…School's out for Summer…
Xander pushed his best friend and sister down the corridor of Sunnydale High School. Cordelia walked at his side as she carried his book sack and her own.
They met up with Giles and Oz in the hallway.
Xander frowned as he passed off his friend to her boyfriend.
“Are you sure you’re alright?” Oz asked his girlfriend quietly as he pushed the hair out of her face and offered a quick kiss.
“Yes,” she said quietly.
“Any word on the Buffmeister?” Xander asked as he tried to add some semblance of joy into his voice, it did not work.
“No,” Giles frowned as he took off his glasses and cleaned them.
“We went back,” Xander said as he indicated Cordy with a tilt of his head.
The others looked at him questioningly.
“Nada,” he said with a frown. "The mansion was cleared out completely. There was no sign that anyone had ever been there."
“The spell worked,” Willow said into the span of silence, "I could feel it."
“We won’t know anything until we talk to Buffy,” Xander said as he shoved his hands into his pockets, shoulders slumped as though someone had kicked his puppy.
“Well,” the red headed witch said as she perked up, “She has to come to school at some point or another, doesn't she?”
Buffy entered the bus and sat down as the door hissed closed. It rumbled down the street and away from school.
It passed trees, houses, stores and shops at a fast clip as it continued down the road.
Eventually, it reached the outskirts of town and passed the ‘Welcome to Sunnydale’ sign.