By the Book... Literally
I have to agree with Methos here, this is going to be a one shot. Willow seemed to have some sort of idea --which is more than I can say for myself-- so I decide to start there.
"Willow, what was your idea?"
"Well, it's kind of crazy but first of all I need to know if Tara would be up to some elemental magic if we really need it," she says, turning to her partner.
"It depends on what you want me to do, I guess."
"I'm not sure it's going to be necessary, but a bit of weather control... local scale."
"I think I can manage."
"Good," she says though I'm still not sure what she's up to.
"You still haven't told us what you are planning," I remind her.
"That's 'cause I'm not really sure it's a good idea and I'd really rather make it plan B," Willow explains and going by how nervous she seems to be I can guess I'm not going to like this.
"To make it plan B we would have to have a plan A first, which we don't have," Xander points out.
"Yes, well, that's kind of why I don't want to say anything just yet."
"Why don't you tell us about it and if we have to we'll try to come up with a plan A," I say, knowing that right now we need something --anything-- resembling a plan... we can always refine it later.
"Well, I mean, timing would be everything and it would take a lot of energy, but if we choose the day carefully and we do it shortly before dawn I think it could work. The thing is that we would have to corner this thing outdoors and then there are so many things that could go wrong but..."
"Willow, you are babbling," cuts in Buffy.
"Sorry about that, I'm kind of nervous here. You said I can move it within my vision field, right?" asks Willow turning to me.
"Yes," I say.
"And you said there's no fine print, right?"
"Well, you said I had to stick to this dimension but you never said I had to stick to this world, right?"
"Yes... wait where are you planning on sending it?"
"I was kind of thinking Venus might be the best option here."
"Why Venus? I mean, wouldn't the sun or the moon make better choices?" I hear Buffy ask.
"The sun would seem to be easier but I kind of ruled it out for a couple of reasons. First of all we don't know what it would do to the demon, we don't know if it would successfully kill it or if it would continue to reproduce there at an accelerated rate instead and I really don't want to mess with that since it could end up being far worse than having it reproducing here on Earth if it gets to the point of affecting the sun's stability. Also, in order to send it to the sun we would have to track it and fight it during the day and that would take Spike out of the equation. I'd rather avoid anything that would weaken us during the fight."
"Okay, good thinking, so why not the moon, or Mars or some distant star for that matter?" I ask, curious about her reasoning.
"The moon is a bit too close for comfort. One manned flight and the demon could hitch a ride home, the same goes for Mars, besides Venus is a lot closer to us right now, so it would be easier to control. Also I don't think anyone is likely to try to get to Venus. I mean you are talking about a world with a surface temperature of more than 900° F, with a lot of volcanic activity, an atmospheric pressure that is 90 times that of Earth and let's just say that the acid rain there is no picnic since the clouds that make it look so pretty are made of hydrochloric and hydrofluoric acid. Besides, it's twice as bright as Mars and that makes it easier to identify."
"Okay, so cutting through the geek-talk we have that Venus is hellish enough that a demon would feel right at home?" clarifies Xander.
"Pretty much. As far as a distant star goes, I don't have the power to move it that far, and besides their positions are an optical illusion... they seem to be where they were as many years ago as their light took to get to us, so I wouldn't want to risk missing the mark. Venus is only a couple of light minutes away anyway so that's not an issue."
"But why did you ask Tara if she could do some elemental magic if need be?" he asks.
"Hello... Cascade here, not Sunnydale. If I have to be able to see where I'm sending the demon a cloudy night could ruin everything."
"That could actually work," I say, amazed by the simplicity of Willow's idea. Sometimes I tend to forget that before she discovered magic she used to be considered a science nerd. I had been looking at this thing from a mystical perspective, troubled by the fact that the demon is bound to this dimension... Willow merely sidestepped the whole issue.
"Hey, wait a minute, buster, I said I wanted to make it plan B, so we still need to find a plan A," she says and I know I'm in for a long night trying to talk Willow into her own plan.