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A/N: This chapter takes place approximately two days after the end of Chapter Eleven.
CHAPTER TWELVE – Letter Home
It had been two weeks since Jack and SG-1 departed for Earth. Buffy had no idea how long it would take for him to come back.
One week after he left, an engineering team came through the gate for a closer inspection of the mine. They had brought a message from Jack. He’d located Dawn and he and Daniel planned to visit her soon.
Buffy was ecstatic to find out her sister was alive and okay but it made waiting harder. It also meant she had to plan for a trip home. She worried about telling the Council of Elders and was surprised when they had more than given her their blessing for the trip home.
Everyone in the village loved Buffy and had seen over the years the lingering sadness of losing her first family. They could not deny her the chance to see them again. They could only hope that once she had visited them she would return home to Ravenna.
Earth – Sunnydale, Revello Drive
Dawn was nervous. She was about to tell her friends, her family that Buffy was alive. Well, not just that Buffy was alive but that she had a kid.
Most of the Scoobies as well as the Angel Investigations team had already arrived at the house they were just waiting for Xander and Anya to arrive after they dropped their children off at the babysitters.
The door opened, Dawn let out a breath she didn’t know she’d been holding as Xander came in followed by Anya. “So Dawnster – what’s up?”
“Everybody take a seat. I’ve got some big news.”
Anya smiled, “You’re getting married. I’ve often thought at your age it was time.”
“Anya, I am so not getting married!” Dawn exclaimed with a blush on her face.
“Well, what is it Dawn. It must be something big if you wanted everyone, including Dead Boy here,” Xander remarked looking at Angel through narrowed eyes.
“I see you haven’t changed a bit Xander Harris!” Cordelia exclaimed, taking Angel’s hand in her hers. She really couldn’t understand why she’d dated Xander in high school.
“If everyone will shut up I’ll tell you why I wanted you hear. Willow, remember a few weeks ago when you found out someone was hacking for information on us.”
The redhead Wicca nodded afraid to speak. Dawn could be scary when she was angry.
“Well, you were right someone wanted information on us. They were trying to contact me with a message. Three days ago I was on campus, when two men approached me.”
Dawn faltered. She knew she should just spit it out but part of her still couldn’t wrap her mind around the fact, that in just a few days they would all see Buffy again. After she’d seen the video Jack and Daniel had brought she’d broke down in tears. She still hadn’t really recovered and watched the video at least 50 times in the previous two days trying to make herself believe it was real.
Tara looked at Dawn understanding that the girl was having trouble with what ever she was about to tell them. She stood up and went to the young woman and laid a hand on her arm. “Dawnie, you know you can tell us anything.”
Dawn looked at Tara with tears shining in her eyes. Tara could tell that they were tears of happiness though because Dawn’s aura was practically glowing with it.
Taking Tara’s hand in her own Dawn seemed to draw strength from her. “Buffy’s alive.”
That simple statement sent the room into a tizzy, with everyone talking at once.
“Why hasn’t she contacted us before?” “Why didn’t she come home?” “Is she okay?”
Dawn and Tara tried to calm everyone but they couldn’t get their attention with all the noise. Finally, Dawn screamed out, “Shut the hell up!”
“People I know it’s a shock but it is true. I have proof.”
Giles took his glasses off and began rubbing the lenses vigorously with his handkerchief. “What proof?”
“A letter and a video. I thought I’d read you the letter and then show you the video if that’s okay.”
From her pocket Dawn took a letter written on parchment style paper.
Dear Dawnie and Everyone,
Hi guys! I’m sure all of you have a million questions about where and how I am. I’ll do my best to answer them. Although, there are some things I won’t be able to tell you.
I want each of you to know that I’ve spent the past five years missing you and wanting to come home. Unfortunately, until recently the trip through the portal was one way.
The first two years I was gone were the hardest. Let’s just say I made some new enemies on arrival that made vamps and demons look like puppies and kittens. With the help of some new friends I was able to kick ass.
The last three years have had there own set of challenges. If you would believe it I am the leader of the Council of Elders. Giles, I know you’re laughing at this; but being old apparently wasn’t the primary qualification. I surprised myself by being a good leader. Everything I learned from my years as the slayer seemed to lead me to this. I hope all of you will be proud of me.
But being a leader in the village is not my biggest accomplishment. Here, I’ve been able to do something I never thought I would be able to. Something I know everyone, especially Angel, wanted for me. I have a family.
At the end of my first year here and during the middle of our rebellion against the local Big Bad I met a man named Gareth. He was everything I’d ever dreamed about. Loving. Compassionate. Strong. But most of all he wasn’t threatened by my strength or leadership ability. We were hand fasted three months after we met. Hand fasting is what the people here call marriage. Not long after that I became pregnant and gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Bronwyn.
For the first eighth months of Bronwyn’s life everything was perfect. We were so happy. Then one day Gareth went to rescue two local children who had been trapped in a nearby mineshaft. He saved the children, but as he was trying to get off the ledge he was on, it collapsed and he fell. The last two years without him have been very hard, but also full of joy. Watching our daughter grow has been a blessing.
I wished on a daily basis that you could see my beautiful little girl and the life we have made here. Xander, I swear sometimes she makes me laugh as hard as you ever did. Willow she’s just as smart as you. I tell her stories of you guys almost everyday. I wasn’t sure if I would ever see you again, but she definitely knows her Uncle Xander and Aunt Willow.
I hope that soon I’ll be seeing all of you and that you will get to meet my beautiful little girl. A friend of mine, Jack O’Neill, will be bringing this letter to Dawn and then hopefully to the rest of you. Jack is trying to find a way to get me home for a visit but as I’m writing this I don’t know when that will be. Hopefully, by the time you read it he’ll be able to tell you when.
I love you all so much. Take care of each other; until we hopefully meet again.
Everyone in the room had tears in their eyes thinking of the girl they had lost and the woman she had become.
In a shaking voice Giles asked, “Dawn are you sure it’s her? Are you sure the letter’s from Buffy?”
Dawn quickly went over to the DVD player and turned it on. “I’m sure. There’s more. She also sent this video.” Dawn turned the TV on and everyone watched as the screen filled with Buffy’s face.