Title: Changes

Author: Orilon

Rating: PG

Pairing: Spike/Xander (implied so far)

Spoilers: Itty bitty one fore the end of Season 2 of Buffy. Blink and you'll miss it.

Distribution: If you want it, take it and let me know where.

Disclaimer: Everything from Buffy the Vampire Slayer belongs to Joss Whedon and Mutant Enemy. I admit Snake Warriors are based off Slayers, but you won't see them on the TV Show.

Summary: Xander is changing.

Feedback: Please.

{Voices in Xander's head}

Xander made sure that Buffy and the others were gone before grabbing the dropped sword and finishing off the last demon. There were too many close calls for his comfort lately. He was becoming more powerful, and gaining instinctual fighting knowledge that he never had before.

He had to be careful and not let the others see, in case they thought he was possessed again and try to get rid of whatever was "possessing" him. They were great, but whenever someone acted out of character a spell or possession was automatically assumed.

He had a feeling that this was not either one, but didn't know what it was. He tried not to show too much more strength that usual when fighting but he felt stronger that ever before, as well as not displaying more knowledge of demons that somehow was coming naturally recently.

Spike had been giving him odd looks lately, so he was worried the vampire would blurt out his secret and the de-spelling would begin. Although it would be a relief to have it out so he wouldn't have to hide.

During the latest research session, he swore as soon as he and Spike got back to the apartment, they were going to have a little chat abut what the vampire knew and wasn't telling him.

{Why would he tell you the truth?}

Where the heck did that come from?

{I doubt the vampire would even know what you are.}

That was weird. He never had that happen before. He knew that his vampire roommate may show the "big bad" fa├žade in public, but he showed a gentle side in private. That is why he never asked him anything in public because he would just get a snarky answer that didn't help. He knew better than to underestimate the vampire's intelligence. A stupid vampire didn't live over a century and help take down an insane sire. Intelligence was a major factor for survival, and Spike was a survivor.