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When Worlds Collide: Merged Worlds

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This story is No. 2 in the series "When Worlds Collide". You may wish to read the series introduction and the preceeding stories first.

Summary: While trying to stop the destruction of universes and fighting demons Willow and Illyria unexpectedly get help.

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Marvel Universe > Avengers > Willow-CenteredcharmingangelFR1845,425033,95012 Jul 1312 Jul 13Yes

World 2


Series Title: When Worlds Collide

Story Title: Merged Worlds

Rating: M

Series Genre: crossover, sci-fi, fantasy, action, adventure, romance, mostly het

Fandoms: Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the Avengers (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Characters: Bruce Banner/Hulk, Fred Burkle/Illyria, AU!Tara Maclay, Thor, Willow Rosenberg, mentions of others

Pairings: Jane/Thor, Tara/Willow

Series Summary: When Castiel tries to open purgatory something goes terribly wrong. Realities start to collide and bleed into each other. People from different worlds have to start working together to try and save their worlds, but will they manage to undo the damage already done or will they have to learn to live in damaged and chaotic worlds that defy everything they were used to?

Ficlet Summary: While trying to stop the destruction of universes and fighting demons Willow and Illyria unexpectedly get help.

Disclaimer: I don’t own any of the characters or fandoms. I wish I did… *g* I don’t make any money with this! I’m just writing for fun and hope someone else will enjoy it, too.

Spoiler Warnings/Timeline: all BTVS & ATS seasons (no Comics), the Avengers, Thor

Other Warnings: Like usually, I write from multiple points of view to grant an insight into what different characters are thinking.

I’m German and my English isn’t and probably never will be perfect. I hope I don’t make too many mistakes. Feel free to point out errors so I can learn and improve.

This is the first time I wrote anything for the Avengers. I hope I managed to write them well enough. Thor was the hardest, because of the way he talks, which is something we just never learned in english class in school over here.

The BTVS/ATS part continues from the previous ficlet in the Series: Collision.

Thank you to my beta landiana24 on lj for betaing this! :-)

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Willow’s eyes widened when Faith, Dawn, Buffy, Angel and several demons disappeared in front of her. She hadn’t been fast enough. She had felt the shifting of worlds too late and hadn’t understood quickly enough what it meant. Now she did. Worlds were colliding, bleeding into each other and pressing parts of one world into another. She could feel it happening in every cell of her being. When she started to use white, instead of black, magic she became attuned to the world around her. By now she was so in sync with nature that she could feel what was happening to it… and it was bad. Different realities were colliding, breaking and pushing into each other further and further. The planet, the Earth, was at the center of it and practically being ripped apart and scattered into pieces.

Willow sank down to her knees as the horror of what was happening sank in.

“Willow, we have to stop this madness!” Illyria said when she saw the redhead sinking to the ground. She wasn’t sure what the witch sensed about what was happening, all she knew and cared about was that they stopped it. If they didn’t, worlds would continue to press against each other and eventually destroy everything in one big explosion. She hadn’t come back to life, endured living in a mortal shell and even started to share her body with the shell’s inhabitant, Fred, to die now. She would not let the world… her world be destroyed like this, and she certainly would not lose everything again! If she just had all of her powers… Allowing Fred to awaken and share this body with her had strengthened the shell, as Willow had promised her. They had even managed to get some of her powers back, but unfortunately not all of them. She wasn’t strong enough to steady the worlds and seal them off. She needed help. She needed Willow.

“Get up!” she ordered. She could see the pain on Willow’s face, had become accustomed to reading human emotions on their faces, so she knew that the witch was feeling bad, but there was no time for that right now. “Help me end this!”

Willow looked up at Illyria. She was right. She had to shut out the pain, that the disruption of universes was causing her, and focus on keeping things from getting even worse. Ignoring the tremors that had started again, Willow got up unsteadily, then stepped towards Illyria who held out a hand. Willow took it and started to focus, clearing her mind of all the horror, fear and doubt, to make room for finding a solution.

Willow wasn’t sure how long they stood there or what exactly they were doing. She was going on instinct, using magic and her own will to steady the universes and keep them from colliding any further. Illyria was helping, though she couldn’t tell how. She had no time to try and figure it out or analyze what the ancient goddess was doing. Her whole focus was on the task at hand: stabilizing the universes, before she ran out of power and collapsed. And she knew that she didn’t have much time left. She felt tired… oh so tired. Usually she could tap into the nature’s magic surrounding her, to help her and make her stronger. This time all she had was her own strength and that of Illyria next to her, but even together she wasn’t sure if they would succeed. They had slowed the collision down, there were less earthquakes, less shifting of parts of the worlds, but it was all still unstable. If they stopped now, she doubted that things would hold. It felt as if there were… holes between worlds, which had to be plugged. As long as they stayed open, the worlds would continue to be pulled together.

Taking a deep breath Willow tried to stay upright and find a way to magically seal the worlds. She couldn’t stop now, couldn’t fail. She needed to do this… but she also needed more power, more strength… Then, all of a sudden, she felt power rushing through her as a hand took hers. A part of her wanted to open her eyes and check who was helping her, but she didn’t have time for that. Besides, whoever was helping her felt familiar and right by her side. She didn’t have anything to fear. She turned her focus back to repairing the universes as best she could. It took time, but everything stabilized more and more with each ‘hole’ they plugged… or were it doorways? Doorways that needed to be closed so the worlds could be sealed and stay away from each other. Yes, that was a better way of describing what she felt.

As Willow started to tire again, she suddenly felt the rest of the open doorways close. Just like that it was over. They had done it. The walls between worlds were thinner than usual and Willow could feel that there was a lot of damage to the world she was in, but the immediate danger was over. Everything else could be dealt with later… after a long nap.

Taking a deep breath Willow opened her eyes, then froze when she saw who was standing next to her, who had helped her.

“T… Tara?” she asked, her voice shaking slightly.

Before Willow could get an answer, and before her mind had a chance to fully comprehend what was going on, something came rushing at her. Illyria stepped in the way and blocked the attack, snapping the demon’s neck quickly. The demons… right, they had been out hunting a group of demons and had found them just as the worlds started to collide, Willow thought. When the earthquakes made it hard to stand, the demons had stopped attacking, but now they apparently felt like all bets were off again. Trust demons to leave you alone long enough to save their lives, but come back to kill you the second they were safe again. She really, really hated demons!
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