Apr. 20th, 2017

madimpossibledreamer: Paper lanterns floating over a fleet of ships. (lanterns)
Main Points:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Avengers Crossover AU (Self-Made Hero: The Infinity Mirror)
Summary: Rupert Giles and Ethan Rayne trade words over the ruin of a world.
Word Count: 360
Rating: Gen

          Giles stands, lips braced in a dangerous snarl, amid the smoking ruins of his world.
          There’s nothing left, really.  The Council and the Slayer line were the first to fall, victims to betrayal from within.  The only thing that’s kept him standing this long is the Shard of Stronnos, and even that has its limitations.  Rupert himself is beginning to feel the effects of a long, prolonged struggle.  All of the artifacts, gone, and used to wreck havoc.  The cities torn apart.  All semblance of government killed mercilessly, the remnants scattered, on the run, prey to any demons, entities, or servants of chaos they might happen to meet.  It is not a dead world, not yet, but it is a dying world, and that thought fills him with more pathos than knowing that his world is gone.
          Ethan Rayne, former Watcher, smiles.  Even at his worst, Giles would never have believed it would come to this, yet here they are.  First Rayne had been considered loyal; then he had not been considered a threat.  Both grave mistakes that there was in all probability no coming back from.
          “You know this is not the end, old friend,” Rayne taunts.
          Giles raises a weary eyebrow and looks around at their surroundings.  “How is this not the end?”
          “You think too small.”  He raises his hands and gestures at their surroundings.  “This is only one world in a universe of possibilities.”
          Giles’ eyes widen in horror.  “You aren’t—”
          But he doesn’t finish the words.  Not when he knows they’re untrue.  Rayne certainly would.  There’s a glimmer of insanity in his eyes, just the right amount to make him dangerous.
          So instead, he closes his eyes and begins chanting.  Rayne recognizes what he’s doing and begins hurling objects at him with telekinesis, but the magic addiction is actually weakening Rayne slightly, and Giles uses the Shard, turning the matter into energy to fuel the spell.
          And then he flings himself out into the multiverse, puts his faith in the Powers That Be or anything that might be listening and sympathetic, that even if he cannot save his own world, he can save others.

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