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Summary: Xander agreed to go to the party... if he could pick the costumes. FFA

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~Halloween Day, Sometime after Season 7~

"So let me get this straight- there's going to be a costume party at a local club tonight but Buffy wont let you go with the minis unless one of the Council goes with you. Thus you want me to go as your guard." Xander asked Dawn slowly, trying to comprehend what exactly she was asking him. At her nod, he continued, "Did it escape your notice that tonight is Halloween?"

Dawn shook her head. "That's the only reason Buffy is even letting me go. Andrew and Giles both say there's not going to be any activity tonight. Please Xander?" She begged.

As much as he would have liked to go, Halloween and Xander Harris were not two things that went well together. In fact, Xander would go as far to say that Halloween hated him.

"Xander, please!" Dawn pleaded when she saw his indecision.

Xander sighed, "No one else is free?"

"No. Willow and Buffy both have plans, Giles said he's too old to go to a club like that, Faith left yesterday for her new area, and I really don't want to think of sort of costume Andrew would come up with. I know you don't like Halloween but please? Help me, Xander Harris. You're my only hope." Dawn added a the puppy face. She was desperate.

Xander let out a small depreciating laugh and shook his head. "Alright, cut the droopy eyes. I'll go." Dawn squealed and rushed forward to hug him. "But I pick the costumes. And if anything happens tonight I reserve the right to say I told you so."

"Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you! I'll wear whatever you want. Thank you so much! The party starts at 9:00." Dawn squealed and rushed in to hug him around the middle. "I gotta tell the others!"

Xander caught her arm when she began to rush off. "Some one will drop your costume off around six with a reference picture. Tell the others to be ready and in the entrance hall by 8:00." He told her.


Dawn bounced on the balls of her feel in excitement as she waited for Xander in the hall with the other minis. As promised, the costume, a light dress with a shrug and combat boots, arrived by six with a surprisingly kick ass reference picture of the character holding two makeshift weapons and standing over a pile of bodies. Already she had gotten several compliments on his choice, something that was apparently an underground fan favorite.

"Ready to go, mei mei?" a voice asked from behind her. She turned to see Xander standing near the door. His outfit consisted of black dress pants with a white button down shirt and vibrantly colored vest.

"We're going to a club, not a ball, Xander." Dawn said, crinkling her nose. "And whats up with the Chinese?"

Xander chuckled and motioned towards their outfits. "You wanted a costume. We are going as two characters from a TV show. A brother and sister pair. The older brother is a doctor and also the guardian of his younger sister. You, the sister, were experimented on by their government and your brother broke you out and has been taking care of you and the crew we both joined."

"And the Chinese?"

"A quirk of the show. Almost everyone uses a bit of Chinese when they speak." He waited until she nodded before asking, "Ready to go."

Dawn grinned and bounced forward before stopping next to him. "One more thing before we go... why these characters? I'm not complaining 'cuz my character seams pretty awesome from the pic you gave me, but why?"

Xander grinned. "Because if I'm going to take a chance on being turned into our costumes again, we will at least gain some useful skills." With that the group headed out to the club.


If you couldn't guess (or didn't know), the FFA pairing is Xander/Simon Tam (Firefly). I hope you liked it. Feel free to leave questions/comments/critiques. Please note: flames will be sent to my friend who are snowed in to help them stay warm.

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