~The next day~
"Happy birthday, Rose!"
"Oh, guys, this is so cool!"
Willow and Angel were both keyed up, but managed to hide it from Rose and her friends as they all celebrated at her birthday party. They trusted Riley. He had said he would take care of all of it.
Thankfully, nothing happened during the party. After Willow had seen them all safely off, she turned to Angel. "Now what?"
"You get in the van," said Riley, coming in from the back.
"Oh, you mean like in Eraser?" asked Rose.
Riley stared at her. "Yeah, just like that. Wait, you’ve seen it?"
"Sure. Dad rented it once."
"Oookay," said Riley, dragging in three corpses. "They don’t have to look like you. You’ll see why."
Fifteen minutes later, Willow, Rose, and Angel watched from across the street as a ‘faulty wire’ sparked, setting the house ablaze. Willow sobbed into Angel’s chest quietly. "God, Angel. Why?? Why would Travers do such a thing?"
"Willow, I wish I knew. Hopefully, this friend of Riley’s can help us figure that out."
"Don’t worry. He will. I’ve sent him an email telling him about your ordeal. Here are your tickets to London under David, Elisa, and Beth Pierce. Here’s a key to a flat at 16 Picadilly Circus. It’s already furnished," said Riley, as he drove the short distance to the Sunnydale airport.
"Good. Now, the name of your contact is a man named Adam Pierson."
"Okay. Oh, and Riley? Thanks for helping us out. We won’t forget it," said Willow, hugging Riley tightly before joining her family.