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While attempting to work on a different fanfic I've promised, my muse got distracted by a short meeting between Xander Harris of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Jethro Gibbs of NCIS.

Thus, mostly to get it out of the way:

The Price of Secrets (on AO3) (on FF.net) (on TTH)
This fight for jurisdiction did not go the way Gibbs had expected.

Read the story here )

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I have this idea for a massive series of Buffy crossovers. In fact, it's not so much of a plot-bunny as it is a plot-giant-mutant-squid (there are arms everywhere).

Keep in mind that I am ignoring the existence of the comic book series that continues cannon, this branches off of the series after all the potentials have become slayers. Yay! The First is defeated, and there are Slayers waking up all over the place. The good guys saved the world. And themselves. (And the bringers apparently missed at least a few potentials in their massacre given that we saw snippets of kids around the world becoming Slayers.) Sadly, there are consequences.

After all, The First got a foothold in the world due to Buffy coming back to life. Each season, the bad guy got badder, right? Let’s say that that’s in direct proportion to the amount of outside support the Slayer has.

The Watchers may have been bastards, but they knew what they were doing. They kept on trying to prevent anyone other than a single Watcher, who was intended to be part coach and part biographer, from helping. That’s because the Slayer is a Champion. She stands for everyone else so that they don't have to. As long as she stands alone, everyone else is a noncombatant.

---- If I recall, the Trojan War wasn’t so much caused by Paris and Helen having an affair as the fact that, when presented with the possibility, Paris refused to be a Champion. He refused to participate in one-on-one battle because he knew he would lose and he thought his life was more important than preventing the deaths of entire armies. ------

Sadly, it’s only some time after the spell is cast (days? weeks? months?) that the Scoobies realize the significance of The Balance.

I think Willow probably discovers it. (Because there are way too many Willow-bashing stories that involve someone else discovering the serious errors in her magic.) There hadn’t been time to properly consider the consequences, when the apocolypse was just days away, but now that there’s time, she discovers the escalation and realizes that something needs to be done before the next apocolypse season comes around.

Much discussion is had, and it’s realized that the best of a bunch of really ghastly solutions is to return to the one-slayer system. And the one Slayer is Faith.

Everyone else has to be gone. They could, of course, die, but Willow has a solution. She could cast a spell that would send each Slayer to a different universe. They would have to travel alone and they would necessarily come out somewhere where evil had the upper-hand, but they would be alive, and they would potentially be helping the people around them rather than making the situation worse by their very existence.

It’s a very nasty situation, but Willow casts the spell. It’s massive and difficult: her eyes go white, and then her hair, and then she starts glowing, and then the glow is too strong to look into, and by the time the spell is complete, she’s burned herself up entirely. But every single slayer is in a different universe, in the middle of a war.

And that’s the prolog.

Then there’s Buffy who came out in Middle Earth, deep in Mordor. She’s tired of dealing the big picture, it seems she’s always making the wrong decision with the big picture anyway… so she doesn’t do anything about the main problem. She claims herself a village and protects that village. It’s what Slayers did for thousands of years, and given the medieval level of technology here, that’s what she’s going to do. So deep in Mordor is a single village of humans that’s actually rather prosperous. When Mordor falls, everyone else is a bit taken aback by the situation.

Then there’s Kennedy who came out in the Anita Blake universe. She lands on her feet and makes a good living for herself as an international Vampire hunter, which is still perfectly legal in countries other than the US. She has a Slayer dream that draws her to a potential apocolypse in St. Louis, where she meets the standard set of characters. The cops aren’t quite sure what to make of her. Edward really, really wants to try to kill her, and Anita has to keep running interference for that. And she hates Asher with a passion because her girlfriend burned herself to death--Asher’s girlfriend also burned to death, although not willingly, and the scared bastard seems more upset by the scars than by the lost girlfriend. (This one I actually have enough ideas about that I may have to bit the bullet and write it myself. Sigh.)

Meanwhile, Faith is left behind with a whole lot of weight on her shoulders. And the only witness to the disappearance of a whole lot of young girls. Plus, she’s an escaped felon. This can be a crossover with pretty much any cop show ever. Although I am personally inclined to cross it over with Castle. Castle, Becket, Faith, and a whole lot of missing girls. And probably a few dead bodies that may or may not be human. Oh the potential. Although, I suppose if she’s attending the hellmouth, she’d be in Cleveland rather than New York. What cop shows are set in Cleveland?

Then there’s a dozen or two or more other slayers.

Maybe one goes to the Stargate universe? Maybe on one of the planets in the Pegasus galaxy? The awakening of a species that uses humans their food source definitely sounds like an enemy for the Slayer.

Maybe one should go to the Dresden Files universe. After all, there’s a war between the wizards and the vampires in that one.

What are some other good universes to send these guys to?

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A while back [livejournal.com profile] lita_of_jupiter  and I were discussing the fact that there aren’t enough stories with Daniel “Oz” Osborne in them. In going through some of my older files, I discovered anther idea centered around him.

This is set in the Dark Angel universe, but only looks at the first season.

One of the characters is Sebastian, a brilliant man who’s a hacker and general knowledge resource. He saves the day several times. He’s also a quadriplegic who speaks through some sort of futuristic voice box.

I think this is Oz.

Let’s go back eleven years to the Pulse, a terrorist attack that released an electromagnetic pulse over North America, destroying all electronic information and devastating the USA. No further explanation is given of it. Thus, I think that’s the cover story for what really happened, which was an apocalyptic event that wound up killing most of the Scoobies. In the end, the Scoobies won, but only with great sacrifice: they closed the hellmouths and removed all magic from the world. Willow did it. All the Slayers died, all the demons died, all the humans with mystical abilities were harmed.

Oz’s body, which had been a werewolf, did not react well to this change. He was left paralyzed.

Now, back to the present day, Max (a renegade supersoldier and the main character of Dark Angel) is being tracked by Lydecker (the man responsible for training the government’s child-supersoldiers and the show’s main bad guy.) However, Lydecker has made a few comments regarding having to report the progress to “her.” And whoever she is, he’s scared of her.

That, by the way, is Willow.

She’s the one who cast the spell way back when that stopped the apocalypse but also killed all the Slayers and paralyzed Oz and devastated the country and removed her own magic. She didn’t react any better to this loss than Oz did, but it didn’t show on the outside.

Instead, she is determined to bring magic back. But she can’t. She’ll bring something back, then. She’ll bring back an army of Slayers.

So she studies genetic engineering, creates Manticore, and develops various supersoldiers who wind up escaping. She’s actually quite all right with that: it’s better that they’re out in the world rather than under anyone’s specific control. Lydecker doesn't know that, though, and even if he did, he wouldn't agree.

After that set-up, I'm not really sure what happens. Conflict ensues mostly.

Maybe Max and Logan manage to track down Willow (Lydecker's mysterious "she") and they kidnap her. Now they're not sure what to do with her. They don't know enough to even ask the right questions at this point. Sebastien contacts them or maybe they contact Sebastien, and he and Willow get together again and Willow finally has a chance to grieve. The whole story comes out and Max isn't sure at all what to make of it. After all, suddenly the situation isn't quite so black and white, good guys versus bad guys, as it previously was.

Who knows what happens next?
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I went to see The Nutcracker yesterday. It was oodles of fun. For several years when I was a child, my family went to see it every year, but at this point, I hadn't seen it for quite some time.

In this particular performance, whenever Drosselmeyer was on the stage, he completely dominated it: he had a great deal of presence. He's a rather dark and mysterious figure with an eyepatch but it also a source of presents and the joy of the party when he's there. He gifts the Stahlbaum parents with two life-size mechanical dolls that dance, and then gives the children, Clara and Fitz, a nutcracker doll. This is the Nutcracker of the title who fights the evil Mouse King on Clara's behalf.

The story is set in Germany in the 1890s.

So my thought is that Xander of the Buffy universe somehow gets thrown back in time. A common enough fanfic plot devise. He was no doubt fighting some evil demon in Germany in our time when it all went wrong. So there he is some hundred years in the past. Luckily, the Watchers are an ancient, international organization with more than a bit of experience dealing with the weird. So he contacts the local Watchers who are unfortunately not able to fix the situation but are able to set him up with a decent enough life.

His own experience (canonical) had given him a lot of anger for the Watchers, but in the past he discovers that there were a few things he had gotten wrong. They did not remove the potential Slayers from their families, and in this time and culture that was actually a problem: the young women were being raised to be completely passive damsels in distress. Something needed to happen. A simple mystical destiny doesn't change that much about a person.

So, he ingratiates himself to the parents of the most likely next potential and finds a way to be made Godfather to the potential-Slayer Clara. Knowing that someone (the Mouse King probably) is out to get her, he gives her a magical guardian in the guise of a Nutcracker.

He realizes how important it was for her to have someone else when she can't even protect her new gift from an annoying little brother.

Anyway, there's the fight and Clara comes through in the end to rescue her Nutcracker Prince.

After the fight is over, when Clara and the Nutcracker Prince are being entertained in the Sugar Plum Court, many of the performances are most likely martial in nature.

The next morning she probably girds her loins and asks to talk with her Godfather Drosselmeyer. He explains a few things to her and she goes on to become one of the more successful Slayers.

Merry Christmas to everyone except the Vampires and Demons.
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Spike is surrounded by dementors. It's a lost cause. All the wizards and witches watch with horror as their new friend disappears from view beneath the multitude of dementors determined to have at him. And then there's a howl of pure rage and the dementors quickly find themselves decimated and no visible end to the carnage done to them, one in particular looking a bit queasy for a dementor. It was backing away as best it could from the raging vampire shouting at it. "You bastard! You stole my soul! I worked hard for that thing. You'd better give it back!"  
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I have this idea, that many before me have had, that Willow of the uber powers gets possessed by a goa'uld. Ooh, the terror.

However, it doesn't quite go the way it's planned. 

You see, Willow's powers are religion-based, not physical attributes. So the goa'uld gets into her, and can do anything it wants with her body but her mind is still there, seeing and experiencing what is happening. And her mind is still perfectly capable of praying, raising power, and/or casting spells.

So while everyone else is freaking out (oh no, Willow's gone evil again, sort of, what will we do?), Willow has a mild freak out of her own (oh no, why is there some alien calling itself a god moving my body like a puppet?) and then she casts a spell so that she's possessing the goa'uld who's possessing her, and while yes, the controls are a bit weird at this remove, she's not going to let someone else drive her body. 

She explains this to everyone else who all go O_o. 

Meanwhile the goa'uld is getting a short but intense introduction to what real gods are like and the dangers inherent in pissing off someone who has a close personal relationship with a real god. Through this experience, he's converted to Wiccan and becomes Willows apostle. 

Everyone (including Willow) goes O_o. 
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There was some relatively high profile crime that Shawn solved in a fairly high profile manner. (Okay, go ahead and pick an episode, pretty much any episode of Psych. There are maybe two exceptions?) Whatever. However, it has attracted attention, specifically, it has attracted the attention of the secret military no-longer-The-Initiative group.

They recruit psychics. However, they know better than to trust just anyone claiming to be a psychic even if he did just solve a crime. So they hire an outside contractor to come with them, to see if he’s really as psychic as all that.

Thus, Riley et al plus Willow show up at the police station, with the intention of interviewing the police’ psychic consultant. The Chief is taken aback. Lassiter is caught between being appalled that anyone is taking Shawn that seriously and delighted that finally Shawn will be revealed as a fraud.

When Shawn finally bounces in, he thinks it’s awesome. Gus is significantly more nervous. (“It’s one thing to lie to the police, it’s another thing to lie to secret military people who could kill you with their pinkies.” “So you agree that it’s okay to lie to the police?” “No! But lying to the police will get you thrown in county lock-up. Lying to the military, you’ll get sent to Guatanomo Bay and tortured!” “Hey, I’ve been lying to the police for years, and never sent to county lock-up.” “Shawn! Be serious.” “I am serious.”)

Willow does her thing with a bit of chanting and a few herbs thrown hither and yon. Shawn is practically taking notes. The no-longer-The-Initiative are looking stoic. Lassiter is looking ever more appalled.


“Yup. He’s psychic all right.” She sounded amused.

“What? You’ve got to be kidding me!” Lassiter was appalled. (He’s appalled a lot, come to think of it. Pretty much constantly.)

“It’s pretty giggle-worthy from my perspective, too. Psychic a catch-all term. A lot of different symptoms get all grouped together under the one phrase, but not all psychics are alike. His ability is really tightly bound-up with sight and memory. It’s not strong but it’s really well-trained. I doubt he ever gets the clichéd visions, but he’ll almost always be drawn to noticing the pertinent details. And, not to reveal too much of what I saw in his head, boy did his dad really screwed the pooch on this one if he wanted mature adulthood in his son. It took an extra bit of something to live up to expectations, but while psychics get more input from the world around themselves they also tend to be a lot more flaky.”

“Hah!”

“A warning—and as police you should already know this—just because a person saw something you didn’t, doesn’t mean they’re telling you the truth. That’s a warning for you, too, Shawn. If you ever do get in contact with a  spirit or power: they have motives of their own and are just as likely to lie as a living being and tend to have fewer tells to let you know.



In the end, I think, the military decides that he isn’t actually powerful enough as a psychic to help them. And they go away again. This could very easily be a one shot, but I have too many other projects going on to really develop it properly.
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I'm not exactly sure what the plot here is, but the characters are Willow and possibly Kennedy from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and the whole crew plus Ian Edgerton from "Numb3rs". 

There's some FBI case that's proving particularly difficult for the Numb3rs crew. At one point, Charlie mentions that there's a brilliant math student at CalSci who really seems to get the practical application of numbers. It's both wonderful and annoying, then, that she seems determined to focus on the pure theory. However, maybe they can tempt her to help out anyway. So a group of agents plus Charlie (and Aminta and Larry) all go to Charlie's office to work on the problem and lure the newest math wiz in. 

The newest math wiz, is Willow. (This is post-series, but I'm ignoring the comic books which I haven't read, anyway.) 

Take a moment to consider her character: she was always brilliant with computers, she fairly quickly became rather impressive with magic, and there's clearly a way that the two subjects heavily overlap. As Charlie would say: "Math is everywhere." Math is God's language. Math describes the world. Given what Willow has proven herself capable of, magic-wise and computer-wise, math is pretty much a language that she is quite fluent in.

However, she's still a black-magic addict. It was wonderful that she could perform magic without going evil, but that's a demonstration of control on par with having managed to quit black magic in the first place. She is still an addict, and needs to stay away from temptation. It's too bad, then, that the Scoobies still need her skills come apocalypse season. So, in general, she helps out the Scoobies during May, and then spends the rest of the year detoxing, so that she doesn't go overboard and try to destroy the world again. 

She's very good at pure math, she's even better at applied math, and it's too bad that she does as much practical application as she can stand during that one hellish month in Spring. 

Anyway, Charlie et al are working in his office when she comes in, and is about to politely decline when she sees Ian Edgerton. Agent Edgerton has gone white and is trying to disappear into the background. Possibly he succeeds in staying out of Willow's notice until Don attracts everyone's attention with a concerned, "Ian? Are you all right?" 

Edgerton is the best sniper in the FBI and the fourth best sniper in the country. A top tracker, an instructor at Quantico, and high-ranking enough to pick his own assignments. While none of the other Numb3rs crew would have been told, Edgerton would have been briefed on the supernatural. He not only knows about the supernatural, in general, he also knows about the first line of defense (ie, the Scoobies) in specific. This is because the government has realized that Willow is a real and serious danger. Ian has been briefed, as a sniper, that there might be a time when she needs to be taken out immediately. He's studied her before, as a target in case the need arose. It's one of the reasons why he's been in California so often. He just wasn't expecting to meet her face to face. 

Given what she's done to people she doesn't like and the fact that she's displayed evidence of telepathy before, he feels justified in being a bit nervous about being in the same room with her. 

Willow just shrugs and explains that actually having someone like him around actually makes her feel safer. If worst comes to worst, someone will stop her before she hurts everyone, and that's a good thing. 

No one else knows the specifics but that reassurance directed at Edgerton, the resident sniper, mostly makes everyone else in the room highly suspicious. (If Kennedy is there, then she's a lot less laid back about the situation than Willow is.) Then things really devolve into arguing and guilt trips and in the end it's actually Willow and Edgerton who are most okay with the whole situation. 

Then of course, they all go off and find the actual bad guy (without using any magic because Willow really is going through detox, although possibly with some help from Kennedy's slayer skills.) 
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First, I am a nut for trying things that I haven't done before. Second, [livejournal.com profile] lita_of_jupiter  manages to get my muses somewhat organized. And third, well, what do you think about when you're commuting to and from work?

Thus, here is an attempt at a porn drabble with Drusilla, Darla, and The Immortal (as played by an immortal of the Highlander universe.)

Life, Death, Religion & Sex )


Then, in order to keep track of the various stories, here's another drabble from the same universe that I posted previously in a comment.

The Immortal )

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So, Lita_of_Jupiter pointed out that there are simply not enough good Oz fanfics out there. I entirely agree. (And am currently pestering her to write a Hackers crossover with Oz. Please?)

I have also been reading Patricia Brigg's series of Mercy Thompson books.

For those of you who don't know them, a brief bit of background: In the books, Mercy can turn into a coyote. Something that she apparently inherited from her absent father rather than her more flighty youth mother who wasn't quite sure what to do with an infant child who was occasionally a coyote cub. So Mercy was fostered with a werewolf pack. In fact, THE werewolf pack, because this particular pack is led by Bran Cornik, who is the Alpha werewolf for North America.

Being an alpha means more than just being able to beat up anyone who challenges you, it's also about having a type of Pack Magic that lets the Alpha command obedience from those beneath them, which is actually a good survival tool all around because some of those lesser werewolves need to be commanded to stay in control and not to eat the local pedestrians. And while most Alpha werewolves look as dangerous as they are, Bran looks like a college student. To all appearances, he's laid back and soft spoken.

A few more interesting facts about Briggs' universe: #1. Werewolves in wolf form look like actual wolves. Big, vicious wolves about to eat you, generally, but wolves nonetheless. #2. The presence of a demon affects werewolves' self control. They get vicious and crazy around demons. #3. Female werewolves don't have children because they miscarry the first time they shift, and they are forced to shift every full moon. (Bran's first wife managed to hold off the shift for the full gestation period, but she had magic and it wound up killing her in the end anyway although the child survived.) (Briggs' doesn't bring up the possibility of staying wolf the entire time, possibly because the books are pg-13 at most and she didn't want to deal with beastiality issues) 

Now consider Oz: #1. When Oz shifts to wolf, he's like a wolf-man, so to insert him into Briggs' universe, something would have had to warp his form pretty severely. But, lucky us, we have a reason in #2. Oz was infected while living on a Hellmouth and surrounded by demons for the first year of his change. (I don't think any werewolves in the Briggs' universe have survived ongoing contact with demons like that.) And finally, we have #3) Oz can control his own change, to the extent of not changing during the fullmoon and not growing weaker because of the lack.

So I think it would be an interesting story to have Oz approach Bran.

Oz can control his beast even at full-moon which Bran would appreciate learning (as would almost all of the female pack members). However, Oz really does have a beast rather than a wolf, and he could ask Bran for help getting his wolf into better shape. Can the demon taint be cleansed?

Plus, they both like music, they're both quiet, and they're both a lot more than they first appear.
  
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There have been "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" / "Hackers" crossovers before. i've read several. Some of them are good, some of them are not so good, but none of them have really been ideal.

In "Hackers", there is this whole hacker style that involves everything from clothes to music to jargon. In the big climactic scene at the end, we see little snippets of hackers other than our main characters and it's clear that hackers come from all social circles, but our main character still consider it necessary for real hackers to have all the frills. The stories I've read all buy into this idea and thus, when Willow meets up with the hackers, she's dressed in tight leather and using equally unusual speech patterns.

I would like a story in which Willow, she of the comfortable clothing and California-speak, were to meet the hackers.

My current idea sets it after the end of the series, (I haven't read the comic books at all beyond noticing that Dawn has become a giant), and have Willow getting her teacher certificate so that she can go back and be properly certified in order to teach at the new Slayer Academy. As her experience is with computers and teaching such, she becomes a student teacher at Stuyvesant High School, helping out with the computer classes.

Dade, Kate, and the rest of the hackers are taking this class for the easy "A" they can get. They sneer a bit at the overly cheerful Willow. Then they realize that their easy "A" is going down the drain because the computer system there has been upgraded to the point where they have to work together (and learn their lessons) in order to hack the system, and the lessons Willow is teaching are *hard*.

They try to figure out who she is. Discover that she's the IT person for an apparently unhackable organization based out of Cleveland. Then it's pointed out that she's not scared of anything. She's all light and fluffy and working in a major New York highschool and nobody scares her.

She is surprisingly cool despite appearances.

Of course that's not really a plot, just a starting point. For a plot, I'm thinking one of them gets annoyed with her messing up their grade scheme so hacks her government files and makes changes, like they did to that one FBI agent in the movie. However this time, they did it to the file of someone who the US Army is extremely nervous of and sort of wants to kill on principal for the whole almost-ending-the-world thing.

The rest of the hackers then need to save her, let the army know that she wasn't making changes to her own files, and possibly learn a few things about magic and demons in the mean time.
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There are way too many stories that say Dawn Summers is no longer the Key since the Glory used it and Buffy stopped it. An equal number of stories say that Dawn should now have access to the power and the memories of having been an ancient glowing-green ball of energy.

However, I would like to have a story that keeps Dawn as a human created out of said glowing-green ball of energy with the canonical tells: dogs will bark at her, crazy people will see her as only a glowing green ball of energy, and occasionally people in the know will try to use her.

It would be interesting to see her grow up and no, she's not allergic to dogs, it's more of them being allergic to her. And she doesn't really work well with insane people. And given that she's been fighting in a secret war most of her life, she probably runs into a fair number of crazy people.

My favorite crossover character is Methos, and really I'd say no one lives for 5,000 years without being more than a little off in the head, he just manages to convince most people that he's merely eccentric. But I can see him having some trouble trying to act normal when confronted with a group of watchers one of whom he can't look at directly because the glowing green light is too bright. And this is the one that's their language expert. Dawn can't figure out why the other language expert seems to hate her so much he won't even look at her.

On the other hand, maybe a story could go with a more widely accepted crazy guy. Dawn goes to Gotham. The Joker attacks. And Batman is completely taken aback when his arch nemesis retreats in horror from the very presence of some random girl.

As a more angsty alternative, and a non-crossover, a story could show the Scoobies slowly being worn down by the life they lead. Xander or Giles or Andrew or someone struggling more and more to remain sane in the face of ongoing suffering and fighting, and being able to track their own failure by the fact that Dawn looks more and more like glowing green energy and less and less like their friend.

I suppose it could even be a series: "Dawn's Adventures With Crazy People" or some such. As she traipses through the multi-verse, the reader discovers who is faking insanity, who is faking sanity, and who is simply just that crazy.


Also, I can't remember if, in canon, Dawn ever comes into contact with a werewolf. Are they close enough to dogs that they'd see her as out of place? 

Anyway, I release this plot bunny out into the wild because I really don't want to have to deal with it. Enjoy.

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