Characters/Pairings: Spike/Xander, mentions of Spike/Xander/Angel
Rating: PG for this chapter
Prompt/Challenge: Al dente
Warnings: Shapeshifting
Disclaimer: I don't own the boys, I just like playing with them. No money being made and no offense intended.

Fifth in the Shifting for the Future!verse

Surprise Vistor


Spike smiled at the scene before him. Dawn was slumped over a thick tome snoring softly. On the table above her, tangled in her hair was Angel, sound asleep as well. Angel's small form nearly vibrated with the force of his purring.

The vampire-turned-kitten had been stuck in animal form for a month with no sign of turning back. Spike shook his head, that wasn't quite true. They knew what would change the older vampire back, but it hadn't happened yet. Angel had to accept the help and love from the people closest to him in order to return to his normal form. That of course was the problem; Angel had issues with asking and accepting help let alone love. All the years of labour under his curse had warped the vampire's mind into thinking the love and laughter were things to avoid. The rest of their made family were slowly teaching him otherwise.

"Dawn," Spike called softly, not wanting to startled her awake with how Angel was wrapped in her hair.

Dawn blinked and lifted her head slowly, stopping at the tugging feeling. She turned a little and grinned at the sleeping Angel. "How long has he been here?"

"Dunno, pet," Spike said with a shrug. "Had to be sometime after you feel asleep."

"Move him so I can sit up, please?" she asked.

Carefully, Spike lifted the tiny kitten from Dawn's hair, cradling the still sleeping form against his chest. "What were you working on?"

Pushing her hair back, Dawn made a face. "We're working on myths in class," she said distastefully. "I didn't want to use the normal ones so I'm translating one of the old ones. Extra work for me, but it'll probably get me a better grade too."

"High marks are good, ducks," the vampire reminded her.

"I know," she sighed. She reached out and pet Angel gently. "Are we any closer to him changing back?"

Spike shook his head. "I don't know. Willow thinks yes, but Buffy and Xander think he's still got a ways to go."

"They'd know," Dawn agreed. "Willow always had more blinders where Angel was concerned." She blinked. "I always thought Buffy would but somehow it's Willow."

"Red often has blinders about those she cares about," Spike said with a sad smile. "She wants to think the best of people."

"You'd think she'd be aware of how bad people can go considering everything," Dawn noted.

"Some people don't want to admit there's darkness in the world," Spike said quietly. "Especially the darkness in friends and family."

"She'll have to learn," she stated. "Something's coming."

"What?" asked Spike.

"I don't know," Dawn replied. "Something major though. And it's centered in us."

"Darkness from within," a voice sang from the shadows of the room. "The Green sees it. Dark and pain driving out."

"Dru," Spike gasped, nearly dropping Angel. The kitten woke suddenly, fur standing on end.


"Hello, Spiky," Drusilla said dreamily, swaying slightly as she stepped from the shadows. "Hello, Angel-Kitty."

"What are you doing here, Dru?" Spike asked, putting Angel down on the table.

"Visiting, of course," she smiled. "I wanted to see my dark prince and my daddy." She looked at Dawn. "Run and get the Kitten-Knight, the Red Tree and the Slayers, little Green. We'll be here waiting."

Dawn smirked. "They're already on their way."

"Pretty and powerful, little Green," Dru sang softly, running a hand down Dawn's cheek. "You will change the world."

"How will she change the world?" Xander asked as he entered the room.

"She'll start and stop the end," Dru said with a wicked smile. "The end is here. Are you ready?"

The End

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