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Confusion of Three -- Chapter 16 of 17

Disclaimer: Legal stuff, don't own characters, haven't made any money, this is for entertainment purposes, no profit earned, lawyers go away. –kisses-

Spoiler Alert: There are tidbits from past episodes and Spanderverse: stories.

Notes: Fifth story in the Spanderverse-universe, following “Spanderverse: Burial”.

Everything from the television series through the defeat of Adam also occurred as depicted, in the Spanderverse. Following Burial and before this story BTVS: Real Me occurred. This is the Spanderverse: version of BTVS: The Replacement.

Note in the Spanderverse, Anya was employed at the Magic Shop by Mr. Bogerty until ‘Real Me’, as mentioned in Spanderverse: Dracula.

People’s thoughts are depicted in italics. You’ll find emphasis depicted with an underline.

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Spanderverse: Confusion of Three

Ch. 16 – Toth, Again

 

“There is not going to be any more fighting,” Buffy addressed Hyena-Xander, “Got that?”

 

Behind her, she heard an alarmed grunt from Giles as she spun around. Unfortunately, Toth was standing right there and Buffy was met by a hard, scaly fist that sent her reeling across the room and onto the floor. She felt her shirt soaking through and thought she’d been tore open, until she smelled wine from underneath her.

 

Toth raised his wand in his tight grip and tried to fire off a shot at Buffy. But, Riley was able to kick the staff and the shot went wide, melting a hole in the carpeting to Buffy’s right.

 

“Hey!” Commando-Xander yelled, as he leaped to engage Toth, “That was my security deposit!”

 

Buffy returned to her feet to see Toth’s staff glowing in her direction again. Just as the staff fired another mystic charge, Buffy leaped out of the way, a window behind her shattering under the blow.

 

“Stop tearing up the apartment!” Commando yelled at Toth, kicking the staff nearly out of the demon’s grasp.

 

He recovered however, and returned a blow of his own, striking Xander across the head and sending him across the room into a far wall. Slamming heavily into the plaster, an impression of his head was left in the wall as he slunk down to the floor, heavily dazed.

 

Willow and Tara had retreated several steps away from the melee and were now shouting at the group. Trying to get everyone away from the demon so they could let loose with a spell or two, Willow groaned in frustration as Spike leapt into their line of fire.

 

As Spike got in a few ineffectual blows on Toth’s heavily armored stomach, Buffy ran full tilt to rejoin the battle. Just as she reached the two sparring, Toth clobbered Spike with a meaty punch sending him to the floor in a heap.

 

Hyena-Xander pounced onto Spike’s prone form, “Stay down! Stay safe, Spike! This is Buffy’s fight, not the pack’s!”

 

Buffy reached Toth and struck him in the face with two forearm blows. As he staggered back toward the counter, she grabbed him around the head and slammed him face first, cracking the marble counter top. Toth immediately fell in a heap at her feet, unconscious.

 

She, breathing hard, grabbed his staff and broke the mystic device over her knee. The staff seemed to grow hot for a moment, but even before she had time to react and drop it, she saw that it had reverted to an ordinary branch. Cedar, if she wasn’t mistaken. She looked at Toth’s prone form, only to see it fade away, leaving a dark burn mark in the shape of his body on the carpet.

 

Spike lay under Hyena-Xander, now more annoyed than he’d been when he had been nibbling his neck. “Do you mind?” he said, pushing his form off of himself.

 

Buffy checked on Giles’ condition and finding him alright, she ordered the various Xanders to get back into position for the de-spelling.

 

“Oh, man, look at this place,” Zeppo whined. The apartment looked like a storm had raced through it. He’d be lucky if the police weren’t already on their way. Of course, being Sunnydale, it was equally possible that no one would get involved, despite the obvious racket.

 

As Spike watched the Hyena-Xander walk back toward his place in line, he glanced over to see Tara’s smirk; her watching him watch Xander’s ass.

 

Clearing his throat, he quickly made his exit with an, “Uh, you’ve got things in order here….”

 

Giles resumed his place before the interruption by Toth, “Well, are we ready to try this again, then?”

 

“Wait,” Anya rushed up to him, “Can’t we just send the Spike-lusting one away? And then I could have the other two for the night? I mean, they can be re-merged at any old time, right?”

 

As Giles tried to answer, fighting his inability to make a coherent sentence in his embarrassment, Riley added to the suddenly uncomfortable atmosphere.

 

“Uh,” Riley asked Buffy, though loud enough for the room to hear, “When my back is turned, has any of the Xanders been checking out my butt?”

 

“No!” Zeppo answered in a panic.

 

“Oh, puleeze,” Commando responded, while Hyena simply rolled his eyes and glared sullenly at him.

 

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As Giles began giving each of the Xander’s a lit candle, he told the group, “We’re ready. And let’s all forget there was any disturbing sex talk.”

 

Willow and Tara joined hands again, taking a moment to center themselves.

 

“Check,” Willow said, “Sunnydale amnesia engaged.”

 

As Giles stepped away from the Xanders with their lit candles, she intoned, “Let that which was sundered, be put back together.”

 

“That was it?” Xander said. But as he looked to his right and left, he found that he stood alone. “What happened to the other candles?”

 

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End Ch 16

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