Buffy endured the longest day of school she could remember in weeks. She had a ton of homework and no time to do it. She was supposed to train with Giles and patrol. Sometimes being the slayer and having to be a normal girl on top of it was too much. She was never going to understand Algebra even with Willow's help. Her love life was suffering. She hadn't seen Angel in weeks. He had seemed to have disappeared. Buffy quickly walked into the library and saw Giles was reading one of his demon books and a frown line chiseling an almost permanent crease between his brows.

"Buffy there you are. We have a problem."

"What is it, Giles, the end of the world?"

He answered, "Uh precisely."

"What? I was just kidding!"

"There seems to be a new Master Vampire in town."

Buffy was freaking out now. "What about Spike?"

"He will most likely be challenging Spike for his territory. His name is Sir Alvin Spencer."

"Well that doesn't sound like a tough name."

Suddenly Xander and Willow walked in. "Who is Sir Alvin Spencer?" asked Xander." Hey is he named after Alvin in the Chipmunks? Ow! Willow don't hit me"

Willow gave Xander a death glare, then asked, "Is he an exchange student?"

Giles dryly replied, "No, he is a very powerful Master Vampire. He will attempt to end the world."

" Giles, how is he going to end the world?" Buffy asked.

"Buffy, I'm unsure of the details" Giles replied.

"Well how do we find out?" she asked. Buffy became animated as she

suggested, "I know, I'll go see what I can find out from Willy." A look of

confusion crossed her face, and she asked Giles, "How did you even know he

was coming?"

Angel walked in and surprised everyone when he said, "I told him, I was in LA underground."

"Oh!" Buffy exclaimed, "Is that why you couldn't call and let me know you were ok?"

"Yes, I'm sorry if I worried you." Angel said.

Xander interrupted, "When you say you were underground, do you mean like a spy? I can't picture that. You're not exactly the 007 type.

Angel ignored Xander and continued, "Alvin feels Spike isn't doing his job so he's coming to open the Hellmouth."

Buffy asked, "Has he ever killed a Slayer?"


"Well?" Buffy asked, "Doesn't that give Spike some advantage?"

Willow chimed in, "Uh Buffy, you want Spike to win?"

"Well Willow, I don't like Spike, but at least he hasn't tried to end the world."

Giles said "Well, it is possible that Spike and this Sir Alvin will team up."

Angel nodded. "That's the worst case scenario and probably the one we

should be expecting."

The tension in the room could have been cut with a knife.

Xander broke the ice, and said "So Dead Boy why can't you ever bring us some good news?"

Willow looked at Xander with an angry face and said, "Xander see, you made him go away again."

Buffy said, "It's ok Will, I think Angel told us all he knew."

Willow nodded and told Xander, "Well I guess we should do some research. Come on Xander."

Willow and Xander walked to the back of the room to leave Giles and Buffy time to talk.