Xander lay back on his bed and stared at the ceiling. Country music droned on in the background, but the Music of Pain simply didn’t have the same effect it had before the night before. Before Halloween. His mind was haunted by a dozen bloody battles, friends and comrades dead, dying or worse.
Of blond hair, and a gentle smile.
Was it really fair that he grieved for a woman that he hadn’t really met?
He had thought that the fatigues he had acquired from the disposal store were just surplus, but apparently they had belonged to a real soldier once. Sailor, rather. A former SEAL instructor. And now Xander remembered his life.
His musings were interrupted by the trilling of the phone. God, Willow, what is it now? While Xander loved the redhead - the only person to ever call his extension - he really wasn’t in the mood to talk to anyone, even her.
Resignedly, he reached over and lifted the receiver from the cradle. “’lo?” he groaned.
Xander sat up. He knew that voice as well as he knew his own. Working his jaw for a moment, he hydrated his suddenly dry mouth. “Kildar,” he returned, trying to match the other man’s tone.
Holy crap! He’s REAL!
“Just Mike’ll do, kid. After last night … hell, I wasn’t even sure any of this was real until you picked up the damn phone! Yesterday I just fell into a dammed coma for three hours! Scared the shit outa’ ‘Stasia - took me this long just to calm her down.”
Xander nodded. “Wake up calls can be painful.”
They sat in silence, the hiss of the long-distance line filling the quiet. Then Mike continued. “What can I do?”
Xander hesitated. When a multi-millionaire with his own private army and a nuke in his basement offered his help, it gave him pause. What can Mike do? You can’t call an air-strike on the Mouth of Hell, for crying out loud! Then he smiled. “How about a few bottles of Mother Lenka’s brew?”
The man who traded favours with Presidents was flabbergasted for a moment, then burst into laughter. “Shit, kid, I’ll make it a whole damned case!” Then he sobered. “Seriously, man, the things you and your friends do, most of the teams wouldn’t do, and you’re doing it for nothing. If there’s anything - anything - I can do to help, just gimme a call.”
On Halloween, Xander didn't dress as a soldier, he dressed as a Ghost...
I honestly can't remember who recommended me to check out Sunnydale Tigers
, but whoever it was out there, thanks :D
It's not every day I read a fic where I'm completely in the dark about the crossover, so when I came across Sunnydale Tigers
, I did a quick search for the crossover and found it was one I hadn't even heard of before, let alone read any of, but the story and writing within the fic was done in such a way that I didn't need to know who Michael ‘Ghost’ Harmon was or any of the characters from the Kildar series...
While Sunnydale Tigers
is pretty short at the moment, this is one I can really recommend, it's a YAHF true, but it's one sticking to the canon of a soldier, and without overly super powers or any universe changing abilities. It keeps true to Xander's nature and actually really works as a down to earth crossover without bringing too much of either universe against each other. Sunnydale Tigers
is one definitely going on my tracking list, it's one I will be keeping a close eye on this year as I can see some fantastic things down the line for this fic.
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