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Summary: Buffy's dive off the tower into Glory's portal has her falling through the Chaapa'ai and leading the people she finds to freedom. What happens when she meets SG1 and has the possibility of returning to the home she left behind.*Nominated for a 2007 CoA*

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Stargate > Buffy-Centered > Pairing: Jack O'NeillkimbclarFR183036,65527297248,8611 Jan 063 Sep 07No

Scooby Meeting

Disclaimer: I own neither BTVS or Stargate

A/N: Rainbow Connection Words by Paul Williams and Music by Ken Ascher

CHAPTER NINETEEN – Scooby Meeting

Magic Box – Late Afternoon

Giles and Buffy had spent the last few hours getting ready for the meeting. Giles busily pulled volumes on chaos magic to assist in research while Buffy made phone calls summoning the Scoobies who weren’t present. Jack called Sam, Daniel and Teal’c and they were already at the shop.

Xander came through the door, “Welcome back Riley! It’s good to see you – well except for the bringing of bad news. But hey that’s life on the hell mouth.” He walked over and took a seat at the table.

A few moments later Tara, Willow and Dawn walked into the room. Dawn’s eyes narrowed when she saw Riley. He stood and walked over to hug her. She stepped back avoiding the hug. “You don’t get a hug when you can’t even be bothered to say goodbye.”

Dawn turned to Buffy, “Where’s Bronwyn?”

“She’s in the back with Anya. Could you go back and check on her. Anya fed her lunch and was trying to get her down for a nap. She wasn’t having much success getting her to sleep so why don’t you just tell Anya to bring her up here with some toys. We need to all be here for the meeting.”

Dawn quickly went to the office and she and Anya come back with Bronwyn. Dawn took a blanket Anya had been using and spread it on the floor and placed Bronwyn and a few toys on it. The little girl happily settled down with the toys and ignored the adults.

Buffy looked around and noticed that a few people were still missing. “We’re still waiting for Spike, Angel and Cordelia. As soon as they get here Giles and I will bring everyone up to speed on the latest threat.” She then went and joined her daughter on the floor.

Bronwyn crawled up into her mother’s lap dragging a doll behind her. “Momma, pease play wit me.”

“For a few minutes baby then momma has to have a meeting. What did you and Anya play?”

“We payed dolls. Dis is de one she said I could pay with. She’s pretty in’t she.”

“Yes she is.”

“Momma, will you sing to me?”

Buffy smiled down at her daughter and began to sing. The song had been a favorite of both Dawn and her when they were children.

Why are there so many songs about rainbows
and what's on the other side?
Rainbows are visions, but only illusions,
and rainbows have nothing to hide.
So we've been told and some choose to believe it.
I know they're wrong, wait and see.
Someday we'll find it, the rainbow connection.
The lovers, the dreamers and me.
Who said that every wish would be heard
and answered when wished on the morning star?
Somebody thought of that and someone believed it.
Look what it's done so far.
What's so amazing that keeps us star gazing
and what do we think we might see?
Someday we'll find it, the rainbow connection.
The lovers, the dreamers and me.

All of us under its spell. We know that it's probably magic.

Have you been half asleep and have you heard voices?
I've heard them calling my name.
Is this the sweet sound that called the young sailors.
The voice might be one and the same.
I've heard it too many times to ignore it.
It's something that I'm supposed to be.
Someday we'll find it, the rainbow connection.
The lovers, the dreamers and me.

Everyone paused to listen to Buffy sing to Bronwyn. No one other than Dawn had ever heard Buffy sing and though her voice was untrained it was incredibly sweet.

As she finished singing the door to the shop opened and Spike, Angel and Cordelia entered. It was obvious the two master vampires were arguing.

“Would the two of you stop it! You’re acting like two year olds rather than master vampires,” Cordelia snapped angrily. She stomped over to Buffy. “They’ve argued about you all day. I don’t know what you need to do but you need to make them stop.”

Buffy looked up from the floor at the two vamps and the Seer. “I don’t know what you expect me to do. These two have issues above and beyond me. I certainly can’t make them behave and have no intention of making them try.”

Spike knelt down by Buffy and Bronwyn. “Sorry luv. He just brings out the worst in me and when he started harping on you not staying in Sunnydale I couldn’t keep my mouth shut.”

Angel glared at Spike from across the room but didn’t comment.

Buffy smiled at him and watched as Bronwyn proceeded to crawl from her lap onto his knees. “Spike, hold peas!”

“Course bit,” said the vampire sweeping the child into his arms. The little girl laughed and kissed Spike on the cheek. He sighed loudly, “Whipped by another Summers woman.”

At this Jack laughed, “Hard not to be isn’t.”

“To right mate!” Spike agreed sharing a knowing look with Jack.

Buffy stood, “Let’s get this party started. I think most everyone here has met Riley Finn. For those of you who haven’t, Riley works with a U.S. military organization that is tasked to track and eradicate demons. About six years ago a chaos mage named Ethan Rayne came to Sunnydale and used magic to turn Giles’ into a Fyarl demon. Riley and I tracked Giles’ in his demon form and discovered Ethan. We forced him to turn Giles’ back and Riley’s unit took Ethan into custody. Ethan was held in a secure facility until yesterday when the magical wards guarding the location failed for a moment and Ethan escaped.”

Sam responded to Buffy’s statement, “From what Jack told us you’ve had other dealings with this Ethan Rayne. What can we expect?”

“In the past Ethan hasn’t liked to get his hands dirty. He sets up the situation and steps back and watches the chaos that results. Unfortunately for him he doesn’t know when to leave town. He has a huge ego and that has always been his downfall. I’m hoping that won’t have changed but prison has given him a lot of time to think about getting back at Giles and I.”

“Buffy Summers what can we do to protect you from this threat. I am reminded of one of O’Neill’s favorite phrases ‘the best defense is a good offense’. Unfortunately, in this case I am unsure what that would be,” Teal’c asks casting a concerned glance at the blonde woman.

At this Willow became excited, “Oh! I know we could do a locator spell. I know we don’t have anything personal of his but maybe we could modify it to track chaos magic. We know that’s what he’ll use so that’s probably the best way to find him.”

“Excellent idea, Willow,” Giles replied to her suggestion. “Why don’t you and Tara work on that?”

Buffy nodded and made an additional suggestion, “A locator spell is a great idea but we also need to do some old fashioned tracking. Ethan may be able to block his magical signature. I suggest we split up into three teams and cover locations Ethan might set up. The first time he was here he set up in the costume shop. I think it’s unlikely he would set up as a shopkeeper again but when he came back with Eyghon he used an abandoned store so we should check those types of places. During the band candy incident he used a factory and the last time he was here he was in a seedy motel.”

“Slayer, how do you want to divide us up?” Spike asked.

“Angel, I think you should take Teal’c with you and I’ll take Jack and Spike. Riley you Sam and Xander will be the third team. Everyone else will stay here and work on research. If Willow and Tara are able to modify the spell and can locate Ethan they’ll call us and we’ll meet back here to work on a plan to capture him. Same thing if one of the teams locates him.”

Buffy walked over to where Dawn was with Bronwyn leaving Angel, Riley, Spike, and Jack pouring over a map of Sunnydale dividing out the search area. “I need you to stay with Bronwyn. I have her bag in the office. She’ll be ready to eat in about an hour. There’s something for her in the fridge in Giles’ office.”

Dawn rolled her eyes at her sister. “Don’t worry. I think I can handle baby-sitting for a few hours and Anya is a mom so she can help out to. Plus there’s Willow and Tara. We’ll be fine.”

“I know. I just worry. I’m her mother it’s my prerogative.”

Buffy then walked over to where Jack and Spike were going over a city map of the area they were to cover. “Let’s go boys,” she said and led them out into the early evening.
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