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This story is No. 1 in the series "Thirty One". You may wish to read the series introduction first.

Summary: 31 things Xander never was.

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Multiple Crossings > Xander-Centered > Ficlet CollectionsLadyAvariceFR153218,57728168,9051 Oct 121 Nov 12Yes

CH 23: Beasts and More

CH 22 Costume: Cooro from +Anima



Xander took the paper from a pale Buffy. Snyder had high jacked them in the library and forced them not only to sign up to take out trick-or-treaters for Halloween, but made them pull out a lot for their costumes. The lots all had a preapproved, child-friendly cartoon on them.

He was such a dickhead.

His mind wandered as he thought of the possibilities for costumes while Buffy started to rant about plastic and helmets.

"I can make this work."

"Huh?"

"Really, Xander?"

"Yeah. We won't look bad. Just gotta get some stuff. Wills, you got a pen and paper?"

He jotted down a list of what each of them would need. Buffy might not be that thrilled until he managed to find a picture for her of the character, but being a kick-ass battler he didn't think it'd take too much to convince her. Willow would be happy that she was covered and comfy.

He needed to go and find some yellow and purple paint.



"I saw your lot! This is not form the preapproved show!"

Buffy looked ready to slay the troll (they were demons, right?) and Willow wanted to shrink into herself. Their costumes had turned out really well thanks to the images Xander got them and Mrs. Summers' skill with a needle, covered all the important bits and then some, and still the troll squawked?!

Buffy and Willow were shocked when Xander calmly stepped forward, pulled out a paper and handed it to the principal.

Snyder huffed and fumed but he couldn't really say anything. The title of all the series listed was at the top. Below was listed every official sub-story in the set he could find. At the bottom were their choices as well as highlighted descriptions of each character.

"Fine! But don't think you're getting away with anything!"

The troll huffed off. The grin Xander gave the girls nearly had them twitching in laughter, pure cat-ate-canary.



"Well this is going to be fun."

"Can the sarcasm for now Xander."

He sighed and complied. They were all changed from last night. Buffy was leaner and taller (whoopee!) and now acted much less blonde. When she tried anyway. She was still surprised she could remember, let alone use, most of the big words Giles and Willow used now.

Willow seemed calmer, more graceful, and maybe just a little bit spacey too. She'd explained she was hearing the Earth and the stories it was telling her. From his own changed perspective he nodded in understanding and let well enough alone. She'd probably seem less spacey when she got more used to it.

He himself had had a growth spurt and now had to consciously slow down or else risk leaving Buffy and Willow in the dust, literally!

Now to see how Giles took it.

"Hey G-man."

"Good lord, what happened?"

The level of British fluster was obvious from the glasses polishing and the lack of reaction to the nickname.

Oh boy.

"We got stuck with some extras last night."

"So I've noticed. You're all a good bit taller and there's an energy around you."

He finally calmed enough to slip his glasses back on.

"Are there any other effects?"

The trio shared a look before nodding.

The images flickered and the holograms dispersed.

"GOOD LORD!"

He whipped his glasses off his face to polish them again, only to ehar them snap under the pressure.

With a sigh Xander put his new twin blades back in place and folded down, much more comfortable on four legs for now. His bipedal height was great when the ceilings weren't so low.

The girls soon followed his example, Buffy moving to sort through the weapons cage and Willow moving towards a sunny window and a plant there. Five minutes later the plant was looking much better and Buffy had a set of daggers for each of her limbs. No such thing as too many sharp-and-pointies after all.

He flopped on top of a table, having read through the books there while the girls were doing their thing.

"So, who wants to give the full explanation?"

The girls gave him a look.

"Yeah, that's what I thought."
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