Title: A Good Start (Final)
Author: Ed Scott
Disclaimer: All characters belong to their rightful owners... none of
who are me.
Summary: After Becoming, Xander ends up in Maryland to give a message.
Warning: Crossovers: JAG
A/N: Instead of going as a soldier for Halloween, Xander went as a fighter pilot.
A/N 2: JAG HQ is in West Virginia on the show. Here it's in Bethesda, Maryland.
Feedback, It's the coin of the realm.
Sunnydale, Chase Mansion
Cordelia had been crying. Her parents found out she was dating Xander and they forbid her from seeing him. She pleaded that he was working with the US Military, but they didn’t believe her, saying he was laying on a beach somewhere chasing a girl.
Xander was busy taking his exams, too busy to be chasing anything other than sleep. When he finished, he passed The Room to his room, saw the bed and fell asleep as soon as his back hit the mattress. After what he has gone through in the last 3 months, high school was going to be easy.
Sunnydale High School Library
Buffy, Willow, Oz and Giles were sitting around the table when Cordelia entered crying her eyes out. The first thought on everybody’s mind was something happened to Xander.
“M…my folks f…found out I’m seeing Xander and they threatened to cut me off if I kept seeing him. They didn’t believe me when I said he was in military training. I promised him I’d be there for him when he returned, but if I don’t have my money, will he still want to be with me?”
To no one’s surprise, Willow defended Xander, like it was a reflex. “Do you really think Xander is that shallow? Sure, the other guys you dated were only with you because of what you are, but Xander is with you because of Cordelia Chase the woman, not Cordelia Chase the richest and most popular girl in town. Look, Xander will be home in a week. I can e-mail him and let him know about your family, and then the two of you will decide what to do.”
Thinking of Xander being home soon, Cordelia felt better. She remembers what it felt like to be held by Xander. Smiling at Willow, Cordelia says, “Thank you, Willow. Please tell him.”
Xander was glad that all his exams were over. He was exhausted. He was awoken from his nap by a knock on his door. Sighing, he reluctantly went to the door. On the other side of the door, was a smiling Clayton Webb.
“Hello, Mr. Webb. To what do I owe the honor?”
“I’m here to congratulate you on your accomplishments during the summer.” Xander was pleased to hear somebody give him praise. His instructors had been tough but fair and they had done an impressive job in building his self esteem. “I know you’re headed home in two days, but I thought you might like to see your son again.” Xander got a chuckle out of hearing that.
“You’re right. I would like to see Junior again. I need to pick up my dress blues from the cleaners first. After I get cleaned up in the morning, we’ll go.”
Clayton and Xander shook hands. “See you tomorrow then, Harris.” Before Webb left, Xander gave him a perfect salute, which was immediately returned.
Annapolis The Next Day
Xander had just finished getting dressed when Webb knocked on his door. Xander grabbed his hat, held it under his left arm, and answered his door. Beside his door, was all his gear in two duffle bags. On top of them, was a change of clothes for the next day. Xander stood at attention when he saw Webb. Webb looked at Xander in his uniform, and was very impressed.
“Looking good, Harris. I see you’re ready to go tomorrow. Ready to go to JAG?” Xander nodded. He closed his door and followed Webb to his car. He was going to miss Annapolis when he left the next day, but he would be back in a year. Provided he lived that long.
Office of the Judge Advocate General, Bethesda Maryland
Xander stopped at the entrance of the offices. He saw Harm and Mac arguing about something, and smiled. He turned to Webb, “See those two? That’s me and Cordelia before we find a janitor’s closet. It’s nice to know my son has good taste in women.” Webb got a chuckle out of that.
Webb’s cell phone went off. He answered it and walked off. Xander took the opportunity to see some people. His first stop was Major Mackenzie’s Office. There was nobody in there, and she was not on the phone. So he knocked.
“Come in!” Xander walked in and saluted. Sarah looked up, smiled then returned the salute. With a smile on her face, she spoke to Xander. “Good morning, Corporal. How are you this morning?”
“Very good Ma’am. I’m headed home tomorrow and I thought I would come by to bid you all good-bye. So, good-bye.” The Major got a laugh out of Xander’s humor. Her laughter stopped when Xander said, “Sarah, you have my blessings to date my son. Don’t forget to send me an invitation.” With that statement, Major Sarah Mackenzie was stunned. Xander saluted her, and left her office. Smiling, he walked to Rabb’s Office. On his way there, he was bumped into from behind by a guy with boxes higher than his head. The files in the boxes fell out on to the floor.
“Oh, man. This took me all night to organize. Now I’ll need another night to put these all back. And I promised Harriet I’d be home tonight.”
Xander started helping Lt. Roberts put the files back. “I know how you feel, Lieutenant. I’m unlucky with balance at times myself. Corporal Harris at your service.” The two shook hands.
Bud’s eyes bugged out. “The Demon Hunter?”
Xander was confused. “I have no idea what you mean, Sir. I’m just a corporal in the United States Marines. Demons only exist in movies, books and folklore.” Xander leaned in and whispered, “We call them gang members on PCP. That way, if anyone hears us, they won’t think we’re crazy.” Xander helped Bud put the files away and put the boxes into another office. Before Lt. Roberts could ask anymore questions of Xander, Xander had disappeared. “Where did he go?”
Xander silently entered Harm’s Office. Harm had his back to his office door, when he heard, “Hey son, want to have a catch?” Rabb looked up from the file cabinet and saw a Marine Corporal standing at attention saluting him. He immediately returned the salute. There was a moment of silence, until “Father and Son” smiled at each other and shook hands.
“So, what are you doing in town, Corporal?”
“Well Commander, I’m headed home tomorrow and I thought it would be nice to see you all again until I return next year. I’ve already seen Major Mackenzie and Lt. Roberts. I’ve seen you, now I’m going to see the Admiral. If he’s not too busy to see me. If he is, I’ll leave a note. I’m all packed and ready to go, I’m just waiting for my flight.” Just then, there was a knock on the door. Xander and Harm turned to see Webb entering.
“Sorry to bother you. I need to take Xander home right now.”
All sort of scenarios ran through Xander’s mind. And none of them were good. “What’s wrong?”
“Nothing major. It’s just that the Slayer is about to do bodily harm to your girlfriend’s father.”
“Give me your phone, Webb.” He dialed the high school library. “Come on. Pick up! Giles! What’s going on? No I haven’t checked. Why? That bastard! Is Cordy there? Put her on please? Cordy? It’s Xander. I just found out what your father said. I’ll be there in a few hours. Is Buffy there? When you see her, tell her thank you for the sentiment, but I will handle your father. Don’t worry. I won’t kill him. I’ll see you in a few hours. I love you.” Xander hung up with a smile on his face. He returned Webb his cell phone.
“Commander, I need you to tell the Admiral that I was here and I wanted to see him, but a family emergency needed my attention.” He turned to Webb. “Let’s go.” Xander’s bags were waiting for him at the Military Base for him to pick up. He was on a non-stop flight to Los Angeles. He had a few thousand choice words he wanted to say to Cordelia’s father. It’s a good thing I’m a Marine.
That is all for A Good Start. Senior Year starts soon. Find out what happens in “Where Demons Fear to Live.”