Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Iron Man Crossover (Self-Made Hero)
Summary: Willow and Xander mourn Zathras. (The others are there, but Willow and Xander are kind of not noticing the world right now.)
Word Count: 175
Rating: Gen, Grief
They end up burying the pieces in Jesse’s grave. Somehow, Xander thinks his friend would’ve appreciated it.
He loses it all over again when he realizes Jesse would’ve been the War Machine to his Iron Man. If he didn’t think he was encouraging Willow too much, he’d make her a suit, too, but he doesn’t want her to get herself killed.
Then again, maybe her casting spells through a technological interface rather than on her own is exactly what she needs right now.
She’s here, though. She’s herself and beautiful and so present and so vital and so Willow. She holds him as he’s crying and as she’s crying. The tears and grief seem to be cleansing her of all the darkness clouding her aura lately, and she didn’t even insist they try to fix the situation with magic, no matter how much she wants the pain to go away. (That might not mean that much if he couldn’t also tell that she hadn’t attempted any magic. But she hadn’t, and it means so much.)