Disclaimer: I own nothing. Buffy is the brain child of Joss Whedon, Harry Potter is JK Rowling's. The brilliant idea and writing are mine however, so you can mention them in reviews *grins*. Enjoy.
“No!” Buffy screamed as Dawn swan dived off the platform. Tears streamed down her face. She had vowed to protect Dawn and failed. It was all her fault. If only… If only…there must’ve been something she could’ve done. Buffy collapsed in tears, her sobs tearing apart her lungs to match her heart. Willow, Tara, Xander, Giles and Spike came over, and they held her, in silence, watching the blue swirls of the portal disappearing into the ground.
It carried Dawn with it, taking her to some hell dimension, where she was unreachable, untouchable. Dead. Willow could almost hear the mournful violin solo playing in the background as the tears ran down her cheeks. She didn’t know how long they stood there before they rose. Exhausted, Willow numbly watched Buffy tear the cross around her neck, the one Angel had given her, and leave it at the edge of the scaffolding as a final tribute to her six-month sister.
Dawn heard her sister’s scream, the last thing she heard before the roaring of the portal drowned out everything else, filling all of her with the deep vibrating noise. All she could see was the electric blue of the inside of the portal, it was bright, and it blinded her. She seemed to fall for hours; she began to think that this was the hell dimension she was being sent back to before her back hit the ground, hard, and everything went dark. The portal disappeared into the bright, shining white of the full moon.
Dawn hauled herself weakly to her feet, and looked around her. She was on a huge lawn that stretched as far as she could see. It looked scarily like the one that Dracula had conjured up on his last visit to Sunnydale. A shiver ran down her spine as she remembered him. Clearing her thoughts she looked behind her. She was stood on the edge of a deep dark forest. Not good. Deep dark forests always contained something spooky and bad. She had had more than enough spooky and bad in her lifetime of six months for three normal life spans. As she thought this an eerie howl echoed through the forest, it the howl of a werewolf.
‘Great!’ Dawn thought, glancing down at her many cuts, plus the huge gouges in her hips. She quickly decided to face the unknown dangers of the Dracula-castle rather than stay out here as all you can eat werewolf buffet, ready sliced.
She started to run slowly towards the castle, as fast as the excruciating pain from her wounds would let her. It wasn’t fast enough. She was only half way to the castle when it leapt out of the forest at her. She whirled, remembering Willow’s research on her keyness. Some animals could sense it, and steered clear of her, especially cats. Maybe a werewolf was one of these. She stared the werewolf right in the eye, and it froze, she started to advance on it, and it backed away, unsure of what Dawn was, smelling fresh blood, but only seeing a swirl of green light.
Dam lunged at it, and the werewolf turned and ran, tail between it’s legs, back into the forest. Exhausted Dawn staggered towards the castle before the werewolf picked up it’s courage. As she reached the gravel path she fell forwards onto her face. Dawn hauled herself to her knees. She just managed to reach the door, and reached up for the knocker. She failed. As she fell down into the comforting black she managed to knock the door, she prayed to all Willow and Tara’s goddesses that someone had heard, and then she slipped into unconsciousness.
Somebody had heard the faint knock of a stranger in the night, none other than the famous Albus Dumbledore, as dawn had had the amazing good luck of stumbling across Hogwarts school of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Having seen a bright light on the lawn Dumbledore had come to investigate. He found a hunched up, bedraggled teenage girl, cowering at the door unconscious in a growing pool of her own blood, which spread as far as Albus could see in the dim light. Not wasting a moment longer Dumbledore magically lifted dawn’s body, and marched her to the Hospital Wing.
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