A Watcher's Son
Undead in Cascade
Author: Clea Saal
Fandom: The Sentinel / Buffy, the Vampire Slayer / Highlander
Rating: 13+
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Undead in Cascade

Coming back has been rough. Not just because I'm once again confined to the shadows but also because everything is so different. Sunnydale is gone --a hole in the ground a bunch of geologists are still trying to explain-- and the Hellmouth that was the focus of our lives is no more. It seems that in my absence the slayer's merry little band relocated to Cascade, which is a whole different problem as far as I'm concerned. One simple fact of vampiric unlife is that the colder the weather the more noticeable we become. In Sunnydale if someone happened to brush a vampire's hand that hand would have felt a little cold but not cold enough to ring any alarm bells, here in Cascade that's no longer the case so I have to be more careful.

On the other hand the weather here does have some advantages. I like the fact that Cascade has far fewer sunny days. I suspect that I won't be confined to the darkness, at least not as much as I had feared. Being so much further north will also have an impact. In the winter I will have a lot more freedom than I did in Sunnydale because the days will be a lot shorter, but I will pay the price for that in the summer, when the nights will last only a few hours.

The fact that there's no Hellmouth around is another difference I'm having a hard time coming to terms with. It seems that they are more concerned with reorganizing the bloody Council than with the actual fight against evil... not that there's that much evil left to fight now that the First has been destroyed and the cub slayers activated. I guess that's my main problem... I'm a fighter with nothing to fight and even though I'm relieved by the knowledge that Buffy's patrols are no longer a major danger to her but rather a mere formality, I'm still bored out of my mind and I don't think she's doing much better. She was never meant to be a bureaucrat and sometimes I wonder if they remember that.

The one thing I'm not missing are the hordes of potentials. That is a major relief and I think that's probably the one thing we can all agree on... well except for the new guy who was spared from getting to know them in the first place. I'm still trying to figure the Immortal out. He's older than anyone I've ever met before and that's saying something.... still for a guy who's older than dirt I guess he's not too bad.

Of course, I don't have much of a right to complain about the potentials... well former potentials at any rate. From what I've heard the first few days after the gang arrived in Cascade were pretty close to the guardian's definition of hell. I can imagine, I know that back in Sunnyhell things were rough enough for me and even then I had the basement mostly to myself, I could intimidate them --at least a little-- and there was considerably more space than they would have had here. These lofts are not designed to have guests, so I can only imagine what it was like to have some thirty people living in one of them, even if it was only for a short time.

That's another issue I'm having some problems with: their choice of headquarters. This building meets their needs but not mine. While the slayer has added some decent shutters this place is still too sunny --too exposed-- for my liking, not to mention the fact that the loft's bedroom open design worked just fine as long as it was just Buffy and Bit living here but now we could really use some privacy. It's scary how good Dawn is getting at most forms of RPG due to how often she is forced to seek shelter in Xanders's place.

I guess I could probably try to talk the watcher into modifying part of their combined storage space in the basement to turn it into vampire friendly quarters.That would take care of the sun issue and it would also solve the privacy problem... not to mention that just thinking about it would raise the watcher's blood pressure significantly. On the other hand having me move to the basement would mean that we would no longer be literally on the other side of the wall and that could eventually help lower his blood pressure. I am aware that he's not happy about the fact that Buffy and I are back together, and even through a brick wall I'm pretty sure he can hear us... no one ever accused us of being too quiet.

The main obstacle to that approach is that we do have to think about the neighbors here and building what would amount to an extra apartment in the basement would be a little too obvious and not easily explained. Sure, I could get some forged documents indicating that I suffer from solar urticaria or another such rare skin condition, but I know that coming up with an answer is not the problem, the problem is that we are trying to keep people from asking questions in the first place.

Well, we'll just have to see how things develop from here... at least one thing has changed for the better: the slayer and I, we're no longer hiding.

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