madimpossibledreamer: Jiraiya|Yosuke jumping and using a throwing star (jiraiya|yosuke)
(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)
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)
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.

Fangasm

Jul. 15th, 2017 09:45 pm
madimpossibledreamer: Eye from manga drawing. (phoenix)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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: Sherlock pointing at the side of his head. (the universe is unimportant)
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.

madimpossibledreamer: Paper lanterns floating over a fleet of ships. (lanterns)
Happy 4th!  Times may seem dark now, but remember that the United States is built on hope.  I hope you're with family with whom you feel safe, even if it's a chosen family, and you're having a blast and can carve out a little slice of sane and normal in these times.
This is a reference to real Cap, who is that hope.  (I ignore canon when it's dumb.  Such as with Nick Spencer, who apparently hasn't realized that stories are powerful and as a certain someone says, that means you've got a responsibility.  I'll avoid being vulgar and just say that I sincerely hope your actions will come around and bite you in the butt.)
~Dreamer~

Main Points:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Marvel Crossover AU (Self-Made Hero: The Infinity Mirror)
Summary: A little teaser for the Buffy we'll get in The Infinity Mirror.  She's the Buffy from the asylum, only she's not exactly crazy.  She remembers events that have happened to her in different dimensions and can't always keep track of what universe she's currently in or whose memories are which.
Word Count: 595
Rating: Gen

           Buffy stops eating a pancake midway through, completely oblivious to the syrup escaping and dripping onto the table.  If she’d noticed Xander’s eyes follow every drop, she probably would have realized the sacrilege that it is, but she’s too busy following the thought.  “I remember something else,” she says slowly, trying to get used to the idea that someone would actually listen to anything she says and not just dismiss it as lies.  And with the way Xander leans forward, actively waiting on her word, now, she has that listener.  “In another dimension, I’m Lady Liberty, I guess.”
           Xander quirks an eyebrow in an awfully familiar way that she actively recognizes from Tony, now that she thinks about it.  “Captain America,” she elaborates, because, oh yeah, that’s right, her male counterparts get a cooler name.  “They made me change my real name.”  She doesn’t remember what to; it’s horribly clichéd no matter what era it’s from.
           That’s the frown Tony makes when he’s horribly offended and about to ruin someone’s day.  “That’s all very super sexist.  Bet they sanitized the movies.”
           “I’m sure they sanitized everything, but…”  Now that she thinks about it, it’s natural for her to feel a kinship to a guy who wanted to help and was given powers but was thrown into a fight without too much preparation or support.  And then found himself way out of his depth, but kept trying anyway.  And then she processes the idea of Xander, of Tony, discussing something as being sexist while looking offended, and she snorts.  Very unladylike.
           He steals a bit of her bacon while she’s not looking, which earns a death glare.  Still, stuff like that, it tends to be a distraction so she doesn’t look too close at something else, so…  “You definitely weren’t one of the worst Tonys.  But then, Howard was locked up for being a jerk a while ago and Jarvis practically raised you, so…”
           He flashes one of the patented camera smiles at her and relaxes a little.  Then he winces.
           “What?  Are you all right?” she asks.  He might think she’s oblivious to the migraines, but when he keeps having to take aspirin a lot, she notices.
           “Just a memory flash.  Not a full personality,” he reassures her before looking thoughtful.  “I could make you your shield, you know.”
           Now it’s her turn to frown.  “There’s no vibranium in this dimension, and I don’t think others would take too kindly to you entering their world just to obtain some.”
           “Where we’re going, we don’t need vibranium,” Xander says in a good imitation of Doc Brown, and his smile turns smug and catlike when that startles a laugh out of her.  “See?  Made you laugh.”  And there’s Xander, Captain of Team Morale.  “I made the Exoskel.  Bet I could whip something up.”
           “I’m not going to take that bet.  I’m not stupid.  I technically don’t have any money.”  And now that she’s opening her mind up to that, doesn’t this feel just familiar?
           “Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.”  Before she can open her mouth to complain, he holds up a placating hand.  “If nothing else, call it services rendered for saving the world.  I am of the extreme and just opinion that those fat idiots of the Council should’ve thought about hazard pay before they gave themselves an lazy man’s salary.”
           If she thinks about the pay like being a soldier, it rankles less, so she shuts up as Xander goes on another wild story complete with gestures and just lets herself relax.  With pancakes.

madimpossibledreamer: Sherlock holding his violin. (creative)
Main Points:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Iron Man Crossover (Self-Made Hero)
Summary: Faith knows why Xander has issues dealing with her even if no one else does.  And she's not willing to just sit there as the others talk about things they don't know.
Word Count: 336
Rating: Teen, placed under cut because it references one of the canon instances of BTVS non-con, Consequences.  The actual discussion takes place offscreen.

...and Faith's not gonna let the others say it's Xander's fault. )

madimpossibledreamer: Sherlock holding his violin. (sherlock)
what is this week of angst or something yeesh
~dreamer~

Main Points:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Iron Man Crossover (Self-Made Hero)
Summary: Faith knows why Xander has issues dealing with her even if no one else does. 
Word Count: 336
Rating: Teen, placed under cut because it references one of the canon instances of BTVS non-con, Consequences.  I've only read people talk about it a few places (as opposed to Spike's attempt), but Xander's never gotten over it (he was always a lot quieter in S7 when Faith was in the room) and Faith...Faith really is working on being a hero, which is exactly why she can't let this go.  (There's a whole lot but there's one blog that goes through everything, and there's an entry for every episode with consent issues-this is the one for Consequences.  I'm not sure I'd recommend it, given its subject matter, but it is well written and points out everyone and wow Buffy is a lot more problematic as a show than you realize on first viewing.)

a mission goes badly... )

madimpossibledreamer: Eye from manga drawing. (ace attorney)
It is one of the great fails of the last season of Buffy that we never got to see the First torturing anyone else.  Because, let's be honest.  This is the Buffy crew.  They've had so many people die around them.  I would've liked to see more of that, which maybe makes me cruel, except for the fact that I like...
It's not just to watch them suffer.  Or be angsty or hurt each other.  They do enough on their own.
It would've felt more like a final season to look back on everything that came before and reflect on the deaths and friendships and whatnot.  I mean, people rarely remember Jesse's name (this is people who have watched the show multiple times and I've seen a vast majority of the episodes once.  Crazy, right?) but he was Xander's friend and Willow's friend and he died and Xander killed him.  Or the demon wearing his face.  That's such a pivotal moment and of course Willow and Xander would shrug it off like it was nothing because they're the king and queen of compartmentalization but it was not nothing.  It would continue to haunt them, particularly out of the blue, because that's how guilt works.
Also, it would've made the First that much more dangerous.  We don't see the First do that much.  It's mostly the ancient vampires that are really, really hard to kill, and controlled Spike, and it's so easy to focus on the physical threats because they were shown more.  But this is the First.  The embodiment (ha!  given that it's not actually corporeal...no?) of the concept of all Evil with a capital E.  It would twist the knife.  It would remind them of all the people they failed to save.  It would take on the faces of all the people they loved and lost and taunt them.  You know when Spike's working for Adam and he knows exactly what to say to get them all not only doubting each other but doubting themselves?  The exact words to punch a hole in someone's gut?
The interesting thing about this is that there's a similarity.  Spike might've been "de-fanged" (i.e. not a physical threat) but he knew exactly what to say to break them.  The First should've been like that.  Except so much more so.
Finally, I didn't go into complete detail here.  I showed the first times that Jesse and Cordy showed up, but they were back.  Along with many others.  Partly that's because the imagination tends to be worse than a certainty.  I'm betting my reader's minds can conjure up worse than anything I can write.  (At least, I've found that's true when I'm on the reader's side.)  Also partly because it triggered a panic attack.  (Which I've experienced, if not, luckily, too recently, so I'm writing from my own experience there.)  (It being the First, its words probably magically burn onto the synapses, though.  Or maybe it'll whisper again in his nightmares...)
Wow, did not intend for that to get long.
~Dreamer~

Main Points:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Iron Man Crossover (Self-Made Hero)
Summary: Xander and the First talk.  Dawn tries to save the day.
Word Count: 955
Rating: Teen, Xander's a mess in this one (panic attack, low self esteem, PTSD, The Literal Incarnation of Evil)

madimpossibledreamer: Eye from manga drawing. (phoenix)
I do actually kind of ship it, but Xander!muse's insisting that they don't actually work out.  (They do attempt, though--that offhanded reference to Xander having taken Andrew out on a date was more than just rumor.  In the end, though, he is a man cursed [and occasionally blessed] with an eidetic memory.  With several geniuses with eidetic memory.  As much as he tries to let go of the past, the past won't let go of him.)  Other universes (like the fractured pharaoh one), sure.  Not in this lifetime.
~Dreamer~

Main Points:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Iron Man Crossover (Self-Made Hero)
Summary: It's the first time Xander's talked to Andrew since Sunnydale fell.  Of course, he ends up hiring the warlock.
Word Count: 414
Rating: Gen

         “I don’t blame you for Anya.”
         Andrew screams.  He glances back to find Xander standing there, with only his helmet removed.  He’d flown in.
         Wow.  He really is a superhero.  It’s one thing to know it intellectually, maybe see him in the suit once or twice, but it’s entirely different to be joined by him on the tenth floor of their temporary HQ.  And, of course, he’d still been dealing with Warren’s ghost and being a supervillain (how dumb is that?) and…
         Well.
         “Has anyone told you the eyepatch is sexy?” he blurts, because he’s pretty sure the answer is no, and, well.  Seeing Xander hurting with everyone’s reactions was slowly breaking his heart.
         He can see Xander’s brain stutter.  “Uhhh.  No.  Thanks, though.”
         “I’m really so—” he tries to say, but a gloved hand waves in his direction.
         “Like I said.  Don’t blame you.  I’d have to be mad at her for being a hero in the end, and I think that would break me, so you’re off the hook.”  He swaggers over to where Andrew is standing and leans against the railing.  Andrew thinks about saying something, worrying about it, but then realizes that this is a guy who can fly so even if he falls it’s not a big deal.  It’s a little uncomfortable, but not in a way that he isn’t enjoying.
         “We were all worried,” he confesses softly, unaware that he’s even going to say words until they’re out of his mouth, and Knight chuckles slightly.
         “Well, I’m okay.  Just had a few things to get together.  Visit an old friend.”  He pauses.  “I don’t think I ever told you, that thing with the leech?  Inspired.  Also terrifying.”
         “How’d you get out of that one?” Andrew asks, curious.
         “Lucky for me, I knew there was a vampire nest nearby.  Just yelled enough until they came and accidentally got it on themselves instead of me when they were trying to crack my shell crab-style.  Barely had enough to fly home.”  He smiles.  “Thanks for the flirting, by the way.  I’m not in the mood now and I wasn’t then, but it still helped me feel better.”
         Andrew grins.  That means he might—maybe—have a chance, though he might not deserve it.  Still, that also means Knight might not mind having him around, which means—“That offer of a job still open?”
         “Always recruiting,” Xander grins, slings an arm around Andrew’s shoulders, and together they walk toward the stairs.

madimpossibledreamer: Eye from manga drawing. (ace attorney)
Some day I might actually go through the huge list of Knight's relationships and how they've changed.  For now...
~Dreamer~

Main Points:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Iron Man Crossover (Self-Made Hero)
Summary: Andrew is caught by one of his heroes.
Word Count: 933
Rating: Gen

The Knight

Jun. 12th, 2017 10:27 pm
madimpossibledreamer: Paper lanterns floating over a fleet of ships. (lanterns)
I had this concept and I felt all nice and original.  And then I read Extremis.
...Soooo, yeah, it's not original, but whatever, I'm still gonna run with it.  If you haven't read it, I recommend it.
~Dreamer~

Main Points:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Marvel Crossover AU (Self-Made Hero: The Infinity Mirror)
Summary: Giles finds the third of his recruits.
Word Count: 700
Rating: Gen

         Alexander Jessie Knight is dying.
         At any other time, the media would be having a field day.  Because Knight is news.  Because he just quietly burst onto the scene, to the point he makes Athena jokes.  And once he was there, well.
         The world apparently can’t get enough.  They just love the schizophrenic nature he has behind the camera, the fact that sometimes you might get Xander, joking and flirty but quiet and respectful and humble, and sometimes you might get Tony (not that the world understands that) who loves the camera and shows off and does all the stunts that people read tabloids for.  Everyone always wants the newest Knight tech.  The stock shares only continue to grow in value.  He wins so many awards, is the focus of so many articles.  Knight Innovations was declared one of the best places to work worldwide in all years since its creation.  He and Kris were declared one of greatest Power Couples of the Age.
         Admittedly, it’s probably an unhealthy obsession for Andrew to be reading every single thing and have his picture of Xander shirtless on his wall but he’s pretty sure Xander knows and hasn’t yelled at him yet, so he figures that’s permission.
         Point is, usually, the world would care.  Especially since happens to be at the same time that Miss Chase has died.
         But the thing is, Miss Chase has died.  Everyone’s dying.  It’s the end of the world, and Andrew knows enough magic to know that they don’t have much chance.
         But he’s selfish, and he’s pretty certain he loves Xander, and if anyone can engineer their way out of this situation, it’s Xander, so he’s putting all his hopes with Xander.
         They’d been working on nanotech.  It’s not completed yet.  May have side effects or even kill Xander.  But given the choices, it’s a chance of death, which is better than the certainty of death.
         It had happened months ago.  Xander had gotten wounded by a demon lord.  It hadn’t mattered, not right away.  It became obvious about a week ago that there was poison or a curse or something slowly eating away at Xander’s brain.  At least, it had been slow, but something seemed to trigger it.  The first clue was his boss collapsing in the middle of the building, hands to his head, but Knight was prone to migraines, so it hadn’t been as worrying as it should’ve been.  Since then, his condition had deteriorated significantly, to the point he was now in a coma.
         “Sorry about this,” he says, and then injects the nanites into Xander’s blood, and given the sudden screaming and twisting it hurts, but Andrew can’t bring himself to feel guilty.
         And then the proximity alarms go off.
         “Star?” he asks cautiously, having never given the same protocols as, for example, Kris.
         Instantly the AI answers, worried.  “Yes, Mr. Wells.”
         “You should probably suit him up.  I’ll go deal with the visitors.”
         He’s sure she notices his voice shake.  She’s an AI with the ability to analyze every single tremor.  She doesn’t call him on it.  “I’ll get Ranger One ready for a house party.”
         When the world explodes like a supernova and then collapses down into the dark, Xander’s still unconscious.  He only wakes later, with Willow kneeling above him.  “This isn’t your world,” she explains before he can even say anything, and he just smiles vacantly at her and yawns.
         “Uhm.  Okay.”
         “Welcome back,” Oz says quietly, and he nods back, super happy.  He really hadn’t been kidding about stealing the werewolf, minus the fact that he’d at the very least respect relationships and wouldn’t have dared.
         “The multiverse is in danger,” Giles says somewhat distantly as he walks into the room.  “I’m gathering a team to help save it.”
         And that’s just begging for a specific response.  Unfortunately, he has no cigars handy, but he can at least say the requisite line.  “I love it when a plan comes together.”
         That gets a mad grin from Willow and amused eyes from Oz, and it’s almost enough to distract him from the fact that he’s hearing Star’s explanation of his world ending without him in his head.

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