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Xander sat in the car and waited for Louise to finish in the motel. It wasn't long until she stepped out and walked over to where Xander was waiting. She hopped in, gave him a smile and said "ok, lets go."
He smiled to her as he pulled out into the morning traffic. "So, where are we headed?"
Louise thought for a second and then replied "Do you have anywhere you can park this car for quite awhile?"
Xander mulled it over then said, "My uncle's. It's only a few minutes from here, why?"
She looked over to him and grinned evilly, "It's training time."
Xander gulped, then spoke in a slightly unsure voice, "Yes Ma'am"
1630 Revello Drive.
Buffy froze briefly as it registered that Willow had entered the bathroom and was now staring at her. Buffy snapped out of it and immediately covered herself with her towel. "Willow! Get out of here!" she snapped.
Willow came back to herself and flushed bright red. "S..s..sorry" and started leaving, but couldn't help but take one last look at the slayer's legs as she rushed from the bathroom.
Buffy stood there as several different emotions crashed through her. Shock, Lust from her earlier thoughts, confusion and above all embarrassment that Willow had seen her naked. Buffy tried to rein in her emotions and as she did so the memory of Willow flashed through her mind and it occurred to her that Willow had been aroused at the sight of her naked form. "Oh this is so not of the good." The sound of feet running down the stairs and then a moment later the sound of the front door slamming shut.
Buffy just stood there in relief because she didn't have to deal with Willow yet but she knew she would have to and soon. "Shit...shit...shit" as she realized that it was going to be extremely awkward dealing with Willow. 'Well, you could always seduce the girl'. Buffy's blood ran cold at what a not so nice part of her mind had just thrown up. "Oh that would be bad on sooo many levels." Buffy just sat down on the toilet and buried her face in her hands. "As if my life wasn't complicated enough!"
Xander got out of his car after parking behind his uncle Rory's house. Louise got out and grabbed her bag from the back seat, then looking to Xander she smiled and said "Are you ready?"
He nodded then looked quizzically to her as she walked around to him, "erm how are we getting there from here?" Louise grinned back to him "We're gonna be taking magical transport."
Xander gulped "Er..did I mention magic and I do not erm...get along?" She smiled then pulled him into an embrace, her lips finding his. Xander melted into the kiss and he suddenly felt so light he thought he was going to float away on the breeze.
Royston Mansion - Kielder Forest, Northern England.
Natalia threw off the covers and headed to her bathroom, stripping off. She stretched the kinks out of her back then turned the shower on. Once she'd set the water temperature to maximum she stepped in. Nat let the near boiling water cascade over her shoulders to easy away the tension that had built up from her last mission. After washing quickly she stepped out of the shower. She dressed quickly after toweling her self off.
Entering the large but homey kitchen she found her uncle, James Lea cooking a fry up as well as making a pot of tea. "Hey, thought you were gonna be sleeping." He said as she sat down at the table.
Nat sighed, "Yeah, that was the plan but Louise called and asked if you were around." Lea raised an eyebrow, "Why didn't she just pop over?"
The brunette girl just shrugged, "I don't think she was alone, I could hear breathing in the background plus the sound of distant traffic." After a moments thought she said, "I think she may be bringing someone with her, just a feeling from the under tones in her voice, she seemed slightly stressed or she just got laid."
A smirk crossed Lea's face, "ten quid she just got laid." Natalia snorted, "I'm not taking that bet, what do you think I am, a suckerrrr?"
Lea chuckled, "Want some food?" Nat nodded as she headed over and pulled a mug from the cupboard, then proceed to make her self a cup of tea.
He looked up to Nat, "Could you tell anything from the breathing you heard?"
She shook her head, "Not much, sounded very healthy. Was kinda pissed off I'd been woken, so I really didn't give her much chance to talk...I'll apologize when she gets here."
Lea nodded as he dished food onto a plate and then handed it to her. "Yep. We'll see when she gets here. By the way did you nick one of my Katanas?"
Nat shook her head, swallowing before answering. "Nope."
With a sigh he sat down next to her with his own plateful of greasy heaven. "Probably Mick, wonder what poor soul he's dragged into our world this time!"
Outside Royston Mansion.
Xander felt Louise's lips leave his. Opening his eyes he looked into hers. She kissed his nose briefly then said, "We're here."
He looked around and his jaw dropped. Before him stood a huge three floor mansion that seemed to have over thirty five windows in the front alone, each side of the central part of the building had a wing. The building was made out of red brick with carved stone sections arranged for best effect. The main door sat atop of a stone stairway.
Xander gaped at the building. "Wow, this place is huge."
Louise grinned. "Come on, you have to meet my brother." Taking his hand she led Xander up the stair way and into the the mansion. Once inside she called out, "Anyone home?" One word came drifting back from the depths of the building. "kitchen."
Xander walked through the old building with his eyes bugging out at the paintings that lined the walls. They seemed to show an ancient family that stretch back over a thousand years. Louise gently squeezed his hand as they continued through her families home. He noticed there also seemed to be the smell of fried bacon.
James Lea glanced over to Nat. "Yep, she brought someone with her...male...and one of us."
Natalia raised an eyebrow, "There hasn't been a new male since Sabrina had Paul...She really must have liked this guy."
Lea just shrugged "Well, We'll find out soon enough."
Louise walked in pulling a nervous looking young man by the hand.
Xander looked around the kitchen and was surprised just how normal it looked when compared to what he'd seen of the rest of the house. Sitting at the table were a big man with jet black hair and the bluest eyes he'd ever seen and extremely handsome. Xander would have immediately labeled him a jock except for the kindness in his eyes. Then there was the brunette girl who had the same blue eyes as the man. She was stunning, perhaps the most beautiful girl he'd ever seen. She even made Cordelia look plain. It took all of his willpower to wrench his eyes away from her.
Both Lea and Nat waved to him. Lea grinned and said "Welcome to the Nuthouse." Standing up Lea stuck out his hand, "Call me Lea."
Xander reached over and shook Lea's hand. "Please call me Xander."
Natalia grinned and got up from her seat and gave Xander a hug. "Ignore the big lug. Welcome to the family."
Once she'd released him from the hug she smiled and said. "I'm Natalia, but call me Nat." Taking his hand she guided him to an empty seat at the table. With a grin she strongly hinted that he should take a seat. "Xander are you hungry?" He nodded, not trusting his brain and mouth to work together.
Nat just smiled, resting a hand on his shoulder she looked over to Lea and gave him a questioning look. Lea just raised an eyebrow and chuckled, "Xander, would you like a fry up?"
Xander nodded to him, "Please."
Lea smiled, then got up and headed to the fridge.
Louise smiled as she watched the interaction between Xander and her family. She then said. "Lea would it be possible for you to train Xander, he really needs to learn how to defend himself against the supernatural." Lea looked back over his shoulder as he placed the ingredients for the fry up on the counter. Turning around he looked at Xander.
Xander felt like he was being put under a microscope from the way the big guy was studying him. Lea then grinned and nodded. "Yes, I'll train him."
Before turning back around to prepare Xander's food he said. "Xander, it will not be easy and at times you'll probably wish you'd never come here but I can turn you into a warrior. Do you want that? There will be no going back once you've started."
Xander gulped, then straightened up saying, "I want to be able to help Buffy and to help protect my friends."
Lea turned around again and locked eyes with Xander, then he simply nodded. And returned back to his cooking.
The Espresso Pump, Sunnydale.
Buffy sat down at one of the small tables, placing her coffee down carefully. The look on her face showed concentration with just a hint of concern. She then sighed and started to look around her, she spotted what she was looking for. A so called hottie. Buffy lightly studied the girl and searched her feelings for any reactions only to discover that there wasn't any. Not even a flicker. Buffy laughed to herself and felt a little foolish. Grinning to herself she took a sip of her coffee with just a hint of relief. It was then she caught sight of Cordelia carrying a brown bag in her arms. Buffy watched Cordelia and deep inside she could feel her self getting warm and tingly, the pleasant tingle spread through out her body as she continued to watch Cordy. Buffy realized she couldn't get enough of the sight of the brunette. After a couple of minutes Cordelia walked out of view. Which left a rather confused Buffy.
Buffy was so lost in thought trying to figure out her feelings she didn't notice that Willow had come up to her table.
Willow briefly watched her best friend, her face getting redder and redder with each passing moment, until she couldn't take it anymore and said "ErrrrBuffy..."
Buffy's head spun around at the sound of her name and then went bright red at the sight of Willow, then it occurred to her that Willow could have seen her checking out Cordelia, which made her face flush even more. "Hi Wills." She squeaked out. After taking a deep breath she said, "Wills, please stay, don't leave. I'm sorry I yelled at you earlier, I didn't mean too. I was just surprised....sorry."
Willow smiled shyly and said "Sorry, I really didn't mean to interrupt you while you were having a shower." She then sat down across from Buffy.
Buffy smiled and then said, "hold that thought, don't move." She got up and headed for the counter.
Willow watched Buffy walk away and without realizing it her focus was Buffy's shapely back that led to her pert rear. Willow sighed, which caught her attention to what she'd been doing and went bright red again. She was glad Buffy hadn't noticed her checking her out.
After a few moments Buffy returned with Willow's favourite coffee and a very sticky donut. Buffy placed both in front of her best friend and sat down next to Willow.
Willow gave Buffy a huge smile and gently bumped the slayer with her side. "Thank you."
Buffy smiled back and returned the gentle bump but instead of pulling away she kept her side pressed against Willow.
Willow flushed slightly but instead of pulling away she Lent into Buffy.
Taking a sip from her coffee Buffy thought about just how comfortable she was with Willow now that she wasn't panicking about being seen naked. Buffy smiled slightly and her face flushed a little. She tried to think about something else. Then she said the first thing that came to her mind, "So, are you seeing Oz tonight?"
Willow shook her head then replied "Naa, he's got a few gigs in Oxnard, so he'll be away for a few days, he's supposed to come back Friday night, so I won't see him until Saturday at the earliest."
With a sigh Willow continued, "It hasn't been the same since the fluke thing with Xander...I don't know if we'll ever get back to normal."
Buffy wrapped her arm around Willow's shoulders, pulling her into a one armed hug. Willow let herself be pulled into Buffy's side and then rested her head on the blonde's shoulder. Willow whispered almost to herself. "Can I still stay at your place tonight?"
Buffy thought quickly before saying. "of course you can Wills."
Xander smiled as he finished off his large breakfast, which had come with a large mug of tea. To his surprise it had tasted alot better than the tea that Giles usually had. Looking to Lea with the tea still in his hand he said to Lea, "Thank you, that was delicious."
Lea grinned and nodded his head towards Xander.
Louise watched how Xander had fitted right in with her family, then with a mischievous grin and a sideways look over to Lea and she said "So, when are you starting Xander's training?"
Lea ignored the way she had asked him and decided to treat it as a serious question. "Training tomorrow, evaluation this afternoon. I want to see what he knows but more importantly I want to see how he moves."
Louise frowned slightly, then said, "Well I gave him some mind to mind training after I Blood Bonded him."