Title: New Journeys 1/?
Author: David A. Knapton
Archived: If you want but it’s polite to let the author know you are doing so.
Disclaimer: I own nothing but the crossover idea. The characters belong to the owners of BtVS and Lord of the Rings.
Spoiler: End of season five of Buffy and other than including Buffy characters, LotR follows the book not the films.
Rating: 12A/PG-13 at most
Pairing: Amaurea*/Legolas Elenwë*/Haldir plus book pairings
* Just be patient you will find out who they are soon?
Summery: The resolution of season five does not work out quite as Buffy expected.
Notes: The start of this part was taken from a transcript at BuffyWorld. This is my first foray into the Lord of the Rings.
Thanks so much to my great beta Kim.
‘’ = Thought.
Feedback: If you wish.
Doc stood before Dawn slowly cutting her stomach through the ceremonial dress. “Shallow cuts...” Dawn cried out in pain, “Shallow cuts...” Dawn cried out again. Doc made yet another cut, “Let the blood... flow...” Blood began to drip over her toes and through the hole on the platform. “...free.”
“Dawn,” said Buffy from behind Doc.
“Buffy!” Dawn gasped in pain.
Doc whirled around as Buffy strode forward. “This should be interesting,” he said.
Buffy did not even pause; she just walked right past Doc, giving him a push as she moved by him sending him over the edge. She could hear his scream fading away as the slayer continued to approach her sister, who continued crying. “Here,” Buffy said as she untied the ropes.
“Buffy, it hurts,” Dawn said.
“I got it. Come here. You're gonna be okay,” said Buffy drawing her sister to her.
A few drops of Dawn's blood dripped over the edge, in midair, they meet something, and a small circle of light appeared, quickly growing.
Buffy led Dawn limping across the platform to the tower entrance. Dawn stopped, turning to Buffy. “Go!” said Buffy.
“Buffy, it's started,” said Dawn sadly.
Buffy turned. They could both see the light of the portal. She turned back to Dawn as she continued staring at the portal. “I'm sorry,” Dawn sighed.
“It doesn't matter,” said Buffy sadly.
Dawn tried to run past Buffy but the slayer grabbed her, “What are you doing?” she asked her sister.
“I have to jump. The energy,” explained Dawn.
“It'll kill you,” said Buffy sharply.
Dawn sighed softly, “I know.” Buffy just stood staring at her, “Buffy, I know about the ritual. I have to stop it.”
“No,” said Buffy shaking her head.
The tower shook underneath them, making them both stumble. “I have too. Look at what's happening,” said Dawn. More lightning crackled, continuing to increase in intensity. Buffy looked up. A dragon flew out of the portal and buzzed the tower, before flying away as they watched. “Buffy, you have to let me go. Blood starts it, and until the blood stops flowing, it'll never stop.”
Buffy stared at Dawn in anguish. “You know you have to let me. It has to have the blood,” Dawn said tearfully.
Realization appeared on Buffy’s face, she thought back.
“Cause it's always got to be blood,” Spike said.
“It's Summers blood. It's just like mine,” said Buffy putting her hand to her wound, then pressing it against Dawn's bloody hand.
“She's me. The monks made her out of me.”
“Death is your gift,” said the first slayer.
“Death...” Buffy replied.
Buffy frowned as she turned around slowly. She looked beyond the end of the platform, in the distance, holes seemed to be opening in the sky. In the east, the sky was growing lighter as the sun began to rise.
A look of peace came to Buffy’s face. She turned back to Dawn, who stared wide-eyed, realising what Buffy intended. “Buffy... no!” she shook her head.
“Dawnie, I have to,” said Buffy.
“No!” insisted Dawn.
Buffy held her sister gently, “Listen to me. Please, there's not a lot of time, listen. Dawn, listen to me,” tears were running freely down Dawn’s cheeks. “I love you. I will always love you, but this is the work that I have to do. Tell Giles... tell Giles I figured it out and, and I'm okay.”
All Dawn could do was shake her head from side to side. “And give my love to my friends. You have to take care of them now. You have to take care of each other. You have to be strong. Dawn, the hardest thing in this world... is to live in it. Be brave. Live for me,” Buffy finished and turned to run off the end when a bolt of energy struck the end of the platform where Dawn still stood.
She heard Dawn scream as they both fell towards the portal. Time within the portal had no meaning they had no concept other than that they held each other and they were falling, whether for a second, minute, hour or year! There was a flash and Buffy hit a stone floor, Dawn landed heavily on top of her. The last thing they heard was someone saying, “Elenwë.” before consciousness left them.