What Helen sees in BuffyDisclaimer: None of the characters are mine, but belong to their proper owners.1. A weapon
Throughout the second half of her life, Helen Cutter has seen a lot of strange sights, starting with the time anomalies themselves (and their source). She met a lot of strange creatures too, many of which look like creations of an insane human mind, and they are.
Buffy Summers, however, is a person. Well, a human, a Homo sapiens, just as Helen herself is, but one that puts ‘supernatural’ into ‘supernaturally strong’. She can outrun a smilodon, wrestle a giant ground sloth to the ground and flip a Volkswagen-sized armadillo over – looking no bigger or stronger than the other young blonde that Helen Cutter has meet: Abby Somebody.
Unlike that Abby, however, Buffy doesn’t know Helen, and the fact that she already calls herself the Vampire Slayer almost makes Helen salivate with possibilities of using her to slay those who may need slaying in the future (such as a certain two-headed mutant that she has tangled in Earth’s future).
But then faces of those people that Helen had killed herself rise in her dreams once again, and Helen realizes, that if cannot do her own dirty work, she has no right to have her new companion do it either: for if she did, how different would she be from Christine Johnson?2. A ‘mule’
Buffy, it takes Helen less than an hour to realize isn’t really a wilderness person: she’d be desperate and starving within the first twenty-four hours of independent life. She is also a very noisy individual and really doesn’t like to sit still or be silent. On the plains of Pliocene South America, full of predators both prehistoric and modern, this can be a death sentence, supernatural strength, speed and endurance or not.
Then again, those self-same strength, speed and endurance make Buffy Summers a very useful travelling companion, especially if one learns to filter out most of her inane chatter. Helen is far from decrepit (if she ever starts to become decrepit, she’ll kill herself before someone or something else would do that to her), but she doesn’t like carrying large, heavy loads around: they slow her down, and that can be deadly.
And so, she allows Buffy Summers to keep her company in the wild hills of prehistoric South America, tolerating her chatter in lieu of her services, and even carrying some of her equipment herself. And, somehow, the younger woman’s chattering company makes even the gloomy days of the rainy season look just a little bit sunnier.3. A person
Somehow, in the days and weeks that they spend together, Helen Cutter stopped thinking of Buffy Summers as a weapon (in less than a week) or a zany (that took far longer). Maybe it is because she and Buffy Summers do belong to the same species, suffer from many of similar handicaps, have vaguely similar histories of loves gained and lost, of family members from whom they have drifted away... Helen isn’t sure.
What Helen is sure, though, is that Buffy Summers is a good person, despite her Americanisms and empty head, and Helen knows what happens to good people in her company: they part from her. And even after all that time, that does hurt.4. A travelling companion
Helen is anything, if not smart: she knows that in many ways she and Buffy are complete opposites: middle-aged and youngish, brunette and blonde, weathered and wholesome, solitary and social... the list can go on and on, but one of the differences that Helen values the most is that Buffy is not just social, but loud and obvious, a perfect distraction for someone, who is really quiet and sneaky. That, coupled with Buffy’s physical attributes alone, makes her a very valuable travelling companion.
But, more importantly, Helen was always interested in men alone, and then only a select few. Appearing with a young blonde companion, however, often creates misdirection and misinformation for her enemies, and Helen thrives on that sort of thing. Thus, she’s very- no, she’s quite happy to be travelling with Buffy Summers though time and space to see just what sort of mischief they can stir up.5. A friend
Somehow, Helen doesn’t know, why Buffy Summers became her friend, but the reasons why she remained her friends are even more obscure. Helen – with certain external pressures (Becker and Connor, cough cough
) – eventually told Buffy the truth, something that she was never willing to share with a complete stranger.
And yet Buffy surprised her – a state of condition that Helen hadn’t encountered in a long time, if ever: she understood. She didn’t forgive (but it’s not her place to forgive to begin with), but she understood, and she accepted Helen for all of her flaws all the same.
Perhaps for the first time in years Helen Cutter is finding herself on a shaky and less than scientific ground, and surprisingly for her, she is okay with that. A friendship with a Vampire Slayer isn’t going to be an ordinary thing, but Helen Cutter is okay with that.
She thrives on extraordinary, after all.End