Title: Million Dollar Bachelor 1/Epilogue
Pairing: William/Xander, William/Lindsey, William/Gunn
Disclaimer: I own none, all belong to Joss Whedon
Comments: Always welcomed!
Summary: William Pratt is a successful author of books about adventures of a vampire named Spike. He has decided that he needs something more in his life so he has decided to invite three strangers into his home hoping to find the person he has been looking for.
Warnings/Spoilers: Human Verse and a rip off of reality show The Bachelor
Beta'd by: Whichclothes
William Pratt tried to appear interested in the party that was going on. After all it was for him. The second installment of his on-going series of novels had just been released and already sold over half a million copies, in America alone. The series was about a vampire named Spike. The vampire was over one hundred years old and he had many adventures over the centuries. This new book was named New Century New Adventures; the first book named There's a New Vampire to Fear.
His publicist Rupert Giles came up to him, a champagne glass in one hand. "William, my boy! I knew you could do it."
"Vampires seem to be popular right now, don't they?" William said with a smile. "If there are more adventures of Spike I hope they will be as popular."
"Non-sense. You ended it on a cliffhanger. They will eat up another book to find out how Spike will find a way to save his beloved Drusilla," Rupert whispered, not wanting to chance giving away the end. "Besides, everyone enjoys rooting for the bad guy once in a while," Giles said and slapped William on the back. "Now where is that handsome man you've been seen with the last few weeks? I've wanted to meet him. Wesley isn't it?"
William frowned, "Wesley decided to go back to England. He didn't like LA. It isn't the safest place."
"Oh, well, I am sorry to hear that," Giles replied. "But I am sure you will find someone else."
"Yeah, right," William muttered and accepted a glass of champagne for himself when a waiter walked by. "You would think that being some big shot writer with more money than I know what to do with I'd have more people take an interest in me. But no one does. Except my fans, of course. People who are in love with Spike and that's all they see in me."
"Perhaps you should put a personal ad in the newspaper then?" Rupert said jokingly before he waved to a critic and left William to talk to her.
William raised an eyebrow. A personal ad? He had never considered that before. A smile formed on William's lips. A personal ad wasn't daring enough. William liked to think big and he had just the idea for it.
The next afternoon William sat in his office tapping his fingers on his desk. He was mulling over his plan to go to the local news station and announce that he was interested in finding 'the one' and that he there would be an email address for anyone interested to send William a description and a short bio of themselves. He then would look through them personally and the top three he found the most interesting would be invited to spend a weekend at his home.
"You're thinking awfully hard, Will," Liam came in, carrying a tray of tea. "Are you thinking about new adventures for Spike?"
"What?" William asked, startled. "No." He accepted the cup and took a small sip. "I'm thinking of a new adventure for myself."
Liam looked worried. William wasn't really a daring kind of guy.
William ran his hand through his honey brown locks. "What would you say if I told you I am thinking of placing a personal ad? Not only a personal ad but going to the media. I'll invite three of the participants to stay here with me for a weekend."
Liam looked worried. "Are you sure that's a good idea, Will? I mean, what if they try stealing something?"
William waved a dismissal of that thought. "Come on, you have to admit it sounds like fun."
Actually to Liam it didn't sound like fun at all. "Is there a specific type of man you are looking for?" Liam asked. "You know Buffy still wants to set you up with her friend Riley."
"I appreciate Buffy's help but I'm not really interested in someone who's a cop. They work ungodly hours and I don't want to worry about a call saying he was killed in the line of fire. If I want that type of life, I write a book about it," William explained. "And no specific type. Anyone who sounds interesting."
"Well, if this is something you really want to do then I'd have to say you should do it." Liam stated. "I just hope you know what you're getting yourself into." He looked worried but knew once William put his mind on something there was no way of talking him out of it. "Just let me and Buffy know when this will be happening so we can make sure the guestrooms are set up and the kitchen stocked." Liam and William shared a smile and he left William to make the call.
Xander sighed as he stretched out on his couch. He had just gotten finished working a twelve hour shift building a new high school. Now all he wanted to do was chill on the couch with, Sparky and watch the boob tube. Sparky had jumped on Xander as soon as he lay down, demanding attention. Absentmindedly Xander scratched behind Sparky's ear as he channel surfed.
Sparky was a mutt. Xander had gone to the animal shelter looking for a roommate and found him. When Xander saw the condition Sparky was in he got physically sick. He had been told that Sparky had been used in dog fights before he was rescued. He was missing his back left leg and his right eye. When the dog fight ring had been found it was discovered that Sparky was too friendly to be a real fighter so his previous owners would beat him to try and toughen him up. Xander found he had something in common with Sparky and they instantly bonded. That was three years ago.
Xander finally came across the news and was about to change the channel when an incredibly hot looking man with the most amazing blue eyes appeared on the screen. Instantly Xander turned up the volume to see why this guy was on the news.
"My name is William Pratt. I am an author of the popular acclaimed vampire books, There's a New Vampire to Fear and New Century New Adventures." William said.
Xander could see multiple cameras flashes; whatever this guy had to say it was big.
"But I am not here to promote my books. I am not here for Spike but for myself," William continued. "While writing these books I have come to realize that my life isn't complete. I want someone to share my life with. So that is why I have decided that I want to have a contest of sorts." There were murmurs of confusion. "I am going to hold my very own bachelor contest, except this will not be for the entertainment for the pubic but for myself and hopefully my future partner only."
"What type of girl are you looking for?" "How many people will be chosen?" "How will you choose?" Questions were shouted out.
"I will not be looking for women. I am gay so of course I will be looking for men only. I will choose three; those three will be sent an invitation to spend a week at my home. For legal reasons they will not be able to give the location. As for how, I'd like the participants to tell me a little about themselves. I'm not going to base my decision off their looks but off out compatibility," William answered all the questions.
"How do we know this isn't some scam to endorse your new book further?" a man yelled.
William looked somewhat annoyed but answered the question. "I have no interest in promoting my book. My personal life has nothing to do with that. If anyone out there believes that is the only reason I am putting myself out like this then don't contact me, it will be a waste of our time."
Sparky whimpered when Xander stopped petting him. "Sorry, boy," Xander said and began petting his furry friend. "You have to admit this is… interesting," he said.
"So if anyone is interested in this… experiment I guess I'll call it please email me at Will_." William said. "I hope to meet a few of you soon. Thank you." More questions were thrown out but William ignored them.
Xander was able to rustle Sparky off of him so he could grab a piece of paper and pen. Quickly he wrote down the address before he forgot it. He looked up when Sparky was making a growly whining sound. "Sorry, bud. But this is a chance of a life time! I mean what if he is the one? It's not every day a guy announces he is looking for a… boyfriend? Lover? This might be the guy that you approve of, you know. Just think if you had another person to dote on your every demand."
Sparky's tail began to wag and his tongue hung out from the side of his mouth. Another human who he could trust and you would sneak him treats! He barked as if asking Xander what was taking him so long to write an email.
"I'm going, I'm going!" Xander laughed and began to type out a short bio. No reason to give everything away before possibly meeting the man, right?