I don't the X-Men, those belong to Marvel Comics and were created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
Buffy the Vampire Slayer was created By Joss Whedon and all the characters with the BTVS TV series are his as well.
The Thundercats were created by Ted Wolf and currently belong to Warner Brothers, at one point in time Marvel comics did do a run of the them in comics form, although DC comics do them now.
Doctor Stephen Strange was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko
This is a piece of fan fiction. I make no claim to the characters within it and am not writing this to gain any form of profit. This is mostly done for my own amusement and I hope for the enjoyment for the handfuls of people reading it.
“It's been two months and we haven't gotten to New York yet... What's next on the list?” Cordelia asked him as she idly stretched in the bench seat behind the driver's seat.
“Boston, DC and then New York. Thanks for putting up with my tourist stops. The biggest ball of twine was kind of a disappointment.” Xander said. “Protective dome. Bah!”
“It's fine, that incident in Vegas was my fault. I didn't know those tigers would react like that.” Cordelia said.
“Well, no one got hurt, although I'm banned from any of those shows involving large cats in that city for life.” Xander said with a shudder. Those cats had been way too affectionate.
“So what's in Boston?” Cordelia asked him.
“Architecture and the current Slayer. She was there when she was called. They may have taken their show on the road since then.” Xander said.
“You don't know?” Cordelia asked him. “What about... you know...” She said with a grin.
“It's good for fighting actual evil Cor, I don't want to try to abuse it till we see the Doc. Still, it's been a heck of a trip. I still can't believe how much trouble we've gotten into.” He said while shaking his head.
“That thing in Nebraska? That was messed up.” Cordelia said. “Still, those stops at the state parks...” she shivered a bit. “Those, were fun.”
“We did get a bit loud didn't we?” He said while grinning stupidly. “Good times.”
“Yeah.” Cordelia said before looking at her map. “Take the next exit.” She told him.
“Will do.” Xander said before hitting the turn signal.
“You said this place had good architecture.” Cordelia said before punching him in the arm.
“It did, I guess they're still rebuilding.” Xander muttered as the teens were walking around Downtown Boston.
“Any idea where this Slayer is?” Cordelia asked him.
“Nope.” Xander said with a shrug. “It's still daylight.”
“Point. You know Massachusetts is a Big Game state.” Cordelia said coyly.
“Really?” Xander asked her with a sigh. “I'll buy one ticket. That's all.” He told her.
“Good.” Cordelia said before kissing him. “Now then, let's go get that ticket. After that we can visit some of those churches you were telling me about.”
“Deal.” Xander said before they headed into a bodega.
“Nice pipes eh?” Xander asked her.
“It is an impressive organ.” Cordelia admitted.
“It's only half functional though.” Xander told her.
“You're donating money again aren't you?” She said with a sigh.
“Yep.” Xander said with a grin.
“What am I going to do with you?” She said exasperatedly.
“Make sure I don't spend everything?” He said with a wiggle of his eyebrows.
“One of us has to have some money sense.” She said matter-of-factly.
“Considering the fact the most expensive piece of clothing I'm wearing are my shoes? You sure it's you?” Xander asked her.
“Cargo pants and t-shirts aren't exactly fashionable.” She said as she smoothed down her dress.
“I know. I dress up when I have to.” Xander defended. “You made sure I have the suits needed. Day to day wear thing is something else.”
“Right. Leave something in the collection plate and we can go.” Cordelia said.
“Right.” Xander said before writing a check. “Let's go.”
“Any sign of her?” Cordelia asked him from the rooftop they were standing on.
“Nope. I'll ask the Doc about it when we make it to Greenwich Village. It looks like Boston's a dud.” Xander sighed.
“We've still got a few days left in the suite. Let's enjoy it.” Cordelia told him as she hugged him.
“Have I told you that you're wonderful lately?” he asked her.
“No, not lately. Now, back to the room.” She commanded.
“Yes Dear.” Xander said before they faded from sight.
“You amazing son of a bitch!” Cordelia said as she stared at the TV. “One ticket!” she said with a laugh.
Xander sighed. “Not again. I'm donating a quarter of mine to the local schools and a quarter to local churches in need of help.”
“You and charity.” She said with a shake of her head. “Though I can understand the schools bit. Some of the ones here need some serious cash.”
“It's true everywhere Cordelia, well except for home where we don't have to worry about overpopulation.” Xander said with a sigh. “We'll stop by the offices tomorrow.”
Both teens turned their heads at an angle as they looked at the painting.
“Let's look at the normal art, this modern stuff gives me a headache.” Xander said after a few minutes of staring.
“I thought the puzzle eye pictures were bad.” Cordelia said as she tried to uncross her eyes. “Let's go see something else. I heard there's a presidential portrait museum somewhere.”
“Yeah.” Xander said. “You okay?”
“Give me a second.” She said while blinking and almost falling over. “I'll never understand modern art.”
“Me either.” Xander agreed
New York City...
“Well, New York, New York.... We're here.” Xander said with a grin.
“And we're stuck in traffic! How are we supposed to find a parking spot! We've been in gridlock for like an hour!” Cordelia whined.
“Well, I suppose I could get us out of here.” Xander said with a grin.
“You can teleport the van? Why didn't you say so before?” She demanded. “We could have found a parking space hours ago!”
“I know a nice little spot outside the city I can park, almost no questions asked.” Xander assured her.
“Where?” She asked.
“Bayville.” Xander told her. “I know some people there.”
“Where is that?” She asked.
He told her.
“Oh. You'll bring us back here right? I want to see a show tonight.” Cordelia asked him.
“Of course.” Xander said and the van vanished from traffic.
It's space was filled moments later when the cars behind it crept forward.
Xander and Cordelia blinked as a set of machine guns appeared from under the well trimmed lawn moments after the car appeared on the pristine driveway.
“I guess I should have called first.” Xander muttered.
“Yeah. You should have.” Cordelia said. “Are we in trouble?” she asked him.
“I don't think so. We can explain it once someone... Hang on.” He said as he felt a tickle in his brain.
“What is it?” She asked.
“The main guy here's a telepath. We're talking.” He told her.
“Oh, swell.” She said. “You know, this place looks nice. We should get something like this someday.”
“It's supposed to be a school for wayward mutants.” Xander told her.
“Won't that be real costly for maintenance?” She wondered.
“I'd say so.” Xander said as he watched the machine guns retract. “We can park it in the garage.”
“How big is this place?” She asked.
“Dunno. Didn't really get a square footage last time. Why?”
“It's a nice day out. I'm up for a picnic if you are.” She said.
“I'll see what we can do.” Xander assured her as he put the van in park.
Logan greeted him as he got out of the van. “Is that a DoomMobile?” he asked him after staring at the van for a moment.
“It is.” Xander agreed.
“Then why did you stop when the guns were pointed at you?” Logan wondered.
“Paint job.” Xander explained.
“Ah. Welcome back. Who's the girl?” Logan asked.
“Oh, Logan, this is my girlfriend and fashion advisor, Cordelia Chase.” Xander said as Cordelia got out of the van.
“She's dating you?” he asked after looking her up and down.
“I'm stepping down, I know.” Cordelia said with a grin. “You own this place?” She asked.
“More of a caretaker. Chuck's inside.” Logan told her. “You remember the way?” He asked Xander.
“I do.” Xander said with a nod. “Things been going okay here?”
“Mostly. Spent a lot of time getting this place in shape. Should be getting some students soon.” Logan said.
“Cool.” Xander said while Cordelia began looking around the mansion. “You guys get a bigger pantry?”
“Walk in freezer and fridge too. You pointed out that particular flaw.” Logan said with a bit of a growl in his voice.
“I was hungry.” Xander whined. “It happens. I can totally pay for it now.” He assured the man.
“Good.” Logan said. “Seriously. What does she see in you?” he asked Xander.
Xander shrugged. “She likes me and I get her shiny things some times.”
“Is she... one of us?” Logan asked “Her hair is a little unusual.”
“Not that I know of. The prof could find out if she has the gene. Though I doubt it.” Xander said.
“Does she know?” Logan asked.
Xander just shifted back to his normal fuzzy self and smiled. “Hard for her not to since we share a bed. I can't keep a normal appearance when I'm sleeping.”
“So, you guys have a guest house here?” Cordelia asked.
“Nope.” Logan said. “Though we have different quarters for students and staff. Even have some adjoining suites.”
Cordelia looked at Xander who shrugged. “Are there any community colleges around here?” He asked.
“Two in the county.” Logan told him. “You guys thinking of moving in? We could use the help.”
“It sounds like a good idea. I mean we can afford otherwise, but we could do some good here right?” Xander asked.
“I guess. You'd have to run it by Chuck though.” Logan said. “No more mischief with Ororo either okay?”
“Can't promise that. Trouble seems to follow me.” Xander told him.
“No deliberate acts then.” Logan countered.
“I'll try.” Xander promised.
“So you're willing to volunteer your time here?” Charles Xavier asked the two teens.
“Sure. We can afford to work without pay.” Xander said with a shrug.
“I'd still feel better if you took some pay, minimum wage. It's more for tax purposes than anything else.” Xavier explained. “You should both be able to get into one of the local community colleges with no trouble. It would be best if you went during regular high school hours so you can be here to help the students when they get back.”
“Cool. So can we get a room?” Xander asked.
“As a matter of fact we do have some available.” Xavier said. “Why don't I show you what we have, and you take your pick?”
“That'll work.” Cordelia said.
“Good. Alexander, if you're going to end up doing any... field work, it might be best if you have a code name.” Xavier told him.
“Okay. That sounds reasonable. You guys already have one or do I have to come up with something?” Xander asked.
“Logan came up with due to your abilities and playful nature last time you were here. How does 'Cheshire' sound?”
“Like the cat?” Xander wondered.
“It suits you.” Cordelia told him.
“I'll take it.” Xander agreed.
“Good. Now, lets get you two settled.” Xavier said before wheeling out of his office with the two teens following after him.
“Feel better?” Xander asked Cordelia after she came out of the shower.
“Much. I see you got the van unloaded.” She said as she looked over the room.
“Your welcome. I'm thinking about getting an apartment somewhere in Manhattan as well. Maybe a few basement apartments. Cheap, and possible to buy. Sublet a few, have the rest as hiding spots.
“Sounds somewhat reasonable. But why not a penthouse?” Cordelia asked.
“Kind of flashy isn't it? We should work our way up. After College, we could upgrade.” Xander offered.
“You're weird.” She told him.
“It's good to not forget where you come from.” Xander reminded her. “It wasn't too long ago you were flat broke remember?”
“I know. Now, where did you put my underwear?” She asked him with a grin.
“Why don't I show you?” Xander said with a leer.
Scott and Jean looked up from their summer reading.
“What is that noise?” Jean asked her friend.
“I don't know. Maybe someone's watching a horror movie elsewhere in the house.” Scott said with a shrug.
The two teens went back to their reading while Logan made a note to get some soundproofing material as well as set up an intercom system.
“So what show do you want to see tonight?” Xander asked her as she got her breath back.
“I was thinking of a musical, but I could go for a comedy.” She said.
“How about both?” He offered.
“A musical comedy? What's playing?” She asked.
“We'd have to look. I also want to visit Doctor Strange today. After that we can pick up a guide or something.”
“You want to visit this... guy you told me about?” She asked.
“Yep. If you don't mind. He's the real reason I wanted to come back to New York aside from it being a city that never sleeps.” Xander said.
“Well let me get dressed, you should probably do the same.” She advised.
“He lives in Greenwich Village?” Cordelia asked skeptically.
“He fits in nicely. People don't even take a second glance at the building.” Xander said as he pointed out the Doctor's Sanctum Sanctorum.
“Oh.” Cordelia said before staring at the building. “Why didn't I notice it before?” She asked him.
Xander looked at her.
“Right, magic.” She said with a nod. “Let's go in then.”
“Alexander, welcome.” Wong said as he opened the door before the two teens could knock.
“Wong. This is Cordelia, my girlfriend.”
“I am Wong.” He said to her with a small bow. “My master is expecting you two.”
“A butler, we could get a butler.” She said to Xander.
“Either we get a Snarf or nothing.” Xander told her.
Wong looked like he was going to say something but decided against it. He led the two teens inside.
“Alexander, I see you've gained an Eye of your own.” Stephen Strange said as a way of greeting.
“I have Doc. What can you tell me about it?” Xander said as he shifted back to normal and let the sword and shield surface from under his skin.
“It's...quite different this time around isn't it?” Stephen asked Xander. “May I?” He asked the teen.
Reluctantly, Xander handed him the sword. The Eye lit up immediately.
“Well hello to you too.” Stephen muttered as he looked into the Eye. “It's a straight link to the Astral form of the Cat.” He said quietly. “A unique sort of power and you could attract some other near avatars, though those are usually dealt with by another...”
“What do you mean Avatar?” Cordelia asked.
“You remember the Hyena incident I told you about?” Xander asked her.
“It's close to that, but more complicated. Ancient people's used to speak of spirit animals, totems. It ties into that. Alexander is linked to cats by both his physiology as well as mystically. There is one in this city who is connected to spiders in a similar way. He too was chosen, though in a different fashion. You'll probably run into him from time to time.” Doctor Strange told him.
“So what can you tell me about the sword?” Xander asked.
“It's yours, made of your bone and flesh mostly. As long as you don't use it for any foolish ventures that it's not meant for, it will serve you well. If you abuse it, well it will find another suitable wielder.” Strange told him.
“I knew most of that already.” Xander muttered.
“That'll happen.” Stephen said with a grin. “Now I recommend 'A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum'. Great musical comedy.”
“Cool, where?” Xander asked.
Strange told him. “Be sure to dress appropriately.” He reminded the two teens.
“Don't worry, we will.” Cordelia assured him. “It was nice meeting you.”
“Before we go, where is the Slayer now?” Xander asked.
“She and her Watcher have joined up with a seer and an ensouled demonic vampire. They currently travel place to place, saving people, righting wrongs.” Doctor Strange said. “It's quite humorous how they met. It was an a Senior Citizen's home that had recently been nested by a Beozar...” He began to explain....
Xander and Cordelia appeared in their guest quarters still laughing from the good doctor's story.
“He was working in a retirement home... I've heard those are hellish places to work.” Xander said with a laugh.
“True. Now that we have some tickets, it's time for a decent meal then a night out on the town.” She told her boyfriend.
“Agreed.” Xander said. “Let's see what's going on here before we head back to the city.”
After a brief, but enjoyable dinner where Cordelia was introduced to the two younger teens as well as to Ororo who did her best to not look directly at Xander, the two teens went to get dressed for the show they intended to see.
“Have fun tonight kids.” Logan told them.
“We will.” Xander promised before the two teens vanished from Xavier's School for Gifted Children.
The two teens reappeared in a back alley a few blocks south of the theater they were going to. They quickly navigated their way towards the place in question and headed inside to enjoy the show.
After the show ended, the two teens took a cab Central park so they could experience one of the city's famous carriage rides. They didn't make it that far.
“What's with the holdup?” Xander asked the cabbie.
“Some fight going on up the block. Spider-Man's fighting the Rhino.” The cabbie said after calling in his location on the radio.
Xander and Cordelia sighed. “What's the fare if we get out here?” Xander asked their driver.
The cabbie told him and Xander paid the man plus a decent tip before the two teens got out.
“I'm going to help if you don't mind.” Xander told Cordelia.
“Take me back first would you?” She asked him.
Xander nodded before the two teens moved into an alley so they could vanish safely.
A moment later Xander was back and he touched his arm for a few seconds and was in his uniform. “Magic is good sometimes.” He muttered before he headed upwards and towards the sounds of battle.