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This story is No. 2 in the series "Phoenixverse". You may wish to read the series introduction and the preceeding stories first.

Summary: (Complete) Sequel to Phoenix Risings. Xander finally comes face to face with his destiny. Now, that that's done, what will he say to Buffy. Chapter 7 up. (B/X, Sam/Daniel, Eric/Faith, Gabrielle/Joxer) Enjoy. R/R.

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Multiple Crossings > Xander-Centered > Pairing: BuffyJonathanFR18724,318068,6294 Dec 0329 Feb 04Yes

Phoenix Risings: Phantasmal Terrain

Title: Phoenix Risings: Phantasmal Terrain
Rating: PG-13/R
Chapter Number: 1
Author: White Werewolf
Category: Buffy/Xander, Sam/Daniel, Gabrielle/Joxer
Spoilers/Timeframe: All I know for sure it is after "Becoming Part 2."
Disclaimer: I don't own anything but the ideas and my computer.
Summery: After Buffy leaves Sunnydale, Xander decides to go looking for her. On the other side of the universe, Ninedinna wants the book she created...the Necronomicon Ex Mortis: the Book of the Dead.
Author Notes: This part is just a prologue to the Phoenix Risings Trilogy; which is in turn the starting fic to a huge series. This is the second part of the trilogy. It will be mainly focused on the Buffy/Xander relationship and it will be housing many crossovers.
Special Thanks: Danii, Tenhawk, Teri, Silent Bob Foley, and X-Lander

Crossovers Planned:
Buffy: the Vampire Slayer
Hercules: the Legendary Journeys
Evil Dead
Stargate SG-1
Xena: Warrior Princess
Three's Company

Cameo Crossovers will suddenly appear. Take a read, and see if you can spot one.
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Ash glared at the man in his doorway and asked in a stern voice, "Who are you again?"

Wesley gulped feeling fear swell in his stomach, "Uh...my name is Wesley. Wesley Wyndam-Pryce. I'm to be Faith's watcher."

The scarred man looked at him and said with a smirk, "Well, Wussley."

He said quietly, "Wesley."

Ash nodded, "Right, Wussley. Anyway, the name's Ash. Faith's my niece over on the couch, and that's our friend, Xander."

Ignoring the comment on his name, he said, "Anyway, it's nice to meet you Ashley."

Ash said in a strong voice, "Ash. Just Ash."

Wesley nodded not wanting to cross the man. "Sure. Ash, anyway. I'm here to help train Faith with becoming the next vampire slayer."

The former promised one said, "No you aren't. Xander and myself are going to train her. I don't want any four-eyed tweed wearing bookworm to train my Faith, y'hear."

The new watcher finally said with determination. "Listen, Mr. Williams."

Ash gave him a look.

He adjusted himself, "Listen, Ash. The Watchers' Council has sent me to train young Ms. Williams. I assure you that your caringness is duly noted, but I must train her."

Ash said, "I don't care about any Watchers Council, Wussley. I'm through with following tradition when it comes to destiny. The only way for my niece to survive is if she has some proper training from a guy who's fought for his life. Not some guy who's spent his college years with a book in his face!"

"Now, see here, Mr. Williams."

"Stop this," Xander said as he approached the two facing men. "Faith is going to need all the help she can get. Now, settle down." He then glanced at his co-worker, "that means you."

Ash gave an innocent look, "What did I do?"

Faith reached her uncle, friend, and new watcher, "C'mon, Jeeves. Uncle Ash is just looking out for me. If you knew what he's been through, you'd understand."

Wesley nodded, "Right. The Necronomicon. Statement received."

Ash showed a confused look, "You know about that damn book."

He said calmly, "I'll tell you all about it if we can sit down."

Faith smiled, "No problem. This way."

With that said, the four of them went over to the living room. Faith, Ash, and Xander sat down in their previous seating arrangements. Wesley sat down in the other chair.

When settled, Wesley started, "Right. The Watchers' Academy has their students study ancient books from all folklore. The Necronomicon is one of those books. We were able to get some notes about it from Raymond Nolby."

Ash asked, "Nolby? That's the guy who made the tape."

The Englishman said, "That he did. Mr. Nolby wrote a set of notes and a recorded tape. He sent the notes to the council first, and made the tape second. That was the last time we heard about him. From the notes he sent, we learned that the a 20th century man was to be sent back to Medieval Europe. You, Mr. Williams, were that man."

Ash immediately stood up and glared at him, "You mean to tell me that your fuckin' council knew about that book and you didn't do anything about it. You let me get sucked into that damn time period! Do you have any idea how I much I went through! Do you know I had to dismember my girlfriend to save her soul!?"

Wesley said calmly, "We understand that you'd feel that way, Ash. But from what we learned from the notes, it was only meant for you to go through. No one from the council could interfere."

"So that's your excuse? Just because from what it says in a damn book, you let it happen? I know for a fact that that didn't stop Xander here."

At the mention Wesley turned to the young man, "You're not Alexander Harris, are you?"

Xander gulped, "Yeah, I am."

"Well," he began, "You know that Ms. Summers passing was foretold, and because of your interference, we have two slayers to deal with now."

He said with venom, "Excuse me if I didn't want to see my friend die. Excuse me if I didn't want to see her not coming to school the next day. I wanted her to live, Wes. So, I dragged Angel down to the lair and performed CPR."

"I must say, Mr. Harris. You put the whole prophecy into jeopardy."

"So, what if I did. I brought Buffy back to life. Now, she's alive. And you have two slayers. If you ask me, two slayers are better than one."

The Englishman nodded and said calmly, "That is correct. And this time, Mr. Harris. The Council sent me to help train Faith while she's still gaining her powers. And I'm afraid that your help isn't needed."

Ash said sternly, "Shut your hole, Wussley. Faith is going to get trained by all three of us. I don't like you training her. But I don't want her to die. So, I'm going to swallow my pride, and help my niece."

Xander nodded, "As am I, Wes. But right now, I got an appointment to keep. If you don't mind, I got to get going."

Faith nodded, "That's cool, X. We'll see you tomorrow."

Ash nodded, "Yeah, after you talk with Kevin. Call me, and Faith and I'll help you patrol."

He smiled, "Sure. I'll see you later. And Wesley?"

Wesley answered, "Yes?"

"Treat Faith well. And let us help her. I'll see you tomorrow."

The watcher slumped into his chair, "We shall see about you helping Ms. Williams, Mr. Harris."

Ash glanced up at his chainsaw and said to the other man, "Lemme say this, Wesley. You either let us help train Faith, or I'll get my chainsaw here and do a little surgery. And, I didn't take the Hippocratic Oath."

He gulped, "Acknowledged."


***
With that said, Xander left the cabin and jumped into his car. He was about to turn the car on when he looked into the night sky.

It was completely tranquil and peaceful. The only light came from inside the cabin and the lamppost that was at the foot of the driveway.

His eyes smiled when they saw the wholeness of the moon. It was painted white with the few speckled gray circles that created the craters. Stars scattered the sky giving the earth the needed light to see his surroundings.

There were no sounds, no cars backfiring, or no cries for help.

It was one of those random peaceful nights that Xander learned to cherish. He only wished he had Buffy with him. To see her smile would make this picture even more memorable.

To have her with him would be perfect. To have her snuggle with him under the sky. To have their arms wrapped around each other giving the needed feeling of sercurity and love.

Only if Buffy felt the same way about him. Only if she realized that he cared a great deal about her.

With a sigh, he knew the truth. Buffy was the unattainable. The one person that held his heart, and never realized the way he felt. But that didn't stop him. He had to show her the truth about him. Show her the inner Xander, the inner person that nobody else saw. Not even Willow. He had to be truthful to her about everything and be what she needs him to be. And hopefully when time went on, she would realize her inner feelings and try things with him.

True that was hoping a lot. But, he couldn't get that dream out of his mind. For the first time in years, he had it again last night. Nothing different about it, but it did happen. Why now?

He shook his head. Stupid question. All on his mind this past week was Buffy. His subconscious mind must've gotten involved with it which released the dream.

Xander casually looked down at his watch and realized that he had to get going. So, he turned on the ignition, roared the engine to life, and drove off.

***

"Anything, Herc?"

Hercules sighed as he closed the book he was reading. "Nothing out of the ordinary. That includes anything to do with my family too."

Xander sighed as he slumped into his chair. "This is getting insane. We've been trying for a week, and nothing Hercules. When are we going to find anything on this ghost? I'd say we could call the Ghost Busters but I don't want to cause to much attention to what we're doing."

The demigod nodded, "You're probably right, but I wouldn't rule them out. Remember, they did stop Ghozer about a decade ago."

The teenager nodded, "Yeah. I remember that. Was kinda young then, but the Ghost Busters were really cool. I mean how cool was it for them to go against the Stay Puft Marshmellow Man. But if it were me, it would be that guy on the Twinkie bags."

The son of Zeus chucked, "Something tells me you're probably right. Thinking of the Ghost Busters is all in good fun, but we need to focus on this."

Xander said with determination, "Right. So what do we know at this moment?"

Hercules replied, "One, Buffy's in LA. Two, you have to stop it before finding her. Three...three...three. Uh, we don't have a three, do we?"

He sighed, "Guess not. But I know I'm going to fight this thing and then I'll finally find her."

The actor smiled, "Yeah, you'll find her. And with my help."

Xander added, "As well as Ash and Faith."

He showed a confused look, "Faith?"

The boy chuckled, "Sorry, forgot to tell you. I met Ash's niece today, and it turns out that she's a slayer. Ash, her watcher, Wesley, and I are going to train her. Make her a strong slayer so she'll survive longer than her predecessors."

"Oh," the demigod said in realization. "so it looks like you're gaining more and more friends."

Xander smiled, "Yeah, I guess I am. Not that there's anything wrong with that."

He laughed slightly, "Nothing wrong there, Xander." Glancing at the clock, he said, "well, we're obviously not going to get anywhere tonight. Want to patrol?"

The teenager shrugged, "Sure. Lemme call Ash, Faith, and Wesley."

Hercules said, "You know, Xander. Having friends want to patrol with is great, but I don't want to keep hiding my abilities to everyone. Why not you and me just patrol. Ash, Faith, and Wesley could patrol on their own."

He stated, "I know. But you should've seen what happened back at the cabin. Ash and Wesley nearly killed each other. Well, actually, Ash was going to kill Wesley. If I don't go with them, that will happen."

The television star said, "I understand. You patrol with them tonight. Tomorrow after work while it's still day out, we'll try and do some basic searching-the old fashion way."

Xander asked, "You sure you don't want to patrol with us?"

Hercules nodded, "Yeah. Not tonight. Like I said, tomorrow after work."

"Not a problem. Can I use your phone?"

Hercules went to his cell phone and suddenly remembered, "Don't you have one?"

He nodded, "Yeah, I do. I forgot it back at the apartment."

The actor grabbed his phone and tossed it to him. "Here you go, Xand."

Xander smiled, "Thanks." He then started to dial when he paused. The boy turned back to face his friends, "Couldn't you get your family involved in this?"

Hercules looked at his friend, "I've thought about it, Xander. Ares wouldn't do it. Aphrodite wouldn't know how to deal with a ghost. Hades might work, but remember, Hades only has souls from his time period. There's a chance that this ghost is recent."

Xander sighed, "What you say makes sense."

He shrugged, "Sorry to disappoint you."

The boy said, "Don't worry about it, Herc. I'll just call the others, and we'll get going."

With that said, Xander called his friends, and the four of them arranged a meeting time for them to patrol. When finished, Xander said goodbye to his friend, and left for his apartment to pick up supplies.

***

"Alright, Faith."

Faith turned to her right and saw her new watcher standing right next to her, "Yeah, Jeeves?"

Wesley said calmly, "This is your first patrol, and against my better wishes, we also have your uncle and your friend."

Ash looked at him, "Is that a problem?"

He gulped, "Well, actually..."

With a lopsided grin, Ash petted his chainsaw hand with his normal. "Yeah?"

The Englishman quickly covered himself, "Of course it's not a problem, I just find it wrong for a watcher to have to slay the undead with two other people that are not slayers."

Xander smiled, and stated calmly, "I can understand that, but think of it this way. Ash is the former promised one. He's been through this kina stuff before. I've been fighting vampires for a year and a half now. And. I've saved Buffy's life at least three times."

Faith showed a confused look, "Three times? What happened? You only told us about when B had to slay that Master vampire guy."

The teenager nodded, "Yeah, well there is that. Then there's the time when Teresa was about to kill her. I dusted her with the leg of an easel. Then I pulled her out of a hole that had fish people swimming around inside."

The newly being accustomed slayer smiled, "I'm glad I became friends with you, X. I could use all the help I could get."

Wesley sighed, "I still believe that you don't need any more help training wise. I've been trained by the Council, and assure you that I know methods of combat like Tai Kwan Do as well as other Martial Art methods."

Ash said determinedly, "Those methods are nice and all, Wussley."

The watcher said with venom, "Wesley, Ash. Please refrain yourself from calling me Wussley. I rather distaste the name."

Xander sighed, "Why did you have to say that, Wes?"

He showed a confused look, "Say what?"
The scarred man smiled evilly, "As I said before, Wussley. Those methods are predictable. I don't know how those methods are in battle, but I prefer to be spontaneous. That way, your opponent doesn't know what hit them."

Wesley glared at the man that was becoming someone that he rather disliked, "Now, you see here, Mr. Williams. That fighting style is likely to put you in the hospital. There's no form, no balance, and no organization. If you ask me, it's rather sloppy."

He picked up Wesley by the collar and brought him face-to-face, and said calmly, "Listen, Wesley. And listen good. I don't like you, and unless I misread you, you don't like me. But there's one thing that we have in common, and that's Faith. We both want her to become the better fighter and survive. So, unless you want me never to state the Hippocratic Oath, I'd seriously keep acting like the jack ass you are."

Wesley took a deep breath, "Well, Ash. Unhand me this instant. I may go by the books when it comes to fighting methods, but I assure you, I've been trained by the best, and that's no lie. Everyone at the Watchers' Academy has learned these methods and their slayers have lived longer than the ones in the past."

Xander approached the two bickering men and grabbed them by the forearms. Then he separated him, "I've had enough from you two. All you seem to do is yell at each other. You both have points, and their good ones, but you need to stop. You're acting like the way I acted with Angel."

The Englishman said, "What makes you the voice of reason, Mr. Harris?"

He said honestly, "I just don't want any more bloodshed to be caused by fighting. Because of that, I lost Kendra. True, I didn't know her that well, but she was a person I knew. I've lost her, Jenny Calendar, and my best friend, Jesse McNally. I don't want the same thing to happen to Faith here."

Ash sighed and said, "The kid's right. If you stop your moaning on how to do things properly, then I'll try and tolerate you. It's going to be a while before I actually treat you with respect." He then glanced at his niece, "and I believe you can see why."

Wesley reset his collar, "And I'll try and respect you, Ash. It's just that I haven't been trained to work well with others. You see, Watchers and Slayers have a relationship that sets them up for fighting the vampires. We are not used to have other people try and help us."

Xander stated, "Well, I help because I don't want to see anyone else I know die. That and I can't just sit around and do nothing while people are dying left and right. The whole time wondering why people are, and wondering what will happen to me?"

Faith said, "Which I why I wanted to help you patrol, Uncle Ash."

He grinned, "I appreciate that, Faith. But I didn't want to lose you. Now, that I found out that you're a vampire slayer, we're going to make sure you get all the help you can get."

Wesley nodded, "I must admit. You really do care about each other enough to want to help train her, Mr. Williams. The same goes for you, Mr. Harris. This is going to be hard for me to allow."

Ash nodded, "Yeah, this is going to be hard. But, I'm willing to work on this problem with you."

The boy grinned, "Well, was that so hard?"

"I don't know. I keep wondering what would happen if we killed one of you."

Ash smirked, "I was hoping to get some action tonight."

Wesley nodded, "Now, Ash. Remember, tonight's patrol is to get Faith some training." He turned to face his new slayer, "watch me-"

He was cut off by a vampire who punched him in the stomach causing the Englishman to fall to the ground winded. "Bloody hell." He said outloud.

That same demon was about to launch himself on his prey when he heard a buzzing noise. He turned around and saw a man with a chainsaw revving attached to the limb.

With a lopsided grin, Ash said, "Come get some."

The vampire looked at this prey that was still lying on the ground and at his other comrades. "Ivy, Mack, Huck go kill them. I got this maniac!"

With that said, James ran to the scarred man. "No chainsaw can kill me?"

Ash chuckled, "Want to make a bet?" He then ran the blade of the chainsaw down his arm separating the limb from the body.

James snarled, "What the fuck did you do?"

He smirked, "Oh, didn't you see? I guess not. Here, let's try this again." Then he cut off his other arms followed by his legs. "What are you gonna do now?"

James' body fell to the ground. He tried to move, but with no limbs, he couldn't move. "You're dead!"

"Look Mom." Ash said as he yanked the demon by the shirt. "No hands." He then decapitated the demon watching it burst into dust.

"Groovy."

***

Ivy's eyes turned yellow as her game face appeared, "What ever you say, Jim." Then she threw herself at Xander. She pinned him down to the ground and gazed into his eyes. "Don't worry. This won't take long."

She then opened her mouth allowing her fangs to glisten in the moonlight.

With a grunt, Xander tightly grabbed his stake from his right hand and growled at her, "I don't think so." He then flipped her over until he was on top.

Ivy grinned, "I thought you'd like the top."

Xander sat up on his knees and brought both hands to meet at the wooden weapon. "You're not in the position to make remarks."

The vampiress said seductively, "Oh, but I do. You see, this one time at band camp. I shoved my flute up my pussy."

His eyes widened, "What?"

Before he or she could do anything else, Ivy suddenly felt something pierce through her gut. She turned around and saw the face of the attacker. "Son of bitch!" She yelled out loud.

Wesley grinned, "You see, Faith. That is one way to stake a vampire."

Xander smiled and got to his feet, "Thanks, Wesley." He then scanned his surroundings. "What happened to the other vamps?"

He smiled, "I staked the one called Mack after getting off the ground. Mr. Williams looked like he dismembered that head vampire, and I must say quite effectively. I don't know what happened to that other one."

He asked, "What other one?"

As if on cue, the three heroes heard someone yell, "What do you think you're doing?"

The three of them turned to see Faith whipping a roundhouse across the vampire's face.

Faith smiled, "Just a little footwork." Satisfied, the new slayer took the stake that she held in his right hand and plunged it in the demon's chest. "That was easy enough."

Ash smirked, "You didn't do half bad, Faith."

She grinned. "That was the plan."

Wesley added. "After staking my guy I saw her, Ash. She was actually handling herself pretty well for a while."

Ash nodded, "Nice one, but you could use some work." He then looked at his watch. "Listen kids. Xander and I got work in the morning. I assume that means Wes is going to do some training with Faith."

Wesley smiled, "That would be an excellent idea."

Ash said, "Treat her well. If she says you went out of line, I'm seriously going to train her myself." You got that."

He nodded, "Understood. I guess this means that this is a trial run. In your eyes I assume."

The clerk said, "You got that right. Think of this as a trial run."

Wesley dusted himself off. "Consider your niece in good hands. You won't regret this."

He stated with venom, "I better not."

Xander smiled, "Good. I'll see you later."

With that said, Xander went over to where he parked his car, jumped in, and drove off.

As soon as he left, the three of them faced each other.

Faith smiled, "I like him, Uncle Ash. He obviously has some experience."

Wesley said, "I concur. All those years on the Hellmouth has done him well."

Ash and Faith looked at each other and then at the watcher, "Hellmouth?" They asked in unison.

TBC
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