Buffy reached the shipping yard where Xander and Giles saw the flesh eating vampire and nearly vomited. There was blood everywhere and the body had been pulled apart and mutilated beyond recognition. The smell penetrated her nose and tears began to fall from her eyes blurring her vision. She turned to clear her head. There was a crazed vampire out there that needed to be stopped.
There was a sloshing sound from behind her. She pulled out her stake as she turned to confront the monster behind her. She saw nothing there but still heard the noise. It took her a second to realize that it was coming from the body on the ground. How the hell could that mutilated thing have turned!?
She looked down in horror. The body was pulling itself toward her with its mutilated arm. Flesh was barely hanging on to the bone and its eyes were completely dead.
She screamed. With all of the evil she had seen, with everything that she had faced, the sight of this thing
crawling toward her with a hunger in its dead eyes terrified her. She planted the stake into its un-beating heart hoping to kill it. Instead it grabbed at her trying to pull her toward its mouth.
She backed away as fast as she could. She had to get to her feet and run. She didn’t know what else to do. It was then that Chris burst through the bushes pulling a gun from under his jacket. He grabbed her arm, pulling her to her feet and taking aim at the undead thing. He pulled the trigger splattering its brains across the cement.
He turned her to face him, “Are you okay?”
She nodded. Her voice was lost and she couldn’t find it. Her brain was either not working at all or it was working so fast that she couldn’t understand it. She ripped her eyes away from the mutilated corpse to look at Chris. Her eyes caught sight of what she assumed was the vampire that Giles and Xander saw. It was covered in blood with flesh dangling from its mouth. Its forehead was bumpy, but instead of the yellow eyes common for vampires, they were glazed and bloodshot like the woman’s had been.
She shoved Chris out of the way readying the stake that was still clutched in her hand. She braced herself and, using the force of the vamps speed, she fell back taking the vamp with her. She planted her legs into its stomach while shoving the stake into its heart. She pushed with her legs causing it to fly away.
She jumped up to check on Chris, but the vamp got up with unnatural speed and was coming for her again. It should be dust!
A gunshot rang out and the vamps head lurched to the side. Chris stood to her right with his gun up. The vamp staggered but still did not die. She did the only thing she could think of at the moment. She charged the vampire slamming it into one of the empty shipping containers. Grabbing the door she slammed it into the vamps head. She continued to slam the door on the vamp until the head separated from its body.
She backed right into Chris and they both watched as the body began to char. It didn’t turn to dust as a normal vampire would, but it looked as though it had been set on fire. They looked at each other for a long time not knowing what to say. Chris finally broke the silence, “So, vampires huh?”
They searched the shipping yard for any sign of other victims, but found nothing. Chris explained about Umbrella and the T Virus. Buffy explained about vampires and demons. Neither one of them could really explain why the vampire had become infected. It didn’t seem to fit.
“Maybe it fed on someone who was infected?” Buffy was still confused about the T Virus and how it worked, but was trying to make sense of it all. Maybe Giles could help explain.
“It’s possible, but that would mean there are more out there. This virus spreads extremely fast. Have you ever heard of Raccoon City?”
She shook her head, “No, why?”
“Raccoon City was the beginning. The virus was released into the general population. The entire city was devastated within 48 hours. It doesn’t take long for the virus to spread.”
“So if one of those things is loose here, Sunnydale could be destroyed? And if it infected a vampire, then it could infect other demons too.”
“Yes, in theory. I don’t have any experience with vampires or demons. Are they normally that hard to kill?”
She shook her head, “No. A vampire can usually be killed by a stake to the heart, sunlight, or beheading. The stake should have worked, unless, the virus changed it.”
He contemplated that for a minute, “That seems possible. Normally, to stop someone who has been infected you have to shoot it in the head. Beheading works too. Maybe that’s why beheading the vampire was the only way to stop it. It seems to be the only way to kill both a vampire and someone infected with the T Virus.”
“We have to go see Giles. Maybe he can help us figure this out.” She started to run in the direction of Giles’ apartment, but Chris stopped her.
“Who is Giles and how do you expect him to help?”
“He’s my watcher. Or at least he used to be. He knows a ton about demons and vampires. He might know what we can do.”
“Fine, but I’m coming with you.”
Buffy decided to head to her dorm room and grab a few weapons before heading to Giles’. If she ran into anymore of those things she wanted to be prepared. When she got there the campus seemed to be almost eerily quiet. Something was very wrong. She and Chris raced to her room and didn’t pass a single person.
She threw the door open, hoping to see Willow sitting there, but it was empty. She pulled her weapons chest open revealing an array of swords, knives, stakes, holy water, and an assortment of other weapons. Chris opted for a machete while she grabbed a sword and a knife that would fit easily into her boot.
She picked up her phone and dialed Giles’ number. There was no answer. She tried her mother with the same result. Her fear was rising and it did not go away when she began to hear noises in the courtyard. She hoped that it was just some students coming back from the party at Lowell house, but she soon realized that the screams were ones of terror not drunkenness.
Chris pulled his gun and they moved into the hall. A boy was standing at the end of the hall with his back to them. He looked like he was covering his face. “Hey are you okay?” she asked. He turned to reveal his hands holding up, what looked like a forearm, to his mouth. One of the fingers had dislodged from the hand and was hanging loosely in his mouth.
He took a step toward them and Chris blew his brains out. “We have to run!” He took off down the hall and rounded the corner with Buffy hot on his heels. She had to get to her friends. She had to find her mom. She was starting to worry that she might not make it in time to save them.