Intermission: back at the Slayers' school...
Disclaimer: none of the characters are mine, except for the OC.
“...It was a shower, in May or July, I smelled a flower, a bee was buzzing by,” Faith sang loudly, with her feet propped up on the sofa and her eyes fixed on the clock on the wall even as the door to the Slayers’ academy creaked open. “B, what’s up?”
“How’d you know it was me?” Buffy, the Vampire Slayer Emeritus, asked, sounding genuinely surprised.
“Meh, Dawn and Xander are upstairs, avoiding my singing for some reason; Giles is out with his British buddies and won’t be home for a long time; you saw Willow and Kennedy fly north for Willow’s little reunion or whatever; so it just left you coming back home...which reminds me. DAWN! XANDER! BUFFY’S HERE! YOU WANTED ME TO TELL YOU!”
As Buffy shook her head – her ears rang from Faith’s shout – Dawn came tearing down the stairs looking about as shocked as Buffy felt.
“You didn’t have to shout so much!” she cried to the older brunette.
“Hey, you and Xander left because you didn’t want to hear my singing, so you have no right to complain,” Faith replied flatly. “Anyways, B, little D’s here, you wanted to tell her something?”
“Yeah. Dawn, it’s time that you and I had some sisterly bonding-“
“What? No! I – I want to hang around and listen to Faith sing!” Dawn said quickly, latching to Faith with all of her strength.
“Sorry, little D,” Faith effortlessly removed the young girl from her person and handed her to the senior Slayer in mid-air, “but it’s a Summers’ sisters bonding time, and you’re a Summers. Bond!” She turned around and walked away.
“What gotten into her?” Dawn grumbled, trying to regain her composure. “Is it her time of the month-“
“Yes,” Buffy said curtly, “it is.”
“Oh! Okay then, let’s go and bond! Even hanging with you is better than hanging around Faith when she’s broody!” Dawn said brightly and the two sisters quickly left.
Several moments later Xander emerged from upstairs. “Dawn! Faith? Buffy? Anybody down here? I guess not, looks like it’s me on my own,” he muttered as he came downstairs to take a good look around.
There was a knock on the door. “Yes?” Xander opened it. An oriental-looking woman with rather non-human features and bluish hair stood there.
“I’m looking for Faith,” she said immediately. “Is she home?”
“Cannot really say,” Xander admitted, “and who are you?”
“Iy- Iuna,” the woman smiled in a nasty sort of way. “What’s yours?”
“Eh, Xander Harris,” said Xander.
“Ah, fascinating,” the woman said effortlessly forcing her way inside. “I heard such things about you via the grapevine! Is it true that you turned Anyanka of the scorned woman human with just one flash of your gigantic-“
“Iuna!” Faith appeared just in the nick of time. “You bring news?”
“Yes,” the blue-haired woman agreed, slightly reluctantly, looking a bit like Drusilla when Spike put his foot firmly down. “I do. And they’re important.”
“Then let’s go somewhere private and talk,” Faith said firmly, “and Xander? Keep little Xander to yourself in the future, got it?”
Xander just nodded as Faith and her informant left. He couldn’t help but feel that he had a close brush with something big and got off lucky.TBC