Title: Quest 14/14
Disclaimer: I own none, all belong to Joss Whedon
Comments: Always welcomed!
Summary: A spin of Wizard of Oz. Xander makes a wish without realizing that it would affect his life forever.
Warnings/Spoilers: Alternate Universe
Beta's by: Whichclothes
Note: This story is a little out of my box so bear with me! =)
Xander forced Spike to go first, claiming he wanted a little more time with him. Spike stood up straight, he refused to let Rupert think he could be intimidated. "Let's cut the pleasantries, mate. I want this sodding chip out of my head. I am a master vampire and I won't be some sniveling pathetic wannabe vampire anymore!"
Rupert looked at Spike for a long time thinking about the demands. "Your request is reasonable, but I am going to say no."
"No?" Xander repeated while Spike snarled, "You bloody bastard!"
"I am not going to help a vampire who will want to kill and torture people. I am grateful for your help but I see no obligation to grant you your demands," Rupert explained. Nothing was going to make him change his mind. "Now, Xander, I know what you want as well and I am afraid I cannot grant it to you. My powers do not extend outside of this world. Anyanka has a loop-hole because of the type of demon she is. She will be reprimanded for using her powers outside this realm."
Xander wasn't sure if he was disappointed or relieved. The amulet of Netwain suddenly began to glow. He looked at Tara who was staring back at him. "Amy told you about the amulet didn't she?" Xander nodded. "This is the decision I told you about. You can with to go home… or you can wish for something else."
"You know the outcome the entire time did you?" Xander asked; he didn't understand why Tara never told him about the power of the amulet. She had seemed so confused about him being brought here.
"Anyanka never makes mistakes about wishes. If I had told you that you could with to go home you never would have met Spike, and Amy would still be alive. She was my sister and I loved her but if she wasn't stopped she would have opened the hellmouth in the end and Amy would have taken control of the world."
Xander nodded in understanding. "So how does this work?"
"Just wish for what it is that you truly want," Tara replied, her eyes shifting to Spike who didn't notice. His complete attention was on Xander, getting ready to say his goodbyes.
Xander smiled at Spike. "I'm sorry Rupert wouldn't help you."
"I told you he wouldn't. I had to have some hope though, yeah?" Spike tugged Xander closer, kissing him. When he pulled away his blue eyes watered even though he would deny it. "You ever get bored in your world, maybe Anyanka will hear your wishes?"
"I don't think I'll be making anymore wishes after tonight," Xander answered truthfully.
Spike pulled away and coughed a little to get the lump out of his throat. "Yeah, of course."
Xander stroked Spike's cheek before turning back to Tara. "I'm ready."
Willow and Oz both gave him hugs thanking him for all of his help. They said they couldn't have done this without him. They also told him he was a hero and to always remember that.
With a deep breath Xander made his wish. "I wish… Spike was free of the chip."
A green glow surrounded Spike. There was no pain as the chip was magically removed from his head. The glow carried the small microchip and dropped it into Spike's hand before the glow vanished leaving only the chip. At the same moment the amulet dropped from around Xander's neck.
"Xan, what did you do?" Spike whispered as he stared at his hand at the little piece of technology that had tormented him for what seemed like years.
"I gave you what you wanted… what I wanted," Xander said with a smile. "That's what you wanted wasn't it? I mean that's what you asked Mr. Giles to do."
Spike shook his head, "No, that wasn't what I really wanted."
"Oh…" Xander looked taken back. He was sure that he had done the right thing. "I'm sorry, I thought it was what you wanted." He hung his head, his dad was right he couldn't do anything right.
Spike placed a finger under Xander's chin to make him look at him. "That wasn't the only wish you gave me. I wanted you to stay. Told you that didn't I?"
"Yeah I just wanted to do something nice for you," Xander explained.
"No one's ever put me first. It's kind of nice," Spike admitted with a shy smile. Not that he'd ever admit to looking shy, he did have a reputation to uphold.
Willow shooed Angel and Oz out of the room and followed them, while Rupert and Tara left discussing Willow's training. As much as Rupert wanted to say how stupid Xander's wish was he knew that Tara knew more than he did about it and he trusted her judgment. But he was going to have a long discussion with both Spike and Xander about repercussions if any of the innocents of his town ended up dead and he found out Spike was responsible for them.
"You're not scared of me?" Spike questioned, looking into Xander's eyes, trying to find the truth.
Xander shook his head. "I know you won't hurt me. I've been around a lot of people that have hurt me. I can tell. I also know you're a vampire and that drinking people's blood is kind of your thing. All I ask is that you don't kill them. Or, you know, turn them. I don't want to be around a bunch of demons that will most likely want to kill me."
"The only thing I need is you," Spike promised, ignoring the fact that he sounded like a complete ponce.
Xander grinned like a maniac at Spike's declaration. "Think we'll ever see Anyanka to thank her?"
"My guess is she's such a nosy bint she already knows," Spike said. "Now I don't know about you but I'm knackered. What do you say we go back to my flat and get some sleep? Tomorrow I'll show you around town."
"As long as it isn't the woods. If I never see that many trees again it will be too damn soon."
Spike chuckled at Xander's dramatics and pulled him into another kiss. "Plenty of other things we can see. I've got a king size bed," he leered at Xander.
"We just finished killing demons and a witch and you're thinking about sex?" Xander said with disbelief.
"Oh pet, you have a lot to learn about vampires," Spike declared and pulled Xander out of Rupert's home.
Xander grinned like a mad man. "I get the feeling I'm gonna enjoy finding out, though. My life is gonna be a lot more interesting." For the first time he could remember he was thankful for his life.