The Charm City Incident: A Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Homicide:Life on the Streets crossover
by: Sam Lincoln

Disclaimer: All characters from Homicide: Life on the Streets, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer belong to their respective owners. We all know the drill by now

Summary: A vampire infestion brings Agent Riley Finn to "Bawlmer," and attracts the attention of the Baltimore Police Homicide squad.

Spoilers: Season 3 H:LotS, Season 5 BtVS.

The Charm City Incident: Prologue

"Hey Lewis," Detective John Munch called out to Detective Meldrick Lewis. "What's that on the TV?" The two detectives were sitting in the squad breakroom. Munch was reading the newspaper and Lewis was eating a sandwich.

Lewis glanced over his shoulder at the small television propped up next to the refrigerator. "Oh it's just some old monster movie."

"A monster movie eh?" Munch's partner, Detective Stanley Bolander said as he walked into the breakroom. "I remember going to see those when I was a kid. Matinees at the Bijou, you could spend all day watching movies at the theater and it'd only cost you a nickel. Not like today."

"Here we go," Lewis said to Munch, "The Big Man's getting on a roll."

"You know I went to the movies last night and it cost me six bucks for a ticket, six! And then it cost me another ten for a soda and popcorn. Sixteen bucks just to see a lousy movie on a tiny screen, and to top it off the movie stunk."

"I miss drive-in movies," Munch said suddenly. "Back when I was in high school I'd drive out to this drive-in with whichever comely lass I was dating at the time. That was fun, of course I can't remember a single movie I saw on those dates, if you catch my meaning." Munch wiggled his eyebrows to emphasis his point.

"Boris Karloff as Frankenstein," Bolander said, ignoring Munch's reminisence. "Now that was a movie, not like the crap they put out today which is just sex, sex, and more sex."

"For me it doesn't get any better than Invasion of the Body Snatchers," Munch opined. "Cold War propaganda at its finest."

Meldrick sighed in disgust and stood up. "If you'll excuse me I'm going to go finish my lunch somewhere else."

"What's wrong Meldrick? Not a horror fan?"

"Naw, I like scary movies fine. I just can't stand listening to two old farts talking about how things were so much better back in the day." Meldrick picked up his sandwich and walked out of the breakroom. Bolander and Munch looked at eachother, shrugged and went back to watching the movie.

-to be continued-

Author's Notes: This is strictly a piece of funning I'm working on when my brain overloads on the other story I'm currently writing, "Trouble." As such updates will probably be sporadic.