PART #: Part 1/8
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DISCLAIMER: Buffy and her cohorts belong to Warner Bros, Mutant Enemy, Fox etc. Batman and associates and the JLA all belong to DC Comics (which incidentally, belongs to Warner Bros too). I own none of the characters but the thin thread of plot is mine and I cling to this like a lifeline. It's mine! I tell you and I gain no money from it but the immense satisfaction of turning the characters into whatever I see fit.
RATING: a very dull PG.
SUMMARY: Buffy/Batman X-Over. Summaries of the groups preceded HelLex I (available at http://www.harley-quinn.co.uk/fic/HelLexI-1.html) so there's no need to not read it just because you don't know who they are. I have provided! :) Halloween and Thanksgiving with Buffy and the Bat Brigade. Buffy's POV.
SPOILERS: Some Season 4 BtVS, Season 1 Angel.
DEDICATED: To cHeWtOy as always. To Firebird, Panthera, Darla and Hubby for beta'ing (at the various stages), and to everyone who sent me feedback for HelLex I.
CLASS NOTES (Continued from HelLex I's introductory Buffy 101, Batman 101 and JLA 101): For the sake of this storyline working, Kyle and Dick know each other's secret identities but Buffy and the Sunnydale Scoobies don't know Kyle is the Green Lantern. Only Buffy knows about Dick, Tim and Bruce's dual identities.
SET in October/November 2001.
I choose to start this story now...
"Who's that?" Dawn whispered to me. I could see the hormonal excitement and smiled at her.
I was surprised to see the person standing in the doorway. "Tim?" This was the first time I had seen him since leaving Metropolis. We'd talked on the phone. I'd talked to them all on the phone but events on the two sides of the country kept me from visiting them and them from visiting me.
A smile spread across his face as he came toward me. "Oh there you are. I was beginning to worry we'd turned up in the wrong place. Dick is just parking the rental car. How are you Buffy?" He hugged me. He's such a sweetie.
"I'm great. This is my sister Dawn. Dawn this is Tim who I met in Metropolis."
She flushed and smiled. "Hi."
"Hey. How are you?" he smiled. Did he get taller?
"I-I'm great too." Giggling at this point would be bad but it's so cute seeing her like this... with a crush. Grinning is ok though.
"Oh wow," Anya said from behind me. I looked at her then followed her gaze and grinned.
I smiled broadly and just a little proudly. "You meet the Anya seal of approval Dick."
"Do I meet yours?" he smiled.
"Always," I smiled back, returning his hug and being surprised by a kiss. I can learn to like surprises.
"This is my friend Kyle Rayner from New York," Dick said indicating the dark haired man still standing near the door. I smiled and said hi, beckoning him into the store.
"We've come to make your Halloween scary," Tim said, grinning.
"Tim... You are all too pretty to be scary."
"Give me some shadow and I'll prove you wrong," Dick leered, pulling me closer to him, pressing our bodies together.
There I go, blushing again. "Anya, stop staring." I caught sight of my unimpressed Watcher over Dicks shoulder. "Oh Giles. Remember me telling you about the people who helped me in Metropolis. These are two of them and a friend," I smiled at Kyle. "Tim Drake, Dick Grayson, Kyle Rayner. Kyle, Tim, Dick, this is Mr. Rupert Giles."
I'd managed to move to a more respectable position, standing beside Dick. Giles looked at my hand in Dicks and stored it away to question me later. He shook hands with the newbies then Willow and Xander came in through the front door, wrestling with a pair of large boxes each. Willow was giggling and trying to balance the smaller box that was trying to slide away to an escape from its perch on top of the larger box.
"I really don't think Superman would appreciate that comparison Xander... oh dear..." she said, stopping in the doorway as she tried to balance the box. Tim, Dick and Kyle came to their aid. Dick took the smaller box and Kyle the larger from Willow and Tim took the small box from Xander. Willow blinked up at Kyle, then at Dick and Tim standing beside each other.
"What's in the boxes Will?"
She blinked and blushed, looking down at the boxes then over at me. "Uh... Oh, um, candles, Celtic crosses, newt eyes, crows feet and lizards gizzards."
"You just like saying that," Xander taunted.
"It has its amusement value," she smiled.
"Willow, Xander meet Kyle Rayner, Tim Drake and Dick Grayson. Dick, Tim and Kyle meet Xander Harris and Willow Rosenburg."
Tim put his box on top of Xanders and exchanged greetings with both Willow and Xander. Dick said hi and put his box down. Kyle smiled and waved. I still want to know why they are here. I'm glad they are, but... I'm not sure I buy the Halloween story.
Dick shook Xanders hand and waved at Willow. "Mr. Giles," he said, "Where do you want these boxes?"
Giles looked up from the order form. "Hm? Oh, through here please." Tim took the smaller boxes, Kyle and Dick taking a larger one each.
"It was nice of them to do that," Willow said.
"I think Dick's trying to avoid the questions of intention from Giles by being helpful."
"Well he's met dad and well... *I* wasn't impressed by dad's behaviour. He knows I think of Giles like a dad."
"And Giles treats you that way sometimes."
"When he's not being watcher-y," Dawn added.
"How's the hunt been Buffy?" Tim asked as he emerged from the storeroom followed by Kyle. Dick hadn't avoided the questions after all.
Dawn stared at me. "They helped me in Metropolis little sister. It's been kinda slow but that's a good thing."
"Kyle Rayner. I know that name," Willow said then her face lit up as she remembered. "Ooh! You write 'City-Dwellers' for Feast magazine don't you?" Willow gushed.
I think Kyle blushed as he nodded yes. Willow began to talk excitedly but Tim's question distracted me from the animated conversation.
"Is the vampire..?" he looked around nervously.
"He's not here so there's no need to panic," I chuckled. When he had visited me in Metropolis during summer I'd explained that Spike would know by things like smell that he and Dick were Robin and Nightwing. Of course there was still that 'cutie' thing between Tim and Spike...