I, sadly, do not own Buffy or Doctor Who. They belong to their respective owners.A/N:
Buffy's POV :)
I had been sitting on this particular tombstone for over an hour. The cemetery I was in was rather large I thought, well, for being in the middle of New York City anyway.
The gang and I had all eventually parted ways after everything with The First. They had stayed with Angel, in Los Angeles, for a few days, just to get their bearings straight and then headed off in their different paths. Faith, Robin and Andrew went off to Rome with the potentials.
Giles, Willow and Kennedy went off to London to get a new version of the Council up and running.
Xander decided to head off for New York. Dawn begged and pleaded me to allow her to go with him and in the end, I let her.
I promised that I would meet up with them in good ol’ NYC. I just decided that I wanted to take the scenic route getting there.
Instead of staying in LA with Angel after everyone had gone their separate ways, I called up an old friend.
I had met the Doctor a long time ago, well, it seems like a long time now anyway.
He and his blonde cohort, Rose, had landed in Sunnydale my senior year of high school.
It was right after Angel had come tumbling back from whatever Hell dimension he had been in.
When he was tossed out of that dimension, it seems that he ripped quite a big hole through the dimensional walls causing some minor bleeding. Dimensional bleeding that is. I clarify that now only because when the Doctor first told me that, I thought he meant actual bloody bleeding. What? I had a lot on my plate.
Anyway, after that, the Doctor and I became good friends. He would pop in always at exactly the right time. It seemed, well, to me anyway, that he would always show up when you least expected him yet when you needed him the most.
Despite his ever smug attitude and cockiness, Mom liked him. The first time Riley met him...wellllll....let's just say there was an issue that ended with Rose and I forcing Riley to spring him free from The Initiative.
He came as soon as he had heard about Mom dying. He stayed for about a week or so then.
I was also told that he came after I died. Willow said that he stayed for almost a month then, to make sure Dawnie was okay.
When Willow resurrected me, she caused some major rifts throughout the universe. Of course the TARDIS would send him back to Sunnydale then.
I remember him having mixed reactions. Happy I was alive, horrendously livid at Willow for messing with the universe like that. Also, that whole thing where he thought I was the Buffy-Bot for a minute.
He stayed for nearly three months then. It was a mixture of his leaving and Giles that drove me to Spike and all that madness. I think that he knows that and it drives him insane that he hurt me so. He'll never admit it because that's not who he is, but I do see flashes of it in is eyes occasionally. However, his leaving helped me to heal in so many ways. I just didn't realize that till much much later.
The last time he came was when I called him after the First. I took him to see the new Sunnydale (giant hole in the ground). There was a conversation of sorts, some kissing was exchanged and voila---Buffy the companion.
My first foray into the world of time traveling and space ship...riding, was a stop in Elizabethan England to say 'hello' to Shakespeare. After that, we were nearly run over by a space ship modeled after the Titanic.
After some fun end-of-the-world type things there, I decided that home was where I needed to be. I was concerned that if something had happened to the Doctor and myself, how would anyone find out? I couldn't let Dawn think that I had abandoned her or something awful like that.
The Doctor conceded for a bit and off we went. New York City, 2004 is what we were after so naturally we landed in a far in the future version of New York, part of New Earth.
After a sweet little stay there and some Dalek slayage, we landed in the right New York.
That was two years ago.
The loud, familiar whirring noise jostled me out of my thoughts and made me smile wide. I spun around on my makeshift seat to see the very familiar blue, wooden police box materializing. The Doctor got so...restless sitting still for so long. It was nearly painful to watch. After about three months, we devised a little plan that he could go TARDIS-ing around three days a week. Life was much
better after that. A lot less tense.
Occasionally, Xander, Dawn or myself would join him. Lately, it had been Xander more than Dawn and myself. She was far too busy with her school life now and I had reinvested myself into the Slayer scene.
The loud, familiar whirring noise jostled me out of my thoughts and made me smile wide. I spun around on my makeshift seat to see the very familiar blue, wooden police box materializing. The Doctor stepped out, cautiously. I smiled wider, knowing that look on his face very well.
"Get a little lost coming home, muffin?" I called out.
He turned around at the sound of my voice, smiled greatly, and walked over to me.
"I wouldn't call it 'lost' so much as… going a bit off course. And 'muffin'? Really?"
"Which is indeed another way of saying 'lost'. And shut up. I'm saving the witty for the monsters." I smiled.
"So, what're you doing around here, then?" he said, surveying the cemetery and changing the subject.
I raised my eyebrow at him.
"Oh, you know, just thought that I would come out and sit alone in a dark, dank cemetery, in the middle of a freezing New York night. I mean, never mind the idea of going out for a night on the town with my sister and Xander. This, I felt, would be much more fun."
"Hmm, you could use a new definition of fun. Which, may I add, I am the absolute best person for that job, you know, on account of the genius that I am." he rambled.
"You are indeed the brains. However, my definition of fun right now is leaning more towards smoochies."
"I may have to lend my genius title over to you. Best idea I've heard all day." he smiled.
He leaned down while I reached up, latching my arms around his neck, to meet him.
We broke apart after a few minutes, both needing air. After catching my breath, I started to go in for more smooching, when I heard the also familiar sound of a casket cracking open, under the earth.
I sighed, letting my arms fall away from his neck.
"Time for work?" he smiled.
I nodded and turned around, facing the fresh grave I was supposed to be waiting for. We stood for nearly another five minutes before the new vamp broke out of the ground.
Another five minutes that could've been spent on smooching, might I add.
"Finally! It's about time. Do you have any idea how long I've been waiting? I do have other things to do tonight, you know."
The vamp turned around and stared at me in confusion.
"Yeah, I'm talking to you." I reinforced, staring him down.
He looked even more confused and took a few steps closer.
"I'm sorry, but am I supposed to know you?" said the vamp in question.
At this the Doctor and I both shared a look of 'you have got to be kidding me' with each other before turning back to the vamp.
"Are you serious? You have no idea who I am?"
He shook his head 'no.'
"Wow. It's been awhile since that's happened. I might almost regret this." I said.
"Regret?" the vamp asked.
"You do realize that you are a vampire right?" I said.
"Oh, yeah, I know that." the vamp responded. "But who are you?"
"Ah! I'm the Doctor!" my oh so loving boyfriend responded. "And this is—"
"I'm the Slayer."
"Oh, the Slayer. Right. What's a Slayer again?" the vamp asked.
"Where's Giles when I need him? He loves this part. The Slayer is the 'Chosen One'. The one girl in all the world that's chosen to squash down all the evil, namely vampires." I explained.
"I really don't have time for this. I have four other newbies supposedly rising, not to mention a general sweep to get done." I said, cutting him off.
I tossed the stake, hitting him directly in the heart. He dusted instantaneously. I retrieved my stake and walked back towards the Doctor.
"Yes, I had to kill him. Just because he was clueless, doesn't mean that he wouldn't have tried to feed."
"Okay, okay. Where to next?" he asked, returning to his chipper self. He really hated the whole violence part of my job, where as I relished in it. Usually.
"I think my next target is in the next section. Ooh, I just went all Agent Finn for a second."
"Want some company?" he smiled, taking my hand.
I nodded enthusiastically.
"You do realize that you've been gone for like, two days, right?" I said after a few minutes.
"Two days? I was aiming for two hours. Something must've gotten mixed up." He replied, in thought.
I giggled. "It's okay. I just missed you, that's all."
He leaned down and kissed me. "I missed you as well."
I smiled brightly but my smile faded once we reached the next rising I was supposed to be stopping. The grave was empty.
"Looks like your target has risen already."
I huffed. "Great. One more running loose on the streets of an already extremely populated city."
We walked to the next plot and it was the same story, as was the plot after that.
"Really?" I exclaimed.
The Doctor seemed to be in thought. I noticed quickly.
"What is it?" I asked.
"Five vampires, rising simultaneously, in five separate sections of the cemetery…"
"And…" I urged his thoughts on.
He pulled his specs out of his pocket. It's a typical sign of his brilliance at work.
"The first, the one you staked, was back this way, to the north of the cemetery. The next one was this way, to the east. The last spot we came from was at the south eastern point of the cemetery and right at the moment, we're standing at the south western point." He rambled.
"So, I'm saying that I can almost guarantee that by the time you reach the next grave, it'll be in the western section of the cemetery. And it will also be empty."
"Is it a surprise that I'm lost?"
He rolled his eyes. "Buffy, darling, the locations of all of these newly risen vampires make a pentagram."
"Well…maybe it's just some kid Wiccans out having a good time?" I suggested. I didn't really want to have to deal with a Big Bad right now.
"You and I both know that's not how it ever works."
I laughed. "That's the truth."
He smiled wide. "I know. I'm brilliant."
We checked out the last spot and, sure enough, just like the Doctor said, the grave was empty.
We walked silently back to the TARDIS.
"Want to catch a lift back with me?"
"When you say 'back'…"
"I mean back to our apartment." he smiled.
"Then I would love to." I smiled back.
I unlocked the door to our apartment to find it pitch black.
"Hello? Dawn? Xander? You guys home?" I yelled.
The Doctor flipped on the lights behind me."SURPRISE!"
Not expecting the loud yells, I fell backwards. The Doctor made a wonderful catch.
Standing in front of me, besides Dawn and Xander, who were the normal people I'd expect to find, were Giles, Willow, Faith and one of my personal faves, Captain Jack Harkness.
I recovered from my initial shock and stood straight, hugging everyone in turn.
"What are you guys all doing here?" I asked.
"Uh, Buff, you do know what day it is…right?" Xander asked.
I thought for a moment and came up with nothing.
I turned back to the Doctor. "Did we have something planned for today?"
"Oh good Lord, Buffy, it's your birthday." Giles said, taking his glasses off and cleaning them.
I smacked myself on the forehead.
A realization hit me. I turned towards the Doctor.
"This is where you went, isn't it? To get all these guys in London, Cardiff and Rome?"
He smiled wide. "That depends, are you going to hit me?"
A few hours later and the party was in full swing. The Doctor and Willow were immediately drawn into discussing…well, I'm not sure what they were discussing. It was all science-y.
I was standing next to the fireplace, sipping out of my cup when Jack came up to me.
"It's been a long time, Summers." he smiled.
"Hmm…last Halloween? Salem Witch Trials? Where I was almost burned at the stake? For saving your immortal ass?"
"Almost. Almost burned. You were saved."
I raised my eyebrow. "No thanks to you."
"She makes a wonderful point, Jack." The Doctor said, walking up behind him. "You know how long I had to talk so Buffy could get herself untangled from that stake?
"I….had other things to attend to." he coughed.
I rolled my eyes. "You must mean that redhead in the tavern."
The Doctor laughed. "I think she's got you bested."
Jack blushed a little. "What? She was gorgeous!"
It was late and I was getting tired, not to mention how crowded our small-ish three bedroom apartment had gotten with the arrival of four extra people.
"I think I'm going to go to bed. We should probably sleep in the TARDIS tonight…I don't think there's any room for us in here." I said to the Doctor.
He smiled, taking the hint. "No, I don't think there is."
I woke up the next morning to kisses running down my naked side.
I turned on my other side and faced the culprit.
"Good morning, love." he said, in between kisses.
I smiled. "Morning."
I wrapped my arms around his neck. He pulled me close up to him. I wrapped my legs around his waist. He deepened his kiss.
I broke it off after a few minutes for, you know, air purposes.
"Nothing important to do today, right?" I asked.
"Well, unless you want to go on a grand adventure through time and space…then no." he smiled.
I laughed. "The only adventure I really planned on having, well, we can do that from right here."
He smiled wide. "You're earning that genius title more and more every day."
We eventually did get out of bed later in the afternoon.
"Well, where have you two lovely little lovebirds been all day? Huh?" Xander asked, as the Doctor and I walked into the apartment.
"None of your business, Xander Harris." I said, mockingly.
"Ooooh. Mee-owww. And I mean that in a sexy way." Xander responded, raising his eyebrows in a Xander-only kind of way.
"Yes, while this is completely fascinating conversation, perhaps it could be saved for…well, never." Giles said, once again cleaning his glasses.
"Oh Giles. Someday we'll get you out of that stuffy land of tweed-ness." I said, patting him on the shoulder.
"Have you been training?" Giles asked, changing the subject.
"Yeah, here and there. We've got some really great roof space, it's where we hide the TARDIS, so when he's up there tinkering, I'll go up and train with Xander."
"I've got the five cracked ribs to prove it." Xander remarked.
"Oh, stop. It wasn't that bad. And I apologized." I retorted.
"Do I want to ask what happened?" Jack asked.
"It sounds like B roughed him up a bit." Faith said, grinning.
"I'd like to think of it as…a merciful beating." Xander responded.
"I offered to take you to the hospital. You refused. You just need to learn to duck better."
"See Xander? It's your fault for not knowing how to duck." Jack grinned.
"Have you had anything interesting happen on patrol? Anything that would possibly constitute me staying behind to help?" Willow asked brightly.
I smiled. "How's forever work for you?"
"Yeah, Buff's right, Will. It's not really the same without you here. I say you move back to the good ol' U-S of A." Xander agreed.
"You can have mine and the Doctor's old bedroom. We hardly use it. We usually sleep in the TARDIS anyway."
I was really persistent on Willow moving back in. I missed her. We all did. Since her breakup with Kennedy last year, Giles had said that she'd been so…not Willow.
She smiled. "You've got yourself another roommate."
"Yay! Dawnie's going to be so excited." I squealed.
"Are you going to tell them about the patrol last night?" The Doctor asked.
"Oh, right, work time." I sighed.
"What happened?" Giles asked, intrigued now.
"Oh not much. Just some random new vamps that happened to be patterned in a pentagram." I said, nonchalantly.
"Weird." Faith said.
"Yeah, I'm not really concerned so much about the pentagram factor…well, not yet anyway. I'm mostly concerned about the whole four new vamps on the run-thing." I said.
"Buffy, perhaps you and Faith should go out on patrol tonight. The rest of us can stay here and research." Giles said.
"Look at that! Giles is here for one day and we're already swimming in the land of books." Xander said.
A few hours later, I was giving Faith the grand tour of all the spooky vamp hideouts that NYC had to offer.
Unfortunately…we weren't having any luck.
"So, how's Robin? Andrew? The potentials?" I asked.
"Robin's good. Loving the whole in command thing. Andrew is the same dork as always. The potentials….same pain in the ass teenage girls as usual."
I laughed. "I'd like to say I envy you…no, no I don't."
Faith smiled. "You do seem to have a pretty nice set up here, B. I gotta admit it."
"Yeah, I like it. Dawn's loving going to school here. Xander's found a nice and steady little job…paying the rent and stuff."
"And the Doctor? You two seem to be pretty…heavy." she commented.
I blushed a little and smiled. "Yeah. We are. He's…well, he's amazing. In every sense of the word."
"Well yeah. A Time Lord. You know you do land some pretty stellar men, B."
I laughed. "Not just a Time Lord. The Time Lord. As in, the only one. Oh, also, alien."
Faith was about to comment when we heard a scream coming out of an alley.
We ran as fast as we could. Sure enough, there were two vamps wrestling with a young couple.
Faith and I bounded into the scene.
"Hey, I think maybe you might want to try us instead of them." I shouted.
"Yeah, we'll give a better fight than them." Faith interjected.
I rushed over and grabbed one of the vamps, causing him to drop the girl he had in his hands. I looked over and Faith had the same thing going on with the other vamp. The couple didn't need us to tell them to run.
The vamp pushed me back and punched me hard in the jaw. I ducked the second punch and swept his legs out from under him. I grabbed my stake and went down to stake him, but he flipped me over the top of him. I landed hard against the brick wall and landed even harder on the pavement.
I was having trouble regaining myself from the fall.
"Yo, B! Can I get a little help here?"
I looked up and Faith was cornered by the two vamps.
"Since you lost us our offerings to our Master, you shall be the new ones." one of the vamps spit out.
I managed to pull myself up off of the pavement and grab mine and Faith's stakes from where they had fallen.
"You know, I don't really think they'd like our taste very much." I said, as I staked both vamps from behind.