: Yeah. I decided... screw canon. I like magic. It's still on Earth to stay, despite everything!
Hope you all liked this story!
This story both concludes Adventures of A Line Hopper, and starts the next series, The Child of Balime. Which takes place after this one. Hopefully, I don't lose all my readers, doing this, but I felt they should be two separate series.
Adventures of a Line Hopper centers around Buffy and the Doctor. It mainly focuses on the world of the Buffyverse, and how the Doctor ties into it.
The Child of Balime centers around Buffy, Jack, Seo, and (later) Dawn. It's (at first) tied very strongly in with Torchwood. (And, yes, I am planning to have a story in which Seo meets John Hart. I'm pretty psyched about that one.) However, it will also cross with the Sarah Jane Adventures, and the Doctor will still show up.
Basically, the Child of Balime focuses on events from the Whoverse, and how Buffy et all tie into them.
I'll probably wind up posting the next series slightly out of order, again. I think I'll post "Judgement" next, because I like that story a lot, even though the Prophecy of Harkness is the next story in the series. You can click on the series name to figure out in what order to read them, though.
I hope you all join me and keep reading.
Thank you for reading, thus far.
"…So, Seo's back, on Earth," said Buffy. "With me. To stay. Oh, and I tried to tell the Doctor I wasn't dead. Except… the Doctor and Martha wound up rushing off kind of quickly, so who knows where they are or what they're up to, now. Probably getting into trouble. They do a lot of that." She shrugged. "And… basically. That's my story."
A pause, from the other end of the phone.
"Uh… yeah, that's great, Buffy," said Dawn. "Can I get my identity back, now?"
Buffy's jaw fell open. "You're not shocked about any of that?"
"Yeah," said Dawn. "Yeah. Major shock factor. Whatever. Seriously, though — about the whole deleting-me-from-everything thing…"
"You're not surprised," Buffy cut in, "that Seo is actually not real. And an alternate timeline version of you. And was raised in the Axis, by my Doctor-Protecting Super Entity. And was locked up for 98 years, before she—"
"If I say 'yes', will you convince Seo to re-add me to government records, again?" Dawn asked.
Buffy sighed. "No."
"Oh, come on!"
"The Powers that Be gave Seo's name out to a whole bunch of different people, to try to track her down," said Buffy. "Her real name. Your
name. She and I both think it'd probably be better if you laid low for a little while. Just in case there's any bounty hunters around or anything."
Dawn said nothing for a long moment.
"Could I at least get my Archangel back?" she asked, at last.
"Come on!" said Dawn. "It's just Archangel! What bounty hunters are going to use Archangel?"
Buffy didn't want to even go there. Ever since Seo had returned, she'd been majorly twitchy about using Archangel. To the point of purposely stealing Buffy a cell phone that didn't use it. Which made Buffy have to go into the store, pay for it properly, and then have a long discussion with Seo about what "money" was, and how to use it.
"Dawn," said Buffy. "I just went up against the Powers that Be. The Powers that Be!
And I beat them. Give me a little credit, here."
Dawn sighed. "So… this is… what? The fifth completely unbeatable god-like entity you've defeated, so far? It's getting old, Buffy."
"And… and I have a kid, now," Buffy said. "Who saves the universe. And is also kind of you."
"Yeah, but after you meet Miss Crazy Homicidal Maniac Alternate-Universe-Buffy," said Dawn, "nothing really compares."
"And… and… and the Twilight creature, that was actually my kid!" Buffy said.
"And the quarantined timelines thing!" said Buffy.
"Uh… we had a full scale Dalek-Cyberman Invasion, back here on Earth," said Dawn. "Next to that… kind of mundane."
"And… and… Seo's dad actually being the control conduit," said Buffy, "that the Powers that Be had tricked into…"
"Buffy, look, I've got a ton of work to do," said Dawn. "Aftermath of an invasion and stuff. So unless you're going to tell me something new, interesting, and exciting, I'm going to get back to that."
Buffy thought a long moment, curling the telephone wire around her finger.
"Well," she said, at last. "How about this? Based on how quickly Xander's fallen for Seo, I'm guessing he's had a secret gay crush on the Doctor for years, now."
"Yeah, yeah, yeah, whatever," Dawn muttered.
A moment of silence, as Dawn processed what Buffy had actually said.
Then: "Wait, what?!