had been given leave to visit their families while the school was sorted out and the old teachers who had been fired by Umbridge were brought back and the new teachers arrived to take up their roles.
"What will you do Harry?" Xander asked his friend who was smiling at Fleur and Susan who were sitting opposite him.
"I don't know. I really have no clue now that I don't have to deal with Voldemort and classes have been suspended for two weeks," Harry replied.
"Oh we have something to do Harry. We're going to be paying the Dursley's a visit somewhere this week to discuss their guardianship and their treatment of you," Alice told her godson. "Sirius and I have agreed the sooner we deal with them the better and they will not be escaping what they've done to you without punishment," she promised, still feeling sick at what she had learned from Fleur about Harry's childhood years.
Harry went to protest, but quickly quieted down when he saw the looks on his godmother's face as well as Fleur, Susan and Hermione's. He just nodded his head, personally he would feel better never seeing them again, but he could understand why Alice, Sirius and the others wanted to do this.
"Well kid we're going to get off now. I have to file a report on all this and don't worry I will make it clear to my bosses these people are not a threat," Jack said as he and Father Adam walked over to their table. "I think considering what we helped advert they will leave you alone as well as take into account the asset you'd be if we form an alliance with you," he added.
"You take care Jack and watch your back," Xander said as he stood and shook both men's hands. "This war is just about to change and we're going to need you when it does," he added.
"Don't worry about me kid, I'd be more worried about your own back with the First and Source after your blood," Jack responded with a grin.
"True enough, thanks for all your help Jack, we couldn't have done it without you," Xander said as Harry got up and shook their hands as well.
"Anytime kid anytime," Jack said with a nod at the others before moving to his men and getting them ready to move out.
Xander stopped Father Adam as he moved to pass and moved him away from the table to have a quick word, watched by Janna, Tara and Lilith all who quickly became puzzled when the priest began to laugh and smile before nodding his head before joining Jack and the rest of team Crow as well as Dumbledore who would be supplying them with portkeys to get back to their hotel in Mexico where their trucks were.
"What was that about Alex?" Janna asked as he sat back down, noting Tara was now smiling as well.
"Plans for the future Janna and something I should have done back in Sunnydale before everything got heavy," Xander answered.
"Tara what is it? Come on you know exactly what's going on in his head," Lilith asked also very curious to know what these plans were.
"Ask yourself this why else would I need to talk to a priest where it concerns you three," he said with a smile before quickly getting up and leaving the table, joined by Harry and some of the others.
"He doesn't mean what I think he does, does he?" Janna asked shocked when she came to the answer of Xander's question. The shock was mirrored on Lilith's face as well while Tara just smiled more warmly.
"He does mean what you think. He intends to marry all three of us even though by right of the bond me and Alexander are already man and wife," Tara finally answered. "And I would not be surprised if a fourth wife turns up eventually," she said with a smirk.
"Let me guess… Prue, right?" Janna suggested, not surprised by this news considering the looks the two had given each other since they had met up, yet this time she felt no fear or anger at all as she found peace with the fact that her boyfriend and future husband loved three other women as well as her.
"Yes Prue," Tara agreed. "It's a small attraction right now, but it will grow the more time they spend together. They get on so well so it's no surprise an attraction is forming," she added.
"Prue likes him which is why she agreed to stay for a few days," Lilith said, not minding this turn of events as she liked Prue and the idea of Xander actually wanting to marry her had burned away any fear she may lose her friend if things didn’t work out.
The three women talked for a bit longer before leaving to go in search of Xander and the others, each wondering when Xander planned to ask them to marry him. Even Tara found she couldn’t get a clear answer and laughed when Xander told her it was going to be a surprise.
Cassandra was, to say the least, surprised by this turn of events. She had expected Alexander to marry Janna at some point, but she hadn’t expected him to also plan to wed Tara and Lilith as well, not that she minded. She was also surprised to see the three girls discussing Alexander's growing attraction to Prue without any anger or fear and almost laughed when Tara had suggested that the eldest Halliwell would become Alexander's fourth wife in the near future with complete certainty of her statement.
It was clear to her that Prue had developed an attraction to Alexander, but she was unsure how far that attraction went, but she would be stupid to ignore Tara's insight due to her far sight ability. She looked to where her lord usually stood, but so far he hadn’t come back from visiting Fate about the new danger they had sensed and she worried what news he would bring back once he did return.
"Alexander's love life seems to love being complicated," Jonas laughed at the scene that had just played out.
"It does, doesn't it and yet the women he has fallen for helps him to be a stronger person and I’m sure if Tara's insight is correct and Prue does end up as another lover and then wife she too will aid him in being a better person and one we should not fear losing to the darkness as long as they are with him," Tanith agreed.
"However the more reliant he becomes on them the more danger we face of losing him should any of them be killed, bar Tara because as we know should she die he dies as well," Cassandra reminded them, sobering their thoughts. "No we should not get complacent just yet. Until we know what this new problem is we should keep our eyes open," she added as she watched William Blake and his team leave with Leo. First to the Hellsing manor to recruit some new members and then back to the Hellmouth where they would be joined by Buffy, Kendra and her group the next day as well as Vincent Wilson and his team once he was allowed out of the hospital ward.
Xander sat in one of the empty classrooms thinking over his plans once again. The castle was beginning to empty as their allies left to return to their homes and the students left to visit their families. Dumbledore, Amelia and Frank had left as well to begin the process of rebuilding the government alongside some of the order like Moody, while Shacklebolt would join them in two days, once he had fully recovered from his wounds during the battle.
He smiled as he recalled that Father Adam had agreed to perform his weddings to Janna, Tara and Lilith when it was time. He looked forward to that, but he would hold off until Radrik had been dealt with as he knew it would not be fair to marry them only to make them widows should he fall to Radrik. As for Prue he had picked up Tara's conversation with Janna and Lilith on this subject and had been surprised by the lack of any fear or anger, especially from Janna, but he wouldn’t be making any moves towards her until he felt something stronger for her.
He looked up as he was joined by Harry, Fleur , Susan, Tara, Jessica, Janna, Lilith and the sisters, Leo and Cole who were all talking between themselves about something, but before anyone could say anything a bright light began to form around Xander, Tara and Prue before they vanished, shocking the others into silence.
"What the hell was that?" Harry asked in surprise. "Where did they go?" he asked again.
"I don't know, but we better summon father back he may be able to contact Alexander over their link. Leo, can you sense them?" Lilith responded in confusion at what had just happened.
"Yes, but I can't seem to orb to them," Leo replied. "It's like something is blocking me," he added with a frown.
"No one panic at least they are still in our dimension and our world. Now I have already summoned father, Leo maybe you should see if your bosses know anything," Lilith suggested to which the whitelighter nodded and orbed out.