Title: Innocence Lost

Disclaimer: Joss Whedon owns Buffy, James Cameron owns Dark Angel, possibly other crossovers later on.

Pairing: Xander/Cordelia

Rating: T and PG for language and content.

Spoilers: Dark Angel is set at the end of season 2. Buffy is set during season 2 "The Innocence".

Summary: A continuation of In a Broken World. More changes have taken place and now they have to contend with Angelus.

Author's Note: This is based on Challenge 1405: Not so broken world submitted by Ladeia from Twisting the Hellmouth.


...A Change Will Do You Good...

Unknown to his parents, and his friends, Xander had moved out of the house he had lived in for all of his life. Xander knew that if he stayed at home and something happened with his father, he could be a danger to the old man now. So he had left home not long after Halloween.

Once Alec had escaped the clutches of Manticore, he had been living on his own for a year, then six months with Josh before they had all moved to Terminal City.

Recently, he had found a barely livable apartment in the demon district that reminded him of the place he had taken over when Brain had been killed.

Wheeling and dealing, the young transgenic had gained contacts through Willie. Xander did not really want to use the snitch, but since he was still a minor, it was better to go to someone who had his finger on the pulse of the underworld.

He continued to go to school to give the illusion of normalcy, but Xander Harris had started extracurricular slaying outside of the group of Slayerettes.

Plans within plans forced the young man to do additional patrols where he would rob from the leech and give to the poor, namely himself.

...What's the Dealio...

There was a line behind Xander Harris at the school payphone and he ignored everyone's complaints as he had one ear to the payphone and the other to the cell phone he had swiped from a Lava Demon he had killed last week.

'A guy has to make a living other than stealing from vampires and demons,' he had reasoned with himself previously.

He continued his conversation with a buyer.

Cordelia Chase walked down the hall and noticed the young man on the phone. 'This looks familiar,' she said to herself with a smirk and walked toward the pay phone.

Xander did not even notice, actual or purposeful, the female transgenic was unsure, as she approached and he continued with both phone calls.

Into the pay phone he said, "The merchandise will be in today."

Into the other phone he said, "It's in, right?"

Back to the pay phone, "Yep, it's confirmed. You can meet me at The Espresso Pump at 4:30 and we'll make the exchange. $25,000.00 right?"

"Excuse me," Cordelia said with a cat who ate the cream smile on her face.

Xander turned to her as he said into both phones, "Hang on." Unguarded he spoke, "Trying to do a little business here, Maxie, okay?"

Cordelia rolled her eyes at his slip as she eyed the line behind him, "People need the phone, are you gonna hog it all day?"

He waved his cell phone at her, "Just a minute…" He focused back on the pay phone, "Hello? It's a deal right?"

Cordelia smiled, she remembered this part. She smiled at the people behind the tall, dark haired teen and hung up his call on the pay phone.

Turning an annoyed glare on her Xander said, "You know, you didn't have to do that."

Cordy shook her head and walked down the hall.

The X5 ran to catch up with her hefting his blue messenger bag onto his shoulder as he rushed.

"I'll forgive you," he said brightly, "I always do." He then put the cell phone to his hear, "Hello? Yeah… everything's set… I'll meet you at 3. Right… Later." He closed the flip and put the phone in his bag as they head to their first class of the day.