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August 5: The Chosen Two (K+; Pacific Rim)

Title: The Chosen Two
Author: Jedi Buttercup
Rating: PG
Challenge: twistedshorts: August 5
Crossover: Pacific Rim
Spoilers: Post-series, no comics; pre-movie-ish
Disclaimer: The words are mine; the worlds are not.
Notes: 4th in the Slayer Jaeger sequence.

Summary: "Damn, B," her copilot said, eyeing her sidelong as the techs finished fitting their drivesuits. "Do we make these things look good, or what?" 800 words.



"Damn, B," her copilot said, eyeing her sidelong as the techs finished fitting their drivesuits. "Do we make these things look good, or what?"

Buffy rolled her eyes as Faith ran appreciative hands up the slick armored exterior of her form-fitting suit, framing hips and breasts in a way guaranteed to distract every red-blooded male in the room-- while subtly testing the polycarbonate shell. The inner layer of the suit, the circuitry mesh, was meant to interface with their nervous systems, and they already knew that part would work for a Slayer as well as any ordinary pilot; Willow and Oz had been a part of Caitlin Lightcap's team from the beginning, helping write the Pons software and the A.I.s that made piloting a Jaeger even possible, and had made sure the electronics would be able to keep up with augmented humans, too. But the support structure of the outer suit was uniquely formed for each pilot, and there'd been no way to break them in-- to make sure they wouldn't break them in active combat-- before the techs sealed them in.

"Black always was your color wasn't it?" she replied wryly, stretching carefully in her own suit. It was snug, but not too snug; she was pretty sure she'd be fine. It wasn't as though they'd be moving much in the Conn-Pod, just shadow-boxing in place, and she'd fought in much worse. A drivesuit was nothing after being ambushed by demons in a long skirt and high heels.

"Aw, you noticed," Faith replied, smirking back. "A girl likes to feel her efforts have been appreciated."

"Well, appreciate your way on into the Conn-Pod, 'cause we're up," Buffy replied, trying to hold back her own smirk as she followed the techs into Kaiju Slayer's nerve center and took her place in the right-hand harness.

Finally, finally, they were there: half a decade after the fledgling Slayer's Council had joined forces with Riley's boys to form the new Initiative, Slayers and Watchers Consortium, she and Faith were about to take their place back on the front lines of the war. Xander, Dawn, Riley and most of the other unmodified humans in the Consortium had gone to work in the Shatterdomes and other vital parts of the Pan Pacific Defense Corps, and the rest of them had kept busy thinning the increasingly desperate herds of lesser demons while the Consortium scraped up the funds and personnel to design and build a Jaeger that could handle a Slayer's capabilities. And now, the day they'd all been working toward had finally arrived.

She glanced over at Faith again as the spinal clamps activated, and they put on their helmets; her vision was briefly blocked by a film of relay gel, and then Faith's wide, white smile flashed back out at her.

"You sure you're ready for this?" Faith asked her again. "Stepping into my head? Here be monsters, and all that jazz."

"Last minute jitters?" Buffy raised her eyebrows, amused. It had been-- jeez, had they really met half their lives ago?-- years since she'd been naïve enough to be horrified by anything Faith might show her. Or vice versa. "There's nothing you've got that I haven't seen before."

"Oh yeah? Almost forgot about that," Faith said, straightening her back as the final systems in the harnesses activated and the techs exited the Conn-Pod. Though most of them were watching the rookie pilots with amused, curious expressions as they withdrew; Buffy could tell by the way Faith raised her voice that the other Slayer had noticed, too. "We've shared bodies already, and visited each other's dreams-- guess it's about time we shared the rest of it, too."

"And on that note," Buffy cleared her throat, trying not to blush at the unnecessary innuendo as she keyed the comms. "Ready to go, guys; hook us up."

"Roger that," J-Tech Chief Choi replied, in a refreshingly matter-of-fact tone. "Releasing for drop."

The harnesses shifted as the head of their Jaeger moved down into the bay to match up with its body; Buffy's pulse begin to speed up as adrenaline dumped into her system, despite the fact that they weren't actually about to go into battle. She could admit now that she lived for this, for the fight, and it had been far too long since she'd really stretched her Slayer instincts. She shared one more anticipatory grin with Faith, then closed her eyes as the Conn-Pod locked into place and Kaiju Slayer was made whole.

Or-- almost. All she was missing now was the Drift that would turn her from inanimate weapon into a meld of human spirit and machine strength capable of taking on the god-king soldiers that were Kaiju-- and winning.

"Ready for neural handshake," someone said; and over the comms, the countdown begin.

-x-

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avamclean
Aug. 6th, 2013 04:22 pm (UTC)
Day Five - Accepted!

Love the bond you're showing between the two Slayers and I'm eagerly awaiting the next part!
jedibuttercup
Aug. 7th, 2013 10:22 pm (UTC)
A case could be made for Dawn, or for any of the participants of the enjoining spell, to be compatible enough to Drift with Buffy ... but for an actual equal match? Faith's really the only choice. :)
jakedaman
Aug. 6th, 2013 04:38 pm (UTC)
Haven't seen the movie yet... but ooohh, I'm all aflutter in anticipation!
jedibuttercup
Aug. 7th, 2013 10:23 pm (UTC)
The movie's a lot of fun ... so long as you're fully aware of what kind of movie it is before you go in. :) Glad you're enjoying the stories!
pprfaith
Aug. 6th, 2013 05:40 pm (UTC)
And next, please, Kaiju Slayer being seventy times faster and more agile than other Jägers, because that's how those ladies roll. And people mistaking them for a couple. Yes, please?
jedibuttercup
Aug. 7th, 2013 10:24 pm (UTC)
Heh. Working on it. :) And yep, you know if Buffy's people funded the KS with the full intent of putting actual Slayers in it, it would end up more badass than your average Mark III; with the tradeoff of course that regular folks would never be able to actually shift the harnesses .....
pprfaith
Aug. 8th, 2013 05:16 am (UTC)
Yay! More!
sulien
Aug. 9th, 2013 03:42 am (UTC)
As soon as I read this story was posted on this community with more parts available I just had to run right over and read all that was available. Thanks for the heads up! I'll try to remember to check this every day. *g*

And now we're getting to the good parts... *runs off to read more*
jedibuttercup
Aug. 9th, 2013 11:01 pm (UTC)
:) I'm basically hit-or-miss writing these as, "Oh! I have to include a scene where X happens." But I'm having fun playing with it. I'm just not always sure enough of my spelling and word choices when writing to beat the clock like this (Marshall -> Marshal, for example, and Beckett -> Becket, and generic terms like "gym" should be replaced with specifics like "Kwoon") so I end up rereading and editing before putting it up on other sites.
sulien
Aug. 10th, 2013 01:35 am (UTC)
At present, I'm in 'Squeeee!' and 'Gimme-gimme-gimme!' mode, so I'm not noticing any errors that may or may not be there. ;) The mind candy is what I'm craving these days, it keeps me focused away from pain. Thank you for that!
jedibuttercup
Aug. 11th, 2013 02:04 am (UTC)
No problem - sorry you're hurting, but glad I can be a distraction.
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