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Summary: A look at a possible future where Dawn, not Buffy had jumped.

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Marvel Universe > X-Men > Dawn-CenteredwillowbeeFR131376033,0159 Dec 059 Dec 05Yes
Disclaimer: I own nothing but the idea
Spoilers: Season 5 of BtVS, nothing for Marvel

Note: This idea struck me one day after reading “I Cracked a Piece of Broken Glass”
by ALC Punk and wouldn’t leave me alone until I wrote it. I’m considering writing a
story about what happened in the normal Buffy timeline based upon this look at what
could have been.

What’s in a name?


He wanted to know her name.

It wasn’t anything new. He’d wanted to know her name for well over a decade.

It wasn’t that she’d forgotten what her name had been. Admittedly she remembered
nothing from before she was thirteen, but that was understandable. After all, how could
she remember things that happened before she existed?

How could she explain that her name had belonged to an innocent little girl from
a world of magic and knights and demons and vampires and hell goddesses? That little girl
had died that night twenty two years earlier on a tower of metal and magic.

There were times when she wondered what would have happened had she never jumped.
Had she allowed her older sister to jump. Would she still be a mercenary? Would she still
have met him?

No. It doesn’t matter. All that mattered is what is, not what could have been.
She’d made the right choice. Her older sister had been needed and she... she was unimportant.

She’d gone back a couple years earlier. They were all dead. They died fighting the
good fight. She and “Captain Beefstick”, as her older sister had liked to call him, were the
only ones left. Not that he even remembered that she existed.

There was no record of her existence. When she had jumped, the magic which had created
those memories of her, documents of her, had ended. It was for the best.

She knew that she still had the power. Not her mutant power, her magic. If the magic
was gone then she would have ceased to exist.

So long as she stayed dead, nobody would try to use her for her powers. If it was
known that the Key still existed... well, she didn’t want to know what would happen.

She looked down at his sleeping body. She wasn’t sure if Nathan would ever understand.
Dawn Summers had died to save the universe twenty two years ago, she was Domino now.

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