Chapter 11 In the Air Tonight

I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord
And I've been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord
Can you feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord, oh Lord

Well if you told me you were drowning, I would not lend a hand
I've seen your face before my friend, but I don't know if you know who I am
Well I was there and I saw what you did, I saw it with my own two eyes
So you can wipe off that grin, I know where you've been
It's all been a pack of lies

And I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord
Well I've been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord
I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord
Well I've been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord, oh Lord

Well I remember, I remember, don't worry, how could I ever forget
It's the first time, the last time we ever met
But I know the reason why you keep your silence, oh no you don't fool me
Well the hurt doesn't show, but the pain still grows
It's no stranger to you and me

I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord
Well been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord
I can feel it in the air tonight, oh Lord, oh lord
Well I've been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord
I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord
And I've been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord
I can feel it in the air tonight, oh lord, oh lord, oh lord
Well I've been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh lord, oh lord

I can feel it in the air tonight, oh lord, oh lord, oh lord, oh lord
Well I've been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh lord, oh lord, oh lord

A/N: This isn't the longest chapter but it's a tension-building chapter. So to help build that tension for our heroes and for you readers it's short but to the point. The song may help or not but it's a cool song. So enjoy.

Spike looked around the room as some minions surrounded him. His hands were bound and hung up over his head. He was barely on his feet and in some discomfort. He had no idea where Brian was but it couldn't be good. The minions all at once turned to a door that opened and it was Glory. She smiled at him and walked closer. Spike did his best to not falter as Glory stood before him.

"Hello," She said sweetly and circled Spike as he made no moves. "So, you're the vampire that helps them but you have no soul." She stated trying to understand and Spike didn't say anything. "Why? You under a spell? What's the motive?" Glory then folded her arms and stood before Spike and shrugged. "You do it out of the kindness of your dead heart?" She asked him. "Well? There's a reason for everything right?"

"Which is none of your business." Spike spoke and Glory just stood there.

"What if I told you that I can make you a real vampire again? Hmm? You drink blood, kill be your own vampire again?" She asked him. "What keeps you protecting them?" She asked walking away and sat on her couch a little seductively. "Come on?" She was trying to strike a conversion hoping to know where the Key is. "Is it love? You love someone in the group?" She asked him. Deep down he did love someone in the group well there were two people he loved or at least he can say he loved. Once he started to fall for Buffy a long time ago but that ship has since sailed. There was one more in the group he loved and would protect but it looks like that ship was about to sail soon too. Glory sighed and stood up. "Time to get physical." She then punched Spike hard in the stomach.

Spike held his ground regaining himself and stood back up as much as he could. She then grabbed him by the hair yanking him and smiled.

"If you won't speak then I guess I can just dig it out of you right? You must know something." Glory smiled. "Hold still this might be a little uncomfortable." She then dug her finger into Spike's side and he let out a cry of pain. "Tell me and I can make it stop." She offered but Spike didn't say anything. "Guess I need to dig deeper." And then she shoved her finger in deeper and Spike tried to hold in the cry but couldn't. In another room Brian could hear Spike and was mentally preparing himself. He knew Spike wasn't going to give in, not easily so he would be next soon.

At the mansion Gunn had an ice back to his head while Angel sat on some ice and Doyle was getting his wrist wrapped up. Morning was here and it was a very strange morning. While those three were getting patched up Lorne and Cordelia gathered up some weapons and everyone else was a little on edge. Dawn was awake and came downstairs looking around and saw her dad and went to him.

"Daddy?" She asked and he looked over to her and she could see it, a small bruise on his head, the ice packs and she knew he was hurt. "You ok daddy?" She asked sounding concerned. "It no hurt?"

"I'm ok Dawnie." Angel assured him and she just looked at him.

"You still petty daddy," She said and did a little body wiggle with a smile and smiled a little and she came over to him and reached out and touched his cheek. "It be ok." She assured him. Just then Buffy, Isabella, Giles and Wes came in and everyone looked up. Buffy saw Angel, Doyle and Gunn being tended to. Something wasn't right.

"Party too hard last night?" Buffy asked with a tone of seriousness standing there with her arms folded. Isabella came around and saw everyone and she could feel it. Seeing three of them icing themselves like that meant there was a fight but it wasn't against your standard run or the mill vampires and demons though. Both mother and daughter could feel it there was tension and it was so thick in the air right now. "What happened?" Buffy asked as Dawn came running over to her and Buffy picked her up and Dawn hugged her.

"Daddy, daddy got a boo boo." Dawn explained and Buffy had a feeling she might get more information from the three year old than the adults. "I kissed it to make it better." Buffy nodded with a smile as Isabella came forwards.

"How did daddy get this boo boo?" Isabella asked and looked to her father. Angel knew he was in trouble seeing Isabella's face. She was still his boss and he knew when he got in trouble.

"What happened?" Buffy asked and Cordelia decided to spill it.

"Spike went out last night and now Glory has him." Cordelia explained and both Buffy and Isabella's eyes widen. "She has Brian too." And Isabella's heart sank. Giles was cleaning his glasses and sighed knowing this wasn't going to be a good day.

"How long ago?" Buffy asked setting Dawn down but she remained at her mother's feet. Angel looked to Gunn and Doyle and they shrugged.

"Four in the morning," Angel answered. "We went out after them and got ambushed. It looked like Spike was the one they wanted but they took Brian too." Angel finished rotating his arm trying to keep from stiffening. "She beat the crap out of us, we were barely able to stand ground even with Doyle in demon form." Angel explained.

"You think she can make them talk?" Cordelia asked.

"We need to go after them." Isabella said and Angel stood up but probably shouldn't have but he fought off the spinning feeling.

"We don't know where they are for one." Doyle added. "Glory knocked us to the ground and her little creepy hobbit minions hauled a vampire off." Meaning not only was she powerful but so were her minions.

"It could be a trap to lure us in." Lorne added which could be true.

"This is Brian we're talking about, there is no discussing this." Isabella stated clearly. "They both know and," She paused.

"Spike can hold out." Angel started but he wasn't sure about Brian. Spike can handle torture but Brian was a human. Yes humans can hold out for a long time but some have a breaking point.

"She's right we need to find them the longer we wait," Buffy started but everyone nodded agreeing.

"We don't even know where to start." Fred added because know one knows where Glory actually stays. They couldn't waste time searching the whole town and time was not on their side like always.

"She mentioned that this mansion was too small, she needs more space." Isabella informed them and Buffy nodded. She remembered that little detail when Glory came to threaten her.

"She wears a lot of nice clothes too." Buffy added.

"Nice clothes, big place, prissy," Cordelia listed. "I know where she is." And that was a start.

Glory circled Spike and blood not only dripped from his side but from his mouth, one eye was black, he was beaten. Glory sighed because she got nothing from him so she kicked him one more time in the groin and he grunted and hung there. She then turned to a door; it was time for plan B.

Brian sat at a small table tied to remain calm. He heard Spike's beating just on the other side of the wall, which made his heart pound with fear. The beatings stopped so it was only a matter of time before it was his turn. He had to remain calm and hold out as long as possible until Isabella came. Just then Glory was before him and she smiled.

"You again," She walked in further and got next to him. "I see you with my monk before he dies then at the hospital. I take it you can the slayer are close more than just friends." She then knelt next to him. "We can make this easy and you just tell me where the Key is and I'll let you go back to your slayer." Brian kept looking straight ahead which only angered the hell god. She then reached out and grabbed his face so he was looking right at her. "I'm a god, you treat me as one." Then Brian spat in her face. Glory backed away wiping it off of her. She then looked to Brian and backhanded him hard across the face. It was so hard that small drops of blood flew from his mouth. Brian sat back up and Glory looked to him.

"You're going to have to kill me first." Brian stated and Glory sat on the table.

"You and the vampire know about the Key. What I'd like to know is why the vampire protects these people? You know why?" Glory asked and he did. The chip has yet to fail and he knew why Glory wanted to know. She could release him from it and there was no telling what Spike would do. "Tell me and I'll let you free this once." Brian said nothing and Glory got up. "You people are pissing me off." She started to get frustrated and angry. "I mean really just answer the question." Brian then sat there. "Fine," She walked right up to him and punched him and Brian fell over still tied to the chair. Glory reached for him setting him back up. "Tell me something."

"It's only a matter of time before they looking." Brian warned her and Glory smirked.

"Please," Glory scoffed. "You can't take me. Now I don't like asking the same question over and over and over and over. One last time, where's my Key?" And again nothing but silence. Glory stared at him again and then threw a harder punch. Brian grunted trying to hold it in but Glory punched him again and again seeing if he would tap out. "See how tough you are?" She punched him again. "If I do this long enough you think the slayer will recognize you?" She then punched him in the face.

At the mansion everyone was packing up to get their comrades back. But other plans were being made. Angel made sure all the cars were lined up properly. The ones to get Brian and Spike back were at the front of the mansion the others in the back. This mission was set up to go wrong in any second. The group was split for this mission. Those going were packing up the cars with some weapons knowing they were going to have to get in and get out quickly. Glory knew their headquarters so even if they got Brian and Spike out this place might not be safe anymore. For now though they would come back to the mansion and from there do whatever is needed. Everyone gathered outside even Dawn.

"This is a salvage mission only," Buffy began as everyone stood around. "We get Spike and Brian and that's it, try to kill Glory another day." Everyone nodded slightly.

"We need to be ready, I know they'll hold out as long as possible but we need to be sure." Angel started. "We need to be ready to leave town so if we're not back in two hours get the hell out of dodge."

"Wes, Fred, Lorne, Tara, Anya and Levy you guys stay here and get out if needed. Head to the gas station near the Mojave desert off route 14 we'll meet you guys there." Isabella finished and they nodded and Buffy walked to Dawn taking her aside to explain as best as possible what was happening and what could happen. Dawn nodded but she looked unhappy about it. Dawn hugged her mother and then walked over to Isabella and hugged her and then hugged Angel. Fred took Dawn as the rest of the group headed into the cars. Isabella looked out the window seeing her sister and sighed. Angel insisted he could drive and took off.

Back at Glory's place Brian was still with it but barely. He sat in his chair seeing triple of everything and his head was pounding. He spat a little on the table and it was more blood than spit. Glory snapped her fingers and a few minions came in and untied Brian and dragged him out. Spike heard it and looked over seeing that Brian looked just as bad as he did.

"Thought as a human you would have gone out a long time ago." Glory said as Brian was being strung up like Spike. Brian was bruised and beaten and he could only see out of one eye and barely out of the other. But Glory was far from done and Spike bit down hard grunting as Glory finished slicing his chest. She then walked away and sat down looking at the two. She had beaten the crap out of them and nothing. Spike could tell that Brian was on the verge of passing out and was fighting it but this proved he was one tough kid. Spike knew torture but being torture by a hell god was very different than vampires and demons.

Glory then got up and grabbed Spike again and it hurt to move. She smiled looking at him while holding her knife. Brian did his best to try to break free of his chains but could barely move he was in so much pain.

"I have a riddle for you precious," Glory said with a smile but there was a hint of frustration in her voice. "How is a vampire that won't talk…like an apple?" Brian slowly lifted his head and looked over. She grabbed Spike's head and yanked it back with force that he grunted. "Think I can do you in one long strip?" She asked and Brian knew they needed to buy more time. He knew Isabella was coming but they needed to give her and Buffy more time.

"Enough," Brian mumbled weakly. "Enough…I'll tell you who the Key is." He said and Glory smiled and Spike looked to him, maybe the kid wasn't all that strong.

In the car as Angel drove Isabella was making sure she had enough arrows and Buffy did likewise. Isabella put on a wrist/arm guard to help absorb extra shocks; hopefully it would work against Glory. All of them were worried for different reasons. Isabella was afraid for Brian and what Glory could do to him. For Buffy and Angel they were worried what information could be spilt. Isabella was basically locked and loaded. The caravan stopped and everyone got out.

"Old home sweet home." Cordelia said. It was the rich side of Sunnydale and Buffy nodded she could feel it. Glory was around here somewhere. The places that were before them were houses and housing complexes, huge houses and housing complexes.

"We can't search the whole place." Willow stated as they all grabbed weapons they brought. They packed their things knowing they would need all the firepower they had right now. Glory was getting more and more unstable as time went on and as she searched for the Key. Going in and attacking her on her grounds could be the biggest mistake they can make right now.

"Biggest one?" Doyle asked and Gunn nodded. And they all looked to the houses and Gunn nodded.

"Which is the biggest one?" Gunn asked and Buffy took a step forwards.

"I can feel her she's nearby." Buffy spoke up and that was a good sign.

"Then we follow you." Xander stated.

"To be sure you think a locator spell might work?" Willow asked. "Have it track down Spike or Brian and then we follow?" Angel nodded. It was safer that way and it would save more time. Willow began to whisper a chant and a little ball formed and it flew off. "It'll take a second." Willow added as they gathered their supplies. Once they had their weapons they all gathered together and waited and then the little glowing ball appeared. "Let's go," And Buffy and Isabella led the group following the light.

Glory gave water to both Brian and Spike as they took it and then Glory looked at them.

"Is that better?" Glory asked them and they nodded. "Do you think you can try and talk again, now?" She asked and they nodded. "Good, because I'm tired of playing these games!" She complained and she smashed the glass against Spike's face and the glass cutting him. "'I need time, I need a drink'" Glory mocked them "You're really needy for a bloodsucker and a little boy. Start talking'!"

"It's that guy…" Brain began and then Spike realized what he was doing. Brian wasn't going to give in just buy time. It could really piss off the god though. "On TV…" Brian continued. "What's his name?" He asked and Spike was trying to help with the plan.

"On the television?" Glory repeated wondering what he meant and Brian nodded.

"That show…the prize show…" Spike added and Brian tried not to smile knowing it was a little funny but it was working. "You know, where they guess how much the stuff costs."

"The Price Is Right?" One minion asked and smiled.

"Oh, Bob Barker!" Another minion cried with a smile.

"We will bring you Bob Barker!" The first minion stated cheerfully. "We will bring you the limp and beaten body of Bob Bark—."

"It's not Bob Barker, you scabby morons!" Glory interrupted annoyed with Spike and Brian. "The Key is new to this world," She explained but was not amused as Brian and Spike were. "Bob Barker is as old as grit," She smiled but it went away quickly. "The vampire is lying to me. Both are." She then stomped off knowing it was time to kill one of them. She had no idea how the vampire was under control at the moment.

Spike chuckled a little. This plan could kill them both but might as well die having a little fun.

"Yeah, but it was fun," Spike said and Glory looked to them with a furious look. "And guess what, bitch?" He asked as he began to slightly pull on the chains feeling them loosening. "I'm not telling you a thing. You're never going to get the Key, cause you might be strong, but in our world…you're an idiot." Spike explained and Glory stood there about to burst.

"I am a god!" Glory yelled at them and the minions around her backed away.

"The god of what?" Brian asked knowing that Spike was pulling on his chains. He knew they both were about to get hurt but maybe if she gave one good swing at Spike he could be free. "Bad home perms?"

"Shut up!" Glory yelled running her fingers through her hair. "I command you, shut up!"

"Yeah, yeah, sorry." Spike gave a fake apology and looked to the hell god. "I just had no idea that gods were such lightweights. I mean, come on, my Sire is the master of torture," Spike explained and Glory boiled with rage.

"But I promise you…the slayer and her mom are going to kick your lopsided ass back to whatever place would take a cheap, whorish, fashion victim ex-god like you." Brian added and Glory walked right up to him and threw a punch so hard that his chains loosen and he flew back to the wall. Brian barely moved as he grunted and Glory walked over to him and grabbed him by the collar of his shirt.

"Oh, look at the mess I made," She sounded sorry but wasn't. "Here let me help you," She then slapped him across the face. As she looked at him she smiled. "I got plans for you and for your girlfriend." She then grabbed him and got him to his feet and dragged him but he fell but it didn't stop her from dragging him across the ground. Once he was next to Spike again she hoisted him up so Spike could see a little was going on. "Stand still, Jynxs," Glory called a minion over and he bowed. "Find a real vampire for me."

"But my beautiful holy and great one it's daylight out." The minion explained.

"Get me a vampire tell him I have fresh blood." Glory ordered and looked back to Brian and the minion bowed and left with two other minions following. Brian was still fighting the urge to pass out but managed to stare Glory right in the eyes. She smiled at him, a wicked and devious smile.

Outside the huge house the group stopped as the little ball disappeared. They looked around and then to each other. It was the place but they couldn't just bust in there, well they could but it might be a bad idea. They had to be methodical about it because Glory could kill Brian or Spike or both. Isabella looked up to a window and just knew that's where Brian was. The problem was right now it was daylight. At night they could use the dark as cover but not now. At least Isabella was smart and brought flash grenades. The smoke could give them some cover. What they don't know are how many minions they would be fighting.

They were making up the rescue mission as they went but unless you know the lay of the land it's hard to map anything out. But lucky for Angel he taught Isabella how to infiltrate even if you weren't sure of the building. Angel saw the front entrance of the building and look to Isabella; it was the only way in at this point. Isabella then looked to the window knowing that's where Glory had Brian and if she hurt him in any way shape or form she'd do her best to kill her. Isabella and Buffy were about to get up when they quickly crouched back down again seeing three minions leaving heading out.

Buffy and Angel looked at each other and they were not going in the direction of the mansion but it still didn't make them feel better. If anything they were heading out to get people so Glory can suck their brains out. The mentally insane was growing at exponential rate meaning Glory needed more and more. Isabella saw the minions leave the complex and looked at the building. She was studying the outside to make sure there was only way in and out so everything would have to funnel. She then looked to her parents and they looked to her. It was time.

And…cliffhanger yes love cliffhangers they are so much fun. But pretend there's creepy and intense music playing as our gang prepares to go in. So this is that build up chapter because the next chapter is going to be fun. Lots of stuff is coming. Glory is a mean god isn't she? So far though Brian and Spike have yet to tap out or give in. But interesting things are coming.

A break down of the chapter will be in the forum with a sneak peak of chapter 12 maybe with a title. Getting intense and it's only going to get more intense. Lots of fun but the next chapter and I will remind you readers again it's going to be a ride, it's a take a deep breath just go. Anyways more on the way. Check out the forum for a sneak peak, don't forget about my bio with the poll and cast your votes. Thanks for reading, comments and reviews are welcomed.

Song- In the Air Tonight sung by Phil Collins.