Author: Raven Morbisk
Title: Heroes And Slayers
Summary: After Sunnydale was reduced to nothing but a crater, Faith went to Las Vegas, saving a boy from a pack of vampires she meets his mother.
Notes: Post Chosen and no particular timeline for Heroes. I’m just guessing somewhere between season 1 and season 2.
Disclaimer: I don't own anything... I'm too poor to own such fine and hot and... grr.. I'm too poor, leave me alone to sulk..
After Sunnydale had collapsed into a giant crater, the Scooby gang and surviving Slayers had set up base in Cleveland, to keep tabs on the Hellmouth there. Buffy and Dawn had gone traveling in Europe, currently residing in Rome, while Faith just wanted to go to Vegas.
As soon as she got out of the plane, she couldn’t help but smile. Even though she loved the Slaying, she was happy to get just a little break from all the young Slayers. And thanks to Willow the uber-witch, she was no longer a fugitive. The talented hacker had erased her police files, after Faith promised her that she wasn’t going to create a new criminal record.
‘Gotta thank the Watcher when I get back for puttin’ me in this classy hotel.’ Faith thought with a grin as she took in her surroundings. The hotel slash casino was a whole world of difference compared to her previous stays.
Giles had accessed several bank accounts of the old Watcher’s council and milked them dry. Using the money to build a Slayer’s base in Cleveland with everything they needed and also sending Buffy and Dawn to Europe and Faith to Las Vegas where she would get a very decent room and enough money so she could regularly visit the casino. The two eldest Slayers deserved that much, he had said.
“Welcome to the Corinthian, can I help you?” A rather snobbishly looking guy asked from behind the reception. Faith eyed him for a minute then grinned and set her luggage down.
“Yeah, I got a reservation here. Faith Scooby?” Faith answered, chuckling under her breath at the name Xander and Dawn had chosen. The man began typing furiously.
“Ah, yes, miss Scooby.” Faith grinned and winked at the man who was eyeing her peculiarly. She didn’t exactly fit in with the normal clientele with her leather jacket and pants. He motioned for a bellboy to come over and gestured to her luggage. “Escort this young lady to her room, William.” The young man motioned to her handbag but Faith shrugged it off.
“Nah, it’s okay, Billy. I got this one; you take the other one.” The brunette pointed to the one behind her, where she had the clothes she owned in them. The bag she was carrying had her precious dagger in, which had been waiting in a locker at the airport. Giles had mailed it to Las Vegas the week before and gave explicit instructions not to open the package to an old friend of his and that the package was to be placed in a locker at the airport. Faith was told severely that it was best that she didn’t unpack the thing until she was out of the airport.
“Lead the way, kiddo.” Faith said, grinning at the bellboy’s effort to pick it up. He looked about eighteen years old, with sandy brown, spiky hair and blue eyes. She should’ve thought twice about packing her two new pairs of combat boots with steel tips and heels. And a box made from lead with a few stakes nailed together so it seemed it were wooden crosses, should they have wanted to check the box, and also some silver crosses in it. She didn’t know why she wanted to take them with her; she figured it wouldn’t make her feel so estranged from her destiny.
“Y’know, I used to know a guy named William, but we called him Spike.” The brunette spoke when they entered the elevator.
“Why?” The young man asked, trying to keep his gaze away from the striking brunette.
“That’s a weird story, don’t wanna explain it. But he was a good guy, one of the few.” Faith answered with a grim smile.
“What happened to him?” William inquired curiously.
“He died.” She said, not wanting to go in it any further. The young man seemed to sense this and dropped the subject. Stepping out of the elevator, he took a turn left with Faith following him and went to the last door in the hallway.
“Here we are, miss.” William said and pulled the keycard through the device, opening the door. He continued in the room and informed the brunette where the bathroom was and the bedroom but he had already lost her attention when the Slayer saw the size of the room.
“Is the room to your satisfaction, Miss Scooby?” William asked after he placed her suitcase in her bedroom.
“Yeah, ‘s perfect, Billy.” Faiths replied, still a little in awe of the room then turned to the bellboy “And call me Faith.” She pulled out some money and studied it for a moment “I don’t know what the usual tip thingy is but here’s a fifty.” She said, giving him the money. He smiled his goodbye and left the room.
“Yeah, boy. This’ll do just fine.” She said to herself and opened the window to the balcony. It was still light out. She stepped onto the balcony and grinned happily, like a little child in a candy store.
It was dark now and Faith was walking around, not in any particular direction. She was deep in thought about her destiny. She knew she was still a long way from redemption and didn’t want to be too long away from her duties. Her head snapped up when she sensed vampires in her vicinity. She looked around but didn’t see anything out of the ordinary, then her eyes fell on a boy walking alone with his head down, going in the direction of a dark alley, her senses were screaming at her that something wasn’t right. She decided to follow the boy when he was suddenly surrounded by five vampires. The boy looked around in terror, trying to find a way out but they were circling him.
“What’s a boy like you doing here all by yourself?” One of the vampires asked in a taunting way. The boy started whimpering and ducked when the vampire that spoke made a grab at him but his hand never reached the boy. He dared looking up and saw a young woman fighting off the vampires. The colored boy scrambled away when he noticed the vampires’ attention was no longer on him and hid behind a dumpster, cautiously looking at the woman, fighting in such a way he had never seen. The power that the woman possessed reminded him of someone. He watched on as the brunette plunged a wooden stick in each vampires’ chest and they all exploded into dust.
“Hey, kid?” The woman called out when all the vampires’ were gone. The boy carefully emerged from behind the dumpster, trembling and looking around frightened.
“What were those things?” He asked with a shaking voice.
“They’re gone now, you okay?” Faith knelt down and tried to look in his eyes. “What the hell are ya doin’ here by yourself anyway, kid? Shouldn’t you be like at home with your parents or somethin’?”
“I…, my dad died and I just needed some time to be alone. I didn’t know it was this late already.” He replied.
“Come on, I’ll take ya to your mom then.” Faith stood back up and placed a hand on his shoulder “Where to, kiddo?”
“The Corinthian, me and my mom are staying there for a couple of days.” He replied, still slightly trembling. As they started walking he took deep breaths to calm him down, slowly but steadily it was working.
“’S cool, I’m stayin’ there too. I’m Faith by the way.” She said, shooting a smile down at the boy who smiled back.
“I’m Micah. Could you come up with me? I’m thinking my mom’s gonna be angry if she thinks I’m by myself.” The boy asked.
“Sure, kid.” Faith squeezed his shoulder warmly. The two started talking about little things as they made their way back to the hotel.
‘This is one smart kid, if Robin wasn’t still alive I’d say it’s his.’ Faith thought, shaking her head at the memory of the former principal and they way they parted. It was because Faith had been self-conscious again and she had gone drinking, only to come back to find Robin and one of the older Slayers in bed. Robin claimed that she put something in his drink but Faith didn’t believe him. The last time she saw Robin was when he took his bags and left Cleveland after she had repeatedly said that she didn’t want to be in the same room as the one guy she thought was different than the others.
“This it?” Faith asked, when they came to a halt at a hotel room. Micah nodded shyly and Faith knocked the door loud enough. She heard someone rushing through the room and within two seconds the door flung open to reveal a woman with red eyes, obviously from crying.
“Micah.” She breathed and hugged the boy for dear life. “Don’t you ever, ever, EVER do that to me again, I just lost D.L., and I can’t lose you too.” She whispered for the boy to hear, not knowing that Faith could hear her as well.
“I’m sorry, mom. I didn’t realize it was this late already. And then Faith found me and brought me back.” Micah said, the woman seemed to just realize that Faith was standing there too. She let go of Micah but left one hand on his shoulder as she stood up and now faced the brunette.
“Thank you, Faith is it?” the blonde woman inquired.
“Yeah, I was there just in time to see some muggers or whatever closin’ in on him so I scared ‘em off. I suggested takin’ him home ‘cause I didn’t think it was safe for him to be out on his own.” She shrugged and ruffled through Micah’s hair “Some kid you got there.”
“You didn’t just scare them off; you beat the crap out of them.” Micah grinned up to his savior.
“Thank you so much, Faith. I don’t know what I would’ve done if something happened to him.” She smiled gratefully at the brunette who wasn’t used to someone being so grateful.
“No problem.” The infamous smirk firmly plastered on her face.
“I’m Niki, by the way.” The blonde held out her hand and Faith shook it. She looked in the blonde’s eyes and for a second they seemed to change, like it was someone else, for just a split second.
“Hey, y’know, I’m stayin’ here for a couple of weeks and I was wonderin’ if you guys would wanna keep me company some time this week.” Faith asked, tilting her head a little to the side with a crooked smile.
“Yeah, can we, mom? Faith’s really cool.” Micah jumped up and down. Niki seemed to think hard about this but looking at her Faith could see she was just teasing her son.
“Okay, I’ll buy you dinner then. As a thanks.” Niki replied and flashed another smile at Faith.
“I’ll pay for my own food; I eat like a horse but thanks anyway.” The brunette replied “Besides, havin’ the company of gorgeous lookin’ thing like you and her cool son is enough thanks for me.” Not caring that her words were anything but subtle she added a wink. Receiving a blush from the blonde Faith smirked a little smug.
“I’m gon’ go now. I’ll be around so let me know when you wanna grab some dinner.” Faith said, not pushing her luck. She ruffled through Micah’s hair again and winked at Niki.
“Bye, Faith.” Micah called after the retreating brunette. When she disappeared in the elevator Niki and Micah went in their room. Niki cast one more glance at the elevator and shut the door.
A/N: It’s up to you if you want another chapter or if I should just quit while I’m ahead.