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Summary: The Awakening spell Willow cast had some *serious* effects and subsequent consequences on the Potentials Called.

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BtVS/AtS Non-Crossover > Dark > Cast: Scooby GangGreywizardFR1521,3371245,5719 Jun 1130 Jun 11Yes

Chapter One

Disclaimer: They all belong to Crack-Head Joss and ME. Deal with it. I have.

Time Frame: A few weeks after 'Chosen,', i.e. post-season 7 during the summer of 2003.

Spoilers: None intended, but if you don’t know what happened up to this point, why are you reading this story?

Character Bashing: Some people might consider it bashing, others might consider it canon behavior

Feedback: Of course!

Archiving: Talk to me first, please.

Author’s Note: Many thanks to Bill Haden and Theo (Starway_Man) for beta-ing this story.

As usual, “word” indicates speech, :: word :: indicates mental communication and { word } indicates a character's thoughts.


"Okay, Giles, I’m here. So, what’s up?"

"Uh, Willow, I've, uhm, called you here because, based on several, uh.. incidents which I've personally been informed of, a-and quite a number of others, which have been reported by various governmental agencies around the world… I think we're facing a very serious problem as a result of the Slayer empowerment spell you cast a few weeks ago," Giles informed the redheaded witch as she entered his temporary office in one of the less frequented areas of Number Ten Downing Street.

"What kind of problem, Giles?" Willow asked with a worried expression appearing briefly on her face. "I mean, the spell worked perfectly – all of the Potentials were empowered and are now fully activated Slayers. Right?"

"Yes, well, about that. Errr, when you were casting the empowerment spell, what exactly were you thinking about, Willow?" Giles asked, avoiding answering her question for the moment. Getting the needed information without any preconceptions was of paramount importance, right now.

"And I mean that in the most literal sense, since the caster's intent, whether it be conscious or unconscious, can have a significant effect on the ultimate outcome of the spell being cast," he reminded her.

"Well, uhm, I think – I’m pretty sure I was mostly thinking about how much we needed a lot more Slayers than just the two we had available to us," Willow replied, frowning as she reflected back on her mindset at the time of the spell.

"And I seem to remember also thinking that if a lot of the Slayers were kinda more like Buffy than they were like Faith, then that would probably also be of the good," Willow said, somewhat uncomfortably but candidly, since she realized the importance of being completely honest regarding her mindset at the time of her spellcasting. Even if it was admitting that she still thought that Faith was a big-old slutty skank.

"C’mon, Giles, spill. What kind of problem do you think we might have, and what was so important about my mindset when I did the spell that you had to call me all the way over here to discuss that now?" the redheaded witch asked again, her face taking on an even more worried look.

"I mean, I already know that the new Slayers will be grouped into either of two categories – the ones who will be more like Buffy in their general point of view, and the ones whose attitudes are more like Faith's," Willow reminded her ostensible mentor.

"Yes, but do you really understand what that means? Because that’s what seems to be the root cause of the problem that we’re now facing, Willow," Giles answered her with a pained look.


"The Slayers who are more, uh…Faith-like, for lack of a better descriptive term, they seem to be primarily responsible for what appear to be numerous waves of what some would term 'petty crimes' in the cities in which they reside," Giles explained with a sigh. "The local authorities are having to become more and more aggressive in their response to what really is becoming a significant increase in public lewdness and drunkenness, as well as minor assaults, robberies and, ah… streaking.

"And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, I fear," he added. "Uh, yesterday, in Birmingham, Alabama...a policeman actually responded with lethal force, a-after a drunken Slayer punched his partner hard enough to break his neck."

"Oh Goddess, that's awful, Giles!" Willow exclaimed in horror. "But I-I-I'm not sure what exactly what we can do about it at the moment, though.

"I mean, I don’t know any sort of spell we could try to change a person's attitudes that isn’t dark and all mind-control-y," she noted. "And you, you already know that."

"Yes, Willow, I do," Giles admitted with a sigh. "Unfortunately, however, that is not the serious problem I called you here to discuss."

"It’s not?!" Willow asked in confusion.

"No, uh, the problem I called you about has to do with that subset of those Slayers who are more prone to exhibiting Buffy's general attitude and point of view," he explained.

I don’t understand," Willow said with a frown. "What’s wrong with Slayers acting more like Buffy, instead of Faith?"

Giles leaned back in his seat and started polishing his glasses. “Well…”

“Giles?” Willow squeaked, that was a dead give-away how something was really wrong.

"The, uhm, reports I've received indicate that those Slayers have, have become rather… headstrong and opinionated, if you will. They’ve also begun frequenting demon bars in the cities in which they reside. And…"

“And?” Willow demanded.

"And that they’re locating and uhm, uh – making romantic overtures to, uh, either tall, dark-haired vampires utilizing excessive amounts of hair care product, or shorter and slimmer, blond-haired vampires with a Cockney accent," Giles stated, the frown of disapproval on his face seeming to grow more pronounced with each word he spoke.

“What?!” Willow exclaimed, unable to believe it. “Giles, that’s *insane*! You gotta be –”

"No, I’m not mistaken, and this is hardly a joking matter," Giles cut her off at once, the expression on his face now as dark and cold as the grave. "Even more unfortunately, for all our sakes, none of the vampires those girls chose to try to, uh, pursue a relationship with – none of them had even the most rudimentary aspects of human morality," he continued, "and each and every one of those Slayers were found the day after, drained of every drop of blood in a cheap hotel or similar abode. By the latest count, as of this morning, well… 657 newly Called Slayers are dead due to their – amorous urges and intentions.

"As Faith so eloquently put it when I informed her earlier on of this discovery, it's because the Slayers you activated in Buffy’s image apparently felt the urge to, uhm, ‘lay’ vampires, rather than slay them."

Willow was sickened and horrified, feeling the weight of every one of those dead girls press down on her shoulders like the burden of Atlas. And there was nothing she could do about it at that moment, except blame herself for all the deaths because of her personal taste in authority figures.

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