Chapter Ten: The chapter where Xander has an obligatory scene with every major character that isn't Spike or Angel
Wesley gazed over the documents, paying particular attention to the notes Xander had scribbled in the margins. "This is good," he said finally, "It seems one of my predecessors was clearly on the right track." Unbeknownst to him, Xander silently breathed a sigh of relief, he really didn't want to screw up on his first day and from what he remembered, Wesley had been harsh when it came to feedback. "While there isn't everything here, there is a damn sight more than what we already had. Good job."
"Thanks sir," said Xander.
"You don't have to call me Sir," said Wesley, "Just Wesley is fine."
"Yes Just Wesley." Wesley chuckled wearily.
"Xander," he said, "You were not funny back then and that hasn't changed. You have a job now; you do not need to try your hand at being a comedian."
"See?" said Xander, grinning, "This is progress. Back in Sunnydale you would have just whacked me in the back of the head."
"Well," responded Wesley, "When we were Sunnydale, Fred hadn't threatened me into being nice. For some reason she wants us to get on."
"You know," mused Xander, "For such a little thing she can be awfully scary when she puts her mind to it."
"Yes she is indeed different to other ladies," agreed Wesley. Xander hesitated for a second before responding.
"Are you ever actually going to make a play for her?" he asked carefully.
"I beg your pardon," he responded sharply.
"Hey," said Xander defensively, "It's just… She knows about you and I got the idea that she was interested."
"I am your boss Harris," he began angrily, "My private life is not for – Sorry, what was that last part?"
"When I was in observation I mentioned that I thought you liked her," he answered, "Don't ask – your body language practically spelled it out. Anyway, she wasn't laughing or treating it like a joke, she seemed serious. And before you ask; I'm not trying to curry favour with the new boss. She was nice to me when I needed… someone nice. This is me trying to return the favour."
"She likes me?"
"You know," said Xander pointing to his one good eye, "This thing is for more than just decoration it actually sees stuff."
Gunn heard a knock on the door. "Xander," he said, greeting the newcomer, "What can I do for you."
"I just wanted to hand in the contract," he said placing it on his desk, "See? All signed."
"So you decided to stay on?" he asked.
"Yeah," Xander answered, "I guess I did. I think I could get used to the whole nine to five thing."
"It does have its advantages," Gunn agreed, "Speaking of; I did mean to mention this earlier, sorry about that. Did you know that you could get that eye replaced?" Xander looked at him in shock, his hand involuntarily touching the eye patch. "The firm used to kidnap unimportant employees and harvest their organs but now with the new administration, they get everything from people who donate their bodies when they die. If you wanted I could talk to Angel and speed up the process."
After he left the office, Xander pondered the implications. If he asked for it, he could get his eye back.
"Honey I'm fairly certain that Bob Crane has been dead for a while," said Lorne into receiver of his brand new mobile phone as he strode down the halls of Wolfram & Hart. After the Halloween "incident", Fred bought him one so he could go home to sleep but still get into contact with clients at a moment's notice. Unfortunately, "No," he said, keeping the irritation well away from his voice, "We are not going to raise him back from the dead. I keep telling you we can't do that. Yes he was very funny, yes it was sad what happened… You know what? I'm going through a tunnel – I can't hear… You're breaking up – kkkkkk ahhhhhhh, cchhhhhhh." With a hearty chuckle he hit the end call button and returned the phone to his pocket. Spotting a familiar figure amidst the sea of suited lawyers he changed direction and headed towards the lost looking Xander Harris. "You lost sugar?" he asked kindly. Xander turned to look at him.
"Hey," he said, "No I'm not so much lost as just trying to learn my way around. I'm actually off the clock right now."
"Yeah this place does take getting used to," Lorne agreed, "It took me ages to find out where everyone else was. Anyway, how was your first day?"
"It was great," he answered, "I did all this stuff back at Sunnydale except this time I get to take home a pay cheque. Speaking of home do you know of any good places to rent in L.A.?"
"Where are you staying right now?" asked Lorne.
"I'm staying at a backpacker's lodge on the outskirts," he answered, "Just a temporary gig until I find a proper place."
"Well I can't think of anything off the top of my head," Lorne answered, frowning slightly, "But I can put out a few feelers if you like. Something will turn up. If you don't want that," he added, "You could go to Gunn and see if there are any vacancies in employee housing."
"I think I'll stick with the first one," Xander answered, "I know I work here and there's a completely new regime but I think I'd feel safer I wasn't here all of the time"
"No problem," said Lorne smoothly, "I understand perfectly. I'll get back to you in a few days and let you know if I find anything."
"Thanks," said Xander patting him on the shoulder, "I'll see you round."
Harmony's palm slapped sharply against Xander's face. He smiled awkwardly.
"Sorry?" he said. He quickly grabbed her hand before she could hit him again. "Don't do that again. Jeez that hurts."
"It's less than you deserve," she said.
"What exactly did I do?" he asked, "And if you hit me again I swear I'm reaching for a stake."
"You just," she began, "You know…?"
"Know what?" he asked, "Seriously? Is this a thing with all of the girls I sleep with? Weird vagueness and other… stuff?" He exhaled slowly. "Look," he said, "I don't think a public parking lot is the best place for this kind of thing. Do you want to get a cup of coffee and talk about what the hell happened last night like rational adults?"
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