A New Beginning
Disclaimer – I do not own Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Harry Potter, or Angel.Thoughts are italicized.Chapter One – A New Beginning
The air was still. The dust was just now beginning to settle. Once the dust had cleared it was easy to make out a crater that stretched out as far as the eye could see. The town of Sunnydale that, up until a few hours ago, stood tall with numerous houses and buildings, had been reduced to rubble. The “Welcome to Sunnydale” sign fell to the ground. There was no one in sight except a group of people standing by a bus. No one could say anything, they were still recovering from destruction they had just witnessed. It was impossible for them to know how many people had lost their lives because they were still in the town when it collapsed. They did know that they had lost many of their people. So many potentials were lost,
Dawn thought. No, not potentials, slayers. All slayers now.
“Ummm, guys!” Dawn could hear Rona yell. “Juliet is bleeding out. I don’t know what to do.”
This brought Dawn and the others out of their thoughts. Everyone ran back on the bus. Dawn passed Wood as she walked in. He doesn’t look so great,
she thought. She walked to where Sara, a blonde covered in blood, was looking after Shannon’s cuts.
“I just can’t get gutted somewhere other than my stomach now can I?” Shannon joked, but she winced from the pain as she began to laugh. Dawn touched Sara’s shoulder.
“I’ll take it from here,” Dawn comforted her. “Try and get some rest.”
Sara got up and moved to the front of the bus to sit down as she was instructed. Dawn took over once Sara left. Shannon was cut much worse than Dawn had originally thought. She tried to use as much gauze as she could to slow the bleeding. She took this opportunity to look around the school bus. The relief anyone had felt over winning the battle with the First was replaced by a new wave of fear for their fellow warriors. The seats were littered with bleeding girls. The back of the bus had become somewhat of a graveyard. Buffy started moving the dead girls to the back so that the young slayers didn’t have to look at their dead comrades. Michelle, an attractive brunette covered in blood, began lightly shaking the girl sitting next to her. The girl was pretty beaten up, she had a large puncture wound in her back. A horrified look crossed Michelle’s face as she realized the girl was dead. I never even learned her name,
Michelle thought with regret. Everyone is dying,
she began to panic as she looked around. Xander noticed Michelle’s distress and came to see what was wrong. When he noticed the girl was dead and silently picked her up moving her to the back of the bus. Andrew sat down next to Michelle to comfort her. The bus ride stretched on forever, there seemed to be no end in sight. Dawn was beginning to worry if they had made a mistake deciding to head to the Hyperion Hotel. The decision not to go to a hospital was made early on; Angel had assured everyone that he would have people at the hotel able to help the injured.
The bus screeched to a halt outside a beautifully old building. Dawn figured they had reached the Hyperion Hotel. Buffy was first to be on her feet, she headed into the hotel to get help. Giles instructed those girls with minor injuries to help those whose injuries were worse. Dawn and Sara carefully helped Shannon off the bus, while Rona and Michelle helped Juliet. Buffy was running out of the hotel followed by Angel, Gunn, and Fred. The scene inside the hotel was a chaotic one. Girls, none of them over the age of twenty, were sprawled out covered in blood. Men and women were rushing around quickly between girls trying to help heal the wounds. Buffy’s cut stomach was currently being checked over by Fred. Dawn, along with Rona, was helping one of the men in white clean the wounds of one of the slayers.
“Thanks again for doing this,” Buffy said to Angel, as he approached her and Fred. “We just didn’t know where else to go. We can’t have people asking question.”
“You will always have a place here,” Angel reassured her. “You know that.”
Once all the major wounds had been cared for, Dawn walked up the stairs to where she was told her room would be. All she could think about was sleep. I think I’ll sleep for a few weeks,
Dawn thought as she fell into bed.---One Month Later – Los Angeles---
“We have to go!” Buffy was shouting with Angel again. “There are girls out there who don’t know who they are; they don’t know why they have this power. They could hurt people, hurt themselves. You want me to stay because you want us to be together. But I already told you, I’m not ready for that! God, Angel, let it be!”
Buffy stormed off and up the stairs, leaving a very sullen looking Angel behind her. Angel’s face changed from sorrow to brooding very quickly and he walked out into the night.
“You’d think they would fight a little less on our last day here,” criticized Juliet. “Geeze, I don’t know how you dealt with that them for so long Willow.”
“You learn to tune them out,” answered Willow. “At least that’s what I’ve learned to do. They’ll make up before we leave.”---One Year Later – Italy---
“Uh oh,” Dawn said as she hung up her cell phone. She ran down the hall and into the dining room. She knew her sister would yell at her, but today, it didn’t matter. Dawn busted into the room to find Buffy making out with a hot Italian guy. Buffy looked up at her younger sister with pure hatred in her eyes.
“I know, I know,” Dawn started. “Your one date night. But this is more important.”
“It better be,” Buffy said as she walked out of the room. She grabbed her sisters’ arm. “What do you think you’re doing?”
“Gunn called me earlier today,” Dawn said frantically. “He said they were going to take on this group called ‘The Circle of the Black Thorn.’ Apparently, they are the top of the food chain when it comes to Wolfram & Hart. So I sent some of our LA girls to check it out, you know make sure everyone makes it ok. And well, that was Nessa, she said it’s bad. Like really bad, like everyone’s dying, there are vampires, demons, and dragons bad. We have to do something.”---Los Angeles Streets---
“So everyone knows the plan, right?” Buffy said. “No one dies. We get everyone we can out and kill everything we can. Don’t play the hero, got it?” Buffy look directly at Kennedy. Everyone nodded and created a circle around Willow. There was a bright flash and they were in a dark ally in Los Angeles. Shouting could be heard down the alley.
Dawn ran along side her four best friends: Shannon, Michelle, Sara, and Rona. They all ran into the bloodbath in front of them. There were dead demons everywhere. It reeked of blood and insides. Dawn took her fighting stance as the first demon lunged at her. His axe swung down, Dawn jumped out of the way just in time. Before he could lift it up for another swing Dawn’s own sword was plunged into his stomach. A purple faced demon came at her from the right; she didn’t have time to get her sword out of the other demon. The purple demon swung down his sword only to be stopped by a sword from Dawn’s left. Rona was there; she swung again and chopped off the demons head.
The fight went on like this for over an hour. Suddenly there was a blinding blue light from the sky. All the demons were pulled back into their own dimensions.
“I guess they realized we weren’t going to be stopping,” Faith said. “Okay, get those that are still living first, then we’ll come back for the bodies. Move it!”