Title: Second Chances
Author: Christy
Rating: FR 13
Fandom/Theme: Angel/NCIS
Disclaimer: I own none of the characters featured here. They belong to their respective creators and production companies.
Distribution: NeverNormal, TtH, Ffnet
Series: FFA Madness #15; New Beginnings #1
FFA Pairing: Xander/Abby
Spoilers: None
Summary: Xander mulls on second chances while trying to calm his girlfriend dow
Author's Note: I'm really excited about my FFA collection now- think I'll end up having close to 70 stories here by the time I'm done...all these wonderful pairings that have my muses jumping up and down in excitement. You can also track my progress on this and my other stories at my blog, if you are so inclined.

Xander sat on the stool just like Abby had ordered. He grinned at how much the little Goth reminded him of Willow. He straightened his spine a bit more to help stave off the feeling of loneliness and emptiness that still seemed to engulf him every time he thought of her. From their yellow crayon days through High School and college- friend, lover, confidant, wife...and damn Caleb trying to kill them all. Willow had stayed behind, knowing the spell she was going to do needed both Slayer and powerful witch blood to make sure the Minis were activated and ready. Buffy had dragged him away as Sunnydale had collapsed on Caleb, the Bringers and Willow, but all the newly minted Slayers and the rest of the Scoobies made it out alive. Most of the Scoobies had moved to Cleveland, but Xander and Spike had wanted to get away from the ache and the memories and decided to head to LA to try and help Angel. The older vampire had been understandably hesitant to accept Xander's had of friendship, but after one drunk night out at a local LA bar together where Xander had poured out all his anger and rage and love for his friends, as well as what it meant to be father to a baby that hadn't lived, since the pregnant Willow had only told him before heading out for battle- well, Angel well knew the heartache of a fatherhood stolen. They weren't best of buds, but the animosity like between Angel and Spike wasn't there.

He glanced up when Abby yelled "Aha!" triumphantly and danced around the room in such a way Xander's heart tightened in memory of Scooby Dances past.

"Abs, you've got something for me to give Gibbs yet or am I just gonna get glared at? I screwed up, forgetting your birthday, I know, but I didn't expect to have to deal with a hostage situation either!" he said, still knowing better than to get up from his seat. This was his girlfriend's subtle way of saying she was more than unhappy with him right now, and dammit, Gibbs had known it too when he sent him down to get the results from Abby! Although, Gods above, he had thought everything was wonderful when he'd asked his best friend to marry him, but now he knew it was the chance to have a second chance at love- THAT was the true blessing.