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Waxing Crescent

Summary:
What if your calling was to kill the one you loved?


Notes:
Disclaimer: I own nothing and am not making money, at all.


2. Into Every Generation

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All Bella knew was that if Charlie came home, he’d be a little shaken. Because this Spike person looked like the sort of criminal her father dealt with on a daily basis—or would, if they lived in a big enough city.

“What…what are you telling me?”

Spike—if that was his real name—sighed impatiently while the woman, who said her name was Buffy (something else Bella had difficulty believing) leaned forward a little.

“Vampires are real and—”

“No, I know that.”

Buffy blinked. “Uhm. Yeah. And you’re one of the chosen ones—”

“Yeah, I know, you said I’m a Slayer. Which…I don’t get that part. I mean…the part where I actually kill the vampires. That’s…that’s impossible.”

At this, she smiled. “Trust me. It’s not.”

“My…boyfriend…is a vampire! I would know how strong they are!”

Spike got an odd look on his face.

“You’re going out with a vampire?”

“Well…yeah…but he and his family are good ones…they don’t eat people.”

At this, Spike and Buffy exchanged a glance.

“Look…it’s not that I don’t believe you…it’s just, I think you’re wrong. I can’t…I’m not…I can’t fight something that strong and fast and ever hope to win.”

“I think you’d be surprised.” Buffy’s smile was back. “Look. I’m gonna need to know more about this vamp family that say they’re all veggie. And I’ll make you a deal. Let me take you out on patrol for one night…and then you can decide if you want to be an active Slayer or if you wanna walk away. You’ll surprise yourself, trust me.”

“Patrol?”

“For vamps.”

“Right…okay…sure.”

They stood to leave. “We’re a few minutes’ walk away—we just moved in. So I’ll come and get you…around eight?”

“Um. Sure. Yeah.”

The pair walked out, shutting the door behind them, leaving an astonished Bella in their wake.

&&&

“So. You think these vamps are just lying to her?”

“Well yeah!” Spike turned to look at Buffy incredulously. “I mean, unless they…have souls…which…is, um…”

“But…if they were lying…” Both Buffy and Spike turned to look at Dawn, who was focusing most of her attention on getting a painting they’d got in Italy to hang straight. “Well, if they were lying, wouldn’t they have killed her by now?”

Spike shrugged, while Buffy seemed lost in thought.

&&&

The car ride to wherever Buffy was taking Bella was quiet and more than a little awkward.

“So,” she began. “Where are we going?”

“I hear there are some vamps out by the reservation. Thought we’d go there. Spike and Dawn are in front of us on his motorcycle.”

“Dawn?”

“My sister—she’s your age, actually, and she’ll be starting school with you on Monday.”

“Is she a Slayer?”

“No.”

“And it’s safe to bring her?”

“Dawn will be okay…she likes to come, and Spike will watch her.”

“And he’s strong enough to protect her?”

“Well…” Buffy seemed to hesitate for a moment, then said, “Spike’s a vampire. He has a soul, though.”

Bella blinked, astonished. “Oh. Wow.”

“Yeah, so, are—”

“Then we shouldn’t go to the reservation,” Bella interrupted.

“Why not?”

“They’re…they’re werewolves…vampire hunting werewolves. There’s a treaty between them and the Cullens, but…”

“Well, we’ll explain about Spike.” Buffy’s voice was terse.

“They won’t listen.”

“I’ll make them.”

Bella was quiet, then.

&&&

Dawn and Bella sat on the Uley’s couch, exchanging a glance whenever they heard raised voices. Dawn didn’t seem worried, only a little tired, as if she were used to this.

The door burst open. Everyone looked tense, but no one seemed hurt, something that Bella was grateful for.

“Thanks for understanding,” Buffy told the pack of werewolves, including Jacob, who was not meeting Bella’s eye, though the rest of them were re-examining her with new interest.

“Only this once,” Sam replied. “If you want to do some real good, you should be patrolling for the Cullens.”

Bella’s eyes widened.

Buffy turned to them. “Dawn, you and Spike are gonna go back. Bella, come with me.”

&&&

Bella was terrified. She knew the only vampire they could be hunting was Victoria, and she knew it was a horrible idea.

“You know this vamp?”

“Edward killed her mate when he tried to kill me…so now she’s after me.”

Buffy nodded, her eyes on the road.

“Look…” Bella hesitated, then, “I think this is a bad idea.”

The older woman turned to look at her. “Why’s that?”

“I’m…I’m…physically challenged. I’m a klutz…I can’t beat her. And no offense, but...you're tiny! We're no match for her! She’ll kill us.”

They were deep into the woods now, driving off the path. Buffy stopped the car and stepped out.

“Lesson the first,” she said. “The moment you start thinking that, you’re dead.”