Disclosure part 3
“Chris, you know how you shot me? Well, now I’m hungry, feed me?” Xander gave the man a pitiful look as he came in with Abby’s support. Chris was taken aback by Xander’s teasing attitude.
“This is not a laughing matter, Xander.” Ezra was finding it hard to maintain his temper and his son wasn’t helping matters.
“I know, trust me I know, but I’m hungry, Dad. And weak from blood loss and I think Chris should start making it up to me.” Xander squeezed Abby’s shoulder. He knew the slayer was still on edge and it was time for some serious damage control. Everyone had their reasons getting into this situation but all they could do now was pick their way out of it.
“Xander, sit down before you fall down.” Josiah took charge. “Come on, JD, let’s put something together and then we’re all going to settle down and talk about this like adults.”
Xander stuck his tongue out at Josiah’s back, earning him a tut from Willow. He let them guide him to the sofa and found himself sandwiched between the two girls.
“I’m sorry, Xander” Chris took a chair across from the group on the couch.
“I know,” Xander was too tired to be that angry about it and it wasn’t like he couldn’t understand where Chris had been coming from. “and, for the record, thanks for trying to save me.”
Vin felt Ezra tense beside him. “I’d just give it up, Ez.” Vin tried to soothe his still angry friend.
“So, are you going to tell me what’s going on?” Chris decided to get the ball rolling.
“Yes. Just, let me work up to it. It’s going to be hard for you to accept but just remember what you’ve seen tonight.” Xander paused. “You’re not armed again yet? I don’t want another misunderstanding.”
Chris frowned, even as he shook his head negative. He was hardly going to make that mistake twice.
“Right. Er, Nate, Spike’s looking a bit peaky don’t you think? Maybe he’s a bit shocky.” Xander ignored Willow’s slap, exchanging a grin with the vampire as the medic reflexively went to check on him.
Nathan couldn’t deny the man was pale. He grasped the offered wrist and found the skin alarmingly cold. “JD, get me that blanket then make a hot, sweet tea.” Nathan was distracted by the snickers that broke out between Vin and JD so it took him a little longer to realise that he hadn’t actually felt a pulse yet. He shifted his fingers and pushed a little harder, still nothing.
Nathan frowned as the blond smirked before pulling Nathan’s hand up to his neck. The skin was still chilled and even as he searched for the carotid pulse it filtered into his mind that he hadn’t seen the man breathe.
Nathan’s hand fell away and he stepped back. “That’s not possible.”
“Nathan,” Xander waited until the man turned to look at him. “No knives, alright? Meet Spike, he’s a vampire.”
“Don’t be…” The twin denials from Chris and Nathan cut off as Spike vamped out.
Both men scrambled for something to use as a weapon but were halted by their team mates. The frozen tableau was interrupted by Buck’s arrival.
“Aw man, you started without me. Who won the pot?”