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This story is No. 1 in the series "G.I. Jack". You may wish to read the series introduction first.

Summary: Inspired by the Anne the Waitress challenge, contains spoilers for SG-1 Season 8. When Buffy leaves town at the end of "Becoming, Part Two", things take a different turn of events.

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Stargate > Buffy-CenteredRiversongFR1365,60533631,63622 Mar 0521 Nov 05Yes

Astral Anne

Disclaimer: I do not own Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Stargate SG-1, I’m just borrowing them for a bit. I’ll put them back, I promise.

A/N: This messes a bit with the timeline, being a response to the Anne the Waitress challenge with a twist, spoilers for SG-1 Season 8 episodes thru episode 18, Threads. I just had a thought about what if Buffy was waiting at The Astral Diner where Oma was working. Quotes are taken directly from the shooting script, not the episode, so there may be errors I didn’t catch. Anyways, here goes.

Prologue

*** Previously on Buffy: The Vampire Slayer ***

Scene of: Buffy and Joyce are arguing, after the revelation of her calling.

“I told you. I’m a vampire slayer.”

“Well, I don’t accept that!”

“Open your eyes, Mom! What do you think has been going on for the last two years? The fights, the weird occurrences – how many times have you washed blood from my clothes and you still haven’t figured it out?”

“Well, it stops now.”

“It doesn’t stop. Do you think I chose to be like this? Do you know how lonely it is? How dangerous? I would love to be upstairs watching TV or gossiping about boys or god, even studying. But I have to save the world. Again.”

“No. This is insane. You need help.”

“I’m not crazy, Mom! What I need is for you to chill. I’ll be back.”

“I’m not letting you out of this house.”

“You can’t stop me.”

Buffy tries to leave, but her mother grabs her arm. She flings the arm away, and when Joyce tries again Buffy pushes her hard against the wall, and turns to the door.

“You walk out of this house, don’t even think about coming back.”

Buffy pauses for a moment, then walks out the door.

***

Scene of: Buffy’s room, as Joyce enters it the next morning. The window is open, curtains blowing in a slight breeze. Some of the drawers are open, others hanging barely in their slots. She looks around for a moment, and then her eyes fall on the bed, where a note lies. Picking it up, she can’t help but begin to cry as she reads the words.

***

Scene of: Buffy, sitting on the bus, clearly unhappy, She looks out the window one last time as they leave the town she calls home and sees the sign:

NOW LEAVING SUNNYDALE

COME BACK SOON

***

Buffy sat back in her seat, sighing. In a way it was a relief to leave everything behind. Staying just wasn’t an option. She couldn’t face her friends again after what had happened. It was time to get away, time to have a normal life.

The bus would take her as far as LAX, and then from there, she didn’t know. It didn’t matter, as long as there were no vampires or demons for miles. After a while, she fell asleep, lulled into it by the mile after mile of nothingness.

***

She woke with a start as lightning shot across a storm-darkened sky. Rain was pouring down in sheets, buckets of sheets, even. They were on a stretch of twisty road that overlooked the ocean, and looking down from the window, she saw that there was only a thin, aluminum retaining wall between them and a hundred foot drop into the sea.

***

They say that when you die, your life flashes before your eyes. But that wasn’t what happened as the bus hydroplaned into that thin metal line between life and death. All Buffy was thinking was, “Gee, this is what I get for trying to live my life.”

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