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Willow's Witch Slayers

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This story is No. 5 in the series "The key shard realms". You may wish to read the series introduction and the preceeding stories first.

Summary: Further adventures of Willow and crew as they track down the scattered multidimensional slayers. Warnings contains f/f pairings, may contain mildly offensive language and some descriptions of violence.

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Multiple Crossings > Willow-CenteredMistofRainbowsFR1852166,36638078,96715 Sep 0625 Oct 11Yes

Picking up the broken pieces and life goes on.

Disclaimer: I don't own the two new characters either. Full disclaimer at the end.

Willow yawned as she walked back from the room they had reserved as the portal room for Avalon. “Can I have a vacation to recover from our vacation?”

Dawn chuckled, “Oh please, all we did was exercise one little demon and give a slayer her information packet.”

“Don’t forget killing that freaking priest and besides it wasn‘t a little demon it was a god’s demon child.”

Dawn shivered, “I hate priests. He was a complete nut job.”

Willow sighed, “And the demon possessed father of Astor? You don‘t think he‘s a complete nut job?”

“Wouldn’t you be if you had a demon in your head all your life?”

“Probably, I‘m just amazed that he kept from killing innocent people all of these years.” She shivered as she walked into the lounge, “I’m just glad to be out of there.”

Rose looked up from her book, “Out of where?”

“Miami.”

“The hacker’s convention didn’t go well?”

“Oh that part went fine; it was finding out that our slayer’s father had a demon rattling around in his head.”

“Icky, you did get rid of it right?”

Willow nodded, “Yeah, took us longer than we thought it would though.”

Rose nodded, “Glad to hear that, it’s probably for the best… we finally got Gabrielle to sleep…”

Dawn looked at her daughter with concern, “What happened?”

Rose sighed, “You want the good news or the bad news?”

Willow winced, “How bad?”

“None of our people died…”

“That’s good, let’s start with the bad then.”

Rose looked around to make sure that there was no one else around to over hear then closed the door. “Gabrielle went off the deep end and ate most of Ireland’s unseelie court of nobles. It should be a while before they’re a problem again.”

Dawn blinked, “She ate them?”

Rose winced, “Yeah… drained their power and yeah let’s just leave it at that…”

Willow went a little green as she considered that idea a bit then forced herself to focus on something else, “Is there good news?”

Rose nodded, “We were able to restore the bane of iron and break the fae’s spell that prevented tech from working. We’ve already sent supplies and secured an agreement for the king’s first born daughter.”

Willow sighed, “How bad is Gabrielle doing?”

“Hell if I know, she curled up with Lenora and Lillian and fell asleep not long after she got back. I think she needs a vacation.”

Willow nodded, “Yeah, any suggestions?”

Rose nodded, “Someplace without combat, maybe someplace quiet.”

Dawn sighed, “Sounds like a plan. We should be able to handle the paperwork side of things while she’s gone.”

Rose smiled faintly, “Alright, you think we can actually convince her to take her vacation time?”

Willow shrugged, “I’m going to try. I wouldn‘t mind Xander talking to her as well about everything that happened, maybe it would help.”

Dawn looked at Willow with a frown, “Might help, it is Xander.”

Willow smiled, “He’s good at that type of thing.”

~

Xander smiled as Gabrielle flopped herself down on the couch, “Well you’re here and only like twenty minutes late.”

She sighed, “Sorry, I was enjoying the sex with my siblings too much to want to quit.”

He chuckled, “Yeah, because that’s not messed up.”

She frowned at him, “Hey now, aren‘t you supposed to be like all nonjudgmental and such?”

He shrugged, “I call them like I see them. So have you figured out where you‘re going to take your council mandated vacation yet? Or are you still arguing that you don't need a vacation?”

She sighed, “No arguments here.”

He blinked, “Really?”

She sighed as images of draining the blood out of the Unseelie faerie flashed before her eyes, “I don’t want to be a threat to my girls, while I don’t think I would ever hurt them, I didn’t think I would ever lose control enough to…” She stopped as she felt her stomach try to heave all of its contents out as she remembered swallowing chunks of faerie flesh in her fight. She was glad that he waited patiently for her to get control of her dry heaving without interrupting. “So yeah, I think I need some time off. Rose offered me a chance to spend some time anywhere I want, so I figured I’d take it.”

He nodded, “So where or when are you going?”

“Of the record?”

“If you want.”

“Promise?”

Xander smiled, “As long as you’re safe, I’m not going to break confidence.”

“Rose found a version of Sunnydale that is or was scheduled to fall into hell when Acathla was unleashed.”

“So you plan to go back and save it?”

She nodded, “That and see if I can get a younger Willow into a bed.”

Xander chuckled, “You’re hornier than before aren’t you?”

Gabrielle sighed, “Side effect from drinking as much faerie blood as I did, at least that’s our best guess.”

“So when are you going back?”

“I don’t know, I was thinking to before Buffy came to Sunnydale but not much before that. Probably just to the start of the year.”

“I’m glad you’re going to take some vacation time though I’d rather it be someplace safer than Sunnydale.”

“I’m a monster, I should be safe enough.”

“You’re my favorite little monster though.”

She frowned, “Hey, I’m taller than you are.”

He frowned, “When did that happen?”

“A while ago, I just didn’t want you to bruise your ego.”

He chuckled, “Alright.” He sighed, “Can you just do me one favor though?”

She nodded, “What’s that?”

“Save Jesse.”

She stretched her toes out over the couch, “I’ll try.”

He nodded, “That’s all I can ask. So I’m going to state in the official log that you seem all right but that I’d like to schedule a counseling meeting for when you get back.”

She nodded, “Might be a while on my end but with Rose to jump me back, it shouldn’t be that long on your end.”

He smiled as he reached over and rubbed her head, “Just get better.”

She sighed, “I’ll try.”

“So are you taking your girls?”

She shook her head, “Not for this, I just want some time to do something different and be myself again. They’ve been around for more than half the time I can remember, I love them but I want to experience life without them weighing me down, you know?”

“I can understand that.”

She smiled, “Thanks. Just take care of things while I‘m gone.”

He grinned, “Have lots of kinky sex and have fun.”

She grinned, “Oh I plan on it. I might even bring some people back with me depending on how things go.”

He smiled, “Good, it’s getting a bit dull around here without the occasional apocalypse.”

“Now you’re just saying that to make me feel better?”

“Did it work?”

“A little.”

“Get going.”

She smiled as rolled off the couch and headed out of the counselor‘s office and headed down to medical to pick up the latest sample of the shifter virus the lab techs were working with.

~

Rose grinned as Gabrielle walked up with her bags packed, “So, are you ready for a new adventure?”

Gabrielle smiled, “Yeah, said my ‘see you laters’ to everyone already. Xander even gave me an envelope with something for the other Xander in it just in case I needed to prove my credibility later. So unless there is something else you need to do, let’s just get out of here before everyone starts crying and being clingy.”

She smiled raised her hand, gestured and created a glowing green portal. “Nope, I already grabbed what I needed to, looks like we’re off on a new adventure.”

Gabrielle grinned as they jumped through the portal.

~

~An~ It has been a hell of a weird trip on this story. There were things I learned, things I wish I had done better mixed in with the occasional thing that I thought I got right. At least it was a learning experience. I have new understanding and respect for shows or stories that span a large chunk of time that can keep everything straight. This story was made all the more complicated by my other series that had some bleed over in genres. Still all told, it was a fun story to write. To anyone that has actually followed it to its end I salute you.

Disclaimer: I don't own Dexter or Astor.

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