madimpossibledreamer: Jiraiya|Yosuke jumping and using a throwing star (jiraiya|yosuke)
2017-07-24 11:07 pm

The Goddess

Main Points:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Marvel Crossover AU (Self-Made Hero: The Infinity Mirror)
Summary: Giles finds the fifth of his recruits.
Word Count: 575
Rating: Gen

          Dr. Winifred Burkle had an amazing life.  She was well-respected.  Her work did brilliant things for the world.  She had an attentive, loving fiancé.
          Of course, the key word there was had.
          The things you didn’t know could and definitely well did kill you.  Such as her fiancée was actually involved in a cult.  Such as she was sacrificed, screaming, begging, unable to believe the betrayal, her still beating heart cut out to draw darker things into the world.
          Illyria had a cult.  She was a Goddess, worshipped by so many followers.  She had the respect and even fear from the other Hell Gods and Goddesses, including that windbag Glorificus.
          The key word there was also had.
          The things she hadn’t known had led to her being trapped, entombed for eternity.  The things she hadn’t known had led to one presumptuous human assuming a life of accomplishment would do for a sacrifice in her name.  The things she hadn’t known had led, through spells passed down the centuries, to the human named Wyndam-Pryce to assume that a summoned Hell Goddess could be tamed.
          Fortunately, there were things that this Wyndam-Pryce also had not known, and she rose in the former body of his fiancée, teeth bared in a snarl and eyes glinting in the dark in a way that human’s eyes did not.  His screams and his blood against her claws grown solely for the fact that she has no weapon and feels the need to tear are sweeter than the heart lying in the bowl.
          When she finishes, she is uncertain of her path.  In her diminished powers, she feels the loss of her cult, and many of the other greats have been locked away over the years by mere humans.  Yet she cannot return to the life of this ‘Winifred’.  She doesn’t know enough about being human to do so.
          Curious, she touches the heart, and relives the savage rage, the retribution that this former Winifred had exacted through the blessing of her dark Goddess, and decides this is enough.  In thanks for her release, she will obliterate this cult from the earth, these humans who dared to rival the demons in their evil.  She uses some of her power to preserve the heart, a little more to make her clothes that of her liking, and leaves.
          She’s nearly done when some of them manage to unearth a ritual to travel into different dimensions, and escape, and she’s blind with fury.  She takes out her frustration on every vampire above a Hellmouth and feels a little better.
          She nearly kills one of the ringleaders when he reappears, only he convinces her that he was not and never was one of the leaders when he shows her his power, and it’s chaotic but not evil as the other’s was.  “The ones you seek have allied with an enemy of mine,” he explains.  “If you join us, we will hunt them down.”
          She soon meets the others—a witch, a wolf, a knight, an assassin—and agrees.
          Apparently, they are to rescue one other.  A Slayer.  A human created specifically to hunt evil, and the more in this hunt, the merrier.  She has never had comrades before, never fought with others other than her followers, but as the knight jokes even as he traps one of the runaway cultists in a cage of his own karma with woven words, she decides she likes the feeling.

madimpossibledreamer: Zhuge Liang concentrating and looking thoughtful. (concentrating)
2017-07-23 11:34 pm

The Assassin

To be honest, I'm not 100% sure what this is based on, although there are definitely influences from different places. I wanted Angel to be kinda a vampire mob boss, but this happened and I can't say I'm displeased with the result. Some of it definitely has to do with the fact that for the longest time while watching the series I was under the impression that the line of Aurelius was heavily magic-related and I don't know why.  It might be tangentially Assassin's Creed related, but it's not strong.
Also, Angel, sorry about what happened in Shadowed Suspicion. For the record, Anya, I also don't dislike your character; I just have the feeling that the whole Tony Stark thing wouldn't intersect well with your character. (It brings out the worst in you I think.)
~Dreamer~

Main Points:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Marvel Crossover AU (Self-Made Hero: The Infinity Mirror)
Summary: Giles finds the fourth of his recruits.
Word Count: 2204
Rating: Gen

 

Follow the Path. )

 

madimpossibledreamer: Jiraiya|Yosuke jumping and using a throwing star (jiraiya|yosuke)
2017-07-22 11:28 pm

Willow's Responsibility

I was reading back over Keys to Trust and had a very good question: what the hell does he do with the keys when his assistant quits?  Which is how we got here.
~Dreamer~

Main Points:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Iron Man Crossover
Summary: faster to read
Word Count: 25
Rating: Gen

         Willow sighs into the phone.  “Again?”
         “Please.  Me losing the key is a pretty believable excuse.”
         “Someday, you’re going to have to keep an assistant.”

madimpossibledreamer: Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) and Ace (Sophie Aldred) (seven)
2017-07-21 11:43 pm

Inconspicuous

Main Points:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Iron Man Crossover
Summary: faster to read
Word Count: 35
Rating: Gen

          “Maybe we should make the Exoskel less obvious.  Maybe disguise it as one of those huge ugly watches that scream ‘I’m expensive, pay attention to me now’?”
          “Yes, Entil’Zha.  That will definitely be less conspicuous.”

madimpossibledreamer: Izanagi|Souji in full costume holding out a hand (persona 4)
2017-07-20 11:22 pm

Knight Innovations

And now you're meeting this universe's version of Happy.
~Dreamer~

Main Points:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Iron Man Crossover
Summary: Knight Innovations puts out its first hiring call.
Word Count: 1878
Rating: Teen
Notes: His people are vaguely Japanese/Asian, so Megam is the Goddess, the form the universe takes when it feels like interacting with individual elements within itself.  Teicho is vaguely ‘appearance of a beginning’.  Kamin is, well, the realm of the Kami.  As for his name…I have no idea.  Maybe it’s due to invaders or contrasting cultures? Apparently Nako is a girls’ name that means south child, but I don’t know.

 

 

madimpossibledreamer: Izanagi|Souji in full costume holding out a hand (persona 4)
2017-07-19 11:41 pm

All the Best Parties

Main Points:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Iron Man Crossover
Summary: Angel needed a favor.
Word Count: 1177
Rating: Teen
Notes: There might be a sequel to this story eventually.  Maybe.  It depends on how fickle the muses are.  Also, fun fact, this whole fic started with the image of Cordy in the dress.

 

 

madimpossibledreamer: Jiraiya|Yosuke jumping and using a throwing star (jiraiya|yosuke)
2017-07-18 11:34 pm

Memorials to the Dead

(The suit wasn't for Anya.  Because Anya didn't approve of it, because it put Xander in harm's way and didn't earn them any money and she understands people saving the world when it's their job but not when it's volunteer work which just makes her death that much sadder.
It was for Cordy.
No one ever wears it, but he makes sure it doesn't get dusty and is in good working order.
~Dreamer~)

Main Points:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Iron Man Crossover
Summary: faster to read
Word Count: 90
Rating: Teen

          “Whose suit is this?” Krista asks, and blinks as the bouncy, happy Knight disappears between one second and the next.
          She turns.  He looks like he’s going to cry.
          “She never got to wear it.  She never got to wear it.  I never even got to tell her I’d made it.  It was going to be a surprise.”
          Kris hopes, honestly hopes, that he’s not talking about the dead fiancée, but she’s not going to ask further.  The tabloids are already making enough of a mess of his private life.

madimpossibledreamer: Zhuge Liang standing with his fan, looking peaceful.  Army in background. (peace)
2017-07-17 11:32 pm

Late Night Conversations

Main Points:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Iron Man Crossover
Summary: Don't regret.
Word Count: 835
Rating: Teen

 

sands of time slipping through grasping fingers )

 

madimpossibledreamer: Eye from manga drawing. (edgeworth)
2017-07-16 11:40 pm

Relationship Advice

Still breathing.  Have been having lots of Vitamin C, though, and I really hate this.
~Dreamer~

Main Points:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Iron Man Crossover
Summary: Anya's jealous.
Word Count: 500
Rating: Teen

          Anya’s apparently jealous of me, which makes me roll my eyes.  Like I want to replace her.  The only reason she’s not tempted to go back to being a vengeance demon just to deal with me is that I’m in a different city and therefore can’t continue (not that we ever went that far, but I don’t think she understands the concept of a teenage romance) to give him orgasms.  Like I would. 
          She’d probably be angrier if he told her what we talked about, but he doesn’t, and apparently that makes her insecure. 
          Mostly I’m angry at her because she doesn’t know who she is as a human enough for her to be secure about a relationship, and she wants the American Dream which he’ll never be normal enough to give her, and she loves him more than she realizes but a lot of it at the moment is his money, and maybe it’s a little hypocritical (well, to the woman I used to be, anyway), but the thought of her acting as a misguided gold-digger makes my blood boil.  “I just—and I don’t care if you tell anyone I said this because no one would believe it anyway—I think you can do better than someone who only’s interested in you for your money.  Or mainly interested in you for your money.”
          He sighs into the phone and turns to stare at the traffic.  “I’m not—I’m not arguing with you, I just—”  He drums his fingers against his chest in a distracted pattern I’ve come to recognize.  “I do like her.  I do.  I’m not sure I love her, but you date to find that out, right?  And she needs me.  Maybe we’re not perfect for each other, but if you’ve seen the way everyone else treats her…”
          I can imagine, unfortunately.  Not that any of them do it intentionally, but it happens.  It’s easy to be distracted when you’re fighting for your life so much.
          “You could be just friends.  It’s helped me enough,” I point out, but he shakes his head.
          “I don’t think she’d accept or recognize it, unfortunately,” he responds.  “And the sex life is pretty good.”
          I smile despite myself and shake my head.  “While I’m the last one to say that’s not a decent enough excuse, I think she’s confused about her feelings, and feelings in a relationship like that only lead places of the bad.”
          He nods with another wry expression.  “I have a feeling it’ll lead to horrible places, but I’m not sure how to fix it, because I’m pretty sure breaking up with her won’t lead to any better places.”  He glances up again and pushes his shades back up again.  “Well, I got class in twenty minutes, so I guess I’ll talk to you later.”
          “You better,” I respond with what I hope is an intimidating frown, and continue frowning after he gets off.  I hope he’s not having one of his Spider Sense moments.

madimpossibledreamer: Eye from manga drawing. (phoenix)
2017-07-15 09:45 pm

Fangasm

Well, I know not to go there again.  Hopefully, a slight sore throat and prickly tongue is all I will get from this one.
~Dreamer~

Main Points:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Iron Man Crossover
Summary: faster to read
Word Count: 130
Rating: Teen

          “Y-you found the Dr. Burkle?  Please tell her that I’m a fan.  A really, really big fan.  And that I would like, I mean.  If she needs-slash-wants any money for her research, any at all, just tell me and I’ll be happy to provide, because man-oh-man…I’m having the biggest science boner right now, and please don’t tell her that, she’ll think I’m a creep, it’s not meant the way it sounds…”
          All right, so entire portions of that ‘stuck in another dimension’ thing sucked, but if this is what I get to come back to, I don’t mind so much.
          “It’s nice to hear from you too, Xander.”  I pause.  “I’m sorry to hear about Buffy.”
          “All the more reason to throw money at geniuses,” he responds, and hangs up.

madimpossibledreamer: Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) and Ace (Sophie Aldred) (ace)
2017-07-14 11:28 pm

Best Friends

THIS STORY MAKES ME SO HAPPY AND SAD AT THE SAME TIME
BECAUSE CORDY'S HERE AND CORDY'S AWESOME AND I LOVE HER
AND YET SHE DIES IN THIS UNIVERSE
Fun fact: I was just going to allude to this, and then Cordy just randomly calls up Xander and is like "this is getting shown on-screen.  I didn't have a cool enough part on either show.  The least you can do is let me have my time on the stage here", and I was like...well, fair point.  (sometimes my characters do things i don't expect and I just go with it.)
Also, it's kinda interesting that it got written in first person, because I think that's legit the first time for this 'verse.
That's a huge failure on the part of Angel.  I would've loved just a dropped line about how she calls Xander or vice versa, because it would be a big moment of growth for both of them.  Because yes, it's a failed relationship, and I think both of them would acknowledge that, and Xander would probably be too embarrassed to talk to her for a while, but eventually he'd get over himself because they both still love each other, just not in the same way.  Not in a romantic way.  If he felt he could gossip or vent with anyone, Xander would probably go with Cordy, because she's not there, and she's actually proven her mature self to not tell too many secrets.  Buffy was such a teenage show because when relationships ended they weren't brought up again unless it could serve as more angst/drama.  But if anyone, I think Xander would be the type to still be friends with and die for his exes (assuming they weren't killed/dusted for attempting to nom him on the first date).
~Dreamer~
P.S. Apparently I've been forgetting ratings for a while through incomplete copy/paste...luckily I lurk at The Sunnydale Herald and noticed they were labeling the fics 'not rated', so thanks there!  also is that a P4 Death card?  Just when I thought I couldn't love you any more /grins

Main Points:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Iron Man Crossover
Summary: Cordy spends most of her phone's minutes calling her ex.  It's one of her better life choices.
Word Count: 1843
Rating: Teen

 

That's actually a larger list than he thinks. )

 

madimpossibledreamer: Sherlock holding his violin. (sherlock)
2017-07-13 11:30 pm

The Circle Widens

okay true story
this series was not meant to be even close to this long
but, like, every fandom needs more filling in because they forget threads and don't expand on things that should be expanded or they make dumb writing decisions and
well
here we are and the number of fics is insane even with some true drabbles
I seriously didn't think one costume would change so much.  chaos theory man
...thanks anyone who's still here.  because seriously, you've been here for close to forever.
~Dreamer~

Main Points:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Iron Man Crossover and more than just your average fic in this 'verse (Self-Made Hero)
Summary: And now Rhodey knows.
Word Count: 385
Rating: Gen

         Xander makes a startled noise at the fridge, but when he turns around he’s grinning ear to ear.  “Jarvis can show you the replay,” he announces, smug, and Tony instantly pulls up a screen and watches with enthusiasm as Xander fumbles and then catches everything he’s taking out of the fridge to make a sandwich.
         “Nice.”
         “If you two are done patting each other on the back,” Pepper says in the ‘trying to be stern and not smile at you’ voice, “…don’t you think maybe you should fill Rhodey in?”
         Xander grins a grin that Rhodey is infinitely familiar with.  It haunts his nightmares, mostly because he’s reminded that he’s going to have to deal with the fallout however fun having a friend like Tony is.  “Pep, honey, that implies that we’ll ever stop.”
         Rhodes makes a strangled noise in the back of his throat.  “Tony.  Tell me you didn’t clone yourself.”
         “I didn’t clone myself,” Tony says promptly, but looking at the two of them and the way they’re acting…  I didn’t,” he repeats, with added emphasis, and now Rhodey’s feeling the stirrings of anger.
         “What—?”
         “Magic,” the younger Tony explains carefully, fetching a blanket for him.  Apparently he’s worried about shock, which is a realistic and unusually aware thing for him to be worried about.  “I’m not entirely Tony.  He was good enough to fill you in on Lokester, right?”
         Tony snorts into his coffee but nods.  Rhodey nods too.
         “I’m actually a guy with my own life.  I’ve just got Tony’s, too.  And I figured out how to visit Tony in an alternate universe and give him advice to try to make his life better even though he ignores it because I’m just awesome like that.”  It’s a show.  Knight (which might not be a pseudonym Jarvis found to protect the guy after all) is exaggerating his own ego, just for the sake of this.  Which is convincing, and it’s not the only thing.
         Alright, if he’s forced to be honest—if anyone can figure out how to travel dimensions, it’s Tony.  Which is worrying, but it also makes him proud in a weird way.
         He sighs.  “And now I’ve got two of you on my hands.”
         Pepper glances at the two, eyebrows raised.  “He’s taking this better than I did.”

madimpossibledreamer: Zhuge Liang concentrating and looking thoughtful. (red cliff)
2017-07-12 10:32 pm

The Responsible One

Main Points:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Iron Man Crossover and more than just your average fic in this 'verse (Self-Made Hero)
Summary: Rhodey shows up unannounced, and Tony's trying to deal.
Word Count: 605
Rating: Gen
Who's that, again? )

 

madimpossibledreamer: Zhuge Liang concentrating and looking thoughtful. (concentrating)
2017-07-11 11:32 pm

Sunnydale Games

Main Points:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Iron Man Crossover and more than just your average fic in this 'verse (Self-Made Hero)
Summary: Sunnydale children's games are weird.  And Tony's a child inside.
Word Count: 320
Rating: Gen

        It takes Pepper a minute to realize that the two are playing a drinking game.  Without the drinking.  Instead, they appear to be eating a child’s dream version of an Easter basket in the middle of summer.
        “The army, specifically a General Ross,” Tony says, and reaches over to grab a candy bar.
        “Unfortunately…no.”  Xander lets his fingers run over a few choices of candy before selecting one.  “The whole Initiative Project, remember?  Particularly the part about getting kidnapped?  And the Frankenstein’s monster?”
        Tony’s face makes the expression she’s become familiar with, the one that says ‘that’s awful but I’m going to try to pretend it isn’t to make my brother feel better’.  It morphs into a thinking one.  “The government?”  He grabs a handful of M&Ms, looking hopeful.
        “Again, no.  I’m still not sure what they’ve done with Marcie, and they’ve been probing.  Not like they can get through, I’ve got a seed AI, myself, and Willow, she of the ‘I’m going to break into the Pentagon again because I’m bored’…not that that’s weird, but.  Still.  I do not trust them.”  Xander squints then follows Tony’s lead.
        “What are you doing?” she asks, when it becomes apparent that the two aren’t going to notice her.
        “Oh, hey, we’re playing ‘Whose Life is Worse’ with candy and then tinkering on the sugar high ‘till we drop,” Xander says, cheerful, and Pepper’s heart drops.
        “I feel like I should step in.”  This probably isn’t helping them.  Or maybe it’s serving like a psychiatry consultation that Tony never goes to as recommended.  It’s hard to tell.
        Tony shrugs and pats the floor, grinning.  “You can at least sit with us.  Unless you’re busy, in which case, carry on.”
        She sighs, reluctant to leave the two, but then her work phone rings and she has to answer it, given that Tony hasn’t.  She waves, and the two wave back, looking casual and unhurt.


madimpossibledreamer: Jiraiya|Yosuke jumping and using a throwing star (jiraiya|yosuke)
2017-07-10 11:29 pm

Bonding Time

Main Points:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Iron Man Crossover and more than just your average fic in this 'verse (Self-Made Hero)
Summary: Tony's not the only one with the urge to fix broken things.
Word Count: 1101
Rating: Gen

 

In Pepper's case, though, they tend to be people hurting. )

 

madimpossibledreamer: Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) and Ace (Sophie Aldred) (seven)
2017-07-09 11:47 pm

Discount Therapy

Main Points:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Iron Man Crossover and more than just your average fic in this 'verse (Self-Made Hero)
Summary: Most people run away from their lives on a vacation.  Mr. Knight just happens to go to parallel universes.
Word Count: 1685
Rating: Teen

 

what, you think Xander doesn't wander off and try to get therapy sessions from random people? )

 

madimpossibledreamer: Izanagi|Souji in full costume holding out a hand (persona 4)
2017-07-08 10:32 pm

A Simple Explanation

Main Points:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Iron Man Crossover and more than just your average fic in this 'verse (Self-Made Hero)
Summary: Most people run away from their lives on a vacation.  Mr. Knight just happens to go to parallel universes.
Word Count: 765
Rating: Teen

 

Who's she kidding? It's Tony; it's anything but simple. )

 

madimpossibledreamer: Interior of early TARDIS (early tardis)
2017-07-07 11:39 pm

Strategic Retreat

This fic was born from a need to have everyone on the cast get hugs after the Fall of Sunnydale especially because they all are precious and they all have PTSD and they need comfort.
...I'm working on getting the others to accept help.
~Dreamer~

Main Points:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Iron Man Crossover and more than just your average fic in this 'verse (Self-Made Hero)
Summary: Most people run away from their lives on a vacation.  Mr. Knight just happens to go to parallel universes.
Word Count: 1765
Rating: Teen
Notes: Xander's been messing with different dimensions for a while.  Mostly just video, though he had visited the Armored Adventures Tony at some point, so he did know how to physically travel between them before then.  It's just that there was so much to do on either side of the dimensional divide that neither could make the excuse to leave before now.  He's actually decently close with an MCU!verse Tony and an Armored Adventures Tony, mostly because they were the easiest to contact and he's been talking to them for a while.  Also because he was reluctant to mess with too many dimensions because he wasn't sure that wouldn't make the universe explode, and that would be of the bad.

 

don't let me go )

 

madimpossibledreamer: Eye from manga drawing. (ace attorney)
2017-07-06 11:14 pm

memento vivere

Honestly, when I started this 'verse I didn't see Xander and Angel becoming friends.  At the beginning he did hate the guy.  But by this point, Angel's silently been accompanying him while he's been patrolling with the Exoskel, not judging or criticizing, and silent support during battle combined with a decent sounding board/person who will listen to you rant makes for strange friendships.  (It probably made the Angelus stuff harder/more conflicting, and of course that would also make Angelus hate him more.)  More interesting/nuanced than the show normally.
~Dreamer~
P.S. Oh, oh no.  I'm wondering if this led to Buffy actually arguing Xander should've been there during the Zeppo, but since he'd ticked off Willow (& the others hadn't seen him actually use the Exoskel or magic), the rest overrode her.  /throws up hands  People, really!

Main Points:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Iron Man Crossover (Self-Made Hero)
Summary: Sometimes, you've got to be there for one friend even when that might burn other bridges.
Word Count: 340
Rating: Gen

        “So, how was the City of the Angels?” Xander asks with a slow smirk and Buffy bursts into tears.
        He looks alarmed now.  “That bad, huh?”
        She blinks.  “Wait, what?”  She’s staring at him as if she’s never seen him before.  He wasn’t…he wasn’t yelling at her?
        He grins briefly but quickly turns serious.  “Hey, it’s hardly like you’re the only superhero in town.  I’d rather you take some time off than be distracted and die.”  She quickly glances at the rest, including Mom’s friends, but they’re suddenly all talking to each other.  She suspects he’s using some kind of magic, which if it gives her a break is fine with her.
        She doesn’t care that everyone else is in the room.  She runs into his hug, because if nothing else Xander is good at hugs.  “Why…?”
        “I like Angel.”  She pushes away to stare at him.  He hasn’t been replaced by an evil clone while she was away, has he?  “No, seriously, I do.  Mostly.  I tease him and everything else.  He’s also the only one who will let me patrol without a fuss.  But I like you alive more.  Selfish, definitely, but.  And go on and hate me if it makes it easy, because lemme tell you, Willow does.  She’s barely talking to me, and it hurts, but…” he shrugs.  “…it’s not like I don’t deserve it.”
        She bites her lip.  “Angel would’ve made the same choice,” she says slowly.  “That doesn’t mean you’re off the hook, mister, but.  I understand.  Sometimes we have to make the hard decisions.”  She’d been feeling so alone as Slayer.  Like no one understood.
        “Everyone else hates patrolling, but I’ll keep doing so in your stead if you don’t wanna.”  Moving on.  Business.  He might be a goofball, but he knows how to be serious when it’s needed.
        “Actually, you get demoted to my sidekick.”  She lets a smile play around her lips as he pouts theatrically.  “In Angel’s memory.”
        He nods, wiping away all trace of the amusement.  “In Angel’s memory.”

madimpossibledreamer: Sherlock pointing at the side of his head. (the universe is unimportant)
2017-07-05 10:02 pm

Friendship From a Safe Distance

Main Points:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Iron Man Crossover (Self-Made Hero)
Summary: Sometimes, having eidetic memory is a bitca.
Word Count: 265
Rating: Teen

          “But you—”
          “Kris, if you’re trying to spare my feelings, don’t worry about it.”  He’s hesitant and pained and it’s hard for him to talk about this, but he’s trying to get something important out.  “I just—she is a different person now, and I want to make it up to her.  Seriously.  I’d like her if I met her now for the first time.  I just…can’t do it personally.  And I delegate so much to you, and maybe it’s not fair to ask you of all people to do this, but…”
          She doesn’t respond for several long seconds, instead electing to continue to work on her KnightPad (it’s catchier than Knight Tablet, Xander argues, and she just rolls her eyes because it’s not like he’s marketing tablets yet even though he could; he has a weird sense of fair play) and then eventually nods when the silence begins turning to hurt.  “I’ll do it.  I’ll try to think about her just as another Slayer, because if I think about who she actually is and what she did I’ll get mad and she wouldn’t like me when I’m mad.  And I won’t tell you about it, just that it’s happening.”
          She giggles as he surprise hugs her from the back, arms snaking under hers.  “You’re in trouble if I break this.  I don’t care that you can fix it in an afternoon.  I’ve got important files on there.”
          “I can restore them.”  He leans in and presses a kiss to her ear, waggling his fingers goofily.  Ma-gic,” he whispers, and she rolls her eyes.