http/groups. Taking an initiative.

Author: Cobra

Rating: R

Summary: Things changed after the Ethan Rayne Halloween Party. New people, new jobs, new ways of thinking. The more things change the less they seem the same.

Disclaimer: I do not own any Characters or names related to BTVS.

Chapter Three

The black SUV sped through the night. The two figures inside the moving vehicle silent, the exit sign for downtown Los Angeles came in sight causing Xander to begin asking questions.

"You have any contacts in L.A?"

"A few, but the sun will be up in a few hours."

"Yeah, can't have you bursting into dust in my new ride can we. We'll get a couple motel rooms and head out tomorrow night."

"Actually, since were in L.A. You mind if we check out a few of my old hangouts?" Angel asked with a slight smile.

"Ah, so L.A is the old stomping ground huh. Sure Deadboy, I don't mind a little sidetrip."

"Don't call me that, take the second exit."

Xander and Angel walked into the abandoned hotel with careful steps.

"Nice place ya got here DB.," Xander said as he walked into the lobby., "Fired the maid?"

"I never thought I'd come back here." Angel said with a shrug. Memories flooding his mind as he looked over the lobby.

"I get that." Xander answered in a low voice. Letting Angel deal with past demons., "I'm going to get some breakfast. I'll bring the cooler in before I leave." Xander turned and began to walk out not expecting an answer.

"Xander," Angel said in a low voice.," thanks."

"No problem Angel. I'll be back in a few hours to get some sleep." Xander continued his walk from the Hyperion Hotel.

The offices of Wolfram and Hart.

Lillah Morgan walked into the office a folder in her right hand.

"Sir, The souled vampire Angel is in L.A."

"So soon," Mr. Hart said with a slow smile., "This is very suprising. Do you know what his business interest is?"

"No sir, but he has a young man with him. Alexander Harris, a friend of the slayers from Sunnydale." Lillah answered with a slight smile. "Perhaps this is an opportunity."

"Exactly what I was thinking Miss Morgan." Hart stated as he leaned forward in his chair., "Perhaps a talk with young Alexander is in order."

"Yes sir." Lillah said with a smile as she turned to leave.

"Miss Morgan, do not harm the young man just yet."

"Yes sir."

Xander smiled in happiness as he shoved another fork of scrambled eggs into his mouth. He loved having a company credit card.

"Alexander Harris?" A feminine voice called causing the young man to turn around.

"Do I know you?" Xander asked as the young woman sat across from him in the boothe.

"Not yet. My name is Lillah Morgan. I'm here on behalf of the law offices of Wolfram and Hart."

"A lawyer, great. So what's your interest in little ole me?" Xander asked with a hard tone. Lillah seemed taken back for a moment before speaking.

"Well, Wolfram and Hart have a small stake in the Vampire you know as Angel. We just like to keep tabs on our investments."

"Really, and what investements do you have?"

"I'm afraid I can't tell you that." The lawyer answered with a sickly sweet smile.

"Then I'm afraid we're done talking.", Xander shot back with his own smile as he stood and moved to pay his bill.

"You keep dangerous company Mr. Harris. You should be careful."

"You really don't see it do you. The only people that keep dangerous company, are the more dangerous." Xander answered as he payed his bill and walked past the attorney with a slight smirk on his face., "You mess with my friends, you mess with me. That's not something you should do." He whispered into her ear as he passed causing Lillah to shiver.

"We will be in touch." She finally grated out just as Xander reached the exit.

"You might want to rethink that. But it's your choice." The bell above the door signaled his exit.

Xander dialed the phone as he drove back toward the Hyperion.

"Hey Xan." Jessica's voice said from the line., "How are you?"

"Good, and spooked. I need some Info."

"Okay, tell me what you need and I'll get right on it."

"I need you to find anything demonic or mystically related to the law offices of Wolfram and Hart, also a complete profile on one Liliah Morgan."

"Got a new girlfriend already?" Jess's voice teased over the phone with a smile.

"No, I actually think she want's to castrate me about now." Xander answered back with a sharp wit.

"We can't have that. I'll send what I find to your laptop. Be careful."

"You to. Tell Walsh this might cramp my plans."

"I'll buy you some time. No need for her to blow a gasket."

"Yeah. I know."

"Talk to you later Xan, and call sometime without business."

"You've got it beautiful. Bye." Xander quickly cut the connection and checked his rearview mirror. The car had followed him from the diner and Xander knew that he couldn't lead the car to the Hyperion. He dialed another number on his phone.

"What Xander?" Angel asked in an annoyed tone.

"No time for the hate filled banter dead boy, hit the sewers."

"What? Are you in trouble already?"

"Some lawyer stopped my meal and started asking bout you gel boy. There following me right now. Do you know of anywhere I can lead them?"

"The docks on the eastside are pretty much abandoned. And i think I remember how to get there through the sewers."

"Meet you there in twenty?"

"Dock fifteen." Angel said with a hard tone.

"Got it." Xander said as he ended the conversation. He looked in the rearview mirror with a smile. "Follow the leader little sheep."


Title: Taking an Initiative.

Author: Cobra

Rating: M

Summary: Things changed after the Ethan Rayne Halloween Party. New people, new jobs, new ways of thinking. The more things change the less they seem the same.

Disclaimer: I do not own any Characters or names related to BTVS.

Chapter Four.

Xander turned the SUV into the warehouse of Dock fifteen with a smile on his face. The headlights hit Angel for a moment before the young man shut them off.

"They won't come in." Angel said with a knowing tone.

"Not unless I make them." Xander agreed as he pulled a duffel bag from the passenger seat.

"You're going to go out there and beat up a bunch of lawyers?" Angel asked in a slightly laughing tone.

"Yeah, and I can't seem to get the smile off my face. I must be a bad person." Xander said to himself with a smile. He quickly put the pistol from the bag in his waistband behind his back.

"We need to have a little talk with Miss Morgan. And the only way to do that, is to take out the no necks around her."

"Just becareful Xander. If they kill you, Buffy will kill me." Angel said in a serious tone. Xander cracked a smile for a minute.

"Aren't you supposed to give me a reason not to die?" Before Angel could think of a comeback Xander walked from the warehouse whistling as he went.

"Yes he threatened me!" Liliah Morgan screamed into the phone in an angry tone. She sat in the back of the Limo. Mr. Hart on the other side of the line.

"Miss Morgan. We have company." The driver said as he Saw Xander turn the corner and walk toward the limo with an easy gate.

"I'll call you back sir." Liliah said before cutting the connection.

"See what he wants." She said to the three men in the limo with her. They all noded and stepped out of the Limo a little over dramaticly.

"Hey guys, thought you might want to come in for a cup of coffee." Xander said as he reached the limo before the door shut. As the last man was getting out Xander let his left leg fly kicking the door and in effect slamming the mans head into the roof of the car. He didn't slow as he threw a left cross at the second man before slamming his right knee into the mans sternum causing the big bodyguard to hit the ground hard. As the third man reached into his coat Xander punched out with a right jab hitting the man in his throat. As third man fell Xander pulled open the door of the limo with an easy smile.

"I think we need to talk."


The scooby gang minus one sat at the center table of the library with looks of thought present on there faces.

"You think he's alright?" Willow asked as she looked across the table at Giles.

"I am certain that Xander is fine Willow."

"Really? You don't think he's gotten in any trouble do you?" She asked with her pouting face.

"Undoubtedly, but I am certain Xander can take care of himself."

"Yeah, but, I, we miss him." Buffy said with a frown.

"This has nothing to do with Angel disappearing?" Giles asked his slayer with a caring eye.

"Not totally." Buffy said with a sigh.

"You don't think there together do you?" Willow asked before all three laughed.

"Yeah, I can see it now. Those two fighting side by side, by choice." Buffy said with a smile., "When hell freezes over maybe.

"You wanted to know about Angelus. Here's your chance." Xander said with a smile as he pushed the female lawyer into the warehouse. Angel seemed to melt from the shadows. As Liliah smothered a gasp Xander did the same with a snort.

"I hear you've been asking about me." Angel said trying to sound frightening. On the attorney, it worked, as long as Xander could hold in his laughter at any rate.

"Um, I'm from...":

"Wolfram and Hart. So I've been told."

"Quit acting like a mafia don and get to the point Dead Boy." Xander said with a serious tone.

"I hate you Harris.", Angel said in a deadpan voice. He turned his attention back to the confused attorney., "If you or you're bosses come after my friends, I'll kill every last one of you, in the most painful way possible."

"Double that." Xander whispered into Liliahs ear. She nodded more to herself than to the two men., "Run along now." As Liliah Morgan, the woman who thought she would never feel fear ran from the warehouse, Xander and Angel couldn't help but laugh.

"That was mean." Xander said as he and Angel climbed into the SUV at nightfall.

"And wrong."

"And Fun." Xander said with a chuckle. He was suprised to see Angel laughing slightly in passenger seat., "I think I'm rubbing off on ya DB. Who knows you might ever develope a sense of humor before we get back to SunnyD."

"I'm not going back."

"Yeah you are, to back me up anyway. I'm still not sure I trust Walsh."

"Xander, I can't be around Buffy." Angel said in a low tone.

"So, I do love her more." Xander said with a knowing tone as he kept his eyes on the road.

"What?" Angel asked slightly confused, and beginning to get angry.

"I love her, I want her in everyway possible, but you still see me there, by her side. I know nothing will ever happen Angel, and I respect that. But I'm still there, helping her."

"It's different Xander." Angel said with a defeated sigh.

"No, it's not. You're a selfish coward." Xander said with a shrug.

"Sugar coat it why don't you." Angel said with a growl in his voice.

"I didn't bring you on this little trip to baby you Angel. I'm fighting my own demons, I don't want to contend with yours. All i'm saying is the truth, you say you love her. But, I'm the one picking up the pieces everytime she falls apart. I'm the one trying to help her ever step of the way. You're her so called boyfriend, and I'm doing you're job. That's one of the reasons we've never got along."

"I saw you as compatition."

"And I see you as undeserving." Xander said with another shrug.

"Where are we going?" The vampire questioned with a far away voice.

"San Fran. According to Walsh and her intel there are a few witches there that might want paying jobs."


"No, there not going to trust us and might try to kill us at least once. Well, kill you anyway." Xander added the last bit with a smile.

"I wish I'd have stayed in Sunnydale." Angel said as he looked out the window to the light's of L.A. Xander chuckled slightly.

"Look it's a long ride, why don't you tell me a few of the heroic stories of Angel."

"Well, there was this one time the government recruited me in World War Two." Angel said as he began the story. Xander actually smiled as he drove toward the city of San Fransisco.

Phoebe Halliwell smiled as she once again knocked her martial arts instructor to the ground.

"Nice kick." A male voice said that made both Phoebe and her instructer look in his directions., "Xander Harris."

"Oh.", The instructor said as he stood., "I'm Sensei Rodden, we talked on the phone."

"Nice to meet you in person." Xander said as he bowed to the man., "Did you think over my question?"

"Yes, I have no problem with you using the equipment while you're in the city. Just please be careful."

"Thank you." Xander said and once again bowed to the man before walking toward a set of heavy bags at the other end of the room. Phoebe watched him walk away, a glint entering her eyes as she started after him.

"I'm Phoebe."

"Xander." The young man answered with a smile as he turned toward her for a moment., "Want to hold the bag for me?"

"Sure." Phoebe held the bag roughly and smiled as Xander let a few half hearted punches fly., "That all you got?"

"We just met, and already you insult my manliness?" Xander asked as he put a little more strength into the punches., "I'll have you know I can take care of myself."

"I have no doubt.", Phoebe said with a smirk and a challanging tone.

"Hey, it's not male pride talking here. I've gotten my ass whipped more than enough times to lose what little I had to begin with." Xander said with a smile and wink. Phoebe laughed as Xander unleashed a fast overhand right. He quickly reached out with his left hand to stop her from falling., "You okay?"

"Yeah, thanks for the catch." Phoebe said as she smiled at the young man.

"No problem." Xander said with a smirk on his face.

"So, how long are you in town?"

"Till Saturday. Then it's back to Sunnyhell. I mean Sunnydale." Xander said with a shrug.

"Don't much like your hometown?"

"No, sometimes I almost believe it's built on an interdemensional portal to hell.", Xander said then added with a shrug., "Just a rumor."

"You're kinda weird." Pheobe said with a laugh in her voice.

"That's not the first time I've heard that. Damn, maybe you're right." Xander added with a laugh as he finally stripped off his over shirt and moved on to the speed bag. Phoebe followed him and licked her lips as she saw the toned stomach through the sleeveless shirt he was wearing.

"So, you usually work out long?"

"Not really, I've got my run out of the way already. So I'll probably leave in an hour."

"Hmm, so, I've run out of things to say."

"I bet that doesn't happen often." Xander said with a teasing smile. She growled at him in a mocking tone and slitted her eyes., "You tease me, I tease back."

"Men." Phoebe Halliwell said with a snort that caused both her and the young man beside her to laugh.