madimpossibledreamer: Sherlock staring at the ceiling. (bored)
Main Points:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Iron Man Crossover (Self-Made Hero)
Summary: Buffy reveals a secret to Xander who fumbles through his words and does his best to help.  (...yeah, this still applies.)
Word Count: 875
Rating: Gen

sometimes her life feels like a romantic comedy )

madimpossibledreamer: Zhuge Liang concentrating and looking thoughtful. (concentrating)
Note that Willow didn't actually agree to anything she wouldn't have been doing already.  Because Xander didn't notice.
Also, I hope that everyone in Florida and everyone's friends/family in Florida are safe!
~Dreamer~

Main Points:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Iron Man Crossover (Self-Made Hero)
Summary: Willow and Xander deal with Buffy's death (or not) in their own ways.
Word Count: 1137
Rating: Gen

cross the line )

madimpossibledreamer: Eye from manga drawing. (edgeworth)
Main Points:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Iron Man Crossover (Self-Made Hero)
Summary: faster to read
Word Count: 95
Rating: Gen

          “You’re the CEO.  From what I’ve been reading giving yourself a higher salary is not only normal but it is expected.  The company could afford it.”  Anya’s staring at the sheets, smiling a little at the math that means wonderful money.
          “I can give you a raise, dear,” Xander says, distracted, and she frowns and looks up at him.  He’s doodling on his papers, in the middle of another fit of creativity, which is fine but he needs to be practical sometimes, too.  Her frown deepens and she resolves to bring it up again later.

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.

Nadir

Mar. 11th, 2017 11:57 pm
madimpossibledreamer: Izanagi|Souji in full costume holding out a hand (izanagi|souji)
This doesn't feel completely finished, to me, but there are some really neat parts.  Well.  'Neat' may not be the right word for it, but I appreciate the fact that I somehow managed to make it feel like subtle despair.  That's what I was going for and it wasn't quite easy to write.
Don't worry, lighter days are coming, but this was crucial to future!Xander, so crushing, crushing angst.
~Dreamer~

Main Points:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Iron Man Crossover (Self-Made Hero)
Summary: Xander's still dealing with the aftermath of the failed wedding.
Word Count: 1186
Rating: Gen, ANGST
Notes: Not graphic, but contains yet more mentions of alcohol abuse and discussion of possibly attempted suicide.

 

laying in pieces at the nadir )

 

madimpossibledreamer: Izanagi|Souji in full costume holding out a hand (izanagi|souji)
I have a lot of feelings about this episode, okay?  Because 90% of the people blame Xander for it.  They just seem to see it as Xander not manning up, but they ignore the whole vision thing.  It might have been a little while since I've seen it, but I seem to remember that the episode wasn't even declarative on whether or not that vision was fake or not (and even if it was fake, it was a very real possibility at least to Xander!)
Xander saw himself become his father.  An abusive, drunken bastard, broken and hurting and hurting everyone else, too.  So he made the decision to prevent that future, even if it kills him, even if it hurts Anya, because it will protect her in the long run.
Xander, like Tony, will sacrifice himself, because, let's get real, despite anything he might say he doesn't see himself as being worthwhile or worth anything.  Probably due to his family.  But there's some of Cap's old-fashioned heroism in there, too.  He can't watch people suffer, can't just stand on the sidelines.  (Then again, realistic!MCU!soldier-with-PTSD Cap also has self-esteem issues.  For both Tony and Steve it boils down to: I am a soldier, I am a weapon, better me than them, they deserve to live, and, under their breath, I don't.)
Xander's desire to protect the ones he loves at any cost just gets magnified when coupled with the issues of several different Tony Starks, and as many things in their lives it goes boom.
~Dreamer~

Main Points:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Iron Man Crossover (Self-Made Hero)
Summary: Xander Harris's wedding day didn't go well.  Xander Jesse Knight's was worse.
Word Count: 755
Rating: Gen, ANGST
Note: contains alcohol abuse that is likely to get worse in the next chapter.  This one's not light, people.

let you down )

madimpossibledreamer: Sherlock staring at the ceiling. (bored)
Main Points:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Summary:  Shorter to read.
Word Count: 30
Rating: Gen

           Never, ever, ever say the word ‘W-I-S-H’.  Don’t even think it.  Even if you’ve technically somehow made a friend out of most of the vengeance demon population—Anya’s friends, anyway.

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