Disclaimer: I own Nothing to do with Buffy, though some speech will be used from the Buffy universe.
A.N: This is an AU of Buffy but you'll be able to work out the differences soon enough. In this Dawn is only two years younger than Buffy and isn't the key. Buffy is going to be a little bit older bit only about a year or two.
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Images and sounds flashed in her mind. Of a man that could only be likened to an Egyptian mummy. Of rotted hands opening a box of flesh and bone.
Of giving up.
Buffy gasped as she entered the world of the conscious, her hand automatically going to the knife strapped safely to her thigh. Seeing there was no threat in her new room she slowly let herself relax, reminding her that it was just a dream. But it wasn't. It wasn't a dream, it was a nightmare, more than that it was a memory.
At 18 Buffy Summers was considered petite with her 5 ft 2 height. She had blonde hair that shone golden in the light. Her eyes were a mix between hazel and a forest green that always seemed cold and hard. She had a body of an athlete, due mainly to her lessons in gymnastics and dance that she had taken since she was a child, then later martial arts and boxing lessons that her best friend had made her take when she was fifteen.
She had a younger sister called dawn who was always considered the brains of the family. It wasn't that Buffy was dumb it was just she didn't apply herself. At first it was because she was more focused on being popular and her cheerleading, on boys and makeup. That all changed a year ago.
Buffy, Dawn and their mom, Joyce, had just moved to a small town called Sunnydale. They moved because of two reasons. One: because Joyce and Hank, Buffy and Dawn's dad, divorced. Two: because Dawn was kicked out of school. Trouble started for the youngest Summers a year ago. She had gotten into fights; she'd isolated herself from all her friends and was always staying out after dark. She skipped school and her grades slowly got worse. What ultimately caused her to be kicked out though was the fact that she burnt down the school gym after a dance. After that Dawn had went to her parents and tried to explain what happened but apparently what she said made her seem insane because Hank had her put into a psyche ward. She was only in there for a month but Buffy was never told why exactly she was put in there. Their parents had divorced not long after that.
Though that had started a year ago as well that had nothing to do with the change in Buffy. When Buffy was about 5 the Summers' had went to North Carolina to visit family. There Buffy had made friends with a girl called India Cohen. A dark haired girl whose father was a US Marine and mother was an actress who was popular in the Philippines. The girls always kept close to each other and stayed best friends over the years, always visiting each other whenever they could. They even kept in contact when India and her family moved to Japan. Anytime that she did return to America Buffy would go and visit her. A year ago India had ended up in San Diego and Buffy had gone to see her.
The trip had ended with India's funeral.
"Buffy, Dawn! Time to get up. Don't want to be late for your first day of school."