Xander said my powers will build slowly.
They waited for Xander to return with the three vamps trailing him.
Xander stepped back to the door beside Jenn.
To her surprise, Xander stepped between her and the two pissed-off vamps waiting for her.
Xander motioned the two vamps away.
"Xander," he said in a thin voice.
Xander drew his weapons and crossed to the two vamps, chopping them down.
Xander didn't move like she expected a man his size to move.
"I'll have this mess cleaned up," Xander said when he'd finished.
Xander stood before the Black God's quarters.
Xander gave a quick bow in response before meeting her gaze with a look that warned her she wouldn't like what Jonny had just told him to do.
The instincts that warned her Jonny wasn't as naïve as he seemed were confirmed when she stepped into the gym and saw Xander standing in the doorway, watching her.
She whipped around, weapon pointed at Xander as he appeared through the doorway.
Xander held up a hand, catching the bullets and then tossing them.
Except for Xander here, who seems immune to just about everything.
"I'm just that tough," Xander said.
"No, it doesn't," Jenn countered, watching Xander manipulate the boy-god without knowing how he did it.
"Know your place, Guardian," Xander warned in a lower voice.
"Safer underground," Jenn and Xander said simultaneously.
Xander, find me somewhere safe above ground.
"I know somewhere safe," Xander said.
Xander held out his hand.
"Your Guardian must come," Xander said.
"Pacific northwest," Xander answered.
Xander stepped aside and Jonny walked through the front door.
Xander, however, was a complication she'd never before run across.
She didn't know what Xander was, but he'd said one thing that struck her hard.
Aside from assigning Xander to keep an eye on her, the Black God hadn't restricted her access to anything.
Xander crossed to the Black God.
The two spoke for a few moments before Xander bowed his head and walked away.
The Oracle will know where I am, Xander had said.
Xander visited you, didn't he?
If you find Xander, you must tell me where he is.
She rose, having slept fully clothed out of fear Xander would attack her in her sleep.
One was plainly Xander by his size, and the profile of the second was familiar to her.
Half a head shorter than Xander, Jule was speaking quietly to the vamp, whose arms were crossed and head tilted in consideration.
Xander faced him and crossed his arms, waiting.
He didn't remember Xander, but Xander remembered him.
Xander had seemed curious, the opposite of what Jule expected from the father to the creatures Jule regularly killed.
Powerful motivation, Xander said, amused.
There was a pause, then Xander purred, "You know I do nothing for free."
Xander considered him and then stepped away, thoughtful.
He sensed a great deal in what Xander wasn't saying about his purpose in the mortal realm.
"Definitely. I have a debt to settle with all of them," Xander said.
He suspected she was expecting Xander to want to see her, too.
"Wise Oracle," Xander said with a cold smile.
"Gatekeeper, Oracle, Healer, Original Immortal," Xander said, taking in everyone one-by-one.
A pleasure, Oracle, Xander said and opened his eyes.
Xander stood before the Black and White Gods, the only thing keeping Yully from stealing their magic.
Jule stepped forward and motioned for Xander to follow.