Title: Everything's Changed 15/?

Author: Forsaken2003

Pairing: S/X

Rating: R

Disclaimer: I own none, all belong to Joss Whedon

Comments: Always welcomed!

Summary: Willow has done a spell now Spike and Xander are bound together. What trials will they face?

Warnings/Spoilers: Season 5ish

Beta'd by: Unbeta'd

Prompt # 338 from Tamingthemuse- Double Down

Note: From now on most of my Tamingthemuse stories will be named as the challenge.

The ride back to Sunnydale was a quiet one. Neither Spike nor Xander really knew what to say. Though both their thoughts were on the same thing. Their kiss or at least the start of a kiss before they were interrupted, if they hadn't been who knows what would have happened.

With a sigh Spike realized that if they were going to talk about it, it would have to be him that started the conversation. So he decided to double down and tell Xander how he feels even though he was confused and scared about his feelings. "About the kiss…"

Xander interrupted. "You don't have to say anything, Spike. It was in the heat of the moment. I know that vampires get a high from a fight and I just happened to be the one there at the time," Xander replied not wanting to admit that the kiss stirred something in him. Though if he were honest something was already stirring in him when it came to Spike. He didn't know when or why and that scared Xander.

"You're right about the high after a fight but I can tell you this I wouldn't have wanted to kiss anyone there but you." Spike decided to come clean.

"Really?" Xander asked perking up. He wasn't expecting Spike to say that.

Spike looked at Xander from the corner of his eye. "Wouldn't say it if I didn't mean it. Not known for saying things just to make people feel better now am I?"

"That's true." Slowly Xander began to smile. "So what exactly does this mean?"

"Beats the hell out of me, pet," Spike answered truthfully.

They went back to not talking both trying to figure out exactly what they wanted from each other. They both decided that whatever was going on between them didn't need to turn into something serious, at least not this quickly. After all it wasn't like either of them were going anywhere anytime soon.

The first stop Spike and Xander made when they returned to Sunnydale was to drop by the Magic Box. Giles had phoned them thirty minutes ago telling them something important came up and it needed to be discussed right away. It didn't matter that it was almost midnight.

"Giles, what's so important that couldn't wait until tomorrow? Some of us could use forty winks," Xander said as soon as he pushed open the door. He looked around and saw Giles drinking scotch and Buffy hugging Willow while rubbing her back. "What's wrong?" He rushed over to his girls fearing the worse.

Spike stepped in behind Xander and watched from the door.

"Xander, I am so sorry," Willow cried. "I know I've been a bad friend. I was just too stubborn to say it. To really mean it.

Xander frowned not understanding. "Willow, what's going on?"

Willow looked over at Giles who nodded his head. "I've talked with Giles and we've decided that it would be best if I go to England for a while. There is a coven there that can help me."

"You're leaving?" Xander asked.

"Just for a little bit," Willow said. "I'll be back. Giles is going to come with me for support."

At a loss of words Xander just flopped down on an empty chair.

"I'm glad you decided to accept help with your powers, Red," Spike said. He walked over to Xander and placed a hand on his shoulder. It didn't go unnoticed by the others.

"What's going on here?" Buffy asked looking suspiciously at the two of them.

Xander looked up at Spike. "Um… we don't really know." He decided the truth was the best way to go. "It doesn't matter we have time to figure it out. Right now it's about Willow." He turned to his oldest friend. "Are you sure this is what you want?"

Willow nodded her green eyes watered. "Yeah, Xan. It'll be good. I need to learn from mistakes. I can't just keep making excuses for myself.

"When do you guys leave?" Xander asked, a lump formed in his throat.

"Tomorrow night," Giles replied. He was surprised at how well Xander was taking this. Even though he and Willow had been having problems he was sure Xander would object. Instead he was acting like a mature adult. When had that happened?

"I guess no time for a going away party then," Xander joked but he didn't smile.

Buffy pulled her friends into a group hug. Giles joined them. Their little family was separating, but luckily none of them would be alone. "We'll plan a big welcome home party for them. With balloons and streamers and cake."

"I like cake," Willow mumbled into Xander's shoulder making them all laugh. They all pulled away. "Thi8s is for the best. Besides it's not like England doesn't have phones or the internet. We'll be able to talk."

Xander kissed Willow's cheek. "I'm proud of you, Wills."

Willow smiled before walking over to Spike who tensed. She poked him in the chest. "I don't know what's going on with you and Xander but promise me you'll look after him. He has a tendency of getting into trouble, you know."

"I'll look after the whelp," Spike promised.

"Good." Willow then grabbed Spike and hugged him. "And I'm really sorry for what I did to you and Xander."

Spike stood stalk still not sure what to do. Finally he patted her on the back awkwardly. "It hasn't been all bad."

"Come on, Wills I'll help you pack." Buffy took Willow's hand, said good night to the others and led Willow out into the night.

"I think it would be best if we all went home," Giles said as he put his scotch bottle away. "I have some arrangements that still need to be taken care of.

Xander nodded. "Sure, Giles. Take care of her for me."

Giles smiled. "I will. I'll phone you when we get settled."

"Let's go, pet. It's been a long day." Spike put his arm around Xander's shoulder. "You can see Red and the watcher in the morning."

"We could use a ride to the airport," Giles told them.

"I'm all over it," Xander said with a smile glad he could be helpful. "Good night, Giles."