Xander put up his hands, as if he were surrendering. "Okay. Now that Spike's gone, can we please just talk about this and not get all trigger happy?"
Riley appeared quite willing to shoot, but
Xander nodded and gave her a wry smile. "Not exactly how I pictured telling you that I've joined the freak show."
Buffy took a step toward him. She appeared cautious, but prepared to attack. "What are you?"
"I'm Xander." Xander dropped his hands, causing them all to tighten their grips on their weapons. "Still human, with extra sauce."
Buffy looked like she didn't believe him.
"Remember how you told me earlier that you messed up
that locating spell? How you said
'lightning' instead of 'light'?" Xander said.
Riley was skeptical. Buffy wavered between disbelief and confusion. "You were hit by lightning?" she said.
"Yeah. Twice," Xander said. "And now I have the freaky ability to do things with electricity." He held up a palm and made a tendril of visible electricity dance, as he'd shown Spike yesterday.
Had only a day passed? It seemed like much longer since he'd kissed Spike, almost lost him in the ocean, figured out he'd liked Spike, and closed the conversation on sex happening between them.
"That doesn't mean you're not one with evil," Buffy said. "You're hanging out with Spike!"
"Spike's not evil," Xander began, then shook his head. "No, that's not true. He's still evil and all soulless, and stuff, but he doesn't kill humans anymore."
"Right. He gave up killing humans out of the kindness of his vampire heart."
Xander couldn't help but grin at the sarcasm dripping from Buffy's lips. "No. I made it so he couldn't."
Buffy's weapon lowered slightly.
"I still don't believe you," Buffy said, though Xander could tell she was wavering.
Xander pulled his cell from his pocket. He tossed it to her. "Call Angel and ask him. Or ask Cordelia or Wesley. The numbers are programmed in."
Buffy hesitated, and then gave the phone to
Xander inwardly snorted at Buffy's reluctance to speak with
Angel. He waited while
"You're not the only one who has magickal
accidents," he lied. He should tell
them the truth, at least
He really should've realized much sooner how he felt about the vampire. But nobody ever praised Xander for his intelligence.