Title: Hypertension: The Search For Kyle Rayner.
Summary: The Spectre makes Xander an offer he can't refuse.
Disclaimer: I own nothing
Xander closed his eyes and sighed, quickly rubbed the bridge of his nose with his right hand before he stood from his chair. He walked around the large oak desk that sat in the middle of his office at Warriors L.A. Xander watched as the sun began to set outside of the large window across the back wall.
"Six months.", Xander said with a sigh.
"Yeah. Seems like forever ago doesn't it?", Jade asked as she walked into the room.
"I... I think I've made peace with it. I mean, I always expected it to happen. To one day have to go home alone. Only, well, I didn't have to."
"You never will beautiful.", Xander said with a sad smile. he walked across the room slowly and wrapped his arms around the green skinned woman.
"You better.", Xander said with a joking tone, succeeding in lightening the mood of the moment.
"Happy birthday.", Jade whispered in his ear before giving him a light kiss on the cheek.
"Thanks. I'm the big eighteen now. Getting to old for this superhero business."
"Right. If you're old, I'm geriatric.", Jade answered with a snort causing Xander to shrug.
"You said it, not me."
"I can't believe you just called me old.", Jade said in mock surprise and anger. Her smile completely killing her angry tone.
"I didn't. You did. I was just agreeing with you. Seeing as you're always right and all.", Xander said with a smile as he pulled back. Unwrapping his arms from around the beautiful heroine and turning back to the window.
"You going to head out soon?"
"For every major supervillian that's taken down there's probably a hundred vampires.", Xander answered in a serious tone.
"So, don't you think you should take a break every once and awhile."
"No. People call me a hero Jade. Hell, a SUPERHERO. I can't be a hero by staying inside, when I know that somewhere just outside this club people are getting killed."
"You can't save everyone Xander."
"I know. I'm not even going to try. Everything, this entire fight started for me, because of vampires, demons, the supernatural."
"I know.", Jade said with a sad smile and a sigh., "So tell me why you can't take a break?"
"Just because I traded up in the overall scales of battle. Doesn't mean I can forget the lesser enemy.", Xander answered, finally sighing as the sun completely disappeared under the tall buildings around Warriors., "Time for me to go."
"Alright. I'll go with.", Jade said with a smile.
"No, you do need a break. I'll be back in a couple hours tops. And I have my communicator."
"Ok. If you say so.", Jade answered with a shrug.
"See you soon beautiful."
"Sure thing handsome.", Jade shot back. Xander smiled and chuckled slightly as he shut the door behind him.
As Xander walked into the lobby he spotted Buffy standing by the door.
"What are you doing in L.A Buffster?", Xander asked with a smile on his face.
"Jade thought you might want a patrol buddy.", Buffy answered with a shrug and a smile.
"Ah, so you want to hold my hand and skip down the molten hot lava road huh? Well, if you think you can keep up, I guess I'll let you come."
"Keep that ring out of it buster and I'll do more than keep up.", Buffy said playfully as the two walked out of the bar.
"Not a doubt in my mind Buff. Not a doubt in my mind.", Xander answered with a smile. As they walked around the corner roughly a block from the entrance of Warriors Xander spoke again.
"How long you gotta keep me out here?"
"H.. What are you talking about?", Buffy asked with a nervous expression.
"I know Jade. If she didn't have something planned she'd be right beside me.", Xander answered with a smile on his face.
"About you and Jade. You two seem, um, close."
"You're trying to change the subject. but to answer you, yeah we are close."
"How close?", Buffy asked with an exaggerated eyebrow lift.
"None of your business."
"Oh come on."
"Hey, you might see me as one of the girls, but I sure as hell know you're not one of the guys.", Xander shot back with a laughter filled voice. While pointing at his friends chest.
"You're not supposed to notice those."
"Sue me.", Xander answered with a shrug.
"You sure have changed kid.", A booming voice echoed in the darkness. Xander's ring ignited instantly., "Come on out Guy, I think we have unfinished business."
"I'm coming to offer you a way to clear that mess up kid.", Guy said as he seemed to appear in thin air.
"Get rid of the costume.", Xander ground out through clenched teeth. Guy nodded and the costume of the Spectre faded away., "What's the offer?"
"I know where Darkseids Omega Beams sent Kyle. And I've worked out a little deal so you can go after him."
"Hypertime.", Guy answered with a serious tone.
"I think I can get him to let you take another person, maybe two.", Guy answered.
"Wish I could go with you kid. I really do.", Guy said with a sad laced tone.
"You broke the rules.", Xander said with a slight smile., "I knew you couldn't have changed to much."
"I've changed kid. Before, I wouldn't have let any of this happen.", Guy said with a sad tone., "I was never much good at taking orders. Always thought it was just me. Now, I'm beginning to think it was the guy givin em."
"I think I'd follow orders from God myself.", Xander answered with a slight smile on his face.
"I doubt it. Anyway, I'm going to talk to Metatron and get you a couple transporters. I'll be back as soon as I can."
"Just consider it your birthday present kid.", Guy Gardner, aka Spectre shot back with a semi weary tone before disappearing. Xander turned and looked at Buffy a sad smile on his face.
"What do we do now?"
"Go tell Jade. I'm sure she'll be ecstatic.", Xander said trying to sound happy.
"What about you? You and Jade..."
"Don't matter.", Xander cut her off with a hard tone as he turned and began walking back toward his club., "First thing first, we find Kyle."
"I want to go with you.", Buffy said as she grabbed Xander's shoulder.
"We'll see Buffy. SB is going for sure. He has some experience with Hypertime."
"Look Xan. I know I'm not in you or SB's league. But I can do my part. I can help.", Buffy said with conviction., "There was a time you weren't in my league you know."
"And you berated and belittled me most of the time. Told me to stand down, be research boy.", Xander answered with a slightly angry tone.
"You finally ready to clear the air on that?", Buffy asked with a slightly hurt tone. Xander sighed and rubbed his face with both hands.
"Buffy, I'm over it. I am. I know why you did what you did. I don't agree with it, I'd like to say I'll never do it myself. But, I worry about everyone. You, Jade, Willow, Giles, hell I even worry about Risk and SB. I worry about every member on my team. And I know that one day there'll be a mission someone isn't cut out for."
"I'm sorry.", Buffy said with a slight smile. Xander laughed at the almost childlike innocence of her tone.
"You don't have anything to be sorry about Buff. And as for you not being in my league; who are you kidding? You're above me Buffy, if it wasn't for this ring I'd still be dweeby Alexander Lavelle Harris from Hellmouth USA. I keep telling everyone, all the time that if I lost this ring I'd still be me. Still be a hero. The first part's true, I'll always be me. But the second, without this ring I'll be dead inside a month. Because I don't care about my limitations. I know what they are, hell I know how far I can push myself. But in that regard I'm just like you Buff. I won't stop.", Xander said as he leaned back against the brick in the alley beside Warriors., "I can't be Robin Buffy. I'm probably good enough, physically. But I don't know how to quit."
"That's the trait I always respected most about you Xan. When I fought the Master. I'd given up, I went down into the cave ready to die. I had accepted it. So had Willow, Giles, Angel. But not you, you wouldn't give up on your friend. To tell the truth, I've tried to be like you since that night.", Buffy said with a sad smile and a slight moisture in her eyes.
"You know I love you right?", Xander asked as he swallowed the lump in his throat.
Faith Parker laughed as Huntress went through one of her tales of conquest. The two young heroines had become good friends in the last few months. Faith had even started helping the young Bird Of Prey on her patrols.
"Nightwing? No way.", Faith stated with a smile on her face.
"Swear.", Huntress answered a smile playing on her lips as well.
"Wasn't he Robin at one time?", Faith asked, Huntress nodded her smile growing., "So, is he really the Boy Wonder?"
"I'm all man lady.", Nightwing said with a smile as he walked past the two females. Faith almost blushed but quickly caught herself.
"I'm available when you wanna prove it stud."
"My god where does Xander find you people.", Nightwing mocking said as he kept walking through the crowds of people. The Lounge and dance floor of Warriors was filled to the brim with people. Talking, mingling, catching up, and waiting for the birthday boy. Alan Scott smiled from the bar as he saw his daughter laughing with her old friend Starfire.
"She's looking better Alan.", Jay Garrick, the JSA's Flash said as he sat on a stool beside his teammate and friend.
"Yeah. I think she's finally putting it behind her.", Alan said back to his friend as he took a drink of the beer in front of him., "I owe the kid one."
"He'll never collect.", Jay answered with a laugh.
"I know. I'll just have to pay him back without him knowing it.", Alan said with a slight chuckle.
"Good luck with that."
"No, good luck would mean I'd never have to.", Alan said with a somber expression taking over his normally stoic face. Jay simple sat on his stool, nodding in agreement.
Risk held his head high, a large smile on his face as he walked beside Courtney Whitmore, AKA The Star Spangled Kid.
"So, you thinking of becoming a full time member yet?", Risked asked with a humor full tone., "We kinda miss having you around."
"I thought about it. But, the JSA is like my family. I'm not ready to leave them yet.", Courtney answered with a slight blush of embarrassment.
"I understand. Just remember, you're always welcome. The Outsiders are my family, by default, so is everyone else. You need anything, just let me know."
"You've changed a lot Cody."
"Yeah, just don't tell anyone, it'll ruin my rep."
Willow sighed as she leaned on Oz's shoulder. She glanced at the door several times, trying to will her friends to come inside.
"There fine.", Oz said in his normal tone.
"I know. I just worry."
"You worry more now than you did before.", Oz stated matter of factly.
"Before I was out there with them. I knew when they were hurt, exactly what they were up against. Now, now I'm a desk jockey."
"You're more than that."
"I know, but it doesn't feel like it.", Willow said with a sad tone. The red head sighed as she sat up, taking her weight off her boyfriend.
"We do more now than we ever did before.", Oz stated, a smile almost on his lips.
"I know. I just wish that sometimes, I could be out there, fighting with them."
Superman smiled as he pushed the cue stick forward, hitting the eight ball with the cue ball. Winning the game.
"Boy scout luck.", Superboy replied with a smile on his face.
"For the last three games?"
"Really good luck."
"Just admit it. I'm better than you.", Superman said with a teasing smile on his face.
"You wish. I'm just having an off night is all.", Kon shot back with a glint in his eyes.
"In that case. You want to raise the bet?"
"Fine, if you win, I'll watch Krypto while you and your significant other go out on the town.", Superboy said with a smile.
"Okay, and if you win, I'll get you that IPOD thing you want."
"Rack them.", Superman said with a smile. Enjoying the moment with the kid he'd come to think of as a son. Even if he wouldn't admit it to himself yet.
Kyle Rayner sighed as he watched the sun set. A little of six months he had been in this place. Had gotten a part time job as a freelance artist. He was making it.
"Please be alright Jade.", He spoke to the sky wishing that he could see her again. Even here her voice one more time. Then he smiled slightly. He knew his friends would find him, and he had all the time in the world to wait.
END PART ONE.
Title: JOH: Hypertension. The Search For Kyle Rayner
Summary: The Spectre makes Xander an offer he can't refuse
Disclaimer: I own nothing.
Xander and Buffy stood outside the entrance of Warriors. Silently watching the digital read out on Xander's watch.
"I'm sure they've got it set up by now.", Buffy said with a sigh. She hated that she couldn't pull one over on her Xander shaped friend.
"Let's give them a few more minutes."
"What are you going to tell Jade?", Buffy asked with a low tone.
"Nothing. She'll find out when we find Kyle."
"We?", Buffy asked slightly hopeful.
"If Guy can get the transporters. You can come along.", Xander said with a smile.
"You won't regret it.", Buffy said with a smile.
"You know there's no one I'd rather have watching my back."
"That's cause I'm the only girl around that doesn't look at your butt.", Buffy said with a smile.
"Sure you don't. Keep telling yourself that.", Xander answered with a smile as he opened the door and walked into the main room of Warriors.
Xander sat silently in the corner booth as the music blared around him.
"What's wrong son?", Alan Scott asked as he sat beside the young man.
"Just thinking Alan."
"That can be dangerous."
"Especially when I'm doing it.", Xander answered with a half smile.
"What's bothering you?"
"I've got to leave for a little while. I don't want anyone to know where I'm going."
"Any reason why?", Alan asked with a calm tone.
"I have a chance to find him Alan. I don't want to get Jade's hopes up.", Xander answered with a soft tone. Alan nodded his head.
"Want some company?"
"I've got some already. I appreciate the offer Alan.", Xander answered in a sincere tone.
"The offer always stands kid."
"Good to know. Old man.", Xander stated, heavily accenting the end of the statement.
"What's wrong with Xander?", Superboy asked Buffy as he walked up to the bar and ordered a Soder.
"I'll tell you later.", Buffy said quickly.
"Why not now?"
"To many people with Superhearing around.", Buffy answered with a smile and chuckle.
"Alright. Later it is.", Superboy said with a nod before walking away from the bar and sitting in the booth beside Xander.
"Spill it bro."
"I've got a mission. Think you'd be interested in going through Hypertime again?"
"I'm game.", Superboy answered as he took a drink from his can., "When, Where, and How?"
"Soon, here, and the Spectre."
"There's a couple things I need to do first. Some people to talk to.", Superboy said with a frown. Xander only nodded his head.
"It's that bad huh?"
"I barely survived last time Xan. Death was way to close for comfort."
"You don't have to do this Kon.", Xander said quickly.
"Yeah, I do. Remember, apart we're damn tough."
"Together we're invincible. Thanks Bro.", Xander stated with a nod of his head.
"Jade's over there, wondering why your so glum on your birthday.", Superboy said with a slight smile and a wink., "And believe it or not, Batmans' in the corner over there waiting for you to notice him."
"I noticed him the minute he showed up. And he knows it. I'm just trying to get him to step of the shadows for one night."
"Good luck with that bro.", Superboy said with a laugh as he stood., "It's your birthday man. Forget the doom and gloom for one night. Just, ride the wave."
"That's the smartest thing I've ever heard you say.", Xander said with a smile and chuckle.
"Stuff it ring boy.", Superboy muttered as he turned and walked from the table. Xander stood and walked over to the far corner of the large bar room.
"How are things Batman?", He asked with a smile on his face.
"Fine. Happy Birthday.", Bruce said a smile reaching his lips.
"You're not supposed to smile with the cowl on. It's kinda hellmouthy."
"Unnatural. But I appreciate the gesture.", Xander answered with a smile on his face as he slapped Batman on the shoulder., "I'm suprised you showed."
"No, you're not.", Batman said with a serious tone., "I trained you better than that."
"Okay, you're right. I'm suprised you came in though."
"You're present will be in the batcave."
"You got me a present. Who the hell are you and where is the Batman?", Xander screamed in mock fear and confusion.
"You're making a scene."
"It's my party. I will if I want to.", Xander stated lightening even the dark knights demenor. The Batman grunted slightly.
"I'll talk to you later."
"Thanks for stopping by. Really.", Xander said with a genuine smile. The Batman only grunted in response as he stepped back into the deep shadows.
"He's just a big softy under all that kevlar.", Faith said with a smile as she threw an arm around Xander.
"You're so lucky he's gone.", Xander said with a smile as he turned throwing his arm over Faiths shoulders as well.
"Hows one of my favorite slayers doing this fine evening?"
"Pretty good. The Huntress is showing me the ropes of this Superhero club stuff."
"Oh god. That's gonna bite me in the ass.", Xander groaned imagining the chaos the two beautiful women could cause.
"Whenever you want X.", Faith shot back with a smile and a glint in her eyes. Xander looked at her and sighed in exasperation.
"One of these days I'm not gonna be able to resist you.", Xander said with a large smile.
"No one can.", Faith said with a smile as she slapped him on the ass., "Happy birthday boy toy." Faith laughed to herself as she walked away, back toward the charging dance floor. Xander turned as he heard Nightwing laugh behind him.
"One of these women will give me a heart attack.", Xander said with a slight grin.
"No doubt. I say the same thing everyday.", Nightwing agreed with a smile., "I thought I saw the Bat a few minutes ago."
"He stopped by."
"It's good to see him in costume again.", Nightwing said with his first serious face of the night.
"Yeah, things are almost back to normal.", Xander said with a smile. A thick mist slowly began to fill the room., "I had to freakin jinx it.", Xander muttered as he vanished from the room.
Warrior began to glow as the mist receded. He looked to his left and right, nodding at both Superboy and Buffy with a determined look in his eyes.
"Haven't you heard of a damn phone?", He asked the empty plain around him. Buffy smiled slightly while Superboy surveyed the area, slightly confused.
"You know me kid. Always loved a little theatrics.", Guy Gardner said with a smile as he appeared on the white plain.
"I take it everythings set up.", Xander stated with a hard voice. Guy nodded slighly before speaking.
"Three days kid. Then you can go."
"How will we find him?"
"Metatron doesn't know exactly which world Kyle is on. But he does have a search pattern."
"A search pattern?", Superboy asked with a groan., "This is Hypertime we're talking about, we could be searching for the rest of our lives and not even come close."
"Trust me.", Guy Gardner said with a slight smile. A knowing smirk that made Xander fidget slightly.
"Okay. Three days."
"Alright kid. I'll see you around.", Guy said as the mist around them began to rise and thicken.
"Count on it.", Xander's voice echoed over the now empty landscape.
"Very well done Gardner.", Ganthlet said with a slight smile as he appeared beside his one time Green lantern.
"I don't like this. Testing the kid."
"It is not a test. As much as it is an intervention.", Ganthlet stated with a somber expression.
"And Buffy and Superboy? What's going to happen with them?"
"Ah, those three. They have much ahead of them. But only if they come to terms with what has happened, and what may happen."
"I'm not a Green Lantern anymore Ganthlet. You don't have to keep the cryptic shit up."
"Then I would lose my charm my young friend.", Ganthlet answered with a slight smile.
"Keep being a smartass you might lose your teeth."
The three friends reappeared in the middle of the night club with the force of a nuclear bomb. Silence quickly followed. Finally Nightwing asked the question on everyones mind.
"What kind of end of the universe crap do we have to stop now?"
"None, just Guy wishing me a happy birthday.", Xander answered with an easy smile. One Nightwing saw through, but no one else could.
"He never heard of a phone?", Roy Harper, AKA, Arsenal asked with a small smile.
"I asked him the same thing.", Xander answered with a laugh as the music restarted and the party continued.
"We'll talk about this later.", Nightwing said in a definative tone. Xander only nodded, a smile on his face, but an understanding look in his eyes.
"Can I have a dance with the birthday boy?", Jade asked as she grabbed Xander's arm.
"You can have anything you want.", Xander answered with a slight smile. Forget the pain ahead for only a moment.
Xander walked up the stairs slowly, lazily. Jade pushing him from behind with a smile on her face.
"Damn I'm tired.", Xander groaned out with a smile., "I just want to take a hot shower and get some sleep."
"Yeah yeah, first you have to get up the stairs.", Jade shot back with a chuckle.
"Oh, yeah.", Xander said with a confused look on his face before floating into the air and up the stairs.
"Smart ass.", Jade ground out with a smile on her beautiful face. She stepped onto the landing in time to hear the shower start., "Time for your present."
Xander groaned as he felt the hot water wash over his body. Partying was hard work, he thought to himself with a small smile. He jumped slightly when the shower curtain was pulled open and a nude Jennifer Lynn Hayden stood tall in the steam filled air.
"Jade? Wh...?", Xander started to ask only for the beautiful woman to climb in the shower and put a hand on his shoulder.
"Happy Birthday Xander.", She said leaning forward, lightly touching her lips to his. Xander took a deep breath before gently pushing her away.
"We can't.", He choked out, not believing the words himself.
"But, I thought.."
"Trust me you're not wrong. I like you alot Jade. More than I've liked anyone in my life. But we can't do this."
"Why not? I want you to Xan.", Jade whispered as she leaned in and kissed the base of the young man's neck.
"Oh, god.", Xander ground out as he gulped. He quickly held Jade away from him again., "Please, just trust me Jade. In a week if you still, if you still feel the same way, I'm all for trying this."
"What's going on?", Jade asked with a slightly aggrivated voice.
"I can't tell you. Just, please Jade, trust me. Can you do that?"
"I can't do anything else.", Jade said in a disappointed voice as she kissed Xander once again before stepping out of the shower. Xander heard the door latch click softly as it closed. He sighed and looked down at the ring on his finger.
"Oh, yeah, I've damn sure got willpower."
END CHAPTER TWO.
Title: Hypertension: The Search For Kyle Rayner.
Summary: The Spectre makes Xander an offer he can't refuse.
Disclaimer: I own nothing
Xander walked down the stairs into the main room of Warriors L.A. A half scowl on his face as thoughts of the night before raced through his mind.
"What's wrong Bro?", Superboy asked as he fell into step beside his friend. Most of the other Outsiders still lay on the bed in there rooms. Sleeping in for once.
"Nothing.", Xander bit out slightly harsher than he wanted to., "Just, don't worry about it man."
"I know that tone of voice.", The Huntress said with a laughing tone as she walked down the stairs.
"Shut up.", Xander growled out, the sound of his voice almost echoeing through the large room.
"Won't say another word.", Huntress answered in her sultry tone. Wearing short shorts and an even shorter top she was nothing if not sultry. Or, in Buffy's words, slutty.
"You need to go talk to some people?", Xander asked Superboy with a sigh.
"I need to explain to the Kents. And of course Big Blue himself."
"Alright. I'm going with Buffy and Giles."
"To where?", Superboy asked in geniune curiousity.
"I'm not letting Buffy go into Hypertime without letting her mother in on a few things."
"You need me to come along?", Superboy asked, wincing after the sentence left his mouth.
"Nah. But I'll call when I need reinforcements."
Conner Kent landed beside the large red barn without a sound. A solemn look on his face as he walked slowly toward the farm house. The house that had been his home for almost a year.
"Conner, that you son?", Jonathon Kent's voice sounded from behind the screen door of the home.
"Yeah, Uncle John.", Conner answered as he opened the door and stepped in. His eyes roaming over the kitchen table where Jonathon and Martha Kent sat drinking there morning coffee.
"What's wrong Conner?", Martha Kent asked in her caring voice.
"Nothing. I um, I just wanted to ya know, thank you both. For everything."
"There's nothing to thank us for Conner. But you're welcome.", Jon aswered with an almost proud smile.
"There's a lot to thank you for. When I first came to stay with you guys, I was a punk. I had no one other than Superman to look up to. Now I have three of the best role models in the universe. I can never thank you enough for that."
"Conner, what's going on?", Martha asked worry entering her voice.
"I've got to go somewhere for awhile, a friend is in trouble. I just wanted both of you to know how much you mean to me. Without you and Clark I don't think I'd be who I am today."
"You'd have turned out just fine son. Just fine.", Jonathan said as he stood., "You're right. When you first came here you were kind of a punk. You were arrogent, cocky, over bearing. Reminded me of me actually. But son, there wasn't a day you didn't make us proud. Wearing that symbol on your chest, saving countless lives. For the life you live, I think you've adjusted better than anyone else could have. Now son, this visit isn't a goodbye. Because we've got planting season coming up soon. I expect you back by then.", A thread of emotion leaked through the old man's voice as he shook Conners hand., "I've never been a man of many words. But what I say, I mean. We love you son. In our minds, in our hearts, you're our own boy."
"Thanks. Pa.", Conner ground out trying to hold his own emotions in check. As Jon smiled and turned to walk outside Conner grabbed his arm and pulled him into a hug., "Thank you."
Jonathan was caught slightly by suprise, but with a practiced ease wrapped his arms around the young man, hugging the boy as fiercly as he could. Martha soon joined them, tears streaming down her face as she wrapped her arms around two of her favorite men.
"You sure about this Xan?", Buffy asked with a tremor in her voice.
"Your mom deserves the truth Buffy. I'll wait out here."
"I think all of us should be present.", Giles said as he swallowed a lump in his throat. Willow couldn't help but snicker softly.
"What are you laughing at?", Xander asked quickly, already knowing the answer.
"I've seen something no one ever has. Two of the legendary Green Lantern Corps, scared out of there wits."
"You're in this to you know.", Xander shot back, Willow quickly stopped her laughter, a slightly frightened look on her face., "Everyone ready?"
"No.", The gang chorused in answer to Xander's question.
"Right. Let's go.", Xander said with an ordered tone. The Scoobies slowly made it to the front door. Buffy opening the door slowly.
"Mom.", She asked in a timid voice. Very different from her usual demenor.
"Yes honey?", Joyce Summers asked with a smile as she walked into the room., "Oh, Hi Willow, Xander.", She said before noticing Giles in the group. "Mr. Giles, how have you been?"
"Hey Miss. S.", Xander said with a smile.
"Hi Miss Summers.", Willow said quickly.
"Very busy I'm afraid. And how have you been?"
"Busy, trying to keep an eye on Buffy and run the gallery is harder than it sounds.", Joyce answered the ex-librarians question., "What brings all of you here? You're not in trouble again are you Buffy?"
"No Miss Summers. Nothing like that.", Xander quickly answered with a disalarming smile., "Actually there's just somethings we need to talk to you about."
"Okay, why don't you all have a seat in the living room. I'll bring in some drinks. Tea Mr. Giles?"
"Um, Yes thank you.", Giles answered as he followed his young friends into the Summer's living room. He sat in a chair just beside the couch where Willow, Oz, and Buffy had taken there seats. Xander simply stood. Working up the courage to start the conversation ahead. Joyce came into the room a minute later. The drinks soon passed out as she took a seat opposite Giles and leaned forward.
"What did you need to talk about?"
"I told you to call me Joyce Xander.", Joyce cut him off quickly.
"Right. Joyce. Um, have you ever heard of um, The Outsiders?"
"Who hasn't, there on T.V. every other day."
"There's something about them, about us, you really deserve to know."
"What are you talking about Xander?", Joyce asked, a worried tone entering her voice.
"You deserve the truth because you've been a surrogate mother to Willow and I, and a great person over all. I can't thank you enough for caring about us."
"What's going on?", Joyce asked once again. Knowing the truth in her heart, not trusting it in her mind.
"I'm a Green Lantern Joyce. I'm Warrior.", Xander said with a serious voice. Joyce wanted to laugh, ha ha funny joke. But, she knew it was true.
"Buffy?", Joyce asked with a confused tone.
"My stories a little longer than that mom. A lot longer."
Daily Planet, Roof.
Conner Kent stood under the globe of the Daily Planet. A slight smile on his face as Clark walked from the stair well.
"Conner.", Clark said with a large smile., "Wanna grab something to eat?"
"Yeah, um. In a minute. I ah need to talk to you Clark."
"What's wrong son.", Clark asked the last word slipping out of his mouth without a thought.
"I've um. I'm going back into Hypertime. And I uh, I don't know how it's going to go. I just wanted to get the air clean between us."
"Why are you going into Hypertime?", Clark asked, a million other more important questions forming in his head.
"War and I, we have a chance to find Kyle. But, that isn't why I came here. From the day you came back, after Doomsday. All I wanted was for you to accept me. Then, when you accepted me, all I wanted was for you to trust me. Then, then you trusted me. It's like I'm climbing a ladder, everytime I think I get what I want, I want more."
"What do you mean?"
"When you trusted me, I wanted you to be proud of me. When you were proud of me, I wanted to be a family."
"We are family Conner.", Clark said quickly.
"I know. I don't have a father Clark. Not in the strictest since anyway. Basically, what I'm trying to say is. If I did, have a father, I'd want him to be just like you."
"Well, when you get back. We can do something about that.", Clark stated with an emotion filled smile.
"I know you're a little old to be adopted. A little old to have an old man looking over your shoulder. But, if you're willing, to move in with Lois and I. To help me, I'd love to try to be a family."
"Are you serious?"
"You know I am.", Clark said as he saw a lone tear slide down Conner's cheek.
"Look at me. From teen superhero, to three year old baby in five minutes.", Conner said as he wiped his emotions away.
"Let's go get something to eat.", Clark said with a smile., "You can fill me on this Hypertime mission."
Buffy sat beside Xander on the front porch swing. A slight smile on her face.
"I've never seen her so quiet."
"We just dropped a nuclear bomb in her lap Buff. She's going to have a little thinking to do.", Xander said with an easy smile. Knowing that the worst was yet to come., "Stay here for the next two days. Spend time with your mom. I'll come get you when we need to leave."
"Should I tell her?"
"No, just tell her you're going to be training, and if she needs anything, contact Giles with the communicator we gave her."
"Where are you going?"
"I have a few people to see. I should probably make an appearance on Oa."
"Yeah, can't have one of the lead members of the Corp disappearing without so much as a goodbye."
"No kidding. You know what Hal would go through to find me?"
"I shudder to think.", Buffy said in a laughing tone., "Thanks Xander."
"Don't mention it Buff. I'm gonna get out of here. You be good."
"Always.", Buffy said with an almost innocent looking smile.
"You can't fool me."
"Shut up.", Buffy said with a pout sticking her tongue out at her best male friend.
"Bye Xand.", Buffy shouted back as her friend walked behind the house and flew from the ground into the night sky.
Title: Hypertension: The Search For Kyle Rayner.
Summary: The Spectre makes Xander an offer he can't refuse.
Disclaimer: I own nothing
Warrior landed on the planet Oa with an easy touch. A smile on his face as he watched the glowing forms of hundreds of soon to be Green Lanterns. The understudies listened intently to everything Hal Jordan told them, rapt attention on there faces as they nodded to answer his questions.
"Am I interrupting?", Xander asked with a smile as he walked through the crowd to his friend.
"Not at all. How have you been Xan?", Hal quickly shook his friends hand, a smile on his face.
"Not to bad. How's thing running up here?"
"You really need to ask?"
"No, Giles sent me a report yesterday. It's just nice to be around once and awhile.", Xander answered as he moved past Hal.
"Where else would he be?", Hal asked with a slight chuckle.
"Point. I'll see you later Hal."
"Um, Mr. Jordan. Who was that sir?", A young recruit asked from the front row.
"That's Warrior. Green Lantern of Sector 2814."
"That's you're sector isn't it?"
"Let's just say it's busy enough for everybody.", Hal answered with a smile.
"How long has he been a Green Lantern?"
"A year or so. But don't doubt him. He can, most likely will be one of the greatest Green Lanterns. He's well on his way."
"Would I lie to you?", Hal answered with a smile as he went back to lecturing his 'class'.
Xander walked into the Citadele with an easy gate and a soft smile on his face.
"Warrior. It is good to see you again.", Ganthet greeted with a slight smile on his face.
"Hal says it still creeps him out to see you smile.", Xander stated as he moved to fall into step beside the Guardian.
"You're evil Ganthet."
"I know of the trip you are going to take. I recommend caution."
"Cautions never really worked for me.", Xander answered in a serious voice.
"Hypertime, is, something unknown to even the Guardians. Be careful my green lantern. Be ready for anything."
"This is not as you humans would say, A walk in the Park. Things you see may frighten you. Or, they may well make you happy. Just remember one thing my young friend."
"What's that?", Xander asked as they came to a stop in the courtyard.
"Whatever you see, and where ever you go. This universe, is your home."
"I understand Ganthet. I need to ask a favor of you."
"If I don't make it back.", Xander started then stopped himself to think., "Watch over my friends. I know Guardians aren't supposed to interfer. But, lie to me now if you have to."
"I do not need to lie. I will watch over your friends. And help them, if the time ever comes. However, you will come back."
"Sure about that?"
"As sure as anyone can be in this universe."
Xander flew into the BatCave with a smile on his face. His talk with Ganlet giving him the confidence he needed for the mission ahead.
"Hypertime.", Batman grunted as he turned from the Bat computer.
"Damn, what do you do bug me?", Xander asked in a half serious voice. He stopped smiling when he didn't recieve an answer., "That's creepy Bruce."
"Do you want you're present?"
"To tell the truth I completely forgot about it.", Xander answered with a smile., "I was actually going to ask you a favor before I left."
"First, let's get out of the costumes. I believe Alfred has dinner ready upstairs."
"Sounds good to me. It's been to long since I've ate Alfies delicacies."
"Xander this is the last warning I'm giving you. I wouldn't call him Alfie.", Bruce said with a large smile as he pulled off his cape and cowl.
"Nah, all my loved ones gotta have a nickname, Playboy.", Xander answered before he saw the scowl on Bruces face., "I'll think up a new one."
"Hello Master Alexander.", Alred Pennyworth said with a grandfather like smile on his face.
"Hey Alfie, it's good to see you."
"My name is Alfred as you well know. If you insist on calling me "Alfie" I must insist that you do not eat dessert."
"Um, Sorry?", Xander said with a smile on his face. Alfred sighed.
"Never could deny any of you children dessert.", Alfred said with a smile as he turned and sat a glass pitcher in the center of the table., "The soup will be out shortly sirs."
"So, you're going after Kyle."
"Yeah. We're going to bring him back.", Xander answered as he sipped his tea.
"Are you okay with that?"
"Excuse me?", Xander asked in a non-understanding tone.
"I know how close you and Jade are Xander. You hide you're emotions well, but I read you like an open book. You're afraid, that you're going to lose Jade."
"No, I know I'm going to lose Jade. I just haven't made peace with that yet.", Xander said with a sad smile.
"You could be suprised."
"No. She relies on me Bruce. But she doesn't love me. Not the way she loves Kyle."
"If you need anything when you get back. You come to me.", Bruce said with a voice of conviction.
"Is that an order?"
"I don't give many orders anymore. Think of it as a request.", Bruce said a genuine smile on his lips.
"You've changed Bruce."
"I know. And I'm suprised."
"Yeah. Not only have I started to change, I actually like who I'm becoming."
"Can't have it any better than that.", Xander said with a smile.
"I'm trying. I've been meaning to ask you, at the end of the month, I'm going on a retreat. Kind of retracing the steps that lead me to becoming Batman. Tim and Dick are coming along. I thought maybe you would like to as well."
"Yeah. It sounds like fun.", Xander said with a smile on his face.
"Good, you can use that ring of yours to carry everything.", Bruce said with a smile.
"I'm not a freakin pack mule!", Xander yelled in mock aggrivation. The look on his face causing Bruce to laugh loudly.
"You're gift is downstairs. And um, I have a favor to ask you."
"Cassandra, she's began to regain the ability of speech."
"Yes. Only, her martial arts ability has suffered. She's lost some of the ability to read body language."
"I'm sure she's still in the top five. She'll be fine."
"Shiva has escaped.", Bruce said with a hard tone. Xander closed his eyes and sighed.
"Great. She hasn't came after Cass yet I guess."
"No, but she will."
"Okay, I'll talk to Dragon. Get Cass on a hard training regimen. She'll be back to her best in no time."
"I was wondering if you would train her yourself."
"Me? Bruce, I don't think I'm on Dragons level yet. I'm not even sure I could beat Shiva.", Xander said with a sigh. Bruce leaned back.
"Cass is, strong. She's a fighter, a hero. But, she's still a teenage girl. You can teach her more than I can. More than Dragon can. You can teach her how to live."
"You know I'll do it.", Xander said with a hard look in his eyes., "I didn't get to know her very well, but she's family. I'll do everything I can."
Xander smiled as he flew over Gotham city. He had told Bruce to just hang on to his birthday gift till he got back from Hypertime. If he got back. A feeling of dread seemed to form in the pit of Xander's stomach, the smile fell from his lips and he sighed. He quickly changed direction, turning from his course to L.A. only slightly. Next stop, Vegas.
Xander walked into the tomb with a steady gate. The green glow from his ring casting light onto the stone walls.
"There's an easier way to talk to me kid.", Guy Gardner said as he sat on the coffin his belongings rested in.
"What's going on Guy?", Xander asked with a hard tone in his voice.
"What are you talking about?"
"Don't play dumb with me. This entire Hypertime mission reeks. There's no way you'd have thought to set this up yourself. No offense."
"None taken. You're right.", Guy said with a shrug and a smile., "But, I can't tell you who did. I've got orders Xander."
"Little soldier boy. All that talk about being your own man. Making your own rules. You're such a lying son of a bitch.", Xander stated, his anger beginning to show. Guy stiffened for a moment before relaxing again.
"I'm always careful. I considered you a friend Guy. Even after the incident on Apocalypse.", Xander answered with a hard tone. (1) "But I don't like being lied to. And I hate being led around by the nose. So you answer me now. Who set this up?"
"Can't tell ya that kid.", Guy answered with a shrug.
"Can't, or won't."
"Then you, and everyone else involved can go straight to hell. Or hypertime, because my friends and I. We aren't going anywhere.", Xander turned on his heel, his ring sparking as his anger began to bleed through his control.
"Kyle really is in Hypertime Xander. I wouldn't lie about that."
"If you don't tell me what I need to know, then I guess he'll stay there.", Xander answered as he stopped. No emotion in his voice.
"Maybe the real reason you won't go. Is because you don't want him back. You have a nice little thing going with Jade now don't you.", Guy stated with a sneer. Knowing that he stepped over the line. Xander turned quickly, his ring igniting as he lashed out at the Specte. Guy simply stood, the power of the ring going through his body, destroying the wall beyond.
"You're stepping over the line Guy. Spectre or not, I'll find a way to take you apart.", Xander growled, as his ring began to spark again. Guy nodded his head with a serious look on his face.
"I'm sorry kid. That was out of line.", Guy said with a sigh., "Look, I know you want Kyle back. And I understand why you feel you need to know whose behind this. But, I have to ask you to trust me again. This is a good thing kid."
"You earned my trust once. Now, you've lost it. I'll go into Hypertime, I'll get Kyle back. But you, leave me the hell alone. If I see you anywhere near me or mine. I'll send you screaming to hell.", Xander said with a hard tone as he turned.
"I understand kid. But you're wrong. I wouldn't do anything to hurt you. You're one of my only friends.", Guy stated with a sad tone that made Xander miss a step.
"If something you're not telling me get's Buffy or SB hurt...", Xander said letting the sentence fade. Guy got the message loud and clear.
"Guy.", Xander said as the figure of the Spectre began to fade., "I wish you wouldn't have changed."
END CHAPTER FOUR.
Title: JOH Hypertension: The search for Kyle Rayner.
Summary: The Spectre makes Xander an offer he can't refuse.
Disclaimer: I own nothing!
Superboy woke quickly, an itch, on his wrist. He reached down to scratch the offending spot only to touch cool metal.
"What the...?", He asked himself as he looked down. Slowly, as slept left him he realized it was the day., "Better get to Warriors.", He muttered to himself with a groan.
"I'm already here kid.", Xander said as he balanced on his feet in the window. Superboy jumped slightly.
"Don't do that man.", The kid yelled with mock anger. He quickly sighed., "Ready to do this?"
"Right after we pick up the Buffmeister.", Xander answered with a serious tone as he hoped down from the window seal.
"Well, let's see if Ma has breakfast ready."
Xander smiled as he and Superboy flew toward Sunnydale. He let his green aura slip slightly, letting the wind lightly hit his face as he flew.
"So you ready for this?", Superboy asked as he spun in the air like a bullet, like he didn't have a care in the world.
"As ready as I can be."
"K, so what's the plan?"
"Go in, get Kyle, Get out."
"Good plan.", Superboy answered with a serious tone.
"I think so.", Xander answered just a flippant.
"Most people think we're crazy. You know that right?"
"There's a thin line between genius and insanity.", Xander answered with a shrug and a smile.
"I don't think we've found the line yet."
"Nope, we sure as hell aren't geniuses."
A world away, a group stood in the darkness, ruined buildings and rubble littered around them.
"We can't win Emerald.," A tall young man in a dark cape said with a sigh.
"We will not give up. My fathe..."
"Your father is dead.", Wonder Woman said with a hard tone. Cassie Sandsmark, the former Wonder Girl, while still beautiful had not aged well.
"Shut your mouth.", A hard, manly voice said from the shadows. Conner Kent stepped out, older, slightly grey around the ears. The group immediatly fell silent. Everyone listened to Superman., "Emerald is right. And the next person that talks that way about her father wil have to answer to me."
"I'm sorry.", Cassandra said with a remorseful tone. Emerald, the beautiful light green skinned woman only nodded. Not trusting her anger enough to speak.
"Emerald, how did the last scouting mission go?", Kon asked with an ordered tone.
"You were right. There preparing there last assualt. We need help."
"We don't have any, this falls on us."
"I'll never rest, not until every last one of them is dead.", Emerald said with a fire in her voice that made Kon smile.
"I know. And rest assured, neither will I."
"This is suicide." Batman said with a soft tone. Tim Drake was once Robin, now, due to circumstances out of his hands, he had donned the mantle of the Bat.
"Maybe.", Emerald said with a slight frown., "But we have to try. It's what we do.", The young woman said before she turned and left the group. Walking away with her head held high.
"She's young.", Cassandra said with a sigh., "Nieve. She doesn't know what we are truly up against."
"She knows. They killed her father.", Conner said with a hard voice. This wasn't the Cassie he had once loved., "And I know. The choice is up to you. Will we die? Most likely. But it's better to die fighting for your freedom, than live your life as a slave."
Conner turned walking from the group after the young girl that had just left. The group stood, avoiding eye contact.
Xander Harris smiled at Buffy as they stood in the main office of Warriors L.A.
"Hell no. I had plans to go to the mall with Willow tomorrow.", Buffy said with a slight smile. Xander chuckled as he raised his arm and looked at the watch like device on his wrist.
"I'll go first."
"What if I wanna go first?", Superboy asked with a serious voice.
"Okay, you go first."
"Nah, that's okay fearless leader.", Superboy answered with a smirk. Xander chuckled and shook his head.
"Here goes nothing.", With a final sigh, the young hero hit the button on the side of the watch.
Xander hit the ground hard. Luckily he had activated his ring before exiting Hypertime. He stood slowly and dusted himself off. Preparing to step forward he was taken by suprise with a flying figure landed on him.
"Hmmp.", Xander groaned out as he hit the ground a second time. This time a one hundred and ninety pound Superboy on his back.
"Are you two going to get up anytime soon?", Buffy asked from where she stood, the slayer had somehow landed on her feet.
"Bro, get off me.", Xander muttered his voice muffled by the grass in his face.
"Sorry man.", Conner Kent said as he quickly stood to his feet, followed by Xander., "I don't think we're in Kansas anymore Toto."
"Actually...", Buffy said as she pointed to a sign. Smallville Kansas.
"I got a feeling this is going to suck.", Conner said with a shake of his head.
Xander Harris AKA Warrior thought his costume away and turned as Superboy walked into the woods behind them to change.
"Ring. Is there any sign of Green Lantern Kyle Rayner?"
"Signiture not recognized in this world."
"So Kyle's not here?", Buffy asked with a frown on her face.
"Guess not. SB, get's back we'll hit the button again and jump to the next."
"Well let's go then. This place kinda creeps me out.", Superboy said as he walked up the the duo., "I'm getting a really weird vibe."
"Onward and upward.", Xander said with a smile as he hit the button on the side of his watch only for nothing to happen.
"I knew that was going to happen.", Buffy said with a smirk.
"No you didn't.", Xander shot back with a bantering tone as the three began to walk toward the town of Smallville.
"Did so.", Buffy said before sticking her tongue out at her friend.
"I think we have other things to worry about children.", Superboy said with a smile.
"Shut up.", Buffy and Xander said at the same time. The situation they found themselves in a little less nerve racking.
The three heroes walked into the Talon with easy steps. Smiles on there faces, yet a hardness behind there eyes. They quickly took a seat at a table close to the exit.
"Hello.", A cute waitress about there age said with a smile., "My names Lana. What can I get you?"
"Three coffee's would be fine. Cream and sugar.", Xander answered with a lop sided smile. Buffy rolled her eyes at his attempt to flirt as Lana smiled brilliantly and turned.
"Comin right up."
"I think she likes you.", Buffy whispered to Conner with a slight smile., "She keeps staring."
"You think?", Superboy asked with a slight smile and a raised eyebrow.
"Not a snowballs chance in hell.", Xander said with a dry tone as he leaned back with a smile. Their coffee was quickly sat in front of them. Lana smiled once again before looking directly at Conner.
"Um, excuse me but you look a lot like my friend Clark.", Lana said with a nervous smile.
"Really. I'll have to meet him sometime.", Conner said with a smile, trying to hide the nervous twitch in his left eye., "Must be a great looking guy." Xander quickly snorted causing both Buffy and Lana to laugh.
"Oh yeah, his names Conner. Just call him Mr. Ego.", Buffy said as she slapped Conner Kent on the back of the head., "I'm Buffy, and this is Xander."
"It's good to meet you. So, what brings to you to Smallville?"
"Ah ya know, pretty much nothing. Just passing through, taking a trip before school starts back in the fall.", Xander answered for them with an easy smile and a twinkle in his eyes.
"Sounds exciting.", Lana said, her attention entirely on Xander.
"Sometimes it can be. Though after a few weeks I'll probably be ready to kill these two.", Xander answered with a smile as he pointed toward Buffy and Conner who shrugged innocently and drank there coffee. Lana chuckled slightly then looked up as the door chimed.
"Hey Lois.", Lana said with a small wave to the beautiful brunette that entered the coffee shop.
"Hey Lana. Whose the hunk?", She asked as she looked to the two young men seated at the table.
"Conner.", Both young heroes said at the same time before glaring at eachother.
"She was talking to me.", They said each word matching perfectly., "Whatever.", They both said with a sigh and a roll of there eyes.
"That looked rehearsed.", Lois said with a slight smile.
"Not so much, just overplayed.", Buffy said with a snort., "I hear it everytime we hit a club."
"Not our fault we're so sexy.", Xander answered with a flippant smile that made everyone around them laugh.
"I thought I was serious.", The young man said with the same smile and a shrug., "Xander Harris."
"Lois Lane.", The young brunette answered as she took Warriors offered hand. Only his time training under the Batman kept the smile on his face.
"Nice to meet you. So, know of anywhere around her to get a decent nights sleep?"
Clark Kent whistled slightly as he walked down the sidewalk toward the Talon. A smile on his face, something that hadn't been seen in a long time.
"What are you so happy about?", Chloe Sullivan asked as she walked across the street to match his pace.
"I finally got a hot shower this morning.", Clark answered with a shrug. The innocent smile on his face made Chloe laugh slightly.
"I swear Clark, the smallest things make you happy." Clark only shrugged, not knowing how to answer. He stepped ahead of Chloe a step and opened the door of the talon. Laughter floating out as the two young people stepped through the entrance.
"Then I slipped on a small puddle of water, and fell the five feet off the stage onto a forty six year old woman.", Xander said with a smile on his face. Telling the story he swore would never be told.
"What's going on?", Chloe asked with a smile as she pulled up a chair.
"Xander and I are swapping stipper stories.", Lois said with a smile., "His is more embarrassing."
"Thanks.", Xander said with a smile as he took a sip of his cooling coffee., "I think."
"Um, maybe this has already been asked. But you're only what, sixteen, why were you stripping?"
"Um, undercover?", Xander answered with a shrug., "I needed the money alright. Sue me."
"And how much did you make?", Lois asked with a smile on her face.
"Almost enough for this cup of coffee.", Xander said as he held the cup up like a he was proposing a toast. The group laughed at him with smiles. Lana opened her mouth to say something as the phone rang.
"Be right back.", Lana said with a smile toward Clark, one that Buffy, Xander, and Conner couldn't have missed.
"Chloe Sullivan. This is Clark Kent.", The small blonde said with a smile that Xander couldn't help but find adorable. Xander couldn't help but stare slightly as introductions once again went around the room.
"Okay, back.", Lana said with a sigh as she walked up to the table.
"What's wrong?", Clark asked with a tone full of caring.
"The band had to cancel tonight. So no live music.", Lana said with another sigh.
"You play guitar don't you Xan?", Conner asked with a smile.
"No. Who told you that?", Xander asked trying to lie. It didn't work however.
"Are you afraid of being on stage?", Conner asked with a smirk.
"Yeah, aren't you the man without fear Xan?", Buffy asked bringing a smirk to everyones faces.
"Everyone is afraid of something.", Xander shot back as he sat up straight in his chair.
"Oh, but you 'Overcome', isn't that what you always say bro?", Conner asked once again catching Xander by suprise.
"Fine. I'll play if Lana want's me to."
"That would be fantastic. I'll get everything set up for you.", Lana said her radiant smile once again on her face. She turned walking off, Chloe and Lois following.
"This royally blows.", Xander muttered to himself with a shake of his head.
END CHAPTER FIVE.
Title: JOH Hypertension: The search for Kyle Rayner.
Summary: The Spectre makes Xander an offer he can't refuse.
Disclaimer: I own nothing!
Xander groaned as he fell onto one of the many sofa's in the Talon. The look of utter exhaustion on his face making the group around him laugh.
"I've never been this tired in my life.", Xander groaned out as he laid his head back and closed his eyes.
"Awe, poor baby.", Buffy said as she patted his knee, a sarcastic smile on her face.
"Well, if it helps you were great.", Lana said with a smile.
"I love hearing women say that.", Xander said without thinking before he began to blush., "Um, can we forget I said that?"
"Not a chance rockstar.", Lois Lane said with a large smirk on her face. Xander groaned again before sighing in defeat.
"Why don't the three of you stay here tonight. Conner and Xander can take a couch and I have an extra room upstairs Buffy could stay in."
"That would be great. Thanks.", Buffy said as she stood and stretched.
"Come on, I'll show you the way.", Lana said as she smiled and motioned toward the stairs with her arm.
"Move off my couch.", Xander said as he picked first Chloe, then Lois up and sat them on their feet.
"Hey.", Both girls yelled.
"Watch your hands buddy.", Lois said as Xander lay back on the couch a slight smile on his face. Lois looks and Chloe, devis smile on there faces.
"This is going to hurt.", Conner quickly whispers to Clark who only nodded with a smile. The two girls jumped into the air as one landing on the nearly sleeping form of Xander Harris.
"You're actually more comfortable than the couch."
"If you wanted to set on me you only had to ask.", Xander said with a smirk as he got the air back into his lungs.
"You wish.", Lois said with a slight smile.
Xander woke with a start, the sirens sounding throughout the little town and nearly painfully in his head.
"What's going on?", He asked as he stood and moved toward Conner who was staring out a window.
"Supposedly a meteor shower. The government's trying to evacuate the town but there isn't enough time."
"I can't believe it's happening again.", Lana says as she and Buffy come to stand beside them.
"It's not.", Xander said with a hard tone., "Buffy, Conner, stay here, protect the town. Just in case I miss some of them."
"No prob Xan.", Buffy answered with a nod. Superboy quickly doing the same.
"I'll keep communications open through the ring."
"What's going on? What are you talking about?", Lana asked panic almost in her voice.
"Don't worry Lana. Everything is going to be okay.", Buffy said as she put an arm around her new friend. Xander smiled quickly before igniting his ring and seeming to fly through the ceiling.
"What, what was that?"
"Oh that, that's just Xander.", Buffy said with a small smile., "Come on, we better find your friends."
"Ring, scan the meteors."
"Mostly Cryton, from sector 3920. Organic Lifeforms."
"Organic. Can you tell me the species?"
"Kryptonian.", The ring answered back after a moment.
"Great.", Xander muttered as his ring began to spark wildly., "Let's get this show on the road."
He flew toward the group of meteors with a hard look on his face. Ring contructs forgotten for the moment as pure brute force demolished the hurling rocks. Sweat poured from his face as he got lost in the moment.
'Good news Kon, it's not kryptonite.'
"Well, that's great.", Conner Kent said to himself, answering the voice in his head. He flew toward the Kent farm with amazing speed. His Superboy costume slightly moving in the wind.
'Now the bad news. There is a Kryptonian ship in the field. It's trajectory is heading straight for the fields by the Kent farm.'
"I'll be waiting at the terminal for landing."
'Careful, I know how hard Supes can punch.'
"Just hurry the hell up.", Superboy said as he landed beside he Kent barn., "I'll hold them off as long as I can."
'I've got Buffy trying to find Clark.'
"Yeah, tell her to hurry. I see the bad guys coming.", Conner Kent said as he took a deep breath and watched from a mile or so away as the large black ship slammed into a cornfield.
"Where could he be?", Buffy asked for the thousandth time as she, Lana, Lois, and Chloe drove through the almost abandoned streets of town.
"Maybe he left already.", Lois said with a shrug of her shoulder.
"No.", Chloe said as she turned a corner., "He wouldn't leave without knowing we did."
"She's right. He's around here somewhere.", Lana said with a sigh as she looked out the back window.
"The caves.", Chloe said to herself, barely a whisper.
"The what?", Buffy asked with a curious glance.
"I'll take us there. I'm sure that's where he'll be.", Chloe said with a nod to herself as she hit the brake and spun the car around quickly.
"What the hell?", Lois yelled as she slid across the backseat into Lana. Buffy put a hand on the window to keep her body stable as the car spun.
"You drive like Xander."
Clark sighed as he walked out of the caves. There was nothing he could do. He jumped slightly as Chloe's car slid to a stop in front of him and Buffy jumped out.
"You're house, aliens crash, Conner, help now.", Buffy breathed out quickly. Clark was sure it was said with sentence structure. However, he could only catch a few phrases.
"You heard me. Now go!"
Clark jumped in suprises as he felt the foot connect with his butt. Lifting him slight off the ground.
"How?", Clark started to ask only to see Buffy's glare., "Going."
"Good." Buffy said as she turned and got back in the car. Clark started jogging till the vehicle was out of sight, then put on a burst of speed vanishing over the horizon.
Superboy watched as the ship opened letting two figures dressed in what looked like black leather walk to the ground. The three stood for a moment, studying eachother with warrior eyes.
"Kal-El?", the male of the duo asked with a hard tone.
"Fraid not. Names Kon-El."
"You are a member of the house of El.", The female asked with a slightly suductive tone.
"Yep. And you are?"
"None of your concern. You will be dead soon anyway."
"Um, I don't think so.", Conner said with small smile. His smile grew as the female tried to take a step forward only to look at the ground in shock.
"I, I can't move."
"I have that effect on women.", Conner said trying to hide how much power he was putting into holding the two kryptonians stationary. He grunted and moved to the side as the male broke the hold and tried to swing at the young hero. As Conner turned he kicked out with his right leg slamming it into the side of the male Kryptonian. He had little time to celebrate however as the female slammed into his side sending them both skidding across the ground.
Xander grunted as he put his will into the beam from his ring.
"Break damn you!", He screamed as he pushed everything into the beam, slowing the largest meteor but not destroying it. He took a calming breath as he centered himself. The put everything he hand into the beam. As the meteor exploded Xander was launched back by the blast. Straight into the atmosphere.
END CHAPTER SIX.