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Title: X. GRAY-MAN
Started: Sunday, October 29, 2006
Monday, October 30, 2006
Summary: YAHF. A single encounter changes one Halloween beyond imagination. With it will come a Loss of Innocence and the beginning of Sorrow.
Spoilers: BTVS S2. D. Gray-Man ? El Hazard End Sailor Moon ? Fullmetal Alchemist Death of Greed?
Rating: PG-13 I guess?
* Buffy the Vampire Slayer
[and ATS] is the property of Joss Whedon, Mutant Enemy, Sandollar Television, Kuzui Enterprises, 20th Century Fox Television and the WB Television Network.
* D. Gray-Man
is the property of Katsura Hoshino and is published by Jump Comics (Japan), VIZ Media (US/Canada), Glenat (France), and Tokyopop (Germany). Serialized by Weekly Shonen Jump
* El Hazard
is the property of Hiroki Hayashi and Studios AIC and Pioneer LDC.
* Sailor Moon
is the property of Naoko Takeuchi. The manga is published by Kodansha (Japan), Tokyopop (US), Editions Montjoie and Glenat (France), Semic Interprint (Hungary), Egmont Manga & Anime (Spain), Japonica Polonica Fantastica (JPF) (Poland). Serialized in Nakayoshi (Japan) and Mixxzine and Smile Magazine (US) The anime was directed by Jun'ichi Satoh, Kunihiko Ikuhara, Takuya Igarashi and made by Studio Toei Animation. It was shown and is shown on many networks.
TV series and movie Conqueror of Shamballa were directed by Seiji Mizushima and made by Studio BONES. It's known acrosss North America, Asia, and Western Europe!
Fullmetal Alchemist manga is the property of Hiromu Arakawa and is published by Gangan Comics (Japan), VIZ Media (US/Canada), Chuang Yi (Chinese and English) (Austrailia/Singapore), Tong Li (Republic of China), Jade Dynasty (Hong Kong), Kurokawa (France), Planet Manga (Italy), Norma Editorial (Spain), JPFantastica (Poland), Siam Inter Comic (Thailand), Daiwon CI (South Korea), and Komik Remaja (Malaysia). Serialized in Monthly Shonen Gangan.
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Chapter 01: Innocent
Sunnydale High School, Sunnydale, California
Wednesday, October 29th, 1997
Sign-ups are being taken for the volunteer safety program for Halloween. Principal Snyder takes one of the clipboards and looks around the hall. He grabs the next girl that walks by and pulls her aside.
He holds out the clipboard and pen to her. Willow, Buffy and Xander come in from the other hall.
"But I have to get to class."
Snyder just shrugs. The team walks past him.
Willow speaks the obvious, " Snyder must be in charge of the volunteer safety program for Halloween this year."
"Note his interesting take on the volunteer concept." quips Xander
"What's the deal?" inquires Buffy
They've reached Willow's locker, and she works the combination.
"Oh, a bunch of little kids need people to take them trick-or-treating." explains Xander, "Sign up and get your own pack of sugar-hyped little runts for the night."
"Yikes." says Buffy, " I'll stick to vampires."
Snyder puts his hand on her shoulder, and she spins around to face him.
"Miss Summers. Just the juvenile delinquent I've been looking for."
"Halloween must be a big night for you." sneers the Troll... eh Snyder, "Tossing eggs, keying cars, bobbing for apples, one pathetic cry for help after another. Well, (leads her to the sign-up table) not this year, missy."
Willow and Xander come stand behind her.
"Gosh, I'd love to sign up," says Buffy trying to escape, "but I recently developed carpal tunnel syndrome, and can tragically no longer hold a flashlight."
Snyder holds up the clipboard and pen.
"The program starts at four, the children have to be back at six."
Buffy reluctantly grabs the pen and clipboard and signs herself up. Xander thinks it's funny and smiles back at Willow. Willow has a concerned look on her face. Snyder holds pens out to Willow and Xander, too. They both look at him, begging not to be put through this. Willow gives in and takes the pen.
"I can't believe this." Xander whines, "We have to get dressed up and the whole deal?"
"Snyder said costumes were mandatory." says Willow
"Great. I was gonna stay in and veg." says Buffy, "The one night a year things are supposed to be quiet for me."
"Halloween quiet?" inquires Xander, "Oh, I figured it'd be a big old vamp scare-apalooza."
They walk into the lounge.
"Not according to Giles. He swears that tomorrow night is, like, dead for the undead. (the girls sit) They stay in."
"Those wacky vampires!" says a smiling Xander, "That's why I love 'em! They just keep you guessing!"
He puts his satchel down on the table and heads over to the soda vending machine. He puts in his coins and hits a button. Nothing. He hits another one. Still nothing. He hits the machine in the front and on the side. Larry comes up to him and puts his hand on Xander's shoulder.
"Hey, Lar. You're lookin' Cro-Mag as usual" insults Xander," What can I do you for?"
"You and Buffy, you're just friends, right?"
"I like to think of it less as a friendship and more as a solid foundation for future bliss."
"So, she, she's not your girlfriend?"
Larry looks over at Buffy as he walks around Xander.
"Do you think she'd go out with me?"
He turns to face Xander with Buffy to his back now.
"Well, Lar, that's a tough question to... No. Not a chance."
"Why not? I heard some guys say she was fast."
" I hope you mean like the wind."
"Yeah, you know what I mean."
"That's my friend that you're talkin' about!"
"Oh, yeah? Well, what're you gonna do about it?"
"I'm gonna do what any man would do about it: (grabs Larry by the shirt) somethin' damn manly."
Larry smiles and laughs. He knocks Xander's hands away and grabs him by the shirt with his right hand. He balls his left hand into a fist and draws back for a punch. Buffy grabs his wrist, pulls it behind his back and slams his head into the vending machine. A Diet Dr Pepper rolls into the slot.
"Get gone." commands Buffy
She pulls Larry back from the machine and shoves him away. She notices the soda can.
"Ooo! Diet!" says the former cheerleader and grabs the can.
" Do you know what you just did?" says an upset Xander.
"Saved you a dollar?"
"No, but Larry was about to pummel me!"
"Oh, that? Forget about it!" (heads back to the table)
"Oh, I'll forget about it. (follows her) In maybe fifteen, twenty years when my rep for being a sissy man finally fades!"
Buffy stops and faces him, "Xander, don't you think you're..."
Xander interrupts, "A black eye heals, Buffy, but cowardice has an unlimited shelf life. Oh, thanks! Thanks a lot for *your* help."
He grabs his bag from the table and walks off in a huff. Buffy moans and sits back down with Willow.
"I think I just violated the guy code big time."
"Poor Xander. Boys are so fragile. Speaking of, how was your date last night?"
"Misfire." says Buffy, "I was late due to unscheduled slayage. Showed up looking trashed."
"Was he mad?"
"Actually he was pretty unmad. Which probably had something to do with the fact that Cordelia was drooling in his cappuccino."
"Oh, Buffy. Angel would never fall for her act."
"You mean that 'actually showing up, wearing a stunning outfit, embracing personal hygiene' act?"
"You know what I mean. Uh, she's not his type."
"Are you sure? I mean, I don't know what his type is. I've known him less than a year, and if you haven't noticed, he's not exactly one to over share."
"True. It's too bad we can't sneak a look at the Watcher diaries and read up on Angel. I'm sure it's full of fun facts to know and tell."
"Yeah. It's too bad. That stuff is private."
"Also Giles keeps them in his office. In his personal files."
"Most importantly, it would be wrong"
Sunnydale HS Library
Willow and Buffy look in through the round door window. They don't see Giles and give each other a look. Buffy quietly opens the door and goes in. She looks back at Willow, who gives her encouragement. The door closes and Willow looks in through the glass. Buffy quietly makes her way up to the counter and looks around again for Giles. Satisfied that he's not there she heads for his office.
She spins around and sees him in the cage getting some old books.
"Yes, I-I just wanted to talk to you about tomorrow night" says Giles in Watcher mode, "As it should be, uh, calm, you might work on some new battle techniques."
"You're beginning to scare me, Giles." says Buffy, "You need to have some fun."
She waves to Willow to come in as he's looking down at his books. Willow shakes her head and mouths 'no'. Giles looks up, and Buffy pulls her hand back and pretends she was scratching her head.
"You know, there's this place you can go, right, and you sit in the dark, and there are these moving pictures, right, and the pictures tell a story.
"Yes, yes, ha, ha, very droll."
Willow quietly comes in.
"I'll have you know that I have very, uh, many relaxing hobbies."
Buffy mouths something to Willow to goad her on.
"I enjoy cross-referencing."
"Do you stuff your own shirts, or do you send them out?"
She grabs a book from the stack he's about to take to his office and walks around him to draw his view away from his office door.
"So! How come Halloween is such a big yawner? I mean, do the demons just hate how commercial it's become?" (leafs through the book)
Giles puts his books down, "Um, it's interesting, ac... Not, I suspect, to you. (takes the book from her) What is it you're after?"
Willow has made it to the office door.
"Of course, it's of interest to me! I'm the Slayer. I need to know these things. You can't keep me in the dark any longer."
Willow opens the door and starts in. Giles grabs the stack of books again and starts to turn to his office.
"Look at me when I talk to you!"
Willow looks over at them anxiously.
"I really don't have time for these games."
"Ms. Calendar said you were a babe."
Willow looks back again, but this time gives Buffy a look and shakes her head.
"She said what?"
Buffy: (meekly) "Well, she said that you were a... h-hunk of burning... something or other. So, (exhales) whadaya think of that?"
"Uh, I... (exhales) I don't, um, uh... A burning hunk of what?"
"Look. You know how disgusting it is for me to even contemplate you grownups having smoochies, (sees Willow come out of the office with a diary) but I think you should go for it."
"Buffy, I appreciate your interest, but..."
Willow hurries past the counter.
"But I've overstepped my bounds. It's none of my business, you know. (stammers) What was I thinking? My God! Shame, (Willow goes out the door) shame. I gotta go. (quickly walks out)
Giles not sure what to make of it, "A babe? (smirks) I can live with that."
Girls' bathroom. [where no man DARE to tread]
Buffy and Willow are sitting on the sinks and looking at a drawing of a noble woman with a tiny waist wearing a billowy gown.
"Man, look at her."
"Who is she?"
"It doesn't say, but the entry's dated 1775."
"Angel was eighteen. And still human."
"So that's the kinda girl he hung around? She's pretty coiffed."
"She looks like a noble woman or something. Which means being beautiful is sort of her job."
"And clearly this girl was a workaholic. I'll never be like this."
" C'mon! She's not that pretty. I mean, look at her. She's got a funny... uh, waist. Look how tiny that is."
Buffy (sarcastically) "Thank you. Now I feel better."
Willow exhales, "No. She's like a freak. A circus freak. Yuk."
Buffy exhales, "Musta been wonderful. Put on some fantabulous gown and go to a ball like a princess, and have horses and servants, and yet more gowns."
"Yeah. Still, I think I prefer being able to vote. (Buffy raises her brows) (smiles) Or I will when I can."
Cordelia comes into the bathroom and goes to the mirror.
"So, Buffy. You ran off last night and left poor little Angel all by his lonesome. But I did everything I could to comfort him."
Cordelia gets out her blush, "So, what's his story anyway? I mean, I never see him around." (brushes some onto her cheeks)
"Not during the day, anyway." says Willow.
"Oh, please. Don't tell me he still lives at home." says Cordelia with arrogance, "Like, he has to wait for his dad to get back before he can take the car?" (puts the blush away)
"Cordelia, I think his parents have been dead for a couple of hundred years."
Cordelia: (touches up her lip gloss) "Oh, good. I mean... (faces them) What?"
"Angel's a vampire." says Buffy, " I thought you knew."
Cordelia turns back to the mirror, "Oh, he's a vampire. (puts away the lip gloss) Of course! But the cuddly kind. Like a Carebear with fangs?"
"It's true." confirms Willow
Cordelia steps over to them, "You know what I think? (crosses her arms) I just think you're trying to scare me off 'cause you're afraid of the competition. Look, Buffy, you may be hot stuff when it comes to demonology or whatever, but when it comes to dating, I'm the Slayer."
She walks out. Buffy just watches her go.
Ethan's Costume Shop, Sunnydale, California
Buffy Summers, Alexander "Xander" Harris, Willow Rosenburg, and Buffy's little sister Dawn have arrived at Ethan's to buy there costumes. Cordelia Chase is also there with former Partytown clients. The more expensive supplier recently lost many accounts when a fire broke out. The upper half of Sunnydale's teenage populace quickly learned that party supplies burn really quick, really fast.
Sunnydale High School Students scatter threw the store looking at the various costumes.
Buffy is handling a plastic pumpkin when it suddenly lights up and screams. She quickly puts it back on the counter. Willow comes over to her.
"What'd you get?"
"A time-honored classic! (holds up a ghost costume)"
"Okay, Will, can I give you a little friendly advice?"
"It's not spooky enough?"
"It's just... you're never gonna get noticed if you keep hiding.
You're missing the whole point of Halloween."
Willow smiles, "Free candy?"
"It's come as you aren't night. The perfect chance for a girl to
get sexy and wild with no repercussions."
"Oh, I don't get wild. Wild on me equals spaz."
"Don't underestimate yourself. You've got it in you."
Buffy and Willow turn to see Cordelia standing behind them.
"As if you could wear anything daring." Cordelia sneers at Willow, "You don't have it"
"Wh..why you!" says Willow turning red.
"So Cordelia what has your inner dog howling."
"The fact that my prepaid costume got torched at Partytown"
While the three are talking, a dark-haired woman notices a frilly, red, billowy 18th-century gown. She quickly pulls the dress off of its dressmaker's mannequin and rushes to the counter.
"Fit for a Queen." says the owner Ethan, then notices a package of lace and buttons "Are you planning to make alterations?"
"Heavens no." says the woman, her voice speaking of arrogant and rich, "The maid will add them to my husband's costume. We wish to match for costume party. Now quickly, I have little time."
Ethan quickly sells the costume at in inflated price.
Xander watches as a little kid grabs and breaks the last toy rifle. Xander turns as Ethan tells the boy's mother she has to pay for broken mechandise.
Xander falls to the ground and sees another boy his age also on his ass. The young man has short dark brown hair and green eyes behind thin glasses. He's as tall as Xander and dressed in dark green shirt and black pants.
"Yeah. Sorry I wasn't looking where I was going?"
"Neither was I. A Bad Habit in this town."
"Yeah." says the founding Scooby getting to his feet, "My name's Xander."
"Nicholas" says Nich climbing to his feet.
Xander notices Nicholas is holding a red glove and a small painted steel cross.
"Got stuck with that Troll's so-called Volunteer program." says Nicholas, "I managed to find a costume, but this glove reminded me of a manga."
"It's a type of Japanese comic book." explains Nicholas, "Could have made a good costume."
"I just lost my costume idea." says Xander, pointing at the broken plastic on the floor, "I have the fatigues at home, but what's an army grunt without a gun?"
"I have all the clothing at home too. Add a wig or hair dye and maybe some of those contacts and the costume would be complete."
Xander and Nicholas stare at each other for a minute then smirk.
Buffy, Willow, and Cordelia are still looking threw costumes, when Xander and Nicholas walk over.
"Hey dweeb-boy, what did you get?" says Cordelia
"A friend that didn't cost a thing." says Xander.
"Unlike you, who has to pay for friends." says Nicholas
"At least I can afford better quality." says Cordelia gritting her teeth.
"Hey knock it off" yells Buffy.
"So what costume DID you get, Xander" asks Willow
"A brat ruined my costume idea, but Nicholas has a second one." explains Xander, holding up a tiny plastic bag, "Everything I need. Call me the Five-Dollar Costume King, baby!"
"Well, you can only find cheap, second rate trash at this place."
"I bet I could find a good costume." says Nicholas with a raised eyebrow
"Prove it, Nicky" says Cordelia
Nicholas walks over to a small shelf and pulls out a kit. The small plastic box has the picture of a woman's hand covered in complez designs. He also grabs a wig of long black hair.
"Do you have a tight black dress with black boots and long black gloves?" Cordelia nods. "This is a Mehendi kit. The application of henna dye as a temporary form of skin decoration."
"I'm not stupid, Nicky" says Cordelia, "I saw this in a fashion magazine. It's used at Weddings in South Asia and the Middle East. Those things need a lot of skill."
Nicholas pulls a pen from his pocket and writes on the back of a flyer. He then hands the wig, kit, and paper to Cordelia. The Elistist looks at the paper, then says, "You have to be kidding me."
"Nope. All Hallow's Eve, you will be the personifaction." says Nicholas, "Think about it this way. This is the one time of the year, you can get away with anything."
The Queen of Sunnydale thinks about it a minute, then goes to pay for the collection.
Nicholas and Xander then turn to Buffy and Willow.
"So you think you can help Willow and Buffy" grins Xander, "I like my girls in spandex, but maybe you have a few ideas."
Nicholas estimates Willows high and notices a wig, then looks at notices a piece of fake Jewelry.
Backroom Ethan's Costume Shop
Thursday, October 30th, 1997
Ethan Rayne sits before a plaster bust of Roman God of Duality reciting a long latin chant. The bust is sorrounded by a ring of bluish white tablets. Each tablet stands in a dish of water with a coupon of all things bound to it."Janus redimio Os. Hecate redimio Orbis. Iugum in Vultus quod Voluntas."
[Janus bind the Mask. Hecate bind the Circle. Union in Form and Purpose.]
Suddenly, the water ignites into blue-white flames. Flames which boiled across the tablets like an effervescent foam. In a second, the flames vanish leaving the unharmed tablets
"'cheap, second rate trash'" says Ethan, "You will regret that, princess"
Sunnydale High School Library
Rupert Giles, Buffy's Watcher, School Librarian, and former British bad boy, watches as the computer teacher Miss Calender enters.
"Hi Rupert." Miss Calender, "I'll need help with the safety program."
The former street-sorceror Ripper pauses.
"What kind of help?"
"Most of the costumes are very dark, so the Principal Snyder wants me to buy relfective tape." says Miss Calender with a sneer, "Not even Ethan's is open now."
"So what do you need."
"A place to hide from the little jerk"
Spike is watching the video that the vampire took of Buffy's fight.
"Here it comes. (watches) Rewind that. Let's see that again."
The vampire rewinds the tape as Spikes strolls around to another monitor.
Spike chuckles, "She's tricky. Baby likes to play."
The scene where she stakes the vampire with the sign replays.
"You see that? The way she stakes him with that thing? That's what's called resourceful. Rewind it again."
Drusilla comes from the other room, "Miss Edith needs her tea."
Spike holds his hand out to her, "C'mere, poodle."
Drusilla takes his hand, "Do you love my insides? The parts you can't see?"
"Eyeballs to entrails, my sweet. That's why I've got to study this Slayer. Once I know her I can kill her. And once I kill her you can have your run of Sunnyhell. Get strong again.
"Don't worry. Everything's switching. Outside to inside." says Drusilla, "The Slayer vanishs and the Fire appears."
"Really? Did my pet have a vision?"
"Do you know what I miss? Leeches."
"Come on, talk to Daddy. This thing that makes the Slayer vanish? When is it?"
"Tomorrow's Halloween. Nothing happens on Halloween."
"Someone's come to change it all. Someone new."
Backroom Ethan's Costume Shop
Later that Night.
Ethan comes through the curtain and kneels before his statue of Janus. He presses his hands together and winces in pain. When he pulls them apart there are wounds in his palms, and blood flows freely from them.
"The world that denies thee, thou inhabit".
He dabs the blood from his left hand with his right middle finger and smears it over his right eyelid.
"The peace that ignores thee,..."
He dabs the blood from his right hand with his left middle finger and smears it over his left eyelid.
" ...thou corrupt."
He dabs the blood from his left hand with his right middle finger again and smears a cross onto his forehead.
"Chaos. I remain, as ever, thy faithful, degenerate son."
The camera pans over the top of the statue from the woman's face on one side to the man's face on the other. The curcle of tablet glow faintly for a second.
Summers Home, 1630 Revello Drive
Friday, October 31, 1997
Joyce stares at the man before her. He's tall with wild white hair and dressed in black boots, black pants, and a black-and-white uniform jacket with decorative crosses. He has a tattoo-like mark over his left arm and his left hand is blood red, looking deformed, with an imbedded cross.
He looks very impressive! She thought the costumes of her daughters and Willow looked impressive in there cases.
"The name is Allen Walker, Exorcist."
Willow Rosenburg, Buffy Summers, and Dawn descend not as themselves but as Ryoko, Rei Hino, and a young Ifurita!
A few minutes later.
At the high school, children were arriving in costume to be taken trick-or-treating. There are many interesting costumes. There are no repeats, thanks to the spreading Cosplay theme.Buffy was thus standing in the hall by the stairs holding a clipboard, waiting for her charges.
Snyder brought them to her, as well as his own bad attitude. "This is your group, Summers. No need to speak to them. The last thing they need is your influence! Just bring them back in one piece, and I won't expel you." He started to leave...
The young woman bent down to the kids and said to the kids, "Hi."
Snyder said at once, "Ah, ah!"
Buffy straightened back up, and rolled her eyes.
Not far away, Xander in his Naraku outfit was briefing his group of kids - with his own special brand of Harris lore. "Okay, on sleazing extra candy: tears are key. Tears will normally get you the double-bagger. You can also try the old 'you missed me' routine, but it's risky. Only go there for chocolate. Understood?" The children all nodded their little heads. "Okay, then let's get going...We have a town to plunder and minds to cleanse."
A few hours later.
A student dressed as a generic airforce pilot was escorting his own group of the bratty little grade schoolers; and they walked by Buffy's group, coming back from a house.
The former LA blonde stopped and crouched down, to see what they'd gotten. She asked, "What did Mrs. Davis give you?"
They all pulled out toothbrushes, and the Chosen One almost blanched. "She must be stopped..."
The Slayer then got up, talking to her group of kids, "Let's hit one more house. We still have a few more minutes, before I need to get you back..."
Backroom Ethan's Costume Shop
In the back room of Ethan's shop, the man of the hour prepared himself to incant a spell in Latin.
Ethan nodded and finished the preliminaries. "Janus, evoco vestram animam. Exaudi meam causam. Carpe noctem pro consilio vestro. Veni, appare et nobis monstra quod est infinita potestas."
[Janus, I invoke your spirit. Hear my plea. Seize the night for your own reason. Come, appear and show to us that which is infinite power.]
A few hours later.
At a house elsewhere, Willow followed her charges along the porch to the front door. "C'mon, guys..."
One of the kids, who was wearing one of Ethan's favourite monster masks [from his old stock] on his head, rang the bell and stepped back. An old lady answered the door, and the kid with the mask pulled it down over his face.
All the kids chanted in unison, "Trick-or-treat!"
The lady smiled in genuine pleasure, "Oh my goodness, aren't you adorable!"
Back in the shop Ethan chanted, "Persona se corpum et sanguium commutandum est. Vestra sancta praesentia concrescet viscera. Janus! Sume noctem!"
[The mask transforms itself into flesh and blood. Your holy presence curdles the heart. Janus! Take the night!]
A wind began to blow on the streets, as Buffy sensed something wasn't quite right. Not far away at the residence where the old lady was with Willow's kids, the homeowner looked into her empty bucket and said, "Oh, dear! Am I all out? I could've sworn I had more candy..."
The kid wearing a red rubber cap with horns suddenly morphed into a horned, red-skinned real monster. The woman didn't notice and said, "I'm sorry, mister monster..." She bent down, "Maybe I..."
The kid with the green mask had changed into a demon also; so he grabbed the lady by the neck, and began to cold-bloodedly choke her.
The other children just screamed and ran away. Willow shouted in confusion, "No! Let her go!"
The red demon attacked the green one, and he let go of the woman. The two monsters started to tear at each other's throats as Willow kept shouting, "Stop! What're you doing?!"
The old lady quite sensibly ran into the house, and slammed the door shut. The former redheaded guardian of the children just ignored that and yelled, "Stop! Hey!"
Suddenly, a bolt of fiery energy shoots between them and destroys a section of a neighbor's garden. Where the 5-foot-6 human redhead stood is now a 5-foot-6 hybrid of alien Masu and descended Goddess with long cyan hair and glowing amber eyes.
"I don't know where I am, but Tenchi better be alright.
End of Chapter 01
Chapter 02: Sorrow
A dark haired woman dressed in black falls to her knees holding her chest. Just above her cleavage a symbol glows a fiery crimson red.
The symbol resembles a winged serpent eating it's own tail, the ancient symbol known as the Ouroboros. Inside the circle of the serpent's body are two overlapping equilateral triangles. The triangle underneath is upside down forming a six-pointed star like the star of david. There is a hole in the center of the star with lines cutting the top triangle into three pieces.
Suddenly, a column of swirling red light appears and the woman is reborn.
A tall man dressed in black with a fur-linded vest falls to his knees holding his arm as Ouroboros glows like fire. His skin turns pitch black as a red light shines. In his hands, a piece of red glass shaped like a jewel becomes a shining crimson stone.
A column of energy erupts and the Hellmouth quakes.
Ryoko Hakubi floats above the town of Sunnydale wondering where in the Universe she is.
The real Ryoko was born over 5,000 years ago . She was created by greatest mind in the universe Washu, using her egg cells as a base, so she's indirectly Washu's daughter. Washu's DNA was combined with that of amorphous but powerful creatures called the Masu to create Ryoko. She has three Gems that are the source of her full energy, which also came from Washu.
Washu was an extremely powerful goddess until she descended over 22, 000 years ago. The gem on Ryoko's left wrist were colored glass before Janus and Hecate's power made them real. The gem contains a third of power and memories of a Chousin goddess - one of three most powerful deities ever to exist in there demension- and now fills the new Ryoko's body with power far beyond Janus and Hecate's limits.
A small girl is sorrounded by a iridescent aura of green light. A green light that boiled across her changing form like an divine effervescent foam. With each surge, the trick-or-treater changes. The thin child form grows into a shapely, slender build woman standing 5 -foot-6. The girl's cute features shift to those of a mature beautiful woman. The child-turned-woman's blue eyes change to gray and her light skin pales to virtually white. Her straught brown hair lengthens and turns a wavy blue-white. Finally, the clothing changes from a black-and-light green dress to a multicolored bodystocking in gray and green with a long black coat and gloves. The woman also wears a veil over her hair, and two more attached to her wrists.
The green aura swirls away from her body and forms a column. In a blinding flash, the green light is gone revealing long ax-shaped object, with two large transparent green spheres set near the head.
The most powerful demon goddess of El-Hazard walks the Earth.
Rei Hino, Hikawa Jinja Miko (Hikawa Shrine Shinto Priestess), stares at the monsters and senses the immense aura of chaos penetrating the town and reacts the way she did from ages 14 to 16.
"Mars Crystal Power, Make-up!"
Rei is a reincarnation of the Princess of the Planet Mars, a member of a group of ancient warriors who defended a magical kingdom thousands of years ago. They died in a war with a amorphous energy being known as Queen Metallia, Queen Beryl, the corrupted Shitennou (four kings), and the forces of Dark Kingdom.
She was reborn to fight the Dark Kingdom's youma (monsters) in the 20th century and died fighting the most powerful to give her Princess a chance to stop Queen Metallia.
She was reborn again and continued the fight for two years. Against the Makaiju aliens and there Cardian monsters who fought for there survival. Against enemies from the future known as the Dead Moon Clan, and there synthetic monsters the Droids. Against the soul-devouring Deathbusters and there Daimons. Against the dream-devouring Dead Moon Circus and there phantasm-like Lemures. Then, there last battle against the fallen Sailor Galaxia, her Shadow Galactica, and there monsters, the Phages.
Now she calls that same power, the essence of sentient life, the soul of the fiery planet Mars. The chaotic power of Janus gave her the form, the great power of Hecate have her the magic, and now the power of Mars, also known as Ares, the God of War, fills her soul. Within the depths of her soul, the dark Slayer essense (Youki) reacts to the infusion of three divine powers, the life energy of the planets, and the senki (holy energy) of the Priestess.
A blinding red light shoots into the sky filling the evil hearts of demons with fear.
A man with white hair standing sorrounded by an aura of white-gold light. Within the depths of his being, something shines brightly. The strange holy material absorbs the divine energies and changes them, purifies them.
The monsters and demons around him fall to the ground, shaking and moaning in pain. Within there altered forms, the souls of innocent children shine.
The man grows a large white cape and his left arm transforms into a slim black claw.
"The name is Allen Walker, Exorcist."
Ethan's Costume Shop
Ethan collapses in exaustion and extreme pain. His hands are raw and burnt with charred palms. His entire body shakes with the energy drain and droplets of molten lead have scarred his body.
On the table, the bust of Janus glows a brilliant white and the circle of lead tablets are burning red hot. The air is filled with the smell of burning wood and burnt flesh.
"What the Bloody Hell!?!?"
Rupert Giles, street mage Ripper of the 70s and 80s, had been organizing his books, when the spell was cast. The massive surge of mystical energy was enough to overload his atrophied magical sense. Giles is now crawling off the floor and trying to regain his balance.
"Bloody Hell!" he yells as his head throbs.
Grabbing a fencing sword, Giles leaves the Library and walks out of the school. What he finds is disturbing is can feel pulses of magic going threw the school. As he exits, he finds a town filled with demons, strangely clad people and stranger monsters. People and monsters he recognizes from helping Miss Calender, the costumes of trick-or-treaters, volunteers, and there parents.
"How!? Who would...?"
Then he remembers what Miss Calender said, "Not even Ethan's is open now."
"Ethan. Ethan Rayne."
Giles turns to leave only to encounter three large werewolf-like creatures.
"Oh, Bloody Hell."
Ryoko has learned that she's still on Earth. In a small town in California in the United States. She learned that after punching the head a mini-demon threw a Newspaper stand. What's upseting is the date is all wrong menaing she's not just Lost, she's lost in another demension. For once, she wishes her mother was with her. Washu could get them home in a matter of minutes
"Hey boys looks like we found a hottie!"
Ryoko looks away from her unconcious opponents and follows the voices until she finds a strange sight. A group of humanoids with ridged face, fangs, and gold eyes have sorrounded a beautiful woman with long blue white hair.
"I am looking for Makoto."
"We don't know where your boy is, girl." says the leader of the group, "but I know what you'll be doing."
Ryoko feels angry and upset at being lost, and she sees the punks as an excuse to vent. Something inside her tells that it's OK to destroy them, unlike the others.
Small spheres of red-gold energy form around Ryoko, then gather in her palm in the form of a larger sphere. As she closes her hand, the energy ball forms in a sword of light. The golden blade is not a solid beam, but a long beam floating over a small sphere and a small rod floating underneath. The beams and sphere stay in a perfect line, while not connected to her closed fist.
The leader turns at the humming sound and is about to make a "Star Wars" comment, when Ryoko fliess forward, feet hovering about a foot off the ground. In a fraction of a second, the Leader's head is severed from his body. The head and it's former body explode into ash before they can hit the road..
While the vampires are in shock, Ryoko throws her sword like a javelin. It pierces one vampire and explodes. The vampire next to the target is also destroy as the swirling explosive force rips it apart.
The fouth vampire tries to attack Ryoko from behind, but the former space pirate elbows him in the chest, crushing the ribs. As he hits the ground, one of the fragments pierces the heart dusting him.
The fifth vampire tries to grab Ifurita as a hostage, but doesn't realize is Ifurita has double the strength of the strongest vampire let alone an idiot suunydale fledgling. She also has the Power Key Staff, which she uses to nearly break the vampire in two.
Ryoko and Ifurita stare at each other for a minute.
"I'm Ryoko Hakubi. Former Class A Space Pirate, demon of Masaki Shrine, and love of Tenchi Masaki" she adds the last part with a smirk.
"I'm Ifurita. Demon God, El-Hazard war machine and love of Makoto Mizuhara." says with complete truth.
The last vampire charges like an idiot with two long daggers. Ryoko and Ifurita don't even look, they just point there palms (Ryoko's left and Ifurita's right) and release two massive energy blasts. The vampire doesn't have a chance to do anything as he's vaporized along with the street and two empty houses.
Rei has not transformed in Sailor Mars, instead she stands the robes of a shrine maiden covered by black and red armor. Rei's face is emotionless with the symbol of Mars glowing on her forehead. When she awoke from the charred earth, she caused a bow of red-black wood to appear and began to shoot arrows at the various demons.
The arrows glow in her fingers and ignite into bursts of energy that detonate when they strike. The few vampires around instantly shatter into dust and the real demons scream as there bodies are burnt away. Those who are children and other people in costumes run away, there altered flesh smoking and bubbling.
Angel arrives, searching for Buffy, only to get a sacred arrow to the chest. In a burst of light, the soul of a Liam- a man who was a fool for 26 years and cursed for over a hundred- finally goes to his final Judgement. The demon spirit known as Angelus as shreeded and burnt away by the holy power leaving very little to enter hell. Angel's vampire body explodes into a shower of glowing dust, that fades leaving nothing behind.
Rei continues on like a machine. The Warrior Mars, the Slayer, and Priestess only agree on one thought, "Destroy Evil Now!"
Spike wishes he had stayed home. He should have lissened when Drusilla started screaming about God's Innocence, Heavenly Fire, and Demon Callers.
The Man once known as William the Bloody and William the Bloody Awful Poet gathered up his vampires and went out into the transformed Sunnydale. He thought it was neat. He thought a helpless Slayer would be easy meat for his minions and his new mini-demons.
First, he encountered a Shinto Priestess like the ones they had in Japan. He had encountered one after the Boxer Rebellion and was burnt badly before he managed to kill her. This Priestess had fired a bloody glowing arrow at him. If he hadn't used a couple of minions as shields, he wouldn't have escaped. He still ended up with nasty burns on his arms.
While he was running, ge felt the demon's cry and nearly wet himself. The devil's cry is an old legend of how if a vampire is killed by something truelly Holy, the cry of demon's destruction could be felt by all those of the blood, masters and childes. The old bastards once said that an ancient vampire, over 3000 years old, was stabbed by a sliver of the true crucifiction cross of Christ in 120-something AD. He was dust in an instant and his death cry could be felt half a continent away
Then, he encountered the white haired teen with the freaky red hand and weird black eye. He made his last mistake. These are Spike's last thoughts as his own demon crys as the boy's claws cut straight threw his body and spirit.
Allen watchs as the sparkling dust fades away, then continues to search for the source. He also wishes he had something to eat, he's starving.
The three savage werewolves have been chasing Giles for several blocks, with the Watcher proving to be resourceful despite his age. The leader of the group is largest with black fur, while the other two are blue-gray and gold-gray.
Giles has managed to stab the blue-gray twice and the gold-gray once, but each time the bloody wound heals in seconds. He's close to Ethan's store and is trying to reach the place despite his attackers.
Suddenly, Giles trips on a discarded bag of candy and the gold wolf lunges for the down Brit.
Giles looks up to see, the wolf's bloodstained mouth around a man's arm. A man who is standing in front of him like a living shield. The Librarian watchs as the werewolf falls back to reveal the man's pitch black arm. The arm shifts back to normal human skin tone revealing a complete lack of injuries, while the lupine's broken fangs and blood splatter to ground.
The blue-gray werewolf claws at the man in the fur-lined vest, but it howls as all the claws either break or dislocate. Giles's savior then drives a lightning fast punch into the wolf's face sending it flying.
The Alpha runs around and trys to attack from the side only to be hit by hair-thin lines. A fraction of a second later, creature's body comes apart into a dozen bloody pieces
A dark haired woman in a tight dress and long fingernails appears from the shadows.
The two werewolves growl in mindless rage and attack together not even considering the danger. The woman's fingers shoot out and lance the blue-white threw most of it's major organs. The man stops the other wolf with his palm as if he was a brick wall. He then stomps the werewolf's head crushing the skull like a grapefruit.
"Bloody. You do know..." says Giles
"That those Chimera were once human" says the woman, "They were mindless monsters. Better to put them out of there pain and misery."
"I don't care." says Greed, "You haven't been altered by tonight's events, so we can answers from you."
"How are you?" asks Giles and thinks, Who do you think you are, more likely
"My name is Lust" says the woman with a seductive smile.
"You can call me Greed." says the man with grin full of sharp pointed teeth.
Demons and Vampires have simple instincts. There attracted to sources of powerful dark or demonic energy, such as the Hellmouth. They are repelled by holy and divine objects. They have a pack mentality, in which the strongestof the group is the leader and since vampires are at the bottom of demon hiarchy they end up as minions to stronger and purer demons.
The demons of the Boca de Inferno, both real and transformed humans, sensed powerful sources of divine and holy energy, and for self-preservation are heading towards the largest source of dark energy. The Hellmouth is not the source for once, since it's power is being channeled. The concentration is the origin of tonight's chaos, Ethan's Costume Store.
Giles, Lust, and Greed arrive at Ethan's just as a large group of frenzied demons do. Greed as the ultimate shield protects Giles, while Lust's fingers become the blades that gave her the name "Ultimate Lance".
The first eight monsters are displaced quickly, pierced or sliced to pieces and left to dissolve. A large gray demon with bone lances extending from his forearms manages to tear a hole threw Lust, but she quickly kills the demon before it can retract. The wound in her stomach glows and closes, leaving not even a hole in tight dress.
Then the Big Three arrive. Three largest demons stand nearly 8 feet tall with muscular humanoid bodies. One has green-brown reptile skin with sharp claws. The second has white eyes, black skin, and a body covered in one inch blue-white spines. The third has rubbery burnt orange skin with a yellow eyed face lacking hair, ears, or a nose, just a lipless mouth filled with needle sharp teeth.
The first one jumps Greed. The monster lacks the strength to damage Greed's diamond hard body, but it has greater strengh. The Homunculus and the Demon lock hands and struggle back and forth. The end result is a stalemate.
The second monster trys to turn Giles into a pincushion and would have succeeded if it's prey wasn't a Watcher. Giles recognizes the demon from one of his old books and quickly begins to whistle. The spiny demon falls back clutching it's head. It's a tricky situation, as if Giles stops whistling for a second, the Wirbelsäulenmann will attack and fill him with it's poison spines.
The third one attacks Lust and to her shock the cuts she makes have little effect. The demon's body flows together like water reminding Lust of her fellow Homunculus Sloth. What's worse is the demon's liquid body is extremely corrosive.
A beam of energy arcs between Greed and his opponent, and his opponent's arms are severed. As the demon roars in pain, Greed notices his new friend is a tall womsn with long wavy blue-white holding a sword of light. He grins, which is disturbing with his sharp teeth, then attacks his disarmed opponent. Greed's black hands grab the demon's lizard-like head and with a twist the monster is dead.
The spine-covered demon is about to kill Giles, but Ryoko rises from ground. She's like some creature from of a Halloween film rising from the grave except she rises from solid concrete like a ghost. As she clears the ground, she becomes solid, then flips forward. Strands of Ryoko's hair shoot out like needles a pierce the demon's face. As the demon moans and stumbles, Ryoko forms another energy sword and runs forward. With a single upward vertical slash, the demon is bisected from crotch to the top head. The two pieces just slide apart and the other demons begin to back off.
Lust breaks free of the acid monster, her arms badly burnt but quickly regenerating. The acid monster trys to attack again and is pierced threw the forehead by an inch-thick beam of light. It does little damage and the hole flows back together. A second larger blast hit the monster's head and explodes, completely destroying it. Seconds later, the monster has regrown it's head.
"This could be a problem." says Ryoko, whose hand trails energy from her second shot.
A third attack in the form of a glowing arrow streaks by Ryoko, Ifurita, Giles and the Sins. It hit the ground underneath the acid monster and explodes into a blaze of white light. The monster crys out as it's consumed by the holy energy. When the light clears, the rubbery demon is dead and it's body has hardened into a powdery substance that is subliminating- changes from a solid into a gas.
The group turns to see the Warrior Priestess Rei slowly approaching.
"The chaos must be stopped" she says, her voice a mix of two, "The darkness must be cleansed."
"Giles there says he knows how to stop it" says Greed, "Me and Lust can go with him, while you girls keep the idiots away."
"Agreed" says Rei
"Sounds like a Plan." says Ryoko
Ifurita stands with Ryoko
Inside Ethan's Costume Shop
Giles and the two Sins enter the shop and look around.
Giles sees the curtain to the back room partially open. He slowly go in and see the statue of Janus there. The bust is pulsating slowly with energy, while the eyes burning an intense green-white flame. Arcs of energy travel across nearby surfaces. There is a circle of glowing tablets around the bust, which also pulsate with energy. Every few seconds an arc of black lightning travels from a random tablet to the statue.
"Janus. Roman mythical god." says Giles remembering his Roman-Greeco Mythology, "Division of self. Male and female, light and dark."
Ethan appears, "Chunky and creamy. Oh, no, sorry, that's peanut butter."
Giles stares at Ethan as though he's seen a ghost. Considering Ethan's drained, scarred form, he's not far off.
"What? No hug? Aren't you pleased to see your old mate, Rupert?"
"I'm just surprised I didn't guess it was you. This Halloween stunt stinks of Ethan Rayne."
"Yes, it does, doesn't it? Don't wish to blow my own trumpet, but it's genius. The very embodiment of 'be careful what you wish for'."
"It's sick, brutal, and it harms the innocent."
" Oh, and we all know that you are the champion of innocents and all things pure and good, Rupert. It's quite a little act you've got going here, old man."
"It's no act. It's who I am."
"Who you are? The Watcher, sniveling, tweed-clad guardian of the Slayer and her kin? I think not. I know who you are, Rupert, and I know what you're capable of. GAHHH!"
Ethan falls to the ground after Greed kicks with in the shin, breaking the leg.
"Hate to interfer with this little reunion, but I'm not known for my patience."
"Break the spell, Ethan. Then leave this place and never come back."
"Why should I? What's in the bargain for me?"
"You get to live." says Giles, Ethan, and Lust
"Oh, Rupert, you're scaring me."
Giles punches him in the gut with a left, making him double over, and follows up with a right to the face. Normally these attacks would just bruise, but the drain of spell and the magical burns make it extremely painful.
Lust nail lances cut into the floor between Ethan's legs.
"Start talking Ethan or Lust will make you even less a man."
"And you said the Ripper was long gone."
"Tell me how to stop the spell."
Ethan pauses and Lust makes a stabbing motion. Ethan shrieks like a little girl.
"Now, tell me how to stop the spell."
"Janus. Break its statue."
Giles tries to grabs the statue, but a powerful wave of energy sent flying into near full costume rack. He slowly gets up and turns to Ethan.
"Don't blame me for that." says Ethan wiping blood from his mouth, "The spell was only suppose to be skin-deep with Janus's eyes glowing, not full transformation and bloody lightning."
"What about the Curse Tablets!?" demands Giles.
"The defixio" says Ethan in pain, " The binding spell called Hecate powers to curse some kids who irritated me. It was suppose to increase the spells strength on those few and leave lasting memories."
"Mixing Janus and Hecate's magic!?!" yells Giles, "Ethan, you Stupid Git!"
"I do worship chaos." says Ethan, managing to get to his knees, "Those costumes took way to much energy. There not normal, run-of-mill costumes."
Suddenly, the door opens and a white haired man walks in.
"Who are you!?" says Greed
"My name is Allen Walker. I'm an Exorcist."
"This isn't a possession." says Lust
"No, but you need a weapon not of this earth to shatter the statue."
Allen lifts his left arm and Greed and Lust jump back. They can feel something about the mutated arm, something similar to the Priestess' arrows, but far more powerful.
Allen concentrates then thrusts his claw threw Janus' forehead.
The world goes white.
Greed becomes Nicholas, but remembers Greed's sins as a man and as a Homuculus. He remembers Greed's life and death as a mortal, his soul less rebirth as homunculus, his imprisonment, his escape, and his death at the hands of his creator and Edward Elric
"I'm greedy as hell, only out for myself. She always said it would be the death of me. [The Homunculi] pull the strings... now cut them. I'm counting on you, kid."
Lust becomes Cordelia, but remembers Lust's sins as a woman and as a Homunculus. She remembers her life as a woman of Ishabal, her soul less rebirth as homunculus, the lives she took under Pride and Dante's orders, and finally her final death.
"Maybe you are right. Where did I come from and where will I go when I die? Maybe all this time that is what I wanted: the freedom to find out."
In that moment, the two former homunculi understand the truth of there existance.
Nicholas and Cordelia understand there own sins and faults.
Ryoko becomes Willow, but remembers Ryoko's life. She remembers her enslavement to cruel madman, the deaths of millions of people and the destruction, she remembers the lonelyness, and she remembers her burning love for Tenchi.
Willow understands the kind heart hidden behind Ryoko's hard exterior and makes realizations about her own heart.
Ifurita becomes Dawn, but remembers Infurita. She remembers a cold emotionless birth, the destruction of cities and there people, the awakening, and his hand. Dawn remembers Ifruita's love of Makoto and it overwhelms her 10-year-old mind.
She also understands why she was born. The Key of Dagon needed to be protected so instead of just making it human and giving people fake memories, the monks arranged her birth in the past and fused the Key to her human soul. The Key that has replaced the Power Key, but not the hole in her heart.
Rei become Buffy. Buffy remembers all and her soul nearly shatters. She remembers her own life as Buffy Summers. She remembers her life as Rei Hino, Priestess and Reincarnated Warrior. She remembers her life as the Princess of Mars and her life in a magical kingdom. She remembers the Slayer, from parts of the First Slayer including her creation by the Shadow Men to parts of Kendra's life
Buffy understands her own weakness and the strength of others. She remembers Angel's death and crys as another piece of her is torn away.Buffy's world has shattered and now she must rebuild.
Allen becomes Xander and remembers He Remembers more than the others. He remembers Allen's life from his short life with mana, to fighting the Akuma, Noahs, and Millenium Earl with the Black Order, and the final battles to save humanity. He remembers the world of the Silver Millenium to the time of Crystal Tokyo. He remembers Ryoko's world from the time of her birth to Tenchi's Choice. He remembers El Hazard from Ancient days to when Ifurita and Makoto were reunited. He remembers the world of Alchemy, the people, the Gate, and the Truth.
Xander's mind remembers, but his mind can only recall few images. The energies and memories flow into Xander and change him. He is Xander Harris, Scooby and Friend. He is Alexander, a Protector of Men. He is One.
Giles and Ethan stand in an endless white void before an immense dark gate. They are sorrounded by costumes and pieces of Ethan's store. The gate opens to show it's inner darkness and the remains of Ethan's store are pulled in like an immense vacuum clear. Giles and Ethan see eyes open in the darkness. Many, many eyes all a shade of purple.
Ethan criess out as smoke-like black hands extend and grab his body.
Giles watches as Ethan's body dissolves as it's pulled into the darkness.
He sees something in the darkness, an image that fills his mind with a fragment of knowledge, a fragment of truth. Then the void vanishes and Giles finds himself in the crater that was Ethan's costume shop.
Giles now recognizes the people around him, despite there still altered forms. He also feels something. A Deep Sorrow, a Loss of Innocence.
End of Chapter 2