A Funeral And Welcome Home
None of it is mine! If I owned any of these characters I would not be writing right now. All things Buffy belong to Joss Whedon and Charmed belongs to the WB and Constance M. Burge.Summary:
Buffy is killed in action and reborn with new powers and a whole new destiny. The Powers That Be prevent her from seeing anyone from her past life until her eighteenth birthday when a new enemy appears and Angel Investigations must find the ‘Reborn Champion.’Spoilers:
Set one year after the Angel episode ‘The Girl in Question’ and about two years after the Buffy Series Finale. Buffy, Willow, and Xander are all 24, Faith is 23, and Dawn and Andrew are 19. No Willow/Kennedy. Gunn is dead, no Illyria, Cordy is dead, Connor has both sets of memories, Wes is alive, Lindsey is alive.
As for Charmed, I’m not really sure what season it is, though Cole isn’t dead or evil, Leo never became an Elder, and both Wyatt and Chris have been born.A/N:
Thanks to Liit06, Lady Gothic Halliwell, and Krycek’s Immortal Slayer at ff.net and CPTSkip, purrfus, immortalwizardelffan, and spk at TTH who all reviewed, you guys are awesome!!! 626 hits and seven reviews in the first 24 hours after posting, I’m so happy! Eight more reviews and this story will have received more than any of my other stories. Plus that’s more hits than any of my other stories have gotten for one chapter! Since this story got so many hits and reviews I thought I’d thank you by getting another chapter out as quick as possible.A/N2:
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A Charmed Slayer
Dawn stood looking in her full length mirror in her room. She was wearing a long black dress with long sleeves and a scoop neck. The brunette’s sister had died a week ago and today was the funeral, hence the black. With a sigh Dawn turned and left the room, heading to the living room to meet up with everyone else before heading to the cemetery.
Giles, Willow, Xander, Andrew, Faith, Angel, Spike, and Wes were all waiting for her when she arrived in the living room. Angel, Spike, and Wes had arrived from Los Angeles two days ago in order to help prepare for and attend Buffy’s funeral.
“Ready to go?” Giles asked softly as he stood from his place on the couch.
Dawn merely nodded before heading toward the door. Everyone else stood and followed her.
They had opted to have the fallen Slayer’s funeral at night, just after sunset so that the vampires in Buffy’s life could attend without spontaneously combusting and turning into dust. So as the last of the sun’s rays disappeared beyond the horizon the group of Buffy’s close friends and family, as well as a few Slayers who had flown in from around the world, entered the cemetery closest to the Slayers Council Offices. It was a fairly new cemetery, put in as a final resting place for various Slayers, Watchers, and Council members who had died over the last couple of years. There were also memorials for Anya and everyone else who had died in the battle with the first. The group silently approached the newest grave, marked with a small angel statue and a plague with a carving of a cross and a heart with a stake through it that read:‘Buffy Anne Summers
She Saved The World…
She Knew The Hardest Thing
In This World
Was To Live In It
Yet She Did It Again Anyway…
And Now We Live…
Everyone stood around the grave, tears streaming down their faces, as one by one they all stepped forward to say something about the woman who had had such a huge impact on their lives. As they talked it started raining and it seemed to them that the Heavens were crying along with them. After everyone had said their piece, they just stood there for a few moments thinking about the amazing blonde woman they had just laid to rest, remembering the good times shared with her.
Afterward, everyone, with the exception of the Slayers from out of town, headed back to Willow’s apartment as Dawn’s held too many memories of Buffy for them to be there without completely breaking down.
Once everyone had settled in on a chair or the couch Angel spoke up looking around at Faith, Dawn, Willow, Giles, Andrew, and Xander, “I know all of you are probably planning on moving out of Rome now that Buffy’s…gone, and well, I just wanted to let you all know that you’re more than welcome to come stay with us in L.A. We have more than enough room since we moved back into the Hyperion after the fight with the Circle of the Black Thorn and Wolfram and Hart. Plus, the Slayer’s Council has offices in L.A. that you can work out of if you want, or we’re thinking about restarting Angel Investigations if you’d rather do that. Either way, there’s something in L.A. for you.” He told them.
The six of them looked around at each other before Dawn looked back at the dark-haired vampire, “I can’t speak for anyone else, but I think I’d like that. And I think that I’ll take you up on that offer of a job with Angel Investigations; I don’t think I can be involved with the Council right now, at least not as in-depth as I have been. I’ll help when I’m needed, but right now I think I need a bit of distance from the Council, it reminds me too much of Buffy right now.” She said.
“If Dawn goes, I go.” Faith said. “Promised B I’d take care of Little Sis and I can’t do that if I’m not there. So I guess I’m in.”
Angel nodded, “Any other takers?”
“I’m in, not like I have anywhere else I’d rather be. And a break from the Council would be nice.” Willow said.
Giles was the next to answer. “I think that sounds like a good idea. I can continue running the Council from the L.A. Offices and still be near most of my family since at least three of my ‘kids’ are going.”
Xander merely shrugged, “Where Willow goes I follow. Though can’t we change the name? I’d rather not work at a company called Angel Investigations.” He stated.
“I hate to say it, but the whelp is right,” Spike said, “Angel Investigations is kind of a sissy name. And I really don’t want to work somewhere with the Poof’s name in the company name.”
Angel rolled his eyes, “Fine, we’ll change the name, but can we figure that out later? So, Dawn, Faith, Willow, Xander, and Giles are all coming back to L.A., what about you, Andrew?”
“Actually, I think I’m gonna head back to Cleveland, work at Council Headquarters since that’s where our main and most archive is. There’s also a lot of Slayers there for me to follow around for documentary purposes. There really aren’t a lot of Slayers in L.A. since Angel and his team pretty much keep the Dark side of the Force under control there so there’s really no need for a bunch of Slayers. And Robin’s in Cleveland, so I’ll know at least one person I’ll be working with and I’m pretty sure some of the Slayers that were trained in Sunnydale before the first are in Cleveland, so that’s good. But, I’ll come visit you guys whenever I can.” Andrew explained.
“Okay, that makes sense. Well, Angel, Spike and I are leaving late tomorrow night, do you think that the five of you can be packed and ready to go by then or will you be joining us in L.A. later?” Wes asked.
“I can be ready tomorrow night,” Dawn said, “Anything I don’t take with me the Council can deal with or can be shipped to me later.”
Faith nodded, “Yeah, I think it’s pretty much the same for all of us. Most of what we’ll take will be clothes, weapons, and personal things like pictures and stuff like that. It should all fit in a couple suitcases.”
Wes looked around to see the others nodding along with Faith. “Alright, since we took a Council plane I’ll just go call and let the pilot know to expect a few more people tomorrow. Will you be joining us, Andrew? We can make a stop in Cleveland on the way to L.A. if you like.” He said.
Andrew shook his head, “No, that’s okay. I think I’ll stay a few extra days to make sure everything is in order here and that way I can send off anything that the others want. I’ll probably be here at least another week.”
Wes nodded and headed into the kitchen to use the phone in there where it wouldn’t be as loud.
Faith stood up and stretched. “Well, I guess we’d better get going. I don’t know about the rest of you but I need a few hours sleep before I have to start packing. What time do you guys want to meet tomorrow and where?” She asked.
“Well, our flight is supposed to leave around eight o’clock tomorrow night, so we should probably meet around six-thirty or seven. And how about at Dawn’s apartment? Does that work for everyone?” Angel asked looking at the others.
After everyone had approved the plan they all started getting up to go to their own homes. Dawn paused at the doorway and looked back at the bleached blonde vampire, “Spike?” She asked, “Would you maybe come stay with me tonight? I really just don’t wanna be alone.”
Spike walked over to the younger girl and wrapped his arms around her. “Of course, Nibblet. All you had to do was ask.” He replied.
With that, everyone left the redhead’s apartment to attempt to get some sleep before packing to move the next day.
Piper Halliwell and her husband, Leo Wyatt, made there way into the manor home where they lived. Piper was carrying their week-old daughter, Melinda, in her arms while Leo had their two-year old son, Chris, in his arms and was holding the hand of their four-year old son, Wyatt. As they entered the living room they noticed Piper’s two sisters Paige and Phoebe sitting in the room with their husbands and Phoebe’s six-month old daughter, Patience.
“Hey, welcome home!” Paige’s husband, Henry, greeted.
Piper smiled as she sat down, “It’s good to be home. I hate the hospital.”
“Well, can I hold her?” Phoebe asked. At Piper’s nod, she handed Patience to her husband Cole and went to get her niece from her sister. “Oh she’s so adorable. She has Leo’s hair already. And look at those eyes, they’re so pretty! She’s gonna be a looker when she gets older.” She said.
Leo grinned. “That’s okay, Wyatt, Chris, and I can beat any guys that come around off with a stick if we have to. And I’m sure Cole and Henry wouldn’t mind helping, along with any make cousins she gets between now and then.” He said, chuckling.
The three sisters all laughed, “Just as long as there’s no permanent damage,” Piper said.
“Hey, let me hold her,” Paige requested, holding out her arms for the newborn as she didn’t want to try and lever herself out of her chair; being pregnant could be such a pain at times.
Phoebe handed Melinda to Paige before retaking her seat and leaning against her husband. After cooing at the baby for a few minutes Paige handed Melinda back to Piper who was sitting in the seat next to her.
Wyatt and Chris both toddled over to their mother’s chair to get a better look at their new little sister. “She’s so small,” Chris said, his voice filled with awe as he reached out a hand to the newest Halliwell, grinning as she graped his finger in her tiny hand. “Just like Patience.” He said.
Wyatt smiled down at his little sister before starting to make funny faces at her, positively beaming when she giggled. “I like her, Mommy,” He stated as he looked up at his mother. “I can help look after her sometimes, Mommy, if you need a helper. Mommy? Can I take care of her?”
Piper smiled, “Of course you can, Sweetie.” She repied.
“Oh, me too, Mommy?” Chris asked looking hopeful.
“Yup, you too, Honey.” Piper said.
Leo grinned as he watched his family, feeling content with his life.
Paige reluctantly spoke up, hating that she was interrupting the happy family, “Um, guys? We should probably summon Mom and Grams soon so that they can meet Melinda. You know Grams will throw a fit if we wait too long.” She said.
Phoebe nodded, “You’re right. I’ll go get the candles. Be right back.” She said as she stood and left the living room, heading up the stairs to the attic. She returned moments later and placed the candles on the floor.
All three sisters stood up, Piper handing Melinda to Leo, and recited the spell to summon their mother and grandmother. Moments later Penny and Patti Halliwell appeared in a swirl of white lights. The two new arrivals stepped out of the circle and became corporeal. Both grinned as they moved toward Leo and the youngest Halliwell.
“Well, come on, let’s see her.” Grams stated as she held her hands out for the baby. Leo gently handed her his new daughter. “She’s beautiful. What’s her name? It is a girl this time, right?” She asked, her eyebrow raised in question.
Piper rolled her eyes. “Yes, she’s a girl. And her name is Melinda Prudence Halliwell, after our ancestor and her aunt.” The brunette told her grandmother.
Grams gently placed her Melinda into Patti’s arms. “She really is beautiful and you chose a beautiful name.” Patti told her daughter before handing the infant back to Piper.
“When will you be having her Wiccaning?” Grams asked as everyone sat back down and got comfortable and Chris and Wyatt to play with their toys in a corner.
“Probably here in the next couple of weeks,” Leo replied, “We want to do it as soon as possible but still give Piper some time to recuperate.”
“Good, good. A couple of weeks should be fine.” The elderly woman said. “Now, Phoebe, how is little Patience doing?” She asked.
“She’s doing wonderful,” Phoebe said and the family drifted along in conversation and spent the rest of the day together until Piper started getting too tired and everyone headed home; or back to the Heavenly Planes in the cases of Patti and Penny.
After everyone had left Leo and Piper headed upstairs. Piper was carrying a sleeping Melinda, Leo carrying a softly snoring Chris, and an exhausted Wyatt trudging behind them. After putting Chris and Wyatt to bed and tucking them in the couple made their way to the nursery and gently placed the peaceful Melinda in her crib. The proud parents stood watching their daughter sleep for a few moments before reaching over and turning on the baby monitor and slipping out of the room, down the hall and into their own bedroom for some well-deserved sleep.
So, what did you think? I really hope that you all liked it, especially considering that I wrote it all in one sitting and it took about six or seven hours to write and I finished it at around 4:15 in the morning. But I really did want to get it out quickly as a Thank You to everyone who read it and everyone who reviewed. The Prologue for this got 626 hits and 7 reviews in just over 24 hours. That’s the most of either I have ever gotten for a single chapter in just 24 hours. I was amazed! I totally love everyone who has read or reviewed this story so far, you all gave me warm fuzzy feelings!
The next chapter will definitely take longer than this did as I plan on sleeping today to make up for staying up ‘til 4 in the morning writing this and I have work tomorrow and Saturday, so the next day I’ll be able to work on it is Sunday at the earliest and I work Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday next week. So, not a lot of time to work on this but I’ll try. Especially if I get as good of a response to this chapter as I did the last.
FYI – This chapter was 2,277 words long. Also, the first half of Buffy’s Epitaph was from the Buffy episode ‘The Gift,’ the second half I made up. And Wyatt’s comment about taking care of Melinda is from the Buffy episode ‘Weight of the World’ I believe. It’s when Willow goes into Bufy’s head while she’s catatonic after Dawn gets taken by Glory.
I’ve pretty much decide on pairings but I am willing to change my mind, so let me know what you’d like to see. I can’t guarantee you’ll see it, but I’ll consider it.