“Is anyone besides me confused?” Jack asked.
Sam and Daniel raised their hands. After a moment, so did Dr. Weir. “Who are these people that can speak to the President like that and simply ask for and be granted permission to go on the most highly classified expedition on the planet?”
“I don’t know.” Daniel said. “I guess we’ll find out when General Hammond gets here. Sam, are you all right?”
Sam’s eyes had gone really wide. “I knew I recognized that name.” She whispered. “Excuse me, sir. I’ll be right back.”
She returned a moment later with a file. Rosenberg, Willow A. “I thought I recognized her name. She’s a genius, sir. Her IQ is higher than mine. She’s virtually a prodigy in computers. She started selling programs when she was a sophomore in high school. A program that matches police missing reports with John or Jane Doe medical records. We were going to attempt to recruit her for the Stargate program, but we were told from high up in the brass to leave her alone. I was going to do some digging, but got caught up with working on Jennifer Haley. If anyone could hack into our security, sir, it would be her.”
Jack was still reading the file when General Hammond and Major Davis walked into the briefing room. “All right people, let’s see what we’ve got.”
The two men set down full boxes on the table. Jack grabbed and leafed through the profile folders on top. Summers, Elizabeth Anne a.k.a Buffy (deceased). Giles, Rupert (see attached Interpol records). Summers, Dawn. Rosenberg, Willow. Harris, Alexander. McClay, Tara (deceased). Jenkins, Anya (deceased). Lehane, Faith. Angel a.k.a. Angelus. Spike a.k.a. William the Bloody a.k.a. Hostile #17 (deceased).
An hour later, Jack threw a report down on the table. “This is ridiculous. These aren’t reports, these are science fiction novels.”
“President Hayes seems certain that they’re true.” Dr. Weir said. “He pretty much told us so.”
“I think the President’s been taken for a fool.” Jack responded.
“Jack, maybe you should keep an open mind. After all, we chase aliens around the galaxy?”
“Danny, this says that demons and vampires existed longer than humans. How come we’ve never seen any? You’d think, in all that time, someone would have noticed something!” He exclaimed. “I mean, c’mon. We’ve got two claiming to be vampires, two claiming to be witches, one says she’s an ex-vengeance demon who used to grant wishes to scorned women and a convict multiple murderer.”
“Maybe there’s something on the videos.” Daniel answered, pulling out one of the tapes. Buffy Summers vs. Agent Riley Finn’s unit.
They watched the tape. By the time it was finished, everyone’s mouth was hanging open in shock. “Did she just take out an entire highly trained military squad in under thirty seconds?” Major Davis asked softly.
They watched several other videos. One of implant procedure of Hostile #17 and the verification of efficiency. Their eyes widened as the bleach blonde man’s face mutated into something horrific with a ridged forehead, yellow eyes and fangs. They saw the video of when Professor Maggie Walsh sent Buffy Summers after several vicious demons with an obviously faulty weapons and the Summers’ girl reaction after she defeated the demons barehanded. Finally, they saw the final battle with Adam from the security video feed.
“Oh. My. Freaking. God.” Jack finally said after they sat staring at a screen full of static for several minutes. “Everyone saw what I just saw, right?”
“Uh, yeah, Jack.” Daniel answered. “I think so.”
“Someone make some coffee.” General Hammond said. “I think we need to finish going through these files.”
It was five o’clock in the morning. Two pots of coffee were steaming on pot warmers in the middle of the table and everyone had full cups. Daniel had been to the one to finally come across the legend of the Slayer, and he had read it to the others. They were now sitting there trying to absorb their shock and disgust at what they’d just heard.
“How could someone or something pick a kid, and young girl, to fight a war like this alone?” Elizabeth Weir managed though her tears. “To have to fight every night without stop until she’s finally killed and another girl has to do it. That’s horrific.”
The computer chimed and everyone looked up to see a video window appear with Willow Rosenberg on it. “Hey, what are you guys still doing on?” She paused and looked closer. “Did any of you get any sleep last night?”
General Hammond cleared his throat. “No, we didn’t, Ms. Rosenberg. We’ve been going through the Initiative records. Is Mr. Giles available?”
“Sure, and call me Willow.” She left, and they could faintly hear her calling Giles in the background. After a few minutes, the Britishman appeared.
“Ah, well, good morning.” Giles greeted.
“Mr. Giles, as I told Willow, we have been going through the Initiative’s records.” General Hammond said. “I have to admit. This is all amazing, if not horrifying. Will you please tell us about Buffy Summers.”
Giles began cleaning his glasses. “What I should tell you first is that Watchers Council routinely tracks down potential slayers to train them before they are called. Buffy Summers fell through the cracks and was called when she was fifteen years old. She manages to survive and defeat a Master Vampire by the name of Lothos, but in the process burned down her school gym. When she told her parents, they had her institutionalized until she recanted. Her parents divorced and she and her mother moved to Sunnydale, where we met. When she was sixteen we was defeated and drowned by a Master Vampire called The Master. Xander revived her with CPR, but it was enough to call the next Slayer. During the time, she had fallen in love with a vampire named Angel who had been cursed with a soul.
He replaced his glasses and bowed his head a moment before continuing. “When Buffy turned seventeen, they consummated their relationship. Unfortunately, because of the nature of the curse, it cost Angel his soul and released his demon, Angelus. Angelus went on to tell Buffy’s mother of their relationship, thereby forcing to light the truth of her being a Slayer despite her recanting, and killed one of the teachers, Ms. Jenny Calender, a gypsy descended from the tribe the originally cursed him. His childe Drucilla killed Kendra, the new Slayer, and they attacked Willow, Xander and myself. Buffy found us all in the school library, but unfortunately, so did the police and the principal. She was accused of murder and assault and was expelled from school but ran away before she could be arrested. Her mother demanded that she stop being the Slayer or she was to leave and never return. She chose to leave, because she knew that Angelus would never stop. She fought Angelus, and defeated him. Willow managed to recurse him with his soul once more, but it was too late. He had opened a portal to a hell dimension and only his death would close it, so she killed him.”
He paused and they remained quiet. They had seen his grief when he mentioned Jenny Calender. “She ran away, but returned three months later. She went on to stop several apocalypses, including the Mayor’s attempt to Ascend to full demon and eat the Sunnydale High School graduating class. I have it on good authority that blowing up one’s high school is every teenager’s dream. She managed to defeat a hell god named Glorificus who tried to use a mystical energy called the key to return to her own dimension, but the ritual she was using which would have broken down the barriers between all dimension and destroyed everything, but not before the ritual was started, and she gave her life to close the portal. A few months later, Willow managed to bring Buffy back to life since she died a mystical death, pulling her from her peace in heaven even though we all thought she was in hell.
He paused again. "We lost Tara McClay when three humans decided they wanted to be Super Villians, their words, which caused Willow to slip into the dark side of magic and nearly brought about the end of the world. This final battle, which caused the collapse of Sunnydale was against the First Evil, which managed to gained a foothold during Willow’s dark period. Willow cast a spell that turned all Potential Slayers into full Slayers, and we defeated her and destroyed the hellmouth, which is what collapsed the town. Any questions?”
“Who many times did you say she died?” Daniel asked. His face was pale.
“Four, including this last time. Tara died by a stray bullet in an attempt on Buffy’s life. Buffy was also shot, and flat lined on the operating table before the doctors brought her back.”
“And all of this was on top of nightly battles with demons and vampires?” Sam asked incredulously.
The Stargate crew sat back in shock and awe. No wonder the president called her a hero.