Title: How To Tame Your Vampires
Sequel to: Bloodline
Pairings: Chloe/Angel/Spike, Lois/?
Disclaimer: Don't own
Summary: Because of the family curse Chloe was supposed to join her cousin in the quest to find a girlfriend in Sunnydale, and yet somehow, instead of a girlfriend, Chloe finds herself living with two 'defective' vampires who both mark their Intent on her neck...and seem to be wrapped around her little finger.
Chloe felt seriously awkward sitting at the "Scooby Table" in the library, and she couldn't help but always send the floor a look of distrust...and feel like an utter weirdo for it. Thankfully though neither Spike or Angel, or Lois, seemed all that comfortable there. Buffy was uncomfortable as well. Cordelia though, she was oblivious and seeming quite chirper for some weird reason. Buffy filled in everyone on how they'd decided that the Seal of Solomon was what the Mohra demons had been after, and how she and Giles and the others had gone to the graveyard, dug it up, and how Xander had joked about it being an 'accessory of doom' before trying it on and doing some sort of King Solomon impersonation, declaring Buffy to be the first of his "porcupines".
"Concubines." Chloe couldn't stop herself.
"Huh?" Buffy paused in the middle of her story-telling.
"King Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines." Chloe explained. "Not 'porcupines'."
Buffy paused and blinked, tilting her head to the side. "That makes so much more sense now."
"How exactly did one guy even get around to having so many women?" Lois made up her face in disgust. "That in itself showed this Solomon dude was no good. No real man needs to have so many women." She leaned over the table. "If you ask me, that's overcompensating for something if you know what I mean."
Spike sniggered as he blew out a puff of sent.
"No smoking in the library!" Buffy glared at him.
Spike took in a deep whiff and blew the next curtain of smoke at the Slayer.
Buffy growled at him.
Cordelia raised her hand, causing everyone to look at her. "Is it pretty?"
"Huh?" Buffy made a face.
"The ring." Cordelia declared as if this should be obvious and Buffy mentally deficient for not instinctively knowing what she'd been referring to. "Is it pretty?"
Angel shook his head.
Buffy tilted her head to the side, apparently considering the question seriously. "Well, yeah, in this gaudy oldish male way."
Cordelia nodded, apparently satisfied with the answer.
The Slayer then continued her tale, saying how they came back to the library to discuss what to do with the ring and they hadn't realized Xander hadn't taken it off-and was beginning to act weird. It was only when he turned the ring on Oz and made him a minion, ordering him to attack Buffy. Xander then fought Willow and Giles off easily and somehow ensnared them...but right when Buffy was cornered something had happened, and Xander had growled something about not being able to be in this place anymore, and had rushed away almost as if in pain.
Chloe frowned her eyes at that little information, wondering what exactly it was about this place that had disturbed him so much that he'd retreated with his minions when he'd obviously been about to win.
"The ring doesn't work on Slayers. I think our whole 'protect the world' thing leaves us immune to that sort of stuff." Buffy pursed her lips as she paced the floor, obviously filled with energy and needing to burn it somehow.
"It shouldn't be working on humans." Angel declared with a frown. "There has never been a history of the Seal being used on human, it reacts to demons and only demons."
"Then it must have evolved, because Oz is a werewolf, but Willow and Giles are a hundred percent human." Buffy replied.
"Are you sure about that?" Chloe asked curiously.
Buffy blinked. "You can't honestly think Giles has demon in him!"
"She has a point." Cordelia interjected. "I don't think any self-respecting demon would wear so much tweed."
"So it must work on humans too." The Slayer insisted.
"Your dorky little friend could be minion-izing the whole of Sunnydale." Lois frowned darkly. "We need to find a way to either get the ring off of him or at least disable it, make the magic on it null and void."
"You can do that?" Buffy asked in surprise.
Lois took in a deep breath. "It's a little out of my depth, but if Chloe and I pool our energies I might be able to pull it off."
"Wait just a bloody second there, I'm not letting my bird do anything that'll be dangerous to her." Spike protested from his seat to Chloe's left.
Chloe was shocked that instead of looking pissed off at that Lois stared at the vampire for a moment before the corner of her lips lifted in a satisfied smile.
"It wouldn't be that easy anyway." Angel interjected from his seat to Chloe's right as he leaned forwards, resting his elbows on the table. "I've heard of this Seal, the Master was scared of it. No one with demon blood in their veins could control it so it was basically useless as a tool except against us. Apparently Solomon made demons everywhere his slaves and forced them to build his temples, not only for the Hebrew god but for the gods of all of his wives, and concubines. He was a tyrant. It was only thanks to the fact that he didn't know that one of his concubines was actually part demon that our side was able to get the ring away from him."
"Chit buggered him senseless then stole it while he was sleeping if I remember right." Spike agreed. "The ring then quickly passed hands as the demons kept it hidden from Solly and his people until it became nothing more but a legend to future generations."
"Till now." Cordelia announced, eyeing Buffy. "When you dug it up and handed it to the guy with the biggest chip on his shoulder and desire for some sort of authority and recognition in his pathetic little life."
"Do not talk like that about Xander." Buffy frowned.
"I'm just saying that this is all your fault." Cordelia replied.
"She's got a point." Lois declared.
"Guys." Chloe sighed, wondering why she was always the referee. "We have to work together. Why am I always the only one who remembers this? Play fair."
"Fine, I'll be nice." Lois pouted, folding her arms over her chest despite leaning hard back against her chair, tilting it far enough that she was balancing on the back legs. "Even though the world could be dominated by King Harris and it would all be the Slayer's fault."
Buffy growled at her.
"Wait." Chloe turned to Angel. "You said that you didn't think a spell against the ring would work but you didn't say why exactly."
"Oh. Right." If Angel could blush he would have been doing so right now, shifting in his seat. "Magic was useless against the ring before. It was why it was only taken from his in the late of his life. Countless witches did their best to try both of the options Lois pointed out, but the ring was too powerful. There was also some sort of protection over it that makes it invulnerable to magic."
"Great." Lois frowned. "I'm officially useless now."
Buffy groaned, throwing herself down on the seat. "We need a plan."
"Hows about this?" Spike offered, blowing out a wall of smoke at her once more. "We go with reenacting the original way it was taken. You bugger the bloke senseless then steal it away while he's knackered."
Buffy glared at Spike hotly, sending Angel a quick look before snarling at Spike. "That is not happening you pig."
"What? You were more than willing to send your so-called "One True Love" to an eternity in hell for the good of the world and all of the strangers in it." Spike pointed out cruelly. "Don't see how this can be any worse."
Silence fell in the library.
Buffy's gaze was mortified and pained as she gazed at her hands.
Angel appeared quite uncomfortable as well as his sojourn in the hell dimension was brought up.
Chloe sent Spike a glare.
He raised his eyebrow at her, obviously not at all repentant.
Cordelia's hand went up again.
Buffy groaned, resting her forehead tiredly against the table. "What is it this time?"
"Why would the Mohra want the ring?" Cordelia surprised everyone by asking a really good question. "I mean, they're demons right? So wouldn't they want it to continue being hidden? Why would they risk it being found and put on the finger of the first doofus it comes across?"
Lois' eyes narrowed, meeting Chloe's gaze. "That's a very good question."
Chloe agreed. "It doesn't make any sense. They would get nothing good out of the ring being found. It could only be used against them."
"Maybe Rupert's books have something they can tell us about the ring." Angel turned to Buffy. "What were the books Rupert was researching concerning the Seal of Solomon?"
Buffy's head rose at that, eyes wide, realizing that Angel was talking to her. "Uh..." a small blush tinted her cheeks as she looked up towards the stacks. "They're, over there. Will you help me bring them here?"
Angel looked hesitant, surprisingly uncomfortable, before nodding and standing. "Of course."
Buffy hurried to her feet, smiling brightly at him. "Follow me!"
Cordelia watched them go before turning to Chloe. "I need to pee." And with that she got up and left, humming happily to herself.
Spike shook his head. "What is she doing here again?"
Lois frowned at him. "She was using her family's influence to help me get the last of the ingredients I needed for the unbinding spell when Chloe called."
"She also asked a really good question none of us even considered." Chloe frowned. "It makes no sense for the Mohra demons to be here for the Seal of Solomon, unless they wanted to move it somewhere else to keep it hidden but still it doesn't make any sense. If they're after then why come to the school?"
Lois frowned. "You're right. If they were after the Seal they should have gone straight to the cemetery."
Something cold settled in Chloe's stomach. "They're after something else."
"Oh." Spike puffed out a blanket of smoke. "Right. Knew there was something I was forgetting."
The cousins' eyes trained on him.
"I was going to tell you before I walked in on 'Gel about to deflower you in the kitchen." Spike mumbled, apparently still displeased with the memory.
"What?" Lois squeaked, turning to look at her cousin.
Chloe ignored her, cheeks flaming, glaring at the blonde vampire. "Go on."
"Well, as I was saying, I arrived bearing news." Spike took another drag of the cigarette before answering. "Willy finally caved. The lil bugger really was holding out on us this whole time because he was irrational enough to fear the others more than us." He snorted, obviously finding this ridiculous. "He didn't know exactly what the 'other' business the Mohra were here in town to do, but he did know that part of it was a hit."
Lois snorted. "Slayer's got a hit out on her? How...mobster...of her."
"No, actually." Spike breathed out the last bit of smoke before snuffing his cigarette. "The hit, as far as Willy can tell, has been placed on you."
Lois' eyes widened. "What?"
"WHAT?" Chloe cried out.
Something crashed in the stacks and suddenly Angel was in view, coming towards them, eyes narrowed in worry. "What is it? What's wrong?"
"Nothing all that important." Spike shrugged.
Chloe slapped the back of his head before turning to Lois.
"I have a hit placed on me?" Lois squeaked, breathing in and out, obviously trying to keep calm yet not managing to do so.
"What?" Angel frowned, coming towards them and stopping by Chloe's side.
Buffy appeared, holding a large book to her chest, mumbling something about her Watching killing her when he found out that Angel had dropped his books on the ground.
"Spike says Willy told him that the Mohra are here to kill Lois." Chloe whispered.
"Part of it." Spike reminded. "It's not all about killing her. They've got another job, Willy didn't know what though."
Angel frowned darkly. "This isn't good."
Buffy looked between them before putting the book down. "Wait. Why do the demons want Lois dead?"
"They don't want her dead, its a job. They're doing someone else's bidding, and believe me, these blokes don't just work for anyone. They're snobby and only work the most powerful demons and such." Spike replied. "They won't leave until the job is done."
Lois clenched her fists.
"Spike's right." Angel sighed before turning to Lois. "How far along are you in the unbinding spell?"
She blinked in surprise, taking in a deep breath. "I just got the last ingredient I needed tonight."
"Good." Angel nodded. "You and Chloe perform the spell on the house. Until we can deal with the situation you'll stay with us. It's safer for you that way."
"Wait! What?" Spike complained.
Lois' eyes widened in utter shock as she looked at Angel.
Chloe smiled at him, that tenderness clutching her heart tighter. She reached out and slipped her hand into his, squeezing softly.
Angel's gaze lowered to their joined hands and his serious expression slipped, a small smile tilting his lips, as he squeezed her hand.
Lois looked between them.
So did Buffy, the Slayer's gaze finally lowering, closing, as she held the book to her heart.
The library doors swung open and Cordelia hurried towards them. "Guys!" She looked behind her before reaching them, eyes wide. "Scooby Pack!"
Suddenly the doors to the library flung open and Oz and Willow stood there, smiling eerily evil smiles.
Cordelia went behind Lois.
"Will?" Buffy's voice was like that of a hopeful child. "Oz?"
"We're here to get you, Buffy." Will smiled even eerier at the Slayer. "Our master wishes for you, and you will come with us and be his bride."
Buffy made a face. "Will, you don't have demon in you, you NEED to snap out of it!"
"But, you see, she actually does have demon in her Buffy." Oz surprised everyone by announcing. "You see, I scratched her last full moon while she was on Oz-Duty." He smirked. "The Call of the Wild mightn't have been the smartest choice of literature to read to an already riled werewolf."
"Scratched?" Buffy whispered that one word, horrified. "Willow, why didn't you tell me?"
Willow rubbed one of her arms and shrugged, still seeming off though. "Didn't know how to tell you...doesn't matter though." That eery smile returned. "You will come with us and be our Master's Queen."
"Number One." Oz chuckled. "I think he's going to try and surpass last time."
Chloe looked between them before narrowing her eyes when she realized that while they were standing in the doorway, they weren't coming any further inside of the library.
Hadn't Buffy said that Xander hadn't been able to stay in here for long?
There was something about this library that affected the magic of the Seal.
"Incursu sphaera." Crackling energy formed as an orb in Lois' palm. "If you don't fancy being electrocuted I'd suggest you two get the hell out of here."
Buffy sent Lois a look, obviously worried about her friends.
Chloe watched annoyance flashing over their faces, and yet neither Willow nor Oz tried to come closer.
There was definitely something about this place that unnerved them.
"Buffy." Willow tried once more, holding her hand out to her friend.
Buffy looked torn, wanting to take her friend's hand, and yet knowing she couldn't. "I'm sorry, Will. I'm so sorry that I was so preoccupied with my own issues that I didn't even notice how you must have been freaking out because of the scratch. I've been such a bad friend to you but you're my best friend and I love you." Her eyes were determined. "I will free you and everyone else from this."
For a second there seemed to be a flash of the old Willow, and then the redhead sneered and turned, leaving, Oz following her.
Tears sprung to Buffy's eyes as she collapsed on a seat, still clutching Giles' book to her heart, seeming about to cry.
"Does this mean Giles really might be a demon?" Cordelia asked.
The group was silent.
Chloe took a step towards the door before pausing and turning towards the others. "Is there something about this place that no one is telling me about?"
"Huh?" Buffy looked up, doing her best to be brave.
"What is so special about the library?" Chloe wanted to know, hands on her hips.
"You mean other than it being the mouth of hell?" Cordelia made up her face.
Chloe's eyes widened.
"What?" Lois gasped, looking around her. "That's the freaky energy that's been making me so uncomfortable?"
"You've felt it too?" Chloe asked, relieved.
"The Hellmouth." Chloe whispered.
"Right here under our feet." Lois whispered back.
Suddenly Chloe froze. "Oh my god."
"What?" Spike frowned. "What's wrong bit?"
Chloe smiled brightly as she looked up. "It finally makes sense! The reason why Xander couldn't stay here long! The reason why those two couldn't come any closer! It's because of the hell mouth being here!"
The others looked at her in question.
Except for Lois, whose eyes were widening and she was smiling. "Chloe you're a genius! That could work! It could actually work!"
"It'll be draining." Chloe warned. "And you're the one who'll have to bear most of the burden."
"I can handle it." Lois assured, the energy orb disappearing from her palm as she grabbed her bag and threw it on the table, shuffling through it. "I'll have to do the unbinding spell later when I'm recharged and I'll definitely need your help and added energy to do this, but I think I can do it."
"Good." Chloe nodded, beginning to get excited.
"Luv?" Spike seemed somewhat amused.
"Yeah?" Chloe turned towards him.
The blonde vampire patted his knee. "Why don't you sit on Uncle Spike's knee and share with the rest of the class what you two little witches are planning?"
It was only then that Chloe realized that the others were all giving her and Lois confused looks.
"Oh." She slipped her hand from Angel's, surprising even herself by going to sit on Spike's knee. "Okay, here's the plan so far..."