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This story is No. 1 in the series "Precipice". You may wish to read the series introduction first.

Summary: Xander is the One Who Sees... what, exactly? Complete for now, can stand alone, but a prologue to my longer work, "Daughters of Hera." Vaguely post "Chosen" for BtVS, spoilerish for the second half of the final season of BSG.

Categories Author Rating Chapters Words Recs Reviews Hits Published Updated Complete
Television > Battlestar Galactica > Xander-CenteredapolloFR131451012,10823 Aug 0923 Aug 09Yes
A/N: Standard disclaimer applies; I only own my DVD collection and my imagination, but not the characters or original universes. Many thanks to the brilliant minds who came up with such wonderful stories and characters to play with. No profit, or compensation of any kind, will ever be earned from this story, with the exception of whatever reviews you wish to leave.

This is complete for now, but I may choose to continue it at some point, or tie it into another of my stories. Either way, it will become important, and be revisited in, my story “Daughters of Hera.” For now, it serves as a prologue for that story.


Buffy: Set vaguely post 7x22 – “Chosen,” but no real spoilers except for the quote at the beginning, which is from 7x18 “Dirty Girls.”

Battlestar Galactica: Occurs post “Daybreak” and could probably be considered spoilerish for that episode. So everything, to be safe. That being said, I borrowed a line of dialogue with some minor modifications from 2x18 – “Downloaded” and both the final quote and the title from 4x15 – “No Exit.”

You're the one who sees everything, aren't you?

-Caleb, “Dirty Girls”

For about a week now, he had been seeing her. He never got a good look, but she was almost everywhere. Walking down the street, in a crowd, even in the forest, or in the cemeteries. Hanging back, on the periphery of his vision. Sometimes she had a guy with her, shorter than she was, with a cultured air to him. He had never seen the guy alone, but he had seen her alone. As he was never able to get within speaking distance before losing sight of them, he had no idea who they were, but he had seen them in daylight, so he knew they weren’t vampires. Not that that ruled out other demon species that could appear human, like vengeance demons.

Late one night, patrolling with Buffy, he saw her again, off in the distance. “Hey, Buff?” Xander asked.

“Yeah, Xander?” Buffy replied.

Before he could ask his question, the blonde woman in the slinky red dress was behind him. And, holy crap, leaning in to whisper in his ear. “Shhhhhh. I'm not really here. She can’t see me. No one can see me but you. Don't let her know,” she said. “It is not yet time again. Soon, the cycle will reset. All this has happened before, and all this will happen again. You must not tell her yet.” With that, she was gone.

He was strangely compelled to believe the mysterious woman. He had no clue what she meant, but he didn’t get the evil vibe off her.

“Xander?” Buffy asked again.

“Nothing. Thought I saw something; must have been a trick of the light,” Xander said.

Back on Earth, the warning signs that we got, they looked different to each one of us. I saw a woman, Tory you saw a man. Funny no one, no one else could see them. Galen, you thought you had a chip in your head.

-Samuel T. Anders, “No Exit”

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