Buffy and the Doctor
Genese Gundam AN:
Hello. Welcome to The Slayer and the Storm 1.5. This is the final chapter, and the epilogue of the story. Thanks for reading this story, all the reviews and comments help very much. It was fun modifying this story, and making the pictures to go with it. If I ever get the time again, I might even make a sequel...until then enjoy the final chapter of the Slayer and The Storm. Geronimo!Disclaimer: The characters depicted within are the property of their respective copyright holders, namely Joss Whedon and Mutant Enemy, and the BBC. I do not own any of the characters.The following takes place after the last episode 'Chosen' of Season 7 and before the Season 8 comic opening story 'Long Way Home' of Buffy and before the Series 6/Season 32 opening story ‘The Impossible Astronaut’ of Doctor Who.
Buffy and the Doctor; two individuals who are often called upon to sacrifice everything to save others, with little rewards and unable to return to the peaceful lives they once had. But one is a young woman and the other ancient and wise. Will Buffy be doomed to walk the thankless path of the Doctor? "What are we going to do now?"
It had been a day since the destruction of Sunnydale. The survivors of that final battle had driven to the nearest hospital to heal the wounded, whilst the rest stayed the night at a nearby motel. Buffy was lying on the bed, alone. She'd done it again, saved the world from destruction. There was a knock at her door. It was Giles. "Could I have a word?" he asked.
"Sure," she said. He came in and leaned against a table. What followed was an unusually awkward silence. Giles just stood there, staring at Buffy. However, it was a stare of a man in awe of the heroism, maturity and leadership displayed by this young woman who he'd known since she was 16. He was looking at her with both the pride of a teacher, and pride of a parent. Buffy giggled before saying "Giles, you really know how to get a conversation going."
Giles smiled, "Yes, quite. How are you feeling?" Buffy stretched her arms out and fell back onto the bed, "Tired, mostly. Mostly tired. And wondering, where do we go from here? We've made every would-be slayer in the world into an actual slayer. What happens next?"
Giles removed his glasses, "Buffy, you've just saved the world. Again. You've closed the Hellmouth and defeated the First. Yes, there's a lot to be done, but I'm sure you're allowed one day of rest."
Buffy let out a sigh, "Yeah, I guess you're right."
"I'm very proud of you, you know," Giles began. "We all are. All those years ago when you first walked into the school library, I never thought for one moment that-"
"I'd last this long?" Buffy interrupted.
"-that you'd be the one to change history," Giles continued. "We've been through so much since then. I've seen you grow up. I must say, you haven't always been the easiest Slayer to deal with, but then I haven't always been the best Watcher. But I wouldn't have it any other way," he finished. Buffy sat up and looked at him. "Neither would I," she smiled.
"Congratulations Buffy," Giles said, before he left the room.
Buffy fell back onto the bed once again, only to be disturbed by another knock on the door. "Just a minute," a slightly irritated Buffy called out as she made her way to the door. This time it was Dawn, "Can I come in sis?"
They both lay on the bed next to each other, both contemplating the events from the day before. "Do you ever wonder?" Buffy asked her sister.
"Wonder what?" Dawn replied.
"What it would be like to have a normal life? A normal family, a normal sister?" Buffy continued.
"Sometimes," Dawn answered.
"Well? Would you rather have that life than this one?" Buffy asked again.
"The thing is…sure there is a lot of death and destruction, but I already have a loving family; you, Willow, Xander, Giles. I wouldn't trade any of that for the world," Dawn replied. Buffy gave her a hug, which was interrupted by yet another knock at the door.
"Oh for the love of…who is it now?" an agitated Buffy said as she got off the bed to open the door. However, the irritation disappeared completely when she saw who it was. "It's…you," Buffy said, caught off guard by the visitor's presence.
"Hello Buffy! It's been a while," said the visitor. It was the Doctor once again, keeping his promise that he'd return.
“Doctor!” Dawn said beaming as she hugged him.
“Hello Dawn, how are you? The Summers, saving the world!” the Doctor said, smiling at the both of them.
“Doctor, how come you...what are you....why are you wearing a Napoleon hat?” Buffy asked, still surprised at seeing him.
The Doctor patted his peculiar headwear, “It’s a bicorn. I wear a bicorn now, bicorns are cool.”
The girls both walked into the TARDIS. "I like what you've done with the place," Buffy commented.
"Oh, that's right; you haven't seen it like this! It got refurbished when I blew up the last when I regenerated," the Doctor explained as he rested his hat on a lever on the TARDIS console.
“Isn’t Amy with you?” Buffy asked.
“She’s taking a break, wanted to spend time with her husband. No doubt we’ll cross paths again,” the Doctor replied.
"How long has it been in your timeline since you last saw us?" Dawn asked.
"Only about 4 months. Travelled a bit, had some fun on a ship called Serenity in the future, got into an argument with Ulysses S. Grant, and ended up and at the Battle of Trafalgar, which reminded me that I had to record that disc for when you were underground, and deliver it into the future," the Doctor said smugly, proud again of his own genius. "Anyway girls, I wanted to say congratulations on stopping the First and saving the world. Quite brilliant, if I do say so myself," he continued clasping his hands together as he leaned on the TARDIS console.
"Thanks," Buffy said.
"But the thing is…you've changed the world. Things will never be the same again. Your lives aren't going to be anything resembling normal ever again. Take it from me, you might make a decision for the best, but it can be at a tremendous cost. There's no going back after yesterday," the Doctor said, with sadness in his voice.
"What are you saying? Buffy asked, slightly suspicious of where the Doctor was going with this.
"I'm saying you need a reward. I know what it’s like to save the universe, time and time again, but at greater and greater cost. I'm giving you the chance to say goodbye. To your old lives. To Buffy and Dawn Summers' who lived in Sunnydale. To Buffy, the Vampire Slayer. But ultimately, goodbye to someone that you both really deserve to. But last time I did this, it went terribly wrong, so I need you to promise me not to do anything rash. We can't stay long, it is just a quick stop." The Doctor turned from the console, "But I need you to promise."
"We promise. But where are you taking us?" Dawn asked. The Doctor turned to the console. "I'm setting the co-ordinates for February 20th 2001."
Things were going well for Joyce Summers. She had just had an operation on a brain tumour, and was beginning to get her confidence back in the world of dating. She'd met a nice guy recently, and loved teasing her children about the details. She got through the door and put some flowers she had received on a table. She wasn't feeling all that well however; she felt like she had a headache looming, something that she decided could be remedied with a cup of tea. She started making it, but suddenly stopped what she was doing. Everything in the room seemed to be shaking, as if there was a tank driving right outside. She could hear something as well-something that sounded like someone sawing wood, but slower, and it was getting louder. "What is that noise?" she said to herself. She took a look outside to see that a big blue box had appeared in the garden.
"What the-?" She immediately went outside, just as a man stepped out of the mysterious object. He was wearing a tweed jacket, and a black bow-tie. As she walked cautiously towards him, he said, "Joyce Summers, I have two girls here to see you."
She began to ask him, "How do you know my name?" but was stopped when her girls, Buffy and Dawn stepped out of the box, both on the verge of tears. "Buffy? Dawn? What's wrong?" Joyce asked. In unison, Buffy and Dawn said "Mom," and embraced their mother. This would be their final reunion.
Although there was at least an hour until the Buffy of 2001 would come home to discover her mother's body, the Doctor had only given the girls half an hour to say goodbye. He told them they couldn't and shouldn't be around for the end. The Doctor wondered, if he was being cruel by doing this. Whether humans would be able to handle such emotional stress. He knew that he had good intentions in doing this, but was he going too far? His friends said he made people better, but did he cause them more harm than good in the process?
The trip back was mostly silent. As they landed, the Doctor finally spoke, "It gets easier. Being called upon to save the world, I mean. And the things that go with it. The sacrifices, the hard decisions. You might even grow to enjoy it."
"It isn't something to be enjoyed," Buffy stated flatly, "It isn't duty, it isn't destiny. It's just something you have to do. For everyone's sake."
The Doctor looked at her, and continued, as he leaned on the console, "You also need to move on. And I think Buffy, and to some extent you as well Dawn, you both haven't had the chance to do that. First you had to deal with your mother's death, and become the guardian of Dawn, and then you had to deal with your death and subsequent resurrection, followed by being thrown straight back into your slaying duties, and then the First appeared. What I'm saying is, by giving a chance to say goodbye to your mother properly, I hope I've given you a chance to move on. Because you need to be ready for what comes next."
"What comes next?" Buffy asked. The Doctor rubbed his hands together and became slightly more energetic in an attempt to lighten the atmosphere a little, "Well! There are now millions of slayers across the world, and they need a leader. Someone who is strong and compassionate, and preferably has experience saving the world. Do you know anyone like that Dawn?"
Dawn smiled and looked at her sister, "Oh, a few people come to mind. Buffy?"
Buffy smiled, "I think it should be someone funny and smart. And blonde."
The Doctor put his arms around the girls' shoulders as they made their way towards the doors, "Beware, there are going to be people out there who aren't going to like a lot of girls having a lot of power."
"Pfft! There were people who didn't like it when one slayer had power," Buffy remarked.
"Twilight's coming you know," the Doctor said loudly.
"Twilight? Who's that?" Buffy asked.
"No, Twilight! Dusk, evening. Basically the sun's setting and the day's drawing to a close," the Doctor replied, again rather loudly.
"Seriously? Twilight? Who says that anymore? And rather than talking loudly, aren't you going to pick up that phone that has been ringing for the last 10 seconds?" Buffy asked the Doctor.
"Yes! And It has been an honour meeting you lot again!" the Doctor said clasping his hands together.
"Thank you," Buffy said before giving the Doctor a hug, followed by Dawn giving the Doctor a kiss on the cheek. The Doctor smiled at them both before dashing up the stairs to the console. He quickly turned and waved at the girls, "Goodbye Buffy and Dawn Summers! Have a good time in Scotland!" and with that he picked up the phone, "Hello! Ah! Your Holiness! How’s the space exploration going? Yes? What? No, I wasn't ignoring the phone…"
Buffy and Dawn quietly left the TARDIS, the doors shutting behind them. "Did he just say Scotland?" Buffy asked Dawn.
"Yep. Say, Scotland's in Europe isn't it?" Dawn pondered, remembering something she heard in L.A.
"Well, I guess we should listen to a time traveller…If he said Scotland, I think we know where we are going next," Buffy said.
Behind them, they heard the heavy thud that signified the beginning of the TARDIS departing. They looked and smiled as it faded away. Dawn looked around as she shielded her eyes from the setting sun that the TARDIS had previously hidden. "Erm...Buffy…this doesn't look like the motel…"
Buffy began to look around as well. There was only desert surrounding them, separated by a long road by which they stood. "This doesn't look like…anywhere. I don't think we're going to Scotland just yet…" Cue Closing Credits
PS. If anyone was wondering where in the Buffy Season 7 timeline the main story is meant to fit in, it is between 'Storyteller' (the one where Andrew describes 'Buffy, Slayer of the Vampyrs' and the schoolkids go crazy) and 'Lies my Parents told me' (Where Principal Wood tries to kill Spike). For Doctor Who it fits in between the Comic relief short ‘Space/Time’ (The TARDIS collides with itself! The Universe is about to end! Two Amy Ponds flirting with each other!) and ‘The Impossible Astronaut’ (1103! President Nixon! 1969! SILENCE).
Thanks for reading!