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“I don't understand how this all happens, how we go through this, I mean I knew her and then she's, there's just a body, I don't understand why she just can't get back in it and not be dead, it's stupid, it's mortal and stupid…”
Anya, “The Body”
A line of women stood in the sand. Surayya, Buffy, Lisa and a host of other slayers stood at the edge of a smoking pit nearly a kilometer wide and well over five hundred meters deep. Splattered along the sides of the pit were chunks of sandworm flesh.
“God can’t die.” Surayya said as she desperately tried to figure out what just happened here.
“You’re in denial.” Buffy said.
“No I’m not.” Surayya responded.
The line of women in the sand were in the company of multiple aircraft that hovered overhead and Fish speaker devices that watched them from orbit. Despite the array of high definition sensors they had in the scoobies fleet, the slayers wanted to see the evidence with their own eyes.
“Motorria told me that Sineya came to see her just before…” Surayya choked for a moment. “Just before the Destroyer was attacked.” Buffy listened to the aircraft overhead as she waited for Surayya to finish.
“Sineya told her that this was going to happen.” Surayya said. “The Destroyer knew this was a possibility and he did nothing!” Surayya was angry. She felt betrayed. How could God die and leave her all alone? Buffy understood what Surayya was feeling. She was dealing with her own grief.
“I’m sure the Destroyer didn’t choose to undergo a violent and painful death just to make you feel bad.” Buffy said. “We’re soldiers on the front line of a nightly war.” She said quoting Giles. “People get hurt. Shit happens.” Surayya didn’t hear her.
“How many?” Surayya asked “How many have died because of us?” Surayya looked at Buffy. She had real anger in her voice. We lost fifteen hundred at Tailos Three and no telling how many in the fleet. Yesterday three slayers died because of Drusilla.”
“What about the trillions saved when you stopped Dawn’s energy from tearing the galaxy apart? Or the fact that you stopped the blood storm before it even started?” Buffy said as she reached over and held Surayya close to her. “We’re doing good work here.” Buffy said softy to her. “Don’t forget that.”
Surayya pulled away. Desert sand blew across her face. Her eyes stared long and cold at the scene of devastation around her. She seemed hypnotized by the curls of gray white smoke still flowing outward from the pit. She was focused inward as if performing some long mental calculation. Her features shifted as she found her answer.
“We’re going to save the Destroyer.” Surayya said flatly.
“Uh, look around.” Buffy said puzzled. “Total destruction pretty much a done deal. You have to let him go.” Surayya didn’t answer her immediately but when she did she said “You didn’t feel that way when Willow brought you back.” That stopped Buffy cold.
Surayya frowned as she realized something she had bottled up deep within her. Her expression shifted as her face twisted into a display of grief that nearly broke Buffy’s heart.
“I couldn’t save him!” Surayya said. “I couldn’t save Leto! He was murdered before we got back from Tailos Three.”
Buffy remembered her own father’s death. She was well into her sixties when it happened. Giles had died of old age in the early part of the twenty-first century. To this day, if the right memory came back, she would find herself devastated. The pain was still just as sharp.
“Ok, we’re going to bring the Destroyer back.” She said. “Any ideas?” She asked. Buffy could smell the sharp cinnamon scent from the millions of kilograms of burning spice at the bottom of the pit.
Surayya tapped her earpiece. That brought Motorria on-line. Motorria was still back at the sietch. She did not want to travel out into the heat.
“Moto, any thoughts?” Surayya asked.
There was static in the earpiece. After a while, Motorria’s voice came through crystal clear.
“Sineya came to see me just before…” Motorria paused as the grief over took her. “Just before the attack. She told me this may happen. She told me that the slayers have a secret power beyond even the Destroyer. Sineya believed we could use that power just in case this happened.”
“What is that power?” Surayya asked.” Motorria told her. Surayya smiled.
“Message received.” Surayya said as she disconnected the call. Buffy waited for the other shoe to drop. She had overheard some of the conversation.
“So what did she say?” Buffy asked. “What did Sineya tell her, what is our secret power?” Buffy asked.
“The smallest part of infinity is infinite. Any part of the divine is wholly divine. One spark is the same as a conflagration. Our secret power is this, we’re girls, we can give birth. The energy of the Destroyer is locked away within the slayer. I’m going to release that energy and restore the destroyer.
"It’s funny.” Surayya said. “We never even knew his real name.”
“You can ask him when we bring him back.” Buffy said.
Surayya explained her plan in further detail as the two women turned and walked back to their ship.
The third and Final Part of The Slayers of Dune Book II will be out soon. And yes, there will be babies.