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Summary: A visitor is seeking the Council's help in averting an upcoming apocalypse. And for a change, it's not happening in this universe.

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Marvel Universe > UltraverseGreywizardFR1521,2630106,03531 Aug 111 Dec 12No

Chapter Two

Author’s Note 1: This one is unbeta'd, as some of these submissions will be, so I'm the only one to blame for any conflicts or mistakes you might find.

Author’s Note 2: As usual, “word” indicates speech, :: word :: indicates mental communication and { word } indicates a character's thoughts.

Author’s Note 3: This is story #1 in my own personal Christmas Fic-A-Day Challenge.


"So, what you're saying is that you're looking for any help you can get to locate these artifacts this Argus asshole you told us about is searching for, 'cause they're the keys to control this Crucible of Life thing you've gotta fix, back in your home dimension?"

Faith's question drew a nod of confirmation from the tall, muscular blond-haired visitor, as he finished the mug of Arrogant Bastard Ale he'd been offered upon the group's return to the local Slayer compound. The second eldest Slayer smirked to herself as she recalled Red's comment about her fondness for the ale solely because of its name.

"Yes, that's exactly what I'm doing," the visitor, who'd introduced himself as Tom Hawke (and who was also known as 'Hardcase' in his superhero, or 'Ultra' identity, back in his home dimension) confirmed as he set down his mug.

"I'm one of several people who've been sent out to try and recruit help in locating the artifacts we need," he further elaborated on the purpose of his mission. "And from what my sponsor told me, we've only got about five – maybe, six – weeks, max, to find these things and get back home.

"If we can't do that, it'll be too late to reverse the changes which have already been made," he noted with a worried frown. "And I'm really starting to worry that we're not gonna be able to do it, because I'm pretty sure someone or something's interfering, already.

"I was part of a team which was being sent to a place called the Aerwa, and instead of going there, I ended up here. Where Flygirl might be, I have no idea," Hawke explained with a grimace. "Which makes me think someone or something's doing what they can to ensure we can't find what we're looking, so the whole mission goes does the toilet."

"We know exactly what you mean," Dawn gave their guest a nod of understanding to indicate her agreement with his assessment of the situation. "We run into the same sort of would-be Big Bads doing that kind of stuff, all the time.

"Although, we usually end up looking at deadlines of less than a week, so whoever's screwing with your people looks like they're giving you a break," she grinned cheerfully. "Either that, or they're brand-new to the Evil Overlord business."

"Okay, then. Let's get going, so we can get started, stud," Faith said, getting up from the table and smiling down at the newcomer with an extremely bawdy smile.

Smirking at Dawn, who was now glaring at her for what she perceived as an attempt to jump the gun in their efforts at getting better acquainted with their visitor, the longest-living Slayer ('for a single continuous time period, not considering death or other work-related interruptions,' as Xander had once so eloquently phrased it) then continued, "We should head on down to the Research Division, and get the geeks working on searching out anything they can find about this Godwheel thing, and these three Keys you're looking for.

"Odds are," Faith said, as she started heading for the door, "who- or whatever these assholes who're messing with your world are, they're gonna start thinkin' about branching out and maybe look to take over other worlds, once they're done screwing around with yours.

"So, I'm thinkin' that us helping you solve your problem is gonna let us avoid having to eventually deal with these same assholes," she predicted, giving Hawke one of her usual 'I'm a hot chick with superpowers' grins.

"And then, after we get the geeks started on that, maybe we can find somethin' – interesting – for all three of us to do for the rest of the night. Me and D are a team, after all."

The scandalized and self-conscious blush that covered Li'l D's face upon her last comment made Faith's already broad smile grow even wider.


The End?

You have reached the end of "Between A Rock And A Hardcase" – so far. This story is incomplete and the last chapter was posted on 1 Dec 12.

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