A/n- Sorry it took me so long. RL is a bitch.
So I just noticed its been almost 3 years since I started this. 3 YEARS I was a 16 year old highschooler when I started this. Now Im 18 and starting college (half of why the update was late). Wow.
I like to think that my writing has improved since then. I look back on previous chapters and noticed a difference. Hopefully a good one.
I want to thank everyone who reviews, favorites, follows, or just reads (even read it and say it sucks lol). Really just knowing even one person reads this and enjoys it is good enough for me. And I promise, no matter how long it takes me to update I will never ditch a story if Im still having fun with it.
And all the feedback and even criticism means tons. When i first started posting i didn't expect to get a signal review or anything of the like. And i didn't really care if i did. I just wanted to write because that's all I've ever wanted to do with my life. So when i started getting such positive reviews from people i was floored. And some of those reviews have got me through hard times where i considered to stop writing.
So thank you all.
Wow okay now that I just went all sentimental on you guys time for the chapter right? Sorry bout that.
Still posting frim my phone. Still loose scentences and auto correct is still stupid.
"The key to chasing Spike," Riley was informing Xander as the newly formed task force walked into 'Caritas' "Is to keep him entertained. As soon as he's bored he'll let you catch him knowing full well you have no concrete evidence to convict him on. Enough to bring him in of course. But not enough for any judge to convict." Riley scowled "The trial is just his last bit of entertainment, his 'fuck you'."
"Well what if we just didn't arrest him?" Xander wondered aloud, "I mean, no 'fuck you' if we don't rise to his bait."
Riley opened his mouth to protest but Buffy covered his mouth "No more work talk. It's team bonding time." she said, and despite the smile on her face she scared Xander enough to nod his head in agreement.
His team left to go find a booth as Xander went to get drinks "Hey Lorne." he greeted the bartender.
Lorne turned quickly "Agent Harris," he greeted an odd look on his smiling face "Haven't seen you for awhile."
"Work." Xander replied to which Lorne gave another odd look "So uh... Can I get 8 shots of tequila?" Xander ordered Lorne however seemed to be looking over his shoulder a mixture of worry and frustration "Lorne, is everything all right?" Xander asked, concerned.
"Huh?" Lorne asked as he turned back towards Xander "Oh sorry, lot on my mind and what not... I'll get those shots, coming right up." hs quickly occupied himself.
A minute later Xander felt a hand on his shoulder and turned to see a scantily dressed brunet giving him a seductive smile "Buy me a drink?" she asked, her voice husky.
No matter how many times this happened, Xander always managed to get flustered, even more so when the woman's hand slid lower down his back "I uh... I'm not really-" Xander trailed off as he caught sight of who had just walked in. There was Doyle, looking much to attractive to be considered fair surveying the crowd, looking for someone.
He heard the woman next to him sigh, he hand sliding off of him "Always the good ones." she muttered "Good luck Juliet."
Before Xander could respond the woman was gone and Lorne was handing him the tray of drinks, with a quick thanks he headed over to his team where Cordelia was looking extremely pleased with herself.
"How can I thank you, you mysterious, black-clad, hunk of a night thing?" Spike was saying in a high voice as he watched the blonde woman step closer to Liam from the rooftop he was perching on.
"No need, little lady, your tears of gratitude are enough for me." Spike said in a deep voice "You see, I was once a bad-ass Criminal, till a pesky thing called a conscious grew inside me. Now I'm just a big, fluffy puppy."
This felt good really, therapeutic even. Because no matter what name he was going by now days that was Liam down there. Older, fatter, with bad hair. But Liam.
He watched as the blonde swayed closer only to see Liam practically jump back, hands up in the air. "No, not the hair! Never the hair!"
Spike made his voice high again "But there must be some way I can show my appreciation."
Hr switched again to his worst impersonation of Liam he could manage "No, helping those in need's my job. And working up a load of sexual tension and prancing away like a magnificent poof is truly thanks enough!"
" I understand. I have a nephew who's gay, so...
"Ah. Say no more. Evil's still afoot ... and I'm almost out of that nancy-boy hair gel that I like so much. Quickly! To the Angelmobile — AWAY!"
Liam and the girl left as Spike lit a cigarette and stood. "Go on Liam. Play the big, strapping hero while you can. You have a few surprises coming your way—"
Twenty twenty four hours to go
.Spike sighed as the Ramones sang to him from his pocket he took out his phone and flipped it open "This had better be good...That so? I'm on my way."
Xander regretted ever meeting Cordelia Chase. No really. He regretted letting Jesse go up to the crying girl in the third grade and letting her sit with them.
Seriously if he had a he'd hit Jesse upside the head and drag his ass out of there. He'd hit him again for good measure and tell him not to be such an idiot when he gets tp high school.
But that was a different regret for another time.
At the moment he had to focus on the fact that Cordiela, while claiming to be his friend was actually put to destroy him.
She invited Doyle (Angel was busy on a case) since he was part of the team.
And really he had no problem with that other than a little warning would have been nice.
No what bugged him was that within the course of a few hours all his to find a reason they just had to leave.
Cordy was the last to leave giving Xander a wink as she left.
They were all fired.
"So I was wondering-"
"I'm so sorry about-"
He and Doyle laughed as they spoke at the same time. "You first." Xander said.
Doyle smiled "Well I was wondering if you-"
Xander looked down at his pants which now had his and a very tipsy blonde woman's drink on them "Oh. My. God!" she exclaimed "I am SO sorry." she grabbed a napkin and began dabbing at Xander's pants "I am such a klutz when I have a few."
"I'm fine really." Xander said, trying to get the woman to stop.
"No, no really I feel horrible." The blonde insisted.
"Luv," a older man with brown hair and an accent grabbed the woman arm gently "He said he was fine... How abouts we get you home?"
The woman looked down and seemed to realize what she'd been doing "Ohmygod! I am so sorry!" she exclaimed getting up and leaving for support on the man "Seriously that is just So... Im so sorry."
The man patted her back "Sorry about that mate. She means well."
Xander nodded "Its fine." he assured as he subtly checked his pocket. His phone was still there. "No harm done."
The couple apologized a few more times before stumbling out of the bar.
"You were saying?" Xander said to Doyle after drying his pants off best he could himself.
Doyle looked around almost as if checking that he wouldn't be interrupted again, an action that made Xander smile. "Right then. Third times the charm yeah?" he smirked "I wanted to ask if you have anything going on next Saturday... And if not if you'd like to spend some of it with me." Doyle said quickly as if not stopping for breath made it harder for him to be interrupted and looked rather relived to see they had not been "What do you say?"
Spike pulled up to 'Caritas' getting out quickly as he went to where Faith was standing "He still there?" he asked her, peeking in without waiting for an answer "The hell? I thought you said the whole bloody team was here."
"That was then this was now." Faith said with a shrug "Gotta tell ya though Romeo, Paris in there is some real compition for fair Juliet." she said smirking "You should have seen him when I lifted his phone. He was so distracted he didn't even notice."
It wasn't that spike was jealous exactly but he was concerned. After all if Xander wasn't completely focused on the game it'd become boring rather quickly. "You put the phone back?"
"It's being taken care of." Faith said.
Sure enough at that moment a woman fell into the table, alcohol spilling on Xander. "Bloody hell you called Harm?"
Faith shrugged "I was burnt after I lifted it. Guys smart he'd suspect something if I touched all over him twice. He's careful as is. The phone was the only thing not in an inside pocket." she watched as Harmony was pulled off of Xander by Ethan "She was the best who was available on short notice."
Spike sighed as Ethan and Harmony passed him, not acknowledging his presence as they headed to a car and drove off.
"Lets go then Romeo" Faith said heading toward her own ride "We're all meeting at Ethan's."
Spike stood there watching as Xander smiled and nodded, receiving a wide smile from that Doyle bloke in return. He caught Lorne looking at him through the window, a sad sympathetic smile on his face.
Spike glared before his car and speeding off.
He had a game to play.
A/N- So there you go.
I'm... Honestly not sure how I feel about this chapter.
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