Title: Ten Slayers Never Called

Author: Raindrops on Roses

Rating: T (for language)
Category: General, Crossover

Word Count: 186

Disclaimer: I own none of the shows used herein. I'm just having a bit of fun with them.

Summary: Change is inevitable. Some changes are more drastic than others.

Author's Notes: These ficlets are based on challenge #2165 at TtH: Ten Slayers That Were Never Called. This one references episode 8x24, "A Tangled Webb, Part 1"--which, coincidentally enough, aired on May 20, 2003.

#1: JAG

When Sarah MacKenzie was a teenager, she had a special friend.

Not that kind of "special friend"--though most of the people who knew her then wouldn't have been surprised at that.

Her new friend came to her and told her of a world she never wanted to know about--of vampires, demons, and the forces of darkness. He trained her to fight, no matter the odds, no matter the cost.

Sometimes she hoped she would be called. She'd show everyone who thought she was too weak, too stupid, too slow. She'd protect those who couldn't protect themselves.

When her eighteenth birthday passed and nothing had happened, she was disappointed. Then she squared her shoulders, raised her chin, and decided if she couldn't fight demons, she'd fight human evil, instead.

Decades later, she waited, under armed guard, as the tortured screams of her friend and comrade-in-arms echoed across the terrorist camp, and there was nothing she could do.

Until a voice whispered to her...

Are you ready to be strong?

A slow, dangerous smile crossed her face.

The guards were down before they could fire the first shot.