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Sarutobi looked at Xander more closely and began to recognize some of the Uchiha facial features, but his eyes looked normal. "Can you prove that?"
"That I'm from the Uchiha clan?" Xander looked towards his companions and allowed his eyes to change. They turned red and developed three whirlpool shapes.
It had been many years since the Hokage had seen the phenomenon of a forming sharingan, but that was definitely what he was seeing. Xander turned swiftly and allowed Sarutobi to gain a good look at his eyes before he turned back to gaze at his friends before deactivating his bloodline.
"I prefer to look at people I care about when it's on," Xander explained unprompted. "The sharingan ties directly to my memory and I prefer to remember people I care about than battles. The sharingan is a crutch, and one I'd prefer not to use unless I actually need it."
The three women all smiled at him except his mother who was almost expressionless.
"I didn't even realize I had it right away. It was weeks later that I realized something was weird. At first I thought it had something to do with the hyenas…" Xander ignored the unspoken question and continued, "It was about 3 months after they were activated that I found out about them. The whole town was put under a sort of Genjutsu (Illusion Technique) that made me realize that I was different."-Flashback- Nightmares s01e10
Xander, Willow, and Giles split up to find Buffy to let her know that the boy in a coma had somehow brought the nightmare world he was stuck in to the waking world. Considering the things Buffy dreamt about it was very important that they told her what was going on.
Xander looked around as the hallway he had entered was terribly vandalized. He noticed a chocolate bar on the floor, picking it and tearing it open he exclaimed happily, "Alright! Someone else's loss is my chocolaty goodness." He took a huge bite out of it only to notice another bar nearby. He grabbed that one too, before someone else could find it. "This is my lucky day!" And there was another! And another! His hands were soon full of different types of chocolate bars. He kept walking through the hallway somehow not processing the plastic hanging from the ceiling. He pushed through a pair of plastic sheets, "I love these bars!"
Xander paused as he heard footsteps coming towards him. A shadow appeared behind another sheet of plastic and Jesse popped out making Xander jump. Jesse smirked, "What's up Buddy? You're acting like you just saw a ghost! Or maybe a vampire?" His face shifted and he laughed.
Xander fell backwards trying to get away, his head shaking back. "No…No…" Xander managed to move backwards into the next hall. As he rushed down the hallway for what felt like forever he spotted Willow being pelted with tomatoes. Xander put on a burst of speed to run up to her.
"Did you find Buffy?" Xander asked.
Willow looked at Xander in terror, "I had to sing! Very bad to sing!"
"Willow, c'mon. Let's find the others."
"What happened to you?"
Willow screamed as Jesse cut through another sheet of plastic. The two of them try to run only to immediately bump into Giles.
"No sign of Buffy?"
They grabbed him and pulled him with them. Giles eyes widened as he caught site of the vampire and runs with them. As they reached the end of the hall Xander stopped, tired of running, turned around and approached Jesse. Xander's eyes burned as he came right up to a smirking Jesse, reached into his pocket and slammed his stake into Jesse's heart. Giles words from the day he'd found out that Jesse had been turned echoing in his mind, 'Jesse is dead! You have to remember that when you see him, you're not looking at your friend. You're looking at the thing that killed him.'
"Your eyes," Jesse murmured staring into them as he turned to ash again.
Xander closed his eyes, "Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. Rest in peace Jesse."
Xander turned back, his eyes no longer burning as he grabbed Willow's hand, ignoring the tears running down her face, and left the building.-END flashback-
"It made me relive my nightmares. I saw my best friend die again. Real or not it doesn't change how I felt, it was enough to reactivate my eyes. I was able to turn it on and off at will after that." Xander closed his eyes in remembered pain before turning to look again at his companions, the youngest grabbed his hand and cuddled against him. He smiled gently down at her, his other hand reaching up to stroke her hair. "My mother did mislead you a bit though," Xander continued, the hidden ANBU tensing in their hidden corners. "We were planning to go to the Whirlpool, but when we asked for directions we were told that the village had been destroyed years ago."
"Can you hold it against me that I prefer my mother's village? Among other things I at least look like my mother's clan, and I doubt that they would hold my desire to never become a ninja against me," Jessica looked into the Hokage's eyes with her own eyes looking haunted. "My father kept me a secret from everyone. I was raised almost exclusively by my mother. She tried so hard to teach me the ways of the ninja. Even though she was able to teach me basic Fuuinjutsu (Sealing Techniques) I never showed any gift with it like her clan. She still loved me though. My father felt she'd done a bad job raising me, that somehow it was her fault I showed no signs of the gifts of either clan. So he decided he'd try to force my sharingan to activate. He killed her right in front of me. I couldn't do anything to help her. When nothing happened he decided that maybe she'd betrayed him, that he wasn't my father. He abandoned me then. Used some freaky technique with his mangekyou to banish me away. I don't know if he thought he'd killed me or something else. I ended up in a desert near the town where we've been living until now. The only upside was that I had sealed my belongings so I at least had supplies on me."
"Your father had the mangekyou?" Sarutobi could think of very few members of the Uchiha clan to ever gain that.
Jessica's eyes clouded with suppressed tears as she confirmed her tie to the Uchiha clan, "My father is Madara Uchiha."End - Chapter 2
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Cliffhanger? Longer than chapter 1! This is a different way of writing a story than I usually do (Otherwise this would have ended up being ficlets…) so I hope it's alright. Any suggestions for Jessica's birth name? ___ Uchiha.