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Chapter 15: Imposters
Elenya looked over the blood drained bodies of the four naive teens. Their death was quick…unfortunately, but what was going to happen next wasn't going to be. Finally, four of her soldiers were released upon the dimension, upon the unsuspecting "champions" that stood between her and her revenge on the Senior Partners and the Powers that Be. With their death came the end of the world, a fresh slate to rebuild the dimension and reclaim it as her own, no humans, only the ancient demons which she would revive. Elenya's eyes sparkled with the thought.
Time was against her, her human vessel could only contain so much power, although placing some in her soldiers and dimensions helped, they only bought her so much time. With the destruction of the Powers and Partners, came the restoration of her full power and body, leaving nothing in the way to achieve her ultimate goal.
"I don't get why we didn't just stay home, luv. We haven't seen any demons in awhile. And don't you think that with everything we learned yesterday we should stay and help?" Spike and Buffy were walking hand and hand through a deserted cemetery on patrol. Everything was quiet, the stars shining in the dark cloudless sky. Everyone else was back at the house doing research, but Buffy couldn't take any more of it. She had looked through more books than she ever wanted to.
"I just had to get out of the house…no more books. Anyway, I am slay-girl, the muscle not the brain. Plus, half the books we haven't gotten to yet are in a different language, and the only other language I took was French and we all know how well that went." Buffy smiled.
"Hey have you heard from the Niblet lately?"
"I talked to her a few days ago. She is cooped up with Andrew and the other slayers, so I can already tell she is going to be begging to come back home the next time I talk to her. But I-" Buffy and Spike both stopped letting their senses wash over them. The silence that once filled the cemetery besides their voices was broken as there was a rustle from the other side.
Spike stiffed and Buffy gripped her stake in her other hand a little tighter.
Buffy looked at Spike and mouthed, " Vampire."
Spike nodded and mouthed back. "Master Vampire." Spike held up a hand to signal her to stay here, much to Buffy's displeasure. Buffy shook her head. Spike made his way toward the mausoleum, but Buffy tried telling him the noise came from the other direction.
Spike however kept on going and disappeared behind the mausoleum. He was gone for a few minutes before she heard a "Bloody Hell" and took off at a run in the direction of the sound. Buffy got there just in time to see a slightly shocked Spike looking at her.
He tilted his head, "What are you doing here?" Spike's eyes shifted toward a shadow by the bushes.
Buffy sighed, " I know, you told me to stay, but when do either of us ever listen." Buffy looked around " Where'd it go?"
Buffy looked at him curiously, "The Master Vampire, you sensed it and ran off. Where'd it go?"
Spike sighed and laughed, " I-I caught him off guard and staked him. Sorry, luv he got in one good shot before he dusted. My head hit the mausoleum. I guess I am a little disoriented. Don't fret slayer, I'll be fine. Let's just go back home."
Buffy watched as he walked back. There was just something off about him, the confusion, and the easy dust of a Master Vampire when they haven't seen any vamps besides fledglings for months, and the coldness. There was little warmth in his voice like there usually was when she was worried, Spike called her "slayer" which he only called her when he was upset with her or evil, but that feeling she had when he was near, the love and warmth, the connection, was all missing.
Buffy looked at the retreating form, he hadn't even stopped to wait for her. Something was definitely off about him. Buffy took one last look around the cemetery and followed the vampire back to the house.
Buffy had finally caught up to Spike. They talked a bit, some warmth flooded back into his tone. As they reached the front door of their apartment, Buffy opened the door and waited for him to follow her inside.
Spike looked at the door and then at her, " You, know sla-luv. I am going to have a smoke. I'll be out here for a while…maybe I'll go back out." Spike eyed the slayer warily, noticing her sudden frustration on her face and knew he hit the right button.
Buffy's anger flared. " Why didn't we stay then huh? I wanted to be out and patrol but you made us come back so only you go out! Does this have anything to do with the vampire? Look, you were quiet about it, but I think it is time for you to talk. Come insideand give Giles a description maybe this vampire has something to do with Elenya.
Spike nodded his head, "Yeah, I think I could do that. Your right I'm sorry." Spike flashed her his big blue puppy dog eyes, "Do you think you can forgive me?"
Buffy smiled and walked inside calling out to Giles. Spike followed inside behind Buffy, smirking as he stepped over the threshold.
Angel noticed a slight change in Spike as he described the Master Vampire he encountered no patrol.
"Watcher, I already told you gold eyes, vamp face, black clothing, that's about it." Spike glared at Giles.
Giles glared straight back, "Well that doesn't give us anything! By your description it could have well been you!!"
Spike tensed, but calmed as Giles continued his rant.
"Markings, weapons, jewelry, anything!"
"I already told you Watcher, no, no ,and NO!!" Spike got up and stormed to the nearest room, where he saw Buffy go into to change in before and slammed the door.
Buffy was just about to get up but Angel's hand stopped her. " Leave him go Buffy, let him cool off a bit."
Buffy folded her arms across her chest. "Do you sense something different about him? I can't shake this feeling that more happened in the cemetery then he is letting on. He was so distant on the way back. He warmed up a bit because I think he could sense that I was uncomfortable."
Angel shook his head, "No, there is nothing different."
Buffy eye's pleaded with Angel, "Is there something you know, something found out or anything?"
Angel shrugged his shoulders, "Sorry, Buff. Nothing I know. I'll go check it out."
Connor looked on at this exchange, " This is weird. Buffy, my dad and I went out on patrol just a while before you did, we didn't see anything like a master vamp. We split up and covered more ground than you did too."
"Buffy?" Willow placed her book down and placed a comforting hand on her friend's shoulder. "Did you guys have a fight or something before."
Buffy laughed, "God I wish. At least then he would show some kind of emotion. He is just so- I don't know. God, I wish I just knew what was wrong. Clearly its big because Spike would never not tell me something." Buffy sat down and laid her head in her hands, controlling the tears that threatened to fall.
"Uh Guys…" Everyone looked over at Xander who was looking at the windows. "I think I know why Spike is acting the way he is." Fear lingered in Xander's eyes as he left the window and went straight towards the weapons chest.
Buffy and the others walked straight towards the window, slowly looking to see what Xander had seen. What they saw made them all gasp.
A sense of betrayal flooded through Buffy's emotions. She knew that something was up with Spike, but this. Buffy glanced at the closed door and walked to Xander taking the stake in his hand and setting it down on the table. " Sorry Xander I can't let you do that."
Xander looked at Buffy like she had grown a second hand. " Um.. Buffy I think you might want to get your eyes checked. THERE ARE TWO OF THEM!! You're not going to do anything about it, just sit as one or both kill us."
"There is a reason and I want to find out why they are here. I think I am going to go talk to Spike. The mystery of why he was acting the way he was is cleared up so now I am going to get as much information about our visitors as possible before any of us do anything crazy."
Xander threw up his hands, " Slay the master vampire. Hmmmm… didn't seem like such a crazy idea."
Willow broke in, "Look, Buffy go talk to Spike and figure out what is going on." Willow waited as Buffy stayed where she was, " Now missy." Willow put on her resolve face.
Buffy checked back on Xander before she knocked on the bedroom door and entered, shutting the door behind her.
"No, Xander. Look." Willow pointed at her face. "Resolve face, you know what it means. I have a feeling that they aren't going anywhere. They wanted us to figure it out…Buffy is going to find out why, so let's just research before we do anything…okay." Willow glanced at Xander's crestfallen face. "If it's any consolation I am kind of with you on the whole slay now ask questions later, but it's hard for her right now, you know?"
Xander nodded as he picked up an old book, "Yeah I know."
Willow peered out the window once more before returning to her book. Poor Buffy and Spike, it seemed like everything was trying to get between them and Willow couldn't help feeling sorry for her friend. Whatever happened to Spike at that cemetery was more important than anything, but Willow couldn't help feel that if they staked the vampires she would feel just a bit more comfortable with everything.
For whatever reason Drusilla and Darla were watching over the house and that seemed like the most important thing at the moment.
Angel opened the door to reveal Spike smoking a cigarette. Angel quietly shut the door. " What's the problem?"
Spike took another drag before he spoke, " Please, like you don't know. How am I supposed to act all nonchalant about everything." Spike shook his head, " Acting like everything is bloody sunshine and roses is a lot harder than it looks."
Angel raised an eyebrow. "Why?"
"Cause' it's BLOODY WELL NOT! I have no idea what is going on anymore. If you haven't noticed, Dru and Darla are watching the house and no doubt one of the "crack" team or the slayer has found out about that." Spike watched Angel cautiously as he felt Angel watching him closely.
"There is still more. Don't mess around here Spike. What aren't you telling me?"
Spike sighed and took one last drag of the cigarette and then flicked it out the window. Spike whispered something under his breath knowing full well that Angel heard him due to his vampiric hearing.
Angel roared into game face and pushed Spike up against the wall. Angel took a breath and slid back into his human guise releasing his grip on Spike, listening intently on the activities outside the room just in case anyone heard his outburst. Angel looked back over at Spike when he heard all the chaos outside.
"Listen, Willy, what do you mean it wasn't taken care of?"
Spike glared back, " Well, Liam, the bloody git had the slayer with him. I thought he separated from her. I did just like I was supposed to, but I think he sensed me cuz he went straight for me instead of going towards the noise. He caught me off guard but was too stunned when he saw me so I threw him against the mausoleum. Honestly though, I heard him tell the chit that they should split up and cover more ground, so I went to work. You got it bloody easy."
"Yeah, separating a father from his son, that's what I call easy, I waited over an hour."
Spike ran his hand through his hair, " Look I didn't put the other Spike in the crypt with Angel, but the way he hit the mausoleum I am pretty sure he'll be out till morning, in which he will be fried. And if the rays don't get him, he'll be stuck in the mausoleum till sunset."
"That's two days less than originally planned."
Spike shook his head, "Angelus, be reasonable, do you really think the other two would be that stupid to unable to escape? Plus, I don't see the point in keeping them alive. Elenya is being bloody stupid with all this soddin shit. "
"Trust me I would have loved to torture Angel, but they are key players, anyway we need to do what we came for." Angelus smirked wickedly and Spike's smirk rose to a match of the other's. Angel tone was threatening."Spike, calm down and call her 'love' or 'Buffy' she's noticing the shift."
"Yeah, I will, I just want to stop pretending and have some fun. I want that bitch to die. It's about time I bagged my third slayer. Don't worry mate, I'll give you the rogue, you need to have a notch on the slayer belt."
"All in good time."
"I can't wait to see the look on-" Spike and Angelus stopped talking as they heard a small knock on the door and watched as Buffy tentatively walked in.
"Spike? I know why your are acting the way you are. I know Drusilla-"
"Shhh" Spike spun Buffy around and placed a soft kiss on her lips, " I'm sorry baby, I was such a jerk. Didn't mean to hurt you baby, it was all just a lot to take in and everything."
Buffy's hand caressed his cheek and she took him into a hug, her back turned to Angel. Spike winked at Angelus over her shoulder and Angelus smirked. This was going smoothly.
The morning sun began to rise and the deathly rays crept across the cemetery in which the bleach blonde remained in his unconscious state.
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