Daniel was awoken by a loud banging on his door.
“Yo, Doc. You wanna go on this patrol or not?” Faiths voice came through the door.
Daniel bolted up straight. How long had he been asleep? He grabbed his glasses off the side of the table and put them on.
“Be right there.”
“Just meet us in the library gotta get your buddy anyway.”
Daniel heard Faith’s footsteps travel away from the door. He lifted himself off the bed and went into the bathroom. He looked in to the mirror as he washed his face. His expression was a strange one, a mixture of anticipation and uncertainty. This patrol, whatever it was, was worrying him, and it wasn’t just the possible danger. If what these people were saying was true, it would change everything. The SGC was based on cold, hard facts. Bring magic in to the equation and he wasn’t sure what the results would be. But he still couldn’t deny that this would open a whole new world for him to explore. All the mythologies rooted on magic may be a lot closer to the truth than he thought. He shook his head, trying to clear it. He needed to focus tonight, and this wasn’t helping. With one last look in the mirror, he made his way to the library.
He walked into the library and saw the strangest thing he had ever witnessed. Four women were gathered round the central table, weapons sprawled all over it.
And not the weapons he was used to, instead if the 9mm and P-90’s he was so familiar with, there was axes, crossbow, swords, and strangest of all, stakes. The blonde woman, Buffy was swinging a heavy looking sword round like it was a stick, and Dawn was expertly loading one of the crossbows. Teal’c was a little to the side with Faith talking about God knows what. He swore, that girl was going to be the death of the poor Jaffa. Half the things that came out of her mouth was a puzzle to Teal’c. Daniel smiled, that might actually be a good thing, considering what came out of it.
“Dr. Jackson, need help choosing a weapon?” A voice cut in to his line of thought.
He turned his head to see Dawn looking at him with an amused glint in her eye.
“Please, call me Daniel. Uh, to be honest, I don’t have a lot of experience with these types of weapons.”
“Army still loves their guns, then.” Dawn joked.
“It’s the forever kind of love.” Daniel joked back.
“Ok, no problem, just take a quarterstaff. Easy to use, and good for hitting.”
Dawn picked up the staff and chucked it at Daniel. With a smile, she went back to sorting her own weapons.
Glad he had something to defend himself, Daniel walked across to Teal’c, to see what his chosen weapon was. He wasn’t surprised to see it was a quarterstaff, like his own. Years of practice with the staff weapons would make it easy for him to use the long piece of wood.
“Hey Teal’c, Faith, Xander.
“It is good to see you, Daniel Jackson. Are you ready to patrol?”
“I’m hoping so. I’m not really good with the whole hand to hand thing.”
"Hey be thankful that you are going at all, I'm stuck with babysitting duty. It's really not a good idea to leave a bunch of teenage girls to their own devices for too long, we kinda like this place." Xander joked.
“Don’t worry; it’s a piece a cake. You won’t have to do a lot of fighting anyway. That’s what us girls are for.” Faith assured him.
“Uh, thanks.” Daniel smiled hesitantly.
“Oh, go talk to Giles; he’s got some news for you.”
Faiths grin was a bit too big for Daniel’s liking. Something that Giles wanted to tell him was obviously very amusing to Faith.
“Ok, where is he?”
“In his little hide away.” At Daniel’s blank look she elaborated. “His office.”
Daniel looked to Teal’c. “Do you want to stay here, or come with me?” Daniel asked.
“I will accompany you, Daniel Jackson.” Teal’c decided.
“Alright, well when you’re ready, we’ll head out.” Faith informed them.
Daniel nodded, and for the second time that day, he headed into Giles’ office.
It looked just the same as before, except, messier. Books completely covered the desk, as well as the two overstuffed chairs. Giles was sat in his chair, huddled over a book.
Giles jumped and looked up from the book. After he saw it was Daniel and Teal’c he smiled.
“Terribly sorry, I didn’t hear you come in.”
“Slayer Faith said you wished to speak with us.” Teal’c said.
“Ah, yes. I believe I have found you translator.”
Daniel perked up. “Really?”
“Yes, I believe you have met her.”
“I have?” Daniel asked, puzzled.
“Dawn is very excited to have the opportunity to explore different planets.” Giles smiled.
“Wait, what?” Dawn couldn’t be more than 25, she seemed nice, but Atlantis needed an experienced, weathered for the head research team. “No offence, but I was expecting someone slightly….”
“Older? Just because of Dawns age, do not discredit her. She has over 15 languages at her disposal, and is a toughened fighter. I believe she will become a valuable member of your facility, and as a bonus she already has experience heading her own research team here within the council.”
Daniel was stumped. He had to admit, 15 languages was impressive. He had been at this much longer than the girl in question, and he only had 6 languages on her. It seemed there was a lot more to Dawn than he originally thought.
“Well, thank you.”
“Don’t thank me yet. I phoned the President earlier, in hope he would be able to grant Faith a place alongside with Dawn, it’s a proviso that Buffy stipulated.”
Daniel was sure his mouth was hanging right about now. He wasn’t sure what surprised him more. The fact that Faith was going to Atlantis or that Giles had his own version of Jack’s big red phone.
“Thankfully, he agreed, as long as we sent along a military liaison as well. I’ve asked a Slayer we found in the Marines to act as such. She will be here tomorrow night”
“Okay.” Daniel said slowly, with a hint of a grin on his face. He couldn’t wait to see what Jack said about this when he found out. He could only hope that he could be there to see it.
“Well, I think that’s all the bombs I have to drop on you for now.” Giles paused before continuing. “I know you have reservations about everything I've told you, but I hope that tonight you will be willing to accept it.”
Well, I guess we’ll see.”
“You two should get going, Buffy and Faith have been restless for a while, it is probably wise not to agitate them any more than they are.”
Daniel smiled. At least the time he and Teal’c were here would be interesting.
“Alright, have a good night.”
“I’m sure I will, but I'm sure it won’t nearly be as much fun as both of yours.” Giles grinned.
Daniel nodded and walked and walked out of the office, Teal’c following. As they rejoined the group, he realized what Giles had meant. Buffy and Faith were almost running on the spot. Their weapons never stayed still in their hands. The looks on their faces were impatient and excited. It was strange to see Buffy, with her tiny frame, tossing around a large broadsword without a sweat. Obviously things were going to be interesting.
‘What the Hell was I thinking?’ Daniel asked himself silently. They had been out for about an hour, and nothing had happened. He didn’t think he would ever spend so much time in so many different cemeteries. Faith and Buffy were just ahead of them, walking in silence. Willow and Dawn were flanking him and Teal’c, obviously to protect them; he had seen Teal’c and Jack do it enough times. Just as Daniel thought they might as well pack up and go home, things finally started to get interesting.
“B, you feel that?”
“What the group of Vamps stalking us, oh yeah.”
“Looks like the new kids gonna get some action after all.” Faith grinned..
“Alright, let’s tell Willow and Dawn. I’d rather draw them all out then play hide and seek for the rest of the night.”
‘Willow, Dawn.’ Buffy projected her thought
“What’s up Buff?’ Willow sent back.
“We got a pretty big group of Vamps closing in on us. They still think they got the jump and I want it to stay that way.’
Teal’c lowered voice brought her out of the conversation.
“Willow Rosenburg, I sense we are being watched.”
Thankful he had kept his voice down, but surprised that Teal’c had detected their stalkers at all, she nodded.
“Yeah, I know.”
“What is your plan of action?”
Teal’c nodded in understanding. Letting the enemy believe it had the advantage always made them overconfident, and vulnerable.
They walked in complete silence for a few more minutes, until the attack came.
12 vamps came out of nowhere, going straight for Buffy and Faith.
“They need help, Dawn.”
“Got them covered.” Dawn replied, raising her crossbow. She let an arrow off which went straight into the heart of a vampire about to attack Faith. She was so focused on covering the Slayers, she didn’t see the 6 other vampires come up behind them.
“Dawn, we got some on our back.” Willow shouted.
Dawn finally turned round to see Teal’c and Daniel keeping them off Willow and herself. With a quick look at the situation in front of her, she realized that the two Slayers were fine to deal with the last 4 vamps. She quickly reloaded her crossbow and began shooting at the vampires attacking Daniel and Teal’c.
“Stake them in the heart.” Willow shouted, throwing the two a couple of stakes.
Daniel could now say he was completely convinced about vampires and everything. These things they
Were fighting weren’t human. There face were disfigured, fangs were pointing out of their mouths. He was amazed he was actually holding his own. He spared a glance at Teal’c, he had already staked two of the vampires and was moving onto his third.
“Daniel, duck!” He heard Dawn shout.
He did as he was told, just in time to see the arrow fly over his head and land in his vampire’s heart. With a poof of dust it was gone.
He looked around to see Buffy and Faith finishing off a vampire off each, and Dawn grinning at him.
“Good job.” She said.
Faith and Buffy joined them a moment later.
“So you two believe us now?” Faith asked with a smirk on her face.
“Indeed.” Teal’c replied.
“Oh, yes.” Daniel said, grinning back at Faith.
The next day they all met in the library, to brief Giles on yesterdays patrol.
“I haven’t seen Vamps in those kind of numbers since Sunnydale.” Buffy told Giles.
"Good old SunnyHell, never let you down when it came to hordes of vampires trying to eat you." Xander smiled fondly.
“Well I reckon it was the perfect way to welcome our guest.” Faith said.
“Well I'm glad you have had fun, because until the Slayer liaison gets here, we are going to continue our research.”
“Research?” Daniel asked over the collective groan.
“Ah yes, well ever since all the Slayers were activated, there has been no more slayers located. I'm hoping we will just have to wait until the next generation is born, but there is a chance that by calling all the potentials, we caused a complication in the Slayer line. Basically, I'm worried that no more potentials will be born and the Slayers that we have now, are the last.”
“…Which would mean there would be nothing to stop the vampires and demons from taking over.” Daniel finished.
"Yeah not of the good." Xander informed.
“Exactly, I'm hoping that by discovering the origins of the Slayer, we might be able to fix the problem if it occurs. At the moment, all we have is a obscure writing and some text referring to a race called ‘Ancients’ that I found last night while you were patrolling. I fear we have tapped out all our resources, and have so few results.” Giles sighed.
Daniel froze. He really hadn’t expected that.
“Are you sure they were called Ancients?”
Giles looked at him quizzically. “Yes, the text was in Fyral, which I'm extremely fluent in.”
Daniel heard Willow snicker behind him. Deciding to ask about the inside joke later, he continued.
“Well, funnily enough, where we’re sending Dawn and Faith is a city constructed by the Ancients over 10,000 years ago.”
Faith raised her hand. “Does this mean more research?”
Giles glared at her.
“I was just asking.” Faith defended herself.
Completely ignoring Faith, Giles looked at Daniel.
“If this is true, it could very well be the key to the beginning of the Slayer. What is the name of this city?”
“Atlantis.” Daniel replied, suddenly feeling extremely uncomfortable.
“You’re shitting me!” Faith shouted out.
“Faith, Shut up.”
“C’mon Giles, its Atlantis. I can’t believe I get to go there!”
Dawn coughed loudly.
“I mean ‘we’.”
“Yes I'm very happy for the both of you. Daniel, does Atlantis have records and the likes?”
“Yes they have entire database of the knowledge of the Ancients, but it’s so extensive, they haven’t even put a dent in it even after quite a few of years”
“That may be so, but it might the only lead we have. Would it be possible if Dawn could look at this database?”
Daniel smiled. “Well, as head of that department, she can pretty much look at it whenever she wants.”
Giles face lighted up. “Excellent, Dawn can continue the research when she gets there.”
“Oh, joy.” Dawn said sarcastically.
"Cheer up Dawnster, it wont be that bad." Xander assured her.
"We are talking about the same Giles here right, the one that is scarely obssessed with research." Dawn turned to Giles. "You know I preffered you when you were trying to kill Spike, at least you werent so researchy, its like you done a complete 360. I think you have been with the Council Tweed Patrol for too long, you need to spend some more time with us Americans."
“Well that great, but I have to work off some steam. Anyone up for sparring? B?” Faiths voice cut in.
Buffy grimaced. “Sorry, can’t got to pick that Slayer up from the airport.”
“I would be happy to spar with you Slayer Faith.”
Faith grinned. “Cool, been a while since I had any competition ‘round here.”
“Hey” Buffy protested.
“C’mon muscles, gym’s this way.” Faith said, starting to make her way out of the library.
"I am most intrigued to see how a Slayer will compete with a Jaffa warrior." Teal'c said mostly to himself as he followed Faith.
“50 bucks says Faith kicks his ass.” Dawn whispered to Willow.
“Done.” Willow grinned.
Daniel internally groaned, maybe it wasn’t such a good idea to let Jack meet these people. If anyone could be a bad influence on him, it would be them.
Faith sauntered into the gym and kicked the Baby Slayers out of the sparring area. Teal’c, Dawn and Willow following closely behind.
“Saw you last night; you’re pretty good with a quarterstaff.” Faith said as she walked over to the weapons cabinet, taking out two quarterstaffs.
“I have used weapons similar to these during my training as a Jaffa Warrior.” Teal’c confirmed.
“Well, let’s see what you got, big guy.” Faith grinned, chucking him a quarterstaff.
He caught it with ease and dropped into a fighting stance. He saw Faith doing the same. They began circling each other slowly. Finally, Faith became impatient and attacked first. She went for a rib shot, and was blocked by Teal’c’s staff. She continued attacking, testing the waters before she went all in. Her attacks were deflected. She could tell Teal’c was holding back. ‘Well can’t have that’ Faith smiled to herself. She upped the speed of her attacks, her hands and feet almost blurring. Teal’c managed to deflect most of them, but some connected. She followed up with a roundhouse kick to the head, As the kick connected, Teal’c’s leg came out to sweep Faith’’s feet. Faith went down, but was up in a second. Teal’c began his own flurry of attacks, a few connecting to Faith’s body. Faith could still feel he was holding back. He was obviously used to having to hold back. Again she upped her speed and added some strength behind her attacks. And then the real dance began. The onlookers could barely keep track of the two warriors as they fought. Both seemed equal, until Faith upped her game one more time, with her full strength and speed, she attacked with the utter grace of a Slayer. One of her head shots connected, causing Teal’c to stumble backwards. With a final blow to the stomach, Teal’c was halfway across the room on the floor.
Faith grimaced. “Ooh, my bad. That’s gonna hurt in the morning. You did pretty good muscles.”
Teal’c rose, looking slightly worse for wear, but conscious. “You are a mighty warrior, Slayer Faith.”
“That’s what they keep telling me.” Faith grinned. “I didn’t hurt you too bad, did I?” Faith asked, slightly worried she shouldn’t have gone all on him.
“My symbiote will repair most of damage caused." Teal’c assured her.
“Wait to go Junior.” Faith said, impressed.
They walked over to Daniel, Willow and Faith. Faith saw Willow give Dawn money.
“Have you two been betting on me again? How many times, I'm not a fuckin’ horse.” Faith asked irritably.
“Think of it as an investment.” Dawn replied cheekily.
“Whatever. So Teal’c is pretty good ain’t he.” Faith smiled, her mood completely changing.
“Good, Faith he managed to keep up with you for 15 minutes when you were in full Slayer mode. The only other people that can do that are Buffy and Angel.” Dawn grinned, impressed.
“Wow, good for you muscles.” He looked over to Teal’c who was standing there slightly tilted, and looking worse by the second “Okay, Dawn take a look at him before he keels over.”
“I am fine Slayer Faith.”
“Oh don’t give me that crap, I get it enough with B. GO to the infirmary to get checked out, Willow can you show him the way?”
“Okey-Dokes, but you might want to go see Giles; I think Buffy just got back with that Slayer.
Faith nodded, interested to meet her fellow Atlantis Slayer. “Alright, Daniel and Dawn, you coming?”
They both nodded in affirmative, and they made their way back to the library.
As they walked in to Giles’ office, they saw him talking to the Slayer.
Giles’ saw them and smiled. “Daniel, Dawn and Faith, I would like you to meet Natalie, the Slayer liaison.”
The Slayer in question turned round to the three, a very familiar smirk on her face.
Faith froze this couldn’t be happening.
Natalie finally spoke. “Hey sis, long times no see.”