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This story is No. 1 in the series "The Wheel Turns". You may wish to read the series introduction first.

Summary: The ultimate, most deserving candidate to be chosen for the Circle of the Black Thorn's project. I'm making this a separate chapter from the others, so that I don't discourage anyone else from offering possible candidates for the primary story.

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BtVS/AtS Non-Crossover > Dark > Xander-CenteredGreywizardFR1811,6662183,86912 Mar 1212 Mar 12Yes
Disclaimer: The Buffy and Angel characters all belong to Joss and ME. Deal with it. I have.

Category: Buffy/Angel crossover.

Summary: The ultimate, most deserving candidate to be chosen for the Circle of the Black Thorn's project. (At least, in my opinion.) I'm making this a separate chapter from the others, so that I don't discourage anyone else from offering other possible candidates for the primary story.

Time frame: Immediately follows the first chapter of my story, 'Another Turn On The Wheel,' which you can find here: http://www.tthfanfic.org/Story-20675/Greywizard+Another+Turn+On+The+Wheel.htm.

Spoilers: Nope. None at all, since this is completely AU from the Joss-verse..

Character Bashing: Nah. Not this time. Really. Okay, maybe a little for Angel due to his actions in the previous story.

Feedback: Of course!

Archiving: Talk to me first, please.

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

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A place where nothing need be what it seems.
A time meaningless to mortal minds


{ Where the Hellmouth am I? } he wondered as he opened his eyes and checked his surroundings, finding only a nebulous white fog-like mist surrounding him whichever way he looked. It was like a cliché from a low budget movie.

"You're at the mystical equivalent of a way-station, Xander," he then heard a still-familiar, but obviously-impossible-to-be-here, female voice answer his unspoken question from off to his left.

Spinning around to confront whoever it was who'd just spoken, Xander Harris' eyes narrowed as he recognized the ancient Greek-themed, white-robed figure in front of him – someone who appeared to be an even more beautiful version, if that were possible, of a former lover.

"Who are you?" Xander snarled, not willing to accept the possible reality of his companion's identity. "Because Ahn's been dead for a year now, and you're probably gonna be joining her very shortly for looking like that!"

"Xander, stop acting like a complete dumbass and pay attention, will you?!" the woman who appeared to be his long-dead ex-fiancée snapped irritably stamping her foot onto the unseen ground. "We don't have a great deal of time to talk, so don't waste it with your idiotic questions!

"I mean, if we can finish up our business here quickly enough, we may have sufficient time left for some of our typically very satisfying, multi-orgasm inducing sex," the blonde added with a familiar lascivious smile. “Assuming of course that you're in the mood for sex, which you almost always are, and I feel it's worth my time for your remarkably long penis to attempt to give me orgasms.”

{ Oka-a-a-y, guess I was wrong; no one else is that blunt where sex is concerned. That's my Anya, for sure, } Harris thought to himself with a wry grin.

Aloud, Xander merely nodded and said, "All right, Anya. What's the what?"

"Whether you decide to go back to your own dimension and continue your work there, or to accept the reward you've earned for everything you've accomplished in your mortal lifetime while working with the other members of your Scooby Gang," the gorgeous blonde standing in front of him told the former so-called Zeppo.

"Exactly what kind of work are you talking about, Ahn?" the callously murdered one-time carpenter inquired, curious as to precisely what sort of labor was being offered to him, as well as what sort of restrictions might accompany the offer.

"Well, the Circle of the Black Thorn sacrificed you as part of a ritual they were using to summon an agent they could employ to destroy the Council and all of the Slayers Willow Awakened back in Sunnydale," the one-time vengeance demon informed her former fiancé.

"Unfortunately for them, they were astonishingly careless with their wording when they were listing their requirements in their appeal to Apep," Anya noted with a rather bloodcurdling smile, "so the people I now work for can take advantage of those loopholes and return you to your now enhanced body, if you should decide you want to do that.

"Or, of course, you can choose instead to simply accept your reward and continue on the way you're headed, and accept your place in Heaven," Anya added, watching him with a knowing smile.

"If I choose that road – are you gonna be there with me, sweetheart?" was the Reformed Council member's first question.

"I'm still atoning for what I did while I was a vengeance demon, Xander," Anya said with a somewhat regretful look. "I chose to throw away my humanity – twice – and despite stupidly dying for the cause, I'm going to be doing this sort of thing to make up for all the deaths I was responsible for, for a long time yet. But I will, eventually, be joining you there," she assured him.

"Then I can wait a bit, too," Harris immediately shrugged his shoulders in dismissal of the offer made to him.

"After all – it wouldn't really be Heaven if you and everyone else I love weren't there to share it with me," Xander added nonchalantly.

"Heaven doesn't quite work like that, you big dummy," Anya informed Harris, as she gave him an exasperated look while putting her hands on her hips.

"Well, so what? How Heaven actually works doesn't really matter all that much to me, Ahn," Xander replied, giving her one of his typical, half-assed grins. "I'll take Door Number Two."

"Xander..." Anya began, only to be abruptly cut off by Harris.

"Honey, you told me my options, and I've made my choice," the currently-deceased Council representative stated simply. "End of discussion, okay? Let's move on.

"Now, what're the rules I have to follow, as far as what I'm allowed to do, once I get back inside my body?" Xander went on, acting as though he hadn't noticed the glistening, unshed tears that had appeared in his ex's eyes when he repeated his decision. "What is it that the Powers That Don't Accomplish Squat don't want me doing, so that I don't upset their precious Balance?"

"Actually, I'm not here on behalf of the Powers That Be, Xander," Anya informed him. "I'm working for a group a bit higher up their corporate ladder, so to speak. All I can really say at the moment is that these beings don't have the same viewpoint that the Powers do, and the thing is that the Powers don't have any idea of what's going on with you, and neither do they have any authority over you, in any way.

"And so, since the Circle were the ones who invoked Apep to empower the ritual, you're only bound to follow *their* requirements, Xander," Anya told him, the same terrifying smile again appearing on her lovely features as she spoke. "And the Circle's requirements are extremely simple:

"Specifically, that you destroy any who would try to stand against you," she informed him.

Seeing the amazed glee that was lighting up Xander 'I-have-no-middle-name' Harris' face, Anya nodded with enjoyment as he asked, "That's all? You mean –"

"Yes! After all of the effort they put in, making sure that their creation would be able to resist virtually any attack made against it, those idiots forgot to specify that it also had to obey their commands," she confirmed the Circle's ridiculous oversight thanks to Tee'sayfahn's handiwork.

"So, you're now free to do whatever you want to them, and to anyone else who might try to oppose you," Anya elaborated, silently thanking her former colleague and wishing the vengeance demon all the best in the future.

"I repeat, *anyone* who might try to oppose you," the ravishingly beautiful blonde said, her smile growing even wider as she noted Xander catching her added emphasis on one particular word in her previous sentence.

"I hear ya, babe," Harris answered his ex with a smile just as chilling and frightening as the former vengeance demon's. "And thanks. For everything. I just wish I could have done something to save you from those damn Bringers..."

"Some things are meant to happen, Xander," Anya told him as she walked up to him. “Good or bad. It was my time, and that's all there is to it.

"Now, if that's all your questions answered, I think we have just enough time left to engage in one last sexual liaison before you have to return to the physical plane," Anya added with one of her most wanton smiles.

"Oh, yeah. We have enough time, darling," Xander told her as he reached out and pulled her tight against him. “One more for the road.”

~/~/~

Somewhere underneath Los Angeles, CA
May 13, 2004


The various members of the Circle of the Black Thorn watched with keen anticipation as the purloined male body lying on the stone altar in front of them began glowing with a greyish luminescence which gradually grew brighter and more intense with each passing second, while, at the same time, somehow failing to increase the illumination of the vast chamber they were in, in the least.

Triumphant smiles creased all of the participants' faces when Harris' body finally moved, and everyone present immediately began congratulating each other on the success of their effort.

Their exultation was unexpectedly interrupted, however, and every member of the Circle turned to face the altar with surprised and troubled expressions on their faces as they heard their weapon say, "Hey there, Deadboy! Miss me while I was gone?"

The surprise and puzzlement was almost instantly replaced with horror and panic when the Circle members saw their intended instrument of death and destruction sitting up and smiling at them with clearly malicious delight.

"Oh! I don't want to forget to say thanks, either," Harris noted as he rolled off the stone slab and onto his feet.

"Thanks a bunch for all the superpowers which you guys gave me," Xander said, as he gestured and a wall of flame abruptly blocked off the exit that several of the Circle members had begun running towards, the moment they had realized the magnitude of the catastrophe facing them.

"I never thought that any of you people would have guessed that the Human Torch was my favorite hero when I was a kid," Xander announced with a wide, terrifying grin as he casually ambled towards the now panic-stricken members of one of the dimension's most powerful arcane secret societies and Lucifer's own boardroom.

"So, let me show you my impression of the Torch's Nova Burst…"


FIN

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