more of the story (cont. ch 3)
AN: I blame the Brony Phenomenon for this one. That and Hasbro.
“So you've been watching TV all summer long?” Buffy asked Willow as she looked at the vast number of tapes that were lining every available bit of shelf space in Willow's room.
“Not exactly.” Willow said with a bit of blush. “I tried to do a scrying spell to see where Xander was on his road trip and it kind of stuck to my VCR. If what I've been taping is right, he's been dimension hopping for a while.”
“Why didn't you say anything?” Buffy shrieked. “We have to get him back!”
“Giles and I have tried. At this point it's been like a decade for Xander. Whatever is letting me see him compresses stuff into episode formats.” Willow told her friend. “I'm on like the twelfth season.”
“What's it like?” Buffy asked.
“Well, Xander's been married to this one woman named Shego for a while now. They've been traveling together using something called a Pan-dimensional vortex inducer. It takes a while to recharge sometimes so they are currently stuck in a land called Equestria.”
“As in My Little Ponies?” Buffy asked, her eyes wide.
“Yeah. Both Him and Shego transformed into Ponies and everything.” Willow said. “Though it's a little different than the cartoon we used to watch. Also... Xander's Cutie Mark is pixelated like you wouldn't believe.”
“What does he do there?” Buffy asked.
“Stud Service.” Willow told her. “At least behind the scenes. He works in carpentry during the day.”
“Okay.” Buffy blinked. “You make the popcorn and start up the tape. This is something I need to see to believe.” Buffy said.
“Yeah. The spin off, Equestrian Knights is more for adults. It comes on after the daytime episodes. Ponies after dark.” Willow said with a waggle of her eyebrows.
“I think you've been watching a little too much TV.” Buffy told her friend. “He's been gone twelve years?”
“Near as I can figure. He and Shego don't really age now that they got dosed with Chemical X.” Willow explained.
“Chemical X?” Buffy asked.
“Season 2” Willow said with a nod. “Don't even get me started what it did to his kid Phineas and Shego's son Ferb.”
“They have kids, but not with each other?” Buffy asked as she felt a headache forming.
“It's complicated.” Willow said as she popped in a tape so the two could watch the latest episode.
Twenty some odd minutes later....
On the screen....
“Are you happy now?” Shego asked Xander as she surveyed the general chaos and destruction around them.
“Are you kidding? That was the closest we may ever get to a wet t-shirt contest in this reality!” Xander grinned as his tail twitched in happiness. “Ahh... memories.”
“That was the first time you proposed to me.” Shego grinned.
“The first and certainly not the least. How many times did I end up asking before you said yes?” Xander asked her
“I lost count.” Shego told him.
Back with Buffy and Willow...
“Thirty seven.” Willow told Buffy. “Sometimes there was fire or slime involved. She finally said yes after a proposal at a car wash. He was buffing her buns with Carnauba oil at the time.”
“You've turned into some kind of sexual deviant watching those two haven't you?” Buffy asked Willow.
“Maybe a little.” Willow agreed. “It might be more but Oz is kind of a prude.”
Buffy shook her head. “So can I borrow the first season?”
“One tape at a time. These are my only copies at the moment." Willow said sternly.
Buffy just nodded. These tapes were their only link to their apparently lost friend.
She'd keep it safe.