Chapter 5: Before I forget....
Eureka was created by Andrew Cosby and Jaime Paglia and currently airs on Syfy
Buffy the Vampires Slayer was created by Joss Whedon and Mutant Enemy.
This is a piece of fanfiction and is not done for any profit. It's just an idea that ran through my head the other day.
“So what is you wanted to talk to me about?” Xander asked Jack Carter after Zoe had headed upstairs to go study.
“You can't leave town.” Jack said after getting a beer.
“I'm not a real person, I get I can't really leave here until I'm fully established.” Xander said as he stared at Jack. “I'm sensing that you mean more than that though.”
“There's an energy... thing. In you, around the town..... SARAH.” Jack called.
SARAH brought up the files that Henry had sent her.
Xander stared at the readings and looked at the conflicting energy waves. “If I leave, it'll kill me won't it?”
“That's the long and the short of it.” Jack sighed. “That and bring down the electromagnetic umbrella that keeps the town safe.”
“Okay. Is there any way around it?” Xander asked.
“Not so far.” Jack told him. “Look....”
“I'm gonna need a couple of minutes.” Xander said quietly.
“You want a beer?” Jack asked.
“Big and bitter.” Xander agreed.
“SARAH?” Jack asked.
“On it.” SARAH said as a the drink dispenser door opened.
The next morning....
“This isn't what it looks like.” Xander said as Jack was laughing.
“SARAH let them in last night. She warned me before I came in.” Jack grinned. “Regular dog-pile huh?”
One of the hyenas growled.
“Okay, hyena pile. Say are they toilet trained?” Jack asked Xander.
“They can be. We should get one of those systems we can hook up to the toilet. The one with the automated cleaning sand.” Xander said. “They have those here right?”
“I'm sure they can come up with something.” Jack said. “Come on, you've got some more stuff to review followed by the basic tests today.”
“Really? You think I'm ready?” Xander asked.
“I do.” Jack agreed. “Plus, Jo thinks you're ready for basic duty.”
“Sub-Boss does, does she?” Xander grinned as he sat up. “Let me grab a shower and get some food in me before I do anything else.”
“How do you stand that sonic shower anyways?” Jack asked. “Give me hot water any day of the week.”
Xander shrugged. “Hot water is nice, but clean is clean. Compared to where I was before this, even a sonic shower is a godsend.”
“Matter of perspective then.” Jack said. “Gotcha.” He said before heading out of the room.
“Okay guys, time for us to start the day.” Xander said as he got out of bed. “Behave.”
“My brain feels like it's going to melt.” Xander groaned after he finished the computerized testing.
“Yeah, it'll do that.” Jo told him. “Lunch. Go fetch.” She said as she slapped a piece of paper on his chest.
“Thanks.” Xander said, welcoming the break. “You want anything Jack?”
“Yeah.” Jack said as he looked up from his own work. “Let me think about it for a minute first.”
“Oh god, what is this?” Jack asked as he sipped the soda.
“It's terrible isn't it?” Jo asked him.
“It is, how do you drink this?” Jack asked Xander.
“The same way you and Jo are right now.” Xander grinned as he sipped his own Irn-Bru. “One sip at a time. So how did I do on the tests?”
“You passed, barely.” Jo told him. “Go put your uniform on.”
“I did?” Xander grinned. “That's good because I was completely lost on the essay portion.”
“Uh-huh.” Jo said. “Uniform, on. You're on duty.”
“You got it, Sub-Boss.” Xander grinned before grabbing his uniform and heading to the bathroom to change.
“Are you going to let him call me that?” Jo asked Jack.
“It fits.” Jack said with a grin. “Could be worse.”
“How?” Jo asked.
“He could call you ma'am all the time.” Jack said.
“Good point. I don't need to feel old.” Jo sighed.
“How old are you anyways?” Jack asked with a laugh.
“I'll never tell.” Jo grinned. “No digging either.”
“You got it, sub-boss.” Jack said as Xander walked out of the bathroom wearing his uniform.
“I feel tanned.” Xander said as he adjusted his duty belt.
“I wasn't too happy with the clothing change either.” Jack told him. “I was a U.S. Marshal before I became Sheriff here. The plus side is, you'll have less wear and tear on your civilian wear.”
“Which I have precious little of.” Xander reminded him. “I start getting paid now that I'm official right?”
“That you do.” Jack agreed. There was a crashing noise from outside. “Here we go.”
“Goody.” Xander muttered. “Dibs on crowd control!”
“You got it.” Jack said as he looked out the front. “Jo, call Henry.”
“On it.” Jo said as she picked up the phone.
“Not bad for a first day.” Xander said as he sat in the passenger seat of Jack's jeep. “Say, why doesn't this car have an on-board camera?”
“You know, I don't know.” Jack said. “That would be a good idea. You know for a town full of smart people....”
“They overlook the obvious sometimes.” Xander finished. “Still...this town is on the honor system for the most part.”
“Yeah.” Jack agreed. “I'll talk to Henry about installing a dash camera.”
“Make sure it's got a good microphone too.” Xander suggested. “You know, that way stuff can be heard.”
“So are you okay with the whole not leaving thing?” Jack asked him.
“I don't know.” Xander admitted. “Before it's collapse, I only left Sunnydale a few times. I mean this town has a lot to offer. It being a secret think tank it would have to. I don't know how different your world is compared to mine really. I haven't even tried to compare histories or anything.”
“I have to tell you, you could be stuck in far worse places.” Jack said.
“Point.” Xander agreed. “Other question.... I cover weekends and night calls don't I?”
“Yes, yes you do.” Jack told him. “Though you don't do Mondays.”
“Awesome.” Xander grinned. “That I can agreed on.”
“What's up Henry?” Jack asked as he sat down near where Henry was tinkering with Jack's Jeep.
“Some old college friends of mine are coming to visit.” Henry sighed. “They're troubleshooters and they're coming in to speed up a project over at Global.”
“Something wrong with that?” Jack asked him.
“I don't know.” Henry said. “That's part of the problem.”
“Hhmmm...” Jack said. “You want me to have someone keep an eye on them?”
“Jack, it's just a feeling.” Henry said. “It's probably nothing.”
“I know, it's just I've got an extra set of hands now and believe it or not, he's good at getting lost in a crowd when he wants to.” Jack said with a shrug. “That or we can dig up some obscure security clause that requires surveillance for newcomers.”
“They've got high level clearance.” Henry countered.
“Can you at least put some security cameras in the lab they're going to work in? For their protection.” Jack asked.
“You know... that we can do.” Henry said. “I've been tinkering with a new micronized design, about the size of the head of a pin. Nearly undetectable.”
“Let's go with that. Henry, I always trust my instincts. They're almost always spot on. You should probably trust yours when they tell you something is up.” Jack suggested.
Henry nodded. “I'd better get that set up, they're coming in tomorrow.”
The next day....
“He's a sneaky jerk.” Xander said after meeting the two troubleshooters.
“You positive?” Jack asked.
“Oh yeah.” Xander nodded. “Plus he's got something stashed in his jacket. I don't think it's a gun.”
“Jo?” Jack said as he turned to his senior deputy.
“He's got something, small and relatively light. Could be a stun gun.” Jo told him.
“Let's just keep an eye on the guy.” Jack said. “We have no right to search him and we operate within the law.”
“Okay. Wait isn't your daughter a light touch?” Xander asked.
“She is, but she's in school right now.” Jack agreed. “Only if something funny happens. Now I want you two to stay here. Okay?”
“You got it boss.” Xander said with a nod.
“Fine.” Jo growled. “Just watch your ass.”
“That's what the camera setup in my car is for. You guys can get that on the computer right?” Jack asked them.
“Yeah, Henry set it up.” Xander said. “We've got it streamed to here and to SARAH as a backup.”
“That's paranoid.” Jack told them.
“Is it?” Jo asked.
“I don't think so.” Xander said with a shrug.
“You know it's really creepy when both of you agree on something.” Jack told them.
“Just go already.” Jo said. “We've got the station covered.”
“All right.” Jack nodded. “I'll be back for lunch. Pick me up a special and a Vincespresso would you?”
“You got it.” Xander agreed as he wrote what Jack wanted down on his notepad.
“Suck up.” Jo muttered.
“So you want to get your own lunch today?” Xander asked her.
“Children, behave while I'm gone. Jo, don't shoot him.” Jack said before heading out of the station.
“Damn. That's a speeder.” Xander said as he watched the video feed from Jack's Jeep.
“I'll say.” Jo said as he looked over Xander's shoulder and looked at the reading. “He's going at least thirty over the limit.”
“Jack's on it.” Xander said as the video feed told them Jack was chasing after the convertible. “Oh look, it's the troubleshooter and Beverly 'too friendly' Barlowe.”
“Too friendly?” Jo asked.
“She's.... not very subtle.” Xander told her. “And grabby.”
“She's the main therapist for the town.” Jo told him.
“Oh god. A hot Maggie Walsh. That's all we need.” Xander said with a shudder.
“Maggie who?” Jo asked.
“Google her.” Xander said. “I don't want to get into it.”
“Maybe later.” Jo said as Jack called over the radio for backup. “Keep an eye on that.”
“Will do.” Xander said as Jo headed for her vehicle.
Xander watched the camera and got it to zoom in a little as he watched Carter start writing a ticket. “What the.....” He said as the man held something up and a wave came out of it towards Jack.
Jack stayed still as the man took the ticket out of the ticket book and drove off.
“Jo, you're not going to believe what just happened.” Xander called over the radio. “I think Jack just got neuralized.”
“If you're wrong, you owe me a dollar.” Jo called back as she parked behind Jack's Jeep.
“Deal.” Xander agreed as he watched Jo approach Jack and talk to him.
“Well?” Xander called a few minutes later.
“He got neuralized.” Jo called.
“We've got it on video. I'm going to call Henry.” Xander said. “Maybe he can come up with something to shield us from the device.”
“He's in the lab working on the project.” Jack called. “Page him.”
“On it.” Xander said into the radio before pulling out his pocket link.
“I have to go.” Henry Deacon said to his old friend Kim. “I'll be back in a little bit.”
“What's wrong?” Kim asked him.
“Something's come up at the garage.” Henry said. “I'll be back in a couple of hours.”
“All right. Can you bring back some of those Vincepressos?” Kim asked. “Those are really good.”
Henry grinned. “Not a problem.”
“I vote for Zoe pickpocketing the damn thing.” Jo said as she stared at the helmets Henry had come up with.
“Seconded.” Jack said. “I'm sorry, but I get real bad helmet hair.”
“I could just deck the guy.” Xander offered.
“If anyone is hitting him, it's me. I designed the damn thing!” Henry declared. “I'll even wear the helmet.”
“I'll back you up.” Xander said. “You two cover the outside?” He asked Jack and Jo.
“Let's do this. He's in Cafe Diem now.” Jack sighed.
“Hang on, I want to get a picture of the two of you in those helmets.” Jo said as she went to go get her camera out of her desk.
Henry sighed as Xander chuckled and stood next to him.
After their eyes recovered from the flash, they were on their way.