Where do we go from here?
Disclaimer: I don't own anything. Batman belongs to DC and Buffy and the gang belong to Joss Whedon.
A/N-A great big thank you to all my readers and reviewers. I'm starting with Book II of the Xander-Wing saga from where I left off in Book I. This is Book III of the Nightwing series.
A/N-Everyone say hello to my Beta kdlorente. She has promised to save us from my painful grammer. Thank you kdlorente.
Cass-y-D was having fun. She was with her Xander and Barbara. She was enjoying the sunshine, and the sounds of people at play. They had lay-ed out the blanket and spread out the food beneath the shade of an old oak tree. They had shade, they had sun and they had fun. She loved Barbara like a sister and she was madly in love with Xander. She didn't care who knew it. It was almost perfect.
She spotted a girl in a goth outfit across the park. She thought that it could be her new friend Dee. She raced across the park and when she was close enough she slowed down to a walk. It was Dee.
"Hey." she said, repeating the original greeting.
"Hey." her friend said with a shy smile.
"Wanna hang?" she asked with a smile.
"Yes!" she said with a smile that lit up her face.
"Come on." Cass-y-D said grabbing her hand and almost dragged her behind her at a run.
When they reached the picnic area beneath the old oak tree, Cass-y-D shouted. "Xander! Look who I found? Its Dee."
"Hi, Dee. How you been? We missed you?" Xander said with a smile that made Dee's toes curl.
"I'm good. Around." Dee answered shyly. She didn't know why? But Xander made her tummy flutter, with butterflies and everything.
"Hello." said Barbara Gordon. She knew who the little teen was. After all Dr. Fate explained that this was Death of the Endless. What she didn't know was the reason she was hanging with Xander and Cass-y-D. "Would you like to join us? We have plenty of food. More than enough actually. Please stay." she said warmly. Whatever she was, this little girl had selected Xander and Cass-y-D as her friends. The least she could do, would be to invite her to join them.
"Thank you." Dee said. She sat down and joined them for the picnic. Every once in a while she would steal glances at Xander while talking with Cass-y-D. Barbara didn't say anything, but kept that piece of information filed at the top of her list of things to remember.
"So Dee. What happened to all the stuff we got during our shopping spree?" Cass-y-D asked her goth friend.
"It's at my place. You guys were kinda busy, well you know. They're still in the boxes and everything. You guys were so busy I haven't been able to get in touch. So I kept it all put away at my place, where its safe." Dee told one her oldest friends. Too bad she can't remember how it was in the beginning. The Key was a friend she really felt comfortable around. Now that she could take human form, she would be more fun to hang around with. She'll be able to get all the really cool human jokes and stuff.
"How did you get all that stuff moved on your own?" asked Cass-y-D.
"I managed." Dee said shyly.
"But how? It took muscles here, the beast of burden to carry it all the last time. How did you do it by yourself?" Cass-y-D was like a dog with a bone. She really wanted to know.
"Hey! I resemble that remark." protested Xander.
"You hush. Girls are talking here." Cass-y-D said pantomiming a zipped mouth.
"Oh well. At least I'm not one of the girls this time." Xander said out loud.
"Oh really?" asked Barbara with a smirk.
"That was out loud, wasn't it?" groaned Xander.
Three heads nodded together. Cass-y-D and Dee giggled. Barbara had an evil smile.
Xander took one look at the three girls and bolted out of the park. He was no fool. He saw the right on the wall. One guy, two girls, outnumbered, but fun. One guy, three girls, a victim waiting to happen. He didn't stop running until he reached the sanctuary of the Bat-cave underneath Wayne Manor.
"Coward!" shouted Cass-y-D watching Xander's retreating rear end. She wasn't the only female admiring the view. She caught both Barbara and Dee were doing the same thing. All three girls caught each other admiring that same retreating view. Took one look at each other and burst out laughing.
"Aw man!" exclaimed Cass-y-D.
"What?" asked both Barbara and Dee together.
"We just lost our beast of burden." Cass-y-D explained with a sorrow filled voice.
The comment set the girls off one more time. After the laugher, the three girls chatted for a while. Barbara felt more at ease with Dee. 'It seems Death has a human face. I could work with that.' she thought.
Xander raced into the Bat-cave. The run was good. It gave him time to think. Alfred met him with a fresh towel and a glass of water. Xander thanked him, but he looked a little puzzled at Alfred.
"Miss Gordon called. She thought you could use it after your run from the park." Alfred informed him with a smile.
With a great big sigh, Xander thanked him again and went see Bruce. Who from the look of it, was still planted in the same bat seat he was in when they left on their picnic this morning. "I bet you still haven't moved from this seat, since we left this morning." Xander accused Bruce. Bruce continued to concentrate on the screens.
"Earth to Bruce. Come in Bruce. Are you there? Earth knocking on planet Bats. Hellooooo?" Xander said, putting his power to annoy to good use.
Bruce stopped the important work he was doing and gave Xander, the evil I am Batman, you must fear me stare. Xander ignored it. It bounced off his armor, like water off a Duck's ass.
"Is there a reason you're trying so hard to be annoying or you that bored. If the latter, I have a solution for that." Bruce threatened.
"I'm running for my life here. I'm looking for some male support from my male role model. You sorta qualify. You are male at least. You should be able to help. It is the duty of every male to support another male when other said male is besieged by the females of the clan..." Xander's rant came to a stop when Bruce clamped his gloved hand over Xander's mouth.
With a chilled, grim voice Bruce asked, "What are you babbling about?" he knew he was going to regret the answer, but it would stop the babbling.
"One guy, three girls. You do the math." Xander explained.
"What did you do?" Bruce accused.
"Nothing!" protested Xander. "I'm innocent I tell you. Innocent. There I was minding my own business when all of the sudden I was besieged by these three fearsome females. I think they were on a chocolate high, or something."
"Did you provide them with the chocolaty substance? Did you distribute said substance?" Bruce went into uber interrogation mode.
"But... But... I... That is Barbara made the cake. I may have served it on the plate. But it wasn't intentional. I didn't mean anything by it. I swear. Oh god. I'm guilty. Just kill me now." he said tilting his throat for the cut.
Bruce let out a great big sigh. "That was your first mistake. Your second was in dragging me into it. What were you thinking? Were you even thinking?" accused Bruce Wayne feigning disappointment in his ward by turning his back. Xander wasn't fooled, he could see Bruce's reflection in one of the monitors. He had a big smile. His back shook trying to contain the laughter threatening to escape. Contain it he did.
"Alfred you still believe in me. Don't you?" Xander asked, trying to get support from another male in his pack.
"Of course I believe you master Xander. But really, three girls at the same time. What were you thinking?" Alfred said with a smile on his face.
"Oh great. You're no help either. That's it. I need some new guy friends who can be more supporting, more understanding. How the hell does this stuff keep happening to me?" he whined. "I now have definite proof that I'm Fate's Butt-Monkey. And I don't mean Dr. Fate. I mean Dee brother Fate."
"Dee, you mean, the goth girl you told me about." Bruce asked.
"Yeah... What about it?" Xander asked.
"And you don't see anything wrong with this picture." Bruce asked mildly curious at his reaction.
"Let me get this straight. You're hanging around with a representation of Death and you're okay with that?" he asked.
"Hey. Dee's okay. She's a nice, sweet girl. And I've always had that demon babe magnet thing going for me. So yeah, a little wiggy, but not really unusual. She's actually one of the nicer demonic and or greater power entities I hanged out with. So... Oh god, I hanging around with Death and its okay. My life sucks. But that still doesn't change the fact that for Death, Dee is a sweet girl. So don't go doing anything to upset her alright. Cause I won't let you." Xander said leaving the cave grumbling about bullies ganging up on little girls. Especially one of his girls.
Bruce turned to Alfred and asked, "Is it me, or is there something seriously wrong with that boy? If he thinks I'm going after Death, because she's got a crush, he's not firing on all cylinders. That boy generates even more problems with girls than Dick ever did. I never thought I'd live to see the day that such a thing would ever be possible."
"Indeed master Bruce. Indeed." said Alfred agreeing with his employer.
Xander dragged his feet into his bedroom, or Dick's room. No! it was his room dammit. He may be Xander in the drivers seat right now, but there was enough of Dick in there to validate his claim to the room. He dropped on the bed and thought about his friends and family. In this universe and the other. It was confusing, but not lonely, there was a little bit of both universes mixed in that it took the edge.
He was happy. He couldn't really complain about what Fate did to him. It sucked, but he had to make with the positive attitude. Otherwise he could get into a depression that could easily cripple him and hurt those he cared about. He couldn't do that to them. He knew that without him around Cass-y-D would have a hard time and Barbara would be have a hard time of it. She would be able to cope. She had proven that already. But there was no reason to put her through that kind of trauma again.
'It really isn't so bad.' he thought. 'You just had to take care of the little things in life and the big events would take care of themselves. Compared to others he had it easy. Hell he landed in a mansion as the Ward of a Billionaire. He could so easily be living on the streets or still in a coma. Time to put the mask back on. A joke here, a prank there, keeping a smile on the girls faces should be his first priority. The other craziness would be handled on a first come first served basis. I can do this.' he reaffirmed his conviction. Girls come first and that's that.
He got of the bed and into the shower. He cleaned up and and got dressed and went down to dinner. It was time to see what life and Bruce would come up with. Surprise, surprise. You are alive. Deal with it.
Supper was another Alfred masterpiece. No matter how bad it could get, Xander looked forward to this time of day. The food was fantastic and the company heavenly. Barbara and Cass-y-D had invited Dee to come over for supper. After they would go by her place and grab Cass-y-D's share of the loot.
Bruce was still hibernating in his cave. If he didn't come out soon. He was going to start calling him Cavebearman, instead of Batman. He was making wit the jokes, keeping the mood light. The girls were laughing and having a good time.
About halfway through supper, Bruce came out of hibernation and joined them. This was Bruce's first meeting with Dee, but Xander thought he handled it okay. A lot better than most really. It was like a film Noir title. 'Death came to dinner.' he even got into the spirit, and brought out his Bruce Wayne personality to play. He charmed Dee and and made the girls laugh just like he did. Too bad Bruce was a mask he put on. The man could do with some time off to unwind.
Desert had come and gone. The atmosphere stayed light and gay. Bruce was a charmer when he wanted to be. Alfred came by one last time with the serving tray. Coffee, tea, or what have you. Xander and Cass-y-d went for the hot chocolate. Barbara and Dee had the tea, Bruce made do with the fine Columbian, brown , not the white.
Bruce deliberately kept it light and nothing about the Bat clan business was mentioned. With Dee present, he wouldn't.
"Guys, why don't you take Dee home. I'll catch up later." Barbara requested.
"Sure. Come on Dee. Let me show you the Bentley. You'll love it." Cass-y-D said dragging Dee behind her before the little girl could utter a single word. With the girls out of the room, Bruce relaxed and updated the situation. All the rats had crawled back into their holes. If anything it was quieter than usual.
"I'm sending you to Japan. One of my Sensei will help you get your timing up to speed. I trust him enough to help you. He has started to take students recently and he agreed to help me out." Bruce said getting up from the dinning table.
"When am I going on this trip?" Xander asked.
"Tomorrow." Bruce answered.
"Am I going alone?" he asked again.
Bruce paused before he answered, "No." he said finally. "Cass-y-D will be going with you."
"I think I'll join them as well. I could do with a refresher." Barbara said getting up from the table and joined Xander on the way out to the garage.
"Are you sure?" asked Bruce.
"I'm sure." answered Barbara. "I'll be able to do everything from Japan as easily as if I was at home. I'll use the Bat-cave under the Wayne enterprises office tower in Tokyo. You won't be able to tell the difference.
Bruce reluctantly agreed. Not that there was anything he could to stop her. Not if he wanted to keep her friendship. "Alright, but keep me updated. Xander could you give us a moment please." he said taking Barbara aside.
"Alright, but no hanky panky with my girl." he warned Bruce with a smirk.
Bruce just sighed and led Barbara into another room.
"What's this about Bruce?" she asked.
"Its nothing really, but I just wanted to warn you about the old master. He's something of a letcher, just be careful and don't let Cass-y-D kill or maim him if he gets out of hand." he requested.
"What kind of master is this Bruce." Barbara asked.
"His a little wild, but mostly harmless when it comes to women, he has a weakness. He just can't resist them. He doesn't attack or anything, but just be carefull. That's all I'm saying. Alright." Bruce requested.
"Alright. I'll keep an eye out." she said. They rejoined the others in the garage. Alfred was already behind the steering wheel.
"You guys done flirting?" Xander asked.
Barbara gave him a quick swat to the head. She got in beside him. "Don't be a jerk." she said sweetly.
Xander grumbled while everyone laughed.
Alfred slowly drove out of the garage to Dee's place.
Xander was again surounded by his girls. 'Its good to be me.' he thought.