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Manhattan, N. Y.
Xander and Faith introduced their children, after all the hugs, kisses and in some cases groping (cough, cough. Julie); then it was Clint and Bobbi’s turn to do the introductions for their brood and they all congratulated Phil and Jenny and welcomed the Bartons into the clan. Steve and Sharon were included in that welcome as well. Steve has been struggling trying to find his place in this new era. Something was needed to tie him to this century and to these people, and down to earth family was never going to be an option. The Summers/Barton/Harris clan was it.
"Everyone ready?" Tony was building up tension. He was about to show the footage from Odin's observatory.
"Hold it right there Stark..."
"Director Fury. You're not invited."
"I brought popcorn." Fury nodded to Phil to hold up three large bags.
"Those had better be hot air popped and not from the microwave."
"They are. I can't stand the microwave brands either. No offense to those who like micro, but I like mine the old fashioned way. I got them from a theater on fourth and Madison." Phil Coulson told the irate billionaire.
"Okay Phil can stay..." Tony knew this had to be Phil's idea. He was after all the agent in charge of the Stark detail before he had to handing off to Natasha for some reason.
"Let it go Tony. It's less hassle this way, and the less people see my wife, daughter and son-in-law naked the better." Xander waved the spies over. He knew that Fury would eventually get his grubby hands on the footage. Multiple hands made for too many sticky fingers and opportunities for this choice piece of tantalizing sensationalism to make on to social media sites. He'd live with the minor evil he knew and he'd terrorize the bastard if it leaked.
Phil smiled and placed a large bag in front of Xander and Faith. He also bribed Stark and Pepper with another and dropped the third in front of Clint and Natasha. He then tapped his Bluetooth and said, "Bring the rest please...No all of it...that's right, all!"
Xander raised his eyebrow.
Phil sighed, "Wait for it."
"Okay." Xander grinned and opened his bag and gave Faith, Willow and then Buffy the option of grabbing a handful before dipping his hand into the hot buttery, theater popped, popcorn.
"That smells awesome." Faith nodded her appreciation. It has been entirely too long since she has the pleasure. This was one of the cheaper pleasures in life and it was linked to the most cherished memories. When she was little her mother used to take her to the movies and popcorn was her favourite. "Thanks Phil." She said after the first mouthful.
"It’s my pleasure Mrs. Harris."
"After this..." She waved at the bag, "you can call me Faith." Her mouth was full, but not a single popcorn escaped. So her words were a bit muffled.
Phil smiled and bowed his head.
“You can sit on my left.” She told him.
He did just that.
“It’s good to see you Phil.” Xander said quietly.
“I take it something drastic happened?” he asked.
“You could say that. We got stuck in this limbo dimension for a couple of decades. The young men and women you see all around are our kids. Me and Faith plus Dawn had five kids, while Clint and Bobbi had another four. We lost Dawn, but she’s not dead, just lost in space. Way, way out there. I’m talking about galaxies.”
“Any plans to get her back? The new fleet up in orbit has two completed ships and the third was rushed through. Still got a lot of her superstructure exposed to space. Her crew is finishing her off. But even if you can convince the old dragon to give you one, they’re still only good for flitting around the solar system. They’re mostly weapon platforms, and fighter carriers to tell you the truth.”
Xander nodded his head agreeing with his friend. The SHIELD agent was telling it as plainly as possible, but he already knew as much from listening to Tony and Bruce. “’Thanks Phil, but I’ve already figured as much.”
T he elevator opened and SHIELD agents spilled out carrying piping hot bags of popcorn. They were quickly passed around and Tony waited until the agents piled back into the elevator, before starting, “Everyone comfortable...?” he got several nods in return, “Everyone who wants popcorn got a bag, or can reach into a bag...?” again with the nods of confirmations, “Alright. No says anything until the video’s done.”
“Scotty, Alex, please sit beside me.” Buffy told her cousins.
Alex sat on one side and Scott sat on the other. The presentation started with Kl’rt reporting on the invasion to his emperor. It was quickly followed by what Tony saw in the Kree High Command Chamber.
Everyone stayed quiet during the presentation until Xander walked in and the scene changed to an Alien world and the sudden appearance of a naked Dawn and a young woman also naked, and who looked a lot like a young Joyce Summers. With them was a tall, muscular and naked young man who had a passing resemblance to Loki.
“Everyone will close their eyes or I’m removing them with a dull spoon!” Buffy shrieked as soon as she saw the two naked women. One was her sister and the other might as well have been her mother and obviously was her grand-daughter.
Tony fast forwarded the scene to the point where the ladies had clothes on. Buffy was barely mollified by that, she was pissed that this bit wasn’t edited out. She’d take it up with the clueless billionaire later, and in private, someplace he couldn’t escape.
As the presentation continued, it was Scott and Alex’s turn to speak out. “DAD!”