Out of the Blue
Chapter 31 – We made it.
DISCLAIMER: Buffy the Vampire Slayer belongs to Joss Whedon, and Harry Potter to J.K. Rowling. I don't own anything…
RATING: PG-13 (T) to R (M) - violence, language, angst, horror, mild sexual interactions, etc. If you can watch BTVS/AtS and read HP, I doubt you'll have any problem with this story.
TIMELINE: Takes place after season two in BTVS, and during the marauders last year at Hogwarts.
SUMMARY: BTVS/HP crossover. Life sucked for Buffy Summers. After taking her refuge to LA, she had hoped she would finally have some of that peace the Hellmouth couldn't provide. She should have known she was hoping for the impossible. When she gets propelled into another dimension, her life changes forever - but is it for the better or for worse?
CENTRAL PAIRING: Buffy/Remus
OTHER PAIRINGS: James/Lily, Sirius/Eliza
Special Thanks to: My Beta - CharmedChick
Faith sat in a chair in the Sunnydale library, legs thrown upon the table, looking nervously around.
"So, am I crazy?"
Willow gave her a nervous look.
"Well, crazy is such a strong word..."
"Let's not rule it out, though," Giles said, as he chewed on his glasses.
"You don't think it can be done?" Faith said, mood falling. Maybe it wasn't such a good idea after all.
"I didn't say that. I might - but not yet."
"Jeez, thanks for your vote of confidence, G," Faith said, sarcastically.
"I personally don't think it's impossible to come up with a crazier plan," Cordelia said, trying to be helpful.
"We attack the Mayor with humus," Oz added, making everybody stare at him.
"I stand corrected," Cordelia added.
Oz smiled. "Just trying to keep things in perspective."
Cordelia gave him a glare.
"Thank you. My point, however, is, crazy or not, it's pretty much the only plan. Besides, it's Faith's - and she's Slay-gal, you know. Ms little Likes-to-fight. So..."
"...I think there was a 'yea' vote buried in there somewhere," Xander put in.
Faith took a deep breath. "Well, I'm going to need every single one of you on board. Especially you, Xander. You're sort of the key figure here."
Xander gulped and gave Faith an incredulous look.
"Key? - Me?" He took a deep breath, and sighed. "Okay, - pride, - humility, - and here is the mind numbing fear. What do I have to do?"
"Do you remember any of your military training from that time when you became soldier guy? You told me about it, remember? When you were gonna defeat that blue demon?"
"Uh, rocket launcher?"
Faith shook her head regretfully. "Rocket launcher is not going to get it done. I mean it took a volcano to kill one of these things last time."
Giles stood up, and walked over to her. "Um, Faith, all of this is rather depended on your being able to control the Mayor."
Faith nodded. "I know. Leave it to me. Or does anyone have any ideas as to what his human weaknesses are?"
"Well, he's not crazy about germs...I think." Willow said, frowning.
"Of course, that's it. We attack him with germs!" Cordelia said enthusiastically.
"Great! We'll corner him and then you can sneeze on him." Faith said, rolling her eyes.
"No! No, we'll get a box with the Ebola virus and...and - Or, it doesn't even have to be real, we can just get a box that says Ebola on it and uhm... chase him?" Cordelia started gesturing wildly. "With the box?"
"I'm starting to lean towards the humus offensive." Xander said.
"He'll never see it coming," Oz agreed.
Wesley came up behind Faith.
"You haven't an enormous amount of time."
"Hey, it's Mr. States-the-Obvious," Faith snapped. "The council is not welcome here. I have no time for orders. If I need someone to scream like a woman, I'll give you a call."
Wesley took a deep breath.
"I'm not here for the council. Just tell me how I can help."
"That is so classy!" Cordelia sighed with a sappy-looking expression and looked around. "Isn't he just so classy?"
"It's a start."
"So there is something I can do? Besides scream like a woman."
"I can't do this..." James muttered, pacing back and forth in the entrance Hall. Sirius gave him an amused look.
"Can't do what? Graduate?"
James glared at him, trying to flatten his hair and black robes.
"That's useless, Prongs," Sirius said, earning himself another glare.
"I know! I just...look, here." He took out a small box from inside his robes.
Sirius whistled. "A ring? I knew it! I knew you were going to propose to Lily-kins!"
James shushed him down and looked around nervously. "Not so loud!"
Sirius rolled his eyes. "What's the matter? Getting cold feet?" He smirked. James sank down to his on the floor, looking up on his friend.
"I'm terrified! What if she says no!"
"She'll say yes."
"Why, James," an amused voice suddenly said. "I didn't know you were interested in Sirius in that way?"
James looked up, and saw Buffy stare at them, eyes glittering. Then, he realized what this looked like. Here he was, kneeling in front of Sirius, ring in his hand. He blushed bright red, and hastily got up.
"This is not what it looks like."
Buffy raised her eyebrows.
"Uh-hu. Of course not."
"...Just kidding." Buffy smirked. "So you're thinking of proposing to Lils, huh?"
James nodded, and took a deep breath.
"Yep. Just waiting for her to come down."
Buffy nodded. "Well, don't let us bother you."
She stepped into the Great Hall to take her place, Sirius right behind. To James, it felt like it was an eternity before every seventh year got inside.
Principal Snyder stood in front of the assembled students, about to hold his graduation speech.
"Congratulations to the class of 1999. You all proved more or less adequate. This is a time of celebration, so sit still and be quiet." He stopped, and gave the students a surveillance glare.
"Spit out that gum. and now, please welcome our distinguished guest speaker: Richard Wilkins the third." He paused again, and turned to one of the students.
"I saw that gesture. You see me after graduation."
The students burst out in a small applause. Faith looked around from where she was sitting in the visitor's area, and saw Willow coming up along with Oz, before sitting down.
Faith raised her eyebrows, and watched her friend carefully. Then, she broke out in a grin. It looked like Red got lucky.
Faith turned back to the podium where the Mayor shook Snyder's hand, before talking out some cue cards, clearing his throat.
"Well. What a day this is! - Special day. Today is our centennial the one hundredth anniversary of the founding of Sunnydale, and I know what that means to all you kids: Not a darn thing. Because today something much more important happens: today you all graduate from High School. Today all the pain, all the work, all the excitement is finally over. And what's a hundred years of history compared to that? You know what kids?"
"Oh my God." Faith muttered to herself. "He's going to do the entire speech...Man, just ascend already...this is just...evil."
"...For all of you it may be that there is a place in Sunnydale's history, whether you like it or not. It's been a long road getting here. For you - for Sunnydale. There has been achievement, joy, good times, and there has been grief. There's been loss. Some people who should be here today aren't. But we are - Journey's end. And what is a journey? Is it just distance traveled? Time spent?" The Mayor shook his head slowly. "No - "
Faithlet out a loud yawn, makingthewoman beside her to give her a dissaproving glance.
" - It's what happens on the way, it's the things that happen to you. At the end of the journey you're not the same. Today is about change. Graduation doesn't just mean your circumstances change, it means you do. You ascend to a higher level. Nothing will ever be the same. Nothing."
The Mayor looked up at the sky, and so did the students. The sunwas being totally blocked. A shadow fell over the assembled people, and the Mayor flinched in pain, before continuing his speech.
"And so as we look back on..." He stopped, and let out a groan. "...On the events that brought us to this day..."
"Come on..." Faith muttered, slowly standing up.
"We - we must all...Oh, GOD! It has begun. My destiny." The Mayor smiled. "It's a little sooner then I expected I had this whole section on civic pride...but I guess we'll just skip to the big finish!"
The Mayor suddenly grimaced in pain, and started to stretch and grow, and transformed into a big snake-like demon with clawed mandibles surrounding its mouth. The faculty started running for their lives, and the students stood up, watching him in a mixture of fear and awe.
"Now!" Faith screamed, throwing off her leather coat. The other students followed her example, revealing crosses, axes, and other assorted weaponry.
"Flame units!" She screamed, as she worked her way over to were the students were standing. Several of them started to point flame-throwers at the Mayor, who swayed above the students, letting out loud shrieks. Faith signaled to Xander, who took over the command.
"First wave! Fire!"
The Mayor screamed and swayed, before he lunged down and swallowed a student in the first row. Faith stared in shock, as some of the students started milling around, trying to get away from the scene. All over the place, people started battling for their lives against the vampires who seemingly showed up out of nowhere. She gulped, hoping Angel would come with reinforcements soon...he said he would. She looked up at the Mayor, just as he swallowed principal Snyder.
"Okay...I know nobody really liked him," she screamed at the him. "But you can't just go around eating everyone!"
The Mayor turned to look at her, and Faith gave him a glare.
"Do you know something?" She said. "You're ugly. Yeah, that's right, really ugly. Do you hear me? And you have this really huge ego. And you wonder why I turned your pitiful offer to join you down! Nobody likes you!" The Mayor launched himself towards Faith in anger. Faith took off in a run into the school, the Mayor right behind her.
"Oh, now he's pissed..." Faith muttered, as she raced pass a corner. The hunt went on and on, until Faith jumped out through a window in the library, where the Mayor stopped, looking around at all the explosives.
Faith crouched down beside Giles.
Giles pushed down the plunger, watching as the school exploded in fire and smoke.
"That's what I call hot," Faith said, smirking at Giles, who just watched her incredulously.
James distantly heard professor Dumbledore start the graduation speech, and he knew his family and Lily's family, was in there, watching.
Finally Lily emerged. She wore a black robe, just like him, and she carried her pointy hat and a paper in her hand.
"James!" She smiled, and gave him a quick kiss. "Ready to hold the graduation speech?"
"Well...yeah. But...eh...we need to talk."
Lily raised her eyebrows. "Talk?" James nodded. "Alright..." Lily said slowly. "Go ahead."
James gulped, and took a deep breath. Could he do this?
Lily looked at him expectantly. "Yes?"
James took a deep breath, and sank down on one knee. Lily's eyes widened.
"Lily. I know that I can be a real prat sometimes...and I know that I can be horribly immature. But even if I am a thick-headed stag, I still love you. Lily, I love you so much, and I have loved you ever since I first saw that beautiful face of yours, and I want to wake up everyday and see it."
James took out the box from inside his robes, and opened it, revealing a beautiful ring. Lily gasped.
"Lily Evans, will you marry me?"
It was quiet for a long while, and James thought he'd made a horrible mistake. Somewhere, in the background, he thought someone was whispering déja vu.
She jumped up in his arms, and kissed him hard.
"YES, YES I DO! James, I'll marry you. I love you..."
James swung her around, and placed the ring on her left ring finger, barely aware of Dumbledore voice ringing out in the Great Hall.
"Graduation class of 1978 - I give you head-boy James Potter, and head-girl, Lily Evans!"
The doors flew open, and everyone turned around in their seats.
James froze, Lily still in his arm, lips still on his. Every occupant in the Great Hall was watching them and whispering. From one of the front rows, he saw Sirius make thumbs up.
Lily realized everything had gone completely quiet. She hastily turned her head, and gulped. Shit... James released her, and they both did their best to flatten their robes, and, in James' case, hair. Dumbledore, standing in front of the Head table, looked really amused.
"I give you, once again, Hogwarts head-boy, James Potter, and head-girl, Lily Evans, soon to be Potter!"
Everyone started applauding, catcalling and whistling.
James and Lily walked inside, up to the Headmaster, hand in hand, blushing brightly. When they got up, James raised Lily's hand up in the air, so everyone could see the ring, shining brightly. The applauds, if possible, got even louder.
"Well, that's the most fun you can have without having any fun," Cordelia said, walking up to Willow, Xander and Oz, sitting by a stone bench.
"How about the part where we kicked some demon ass?" Willow asked, smiling. "I didn't hate that."
"Hear, hear," Xander agreed.
Willow smiled as Faith came up to them.
"Hi. Where were you?"
"Oh, I just said goodbye to tall-dark and broody - he left for LA to start a new life. With no memories of a blonde little Slay-gal hunting him."
Willow nodded sadly. She wondered what Buffy was doing right now...although she wasn't sure why she cared. Buffy had left, abandoned them all. No one really thought she would ever be back - if they even wanted her to.
"Guys take a moment to deal with this: We survived," Oz stated, interrupting Willow's thoughts.
"It was a hell of a battle," Faith said, shaking her head tiredly.
"Not the battle - High School."
Faith formed her mouth in a small 'oh', before shrugging. She didn't care - High School had been over for her a long time ago, and she'd never evengone to Sunnydale High, which was now nothing more than a pile of rubble.
"We're taking a moment..."
Faith and Willow got up from the bench, starting to walk away.
"...And we're done."He alsogot up, following them, Xander and Cordelia not far behind.
"Well, School's done. It's so cool!"
"Why do demons even come here any more?" Willow asked Faith. "I mean, don't they know?"
Faith smirked. "If they didn't know before, they should now. Let's face it, Red. Sunnyhell will never be free from the Forces of Darkness."
Willow smiled. "At least we're here to deal with them. The future is ours."
"Tell me about it."
"I wonder what happens next year? Raving Hellhounds? Oh, wait - that has already happened. Maybe..."
"...Maybe what, Red?" Faith asked. Willow smiled sadly.
"Maybe Buffy returns."
Faith threw an arm around Willow's shoulder.
"If she does, you get free reign on kicking her ass first."
"Yeah!" Willow exclaimed. "And then I'll tie her up with chains in her bed."
Faith stared at her.
"So she can't go anywhere," Willow explained.
"Oh. And here I was, thinking you had all kind of dirty fantasies," Faith smirked.
Willow stuck out her tongue.
Lily took a deep breath, and smiled at the assembled students.
"When I first came to Hogwarts, I had no idea what to expect. I had just found out I was a witch, and could do magic. It was all very new, and frightening. When I first saw the castle, my only thought was 'what am I doing here?' I didn't think I was supposed to be a part of this magical life. Now, today, I can't imagine belonging anywhere else."
"Hogwarts was like the next great adventure for me," James continued. "During the years, I realized it became so much more than that. It became my life. And as time went by, I started to understand the world out there isn't a fairytale. And today, we are taking our first steps towards real life...and that world." James said.
"We have all grown up," Lily said. "Over the years, we have laughed. We have cried. We have loved. We have lost. We have learned. And we have matured into the people we are today."
"We are stronger united than we are apart. We are stronger in groups than we are alone. We started here as scared first years, and weend here as adults, but we're still wearing that little bit of fright inside of us. Not for what is waiting inside the castle, but for what is waiting outside of it. But we will always be ready, as long as we remember this: Together, we can do anything. We can change the world." James said, looking out over the assembled people.
"Congratulations, graduation class of 1978 - we made it!" Lily said, throwing up her hat in the air. The students all stood up, and followed her example.
James took Lily in his arms, kissing her hard. Students ran up to him, throwing themselves on top of the Head-boy and Head-girl, screaming, laughing and crying at the same time.
"I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S OVER!" Buffy screamed, throwing herself at Remus, who kissed her.
"Oh, it's not over," he said, grinning happily, as he watched his friends around them, celebrating for all they were worth. "It has only just begun."
A/N: And there ends the first part of the story - Hogwarts-life is over. The Sequel is called "Red Horizon" - Go read it for the continuation! (What are you waiting for?) In thefirst chap, the marauders and company are no longer students, but adults. Review!