The Wish Part One
***I DON’T OWN BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER OR ANY OF THE DC COMICS CHARACTERS THAT APPEAR IN THIS WORK OF FAN FICTION. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER IS OWNED BY JOSS WHEDON AND I BELIEVE DC COMICS OWNS ITSELF.**********************
The Wish, Part One
Zarina was sitting in the library flipping through the book she had been trying to read for the last few weeks. It wasn’t that she couldn’t understand the book. Her heart just wasn’t into reading the damned tome. The revelation to the core group had caused several rifts to form while strangely enough, some rifts didn’t form as she had thought. Buffy didn’t accept her help with patrols and Willow was diving headlong into her magic. It had gotten to the point where Giles had asked Zarina to enchant the library so that books couldn’t be taken out of it without his knowing. That hadn’t stopped Willow’s attempts at all. It had merely made her more determined. Oz and Giles were in the library as well. Both of them seemed to have taken the news better than the rest of the group.
“How are you feeling, Zarina?” Giles asked.
“About what?” Zarina asked back to Giles without taking her eyes from the tome.
“You know what I’m asking about.” Giles told her with a concerned tone in his voice.
“You mean the fact that my old friends hate me or the fact that they’re trying to find a way to kill me.” Zarina replied.
“I don’t think Willow’s trying to kill you.” Oz said trying to stand up for his girlfriend.
“Oz, I appreciate the fact that you’re trying to stick up for Willow but you do realize that any spell she tries in order to bring back Xander will end up killing me in the process.” Zarina said to the teenage werewolf. “Half of my soul is Xander and if she somehow manages to do what she wants to do then I’m dead. Rayne’s spell killed Xander and brought me to life but no one has the right to try to undue that.”
“She’s just mourning her best friend all over again.” Oz replied. “It wasn’t easy for her finding out like she did.”
“I know but she needs to realize that there are some problems that magic can not solve.” Zarina told Oz.
At about the same time, Willow and Buffy were outside the school sitting down on the grass. Willow was looking through a spell book.
“Find anything yet?” Buffy asked.
“No, these books I’ve had to get from the Magic Box are useless.” Willow replied. “Giles and Oz don’t seem to understand that all I’m trying to do is get Xander back. ”
“At least you didn’t have your mom and Zatanna team up against you.” Buffy told her friend. “They lectured me for most of the night and I couldn’t leave because Zatanna kept freezing me in position when I tried to escape. It only stopped when Dawn came home and she was freaked that Zatanna was in our house.”
“Were any threats made your way?” Willow asked.
“Only that I might end up joining Zatanna’s magic act...” Buffy said. “...as the rabbit pulled out of the hat.”
“I just can’t sit around when I know that there has to be some spell that can restore Xander.” Willow said to Buffy. “I owe it to him to save him. It just seems like I’m being blocked from every direction that I try to attack this problem.”
“Maybe we should give this up, Willow.” Buffy said with a sigh. “Zarina has a lot more powerful people backing her up and Faith won’t stop coming after Angel every night. It’s like she has something to prove.”
“I’m not giving up on Xander!” Willow exclaimed. “I’m getting him back one way or another.”
Also at about the same time, Cordelia was leaning against a row of lockers with her head down. Several thoughts were going through her head and she was confused by several of them. The new girl, Anya Jenkins, had put some kind of necklace around her neck.
“I just wish Buffy never came to Sunnydale.” She said without thinking about what she was saying.
“Done.” She heard Anya say before everything seemed to change.
Zarina grabbed a hold of a bookshelf as a wave of nausea passed over her. The nausea passed as quickly as it had came and she stepped away from the shelf to see Oz and Giles were still in the library. She noticed that Oz’s hair color had changed and Giles seemed to have aged a little worse than normal. They turned to look at her and clearly didn’t recognize her from the looks on their faces.
“Who are you?” Giles asked. “I don’t recall hearing about any new students.”
“Giles, I know this might sound a little strange but I think reality as I know it may have been altered.” Zarina said trying to explain. “My name is Zarina Zatara. Half of what makes up my soul use to be someone you might have known as Xander Harris and the other half is the cloned soul of my mother, Zatanna Zatara.”
“How could a soul be copied?” Giles asked a bit confused but never the less curious.
“For me, last year’s Halloween is when it happened. Ethan Rayne, I believe you know him quite well, put a spell on his costumes that caused whomever wore them to turn into their costumes that night.” Zarina explained. “That night, he tapped into pure chaos. Xander dressed as a magician and his top hat had been stolen from Zatanna Zatara. When the spell ended, I was what was left.”
“How can you be sure that reality has been altered?” Giles asked.
“Aside from the fact that Oz’s hair is different and the fact that neither of you recognize me, I’m betting that the nightlife here is a lot braver without Buffy here.” Zarina said. “Before you ask, the reason that I know she isn’t here is evident. You seem to be a bit more older from what I think is stress and Oz doesn’t seem as happy. So, I’m guessing Buffy didn’t stop the Master?”
“No, something far worse stopped the Master.” Giles replied. “One of those that he turned, a girl named Willow...”
Giles noticed Zarina grow pale from shock and watched as the teenager found an empty chair to sit in. She gestured for him to continue with his story.
“Something bizarre happened to Willow.” Giles continued. “Had it simply been the unheard of magical power the new vampire had that might have been one thing but she had some kind of unfathomable power over probability that she used to take her sire’s place as the ruler of the Hellmouth.”
“Oh goddess.” Zarina said. “My best friend is a freaking insanely powerful vampire and I’m guessing that the Xander in this reality is probably her favored childe right.”
“Yes, how did you know?” Giles asked.
“My luck tends to be like that.” Zarina said. “Okay, find Cordelia and see if you can figure out what vengeance demon she made the wish with.”
“Why do you think it was her?” A very familiar voice asked.
Zarina turned around to see who it was and a gasp of shock escaped from her. Her eyes gushed with tears as she ran over to hug someone who she thought she’d never see again.
“Jesse, I can’t believe it’s you.” She said crying.
“Jeeves, care to explain?” Jesse asked.
“Willow’s sixth birthday, her parents had her birthday cake delivered to her house because they were stuck in Cleveland. We weren’t allowed to play with matches or lighters so me and you taped little flames on the candles so that Willow could try to make her wish.” Zarina said. “She blew and she blew until she got blue in the face and then she passed out and fell into the cake.”
Jesse shoved her off of him. A look of anger was clear on his face. “Who the hell are you?” He asked. “The only two people who could have known that are both fucking vampires so who the hell are you.”
“Before a chaos mage worked his craft on Halloween, I was Xander.” Zarina answered.
“But that’s not possible.” Jesse said trying to disbelieve her. “Xander’s dead.”
She realized that she had to put this into terms that her brother from another mother could understand. “Star Trek: The Original Series, Episode: Mirror, Mirror.” She said to them.
“The one were they go to the evil mirror universe?” Jesse asked.
“Yah.” Zarina said nodding her head.
“So, you’re from a parallel universe.” Jesse stated. “One where I died.”
“Yah.” Zarina admitted a little weakly.
Jesse shook his head. “Don’t blame yourself.” Jesse said. “Knowing this town, I probably ended up a vampire.”
“I was the one to stake you, Jess.” Zarina replied.
“Good to know.” Jesse said.
Suddenly, the windows of the library exploded as vampires rushed the room. Zarina, Jesse, Oz, and Giles tried to fight back but the sheer number of vampires caused the battle to be quickly one-sided. Zarina was thrown to the ground as the vampires retreated. She got back up to see Oz and Jesse were still there but Giles had gone missing. Jesse’s gaze went to a book that laid open and he picked it up. He shrugged and handed it to Zarina.
“You know Latin?” He asked.
She took the book from him and began to read the page. A gasp escaped her and Jesse raised an eyebrow.
“I’ll take that as a bad sign.” He said to her.
“Vamp Willow is preparing to do a ritual that is simply called ‘Eternal Night’.” Zarina said. “If she pulls this spell off...”
“I can imagine.” Jesse replied. “So, what do we do?”
That was when they heard the scream. Zarina and Jesse ran out into the hall to see a very familiar vampire try to sink his teeth into Cordelia. A thrust of telekinetic energy from Zarina hurled the vampire Xander away from her and Cordelia ran over behind Zarina.
“What the hell?” Cordelia asked. “If you use to be Xander, how in the hell can that thing be here?” She pointed over at the vampire version of Xander. “This doesn’t make any sense.”
“Wait, that hot black-haired beauty is me?” The vampire Xander asked. “This is fucking weird.”
Zarina used her telekinesis to throw Xander into a wall and use a couple of locker doors to restrain him. The locker doors made excellent restraints when they were embedded in the wall.
“Well, I didn’t know you were in restraints but if you wanted to play like that.” Xander said with a stupid grin. “All you had to do was ask.”
Zarina punched the vampire in the nose. She couldn’t believe that a vampire version of Xander could be this sick but she reminded herself that this was a vampire. They were prone to anything that was sick and twisted.
“What’s Willow going to do with Giles?” Zarina asked.
“Willow, I don’t think anyone’s called Chaotica that in years.” Xander replied with a look that said that he remembered when she was called that.
Zarina was glad she could summon her top hat. She reached into the hat and pulled out a necklace with the pendant being that of a symbol for Artemis. Dangling the necklace in front of Xander’s face, she watched as the vampire cringed trying in vain to get as much distance from the symbol as he could.
“What is she going to do with Giles?” Zarina asked Xander again.
“Lady Chaotica is going to have him bear witness when she performs the spell for Eternal Night.” Xander said not taking his eyes off the pendant. “That white hat always tried to be a little goody.”
In a small fit of rage, Zarina dusted the vampire Xander with a burst of magical fire. Jesse and Cordelia just stared at Zarina who seemed to be contemplating the hand that directed the fire.
“I wonder if that counts as a form of suicide?” Zarina asked herself.
“Hey, back on topic.” Cordelia snapped. “What the hell is going on?”
“Do you remember saying a wish?” Zarina asked. “Any sort of wish.”
Cordelia shrugged. “Yah, I kinda wished that Buffy never came to Sunnydale.” She replied.
“Were you given anything before that?” Zarina asked.
Cordelia’s hands went to the back of her neck and undid the clasp of a necklace she was wearing. She handed the necklace to Zarina who began to appraise it. Zarina headed back to the library with Cordelia and Jesse right behind her. Cordelia turned to look at Jesse.
“Didn’t you die?” Cordelia asked him.
“I’m getting that a lot today.” Jesse replied.
“.kees I tahw em gnirB” Zarina said holding up the necklace.
The necklace glowed and a book flew over to her. The book opened itself up and flipped through its pages till it stopped on a specific page. Zarina plucked the book out of the air and read the page.
“Anyanka, patron avenger of scorned women.” Zarina read. “She uses a medallion to grant dark wishes. It says here that if we destroy her medallion; it’ll nullify the last wish.”
“You mean your reality will be restored?” Jesse asked.
“Yah, I’m sorry.” Zarina replied.
“Don’t be sorry.” Jesse said. “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.”
“Quit quoting Star Wars.” Cordelia told Jesse.
“Star Trek.” Zarina and Jesse said at the same time.
“Whatever.” Cordelia replied.
Anyanka spat out blood wondering how in the hell was this possible. Nothing in Sunnydale should have been this powerful but here she was chained to the ceiling with a redheaded female vampire licking her lips after feeding on her.
“I didn’t take much.” She laughed. “I wouldn’t want that wish to be reversed now, would I?”
Chaotica, as Anyanka found out she liked to be called, held her amulet in her hand as her minions brought in Giles. She looked over the minions.
“Where’s my Xander?” She asked with a look of concern written all over her face.
“Our apologies, Lady Chaotica.” One of the minions said. “He was killed by a powerful magician.”
Without warning, Chaotica’s eyes went black and she hurled a bolt of ebony energy encompassed the minion. The minion screamed as he disappeared into the energy.
“Where did he go?” Anyanka asked, curiosity getting the better of her.
“I don’t know.” Chaotica replied strangely. “Never thought to see. Bring me this magician. I want to kill this magician myself.”
Despite her powers, she didn’t notice that she was being spied on. The pair of vampires gazed at her before moving away.
“Spike, something’s strange.” Drusilla said. “The stars tell me a female Kitten killed my Kitten. That she came from a better world than this.”
“We’d best get to the library, Princess.” Spike replied. “Maybe we’ll get some bloody answers.”
Zarina, Cordelia, and Jesse were still researching what they needed to do to try to stop the ritual when Drusilla and Spike entered. They were almost attacked by Zarina but Jesse got in between them.
“Chill, Zarina.” Jesse said. “Spike and Dru are on our side.”
“This doesn’t make any sense.” Dru said shaking her head in confusion without letting her gaze fall away from Zarina. “I know you but I can’t know you. The stars tell me that I’m your biggest fan but I don’t remember you performing anything. Why is that?”
Spike looked a bit nervous. “What did you do to my Dru?” He asked.
“Cordelia made a wish that Buffy the Vampire Slayer never came to Sunnydale.” Zarina explained. “When the wish altered reality, the residual chaos magic that resulted in my ‘birth’ protected me from the changes in the time line.”
“Like when the Enterprise was in the Borg’s temporal wake in...” Spike said before he noticed the looks he was getting from the group. “What, I can’t see one bloody movie? Sod off!”
“Regardless, we need to stop the Red Lady so that female Kitten can go back to her mummy.” Drusilla said.
“How?” Cordelia asked. “We aren’t exactly the Justice League.”
“Cordy, that’s it.” Zarina said. “Think you guys can hold out until I get help?”
“Sure, you gonna try and get your mum?” Spike asked.
“Mom and a few of her friends, if I’m lucky.” Zarina answered. “If for some reason I don’t make it back, you guys have to try to destroy Anyanka’s amulet.”
“Will do.” Jesse said. “Good luck.”
“You’d better come back.” Cordelia ordered.
“.rewothctaW eht ot em ekaT” Zarina said teleporting away.
Alarms wailed as soon as she teleported into the space base of the Justice League of America. Zarina held up her hands in a sign of surrender as Kyle and Wally were the first to arrive to detain her. She smiled at the two of them.
“Kyle, Wally, you’re not going to believe this.” She said to them.
The perplexed look on their faces made her begin to laugh. She always had liked getting that look.
“You might want to get J’onn to look inside so that you know the wiring isn’t crossed.” She added. “He has my permission. It’s not like it won’t be the first time he’s been inside my noggin.”
Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lanterns (Kyle, Guy, and John), the Martian Manhunter, Green Arrow, Black Canary, and Doctor Fate were gathered around the conference room. J’onn, also known as the Martian Manhunter, was about inform them of what had happened.
“This may come to a shock to all of you but the teenage girl who teleported herself into the Watchtower is Zatanna’s daughter.” J’onn said to the shock of everyone in the room.
“She’s lying.” Batman immediately snapped. “Zatanna has never been with child.”
“In her home time line, she became Zatanna’s daughter after Alexander Lavelle Harris purchased a magician’s costume from a chaos mage. The top hat of said costume was stolen from one of her shows.” J’onn continued. “When the spell ended, it left Alexander in female form with a cloned version of Zatanna’s soul and memories. Over a week, the two sets of souls and memories integrated and Zarina was born.”
Everyone looked over to Doctor Fate who nodded in confirmation. Superman, however, seemed to have a question.
“You said home time line.” He said. “What do you mean by that?”
“Apparently, one of her friends made a wish to a vengeance demon and said demon managed to rewrite reality. She believes that the residual chaos magic that created her also protected her from the changes.” J’onn said. “If the amulet that the demon wears is destroyed, it will restore her time line. It would be for the best.”
“Why do you say that?” John Stewart asked.
“I could give you a long and boring explanation but I think I can sum up the reason in only a few names.” J’onn said. “Timothy Drake, Cassandra Sandsmark, Donna Troy, Rose Wilson, Jonathon Queen, and Lois Lane.”
A solemn look appeared on the faces of the Justice League members but then Green Arrow and Black Canary seemed to perk up.
“Who in the hell is Jonathon Queen?!” Both the husband and wife asked together.
“Another victim of the same spell that created Zarina. He was wearing a damaged Green Arrow costume and a crucifix that he bought at a pawn shop. Apparently, it was the same one that was stolen from Dinah’s dorm room in college.” J’onn explained.
Dinah blanched when J’onn said this to her. “I never told anyone about that.” She said.
“Jonathon’s DNA was altered to the point that it would look as though Oliver and you were his parents. He has Dinah’s Canary Scream and Oliver’s skill with a bow and took up the moniker of Blue Bowman.” J’onn informed the group.
“How could she be responsible for saving so many lives?” Diana asked.
“They say that the beat of a butterfly’s wings in one part of the world can generate a tornado on the other side of the world.” Batman answered. “It may have been just her presence in the original time line that caused those lives to be saved and not her actions.”
“Could it really be that simple?” Superman asked. “Smash one item and it’ll be like it never happened.”
“It can.” Doctor Fate replied. “But the question is, do we have the right?”
“We have to stop that crazy vamp chick anyway.” Wally said. “If she manages to cast that ‘Eternal Night’ spell then...”
To Be Continued......
Author’s End Notes: I wanted to, originally, put this as one part but my muse decided to flip me the bird so I’m going to split this into two parts with the hope that I can get to work on part two. Please leave me a review. They help keep the plot bunnies kicking.