Disclaimer: I am not Joss Whedon, nor J.K. Rowling.. I am me.. I own nothing, but some of the plot and saying.. lol
Author’s note: I do believe this is going to be a Snape/Buffy! So.. thanks for all of the reviews and also for the helpful hints! Thanks to Buffy2theSlayer! My new beta, who is currently on vaca.. so that explains my horrible typing.. really.. lol.. Guessage on the spells and stuff..
I am also assuming that it is 1999, so Buffy should be 18, end of season three. Give or take. Since Harry and co. are in their fifth year they are all 14/15, depending on their birthdays.
“Where is she?” a English voice asked angrily. Buffy’s head snapped up at the sound of her mentor, she had been so involved with the confusion that was her thoughts, she didn’t notice anything going on around her. She didn’t even notice when Dumbledore, Lupin, and Black disappeared to go get Giles from the London library or wherever he had actually been. Snape had been appointed to watch Buffy, not that she had moved since Dumbledore had dropped the bomb, but she hadn’t fainted, she had taken everything calmly, for the most part, and started assimilating the new data.
“What do you mean adoption papers?” Buffy snapped, snatching the papers from Dumbledore, before giving a frustrated sigh. Throwing her hands up in the air, Buffy paced the length of the room as she muttered to the Powers that Be, threatening to rip out their rib cages, if they had them, and wear the for hats if someone didn’t explain something. They must have been listening and in fear of their ribcages, because Dumbledore quickly rectified the situation, a simple incantation was the only thing needed.
“Traduia.” Dumbledore said and the papers arranged themselves from French into English.
“What the hell was that?” Buffy asked eyeing the older man. She knew that she had just asked for help, but she had wanted to understand the help. She wasn’t sure if she could trust the men before her, they seemed trustworthy and she got that vibe off of them, but they could procure anything that they wanted. Giving a frustrated sigh, Buffy waited for Dumbledore to explain what he had done and hoped that they weren’t just playing with her.
“A simple spell that translates papers into a desired language, in this case English.” Dumbledore told her, he could sense the frustration, it was practically rolling off the slayer in waves and wondered how he could sooth it. He also wondered how the frustration would affect the slayer whether she would become violent or not. Not a lot was known about the slayer in the wizarding world, because slayers were considered extremely volatile magical creatures. They had certain rights within the wizarding world, but he wasn’t sure how he was going to apply them, when the slayer was also a witch.
“Are these for real?” she asked as she leaved through the papers, stopping at the one where her mother’s signature lay. Buffy recognized that signature anywhere 18 years hadn’t done anything to it. But then again, it could easily be replicated in this world, Buffy thought to herself as she looked over the papers.
“They bear the mark of the Ministry.” Dumbledore replied gravely as if that explained everything and she supposed it did for these wizards, but she didn’t trust them as far as Giles could throw them. Snape watched as Buffy looked through the papers again emotions playing across her face starting with disbelief and ending with triumph.
“This can’t be me!” Buffy said proudly pointing to the part on the paper where it said date of birth, “I was born January 19, 1981(not too sure about that!), making me 18! And these papers are an adoption of a baby in 1983!”
“They changed your birth date.” Dumbledore replied as though a great weight had been placed on him, and a way it had, through Buffy’s appearance in the wizarding world. Buffy knew nothing about the wizarding world and he was going to ask her to do something huge for them and he only hoped that she would.
“Buffy!” Giles yelled rushing into the room and grabbing his charge. Before he could reach her though he was pushed backwards by an unseen force, Snape stood between the girl and her watcher, wand raised.
“Ripper.” Snape said with a slight nod of his head.
“The name’s Ripper.”
“Severus Snape.” Snape replied as he took in the other boy’s appearance. “What can I do for you?”
“We need help with a dark spell.” Ripper replied unconcerned with where they where and who was around them, he didn’t have to explain who the we was, because Snape knew that he meant Ethan Raynes. Snape looked around them frantically eyeing the Gryffindor’s and assembled teachers, none of them seemed the wiser. Motioning Ripper to follow him, Snape lead him into a deserted corner of the library.
“What can I do?” Snape asked with no hesitation about what would be needed of him, Snape hoped that it had to do with the Maurders, because they deserved whatever they got.
“Severus Snape.” Giles said through clenched teeth, “Do you mind?” he pointed to the wand that was currently pointed at him. Snape shrugged easily, but anyone could see the tenseness of his shoulders, like a seasoned warrior ready to spring or in this case, curse.
“Actually I do.” Snape said he wasn’t sure what made him stand between Buffy and Giles, especially who her parents were, but he felt something for her and he hadn’t even realized what he was doing until he was curing Giles, “What I want to know is why I should trust a man who bears the mark..”
“I wouldn’t talk about men who bear marks.” Giles replied, Ripper coming to the fore front. “Unless something has changed since I last saw you, you bear the mark on your left arm.” Buffy looked between the two men and wondered what the hell was going on, how did all these people know her watcher?
“I need you to show up at the Astronomy Tower tonight at eight.” Ripper replied and Snape nodded.
“Will I need anything?”
“No.” Ripper replied and watched as Snape walked away, a huge smile crossed Ripper’s face. “That was almost too easy.”
“The Dark Lord will be pleased.” Ethan said stepping forward and clapping Giles on the back.
“But what does he want Snape for?” Ripper asked, he wasn’t sure what the Dark Lord saw in Severus Snape, there was just something about him that made Ripper’s skin crawl, something untrustworthy.
“Ours is not to question.” Ethan replied and Ripper shrugged. If the Dark Lord wanted Snape, then he would get Snape.
“Can you have your pissing contest later?” Buffy asked, moving to stand beside Snape a hand reaching out and pulling Snape’s arm down, not realizing that she didn’t immediately release his hand. Snape looked at the very feminine hand clutching his arm, the heat going through his robe and soaking into his skin, he reveled in the feelings for a moment. It had been a long time since someone had touched him willingly, he studied her as she faced off against her watcher and him, her eyes flashed with green sparkles and he was losing himself. Snape shook himself clearing his throat making Buffy blush slightly as she realized that she was still holding his hand, releasing it like it had burned her, Snape felt like he had lost something as she removed her hand. Dumbledore took this all in, his eyes twinkling, because Snape had protected Buffy even knowing who her parents were. She continued to speak as she moved to stand in front of him, “Besides we all have marks.” She flipped her hair up and showed Snape the mark on the back of her neck.
“I thought you had that removed.” Giles replied as he cautiously stepped towards Buffy, he knew what was on the back of her neck and why. Noticing that Snape did nothing, Giles pulled Buffy into a tight hug, noting when she winced. “What happened to you?”
“Nothing.” Buffy said just as Snape told him, “She was hit with the Crucio curse a couple of times.” Giles stood back an authoritative air settled around him and looked over his charge, noting that the slayer healing had already kicked in.
“Bruised.” Buffy replied wincing as Giles touched a particularly hurt spot.
“She wouldn’t let us look them over.” Molly told Giles, an accusatory glare sent towards Buffy, who smiled innocently.
“I don’t know you.” Buffy replied as though it explained everything and it did, to Giles.
“Will you let her look now?” Giles asked and Buffy looked about ready to say no. “I know all of these people and they are very trustworthy.”
“Unlike some people that I could mention,” Snape muttered under his breath and Buffy shot him a look. Snape looked a bit sheepish for a moment, before catching himself and clearing his face of all emotions, returning Buffy’s glance with one of disinterest.
“Why do you still have the mark, Buffy?” Giles asked as Molly made herself busy, looking over Buffy. “Didn’t you have it removed?”
“I did.” She replied wincing when Molly found a sore spot, “It reappeared within days. So, instead of spending more money on having it removed again, I just covered it up with make up.” Snape eyed her with interest and shock, it shouldn’t have stayed unless it had been done with magic and even then it could be removed by someone with a wand.
“I need to see what your ribs look like.” Molly said and Buffy looked around the room. The guys looked as though they had no intention of leaving and Giles had seen her in a sport’s bra before, so showing a little skin shouldn’t fluster him too much. She pulled up her shirt until her ribs could be seen. Snape let out a wince of pain as he eyed the ribs they were purple and swollen, how she could move was beyond him, he winced every time that she did. This did not go unnoticed by the Headmaster and the Watcher, who were watching with some amusement, although Giles was concerned about Snape being in the Dark Lord’s service.
“Why does she bear the mark?” Snape asked Giles deciding that a distraction would be a good thing at that moment.
“What mark?” Lupin asked, he could tell that it hadn’t been the dark mark, but he hadn’t seen it close enough to tell what it was.
“The Dark Mark?” Black asked, because he hadn’t seen it at all. Buffy responded to various questions that were being asked by Molly, not really focusing on the conversation around her, until she heard the intake of breath at the mention of the dark mark. She filed that away for questions to later ask Giles.
“The Mark of Eyghon.” Snape said dryly nodding towards Giles as everyone gasped and moved forward to see the mark that was on Buffy’s neck. Buffy attempted to move back, but Molly shot her a disapproving glare, quelling the slayer’s movements. “How did she receive it?”
“Wait.” Buffy said pulling her shirt down as Molly finished up. She sent the woman a grateful nod, she was going to like it here if they could heal her quickly, before looking at her watcher, “I wanna know how my watcher knows you people.” Giles sighed and wondered if he would get out of this with Buffy’s trust it was still shaky from the Cruciamentum.
“Let me give her the back story,” Giles said to Snape and the rest, everyone getting antsy for some answers, but Buffy was the most dangerous of the group when she got cranky, “And I will tell the rest of the story afterwards.” Buffy eyed her watcher impatiently, arms crossed over her chest. “You know I was rebellious when I was younger.”
“Had the pleasure of meeting Ripper.” Buffy said with a snort, her mind flashing to the Band Candy incident. Snape’s eyes rose at the mention of Ripper, it was obvious that the slayer was well aware of Giles’ alter-ego, but not of all of his past apparently.
“What you didn’t know was that I went to a magical school for wizards and witches.” Giles said Buffy’s eyebrows rising at this announcement, “While I was there I met Ethan Rayne.” Buffy looked about ready to deck someone at the mention of his name and Snape filed that information away for a later date.
“Giles, Rupert.” A younger-McConagall said and Ripper strode forward moving to the single chair in the hall and placing the hat on his head. Giggles could be heard through the hall, as the girls looked him over, Ripper reveled in the attention shooting some smiles and winks at the girls, laughing when they blushed.
“Mhmm.. a watcher in training.” The hat said as it was placed on his head.
“I am not going to be a watcher.” Ripper replied vehemently surprising the hat, he had things he was going to accomplish, great dark things he wasn’t going to be a goody-goody.
“You will accomplish great things,” the hat told him and Ripper felt great pride, “But it will be beside a slayer.” The hat told him and Ripper flinched slightly, before reigning in his emotions, “I think that you should see what the dark does so that you are better prepared. The best place for you is SLYTHERIN!” Ripper took the hat off and swaggered towards the table flashing smiles to the girls already there, before sitting beside another boy.
“Ethan Rayne.” The boy said holding his hand out. Ripper eyed him for a moment, sizing the other boy up, before taking his hand and shaking it.
“Ripper.” Ripper replied, the boys forming a bond right then and there.
“I attended Hogwart’s for six and a half years.” Giles recalled losing himself in his memories. He began to pace the room, Buffy sitting calmly to the side, but Snape could feel the tension in her body. “During my fifth year a secret war began.”
“Stupid mudblood.” Ripper spat with disgust as a young boy ran into him by accident, “Watch where you are going.” Ethan watched on in amusement as Ripper hexed the boy with curses that were not known by most fifth years or at least weren’t taught to fifth years.
“I have someone you need to meet.” Ethan said, he knew that Ripper would be a perfect addition to the Dark Lord’s armies. Ripper was vicious, ruthless, and could conjure without a wand. His cruelty towards the mudbloods was just a bonus.
“Dark Lord?” Buffy asked in confusion, pulling Giles out of his thoughts. He shot her a look that spoke volumes, all of them saying to be quiet. Buffy sighed but settled back, she knew that Giles would eventually get to her questions but she wasn’t sure when.
“My lord,” Ethan said bowing, “May I present Ripper.”
“A pleasure, my Lord.” Ripper said bowing in front of the man in the long robes. He wasn’t sure where Ethan had brought him, but they all seemed like fun chaps.
“Ripper?” the Dark Lord asked raising an eyebrow. “your name?”
“Ahh, a watcher.”
“Bloody Hell does everyone know that!” Ripper exclaimed angrily, he could see Ethan cringe, but he didn’t let that bother him, he kept his head bowed, but got up and paced the length of the room, before adding, “I won’t be a watcher!”
“He seemed amused by this.” Giles recalled, “He took an instant liking to me.” He paused in his story to look at Buffy, “I don’t know if he realized something, a soft spot if you will, about me that I didn’t, but he didn’t have me start doing anything for the Death Eaters until Severus took the mark. He had me doing a lot of recruiting though.”
“And what happened on the day Severus joined?” Buffy asked cautiously.
“You were conceived.” Ripper replied and Buffy looked at him shocked, it couldn’t be true, she couldn’t be tied that closely to these weird people. “It was about a year later that this happened.”
“My Lord,” Ripper said, “I have brought Severus to you.”
“Very good, my boy.” Voldemort said, “Step forward Severus.” Snape stepped forward, eyes slightly downcast and Voldemort nodded in satisfaction, “You will do.”
“Do?” Snape asked, unsure of what was going on. He had heard rumors, but nothing substantial, no one was willing to talk about the Death Eaters, “Do for what?”
“I expect great things out of you.” Voldemort responded, “That is all you need to know.” Snape nodded starting to step back, “And Snape,” Snape looked towards the voice, “Crucio.” Snape fell to the floor in pain, “You don’t speak unless told to. Do you understand?” Snape nodded and Voldemort smiled in satisfaction, it was shaping up. “Ripper.”
“Yes, my Lord.”
“I need you to get me a girl.” Voldemort said and Ripper was slightly confused, there were plenty of girls and almost all of them wanted to be with the Dark Lord.
“Alright, my Lord.”
“See, Severus? This is how you act.” Voldemort said, “I need you to bring me Lily Evans tomorrow night.” Snape kept his feelings well hidden, but he couldn’t help the emotional rollercoaster that was going through his head. Lily Evans was teased by almost all of Slytherin, including him, but he had to work with her and he had found that she was quite intelligent and beautiful, he had developed a crush on her.
“You bastard!” Black flew across the room, decking Giles who didn’t even defend himself as he went sprawling onto the floor. “It was you!” Buffy said nothing, recognizing the name from her birth certificate, but when Black went to hit Giles again, Buffy stepped in.
“Hey!” Buffy said, pushing Black back, “He screwed up. Haven’t we all? Back off.” She pushed him back, with partial slayer strength and glowered at him, “Why did Voldie need Lily Evans?” Part of her already knew that answer, but she wanted to hear it from her watcher.
“My Lord,” Ripper said dragging Lily forward, she was bound and stupefied. “Lily Evans.”
“Very good, Ripper.” The Dark Lord commented, “Severus,” Snape moved forward, “Do you have the potion?” Snape nodded and moved forward handing a vial to the Dark Lord. “Very good boys.”
“Thank you, m’Lord.” Ripper and Snape replied at the same time. The Dark Lord clapped and thirty women and male muggles entered the room escorted by Death Eaters.
“Have fun.” He told them, taking control of the sleeping Lily.
“I followed him.” Giles said, “I didn’t know what would happen, but I had a pretty good idea. I don’t know why I was so interested, she meant nothing to me,” Black, Lupin, and Snape growled at Giles, who wasn’t phased too lost in his own thoughts.
“Lily Evans.” Voldemort said watching the fear and loathing well up in her eyes.
“You!” Lily exclaimed, “What does the great Voldemort want with me?” there was a twinge of sarcasm, but it went unnoticed by Voldemort who nodded and preened that she feared him. “What do you want?”
“I’ll spare the details,” Giles replied looking at Buffy, “but suffice to say Voldemort raped her repeatedly, using the potion that Snape made, to make sure Lily pregnant.” Snape looked ashamed at this before his usual mask falling into place. Buffy had caught the look though and she wondered what game he was playing and why.
“What did the potion do?” Buffy asked her mind was reeling from everything that had been told to her. Her watcher knew that her mom wasn’t her mom. Hell it was practically his fault that she was conceived in the first place.
“It ensures that the drinker would become pregnant, but it also protected the unborn child, so she could not get rid of it.” Snape explained, because Giles was still unsure of what it had done. Snape had been arrogant in his youth, but he had been very proud of his position with the Death Eaters. Even though his first Dark potion had been used on Lily Evans, he had pushed those feelings aside and rolled in the feelings of being wanted by someone, even if it was for his talents with potions.
“I always wondered why she hadn’t just gotten rid of the child.” Giles said and Buffy flinched, he moved to touch her, but she flinched away, scooting closer to Snape. Sighing Giles pressed on, “I eventually figured out what would happen to the child, so I approached Lily.”
“Lily!” Ripper screamed moving forward Lily was in her ninth month of pregnancy. Given the circumstances around the pregnancy the Headmaster had allowed her to stay in school and use concealing charms, although the Mauraders knew.
“What!” she spat when she noticed she was cornered.
“What do you plan to do with the child?” Ripper asked, looking around to make sure that there was no one around.
“Why do you care?” Lily replied, “It’s your fault anyways.” She watched the emotions flicker across his face, shame and guilt the most dominant.
“The Dark Lord wants the child.” Ripper said and Lily protectively held her stomach as though that would stave off the Dark Lord, “He is going to take the child and kill you. He wants his heir to train in his ways.”
“Well that answers that question,” Buffy said and Giles looked at her with questions in his eyes, “Whether she wanted me or not.”
“Of course she wanted you!” Black and Lupin exclaimed as one jumping to their feet.
“And how would you know?” Buffy replied she fought to hold the tears back. It hurt to think that someone she didn’t even know didn’t want her, but they had been forced to give birth to her and that was the only reason she was alive. She liked it when she had a mother that had loved her and told her how special she was. They may have had their ups and downs, but they had loved each other.
“We were friends of Lily and her husband.” Lupin told her, he was a little weary around Buffy, ever since she had spotted him being a werewolf without having met him before, but if she was Lily Evans’ daughter then he would get over it, hopefully. He wondered if it was because she was the slayer that she had been able to spot him that quickly, hopefully he would be able to question her later about her slayerness to figure that answer out.
“She was married! I thought she was still in school!” Buffy exclaimed looking around the room hoping that someone would take pity on her and explain what was going on.
“She wasn’t married until after school, about a year after she had you.” Black explained as he paced the length of the room, feeling very caged suddenly, “After Lily became pregnant she became depressed and suicidal.”
“Yes, that makes it sound like she wanted me.” Buffy muttered and Snape shot her a look, although no one was really sure what that look meant. He couldn’t believe that this was Lily Evans’ child. Snape looked over Buffy trying to see Lily in her, but he couldn’t although he couldn’t see any of the Dark Lord in her either. He wondered if a charm had been placed on her to alter her appearance somehow and he tucked that away to ask at a later date. He wondered if Buffy looked anything like Tom Riddle had when he was younger and if she did how his Slytherins would react to her.
“We, Remus, James Potter, and I, noticed and confronted her.” Black continued bringing Snape back to the present, he had never heard what happened after the night and assumed that nothing had come of it, “I guess she was at the breaking point, because she explained it all.”
“We were shocked at first,” Lupin told Buffy.
“Lily.” James said, moving to the girl huddled on the Astronomy Tower floor, “You weren’t thinking of jumping where you?”
“It wouldn’t matter.” She replied, “He placed a charm on me, so I can’t hurt myself.”
“He who?” Black asked and James shot him a look, because Lily began to clam up.
“He who, Lily?” James asked again, drawing her into his arms as he settled against the wall, “We will give a wizard’s oath to you if you would tell us.” Lily contemplated it, they weren’t really her friends, but she was going to break any second.
“Voldemort.” She replied and the boys gasped, but it was too late to stop the dam as it broke, “He raped me and I’m pregnant now. The headmaster said I could stay in school, because of how it happened. But Voldemort placed a charm on me so I can’t hurt myself or get rid of the baby.” The tears began to fall and James rocked her, muttering soothing words in her ear, this wasn’t exactly how he always pictured it.
“Lily.” Lupin said, “what are you going to do?”
“Her?” James asked and Lily nodded.
“I went to a muggle doctor and they told me the gender.” Lily continued.
“And then what?” Lupin pressed.
“I don’t know.”
“It’s a chance to start over.” Lupin told her and Lily looked thoughtful.
“There were times we couldn’t get her to shut up about you.” Black told her, Lupin and he had moved forward during the talking until they were sitting beside her, Snape had moved behind her, although Buffy looked distinctly uncomfortable at this. “After that moment, all’s she could think of was what you guys were going to do together. She started to decorate a nursery.”
“She talked to you for hours.” Lupin said with a smile on his face as he lost himself in his memories, “She would encourage us to talk to you, saying it would help you grow. We laughed at her, but complied. We told you of our latest pranks and Quidditch.”
“Oh.” Buffy said not sure what there was to be said, before shrugging and asking the one question predominant in her scattered thoughts, “What’s Quidditch?” Giles gave a slight chuckle at his slayer’s train of thought. She was being bombarded with information about her past and she took it in stride and asks about something entirely irrelevant. That was the slayer he knew and loved.
“So you approached Lily?” Dumbledore asked steering the conversation back to what he needed to know. He had always wondered what happened to the child, but the documents had been sealed by someone high in the Ministry. “Why?”
“My father,” Giles began.
“The watcher.” Buffy added her fingers doing the quote motions and Giles shot her an appraising glance, if she was making jokes she was okay.
“Yes, the watcher,” Giles said softly, “Who was also part of the Ministry of Magic.”
“What do you want now?” Lily hissed, her arms around her middle protectively wand clutched tightly in her hand and pointed at him.
“Like you helped me before?” she asked sarcastically, “I think I’ll pass on that type of help.”
“Please, Lily.” Ripper said again he stayed a safe distance away from her, because he really didn’t want to frighten her anymore than he already had, “My father works for MOM.” Lily paused at this. “He was surprised to hear from me, but I’m leaving in two weeks.” Lily raised an eyebrow at this, but Ripper shrugged continuing on. He wasn’t going to let her know that watching her being raped had destroyed all of his plans for the future, he had become lost and had finally figured out what the sorting hat had meant. He would fight for the light, because he had been tainted by darkness, “I know you are due soon.”
“I think that you should give the child up for adoption,” Ripper said bluntly knowing that Lily wouldn’t take him pussyfooting around the situation, “Make it look like the child died, because the Dark Lord wants that child to groom in his stead.”
“How can I trust you?”
“By meeting my father.”
“There is a Hogsmeade weekend coming up, you should meet him then.” Ripper replied, “Bring all of the Maurders if you want, but just come and listen to what we have to say.”
“She didn’t actually bring anyone but James.” Giles said, Lupin and Black looking shocked at this revelation. “They heard the entire plan, never making a sound until we were done.”
“So what you want me to do is have my baby and give her up, while pretending that she has actually died?” Lily said softly, she had come to terms a while ago that she was going to have a girl and she had become excited, now they were taking her child away. She could feel her heart breaking, but she stayed and listened anyways, because if they were right the Dark Lord was going to kill her and take her child, raising her to be the next Dark Lord.
“Yes.” Ripper replied.
“Ms. Evans,” Ripper’s father said he glanced at his son, who showed no emotion, “I know that my son is part of the reason you are in this situation, but Voldemort cannot get his hands on the child. What Rupert hasn’t mentioned is that your child has the possibility of becoming a slayer added to both of yours and Voldemoret’s magical contributions. She would be powerful, more powerful than Voldemort himself, perhaps one of the most powerful witches that the wizarding has ever seen.” Lily and James gasped, they had studied slayers in DADA, they were powerful and magical creatures themselves.
“But she’s my baby.” Lily replied, tears in her eyes. Ripper and his father looked on with pity in their eyes, but said nothing as James attempted to comfort her. She seemed to grow stronger, as though taking part of his strength as she faced them again a new confidence a lit in her eyes. “If we do this, I want to meet the family that will be taking her in.”
“Of course.” Ripper’s father replied. “Then it is accord?”
“We met with Joyce and Hank Summers later that week.” Giles said, “It was during that meeting that Lily went into labor. We rushed her to the hospital and waited. When you were born, Lily named you Elizabeth Ann Lupin-Black. She refused to tell them who your father was and Dad didn’t put him on the birth certificate. He then took another baby, one that died in child birth and switched your cribs, faking your death.” He took a deep breath as he looked at Buffy, “He brought you to the Summers and that was it. He buried the papers so deep in the Ministry that no one should have found them.”
“Who changed my name?” Buffy asked slightly confused “and why change my birth certificate.”
“Dad told them to change your age and date of birth, but it was Joyce’s decision to change your name.” Giles replied and Buffy nodded slightly.
“She named you after us?” Lupin said, tears forming in his eyes. He went to hug Buffy, but she scooted back and further into Snape, who was looking slightly uncomfortable at the touching, but didn’t want to upset the girl any further than she already was, so he let her stay.
“There was one other thing that she did to protect you,” Giles told her needing to get the rest off his chest, “She placed a charm on you that only Dumbledore or I could take off.” Buffy looked at him startled.
“What does it do?” she asked and Giles nodded his approval, because his slayer was still thinking.
“It altered your appearance.” Giles told her.
“Take it off.” She said and Giles looked at her, “Take it off.”
“Are you sure?”
“Yes.” She replied and waited for him to take the charm off. He looked at her a moment, before looking at Dumbledore.
“You’ll have to do it.” He said, “Before I left, I took my wand to Gringotts and placed it in my vault.”
“Revealo.” He muttered tapping the top of Buffy’s head. Her hair began to darken and lengthen, until it was a dark reddish-brown and her eyes went to silver.
“That’s it?” she asked in relief, “That didn’t change much.” Giles looked a little flustered at this and Buffy looked at him, “What?”
“There was one other thing that was hidden.” He said, “On your stomach there will now be an exact copy of the Dark mark.” Everyone gasped in shock, Buffy pushed her shirt up and there was a mark on her skin that had never been there before, located right by her belly button. “He wanted to be sure that you would be well recognized.”
“Can he call her?” Snape asked Giles, who seemed to have been in the Dark Lord’s favor when he was younger, though he looked at Buffy with pity. He hoped that he couldn’t, because he wouldn’t wish that on anyone, especially someone that had already gone through much.
“No.” he replied and the room sighed in collective relief, “It’s a birth mark, but he can activate the mark if she is willing.” Everyone eyed Buffy, who was looking at the ground, unaware that she was practically sitting on Snape’s lap. Snape took the time to study Buffy, she now had Lily’s hair and her eyes were just as expressive, but the color belonged to Riddle. She had Lily’s lips, just as kissable, Snape pulled away from those thoughts, unwilling to think of Buffy in those terms, but it didn’t seem to be working, the thoughts kept coming.
“In light of everything that has happened,” Dumbledore said taking the attention off the awkward moment happening before them as they all looked at the new Buffy, “I would like to offer you the chance to attend Hogwarts.”
“I don’t really want to start school over.” Buffy began, she had finally finished school with a bang and although this principle seemed nice, who knew if he had an evil twin?
“You would be entering in as a sixth year.” Dumbledore replied and Buffy hesitated unsure if she should or not looking to Giles for some guidance.
“I will be behind you.” Giles told her shrugging his shoulders, “I go where you go.” He knew that Buffy needed stability at the moment, especially after everything that had happened, so far he had been the one to offer the stability, unless you counted Joyce’s numerous trips as consistent. He didn’t understand why she would still be willing to trust him after everything that she had been told, but he wasn’t willing to look the gift horse in the mouth.
“I’ll be behind the other students.” She told him, on the one hand she would get a chance to find a family, but on the other hand half of her family was feared by the wizarding world and sought to use her.
“Lucky for you,” Dumbledore said a twinkle in his eyes, “I know some teachers who would be willing to teach you.” He looked at Snape and Lupin as he said this, they both nodded, “So it is up to you.”
“Let me think about it.” Buffy replied and Dumbledore nodded. Buffy had many things to think about when it came to this situation. She was unsure if she wanted to talk to her mother at this moment, but knew that it would have to be at some point, especially if she decided to stay and go to school. She would also have to deal with her friends, though she was unsure where they were at the moment, they had all taken off for the summer, leaving her alone, never asking if she had wanted to go with them.
“Take all the time you need.” Dumbledore responded, “Although if you are going to stay, I would suggest you begin your lessons immediately.” He paused to think for a moment, “Though I would suggest that you learn basic magic even if you do not stay, for protection.” Buffy nodded absent mindedly, thinking about everything when it suddenly hit her,
“If I’m younger than I was a few hours ago,” Buffy began, “how old am I and who is my guardian? I am right in thinking I’m young enough that I have to have a guardian, right?”
“You are sixteen, the normal age that children enter their sixth year. Your birth date is April 10,” Dumbledore told her he looked at Giles momentarily, but he was busy looking around the house, “and your guardian is Mr. Rupert Giles.”
“I beg your pardon?” he exclaimed looking at Dumbledore very startled, before taking his glasses off and cleaning them, “How?”
“Well,” Dumbledore said, “It appears that Lily left a note in the papers, that should her daughter ever return to the wizarding world and she was underage, that her guardian would be Rupert Giles.”
“Why not Black or Lupin?” Buffy asked, “If she was friends with them, why would she have Giles be my guardian?”
“I think that she had hopes that he would turn out to be a watcher someday,” Dumbledore said, “And if you were to be a slayer then she hoped that he would be your watcher.”
“Oh.” She replied shortly, she rubbed the back of her neck, the mark itching slightly. Snape caught the movement and took out his wand.
“Removo.” He muttered and Buffy felt the itching stop, Snape watched in satisfaction as the mark disappeared in a puff of black smoke.
“What did you do?” she asked turning to face Snape, who lowered his wand immediately, not wanting Buffy to feel threatened. He had seen what she had done to the Dark Lord and that had been under a curse, he didn’t want to deal with a slayer at full strength.
“I removed the mark.” He told her a smile tugging on his lips as Buffy looked at him in clear disbelief, even as the slayer assessed the threat. She hid her ablities by acting blonde, playing on everyone’s misconceptions of her. She nodded slowly, before flashing him a huge smile, which he returned briefly.
“Thanks.” She said moving forward to hug him. He looked uncomfortable for all of three seconds, before his arms enfolded her. Black and Lupin let out a growl at the seeming trust that Buffy had for Snape. Lily had never been close to Snape, but she had been close to them, they had assumed to that Buffy would have been close to them, like Lily, but she seemed to trust Snape more.
“How did you get the mark?” Snape asked as Buffy disentangled herself from him, after hearing Black and Lupin growl and feeling the air become tense, “it was obvious that you didn’t know what a wand was, so you couldn’t have done the mark yourself.”
“That would be my fault.” Giles replied.
“And you want him to be her guardian?” Black said while Dumbledore held up his hand.
“Lily must have chosen him for a reason and I would like to hear the story, before discussing whether or not he is fit to be her guardian.” Dumbledore replied and Black nodded slowly, settling back into his chair.
“Actually,” Buffy said shortly drawing everyone’s attention, “That would be Ethan’s fault, along with all of the other slimy little plans the man had.”
“You’ve met Ethan Raynes?” Lupin asked in surprise, he had heard them mention Ethan earlier, but had assumed that it was a different Ethan. “If he still keeps in touch with Ethan, how do we know that he isn’t still working with the Death Eaters?”
“I do not.” Giles replied.
“You’ll excuse us if we don’t take your word for that.” Lupin replied coolly. “And if you aren’t still in with the Death Eaters what are you doing here?”
“Watcher?” Buffy asked dryly, “Ringing any bells up there?” Snape stifled his laughter at the expression on Lupin’s face, the girl had a quick wit and a problem with authority by the looks of it he couldn’t wait to see her at Hogwarts, “I see that it is. How about Watcher’s Council in London?”
“That’s enough, Buffy.” Giles said making Buffy pout. The others looked on and wondered if she was that easy to reign in and control, but they could see a glint in her eyes that told them she only listened to Giles, because she trusted him.
“Spoil my fun.” She replied, settling back into a chair she watched the scene unfold around her as Lupin and Black attempted to figure out if Giles was still with the Death Eaters. She was angry with Giles and part of her wanted to let him get cursed by the men in front of her, but the other part had already forgiven him and would stop at nothing to protect him. She eyed the men and woman around her, attempting to figure out if they were about to do something foolish to her watcher, but none of them moved, except to speak with him.
“And you just happen to be with him?” Black asked looking at Buffy and bringing her back to the meeting going on, “And you get kidnapped, how would they know unless someone told them?”
“If he has been looking for me,” Buffy replied, “then he would have found me when I was on the Hellmouth. ‘Sides until recently I was 18 and legally able to go where I want.” She let the words sink in, before adding, “And being the slayer, what are the Watcher’s Council going to watch if not the slayer?”
“Hellmouth?” Black asked after she finished, “you lived on the Hellmouth.”
“Ya, for the last three years or so.” She replied at the same time that Dumbledore said, “It would make sense as to why Tom couldn’t find you.” Everyone looked at Dumbledore clearly interested and impatient for him to continue, “If you were on the Hellmouth it would disrupt any attempts of location spells and when you came to England it would have allowed him the chance to find you.”
“Why?” Lupin asked after a moment, dazed that someone would willingly go to live on the hellmouth, “Were your parents crazy?”
“Mom moved there after I got kicked out of school for burning down the gym in Los Angeles,” she said, “And I am the one girl in all the world who can protect the Hellmouth.”
“And Faith?” Giles asked and Buffy’s eyes darkened.
“Doesn’t count, being in a coma will do that for you.” She replied and it was Giles’ turn to grimace.
“Coma?” “Faith?” “You burned down the school gym?!” was blurted out by Lupin, Snape, and Black.
“Yes,” she sighed, “I burned down the school gym, I also blew up the last highschool. You sure you want me in your school?” she said looking at Dumbledore.
“I am sure that there were extenuating circumstances around these events.” Dumbledore replied.
“I’m glad one of my principles finally thinks so.” She muttered before turning to Dumbledore with a question, her expression remained serious, though the question was not, “You’re not a Nazi with a bug up his butt the size of an Emu are you?” Dumbledore laughed, because Buffy would be a delightful child like Lily.
“Faith?” Lupin asked hesitantly and Buffy sighed.
“The other slayer.”
“One girl in all the world? Isn’t that how it goes?” Lupin asked looking interested in how Buffy was going to answer.
“Yea, that’s how it went.” She replied bracing herself for the next part, she didn’t understand why everyone always seemed to flip at the next part it wasn’t like it was a permanent thing, “until I died.”
“You died!” was shouted by everyone except for Buffy and Giles, who shared a look daring the other one to tell the story, but it was Buffy who spoke first.
“Only for a couple of minutes.” She replied defensively and Giles gave a snort of laughter, she always managed to throw in that she only died for a couple of minutes.
“But it was long enough to call the next slayer,” Giles reminded her and she stuck her tongue out at him.
“Sure remind me, why don’t you?”
“And what is the other slayer doing in a coma?”
“I put her there.” Buffy replied shortly, not elaborating on the comment even though she could see the curiosity in their eyes.
“Why?” Black asked when it became apparent that Buffy wasn’t going to continue. Buffy stared at them long and hard before answering.
“I don’t feel that is any of your business.” She replied shortly and Snape stifled his laughter at the disgruntled looks on Black’s and Lupin’s faces. They looked to Giles for the answers who merely shrugged as Buffy turned a glare on him.
“It is her story to tell.” He replied shortly.
“You’re her watcher.” Snape pointed out, he had to admit that he was very curious about the girl.
“And?” Giles asked raising his eyebrow.
“Can we look at your Watcher’s diary?” Lupin asked he had heard about watcher’s diaries and how they contained everything about slayers and the fights they had fought, along with pictures.
“No.” Giles stated firmly.
“How did you receive the mark of Eyghon?” Dumbledore asked, the two had been willing to share that story and if it would appease the men around them, maybe they could get on with something important, like protecting Buffy.
“Ethan Raynes came to town.” Buffy stated, “It was around the time that Giles’ friend had come looking for him to tell him that Eyghon had returned, but Eyghon had killed him and taken his body. When Giles’ friend had found us, as Eyghon, he was close to killing the body so he fought me and died, but he jumped into Jenny’s body. Jenny acted all weird and stuff, so Giles figured it out and we came up with a plan. We found Ethan, but he knocked me out. When I came to I was tied and he was doing the tattoo and that’s when Jenny, who’s Eyghon, showed up. Willow and the rest of the Scoobies had Angel choke Jenny and Eyghon jumped into Angel, but Angel already had a demon in him.” She said this as quickly as possible, making the rest wonder if she had taken a breath during that entire thing.
“Jenny?” “Angel?” Lupin and Black asked, Giles and Buffy sighed.
“Friends of ours.” Buffy replied, Giles sent a grateful look towards her and she smiled in return. This last year had been the hardest for Giles, especially after Angel had come back from Hell. “I hate to change the subject,” the group looked at her, “Well I really don’t, but what is going to happen to me?”
“Well Ms. Lupin-Black,” Dumbledore said, “That is up to you and guardian. I hope that you will consider our invitation to join the sixth years, but I will not force you.”
“I got that.” She replied dryly, “I was wondering about Voldemort.” She saw everyone wince and wondered about that, “Why does everyone wince when I mention his name?”
“During the first war,” Snape began, “people feared that by saying His name you would draw his attention. It kept on, even after everyone thought he had died.”
“How did he die?” Buffy asked curiously, the man she had seen had looked very much alive.
“A mother’s love protected her baby and bounced the Killing curse off of the baby.” Dumbledore replied and Buffy looked at him wondering where the catch was.
“So, he was killed by a baby?”
“Essentially,” Giles said, “Yes.” The others wondered what he was doing, because he hadn’t been in the wizarding world at the times so how did he know what had happened.
“What’s the catch?” she asked after a moment.
“The catch is the baby is your half-brother.” Snape said, he could tell from the short time that he knew her, she expected nothing but the truth.
“Same mother obviously.” Buffy said quickly figuring everything out in her head. “So,” she said, “If it was my mom’s love to protect my brother, how?”
“She died to protect him.” Snape told her, “It leaves an invisible mark on the soul and protects them. The killing curse snapped back and hit Him, killing Him instead.”
“Where is he? What’s his name?”
“Harry Potter.” Black said and Buffy looked at him, “I’m his godfather.”
“He is currently with your aunt and uncle.” Dumbledore said and Buffy realized that he was attempting to acquire her into the family so to speak. She knew that he needed something from her and she wasn’t sure what it was.
“What do you want?” she asked, subtly had never been her strong suite besides being the slayer had made her antsy. “Why do you need me?”