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Summary: Ethan Rayne meets the owner of a strange Animate store. Halloween Fic

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X vs X Cosplay Chaos

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HALLOWEEN COSPLAY CHAOS X vs X

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Author: Spaceman

Web: [fanfiction.net/spaceman]

Rating: PG-13

Started: December 30, 2004

Revised: January 07, 2005

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DISCLAIMER

[Main]

* Buffy the Vampire Slayer [and ATS] is the property of

Joss Whedon, Mutant Enemy, Sandollar Television, Kuzui Enterprises,

20th Century Fox Television and the WB Television Network.

* Ninja Scroll is the property of Hideyuki Kurata & Co

* Naruto is the porperty of Masashi Kishimoto & Co

* Read or Die is the property of Yoshiaki Kawajiri & Co

* Inuyasha is the property of Rumiko Takahashi & Co

[Minor]

* Magic Ideas came from Kazushi Hagiwara's Bastardy.

* Other anime/manga elements belong to there creators and companies.

* Other animation/comic elements belong to there creators and companies.

[Legal]

* This is a work of fanfiction for non-profit entertainment purposes only.

* This work doesn't reflect the views/opinions of the copyright holders.

* No infridgement, profit, or offense intended.

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Summary:

Ethan Rayne meets the owner of a strange Animate store. Halloween Fic

may resemble other Halloween Fics.

Spoilers:

BTVS S2+ R.O.D. anime. Inuyasha manga. Naruto manga.

Matchup:

???

Distribution:

Please Ask

Notes:

Shikon no Tama - Jewel of Four Souls Youki - Demon Energy

Shikon no kakera - Shikon shard(s) Youryouku - Youkai powers

Youkai - Japanese Demons Jyaki- Evil Aura

Hanyou - Half Demon Miko - Priestess

Shouki - Poisonous Gas

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Chapter 01: Magics Collide

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Tanaka Recreations and Imitates, LA, Califronia

Monday, October 20th, 1997

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Tanaka's R & I shop makes many cheap objects for people who want to look filthy rich. Fake historical statues, jewelry, swords, medieval and oriental weaponry, fine art, furniture, etc... Many people can buy what appears to be worth many millions and only pay hundreds or less. It's a great place to shop for the upcoming halloween celebration.

There are thousands of items mixed together. Paper soaked in tea and dusted to look like 1000 year old parchment. Varnish, aluminium, and wax used to create 15th century sword. Ancient european armor and weapons made from painted metal. Fake Egyptian Gold made from painted plaster.

Today, there are two interesting customers at Tanaka's shop, one buying a fake sword, the other buying a cheap plaster bust of a Roman God. The first stands nearly 6 foot with forest green eyes behind wide-rim tinted glasses and brushcut dark brown hair. He wears a black jumpsuit with polished buttons on the front. The other is dressed in a simple lazy English style outfit.

"Interesting." says the First customer, starting a conversation, "A $150 plaster bust of the Roman God of Duality Janus."

"The same can be said about a $100 Zatoichi cane sword." says the second man with a british accent.

"Names Giles. Kaneda Giles." says Kaneda, noticing the man's pause, "I run an Animate Store here in LA."

"My names Ethan Rayne. I'm opening a costume shop in a Sunnydale, it's a small town near LA." he replys with a smirk, then asks, "What is an Animate shop?"

"Animate. A shop that sells merchandise based around Japanese style animation and comics. It's mostly centered around Otakus- Fan boys and girls. Everything from videos and graphic novels, to cards and games, to cosplay costumes."

"Cosplay??"

"Cosplay is a Japanese subculture centered around dressing as characters from manga, anime, and video games, and less commonly, live action television shows, movies, and Japanese Pop music bands.The main difference between cosplay and costuming in the United States and Europe is that in Japan people typically dress up as characters from Japanese animated films (anime), Japanese comics (manga), or Japanese video games, as compared to dressing up as Star Trek characters or in Renaissance-era costumes. The other difference is that most costuming in the United States and Europe is centered around particular events such as conventions or festivals. Current example, Halloween."

Kaneda than blushes, "Sorry about the dictionary definition."

"How do they compare to Halloween costumes?" says Ethan with a smirk.

"Cosplay is far more detailed, far superior. There's also greater diversity. A Halloween vamp is an idiot with plastic fangs and a cape. A cosplay vamp could be a princess, a demon, or a thousand other things."

A set of thoughts goes threw Ethan's mind and a smirk forms on his lips.

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Kaneda's Animate Shop, LA, California

Friday, October 24th, 1997

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Kaneda is selecting costumes for his new partner Ethan. Kaneda was overjoyed when Ethan came up with the Plan.

The Plan is they combine forces for Halloween. Kaneda supplies cheap, but high quality cosplay costumes, while Ethan adventises and sells them. One Halloween night of total originality. A wild night of individualism.

Kaneda has a secret, he's a mage, aswell as an artist and graphics designer.

Magic is defined as the ability to manipulate reality. Magic is mostly divided into Personal, Shamanistic, White, and Black. Personal is based on personal life energy. Blood magic, such as the vampire siring ritual, is a form of personal magic. Shamanistic is based on drawing power from natural spirits, usally divided by Earth, Fire, Wind, and Water. Wicca is shamanistic drawing power from the Earth. White magic calls on the power of divine or celestrial beings used mostly for healing and nuturing. Black magic is destructive power drawn from demonic or dark entities.

Kaneda's magic is lesser known, Talismanic. Talismanic magic is a "secret" art allowing a wizard to create various phenomena by writing ancient symbols or names of ancient gods on special paper. Such talismans are called "Charms" or "Wards." Extremely potent if used correct;y, such magic is of the higher level.

The young mage has secretly added powerful charms to his costumes. He has attached charms to each piece of his costumes. The charms, based on his own system, are designed to create realism. The wearer of the costume gains some knowledge and skills of the character on a subconcious level, which enables them to portray the character like a eite profession actor. Which charms and the number determines how realistic and what the wearer retains, but the costumes only leave positive traits. A wizard gains a little magic aptitude. A rock star gains greater musical talent. A Spiderman™ costume leaves behind greater agility. Nothing harmful in his own opinion, he often wears them himself.

He's grateful that he met LA's "night life". He gave them a special selection of talismanic costumes and they gave him a *future* selection of anime and manga.

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Ethan's Costume Shop, Sunnydale, California

Tuesday, October 28th, 1997

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Ethan Rayne, chaos mage and extreme trouble maker, looks at the collection of high-quality Cosplay costumes he gained from Kaneda, he would call him Giles, but it reminds him of his old freind Ripper. Ethan Rayne knows several special facts about the Janus magic he plans to use Halloween night.

The strength of spell depends on several factors: How close is the wearer to the costume persona. How specialized is the costume including the costume uniqueness and it's personal history. How much detail a costume has. Accuracy counts. How much magic was infused into the costume. How long has the wearer worn the costume.

These Cosplay costumes are extremely detailed and very unique, not a single double. His new friend avoided sentai [teams] like Wedding Peach, Power Rangers, Kamen Rider, Ultraman, Sailor Moon, and generic monsters like putties. The materials are extremely high quality, better than his competitor Partytown, and he was able to infuse *alot* more power into them then the common halloween outfits. How Kaneda can sell these at low prices is beyond even him. He also plans to have the spell running all night.

There is quite a selection, but no Kawaii [uber cute] like Di Gi Charat or Hello Kitty. There are many titles like Inuyasha, Yu Yu Hakusho, Ruruoni Kenshin, Trigun, Record of Lodoss War, Berserk, Hellsing, Devilman, Guyver, Devil Hunter Yohko, Vampire Princess Miyu, and other violent titles. There's also a few comical action series like One Piece, Slayers, and Ranma ½. There are even small Cards attached to the costumes, containing info on each series and the specific character. The attached notes say "If your being me, be the best at it."

Ethan grins again at the thought of his new friend Giles, he's coming over to help and will even do proper make-up. He then begins to slowly polish the fine, leather-like material of a costume. The Tag reads: YGO Game Char "Magician of Black Chaos"

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Sunnydale High School, Sunnydale, California

Wednesday, October 29th, 1997

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Sign-ups are being taken for the volunteer safety program for Halloween. Principal Snyder takes one of the clipboards and looks around the hall. He grabs the next girl that walks by and pulls her aside.

"Hey!"

"You're volunteering."

He holds out the clipboard and pen to her. Willow, Buffy and Xander come in from the other hall.

"But I have to get to class."

Snyder just shrugs. The team walks past him.

Willow speaks the obvious, " Snyder must be in charge of the volunteer safety program for

Halloween this year."

"Note his interesting take on the volunteer concept." quips Xander

"What's the deal?" inquires Buffy

They've reached Willow's locker, and she works the combination.

"Oh, a bunch of little kids need people to take them trick-or-treating." explains Xander, "Sign up and get your own pack of sugar-hyped little runts for the night."

"Yikes." says Buffy, " I'll stick to vampires."

Snyder puts his hand on her shoulder, and she spins around to face him.

"Miss Summers. Just the juvenile delinquent I've been looking for."

"Principal Snyder!"

Snyder: Halloween must be a big night for you." sneers the Troll... eh Snyder, "Tossing eggs, keying cars, bobbing for apples, one pathetic cry for help after another. Well,

(leads her to the sign-up table) not this year, missy."

Willow and Xander come stand behind her.

"Gosh, I'd love to sign up," says Buffy trying to escape, "but I recently developed carpal tunnel syndrome, and can tragically no longer hold a flashlight."

Snyder holds up the clipboard and pen.

"The program starts at four, the children have to be back at six."

Buffy reluctantly grabs the pen and clipboard and signs herself up. Xander thinks it's funny and smiles back at Willow. Willow has a concerned look on her face. Snyder holds pens out to Willow and Xander, too. They both look at him, begging not to be put through this. Willow gives in and takes the pen.

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"I can't believe this." Xander whines, "We have to get dressed up and the whole deal?"

"Snyder said costumes were mandatory." says Willow

"Great. I was gonna stay in and veg." says Buffy, "The one night a year things are supposed to be quiet for me."

"Halloween quiet?" inquires Xander, "Oh, I figured it'd be a big old vamp scare-apalooza."

They walk into the lounge.

"Not according to Giles. He swears that tomorrow night is, like, dead for the undead. (the girls sit) They stay in."

"Those wacky vampires!" says a smiling Xander, "That's why I love 'em! They just keep you guessing!"

He puts his satchel down on the table and heads over to the soda vending machine. He puts in his coins and hits a button. Nothing. He hits another one. Still nothing. He hits the machine in the front and on the side. Larry comes up to him and puts his hand on Xander's shoulder.

"Harris!"

"Hey, Lar. You're lookin' Cro-Mag as usual" insults Xander," What can I do you for?"

"You and Buffy, you're just friends, right?"

"I like to think of it less as a friendship and more as a solid foundation for future bliss."

"So, she, she's not your girlfriend?"

"Alas, no."

Larry looks over at Buffy as he walks around Xander.

"Do you think she'd go out with me?"

He turns to face Xander with Buffy to his back now.

"Well, Lar, that's a tough question to... No. Not a chance."

"Why not? I heard some guys say she was fast."

" I hope you mean like the wind."

"Yeah, you know what I mean."

"That's my friend that you're talkin' about!"

"Oh, yeah? Well, what're you gonna do about it?"

"I'm gonna do what any man would do about it: (grabs Larry by the shirt) somethin' damn manly."

Larry smiles and laughs. He knocks Xander's hands away and grabs him by the shirt with his right hand. He balls his left hand into a fist and draws back for a punch. Buffy grabs his wrist, pulls it behind his back and slams his head into the vending machine. A Diet Dr Pepper rolls into the slot.

"Get gone." commands Buffy

She pulls Larry back from the machine and shoves him away. She notices the soda can.

"Ooo! Diet!" says the former cheerleader and grabs the can.

" Do you know what you just did?" says an upset Xander.

"Saved you a dollar?"

"No, but Larry was about to pummel me!"

"Oh, that? Forget about it!" (heads back to the table)

"Oh, I'll forget about it. (follows her) In maybe fifteen, twenty years when my rep for being a sissy man finally fades!"

Buffy stops and faces him, "Xander, don't you think you're..."

Xander interrupts, "A black eye heals, Buffy, but cowardice has an unlimited shelf life. Oh, thanks! Thanks a lot for *your* help."

He grabs his bag from the table and walks off in a huff. Buffy moans and sits back down with Willow.

"I think I just violated the guy code big time."

"Poor Xander. Boys are so fragile. Speaking of, how was your date last night?"

"Misfire." says Buffy, "I was late due to unscheduled slayage. Showed up looking trashed."

"Was he mad?"

"Actually he was pretty unmad. Which probably had something to do with the fact that Cordelia was drooling in his cappuccino."

"Oh, Buffy. Angel would never fall for her act."

"You mean that 'actually showing up, wearing a stunning outfit, embracing personal hygiene' act?"

"You know what I mean. Uh, she's not his type."

"Are you sure? I mean, I don't know what his type is. I've known him less than a year, and if you haven't noticed, he's not exactly one to over share."

"True. It's too bad we can't sneak a look at the Watcher diaries and read up on Angel. I'm sure it's full of fun facts to know and tell."

"Yeah. It's too bad. That stuff is private."

"Also Giles keeps them in his office. In his personal files."

"Most importantly, it would be wrong"

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Sunnydale HS Library

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Willow and Buffy look in through the round door window. They don't see Giles and give each other a look. Buffy quietly opens the door and goes in. She looks back at Willow, who gives her encouragement. The door closes and Willow looks in through the glass. Buffy quietly makes her way up to the counter and looks around again for Giles. Satisfied that he's not there she heads for his office.

"Buffy!"

She spins around and sees him in the cage getting some old books.

"Excellent!"

"Nothing! Hi!"

"Yes, I-I just wanted to talk to you about tomorrow night" says Giles in Watcher mode, "As it should be, uh, calm, you might work on some new battle techniques."

"You're beginning to scare me, Giles." says Buffy, "You need to have some fun."

She waves to Willow to come in as he's looking down at his books. Willow shakes her head and mouths 'no'. Giles looks up, and Buffy pulls her hand back and pretends she was scratching her head.

"You know, there's this place you can go, right, and you sit in the dark, and there are these moving pictures, right, and the pictures tell a story.

"Yes, yes, ha, ha, very droll."

Willow quietly comes in.

"I'll have you know that I have very, uh, many relaxing hobbies."

"Such as?"

"Well, um..."

Buffy mouths something to Willow to goad her on.

"I enjoy cross-referencing."

"Do you stuff your own shirts, or do you send them out?"

She grabs a book from the stack he's about to take to his office and walks around him to draw his view away from his office door.

"So! How come Halloween is such a big yawner? I mean, do the demons just hate how commercial it's become?" (leafs through the book)

Giles puts his books down, "Um, it's interesting, ac... Not, I suspect, to you. (takes the book from her) What is it you're after?"

Willow has made it to the office door.

"Of course, it's of interest to me! I'm the Slayer. I need to know these things. You can't keep me in the dark any longer."

Willow opens the door and starts in. Giles grabs the stack of books again and starts to turn to his office.

"Look at me when I talk to you!"

Willow looks over at them anxiously.

"I really don't have time for these games."

"Ms. Calendar said you were a babe."

Willow looks back again, but this time gives Buffy a look and shakes her head.

"She said what?"

Buffy: (meekly) "Well, she said that you were a... h-hunk of burning... something or other. So, (exhales) whadaya think of that?"

"Uh, I... (exhales) I don't, um, uh... A burning hunk of what?"

"Look. You know how disgusting it is for me to even contemplate you grownups having smoochies, (sees Willow come out of the office with a diary) but I think you should go for it."

"Buffy, I appreciate your interest, but..."

Willow hurries past the counter.

"But I've overstepped my bounds. It's none of my business, you know. (stammers) What was I thinking? My God! Shame, (Willow goes out the door) shame. I gotta go. (quickly walks out)

Giles not sure what to make of it, "A babe? (smirks) I can live with that."

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Girls' bathroom. [where no man fears to tread]

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Buffy and Willow are sitting on the sinks and looking at a drawing of a noble woman with a tiny waist wearing a billowy gown.

"Man, look at her."

"Who is she?"

"It doesn't say, but the entry's dated 1775."

"Angel was eighteen. And still human."

"So that's the kinda girl he hung around? She's pretty coiffed."

"She looks like a noble woman or something. Which means being beautiful is sort of her job."

"And clearly this girl was a workaholic. I'll never be like this."

" C'mon! She's not that pretty. I mean, look at her. She's got a funny... uh, waist. Look how tiny that is."

Buffy (sarcastically) "Thank you. Now I feel better."

Willow exhales, "No. She's like a freak. A circus freak. Yuk."

Buffy exhales, "Musta been wonderful. Put on some fantabulous gown and go to a ball like a princess, and have horses and servants, and yet more gowns."

"Yeah. Still, I think I prefer being able to vote. (Buffy raises her brows) (smiles) Or I will when I can."

Cordelia comes into the bathroom and goes to the mirror.

"So, Buffy. You ran off last night and left poor little Angel all by his lonesome. But I did everything I could to comfort him."

"I'll bet."

Cordelia gets out her blush, "So, what's his story anyway? I mean, I never see him around." (brushes some onto her cheeks)

"Not during the day, anyway." says Willow.

"Oh, please. Don't tell me he still lives at home." says Cordelia with arrogance, "Like, he has to wait for his dad to get back before he can take the car?" (puts the blush away)

"Cordelia, I think his parents have been dead for a couple of hundred years."

Cordelia: (touches up her lip gloss) "Oh, good. I mean... (faces them) What?"

"Angel's a vampire." says Buffy, " I thought you knew."

Cordelia turns back to the mirror, "Oh, he's a vampire. (puts away the lip gloss) Of course! But the cuddly kind. Like a Carebear with fangs?"

"It's true." confirms Willow

Cordelia steps over to them, "You know what I think? (crosses her arms) I just think you're trying to scare me off 'cause you're afraid of the competition. Look, Buffy, you may be hot stuff when it comes to demonology or whatever, but when it comes to dating, I'm the Slayer."

She walks out. Buffy just watches her go.

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Ethan's Costume Shop, Sunnydale, California

After School

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Buffy Summers, Alexander "Xander" Harris, Willow Rosenburg, and Buffy's little sister Dawn have arrived at Ethan's to buy there costumes. Cordelia Chase is also there with former Partytown clients. The more expensive supplier recently lost many accounts when several of the staff developed a weird "flatulent flu" [Ethan nearly did the Scooby dance for that one]. The crowd is impressed by the costumes.

"Woah! Check these out!" says Xander looking at the impressive selection.

A few feet away, Kaneda is showing Cordelia, what he thinks is a "Purrfect" choice.

"She's one of my favourite characters. If you get your cliche to wear the rest of the line, I'll give you a group discount."

Kaneda has darker skin and a wig of long wavy brownish hair, which blends well with his natural hair. Kaneda is wears a loose kimono, trousers and sandals. He carries a katana thrust through his belt. He looks very scruffy.

Ethan, the owner of the shop, is not dressed as a character despite the prodding of Kaneda.

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Xander watchs as Buffy looks at the dress of an English noblewoman from 17th century. Ethan comes over to get her to buy it. He feels a little jealous, knowing she's thinking of impressing Angel. He jumps when someone places a cold hand on his shoulder. Xander turns to see Kaneda behind him.

"I see Ethan's Princess Costume has impressed your friend. Personally, I think it's a bad costume. Halloween is the night you become another person. To be something your not for the enjoyment. Why would anybody want to become an unemancipated airhead whose only place is marry rich and bear children??"

"So what are you dressed as??" asks Xander, noticing the odd outfit.

"Kibagami Jubei. Jubei is the hero of the film Ninja Scroll. A wandering ronin, Jubei would like nothing better then to not get involved with the events happening around him, but, as is typical with a film like this, it's never that easy. A former ninja of the Yamashiro clan, he's not a typical hero and is very cynical."

"Wow." says the stunned Xander, this guy is weird.

"What would you like to be this night?" asks Kaneda.

"I'm looking for a toy gun. I have old army fatigues at home."

"A simple soldier? A generic grunt?? I came to make sure everyone has a unique costume." says Kaneda manically, "I'll give you a discount, if it means you'll walk away an individual."

"Why?"

"It's why I came here in the first place. I created each of these costumes and I want people to not only wear them, but enjoy them and maybe wear them more than once. I want more than a bunch of candy-sucking brats and vandals. I want a night of Individuality."

"O.K. That's great. If you insist man" says a nervous Xander, wanting to leave soon.

"You look a think-with-heart hero-type." says Kaneda, "How about the opposite. How about a cunning villian with no heart? He's also a noble which would go well with your friend."

The outfit in question is a set of black, purple, and dark blue noble robes. The robes also have green and gold imagery. It also includes a 16th century Japanese sword, a purplish crystal marble necklace, a wig of long wavy black hair, and a painted ball. Kaneda also has a mass of white fur with a primate skull cap.

"What's with the monkey suit?" says Xander.

"This villian plays the part of a rich noble to control and manipulate people. A pure Japanese noble named Kagewaki Hitomi. When the villian manipulated demons or faced his enemies he wore the white baboon pelt. Everything else you need to know is on the Card attached to the tag."

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Willow Rosenburg, outcast and computer hacker, future lesbian uber-witch is looking threw the massive selection. In another timeline, she would have bought a generic ghost costume. Her friend Buffy would have gotten her to wear a sexy punk outfit, but at the last second she would hav worn her ghost sheet. In this timeline, the store has no generic anything! Buffy might want her to dress as a wild and sexy woman, but Willow is shy by nature.

"Hello!"

Willow eeps and turns to see Kaneda/Jubei behind her.

"He..Hey. No scares until tonight." says Willow, a little nervous.

"What will you be tonight? Who will the Willow be?"

"You know me?"

"I have extremely good hearing." says Kaneda/Faust, "Your friends work well together. Buffy is the Strength. Xander is the Heart. You must be the Mind."

"I guess. I do the research and get the best marks." says Willow, very shy and nervous, "I do alot of reading."

"Then how about a costume of a character that has a demure outside and inner strength."

"Like what?"

Kaneda pulls outside a simple costume. A black dress, white long-sleeved shirt, brown vest, dark red tie, and black shoes.by a tan jacket with flat-sole shoes and a pair of wide rim glasses. The outfit includes a wig of long black hair, several pieces of paper and a carrying case. There is also a small book written in Japanese.

"That's a costume? It looks more like an outfit"

"It's the costume of a heroine known as 'Yomiko Readman'. Her codename is 'The Paper'."

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Dawn Summers. The younger sister of the Slayer Buffy is looking threw the array of costumes. She thinks she just a normal little girl with a crush on Xander, but the truth is she is the mystical Key of Dagon- a magical artifact with the power to burn down the walls of demensions. In this timeline, the monks hide her from Hell God Glorificus by sending her back in time to 1987 to be born as the future Slayer's little sister. This is unimportant because Glory doesn't appear for another 4 years.

Dawn would have bought a fairy, a common 10 year old girl costume, if this was a common shop. The cosplay outfits offer far more choices.

"Hello!"

Dawn doesn't jump as high as Willow, but quickly turns to see Kaneda behind her with an insane grin.

"Who will you be tonight?" asks Kaneda, "A Hime, a Dame, a Miko, a Thief??"

"What's a Hime? What's a Miko? Who are you?" says a very confused Dawn.

"A Hime is a Princess, an Eastern version of what your sister is looking at. A Miko is a Japanese Priestess. I am Kaneda of Kaneda Animate Shop, but tonight I will be Jubei, wandering ninja."

"OK" says Dawn, while thinking, what a weirdo, "Does Xander's costume have a female counterpart?"

"Not really. The undead miko Kikyou is sometimes a ally, but wants him dead. The dark priestess Tsubaki just wanted eternal youth. Kagura and Kanna are slaves. The rest are enemies."

"Well," says the disappointed Summers girl, "If Sis wants to be a Princess for that guy Angel, I'll be the opposite. What do you have?"

Kaneda/Jubei pulls out a strange out. Sandal-like shoes, baggy black pants, and a chinese-style pink shirt. It also includes shurikan [throwing stars], kunai [nail-like dangers], and a headband with a metal plate. The plate is edged with the symbol "Konoha". Leaf.

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Buffy Summer, the current Slayer and destined to the longest living, is still looking at the 18th century Princess gown. She turns around on instinct before Kaneda can surprise her. She takes a secretly defensive stance against the pale cadaverous persona.

"Who are you?"

"Today, Kaneda Giles, a animate store owner helping Ethan Rayne this All Hallow's Eve. Tonight, I will be Jubei, the Wandering Ninja."

"OK." says Buffy, "Why did you pick a Ninja?"

"For Power. For Skills. For the strong persona." says Kaneda with a laugh,"Why would you wanted to dress as an 18th century airhead? to impress a guy?"

"How did...??? Dawn's been talking." says Buffy embrassed

"Princesses of that era were pretty things to hang on noble arms. Weak willed things to possess, to marry rich and bear children. They would be scared of there own shadow without a strong man to protect them. Do you consider this Angel to be am Arrogant Prince or a Spy in the Night?"

"Actually, a Spy may be more accurate." she admits with a blush, "He does hide in the shadows alot."

"A Spy of 18th century would manipulate noblewoman, but would spend there nights with gypsies, adventurers, and whores."

Buffy's mind flashes back to Angel's master Darla [the Whore] and those who cursed him [Gypsies]. She also counts herself as the Adventurer.

"So what would you pick??" asks Buffy, finally discouraged from the Princess costume.

Kaneda holds a tight leather outfit with spy gear and handgun. Buffy crings at the weapon. It also includes a blue-black wig, blue-black hair dye, and a pair of reading glasses.

"This little number is the partner of one worn by your friend Willow. A Modern Spy version of a Past Spy."

A few minutes later, there a cry of "Her codename is WHAT!?!?"

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Backroom Ethan's Costume Shop

Thursday, October 30th, 1997

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Ethan Rayne sits before a plaster bust of Roman God of Duality reciting a long latin chant.

He was mad that Kaneda had convinced that bottle blonde to buy a Spy outfit instead of his Princess dress. The chaos mage decided to boost the enchantment on several of the costumes. Kaneda's Jubei, the pseudo-blonde, her two friends, and the girl's Sister. He also boosts the spell on the others who there at the same time. Ethan knows that each costume contained at least ten times the power of the Princess dress, but he still increases the magic by more than five fold. He also focuses the radiant mystical energies of the Hellmouth to further fuel and enhance the costume spell.

"Even if the spell is broken, you'll still remember."

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Sunnydale High School Library

Noon

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Rupert Giles, Buffy's Watcher, School Librarian, and former British bad boy, watches the Slayer and her friends Xander and Willow walk in. They are followed by Miss Calender.

"Hello. Why are you all here for?" asks Giles, organizing his index cards.

"Halloween." says Miss Calender with a smile. "We need a few things for the costumes."

"I need a few index cards for my costume." says Willow.

"I need that polish you use on Buffy's blades for my sword. Need to look sharp!"

"Bad pun." says Buffy, "My costumes fine, but I wanted to borrow a book for something extra. I need something old and maybe leather bound."

"as for myself." says Miss Calender, "I'll need help with the safety program."

The former street-sorceror Ripper pauses then goes over to his desk. He pulls out a pack of index cards and a leather bound book with the title, "Gerlack's Demonology". He hands Willow the cards and then carefully gives Buffy the book, "This is 3rd edition. I want it back! One scratch and..." He leaves off on the threat.

Giles opens the bookcage and pulls out a bottle of black liquid. He gives it to Xander with a warning.

"Be careful with the polish, the cap...."

*SPLOOSH!*

"...it's loose." says Giles wiping the greasy goo off his glasses. He looks very mad.

"I guess the sword is good!" says Xander as he runs out the door.

Buffy, Willow, and Miss Calender pause, look at Giles' face, then burst out laughing!

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Spike's Warehouse

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Spike is watching the video that the vampire took of Buffy's fight.

"Here it comes. (watches) Rewind that. Let's see that again."

The vampire rewinds the tape as Spikes strolls around to another

monitor.

Spike chuckles, "She's tricky. Baby likes to play."

The scene where she stakes the vampire with the sign replays.

"You see that? The way she stakes him with that thing? That's what's called resourceful. Rewind it again."

Drusilla comes from the other room, "Miss Edith needs her tea."

Spike holds his hand out to her, "C'mere, poodle."

Drusilla takes his hand, "Do you love my insides? The parts you can't see?"

"Eyeballs to entrails, my sweet. That's why I've got to study this Slayer. Once I know her I can kill her. And once I kill her you can have your run of Sunnyhell. Get strong again.

"Don't worry. Everything's switching. Outside to inside." says Drusilla, "The Slayer vanishs and the Ghost appears."

"Really? Did my pet have a vision?"

"Do you know what I miss? Leeches."

"Come on, talk to Daddy. This thing that makes the Slayer vanish? When is it?"

"Tomorrow."

"Tomorrow's Halloween. Nothing happens on Halloween."

"Someone's come to change it all. Someone new."

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Backroom Ethan's Costume Shop

Later that Night.

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Ethan comes through the curtain and kneels before his statue of Janus. He presses his hands together and winces in pain. When he pulls them apart there are wounds in his palms, and blood flows freely from them.

"The world that denies thee, thou inhabit".

He dabs the blood from his left hand with his right middle finger and smears it over his right eyelid.

"The peace that ignores thee,..."

He dabs the blood from his right hand with his left middle finger and smears it over his left eyelid.

" ...thou corrupt."

He dabs the blood from his left hand with his right middle finger again and smears a cross onto his forehead.

"Chaos. I remain, as ever, thy faithful, degenerate son."

The camera pans over the top of the statue from the woman's face on one side to the man's face on the other.

"Hey Ethan!" yells Kaneda from the front, "Have you seen my comb?"

If this was an Anime, Ethan would have a huge sweatdrop!

"In the desk... Bloody Poof!"

"Hey! I'm Jubei not Yurimaru!"

Ethan would now have a double sweatdrop. He forgot about Kaneda's super sense of hearing.

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Summers Home, 1630 Revello Drive

Friday, October 31, 1997

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Joyce stares at the man before her. He's tall with long black hair and dressed in the clothing of Japanese noble. He also wears a white baboon pelt, a hidden sword, and a purple marble on a necklace. He looks very impressive! She thought the costumes of her daughters and Willow looked impressive in there cases.

"Xander?"

"You may call me Naraku."

Willow Rosenburg, Buffy Summers, and Dawn descend not as themselves but as Miss Yomiko Readman, Miss Nancy Makuhari, and Tenten of Hidden Leaf. Dawn is surprised Buffy had the guts to wear that outfit. Buffy is surprised how much Willow's outfit suits her. Willow is surprised how impressive/evil the costume makes Xander look. Xander is surprised at Buffy's outfit. No Drooling!

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Sunnydale HS

A few minutes later.

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At the high school, children were arriving in costume to be taken trick-or-treating. There are many interesting costumes. There are no repeats, thanks to the popularity of Ethan's Cosplay costumes. Also, not only are all the children in costume, but 80% of the adults. Buffy was thus standing in the hall by the stairs holding a clipboard, waiting for her charges.

Snyder brought them to her, as well as his own bad attitude. "That ~outfit~ may fit your so-called personality, but it's nearly indescent. This is your group, Summers. No need to speak to them. The last thing they need is your influence! Just bring them back in one piece, and I won't expel you." He started to leave...

The young woman bent down to the kids and said to the kids, "Hi."

Snyder said at once, "Ah, ah!"

Buffy straightened back up, and rolled her eyes.

Not far away, Xander in his Naraku outfit was briefing his group of kids - with his own special brand of Harris lore. "Okay, on sleazing extra candy: tears are key. Tears will normally get you the double-bagger. You can also try the old 'you missed me' routine, but it's risky. Only go there for chocolate. Understood?" The children all nodded their little heads. "Okay, then let's get going...We have a town to plunder and minds to corrupt."

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Last Homes

A few hours later.

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A student dressed as Vampire Hunter D was escorting his own group of the bratty little grade schoolers; and they walked by Buffy's group, coming back from a house.

The former LA blonde stopped and crouched down, to see what they'd gotten. She asked, "What did Mrs. Davis give you?"

They all pulled out toothbrushes, and the Chosen One almost blanched. "She must be stopped..."

The Slayer then got up, talking to her group of kids, "Let's hit one more house. We still have a few more minutes, before I need to get you back..."

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Backroom Ethan's Costume Shop

Same time.

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In the back room of Ethan's shop, the man of the hour prepared himself to incant a spell in Latin.

Ethan nodded and finished the preliminaries.

"Janus, evoco vestram animam. Exaudi meam causam. Carpe noctem pro consilio vestro. Veni, appare et nobis monstra quod est infinita potestas."

[Janus, I invoke your spirit. Hear my plea. Seize the night for your own reason. Come, appear and show to us that which is infinite power.]

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Last Homes

A few hours later.

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At a house elsewhere, Willow followed her charges along the porch to the front door. "C'mon, guys..."

One of the kids, who was wearing one of Ethan's favourite monster masks [from his old stock] on his head, rang the bell and stepped back. An old lady answered the door, and the kid with the mask pulled it down over his face.

All the kids chanted in unison, "Trick-or-treat!"

The lady smiled in genuine pleasure, "Oh my goodness, aren't you adorable!"

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Back in the shop Ethan chanted,

"Persona se corpum et sanguium commutandum est. Vestra sancta praesentia concrescet viscera. Janus! Sume noctem!"

[The mask transforms itself into flesh and blood. Your holy presence curdles the heart. Janus! Take the night!]

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A wind began to blow on the streets, as Buffy sensed something wasn't quite right. Not far away at the residence where the old lady was with Willow's kids, the homeowner looked into her empty bucket and said, "Oh, dear! Am I all out? I could've sworn I had more candy..."

The kid wearing a red rubber cap with horns suddenly morphed into a horned, red-skinned real monster. The woman didn't notice and said, "I'm sorry, mister monster..." She bent down, "Maybe I..."

The kid with the green mask had changed into a demon also; so he grabbed the lady by the neck, and began to cold-bloodedly choke her.

The other children just screamed and ran away. Willow shouted in confusion, "No! Let her go!"

The red demon attacked the green one, and he let go of the woman. The two monsters started to tear at each other's throats as Willow kept shouting, "Stop! What're you doing?!"

The old lady quite sensibly ran into the house, and slammed the door shut. The former redheaded guardian of the children just ignored that and yelled, "Stop! Hey!"

Suddenly, a card slashes at them causing them minor cuts. They run away from the newcomer. Where Willow once stood is a 25 years old standing roughly 5'6". She has black hair that falls to her mid-back, blue eyes, and a nicely endowed figure. Section A Library Special Force Agent "The Paper" holds a index card like throwing blade.

"Where am I? I was just reading my new book."

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End of Chapter 01

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Chapter 02: Old Friends and Incarnations

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Sunnydale, California. Friday, October 31, 1997

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In another timeline, Ethan Rayne would have cast a simple Janus fueled chaos spell, which would have caused minimal changes. Xander Harris would have bought a plastic gun for a simple soldier outfit and gained the persona and memories of a veteran soldier. Willow Rosenburg would have bought a simple ghost costume. That costume would have seperated her soul from her body as an intangible ghost. Buffy Summers would have bought a noblewoman dress and gained the dark hair, weak persona and memories of an aristocrat. The monster costumes would have only made skin-deep changes along with mental changes.

In this timeline, Ethan cast a far more powerful spell which mixed with his partner's powerful talismanic magic. Chaos magic is extremely dangerous as it effects are unstable and random. Chaos breaks rules and deflies predictions, meaning anything can happen, and with magic that means *anything*. Talismanic magic is able to draw energy to fuel there spells. A talisman that uses healing magic can become a holy relic. A curse talisman charged with only a tiny piece of malice, can absorb evil spirits and gain an evil sentience. Mixing magic is *NEVER* a good idea, especially if one is a chaos spell.

Buffy Summers, a 16-year-old Slayer, no longer has the same body as before. She stood petite 5-foot-2 [maybe 5'3] with green eyes and dark brown hair which she habitually dyed blonde. She's now a 26-year-old woman standing about 5-foot-8 with an impressively proportioned figure. Her hair is now dark blue and her eyes are a shade of magenta. The changes are far beyond surface, extending down to the genetic level. This shoud not be possible, since most magic normally doesn't extend below the molecular level. This is the reason known alchemists never succeeded with tunring lead into gold.

Within the woman's mind, the changes are just as dramatic. The noblewoman would have had a simple shell of pseudo memories and persona, simple and lacking deeper details. The woman has the complete memories and persona of Nancy Makuhari also known as I-Jin double agent Mati Hari. She remembers her creation in the I-Jin labs, murdering the real Nancy Makuhari to steal her identity, becoming close friends with Yomiko, her changing loyality, fighting her sister clone, and dying stopping the suicide symphony.

Tonight, Nancy Makuhari, Miss Deep of Section A Library Special Forces, lives again.

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