khriskin: (The Secret Lives of Superheroes)
TITLE: Same Song, Different Verse
FANDOM: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
AU: The Secret Lives of Superheroes
LENGTH/RATING: 100 words, PG
SUMMARY: Some things are just a question of semantics...


There was a certain irony in a possessed car that insisted magic was evil. And not evil with a little 'e', oh no, Ruth was adamant on that point. Even when Xander pointed out that magic might be simpler than divine intervention when it came to escaping a 1969 mustang. They compromised on blessings instead of wards, although the pastor gave them more than one odd look when he read their list of requests.

Two nights later, when she rammed a demon and he turned to ash on her hood, Xander had to admit Ruth might have had a point.

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khriskin: (The Secret Lives of Superheroes)
TITLE: Instinct
FANDOM: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
AU: The Secret Lives of Superheroes
LENGTH/RATING: 238 words, PG
SUMMARY: Some things you can't unlearn...


He'd pleaded 'force of habit' afterwards, when Faith was not so gently mocking his knee-jerk response to midnight cries for help. But he hadn't been the only one that hit the ground running when they'd heard the screams, and he wasn't the one basking happily in the awe of mundanes less prepared for Faith than they had been for vampires.

He leaned against Ruth's hood, waiting for the adrenaline to ebb and making mental lists of what they'd need to add to their next Wal-Mart stop. A part of him wanted to cling to the idea that this was a one-shot deal, a fluke, that he'd left this part of his life behind in the ruins of Sunnydale.

Because wasn't this what he had been running from? The whole Slayer gig; the Spider-man dogma of great responsibility?

He was supposed to be Xander, ordinary guy, with ordinary friends and ordinary dreams. Then Faith said something he couldn't hear, and suddenly the rescued teens were looking at him with awe as he stifled the urge to say 'I'm Batman!' because that's all he was to Faith's Superman. Just an ordinary guy doing his best in a world built for superheroes. He could still remember when vampires had terrified him, but he couldn't put his finger on when he'd started running towards the screams instead of away.

But it was only habit, not instinct. Only habit because you could break habits, and somewhere down the line from broken was normal, and he just wanted to be normal again.

Didn't he?

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khriskin: (The Secret Lives of Superheroes)
TITLE: And Suddenly
FANDOM: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
AU: The Secret Lives of Superheroes
LENGTH/RATING: 213 words, PG
SUMMARY: Just like that, everything changed.

He watched the mile markers spin by in hypnotic rhythm, running on too much caffeine, too little sleep, and the free-falling sensation of having left everything behind. Only what had he left? Clothes, knickknacks, an apartment billed to the Council who wouldn't notice the Xander-shaped hole for months. So nothing really. A nothing three states, sixteen hours, and a lifetime away.

At some point, when the sky had been shading into dawn, he'd asked Faith were they were going, but all he got was 'anywhere but here.' Before the pit he would have snapped back with a witty retort, but now-- now he just relaxes into the battered seat and watches the markers count off the miles between them and nowhere.

Because 'here' was the story they'd both been living, nothing but supporting roles in Buffy's fairy tale. Who they were was what they were, and he was tired of fitting into a mold carved by someone else.

Somewhere, out there beyond the bounds of here, was another Xander-shaped hole and eventually they'd find it. And even if they didn't, he'd find a different hole and make it fit, because he was tired of going home again.

And the mustang's wheels hummed over the patched pavement, harmonizing to the rhythms of the markers and the quiet determination of anywhere but here...

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khriskin: (The Secret Lives of Superheroes)
TITLE: Old Wounds and Time
FANDOM: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
AU: The Secret Lives of Superheroes
LENGTH/RATING: 201 words, PG
SUMMARY: Title is actually a pretty good summary. ^_^;;

Five days spent aimlessly wandering into the heartlands. Five days heading down highways, and byways, and old dirt roads leading nowhere, except that they never actually did.

Five days-- five nights sleeping stretched out in seats that never quite reclined far enough for comfort. Listening to echoes of Faith's nightmares and the muted tones of Ruth's biblical lullabies.

Some things he could handle, the road, the seats, the second thoughts, but this-- this.

On the sixth night, when her dreams took her back to the pit, back to where being the best hadn't been even a shadow of good enough; he risked Ruth's anger and Faith's sometimes violent independence and slipped in beside her in the backseat.

And he wondered what it meant, that she didn't wake, didn't lash out in the midst of a nightmare all the more powerful for being real. Instead she quieted, still whimpering, but softly now, without the urgent notes, as if he'd muted it somehow; pulled the memories back from 'now' into the 'then' where they belonged.

After a while he slept, propped up against the door with Faith's head cradled against his hip, and Ruth sang them soft low psalms that felt like home.

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khriskin: (The Secret Lives of Superheroes)
TITLE: Four Wheels and a Prayer
FANDOM: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
AU: The Secret Lives of Superheroes
LENGTH/RATING: 100 words, PG
SUMMARY: Possession is nine tenths of the law...


To his credit, it only took Xander three days to figure out the car was haunted. Faith stubbornly maintained that the mustang's obsession with Christian radio was a dead giveaway (pun intended), but she admitted later, under duress, it'd taken her over a month to come to the same conclusion.

Two towns, a Wal-Mart, and an Ouija board later, the mustang had kicked them both out with a snarl of Christian rock and a chorus featuring hellfire and damnation.

It was the first time Xander had ever apologized to a car; he had a feeling it wouldn't be the last.

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khriskin: (The Secret Lives of Superheroes)
TITLE: Grimm Futures
FANDOM: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
AU: The Secret Lives of Superheroes
LENGTH/RATING: 100 words, PG
SUMMARY: Xander was never good at fairy tales.


It was supposed to be 'happily ever after', only no one else had gotten the memo and Xander was stuck with just 'ever after'. They'd gone their separate ways, leaving him trapped playing hero in someone else's story. Happily ever after was supposed to mean it was over, not another forty years (twenty, when he's feeling honest) spent narrowly avoiding death.

Then came Faith, fishtailing out of the night in a stolen white mustang; and it was still 'ever after', because Faith's story had ended long ago, but now, maybe, he'd a chance to start a story of his own.

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khriskin: (Stargate)
TITLE: So Much for Diplomatic Immunity
FANDOM: Stargate Atlantis
LENGTH/RATING: 100 words, PG
PAIRINGS/WARNINGS: None
SUMMARY: When Reality meets Science Fiction. (Okay, so this challenge is a tad addicting... ^_^;;) I wrote this for the [livejournal.com profile] sga_flashfic Sickness challenge, but I think I've spammed them enough for this week. ^_~


Atlantis was like a giant Kindergarten; all it took was one member a gate team coming back sick and a week later the whole city was chugging chicken soup. Elizabeth stared at her own bowl of forcefully bland noodles and broth and tried to muster the energy to be annoyed with the SGC. Their medical lectures had focused on biological weaponry, cheerfully glossing over the pathological dangers of planet hopping and details on how to survive what amounted to a never-ending cold and flu season.

She sighed and finished off her soup; at least this time it wasn't chicken pox.

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khriskin: (Rodney snark)
TITLE: We All Fall Down
FANDOM: Stargate Atlantis
LENGTH/RAITING: 100 words, PG/Silly
PAIRINGS/WARNINGS: None
SUMMARY: I blame the comments on the Mod post and my Silly!Muse. What else need to be said? ^_~ Written for the [livejournal.com profile] sga_flashfic Sickness challenge.


"...they got sick and everybody died. The End."

"Rodney!" John dragged him out of earshot before the kids started crying. Again.

"What? It's true," Rodney snorted. "Ashes, ashes--"

"Remember five minutes ago? When you promised me you'd stop terrifying innocent children?"

"Which obviously doesn't apply here, because A) they've already been terrified by Ford's abysmal singing and B) they've given half of Atlantis chicken pox. Chicken pox is not innocent."

"Rodney."

"Besides, I'm not the one teaching them plague songs."

"Rod--"

"Fine-fine." Rodney muttered, "but next time Ford is reading them 'Carson and the Magic Cow Pox'."

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khriskin: (Rodney snark)
TITLE: Of Love and Lemons
FANDOM: Stargate Atlantis
LENGTH/RAITING: 100 words, PG
PAIRING/WARNINGS: None
SUMMARY: The price of genius.


The problem was the people who wanted to go on one-way trips across the universe were rarely the people anyone else wanted tagging along. Add to that the chance, however slight, that the expedition might be on its own for decades, and they were suddenly forced to look at genetic, as well as psychological, compatibility.

Elizabeth sighed, torn between annoyance that they'd thought she'd actually leave him behind and amusement that the scientists had gone so far providing the statistical likelihood of finding citrus in another galaxy and devising a lottery system for deciding who would have to marry McKay.


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