Whoops forgot the disclaimer.
I do Not own the teen titans or Buffy the vampire slayer.
Of Knowing and Understanding
Xander rolled his eyes as he listened to Robin give his speech. It had certainly pumped up the other titans and they were staring at the boy wonder, eyes full of determination.
The teen titans sprang into action to take down some mediocre bad guy. This show annoyed Xander. It hadn’t a few years ago when it first came out, but now…ugh. Just ugh.
The characters all seemed so naïve and innocent. They had all seen darkness, but they really didn’t understand it. The only one that had been to the edge and back was Raven. Xander would have counted Robin, but the boy annoyed him deeply. He was always spouting off Batman’s principles and Xander wondered if the boy could even think for himself. He didn’t understand what it was like to take a life. He didn’t understand that sometimes it was just necessary.
Leaving the bad guys alive just gave them another chance to hurt others. Sending them off to jail was just putting of the inevitable. They would get out, kill or injure a few people and cause tons of property damage before getting their asses kicked and thrown back into jail. It was a never ending cycle and Xander for the life of him couldn’t figure out why the people who lived in the city didn’t leave. His best theory was that they had something like the Sunnydale syndrome there. Except their strain of the syndrome made it so that they knew what was going on, they just didn’t want to leave or cared enough to leave.
When he looked at the other superhero shows it was pretty much the same thing. There were no series on TV that actually made sure the heroes killed off the bad guys. They just locked them up and dealt with them again when they escaped. Xander shook his head.
These people, these heroes wouldn’t understand the Sunnydale lifestyle. They wouldn’t understand that sometimes it is necessary to kill. Killing off the bad guys stopped them from coming back and hurting the people that you care about. Xander flashed back to Angelus. Buffy had been like these heroes when it came to Angelus. She just refused to understand, refused to listen to the voice of reason. She had been foolish and it had caused people they all cared about to get hurt or die. Even afterward she tried to pretend everything was okay, but it wasn’t. Giles had been tortured and Ms. Calender was dead. Dead.
Xander stood up and turned the TV off. Buffy was like these heroes on TV, but Xander wasn’t. He knew the world wasn’t in black and white. He knew about all the shades of gray in between. He knew that some things just had to be done, no matter how unsavory the act may seem. Xander grabbed his favorite axe and a few stakes. That’s why Xander was going to track down Angel and kill him. That’s why he was going to burn down Spike’s hideout even though the vampire had been laying low for the past few weeks. It was because he knew and he understood.
A.N. just a quick one-shot to get my juices flowing.