Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Avengers Crossover (Self-Made Hero)
Summary: The Avengers meet Xander.
Word Count: 860
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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.
“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.
“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.”
Tony’s been quiet. Rhodey knows that’s a bad sign, especially since he’s only halfheartedly tinkering with those stupid AIM things again. He must be still upset about his fight with Whitney. That he’d refused to tell them about. Pepper had been triumphant until about an hour after school had ended, at which point she’d gotten worried about mopey Tony.
“Would you guys still be friends with me if I wasn’t rich?” he asks abruptly, derailing Rhodey and Pepper’s cautious conversation.
Rhodey frowns. “Look, man, if this is about Stane, don’t worry. You’ll inherit the company in a year, and until then we’ll help you deal with anything that comes your way. That’s what friends do.”
“Yeah! Besides, taking down evil supervillains and CEOs is super cool! I just wish I could get more of the action sometimes.” Pepper’s eyes light up. “You know what, Tony, you could make me a jet pack! With lasers! Not that I don’t want a SHIELD-issued jetpack, because hello, SHIELD, but a lady can never have enough jetpacks!”
At least that gets Tony to smile. It’s a weak, scared smile, like he’s really worried about something, but it’s still a smile and that’s more than Rhodey’s achieved.
Rhodey smiles and forgives him for being annoying earlier. “T, seriously, what’s this about?”
He bites his lip and refuses to look up. “Nothing. It’s fine. Just a stupid question.”
Rhodey comes over and lays a comforting hand on Tony’s arm. Who now looks like he’s going to throw up. “The simple answer, Tony, is yes. The more complicated answer is that you wouldn’t be my rich, genius, eccentric, absent-minded-slash-sometimes-clueless, occasionally annoying friend if you weren’t, and that’s the guy who’s my best friend.”
That earns a brilliant, relieved smile, and Pepper chimes in.
“Grr, Rhodey, you stole the best lines! But yeah, Tony, you’re delusional if you think we wouldn’t be friends with you; I mean, it’s nice, especially if you’re feeling like being generous, but you’re Tony and you can be an idiot and selfish sometimes but you’re also a superhero and a really good friend; I mean, you could be nicer and listen to me more but you don’t just tell me to shut up or that I’m crazy or that no one could be friends with me because I’m too annoying, so I suppose I can forgive—“
By this point, Tony is beaming. Whatever had been eating at him is gone. “I’m glad you’re my friends, too.” He pauses. “If Whitney ever stops acting weird, I’d like it if you’d give her a chance.”
Rhodey glances at Pepper. “Are you okay with that?” he asks quietly, quietly enough that Tony doesn’t hear.
“Oh, there’s no chance of her changing the way she acts,” the redhead replies, smiling too, but she nods at Tony, who certainly looks happy enough.
“So. I’m your bodyguard,” Rhodey says quietly. It doesn’t even feel real.
Tony grins. It’s a pale shadow of his old grins, but it’s there. “More like I’m your mechanic.”
It is such a relief to see Tony’s eyes open. Brain damage is a worry, which would kill him with his personality, but at least he’s alive.
He blinks, lost and confused. If he were a computer he’d still be rebooting. Then he looks over to see her.
Pepper smiles and opens her mouth to welcome him, but Tony’s face doesn’t look relieved. His expression is more…panicked. “Where’s Rhodey?” It barely comes out intelligible, like he can’t even wait for the words to be released.
“He’s in surgery; he’ll be—” she begins, but Tony interrupts.
“Dead,” he says quietly, with certainty. He’s on his feet already, pulling the IVs out of his arms, and striding out of the room before she can so much as lodge a protest. “That thing in his chest; I made it to save his life. Medical technology hasn’t caught up yet. If they operate on him, they’ll kill him.”
“Operating Room 2,” she says, with just as much urgency—Rhodey is a friend and a good man and also one of her only allies to deal with babysitting Tony. It’s fairly easy to catch up with the man. She’s been doing it for years.