It was obvious that most of the survivors were scared of Buffy and the others. She didn’t blame them. It was hard to get her mind around the fact that there were other people out there who fought demons and had special abilities. Giles would have a field day with all of this. She wished she could get a hold of him. If anyone could explain what was going on then he could.
They were all settling down to bed when a loud rumbling came from the jungle. It was followed by trees crashing to the ground and some eerie high pitched wail. All of the survivors gathered together to see what it was. Whatever it was, Buffy did not like the sound of it.
Peter flew up into the air to see if he could get a look at what was causing all of the destruction. When he came back down everyone surrounded him to find out the answer, “All I saw was black smoke and then it disappeared.”
Dr. Brennan was the first to respond, “Smoke can’t cause that kind of damage. It’s nothing but a visible suspension of carbon or other particles in air, typically one emitted from a burning substance. You must have overlooked something.”
Parker smiled, “I find smoke comforting.”
“Okay…Whatever it is we need to figure it out so we can fight it or avoid it.” Buffy turned to regard Sam. He and his brother may not be super human but they were brave and apparently fought demons all the time. Her respect of them went up a notch.
Kate seemed shocked, “You want to go track that thing down?”
“Of course,” Dr. Brennan didn’t seem to understand why they wouldn’t want to. “Who knows what we might discover. It could be a species thought to be extinct or a completely unknown species.”
Faith laughed. “If we went after this thing you wouldn’t be coming with us.”
“Why not exactly? If we run into an indigenous tribe I may be able to communicate with them.”
“We’re going after a giant smoke monster. Do you speak smoke monster?”
“I don’t believe there is a ‘smoke monster’ nor do I think that they would have a language that we could understand if they did exist.”
“It was a joke. Is this chick for real?”
“Her point is,” Buffy approached the doctor, “that it’s gonna be dangerous. We have had to deal with some pretty major stuff. I don’t want anyone getting hurt.”
Jack approached Buffy, “What about all of the people that you are going to leave behind? What if that thing comes here while you are all out hunting it?” There was no fear in his voice. It was like he wanted to make sure that she thought about all possibilities.
“My sisters and I will stay behind.” Prue stepped around Faith to join the conversation. “From the sound of it, that thing might be magic. If it is, we may be the best equipped to stop it.”
“And we’re supposed to trust you?”
“What Sammy? They’re witches.”
“Like we said before, we’re good witches. We’re the frickin’ charmed ones. Unlike you, it’s our destiny to fight demons.” Buffy liked Phoebe. She had guts.
His voice was dripping with sarcasm when he replied, “Just to be safe, my brother and I’ll hang back and keep an eye on you. You can try and convince us of how good you are.”
Dean walked away. His brother turned to follow him, but stopped next to the sisters. “I’m sorry about my brother. He doesn’t trust people and the only witches we’ve ever met have been evil.” The sisters just nodded at him.
Before he could leave Buffy stopped him, “Take it from me, things aren’t always what they seem. I knew a vampire with a soul who helped people and one of my best friends is a witch who wouldn’t hurt a fly. Not all demons are necessarily evil, but I agree that most of them are.”
“A vampire who helped people?” Sam highly doubted that.
Faith answered him, “Yeah Angel was cursed by gypsies. He’s pretty cool.” Sam raised an eyebrow, shook his head, and walked away.
“Now that we know who’ll stay, who’s going to go?”
“How about you guys deal with that tomorrow?” Kate stood up and moved closer to Jack, “Right now we need to worry about keeping everyone safe through the night.”
“Parker and I can take the first watch.”
“I will take the second watch.” Sayid moved toward the group. Locke heard them assigning watch duty and volunteered to take the second watch with Sayid.
“Good now that that is settled, we can get some sleep. Wake us up if you need us.” Buffy and Faith laid out on a piece of debris to sleep.
“You really trust them to keep watch?”
Buffy glanced back toward the group. “I trust them to scream if anything scary comes near.”
“Guess that’s gotta be good enough.”