Mysterious Child


by
RogueSpike



Part One

Spike growled to himself as he sat in the Magic Box, listening to Buffy bable on about the latest demon. He couldn't figure out what was wrong with him. He kept swinging abruptly from normal, to extremely pissed off at nothing, back to normal, touchy, back to normal, touchy again. He was in the touchy faze right now. It had started about a week ago.

"Spike? You listening?" Buffy asked. Spike jumped, then glared at her for no reason.

"No, I'm not listening, I don't have to," Spike snapped. Buffy frowned.

"You okay? You've been acting weird all week."

Spike shrugged, abruptly going normal again. "I dunno, I'm having mood swings."

"All week?"

Spike nodded. "yup. All week. I have absolutley no idea why."

Touchy again. Oh, this was so much fun. Maybe that guy he'd played around with last week had drugged him or something.

Spike realized Buffy was talking to him again and looked over at her. "What?"

"Do you want to help kill the demon?" Buffy repeated.

"No," Spike told her, getting up. "I'm going home."

Spike walked out, but instead of going home he went to the cemetery oposite of his. He sat down on a gravestone.

"This is bloody ridiculous," Spike murmured out loud.

For some time it kept happening. Spike began to wonder if something was wrong with him after four months of it. Finally he went to the Magic Box and started flipping through books.

"What're you doing?" Willow asked.

"Looking for something about Vampire's with mood swings," Spike told her. "They haven't gone away and it's been four bloody months!"

Buffy raised an eyebrow. "Mood swings for four months? Ouch."

Spike glared at her. "Don't, I'm in touchy mode."

"You've got them catagorized?" Xander said with a slight laugh.

"Yeah. I'm normal, touchy or extremely pissed off at absolutely nothing."

For the next few hours Spike flipped through books. Then, just as he was about to quit, he saw something.

He froze.

Spike quickly reread the part. His hands started to shake and suddenly he slammed the book shut and ran out of the Magic Box, taking the book with him.

"Bring that back!" Giles yelled.

Spike didn't listen, he just ran. Ran as fast as he could, arriving at his crypt in record time and slamming the door closed. He sat down heavily in his chair and looked back down at the book.

"Oh god," He murmured.

He flipped it back open and again read the section.

Though most Vampires are generaly alike, there is one type of rare Vampire that is different from others. On a certain date the Vampire, male or female, can have a child. They will not have the usual sicknesses, only extreme mood swings.....

Spike closed the book, unable to read anymore. It was just to...unnatural! He looked down suddenly and layed a hand over his stomach. There was a kid in there? Spike shook his head. Maybe it was something else.

"I'll know in five months," Spike muttered out loud.

Spike didn't go back to the scoobies for almost a month. He finally got the guts to and went back, taking the book with him and hiding it on a shelf.

"Where have you been?" Buffy asked a bit angrily. "We could have used your help the other day with a really bad demon...."

It suddenly occured to Spike that maybe he shouldn't fight until he knew.... "Uh, Slayer, I'm not going to be helping you for a little while."

"Why?"

"Something's come up."

"How long."

Spike looked at the slayer, then sighed. "Five months."

Buffy's eyes widened. "Five months....?"

Spike nodded and sat down. "Don't ask me."

Buffy just stared at him. "Five months?! What came up that you can't help for five months!!"

Spike glared at her. "I said don't ask!" He snapped.

"I don't care!"

Spike stood up. "Yeah? Well, it's my business, not yours!"

Xander suddenly stood up. "Whoa, hey guys, cool it. I can understand why Spike's mad since he's got the mood swing problem, but Buffy, just leave him alone, k?"

Both Buffy and Spike looked over at Xander, Buffy like she wanted to make him shut up and Spike in surprise. Spike sat back down.

"Thanks," Spike murmured. Xander nodded.

"I dunno why you're all weird, but just so you know you can talk about it if you want."

Spike smiled at Xander, wondering what was driving him to be nice to him. "Thanks, but I'd rather not."

A little while later Spike swung from normal to extremely pissed off at nothing. He was glaring at everybody and throwing things at the wall or Buffy. Then he went back to normal.

"This is bloody ridiculous," Spike murmured. He laid a hand over his stomach again, wondering if it was something completely different or...what the book had said.

Then he felt something move.

It startled him so bad he yanked his hand away. Xander gave him a peculiar look. Spike gingerly laid the hand back on his stomach. He felt something move again, and realized it wasn't something else.

Then suddenly, Xander's eyes grew huge. Spike raised an eyebrow at him and Xander gestured for Spike to follow him. Spike shrugged when the others looked at him and followed Xander out back.

"What?" Spike asked.

Xander looked like he was trying to talk and failing. He took a deep breath. "I just noticed...you've got those mood swings, and you....just now, when you had your hand over you stomach..." He trailed off. Spike swallowed. "I mean, do..."

Spike stepped up and took Xander's hand, laying it over his stomach. At first Xander looked confused, then his eyes got huge again. "Oh, that's just....."

"Bizzare," Spike finished. Xander nodded, though he didn't move his hand. "'parently I'm a rare type of Vampire that can have kids. Both male and female, as you just realized. I royaly freaked out when I found out."

Xander nodded again. "I would, too. I mean, finding out a vampire could have kids would be weird, then finding out a guy vampire could too...." He frowned suddenly. "You wouldn't know it, though."

Spike looked down and laid his hand next to Xanders. "I was noticing that."

"So, when did this happen?"

Spike shrugged. "'bout four months ago. I was out looking for a shag and this guy was up for it." Spike smirked. "He was HOT, I wasn't about to pass up."

Xander chuckled. "Bet you would of if you'd known."

Spike frowned and fell silent for a moment.

"I don't know," He said after a moment, almost a whisper. "I may have."

Xander looked over at him with a questioning look. Spike tried to explain. "It's just...once you get past the weirdness of it all, it is sort of....neat."

Xander remained silent for a moment, then a small smile flashed across his face. "Yeah, I guess it is. You gonna keep it a secret?"

Spike nodded. "You took it well, but I don't want the other's reactions right now. Side's, I....I'm afraid Buffy'll try to take it from me."

A funny look appeared on Xander's face. "You actually want it?"

Spike looked surprised at himself, then smiled and nodded. "Yeah, I do."

Xander shrugged. "Cool. What're you going to name it?"

"I don't know. I don't even know if it's a boy or girl."

"Well, you can always pick a name for both."

Spike nodded and thought for a moment. "If it's a boy I'll name him Will, if it's a girl..." He trailed off for a moment. "I'll give her two names. Ginny as a first, and if she's tomboyish she can go by...Alex. If you don't mind."

Xander's eyes widened yet again when he realized Spike was going to name it after him, at least the second name. "No, I don't mind at all!"

Spike grinned. "Alright. We better get back in there, Slayer'll think we're trying to kill each other."

Xander laughed and he went back in first. Spike waited a few moments, then went back in as well.

"Did you two try to kill each other?" Buffy asked. Spike sent Xander a 'I told you so' look and smirked at Buffy.

"No, just having a conversation."

Spike sat down at the counter, then again laid the hand over his stomach. He felt it move again, and this time it was hard for him to not just grin happily. A small smile escaped onto his face, and he ducked his head to hide it. He rubbed his stomach slightly and realized there was a very, very small bump there. He hoped it didn't get any bigger, or the others would notice and then there'd be awkward questions.

"Is your stomach sore or something?" Buffy asked suddenly. "Cause you keep rubbing it."

Spike jumped slightly at the question. "What? Oh, yeah, I ate something funny."

Buffy just shook her head.

Spike sat there for a while longer, trying to keep his hand away from his stomach. Then, suddenly, he got extremely sleepy and before he could even get up fell asleep there at the counter.





Part Two



Xander was worried. About Spike, of all things. He wasn't quite sure what had gotten into him recently. He'd not only grown fond of Spike, he'd started worrying about him and such. It was a bit disturbing. He hadn't seen him for another month now, which meant Spike was five months along. Xander supressed a shudder. That thought was so weird. As Spike had said, it was kinda neat, too, but still weird!

Xander glanced around him to make sure there were no Vampires. He had a cross, but it was kinda small, and he wasn't sure how much use it would be. He quickly made it the rest of the way to Spike's crypt and knocked.

"Go away," Xander heard Spike's voice carry through the door.

"It's Xander!" Xander called through the door.

There was a pause, then. "Fine."

Xander pushed the door open and saw Spike sitting watching Passions. He had a large blanket thrown over him that covered everything but his head.

"You okay?" Xander asked. "I haven't seen you for a month."

Spike looked around at him, then sighed. He let the blanket slide off.

Xander saw immediately why Spike didn't want to go out.

The small bump Spike had on his stomach had grown to pretty noticable. He looked at Xander helplessly.

"I didn't want to go out, not like this," Spike gestured at his stomach. "I don't even know if it'll go away."

"It will," Xander promised. He noticed suddenly that Spike seemed paler than normal. "Have you been eating?"

Spike shook his head. "No."

Xander thought for a moment, then made up his mind. "You wanna come stay at my place for a while?" he asked, making it sound like he was giving Spike a choice. "I could get you blood and stuff and you wouldn't have to leave."

Spike looked surprised at Xander's offer. "What's gotten into you, Whe...Xander?"

Xander shrugged. "I've grown fond of you, scarey as that is."

A small smile sneaked it's way onto Spike's face. "Well, at least somebody likes me. Yeah, okay, I'll stay at your place."

A little while later they arrived at Xander's. Spike sat down on the couch.

"That book forgot to mention a few things," Spike grumbled. "Like the fact that you fall asleep at the weirdest times and your mood swings get worse."

Xander smiled sympathetically. "How much worse?"

Spike sighed. "There's a new one. It's the other reason I haven't showed up. I'll burst into tears at the dumbest things."

Xander winced. "I wouldn't want to be around anybody either. I won't laugh at you though, promise."

Spike smiled. "Thanks. Um, I don't suppose you have any ice-cream?"

Xander laughed "Ice-cream? Yeah, I've got chocolate mint."

"Could I have some?"

Xander nodded and went to get a bowl. Spike leaned back and ran his hands down to his stomach. If he thought on the bright side, at least he wasn't getting sick, but Spike just couldn't think like that right now. At the moment, all he could think was that he needed ice-cream and a nap.

Xander came back with the ice-cream, and Spike took it and ate it slowly.

"Thanks," he said around a mouth full.

"No problem," Xander answered. He sat down on the couch next to Spike and flipped the TV on. Spike put the bowl down when he was finished and looked at the TV. Soon his eyelids began to droop. Xander looked down when he felt a weight on his shoulder and laughed softly when he saw Spike had fallen asleep leaning on him with his head on Xander's shoulder. He looked back at the TV.

Some time later Spike woke up feeling very cozy, unlike when he woke up in his chair all cramped. He sighed happily and snuggled his head down on the shoulder it was lying on.

Shoulder?

Spike opened his eyes and realized he was leaning on Xander. He was a bit surprised that Xander hadn't pushed him off. He really should stop being surprised at him, he thought.

Deciding he was way too comfortable, he remained where he was. Xander realized he was awake and smiled at him.

"Not moving?" he asked. Spike shook his head.

"Nope, too comfy," Spike said. Xander nodded and wiggled his arm out from under Spike. He slung it loosely across Spike's shoulders.

For some time they remained like that. Soon Spike fell asleep again, and Xander began to feel a bit sleepy himself. He grabbed a blanket from the back of the couch and threw it over them both before he leaned his head on Spike's and fell asleep.


~*~*~*~*~


Spike was jolted awake again by the sound of the doorknob rattling. He sat up, then, his eyes still on the door, he shook Xander awake.

"Wha..?" Xander asked sleepily.

"Someone's trying to get in," Spike pointed at the door.

Xander frowned. "Someone or something?" He raised an eyebrow at Spike. Spike shrugged.

The rattling got worse. Xander got up and peaked through the peephole in the door.

"Something," he told Spike, backing away from the door nervously. "They look mostly human, but their eyes are weird."

Spike got up. "What are they doing here?"

Xander shook his head. "Hell if I know. Come on, let's get out of here."

"How exactly?" Spike asked wryly.

"Window. Fire escape."

Spike walked over and looked out the window. "If we'd had to do this five months ago I would've thought 'fun.' Now I'm thinkin' 'oh shit.'

Xander snorted and opened the window. "I'll help you. Come on."

It took them a while to get out and down, but they made it. Spike heard the door burst open in Xander's apartment and sighed with relief that they had made it.

"Come on," Xander took Spike's arm and led him away from the apartment.

"Where are we goin' to go?" Spike asked.

Xander stopped, then took both Spike's arms and looked him square in the eye. "We're going to have to go to the others. Unless you think you can find a way to hide this." He took a hand and laid it on Spike's stomach as he said it. "You're going to either have to tell them or come up with a really good excuse."

Spike swallowed. "I'm afraid they'll try to take it from me."

"I won't let them," Xander promised.

Spike took a deep, unneeded breath and nodded. "K, lets get this over with."

They walked quickly toward the Magic Box, glancing over their shoulders every so often to make sure whatever had broken into Xander's apartment hadn't followed them. Spike paused when they reached the door of the shop.

"I'm scared," Spike admitted suddenly, not caring at the moment if he sounded like a ponce. Xander laid a hand on his shoulder.

"Don't worry."

Spike rolled his eyes. "Be in my position."

"No thanks," Xander grinned as Spike smacked him on the arm lightly.

They stood there for a few more minutes.

"You first," Spike told him. Xander sighed and opened the door.

"Hey guys," he greeted causually.

"Hey Xander," Buffy looked over his shoulder at Spike, who was standing directly behind Xander. "Spike, go away."

Spike growled at her. "Can't."

He looked at Xander pleadingly. Xander smiled at him, then looked at the others.

"Giles, you remember that rare Vampire you found in that book?"

"Yes."

"Spike's one of those Vampires."

Silence.

Spike peeked over Xander's shoulder. Buffy stood up suddenly and walked toward them.

"You mean Spike can have kids?" Buffy said disbelievingly.

"No, I mean he HAS a kid," Xander told her.

Spike hesitantly stepped out from behind Xander, hands protectively covering his swollen stomach. "That's why I kept rubbing my stomach and having mood swings," Spike told her. He suddenly stiffened and hid behind Xander again.

"What?" Xander asked.

"I'm in "gonna cry at nothing" mode."

"Why didn't you say something?" Buffy asked.

Spike glared at her. "I thought you'd try to take it from me."

Buffy shrugged. "Well, yeah, it's not like you can raise a kid, and I don't think you'd want it...."

"I bloody well do!" Very suddenly he swung to pissed off mode. "It's mine and I want it and you can't take it!!"

Buffy looked surprised. Then she hardened. "A demon can't raise a kid."

Spike went back to 'cry at nothing mode' and burried his head in Xander's shoulder to hide the tears. Xander glared at Buffy.

"Leave him alone," he told her. "It's not your choice, it's his."

"Xander..."

"No. I promised Spike I'd help him, so you'll have to get past me first."

Buffy frowned. "Why ARE you helping Spike, anyway?"

Xander sighed. "Cause I like him. Now, the main reason we came here is because something broke into my apartment. We got out before it go in, and I didn't get a good look at it, but I have an odd feeling it was after Spike."

"Or what's inside me," Spike muffled voice said around Xander's shoulder.

"Or both," Xander nodded. "All I saw was that they looked pretty much like humans except their eyes were really weird looking."

Buffy glanced once at Spike, sighed and said. "K, lets get with the research."

"Screw that," Spike mumbled, pulling his head off of Xander's shoulder. Xander chuckled in agreement and went to sit down. Spike dejectedly grabbed a book and sat down close to Xander.

Xander watched Spike out of the corner of his eye. Spike flipped through the pages, obviously bored. He was begining to fall forward. Xander watched as the book fell out of Spikes hands and he slumped forward onto the table. He picked the book back up  and set it on the table.

"Is he okay?" Willow asked with her usual concern.

"Yeah,  he falls asleep alot."

A bit later Spike started to spasm. Small cries escaped his mouth. Xander put a hand on his shoulder and shook him gently.

"NO!" Spike jolted awake. He looked at Xander, wild fear in his eyes. "They tried to take it, they tried to take my baby," Spike whispered. Xander slid closer and let Spike lean on him.

"It's okay, it was just a dream," Xander assured him.

Spike shuddered. "Didn't feel like it."

Giles leaned forward. "What exactly was it? It may be important."

Spike shuddered again. "There were demons, they looked human except for their eyes. They...they were trying to take my baby. They wanted to use it for something, they wanted to use me too. I don't know why, but bloody hell..." He trailed off. "They wouldn't hurt me, or the baby."

Spike looked at Xander suddenly. "The demons that broke in, you said they looked like humans with weird eyes, right?"

Xander nodded. "Yep."

Spike groaned. "Great, just bloody great."

Spike suddenly grabbed the book he'd dropped earlier and flipped quickly through it. He stopped suddenly and scanned the page. His eyes widened.

"What?" Xander asked.

"Another prophecy," Spike told him. "Something about those demons and a ritual. I can't make out the rest though."

Giles pulled the book away from Spike and looked at it. "Look for more on these demons...."

"Forget that!" Spike interupted. "Find out who they're after, me or..." He trailed off and put his hand over his stomach. "Or both."

Giles sighed. "Alright, look for both then."

Several hours of research got them nothing but what they had already found. Spike fell asleep again half way through.

"Hey, Buff, you think the bleached one and I could stay at your place for awhile? They know where I live, and you could keep them back if they find out he's there."

Buffy sighed. "Fine, just make sure he stays out of my way."

Xander nodded and shook Spike until he woke up.

"We're going to Buffys."

"Oh god no," Spike moaned. "Just let the demons find me."

Xander laughed. "No. Come on, you can hide in the room and never come out."

Spike chuckled. "Can we try to get past Joyce? I don't want her seeing this."

"Why?"

"Cause she'll fuss over me way too much."

Spike wrapped the duster around himself as much as possible when they arrived at the Summers house. Luckily for him, Joyce wasn't home yet.

"What room?" Xander asked.

"Take Dawns, she can sleep in my room until we figure all this out."

Xander nodded. Spike was already headed up the stairs.

When Xander got up there Spike was climbing into the bed. Xander glanced at the clock. 10:00 pm. Jeez, he hadn't even realized it was dark. He yawned and started to grab some blankets off the end of the bed. Spike raised his head and then shook it.

"What?" Xander asked. "You want these?"

Spike shook his head again. "You don't have to sleep on the floor, there's plenty of room in here."

Xander thought for a moment, then shrugged. "Okay."

Xander climbed up behind Spike. Spike moved back until he was snuggled up against Xander.

"Like sleeping snuggled with you," Spike murmured sleepily.

Xander laughed softly. "Honestly, I like it too."

Spike smiled and fell asleep. Xander stayed awake for a while, watching Spike sleep. He let one hand slide down to Spike's stomach. It was still weird, feeling something move in there. Spike's hand slid on top of his in his sleep, and the smile came back. Xander smiled as well, and before he realized what he was doing he kissed the top of Spike's head.

It took him a second to realize what he'd just done. He waited for embarrassment to hit him. Nothing. Xander shrugged, snuggled down and let himself fall asleep.




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