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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 CollectionsLadyAvariceFR153218,57728168,8711 Oct 121 Nov 12Yes

CH 28: Puppy

CH 27 Costume: Optimus Prime from Transformers The Movie

Dangit. There went the last gun. Granted the look on the mom's face was great, but now he was screwed.

Sighing he leaned back against a rack and tried to think of what to do.

Of course Harris luck kicked in and a set of fake shoulder paldrons fell on his head.

Grumbling he rubbed his sore head, glaring between the bits of cheap metal and the shelf where they'd fallen.

Then he stopped.

On that same shelf there was a bit of something black and spiky hanging down and a dark purple turtleneck.

This had possibilities.

Spike growled as Droopy turned another sweep of minions to dust.

The evening had started so well. Dru had told of the Slayer becoming a meek little thing and then something about her Kitten becoming the Puppy.

When she'd started with that laugh he really should have taken the hint to leave town. That laugh only ever accompanied her amusement and his pain.

Just as he was turning to leave he yelped and went flying.

The boy had caught him in the backside with that monster of a sword.

The brat had spanked him!?

-Ya know, this isn't so bad.-

"Yeah, it could certainly be worse."

-At least it was someone close to my personality.-

Xander snorted. "Can you imagine if you ended up with Giles?"

He felt the new presence in his mind shudder. "Oh sweet Shiva no! I'd have to learn!"

Xander couldn't help but laugh at that.

He'd changed since Halloween. Apparently Chaos liked him.


As such the magics affected him differently. It reached across dimensional barriers, found the soul of a warrior that had passed on, and shoved it into him.

And when the magics ended, he hadn't left.

The Hyena didn't seem to have a problem with him. He could swear he heard her call him cub or pup. The warrior just seemed to roll with it. Why start a fight over nothing?

He was a little devil on Xander's shoulder now. The training ideas, the strength, the abilities, were great help with the girls.

But he also knew that he'd have to leave one day.

That day was thankfully still far in the future. But one day the girls and Giles would ask why he was still so young, why he hadn't really aged like they had.

Indigo eyes watched the starry sky, carefully picking out the path to the Other Place.

When the day came that he finally had to leave he'd follow the Stream back and find the warrior's friend, his brother.

Xander grinned.

Maybe he'd have a brother again. Even if Choco-butt was a true blonde.

The warrior that shared his mind laughed.
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