Title: Not My Body
Rating: FR 15
Fandom/Theme: Buffy/Dresden Files
Disclaimer: I own none of the characters featured here. They belong to their respective creators and production companies.
Distribution: and TtH
Spoilers: None for Buffy; Right after "Small Favors" for Dresden
Challenge: Response to Challenge 4148: A Harry Dresden Halloween
Summary: YAHF- Harry suddenly finds himself in Sunnydale
Author's Note: For all the stories I've written, this is my first Halloween fic and I have a feeling it might end up being a bit of a doozy by the time I'm done with it...we shall see.
My head ached horribly and someone was trying to shake me awake, though thankfully it was gently.
"Xander? Xander, are you awake?"
I opened my eyes to see the redhead from last night, though much more solid looking, leaning over me. "I-I'm fine," I croaked out, gradually managing to get into a sitting, then a standing position. I glanced around and noticed I was apparently in Xander's bedroom. Luckily, I could see my staff leaning up against the wall and my Bob-containing cloak draped over a computer chair. "So the spell Rupert and I stopped the mage from continuing worked?" I asked her, quickly dressing behind the closet door, since his best friend was obviously used to him dressing around her. I shrugged on the duster and had grabbed the staff before she was trying to yank my arm out of my socket as she dragged me all the way towards school.
I then proceeded to stare, wide-eyed, as she managed to explain to Giles the entire situation since she'd come by the house and she did it in one breath again. Rupert took his glasses off, rubbing them clean in what seemed a common habit with this group, before glancing up at me. "So, Mr. Dresden, unlike the otherwise temporary nature of Ethan's spell, you seem to be the only one still affected," he surmised.
"Not quite, Mr. Mage," Bob piped up from my pocket. Resigned to someone else knowing about the helper in my life, I sighed and reluctantly brought the skull into view.
"And you might be?" Rupert requested calmly, not at all disturbed at the sight of a skull with glowing eyes.
"Bob- a spirit of intellect bound to the skull and its owner's wishes. I am free to leave the skull if given permission by my owner, but will die if exposed to significant sunlight without a host body. As a spirit of knowledge, I have served various wizards over the years and functions much like a magical encyclopedia, assisting Harry here with various tasks as needed."
Giles inclined his head in greeting. "And I assume your outspokenness is due to having some concept of how your Harry Dresden ended up lodged in the body of young Mister Harris?"
"Um, yeah, I think I have an explanation for all this, but I don't think anyone here's gonna like it," he warned while everyone else seemed to do a collective shrug. "Well, best I can figure, Harry's essence when the spell happened called me to this part of the multiverse, since the chaos mage just so happened to activate the spell at the moment Harry here was shot back in our dimension. Since both of us are connected, we both got switched out here," Bob explained succinctly.
"Switched?" Willow screeched. "Then where's Xander at now?"
"Probably being revived in Harry's body," Bob retorted. "Look, little girl, I know you'll be awesome with the magic once you're taught- tons of raw talent there, toots, not that I wouldn't mind helping you with the good parts-"
"Bob!" I yelled, knowing what that tone of voice meant, but glanced over at Willow with a measuring stare. I might not have Molly to train in this world, but I might have a Molly-type substitute.
"Sorry, Harry. Anyway, kid, like I was saying, the thing you need to realize about magic is that there's ALWAYScomplications and consequences, even for the most well-meaning of spells. The sooner you learn that, the better."
Willow sniffled, then stiffened her bottom lip. "So, Harry's stuck in Xander's body from now on- what do we do about everything else now?"
A/N:That is what I've got so far. Will write more about how Harry deals with things once I give myself a refresher course in seasons 2-4 of Buffy. I have general plans for the story to arc that far at least, so this is DEFINITELY a long-term AU fic here.