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Title:For the Price of Many, One
Author: Xocoatldreams
Fandom: BtVS
Pairings/Characters: Buffy, Willow, Xander/Giles
Rating: PG
Prompt/Challenge: #111 Antikythera
Summary: There’s a new prophecy on the horizon
Warnings/Spoilers: Um, season 4 or so, some Buffy/Willow bashing
Disclaimer: I don’t own any of BtVS, I just like playing in the universe. No money being made and no offense intended.
A/N: Hm, I don’t know.


“Oh dear,” Giles murmured, staring down at the leather bound book in his hands.

“I don’t like that phrase,” Buffy complained, looking up from her own dusty book.

“Hmm, oh yes,” Giles stammered, looking up at her. “There’s a prophecy here that’s due to happen anytime now.”

“Any time,” whimpered Buffy. “What’s it about?”

The time will come when one must pay for the price of many, one,
For the price of one, none.
Time will pass on Raven’s wings
Listen as the Cuckoo sings.”

“Does that make any sense?” Willow asked, her fingers racing over her laptop’s keyboard.

“Not to me,” Xander muttered, flipping another page.

“Are you sure it’s happening soon?” Buffy asked plaintively.

“Yes, it was confirmed using the Antikythera mechanism,” Giles told her.

“The what-what?”

“It doesn’t matter, it’s just right,” Giles snapped.

“Fine, we’ll go scouting and see if anyone knows anything about this,” Buffy said, standing up. “Willow, come on.”

Xander watched them leave, an odd look on his face. He shook his head and went back to flipping through his book, pushing the fact that they ignored him once again out of his mind. After a few minutes he found something and began laughing.

“What is it, Xander?” Giles said exasperated.

“I think I found your prophecy, Giles,” he snickered, pushing over the book.

Giles picked up the book and stared at the pictures on the page. “I think you are right, Xander,” Giles smiled.

“Are we going to tell them?” Xander asked.

Giles lifted an eyebrow. “No, not at this moment.”

***** ***** ***** ***** *****

Buffy and Willow walked wearily back into Giles’ apartment, flopping down on the couch.

“No one knows anything about this prophecy,” whined Buffy. “We even stopped to beat up Spike.”

“Oh well, then,” Giles sighed. “Perhaps you should head home and we’ll try again tomorrow.”

Smiling their thanks, Willow and Buffy headed off to their dorm, leaving Xander and Giles at Giles’. Once the door closed behind them, Xander started laughing again, nearly falling off the chair he was sitting on.

“Are you ever going to tell them?” he managed to gasp.

“With the way they’ve been acting lately,” Giles scoffed. “I think we can let them hang for another day.”

Xander stood up and moved over to hug Giles. “You are the best!”

“And I love you too,” Giles smiled, placing a soft kiss on Xander’s lips. “We’ll give it a few days and then tell them.”

“Bed now?” Xander breathed a kiss across Giles’ lips.

“Bed now,” Giles agreed, pulling the younger man along.

***** ***** ***** ***** *****

“Giles, we still don’t know anything about this prophecy,” Buffy said, pushing the book in front of her away.

“Actually,” Giles disagreed, “we do.”

“What?” Buffy and Willow gasped.

“We’ve known about he prophecy and what it is about for a few days now,” he said absently as he made himself some tea.

“A few days?” Willow echoed.

“Yes, Xander found it,” Giles smiled at his lover.

“Xander? But Xander never finds anything,” Buffy exclaimed.

“Actually, Buffy, Xander has found several key pieces of information in the past,” Giles said coldly. “Only Willow and you never noticed. Because of your willful blindness, you have spent the past several days searching for something that has already happened.”

“It happened?” Willow echoed again, looking around confused.

“Yes, Willow, it happened.”

Giles tossed something down on the table in front of them. Both girls leaned over to read the print and see the pictures.

Valley Shoes Sale – Three Pairs of Shoes for the Price of One.
Kitten to a good home – free.
New Raven wear – Watches, ties and hats.
Sunnydale’s Newest Band – Cuckoo playing tonight at the Bronze.

“Xander found it in event/classified column of the Sunnydale Times,” Giles said softly. “Mostly since neither of you deemed him worthy of reading a real book.”

“I’m sorry, Giles,” Willow said softly.

“It’s not me you have to apologize too,” Giles told her. “And Xander has already said he won’t be by for a while.”

“Why not?” Willow asked.

“He’s in the middle of moving and doesn’t have the time to bother with you,” Giles said walking away.

“Moving?” Willow echoed, looking over at Buffy who shrugged.

TBC (Possibly)