Chapter Five: Lost And Confused
BtVS S2 “Becoming Part 2" A.U. / Angel A.U. / Charmed post S8 “Forever Charmed” Buffy/Angel
Author's notes: Just a timeline thing to let you know about: So I figured that when Buffy sent Angel to hell in Becoming Part 2 and ran into the Charmed Ones in San Francisco and it was about, what, maybe four months or so after he lost his soul? At least that's what I'm going with. Then about 5 months later she had Madison. That means she's been missing from Sunnydale for 65months too. And if she left in about May . . . Madison was born in about mid-November. Okay . . . that's it for now. Any questions? All you gotta do is ask.
Chapter 5: Lost and Confused
“What should we do with him?”
“I wonder why he's back . . .”
“We should find out . . .”
“Who cares why he's back . . . lets get rid of him.”
Angel listened to the voices around him. They were all vaguely familiar. Three men and a girl. He didn't know who any of them were at this point or really where he was. Everything was dark and cold. He couldn't open his eyes or move any part part of his body.
“What is he doing? Why is he doing that?”
“Quick, find some chains or shackles.”
“There must be some around here somewhere.”
Evidently his body was moving but he wasn't aware of it. He wondered what it was that he was doing that made these unknown people want to restrain him. How could his body be doing something he wasn't aware of? Didn't that break like every law of gravity or whatever it was? And why couldn't he feel anything but cold?
“Until we know what's going on we probably shouldn't talk about you-know-who.”
“Think she'll ever come back?”
“One can only hope.”
Madison was only a week old when signs of her supernatural parents first showed themselves. Buffy had been home alone with Madison while Piper, Leo, Wyatt, Paige, Pheobe, and Chris were out of the house. Chris, Leo, and Paige were in calling range if the Slayer needed any help and since she was the Slayer she was more than capable of taking care of herself. Everything was going fine. Buffy was still getting used to the whole mom-thing and Piper was doing everything she could to help the new mother. Luckily enough Madison was an even-tempered child. The newborn barely fussed and when she did it was easy enough for Buffy to calm her down.
Demons still attacked in swelling numbers to try to kidnap Wyatt and Madison but the numbers went down every day. Chris refused to tell them what the future of 'evil Wyatt and Madison' entailed . . . but occasionally he was able to help them avoid certain demons he knew would attack. Leo's patience was thinning, but Piper's insistance held him at bay. Buffy, too, wanted to know what demon it was that was supposed to kidnap and turn her daughter evil so she could fight it.
This particulary day exactly seven days after Madison's birth day Buffy walked down the stairs to the kitchen, the newborn in her arms. At 11:30 am, it was time to feed her little girl. Once in the kitchen Buffy set Madison down in the playpen and started to make her bottle.
Before she knew what was happening, the demon alarm system Paige had set up was going off and Madison was crying. The Slayer's senses went on high alert and the bottle was dropped on the floor. She scooped her daughter up and scanned for where the demon that was supposedly attacking was. After a few seconds nothing happened but Madison was still crying and the alarm was still going off.
Buffy waited a few more moments before sighing, shrugging her shoulders. She rocked the baby up and down in her arms, “Did Wyatt teach you how to set the alarm off? Huh? Is someone trying to get Mommy's attention?” At the calm sound of her voice, Madison's crying ceased and she fell asleep. The alarm stopped and Buffy started to relax.
Buffy was hit across the back of her head, falling to the floor. Before she completely lost consciousness, her blurred vision watched a figure scoop Madison from her arms . . .
The Slayer began to stir awake, feeling an intense pain in her head. She groaned, “Ugh, what happened?”
“You were attacked,” She recognized Piper's voice.
“Attacked?” Her eyes flew wide open. “Where's Madison?” She ignored the pain in her head and sat up from where she'd been lying on the kitchen floor. Her eyes scanned the room for her daughter.
“It's okay, she's right here,” Piper knelt down next to her. It was then that Buffy noticed the bundle in her arms.
“Madison!” Buffy's maternal instincts took over and she scooped the baby from the older woman's arms. The baby snuggled into Buffy's chest, visibly calm. Buffy looked up. “What happened?” She stood up. Leo, Paige, Pheobe, Wyatt, and Chris also stood in the kitchen.
“We were just about to come home from the Darrel and Sheila's barbeque when we saw Wyatt orbing in the corner of the room,” Piper said.
Leo nodded, “We followed him here. We got here just before the demon was about to disappear with Madison. I took her from the demon and Piper blew it up.”
“Right. Then they called for me and Chris and I went to go get Pheobe from work,” Paige finished.
“We figured the demon must have knocked you out from behind, knowing that you were the Slayer,” Pheobe said.
“What we haven't figured out, though, is how Wyatt knew to orb here,” Piper said.
“I can answer that,” Chris spoke.
Buffy sat down in a chair, still rocking Madison close in her arms. “What are you talking about?”
“Do you remember when Madison was born?” Chris said.
“Yeah,” Piper said, “Wyatt vanquished all the demons and wouldn't leave her side for days. We're lucky we got him away from her today.”
Chris nodded, “In the future, Wyatt and Madison are really close. It's like they could sense when the other was in pain or in trouble. No one ever figured out why. It's why they were so unstoppable . . . because they were never apart. Even the Charmed Ones couldn't come between them. I thought that by coming back in time and keeping them from becoming evil . . .”
“Their bond would be a powerful force for good,” Leo finished. Chris nodded.
“Makes sense,” Buffy said.
“Now all we have to do is make sure we stop whatever's after them,” Paige said.
“We should also figure out what it means that Madison's parents are a slayer and a vampire,” Leo said, “It might give us some insight into what we can expect as far as supernatural abilities go, other than the connection with Wyatt.”
“Plus now the demons know about this too,” Pheobe said.
“Even more demons are going to come after them,” Piper took a deep breath. She picked up Wyatt. Buffy, too, held Madison closer.
“What are we going to do?” Paige said, “I mean, there's only so much we can do to protect them.”
“Why don't I go ask the Elders what they think,” Leo said. “Maybe they'll suggest something we haven't thought of yet.” They all nodded and Leo disappeared in a flash of orbs.
Giles tooks his glasses off his face, pouring over the book in front of him. It was a phone book. He held his phone in his hand, dialing another set of numbers.
“Downtown Los Angeles Motel 8, how may I help you?” It was a male voice.
“Yes, I'm wondering if any young girls have rented a room in the last few months or year? I'm looking for someone and hoping you might be able to help. She's about 5 feet tall, blonde hair.”
“What specific dates are you looking for?” The guy asked.
“Well, anytime from the end of May until now,” Giles said.
“Okay . . . I'm only been working here for a couple of weeks, so I'm not really sure. I haven't really seen anyone matching your description. Let me just check the last couple of months,” The guys said. Giles heard the flipping of paper. “Hmm...there's nothing here that seems like what you're looking for.”
Giles sighed, “Alright then, thanks anyway for, um, looking.”
“No problem,” The guy said, “Hope you find who you're looking for.”
“Me too,” Giles took a deep breath, putting the phone back on the reciever.
The weeks following the attack and almost-kidnap, demon activity flew through the roof. There was always some demon clan or faction or scource-hopeful who wanted to add not only the baby but Wyatt as well to their collection. Buffy, Leo, Chris, and the Charmed Ones were on constant watch to keep the two safe. There was always someone up and alert making sure the house was protected. They added to the crystals they already had and surround the perimeter and every room in the Manor.
The Elders suggested each child be given a whitelighter but Leo refused. He said there was enough people in the Manor to protect them and whitelighters would just get in the way.
And while Buffy was never one to admit she needed help, Piper became a good friend to her. Of course she was close to Pheobe and Paige, but she was closer to Piper. The eldest Charmed One helped her with Madison and understanding her new responsibility as a mother. Not only that, but Piper understood what Buffy felt missing Angel. She told Buffy all that she and Leo had been through and while it wasn't the same she still understood. However with the help she got from Piper and the others it never really changed the fact that Buffy was in world she wasn't used to without her mom or her friends . . .
Buffy turned from her thoughts as Piper came into her room. Pheobe had moved out and bought a condo across town so she'd allowed Buffy and Madison to have her room. Currently Madison lay on her stomach on the bed asleep.
“Are you okay?” Piper asked. “I just wanted to, ah, check up on you.”
“I'm okay,” Buffy lied, gently rubbing the baby's back.
Piper sat down next to Buffy with Madison in between them. “I know you must be missing your mom and your friends. It's hard to be away from the ones you know and trust the most. Especially at such a young age.”
Buffy nodded, “It's not that I don't appreciate what you and Pheobe and Paige and Leo have done for me . . .”
“You just wish you could see your friends,” Piper finished. Buffy nodded.
“And Madison's getting so big,” Buffy said. “I want Madison to know her grandmother.”
“When we vanquish whoever is after Madison and Wyatt . . . you could go back,” Piper suggested.
Buffy sighed, shaking her head, “No. I can't go back. I messed up so much. It was my fault that Angel changed. I did that. My friends were in danger because of me. Besides . . . they wouldn't understand my decision to keep Madison.”
“Are you sure?” Piper said, “If they really love you, they'll understand.”
Buffy shook her head again, sadly, watching as Madison began to suck on her thumb, “No. None of them really understood my relationship with Angel. None of them even trusted Angel. How do you think they'd feel about his daughter? One that's not even supposed to exist?”
“I think they'll love her for who she is, your daughter,” Piper reminded her.
“No,” Buffy said again. “It would just complicate things. I'll stay here. I'll raise Madison here and help you guys . . . if they don't know about Madison then they won't have to worry about questioning her existence.”
“You sure?” Piper said. Bright lights appeared to reveal Wyatt standing next to the bed, reaching for the baby.
“Yeah,” Buffy chuckled, picking Madison up and holding her over her shoulder. “Besides, Wyatt seems to like her and they can protect each other.”
Willow, Giles, Xander, Oz, and Cordelia sat around at Giles' apartment. Willow and Oz sat together on the couch while Xander and Cordelia shared the armchair. Giles walked out of the kitchen with a cup of tea, carrying his glasses.
Willow broke the silence, “So Angel's really back, huh? He's all normal and stuff?”
Giles nodded, “I've been periodically checking on him, bringing him blood and such. He remembers everything. He has his soul and is completely harmless. He's also fully up to speed about our, um, situation with Buffy.”
“I still don't know why we didn't kill him when we found him . . .” Xander mumbled under his breath.
“As much as I hate to say it . . . we need him,” Giles sighed, “Despite his, er, actions he's a valuable asset and he may know how to help us find Buffy.”
“Yeah,” Oz said, “He can tell us exactly what happened at the mansion. Maybe tip us off as to why she skedaddled.”
“Personally I don't think we'll ever find her,” Cordelia held up her hands.
“Cordy,” Xander said.
“What?” Cordelia said. “She obviously doesn't want to be found. How are we supposed to find someone who doesn't leave clues.”
“We'll find her,” Angel walked through the front door of the apartment. He was back to his billowy self: black pants, black shirt, and the long black coat he was often prone to wearing. “No matter how long it takes, we will find her.”
To Be Continued . . .
A.N. So . . . there was the update. Angel's completely back, the Scooby Gang's still on the hunt, and Buffy's decided she's staying in San Francisco for good. Meanwhile the threat of what's after Madison/Wyatt is still at large. Will they ever figure it out so the kid'll be safe? Plus as Wyatt and Madison get older their connection will become more important to the storyline.