Summary: A trunk full of memories Joyce never had the heart to destroy.
Characters: Buffy, James Potter (non-pairing)
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In Life concealed, In Death Revealed
That Willow had never sensed her was a testament to Joyce’s warding ability. When the elder Summers died, the wards surrounding a previously hidden trunk in the attic dissipated; allowing it to be revealed. It, along with other family treasures were transported to L. A. for safe keeping when it was obvious that Sunnydale would be the frontline in the inevitable battle for the fate of the world.
Weeks after the battle that sunk her home beneath a crater; it was a weary young woman, desperate for a reminder of happier times that opened this trunk. Its contents led to a discovery of more than she had ever thought she wanted to know about her mother, a previously unknown branch of her family including a murdered uncle and the life Joyce Potter-Summers had been determined to leave behind.