Toadally Mistaken

"Frogs! Frogs!" Willow whimpered, burying her head in Tara's shoulder. Tara just held her close and crooned soothingly to her girlfriend. She'd heard about Willow's frog fear, but could the mewling wreck in her arms really be the same woman who'd helped take down Glory?

If the resigned expression on Xander's face was anything to go by, the answer was a resounding yes.

The various sizes, shapes and colors of amphibians that had appeared from out of nowhere – and consequently startled Willow so badly that she might have had a psychotic break (at least that was what it looked like) – started to pop out of existence. Finally, they were all no more. Willow was apparently still conscious on some level, because when the ribbiting sounds stopped, her tension appeared to lessen.

Xander's, however, only rose. He was nominally in charge while Buffy, Giles, and the leader of their ragtag team of help were off…doing whatever it was they were doing. And Xander had been instructed to be mature, responsible, and make a good impression.

Next to Willow's blubbering batrachophobia, he couldn't make much of a worse one.

Xander sighed and turned to their newest allies. "Look, man, we really appreciate that your dimension was willing to send one of their top ninja teams to help us out with this kitsune demon, but…could you please not summon any more frogs? They really wig Willow out and we kinda need her at her witchy best to help us out."

Sasuke Uchiha sighed, and forewent mentioning that they were toads, not frogs. Sakura Haruno sighed, and hoped that the Hokage didn't give them a black mark on their first cross-dimensional assignment.

Naruto Uzumaki rubbed the back of his head and gave a sheepish smile as he toed his boot in the dirt. "Sorry, Xan; I'll try to watch that." Playing pranks were funny, sure, but sending some poor girl into near-hysterics? Not funny.

Unless it was Sakura-chan, and she was half-naked.

But still…no more toads. No matter how much help Naruto thought they might be. It was obvious that they'd end up causing more trouble than they were worth.