Reincarnation Can Suck, Sometimes
Author: Anime Ronin
Rating: R or M to be sure
Summary: Xander’s always been the relatively normal one – his previous life, he wasn’t.
Disclaimer: I own nothing – Joss and JK own the series used.
AN: The result of reading too much Harry Potter and having a complete nutter for a muse – you have been warned.
(Hogwarts School of Wizardry – May, 2000)
Lord Voldemort, formerly known as Tom Riddle, stood over the prone body of the boy-turned-man whom had been the bane of his existence for most of two decades, an insufferable grin on his snake-like lips as the boy feebly tried to raise a defense against he on-coming spell. “Honestly, Potter, do you think that you can stop the Killing Curse twice?”
The man looked up at him, one eye destroyed, the other one swelling shut, his face in shambles (much like the rest of his body), but enough spirit was left in him to bite out, “Go to hell, Riddle.”
He smiled at the man and leveled his yew wand at him, “You first, boy. AVADA KEDAVRA!” He watched with satisfaction as the green spell energy slammed into Potter’s body and ended the boy’s life with a boneless thud.
Harry jerked awake and shot to his feet, reaching for his wand, but found that he had none – surrounding him was a stone hall, with smoky torches lighting the place, and one person not ten feet in front of him.
He was older, wearing blue robes and with a beard that almost touched the ground, and he was most definitely NOT Albus Dumbledore, “Hello, Harry.”
Harry narrowed his eyes, “Who are you? Where am I? How did I get here?”
The old man smiled, “In order – my name is Merlin, you are in the Halls of Judgment, and you died. Any other questions?”
Harry was struck cold for several seconds before he was able to ask, “Voldemort won?”
The man who had identified himself as ‘Merlin’ merely shrugged, “Possibly, though not absolutely. You see, my boy, you have a choice – powers greater than you can imagine have been watching your life and, to be blunt about it, have been repeatedly overruled by the Highest Authority to not intervene on your behalf where your family and schooling were concerned. Thus, you are being given a choice.”
Harry frowned, “And what choice would that be?”
Merlin smiled, “I do believe you know the term of reincarnation?” Harry nodded and Merlin went on, “To be blunt, you will be reborn into the body of a young man who, if things go as planned, either save or destroy the world, depending on whether he listens to his brain, or his heart. You will, in essence, be given another chance to live, only this time you will not be troubled with the ideas of magic and learning to control it, nor will you even be the center of any prophecies that demand your blood.”
Harry frowned, “So… I’ll be normal?”
Again, Merlin shrugged, “’Normal’ is a relative term, Harry – do you accept?”
(Sunnydale Hospital – 1980)
“Congratulations, Mrs. Harris, you have a beautiful baby boy.”
AN: IMPORTANT! Please know that there are two other Xander = Harry stories in the works between myself, Cyclone_Knight and Yorath the Wolf; we are all well-aware of these stories and, in no way, is this plagiarism. Don’t believe me? Ask them. … Oh, yeah, I almost forgot – reviews, please.