Chapter 9: The Sisters Bond
Chapter 9: The Sisters Bond
A/N: I am so sorry that you guys had to wait this long. This chapter will be in third person POV.
The grandfather clock downstairs struck noon when Buffy finally woke up. She was disorientated for the first few seconds until it all floods back to her; her memories of her birth mother and her half-sisters, and of Joyce kicking her out. A lone tear slides down her face as the memory of Joyce and their time together comes to the forefront of her mind. Shaking her head and whipping the tear away, Buffy knows that everything happens for a reason. Wasn't that what Joyce and Giles had always said when things got rough? Deciding that now she had a chance to put her past behind her, or at least her past with her adoptive parents, Buffy got off the bed to get ready for whatever lay ahead.
Buffy dressed in a baby blue tank top, hip hugger blue jeans and tennis shoes. She put her hair into a high pony tail and put on a little make-up and then headed downstairs to see if anyone else was in the house. Once she was downstairs she could smell something really good being cooked in the kitchen. Walking into the kitchen she found her sisters, Leo; her brother-in-law, and Andy, who is Prue's lover. Apparently Phoebe loved to gossip, since they had stayed awake until five in the morning talking and getting to know one another.
"Good morning everyone! Piper, I didn't know you can cook." Buffy said as she walked the rest of the way into the kitchen, with a smile on her face.
"Apparently I forgot to mention that last night." Phoebe said looking a little sheepish.
"You didn't tell her about my wonderful cooking?" Piper asked rounding on Phoebe. Phoebe looked even more sheepish shaking her head.
Before Piper could say another word edgewise Buffy stepped in saying "Well we were kind of busy talking about everyone else's sex life." At the look on all of her sister’s faces she busted out laughing, Piper and Prue slapped Phoebe upside the head while Phoebe ducked and glared at Buffy.
"Buffy!" Phoebe whined, "You weren't supposed to say anything!"
"Well considering that I just got kicked out of my mom’s house for the consequences of lying to her all the time to the point that she'd rather believe that I am apart of some gang than a Vampire Slayer, I'd say that I have learned that honesty is the best policy."
"Well thank you Buffy for being honest." Prue said with a small smile.
"Wow, your adoptive mom really kicked you out because she thought you were in a gang?" Phoebe asked.
Buffy shook her head. "No, I don't think it was because of that. To be honest I think it's because she didn't want me anymore. Before we moved to Sunnydale, Joyce and Hank were always fighting and it ended with a bad divorce. I think what really ended their marriage was due to my burning down the school gym at Hemery.” Buffy had tears in her eyes once more from the thought that Joyce didn’t want her anymore.
“What on earth did she do to make you think that?” Prue asked. Inside she was fuming, her face turning red with anger for the woman that hurt her baby sister.
“I distinctly remember Joyce saying ‘You are not my child and will never be my child,’ right before she said she wanted me out of her house by dawn.”
“Did you say anything to provoke her into saying that?” Prue asked. Prue couldn’t believe that a woman would say that to their daughter, adopted or not, without something triggering it.
Piper and Phoebe gasped at Prue and glared at her knowing that it was hard for Buffy to lose someone like that and to talk about the situation so soon after just meeting each other.
Prue sighed and looked from Piper and Phoebe to Buffy again and tried to explain her reason for asking such a question. “I was only asking because there had to have been a trigger to make her say and do the things she did.”
Buffy sighed and decided that she needed to sit down for this conversation. Leo and Andy had already gone to another room to talk, so Buffy took the seat that Leo had vacated, which was directly across from Prue with Piper and Phoebe at her sides. Once seated she began telling her story from the time that she got to Sunnydale to the time that she left yesterday to come to San Francisco. Buffy told them about how she met Angel, and how they fell deeply in love. The deaths at the school and Angel losing his soul, the lives he took and the families he destroyed, and yet how she still loved him. The fight with Joyce that night before the final battle, how she said ‘if you walk out that door, don’t even bother coming back.’
“Then the final battle came time for Angel and me. We were neck and neck, either one of us could win. When I saw the Statue of Acathla opening up I knew I had to kill him or we would all be swallowed into a Hell Dimension. Once I had the upper hand and had Angel in front of Acathla, I made my move. But something happened that I didn’t think could happen at this late in the fight.”
“Angel got his soul back didn’t he?” Piper asked.
Buffy nodded and then continued. “A bright light shone in his eyes and I knew that Willow had pulled through. But Acathla’s mouth was getting wider and not knowing what else to do, I did the only thing I could think of; which was to tell Angel that I loved him, that it was all going to be okay, then quickly stabbed Angel and Acathla in the heart and sent Angel into the Hell Dimension, which closed the statue of Acathla.” Buffy had tears in her eyes but she refused to let them fall. Angel was gone and there was nothing she could do to bring him back. Her sisters grabbed her into a group hug and offered comforting words to Buffy, who was grateful that she had sisters that could understand what she was going through, or at least somewhat of it.
When Buffy pulled out of the group hug Prue asked, “So what happened when you got home?”
“At first I didn’t remember that Joyce and I had had a fight.” Buffy said, closing her eyes and pinching the bridge of her nose, then continued. “But when I dawned on me that the last thing that she said was to not come back, I quietly went upstairs and started to pack. I didn't even look up at her when she entered my room. ‘Do you have anything to say to me Buffy or are you just going to leave’ she asked. ‘What’s there to say?’ I asked. ‘How about you start off by telling me the truth Buffy? That would be a good place to start.’ She said angrily. ‘Do you not see what I am putting in my duffle bag? Come on mom, I know we are both blonds but there is no need to act stupid…it doesn't suit you. Besides I told you before I left the house, I am a vampire slayer, mother. I mean honestly, when you were washing the blood, dust and grime off of my clothes, what did you think I was doing?” Tears started to stream down Buffy’s face as she realized that she and Joyce were both in the wrong in this conversation, ‘You honestly want my opinion? I thought you were in a gang again just like you were back in L.A. when you burned down your old high school gym.’ Joyce stated angrily. ‘If you honestly cannot conceive the fact that your daughter is a vampire slayer instead of gang member, then honestly you are not the mother I grew up with.’ I said coldly. ‘Well since we are laying out all our cards here, I can tell you one thing is for sure Buffy, you are not my child and will never be my child.’ She said while throwing my birth certificate at my duffle bag. Then she said ‘I want you out of this house before dawn.’ So I packed my things and left without another word to her and never looked back. I know now that we were both in the wrong but I couldn’t believe that Joyce refused to believe me. I was an emotional wreck, and everything seemed to be falling apart in front of me.” Buff y was sobbing by the time she finished her story, and to her it felt like a big weight had been lifted off of her shoulders.
Prue gathered Buffy into her arms, hugging her tightly and whispered comforting words to Buffy until there weren’t any more tears to cry.