an: I own nothing that you might recognize so Marvel owns the Avengers and Joss Whedon owns Buffy the vampire slayer. Sadly if I did, I would not be working. This is my response to Calileane's Challenge 7236: My DNA says I'm Thor's son? it was just a Halloween costume! AU, OOC, and I have not chosen a pairing.It was just a Halloween costume!
Xander sat in his 5th period English class, wondering why he was stuck going as a soldier for Halloween."I want to go as someone different, someone strong. Someone my "father" could never hope to be."
Xander thought as he stared at the page, not reading the words and contemplating who he could go as. He sighed after reviewing a very short list, before getting back to his English reading, all the while wishing that Anthony Harris was not his father.
One week later
Xander could not believe his eyes. But, he knew it was real, as he could tell that both Buffy and Willow were sitting next to him. He snuck a glance at Buffy but, both girls eyes were glued to the TV screen. All of the news channels were covering the battle in New York.
Captain America with his shield, battling to save the civilians trapped in Grand Central Station. The Hulk hurling and squashing the invaders like they were ants. Iron Man leading the invaders on a high-speed chase through the densely packed city. But, the one hero that caught Xander's attention the most was the blond God of Thunder, Thor.
He watched him hurl his hammer at his attackers, downing them quickly. He gaped as he took off into the sky. But, he thought the most impressive thing that he did was call down the lightning, blasting one of the large carrier beings."Wow, I wish he was my father. That would be so awesome. Hey! Maybe I could go as his son for Halloween. I could so pull that off! Even if its only for one night."
Ethan's shop, October 31st
Xander sighed as he looked around for discounted items, trying to find anything for his costume idea. He was still wincing from the bruised ego he had suffered at the hands of his super strong best friend earlier at school.
Xander sighed, as frustration seemed to be the order of the day, nothing in the discount bins seemed to calling out to be turned into his costume. He decided he would have to part with some money, just to get something he could use.
"Can I help you young man?" came an oily British voice behind Xander's right shoulder. This caused Xander to yelp and spin around with both fists up.
"Holy Hanna! Don't do that!" He shouted. He rolled his eyes and took several breaths to calm down. Ethan simply smiled and waited. "Sorry, you so don't want to do that in this town."
Ethan smiled at Xander as he calmed himself. "I am sorry, my name is Ethan Rayne, owner and shopkeeper. I pride myself on the ability to help find the perfect costume for my customers. Any idea what or who you wanted to go as?"
"Well, I was hoping to find a cheap knock off of the Avenger Thor's costume?"
"Oh, dear. I do have something like it but, the factory messed it up, the outfit is the wrong color. It is white, sliver and black, instead of the red, dark blue with some black. Even the boots are the wrong color."
"Oh! Well I could make that work, does it have the helmet, bracers and hammer?" Xander asked hopeful that he would get lucky just this once.
"The Helmet and bracers yes, but the helmet is not right either, and the bracers are the wrong color. No hammer, but I have a prop battle-ax you could substitute." Ethan said after some thought.
"Yeah that could work, umm...I don't have a lot of money, so what are you charging for that?" Xander asked anxiously.
"I feel moved to give you a discount. I will rent it to you for 5$ for the night, how does that sound?" Ethan said with a small grin.
"Sounds like a done deal." Xander said holding out his hand, with a large smile.
"Wonderful, I will get it packed up for you, and meet you at the counter." Ethan said shaking his hand, then he went to pull the costume and package the other props that Xander would need.
"Hey, Xander. I am really sorry about earlier.." Buffy began looking at Xander with a very earnest look on her face.
"Buff, trying to repress here. But, thank you." Xander said interrupting her apology, while glancing at some of the other costume. Buffy nodded, as she also started to look through the costumes, hoping to find something to knock Angel's socks off.
"So Willow told me your are not going as the soldier like you had planned. So, who are you going as?" She asked moving to another rack.
"You will both see tonight. So have you and Wills...Hello earth to Buffy?" Xander told her, and waved a hand in front of her face.
"Sorry Xander but, that dress, its perfect." Buffy said seeming to move in a trance toward the back of the shop. Xander sighed and went to the register to gather his costume. He slipped out not wanting to hear about the pedophile corpse and headed home to get ready for the night.
"Coming!" Xander heard coming from inside. As he waited for Mrs. Summers to answer the door, he straightened, and adjusted parts of his costume. Xander almost jumped out of this costume when Joyce opened the door, being so focused on making sure everything on him was perfect.
"Hello, Xander. My don't you look handsome." Joyce said as she let him in. "But, who are you suppose to be?"
"I am Alexander Thorson, son of the Avenger and god of thunder Thor. I have come to escort your daughter to an evening of shepherding children in their quest for candy." Xander said standing up to his full height. Joyce wonder why he hid his height, most girls would be crawling over each other for a shot at him. Heck if she was 15 years younger she would go after him herself.
"Xander, why do you slouch so much?" Joyce asked looking at the costume closer. Xander ducked his head a bit, with a shy smile.
"I don't feel like towering over everyone that likes me." Xander said quietly blushing. Joyce chuckled at Xander's expression.
"You know if you stood straight, you would be a bigger hit with the girls." Joyce said with an innocent look at Xander, who blushed harder, making her laugh.
"The girls will be down in a few minutes." She said letting him off the hook for now.
Buffy heard her mother speaking with someone, who she assumed was Xander.
"I can't wait to see Xander go non-verbal when he sees you Willow. Any idea who he was going as?" Buffy asked a very uncomfortable looking Willow.
"No, he wouldn't tell me. I even pulled my resolve face and he still wouldn't tell me." Willow said heatedly before looking down at her self again. "Are you sure about this Buffy? I mean this is something I so would not wear." Willow said tugging at the short leather shirt.
"Willow it is come as you aren't night. Now wait a minute before coming down ok?" Buffy said as she headed for the stairs.
Buffy paused at the top of the stairs to see what costume that Xander was wearing. 'Oh, wow, wonder who he is supposed to be. Sure does look heroic. Wait that looks like that Thor guy's outfit? Is that a battle-ax instead of a hammer?'
She was broken out of her thoughts when Xander looked up with a large smile.
"Buffy, Lady of Buffdom, Duchess of Buffonia, I renounce spandex!" Xander said with a bow, causing Buffy to curtsy in return.
"Thank you my good sir. May I know your name?" Buffy said getting into her part.
"I am Alexander Thorson, son of Thor god of thunder and one of the Avengers, my lady. I have arrived at the appointed hour to aid you in Shepherding the children of Sunnydale in their quest for Candy this All Hallows Eve." Xander said also getting into his part as well.
"Why thank you, Sir Thorson, but if you think I look good you should see Willow." Buffy said as Xander glanced up. Buffy looked up sorrowfully, while Xander grinned.
"Nice Boo you got there Wills." Xander quipped at her. Willow blinked at the costume he was wearing.
"Wow, Xander who are you supposed to be?" Willow asked as she stepped carefully down the stairs.
"I am Alexander Thorson, son of Thor god of thunder and one of the Avengers." Xander said bowing to his oldest friend.
"So let me get a picture of you three together." Joyce said as she got the camera ready. Xander had Buffy on his left and Willow on his right, but realized he had nowhere to hold his battle-ax.
"Hold on Mrs. S. Buffy I saw an odd clip on the armor, but I can't seem to find it now can you check on the back for me?" Xander asked turning away from her. Buffy gently shifted his cape away from his back and over his right shoulder. She looked first at the small of his back then up. She finally spotted the clip just under his shoulder blades, she gently pushed on it to show him were it was.
"Right here, hand me the ax let see if it will hold it." Buffy said holding out her hand for the prop weapon. Xander handed it to her obediently and waited to feel her push it on the armor. Buffy positioned the ax with the head up, and pushed the ax in gently so she would not break the clip.
"You may be able to do this yourself Xander." She said as she tugged the ax out of the clip. Xander nodded and held open his hand behind his back, Buffy put the ax into his hand and he tried to put the ax into the clip. It took a couple of tries but he finally got it hooked and unhooked a couple of times.
"Thanks Buffy." Xander said spilling the cape back into place. He then faced Joyce with a smile and held his arms up so both girls could step in next to him.
"All right you three, say cheese." Joyce said as they smiled, she snapped 2 shots, one was the nice one, and then she let them goof off for the 2nd.
"All right ladies let us go and make the troll happy." Xander said with a frown.
Ethan was prostrated in front of the bust in the back of his shop. His face covered with his own blood in a ritualistic patterns, he swayed slightly as he chanted.
"Janus, evoco vestram animam. Exaudi meam causam. Carpe noctem pro consilio vestro. Veni, appare et nobis monstra quod est infinita potestas."
"Persona se corpum et sanguium commutandum est. Vestra sancta praesentia concrescet viscera. Janus! Sume noctem!" Ethan chanted. He looks up with a wicked grin.
AN: till next time folks, please review thanks. Xander's costume is white, with silver accents and some black as well.