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A/N: Here is an alternate version of Halloween. What if Buffy and company did not dress up as helpless victims? What if Janus want to even the odds for humanity and decided to help those caught in his spell?

7.7.2010

By: Fire Wolfe aka Fire Star

Not so helpless-

Part One

"Hey Willow what do you think of this dress?" Buffy asked as she pulled a long gown out from the rack. It was beautiful and clearly from Paris if from a bygone era.

"I don't know Buffy the color it just is not right for you. Plus Angel said he hated weak wimpy women."

Buffy's face fell at this. She pouted as she put it back on the rack. "I just want Angel to see I can be as elegant as those ladies he used to hang out with."

"Yeah, I get that but, Buffy you need to find a strong woman. You know Angelus would have simply eaten a weak woman. Why not find a costume that has a strong character to it. " Willow said as she came over to help her best friend search. "Oh how about this one."

Buffy came over to where Willow was standing and helped her pull the dress out. It was a totally different style then the Parisian dress. Yet it was elegant in its simplicity. The deep emerald color would look stunning with Buffy's golden tan and hair.

"I don't know Willow. I mean it still looks like it belong to a helpless girl."

Ethan hearing this laughed and walked over. "Oh no my dear never, this dress belonged to Donna Theresa she was a very wealthy land owner here in California. She ran her ranch after her father passed away and expanded it several times. She was very highly educated and gifted. She wrote several books, spoke French, Latin and English as well as Spanish. She was trained in the ways of the Spanish court and stood for the rights of the peons. She was never weak or helpless. In fact in modern terms she would have been a CEO of a large company. "Ethan smiled as he pulled a picture from his coat. "This picture shows her with her husband Dr. Helm."

Buffy looked at the woman in the picture. She looked so happy and the dress was stunning. Of course the woman had dark hair and eyes and was Spanish but, Buffy had to admit they had a similar facial structure. She suddenly felt connected to the people in the picture and decided to go for it. "I'll take it please." She said.

Ethan smiled and said "Good, good, now come let's fill out the paper work."

" You go ahead Buffy. I want to look some more." Willow said waving her off.

Buffy followed Ethan up to the counter. She was already going through her jewelry to find something that could go with this dress."How much will this be Mr. Rayne?"

"Oh for you my dear let's say twenty-five dollars. After all you will be doing a civic duty helping the little children."

Buffy beamed at his with a large smile. Ethan almost felt guilty, almost because he knew this would cause chaos and he worshipped that more then he feared any sense of guilt.

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Angel looked at his costume. He frowned but decided it would be a good idea to wear the thing anyway. He might be a vampire with a soul but, he only appeared to be in his 20's so if he was walking around the kiddies without a costume some parents might get the wrong idea. The last thing he would need was to have some concerned citizen call the cops. He brushed it off and decided he would look damned good as Superman, to bad his costume was that of a mild mannered Clark Kent.

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Buffy and Willow headed home talking about their costumes. Xander Harris walked into Ethan's he was disappointed to learn he missed the girls. He sucked it up and began looking for something to work with his fatigues. He found a set of dog tags and looked at the name. "Captain Steve Rogers. " That would work great. He then picked up a small toy gun and a pair of boots. He would be all set to go now. He paid for the items and headed out whistling a happy tone. The name triggered a memory but for the life of him he could not figure out why? Oh well probably something from history class nothing to important. He had only spent about ten dollars and that included the boots that he could use on patrol latter. He was the king of cheap costumes.

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Cordelia Chase ran into Ethan's shop. She could not believe Party Town had double rented the costumes. Now she had to find one or look like a loser. She cursed as nothing looked any good. That is until she saw a red, white and blue swimsuit peak out. Well there were worse things than going as Ms. America. The costume even came with great looking red boots and a golden tiara. Yep this would do. It was time to remind the losers of this town who was the queen.

Ethan laughed as he rang the charge card through. Ms. America indeed. The girl would make a fine Wonder Woman. Oh the chaos this would cause.

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Ms. Mystic is a cool character. I swear I hung around Xander and Jessie too much. Willow thought. However she was going as she wasn't because she had promised her best friends. Plus she was missing Jessie a lot and this would be a great way to honor his memory. The boy had had a real big crush on this super hero. Willow dress quickly and tried not to think about the fact that Ms. Mystic was a kick ass WIcca and all she could do was float pencils ...sometimes.

Ethan Rayne cast the chaos spell and sat back to watch the events unfold...

Part 2

Janus watched the chaos with a frown. He did not like his power had been called upon to harm children. While Ethan was one of his most devote followers his plan and actions did not please Janus.

Janus and the other gods had long been pushed aside by TPTB and they were tired of watching them muck up creation and humanity. Janus now had a legitimate way to interfere and make things right. He smiled as he considered that his plan would create chaos but still help right the balance.

He appeared before those affected by the spell he wished to empower forever. He found Buffy Summers/ Donna Theresa fighting a vampire named Spike. The blonde vampire had disregarded his sire's warning and come out to play. Janus however, knew this dark creature had a very vital role to play one day. So he touched the creature and sent him running away. They could fight again latter when he was done setting his plan in motion.

He froze time and went to Buffy's side. He looked the girl over and found she would do well for his plans. However, she still needed to be a slayer for his plan to work. So with a tweak here and there to her costume she would become a slayer when the spell wore off again. He would however allow her to keep all of the skills and memories of the lady whose clothing she now wore. It was fortunate that the Donna Theresa the Queen of Swords had been an uncalled potential. It allowed him a lot of room to work. Janus faced down the first slayer who backed from his in slight awe and fear. "All will be well slayer. I am not taking your charge merely augmenting her."

There was a grunt and growl which Janus took as approval. He left Buffy then to come out of the trance and sent her to find her friends.

Next he visited Xander. For such a comic book Geek he had slipped up. Janus chuckled at this boy/man's mistake. Oh well it would serve his purpose. With a touch and alteration here and there and a solid smack down on the hyena he was done. The ordinary mortal Xander Harris would be no more. He was now the grandson of Steve Rogers also known as Captain America. He would be able to stand side by side with his friends now. Janus placed a paper in the boy's pocket he would be able to find the bank account his grandfather set up and the tools he would need to make his own shield. Given that the money had not been touched in 60 years it would be enough to get him away from his abusive home. Plus there was also a house here in Sunnydale where he could move. The place would need work but, Janus knew Xander was a lot like his grandfather and a little hard work would not bother him at all. He like Steve would want to help his friends no matter what. He like Steve had stepped up when needed and been change because of it. Yes, Janus was proud of this youth and would gladly call him an avatar.

The next on his list was Cordelia Chase, Queen C. If ever he was to have a female avatar this girl would be it. She was a force for change. He grinned at her thinking she was merely Miss America. Janus was not often amused by people's ignorance but this time he could not help but smile. It would be interesting to see how Wonder Woman felt about the hell mouth. Of course Cordelia would be pleased because now she would be a genuine princess.

The last of the mortals was by no means the least. Willow would do great things as Ms. Mystic. Janus tempered the skills and boosted the moral compass. Willow was going to be a very powerful Wicca hopefully her joining with Ms. Mystic would prevent her falling to the darkness. A little chaos was fun but if this child fell to evil...Janus shivered it would not be good at all.

Now for the biggest problem of the night. Angel the vampire. Janus shook his head and wondered why a vampire would want to dress as a man who needed the sun to live? This was going to be a problem. He pondered the issue for a while and then decided there was nothing for it. Angel had to be mortal again. He would need the sun and his soul would become that of the character he became. With a touch the vampire screamed and the demon cried out as two souls became bound to the now living Clark Kent. He would not be as strong as the modern superman but he would be able to fight at the slayers side night or day.

Even as Janus completed his tasks Giles was listening to his children's concerns paling at the implications of what Ethan had done.

TBC...