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Author's Note: Very little of this story has been changed from the original episode, so most of the dialogue will be familiar. I have changed some scenes to include those characters who have not left, and dropped others which interfere with the future. Enjoy.
"What do you think?" Xander asked.
The group stared forward. A quietness descended upon them.
held up the knife in his hand and sighed. "I don't know, I was going for
ferocious, scary, but it's coming out more dryly sardonic."
does appear to be mocking you with its eye holes," Willow agreed
nose hole seems sad and full of self-loathing," Oz added.
turned the harmless Jack-o'-lantern around to show the face to those opposite.
"Angel, what do you think?"
"Wouldn't like to meet it
on dark night," Angel announced in a deadpan serious voice.
know, its getting freaky you two being friendly with each other," his girlfriend
commented form her position on the sofa bed. A Swiss army knife was in her hand,
stuck part way in another hollowed out pumpkin.
"I swear I don't
know how it happened," Xander joked back. "How's yours?"
turned her pumpkin, making all smile as they took in the slashes above the eyes.
"Do you think 'it vamps' counts as a pun?" Cordelia asked.
"Okay," Xander began as he stood up and walked to the other end
of the living room of the apartment he shared with Willow, Cordelia and Oz, "I've
got a treat for tomorrow night's second annual Halloween screening. People, prepare
to have your spines tingled, your gooses bumped by the terrifying," he took
the video out of the bag, his tone changing to one of disbelief, "Fantasia.
Oz thought for a moment, then remarked, "maybe
it's because of all the horrific things we've seen, but hippos wearing tutus just
don't unnerve me the way they used to."
"Phantasm. It was
supposed to be 'Phantasm.' Stupid video store!"
we were doing the alph delt thing?" Cordelia sought to confirm.
thing?" Xander asked.
"The scary house?" Buffy queried.
"Sounds kinda lame. Fratboy stuff."
"It actually borders
on fun," Oz assured them. "You have to go through the scary house maze
to get to the party. Which is usually worth getting to. Those guys go all out."
"As witnessed last Friday," Willow remarked.
true," her boyfriend agreed.
"There is a party? The Bronze
is gonna suffer yet another profit loss."
"We might as well
check it out. Halloween's gonna be quiet, hellmouth wise," Buffy pointed
"That's just jinxed it," Cordelia remarked, but without
any mean intent. "Now we're gonna get costume possessed again."
"Costume possessed?" Doyle queried.
ago, an old friend of Giles' showed up and cast this spell. We all turned into
our costumes," Willow explained.
"And on that note,"
Buffy began as she stood up, "me and Angel ought to patrol and see if any
vamps fancy making play tonight."
"Hey, nothing happened
last year," Oz recalled.
"You're right," Xander realised.
"Let's not jinx that comment."
"See you guys tomorrow."
Once outside, Angel and Buffy linked hands and made their way across the
campus to Crawford Street.
"So what are you gonna wear?"
Buffy asked him.
"I have to wear something?" Angel queried.
"Its a costume party. Don't worry, Mum's making mine."
think of something. It'll be all right for a professor to come?"
being costumes, no one will notice."
"True," Angel mused,
then stilled and abruptly let go of her hand.
Buffy got out her stake. "Let the games begin."
got the basics down levitation, charms, glamours. I just feel like I've
The slayer nodded to her
friend as she picked up her lunch selection. "What's the next level?"
"Transmutation, conjuring, bringing forth
something from nothing. Gets pretty close to the primal forces. A little scary."
"What does Jenny say?" Buffy asked, speaking of their group's main authority on witchcraft; Jenny Calendar-Giles.
its up to me whether I move to the next level. Then again, what is college for
if not experimenting? You know, maybe I can handle it. I'll know when I've reached
"Wine coolers?" Oz asked as
he came up to them.
"Magic," Buffy clarified.
"Oh, you didn't encourage her, did you?"
Willow glanced at him in surprise. "Where is supportive
"He's picking up your dry cleaning,
but he told me to tell you that he's afraid you're gonna get hurt."
Willow smiled. "Okay, Brutus." Oz looked at her.
"Brutus Caesar? Betrayal trusted friend? Back stabby?"
"I'm with you on the reference, but I won't lie
about the fact that I worry. I know what it's like to have power you can't control.
I mean, every time I start to," he lowered his voice, aware that normal freshmen
were around, "wolf-out, I touch something deep, dark. It's not fun. But just
know that what ever you decide, I back your play."
Concerned boy, sweet boy." Buffy smiled.
suit. "I kinda like him - worrying anyway."
moved to the table, where Cordelia, Anya, Xander, Doyle and Angel were waiting
"Oh, Jenny said we have to stop by her
and Giles' place before we go. Apparently he's decided to go all out on Halloween,
and indulge in the festivities," Willow recalled as they sat down.
"Giles celebrating Halloween. I wonder who he'll be?" Buffy mused.
A unison of silence followed the greeting.
Finally, the slayer chose to be the first one to air what they were all thinking.
"Oh, my, God."
Giles stood before them, a giant bowl of
sweets in his hands, a large, garish hat and matching poncho upon him. "It's
"And it's on your head," Oz remarked.
"It seemed festive," Giles replied as he stood back to let
them inside. "Jenny's just finishing up. Look, look!" He reached up
to turn on a small Frankenstein near his head. The toy sounded classic robotic
sounds. "It's alive!"
"Well, I gotta say, its weird,
you relaxed on Halloween," Cordelia commented as they all came in.
convinced him," Jenny remarked as she came down, clothed in traditional gypsy
gear. "Halloween is the day evil takes off, and last year was quiet. When
are you all getting ready?"
"Oh, we need to hand in Psych
assignments first," Buffy explained. "Figured it wouldn't be appropriate
giving them to Walsh in costume."
"Good point," Jenny
agreed. "She doesn't seem to have much of sense of humour."
was indeed true, Buffy mused as she entered room for Psychology 101 with Willow
and Oz after they had said goodbyes to Giles and Jenny.
me, Professor Walsh? We came to hand in our assignments."
don't give credit for early, but thank you," Profess Walsh said as her TA
took the papers.
"We got them out of the way before the party
tonight," Willow explained.
"The one at Alpha Delta,"
Riley Finn added. "Halloween. When the ghosts and goblins come out."
"That's actually a misnomer," Buffy informed them.
"Well, I didn't mean real ones," Riley added.
what are you doing?"
"Well, I'm going to sit here and grade
"Scary," Oz mused deadpanned.
"Very," Riley replied.
"Okay, watch your step, boys," one of frat members remarked as Oz and
Xander came in, a large speaker in their arms. "Paint's still wet in a few
"Thanks for the loan, man. Our sound system sucks."
Oz merely shrugged. "Mi Casio es su Casio."
gestured to the pentagram the frat boy was painting on the floor. "Well,
that's an interesting little design. What does it mean?"
clue. I got it out of this book. There is a lot of really cool stuff about..."
Xander saw some grapes in a bowl and picked one out. "Ooh, grapes!
Wow, peeled. You guys know how to spoil your guests."
man. Blindfold chicks and have them stick their hands in the bowl and tell them
it's eyeballs. They love that."
"And here I was wasting
time buying them flowers and complimenting them on their shoes. So, you go through
the whole house of horrors downstairs and it ends up here. Sweet. You fratly guys
have a nice setup."
"Hey, mighty, mighty Alpha Delts. You
should think about pledging."
"Xander is owner of The Bronze,"
Oz informed them.
The frat guys sat up and blinked. Then one stood
and shook Xander's hand. "Loved the redesign."
Scary noises started to sound. "Cranking,"
one of the frat boys pronounced.
Xander glanced at Oz, and saw him
frown. "Sensing a disturbance in the Force, master?"
pulled out a pocket knife. "The left speaker is crackling a little bit."
"And you feel stabbing it is the proper solution?"
"I'm just going to trim the wire. It might be a short." He bent
down at the back, and began to cut. "Ah!"
"Cut myself. It's okay." He shook his hand,
some of the blood dripping down on the painted symbol on the floorboards. The
pentagram shimmered, then returned to its natural state. No one noticed as a previously
rubber spider turned real and began to crawl across the wood.
"Thanks again for doing this."
Joyce Summers took the red
cape out of her sewing machine and handed it to her daughter. "I'm just glad
I could find it. There. Try it now. I let down the hem and loosened it a little
around the hood."
"Oh, it feels better." She looked
up. "Oh, no. Someone is getting nostalgic face."
sorry. I'm thinking about the little girl who wore that. What is it? Five? Six
"Yeah, Little Red Riding Hood was the cutting
edge in costumes."
Her Mom laughed. "Your father loved to
take you out."
"He was such a pain! 12 years old and I can't
go trick-or-treating by myself?"
"He just wanted to keep
"No, he wanted the candy. I was just the beard."
"Oh, that's not true actually. The candy was for me. Your father
loved spending time with you." She paused remembering. "So, what is
Angel going as?"
"I don't know, he said it was a surprise.
Should be interesting."
"Why is Halloween day off for evil?"
Joyce queried as Buffy tied her cape.
"Giles said that evil doesn't
hold with the tradition, it snubs it," Buffy answered as she sat down to
wait for Angel. "I remember Angel being very surprised when I showed up in
my costume two years ago. Of course then we had Ethan Rayne and all that fun."
She paused, as a knock on door sounded. She smiled, jumped up and went to open
the door. "Hey. Halloween deja-vu."
Angel smiled at her as
he came in, clothed in the male fashion of the time she had picked out two years
ago, looking just as handsome as if he was wearing the tux from the Prom only
a few months ago. "I thought as Jenny was going with her origins, I could
go with mine. What do you think, my lady?" He performed a formal bow.
Buffy attempted a curtsy in her short dress. "Very swoonworthy."
"I hope you both have a good time," Joyce remarked as she came
up to see them.
"Normal Halloween fun," Buffy agreed.
Little did they know, the Powers were not listening.
Meanwhile, at the Frat house of Alpha Delta, things were well on the way to becoming
a spooky, worthy of the Hellmouth, Halloween party.
what's in the next one?" A frat asked in a ominous tone as they toured the
mystery glass bowl.
"You guys are sick!" The blindfolded
"Here, give me your hand."
squeezed the grapes in the bowl. "This is gross."
Rachel, they're eyeballs! Muahaha!"
She giggled and took off
Only to find real eyeballs in her hand.
Let the games begin.
"Hey, Red. What you got in the basket, little girl?"
Buffy replied seriously.
"Oh," Xander said.
in case," Angel remarked.
"Like the tux, Xander," Buffy
"The name's Bond. James Bond," Xander replied in
a deep tone. "Insurance, you know, in case we get turned into our costumes
again. I'm going for cool, secret agent guy."
"I hate to
break it to you, but you'll probably end up cool head waiter guy," Cordelia
informed him as she appeared.
"As long as I'm cool and wield
some kind of power." He looked at her. "Let me guess; Moneypenny?"
"No, I was going for film star," she replied, her costume looking
like it had stepped off the red carpet.
"Will," Buffy greeted
as she came up. "Medieval Will."
"Hail, ye olde
vareletty thou," Xander added.
"I'm Joan of Arc.
I figured we had a lot in common, seeing as how she had that close relationship
"And you are?" Xander asked Oz. Oz merely
put aside his jacket to reveal a name tag with the word GOD upon it. "Of
course. I wish I'd thought of that before I put down my deposit. I could have
"Blasphemer," Oz joked.
turned to walk down the path. Suddenly a group of masked green guys crept out
of the bushes in front of them. They rose up to their full height, took a look
at them all and walked on.
"Nice costumes," Cordelia commented
as they left. "Very stealthy."
"What are they supposed
to be?" Willow wondered aloud.
"NATO?" Oz decided.
"Oh, yeah, I, ah, invited Anya to join us, but she's having some trouble
finding a scary costume, so she's just going to meet us there," Xander recalled.
"What about Doyle?" Angel asked Cordelia.
here," replied the man himself, making them all jump.
is that?" His girlfriend asked, looking at the blue spikes on his face.
"Oh, I forgot to show this to you, didn't I? Its my Bracken face."
"Oh," Cordelia reached out and carefully touched the spikes.
"It kind of suits you actually."
They reached the front door.
"Let the horrors begin," Oz declared.
the Frat house, things had worsened.
me!" A boy screamed running down a corridor, as chaos of Halloween toys turning
real took over the house.
He fell down the main staircase
to land in a heap at the bottom.
Meanwhile a deep voice bellowed, its sound echoing throughout the house. "Release me!"
"The joint's not jumping. Where is everybody?" Xander wondered out loud
as they entered the empty Entrance Hall of the Frat house. Mechanical laughter
came from one of the one-eyed heads sitting on punch bowls. A sign with the word
'DETOUR' was placed above it.
"Follow the signs," Oz remarked.
Angel glanced at the severed head. "Terrifying. If I were Abbott
and Costello this would be fairly traumatic."
Willow walked through
into the next bit of the hall. "Uh, ah! Cobweb!" She shook it off herself.
"Okay that part was realistic."
"Frat boys aren't too
obsessive with their cleaning. Might not be decoration per se," Oz warned
Xander jumped then as a fake skeleton with a long silver kitchen
knife came out of a cupboard by him. "I wasn't scared, I was in the spirit."
"And we'll back you up on that," Cordelia assured him. "Even
if they question us separately," she added, before glancing at her shoulder
and screaming as a spider crawled upon it. "Uh, get it off!"
reached out and brushed it away. "It's gone."
that is not sanitary!"
"Yeah," the slayer agreed, "lets
get to the party part of the party."
They turned a corner.
Oz halted, puzzled. "I thought this led to..." he trailed off as everyone
noticed the stain on the floor before them.
"What is it?"
Angel crouched down and put his finger on it, then up
to his nose to confirm his suspicions. "Blood. Real blood."
actual creeps have been given," Xander decided. "Bravo, frat boys!"
"Shh!" Buffy requested. "Do you hear something? Like
a - squeaking noise?"
"Oh, it's these rented shoes, patent
leather. I asked the guy to..."
"No, no," Willow disagreed,
"I wait. It's something else. I hear it, too. Something like..."
At once, they all looked up to the ceiling. To find it covered in
black. The squeaking got louder.
Then bats struck.
they ducked, hands reaching out to flick them away. Then Buffy heard a growl and
looked to see her boyfriend's vamped face, which caused the bats to fly away.
"Bats fear vampires," Angel explained.
why they're connected to the myth," Buffy said, glancing around them. "Where
did they go?"
The room was devoid of bats. Except for one on the
carpet. Oz reached out.
His girlfriend cautioned him. "No, Oz,
don't it might be..."
"Rubber," he finished, picking
it up. "It's made of rubber."
"What the hell is going
on here?" The slayer wondered.
"Look, maybe it's nothing,"
Xander said hopefully. "Maybe it's just a neat trick. You know, something
done with wires or..."
A rumbling voice interrupted him. "Release
"Or it might be something else," Cordelia corrected.
Meanwhile, a former vengeance demon was walking up to the door in a large pink
That is, the wall where the door once stood.
is the door?" Anya asked out loud. She knocked on the wall. "Hey! Hello!"
She sighed at receiving no answer and stepped back out on to the street.
Suddenly a scream sounded, making her turn up to look at the house. She
could see a girl screaming in one of the upper window's.
me! Help me!"
Then the window was abruptly bricked up.
"Xander!" Anya quietly uttered in fear, before going for help.
Meanwhile, back in the Frat House, the rest of the Slayerettes continued to walk
around the ground floor.
"Where are the stairs?" Xander asked.
"Where is the door?" Willow followed up.
is the way we came in, right?" Buffy sought to confirm. "We just went
in a circle?"
At that moment the sound effects went off.
"Thank the lord!" Cordelia commented to Oz who had reached for
one of the switches to silence the house. "You're welcome."
think we ought to get out of here," Angel remarked.
Xander remarked. "Does anyone hear that?"
"Do you hear
something?" Buffy asked.
"Like I said," Xander added,
"sounds like a hissing."
Buffy put her basket down. "It's
like a 'ssss' noise."
"I thought the word hissing kind of
covered that nicely."
The slayer opened the closet door nearby.
Inside was a boy shaking. "I'm sorry. I didn't know. I'm sorry."
"Chaz," Oz remarked in greeting as he crouched down to him.
Chaz continued to shiver and shake. "I didn't know."
happening?" Oz asked.
is it?" Cordelia asked impatiently.
"It's alive. It's alive."
Behind them a previously plastic skeleton slowly raised the knife
it held in its bony hand.
"What's alive?" Buffy asked.
"He's in shock," Xander pronounced.
happened here?" The slayer pressed.
Chaz looked up, then screamed
in pure terror. Buffy felt something strike her, and Angel rapidly grabbed the
murderous skeleton, throwing it off her to the floor.
Where it turned
After looking at it for a second, he turned back to his soulmate.
"Are you okay?"
"I think the cape took most of it,"
Buffy replied, taking it off.
"Cowering in a closet is starting
to seem like a reasonable plan," Oz mused.
Cordelia asked, pointing out the now suddenly blank wall.
gonna make my way upstairs and see if there are any people up there," Buffy
decided. "You guys find a way out of the house and use it."
telling us to run away and leave you behind?" Willow queried in surprise.
Her friend pulled out her crossbow. "We need help. We need the only person that can make sense of what's happening."
At Oakpark Street, Apartment 523B was playing host to some trick or treat children
and a parent as a large pink bunny rushed up.
"Xander is in trouble.
We've got to do something, right now!"
greeted, surprised at both her appearance and costume.
to the kids and helped to usher them to the next address.
you listening? Xander is trapped!"
"Where is Buffy and the
others?" Giles asked her as they all walked into the living room.
trapped, too, but we've got to save Xander!"
Giles took of his
sombrero and sat down. "Slow down. I need you to be more specific."
"Uhm, ah, we were supposed to meet at this house, and I got there
and there was no door where a door should be. And then I see this girl standing
in a window, and then poof! She's gone."
"She vanished from
the window?" Jenny asked.
"No, the window vanished from the
"Hmm," Giles mused. "Matter and reality
distortion." He got up to get a book from his library. "Like a summoning
spell's temporal flux."
"What?" Anya queried.
"Hmm? Oh, never mind. I just need to get some - supplies together. I wouldn't worry about Xander. At least he's amongst friends."
"It's a simple incantation, a guiding spell for travellers when they become
lost or disoriented."
"And how does it work?" The slayer
"It conjures an emissary from the beyond that lights the
"Conjuring. Willow, I don't mean to be negative, but
you haven't tried this level of power yet. And given the current situation, it
might turn into something else."
"Will," Xander began,
"Buffy does have a point, we...."
asked, as she looked around. "Xander, where did you go?"
how you still haven't lost your sense of inappropriate humour." She turned
and appeared to look through him. "Buffy, knock it off. Skit's over. I'm
"I'll go and look for him," Angel volunteered.
"Look for me? I right here!" Xander cried out following him round
Only to find an empty corridor.
"Buffy, I understand the concern. I still think we should give it a try."
"Willow, something is happening," Oz suddenly remarked.
She turned to face him. "Oh, no."
"But but you can't! There is no moon tonight."
"I have to get away," Oz decided.
"Oz, I don't
think its a wise idea for us to split up," Buffy began.
we need to find something to restrain you," his girlfriend added, "like
a rope or chains, or something."
"There is no time!"
Willow reached out but he scratched at her hand then ran off.
"And then there were four," Cordelia said as they looked around the empty corridor once more.
"Okay, Aradia, Goddess of the lost, the path is murky, the woods are dense,
darkness pervades, I beseech thee, bring the light."
A green ball
of light appeared before the remaining four.
"Woah! I did it!
I did you. Hi! - Right, you're waiting for instructions. Lead us to Oz. Wait!
We should try to find the people trapped upstairs first. But even if I get them
we still need to find a way out of the house. Okay, here is what we should do.
"Willow," Buffy began.
She looked up to see that the one green ball had multiplied into a plague of balls
flying around them.
"Run!" Doyle decided.
The four split off in different directions.
the house, Anya and Giles stood, the latter with an open book in one hand, the
other feeling the wall where the door had once been.
"We're gonna have to create a door."
Giles closed the book and walked over to the bag he had laid on the floor.
"Create a door. You can do that?" Anya remarked.
There was a mechanical growl of machinery as Giles stood up, a chain-saw in his hands. "I can."
Buffy halted from her running and opened her eyes. To find herself upstairs in
the main party room. Grateful to see that the whirling green balls had gone, she
walked down the room, seeing shaking and cowering college students all around
her. One boy looked very familiar. "Oz?"
He looked up as
Willow came towards them, yelling, "get them off me! Get them off me! Get'em
off! Get'em off!"
He stood up and took his girlfriend's hands.
"Willow, Willow, it's okay. It's okay. We're okay." He pulled her into
The slayer shook her head. "We're not okay. We need
to get out of here."
"I'd offer my opinion," a voice
began, "but you jerks aren't gonna hear it anyway. Not that 'didn't go to
college' boy has anything important to say. I might as well hang out my new best
friend; bleeding dummy head, for all you dorks care."
He stood up in relief. "You you heard that? You
you can see me? Good. Oh, God, good!"
Angel emerged, visibly
shaken. "Everyone okay?"
Buffy turned to him. "What
happened to you?"
"You don't want to know. I don't even want
"The house separated us. It wanted to scare us,"
"But - we got away," Cordelia added as she and
"No," Buffy realised. We were brought here.
We all got so scared that we ended up here. Why?"
at the pentagram and drawings on the floor. "I saw them painting that. They
were copying it out of that!" He added, pointing to the book on the floor.
Willow picked it up and looked at the text. "I think it's Gaelic."
She handed it over to Doyle and Angel. "Can you two translate?"
"Release me! Release me!" A voice rumbled again.
the icon's called the Mark of Gachnar," Angel announced. "This is a
summoning spell. Somehow the beginning of the spell must have been triggered.
Gachnar is trying to manifest itself, to come into being."
His soulmate asked him.
"It feeds on fear," Doyle added.
"Our fears are manifesting it," the slayer concluded. "We're
feeding it. We need to stop."
"If we close our eyes and
say it's a dream," Xander closed his eyes then rapidly opened them, "it'll
stab us to death!"
so our fears are feeding it, we get everyone out of here.." Cordelia began
to suggest, just as the walls started to shake. "Lets go!"
rushed to the door. He opened it to reveal... "Giles? Everyone, it's Giles!
With a chain-saw. Glad you could make it."
"The walls closed
up behind us," Giles offered in explanation as he walked over to them.
Angel handed him the book. "Gachnar, of course. It's presence infects
the reality of the house, but it's not managed to achieve full manifestation.
We can not allow this to come into being."
"But if it does
I can fight it, right?"
Giles showed her the illustration. "Buffy,
this is Gachnar."
"I don't want to fight that. So, we break
Giles began flicking through the book. "'The
summoning spell for Gachnar can be shut down in one of two ways. Destroying the
mark of Gachnar,'" read aloud, as his slayer walked over and put her foot
through the floorboard, "Is not one of them and will in fact immediately
bring forth the fear demon itself."
The floor rumbled and smoke
arose out of the hole. The demon of Gachnar appeared before them.
is Gachnar?" Buffy queried peering down and the little demon standing on
the floor in the middle of the their group circle.
Little show," Xander remarked.
"I am the dark lord of nightmares!
The bringer of terror! Tremble before me. Fear me!" Gachnar replied.
"He he's no cute!" Willow mused.
Xander bend down towards it. "Who's a little fear demon? Come
on! Who's a little fear demon!"
"Don't taunt the fear demon,"
Giles admonished him.
"Why, can he hurt me?"
it's just tacky. Be that as it may, Buffy, when it comes to slaying..."
"Size doesn't matter?"
"They're all going to
abandon you, you know," Gachnar threatened her.
"Yeah, yeah," the slayer remarked, as she slayed it; with a blow of her foot.
"Some quality treats here, Giles," Oz remarked.
had all returned to Giles and Jenny's place and were now finishing the sweets.
"Uhm, this is much better," the slayer declared in the arms of
her boyfriend. "There is no problem that can not be solved with chocolate."
"That's your scary costume?" Xander asked Anya.
"Oh, bloody hell," Giles suddenly commented
as he glanced at the book passage concerning Gachnar. "The inscription!"
"What's the matter?" Jenny asked him.
Giles showed her the
page. "I should have translated the Gaelic inscription under the illustration
"What's it say?"
"Actual size." He shrugged and then chuckled, before closing the book.
To Be Continued In
The One With The Scooby Meeting.