Title: Dark Becomes Light
Rating: Nothing worse than the tv shows. Think people around the age of 15 are mature enough to read this. Just as the shows which tend to get dark at times,
this might get there too.
Spoilers: In Buffy, post: "Living Conditions," In Gargoyles: Post "Journey" If Greg isn't counting season 3 as canon, I'm not either. In Xena, post: "Key to the Kingdom"
Summery: Xander finds a mystical artifact. Demona calls upon it and takes Xander along for the ride. When there, he and a gargoyle meet. Together the two of them end up in Ancient Greece.
Disclaimer: Buffy: the Vampire Slayer is owned by Whedon, Fox, and UPN. Gargoyles is owned by Bueana Vista and Disney. Xena: the Warrior Princess is owned by Renaissance Pictures, Tapert, and Raimi.
Author Notes: It appears that I’m back. I hope you enjoy this chapter. I’m going to be sticking to for this series for a while. See how far I can get into it again. Let me know what you think.
Buffy: the Vampire Slayer
Xena: Warrior Princess
Special Thanks: Nick, William, and Cyclone
Xena, Joxer, and Alesia headed out of the campsite. They were on their way to Alesia’s home, to bring her home and see if they could beat Zantar’s men.
Brooklyn and Xander were already on the way to face Puck. Plans were made that they would try and break Gabrielle free of Puck’s grasp. The gargoyle along with Warrior Princess formed a plan that would allow Gabrielle to break through the curse and finally be able to exist as her own person.
She only hoped that neither Xander nor Brooklyn would get hurt. Either by Puck or Gabrielle, not done by herself, but by Puck himself.
Xena didn’t now how things would turn out, but she knew that Xander and Brooklyn would do their best when dealing with this situation.
“You really think Puck will let Gabrielle have control of her body again?” asked Alesia.
“That’s the idea,” Xena confirmed. “Brooklyn has seen Puck in action and has a better idea on how to handle him. Xander’s there for back-up.”
The three continued to walk down the path in silence for a few ore moments. Nobody wanting to bring up more questions about this situation.
Alesia looked at her, “I wanna hear the rest of the story.”
Xena nodded. This could be the thing that could get their minds off the issue at the moment. Distraction was always something that came in handy after all.
“All right, well let me tell what really happened.” She paused for a moment, “Tyrealla had a stepfamily all right, but no one pusher her around. One day, Tyrella was busy, sharpening her sword, when…”
Alesia looked at her, “Xena, shouldn’t Tyrella wear a dress?”
Tyrella’s leather armor suddenly turned to a tan dress.
Her stepmother asked, “Tyrealla? What have you been doing all morning?”
“Well, let’s see. I, uh—I fought a warlord, saved a village, and rescued a burning wagon full of orphans.”
“Hmm.” Her stepmother stated, “Just as I thought, lolly-gagging again! Do some real work for a change.”
Pelia looked out the wind, “Mother! The prince is coming!”
She grinned, “The prince! Here? Honestly, Tyrella! You can’t wear that! You’ll be the shame of us all!” The door opened. “Oh, your highness!”
The prince cleared his throat, “Ladies…” He pulled a shoe from his pocket. “I’m looking to wed the woman who fits this shoe.”
Pelia interjected, “I’ll try it on.”
The second stepsister added, “Let me.”
Pelia tried to put the shoe on after she sat down. “It’s my size!”
The prince looked at Tyrella. “Please. How about you? Would you care to try it on? If it fits, I can promise you a happy ending.”
Tyrella approached him. “Wow. You know what, Prince? You seem like a real nice fella, so I’m gonna make this nice and simple for ya. I don’t need you, or a fairy godsmother, or anyone else to give me a happy ending. That’s something I’ll get or I won’t get all my own self. So I suggest you peddle this shoe someplace else.”
He looked at her, shocked, “But you could be a princess.”
She said with a smirk, “Come on.”
The prince told her, “You could live in a castle.” The stepmother stabbed him with her sword, “Ouch! My royal bottom! Ow!”
The stepmother looked at her daughters, “So the prince won’t marry either of you beauties. Well, if we can’t get to his crown jewels that way, we’ll just have to cut and run!”
They ran out and Tyrella was about to go after them.
“Tyrella? Tyrella? Tyrella?”
She turned around see her fairy godssiter. “What do you want?”
“Your stepmother and stepsisters are going to rob the kingdom of the crown’s jewels. You have to stop them.”
“Right. I’m on it.”
“Wait! I am your fairy godssister. Don’t you want my help?”
Tyrella suggested, “Yeah, you, you’re uncle, and your friend can go after the wizard.”
She grinned, “If that’s how I’m most useful to you, my pleasure.”
Xander and Brooklyn appeared a few feet away from where Puck was located. Xena made sure that Aphrodite did that. It was so the plan could be set up before their meeting with Puck was placed into motion.
They looked around their current surroundings.
“I’ve never seen this many weapons in one place.” Xander said to his friend, “Well weapons not being used in one spot.”
Brooklyn nodded, “It’s only for back-up. Just in case Puck throws something at us we’re not expecting.”
“So he should be just ahead of us?” Xander asked him.
The gargoyle said, “Yeah, well according to Aphrodite. Remember, if you need something, just use the phrase, ‘Rule 98.’”
Brooklyn rolled his eyes, “I can’t believe you used Star Trek.”
He shrugged, “Deep Space 9 actually. Rule of Acquisition number 98 - Every man has his price.” Xander added, “It’s a good phrase.”
A moment passed.
"How do you know Star Trek, though?"
He shrugged, “Lexington made us watch..."
Xander smirked, "Riiight..."
Brooklyn turned to the east, “Fine. We have to get Gabrielle. Who knows how she’s dealing with any of this?”
Xander sighed as he took hold of sickle. Starting to detach his weapons, he hid them behind. “I don’t like not showing up with weapons though.”
“That’s why we have the phrase. Plus, Puck might use your weapons against you. And if he does use the phrase, it will only hurt him.”
The human nodded, “Alright. Let’s do this. Sooner we go to him, sooner we get Gabrielle back.”
Brooklyn added, “Xena and Joxer will be here eventually. So if necessary, stall.”
The king and his wife turned around to see the running form of their daughter. She was shortly joined by Xena and one of her friends.
Joxer headed forward them and pulled out a knife. “I’ll get the ropes.”
Her father smiled, “Alesia, my darling. Are you ok?”
She nodded and walked up to him. Alesia pulled him into a hug. “Yes, I’m all right…thanks to Xena.”
He said to her, “I have missed you so much.”
His wife got out of her chair and stepped closer to them, “We both have.”
Xena asked, “What happened here exactly?”
The queen replied, “Zantar and his brothers have stolen the crown jewels. You may be too late.”
“We’ll see about that.” Xena clarified.
The king told them, “Thank you, Xena. We were so worried.”
Alesia’s father looked at his daughter, “Now, you and me and your stepmother are going to try to be happy, all right?”
Xena and Joxer started to head for the door.
“Xena! Wait! I wanna go with you and be a hero like Tyrella!”
“Alesia, wait!” The queen said as her stepdaughter headed for Xena.
“But I wanna go with Xena!”
Xena said to her, “Sweetheart, you can’t.”
She pouted, “What about my happy ending?”
The tall woman said, “You’re going to get a happy ending. I promise you that. I need to ask you to do something for me. Would you?”
The little girl said, “Ok.”
She went to a closet door and opened it, “Go in there.” The queen went in as well. “And I want you to talk. And that’s an order from your fairy godsmother.”
“What are you doing?” The king asked.
“Trust me, your Highness. They need to be alone.” She then spotted one of Zantar’s men through the window.
One of which uttered, “Heavy crown jewels.”
Xena looked at the king, “Just leave them in there for a while…a few days oughtta do it.”
The king nodded, “All right, Xena. Whatever you say.”
That being said, Xena headed out of the room, Joxer fallowing her suit.
Xander took a step forward and separated tall grass that was surrounding a spacious spot. He took his hand, and pushed aside some of the blades. After clearing, he spotted Gabrielle sitting down, Indian style. Her staff resting upon her lap.
Puck was no where to be seen, but that meant Brooklyn and him knew that a trap was in play. Xander let out a breath slowly. Turning to friend, Brooklyn nodded in response.
Very quietly, Xander pushed the grass further aside and stepped into the clearing. He cautiously scanned the area. Remembering his army training memories, he started to use his feet to make sure his walking was as quiet as it could be.
At the same time, Brooklyn headed to the other side of the field and went on pursuit of his plan.
Letting out another breath, Xander walked toward his friend, “Gabrielle?” He asked in an almost tranquil voice. “Turn around.”
Gabrielle did at that moment and kept doing so until Xander clarified, “Look at me and stop.”
Gabrielle’s mind relaxed a little at the site of him. She hoped he had someway to get her out of here and break her free of this curse. The only problem at the moment though was Puck wasn’t around.
Gabrielle fully knew well how enemies often acted when she was used as bait before. This wasn’t one of the normal ways, however. Sure, Puck was in the vicinity. The gods only knew if she was even looking at the true Xander. Maybe Puck was using Xander’s form as a cover.
“Walk over to me. Take your staff with you.”
The young woman got to her feet, bent down to pick up the weapon, and headed over to this ‘Xander.’ She still wasn’t sure if this was her Xander.
“Why hello, Xander. I see you finally made an appearance.”
At the sight of Puck, Gabrielle’s mind raced. True, she did see that the real Xander was in front of her, but now Xander had to deal with the trickster.
“Puck.” He said slowly. Xander placed a hand on Gabrielle’s shoulder, trying to reassure her that things were all right
“Xena let you come all by yourself?”
Xander replied, “I don’t need Xena’s permission to face you, Puck. All I’m concerned about right now is Gabrielle’s safety.”
He grinned, “I see you came unarmed.”
Xander nodded, “I wanted to make this as easy as possible. So I’m going to ask you simply, will you let Gabrielle go?”
“While I do appreciate the simple nature of your request, Xander, I hardly feel the need to grant you your request.” Puck said with a grin.
Puck then glanced at the young bard, “Gabrielle, attack Xander.”
She spun around and slammed her staff at him. Xander ducked quickly enough and turned around to face her sideways. “Gabrielle, stop.”
And she did stop.
“This is going to be interesting.” Puck said with a joy. “Maybe when I get back to New York, I’ll look up your friends. Sunnydale, isn’t it?”
His eyes narrowed and wanted to yell at him, but he swallowed up his anger. “Puck. This is our problem. Don’t drag my friends into it. They already have enough on their plate.” He paused for a second. “How did you know about my friends?”
He grinned, “It’s amazing what a bard is willing to tell. And all it took was your voice.”
Xander growled within his throat. He glared at Gabrielle, but didn’t say anything.
He knew he shouldn’t have told her anything, but he can’t focus on this problem right now.
Letting a breath out, he said to him, “Rule 98.”
He showed a confused look.
A white light shimmered briefly and a metallic bar appeared. Xander took hold of it and grabbed it tightly.
Using Xander’s voice, he uttered, “Rule 98.”
Just as before, a metallic staff appeared. Puck took it in his hands.
Within seconds, Puck started to feel something in his hands. He dropped it immediately. “Iron.”
He showed a confused look, “How did you know about iron?”
Puck turned around and was hit hard in the chest by Brooklyn’s fists.
Xena headed for the forest. Joxer bumped into her.
“Oh! Oh, I’m sorry! I’m sorry!”
Xena turned around and glared at him, “What…are you doing?”
He cleared his throat, “Well look, Xena, I’m sidekicking, y’know? I’m-I’m-I’m your comrade in arms, your, your, wingman. Look, you’re the comet, and I’m Ajax. You’re Achilles, and I’m your heel.”
She growled at him.
“Don’t you see? Look, with these fits of fury, you’ll have no problem beatin anybody! Watch! Every muscle is tight. Notice the action.” He started throwin air punches. He sighed, “Look, Gabrielle’s in trouble. We’re dealing with Puck and Zantar. You’re going to need my help.” Joxer paused a moment, “Xander and Brooklyn are only two people.”
Xena didn’t want him to get hurt, but he was right.
”All right.” She then remembered something. “Actually, I think something Xander said might help. C’mon.”
Alesia banged on the door, “Help! Somebody! We’re locked it!”
Her stepmother looked at her after she knelt down to her level. “Is it really so bad to be locked in here with me?”
She glared at her, “I hate you.”
“Really? Well, I’m glad Xena locked us in here. It’ll give us a chance to talk.”
“I’ll never talk to you. You’re evil.”
The queen tried to talk to her on her level, “Your father likes me.”
“You put a spell on him. I’ll never like you.”
“What did I do?” She asked with concern.
Alesia sternly replied, “You stole my daddy away from me.”
She shook her head, “No, I didn’t. He’s just as much as yours as he always was.”
Alesia pouted, “No, he’s not. Now he’s yours.”
The queen smiled when she figured out an idea. Kneeling closer to her, she asked, “How about we make him ours?”
She added, “Alesia, I know it’s been hard since your mother died. But, I want you to know, I really care about you.”
Alesia asked, “You do?”
“Yes. And your father’s told me all about you, and how you like stories. Can’t we have a happy ending?”
She sighed, “I thought every story had a happy ending, but now I don’t know. Because of me, Zantar stole the crown jewels, and Gabrielle doesn’t have control of her own body. I’ve ruined everything.”
Alesia then wept and her stepmother pulled her into a hug.
Puck landed on the ground in a heap. He rubbed his shoulder and smiled, “I was wondering where you were, Brooklyn.”
The gargoyle landed on his feet a moment later. “I was around.”
He nodded, “I see.” Puck got to his feet. “And I have to admit, that…”
“Anyone ever tell you, you talk too much.” He turned around to receive an incoming blow from Xander’s metallic staff.
“My…you have a problem with patience.” Puck said with a smirk. He circled his hands in a brief moment and the ground shook. Branches from a tree started to slither onto the ground and came together to form an unusual shape. Leaves sprouted and the shape started to form a horse-like appearance. “See how you do against this Timbermare.”
The ‘Timbermare’ took a step back, nayed, bowed his head, and charged Xander.
Xander growled as he took a step back, “Where’s a chainsaw when you need one?”
“Oh, and don’t think I forgot about you, Brooklyn.” Puck said as he faced him. “How about another elemental?” Light shimmered around ‘Timbermare,’ and another ‘Timbermare’ appeared alongside the first one.
Xander looked at Gabrielle, “Brooklyn and I need your help. Fight that Timberrmare.” He said pointing to the one attacking Brooklyn.
Brooklyn shot back at him, “I’m handing it.” He then grabbed one of the forelegs and slammed his body against the elemental. “Have Gabrielle help you.”
He nodded, “Gabrielle with me.”
“Ah ah ah.” Puck said. “No assistance available. Gabrielle, take a time out.”
Gabrielle suddenly was swept away to the nearest edge of the field. Two pieces of wood came together and formed a stock, housing Gabrielle within. A chain manifested as well, and bound the stock to a tree.
Xander and Brooklyn’s eyes both widened.
“That’s it!” Xander snarled. “I’ve had it.” He took the staff and flung it at Puck. When it soared through the air, Xander said, “Rule 98.”
Xena and Joxer walked cautiously toward Puck’s location. The whole time hoping that Zantar’s men were there.
“You think they’re alright?”
Xena replied, “The idea Aphrodite and us came up wasn’t bad. They’re fine for the moment, but we should get there as soon as we can.â€
He bowed his head, “Xena, sorry about the sidekicking stuff.”
Xena said calmly, “It’s alright, Joxer. With Gabrielle facing this problem, we’re all on edge. She added, “It was Brooklyn and myself discussing Puck that got her into this problem. She overheard us, and before we could explain it to her, Puck used it to his advantage and created this issue. So, we all have something to do with this, Joxer.”
Joxer was about to say something when Xena gave him a look. The ground vibrated slightly.
Joxer placed his hand on the hilt of his sword.
“Ah Xena.” Zantar said as he appeared in front of her. He now appeared to be in the armor that suited the rest of his gang. All of which were covered in metallic bronze. A great light sheen reflected atop of the metal.
His right arm extended a good five feet above normal and punched Joxer across the face knocking him to the ground. Zantar grinned, “Gotta thank Puck for this.”
Xena jumped high into the air and was about to land squarely on Zantar’s shoulders when Horon jumped up too and pushed Xena to the ground. She rolled around and got back to her feet. “Lucky move.”
She grabbed her sword and charged toward Zantar. In response, he recoiled his arm and re-extended his arm. This time faster.
However, she twisted her body swiftly and cut off his hand. He yelled in pain, she smiled. She twisted back and kicked him off of her. She back flipped, took her free hand, grabbed her chakram, and unleashed among five of the fallowing members. Each one of which receiving deep cuts in their armor.
Lylos extended his legs and shot into the air. Meanwhile, Xena’s chakram returned her to her. In response, she shot it upward and hit Lylos in the crotch. She caught it, placed it on her hip, and took both hands to handle the hilt of her sword.
“No future technology is helping you here, Zantar.”
“Yeah, what she said.” Joxer said as he got to his feet and charged toward Horon.
Puck dodged the bar as another one appeared in front of Xander.
“I hope this works.” He said in a whisper. Charging forward, he placed one end of the bar on the ground and used his momentum to heave him into the sky. Gripping tightly on one side of the bar and landed on the back one of the timbermare.
Straddling the elemental, he grabbed one hand on the mien and the other held tightly on the bar. He grinned, “Yippie-ky-yay, Motherfucker!”
Brooklyn chuckled as he sidekicked his opponent.
Xander looked at him, ”Follow my lead.” He then threw his bar at the fae. He then said the command again and again and again. Each time, each bar shot to form a cage.
Brooklyn grinned getting the gist. He leapt into the air and pounced Puck into the newly formed cage. Saying the command himself, he started to form the ceiling.
Xander grinned as he got off the elemental and approached the trapped fae. “How you doing, Puck?”
He grabbed hold of the bars, but withdrew them when the pain started to surface. “Nicely done, Xander.”
Alex suddenly appeared in his arms. “You did well.” He said to Xander. Puck turned to the trapped Gabrielle. “What do we say, Alex?”
“Problems my teacher has caused,
danger was forced to pause.
Teaching baby Alex a lesson or two,
Everything what has been done, Puck and I will undo.”
Suddenly everything disappeared. Both timbermare vanished into the ground as well as the stock that held Gabrielle in place.
Gabrielle stood still for a second, and then closed her eyes. She slowly opened them and she looked around. Her hand wiped her eyelids and they fell back in place.
”Gabrielle?” Xander asked.
Brooklyn approached her, “Are you alright?”
She opened her mouth and closed it again. Gabrielle said, “I think so.”
Both the gargoyle and the male human smile.
Gabrielle stopped for a moment. “I’m free?”
The queen held onto Alesia tighter, “Don’t cry, my princess. Why I bet Tyrella would do just what Xena would.”
Joxer charged toward with all his might. He held his sword high and gritted his teeth. “Stay right there.”
Suddenly, white light shimmered around the eight-gang members and it soon dissipated. When it did however, all the new armor vanished.
Joxer was about to plunge his weapon down when Xena yelled, “It’s over!”
He was about to drop his sword when Horon grabbed Joxer around his neck. “I don’t know what happened to our armor, but it doesn’t mean we have to stop.”
Xena growled, “Get your hands off of him.” She then threw her chakram at him and it his hand hard, breaking his wrist. He let of Joxer and screamed in agony. “C’mon. Let’s tie them up and head for the castle. If I’m right, Xander, Brooklyn, and Gabrielle will be there too.”
“You got it in one, Gabrielle.” Puck said with a smile. He turned to Xander, “And I won’t get your friends involved with anything, Xander. Or will I? Only time will tell. But with the Phoenix Gate, time can’t be changed. So if your friends meet up with me, it was always meant to happen.”
He grinned as he tickled Alex’s chin. Puck looked at Brooklyn, “Oh and Brooklyn, you might want to look into finding some armor.”
That being said, Puck closed his eyes and disappeared within seconds.
Brooklyn sighed, “Dunno about the armor thing, but how about we go meet up with Xena and Joxer at the castle.”
Xander grinned as he looked at Gabrielle, “Great to have you back.”
She smiled, “Great to be back.”
The five of them met up at Alesia’s home. Zantar and his men were tied up and now they were talking with Alesia and her parents.
“So Tyrella arrested her stepmother and her stepsisters. She saved the prince. And she retrieved the family jewels.”
Alesia asked, “Did she and the prince get married and live happily ever after?”
She answered, “Uh no. But she learned that she didn’t need a man to make her happy. All she needed was herself and her friends.”
Laughing soon erupted out of nowhere.
Everyone turned to the new source and spotted Aphrodite appearing. “Yadda, yadda, yadda. Talk about your sappy stories. Look kid, we had some fun. Didn’t we? But this love thing is just not something I can teach ya. It’s something ya gotta learn on your own. And this is as good a place as any…cause there’s a lotta love here—from your dad and your stepmom.”
Alesia looked at her, “My stepmother…she doesn’t love me.”
The goddess added, “Oh, yes she does. Take it from. I know these things.”
She nodded, “Ok.”
Xena looked at the goddess, “Aphrodite, if you wanted Alesia back, how come you didn’t just put a spell on her?”
“Duh. If I had done that, I’d never know if she really wanted me.”
“So you really care about her.”
She smirked, “Me? Care about mortals? As if.”
Aphrodite then winked at Gabrielle and disappeared.
Xena turned to Gabrielle, “I’m sorry about what happened, Gabrielle. I…”
Brooklyn interrupted, “We didn’t mean what you heard. We were just worried that you wouldn’t be able to deal with Puck.”
She sighed, “I didn’t know what I was getting into. Puck was, well Puck did some cruel things.” Gabrielle then turned to Xander, “And I want to thank you for what happened.”
Xander grinned, “Don’t worry. I couldn’t do anything to you. Well, not intentionally.”
She added, “You still didn’t. It means allot that you respect me that much. It means allot that you all respect me. I saw what Puck could do and next time I ever meet up with him, I’ll be more of a team player and not think twice about plans.”
“What was that for?”
The five turned around and saw Alesia hugging her stepmother. “No reason. Can’t a girl hug her mom?”
Xena smile, “Aw-w-w-. Bye your Highness.”
“Thank you, Xena.”
So the five headed down the road.
“So anyone hear any good stories lately?”
Gabrielle answered, “Actually, I’ve been working on one. It’s a story about a wooden boy.”
“Bye!” Alesia said.
“And every time he tells a lie…”
“Goodbye Alesia.” Xena told her.
“…his nose keeps growing and growing—until it’s really long.”
Joxer suggested, “Or he could be a monkey and his tail gets smaller.”
Xander chuckled, “Looks like I just discovered when Pinocchio was born.”
Brooklyn smirked in response.
Well, that’s it for the first fic. The second will start shortly. I hope you all enjoyed it and I look forward to what you think. I want to thank everyone who helped me. Namely Diabloslayer, William, Dragon Hulk, and Cyclone.
A big thanks goes to Whoosh too. They have an incredible Xena site.
To start reading the sequel, click on this link for India Bound.