A Cleveland Cemetery.
“Great Goddess, maker of all life,
A warrior comes to you
Swift and true like an arrow shot into the sun.
Welcome her and let her take her place amongst her people.
She is Anna, our Sister.”
Giles’ Office, The Jenny Calendar School for Gifted Girls.
“IRRESPONSIBLE!” Screamed Willow and favoured Giles with her best glare. “That’s three times you’ve called me irresponsible!” She hissed, “Once when I brought Buffy back, and hay that didn’t turn out too badly! Then when I got pregnant with Tara and now when I went after Kennedy! Whatever happened to ‘We look after our own’? Or maybe you don’t like people making decisions for themselves! Well, Giles I’m a grown woman now and I can make my own decisions! Now, I think I’ll go off and be irresponsible some more!” Willow stood up and stormed out of Giles’ office.
The Barn, Farmington.
Claudette locked the videotape away with the rest of the files she kept hidden from general view. Like all cops she knew that the world was full of weirdness. But there was some stuff that cops only talked about late at night when they had a beer too many. And then only with other cops they had known for years. Stuff like the perps who walked away after having a dozen rounds put into them. Or bodies that dissolved into goo. Or victims who got up and walked out of the morgue! She had hundreds of incidents listed going back years.
Then back in ’03 something had changed. Someone had started fighting back the weirdness. Towns that had had high rates of homicide or disappearances would suddenly have those rates slashed! She had wondered about this but could not find a reason until she looked into one murder.
There had been a small town near Seattle with an exceptionally high murder rate. Then suddenly the murder rate dropped, dramatically! However, after about six months the murder rate started to rise again. The only link between the two events was the death of a seventeen-year-old girl. When the girl moved to the town the number of murders dropped, after she had be killed they started to rise again.
Now she had something to look for Claudette found similar instances all over the United States. A teenage girl or girls would move into a town, often accompanied by an older man or woman, and violent crime would take a nosedive. If ever a girl died the rates would start to creep up again. Claudette did not know what was going on, but she was going to find out.
The Temple, Jenny Calendar School.
Kennedy found herself in the ‘Temple’ once more, she looked up as Buffy walked over and sat down next to her.
“Hi.” Said Buffy.
“Hi.” Replied Kennedy.
“You want to tell me what’s wrong?” Asked Slayer Prime.
“We train them up, then we send them out to fight. Little girls going out to get killed.”
“Anna getting killed really got to you, didn’t it?”
“I don’t know if I can go on with it…”
Buffy slipped her arm around the younger Slayer’s shoulder and gave her a reassuring squeeze.
“Good I’m glad you feel that way! It shows you’re still human and you care. It’s part of the price we pay for being hot chicks with superpowers! You’re the best I’ve got at training, you’ve got a knack for it! You know instinctively when to be Ms Nasty or Ms Nice! We need you…I need you!”
“Nice speech Buffy one of your best.” Replied Kennedy wiping away a tear.
“Yeah it was wasn’t it! I’ve been practising! Okay I’ll stop being Miss Psycho Pep Squad. Xander ‘The All Seeing’ told me what was going wrong! I think both you and Will could do with some time away from the rest of us. Let you develop as a team and not just as part of the School. Also Giles isn’t too pleased with Will just at the moment! How’d you like to go out there and be a regular Slayer Guardian team? Do the whole Scooby Gang thing!”
“Colorado Springs needs a Slayer. I’m told it’s nice there, very…mountainy!”
Willow and Kennedy’s adventures are continued in ‘Early One Morning’ a ‘Stargate SG1’ crossover.