Twice Lucky

Divergence

Chapter 12: Out with a bang

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He slammed her against the wall and held her there, his strength lifting her small frame up at least a meter off the ground. She squirmed and tried to wiggle out, but it had no affect as his grip was like a vice.

"Do you have any idea what you've done?"

She looked at him, at those brown eyes that seemed so intense and saw something different in them. There was no hate, only accusation. She felt as if he were staring right through into what was left of her soul.

"I haven't done anything…"

"Liar," his voice came out as a snarl.

"I didn't…"

"You think you can hide from me?" Laughter suddenly filled the room, "I know what evil you have done, I see it in all the hearts of all human men and women."

"I'm not…" She didn't get it, she wasn't a human, not anymore, not since the bargain with D'Hoffryn. She hadn't been human in centauries.

His smile twisted, it made her grimace internally as she starred at it in its full horrible form. His eyes, they seemed terrible now, and made her want to find a priest to confess all her sins.

"You granted a wish," his voice seemed colder now, "It worked, created an alternate reality. A terrible one where you revelled in the pain and misery."

"Of course I'm a vengeance demon."

The laughter echoed around the room and now the shadows themselves seemed to creep in. "Not anymore," she stopped looking around him and now looked directly at him.

"What?"

He dropped her heavily on the ground and she winced when he did, his hand moved down from her neck to her cleavage and stopped there, she looked down and felt for her amulet only to find it gone. She gasped, she'd lost her power source, which could only mean one thing…

He grabbed her arm again and started dragging her through the hallway, Anyanka tried to call out for help but nobody seemed to be paying her any mind, it also seemed the same way with Xander.

Xander for his part was blocking everyone from seeing them, he'd already thought ahead and had requested that Giles be alone, and when he slammed the doors open and practically threw her in, he saw that Giles had cleared everyone out.

"Xander what's going on?"

"This is Anyanka…" Giles nodded, "She's a vengeance demon."

The Watcher took a step back and eyed the small blonde woman who was rubbing her arm. His eyes narrowed suspiciously.

"Don't worry," Xander said with a little laugh, "She's helpless now."

She looked away from Xander's cold stare.

"Should I take care of her?"

Xander looked up, momentarily surprised by the Watchers remark, did he have the intention of actually killing her? Anya, fear now evident in her eyes was staring between the two.

"No," he was staring at her again, "She could be useful."

"How?"

"Redemption…"

Anya almost seemed to cringe away from the words, like a vampire from a holy cross. Xander ignored it and carried on.

"She could be useful, she should attend college, learn something, and be hired by Ethan at the Magic Box, there she could pass on her talents to Amy and Willow." Anya went to speak and Xander's head snapped around, his eyes narrowing coldly on hers. "What have you got to say for yourself Aud?"

Her eyes widened. No human being knew her name. For Xander's credit, it had only been on their wedding night that she had told him the full story of her previous existence.

"Always different, full of new ideas, feared and hated…" He sneered at her, "You're in a different time now, where women aren't burned at the stake for being clever."

She still looked at him with hatred. Xander ignored it and carried on, "You will learn your place, Giles will teach you how to operate in this world."

"What's to stop me from…"

Xander didn't let her finish the sentence… instead he rolled over her. "I will know your every move, you're every thought, and I will hunt you down, and kill you if you so much as breathe out of line."

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"The plan is quite a simple one," Xander looked at Giles who nodded and took over.

"Quite," he smiled, lifted up the book and let Xander help him unfold the rather long picture. Many of the students in the room gasped. "This is what the Mayor will become, once he does, he's vulnerable."

Xander held up a book that opened up to three pages.

"We lure him into the school, which will be lined with explosives, I erm," Xander paused a moment before chuckling, "Borrowed from the army."

The group chuckled.

"Sweet," one of the students yelled, "We're going to blow up Sunnydale!"

"Nah just the school," another student yelled, the group burst into laughter.

Xander broke out in a full grin. "It will be your job to help protect the students from the vampires, who will be there keeping you in line. The Mayor will want a snack when he transforms, let's keep him hungry."

Warren, Andrew and Jon started taking over at this point as they began handing out various weapons to the group. Xander had gone and talked to Jon earlier that day and had asked him whether or not he wanted to join the Scoobies. The kid had broken out in a massive smile and had actually hugged him. Soon after both he and Andrew had turned up at the Library to listen to Giles's lecture.

"You know, I personally don't think anyone's come up such a crazy plan."

Oz, who'd been brought into the little group blinked in surprise and looked at the cheerleader. "Why's that?"

"Well he's saying that we defend and drive off a horde of vampires and possibly demons and then run away from a giant snake like thing that will probably pick its teeth with our bones." She shrugged. "Like I said, crazy plan."

Oz smiled, "We could attack it humus…"

"Thank you." Cordellia said with an exasperated smile, "My point however is, crazy or not, it's pretty much the only plan." She said with a scowl, "Besides, I don't hear anyone else coming up with a better plan."

Oz shrugged his shoulders.

"Point."

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"Congratulations to the class of 1999. You all proved more or less adequate. This is a time of celebration, so: sit still and be quiet.

Snyder surveyed the students, and pointed at one of them. "Spit out that gum. - Please welcome our distinguished guest speaker: Richard Wilkins the 3rd. He turned around and stared at a student, "I saw that gesture. You see me after graduation."

The Mayor walked up the steps to the podium and shook Snyder's hand, the little man sat down on one of the seats as the Mayor took out a set of cue cards.

"Well. What a day this is! - Special day. Today is our centennial the one hundredth anniversary of the founding of Sunnydale, and I know what that means to all you kids: not - a darn thing. Because today something much more important happens: today you all graduate from high school. Today all the pain, all the work, all the excitement is finally over. And what's a hundred years of history compared to that? You know what kids? …"

Buffy groaned loudly, "Oh my God. He's going to do the entire speech."

The redheaded witch smirked, "Man, just ascend already."

Buffy smirked and said "Evol!"

Unfortunately for them the Mayor was still speaking.

"For all of you it may be that there is a place in Sunnydale's history, whether you like it or not. It's been a long road getting here. For you…for Sunnydale… There has been achievement, joy, good times, and there has been grief. There's been loss. Some people who should be here today… aren't.

"But we are. - Journey's end. And what is a journey? Is it just… distance travelled? Time spent?" He shook his head "No. It's what happens on the way, it the things that happen to you. At the end of the journey you're not the same. Today is about change. Graduation doesn't just mean your circumstances change, it means you do. You ascend… to a higher level."

Xander looked at Giles and nodded. Giles moved his long trench coat slightly to reveal a long sharp looking blade. Xander smirked.

"Nothing will ever be the same." It suddenly became a lot darker, as the moon began moving in front of the sun and started covering it up. "Nothing."

The Mayor looked up. Buffy and the other students looked up to see the sun being totally blocked. The Mayor flinched in pain. He swallowed and continued his speech: "And so as we look back on… (Pain hit him again and he turned half to the side groaning) on the events that brought us to this day (another wave of pain) "

Buffy took her hat off and looked at Giles: "Come on."

"We…" The Mayor paused and grimaced in pain; Xander and Giles exchanged another brief look. "We must all…"

The Mayor clutched his stomach and shouted in pain. Xander started whispering rapidly to one of the kids next to him, who in turn nodded and started passing the message on. Soon the whole group of kids were all rapidly talking. Snyder stood up and shouted for silence, but no one listened to him.

"It has begun. My destiny." The Mayor smiled, "It's a little sooner then I expected, I had this whole section on civic pride…but I guess we'll just skip to the big finish!"

Xander stepped forward and shouted, "To bad, it was probably about cleaning!"

Several students laughed loudly. "I couldn't agree more," Giles barked, receiving a here' here' from Wesley.

Buffy got what they were doing… "And what is with that suit?" She looked the Mayor in the eye, "You would've thought, with a hundred years of living you would've at least learned how to use taste!"

The Mayor snarled something that they were fortunate not to hear, the students started moving towards the back of the group as Giles and the Watchers began moving the parents out of the danger areas.

Richard could feel it happening, suddenly all those petty insults felt like nothing in comparison to the anger that grew in the pity of his changing stomach, he grew outwards, morphing like a twisted creature, grimacing and howling in pain, and suddenly it was all over. The Mayor burst out of his suit, his body and erupted heavenly.

The Mayor suddenly transformed into a big snake-like demon with clawed mandibles surrounding its mouth. He felt the power surge through, he felt godlike.

Xander let loose with some of the garlic bombs Willow had created, they hit the vampires and spread outwards, the creatures started choking and collapsed on the ground, eventually turning into dust.

"Flame Units go!" Warren, Andrew and Jon had been on creation overtime, they had been pumping out small magically enhanced hand held weapons that resembled water pistols, they were being nicknamed flame throwers, they'd managed to create dozens of them, which had been handed over. Some like Warren were using two each while others only used one.

The flames tore through the vampires, but still it wasn't enough. They were everywhere. Xander used his superior skill to combat them, hefting his swords and cutting through them, dust blew everywhere. He had worn the armour that Willow had created for him, so far he had chest, gloves and boots.

He punched a vampire in the mouth with the handle of one of the Katana's and then chopped its head off.

Buffy, Faith and Kendra worked well together, the three of them acting like a well-oiled machine. Each complemented the other and made up for one another's weaknesses.

"Bows fire!"

The students carrying the bows replaced the fire units. Arrows shot out, slamming into the vampires. Most had good aim and hit in the heart or the head. Angel with his ring, kept as many students out of danger as possible.

Ethan used magic, while Willow used an axe. Diana, Giles and Wesley all used swords, showing of their true skills.

Buffy jumped up on the stage, Xander looked around and saw her move, "Everyone get clear!"

"Hey Dick," The great beast lifted up high and looked down at her. "You wanna eat me, come get me!"

The demon snarled loudly and crashed down on the stage, Buffy jumped out of the way and began moving through the school, her feet pounding as quickly as possible.

She could hear him following her through the school, hear him slithering and sliding. He was howling, growling and chasing her.

Buffy felt all of her senses come alive, felt the strength of her feet as she pounded through the twisting and turning corridors. She ran through the explosives and smiled.

She ran into the library, vaulted over a banister and looked back at the Mayor. The Mayor looked around the library and saw the barrels of diesel fuel and bags of fertilizer stacked everywhere. Buffy kept running and jumped out of a window. The Mayor blinked and looked around.

Boxes of TNT were lined all over the walls, the Mayor gulped as a hand grenade hit the ground, rolled over to him and came to a stop.

The Mayor blinked and looked down at the offending object, and soon realised what it was. "Oh gosh."

The explosion destroyed his body, ripped through the school and tore it apart. The ground rocked, shook and trembled violently. Spike grabbed one of the offered blankets and through it over his head. The vampires all looked at each other with confusion.

"Better get in the dark mates…"

"Why?" The sun suddenly came out and before any of them could react, the students started moving forward dangerously, each holding a long sharp knife or sword.

The vampires turned and ran, some of them already smoking.

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"So what's that, we're up to two apocalypses now…" Xander said with a smirk, as he drew the glass of whisky to his mouth and sipped it. Giles nodded.

"Not bad old sport…" Ethan said with a chuckle and a glass of his own whisky.

"At this rate I'm going to have to buy another bottle."

The group chuckled.

"How many lives were lost the last time?"

"Quite a few," Xander answered quietly. "Larry, was killed outright, and Harmony got turned, although I get brownie points for saving Snyder."

"I almost wish you hadn't," Giles said with a wince.

"My conscious wouldn't let me stop."

"Fair enough…"

"Besides," Xander continued, "Whatever place in hell is reserved for me I hope they remember that."

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And now Season 2 draws to a climatic finish. I admit I was a little disappointed with the lack of reviews, but my faithful few followed and commented on every chapter. Much gratitude goes to Harry 2 for always having a comment, Dan and WBH21C for reviewing (why'd yah have to have a complicated name huh?)

I'd also like to express my thanks to Snowdove for offering moral support.

To everyone else who I've forgotten who has reviewed, many thanks and your support will be thanked by the prompt posting (sometime later this week) of Season 3.