Chain Reaction, the End of the World - Revised
Title: Halloween World
Distribution: Please Ask
Disclaimer: I don't own anything. Buffy and other fictional characters are property of there creators and companies. This is a work of fan fiction for entertainment purposes only and no profit or offence is intended.
Summary: Another Halloween 2007 Fic. The Halloween spell goes too far. It doesn't change a town for a night; it changed the entire world forever. How will humanity survive in a world of eternal Halloween?
CHAPTER 01: Chain Reaction
Friday, October 31, 1997. It's Halloween night in one of Whedon-verses.
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.]
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 favorite 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 wave of energy spreads from the costume shop, building strength and power.
The first of those changed are only altered slightly. A child dressed in a demon mask becomes a mini-demon, limited in appearance and persona.
The spell grows larger and larger, as is the nature of chaos.
Cells are altered at a genetic level. Matter is broken down and reassembled. People become their costumes at the quantum level. Their very spirits are broken and remade. People of the world die and people of other worlds are reborn.
The spell grows beyond Sunnydale's limits, far beyond its caster's intent. It continues to grow and grow, building strength and speed, sending shock waves through the planet's ley lines.
In LA, the people at a corporate Halloween party, who never encountered Ethan Rayne, change into their costumes. A man dressed as Garou from the Werewolf: The Apocalypse RPG becomes a corporate wolf. A generic vampire becomes a member of the Lasombra Clan of White Wolf vampires
In New York, many little girls become princesses and either become helpless victims for the monsters or, if magical, use their fey magic to escape. Parents dressed as ghosts fall dead and rise as spirits as those who became ghouls feast on their bodies.
The change tears threw space and time, as the chaos magic infects reality. Parts of the world in which Halloween had past, are rewritten and there Halloween Nights are changed. The chaos consumes the world, leaving nothing behind.
In Ireland, many little boys become pirates, who rob, kidnap and murder their neighbors. Parents and guardians dressed as clowns just laugh at the chaos, as they stretch, deform, expand and contract their bodies into any form they can imagine.
In Scotland, those dressed as witches scream as their minds open to the magic around them. Parents dressed as cats become creatures ranging from common house cats to anthropomorphic cats to thrianthropes/shape shifters.
In England, the domineering, strict and ruthless head of the Watcher's Council, Quentin Travers is killed when a trick-or-treater becomes a pumpkin headed plant monster and sucks his blood out, the husk crumbling to dust like a vampire.
As the numbers of transformed rapidly increase, the differences between identical costume changes increase, leaving individuals with common traits.
Those children dressed as Marvel Comics' Spiderman don't all become the same person. One remembers his marriage to Mary Jane, while another remembers dating Kitty Pryde. One remembers a life as Ben Reilly and another battling Alchemax as the Spider-Man of 2099.
Even Janus cannot stop the flow, as the spell is fueled by chaos, the primordial state of existence from which the first gods appeared. The primal chaos that gave birth to the first god Gaia.
Sun Wukong, the Monkey King, was born from a mystical stone made of primal chaos. He brought chaos and destruction to the heavens. Now, the All Hollow's Eve spell shakes the new gods, The Powers That Be and the ancient demons Wolf, Ram, and Hart.
Back in Ethan's Costume Shop, Ethan screams as the chaos consumes him. A swirling amorphous darkness as dark as the void of space tears apart his body, his soul, his very existence. The bust of Janus glows brightly then explodes into a burst of light and energy, shooting into the sky.
The sky and earth part, as Sunnydale is covered in shadows. The Earth shakes and the whole moon becomes as blood.
END OF CHAPTER 01
NEXT Aftermath: a Changed World.