Chapter Five: Down To Business
Chapter Five: Down To Business
Note: The sections in between the ~**~'s are Dawn's dreams. There will be more in the chapters to come.
Three of the Scooby Gang (Buffy, Angel, and Spike) plus Lucas gathered around Buffy and Angel’s living room. They were still waiting on Willow and Xander. The only kid there was Emily and she was upstairs in her cousin Joy’s room sleeping. Julie was at karate class. Joy was still at with Brooke at Spike and her house. Brooke and Spike were married but did not have any children yet. Willow and Xander were married and expecting their first child in only two and a half months. Dawn was upstairs asleep in Buffy and Angel’s room.
The four of them (plus Willow and Xander who were still on their way) were trying to figure out what could be wrong with Dawn. Unfortunately, they weren’t having much luck coming up with ideas.
“Do any of you have any ideas what could be wrong?” Lucas was getting very frustrated. They had been sitting her for over an hour just brainstorming.
Buffy, Angel, and Spike shook their heads, “I’ve never seen anything like this before,” Angel said, “Just Cordy but that was a different situation. Last time I checked, Dawn wasn’t taken to a higher plane to become a higher being and then popped back down a couple of months later with no memory.”
“Yeah, I really don’t think that applies to this situation,” Buffy said.
“No,” Angel agreed. Lucas nodded.
“So . . .” Spike said.
We’re here!” the front door opened, revealing a one-eyed Xander with Willow coming through the door. Willow’s hair was very long and an even brighter red than she’d ever had it over the years.
As the two came in, Buffy put her finger against her lips, “Ssssh! Dawn and Emily are asleep upstairs!”
“Sorry!” Willow whispered, her hand over her seven-and-a-half month belly. Xander his hand on his wife’s back.
“Sorry we’re late,” Xander whispered as they hung their jackets and came into the living room, “Traffic was insane.”
“It’s fine,” Buffy said, “Come, sit, make yourself at home.”
“Don’t mind if we do,” Xander smiled, his hand still on Willow’s back. They sat down side by side on the couch next to Lucas. “So, what are we talking about? What did we miss?”
“Not much,” Lucas sighed.
“I filled you in on the phone so you should pretty much be up to speed,” Buffy said.
Willow nodded sadly, “It’s just like an old-fashioned Scooby meeting. Only not . . . cause we all have kids on our minds and . . . there’s no Giles.” Buffy put her hand on top of her husbands. Xander nodded sadly too. Spike, too, acknowledged the moment by staring down at the ground.
“So . . . let’s get this Scooby meeting started,” Buffy said, “For Dawn.”
The group nodded, “For Dawn.” They all spoke in unison. In agreement.
Meanwhile upstairs Dawn lay on the bed not sleeping. The truth was she didn’t want to go to sleep for the simple fact that she didn’t know how or when she’d wake up. She didn’t want to got through the uncertainty and feeling lost again. And even though right now where she wasn’t good, it was better than starting over again.
Nope, she’d stay awake as long as she could. No matter how tired she was . . .
. . . However fatigue and exhaustion overruled and the younger Summers drifted into a deep sleep . . .
. . . And as she slept, she dreamed . . .
Dawn bent over, her cow-oven-mitted hands reaching into the hot oven. The heat washed over her face and she blinked. The mitts grabbed onto the hot tin. She was just about to pick it up when she felt arms snake around her waist.
"Hello, gorgeous . . ."
Dawn smiled, letting herself melt in his arms. She stood up and set the tin on the counter. Turning around she faced the other person. She smiled seductively, "Hey handsome." She wrapped her own arms around his, "Your wife know you're here?"
He smiled, chuckling and shaking his head, "Nope."
"Shame-y, shame-y," Dawn teased, "Whatever do you think she'll do to you?"
"Oh, I imagine something awefully painful," Lucas played along, "Perhaps I should leave . . ."
Dawn raised her eyebrows, "Or we could just start the punishement early . . ." She kissed the wedding band on his fingers, "Pick your poison . . ." He growled playfully, kissing her lips. She giggled through his lips.
He picked up her hand, kissing the wedding band on her finger, "Come, my beautiful bride . . ." Dawn giggled again, following him up the stairs . . .
"Aaaahhh!" Dawn awoke with a start, sitting up. Remembering what Buffy and Angel's bedroom was like, she reached over to grab the glass of water Buffy had brought her and put on the nightstand next to the bed. Then she heard a crash . . . "What the . . ." She must have knocked over the glass. She turned her head, opening her eyes for the first time since awakening--
But when she opened her eyes she receieved a new surprise . . . she was back in the motel in San Diego!! And she was willing to bet it was 2003 again.
What the hell was going on?