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 looked up at Spike in disbelief, unable to understand what was happening and what he was doing there with Xander Harris. Where was Angel? What was happening? Why was Spike doing this? She refused to look away from the casually smoking vampire, green orbs boring into blue, asking nothing and yet everything at the same time. He didn't answer, didn't stop smoking or smirking at her, yet there was a seriousness in those eyes that kept her from jumping to conclusions. She wanted to trust Spike, no matter how much everyone else told her that it was stupid and that he couldn't be trusted, that he would turn on everyone for his own sake.
"I knew we couldn't trust you!" Buffy snarled at Spike as she was taken into another room.
Cordelia's eyes were wide in shock. "We're screwed."
Lois kept her bright blue eyes on the demon and the possessed boy. "Solomon, what have you done?"
Xander's lips twitched with a superior expression as his gaze went to Spike. "Despite his being a demon, he and I are of like mind." He motioned for the minions holding Chloe to bring the shell-shocked blonde up onto the stage with them. "You see, he too had the misfortune of wanting someone who could never be truly his."
Pain clouded Lois' features. "Solomon..."
"When my minions found him outside he asked to be brought to me and told me about this little plan." Xander continued on as if not having heard her whisper. "In return he wished to be one of my generals when I take over this world, bring it back to its knees, and the girl is to be his." Xander shrugged. "The terms are acceptable." His gaze slid over the blonde as she was marched passed him. "I've never understood the seemingly universal attraction to blondes anyway." His gaze went to Lois tauntingly. "But you already knew that."
Chloe was thrust towards Spike and he caught her, his hand on her shoulder squeezing tightly.
She gazed up at him with a dark frown but followed his gaze to Xander and Lois.
"We can't keep playing this game." Lois sighed, looking up at him, pleading with her piercing blue eyes. "I've let my feelings for you keep me from truly ending this, but it cant continue. You need to move on. You need to find peace."
"Have The Powers That Be relinquished their hold over you so that you could tell me this?" Xander sneered. "If I remember correctly the last time we saw each other, during Constantine's time I believe, you were ascended by the Powers That Be. When I was released once more during Hitler's days covens gathered together trying to summon you and bring you to me to stop me but you wouldn't answer the call."
"I couldn't." Her chin was raised high. "I'm a Higher Spirit now, The Powers That Be...I am not allowed to intervene anymore. Or, I wasn't."
"So why are you here now, eh?" Xander stepped towards the edge of the stage, down on one knee, sneering into her face as she stood below. "Why have they suddenly decided to give you back to this plane of existence?" He hesitated only a moment before reaching out to to touch her hair. "How is it that you are here now?"
Her gaze fixed on him. "I was Drawn Down."
His fingers curled viciously in her hair as he yanked her head back. "Lies."
She hissed yet didn't fight back.
"No." He shook his head. "In every incarnation since your ascension I've had covens of the strongest witches alive trying to draw you down! There are no covens here, especially none with the power... it is impossible that this flimsy vessel could have been enough to secure you! Not this child!"
Lois remained silent, staring his fixedly.
Xander let go of her hair. "What are you not telling me, Makeda?"
"It's time, Solomon." Lois whispered.
He hissed and stood, turning towards Chloe, eyes narrowed on her as he approached.
Spike growled warningly in his throat.
Xander ignored him, grabbing Chloe's chin and raising her gaze to him. "You, girl. You're family to the vessel, you're a witch." He tightened his hold on her. "From the knowledge I've gleaned from my vessel the two of you have different surnames which have never had any connection with magic so I'm assuming it runs through your mothers' veins."
In seconds Spike had grabbed Xander's arm and jerked it off of her, using his vampire strength and speed to turn the man around and slam him face-first into the wall, arm twisted viciously behind his back. "Touch her again and I'll----."
In seconds the minions rushed forwards and grabbed him, protecting their king as they tore Spike away, forcing him to the ground.
"That was a foolish move, vampire." Xander spat, straightening his clothes once more before turning towards Chloe. "But his fascination with you is intriguing. You're not overly pretty. Makes one curious as to what exactly he finds so appealing."
Chloe bit back a retort at the 'not overly pretty' comment, keeping quiet as he drew closer, beginning to circle her like a predator.
"I do not like repeating myself child." His hand reached out and he grabbed her hair punishingly. "And I believe I asked you a question." He tugged painfully. "What blood runs through your veins?"
"Carter." Chloe cringed through the pain, hissing in relief when he let go of her hair immediately.
Xander circled around to face her once more, eyeing her. "Carter." He suddenly grinned turning towards Lois. "I see."
"Solomon..." Lois tried.
Xander ignored her, turning towards his minions. "Kill him." His gaze fell to Spike. "And then destroy this whole town and everyone inside of it with extreme prejudice."
"Solomon that's enough!" Lois yelled, eyes flashing inhumanly and a flash of power exploded form within her, sending everyone but Xander to the ground with its force. "We finish this now!"
Xander sneered as he turned to face her. "Are you finally able to completely destroy me?"
Pain crossed Lois' features before she nodded, voice haunting. "Yes."
Chloe didn't know who'd moved first, but suddenly they were fighting, both vicious and inhumanly fast.
Spike, who'd gotten free when everyone had been knocked to the ground by the power bomb radiating from Lois, reached Chloe's side. "I'd take that as your cue, luv."
The minions got to their feet and charged, some chasing after Cordelia, who'd run away screaming, while most turned towards Spike and Chloe, growling and charging.
Spike grinned, seeming quite excited as he pushed Chloe forwards to get her going and dodged the blow aimed at him. He twirled around and reached into the demon's coat, pulling out his opponent's sword before expertly turning it against him. Laughter barked out as he started having fun.
Shaking her head at the vampire, Chloe turned to get on with her part of the plan and froze when she found six demons sneering at her.
Suddenly one of them lost their head.
The demon collapsed to the ground and behind him stood Angel.
"May I cut in?" He grinned, drawing their attention to him as he twirled the sword in his grip.
Sounds of fighting could be heard in the room Buffy had been taken.
Cordelia was no where to be seen.
Jumping off of the stage, Chloe sent Lois and Xander a look before hurrying towards the center of the room, trying to measure the four sides around her equally. She shook her body slightly, taking in a deep breath, trying to concentrate, only to be tackled to the ground from behind. Her breath left her lungs as she broke the fall of whatever had jumped her, and she was unprepared for the fangs that pierced the skin of her neck viciously.
Suddenly he was yanked off of her and ash exploded all around her.
Chloe was turned around and pulled to her feet, Spike's hold on her arm unrelenting as his demon's golden gaze narrowed on the bite on her neck.
A demon rushed at him from behind.
Eyes still on her, Spike changed the way he held the sword's handle and slammed it backwards, embedding it into the demon's heart, killing it instantly.
The demon collapsed.
"Really, Bit." Spike finally let her go and tore his shirt, bunching the material, pressing it against her gushing wound. "Pay more attention next time."
Sometime during this whole time Buffy had joined the fight.
Cordelia was no where to be seen.
"Spike!" Angel yelled, surrounded. "Could use some help!"
"Bloody ponce." Spike mumbled, hesitating a second as he gazed her up and down before leaving.
Clutching the material at neck, Chloe fought the dizziness from her energy drain and blood-loss combined as she stumbled back to the middle of the room. She took in a deep breath, trying to ignore the way her blood dampened the cloth ridiculously fast. If Angel was here fighting it meant that his part in the plan had been completed, and so it was with confidence that she closed her eyes and threw her head back. She could immediately feel the talismans on each corner outside of the building, forming a perfect square, the protective seals surrounding each talisman.
Letting the cloth to her neck fall to the ground, Chloe ignored the blood flow and raised her hands. She was nervous, not sure if she could accomplish this but knowing that she had to.
Finally she felt the hellmouth energy that she'd taken inside of her jolt out into the talismans, forming a barrier around the Bronze.
Immediately Xander seemed to sense this, eyes widening as he looked around him. "No."
Lois elbowed him hard on the face, sending him flying into the wall. She moved fast as lightning, pinning him to the wall. "It's time, Solomon."
"NO!" He snarled, grabbing her by her shoulders and reversing their positions. "If you do this, you destroy yourself as well!"
She stared into his eyes and nodded. "I know."
Horror crossed over his features. "No."
The remaining demons under his control were getting slower, beginning to visibly fight the compulsion over them as the demonic, hellish energy of the hellmouth began to mess with the celestial magic of the Seal of Solomon. Chloe kept her eyes closed, forcing herself to keep the barrier up and give them that advantage over Solomon/Xander.
"Why?" Xander's voice trembled as his eyes filled with tears. He raised a hand to cup Lois' cheeks with tenderness as he stared into her saddened blue eyes. "Why can't you let us be together?"
A tear made its way down Lois' pale cheek as she raised her hand to cup his jaw. "It was always our duty to guard the Rings, it's why I came to meet you all those years ago. Surely someone so wise would be the perfect guardian." Her gaze searched his. "I was never supposed to fall in love you. Not when I couldn't stay by your side."
"I cant accept that!" He hissed, bringing his forehead to hers. "I'll never accept that!"
"I love you." Lois whispered, voice breaking. "I always have."
"Makeda..." He stared down at her, expression shattering before leaning forwards and kissing her deeply.
Lois kissed him with as much need and love.
Cordelia finally reappeared, carrying a wrapped object, which she passed to Buffy.
The demons looked around them in confusion, obviously unsure as to where they were and how they'd gotten there.
Chloe could feel her body beginning to tremble, her energy failing her as her knees buckled, but strong arms gripped her from behind, holding her up.
Angel's scent wafted around her, as he whispered in her air. "Almost there."
Buffy, the only one immune to both Rings thanks to her status as Slayer, made her way towards Xander and Lois. The cloth slid to the ground, uncovering the object in her hands, revealing the blessed handcuffs with runes etched into the steel. The Slayer had restrained Xander and Lois' wrists before they even knew what was happening, the etchings on the cuffs binding the users together spiritually, making them one, and the Rings could never be one.
Already the Seal of Solomon and the Seal of Makeda were beginning to shine fiery red in displeasure, pained expressions on the humans' faces as they turned towards each other as their spirits began to light up inside.
"Always." Xander whispered, threading the fingers of his free hand with hers.
"Always." Lois cried, nodding fiercely, tightening her hold on him.
They kissed each other passionately as the Seals exploded into molten heat, and then the hosts collapsed on the ground, the spirits within gone.
The demons began to leave rapidly, obviously figuring they were better not knowing...and not being in the presence of the Slayer.
Chloe let go, collapsing in Angel's arms, tired and worn out and desperate to sleep.
The magics from the Seals twirled around them, slowly, before forming into two rings once more and falling to the ground.
Buffy picked them up. "I think I'll take these."
As the Slayer, not only was she immune to them, but they wouldn't work for her either, which meant that at least for now they were safe.
"Buffy?" Willow groaned, coming out from the other room with Oz and Giles. "What happened?"
The Slayer smiled happily and raced towards her friends, hugging them tightly. "I'm so glad you're okay!"
"I seem to have been knocked unconscious...again." Giles rubbed his head.
Cordelia hurried to Lois' side, the key in her hand as she unlocked the cuffs, freeing the witch and teenaged boy. "Lois? Are you alright?"
Lois' eyes fluttered open, her hazel gaze staring up into the face of the girl leaning over her. "Did it work?"
Cordelia grinned down at her.
"See?" Spike announced, coming towards Angel and Chloe as he tore another piece off of his shirt, pressing it once more to the wound in her neck. "I told you that I could distract them so you could finish placing those thingies in peace."
"Yes yes." Angel rolled his eyes. "But they wouldn't have almost caught us if you hadn't----."
"Hey Bit," Spike's gaze lowered to her. "I have to say it, I was expecting some accusations back there. Would have made things seem more genuine, you know?"
"I didn't understand what was going on..." Chloe gazed up at him, feeling the thumb of the hand he used to keep the cloth pressed against her wound softly caressing her skin. "But I decided to trust you anyway. Sorry." She gave him a little smile. "Next time I'll call you something nasty."
Spike just gazed down at her for a moment before he shook his head and smiled. "It better be utterly filthy." He winked. "You're not the only one with a weakness for dirty talk you know."
Considering Chloe and Lois couldn't go into each other's homes, the group found themselves inside of Rupert Giles' home, the two witches leaning against each other on the sofa while Xander was brought up to speed as to his activities as King Solomon, and the group tried to find a solution to what to do with the two rings they now had in their possession. No one knew exactly what they should do with the rings, as they were quite powerful and seductive and anyone who wore them could over time become drunk with power like Solomon had...using his power for selfish means. Now that the spirits of the two last protectors had been destroyed when the rings were connected to each other (their power too strong and different, one of celestial nature and the other demonic) the rings were more vulnerable than ever and needed protectors. Or, at least, they needed to be hidden in a really good place.
Giles wanted to call The Watcher's Council.
Angel wanted to call a demon friend of his, Whistler, whom he said worked for the Powers That Be.
They argued over whose idea was best.
Chloe wasn't sure she wanted either to have the rings.
Where was the Watcher's Council when Buffy had called them about the situation with the Seal to begin with? They hadn't even accepted her call, saying they were too busy to deal with her at the time.
And where was this Whistler dude? The Powers That Be must have known that the Seal was there and balance had been destroyed, and yet Lois and Chloe had had to bully Makeda from the Higher Planes to help them deal with the issue.
So, according to the blonde, neither deserved, or could be trusted with, the rings.
"Why don't we keep them?" Spike wanted to know, standing by the open window, smoking. "We're the ones who bloody put ourselves in danger for them. I say Slayer's Scoobies keep one ring and we the other."
"Do you really think we'd be stupid enough to let you have one of the rings?" Xander sneered.
Spike sneered back. "Couldn't be worse than you being close to one, Harris Almighty."
Xander blushed angrily, looking away. "I was possessed."
"We destroy them." Buffy announced finally.
"What?" Willow made a face.
"Buffy, I don't think you've given enough thought to----." Giles began.
"No, she's right." Chloe responded, sitting up straighter. "The only way we can be sure that something like this won't happen again, is to destroy them."
"They're important to the balance!" Giles protested, tearing off his glasses and wiping them frantically.
"No matter how well we hide them, someone one day will find them." Buffy stood. "We were lucky this time."
"Slayer's right." Lois held her head as if suffering a severe headache. "The rings need to go."
"There will be dire consequences to these actions." Giles warned. "We can't even begin to understand what might happen from their destruction."
"We'll face them." Buffy responded, determined.
Giles sighed. "We don't know if they can be destroyed."
"I'm almost sure the Slayer can do it." Lois offered. "You're the only one immune to them as not demon or human. You're the Slayer. You're probably the only person in the world who can destroy the rings."
Buffy eyed Lois at that before fishing out the rings and looking at them, holding them on the palm of each hand. "Here goes nothing." She closed her palms and squeezed them tightly, holding them that way, and once her palms opened there was nothing left but golden dust in her hands. "Done." The blonde hurried to the open window and brushed her palms together, the golden dust being taken by the wind. "So, what now?"
"Now, we wait." Giles sighed.
"And, also, try to figure out when the Mohra demons will realize the Seal isn't active anymore and come back to Sunnydale." Chloe reminded everyone. "There's a hit on Lois and you know that Mohra don't leave a job unfinished."
"There's a hit on you?" Oz's asked. "Why?"
Lois shrugged. "Don't ask me."
"Fascinating." Giles gave her a long look. "I'll have to consult the books."
As neither girls had been strong enough to even contemplate the unbinding spell, Lois had gone back to her own place (with Cordelia inviting herself to a sleepover) and Spike and Angel brought Chloe back home. She'd fallen asleep while laying down on the back of the DeSoto, and Angel had taken her up to her bedroom, both vampires surprised to find that the room let them in without any problem unlike usual. Maybe the magic over the room could sense that she was weak and needed them.
The bite on her neck had been cleansed and bandaged, yet she was still pallid and terribly drained from both magic/energy and blood loss.
The blonde whimpered in her sleep, turning and hugging a pillow.
Angel grabbed a chair from the desk and turned it around, sitting down in the darkness, watching her in silence.
Spike was also uncharacteristically silent as he stalked to the windowseat and sat down on it, bringing his feet up. The moonlight played on him, casting half-shadows on his face as he leaned back and gazed at the bed and the girl resting there.
Neither vampire spoke or acknowledged the other, yet were in tranquil silence as they watched over the tired, drained girl.