Author’s Note: inspired by Marcus Rowland’s story “...Or Maybe Midgets”
Disclaimer: Buffy the Vampire Slayer and all associated characters are property of Joss Whedon, Mutant Enemy Productions, United Paramount Network, and Fox Television. Heroes and all associated characters are property of Tim Kring and NBC. This work is not for profit, and no ownership of aforementioned copyrighted material implied, nor any infringement intended.
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Hiro staggered. This was not the city he was looking for. Yet again, something had knocked him off course from his intended destination. At least it wasn’t New York after the bomb.
He stood, uneasily taking in the busy street scene around him. Something was definitely not right. There—one anguished woman was ranting about her unfaithful husband to a sympathetic listener. The second woman actually seemed to relish the display of rage as she toyed with her strange necklace.
“Done,” she uttered as her face turned hideous and her eyes shone will malevolent glee.
Hiro stumbled backwards in shock. “Aieee! Monster!”
The veiny-faced monster turned toward him. “And you, you little traveling freak. What have you accomplished? Nothing!”
Hiro tried to make sense of the monster’s words. She acted as if she knew him, but Hiro was sure they’d never met. Then his uncertainty vanished. “I will go back; do it again.” Hiro nodded to himself and the world changed around him. He found himself on the same sidewalk, and observed the disguised monster approach the crying woman sitting at the bus stop.
Hiro rushed over. “Miss, do not listen to that strange woman. She is up to no good.”
The monster flashed her true face at Hiro, and he paled. “You dare thwart my will,” she rasped. Her face changed back to that of a haughty human, who focused again on the distraught woman, clearly dismissing Hiro. “C’mon, don’t you wish something bad would happen to your husband?”
“No! Don’t do it,” Hiro shouted. “Do not speak to her.”
“Go ahead! Wish!”
“God, I wish both you weirdos would just leave me alone.”
“Done,” the monster said in a sulky voice.
“Whaa?” Hiro blinked, confused.
The monster with the strange necklace shook her head in annoyance. “C’mon, hero, let’s go.”