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Summary: It wasn't his engine falling out that ended Xander's road trip.

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DC Universe > Green LanternRubyPaladinFR15416,30287523,18425 Nov 0915 Feb 10No




Chapter 3


Faith still could not believe Xander was a Green Lantern. He was the most normal guy back in Sunnydale but now he put B to shame in the power department. She wasn’t sure what to think of it but as she lay back down on her bed which was a lot softer than anything she had in her life, she didn’t care. Even though he was being ordered to do this by his bosses, Xander still took her shopping for anything she needed or wanted for life in Sunnydale. The house he had was pretty cool too but it seemed more like a place to crash rather than a home for Xander. She got up and walked downstairs deciding to watch TV. Faith turned her head as she thought she heard a fly.


Buffy, Willow, and Tara sat at a table at the Espresso Pump. Willow noticed that Tara was busy reading a book and curiosity struck her as she wondered what she was reading.

“What are you reading there, Tara?” She asked.

“Just a book on auras.” Tara said. “You-r friend, Xander, has a strange aura.”

Buffy seemed to perk up at the comment. “Strange.” She said. “What do you mean by that?”

“Well, his aura was really green.” Tara replied. “It was like som-ething ch-charged his aura with energy.”

“He’s got to be possessed.” Buffy said. “No wonder he left.”

“We don’t know that to be sure.” Willow said quickly before turning to Tara. “What does the book say green means?”

“Green signifies Willpower.” Tara said. “But, no one is suppose to have that green of an aura. It’s unnatural.”

“What do you think Xander’s up to now?” Buffy asked.


Xander blasted the creature in what he thought was its neck. He wasn’t even going to try to think what about what the thing was or even query the ring about it. He had only came here to respond to a distress call only to arrive when the ship blew up. The explosion had torn a hole in the dimensional boundaries and this strange monster was trying to come out.

“Why won’t you die?” He asked it.

Creating a gigantic green chainsaw construct, he started to saw away at the monster. The monster began to retreat back into the hole that it had came out of. The monster seemed to roar as it managed to wrap a tentacle around Xander’s right ankle.

“Oh, hell no!” He yelled. “You are not dragging me with you!”

He brought the chainsaw construct against the tentacle but the tentacle didn’t seem to have any give to it at all. The hole in space grew nearer as he worked to free himself. Luck wasn’t with him as he was drawn into the hole. Xander closed his eyes and began to scream.

“Oh, shut up.” Someone with a gravely voice said. “You’re not dying.”

Xander opened up his eyes and noticed he was in a large white room that reminded him of the Matrix. He turned to see what looked like a man but he seemed to be clothed entirely in darkness. The man pointed over to a simple chair and Xander sat down in it. Whoever this ‘man’ was, he wasn’t going to try to antagonize the man.

“That’s better.” The man said.

“If you don’t mind me asking, who are you?” Xander asked.

“Of course, I am the Shadow Master.” He explained. “I have been watching you since The Harvest. You are a chaotic point of convergence in the multiverse as well as several other realities that exist. You are the moth that has found its way into the Tapestry of Destiny. Your every action causes the Tapestry to be rewoven from that point on. For a mere mortal, you are exceptionally intriguing.”

“What do you want?” Xander asked.

“You are a true hero and I wish to play games.” Shadow Master said.

“I’m not interested in games right now.” Xander replied.

“Not even for what I may offer.” Shadow Master said indicating a table that had just appeared.

Xander walked over to it and saw cards scattered on the surface of the table. He picked one up and recognized Kal-L, the Superman of Earth-2. Dropping the card back on the table, he picked up another card to see a beautiful woman he didn’t recognize. Another card let him see the picture of Abin Sur, the Green Lantern who preceded Hal Jordan. He picked up another card to see Batman staring back at him. He turned back to the Shadow Master.

“I have the power to resurrect but I have not exercised the ability in quite some time because I had no need to.” Shadow Master said.

“What is this about?” He asked.

“I choose the game and you play it.” Shadow Master said. “Win and you get a random prize from the table.”

“The prize would be...” Xander said wishing that the entity would elaborate.

“I hold the keys to resurrecting the heroes you see before you.” Shadow Master said. “Play my game and pick a card off the table. Depending on how you do, I will challenge you again.”

Xander nodded and found himself within a stone maze. He rolled his eyes as he had wished he would have a little warning at first. He began to run down the maze as the Shadow Master had felt inclined to relieve him of his power ring when he heard a scream. Xander turned down another path to see a little girl surrounded by vampires. He grabbed on of the rather ominous torches and tried to attack the vampires only to have the vampires swarm him. The last thing he saw before blackness filled his vision was the girl escaping.

“Congratulations, you’ve not only won but also earned bonus points.” The Shadow Master said.

Xander opened his eyes to see he was back in the white room with his power ring back on. The Shadow Master seemed to be smiling at him. Xander looked over at the table to see the cards were glowing. He walked over towards the table and picked up one of the cards. Xander saw the beautiful human woman he had seen previously. The Shadow Master nodded and Xander picked up another card. On it, he saw the face of a woman he had only seen once before. It was the day he met John Stewart.


Three Months In Training...

Xander was in the cafeteria after the latest training session with the Gray Gargoyle otherwise known as Kilowog. He was trying what was suppose to be a pepperoni pizza made by the cook but it didn’t seem to taste right.

“Rule number one, the cook has trouble with Earth food.” He heard a rather strong voice say from behind him.

Xander turned to see, to his surprise, another human Green Lantern. He still hadn’t met everyone in the Corps and he doubted he’d ever would. The dark-skinned Green Lantern walked over and sat at Xander’s table.

“Name’s John Stewart.” He said. “I’ve been hearing a few things about you. I don’t think Kilowog has ever been more impressed with a new recruit.”

Xander laughed. “Funny, I thought that Gray Gargoyle didn’t like me.” He replied.

“He likes you. Kilowog is just pushing you harder than the rest of the recruits because he sees a lot of potential in you.” John said. “I do too after you took down Kanjar Ro when you went on that training mission with Arisia.”

“Bug guy just ran right into me so I created a fly strip. I thought we were suppose to bring him back to Oa to stick inside a sciencell but Arisia turned him over to the planetary authorities.” Xander explained. “Oh well, no big.”

“Still, it is a big deal.” John said. “But you seem to have something on your mind.”

“Been wondering about Cordelia.” He said.

“Girlfriend?” John asked.

“Not anymore but I’d still die to protect her no matter what was coming after her.” Xander replied.

“I had someone like that.” John said as his eyes seemed to be reminiscing about her.

John’s ring, unintentionally or intentionally, displayed a hologram of Katma Tui. Xander gazed upon the hologram.

“She’s beautiful.” Xander said.

“Her name was Katma Tui. She was my wife.” John told him.

“I’m sorry.” Xander replied. “I know what its like to lose people close to you.”


“Oh boy, I’m going to have some explaining to do.” Xander said as he noticed all but one of the cards stopped glowing. “What’s with that card?”

“Consider it a more personal prize.” Shadow Master said. “I thought you might enjoy it.”

Xander picked up the card to see Kendra looking back at him. He was about to say something when he found himself falling onto his coffee table back at his house. Hitting the table hard enough to shatter it, he was knocked unconscious.


Meeting Bzzd was a rather big surprise but it was a good one. The Green Lantern fly quickly got past the attempt to swat at him with a fly swatter saying that Xander had tried to do the same thing. Waiting for Xander to return, Faith had put the movie, The Fly, in to watch. Bzzd looked over at her when the movie was done.

“I don’t get it.” He said.

“You don’t see the humor.” She said laughing. “Sorry, I’ve got a twisted sense of humor.”

Suddenly, Xander appeared over the coffee table for a second before crashing on top of it. He was unconscious by the time Faith and Bzzd recovered from their shock. Bzzd began to check him over using his power ring as Faith noticed three cards in Xander’s left hand. She picked them up and cried out momentarily in pain as sparks of energy flew from the cards. The cards flew out of her hand and fell on the floor a short distance away. Bzzd and Faith stared as energy continued to crackle from the cards. A bright flash of white light momentarily blinded them and Faith thought he heard Bzzd muttering something. When she regained her sight, she was surprised to see three, rather sexy in her own opinion, women laying on the floor. One of them seemed alien to her with her rather red skin. Another woman had skin that reminded Faith of an Orion slave girl from Star Trek. The third girl had dark skin and Faith couldn’t shake the feeling that she’d seen her somewhere before. She ran upstairs to Xander’s room to grab a few shirts and some sweatpants for the three women. Faith got back downstairs as the three women were waking up. They quickly thanked her for the clothes and got dressed.

“So, I’m Faith. The little green fly is Bzzd and the guy laying on the shattered coffee table is Xander.” Faith said making the introductions.

The green skinned woman was the first to respond. “I’m Jenny.” She said before looking over at Xander and Bzzd. “Can you get a hold of Kyle for me?”

Bzzd looked over at her. “No wonder you seem familiar.” He said. “You’re Jade. Yah, I can contact Kyle for you.”

“Can you contact John as well?” Katma Tui asked.

“I can, Tui.” Bzzd said.

Faith looked over at the third and smiled.

“And you are?” She asked.

“I am Kendra. I am de Slayer.” She said. “Or I was. I died.”

The other two women confirmed similar stories and Faith looked back over at Xander. She shook her head.

“I so did not want to call Giles.” She said.

It had taken Giles twenty minutes to get over to Xander’s house but he was visibly shocked when he saw Kendra answer the door. Every part of his being knew that the girl was dead but to see her standing before him was almost unreal.

“Kendra?” He asked wondering if maybe Xander had somehow met an identical twin of the dead Slayer.

“It is good to see you again, Mr. Giles.” She said. “De last time I had seen you was the night I died.”

“How is this possible?” He asked as she let him inside.

“I don’t know, G, but maybe Xan will tell us when he wakes up.” Faith said from the stairs.

Giles did a double take when he saw the other Slayer. “Faith, what are you doing here?” He asked. “I heard you were in prison.”

“I was but now Xan’s my P.O.” Faith replied. “His bosses got me sprung from prison when they were able to find out that the delightful Mayor had been using a spell on me. Technically, I’m in Xander’s custody but I report to a Green Lantern who acts as my parole officer but it’s rather convenient that Xander happens to be a GL.”

“Quite.” Giles said as he noticed the other two women as well as a green fly. “Hello, I’m Rupert Giles.”

“Katma Tui.” Tui said introducing herself.

“Jenny Lynn.” Jenny said. “Hey Bzzd, did you get a hold of John and Kyle yet?”

“I have and have informed them of the situation.” Bzzd said. “Unfortunately, I have to head back to Oa.”

“See ya, Bzzd.” Faith said.

The Green Lantern fly flew away as three more Green Lanterns phased through the ceiling and landed on the floor. The two male human Green Lanterns were visibly shocked to see Jenny and Katma Tui. The woman who had arrived with them appeared to be the same species as Katma Tui.

“So, Bzzd was telling the truth.” Kyle said as he ran over to Jenny wrapping her in his arms. “I can’t believe it. You’re really here.”

“I am.” Jenny replied as she let herself be held in Kyle’s embrace.

“Katma,” John said as he held his no longer deceased wife in his arms. “I’m not going to let that happen again.”

“It wasn’t your fault, John.” Tui replied.

Soranik decided to let the reunions continue uninterrupted and walked up the stairs to find Xander in what appeared to be his bedroom. She formed a set of diagnostic tools that she used and began to check his condition. Xander began to stir as he awoke so she banished the constructs.

“How are you feeling, Xander?” She asked.

“Like I feel on my coffee table.” He said with a smirk. “What are you doing here?”

“Bzzd came by to visit you but you were unconscious.” Soranik replied. “Of course, there’s the matter of the three people you somehow brought back to life downstairs.”

Xander smiled but laid back down cradling his own head. “Oh, that.” He said holding out his ring hand. “I can’t really explain it well so see for yourself.”

Soranik touched her ring to his and Xander let her view his memories of the Shadow Master. She disconnected her ring and looked over at him.

“You are pretty strange, Xander.” She said with a laugh.

“So Doc, am I okay?” Xander asked.

“Yah, you’re fine.” Soranik said. “I’ll be going now.”

“Bye, Doc.” He said as she flew through the ceiling phasing her way through as she went.

Xander got up and headed downstairs to see Giles staring at him. He shrugged his shoulders and walked over to his father figure.

“Xander, how did you pull this off?” He asked.

“Well, I was fighting some weird alien that had appeared out of a rift in space. I was forcing it back in when it wrapped a tentacle around me and brought me in with it.” Xander explained. “I met a being inside that called itself the Shadow Master. Talk about a B-movie villain name.”
“Xander, focus please.” Giles said.

“Right, the Shadow Master offered me the chance to resurrect heroes who’ve been killed over the years and all I had to do was play his games.” Xander continued. “Clearly, I did and got a reward.”

“Why would he help you or even have an interest in you?” John asked.

“Something about me being a chaotic point of convergence in the multiverse as well as other quantum realities.” Xander answered. “I get the feeling I’m like a sitcom for him.”

John let out a small laugh. “That sounds about right.” He said. “I can see why he’d view it as a sitcom.”

“Thank you, Xander.” Kyle said walking over to him. “I know we never talked back on Oa...”

Xander shrugged. “You’re a busy guy.” He replied. “You’re the only one of the Honor Guard I don’t have a problem with.”

They said their goodbyes and Kyle left with Jenny and John with Tui. Faith sat down on the couch almost pouting.

“What’s the problem, Faith?” He asked.

“When are you going to let me off of house arrest?” She asked.

“I was planning on informing Buffy and Willow tomorrow with a bit of manipulation of the truth.” Xander said before looking over at Kendra. “I hope you don’t mind that scenario.”

Kendra shook her head. “No sir.” She said.

“Hey Ken, no need to be scared of Xan.” Faith told the other Slayer.

“I am not scared of him.” She replied. “I am merely treating him with the respect he deserves because of who he is.”

Xander shook his head. “Kendra, you don’t need to respect me just because I’m a Green Lantern.” He said. “You just need to get to know me before...”

“Xan, just let it go.” Faith said. “Besides, I can’t wait to see B and her little sister again.”

A confused look could be seen on Xander’s face. He stared at Faith.

“What did you say?” He asked.

“I wanted to see B and her little sister, Dawn.” Faith said in a tone as if she was dealing with someone who was dense. “What’s wrong with you, Xan? You lived here when B and her family moved to Sunnydale.”

“Yah, Buffy and her mother.” Xander said. “Buffy doesn’t have a little sister.”

Giles looked shocked. “Xander, how could you forget her?” He asked.

Xander backed away from them. “Listen, Buffy is an only child.” He said. “I don’t know who this Dawn girl is and I can’t figure out why you guys seem to think she exists.”

To Be Continued...

Author’s End Notes: So, anybody want to hazard a guess why Xander doesn’t know who Dawn is? Leave me a review please.
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