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This story is No. 1 in the series "The Two-Dollar Green Lanterns". You may wish to read the series introduction first.

Summary: When two dormant Green Lantern rings are sold for two dollars at Ethan's, life in Sunnydale won't be the same. Response to Challenge 3146.

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DC Universe > Green LanternRubyPaladinFR13510,89323920,5216 May 096 Jun 09Yes

NOTE: This chapter is rated FR15

Origins, Part Two


Author’s Notes: Yes, I’m putting a certain “Key” individual in this story.

Chapter Two

Origins, Part Two

Rupert Giles stared at the inferno that had once been his old ‘friend’s costume shop. Had the Green Lantern that Mr. Osbourne had turned into hadn’t pulled him away from the blast, he would have been in it. Now, Oz was battling with a neko alien woman that was part of the Sinestro Corps who seemed intent on killing the teenager. Before a flurry of yellow arrow constructs could hit him, Oz managed to pull him behind a nearby building.

“Giles, what are you doing here?” He asked.

“I was in the neighborhood.” Giles replied.

“The ring’s artificial intelligence detected the yellow ring that Cat Girl over there is using and Pelsner, the Green Lantern who use to have this ring, came to intercept.” Oz told him.

“Surely, there must be someway to defeat her.” Giles stated.

“You don’t think I’m trying?” Oz asked. “Seriously, if we survive this, remind me to acquaint whoever is responsible for this to a sciencell on Oa.”

Giles gestured over at the costume shop that was up in flames. “I highly doubt that you’ll have the opportunity to do that.” He replied.

“Well, that bites.” Oz said before dodging another attack from the fear-colored ring bearer.

“Species: Hektaran. Native to Sector 3456.” The ring spoke to Xander. “Caution: this species possess four times the physiological standard of humans. They also gain strength from drinking mammalian blood.”

Xander looked up and silently cursed whomever might have been listening. “Great, not even three minutes into the ‘job’ and I’m fighting a space vampire.”

At the mention of vampire, Buffy stepped forward in her “I’m the Slayer so you have to do whatever the hell I say” stance. She looked up at Xander.

“Xander, get out of here.” She exclaimed. “I’ll handle the space vamp.”

Cordelia walked up behind the Slayer and pinched a nerve cluster on the blonde’s neck which caused her to lapse into unconsciousness. She slung the girl over a shoulder, a little surprised about how strong she was, and walked back over to Jason and Angel.

“Thanks, Cordy.” Xander said. “Now, get out of here.”

The quartet ran out of the warehouse dragging the children along and the Hektaran shook his head. Xander turned his attention back to the matter at hand. The Sinestro Corps member pointed his ring at him and fired an energy blast at the teen who easily dodged it. He could hear laughter come from the Hektaran.

“What makes you think you can possibly handle me, boy?” He asked.

“I don’t know.” Xander said smiling. “But I’ve got the willpower to try.”

“And you will fail.” The Hektaran said firing another blast.

Willow’s eyes opened up to see a vampire be dusted as an alien in a blue uniform landed before her. His eyes seemed both haunting yet saintly as if he had seen many disturbing things but wouldn’t dare let any harm come to her.

“Hello, Willow.” He said. “I am Saint Walker of the Blue Lantern Corps.”

“How do you know me?” She asked.

“Ganthet and Sayd, the former Guardians of Oa, had been watching you for the past three days.” Walker said. “They have asked me to meet with you and offer you the chance to enter the Blue Lantern Corps.”

Walker held out the ring and watched as if floated over to the human girl who plucked it out of the air. She stared at it as if it was the most precious thing in the universe.

“But how did you dust that vampire?” She asked.

“That unholy creature was dusted by my presence alone.” Walker informed her. “Hope is the very source of our power, young one. A religion, for lack of a better word, that we use to aid the Green Lantern Corps.”

“I understand now.” Willow said nodding her head. “You’re kinda like a priest.”

“In a way, but I as well as you might be if you allow yourself to be both powerful and powerless.” Saint Walker explained. “The Blue Lantern Corps exist to aid the Green Lantern Corps in a prophesied ‘War Of Light’. Unless we are near a Green Lantern, the only thing our rings can do for us is flight, communication, and limited protection. With a Green Lantern in proximity however...”

“What?” She asked.

“Myself and Brother Warth have reverse-aged a dying sun eight point six billion years into a blue dwarf using the hope of the people in the star system.” Saint Walker said to her.

“Wow.” She said.

The odd couple, odd by the standards of Sunnydale, walked down the street. The Blue Lantern kept explaining to her what powers would be available to her should she choose to join the Corps.

“But, my home’s here in Sunnydale.” Willow said. “I can’t leave.”

Walker began to shake his head. “Whoever said you had to leave here?” He asked. “I didn’t.”

“But that whole ‘War Of Light’ thing...” Willow said. “I thought I’d have to leave.”

“Ganthet and Sayd expressed their wishes for you to do as you’ve been doing for as long as you deem it necessary.” Walker informed her. “If you choose to leave this planet, I believe that you will find our headquarters on Odym to be quite peaceful. It is a magnificent and peaceful world.”

Willow slipped the ring onto her finger. Once the ring was on her finger, she felt as though she was at peace. Suddenly, she began to feel the power wash over her. Saint Walker wrapped his hands around her.

“When you are truly ready, the words will come to you.” He said.

Without warning, he vanished as though he was a hologram. This perplexed her but she filed it away for another time.

Oz created an emerald green brick wall that intersected another blast of yellow energy coming from the Sinestro Corps member. It was getting to be extremely difficult to keep this up. A thought crossed his mind.

“Ring, does her species have any weaknesses?” Oz asked.

“The Cekarian auditory pathways are easily disrupted by loud music.” The ring said. “The disruption typically will result in temporary paralysis.”

Somebody up there likes me. Oz thought as a plan formed in his head.

John Stewart flew through the air alongside Guy Gardner and Kyle Rayner and tried to figure out how much stranger could this mission get. According to the Guardians, two power rings that were thought to have been destroyed were reactivated in Southern California. According to the sensors onboard the Watchtower, two Sinestro Corps members seemingly appeared in the same general location. This wasn’t looking good at all. If two kids from Southern California had somehow found charged power rings and were probably battling those two Sinestro Corps members, John shuddered from the thought. They were nearing the city limits but their collective attention was focused on the rather large green stage that had been set up to look like a band was about to perform. Seeing as how everything on said stage was also the same color as the stage, it didn’t take too long to figure out that it was a construct.

“What in the hell does that kid think he’s doing?” Guy asked as they saw a teenage Green Lantern take the stage with a green electric guitar construct in his hands.

The answer was quickly given as an extremely loud guitar solo began to play. As the solo played, the Sinestro Corps member grabbed her ears in pain and fell to the ground. She writhed in agony as the music played. Amazed, the three senior Green Lanterns landed on the ground as the music soon ended. The kid walked over to them with a look of awe on his face.

“I can’t believe that worked.” The kid said.

“Nice idea, kid.” John told him.

“I’d just have blasted her.” Guy informed the group.

“Thought crossed my mind.” The kid replied. “But when the ring said that she got temporary paralysis from loud music.”

As if on cue, a yellow shockwave erupts from the Sinestro Corps member that hurtles the quartet of Green Lanterns away from her. The cat girl got up and pointed her ring at the kid. Suddenly, a blue field formed around the cat girl.

“In fearful day, in raging night. With strong hearts full, our souls ignite. When all seems lost in the War of Light, look to the stars for hope burns bright.” A teenage girl’s voice could be heard saying as the Sinestro Corps member’s ring was drained of power.

The Green Lanterns saw the girl was clad in a Blue Lantern uniform that reminded Kyle a lot of his old uniform. She smiled and waved at them before running over to a civilian who was still in the area. Using her ring, she healed the few injuries he had before she flew away. The teenager in their quartet watched her intently.

“Who was that girl?” He asked.

Joyce gazed at Dawn in the backseat of the Jeep Cherokee. Of all the crazy things that were happening this night, Dawn had tried to buy a ticket to go see her grandmother in Colorado. The girl was still dressed in her Little Red Riding Hood costume and was vehemently denying that she was trying to run away. A green blur suddenly hit the front of her SUV immediately disabling the vehicle. Pulling herself out of the car, she saw Dawn had already ran over to the front of the vehicle. Joyce saw a man about Buffy’s age clad in the uniform of a Green Lantern.

“Hey, are you okay?” Dawn asked.

“Never better, Dawn Patrol, but why are there three of you?” The Green Lantern asked.

Dawn’s eyes widened as she recognized the nickname. “Xander!” She exclaimed. “How long have you been a Green Lantern?”

“About five minutes.” He replied before his eyes suddenly widened.

Dawn didn’t quite understand until a green shield extended before them and a yellow blast impacted the shield. The Hektaran kept the stream of yellow energy up as he recited the oath again. Pain lanced through Xander’s arm as he felt the yellow energy pierce the shield. Dawn clung to him protectively as she couldn’t run away from the yellow ring wielder because of the attack.

“Who is she to you?” The Hektaran asked. “A sister maybe. Perhaps after I kill you, I’ll take that girl to Qward. I can pass her around the other members of the Sinestro Corps to show off my new pet. Might even be hilarious to see what her deepest darkest fears are.”

“You won’t have her!” Xander yelled.

“Who’s going to stop me?” The Hektaran asked. “You? You’re not even a real Green Lantern.”

Boodika watched as the battle took place between one of the Green Lantern anomaly that had appeared in Sector 2814 and a member of the Sinestro Corps. The Alpha Lantern was about to act to aid the young Lantern when something occurred that baffled the being. A pulse of energy that hadn’t been recorded in eons occurred and an alteration could be detected in the ring of the human Green Lantern.

“I may not be a real Green Lantern by your book but I know the oath.” Xander said before firing a stream of energy more powerful than the Hektaran was capable of producing.

Boodika was shocked and with good reason. The power rings had a limitation on the amount of willpower that could be harnessed from the user. From the intensity of the energy stream that was being used against the Hektaran, that same limitation was eliminated.

“IN BRIGHTEST DAY!” Xander yelled.

The Hektaran was afraid and was frantically trying to figure out a way to escape.

“IN BLACKEST NIGHT!” Xander yelled.

The Hektaran tried to throw up a shield while still maintaining his stream that was intersecting the teenage Green Lantern’s own stream. Emerald energy tore down that shield as if it were a hot knife through butter.


The Hektaran began to scream in pain as his yellow energy beam was pushed up towards him. Fear coursed through him as he knew his end was near.

“GREEN LANTERN’S LIGHT!” Xander yelled as his emerald energy stream vaporized the Sinestro Corpsman.

Actually, vaporized wasn’t that accurate. All that was left of the Hektaran was two smoking feet. Before Boodika could meet the young Lantern who had prevailed marvelously against a member of the Sinestro Corps, the Alpha Lantern received a transmission.

“Hail Guardians.” Boodika said.

“Alpha Lantern, we have detected that the Green Lantern you were about to question had his ring modified by the Key.” One of the Guardians spoke.

Another Guardian began to speak. “Since it is apparent that the Monks of Dagon chose to hide the Key in the form of a human, this human must remain protected.”

The first Guardian spoke again. “The Key trusts the Green Lantern who valiantly defended her against the Sinestro Corpsman. With the danger that the Key’s location possesses, Green Lanterns Alexander Harris and Daniel Osbourne will remain where they are and a senior corpsman will be dispatched to train them.”

Boodika was shocked. This was going against standard procedure but an Alpha Lantern did not question the will of the Guardians.

Author’s End Notes: So what does everyone think? Oh, the Green Lantern that will be dispatched won’t be Hal, John, Guy, Kyle, or Kilowog before anyone thinks differently. Please read and review.
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