An Alternate Reality: In the Pale Moonlight

by Sigrina


Comments: This universe is different to the original Buffyverse in a number of ways. No Faith, Jenny Calendar is still alive and is in a relationship with Willow, Angel has not become Angelus, Spike was never in a wheelchair and Dru is still weak. Nothing is exactly the same as in the series.



He kicked the car with quiet viciousness. Typical, bloody typical. He'd finally got around to leaving this Hell-on-Earth place and he'd broken down just at the Sunnydale border. Just his luck.

Of course, he should have left days ago, after the Eygon fiasco had been resolved. Ripper and his Slayer-slut obviously thought he had, since he'd been left alone.


The thing was, he hadn't anywhere better to go.


Ethan laughed softly. What did it say about him, he wondered, that a Hellmouth patrolled by a Slayer and his own ex-lover was the best place he could think of to be? And Ripper had made it very clear that Ethan wasn't welcome here. Just because he'd tried to sacrifice that bloody Slayer to save his own skin.

Ripper hadn't reacted well to that. Nor to the fact that Eygon had taken over that gorgeous-but-idiotic brunet boy. He seemed to blame Ethan for that as well!

He should never have come here. There had to be any number of things he could have done to put off the day of reckoning with Eygon. Instead, he'd found himself back in this forsaken place.

You're a pathetic old fool, Ethan, he told himself bitterly. Ripper doesn't want you any more. And why should he? He's got all those lucious young children to play with. Or dream about. Didn't look like he was getting any 'action', not if that little spell he'd detected was anything to go by. He'd been tempted to rub that in Rupert Giles' oh-so-holier-than-thou face. See his reaction when he realised that his witchy friends were using him for their own ends. Two things had stilled his tongue. The first was pure spite: if Ripper was so far gone in 'Faithful Watcher' mode that he couldn't even be bothered to cast a simple 'Detect Magic' on himself from time to time, well, who was Ethan to enlighten him? The second reason was a case of self-preservation. Those two witches were holding an awful lot of power between them. And anyone who used Sex Magic was hardly likely to be heavily into the 'Do No Harm' scene. Much as he enjoyed meddling, he'd leave those two with their secrets intact. Though why they wanted what little sexual power they could glean from 'mild manner Watcher' Rupert Giles, when they could generate so much energy themselves, was beyond Ethan's understanding.


Ethan wandered down the deserted street, aimlessly kicking a beer can. He'd better retrieve his bag from that crappy rental car and...


Oh, bloody hell.

While he'd been wool-gathering, night had fallen.

'Well now, what have we got here, then?'

Oh, that voice! It slithered and hissed across his nerve endings like burning oil. If the teenage Ripper's accent had been that of the streets, then this was redolent of dark and deadly alleys where even the damned might hesitate to go. It made him feel young again. And older than sin itself.

Ethan turned round slowly, every movement, every inch of him a wanton seduction.

'Hullo, Spike. Long time no see.'

'Ethan? It is you, isn't it? Well, I suppose that all the mad bastards in the world must finally get around to holidaying in Sunnydale. Been here long, have we?'

'A little while. Had a little demon trouble. I was here a while ago, as well. Halloween. I meant to look you up but I was bit busy.'

He watched as Spike smiled. Others might have fled or frozen at that smile. Ethan shivered in anticipation.

'Well, we'll have to make up for lost time then, won't we?'

Oh, yes, Ethan could do that. With a languid elegance he glided across the street and dropped slowly to his knees.

He mouthed the growing bulge in Spike's jeans, smirking as he heard the vampire's ragged groan. From his immediate response it was obvious that Spike hadn't had much action recently. Ethan wondered where Dru was. Not that he had any desire to become reacquainted with the psychopathic bitch. She'd never been any good in the sack. Too doo-lally, airy-fairy and murderous. She'd rather torture and do weird visions than screw, the stupid bint.

Spike on the other hand... Spike had his good points...

Or at least one good point, Ethan giggled softly to himself, as he freed the 'point' in question.

He began to lick and suck the cool, marble-like column before swallowing it whole. Cold, viscous fluid gushed down his throat gratifying soon afterwards. Above him, Spike let out a wordless roar. And then the roar subsided to the rough panting of a vampire who has forgotten that he doesn't need to breathe.

Spike was still hard. Lucky me, Ethan thought, thanking vampire stamina. He began to work at Spike again, fingers fumbling with his own belt.

Inhumanly strong hands lifted him up.

'Don't think I'm not enjoying this, Ethan mate, but I think we should take this somewhere more secluded.'

'What? Never say you've gone all coy, Spike?' Ethan queried archly, hands reaching out to caress.

'Shit, Warlock, stop that! This is Sunnydale. Last thing I want is to be caught by the Slayer with my pants down.'

Slayer? Oh, yes, the Slayer. Ethan thought about that for a second. Spike did have a point. Wait a minute, hadn't he done that already?

'Screw the Slayer,' he managed, through his giggles.

Spike was tucking himself in, with some difficulty. He halted at Ethan's words and gave a chuckle.

'Rather screw you, mate.'

Ethan grinned.

Aware that the vampire's eyes were tracking him, he sauntered with easy grace to the useless car and removed his luggage.

'I hope your place is nearby, Spike. Wouldn't want me to lose interest, now would you?'

'Grrr. Fucking wanker.'

'That's it, talk dirty to me, you big stud you.'

Hand grabbed him and sharp fangs nibbled at his neck.

'Hey, hey! Remember the 'no-fang' rule! And please recall that I'm a quarter-demon. My blood tastes disgusting. And I mark easily.'

He felt Spike sigh against his neck.

'Remind me, Ethan, why did I ever put up with you?'

Ethan smirked. 'Simple. I'm a moderately powerful warlock and I've been useful to you in the past. And undoubtedly will be in the future. And let's not forget my most important skills: I give a killer blowjob and I'm a really good fuck.'

'Oh, yeah, I knew there had to be a good reason. Come on then, mate, let's give you a chance to practise those 'important skills' of yours. Dru will be glad to see you. You were always one of her favourites.'

Oh, shit. Screwing Spike's precious Dru was about as satisfying as screwing a corpse. And that was speaking from personal experience.

Well, it couldn't be helped. He'd have to make sure he had as little contact with her as possible. While getting as much 'contact' as possible with Spike, of course.

'And then you just might be able to help me get even with the Slayer.'

The last thing Ethan wanted to do was get involved with Ripper's precious Buffy again. But things might be different if he was allied to Spike. It might even be fun.

Ah, well, it looked as though he'd be staying in Sunnydale, at least for a while. At least it had compensations...

The end................???