madimpossibledreamer: Izanagi|Souji in full costume holding out a hand (persona 4)
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: Eye from manga drawing. (ace attorney)
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: 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: Zhuge Liang concentrating and looking thoughtful. (red cliff)
i had to look up how to spell 'illyria'...taaaags
~dreamer~

Main Points:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Marvel Crossover AU (Self-Made Hero: The Infinity Mirror)
Summary: faster to read
Word Count: 85
Rating: Gen

        Dru’s distressed, swaying around.  “Promise you’ll be careful, Spike.  Dorothy’s coming to town with all her little friends and they’re not as you remember them.  For all the Tin Man’s brains he is the Heart.  The little dog Toto’s got fangs.  Oz is really the Cowardly Lion.  Glinda and the Lion have history and the man behind the curtain puts on a puppet show.  The Scarecrow’s blue and she stole an improved brain by sacrificing her heart.”
        Spike kisses her forehead.  “I’ll be careful, pet.”

madimpossibledreamer: Izanagi|Souji in full costume holding out a hand (izanagi|souji)
Main Points:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Iron Man Crossover (Self-Made Hero)
Summary: Maggie's class is one of the required electives, actually.
Word Count: 475
Rating: Gen

         “You clearly don’t think much of the study of thought, Mr. Harris,” Walsh states with bite, and Buffy glances over at Xander, who’s been fidgeting.
         She loves him, but really, for once could he please not make a scene?  She’s trying, for once, to not be labeled as the problem student, but a certain friend’s making that difficult, and it’s hard to tell whether Willow makes up for that.
         Xander stands, looking unsure and hunched, a little.  “Actually, it’s pretty important,” he corrects gently, voice quiet.
         Everyone’s just staring at him, including the teacher, so he begins the babble, trying to fill in the awkward silence.  “Well, nothing in this world gets done without your mind.  It’s your thought, your determination, that allows anything to be accomplished, so there’s that.  And…”  He pauses, but he’s getting onto a roll, and his voice is getting louder, and he’s starting to gesture, too.  “…And there’s quantum physics.  There are some really weird parts about our world that we don’t understand yet.  Take Schrödinger’s little thought experiment with the cat in the box.  Quantum theory states that observation is everything.  The example is putting a cat inside a box and closing the lid.  Unless it moves or makes a sound you don’t know whether it’s alive or dead in there.  The world exists in a series of mutually possible quantum possibilities.  Dead?  Alive?  Both, until you open the lid and find out for sure.  All the possibilities exist until you observe them, and then they solidify into one thing—what you see.  It’s not practically different from the normal world that we’re all used to, except that the very act of observing something makes it what it is.  Not that we’ve figured out how to make that act of observation work in our favor, or we’d all have a lot better grades than we do now with the same amount of work…”  That earns a few chuckles, “…But the very fact that my classmates are all staring at me thinking ‘what a loon, what is he talking about, what’s wrong with him’ makes the reality of me being here, standing in front of everything and babbling about obscure science stuff the reality we’re all living in, rather than some other possible world where I’m being quiet in my seat or not even attending college.  So, yeah, thinking and observing are important parts of life.”  He abruptly sits down, looking really embarrassed and sheepish.
         “Well, who knew you had a brain in that head, Mr. Knight?” Walsh asks snappishly but with a little admiration, and there’s chuckles at that, too.  “I hope you continue to use it in my class, and maybe, just maybe, you might earn that A you’re trying to wish into existence.”  Willow reaches over and pats Xander’s hand.  He’s still looking a little in shock.

madimpossibledreamer: Zhuge Liang standing with his fan, looking peaceful.  Army in background. (peace)
Main Points:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Iron Man Crossover (Self-Made Hero)
Summary: faster to read
Word Count: 88
Rating: Gen

          “She’s the futurist.  I’m just her pet engineer.  She just doesn’t want to get her hands dirty,” Xander says, smirking.
          Kris rolls her eyes.  “Especially when you’ve been working with toxic chemicals and forgot to wash your hands again?  I’d say that was pretty accurate.”
          He looks panicked again, kissing her on the cheek distractedly and fleeing the room.  It takes all of five minutes before Buffy hears, “Hey, I was working with water today!”
          “Still a toxic chemical with a high enough dose,” Kris calls back sweetly.

madimpossibledreamer: Zhuge Liang concentrating and looking thoughtful. (red cliff)
Main Points:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Iron Man Crossover (Self-Made Hero)
Summary: companion to the episode I Robot, You Jane.
Word Count: 160
Rating: Gen

           “Hang on, Xander, when you were insisting anyone could be anything online…” Willow realizes, narrowing her eyes at her friend.
           He quickly throws up his hands defensively.  “Not in the way you think.”
           Buffy’s trying hard not to laugh.  She really is.
           “What does that mean?” Willow demands, hands on her hips.
           “I may have posted on several message boards about a problem I was having and the desired specs.  No, not the Arc Reactor or Repulsors or anything.  I’m not that dumb.  And, ‘yes, I realize no alloy exists that performs to the desired specs, that’s why I’m trying to make one’.”  He sticks his hands in his pockets and scuffs the sneakers on the ground.  “I said that I was an entrepreneur-slash-inventor struggling with a design flaw.  Which is true.  I may have fudged with my age, just a little.  Again, I’m not stupid.  I don’t want to end up strongarmed into some government think tank.  Or worse.”

madimpossibledreamer: Zhuge Liang concentrating and looking thoughtful. (red cliff)
The follow-up to the Iron Man AU was scheduled for today, but it's a real drabble, and I've got a ridiculous test on Wednesday, so you get tomorrow's scheduled fic a day early.
Most of you probably don't care but whatevs.  Have a little behind the scenes anyway.
Also this little mini-arc is going to be finished.  Eventually.  Not at the moment, though.  Since I'm apparently tired enough I'm using slang ;)
~Dreamer~

Main Points:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Iron Man Crossover (Self-Made Hero)
Summary: Despite how it might look, the transition isn't easy.  There's only so long the destabilized situation can continue before something's gotta give...
Word Count: 275
Rating: Gen

          They’re in the middle of history, talking about various diseases and how they’ve affected history.  Mr. Beach has just put some really disgusting looking overheads on the black plague up on the projector, when Xander screams.  There’s a crash.
          “I know they’re eww, but that’s a little bit…” Willow begins and then glances over and instantly she’s out of her chair.
          That causes Buffy to turn and look, too, and…
          And Xander’s on the ground, curled into a ball and clutching at his head.  Buffy’s seen people in pain.  That’s agony she’s seeing in her friend’s face and it’s scaring her.
          “Xander!  Xander, what’s wrong?”
          He attempts a smile.  It’s the ashen ghost of Smiles Past.  He can’t uncurl, and he’s shaking.
          “Xander!”  Willow’s face is ashen, and she’s grabbed one of their friend’s hands in her own.  She’s almost squeezing tighter than his death grip.
          “Hurts,” he manages, Buffy’s enhanced hearing the only thing that’s picking up his words with how quiet they are.  Then, with a gasp of breath that’s almost silent, “…So loud.  I can’t…”
          If the end of his sentence is ‘take any more’, he’s absolutely right, because he passes out.
          His face is still stuck in a grimace, so he’s not peaceful even now.
          Buffy stands up abruptly.  “I’m getting him to the nurse’s office.”  She doesn’t stay to listen to protests.  She just walks over to her friend, scoops him up, and walks off at a brisk pace.  It’s Xander for goodness’ sake.  Xander’s supposed to be goofing around and disrupting class, not hanging limply in her arms like he’s dead.
          Bad thought.  Very bad.  Do not think again.

madimpossibledreamer: Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) and Ace (Sophie Aldred) (ace)
Main Points:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Iron Man Crossover (Self-Made Hero)
Summary: faster to read
Word Count: 125
Rating: Gen

             The Paladin armor is your average ATV.  The analogy isn’t perfect but whatever.  The Jedi line is light and maneuverable, with your basic body armor and extra-pumped Exoskel, but relies heavily on magic (other than its sophisticated computer system, which Willow designed and programmed).  The Xena armors are pretty basic, designed to accentuate Buffy’s natural abilities.  Buffy doesn’t end up taking it out much, so it’s also the line with the lowest Mark.  Adding too much would be stupid if that meant a steep learning curve in the field when she could die.  Warwolf is their killing machine; a scrapper, not a tank.  She can’t take damage as well as Paladin or Xena, but she can dish it out, especially with the twin plasma blades.

madimpossibledreamer: Eye from manga drawing. (phoenix)
Main Points:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Iron Man Crossover (Self-Made Hero) Feelgood
Summary: Xander revives an old tradition that he, Willow, and Jesse shared.
Word Count: 880

 

It was a dark and stormy movie night... )
madimpossibledreamer: Eye from manga drawing. (phoenix)
If anyone has any time control tips, now would be the time to share.
~Dreamer~

Main Points:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Iron Man Crossover (Self-Made Hero)
Summary: Buffy thought Xander never shut up when he was actually talking out loud.  Turns out she was wrong.  It's nothing on his brain.  (goes along with the episode Earshot)
Word Count: 2037
Rating: Gen

madimpossibledreamer: Sherlock holding his violin. (sherlock)
Main Points:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Iron Man Crossover (Self-Made Hero)
Summary: So, what kind of shenanigans do eccentric geniuses get into?
Word Count: 420
Rating: Gen
Notes: Probably unlikely with the whole 'Sunnydale is tiny' thing, but hey, it was a neat idea.
Don't know if it counts as fluff fic, but it's definitely light-hearted.

          Xander’s almost dancing at the crosswalk.  Willow raises an eyebrow, which only gets a goofy grin in return accompanied by absolutely no explanation.
          “Do you really enjoy hearing about TAs all that much?”  Buffy’s skeptical, too.
          “Specifically hunky ones?” Willow adds, getting a blush from Buffy.
          “Hunky and chunky and good for you.  Like stew.”  He ducks his head at the absolute inanity of the statement, but his face is back up with a goofy grin fairly quickly.  “I may have only had time for a cup of coffee this morning.”
          “Because you were up all night working?” Willow asks, tapping her foot.  She looks a little annoyed that he’s not paying attention, but if Xander was easily distracted before the change he’s even worse now.
          “Something like that.”  He’s trying not to look smug, but the expression sneaks in there anyway.
          The girls resume their conversation, trying to ignore him, but when the automated voice begins the countdown to when they can cross the street, Xander’s attention focuses to a narrow point, and Buffy blinks.  He’s not paying attention to them, still, but there’s something.  Maybe a cute girl?
          “8…7…”
          “So, Buffy, are you going to…are you not listening now either?  Don’t tell me Xander’s got you doing it too, now!”  She crosses her arms and huffs.
          “2…1…Blastoff!”
          Xander grins from ear to ear and barely refrains from punching the air, and the short span of half a second in which Buffy is confused about the sudden programming change is quickly replaced with certainty.  “I don’t know whether to congratulate you or despair for humanity,” she tells him, and he hums, hands fiddling for a second before he just sticks them in his pockets for lack of anything better to do with them.
          “Despairing for humanity’s faster,” he recommends, buzzing with energy and barely not walking away from them as they start to cross.
          “That’s really cool, Xander, but…uhm.  Isn’t that, you know, illegal?” Willow asks after a moment, and Xander quickly waves that away.
          “Says the woman who used to break into federal databases for fun.  I’ll be fine.”  He can’t contain the grin, so Buffy just rolls her eyes and leans over and musses his hair.
          “You’ll always be our Xander.  You dork.”
          “Ooh!  Ooh!  That’s me!” he exclaims, and earns a laugh from Buffy.  He’s acting exactly like an overexcited puppy and it’s rather adorable.  But it’s nice to see that even with the extra intelligence and focused drive there’s still a Xander-adjacent person in there.

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: Eye from manga drawing. (edgeworth)
Yet another test.  I still don't get the relevance of carbon tracking to all but a select few (and wouldn't you be more likely to use it to figure out unknown mechs, not well-known ones?)  Oh well, wish me luck tomorrow.
~Dreamer~

Main Points:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Iron Man Crossover (Self-Made Hero)
Summary: Xander gets a call from Buffy.
Word Count: 1045
Rating: Gen, spoiler contained within for The Body

madimpossibledreamer: Eye from manga drawing. (phoenix)
Main Points:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Iron Man Crossover (Self-Made Hero)
Summary: Xander has to deal with the aftermath of the battle and the loss of a friend.  (Not one of the main Scoobies, but still.)
Word Count: 1046
Rating: Gen, Angst

 

 

madimpossibledreamer: Izanagi|Souji in full costume holding out a hand (izanagi|souji)
I cannot imagine how I somehow managed to miss that Shawn and Gus are pretty much Tony and Rhodey.  Seriously.
~Dreamer~

Main Points:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Iron Man Crossover (Self-Made Hero)
Summary: It was only a matter of time before Xander's home base got attacked.  And it's a hard-fought battle.
Word Count: 360
Rating: Gen, Angst

          One of the quirks of the suit he’d found out is that each separate component in his armor runs off a pseudo separate power supply.  His Repulsors run out, the shock tech doesn’t even phase it, he can distract it with the illusions but that’s, y’know, not actually a battle plan, and neither the flamethrower nor the…light thrower, or whatever, he really needs to get on making a snappy name for that one, do much.  But he’s so incredulous at how badly he’s doing that he ends up using those up too.  (The flamethrower’s easy enough to explain—that does run on Normal Person Fuel.  Any automated ‘put self out’ systems are magic-based.)  Just one of the many fun eccentricities of trying to funnel power from a Cedrian crystal to tech.  Even his Exoskel is starting to flicker, which means he has to conjure shields and that’s really tiring.
          The jet boots have the most juice and even they end up flickering out and dropping him midflight, just into a horn-poky charge, and he feels the metal bend (which, this alloy isn’t supposed to do that, it’s designed not to do that, and he half-panics and accidentally triggers the telekinesis and blasts it into the opposite wall hard enough the building shakes, and he’s really starting to have a headache and everything hurts, especially breathing).
          He eventually beats it by repeatedly ramming it into the ceiling using the telekinesis, enough that he has to channel some of his own power through the crystal and into the telekinesis.  Eventually it slumps over.  He feels like that too, and it honestly seems like the ceiling might crash any second, but he doesn’t have time for that.
          He taps the comm because he’s almost too exhausted to even speak, and he needs to save his strength.
          “Xander?”  It’s Buffy.  Of course it is, given that that’s who he dialed.  She still sounds pissed.
          “I know it’s getting kinda late for your trash collector duties but d’ya think you could make an exception in my case?”  He can’t quite stop the yawn, and instantly she’s concerned.
          At least she’s starting to pay attention.  Sometimes.

madimpossibledreamer: Zhuge Liang concentrating and looking thoughtful. (concentrating)
Main Points:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Iron Man Crossover (Self-Made Hero)
Summary: Xander refuses to be a part of this.
Word Count: 520
Rating: Gen, slight language

           It’s taking everything Xander has to stay awake.  He knows he probably should be saying something, since everyone’s chewing Buffy out (yeah, and sometimes people have to make the best decision of all possible shitty options, he gets that in a way Cap wouldn’t), but he’s about to pass out and trying very hard not to appear like he’s about to pass out.
           “Xander?”  It’s Buffy, and her voice is shaking.
           Oh, crap.  She’d figured it—oh, wait, no, she’s hugging herself, feeling defensive.  She’s actually looking for input.
           “Don’t look at me,” he manages.  He takes a deep breath, shakes his head slightly (not too hard, that’ll just make the dizziness worse, but a little will wake him up…probably).  “All of you, don’t you dare try to use me in whatever mind games you’re playing.  I’m out.  Buffy and Spike saved my life.”
           “You wouldn’t have gotten hurt if it wasn’t for Buffy!” Willow blurts out, and he glares, and oh, hey, positive, his glare is more effective when it’s just one eye. Success.
           “Nope,” he corrects, quiet and calm and terrible.  Like Caleb—no, don’t think that, never think that.  “I wouldn’t have gotten hurt if it wasn’t for Caleb.”  He says the name, and everyone flinches, and is this a Voldemort situation?  Because he will keep saying it if that’s what it takes.  “I’ve run the simulations over and over and over.”  His voice cracks a little on the last word, but really, he’s more ticked than scared at the moment.  “There’s nothing I could’ve done.”  Whoops, he sounds a little hysterical on that last word, but then, that’s what they’re asking for, isn’t it?  For him to speak about his experience, from the eye of the beholder?  “Predictions need data.  I wouldn’t have thought that Caleb could stop all my systems.  It’s never happened before.”  He feels like babbling aimlessly, but shrugs off the urge.  “There’s a one hundred percent chance I would’ve run into the guy at some point, him being the corporeal leader of the opposing forces and all.  I figured I’d have a higher chance of beating the guy than any of you.  Would’ve put the odds at 89%, before this whole eye thing went down.”
           Okay, weird as it is to say, enough talking about himself.  “Which of us is thinking clearly, huh?  We’re all afraid.  If we’re being honest, even I’m not being completely rational, and I’m the one thinking clearly enough to realize what’s happening here.”  He holds up his hands, gesturing at them all theatrically.  “The First’s trying to break up the band, y’all.”  He sighs.  “And from where I’m standing, that little strategy worked perfectly.”  Civil War was a really cool idea, until you actually go and live through the thing.  He stands.  “Lemme know how the whole teamwork thing works out.  I’ll be in my lab building a better mousetrap.”
           He’s gone before any of them can say anything.  Which doesn’t really prove his teamwork point, but hey.  He passed out somewhere midflight, and ending up unconscious in the living room really would’ve hurt his point.
           Probably.

madimpossibledreamer: Sherlock holding his violin. (creative)
Expect these to be totally out of order.  I'll get together a masterpost with the actual order someday.
He's not completely perfect, but with over 20 bored geniuses in his head playing Joseph's little 'your next line will be' is fairly easy, particularly when he knows the person well.
~Dreamer~

Main Points:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Iron Man Crossover (Self-Made Hero)
Summary: Buffy finds Xander testing a couple inventions and spells out.
Word Count: 240
Rating: Gen

            “W-what are you doing?” Buffy asks on walking in on Xander staring fixedly at a table with holograms.  Whatever it is, she can’t tell just by looking.  It’s been harder to read Xander since.  Mostly what he’s doing, but sometimes how he acts.
            “Me ‘n Zathras were trying to figure out how they played Dejarik.  So far, no happy.”  He shrugs.  “At least I’m getting hologram practice.  See, tech hasn’t advanced to the point that we can really use holograms willy nilly, but they’re useful for a visual, so I’ve been working on adapting an illusion spell.  That’s going well at least.”  He anticipates her next question.  “I ran the spell and changes by the G-Man, yeah.  I’m not suicidal.  Or reckless.  …Most of the time.”
            “That’s getting really freaky,” she admits, earning another goofy grin.  “Zathras?”
            “Zathras very pleased to be meeting you,” an unfamiliar voice joins them, and she blinks.
            “Meet one of two AIs I’m developing—and yes, Buffster, I’m being careful, to the point of a self-destruct as a last resort option.  I haven’t forgotten Moloch.  The other is White Star and she’s kinda the combat expert.  I figure it’s better if I’m not having to decipher Zathras’s speech during battle no matter how cool it sounds.”
            “Zathras be making suggestion, hmm, yes.  Is not enough information for Zathras or Ranger One to play this game,” the program adds.
            Xander sighs.  “Yeah, but chess is boring.”

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