Title: Some Vacation This Turned Out to Be (6/?)
Author: Ed Scott
Disclaimer: All characters belong to their rightful owners... none of
who are me.
Summary: Before the ADAM mess started, there’s an apocalypse during Spring Break. Guess who has a girlfriend with the Miami Dade Crime Lab?
Warning: Crossover: CSI: Miami
Pairings: Xander/Calleigh, Buffy/Riley, Willow/Tara
Rating: PG 13 - R
Feedback, It's the coin of the realm.
It would have taken Xander thirty minutes to walk from Giles’ apartment to UC Sunnydale. But, five minutes into his walk, Xander was met by Riley in his car.
“Hey, Xander. Need a lift?”
“Thanks, Riley. Running from Buffy?”
“Yeah. Even though Buffy’s pissed at me, I still think you’re a lucky man.”
“Thanks, man. Out of the few guys I’ve known Buffy to be involved with, you’re the only one I like. Her first boyfriend tried to kill us all and end the world. Her last relationship before you just used her. But a vampire got to him before I could. There are a few things you need to know to remain in one piece while you’re dealing with Buffy.”
“Like what, Xander?”
“First, respect her. As a warrior and a woman. We have the one thing you military types don’t have. Experience against the supernatural. When there’s something she doesn’t understand, Giles usually has the answers.
Second, chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate. And flowers. Even though she’s a Slayer, she’s still a woman. Give her enough chocolate, and that should distract her enough so you can get away.”
Riley was laughing as he pulled into the college parking lot.
“Is there anything else you want to tell me?” Even though Xander liked Riley, he should know the consequences of hurting those that Xander cares about. With a cold stare, Xander looked at Riley.
“Yes. Intentionally hurt anyone I care about, and I’ll kill you.”
Riley couldn’t believe how Xander went from a guy that was giving common sense advice about surviving his current girlfriend, to someone as icy as Xander was when he threatened Riley. What shocked Riley even more was when he saw a smiling Xander Harris holding his hand for Riley to shake.
“You want to show me where Professor Walsh’s office is so I can tell her why you’re joining us in Miami?”
Xander followed Riley to Professor Walsh’s office. As Xander entered her office, he saw she was grading papers.
“I’m Xander Harris. I’m a friend of Buffy Summers and Willow Rosenberg. There’s a possible apocalypse happening in Miami in four days. The local police department is already on the case. The Slayer, her Watcher and friends are going on site to help out. Before you grab your phone and start making phone calls, you should know that a man named Horatio Caine is in charge of this case. He strongly objects when Special Forces types try to take over his cases. Riley will be joining us as an observer. And besides what red blooded American male would allow his girlfriend to go to Spring Break alone?”
“I’ve heard of this Horatio Caine. You’re right it would be advisable not to send a team there to take over.”
Warning bells should have gone off for Xander when he heard Professor Walsh agree so easily. They did eventually, and Xander decided to make sure the good guys remained the good guys.
“Professor Walsh. Should you or any member of your group intentionally or accidentally on purpose hurt Buffy or Joyce Summers, Willow Rosenberg, Rupert Giles or Tara McClay, there won’t be anywhere on this planet you can hide.”
Xander then got right in her face.
“You’re a teacher of psychology. Look in my eyes and tell me I’m lying.”
She could not. Maggie Walsh had seen vampires and demons of all sort, and never feared for her life. They were separated by electrified plexiglass, but looking into the eyes of this young man, she saw someone who would stop at nothing to get revenge on those that hurt his friends.
“Ms. Walsh, if you’re thinking of sending people to Miami anyway, leave them here. The last leader of a black ops tried to take over and was arrested, tried and convicted of stealing cocaine out of police lock up. Since he was an embarrassment, he had a heart attack in prison a week later. Draw your own conclusions, Professor.
Now, if you’ll excuse me. I need Riley to give me a ride back into town so I can get packed to go to Miami. Good day, Professor Walsh.”
With Professor Walsh dealt with, Xander met Riley at his car. Two bags in the backseat of his car.
“Riley, I need to go to my place and pack. Professor Walsh has been informed about why you’re joining us in Miami and why she shouldn’t get involved.”
“How?” Xander just looked at him.
“If I told you, you’d never invite me to join you in a poker game.”
“You bluffed her?”
“Most of what I said was a bluff. I’m going to let her figure it out.”
They rode in silence to Xander’s house. Xander quickly and quietly got some of his clothes, then he and Riley went to Giles’ place to find out when everyone is going to Miami. What should have shocked the two young men but didn’t, was the amount of luggage the four women were taking for a five day stay in Miami.