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They had already done their training for the day and now they were being tutored by their translators. There was nothing to do; there was no TV because he couldn't stand to watch TV in a language he couldn't understand. He had brought a couple of books with him, but he had already read them. The next time they went into the city he was going to have to buy one he reminded himself. Rona and Kris were sparring and Xander had already done his personal exercise of the day, which was separate from training the girls.
So that left Xander with nothing to do and so nothing he did, except for starring at the ceiling in his room. He missed his girls Buffy, Dawn, Willow, and Giles too. He still talked to them a lot on the phone, but it had been quite a while since he had seen any of them in person. The longer he went without seeing the harder and easier it was, it was a strange concept for him. Harder because he missed them and easier because he was starting to miss them less, this scared him a little bit. He didn't really like thinking about that.
He looked at the time, hoping it would be one of the times he could get one of his girls on the phone or on a video chat but it wasn't. He got pretty tired pretty quick of feeling this way, so he got off his feet and decided to go into the common room which was the kitchen and a living room with a lot of couches in it. He looked at all his girls some were reading. Chipo and Faiza were attempting to communicate with each other which didn't seem to be too well, but it was going much better than it would if he were the one trying to communicate. Damasi was dancing to what surprisingly was Brittany Spears.
"Damasi." she turned to him and Xander suddenly realized he had nothing to say, nothing she would understand anyways her translator was not around. So Xander just gestured that she could go, which apparently she got because she left. Xander was tired of this, not being able to talk to any of his slayers since they all spoke different languages and came from different parts of Africa. Unless he was to learn all those languages, there was not much he could do about it. This trip to the common room only got him from one subject he didn't really like thinking about, to another he wasn't all fond of.
He laid down on one the couches and listened to Chipo's and Faiza's conversation, other than a few words he picked up, it was essentially just white noise. Xander listened to the conversation for a minute then it stopped he looked up and saw that they had stopped talking to each other. He sighed and closed his eyes again. He felt someone staring at him, not too much longer after that. He almost didn't want to open his eyes, but he was their watcher he had to take care of them even when he rather not. He opened his eyes to see Rona standing above him.
"Are you okay Xander?" her stance was casual despite the fact he knew she had several weapons on her at all times, so did he if he thought about it, anyways she had asked him a question and since Rona was usually the person who was nicest to him he would answer it honestly.
"Other then I can't directly talk to any of my slayers except you and Kris I'm peachy."
"Well sooner or later you'll take them back to Cleveland and then you won't have to worry about it anymore."
"Yeah but that's not for a very long time, I have to get them trained as good as I can and then they go get supertrained or whatever."
"This doesn't have anything to do with that does it?" oh she knew him so well.
"I miss my girls and the longer I miss them the less I miss them."
"Why don't you call them?"
"Because I can only call them at specific times and most of them are when we're busy."
"Xander...when is the next time you can call them?"
"Um during patrol is my window to call Willow and my window to call Buffy was during training." Rona smiled.
"I'll take them patrolling tonight."
"What Rona no it's my-"Rona put her hand up and interrupted.
"I'm a slayer, I can protect them and you need to get your head on straight so you can better watch over us."
"I.." Xander never got his argument out because Rona said in a no-nonsense voice.
"It's not negotiable, I will lead patrol and you will stay and talk to Willow okay?" Xander knew that there was no way he would win this argument and honestly he didn't really want to, he really just wanted to talk to Willow. He nodded and Rona smiled and moved off again. He smiled, the reality settling in, he was actually going to see Willow tonight it made everything not seem so bleak.
Of course when it was time for patrol later on, he definitely wasn't feeling so relaxed as he had been earlier that day. He had never not been there before for at least one of the groups when they patrolled, it felt weird and wrong that he would be staying here while the others went out and risked their lives. All the Slayers were standing in front of him at the moment, their translator weren't there, they had only gone patrolling once, Xander hadn't been able to get them to go again. They had just taught the girls enough words in English to be able to get them fight together. Not exactly the best system but the translators were still teaching them English and hopefully communication would become easier with time. Kris broke him out of his thoughts.
"So were going to go now okay?"
"Alright you got your stakes and knifes right?"
"Xander we'll be fine, it's not our first patrol." Kris said.
"I know that, it's just the first time I won't be there with you and by your side and what if something happens to you and I'm not-"Rona held up her hand
"Xander we'll be okay."
"Are you sure?"
"Yes we'll be fine, won't we Kris." she said elbowing Kris and looked up at him and put on a false smile.
"Yeah we'll be fine, no worries." his worries didn't abate in the slightest but he reminded himself that he was the only non-slayer in the group, and if they did get into trouble there wasn't much he could do that they couldn't do better.
"Alright." Kris smiled and started heading out of the house the others slayers following her all except for Rona. She gave Xander a look and asked.
"Are you going to be okay without us?"
"Yeah just need to get rid of my heart attack is all." Rona smiled.
"We'll be back soon and safe, me and Kris will make sure of it." she headed out as well and Xander collapsed onto the couch. He was a bad watcher; he was just letting his girls out there without him. But it was only for tonight and he was going to be able to talk to Willow, still the guilt from leaving his girls alone made it kind of hard to look forward to talking to Willow. However that didn't stop him from worry about his girls on patrol every minute until it was actually time, they had one computer in the house and it was in his room. He logged into the computer and waited until he saw Willow come on. Suddenly he could see her starring back at him. He couldn't help the grin that spanned his face and hers looked very similar to his.
"Willow it's been awhile."
"Yeah I was about to send an angry letter."
"Well now you won't have to, sorry Wills I usually have to patrol about his time."
"Well then I should switch things around and..." she trailed off and Xander saw Kennedy stepped up.
"Hey Kennedy." he said giving a wave with a smile. He didn't like her, he found her bratty but as long as he made Willow happy he wasn't going to say anything about his dislike. Although apparently she was toning down her brattyness a bit from what he heard, his girl Willow was rubbing off on her. Still she was butting into the conversation and he hadn't talked to her in several weeks.
"Xander." she said with a nod.
"So how's Brazil?"
"Good, sorry I didn't mean to interrupt I just wanted to talk to Willow but I'll wait till. She’s done." she stood up and walked away. After she was gone for a several moments Xander asked.
"Is she gone?" Willow looked off camera then back and nodded.
"So how are you and Kennedy? “he asked.
"Good." she lied terribly.
"Willow." he told her in a tone that stated he knew she was lying.
"Xander we haven't talk in ages we can..."
"Willow." he interrupted.
"Okay...it's just I don't know...now that we together..."her eyes went off camera" I'll be right back." she got up from the chair and in a few seconds was back.
"I don't know we're not clicking as well as we used to, now that we're more alone but I don't know it could be because of different things. We're both in a foreign country, with a foreign language, and lot of new people and things are just different." having two girls as best friends made him a lot more qualified for girl talk then he liked to admit normally.
"Do you still have feelings for her?"
"Well yeah but I don't know, it's not that easy. We're fighting all the time lately, and sometimes it just doesn't seem worth it."
"But sometimes it does?"
"Yeah but more times than not, it seems like too much work."
"Relationships need work sometimes."
"And sometimes you need to just end it."
"Which are you thinking about?"
"I'm not sure at this point." she said with a shake of her head. "But I'll figure it out. What about you? Are you in a relationship?
"I'm in Africa those who do speak English I can't really think about dating since we're going to coming back a little while. So unless I want to date the translators which are all old and male I'm kind of in a dry land."
"What about Kris?"
"What?" he said after a long moment.
"You do like her." he shook his head.
"Even if I did it doesn't matter, I'm in a position of authority over her and I can't."
"But you won't be forever, once they're back over here you won't be."
"That's months away and...let's not talk about this okay?"
"Alright." Willow agreed. "What do you wanna talk about instead?"
"Um really anything else." Willow smirked and Xander knew he should have chosen his words better. He heard the door open and someone off camera talking to Willow from her end, Willow turned to look at the person, he couldn't hear what the person was saying but soon Willow looked back at him.
"Uh Xander I've got to go."
"I'm glad we had a chance to talk."
"Me too I'll make sure we have time to talk like this more."
"Until next time?"
"See you then." then Willow disconnected. Xander sighed relieved, some of his anxieties and worries were lessened and he felt much more calm and collected. Rona was right, he had needed to talk to Willow and doing so would hopefully make him a better watcher for his girls. His train of thought was interrupted when he heard the door open. He looked at his watch it was slightly early for them to be coming back already, but not unheard of, still he made his way to the front room and watched Rona, Chipo, Faiza, and Uzuri standing in the common room, all looked they were about to burst out laughing.
"What's so funny?" he asked and Rona started laughing, apparently it was contiguous because once she started the other 3 laughed as well.
"Rona." she didn't respond to him for a minute, until she got herself under control. "Rona what happened, how did the hunt go?"
"Mine went fine but Kris's." she looked like she was fighting herself from laughing again.
"What happened to Kris?" he was a little worried, but not too worried if it were serious she wouldn't be laughing.
"She's outside trying to get it off."
"Get what off?" Rona just waved him to go outside and Xander guessed he should probably go out there and figure out what was going on. He went outside and saw Kris, Faiza, Jahia, Zalika, outside all covered in green slime they were trying to clean themselves off on rocks and scruffy brushes. He could see why the others had laughed; they did look quite funny trying to clean the slime off.
"Kris what happened?" he worked hard to keep his laugh in, but he couldn't keep the grin off his face. When he spoke Kris looked up from where she was trying use a rock to get slime off her legs.
"Slime demons, it just had to be slime demons."
"So it was slime demons." at her look Xander decided he had to shut up, if he wanted to survive.
"So what happened?" he asked again trying to sound as serious as he could manage.
"We walked into a slime demon nest and after we killed them, this is what we looked like." she said gesturing to herself and her outfit. He tried to remember what color it had been before the slime but he couldn't really remember.
"Oh." that was all he could think to say.
"And this slime won't come off!" she threw the rock she had been using quite a ways away with her slayer strength. He heard Faiza say something but he didn't understand it he looked to Kris and she shrugged her shoulders as well.
"So are you guys going to come inside?" Kris shook her head.
"They'll keep laughing at us, besides this slime is sticky we got stuck on a wall on the way back which is why they keep on laughing." he couldn't help but let a few chuckles out before Kris's look made him get it more under control.
"Kris you can't stay outside all night long."
"I know it's just I really like this shirt." Xander blinked wow that really came of left field. She shook her head.
"Don't ask." she said.
"Could you get us some towels?" she asked quietly looking down at the ground.
"Yeah I get them, don't go anywhere." he didn't look back to see her response. He made his way to the closest bathroom, there were only 3 bathrooms in this place and with 8 girls 6 translators and him that was not enough, not nearly enough. Fortunately the towels were in a closest outside the bathroom and not actually in the bathroom or he probably would have never gotten them. He grabbed a few towels and then suddenly burst into laughter, which he tried to cover up with his hand. He got over it quickly and made the return trip with the towels in hand.
He handed one to the each of the girls and watched them trying to clean off the slime on their clothes. They were having slightly more success with the towels then they had had with the rocks and bushes but still mostly the towels were now stuck to them. Xander sighed there was only one way to get stubborn slime off. It was only living on a hellmouth and having watched as once Buffy tried to get stubborn slime off that he had learned the secret.
"Alright everyone dirt baths, then real baths." Kris looked at him incredulously.
"You’re kidding right?"
"No it's the only way to get it off." he tried to keep his face serious but couldn't help it that his serious look kept morphing into a grin.
"I have to roll around in the dirt." she said slowly.
"Only if you want the slime off." Xander couldn't help that grin on his face it had been funny watching Buffy roll around in the dirt back then as well.
"Sometimes I hate this job." she got down on the ground and started rolling. Xander couldn't help but laugh and it didn't help things when his laughing brought the other girls outside again.
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