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Summary: Why did time just repeat itself in the middle of a fight and who are the strangely dressed human and demon

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Star Trek > VoyagerbelginteiFR1359,0700127,48022 Feb 0628 Feb 06No

Chapter One

Title: Illusion of Reality 1/?
By: David A. Knapton

E-mail: belgin_tei@yahoo.co.uk
Rating: Don't know let's go with 12A/PG13 for now.
Disclaimer: I own neither the characters from Buffy or Voyager just the idea!
Feedback: If you want, I like it but it's not vital for me to continue my stories.
Notes: This is something that had been bouncing around in my head for several days; I needed to get it out before it did too much damage! I am now in a position to continue this story so I thought I’d repost the first three parts again.
Pairing: As the two shows.
Notes: Set after BtVS episode 'Into the woods' but before 'The Body'. Voyager is set after Starfleet have made contact with them. Oh I've decided that Dawn and the gang already know she is the 'Key'.

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Buffy ran through the rows of gravestones chasing the inconsiderate vampire that decided to run away when she had come across it pinning a student up against a tree. As she rounded a mausoleum she pulled up short. Standing in a semi-circle with their game faces on were a half dozen vampires.

"Thank you for coming Slayer, I've heard a lot about you!" smirked a tall thin vampire.

Buffy eyed him and the others trying to weigh up the odds. Two of them had been in one of her classes only a week ago not much threat there, the others seemed older somehow, more confident. "If you wanted to meet me so much why send your boy and not come yourself?"

The vampires smirked as they all held up pagers; "Wow that's new, vamp's using modern technology."

"Yes Frank here suggested it," smiled the leader pointing to one of the newbies, "As he pointed out, if and when one of us ran into you we could get you to chase us and we would led you into this trap."

"You know I'm sort of impressed, but you made one mistake," said Buffy smiling back.

"And what's that?" asked the leader.

Buffy suddenly sprang at him hitting him with a left cross to the face, as he stumbled back she roundhoused two others coming up behind, as she finished the move she plunged the stake she had pulled out into the leader’s heart, "You should have had more with you."

She ducked a punch aimed at her head and swept its legs from under it, staking the vampire as it hit the ground. As she was getting back up one of the two left standing kicked her in the back of the head sending her sprawling on her face, she quickly rolled to her right as the vampire went to jump on her back missing her and receiving a stake in the back for his efforts. Buffy did a back roll and got to her feet facing the three remaining vampires who began to move cautiously around her looking for an opening.

Suddenly the ground began to shake violently, all four combatants looking around, worry on their faces.

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Captain Janeway sat in her ready room drinking coffee while reading a letter she had received from her aunt back home, it was only the second one she had received since Lieutenant Barclay and the other research team members had found a way of contacting them. A smile crossed her face as she read that her cousin's daughter had just been accepted into the academy.

Suddenly Janeway was thrown off the couch hitting her head on the edge of her desk as the ship did a yare to port, then as it did a yare to starboard the power went out. The captain shook her head trying to clear the groggy feeling, putting a hand to her head she winced as she felt a large bump forming. Ignoring it for now she headed for the door almost walking into it when it failed to open, she hit her combadge, "Captain to the bridge, report!"

Before she could receive a reply the door was forced open by Ensign Haladay.

Janeway smiled at him, "Thank you Ensign," she walked past him and onto the bridge, "Report."

"Captain we have been hit by an unknown form of energy emanating from deep within subspace, it appears to be holding us here. Dampingers are off line and we have lost external communication," reported Commander Tuvok.

"Captain, main power is still on line but it is being re-directed at holodeck 2, nothing I do seems to prevent it! Life support in running on back up as are all other systems," put in Ensign Kim.

Commander Chakotay moved towards her worry on his face, "Captain your hurt."

"I'll be fine, Casualties Commander," she asked almost falling into his arms, as a wave of giddiness struck her.

Guiding her to her chair, he gave her one of his patented half smiles, "Other than yourself, the doctor reports only minor injuries, crewman James broke his leg when he fell in cargo-bay one," he hit his combadge, "Doctor report to the bridge, the Captain has been hurt."

"On my way," came the doctor's reply.

"Captain I'm getting some unusual readings from holodeck 2 and the security team I sent report's that they are unable to get the doors open," came the dispassionate voice of Commander Tuvok.

"What kind of readings?" asked Janeway.

"The readings indicate human and other unknown life-forms, approximately 6.5 billion."

"What!"

"Confirmed Captain," put-in Kim, "Somehow unless the sensors and the computer are malfunctioning we have 6.5 billion extra passengers."

"Tuvok assemble the senior staff in the briefing room in ten minutes," ordered the Captain, just as the doctor entered the bridge.

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Taking her seat at the table, Janeway noticed the two empty seats, "Where are Lieutenants Paris and Torres?"

"Captain as far as we can determine they are on holodeck 2! They had time scheduled before the anomaly struck the ship," answered Kim.

"Captain I have determined that the energy surrounding the holodeck is a time distorting barrier of some kind," reported Seven of Nine.

"Is there anyway of disrupting the flow of energy without endangering Tom and B'Elanna or the ship?" asked the Captain.

"If we instigate a manual shutdown of the warp core, but we have no way of knowing what will happen to the barrier or the people inside," answered Tuvok.

"There is something else to be considered I have calculated that our warp core will be exhausted within seven days Captain," Chakotay told his captain.

"That would be very bad for everyone!" said Q appearing in the seat Tom normally sat in.

"Q has this got something to do with you?" asked an angry Janeway standing.

"Yes and No!"

"Please elaborate," stated Tuvok.

"Ah ever the dispassionate Vulcan. Well I erected the barrier to contain the Varon that was trying to enter this Universe."

"What is a Varon? And why have you involved us?" asked Janeway.

"You might say a Varon is the anti Q! As for why you are involved, well the only way a Varon can travel into this universe is as energy, your holodeck was on and in the right location so I funnelled her into it. As long as the time barrier is intact it cannot get out of the creature I placed it in!" Q explained.

"I want it off my ship now. We want nothing to do with you or this Varon," stated the captain.

"I'm sorry but I can't do that, it cannot be allowed to freely enter this universe I need your help to destroy it."

"We have no intention of helping you kill a sentient creature."

"Captain you have no choice. Tell me do you know what Quasars' are?"

"Yes according to the present study they are areas of intense energy equal to an entire galaxy emanating from subspace, what has that got to do with this Varon?" said Janeway.

"When Varons have attempted to enter this universe in the past we Q have managed to force their entry to the area at the edges where we can destroy them without causing too much damage! But this one got past our defences and came through here. If the Varon gets free the Q will have no choice but to destroy it here, if that happens this galaxy will become the next Quasar."

"Well it seems we have no choice!” said Janeway slumping back into her chair, “So what can you tell us about this Varon and if you need to destroy an enter galaxy to destroy one how are we suppose to kill it?"

"The Varon is not completely in this universe yet, I managed to limit its use of its power to that of a creature that is in the program that was running on your holodeck at the time. If the creature in the program is killed so will the Varon."

"Why can't you just enter the holodeck and destroy the Varon yourself?" asked Kim.

"Because I would have to take down the barrier which is the only thing holding it at bay?"

"Is there any way to get this information to Tom and B'Elanna?" asked Neelix.

"Only a hologram can enter as it is already energy, it would also be one way at least until the Varon is dead," Q informed them.

Janeway hit her combadge, "Janeway to the Doctor please report to the briefing room."

"Is it true what our sensors are telling us? Are there over 6 billion people on the holodeck," asked Kim.

"Not exactly. They are similar to your doctor they are self aware but will disappear if they leave the holodeck," Q Explained.

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Buffy suddenly sprang at him hitting him with a left cross to the face, as he stumbled back she roundhoused two others coming up behind, as she finished the move she plunged the stake she had pulled out into the leader’s heart, "You should have had more with you."

She ducked a punch aimed at her head and swept its legs from under it, staking the vampire as it hit the ground. As she was getting back up one of the two left standing kicked her in the back of the head sending her sprawling on her face, she quickly rolled to her right as the vampire went to jump on her back missing her and receiving a stake in the back for his efforts. Buffy did a back roll and got to her feet facing the three remaining vampires who began to move cautiously around her looking for an opening.

Suddenly the ground began to shake violently, all four combatants looking around worry on their faces.

‘What the hell just happened?’ thought Buffy, it seemed that time had repeated itself; she could see an equally confused look on the three remaining vampires. Taking advantage of the situation she kicked the one on the right into a tree turning it to dust and throw her stake into the heart of the one on the left. By this time the last vampire had recovered it wits and charged her, she waited until the last second then jumped out of the way and kicked the back of its knee, as it went to rise Buffy pulled out Mr Pointy and plunged it into the vampire’s back.

As she brushed the dust off she noticed something over by the path, there appeared to be a young human male of about twenty five with a female demon of some kind. They were looking around she could sense their panic. She could also hear their strange conversation.

"Computer freeze program!" said the man.

"Computer. Exit," said the demon.

The man hit a badge on his breast, "Paris to Captain Janeway."

"Tom what's going on?" asked the demon.

"That's what I'd like to know?" said Buffy from behind them.

They both jumped as they turned to look at her, "You can see us?" said the man.

"Well duh we wouldn't be talking if I couldn't see you."

Despite the situation B'Elanna laughed, "She's got you there Tom."

"Whose Captain Janeway?" smiled Buffy.

"Wh-o!" stuttered Tom.

"The person you were trying to contact with your badge thingy. How does it work by the way?"

Tom and B'Elanna exchanged a worried look, "What's happening? She can see us and she noticed the combadge," Tom said in a worried tone.

"I don't know! When the ship was struck just now and the program repeated itself... I need to access the holodeck matrix, I think something bad has happened." answered B'Elanna looking around after pulling out what to Buffy looked like a over large cell phone, she opened the flap and slowly turned around she grimaced as she turned to Tom, "I can't locate the matrix... I don't think we are still on the holodeck!"

"What?" shouted Tom grabbing the device and taping on the display.

"Well I see you’re busy I'll see you around," said Buffy shaking her head as she walked away from them. They were obviously nuts, she had enough problems of her own without getting involved with other peoples.

As she was about to leave the cemetery she heard them trying to get her attention, she sighed she could do without this. She spun around as they ran up to her, "Look I don't need this, I have enough problems of my own without getting involved with you and your demon girlfriend here," she said to Tom while nodding towards B'Elanna.

"I am not a demon, I'm Klingon... Well half Klingon my father was human," said B'Elanna then turned to Tom, "Tom this girl can't help us we just have to keep out of sight until Voyager finds a way to get to us."

"B'Elanna you don't understand there are vampires and demon in this area, not to mention Glory, we'll be better off with the Slayer and her fri..." Tom's reply was suddenly cut off as Buffy grabbed him and shoved him into a gate pillar.

"What do you know about Glory?" growled Buffy, she sensed the half demon female coming up behind her, holding onto the front of the man’s clothes she swung him into her letting go she watched as they fell to the ground. "Now if you don't start telling me what I want to hear I'm going to get very annoyed. Now I'm going to ask you this once more, 'What do you know about Glory?'"

"Look we'll explain everything we can but I think your friends should be there as well," said Tom rising.

"Tom want about the Prime Directive?" said B'Elanna excepting his hand rising.

"I don't think it really applies here," he smiled at her.

"Well if we both get busted back to Ensign I'm going to break both your arms and then disable the doctor's program, you got that."

"But B'Elanna baby what other choice do we have?" Tom asked giving her one of his 'I'm innocent' looks.

"Come on, let’s go," sighed Buffy walking towards the centre of town, she just knew that she was going to regret helping these two.

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When the Doctor entered the briefing room it was to find the entity known as Q sat at the table along with most of the senior staff, turning to the Captain, "You wished to see me?"

"Yes Doctor, it seems Q here has decided to get us embroiled in their conflict with a race called the Varon. One is at present trapped on Holodeck 2 with Tom and B'Elanna, we need you to enter the program running there at the moment and help them and the people from the program destroy the Varon," explained the Captain.

"But Captain what about the Prime Directive?" asked the Doctor.

"I'm afraid we have been left no choice, if the Varon survives, the Q will destroy this entire galaxy to destroy it," sighed Janeway.

The Doctor looked at Q in shock before turning back to his Captain, "What do you require me to do Captain?"

"Download all the information on the program currently running on the holodeck and report to transporter room 1 within the hour, take a field medkit with you just in case."

"Very well Captain is there anything else?"

Looking at the Doctor assessing the implications of imparting anymore details she sighed and nodded, "Yes Doctor the holodeck characters have been made self aware, to all intense and purposes they have become sentient species. Therefore you will have to use your own judgement where the Prime Directive is concerned; I would suggest limiting your contact as much as possible. You’re dismissed Doctor."

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