Title: An Auction
Author: Nicki C.
Disclaimer: "It’s all been done before"- Barenaked Ladies. I don't own Buffy, Joss Does
Summary: Dawn Sets the Scoobies up in a Bachelor/Bachelorette Auction to impress her new boyfriends Family. Someone buys them for something more important than a date.
Feedback: Of Course I want
Author's Note: This is a response to the challenge "bachelor/bachelorette auction" given by Jenni at Twisting the Hellmouth Challenges
A young Asian woman walked into the ballroom. She’d come halfway across the world for tonight, she just hoped she had enough money to sway the outcome to her favor.
"Dawnie I can’t believe you talked us into this" Willow smiled at the younger woman, while Buffy was grumbling in the corner.
"What’s with these freaking buttons?" Buffy threw her hands up in disgust. Dawn came over and fixed the back of Buffy’s dress, which buttoned up the back in about a hundred little buttons.
"There, it’s fine now. You just need to be patient with them." Dawn placated he sister.
"Remind me why we’re doing this?"
"To raise money for the children’s hospital"
"No please remind me why we’re really doing this"
"So that I can impress Bruce’s family"
"That’s what I thought" Buffy grumbled, mentally wondering why anyone would want to impress that bunch of stiffs. But Dawn seemed enthralled with them, and obsessed with Bruce, so here Buffy, Willow, and Xander were getting ready to be auctioned off in the name of charity.
The Asian woman took a seat in the back, hoping that she wouldn't’t draw too much attention from back here when she bid on three of the people. She been on their cold trail across America for the better part of three weeks when she tracked them to New York, where she found they’d set up a sort of home for the last few months. This of course worried her even more than she’d been. Because now that they were not’t nomads; she’d be dragging them away from their home. Well she needed their help, desperately and she’d pay or do whatever she had to get them to come back to Japan with her.
Buffy was up first, she walked down the catwalk. The announcer, Dawn’s valued Bruce started speaking.
"Our first Bachelorette of the night is the beautiful Buffy Summers; Miss Summers lives in Manhattan and enjoys long walks down Wall Street." He paused for a moment waiting to the let the audience laugh at his joke.
"My God this man is too much" Buffy thought to herself as she smiled and walked up and down the stage.
She watched the blond woman walked out, she was much tinier than she’d thought. She’d seen pictures of course but…
"Would anybody like to make the first bid on Miss Summers, we’re starting with $500."
She raised her card
She focused all of her energy on the people around her, trying to force calm over all of them. Hoping to keep them too relaxed to bet. Opening her eyes exhausted from the effort she looked at the glazed expressions around her "Yes! It worked!" It was something that she’d been working on; after all she didn’t have the kind of money it would take to buy all three of them in a normal auction.
"Only one bid!" Buffy thought to herself. How could that be! As she heard Bruce close the bidding, her feelings were a little hurt.
The woman was feeling incredibly relieved. She had the Slayer, if she lost the rest she’d figure something out. She again looked around as her short spell wore off on the other guests.
She’d won the other two fairly easy, both the bidding for the man Xander and the miko Willow, started fairly low and she topped it off at $500 dollars a piece quickly. Now she was just waiting in the lobby with the other auction winners to meet them.
"Who won you Xander?" Buffy peered over his shoulder trying to read the slip of paper in his hand.
"Kagome Higurashi, must be Asian"
"You’re kidding" Buffy unfolded her own paper again. "She’s the woman who won me"
At this Willow walked out of her dressing room talking as she zipped up her sweater. "Do either of you guys know a Kagome Higurashi? She won me in the auction."
The hair on the back of Buffy's neck stood up. "I have a feeling this isn't a coincidence"
Kagome Higurashi watched the three walk through the door. Knowing they would be able to spot her since she was the only Asian woman in the room. It took them a few minutes but they headed over too her. Kagome could feel her breath catching in her throat, so much depended on this. The Blonde one, Buffy came up to her first with the man and the miko behind her. Before Kagome had a chance to introduce herself Buffy was speaking.
"What do you want from us?"
"I just hired you to save the world, Of course."