Part 3: Discoveries
The next day Willow returned to the Manor while Buffy decided she’d prefer to enjoy the hotel's pool. Pure had to go to work, which left Piper and Phoebe to work with Willow.
The sisters were all set up when the doorbell rang.
Phoebe opened the door for the smiling redhead. "Willow, hi." Noticing the girl was alone on the porch she added, "Where's Buffy?"
"Hi there." Willow stepped into the foyer practically bouncing with energy. "Buffy opted to work on her tan. Are we ready?"
"We're all set up in here." Phoebe led the way to the conservatory. A map of the city was laid out on a coffee table with a crystal attached to a chain lying on top.
Piper entered from the kitchen. "Good morning, Willow," she greeted.
"Morning Piper. So how does this work?" Willow eagerly asked.
"A little eager are we?" Piper teased.
Looking abashed, Willow answered, "Is it that obvious?" Both sisters nodded. "Sorry. It's just that it isn't often that people encourage me to do magick."
"Sorry to disappoint, but there isn't much magick involved in scrying," Phoebe informed Willow.
"That's okay. This will still be useful in helping to find demons."
"Let's do it then." Phoebe knelt in front of the coffee table. She lifted the chain and began to swing the crystal in a circular pattern over the map.
"What are you doing?" Willow asked, kneeling next to Phoebe.
"I'm concentrating on vampires." Phoebe said.
"It helps if you have something of the person - demon - whatever that you're looking for. If you don't have anything then you can concentrate on what you know about the focus of your search." Piper explained.
"In that case you probably want to try to hone in on vampires that are relatively new to the city. A lair with fairly new minions." Willow suggested.
"Why someone new to the city?" Piper queried.
"A vampire who's been around for a while would know better than to hunt around the slayer," Willow shrugged.
The crystal stopped and pointed to a spot on the map. Piper looked at where the crystal had landed.
"That's just around the corner from P3," she exclaimed.
"That makes sense," Willow commented.
"How does that make sense?" Piper incredulously asked.
"If it's a young vampire then it would be drawn to a club, not just for the music, but also because of all of the potential meals."
"Well you seem to be the expert here. What do you suggest we do?" Phoebe asked.
"I'll have to check with Buffy, she's the real vampire expert, but I'd say we go clubbing."
"You want to use P3 to draw the leader out," Piper concluded.
"That's the idea. I'm thinking that the head honcho vamp is probably going to notice that they're one vamp short after last night and will come to investigate."
"Then one of us can lure it to the alley, Piper can freeze it, and Buffy can slay it," Phoebe surmised.
"Yep," the redhead grinned.
"Well then it looks like we need to load up on stakes, holy water and crosses," Piper stated.
"I'll go find Buffy and fill her in on the plan," Willow said as she stood.
"And I'll give Prue a call," Phoebe offered as she walked Willow to the door. "And you try to get some actual sightseeing done," she told Willow.
"That would be nice. I'll see you at the club tonight."
"We'll see you then."
Buffy was still lying by the pool with a glass of iced tea in one hand and a magazine on the lounge chair in front of her. Willow sighed in exasperation and moved to sit on the chair next to her friend.
"Hey Buff," she greeted the blonde.
"Willow," Buffy exclaimed. "Back already?"
"Yep. Piper and Phoebe showed me how they scry for a demon's location. We found a lair of vampires about a block from P3."
Suddenly in slayer-mode, Buffy sat up. "That makes sense. They'd want to be close to where the action is."
"That's what I told them," Willow agreed.
"So what's the plan?" Buffy asked.
"Basically we hang at the club." Willow shrugged. "I'm guessing that whoever set up shop is going to notice they're missing a member of the gang and want to check out the club for possible threats."
"Then we'll isolate the leader and make with the slayage," Buffy concluded.
"That's it in a nutshell," Willow agreed. "We're going to meet them at P3 tonight. Which means that we are going to spend the afternoon playing tourists."
"Do we have to?" Buffy whined.
"Yes. This is my first trip to San Francisco and I want to ride a trolley and see the Golden Gate Bridge."
"Alright, fine," Buffy grumbled, getting her belongings together.
"Just think," Willow comforted, placing her arm around Buffy's shoulders, "after all the mindless sightseeing you can take your frustrations out on the vamps tonight."
Buffy managed a half-hearted smile in response as they headed towards the elevator.
Prue and Phoebe were sitting on a couch off to the side when Buffy and Willow arrived at P3 that evening. As the Sunnydale girls sat on the adjacent couch, Piper joined her sisters.
After some initial small talk Prue got down to business. "Why don't we just attack the lair instead of hoping they show up here?"
"We don't want to go in blind. There's no way of knowing how many vamps will be there. It'll be better to draw out the leader and find out how many are there. Then after dusting said leader we can go after the minions."
"What if he doesn't show up tonight?" Prue questioned, ever the practical one.
"I think he might be here already," Buffy said tensing. "My spidey-sense is tingling."
On alert, all five girls began scanning the room for possible vampires.
On one pass, Willow did a double-take. Drawing Buffy's attention to the blonde dancing near them she asked, "Is that…"
"Harmony," Buffy finished loudly.
Having heard her name over the din, Harmony turned and smiled at the familiar faces. She bounded over to them saying cheerfully, "Buffy, Willow, what are you doing here?"
"What are we doing here?" Buffy repeated as she and Willow stood. "What are you doing here?"
"You know this girl?" Piper asked.
"Oh hi, I'm Harmony. I went to high school with them."
"And now she's a vampire," Willow added.
"Well duh," Harmony countered.
"Harmony, what are you doing here?" Buffy asked again.
"Well after Spike left me, again, I decided that I need to start out on my own, in a new town, so gathered my minions together and moved here. What are you doing here?" she asked sociably.
"We're on our winter break," Buffy hesitantly admitted.
"That's great," Harmony brightly replied. "Does that mean you aren't going to try to slay me?" she asked hopefully.
"That depends," Buffy cautiously replied. "Were you planning on feeding here?"
"Of course." Noting Buffy and Willow's raised eyebrows she added, "Not. Like I'd want to eat here."
"What's wrong with here?" Piper asked, offended at the prospect that anything could be wrong with her club.
Phoebe nudged her with her elbow and whispered, "Piper."
"Oh, right. Never mind."
"I think it might be time to move on again Harmony." Willow suggested.
"Oh yeah? You gonna make me? You'll be back in Sunnydale soon," she taunted.
"True," Prue agreed. "But we'll still be here." As she spoke she pulled a stake out of her purse, Piper took a bottle of holy water out of her pocket, and Phoebe revealed a large cross.
Harmony laughed nervously, backing up slightly. "You know, I hear San Diego is nice. Maybe I'll just go check it out. Bye." She turned on her heel and ran out of the club.
"And take your lackeys with you," Buffy called after her.
"Aren't you going to slay her?" Phoebe asked as Buffy and Willow sat down again.
"She's harmless," Buffy commented.
"Just annoying," Willow added.
"What about her minions?" Piper asked.
"Believe me, anyone working for Harmony won't be difficult to kill. We'll give her tonight to get outta Dodge, then tomorrow we can see if she left anything behind in her lair." Buffy calmly stated.
"Well that was kind of a let down," Phoebe said putting her cross away. Her sisters followed suit.
"I'd leave some of those behind the bar," Willow suggested. "Just in case any vamps are dumb enough not to leave town."
"Good idea," Piper agreed.
"I don't know about you," Prue started, "but I'm in the mood for a celebratory dance."
"You read my mind," Buffy said, standing.
The rest of the girls stood and made their way onto the dance floor as the band took the stage. Tonight they would dance and relax, enjoying the company of their new friends. Tomorrow would be soon enough to worry about the demons of the world, again.