Title: Half Knight (0/?)

Author: Cyclone

Feedback: Please be gentle.

Distribution: Gimme credit and a link. Plus, archived at http://fanfiction.net/profile.php?userid=62966

Rating: I'm gonna go say PG.

Spoilers: For Ranma, anything goes, pun intended. For Buffy, starts at Halloween and continues on after.

Disclaimer: The characters depicted herein belong to the almighty Joss. I'm just borrowing them for a while.

Summary: Xander wears an anime-inspired costume on that fateful Halloween. Sort of a response to Smeghead_76's challenge at the XanderZone.

Author's Note: The only reason this is "sort of" a response to the challenge is because this idea's been sitting in my head for awhile now.

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Buffy stared at the clip-on pigtail Xander was holding. "That's not a costume."

"No," Xander said, "just the last piece of it."

Willow shook her head in disbelief. "Oh, my God. You're really doing it?"

"Ayup," Xander grinned. "I didn't splurge my pitiful allowance on those mail-order silks for nothing."

Buffy raised an eyebrow, "'Silks'? This, I gotta see."

"Oh, you will, Buffy, you will," Xander grinned.

* * *

"Hey, Buff," Xander said. "Welcome back."

Buffy didn't answer. Instead, she was staring. At him.

"What?" he asked, suddenly concerned. "What is it, Buffy?"

And what was with his voice? It sounded odd. And Buffy looked a lot taller than usual. Was she wearing heels?

"Y-you..." she pointed.

"Look down, you moron," Cordy snapped, but her voice was a little shaky and lacked the usual caustic venom.

Xander looked down. And paled.

"Why do I still have breasts?" he asked, his -- or rather, her -- voice breaking.

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Author's Postscript:

In case you haven't figured it out yet, in this version of events, Xander dressed as Ranma Saotome that fateful Halloween.