Title: From the Flames We Rise

Author: Orilon

Rating: PG-13 for two bad words

Pairing: Spike/Xander

Spoilers: none

Distribution: If you want it, take it and let me know where.

Disclaimer: Everything from Buffy the Vampire Slayer belongs to Joss Whedon and Mutant Enemy. Anything not from Buffy comes from my imagination.

Summary: Jami demonstrates another aspect of being a Nevel Falcon.

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Xander's POV

"You lost that right when you left." SLAM.

I arrive at Giles' house as Jami was storming out the door.

"What happened?" I asked a very pissed off looking falcon.

"Dad is trying to run my life. At first he was ticked about my 'dump- feathers-on-the-Slayer' stunt last week and had the nerve to order me to apologize and second he became really pissed when he smelled pheromones coming from me when the red haired witch brushed against me."

She growled softly and added "He wants her but doesn't think he can be with her because of the curse so he tries to drive away anyone else who wants her."

"First Buffy and now Willow, who else does the bastard want?" I grouse. It's not fair that he gets all the women even though he becomes psycho when he gets groiny with them.

"I need to kill something, want to come with me?" She asks.

"Yeah, I don't think I can be around Dead boy right now."

We are walking by one of the cemeteries when we both sense the presence of vampires. I hear Jami mutter "bingo" under her breath and follow her when she follows her senses.

We walk into a clearing and see a group of 10 vampires, and I groan. There is no way that the two of us can take on this large group.

"Oh look, dinners being delivered tonight." One says and heads for Jami. Vampires really need to get better lines.

He must have been a fledge because Jami dusts him quickly. I attack the one trying to sneak up on her from behind and see her fighting again. After I stake him I turn to see her land on the ground and her knee is at an odd angle.

Jami's POV

My leg goes out from under me after the head vamp whacks me in the knee with a heavy staff. Of course the bastard had to go after my weak knee. He brings the staff down trying to hit me in the head and I roll away the best I can.

I give my self some time by kicking him in the groin with my good leg to get him away from me. I admit this was stupid; I should have waited for back up instead of going 10 against 2. I was pissed and wasn't thinking clearly.

I hear Xander dust another vampire and turn my attention back on the 3 coming towards me. I calm my mind and try to remember what my grand mother taught me about fighting and seemingly impossible odds.

I throw a stake and dust one and decide the only way out of this mess is death and resurrection. One thing I bet dad never told Xander is that Nevel Falcons can die, but they don't permanently stay dead unless they are beheaded. When a Falcon dies, they stay dead for a short period of time and then come back surrounded by flames. Sometimes we come back in Falcon form and people see a falcon rising from a flame.

I stop rolling and wait for one to kill me; another added bonus is all injuries are healed when we come back.

Xander's POV

"NO!" I shout when I see Jami being drained by the vamp that injured her.

I run over to her body and dust the vampire standing over her. Something whispers in my head to get away and I back up and watch in horror as a fire surrounds her body, dusting the rest of the vampires in the clearing.

I'm shocked when I see a black Falcon fly up from the ashes and land next to me. I watch her shift from falcon form to human form and she places her hand on my shoulder.

"I take it dad never told you about resurrection?"

"No. Angel told me that Falcons didn't die unless they were beheaded."

"We only permanently stay dead if we are beheaded, any other way we stay dead for a short period of time then resurrect, which you just witnessed."