Alternate contrary to popular belief
Disclaimer: I don’t own any of them. I’m just playing with other’s creations.
Summary: this is an alternate continuation of contrary to popular belief without the threesome pairing. This is Dean/Xander slash. This starts off where chapter 7 of CtPB left off.
Dean gave Faith the stink eye after everyone else left the garage.
“Lighten up Dean. I’m not trying to steal your boyfriend. I was just giving you a reason to kiss him senseless. The show was worth it too,” teased Faith as she smirked at him.
“Well, I suppose I could forgive you for frenching my boyfriend,” announced Dean before he frowned and continued, “You know I’ve never had any need to say that before and I’m thinking it should have been really fucking weird but it wasn’t.”
Faith snorted before saying, “That’s cause it’s Xander. Boytoy can get you to say things you’re fuckin’ uncomfortable thinking let alone saying out loud. Even when he’s not around you end up talkin’ about shit with other people like now.”
Dean frowned again and said, “Guess I’m going to have to get used to chick-flick moments aren’t I?”
Faith laughed at his pouting face and said, “Yep. We were teasing about the Scooby openness with sex. They don’t share that stuff but they do share a hell of a lot of chick-flickery and feelings. We cleared the air last week and B, Red and Little D are prone to bouts of weepy shmoopiness. It’s unavoidable even X has his moments.”
Faith and Dean spent the rest of the day cracking jokes and repairing the other cars.
The next day after breakfast Giles called Xander to his office. When he entered Giles’s office, he took note of the fact that Athena was seated across from Giles. He asked, “What’s the what G-man?” as he took the open seat next to Athena.
Giles raised an eyebrow at the nickname but ignored it for once as he said, “Athena would like to talk with you and test some things out.” He left the two of them alone in his office.
Xander narrowed his eye in suspicion and asked, “Why?”
Athena cleared her throat and said, “Willow and Rupert have shared some tales with me and as I’ve retired from leading the coven, I find myself with a plethora of free time and nothing to do with it. I have a theory about why you are a so called demon magnet and I wish to confirm it.”
Xander had looked like he was entirely focused on Athena when she spoke but he’d seen Giles’s tenseness as well as the glance they had shared before Giles left them alone. He knew she wasn’t lying but she wasn’t telling the whole truth either. “I may be missing an eye but I’m not blind so what’s the other reason?”
Athena grinned cheerfully and clapped her hands in satisfaction before answering, “You have two Talents. I can see them both in your Aura. You used one talent just now and have been using the other Talent passively the entire time I’ve been here. Your shielding is impressive. It makes you appear as though you have no Talent unless you are actively using one. I’ve never seen these particular two Talents within the same person before either.”
Xander cocked his head to the side in confusion and asked, “What do you mean by ‘Talents’ because I can practically hear the capitalization in your voice and I don’t have any mystical talents as shown by how wonky magic goes around me. And I can’t have the shields you’re talking about with the way I get possessed.”
“Actually it explains everything. The Talents I’ve seen in your Aura are Empathy and Truth Seeing. Your empathy has been active for most of your life if not all of it. Your shields have protected you from being infected by the hellmouth miasma. The Truth Seeing is rather knew. You may have had flashes of it before but from what I can see it only been fully open within the past few months or so.”
Xander snorted in response and said, “That doesn’t really help explain anything and I don’t have any Talents. I’m just normal old me, I’m not special and I don’t want it.”
Athena sighed and said, “Your empathy is how you managed to save Willow when all else failed. The Truth Seeing will come in handy later I’m sure. I’ve watched you with your friends and the young slayers, and you use your empathy to keep the peace.”
Xander’s face paled and took on a panicky expression before he blurted, “How do I stop? I don’t want to control or manipulate them. That’s major badness!”
Athena felt relief at Xander’s genuine distress before she spoke, “Calm down Alexander, the only time you have ever actively influenced someone was when you brought Willow down from the edge of the Abyss. I should have phrased that better, what I should have said was; you use your empathy to understand what they are feeling, not by influencing them to feel something else. The slayers, being mystical in origins, can sense that you care for them, but you aren’t manipulating them into returning the feelings. I have some spells I want to test on you if that’s alright.”
Xander regained some color but still looked skeptical when he nodded his permission.
Athena spent the rest of the morning preforming spells and tests on Xander.
After they finished the tests, Athena explained the results.
“Truth Seeing is an instinctive ability. It can’t be taught, not even by someone with the ability. You will just have to muddle along as you have been but remember to mention when it happens. Your Empathy is also stable. You may not have consciously been aware but you did learn to control it. Now that your shields are under your conscious control I can teach you a trick to keep you from being overwhelmed like you were last week.” Athena showed him what to do.
“Anything else we need to do my fair witchy Queen?” asked Xander after he got the trick of it down.
She grinned before becoming serious and answering, “Yes there is one other thing I wish to do. You don’t have to but I would like to do a Charting of the Bonds ritual.”
Xander tilted his head in thought before asking, “What is it and why?”
“It is what it sounds like. It’s a ritual that will map the bonds that exist between you and everyone else. It also describes what kind of bonds you share,” she paused to take a deep breath before continuing, “Even before Rupert called me, I felt drawn here. I had already handed over leadership to my second and plan to start a coven here with Willow and any others that wish to join. I won’t be leaving anytime soon. I want to help all of you in any way I can.”
After thinking it over, Xander announced, “I don’t mind but you have to help me explain this to everyone else when we’re done.”
Athena cast a warding on the office to keep anyone from interfering. She pulled all the necessary items from a purse that reminded Xander of Mary Poppins’ carpet bag. She chanted, calling on three separate goddesses before finishing with, “So mote it be.” A light flared before Xander’s eye blinding him for a minute. When he could see again there was a slim leather bound book resting in Athena’s hands.
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