|posted on 2-Sep-2001 4:56:40 PM|
|Title~ Sunnydale,L.A.,& Roswell(My first Roswell-related Fic)|
Disclaimer~I do NOT own any Roswell,Buffy,or Angel characters.They're all own by their respective creators,blah,blah,blah...you know the drill,I own nothing,I'm not profitting from this,and don't sue cause I’m broke.
Spoilers~Just read it.
(Also forgive any typos,I’m prone to those)
Liz posed the pen above a clean page and began to write,writing pretty neatly considering the highway had a few potholes here and there.
I'm Liz Parker and I woke up thinking today would be reasonably normal.Okay,so my life hasn't been normal in a long time,but I never imagined I'd be in a car heading for Southern California.
Some place called Sunnydale;I've never heard of it either.But Michael's convinced there's something out there that's important,That we need to find.I guess we'll find out when we get there.
Liz closed her journal for the time being and looked ahead of her at Maria's car.Maria was driving,michael was in the passenger seat and Tess was in the backseat.
Liz glanced over at Max as he drove,he glanced at Liz and smiled.For once a comfortable silence.
Isabel leaned up between their seats."How much farther is it Max?"
Max didn't even look back at her."15 more miles."Isabel sighed sitting back and pulled her hair back.
"Um Max?Did Michael say what it is we're going to be looking for?I mean did he see it or anything in the vision?"Liz asked.
"No,but he said he'll now when he gets close enough.I guess it gives off energy.He can feel it."Max explained.
Liz was silent for a moment then looked at him again."This reminds me too much of the last time Michael wanted to take a trip because of a vision."She said absently.
"Yeah except this time it's not so..tense."Isabel put in her two cents.
'Yeah and no one's getting thrown around.'Liz thought back of the mild confrontation between Michael and Kyle.She saw a green sign beside the road that said "Sunnydale 10 miles."She watched the scenary fly by the jeep hoping they got there soon.The sun was setting.
Buffy flew through the air and hit the ground with a sickening sound.But she flipped up and back onto her feet taking a fighter's stance.
The demon growled and hurrtled itself at her.Buffy flipped the demon over her head and let it hit the ground this time.Then she withdrew the sword Giles had told her would get the job done,and she brought it down hard at the demon's throat.With an in-human cry Buffy saw Giles was right.
Xander and Willow stepped closer seeing that the threat was gone.
"Come on,guys.."Buffy said putting the sword in the duffle she'd brought."..we need to find a good place to bury this thing."
Xander tilted his head at the decapitated creature."I don't have to carry the head do I?"
Buffy smiled at his joking rolling her eyes."Just be lucky it wasn't in a populated area."
The three friends unenthuisiatically left on clean-up duty.
The sky was darkening more and Buffy knew that meant nightly patrol for the pigmentally challenged.
Angel sat in the office chair reading a poetry book.For once they had a slow night at "Angel Investigations" and he wanted something to get his minded off other things.
At least until Cordelia walked in.In her usual way.Loud.
"God,what a loser that guy was!I mean he seemed cute until he decided at dinner,it was okay to grope me in the restuarant."She sighed sharply."All men really ARE beasts!If they aren't the literal-No offense.."
"Non-taken."Angel countered,his hands folded now a small half smile on his lips as Cordelia bantered.He noticed Wesley had entered the room as well now.
"..then they are the ya know the other kind.Sleezy,sex crazed creeps who think if they pay for something that means my body has lost the "No-Vacancy" sign."Cordelia continued."I mean please,just because you can afford Chez Bijoux,does NOT mean you're worthy of suddenly treating me like that!"
"Rough night Cordelia?"Angel asked ,the secret smile still there.
"Please we're we having a conversation here or-"Cordelia suddenly doubled over placing a hand at her suddenly pounding forhead and one to steady herself at the chair on the opposite side of the desk.Her face contorted in pain.A vision.
Angel and Wesley went to her side to make sure she didn't fall to the floor.
'Just when I thought I get the night off.'He thought.
Cordelia saw the familiar flashing of images.She saw a girl's face.She had long blonde hair,Isabel Evans.Then another face a tall dark looking guy,Max Evans.One other a rebellious looking guy with spikey hair,Michael Guerin.With each of the three faces came there names.Then she saw Buffy.The infamous "Welcome to Sunnydale" sign and then fire.Cordelia could almost feel the heat of the flames.Tthen it was gone.Pretty vague,of course they usually were.
"Cordelia?"Wesley asked.Her eyes finally snapped open and she gasped.
"Um,get a pen.Isabel Evans,Max Evans,and Michael Guerin.The girl's blonde,and a great dresser.."Cordy added."This Max guy has dark hair,blue/green eyes,muscular..brooding.Kind of reminds me of you Angel except not as.."
Angel glanced at her.
"Okay,okay!Um and this Michael guy.Spikey light brown hair,he looks kind of rude actually."Cordy made a little face.
"Anything else,what else did you see?"Angel said slightly impatient.
Cordelia paused."Buffy.."Angel's head shot up."..and Sunnydale,like these kids are coming to Sunnydale or something."
"Yeah they didn't look older than 16 to me."She shrugged."But I also saw fire..I just don't know where or why."
Wesley nodded."Maybe they are perhaps a threat to Buffy?"Wesley ventured.
Cordelia arched a brow."Three sixteen year old kids?"
Angel interjected."They may not be.When we get names with faces it's usually because they need our help."
Cordy looked at him."Looks like we're headed to Sunnydale then."
Angel nodded."Yeah,just incase pack a bag,who knows if we'll have to stay there more that a night."
"Can we even get into Sunnydale before dawn?"Cordelia asked.
"We will if we leave now.Come on I'll take you each home to get some stuff and we'll head out."They headed to the parking lot.
"Come on Maria!You have to stop okay?"Michael said frustrated,as Maria finall pulled up to the edge of the road.
"Oh god!Can't you just wait 'til we reach the town?It's only a couple more miles."She protested,making a disgusted look.
Tess sat in the back and kept quiet.She'd listended to them trade insults,and bicker all the way up.
Michael shot out of the car door and off into the woods.They were on the outskirts of Sunnydale now and well...Michael really,REALLY had to relieve himself.
After a couple minutes he hopped back in the car.Maria stared at him.
Maria sighed,"Nothing..let's just go."The two vehicles continued into Sunnydale.
Spike was walking the streets of Snnydale in silence,he took a drag off of his cigarette,exhaling the smoke.To say the least his mood was less than happy.Buffy had practically ruined his chances of getting the chip out of his head.He muttered low curses but stopped when he noticed the sounds of cars from behind him.He clanced over his shoulder and watched the cars go by.The scent of the new blood carrying on the air.
"On bloody perfect!"He cursed."We finally get something worth killing in this town and I can't do anything about it."He did however notice,some of the blood was in-human and that peaked his interests in whoever was in those cars.
He followed after them at an eased pace.
Angel drove torwards Sunyndale.Cordelia had fallen alseep in the backseat,curled up her jacket as a pillow and Wesley was dozing in the front seat.
Angel smiled to himself,watching them.They went out of their way for him and for that he was grateful.
He continued on,they still had a long drive ahead of them.
The gang parked at a hotel.They all got out grabbing their belongings they'd brought along.
Max went into the front desk and asked about the rooms and such.When he returned he'd rented two rooms and they'd stay there 'til they found what they came for.
"So how are we splitting this up?"Michael asked.
"I mean are all the girls going in one room?Or what?"
"No,there should be three in each room."Isabel said.
"Well,the easiest way to do it would be liz,Maria,and Tess,and Michael,isabel and I."Max suggested,even though he didn't aprticularly like the idea,but it'd be the least tense.
No one really cared for the idea,but they were all tired so they did this anyway.
After a couple hours after settling in,Michael and Isabel had gotten up to go check out the vending machines outside.Michael was feeding the machine coins,while Isabel folded her arms waiting.She felt the hair on the back of her neck prickle.This town was giving off a weird vibe.
"Michael hurry up okay?I don't like standing out here."She turned to around a little and when she turned back to Michael a figure stood behind him.Isabel barely withheld a gasp,and Michael glanced up and stepped away a little.
"Who the hell are you?"Michael asked the guy.'How'd this guy sneak up on us?'He thought.
The guy exhaled a plume of cigarette smoke.He was dressed entirely in black except for a rd button down shirt peeking from beneath a worn leather duster.He was incredibly pale,and shock blonde hair.A cocky grin spread across his lips and flicked ashes from the cancer stick.
"Was about to ask you two the same thing."He said in a thick british accent.
"You live here?"Isabel asked.
"Yeah,unfortunately."He told her."Can't imagine why a bunch of teenagers would be coming to Sunnyhell at night of all times."
Isabel really didn't like this guy and she could tell Michael wasn't crazy about him either.
"Well it's none of your business.So if you'll excuse us."Michael said a little rudely."I'd like to get some sleep."
Max had just stepped out the door,feeling something not right outside.He looked intensely at the stranger.
"Right then,need your sleep and all.Don't let me keep you."Spike said,glancing at Max with a devilish glint in his eyes.
Isabel and Michael turned to go back inside.
"Although guess it's not too strange you're in Sunnyhell,after all not one of you three are human to begin with."Spike said.The three of them turned back to look at him.
"Don't bother puttin' up an act with me.I can smell it on you."He said.Not one of them would say a word.
"Yeah,okay I see 'ow it's going to be.See ya around."Spike said grinning again and flicking the cigarette to the ground.Max,Michael and Isabel all looked at each and when they looked back he was gone.
"Um let's get inside,okay guys?"Isabel said.They closed the door and tried settling in for the night again.
Buffy,Willow,and Xander sat at the Bronze.They'd snagged their usual table and Buffy sipped her mocha,listening to the band that was there tonight.
"Hey Xander thanks for treating us to Mochas."
Willow said happily drinking hers.
"Yeah and,that's realy sweet of you."Bbuffy added.
"Ah no problem..gotta treat my two favorite women to a caffinated tasty sugar rush now and then."Xander smiled in the silly way he had.He bobbed his head to the music and then got up."Ooh hey,anyone care to get funky with the Xandman."
Buffy and Willow looked at each other and grinned."We should humor him once in awhile."Buffy said getting up with Willow.
"Right,his ego's so fragile and all."
The three friends moved into the crowd of dancers and joined in on their swaying and gyrating.
Angel just reached the outskirts of town when Cordy and Wesley were waking up.
Cordelia stretched in the back and yawned."We almost there?"
"Just a few more miles."Angel told her,seeing the
"Welcome To Sunnydale" sign.
"Good because I want to rent a nice hotel room and go to bed."Cordelia said.
"We're not going to a hotel first,we need to go tell the others what's going on."Angel said.
"Fine but I better be getting paid for missing valauble beauty rest."
Liz was the only one still awake in her room,Tess had the other bed and Maria and Liz shared the other.
By the light of the bedside lamp Liz was looking through her journal entries when the phone rang.She picked it up.
"Liz?It's Max."He was calling from next door.
"Hi Max,what is it?"
"Well I was just going to call to say goodnight,but just do me a favor alright?"
"What is it?"
"Stay in your room until the morning when we get ready to go looking for this thing,okay?"
"I'll tell you in the morning,but just promise me you'll stay inside."
"Okay Max,I'll stay in,we'll all stay in."
"Good,well goodnight then Liz."
Liz smiled softly."Goodnight Max."
"I love you."He whispered.
"I love..you too."She was a little surprised by that,but was happy he said it and then hung up and turned out the lamp.
Spike walked torwards the Bronze.'If I can't kill,I might as well drown my sorrows.'He thought.
He saw a couple of college boys walking past him,and pushed past them roughly,he then cringed waiting for the mind numbing pain to come to him.
"Hey what the hell's your problem?"One of them asked.
Spike stood astonished when it didn't come.He looked puzzled turned looking the guy over slowly.He punched the kid.Nothing,no pain.He smiled.
"God damn it!"The kid held a hand to his swollow bleeding nose.
"What an ⊕#%$!"The other kid muttered.
Spike laughed."Oh this is great!This is too great!"He vamped out and grabbed the one kid he'd punched and bit him fiercly.Draining the kid quickly.
His friend looked wide-eyed,"Oh ⊕#%$..I drank way too much tonight."He mummbled.He hesistantly turned to run back to the Bronze.But was grabbed from behind and thrown to the ground.
"Sorry mate,no more drinks for you."Proceeding to kill the kid,then dumping the bodies in the alley.He walked into the Bronze with a grin that couldn't have been wiped away for anything.
'I could've killed those kids at the hotel,and I didn't.'He thought,watching the slayer and her friends dancing.
'What a wonderful night this'll be.'He stepped into the shadows of a darkened corner and watched the slayer,watching and waiting.
Liz woke up with a small yawn,cuddled into the hotel comforter.She glanced at Maria who was still asleep,then looked over at Tess who apparently had just woken up and was heading to the bathroom.Interesting enough Liz and Tess were actually getting along.(Chalk that up to the Hellmouth,for any Buffy fans,lol)
"Morning."Liz said softly with a gentle smile.
"Good morning."Tess said on her way to the bathroom.She managed a smile.
Liz decided to get up and see what the others were up to.She walked over,in her pajamas no less.She knocked lightly on the door.After a few minutes Max opened it,a smile spread across his lips.'Liz Parker,is standing at my hotel door in silk pink pajamas and slippers.I think I like Sunnydale'He thought.
"Um hey Max,I wanted to come see what you were up to,since Tess got the bathroom first."Liz said tucking a strand of her behind her ear.
"Come in."He said standing aside as she stepped inside.
By the sounds coming from the bathroom it seemed as though Isabel was fixing herself up already.Not that she needed to,with what she was capable of.Even alien women needed time to look there best.
As Max closed the door.Michael groaned,he squinted with closed eyes and burrowed down into the blankets of one of the beds and pulled a pillow over his head.
Liz looked at Max and laughed silently.They sat down on the other bed.
"So..what are our plans for today?"Liz asked curiously,unsure of what their first steps would be in looking for whatever had drawn them here.
"Well,for the most part we're going to let Michael decide where to go since he's connected to this,but I found out a couple places that might be good to check."
"Really?"Liz was more curious.
"Yeah,apparently Sunnydale's only highschool was burned to shambles at the end of Senoir year last year.Besides that there's alot of weird stories floating around this town."
"Wow."Her brow furrowed."But why'd the school get burned down?"
"I'm not sure,something about an attack on their Graduation Day."
Just then Isabel stepped out of the bathroom,looking perfect as always.A great outfit and beautiful hair.
"So when are we heading out?"Isabel asked,before Max could answer she added."We should go get some breakfast too."
"We will,but we can't get going 'til everyone's ready."Isabel cast a glance at Liz and Max,both in their nightclothes.She raised a brow.
Liz blushed and stood up."Um I better wake Maria and get around."
"Right."Max said.He grabbed a pillow and threw it at Michael who stirred slightly.
"I'm up,god!"He stumbled out of bed.
Angel and co. had arrived just before dawn and had gotten stuck at Giles,not having time to rent hotel rooms.
Giles was more surprised than anything else,and knew or at least assumed it was something of extreme inportance if they had driven all night to Sunnydale.
He had made tea and offered them all a seat.He tried calling Buffy and Willow at the dorms,but they weren't there or awake.He'd left a message just incase.
"So now what are you saying?"Giles leaned closer,he asked for clarification.
"All we really know is that,three strangers are headed to town or are connected to whatevers going to happen,it involves Buffy and a fire."Angel said,wishing he had more to go on,himself.
Cordelia added."So this probably means I should be getting another vision sometime in the future."She rolled her eyes not loving the idea at all.
"So evidentally our only real course of action is to keep an eye open for these teenagers and Cordelia's next vision."Wesley said.Giles nodded,his hands folded in thought under his chin.
"Well,you're welcome to stay here,uh..I do have extra rooms down the hall."Giles offered trying to be hospitable.
"We don't want to be an inconvienance."Angel said knowing Giles may still be wary of him.
"That is of course your choice."Giles said.
Just then the door opened."Hey Giles,before we headed to classes,we decided to stop by and let you know that I'll come later to train an-"Buffy and Willow had walked into,but Buffy was caught mid sentence when she looked up to see Wesley and Cordy,but more importantly Angel.
Willow was surprised as well,she looked between Buffy and the others.
After a few minutes of silence,Buffy managed."Angel?..What are you doing here?"Her voice very soft and full of mixed feelings.
Giles took that moment to step in."The others came,because Cordelia had a vision,they may be hanging around for a few days until we figure out what's going to happen."Giles looked at Willow and Buffy's Mochas then the box they were carrying."Ooh..did you get Jelly-filled?"
Willow smiled."Don't we always?"She opened the box for him and he took one.
Even though the mood had lightened there was still tension in the air."Wesley,Cordy?Doughnut?"Willow offered cheerily.
Cordy frowned."Nope,no doughy goodness for me."
Wesley declined."No Thank You."
"K,guess Rosenburg gets her choice of Boston Cremes."She said half jokingly setting the box on the table and taking a seat.
Buffy played with her hands nervously."So..um..anything I should help with,about this vision?"
Cordelia handed her a slip of paper."Oh yeah,we're looking for these kids."She described them,the paper was where they'd written the names before.
"Oh..well why are they here?"
"We don't know yet."
"Okay..I guess we'll keep an eye out for them."Buffy said.She turned around."Hey Will?We should probably go if we want to get to class on time."
"Okay."Willow grabbed her bag,doughnut and mucha and headed for the door,Buffy did the same and before leaving she turned around."I'll see you guys later."But she looked directly at Angel then closed the door.
A bell rang signifying the end of Buffy's classes for that day at U.C. Sunnydale.She had a bit of a blank/confused expression as Willow joined her in the corridor.
"Hey Buffy.."Willow studied her friend."..anyone home?"
Buffy was brought back to earth."What?Huh?Yeah I'm here."She said in a quick string of words.Then smiled apoligetically.
"Oh I'm sorry Will.I just kind zoned after just seeing Angel out of no where this morning."Willow listened to her friend,obviously having already noticed this.
"I realize that,I mean everytime you guys see each other it's like the air is suffocating with mixed emotions.He's definately a complex guy."
"Yeah..he's something alright."Buffy added with a heavy sigh."So are we thinking of a lunch plan Will?"
Willow beamed."More mochas?"
Buffy laughed softly."Some actual food with vitamin-y goodness would be good too."
"Okay.."Willow as thoughtful."Well...there is this new place that makes sandwiches and stuff next to the 'Expresso Pump'."
Buffy nodded certain."Great,we'll grab something there then get the caffiene."Willow nodded in agreement and they were on there way.
Everything was kind of quiet at Giles' place.Giles had left to run some errands.Cordy and Wes were catching a couple zzzz's after the long drive and Angel sat on the sofa looking through a book Giles' had.
The Roswellians headed out for the day to check out the town and search for whatever had brought them here,and maybe get some decent food.
After they had been driving through the small Southern Californian town for around thirty minutes they agreed to grab some food and continue looking after eating.
Michaels' senses sharpened suddenly as they neared a small sandwiche shop.
"Pull in here."He told Maria.
She rolled her eyes and turned into a parking place out front.'God,he could be a touch more polite if he wanted a sandwiche that badly.I swear men are so..'She thought cutting the ignition and was about to give Michael a short glare,but noticed he was out of the car before she had an opportunity.He hadn't even had the decency to close the door.
Tess stared at Michaels' back as he walked she glanced at Maria and they got out closing the car doors noticing Max was following Michael.Obviously trying to see what he was up too.
The four girls hung back for a moment and then followed as well.
Michael closed his eyes letting his senses follow,the feeling getting stronger and stronger.Whatever he was suppose to find,it was close.
"Michael?"Max called;Michael heard him faintly,but hadn't stopped.
Willow had just gotten her food and Buffy was waiting for the employees to finish making hers'.Her brows knitted together the hair on the back of her neck rising,she tried to shrugg it off against her better judgement.
She smiled at the person who brought her food to her,said a polite 'Thank you.'and headed over to the small table Willow had picked out.
Buffy inspected her sandwhich as she walked making sure they had gotten it right when she heard Willow say.
"Buffy,oh look out!"Willow cringed as Buffy looked up and got knocked into by a tall guy who apparently had been paying less attention than Buffy had.
"Oof!"Buffy mummbled and she stumbled a step..and dropped her sandwhich."Oh great!$2.50 down the drain!"
Michaels' eyes shot open as he ran into someone.He stepped back grunting at the impact.
"Uh..sorry.."He mumbled looking a little confused at the petite confident little blonde,mourning the loss of a turkey on wheat.
The girl looked up.Giving a tiny bemused half smiled."Oh no need,if I had actually looked where I was going I'd..still have lunch."She punned.
Michael withheld an actual smile.He noticed the little redhead join them.
"Hey Buffy look I can go get you another one."Willow offered.
'What kind of a name is Buffy?'Michael mused silently.
"It's okay Will."Buffy replied with a smiled.She looked up at Michael."Um...are you new in town..or something?I've never seen you here before?"She asked.
Michael nodded."Yeah..uh..sightseeing.."He rolled his eyes."..roadtrip."His senses had led him to this girl,which confused him,she gave off this odd energy and he saw an aura around her.It was a deep royal blue that seemed to sparkle.
'I must be the only one who can see that.'He thought.He looked at the redhead,she was surrounded by a bright emerald green aura that almost flickered like flames.He hadn't realized he was staring,when the two girls looked up at him then glanced at each other."You okay?"Buffy asked.
Max watched the whole scene and shook his head.he came up behind Michael as the little blonde asked Michael if he was okay.Max patted Michaels' shoulder a little hard and got him to tear his eyes away and look at Max now.
The blonde was waiting for a reply giving them both a curious look with an arched brow.The redhead tried to smile politely.
"Um..yeah.fine."He exhaled slowly."I'm sorry..weird day."Was all he said.
"Oh,I have those alot."Buffy said smiling now.Willow nodded in agreement.
"I'm Buffy and this is my friend Willow."Buffy introduced finally to them."What're you're names?If I may ask."
Since Michael had now stopped speaking altogether,and Max was unsure if he had because he thought the girl was beautiful or because he had embarrassed himself.
"This is Michael,who's usually pretty outspoken..I'm Max."Max replied."Nice to meet you."He extended his hand,glancing once sidelong at Michael.
"You too."Buffy said and shook his hand.Something clicked in the back of her mind.'That sounds familiar.'She thought.
Max shook Willows' hand as well.She smiled somewhat shyly and nodded.
"Well we should probably go..we have things to do,we'll s-"Max was saying when he was interrupted by two things.
An angry looking Maria storming over after Michael and Michael looking at Max quickly and protesting.
"No Max!This is where I wanted to get lunch."He gave him a look and hoped he understood why.Maria's voice broke now.
"My god Michael!What is your problem,you just get up and leave!Oh,what?Are you too good to close my cars' door.The car my mother,my mother who loves me has trusted me with on this trip!"She stood infront of him shouting like usual.Michael looked at her now.
"And for what?So you can flirt with some girl you don't even know?"Maria turned looking at Buffy saying a quick."No offense."Then turned back to verbally assualt Michael.
"None taken."Buffy and Willow at each other,this was so cute it made anyone sick.
"That is NOT why I came over here Maria okay?Your mothers' car isn't going to break down because I left the door hanging open for a couple minutes."Michael defended.
"Oh hello?Who was the one that got us on a trip in the very same car,only may a remind you to that we had to have it towed.On MY money when YOU were the one who was responsible for having it breakdown all because you suck at controlling-"She spoke in a quick string of words,Michael slapped his hand over her move and grabbed her arm,prompting a glare from Maria.
"Not.Now."He said then removed his hand.She stood almost shocked for a moment then she said."Oh,you so NOT riding in my car for the rest of this trip pal!"She stormed away.
"Oh.."Michael groaned rubbing at his forehead."I hate women."He glanced up watching the two girls smiling."What?"
"Nothing."Buffy and Willow said in unison then looked at each other."Um we just knew a couple like you two."Buffy added.
"We aren't a couple."Michael prompted.
"Whatever you say."Buffy said,totally seeing through him.She noticed three others joining them.A tall blond,a short blonde and a brunette.Maria close by letting off steam.She also noticed the weird energy she got from some of them.She felt it before from Michael,then Max,and now felt it from at least two others she assumed.
"Who are your friends?"Isabel asked walking out around Michael.
"Izzy,we just met."
"I'm aware,look are we getting lunch or what?"She was hungry and tired and wanted to sit down and eat.
"This is ah..Buffy and Willow."Michael said.'I think I'm getting a migraine,too much estrogen.'He thought.
"I'm Isabel."She told the other two trying to be polite."That's Liz,Tess,and over there's-"
Isabel looked at her.
"I heard."Willow smiled.
"Yeah we're all sorry about that."Isabel nudged Michael hard in the rib,he looked at her touching his side lightly,then looked them."Sorry."
Now things were really clicking for Buffy.'Okay names,I've heard those names.'She couldn't place them.
"So where are you all staying?"Willow asked curiously.
"At a little hotel a few streets away from here."Liz told her.
Willow smiled."Oh we know where that is."She said with a smile.
Buffy spoke up."Well we have to get going,but um..stop by the Bronze tonight.It's the local and only club in town and tonight they're charging no cover.Maybe we can talk some more.."
"Yeah that'd be great,um..how do we get their?"Isabel prodded lightly.
"It's a right the end of this street."Buffy explained."Not far at all."
"Okay."Isabel nodded."I'm up for some fun."
"We'll see you around."Max said.
"See ya."Buffy said,the girls grabbed their stuff and headed back to their dorm.
"Look I'm telling you we were suppose to find that girl Max!!The energy,the vision.It's all connected to her!"Michael said once back in the hotel room for a moment.
"Michael,I'm not saying you're wrong,but what's some college girl have to do with us?"Max said a little frustrated.
"Well I don't know..maybe..maybe she's one of us."Michael looked at him carefully."I saw and felt things about that girl that I've never felt."
"What did you see Michael?"Tess asked from her spot beside Isabel,fully believing him.
He paused for a moment."An energy it was all around her..blue.It glowed.Same with her friend,except hers was green."
"You're sure you weren't imagining it?"Maria asked,folding her arms across her chest.'What a pathetic way to get around the fact he flirted shamelessly.'She thought.
"I couldn't make that up..it was there."He answered.
"Okay,okay Michael we believe you."Isabel put in."But..what are we suppose to do from here?"She said looking between her brother and the slightly frustrated spikey haired boy."I mean why did we need to find her anyway?"
Liz finally spoke now."Isabel's right.If she's important we need to know why."
"Well then we'll go to this club tonight.See if we can find out anything about her without giving ourselves away."Max said ending the discussion."Okay?"
The others nodded.
"Find out what about who?"A voice asked from the door.
"Alex!"Isabel said."What are you doing here?"She got up and hugged him,actually displaying her affections for him infront of the others.
Alex smiled and hugged her but then looked around."Well Liz left me a note that you guys were going on a trip."He looked around."But I didn't know everyone was going."
"How'd you know how to find us?"Michael asked.
"Liz told me the town name."He smiled."It wasn't hard to find you guys.."He told them proudly."I was the one they hacke dinto the FBI files remember?"
"You didn't let anyone know where you went did you?"Tess asked.
"Of course not."
"So.."Alex asked again."Who's this person you're trying to find out about?"
Buffy and Willow walked into Giles apartment in the early evening.
Angel stood when he saw them."Find anything?"
"What?Oh!I knew I was missing something."Buffy scolded herself."Those kids we ran into today were the kids we were suppose to look for!"She said turning to Willow showng her the paper she'd forgotten she'd been given.
"Yeah that has to be them.But there was more than three of them."Willow said glancing at the names.
Giles looked pretty interested."Did you learn anything about them?"
"Well there staying in a hotel nearby and we invited to meet them at the Bronze."
"Well then that's good right?"Cordelia asked."We can find out why they're here."
Xander had been in the kitchen with Anya raiding the british man's fridge.
"Ooh are we on stake out?"He asked.
"Yeah kind of."Buffy replied."So basically Willow and I will go to the Bronze and talk to them."
"We'll go along too."Xander offered.
Angel spoke then."Okay then we'll go check out the hotel.Look for anything that might be useful.Try to keep them out awhile."
Buffy nodded."Can do."
Spike felt the coming of the night.He waited in anticipation for it.He was going to track down those kids.The prospect these newcomers along with the loss of the chips' power meant he was going to have a hell of alot more fun in this town.
"That slayer doesn't know what's coming for her.The big bad is back to destroy this waste of land and no one will stand in the way."He vamped out,his features changing and he growled.
After the sun had set on their first day in the town of Sunnydale.The group decided to take up Buffy on her offer to meet at the Bronze.
They stepped inside looking around.Buffy and Willow sat at a table with a dark haired boy and another girl.
"Hey.."Buffy said."..we wondered if you'd show."
"Yeah well..nothing better in this town."Michael said.
"Ooh these grapes are sour."Xander said,earning a whack in the arm by Buffy.
That earned a couple of smiles.
Micheal noticed even now he still saw the energy around them.But no one else in the club.
"Have a seat.."Buffy said,the others grabbing various chairs around the table.
Angel glanced around to make sure no one was watching,then then turned the hotel room's door handle hard enough to snap the lock.Cordelia and Wesley stepped inside first and then invited him in.
They checked the room high and low.So far unevenful.
"Come on let's check the next room."Angel said walking out and closing the door.
Proceeding into the next room much as they had the previous room.Cordelia found a strange almost mettallic looking book in one of the bags."What's this?"She asked.
Angel and Wesley walked over and looked"Doesn't look like a language I'm familiar with.."Wesley said.
"..or a language at all."Cordelia said.
"It is..just not one I think anyone's seen."Angel added.
They flipped through it looking at the pictures.
"These are those kids."Cordelia said."Michael.Max.Isabel,but I don't know who this is."
"Well at least now we have a good idea of what they look like.."Angel commented.
"Hmm,how intriguing,let's see if they may have anything else useful."Wesley said.
He walked through the room looking around and tripped over a grey/green duffle bag.A dragstring pouch and a book tumbled out with some clothes.
Angel went to pick them up."Among Us.."He spoke the title.He opened the pouch,amber stones lay within,he reached to pick one up,it glowed bright and burned his hands,he dropped it back inside quickly.
He panted slighly from the burn it healed almost instantly.
"What's the deal with that?"Cordelia asked.
"I don't know.."Angel replied.Wesley bravely reached inside picking one up..nothing happened.
"It must have some sort of defense system against things that are.."Wesley began groping for some explanation.
They were quiet a moment.
Cordelia was looking through other things."Weird.."
"What?"The others asked.
"Someone likes spicey food."She said holding up a couple bottles of tabasco sauce."That's a little quirky."
"Well I've seen enough to know something's up."Angel said."Put everything back.We don't want anyone to know we were here."As they left Angel made sure the locks were back in place although broken.
"So what's so special about this town?"Maria asked Buffy and Co.
"I mean the only highschool we saw was burned to the ground."
They glanced at each other.
"Freak accident."Willow said.
'with a freak..'Buffy thought a little hard on herself.
"Let's just say there's alot of gang activity in town."Xander lied.
Maria raised her brows taking a sip of her soda.
Liz and Max said together,holding hands listening and glancing at each other.
Buffy watched them recognising something there.Something all too familiar to her.Their expressions,their body language,the look in their eyes.It all told a tale about a couple so hard gone in love with each other it felt like nothing else mattered.So far gone in love that that very same love began painful and complicated at times.Something that wouldn't allowed them to be together yet they'd try all the same.
"How long have you two been together?"She said.The two of them turning to look at her.
"What?"Liz asked a little taken aback.
"You are a couple right?"
"Um..well.."Liz didn't know what to say.Max stared at Buffy,catching some hint of something in the look she gave them.
"It's nice while you have it.So passionate,so special and it's all your own."
Willow and Xander exchanged glances,realizing this was upsetting Buffy/Angel reminising.
"..and no matter how hard you try there's something always in the way of it.Something so big it feels like you can never have what you want."Buffy's eyes saddened slightly but she smiled.
"Enjoy it while you have it,however long it's lasts.Whether is a day or a lifetime."
Tess got up."Excuse me."She muttered and headed off to get a drink.
Maria rolled her eyes at Tess.
Liz spoke to Buffy then."Do you miss him?"Understanding where the speech was coming from.
Buffy glanced at the tabletop then back up."Not as much as I use to.But everytime I see him it's like he chisels of another little piece of my heart and takes it with him."
Max squeezed Liz's hand.
"But enough of my pathetic love life,"She said smiling again.Buffy couldn't beleive she'd admitted that,she'd kept that in for so long.
"It's not pathetic.."Liz told her kindly in a soft tone.Max's lips hinted at a smile.
Spike breathed in the night air deeply.He knew this would be an eventful night.His night.He headed torwards the Bronze. Once stepping insideHe surveyed the room.Picking up on each individual he'd hoped to find.Nine of them with the addition of two others.Some he had grown accustome to,some he wasn't,but couldn't wait to be.
His eyes narrowed and focussed on Liz.To things ran through his mind.One was to kill the slayer and the other was to have that girl.The little brunette the tall brooding type was so attached to.He smirked and sunk into the background.
Maria dragged Michael out onto the dance floor.
"I don't dance Maria."He said over the loud music.
"You do now."She replied."I know we're here for a reason,but you take yourself way too seriously,you need to have a little fun."
Michael wanted to go find out about the blonde at the table,but he supposed the blonde infront of him moving her hips was just as well.'You're going soft.'He mentally chided himself.
Max looked at Michael and Maria.
"Is he okay?"Max asked Isabel.
"You know as serious as you two boys take yourselves,once in awhile you do realize your hormones will get the better of you."She said with a smile.
The group was enjoying themselves for once since they'd arrived things seemed in a more relaxed state.
"Perfect timing."Spike said to himself,as he and one of his lackies sat in the shadows.
"Go get someone to eat..and make sure the slayer sees you.."
The vampire nodded and walked off in search of a meal.Spike had thought of everything,he also had Five or six others stationed outside the Bronze in anticipation of his plan.He may have been unable to be taken seriously with the chip working,but the local underground still feared him.
He watched and waited.The vampire had found a young girl and was escorting her out,and sure enough The slayer and her slayerettes noticed.She got up..he read her lips,she made up an excuse about going to catch up with a friend.The four Sunnydale residents left,leaving the visitors alone for the moment.
"Oh even better.."He whispered with a sly grin.The little brunette had gotten up,she was heading to the restroom.
Spike smiled."My job just got a hell of alot easier."His eyes followed her,she glanced around once feeling someone watching her then continued to the bathroom.
Outside the vampire bit into the struggling girls' neck.
Buffy rushed out into the alley her stake in hand.
"Uh-uh.."She began."..I told you guys that's not very polite to do to a girl on the first date."The vamp growled dropping the weakened girl to the ground,she was still alive.Buffy ran at him and propelled herself off an old crate and lauched herself into a roundhouse kick to his jaw,causing him to stagger away.Just before she had him cornered,he laughed.She looked confused at him."It's not suppose to tickle."She said.Then she looked up and around.They were surrounded.One had grabbed Willow.
"You guys are so NOT funny."She said and when she turned back she was met by a punch in the face.
Willow used her limited Wiccan abilities to float a piece of broken crate up behind her captor and seconds later he was dusted.She then went to help Xander and Anya.
Buffy got up from the ground and began wailing on the vampire.They exchanged blows before she finally had him dusted.As soon as one was gone another advanced on her.
Liz walked down the back hall to the bathroom,she had a sinking feeling in her stomach that something was wrong.She glanced around to be sure she was alone,she appeared to be..so she continued into the bathroom,closing the door beind her.
She stepped up to one of the mirrors,looking at her reflection,she turned on the faucet splashing water on her face.
At the sudden sound of a toilet flushing she jerked her head up,she looked beneath each stall but no feet were there.Her heart skipped a beat.
She slowly returned to the sink.She took a deep breath.
Footsteps,behind her.She turned around,nothing.
"It's okay Liz."She turned back to the mirror."Your mind is just playing tricks on you."She whispered.
Liz turned to go and gasped as she came face to face with a tall bleached blonde man.
"It's funny what tricks your mind likes to play."He said seductively,without lacking his dominating presence.
Liz glanced back at the mirror then at the stranger,who stood too close to her for comfort.
"Y-you.."She tried to get out.
"Yeah I know..no reflection..makes it hard to shave.."He said casually.Spike revelled in the sound of her quickening heart rate and her heavier breathing.A mix of adrenaline and fear drifted from her.
Liz made a bold move and ran past him torwards the door."Max!!"She cried,but she was grabbed from behind a strong hand snaked ove her mouth and the other around her waist.
"Now,now...If I wanted him I would've waited for HIM to leave the table."Spike said and dragged her torwards the window.
Liz had been gone for awhile.All of a sudden Max felt the hair on the back of his neck prickle.Something was happening.He stood and started torwards the backhall.
"Max."Isabel said getting up and following him."What are you doing?"
"Going to find Liz.."
"You can't go in the girls' room Max."
"I know that's why you are.."
When they were at the door,Isabel looked at him."She probably is fixing her hair or something."
"Look just check on her."He said.She sighed and stepped inside,looking around.No one was there...she checked each stall."Liz?"
Finally she saw the open window,the only sign anything was wrong.A scrap of fabric hung from a nail caught in the wall.Isabel walked over and pulled it off,it was from Liz's shirt.She looked out the window and nothing was there.
"Max!"She cried coming out of the bathroom.
His head shot up.She held out the material.
"I-I think someone...took Liz.."
Max ran the material between his fingers,he could feel her fear.
"We're leaving."He said in a low tone and Isabel ran out to tell the others.
As the Roswellians rushed out of the club in search of Liz.They stopped shocked as they witnessed a body fly from an alley mouth into the side of a building with a loud thud.The figure stood,it was Buffy.
"Ya know you have bad social skills."They heard her say as a creature charged her,it's face grotesquely misshapen and it snarled at her.She delivered a series of punches and a kick,but this vampire was stronger than usual it grabbed her attempted kick and flipped her onto the ground.Buffy grunted and started getting up again.The vampire grabbed her by the throat,pushing her into the wall and then splintered the stake in her hand.
"Die girl!"It growled,squeezing her throat more.
"Uh.."She gasped and couldn't break free.
"Max do something."Isabel urged frightened.
"That thing will kill her!!"
Max wanted to but he was momentarily conflicted.
Michael pushed past them as they saw three other figures charge torwards the fight.His hand shot out a brilliant flash of light grew from his palm and knocked the figure away hard into another building.Buffy fell to the ground gasping for air,momentarily confused.
"We need this girl Maxwell.I'm not gonna watch her die,she's a link to us."Buffy looked up at the group,confused once more.
'What just happened?'She mentally questioned,then glanced at the three other newcomers,it was Angel,Wesley and Cordelia.
Angel wasted no time,his features shimmered into the feral visage of the demon within him,he began savaging the vampire who almost killed Buffy.Cordelia and Wesley ran to Buffy's side,helping her up.
"Are you okay?"Cordelia asked.
"Yeah.."Buffy said breathily glancing once more at the group.
Tess looked at her fellow companions."We should leave now,they've seen too much."
Michael looked at her."Oh please..they're fighting a bunch of.."He glanced at them not knowing what they were."..I doubt they're going to think we're weird."
Max was getting more anxious."We need to find Liz!"He said anger breaking through.
"How?"Tess asked."We don't know where she was taken."Max shot her an icy stare and Tess backed away.But he realized she was right. He then looked at the massive fight infront of them.
Maria walked up beside Michael wrapping an arm around his waist,she looked scared for once.He wrapped his arms around her.Alex came up beside Isabel,squeezing her shoulders.
Max watched in awe as the little blonde got up and put herself back into the fight.She grabbed another vampire and began wailing on it.Her moves along with the tall dark male were almost in synch with each other.
"Angel!"She cried,Angel looking up at her."Switch!"He stooped on the ground and Buffy rolled across his back and they began fighting again.Buffy was determined to kill the one that had threatened her so.
Willow,Xander,Anya,Cordelia and Wesley worked on the others.
Buffy finally slammed the stake home in the vamp who terrorized her.As he exploded to dust Buffy uttered."Loser."
She looked around seeing Angel had just killed the last one and she looked at the group.The ones who somehow had saved her.
Angel looked up and Buffy raised her brows,she mouthed the word 'Face' and Angel realized he was still changed,his features sank back to a human mask.
This earned a few surprised looks from the Roswellians.
"Is there something you want to tell me?"Buffy asked Michael on the walk to Giles.
He almost smirked."What about you?"
"Oh right.."Buffy sighed."..yeah..me."
Angel was walking beside Alex.Alex looking at him uneasily.
"So uh.."Alex began,not knowing what to say.Angel glanced at him.Alex got a little nervous.
"Don't worry.."Angel began."..I don't bite.."He smiled inwardly.
"Um..so I saw people..things I thought were people exploding.."Alex finally said.
Xander looked at him,then spoke to Isabel."He's taking this well."Isabel just glanced at him.
Max stalked on ahead of them.He turned around suddenly eyeing them all.No one had ever seen him so angry and distraut.Tears threatened his eyes,but he wouldn't let them go.
"Look..Liz is gone.I'm not going to sit around and pretend everything's fine when she could be.."Max trailed off.'Don't even think that Evans.'He thought,his eyes dropping to the ground.
Everyone had stopped and stared at him.Angel watched him solemnly.He related way too much to this boy who was only sixteen years old,compared to the years he had on him.
Angel spoke."Look we've been in this situation before except it's been even more personal.We'll get her back for you alive and well..but first we need some sort of a plan."
Max glared at him"The longer we wait the more likely it is she's-"
Angel cut him off."First we need to know where she is or at least who took her.You can not walk in there blinded by your emotions for her,or you'll get yourself killed."
"You don't know what I'm capable of."Max shot back advancing torwards Angel.
"And you don't know what I'm capable of..or what exists in this town..that fight back there was just the tip of the iceberg."Angel said,the two of them,their faces inches apart.
Michael advanced torwards them,anger flickered in him that this guy thought he could boss Max around,Buffy grabbed him by the arm.He looked at her and tried forward again,but she pulled him back hard.He rubbed his arm.
"He needs to hear this."She told him."Angel!"
Angel looked at her the two of them stepping away from each other.
"Look,we need to go to Giles apartment.."Buffy glanced at Max."..I promise we'll explain there about Sunnydale and who we are,but we need to know about you too.We'll get her back..but like Angel said we need some sort of a plan.."
"Looks like Buff's taking charge."Xander said to no one in particular.
"..we've done this aLOT,so either work with us,or get hurt.."She glanced between them."..there's way too much testosterone flying around here."she mumbled,walking torwards the apartment at a quicker pace,the heels of her leather boots clicking behind her.
Liz was tied up to a metal pole by her wrists in the old factory.She watched with big scared eyes as the blonde walked back and forth infront of her.A single tear ran down her cheek.
That made Spike's smile widen.
"Lost little girl.."He said."..in a scary new town full of big bad things..."Liz tried to surpress a shudder of fear,but couldn't.
He tilted his head to one side."You're shaking..must be bloody aweful not having your loverboy here to protect you.."He grinned standing infront of her,close to her face studying her.The scent of fear was intoxicating."Poor sweet child.."He ran a cold hand down her cheek.She gasped and jerked her head away.Spike loved this.
"Oh shhh.."He whispered."..I'm not going to hurt you.."Liz relaxed only the tiniest bit.
He smiled."..yet."He added,his face changing.
Liz's eyes widened but she dared not make a sound.
Spike chuckled.Everything was going perfectly.
*At Gile's Apartment*
It had been hard for Gile's to make sure everyone had a seat,but he somehow managed.Very simply he was enthrawled by the conversation beginning before him.
"Okay.."Buffy began standing infront of everyone."..what are you?"Buffy asked bluntly to whom ever it concerned from the Roswell section.
She got some interesting facial expressions,but no one spoke.
"I told you we deal with weird stuff all the time.Personally I don't care what you are because you stopped that nasty back there from popping my head of my shoulders.In any event it could be important to know."
"Well..it's not exactly something we can go around telling people."Isabel told her.
Buffy was in no mood for waiting.There was some poor girl out there probably scared to death of not going home ever again.
Buffy sighed."Look..Liz is important to you right?"
Distinct nods came from all.
Buffy exhaled loudly."Well..I can't help save Liz if you guys won't share."
Angel stood up straight from his place leaning against the wall."Buffy maybe it would be easier for them to except our help if we told them about who we are first."Buffy just looked at him blankly for a moment.
"Oh..right I was going to get there..eventually.."She said.
"Yay..it's story time with big,broodin'vamp man!"Xander quipped sitting beside Anya.
Alex was putting two and two together."Oh wait..bite..vamp..you're a vampire?"He asked a little confused by his revelation.
"Vampires aren't re-"Michael started.
"Oh you wouldn't think so.."Angel spoke softly,letting his face shift into it's less friendly visage.He didn't like it but it helped prove a point.
Michael stared at him a long moment.But didn't look afraid or anything.
"You saw it in the alley..I had changed,the others we fought were vampires..they're probably the ones who took your friend."Angel explained simply.
"But they all exploded..."Alex said"..that is what happened right?Because if not then I need glasses."
Buffy added in."Yep vampires,you stake them through the heart and they go POOF!"
"But then why-"Alex began the next obvious question,he was the only one who actually wanted to say what everyone was thinking.
"I was cursed."Angel said his face shifting back to normal."A long time ago..I've been around for 245 years or more..see a normal vampire has no soul,it's a demon living in a corpses' shell.It's an easy way to live no guilt,no remorse..very carefree lifestyle.Anyhow I killed the wrong girl one night.An important part of a gypsy clan.They created a curse to restore my soul,after over a century of bringing ugly death to anyone I met I felt pain and guilt for it.Every person I killed clung to my memory.."
"Okay..then what about you?"Michael asked looking at Buffy."I've never seen a girl fight like that..I've never seen anyone fight like that.."
"Might want to let Giles explain that it's his favorite part."Buffy said."Go on Giles..that's your gig.."
Giles gave Buffy a look but did decide to tell them.He cleared his throat."Well as there are vampires and various other dark creatures that you'd be better of never knowing about,there must be a balance between good and evil..Buffy is that balance..Onto each generation there is born a girl,one girl in all the world with the strength and the skill to hunt and kill demons,vampires and other forces of darkness.Buffy is a vampire slayer."
"Oh we haven't pulled that speech out in a long time Giles...you feel good now?"
"Xander joking is for later..you're scaring the out of towners."Willow chided.
"I'm shutting up."
Buffy decided to go from there."Giles over here is My Watcher..basically the watcher trains the slayer and also provides information needed to fight all the evil.."She nodded torwards the others."..to shorten this story,Wes over there is also or was a Watcher..but that's not as important right now.Cordelia and Wesley help Angel,they live in LA,Willow,Xander,and Anya help us."
"We knew you were coming.."Cordelia added suddenly.
"I get visions."She said bluntly."In my vision I saw each of you three,but non of the others..and Buffy and some other stuff that's not so pleasant.That's how we knew we had to come to Sunnydale."
Michael looked momentarily surprised."I had a vision.."He said softer then usual.
"You did?"Giles asked with curiousity.
"Um..yeah that's really why we came here.."
"Look you can all complain,but what's the difference?They talking about bloodsuckers and good and evil..and you're afraid to talk to them?"He asked.
"Continue.."Buffy prompted her arms folded again.
"Sometimes..I get visions from different things..it only happened one other time and it led us to Texas.It was really vague..all I had was a town name and an energy..we knew where to go from the direction I felt the energy.."
"Well that makes ense cause Sunnydale brings all kinds of.."Willow began."Wait a minute..we still don't know what you are.."
Michael sighed."Earlier today..in the sandwhich shop.."
Buffy filled in the blanks."You felt the energy from me.."
"Which begs the question.What are you?"Buffy said echoing it for the third time.
The others looked at Max.He got slightly uncomfortable with all the expectant glances.He sat up more.
"We're uh not from around here.."He began.
Buffy looked puzzled."Well duh we knew that."
"No,no..Michael,Isabel,Tess and I aren't from around here...like this planet.."He said slowly and unsurely,never thinking they'd ever have to tell anyone this again.
"You're Aliens?"Buffy raised her brows.
Xander interjected."You guys aren't all green and slimy are you?I'm not a big fan of slime."
"No."Max said."Everything about us is human,except for our blood.."He paused getting a very brief flashback of Agent Peirce and the X-rays then was back with them."..and we have powers."
Angel picked up that brief instance of something in Max's face,but he waited.
"Well like what kind of powers?"Willow asked interested.
"We can munipulate molecular stucture."Max said.
"Huh?"Buffy,Cordelia,Anya,and Xander achoed.
Willow being Willow said."It means..well to put it simple they can change the form of things,color,texture,shape,substance."Willow beaming,she always had been a book nerd and proud of it.
"Can you show us?"Cordelia asked.The four looked at each other,then Isabel got up.
"Do you have any water?"She asked.
"Um yes..of course.."He got a glass of it and handed it to her.
Isabel held it.At first she held her hand over it,it heated up and boiled steam rising then she started to turn the glass as if to dump it's contents on the rug as the water rushed from the glass Isabel froze it,a stream of water frozen from it's place still connected to the glass.
"Hmm.."Came from Giles.
"I can do something else as well,but it's kind of hard to do now."Isabel said.
"What is it?"Buffy asked.
"Dreamwalking,I can enter people's minds,usually when they are sleeping,but sometimes when they're awake.See their thoughts and dreams,put myself into them."
"Cool.You all do that?"Buffy asked them.
"No just Isabel."Max said."I can heal people and that's basically the same as changing molecular structure."
Michael added in."I get the occassional vision and you saw what else I can do.."
Tess didn't even begin to explain,she just smiled and closed her eyes.
The others glanced around,suddenly vampires burst through windows and doors and began an assault on the room.
The others tensed and began to prepare to fight,and as Buffy tried to throw the first punch it all dissappeared.
Tess looked at her."I did it.I can get into someone's head and make them think something's happening that's not really there."
"Well we'll get along okay as long as that doesn't happen again."Buffy said.
Max was getting antsy again."When are we going to get Liz?"
Liz stood warily in her spot.Spike coming back into the room after checking a few things.
"Well,well..how are we holding up luv?"
Liz tensed and fear found her again.A cut ran along her cheek.Spike had had a little fun.
"You know?"He said looking her over."I don't think your lover's coming for you..what a pity.."He inhaled sharply."..I can't change you if he's not here to suffer through it now can I?"
Liz still kept her mouth shut.She wasn' stupid,if she talked back he might just hurt her more.
"What's that?"He said looking in her direction."Not going to talk?"
"Okay then I'll continue with the plan."Spike had sunk to a new low,he knew this girl was sweet and innocent,if he changed her,made her one of his kind she'd always be his.He could pamper her,treat her like his goddess.
Oh no Spike was completely over Dru,oh sure.
"But..you need to look the part for our little play.."He said."..hmm..what shall we do?"He tapped an elegant finger against his lips then he pulled pull out something.A dress an old,long,black elegant dress.It had a corsetall black,the sleeves were tapered in sections and had a sheer overlay of fabric.
"Do you like it?"He purred at her."You'd look absolutely smashing in it you know.."Liz just starred at him as if he were insane.
Maybe Spike had spent too much time with his now long gone paramour Drusilla,and add in the fact he was stuck for so long without being able to be violent.
"Veronique.."He called to one of his female minions.The vampire appeared from the shadows.Without question she waited for his orders."..go see to it that our girl here gets changed hmm?"She nodded taking the dress.Spike approached Liz at a relaxed gate,untying her and escorting her into the room Veronique had went into.Liz was just going to walk in,just to get away from him.But he grabbed her shoulders,provoking a short stifled cry.He lingered around the back of her neck,pulling the hair away."Now.."He whispered."..you do what you're told and be good.."His face shifted,letting his fangs linger over her neck."Or I'll drain you right here.."His features shifted again."Are we clear?"
Liz nodded slightly and went inside.As the door was closed behind her she thought.'Max where are you?..Please don't leave me here..I know you're out there..'
*Back at the Apartment*
"Okay well where do we start in the search for the kidnapper?"Willow asked."Any ideas?"
Buffy finally took a seat."Hmm..well if we're thinking vampires,who's the most likely to do it?"
"Well since Spike got 'fixed'the vamps have been pretty random."Xander mentioned."By the way,where is our favorite undead punching bag?"
"He hasn't been around for a few days,he's normally loitering here.."Buffy said.
"Spike?"Maria asked."Cute name.."She said sarcastically.
"Well if you've seen him you might understand the nickname.Actually his real name is William,but he goes a little spastic when you call him that."Buffy added rubbing the back of her neck lightly.
"Um okay that's great..really.."Maria said a little frustrated."..but who the hell is this guy?"
Willow added in."Nasty british vampire..has a thing for smoking,leather and killing people.."
Max sat up."Did you say british?"
"Oh did I mention peroxide?He enjoys bleach too."
Bells were going off now.
Max exhaled running his hands over his face.Michael began telling them."We met this guy,last night...he knew we weren't..normal."
"You did?"Buffy was slightly worried,but she calmed down remembering the chip.
"Yeah.."Isabel said."..he was majorly creepy."
Angel looked at Buffy."You think he could have done this?"
"Well maybe..but he had this thing put in his head,this chip,he couldn't even hit people or he'd get the mother of all migraines."Buffy said a little confused.
"But it could be possible?"Angel questioned.
"I suppose,but he can't hurt her...we could go check around town for them."Buffy said.
"Okay then let's do this..why don't we all split up and search town?Wesley and Cordelia is a team.Xander and Anya,Giles and Willow,and Buffy you're with me."Buffy arched a brow at his take charge attitude.
"Well what about us?"Michael said."We're not going to sit here and wait for you to come back.."
"Look I can't tell you to stay anymore then I'm going to tell you to go and look for her,but I'll only say this.If..if this chip is inactive and you find Liz and Spike,no matter what powers you have I'd strongly advise you to come back here before attempting to confront them."Angel told them."Whatever way you plan on splitting up,if he's been as frustrated as he's been unable to do what he usually does,he'll tear you apart.It doen't matter what you can do."
"But she said herself he can't hurt anyone."Max said gesturing torwards Buffy.
"Yes..but the fact that Liz and Spike aren't around makes me think he's got something planned."Angel told him.
"Fine..Michael..you're coming with me.."Max said looking Angel over and getting up.He was in no mood for reasoning,Liz was too important.
Michael glanced between them and followed.
"Max.."Isabel said.He turned to look at her."Please..be careful.."He just watched her and then Max and Michael left.
This snapped the others from just watching,Buffy and Angel were on the move.After giving everyone a couple places to look for them everyone left.Even Isabel,Tess,Maria,and Alex left as a group.
It was time to save Liz Parker.
"Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains"
-Jean Jaques Rousseau
|posted on 2-Sep-2001 5:01:11 PM|
Liz looked at herself in apparently the only mirror in the entire warehouse.Veronique had made her up like some gothic princess.Liz had a sick feeling in her stomach.
She looked at herself again.Her hair was left down but curled in ringlets,dark eyeshadow and a deep mauve lipstick applied to her lovely face.And then there was the dress...the corset was tight on her figure,and showed of her assets quite uncomfortably.The sleeves covering most of her delicate hands and long strips of fabric hun freely from them.The skirt part was layers of black and sheer fabric.She most certainly was a gothic princess,but she didn't want to be.
Her breath caught in her throat as she felt a cold,deadly..but at the moment gentle hand on her neck.She knew who it was even though she never saw his reflection in the mirror.
"What a beauty you've become.."He said curling his fingers in her hair."..I thought you might want to see yourself before we continue any farther..it's only fair."
Liz found her voice for once."This..is not fair.."She began.
"What's that?"He asked bemused.
She turned her jaw set staring up at him."How can you think this is fair?I'm being held against my will;being dressed as something I'm not.I don't like you,I never will and Max is coming for me!You can keep me here."She moved past him.Spike let her,it amused him too much to not watch her try to leave.
She at first moved to the different doors,that were guarded.When the vampires would move to pull her away.Spike raised his hand and watched as she tugged at the heavy iron doors..which were locked.Spike watched amused as the now much more fiesty little brunette moved to any possible exit she could find and saw the slight worry when she'd realized she couldn't get out.
Spike sniggered as Liz turned and faced him her expression a mix of anger,fear,and worry.
"A little dissappointed,eh?"He asked."Do you honestly think I was going to just let you leave?Sorry pet but,you're staying here and your attitude will indeed change when you wake up tomorrow night."His voice raising slightly.
Liz stared at him.
"What?"He said opening his arms."You've got no response?No protest?Nothing?"He smiled now approaching her."See this is where I reinstate you're.Not.Leaving."He was in her face now."You're mine!You belong to me!Not some pathetic little brooding highschool boy who thinks he knows what love and suffering is all about!"
Liz glared at him.She narrowed her eyes and spit in his face.
Spike didn't flinch he just pursed his lips,wiped his face with a hand then looked at it rubbing his fingers together,in what he's just wiped away from his face.He started nodding his head."Yeah."He whispered.
He shot an arm out and grabbed Liz by the back of her head.She cried her hands reaching back trying to wrench his grip on her hair.He walked swiftly across the floor almost dragging her along.
"ENOUGH WITH THE PLEASANTRIES AROUND HERE!"He yelled still dragging Liz along.He'd just about snapped.He couldn't make Drusilla love him and he couldn't make this girl love him,so he'd just have to find a way,but until then..
He pushed her agaisnt a wall and aproached her.He held her wrists against the wall and captured her mouth with his own.She cries of protest were stifled and she tried to push him away,but she couldn't.
He finally stopped his invasion on her mouth and pulled away,his face morphing as it often had when he was angry and he bound her back to the pipe.He then lit a cigarette and blew the smoke in her face,she coughed and turned her head.
"You're going to learn to listen to me,and when you become one of my own you will learn to like this."He ground out flicking ashes on the cement floor.
"I'd rather die first!"She shouted back.As he had began walking away he turned again hearing this.
He smiled."Don't worry.You will."He left the room.Leaving Liz to try and hold back her tears.
Buffy and Angel had decided to check the old strip of abandoned factories and warehouses that littered Sunnydale.Knowing fully well that Spike wasn't original enough to find a different place to hold his captives.Sneaking up silently to a second level fireescape on one of the warehouses they looked inside.
It appeared empty and silent until Buffy's eyes found Liz bound and gagged to a pipeline running along the opposite wall.
"That's Liz?!"Angel asked perplexed.
Buffy rolled her eyes and nodded."She didn't look like that at the Bronze.This is part of some twisted game of Spike's."
"Dru dump him again?"Angel mumbled.Buffy just glanced at him.
She then glanced around the building."We need to find a way inside and I'm thinking if we go in hard and fast Spike will hurt her."
"Hey!"A hoarse whisper sounded below them.Buffy and Angel turned.
Max and Michael stood down on the street.
Buffy decended the stairs and met them below.Angel stayed above to see if anything would change inside.
"What did you find?"Michael asked.
"We found her,Spike's holding her here."Buffy said quietly.Max went to rush by her.Buffy jerked him back by his arm.
"You can't just rush in,got it?Spike will probably kill her the minute he sees you!"
"I don't care!"Max ground out harshly.He jerked his arm away and comtinued down the alley.
Michael looked between Buffy,Angel,and Max.He decided to follow Max.
Buffy and Angel gave each other a knowing glance and followed as well.
Max tugged on the iron doors leading into the warehouse,but they wouldn't budge.He then waved a hand infront of the handles and heard the lock receed.Max pushed them open,knocking out the two vamps guarding the doors.
Buffy shrugged lightly as she stepped in and moved in staking them both.
'Two down...'She thought.'How many more?'
"It's too quiet."Angel said with a bit expressionless.
"Sorry.."A voice echoed through the building."..If I'd have known you were coming,I'd have put on some music or something.Where are my manners?"Spike said with a grin,he shrugged.
"Nah..I knew you were coming.."He added.He held Liz around the throat and gave her a small squeeze.She let a few tears fall seeing Max so close,yet still so far away.
Anger flickered in Max's eyes.
And that gave Spike pleasure,he grinned devilishly and licked Liz's cheek.She squeezed her eyes closed and watching this Max's muscles tensed,his jaw clenched and it took every fiber in his being not to rush towards her.
"Oh yeah.."Spike said with satisfaction."..you don't like that one bit,touching your little girl here,hmm?What are you going to do?"
Buffy looked on waiting for Spike to make a move so she could comense in kicking his ass,like she usually did.
"Come on now..step on up..you going to be man or not?"Spike chided Max.
Max was so torn up seeing Liz like that,at the mercy of this monster and dressed the way she was.He wanted so badly to get her away from him,but he feared the consequences.
"Let her go..you want a fight..let her go first.."He said in a low tone.
"Alright.."Spike's gaze never left Max's.He hand her off the two other vampires."..come now.."
Buffy was getting really pissed off now."I'll do it for you."She said to Max.
"No."He asnwered."He wants me,that's what he'll get."
Buffy wasn't going to argue,she shrugged and folded her arms.
The two approached each other.Spike's face morphed.
Max stared him down,he never even blinked.
"Come on..kick my ass.."Spike said grinning.
When Max didn't Spike punched him.
That triggered it.Powers Max hadn't realized he possessed.His eyes flashed silver and he squinted,Spike was thrown into the brick walls surrounding them.Max never even touched him.Spike however was not happy to say the least he got up and and ran at him,leaping in the air with a growl and launching into a kick.Max grabbed his ankle his hand heating up,it could kill people,but since Spike was already dead it only slowed him down.Spike fell to the ground momentarily paralyzed.
Max gave him enough time to get up.When Spike had shakily he just glared at him.Walked over to Liz,her two captors to afraid of what he'd do to fight and let her go.She fell into his arms.
He gave the blonde vampire another look and headed for the door.The others falling into step.Buffy was slightly annoyed with Max.
They began walking home."What the hell was that?I sat back and let you handle that and you didn't even kill him?!"
"I didn't come here to kill anyone.."Max said glancing at her,and continued on.
Buffy stood watching them walk away,Angel wrapped an arm around her shoulders.
Basically the evening went like this the Roswellians went to the hotel,happy to have gotten Liz back.And the scoobies went home for the night.
Liz was safe but there was still a matter of Michael's vision and why Buffy was a key to them.
After a long hot shower Liz slipped into her pajamas and looked in the mirror,her hair was back to normal,but that make-up had been heavy and quite hard to try and remove.As she frowned at her reflection and was about ready to start scrubbing when Isabel came in.
Liz stopped and looked at Isabel through the mirror."I thought you were next door?"She asked curiously.Her voice a little cracked from her 'adventure'.
"I was but.."Isabel looked and felt slightly out of place."..I uh..wanted to make sure you were alright.."She told her quickly.
Liz turned and looked at her now."Oh..thank you.."She said softly.
"Need a little help?"Isabel asked trying to relieve her awkwardness.
Liz just stared up at the blonde.
Isabel waved her hand in front of Liz's face and all the make up was gone,Liz's face was now freshly clean.Liz smiled gently. "Thank you."She said for the second time.
Isabel smiled slightly."Well..no problem..it-it was nothing really."
Liz just smiled at her again,a meaningful silence past between them.
Finally Isabel and Liz both left the confines of the hotel bathroom all the others were perched in various places,staring at them expectedly.
Michael and Maria sat together,Michael's arm wrapped protectively around Maria,after seeing what Liz had been through.Maria looked on cuddled against him.
Tess sat on her bed looking up at them.Even the little blonde was happy for Liz's safe return,no matter if she were an obstacle in the other's destinies.
Alex looked on just glad everything and everyone was alright.He smiled briefly at Isabel.
Max stood there,he hadn't realized he'd been pacing while his sister and Liz had been in the bathroom.He looked at Liz,his eyes smiling.She was Liz Parker again,the beautiful petite brunette he'd loved for so long.No longer the thing Spike had wanted to make of her.
Liz looked up at him from under her dark lashes.They really hadn't came back to reality until they'd reached the hotel.
Max embraced Liz then,she was almost swallowed in his arms,but she felt safe and a few tears trailed down her cheek,finally coming to terms with how afraid she had really been.
Isabel took a seat beside Tess and Alex,smiling softly.Tess looked a little defeated seeing how much Liz and Max meant to one another.
A sudden knock at the door startled everyone from their peaceful moment.
Max reluctantly let go of Liz and moved to answer the door.
When he opened it there was no one there...
Max stepped out,he had a sinking feeling..and looked to his left just in time to see Spike reel back and punch him harder than he's ever been punched in his life.
He hit the ground with a grunt.
Liz cried."Max!"Her eyes filled with fear when she saw who had done it.She dared not step outside though.Even though she desperately wanted to help Max.Liz started to cry a little and as she did Michael had jsut reached the door.
In a moment of blind anger and hatred he raised his hand at Spike just as he got a sharp kick to Max's abdomen.
The light emanated there and the force of Mmichael's power was so strong as it hit Spike it even knocked Michael backward,he staggered just barely catching his balance.Then watched as the vampire flew threw the air and slammed into the side of a building across the street.
Michael seized the opportunity to help Max to his feet and get him inside.
'Where's that slayer when you need her?'Michael thought as they got inside.
Max coughed and grunted staggering in and landing on his knees.Everyone up and Isabel and Liz knelt beside him.Michael slammed the door.
Max wheezed slightly taking the moment ro attempt to heal himself,it took a few minutes considering the damage Spike did in a short amount of time.Soon Max was back to normal.
"Oh god..Max are you okay?"Isabel asked.
"Yeah..now..he just caught me off guard."Max replied.
"You'll survive Maxwell.."Michael said glancing down at him and helping him up."..we'll get that bastard.."He assured,anger still bubbling below his skin.
Spike now watched through one of the hotel room windows,cloaked by shadow and hunched over in pain.
He grunted and growled as he looked on.His eyes glowing a savage yellow.He watched them surrounding the two he wanted more than anything.Liz so he could make her his paramour..and Max so that he could torture and kill him.But now the spikey haired boy was on his list as well.
'Maybe I'll kill 'im and make dark boy watch..then,kill 'im too.'He thought angrilly.
Suddenly his ears perked hearing an errily familiar sound coming from the alley near by.It was humming..a female humming a haunting tune and he knew exactly who before he even had seen her.
He staggered into the alley and there she was,in all her dark glory.Drusilla.
She continued humming,but turned at his arrival.Her dark steely grey eyes glittered as their gaze met.Her raven colored hair silken all in curls around her ghostly pale face.Her lips blood red turned up in her insane smile.He drank in her dark beauty as if it were an elixir that gave him power again.
She was dressed in a fine gown of silk and lace..all black and dark grey.Miss Edith dangled from her arm as always.
She turned her attention to the doll and lifted it to her ear."Ooh.."She cooed.
"Miss Edith..do you see what I see?"She asked the doll.Listening for an inaudible reply.
"Oh..yes..I do see that as well.."She told the doll."..the little children came to town and 'urt poor Spike."
She approached him slowly,the heels of her shoes clicking on the asphault as she walked.She ran a delicate finger along his jawline as he looked up at her still hunched there slightly.
"Mmmm..I see..seems the town was 'ard on 'im.."
Her eyes showed her insanity,as windows to the soul she didn't have."..I've only dreamed I'd find you 'ere...weak little thing.."She cooed."..the slayer..the visitors,children that they are..marvelous gifts they possess.."She went on in her inccessant rambling.She smiled.
"Miss Edith tells me I should help my Spike...we'll play..and make merry,and have a new member in our family.."She said glancing longingly torwards the hotel room door.
Spike's one true weakness had always been Drusilla and he was once again putty in her hands to mold as she saw fit.
His gruff barriers broke down and he was ready to be hers again.An angry Spike and a fully strong Drusilla meant one thing for Sunnydale and the Roswellians,one hell of a battle.
As the town of Sunnydale slept and the visiotrs from Roswell finally were getting some rest.Some fell into dreams.Isabel included.
She was fully asleep,but decided to dreamwalk.It could be useful.She wanted most to see what the people they had met dreamt of..Iisabel's own curiosity.
She somehow found her way in Buffy's dreams.
~*Buffy stood in a cavern,dimly light pooled in from an unknown source.Buffy looked around her.
Isabel sat in the back drop,Buffy would never realize she was there unless she chose to involve herself in the dream.
"Where are you?"She asked dangerously,looking all around for a sign of movement.
"Where do you want me to be,cutie?"Spike said from somewhere around here.Even Isabel didn't know where.
"How about where I can see you?"Buffy said sarcastically,but Isabel could feel Buffy was afraid in this dream.
"How about I show you everything?"He whispered and soon the cavern was illuminated.
Buffy's eyes widened as she looked around her.
Isabel gasped as she saw what Buffy saw.
Everyone had been slaughtered.Buffy's friends and even the Roswellians,with the exceptions of three people.Buffy turned again and was face to face with Spike.She was so scared.
"W-where's Angel?Where are the others?"She got out.
Spike tilted his head slightly to one side."You mean the little brunette,Liz?"
Buffy stared at him.
"Oh luv,come here for a second."Lliz came from a cavern opening dressed as that had found her except she was smiling..and she was a vampire.
"yes?"She asked joining him at his side."Oh she found our presents."Lliz said happily,grinning evilly.
Isabel watched in awe.
"This can't be you..you weren't like this before."Buffy said slightly upset over the loss of this girls life.
"Ooh you'd be surprised how you feel when wake up..it's amazing.."Liz told her.
Buffy wanted to cry.
"Pet,go finish you're meal while I tend to our dear slayer.."
Liz nodded and went back..she was draining Max.
This hurt Buffy even more to watch,as it did Isabel,but no noticed her.
It took alot Isabel not to shout or cry eevn though this was just a nightmare in another person's head.
"Now then come on.."Spike said."..I thoguht you came to hurt us..I'm waiting."He said.Buffy attempted staking him but he was too quick..she was suddenly weak,like a normal girl and she whimpered when Spike grabbed her."No!"She cried in terror.
"Oh Angelus?"Spike said his head turned to one side.The tall dark figure appeared from another spot,eerily close to Isabel's spot.Hhe growled in delight.
"Hello Lover.."He said stepping torwards a defensless Buffy.
"Look what I've brought you."Spike smiled.
Angelus took Buffy from Spike grasp roughly making her whimper again.
"Please.."Buffy was crying freely now."..you don't want to do this.."
"Oh don't I?"Angelus countered and then growled loudly baring his fangs,moving in on her neck.Buffy screamed.*~
Isabel gasped sitting upright in bed,then calmed lightly realizing Buffy must have awoken just then.She took a deep breath and exhaled.
Unfortunately as Isabel drifted into her own sleep again she would have her own visitor.
Isabel drifted into her own dream,except she hadn't started it,it was like someone else created it,but this was far different then a dream walk.
Everything around Isabel was dark,she stood on solid ground yet it wasn't there.A dark haired woman walked from the shaows torwards her.The look in her eyes freaked Isabel alot.
"Tsk..tsk.tsk..you've been playing where you shouldn't have been."She said in a singsongy way.
"This-this isn't a dream."Isabel said as she glanced around slightly scared.
"Clever little thing,you are.."The woman smiled wickedly."..how you love your little presents..you play in people's heads."She smiled wider."So do I deary..I'll find you soon enough.."And then Isabel was pulled back to the waking world.
This time when she woke Michael was sitting beside her watching her.
"W-what are you doing Michael?"She whispered.Sitting up.
"Did you have a bad dream too?"He asked.
"Something like that.."
"With a woman talking like she's insane?"He asked.
Isabel nodded her brow furrowed.e too I was having a dream and she appeared."I wasn't sure if I should wake you."He admitted.
Isabel sighed and hugged herself."Michael something terrible is coming I can feel it..are you sure we shouldn't leave?How important is it that we're here?"
"I know Izzy..we're going to find out soon.."He hugged her."Max and I wouldn't ever let anyone hurt you."
Somehow Isabel wasn't so sure.
Buffy had been starled from her sleep by a nightmare..she prayed it wasn't prophetic.
She had stayed at Giles and had fallen asleep curled up against Angel in a spare bedroom.She glanced up at him.He was awake and watching her.
"What's wrong?"He asked softly.
She sighed."Angel..I think Drusilla's back.."
He stared back at her.
A knock came on Max,Michael and Isabel's door early the next morning.Max didn't want to answer it but then remember the sun was up. The visitor knocked a few more times as Max scrambled out of bed groggily.Not thinking to pull on a shirt,he cracked the door open.
Messy hair,half opened eyes and only boxers greeted the blonde slayer. Buffy's eyes widened slightly and she surpressed a smile.
"Um..hey.."She said slowly.'God why didn't the boys in my highschool look that good?...Hell the college boys don't.Oh..bad Buffy..Angel's in town..Riley..you're dating Riley.'She thought.
She sighed and smiled."..I'm really sorry to wake you,but um..I wanted to make sure everything was okay here..did anything happen after we left?"
Max was more coherent now.
"Actually..I got the life beat out of me.."
Buffy arched a brow and looked him over again. He added."I healed myself."
"Oh..so I'm guessing who did it.."She said.Max nodded confirming her suspicions.'Damn Spike..I'm going to stake him..after I beat him to a pulp.'She thought.Buffy smiled softly."Well thanks for the heads up.."She was about to turn and leave when Isabel and pushed the door open more.
"You should come in.."She said a worried look on her face.
"Oh sweet...my little Spike.."Drusilla cooed as stroked Spike's arm.They lay on an old bed moved in the factory. Spike half-dozed.A good day's sleep would heal him mostly.She watched him lovingly and he was surprised.She'd never been faithful before..why now?
"Shhh...rest..I'll make the preparations."She literally put him into a peaceful rest for the day.Drusilla smiled and stood leaving the room,there was much yet to plan.
"So let me get this straight.."Buffy said.The seven sat in the room,not including Buffy.Liz,Maria,Tess,and Alex had came from the other hotel room to join them.Everyone learning of Isabel's night,and the visitor from both Michael and her rest."..this woman visited you in your sleep,you're sure it wasn't a dream?"Buffy asked.
Michael spoke up."We saw the same person..she was whacko or something.."
"Drusilla..she's this vampire..she and Spike had a thing..and well she can go into people's heads,from what we learned about her she has visions..and can do alot of strange stuff..anyway if she's in town..I suggest you guys leave..this could end badly!"Buffy warned.
Michael shook his head."No..no..there's a reason we have to be here!I'm not leaving til we found out what it is.."
"Michael she might be right.."Isabel said,she didn't like this town.
"No..Izzy not when we're so close.."He argued.
Buffy cut in standing up and looking him in the eyes,even though he was much taller."She's dangerous..Spike and Drusilla together..both at full strength equals trouble!They both hate you by the sound of things and that means something will happen to one of you!!"Her eyes were intense,feeling was beneath her gaze.Michael just stared at her.
"You don't want your dream to come true.."Isabel said.
Buffy turned to her looking confused."What?"
"You had a nightmare last night and now you're afraid it-it could actually happen.."Isabel told her.
Buffy looked at her."You dreamwalked in my head?"
Isabel felt bad."I'm sorry I just wanted to know what you were thinking..I didn't mean to upset you.."
"What did you dream?"Max asked.
Buffy had a flash of the image of Liz draining Max."It's not important."Buffy changed the topic."Look if you're going to stay fine,but try to stay in at night and if you're going out STAY together."
Max shook his head."We can't just do that..He's going to pay for what he did."Michael glanced at him.'starting to sound like me..'Michael thought.No one realized how much it had hurt Max to know what this man,this creature did to her and what he still wanted.He wanted to know he was gone before he could relax.Buffy sighed frustrated.'Invading my head..and now this..'She thought.
"Fine..I'll be by later.."
In Spike and Drusilla's lair.The preparations were nearly complete.Spike walked into the main room,stretching slightly.The sun had just set and he felt fairly rejuvenated his injuries almost completely healed.Drusilla stood watching the many workers busy themselves.Her smile turned to a frown when she saw one of them.A stocky male vampire aid in bringing in certain equipment.She approached him slowly.
"This is all wrong.."Her voice rose,her eyes glistened."..you weren't listening!"Her arm shot out and her hand burrowed into his chest pullin out it's dead heart,which quickly turned to dust along with it's owner.The others looked at her."Let that be a lesson dearies."She said and immediately the others were back to work.
Spike sighed.'Just ducky,Dru's tryin' to establish her place here.'He thought.'I've been out of the game too long.'His gaze was cold even as Drusilla came over to him,displaying her affections.
"Soon luv,soon."She whispered.Spike looked on blankly.
At Giles place they had been discussing the situation.His apartment much more crowded with the two unlikely groups together.
"So I'm thinking Willow,Angel and I."Buffy then pointed at the four aliens.
"And the pod squad.We'll all go and shut 'em down."Buffy said.
"But they're aren't all that experienced with the fang gang Buff,we should go too."Xander cut in.Buffy was thoughtful.
Maria cut in as well."Look I respect your whole little crime fighting gang here,but this involves us too."
Angel decided to speak this time."We understand the fact you want to help,but they want your friend Liz here.I think I speak for the others when I say it's safer for you here."
"He's right.."Max said.
His arms folded he paced slightly.
"I don’t want anyone left behind,but this is going to be difficult and I don’t want to risk your lives.I won’t allow it."
Maria to say the least was unhappy. "I don’t exactly want to chase a bloodthirsty monster,but I just figure we’re in this together."
She said this looking at Michael.
"Yeah,we are,but…If the soldier goes to war…he wants to come home to his chick. Not watch her die in battle."Michael said,a smile hiding inside.
Maria smiled. "Okay.."She sighed. "Come back to me soldier boy."
Many others looked at each other,not really sure what all that meant.It didn’t matter.
Buffy nodded. "Alright let’s head out."She said.
Spike paced, his muscles tensing as the sky darkened waiting to see what the cards would tell them. Drusilla turned over another tarot card. Her expression changing as she took in the meaning.
"Oh…"She said smiling.
"What ?What is it luv ?"Spike said,suddenly beside her.
A long talon like finger pointed at The Moon card.
"They’ve come from another place."She smiled. "From beyond the stars."Her smile widened.
"Death follows them, they need the slayer."
"Aliens Dru ?"He knew she was insane but even this was,weird.Then again she wasn’t ever really wrong about these things.
She didn’t say yes though. "Mmm mm human,special."
Spike sucked in the cigarette smoke letting it inflate his dead lungs then exhale.
Dru turned over another card.The lovers card.She beamed. ‘It’s delicious !’Her eyes glistened.She giggled.
Spike gathered her meaning,he smiled. ‘New plan then,eh sweet ?’
She laughed and hopped up from her chair. ‘The stars smile upon us !’
Spike took her hand and they left the room.
Buffy, Tess, and Michael went around one side of the old warehouse,while Angel,Isabel,Max,and Willow went around the other.Iit had taken a considerable amount of time to get their.The small portion of the Scoobies had made extra stakes,and other vamp killing weapons.The Roswellians only armed with their powers,but that was enough.
Buffy tried the main set of doors,finding them unlocked.She frowned.
‘I don’t like this.’She said quietly.Tess looked at her questioningly.
‘Reinforces the whole ‘We’re walking into a trap theory.’She nodded slightly understanding.
Buffy sighed. ‘Oh well…let’s seem how right I am…’ She kicked open the doors.The metal clanging against the walls.The click and scrape of shoes echoed as the three entered.
‘What’s gives ?’Buffy wondered aloud as she noticed the eery quiet.
‘Any chance they got bored and left ?’Michael asked.
‘Nah when Spike holds a grudge…well you get it.’
‘I got it.’Michael nodded.
Laughter filled the air and they were suddenly very alert.Drusilla walked down an iron spiral staircase.
‘You don’t.You don’t have it yet,but you want to.’She said. ‘To see what your mummy’s left for you here.’She grinned and Michael.
A vein in his jaw pulsed. ‘You’re just full of useful information aren’t you ?’He wanted this creature gone more than he ever had wished Agent Peirce dead.
‘She weaps for you,she does.’Drusilla continued. ‘High above…’ She tilted her head slightly. ‘Beyond the stars.Eyes like black diamonds !’She purred.
‘We didn’t come here to chat.’Buffy snapped.
‘Shhh ! ! ! !’Drusilla hissed. ‘Soldiers die in battle if their tongues are too sharp !’
That hit both Buffy and Michael harshly. Something,somewhere deep inside them.It spoke to them.
Tess didn’t like this.She wondered why the others hadn’t come in yet.
Drusilla easily picked up on her anxiety.
‘Your veil will fall quickly…it’s not white anymore.’She shook her dark mane. ‘Now stained red !You don’t belong…they can’t abide you !’
Tess’s heart quivered that hit something inside her like the others.Drusilla seemed to easily tap into things they didn’t see.
‘Because no one sees it doesn’t mean it’s not their little one.’
Buffy whispered. ‘Don’t let her get to you !She’ll try and hypnotise to if she can !’
Max was getting impatient again. ‘We should go in.They might need us.’
Angel for now ignored it listening with his advanced hearing. ‘I’ll tell you when.’
‘Looks like you’re not leader tonight Max.’ Isabel said.
Max tried to ignore that.
‘Something’s wrong !’ Liz said pacing. ‘I don’t know why,I just I feel it.’
‘Hold up little lady,no panicking. Buffy and Angel will take care of your friends. Everything’s fine,plus Willow went along. Can’t go wrong with wicca power.’
‘It’s not them I’m worried about…This place isn’t safe !Not without everyone here !’Liz almost shouted.
Maria touched Liz’s arm,frowning hoping to comfort her friend,whos’ small frame shook with tension.
Giles frowned. ‘I can assure you everything will be fine..’He glanced past her,is expression twisting.The click of the door handle echoing around them. ‘…that is if we had been intelligent enough to ward the house against the invited.’
Liz shivered and turned to see.
Spike had a predatory grin on his lips.His features vamped. ‘Sorry Rupert…you left out the welcome mat,old mate.’
Tears welled in Liz’s dark eyes.Her breath caught.
It gave Spike a rush of pleasure. ‘That’s right pet…Ol’ Spike’s come to pay you a bit of a visit.’
Giles stepped infront of the frightened girl. ‘You won’t harm her while I’m standing.’
Spike nodded and stepped closer,reguarded Giles then slugged him.He fell into unconciousness spawling on the floor.
‘Guess I get the okay now huh ?’He laughed a little.
A sharp gasp escaped Liz’s throat,drawing back the vamps’ attention.Alex got up quickly,Maria looked frightened as well and Xander reached for the crossbow.Cordelia and Wesley were off running an errand for the gang.Nneither having a clue what was going down.
‘Now,now..’Spike said. He twirled Liz and wrapped an arm around her throat. ‘..none of that.We can’t have heriocs killing your friend here.’
‘Actually…’He purred in Liz’s ear. ‘Let’s give them somethin’ to talk about,eh ?’
Liz closed her eyes in fear.Maria’s eyes widened,Xander tensed even more.Spike licked his fangs.
Suddenly he noticed something that annoyed him.Alex had an angry expression and he punched the unsuspecting Spike.It didn’t harm Spike in the least,but it got his attention and he cursed himself silently for not noticing the boy.
He took his free hand grabbing him by the throat and through him over the kitchen counter.‘Alex !’The two girls shouted.Maria running to aid him.
Xander took the opportunity to pick up the crossbow and shoot,but Spike’s arm shot out grabbing it before impact and smashing the wooden bolt.He growled angrily and carried Liz away.She being helpless to him,her fear holding her.She hated it !
Drusilla smiled wickedly as she swayed about, almost walking in some strange rhythmic ballet. She giggled in pleasure,loving the fact that she could so easily get to them. “Oooooooh I can hear it as clear as day!” She cooed. “Psstt did you hear about the little hybrid?Psss pss SHE THINKS SHE’S ROYALTY.”Drusilla laughed madly.
Tess tried to hold back her growing anger.’She’s a liar, she knows nothing about you or the others.’ She thought.
Buffy rolled her eyes. “You know I’ve had just about enough of this Psychic psycho friends routine.” She fingered the stake in her hand. “What do you say Drusilla? Let’s get this over with.”
The dark haired vampiress smiled. “Why that would be lovely.” Then she vamped out. Her dark eyes becoming feral yellow and her fangs peeked in her smile as she growled softly.
Buffy was in action before Michael could blink. She met the vampiress in combat. The insane creature much more agile than she seemed. Buffy grunted as she delivered a hard kick to Dru’s midsection. Drusilla growled and regained her balance then slashed her talon like nails across Buffy’s cheek. Four dark lines forming and dripping blood. Buffy touched her face then croached and throw her leg out knocking the vampiress down. Buffy straddled her and raised her arm to drive the wooden stake home, but someone grabbed her arm and hauled her up off of Dru.
Buffy didn’t have time to catch a look at her attacker before she was thrown across the room banging into the iron doors on the opposite side.
Spike stood with his feral visage glaring at the slayer. The Parker girl held under one arm.
“Liz.” Michael murmured.
The group waiting outside heard the banging against the doors. Angel looked up in worry.
Isabel, Max, and Willow took a step back and Angel reeled back and kicked in the doors with brute force. He strode in duster sweeping out behind him. The other three in tow.
Spike looked up smirking as Drusilla stood joining his side. “Angelus!! What a surprise.” He gave him a look of mock impression.
Drusilla smiled slyly. “We were hoping you’d join the party.” She ran her hand through Liz’s hair. “Would you like a party favor,hmmm?”
“Now Dru you know Angelus had a bit of a visit with the vet…doesn’t chase the other puppies anymore, ain’t that right Angel?”
“He loves the slayer still…psss..pss…she’s infected him like a bad fever. My poor Angel.” Drusilla cooed with a pout.
Buffy pulled herself to her feet shaking off the daze. She watched as a blood droplet splattered on the floor from her cheek.
Angel kept a heavy gaze on Drusilla and Spike, but the scent of the spilled blood filled his nostrils with such delicious invitation. He couldn’t take this! He was responsible for the creation of these two and it was now his fault this girl’s life was being threatened.
“Tell me Spike…what’s your interest in the girl.” Angel said walking about slowly with clasped hands. “Little bit obsessed with such an…innocent thing. God how happy you are when you have something to corrupt.”
“You’d know all ‘bout that Angel…” Spike said casting a glance towards Dru, then his gaze flicking back to Angel. “…I thought I’d returned the favor.” Liz gasped and Spike tightened his grip on her throat.
Max shot Tess a glance. She knew what he was asking for her to do. She had to mind warped them so Liz might get away. Tess closed her eyes and tried to make them see that everyone had been killed, that Angel was on their side quite suddenly and Liz had passed out. She was so mentally shaken by that Drusilla that she was unsure what else to show them.
Spike loosened his grip on Liz, looking around in confusion. “Bloody hell…” He turned in a slow circle. While Liz made a b-line for the arms of Max Evans.
Drusilla laughed out loud. “I knew she played good games!!” She giggled again hopping up and down.
Spike glanced at Drusilla. “What’re you goin’ on about?”
“Oooooohhhh…good games…good games. Little blond has a plan…show’s us her pretty picture book. Pretty pictures…but mine are prettier.” Drusilla hit Tess with mental power no one know of but Drusilla herself..in some capacity. Spike blinked as the shroud fell away from his eyes.
Tess felt pain jackhammer through her brain and she felt to her knees holding her head.
“Enough of those games little one.” Drusilla said. “You’ll not be using those lovely gifts on my boy.” Michael helped Tess to her feet.
“Ya know you’re really starting to piss me off.” He said. Spike stared angrily at his prize newly safe in the arms of her sniveling dark eyed alien boyfriend. Then he turned his predatory eyes on the spikey haired rebel without a cause type helping the little blond. Keeping his senses on Buffy and Angel’s every movement in the background.
“Is that right?” He said cocking his head at him.
“Yeah.” Michael said with an angry glare.
“Well hair boy what’re you gonna do against me?” He moved his hand about wildly. “Raise a hand and make with the light show? Sure it’ll push me around, piss me off, but it sure as hell won’t kill me. I’m already dead.”
Michael didn’t move an inch,didn’t flinch, didn’t change his expression in the least.
Drusilla grinned again. “He’s an orphan, that one is.” She ran her hand down Spike’s chest. “All alone in the world…” She looked up at Michael. “What will you do if you’re friends all die?” She asked with an innocent tone. She sauntered towards him. As vampires seemed to fill the room from nothingness.
Angel tensed moving towards Drusilla’s chosen direction. Michael stared at her and looked her and down.
“You’d be that scared litte boy again…”She said. She watched him, images from his present self to the little boy standing afraid on a rock in the desert under a star covered canopy. “No more of the girl’s caring and understanding…” She could see Isabel and the many times she’d been there for him. “…You wouldn’t have that lovely sanctuary to stay when the bad man strikes you.”
She saw Michael climbing through Max’s window. Max unrolling the sleeping bag.
“If the heat became too much and stung your lungs and bit at your eyes no one would be able to kiss it better.” The Balance. “No more booboos would be healed. You’d be an open wound. You’re still an open wound…” Now she stood inches from his face. He stared down at her with dark eyes. “..Can I pour in the salt. Rub it in! Rub it in good with my little hands.” She laughed. Michael pushed her down on the cement floor as she continued laughing.
“Baby does good work doesn’t she?” Spike asked. Staring at the young scruff of a boy. “’Reads you like a book she does. Don’t you hate it? Yeah well don’t we all…”
Michael raised his hand and blasted the energy at Spike throwing him into the wall….and then all hell broke loose.
"Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains"
-Jean Jaques Rousseau
|posted on 2-Sep-2001 5:19:10 PM|
Author: Redemption’s Angel
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Buffy roundhoused one of the vamps circling her. Then she backflipped over another and slammed a stake through his back. The vamp disintegrating with a growl of pain. Ash now left in his place.
“God! Do you guys all dress this badly?” Buffy taunted jabbing another and then took a punk looking vamp by his nose ring and swung him around and flung him to the ground the ring tearing out.
“Eeeeeewwwww!!” Buffy flung the ring to the floor. “That’s really nasty!” She dusted two more in the next passing moments.
Angel unsheathed a doubled edged sword he’d concealed on his person. “Decapitation is an exhausting practice.” He mumbled running up a wall with supernatural strength and flipping over the attacking vampire. He swung the sword hard,the vampires head tumbling off it’s shoulders and the entire body turned to dust before it hit the ground.
“Alright?” He said in a dangerous tone. “Who’s next?” He immediately engaged in new combat with a new opponent.
Isabel hit the wall with a sharp exhale. The sleazy male vampire loomed towards her. “Pretty little girl.” Isabel raised a hand and incinerated the demon, it screeched in pain dusted in seconds.
“Next time one of you undead freaks wants to get touchy feely that’ll be you.” She said disgusted.
Liz gasped dodging a vampire, keeping close to Max. One of them dove for the girl but Max put up the energy field causing the vampire to bounce off it and hit the ground rolling. It disappeared almost instantly though because Max was grabbed by the back of the neck by yet another vampire. He lost his footing and was pushed against the concrete floor. Liz looked frantic, she scraped around and found a wooden shard from a broken crate. She hurried to Max,and pressed the shard against the right spot on the vampire's back then shoved it hard with her foot, puncturing to unbeating heart and the vampire exploded in a shower of dust.
Max looked up at Liz with grateful eyes she helped him up. “You okay?”
“Yeah I’m alright.” Max replied glanced around at all the chaos. He saw Michael stalking towards Spike as he was recovering from the blast. Drusilla was silently coming up behind him. And Tess was preoccupied with other vampires.
“Michael!” Max shouted running in his direction. Liz only a couple steps behind him.
Michael looked up just as Drusilla slashed at his face. He winced as she connected much like she had with Buffy except with Michael she had narrowly missed slicing his eye. He looked at her for a moment and that was all it took. She held him with her eyes, just like how Buffy had warned them about. He tried to break the stare, but it didn’t happen. Drusilla smiled wickedly at him.
Angel was torn for a moment. Max seemed to be off to help his friend against Dru. Normally he wouldn’t have left that for anyone, but they weren’t human either and Tess was losing her battle. Cornered three on one and well considering the blast Dru had sent to her. Her powers weren’t fairing as well as usual.
Angel spared another glance back then charged towards the attackers. He spun in one swift and graceful motion angling the sword and cleanly took of one of the vampire’s heads. Dusted. One down two to go.
He took them both on and they willing accepted the challenge. Obviously two fledglings, thinking the opportunity to double-team the great Angelus was a worthwhile battle. He didn’t bother to tell them it would be a losing battle, for them.
Angel popped one in the jaw then roundhouse kicked the second, who assumed circling him would be to their advantage. ‘Wrong Again.’ Angel thought.
Even though one of them clamped down on his arm with fangs and in all honestly it hurt like hell. Angel managed to free himself and shot out two stakes from the spring loaded devices strapped to his wrists, just below the duster sleeves. Both exploded simultaneously. Tess stood slightly amazed.
“Just be lucky you don’t have to do this full time.” He told her. She nodded gratefully and approached him quickly before he headed off to other brawls.
“Wait.” She said. She pressed her palm against the deep and bloody bite on his shoulder. Instantly it was gone.
Angel glanced from his shoulder to her. “Thanks.”
Tess offered a short smile. “The least I could do.” Then Angel was off to swing his sword elsewhere.
Drusilla was working the mojo hard on Michael in a short amount of time too. She swayed back and forth a couple times and he swayed slightly with her. Good, she'd really hooked him.
“See with your heart.” She cooed, running her fingers over his eyes closing the lids then he opened them on his own. All Michael saw was Maria standing infront of him, looking up with a scared expression. He blinked rapidly unsure how this came to be, but it seemed real enough.
‘Maria’ frowned and touched his face. “You’re hurt.” She said concerned. “What’d she do to you?”
Michael grabbed her hand gently. “I’m okay. Where is she?”
‘Maria’ shook her dirty blond head. “I-I don’t know now she took off in another direction. I think she went after that Buffy girl.”
Michael’s brows furrowed. “Wait…how did you get here?”
‘Maria’ sighed. “Spike took Liz, so Alex made the old man and that goofy guy bring us here. We thought you’d need some help. I guess we were right. She almost killed you!” Her eyes got glossy with tears.
Drusilla held up the charade easily. All the necessary information poured out of his head and into her. She so loved this game the most!
'Maria' stood on tiptoes to kiss him and as Michael leaned in. Drusilla wiggled her fingers, eager to slash again.
“Michael!” He heard Max’s voice far off in the background. Then he saw Max tackle ‘Maria’ to the ground. Michael felt a sharp sting across his chest. He blinked and looked in astonishment at Max.
“What the hell? Max!” He started angrily, looking to the fallen Maria to see instead Drusilla was sitting on the floor laughing and licked her long nails clean of fresh blood. He realized almost too late that she’d tricked him.
Max stood and looked to Michael. And Michael glanced down at himself blood soaking the front of his shirt. Max healed it quickly. While in the background Dru continued on happily.
“Mmmmmm…yours is tastier than the other children’s. Tart n’ Tangy..” She giggled. “..Sweet n’ Spicy. I’d rather like some more my little soldier boy.” Michael fumed as Max tried to calm him,so that they might help the others.
As this had been happening Spike did not let the opportunity go to waste, oh no! As Liz watched in horror all the goings on around her friends and lover;Spike snatched her up and clamped his cold dead hand over her mouth in seconds. She managed the beginnings of a muffled scream, but it faded as he growled, face contorting back into the feral vampire mask and bit down her hard into her neck, drinking fast and in large amounts.
Liz’s eyes went from wide terror to almost fluttering closed. He supported her small frame with strong arms and soon pulled away licking his fangs.
“Now baby, you can either lie her on the cold floor and die or I can make it all go away. That’s the ultimatum, unfortunately for you I’m not lettin’ you pick.” He said while slicing open his wrist. Forcing her to drink.
Coppery cold liquid exploded in Liz’s mouth and since she was too weak to do anything some of it spilled down her throat. Then she began drinking she didn’t want to. In fact she hated every second of it, but something happened when a vampire chose to change someone and they couldn’t help but drink. They’d drink until they couldn’t take anymore of it and then their heart slowed painfully within their chest, the body began shutting down and they were finally left in a state of like-death.
Spike watched his new princess fall under the effects quickly. He closed her eyes with his fingers.
“Sweet dreams, luv…and when you wake…” He purred in her ear. “…You’ll help me kill that damn slayer and all your little friends. We’ll have a lovely time of it.” No breath came from Liz, her face was still lovely but pale now, almost like a china doll. He scooped her limp body up in his arms and stood triumphantly in the room. As Tess joined Max and Michael, Drusilla hopped up.
“Oh! Here she comes!! I’m goin’ to be a mummy!!” She clapped her hands enthusiastically.
Max turned with wide eyes. His blood ran cold and he felt the bile try and sneak up his throat. How could he have been so careless as to forget that Liz could’ve been in trouble? Tears hit his eyes in a violent sting.
“No.” He whispered as he sprang into step, heading for Spike. He let the girl hang in one of his arms as he took his free hand and licked the blood off of it, Liz’s blood. He growled in contentment at the boy.
Max slammed Spike into the concrete wall violently, he choked him with one hand barely letting enough room for speech. Spike erupted in laughter.
“You can have her now…t-t*cough* there’s nothing you can do, when she wakes up she’ll eat the first face she sees.” He choked out.
“I know that I can’t kill you.” Max ground out in an anguished and disgusted voice. “But you’re NOT going to forget this day and NOT because you think you got what you wanted but because you were punished for taking what you wanted!” He spat out and pressed his palm against the vampire’s chest. It heated rapidly, smoke began forming off Spike in wisps, and the spot beneath Max’s hand burned away the shirt and scorched the flesh. Spike grunted and winced but didn’t cry out, he was too damn arrogant to cry out. If this is what being thrown out into the daylight felt like then he hoped that never happened. Spike began to wither in pain and Drusilla moaned worriedly seeing him falter.
Max removed his hand and watched the vampire clutch himself in pain. The room around them was dead silent except for Drusilla’s moaning. The other vampires were dust sifting in the air and the others watched in part amazement and part horror at Spike’s victory and punishment.
Buffy absently let her stake fall and clatter to the ground in a string of echoes. She’d let Spike just take this girl. One of her greatest fears was not saving an innocent when she had opportunity.Rule number 1 about being a slayer is don't die.Rule number two is don't let anyone else die.
Angel too felt his pain. He’d known the pain and guilt of seeing a loved one die. He’d actually been the set of fangs that had killed his loved ones. He slowly approached Max in an attempt of comfort.
Isabel felt tears fall down her cheeks. She couldn’t bare to believe this was happening, not to Liz, not to her brother. Willow stepped up and rested a comforting hand on her shoulder. She frowned worriedly at Isabel then turned back to the scene.
Michael and Tess stood silently as Angel touched Max’s shoulder. Max whirled around and stared hard at the vampire.
“Y-you said awhile ago that you were the one responsible for her.” Glancing towards Drusilla. “And that she was responsible for HIM.” Max’s eyes were awash in emotion. If looks could kill...
“Do everyone a favor and have your girlfriend STAKE YOU!” He cried angrily.
Angel’s face stayed solemn as ever, his eyes only deceiving him with races of more guilt and pity.
Max gently picked up Liz’s rapidly cooling body. He almost let a sob escape at how icy she felt.
Michael started towards him. “Maxwell..” He started in a low almost apologetic tone.
Max stopped, but didn’t look at him. “Did you find what you were looking for Michael? I think everyone is really tired of your selfish road trips, ya know that? Next time you SEE something keep it to yourself.” He ground out bitterly. More than anything though Max blamed himself. He left the factory quickly and slowly everyone left except Angel, Spike and Drusilla.
“I suggest you not leave town.” Angel said monotonely. “I’m coming back for you at nightfall and if you’re gone I’ll hunt you down and tear you apart.”
Dru whimpered, holding her boy who hissed at his wound and the pain it caused him.
Angel left and as if a sheet had been thrown over the town of Sunnydale, a melancholy fog seemed to sift in through the late hours of night. It was unclear what would occur after the sun rose and even more unclear what anyone might do when Liz awoke from the arms of death.
Author: Redemption’s Angel
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Max didn’t have to open Giles apartment door because Maria opened it first. Obviously waiting impatiently to see her friends. Her expression was full of relief until she realized Max was carrying a very pale Liz with a blood stained shirt.
“Oh my god!” Maria cried as she began to cry. She ran into Alex’s arms and he hugged her rubbing her back as she sobbed. His expression dark and sad.
Giles was nursing a sore and discolored jaw with a towel of ice and he looked up worriedly. Xander’s lips parted in shock.
“Oh man..” Xander mumbled. He moved to help Max with her but he refused. Xander silently understood and closed the front door.
“Where is everyone else?” Alex asked quietly. Max said absently, almost as if he weren’t really there.
“I don’t know I didn’t come back with them.” He stated flatly.
Giles ignored his wound and gestured down the hall as he spoke. “There is a room in the back in which we can place her.” Giles walked down the hall, Max following. As Giles opened the door and watched Max lay the girl on the bed he spoke again.
“I sincerely hope that you realize we did all we could to keep him from her, but I believe we were I bit forgetful in one method of her safety. I can not express my remorse-”
Max kneeled by the bed silently holding her small, cold, frail hand and running his fingers across it back and forth. “She’s too cold.” Max mumbled to himself more than Giles. The Watcher looked on with a sad expression.
“Did he…did he try to turn her?” He asked carefully.
“She’s going to fine.” Max said. He covered her with a blanket. “She needs to rest that’s all...it’s not her time...like in the café…it wasn’t her time.”
“Max…” Giles spoke tentatively. “It is imperative that I know what happened to her in order to help in any possible way.” Yet he stayed silent. Giles nodded. “I’ll give you a bit of time alone.” He said turning away and moving back to the others.
Max rested his chin on the bed’s edge almost like a sad puppy he concentrated silently on Liz, he tried to heal her holding his hand over the flesh wound, but nothing happened as strained in effort. Her aura had flickered out on him. He remembered how bright and warm it always was. This incredibly rich and intense amber color. But it had faded out so fast.
Max Evans closed his eyes tightly as a tear traced a path down his cheek.
Buffy was the first to enter the apartment. She dropped her coat on the floor and moved further into the room silently. With a quick sweep of the room with her blue/green eyes she could tell Max had returned.
“Hey Buff…” Xander said softly. Buffy tried to smile as Giles re-entered the room. She frowned at the sight of Alex cradling his friend on the couch, trying to stop her sobs of grief.
The group had all filed in behind her, except Angel.
Isabel wasted no time, seeing as Giles returned from the hall she immediately trotted down the hall knowing that’s where her brother was. Michael moved silently to the couch and he stood there a long moment. When Maria looked up at him she flung herself into his arms. “Thanks…” He told Alex for taking care of her since he couldn’t have been here when she saw what had happened. Alex nodded and got up following Isabel.
Tess kept off to the side, she seemed extremely sad just as the others were, but she seemed to be wracking her brain for something. Maybe some solution?
“I couldn’t stop him.” Buffy spoke finally. “I didn’t stop him when I could’ve, it’s my fault that she’s-” Willow touched Buffy’s arm. “Buffy don’t even say that! Spike had WAY too many …things backing up and Drusilla up. It wasn’t anyone’s fault.”
“I know, but it’s just…” Buffy glanced around. “Where’s Angel.”
“Hopefully Dead Boy’s off mutilating Spike ‘til he stakes himself?” Xander suggested with folded arms. “That’d be nice.” He said in a pathetic attempt to lighten the mood.
Giles looked to Buffy. “I assume that Spike was…successful in turning her?” He asked.
Buffy nodded. “Yeah…I-I don’t know what we should do unless we use the soul restoration spell on her as she wakes up.” She looked to Willow. “Think you’d be up to it?”
Willow looked happy to be a useful source of help. “I’m up for anything that’ll soften the blow.”
“I think I have another Orb of Thesela.” Giles said.
“You can change her back?” Michael asked.
“Not exactly.” Willow said. “We can restore her human soul before she does any damage, but…well…she’ll still be fangy.”
“Hey.” Alex said softly behind Isabel as she leaned against the doorframe watching Max with Liz. She glanced back at him. “Hi Alex..” She said barely above a whisper. Alex reached out and brush away a tear from her cheek. She breathed shakily and Alex wrapped his arms around her and she leaned her head back against while watching her distraught brother, knowing silence was the best she could offer him right now. If he wanted her she was there, but she wouldn’t force anything on him.
Cordelia was driving with Wesley back towards Gile’s. They had taken the liberty of picking up the Roswell group’s things and checked them out of the hotel. Having done so on their request. Cordy drove the little red Jetta and Wesley drove the jeep.
A block or more away from the apartment they slowed seeing Angel walking out to the road’s shoulder. Cordelia looked up at him rolling down the window.
Angel’s expression was blank. “Meet me back at the apartment. Drop off the stuff and we’ve got a job to do.”
Author: Redemption’s Angel
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Spoilers:Things heat up and a connection between two tortured souls is made.
Author Note: forgive any typos Also, I borrowed a line Drusilla used on Angel,because it's one of my favorites.So if you recognise it,that's why.I am extremely glad you're enjoy it and thanks for voting for me at the nominations board!!I feel the love.Maybe I'll win something. Go to the repost board or the Author’s work archive to refresh your memory or to read for the first time and above all please enjoy!
“Well we should at least take everything inside. It’ll get stolen.” Cordelia said exiting the Jetta.
“”Fine.” Angel said while hopping into the driver’s seat of his classic black convertible. “Go in there, hand them their keys. Tell them we brought back their things and that get out here so we can leave.”
Angel revved the engine as Cordelia sprinted inside and then came back quickly hopping in the back, Wesley in the front passengers’ seat.
Angel pulled away driving down the deserted streets of Sunnydale at a fair speed.
“What’d you tell them?” He asked.
“Just that we had to run back and pick up one or two things. “ Cordelia replied. “They were trying to stop me to talk about something, but I just said I had to leave. Angel…What happened?” She asked leaning towards the front slightly.
“There was a massive fight, Vampires everywhere and Spike and Drusilla leading the team. Despite all the power and support we had… Spike found a loophole and grabbed the Parker girl before anyone had time to stop him. And to keep it short he turned her.” Angel said in a emotionless tone.
“Good lord!” Wesley said in concern. “They must be terribly upset right now.”
Angel stayed slightly. He took a sharp right hand turn.
Cordelia was thoughtful and when she realized what they were doing her mouth opened in an “O”.
“So you’re going to go butcher Spike for killing her? It’s not like he’s never done it before. Killing him won’t turn her back.” She stopped. “Wait. What am I complaining about? Come on boss, step on it!! The sooner he’s dead the quicker I can forget about him.” She exclaimed.
“I’m not just doing this because of Spike or what he did. Because I had to see the look on that boy’s face when he found her dead. I’m sick of seeing people get hurt like that.” Angel explained. He pulled the vehicle to a halt when they reached the factory.
Angel got out with the others. He knew that how badly Max had hurt Spike, their minions being gone and Drusilla’s usual flighty emotional state…He glanced at the building. Yeah they were still there.
Angel unlocked the trunk and began taking out a few things. A can of gasoline, A box of matches, a crossbow which he hand to Cordelia and a few stakes and holy water to each of them.
He slammed the trunk lid shut and picked up the gasoline. He pushed his duster off and tossed it on the ground. And strode to the factory with a purposeful demeanor.
Spike groaned as Drusilla fussed over him like he was her baby. She applied some sort of mixture to his burn wound that glowed a liquid silver. He hissed at the stinging sensation that ran through the effected area.
“Shhhhhh…” Drusilla purred at him. “It stings like a nasty little scorpion, but it smells like vanilla and honey. It’ll make my Spike all right as rain again, you’ll see.” She nodded in certainty.
Spike leaned against the wall and let her play her little game of first aid and babble. He was too tired and sour to care.
“Mmmmm…Mummy use to make us cinnamon rolls for breakfast each morning.” Drusilla said getting that ever distance-dreaming look to her eyes. “ AND she make this rich & creamy glaze for the top.” She giggled. “They came out all hot and sticky like you are right now. And the glaze was tasty, smelling of the vanilla and honey.” She glanced around slowly. “I should like to imagine that that’s what my little soldier boy tastes like.” Referring to Michael who she enjoyed toying with very much. It was so easily done!
Drusilla started tiptoeing her fingertips up Spike’s chest making a soft-rolling growl as she did.
“Rrrrrrr…and when my baby wakes up she’ll get to taste his sugary glaze…Mmm Hmm…we’ll take a yummy sample from each and have a grand evening!!” Now walking her fingers up to his neck then tapped him on the nose.
She nodded her wavy brown mane and smiled. “And we’ll take her shopping and give her all the pretty dresses.” Drusilla said. “Ms. Edith here thinks that would be splendid. Having a game of dress-up. Then we’ll take her everywhere and show her off like a little prize for all to see. I rather think she’ll like Paris my darling.” Drusilla told him.
A shadow moved past the doorway to the small room they sat in. Drusilla only caught a glimpse as she whipped her head around. Her eyes dancing with devilish merriment at the shot of playing the game. Who could it be?
“Pretty, pretty, pretty kitty, kitty, kitty.” She whispered tiptoeing out of the room. “Uh oh...” She whipped around a corner and caught Cordelia by the throat. “…The wolf found you, now you’ll never make it home for a lovely meal of fish and drippings.” Her face morphed to the more haunting visage of fang and burning gazes.
Cordelia thankfully had a tight fist around her bottle of holy water and the flung the blessed liquid in Drusilla’s face. Drusilla shrieked and let go and backed away pawing at her face as smoke lifted from the burning dead flesh.
“The kitty has claws moron.” Cordelia said running to another larger room as Spike carefully moved from the other room to see what the commotion was.
Spike watched her go and than he moved to Drusilla. Her face marred with painful sores from the water.
“Be more careful poodle. Angelus is close by.” He murmured planting a kiss on her forehead. “Come now luv.” He said as they cautiously moved to the next room.
Drusilla hissed upset. “Ssssssssss…the Angel beast has come to punish us again!” She then spoke loudly for him to hear. “Spank us ‘til Tuesday. I promise to be bad if you do, Rrrrrrrrrrrrrr..”
A figure stood on the catwalks above them hidden and silent in the cloaking shadows.
“We get it Angelus, you’re pissed off. Quit it with the hide and seek bit mate.” Spike hollered out into the room moving farther into the large room. Suddenly some sort on cauldron was tipped from the ceiling and dumped over both Drusilla and Spike. Drusilla looked horrified and Spike looked angry.
That’s when they heard the clomping of heavy leather soles hitting metal stairs slowly. His face completely empty, Void of anything.
“Grrrrrrrrr BAD DOG!” Drusilla scolded him. That’s when Spike noticed the liquid-y trail ending at Angel’s feet. Spike’s eyes widened slightly. Drusilla whimpered as he ran the match head along the metallic railing, sparking to life a flame.
“You always liked games Drusilla.” Angel said coldly. “Think you can count how many seconds it’ll take this flame to reach you?” Then he dropped it and it hit the gasoline and erupted to life running a fiery race to the vampires. “Count quickly.” He added as the vampires ran, but that wouldn’t help. Footprints on liquid and little droplets ignited in a game of tag. The flames happily lapping after their targets.
Angel walked away and out the main doorway. He was halfway to the car when he heard the cries of pain. Cordelia and Wesley sat in the car nervously.
“Am I done being bait?” Cordelia asked as Angel got into the car.
“Yeah, let’s go see Giles, hmm?” He said nonchalantly as the windows of the factory glowed with light.
Isabel had returned to the doorway, her shadow stretching out over Max as he sat in the same position by the bed. She rapped her knuckles on the open door.
“Hey.” She said gently as she slowly stepped into the room. “I brought you some food.” She said gently setting to plate on the bedside table. Max didn’t glance at it once.
Isabel sighed and sat on the floor beside her brother. “Max…I can’t stand seeing you like this.” She said rubbing his back lightly. “This is the worst thing I can safely say that’s happened, but…but I don’t think Liz would want to watch you suffer so much because of her.”
Max stayed silent, hardly moved.
“Everyone’s one’s worried about you.” She added.
“No they’re not.” Max said muffledly. “They’re showing me pity, they’re thanking god they didn’t have their… someone close to them die, but they aren’t worried.” He said coldly.
Isabel’s heart stung, Max had never spoken that way before. “Max-” She started but he stopped her.
“Isabel…I just need to be alone, okay?” He said. Isabel nodded and stood up slowly.
“Right…sorry.” She whispered and left. She was gone when Max turned to look at her.
Isabel returned to the living room and sat down infront of Alex leaning back against him and felt comforted by his arms folding around her.
“How is he?” He asked softly. Isabel shook her head unsure. “He’s upset.” She murmured.
Michael glanced at Isabel, their eyes meeting. She knew he definitely felt guilty for everything. She looked at Maria who’d fallen asleep from emotional exhaustion in his arms. Michael had wrapped a blanket around her.
Tess sat on the end of the couch beside them she simply stared at the floor.
Xander and Willow were on the other end, sitting together watching the TV on low. While Buffy sat on the steps leading upstairs and swung her legs, deep in thought.
Giles set a box full of different things on the table. It contained everything they needed for the Restoration spell. He glanced around at the accumulation of young people littering his sitting room.
“Does anyone need anything while I up?” He asked.
“I do.” Buffy said. “A pool full of holy water and Spike and Drusilla stuck under the pool cover.” She listed. “Oh and a big gulp. Cherry cola…not too much ice. And a little underwater camera to watch the demon ant-acids pop and fizz.” She nodded shortly to herself.
However although they enjoyed the attempt at humor the other stayed silent and solemn. Giles smiled softly at his slayer who attempted a return smile.
As silence deafened the room Cordelia, Wesley and Angel came into the apartment. However Angel lingered closer to the door.
“Gee that was a LONG trip.” Willow said, popping her head over the couch back to look at them.
“’We had some business to take care of.” Angel said barely above a whisper. Buffy was descended the stars and walked over to him. She looked up at him with her big blue/green eyes.
“You okay?” She asked. Angel nodded.
“What did you do?” Tess asked from the couch.
Cordelia smiled. “Had a demon barbecue.”
Michael raised both brows at her. Cordelia elaborated. “Well see we had a can of gasoline and some matches on hand thought. ‘Hmm,wouldn’t it be fun to go set an annoying vampire couple on fire?’ Naturally the answer was yes.” She said.
“You killed them?” Isabel asked sitting up, her eyes brightening.
“If they were to survive that…it would be quite the surprise.” Wesley speculated.
“Way to go.” Xander said raising his thumb it the air but not bothering to turn to look at them. “Points for effort. Bonus points even.”
“Where’s Max?” Angel asked the room. Everyone’s faces fell slightly. Giles nodded towards the hallway.
“Don’t expect much conversation.” Isabel said.
“Wasn’t planning to.” Angel said moving down the hall. He filled the doorway and Max looked up knowing who it was. Interestingly enough their expressions were almost identical. Angel took the liberty to enter the room, his footfalls silent as he walked around to the opposite side of the bed and sat in the chair over there. He ran a finger across his chin in thought. Max went back to gazing at Liz.
Angel nodded to himself. “Snapped at your sister, right?” Angel said. Max gave him an intense stare.
“Denial…Anger…Angel sighed. “ I always forget what comes next.”
“I don’t want you in here.” Max said gruffly.
“Well then I guess it’s too bad I don’t care where you want me.” Angel replied.
Max sat up angrily.
“Do you honestly think I don’t know what kind of pain you’re feeling?” Angel asked with a much more caring tone.
Max remained silent.
“I’ve been around for two hundred and forty some years.” Angel said. “Witnessed a good chunk of European and American history and watched A LOT of people die…killed my own family.”
“What? Are we bonding now because we’re both inhuman and watched people die?” Max said. “Nice try.” Max said with sarcasm.
Angel continued without acknowledgement of the comment.
“I brought ugly death to everyone I met for over a century and then one night when I killed the wrong girl. A gypsy tribe called the Romany cursed me with my human soul for the death of their daughter. From then on I was tortured with every crime I’d committed against humanity. For a long time I wished I could just die. But then I found another purpose…here in Sunnydale…back in the beginning. Helped a little blonde slayer, started saving souls.” Angel said wistfully.
“Fell in love with her. Knowing fully well it wasn’t right, it wasn’t meant to be. Knowing that just who I was would hurt her somehow…and it did. When things became too passionate, too intense we made love. The problem with that act was she delivered me the only true happiness I’ve ever known and that was the flaw with the curse. ‘One true moment of happiness and that soul is taken from him’ the gypsy had said. So I was soulless again and hurt her terribly. Things continued excalating and just as they figured out the spell and returned me my soul, quite on accident. The woman I loved had to make a sacrifice…for the sake of the entire world. She sent me to hell to keep the world from apocalypse, from being run by creatures that don’t deserve to exist.” Angel looked at him. “It’s been painful ever since just looking her in the eyes, hearing her voice, taking it everything special about her and yet I’m still drawn back to her time and time again. She’s my one true addiction whether she or I admit it.”
Max looked at him, his expression much less angry. Was it just coincidental that beside certain details this man he thought he needed to hate had experienced the same thing as Max everyday?
“I’d have gladly given up everything to make sure that girl was never harmed. But I can’t now.” Angel said staring at the young hybrid meaningfully.
“However…I do know of something that could save this girl from a lot of pain.” Angel nodded to Liz’s still, ivory form.
“I never realized what it was until you and the other showed up.” Angel stood up to leave the room. “But you’re probably uninterested. What do I know about true love, anyway?” He said sliding out the doorway stealthily.
Max stared at Liz and around the room then turned and followed after Angel.
"Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains"
-Jean Jaques Rousseau