Chapter Seven: Family Reunion
For Disclaimer and Notes see first chapter.
Chapter Seven: Family Reunion
The following day I went to the airport to get Kate. She arrived on an early morning flight and looked like she had just woken up from her flight.
“Wesley!” She exclaimed and pulled me into a hug. I hadn’t seen my sister in over a year, not since I had started my mission to find Angel and deliver the box. I whirled her around for a second before setting her back down on her own feet. “You look good! I see that someone has been making sure that you feed on a regular basis. I worry about you sometimes brother,” she happily exclaimed and I smiled.
“I have a strange group of friends now Kate. You are going to have to trust me when I tell you that they are all good and will bring no harm to you,” I warned her immediately.
“What are you talking about Wesley?”
“I am talking about Angel. The name that I was given when Dad died. I assumed that the girl in the picture and Angel were the same person…but they weren’t. The girl in the picture was Dad’s ex-girlfriend and the name belongs to a male vampire,” I told her gently and her eyes widened. She immediately went in defensive mode.
“Dad sent you to find a vampire?” She asked, confused and angry.
“Yeah he did. Well, at the time that Dad left LA Angel wasn’t a vampire anymore, he was human, but he has since been turned back,” I told her quietly.
“You are friends with a vampire? Surely they have brainwashed you somehow Wesley. Vampires killed our father and now you are playing nice with them?” She asked, clearly pissed off with me.
“No Kate. They didn’t brainwash me. I am still me I swear. I just realized what Dad didn’t teach me all these years…that things aren’t always black and white. You need to promise me Kate that you won’t try to kill, stake, etc, any of the people that I am going to introduce you to. Because if you do try to then they will kill you, even if you are Dad’s daughter. They respected our father, but trust me they don’t respect our narrow-mindedness. I found that out the hard way then I tried to stake the leader. They all turned on me, the humans and the others,” I told her honestly and she looked at me.
“You are serious aren’t you?”
“Very serious Kate. These people whether or not they are human are our friends. They knew our father. They knew him in a totally different light then we did and I have learned so much about Dad from them. And I have had the opportunity to learn so much about myself as well. I just hope that you too are able to understand them because between them they can offer you so much information!” I exclaimed to her.
“And you are sure that they haven’t brainwashed you or turned you into a vampire?” She asked a little skeptical still.
“I’m standing in the sunlight Kate. So, not a vampire,” I told her and then smiled. “Who knows about the brainwashing though,” I teased and she smiled.
“You promise you won’t let them hurt me?” She asked me and my big brother instincts automatically kicked in.
“I will die for you Kate. You have my word that they aren’t going to hurt you. They will protect you as long as you let them because you are Dad’s child,” I told her honestly and she threw one arm around my waist and I threw an arm around her shoulders.
“Good, then I’m game to meet them,” she told me and smiled. We went to the baggage claim area and got her two bags and then I headed out to the parking lot.
“Don’t we need to call a cab?” Kate asked me. I pulled car keys out of my pants pocket.
“I told you they treat me right,” I told her and jingled the car keys at her. “Dawn gave me her car so that I could come and get you,” I told her and she raised an eyebrow.
“And what kinda car does this Dawn drive?” She asked and I stopped walking in front of the vintage Mustang. “There is no way!” She exclaimed.
“There is totally a way,” I told her as I unlocked the car and put her bags in the trunk. She got in and we drove back to the shop. I parked in the underground garage and got out, she followed my lead. “Everyone from the LA gang is here at the shop. So you will get to meet all of them. They told me they would all be here by the time I got back from the airport with you, providing that no big crisis came about,” I told her and she nodded. I took her hand and headed up the back stairs towards the shop’s garage entrance. I pushed open the back door and I could hear people in the shop milling around but no one was in the back stock part. I drug her out into the main room and she just stared.
“We are in a magic shop?” She asked me quietly.
“Yeah, Amanda runs this one,” I told her and I could tell I was stating stuff over her head.
“Wesley! You made it back ok! Is my car still in one piece?” Dawn called to me and I smiled at her.
“Aside from a few scratches and the rear bumper hanging off it is in excellent condition!” I shot back and tossed her the keys.
“Good. You know I would kill you if you ruined my car! So, go on, introduce me to her,” she said and walked up to my sister and me.
“Dawn, this is my sister Kate. Kate, this is Dawn, the owner of the Mustang I borrowed,” I told them both. Dawn immediately pulled Kate into a hug and after a second Kate hugged her back.
“It is *so* good to finally meet you Kate. I have heard so much about you. Wesley here is very fond of you,” Dawn said and I blushed a little and Kate smiled.
“Good, I’m glad to hear that he’s fond of me. I wouldn’t want it any other way! I’m sorry to say that I haven’t heard anything about any of you however. Wesley has not been forthcoming with any information about what he has been doing here in LA. I wish that I knew what my brother has been doing for the past month, but he has been very discreet in his dealings with everyone here,” Kate told Dawn and Dawn smiled.
“He was probably afraid of how you were going to react to him socializing with the likes of us,” Dawn quipped back and Kate visibly froze. “He did tell you about us right?” Dawn asked, after she noticed Kate’s tensing.
“I did tell her about you guys. Dawn isn’t a vampire Kate. She is something different, something special,” I explained and Kate relaxed a little.
“What is something special?” Kate asked.
“I’m Immortal, can’t die, something of the sorts. I’m a good guy though, I fight evil like your Dad did, and like Wesley does,” Dawn told her with a slight smile.
“You are going to let me know which ones are the vampires right?” Kate asked me quietly.
“There are only two vampires and half a dozen Immortals. Nothing too bad for LA,” Dawn told her and she looked frightened. “But we are all good. Nothing wrong with us,” Dawn quickly stated but Kate didn’t look pacified.
“Could I have everyone’s attention for a few minutes?” I asked loudly and everyone in the store looked at me. “Sorry, just the employees,” I told them and the customers went back to shopping and the gang came up to the front of the room near the register to me. “Thanks, I just wanted to introduce you guys to my sister. This is Kate. Kate, you already met Dawn, this is Amanda she runs the shop. Richie, Mac, and Adam are over there from left to right; Richie is Dawn’s boyfriend. And then the brunette on the left is Faith and the one on the right is Cordelia, Dad’s ex-girlfriend,” I quickly explained to her. She nodded slowly but kept her eyes on Faith. “Faith is the other vampire in the group,” I told her quietly and she tensed a little more. “She won’t hurt you Kate unless you hurt her. She is one of the good guys,” I told her, even though I knew it wasn’t entirely true.
“It is nice to meet you guys. I’m going to apologize now for acting strange around you all, but I’m assuming none of you are exactly human so that isn’t normal for me. I’m used to being surrounded by humans and killing everything else. It um…will take a little getting used to,” Kate quietly told them and they nodded.
“Take all the time you need. We are here to answer any questions concerning your fears or uncertainties regarding us,” Faith spoke quietly but directly.