Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Iron Man Crossover (Self-Made Hero)
Summary: Xander's forced to make a decision on his superhero name.
Word Count: 235
“So, you’re famous,” Willow remarks. It’s out of the blue and Xander’s a little confused. He takes a huge bite out of his pastry in lieu of an answer.
His best friend rolls her eyes and in response pulls up a clip on her Knight phone.
“…Comes in like some sort of modern paladin,” the newscaster is saying as the video shows him flying in. It’s a nice video, but it’s hard to think about that when that actually gets several of the Starks in his head to abandon what they’re doing and collectively swear. At the bottom, a line of text asks ‘Who is the Blue Paladin’?
“I guess I got branded.” His voice is deceptively calm. “It could be worse, though. Paladin was one of the things I considered; I just abandoned it ‘cause I couldn’t find a cool accompanying adjective.” He takes a long sip from his shake and wills his hands to not, well, shake.
That sounded stupid even in his head.
And now he’s feeling a little sulky. “Seriously, though, did they do their research? It’s not blue. Or, well, I guess, it’s not just blue. I woulda gone with Steel Paladin if it didn’t feel too derivative…”
“You can just go by Paladin. Let the media add the adjective all they want,” Willow suggests, bouncing a little.
He pauses. Considers it. “You know, you might be onto something there.”