Chapter Seven

Xander ran with the group towards the house/castle. He stopped abruptly and turned towards the horde. He watched as five vampires of the horde surrounded Angel. The rest stayed in the shadows of the trees a few yards away. The five vampires snarled at Angel. Angel in turn brandished the sword with a smile. His face went under a demonic transformation. Xander watched as the vampire's brow furrowed and his cheekbones rise unnaturally.

Xander stared as the vampires attacked Angel. Angel was holding his own. He had already cleanly sliced off the heads of two of the vampires, causing them to explode in a shower of dust. Angel quickly turned around, slashing a gash in two of the other vampires. He pulled out three staked from his pocket and plunged one of the three in one of the vampire's chest, and abruptly plunged one of the two remaining in the other one's chest. Angel turned to face the last remaining vampire, but received a huge blow across his face which sent him spinning.

Xander watched in helplessness as Angel fell to the ground. The remaining vampire picked up Angel's fallen sword and plunged it into Angel's heart. Angel shrieked in pain as the vampire withdrew it from his heart. Xander watched as the vampire raised the sword again, this time to take off Angel's head.

"Noooooooooo!" Xander screamed.

In a flash, Xander Harris was running at an incredible speed. A speed brought on by a huge adrenaline rush. Xander slammed his body into the shocked vampire's body. Xander quickly picked up Angel's sword and brought it down on the vampire's neck, causing it to erupt in dust.

Xander ran to Angel, who was groaning in agony.

"It'll be all right. Don't worry man," Xander said reassuringly as he put the 243 something year old vampire's arm around his shoulder and lifted him off the ground. Using the traditional fireman hold, Xander started to run towards the castle. He heard Falen laugh heartily behind them. The sick bastard.

As he got close to the castle, he heard Falen and his horde running after them. As he neared the door, he saw that Buffy, Willow, Cordelia, and Giles were standing there, waiting for them. Xander could hear the vampires close on his heels.

As Xander neared the door, he yelled, "Get ready to close the door!"

Xander jumped trough the doorway with Angel on his shoulder. He turned around to see Buffy, Willow, Cordelia, and Giles close the two massive oak doors. Willow brought a large wooden beam and fit it in two slots, securing the door closed. The group heard massive pounding from the other side of the door.

"We got to get to the library," Angel managed to get out.

Willow turned to her long lost friends and said, "Come on. That door won't hold them for long."

Willow led the group up some long marble steps. When they got to the top of the steps, they headed down the hall, until they came upon a massive wooden door. Willow opened it and allowed her friends to get inside. After they were all in, she started to close a number of locks. She then fitted two wooden beams onto the door, as had below.

The library was quite spacious. Xander noted that it was the size of a apartment. It was decorated with old antique carpets. There were large showcases against some walls, which housed a rather large collection of weapons. There was also hundreds of books lining the walls. And on one wall, was a group of large windows, where he could see the garden. He walked over to a couch and laid Angel's body on it. The vampire was slowly recovering from his injuries.

"How can vampires come in here? They weren't invited," Cordelia asked.

Willow looked at them sheepishly and replied, "This place was kinda theirs, until two years ago."

"You stole their home?" Giles asked with astonishment.

"Noooooo," Willow responded. "We cast them out. And now they want revenge."

"Wait, wait, wait. If that big door down there won't stop them, what makes you think this one will?" Buffy asked.

"Well, the door down there is solid oak, but this door is different. This door is made of thick tempered steel, covered by oak. Even vampires can't get through it. Angel was hoping to have the rest install by next week." Willow replied.

Through the door the group heard a loud crack, which indicated that the vampires had gotten through the front door. They heard some shuffling, then a loud bang as they tried to break this door down as well.

"Don't worry," Willow said. "They can't get through that door."

"Yeeaahhhh," Cordelia said. "But they can come in through the window."

The group turned and saw two vampires smash through the windows, which were soon followed by three more...