The Ghosts That Haunt Me: An Alias/Buffy Crossover
By: Sam Lincoln

Rating PG-13

Summary: A Rambaldi prophecy sends Sydney to Sunnydale in search of "The Chosen One."

Spoilers: General spoilers for the current seasons of Alias, Buffy and Angel, but nothing specific to any storyline.

Disclaimer: All characters from Buffy and Angel are property of Mutant Enemy. All characters from Alias are property of Bad Robot and Touchstone Television. All characters are used without permission and no infringement is intended.

The Ghosts that Haunt Me: Epilogue

Sunnydale

Several weeks after the incident in the desert Buffy walked through the cemetery on patrol. Dawn was at home working on schoolwork so Buffy was patrolling solo. It had been a slow night, she had yet to encounter a single vampire. Buffy was debating whether or not to just go home when she heard a twig snap behind her. She spun around and saw Sydney instead of a vampire.

"Hi there," Sydney said, "I won't bite, I promise."

"Sorry," Buffy said, putting away her stake. "It's been a slow night. Those always make me a little jumpy.

Sydney nodded, "It's the missions that seem too easy that always get you," she observed.

"So what brings you to Sunnydale again?" Buffy asked. "You took off pretty fast after the last time.

"That's why I'm here actually," Sydney said. "I wanted to catch up with your and see how things are going."

Buffy shrugged, "They go. We're still here slaying vamps and saving the world. No sign of any evil secret agents if that's what you're asking."

"About that, I wanted to let you know that a decision was made to place you under unobtrusive surveillance."

"Great, what does that mean?"

"In practice? The Initiative is going to start running teams through town."

"I think I'd rather go without the help," Buffy grumbled.

"Don't worry, they've been looking for a place to use as a training facility, and Sunnydale fit their needs perfectly. You and the rest of your team are welcome to lend your experience to the training. They've even offered to pay."

"I guess I can't argue with free money," Buffy observed. "But whatever happened to Faith."

Sydney smiled, "I think you'll like this one. She's been released into the Initiative's custody and will serve the remainder of her sentence doing what she does best, killing vampires."

"It almost seems like she's getting off light," Buffy groused.

"Except a vampire is more likely to kill her than Large Marge," Sydney pointed out.

Buffy thought that over for a few moments, "True enough," she finally conceded. "Just keep her away from Sunnydale, I'm not ready to deal with her yet."

Sydney nodded, "That can be arranged. Anyway, I've been ordered to tell you that the United States government appreciates your help in resolving this most recent crises and that if you ever need any help just ask."

"What, no medals?" Buffy quipped.

"It's hard to give someone a medal for something that never officially happened," Sydney commented.

"Bummer, I've always liked getting medals, they're so shiny," Buffy half-seriously said.

Sydney laughed, "I'll see what I can do." Sydney nodded. "Cool. So, how's Vaughn?"

"Vaughn, who's Vaughn?" Sydney asked.

"Don't play games, the cute guy who was with you at Angel's hotel, you know, Vance."

"How did you know?"

"Riley, when he came to rescue you he said he knew Vaughn. Then I see you with a guy named Vance. I might be blonde but I'm not stupid."

Sydney chuckled, "Sorry, that was a security measure. I'd already told you too much about."

Buffy shrugged, "I thought it was funny, of all the things to lie about you'd choose that. But you're dodging the question, how is he?"

"Vaughn's fine."

"I'll say, so tell me, is there anything between you two?" Buffy leered.

Sydney blushed, "That's complicatedand classified."

Buffy laughed, "Alright, I get the picture. Say, when do you have to leave?"

"I'm not due back until tomorrow, why?"

"I was wondering if you'd be interested in doing a little Bronzing with me and the rest of the guys."

"That sounds like fun, but I wanted to try my hand at a different local nocturnal activity," Sydney said with a smile.

"Oh really, you think you're up for it?" Buffy asked, her eyebrow arched.

"I can take care of myself," Sydney confidently replied.

"Tough talk, care to back it up?" Buffy tossed her stake at Sydney.

Sydney effortlessly caught the stake, "You better believe it."

"Cool, I've heard rumors of a new nest of vampire setting up shop not too far from here, want to go check it out?"

Sydney nodded, "Just lead the way. It'll be nice to have a clear cut, easy to spot bad guy for once."

The two young women walked off into the night, doing the only thing either one of them knew how to do. Keeping the rest of the world safe from the dangers it didn't want to know existed.

-Fin-

Author's Notes:

Thanks to everyone who's read and reviewed this humble little piece. Obviously the iinspiration came from the current season of Buffy's premiere episode, I enjoy both shows and Rambaldi makes the perfect context for the world of Alias to intersect with the world of Buffy. As a matter of fact I left out some hooks I came up with. Yes, I've got a sequel planned, no it won't be out for quite some time. I've got some Alias/X-files loving in mind next and I want to see how the current arcs in both Buffy and Alias play out.

Some fun facts, writing this story took 3+ pens, 3 bottles of white-out, roughly twenty pieces of fruit and an entire 3 subject notebook.

-sam 2/6/2003