The Slayer and the Fox
Inner Thoughts, Dialogue, or reading passages from books and scrolls
(Quick Notes and Messages or Echoes.)
(Dark over lapping echoes)
''Boss Summons, Demons, Dark beings speaking, Demonic/Angry characters Speaking as well as extremely Dark spells and Magic.''
For those who read Charmed Kitsune I hinted at the possibility of this story so yeah. Enjoy and read Charmed Kitsune to get the whole gist of what was going on.
''Yeah hello...'' now Naruto had been used to many things happening when he opened a door. He remembered being shot at, pelted my exploding chipmunks courtesy of his bastard brother, and even jealous boyfriends trying to strangle the shit out of him. Oddly enough this wasn't the first time he was randomly kissed by a girl, but the first time a random one was successful. The girl in question was a very slender and tiny one with bleach-blonde hair and she was probably just a few inches above his waist. When the soft and passionate kiss ended Naruto sized the girl up. She was wearing frosted eyeshadow and lip colors, bright turquoise and aqua marines, and bubblegum colored nails. She was wearing a blue frilly V-neck t-shirt with a black short skirt and open toed shoes.
''I'm sorry...'' the girl whispered as she looked up at him as if she suddenly became aware how awkward the situation was. ''I couldn't help myself.'' she said as Naruto shrugged, a mischievous grin forming on his face as he opened the door wider.
''Well I can't complain,'' he said as he took a few steps back. ''A cute girl greeting me with a kiss when I answer the door more was worth waking me up for.''
It was then the girl flushed realizing the blond was in a Pajama bottom and wearing a navy blue silk robe that was part-way open now when she had suddenly glomped him. ''We need to talk Naruto. I'm a friend...I can approve it.'' suddenly the shy and awkward girl had changed and Naruto couldn't help but pick up on it. Looking into her eyes he didn't see a young girl, but a young woman who had been through a lot of things. Pain, solitude, lost, heart-break, and betrayal. That and whoever she was she knew of him and he needed to find out more.
''Come on in...'' he said as he invited her into his apartment. It was a simple place with a TV stand and a small TV, a couch and the basic kitchen necessities. For the most part the apartment was empty with a dull white coloring and carpeting. ''So care to explain how you know my name miss?'' he asked as he turned to face the young girl who was cradling her arms as he trailed off on his question before adding,''...I didn't get your name.''
''Come on now you've been shadowing me for months. Don't tell me you don't know.'' she challenged him as Naruto's eyes widened for a moment. Realizing that antagonizing someone who could kill you fifteen different ways with their pinky wasn't the smartest idea. ''Just please hear me out before you come to any conclusions.'' she hastily added.
''Okay miss...Summers...why don't you tell me what all this about?'' he asked as he motioned her to take a seat on the couch as his suspicion about what she knew was growing.
''Well you know who I am and what I'm supposed to do but the future is a bleak place. I traveled back here to the past to prevent a dark future.'' she then began to explain everything that happened. The even about the Master, the new Hellmouths, the alternate bad futures, and the clusterfuck that was the later years all up to the Twilight Incident and what preceded was known as the dark aftermath.
''And one by one we were all hunted down and killed. We thought a world without magic would find some semblance of magic but we were wrong. We didn't expect...'' the young girl began to trail off.
''You didn't know of the other paths of magic dependent on magic? That there were other forces of good and other dimensions who would take this time to attack and enslave this dimension once it's main ability to defend themselves were gone?'' he asked as the young girl nodded. He could see it in her eyes, how tired she saw and how much was on her shoulders and how her very actions brought so much destruction.
'' Before you became day-breaker you were my pillar of strength when all my friends and everyone I cared about was gone. And I knew I was going to need your help to prevent the future I came from.'' as Buffy continued to explain this Naruto was assessing everything he had learned before he finally looked up at her and asked her the questions he knew she was probably going to avoid until the cross-road things.
''Buffy-san if you wish to avoid the future you came from you're going to have to decide here and now the major decisions that are going to affect this timeline. Like here and now this Angel guy...are you going to risk becoming involved with him again? It's that union that laid down the foundation for the lost of magic and you have to make the choice now whether or not it's worth the risk?'' Naruto watched as Buffy looked a bit grief stricken by the question.
''I...'' for right now she couldn't help how she felt. A small part of her still loved Angel, but the man before her had helped kept her sanity. He helped her fight the darkness even though he didn't remember and even if her actions caused the death of several of his loved ones he didn't hate her. Just about anyone else would have abandoned her if they had lost a third family when most wouldn't have ever experienced the trauma of losing a first family let alone a second one. Could she really be selfish enough to sacrifice countless lives for her own happiness? Thinking back to what happened. ''Isn't there a way to break the curse? Don't you know anyone who could do it?''
''There is so many variables,'' Naruto shook his head. ''The Powers That Be in this dimension seem to be pretty incompetent compared to others. They care for balance and will sacrifice a lot of good and innocent people to maintain the Status Quo. One way or another they'll interfere and it sounds like before that interdimension invasion most of the events that came to past are exactly the sort of things they would let pass. Unless you want to abandon this dimension where you would be out of reach I don't know.''
''Figures...'' Buffy mumbled as she got the gist of what the blond was conveying. She would have to abandon her duty and forsake innocent lives for her own happiness. It seemed like Slayers weren't only cursed to die young.
''But then...'' Naruto spoke up, his voice a bit breathy causing Buffy to look up. ''If you care for this Angel guy, excluding all those other guys you mentioned for the moment then why did you kiss me?'' he understood from her words that he must have been there for her before he had been...changed but that didn't explain...unless. ''Unless I was...'' he trailed off as Buffy fidgeting a bit.
''You had lost them...the sisters you called them and I had lost everyone. My friends, the Slayers, Angel...everyone and we turned to each other for comfort. I...I can't say it was love but I needed you, like I did now. I know out of everyone I would have told this you would have at least took me somewhat seriously.''
''Buffy-san...I mean...you know of my situation so I'm not sure...'' he bit the bottom of his inner-cheek as he tried to contemplate his words. Naruto really had a hard time saying no and keeping his lust in check. Though he wasn't a creep. He could see how vulnerable, hurt, and lonely this girl was and he had enough heart to keep it in his pants considering she needed someone to be there for her and not take advantage of her.
''I know...I know all about your situation and I know it's crazy. You've given me the whole talk and we went through the process, you just don't remember.'' she informed him as the distance between them had lessen.
Noticing this Naruto hopped up from the couch. ''What is with me and being a magnet for the hurt and lost?'' he mumbled to himself. Though considered his rather large polygamous based family he wasn't one to talk. Hell he still wondered how his ladies could be this understanding and haven't said fuck it and strangled him by now because of the ever increasing number. As Naruto tried to look back on her list of romantic partners, which was very suspect and rather weren't the smartest choices; especially that other vampire that tried to kill her which baffled him he couldn't help but wonder if there was a sect of girls who had a death wish and were turned on by men abusing and trying to kill them when no healthy relationship could obviously come from it. Quite frankly, which he would never tell Buffy of course her tastes just led to her being hurt.
''I...I have to think about this Buffy-sa...''
''Just Buffy...'' she interrupted him. ''It's just...really weird to hear you use the san suffix. I'm sorry...this must be weird for you.'' she really hated the way she sounded right now. So unsure and confused but could one blame her honestly? Even the decade of shit she had went through then prepare her for the post Twilight incidents that followed.
''Well then...how about Buffy-chan?'' he attempt to bargain with her as the young girl nodded at the compromise. ''We still have things to discuss. Like for instance you shouldn't spill the beans to all your friends the moment you meet them. You don't want to freak them out telling them you know how their lives will play out for the next decade finishing with their deaths. Some people might think it's dumb and pointless to go back in the past and not change a lot of things, but it's better then making what you know completely useless. What most don't realize is that ripple effects and such can occur from the smallest change.''
''Which is why I came to you. You have experience with this sort of thing so I figure I ask your advice. ''
''I don't think we're going to be able to discuss everything in one sitting.'' the blond momentarily changed the subject. ''Want something to drink? I have Pepsi, Sprite, Iced-Tea...'' he began listing off as Buffy requesting some Iced-Tea. The two of them took a sip as they tried to figure out a general plan for their actions.
''So how are we going to solve some of these more complex situations? You mentioned you also had feelings for this vampire Spike and he goes on to save the world one of the times its in dangers, but there is also the countless people he kills in the mean time. I'm sure we can change the events that lead to the world being saved as outside influences like myself can alter circumstances, but can we really put the people he saved; the lives his actions could help over the lives of people he kill? Do you really want to play god in that instance?''
Buffy could feel herself becoming emotionally drained after hours of what if, this could go wrong, or people could die if we could do this wrong. Buffy herself had more experience with going to different dimensions and the future with her actions having less of an impact then this current situation, but this wasn't simply going back a year and saving someone's life. This was the past, the pre-cursor to glory, Twilight, and even the Master. Her deaths and the Slayer activations were pretty emotional in itself. Could they safely bring her and even Kendra to a near enough life and death status to the succeeding slayers could be awakened and not destroy too much of the timeline? What about all the Slayers being awakened? She was sure that the circumstances were going to be completely different if they were going to change the events that led to her heaven bound death.
''Isn't there a way we could stop him from killing anymore people now?'' she pleaded with the blond. Now that Naruto was sure of the events to come he would be ready and he would be prepared to handle Spike so surely he could disarm the vampire without killing him.
''I want to help you Buffy...and I want to be considerate of your feelings, but I don't see any reason to keep him alive if we're influencing things to a more favorable outcome where I'll just end of saving most of the innocents anyway. I'm not going to be arrogant and say I'll save them all but I'm trying to be practical and not let my emotions get in the way. If you can't do this without letting your feelings influence your decision then maybe it's best you stay out of this.'' he coldly remarked as his eyes became chilling similar to Day-Breakers.
Buffy winced at the tone and look. For a moment she got angry and wanted to accuse the blond of being jealous, and wanting to hunt down Spike as a result of that jealousy, but she remembered this wasn't the Naruto she knew. This wasn't the same Naruto who had let Spike died for them to gain some ground in the war. The same one who she couldn't decide to hate because some of his actions hurt her, but at the same time bore her hatred and sadness by doing what she couldn't. The one she couldn't help but love when she had no one else to turn to and was always there to help her throughout the years. Even when he made his opinion well known that he didn't agree with her choices he didn't abandon her. He could understand her world and didn't need to be validated by protecting her or had some outside influence that prevented them from being happy together barring his conversion.
''Would you at least consider it if he could be made into an ally? We can't assure we change all the future circumstances and...'' the thought of suggesting Spike be used as a sacrifice almost made vile rise into her throat.
''I'll consider it...'' the blond relented as he figured this must have been hard on the girl. Being in love with more then one man and she couldn't be with any of them because of circumstances and her own feelings. That type of emotional turmoil was not something a teenage girl, young woman or not should have had to go through. ''When do you move to Sunnydale?''
''A few weeks from now.'' she said as she took in a few deep breaths and tried to keep herself calm.
''We're not going to come to terms with everything in a day. So we might as well get started by getting you up to par to your later battle as much as we can.'' he suggested as he finished the rest of his strength in a gulped.
Buffy nodded as she eyed the man with her turquoise eyes before he looked her way. ''Who knows...a little exercise and some vitamin drinks and you might put on a few inches.''
For a moment Buffy's eyes went wide and they narrowed as she growled and smacked Naruto on the arm. ''You ass.'' she hissed as she suppressed the urge to smile.
''Okay so sensitive about the height. Got it.'' he replied with a grin as the tense atmosphere was lighting up.
Buffy couldn't help but for the time being allowed a small smile form on her lips. Some things never changed and hopefully this time a better future would be crafted.