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This story is No. 5 in the series "Settling down in Cleveland". You may wish to read the series introduction and the preceeding stories first.

Summary: As Dawn and others settle-in for winter in Cleveland, she becomes in dander of kidnapping once more...

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Miscellaneous > Myths & LegendsDmitriFR1884,303022,21219 Mar 1131 Mar 11No

Chapter 7

Chapter 7

Disclaimer: Kate is mine, Dawn belongs to Whedon and co., and the other characters are mythical.

After the initial brief exchange, Dawn fallen silent, and so has their giant captor. Very quickly Kate found that state of affairs essentially intolerable to her tastes: it would be better even to have some sort of bizarre negotiations than the oppressing silence.

“Dawn,” she finally decided to break it herself. “Aren’t you worried-“

“Yes, I am,” Dawn said curtly, “but so far I’m drawing a blank as to how am I to break us out of here and where to go. Faith is more than a match to an average demon or vampire, and even some that are above average, but the door is locked, the windows are barred, so we’re stuck here for the duration.”

“No, I meant aren’t you worried that it, or he, will do anything to us-“

“Not if he wants to make sure that Faith and Buffy and others will split his ass in two and feed his innards to a swarm of rabid hedgehogs,” Dawn replied, still curt. “Judging from the fact that our surroundings are rather decent, I’m guessing that the giant corpse outside wants to negotiate with Buffy and others, rather than to try to ambush them, like Angelus had done once – well, sort of...”

“Wait, you've been kidnapped by giant corpses before? I mean, dead giants, I mean-“

“Well, not by giant corpses – more by regular ones,” Dawn admitted. “Vampires, usually, if you want to get technical. Demons too – they’re usually in charge of the vampires...”

Kate blinked. “Demons? Vampires? Are you saying that they’re real?”

“We’ve been kidnapped by a giant corpse and his minions, and you’re asking if they’re real?” Dawn replied, almost incredulous. “Seriously?”

“You know, I’m having an emotional meltdown here,” Kate snapped, “and your attitude does not help matters any, either!”

“Well, sorry-“ Dawn said, almost apologetically, but at that moment their door opened, and Ms. Iwa entered their rooms with two packages of fast food specials.

“Girls, are you two all right?” she asked in her usual, light, accented tone of voice, but she did not look as she usually did: her hair was down, and there was a series of bright red tattoos on her neck.

“I know you – you’re a rokurokubi, right?” Dawn replied before Kate did. “And we’re fine, for now. What’ll happen next?”

“Actually, I’m a nukekubi, but it’s pleasing to see a young girl knowing her history,” Ms. Iwa smiled slightly: her teeth were sharp and narrowed to points. “Formerly, I thought that only young Alex was aware of that.”

“Yes, well, what will happen next?” Dawn repeated her question.

“That’s for us to know and for you to find out,” Ms. Iwa replied nonchalantly. “Don’t worry. Hopefully, Brenner has already delivered the message to the elder Miss Summers and she’s on her way already.”

“Yes, she probably is,” Dawn agreed sharply, “and when she’ll come, she’ll make your master and you regret that you’ve ever kidnapped me and Kate.”

“I did not kidnap you or Kate,” Ms. Iwa replied, more sharply than before, “in fact I was against this entire idea and still want to let Miss Kate go. Unfortunately, I don’t have much pull – I never did.”

“So you’re involved in this because you have nowhere to go or something like that?” Dawn pressed on. “You know, some time ago we met Kara, she’s a water naga-“

“I know her,” Ms. Iwa replied, “but that’s beside the point. Girls, enjoy your meals, I’ll return to pick up the trash later, don’t try anything stupid!” With these words she turned around and left.

“I think I struck a nerve. Interesting,” Dawn said musingly.

Kate threw her napkins at Dawn’s head.


The End?

You have reached the end of "Khaya-bash" – so far. This story is incomplete and the last chapter was posted on 31 Mar 11.

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