Characters: Xander, mentions Willow and Buffy.
Written For: Challenge 6: Deep at sunnydalescribe.
Spoilers/Setting: Towards the end of Season One.
Summary: Xander has learned a few unexpected things about himself since meeting Buffy.
Disclaimer: I don’t own BtVS, or the characters. They belong to the wonderful Joss Whedon.
A/N: Triple Drabble.
Xander has never been one of the world’s deep thinkers. He’s not shallow, by any means; he’s sincere and fiercely loyal in his friendships, would do anything to help the people who mean the most to him, but he’s far from perfect. He’s human and he makes mistakes, although he always tries to do the right thing. As long as it doesn’t mean getting the crap beaten out of him.
He must have been at the end of the line when they were handing out smarts though; unlike his best bud Willow, nobody could ever accuse him of being a brainiac. If he manages to graduate high school it’ll be down to Will’s efforts at explaining the things he struggles to understand, especially math. He’s doing his best not to think about that for the moment; graduation is still some way off, and other things are taking precedence.
His whole world has been turned upside down, and all it took was the arrival of a new girl at school. Buffy would be amazing even if she were just an ordinary, very pretty teenage girl, but she’s so much more than that. She’s the Slayer; it’s her job, her destiny, to fight vampires and demons, stop the spread of their evil.
Vampires! Not characters out of horror movies but the real blood-sucking deal! They terrify him to the depths of his soul, but they’ve taught him something too. Coward he may be, but deep inside, he’s found reserves of courage and determination he never knew he had. Maybe part of it is his desire to impress Buffy, but it’s also that she inspires him to be the best he can be. He was leading a perfectly ordinary, mostly boring life until she came along, and now…
He’s never felt more alive.