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Summary: When Prof. Charles Xavier and two of his students visit LA for a genetics conference, things take a few unexpected turns. (See Author's Notes for Disclaimers)

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Author's Notes

UPDATE: July 19, 2002

As some of you may have noticed, a couple of passages have been changed since this story was originally let into the wild. I hope that no one is too horribly upset that the Men In Black are no longer visible here, but with some of the things I’ve got planned out for the future, this will make a lot more sense when certain things start to happen. I also felt the Epilogue was needed to clarify a few points in Preludes to Heartbreak. ...djb


Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and all related characters belong to Joss Whedon, Dave Greenwalt, Mutant Enemy Productions, and Fox.

The X-Men and all related characters belong to Marvel Entertainment and Fox.

Nick Fury belongs to Marvel Comics (and is based on the Brian Michael Bendis version of Fury from the Ultimates and related series. Nick Fury originally created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby).

The Smoking Man belongs to Ten-Thirteen and Fox (anyone else notice a theme here?)

The Chronicle belongs to Sci-Fi (and I’ve just found out it’s been canned, crap!)

VI (or Vanadis Investigations) and all related characters belong to me. Well, maybe not Pangor, he’s a little particular about that sort of thing.

There is no money being made from this. It’s just for the fun of it.


Feedback: YES!!!!

Archiving: Sure, just drop me a note to let me know where.

Original Character usage: Ask first, please. There’s a lot left to explain about these characters. But I would be willing to work with anyone who wanted to use them. Most likely.

Timeline: This story takes place towards the end of Buffy season five and Angel season two. It’s been a bit over a year since the events of X-Men the Movie. There are a few changes to cannon on all of the above that were necessary for a story of this nature. I’ve also combined the personalities of several of the movie characters (most notably, Ororo, whom I’ve decided really needed the blue eyes and regal bearing, and Sabretooth, who’s always been far more cunning and intelligent then shown in the film), with their comic book counterparts, and brought in a couple of characters that currently only exist in the comics universe.


That’s it. End of story.

Well, not really.

What started out as a simple little tale evolved into something I had no idea was coming. And the worst part is, this is all lead up to something else now. I’ve got some other ideas in mind, and sooner or later they’re going to end up coming out. If you want to see them, let me know!

There are a few things I want to comment on.

Scott’s guitar playing, and his being found by Xavier as told to Dawn, were inspired by Minisinoo’s wonderful fiction. If you haven’t read it, check out:

I’d rank this among the best I’ve ever seen.

As I stated at the beginning, this is set in a combined universe of BtVS and X-Men: The Movie. Even though I brought in some characters from the comicverse, the overall character structure and event line should be viewed from a movie perspective.

However, having said that:

Wolverines dialogue in the cave (post demon slice-n-dice) was adapted from Uncanny X-Men #96, as was Storm’s while escaping the cave in. Storm’s speech to Glory was adapted from Uncanny X-Men #97. The exchange amongst Buffy, Jean, and Scott on their way to the caves re: Remy was adapted from a similar discussion in X-Men #1. Chris Claremont originally wrote all of these, and they just screamed in my brain to be used.

The Buffy/Angel Timeline should be considered cannon through season 5/2 and the first part of season 6/3. After that, should I continue with my plans, we go into a serious Alternate Universe situation.

…oh, and if you think I’ve left anything hanging, I haven’t. It’s just that this part of the story is done…

I truly hope you’ve enjoyed reading this as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it.


Dorian Blackthorne
aka The Owl

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