Chapter Two: A Scooby Meeting
BtVS S2 “Becoming Part 2" A.U. / Angel A.U. / Charmed post S8 “Forever Charmed” Buffy/Angel
Part Two: A Scooby Meeting:
“So that’s it, huh?” Xander Harris sat back in the chair, his feet lounging on the table and his hands—including the broken one—behind his head.
“It, ah, appears so,” Rupert Giles removed his glasses from his eyes with the three fingers on his hand that wasn’t broken. With his other hand he pulled a handkerchief from his breast pocket and proceeded to clean his glasses. He stood at the head of the table near Xander.
Around the room, expressions were grave. Willow Rosenberg sat in a wheelchair, a bandage on her forehead above her eye. Daniel Osbourne—but known as Oz—was next to her in a chair, holding her hand. Cordelia Chase sat across the table from Xander and next to Oz. Joyce Summers sat in a chair on the other side of Xander, holding a piece of paper.
“We have to do something,” Willow said, “We can’t just give up. We have to go find her.”
“I don’t think she wants to be found,” Oz spoke.
Xander shook his head, not wanting to believe it. “What did the note say again?”
Joyce held up the paper and read, “Mom, I’m so sorry for the way I told you who and what I was. I never meant to hurt you . . . but there are some things I need to do on my own—some things I need to figure out myself. I’ll come back . . . someday. I promise. I’m not sure when but I don’t want you to worry. And . . . don’t come looking for me. I promise I’ll come back. I will. I just need to do it on my own time—when I’m ready. I promise . . . Love, Buffy.”
“Are we sure there’s no hidden meaning in her words? Is it possible that she told us where to look in some secret code?” Willow was hopeful.
“Wil, this isn’t a movie,” Xander said.
“I know . . . but I can’t just believe she left,” Willow said.
“If I were here, I’d have bailed months ago,” Cordelia said.
“Yes, I quite agree,” Giles said.
“We have to do something. We have to find her,” Joyce said.
“I feel that Oz may be right,” Giles sighed, “Buffy does not want to be found.” Xander, Willow, and Joyce began to protest but Giles put his hands up. “Buffy will come home when she is ready . . .” He ran his hands through his hair, “However . . . that does not mean we will stop looking for her . . .”To Be Continued . .