TITLE: Indian Summer

DISCLAIMER: Joss Whedon owns Buffy the Vampire Slayer, James Cameron owns Dark Angel, Davis Panzer/Gregory Widen owns Highlander, other crossovers to come. The song "I'm Going Home" is from "Rocky Horror Picture Show".

PAIRING: Xander/Cordelia, Willow/Oz

RATING: T and R for language and content.

SPOILERS: Dark Angel is set at the end of season 2. Buffy is set between seasons 2 and 3. Highlander is set after the Series, but before Endgame.

Summary: A continuation of It's Better This Way. After Buffy left Sunnydale, California, the Scoobies had to take up the slack.

AUTHOR'S NOTE: This is based on Challenge 1405: Not so broken world submitted by Ladeia and Challenge 400: Immortal Revelation by Teri from Twisting the Hellmouth.


…A Change Will Do You Good…

A lot of things changed over the summer after Buffy Summers ran away from home.

One thing that happened, within the core Scooby group, was that there were no longer any secrets. Rupert Giles was outed as an Immortal to Willow Rosenburg and she took it surprisingly well. Xander Harris and Cordelia Chase finally came clean to the red head about what they were.

Since Buffy Summers was no longer in Sunnydale, the Scooby Gang decided to work as a team. It started out with just the four of them.

By default, Daniel "Oz" Osborne joined the Scooby Gang through his connection with Willow. And since he knew about the supernatural, was a werewolf in fact, he decided he could not sit on the sidelines.

Next, Amy Madison had joined the group when they had rescued her once more, this time from a lick of vampires that had cornered her in the alley behind the Bronze one evening.

Then, Jonathon Levinson had been rescued from a Gomuti Demon and he had decided to join them.

Xander began working with the others and taught them how to fight, low down and dirty. He taught them aiki-jitsu as opposed to any of the other forms of combat that he had learned as X5-494.

Rupert Giles had taken the X5s aside and taught them his sword fighting techniques. He knew, being that Xander and Cordelia were transgenics they would benefit the most by his tuition.

The group, as a whole, had tried to go on patrols as one large group, but the monsters would stay away, so Xander devised a plan to split the group into two smaller groups for their patrols. And they used walkie talkies to communicate between the groups.

One transgenic on each team, one magic user on each team, and the other teens filled out the extra spot as additional support. Though he would have liked to have Giles watching his six, Xander decided to let Cordy's group take him for the extra protection.

The problem with this though is that his group wound up being one man short.

Giles solved that problem when he called one of his friends in Europe. Xander thought perhaps the person he had called was a watcher and shrugged as he listened to the phone call. Considerable though his knowledge now was, the X5 could not understand the language the older man spoke into the phone one day near the beginning of summer.

The Watcher finally hung up the phone and looked at his young charge.

"He'll be here within two weeks," the Immortal said to the transgenic.

"Who is he?" Xander asked as he lounged on the Watcher's couch, feet propped up lazily, flipping channels on the older man's television.

"Oh, just an old friend of mine," Giles said with a smirk.