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TitleBuffy the Vampire Slayer - Xander Years - Volume 02
TagsBuffy The Vampire Slayer
LanguageEnglish
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Total Pages185
Table of Contents
                            Acknowledgments
PROLOGUE
CHAPTER 1
CHAPTER 2
CHAPTER 3
CHAPTER 4
CHAPTER 5
INTERLUDE
CHAPTER 6
CHAPTER 7
CHAPTER 8
CHAPTER 9
CHAPTER 10
INTERLUDE
CHAPTER 11
CHAPTER 12
CHAPTER 13
CHAPTER 14
CHAPTER 15
EPILOGUE
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
                        
Document Text Contents
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CHAPTER 8
Cordelia, it turned out, could sort of draw. Which, who knew? Xander had
thought her skills were limited to cheerleading, cutting sarcasm, and personal
grooming. But there she sat, sketchpad on her lap, pencil in her hand, sketching
out a creature that bore some resemblance to the thing he had encountered in the
cafeteria.

Emphasis on “some” resemblance.

“No, the mouth’s a lot bigger,” he said. “And downward. Like this.” He
demonstrated, turning his own mouth down. “With more teeth.”

She dropped the pad and pencil down on the table and stood, impatience in her
voice. “I’m doing the best I can.”

“Is that what you saw, Xander?” Giles asked, trying to defuse things.

“Yeah. I think so. Pretty much.”

Giles drew the next part out. Giving Xander time to decide, yes or no. “Are you
sure?”

“Well, it was dark. And the thing went through the window so quick. And I was
a little shocked when I saw it and . . .”

“Go ahead, say it,” Cordy prompted. “You ran like a woman.”

“Hey,” Xander protested. “If you saw this thing you’d run like a woman, too.”

The library door swung open, and Buffy and Willow came in.

“Buffy was right,” Will announced. “According to statistics, Dodd and Cameron
were the best swimmers on the team.” She handed Giles a computer printout.

“First and second, actually,” Buffy put in. “Which means, if my theory’s correct,
that Gage Petronzi, the third best swimmer on the team, would be the next item
on the menu.”

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on the menu.”

“God, this is so sad,” Cordelia said. Xander was surprised.
“We’re never going to win the state championship,” she continued.
“I think I’ve lost all will to cheerlead.”

Xander lifted one hand into the air. “Raise your hand if you feel her pain.”

Giles ignored them both, studying the printout. “If you’re saying these killings
aren’t random,” he said, “it would suggest someone’s out for revenge.”

“And raise the possibility that someone brought forth this sea demon from
whence it came to exact that revenge,” Buffy said. Then, as if hearing her own
words for the first time, she looked at Giles and added, “ ‘from whence it came?’
I’m spending way too much time around you.”

“Who would hate the swim team that much, though?” Xander asked. “Besides
me, I mean.”

Willow had a thought, which she expressed by raising her hand and saying,
“Ooo.”

Buffy encouraged her. “Willow?”

“Jonathon! He was bullied by Dodd the other day on the beach, remember?”

“He did say he could take care of things himself,” Buffy said. “It’s a good call,
Will. You should question him.”

Willow was a little taken aback, but smiled quickly. “Really? Me?” she asked,
then got into it. “I’ll crack him like an egg.”

“Meanwhile,” Giles said, his over-the-glasses gaze landing on Buffy, “I think
swimmer number three might benefit from your watchful eye and protection.
Discreetly, of course.”

“I’m on it,” Buffy said.

“What about me?” Xander asked. “What can I do?”

“Well,” Cordelia said. “You could go out to the parking lot and practice running
like a man.”

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“What?” she repeated. Her voice had more of an edge to it this time.

He walked away. Taking in a deep breath. An all-is-right-with-the-world breath.

Smiling.

Cordelia demanded again, behind him.

She was hating this.

He was loving it.

Smiling.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jeff Mariotte is a co-owner of the specialty bookstore Mysterious Galaxy, senior
editor for the comic book publisher WildStorm Productions/DC Comics, and
writer of many comic books, including the series Desperadoes, and the
occasional novel. He’s currently working on

with Nancy Holder and Maryelizabeth Hart. His next
novel will be cowritten with Scott Ciencin. He lives
in San Diego with his rapidly growing family and some animals. He’s way too
busy.

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