An Unexpected Visitor
Dawn walked into her apartment; slowly closing the door behind her. She crinkled her forehead when she heard voices coming from her bedroom. She quietly walked in the direction her bedroom was located and she recognized the voice that was speaking belonged to Willow.
“I think she’s in real danger.” Willow said.
Dawn quickly walked in the doorway of her room to find who Willow had been talking to standing by the window. Dawn’s jaw dropped slightly; unsure what to make of the situation now at hand.
“B-Buffy?” Dawn whispered. Buffy turned to face her sister. Willow had her back turned to the door and hadn’t seen Dawn come in.
“Dawn? What are you doing here?” Willow asked as she got up off the unmade bed.
“Me? I live here. What is she doing here?” Dawn asked as she pointed to Buffy with her eyes.
“I’m worried about you, Dawnie. I had to call her.” Willow answered as she approached Dawn. Dawn had her arms crossed in front of her chest and her eyes averted away from the two women in front of her.
“What about Kennedy? You could have called her. She’s a slayer too. Or Faith.” Dawn retorted dryly.
“But Buffy’s your sister.” Willow replied with a soft look on her face.
“Dawn, Willow told me about the demon that’s after you…” Buffy started with a gentleness in her voice.
“How do we really know that there’s some demon after me. The only proof we have is the visions that stupid spell gave us. That’s it. Nothing has been after me since or before then.” Dawn interrupted.
“It’s only a matter of time.” Buffy answered.
“Would you stop!” Dawn shouted.
“Stop what?” Buffy asked confused.
“Would you stop treating me like a little kid. I’m nineteen years old!” Dawn answered; anger flowing through her voice.
“Yeah. Nineteen. That’s not old enough to take care of yourself.” Buffy responded.
“Yes. It is Buffy.” Dawn said slowly.
Buffy sighed in frustration as she combed her fingers through her hair. She slightly licked her lips and looked down at the floor before responding. “Dawn.” Buffy said as she looked back up into her sister’s eyes. “I spend most of my waking hours worried about you. And I am trying so hard to give you the space you long for. But it’s hard. You have no idea how many times I’ve picked up the phone to call you only to hang it up again after dialing your number.”
Dawn scanned the floor and then looked up at her sister with a saddened expression on her face. She could see the tears trying to fall in Buffy’s eyes; causing her own to fill up.
“Buffy…” Dawn started.
“Dawn. These past few years since mom died has been the hardest for me. I’ve had to not only be your big sister, but your mother as well.” Buffy carried on.
“Buffy, I never asked you to be my mother. I just needed you to be there for me.” Dawn replied as her tears fell over her lower eyelids.
“I know.” Buffy whispered as she pulled her sister into a tight hug; both girls now crying. Willow inched around the two to leave the room and give them some privacy. Maybe, just maybe, now they would finally work things out. They’ve come close some many times before but never succeeded. Willow allowed her lips to form into a smile as she sat down in the old chair and thought of her two friends in the other room. Her plan was working out well. Sure, she called Buffy here because she was worried about Dawn but she was also worried about the bond between the two sisters. It was tattered and shredded; hanging by a thread and, hopefully, now it would be mended.
Hellboy knocked again on the wooden door in front of him, still getting no answer on the other side. After a moments pause and a growl he tried again, this time using his stone hand.
“Hey Red. What are you doing?” He heard Myers asked behind him and with a roll of his eyes he turned to face the agent.
“I’m trying to talk to Dawn. But she’s not answering her door.” Hellboy answered as he turned back to the door. He lifted his hand to knock again but stopped mid-knock when Myers spoke up.
“Oh, I forgot to tell you. She’s gone.” Myers replied as he shoved his hands in his pockets. Hellboy slowly turned to face him.
“She what?” He asked as he turned his whole body towards Myers.
“Yeah. She said something about not feeling welcome. Or something like that.” Myers answered as he waved a hand around in the air while rolling his eyes. “I can’t imagine why.” He added as he walked away from the demon; a smile playing on his face as he knew Hellboy wouldn’t ignore the fact that Dawn left.
Hellboy slumped his shoulders and tilted his head back; a small groan escaping his lips. He turned his head slightly to watch Myers walk down the hall before he turned and walked in the opposite direction.
It was late at night and the three girls were sitting in an all night restaurant drinking coffee and eating pie. They had spent the whole time inside catching up on their lives since Dawn moved to New York. Buffy told Dawn the stories of more slayers being ‘gathered’ by the new council and how slaying has been taking up a lot less of her time now that she was no longer the only one. And Dawn explained about her life up to the point of meeting Hellboy, Myers and Abe; and her leaving the Bureau after Hellboy yelled at her.
“Hellboy? What kind of name is Hellboy?” Buffy snickered. Dawn couldn’t help but smile at her sister’s reaction.
“Yeah. And he’s all red with filed horns and a right hand made out of stone.” Dawn explained, her smile still on her face. “You should have seen Willow when he didn’t believe her to be a powerful witch. She levitated him and then dropped him.”
“Yeah. He believed me then.” Willow laughed as she took a sip of her coffee.
“I can’t wait to meet him. I’d love to have a scrimmage with him. Especially after the way he treated you.” Buffy smiled at Dawn.
“I think you’d win. By far.” Dawn said while nodding her head.
“Wow. It’s two in the morning.” Willow interrupted when she looked at her watch.
“Anyone up for a little slayage?” Buffy asked feeling restless.
“Really?” Dawn asked in disbelief.
“Yeah.” Buffy answered with a smile.
“Okay.” Dawn said excitedly as she sat up. Almost knocking the chair over.
“And you’d think battling uber-vamps would’ve been enough for her.” Buffy said with a shake of her head.
“Hey. A girl’s gotta start somewhere.” Dawn retorted; sticking her tongue out.
“And you claim to not be a little kid anymore?” Buffy asked with her eyebrows raised as they walked out of the restaurant.
“We’re all kids at heart.” Dawn replied.
Buffy tilted her head slightly in somewhat of an agreement as they walked down the dark, empty streets. The girls walked in the direction of Dawn’s apartment building but in a round about way in hopes of finding some vampires to dust.
“Let’s go down here.” Dawn said as she stopped in front of an alley.
Buffy and Willow looked at each other and then shrugged their shoulders as they followed Dawn in the dark alley. They saw rats burrowing themselves in piles of garbage and cans. Halfway through the alley they saw a group of men leaning against the walls of the two buildings the alley lay between.
“Hey look fellas. Fresh blood.” One growled as he stood up straight and walked towards the three women. Dawn looked at Buffy who continued to stare at the vampire in front of her.
“Mmmm. Especially this one.” The vampire implied to Buffy as he brushed his hand on her cheek. She stared in his eyes as he tilted his head to look at her neck. Buffy gave him her most angelic smile as she allowed him to touch her face.
As the vampire leaned in closer to her neck, Buffy slowly pulled out the stake she had hidden in her belt loop covered by her jacket. Just as she felt the tip of his fangs graze her neck she quickly shoved the stake in his heart. The vampire quickly looked up with a shocked expression on his face before turning to dust at the slayer’s feet.
Buffy slowly raised her eyes from the pile to the other vampires staring in disbelief that their leader had now been disintegrated right before their eyes. One vampire looked at the dust that was once his leader and to the eyes of the slayer before he jumped at her. Buffy grabbed him by the shirt collar and threw him behind her; stake still in hand. Another vampire jumped at Dawn and Buffy threw her stake at her; Dawn caught it in mid-air and staked the vampire before he could land. His dusty leftovers floating to the ground between her and Buffy. She looked at Dawn with an approving nod and smile before the three girls continued to battle the four vampires that were left. Dawn was busy battling one vampire that she didn’t notice the one Buffy had thrown creep up behind her. Just as Dawn staked the vampire the one behind her grabbed her around her neck; causing her to scream in surprise.
“Dawn!” Buffy yelled when she noticed her sister was in trouble. Dawn tried to wrench free of the creatures grasp but failed miserably. Buffy quickly staked the vampire whom she was fighting with and ran to her sister’s aid. But just as she was about to attack, the vampire screamed in pain and turned to dust; causing Dawn to fall to her knees coughing.
“Dawn are you okay?” Buffy asked as she heard Willow dust the last vampire with a fire ball. Dawn nodded her head in response and turned behind her to see the vampire who attacked her in a pile of dust. And ahead of the three women a figure walked out of the shadows and Dawn gasped at who she saw.
“H-hellboy.” Dawn spoke softly but enough for Buffy to hear.
“Hey kid.” Hellboy smiled softly in Dawn’s direction and she averted her gaze to the asphalt.
“Hellboy?” Buffy asked with a glare towards the demon; remembering what Dawn had told her.
“And who are you?” Hellboy asked standing as tall as he possibly could.
“I’m the sister of the girl you scared the crap out of earlier.” Buffy retorted as she walked over to him; his large physique not intimidating her in the least.
“Ah, you must be Buffy.” Hellboy responded.
“That’s right.” She answered before throwing a punch to his face; causing his head to whip to the right. The impact of Buffy’s hand to his jaw sounded a loud crack. Hellboy quickly shook his head to rid of the slight dazed feeling that followed the punch before turning to look at the petite blonde again.
“You have a funny way of thanking people who just saved your sister.” He responded after rubbing his jaw.
“I was handling it.” Buffy retorted dryly.
“Yeah. I’m sure you were.” Hellboy responded with a slight laugh.
Buffy gave a small hysteric laugh while throwing her hands in the air in a defeated manner. She turned her back to him with her hands on her hips while shaking her head before she quickly turned around again; throwing yet another punch. This time Hellboy saw it coming and blocked it with his stone hand and quickly drew his left hand up; delivering a backhanded punch across her face; sending her flying to a wall which belonged to one of the two buildings. She hit the wall with a loud smack before falling on a pile of trash bags and a trash can. Buffy released a groan as she attempted to push herself up off the ground.
“Buffy!” Dawn exclaimed as she ran to her sister.
“I’m okay.” Buffy breathed out as she wiped the blood that flowed down her chin.
“What did you do that for!?” Dawn yelled as she looked at the red demon who seemed rather proud of himelf.
“Wh-” He started but stopped as he just looked at the brunette in disbelief.
“What are you doing here, anyway?!” Dawn asked, ignoring the look on his face.
“Well… I-I wanted to apologize.” Hellboy stammered.
“By beating up my sister!” Dawn screamed, getting extremely angry with him.
“Dawn. It’s okay.” Buffy whispered as she placed a hand on Dawn’s shoulder and pushed herself to her feet.
“I let my guard down.” Buffy continued as she slowly walked back over to Hellboy.
“I’ve fought bigger things then you.” Buffy whispered; getting as close to the demon as possible. Causing Hellboy to stumble back slightly.
Buffy looked to the right of them as if in thought and then back in his eyes before continuing, “In fact. I kill your kind.” Buffy threatened as she sent him an evil smile.
“Buffy-” Dawn interrupted as she walked up to her sister, “can we just go home now. Please.” Dawn really didn’t want Buffy to prove herself right.
“No, Dawn. Not yet. I told you. I want to scrimmage.” Buffy answered as she took a quick glance at her sister.
“Let’s rumble.” Hellboy said with a smile and a shrug of his shoulders.
“Great.” Buffy said with a smile before punching him in the face. Hellboy bounced right back and sent her a punch to the right jaw, but hit nothing but dead air as she ducked. She quickly turned while in a crouching stance; sticking her leg out to connect with his and causing him to fall backwards. Landing with a loud thud. Buffy quickly stood up and was in her fighting stance as Hellboy rolled over on his stomach and climbed to his feet; his back turned to Buffy. She noticed he had a tail and it was twitching with small, quick motions. It reminded her of a cat’s reaction when it was pissed.
He quickly turned in her direction; bringing his stone hand around; coming in contact with her abdomen. Buffy gripped her side in pain as she doubled over; tears stinging her eyes. Before Hellboy could attack again she quickly turned; sending her leg in the air and hit his jaw with the heal of her boot. As she got more into the fight she quickly jump kicked and hit him square in the chest; knocking him once again to the ground. In the heat of the moment, Buffy grabbed her stake and jumped on the demon; bringing her weapon down as she heard Dawn scream.