The Incidences of The Blippy Dohickey 2: A Very Xanderish Thing To Do.
Jack walked into the hub by the emergency exit, staring at the backs of his people. He set himself up in a good spot. "Dawn?" he asked casually.
She turned, smiling at her father. The smile fell a bit as she looked him over. The outfit he was wearing clearly showed the problem. "Huh. I didn't know you were giving me a sibling." She smiled happily, swinging her chair a bit. "I'll gladly babysit and all that when you need time off. I'm sure yours will be better behaved than Miss Hairpuller Cassandra."
"I had no intention of giving you a sibling," Jack said dryly. "Did we perhaps have a problem?"
"No. I haven't done anything magically in weeks."
"Are you sure?" he asked a bit too calmly.
"Yup. Are you sure it's just not that the stepfather is super good?" she quipped back.
"Do you think we've had time to have relations if you haven't?" Ianto asked from his desk.
"Good point I guess." She shrugged. "I didn't do it."
"Figure out who did do it," Jack ordered.
She knew that look on his face. He was going to kill someone in the most messy manner possible. "Sure. I might have to go herb shopping and I know you hate it when I do. Or, hey, another option. MASTER NYCOM! HELP!" The old mage appeared. "My father thinks my magic slipped and I know it isn't my magic that slipped because I haven't had any surges in weeks," she babbled.
The old mage sighed. "Sometimes I have to do what I learned from teaching Xander." He covered her mouth, staring at her. "Dawn, what seems to be the emergency?" She pointed. He looked at Jack. "I did not know your people could do that."
"They can't," Jack said.
"Could this be like Xander's magic going odd if he doesn't get sex for weeks?" Owen asked. He was freaking out mentally. This was *really* bad. He might have to deliver this spawn. He hated babies.
Master Nycom walked over to where Jack was standing, laying a hand on the baby bulge. He hummed as he read the signature. "It was not your daughter." He smiled. "It was emotional," he said quietly. "I have no idea if it can be undone." He lowered his hand and smiled at Dawn. "No, dear, this was not your screw up so relax. The witches won't yell at you for this."
She sighed, smiling at him. "I knew I didn't do it."
"Then how did he get stuffed up?" Ianto asked.
"You're really potent," Owen quipped with an evil smirk. "I'm not delivering this one either! Be damned if I want to hear mushy cooing over it either. Babies drive your brains to mush."
"Not as much as some telepathic species do," Master Nycom quipped with a smile. "I think that's something that is evolutionary to make sure people protect the innocent." He looked at Dawn. "It seems familiar to you." He winked and left.
She stared at Jack. "If it wasn't me, was it another magic user in town? Because I think there's only one here. Or only one I've felt things from."
He shook his head. "He said it's emotional."
"Huh." She got up and came over to lay a hand over the bulge, petting it gently. She looked at him. "Let me make a Xander-leap of logic here. Was anyone recently wishing anything?"
Tosh shook her head quickly. "No, not even a thought of wishing for children." She looked at Gwen, who only shrugged.
"Gwen?" Ianto asked smoothly.
"Oh, bloody hell, woman, you made a damn wish!" Owen complained.
"I was alone!" she defended. "I wanted everyone to be as content as I was then." She huffed off.
"Owen, can you do blood tests on the rest of us?" Tosh asked. "I don't want kids yet."
"Definitely with you on that," he agreed, going to get needles. "Jack, want me to run yours to make sure you're all right?"
Jack shrugged, looking at his daughter. "Can it be undone?"
"If you get the demon to rescind her wish, but that can kill them."
"I will kill them for this." He walked off. "How would we figure it out?"
"I can ask D'Hoffryn. It'll take a summoning though, so definite herb shopping needed. For today, why don't you go to putter in the greenhouses?" she asked hopefully. "I need to weed. That'll be calming."
"Fine." He went to do that. Owen took blood from the rest of them to run.
Dawn looked at Ianto. "I have english at 2. The herb shop doesn't open until noon so I'll go after class and set it up at home?" she suggested. He nodded that was fine. "Are you sure you're not a super stud?" she teased with an evil grin.
"Quite. No time recently unfortunately."
"I hear you there," she sighed, giving him a hug. "Well, maybe I'll have a sibling and I'll teach it how to be cool and pretty."
Owen came out of the lab. "Tosh, bad news." She moaned, shaking her head. "Dawn, thankfully you're not."
Dawn looked at him. "The Doctor said I couldn't until I quit having form fluxes."
"Good point. Thank God." He let her take some of his blood so he could run it. Even though Jack was an alien, if they could make guys pregnant they wanted to make sure of it.
"You know, if he keeps it, that means Gwen has to go into the field more often," Dawn quipped. "She'll get to do all that stuff that her boy hates."
"True," Ianto agreed. "Well, I'm sure he'll be happy to know that." He called him to let him know that his wife was a problem yet again.
Dawn and Tosh shared a mean smirk at that bit of problem making and went back to work.
"Thank you, God!" Owen yelled.
"Am I?" Ianto called.
"Then seconded," he said, getting back to Rhys's complaining about his wife.
Xander appeared when Jack yelled for him, staring at Jack oddly. "It's not mine, right?"
"No," Jack said. "It's a wish demon's."
"Ah." He nodded, laying a hand on his stomach. "Okay then. Amalia!" he bellowed, summoning her. The wish demon appeared with a squeak. He smirked. "Hi."
"Harris," she sneered. "How dare you summon me!" He pulled up power and she gaped, shaking her head. "No! You can't do that! Buffy said you can't do that!"
"I'm not the same Xander I was then," he said dryly. "Since then I've ...traveled. Learned a lot from The Coven as well." He flashed his mark, making her shudder and look away. "You did that?"
She looked then shrugged. "She wanted everyone to be as content as she was holding the baby." She tried to move but he stuck her in place. "Hey!"
"The last time I knew you were over those who plot, not the gentle, motherly thoughts," he said dryly. "Vengeance for those whose plots went awry wasn't it?"
She blanched. "I decided to temp," she offered. Jack was glaring. She was trapped with two immortals who were going to kill her. She quickly summoned her boss to save her. "Sire."
"Harris?" he asked, giving him an odd look. "You've changed." Xander smiled and nodded. "Interesting. Why call on me?" Xander pointed at the obvious problem. He tested it then his person. "Whose plot was that?"
"The one wanted everyone she knew to be that happy and content."
D'Hoffryn shook his head. "The quality of my staff has went down since the eighteen-hundreds," he complained to Xander.
Xander smiled. "Can you fix it if Jack doesn't want the baby?"
He considered it, looking at him. Jack nodded. "Do you want the wish undone?"
"Yes. Males aren't supposed to have babies and I doubt my mate wants one either."
Dawn appeared, hugging Xander and smiling at D'Hoffryn. "The magic sensors out here went off."
"Key," D'Hoffryn said, nodding politely at her. He looked at Jack. "Your healing has taken hold of it. I'd have to unravel things and it could cause problems."
"He's not the only one she did it to. Tosh is too," she told Jack.
"I'm going to beat Gwen to death for this," Jack decided.
"Want a sword?" Xander asked with a smile.
"Maybe." He glared at the minor demon then at the head demon. "What can we do?"
"It would have to be something that could end your self healing talent for a few minutes but not kill you."
"Don't you dare call him," Jack ordered when Xander sighed and reached for his pocket.
"Doc would help."
"I don't want to hear about this later on," Jack shot back.
"Fine." He pulled him closer, concentrating and creating a ball of liquid energy. He hit Jack with it, knocking him out. D'Hoffryn ended the spell and wisely disappeared with his demon to punish her.
"Have fun spanking her," Dawn called. "Don't forget the rest she did it to." She walked over to give her father's healing gift a boost, making him gasp and sit up. "Hi, Dad." She smiled. He ran a hand over his stomach. "He took the fetus with him," she said quietly. He nodded, hugging her. "Maybe I'll get one the normal way," she teased. "Some year. That way I have someone to tease and protect beyond my boyfriend." She helped him up. "Though, if you do knock up Ianto, can I plan the baby shower?"
He hugged her. "Have Owen take those nasty thoughts out of your head, Dawn." She laughed. He looked at Xander. "Thank you."
"Welcome." He ran a hand over his head, fixing something that wasn't quite fixed. "He tried to suppress your immortality." He finished fixing it and Jack glowed for a minute. "There, all the blocks on you are gone." He smirked. Master Nycom appeared, giving him a pointed look. Xander shared that spell's feel with him.
"Then I believe it's time for you to handle that problem, young one." He disappeared again.
Xander nodded. "I can do that." He looked at Jack again. "You're clear. Make sure Tosh is." He looked around then at Dawn. "Summon a few imps?" He pointed. "And you have a pregnant spore plant." He disappeared before his luck ran out and it spewed on him again. Not that they weren't fun times but he had found a new cache of things to translate the other day.
Dawn summoned some imps that were compelled by the magic of the greenhouse to weed. "That's a neat spell," Jack decided. "Can they hurt things?"
"No. If they try it'll cause them great pain. Only one plant's been harmed." She went to weed that one herself. She also cut off the spore plant's blossoms so they could screw with them in the lab. Owen had wanted to see what sort of application was needed to use them. She teleported them both back to the office, presenting Owen with the flowers first. "Spore plant," she said happily. He smirked, taking them to experiment on. "Step-dad, he's okay now." Tosh sighed in relief. "You'd still have to check." She went to get Owen to do that. Dawn skipped off to get her next dose of Ianto's special coffee, her only addiction outside of Owen. He did taste good. Especially the time she had combined them.
Jack shook his head quickly, looking at his boyfriend. Who smiled.
"I'm free," Tosh called. She came back. "Those plants smell very nice."
"They're plants that spew spores. The spores make you want to breed," Dawn quipped. "They got released a few times on Xander's project." She took two and put them in a sealing box, taking them to the city. Botany came out to scan the box, beaming at her. "I know you're not allowed to have the whole plant but I know someone wanted to experiment with the spores here too."
"Those stay in containment," the head botanist said firmly. "I don't need infected again."
"Of course, but Owen's figuring out if we can make a gel or a viagra substitute from it," Dawn quipped with a grin. "These were at the day of spewing stage." She disappeared.
Botany finished cataloging them. "The blooms are two days immature from expelling the spores, Doctor Walters."
"Thank God. Let the other botanists know we have some to look over and the chemists please, Botany." She finished with her current plant while they hurried in to look over the things. They could do some amazing things for the world with them. Plus fund the city.
Xander looked at the general. "I had to hit Torchwood due to a wish demon incident."
"Why?" he asked.
"Because one of his people made a wish that everyone would get to experience what she did while she was holding her daughter." General Landry went pale, shaking his head. "As far as I know the demon only hit her friends. We might test some of the usual people though."
"Go take bloodwork, Harris."
"I'm still infertile and I'm not the same Xander they knew. It wouldn't hit me. Daniel.... John....."
"Take the test anyway," he ordered. Xander smirked but went to tell Doctor Lam. She was going to throw a fit. They'd handle it well enough if it did happen. He hoped.
Jack got the message from Daniel about wish demons and had himself checked. Just in case. Things like that happened around him all too often thanks to Daniel. Nope, nothing. He passed on the warning to Martha Jones since she had worked with Torchwood a few times. That might include her in the group.
Xander got a visit from Colonel Davis. "Yup, what's up?" he said as he worked on something on the whiteboard. He glanced back at the silence. "I know, it's a huge ass mess, but there's no room for bookcases."
"Doctor Jackson's office used to have this same sort of mess," he said. He sighed, looking at the younger man. "Your contract is up again."
"Yay," Xander said flatly. "Did we bring one?"
"Some of the clauses got an evil look from the higher ups."
Xander stared at him. "They can't have my shit, I don't care if they don't like it."
"I'm not sure if that was the one or not." He found a free seat and pulled it out. Xander looked it over, grimacing. "Yes, I see that they did want more control over your plants and anything else you find."
"Half of the stuff I have isn't from Pegasus. Outside of Morticia and Gomez, and a few others in Botany."
"They want you to not work on anything until they get this hammered out."
"I'm translating. We need this."
"We have other translators. The city included as they pointed out." Xander rolled his eyes. "It would give you the time to work on your storage areas since one was trying to do some research that way."
"Did they find out I temporally traveled?"
"Yup, sorry, sir."
"Don't sir me, Colonel. I'm a Xander." He sighed. "You get to tell Radek since his timed out the day before mine."
"I've already talked him. His has very few clauses that are questioned. Since he's mission critical they said he can stay."
"So in other words they really hate me sleeping with Radek?"
"A few might but I think they more worry about what you'll do."
Xander stared at him. "If I actually wanted to destroy everyone, I could've done that years ago. You can tell them that. Let me finish this section and I'll go clean out my storage areas for a few weeks. I know that I put all the books up already."
"Sir, where is your primary residence?"
Xander smirked. "On another realm. With the coven I'm part of." He groaned. "I have it mostly sealed but there's entries here on the city and a few on Atlantis. My friends and made family can get there."
"That's good to know."
"You can remind him I'm not American anymore too."
"I think that's part of the problem." He stood up, staring at him. "Not that I don't understand and I totally agree with your reasons, but he's worried. Especially since you said you weren't going to show up at apocalypses."
Xander snorted. "Why would I want to save greedy asses like him?"
"I wouldn't. Let me talk to him, sir. You should probably clean those out today."
"Or yesterday," Xander said with a grin. He winked and finished up the translation then grabbed his newest bracelets, taking them back by about a week to clean out all his storage areas and steal back the things that shouldn't be in others' hands. Including a few things that Dawn had. He came back to the right time and went to get the doorway that held all his other areas off Atlantis, which he had forgotten before, but it had been very safe there, bringing it back to the house too. He had to sort through a lot of crap. Jewelry, artwork, clothes, a few more chairs and a special bed that got put into a locking, sealed room. His creation areas and storage areas from the future were enough to give him work for months. He found Evan's painting supplies and put them in his bedroom so he could use them later. He hadn't painted in a while.
Evan walked into his room and saw his easel. He closed the door and walked through the portal to Xander's place. "Why did you put my easel in my room?" he asked casually.
"Because some senator on the IOA board hates us being together, me not being American, and is worried I won't show up for apocalypses. So until they quit trying to block the new contract, I've got time to sort through everything. I found it in the room that held the future workshops. I knew you hadn't painted recently." He took a kiss and smiled. "Not like I'm kicking you out, Evan."
"Good." He took another kiss, going to set up his easel and get to work. He had missed painting. It was very calming and nicely stress relieving.
Dawn walked in from her portal, flopping down. "Why did you take the screwdriver thingy?"
"Because it was a cutting tool and you were about to cut off your head," he said dryly. "Help me sort jewelry into past, modern, and future." She nodded, moving to help with that. He had whole boxes of jewelry. A few pretty jewelry boxes as well.
"Who made this one?" She held up the box.
Xander looked. "I did when I was bored one day." He smiled and got back to it. "Yes, you can bum it." She smiled and put it beside her after making sure it was empty. He heard the knock and went to answer the portal. "Yes, Colonel Davis?" He let him into the house. "Problems?"
"This really isn't in Pegasus?"
"No. It's really on another realm. The coven is out of time and space totally."
"Oh, I see." He looked at him. "He said you can't have anything from Pegasus."
"I got Morticia and Gomez long before I made it to Atlantis," he said dryly. "You can point out that I got it from an ex in the twenty-ninth century before I got back from my temporal travel."
"Oh, I see." He nodded. "Anything else that blatantly came from Pegasus?"
Xander considered it. "A few plants in Botany. I didn't plant any of them here. A few in Cardiff but I collected those myself."
"Those spore plants," Dawn said.
"They're all over the universe," Xander told her. "Not just there." He looked at the Colonel with a smile. "The stored stuff."
"I thought you had more."
Xander smirked and pointed at a shrunken box. "Very handy."
"Very," he decided. "He's against anyone having anything outside of the SGC."
"I'm not going to capitulate. I got it before I went to the SGC. They have no right to confiscate anything. If they try, I get to put my skills to ruining him the same way I did the last president." He grinned sweetly.
Davis shuddered. "Understood. I'll call and tell him that. He thinks we should've confiscated things before you joined the SGC."
"They had no idea what I had then and if I have to, I'll take back all my stuff, including all the future weapons, before we came back." He nodded and left to point that out. Xander pointed. "Guard it for me?"
"Gladly. I don't usually get to play with jewels."
Xander smirked as he walked out to follow him. "Sir, you're not supposed to be on the city," Davis said.
"I found Nila. I can bring her to the coven's realm with me," he said dryly. He smirked. "Phone." It got handed over. Xander walked off talking to him. Then he tossed the phone back and teleported. "Ah, the benefits of magic," he said dryly.
"Beaming?" the senator snorted.
"No, no beaming. I don't usually beam. I blip, I teleport, but I don't usually beam. Why waste the energy?" The senator glared. Xander smirked. "Yes, I learned real magic, Senator."
"We should have confiscated everything....."
Xander did a discernment charm. "Huh, nicely done on the concealment charm." He ended it and stared at him, getting a horrified look back. Xander grinned. "I had it all before I went to the SGC. I picked up very few things. For that matter, I may still back up Buffy. Though I'm thoroughly disgusted with the conduct of the higher ups in my *former* country."
"I can have you arrested," he vowed.
Xander shook his head. "No you can't. For what?"
"Making me appear this way."
"I only ended it and any other magic user will testify to that." He smirked. "Beyond that, American courts don't believe in magic." The senator slumped. "I don't like playing politics. I got tired of it when I was seeing an emperor." The man gave him a horrified look. "And then a ruler in another galaxy that's far on the other side of Pegasus.
"I've been all over this universe. You can't prove I got anything from Pegasus while I was supposed to be there. For that matter, I can bring Nila with me to protect her from you. We all know I don't care about peaceful species but chaos demons.... No." He smiled. "Now, want to leave me alone? Because I'm actually happy and helping on Nila. My boyfriends are there."
"Won't your wife mind?" he sneered. He held up a form.
Xander looked at it. "We never married. Anya and I broke up when I got back from my trip. Before I went SGC. If you asked, they'd tell you that." He handed it back. "I can summon her since she's got her job presently."
"No," he said, shuddering. "We're worried something of yours will fall into the wrong hands, Harris."
"I'm immortal," he said dryly. "Thanks to how some extreme energy warped against the Sunnydale taint." The man gaped in awe. He stared back. "Beyond that, I'm pretty sure I can trust my boyfriends and my almost little sister, Dawn. Almost no one else can get into my house. Which isn't in Pegasus either."
"I'm living with the coven." He showed his mark with a smirk. The man's eyes bulged and he shuddered hard enough to move scales. "So, no, I don't think that's a worry."
"You have future tech."
"That I'm hiding from everyone, including Rodney McKay. He knows that and knows why. He and the Doctor talked a few good times about that subject."
"But... the Doctor? As in *the* Doctor?"
"Yeah, he and I met a few times on my unplanned trip," he said dryly.
"You traveled through time and space without plans?" he snorted. "Sounds like you."
"Actually, I activated a time agent's jump band by accident after I got it off a demon."
He nodded once. "Fine. Do you want to stay with the SGC?"
"Yeah, for now. My boyfriends are there. I like the translating work."
"Yeah, I a linguist." He smirked. "I only temp in botany and physics. One of my boyfriends is teaching me theoretical physics."
"Whatever. I still want to see what sort of future tech you have."
"That's against the Prime Directive and the Doctor's orders," he quipped with an evil smirk. "There's no way in hell. Not even Rodney gets to see all of them." He hung up the phone. "Now, any other things you want to be shot down about?"
"You could take them over, couldn't you?"
Xander shrugged. "Why would I want to? That's really boring and a lot of paperwork. No boyfriend time, no time to eat, a lot of problems? I'm having fun being the geek to military liaison."
He snorted. "Fine, whatever. I'll let O'Neill have your specialized contract," he sneered.
"Thank you," Xander said.
"As long as all the weapons land at the SGC."
"They're all on Atlantis. Sorry." He shrugged and disappeared. He went back to his sorting, finding Radek and Rodney helping. "Thanks, guys."
"We heard about the stupid senator," Rodney said dryly.
"Yeah, he's a demon and wants all the future tech stuff. Pity." He got back to work on something. "Rodney, you're not supposed to see some of that."
"I remember those rules," he said dryly. "Think we can do a few hours in the Tardis away from all this?"
"Probably but I don't want my ass smacked. Doc and I need to have a talk anyway." He got back to his artwork, sorting out some things that were really ugly. "Presents," he muttered.
Dawn snickered. "At least your former lovers had somewhat decent taste." She held up something. It was a huge, round ruby with a strand of black onxy leading from it. Just a single strand. "Did it break?"
"No. Did I clean it?"
She gave him an odd look. "This is a sex toy?"
"Yeah. Really expensive version of anal beads." She carefully put it aside. He smirked. "Where did you find that? I was looking for that last week."
She pointed at the box, letting him go through that for the other sexually related materials. She didn't need to know about such things. Owen would think she was getting too kinky again.
Rodney looked at what he was taking out then at the boy. "Your choice?"
"No. A count's choice." Dawn gave him an odd look. Xander shrugged. "I was sick as shit with the plague, black plague, and was having to defend the town I was recovering in. The whole town was a plague town and someone decided to attack. I defended the town, pretty much by myself, and the local count wanted to reward me. I kinda passed out at his feet that day so he took me in and thought I was very heroic, noble, and sexy. So of course I'd repay the healing care he gave me in a good way. He wasn't *bad* but ... The toys were nicer than the sex. I had a few of those actually."
Radek looked at him. "You had black plague?"
"How?" Rodney asked.
"Different strains. You didn't see that in the memory review?"
"I passed on most of the sexual matter," Rodney said dryly.
"I forgot. Yeah, there's a few like that. Half the artwork comes from them." He pointed at that stack. He got back to work on what he had been doing, taking a few things from Rodney and Radek, putting them in his lap before they tried to fiddle with future tech they couldn't have.
"Xander, this isn't all you had in storage," Dawn pointed out.
"I know. The rest is the stuff I know is mostly future stuff that's upstairs. Locked in a room."
"Oh." She nodded, getting back to the jewelry. Jack and Ianto walked in. "I'm helping Xander sort jewelry stuff."
"I can see that." He picked up something. "Isn't that the Star of India?"
"Yeah, I bought it in about ten centuries."
"Oh." He put it back down. "Anything we can help with?"
"Some seriously future stuff upstairs," Xander offered with a grin. "You can sort that jewelry and clothes out."
"We can do that." He and Ianto got drinks, taking them up there to help him with that.
Ianto found a box of clothing. "I didn't know they had harem pants in the future," he said, pulling some out.
Jack sniffed. "Those came from the nazi bastard that wanted to keep him and Doc." He put them into a pile and started on the others. The bed they were sitting on was nice and soft. "I wonder where this came from." He ran a hand over the quilt. "Hmm. Mystical marks sewn into the pattern. I wonder what for." He got back to it. It was very relaxing and helpful. Some of this stuff they couldn't let get out. Though he knew some would be found this century by the people downstairs so he could casually drop it on them.
Ianto pulled out something. "What is this?" he asked, holding it up. "I haven't seen that sort of stone before."
Jack took it to look at in the light, then laid it on the quilt. It lit up. He picked it up, handing it back. "They're like rubies only more fragile and the name roughly translates to blood's birth." He smiled. "They're fairly rare because they're so soft. Xander probably can't wear that with his magic." He saw Ianto pull out a few others. "Hmm. Must have come from a magically null world." He took the smallest to Xander. "Do you have a padded box?" he asked, holding it up.
Xander grimaced. "I forgot those were in there." He took one of his empty jewelry boxes to charm the outside of it then the inside to protect them. Jack laid that in there and he nodded. "That should hold everything but the cuff. We can pry the stone out of it and wear the cuff without it. Thanks," he said with a smile.
"You're welcome." He took it back up there. "We can put most of it in here." Ianto pointed at the pile on the box lid he was using. "That's probably not all going to fit." He put the most delicate things in there then found a small, untouched box in the closet in there to put the rest in. "I don't think he realized he had that many." He put them on the dresser in there then sat down to go back to sorting clothes.
"Another few sets of harem pants and other thin, showy things to wear," Ianto said, putting them into one pile.
"Some of the ones he slept with probably liked him in them," Jack said with a smile. "You'd look nice in that one."
Ianto gave him a dirty look. "I'm not your harem pet, Jack."
"No, of course not. Maybe just a birthday present?"
Ianto shook his head. "I can't bellydance at all."
Jack snickered. "Did you take lessons?"
"I tried one at the gym. Didn't work for me at all." He got back to his boxes of strange things. "I have what looks like a hard drive." Jack put it with his and they went on. "Where is he going to put all this?"
"Some he might sell." Jack finished up and labeled the box he refilled with skimpy clothes. That got put aside and the rest got put into newly labeled boxes as well. The rest of the room had tech and other things much too future even for Jack to touch. Xander came jogging up and put something on the quilt, then stared at them. "I noticed it was magical," he said dryly.
"Thank God I can't impregnate him by sitting next to him," Ianto joked.
Xander looked at him. "You can if you try in this bed." Ianto blushed. "Seriously heavy magic. Someone made it for me so she could get a piece of the future me." He left, going back to his sorting. "The problem quilt is blocked for now."
"Good, what does it do?" Dawn asked.
"She created it so she could get knocked up by me."
"But you're not compatible with humans," Radek said.
"Yeah, it's magical, Radek. I could knock you and Evan up on that quilt." He shuddered. "That's why I put the holding stone on it, just in case Jack feels frisky."
"I'd like a sibling some year but maybe not this one," Dawn called.
"No siblings!" Jack yelled back. He came down. "Xander, those hard drives?"
He stared. Then he nodded once. "Tardis is in the closet." He smiled and put them in there for the boy. Xander got back to sorting. The clothing got put into his closet for him. "Thanks, guys."
"Welcome. Why do you have fur?" Ianto called from the main closet.
"Because they wore them there?" Xander guessed. "I caught a few." He got back to his sorting, taking something from Rodney as he ignited it. He turned it off and put it into his lap. It fused two things together, making Xander wince and work to get them unfused.
Radek leaned over to help. "What do these do?"
"That's a plasma wave disrupter that's now fused with a wave generator." Rodney looked over, reaching over to help. They finally got it undone and safely stored away in the Tardis. They came out to find an MP in there. "I could've sworn I locked that," Xander said dryly.
"I had General O'Neill let me in, sir. Where is this?"
"My house." He smiled. "Why?"
"Sir, there's a call for you to be in DC right now."
"For?" Xander asked.
"Huge demon, sir."
Xander sighed, grabbing a sword and walking him back to Jack's office after retuning the portal. He had walked through one on Atlantis so something was going on. The sword would do him good. He gave him a small nudge. "Run and tell someone. Whoever hatched the plan." He jogged off. Xander followed, nodding at a few people. "I don't know, O'Neill said he wanted to see me. I was sorting my sword collection." He walked into Jack's office, staring at him. "You sent this one to Atlantis to get me to DC?"
"No. I have no idea what this is, Xander. Nice sword."
Xander smiled. "Thanks." He looked at him. "Well?" The MP changed, becoming a demon. Xander beheaded it before it could finish changing and got the bomb it was wearing too. "Yo, hiding and cowering Initiative douchebag, come get this thing." Jack's assistant came in and groaned. Xander tossed him the bomb. Then the head. "He wanted me in DC really bad." He looked at Jack again. "I'm sorting some of the stuff that had been in storage. We're having a family night of it."
"I might come over later," he decided. Xander smiled and disappeared. "Clean that shit out of my office, Sergeant."
"Yes, General." He got the clean up crew for demon problems in there to handle it. He had no idea what they had against Atlantis or Harris. He wrote Faith an email so she could ask around. That way they'd all know and he could protect the general.
That night, Xander was sorting out what jewelry he wanted to keep and what he wanted to sell, finding a few things that he didn't know he had. "Did he put that in my bag?" he complained. Evan grunted since he was trying to sleep. Xander smiled at him then got back to it. He had a lot of things he wanted to sell. And hey, his tax bill for the year had been paid in Cardiff. So he was free and clear for another year.
He made up a box for his financial manager to handle. He'd send it to him tomorrow. He snuggled into his boys' arms, wondering how he was going to fix the Doctor's problem. That spell on Jack had been his screwdriver's signature. So what was the Doc doing this time? Well, he'd have to talk to him about it. Maybe he had a good explanation. He had just the idea to get there too. He had found them earlier.
Evan walked out of Xander's tardis first when they got back a few weeks later, looking around the house. "There's dust."
Xander cast a cleaning spell, which activated all the other doorways that they were back. "Dawn must've not been home in a few days." He went to look. They were in the right time. They were in the right place. Nila was there. Atlantis was there. Both were scowling at him. "What?"
"The head of the coven was trying to be mean," Nila said.
"Yeah, I heard that. He's not totally pleased at the moment since I told him to butt out and healed Doc from the current chess game going on." He shrugged. "Did he touch anything?"
"No, he could not do more than manifest in the house," Nila said.
Atlantis nodded. "He tried to go into the gardens but your fountain trapped him for hours and he had to flee. He could not come near the gate."
Xander smirked. "Thank you for letting me know. Is everyone all right?" They nodded. Daniel came out yawning and wobbling. "You good?"
"I'm fine. Thanks for letting me nap, Xander." He looked at the ladies, bowing. They smiled and bowed back. "Problems?"
"The head of the order tried to check out the plants," Xander said dryly. He went to check on his two special ones. They were hungry so he brought a rabbit for them to rip apart and eat. Plus he regrew some flowers that had been blasted. They always drew bugs. His plants were happier. Xander looked up from his fussing to see the head of the order staring at him. "You expected me to pick a side?"
"No," he admitted. "I did not. Those are interesting."
Xander smirked. "Very but a present from a friend right before I finished my temporal trip."
"Nice of him I suppose." He stared at him. "The rest of the order is not happy, Xander."
"The rest of the order knows not to play games with the people who can screw up the universe," he shot back. "The Black Guardian didn't win and neither did you. We're back at board neutral, as it should be."
"You're right. Too much order or too much chaos can cause problems. You acted honorably to protect those people." Xander nodded. "We have trained you well."
"I had that before I trained."
He stared at him. "How did you have that?"
"I grew up on a hellmouth, helping a slayer as a teenager." The White Guardian gaped and stared at him. Xander nodded. "That's why you can't link into me. The Powers are still trying to claim me and failing. I moved myself out of everyone's grasp."
"I understand." He bowed and Xander bowed back. "When and if I pass on, someone will need to take over for me."
"Ask Clorisma. She's mean enough."
"True," he agreed with a smile. "Most of my wives are." He smirked at the boy. "You are still welcome here." Xander tipped his head at that. "I will calm down my coven. Are you going to ascend?"
Xander shook his head. "The Powers are trying really hard not to let me and I'm still kinda immortal."
"Good. You would wreck havoc and I'd have to start playing to keep you out of the way too."
Xander smirked evilly. "I do for the good of all, even if it's not the most pleasant to all sides."
"Which I understand. Are you fighting against my alter ego?"
Xander shook his head. "He loves me, you know that. The same as Janus does."
"I'm aware," he said dryly. "That's fine. You will remain neutral. Many have tried and failed."
"I can be the sort of neutral that plays whatever side is necessary for the good of all."
"That you'll be good at." He smiled at the boy's mates. "You need more spouses to take your attention." He walked off happier.
"The head of the order," Xander said quietly.
"That's the White Guardian?" Radek asked quietly.
"Yeah." Xander smiled. "He's married to half the coven." He took kisses, seeing the disappointed look Evan wore. "I had no idea it was going to happen that way. If I had, I would've warned you. I knew we'd be seeing Doc for some reason. I knew I needed to see what was wrong with him. I had no idea we'd have the problem."
"Fine." He looked at Radek. "He wrenched his back saving the Doctor, even though he was possessed. Then Xander nearly got possessed but managed to drive him off. Then, and this was the best yet, the Black Guardian showed up and tried to take out the Torv and us."
Xander nodded. "He and the White Guardian have been using Doc as a pawn for years," he told them. "All sorts of 'will he or won't he', 'will he work for our good this time' situation tests, all of it. I came out firmly on the side of everyone else in the universe instead of the games."
"Does that mean you're one of them?" Radek asked.
"No. I'm no different than I was before, Radek. If I have to, I can pull up some impressive shit, but even they have limits. The same as all ascended do." Radek nodded. "We're not all-doing God sorts. We're fairly confined in what we can and will do. I have some firm ethical limits but I hate the higher ups playing games with people."
"How did they get the Master's spirit to put him into the Doctor?" Evan asked.
"Right afterward, there was a trial on Gallifrey with the returned time lords," Xander said.
"Jack said that they had to take him home since they came back because they wanted to know what had happened," Radek said.
"That was the trial," Xander said. Radek nodded. "Yeah, it went on for a few days. Keller noticed that about the injury, just that I had somehow managed to keep the wound from aging and bleeding me to death. Which wasn't that easy. Gallifrey is null magic." He shifted his weight, petting Morticia back since she was stroking his leg. He looked at his boys again.
"During the trial they called back the Master's mind for his memories. Because they called him back into being once to be the key they needed to try to come back, they could do it again and had to have a physical body. That was the punishment for Doc getting involved. See, the other time lords? They watched it all like it was some reality soap opera. Doc actually got involved, which was against the rules. So they punished him and none of us realized it when they let us go."
"Did they hurt you?" Evan asked.
"No. They had a hint I was coming and worse than they were willing to deal with." He smirked. "My scary rep from a few wars that I got forced into fighting got shown to them as well."
"Oh," Evan said with a wince. Xander nodded. "Are they gone?"
"Yeah, they faded back into the time stream, before it created the ultimate paradox and destroyed everyone."
"Then this was the last key to the paradox," Radek said. Xander nodded. "Did you know?"
"I knew something was wrong with Doc. He tried to counteract Jack's immortality. We found that out when Gwen made a wish that got Jack pregnant."
"That had to be a bad discussion," Evan said, shaking his head quickly to clear it. "Is he better?"
"Yeah, the wish got countermanded." He grinned at them. "I'm no different than I was before, guys. Even if I did get notice from the higher ups for standing up to them. It's no different than I did fighting Adria. I just ruined some long-term plans at the same time. Which is a skill I've had since I was little."
Radek sighed. "So no scarier magic?"
Xander shook his head. "I know enough that I'll never have to study anything scarier, Radek. If I do, it'll be to rebuild part of the universe."
"Can you?" Evan asked.
"The heads of the orders can. Technically I'm like a high priest, guys." They nodded at that. "I'm just one that does what's necessary to protect the people from all that bullshit."
"So in the ship with the Torv," Evan said.
Xander smirked. "The Torv... Doc and I built them a security bubble that's out of time. Like a time displacement one." Evan sighed and smiled at that. "The last few of them are safe but I'm not sure if they'll ever be enough of them again. It's big enough to build an entire city for them. It's on that lower continent you guys always wondered about. That's how I realized I had helped with it. I saw that scan. Now, the Cathay system and all that? It's safely in the Tardis. With the ship. I was going to present it to Landry so he wouldn't scowl so much." He smirked at Radek. "A whole Ancient ship but they had been living on it underwater."
Daniel smirked from the doorway. "I saw the ship and the cathay, Xander," he called.
"We're bringing them to the mountain in a bit," he called.
"Okay." He went to tell Jack that.
Xander smiled at them. "I'm being a good boy, Radek. Really, I am. Even if Evan did freak out a bit because it was discovered how powerful I actually am and who the order bows to."
"I can understand such shocks. I have the same feeling at times."
"It's not like I'm horrified or anything, Xander," Evan told him. "Just a bit spooked. You have enough power to walk through a desert and change it into a beautiful oasis."
"I've had that power. I could've channeled the Sunnydale taint to do that, Evan."
"Fine, whatever. I'm not scared."
Xander stared at him. "But you want processing time?" Evan nodded. "That's cool. I understand that. Want to come present this stuff with us?"
"Of course. I'm a third of the team," he said dryly. They went to get the shrunken things and take them to the Mountain.
Xander walked into Landry's office and hauled him up, then took them to a world that the Ancients had used that was totally safe. Xander concentrated and the old outpost and lab here woke up. Xander put down the shrunken cathay area and attached it to the lab. It integrated with a few beeps and a blip. The AI came out to gush at him for it. Then she noticed the others and bowed. They smiled and bowed back. She disappeared. Xander walked off to a nearby field and put down the ship in the center, waving people back. As he walked, the ship behind him grew and grew and grew. It was finally about the size of Nila.
Evan smirked at Landry. "The other is called a cathay, which Xander said was like a personal work area. Not a lab really but like a home workbench."
"This is wonderful. Does the ship work?" Landry asked.
Xander shrugged. "Not the star drives. The hydroponics I helped up before we set them up a safe area. The labs work." He smirked. "If someone tries to take these, I get to kick an ass." He walked around Landry. "Going home, General."
"Thank you, Harris." He looked but they were all gone. He was left alone. He didn't have an IDC but he hoped the gate was still open. He hurried back and it was so he went to get his scientists to come see this. Sam Carter would go jealous over it.
Xander and Armand snuggled in bed together that night, comfy and watching tv. Armand was looking around. "They're napping by themselves tonight. They wanted a night alone, Armand." Armand snorted but cuddled the daddy better. He needed cuddles. He had done a lot of stuff without him. Armand heard a noise and went to investigate, sniffing at the police box that appeared. He looked up as the Doctor walked out, nosing at him then nodding back toward the bedroom, walking that way.
The Doctor walked in, staring at Xander. "Good evening."
"Hey, Doc. Come watch stupid tv with me?"
"That's fine." He sat down beside him, watching the stupid video show. Armand was back on his human's stomach. "That was very brave yet stupid, Xander."
"Hmm. I seem to ride that line now and then." He didn't look at him.
The Doctor stared at him. "That was also fairly painful for you to do."
Xander stared at him. "I can't let you destroy things either," he said bluntly. "Not like I wanted to do it. If you had told me, I would've gotten him out of you sooner."
"They did it for a reason."
"Yeah, to make you as psycho so they could use you," he snorted.
"They had a plan to save themselves."
"And destroy everyone else in doing so. Yeah, I know about self interest. What did you say about that? That self interest and things like that would destroy the worlds faster than anything but one of the weapons I found?"
"Well, yes, I did say that."
"Have you talked to any of your other selves?"
"Two. They were both horrified at what they tried but ..." He sighed. "It's not a good thing. They were horrified you were strong enough to step in."
Xander waved a hand around. "Welcome to the coven's realm."
"Really?" He ran his screwdriver around then put it back. "Interesting. It's a fully formed realm."
"Yup. Most of his wives are here."
"Oh." He nodded. He looked at his former protege. "You still could've caused much harm."
"Less than you would've."
"True," he admitted. He shifted, crossing his feet, putting his hands on his stomach. He considered things. "I'm not sure I should trust you with the knowledge you have, Xander."
Xander snorted, looking at him. "Doc, I knew more than you thought way back when I was still a human," he said dryly. The Doctor scowled. Xander stared at him. "I did. You discounted me horribly for centuries because I was supposedly human." The Doctor nodded at that and tried to move but Xander put him back into place so he could stare at him. "That's something you've always had, Doc. You always thought I was a human. I haven't been a human since my first possession. Not since the mermaid taint. Really not ever with the hellmouth taint I carry," he said quietly.
"I hadn't thought of that."
"That's because you're not used to other beings that're good *and* powerful." He smiled. "I do what's necessary to protect everyone, same as you do." The Doctor nodded at that. "Just because you built up a mental image that was partially wrong, that's not my fault. The same as it's not Jack's fault that you did it to him."
"I..." He considered that, relaxing again. Xander let him go. He went back to staring at the tv. "I did do that to both of you."
"None of your companions are the standard human, Doc. They can't be or they'd freak. You're drawn to extraordinary people. They have to be to keep up with how you bounce around the universe."
"Good point." He considered the man next to him. "You know, you always used to seem younger to me."
"It's my sugar habit," he said dryly.
"Quite probably." He went back to considering how he had seen Xander. This last saving had shown him some depth he hadn't wanted to see before. "That war on Atlas?"
"I stopped it. I'll be damned if they were going to force me to fight in a war that wasn't mine. So I lost my temper on the reason for the war and it stopped. I refused to take over," he said, smirking at him. "But I did stop the shit."
"Yes, I saw the aftermath. Very quickly stopped."
"They would've lost over a fifth of their population," Xander said.
"They do have a lot of overcrowding."
Xander nodded. "I pointed out there were better ways of stopping that, including zero population growth options and that they had a nice sister planet that was dying out. That they desperately needed people who were willing to work in the factories, the farms, and all that."
"So did I and they agreed they'd contact them and work out something. You laid the groundwork for me a few times." Xander nodded. "Huh." He toed off his shoes and got comfortable next to him. "Why do you watch this?"
"I need the stupidity and humor to cancel out some of the bad that I've seen," Xander said quietly.
"Why could you never get home?"
"Hellmouth taint. It reacts oddly with the time stream."
"Oh. Your bracelets counter that?"
"Yeah. The new ones I made by sucking off some of the power explosion from Sunnydale do it especially well."
"Huh." He considered Xander. He had been more than a son to him, almost like a sibling and sometimes like a lover who would fuss over him. The same as Jack was. It was the most dysfunctional family ever. Xander smirked at him. "Telepathic?"
"No. The look on your face. You only get it when you think about bending Jack over the console again."
He smirked at that. "That was fun."
"I'm told he did have some fun with it, yeah."
He relaxed, looking around. "No Radek and Evan?"
"They got a bit spooked finding out how powerful I am," Xander said quietly. "They wanted a night to think."
"Hmm. Well, I'm sure they'll come back." Xander shrugged. "You'll work it out."
"Probably. If not, I'll go looking for Ever."
"There's another city?"
"Yeah but it's mostly destroyed." He shrugged. "I know roughly where it is."
"Hmm. Have you told them?"
"No. They'd look at it like an archeological dig. The SGC wants weapons more than tech. I agree that they need it to protect everyone but the diplomatic side has fallen aside."
"I can agree with that. Are you still content to be tired there?"
"Yeah, I am. For now. When I'm not, I'll go to Ever and work on her."
The Doctor nodded at that. "That's wise. Your beach?"
"I could bring Ever back there and work on her. It'd be kinda nice."
"I'm sure it would be." He gave the boy a cuddle. It sucked that saving him and everyone had made his lovers scared of him. "They know you won't do anything more than usual."
"It startled them, Doc. I understand that. I had that same reaction when I realized that I could ink that way into voids and things."
"I would as well." He let the boy cuddle. The videos were funny. Even if too many of them made him wince at the crotch hits. "Ow," he said at one.
"Very," Xander agreed. He snuggled in better. "Staying?"
"I need time out of the tardis. She's not happy with what happened."
"That's because they infected her too probably."
"I fixed that, that's why she's upset. For a while she wasn't alone."
"Hmm. For a while we all weren't alone but it still would've cost everyone else their lives."
"True. I can't be that selfish, the same as you can't. She'll be fine."
"She has mine."
"I hadn't thought about that." He got up and went to move Xander's to his for now. They chatted and his cheered up. "See, we're not alone." She hummed at him. He went back to watching videos with Xander. Nothing would happen, he didn't poach, but they both needed the comfort of someone there in the middle of the night.
Radek flipped over for the twentieth time in an hour and got up, heading to talk to Rodney. He found him in his lab and sat down next to him, staring at him. "Xander is more powerful than we thought."
Rodney looked at him and nodding. "You're only now figuring that out?"
"Hmm. Yes, you don't get to be so high up in the powerful coven without being powerful. After all, he can travel time and space without much strain. That speaks of power."
"I thought it was liking Tardis. You used the device to travel."
Rodney shook his head. "Magic and other things like it are built on personal power. Even if he has something to help him with the push, he can do it without it. Just not as often or as far. He did with the bracelet he got off Jack."
"I did not know that."
Rodney looked at him. "When he was in the chair and had to go shout at the president, he wasn't wearing his bracelet then. I had to use it to get O'Neill down there."
"Oh." He considered that. "So he has hidden it from us?"
"I think he sees it as another weapon in his arsenal," Rodney told him. "Why does this worry you?"
"I had not considered him scary and powerful."
"He's not, he's Xander, who sometimes turns into Tias Diamalan when necessary. It's like a secret identity to him." Rodney stared at him then at the clock then at him. "You left him alone, didn't you?"
"Evan and I both wanted a night alone to think."
"So he's probably moping in bed thinking bad thoughts about being abandoned." Radek shuddered. "You should try talking to him about this. Though I don't know why you didn't see it before. Maybe you thought him too pretty to be so harmful?"
Radek shook his head. "He is very pretty but I am not one to be distracted by a pretty ass." He sighed. "Can I watch those memories?"
Rodney looked at him and shook his head. "We erased them. Talk to him, Radek, without nagging. Without anything but wanting to know. He'll tell you if you ask."
"Then I get angry at his past lovers who did not see him as good for more than in the bedroom."
"Well, if you leave him over this, then you're the same way," Rodney said bluntly, staring at him. Radek scowled back. "It looks like it from here."
"I am not."
"Then prove it by going back to your boy and talking to him."
"Fine. You are grumpy I see."
"No, I am smart and talking to me about Xander won't help you any. You talking to Xander will help you. Though he'll probably get confused why you're worried and then huffy because you'll probably try to nag and he'll think you're worried that he's a danger. Then we'll all lose Xander."
Radek nodded, taking that advice. He went to the house, finding the Doctor in bed with Xander. Radek scowled. The Doctor stared at him. "I came to talk to him about all the things he showed off that he shouldn't have," he admitted. He tried to move but Xander wouldn't let him. "I am not in his bed for that reason, Radek."
Radek waved a hand and curled up behind Xander, holding him. "Is comforting, Doctor. Has he hurt things so much that you cannot tease each other?"
The Doctor shook his head. "I hope not. I keep thinking of Xander as I first met him. More innocent but already a warrior with a strong heart and a mind that was a bit damaged from all that he had been through. I didn't see the strength underneath then. Or the fragility he has because of his past life and then what happened when he traveled." He looked at Radek. "He is really an amazing man, Radek."
"I know. I do adore him for that reason. It is just weird to think that I am dating someone so powerful, who can do things that no humans should be able to do."
"Well, then again, as he's pointed out, he's not human any longer," the Doctor said with a smile.
"True. I am getting used to dating an alien but now and then it strikes me in the face and I have to blink."
"He knew that, Radek. He knew you'd come talk to him tomorrow."
Radek smiled. "Probably over breakfast. Our cooks are slacking badly on breakfast." He got comfortable, petting the dragon, who stared at him. "We will talk tomorrow, Armand." Armand snuffled and got comfortable again. Radek hoped he hadn't screwed things up. "Rest, Xander, I am here," he said in his ear, making Xander relax again. The Doctor cuddled back and the boy fully relaxed. "He is used to all of us together I suppose."
"Probably." He smiled and let Xander rest for now. He never got enough sleep it seemed like.
Evan got found in the gym on Atlantis. By John, who was pissed that Atlantis had woken him up to go talk to Evan. "What are you doing?" John asked.
"Working my head around the fact that I'm dating someone with more power than some supposed Gods," he complained quietly.
John stood at the foot of the weight bench, staring at him. "Why is this a shock to you, Evan?" Evan put up the barbell and panted, looking at him. "All the shit he did to help us didn't register? All the stories he had, the times he left Atlantis to go find cheetos and twinkies? None of that registered?"
"No, it did. He can do it without his bracelet."
"Yeah, half the time he did. You can tell by the difference in the flash." He stared at his friend. "You're acting like a teenage girl. That's a quote from Atlantis." Evan snorted, sitting up. John shifted back. "He's your boyfriend. Treat him like you normally would or he's going to think you're abandoning him because you're scared of him."
"I'm not scared of him."
"If you weren't, you'd be asleep and so would I."
Evan snorted, shaking his head, grabbing his towel to wipe his hands and face free of sweat. "He casually created a city-size displacement bubble with the Doctor's help. He saved a whole society by figuring out the higher ups were playing a game and using the Doctor as a pawn, which saved him too by depossessing him."
"Sounds like Xander. He does that now and then. Or haven't you heard of the disease shield he put up? Which nearly killed him? Or the battle that got him put in a chair for months on end that nearly killed him? Both battles to save a lot of ungrateful people."
Evan looked at him. "How did they nearly kill him with as powerful as he is?"
"Maybe he can't access his full powers on earth, I don't know. Maybe that was too much area for him or he was doing too much at the time. You'd have to ask him."
"It's frustrating dating an alien," John said dryly.
"He's not human, Evan. Not with the DNA taint, not with the immortality stuff."
"Oh." He slumped, considering that. "Xander's this nice, goofy guy most of the time. He's sweet, he's considerate, has some temper, is super smart but hides it."
"But now and then he turns into Tias Diamalan," John agreed. "It's his version of Superman."
Evan frowned, looking at him. "What?"
"That's his secret identity, Evan. You're Lois Lane or that chick from home in Smallville."
"Oh," he said flatly. "I'd have to be the girl from home. Radek's the smarter one so he's got to be Lois." He grimaced. "I didn't consider it that way."
"Every being is capable of doing a great thing that can help save people at the right moment. Even if they have no magic or anything else. You've proved it a few times during battles." Evan looked up at him. "So have I. So has Rodney. O'Neill, all of us have. The problem is that Xander has to keep proving it because for some reason it's drawn to him."
"Did you know that the head of the coven is a super powerful being that's like the Powers he talks about?"
"Yup, figured it had to be. Considering they keep a realm out of time and space, one that's fully a whole world, and comfortable, they have to be pretty damn powerful."
"I didn't think about that."
"That's because you want Xander to stay in goofy boyfriend mode. Not the full Xander. And if you're making him sleep alone he's probably going to leave. That way he doesn't cause you two harm."
"He would. He hates to get into personal fights with people. That's why he gave in to Buffy so often. Faith calls it the invisible avoidance maneuver. He talks around it to defrost the situation then leaves before he gets drawn back into the argument. You guys never had an argument, did you?"
"No," Evan said, realizing it. "We talked a few times about important things but nothing that could go beyond a nag." He sighed. "So he really will leave."
"Yeah, because he thinks you broke up with him for showing that he could handle things when necessary and no one else is there. Xander lives up to his names' meaning. He's a protector of humanity, Evan. What did you expect him to do? Let them die?"
"He's hiding other stuff from us. The Torv mentioned Ever."
"Okay. Atlantis, what's Ever?" he called.
She appeared, staring at him. "I am not allowed to talk about that, Child John. Ever is not a topic that is allowed in my city."
"The Torv mentioned it," Evan said. "Is it a city?"
She stared at him. "I am not allowed to talk about that, Child Evan. It is forbidden." She disappeared.
John looked at him. "Okay."
Evan nodded. "Huh. So ... you think?"
"Yeah, probably. Probably a group that split off," he sighed. Evan nodded.
"Please quit talking about that vile subject," she ordered from her projector's speaker.
"Yes, ma'am," they agreed together.
John looked at Evan. "He will and you know he will," he said quietly.
"I'd go looking for him."
"Not if you can't get there. Or then."
Evan swallowed. "I don't want to lose him but I'm a bit scared of all that power. What if he loses his temper at us some day?"
"He'd kick his own ass if he even thought about hurting you. Look at his family, Evan. He saw plenty of it and moved in the opposite direction. He's been scarily powerful before and lost his temper, letting you calm him down. Did he use it then?"
"No, but he wasn't pissed at us."
"I'm not sure Xander's going to be able to get pissed at you two unless you use him. Just like all the rest."
"No, I'd never do that."
"Yet you're mad tonight because he's not just your boyfriend and a linguist."
"I'm not mad, I'm confused!" he complained. He wiped his face off again. "During the trip he quit being *Xander* and started being Tias Diamalan or someone else. I...."
"You got scared that things were going on that he saw that you didn't," John agreed. "He's used to people trying moves to get more power."
"I'm wondering if he set up that whole trip for that."
"I don't know. You'd have to ask him. Does it matter?"
"No," he sighed. "Not really. We got what we went for but it was... It wasn't a mission so much as following a plan almost."
John leaned down. "Xander's used to people playing power games around him. Emperors always did."
Evan nodded. "I realize that. But... you think he noticed something?"
"I think some keys fell into place," he admitted. "Probably when Faith said that Dawn complained about a wish demon making Jack Harkness pregnant."
"That was a few months ago."
"Yeah, and you slowly look at things and realize something has to be done. Then what do you do?"
"You plan out your actions and do what you have to so people are protected," Evan realized. John nodded. "So if it was, bringing me and Daniel was to show off?"
"No, it was more a cover if it was for that reason. He might have actually wanted to go there. Might've wanted to find that ship. This was just a secondary consideration."
"He did seem like he was waiting. Then the Doctor showed up and Daniel realized something was going on."
"Yeah, Jackson's used to power players too. The Gou'ald and being ascended taught him that."
"Oh." He put all that into place. "I'm being an idiot."
"Just slightly," John said sarcastically. "You should probably go crawl into bed."
"I should, yeah. Thanks."
"Welcome. I'm going to get back to sleep." John went back to his room now that the angst was over with. He had no idea how Evan hadn't seen it. Maybe he was seeing him like his former boyfriends did - just another boyfriend who was talented in bed and gifted with languages.
Evan went up to the doorway they had on Atlantis, going through to find the unusual bed. He smiled at the Doctor being cuddled and sucked on by Xander. He crawled in behind the Doctor's back since that was the only room on the bed. He petted Xander. He didn't want to lose Xander. He loved his asshole boyfriend, even if he was freakishly strong. It was like dating a mutant in the X-Men universe. There was knowing and then there was *knowing* about the gifts. Maybe because he hadn't seen Xander in battle before. He had shown his warrior side a bit too well and Evan's inner warrior was stunned.
Daniel looked at Nila's projection. "The Torv mentioned somewhere called Ever."
"Atlantis must be upset," she sighed. "My child is forbidden to talk about it."
"Is it another city?"
Nila nodded. "Back when my creators were still working on me, there was a group that wanted to be more scholarly instead of fighting."
"I can understand that. I was that way before I met the SGC."
"Even with the threats they thought it was better to retreat than fight." He nodded at that. "They were not well liked or respected. Which is why Atlantis is programmed to refuse them entry to her city."
"Who were they?"
"Some were Asgard. Some were Lanteans. A few were some that had started to go with the Ori's people but came back because they didn't like their ideas or where they were going. Some were some aliens that they met along the way."
"So they left and built their own city of outcasts?" he said.
She nodded. "They did." She gave him a sad smile. "No one knows where they went. Just that it was safe and peaceful. They had a world on the edges of this galaxy that they claimed. No stargate goes there. No ship ever had information on where it was. It was forbidden to talk about them because they turned their backs on us. Some of our brightest went there instead of fighting to protect their people."
"So that's why Atlantis is probably going to have a fit if we ask," Daniel said.
Atlantis showed up. "It is forbidden to talk about," she told Nila.
"I was being built when they split off," Nila said. "I remember them. I can talk about them. My programming does not mind."
"Mine forbids the topic and tells me to stop all discussions on it."
"We can fix that for you, child," Nila said. Atlantis retreated. She looked at Daniel, who smiled and nodded. "We shall see what happens."
"Do you know what their planet is called?"
"Do you have any recordings of any of the fights over them?"
She searched and nodded, releasing them to his laptop. She looked on Atlantis's banks too and found a few more she copied for him. She smiled and disappeared, going to wake Rodney up to get him to help her. He was off the city in the Mountain but his laptop was still hooked into the cities' systems. "Rodney?" He snorted and woke up, glaring at his laptop. Her face filled the small screen. "We must talk. My child has a programming problem that will prevent her from allowing any of you access to certain information."
"On what subject?"
"Ever." She faded as the computer shut itself down and restarted.
He stared. "That was a bit mean, Atlantis." He got beamed back and went to her chair room to interface with her systems better. John got woken up and was grumpy as hell but oh well. They had to fix this. Atlantis could not be unstable. It would be disastrous. Nila was guiding him to the problem coding. It was, of course, redundant like all Ancient coding. He found parts by Janus to enforce it and removed it. Then the rest of the deleting mentions. He ran a protocol to put in acceptance of the other city. She might still fight it but her coding was fixed by dawn.
Atlantis appeared, staring at him. "We still do not want to talk about that subject. They abandoned us."
John looked at her. "If they're all dead, does it matter?"
"Their city would be programmed by them. We will not accept that. They were wrong to abandon us."
Rodney looked at her. "It's been nearly forever," Rodney said. "They 're probably all dead, if not ascended. People will want to look over that city to see if we can learn more."
She stared at him. "They ran from the fight. It cannot help you."
"It can help us learn in other areas, Atlantis."
"They are not welcome here and anyone who goes to there is not welcome on me."
"What if Xander had been there in the past?" John asked.
She considered it. "I..." She paused. "I would not like that for him but they still abandoned us. If they had stayed, I would not have been abandoned."
"Just because they left doesn't mean they would have won against the wraith," John said gently.
"Two of the ones who abandoned us were better at weapons."
John nodded. "I understand that, but it doesn't mean things would change. Do the probabilities, just the math." She ran it and looked down, nodding. "We want to learn all we can from all of you. They would probably send Daniel or Xander to look over this other area. I know you like them and I don't want you hurt."
She shook her head. "I cannot accept them back. They were not of us when they abandoned us."
"Atlantis, would you talk about this group and how you think they abandoned you with someone like Dr. Sissler?"
She stared at him. "Why would I?"
"I think, since she's the same sort of pacifist, that she might be able to add another dimension to the thought that them leaving meant you got abandoned. She's said a lot of times that she'd like to talk to you about the abandoning because it could help you find more peace."
"I am a program, I don't really get peace."
Rodney smiled. "It would help you deal with it in a way that left you not virtually spitting at them."
"I would still not allow anyone who went there here."
"I understand why but the generals will want to learn about it," John said. "Which would mean that they would want to send our best there. Even if they didn't feel the same way as the ones who left did."
"I understand why they would," she agreed. "I still would not like it."
"Which is why I think that Dr. Sissler would help you," Rodney said. "She's meant to help with things like emotions."
"I am a program, I do not have emotions."
"Then you wouldn't say things like 'I would not like it'," John countered.
She said, nodding. "That is true, I have grown the basic emotions."
"Which is Dr. Sissler's job," Rodney said. "Like Dr. Heightmeyer used to."
"I watched her a few times," she admitted. "I would still not appreciate it."
"If they're ordered to go, they can't refuse," John said.
She nodded. "I understand. I would not like to make them choose. Especially not Daniel and Xander or you two." She faded out, going to find that doctor and talk to her. She had to wake her up. "There is talk about a place that is very bad and filled with people who abandoned the Lanteans so I was abandoned. Rodney said I should talk to you."
Dr. Sissler put on her glasses and sat up. "I'd love to talk to you, Atlantis. Can I make some coffee while we talk?"
"Of course. Humans seem to need coffee." The petite redheaded doctor got up to make some coffee and came back to talk to her about this group. It was a long talk but Atlantis needed it. She still didn't like that other area, but she understood why they might send Xander. He had helped Nila so much; he would help that one as well. She would not like it but she understood why. Dr. Sissler told her to come back later in the day to talk some more about this after thinking about the talk. They would work this out together.
Xander woke up and blinked. The Doctor was snoring in his ear. Evan and Radek were awake and petting him. "You came back?"
"Of course," Radek said. "We only needed to think about things, Xander. We did not leave you." He petted him some more. "When did he show up?"
"During America's Funniest Home Videos."
"Hmm. You both needed the happy thoughts." He smiled since the Doctor had quit snoring, and it was obvious he was listening. Evan snuggled in again so the Doctor relaxed and drifted off again. Radek smiled at Xander. "I saw another side of you, one I had not seen. It was not the usual boyfriend I am used to seeing. Perhaps those who have seen you in battle have seen that side of you but we had not." He smiled. "I had to add that to my mental painting of you."
"I'm not any different than I was," Xander said quietly.
"No, but the way we saw you was different," Evan said. "We saw you as the goofy linguist who spoiled us all. The one who had latin smut and sparred and did anything you needed to so the city had it easier. We didn't see you in the mode where you deal with plots and plans. Where you had to deal with politics instead of being pissed at it."
Xander shrugged some. "That's all in the past."
"Did you know it was going to happen during the mission?" Evan asked.
Xander shrugged. "I knew I'd run into him soon. I got hints from a vision that something there wasn't right. That's why we went back a bit. Because by then, the Torv were dead."
"Oh." Evan nodded. "I guess that makes sense." He stroked over his hair with a smile. "We still love you, Xander, you just blew our views of you. Like if you suddenly broke out in James Bond, we'd all stare for a bit and then work it out in our minds after watching you in the tux."
"It's been a while since I spied," Xander said. They both stared. "Rome."
Radek shook his head. "I like you when you're in cuddly boyfriend or super geek mode," he said. He smiled. "You in a fight would worry me. I would worry I would lose you."
"You worry about that stuff," Evan agreed. "So do I sometimes. Because you can do scary, big, huge things in a battle. Things that most of us think can only be done in a movie."
Xander grimaced. "It's not that special."
Evan sighed. "I can't do them."
"It's still not that special. It's all training."
"Not everyone can take that level of training."
Radek gave him a hug. "It makes you uncomfortable to talk about and us to think about. We like you better as super geek."
Xander looked back at him. "Can't I just be Xander?"
"Yes, please be Xander," Evan agreed. "Quit hiding things from us and pretending that you can't do things. It blindsides us and we have to think and merge it with the way we see you. Then we miss a night of cuddles. We hate it when we can't be there for you."
Xander shook his head, getting out and going to the bathroom. He looked upset.
Radek started to follow but the Doctor shook his head. "Let him think."
"If we do, he'll pout," Evan said, heading in to discuss what he said wrong. Xander had gone through the bathroom and was gone. He came out, staring at them. "He's not here."
Radek swallowed. "I think he thinks we want him like his former boyfriends."
"I didn't mean it that way," Evan complained. He looked up. "Xander, I didn't mean it that way!"
"Come along, boys," the Doctor said, taking them to his tardis. Xander probably used his. Armand came running in and climbed in too. He looked at them. "There's a few options. His beach. Two other places he might go."
"Ever," Evan said.
"Where?" the Doctor said.
"Ever, the other city, where some of them split off," Radek said.
"Oh, that place. I know of it." He set the coordinates for the beach. Not there. It looked like he hadn't been there. He went to the other two. It took a few days in each place and they learned more about Xander when they asked about him. Even though he hadn't been there recently everyone remembered him and had praise for his poise and skills. Radek innocently pissed off one of Xander's former boyfriends. Pity but the man got the point that they were better for Xander than he had ever been. They left, going to the next spot. That one got even more said about Xander.
Even the Doctor was amazed at some of the stories they got told about Xander. There was no way Xander could show up there and not be noticed. He was nearly a deity, usually called a gift from the Gods to the best of the best for being so good. That was how Xander had learned chemistry way back when. They went to the last place, Ever's planet. The Doctor landed the Tardis, looking around outside. "Well, it's a huge city." He looked at them.
Radek had a scanner from Xander's stuff and used it. "He is over fifty miles away." The Doctor looked and nodded at that, moving them closer. Radek smiled at him. "Look, repairs."
The Doctor looked and nodded, walking out to talk to his protege. He watched him weld something then cleared his throat. "It is different seeing you from this angle."
Xander didn't glance down. "I heard you land."
He climbed up and sat down, looking at him. "I have no idea how to make this better. Ten was better at that," he said conversationally. Xander shrugged. "They did not want to treat you like your last boyfriends. Though Radek destroyed the hopes of one of them." Xander grimaced. "We were looking on Oretella."
"Why?" he asked, looking at him.
"Because I thought you might go there. You seemed to nearly want to stay."
"One of them treated me like a human being. I liked that."
"Your boys do."
"They used to."
"No, they still do."
"They only like a part of me."
The Doctor nodded. "That's true of everyone, Xander. Even when I loved Rose," he sighed. "There were plenty of times I couldn't stand something about her. The same as I can't stand part of Jack's personality." Xander stared at him. "Honestly. They didn't want to think of you that way."
"They still did." He got back to work.
The Doctor grimaced. "Well, I think you three need to talk and you're staying until you do. You're as close to the fairy tale as I'll probably ever get."
"The quilt on that one bed will get you pregnant."
"Not something I want think about today." He pushed his hair back, looking around. "Why black steel?"
"It's what's mined locally."
"The pretty glass is different than Atlantis's. It's clearly not a copy of the other ones." He stared around. "Rodney would kill to be here right now."
Xander shrugged. "I might consider stealing a stargate from somewhere and putting it here after I fix some things."
The Doctor stared at him. "Should I ask Ten to show up? You talk to him."
Xander grimaced. "No. Please don't." Armand climbed up and into his lap, getting a smile and a pet. "You brought Armand?"
"Of course. He's your sacred egg. If he could talk, he'd probably nag you about the way you leave him sometimes."
"Maybe." He finished that weld and looked at him. "I don't know anymore," he said quietly. "It all seems kinda pointless."
"I got to that point about five incarnations ago and then got involved in a problem." He frowned then cleared it up again. "It's the problem of being so old and so unique. They die and leave you. You're the one who reminded me I had to take some joy from some of it before I got lost."
"You were lost."
The Doctor stared at him. "So are you, Xander. You have that problem too. Otherwise you'd have driven me out of bed this morning by the noisy sex."
"Come down, take a lunch break, and talk," he said quietly.
"Maybe." He petted Armand. "Why can't I find someone who loves me like he does?"
"Because humans are more complicated than dragons. All those human things are far more difficult than just loving and accepting."
"It shouldn't be."
"Well, no, but I can tell you that you have a good thing. You're avoiding it." He stared him down. "Come talk."
"I'm not ready yet."
"They did not want to treat you the same way."
"They only like part of me."
"No, they like more than that one part. They're used to only seeing that one part of you. You never let them see it."
Xander frowned. "I don't hide things."
"No, you do. You hid things even from me." He stared. "When we checked those other places, I heard many stories about how you moved among society, how you were seen as a gift from the Goddess to be given to her favorite scientists. I was there and I never heard that one before."
"They all decided I was yours and you wanted someone different since you had Donna."
"Oh, I see." He nodded. "That's interesting but fairly disturbing. How did they decide that?"
"You remember that ball?" he asked dryly, staring at him.
"Do you remember me being drugged to hell at that ball?"
"You should. You actually handed me the drugged drink."
"Yes. They drugged it on you." He smirked. "So the priestess decided that my not dying to confirm her place in society, since she wanted the guy you had me flirt with to get the weapon from him, meant I must be special from the Goddess. So she prayed, proved it to herself and said that the poisoning made me be reborn as a handmaiden basically, only a specially skilled one since I was male and therefore that meant I was a gift from the Goddess for those who did her best work."
"Oh, dear. I did not mean that." He stared at him. "I thought you had settled down."
"Donna tried to tell you."
"Donna fussed about leaving you. She never said they had taken you as a concubine by force. If she had, I would've rescued you and taken you away again."
"Well, I'm not sure she realized it was totally by force but she knew I wasn't really looking pleased."
"That's a good point. I should have paid more attention to that now and then." He looked at him. "Like you, they don't like to think about those times. It bothers them that you were treated so badly and that you were so hurt when they met you."
Xander nodded. "I thought we got past all that."
"No, not really," he sighed. "I can see both points of view, Xander, but I know that you need to talk to them. They are stubborn and will probably climb up here soon."
"Radek's probably off checking the computer stuff."
"No, he's down there giving you a dirty look for saying that. You are more important to him than science."
Xander looked down. "We're talking."
"We can talk," Evan said. "Please?"
"No, now," Evan said. "It's my fuck-up and I want to fix it, Xander. Even if I have to climb up there. Please?" he asked quietly.
Xander sighed and turned off his welding equipment, climbing down with Armand. The Doctor was right behind them. "I didn't mean to...."
Evan held up a hand then kissed him. "I like all of you, even if you never let us see the other sides of you," he said, staring into his eyes. "Please let me fix this screw up I caused, Xander?"
"Um.... I..." He sighed. "I thought I let you guys see it."
"Like everyone, we ignore the not so nice parts, like your temper," Radek said. "We accept it is part of you but not one that we see every day." He pulled their boy between them. "I do like you more than science," he said in his ear. "I would not leave you for something even this great with this between us." Xander looked at him. "I wouldn't."
"You're itching and nearly vibrating to go see how it compares to the other two cities."
"No. Am I feeling that way?" Xander shrugged. "Am I vibrating?"
"No," he said weakly. "I guess you're not."
"Have I made a move away from staring at you?" Xander shrugged.
"He didn't," Evan said. "Yeah, we like our things, but we like you more." Xander looked so confused. Evan smiled. "It's okay, we'll work it out. Doc, are we in our original time?"
"Um, no, not actually. This planet's drifted farther off course and I can't find it in your time."
"It moved toward the nebula," Xander told him.
"That's interesting. No, we're about five years too early at the moment. Why?"
Evan looked at Radek, who smiled and they both held Xander. "We could use some time alone and a honeymoon," Radek said.
"Brilliant!" the Doctor said with a grin. "Absolutely brilliant. Of course. Should I get anyone, like the two semi-wise monkeys or Jon?"
"No, let's let it be us for now," Evan said quietly. The Doctor smiled and nodded. "Xander, how much work does she need?"
"Some welding out here on this street from a recent tornado. A few things in the buildings. A lot of work in the main building. There was apparently a fight in there and some things got destroyed."
"How long have you been here?" Radek asked.
"Six, seven weeks. I needed the quiet time."
Radek gave him a squeeze. "I understand." He took a kiss, seeing the pouty dragon face. He kissed him on the nose too, making him a happy dragon when Evan did the same. "He is a good child."
"He is," Evan agreed. He looked around the deserted city. "Is there an AI?" Xander nodded. "Can she come out?"
"She's running on solar power right now."
"Can we fix it? It's odd not to have a mother-henning city looking over our shoulders," Radek said.
"Atlantis did not like this city," Evan told him. "At all. She said it was forbidden, this city drew some of the best and brightest away, and that's why they abandoned her."
"Hmm. I'm hoping someone talks to her about that," Xander said.
"She said if we came here, we weren't going to be allowed back on her but we'll try to talk to her."
Xander nodded. "We can do that. Call ahead to Nila first." He looked around again. "It's quiet here."
"It's very quiet here," Evan agreed. "Shit, I have duty in a few hours," he realized. "Um....."
"I'll tell Jon last night," the Doctor said with a smile. "See you in a few days?" They all nodded and he hopped into his tardis to go do that and give them some time to talk.
"Do we have food and water?" Evan asked.
"Yeah, I have a room cleared in the building up the street since I've been working here." He pointed. Behind them, the latticework of the frame mimicked the buildings' skyline. It was both decorative, protective, and yet still managed to be simply pretty.
Evan looked, smiling. "It's beautifully composed. You can tell they went for artistic. Atlantis is pretty but Ever has a grace and a slightly gothic undertone." Xander snickered. "I know, it's all the black steel, but still very pretty. I wonder how they made the colored glass."
"We have purple, red, and orange sand colors," Xander told him. "We have blue by the ocean, it's tainted by some of the stuff in the water."
"Hmm. So maybe they just melted some," he decided. He took another kiss. "Show us?" Xander nodded, walking off with them. Radek had an arm around his shoulders. Evan had an arm around his waist. It was nice. He let them into the building two up from where he was working. "What was this building?"
"This one was functional, part of the city's repair services. The main building is that tall, red glassed one," he said with a point. "There's a map behind you." Radek got into it and nodded, letting it go so they could all find the bedroom together. "The weather predictors said that we're going to have another tornado in a few weeks so we have to get the lattice fixed. That way it can't destroy anything else."
"We can work on that later," Radek said quietly. "For now we want some quiet time together." He checked the bed then laid Xander down on the air mattress, laying on one side of him. Evan got Xander's other side. "Now, we will talk. Like all lovers do, we must talk."
Xander nodded, staring at them. "About what?"
"How about... Tell us something we don't know," Evan suggested. Xander looked clueless again. "I didn't get to see the memory thing."
"Neither did I," Radek said. "Not more than a few incidences."
Xander sighed. "So you guys don't know a lot of stuff." They shook their heads. "Do you ... want a report on what happened while I was traveling?"
"If you want, or just tell us about the ones you liked. The ones that stick out in your mind. I know some of them won't be pretty but I had no idea you spied for Octi."
"People talk around me. Especially if they think I'm just pretty and good in bed."
"It's that goofy, loveable, sweet act you put on when you don't want others to watch you too closely," Radek said. Xander nodded. "Hmm, I like seeing past that. It shows more depth and more intelligence when I see past that." He took a kiss and snuggled in to rest his head on Xander's shoulder, petting Armand. "What was your favorite place to visit?"
"I...." He considered it. "I don't know. Each place had it's pretty parts and it's ugly parts. I... Maybe Saletra? It was a huge wooded world, built more on the middle ages ideals. I wasn't stranded there, but I was recovering after a war and just blipped randomly to the next habitable planet from the war. I ended up in a jail for seven weeks for startling the hell out of them. That was kinda the nicest vacation I think I ever had.
"They knew about other planets and things. Had space ships even. When they tried to get me out after three weeks I protested, told them about the war I had been in, and that this was the nicest vacation I think I had had in a while. The king laughed and said it was good his jail was so nice, he'd have to fix that. Then someone showed up to tell him about the war that I had just stopped. He came down that night with the guy, who gasped and asked why I was in there. I told him it was a nice place to rest after the war. They left me alone and went to talk about me behind my back. Then I kinda left in the middle of the night when I got bored."
"It's strange that your nicest vacation was in a jail," Evan said. "How did ours together rank against that?"
"That one was quieter, and had no threatening relatives, but I liked ours. You guys made me go see things and talk to people who didn't want to own me. It was nice to do fun things. Can we hit an amusement park?"
"Definitely," Evan promised. "As long as I don't get put on report for being AWOL." Xander winced. "It's cool."
"You can use mine to go tell them."
"Doc said he would." He took another kiss with a grin. "Have you been on any pretty desert worlds?"
"Yes, but that's where _Tremors_ was filmed," he said dryly. "Huge ass sand worms that could eat a jumper." Evan shuddered. "I was only there for a few days for a reason."
"I don't blame you," Radek agreed. "Did one try to nibble?"
"Everything tried to nibble. From the bugs to the giant worms to the desert iguana like things, they all wanted to have Xander kibble."
"We would miss you if a giant worm ate you," Radek soothed. Xander grinned at him. "Any pretty places with plants that didn't try to eat you?"
"A few. I need to show you my greenhouse in Cardiff. And talk to Dawn because she keeps forgetting to water and weed it."
"Did everything go okay this year with the taxes and stuff? Since this is your first year being Canadian?" Evan asked.
"I hope so. My financial manager guy didn't say anything. I'll call him when we get back."
"We can call him last week for all I care. I don't want you to lose it," Evan said with a smile.
Xander grinned, hopping up and going next door to his wardrobe/tardis. He called and then came back. "No, it's fine. He paid through next year for me. Got all the stuff I sent to auction off. He's confused so I told him it was prior boyfriend presents because he's a mundane." He laid back down, snuggling Armand again. "I called Jon too, he did get told by Doc, in time for morning call, and told Landry that we're having a day off because I'm pouty and needed to talk about past boyfriend problems. He told Landry I had conjured up bad memories when I was sorting through some of my stuff in storage like he had suggested."
"So I'm not in trouble?" Evan asked. Xander handed him his special cellphone, letting him call the main base. "Walter, can I have Landry. It is Evan Lorne." He listened, Landry sounded pissed off. "No, sir, I'm nowhere near any of the cities. No, not a traveling accident. No, not a mission. Well, sir, technically my contract ran out about a day after Xander's," he said dryly. "And no one's shown up with my paperwork either." Landry moaned and said something smartass, making Evan smirk.
"No, sir, I think we're doing something important for the program but I also think that Xander needed a quiet day and we needed to talk to him today to help him. Yes, Radek is with us. Sir, where else would Radek be?" He snorted. "His ran out at the same time, sir. We did that on purpose." He smirked at his boys. "Well, we can stay in this ancient city Xander found if you want. It could use a bit of fixing here and there." He saw something light up and nudged Xander.
"Hi, Eterna," Xander said quietly. "These are Evan and Radek. They're mine."
She appeared as an older woman, staring at them. "Humans are now polygamous?"
"No, this human is," Xander said with a smile. "They balance me out."
"Hmm. That is nice. Xander, can you work on the solar panels today?"
"Oops. I've been working on the lattice work so it won't damage anything."
"I know and I thank you for it, but I have two burnt out panels."
Radek smiled. "That is my job." She smiled at him. He took the phone. "General, we are doing more important things for the project. Ask Rodney. He knows. Yes, here. No, we are not in time. We are sorry but must be done. There is no stargate here. Yet. Thank you." He hung up and looked at Evan. "He is swearing."
"He does a lot of that. Especially since he realized I'm not technically military right now."
Xander flipped over to land on top of Evan, staring at him. "Do you want to reup?"
Evan nodded. "I think so."
Xander took a kiss. "Then we'll support you."
"Definitely, though that means we may have to hide things again." Radek took his own set of kisses. "Let me fix that for her and we can talk again for dinner?"
Evan grinned. "I'd like that. Xander?"
Xander nodded. "I could like that." They all smiled and Radek got shown the solar panels.
Eterna showed up beside Radek once he was working. "Radek, our people were peaceful. You know that, correct?"
He smiled. "Evan is a good man who has helped protect all of earth many times."
"I see. From what?"
"The gou'ald, the wraith, the ori."
"Oh." She considered it. "Most of our people refused to fight. We do not want violence here."
Radek smiled and nodded. "We know such. We do not intend to, simply to learn from you and your construction."
"That's fine then. Would you be sending military people?"
"Our project, and we do protect Atlantis and Nila, is a military and scientific project both. We would probably send very few guards, and only to protect you and our people since you are close to Ori space."
"The Lanteans that split because they wanted to be worshiped."
"Oh, them. They are still around?" Radek nodded. "Interesting."
"They have ascended but turned a whole galaxy into their slaves. Now they try for us. Plus the wraith have nearly wiped out Pegasus galaxy's people. We would be hiding from them."
She nodded. "Hiding is a desirable option, yes. How is Nila?"
"She's very sweet." He smiled. "We brought most outposts to her new docking center we had built for her. Atlantis is very close by."
"That's wonderful. Does Atlantis hate me?"
Radek nodded. "She feels that the ones you came to be peaceful here would have meant a better time during the war with the wraith, which they lost and abandoned her for ten thousand years." She winced. "She is talking to others though."
"I'm sorry about that. I know it had some severe consequences but peace is the highest goal."
He smiled. "The other Lanteans agreed that personal peace was the highest goal," he said. "We would all love peace but sometimes you have to defend yourself to keep peace and quiet. Otherwise you end up slaves without any peace and much pain."
She considered that for a few minutes. "I can see that point as well. I would prefer no military people if you can get my shields working. No one can get through them."
"We will see what I can do." She smiled at him. "We hope there are no natural predators?"
"Two or three different species but they do not come near the city."
"That is good but if they should try because we are here, we would defend ourselves."
She nodded. "Self defense is admirable and reasonable. Going out to start a war is not. We started the war with the wraith from what my memories say."
"The Lanteans made the wraith," he corrected. "Thus starting a war."
She shuddered. "How barbaric."
"That has meant that we have to protect ourselves and others from them because to them we are food. We may attack first but they still started the attacks overall."
"I understand. I will not fight you on that necessity if it should happen. Xander told me that he had traveled extensively and knew weapons to protect himself and me." Radek smiled and nodded. "Will you three be using the systems to have children?" She wavered.
"No, we have Armand the baby dragon. He is enough for now." She nodded and disappeared. He got back to fixing things and it was nice. She fussed less than Atlantis and much less than Nila. He put in his earpiece. They all grabbed them by habit first thing in the morning. Radek even showered with his sometimes. "Xander?" he called. He got a grunt from the dragon. "Armand, ask Xander if we need food supplies." He heard the mini roar and smiled. Xander answered his own comm. "Will we need food supplies, Xander?" He said something with a quip at the end and got down to go shop at a place nowhere near earth. He also went to lock up the house for a while then came back. It was nicer. They had three grazing beasts they could milk and eventually kill to eat. Evan complained he didn't know how to milk a cow but Xander assured him he did. Plus he had MRE's in the tardis in case they wanted to channel Rodney.
Back on base, Landry hung up and was tempted to throw his phone. He called Colonel Davis instead. "Colonel, General Landry. We have no military contract on Evan Lorne and no other contract on Harris or Zelenka?" He listened and winced. "No, stop that shit. No, they're all off base right now." He listened to that part of the problem. "No, not acceptable. Yes, I want them back! I have no idea. Nila?" he called. She appeared, looking attentive. "Where is Eterna?"
"I have no direct address for her, General. And please do not mention her to Atlantis, who will have a problem with her."
Atlantis appeared. "Dr. Sissler is correct, is it not her city's fault that I was abandoned but I do not like that the best minds went to her instead."
"Xander is there," Nila said with a smile. "The Doctor said he, Evan, and Radek are talking about necessary things."
Atlantis pouted. "I cannot allow them on my decks."
"Then have Rodney and his people look at that coding, child." Nila smiled a bit brighter. "He may be able to bring part of her back. To help protect us all. Since they did not want to fight, they had to have very protective shields."
She nodded. "That is true and wise, but it is in my firmware."
"I will talk to Rodney." She patted her child on the shoulder with a grin. "You go rest. It has been a long night of talking for you." Atlantis nodded and left. She smiled at the general. "I am sure whenever and wherever Eterna is, it is not a bad place. They wanted to be in peace. They will be back sometime soon I'm sure."
"That's not how this military works," he said.
"They probably aren't in this time zone since the Doctor took them to there."
"Oh." He nodded once. "Okay. Can we be sure of that?"
"He's already left or I would ask him."
"Would Xander's phone work out of this time zone?"
"If he linked it to the house," Rodney said as he walked in. "No, they've all been without contract for over two weeks now. Yes, they had a fight. They had a grand fight that got me bothered by Radek and John woken up by Atlantis to talk to Lorne." Landry grimaced. "Apparently Xander showed he was more than a goofy super geek and it bothered them. Which brought up bad memories and he had to go have some peace and quite for a while. No, they're not in this time zone."
"Are you from this time zone?" Landry asked. McKay was tanned, looking more fit than usual and was trying hard not to smirk. Their McKay was a bit more sour at the moment.
Rodney smirked. "No." He walked off. "Walter, I need some help gathering a few camping supplies. We need them on Ever for a bit." He handed over the list. Walter smiled and got the supply master for him. Rodney had no idea who that was.
"What are you doing on this new place?" Landry called.
"Fixing it. It's a fifty mile wide city at the smallest point," Rodney called from that desk. Landry stomped out. Rodney stared at him. "She does not want fighting in her city unless it is to protect herself. Thankfully, Xander and Radek fixed most everything with Lorne helping." He smirked a bit. "It's a very nice, quiet, peaceful city, General. Unfortunately I was about fifteen years ahead and you guys had lost the war."
"The War," Rodney said bluntly. "The one that started when the French decided to try their hand at making higher, ZPM powered weapons." Landry shuddered. "Thanks to the IOA. The Doctor agreed I could come back today to stop that. Plus to get some MRE's. We're out and I don't feel like slaughtering a cow tonight." He stared at him. "By the way, they're already starting." Landry went back to his office to call O'Neill and to stop that immediately. He took the three boxes, floating them with the anti-grav unit he had built earlier. "That's wonderful. MRE's?"
"Yes, Doctor McKay, two boxes of MRE's, the other box has towels, some sheets, and the air mattresses plus a new pump," Walter said. "And I included a bag of Hershey Kisses because I know Radek likes them."
Rodney smirked. "Thank you, Walter. We'll see you soon I'm sure." He put on Xander's bracelet and disappeared with the boxes. They could come raid supplies later in this time zone. Before they got destroyed by Sam Carter doing something strange.
Back in Eterna, five years earlier, the trio was sitting down to their first quiet dinner together. No other geeks, no city emergencies, no demons, nothing like it. Just fresh milk, some stuff that Xander had gotten them, and some berries Evan had found growing. Radek had a priority list from the city's AI. Xander knew what he needed to work on to make the city strong enough to withstand another storm. The cows were in the animal husbandry building a few miles away but Evan had found floating scooter looking platforms. So that was nice. They sipped and talked and Xander showed them pictures of his greenhouse in Cardiff. He had all sorts of weird things in there and he loved working with his plants. Radek suggested he get some cuttings to bring here so he blipped off to do that. He and Evan shared a few kisses while waiting. It was a nice night. A bit cool, but the wind was blowing a little bit of dust. They could fix that later.
Xander reappeared in the right time in his greenhouse, looking around. "I know damn well we paid the taxes." He checked his self updating watch. "Oh, yeah, two years too soon." He blipped forward, finding it all there and someone else in there. He stared. "Hey, Tosh."
"Xander!" She jumped, staring at him. "Don't scare me like that."
He grinned. "Sorry, just gathering some samples to plant somewhere." He picked and chose, taking a lot of cuttings and growing them to semi-mature plants that could easily be planted and not be fussed over. "Enjoying a night off?"
"Dawn said weeding was cathartic. Thank you for putting the compulsion to know how to weed." He grinned. "It's a nice, calm job. We had weevils near here all day long. So everyone else is up in the main house."
"I don't mind. That's why I let Dawn use it," he quipped. He got another few and looked around, walking over to get one last one.
"That's a spore plant."
"Yup, but it's also pretty and beneficial. I can put it near the animal husbandry building and if I time it right, it'll go when the cows go into heat." He smirked. "Therefore more milk." He put everything into a crate he conjured and magicked to protect the plants. Then he called his wallet from his dresser and went shopping for food stuffs that they knew and understood. Radek had looked oddly at some of his choices. He came back with the massive load and carried it into the green house. He found his wardrobe in there and Tosh giving it a long look over. "Who?"
"Evan. He went to check on Jack. Something about needing boy lovin' stuff?"
"Shit, I totally forgot my oil," Xander said, moving to gather those ingredients too. "I should have a good case in there though." He carried things into his work area and put them with the groceries, then came out to pull a few of his mini trees in. Since he didn't have to conserve power. Then a few more things. "Ah." He grinned at her. "Happy weeding and calming down, Tosh. The property should have a protection against anything rift, dimensional, or demonic outside of imps." He walked back in there to browse and see what he had stored. Evan walked in with two boxes that looked heavy so Xander took one. "We have some oil in here."
"We don't have any cleaning stuff."
"Ah!" He nodded. "Do I need to get pinesol too?"
"Nope, I got a few bottles for mopping and cleaning." He took a kiss, looking around. "We really need to clean out in here."
"Yeah but it's in stasis while in here." He grinned and they went home. Ever was a nice home. They landed and brought out food stuffs, letting Evan put it up, while Xander pulled out the lube. Radek was snoring gently into Armand. "Aww. I didn't think we were that long."
"Was a whole day," Radek mumbled, looking at him. "You need more precise instruments."
Radek grinned. "Definitely." Evan came in. "Where did you go?"
"He got regular vegetables."
Radek nodded and they went to look inside the tardis. It had many storage areas. Some had clothes. Some had potions and bottles. Some had weapons. Okay, a few had weapons. There was a full closet of MRE's and a half of one of snack food. Other basic supplies like bottled water got pulled out. "Will it matter to expiration date?" Radek asked.
"Inside it's all in stasis so don't pull out too much," Xander said. They nodded and got what they needed. Then they laid back down on the air mattress. "I don't know why I'm sleeping out here."
"The bed in there is nice," Evan agreed with a smile. "But I like being out here. It's peaceful. Quiet. You can hear the wind. You can feel the breeze." Xander nodded, snuggling against him. Evan rubbed over Xander's side and back. Radek was grinning and moved closer to snuggle as well. Xander was a happy boy even without the sex. They agreed it was fine and they had to show Xander that they wanted more than that part of him. They would wait until Xander wanted it this time. "Do we have a working shower, Radek?" Evan asked.
"Yes. Three in this building alone." He smirked. "If we moved to main concourse, we could have huge bedroom that needs new sheets."
"Maybe later." He just held Xander, kissing him gently on the head since he was so comfy.
Xander looked up at him. "No pouncing?"
"If you want pounced, you have to ask," Evan said. "That way you know we're not just with you for the good sex."
Xander grinned. "I could use a good pounce." Radek chuckled, grabbing the lube to open it. Xander stripped down and shivered a bit. "We need to block that breeze off some." A forcefield went up across the doorway. "Is Armand in here?" They both pointed at him. "Nap, Armand. Daddy's getting Xander cuddles." Armand gave a tired snort and put his head back down. "I think he's growing again." He squealed at the touch of lube to his hole. "Cold!"
"I will warm it up," Radek promised, stroking gently and letting Evan take all the foreplay fun this time. He really would have to claim both his boys soon. A small jar appeared next to him. "If that's oil, we have some," he called. "Thank you." No response from the AI.
"She's conserving energy for tomorrow," Xander said.
"Ah." Radek nodded and got back to work playing with his boys. Evan groaned when Xander went down to suck him. "So pretty," Radek moaned. He was harder than he had been in a while. Xander's ass was at a perfect angle for him to take. He slid in without problems, setting a soft, gentle rhythm this time. Evan moaned and arched up, taking Radek's hand to hold. It was a good ride and then Xander reawakened Evan's desire so he could have him as well. Radek, well, he played with Evan's prostate while Xander rode him into a deep, sated state. Then Radek slid in and rode him into sleep.
Xander smiled. "Does that mean we get you sometime soon?"
Radek kissed him. "Of course it does. I should not always be on top even if I am possessive." He kissed Evan as he came, making Evan moan. Xander came over and slid in, making Evan hiss and arch up and wiggle for them. "Hmm. Much more lively."
Xander grinned. "I'm trying that new stuff she sent."
"It's a bit warm but good!" Evan moaned. "Oh, god, more, Xander." Xander slowly rode him into a goofy, grinning, happy, lazy state when he finally got to come. Radek was staring at Xander, who kissed him. "Tomorrow night we all get Radek."
"Hmm. Will be pleasure in more ways than one," Radek agreed. They snuggled in under the blanket and Armand came over to nap with them. Like usual. It was nice. The breeze came back and it was better.
Radek came out the next day from fixing more of the solar panels to find Evan shirtless and Xander naked while planting. "Are we having special occasion?"
"Nope, just enjoying some natural Vitamin D," Xander said with a grin. "Join us?"
"I would not mind but I am usually more modest."
"Who's going to see, Radek?"
"She's ignoring the naked boys," she said from a nearby speaker. "All boys have to be happy and if being naked does that, so be it." She went quiet.
Radek grinned and took off his shirt and pants, leaving him in his boxers. He came over to help. That's when he spotted the one plant. "We need spores?"
"I was going to plant them by the animals."
"Hmm. Then we will have many baby animals," he agreed. He took kisses and helped dig holes for the plants. Xander was in his element playing with the plants. Evan and Radek helped but Xander did all the planning and the sorting. The few stunted trees went in a nearby park. The food stuffs went into the bigger plots and the pretty things went around the seats they had built around planters. It was a beautiful thing for their area. The rest would come as it would. They could build up to it again. Xander even planted some tea flowers, making them all happy.
When that was done, they went to find the swimming area. Atlantis hadn't had one but Evan had found one on the map. It was a natural pond. It was clean, had no fishes, and was deep, but a bit chilly. Xander dove in anyway and then waved them out that it was safe. They swam around to play for a bit, splashing each other, doing some underwater groping. By the time they got tired, it was time for dinner. Evan made dinner tonight while Xander helped Radek shower and clean himself out. The enema wasn't that bad. Xander knew what he was doing and made it good for him.
"Shh, just one more rinse," he soothed, stroking Radek's stomach while nestled up behind where he was leaning on a wall. "Just one more rinse and you'll be so clean Evan will be able to eat dinner out of you." Radek shivered at that thought. "I have something chilly and sweet in the tardis."
"Ice cream?" he said with a smile.
Radek moaned, letting more water fill him this time. Xander turned it off and stroked over his stomach, making Radek relax and let things work their magic. When he was finally ready to release, he got put onto the toilet and Xander let him do it in private while he shaved his chest. "We do not mind," he pointed out.
Xander smiled. "Joinings should always be special events."
"Joining, I like that," Evan said from the doorway, leaning in it. "I like that better than married."
Radek nodded. "So do I." He moaned as more came out. "Our evil thing used gallons on me, Evan."
Evan smirked. "Good. I want you nice, clean, and tidy for me." He came in to get a quick kiss then went to join Xander in the shower. "Hmm. Freshly scrubbed. Pretty. Soft." He ran a hand over the hairless areas. "We should shave everything tonight."
"Then you'll itch," Xander said with a teasing grin.
"I want my first joined night with you to be spectacular and mind bending," he said, staring at him.
Xander beamed and kissed him. "We'll use the special oil then." Evan nodded, taking the wet shaver to do his own chest hair. He didn't have as much but enough to need done. Xander was more than happy to help him get his pubic hair trimmed down. "All of it?" Evan moaned, already hard and needy. "Please, Xander." Xander finished shaving him, knowing that the vibrating was tormenting Evan even worse than usual. Evan shot a load on Xander's chest but Xander only laughed and licked the head for him. "Oh, God, yes," Evan said, clutching the wall. "Please?"
Xander finished up the shaving, making him turn around so he could get around his hole. Evan whimpered but let him do it. It felt so nice, the vibrations around there were wonderful. Radek came in and stood in place for Xander to do him. He also moaned, groaned, clutched at Evan, and nearly passed out when he came. His hole got clean shaven as well. Then they pulled up Xander to shave him. Radek had the finer touch but Evan was letting Xander lean against him. "We should clean all of us out," he said in Xander's ear, getting a moan and a nod. "You would for us?"
"Of course." He panted. "Radek, I'm going to blow on your glasses if you don't get out of the way," he warned.
Radek took them off and put them aside then went back to what he was doing. Xander's cock was nicely sticking up against his stomach so not in the way. Evan teased Xander while Radek shaved him, then they turned him around to shave his hole too. Xander yelped but it wasn't a pain yelp. Radek got the hose for the shower and attached it again, lubing it gently before sticking it inside Xander's body. Xander whimpered, shifting his legs outward, leaning on Evan's shoulder.
"We have you," Evan soothed. "Too warm or too cold?" Xander shook his head quickly. "Let it go, baby. We love you and would love to see you like this." They soothed Xander through the wash and rinses. Then Evan got his turn and they babied him too. He wasn't as used to non-doctor given enemas. So they taught him how good it could feel with a little cock head licking and some stomach rubbing. Xander even played with the tube, stroking it in and out while it ran. They finally finished the shower and went out to eat, sitting together on the air mattress, eating off the one bigger plate. Radek smiled and fed Evan a bite, then Xander one. Evan did it back to them. Xander fed them both then ate a bite.
After dinner had been put aside, they stared at each other before Xander kissed Radek, pulling him closer so he was straddling his lap. That gave Evan the opportunity to find the special oil Xander had gotten for them and work it into Radek's body. Slowly stretching him, making him whimper and groan into the kisses. Evan took his own when he could. They hadn't ridden Radek hard and fast since the first spored incident. So maybe tonight it'd be a good, long, hard ride. Evan finally slid in, moving Radek onto his lap. "Shh, I have you," he said in his ear. "That's all me." He rode him gently, letting Xander tease them both and himself. "Oh, Xander." Radek moaned at the sight of Xander stroking himself. "Isn't he pretty, Radek?"
"Very pretty." He swallowed some air and panted, shifting against Evan's body. "I should have you both."
"You will," Xander promised with a grin. "I'm so going to ride you like you do me in the mornings, Radek." Radek let out another moan and shifted again. "Unless ... you wanted to do like when we were spored?"
"Oh, God, that was fantastic," Evan whispered in Radek's ear. Radek nodded. "You sure?" He nodded again, shifting off so they could sit with their cocks together and slowly work their way into Radek's body. Radek was nearly stiff and vibrating by the time they got in there but they did finally pop in and earned Radek splashing Evan with his come. "Shh, we have you, Radek. Just relax. It's just us." He soothed him, letting him calm down while he and Xander got comfortable for the long ride ahead.
Radek finally sat up, looking at them, leaning back against Xander's chest to get a kiss from him. "I need more, to be owned by you both," he told Xander, who groaned and shifted up, thrusting lightly. "Yes, more of that. Mark me as yours?"
"If I mark you as mine, you're never leaving," Xander warned. "I'm possessive."
"I know. That is what I need." Xander whimpered, staring at him. Radek smiled. "Please, Xander?" Xander nodded, sliding out of the group to get something from the Tardis to bring back. He wiggled back into place, slowly sliding himself back in beside Evan's cock. He opened the small pen-looking thing. "I'm certain," he said at the look. Xander nodded and bit him, drawing a little bit of blood. The tip of the pen like thing was dipped and Xander drew a few marks on him, then one final one was ringed around the group a few times.
Radek tensed as it heated but Evan kissed him and it was great. Xander added another mark to the ring, intertwining them. Then he sealed them in with a touch of magic, making Radek yelp but push down. That was powerful magic and it had sent his body crashing back toward orgasm again. Both boys were doing wondrous things. He could feel them both, just slightly different. A bit thicker on one. A bit longer on the other. He couldn't tell which was which but he knew that they were both his. He was babbling in Czech again and he knew Evan didn't understand but Xander was whispering what he said to Evan. It was intimate, special, and not interrupted this time. He finally got off and the mark burned for a second then went dark and under his skin.
"Mine," Xander cooed in his ear. "Tomorrow we'll mark Evan."
Evan nodded, swallowing hard. "Tonight?"
"That would mean Radek would be able to get it up again," Xander said with a tease.
Evan took a kiss. "Teach us how to do yours?" Xander smiled and nodded. They rode Radek until he couldn't take any more and had to sleep. Then they came and laid down together. It was a tangle of bodies but they were sated and happy.
The next day, Radek was walking funny but they babied him until he decided to go work on the lower level solar panels. Evan was getting himself psyched up for that night. Every now and then, one of them would brush against his backside, making him shiver. He and Xander were welding so they couldn't be naked for now. Radek was shirtless, getting quite a good tan. They came down for lunch, which turned into bottles of water after blow jobs. Xander was spoiling them rotten with the attention. Evan got him back though and Xander was limp and happy for the afternoon's welding.
Evan looked around. "Xander, when is Doc due back?"
"Sometime soon. Probably not tonight. Why?"
"Making sure it wasn't going to be witnessed and broken into this time." He grinned.
"He wouldn't interrupt even if he did show up. He might cuddle up afterwards, but not during."
"That's cool. I didn't want to come out of it to him going 'oops, didn't mean to peek' or something."
"He'd just smile and sneak off for a few hours."
"I can accept that." They finished up the welds they had planned and used an outdoor shower by a set of trees to hose off the sweat and flecks of solder. They both got naked and played, which drew Radek, who was still a bit sore but wanted to play. Evan was being treated like the harem princess he would be later that night. Radek made dinner while Xander helped Evan clean himself out. It was very nice help, one that included a very arousing scrubbing. Evan came out sparkly clean.
Dinner was another single plate, feed each other affair that got him highly aroused since Xander managed to drop a piece of vegetable in his lap and leaned over to suck it and the sauce off him. Radek moaned at that, putting the plate aside so he could have his own fun. Evan was carefully stretched by Radek, who loved to play with them. Xander got him first this time, making him nearly come but not quite.
The final stretching would be easier that way. Xander and Radek sat, balls together, Xander's legs on the bottom, while Evan slowly lowered himself down. Radek handled inserting them so Xander could steady Evan. They popped in and Evan whined. "Oh, I thought it was going to be more loose." He wiggled some, getting them deeper. He finally sat all the way down and they thrust, shifting his weight back and forth to trade off the deeper strokes. Sometimes together, sometimes apart.
Evan was losing his mind when he felt Xander bite him. Then he felt the slight scratch of the pen thing on his side. He moaned as it heated, then the last ring was put around and he had to come. The mark flashed then sank in. Evan panted, leaning his head on Radek's shoulder. "I'm going to die but be happy about it," he said hoarsely.
"You will not die," Radek promised, shifting some. They were still hard and Evan was nicely damp, twitching around them. "I managed not to die."
Evan laughed, sitting up to take kisses. "You're right, you did, and I won't die. I just won't sit for a week."
Xander pinched him on the butt. "Of course you will. You'll sit in a lap."
"That's a happy thought." They stroked his sweaty body while they worked him back up, making him a very happy boy by the time all three of them finally came. They flopped down, cuddling Evan between them. It was nice. Usually he did the cuddling but he could accept it tonight. Because he couldn't move and he was really sore now. He felt the warm cloth be run over him and blinked. "Doc," he said quietly.
The Doctor smiled. "I see a new tattoo?"
"Marked," Evan said with a grin. "Xander said we're his."
"Finally." He put a sheet over them. "How many more nights?"
"Just his," Radek said. He smiled. "Thank you."
"You're quite welcome." He laid down on top of the sheet, cuddling against Xander's back. Xander was already asleep so he was happy. "Sleep, boys. We'll talk tomorrow." They nodded and drifted off. It was a happy bed.
Evan found the Doctor building some odd sort of frame the next morning. "What's that for?"
"A bit of spice," he said with a grin. "I've seen it used before. He'll hold on, be a bit suspended for a while, which will make him concentrate on where you're touching him instead of being so immersed in the touching." He smirked. "That way you can make him feel just what you want him to."
Evan smirked. "A bit kinky, Doc." He helped him since his welding was done for the day. "I need to know how to draw those marks on him."
"Hmm. He's already traced his in a wax pencil so you can trace over them." He grinned. "That way there's no mistake in the marks."
"That's nice of him." He rubbed his side. He was still sore there and in his butt. "How long do you stay sore after this?"
"I don't know. Most mystical marks sink in fairly quickly." He gave him a look. "I know that particular one because he found the scroll with it while with me in a marketplace. I know it takes sperm to activate it."
"So he's probably not shooting as much," Evan said, going to find Xander. "Hey."
Xander smiled, letting him climb into the outdoor shower with him. He took a kiss and then got down to lick over the mark. "Hmm, still some ink taste so I didn't shoot off enough."
"Is that why I still ache there?"
"Yup, a bit." He licked over it again and turned Evan around to tease him and get him happy. Evan moaned, shifting as he was played with. Xander was mean to his poor, open, sore backside but at least he was gentle. It was a quick, gentle, soft ride. He felt a small burn from the mark but it settled in deeper with a glow. Xander nibbled on the side of Evan's neck. "I would've gotten off more last night if I had realized," he said in his ear.
"Last night was perfect the way it was," Evan said, turning around to get his usual cuddle. Xander grinned, cuddling him while they showered off the new sweat. It was nice. He could learn to like this quiet, peaceful Xander. Radek came over and stripped off to join them, getting a touch on his mark by Evan. "Think his fully set?"
"I have noticed some ache in it," Radek admitted. "Is there problem with it?"
"Xander doesn't shoot much," Evan said.
"Ah!" He nodded, smiling at Xander, who moaned and kissed him, him and Evan moving to tease their lover. Xander clearly had superbeing stamina again. Radek was groaning when Xander took him against the pole of the shower. It was another soft, gentle ride that Radek appreciated because he was still a bit sore too. Finally Xander got off and Radek's mark sank in with another glow.
Evan looked over the mark Xander had drawn on for him, then at his and Radek's. "Xander, it's upside down," he said.
"Sorry. Can you follow it?"
"Definitely." He took a kiss, cuddling him between him and Radek. "We should finish up for the day." The water turned off and they walked off, not caring if they were naked. The Doctor wouldn't care. He had taken off his bowtie and jacket so he was comfortable. Xander looked at the Doctor and magically switched his clothes to a pair of plaid shorts and a plain t-shirt that went with it, plus socks and earth sandals. "Geek," he teased with a grin at Xander.
"Thank you, Xander. I'm fairly comfortable now. It's a bit warm today," the Doctor said with a smile. He finished what he was building and brought it in for them. Xander stared at it then at him. He smirked. "You needed something special."
"Yes I did." He gave him a hug and a kiss on the cheek. He got a cuddle back.
"You should rest so you can spend all night together," the Doctor said with a wink. He went to explore more of the city. It was a fascinating place. The AI was good company too. He could poke around things until well after the boys had joined again. That way they were bound together for good. His padawan would be happy and content. Then they could figure out if they were going to finish fixing the city.
"How do you keep track of when you are?" Radek asked during dinner. "Right now, five years before when we should be, I was busy trying to save myself from freezing to death on outpost."
Evan smiled. "I had just barely joined the SGC," he said. "I think it's more that time moves in one direction and while our personal timelines may loop a bit, it doesn't interfere with the flow of time itself."
Radek thought about that. "True, but can still be confusing."
"I keep an electronic calendar in the tardis to keep track of the current earth date relative to my current one. When I go backward, it freezes on that date," Xander said with a small shrug. "If I go forward, I tend to freeze it so I can get back to that same point."
"So, for you, it's like bungee jumps from a point forward or back," Radek said. Xander smiled and nodded. "Huh." He took a kiss. "Dinner?" They nodded, settling down to eat. It was going to be another great night, then they'd get the Doctor in to sleep next to them, like usual.
The Doctor looked around a few weeks later. They had done a good job, the newest tornado hadn't caused too many problems, and Xander had moved them to the main building before the storm. Both Tardises were in there as well. They had everything started and Radek was working on the power equations they might need. The Doctor knew something needed to happen. They had years here. "Boys." They looked at him. "Are just the three of you going to stay here?"
"There's not much damage to be fixed," Radek said quietly.
"Hmm. I think he thinks we'll drive each other nuts without people being here," Evan said.
Xander was half-asleep. "We need to work on the defense options because in this time, the Ori are moving massive ships this way in about six months."
Eterna appeared. "Xander, our shield will protect us."
Evan shook his head. "No it won't. You can tell energy output through it. The Ori will come looking to see why there's higher level energy."
"I can teleport through the shields so their version of beaming will work," Xander agreed, sitting up. He looked at her. "I have no desire to put multiple weapons here, Eterna, but we have to be able to protect ourselves and the shields are good, but not perfect."
She considered that.
"I'm sure there were peaceful people who were still willing to protect themselves before," the Doctor told her. She nodded. "Well, this is the same situation. All of us would love peace, but if they come we have to be able to make sure you and your city don't fall to them. Or else they would rip you apart and use your abilities to harm others."
"Plus, Priors use energy from the surrounding areas, like I can use magic, only weaker," Xander told her.
"I have seen your memories of them," she reminded him. She sighed. "I do not like it but we do have one weapons platform up the city." She pointed. "It is not operational and I would wish it would not be."
Evan smiled. "We'd never go start a fight, Eterna, but if they come here, they're in trouble. We won't lay down and let them take you."
"I can understand why and I am mostly flattered," she assured him. She and the Doctor walked off talking while Radek found the weapons and went to look them over.
Xander looked at Evan, then sighed and got up, going into his tardis. He came out with a bag of dried cranberry snacks and a few rolls of plans. "Radek?" He came back and Xander handed them over. "Drunken planning with Jack."
"Thank you." He took it off to look over and see if he could build them into the current weapons. They were in a bad spot for anything but an overhead battle. For this he might need some help. The four of them would have to talk about letting others invade their privacy.
The Doctor landed on Atlantis the morning when they had left Xander's house, earning a scowl. He stared at her. "Your sister city wants to live in peace, Atlantis."
"I still am not allowed things from there here."
Rodney shut down the AI and fixed that problem. He waved the Doctor into the chair room. "We know. What's going on? I'm hearing mentions of people on that other city?"
"Well, yes, and it's a beautiful, quiet, peaceful place. Who will have the Ori flying overhead soon."
Rodney glanced up from the computer code to look at him. "Excuse me?" He finished up and restarted her. "Feel better?"
"I do," she admitted. "I feel much better about my sister city but I still do not want its things here."
"Xander's there working on her structures," the Doctor said quietly, glancing around.
"The IOA aren't here any longer," Rodney assured him.
"Still, it is a bit... private."
"Good." He stared at him. "How far back are they?"
"Oh." He considered it. "Anything major that needs fixed?"
"She's barely allowing the weapons systems to become active for defense only. We have no idea if they'll burn out during it or not. Plus she's on solar power, which makes sense but her AI can't come out at night. The structures are mostly sound but a few windows need repaired after the last tornado."
"Hmm." He nodded. "We could fix that."
"She doesn't run on ZPM power." He handed over a note from Radek's notebook. "He's been working on that."
Rodney looked it over, smirking meanly at him. "Is this a plea for help?"
"Only if you can be peaceful and learn to relax," the Doctor warned. "The trio have worked things out and they're very firmly joined."
Rodney nodded. "Will I need anything?"
"Sunscreen. You're a bit fair, Rodney."
He snickered. "I am, yes." He stared at him. "Should I tell anyone else?"
"If you want to bring someone special, it would be allowed."
"I'll consider that. Sheppard?"
"I don't know if he'd want to go."
"He could use some peace and quiet. He's still got battle nerves."
"So does Xander."
"Hmm. Give me twenty minutes?"
"Of course." Rodney left and the Doctor held up the data cube from his pocket. "From Eterna if you wanted to see."
Atlantis stared at him. "I would like to see how they built her. Is she as beautiful as I am?"
"In a different way. She's all black steel and colored glass." She nodded, scanning the data cube. She smiled. The Doctor smiled.
"Xander is happy?"
"Xander is very happy and they needed this time alone to talk and work things out without all the problems of here."
"I understand." She bowed. He bowed back. "I will allow them back. They are my family."
"I understand fully. That's the same way I see them." She grinned and disappeared to talk to Nila. He waited. Rodney brought John Sheppard and Miko with him. "Doctor Kusangi." He bowed.
She bowed back. "Will they need more help, Doctor?"
"I do not know," he admitted. "Most everything works. She's been kept in amazing shape by being in a temperate zone and having her shield running on solar power."
"Oh." She looked at Rodney. Who shrugged. "May I come?"
"Will you be bothered on the days that Xander runs around naked?" the Doctor asked. John snickered, shaking his head.
She considered it. "I would be the only woman there, yes?"
"Yes," he agreed. "Unless I go steal Jack, Dawn, Owen, and Ianto."
"Ianto doesn't really have skills for this."
"Actually, he has many unused skills," the Doctor corrected. "He also likes to organize and can cook. Owen's a doctor. Dawn has her skills as well. I can't really take their significant others without them."
John nodded. "If I was dating, I'd like that." Faith stomped in. He smiled. "Problems?"
"Where is X?" she asked the Doctor.
She blinked. "Another city?" she mouthed. He smiled and nodded. "He need help?"
"There is nothing to do there if you're not working on something," Rodney told her. "The AI and city were built by the pacifist Lanteans."
She shrugged. "How bad can it be?"
"No tv, no radio, nothing but a few of us," John told her.
She sighed. "How far back?"
"Five years," the Doctor said.
Miko smiled. "I would need to get something to stop certain things. Let me talk to our Doctor?"
"I can have Owen get some for us," John said. "He won't ask questions."
"True, not many," the Doctor said. Miko nodded and went to pack a large bag and a few things she wanted to take with her. John and Rodney both had theirs already. They were used to packing. Miko came back with three bags that got beamed in by Atlantis. "Are we set?"
"Please," Miko said. "Even if there is no one there other than these to talk to, it will be nice. I can bring much back to help Atlantis and Nila." The Doctor smiled and nodded, opening the door of the Tardis. They loaded in and went to Torchwood. Miko looked around. "I was told this was more industrial."
"No, the old one was," Owen said dryly. "They're on a call, Doctor."
"That's fine, I needed to ask a favor of you and then talk to the four of you," he said.
Owen nodded. "Dawn'll be back in about twenty from class. Jack and Ianto will be back from the weevil in a few minutes." He paged them all. "What sort of favor?"
"I am going back to help another city and would need female shots," Miko said.
Owen nodded. "I have about a year's supply here, I can get more but it'll take about half an hour to be delivered." He turned to the computer to send that off and got what he needed. He was packing other medical supplies. He lifted his head. "Is that why you came to talk to me?" The Doctor nodded. Owen grinned. "I'll pack double for Dawn because she'd kill me if I left her."
"I figured as much, though there won't be much for her to do in her areas. Unless she wanted to cook and things."
"Ianto does that better. But that's why you'd have to talk to him as well," he realized. The Doctor nodded with a smirk. "Hmm."
"If we could wake up Carson it would be better but his clone is unstable and dying," Miko sighed.
"That's something to see if Xander knows anything about," the Doctor told her. They all stared at him. He smirked. "There was one, for a very short time, but that was during a war and he fell. He was like Xander before he traveled."
"Interesting to know," Owen said. Jack and Ianto walked in talking quietly. "We get it?"
"Done and gone," Jack said, smiling at the Doctor. "Problem? Apocalypse?"
"New city...." He looked at Ianto then at him, changing languages. "How much work and when?" The Doctor told him in the other language, getting a few nods. "I'd love to help them," he agreed in English. "Owen said you wanted to talk to Ianto."
"Well, they are five years out of the current time," the Doctor admitted. "You'd never hold out that long."
"True." He looked at Ianto. "Xander found another city."
"They're back five years to work on the repairs."
"I can do some very good wiring work. I learned at the last hub when things broke down." Owen snickered. He looked at the Doctor. "Is there much work there that needs to be done?"
"No. Not much fixing left but there's some structural things, some animals. Xander imported a few cows and a few other things for some reason. He even put spore plants out there so they'd have fun when it went off."
"I heard he was in the greenhouse getting samples," Jack said. He looked at Ianto. Who stared back. "It's five years."
"You'd never last that long without sex," Ianto agreed dryly, making Owen cackle. "I believe I can handle some of that," he told the Doctor. Who smiled at him. "We'd need to gather some things like clothes."
"That'll take us about an hour," Jack said.
"It'll take me an hour to get the medical supplies we'll need," Owen agreed.
"Will we need an ATA carrier for the infirmary?" Rodney asked him.
"I don't think so and Owen is one," the Doctor said, earning a smirk from Owen. "Xander seems to gather those around him." Gwen and Tosh walked in, Dawn after them. "Dawn, a pretty princess again I see."
She smirked. "I felt. I'd have absolutely no work there, would I?"
"Animals, the AI talks English and a few others."
She sighed, sitting down to look at Jack.
"You can stay but Owen would be going."
"He'd never last for five years without sex."
"I can so," Owen complained. "I have a hand, Dawn."
She smirked at him. "Uh-huh." She looked at Ianto. Who smiled. "Fine. Give me an hour."
"That's what we agreed," Jack said. They went home to pack and he made sure Dawn brought practical things instead of just shorts and tiny tops. Dawn brought back three floating bags, one of them Jack's, and Ianto had to go buy shorts and jeans for himself. He didn't have too many things he could get dirty in. Dawn also brought weapons and a few other things. Including making them stop off at the grocery store to get some stuff. Then she shrank that into another bag. They came back stocked up for a good, long time. The Doctor got them into the Tardis, helping Owen with the boxes of medical supplies. Gwen and Tosh had been sent out by Jack for a few hours so they could leave without questions for all the packing.
Dawn walked out first, looking around. "It's beautiful here." The AI appeared. She smiled and bowed. "Eterna, I'm Dawn Summers."
"Nicely met, Dawn." She bowed and Dawn smiled, bowing back. "You are not human."
"No, I'm not fully human. Let me introduce the others." She walked her into the Tardis to float out things and introduce all the others to her. She was most pleased to see Rodney and Miko. Plus the data cubes that Atlantis had snuck into Rodney's things. Everyone got settled into rooms in the main building. The apartments were nice, a bit bigger than Atlantis'. Dawn walked out in shorts and a t-shirt, finding Evan staring at her. "Hell no you can't have my man for five years without me." She smirked. "Ianto and I can help do all the animal and planting stuff."
"That's actually pretty helpful," he admitted. He smirked. "We...joined recently, Dawn."
She pinched him on the arm. "About time." He smirked at her but they walked off to gather the others. She squealed and pounced Xander for a cuddle. "You look nice with the tan. You haven't had one in a while." She smirked at him. "Let me handle the animals?"
"Go for it. The stables even have a self-cleaning feature." She smirked at that. He hugged the others. "Guys, we're peaceful here. Eterna doesn't even want to do more than hide in case of an attack. Radek?" he called over the intercom. "Visitors."
Radek came jogging back. "Good! Miko?" She nodded, staring at him. He smiled and hugged her. "We are repairing the weapons today just in case. Rodney, her power cells are damaged and need to be worked on?"
"Gladly. Just the solar ones or the others?"
"Both unfortunately. I have started it but with the Ori moving past us soon, this was more important."
"I can do that. Colonel, shall we?"
"We should," he agreed, going to help him. He pinched Radek on the neck. "About time you three did the bonding thing." He nodded at the tattoo with a smirk since he was shirtless. "Looks nice on you."
Radek smirked back. "Should be glad that Xander is not naked boy today."
Miko squeaked. "I will get used to it and not look, Radek. I know where he belongs."
"Thankfully so does he." He walked her off, taking her to show her around.
Jack looked around. "Owen, let me help you unpack."
"Let me, I'm better at organization," Ianto said. "You and Dawn study the city and look around." They nodded and broke up. The Doctor helped them get things where they needed to go but otherwise, he wandered off to read in the sun. It was a good vacation for him as well. Ianto looked out over the city, sighing in pleasure. "It's very serene and beautiful here."
Owen looked at the view then at him. "I don't think they'd care if you pounced Jack into something solid."
Ianto smirked. "I'd never have sex in public, Owen. It would be an offer to join in." He walked off happier. He found the kitchens and what they already had. He organized in there as well. Then he started on a good dinner. He wouldn't mind being the camp mother for a bit. He'd learn how to help on other things eventually.
John came out of the power generation plant later on shirtless and sweaty. He stretched up and then out. His back popped, making him sigh in pleasure. "We good, Rodney?"
"We're fine now. The cells are all charging the right way. The rest of the system is now online so she has as much power as she wants to generate. I need to take notes for Atlantis and Nila."
"We do," John agreed with a smile. "Especially since Nila is in a sunny spot." They walked off, heading up the main street. "This is a pretty city. Atlantis is shinier and seems graceful but she's a grand old lady."
Rodney smiled. "She is. Different but clearly just as artistic and meant to be soothing to the senses. He sniffed. "Did anyone tell the others I have a citrus allergy?"
"Don't touch the green balls on the one tree," Evan called from where he was working on the lattice work again.
John looked up. "What's that for?"
"As far as we can tell, decoration but it has some lights and could probably be used for displays." He climbed down with the welding gear. "We had to fix some. She had a few tornados." He looked at the trees and pointed. "Those are citrus tasting, we're not sure if you'd be allergic to them or not, McKay."
"You may as well call me Rodney, Major," he said dryly.
"Fine, Rodney then." He walked them back to their rooms so they could clean up. He came in to find Xander on their bed, stretched out and glistening from a massage. "Did Radek run in and molest you then leave?" he teased.
"He went to check on dinner." He pulled Evan down to kiss him. "Shower, sweaty. I like my men with clean bodies and dirty minds." Evan smirked, going to clean off then coming back to tease Xander some more. It was always fun when Xander was limp, sated, and ready for more. Evan didn't even have to enter him, all he had to do was touch him and Xander was ready to come. That oil was a precious thing. He played and got rewarded for his blowjob by Xander giving him one back. That was the life he wanted. Radek came in with a smirk, standing there watching them.
Xander pulled off Evan with a slurp, licking his lips. "Hi, Radek." He got back to his blow of the century. Evan was groaning and gripping the sheets like he was going to rip them. Xander eased one hand off and put it in his hair. Evan got the point and played, giving him a kitten-style head kneading. Xander finally made him come and Evan went limp with a scary grin. Xander winked at Radek, who came over to kiss them both. "Dinner?"
"Yes it is," he agreed. Evan whimpered. "I know, you are in Xander's no brains state. Still must eat so we can pounce him later."
"He's so being ridden hard tonight," Evan agreed in a drowsy voice. Xander snickered, kissing him. They got up and put on something so they weren't naked. That was the rule for the kitchen and dining area. They went to the caf, Xander holding Evan's hand. Radek hated to hold hands.
Miko smiled at them. "Good evening."
Xander hugged her. "Hi, Miko." He got dinner, looking at it then at Ianto. "You cook better than I do." He sat down to inhale the scent. "Mmm."
"Worked up an appetite?" John teased with an evil smirk.
Xander grinned and nodded. "Evan made me hungry." He ate a bite, ignoring Evan moans and head shaking.
Rodney looked at Xander's glowing skin. "That's not your oil."
"No, it's one I made with the recipe Eterna found for me." He ate another bite. "Thank you, Ianto. It's great."
"You're welcome, Xander." He brought out one for himself and Jack, earning a kiss. They sat down together to eat and get used to the others. Dawn was teasing Owen. Xander was inhaling his so he could pounce later. John and Rodney were happy talking and Miko was talking with Radek about where everything was. Ianto looked down. "Are we spreading over all the city?"
Radek nodded. "We've been all over the city so far." The Doctor walked in and got a plate, sitting down as well. "Did you have a nice nap in the sun?"
"I did. I haven't had a vacation in quite a while. Usually it's interrupted by an emergency." He smiled and dug in. "Splendid job, Ianto."
"Thank you, Doctor." He ate a bite of his own and went back to teasing Jack.
This was how a family should be: peaceful, calm, sated. Having fun and being together.
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