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Summary: Phoebe had decided not to love another demon, but has she really? I didn't like how I had it before so I rewrote it!

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Charmed > Spike-CenteredKarmaFR151211,5780117,41110 Feb 0421 May 04No

The Letter

A/N: Fool for Love doesn't exist and neither does Cecily/ Halfrek.

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Previously on Not Another Demon: Leo took Buffy and Xander up to the attic to prove his theory on Drusilla channeling Willow. Phoebe went undercover as Drusilla. Willow was still crazy. Angel, Darla, and "Dru" kidnapped Willow and Spike. Paige wasn't rescued from Angel's lair. Piper was left out of the loop.

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Buffy and Xander followed Leo up the stairs, both thinking at the same time, 'Leo is crazy.' As soon as they reached the attic, Leo headed straight to the Book of Shadows. Xander, however, walked over to an old chest of drawers and absent-mindedly opened one of the drawers. At the top was as old letter. Making sure no one was looking, Xander opened the letter.

My Dearest,
I'm afraid that the time has come. Darling, you will never know how hard this is for me. I cannot live with out you, you should know better than any one else that I could never survive without you. But I must. Darling, you know as well as I do, the Council will never let me leave London, and you are not safe here. They are after you. Please stay with your cousin. Her coven will protect you. Please find some one worthy of your love. For I never was really worthy of your love. I am beneath you. Please forgive me, my love.
With all the love in my heart,
William


Xander dropped the letter. "Oh my God." Frantically, he began to search through the drawer for any clue of who the author of the letter was.

"Xander?" Buffy asked as Xander rifled through the drawers.

Finally Xander found what he was looking for and pulled out the envelope triumphantly. Grinning, he sat down at the couch and poured out the contents of the envelope.

"What is that?" Leo asked as he walked over from the book and picked up an old black and white photo. Smiling he looked at the couple in the photograph.

"Who is that?" Buffy asked, trying to look over Leo's shoulder.

He held the picture out to Buffy. "That was my brother William. Well, he was my brother two lifetimes ago. I changed; he didn't. That is him and his fiancé before she died." Leo explained.

Buffy looked at the couple in the picture and her breath caught in her throat. In the picture was Spike and Willow. Spike's hair was dark and curly, and he was dressed, as Buffy assumed, as a wealthy man in that era would be dressed. Her gaze moved to Willow. She was dressed in a long gown, and her hair, which Buffy assumed to be red, was piled on top of her head in an style that would have taken hours. "How did she die?" Buffy asked, her breath catching in her throat.

"She was reported to have been murdered. A suspect was actually hung for her murder. But I was convinced then, as I am now, that it was vampires." Tears filled Leo's eyes. "She was like the sister I never had."

"But he didn't love her, did he?" Xander asked Leo as he pulled another faded picture out of the pile. A smiling Phoebe and Spike were in the center, and off to the side Leo stood with a pensive look on his face. In the background their seemed to be two angry parents. Xander laughed as he remembered that when cameras were first invented, the pictures were stiff and informal looking, not at all like this picture.

Leo silently took the picture, and stared at it a moment before he wiped at the unshed tears that threatened to spill. "No, he loved her sister. William and Beth, Willow, were best friends, and their parents decided it would be a perfect match. They didn't even care that William was in love with Penelope. All they knew was that Beth loved William, so they assumed he shared the same feelings. After Beth died, Will was a wreck, but he and Penelope still announced their engagement, much to our parents' disapproval.

"A month later, Will was working for the Watcher's Council. He was the youngest watcher to ever have a slayer. Then the Master's disciples caught a glimpse of Penelope at a ball, and tried to kill her. Will lost it and sent her to America to live with her cousins, the Warren family. Will was never the same after that." Leo drifted off into pensive silence.

Buffy couldn't help but wipe a tear away. As much as she hated Spike, she would hate to have to lose someone you love and live with that for 100 years only to find that person again and potentially lose them.

"What were we doing up here?" Leo asked snapping back into reality.

"You had a crazy theory about Willow being linked to Looney Drusilla." Xander informed the whitelighter.

"Right." Leo said as he retraced his steps back to the Book. Suddenly, he dropped to his knees in pain.

"Leo, are you okay?" Buffy kneeled down next to the white lighter. "Piper!" Buffy yelled.

"Phoebe's hurt, and Paige is-" Leo trailed off and tried to catch his breath.

"Leo, honey, what's wrong?" Piper asked running into the room and kneeling down next to Leo. "Paige." He rasped.

"What about Paige?" Piper asked nervously.

"She's- she's dead."

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Everything swam around Paige as she groggily opened her eyes. The first thing she saw was a blonde haired woman staring her.

"Who the hell are you?" Paige asked as she quickly sat up.

"Darla." The vampire smiled. "But think of me more as your sire."

Paige raised her eyebrows. "Huh?"

"I made you. You're mine. My boy wanted you for his self, but I didn't feel like sharing. Are you hungry?"

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The End?

You have reached the end of "Not Another Demon" – so far. This story is incomplete and the last chapter was posted on 21 May 04.

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