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Summary: Halloween was only the beginning... Now Xander must Reclaim a galaxy lost to darkness.

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ZaionFR1837,87974016,0503 Jul 1313 Jul 13No

Chapter 2: Ripples, Part 2

Disclaimer: I don't own Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Stargate, or Halo. This is a work of fiction written for fun not for profit.

Special Thanks: Special thanks to the folks at CaerAzkaban for giving a first response on this story, and to Godogma for his constant and reliable ego busting when my ideas start to go a bit off the rails.

Ripples, Part 2

From the Diary of Faith Lehane

Well, the first week of school sucked. I mean, sucked doesn’t even begin to describe it. It was like the most humiliating defeat the Yankees ever gave the Mets times a thousand.

First Xander’s friend Buffy returns to town. While it’s not a bad thing per se to have the Slayer back, her return coincided with the reappearance of the stalkers of the fangy variety. She tries to hide it, but she’s got issues. My old psychiatrist would probably have called it PTSD. I just say it’s making her act like a bitch. I mean, we were all out at the Bronze and just as I was going to ask Xander to dance Buffy interrupts and drags him to the dance floor. She then proceeds to all but have sex with him on the dance floor just to make that brooding emo vampire jealous. What the fuck is wrong with her?

Then there’s Xander’s… ‘friend’ … Cordelia. Bitch Queen of the school incarnate. Rich, shallow, and takes every opportunity to insult Xander.

We don’t get along, obviously.

But that all pales in comparison to the craziness that was an attempt by some vampires to resurrect the Master.

Buffy was all ‘grr, me the Slayer you a distraction’ before running off to what was an obvious trap. Unfortunately for us the trap was simply meant to draw her away. The vampires were after Willow and Giles and attacked us all in the library while the precious Slayer was gone.

There are few things that cause as much jealousy as knowing the man you love is willing to kill to protect another woman. Especially when in the split-second he had to decide who to try to defend he chooses her over you.

I dislike Willow with the passion of a thousand burning suns, but I guess I can’t blame Xander. She IS like a sister to him.

…and I think Xander is rubbing off on me a bit too much because I just envisioned him and Willow as Luke and Leia from Star Wars. I think I should just go to sleep.

From the Diary of Faith Lehane

Well, this was a week straight out of a Shelley novel.

Some crazy nerds decided to go all Dr. Frankenstein and resurrect this dead jock, apparently the brother of one of the two. I didn’t pay that much attention to who was actually related to him, it was horrendous enough what they’d done.

If that were all that happened it probably wouldn’t have been so bad, but also like Dr. Frankenstein the two had apparently decided to create a girlfriend for their monstrosity. And because brain tissue decays rapidly after death, apparently they needed to take a head from a living girl to finish their creation.

Never mind the fact that they apparently managed to resurrect the jock without using someone else’s head.

But that’s neither here nor there.

They decided on Cordelia’s head and the creature kidnapped her. Xander and I managed to find some of the information out and get help, and I’ll admit I didn’t get jealous of Cordelia when she was thanking Xander for saving her life. He has that ‘saving people’ thing going for him after all, it’s part of what makes him so cute.

I got a bit annoyed that she didn’t thank me as well though.

Oh, but at least something really funny happened this week. Apparently Cordelia doesn’t realize that Angel is a two century old pedophile vampire, and she was totally clinging all over him since Buffy still has issues to deal with.

It’s more entertaining than a soap opera.

From the Diary of Faith Lehane

Parent Teacher nights officially suck.

I mean, seriously, they suck royal donkey balls on platters of petrified dog shit, that’s how bad they are.

Well, at least before everything went to shit all my teachers had nothing but good things to tell mom about me.

And there’s apparently a new vampire big bad in town, some limey ponce who calls himself Spike. Black leather wearing bleached hair mother fucking dust bunny.

He nearly killed Xander, so I’m pissed.

On the other hand, Xander was pretty heroic helping that emo vamp Angel save the day. God how retarded are most of the girls at this school to not see how great a guy he is?

I froze when confronted by one of Spike’s minions…it was only Xander’s arrival that managed to save my life.

…I’ve never felt safer than I did at the end of the night. Xander had escorted mom and me home and mom convinced him to stay and sleep on the couch. I fell asleep in his arms there watching late night tv.

It was the first night in years I didn’t have a nightmare.

From the Diary of Faith Lehane

Stupid Incan mummies. Stupid girls who aren’t me coming on to Xander. Stupid me for not having the nerve to just admit my feelings.

This was just another week from hell. First that cute exchange student Ampata shows up and Xander goes all boy over her. Worse yet, she responds to his interest!

Then it turns out there is an undead Incan mummy walking around sucking the life out of people.

Then we learn that this Ampata IS said Incan mummy girl who was walking around sucking the life out of people.

I couldn’t stop her, if she hadn’t been unwilling to drain Xander’s life to survive then the boy I love would be dead.

That stupid undead chick who made me doubt whether I would ever be worthy of Xander’s affections.

Well screw that. Before Halloween I will tell that damn silly boy just how I feel and make him see me.

From the Diary of Faith Lehane

Fuck frat boys. Fuck them and the demonic snakes they worship.

And fuck how fucking stupid Cordelia and Buffy are. I mean, seriously? Drinking opened drinks handed to them by guys five years older than them at a frat party? A party they DIDN’T tell their parents they were going to be at?

Those fuckers invited me as well, of course, and never have I been so glad to be plagued by emotional problems. My own refusal to attend kept me from possibly ending up on the menu.

But Xander, that boy is brave.

He went alone, following the pair of them to make sure they were alright.

He braved a frat boy hazing and still came back for more to keep an eye on the girls.

He was ready to infiltrate on his own to save them, even if it cost him his life.

It’s pretty romantic.

It’s also stupid as fuck.

That boy needs to have his head examined. His heart’s in the right place, but he really needs to learn that bringing backup doesn’t diminish his manliness.

After all, that boy is all man. I know. I peeked during one of our movie nights at Dawn’s when Xander fell asleep.

I swear, before Halloween I will get the nerve up and tell that boy how I feel.

Halloween T-Three Days

It was late by the time Xander and Faith returned from the library. Xander had promised Diana to escort Faith home because she was still doing some research with Giles, and he was keeping his promise.

Not that it was much of an imposition. Faith had easily become one of his best friends, and he always enjoyed spending time with the feisty Southie.

They were almost to Faith’s front door when she stopped and looked up at the stars.

“They’re beautiful, aren’t they?” She asked.

Xander cocked his head at her.

“Yeah, they’re stars. They are big balls of flaming gas so far away they make the sky appear pixelated.”

Faith laughed at Xander’s reply.

“Yes, yes they are.”

She smirked and turned to face him.

“I’m glad I met you Xander. It’s nice to have a friend.”

Xander smiled at her, oblivious to the change of tone in her voice.

“Well, yeah. You’re one of my best friends Faith. Just like Willow or Dawn or Buffy, you’re like fa-“

Xander was stopped by Faith putting her hand over his mouth. He looked at her in confusion.

“Don’t say that. Don’t ever say that Xander.” She said, her voice firm. “I refuse to let you put me in the role of your sister.”

Faith closed her eyes and took a deep breath. Xander’s eyes widened, but he had no time to react before Faith removed her hand from his mouth and took his head in her hands.

The kiss was firm and insistent, and seemed to last forever.

Finally Faith released Xander and stepped back to her front door.

“I like you Xander. Not as a friend. Not as surrogate family. I like you like any girl likes the boy she likes.”

With that Faith turned and quickly unlocked her front door.

Xander was still standing in shock as the door closed behind Faith.

The End?

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