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Empress Buffy, World Conqueror

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Summary: YAHF. But this one is a bit different from most because of who the Scoobies dress up as.

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Multiple Crossings > Buffy-CenteredGreywizardFR1837,34315718,84924 Dec 117 Dec 12No

Chapter One

Disclaimer: They all belong to Crack-Head Joss and ME, Marvel Comics, DC Comics or Walt Disney Productions. Yeah, I know that sucks, but you'll have to learn to deal with it. I have.

Category: Multi-crossover response to TTH Challenge 5385: Empress Buffy, World Conqueror.

Time Frame: Starts during Season Two's 'Halloween' episode, then rapidly goes AU.

Spoilers: None.

Character Bashing: None whatsoever. But then again of course, I don't really consider Snyder a character – he's more like a disease or malignant condition to be tolerated or endured.

Feedback: Of course!

Archiving: Talk to me first, please.

Author’s Note 1: Many thanks to Bill Haden and Theo (Starway_Man)for beta-ing this story.

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

Author's Note 3: Fic #24 for my Christmas Challenge Fic-A-Thon, and probably the last fic you'll see for a bit, since I've got a number of things going on in Real Life (tm) that will probably be keeping me busy for a while.

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Ethan's Costumes
Sunnydale, CA

October 30, 1997

"Okay, now I'm completely convinced – Snyder's *definitely* the minion of some evil demon overlord, and he's looking to drive me insane by forcing me to escort those sugar-hyped brats tonight, instead of letting me relax and maintain my sanity by vegging out on the couch the way I planned," Buffy complained as she led her two companions into the newly opened costume shop in a quest for outfits to wear the following night, per the Troll's instructions.

"Well, if that's true – and I'm not saying it isn't, Buff, 'cause I definitely don't believe that homunculus is in any way human," Xander immediately chimed in to elaborate on the Slayer's complaint, "then you should look on the bright side – you can stake him as many times as you want the next time you see him, without any qualms whatsoever.

"Just make sure no one's around to see you do it. Unless, of course, you'd like some help," Harris added cheerfully a moment later.

"And if you do, then I'd be glad to volunteer to help in any way you might require," he then added, waggling his eyebrows in a Groucho Marx-like manner which elicited at least a small grin from Buffy. "Especially if it involves torturing the little goblinoid before drawing and quartering him."

"Your ideas are sounding better and better with every passing second, Xand," Buffy's grin grew wider as she considered his suggestions.

"So, what kind of costume are you looking to get, Buffy?" Willow chimed in, preferring to change the subject to one less likely to get them locked up, should anything ever happen to their – ahem! – ‘beloved’ school principal.

"Well, you know how I was originally wanting to dress up as one of those noble-women that Angel would have escorted around back when he was still alive, 'cause they were all so well-dressed and refined and haughty and everything," the blonde admitted as all three teenagers began sorting through the costumes hanging on the various racks around them.

"But after the way things worked out last night – with Cordelia trying to steal Angel away from me, and then him not coming after me to see what could be wrong after I left," Buffy went on, a scowl appearing on her lovely features, "I'm feeling a lot more in the mood for a 'Come as you aren't' type costume, and maybe dress up as someone who could drop that *tramp* into a pool filled with piranhas, or maybe lock her in a room with a nonstop Barney and Smurfs marathon running."

"Whoa, now that would *definitely* require you dressing as some totally super-über-evil character, Buffster," Xander grinned as he looked over the contents around them.

"And hallelujah, I think I've just found the perfect costume for you, if you're serious about wanting to do that," he noted a moment later, as he pulled an outfit from its position on the rack nearest him.

"Buffy my bud, may I offer you – Maleficent, the self-proclaimed 'Mistress of All Evil', from the fairy tale, 'Sleeping Beauty'!" Xander said theatrically, as he offered his Slayer friend a hanger holding a black and purple robe, with a clear plastic bag holding a black horned headdress, a gold ring inset with a large black stone and a stuffed raven, and a short staff tipped with a faintly glowing green orb.

"Maleficent is the very epitome of an evil fairy – since she cursed a helpless baby, simply because the baby's parents didn't invite her to the christening – and, most definitely, someone who would have absolutely no qualms about perpetrating such crimes as you described just a moment ago, Buff," he grinned as he outlined the proposed character's background.

"Hmm…" The Slayer thoughtfully pondered the suggested costume for a moment for a moment, before her face finally broke out in a brilliant smile.

"You're right, Xand. That's the perfect costume for how I'm feeling right now," Buffy nodded her approval. "Now we have to find costumes for both of you guys, too."

"I'm thinking we should have some kind of a costume theme here," Xander immediately spoke up. "As in, we all dress as supervillains of some kind – but we also try to cover all the bases as supervillains."

"What do mean by that, Xander?" Willow chimed in, frowning at her oldest friend as she attempted to follow his admittedly more-than-a-little-warped way of thinking. "How can we be different *kinds* of supervillains?"

"Well, Buffy's going to be going as a superpowerful magic-user," the male third of their trio noted.

"So, I'm thinking you and I should maybe dress as supervillains whose powers, like, are just a normal part of them, like Superman's powers are for him. Or a supervillain who gets his powers from technology, like either Marvel Comics' Techno in his tech-pac suit or the Cyborg Superman, or someone like that," he suggested.

"Sounds good to me, Xander," Buffy nodded her agreement.

"How about you, girl friend o' mine?" the Slayer then grinned at Willow. "Want to join the forces of evil, and leave a trail of waste and destruction behind you?"

"Uh, sure, why not?" Willow gave Buffy a hesitant, somewhat uncertain smile back.

"Why, I'm even thinking of folding over some of the pages in the library books I borrowed!" the redhead declared in a semi-insubordinate voice, even as deep down she cringed at the reaction Giles would have upon hearing such a declaration.

"Way to go, Will! You're turning into a real menace to society!" the petite blonde joked. "Just don’t let Giles hear you say anything like that, or he won't let you into the library anymore," she warned the redhead, which coming so fast upon the heels of her own thought on the matter, made Willow decide her rebellious tendencies would be better expressed in another direction.

"So, Wills, you got any preferences as to which supervillain you might want to be?" Xander asked as he sorted through the various pre-packaged costumes piled on the shelves next to him.

"Uh, not really, Xander," Willow shook her head 'no.' "Do you have any suggestions for me?

"Uh, make that any suggestions that *I* would be willing to consider wearing?" she added an instant later, after a moment's consideration of exactly who it was she was asking for a recommendation.

"Well, normally, I'd suggest something in spandex but since you – hey, wait just a gosh-darn minute! This one's gonna be perfect for you, Will!" Xander exclaimed as his eyes fastened upon one of the costumes hanging on a rack in the next aisle over from where they were standing.

"And now, I know exactly who *I'm* going to be dressing up as, too," he added as he caught sight of a black one-piece outfit hanging close by the one he'd decided on for Willow.

"Okay, Buffy, grab three of those makeup kits next to you, 'cause we're all gonna need some face and body paint for our costumes – oh, and another black-haired wig for the Willow-meister, please," Xander directed, as he pulled a golden mace-like rod from the toy weapons bin next to him.

"And, Will, you grab two of those red capes behind you there, and that gold helmet on that shelf, there, too," the comic geek ordered as he grabbed both of the outfits he'd noticed a moment earlier, as well as a golden plastic chainmail shirt from another nearby shelf.

"Exactly what kind of supervillain are you going to have me dressing up as, Xander?" Willow demanded, more than a little suspiciously as she unenthusiastically did as he'd instructed.

"A warrior woman strong enough and ferocious enough that she could make even Buffy, here, look like one of us normal people, by comparison," was the only explanation Xander would offer in response to either of the girls' questions.

"Hey, trust me," Xander declared as he began leading his girls towards the front counter. "We’re gonna be the best supervillains this town's ever seen!"

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