Title: The Queen, The Knight, and The Slayer
Author: White Werewolf
Rating: R/NC-17 might happen.
Category: Buffy/Xander/Gabrielle mainly. Some other shippings too, but there will be no Vampire/Human relationships.
Spoilers: In Buffy, Post “The Gift” In Xena, Post “Looking Death in the Eye.”
Summery: An ancient enemy comes forward, targeting an old adversary and a new one at the same time.
Author Notes: I’m apparently still reliving my Hercules/Xena fan phase, and I must say, I am enjoying every minute of it. Thank you DVDs. People know that I don’t write the common crossover. And Buffy/Xena has been done. But, I have never seen a Buffy/Xander/Gabrielle pairing. And there are allot more surprises in store. Hope you enjoy this. If there are any differences in canon, it will be explained within this story. This is also to let people know that I haven’t stopped my love of Buffy/Xander stories.
Special Thanks: Shawn, Cyclone, Silent Bob Foley, and Nick
Disclaimer: Buffy is owned by Whedon, Mutant Enemy, UPN. Hercules/Xena is owned Raimi, Tapert, Renaissance Pictures
Dedication: Id like to dedicate this chapter to the memory of my grandfather. May he rest in peace
Late Last Night
A sudden bright light emerged from a small sphere that sat atop a television set.
Two eye lids squeezed tighter, trying to keep the darkness within his room. Sadly, he failed as the light forced his blue orbs to open. The tall man tiredly shot up from his bed and allowed his vision to clear. Looking at the clock by his nightstand, he read that it was around 1:00 o'clock in the morning.
He cursed to himself when he realized that it was still night. Bringing his head toward the source of the bright light, he said to himself, "I guess it had to happen eventually."
Letting out a yawn, he went to the orb that withheld the bright light and watched it dissipated. Soon, an apartment building came into view. "Where is that place?" he asked himself. "Enhance viewing," he said, and the scene changed to a room.
Inside the room were four people. Two of which he had never seen before. Scanning the room, his eyes saw the reason for the bright light. There, on what looked like a fold-out couch bed slept two women he hadn't seen in a long time.
Letting the vision fully sink into his brain, he wondered, "So where are you guys?"
Taking a deep breath, he went back to his bed with the orb in his hands. Sitting down, he looked at the globe and uttered, "Zoom out." Within his mind's vision, he let the scene pull out until he could see a sign that read, 'Sunnydale.'
He smirked, At least I don’t have to travel to somewhere outside of California.
Getting back at the task at hand, he pondered, 'So, where in Sunnydale are you guys?'
He watched as the scene changed back to the apartment building and noted the address. After writing it down, he smiled, “Have a good night. See you in the morning.”
The rest of the night was amazingly educational for all three current residents of the Harris apartment.
For Xander, it was a total mind blowing experience. Not only did he accidentally discover the bodies of the true Xena and Gabrielle, but also they thawed and were now sitting in his apartment.
He reclined back into his chair, with his eyes moving between another taped episode of Hercules and to the women, sitting on the chairs provided for them who were watching the tapes as well.
Xander looked at the clock as it reached the 5th hour the new day. He couldnt help the yawn from escaping his lips. “Don’t think I can make it to work this morning and actually be fully functional.”
Gabrielle finally detached her eyes from the screen and looked at him strangely. But couldn’t help but blinking a few times after the sudden movement of position. "What kind of work do you do? Do people still farm around here?"
He smirked, "Mainly in the Midwest. But were in the great state of California."
Xena remarked, "California?"
Xander nodded, "It's about," he paused for a moment. Thinking about the world, he doubted they knew that the world was actually round. Or even for that matter, he doubted that they knew how far North America was from Greece. "Lets just say it’s a long way from Greece. California is a state that's close to ocean."
Xena looked at her friend, "I don’t think you want to go sailing any time soon, huh?"
She gave her a look. "It's not my fault I get sea sick. And anyway, maybe living now in the future means that people finally found a cure to being sea sick."
Xander said, "There are some ways to stop sea sickness, but there not really comfortable or attractive. One way is to wear patches on your skin so that the needed chemicals will absorb into your skin."
"Anyway," he said with another yawn. After letting out a sigh, he got back to his feet and stretched his arms out real high. "As soon as it gets around 8 oclock, I'm going to call out sick and take the day off."
Gabrielle looked at him, "You don’t seem sick."
He smiled, "That's because I’m not."
The bard said in confusion, "I don’t understand."
Xena addressed her, "He's just saying he's sick to get out of work."
Xander nodded. "Right. I just want to help you get adjusted with your life in the future. Not to mention, due to the lack of sleep from everything that happened, I am kinda tired."
The blond looked at him. "Kinda tired? Xander, you spent the whole night with us, helping us understand what life is like in the future. Kinda tired doesn’t describe what you did. Dead tired would be more appropriate."
He chuckled. "Alright, I'm dead tired. But when you live the life I lead, your body gets accustomed to lack of sleep."
Gabrielle asked him, "If you don’ mind me asking, what kind of life do you need?"
Her friend looked at her. "Gabrielle?"
In her defense, she asked, "I said if you don’t mind, Xena. If he doesn’t want to answer the question, he doesn’t have to. I'm just trying to find out more about Xander. I mean, he's opened his home to us."
Xander admitted, "Hey, you two don’t have anywhere to go, so what I'm going to do? Throw you out on the street? Leave you stranded in a time period you don’t know anything about? You two may be warriors from Ancient Greece, but this is the 21st century. Times have changed."
Xena said to him, "And we appreciate it, Xander. I just don’t want to wear out our welcome."
He chuckled, "You cant possibly do that, Xena. I'm more than happy to help you two out. And as soon as I introduce you to my friends, I'm more than sure that youre going to welcomed members of the Scooby Gang."
Gabrielle asked, "Scooby Gang?"
The young man clarified, "It's a name I came up with. It includes my friends and I. We sorta over the years became a family."
She looked away for a moment, so he couldn't see the pain her eyes began to exhibit. Xena looked over to her and realized what she was thinking about.
Xander approached them. "Did I say something?"
Xena reminded him, "She's just remembering her past, Xander."
He fell silent when the tall woman made that comment. "I understand that you two lost everything, and I am more than willing to help you through it."
Gabrielle glanced at him and smiled slightly, "That sounds like something Joxer would've said."
Xander sighed as he sat back down in his chair. Taking a picture that sat beside himself on the nightstand. "I may not of lost my past, Gabrielle, but I did lose a good friend recently."
She approached him and noted the picture he held in his hand. "Was that?"
He nodded, "Yeah, that’s Buffy."
Xena looked at the two of them as they shared the closeness developing. "If you two don’t mind, I'm going to get some more pizza."
Xander looked at her, "Just do it like I showed you, and you'll be fine."
Xena said, "I'll be okay, just get to know each other."
They watched as she left the room and headed toward the kitchen. As he saw her disappear down the down, he went back to look at his picture. "I miss her still."
Gabrielle looked at him, "Tell me about her?"
He couldn’t help but smile. "Buffy?" She nodded. "Well, Buffy was the best. She moved to Sunnydale five and a half years ago. From the moment I met her, I knew there was something about her, something unique and special." Xander couldn’t help but smile wistfully. "The first time I saw her, I ran my skateboard into the stairs. I litterly fell head over heals with her."
Gabrielle saw the emotion his voice had for this girl. "You loved her, didnt you?"
"Yeah. Well. I think so anyway. I couldn’t get her out of my mind. But later, I learned more and more things about her. I learned about her calling."
She showed a confused look. "Calling?"
Xander once again fell silent at her question. He wondered if he should tell Gabrielle the truth about his friend and even Xena for that matter. And since they were more than likely going to live with him, he could not let the fact go free about his fight against vampires go unknown.
Letting out a breath that he was holding in, he said, "Buffy had a gift, Gabrielle. She's what was known as a vampire slayer. It was her destiny to fight vampires, demons, and anything else that went bump in the night."
Gabrielle didn’t think she'd ever hear about vampires before, but then she did remember that Hercules did meet up with some at some point. So, they were nothing that she didn’t hear about before. So, that didn’t surprise her. "So, vampires are still around?"
He couldn’t help but laugh, "Gabrielle, vampires have been around since the beginning. Saying that they're still around is an understatement."
She replied, "Keep in mind, I've been asleep for over 3,000 years."
Xander couldnt help but smile. "Good point. But you're not surprised by finding out about vampires?"
Gabrielle reminded him, "Xander, I've been fighting with Xena for years now. At one point, we were even turned into bachae. If it wasn't for Joxer and Orpheus, we’d still be bachae."
"I guess I can see how that would provide proof in believing in the unexplained. And anyway, seeing how Buffy had to fight vampires for the rest of her life, I couldn’t let her do it alone. She'd probably die a lot sooner then she did recently."
"How did she die?" Gabrielle asked trying to get him back to the topic at hand.
Xander couldnt help but sigh. "It was that damn Hellgod’s fault."
He nodded. "Yep, the great Glorificus. Or Glory as she called herself. Glory opened up a portal to her home world, and Buffy sacrificed herself so that her sister could live."
As soon as she heard what he said, the bard couldn’t help but stay silent for a second. "You could’ve used hinds blood to kill Glory."
Xander admitted, "Didn’t know the stuff actually existed. Hey, I didn’t even know Hercules was actually Hercules." Returning to gaze at the photograph. "Buffy was my hero, and she still is. She sacrificed herself to save the world."
He paused for a moment. "And I'll do anything in my power to honor her memory. That means watching out for Dawn and picking up the slaying."
Gabrielle looked at him. "She really did mean a lot to you?"
Xander smiled, "I loved her. I still do. Even though we never got together, she was one of my best friends. He placed the photograph back on the nightstand. And now, she’s dead and I'm still alive. Sometimes, I wish that I took the plunge so she could live, and the world would be safe."
Gabrielle grinned. "Sounds like you do understand what I feel like. I could say the same things practically about Joxer. He was the best. Even though sometimes I hurt him, in truth, I loved him. Just not as he wanted, but as a dear friend who I trusted with my life."
He nodded. "I did the same with her. But because we never happened, I had to come to reality. We would never happen, because she never loved me in return.
So I moved on and was actually about to be married."
She had a confused look. "About to be married?"
Xander said, "Before you and Xena woke up, my fiance came home and saw you two asleep. Before I could explain what happened, she left me. She thought I cheated on her."
The blond took a step back. "So it was my fault that you broke up?"
He immediately shook his head as he stood up. "Don’t blame yourself, Gabrielle. Nothing happened. Nothing yet anyway. The way I see it, it was just a simple case of misunderstanding."
She smiled, "Good. Because I don’t want to be responsible for a breakup."
Xander grinned. "Dont worry. You're not."
A tall man with curling black hair smiled as he came forward. "Ah, Willow. Good morning."
She gave a little smile as she came toward him. "I told my friend about our plan last night, and he's still sensitive about the subject."
He nodded. "It is to be expected, Willow. Your slayer friend was close to him and he doesn’t want to do anything regretful."
The redhead sighed, "I guess I can see him agreeing to what you just said."
Mr. Smith assured her, "But don’t let his answer disrupt you from your opinion. Remember, your friend is in hell. She's paying an immortal price simply because she sacrificed herself for the sake of the world."
She turned her head around so he couldn’t see the tears starting to well up in her eyes. "I know. Buffy, well, Buffy has saved our lives and everything for a long time. Now, we can save her."
Mr. Smith nodded. "Exactly, Ms. Rosenberg. Through my contacts, I have found out that your dear Buffy is indeed in hell and she’s crying out for help. The sad thing is, nobody can hear her. She's in tremendous pain.”
Willow whipped her eyes dry with the back of her hand. Turing back to the man that has been helping her, she asked, "But I don’t think my friend wants to help me bring her back. What do I do without him?"
Mr. Smith gave some thought. "Maybe what you should do is just go ahead. When he sees your friend among the living again, he'll be so happy that all issues you have to work through will be fixed."
Willow smiled, "Good. Once we have her back, everything will be great."
Mr. Smith grinned. "Exactly, Mss. Rosenberg. Now, all you have to do is contact Osirus."
"Most Malevolence," one of the members of the crowd spoke allowed.
The green demon pointed to him. "Yes, Glippo?"
"Most Malevolence, where are the righteous artifacts?"
The hooded demon replied, "We have to honor our savior with the most righteous and most profound artifacts. In order to do this we need to collect the Dagger of Babylonia, Dagger of Crete, and the Dagger of Pompeii."
Sounds of questioning erupted everywhere.
"I know these legendary daggers are myths and seen as false, but with these three prophets." He moved slowly back as three demons walked forward. "The daggers will be found. We will select a team for each of the prophets, and you will go to the hidden temples of Babylonia, Crete, and Pompeii. There, you will find the daggers and bring them back to me."
A silent moment filtered around the room.
"Each prophet will select the most righteous of their teams and along with the blood drawn from the daggers, the mixture of them will allow the Master to come forward and Armaggeddon will truly begin!"
"It seems you two are getting along well."
The two of them turned to see Xena walking from down the hallway.
Xander grinned, "Well, we found out that we had some things in common."
Gabrielle added, "And I think were going to be alright living here."
Xena said, "I think we'll do okay, Gabrielle. But well still have to learn to speak Xander's language here."
The young man replied, "I'll help you in anyway I can, but I think Giles would be a better choice. Both him and Willow."
Xena was about to respond to his last statement when a sudden ringing sound came from the door.
Before they had time to react, Xander admitted, "Thats the doorbell. It means someone's outside."
They relaxed at his assurance. "I'll just go see who it is." With that said, he started toward the door. The two women walked slowly behind him, making sure that they weren’t going to be in sight if anything dangerous was about to happen.
Xander placed his door on the knob and opened the door to reveal someone he thought he never see before, "You're... you're Kevin Sorbo?!!"
He laughed at the shocked expression the man wore. "Yes, I am." The tall man raised his arm out. "And seeing that I just talked to the landlord, I'm guessing you're Alexander Harris?"
The young man stared at him, shocked.
"You have to excuse him,” a voice said from behind them.
Kevin couldn’t help the smile from staying plastered on his face. "Xena."
"And he actually prefers the name Xander."
Two women appeared from behind them. "It's been a long time, Hercules."
He chuckled, "It certainly has." Glancing at the young man, he said, "Well, its customary for a person to accept a handshake when it's offered to them, Xander."
Xander finally found the courage to speak. "Sorry about that." He immediately accepted the handshake that was offered.
After a few seconds, he opened the door further. "Please come in."
The demigod grinned his thanks as he entered the threshold. Seeing that the doorway was now empty, Xander closed the door behind them.
"Seeing how you found your way out of the chamber, I'm guessing you have a few questions."
Xander turned to face the tall man, nodding when he came to his view. "You could say that. I find myself with them frozen inside ice coffins, next thing
I know, I'm back in my apartment and both women are laying on the floor asleep."
Hercules said, "I'll explain everything, Xander."
After saying the comment, he looked at him strangely, "You're speaking Latin?"
Xander answered, "I guess you can say that. It has to do with this medallion I'm wearing. Everything I say and hear is translated to English for me, but to you, its in your native language."
Hercules took a step closer and smiled when he saw the medallion. "Where did you find that?"
He looked at him strangely. "Giles brought it to me."
The demigod asked, "Giles?"
Xena clarified, "A friend of his. He's also the one that Gabrielle and I were able to talk to when we first woke up."
He looked at the young man. "Then I think we should bring him into this before I fully explain what happened."
Xander responded, "I'd like to bring him in on this, but somebody has to open the Magic and I don’t know where Anya is."
Seeing the confused look on their faces, he explained, "Anya, well, Anya is the girl I live with."
Xena pointed out, "We didn’t see her last night."
Gabrielle explained, "That's because she left before we woke up."
Xander nodded, "And I don’t know where she is. I don’t think she'd want to talk to me at the moment anyway."
Hercules suggested, "Call Giles up and have him call her cell phone. I'm sure she has one."
Xander said, "Not a bad idea. He could call her up, and then come here."
Hercules smiled, "Glad to help."
Looking at the women, he said, "I'll be right back."
The demigod added, "Don’t worry, Xander. I'll keep them company."
Xander smiled. "Thanks." That being said, he turned around and walked down the hall.