Title: Inside Down, Upside Out

Author: Becka
Pairing: Snape/Xander/Lucius

Crossover: Buffy, the Vampire Slayer / Harry Potter

Spoilers: Up to and including the final season.

Warnings: Angst, Crossover, Dark, Language, OOC?, Xander-torture, Violence, Yoai/Slash.

Disclaimer: Buffy, the Vampire Slayer does not belong to Becka; characters are used without permission for a non-profit purpose. No infringement is intended.

This challange was issued by Oreocat. My muse got a hold of it, and it all went downhill from there. I believe Oreocat intended this to be a cute sort of fic. My muse, however, does not do cute. Blame her. I will, however, admit that this story _is_ total fluff. It's trashy, cheap, and the one thing that sets it apart from truly bad fanfic is the fact that I know how to spell and use grammatically correct sentences.

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There is a dark. There is a light. These two elements balance one another in perfect harmony. Without the dark, there can be no light. Without the light, there can be no dark. This principle is simple, inherent, and flawless. Light would be blinding without the dark. Dark would be blindness without the light. Where there is one, there is the other, because there is a need for it to be so.

People forget that, sometimes.

God cast Lucifer from heaven. He created the dark; he understood. Lucifer gave up the light so that balance could be restored. He understood, as well. The Yin and the Yang. For every good, there is an evil. For every evil, there is a good. There's a bit of both in each, and it balances. This is reflected in all of God's creatures; this is evident in all of Lucifer's demons. Even man serves his place because he walks the fine line of choice. His thoughts and his heart, his soul and his body. He is the balance in perfection.

In the heart of every man is the embodiment of desire. In his thoughts is the balance of order. The body is corporeal. The soul is ethereal. The body may die, but the soul will live on. The Yin and the Yang. The balance of power.

However, people forget that. They see black and white, and then get lost in the shades of gray between.

They also forget that this balance is physical, achievable. It can be manifested in reality. But as always, there must be equilibrium. To achieve the corporeal form of balance, one must gain it in the ethereal realm first. The road is long, the paths are many, but the reward is given wholly and completely.

Many know of this, many desire it, but they cannot achieve it. This is balance.

To gain enlightenment, one must be truly ignorant. This is perfection.

The Yin and the Yang.

The Soldier and the Beast.

These balance. These negate.

All that is left is the shadows.

I am the Shadow.

I am the Balance.

I am neither Yin nor Yang, because I have transcended.

I am the Shadow.

My name is Xander Harris.

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