Phoenix Risings: Necro-Gate (3/?)
Title: Phoenix Risings: Necro-Gate
Chapter Number: 1
Author: White Werewolf
Category: Buffy/Xander, Eric/Faith, Sam/Daniel (Maybe), Gabrielle/Joxer
Spoilers/Timeframe: All I know for sure it is after "Becoming Part 2."
Disclaimer: I don't own anything but the ideas and my computer.
Summery: After Buffy leaves Sunnydale, Xander decides to go looking for her. On the other side of the universe, Ninedinna wants the book she created...the Necronomicon Ex Mortis: the Book of the Dead.
Author Notes: This part is just a prologue to the Phoenix Risings Trilogy; which is in turn the starting fic to a huge series. This is the third part of the trilogy. It will be mainly focused on the Buffy/Xander relationship and it will be housing many crossovers.
Special Thanks: Danii, Tenhawk, Teri, Silent Bob Foley, and X-Lander
Buffy: the Vampire Slayer
Hercules: the Legendary Journeys
Xena: Warrior Princess
Boy Meets World
Cameo Crossovers will suddenly appear. Take a read, and see if you can spot one.
"Welcome to casa de Xander, Buff. Current population is one, but I'm always looking for roommates." He said with his eyebrows wiggling.
She whacked him upside the head, "You pig."
He shrugged, "Well, all I can say is oink oink."
She giggled, "You definitely are a pig."
Xander smiled, "Would you have me any other way?"
Buffy shook her head, "Not at all. I'm talking to the superior Xander. I accept no substitutes."
He sighed, "Guess you're stuck with me."
"C'mon, we gotta talk."
She nodded as Xander opened his door. He immediately turned on the lights and allowed Buffy to come inside.
Her eyes widened as she saw the apartment. "You live here?"
He grinned, "Yeah. I know the landlord and he hooked me up. He gave me a deal for this place based on my predicament. So, I got a sweet deal."
His friend smiled, "That's cool. It's all about connections."
Xander nodded, "You bet it is. You want something to drink?"
Buffy shook her head, "No, thanks. I want to get started."
He motioned to the couch, "Sure. Let's sit down."
Together, the two friends sat down, not knowing how to start. But both wanting to be completely honest. It was the best way to get through this conversation, and knowing what the other person was truly capable of only wanted them to tell the truth more.
Xander took a deep breath and was about to speak, when Buffy did. "First of all, Xander. I want to thank you."
He showed a confused look for a brief second, "Thank me? You don't ha-"
She interrupted him, "No, I do. I want to thank you for coming to LA and looking for me. I always knew you cared about me, but I just didn't know how much."
He was surprised she was saying this, but maybe Buffy was right. Maybe these three weeks did her well. It most definitely helped him.
Xander said simply, "I love you, Buffy."
She grinned, "I love you too, Xander. You're my best friend. The one person who would go at any length to find me. You would go at any length to protect me."
The boy said, "I don't want to see you die, Buffy. I already saw that happen to you, and I lost it."
She agreed, "Same here. I saw you dead at the cabin, and it hurt me at the core. I never had an experience where my best friend died. It hurt."
Xander nodded, "It does hurt, Buffy. But I'm grateful that you came back to us."
"And I'm grateful you came back to life."
He stated, "Well, we both died, came back to life, and are grateful that the other person survived."
"Nothing wrong with being grateful, Xander. I should've been more grateful to you in the past."
A smile was made, "Part of growing up is knowing when to become grateful. It's the journey that life is all about. We keep wanting to improve ourselves in order to have happier lives."
She nodded and grasped his right hand, "Xander, you've done a lot for me over the past few years, and I've hurt you. I called you 'one of the girls,' and I sexy danced you to make Angel jealous. You saw Angel as he really was, a vampire."
He shook his head, "Seeing Angel as a vampire is something that comes natural to me. But to be fair to you, you fell in love with him before you knew what he was. That wasn't you're choice. You don't chose who you fall in love."
The blond sighed, "I know, Xander. I know. But as soon as I found out what he was, I wanted not to be involved with him. I didn't want to date a vampire, but my heart wouldn't allow it." Tears started to glisten in her eyes, "I wanted to find some happiness. I'm a girl who's destined to have a short life. I just want to find some happiness to make me feel better about who I am."
Xander agreed, "I understand, Buffy. I understand that you love Angel."
She said sternly, "Loved. I loved Angel. He's dead now, Xander. There's no denying it. I loved him. It's over."
Xander nodded slowly, "Loved or love. You have a powerful heart Buffy and Angel was lucky to have it. He saw the wonderful person you really are, and that's who he fell in love with." (That's who I fell in love with.)
"Thank you." She wiped her eyes dry. "Thank you for saying that to me, Xan."
"It's the truth, Buffy. You have faults. We all do, but that's what makes us human. Angel may not have a human body, but he has a human soul. A soul that deserves to be loved. Everybody deserves to be loved."
"I know. But as soon as I ran that sword through his heart and sent him to hell, I shut down. And my mom told me that I wasn't allowed back in the house." Tears started to cascade down her cheeks, "you guys would've been mad at me for letting Drusilla do those things to you. There was nothing left for me in Sunnydale. I had to leave."
He took his thumb and dried her tears. "Buffy, you got hurt. We all do. But we could never hate you, Buff. You're mom was crying herself to sleep ever since you left. I know, because I called her. "
She gulped, "You talked to my mom?"
"And Giles. I had to tell them and let them know how my search was going. I couldn't let them cry every night. I just had to find you, Buffy. I had to make sure you were alright, that you weren't a meal for a vampire."
"Are they okay? I never meant to hurt them, Xander. I never meant to hurt anyone. I just needed to get away. I needed a new start."
He nodded, "They're fine. They'll be even more fine when you talk to them."
Gulping again, she said, "I'll talk to them. I'll do anything to make this easier."
Xander grinned, "Good to know. They deserve that much."
Suddenly she remembered something else, "What was the deal with the ghost?"
He answered, "The ghost was something that I had to stop in order to find you."
Buffy showed a confused look, "You had to stop a ghost in order to find me?"
Xander nodded and told her his tale. He told her about meeting Kevin Sorbo, Ash, Faith, and Wesley. He told her about meeting Lorne and what he predicted. The boy told her everything that had happened during the last three weeks. Everything except telling her who Kevin Sorbo really was. It wasn't his thing to tell.
And he didn't tell her about his family. Like he decided earlier, Buffy didn't need to know. It was always a sensitive subject, and talking about it was always hard. He didn't want to burden her with his problems. Right now, the goal was to get Buffy back to Sunnydale safe and sound.
She looked at the carpet, "You had quite an adventure, haven't you?"
Xander grinned, "You can say that. All these people have helped me find you, Buffy. Without them, I didn't think I would be ever to find you. They helped me at times when I thought I didn't have an answer. They showed me a lot of truths about myself and my heart."
"Intense," she said with a whisper. "and all I met was Gunn."
"Gunn?" Xander asked in confusion.
With that said, Buffy told him her tale. She told him about her life these past few weeks. She told him about getting a job, a place to stay, and meeting Charles Gunn. Buffy didn't tell him about Alex being her sprit guide because it was truly a personal matter. A matter that no one else should know. Not now anyway.
"You still went through a lot though, Buffy. And I'm guessing those three weeks also had a lot of self discovery."
Immediately, she thought, (You have no idea, Xand. You have no idea.) "There was some self discovery. Some realizations every now and then, but those I like to keep to myself."
Xander nodded, "You have every right not to tell me. Some things are hard to talk about and telling them to people would give them a huge burden. Talking about things are good and all, but everyone has their right to keep things to themselves."
She grinned, "Exactly, Xander. Did I ever tell you that you were wise beyond your years?"
He chuckled, "Nope. Never been known for my intelligence, Buff. You've seen some of my grades. I don't do well in school."
Buffy smiled, "There's a difference between book smarts and life smarts. Xander, you're a survivor. Someone who has done a lot of thing on their own, and part of the reason being that I hurt you over the years. You're incredibly smart, Xan. Never doubt that."
He chucked, "Yeah, I'm as smart as Smartfood. Small brain on the inside covered by a big white shell."
Sighing, Buffy said, "Smartfood nothing. Don't compare yourself to popcorn. There are big differences between you two."
"Yeah, although we're both good at movies. We make the whole movie experience worth while."
She giggled, "I'd have to agree with you there, Xander. But you are smart. Never doubt that."
Giving in, "Alright, alright. I'm smart." (No I'm not. I'm a lost cause. My dad was right. My life ain't worth shit. That's why you won't go out with me. Because I'm a loser. A loser who would never get a chance with you.)
Her voice brought him back to reality, "Sorry. Just thinking things."
Buffy nodded slowly, "Uh...huh." (What were you thinking, Xander? What is going on in that brain of yours?)
Xander looked at her eyes and saw them focusing on him, searching for something. But what? He didn't know.
For the next few moments, nothing was said. The two of them just sat on the couch looking everywhere but at each other.
"How about some TV?" Xander asked to fill the silence.
The young woman nodded, "TV is something I could definitely get into. I've been through a lot today."
"Same here, Buff. Same here."
Lisa fell to the ground with a thud.
Ryan, Richard, and Steve looked at each other in horror as they saw the blond woman jump out of the sarcophagus.
"How dare you disturb me?" She said sternly.
The three men stepped a few feet back. "Steve?"
The colonel nodded, "What is it if it isn't goa'uld? And why would it use a sarcophagus?"
He glared at him, "You tell me, you're the archeologist."
"Colonel Kavenox, I suggest we go back to the stargate."
The colonel nodded, "Good suggestion. C'mon, gang. Let's go."
"What about Lisa?" Richard asked.
"Leave her body. We need to-"
Before he could finish his sentence, the woman pounced on her victim and her face changed along with her eye and what appeared to be fangs extended. "Thanks for the snack." She then took a bite out of his neck and began to drink his blood.
Richard's eyes widened, "It's a vampire!"
Ryan said in astonishment, "Something tells me you've been seeing too many horror movies, Richard."
The woman took her final drink of Steve's blood and dropped his body. "He's right. I'm a vampire."
Richard shook his head, "Let's get out of here!"
Ryan nodded, "Right behind you."
The two remaining members of SG-25 sprinted toward the stargate.
The archeologist looked behind his shoulder and saw the woman charging with her changed face. "Get back here!"
He turned back to his last teammate, "Dial the DHD."
Ryan nodded, "Right ahead of you." He ran to his destined location and started to dial.
With a smile, he said, "One more symbol." Ryan looked up and saw the woman snapping Richard's neck.
"No!" He yelled in anguish.
Shaking his head, Ryan dialed in the last symbol and was about to hit the center of the device when he was tackled to the ground.
"Where you going?"
Ryan didn't answer.
"Going home?" Again no reaction. "Mind if I come along."
He went to his MP5, and tried to aim it at the vampire. "Take this, Asshole!"
But he couldn't. The vampire had his arm pinned, "Pathetic mortal." The vampiress said.
She leaned down and extended her fangs. "I got a plan for you." With that, she started to drink his blood.
"This is going to be hard, Xan." Buffy Summers said to her best friend.
He nodded, "I can understand, Buff. But like you said, you want to do this. If you want me to be here, I will be. You know for extra support."
Did she want Xander to be in the room when she talked to her mother? Normally, she would say no. Talking to her mother was something that was private. Things could get said meant for her ears only and he'd be standing right there.
Yet, she did have to admit. Having somebody she just talked to, someone that knew who she really was a blessing.
Xander was her strength. Within these past few weeks, she realized that Xander was her hero. A person who did these things voluntarily. A person who loved her and put her in front of just about everything in his life.
But still. There needed to be some private Buffy Summers matters. There had to be some moments in her life and conversations that had to be dealt with just herself.
Taking a deep breath, she said, "I need to do this by myself, Xander. I appreciate you wanting to be here. But this is something I need to do myself."
Xander grinned, "Not a problem, Buff. I'll be in my room."
Before he left, Buffy walked over to him and pulled him into a hug. "I love you, Xander. I said this once, I'll say this again. Thank you for everything."
He smiled, "I love you too, Buff." Xander withdrew himself from her, and then said, "I'll be in the other room."
Xander left leaving Buffy Summers to have an important conversation.
Buffy reached for the phone and placed the receiver to her ear. She dialed the familiar number. (One step at a time. One step at a time.)
It rang a few times, "Hello?"
Taking another breath, she said, "Hi, Mom."
Joyce immediately recognized the voice. She stood up from her seat and walked over to the corner of the living room, and said calmly, "Hi, Buffy."
Buffy was taken surprised by her tone. But took it as a blessing. "I'm sorry, Mom. I'm sorry for everything."
She had to be calm. She didn't want to scare her daughter away again. And in order to do that, she had to be calm and rational. She had to listen to why her daughter did the things she did. "It's nice to know that you are sorry, Buffy."
"I am, Mom. I'm sorry for running away. I'm sorry for not letting you in on my sacred duty. I'm sorry that I put my life in danger every night. I'm sorry that I made you cry."
"I assume that the only reason why you're calling is because Xander found you."
She shook her head, "No. I called of my free will. I actually found Xander. We talked, and these past three weeks have done a lot of things for me. More things then I realized I needed help in. The main thing I need help in is realizing when I need help. I can't do this anymore alone. I can't fight the vampires anymore by myself."
Her mother said, "You realized a lot, I take it. What you have to remember is that you have friends and a mother that loves you. We always will love you, and we will always be there for you. You just have to remember that."
This was amazing. Her mother was being very understanding. "You're taking this well?"
She nodded, "Buffy, Honey. You may have been dealt a bad hand in life, but God blessed with a great support system. I never met a young man like Xander who would take it upon himself to leave his home and find his friend. If you ask me, I'd say you're lucky."
Buffy smiled, "I am lucky."
Joyce said, "You really do sound different, Buffy. Who are you, and what have you done with my daughter?"
She giggled, "It's me, Mom."
"I know, Honey. It's just that I never saw you so apologetic before. I never see you wanting to accept help. You were always a girl to take charge. You were always by yourself. After Hemery, you never were the same. In some ways better, in some ways not."
She wondered if she should tell her mom about Alex. Telling her might let Buffy's mom know how much of a change that she went through, but there were things that were meant to be said face-to-face. And Alex was this case.
"Like I said, Mom. These past three weeks have really helped me. I learned things about myself that I never knew existed. This summer has done wonders for me."
"That's good to hear, Buffy. So, tell me. When are you coming home?"
"That's the problem, Mom. Xander and I weren't able to find each other until things were met. He met a demon that gave him a prediction. In the prediction, Xander had to defeat a ghost in order to find me. Next, we have to do something before Sunnydale. And what it is, we don't know."
Joyce asked in a surprised voice, "Xander had to defeat a ghost in order for you to find each other?"
She nodded, "Yeah, he did. Xander beat this guy and then we talked. We talked a great deal, and things have gotten better between us. There's still something out there that we have to defeat. Something that is tougher than the ghost."
Her mother sighed, "I don't want you to do this by yourself, Buffy."
Buffy smiled, "I'm not. I got Xander, Faith, Ash, Wesley, and Kevin Sorbo helping us."
Her eyes widened, "You know Kevin Sorbo? Who are these other people, Honey?"
With that said, Buffy filled her mother in on the people she met. The only thing that she didn't tell her about was Alex. That was something that had to be her own story to tell.
The vampiress paced the temple as she waited for her childe to wake.
The stargate actually was something that she always wanted to use, but she never knew the correct combinations to get the wormhole to work properly.
It has been millennia since she was transported to this planet. Back when she was a normal human. But of course she was kidnapped by the goa'uld.
Plans were that she would either be a host or a slave for these aliens. All plans were off when a vampire that the goa'uld captured to study escaped.
One night, the vampire broke this woman out of her cell and turned her. As a result, the newly turned vampire staked her sire and started to make her own rules and has successfully survived for the past millennia.
And in order for her not scar, to not to deform, the vampire stole the sarcophagus, and she's been using it ever since. The sarcophagus kept her as her youthful self.
All of a sudden, her childe started to stir.
The vampiress walked over to him, and knelt down in front of him. "Welcome to my world."
The reborn Ryan looked up at his sire. "What happened?"
She replied, "I turned you, Ryan. I gave you a gift."
He showed a confusing look, "What type of gift, Ma'am?"
The blond woman smiled, "I gave you the gift of eternal life and eternal youth. You'd get to live forever, and never age a day. Only a selected number of people have been lucky to obtain this type of gift."
Ryan smiled, "Thank you, Ma'am." She helped him up. "What can I do for you?"
"I want you to open the stargate, Ryan. I want you to take me to Earth. I have some unfinished business there, and from the moment I saw you. I knew you were the man for job."
Again, the new vampire said, "Thank you. What are we going to do on Earth?"
A malevolent smile appeared on the vampiress' face as she told him the future plans. She only told him what she had planned for him. The woman didn't want him to know everything. That would be too risqué. "Now, when we get to Earth, you'll be able to feed for the first time. And in order to do that, you must open the stargate."
He nodded, "That won't be a problem. This way, Ma'am."
A smile crossed her lips, "Call me Callisto."