Chapter 5 Part 3: Full Circle
This chapter turned out a little different that I thought it would.
“Enyos, there you are.”
“You sent for me?” The man asked as he stepped into the small room.
“I have sensed something. The monster who took the Clan’s favorite is suffering less that he should.”
“Yes, but that is not all.” The old woman wrapped her arms around herself and scowled as she looked away. “Something has happened. Janna, I feel something has changed.” Raising her eyes to look at him, she started to speak when a strange sound came from outside. “It cannot,” she began before rising and heading for the door.
The blue box had not been there when Enyos had come to the small house where the Elder Woman was staying. A vague feeling that he should have recognized the ‘Police Public Call Box’, as it was labeled, bothered him for a few moments only to be shaken off.
The door opened, allowing a teenager in a black jacket to step out and close it behind him. His sneakers and polo shirt were purple. Seeing the two, he smiled. “Hello,” he greeted them. “I’m looking for the leaders of the Kalderash Clan.”
Stepping forward, Enyos glared at him. “What do you want, outsider?”
“Oh, is that any way to treat company?”
“You did not come here to visit,” the Elder stated.
“No,” Xander admitted, “no I didn’t.” Reaching into his pocket, he pulled out an envelope. “I have a letter from Janna. It’s the last letter you will be getting.”
“What?” Enyos snatched the letter from his grasp and opened it. The single sheet of paper was neatly typed and folded. “How dare you!” he snapped at the teen.
“Give that to me, Enyos,” the Elder Woman ordered. Taking the letter, she glanced from it to Xander then back at the letter.To the Elders of Clan Kalderash.
I am writing this to you so that you will know that I have revealed my true identity to the Slayer and those who support her. They now know who placed the curse upon Angelus and why I am here in Sunnydale. Before writing this letter, I have done research and learned of the loophole in the curse, which I have also shared.
At the reading of this letter, you are no doubt prepared to call me back to the clan. Don’t bother, as I have no plans on returning. I will be remaining here in Sunnydale, where I can do more to help to keep the Boca del Infierno in check.
I also know you will send someone to replace me. While I cannot stop you I do warn you that we will be watching. As long as they do not interfere with us they will be allowed to live in peace.
It truly breaks my heart to do this, but I can no longer condone what the clan has done. In our quest for vengeance we have tormented a soul that was innocent of wrongdoing for over a century. Is the torture of this innocent soul not the very epitome of evil?
So, with a heavy heart I do make this break with you, the clan Kalderash.
The name ‘Janna’ had been written then marked out, with ‘Jenny’ written beneath it.
“Now that you’ve read the letter,” Xander said, “I take it you’re going to be understanding about this and let her live in peace, right?”
“She will see the error of her ways,” Enyos snapped at him. “No one leaves the Clan.”
“She has,” Xander corrected him. “And you’re not going to do anything about it.”
“And why not?” the woman asked as she continued to look at the letter.
“Because if you do I’ll be back.” He stepped forward as something changed about him. Gone was the relaxed figure of a teen. Instead, the figure suddenly seemed to almost glow with power. “And while I won’t kill you, I can make your life very very unhappy.”
“You are a mere boy,” Enyos said. “What can you do?”
Xander was suddenly standing directly in front of him. “I can close every border to you, leaving you in the worst corners of the world. I can sow your lands with salt, and make your animals sterile. I can and will torment your people for a hundred years. And I can start last year.”
The two men stopped at the sound of a giggle. Confused, they looked as the Elder Woman looked up at them and smiled. “It’s really too bad you never came back to visit, Xander,” she said.
“You know him?” Enyos asked.
“Oh yes,” she replied as she smiled at the Time Lord. “He saved my life when I was but a girl.”
Xander’s face lit up in a smile. “Luludja?” When she nodded he grabbed her in a hug and laughed. “Little Lu-Lu!” Pulling back he looked into her eyes. “Oh, you’ve grown into such a beautiful woman.”
“I was once. But we can’t all be immortal, Xander.”
“Still are,” he argued. “And I’m not immortal.”
“How long has it been for you?”
“About sixty years. But you,” his smile grew, “you have lived!
Family, children, grandchildren, right?”
“And great-great grandchildren.” The smile turned to one of pride. “Janna is one of them, in fact.”
“I should have known that. The strength of spirit is the same.” The smile faded as he looked at the letter in her hand. “It took a lot for her to write that.”
“Yes, I’m certain.” Luludja patted him on the chest then walked past him to gently caress the TARDIS. “Hello, you,” she whispered. A chuckle came from her as she glanced at Xander. “I think she’s purring.”
“She always did like you.”
“What is going on?” Enyos demanded to know.
Giving him a glance, the Elder Woman said, “When I was twelve I got lost in a snowstorm. A man saved me and took me back to the village where we had been staying. It was him. But before he did, he showed me the stars.” She looked up at the blue sky above them. “Sometimes I look out at night and wonder if I’ve done the right things.” Looking at Xander again, she shrugged. “I like to think I have, at least most of the time. But this time I’m certain.”
She walked to Enyos. “We will not be replacing Janna. And she will not be leaving the clan. Our vengeance against the monster is done.”
“What? Elder, you cannot do this!” Enyos bellowed.
“Oh, I can and I have. This has concerned me for some time. What right do we have to condemn an innocent soul to such torment?” Before the man could interrupt, she continued, “We should have learned our lesson when the other creatures almost killed us all. But in our arrogance we decided to continue. No more.”
“Our elders made that decision and we must stand behind it!”
“Your elders also lived without indoor plumbing and proper sanitation,” Xander pointed out.
“And Janna did not row a boat across the ocean to get to California,” Luludja added. Shaking her head, she told Xander, “No, tell her she is still one of us. And that she is to find a way to prevent Angelus from returning, but not to keep the soul from being happy.”
“What?” Confused, she turned to see Xander smiling at her.
“Tell her yourself,” he replied as he gestured to the TARDIS.
“I can’t. It’s, it’s been so long.”
“I’m not asking you to run a marathon. It’s a quick trip across the ocean, then I’ll bring you right back.” He looked at Enyos. “I’m sure he can manage to not start World War Five while we’re gone.”
The steel in her voice returned as she said, “He’d best not.” The smile returned, however, as she pulled a leather string from beneath her top. “I still have it, by the way.”
Xander smiled at the piece of bluestone he’d given her. “Cool.”
The two laughed at him before Xander explained. “I’m a Time Lord, pal. After I rescued her from the snowstorm I took her to see where they would build Stonehenge.”
“Before they built it,” she added. “And then we went to where they would get the stones.”
“And I gave her that as a souvenir.”
“Before?” Enyos glanced from one to the other.
“I gots me some major mojo.” Luludja shook her head at him. “We going now or do you want to tell anyone else?”
“I should. Give me just a few minutes to tell my daughter.”
“I’ll be here.”
“Yes,” she said with the stern tone and serious glare that had cemented her position as head of the clan, “you will.”
As she walked away, Xander turned to Enyos and smiled. “You just gotta love strong women like that.”