madimpossibledreamer: Jiraiya|Yosuke jumping and using a throwing star (jiraiya|yosuke)
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)
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)
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: 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: 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: Izanagi|Souji in full costume holding out a hand (izanagi|souji)
Aaand this is all I have about it.  Come back, plotbunny, come back.  And not those dumb ones that keep trying to eat the garden that I have to chase around, though the effect is rather the same.
~Dreamer~

Main Points:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Persona AU (mostly from the previous one, Persona not appearing in this one)
Summary: Someone's returned from said quest.
Word Count: 700
Rating: Gen

confidence gained )


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.”

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.

The Wolf

Jun. 11th, 2017 11:48 pm
madimpossibledreamer: Eye from manga drawing. (phoenix)
Main Points:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Marvel Crossover AU (Self-Made Hero: The Infinity Mirror)
Summary: Giles finds the second of his recruits.
Word Count: 565
Rating: Gen

          Oz doesn’t realize there’s anything wrong with his world.  Why would he?  He doesn’t have anything to compare it to.
          Fiction, the news, the internet, the government controls it all.  If all copies of a book 1984 hadn’t been burned, he would’ve seen that this future had, at least partly, been predicted.  But without the knowledge, he didn’t have anything to show what a normal life should be like.
          He’d wondered, once, what awful thing he’d done in a former life to be born in this one as a mutant.  He had to have been a serial killer, or something.  Like every child, he had seen what out of control mutants did.  Ones that didn’t follow the rules endangered the lives of everyone, so of course they had to be controlled.  They’d all watched the tapes.  Of the damage they’ve done.  Of terrified men, women, children huddled up, begging for mercy from uncaring mutants.  He didn’t feel particularly like a serial killer.  In fact, he was often more quiet and kind than his human classmates, but if he didn’t watch his natural instincts it was only a matter of time.  Maybe he’d worked out most of his aggression in his past life, but still had to be punished for it in this one.
          He kept his head down, followed every instruction.  Until one fateful day.
          He sees the girl phase into existence.  Sees the lack of the mutant tattoo marking them as being registered with the government under the Mutant Registration Act before the shouting policemen do.
          They’re pointing guns at a terrified little girl.  Guns.  They’re screaming at her, about to shoot her.  And something just snaps.
          He’s never wolfed out in anger before.  Always under order, always obedient.  He’s not obedient now, as he changes and grabs the kid and runs.
          He’s never told whether he killed the policemen.  The newspapers say so, but the girl—Marcie Ross, as she introduces herself—says that the newspapers don’t always tell the truth.  It’s a foreign concept for him, but she finally manages to convince him that people lie.  He still doesn’t fully understand the reasoning behind it, but then, according to her, he doesn’t have to.  He doesn’t have to attempt to lie—ever—because he can just be silent instead.
          She explains that her parents were killed before they could register her.  That because of the rules, she couldn’t register herself.  An adult had to do that.  That there were plenty of other orphans like her who faced firing squads just because their parents had died as peaceful protestors or pamphlet-writers or even for listening to the wrong music.
          There’s a near call, but then he hears a voice in his head, and sees a red-head with a shy smile, and they’re led to what turns out to be a safe haven hidden in the world.  The leader, a Miss Grey, is apparently not all there, but she seems coherent enough as she banishes the red-head and another, an older man.  They’re not mutants, despite the fact that they can twist the world and hide two fugitives with one gesture of their hands.
          Marcie will be safe, and he has the feeling these two might need him, and Miss Grey isn’t happy about him leading others here in the first place.  So he offers to go with the two, and they say yes.

madimpossibledreamer: Eye from manga drawing. (phoenix)
EDIT: I TOTALLY FORGOT THERE IS ACTUALLY A LEGIT WEBSITE THAT DOES THIS IN-UNIVERSE.  IT'S CALLED DEMONS, DEMONS, DEMONS.
/cackles madly
~dreamer~

Main Points:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Iron Man Crossover (Self-Made Hero)
Summary: Xander comes up with another invention to try to help save lives.
Word Count: 575
Rating: Gen

         Xander’s chipper when he appears, coffee in hand, for the research summons.  The only time this is ever true is when he’s been up all night and isn’t even aware he probably should’ve slept, so Willow’s a little concerned.  “I’ve been thinking,” he begins.
         “Uh-oh,” Giles responds, sarcasm evident in both syllables, and Xander grins, unhurt.
         “Har bloody har,” is his response, only the ghost of the accent is actually kind of accurate, and that’s weird and new.  “Anyway,” he continues, now that Giles is quiet in what is probably shock, “…the whole idea with the scanning wasn’t a bad one.  We just needed to be a little more careful.  Star and I have determined that her reading things silently is like a human reading things silently because she hasn’t been able to cast any chanty spells like that, so if we have her read and store information, it won’t lead to any Moloch-shaped situations.  Of course, we’ll use one of her forks, just so the original isn’t in any danger, but I was thinking,” he turns to Willow, “…we could maybe create a database.  Include an intent option for access, so, say, if you have a close encounter of the ghostly kind, you can access the information about ghosts.  Stuff pertinent to your unique unfortunate situation.  If you don’t—say, if you’re, say, the government trolling for data—it’s like the database doesn’t even exist.  We’d need to use a blend of magic and tech to pull it off, which, happy days, is just what I specialize in.  Whaddya say, Wils?  Sound like a good time?”
         “We could save more lives, and it’s an interesting project…” she answers cautiously, able to follow the nonstop talking.  “But let’s shelve it for now, okay?  More immediate life-saving right now.”
         He blinks like he’s completely forgotten why they’re even there, and then looks around.  “Oh.  Right.  Yeah, okay.”  He sits down and begins gulping down the coffee.

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: Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) and Ace (Sophie Aldred) (ace)
I'd been trying to write Xander's college years for a while and was running into a roadblock and after watching Moana of all things (I say of all things because it's pretty much unrelated not because it's a bad movie because it's not although native critics are divided on it) figured out why.  Which resulted in the following fic.
Also, man, I didn't think I'd miss this place.  Also, who's crying?  Not me.  Not manly tears.  You're...confused.
~Dreamer~

Main Points:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Iron Man Crossover (Self-Made Hero)
Summary: Xander's blowing off his classes...
Word Count: 770
Rating: Gen

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: Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) and Ace (Sophie Aldred) (seven)
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: 75
Rating: Gen

          Xander blinks, and Willow actually shouts in surprise.  “Xander!  We were so worried!”  She hugs him tight, which is why she can hear him whisper back.
          “Can’t stay, sorry.”  He feebily hugs her back, but he’s not paralyzed, which is of the good.  His words, though…
          “Why not?” she asks, panicking, and his efforts bring a lopsided smile.
          “’m gonna have so much homework when I get back,” he moans, and then he’s out again.

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.

The Witch

Apr. 22nd, 2017 11:25 pm
madimpossibledreamer: Zhuge Liang concentrating and looking thoughtful. (concentrating)
Unexpected roommate trouble = bad.
~Dreamer~

Main Points:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Avengers Crossover AU (Self-Made Hero: The Infinity Mirror)
Summary: Giles finds the first of his recruits.
Word Count: 380
Rating: Gen

          Willow Danielle Rosenberg is Sorceror Supreme.
          She really hadn’t intended to become that, of course.  It was just kind of a side effect of a lich stealing her girlfriend’s mind at a party.  The thing had called herself Glory, and, of course, had used a glamour to not look like the undead bitch she was.  She’d explained when confronted that she needed the energy to continue to live, and she had to get that from somewhere.
          And Willow would serve as a good snack, too.
          She’d met her girlfriend at an occult club.  They giggled about how hokey it was, or were occasionally annoyed.  But there were a few more realistic things, and she calls upon the power of the Vishanti now, and a protective dome appears above her and Tara, and the next thing she knows there are strange people in robes bursting in.
          She huddles in on a lost Tara, stroking her hair and whispering that everything’s going to be okay, even though everything’s not going to be okay, as the fight with the lich makes the house crumble around them.
          And then the robe people use some sort of spell and they appear in the party and nothing’s destroyed and they explain that she’d accidentally pulled them into the Mirror Dimension.  Somehow.
          From there, going with the strange people in the robes to learn to use the magic she’d always believed in, especially when they tell her that she might be able to learn to heal Tara, is an easy decision to make, in that it’s not even a decision at all.  A decision implies that she has a choice.
          It’s not easy after that.  Tara finally gets to the point where she has good days, which is something.  And her mentor and the Ancient One die, and she has an issue with drawing power from the Dark Dimension, but she becomes the Sorceror Supreme eventually.
          So when her mentor shows up again and tells her that the universe is in danger, she signs up immediately.  He’s not from this universe, obviously, but other dimensions are old hat by now.  She leaves Tara in Kamar Taj.  It’s safer there than where she’s going.  She’d leave Tara in the Sanctum, but it tends to get attacked a lot.

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: 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: Willow's just looking out for her best friend.
Word Count: 404
Rating: Gen

           It’s Willow that finally manages to get his head out of his ass and actually ask Kris out.  It’s probably that that gives him permission to mess with his friend’s love life later.  He’s already made a dozen designs for Kris’s suit, but he’s not bringing any of them up, not until she asks.
           Kris and Willow have had a serious conversation about how Xander is a wuss who needs to man up and get over his ‘everyone I love dies’ issues.  Because while that’s a thing, it’s also hurting him, stopping him from living his life, and he and Kris are already a couple in everything but the kissing, and he’s lonely, and neither one of them likes seeing him unhappy like this.
           The three are hanging out.  Xander and Kris are watching some video game let’s player that apparently both of them have watched, since they’re joking around and making some sort of references Willow misses.  She needs to do more computer stuff.  She’s been neglecting that recently with all the magic.
           They’re both working on some paperwork for Knight Innovations.  Kris is enjoying the budget-sheets and Xander is teasing her for being a nerd.
           There’s the sweet, soft look in his eyes and tone that he uses for Willow.  For people that he really loves.  But there’s something more vulnerable there.
           She knows not to take his teasing seriously.  She’s not offended at all, teasing back, quiet and sweet and patient.  Everyone in the entire room knows that he loves her.
           Willow leans over as he’s daydreaming, staring with soft eyes in Kris’s direction.  “If you don’t kiss her right now I will."
           He recoils and nearly falls over.  “What?”
           “Anyone who doesn’t know you thinks the two of you are dating.  You’d rather deal with my plan than Dawn’s.  I’m looking out for you.”
           He looks at her, gulps, then at looks at Kris.
           And then he gets that look of determination in his eyes, and she giggles.
           He scoots a little closer and leans in.  Krista isn’t even paying attention.  He gives her a sweet peck on the cheek and backs off quickly, cheeks dusted with pink.
           She has the largest smile.  It’s cute.  She scooches back and snuggles into him.  He swallows again, but looks happier than he’s been in a while even if he’s not smiling.  That soft embarrassed look on his face is just as precious.

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

 

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