Fandom: Buffy, the Vampire Slayer
Rating: this chapter - R
Genres: Adventure, Superhero Xander, Sliders
Warnings: Violence, a bit of Gore, and the Death of a red shirt/minor villain-type guy
Summary: Xander's new sword gets a chance to strut her stuff, and Xander is surprised when Spike's more unorthodox sword fighting lessons actually come in handy
Spoilers: Through Season Four
Word Count: 1851 words
Disclaimer: Don't own 'em - not making any money off 'em. Dern it.
Prompt Notes: Inspiration for this chapter taken from tamingthemuse prompt #348: Papaya
Notes: In case you don't remember from last week, Xander's new sword looks a lot like this diagram, but with a slightly more elaborate cross-guard, and gold and copper highlights - like Buddy.
If you look up papaya on the internet, it won't take long before you run across questions like these: "Why does my fresh papaya smell like vomit?" and "My papaya smells like dirty socks! That can't be right, can it?" Strangely enough, the answer is usually "Yep, that's what they smell like." So obviously, when you first cut them open, papayas smell like something really nasty, no matter how good they taste. Go figure.
Pineapples are extremely acidic, so you don't want to get the juice anywhere near your eyes. Somebody should tell Xander.
Previous parts can be found at the Xandercles tag, in reverse order.
You can also find the previous chapters at the Archive of Our Own.
You can read Chapter Forty-Three here at AO3.
You can read Chapter Forty-Three here at my LJ