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This story is No. 2 in the series "Hunting the Night". You may wish to read the series introduction and the preceeding stories first.

Summary: Buffy has had an odd visitor. and she's baaack, now she needs the Slayer's help. Xander needs Buffy too, but for far different reasons! A team of heroes has been assembled, God help them.

Categories Author Rating Chapters Words Recs Reviews Hits Published Updated Complete
Literature > Vampire/Supernatural > Dracula
Multiple Crossings > Buffy-Centered
ArjaiHFR183865,43702927,08817 Nov 082 May 09Yes

Chapter Thirteen: White Wedding!


Disclaimer: Xander, Buffy, and anyone or anything else that pertains to BtVS belongs to Joss Whedon. Dracula belongs to the estate of Bram Stoker, or Francis Ford Coppola, or someone I think.
Larry Talbot, the Frankenstein Monster, and some others may belong to Universal Pictures.
NCIS belongs to Belisarius Productions, and CBS.
Ghostrider belongs to Marvel Comics, Dimension Films, Crystal Sky Entertainment, Columbia Pictures, and Sony (Whew!), and was played to perfection by Nicholas Cage!
This Disclaimer is getting longer than some Chapters I’ve read!
OCs belong to me, and as always I remain…the man behind the curtain.
“Spoken Word”
*Private Thought*
#Mental Communication#
##Slayer Dream##

Chapter Thirteen: White Wedding!

Lyrics: White Wedding

Hey little sister what have you done
Hey little sister who's the only one
I've been away for so long (so long)
I've been away for so long (so long)
I let you go for so long

It's a nice day to start again (come on)
It's a nice day for a white wedding
It's a nice day to start again.

Artist: Billy Idol, Songwriter: William M. A. Broad 1989

Buffy and Xander never did understand just how Mina did what she did! They just saw the results. As if by magic the castle’s chapel was decorated by dozens of beautiful flower arrangements with a white carpet down the center aisle. Xander was given an 1890’s style tuxedo, with a black velvet opera cape lined with red satin, very Draculean. An old style satin wedding dress trimmed in lace complete with a Spanish style lace mantilla was delivered to Buffy’s room with a note:

“Dear friend,
The dress before you is the one I wore at my wedding with Vlad in 1940, before that it was worn by my oldest sister at her wedding in 1893. Consider it the ‘something borrowed’ in your impromptu trousseau. You have become like a sister to me twice now in everything but blood. I wish you only the best in your life with your White Knight.
Mina Murray-Harker-Dracula.

At 6:30 pm Gibbs came to Xander’s room and assisted him in tying his tie, and on the way out the door Xander tripped twice on his own feet. The boy was very nervous, but Jethro had him well in hand. He was led downstairs to the chapel and up to the altar. Jethro stood next to him, Oz and Johnny acted as ushers.
At precisely 7:00 pm the wedding march began to play and the doors at the far end of the chapel opened Ziva dressed in a pale grey satin gown, acting as flower girl, and Connor in a white tux as the ring bearer entered first. They were a bit old for the roles, but they had wanted to fill them just the same. Abby dressed in a black satin gown trimmed in red and white was next; followed by Drusilla dressed the same, and looking equally beautiful. Each held a small bouquet of deep red roses.

Xander held his breathe.

Buffy dressed, all in Mina’s white 1880’s wedding gown and holding a huge bouquet of mixed red and white roses on Ducky’s arm. Ducky beamed as if Buffy was his own child. The tux Ducky, Gibbs, and the ushers wore were similar to the one Xander wore, but without the cape.
Xander’s brain went on a long vacation at that point. She was, at that moment, the most beautiful woman in the world!

Suffice it to say that, somehow, they got through the wedding with no problem.
Neither the bride, nor the groom, however, could ever remember any of the details of the ceremony except the ‘I Dos’ and the ‘You may now kiss the bride’ part.

The reception followed immediately. The congratulations flowed freely as did various adult beverages! A magnificent dinner was served for the living members of the guest list.

It also appeared that the two missing members of the Nighthunters had arrived. Hannah Ashford was a tall woman with an athletic figure, not a weight lifter, more like a runner. She was a slim young woman with a nice figure.

The second Nighthunter was the real surprise! The young, vivacious, child-like archeology professor was none other than Professor Winifred Burkle! Once again none of Team Slayer mentioned her counter part in their dimension, or her sad fate.

The culmination of the evening was when Buffy threw the bouquet and Ziva caught it. Connor caught the garter, with a huge grin on his face.

The rest of the evening went well, but soon it was time for Buffy and Xander to disappear into the East wing bedroom suite that they were to occupy for their wedding night.

It was when they were nearing the suite’s entrance arm in arm that Buffy began to have a strange feeling of déjà vu. The hallway was familiar, but she placed it far too late. Her Spidey Sense was kind of on the fritz with so many vampires in residence! Her vision went black and there was pain oh so much pain.

Buffy awakened slowly. As her vision cleared, at the end of the hallway she saw Drusilla dressed in a bright red Edwardian gown. The vampiress had her teeth deep into Xander’s neck. She was sucking the life out of him. She rose to her feet, rage filling her soul. She had trusted Drusilla, treated her like a friend! She started to run to them but she felt like she was running through quicksand. She realized that she had been heavily drugged, Buffy was getting close to them, but she tripped, falling heavily to the floor. "Nooooo!" she screamed. Then wonder of wonders suddenly there were two Drusilla’s. The one in red dropped Xander as the one dressed in black grabbed her by the shoulder and spun her around to face her.

“The Kitten belongs to Buffy! And to me! He's my friend,” she growled, her face changing not to the demonic vamp of Buffy’s world, but to one more of a bestial nature with long glistening fangs. “The stars say that I am the only Drusilla to live in this realm. Evil Drusilla is to become dust,” with that she slammed an oaken stake into the red clad Dru’s heart! That Drusilla did not turn to dust as she would have in the Slayer's dimension, she simply dropped to the ground. The black clad vampiress grabbed an axe from the coat of arms on the wall and used it to behead her evil counterpart.

She crouched next to Xander cradling his head in her arms, “don’t die Kitten,” she pleaded,”Slayer needs you, and Drusilla needs you. You are her true love and my only true friend”

Buffy passed out, the drugs taking full effect.

(Author’s Note): Short sweet and to the point. Don’t ya’ just love cliffhangers! :D
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