A Fortunate Accident
Chapter One: Halloween from a Hat
Disclaimer: I don’t own Buffy and anything else you recognize is not mine.
Warning: Mentions of cross-dressing.
“How are we supposed to choose costumes?” Buffy complained flipping idly through a dusty tome, “We have to have them by tomorrow,”
“I don’t know…draw them out of a hat,” suggested Giles plucking the book deftly from her fingers.
“That’s not a bad idea actually,” said Buffy.
“Ah…Willow, I assume Buffy told you that we shan't be requiring your services for a day or to,” Giles said shelving his books carefully.
Buffy and Willow exchanged pouts at their inability to sneak into Giles’ office and raid the Watcher Diaries for fun facts about Angel.
“Hello Willow, and G-Man,” Xander said grinning, he was still pointedly ignoring Buffy.
“Xander how many times must I ask you not to call me that?”
Buffy rolled her eyes.
“Wills, tell Mr. Macho Man over there about Giles’ idea so he’ll actually listen to you,”
“Oh well, Giles said to pick our costumes we should just draw some ideas out of a hat,” Willow said.
“Excellent plan, saves on unnecessary brain power,” Xander agreed nodding.
“So how’re we gonna do this then?” asked Willow.
“Well, I have a few minutes, Dawnie’s meeting me here in a bit, so we just write down some cool costume ideas, ten each let’s say, and toss ‘em in a hat and have Giles draw for us,” Buffy suggested.
“Male and female,” Xander said.
“Alright but you can only re-draw once, what fun would it be if it wasn’t random,” Willow agreed.
The trio immediately set to writing out a list of ten potential costumes each and cutting them up. The then spent ten minutes searching for a suitable container in which they could mix up the ideas. They eventually settled on the padded helmet Giles sometimes wore for training.
They were just getting ready to draw when Dawn flounced in.
“Whatcha doin?” asked the twelve year old cheekily.
“We’re choosing costumes,” Buffy explained shortly.
“Aren’t you guys y’know a little old for Halloween?” snickered the pre-teen.
“Alas our dearest Principal Snyder has taken upon himself to recruit us as badly adorned baby-sitters,”
“Wow Xan, I didn’t know you knew so many big words,” Buffy commented.
“I am a man of many and varied talents,” Xander said to Dawn.
“Can I pick too?” Dawn asked Giles, correctly pegging him as the one least likely to deny her wide eyed request.
“Of course my dear,” Giles agreed ignoring Buffy’s pointed, though silent, protests.
“Come park it over here Dawn-meister,” Xander offered.
Dawn happily hopped up on the table next to Xander the light of puppy love glowing brightly in her eyes.
“Now I’m picking for Willow first,” Giles decreed.
The Watcher/Librarian shook the helmet a little and dug his hand in among the thirty little slips of paper and pulled out the first one.
“Willow your costume is…Bella Swan,”
“From Twilight?” Willow queried uncertainly, “How is that a costume?”
“Ooh, I can help you!” Dawn squealed.
“Um…Buffy you are…Dorme? Who on earth is Dorme?” asked Giles squinting at the bit of paper he held as though the name would suddenly re-form itself.
“Dorme is one of the handmaidens to Padme Amidala, from the Star Wars prequels,” Willow explained while Xander flushed bright red, clearly that had been his addition to the pot.
“Thank god for the Internet,” Buffy said wrinkling her nose.
“Xander you are, Nasuada?”
This time Dawn grinned cheekily.
“I’m reading Eragon so I threw a few slips in there while you weren’t looking,” she said unrepentantly.
“Wait so I have to dress up like a girl? Nasuada is a girl’s name isn’t it? Crap! I’ll never live this down, my reputation for being a girly man will never fade,” Xander grumbled.
“Good, then you can stop pretending I don’t exist, cause that’s no longer my fault,” Buffy pointed out with an eye roll.
“If it’s any consolation, I think she’s a black warrior princess,” Willow said patting his arm.
Xander grunted, and heaved an annoyed sigh.
“Er…right, I just want to go on record having stated that you three are very strange,” Giles said clearing his throat, “Now last but certainly not least, Dawn, you get to go as John Connor,”
“Aw come on G-Man, I demand a re-draw!” Xander complained.
"Very well," Giles agreed rifling around for another bit of paper, "Xander you are...LeeLoo," Giles said wrinkling his brow at the unfamiliar name.
"Poor Xander," Buffy said wincing.
"This cannot be happening!" he moaned.
"Well it's you're own fault since I assume you put the name in there to have one of us dress up as LeeLoo," Willow pointed out.
"You've seen the Fifth Element, if I show up to trick or treat with six year olds dressed like that..." he trailed off with a completely unexaggerated horrified shudder.
“No re-draws!” the gang declared firmly.
"Fine I'll be friggin' Nasuada!" Xander grumbled.
“Come on Xan, this will be fun!” Buffy declared, moving towards the computer to look up pictures of Dorme the handmaiden.
“I can totally help you with your costume too! I have this great necklace that will make to perfect tiara and Mom has face paint and stuff somewhere…” Dawn babbled excitedly to Xander whose head was cradled in his hands pathetically.
“Never gonna live it down…never, never…” he was murmuring.
“Hey Wills we can get you some fake vampire scars…”
“Or just have Angel take a little nibble out of her,” Xander suggested caustically.
“Xander!” Willow admonished.
“We can glue a red apple to your hand too,” Dawn suggested.
“I was just kinda hoping for something more Halloween-y,” Willow sighed.
“Don’t worry Wills, vamp romance totally tops the weirdness charts believe me,” Buffy said wryly.
AN: Happy Hug a Donner Day! Next chapter will include shopping at Ethan's. Please review!
edit note: For all those who were confused can I just say oops! I accidentally deleted a bit of the story while posting and didn't notice. For those who are interested, I performed the same exercise of drawing papers out of a hat as per the challenge's instructions as described above, the only difference being that Xander drew LeeLoo first and Nasuada second. For those of you not familiar with the costumes you can find links below.
LeeLoo - Fifth Element - Movie
Nasuada - Eragon - Literature (portrayal below is from the movie)
John Connor - Terminator: TSCC - TV
Handmaiden Dorme - Star Wars: Attack of the Clones - Movie
Bella Swan - Twilight - Literature (portrayal below is from the movie)
Again sorry about the mistake, and no the story is not finished, again I just forgot to click unfinished when I did my story details. In case you didn't guess i was in a bit of a rush. Sorry!