April 21st, 2003

Dawn Summers groaned as she was awaken by the sound of her older sister Buffy gagging in the bathroom right next to her room. As quickly as she could she got herself out of bed and put on her slippers. Dawn rushed into the bathroom without knocking on the door to find Buffy leaning over the toilet throwing up. Normally, Dawn's first response would have been " Ewww, gross" but she could tell her sister was in pain and knelt down besides her, pulling her hair back with a rubber band. Buffy reached out with her free hand and grabbed Dawn's hand squeezing it tightly. Buffy may have been a strong fighter, but when it came to being sick, she could be a bit of a baby. Dawn gently rubbed her sisters back until she was finally finished throwing up. Buffy gave Dawn a weak but grateful smile and leaned up against the wall.

"You okay?" Dawn asked worried.

"No, not really"

"Want me to wake Willow up?"

"No, I don't want to bother her." Buffy said frowning. Dawn could tell Buffy wanted her friend by her side also. Despite Buffy's wishes, the redhead appeared in the door to the bathroom a moment later with a cool cloth in hand. She had heard the commotion coming from the bathroom and gotten up. Willow walked in and placed the cool cloth on Buffy's head.

"Thanks Will."

'No problem Buffy, you okay to go back to bed or are ya still all barfy?"

"Bed." Buffy whispered closing her eyes.

" I'll go get Xander." Dawn offered.

" No Dawn, I can walk" Buffy said, grabbing her sister's hand and trying to stand. The attempt was unsuccessful and Buffy slumped back against Willow.

" Dizzy." She said as Willow helped her sit back down. Dawn dashed downstairs and knocked loudly on the door to Xander's room.

" Xander, get up! Buffy tossed her cookies and we need you to carry her back to bed." Dawn giggled as she heard Xander stumble around the room.

" What, hmmm?? Cookies?? Cookies good, what kind of cookies Dawn??"

" Xander Buffy's SICK again, come on, get up."

" OHHHHHH that kind of cookies, the uggie kind, okay Dawn, I'm coming." A few minutes later Xander emerged from the bedroom, his hair a mess. When Xander and Dawn arrived back upstairs they heard Buffy gagging again. Willow was sitting next to her in the bathroom rubbing her back.

" It'll be okay Buff, we'll get to the bottom of this." she said gently. Buffy sighed and slumped back up against the wall.

" I think my tummy's all empty now." She said looking up at Xander, her big eyes filled with tears. Xander bent down and scooped the body of his tiny friend up, carrying her like a baby back to her bed. Normally Buffy would have totally protested this much attention from anyone, but she'd been throwing up for over two weeks now, and this was the gang's nightly routine. Before Xander could even return Buffy to her bed she was out like a light. He gently covered her up before kissing her on the forehead and returning to bed. Willow followed Dawn back to her room to get her settled into bed.

" You know Will, I'm sixteen, I can get to bed by myself."

" I know Dawnie," Willow said smiling, " but you've been acting more like a grown up then you should ever have to, so I'm tucking you in." Dawn smiled, appreciating the kind gesture from her sister's best friend. Willow had always treated her like a little sister.

"You know Will," Dawn whispered quietly, " I think Buffy's late." Willow looked shocked at what Dawn was proposing could Buffy really be pregnant?

" How do you know that Dawnie?"

Dawn tipped her head to the side and thought for a moment. " Cause we always get ours at the same time, and I just had mine. Plus, Buffy always craves cookie dough, and look in the fridge, there's a whole package left untouched! And she's always the super bitch of the world, but she hasn't yelled at me since last month!" Willow looked in deep thought for a moment and sighed, it could be true.

" I'll talk to her about it tomorrow okay Dawn? Get some sleep, you've got school tomorrow." She said walking out of the room quietly as she turned out the lights.

Buffy stumbled down the stairs rubbing the sleep from her eyes. As she entered the kitchen she saw Dawn and Xander sitting at the table and Willow standing at the stove.

" I made breakfast, want some?" Seeing the look on Buffy's face made Willow realize what she'd just said and she quickly pushed the food to the side, but it was too late, Buffy covered her mouth and dashed upstairs to the nearest bathroom. Willow ran after her. Willow sat next to her friend while she threw up, trying to comfort her in every way she could. When Buffy was finally finished, she leaned back against Willow, too tired to move.

" Will, I don't understand why this is happening. I'm the slayer, I don't GET sick. I just don't, I mean, for the past few weeks all I've done is throw up." Buffy said a tear rolling down her cheek. She was getting frustrated, and to be honest, scared, she had no strength, and for a slayer, that could equal death.

"I don't know Buff, but I promise we'll figure this out. Let's get you back in bed and I'll get Xander to take Dawn to school."

" I gotta go to work." Buffy said referring to her job as the school counselor.

" Nope, I think not, you can't go to work like this, you're staying here and I'm gonna take care of you okay?" Willow said, helping her friend stand. After helping Buffy back to bed Willow went downstairs.

" Buff's sick again Xander, can you take Dawnie to school and pick her up?"

" Sure thing, tell the Buffster we hope she feels better, call me if you need anything." Xander said before handing Dawn her schoolbooks and rushing her out the door. Before Willow returned upstairs she poured Buffy a glass of orange juice.

" Here, drink up, you gotta get strong." Willow said sitting down next to her friend on the bed.

" Thanks Will, you're the best friend a girl could have" Buffy said gratefully taking the orange juice and drinking it, trying to soothe her raw throat. "Um, Will....." Buffy cleared her throat, " I'm late."

Willow frowned, taking Buffy's hand and giving it a comforting squeeze, she could tell her friend was scared half to death.

" Yeah, Dawn told me last night she figured you might be. How late?"

" Almost two weeks, and I KNOW my body, it's like clockwork, never late and never early."

" But you haven't been..."

" With Angel, last month, we were um...." Buffy blushed.

" But Angel, he can't.. I mean."

" We did, and.. he didn't turn, and... we didn't..."

" Use protection?"

" Nope, he's a vampire... I mean, I know it was stupid but.."

" You think you're pregnant?" Buffy nodded, tears welling up in her eyes.

" I... Feel different.. and I don't think I can do it." Buffy blurted out.

" Take care of a baby?" Buffy nodded

"Mom's gone... Giles is gone, Angel's in LA and....he can't be a daddy, and I've got Dawn to think about, and slaying and..."

" Buffy, we're here for you, me, Xander, Dawn, Giles I'm sure. and even Anya."

" I know I just...." Buffy didn't finish her sentence; she leaned her head against Willow's shoulder and cried.

" It's okay Buff, we'll deal with this, I'll go get a home pregnancy test for you and we'll go from there okay?"

" Okay." Buffy said sniffling.