Bounty Hunters

Rating: G.
Category: Drama.
Summary: What happened after Otrere and Xander left Hogwarts for New Orleans?
Timeline: The whole year & subsequent summer after the end of Season 1.
Disclaimer: Harry Potter characters belong to Jo Rowling and her people. Alias characters belong to JJ Abrams and his people. Buffy/Angel characters belong to Joss Whedon and his people.

Dear Buffy,

I just wanted to thank you for your last letter. Yes, I will be visiting you and the rest of the Alliance for the Xmas holiday. I hope you don’t mind if I bring a few people along. I’ve mentioned them before: Hamish McCloud, Armando Rocasolano, Sienna Oyster, Tiffany Hamilton, and Christian Sanders.

Christian is actually my heir, if you can believe it. Tiffany is his girlfriend. She is very flighty, and she’s always wanting to prove something to us, but she has a good heart. Anyways, I met Christian through that box you call a computer. Xander brought me to a computer class at the local community college. I went to a website, I think that’s what it’s called, and entered my information, and somehow Christian found me. He came to New Orleans, looking for me. He was a junior stockbroker in New York City, where I want to visit someday. I invited him and Tiffany to stay, which they did. Christian has a creative side, and that brings in some money. Tiffany was a model in the city, so she models in magazines here.

I consider Sienna to be my sister, like I’ve told you so many times before in my letters, but I never tire of saying it. I’m so proud of her. She got into a few fights when we put her in school here in New Orleans. She too was also trying to find her place. I guess this whole family is, aren’t we? She’s very funny, loving, and smart, a bit like Dawn. I think that’s why I felt so attached to Sienna when I first met her. She ran away from home because she has magical powers. But her parents didn’t want her to attend the local school of witchcraft and wizardry, because they wanted her to live like a Muggle. Of course, when the police came after us, claiming we had kidnapped her, it all came out. Sienna’s parents agreed that it would be better for her if she stayed with us, but their only request was that she visit them occasionally and go back to a Muggle school. That’s just fine for me, because education is very important at her young age. I became very attached to Dawn when I was in your body, so I guess there was always a part of me in search of another “little sister.” Tiffany says it’s because I was always the little sister.

Between five adults and a teenager, we all live pretty comfortably in Armando’s house. It used to be a Catholic church, but using his keen real estate skills, he bought the land cheap and made it into a house. He made the deal thinking he would send for his son in California, but his son Antonio attends the witchcraft and wizardry school there. Antonio is the mirror image of his father, but a lot more sensitive. We met him when he received his letter. Armando is a widow and dating Sienna’s English teacher. It’s very hard for Sienna to see Olivia (her teacher) as a potential mate for Armando. She understands the birds and the bees (I had Dawn explain it to me once), but she just thinks it’s “weird” – her word – for her father figure to be lavishing his love on her teacher. I don’t blame her, but Armando has been through a lot. His wife was a witch who used him to father a child. Antonio was meant to be a human sacrifice to return a god she worshipped back to life. Armando had to kill her. I’m sad that he had to do that, but I think I would’ve done the same thing. So I think he deserves some happiness wherever he can get it. Sienna understands this.

I don’t remember if I told you, but I also took up side jobs to support my family. I became an assassin. Sometimes it was difficult to bring in a bounty, and some of our employers would say “dead or alive.” I preferred the killing, though I did spare a few so they could face their fate. Isn’t that terrible? I guess it’s in my genes, as Sienna explained to me. DNA and that sort of thing is very interesting. When I first started, I met a girl. Her name is Jenny. I feel different when I talk to her. Not like when I talk to Xander or even Sienna, but just different. She’s very pretty, with wavy brown hair and these brown eyes that sort of pierce the very skin of me when she looks at me. I met her because a demon was trying to hire the both of us to assassinate his human wife. He thought she was cheating on him and showed us proof, but we discovered just in time that it wasn’t. I couldn’t bring myself to assassinate the wife, and Jenny thought it was funny. “An assassin with morals is new,” she said to me.

I should tell you about Xander, if he hasn’t already told you. Where do I begin? Xander decided to leave us almost a month ago. He calls and writes sometimes, but I don’t know where he lives. I think he’s just traveling around, trying to find his own place. I’ll be honest, I don’t think Xander fit in here in New Orleans, even though I tried to make him stay in my words and my actions. I kissed him and said I loved him, thinking it would make him change his mind, but I guess my love wasn’t enough to make him stay. I don’t think Hamish and Armando made it easy for him. Both of them together are like the father I never had. What I’ve come to understand about fathers is that they are very protective of their daughters. They’ve never called me their daughter – nor Sienna or Tiffany – but there is definitely an unspoken bond between all of us. They like Christian alright, but I suppose it’s because he’s related to me.

I guess that’s enough from me for today. If I don’t stop now, I’ll just keep writing and writing about silly stuff. The next time I see you will be at the end of the month.

I love you.

Your friend,
Otrere Sanders

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