: Oops, this was supposed to be part of the previous section. So... here it is.
Um, just a minor note. It looks like, for the next few weeks, no updates on Tuesdays. Tuesdays have become incredibly hectic. Hence the lack of update (this was actually intended for yesterday).
Also, does anyone else out there hate writing loglines? Because they suck.
The door to the Summers Residence opened, and Anya stepped inside. She seemed quite happy. She ran over and hugged Xander. Then she kissed him, passionately.
Everyone stared at Anya, confused. Elizabeth, who was back from her small outing, looked suspicious.
"I did it!" Anya announced. "The Doctor isn't going to kill me!"
"Why?" asked Elizabeth. "The Doctor never does anything without a reason. What does he want you for?"
"I don't know," said Anya. She shrugged, then beamed, and continued on in her previous excited tone. "But the point is, I'm not getting erased from history! I faced the Uncreator, and I came out of it alive!" She turned on Angel. "No thanks to you. That whole apologizing thing? That didn't work at all!"
"What made him not want to kill you?" asked Xander.
"I have no idea!" said Anya. "It wasn't apologizing, it wasn't the pie, it wasn't… the other thing I said. I mean, I didn't do or say anything important while I was there. He just sort of… decided to let me live. Maybe he was in a good mood today." She paused. "Oh, and I think he wants to kill Dawn."
"What?" Willow, Tara, Dawn, Angel, and Xander asked, all at once.
"Well, he kept talking about a Key," said Anya, "and then when I asked him about it, he said to forget it, and then he started saying he needed to stop Elizabeth…"
Elizabeth grabbed her bag of patrolling gear, and ran out the door, her eyes blazing.
"Should we stop her?" asked Xander. "Or… help her? Or… wait. I'm confused."
"The sun's about to rise," said Angel. "That puts me out of action."
"The rest of us had better find Elizabeth and the Doctor," Willow suggested. "Just to make sure they don't kill each other."
"This may sound like a stupid question," said Xander, "but… why are we saving the Doctor, if he's trying to kill Dawn?"
"Well, Buffy would want us to protect the…" Willow trailed off. Because Buffy would want them to protect her sister, wouldn't she? And… Elizabeth was… okay, she wasn't Buffy, Willow knew that, but she… well, she was
Buffy. So…. Willow shook her head. "The Doctor has a soul," she amended. "And we don't kill creatures that have a soul."
"Elizabeth may be right to hate him," said Angel, "but she isn't right to kill him. She knows it. If she ever actually goes through with it, she'll never be able to forgive herself."
"And Dawn?" asked Xander.
"I'll remain here," said Giles. "Ensure that Dawn is safe."
"Why can't I go?" Dawn complained. Then, realizing it was sort of a stupid question, seeing as the others were heading out to track down someone who wanted to kill her, she bit her tongue, and gave a small pout.
"I should probably stay here, too," said Tara. "Just in case the Doctor tries anything."
Xander nodded, slowly. Then looked around the room, at all the Scoobies. "I know I'm probably not supposed to say this," he said, "but everyone here does realize that if the Doctor decides he really wants to kill Dawn, there'll be absolutely nothing any of us will be able to do to stop him?"
Everyone looked at one another. Because they were afraid to admit that Xander was right.